Category: Regions

The world's most expensive water

The world’s most expensive water

Talk about expensive water! If you thought Bling H20 – at $24 for a 750ml bottle – was expensive, then think again.   Kona Nigari water from Hawaii  is apparently selling at $33.50 for a mere 2 ounce bottle.   Yes, you read that right… that’s seawater at more than $2,000 per gallon.   The […]

Silversea all-suite ships to sail to 116 countries in 2008

Silversea all-suite ships to sail to 116 countries in 2008

Silversea Cruises has just published a 172-page 2007-2008 Voyage Atlas detailing the sailings through to the end of  2008.   Four ships will cover more than 140 itineraries in 2008, visiting almost 340 different ports. The all-suite ships will cover 116 countries on a schedule of itineraries ranging from six to 110 days. 27 new […]

Suite of the week: Dalem Jiwo Suite at Amanjiwo, Central Java

Suite of the week: Dalem Jiwo Suite at Amanjiwo, Central Java

Suite name: Dalem Jiwo Suite Resort: Amanjiwo, Central Java Size of accommodation: 1,300 sq m Cost per night:   £1,278 per night (Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 11% government tax. Rates include airport transfer.) What makes it special?  Amanjiwo is set in the countryside of Central Java with clear views of Borobudur, […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Low priced private jet travel from Jump Jet Enjoy the culinary sensation that is Oud Sluis Discover the warmth of Barcelona at Hotel Majestic On an island off Mombasa, The Funzi Keys

Hyatt Regency Kiev - St. Sophia

Hyatt Regency Kiev – St. Sophia

Hyatt is the second international hotel brand to enter Ukraine’s capital of  Kiev with the opening of the five-star Hyatt Regency Kiev  - St. Sophia – ahead of schedule. (The first was Radisson SAS back in 2005.) The hotel is well-located in the centre of the city, close to St. Sophia Square and the cathedral.

Dosh all-polymer wallets

Dosh all-polymer wallets

Sydney-based Blue Sky Design Group have come out with some futuristic-looking wallets made of a semi-flexible, water-resistant polymer called Desmopan. These durable and stylish Dosh wallets  are also wear-resistant and chemical-resistant, and available in four distinct colours, including ‘charcoal’ and ‘red’.   Can be purchased online for AUD$49, excluding delivery and GST.

Scotland's first castle of the 21st Century

Scotland’s first castle of the 21st Century

The first castle to have been built in Scotland in the 21st Century is a luxury hotel. Glenskirlie House & Castle is set in lush gardens in the village of Banknock, Stirlingshire. Owned by the Macaloney family, it caters well for wedding parties and has two sumptuous turreted honeymoon suites with four poster beds, separate […]

 £105,805.28 bar bill

£105,805.28 bar bill

Media reports claim that a businessman’s bar bill at a London West End club totalled no less than £105,805.28. The man and his circle of friends polished off some 80 bottles of Champagne, including a six-litre methuselah of Cristal worth £30,000 and a £9,600, three-litre jeroboam. The celebration took place at Crystal in Marylebone, a […]

Gaylord Palms Resort commits to serving locally grown produce

Gaylord Palms Resort commits to serving locally grown produce

Since opening in 2002, the chefs at Orlando’s Gaylord Palms Resort have had a “market inspired” philosophy in menu planning. This year, these culinary professionals have taken the philosophy one step further, by committing to supporting local, organic and sustainable farming in an effort to enhance and grow our local economy. To prepare for this […]

2007 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study

2007 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study

The results of J.D. Power & Associates’  North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study were released last month.   Among the luxury segment, a  1,000 point scale saw Ritz-Carlton at the top with a score of 854, JW Marriott in second place with a score of 831 and last year’s winner, Four Seasons, in third […]

New menus for lovebirds from Azul Beach Hotel

Azul Beach Hotel has introduced several new menus created especially for lovebirds. Couples may choose from specially crafted menus such as LOVE, MAGIC NIGHT, and SWEETHEART, which include creations such as braid of Chilean salmon and sea bass inlaid with capers and Cognac foam and served with white wine risotto as a main course, which […]

Goldsmith from Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Goldsmith from Mr. and Mrs. Smith

A new travel club is poised to cause quite a fuss among luxury travel goers – GoldSmith. The brainchild of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, purveyor of the much-loved guide books and website, this exclusive invitation-only level of Smith membership is a brand-new booking and concierge service that customises and coordinates its clients’ entire trip. From […]

Ultimate Suites from Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa

Ultimate Suites from Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa

The Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa has recently unveiled its $3.2 million lakeside accommodations; featuring eleven Ultimate Suites.   The suites reside in the Colonial House which was recently rebuilt on the shores of Mirror Lake. The suites are complete with 9 ft. or 16 ft. cathedral ceilings and eight foot birch doors which […]

Château Val-Joanis up for sale?

The restored, fully-functioning Château Val-Joanis estate in southern France is thought to be up for sale. It produces its own wines and olive oil in an eco-friendly setting  just east of Avignon and north of Aix-en-Provence.   If tabloid rumours are anything to go by, though, you might have to be quick.  None other than […]

Suite of the week: Royal Suite of the House of Ambassadors at Stanhope Hotel, Brussels

Suite of the week: Royal Suite of the House of Ambassadors at Stanhope Hotel, Brussels

Suite name: Royal Suite of the House of Ambassadors Hotel:  Stanhope Hotel, Brussels, Belgium Size of accommodation: 80-100 sq m Cost per night: 500 Euros (weekends), 1,625 Euros (weekdays) What makes it special? It’s the Royal Suite of the first 5-star hotel in Belgium!                     With […]

Telluride Festival of the Arts 2007

Telluride Festival of the Arts 2007

The  Telluride Festival of the Arts, one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine arts festivals,  has announced  its schedule of events for 16th-19th August 2007. Against the backdrop of the majestic San Juan Mountains, the festival offers visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with renowned and emerging visual artists from across the United States […]

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