Category: Travel Miscellany

More than 10,000 unique visitors in January!

I’ve been ‘knocking on the door’ of 10,000 visitors per month ever since March of last year, but have just never quite reached the milestone figure.   Until now, that is.   Last month, the site served 12,222 uniques so I’m into new territory now.   Onwards and upwards…

Catwalk Package from W New York Union Square

Catwalk Package from W New York Union Square

New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (2nd-9th February 2007) is just around the corner and W New York Union Square is offering an  exclusive Catwalk Package. For $949 you’ll get to stay in a suite, get  two reserved-seat tickets to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, VIP backstage lounge access and one or two other perks such as […]

Bring Paris to your doorstep instead this Valentines

Bring Paris to your doorstep instead this Valentines

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, GourmetStation  has unveiled  their Valentine Dinner Delivered – Eiffel Tower Menu. The menu has been designed with authenticity and convenience in mind. With about thirty minutes preparation time, any romance seeker can enjoy a romantic Valentine dinner at the most comfortable place on earth – home. To sweeten […]

A totally tropical Valentines Day

A totally tropical Valentines Day

Occidental Hotels & Resorts in Aruba, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico are offering a Grand Romance Package that’s perfect for celebrating Valentines Day. The packages are available to any couple who books a deluxe or better room for at least three consecutive nights at any of the group’s all-inclusive resorts, and includes a […]

The Kingdom of Navarra visits San Francisco

The Kingdom of Navarra visits San Francisco

The American Institute of Wine & Food – Norcal is  about to present  an outstanding culinary and educational tribute to the region of Navarra, Spain. Situated in the north of Spain, Navarra is a land of complexity and contrast. Bordered by France, Castilla, Aragon and the Basque Country,  it shares many cultural elements. The cuisine, […]

Sheraton Moana Surfrider, Hawaii

An introduction to the historic Sheraton Moana Surfrider on Waikiki Beach, Oahu.

Pathways to Plate

Honoured in the Best for Food category of the annual 2007 Gold List prepared by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, a property managed by Delaware North Companies,  is located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It  is known for serving a blend of classical French and American cuisine. Recipes created […]

New website: PrivateJetSpecialist.com

BusinessJet Class, the first marketing and automated distribution system for private jet charter, has launched a direct-to-consumer version of its travel agent web site. PrivateJetSpecialist.com offers side-by-side comparisons of every aircraft available on selected routes. Passengers can then  evaluate the differences in cabin height, luggage capacity, number of seats, facilities on board, flight times and […]

Spa Escape Package from Peter Island Resort, BVI

Spa Escape Package from Peter Island Resort, BVI

Escape from those long, cold winter days and enjoy the warm, tropical paradise of Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands with the Spa Escape Package. Discover healing hands and spa treatments that will rejuvenate, revitalize and renew your mind, body and soul. This package includes 5-nights in the accommodation of your choice,  use […]

Suite of the week: Imperial Suite at Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland

Suite of the week: Imperial Suite at Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland

Suite name: Imperial Suite Hotel: Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne, Switzerland Size of accommodation: 1524 sq ft Cost per night: on request Who’s stayed there? Empereur Hirohito, Nelson Mandela, Juan Carlos d’Espagne What makes it special? Double Jacuzzi facing the lake, golden swan tubwater, and an 80 sq mt terrace facing the Lake and the Alps beyond. […]

Special feature: Fisherman's Retreat, Seahouses, England

Special feature: Fisherman’s Retreat, Seahouses, England

Last year  we stayed at Coastal Retreats‘ five-star self-catering Fisherman’s Retreat in Seahouses in Northumberland  in the north-east of England. This traditional coastal hideaway is a 17th Century grain store in the oldest part of Seahouses, a traditional British seaside town famed for its picturesque harbour and fish and chips restaurants. The property can sleep […]

Q&A: Music in Los Angeles

Randi I. has been in touch with a query on LA: Hi Paul, I am looking for a hotel in Los Angeles that has good musical entertainment. I am just overnighting there and I will be by myself, but I’d like to hear some good jazz, folk, or classical music if possible. I’m not really […]

Interview with Ala Osmond of Exeter International

Interview with Ala Osmond of Exeter International

Ala Osmond is Managing Director of Exeter International,  a recognized leader in upscale luxury travel to Eastern Europe and Russia and one of the few companies listed on both Condé Nast Traveler’s and Travel + Leisure’s list of top travel specialists for Russia travel as well as Eastern Europe. What is it that  you do […]

Hotels getting healthier?

Hotels getting healthier?

I’ve already reported about the non-smoking policies adopted by Marriott and others.   Now it appears that hotel chains are getting more health-conscious in other areas too.   As of 1st February 2007, Loews Hotels will ban artificial trans fats in the food that it offers, and will become the first hotel chain to do […]

The Macdonald Randolph Hotel given 5-star rating

The Macdonald Randolph Hotel given 5-star rating

Oxford has its first five-star hotel. The Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford is the second five-star property  run by  the Scottish group, Macdonald Hotels and Resorts. The award comes after the chain has invested £160m into refurbishing its hotels. Rooms at the Randolph start from £140 per night. Pay more and you could stay in […]

Interview with Nicolas Peluffo of Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

Interview with Nicolas Peluffo of Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

Nicolas Peluffo is General Director of Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort, located in the beautiful Santa Catarina province of Brazil, 45 minutes from Florianopolis airport.   It is a Relais & Chateaux member and a Virtuoso Preferred Hotel. What is it that  you do exactly? I am obsessed about my work and a bit of […]

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