Category: Europe

Super Spas 2006

Super Spas 2006

Interested in a seaweed wrap or a caviar facial? Forbes has run an article on the special spas for 2006.   Getting a much-deserved mention are: Monart Luxury Destination Spa, Enniscorthy, Ireland Red Mountain Spa, St. George, UT Chiva Som, Hua Hin, Thailand Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ and Lenox, MA Cornelia Day Resort, New York
Four Seasons Hotel Prague

Four Seasons Hotel Prague

Overlooking Charles Bridge and Prague Castle on the banks of the Vltava, baroque architecture, 21st-century comforts and intuitive Four Seasons service unite in an atmosphere of true luxury. The Four Seasons Hotel Prague features three historic buildings – the Classical Building, the Renaissance Building and the Baroque Building – united to create one architecturally unique
Hull (UK) welcomes new Village Hotel

Hull (UK) welcomes new Village Hotel

The UK’s 16th Village Hotel & Leisure Club (part of the De Vere Group) will opening in Hull in February 2006, bringing a fantastic range of facilities to the area. Businesses of all sizes will find the purpose-built conference and meeting rooms ideal venues. There will also be a choice of three dining experiences –
Hotel Majestic, Barcelona

Hotel Majestic, Barcelona

Barcelona’s Hotel Majestic is running a ‘3 for 2’ offer for the months of January, February, July, August and December 2006.   Stay for 2 nights and get the third free!   The hotel is located in the very  heart of Barcelona, on Paseo de Gracia, home to the best in shopping and Gaudí monuments,
The Leading Hotels of the World winter sun offers

The Leading Hotels of the World winter sun offers

There’s no need to shiver in chilly climates!   More than 40 members of The Leading Hotels of the World across Africa, Europe and the Middle East are offering heart-warming rates through the Leading Winter Sun program. For instance, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai has rates as low as AED 987 per room,
Lufthansa Private Jet

Lufthansa Private Jet

Global market leader NetJets and German airline Lufthansa have partnered to create Lufthansa Private Jet. This new service, available in Frankfurt and Munich, allows Lufthansa’s top 100 customers access to NetJets aircraft to make flight connections and offers NetJets US owners travelling to Europe seamless connections as well.
Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland

Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland

A stunning design for a major new public space – Grand Canal Square – in Dublin’s Docklands, has been unveiled by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority. At 10,000 sq metres, the Square, located at the west end of Grand Canal Dock facing on to the water, will be one of the largest paved public spaces

New 5 star hotel in Barcelona

Metrovacesa has acquired a five-star hotel in Barcelona and plans to prepare it for opening at the beginning of 2009 at a cost of 52 million euros.   The hotel has 251 rooms, 80% of which have sea views, and  it will be operated by Barceló Hotels & Resorts when it opens.   The hotel

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