Category: Europe

Crillon - a new luxury hotel brand

Crillon – a new luxury hotel brand

The former chief executive of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Barry Sternlicht, has launched a new luxury hotel brand called Crillon. It is being launched by his Starwood Capital Group which is not related to the previous company. The flagship hotel is the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, with European-style hotels expected to follow in […]

Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri - opens Easter 2006

Hotel Caesar Augustus, Capri – opens Easter 2006

It won’t be long before the weather turns sweet again in southwest Italy and the Spring travel season flourishes anew. Hotel Caesar Augustus on the Isle of Capri will be dressed up and ready for it when it opens its doors on 12th April 2006.   With this brand new Relais & Chateaux membership will […]

The Beau Rivage Palace 'Wine & Dine' evenings

The Beau Rivage Palace ‘Wine & Dine’ evenings

Can you imagine a more perfect match than a menu that has been perfectly  conceived and concocted to enhance the luscious aroma of a specific wine?  That’s exactly what the Restaurant La Rotonde at The Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland is doing on  the first Thursday of the month throughout 2006. The wine-maker  will […]

Alain Ducasse expands in Paris

Alain Ducasse expands in Paris

Alain Ducasse, an amazing chef with nine Michelin stars (three stars each in Paris, Monte Carlo and New York), not to mention three of the most expensive restaurants in the world, has an ever-growing miniempire. Two years ago, he took over Aux Lyonnais, a lovely little place that had seen better days. And last year […]

Kelly Brook and Billy Zane honeymoon

Kelly Brook and Billy Zane honeymoon

Kelly Brook and fiance Billy Zane are planning their dream honeymoon. They are due to marry in Greece later this year and expected to sail on a luxury yacht around the Western Isles of Scotland for their honeymoon. It is thought that Kelly fell in love with Scotland after attending Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s wedding […]

Sofitel Trocadéro Dokhan's, Paris

Sofitel Trocadéro Dokhan’s, Paris

Formerly a neo-classical private residence, Sofitel Trocadéro Dokhan’s in Paris offers an excellent location between the Arc de Triomphe and the Trocadéro.  A few minutes walk  from the most luxurious boutiques, the hotel offers chic and refined weekend breaks. As a special Valentine’s Day treat, the hotel is treating guests to a private tasting of […]

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, […]