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AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Georgia

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Georgia

Four properties in Georgia were recognised with  Five Star Diamond Award  status in the latest  AAA inspection: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta The Lodge at Sea Island – St. Simons Island The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead – Atlanta

New garden suites at Gilpin Lodge near Windermere, UK

New garden suites at Gilpin Lodge near Windermere, UK

The Michelin-starred Gilpin Lodge (which happens to be just a few miles down the road from where I’m currently blogging) has recently opened its six new garden suites, each with its own private garden. These luxurious suites all have outdoor hot tubs and an upshot of this is that  Gilpin Lodge and  Ben Cunliffe Architects […]

Madonna dines at Hotel De Russie, Rome

Madonna dines at Hotel De Russie, Rome

Madonna and Guy Ritchie were recently spotted dining at the terrace restaurant at Rocco Forte’s  Hotel De Russie in Rome.   The couple were spotted  at a secluded  corner table  by a British wedding party celebrating at the same hotel. The bride was an employee of the five-star St. David’s Hotel in Cardiff, Wales,  also […]

Breathing Lights at Westin Hotels in the United States

Breathing Lights at Westin Hotels in the United States

Westin Hotels & Resorts is marking the six-month milestone of its smoke-free conversion in North America with Breathing Lights installations in its lobbies throughout the United States. The artistically designed projections count the number of fresh breaths taken by each Westin guest each day.

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Florida

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Florida

Two new Ritz-Carlton hotels join the ranks of the Five Star Diamond Award winners in Florida in the latest  AAA inspection. In all, 9 properties in the state  reached the required standards: The Breakers – Palm Beach Mandarin Oriental – Miami Ponte Vedra Inn and Club – Ponte Vedra Beach The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island The […]

The Palm Jumeirah welcomes first residents

The Palm Jumeirah welcomes first residents

The first of Dubai’s long-awaited, three palm-shaped islands is finally about to get its first residents.  The Palm Jumeirah, a 12-square-mile island group, is part of what’s billed as the largest land-reclamation project in the world,  and is the culmination of  five years of brute hauling of millions of tons of Persian Gulf sand and […]

Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile

Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile

Hilton Hotels has opened its newest property: the Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile. It is  an upscale, all-suite property located in the heart of Chicago’s nightlife. It is close to the John Hancock Center, Lakeshore Drive, Water Tower Place and  Magnificent Mile shopping. The hotel’s 345 guest suites have all been renovated and there’s a […]

Lake Placid's Whiteface Lodge recognised by elite travel publications

Lake Placid’s Whiteface Lodge recognised by elite travel publications

The Whiteface Lodge has just marked its first anniversary and what an opening year it has been! it is one of only two properties in the  USA to be  included in the recent Robb Report “Best of the Best” 2006 Special Issue, alongside Wynn Las Vegas,  and is included in the  Condé Nast Traveler 2006 […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: District of Columbia

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: District of Columbia

In the  latest  AAA inspection, the Five Diamond Award winners in Washington DC are confined to the likes of Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons  brands. They are: Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

Winter golf at The Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland

Winter golf at The Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland

Always dreamed of playing the Old Course? Well now you can… guaranteed!   The Old Course, St. Andrews, is the most famous golf course in the world and the course every golfer dreams of playing. With the Old Course Hotel‘s Winter Passport to Golf you can do just that. Enjoy two or three nights at […]

Stogie & Vine opens in Tucson, Arizona

Stogie & Vine opens in Tucson, Arizona

Stogie & Vine is a new wine and cigar bar that has been opened in Tucson,  Arizona by Camerone and Jeffrey Parker. Embracing a stylish and contemporary vibe, the bar has its own  1,000-bottle wine cellar and a 2,000 square foot lounge from which to enjoy the merchandise.   Facilities such as wireless internet, fax […]

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Kilkenny Arts Festival is entering its 32nd year. The festival is recognized nationally and internationally as one of Ireland’s biggest and best multi disciplinary arts festivals. This year, the annual ten day event will take place from the 11th to the 20th of August 2006. It will attract leading artists and performers across all art […]

AAA Five Diamond Award winners: Connecticut

The latest  AAA inspection identified only one Five Diamond Award winner in the whole of Connecticut: The Mayflower Inn – Washington

New menu at Angsana Spa Bintan

New menu at Angsana Spa Bintan

Angsana Spa Bintan has a new menu  aiming to pamper and delight guests with the wide range of treatments. Highlights include  packages desgined especially for men and women  which will address specific problems and needs for each person. For men, there’s hot shaves, body massages and a facial whilst for women there will be deep […]

New luxury hotel coming to Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Bagués-Masriera Joiers in association with Derby Hotels Collection will open  a new five-star luxury hotel  in a historical building of Las Ramblas. The 32-room Hotel Bagués will join the other six hotels that Derby Hotels Collection already has in Barcelona and is expected to debut in 2008.

A new brand on the block: Solage Hotels & Resorts

A new brand on the block: Solage Hotels & Resorts

The luxury hotel operator Auberge Resorts has launched a new hotel brand called Solage Hotels & Resorts. The first hotel to open within the Solage umbrella will be the Solage Calistoga, an 89-room resort expected to open in  California’s Napa Valley  in May 2007. Room rates are expected to range from $275 for a deluxe […]

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