Category: Hotels

Notorious Dutch prison transformed into luxury hotel

Notorious Dutch prison transformed into luxury hotel

One of the Netherlands’ most notorious prisons has been transformed into a luxury hotel. Het Arresthuis was a prison since 1862 until its closure in 2007. It was then purchased by the Van der Valk family who own 28 hotels around the world. They went to work on converting the building’s 105 cells into 40 […]

Interview with Roy McKenzie, CEO of London Serviced Apartments Ltd.

Interview with Roy McKenzie, CEO of London Serviced Apartments Ltd.

Roy McKenzie is a former corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur who has owned and operated London Serviced Apartments Ltd. since 2000. He and his business are London specialists in finding serviced apartments for business and leisure travellers for both short and long term stays. What is it that you do exactly? Customers from all around the world […]

$1,000 for an omelette

$1,000 for an omelette

Welcome to the world’s most expensive omelette as recognised by Guinness World Records.  Well, actually… it’s a frittata – the Italians’ take on omelettes. You’ll find this one on the breakfast menu at Norma’s restaurant at the Parker Meridien Hotel, New York. It’s called the ‘Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata’ and consists mostly of sevruga caviar and […]

Afternoon tea redefined in Shanghai

Afternoon tea redefined in Shanghai

Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai is redefining afternoon tea in Shanghai by launching the Champagne Afternoon Tea. Upon being seated, guests will be presented with Champagne flutes for an option to enjoy an unlimited flow of Taittinger Champagne. A ritual around creating the perfect brew is next on the agenda for guests, be it a cappuccino […]

Arriving in style at Zighy Bay

Arriving in style at Zighy Bay

There are not many hotels and resorts where you can arrive in style by paragliding in, but Oman’s Six Senses Zighy Bay is one where you can do just that. Situated on Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, you fly from a height of about 450 metres up in the Hajar Mountains Here’s Zighy […]

6 luxury UK hotels that welcome you, your children and your family dog

6 luxury UK hotels that welcome you, your children and your family dog

Fed up of waving goodbye to indulgent holidays as your family expands? Here are six luxury hotels that will welcome you, your children and even your family pets too. These former castles and manor houses with their mature grounds and resident chefs are perfect to pamper you and all your family… The Milestone Hotel, Kensington, […]

Our trip to the Emirates Palace... wow!

Our trip to the Emirates Palace… wow!

I’ve recently had the pleasure of being given a guided tour of Abu Dhabi’s pride and joy, the fabulous Emirates Palace. Landing in Abu Dhabi and making our way from the airport, this iconic metropolis is visible from some distance. And as we were told by our guide on arrival, this is a 100% fully […]

The world's scariest hotel swimming pool?

The world’s scariest hotel swimming pool?

Here’s a contender for the world’s scariest hotel swimming pool, designed by Singaporean firm Chan Sau Yan Associate. The pool at the Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao is 30 metres long and can be found on the 24th floor of the hotel, perched high above the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Situated in […]

Taking in Turin: a look at the city's contemporary art

Taking in Turin: a look at the city’s contemporary art

When most people think of Turin, first thoughts immediately go to one of three things – The Shroud of Turin, Juventus Football Club, or the conveniently close location of the airport to the ski slopes. But that is by no means all this hidden gem of Italy has to offer. Usually overlooked by tourists for […]

Where David Beckham is staying in Paris

Where David Beckham is staying in Paris

World famous footballer David Beckham recently signed for Paris St. Germain on a short contract and generously agreed to donate his earnings of more than 3 million euros to a Parisien children’s charity.  So where does someone with that kind of wealth stay during his relatively short 5-month spell at the club?  The answer is the […]

2 charming hotels for your next luxury trip to Tuscany

2 charming hotels for your next luxury trip to Tuscany

As you may know, many of Italy’s most beautiful and amazing venues are in Tuscany – a region in the centre of the country where art cities with breathtaking views and romantic landscapes are a natural masterpiece. Booking a luxury relais in this dream-like region is the main trend now, with wellness and comfort in […]

"Vulgarity Arch" to become Armani hotel

“Vulgarity Arch” to become Armani hotel

Dubbed “Vulgarity Arch” by the Daily Mail when its sale to developer Rafael Sorrano was announced last year, it has been confirmed that London’s Admiralty Arch is to be transformed in to a £100 million Armani hotel. Originally designed by Aston Webb as a ceremonial passage from Trafalgar Square to Pall Mall and Buckingham Palace, […]

Grape expectations on Mallorca

Grape expectations on Mallorca

Wine enthusiasts might be surprised to learn that the Spanish island of Mallorca is home to some 60 wineries, or bodegas, which produce a total of around 300 different wines. For visitors to the island’s Fira del Vi – the wine fair held each spring in the north of Mallorca  – there’s a chance to meet […]

The former private retreat of the heiress to the Ferrari fortune

The former private retreat of the heiress to the Ferrari fortune

Originally the private retreat of an Italian duchess and heir to the Ferrari fortune, guests feel like royalty at this intimate, elegant 29-room boutique property. Nestled between the azure Caribbean Sea and the virgin jungle, Hotel Esencia is set on 50-acres of lush, manicured gardens and features the world-class organic Aroma spa, which is virtually […]

Mother & daughter package from the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan

Mother & daughter package from the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan

The Hotel Principe di Savoia, the Dorchester Collection’s Milanese property, is celebrating International Woman’s Day and Mothers’ Day in March by launching a special ‘Mother & Daughter Package’ in honour of the female members of the family. The package offers female guests a visit to the world famous opera house, La Scala, a shuttle service […]

3 great ideas for a luxury break in Paris

3 great ideas for a luxury break in Paris

Located a few steps away from the world famous landmarks of the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées Avenue is the luxury five star Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel. This state-of-the-art hotel was designed by Christian de Portzamparc. The ultra-luxurious hotel has an amazing architectural design which will surely leave you spell-bound. It comprises […]

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