Category: Western Europe

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new, luxurious hotel currently under development in Barcelona. Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona will be a stylish, 144-room hotel, ideally located on Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona’s most prestigious address, at the very centre of the city’s commercial and entertainment district. The hotel will open in late […]

Hotel de la Paix re-opens in Switzerland

Hotel de la Paix re-opens in Switzerland

Ideally situated on the shore of Lake Geneva with snowy Mont Blanc on the horizon, the fabled five-star Hotel de la Paix operated by Concorde Hotels & Resorts, has opened its doors once again after a yearlong renovation. Preserving the soul and grandeur of its historic past, the transformation has created a “boutique hotel” feel […]

Win a stay at Wales' Ynyshir Hall

Win a stay at Wales’ Ynyshir Hall

Ynyshir Hall is an exceptional Relais & Chateaux hotel set in the heart of Wales. Once owned by Queen Victoria, this building is set in 14 acres of beautiful gardens.  Its past accolades include AA Hotel of the Year for Wales, 3 AA red stars, 4 AA rosettes for food (making them among the top […]

Little Matterhorn about to get bigger?

Little Matterhorn about to get bigger?

Rumour has it that the 3,883 Klein Little Matterhorn is about to get bigger. Local tourist officals in Zermatt are thought to have approved plans for a 120-metre extension which will take it beyond the 4,000 metre mark, with a view to gaining greater prestige. A pyramid with viewing platforms, a restaurant and accommodation is […]

Northern Hospitality Awards 2006 winners

Northern Hospitality Awards 2006 winners

The winners of the first ever Northern Hospitality Awards were revealed last month.   These awards celebrate the successful hospitality businesses and people in the North of England.   The winners are Anthony’s in Leeds (Best Restaurant), Andrew Pern of The Star at Harome (Best Chef), Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel & Restaurant in Windermere […]

Silk tie and iPod holder from Thomas Pink

Silk tie and iPod holder from Thomas Pink

London-based clothing company Thomas Pink are selling an ingenious tie with a neatly concealed iPod holder. In addition to the holder, the Cravatta iPod silk tie has a special loop to keep iPod wires under control.   It retails for $85.

Strike at the Ritz Hotel in Paris

Strike at the Ritz Hotel in Paris

Sixty  employees at the Ritz Hotel in Paris went on strike this week, protesting over changes made to their contracts. Hotel management claimed that service to guests was unaffected, but it is rumoured that Tom Cruise was due to appear there to promote his latest movie, Mission Impossible 3. Instead, he spent the day exploring […]

Beetham Tower in Manchester, UK, completed

Beetham Tower in Manchester, UK, completed

Soaring 171m above ground level, Manchester’s Beetham Tower is now officially the UK’s tallest residential building. The project was completed yesterday and celebrated with a breathtaking firework display which could be seen for miles around. The first 23 storeys of the building will house a 5-star 285-bed Hilton Hotel due to open at the end […]

Hotel Martinez Exceptional 7th Floor Suite

Hotel Martinez Exceptional 7th Floor Suite

For a mere $37,200 per night (!), the Exceptional 7th Floor Suite at Cannes’ Hotel Martinez can be yours. The 4-bedroomed penthouse suite covers 2,000 square feet and has all the luxuries you might expect for the price: multiple living/dining rooms, plasma TVs, terrace spa, soundproofed rooms and more.

Tourism nominees for The Webby Awards

Tourism nominees for The Webby Awards

The nominees for the  Best Tourism Website 2006  category of The Webby Awards have been announced. Shortlisted are EarthCam, Great Australian Spaces, MadeinMTL.com, Select Italy and NewZealand.com/travel. The Webby Awards are given each year by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Virgin […]

Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year

Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year

The Ruinart UK Sommelier of the Year 2006 award has been won by Claire Thevenot of the Hotel du Vin et Bistro, Winchester. Claire is the first woman to have won the title, presented by President of Champagne Ruinart, Bernard Peillon. Nicolas Clerc, of the Milestone Hotel, London, came second, and Jean-Marie Pratt of Le […]

Cheese on toast?  That'll be  £345, please

Cheese on toast? That’ll be £345, please

I bet you didn’t know but it’s the first ever National Cheese on Toast Day tomorrow.   And, in a bid to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, Lancashire chef Tom Bridge has come up with a variation on the classic dish… at a staggering £345 per slice. But this is no ordinary slice of […]

Honeymoon package at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

Honeymoon package at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

Enjoy your honeymoon in Athens with a romantic stay in a city view room at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. Sparkling wine and flowers upon arrival, daily breakfast in your room. Rates start from €395,00 per night. The 132-year-old hotel recently underwent a $100 million restoration, re-opening in 2003 in time for the Olympic Games in […]

Bergenfest 2006, Norway

Bergenfest 2006, Norway

One of Norway’s finest festivals is about to take place in the heart of Bergen. Starting on 28th April and running until 6th May 2006, Bergenfest was originally a blues festival but has since grown to accommodate other types of roots music. It is a festival with artistic impression and a wide music profile offering […]

The Lake District gets the nod from Renée Zellweger

The Lake District gets the nod from Renée Zellweger

It’s not every day that Hollywood stars descend on where I live.   But right now, Renée  Zellweger and around 20 trucks, trailers and film crew vans are just down the road, filming around the village of Grasmere (supposedly on National Trust property, but  the exact location is being kept under wraps) in the English […]

Vine dining with Malmaison

Vine dining with Malmaison

Lick your lips and savour Sundays. From the foothills of the Andes to the top of the Australian wine tree, these Malmaison vine dining evenings will take your palates on a tour of the wine world. Meet the personalities behind the labels. Discover why the wines, and the winemakers have earned their reputations. Drink it […]