Take Five: Luxury Travel Guides

25th March 2014
Pól Ó Conghaile

Louis Vuitton City Guides

Luxury travel guides from a luxury luggage maker. See what they did there?

But Louis Vuitton’s city guides make sense in and of themselves too. Beautifully designed (check the slipcases) with 200+ pages of sights, shops and savoir-faire, cities include Rome, London and Paris, and there are lucid maps and illustrations by Ruben Toledo.

Details: Louisvuitton.eu.

Wallpaper* City Guides

Like Wallpaper* magazine? Then you’ll love its city guides.

Blending discerning design with on-the-money selections of neighbourhoods, restaurants, architecture and hotels, the booklets fit perfectly into a purse or pocket, and the tactile, untreated paper feels gorgeous in the hand. They’ve left blank pages for your own travel notes, too. Phaidon.com/travel.

Details: uk.phaidon.com

LUXE City Guides


Everybody loves a little secret, and these pocket-sized pretties are definitely that.

Hot hotels, cutting edge couture and private guides are all included, with a mix of attitude and on-the-ground intelligence that make the perfect primer for business class. Bali, Phuket and Sri Lanka are featured along with 30+ cities.

Details: luxecityguides.com.

Tanya Rose Travel Secrets

Granted, this guidebook is better suited to a coffee table than a 10kg cabin baggage allowance.

But then again, if you can afford Tanya Rose’s selection of luxury hotels and hidden gems, baggage limits probably aren’t your most pressing concern. Rose is a travel guru to the stars, and her insider tips are pretty stellar themselves.

Details: Masonrosepublishing.com.

Insight Select Guides

Insight SELECT, Chicago

Let’s face it, travel is as much about mood as time-management.

Who cares about that 12th-century cathedral, after all, if you have a hankering for tapas? Insight Select’s lists of things to do depending on your mood is a genius idea, and style meets substance with touch-me-feel-me linen covers, detailed maps and writers who know their beat.

Details: insightguides.com