Category: United Kingdom

New ‘Gleneagles’ has uncertain future

New ‘Gleneagles’ has uncertain future

Taymouth Castle, which was once a holiday haunt of Queen Victoria as well as having featured in the film Mrs. Brown, was to the centrepiece of a £75 million hotel and resort, with aspirations to be on a par with Gleneagles.   Once developed, Four Seasons were going to take over the running of the [...]

Looking for the best in trendy hotels?

Looking for the best in trendy hotels?

Looking for the best in trendy hotels?   Look no further… Tripadvisor claim to have found them  in their ‘top 10 hot hotels’ list.   Here it is: Sanderson Hotel London, England   Front Hotel, Denmark   Rocco Forte Villa Kennedy, Germany     Britania Hotel, Portgual   Dream Bangkok, Thailand   DO & CO [...]

New London palace for Roman Abramovich

New London palace for Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich, Chelsea FC owner and the world’s 15th richest man, has been quietly buying up apartments in a  Georgian mansion in Kensington, West London. As of today, the Russian oil tycoon will own the entire building and will begin work on turning it into  a £150 million palatial home – a sum that is [...]

De Vere’s £29 offer – I wouldn’t bother

I received a card in the post from DeVere Venues today, pushing an offer for stays throughout May, from just £29 per room per night.   There are 25 hotels listed on the card. Fantastic, I thought – I’ll go and book one.   I went on to the website and, lo and behold, it [...]

England’s newest (and largest) five star hotel

North Yorkshire will be home to a £100 million hotel  by 2011 according to  plans presented by The Skelwith Group.   The Flaxby Country Club  will be  the largest five-star hotel in the North of England.   It is located between Knaresborough and York, and rooms and suites will be sold individually to investors. Prices [...]

T5: a story of failed promises

A video about Heathrow Terminal 5, made around a year ago. They make a big thing about how efficient the baggage system is, and how the new terminal will “relieve the chaos”. With the benefit of hindsight, it makes for rather ironic viewing now.

Enjoy England for Excellence 2008

Enjoy England for Excellence 2008

In case it passed you by, yesterday was St. George’s Day. And I’m sure it was no co-incidence that the presentation of the Enjoy England for Excellence 2008 awards was celebrated on the same day. For the first time, the event was held outside London, with the organisers preferring to opt for the European Capital [...]

Three top hotels on the quiet shores of Lake Windermere

Three top hotels on the quiet shores of Lake Windermere

I was pleased to see one of our clients gets a favourable mention in The Telegraph today, in an article accompanied with the words “Three top hotels on the quiet shores of Lake Windermere”.   Holbeck Ghyll was where Renée Zellweger stayed when filming Miss Potter. They have recently added The Gatehouse to their available [...]

True romance at The Dorchester

True romance at The Dorchester

At the centre of London society since it opened in 1931, The Dorchester boasts a superb position on Park Lane overlooking the grand, green expanses of Hyde Park.   Decorated throughout in an enchanting, romantic English country house style, its lavish rooms and suites are amongst the finest in London.    If you’re feeling romantic, [...]

Coco clubhouse, Verbier

Coco clubhouse, Verbier

The latest luxe skiing holidays are about everything but snow. Coco, a new clubhouse that’s opened in Verbier, couldn’t be more OTT. Guests can sip £500 cocktails, stroke the white fur curtains or dance to tunes spun by the resident DJ from Harry and Will’s London hangout, Boujis.

The most expensive vodka in the world

The most expensive vodka in the world

Produced by the Blackwood Distillers of Scotland, DIVA Premium Vodka runs from £2,000 to £540,000 per bottle (yes, that’s over $1 million!) depending on your selection of precious stones that run within the middle of each bottle. The vodka itself is triple-distilled, ice-filtered, filtered through purifying Nordic birch charcoal and then finally through a fine [...]

‘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 [...]

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.   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.   This time, though,  it’s due to an unruly traveller of a celebrity nature.   Short-tempered Naomi Campbell has been arrested and handcuffed after allegedly spitting at a police officer.   It sounds [...]

The best bed in the world?

The best bed in the world?

How important is a really good quality bed to you?   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 [...]

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