Category: Europe

Bergenfest 2006, Norway

Bergenfest 2006, Norway

One of Norway’s finest festivals is about to take place in the heart of Bergen. Starting on 28th April and running until 6th May 2006, Bergenfest was originally a blues festival but has since grown to accommodate other types of roots music. It is a festival with artistic impression and a wide music profile offering […]

The Lake District gets the nod from Renée Zellweger

The Lake District gets the nod from Renée Zellweger

It’s not every day that Hollywood stars descend on where I live.   But right now, Renée  Zellweger and around 20 trucks, trailers and film crew vans are just down the road, filming around the village of Grasmere (supposedly on National Trust property, but  the exact location is being kept under wraps) in the English […]

Vine dining with Malmaison

Vine dining with Malmaison

Lick your lips and savour Sundays. From the foothills of the Andes to the top of the Australian wine tree, these Malmaison vine dining evenings will take your palates on a tour of the wine world. Meet the personalities behind the labels. Discover why the wines, and the winemakers have earned their reputations. Drink it […]

McDonald sandwich - the world's most expensive sandwich?

McDonald sandwich – the world’s most expensive sandwich?

Despite the name, this sandwich doesn’t come with Coke and fries.   Rather than being of golden arches fame, the McDonald sandwich is named after Scott McDonald,  a chef at the London department store Selfridges. And, at £85, it probably wouldn’t be considered as cheap fast food! In a bid to justify the price tag, […]

Special rates for April and May at Hotel Martinez, Cannes

Special rates for April and May at Hotel Martinez, Cannes

In the South of France, enjoy  Canne’s legendarily deluxe Hotel Martinez, near chic shopping areas and cultural attractions. Guests enjoy exclusive leisure facilities that make for an unforgettable stay. Special rates for April & May are  from 250 Euros per night. Don’t miss La Palme d’Or, the award-winning restaurant with a terrace overlooking the bay […]

Freedom of the Seas in Hamburg

Freedom of the Seas in Hamburg

The world’s biggest cruise ship, the Freedom of the Seas, has drawn a crowd of thousands in Hamburg ahead of its maiden transatlantic voyage.   The Finnish-built vessel and flagship of Royal Caribbean International, Freedom of the Seas, will have a thorough check and final polish at Germany’s Blohm and Voss shipyard. The crew had […]

London suite for  £150 per person per night

London suite for £150 per person per night

Treat yourself and your partner to an indulgent night out in London in a one bedroom suite on 2 floors.   in natural calming surroundings of your beautiful suite featuring a king-size bed, a downstairs lounge, television, individual air-conditioning and a fully stocked mini-bar. A  complimentary bottle of wine and a box of chocolates will […]

New villas from HomesAway

New villas from HomesAway

HomesAway, which offers luxury villa vacations, is responding to the growing North American demand for authentic European travel experiences with the addition of several new properties in Spain, Italy and France. Can Julia – in the heart of medieval Catalunya – is a stylish, intimate, and unique home combining high-tech amenities with rich historic charm. […]

Reid's Palace, Madeira re-opens

Reid’s Palace, Madeira re-opens

After a temporary closure for renovations, Reid’s Palace re-opens today. The main improvements centre around a new spa, located in a separate building,  which is due to open in the Summer. If you visit in May, you can also enjoy the Madeira Flower Festival as part of a five-night special offer. Alternatively, there’s the Madeira […]

Andrews on the Weir

Andrews on the Weir

Attention all foodies. Experience a 3-rosette restaurant where you can feast your eyes on the seascapes of Porlock Weir. Savour the finest Exmoor meat, game, fish and local produce prepared by top chef Andrew Dixon, at Andrews on the Weir near Minehead. The wine list is world-class, the welcome, pure Exmoor.

Evian Royal Resort, France

One of the most exclusive resorts in the world, this legendary hotel is situated in a 47-acre park on Lake Geneva at the foot of the French Alps. The Evian Royal Palace is a temple of French elegance and refinement. The resort is home to the world-renowned Evian Royal Spa, celebrated for its unique mind […]

English Heritage joins UK luxury self-catering market

English Heritage joins UK luxury self-catering market

As of tomorrow, English Heritage will be offering holidaymakers the rare opportunity to stay at the heart of its historic buildings and estates with the launch of a self-catering holiday cottage portfolio. The accommodation is aimed at the luxury end of the market and will offer contemporary 21st century interiors within dramatic heritage environments. Choose […]

Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry, Ireland

Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry, Ireland

Superbly located in the heart of town, the Killarney Park Hotel is a place of elegance, warmth and hospitality. The hotel offers the best in luxurious accommodations, unobtrusive yet friendly service, and a commitment to ensuring every moment will be memorable, relaxing and enjoyable. Each guest room and suite is classically designed, creating a sense […]

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection

If you’re not already familiar with the Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection series of books, check them out.   There is an edition for Europe and  another specifically for the UK & Ireland. These best-selling guides to some of the world’s coolest hotels have consistently good reviews and a considerable following. Available for purchase […]

Le Royal Méridien Bristol in Warsaw, Poland

Le Royal Méridien Bristol in Warsaw, Poland

This is a  popular Warsaw meeting place for high society and international dignitaries.   Le Royal Méridien  Bristol is located on King’s Walk, Warsaw’s most fashionable street, near the historical Old Town, the Royal Castle, the National Theatre, and the city’s business district, and overlooks the Presidential Palace. This art nouveau masterpiece blends 19th Century […]

A great year for Coxtown Manor in Ireland

A great year for Coxtown Manor in Ireland

Coxtown Manor in Donegal, Ireland has taken off in great style in 2006. This small, romantic luxury hotel has been enjoying a few major achievements early in the year. After joining the prestigious Manor House Hotel group and an inclusion in the famous Michelin Guide 2006 for Great Britain and Ireland; the hotel has received […]