Category: Italy

Hotel heaven and hell

The Independent has an article that lists celebrities’ own highs and lows when it comes to hotels, as part of a pre-amble to a competition.   Here are the ‘high’ from the list: Kim Wilde, singer turned gardener: If you want a really romantic setting, stay on the eighth floor at the Terrass Hotel in […]

European Coast and Country from Mr & Mrs Smith

European Coast and Country from Mr & Mrs Smith

Mr & Mrs Smith are giving the inside scoop on “coastal cool and countryside chic” with their newest guidebook. The European Coast and Country guidebook contains 300 pages and over 350 stunning images, featuring 22 detailed destination guides, from the Aeolian Islands to Vaucluse, as well as information on 33 favourite hotels in France, Greece, […]

Interview with Andrew Loyd of Loyd & Townsend Rose

Interview with Andrew Loyd of Loyd & Townsend Rose

Andrew Loyd co-founded Loyd & Townsend  Rose in 1999 in order to promote Scotland’s finest houses and castles for private and corporate use. He previously spent 10 years in hotel management for top London properties, followed by 8 years managing private estates for some prominent New York families, which took him throughout the US and […]

FamTASTIC offer in Italy, from Starwood

FamTASTIC offer in Italy, from Starwood

Stay with your family at at participating Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Italy and enjoy daily buffet breakfast and 50% off additional accommodation for children up to 17 years of age. A 50% discount on one lunch or dinner applies for stays of 3 nights or more. The offer is valid for stays booked and […]

Pisa to get new leaning tower

Pisa to get new leaning tower

Just read an interesting article about how there are plans for a second leaning tower in Pisa, visible from the original but approximately 3 miles away. This new attraction will house offices, shops and apartments. City officials have accepted the proposal which will cost $64.8 million. The new tower will only appear to be leaning […]

New cruise ship for Carnival Cruise Lines

New cruise ship for Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise operator, will build a new ship for its P&O Cruises brand for 535 million euros ($705 million). Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani SpA, Italy’s state-owned shipbuilder, is constructing the ship, which will accommodate 3,076 passengers, based on double-occupancy cabins. It is scheduled to be completed by 2010.

Seasonal offers from Boscolo Hotels

Seasonal offers from Boscolo Hotels

The art, the cafés, the charm, the romance! This Christmas experience more of Italy’s most beautiful cities with great rates and exclusive benefits from Boscolo Hotels to make your stay really unique. For example, stay at the Astoria in Florence for two nights between 23rd and 26th December 2006 from €544 for 2 people (includes […]

Luxury honeymoon tour of Italy

Luxury honeymoon tour of Italy

If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury honeymoon experience combining culture, food, wine and luxury, you need look no further than the ‘Luxury Honeymoon Tour’ offered by Cellar Tours.   Guests embark on an eleven day adventure in Italy sampling some of the finest wines and foods on offer, the whole time transferred in a […]

A closer look at WTA winner Forte Village Resort, Sardinia

A closer look at WTA winner Forte Village Resort, Sardinia

One of the notable achievers is this year’s World Travel Awards has to be Sardinia’s Forte Village Resort.   As if picking up Italy’s Leading Resort, Italy’s Leading Spa Resort and Europe’s Leading Resort wasn’t enough, they also picked up World’s Leading Family Luxury Resort, World’s Leading Spa Resort and – wait for it – […]

Rocco Forte Hotels revels at World Travel Awards 2006

Rocco Forte Hotels revels at World Travel Awards 2006

Rocco Forte Hotels is enjoying a sweet taste of victory over the likes of Ritz-Carlton, Conrad and Baglioni Hotels. Not only has the brand been voted Europe’s Leading Luxury Hotel Brand, but three individual hotels have also picked up awards. The Balmoral and Hotel Astoria won the awards for Leading Hotels in Scotland and Russia […]

Ten luxury hotels worth the splurge

Ten luxury hotels worth the splurge

In a recent article by Molly Feltner for SmarterTravel.com, a shortlist of ten luxury hotels “worth the splurge” were identified. The lucky few to get a mention were: Forte Village, Sardinia Ladera Resort, St. Lucia Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, NH Hotel Secreto, Isla Mujeres, Mexico New York Palace Hotel, NY Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua […]

Malcolm's Specialty Food Tour of Italy

Malcolm’s Specialty Food Tour of Italy

Join world-renowned ice cream connoisseur and food expert  Malcolm Stogo on an intimate excursion that explores the finest fare of Italy. Malcolm’s Specialty Tours of Italy  run from the 5th to 14th October 2006 (Specialty Food Tour of Italy)  and from 18th to 29th January 2007  (Gelato Tour of Italy). Definitely one for the foodies […]

Madonna dines at Hotel De Russie, Rome

Madonna dines at Hotel De Russie, Rome

Madonna and Guy Ritchie were recently spotted dining at the terrace restaurant at Rocco Forte’s  Hotel De Russie in Rome.   The couple were spotted  at a secluded  corner table  by a British wedding party celebrating at the same hotel. The bride was an employee of the five-star St. David’s Hotel in Cardiff, Wales,  also […]

Azimut Yachts leading the way

Azimut Yachts leading the way

It seems that the Italians are leading the way in the luxury yachting world.   And Azimut Yachts is a case in point. This company manufactures boats with generously proportioned windows enabling those on board to view almost to water level. Their boats also tend to have bold designs, often with a retractable roof on […]

Europe to get its first 7-star hotel

Europe to get its first 7-star hotel

I’m always wary when you hear of 6-star and 7-star hotels.  Afterall, no nationally-recognised tourist classification scheme goes beyond 5 stars. Anyway, enough of my whinging… apparently Europe is to get its first “7-star” hotel. It will be the Town House Galleria in Milan, Itlay. The hotel is on Galleria Vittoria Emanuele, an elegant shopping […]

The $100 million Maltese Falcon

The $100 million Maltese Falcon

The 87.5 metre long Maltese Falcon, which set sail from Italy on Friday, is a $100 million yacht from venture capitalist Tom Perkins. With three masts towering  57 metres  above the deck, all of which can rotate to maximize speed and aerodynamics (a concept called the DynaRig), this amazing boat can stake a claim to […]