Category: Regions

London Hilton Park Lane and Galvin at Windows

London Hilton Park Lane and Galvin at Windows

At the London Hilton Park Lane, you can enjoy majestic views of Hyde Park and the London skyline whilst being in easy reach of the shopping havens that are Bond Street and Knightsbridge.   Unwind and pamper yourself by taking advantage of the excellent onsite health club, steam room, sauna and treatment rooms.   At […]

Bugatti Veyron of the sea

Bugatti Veyron of the sea

Described as a ‘supercar on water’ and the ‘Bugatti Veyron of the sea’, the XSR48 is a 48-foot luxury powerboat with two  bi-turbo diesel engines which output 1,600 horsepower. Its carbon-fibre hull/deck structure is based on an F1 style monocoque right through to the cockpit and dashboard. The designers  behind the vessel  include Fabio Buzzi, […]

Middle East International Film Festival

Middle East International Film Festival

The inaugural Middle East International Film Festival is to be held later this month (14th-19th) at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Hotel. This festival will screen more than 50 regional and international films. The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) hopes  that the event will further position the capital as the cultural hub of […]

The Clarens Golf and Trout Estate

The Clarens Golf and Trout Estate

Those who know Clarens will understand immediately, those that don’t will be truly inspired by its magic.   Just a few hours from Gauteng and worlds apart – The Clarens Golf and Trout Estate.   And now there’s a rare opportunity to invest in the ultimate lifestyle choice, to own a piece of the golden […]

Rare Retreats

Rare Retreats

Treat yourself to a night in an igloo… the ultimate ‘castaway’ experience on a secluded island… wonder at the countryside panoramas from your own windmill… observe the beauty and power of the ocean from the comfort of your own lighthouse… or simply relax in a Bedouin style tent and gaze at the spectacular susnsets over […]

Le Telfair

Le Telfair

Located on one of the most beautiful beaches on Mauritius, Le Telfair offers true colonial style, set against a backdrop of mountains and countryside.   Inspired by grand colonial architecture, the stylish rooms and suites are the perfect place to unwind and relax.   Allow yourself to be tempted by the decadence of the Six […]

Venue Autumn Escapes from De Vere

Whether it’s an overdue reunion with friends, a special family occasion, or simply about time you visited that certain town or city,  De Vere‘s  new autumn offers mean that now there’s no excuse. Promo code: VAE (Venue Autumn Escapes).

Hotel hopping Britney

Hotel hopping Britney

You would think most mothers losing legal custody of their children would want to keep as low profile as possible.   Not so, it seems, with Britney Spears, who just seems to be hopping from one luxury hotel to another.   On Monday she checked into The Peninsula Beverly Hills  and stopped there for two […]

Live large on a budget

Live large on a budget

ABC News has today run an article entitled “Suite Deals: Luxury Hotel Stays on a Budget” – and it’s worth a read.   It tells you about bargains to be found among even some of the most pricey hotel chains.   So long as you don’t mind travelling out of season, and if you can […]

Progress report on The World

Progress report on The World

The World is a lavish  development 4 kilometres out from Dubai’s coast, consisting of 300 man-made islands depicting a world map.   The initial phase of the project  has been  the reclamation of the land: some 320 million cubic metres of sand have been used, adding 232 kilometres of highly exclusive beachfront to the ever-growing […]

Last chance for a great rate at Darnell's Lake Resort

Last chance for a great rate at Darnell’s Lake Resort

Have a final summer hoorah and soak up a few more rays of sunshine at  Darnell’s Lake Resort: let the sun warm you, the views astound you, and the wine soothe you. Discounted rates start at just $69/night, subject to availability.   Or click here for details of their other special promotions.

Recipe of the week: Seared Quebec Foie Gras

Recipe of the week: Seared Quebec Foie Gras

This is quite a simple recipe that has minimal preparation time, but demands top quality ingredients and confident cooking technique. Buy Quebec A grade foie gras: one lobe generally will serve four or five people. The sour, crisp leaves of sorrel offer a sharp contrast to the sweetness of the figs. However feel free to […]

Special feature: Costa Adeje Gran Hotel, Tenerife

Special feature: Costa Adeje Gran Hotel, Tenerife

I stayed 7 nights at the Costa Adeje Gran Hotel in Costa Adeje, Tenerife earlier this  year and must admit to visiting with a small degree of trepidation due to the very mixed reviews on Tripadvisor.   One of the common statements within those reviews is that “it isn’t a five star hotel”.   Well, […]

Progress report on The Palm Jumeirah

Progress report on The Palm Jumeirah

The  Palm Jumeirah – which was announced back in 2001 – has now become the largest man-made island in the world. Like the Great Wall of China, it too can be viewed from outer space. It’s so vast that its  construction will require some 94 million cubic metres of sand and a mere 7 million […]

A knock-out wedding?

A knock-out wedding?

One of the most luxurious hotels in my neck of the woods – the Sharrow Bay Hotel overlooking Ullswater – has been in the news today because of a dispute at a wedding held there last July. It was certainly a memorable day, but not for the right reasons –  the bride was left with […]

In video: last night's lavish opening of the MGM Grand Detroit

In video: last night’s lavish opening of the MGM Grand Detroit

MGM Grand Detroit have issued a multimedia news release with a Windows Media download, information and a variety of hi-res images from the evening.   Looks like it was quite a spectacle with plenty of celebrities in attendance, including Kid Rock, Ashanti and Anita Baker, not to mention celebrity chefs and local dignitaries.

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