Category: Spain

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 Jaunted.com 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 Movies.com, Hollywood.com, […]

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 […]

Expansion of Preferred Hotel Group

The Preferred Hotel Group will welcome 13 new members to its portfolio next month, from the stunning Natal Ocean Club on the picturesque coast of Cabo Sao Roque in Brazil, due to open early 2010, to the majestic Leela Palace on the banks of Lake Pichola in Udaipur.   In Barcelona, Casanova by Rafael Hotels […]

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 […]

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 […]

Early bird upgrades with NCL

Early bird upgrades with NCL

Book before 31st May 2009 with NCL Freestyle Cruising and you will be given an ‘early bird’  upgrade to the best available stateroom, offering savings of up to £250 per person. The offer includes seven-night fly-cruises travelling across the Greek Isles and Aegean Sea from Norwegian Gem’s new base in Venice – the first time […]

Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque joins global blackout

The Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort in Costa Adeje, in Southern Tenerife, will join the initiative that WWF has launched to expose climate change. The initiative consists of switching off the lights in as many places on the planet as possible between 20.30 and 21.30 on the 28th March 2009. The Gran Hotel Bahía […]

Thai suites at Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia, Tenerife

Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia has recently opened three Thai suites as part of its Thai Zen SPAce and thermal wellness centre. Based upon traditional Asian techniques, the Thai suites are the first of their kind in Spain. Three suites of almost 100 sq m  each are equipped with a Jacuzzi, cromotherapy lighting, relaxing area, Chinese […]

Special feature: Royal Garden Villas, La Caleta, Tenerife

Special feature: Royal Garden Villas, La Caleta, Tenerife

I am just back from a one-week stay with my family at the fabulous  Royal Garden Villas  situated on the  outskirts of Adeje, Tenerife. Even before our visit, I knew this place would be special; afterall, you don’t achieve a  #1 Tripadvisor status across the entire island  without good reason.   The property is owned […]

Enjoy a luxurious and unique Father's Day at The Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque

Enjoy a luxurious and unique Father’s Day at The Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque

The Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque, in Costa Adeje, in Southern Tenerife has a reputation for its luxurious and high quality services. This time, it has created a special Father’s Day (19th March 2009) holiday package. On this holiday the family will enjoy a day sailing around the area of Costa Adeje where they will […]

Luxury Champagne holiday on a Cava budget

Luxury Champagne holiday on a Cava budget

For those who want to live the champagne lifestyle but are feeling the economic squeeze, the five star Don Carlos Leisure Resort & Spa in Marbella is launching a outrageously luxurious package tailored to a Cava budget. On arrival guests will immediately experience the Champagne lifestyle by finding a chilled bottle of Möet Chandon Rose […]

Hire a Harley with Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona

Hire a Harley with Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona

Do lazy days lounging by the pool leave you yearning for some fast-paced excitement? Action-loving guests at the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona can hire one of a selection of top of the range Harley-Davidson ® motorcycles for some adrenaline-pumping fun – what better way to discover the sunny Costa del Sol and beyond?   The […]

Canaries here we come

I’m  boarding a flight to the  Canary Islands shortly, in order to go and review a rather beautiful-looking resort out there for a special feature on A Luxury Travel Blog (more details on that on my return).   It’ll be my fourth time out to the Canaries.   I am travelling with the laptop but […]

A new brand is born: Franklyn Hotels and Resorts

A new brand is born: Franklyn Hotels and Resorts

A new hotel brand – Franklyn Hotels and Resorts – has been launched. Formerly Stein Hotels and Resorts, Franklyn will build upon Stein’s fundamental strengths, but  will  seek a wider geographic platform with a portfolio  that focuses  on iconic, emblematic properties situated in areas of great natural or urban interest. So far they have city […]

Discover the flavours of Mallorca

Discover the flavours of Mallorca

New for 2009, Hotel L’Avenida, Mallorca’s chic eight-bedroom boutique hotel in the heart of Soller on the island’s North West coast, is introducing a ‘Flavours of Mallorca’ cookery and foodie weekend throughout February, March and October 2009. The cookery weekends, based at the converted, century old Modernist style private mansion in the heart of the […]

Charming Villas Catalonia

Charming Villas Catalonia

When Susanne Keen takes her annual three week-long summer trip to Catalonia, Spain, she doesn’t check into a local hotel. Instead, the 46-year-old London City-based barrister, her husband and their two daughters stay in a six-bedroom farmhouse that overlooks neighbouring farmlands. Renting a house for my vacation is much more personal and easy than staying […]

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