Category: Europe

Special feature: Barton Grange Hotel, UK

Special feature: Barton Grange Hotel, UK

I  stayed at  Barton Grange Hotel at the weekend, arguably the best hotel in Preston, Lancashire (UK). Easily accessible from Junction 32 of the M6 motorway, the hotel is just 2 miles from the junction, in the direction of Garstang. It’s an easy place to while away the weekend with ample facilities, good food and, […]

New spa at The Old Course Hotel approaches completion

New spa at The Old Course Hotel approaches completion

Phase 2 of the Kohler Water Spa will be completed this month at The Old Course Golf Resort & Spa in St. Andrews, Scotland. The spa has 11 treatment rooms, a thermal suite and a 20-metre pool with waterfall.   There is also a roof terrace with an 8-person whirlpool. Treatments start from £45.

Queen Victoria from Cunard

Queen Victoria from Cunard

The soon-to-be-finished Queen Victoria will enter service late next year (December 2007).   Operating from Southampton in the UK, this fine successor to the QE2 and QM2 cruise ships will be the second largest of the Cunard ships ever built. It can hold 1,968 passengers and will be heading for the Mediterranean, the Canaries, Northern […]

Rocco Forte's Villa Kennedy opens in Frankfurt

Rocco Forte’s Villa Kennedy opens in Frankfurt

Today sees Rocco Forte’s Villa Kennedy open in Frankfurt, one of the largest and most influential financial centres in Europe.  Nestled just off the south bank of the Main River, the hotel combines tradition and innovation in a wonderful landscape.  The opening comes just in time for the FIFA World Cup which will be held […]

Glenapp Castle Spring Garden Break, Scotland

Glenapp Castle Spring Garden Break, Scotland

Named Luxury Hotel of the Year in the Scottish Hotels of the Year Awards at a sparkling ceremony attended by 350 guests in Edinburgh last year, Glenapp Castle in Ballantrae in South Ayrshire is currently offering a Spring Garden Break where you can enjoy a special two night stay from £170.00 per person per night, […]

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Shangri-La Asia, parent company of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, has acquired the historic Palais of Prince Roland Bonaparte with plans to convert it to the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris in late 2008, marking the group’s European debut. The Bonaparte family mansion in Paris’ 16th arrondissement will be converted into the […]

Win a stay at Charlton House & Monty’s Spa in SOMERSET

Celebrating the launch of a new website for romantic holidays and the release of “Imagine Me & You” on 31st March 2006, South West England has teamed up with UIP/Universal to give away the perfect romantic gift: 2 nights at the  fabulous award-winning Charlton House & Monty’s Spa in Somerset, with 1st class rail travel […]

Top 10: Travelers' Choice luxury hotel winners

Top 10: Travelers’ Choice luxury hotel winners

No need to take a chance on your next vacation. Pamper yourself at the 10 most luxurious hotels, as chosen by TripAdvisor travelers. 1.   Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong 2.   Mina A’ Salam at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai 3.   Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai 4.   Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest […]

Choco-Laté Belgian chocolate festival

Choco-Laté Belgian chocolate festival

The town of Bruges is about to host Belgium’s first chocolate fair. Choco-Laté – the first chocolate festival in the country of chocolate – will be an ode to chocolate.   The event is the brainchild of the Bruges chocolate museum, Choco-Story. If you’re a chocoholic, don’t miss out! The event runs from 28th April […]

Guinness blog launched

Guinness blog launched

World-renowned brewer Guinness launched a weblog last Wednesday that is created and written by the company’s staff to give you an inside track on Guinness in Great Britain. Tip:  just say you’re from the UK when hitting their homepage in order to by-pass some legal mumbo-jumbo that otherwise disallows your visit.  

Condé Nast / Gleneagles offer

Condé Nast / Gleneagles offer

Condé Nast Traveller readers are invited to live it up at Gleneagles at an exclusive event to be held on 18th-19th September 2006. This bespoke event will include  a complimentary clay-pigeon shooting session, a cookery demonstration, a Gala Dinner with accopmanying Scottish entertainment and accommodation in the best rooms at Gleneagles. Price is £785 per […]

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 […]

Win a luxury stay on the Greek island of Rhodes

Win a luxury stay on the Greek island of Rhodes

Luxury hotel chain Aldemar Hotels has teamed up with exceptional specialist tour operator, Planet Holidays, to offer you the chance to win a romantic holiday for two in Rhodes, staying at the 5-star Aldemar Paradise Royal Mare Hotel. Set on a terrific sandy beach, six kilometres south of Rhodes Town in the resort of Kalithea, […]

New Smartphone from HTC

New Smartphone from HTC

HTC  – the global leader in Windows Mobile-based devices  –  has unveiled the world’s first DAB-IP enabled Smartphone, the Trilogy.  It runs on Windows Mobile version 5.0 and has all the features you’d expect: Pocket Media player, Push Email, Office suite, etc. What is special about this Smartphone, though, is that it can receive Digital […]

SkiHaus

SkiHaus

Ever wished you could have your own house on a mountain?   Well, with the SkiHaus from Horden Cherry Lee Architects, you can do just that.   This lightweight, all-aluminium structure weighs only 315kg and can be lifted into position by helicopter. Despite its relatively compact size, it can sleep 4 people (in bunk beds). […]

Carnival Freedom prepares for the Mediterranean

Carnival Freedom prepares for the Mediterranean

Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest ship, Carnival Freedom, will debut the line’s first-ever itinerary to the Greek Isles and Turkey as well as spectacular Mediterranean voyages. The luxury 110,000-ton vessel will commence its first season in March 2007 with a series of seven 12-day Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises. Carnival Freedom will also sail a total […]