Best luxury resorts in Europe

Skiing holidays have long been considered one of the finest, most luxurious and also most exciting ways to spend either a short weekend break or an entire three week long vacation. Europe is the home to some of the best international ski resorts, as well known for their gourmet restaurants, designer boutiques and world class hotels as their pistes.  At First Luggage we transport our customers’ precious items to some of the finest ski resorts in the world.  Here are some of our favourite European ski locations;
Zermatt, Switzerland

Tucked away in the south of Switzerland you will find Zermatt, surrounded by astonishing mountain vistas – such as the Matterhorn – and plenty of high altitude skiing. There is no shortage of choice in luxury accommodation in and around Zermatt. Notably, the Mont Cervin Palace, situated in the centre of the village, has an international reputation for excellence and is within short walking distance to local shops and some of the finest skiing Europe has to offer. For a fresh gourmet dining experience, you may wish to consider dining at The Omnia, which as well as gourmet serves a la carte and fine vegetarian cuisine. Ski luxury travel luggage delivery with a company like First Luggage is a great idea, as the area can only be accessed by train.

Courchevel 1850, France

Within Les Trois Vallées, situated in south-east of France and north of Marseille, Courchevel 1850 is, for many people, the last word in luxury skiing. It can boast of being part of the largest interconnected ski area in the world, as well as being home to no less than four Michelin restaurants with two stars and three with one star. You can soak up the genuine alpine dining experience at La Table Du Kilimandjaro while sampling the notoriously exquisite wine collection. In keeping with the luxury of its surroundings, Le Lana is one of the many notable five star hotels that attract visitors back time again.

Cortina, Italy

As well as being the most fashionable ski resort in Italy, Cortina has breath-taking views of the Dolomite mountains and plenty more to offer than simply adrenaline on the pistes. LP 26 Prosciutteria is one of the resort’s busiest restaurants due to the popularity of its many different types of prosciutto (cured ham) which is said by many to be unparalleled. Luxury accommodation is similarly well catered for, with the Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf a great base from which to enjoy everything the area has to offer.

If you’d like help choosing your next luxury ski break or our assistance on how to get your things there then please get in touch!

Make your next Eurostar trip the best ever

There is no doubt that London and Paris are two of the world’s greatest cities, and thanks to the wonderful invention of the Eurostar, travelling between them has never been quicker or easier. When you are over in Europe on a trip from the States, it is a fantastic time-saver to be able to hop on the train at London’s St Pancras and be walking out at the Gare du Nord in Paris in three hours.

The only thing that can slow down the process is having to look after your own heavy baggage. Unlike the Golden Age of Travel when every American in Paris could rely on a fleet of porters to cope with their trunks and valises, these days, the burden of luggage is often a huge hassle. Not only is it awkward to get on and off the train, it has to be stowed, and then dealt with all over again on arrival. Having to cope can cause anxiety and lessen the pleasures of the journey.

Eurostar have recognised this inconvenience, especially for their American customers who may be over for a few weeks’ vacation in Europe and carrying quite a lot of bags. They have teamed up with Euro Luggage Delivery to completely solve this problem. Stress-free door-to-door luggage collection means you can travel completely hands-free, and your bags will be waiting for you. The same-day service between London and Paris, and vice versa, is completely safe and reliable and luggage can be tracked at all times. It doesn’t matter if you are staying in the Ritz or in an Airbnb, whatever the destination, you are free to make your own way and find your luggage ready to unpack.

London, Paris, and many of the other famed European capitals offer superb opportunities for shopping. No-one wants to resist the lure of exceptional merchandise, whether for investment or simply for souvenirs. Worrying about what will fit into your suitcases to take back is no longer an issue when you book with luggage collection and delivery. Most items can be sent, and door-to-door means exactly that; whether it’s a hotel, a home or a place of work address you submit. Make your next trip to Europe even more enjoyable and send your bags on ahead.

Get in touch with us today in order to help you plan your trip!

4 Amazing European Cycling Routes You Have To Try!

If you feel inspired by the Tour de France, you may be considering a cycling holiday of your own in Europe next summer. Stumped for where to go? Don’t worry, here at First Luggage, we’ve collated four amazing routes to enjoy – and we’ll safely deliver your bike to whichever destination you choose, and wherever you want to start from!

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1. The Danube Bike Trail

This is one of the classic European cycle routes, suitable for all levels of competency, whether you’re fit and experienced or looking for an easy route to enjoy with all the family. The entire route takes in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, all the way to the Black Sea, but the 326 km section from Passau, in Germany, to the Austrian capital Vienna combines easy cycling with spectacular scenery.

2. Up the Rhine from Basle

Referred to as EuroVelo 15, this well sign-posted route follows the Rhine from its source in Andermatt in the Swiss Alps, to Rotterdam in the Netherlands. At 1230 km, this long distance route is over mainly flat cycle paths, passing by scenic towns on both the French and German sides of the river, as well as through the Rhine’s industrial heartland.

3. The Romantic Road

Start in Wurzburg for this epic 500 km route from the River Main to the Alps in the south. Follow clearly marked cycle paths through wonderful forests and historic town and villages. Suitable for all the family.

4. Alpe d’Heuz

You don’t need the legs and lungs of Chris Froome to tackle one of the most famous Alpine climbs in cycling, but you definitely need a good level of fitness for this one day epic in the south-east of France. From the start at Le Bourg d’Oisans, the ascent to the top is 13.2 km and averages 8.1 per cent. In summer the heat can be intense, so take an extra bidon or two!

If you’d like our help getting your cycling gear out to Europe check out how it works here or if you’d like to use our specialist Eurostar service head here.

Luxury Excursions in Barbados

If you’re heading to Barbados for a luxury trip, the Sandy Lane Resort is the ideal place to stay in absolute comfort, enjoying all the relaxation the Caribbean climate has to offer. While you’re on the island, why not make the most of your stay and explore some of these luxurious locations?

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Limegrove Lifestyle Centre

For luxury shopping in Barbados, it has to be the Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. The centre offers a fantastic shopping experience, complete with high-end designer names in clothing and jewellery. Based on the fashionable West Coast of the island, Limegrove has a wonderful selection of brands to keep you shopping all day, plus an art gallery and a cinema for when you feel like a change of pace.

The Cliff Restaurant

Luxury travel is nothing without luxury food, and The Cliff is the perfect place to sample the very finest dining in Barbados. Popular with celebrities, the restaurant serves up beautifully-presented, mouthwatering food in a stunning setting, overlooking a cove populated by stingrays and other fish. A torchlit meal at The Cliff is sure to be a memorable experience.

The Mews Bar

The ideal way to spend the end of your night, at the Mews Bar, you can sip your favourite drink in a stylish setting, with classy live jazz and other music providing entertainment. The bar stocks a range of fine whiskies and champagnes plus a menu of delicious cocktails, catering to every taste.

Bajan Helicopters Sightseeing Tours

What better way to see the beautiful island of Barbados than by getting a unique bird’s-eye view? Touring the skies in an air-conditioned helicopter lets you sit back in comfort and enjoy incredible views that few people get to see.

If you’re heading to Barbados this year, why not let us carry your luggage for you? First Luggage will get your luggage from your home to your hotel so you can travel through the airport hassle free. For more information on how we can help, head to our website www.firstluggage.com.