August 19, 2016

Must Stay: Ballyfin in Ireland

Ballyfin is—without question—the finest of the many aristocratic manor hotels in Ireland. The 19th-century Regency mansion sits on a 614-acre demesne (estate) in County Laois, about an hour and a half by car from Dublin. For anyone interested in design and interiors, staying at Ballyfin is a dream. Elegant furnishings and details fill every inch […]

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Destinations:  Ireland

Tags:  Ballyfin, countryside, estates, Ireland, Ireland tours, Irish, luxury hotels

August 17, 2016

Insider Scandinavia: Interview with a Denmark Travel Expert

One of our Denmark luxury travel experts, Arden Andersen, lived in Copenhagen for six years and is a wealth of knowledge about the city and region. Read about some of her favorite experiences and recommendations in this in-depth interview. Q: Why did you move to Copenhagen? A: I studied abroad in Copenhagen for a semester […]

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Tags:  antiques, books, breweries, cafes, castles, Christmas, cooking, Copenhagen, Denmark, family travel, food, gardens, ice cream, markets, museums, music, Nordic, porcelain, restaurants, Scandinavia, shopping, theme parks, travel experts, UNESCO

August 12, 2016

Akrotiri Archaeological Site on Santorini, Greece

When most people think of the beautiful volcanic island of Santorini in Greece, they think of terraces of whitewashed houses clinging to the steep sides of the caldera or cliffside pools with dreamy views of the Aegean Sea far below. In the southern part of the island is another sight that visitors shouldn’t miss: the […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Greece

Tags:  Akrotiri, archaeology, Greece, ruins, Santorini

August 1, 2016

Exploring Australia’s Outback: Uluru & Kata Tjuta

A highlight of any trip to Australia is visiting the Red Centre to experience its unique geological formations and aboriginal culture. Iconic Uluru is a massive, 1,142-foot-high rock formation surrounded by red desert. Also known as Ayers Rock, it offers a number of interesting experiences that reveal its geological and cultural importance and immerse visitors […]

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Destinations:  Australia, South Pacific

Tags:  Aboriginal, adventure, art, Australia, Australia tours, luxury hotels, Outback, Red Centre, safari, stargazing, Uluru

July 26, 2016

The Douro Valley and Porto, Portugal

Portugal’s dramatic Douro Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of steep hills covered in vineyards extending down, row by row, to the Douro River. The planting patterns form intricate designs in the hills, which are best viewed during a slow cruise up the river in a vintage wooden boat. Between the vineyard terraces, the […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Portugal

Tags:  architecture, culinary travel, Europe, food, luxury hotels, Portugal, Portugal tours, restaurants, spa, vineyards, wine

July 20, 2016

Must Experience: Dim Sum in Hong Kong

Dim sum—the small bites usually served for breakfast or lunch from steaming bamboo baskets piled on rolling carts—is taken very seriously in Hong Kong. You’ll find different types of dim sum restaurants throughout Hong Kong, from crowded holes-in-the-wall, such as Tim Ho Wan in the Kowloon district, to elegant dining rooms with spectacular views, such […]

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Destinations:  Asia, China

Tags:  China, China tours, culinary tours, culinary travel, dim sum, food, food tours, Hong Kong, restaurants

July 10, 2016

Flowers in Holland: Keukenhof and Aalsmeer

When many people think of Holland (the Netherlands), they automatically think of tulips. Since first being imported from Turkey in the middle of the 16th century, tulips have thrived in Holland, becoming one of the country’s most important sights and industries. During the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, tulips were an essential possession […]

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Destinations:  Europe, Holland

Tags:  Aalsmeer flower auction, flower tours, flowers, garden tours, gardens, Holland, Keukenhof, Netherlands

June 29, 2016

Indochine Style in Vietnam

Colonized by France in the 1880s, Vietnam fell under French influence in many aspects of its culture, including art, architecture, fashion and cuisine. Even after Vietnam attained independence in the 20th century, those influences remained, and they are in evidence still, often in a fusion of Vietnamese and French styles known as Indochine. The French […]

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Destinations:  Asia, Vietnam

Tags:  architecture, Asia, Asian, design, food, French, hotels, Indochina tours, Indochine, Southeast Asia, style, Vietnam, Vietnam tours