Author Archive for Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel 'Best Travel Influencer' Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted "one of the world's best travel blogs" and "best for luxury" by The Daily Telegraph.

The Ritz London centenary

The Ritz London centenary

Happy New Year! 2006  marks 100 years since the  opening The Ritz London.   The hotel was founded by César Ritz and opened its doors on 24th May 1906. The hotel has a ‘Centennial Celebration’ package which is valid throughout the year. For two people, the two night package starts at £1,500 (for a superior […]

Mayflower Inn welcomes new spa

Mayflower Inn welcomes new spa

The Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT – the only AAA 5-diamond hotel in Connecticut – is adding a new spa in March 2006. The Mayflower Spa will have the ultimate in treatment and exercise rooms. Facilities also include a whirlpool and a glowing marble hammam – that’s a Turkish bath experience to you and me.

Cancun's Le Blanc Spa Resort

Cancun’s Le Blanc Spa Resort

Le Blanc Spa Resort opened last August but sadly had to close for repairs in October due to hurricane Wilma. It will re-open in February 2006. The rooms come with an ocean or lagoon view, balcony, double Jacuzzi, flat screen satellite TV, and much more. If you book before April 2006, you receive a 20% […]

Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

This month saw the opening of the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Situated on a prime stretch of the  scenic Seven Mile Beach, it has 365 guest rooms including 11 suites. In April 2006, a Greg Norman-designed golf course will be added to the complex. The resort is just 10 minutes from Owen Roberts International Airport and […]

Spa One, Tucson

Spa One, Tucson

Spa One is the name of a new chain of spas in Tucson, Arizona. One opened earlier this month in the Foothills, another on the East Side is expected to open in March 2006, and two more (central and northwest Tucson) by the end of the year. Their aim is to attract members who see […]

Smoking can be a very expensive habit

Smoking can be a very expensive habit

The British media  is claiming  that Catherine Zeta-Jones recently went to a New York bash in a private jet, not because she sought privacy but instead because of her craving for nicotine.   The Mail on Sunday quoted a source as saying: She and Michael both smoke, and Catherine enjoys a cigarette when she flies, […]

Amanyara

Amanyara

Amanyara is a new resort opening in March 2006. It is situated in a secluded corner of the Island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies, and consists of freestanding, contemporary ocean, beach and pond pavilions and two, three-bedroom villas. The island itself is small but can be explored on a […]

Most Expensive Hotels & Resorts of 2005

Most Expensive Hotels & Resorts of 2005

Forbes is running a special featuree on the most expensive things of 2005. Everything from jeans to cars but, or more interest here, also hotels and resorts.  According to the article, the  most expensive hotels of 2005 were… The Mansion at the MGM Grand – Las Vegas ($5,000 per night) North Island  – Seychelles ($3,217 […]

Ta' Marija

Ta’ Marija

Ta’ Marija has been crowned ‘Best Maltese Food Restaurant’ for the second year running.  In a  ceremony organized by The Definitive(ly) Good Guide Company, the award was presented by Malta’s Honorary Minister for Tourism, Dr Francis Zammit Dimech, who said: Visitors to our country, as well as Maltese regular ‘eaters out’ should be choosy when […]

Elton John on honeymoon

Elton John on honeymoon

Elton John and David Furnish – who are probably the world’s most famous honeymooners right now – are apparently spending the time in Venice.  They have a villa on Giudecca, one of the islands of Venice’s lagoon. They have ventured into St. Marks Square and been spotted having lunch at the famous  Harry’s Bar.

Condé Nast Traveller Gold List

Condé Nast Traveller Gold List

Condé Nast, the publishing company behind the up-market ‘Traveller’ magazine, has unveiled its ‘Gold List’ of the very best hotels for 2006. There are six categories – here’s a round-up: Best for Ambience/Design Devi Garh – Rajasthan, India (97.29%) Grand Hyatt Shanghai – Shanghai, China (97.15%) Singita Private Game Reserve – South Africa (96.49%) Huvafen […]

Welcome to A Luxury Travel Blog

Welcome to A Luxury Travel Blog

I would like to extend a warm welcome to readers of A Luxury Travel Blog. This blog is for those who love two things – travel and the finer things of life.  If you are looking for a  cheap backpackers’ hostel  then, I’m sorry, but this just isn’t the place.   Instead I shall keep […]

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