Category: Austria

10 more spas join Starwood Spa Collection

10 more spas join Starwood Spa Collection

One of the world’s largest collections of premier spas, The Starwood Spa Collection, has 10 new additions.   They include Le Méridien Lav in  Split, Croatia, with its superb sea views; Le Royal Méridien Beach Dubai with its unique, Roman theme; Hotel Schloss Fuschl in  Austria with its glass façade  looking out to  views of […]

Schloss Velden, Austria - the first from Capella Hotels and Resorts

Schloss Velden, Austria – the first from Capella Hotels and Resorts

The former President of Ritz-Carlton, Horst Schulze, has launched his much-awaited chain of Capella Hotels and Resorts with Schloss Velden in the scenic village of Velden, Austria. A grand opening will take place next weekend unveiling this luxurious chateau retreat  on the banks of Lake Woerth,  dating back to 1607.   The property has 105 […]

Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof in Vienna

The  Steigenberger Hotel Group will open a four-star superior hotel in the Palais district in  the heart of Vienna in late 2008/early 2009. Located in the Old Town district, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof will combine both tradition and modernity, and serve both business travellers and city tourists. It will […]

Suite of the week: Royal Suite at the Hotel Imperial, Vienna

Suite of the week: Royal Suite at the Hotel Imperial, Vienna

Suite name: Royal Suite Hotel:  Hotel Imperial, Vienna Size of accommodation: 160 sq m Cost per night: 4,350 euros Who’s stayed there?   Crowned heads and state guests, personalities and celebrities from the worlds of arts and politics, such as Richard Wagner, Queen Elisabeth II, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Thomas Mann, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, […]

Grand opening of the new wine cellars in the Palais Coburg, Vienna

Grand opening of the new wine cellars in the Palais Coburg, Vienna

Tomorrow will see the grand opening of the wine cellars at the Palais Coburg in Vienna. Guest wine experts Michael Broadbent MW and Jancis Robinson MW will be in attendance under the patronage of René Gabriel, editor of WeinWisser and Bordeaux Total. The cellars hold in the region of 60,000 bottles (approximately 5,000 different wines), […]

Interview with Guido van den Elshout of Haagsche Suites

Interview with Guido van den Elshout of Haagsche Suites

A former tax lawyer, Guido van den Elshout is  owner of the luxurious  Haagsche Suites (click here for last year’s special feature on A Luxury Travel Blog) in The Hague.   He is also a contributor to two travel blogs. What is it that  you do exactly? I’m a 58 years young sort of Jack […]

Interview with Michael Winfield of Cambridge Beaches

Interview with Michael Winfield of Cambridge Beaches

Michael Winfield, President and CEO of Cambridge Beaches and the Frascati Hotel Company, the organization that owns Cambridge Beaches and other assets, which makes  him responsible for the overall success of both companies. What is it that  you do exactly? My daily objective is to position Cambridge Beaches as an inimitable resort getaway to upscale […]

Swarovski Crystal Worlds near Innsbruck, Austria

Swarovski Crystal Worlds near Innsbruck, Austria

Re-opened in December 2003, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, in Wattens near Innsbruck, is a must-see for anyone visiting Austria.    Catering for both adults and children, the entrance to this fabulous museum – face of a giant covered in grass, with crystals for eyes and a waterfall coming from its mouth  – is perhaps its […]

New spas from The Tschuggen Group

New spas from The Tschuggen Group

The Tschuggen Group, a small group of luxury hotels in Switzerland (Hotel Eden Roc, the Carlton St Moritz, The Tschuggen and the Valsana Arosa) is launching two new spectacular spas, designed by famous architect and designer Mario Botta. The Botta Berg Oase  will be  the first to open in December 2006, and  will be part […]

Mick Jagger at Vienna's Imperial Hotel

Mick Jagger at Vienna’s Imperial Hotel

If you’re in Vienna today, look out for Mick Jagger.   He’s performing a concert and has booked the $8,600-a-night Royal Suite at the Imperial Hotel, plus all the other rooms on the same floor.   What’s interesting about this reservation is that, just days after he made it, George W. Bush’s men tried to […]

Vienna Festival 2006

Vienna Festival 2006

One of the summer highlights in Austria is the Vienna Festival and this year, with it being the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart, it will focus upon his work. Included in the festivities  are performances of The Magic Flute and Così Fan Tutte.  Venues throughout the city are playing host to concerts, operas […]

World Cup 2006 - Group E: Czech Republic team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group E: Czech Republic team hotel

The Czech Republic have chosen a hotel that caters specifically for active holidays. The Lindner Hotel Wiesensee, Westerburg, has its own golf course and sports and incentive programmes on the doorstep of the Westur forest. Outdoor team-building facilities include things such as high-rope courses. Perhaps more likely to be used will be the fitness studio […]

Europe's favourite wine bar

Europe’s favourite wine bar

Travel + Leisure have identified five favourite spots in Europe where you can simply go out, have a drink and enjoy  a great atmosphere.   They are Le Sommelier (Copenhagen), La Taberna de Cien Vinos (Madrid) [if my Spanish serves me correctly, that one sounds good!!], Legrand Filles & Fils (Paris), Enoteca Cantinone Già Schiavi […]

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, […]

Hotel Madlein in Ischgl, Austria

Hotel Madlein in Ischgl, Austria

Situated just 100 metres away  from the  escalator for the ski runs and cable cars of the Silvretta ski  resort of Ischgl in Austria, the Hotel Madlein offers every luxury you could imagine, whether it be imagine-cuddle rooms (whatever they are!) or family apartments. The hotel also has a new spa offering relaxing thalasso therapies.

Hotel Sacher Salzburg, Austria

Hotel Sacher Salzburg, Austria

In the heart of Salzburg, on the quiet Salzach River, stands the city’s grand hotel: the Hotel Sacher Salzburg. Since 1866, the hotel has remained at the very centre of Salzburg’s social life.   Recently renovated rooms and suites, some with river views and all featuring a host of luxurious amenities, await you. They even […]