Category: Worldwide

Westin Renewal from Westin and MSN

Westin Renewal from Westin and MSN

In a collaboration between Starwood’s Westin and Microsoft’s MSN, a new site called Westin Renewal gives you the chance to take a quick break from the demands of your day. Escape wtih their favourite music and relaxation techniques, or explore the hidden treasures of the world’s great cities in stunning 360-degree views.

50 works of art to see before you die

50 works of art to see before you die

In an interesting article for The Guardian, Jonathan Jones takes a look at 50 works of art you really ought to see.   I’m ashamed to say I’ve seen only a few of them.  Making the list are, in no particular order: Piero della Francesca The Baptism of Christ (1450s), National Gallery, London Antony Gormley […]

10 incredible hotel swimming pools

10 incredible hotel swimming pools

Courtesy of Forbes: Intercontinental Hong Kong La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo, Mexico The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, FL Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara, CA St. Regis Resort, Bora Bora Paradisus Riviera Cancún, Mexico Blue Lagoon, Iceland Club Dauphin Pool at the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, French […]

Top 10 bars of the world

Top 10 bars of the world

A cellar in Paris or a sky bar in Bangkok? Effortless Mediterranean white or midnight samba in downtown Rio? Guardian deputy travel editor Isabel Choat on her favourite bars of all time. Those making the shortlist in this Guardian article are: Chez Georges, 11 rue des Canettes, 75006, Paris Mary McBride’s, 2 Main Street, Cushenden, […]

Special October promotions from Epoque Hotels

Epoque Hotels are running a  number of special promotions for the month of October.   Here’s a selection of them:   Hotel St. Paul, Montreal – Rooms starting at CAD 209.00 per night Golden Apple Boutique Hotel, Moscow – Rooms starting at RUB 6048.00 per night Hotel 987 Prague, Prague – Rooms starting at EUR […]

Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards 2006

Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards 2006

The global spa resource, Spa Finder, has announced its 2006 Readers’ Choice Awards. The crème de la crème of the awards are the six Crystal Award winners, which has one honoree on each continent. And the 6 winners  of these hotly-contested awards are: Africa: Santé Winelands Wellness Centre, Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, South Africa Asia: Chiva-Som, Hua […]

10 restaurants worth getting on a plane for

10 restaurants worth getting on a plane for

Longtime New York Times correspondent, R.W. Apple Jr., sadly passed away this morning.   An article he filed with the newspaper outlining places to eat that he thought worthy of boarding a plane has been published today. Those selected in the article are: Auberge du Cep, Fleurie, France Don Alfonso 1890, Sant’Agata Sui Due Golfi, […]

See green with aloft

See green with aloft

Luxury travel sometimes has its  limitations for those wishing to be  environmentally conscious.  aloft, however, has announced a “see green” program with  this issue  in mind. The scheme promotes ecologically friendly products and services, and highlights green-friendly  options both inside and outside the hotels. The parking area outside is adorned with a variety of deciduous […]

Another new brand from Starwood: ELEMENT

Another new brand from Starwood: ELEMENT

Starwood Hotels & Resorts have a new extended stay hotel brand that goes by the name of ELEMENT. Inspired by the Westin brand, modern style, smart design and state-of-the-art fitness facilities will all be key components of the new brand. Locations such as urban centres, airports, business parks, resorts and lifestyle centres will be targeted […]

Key winners from the 2006 World Travel Awards

Key winners from the 2006 World Travel Awards

There are so many awards in the  World Travel Awards that it’s a little difficult to identify the big winners.   Here’s a summary of some of the key winners in 2006: World’s Leading Airline: British Airways World’s Leading Airport: Singapore Changi Airport World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company: Sandals Resorts International World’s Leading All-Suite Hotel: The […]

New Royal Tulip brand from Golden Tulip Hospitality

New Royal Tulip brand from Golden Tulip Hospitality

According to news just in, Golden Tulip Hospitality are introducing a new luxury brand.   The Royal Tulip, as it will be known, will be a five-star brand and be first introduced to Amsterdam, Berlin, Casablanca, Mirbat and Dallas TX.   Golden Tulip Hotels and Golden Tulip Resorts will continue to cater for the four […]

New members of The Starwood Spa Collection

New members of The Starwood Spa Collection

The Starwood Spa Collection – an amalgam of some of the best spas in the world – has welcomed eight new members. They are: Convento do Espinheiro Heritage Hotel & Spa, Portugal Sheraton Colonia Golf & Spa Resort, Uruguay Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Spain Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, Vietnam St. Regis Resort, […]

Get Silver Elite Status with Marriott Rewards

Get Silver Elite Status with Marriott Rewards

Apply for  the Marriott Rewards Visa Signature Card program before 30th September 2006 and you  will be offered a Silver Elite Status which gives you a 20% point bonus every time you stay at a Marriott-branded hotel as well as 15,000 bonus points after your first purchase using the card. Furthermore you’ll receive a free […]

InStyle Hotels

InStyle Hotels

There’s a new website on the block called InStyle Hotels which offers a large database of bookable luxury hotels including design and boutique hotels. Using extensive research based on many of the travel industry’s accepted top hotel lists, InStyle Hotels’ team has selected the places recognized by the majority of hotel ratings as being the […]

Indulge in the Marriott experience

Indulge in the Marriott experience now for your chance to instantly win one of the 1,200 prizes. In a new microsite from Marriott, called Marriott Virtual Tour, the hotel brand is giving you the chance to experience Marriott anywhere in the world, a high-tech home threatre upgrade,   or a $5,000 dream bedroom shopping spree! […]

Quintess, Catch the Dream

Quintess, Catch the Dream

It has been announced that Quintess and Dream Catcher Retreats, two of the foremost luxury destination clubs, have merged to form Quintess, Catch the Dream. The huge $62 million merger is the largest consolidation in the industry to date and means a combined real estate portfolio, including properties under development, with an estimated  value of […]

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