Britain has always excelled at luxury - Rolls Royce cars, Connolly leather, Harris tweed, Wilton carpets, Paisley shawls – most of it aimed at a small elite of aristocracy and arrivistes, it must be said. These days, though, the whole world wants luxury, so Britannia has shaken her skirts, booked in for a facelift and upped her game. There has been an unprecedented rise in luxury hotels, bars, shops and spas, many of them in gorgeous historic buildings, others in exciting new builds. Plans are afoot to bring luxury shopping to the heart of the City (London’s financial centre), companies such as Dhillon Hotels and Crazy Bear are renovating historic coaching inns, and the Italian designers Missoni will open their first UK hotel in Edinburgh later in 2008. But that’s all to come. Here’s a thumbnail guide, for the man – or woman – on a mission to luxuriate now:
If your family has pets then you'll know how attached you can get to your four-legged friend, they are practically an extra member to the family and so you'll want them to go everywhere with you when it comes to going on holiday. If your holiday plans this year don't involve flying out of the country (and with the rising cost of flights and living in general not many will be able to afford it anyway!) then there's no reason why you can't take your dog along too.
You can learn and enjoy so much with a walk in the park. No, not your local park but the Peak District National Park.
The Peak District was Britain's first national park, established in 1951 and can be found mainly in the county of Derbyshire and also parts of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire and Yorkshire.
It covers 1,438 square kilometres – but enough of the facts and figures, what's the place actually like?
It’s nearly June and in a few days we will be sorting out the camping bits and pieces ready for a trip to France – all that lovely cheese, the markets, even the hypermarkets are anticipated. Usually we know some of the people we will meet, but not this time, except by accident perhaps.
The relaxed feeling of being on holiday can lead people to take risks with their safety that they would not take when at home. The following travel tips will help to make sure that your holiday is enjoyable and safe.