Category: Western Europe

Roman Abramovich’s latest toy: M/Y Eclipse

Roman Abramovich‘s latest toy is the luxury yacht M/Y Eclipse. Constructed by Blohm + Voss in Hamburg, it is 170 metres long which makes it the world’s longest yacht, 11 metres longer than Sheikh Mohammed‘s. She comes with two helipads, two swimming pools, 11 guest cabins, three launch boats and a mini-submarine, and requires a […]

New Thai spa: a taste of the exotic without leaving Europe

New Thai spa: a taste of the exotic without leaving Europe

For a taste of the exotic without leaving Europe the new Thai Spa at the chic 5 star Barceló Asia Gardens, which opened on the Costa Blanca earlier this year, a short distance from Alicante and its airport, as well as the picturesque Costa Blanca towns of Altea and Villajoysa. The new spa  brings together […]

New luxury in Glasgow, Scotland: Blythswood Square

One of Glasgow’s most famous and historical buildings is being transformed into the breathtakingly luxurious five star hotel,  Blythswood Square. Formerly headquarters to the  Royal Scottish Automobile Club, this landmark property has been redeveloped by Scotland’s stylish luxury boutique hotel group,  The Town House Collection, to capture the glamour of a bygone era whilst showcasing […]

Refurbished suites at The Landmark London

The 5-star  Landmark London in fashionable Marylebone is renowned as one of the UK’s truly stunning luxury hotels. With the introduction of its spectacular new  Lifestyles Suites,  The Landmark London is now taking luxury and guest experience to a new level. The Landmark’s eight newly designed suites and Presidential Suite have been refurbished to an […]

Afternoon tea in London - with a difference

Afternoon tea in London – with a difference

TLSee (Tea, London and Sightseeing) – a pun on TLC (tender, loving care) is the new afternoon tea concept at Swissôtel The Howard, London and  treats guests to edible versions of the famous sights of the city on the Thames. With TLSee, nine different London landmarks, some in 3D, are served up alongside traditional finger […]

New to Puglia, Italy: Borgo Egnazia

New to Puglia, Italy: Borgo Egnazia

Borgo Egnazia, the Mediterranean’s newest luxury resort will open this Autumn, with a soft opening next month followed by an official launch in Spring 2010. Created by the owners of Masseria San Domenico, Borgo Egnazia is positioned to become one of the leading luxury family, spa and golf resorts in the Mediterranean, featuring a luxury […]

New spa at  Grand Hotel & La Pace in Montecatini, Italy

New spa at Grand Hotel & La Pace in Montecatini, Italy

The venerable Grand Hotel & La Pace in Montecatini, Italy, has announced the recent opening of a new health centre. The 600-square-metre spa facility features a heated indoor pool and separate wet area with Rasul bath and a relaxation corner for guests to use before and after their sessions. There are also seven treatment rooms, […]

Improved spa facilities at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland has completed an extensive renovation and expansion of its spa and wellbeing facilities. Called To B. Wellbeing & Spa, it offers guests selected treatments from around the world – from Tam Tam gong massages from Tibet and Nepal to Hawaiian Lomi Lomi ceremonies to Japanese Shiatsu to its own […]

Travelling in the UK for less

Travelling in the UK for less

Apologies for the lack of updates this week, but I’ve been otherwise engaged in the launch of a website catering for last minute availability and special offers in the UK.  UK Travel Offers is a new, niche site that sits alongside other UK projects that we run (most notably, perhaps, the UK hotel price comparison […]

Why not visit Norway?

Why not visit Norway and  return to nature with the most breathtaking scenery, spectacular fjords, dramatic waterfalls, white sandy beaches and the freshest of mountain air? In Norway you’ll find wonderful places to stay, historic towns, charming villages and unparalleled hospitality wherever you go. Whether you take a coastal voyage, a touring holiday or stay […]

Interview with Shira Lazar of NBC et al.

Interview with Shira Lazar of NBC et al.

Shira Lazar currently hosts Mahalo’s This Week In YouTube and is the Editor-At-Large for CondeNast’s travel blogging from around the globe. Previously, Shira hosted NBC’s 1ST LOOK and OPEN HOUSE, DirecTV’s HAVOC ON THE 101 and was a correspondent on Reelz Channel’s DAILIES. She has developed and hosted online video content for,, […]

Luxury breaks in Edinburgh… just for girls

Prepare to be pampered. Whether it’s a luxury hen weekend, a birthday celebration, or a special treat with friends you can’t beat some quality girl time and where better to catch up than at The Edinburgh Residence. Enjoy a pampering package packed with treats for the ultimate girls’ weekend.  Just five minutes from the world […]

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona to open at the end of the year

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is slated to open its first luxury hotel in Southern Europe at the end of this year. Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona will offer avant-garde luxury at the city’s most exclusive address. This exciting hotel pairs the legendary hospitality of Mandarin Oriental with the inimitable character that has made Barcelona one of Europe’s […]

Re-discover Scotland from the water

Re-discover Scotland from the water

Louise of Granton is a superb luxury motor yacht, available for day hire, and providing the ultimate marine charter experience. The high-spec interiors are made of cherry wood and accompanied by leather fittings and all the modcons such as satellite phones, the latest audiovisual equipment and more.   The 50-foot vessel weighs 25 tons and […]

Interview with Jeni Matthews of Red Balloon Travel and Consulting

Interview with Jeni Matthews of Red Balloon Travel and Consulting

Jeni Matthews created Red Balloon Travel and Consulting with the goal in mind to provide spectacularly unique French holidays.     After graduating from Northwestern University in Communications and International Studies, she headed straight to France, and has been living in the little known Rhone-Alpes region ever since.   She uses her first-hand knowledge and […]

James Joyce dinner at Four Seasons Hotel Dublin

It’s not every day you get to dine with the dead.  Sign up for Four Seasons Hotel Dublin‘s “Discover Dublin” package and you’ll be treated to an authentic evening that leaps right off the pages of James Joyce‘s  famed short story, The Dead. You’ll feast as Joyce’s characters did, with the very same hearty menu. […]

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