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Say “Wow” to Winter Surfing: Top Tips for Carving Icy Waves

Winter surfing is the ultimate activity for adrenaline junkies. For those who are willing to brave the icy waves, it offers thrills like nothing else. Whether you want to face the powerful North Atlantic swells of Driftwood, Ireland, the rugged coastlines of Lapoint Surf Camp in Norway, or the uncrowded waves of Punta de Lobos, Chile, the sport has something for beginners and experienced surfers alike. Whatever level you are and wherever you surf, you need to make sure that you are properly prepared. The icy temperatures of winter surfing can be a real risk to your health, so let Get the Rig ...


Save, Smile and Ski: Top Tips for a Low-Cost Family Holiday

Whilst it, there are lots of ways to save. Go Last Minute If you want to travel with your children, then chances are that you Choose the Right Resort Picking a family-friendly resort will not only make your holiday more enjoyable, but could also help you to stick to a budget. Resorts that are geared up for families often have more activities on offer to keep the kids entertained. Very small children can take advantage of baby slopes with magic carpets and fun-themed obstacles that they can ski around. This will help them find their feet on their skis, and it Shop Smart for Kit and Lift P ...


Posh & Plush: The World’s Most Opulent Ski Resorts

Skiing has certainly become more affordable Aspen, Colorado, USA For a five-star experience, look no further than Aspen St Moritz, Switzerland Possibly the most luxurious ski resort on the planet, countless European royals and Hollywood A-Listers are among the regulars on the pistes and in the boutiques of St Mortiz each year. Think horse-drawn carriages, high-end boutiques including Bulgari and Chanel and 10,000 private jet landings in the local airport each year... you Although many come to St Moritz merely to be seen, the skiing itself is fabulous too. It Whistler, Canada For a fair ...


The Three Valley’s Coolest and Craziest Pistes

The Three Valleys is a great ski area for all abilities, but boasts some superb skiing for adrenaline junkies who want to venture off the beaten track and really challenge themselves. Here are a few of the toughest and most exciting runs in the Three Valleys to try on your next ski holiday Combe de Vallon Youo focus as you zoom down at high speed with very rapid acceleration. Jerusalem This superb slope starts out right above St Martin and winds all the way into the town below. Full of natural rollers, you can pick up speed and hit them hard and fast for a real adrenaline rush Christine ...


Beyond La Plagne’s Pistes: A Snowy Children’s Playground

Booking a family ski holiday when you Looking After Little Ones in La Plagne One of the first things to consider when booking a family ski holiday is what childcare options are available Family Accommodation The great thing about this resort is that it A lot of the accommodation here is self-catering apartments, which is often great for families: you can cook what you know your kids like and you have a communal space to gather in at the end of each day. Out on the Slopes The great thing about La Plagne If you are looking for something a bit more challenging while the kids are in ski s ...


Stop and Smell the Rosé in Val d’Isère’s Finest Restaurants

As well as wonderful skiing, Val d''Is La Fruiti For a cheese and wine tasting in Val d''Iss on the menu include their famous pasta and hearty meat dishes, with the spaghetti bolognaise in a jar being a personal favourite and easy crowd pleaser. If you choose to enjoy these delicious dishes outside to make the most of the stunning vistas, you can do so in one of their special super-warm onesies to ward off the cold. Le Signal For French food made with the freshest of local ingredients, Le Signal (known as Chez Brigitte by those in the know) would be hard to beat. Chef ...


Safe and Sound Skiing: The Children’s Magnestick

The Three Valleys is a great spot to take your kids for a family ski holiday. With good value for money, suitable skiing for beginners, family-friendly accommodation options and a special safety device for children on the slopes, you can The Magical Magnestick The Magnestick system essentially All kids need to wear is a protection vest for the system to work. These light 200g colourful vests have the added benefits of back protection in the event of falls or collisions while on the slopes, and ease of identification of your child should you be separated from them. The Journey Not All ...


Be Bold and Airboard: Snow-Stopping Daredevilry

If you Invented by a Swiss snowboarder, who was recovering from a snowboarding injury but didn This winter sport is just like body surfing, but on snow. Practitioners are given an inflatable board with grooves on the underside and handles on the upper, which they then throw themselves down on, hurtling off downhill as fast as they can. This may sound a little dangerous (and I would recommend making sure that your winter sports insurance is in place before trying this out), but actually the inflatable equipment makes this a What to Expect The first thing to know is that this activity, wh ...


Take a Cultural Journey in Lanzarote to Discover César Manrique

While many people think of holidays to Lanzarote as being about nothing more than relaxing in the Canary Islands’ warm winter sun, there is much more to the island than beaches and bars. A wonderful way to access the cultural heart of this beautiful island is to see it through the eyes of one of its most celebrated sons: artist, sculpture and architect César Manrique. Living the Life of an Artist Born in Arrecife in Lanzarote in 1919, Manrique fought in the Spanish Civil War before starting an architecture degree at the University of La Laguna. However, he soon realised that art was his true ...


Explore Bermuda’s Riveting Underwater World on a Wreck Dive

For those who relish the idea of a luxury holiday in top-notch Bermuda accommodation, but want something more from their holiday than just lying around on a beach, the island offers some of the best wreck diving in the world. Whether you want to explore former US Navy ships, paddle steamers, dredgers or a three storey luxury liner, the waters around Bermuda offer a plethora of diving opportunities. Ironically, the same stunning reefs which make Bermuda a mecca for scuba divers from around the world have been the downfall of the large number of ships floundering off its shores. According to lo ...


