Category: Accommodation

Free wireless internet at Caribe Island Resort, Belize

I don’t know about you but my feeling is that internet access should be free to those paying luxury rates, so I’m pleased to see an increasing number of operators are offering this. Caribe Island Resort áon the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize is one such example – they’ve just áhad a free wireless […]

Sheraton Moana Surfrider, Hawaii

An introduction to the historic Sheraton Moana Surfrider on Waikiki Beach, Oahu.

Pathways to Plate

Honoured in the Best for Food category of the annual 2007 Gold List prepared by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, a property managed by Delaware North Companies, áis located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It áis known for serving a blend of classical French and American cuisine. Recipes created […]

Spa Escape Package from Peter Island Resort, BVI

Spa Escape Package from Peter Island Resort, BVI

Escape from those long, cold winter days and enjoy the warm, tropical paradise of Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands with the Spa Escape Package. Discover healing hands and spa treatments that will rejuvenate, revitalize and renew your mind, body and soul. This package includes 5-nights in the accommodation of your choice, áuse […]

Suite of the week: Imperial Suite at Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland

Suite of the week: Imperial Suite at Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland

Suite name: Imperial Suite Hotel: Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland Size of accommodation: 1524 sq ft Cost per night: on request Who’s stayed there? Empereur Hirohito, Nelson Mandela, Juan Carlos d’Espagne What makes it special? Double Jacuzzi facing the lake, golden swan tubwater, and an 80 sq mt terrace facing the Lake and the Alps beyond. […]

Spa Lifestyle Rooms from Mandarin Oriental

With the healthy guest in mind, Mandarin Oriental Miami áis offering its new ‘Spa Lifestyle Rooms’, complete with air purification system and in-room fitness programme. The rooms on the 6th floor of the hotel are certified allergy-friendly and come with a personal lifestyle consultant and spa cuisine offerings. A wellness dumbbell rack and wellness ball […]

The most romantic hotel in Mexico?

The most romantic hotel in Mexico?

The exclusive Hacienda de San Antonio áhas been ánominated for The Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence as the Most Romantic Hotel in Mexico. Built as a casa grande in áColima, Mexico in the 19th Century, today the property serves as a model boutique hotel emitting exclusivity and passion. It is áat the foot of […]

Special feature: Fisherman's Retreat, Seahouses, England

Special feature: Fisherman’s Retreat, Seahouses, England

Last year áwe stayed at Coastal Retreats‘ five-star self-catering Fisherman’s Retreat in Seahouses in Northumberland áin the north-east of England. This traditional coastal hideaway is a 17th Century grain store in the oldest part of Seahouses, a traditional British seaside town famed for its picturesque harbour and fish and chips restaurants. The property can sleep […]

Q&A: Music in Los Angeles

Randi I. has been in touch with a query on LA: Hi Paul, I am looking for a hotel in Los Angeles that has good musical entertainment. I am just overnighting there and I will be by myself, but I’d like to hear some good jazz, folk, or classical music if possible. I’m not really […]

Ultimate Executive Golf Getaway Package in Alabama

Ultimate Executive Golf Getaway Package in Alabama

Have the ultimate executive golf getaway in Alabama, at the Presidential Cottage at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center at Capitol Hill. á After sampling the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, áyou will be áwhisked away by helicopter to a five-bedroom executive cottage where private chefs and a butler await. The Ultimate Executive […]

Interview with Ala Osmond of Exeter International

Interview with Ala Osmond of Exeter International

Ala Osmond is Managing Director of Exeter International, áa 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 áyou 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 áan 80-year classic Beaux Arts landmark hotel, with 273 rooms, áthat faces áthe Boston Public Garden. The opening follows Taj Hotels’ 2005 lease agreement to operate and manage The Pierre in New […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A áweekly ápick of luxury travel álinks for your perusal… Unparalleled service from The Executive Connection Get the low-down from Dolce Vita magazine Discover the Caribbean’s finest with Definitive Caribbean Luxury villa rentals from Villas of Distinction

Hotels getting healthier?

Hotels getting healthier?

I’ve already reported about the non-smoking policies adopted by Marriott and others. á Now it appears that hotel chains are getting more health-conscious in other areas too. á 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 árun by áthe Scottish group, Macdonald Hotels and Resorts. The award comes after the chain has invested ú160m into refurbishing its hotels. Rooms at the Randolph start from ú140 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 ábrief 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 […]

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