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Hotels getting healthier?

Hotels getting healthier?

I’ve already reported about the non-smoking policies adopted by Marriott and others.   Now it appears that hotel chains are getting more health-conscious in other areas too.   As of 1st February 2007, Loews Hotels will ban artificial trans fats in the food that it offers, and will become the first hotel chain to do […]

The Macdonald Randolph Hotel given 5-star rating

The Macdonald Randolph Hotel given 5-star rating

Oxford has its first five-star hotel. The Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford is the second five-star property  run by  the Scottish group, Macdonald Hotels and Resorts. The award comes after the chain has invested £160m into refurbishing its hotels. Rooms at the Randolph start from £140 per night. Pay more and you could stay in […]

Lonely Planet Bluelist 2007

Lonely Planet Bluelist 2007

Bluelist 2007 is the latest instalment of the best, weirdest and wildest in the world, from Lonely Planet. It’s a great publication for those seeking a little inspiration for their future travel plans, detailing over 400 travel experiences. If you buy it now for $19.99, Lonely Planet will include a copy of the 2006 edition […]

Five best places to re-tox

Five best places to re-tox

The Guardian has a  brief article on the five best places to re-tax (as opposed to de-tox)… the shortlist includes: an Ecole du Vin weekend in March at Birmingham’s Hotel du Vin multi-course feasting at Li Licci in Sardinia a night out in London followed by a sleeper to Penzance and a stay at Rick […]

Explosion at the Islamabad Marriott Hotel, Pakistan

The Islamabad Marriott Hotel was sadly in the news for all the wrong reasons yesterday. A suicide bomber at a side entrance to the hotel killed himself and a security guard, and injured seven others. American travellers have been advised to exercise caution and limit unnecessary travel by the US Embassy.

Interview with Nicolas Peluffo of Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

Interview with Nicolas Peluffo of Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort

Nicolas Peluffo is General Director of Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort, located in the beautiful Santa Catarina province of Brazil, 45 minutes from Florianopolis airport.   It is a Relais & Chateaux member and a Virtuoso Preferred Hotel. What is it that  you do exactly? I am obsessed about my work and a bit of […]

Luxury hotel for Grand Avenue in LA

Luxury hotel for Grand Avenue in LA

Following an agreement made yesterday,  the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is to manage the hotel within the prestigious Grand Avenue development in downtown Los Angeles. The hotel will occupy the first 20 floors of a 48-story tower designed by Frank Gehry that will feature luxury for-sale residences on the upper floors. The 275-room hotel, expected […]

Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa re-opens

Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa re-opens

After taking a direct hit from the flood surge in Hurricane Katrina, the Grand Hotel at Point Clear in Alabama  is back to full glory, thanks to an army of construction workers, landscapers and resort associates. Originally opened in 1847, the Gulf Shores hotel’s historic buildings have been methodically preserved, an additional restaurant created and […]

The Club at The Leela Palace, Goa

The Club at The Leela Palace, Goa

The Club at The Leela Palace in Goa, one of the most beautiful beach resorts in India, opened last month. It brings a new style and exclusivity to the five-star resort on the southwest coast of India –  a walled palatial haven on 75 landscaped tropical gardens. Situated in an enclave adjacent to the main […]

How much is A Luxury Travel Blog worth?

How much is A Luxury Travel Blog worth?

I don’t think you can read too much into these things but, according to Technorati, A Luxury Travel Blog is worth $58,712.16… My blog is worth $58,712.16. How much is your blog worth? This is as of today’s date (25th January 2007), with the blog a little over 12 months old. To get a more […]

Mainsail Resort, Marina & Spa

Mainsail Resort, Marina & Spa

Scheduled to open in late 2007 on Scrub Island, Mainsail Resort, Marina & Spa is the first luxury resort development in the British Virgin Islands in more than 15 years and will be fully equipped with ocean view suites, villas and residences, a world class spa, marina, restaurants, retail shops, amphitheatre, nature trails, and an […]

2007 Oregon Truffle Festival

2007 Oregon Truffle Festival

The second annual Oregon Truffle Festival will commence in Eugene tomorrow and run for three days. The state of Oregon has become renowned for its truffles and this is celebrated by the festival which brings together “harvesters, chefs, growers and gastronomic aficionados”. Among the events there will be a Grand Truffle Dinner, a Truffle Grower’s […]

Silverjet begins London-New York service

Silverjet begins London-New York service

Silverjet  - a new business class-only airline – has begun offering its London-New York service today.   One flight a day is going from London’s Luton Airport to Newark, with a second expected to be in operation from July 2007. The airline joins the likes of Maxjet and Eos which both  target business travellers  and […]

Interview with Bjoern Koch of The Tides Playa del Carmen

Interview with Bjoern Koch of The Tides Playa del Carmen

Bjoern Koch is an international specialist when it comes to real estate in Mexico.   He is currently Sales Manager for the Tides Playa del Carmen, who  I am  proud to have on board as an advertiser on A Luxury Travel Blog. What is it that  you do exactly? I am the Sales Manager for […]

St. Moritz Gourmet Festival 2007

A culinary summit meeting of national and international master chefs awaits the guests at the 14th St. Moritz Gourmet Festival from 29th January to 3rd February 2007. From a classic ‘Gourmet Dîner’ at the Festival’s partner hotels to the ‘Dynamite Opening Party’ at Mathis Food Affairs on the Corviglia, from the ‘Kitchen Party’ at Badrutt’s […]

Best Valentines deals according to Shermans Travel

Best Valentines deals according to Shermans Travel

The editors at ShermansTravel.com have sorted through the ever-increasing number of Valentine’s Day travel promotions and picked their five best Valentine’s getaway deals…   including one for singles! Celebrate Love in the City of Lights for $569 La Dolce Vita in Venice this Valentine’s from $439 Valentine’s Sojourn on the Snow for $595 Romantic Beach […]

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