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Yes, finally the uncertainty is over. The EU is open to travellers from within European Union including Brits. What’s more, if you’re travelling from the U.K. then from July 6th, 2020 there is no quarantine when you return home, thanks to new air bridges established to safe countries including our favourite luxe villa holiday destinations of Spain & Italy. Both destinations have a top ‘Green’ rating according to the U.K.’s new traffic light rating system. So, your summer holiday is go! …and nothing beats the privacy, security, and style of

Inspiration for your best seasonal get-away ever The Algarve is undoubtedly one of Europe’s finest golf and beach destinations. Yet there is surprisingly more to captivate the visitor, and there is no better time to discover this beautiful south facing coast than in early autumn.  This is the season to indulge in authentic gastronomy, discover a fascinating cultural heritage away from the summer crowds, whilst staying at some of the best properties in our portfolio. The coast spectacular, not only sandy beaches, but impressive coastal hiking routes, as well as

Anyone enjoying a winter sports break in Europe will be familiar with the pleasurable experience of après ski after a long day of skiing or snowboarding. Whilst there is a plethora of options to suit every taste and budget, there are also a few truly unusual and unexpected places to explore. The Zillertal Valley houses some après ski surprises as well as some of Austria’s best slopes. Harakiri has to be the most colourful and unexpected of the drinking options. A landmark structure kitted out with striking lighting and décor,

With the festive season waning, many people’s dreams start drifting towards a tropical paradise break. Five of the very best, spread across the globe, are guaranteed to lift spirits and rejuvenate whatever the weather back at home. Samara Beachfront Lux in Koh Samui is the ultimate Thai villa, combining virtually everything that attracts visitors to this ancient and beguiling South East Asian nation, from spa facilities to a swim up bar. With room for 17 guests, it has ample accommodation for hosting one of those famous Thai beach house parties,

The small Spanish island of Formentera retains an old-fashioned charm and tranquillity that is increasingly difficult to come by in an age of mass tourism and development. Whilst it is justly popular as a day trip from Ibiza, Formentera is also a superb destination in its own right. The attractive capital, Sant Francesc, forms a natural hub of activities. The beautiful church of St Francesc Xavier is almost 300 years old. Its evocative, dark interior was once used for protection as well as worship, with islanders taking refuge from pirates

LUXE City Guides are the stylish pocket travel guides and mobile apps packed with astute, opinionated information for sophisticated travellers. For over 13 years, and with more than 3 million copies sold, LUXE City Guides have been the go-to trusted source for highly curated, ultra-researched travel and lifestyle information. LUXE covers everything from hotels and restaurants to spas, bars, boutique and bespoke shopping, as well as services, specialists and personal guides – if it’s in LUXE, it’s IN. There are nearly 40 scrumptious guides to choose from, all with colourful

The Mediterranean is justly renowned for its beaches, many of which are among the most celebrated in the world. However, for those seeking private luxury and quiet contemplation, cocktail in hand, the popularity and crowds of public beaches can offer pressures as well as pleasures. Beach clubs present the perfect compromise, and the very best offer a diverse cross-section of benefits and special experiences. Ocean Beach Club Ibiza is one of the biggest names in beach clubs, but its celebrity, and celebrities, has not affected the gratifications of the experience

This summer, like every summer, I have a busy agenda. With kids at home for two months, we use this time to visit friends and family abroad as well as to enjoy some well deserved break. This means packing for various weather conditions, different locations and situations resulting in several pieces of luggage and hefty carry-on baggage fees charged by the European low cost carriers especially for excess weight. I am not very good at packing light. “If you need something, you can always buy it when you get there”

Easter is a very significant time for memorable festivals in Italy, not least the Scoppio del Carro, the Explosion of the Cart which takes place in Florence’s Piazza del Duomo every Easter Sunday. 150 revellers in medieval costume drag the flower-covered cart, before it is set alight and forms the centrepiece of an incredible fireworks display. April kicks off, as it does for many of us elsewhere, with April Fool’s Day, which is called Pesce D’Aprile in Italy but which involves the same blend of fun, tomfoolery and pranks that

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