Category: Worldwide

Top 10 up-and-coming travel destinations according to VirtualTourist

Top 10 up-and-coming travel destinations according to VirtualTourist

VirtualTourist has used feedback from its visitors (over 6 million a month, they claim) to determine the world’s most up-and-coming destinations.   Within the US, Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park tops the list. And, when it comes to international destinations, Lake Atitlán in  the beautiful Guatemalan Highlands  comes up trumps: U.S. Destinations Valley of […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… New York’s ultimate Italian restaurant: Del Posto Hang out at Puerto Rico’s El Conquistador Resort Learn the trade at Shangri-La Academy Cultured travels from The Cultured Traveler

Zagat goes mobile

Zagat goes mobile

Zagat is possibly one of the pioneers in user-generated content – long before it became so commonplace on the Web – and I’m interested to learn they’re going mobile with Zagat.mobi.   In fact, I’m actually surprised to discover that it wasn’t something they already offered. The free service is compatible with all Web-enabled cellphones, […]

Hyatt Resorts Ultimate Adventure Challenge

Hyatt Resorts Ultimate Adventure Challenge

Hyatt has just launched the first of six “webisodes” featuring five families that participate in a series of challenges. The winning family will receive 50 free nights at a Hyatt resort of their choice, and readers and viewers who register on the site and vote for their favorite family can enter to win 50 free […]

More limos from Gulf Air

More limos from Gulf Air

Gulf Air, which already offers a free chauffeured limousine service to its first- and business-class passengers in Abu Dhabi (AUH), Dubai (DXB), Muscat (MCT) and London (LHR), is extending the service to five more countries. Gulf Air premium passengers in Bangkok (BKK), Frankfurt (FRA), Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Manila (MNL) and Paris (CDG) can also now […]

Fancy a penthouse on the Four Seasons Ocean Residences? $39m and its yours!

Fancy a penthouse on the Four Seasons Ocean Residences? $39m and its yours!

A limited showing of 30 of the 112 residences aboard the Four Seasons Ocean Residences ship took place in London yesterday. The private 719-foot vessel  circumnavigates the globe and spends more than 250 nights a year in unique ports from Antartica to the Amazon. Each year’s itinerary will include major world events like the Rio […]

Silversea all-suite ships to sail to 116 countries in 2008

Silversea all-suite ships to sail to 116 countries in 2008

Silversea Cruises has just published a 172-page 2007-2008 Voyage Atlas detailing the sailings through to the end of  2008.   Four ships will cover more than 140 itineraries in 2008, visiting almost 340 different ports. The all-suite ships will cover 116 countries on a schedule of itineraries ranging from six to 110 days. 27 new […]

Expedia Insiders' Select

Expedia Insiders’ Select

I wasn’t familiar with Expedia Insiders’ Select, a list of their  best hotels and resorts worldwide  based on the opinions of Expedia users, until receiving a recent email from The Reef Resort in the Cayman Islands, proudly pointing out that they rank as #1 in the Caribbean and #14 in the world.   It’s an […]

World Airline Awards 2007

World Airline Awards 2007

The World Airline Awards are based on the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax and the results  are just out. Among the 2007 winners are: Singapore Airlines (Airline of the Year and Best Business Class Award) Qatar Airways (Best First Class, and Best Airline and Best Cabin Staff in the Middle East) Malaysia Airlines (World’s […]

Ducks to complete luxury trip of a lifetime!

Ducks to complete luxury trip of a lifetime!

Britain needs to brace itself for a duck invasion!   Some 29,000 ducks have been on a luxury trip of a lifetime for the past 15 years and are expected to wash up on the Cornish coastline very soon. Back in 1992, they fell overboard from a container ship that was travelling from China to […]

Blackstone Group takes over Hilton

Blackstone Group takes over Hilton

The $26 billion takeover of Hilton Hotels Corporation by the giant  Blackstone Group probably hasn’t escaped you this week.   It makes Blackstone the biggest hotel concern in the world due to its purchase of hotels over the last two years, overtaking InterContinental Hotels which has occupied the position for the past four years.   […]

Luxury travel group on Facebook

Luxury travel group on Facebook

I’ve been a bit slow on the uptake with Facebook.   Although I had heard about it some time back, having previously tried out MySpace  and not been  all that  impressed, I was a little hesitant about joining another social networking site.   However, Facebook doesn’t appear to focus only on teenagers with nothing better […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Enjoy combining golf and gourmet? See 64 Players Andy Hayler’s excellent Michelin Restaurants Guide Boutique luxury from Gothenburg’s Elite Plaza Hotel Luxury real estate from Opus Panama

Sensational Kids from Omni Hotels

Sensational Kids from Omni Hotels

A complimentary gift bag full of sensory trinkets, cookies and milk each night, and a suitcase full of books and games – what more could a kid ask for?   Omni Hotels‘ kids program has received an extensive childlike makeover designed to create a memorable stay for its youngest travelers.   The new Omni Sensational […]

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 […]

Upgrade with Design Hotels

Upgrade with Design Hotels

More than 30 Design Hotels are offering a Seasonal Spaces promotion, which allows guests to book an automatic upgrade to a higher room or suite category. Participating hotels include the Haymarket Hotel which opened in London last month, the Bel-Ami in Paris, The New Majestic in Singapore, The Omnia in Zermatt, Switzerland, and others in […]