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Switzerland bound

Switzerland bound

Just finalised some plans and I’m off to Switzerland for about 10 days next month but, don’t worry… the blog will still receive regular updates during my travels.   And of course, I’ll be telling you all about where I’ve stayed when I get back!   There’s a couple of other trips also in the [...]

World Cup 2006 – Group E: Italy team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group E: Italy team hotel

Italy will be one of eight teams lodging in the North Rhine Westphalia. They are going to be staying at Landhaus Milser  in Duisburg. (Druisburg, incidentally, was host to the World Games 2005, the world’s biggest multi-sport event for non-Olympic disciplines.) Leisure facilities at the hotel include whirlpool, tennis courts and gymnasium. Rooms are well [...]

The Emirates Pearl, Abu Dhabi

The Emirates Pearl, Abu Dhabi

The Emirates Pearl  - a joint venture project between Tourism Development & Investment Company (a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority) and the Atlas Group (a UAE telecommunications company)  - will be Abu Dhabi’s  latest  five-star landmark. This ambitious  hotel resort will be on the capital’s Khalidiya coast, just opposite the prestigious seven-star Emirates [...]

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

Starting tomorrow and running for four days, the 2006 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival will be a celebration for lovers of the pinot noir grape and  include a technical conference, Friday BBQ, festival tasting, winery open houses and six winemakers’ dinners.   The latter will be hosted by Brutocao Cellars, Goldeneye Winery, Handley Cellars, Navarro [...]

Top 10 hotel bars in the United States

Top 10 hotel bars in the United States

You would think that all the possible ‘top 10′ lists out there have been exhausted by now.   But no, MSN have managed to come up with a new one… the top 10 hotel bars in the US. We’re told that the pool is the new “hot spot” at US hotels. Whether you’re looking for [...]

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

One of the main events in the Memphis in May International Festival begins today. This 3-day event will attract almost 100,000 pork-lovers to Tom Lee Park in downtown Memphis and has all the ingredients for a great day out. If you’re in the area, it could be worth a visit but, be warned… there could [...]

Art & Tech rooms at Le Meridien Dubai

Art & Tech rooms at Le Meridien Dubai

Le Meridien Dubai has unveiled an exclusive new room category: Art & Tech. There are 50 such rooms at the hotel, aimed at business travellers. They have  cutting edge décor and feature a range of specifically tailored facilities such as a 34″ LCD television with laptop connectivity, and a dedicated work area, which includes a [...]

New Aloft hotels in Canada

New Aloft hotels in Canada

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will open two Aloft hotels in downtown Toronto and at Montreal Airport, Canada. The new Aloft brand is intended to reach new heights, offering the utmost in style at a price that’s more affordable than the sister W brand. It’ll be some time, though: Toronto’s new property will not open until [...]

Abercrombie & Kent goes kid-friendly

Abercrombie & Kent goes kid-friendly

Luxury operator Abercrombie & Kent hasn’t previously  been renowned for being kid-friendly, but all that looks set to change. The company has launched a new website, AKAdventureCrew.com, A&K’s new kids travel club. Children under the age of 14 who travel with A&K automatically become a member and benefit from things such as a free DVD [...]

World Cup 2006 – Group D: Portugal team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group D: Portugal team hotel

Sporthotel Klosterpforte, Marienfeld will be the home of the Euro 2004 finalists Portugal for the 2006 Fifa World Cup. Owned by the same family for over 50 years, this traditional hotel has developed an excellent reputation.   The 4-star accommodation is set in the Klosterpforte estate, a large area of some 80,000 square metres.   [...]

The all-new Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

The all-new Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

The new celebrity waxworks attraction Madame Tussauds Hong Kong will open at The Peak  Tower tomorrow. It has undergone a six month renovation at a cost of HK$20 million, and with its new look now has over three expansive floors with five themed areas. There are over 100 wax models of celebrities, ranging from world [...]

Da Vinci Code tourism?

Da Vinci Code tourism?

It’s the official premiere of the The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou this evening, and many corners of the globe are bracing themselves for Da Vinci Code tourists.   Tours of Paris and the Louvre are the obvious first port of call, with the likes of London, Scotland and Rome also [...]

Lufthansa Private Jet heads east

Lufthansa Private Jet heads east

Lufthansa is continuing to expand its exclusive offer Lufthansa Private Jet which is set up in March last year. In addition to over 1,000 destinations already served in Europe, Lufthansa Private Jet  customers  will now be able to travel  between any of the international airports in the Russian Federation, or fly from there to Europe.

Le Meridien in San Francisco

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is to open its first Le Meridien hotel since its acquisition of the chain in November 2005. The hotel, in San Francisco, is currently a Park Hyatt hotel, but will be re-branded and managed by Merritt Hospitality, a division of HEI Hospitality which owns the property. The hotel will also [...]

Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort re-opens after Hurricane Wilma

Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort re-opens after Hurricane Wilma

Further to a $40 million post-Hurricane Wilma renovation, the Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort has re-opened. Already renowned for having one of the longest and widest beaches in Cancun, the Hilton Cancun’s beach was not only completely restored, but has had an additional 50 metres of soft, white sand. The Hilton Cancun Golf & [...]

World Cup 2006 – Group D: Angola team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group D: Angola team hotel

The Angolan 2006 World Cup squad will be staying at the  Ring-Hotel Celle  in the romantic town of  Celle. The 5-star hotel has 73 rooms and can sleep up to 130 guests. High quality practice grounds are within jogging distance of the hotel. And, within the hotel, the players will find an exercise room, two [...]

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