4 Top Luxury Ski Destinations for an Unforgettable Holiday

Skiing holidays are one of the most popular types of activity holiday for UK travellers. A luxury ski holiday is something that everyone must do at least once in their lives. The great thing about the resorts we look at today is that all of them cater for families and individuals. Skiing is a great idea for a family holiday, and luxury ski destinations have the best and well-rounded services that will make you feel like a king or queen. From hot tubs to gourmet (and very delicious) meals to your own mini hotel accommodation – you can find it all at these amazing ski destinations.

1. Ski Hiver Chalets in France

The Ski Hiver chalets offer self-catering options as well as a catered option. The chalets are run by a family who has been in business for more than 20 years and offers the best and affordable ski holidays in France. It is truly the best luxury ski chalet in France and it is great for the whole family. You will enjoy delicious food, fantastic ski adventures, and beautiful sights.

2. Chalet Bighorn in Canada

Bighorn has received the award for ‘World’s Best Ski Chalet’ for 3 years running. It offers a unique experience for the whole family. It is located at the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort and offers some truly amazing services and adventures. They offer bespoke heliskiing which is a new ski concept that is unique to Bighorn. You can choose to fly in a helicopter or you can ride the lift to get to the tallest ski hill in North America. When you get back from your adventure, you are treated with delicious food cooked by an award-winning chef in the luxury and warmth of this beautiful chalet.

3. ski slopesHahnenkamm Lodge in Austria

If you are looking for a recharge holiday or a romantic getaway, Hahnenkamm Lodge in Kitzbühel is the place to go. This luxury ski destination has some of the most exclusive private chalets in the Alps. This lodge is located near the best ski area in the world and will offer a lot of adventure and unique ski experiences. You will experience first-class service with the best chefs in the world as well as luxurious and comfortable accommodations. You will be inspired, recharged, and content after a holiday at the Hahnenkamm.

4. No. 14 Verbier in Switzerland

No.14 Verbier is known across the world as the ultimate luxury ski destination. This specific accommodation is actually a refurbished hotel with 13 en-suite rooms. It is the perfect accommodation for special events like anniversaries and birthdays where the whole family is invited. There are so many great services available including an indoor swimming pool, a spa with a Jacuzzi, cold plunge, and treatment rooms with massage therapist included. You will also find 2 cedar hot tubs, a home cinema complete with gaming consoles, WiFi, Sky TV, and a complimentary bar with all kinds of goodies. To make it even better, your meals will be cooked by Michelin star chefs. We cannot imagine anything more amazing than a week or two at No.14 Verbier.

A ski holiday is a must for everyone. If you have a big event coming up or just need some fresh air and a break, consider booking a ski holiday with one of these amazing destinations. You will return home a different person. Continue reading

The Foreign Tourist’s Guide To The UK

If you’re visiting the UK from overseas for the first time, welcome! A lot of things in this country are a little confusing for people who aren’t familiar with them, so a little advice can go a long way. Here we’ve tried to compile some of our best advice for anyone entering the country for the first time on a tourist holiday.

Firstly, it’s important to bear in mind that London is not the only place with interesting things for tourists to experience in the country. In fact, many people would argue that spending a lot of time in London when you first visit the UK is actually a waste of money, because prices are significantly higher on the whole compared to the rest of the country. There are many lesser known tourist attractions all over the country which may be less recognisable than Tower Bridge or Big Ben, but are much cheaper, less crowded and sometimes even more impressive.

It’s easy to spend a lot of money on food here, because there is a strong culture around going out for meals and a huge number of commercial restaurant chains trying to take advantage of the latest culinary trends. However, like anywhere else, you can find bargains if you’re happy with takeaways and lesser known restaurants. Be sure to look up places online before you eat there, but luckily you’ll find almost all UK food establishments can be found online as we take our reviews seriously!

Alternatively, of course, you can cook for yourself. Budget European supermarkets are the best places to buy ingredients, such as Lidl and Aldi, and if you’re from another European country you’ll already know this. If you’re really concerned about keeping costs down and you’re used to cheaper food prices, you might find you have to do this at least some of the time. Again, though, outside of London you will find much more affordable food.

Getting around the UK as a tourist could cost a lot if you catch the train everywhere without much forward planning. The rail service is a lot more expensive than it is in most other countries, especially at peak times when commuters are travelling between home and work. A cheaper alternative is to get buses and coaches, although this can cost you more time.

Fortunately, many of the actual attractions in the UK are free to see or enter, which can lower your overall costs. There are many wonderful castles, stately homes and other historical buildings that are unlike anything any other country has to offer, many of them costing nothing or very little to visit. In fact, there are a huge range of different attractions on offer and most of them outside the capital are not widely known, so the best thing to do is look up the top attractions in any area you’re planning to visit and see what’s highly rated.

How Tourists Can Get Around The UK Cheaply

Even for people who live in the UK full time, getting around to see different places can be a little tricky and confusing. There are several options, but none of them are guaranteed to be cheap unless you do your research and know who to listen to. Here are our top three tips to help you plan a trip around the UK.

