Category: Accommodation

Thunderbird Resort – Tres Rios, Costa Rica

Thunderbird Resorts, Inc. has acquired  land for a new casino-resort project in Costa Rica. The “Thunderbird Resort – Tres Rios” project covers approximately 11 hectares of scenic land located in the eastern suburbs of Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose.  It is one of the only available locations zoned for tourism development, close to  a […]

Iberostar Bahia, Brazil opens

Iberostar Bahia, Brazil has just opened its doors for all inclusive vacations. This five star hotel is located in Praia do Forte, only 60 km north of Salvador, the capital of Bahia State. The resort is situated in a privileged location, near the Atlantic Forest, natural lagoons, wonderful beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs. […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: California

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: California

There are more AAA Five Diamond Award winners in California than any other state in the USA, thanks largely to Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton which combined account for more than half the total. Those achieving Five Diamond status this year are: The Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows Château du Sureau – Oakhurst Four Seasons Hotel […]

Ian Schrager's Gramercy Park Hotel opens in New York

Ian Schrager’s Gramercy Park Hotel opens in New York

Ian Schrager, who pioneered the idea of boutique hotels in the mid-80s with Morgans in New York following a successful career as a nightclub owner, has most recently teamed up with artist and film director Julian Schnabel. Their first partnership has reached completion in the form of the five-star  Gramercy Park Hotel on Lexington Avenue, […]

Last minute Formula 1 package for Hungarian Grand Prix

Last minute Formula 1 package for Hungarian Grand Prix

You’ll have to be quick if you want to take this one up.   Boscolo Hotels are offering a last minute Formula 1 package for the New York Palace in Budapest. Stay 3 nights from 4th-7th August 2006 from 1,596 euros, to include accommodation, breakfast, two weekend tickets for the Grand Prix, transfers to and […]

Twice as nice package from the Maybourne Hotel Group

Twice as nice package from the Maybourne Hotel Group

The Maybourne Hotel Group, which owns and manages The Berkeley, Claridge’s and The Connaught in London, is offering a great summer deal.   Stay  before 4th September 2006 and you’ll get a second  room free of charge – a great incentive if you’re going away with older children or as two separate couples. Rates start […]

Special feature: Haagsche Suites, The Hague, Netherlands

Special feature: Haagsche Suites, The Hague, Netherlands

We  returned from a thoroughly  enjoyable  trip to The Hague in the Netherlands yesterday, having stayed at Haagsche Suites  which is  superbly  located midway between the centre and the impressive Scheveningen beaches and harbour. Originally built in 1890, the now owners Guido and Irene van den Elshout bought the property in the 1990s and spent […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Arizona

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Arizona

There were five lodging providers in Arizona that achieved top, Five Diamond  honours from  the AAA’s latest inspection. They were: The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa – Carefree The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Camelback Inn – Scottsdale The Phoenician – Scottsdale

Fawlty Towers moves upmarket

Fawlty Towers moves upmarket

The hotel that inspired the hilarious Fawlty Towers sitcom has undergone a four-star facelift.   When John Cleese and the Monty Python checked into the Hotel Gleneagles in Torbay to a decidedly frosty welcome, and hence the Fawlty Towers series was born.   Now under new management, the hotel has 41 rooms, around half  of […]

Kenny Rogers to kick off concert at Sea Pines Resort

Kenny Rogers to kick off concert at Sea Pines Resort

Kenny Rogers, an American music icon, and country music legend will be on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina,  for a special concert at Sea Pines Resort tomorrow. Presented by High Tide Entertainment, Kenny Rogers will kick off the summer concert series on 3rd  August 2006. The concert will take place in center court of Harbour […]

Hotel Solamar in San Diego sold to LaSalle Hotel Properties

Hotel Solamar in San Diego sold to LaSalle Hotel Properties

San Diego’s chic Hotel Solamar has been sold for $87 million. The property only opened in the Gaslamp Quarter in April of last year and the deal follows a strong recovery in the San Diego hotel industry since 9/11. The sum paid equates to around $370,000 per room, similar to the amount recently paid by […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners

AAA Five Diamond Award winners

After reviewing over 50,000 hotels and resorts across North America, AAA inspectors have announced the winners of the AAA Five Diamond Award. Throughout most of August, there will be a post a day summing up the 24 US states that have AAA Five Diamond accommodation, plus those in Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Aloha Pualani, Maui

Aloha Pualani, Maui

If you’re looking for something other than a resort in Maui, spare a thought for Aloha Pualani. This small boutique hotel opened with  five suites just three years ago and is just two minutes’ walk from the beach. With views of either the ocean or pool (or both), rates start from $265 a night with […]

Lifestyle Programme for Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur has  launched its 2006/2007 Lifestyle Programme designed specifically for the hotel’s in-house guests. The programme offers over 100 shopping privileges and services with international and regional retailers at the leading Suria KLCC shopping centre which is located right next door to the hotel and has over 280 retail and entertainment outlets […]

Special offer at Rathmullan House, Ireland

Book four nights bed and breakfast in a traditional standard room at Rathmullan House in County Donegal in Ireland  in August and you will receive two complimentary half hour “tasting” holistic treatments on your day of arrival. What better way to start your mini break! The rate for the offer is €418.00 per person per […]

Tastes of Gold Coast festival, Australia

Tastes of Gold Coast festival, Australia

The Tastes of Gold Coast festival gets underway today with the gala Awards of Excellence evening, hosted by Restaurant and Catering Queensland’s Gold Coast Branch at Royal Pines Resort.   However, it won’t be until the 4th August 2006 that the festivities truly unfold, with the Seafood Paradise Weekend. Simply feast your senses at everything […]

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