Category: Accommodation

Luxury boom thanks to cheap flights?

Luxury boom thanks to cheap flights?

I wonder if luxury tourism is booming, in part, because of the plethora of budget airlines that are about nowadays. According to a survey by Travelocity, almost three quarters of holidaymakers are putting the savings made from cheap flights towards upgrading their accommodation.

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Illinois

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Illinois

All of Illinois’  hotels to receive  Five Star Diamond Award  status in the latest  AAA inspection are Chicago-based. In all,  there are three achieving the grade: Four Seasons Hotel Chicago The Peninsula Chicago The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, a Four Seasons Hotel (new in 2006)

UKseries.com using Google Maps

UKseries.com using Google Maps

This is a slightly shameless bit of self-promotion but an exciting development from the world of The Dedicated Partnership Ltd. where I work.   The company runs the UKseries.com network of sites which includes UK Hotel, UK Attraction, UK Eating Out and a whole host of other sites under the same umbrella, and a recent […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Hawaii

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Hawaii

If Hawaii’s on your list of places to visit, you might like to consider the state’s Five Star Diamond Award winners in the latest  AAA inspection. In all,  4 properties in  Georgia achieved this standard: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu Four Seasons Resort, Maui at Wailea Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Get ready for The Keating, San Diego CA

Get ready for The Keating, San Diego CA

The Keating, which is expected  to open in San Diego  later this year, will combine the highest level of expressive Italian design with sophisticated and personalized service. The Keating defines a new standard for lifestyle hotels worldwide. As one of San Diego’s oldest buildings, The Keating is centrally located in the heart of the Gaslamp […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Georgia

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Georgia

Four properties in Georgia were recognised with  Five Star Diamond Award  status in the latest  AAA inspection: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta The Lodge at Sea Island – St. Simons Island The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead – Atlanta

New garden suites at Gilpin Lodge near Windermere, UK

New garden suites at Gilpin Lodge near Windermere, UK

The Michelin-starred Gilpin Lodge (which happens to be just a few miles down the road from where I’m currently blogging) has recently opened its six new garden suites, each with its own private garden. These luxurious suites all have outdoor hot tubs and an upshot of this is that  Gilpin Lodge and  Ben Cunliffe Architects […]

Madonna dines at Hotel De Russie, Rome

Madonna dines at Hotel De Russie, Rome

Madonna and Guy Ritchie were recently spotted dining at the terrace restaurant at Rocco Forte’s  Hotel De Russie in Rome.   The couple were spotted  at a secluded  corner table  by a British wedding party celebrating at the same hotel. The bride was an employee of the five-star St. David’s Hotel in Cardiff, Wales,  also […]

Breathing Lights at Westin Hotels in the United States

Breathing Lights at Westin Hotels in the United States

Westin Hotels & Resorts is marking the six-month milestone of its smoke-free conversion in North America with Breathing Lights installations in its lobbies throughout the United States. The artistically designed projections count the number of fresh breaths taken by each Westin guest each day.

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Florida

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Florida

Two new Ritz-Carlton hotels join the ranks of the Five Star Diamond Award winners in Florida in the latest  AAA inspection. In all, 9 properties in the state  reached the required standards: The Breakers – Palm Beach Mandarin Oriental – Miami Ponte Vedra Inn and Club – Ponte Vedra Beach The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island The […]

The Palm Jumeirah welcomes first residents

The Palm Jumeirah welcomes first residents

The first of Dubai’s long-awaited, three palm-shaped islands is finally about to get its first residents.  The Palm Jumeirah, a 12-square-mile island group, is part of what’s billed as the largest land-reclamation project in the world,  and is the culmination of  five years of brute hauling of millions of tons of Persian Gulf sand and […]

Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile

Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile

Hilton Hotels has opened its newest property: the Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile. It is  an upscale, all-suite property located in the heart of Chicago’s nightlife. It is close to the John Hancock Center, Lakeshore Drive, Water Tower Place and  Magnificent Mile shopping. The hotel’s 345 guest suites have all been renovated and there’s a […]

Lake Placid's Whiteface Lodge recognised by elite travel publications

Lake Placid’s Whiteface Lodge recognised by elite travel publications

The Whiteface Lodge has just marked its first anniversary and what an opening year it has been! it is one of only two properties in the  USA to be  included in the recent Robb Report “Best of the Best” 2006 Special Issue, alongside Wynn Las Vegas,  and is included in the  Condé Nast Traveler 2006 […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: District of Columbia

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: District of Columbia

In the  latest  AAA inspection, the Five Diamond Award winners in Washington DC are confined to the likes of Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons  brands. They are: Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

Winter golf at The Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland

Winter golf at The Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland

Always dreamed of playing the Old Course? Well now you can… guaranteed!   The Old Course, St. Andrews, is the most famous golf course in the world and the course every golfer dreams of playing. With the Old Course Hotel‘s Winter Passport to Golf you can do just that. Enjoy two or three nights at […]

New luxury hotel coming to Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Bagués-Masriera Joiers in association with Derby Hotels Collection will open  a new five-star luxury hotel  in a historical building of Las Ramblas. The 32-room Hotel Bagués will join the other six hotels that Derby Hotels Collection already has in Barcelona and is expected to debut in 2008.

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