Category: Western Europe

'For your eyes only' with luxury Rocco Forte Brown's Hotel

‘For your eyes only’ with luxury Rocco Forte Brown’s Hotel

Luxury hotel chain Rocco Forte is offering a special package at their London Brown’s Hotel to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Ian Fleming’s birth and the launch of the Imperial War Museum London‘s new exhibition, “For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond“. The ‘Ian Fleming Centenary’ stay includes overnight accommodation in a luxurious […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… The Peruvian ecolodge of Rupa Wasi Paris Luxury Hotels from Luxique Go window shopping at Luxury Culture Estraordinary watches from Kronometry

Roman Skyline Package from Hassler Roma

Roman Skyline Package from Hassler Roma

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck saw Rome from the seat of a Vespa. á Now you can see that and more, touring the Eternal City via helicopter with the Hassler Roma‘s Roman Skyline Package. á Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Rome’s most famous sights as your chopper circles over the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, […]

A moment you’ll never forget

An email just in from the Norwegian Tourist Board has reminded me that it’s almost 20 years since I last went to Norway: The first time you see the fjords is a moment you will never forget. Visit Norway and your senses will literally come alive – you’ll return to nature with the most breathtaking […]

Families welcome at Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa, Portugal

Families welcome at Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa, Portugal

Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa is a deluxe resort in the Algarve that boasts leisure facilities for the family, as well as standards that meet the demands of The Leading Hotels of the World. á It enjoys a beautiful cliff-top setting amidst botanical gardens with a secluded beach below. á There is a plethora […]

Sweden's first floating hotel to open in time for 'black gold' season

Sweden’s first floating hotel to open in time for ‘black gold’ season

In September this year, Sweden is to be the proud owner of its first floating hotel. The eco-friendly accommodation will open at the renowned and upmarket Salt & Sill restaurant, offering a new way to experience the beauty of the Bohuslan coast and enjoy the acclaimed seafood of this A Taste of West Sweden accredited […]

Impressive turnout for The Dolder Grand's preview weekend

Impressive turnout for The Dolder Grand’s preview weekend

The Dolder Grand is worth checking out in Zurich – áif you can check-in, that is. Just unveiled after a four-year, $400 million “transformation” by Foster and Partners of London, the hotel drew 20,000 over a recent three-day preview weekend – a jaw-dropping turnout. A landmark of the city since opening as a “curhaus” in […]

Posh Hotels Undercover - take 2

Posh Hotels Undercover – take 2

Having (half-)watched ITV’s ‘Posh Hotels Undercover‘ this evening, I thought I’d post my thoughts. á The programme alleged that a number of Radisson Edwardian‘s London hotels – including the flagship five star May Fair Hotel – left a lot to be desired: there was everything from a supervisor cleaning a washbasin with a toilet brush […]

Posh Hotels Undercover

I’m just settling down for an evening with the laptop and thought I’d see what was on TV… those of you in the UK with an interest in the luxury travel industry might be interested that ITV’s ‘Tonight‘ is just about to start and is this evening entitled ‘Posh Hotels Undercover‘. According to the brief […]

Naomi Campbell in a huff at Heathrow T5

Naomi Campbell in a huff at Heathrow T5

You would think Heathrow’s new Terminal 5 had already had enough bad press for one week, but it seems there’s no abating. á This time, though, áit’s due to an unruly traveller of a celebrity nature. á Short-tempered Naomi Campbell has been arrested and handcuffed after allegedly spitting at a police officer. á It sounds […]

Go Green in St. Moritz

Go Green in St. Moritz

Situated amidst breathtaking scenery with stunning views of the Swiss Alps from the guestrooms, Badrutt’s Palace is an historic symbol of St. Moritz. A favourite of celebrities and royalty since opening in 1896, the hotel is a celebration of style, sports and fashion. The hotel has a new ‘green’ heating system whereby 80% of their […]

The best bed in the world?

The best bed in the world?

How important is a really good quality bed to you? á It’s an issue that I’ve paid attention to more and more in recent times (my wife had a slipped disc that required surgery, just over 12 months ago) and so I was interested to hear that the Vi Spring is the bed of choice […]

Leaning Tower of Pisa to lose its lean

Leaning Tower of Pisa to lose its lean

The Italian government has revealed that the Leaning Tower of Pisa is going to be returned to its originally-intended vertical glory. Announcing the $43 million project, Irma áJoken of The Revival in Pisa’s Edifices á(TRIPE) commented how delighted she was that her 4-year campaign to remove the 5.5 degree lean on the tower was finally […]

Complimentary night at Reid's Palace, Madeira

Complimentary night at Reid’s Palace, Madeira

Set on the cliff tops overlooking the Bay of Funchal and the Atlantic, Reid’s Palace has, for over 100 years, been a standard-bearer for excellence on Madeira and beyond. á Set in ten acres of lush semi-tropical gardens, the emphasis is on traditional style with modern comforts. The Spa at Reid’s Palace is dedicated to […]

Da Vinci Package from Le Meurice

Da Vinci Package from Le Meurice

Looking across the beauty of the Tuileries Gardens, the imposing Le Meurice stands in the most fasionable neighbourhood of Paris with many of the world’s best-loved sights only áa short walk away. á Its rooms, decorated in Louis XVI-style, offer calm and luxury, it Espace Bien-Etre was named one of the Leading Spas of the […]

Gordon Ramsay's Plane Food

Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food

Maybe Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food wasn’t the best idea for a áname for a áfine 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 […]

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