Category: Spain

Women demanding female Pamplona

Women demanding female Pamplona

Last weekend saw the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona. This 9-day long event controversially centres upon the famous ‘running with the bulls’ spectacle each morning.   Only a small percentage of those that run are female. And now it’s being reported by Reuters  that the women of Pamplona are feeling left out […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Discover why Korea makes the heart grow fonder Absolute happiness at Regency Country Club Tenerife Luxury tours from The Captain’s Choice Tour Unique villa holidays from Mallorca Farmhouses

10 more spas join Starwood Spa Collection

10 more spas join Starwood Spa Collection

One of the world’s largest collections of premier spas, The Starwood Spa Collection, has 10 new additions.   They include Le Méridien Lav in  Split, Croatia, with its superb sea views; Le Royal Méridien Beach Dubai with its unique, Roman theme; Hotel Schloss Fuschl in  Austria with its glass façade  looking out to  views of […]

A hideaway in Seville, Spain: Hacienda de Oran

A hideaway in Seville, Spain: Hacienda de Oran

This  small cosy countryside hotel outside Seville offers comfortable accommodation  with its 19 rooms and suites, each one differently decorated with rustic details, antiques and  tiles.  Andalusian patios full of flowers, gardens and exclusive areas  offer the perfect atmosphere for a wedding or private celebration. Rates at Hacienda de Oran start from 140 euros for […]

Suite of the week: Room 211 at Hotel Claris, Barcelona

Suite of the week: Room 211 at Hotel Claris, Barcelona

Suite name: Room 211 Hotel: Hotel Claris, Barcelona, Spain Size of accommodation:  45-50 sq m Cost per night: 1,096 euros What makes it special? It is a split-level room and has a sauna, a Jacuzzi, and  several works of art.                     Room 211 is a  Large […]

Back from Tenerife

Just returned from an enjoyable 7 nights in Tenerife at 3am yesterday morning (more on that later).   Slowly getting ourselves unpacked and already looking forward to the next trips.   Planned so far is a quick visit to London next month and Brittany, France for a couple of weeks the month after.   Busy, […]

Interview with Bruce Shugart of The Porches in Steamboat Springs

Interview with Bruce Shugart of The Porches in Steamboat Springs

As one of the co-developers of The Porches in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Bruce Shugart brings more than 40 years of custom home building and commercial development experience to the project. Bruce serves as co-principal and manager of Structural Associates, where he oversees all aspects of The Porches as well as projects in a variety of […]

Hotel Las Arenas in Valencia, Spain

Hotel Las Arenas in Valencia, Spain

Valencia is a growing and state-of-the-art destination, and Hotel Las Arenas is a good example of what’s available: pure luxury by the seaside. The hotel combines architectural beauty with the latest in elegance and comfort, just steps from vibrant Valencia. The hotel’s spa offers private, personalised treatments and includes facilities such as a  fitness centre, […]

Jerez Horse Fair 2007

Jerez Horse Fair 2007

Regarded as  the most important equine event in Europe, the upcoming Jerez Horse Fair in Spain will be celebrated from 6th to 13th May 2007. It draws a tremendous crowd that  sees all of the city’s  hotels fully booked for the duration of the event. The festival began as a cattle market, but now includes […]

La Nava, Ciudad Real, Spain

La Nava, Ciudad Real, Spain

A brand new villa concept is born at La Nava, an exclusive villa in the province of Ciudad Real, right at the border with Andalusia, Spain. For a few months of the year, it ´s dedicated to private exclusive hunting activities, but the rest of the time it’s turned into an excellent luxurious hideaway. A […]

Why not Tenerife?

Why not Tenerife?

I’m looking forward to a trip to Tenerife next month and will be posting details about where I’ve stayed when I return. I’ve visited the island a couple of times previously, but not for more than a decade now. The Canaries offer an ideal year-round climate with average daytime temperatures in the 20s and 30s […]

Fun Budweiser commercial

A fun commercial from Budweiser on one of the differences between Spain and the US.

Top 5 overlooked luxury vacation destinations of 2007

According to the gourmet-related travel site  foodvacation.com, the most overlooked luxury vacation destinations are: Canada’s Atlantic provinces (including Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and New Brunswick) Bordeaux, France Granada, Spain San Sebastian, Spain Bocas del Toro, an archipelago of Caribbean isles in Panama The list considers factors such as the location’s scenic beauty, availability of luxury-level accommodations […]

Honeymooning at Gran Hotel Son Net, Mallorca

Honeymooning at Gran Hotel Son Net, Mallorca

If you’re looking for something special for your honeymoon, Mallorca’s Gran Hotel Son Net offers peace and calm in a totally romantic setting. For 3,050 euros you can enjoy 4 nights in a spectacular suite, breakfast each morning (on one morning, it’ll be served – with Champagne – in your room), Cava and a fresh […]

Interview with Ryan Bifulco of jouneyPod

Interview with Ryan Bifulco of jouneyPod

Ryan Bifulco is Executive Producer of journeyPod, a luxury lifestyle brand that fuses music, fashion, and travel with a pinch of style. He has previously worked for the likes of Lufthansa, Marriott and the Tourist Office of Spain through his consulting firm, Travel Spike. What is it that  you do exactly? Since we say at […]

I've won a holiday!  (No... honestly... I really have!)

I’ve won a holiday! (No… honestly… I really have!)

It must be my lucky day.   I was contacted on MSN Messenger this morning by Dan from Alpha Rooms. He told me I’d won a 7-night holiday for 2  at the  5-star Costa Adeje Gran Hotel in Tenerife, with flights and transfers included. Well… I just couldn’t believe it… I honestly thought he was […]