Category: Europe

Special feature: Aviemore Highland Resort

Special feature: Aviemore Highland Resort

I recently returned from four relaxing nights at the Aviemore Highland Resort in Aviemore. (Only last month it served as the venue for the Scottish Labour Party Conference, attended by Prime Minister Tony Blair.) There are four hotels on the resort, two of which are four-star.   We stayed in the Craigellachie Suite of the […]

Observer food awards

Observer food awards

UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has scooped two awards in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2006. He was judged to have made the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Food Industry, while his TV series Jamie’s School Dinners was voted the Best Food Programme.   Bruce Poole’s Chez Bruce in London was voted the Best Restaurant […]

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Sensational Spring Breaks

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Sensational Spring Breaks

Explore a different part of the country. Visit a city you’ve never been to before. See a new show. Try a new restaurant. Spring is simply the perfect time to do new exciting things, and at the UK’s Macdonald Hotels & Resorts  they can make your break all the more enjoyable as  they welcome you […]

How much would you pay for your hotel breakfast?

How much would you pay for your hotel breakfast?

According to consumer magazine Which?, the luxurious Ritz Hotel tops the list for the most expensive cooked hotel breakfast in the UK. Their £30 breakfast is followed closely by  The Lanesborough ( £28.50), Mandarin Oriental ( £28) and Brown’s Hotel ( £27).   All four hotels are situated in England’s capital, London.

Moscow Golf & Luxury Travel Reception

Moscow Golf & Luxury Travel Reception

Tomorrow’s Moscow Golf & Luxury Travel Reception, Russia’s most exclusive tourism event, will  provide its visitors with an opportunity to meet with elite Russian travelers in the ambience of the   Pushkin Museum, Moscow. Russia is seeing more people play golf year on year, and Russian golfers are increasingly seeking high quality destinations the world […]

Sea views in Santorini

Sea views in Santorini

If a sea view is high on your ‘must haves’, then you’ll be hard-pressed to find something that betters Perivolas  on the Greek island of  Santorini. Open from May to October, doubles start from around €370, including breakfast. This boutique hotel is made up of 17 simple but elegant  villas, set in a natural amphitheatre […]

Grand Hotel Miramare – Portofino, Italy

The Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita Ligure has announced the opening of “e’SPAce”, a centre dedicated to physical and mental wellbeing through the senses. Several treatments  are on offer, including  hot stone massage, the multisensory room where sounds and smells accompany treatments, floatation treatment, the dry bath and the vitaminizing antioxidant bath.

Luxury Hotels Europe

Luxury Hotels Europe

This is the first volume of a series of four on hotels that offer the best in style, service and design – on the most luxurious hotels in the world. Whether traditional or modern, luxury need not be defined in terms of richly decorated formality. The European hotels featured in these pages, both the well-established […]

Villa San Michele near Florence, Italy

Villa San Michele near Florence, Italy

The Villa San Michele is a 15th Century monastery near Florence in Italy  that has been transformed into a picturesque hotel. Surrounded by its own gardens and woodland on the Fiesole hills, it  is tailor-made for starry-eyed lovers and moonlit nights. This small, luxury, Orient-Express  hotel is of unsurpassed beauty in an oasis of peace.

The Austrian resort of Lech

The Austrian resort of Lech

Why not enjoy Champagne and Beluga caviar canapés on board your own private jet en route to the elegant Austrian resort of Lech? If you really want to notch up the glamour book yourself into the Gasthof Post, one of the area’s most celebrated hotels; it simply oozes class and has its own indoor pool, […]

The Tablet 10: Best of Europe

The Tablet 10: Best of Europe

It’s day 3 in  my look at Tablet Hotels‘ Tablet 10 and this time the focus is  upon Europe. Making the grade as Europe’s crème de la crème, in a list dominated by France and Italy,  are: Chateau de la Chevre d’Or – Eze Village, France The K Club – Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland Le […]

Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany

Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany

Munich’s Bayerischer Hof is the largest privately owned hotel in Germany. It was originally built in 1841, has 395 luxurious rooms, 3 restaurants  and a world-class atmosphere. The hotel is a firm favourite within the city and its  superb lobby is sometimes referred to as the “living room of Munich”.

The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

It’s St. Patricks Day tomorrow!   If you want to enjoy the festivities, then what better place to stay than The Merrion Hotel in Dublin? The hotel  offers an  elegant setting for an enjoyable and relaxing stay in the city. As Dublin’s arguably most luxurious five-star hotel, it  boasts its own period-style tranquil gardens, perfect […]

New dates for the International Luxury Travel Market

New dates for the International Luxury Travel Market

The International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) has announced new dates for its 2006 show. The pre-exhibition conference will take place on 4th December 2006, at the Palais des Congrès, Cannes, with the   exhibition running from 5th to 7th December 2006 in the same venue.

The Spa at Brown's in London

The Spa at Brown’s in London

The newly-refurbished Brown’s Hotel in  Mayfair, London, has announced the opening of its new spa. This Rocco Forte hotel  provides a tranquil  haven from which to escape the pressures of city life. The Spa at Brown’s provides  technologically advanced health and beauty treatments, designed to relax and pamper while of course also  providing maximum benefit. […]

Hotel Missoni heads for Kuwait, Edinburgh and Dubai

Hotel Missoni heads for Kuwait, Edinburgh and Dubai

Following a  license agreement between the hospitality management company Rezidor SAS Hospitality and the Italian fashion house Missoni, three new hotels – in Kuwait, Edinburgh and Dubai – will represent the first step towards an eventual goal of 30 Missoni hotels by 2010. Hotel Missoni Kuwait will be sited at the Symphony Complex, a new […]