Category: Europe

Western & Oriental Travel floatation

A former finance director of lastminute.com who is Chairman of the UK luxury travel company known as Western & Oriental Travel (formerly World Luxury Group) has unveiled plans to float on the stock market. David Howell is seeking to raise £5.5 million through the floatation. The company has also recently acquired Ranch America, providers of […]

Hotel Quinta do Lago in southern Portugal

Hotel Quinta do Lago in southern Portugal

On a secluded part of southern Portugal’s Algarve coast, amid almost 2,000 acres of gentle hills and pine woods, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, stands the Hotel Quinta do Lago. This five-star resort has spectacular views across the Ria Formosa Estuary, a famous bird sanctuary, bringing all the natural beauty of the surroundings to its guests. […]

La Serrania, Mallorca

La Serrania, Mallorca

This beautiful, minimalist property is situated near Pollensa on the island of Mallorca, Spain. Downstairs in the main house there’s an open-plan living and dining room and upstairs four en suite bedrooms. With a further four bedrooms in the annexe, a total of 16 people can be accommodated at any one time. Cost is in […]

Another fun HSBC ad

Another fun HSBC ad

Here’s the low-down. The English believe it’s a slur on your host’s food if you don’t clear your plate… whereas the Chinese feel you’re questioning their generosity if you do  (3MB download).   At HSBC they never underestimate the importance of local knowledge…   I wish they did more of these ads; it’s a great […]

Quintessentially Norwegian

Quintessentially Norwegian

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, Quintessentially has secured some of the best rates for the finest hotels and travel organisations around the world. In many hotels you receive an automatic upgrade, late checkout or even exclusive gift, treatment or excursion. This private members’ club and concierge service was launched in Oslo last month, […]

La Maison Rorqual, Corsica

La Maison Rorqual, Corsica

Close to the beaches of Saint Florent in Corsica, La Maison Rorqual is a special find. There are five luxurious rooms here and a superb infinity swimming pool. The property can be rented as a whole or rooms can be rented individually. The bedrooms are typically Corsican, complete with wrought-iron beds and driftwood showers. While […]

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.