Category: Europe

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.

New luxury hotel in Valencia, Spain

New luxury hotel in Valencia, Spain

A new luxury hotel is set to become the centrepiece of Valencia’s increasingly sophisticated seafront. The five-star Hotel Balneario Las Arenas is set in the 19th Century Las Arenas spa building, beside Malvarrosa beach, and its 253 rooms offer hydromassage cabins and bathtubs, free minibars, plasma TV screens, wireless internet access and CD players.

Valentine's at Malmaison

Valentine’s at Malmaison

Malmaison will be celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with a special offer for couples, available throughout its nine UK hotels. Spend the night in a luxurious Mal suite, and enjoy Champagne on ice, chocolate dipped strawberries, aromatic oils and candles, a chilled Mal CD and a Champagne breakfast in bed. The Valentine’s package at Malmaison […]

The Priory Inn, UK, gains restaurant recognition

The Priory Inn, UK, gains restaurant recognition

The Priory Inn gastropub in Tetbury, the Cotswolds, has recently been awarded a Remy Restaurant Award for 2006 for new talent within the UK restaurant scene. The 10 annual regional awards are made to restaurateurs who show a dedication to creating excellent cuisine and are based on 80,000 diners reviews submitted to the Harden’s Restaurant […]

Castello di Velona, Montalcino, Italy

Castello di Velona, Montalcino, Italy

Castello di Velona invites you to discover the beautiful Val d’Orcia with an exclusive offer valid from 23rd February 9th April 2006.   The 2006 Spring opening offer includes 2 nights accommodation in a double deluxe room, buffet breakfast, one dinner for two at the hotel’s restaurant, wine tasting in a vineyard producing Brunello di […]

Sardinia wealth taxes

Sardinia wealth taxes

The government in Sardinia has  revealed that it’s planning to impose punishing wealth taxes on billionaire visitors such as Princess Caroline of Monaco  or Roman Abramovich (owner of Chelsea football club) who come to the island. Second homes  belonging to foreign visitors will attract a special council tax, and there will be  stiff new taxes […]

Raymond Blanc voted Chefs' Chef of the Year

Raymond Blanc voted Chefs’ Chef of the Year

Raymond Blanc has received the AA’s Chefs’ Chef Of The Year Award 2005. This national award is voted by a poll of the 1800 chefs and hoteliers whose restaurants are featured in the AA Restaurant Guide.  To be awarded Chefs’ Chef of the Year, is the greatest recognition of a chef by his peers. He […]

Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen

Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen

After 10 months of building and refurbishing, Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen is now  a more beautiful, larger and more accessible venue. Among its new attractions is the Tivoli Aquarium, Europe’s longest salt water aquarium holding approximately 1600 tropical fish and sharks. On the top floor of the concert hall, the new Balanchine Lounge Tivoli’s […]

Cadiz Carnival special offer

Cadiz Carnival special offer

Experience the magic of this Andalusian carnival – probably the most dazzling carnival in Spain – during a 4 day luxury stay at Hotel Cortijo Soto Real. 571 € per person (taxes included). Offer valid between 22nd February and 6th March 2006. The hotel is also ideally located to visit the historical city of Seville, […]

Sheraton Park Tower, Knightsbridge in London

Sheraton Park Tower, Knightsbridge in London

This Valentine’s day celebrate ‘love in luxury’ at the Sheraton Park Tower hotel, Knightsbridge, which has put together London’s most luxurious package for all those in love. The offer includes accommodation in a luxury penthouse suite, a sumptuous five course gourmet dinner, butler service, dozens of roses, aromatherapy couple’s massage and romantic surprises all for […]

Luxury hotels contribute to good year for Hungarian tourism

A 15% increase in the number of guest-nights spent at four- and five-star hotels paved the way for a successful 2005 tourism year in Hungary, according to an article published in  a recent  issue of the economic daily Magyar Gazdasag. According to the Regional Development Minister Istvan Kolber, Hungary registered its best year for tourism […]

New luxury hotel in Glasgow

New luxury hotel in Glasgow

Glasgow’s prestigious old Royal Scottish Automobile Club in Blythswood Square in the city centre has been bought by a luxury hotel group and will be turned into a luxury 109-bedroom hotel. Edinburgh firm The Town House Company intends to restore the  building to its former glory with conference facilities, restaurants, a bar and first class […]

Malmaison Edinburgh

Malmaison Edinburgh

HotelShark, an online lodging guide, has this week bestowed the Fin Award for Service Quality on the Malmaison Edinburgh. A recent guest of the hotel described it to HotelShark as a “trendy city hotel” with “power showers,” “sophisticated” guestrooms, and a “hotspot” of a bar.   With “young and friendly” employees, this “converted seaman’s hospital” […]

Wings Over the Mediterranean and North Africa

Wings Over the Mediterranean and North Africa

Crisscrossing the Mediterranean in high style, this new adventure from INTRAV features the culture, history, and beauty of Europe and North Africa. After overnighting in London, guests begin the adventure in Sintra, Portugal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Two nights in Fès offer the mix of French, Arab, and Berber cultures, while a three-night trip […]

Waterfall spa in Leeds, UK

Waterfall spa in Leeds, UK

The new Waterfall spa in Leeds has just opened. Designed specifically for ladies only,  the spa  will pamper, indulge and delight  its guests  with their five-star facilities, outstanding treatments and little treats! From the moment you step into Waterfall, your troubles and aches will disappear as you are whisked away to heaven on earth. Walnut […]