Category: Western Europe

MAXjet turns two

MAXjet turns two

The business class only airline MAXjet turns two today and is celebrating the occasion with a second anniversary sale.   One way prices to/from London Stansted start from $499/ £279 for New York, $599/ £329 for Los Angeles, and $599/ £329 for Las Vegas, plus taxes of course.   The lowest fares are only available […]

Champagne increasing in popularity

Champagne increasing in popularity

Worldwide sales of Champagne have grown from 287 million bottles in 2002 to 321 million last year; and, with 2007 sales expected to exceed 330 million – the maximum that the Champagne region around Reims can produce – land in 40 villages in northeastern France is under consideration for use as vineyards by the Appellation […]

Bubbles with a view

Bubbles with a view

I expect many of you reading have probably experienced a Jacuzzi in an exotic location before, but I doubt many of you can top this… a Jacuzzi on the top of Mont Blanc.   These crazy people last month ascended Mont Blanc at night, assembled their ‘Jaccuzzi’ at the summit, melted some fresh snow and […]

U2's Bono upsetting people in Dublin

U2′s Bono upsetting people in Dublin

An Taisce and Dublin traditionalists such as the Irish Georgian Society are expressing grave concerns about co-owner Bono‘s plans to transform The Clarence hotel. Hardly surprising, perhaps, when the  proposal is for  ”a dramatic structure with a spaceship-shaped glass dome at the summit of an extraordinary atrium extending from the basement to the rooftop”.   […]

Santuary Villas & Apartments

Santuary Villas & Apartments

Santuary Villas & Apartments believe that villa holidays should be about privacy, choice and independence.   Take a look at their hand-picked portfolio of properties managed by their own staff, using a formula that provides the right kind of support and gives guests the assurance that they need.

One for the oldies reading

One for the oldies reading

I’ve seen a similar promotion from Malmaison before: book for a stay between 19th and 28th October 2007, and you’ll get your age as a percentage taken from your room rate.   For example, if you’re 65, you’ll receive 65% off your room only price.   Not such a great  offer if you’re in your […]

Free Champagne from the AA Best Small Hotel Group of the Year 2007-8

Free Champagne from the AA Best Small Hotel Group of the Year 2007-8

Red Carnation Hotels are proud to have been awarded the AA “Best Small Hotel Group of the Year 2007-8″, and they’re sharing their good fortune with their guests! Simply book a two night weekend stay at any of their 6 central London properties and celebrate with them, with a chilled bottle of Champagne on arrival, […]

Some people just don't 'get' the internet!

Some people just don’t ‘get’ the internet!

I recently read a newspaper article about The New White Lion at Llandovery in Wales and thought I would check them out with a view to a short stay with my family later this month.   The first thing that strikes me is that there’s an air of quality about the site, a nice choice […]

Côte d'Azur special offer‏

Côte d’Azur special offer‏

A glass of vintage wine in a French bistro, a romantic walk on the beach, an afternoon browsing in the typical markets, a night in the moonlight or at a glittering soirée… all the charm of the Côte d’Azur’s vie en rose is just around the corner.   And now you can escape to Nice […]

London Hilton Park Lane and Galvin at Windows

London Hilton Park Lane and Galvin at Windows

At the London Hilton Park Lane, you can enjoy majestic views of Hyde Park and the London skyline whilst being in easy reach of the shopping havens that are Bond Street and Knightsbridge.   Unwind and pamper yourself by taking advantage of the excellent onsite health club, steam room, sauna and treatment rooms.   At […]

Bugatti Veyron of the sea

Bugatti Veyron of the sea

Described as a ‘supercar on water’ and the ‘Bugatti Veyron of the sea’, the XSR48 is a 48-foot luxury powerboat with two  bi-turbo diesel engines which output 1,600 horsepower. Its carbon-fibre hull/deck structure is based on an F1 style monocoque right through to the cockpit and dashboard. The designers  behind the vessel  include Fabio Buzzi, […]

Venue Autumn Escapes from De Vere

Whether it’s an overdue reunion with friends, a special family occasion, or simply about time you visited that certain town or city,  De Vere‘s  new autumn offers mean that now there’s no excuse. Promo code: VAE (Venue Autumn Escapes).

Special feature: Costa Adeje Gran Hotel, Tenerife

Special feature: Costa Adeje Gran Hotel, Tenerife

I stayed 7 nights at the Costa Adeje Gran Hotel in Costa Adeje, Tenerife earlier this  year and must admit to visiting with a small degree of trepidation due to the very mixed reviews on Tripadvisor.   One of the common statements within those reviews is that “it isn’t a five star hotel”.   Well, […]

A knock-out wedding?

A knock-out wedding?

One of the most luxurious hotels in my neck of the woods – the Sharrow Bay Hotel overlooking Ullswater – has been in the news today because of a dispute at a wedding held there last July. It was certainly a memorable day, but not for the right reasons –  the bride was left with […]

Oh no, not again...

Oh no, not again…

Oh dear… it’s that time of year again.   Excuse me if I take a rest from blogging today.   Shortly I shall be heading into Newcastle-upon-Tyne to take my place on the start line of the Great North Run, billed as the largest half marathon in the world.   This has become a bit […]

The most technologically-advanced bar in the world?

The most technologically-advanced bar in the world?

twentyfour london (argh… it’s a bit of a pet hate of mine when people use all lower case like that) is a bar and nightclub that opened near Oxford Circus in central London earlier this month.   But this is a bar with a dramatic difference where the walls take varying forms according to your […]

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