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A world record speeding fine?

A world record speeding fine?

The Swiss are very enterprising when it comes to penalties for speeding.  Not only do they take into account the amount by which you are exceeding the speed limit, but the fine is also determined by your own personal income.  Spare a thought, therefore, for the wealthy Swedish man who was recently clocked doing close […]

Special feature: Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Special feature: Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Greeted with refreshing fruit juice on our arrival at reception at the Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, we made our way to the Club Level 5th floor where we had a family room for the duration of our stay.  This is a relatively new hotel having officially opened in April 2005; it has 284 […]

Special feature: Siam Park, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Special feature: Siam Park, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Siam Park is Tenerife’s latest attraction.  From the same people behind the highly successful Loro Parque on the north of the island, it is a spectacular waterpark that was opened in September 2008 and that can be found on the south of the island, just outside Costa Adeje.  Siam Park has a large artifical beach […]

Laos' luxurious new retreat: Alila Luang Prabang

Laos’ luxurious new retreat: Alila Luang Prabang

Asia’s most recent and exciting luxury boutique hotel group, Alila Hotels & Resorts, has introduced its second property in Indochina: Alila Luang Prabang. Set to open its doors in October 2010, Alila Luang Prabang is expected to raise the bar for luxury retreats in Laos.  The small UNESCO Heritage town of Luang Prabang is the […]

Malta – exclusive and affordable luxury

The Maltese archipelago, consisting of Malta, Gozo and Comino, is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.  Whether guests choose to explore the depths of history & heritage or immerse themselves in the natural escape that is Malta, they will discover a luxurious, yet affordable, oasis in the heart of the  Mediterranean.  A place of infinite […]

Special feature: Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Special feature: Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

A stone’s throw from the upmarket shopping precinct of Plaza del Duque, the five star  Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia is well positioned on the south of the island of Tenerife – close to the beach and good quality shops, yet sufficiently far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Playa de las Americas.  This […]

The digital camera of the future?

The digital camera of the future?

A German designer named Andrew Kupresanin has come up with a digital camera called ‘Nadia’ that assesses the aesthetic beauty of the photograph you’re taking. Rather than show a LCD viewfinder image of what you’re shooting, it displays a percentage. The higher the figure is to 100%, then supposedly the “better” the picture, presumably taking […]

iPads provided for guests' use in South African hotel

iPads provided for guests’ use in South African hotel

Iconic Cape Town Hotel Ellerman House will introduce Apple iPads to each of its eleven luxurious rooms and modernist villa over the coming months – the only hotel in South Africa to offer iPads for guests’ use. The iPad is fast becoming an indispensible item within the gadget market and a supremely useful tool in […]

Caithness Smokehouse - a journey to the end of the isle

Caithness Smokehouse – a journey to the end of the isle

I will go to the ends of the earth to uncover gems and gourmet delights for ALTB readers. This time I went to the very north of Scotland to the Caithness Smokehouse in Barrock. Barrock is only about five miles from Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain, and about three hours of […]

London's Courtyard 51 opens new summer veranda

London’s Courtyard 51 opens new summer veranda

Coloured Shakespearean terracotta, patterned mosaic pavement and a gurgling fountain; the setting was already magical at the urban oasis that is Courtyard 51, and now they’ve gone and made paradise even more comfortable – with a new veranda from which to admire the view, as you sip on your champagne or Champagne cocktail. The range […]

A great little find in Soho, London

A great little find in Soho, London

Head chef Lisa Sutherland leads No. 20, a great little restaurant at the boutique hotel Sanctum Soho, where she serves modern British cuisine; she has previously worked at The Park Lane Hotel and The Savoy. No. 20 opens at 6:30 during the week, making it a great destination for an intimate breakfast meeting. In the […]

Mundaring Truffle Festival

Mundaring Truffle Festival

Western Australia grows more French black truffle than the rest of Australia put together and the Mundaring Truffle Festival, is an ideal opportunity to taste and learn about the fabled fungi from some of Australia’s top chefs and food producers. The festival is set in unmistakable Australian countryside providing a taste of the old world […]

Alice Springs Camel Cup, Northern Territory

Fancy seeing camels being raced up a dry riverbed? That’s exactly what happens at the now famous annual Alice Springs Camel Cup which will take place tomorrow. A must see event; visitors can watch brave/crazy riders whizz past on the temperamental and unpredictable camels. Created in 1970 as a way to settle a bet between […]

Win a stay at Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa

Win a stay at Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa

The team at the Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa joined forces to create a giant human version of the Hilton logo on their beach to celebrate their launch a year ago and have re-created a giant ‘1’ in celebration of the anniversary this month. To get in the spirit, the luxury private island […]

The Blackman to open in Melbourne, Victoria

The Blackman to open in Melbourne, Victoria

Due to open next month, The Blackman is the final instalment of the Art Series Hotels that have popped up in Melbourne over the past six months. Following in the footsteps of The Cullen Hotel (Adam Cullen) and The Olsen (John Olsen) which opened last month, The Blackman will offer an edgy, boutique interior and […]

London's Bathhouse opens new gourmet restaurant

London’s Bathhouse opens new gourmet restaurant

Visually startling – a small, ornate Turkish building in the shadows of City steel and glass – the Bathhouse has been open as a bar since May 2009, but now its ‘through-the-looking-glass’ interior has been reworked to include a gourmet restaurant. The whole establishment is infused with Victorian-style opulence, and the menu is similarly inspired […]

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