Madrid may be Spain’s capital, but it is Seville that has truly captured my heart. Andalucia’s biggest and most exciting city, Seville has been seducing visitors for centuries; one of the first people recorded as falling in love was the 11th century Muslim poet-king Al-Mutamid. The place is working itsRead More →

Better than Barcelona? James Lawrence enjoys a weekend break in Spain’s great unsung treasure – Madrid “See Naples and die,” or so they say. The same quote is often applied to Barcelona, Catalunya’s eternally popular – and tourist-ridden – capital, but in my experience Madrid beats Barcelona hands down inRead More →

James Lawrence experiences a luxury break in the iconic ski resort of Flims, without going near a piste. To visit Flims without the intention of skiing, may initially seem as perverse as booking into a luxury suite and then pitching up a tent in the hotel’s garden. But then Switzerland’sRead More →

Visiting far-flung locations to play golf for the benefit of readers is a tough life, but someone has to do it. So when Paul Trow was invited to Mauritius for the fourth time in 25 years he was quick to say ‘yes’. What is it about Mauritius? The dodo, itsRead More →

One of the cruellest torments endured by Byron’s Prisoner of Chillon was to glimpse through the bars of his cell breathtaking mountains with their ‘thousand years of snow / On high – their wide long lake below / And the blue Rhône in fullest flow’. The belated ‘compassion’ of hisRead More →

Self-confessed Harley Davidson sceptic Jamie Clohesy has his mind blown and breath taken away astride a Fatboy on a fairy-tale trip There are certain times in any discerning gentleman’s life when one has to take things at face value and just ‘go with the flow’ no matter what one’s reservations.Read More →

Obertauern promises the most reliable snow anywhere in the Alps, says Kika Sroker-Miller. Famous for its starring role in the Beatles film Help and acknowledged as one of Austria’s finest ski resorts for beginners and intermediates, Obertauern is the highest ski resort in the SalzburgerLand region of Austria, its elevation andRead More →

Turn back the clock with a stay in Cairo There aren’t many places in the world as historically significant as Cairo. Situated on the Nile River in the north of Egypt, the city is in an almost unique position. On the one hand, it has become a sprawling modern cityRead More →

James Lawrence experiences the splendour of a luxury break in the Aeolian islands “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” John Steinbeck’s eulogy to the most enchanting part of the Amalfi Coast couldRead More →