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Improvements at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa now completed

Improvements at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa now completed

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa has recently enjoyed a $20 million investment which has seen the addition of Lexington’s Spa at Griffin Gate, a spectacular facility added in June. As part of the hotel renovation, the expansion of its meeting and event spaces are now complete. Meeting space has been increased to a […]

Protests targeted at the new Hilton Evian-les-Bains

Protests targeted at the new Hilton Evian-les-Bains

You may recall me reviewing the newly-opened Hilton Evian-les-Bains earlier this year. Well, apparently it’s been creating something of a stir within the town, with residents living on la Rue des Grottes upset about the hotel’s air conditioning system which exceeds the legal decibel limits. They are unfurling large banners on their apartment balconies […]

Recipe of the week: Fillet of Scottish Beef, cep mushrooms, potato fondant, salsify and Madeira truffle sauce

Recipe of the week: Fillet of Scottish Beef, cep mushrooms, potato fondant, salsify and Madeira truffle sauce

Ingredients: • 4x Fillet Steaks • 4x Sticks Salsify • 12x Baby Onions • 6x Cep Mushrooms • 4x Potato Fondants • 4x Jerusalem Artichokes • 300ml Madeira Sauce Madeira Sauce: • 500gm Beef Trimmings (sautéed) Add • 1x Clove Garlic • 1x Bay Leaf • Carrot • 1x Celery Stick • x […]

The Fairplay Golf Hotel & Spa near Cadiz

The Fairplay Golf Hotel & Spa near Cadiz

Just a few minutes from the sandy beaches of the Cadiz coast in Benalup village, southern Spain, The Fairplay Golf Hotel & Spa is an 82-room and suite property with an excellent golf course, 6 restaurants and a stunning theatre, ideal for meetings and celebrations. Private villas managed by the hotel can also be purchased […]

Two new hotels for The Procaccianti Group

Rhode Island-based real estate developer/hotelier, The Procaccianti Group, has acquired two New York City hotels; the 300-room Tudor Hotel at The United Nations and the 227-room Holiday Inn SoHo. Located in Midtown Manhattan, The Tudor Hotel at the United Nations – which will get $8-10 million in investment to upgrade the guest rooms and other […]

PamBee - is it really that good?

PamBee – is it really that good?

A flight attendent from Austin, Texas has designed a product to make you feel like you’re in first class when you’re stuck in the middle seat in coach. That’s the claim made by a TV station in Tampa that contacted me recently, about a new travel blanket called PamBee. Unless the blanket has the […]

Mandarin Oriental, Milan

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has today announced that it will manage a new hotel in the heart of Milan which will open in 2010. Designed as a stylish and intimate hotel, featuring 104 guestrooms including 34 suites, Mandarin Oriental, Milan will be housed in the re-development of three elegant 19th Century buildings, ideally located on […]

Top 10 Small Luxury Hotels in the World

Top 10 Small Luxury Hotels in the World

Terry Knealing has dropped me a note to draw my attention to his top 10 choices for small luxury hotels worldwide over at LifeOnTop.com. For the purposes of his list, small hotels are defined as ones that have less than 125 guest rooms and suites (so not necessarily all that small!) Here goes: Oberoi […]

Top 10 up-and-coming travel destinations according to VirtualTourist

Top 10 up-and-coming travel destinations according to VirtualTourist

VirtualTourist has used feedback from its visitors (over 6 million a month, they claim) to determine the world’s most up-and-coming destinations. Within the US, Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park tops the list. And, when it comes to international destinations, Lake Atitlán in the beautiful Guatemalan Highlands comes up trumps: U.S. Destinations Valley of […]

Another 7 star hotel in Dubai?

Another 7 star hotel in Dubai?

Imagine a funnel-shaped, 7-star hotel 300m off Dubai’s coast, accessible only by boat or helicopter, complete with temperature-controlled butterfly jungle on the top two floors… Sounds more like fantasy than reality, huh? Apparently, such a hotel could be on the cards, though. The 28-floor Aperiron building has been designed by Sybarite Architects and is […]

Next destination for Silverjet: Dubai

Next destination for Silverjet: Dubai

The all-business airline Silverjet has chosen Dubai as its next destination, with services from Luton starting in November. They will be the first and only commercial airline to use the executive terminal at Dubai International Airport. This will be the first time a business class-only airline has covered a non-transatlantic route.

New concierge centre at Quechee Lakes

Quechee Lakes is within an easy two-hour drive of Boston and a short flight from New York’s LaGuardia International Airport. It is located in the picturesque town of Quechee, known for its spectacular gorge, a mile-long rocky cleft, and near the historic villages of Woodstock, Vt., and Hanover, N.H. And the new Quechee Lakes Concierge […]

A lull in luxury

A lull in luxury

Regular readers might be wondering why the blog hasn’t been quite as busy as usual. The reason is because I have been on holiday in Brittany for a couple of weeks and, since returning, I have had to prioritise my usual day job as Director of The Dedicated Partnership Ltd. (a specialist tourism internet […]

Peru from north to south

This video is a journey from the north of Peru, deep in the Amazon, through some of Peru’s most amazing wonders: the way is the Oasis in Huacachina, the majestic Andean Condor at Condor Cross (Arequipa), and the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu.

Defining luxury

Defining luxury

The term ‘luxury’ is a very subjective one so I thought I’d take this opportunity to throw up a little discussion. How do you define luxury? What is luxury to you? For me, it’s not just about having a spacious suite with a great view, or a delicious meal cooked to perfection from […]

Photograph of the week... what do you think?

Photograph of the week… what do you think?

There are a number of regular features on A Luxury Travel Blog nowadays. On Fridays, we have the ‘recipe of the week’, on Sundays ‘luxury travel links of the week’ and on Mondays ‘suite of the week’. And I’ve been wondering for a while about a new regular item: ‘photograph of the week’. […]

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