Category: Travel Equipment

Gourmet magazine loses its appetite

It was announced yesterday that Gourmet magazine, despite having almost one million subscribers, is to cease publication after 68 years.  A slump in ad revenue is being blamed for its demise although Wikipedia currently reads: On October 5, 2009 Condé Nast announced that  Gourmet will cease monthly publication by the end of 2009, due to […]

The latest desirables from Heathrow

The latest desirables from Heathrow

Whether travelling for business or pleasure, take the time to indulge in some serious retail therapy at Heathrow this Autumn. Catering for your every want and desire, the airport is home to a wide collection of premium brands including Paul Smith, Prada, Harrods, Gucci and Sony – all at airport prices.  Here are their picks […]

'Luxury' at its most basic level

‘Luxury’ at its most basic level

Ever been ‘caught out’ in the great outdoors?  These items are far from luxurious but marginally beat having to dig a hole for yourself in order to do the deed.  The amusingly named Brown Corporation has come up with the Shit Box (that’s the ‘bog standard’ version), the somewhat more acceptably-named Ploo and, for the […]

Leica's Duovid binoculars

Leica’s Duovid binoculars

If you’re planning on a safari or a hiking vacation, you probably want some good quality, lightweight binoculars so you don’t miss out on anything.  Step forward Leica‘s Duovid 10+ 15×50 binoculars.  With a retail price of around $2,400, you can expect something special. Firstly, they are not zoom binoculars which can exhibit poorer optical […]

Fashion faux-pas by Rihanna?

Fashion faux-pas by Rihanna?

Don’t you just hate it when you turn up somewhere, only to find someone else is wearing an identical garment?  I wonder how Rihanna felt when she emerged from the Hotel de Rome in Berlin today and found herself being upstaged by the doorman…

And the best hotel in the world is...

And the best hotel in the world is…

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur has been voted the Best Hotel in the World by Conde Nast Traveller in the Readers Travel Awards for 2009 across travel and industry categories, in the World Top 100. This former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur also tops the list of ‘Overseas Leisure Hotels for Asia and the Indian sub-continent’. […]

Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Awards 2009

The 11th successful Conde Nast Traveller annual Readers’ Awards were announced on 2nd September 2009 and give the readers of the magazine the chance to voice their views on all things travel.  Over 40,000 entries were made this year with readers filling out questionnaires in April 2009, either in print or online. The replies were […]

James Joyce dinner at Four Seasons Hotel Dublin

It’s not every day you get to dine with the dead.  Sign up for Four Seasons Hotel Dublin‘s “Discover Dublin” package and you’ll be treated to an authentic evening that leaps right off the pages of James Joyce‘s  famed short story, The Dead. You’ll feast as Joyce’s characters did, with the very same hearty menu. […]

Your must-have travel items

We asked you (via Twitter) what item of luggage was a ‘must-have’ when travelling in luxury.   And here’s just a handful of your many responses: iPhone & headphones with Karl Lagerfelds compilations. Travelling relaxed (@AmandaGeissler) laptop? ..depends on where i’m going (@aselina) My battered old brown leather holdall, would be devasteated if I lost […]

The world's most unusual hotel minibar item?

The world’s most unusual hotel minibar item?

These days it seems it’s not enough to offer just a few drinks and snacks in a hotel minibar.   Hotels are going a step further, offering all manner of items from bikinis (W Retreat & Spa, Maldives) to gourmet dog biscuits (The Loews Hotel, Denver).   But perhaps one of the most unusual items […]

Nikon D5000

Have you seen the new Nikon D5000?   It comes with a unique 2.7″ LCD vari-angle monitor which makes it easy to take pictures from any angle, 12.3 megapixels and EXPEED image processing system for high definition images.   It also offers Live View with four AF modes and enhanced creativity with HD movie function […]

Traditional tourist maps of the future?

Traditional tourist maps of the future?

With an increasing reliance on all things internet, you could be forgiven for thinking that the traditional paper map has had its day.   I mean, there’s Google Maps now, and there are iPhones, as well as a variety of GPS devices, so it’s easy to get an up-to-date map at your fingertips in minutes. […]

Making your iPod more travel-proof: the Atlantic EGO iceBar2

Making your iPod more travel-proof: the Atlantic EGO iceBar2

iPods are built to a certain level of durability but they are not all that durable. They’re likely to suffer if you bash them or drop them in the lavatory (apparently this happens with mobile phones a lot, so I suspect it could also do so with iPods!). The Atlantic EGO iceBar2 is the ideal […]

Don’t overlook Krakow!

The Polish city of Krakow, too often overlooked by travellers, has been recognised as one of the world’s top five cities by readers of Wanderlust magazine. The self-styled magazine “for people with a passion for travel” placed Krakow fourth place in its list of favourite cities for 2009 and described it as a “bargain destination”. […]

Special feature: The Travelwrap

Special feature: The Travelwrap

The Travelwrap from The Travelwrap Company arrived at A Luxury Travel Blog HQ this week.  This company offers the perfect travelling companion in the form of their original, contemporary, Scottish-knitted cashmere Travelwraps.  So soft and luxurious,  they are  made from the finest cashmere: the company  spent a long time finding the right mill  to do […]

One to watch: Halsea luggage

If you’re feeling a little uninspired by the standard range of luggage that’s available, take a look at the casual yet stylist range from Halsea.   Designed by Sally Bartz, the bags come in a choice of retro prints which are each named after a US waterfront.   Prices start from $55.