Category: Hotels

Interview with Ala Osmond of Exeter International

Interview with Ala Osmond of Exeter International

Ala Osmond is Managing Director of Exeter International,  a recognized leader in upscale luxury travel to Eastern Europe and Russia and one of the few companies listed on both Condé Nast Traveler’s and Travel + Leisure’s list of top travel specialists for Russia travel as well as Eastern Europe. What is it that  you do […]

Taj Boston opens on Arlington Street

Taj Boston opens on Arlington Street

Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces unveiled their second hotel in the US this week. The Taj Boston on Arlington Street in Boston is  an 80-year classic Beaux Arts landmark hotel, with 273 rooms,  that faces  the Boston Public Garden. The opening follows Taj Hotels’ 2005 lease agreement to operate and manage The Pierre in New […]

Hotels getting healthier?

Hotels getting healthier?

I’ve already reported about the non-smoking policies adopted by Marriott and others.   Now it appears that hotel chains are getting more health-conscious in other areas too.   As of 1st February 2007, Loews Hotels will ban artificial trans fats in the food that it offers, and will become the first hotel chain to do […]

The Macdonald Randolph Hotel given 5-star rating

The Macdonald Randolph Hotel given 5-star rating

Oxford has its first five-star hotel. The Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford is the second five-star property  run by  the Scottish group, Macdonald Hotels and Resorts. The award comes after the chain has invested £160m into refurbishing its hotels. Rooms at the Randolph start from £140 per night. Pay more and you could stay in […]

Five best places to re-tox

Five best places to re-tox

The Guardian has a  brief article on the five best places to re-tax (as opposed to de-tox)… the shortlist includes: an Ecole du Vin weekend in March at Birmingham’s Hotel du Vin multi-course feasting at Li Licci in Sardinia a night out in London followed by a sleeper to Penzance and a stay at Rick […]

Explosion at the Islamabad Marriott Hotel, Pakistan

The Islamabad Marriott Hotel was sadly in the news for all the wrong reasons yesterday. A suicide bomber at a side entrance to the hotel killed himself and a security guard, and injured seven others. American travellers have been advised to exercise caution and limit unnecessary travel by the US Embassy.

Interview with Nicolas Peluffo of Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

Interview with Nicolas Peluffo of Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

Nicolas Peluffo is General Director of Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort, located in the beautiful Santa Catarina province of Brazil, 45 minutes from Florianopolis airport.   It is a Relais & Chateaux member and a Virtuoso Preferred Hotel. What is it that  you do exactly? I am obsessed about my work and a bit of […]

Luxury hotel for Grand Avenue in LA

Luxury hotel for Grand Avenue in LA

Following an agreement made yesterday,  the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is to manage the hotel within the prestigious Grand Avenue development in downtown Los Angeles. The hotel will occupy the first 20 floors of a 48-story tower designed by Frank Gehry that will feature luxury for-sale residences on the upper floors. The 275-room hotel, expected […]

Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa re-opens

Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa re-opens

After taking a direct hit from the flood surge in Hurricane Katrina, the Grand Hotel at Point Clear in Alabama  is back to full glory, thanks to an army of construction workers, landscapers and resort associates. Originally opened in 1847, the Gulf Shores hotel’s historic buildings have been methodically preserved, an additional restaurant created and […]

Interview with Bjoern Koch of The Tides Playa del Carmen

Interview with Bjoern Koch of The Tides Playa del Carmen

Bjoern Koch is an international specialist when it comes to real estate in Mexico.   He is currently Sales Manager for the Tides Playa del Carmen, who  I am  proud to have on board as an advertiser on A Luxury Travel Blog. What is it that  you do exactly? I am the Sales Manager for […]

My Suite Valentine Package at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Ohio

My Suite Valentine Package at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Ohio

Enjoy a romantic getaway with your valentine at the Grand Dame of Cleveland – the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The luxury hotel is offering a My Suite Valentine Package, with rates starting at $279 per room per night, to accommodate your celebration of love Book the package for a stay between the 8th and 17th February […]

Super Bowl XLI packages

Super Bowl XLI packages

It’s only 12 days until the Super Bowl  in Indianapolis, between the Bears and the Colts, but it’s not too late to pick up a last minute luxury package.   However, be prepared to pay the price. For $16,095 per person from Fine Things Packages  you can stay 4 nights at the Ritz Carlton Key […]

Valentines Indulgence Package at the Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid

Valentines Indulgence Package at the Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid

For a special indulgence, the Mirror Lake Inn in the Adirondacks, NY is offering a Valentines Day Indulgence Package to really spoil couples.   It includes Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, a special dinner menu prepared by Chef Sorgule, a  Swedish massage for two, and overnight accommodation in a Noonmark Room. It’s available from 11th […]

The Barai in Hua Hin, Thailand

The Barai in Hua Hin, Thailand

A new spa concept called The Barai is heading for the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin  in Thailand in March 2007. It is an exclusive 8-suite hotel  and spa that sits adjacent  to the main resort. Positioned on the beachfront in almost 5 acres of mature trees and landscaped gardens, The Barai will offer an extensive […]

Sequel Hotels and Resorts

Sequel Hotels and Resorts

Sequel Hotels and Resorts has recently announced the launch of its website  which showcases the hotel management company’s portfolio of unique resorts, inns and lifestyle hotels. The properties they manage  include the much acclaimed Ben Miller Inn and Spa, The Elora Mill Inn, Hidden Valley Resort and Touchstone on Lake Muskoka, all in Ontario.

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A  weekly  pick of luxury travel  links for your perusal… Submerse yourself in Turkish hospitality at Ada Hotel Meet South Africa’s master tracker at Royal Malewane Check out Vancouver’s PuSh Festival schedule Embrace the ambience of Ritz-Carlton

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