Don’t write off taxi transfers

A lot of people will do their best to avoid taxi services because they may have had a bad experience in the past or been advised not to use them on the grounds that they can overcharge.

However, many taxi companies are completely reasonable with their charges, and if you need to make a quick and/or unusual journey that can’t be covered by public transport, taxis will often be a cheap and efficient option. It is worth remembering that busy cities (especially in the capital) will be a lot more expensive. If you are travelling from London to Bath for example, a Bath taxi company may be a more affordable option for airport transfers to and from your destination.

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How Brexit Has Impacted UK Tourism

Since the UK controversially voted to leave the European Union, the government has still been unable to make much progress actually implementing this action. However, since the day after the result of the vote was announced we’ve seen some major changes in terms of the British tourism industry.

Most of the changes stem from the fact that the pound has been weaker against other currencies and shows little sign of getting stronger any time soon. As a result of the political pressure on the value of our currency, exchanging GBP for other currencies is more expensive and it costs British citizens more to get the same amount of foreign money. The impact of this is that less people are heading abroad for holidays, opting instead to travel within the country where their money can go further.

When people choose to do this, they’re finding that UK tourist attractions are even more busy than expected thanks to the opposite effect being created in other countries. A cheaper pound makes travelling to the UK from foreign countries more affordable and appealing, so the 8 months since Brexit have seen greater numbers of tourists than usual coming into the UK to visit.

Another factor influencing this has been the increased global interest in the UK as a result of news coverage regarding Brexit. Combined with the fact that the pound has already been steadily falling in value for a number of years, and the tourism industry has grown year-on-year since 2010, it’s no surprised that these factors have all been compounded.

On the other hand, this does have a downside for the industry since a lot of the coverage has been focused on why the decision was made by so many British voters to leave the EU. The perception of the UK as a friendly nation may have been affected, especially in some European countries, and increased feelings of tension might put off tourists.

Ongoing political and social uncertainty is also a major factor for businesses who invest in corporate travel to the UK. This type of tourism has not grown since the Brexit announcement and in fact it shows signs of being reduced in future, since businesses are looking for stability and predictability.

In future, it’s hard to say whether this temporary boom in domestic tourism will actually be able to continue. The actions of the government will certainly play a part in this over the coming year, and the UK’s reputation as a desirable destination for foreign travellers may not escape unscathed from a messy Brexit process, but as the cost of travelling abroad for UK residents is likely to increase further, the result is hard to predict.

Top Scottish Tourist Attractions

Scotland is a great destination for anyone searching for rich history, a breath of fresh air and a sense of adventure. There’s so much to see and learn in this relatively small country, and its residents are famously proud to call it home, with good reason. It offers plenty of stunning attractions, although you may not be familiar with them. Here are some of the best.

Loch Ness –

Loch Ness

Perhaps the most famous of all Scottish attractions, Loch Ness is stunning for its sheer size alone. Once you factor in the incredible views along its shoreline, the ancient ruins nearby and the infamous legend of the Loch Ness Monster said to swim in its depths, it’s no wonder why this place is so popular with visitors.

Cuillin Hills, Skye –

Starting from the most northerly point you can reach within Scotland, these breathtaking hills are unique thanks to a clash of different geological forces. Black volcanic rock meets red granite in spectacular fashion, resulting in an amazing landscape not found anywhere else.

Melrose Abbey –

Melrose Abbey

Dating back almost 900 years, King David I of Scotland commissioned this impressive monastery was said to be the final resting place of many Scottish legends. Comprising of ruins from many different periods, Melrose Abbey is well worth a visit today for anyone interested in historical architecture. Continue reading

Celebrating Halloween In London

Since the UK has wholeheartedly embraced the Halloween spirit over the past few years, it stands to reason that the capital city of London offers some of the best events and entertainment in the country on the spookiest night of the year. If you’re planning to spend Halloween in London, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing your activities.

Shocktoberfest

For something truly spooky and in the original spirit of the season, London is unbeatable for ghost walks and tours. Many of London’s historic landmarks are said to be haunted, and you can explore many of these with the help of a professional guide. Whether you want to learn more about the history of the locations or simply get scared out of your mind, these tours may be perfect. We recommend trying a walking tour of the Tower of London area, or venturing somewhere truly creepy like the Greenwich Foot Tunnel.

Taking it to the next level, Halloween fanatics may want to go all out and visit some major spooky attractions in and around London. You might choose to visit the Medieval Banquet in St Katherine’s Dock, a dramatic affair with entertainment from terrifying hosts along with an authentic four-course meal with traditional ale and wine. Alternatively, you don’t have to travel far to find one of the famous “scream parks” hosting a Halloween spectacular, such as Tulley’s Farm which holds an annual Shocktoberfest close to Gatwick Airport.

Haunted Medieval Banquet in St Katherine’s Dock

If your idea of Halloween is more focused on going out and partying, of course London has you covered on one of the biggest party weekends of the year. Most of the city’s biggest clubs and bars will be hosting Halloween events this year, and since the night itself falls on a Monday you can expect a long weekend of spooky celebrations starting from the Friday before! Just make sure you get your costume planned in advance, since the streets of London are sure to be filled with some of the most impressive outfits.