Discover the Mediterranean Marinas Where the Jet Set Play

Do you ever flick through the pages of fashion magazines, see the rich and famous taking in the rays aboard their latest super yacht and think – that’s the life for me? Why not follow in their footsteps? A super yacht may not be practical, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy the luxury and splendour of the Mediterranean marinas in which they moor their vessels for a spot of shopping or a lavish night out. From Vilamoura in the Algarve, and Puerto Portals in Mallorca, to Marina Rubicon in southern Lanzarote, holidays to these exclusive marinas can make an indulgent, luxury option for tho ...


Discover the Wilds of Western Sicily from the Lap of Luxury

If your dream of Sicily holidays includes beautiful remote landscapes, ancient culture and quiet, authentic Sicilian charm, then book yourself a stay in a luxury hotel in the west of the island, where you’ll find all of that and more. While holidays in Sicily have become increasingly popular in recent years, those hoping for a holiday away from the crowds should look to the west. But don’t let the term ‘rustic’ put you off. Despite being quieter than the tourist resorts of the east, there is still plenty of luxury here to attract discerning travellers. It’s just that five-star elegance here ...


Savour Glorious Gelato on a Family Holiday to Sicily

There are so many spectacular aspects to a visit to Sicily, ranging from visiting ancient to savouring excellent cuisine. However, the one element that always gets a mention from my clients when they return from their Sicily holidays is the ice cream. Gelato, as it’s known locally, is an integral part of Sicilian life (the locals even eat it for breakfast, wrapped in a delicious brioche bun). And nowhere is this more true than in the wonderful town of Taormina. This family-friendly resort is rightfully proud of its many gelaterie. Here the humble ice cream becomes a work of art, and is appre ...


Discover Luxury Dining at Bermuda’s Elegant Hotels

Of course, you come to Bermuda for its pink-sand beaches, warm, clear waters and blissful temperatures. But did you know that if you choose the right Bermuda accommodation, you’re also in for a gastronomic treat? This is because some of the leading luxury hotels on the island have gone to great lengths to ensure that their kitchens offer the kind of world-class cuisine that you would expect from the fine dining restaurants of Europe. Leading chefs, both local and from further afield, compete on a nightly basis to create the most delectable dishes, using only the best ingredients. To take adv ...


Relaxation and Romance in Avoriaz

Avoriaz is famous for more than just its steep slopes and fast skiing. The beautiful resort, sitting high up in the mountains of the Morzine commune, offers opportunities for relaxation, romance, and fun of every type. Couples especially enjoy Avoriaz’s fine dining and romantic offerings: four activities in particular will be hard to miss. Pampering at Deep Natural Spa Inside the steam room or outside in the jacuzzi, it’s up to you. At Deep Nature Spa, in the La Falaise area of Avoriaz, warm colours greet visitors and locals alike, looking for massages, facials, sensory showers, and many mo ...


Make the Most of Malta: Activities for Fun-Loving Families

On the little island of Malta, you are never far from the sea. With a warm sunny climate, a safe environment, and plenty of beaches to choose from, Malta is the perfect place for a summer family getaway. Whether you choose to stay in one of the island’s fully developed resorts or in its quieter fishing villages, there are tons of action-packed activities for the family to get their teeth into. BOV Adventure Park, Ta’ Qali The Ta’ Qali National Park is very popular with families looking for some outside fun and exercise. Within the park lies the adventure park area, a large site flanked by vi ...


La Plagne: A Snowy Paradise for Little Powder Hounds

For families with young children, there is no better place to go skiing in the Alps than La Plagne. A huge area, La Plagne is made up of 10 separate villages, all with great options for childcare, including 16 nurseries. There are also plenty of ski schools across the area, with ski gardens taking the very young ones below the age of 5 and schools for those aged 5 and above. Children can work their way through the French ESF classes, or choose from many great British ski schools with specialist native English instructors from back home. Either way, returning from a hard day on the snow, the wh ...


Boogie in Buġibba: The Coolest Clubs and Booziest Bars

Buġibba is one of the boogiest places in the southern Mediterranean. North of Malta’s capital Valetta, tourists flock to Buġibba all year round for its sandy beach, waterpark, and the bars and restaurants which flourish throughout the town. The town centre is a delightful mix of cobbled streets and cafés offering all the wonderful food and drink you could desire when on holiday. What goes on after dark however, is the real beauty of Buġibba. The amazing nightlife pulls in young people from across the island and beyond to party until the sun comes up in one of the man ...


Reach for the Michelin Stars in Courchevel

It’s no secret that when the rich and famous want to experience the beauty of the French Alps, they visit Courchevel. Made up of a collection of villages at different altitudes, the resort is famed for its glitz and glamour. The Village of Courchevel, formerly known as Courchevel 1850, is the highest and most prestigious of the set. It attracts the most upmarket holidaymakers, with the finest restaurants offering the highest quality cuisine to match. Le 1947 The only restaurant with 3 Michelin stars in the whole of Courchevel, Le 1947 elevates alpine cooking to a fine art. Situated in the 5* ...


3 Ways to Conquer the Beast of Mont Blanc

Chamonix is one of the most famous skiing destinations in the world. Sitting in the valleys of Mont Blanc, the resort is renowned for its pristine pistes and panoramic views. When you see Mont Blanc towering above you on a clear day, it’s difficult not to feel inspired. In fact, many people visit the area for the very purpose of conquering Western Europe’s highest peak. Let’s take a look at 3 of the most popular ways of getting to the top. From the Air Paragliding was actually invented in the 1970s in a town only 50km away from Chamonix. Anyone looking to take this high-adrenaline activity b ...


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