Category: Speciality Travel

Dozens hurt on Crown Princess

Dozens hurt on Crown Princess

It’s not proving to be a good week for Princess Cruises. Having just completed a nine-day Western Caribbean cruise, the Crown Princess  experienced a steering problem yesterday whilst heading out of Port Canaveral, Florida, throwing both passengers and crew to the deck.   The ship went on its maiden voyage only last month. More than […]

London gets solar-powered ferry

London gets solar-powered ferry

Hailed as the most technologically advanced passenger boat in the UK, the Serpentine Solar Shuttle made its first journey on a lake in Hyde Park yesterday. The boat cost $421,000 to build, is made entirely of stainless steel and carry 42 passengers at a leisurely speed of 8 kms (5 miles) per hour. With Britain […]

India’s Kullu Valley to get five star ski resort

The peaks of the Himalayas are about to get their first five star ski resort in the mould of those in Vail or Val d’Isere. Indian officials have given their backing to  a $300 million project in the Kullu Valley in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, backed by Alfred Ford, great grandson of […]

Body & Mind at the Grand Hotel Bellevue in Gstaad, Switzerland

Body & Mind at the Grand Hotel Bellevue in Gstaad, Switzerland

Body  & Mind is a 6 day package offered by the magnificent Grand Hotel Bellevue in Gstaad, Switzerland. Guests are invited to leave all the stresses of modern life behind as they embark on a wellness programme that involves relaxing body care treatments and work with fully qualified personal trainers. The package starts from 1,998 […]

New business class seats from American Airlines

New business class seats from American Airlines

American Airlines is looking to compete with airlines that already offer fully-reclining business class seating on long-haul flights by  transforming their Boeing 767-300 and Boeing 777 with  lie-flat seats and personal entertainment systems over the next 12 months. The new seats will recline to a 9 degree angle –  a massive improvment on the 60 […]

Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2006

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2006

Travel + Leisure have announced their World’s Best Awards for 2006.   There’s an awful lot more detail than I can do justice to with one blog entry, so here’s a very quick summary. World’s Best Hotel 1 Singita Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa   97.56 2 Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan […]

118 WallyPower superyacht

118 WallyPower superyacht

The spacious 118 WallyPower is a high-performance superyacht from the Italian company, Wally. This distinctive-looking boat can sleep 6 guests (plus a crew of 6)  and has the ability to cruise at speeds of up to 60 knots, not only in flat seas but also in choppier conditions, thanks to a deep V at the […]

Bordeaux with Jeffersons Private Jet Holidays

Bordeaux with Jeffersons Private Jet Holidays

Jeffersons Private Jet Holidays have unveiled one of their most exciting and luxurious experiences yet. Be flown to Bordeaux by private jet before enjoying exclusive tasting sessions at some of the French region’s most well-known vineyards. Take lunch at the Michelin-starred Cordeillian-Bages restaurant, sampling some of the finest foods Europe has to offer before either […]

The world's most expensive luxury motorcoach

The world’s most expensive luxury motorcoach

How much would you expect a truly luxurious motorcoach to set you back?   A little over $100,000, perhaps… or maybe even $200,000…?   No, think again! Featherlite Luxury Coaches‘ newest motorcoach, the Vantare Platinum Plus, carries a whopping price tag of $2.5 million. From the moment you enter via the rare Inca marble steps, […]

New air taxi service from DayJet

New air taxi service from DayJet

DayJet, a new Florida-based air taxi service with a fleet of Eclipse 500 aircraft, has announced that its offering will start by serving Gainesville, Boca Raton, Lakeland, Pensacola and Tallahassee (all in Florida). The cities have been selected owing to “strong business climates and limited transportation infrastructures”. Four more cities in Florida and 12 cities […]

Spa programs for kids with Hilton Hawaii

Spa programs for kids with Hilton Hawaii

Spas are more normally regarded as kid-free zones but that’s not true of  Hilton Hawaii. On the contrary, the Kohala Sports Club & Spa at the Hilton Waikoloa Village positively encourages younger visitors with its Summer at the Spa for Keiki & Teens package where children can enjoy anything from a Coco-Mango Tango Scrub to […]

Honeymoon package from the Chaophya Park Hotel, Bangkok

Honeymoon package from the Chaophya Park Hotel, Bangkok

The Chaophya Park Hotel  in Bangkok  is calling on  all newlyweds to take advantage of their honeymoon package which will lavish couples with a rose petal laced bed in an executive suite.    Running until 31st August 2006, the package includes two nights in an executive suite, 2 hours of honeymoon spa at the Bali […]

Hennessy Hammock

Hennessy Hammock

The Hennessy Hammock is a piece of kit that’s really worth a closer look  from the more intrepid travellers among us. These mid-air, hammock-like  tents come in a range of types and have picked up  all manner of awards: Best Camping Shelter 2005 from Sea Kayaker Magazine… Best of Show from the USA Today summer […]

A year of island hopping: March

A year of island hopping: March

This is post three  of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For March, the following are recommended: Benguerra, Mozambique: Benguerra Lodge Bermuda: Fairmont Southampston Dominica Maldives: Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa Rangali Island and […]

The future of space hotels?

The future of space hotels?

Hotels in space might not be just science fiction. A spacecraft called Genesis 1 has been launched into space from Siberia  by Bigelow Aerospace, a company set up by hotel tycoon Robert Bigelow. This folded craft is inflated once safely in orbit and apparently it is this principle that might be used in the future […]

Night skiing at Coronet Peak near Queenstown, New Zealand

Night skiing at Coronet Peak near Queenstown, New Zealand

Coronet Peak ski area, near Queenstown, kicked off night skiing  last weekend.   It  is operational from 4-9pm on Friday and Saturday nights and will continue late into the season, and  is the only ski area in New Zealand to offer this unique activity. Night skiing has been on offer at Coronet Peak for over […]