Category: Italy

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Concierge services by Concierge deLuxe Rome Hotels from Luxique Discover the  benefits of  Club 21 Card membership Villas in Europe from My Perfect Villa

Roman Skyline Package from Hassler Roma

Roman Skyline Package from Hassler Roma

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck saw Rome from the seat of a Vespa.   Now you can see that and more, touring the Eternal City via helicopter with the Hassler Roma‘s Roman Skyline Package.   Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Rome’s most famous sights as your chopper circles over the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, […]

Leaning Tower of Pisa to lose its lean

Leaning Tower of Pisa to lose its lean

The Italian government has revealed that the Leaning Tower of Pisa is going to be returned to its originally-intended vertical glory. Announcing the $43 million project, Irma  Joken of The Revival in Pisa’s Edifices  (TRIPE) commented how delighted she was that her 4-year campaign to remove the 5.5 degree lean on the tower was finally […]

7 star hotel ratings are now official?  Nonsense!

7 star hotel ratings are now official? Nonsense!

Self-accredited hotel classifications are a bugbear of mine.   I think they only serve to deceive the public who don’t know better. For the record, no national tourist board has a classification scheme that goes beyond 5 stars; for some, the highest accolade is only 4 stars (eg. France); only if you’re really lucky might […]

Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza in Sicily

Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza in Sicily

Discover an original and ancient side of Sicily. Just over an hour from Palermo, Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza is situated in a lush valley of olive groves and vineyards. It offers a refined resort experience that combines ultimate relaxation with its pools and beach club; nakhlah longevity, lifestyle and beauty spa; children’s program; and […]

T+L Design Awards 2008

Philanthropist Agnes Gund, Nike designer John Hoke, accessory designer of the year Richard Lambertson, Neue Galerie New York director Renée Price, fashion designer Yeohlee Teng , and architects Hani Rashid and David Rockwell (phew!) have joined forces to select the winners of the T+L Design Awards 2008.   Awards span 15 categories and include The […]

Pick up a Porsche with the Park Hyatt Milan

Pick up a Porsche with the Park Hyatt Milan

Milan has long been the capital of fashion, and the Park Hyatt Milan is certainly in keeping with the refined style and sophisticated elegance that characterises the city. The first Hyatt accommodation to be built in Italy, the hotel has been constructed around a beautiful historical palazzo dating back to 1870, and its interiors use […]

New Signature Villa Service from A&K

New Signature Villa Service from A&K

Abercrombie & Kent has expanded its collection of hand-picked villas, all of which are situated in stunning locations. The new Signature Service applies to a selection of villas – a collection of extra services, designed in advance for your peace of mind.   These consist of daily maid service, airport arrival welcome and assistance in […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Venice’s first design hotel: Ca’Pisani Book online with Luxury Holidays Direct Kids are welcome at Driftwood in Blighty’s Famous 5 country One of the UK’s most exclusive travel agencies: Earth

Seduction at St. Regis

Seduction at St. Regis

Embrace romance in an alluring setting where even the smallest gesture creates indelible memories. Celebrate with Champagne, and wake up to breakfast in bed surrounded by the scent of fresh flowers. Participating St. Regis Hotels & Resorts include the St. Regis Hotel, New York, St. Regis Grand Hotel, Rome, The Lanesborough, St. Regis Hotel, Beijing […]

2008 Best of Wine Tourism award winners

2008 Best of Wine Tourism award winners

The 2008 Best of Wine Tourism award winners are: Bilbao-Rioja (Architecture, Parks & Gardens) Marques de Riscal Bordeaux (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) Planète Bordeaux Cape Town (Arts & Culture) Vergelegen Florence (Accommodation) Castello di Meleto Mendoza (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) Familia Zuccardi Melbourne (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) Victorian Alps Winery Porto (Art & Culture) The […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Luxury for less from Ultimate Retreats Delve into the JP Moser Hotel and Chateau Guide Dine  at  Bergamo’s Colleoni & dell’Angelo Discover a world of contrasts from a refreshing Finland

The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

iExplore, named the Best Adventure Travel Website by Forbes Magazine and Travel + Leisure, has announced a list of top 10 world travel destinations as determined by purchases made by adventure and experiential travellers.   Egypt retains its number one spot, but South Africa jumps to the number 2 spot (from 19th position the year […]

Fractional ownership in Italy

Fractional ownership in Italy

As the fractional ownership trend popularized by Americans, spreads across the pond to Europe, Borgo di Vagli, Italy’s first Equity Residence Club development was recently named Best International Redevelopment (Multiple Units) by the 2007 International Property Awards. Situated in the heart of Tuscany, 30 minutes from Cortona, Borgo di Vagli is a 14th Century medieval […]

2007 Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards

2007 Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards

The key winners from this year’s Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards are recognised by ‘Crystal Awards’. These are the crème de la crème of the innumerable winners, limited to just one from each continent. The five (there aren’t many to choose from in Antarctica!) to shine through this year are as follows: Favorite Spa of […]

Culinary tours in Italy and Spain

Culinary tours in Italy and Spain

Canadian travel agency Helen Thompson Travel is partnering with a culinary travel host to offer luxury gastronomic adventures to an elite clientele of food and wine enthusiasts, with the first two excursions planned to southern Italy and northern Spain in Spring 2008. Relish Culinary Tours, based in Toronto, specializes in providing privately escorted small-group adventures […]