Category: Brazil

Rio - happiest city in the world... and with good reason!

Rio – happiest city in the world… and with good reason!

This year, Rio de Janeiro was named the happiest city in the world, according to a Forbes Magazine which surveyed 10,000 people throughout twenty countries. It also received the title of the most courteous city in the world, according to the Universities of Michigan and California. And one of the city’s major tourist attractions, Christ […]

Expansion of Preferred Hotel Group

The Preferred Hotel Group will welcome 13 new members to its portfolio next month, from the stunning Natal Ocean Club on the picturesque coast of Cabo Sao Roque in Brazil, due to open early 2010, to the majestic Leela Palace on the banks of Lake Pichola in Udaipur.   In Barcelona, Casanova by Rafael Hotels […]

The five top things to do in Rio on a millionaire's budget

The five top things to do in Rio on a millionaire’s budget

A  UK pensioner, who recently won a huge sum of money in the Euro Million rollover  lottery draw, has expressed his long-held wish to visit Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.   And the Brazilian Tourist Board Embratur  has seized upon this opportunity to outline the  five top things to do in Rio on a millionaire’s […]

Elements Spa By Banyan Tree at Tivoli São Paulo

The  Asian spa operator Banyan Tree Spa has this month brought  its award-winning Asian spa therapies to Brazil for the very first time, with the opening of Elements Spa By Banyan Tree at Tivoli São Paulo. Banyan Tree Spa now operates over 65 spas around the world under the Banyan Tree Spa, Angsana Spa and […]

Renovation of Hotel des Cataratas

Renovation of Hotel des Cataratas

The spectacular Hotel des Cataratas – the only hotel inside  Brazil’s Iguaçu National Park – is to be completely renovated.   The pool has already closed but the hotel itself – operated by Orient-Express Hotels as of September last year – will remain open.  The hotel occupies a majestic location opposite the Iguaçu Falls.

The best of nature, luxury and historic Brazilian culture

The best of nature, luxury and historic Brazilian culture

If you want to experience the buzz and culture of Brazil but also want to relax in your own piece of paradise then ecape to the exclusive and secluded Kiaroa Luxury Eco Resort in the trendy Bahia region combined with a few nights in the vibrant city of Salvador.  Try a few inital nights at […]

Interview with Michael Groux of justLUXE Magazine and The Privileged Collection

Interview with Michael Groux of justLUXE Magazine and The Privileged Collection

Michael Groux  is  CEO and President of justLUXE Magazine and Founder and CEO of The Privileged Collection brand. justLUXE was launched in the summer of 2004. It resides under the parent company, LUXEmont, a luxury lifestyle publication. justLUXE focuses on the affluent lifestyle of world travelers. The magazine covers, luxury air travel, mega-yachts, fine real […]

Rio for the weekend?

Rio for the weekend?

When I visited East Africa on honeymoon a few years ago, I recall reading an article in the UK press  about how the London jetset where heading there just for weekend safaris.   It seemed inconceivable to me that people would sneak out of the office a little early on Friday and return a late […]

Luxury vacationing for gays only

Luxury vacationing for gays only

A new company – Steele Luxury Travel – has been established by Dane Steele Green, to cater specifically for the gay luxury travel market.   The company currently offers a number of vacation packages to perhaps predictable destinations such as Buenos Aires and Mykonos.   Here’s a short summary of what’s currently on offer: Buenos […]

Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in South America, according to Tripadvisor

Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires, Argentina Miraflores Park Hotel – Lima, Peru Sofitel Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires, Argentina Caesar Park Buenos Aires – Buenos Aires, Argentina JW Marriott Hotel Quito – Quito, Ecuador Claridge Hotel – Buenos Aires, Argentina Alvear Palace Hotel – Buenos Aires, Argentina Emiliano Hotel – Sao Paolo, […]

Top 10 beachside destinations

Top 10 beachside destinations

Vacations are always more fun when there’s a coastline in view, or at least so say Tripadvisor.   They’ve come up with a list outlining their top 10 favourite beachside destinations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Honolulu, Hawaii   Cancun, Mexico Surfer’s Paradise, Australia Negril, Jamaica Miami, Florida Viti Levu, Fiji Boracay, Philippines Tenerife, Canary Islands […]

2007 Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards

2007 Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards

The key winners from this year’s Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards are recognised by ‘Crystal Awards’. These are the crème de la crème of the innumerable winners, limited to just one from each continent. The five (there aren’t many to choose from in Antarctica!) to shine through this year are as follows: Favorite Spa of […]

Trips from The Nature Conservancy and A&K

Trips from The Nature Conservancy and A&K

The Nature Conservancy is again teaming up with Abercrombie & Kent, to offer you the chance to get up close with nature — brown bears, flying foxes, pink dolphins and giant tortoises. Their 2008 series is very similar to this year’s with a few changes to locations. The 2008 journeys include Brazil’s Pantanal (18th-28th May); […]

The Private Travel Company

The Private Travel Company

Whale watching in Brazil.   Indulging your senses at a Malaysian spa resort.   Or just going with the flow at a hip hotel in New York.   Whatever your idea of the perfect escape, The Private Travel Company‘s acclaimed concierge services are dedicated to helping you find the most luxurious and rewarding holidays in […]

World's sexiest beaches

World’s sexiest beaches

Concierge.com, the online home for inspired travel from Conde Nast has  posted its picks for the third annual World’s Sexiest Beaches list.   Beaches are both on and off the beaten path and are chosen for their beauty, buzz factor and overall steamy appeal.   Here’s their top ten: Caprera Island, Sardinia, Italy Salvador, Bahia, […]

Seven New Wonders of the World

Seven New Wonders of the World

The ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Great Wall of China, the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, Brazil’s Statue of Christ Redeemer, the Colosseum in Rome, India’s Taj Mahal,  and Jordan’s Petra have been voted the Seven New Wonders of the World  at a ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on 7th […]