Category: Western Europe

Forbes Luxury Family Resorts 2006

Forbes Luxury Family Resorts 2006

Another great article from Forbes’ Sophia Banay is accompanied by their summation  of family resorts for 2006. Making the shortlist (actually, there’s 14 of them so it’s not so short!)  are: Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado Club Med, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Disney World, Orlando, Florida […]

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome acquisition

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome acquisition

Global Hyatt Corporation have announced the acquisition of full ownership interest in Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, the prestigious five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of Paris on Rue de la Paix. Global Hyatt’s outright ownership of the 178-guestroom property comes as a result of the purchase of the hotel from Bouygues Immobilier and Credit Foncier. […]

13 historic palaces and villas in Venice for sale

13 historic palaces and villas in Venice for sale

13 historic palaces and villas on the Grand Canal, the Lido and the island of Murano, Venice, are being auctioned by the Italian government. Among the properties for sale will be the Bonfadini-Vivante palace, famous for its neo-classical frescos, and the Foscari Contarini villa, which overlooks the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge. Locals are […]

Hesperia Tower, Barcelona

Hesperia Tower, Barcelona

The new Hesperia Tower in Barcelona is 107 metres tall (one of the tallest buildings in Barcelona) and has 280 luxuruious rooms. Two bars and a restaurant are already open, but Evo – the hotel’s signature restaurant situated in the glass-topped cupola at the top of the building – is not expected to open until […]

Partnership between Maserati and Baglioni Hotels

Partnership between Maserati and Baglioni Hotels

Maserati and Baglioni Hotels, two brands who share a prestigious Italian heritage are joining forces in the UK to provide their clients with the very best in design, comfort and elegance. This unique partnership will provide guests of the Baglioni Hotel London with the opportunity to travel around the city in the luxurious new Maserati […]

Three more Berlin hotels

Three more Berlin hotels

Last month, I  described the Q! Hotel in Berlin, visited by none other than Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. But there are other places to be seen in the German capital: the newly opened Lux 11 in the Mitte district offers compact, ultra-modern rooms  (or ‘apartments’ as they refer to them), tastefully decorated in cream, […]

Western & Oriental Travel floatation

A former finance director of lastminute.com who is Chairman of the UK luxury travel company known as Western & Oriental Travel (formerly World Luxury Group) has unveiled plans to float on the stock market. David Howell is seeking to raise £5.5 million through the floatation. The company has also recently acquired Ranch America, providers of […]

Hotel Quinta do Lago in southern Portugal

Hotel Quinta do Lago in southern Portugal

On a secluded part of southern Portugal’s Algarve coast, amid almost 2,000 acres of gentle hills and pine woods, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, stands the Hotel Quinta do Lago. This five-star resort has spectacular views across the Ria Formosa Estuary, a famous bird sanctuary, bringing all the natural beauty of the surroundings to its guests. […]

La Serrania, Mallorca

La Serrania, Mallorca

This beautiful, minimalist property is situated near Pollensa on the island of Mallorca, Spain. Downstairs in the main house there’s an open-plan living and dining room and upstairs four en suite bedrooms. With a further four bedrooms in the annexe, a total of 16 people can be accommodated at any one time. Cost is in […]

Another fun HSBC ad

Another fun HSBC ad

Here’s the low-down. The English believe it’s a slur on your host’s food if you don’t clear your plate… whereas the Chinese feel you’re questioning their generosity if you do  (3MB download).   At HSBC they never underestimate the importance of local knowledge…   I wish they did more of these ads; it’s a great […]

Quintessentially Norwegian

Quintessentially Norwegian

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, Quintessentially has secured some of the best rates for the finest hotels and travel organisations around the world. In many hotels you receive an automatic upgrade, late checkout or even exclusive gift, treatment or excursion. This private members’ club and concierge service was launched in Oslo last month, […]

La Maison Rorqual, Corsica

La Maison Rorqual, Corsica

Close to the beaches of Saint Florent in Corsica, La Maison Rorqual is a special find. There are five luxurious rooms here and a superb infinity swimming pool. The property can be rented as a whole or rooms can be rented individually. The bedrooms are typically Corsican, complete with wrought-iron beds and driftwood showers. While […]

Special feature: Barton Grange Hotel, UK

Special feature: Barton Grange Hotel, UK

I  stayed at  Barton Grange Hotel at the weekend, arguably the best hotel in Preston, Lancashire (UK). Easily accessible from Junction 32 of the M6 motorway, the hotel is just 2 miles from the junction, in the direction of Garstang. It’s an easy place to while away the weekend with ample facilities, good food and, […]

New spa at The Old Course Hotel approaches completion

New spa at The Old Course Hotel approaches completion

Phase 2 of the Kohler Water Spa will be completed this month at The Old Course Golf Resort & Spa in St. Andrews, Scotland. The spa has 11 treatment rooms, a thermal suite and a 20-metre pool with waterfall.   There is also a roof terrace with an 8-person whirlpool. Treatments start from £45.

Queen Victoria from Cunard

Queen Victoria from Cunard

The soon-to-be-finished Queen Victoria will enter service late next year (December 2007).   Operating from Southampton in the UK, this fine successor to the QE2 and QM2 cruise ships will be the second largest of the Cunard ships ever built. It can hold 1,968 passengers and will be heading for the Mediterranean, the Canaries, Northern […]

Rocco Forte's Villa Kennedy opens in Frankfurt

Rocco Forte’s Villa Kennedy opens in Frankfurt

Today sees Rocco Forte’s Villa Kennedy open in Frankfurt, one of the largest and most influential financial centres in Europe.  Nestled just off the south bank of the Main River, the hotel combines tradition and innovation in a wonderful landscape.  The opening comes just in time for the FIFA World Cup which will be held […]