Category: Western Europe

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 […]

Ski St. Moritz with Badrutt's Palace Hotel

Ski St. Moritz with Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Majestically situated amid breathtakingly beautiful and unspoiled scenery, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is a haven of tranquillity. The hotel’s Ski St. Moritz package starts from 2,110 CHF for two and includes 3 nights’ accommodation in a Superior Room, daily buffet breakfast, daily set dinner at Le Restaurant or Trattoria,  a two-day ski pass valid for the […]

Valentine's at Beau-Rivage Palace

Valentine’s at Beau-Rivage Palace

From 3rd-5th, 10th-12th, 14th-15th, 17th-19th and 24th-26th February 2006, you can enjoy  Switzerland’s Beau-Rivage Palace‘s special Valentine’s package. This sumptuous hotel sits in a 10-acre private garden and offers breathtaking views of Lake Geneva and the Alps beyond. The package consists of one night in a Superior (680 CHF) or Deluxe (800 CHF)  room, glass […]

Alma de Cuba, Liverpool UK

Alma de Cuba, Liverpool UK

The latest addition to the Liverpool restaurant scene appears to be getting rave reviews. Located in a a 200-year-old Polish Catholic church on Seel Street, some are going so far as to describe it as one of the most spectacular bar and restaurant venues in Europe. It also seems to be one of the places […]

Echia Club at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Naples, Italy

Echia Club at the Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Naples, Italy

Echia Club – the Grand Hotel Vesuvio‘s fitness and relaxation centre – has become an essential and exclusive aspect to the hotel. With its charming and comfortable rooms, its peaceful and magical ambiance where marble, multicolored crystal, precious wood, light, water, rock and soft lines mix and melt together. Facilities provided by the club include […]

Free golf at Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort, Portugal

Free golf at Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort, Portugal

At Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort you can currently play one round of golf per day for free in one of their property golf courses (Penina Championship, Resort or Academy). This offer is valid until 3rd March 2006. Set in its own picturesque 360-acre estate, the resort’s three golf courses were all designed by […]

Raya Hotel on Panarea, Italy

Raya Hotel on Panarea, Italy

Not everyone’s idea of luxury is gold taps and pink Cristal Champagne. Many  instead head for the simple rustic charm of the Aeolian Islands, off the north coast of Sicily. The seven volcanic islands are all spectacular, but the one to head for is Panarea, which has no cars and is home to the stylish […]

Love London package with Red Carnation Hotels

Love London package with Red Carnation Hotels

Just when you thought Christmas was over, Red Carnation Hotels are extending the season of goodwill with fantastic London air and hotel breaks from major US gateways, at exceptional value prices. Whether you want to make the most of the famous January sales shopping, catch up on the latest shows, or simply relax in front […]

Small Luxury Hotels of the World on tour

Small Luxury Hotels of the World on tour

Small Luxury Hotels of the World will be holding a series of showcases in key cities across Europe in the coming weeks to launch its  2006 directory.   A total of nine showcases will be held over a four-week period, with representatives from a selection of SLH’s worldwide properties visiting the cities of London, Brussels, […]

Private Dining Room at Nahm Restaurant, London

Private Dining Room at Nahm Restaurant, London

The award winning Nahm restaurant at The Halkin hotel has opened the new Private Dining Room, in direct response to customer demand for such a facility. Seating up to 30 people, The Private Dining Room is available to hire for breakfast, lunch  and dinner, as well as meetings, presentations and product launches. It is also […]

Mozart's 250th birthday

Mozart’s 250th birthday

A wave of Mozart’s music will ripple across to mark the 250th birthday of the composer Mozart.   In particular, all eyes will be his hometown of Salzburg in Austria. A day of music will start on the streets in the morning at 10.00 GMT with a concert at the Mozarteum after a speech by […]

duoMo hotel about to open in Rimini, Italy

duoMo hotel about to open in Rimini, Italy

Furniture designer Ron Arad has fashioned the duoMo hotel (rather annoyingly, every reference to the letter M on the website is in capitals, so you get  references such as  “riMini” and “rooM service”) which opens this Spring. A member of Design Hotels (no doubt they’ll curse me for giving that capitals), this 43-room hotel  will […]

Celebrity living in London

Celebrity living in London

Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie flew out of London Heathrow Airport today following a brief visit to the UK. They stayed at the famous Claridges hotel in Mayfair, London, last night after arriving that day. According to reports, Jolie stayed at the hotel while Pitt went out for dinner at Locanda Locatelli with […]

The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel

The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel

If you’re one of those that likes to save a few dollars but still enjoy luxury, then maybe The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel: The Art of Cultivating Preferred Customer Status is for you.   Written by Joel Widzer who developed an enduring love for luxury travel after a stay in an elegant suite […]

Kate Moss celebrates birthday at Hotel Ritz, Paris

Kate Moss celebrates birthday at Hotel Ritz, Paris

Kate Moss was photographed at her birthday bash in Paris at the weekend. The supermodel celebrated her 32nd birthday at the Ritz  Paris and then afterwards at a friend’s house in the Seine. This was supposed to be a quiet celebration for the supermodel, but she still managed to partake in “a 15 hour drinking […]