Category: United Kingdom

Scotland to have another Malmaison hotel

Scotland to have another Malmaison hotel

The Queen’s hotel in Aberdeen has been secured by Malmaison Hotels.  It will close in January 2008 to  make way for a significant  refurbishment programme, re-opening in April 2008 as a new 82-room Malmaison hotel. The group remains on the look-out for a property in St. Andrews  to turn into a  Hotel du Vin.

Paramount Hotels' refurbishment programme

Paramount Hotels’ refurbishment programme

Paramount Hotels is investing heavily in a substantial refurbishment programme across its 20 four-star properties around the UK, with major projects being undertaken at The Lygon Arms, Broadway and Shrigley Hall Hotel, Golf & Country Club in Cheshire, and  the Paramount Walton Hall Hotel & Spa in Warwickshire. Bedrooms at the Paramount Majestic Hotel, Harrogate […]

Say 'goodnight' to sleepless flights!

Say ‘goodnight’ to sleepless flights!

British Airways has launched an exciting series of six podcasts all about sleep. The podcasts feature one of the UK’s leading sleep experts, Dr Chris Idzikowsky.   British Airways’ ‘Dr Sleep’, looks at the impact travel has on our sleeping patterns and gives useful tips to help travellers –  in particular business travellers –  arrive […]

Wales in Style

Wales in Style

The secret to any short break relies on finding the places that will make it truly memorable. Fortunately, a new website called Wales in Style  has done all the hard work and brought them together. Handpicked by an independent panel, it promises a select choice of unique places to stay, eat and enjoy the very […]

Scotland's sexiest hotel

Scotland’s sexiest hotel

The Glasshouse hotel in  Edinburgh is apparently Scotland’s sexiest hotel. At least, so say the 2007 Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards. Amenities such as floor-to-ceiling guest room windows, glass bathrooms, Aveda products, complimentary personal business cards, plasma TVs and a lavender-scented rooftop garden are all on offer. The top award of Scottish Hotel of […]

Interview with Guido van den Elshout of Haagsche Suites

Interview with Guido van den Elshout of Haagsche Suites

A former tax lawyer, Guido van den Elshout is  owner of the luxurious  Haagsche Suites (click here for last year’s special feature on A Luxury Travel Blog) in The Hague.   He is also a contributor to two travel blogs. What is it that  you do exactly? I’m a 58 years young sort of Jack […]

Auberge du Lac restaurant at Brockett Hall, Hertfordshire

Auberge du Lac restaurant at Brockett Hall, Hertfordshire

Some of you may have seen The Queen, a film that recently hit cinema screens worldwide. Whilst much of it was filmed in Scotland, a fair portion too was filmed at Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire, just outside London.   You can’t stay at Brockett Hall, but you can dine there. Visit Auberge du Lac for […]

The Sound of The Sea

The Sound of The Sea

Three-Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal is no stranger to innovation in the kitchen.   Following on from his chemistry lab  approach, he’s now experimenting with sound.   His  latest dish at  The Fat Duck restaurant in Bray is called The Sound of The Sea. It consists of shellfish, foam and edible sand, and is to be […]

Michelin's Top British Pub of 2007

Michelin’s Top British Pub of 2007

The Bell Inn at Skenfrith in Monmouthshire – close to the  border between England and Wales – is the proud recipient of Michelin’s Top British Pub of 2007 award. It is the first pub in Wales to win the award. The Bell has a restaurant that offers a good selection of food that is sourced […]

Extra Mile Scotland

A new website called Extra Mile Scotland is acknowledging those tourism businesses in Scotland that ‘go that extra mile’.   If you’ve experienced special service on your travels in Scotland, let them know and help build the site  so that it can  become a resource that can be useful to future visitors too.

Discover world wines with Malmaison

Discover world wines with Malmaison

Ruby reds, sparkling whites and a sumptuous three course meal. Mmm… prepare your palate for a wine tour of the world. You’ll meet some of the finest winemakers and discover the legend behind the labels. All this for only £49 per person, including aperitif, three course meal and wine – carefully selected for each course. […]

Truffles at The Ritz, London

Quick… put 21st February 2007 in your diary! Mr Jacques Chibois, Chef Patron of the Michelin Star Bastide St Antoine Restaurant in Grasse; Dr Michel Bourdin, President of the Master of Culinary Arts and Mr Jacques Pebeyre, the “Truffle King” from France will join The Ritz Chef John Williams in preparing a veritable feast of […]

Changes to Silverjet website

Changes to Silverjet website

Silverjet –  a new business class only airline operating between London and New York –  has added some new  features to their website. You can now personalise your flights online and make it different each time you fly. Choose what you want to eat, decide where you want to sit, book a chauffeur transfer or […]

Natural Indulgence Package from Slaley Hall, Northumbria

Natural Indulgence Package from Slaley Hall, Northumbria

With Slaley Hall‘s Natural Indulgence Package you can enjoy two nights for two including bed & breakfast , complimentary upgrade to a deluxe room, Champagne & chocolates and a three course evening meal on your  first night. All this is for just £199 per package for two people.

Spoil someone special on Valentines Day

Spoil someone special on Valentines Day

The Ritz has two wonderful Valentines Day programs this year so you have no excuse not to spoil that someone special in your life with a romantic break in London. Both include a night in the luxury of an exquisite room and waking (with your loved one) to breakfast, served to your room or in […]

3 rosettes for Linthwaite House Hotel, Windermere, UK

3 rosettes for Linthwaite House Hotel, Windermere, UK

Linthwaite House Hotel & Restaurant has just been awarded 3 rosettes by the AA for outstanding food, placing  it on a par with  Gordon Ramsay’s at Claridges, Nobu and Angela Harnett at The Connaught and placing  them in the top 10% of AA restaurants. Head there from Sunday-Thursday until 5th April 2007 and you’ll be […]