Category: Western Europe

El Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao

El Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao

The Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao is a luxury hotel in Bilbao, Spain, opposite the stunning Guggenheim Museum.   With such a renowned neighbour, it’s perhaps not surprising that design is high on the hotel’s agenda.  It is the Silken Hotels‘ first five-star hotel and the chain’s pride. The Silken Hotel group was founded in 1995 […]

Hello! magazine's pick of the pistes

Hello! magazine’s pick of the pistes

With the Winter Olmypics now underway, Hello! magazine gives us their pick of the pistes. Chamnoix, Val d’Isère and the French resort of Tignes all get a special mention. Tignes has slopes galore for beginners, as well as more challenging runs for advanced boarders. They recommend you stay at the cosy converted farmhouse Chalet Trafalgar […]

Follow your heart... to The Howard

Follow your heart… to The Howard

Sweep your loved one of their feet, by treating them to a romantic night at The Howard – a 5-star Georgian retreat in the city centre of Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh – and enjoy a stay filled with treats, including chilled pink Champagne and a rose petal turndown. Get loved up in the afternoon […]

Bathing in Berlin

Bathing in Berlin

Currently, you can find a series of pools – named Badeschiff (or ‘bathing ship’) –  in cargo containers anchored out in the Spree River, East Berlin. The pools are or varying temperature and the idea, apparently, is that you go in a warm pool before submerging yourself in another that’s freezing cold, and you go […]

Valentines at the K West Hotel & Spa in London

Valentines at the K West Hotel & Spa in London

From 10th to 19th February 2006, couples can celebrate the most romantic night of the year at London’s K West Hotel & Spa. You can enjoy an overnight stay in a stunning Deluxe Room with a king-size bed for only £119 per person.   Or why not spoil yourself and upgrade to an Executive Room […]

Hotel Babylon

Hotel Babylon

A new eight-part drama starts on BBC1 tonight, at 9pm, and it’s all centred around a luxury five-star hotel. Hotel Babylon has been  produced  by Carnival Films, of ‘As If’ and ‘Poirot’ fame. Judging by the trailers, it looks to be being shown after the watershed for a reason.   Indeed, Carnival Films describe the […]

Valentines at Pavilion de la Reine, Paris

Valentines at Pavilion de la Reine, Paris

The Pavilion de la Reine on the romantic Place des Voges in Paris has suites on special offer for the Valentines period (from 9th to 20th February 2006). Prices start from 385 euros per night and include a bottle of Champagne, fine chocolates and roses, as well as a surprise gift from Tiffany & Co. […]

Oslo – the most expensive city in the world

Welcome to Oslo, the most expensive city in the world, where a pint costs between £5 and £7 and a packet of cigarettes £6. Yes, that’s right… according to a biannual survey by the Economist Group, Tokyo no longer ranks as the world’s most expensive, after a reign of some 14 years at the top. […]

Family fun at Warwick Castle, UK

Family fun at Warwick Castle, UK

Schools across the UK will be breaking up for February half term very soon. And if you’re looking for something a little different to occupy them, get yourself along to Warwick Castle between 11th and 26th February 2006. During the two weeks there will be a series of displays and activities, highlighting the ‘terrible tortures […]

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 […]

The Vineyard At Stockcross extends January Sale

The Vineyard At Stockcross extends January Sale

Looking for a UK hotel outside of London where you can enjoy exceptional food?   Then look no further than The Vineyard At Stockcross.   It’s situated in Newbury, Berkshire, just 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport and has a Michelin-starred restaurant serving delicacies such as roast Anjou squab with treacle, and turbot with oxtail. What’s […]

Top 10 World's Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways

Top 10 World’s Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways

Luxury Travel Magazine  has unveiled what they regard to the be the Top 10 World’s Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways. The hotels that make the list are sublime escapes in pristine surroundings offering unparalleled seclusion for romance. The top ten are: Villa Le Scale, Capri, Italy Ponta Dos Ganchos, Brazil Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado Hosteria Las […]

The Winter Olympics, Turin, Italy

The Winter Olympics, Turin, Italy

The biggest event in the winter sports calendar – the Winter Olympics – kick off in just one week’s time (10th-26th February 2006).  You’re a bit late if you’re thinking of entering, but possibly not to late if you simply wish to marvel at  the skiing, sledding, skating and more against the spectacular backdrop of […]

Orchid Restaurant in Torquay (UK) awarded third AA rosette

Orchid Restaurant in Torquay (UK) awarded third AA rosette

The Orchid Restaurant at the Corbyn Head Hotel has just received a highly coveted 3 AA rosette rating, making it Torbay’s highest rated restaurant and within the top 10% of all restaurants in the UK. Situated on the first floor of the hotel, with spectacular views across the bay, the 25-cover  restaurant was first awarded […]

Noordam leaves Venice for New York

Noordam leaves Venice for New York

Holland America Line‘s Noordam  has left  its Venice shipyard today, bound for its new home in New York where it will be christened on 22nd February 2006 by actress and godmother Marlee Matlin. The ship will then embark on its maiden voyage in the Caribbean. This is the fourth and last of Holland America’s Vista-class […]

Heston Blumenthal OBE

Heston Blumenthal OBE

Heston Blumenthal, Chef Patron of The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, one of just a handful of restaurants worldwide to have three Michelin stars, has been awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen, in the New Years Honours List. After a tremendous year of accolades culminating in the Fat Duck being voted The Best […]