Category: Western Europe

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, […]

The Tablet 10: Best of Europe

The Tablet 10: Best of Europe

It’s day 3 in  my look at Tablet Hotels‘ Tablet 10 and this time the focus is  upon Europe. Making the grade as Europe’s crème de la crème, in a list dominated by France and Italy,  are: Chateau de la Chevre d’Or – Eze Village, France The K Club – Straffan, County Kildare, Ireland Le […]

Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany

Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany

Munich’s Bayerischer Hof is the largest privately owned hotel in Germany. It was originally built in 1841, has 395 luxurious rooms, 3 restaurants  and a world-class atmosphere. The hotel is a firm favourite within the city and its  superb lobby is sometimes referred to as the “living room of Munich”.

The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

It’s St. Patricks Day tomorrow!   If you want to enjoy the festivities, then what better place to stay than The Merrion Hotel in Dublin? The hotel  offers an  elegant setting for an enjoyable and relaxing stay in the city. As Dublin’s arguably most luxurious five-star hotel, it  boasts its own period-style tranquil gardens, perfect […]

New dates for the International Luxury Travel Market

New dates for the International Luxury Travel Market

The International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) has announced new dates for its 2006 show. The pre-exhibition conference will take place on 4th December 2006, at the Palais des Congrès, Cannes, with the   exhibition running from 5th to 7th December 2006 in the same venue.

The Spa at Brown's in London

The Spa at Brown’s in London

The newly-refurbished Brown’s Hotel in  Mayfair, London, has announced the opening of its new spa. This Rocco Forte hotel  provides a tranquil  haven from which to escape the pressures of city life. The Spa at Brown’s provides  technologically advanced health and beauty treatments, designed to relax and pamper while of course also  providing maximum benefit. […]

Hotel Missoni heads for Kuwait, Edinburgh and Dubai

Hotel Missoni heads for Kuwait, Edinburgh and Dubai

Following a  license agreement between the hospitality management company Rezidor SAS Hospitality and the Italian fashion house Missoni, three new hotels – in Kuwait, Edinburgh and Dubai – will represent the first step towards an eventual goal of 30 Missoni hotels by 2010. Hotel Missoni Kuwait will be sited at the Symphony Complex, a new […]

James Bond, licensed to fly

James Bond, licensed to fly

Ever felt like donning your tux and imagining you were James Bond?   With Elan Experiential Design Inc., you can! (Sadly, their website is  rather slow to load.)   They are offering a 007 adventure as  one of their extreme luxury experience offerings. You’ll get to fly to Nice, France, by private jet or first […]

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.

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 […]