Category: Europe

Uma Thurman and other celebrities choose St. Tropez in the South of France

Uma Thurman and other celebrities choose St. Tropez in the South of France

Kill Bill actress Uma Thurman has been re-kindling her on-off romance with boyfriend  Andre Balazs, owner of  the exclusive Chateau Marmont hotel in LA, in St. Tropez, despite a separation having been announced back in March. Also lapping up the French  Riviera this week have been Pamela Anderson and Tommy Hilfiger… not together, I might
Mont Saint-Michel to regain island status

Mont Saint-Michel to regain island status

It must be 20 years or more since I last visited Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France, so I was interested to learn from an article on the BBC website that the build-up of silt was resulting in a loss of the landmark’s identiy as an island. A five year project costing an estimated 150 million
Old Course Hotel 3 for 2 Offer - St. Andrews, Scotland

Old Course Hotel 3 for 2 Offer - St. Andrews, Scotland

Good things come in threes at the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews! When you book a two-night breakaway package with  the  hotel  this summer, they’ll give you a third night with their compliments.   You will be able to enjoy luxurious accommodation, five star standards of service and hospitality and exquisite dining in a
Harrods heading for Dubai?

Harrods heading for Dubai?

According to Al Fayed, Dubai could soon be welcoming a Harrods 102 convenience store. These are a new addition to the well-known Harrods brand, getting their name from the first outlet which opened at 102 Brompton Road in London. The shops sell signature Harrods products, including a range of delicatessen goods. Paris, Berlin and New
And the Destination Spa of the Year award goes to...

And the Destination Spa of the Year award goes to...

The individuals, salons and spas winning through to the finals of the tenth annual British Beauty & Spa Awards have just been announced. There are too many shortlisted to cover here, for a whole host of different categories, but the finalists for the Destination Spa of the Year award are: Serenity Spa @ Seaham Hall,
Hacked off Hasselhoff

Hacked off Hasselhoff

In a bizarre-sounding turn of events, David Hasselhoff has been released from a London hospital after injuring himself in a shaving accident at the Sanderson Hotel in London. He is said to have banged his head on a chandelier in the gym changing rooms, causing a shower of glass to fall on his arm and
Los Jardines de Palerm, Ibiza

Los Jardines de Palerm, Ibiza

Avoid the Ibiza party scene and head inland to San José and you’ll discover Los Jardines de Palerm, a small hotel that overlooks the  Bay of San Antonio that is owned by the fashion photographer Christophe Brihet. This 17th Century finca has two pools and beautiful gardens. Suites start from €265 out of season, to
La Plage Rouge near Marrakech

La Plage Rouge near Marrakech

La Plage Rouge by La Compagnie des Comptoirs, 10 kilometres outside of Marrakech in Morocco, is a new restaurant from the Pourcel brothers of Le Jardin des Sens (in Montpellier, France) fame.  In addition to the  food and the restaurant’s party and club atmosphere is an 80m x 40m swimming pool, surrounded by sand  to
Loch Lomond Seaplanes in Scotland

Loch Lomond Seaplanes in Scotland

With just one aircraft – a five-passenger Cessna Turbo Stationair – Loch Lomond Seaplanes provides Britain’s only commercial seaplane service. In addition to lunch excursions, charter services and business trips, Loch Lomond Seaplanes can also offer the opportunity to get married by a Church of Scotland minister whilst soaring above the spectacular Highlands of Scotland.
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