Category: Western Europe

Yet another Gordon Ramsay restaurant

Yet another Gordon Ramsay restaurant

It seems there’s no stopping Gordon Ramsay at the moment. No sooner had I blogged about the new restaurant at the Forte Village Resort in Sardinia and I discover that he’s opening another in Tuscany, also next month. Nestled within one of Italy’s most beautiful stretches of Tuscan countryside, just 100 km from Florence […]

New Gordon Ramsay restaurant in Sardinia

New Gordon Ramsay restaurant in Sardinia

Next month Gordon Ramsay will open a new restaurant at the award-winning luxury resort Forte Village in Sardinia. Forte Village is a unique destination in Southern Sardinia set within 55 acres of pine forest and subtropical gardens, next to a dazzling white beach at the southern tip of this luxurious island, situated just a few […]

The best airport in the world

The best airport in the world

The results of the World Airport Awards from Skytrax are out. Congratulations go to Incheon International Airport in Seoul which beat last year’s winner (Hong Kong International Airport) into second place. The top 10 were as follows: 1. Incheon International Airport 2. Hong Kong International Airport 3. Singapore Changi 4. Zürich 5. München 6. […]

Special feature: Le Grand Cirque Fantazie

Special feature: Le Grand Cirque Fantazie

This afternoon we went to the Liverpool Empire Theatre to see the acrobatic production, Le Grand Cirque Fantazie. It was billed as one of the most exciting shows we will ever see, and we certainly weren’t disappointed. Le Grand Cirque has had sold-out shows all over the world and has played to over 10 million […]

UK Summer Champagne & Gourmet Break

UK Summer Champagne & Gourmet Break

South Cumbrian restaurant L’enclume has teamed up with some of the world’s top Champagne houses, including Bollinger, Pol Roger, Louis Roederer, Laurent Perrier and Deutz, to bring you a fantastic value-for-money luxury Champagne & Gourmet break. On arrival a bottle of Champagne of your choice awaits you, and to follow an 8 course dinner served […]

W Barcelona to open in October 2009

W Barcelona to open in October 2009

W Hotels has revealed that the new W Barcelona will open on 1st October 2009. The hotel’s soaring architecture and iconic design are the work of the world-renowned architect Ricardo Bofill. It rises above the city’s stunning waterfront and will have 473 inviting rooms featuring celebrated comforts such as the signature W bed, fully wired […]

Environmental guidelines from Luxury Properties Europe

To commemorate World Environmental Day, on 5th June 2009, Luxury Properties Europe – a specialist in both sales and long and short-term rentals – is launching environmental guidelines to stimulate their worldwide clientele’s awareness. In each and every one of their properties located in France, Italy, Switzerland or Greece, there is an Environmental Guide with […]

Re-vamped wellness centre at Badrutt's Palace Hotel, St. Moritz

Re-vamped wellness centre at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St. Moritz

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is investing 50 million Swiss Francs in a wellness centre upgrade. The first phase, ready by August 2009, includes a new wet zone, two saunas of different temperature, mist room, ice room, and renovated oval pool with new swim-up bar. Photographs can be viewed on Flickr. The following two phases will include […]

New Alain Ducasse cookery school with a difference

New Alain Ducasse cookery school with a difference

Alain Ducasse has opened a new cookery school this month… where you are the chef. The Ecole de Cuisine in Paris is about learning, sharing and getting to know the universe of tastes of Alain Ducasse. Everything is mixed in a unique atmosphere in a school created by Pierre-Yves Rochon. Cooking, pastry-making and […]

Copenhagen... and all that jazz

Copenhagen… and all that jazz

Copenhagen is a long-standing favourite for Jazz enthusiasts from all over the world. And from the 3rd to the 12th July 2009 there will be the city’s 31st annual Jazz Festival, welcoming hundreds of artists to perform the best of all Jazz genres in the Danish capital. The main event on Saturday 4th July will […]

Need someone to wash your wellies or iron your map?

At a boutique hotel in the Cotswolds – Lords of the Manor – you can hire an outdoor butler. So, if you need someone to groom your dog, wash your wellies or iron your map, apparently these are all things that he’ll do for you for a daily rate that starts from 95. […]

Masseria San Domenico - complete with medical spa

Masseria San Domenico – complete with medical spa

Embracing mud and water comes naturally at Masseria San Domenico‘s Thalasso-therapy Spa, a medical spa in the Puglia region of Italy where guests are relaxed, revived and rejuvenated in more ways than one. You arrive via a winding driveway embraced by wild flowers, olive groves and lemon trees; with the Adriatic behind and an Italian […]

Abama Golf & Spa Resort, Tenerife

Hidden away on a little-known corner of Tenerife is a world unlike any other. A place wehre the traditions of Spain and Africa blend together as effortlessly as nature and architecture. A subtropical paradise where tranquillity mingles with five-star indulgence. A world that’s close to home, and yet feels a million miles away. Take […]

Free nights at Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites

Thought of as a home away from home by many regular guests, Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites is a family-owned and run boutique villa-hotel in the cosmopolitan Elounda, Crete. It offers a unique combination of just 18 ultra-luxurious villas, all with private pools with Jacuzzi, and 10 elegant suites and all the services and facilities […]

Champagne dinner at Gleneagles

Champagne dinner at Gleneagles

If you are a lover of fantastic food and great wines and Champagne, you have the unique opportunity to join Benoît Gouez, Chef de Cave, Moêt & Chandon, who is on a rare visit to Scotland, for a gourmet evening in The Ballroom at The Gleneagles Hotel on 17th June 2009. Working with Gleneagles’ Head […]

Berlin's flying hotel bed

Berlin’s flying hotel bed

At the Propeller Island City Lodge in Berlin, there’s a bed with a difference. Their “flying” bed can be found in one of the hotel’s many themed rooms. The king size wooden bed is in fact suspended from the roof but a floor with a 15-degree incline helps to complete the illusion, as does […]

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