Category: Eastern Europe

Tallinn Christmas Market starts this weekend

The picturesque Town Hall Square of the medieval city of Tallinn is once more hosting the annual Christmas Market with its 64 wooden stalls. During the 40 day period from 29th November 2009 until 7th January 2010, visitors may stroll through this amazing festive scene. Felt hats, buckwheat pillows, wooden bowls and artefacts, wickerwork, beautiful […]

An inspirational collection from White Line Hotels

An inspirational collection from White Line Hotels

White Line Hotels, recently launched by Iain Ainsworth (formerly of Design Hotels), offers a unique and inspirational collection of personally recommended international hotels. Each hotel has been defined by the individual owners, and characterised by the exceptional creative design and style. Acting as a curator, Iain seeks to bring these hotels together, which all have […]

Hotel in the heart of Moscow joins The Luxury Collection

Hotel in the heart of Moscow joins The Luxury Collection

Following the first phase of a significant renovation to the hotel’s guest rooms and public spaces, the iconic  Hotel National in Moscow has joined The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, a glittering ensemble of more than 70 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts. Built in 1903 by famed Russian architect Alexander Ivanov, the hotel […]

Hard Rock hits Hungary

A Vegas-style gambling experience is Hungary bound. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hungary, a stylish and modern world-class resort, will open in 2012, close to Vienna, Austria, Bratislava, Slovakia and Budapest. Amenities will include a pool and deck for lounging and entertainment, a Rock Spa for relaxing and detoxing, and a Rock Shop, where guests […]

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts' first hotel in Russia

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ first hotel in Russia

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is set to open its first hotel in Russia in 2012. It will be a 400-room hotel  occupying  the top floors of a 42-storey building in  Moscow’s Park Huaming Business Centre in Moscow – a new major multi-purpose development. Next to the Russian Botanic Garden, Northeast District, on Vilgelma Pika Street, […]

Luxury yoga retreat in Hungary

Luxury yoga retreat in Hungary

Take time out and enjoy a seven-day yoga and meditation holiday at the picturesque baroque style Castle Hotel in Szirák, just an hour outside of Budapest. This stunning castle hotel is surrounded by five acres of pristine evergreen forest and is the perfect location to relax and restore body and mind with daily yoga classes […]

The Augustine Prague opens today

The Augustine Prague opens today

I’ve just received a note from The Rocco Forte Collection informing me that The Augustine Prague opens today.   It can be found in the Malá Strana district of the city close to Prague Castle, the Wallenstein Garden and the famous Charles Bridge. It has 101 rooms including 16 suites, all  offering views over the […]

Interview with Suzanne Aaronson of Suzanne's Files

Interview with Suzanne Aaronson of Suzanne’s Files

Our latest interview is with Suzanne Aaronson, Editor-in-Chief and Founder  of Suzanne’s Files, a leading quality lifestyle resource. Suzanne’s  Files provides expert picks on under-the-radar getaways, hidden gems, wow services, truly unique gifts, lifetime experiences, and niche experts around the world. What is it that  you do exactly? Everyday is different – that’s for sure! […]

Prague’s newest treasure

The Rocco Forte Collection‘s newest property, The Augustine in Prague  is taking bookings for 14th May onwards 2009. Created from a set of seven buildings, including the 13th Century St Thomas’s Monastery, The Augustine’s beautiful historic features have been restored and crafted into the hotel’s design. Located in the picturesque Malá Strana district, the 101-bedroom […]

Don’t overlook Krakow!

The Polish city of Krakow, too often overlooked by travellers, has been recognised as one of the world’s top five cities by readers of Wanderlust magazine. The self-styled magazine “for people with a passion for travel” placed Krakow fourth place in its list of favourite cities for 2009 and described it as a “bargain destination”. […]

Short Bohemian journeys for luxury train travellers

Short Bohemian journeys for luxury train travellers

The trend towards luxury train travel appears to be increasing for travellers who enjoy a relaxing time watching the world go by in sumptuous surroundings, whilst also knowing exactly how their budget is being spent (being that many such journeys include most meals and drinks). And travellers should be pleased to know that short European […]

Interview with Tom Barber of Original Travel

Interview with Tom Barber of Original Travel

Before starting Original Travel Tom Barber was a journalist for GQ and then freelance for the Evening Standard, Independent, Tatler and Brides.  He went on two or three ‘honeymoons’ a year for Brides, and in 2003  set up OT with two friends – Nick Newbury, who was in corporate finance, and Alastair Poulain, a venture […]

Princess Cruises to make its mark in Europe

Princess Cruises to make its mark in Europe

Next year, Princess Cruises will sail its biggest ever fleet in Europe.   The 2,600-passenger Grand Princess will sail eight 14-night Mediterranean cruises and three 7-night cruises to Iberia and Scandinavia; the 3,110-passenger Crown Princess will travel around the British Isles and  sail further afield to Iceland and the Norwegian Fjords; the newest superliner, Ruby […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Beyond your expectations: Mexico Exquisite sojourns along the Adriatic from TerraNautika Personal shopping service from  Luxury Edinburgh Feel the difference at Vila Bicuda

The world's most expensive Champagne

The world’s most expensive Champagne

Champagne is selling at a staggering $275,000  a  bottle  at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow.   Not bad, I suppose, when you consider that a suite in the hotel will only set you back $15,000 a night.   But why the price tag, you might ask?   Well, this is no ordinary Champagne and it comes […]

L'Europe recognised for its wines

L’Europe recognised for its wines

Grand Hotel Europe‘s L’Europe has been presented with Wine Spectator‘s 2008 “Award of Excellence” which is given to restaurants that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. The city’s leading gourmet restaurant, L’Europe offers over 367 wine selections. Its menu is influenced […]