Category: Attractions

The Lake District gets the nod from Renée Zellweger

The Lake District gets the nod from Renée Zellweger

It’s not every day that Hollywood stars descend on where I live.   But right now, Renée  Zellweger and around 20 trucks, trailers and film crew vans are just down the road, filming around the village of Grasmere (supposedly on National Trust property, but  the exact location is being kept under wraps) in the English […]

English Heritage joins UK luxury self-catering market

English Heritage joins UK luxury self-catering market

As of tomorrow, English Heritage will be offering holidaymakers the rare opportunity to stay at the heart of its historic buildings and estates with the launch of a self-catering holiday cottage portfolio. The accommodation is aimed at the luxury end of the market and will offer contemporary 21st century interiors within dramatic heritage environments. Choose […]

Special feature: Aviemore Highland Resort

Special feature: Aviemore Highland Resort

I recently returned from four relaxing nights at the Aviemore Highland Resort in Aviemore. (Only last month it served as the venue for the Scottish Labour Party Conference, attended by Prime Minister Tony Blair.) There are four hotels on the resort, two of which are four-star.   We stayed in the Craigellachie Suite of the […]

Raffles CEO receives top honour in Singapore

Raffles CEO receives top honour in Singapore

Jennie Chua, president and CEO of Raffles Holdings,  has been  awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award at Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) 20th Tourism Awards. Other notable winners included The Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore (Best Accommodation Experience, Deluxe Hotel) and Singapore Zoo (Best Leisure Attraction Experience).

T+L Design Awards 2006

T+L Design Awards 2006

The second Travel+Leisure Design Awards recognise architecture and design from every facet of the traveller’s world – everything from hotels to travel accessories.   In fact, there’s 15 categories and the winner of each is as follows: Best Public Space: Terminal T4, Madrid Barajas International Airport Best Small Hotel: Básico, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Best […]

Diana, A Celebration

Diana, A Celebration

An exhibition named ‘Diana, A Celebration’ will be held at The Dayton Art Institute from 18th February to 11th June 2006. On loan from from the Spencer family’s Althorp Estate, it presents the life and humanitarian work of one of the most remarkable women of the 20th Century. Visitors will be able to share in […]

Charles IV, Emperor by the Grace of God

Charles IV, Emperor by the Grace of God is one of this decade’s major exhibitions. This unique collection of Czech and international art is open to the public for the first time in modern history. The exhibition  has already been held in New York but will be coming to Prague on 16th February  until 21st […]

Sydney Opera House crisis

Sydney Opera House crisis

The planned interior refurbishment of Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House by the Danish architect Jorn Utzon, who designed the exterior 40 years ago, is allegedly  in crisis. Plans to excavate into Sydney Harbour and slice through a concrete beam holding the building’s shells together is estimated to cost AUS$700m – ten times the state government’s […]

Follow Baltimore's famous sons

Follow Baltimore’s famous sons

Baltimore celebrates its famous sons in atmospheric style. From Edgar Allen Poe’s house to the knockout Babe Ruth Museum, your concierge at the  recently opened Harbor Court Baltimore  InterContinental Hotel  could help you walk in their footsteps. Alternatively, join the locals watching the world go by over freshly caught seafood.

Bathing in Berlin

Bathing in Berlin

Currently, you can find a series of pools – named Badeschiff (or ‘bathing ship’) –  in cargo containers anchored out in the Spree River, East Berlin. The pools are or varying temperature and the idea, apparently, is that you go in a warm pool before submerging yourself in another that’s freezing cold, and you go […]

Family fun at Warwick Castle, UK

Family fun at Warwick Castle, UK

Schools across the UK will be breaking up for February half term very soon. And if you’re looking for something a little different to occupy them, get yourself along to Warwick Castle between 11th and 26th February 2006. During the two weeks there will be a series of displays and activities, highlighting the ‘terrible tortures […]

Best family American art museums

Best family American art museums

According to the latest issue of Child magazine, the top 5 American art museums for children are as follows: Art Institute of Chicago, IL Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH De Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Getty Villa Malibu

The Getty Villa Malibu opens today. Originally the home of the Getty Museum, the villa has been extensively renovated. It will now serve as an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. Admission is free (but parking is $7). Advance, timed tickets can […]

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

The Australian Tourism Export Council has added its support for the Sydney Opera House with its bid to join UNESCO’s register of World Heritage-listed structures. As one of the world’s most recognisable buildings, the Opera House contributes millions of tourism dollars to Australia’s economy each year and is always on the ‘must see’ list of […]

New water park for New York

New water park for New York

New York’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee has voted to build a 26-acre water park on Randall’s Island, just off Manhattan. The £94.4m park will be paid for by a private developer, the Aquatic Development Group (ADG) under a 35-year lease with the city. Proposed facilities include a seven-acre indoor beach and 19 acres of […]

Marine World St. Kitts

Marine World St. Kitts

Currently under construction on South Friar’s Bay Beach on the island’s southern peninsula, Marine World boasts 4 acres of world class facilities.   It will feature a stingray lagoon, dolphin encounters including swimming with dolphins, an educational hut, a beach bar and grill, and a nature trail and aviary with tropical birds, butterflies and even […]

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