Category: Speciality Travel

Loch Lomond Seaplanes in Scotland

Loch Lomond Seaplanes in Scotland

With just one aircraft – a five-passenger Cessna Turbo Stationair – Loch Lomond Seaplanes provides Britain’s only commercial seaplane service. In addition to lunch excursions, charter services and business trips, Loch Lomond Seaplanes can also offer the opportunity to get married by a Church of Scotland minister whilst soaring above the spectacular Highlands of Scotland. […]

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica – the latest and most luxurious addition to the MSC Cruises fleet – had a christening ceremony in Venice last week. This spectacular new ship is also the largest in the fleet and can therefore afford to offer spacious staterooms and expansive deck space. The ship’s inaugural 7-night voyage is  from Italy to […]

Fiji Beach Resort & Spa

Fiji Beach Resort & Spa

With an elegant touch of Mediterranean architecture, ‘market style’ atmosphere dining, and the private luxury of 219 spacious beachfront rooms, Hilton International’s vision for a truly world-class resort nestled in the heart of the South Pacific has arrived with the unveiling of the first phase of the Fiji Beach Resort & Spa, to be managed […]

Diamond Seat from Etihad Airways

Diamond Seat from Etihad Airways

The new purpose-built Airbus 340-500 for Etihad Airways  – part of an $8 billion order for the national airline of the UAE – has arrived, along with its ‘Diamond Seat’. The seat can rotate 180 degrees, ideal for business travellers who want to have meetings as they fly, or for leisure travellers who simply wish […]

Kenya's Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel re-opens

Kenya’s Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel re-opens

The Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel re-opens today, having closed last May for renovations. The hotel now has a new Maisha spa facility, a renovation and extension  of the Village Wing rooms, as well as the family rooms, and  improvements to the interior design of the public areas. Styled to resemble a 13th century Swahili town […]

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

This member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a spectacular boutique hideaway with dramatic views of Paradise Valley. Arguably Phoenix’s hottest spa, The Sanctuary is an intimate retreat presenting Asian-inspired treatments, a relaxing meditation garden and stunning infinity pool. A renowned restaurant and bar complete the commitment to relaxation and rejuvenation.

Tanzania Under Canvas with CC Africa

Tanzania Under Canvas with CC Africa

CC Africa’s Tanzania Under Canvas – the ultimate, exhiliarating, tailormade Tanzanian safari concept – is now open for guests. The luxurious tented migratory camps have been beautifully assembled and guests are enjoying up close and personal encounters with the Serengeti’s vast and exciting game-rich wilderness. Designed with CC Africa’s legendary fully-serviced style, comfort and elegance, […]

Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Elciego, Spain

Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Elciego, Spain

The Hotel Marqués de Riscal debuts today. Located in the heart of Rioja wine country, this landmark hotel is  the work of the renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, the man behind the incredible Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Luxurious amenities abound, including a fine dining experience and  the Caudalie Vinothérapie ® Spa.

Gordon Ramsay restaurant at London Heathrow

Gordon Ramsay restaurant at London Heathrow

In addition to the possibility of  Harrods opening at London Heathrow’s terminal 5, it’s been speculated that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, one of just three chefs in the UK to maintain 3 Michelin stars for his restaurants, might also open a restaurant there. If the  enterprise is  to go-ahead, the former professional footballer will be […]

Quadski - the world's first high speed amphibian quadbike

Quadski – the world’s first high speed amphibian quadbike

Gibbs Technologies Ltd, the world’s only High Speed Amphibian (HSA) technology specialist,  has unveiled a prototype of the first commercially viable high-speed amphibian Quadbike/All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) – Quadski. The Quadski will allow you to have fun driving on land one minute and then head straight into the sea or a river the next.

Special feature: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio in the Italian Lakes

Special feature: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio in the Italian Lakes

When you see a lone,  bright red Ferrari parked outside, you kind of already know that you have reached somewhere that’s likely to be grand and palatial. The entrance to the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni was in full bloom  when we arrived  in the  sleepy-but-romantic town of Bellagio earlier this month, and the interior lived […]

Levity II at the Windermere on Water festival, England

Levity II at the Windermere on Water festival, England

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to take in some of the new Windermere on Water festival in Cumbria. With children in tow, we visited Levity II which had just been re-located from Barcelona  and set up  in Bowness-on-Windermere.   In fact, it’s made appearances at venues all over the globe, including the Sydney Olympics […]

Nicole Kidman's honeymoon not quite so exclusive afterall

Nicole Kidman’s honeymoon not quite so exclusive afterall

Moments after touching down in Tahiti, it emerged that Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s honeymoon reported here earlier isn’t quite so exclusive afterall. For 31-year-old Eva Longoria of Desparate Housewives fame, and her French boyfriend, are staying just metres away at the same St. Regis resort in Bora Bora. Staff are said to be regularly […]

Your own portable travel hammock

Your own portable travel hammock

Brookman’s deluxe travel hammock now features sound with its integrated, water-resistant AM/FM radio pillow. This 8′ long hammock is perfect for beach excursions, and the new water-resistant radio pillow lets you listen to music as you rest. Weighing only 22 lbs. in its own backpack, the hammock sets up in seconds and supports up to […]

PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Travel Awards

PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Travel Awards

The winners of the 13th annual PlanetOut.com gay and lesbian travel awards can be found by following this link. Amongst the numerous winners are Spain (Destination of the Year), Provincetown (Best Gay Resort Town), American Airlines (Best Airline), Hyatt Hotels & Resorts (Best Gay Hotel Collection) and Crystal Cruises (Best Cruise Company).

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban honeymoon in Tahiti

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban honeymoon in Tahiti

Newlyweds Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are honeymooning at the luxurious and brand new  St. Regis resort in Tahiti after arriving by private jet. The resort offers 24-hour butler service, private beach overlooking a stunning Bora Bora lagoon and round-the-clock security to keep away the prying lenses of the paparazzi.