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Enjoy a Different Gastronomic Adventure Every Day of the Week at El Carligto – Luxury Retreat in Andalusia NEW FOR SPRING 2018 Andalusia boasts a richness of gastronomy and celebrates world-class cuisine ranging from hearty mountain food and Moorish-inspired rice dishes, to delicate seafood and dainty tapas. One could spend an entire week-long holiday exploring the food markets and fine restaurants here in Southern Spain… But wouldn’t it be nice to pass your time as you wish and then enjoy an exquisite and varied cuisine each night without having to

Many travellers are keen to combine a luxury villa break with pursuing a new skill or interest. It might even be one of their 2018 resolutions! One of the best ways to immerse in a new culture – learning about the food – is also one of the most enjoyable skills to acquire. After all, learning how to cook the local cuisine from an expert can give pleasure not just to you but to everyone around you, too. Fortunately, there are some properties in some of Europe’s most renowned culinary

It is the time of the year when no matter the country and language everyone puts diet and gym on pause and gets merry behind the dinner table. France France wouldn’t be France without its gourmet food and for the end of the year festivities, the French bring out the crème de la crème in a soirée of lush abundance. If you are lucky to be invited for the New Year’s Eve dinner (or Le Réveillon du Nouvel An as it is referred to by the locals) in a French house, you

“What can I visit with my kids in Bruges?”, is a question I get frequently asked. Since I live in the capital city of the province of West Flanders, it makes sense to ask a local! Bruges, at first glance, resembles a Disney Park, minus the fact that real people, like me, actually live here and we don’t walk around in Mickey Mouse nor Medieval costumes (although I read somewhere on Facebook that the Mayor might propose this). It is an incredibly easy town to visit with kids. You can

Food experts and novices alike will not be disappointed by the simple yet mouthwatering food scene in Salento, one of the most interesting and culturally rich regions of Puglia. Salento offers a decent selection of impeccable family run restaurants, deep red wines and farm-to-table produce, a real treat for the senses and for your appetite. To find out which are the best restaurants in Salento, click here to my article written for A Luxury Travel Blog.     For places to stay in Salento, click here.  

Although afternoon-teas are best associated with the British culture, this delightful ritual can be also be enjoyed on the other side of the English Channel. As Bruges, in Flanders, is a favorite destination with the Brits, some of the local hotels and cafes’ now offer a very decent afternoon-tea experience. Lucky for me, as I am rather obsessed with little pastries, cucumber sandwiches and a correctly brewed pot of tea.   “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry

Blue Flag beaches, white-washed villages, slow life, great food, welcoming locals and over 200 days a year of sunshine is what attracted me and my husband to Puglia, the “heel of Italy”, some ten years ago. Once Italy’s best kept secret, the region has enjoyed a surge in tourism in recent years, to be attributed greatly to celebrity weddings, Hollywood actors purchasing run down Masserie and a very prominent international marketing campaign run by the Region of Puglia across Europe. Once snubbed by discerning travellers in favour of more glitzy

There are few more immediate ways to gain acquaintance with a place than by immersion in its food and drink. A private villa chef is perfectly positioned to provide a variety of regional delicacies, often organic and locally sourced, at times from the grounds of the property itself. Delicate, aromatic Thai cuisine is amongst the most renowned in South East Asia. An ideal setting in which to sample it is at Samara Beachfront Lux, Koh Samui. A healthy breakfast is included in the villa’s fee, and for an ingredients shopping

Tuscany is one of our favourite destinations for 2015, and what is possibly the best thing about Tuscany? Its wine! Italy is one of the most renowned producers of top quality red and white wine, and Tuscany is home to countless vineyards – it’s the spirit of wine country! Chianti and Montepulciano are just some of the fine creations which are made in the picturesque region. A wine tasting experience at a Tuscan vineyard is an intriguing and indulgent experience – you won’t just be given a sip of wine

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