Category: Western Europe

Gordon Ramsay's Plane Food

Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food

Maybe Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food wasn’t the best idea for a  name for a  fine dining restaurant in London Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, but rest assured that we are talking about ‘plane food’ here, and not ‘plain food’. Currently managed by staff from his Box Wood Café in Knightsbridge, it will open on 27th March […]

Suggestions for a family holiday in France?

Last year I took my family to Brittany for a two-week holiday with a company called Carisma.   It was billed as ‘luxury camping’ but the reality was that, whilst we weren’t in a tent, it wasn’t in fact all that luxurious.   Easier than a tent, perhaps – especially since our two boys are […]

Escape to the Hotel Byblos Saint-Tropez

Escape to the Hotel Byblos Saint-Tropez

If you are looking for the perfect escape this summer, the Hotel Byblos Saint-Tropez is the place for you. Nestled in the stunning Provencal village of Saint-Tropez that comes back to life every year between April and September, it is the paradise for an unforgettable journey to the South of France. From Saint-Tropez devotees to […]

El Blog de un Hotel... revealed!

El Blog de un Hotel… revealed!

Remember El Blog de un Hotel, the Spanish blog about a mystery 5-star hotel?   Well,  it’s unveiled its identity somewhat earlier than it had suggested last September/October.   It is the Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel and is to be found in the Cuatro Torres Business Area – the same business park that will be […]

Spring offers from Linthwaite House Hotel, UK

Spring offers from Linthwaite House Hotel, UK

To celebrate the arrival of spring this year, Linthwaite House Hotel is bringing back their incredibly popular “Dine Free” offer. Simply pay their normal bed and breakfast rates and for each night of your stay  they will include their 4-course evening meal with canapés, coffee and petit fours at no charge. (Normally £50 per person […]

Astarte, Santorini

Astarte, Santorini

Endless blue sky and sea greet visitors to Santorini, Greece, home to Astarte, a boutique, all-suite getaway that beckons guests to forget their stresses. Astarte comprises nine suites – Junior, Senior, Executive and Honeymoon – each of which is individually decorated and offers the finest amenities. Junior Suites each feature one King bedroom, a separate […]

Elegance and beauty in the form of the Park Hyatt Zurich

Elegance and beauty in the form of the Park Hyatt Zurich

Innovational, stylish and chic, this hotel is in the centre of Zurich’s bustling business district. Not to be overlooked for leisure visitors, however, Zurich also boasts a proud artistic history which is certainly worth exploring. Zurich witnessed, for example, the birth of the eccentric Dada art movement with the creation of the ‘artist tavern’ known […]

There are no five star hotels in France

There are no five star hotels in France

This is a fact. But it doesn’t mean that no hotel is of a five star standard. The problem lies in the national classification system which only goes up to four star or four star luxe but never five star. France’s recently appointed Secretary of State in charge of Tourism, Luc Chatel, looks set to […]

Newsflash: man detained on Heathrow runway

Newsflash: man detained on Heathrow runway

Just one day before the launch of Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, there has been a security breach at the airport. A man scaled a perimeter fence with a rucksack and ran into the path of an Emirates flight before being surrounded by police and police dogs.   He is thought to have been acting alone, […]

Zurich’s Dolder Grand Hotel to re-open next month

The Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, is expected to open next month after $400 million of renovations which commenced back in 2004. As well as transforming all 173 rooms, there’s a new 40,000 square foot spa which has been designed by the highly talented  Sylvia Sepielli. Reservations are already being taken.

7 star hotel ratings are now official?  Nonsense!

7 star hotel ratings are now official? Nonsense!

Self-accredited hotel classifications are a bugbear of mine.   I think they only serve to deceive the public who don’t know better. For the record, no national tourist board has a classification scheme that goes beyond 5 stars; for some, the highest accolade is only 4 stars (eg. France); only if you’re really lucky might […]

Attitude Hotels

Founded by Pedro Castro, Attitude Hotels is a new hotel brand specifically geared towards gays and lesbians of a discerning nature. They offer a selection of over twenty-five hotels in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA. By next year, the objective is to propose […]

Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza in Sicily

Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza in Sicily

Discover an original and ancient side of Sicily. Just over an hour from Palermo, Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza is situated in a lush valley of olive groves and vineyards. It offers a refined resort experience that combines ultimate relaxation with its pools and beach club; nakhlah longevity, lifestyle and beauty spa; children’s program; and […]

Crystal Adventures

Crystal Adventures

Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is raising its own shore-side bar with lavish, over-the-top Crystal Adventures in Europe. New “extreme luxury” tours, designed for a discerning few, boast European sports cars, helicopters and private yachts to explore European destinations in extravagantly different ways. Whether you are looking to explore Monaco in a Maserati or navigate the […]

New spa at Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona on the Costa del Sol

New spa at Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona on the Costa del Sol

Following a €7 million hotel renovation, it is only fitting that the Spa at the  Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona has also been given a rejuvenating facelift for 2008. With the introduction of new products and treatments from luxurious brand Éminence Organic Skin Care, and a highly qualified homeopathic doctor as Spa Manager and Owner, Kempinski […]

T+L Design Awards 2008

Philanthropist Agnes Gund, Nike designer John Hoke, accessory designer of the year Richard Lambertson, Neue Galerie New York director Renée Price, fashion designer Yeohlee Teng , and architects Hani Rashid and David Rockwell (phew!) have joined forces to select the winners of the T+L Design Awards 2008.   Awards span 15 categories and include The […]

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