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IHG to manage new beachfront Crowne Plaza in Nha Trang

IHG †has signed an agreement to manage a new Crowne Plaza in Nha Trang, the Vietnamese coastal city which will host Miss Universe 2008. Crowne Plaza Nha Trang will have 305 rooms and suites, and 113 serviced residences, and will feature contemporary tropical design by renowned Singapore-based architect Tan Hock Beng. It is scheduled to […]

Branson develops Makepeace Island at Noosa

Branson develops Makepeace Island at Noosa

Sir †Richard Branson is †pressing ahead with †the construction of †a luxury Australian island retreat for his Virgin airline staff despite †remaining opposition from environmentalists. † Plans for the $4 million nine-hectare estate at Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, have already been scaled back so that there won’t be a country club or helipad as […]

Shenandoah National Park stays just got cheaper

Shenandoah National Park stays just got cheaper

Savings of up to 33% can be enjoyed at Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge for stays between now and 26th June 2008, †if avoiding †Fridays and Saturdays and 23rd-25th May 2008. Their Early Bird Spring Weekday promotion starts at just $99 a night for a double, with breakfast included. † This offers an ideal […]

T5: a story of failed promises

A video about Heathrow Terminal 5, made around a year ago. They make a big thing about how efficient the baggage system is, and how the new terminal will “relieve the chaos”. With the benefit of hindsight, it makes for rather ironic viewing now.

Which came first?  The ice cream or the egg?

Which came first? The ice cream or the egg?

To the untrained eye, this is just an ordinary egg. But actually this is †the creation of Michelin-starred Ferran Adri√† †of El Bulli, and it’s not an egg at all. † It is, in fact, coconut ice cream topped with mango purée. † Do you enjoy seeing chefs experiment like this? † Do you see […]

Celebrity chefs are making their mark on US airlines

Celebrity chefs are making their mark on US airlines

Should you compromise on food just because your 30,000 feet up in the air? † An increasing number of airlines in the US †think you shouldn’t if you’re travelling first class. † USA Today has an article today about how the airlines have enlisted the help of celebrity chefs to raise their profile. † United […]

Special introductory rates from the Swissotel Grand Shanghai

Special introductory rates from the Swissotel Grand Shanghai

Stay at the new Swissotel Grand Shanghai between now and August and you’ll get to take advantage of their introductory rate of $178 a night. † This is Swissotel’s third hotel in China, on the back of earlier projects in Beijing and Kunshan. The five-star hotel has †467 rooms and suites and †four restaurants, and […]

Would you pay extra for a preferred seat?

Would you pay extra for a preferred seat?

I know there’s been a lot of hoo-hah recently about airlines charging extra for preferred seating, with US Airways being the latest to say that preferred aisle and window seating in the front of its economy cabins will cost an extra $5 (unless you’re a Dividend Miles Preferred member). † But isn’t it just inevitable […]

Luxury items from Cathay Pacific for sale

Cathay Pacific †are †selling vintage and one-of-a-kind items to their passengers, both onboard and online. The collection will feature unique pieces from brands such as Herm√®s, Louis Vuitton and Rolex, with prices ranging from under $1,000 to $25,000 for a vintage Rolex Steve McQueen. Other premium items are century-old Louis Vuitton trunks, † and collectible […]

Suite temptation at Hotel de Russie, Rome

Suite temptation at Hotel de Russie, Rome

Indulgence… romance… luxury. Just a few good reasons to treat yourself to one of †Hotel de Russie‘s †sumptuous suites in the heart of this historic and magical city. Let †them collect you by limousine from the airport and, upon arrival at the hotel, show you straight to your suite where you can check-in quickly within […]

Chiva-Som... in Ireland?!

Chiva-Som… in Ireland?!

Chiva-Som is a world-renowned luxury health resort locatedon the beach of Hua-Hin, Thailand. Offering individualised programmes from stress reduction to pure pampering, this destination spa is dedicated to helping guests revitalise mind and body, and provides extensive health facilities. †And now spa devotees seeking a taste of Chiva-Som in Ireland will have the unique opportunity […]

Great value for families: Le Méridien Cancun Resort & Spa

Great value for families: Le Méridien Cancun Resort & Spa

Beginning this spring, Le Méridien Cancun Resort & Spa‘s value packages allow families to enjoy an enriching, out-of-country experience for a fraction of the cost. The resort’s “Easier by the Dozen” package, priced at an additional $50 per person for the first night and $30 per person each night thereafter, sets parents and children up […]

Exclusive summer special at the Affinia Chicago‚ÄŹ

Exclusive summer special at the Affinia Chicago‚ÄŹ

Starting †from now until †31st †August 2008, you can stay at the stylish Affinia Chicago hotel and receive 20% off the best available rate! † The recently renovated property is located just steps from Michigan Avenue and will soon be home to the highly anticipated C-House restaurant. Opening in mid-May, C-House is the creation of […]

Hotel happenings in San Jose

Hotel happenings in San Jose

The Doubletree Hotel San Jose recently completed a $200,000 remodel of their front desk and lobby areas. In addition to making the lobby more user streamlined and user friendly, the lobby now includes two airport flight status screens and an airport check-in kiosk. Meanwhile, Tova Day Spa, at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, […]

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 […]

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