Category: Europe

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica – the latest and most luxurious addition to the MSC Cruises fleet – had a christening ceremony in Venice last week. This spectacular new ship is also the largest in the fleet and can therefore afford to offer spacious staterooms and expansive deck space. The ship’s inaugural 7-night voyage is  from Italy to […]

Festival of World Cultures

Festival of World Cultures

The annual Festival of World Cultures – an event which has previously attracted audiences of up to 200,000 people –  is now in its sixth year and aims to showcase a range of musical and cultural events from over 150 artists and groups from around the world, in Ireland. This year’s festival will last from […]

Sausage and Ale Trail in Derby, England

Sausage and Ale Trail in Derby, England

Here’s a little known fact: it’s the 150th anniversary of the birth of Harry Stevens, creator of the hot dog, who was born in Derby in the UK  before later emigrating to America. Derby will therefore be hosting a Sausage and Ale Trail as part of Derby’s 29th annual CAMRA Beer Festival celebrations. The event […]

Most expensive city in the world

Most expensive city in the world

The fact that Moscow has overtaken Tokyo as the world’s most expensive city has got a lot of media attention recently. Mercer Human Resource Consulting‘s survey of 144 cities across six continents also showed Seoul move up in the rankings, pushing Tokyo down into third place. Many of the changes are due to exchange rate […]

Summer specials with De Vere Hotels & Resorts

Summer specials with De Vere Hotels & Resorts

A summer break is all about getting away from it all, and at De Vere Hotels & Resorts, the aim is to make you feel as relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated as possible. Their collection of individual hotels, each with their own charm and character are the ideal venues to experience the Great British summer. So […]

Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Elciego, Spain

Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Elciego, Spain

The Hotel Marqués de Riscal debuts today. Located in the heart of Rioja wine country, this landmark hotel is  the work of the renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, the man behind the incredible Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Luxurious amenities abound, including a fine dining experience and  the Caudalie Vinothérapie ® Spa.

Special feature: The Luxury Travel Fair

Special feature: The Luxury Travel Fair

I am sitting on a train out of London having just attended The Luxury Travel Fair at Olympia, the first event of its kind in the UK. Presented by Condé Nast Traveller in conjunction with British Airways, the fair included over 150 exhibition stands, a question and answer session with BBC World Affairs Editor John […]

Gordon Ramsay restaurant at London Heathrow

Gordon Ramsay restaurant at London Heathrow

In addition to the possibility of  Harrods opening at London Heathrow’s terminal 5, it’s been speculated that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, one of just three chefs in the UK to maintain 3 Michelin stars for his restaurants, might also open a restaurant there. If the  enterprise is  to go-ahead, the former professional footballer will be […]

Special feature: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio in the Italian Lakes

Special feature: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio in the Italian Lakes

When you see a lone,  bright red Ferrari parked outside, you kind of already know that you have reached somewhere that’s likely to be grand and palatial. The entrance to the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni was in full bloom  when we arrived  in the  sleepy-but-romantic town of Bellagio earlier this month, and the interior lived […]

Levity II at the Windermere on Water festival, England

Levity II at the Windermere on Water festival, England

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to take in some of the new Windermere on Water festival in Cumbria. With children in tow, we visited Levity II which had just been re-located from Barcelona  and set up  in Bowness-on-Windermere.   In fact, it’s made appearances at venues all over the globe, including the Sydney Olympics […]

The Luxury Travel Fair

The Luxury Travel Fair

From today until Sunday, Condé Nast Traveller presents The Luxury Travel Fair in conjunction with British Airways. This is a new event, held at Olympia in London. A good mix of exhibitors will be in attendance, including the likes of Cox & Kings, Kuoni Travel, Relais & Chateaux, Small Luxury Hotels of the World and […]

Axl Rose arrested at design hotel in Stockholm

Axl Rose arrested at design hotel in Stockholm

Axl Rose was arrested  this week  after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg at the Berns Hotel in Stockholm. The Guns N’ Roses frontman  is also suspected of causing damage to the hotel. A police spokesman said that Rose was drunk during the confrontation and was not questioned by police until he had […]

The Clarence in Dublin celebrates tenth birthday

The Clarence in Dublin celebrates tenth birthday

U2-owned The Clarence celebrated its 10th birthday this month. Band members Bono and The Edge bought the property in 1992. It was then a traditional two star hotel but re-opened in June of 1996 as a luxury  boutique hotel. Since then, it’s attracted the rich and famous from all over the world, the most recent […]

Intown Luxury House in Rome, Italy

Intown Luxury House in Rome, Italy

In the heart of Rome, near the Spanish Steps, a small building hides six luxurious, light, minimalist suites: perfect for those who feel the classic hotel to be too impersonal or a bed and breakfast too familiar. Intown is a very charming, rich yet simplistic, designer project, evoking the feeling of being in a Roman […]

Mussels in Brussels

Mussels in Brussels

I don’t know about you, but I just love shellfish, and particularly mussels! If shellfish is your thing, head for Brussels’ Chez Leon  and indulge in mussels near the Grand Palace. It’s exceptionally popular with tourists and,  whether you like your mussels with onions, garlic or cheese, it really doesn’t matter: they have a huge […]

PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Travel Awards

PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Travel Awards

The winners of the 13th annual PlanetOut.com gay and lesbian travel awards can be found by following this link. Amongst the numerous winners are Spain (Destination of the Year), Provincetown (Best Gay Resort Town), American Airlines (Best Airline), Hyatt Hotels & Resorts (Best Gay Hotel Collection) and Crystal Cruises (Best Cruise Company).