Category: Travel Miscellany

CondéNet acquires two leading travel blogs

CondéNet, publisher of Concierge.com, announced today that it has acquired SFO*Media, publisher of popular travel blogs HotelChatter.com and Jaunted.com.   CondéNet hopes to increase its travel footprint and sell advertiser placement across all of its travel sites. HotelChatter.com and Jaunted.com will continue to operate as standalone brands and will be cross-promoted where relevant on Concierge.com.

Enjoy England for Excellence 2008

Enjoy England for Excellence 2008

In case it passed you by, yesterday was St. George’s Day. And I’m sure it was no co-incidence that the presentation of the Enjoy England for Excellence 2008 awards was celebrated on the same day. For the first time, the event was held outside London, with the organisers preferring to opt for the European Capital […]

Single parent savings with Dreams and Sunscape Resorts & Spas

Single parent savings with Dreams and Sunscape Resorts & Spas

Dreams and Sunscape Resorts & Spas are giving single parent families savings on Unlimited-Luxury ® and Unlimited-Fun ® vacations during 2008. Escape to Dreams and Sunscape by 19th December to receive a major price break… and one child will stay free!  Average savings amount to over $800 per family per week (based on one adult […]

Hyatts of Columbus Spring Escape

Hyatts of Columbus Spring Escape

Enjoy a $20 food and beverage credit each day of your stay at Hyatt on Capitol Square and Hyatt Regency Columbus when you book the Spring Escape package. Enjoy superior amenities and superior savings with this limited time offer. Book and stay by  31st May  2008 to take advantage of everything Hyatt has to offer.

Honeymoon offer from Sainte Anne Resort & Spa

Honeymoon offer from Sainte Anne Resort & Spa

Honeymooners at Sainte Anne Resort & Spa  (or those planning weddings at the resort) can enjoy up to 50% discount for their spouse. The resort was the subject of actor Damian Lewis’ article in last week’s Telegraph.   It sounds like he had a very  relaxing and chilled-out time there – here’s an excerpt from […]

A social network for luxury travel?

The Haymarket Group – the people behind the UK trade publication Luxury Travel Magazine – recently contacted me, requesting that I complete a survey for “an online social network for the world’s leading buyers of luxury travel products and services”.   I have seen a lot of niche social networks – some for travel – […]

New Orleans Jazz Festival 2008

New Orleans Jazz Festival 2008

It’s New Orleans Jazz Festival time again. This year the festivities run from 25th to 27th April 1st to 4th May. Those scheduled to appear include The Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw, Santana, Sheryl Crow, Widespread Panic, Dr. John, Al Green, Diana Krall, Keyshia Cole, The Raconteurs and Irma Thomas.

Paris Hilton causes a stir in Moscow

Paris Hilton causes a stir in Moscow

I suppose it would be too obvious for Paris Hilton to stay at the Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya on her recent trip to Moscow.   Instead she opted for the Presidential Suite  at the the  Ararat Park  Hyatt Moscow. But she won’t be going back in a hurry – she’s been fined and  blacklisted according to […]

Greek Easter at Anassa

Greek Easter at Anassa

Easter in Greece takes place this weekend and Cyprus’ Anassa Hotel  has a full programme of events to celebrate the most important date in the Greek Orthodox Church calendar. On Good Friday, the evening service at the local chapel quietly remembers Christ’s crucifixion and on Saturday you’ll get to gather around a traditional bonfire, which […]

Argh!  Why can't companies keep their sites up-to-date?

Argh! Why can’t companies keep their sites up-to-date?

You’d think at the luxury end of the industry that operators would keep their sites up-to-date, wouldn’t you?   Whilst most do, I often stumble upon examples where they don’t.   QANTAS are currently offering a ‘Seashells Escape’ on their QANTAS Holidays homepage  - a 10-night itinerary discovering the delights of Western Australia whilst staying […]

Three top hotels on the quiet shores of Lake Windermere

Three top hotels on the quiet shores of Lake Windermere

I was pleased to see one of our clients gets a favourable mention in The Telegraph today, in an article accompanied with the words “Three top hotels on the quiet shores of Lake Windermere”.   Holbeck Ghyll was where Renée Zellweger stayed when filming Miss Potter. They have recently added The Gatehouse to their available […]

Great offer on suites at Jumeirah Essex House, New York

Great offer on suites at Jumeirah Essex House, New York

Jumeirah Essex House, which was voted America’s leading hotel at last year’s World Travel Awards and was formerly home to a St. Regis and Westin hotel, has undergone new renovations. This Manhattan landmark – with an Angelina Jolie-owned penthouse apartment at the top – has recently completed a $90 million refurbishment program that pays homage […]

Immersed art and luxury for 400€

Immersed art and luxury for 400€

NH Hotels  is opening one of the most  prestigious hotels in Madrid, ideally situated in the centre of the art triangle in the Spanish capital: Prado Museum, Reina Sofia and the Thyssen Museum. It’s  the NH Paseo del Prado and, with their opening offer, you can treat yourself to a two night weekend stay and […]

Now open: The London West Hollywood

Now open: The London West Hollywood

Be one of the first to discover The London West Hollywood and uncover a true transformation. After a $52 million makeover, their spacious open floor plan suites are perfectly attuned for business and pleasure. For an introductory rate that won’t last long, you can make your reservation with rates starting from $249 per night.

Collective wisdom courtesy of Members Know

Collective wisdom courtesy of Members Know

American Express has just launched Members Know, a unique online travel community exclusively for American Express Cardmembers to share travel insights from their personal travel experiences and knowledge about everything from family-friendly resorts in Bali to the best Mediterranean restaurants in Chicago. American Express Cardmembers – who are more than 90% more likely to travel […]

True romance at The Dorchester

True romance at The Dorchester

At the centre of London society since it opened in 1931, The Dorchester boasts a superb position on Park Lane overlooking the grand, green expanses of Hyde Park.   Decorated throughout in an enchanting, romantic English country house style, its lavish rooms and suites are amongst the finest in London.    If you’re feeling romantic, […]

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