Category: Regions

Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland

Grand Canal Square, Dublin, Ireland

A stunning design for a major new public space – Grand Canal Square – in Dublin’s Docklands, has been unveiled by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority. At 10,000 sq metres, the Square, located at the west end of Grand Canal Dock facing on to the water, will be one of the largest paved public spaces […]

Bridgegate on Crowsnest Lake, Rockies, Canada

Bridgegate on Crowsnest Lake, Rockies, Canada

Bridgecreek Development‘s massive and  much-anticipated Bridgegate on Crowsnest Lake resort is apparently running ahead of schedule. The resort, a 26-acre lakefront property in the Rocky Mountains is located 200 kilometres southwest of Calgary and 10 minutes West of Frank Slide in the Crowsnest Pass. It will be the setting for a spectacular resort complete with […]

Luxury tourism in Tanzania

Luxury tourism in Tanzania

Tourism in Tanzania is booming, thanks in part to the numerous recent investments by major luxury hotels such as the Kempinski Hotels and Resorts, Movenpick and Sun International. Kempinski has opened its first properties in East Africa, the Kilimanjaro Kempinski on the Dar es Salaam waterfront and the Zamani Kempinski Resort Hotel on the Island […]

Travel is the number one leisure activity of China’s wealthy

The Shanghai-based Hurun Report  has released the result of  its latest survey on the lifestyle of China’s richest people. The survey covers nearly 600 mainland Chinese with an estimated wealth of at least 10 million yuan. Among the top 10 most popular leisure activities, 28 per cent of them said their number one hobby was […]

Musha Cay in miniature

Musha Cay in miniature

John Melk, owner of the private island Musha Cay Resort, has announced plans to develop a second, nearby island in the Bahamas. The much smaller,  20-acre Lansing Cay, situated just across from Musha Cay’s west side, is in the initial planning stage and is planned to be an ultra-exclusive island paradise on a smaller, more […]

New South Wales' outback in need of luxury

New South Wales’ outback in need of luxury

New tourism research has found that there is strong demand for a luxury resort in far west NSW. Three-thousand people responded to the  survey conducted by the  Outback Regional Tourism Organisation. The results will be used to attract more visitors and investors to outback New South Wales. The organisation’s executive manager, Wincen Cuy, says most […]

Saville South Bank Hotel, Brisbane

Saville South Bank Hotel, Brisbane

A new 161-room deluxe hotel has opened on Brisbane’s South Bank. The $90 million Saville South Bank Hotel has as one of its key architectural features a 25m heated lap pool which boasts a transparent wall looking on to Grey Street, and views from the pool deck to South Bank and the city. The hotel’s […]

Hilton's Waldorf-Astoria brand

Hilton’s Waldorf-Astoria brand

Hilton Hotels, which has owned the Waldorf since 1949, is expected to announce today that  it will launch a chain of luxury hotels under the Waldorf-Astoria brand. The new brand will include business hotels and resorts worldwide and match or exceed the chain’s current luxury leaders, Hiltons and Conrads, for its level of amenities. Starting […]

Condé Nast Johansens awards for 2006

Condé Nast Johansens awards for 2006

Fiji’s Yasawa Island Resort has won a top international accolade in the prestigious Condé Nast Johansens awards for 2006, announced yesterday at a gala event in New York. The exclusive retreat was chosen over three others for the Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway title in the 2006 Americas Awards for Excellence. Hidden in the most remote […]

New 5 star hotel in Barcelona

Metrovacesa has acquired a five-star hotel in Barcelona and plans to prepare it for opening at the beginning of 2009 at a cost of 52 million euros.   The hotel has 251 rooms, 80% of which have sea views, and  it will be operated by Barceló Hotels & Resorts when it opens.   The hotel […]

The Westin Arlington Gateway, Virginia

The Westin Arlington Gateway, Virginia

Development of the Westin Arlington Gateway has reached completion. It marks the debut of the Westin Hotels & Resorts brand in the state of Virginia. The 336-room hotel, carrying a $75-million development price tag, sits off Interstate 66 in the Ballston submarket. The 15-story structure encompasses 238,700 sq. ft.  and offers 10,000 sq. ft.  of […]

Canada leading the way in high-tech hospitality?

Canada leading the way in high-tech hospitality?

High-tech hotels are getting more and more sophisticated in Canada, in order to  secure the loyalty of  their visitors — especially the large percentage who travel on business.   Each room in the SoHo Metropolitan in Toronto, for instance, features state-of-the-art entertainment, heated marble floors, remote-control lighting, motorized drapes, laptop-compatible safes and wireless Internet access. […]

Aromatherapy-treated cashmere clothing

Aromatherapy-treated cashmere clothing

Imagine a cashmere sweater or robe that not only delivers the luxurious comfort that only cashmere offers, but also gives you an aromatherapy treatment and sense of well-being each time you wear it. That’s what Subtle Luxury, a fashion line of women’s sweaters and comfort wear, have come up with for their Fall 2006 season. […]

Gourmet food and fine wine weekend at Swinton Park

Swinton Park in Masham, North Yorkshire,  has planned an innovative weekend which is sure to delight the experienced food and wine connoisseurs – and convert the budding gourmet!   A packed but suitably leisurely weekend will allow guests to experience some of the finest local food, and the award-winning cuisine of Head Chef Andy Burton. […]

Top 10 business hotels opened in 2005

Top 10 business hotels opened in 2005

According to Forbes, the top 10 business hotels to open last year were: Intercontinental Financial Street, Beijing Sofitel on Renmin Square, Xian Hotel Fox, Copenhagen Four Seasons Hotel  Hong Kong Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo Park Hyatt, Seoul The Setai, Miami The Shoreham, New York City St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco Interestingly, all […]

Quilálea Island, Mozambique, East Africa

Quilálea Island, Mozambique, East Africa

Mozambique is one of the last unspoilt areas on the east African coast, with pristine beaches and coral reefs. Several barefoot-luxury-style lodges have opened on the virtually uninhabited islands of the Bazaruto archipelago, including the nine-villa Quilálea Island resort on the Quirimbas. The island can now be reached by helicopter transfer from Pemba airport.