Category: Hotels

New $4 billion Las Vegas hotel

New $4 billion Las Vegas hotel

Boyd Gaming Corporation plans to tear down the old Stardust casino to make way for a $4 billion hotel and casino complex on 63 acres on the Las Vegas Strip  – one of the largest such developments planned in a town known for megaresorts. The complex, to be called Echelon Place, is scheduled to open […]

Hotelito Desconocido

Hotelito Desconocido

Hotelito Desconocido is situated at the end of a narrow road between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, near Cruz de Loreto in  Mexico. The brains behind this project came from Marcello Murzilli, an Italian fashion designer, so it is maybe  little  wonder  that this tiny gem (which incidentally runs on solar power)  recently made the cover […]

Carlisle Bay - Tatler Hotel of the Year

Carlisle Bay – Tatler Hotel of the Year

Tatler has voted Antigua’s Carlisle Bay as their Hotel of the Year.   They  write: “modern and subversive, understated and slinky, [Carlisle Bay] has created a seismic shift in travel to the West Indies”. Carlisle Bay has been created by Gordon Campbell Gray and Mary Fox Linton, the same team that brought  us One Aldwych […]

Forbes recommendations

Forbes recommendations

Forbes has released a ‘Where we want to go in 2006’ travel feature, and the ten places that make their list are as follows: The Addison, Amelia Island, Florida L’Albergo della Regina Isabella, Ischia, Italy Hotel Basico, Playa del Carmen, Mexico The Huntley Santa Monica Beach, California Kú, Anguilla, British West Indies Mandarin Oriental Dhara […]

Katikies, Santorini

Katikies, Santorini

Small Luxury Hotels of the World honoured six member hotels at an awards ceremony in London recently. Small Luxury Hotel of the Year, the highest accolade of all, was awarded to Katikies in Santorini, Greece. This much coveted award is bestowed on a hotel that is deemed to have demonstrated a consistent and unwavering commitment […]

George V Paris

George V Paris

Steps from the Champs-Elysées, with private terraces that command all Paris, the Four Seasons George V Hotel redefines luxury service in the City of Light. The hotel has been named Top International City Hotel for five consecutive years in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report. It is also where Zach Braff and Mandy Moore spent the holiday […]

Mischa Barton visits Miami

Mischa Barton visits Miami

According to the New York Post, Mischa Barton and boyfriend Cisco Adler were reportedly screaming at each other at the Hotel Victor in Miami’s  South Beach  on New Year’s Eve. “There was a lot of slamming doors and stomping around and dropping of F-bombs at their $5,000-a-night pool bungalow at the hotel.” In the end, […]

Château de Massillan, Provence

Château de Massillan, Provence

This former home of Henry II’s mistress – Diane de Poitiers – is now a beautiful hotel. Château de Massillan has immaculate rooms and generous bathrooms equipped with SpaceNK products and designer fittings. Ask for room number 15 – it has a large terrace and overlooks the courtyard fountain.

Celebrity New Year

Celebrity New Year

Ever wondered where the stars see in the New Year?   Well… whilst Lynn Redgrave is playing Scrabble with friends in Connecticut, director Mira Nair will be at the Taj Mahal in India and Jim Carrey with friends in Canada.   Supermodel Rachel Hunter stayed at Coral Sands in the Bahamas. Producer Russell Simmons, on […]

Eva Longoria at Dallas hotel

Eva Longoria at Dallas hotel

Eva Longoria, star of Desparate Housewives, has been relaxing at the spa at Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas. The Spa at the Crescent offers “77 one-of-a-kind treatments and services for men and women in 16 state-of-the-art treatment rooms”. Maybe she needed to wind down a little after harrassing a bike cop… Defamer – LA’s gossip […]

Lake Placid Lodge fire

Lake Placid Lodge fire

Sadly, Lake Placid Lodge suffered a fire on 15th December 2005, resulting in substantial damage. This Relais & Chateau member is a historic Adirondacks landmark with  lots of elegance and character, not to mention beautiful views of the lake and mountains. Three guest rooms were destroyed along with the dining room, pub and porch overlooking […]

Discovery at Marigot Bay

Discovery at Marigot Bay

One of the latest additions to SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World) for 2006 is Discovery at Marigot Bay.   It is the situated in one of the deepest and most sheltered natural harbours in the Caribbean. For those who enjoy sailing, from here you can explore the Grenadines, a day to the south, […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]