Category: Spain

Royal Caribbean takes over Spanish cruise operator

Royal Caribbean takes over Spanish cruise operator

The largest cruise company in Spain is to be bought by Royal Caribbean.   The acquisition of Madrid-based Pullmantur S.A. will give Royal Caribbean the opportunity to expand in Europe and Latin America. Pullmantur will continue to operate as a brand  within the Royal Caribbean umbrella.

New luxury hotel coming to Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Bagués-Masriera Joiers in association with Derby Hotels Collection will open  a new five-star luxury hotel  in a historical building of Las Ramblas. The 32-room Hotel Bagués will join the other six hotels that Derby Hotels Collection already has in Barcelona and is expected to debut in 2008.

Restaurant Martin Berasategui, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Restaurant Martin Berasategui, Gipuzkoa, Spain

If you’re in Spain’s Basque Country, try to squeeze in a visit to Restaurant Martin Berasategui near San Sebastián. Head for the terrace and you can enjoy views of the countryside around Gipuzkoa whilst you dine. The restaurant has 3 Michelin stars so prepare yourself for something out of the ordinary.

A year of island hopping: February

A year of island hopping: February

This is post  two of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For February, the following are recommended: Canary Islands, Spain:  Hotel San Roque and Parador de la Gomera Langkawi, Malaysia: Bon Ton Mallorca, Spain: […]

Los Jardines de Palerm, Ibiza

Los Jardines de Palerm, Ibiza

Avoid the Ibiza party scene and head inland to San José and you’ll discover Los Jardines de Palerm, a small hotel that overlooks the  Bay of San Antonio that is owned by the fashion photographer Christophe Brihet. This 17th Century finca has two pools and beautiful gardens. Suites start from €265 out of season, to […]

Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Elciego, Spain

Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Elciego, Spain

The Hotel Marqués de Riscal debuts today. Located in the heart of Rioja wine country, this landmark hotel is  the work of the renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, the man behind the incredible Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Luxurious amenities abound, including a fine dining experience and  the Caudalie Vinothérapie ® Spa.

PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Travel Awards

PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Travel Awards

The winners of the 13th annual PlanetOut.com gay and lesbian travel awards can be found by following this link. Amongst the numerous winners are Spain (Destination of the Year), Provincetown (Best Gay Resort Town), American Airlines (Best Airline), Hyatt Hotels & Resorts (Best Gay Hotel Collection) and Crystal Cruises (Best Cruise Company).

DuVine Adventures enjoys 10th year

DuVine Adventures enjoys 10th year

Luxury holidays aren’t always about reclining beside a beautiful pool and being waited on hand and foot.   They can be more active affairs as exemplified by DuVine Adventures. Enjoying its 10th year of trading, this Somerville, MA based operator’s mission on their superb bike tours is “to engage your senses, nurture your curiosity and […]

Powder Byrne's "the first night's on us" promotion

Powder Byrne’s “the first night’s on us” promotion

Book a holiday for 7 nights or more with luxury family travel specialists Powder Byrne and your first night’s accommodation will be free of charge for the whole family in whichever accommodation type booked. This offer is available at three of their most stunning 5-star hotels: Anassa, Cyprus; The Residence, Tunisia; and Arabella, Mallorca. Offer […]

Top 10 cities for foodies

Top 10 cities for foodies

What would you say are the top 10 cities for eating out? According to MSNBC, it’s Barcelona, Brussels, Hanoi, Las Vegas, Lyon, New York, San Francisco, Rome, Tokyo and Vancouver. The choices are based on “cities chosen for their unique dishes”, “others for their celebrity chefs”, and “others for creating dishes known the world over”. […]

Europe's favourite wine bar

Europe’s favourite wine bar

Travel + Leisure have identified five favourite spots in Europe where you can simply go out, have a drink and enjoy  a great atmosphere.   They are Le Sommelier (Copenhagen), La Taberna de Cien Vinos (Madrid) [if my Spanish serves me correctly, that one sounds good!!], Legrand Filles & Fils (Paris), Enoteca Cantinone Già Schiavi […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

La Serrania, Mallorca

La Serrania, Mallorca

This beautiful, minimalist property is situated near Pollensa on the island of Mallorca, Spain. Downstairs in the main house there’s an open-plan living and dining room and upstairs four en suite bedrooms. With a further four bedrooms in the annexe, a total of 16 people can be accommodated at any one time. Cost is in […]

Queen Victoria from Cunard

Queen Victoria from Cunard

The soon-to-be-finished Queen Victoria will enter service late next year (December 2007).   Operating from Southampton in the UK, this fine successor to the QE2 and QM2 cruise ships will be the second largest of the Cunard ships ever built. It can hold 1,968 passengers and will be heading for the Mediterranean, the Canaries, Northern […]