The journey from Helsinki to Tallinn is certainly different to what you might expect between two European capital cities, certainly in winter at least. In the deep freeze of the season in northern Europe, these cities are set in ice, and the journey on the Helsinki to Tallinn ferry is an ice-shattering experience as the ship cuts through a frozen Baltic Sea. Northern Europe was for a long time under-explored for us, so we were excited to venture north, and discover these cool cities. They have commonalities – a trendy, kooky Nordic vibe – but their contrasts make them a fascinating twin city break. Continue Reading
“Welcome to the sunniest town in Finland,” said our lovely guide Tarja. We were in the small southern coastal town of Naantali, one of the oldest in Finland. It is the official summer residence to the Finnish president, while Russia’s president Putin is also a regular visitor. And the town’s charms were immediately apparent, even to us lesser political mortals. And yes the sun was shining, even though the temperature was well below freezing on the January morning. As we walked around the quaint little town centre, we came upon many 17th and 18th century wooden buildings, which give Naantali a distinctive relaxed feel. Continue Reading
Luxury travel is about more than the next chic hotel or first class flight.
And whether you’re booking your travels with an agent, packaging your trip your self, or considering options from a raft of sexy flash sale websites, you’ll benefit from a few pointers to help you liberate your luxury travels.
Here we list the very best in luxury hotels, cruises, books, apps, blogs and resources to inspire your luxury travels, and help you plan and book your flights, accommodation, and more. This list is regularly updated, when we discover amazing companies, websites, apps and more that we know you’ll love too, so check back regularly.
Luxury Travel: Destination Guides
The major publishers of destination guides – Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, and Fodor’s for example, have much of the world covered and offer a good general guide to a place. But there are some guidebooks that focus on solely on luxury travel:
Hg2 A Hedonist’s Guide has 48 guide books and iPhone apps to cities and ski resorts around the world, as well as foodie guides to London and New York.
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Getting to Your Accommodation
Though most airports are well and truly stocked with taxis outside to deliver you to your accommodation, you can also arrange private and group transfers in advance with the likes of World Airport Transfer or Resort Hoppa.