Seaside Cafes & Restaurants To Visit

The UK offers some of the most underrated and spectacular coastlines in Europe, as well as some great beaches, harbours and seafront towns that make the ideal relaxing destination for local and foreign tourists. The food is often what makes a trip like this, so here are some of our favourite seaside locations if you’re looking for a top notch meal.

Fifteen Cornwall

The Magpie Cafe, Whitby

Locally famous for offering the best fish and chips in the region, The Magpie Cafe is situated right on the harbour front in this historic fishing town and is perfect for anyone seeking an incredible example of this staple British dish. Not only is the fish famous, but the creative desserts are also worth a taste.

Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay

This excellent and quirky restaurant is another one situated right on the beach, surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of the British coast. The surroundings are breathtaking, and as an added bonus, the food is incredible thanks to the input of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who created the concept. Continue reading

The Best Seafood Restaurants In the UK

It’s not always easy to find the best quality seafood in UK restaurants, as many of us live too far from the shore to see much fresh fish. However, to save you the hassle of scouring the country looking for the absolute best luxury seafood restaurants, we’ve already done the digging for you. Here is a selection including some of our favourites.

Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, Padstow, Cornwall –

Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant

This place is understandably busy as a result of its association with one of Britain’s most respected celebrity chefs, but it’s surprisingly relaxed and takes inspiration from all over the world when it comes to the food. However, being set on the Cornish coast there’s nothing better than enjoying some authentic British seafood here.

Inver Restaurant, Argyll, Scotland –

Inver Restaurant

Situated right next to Loch Fyne, this seafood restaurant specialises in sustainable and traditional Scottish cooking. Mussels, crab and langoustines are some of the best offerings here, with much more on the menu to satisfy any seafood lover.

Rocksalt, Folkestone, Kent –

Rocksalt Restaurant

This fabulous seafront restaurant in a premier spot at the harbour in Folkestone serves up some of the best seafood (and cocktails) you’ll find for miles around. Rocksalt is also a hotel, so you can enjoy the incredible views from the comfort of your bedroom too, but we highly recommend the restaurant with its specialities including local whelks, raw scallop salads and authentic taramasalata. Continue reading

The best of Lombok

When it comes to travelling in India, tourists are most likely to visit Bali as their primary destination. But little did you know that Lombok is one of the best destination to explore in India. Even though Lombok is not as well known, the hidden area offers many great places and activities. Let’s take a look at the following features of Lombok and why it’s worth a visit.

Gili Islands

For tourists who loves going to the beach, you can head off to the Gili Islands in Lombok. The Island is divided into three small islands, and they are known as Trawangan, Meno and Air. Each island is unique, and they all offer something different. You will find a variety of beaches, bars and hotel in Gili Trawangan. Normally Trawangan is the most active islands out of the three. If you feel like relaxing or having a small get away from the crowd, you can always make your way to Gili Meno. Meno is the smallest and most peaceful island. However, if you like to get active, it’s best to try Gili Air as they provide plenty of water activities including fishing, snorkelling, diving and much more.

Festival events

If you’re up for experiencing something new, you can join the Sea Worm Festival held in Lombok. It’s a lively festival that celebrates the story about a mythical princess who drowned herself in the waters of Lombok just to escape a fixed marriage set up by her parent. The festival takes place in mid February. The celebration consists of parades, catching and eating a sea worm from the waters.

Lombok also holds some other religious festivals including the Hari Raya and Senggigi Festival. The Hari Raya is celebrated with a fun feast after the Ramadan. The Senggigi Festival is celebrated to support tourism in the area.

Spicy foods and chilli spices

If you love trying out traditional foods or you simply love spicy foods, then Lombok is the best place to try some hot dishes. The word Lombok itself stands for chilli in Indonesia. There are plenty of restaurants in Lombok that offers a variety of hot dishes using their famous Lombok chilli spices. One of their popular chilli spices consists of their locally grown Naga Jolokia peppers, shrimp paste and garlic.

Shop for pearls

A place in Mataram called the Sekarbela village is known for their shops filled with many affordable pearls. This place is perfect for pearl lovers. The community also holds an activity where you can watch the local people farm their pearls.

Mount Rinjani

The Mount Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. You can make your way on the top volcano of Mount Rinjani within several days. Many tourists trek this amazing volcano just to see one of the most beautiful sunrises in India. But be aware that the journey to the top is not as easy as you think.

Local crafts

You will find numerous villages all around Lombok that showcases different kinds of traditional handicrafts. Most of their handicrafts are traditional and reflect the heritage and culture of the locals on the island. You can learn about different crafts including pottery, carvings and weavings. Some villagers offer activities where you can learn how to carve or create your pottery.

Historic places and diverse culture

Lombok is filled with great historical places and diverse culture. One of the most historic places to visit is the Mayura Water Palace. The palace was built in the 18th century and was previously owned by royalties.

Lombok is homed to different groups of culture and religion background including the Hindus, Buddhist and Muslims. Each group can peacefully live together in the same islands of Lombok.