Velvet Escape is an award-winning luxury travel blog with a collection of destination guides, travel itineraries, hotel and tour reviews as well as inspiring stories to help you gain immersive travel experiences with a touch of indulgence.

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The best of Puglia – the ultimate guide

Discover the enchanting region of Puglia (also known as Apulia), nestled in the southern ‘heel’ of Italy. With its ancient towns steeped in history,…

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An epic south of France road trip

The south of France is a vast area that stretches from the fringes of the Atlantic Ocean and the northern flank of the Pyrenees…

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Ten things to do in Reunion Island

On a map, Réunion Island looks like a tiny speck in the Indian Ocean but zoom in and you’ll find a spectacular island with…

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Eighteen day trips from Amsterdam

Amsterdam is arguably one of the most beautiful capital cities in Europe and I consider myself fortunate to live here. With its gorgeous canals…

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I'm Keith Jenkins

Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I'm the Founder and Publisher of Velvet Escape. For a decade I had a successful career in corporate and investment banking. In 2008, I left the corporate world behind and embarked on a new journey to pursue my passions for travel, writing and photography. This led to the founding of the Velvet Escape blog in December 2008.

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From Anguilla to Zanzibar, discover the most beautiful beach destinations for your perfect holiday!

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City Trips

Explore cities around the world with the help of my city guides, top things to do, see, and where to eat and sleep!

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Culture & History

For culture and history buffs, find some of the best places around the world for an immersive travel experience.

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Food & Wine

Ideas and recommendations for foodie experiences around the world, from the finest restaurants and vineyards to local cooking classes.

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Luxury & Wellness

Indulge yourself at these luxury hotels, cruises, and spas in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

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Embark on a journey to experience the most amazing, natural wonders on our planet.

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Plane Views

See what the world looks like from a plane window with Velvet Escape’s Plane Views series.

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Road Trips

Discover the best road trip destinations around the world, including tips for where to stop and what to see and do along the way!

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Travel Stories & Opinions

A collection of travel stories from Velvet Escape and guests, including my views on issues related to travel and tourism.

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