Many couples have their own rituals for Valentine's Day, from dining out in a well-loved restaurant to visiting the place where they first met. But how is this annual celebration of love observed around the world? From Europe to Africa, here are some of the globe's most intriguing Valentine's Day traditions.
As one of the biggest cocoa producers in the world, it is no surprise that chocolate plays a bigger role than usual in Ghanaians' Valentine's Day celebrations. In fact, the day was renamed National Chocolate Day in 2007 – and while lovebirds still find time for romance on February 14th, even the lonely-hearted can get on board with the appreciation of chocolate.
The capital of Ghana is a fascinating destination. A mix of new and old, shopping and entertainment, culture and cuisine await in a lively, bustling city where music fills the streets and the locals congregate at enormous open-air markets for their weekly shop. Whether it is your first time in Accra or not, there's always something new to discover: read on for our pick of the city's best.
Most visitors fly into Accra via Kotoka International Airport, conveniently located quite centrally in the city. There are daily flights to London Heathrow operated by British Airways, as well as numerous regular connections with other countries in West Africa. To travel to your hotel ...
If you are planning on hitting the slopes for the first time this ski season, it is a good idea to prepare yourself for the trip. There will be plenty of beautiful mountain scenery and a lot of après-ski fun to look forward to while you are away, but to make sure you are well prepared for a graceful decent off the piste, have a read through our top tips for first time skiers.
With winter sports, there is more than just your itinerary to prepare before you go. Skiing requires a certain level of fitness, so a little while before you go, make sure you strengthen your legs. As a beginner, you will spend a lot of time with your knees bent and your skis in a pointing position, so ...
Why Gozo is different: Left so impressed by Gozo when he visited in 1866, the British artist and author Edward Lear (1812 – 1888) made up the words ‘pomskizillious’ and ‘gromphibberous’ to describe the magnificence of the island.
Gozo, the sister island of Malta, is considered to be the unspoilt beauty of the Mediterranean. More rural and calm, the island hides a variety of stunning landscapes, history and activities to experience. Less than 6 km (3.7 mi) away by ferry from Malta, it has conserved its heritage and cultural identity throughout the centuries. It is one of the world’s top diving destinations, attracting nature lovers and sports enthusiasts every year. Popular for its ...
Celebrated by around 1.6 billion people across the world each year, Chinese New Year is one of the most electric, exhilarating annual festivals on Earth. It is a time when Chinese families come together and enjoy spending time with one another, exchanging gifts, feasting, and having a well-earned moment of relaxation.
Interesting, vibrant and warming, Chinese New Year and the accompanying Spring Festival together make up one the world's most exciting festive periods, and for good reason. Taking place on the 8th of February, what can visitors to China expect from the ancient nation's most famous celebration?
A legendary festival
According to Chinese myth, the New Year celebrations were ...
Straddling the banks of the Bosphorus, Turkey's capital is a modern, energetic city, but one where the past is never far away. With endless opportunities for sightseeing and a wealth of shopping opportunities, Istanbul has fascinated visitors for centuries.
Istanbul is situated on a narrow land bridge, with the Black Sea on one side and the Marmara on the other. Many visitors arrive by plane at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, which is located 20km west of the city centre, then take a taxi, the metro or the half-hourly express bus service into the city.
The city's second major airport, Sabiha Gökçen International, is another option for arrivals, it is further away at roughly ...
If there is one universal thing to love about travelling - whether it is for business or pleasure – it is the tastes and flavours that are provided by visiting somewhere new. From fine dining to fast food, there are so many different ways to experience the delicacies of a new country. One of the most authentic ways of trying something new is with the growing movement of street food.
From road-side sellers to tiny shops tucked away, the kinds of street food that are most indicative of the culture you are in are the ones that are clearly made with love - and there are some real treats to be had from vendors that take their food seriously. Here, you will find our five favourite destinations ...
Ski season is here, and across the globe, people are heading to the slopes for a lot of fun, with a bit of relaxation added in there for good measure. Our continents are blessed with some incredible mountains that are just waiting to be discovered, but after the French and Austrian Alps, and the Rockies, where else in the world will you find top skiing conditions?
Here, we take a look at some of the lesser-known skiing destinations - perhaps they will inspire you for next season.
Germany is often the first place people think of when planning a city break around Christmas time, but the neighbouring countries of France and Austria are usually the chosen destinations for ski holidays ...
Think of the ideal vision of a paradise island: shining sands, clear skies, gently waving palm trees and inviting turquoise waters. You are imagining the Seychelles – a country made up of 115 islands, many of which are completely untouched by human settlement. Whether you are attracted by the peace and quiet or the amazing biodiversity, the Seychelles guarantees a stunning experience.
Visiting the Seychelles
The island group is located in the Indian Ocean, to the northeast of Madagascar. Most visitors get there by flying to Mahé, the largest inhabited island and home to Seychelles International Airport, and from there travel between the islands via ferry or plane.
The islands of the ...
It is the most wonderful time of the year, and here at Kempinski, we are ready to make your festive season a little more magical. From Alpine resorts to deserts, we have got plenty of Christmas fun taking place in all corners of the globe this winter.
For a little snapshot as to what we mean, take a look at the offerings within just a few of our hotels below. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol
Sitting within Kitzbuehel, Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol hides among the Austrian Alps, making it the ideal Christmas spot for anyone that enjoys spending time near - or on - the slopes. Offering several impressive restaurants and the Das Tirol Ultimate Spa - perfect for warming up ...