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Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia in Spain, makes for a fabulous city break where visitors can marvel at Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces, gorge themselves on fresh tapas or simply chill out on one of the city’s nine sandy beaches. Best Hotels Barcelona W Hotel Barcelona Reminiscent of the iconic Burj Al Arab in Dubai, the five star W Hotel rises out of the sea like a shimmering, silver sail at the end of Barceloneta beach. The hotel’s location is great for those wanting to experience Barcelona’s beach vibe, with the compromise being a slightly longer trek into the centre of town. The atmosphere is chic and sexy, and this hotel is definitely for those wanting to be part of the cool, Ibiza scene. Interior design at the W is sleek and stylish with a bling lobby and minimalist rooms that come with stunning views of the city or Mediterranean. The places…

As part of our joint 40th birthday celebrations, we planned a no expense spared trip to South Africa and the Seychelles. Two places we had always wanted to visit. For the first part of the trip we decided to base ourselves in Cape Town for four nights before heading north to Sabi Sands Game Reserve for three nights safari at Londolozi Lodge. We flew into Cape Town via Dubai with Emirates. You can fly direct with British Airways, but as they hold a monopoly on direct flights from London to Cape Town they charge double the price – poor form BA! So we decided we would rather take the longer route in Emirates business class than the shorter route in BA economy. This was a sound decision. Emirates business class is definitely a notch up on BA and comparable to Singapore Airlines service which is also very good. In general,…

LeBonners are spoiled for choice in New York when it comes to luxury hotels and delectable restaurants, so we have done the hard work for you and listed the best of the best for you to consider on your next trip to the Big Apple. Best Hotels New York Hotel Hugo Located in the Hudson Square neighbourhood, west of Soho, Hotel Hugo is a stylish Art Deco themed boutique residence. The food in the onsite restaurant, Il Principe, is homely and rustic. There are two rooftop bars with stunning 360-degree views. The Cuban themed Azul is open air and serves up a mean Mojito. Rooms start at around £265 per night. Hotel Baccarat With interiors designed by Gilles & Boissier, the Hotel Baccarat is a little bit of Paris in New York. Chic as opposed to bling (surprising given there are 15,000 pieces of glass on show), the Baccarat has…

Oh, Vienna! It’s almost impossible to avoid musical references when it comes to Europe’s capital of all things classical. Vienna is compact, easy to get around and al l the major sites and attractions are within 15 minutes of the city’s historic centre. The airport is only 20 minutes away, making the city ideal for a short weekend break. Vienna is famed for its Baroque palaces and State Opera House and is considered the musical capital of Europe. Add to this a thriving restaurant scene and some great hotels, making the Austrian capital the perfect luxury travel destination. Best Hotels Vienna Hotel Sacher Vienna The Hotel Sacher is among the finest hotels I have had the pleasure of staying in anywhere in the world. I consider the hotel comparable to Claridges in London because of its understated class and attention to detail. If you want a more qualified stamp…

Venice is like no other city on earth. The boat transfer from the mainland is like a time machine, transporting you to a mysterious, achingly beautiful, Renaissance masterpiece. The city is located in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea and is built on more than 100 small islands linked by 150 canals and 400 bridges. Venice is an all year round destination where lovers can wrap up warm and stroll the labyrinth of alleyways, anonymously floating between masquerade balls or delight in the painters light during spring and summer. Travellers beware, there is a small price to pay during the hotter, more humid months when the canals can kick up a pungent smell and hoards of tourists and mosquitos flock to the city. Best Hotels Venice Hotel Cipriani Venice The most famous hotel in Venice, the 5-star Hotel Cipriani, located on the island of Giudecca, has played host to the…

Below is the second in a three part series of the 30 most exclusive and luxury ski resorts in the world. Stay in Richard Branson’s £120k per week Chalet or party among the world’s elite with some of the best après ski in the world.. If you have deep enough pockets you can even move to one of them and include Bill Gates among your neighbours! 1. Aspen, Colorado (USA) One of America’s premier ski destinations, Aspen is made up of four mountains, each with it’s own personality and suited to different levels of skier. There are plenty of luxury hotels in Aspen and a host of excellent restaurants to suit the luxury traveller. Best Hotels Aspen The Little Nell – a Relais & Chateaux hotel, the only ski in, ski out 5-star hotel in Aspen, located at the foot of Aspen Mountain. Rooms cost about £1,000 per night. Hotel…