Category: Western Europe

The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

iExplore, named the Best Adventure Travel Website by Forbes Magazine and Travel + Leisure, has announced a list of top 10 world travel destinations as determined by purchases made by adventure and experiential travellers.   Egypt retains its number one spot, but South Africa jumps to the number 2 spot (from 19th position the year […]

Tailor-made holidays on the French Riviera

Tailor-made holidays on the French Riviera

For luxury, tailor-made holidays on the French Riviera, take a look at Le Brozec. They createc the ultimate in luxury, personalised holidays on the French Riviera: private jets, helicopters, limousines, yachts, castles, villas and prestigious hotels. They organise your complete itinerary with activities ranging from golf to spa treatments, casino nights to gastronomy lessons, from […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Tailor-made holidays from Bridge & Wickers Join the posh set at New York’s  Monmouth Park Stay at a converted Victorian schoolhouse in Dublin Ski and short stays in Tokyo/Kyoto from Ski in Japan

Natural Retreats get planning permission to expand in the Dales

Natural Retreats get planning permission to expand in the Dales

Natural Retreats is proud to announce that 9 new retreats are to be built at their Yorkshire Dales site. The new  properties are set to be completed by early July 2008 and will bring the total complement to 19. Natural Retreats combine the highest levels of luxury and sensitive development with some of  the most […]

Japanese ski resort gives its name to a new Mazda MX5

Japanese ski resort gives its name to a new Mazda MX5

A Japanese ski resort on the island of Hokkaido, Niseko, is curiously behind a new Mazda MX5 that is about to be on sale in the UK. Only 240 soft tops and 560 roadsters of this limited edition Mazda will be on sale from 1st January 2008, with entry level prices starting from £17,995. Niseko […]

Five Star GL status for Hotel Majestic, Barcelona

Five Star GL status for Hotel Majestic, Barcelona

Barcelona’s  Hotel Majestic has been awarded the Grand Luxe distincation, placing it among the elite of the city’s luxury hotels. Located at 68 Paseo de Gracia, this 100% Spanish-owned hotel  receives the  recognition  because it meets all the  criteria set out by the General Board of Tourism of the Generalitat de Catalunya. The ongoing training […]

The Draycott offers complimentary tickets to Neil LaBute's latest plays

The Draycott offers complimentary tickets to Neil LaBute’s latest plays

One of London’s favourite boutique hotels, The Draycott is standing by its traditional affiliation with the theatre by offering guests the chance to catch the UK premiere of Neil LaBute‘s exciting new plays, Helter Skelter/Land of the Dead at The Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush. In two stunning companion pieces, award-winning playwright, screen writer and film […]

Loire Valley Gourmet & Wine, Active Cultural Tour

Loire Valley Gourmet & Wine, Active Cultural Tour

Off the Beaten Path, LLC  is offering the ultimate, French experience in the Loire Valley through its interactive program designed to stir the senses! Their Loire Valley Gourmet & Wine, Active Cultural Tour is comprised of cultural theme walks  and excursions, gourmet discovery, a wine tasting  and appreciation workshop, cellar tours  and wine tasting, a […]

Fractional ownership in Italy

Fractional ownership in Italy

As the fractional ownership trend popularized by Americans, spreads across the pond to Europe, Borgo di Vagli, Italy’s first Equity Residence Club development was recently named Best International Redevelopment (Multiple Units) by the 2007 International Property Awards. Situated in the heart of Tuscany, 30 minutes from Cortona, Borgo di Vagli is a 14th Century medieval […]

London's Waterloo Brasserie

London’s Waterloo Brasserie

The Waterloo Brasserie is the latest upmarket restaurant to grace the London scene. Situated on Waterloo Road, opposite Waterloo station and The Old Vic Theatre, it is the latest venture by the team behind Chelsea’s successful Cheyne Walk Brasserie, a former Victorian pub. WB, as it is affectionately known, is open from 8am ’til late, […]

Trump's Scottish golf resort to head for Northern Ireland?

Trump’s Scottish golf resort to head for Northern Ireland?

A day doesn’t seem to go buy without some media publicity surrounding  Donald  Trump’s latest golfing resort, which was originally intended for Scotland.   Following rejection there, the latest speculation is that he might be taking it to Northern Ireland. Bloomberg  reports that he has signed an option to buy a piece of land in […]

Winter Extravaganza package from Jiva Hill Park Hotel near Geneva

Winter Extravaganza package from Jiva Hill Park Hotel near Geneva

Jiva Hill Park Hotel is offering the ultimate luxury winter package this season, providing the perfect adrenaline rush for skiing enthusiasts. Standing proud within 70 acres of parkland and with vast facilities ranging from an equestrian centre to a luxurious spa, the hotel also benefits from being in a perfect location for skiing. With the […]

Trump's plans in Scotland scuppered

Trump’s plans in Scotland scuppered

You may recall me reporting that Donald Trump had his plans for a $2.1 billion golf course approved.   Well… not any more.   The plans have been rejected by Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Committee and this takes precedence over the earlier decision. An appeal to Scottish government ministers is a possibility, but Trump might also […]

2007 Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards

2007 Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards

The key winners from this year’s Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards are recognised by ‘Crystal Awards’. These are the crème de la crème of the innumerable winners, limited to just one from each continent. The five (there aren’t many to choose from in Antarctica!) to shine through this year are as follows: Favorite Spa of […]

Culinary tours in Italy and Spain

Culinary tours in Italy and Spain

Canadian travel agency Helen Thompson Travel is partnering with a culinary travel host to offer luxury gastronomic adventures to an elite clientele of food and wine enthusiasts, with the first two excursions planned to southern Italy and northern Spain in Spring 2008. Relish Culinary Tours, based in Toronto, specializes in providing privately escorted small-group adventures […]

The most romantic and creative places to propose

The most romantic and creative places to propose

Apparently one of the latest trends in travel is the ‘proposal vacation’ which, as its name suggests, is when you go on a trip with the sole purpose of popping the question. MoonRings, Inc. believe they have identified the ten most romantic and creative places. “Choosing a location is not always as easy as it […]

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