Category: Regions

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 […]

Luxurious 'Platinum' service introduced Down Under on The Ghan

Luxurious ‘Platinum’ service introduced Down Under on The Ghan

Known for making the epic journey from Darwin through to Adelaide, legendary Australian train The Ghan is introducing a ‘platinum’ service in September that aims to be exceptional in luxurious standards. Passengers will be able to rest their heads on deluxe pillows from a menu, stretch out in cabins with fresh flowers that are twice […]

Quintessential Taj

A wonderful video from Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces.

Silicon Valley's Domain Hotel - ideal for the business traveller

Silicon Valley’s Domain Hotel – ideal for the business traveller

A former Radisson hotel has been added to the Joie de Vivre Hospitality chain.   Silicon Valley’s Domain Hotel is great for business travellers since it occupies a prime Sunnyvale location close to most Silicon Valley corporate headquarters.   Following its transformation, the hotel now has 124 rooms and 12 suites, with two themes – […]

Color - a salon by Michael Boychuck

Color – a salon by Michael Boychuck

Introducing the newest beauty destination in Las Vegas: Color, A Salon by Michael Boychuck.  Boychuck has been entrusted with the locks of everyone from Paris Hilton to Kirsten Dunst. Drape yourself in luxurious experiences from head to toe with their exclusive two-night salon package.    With prices starting from $150 per night plus tax, you’ll […]

Summer at the Pines, Austin TX

Summer at the Pines, Austin TX

Book the Summer at the Pines package at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa to receive a $50 resort credit for family activities and dining, two opulent Lost Pines beach towels, two “Old Buck’s Place” water bottles for bottomless non-alcoholic beverages and 20% savings on spa and golf green services.

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 […]

EOS files for bankruptcy

First it was MAXjet.   Now it’s the turn of EOS. Having launched their service back in 2005, the airline is planning to operate its final flights London’s Stansted Airport and New York’s Kennedy Airport today. The current economic climate was cited as a reason for the bankruptcy by CEO Jack Williams. A statement on […]

Rates at New York hotels keep on going up

You would think that people are cutting back on luxuries such as hotel stays with the current concerns about the economy.   However, research by PKF Consulting tells us that hotels in New York are getting more expensive. In November 2007 the average price of a room in  NYC hit $292, more than its previous […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… The travel collection from Nature & Kind Relax in the elegance of Amsterdam’s College Hotel 180 degrees from ordinary: Windstar Cruises Experience Flexjet fractional ownership

Ballet San Jose heads for China

Ballet San Jose  has announced a five-week, eight-city tour to China scheduled for May and June 2008. The tour, named Goodwill Tour From Silicon Valley, will include performances at the Grand Theatre in Shanghai and the Poly Theatre in Beijing. Programs will include fully staged productions of The Firebird and Carmina Burana, plus additional ballets […]

Window cleaning with a difference

Window cleaning with a difference

In a bid not to upset its guests with the mammoth, week-long task of cleaning its windows, the five-star  Shanghai Sheraton Hotel took a light-hearted approach to the job in hand.   They got  their window cleaners to dress up in Spiderman outfits for the job. The stunt has attracted so much attention that visitors […]

IHG to manage new beachfront Crowne Plaza in Nha Trang

IHG  has signed an agreement to manage a new Crowne Plaza in Nha Trang, the Vietnamese coastal city which will host Miss Universe 2008. Crowne Plaza Nha Trang will have 305 rooms and suites, and 113 serviced residences, and will feature contemporary tropical design by renowned Singapore-based architect Tan Hock Beng. It is scheduled to […]

Branson develops Makepeace Island at Noosa

Branson develops Makepeace Island at Noosa

Sir  Richard Branson is  pressing ahead with  the construction of  a luxury Australian island retreat for his Virgin airline staff despite  remaining opposition from environmentalists.   Plans for the $4 million nine-hectare estate at Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, have already been scaled back so that there won’t be a country club or helipad as […]

Shenandoah National Park stays just got cheaper

Shenandoah National Park stays just got cheaper

Savings of up to 33% can be enjoyed at Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge for stays between now and 26th June 2008,  if avoiding  Fridays and Saturdays and 23rd-25th May 2008. Their Early Bird Spring Weekday promotion starts at just $99 a night for a double, with breakfast included.   This offers an ideal […]

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.

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