Insider tips from our resident Paris experts

Paris is instantly recognisable – the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, crimson pergaloniums bobbing on Haussmann balconies. Yet past these icons lies a city brimming with diverse experiences; we spoke to our Paris experts Judy and Stephanie, who hand-pick the finest hotels in the city, to give us an inside glance at what makes the City of Lights so enthralling… Experience artistic Paris “It’s when I’m … Continue reading Insider tips from our resident Paris experts

My city: Paris by hoteliers

Fancy escaping to Paris? Want some inspiration on what to do? We’ve asked the people who know best, those who work in our carefully selected group of Parisian hotels, for their take on what makes Paris so irresistible… Laurent Rozenbaum, Hotels en Ville group “I love having a drink onboard a boat, passing under the beautiful old bridges of the city and taking in the … Continue reading My city: Paris by hoteliers

Paris: beneath the tourist trail

Go for the Eiffel Tower, the Moulin Rouge photo-op, the Notre Dame tour and a stomp down the Champs-Élysées; but don’t dare miss some of the city’s diverse and lesser-known offerings. If you are a culture-seeker, start here; and as you round the end of the Promenade Plantée, unpick a side of Paris that some will miss on their first trip. Promenade Plantée An urban … Continue reading Paris: beneath the tourist trail

Secret guide to: Lombardy & the Italian Lakes

Medieval towns dot a landscape of vast, crystalline lakes. Lombardy and the surrounding lake region are framed by the dramatic fall of the Alps, creating stunning scenery that leaves any visitor breathless. Whether it’s the draw of Lake Como, which has attracted its share of celebrities and jetsetters, or exploring the medieval citadels of Bergamo or Mantua beset with lavish Renaissance architecture, the region is … Continue reading Secret guide to: Lombardy & the Italian Lakes

Secret guide to: The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast – effortlessly photogenic, indelibly charming, and truly romantic. Precariously clinging to the rocks, technicolour houses form villages that scale the steep slopes, held together by vertical roads and plenty of stairs. They reveal small streets packed with quaint trattorias, boutiques, and impossibly good views. With a string of towns to explore, each with their own unique flair, the Amalfi Coast offers endless … Continue reading Secret guide to: The Amalfi Coast

Secret guide to: Iceland’s Ring Road

Iceland positively encourages intrepid exploration – head into the hinterland for surreal volcanic landscapes and craggy peaks that shelter cascading falls. Luckily for you, Icelanders built a vast road network that circles the far reaches of the island. Aptly named the Ring Road, it circles the outer edge offering access to a host of breathtaking sights. Discover steaming landscapes straight from a sci-fi movie, dramatic … Continue reading Secret guide to: Iceland’s Ring Road

Secret guide to: Iceland’s Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is the best way to see inspired landscapes just a short drive from Reykjavik. Catch the rift between the American and Eurasian plates before heading to hot springs and explosive geysers. The Golden Circle harbours a diverse and unforgettable collection of natural wonders, completing any stay in Reykjavik. There’s a host of tour operators that offer this service, or you can hire … Continue reading Secret guide to: Iceland’s Golden Circle

Secret guide to: Queens & The Bronx

Manhattan may be seductively enthralling, but to miss Queens and the Bronx is to miss the real Big Apple. This is where New Yorkers live and any visit promises an authentic flavour of NYC life. Both are wildly diverse, with communities that create a rich tapestry of cultural delights. Discover down-to-earth diners and contemporary cool in a host of hip galleries, with a legacy that … Continue reading Secret guide to: Queens & The Bronx

Secret guide to: Brooklyn

Move over Manhattan; make way for Brooklyn – the isle’s hip, younger sibling. An influx of artists and creatives in search of more affordable rents turned this into a den of celebrated creativity, where hipster bars sit snug alongside age-old Mom & Pop diners. Galleries, live music, excellent river views and indie businesses make Brooklyn a truly unique neighbourhood where new ideas and artisan flair … Continue reading Secret guide to: Brooklyn

Secret guide to: Manhattan

The epicentre of New York City is a magnificent collection of bucket-list topping icons. Immortalised on screen and in music the world over, Manhattan is uniquely familiar, yet offers constant surprises with each visit. It seamlessly mixes stalwart classics with burgeoning new scenes, constantly pushing boundaries and laying the standard for style and glamour across the world. Alight at coveted restaurants, world-leading museums, glamorous bars … Continue reading Secret guide to: Manhattan