Golf around Lake Maggiore

July 8, 2016

Golf – Piacere & Gusto is the title of a monthly Golf magazine for those looking for the perfect juxtaposition of Golf, excellent Hotels and good food.

The latest edition offers a special round up of Golf Courses round Lake Maggiore, where it is possible to play for at least eight  months of the year. The featured Hotel is Castello Dal Pozzo, ideally situated to act as a base for playing the very finest clubs:

  • CastelConturbia
  • Circolo Bogogno
  • Golf des Isles Borromees
  • Golf Club Verbania
  • Golf Club Alpino

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Unusual Hotels – Tree Houses in Indonesia

October 12, 2013
Unusual Hotels - Korowai Tree  House

Unusual Hotels – Korowai Tree House

Normally , grown-ups are known to build tree houses for their children, but in certain cultures  the grown-ups themselves live in tree houses. Read the rest of this entry »


Lago Maggiore Marathon – 20 October 2013

October 12, 2013

Departing from Verbania at 9.30. Three different levels of competition so that everyone can take part.

Lago Maggiore Marathon 2013

The third edition of the Lago Maggiore Marathon,  will be held next Sunday, October 20. Read the rest of this entry »


Unusual Hotels – The World’s Worst Hotel?

January 23, 2013
The Worst Hotel in the World?

The Worst Hotel in the World?

What’s the worst hotel you’ve ever stayed in? Never mind, it couldn’t have been any worse than the Hans Brinker Budget Hostel in Amsterdam, which actually prides itself on being the “world’s worst hotel”. Read the rest of this entry »


Unusual Hotels – Airplane suites – Various

January 22, 2013
Airplane Suite- Overview

Airplane Suite Luxury on the ground – Overview

There appears to be a run on converted airplanes as Unusual Hotel rooms. These range from the very luxurious, to the Hostel type, but all of them are “different”. I have chosen a small selection from a variety of places as examples of what is available for the curious or the adventurous. Read the rest of this entry »


Defining Luxury – one man’s definition

January 19, 2013

Defining Luxury – Reto Wittwer – Kempinski Hotels

Reto Wittwer CEO Kempinski Hotels

Reto Wittwer CEO Kempinski Hotels

President and CEO of Kempinski for the best part of 20 years, Reto Wittwer is not shy of an opinion or two. He talks to Phin Foster about true interpretations of luxury, the failings of his peers and why Europe remains more relevant than ever.

Standards may evolve but the guiding principles of luxury do not. Read the rest of this entry »


Explore in Style-by Bike

January 17, 2013
Ride a  bike in style

Ride a bike in style in New York

Ever quick on the uptake, New York’s most fashionable hotels are providing a stylish solution: bespoke vintage bikes for guests to explore the city on. The trend tends towards Dutch bikes that combine retro charm with new technology, complete with cushioned saddles so they’re comfy to ride all day, and upright handlebars so the rider can sit up and take in the sights as they scoot around the city.ù Read the rest of this entry »