Category: Western Europe

New villas from HomesAway

New villas from HomesAway

HomesAway, which offers luxury villa vacations, is responding to the growing North American demand for authentic European travel experiences with the addition of several new properties in Spain, Italy and France. Can Julia – in the heart of medieval Catalunya – is a stylish, intimate, and unique home combining high-tech amenities with rich historic charm. […]

Reid's Palace, Madeira re-opens

Reid’s Palace, Madeira re-opens

After a temporary closure for renovations, Reid’s Palace re-opens today. The main improvements centre around a new spa, located in a separate building,  which is due to open in the Summer. If you visit in May, you can also enjoy the Madeira Flower Festival as part of a five-night special offer. Alternatively, there’s the Madeira […]

Andrews on the Weir

Andrews on the Weir

Attention all foodies. Experience a 3-rosette restaurant where you can feast your eyes on the seascapes of Porlock Weir. Savour the finest Exmoor meat, game, fish and local produce prepared by top chef Andrew Dixon, at Andrews on the Weir near Minehead. The wine list is world-class, the welcome, pure Exmoor.

Evian Royal Resort, France

One of the most exclusive resorts in the world, this legendary hotel is situated in a 47-acre park on Lake Geneva at the foot of the French Alps. The Evian Royal Palace is a temple of French elegance and refinement. The resort is home to the world-renowned Evian Royal Spa, celebrated for its unique mind […]

English Heritage joins UK luxury self-catering market

English Heritage joins UK luxury self-catering market

As of tomorrow, English Heritage will be offering holidaymakers the rare opportunity to stay at the heart of its historic buildings and estates with the launch of a self-catering holiday cottage portfolio. The accommodation is aimed at the luxury end of the market and will offer contemporary 21st century interiors within dramatic heritage environments. Choose […]

Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry, Ireland

Killarney Park Hotel in County Kerry, Ireland

Superbly located in the heart of town, the Killarney Park Hotel is a place of elegance, warmth and hospitality. The hotel offers the best in luxurious accommodations, unobtrusive yet friendly service, and a commitment to ensuring every moment will be memorable, relaxing and enjoyable. Each guest room and suite is classically designed, creating a sense […]

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection

Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection

If you’re not already familiar with the Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Collection series of books, check them out.   There is an edition for Europe and  another specifically for the UK & Ireland. These best-selling guides to some of the world’s coolest hotels have consistently good reviews and a considerable following. Available for purchase […]

A great year for Coxtown Manor in Ireland

A great year for Coxtown Manor in Ireland

Coxtown Manor in Donegal, Ireland has taken off in great style in 2006. This small, romantic luxury hotel has been enjoying a few major achievements early in the year. After joining the prestigious Manor House Hotel group and an inclusion in the famous Michelin Guide 2006 for Great Britain and Ireland; the hotel has received […]

Hotel Président Wilson, Geneva

Hotel Président Wilson, Geneva

Offering spectacular views of the Alps and Lake Geneva, the Hotel Président Wilson is located on the city’s prestigious waterfront promenade, within easy reach of parks, shopping and Old Town. This elegant hotel includes luxuriously  renovated rooms and outstanding suites. The accommodation is furnished with contemporary décor and the ultimate in modern amenities, including a […]

Special feature: Aviemore Highland Resort

Special feature: Aviemore Highland Resort

I recently returned from four relaxing nights at the Aviemore Highland Resort in Aviemore. (Only last month it served as the venue for the Scottish Labour Party Conference, attended by Prime Minister Tony Blair.) There are four hotels on the resort, two of which are four-star.   We stayed in the Craigellachie Suite of the […]

Observer food awards

Observer food awards

UK celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has scooped two awards in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2006. He was judged to have made the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Food Industry, while his TV series Jamie’s School Dinners was voted the Best Food Programme.   Bruce Poole’s Chez Bruce in London was voted the Best Restaurant […]

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Sensational Spring Breaks

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Sensational Spring Breaks

Explore a different part of the country. Visit a city you’ve never been to before. See a new show. Try a new restaurant. Spring is simply the perfect time to do new exciting things, and at the UK’s Macdonald Hotels & Resorts  they can make your break all the more enjoyable as  they welcome you […]

How much would you pay for your hotel breakfast?

How much would you pay for your hotel breakfast?

According to consumer magazine Which?, the luxurious Ritz Hotel tops the list for the most expensive cooked hotel breakfast in the UK. Their £30 breakfast is followed closely by  The Lanesborough ( £28.50), Mandarin Oriental ( £28) and Brown’s Hotel ( £27).   All four hotels are situated in England’s capital, London.

Sea views in Santorini

Sea views in Santorini

If a sea view is high on your ‘must haves’, then you’ll be hard-pressed to find something that betters Perivolas  on the Greek island of  Santorini. Open from May to October, doubles start from around €370, including breakfast. This boutique hotel is made up of 17 simple but elegant  villas, set in a natural amphitheatre […]

Grand Hotel Miramare – Portofino, Italy

The Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita Ligure has announced the opening of “e’SPAce”, a centre dedicated to physical and mental wellbeing through the senses. Several treatments  are on offer, including  hot stone massage, the multisensory room where sounds and smells accompany treatments, floatation treatment, the dry bath and the vitaminizing antioxidant bath.

Villa San Michele near Florence, Italy

Villa San Michele near Florence, Italy

The Villa San Michele is a 15th Century monastery near Florence in Italy  that has been transformed into a picturesque hotel. Surrounded by its own gardens and woodland on the Fiesole hills, it  is tailor-made for starry-eyed lovers and moonlit nights. This small, luxury, Orient-Express  hotel is of unsurpassed beauty in an oasis of peace.