Why rent a private luxury villa over a hotel?

Luxury villa rentals have long been a popular alternative to a holiday in the hotel, for a good reason! Whether for relaxation, to spend a party weekend with friends or as a starting point to explore the surrounding countryside and people. Paradizo has summarized for you the 5 most common reasons of why renting a

My Top 5 perfumes for Spring

This year, I have been trying to say goodbye to Winter for weeks now – but with no real luck. Spring is late but has finally arrived – and it is time to change scents for the next 6 months that are coming our way. Without further ado, here are my Top 5 perfumes for Spring – and most are unisex too: Hermes Citron Noir Eau de Cologne Costs: from £50 (50ml) or £78 (100ml) from Feel Unique (UK and rest of the world), …

The ILTM 2017 in Cannes – International Luxury Travel Market

Paradizo is proud to be part of the ILTM exhibition 2017 in Cannes, and so happy to meet partners and colleagues again at one of the most professional fairs of the Luxury Travel Market. We are always trying to grow our network in order to be able to compete and to offer our

A hotel to remember: Sani Dunes, Halkidiki, Greece

My first visit to Halkidiki, in Greece’s mainland, 3 years or so ago was pretty great – a part of the world I had heard very little about but really liked from the moment I arrived. When Sovereign Luxury Travel challenged me to go back, and explore the brand new Sani Dunes, I obviously said yes because a) I love Greece, b) Sovereign has always picked really great hotel choices in all our trips (10+ by now, but who is counting) and c) Sani and Ikos (where I stayed on my first trip) are part of the same …

Leakey’s Bookshop in Inverness – A Church Full of Books!

What do you get if you turn a church into a bookshop? You get Leakey’s Bookshop in Inverness, often hailed the most beautiful bookshop in Scotland, and quite possibly the UK. Back in 1982, Leakey’s stock was spread out in two small shops in Inverness (it’s a small city in the Scottish Highlands if you’re wondering). In 1994, they began the process of converting an old Gaelic church into their present business of one huge, magical bookshop. Thankfully, little changes have been made to the building since its days as a place …

PHOTO: Thai Woman at the 2018 Flower Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A women in traditional dress marches down the parade route during the 2018 Flower Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The annual event is held during on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the first week of February. The highlight of the Flower Festival is the Saturday morning parade, which features flower-bedecked floats, marching bands, and groups of men and women who, like this beautiful young woman, proudly wear their traditional ethnic garb. This woman is wearing a silk striped longyi (an ankle-length wrap-around skirt) and traditional white lace blouse,… The post PHOTO: Thai Woman…

Top 5 places to travel in Europe in May

Summer is close, in Europe the pleasant weather returns, and the sun begins to warm up several countries. It is the ideal time to visit southern and western Europe.  You want to plan a vacation in May to get some sun, enjoy the beach, delicious food and experience some European culture? But where can you

Malmö’s Murals: Street Art in South Sweden

If you dip into my archive, you’ll find I’ve written quite a lot about street art in various cities around the world. Most of them you’ll already know about though. Every mother and her son who goes to Berlin has written about it, and the same goes for London, Lisbon and Reykjavik. But what about Malmö? What about Malmö? I can hear you say. Well there’s street art there too. Of course it can’t be compared to the aforementioned cities. But if you’re looking for quality over quantity, the ones that can be spotted in Sweden’s 3rd largest city …

PHOTO: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep by Night in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most important Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, Thailand. According to legend, a monk from the Sukhothai Kingdom dreamed that he would find a relic of the Buddha in Pang Cha. The monk dug at the site he was shown in his dream and found what was believed to be the shoulder …

Must Stay: Meghauli Serai, a Luxurious Taj Safari Lodge in Nepal

A wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal is the perfect complement to the unforgettable cultural touring and breathtaking scenery in other parts of the country. The best way to experience beautiful Chitwan is with a stay at Meghauli Serai, a Taj Safari Lodge in an ideal location on the edge of the Rapti River and the national park. The intimate lodge has 16 villas overlooking the river and the subtropical jungle of Chitwan. Each features a luxurious bedroom, an expansive indoor-outdoor …

8 of the most luxurious restaurants in the world

Luxury doesn’t know any boundaries, especially not when it is about food. Whether sushi or European, meat or fish, every dish offers irresistible culinary delights with an exceptional ambience and exclusive star cuisine.  Paradizo will present you eight restaurants that are among the most expensive and luxurious in the world to give you some inspiration

10 espadrilles perfect for your next trip

Espadrilles have really come a long way – being Portuguese and with a family obsessed with Spain, I must confess I have been wearing them my whole life (and so has Mr. O, as espadrilles have always been the beachwear choice the men in my family have deemed as appropriate!). This Summer, they have really made a comeback, and it it came quite a few options in terms of styles – making it appropriate as day and evening wear (in some cases). Here is my selection of 10 espadrilles perfect for your next trip: Castaner…

27 Most Colourful Towns & Cities in Scandinavia

I started putting this list together a very long time ago and always end up adding a new town or city whenever I go back to Scandinavia. We all know it can be cold and often dark in this region but these colourful places really transform and lift the whole landscape. The first time I really started to appreciate the use of colour so far north was in 2012 during a visit to the art nouveau town of Ålesund whilst working for Scandinavia Only, followed by Reykjavik in 2013 and the list…

Our health update – a family loss, post prostate cancer and resuming IVF

It was a big decision to share last year that we were about to begin our third round of IVF. Nevertheless, it was absolutely the right thing to do – I was overwhelmed by the support and love (and did my best to respond to every single message) and also to learn that so many of my readers had been…