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 […]
A record 355 hotels applied for membership of The Leading Hotels of the World in the last year, the highest number ever in the company’s 78-year history. And of the hopeful applicants, only 24 (just 7%) were accepted. Business is clearly going from strength to strength for The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. but […]
According to a recent Concierge.com article, the top yoga retreats to be found worldwide are: Wildflower Hall, Shimla, India Como Shambhala at Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand Begawan Giri, Bali, Indonesia Adventure Yoga Retreats (all over the Americas) Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California LifeTime Private Retreats, Kangaroo Island, Australia Maya Tulum, […]
Tonight sees the 58th Emmy awards and, as per usual these days, the celebrity presenters will be in for a great selection of goodies. Among them will be a 5-day stay at Old Bahama Bay on Grand Bahama Island, plus access to all water sports, 2 nights at the US Grant in San Diego, including […]
Gulf Air is enhancing its reputation for good service by offering its first class and business class longhaul passengers complimentary limousine transfers. The service will be available at Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Dublin, Johannesburg, London Heathrow, Muscat, Singapore and Sydney. Passengers will be entitled to two limousine transfers per round trip.
LV Resort Villas has put in an order for ten hand-built Natalia SLS 2 Sport Luxury Sedans from DiMora Motorcar for their luxury resort estates around the world. At $2 million a throw, this appears an extremely bold move. The four-door sedans come with a DiMora Volcano V16 engine and 1200-horsepower.
The Australian magazine Holidays for Couples has unveiled the winners of its Readers’ Choice Awards for 2006. Here’s a summary of the gold award winners: Best Hotel/Resort South East Asia: Conrad Bali Resort & Spa, Indonesia Best Hotel/Resort Indian Ocean: Angsana Resort & Spa Maldives Ihuru, Maldives Best Hotel/Resort Pacific Islands: Sofitel Fiji Resort & […]
A couple of days ago, I unveiled that Travel + Leisure had announced their World’s Best Awards for 2006. I couldn’t possibly do justice to all the lists with one blog post, and so ended up omitting the top 15 small hotels. For those that don’t want to stay in one of the […]
Travel + Leisure have announced their World’s Best Awards for 2006. There’s an awful lot more detail than I can do justice to with one blog entry, so here’s a very quick summary. World’s Best Hotel 1 Singita Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa 97.56 2 Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan […]
Condé Nast is running an excellent piece this month on the best islands in the world to visit… and, just as importantly, when to visit them. Over the next 12 days (one day for each month) I shall be listing the islands – and the places to stay at each – that they recommend.
Selected members of design hotels are offering up their showpiece rooms and suites for guests to experience more luxury this summer. If you book a stay in any of the 34 selected hotels worldwide, you will automatically be rewarded with an upgrade to the next higher room category. This ‘SUMMER SPACES+’ promotion (click the link […]
Voting closes tomorrow for the 13th Annual World Travel Awards, this year being held in the Turks & Caicos islands. One of the most hotly contested awards will be ‘World’s Leading Hotel’ and the list to choose from consists of the following: Mount Nelson Hotel, South Africa Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Illinois The Observatory Hotel, […]
I recently stumbled upon the website Cork’d. If you’re a wine-lover, this is a great place to get up-to-the-minute reviews on a whole variety of wines. Details of grape variety, region, vintage, price and an overall rating are all supplied, along with a few words of wisdom from both the winemaker and the reviewers. […]
Kempinski have added a new feature to their website: the ability to send e-cards. Whether you’re staying at a Kempinski hotel or just want to drop someone a quick note to show them where you’re contemplating, then these new ecards might be just the ticket. To send a card, just follow this link. (Note: […]
Enjoy your weekend longer. At each incomparable Le Meridien hotel and resort, discover your well-deserved weekend of style and unhurried relaxation. Guests who stay between Thursday and Sunday at a participating Le Meridien hotel or resort will savour a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning as well as a leisurely 3pm late checkout each afternoon.
What would you say are the top 10 cities for eating out? According to MSNBC, it’s Barcelona, Brussels, Hanoi, Las Vegas, Lyon, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Tokyo and Vancouver. The choices are based on “cities chosen for their unique dishes”, “others for their celebrity chefs”, and “others for creating dishes known the world over”. […]