Alesund: An Art Nouveau Jewel in Norway

Built on a series of small islands in an archipelago in the fjord region, Alesund is a jewel in Norway known for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and proximity to one of the country’s most famous fjords, Geirangerfjord. Artisans of Leisure arranges in-depth private cultural and scenic touring in and around Alesund. Devastated by a fire in 1904, Alesund was rebuilt …

Algarve – The Portuguese paradise of sunshine

Algarve is called the beautiful coast that runs along the southern side of Portugal, whose region offers breathtaking beaches, rugged cliffs, historical towns, hidden bays, dreamy villages and interesting activities. The Algarve is blessed with a fantastic climate, so you can be without problems from May to mid-October on the beach. It can rightly be

The Best of Singapore: Food, Architecture, Crazy Rich Asians Tours & More

The release of the film Crazy Rich Asians has drawn a lot of attention to Singapore, a fascinating island country. We have just returned from the city, where we revisited our favorite locations and experienced the best of the country’s food, art, shopping, gardens and unique Peranakan culture. Singapore’s black-and-white houses date from the colonial era and reflect the country’s fascinating past. A visit to Gardens by the Bay—a huge waterfront park—is a must when visiting Singapore. Garden Rhapsody is a …

Chamonix – The Ski paradise in France

The small French alpine town of Chamonix, the birthplace of alpinism, which attracts uninterrupted visitors, flanked by a mountain panorama, crowns of fir peaks and deep glaciers. The colorful and dynamic city at the foot of Mont Blanc attracts many visitors every year. Its landscape of heroic proportions makes other Alpine resorts tame. Paradizo is

Ashley Isaacs Ganz on The Best of Ireland

We asked Artisans of Leisure founder and CEO Ashley Isaacs Ganz to share some favorite experiences in Ireland based on her most recent visit to this beautiful country. Read more about her tour and the best of Ireland. Q.) Tell us about your trip. Where did you go? I traveled all over the country, and I also spent some time in Northern Ireland.  I had never been to Belfast before… …and I enjoyed exploring the city’s highlights, including renowned pubs… …antiques markets… …and taking an excursion to Giant’s…

Miami Florida – Luxury Travel Guide

Miami, the name already arouses many associations. Being located on the Atlantic coast of Florida it is known for its endless beaches, eternally bright sun, whimsical climatic conditions and colorfully dressed, tanned people on surfboards or inline skates. High palm trees line the boulevards, various luxury islands with very magnificent luxury villas are located around

Cruising the Mekong River in Vietnam & Cambodia

A luxury cruise on the Mekong River is a great way to visit beautiful but difficult-to-access parts of Vietnam and Cambodia in style. Our favorite Mekong cruises start in the Mekong Delta, a fascinating rural part of Vietnam near Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), and journey up the river to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, over several days. En route, travelers…

Hawaii travel guide

Sandy beaches, lush rainforests and always nice weather: If you think of Hawaii, you will soon feel happy and wander. You have pictures of light flower chains, high waves and coconut palms in your head. And anyone who has ever been to Maui, Oahu or the other Hawaiian Islands knows that you cannot find the

Quirky & Unusual Things to do in Tokyo

Statue of Hachiko the Devoted Dog Hachiko truly is the embodiment of man’s best friend in this story of loyalty and devotion. Everyday Hachiko the akita would meet his owner at Shibuya Station after he finished work. Until one sad day the train came, but his master didn’t appear like usual – he had died of a stroke. However, Hachiko still returned the next day, and the next, and …

Sailing Around French Polynesia with Aranui 5, a Combo Cruise Ship and Freighter

One thing I know for sure. Not all cruises are created equal. I have long eschewed voyages on behemoth cruise ships that carry up to 6,000 passengers and offer on-board amenities like water slides, rock-climbing walls, and miniature golf. Likewise, I have no interest in glitzy ports where the focus is on shopping, or on shore excursions that …

A Visit to Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok

The glittering Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok is considered the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand and is a must-see for the stunning architecture, craftsmanship, and layers of historical and spiritual significance. Artisans of Leisure arranges expert-led private tours of the complex, which dates from the founding of the capital in 1782. The palace …

Mykonos luxury travel guide

The small and beautiful island in the Greek Aegean offers holiday makers crystal clear blue water and beautiful sandy beaches that invite you to sunbathe and swim. But it is also rich in culture, it has numerous picturesque houses along the coast and a historic church called Panagia-Paraportiani. White colored houses and a lively old

Top 5 Beauty Essentials for Autumn – 2018 Edition

This Summer was pretty great – I got things started in Florida (I loved going back after a few years) in June and in July we went back to Portugal for the usual 9 days. That trip is pretty much the same every year – 6 days in the Algarve, followed by a nice long weekend in Lisbon. In August, we went back to California (as we always do) and we stayed for almost 20 days – it may seem a bit…

12 Dishes You Must Try in Malaysia

Malaysian food is the evolution of cultures and influences mixing together and creating a melting pot of aromatic and distinct flavours. Malaysia is made up of three major ethnicities—Malay, Chinese, and Indian – and the fusion of these ethnicities come to the boil in many of these dishes highlighted in this list. There’s a lot to see and do on any trip to Malaysia. But one thing…