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Ok, I’ll admit it, I am rapidly approaching my 40th year and may be having a small mid-life crisis…I have been frantically working through my bucket list like there is no tomorrow and the sports car is already sitting in the driveway. No self-respecting middle-aged man’s bucket list should be considered complete without the inclusion of a road trip through the USA in an all-American muscle car. British Airways have recently started a new service direct from London to San Jose in California. So on a cold Sunday night in London, after a few glasses of wine, I booked two business class flights using my British Airways companion voucher and Avios points. With the flights booked I now had to plan a route for our seven night Californian road trip. As we only had a week to play with I mapped out a route that would start in Napa Valley…

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…

Below is the first in a three part series of the 30 most exclusive and luxury ski resorts in the world. Hotels and Chalets frequented by the world’s elite, including film stars, royalty, sports men and women, politicians and rock stars. Resorts with heated streets and escalators, entire mountains for hire and chalets that come complete with their own butlers and mini bars stocked with Krug and Dom Perignon. 1. Courchevel 1850 (France) Located in Les Trois Vallées with a lift system linking the resort to Meribel and Val Thorens, Courchevel 1850, playground of the rich and famous, is one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the world. The resort guest list is a who’s who of the world elite including Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Beckhams, Christina Aguilera, Lionel Richie, the Saudi royal family, George Clooney and many more… Best Hotels Courchevel 1850 L’Apogee – 100 yards…

Paris! City of love, art, history, fashion, culture and of course delectable food and wine. With some of the best hotels and restaurants in the world, and not forgetting enough designer shops to keep even Kim Kardashian busy for a while, Paris has everything the luxury traveller is looking for. Paris is great all year round, but we recommend heading there in August when the locals have all headed down to St Tropez or Antibes for their summer holidays, leaving the restaurants and bars free for the tourists to enjoy. Best hotels Paris Four Seasons George V For me, The Four Seasons George V Hotel is the best hotel in Paris. The rooms are beautifully appointed, the hotel interior is decadent, and there is an in-house two Michelin star restaurant. Add to this impeccable service, a long and distinguished history and a reassuringly expensive price tag, guaranteed to keep the…