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

Wiltshire is a destination county. With parts in both the Cotswolds and the West Country, it has a unique feel: bucolic, elegant and largely unspoilt. It is home to Britain’s most important ancient historic monument, some of England’s prettiest villages and the grandest of stately homes. An obvious number one, Stonehenge simply cannot be missed. This iconic, mysterious and spiritual Stone Age site looms dramatically and unforgettably out of the Wiltshire countryside. Sadly, the days of being able to touch the enchanting ring of standing stones are gone, but the

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

Anyone who has had incredibly adept children zoom past them on black slopes will know that it is almost never too early to start teaching kids to ski. It can be a little bit more complicated picking out the very best places to get them on those nursery slopes for the first time. It’s sometimes even harder to make sure all that learning and exercise still feels like a vacation. Fortunately, there are four beautiful European destinations where those little darlings are perfectly catered for night and day.   Set

Pondering over which gorgeous Caribbean island might suit you best has to be one of life’s more pleasant problems to solve. Though the islands are united by their wonderful climate, natural beauty and warm welcome, many of them have special or even unique attractions depending on taste. St Barths is synonymous with ritzy international wealth and the high life. It’s the perfect Caribbean island for retail addicts and hedonistic groups. La Musique villa sleeps ten and exudes retro glamour and opulence…there’s even a grand piano. Villa Milou sleeps twelve and

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