Category: Europe

Michelin stars for UK and Ireland

Michelin stars for UK and Ireland

Michelin revealed today that there are no new three-star holders in its latest UK and Ireland guide. Instead, this year’s winners include 17 new one-star holders and one new two-star restaurant. This year’s only new two-star award went to Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Auchterarder. It is the first Scottish restaurant to win a coveted two […]

New luxury spas in Wales

New luxury spas in Wales

Everybody deserves to indulge in the finer things in life, and it seems the Welsh are keen to recognise the growing trend for spas.   What better way to relax than a visit to one of Wales’s new spas and beauty suites? On your next visit, make sure you look up The Dunes Beauty Suite […]

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

Virgin Atlantic Airways has unveiled the first phase of its new £11-million Sterling flagship business class lounge, the Clubhouse at Heathrow airport. The Clubhouse’s centrepiece is a spa, which will set new standards for the industry with the first spa pool, steam room and sauna in an airline lounge. The new look lounge, which is […]

Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel, St. Andrews, Scotland

Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel, St. Andrews, Scotland

The new Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa at St Andrews, Scotland is due to open in the middle of March 2006. Designed by Corporate Edge, the 13,600sq ft (1,265sq m) spa will feature 11 treatment rooms, including two with bathing units, one with a vichy shower and two […]

Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli

Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli

2005 was another award-winning year for Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli near the small lakeside town of Gargnano in Lombardy (halfway between Milan and Venice). It was ranked among the world’s ‘Top 20 International Resort Hideaways’ in the Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report;   voted ‘Best Rooms’ among Condé Nast Traveller UK’s ‘Best Hotels in the […]

New underwater hotel

New underwater hotel

The construction of  a $500 million underwater hotel in Dubai will start in the first quarter of this year. According to Uwe Hohmann of the Crescent Hydropolis Group, the financing of the development is almost finalised. Hotel prices are rumoured to reach some $3,000 per night but  have not yet been announced by the group. […]

Super Spas 2006

Super Spas 2006

Interested in a seaweed wrap or a caviar facial? Forbes has run an article on the special spas for 2006.   Getting a much-deserved mention are: Monart Luxury Destination Spa, Enniscorthy, Ireland Red Mountain Spa, St. George, UT Chiva Som, Hua Hin, Thailand Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ and Lenox, MA Cornelia Day Resort, New York […]

Four Seasons Hotel Prague

Four Seasons Hotel Prague

Overlooking Charles Bridge and Prague Castle on the banks of the Vltava, baroque architecture, 21st-century comforts and intuitive Four Seasons service unite in an atmosphere of true luxury. The Four Seasons Hotel Prague features three historic buildings – the Classical Building, the Renaissance Building and the Baroque Building – united to create one architecturally unique […]

Hull (UK) welcomes new Village Hotel

Hull (UK) welcomes new Village Hotel

The UK’s 16th Village Hotel & Leisure Club (part of the De Vere Group) will opening in Hull in February 2006, bringing a fantastic range of facilities to the area. Businesses of all sizes will find the purpose-built conference and meeting rooms ideal venues. There will also be a choice of three dining experiences – […]

Hotel Majestic, Barcelona

Hotel Majestic, Barcelona

Barcelona’s Hotel Majestic is running a ‘3 for 2’ offer for the months of January, February, July, August and December 2006.   Stay for 2 nights and get the third free!   The hotel is located in the very  heart of Barcelona, on Paseo de Gracia, home to the best in shopping and Gaudí monuments, […]

The Leading Hotels of the World winter sun offers

The Leading Hotels of the World winter sun offers

There’s no need to shiver in chilly climates!   More than 40 members of The Leading Hotels of the World across Africa, Europe and the Middle East are offering heart-warming rates through the Leading Winter Sun program. For instance, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai has rates as low as AED 987 per room, […]

Lufthansa Private Jet

Lufthansa Private Jet

Global market leader NetJets and German airline Lufthansa have partnered to create Lufthansa Private Jet. This new service, available in Frankfurt and Munich, allows Lufthansa’s top 100 customers access to NetJets aircraft to make flight connections and offers NetJets US owners travelling to Europe seamless connections as well.

Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland

Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland

A stunning design for a major new public space – Grand Canal Square – in Dublin’s Docklands, has been unveiled by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority. At 10,000 sq metres, the Square, located at the west end of Grand Canal Dock facing on to the water, will be one of the largest paved public spaces […]

New 5 star hotel in Barcelona

Metrovacesa has acquired a five-star hotel in Barcelona and plans to prepare it for opening at the beginning of 2009 at a cost of 52 million euros.   The hotel has 251 rooms, 80% of which have sea views, and  it will be operated by Barceló Hotels & Resorts when it opens.   The hotel […]

Gourmet food and fine wine weekend at Swinton Park

Swinton Park in Masham, North Yorkshire,  has planned an innovative weekend which is sure to delight the experienced food and wine connoisseurs – and convert the budding gourmet!   A packed but suitably leisurely weekend will allow guests to experience some of the finest local food, and the award-winning cuisine of Head Chef Andy Burton. […]

Gulliver Ireland Tourism Accommodation Awards 2005

Gulliver Ireland Tourism Accommodation Awards 2005

Winners of the second  Gulliver Ireland Tourism Accommodation Awards 2005 have just been unveiled (yes, I know we’re already well into 2006 now!).  The awards recognise online marketing excellence demonstrated by hotel, guesthouse, B&B and self-catering accommodation suppliers around Ireland. The overall honour went to the  Esplanade Hotel & Fitness Centre in Bray.