Category: Russia

Interview with David Sutcliffe of Traveltalk

Interview with David Sutcliffe of Traveltalk

A ‘skateboard/punk rocker’ in his youth, David Sutcliffe is now one of three partners who run a small travel agency in Harrogate, England called Traveltalk. Specialising in luxury, tailor-made and adventure travel, Traveltalk was created 25 years ago by David’s colleague, Christine Thompson. After much hard work establishing the company in the area they developed […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Interview with Joseph Amissah of Blue Cube Aviation

Interview with Joseph Amissah of Blue Cube Aviation

Joseph Amissah is  the founder of Blue Cube Aviation and decided to set up the company to meet the growing demand for International private jet travel, for clients seeking an alternative form of transportation other than commercial airlines. Recently, the company has seen a sharp rise in the number of charter request due to the […]

Manchester United and Chelsea in Moscow - where they're staying

Manchester United and Chelsea in Moscow – where they’re staying

Moscow is inundated with tens of thousands of additional visitors right now as two English football teams – Manchester United and Chelsea – meet in the final of the UEFA Champions League this evening.    Whilst  the Chelsea team will be staying in the  Ritz-Carlton  with rates typically starting from 18,000 Rubles a night (approx. […]

Paris Hilton causes a stir in Moscow

Paris Hilton causes a stir in Moscow

I suppose it would be too obvious for Paris Hilton to stay at the Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya on her recent trip to Moscow.   Instead she opted for the Presidential Suite  at the the  Ararat Park  Hyatt Moscow. But she won’t be going back in a hurry – she’s been fined and  blacklisted according to […]

Love art?  Why not try a Russian Easter?

Love art? Why not try a Russian Easter?

Easter has returned from decades of obscurity in St. Petersburg, and now hosts a variety of processions, church services and festivals. Take advantage of the ‘Easter Dreams for Art Lovers’ package from The Rocco Forte COllection’s Hotel Astoria between 20th and 25th March 2008 and you too could sample the celebratory atmosphere. Prices start at […]

Hyatt on the rise

Hyatt on the rise

Between early 2008 and late 2009, Hyatt will open three hotels in imposing structures currently being erected in Beijing, Shanghai and Moscow. Since the opening of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Mori’s Roppongi Hills or of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai in the striking Jin Mao Tower, the Hyatt name is becoming increasingly synonymous with ambitious […]

Top 10 resorts for crowd-free skiing

Top 10 resorts for crowd-free skiing

Want to go on a skiing holiday but avoid the hordes of people with similar intentions? Then The Guardian has just the article for you. They identify the following locations as the best places to take to the slopes  if you want to avoid the crowds: Alta, Utah, USA Big Sky, Montana, USA Cortina, Italy […]

Federation Island: an island for Russia's super-rich

Federation Island: an island for Russia’s super-rich

We’re already well aware of Dubai’s antics when it comes to making luxury islands, but did you know that similar plans are afoot in Russia?   An ambitious artificial island 10 miles off the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics, is in the pipeline. Designed by Dutch architect Erik […]

Moscow still has the most expensive hotels in the world

Moscow still has the most expensive hotels in the world

According to a new survery carried out by HRG, Moscow has the most expensive hotels in the world for the second year running, with an average room rate of almost $500 a night – some distance ahead of second-placed New York with an average rate of $360. Mumbai, which doesn’t quite make the top 10, […]

The new Ritz-Carlton Moscow

The new Ritz-Carlton Moscow

Only a fortnight ago, I posted Forbes’ list of the world’s most expensive suites. Already, it needs  revising thanks to the recent opening of the $350m,  334-room Ritz-Carlton Moscow. The new hotel has a Presidential Suite – complete with bullet-proof dining room –  available at a rate of $16,000 a night.   Even a standard […]

Quirky facts about Rocco Forte Hotels

Quirky facts about Rocco Forte Hotels

Rocco Forte Hotels celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year. Ten years on, the luxury collection consists of ten hotels in ten key cities across Europe, with two new hotels due to open this summer (The Charles Hotel in Munich and Le Richemond in Geneva). Here are some quirky facts about the group’s ten hotels: The […]

Launch of Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express in Moscow

Launch of Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express in Moscow

GW Travel are officially launching a brand new, $25 million 21-car fully en suite train at Leningradsky Station, Moscow. The launch  of The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express will take place tomorrow  in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent. It has been built in collaboration with the Russian-based company, Zircon Limited, and will bring […]