Category: Regions

Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles

Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles

The ultra-modern Mondrian is known for its discreet location and movie-industry guests, including Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio. Enjoy a drink and city views at the exclusive Skybar, located just off the sundeck – probably the most “Hollywood” way to spend an evening.

Expedia's "10 to know"

Expedia’s “10 to know”

The luxury section on Expedia currently lists ten hotels that they claim are ‘tops’ on their luxury list.   The shortlist is as follows: Le Taha’a Private Island & Spa Wynn Las Vegas Atlantis – Paradise Island Royal Towers, Bahamas Mandarin Oriental San Francisco The Waldorf Towers, New York City The Landmark London Prince de […]

Spirit of Chicago

Spirit of Chicago

Join 500 passengers aboard the Spirit of Chicago‘s lunch and dinner cruises, which include entertainment and views of the famed skyline. The 192-foot-long luxury ship has three dining decks and two dance floors. If you’re looking for the ultimate private party, charter a deck for 100 – 350 guests.

Villa Dievole in Tuscany

Villa Dievole in Tuscany

This sixteenth Century villa was once home to Florence’s nobility but can now serve as your own private home from home in Italy. Your perfect Tuscan escape begins just outside Siena at Villa Dievole, which houses a very good winery, restaurant and outdoor bar with live music on weekends.

Grootbos

Grootbos

Grootbos is a 1,200-hectare nature preserve in the Gansbaai region of South Africa. The cottages here are built of local stone overlook Walker Bay, where you can fish for giant black marlin, tuna and crayfish. Lie by the water and  watch the whales  breach in front of you: you’re in the front row of the […]

Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

It is difficult to give an apt description to  Dubai’s Emirates Palace which opened last year. String together a host of superlative adjectives, and somehow you still feel that you have fallen short of the mark. Its majesty and beauty is unrivalled. A palace for all seasons, it is certain to endure the sands of […]

Win a luxury weekend in the bush

Win a luxury weekend in the bush

Enter The Sunday Independent/Star Travel Club’s latest competition and win two nights for two sharing dinner, bed and breakfast, as well as a game drive, at River Lodge at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve. To enter, post your details, including your Star Travel Club number and physical address and your answer to the competition question, […]

Hotel Maya $10 million renovation

Hotel Maya $10 million renovation

Hotel Maya in Kuala Lumpur is in the busy heart of the Malaysian capital.   Despite being only 8 years old, the hotel re-opens after a $10 million makeover. Top local architect Sonny Chan has brought about an urban oasis with a stylish ambience. Just across the road is the city’s hippest night club, Zouk.

Arion Astir Palace

Arion Astir Palace

The Arion Astir Palace is one of three hotels forming an impressive modern resort. It is is the hallmark of exclusivity. The hotel features a prestigious, club atmosphere, in contemporary surroundings enhanced by spectacular views of the sea. Luxurious rooms and suites delight the senses with an aesthetic touch at every turn, designer furniture, and […]

Le Colbert Paris

Le Colbert Paris

Throughout January 2006, Le Colbert hotel in Paris has a winter special offer starting at €90 per person. The rate is for one night’s accommodation in a classic double room, is subject to availability, and does not include taxes. Discover the beauty of Paris this  winter!

Billy Zane at Cliveden House Hotel

Billy Zane at Cliveden House Hotel

‘Titanic’ star Billy Zane presented fiancée Kelly Brook with an antique necklace during a Christmas celebration with the bride-to-be’s family at Cliveden House Hotel, a Berkshire retreat once frequented by Queen Victoria. The hotel is  set amid 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parklands, yet is conveniently located near to London and London Heathrow […]

New luxury airline in India?

New luxury airline in India?

An Indian businessman, whose family dates back to the maharajahs, is to start a luxury airline that will target the rich and even have room for the servants. Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, who lives in the  Mysore Palace,  southern India, believes his heritage and name will give the airline an aristocratic flavour that will set […]

New $4 billion Las Vegas hotel

New $4 billion Las Vegas hotel

Boyd Gaming Corporation plans to tear down the old Stardust casino to make way for a $4 billion hotel and casino complex on 63 acres on the Las Vegas Strip  – one of the largest such developments planned in a town known for megaresorts. The complex, to be called Echelon Place, is scheduled to open […]

Thac Ba Lake resort

Thac Ba Lake resort

Hung Dai Duong Company from Ho Chi Minh City has started the construction of a tourist resort in Thac Ba Lake, a candidate for world natural heritage site, in the northern province of Yen Bai, Vietnam. The resort will link tours from Hanoi, Yen Bai, Lao Cai and Yunnan of China and is expected to […]

Hotelito Desconocido

Hotelito Desconocido

Hotelito Desconocido is situated at the end of a narrow road between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, near Cruz de Loreto in  Mexico. The brains behind this project came from Marcello Murzilli, an Italian fashion designer, so it is maybe  little  wonder  that this tiny gem (which incidentally runs on solar power)  recently made the cover […]

Grande Lakes Orlando resort

Grande Lakes Orlando resort

CNL Hotels & Resorts, Inc., the nation’s second largest hotel real estate investment trust, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the 500-acre Grande Lakes Orlando resort, comprising a 584-room Ritz-Carlton, a 998-room JW Marriott, a 40,000- square-foot spa and an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course.