Posts Tagged ‘Europe’

European Holidays – The Culinary Art of Squeezing Tomatoes

Our European Destination Specialist Jackie Slaughter loves nothing more than discovering other cultures, so she couldn’t wait to get involved in a Sicilian cookery class at the Verdura Resort in Sicily this summer. She joined local chef Gianluca and a handful of other guests to prepare a delicious lunch.  The dishes were crafted under Gianluca’s watchful eye, using fresh local ingredients. To bring the taste of Sicily into your own home this chilly autumn , see the recipes below.

France in May has lots to offer

May is a great month to get yourself some spring sunshine in France. Many properties still have availability for May, and low season prices make this a very tempting and affordable escape.

May I go on holiday? Yes!

Corsica’s amazing mountain roads

One of my favourite places in Europe to drive around is Corsica. Even in the height of summer, when the Cote d’Azur is grid-locked, there are still plenty of quiet and empty roads to be found on this beautiful island.

The Best Family Water Sports Holidays

Messing about on the water – in it, under it, on top of it, riding rapids, catching waves, cutting through it or gently bobbing along under peaceful azure blue skies… No matter what your age, there is something about the call of the sea when it comes to summer holidays. Here are just a few of the best places in the world for family water sports holidays, for water babes and those just wishing to dip a toe…

The Arctic – An Extraordinary Adventure in Swedish Lapland

I am never quite sure why the Germans take all the credit for efficiency. The unsung heroes in possession of that quality are surely the Swedes who, by the way, win the award for generosity as well. This is a country that works like clockwork, where trains, planes and automobiles pride themselves on early arrival. Add to that the omnipresent smorgasbord of generosity (not just in private houses but even at the airport where free wifi and complimentary newspapers seem to be de rigeur) and it soon becomes clear that travelling in Sweden is a joy.

Inspiration for your Easter Holidays

When it comes to holiday planning, it pays to think ahead. Many popular destinations are booking up fast for April and the Easter holidays in particular, so our travel experts have compiled some recommendations to ensure you don’t miss out – whether you are seeking action and adventure, peace and solitude, or a traditional family holiday in the sun. Here are just a few suggestions to inspire your plans this Easter:

Top Ten Holidays with Teenagers

They say you have only 16 summers with your children before they depart on their own adventures. True to an extent but we find them quite keen to stick with the ‘rents’ when they sniff that there’s something exciting in the offing. So get ahead…plan something fun which will appeal to their much hipper nature, but more importantly, something that everyone will regard as huge fun. Our destination specialists are adept at suggesting places to fulfil even the most jaded families, from wilderness adventures in the Canadian West and fly-boarding in the Maldives to cool beach club hang-outs in Ibiza.

Restaurants, Bars and Ski Chalets in St Anton – The Lowdown

The 2012/13 ski season proved particularly popular for requests for catered and self-catered ski chalets in St Anton and the pretty Tyrolean village looks set to further its reputation in 2013/14. St Anton is a favourite amongst discerning skiers with its excellent choice of on and off-piste runs for adventurous intermediates and experts, the car-free streets adding to its traditional charm. Despite its diminutive stature compared to some other European ski resorts, St Anton has some of Europe’s best après ski entertainment, with an excellent choice of bars and nightlife. Below Charlie Stephenson recommends where to go as the slopes quieten and where to stay:

The Magic of a Long Weekend in Venice

It is extraordinary that for a city which derives most of its income from tourism, that Venice has been able to retain its magic so successfully. From the moment you step into the sleek, highly polished wooden speed boat at Venice airport, one is transported into an intensely romantic world of eye-watering beauty and cultural infusion. Yes, it is expensive but there is simply nowhere else in the world that comes close. The key however, is not only knowing where to stay, but which room to stay in. Location aside, views in Venice are a critical component and not a decision to get wrong if you value your relationship! Red Savannah CEO, George Morgan-Grenville, explores La Serenissima.

Family Holidays – From African Safaris to Mediterranean Resorts

As parents ourselves, we’ve experienced the challenges of travelling with small children. We instinctively understand the importance of knowing whether the villa pool is gated or not, which seats on the plane are most suitable when travelling with babies and which Mediterranean resorts have the best kids clubs. Our destination specialists take the time to understand your family’s interests and needs, whether you have teenagers demanding high-adrenalin activities or a toddler who loves splashing about in a pool.