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Malmaison Reading - safe from the floods?

Malmaison Reading – safe from the floods?

Malmaison  - the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2006-7 –  is to add  yet another hotel to its growing brand.   The Malmaison Reading, once a Great Western Railway hotel,  includes a “seductive wine bar” serving “dangerously good cocktails”, a  brasserie and a café, and is due to open at the end of the […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… The Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei Darussalam Natural, season foods courtesy of Forman & Field Hip, cool, lifestyle hotels in the US: Hotel Indigo Fine Kyoto cuisine in London, from Umu

VisitBritain now has dedicated luxury section

VisitBritain now has dedicated luxury section

VisitBritain, formerly known as the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourism Council before they merged, now has a dedicated  luxury section on its website.   Whilst it has some useful information within it, it is also sadly lacking in some areas.   For instance, click on ‘First Class Travel’ under ‘Luxury experiences’ and you […]

The Wonder Bar, London

The Wonder Bar, London

Selfridges London, the famous department store on Oxford Street, has opened The Wonder Bar — a two-story wine bar in which visitors can serve themselves any of more than 50 different wines of various vintages. Table service is also available, with a staff of waiters led by the store’s new sommelier. A glass of wine […]

Keith Floyd's Cookery Theatre Masterclass

Keith Floyd’s Cookery Theatre Masterclass

Calling all budding gastronauts! Help is at hand as the original celebrity chef Keith Floyd, announces his Autumn 2007 ‘Cookery Theatre’ masterclass series at Linthwaite House Hotel in the Lake District. These exclusive events combine a relaxing break with a culinary masterclass to exceed everyone’s expectations. Floyd is set to return to Linthwaite after his […]

Suite of the week: The Infinity Suite at The Langham, London

Suite of the week: The Infinity Suite at The Langham, London

Suite name: The Infinity Suite Hotel: The Langham, London, UK Size of accommodation:  326 sq  m Cost per night: £4,150 + VAT for 2 bedrooms / £3,500 + VAT for 1 bedroom What makes it special? Endless Elegance. Boundless Beauty. Take luxury to new levels. And beyond.                 […]

Hotel du Vin 'cigar shacks'

Hotel du Vin ‘cigar shacks’

Outdoor ‘cigar shacks’ designed by the Bothy Lodge Company – with underfloor heating, WiFi access and shelter from the elements – appear to be Hotel du Vin‘s answer to the new  England smoking ban which came into effect on 1st July 2007. Their hotels at Winchester, Tunbridge Wells, Cheltenham, Henley on Thames and Glasgow all […]

London is getting a new boutique hotel

London is getting a new boutique hotel

By Spring 2008, London will have  a new boutique hotel – The Paddington Park. The project from London Town Hotels will see a £4 million development in the heart of London, on the doorstep of Paddington station. The hotel with have 85 rooms with air conditioning,  large LCD flat screen TV, in room high speed […]

Surf's up with Malmaison

Surf’s up with Malmaison

To celebrate the launch of their new, fresh and shiny website, Malmaison are giving a special rate to all the ‘summer surfers’ out there. Room only rates start from £79, whilst dinner, bed and breakfast rates begin at £125. Malmaison have hotels in Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford and, of course, […]

England goes smoke-free!

England goes smoke-free!

England goes smoke-free today, and – in my opinion  - it couldn’t come soon enough.   As of 1st July 2007, nearly all enclosed public spaces in the country will become smoke free.   This includes shops, pubs, bars, restaurants and public transport. For more information, see the Smokefree England website.

Family deals at De Vere

Family deals at De Vere

With De Vere Heritage, a short break is tailor-made for every member of the family, at a price that won’t break the bank. Whether it’s well-earned relaxation, pure escapism or exciting leisure activities you yearn for, De Vere Heritage helps you meet the greatest challenge of all – keep yourself as happy as the kids. […]

Don’t expect any posts today…

I’m in London, attending the Luxury Travel Fair, so don’t expect any posts from me today.   Have a read of the archive or, if you’re looking for something specific, select a category on the right, or use the search facility.   Normal service should resume tomorrow.

Luxury Travel Fair

Luxury Travel Fair

Don’t forget… it’s the Luxury Travel Fair at Olympia, London this week. The event is presented by Condé Nast Traveller, in conjunction with British Airways, and runs from Wednesday 27th to Saturday 29th June 2007.   This is a great event – I hope to be there on the Thursday so maybe I’ll see some […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Find your Tuscan soul with Toscana Mia tours A taste of Italy in Baltimore from Sabatino’s Experience Morocco in London: Mamounia Lounge Greece’s new launching K2 Smart Jets

Upgrade with Design Hotels

Upgrade with Design Hotels

More than 30 Design Hotels are offering a Seasonal Spaces promotion, which allows guests to book an automatic upgrade to a higher room or suite category. Participating hotels include the Haymarket Hotel which opened in London last month, the Bel-Ami in Paris, The New Majestic in Singapore, The Omnia in Zermatt, Switzerland, and others in […]

Yo Sushi at Heathrow Terminal 3

Yo Sushi at Heathrow Terminal 3

Opening today at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) Terminal 3 is Yo Sushi, with seats for 56 people as well as a take-away option. Hot and cold dishes are available, all under £5 and, if you’re running late, you can pre-order your take-away online or by calling +44 (0)8701 90 80 40; the menu is available […]

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