Category: Books

A Hedonist's guide to…

A Hedonist’s guide to… (or Hg2, for short) is a series of sleek, sophisticated black books that give the low-down on the best places to sleep, eat, drink, shop  and more in cities throughout the world. A range of cities are covered, from Berlin to Beirut, with the London edition launching today. Filmer Ltd. –
Da Vinci Code tourism?

Da Vinci Code tourism?

It’s the official premiere of the The Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou this evening, and many corners of the globe are bracing themselves for Da Vinci Code tourists.   Tours of Paris and the Louvre are the obvious first port of call, with the likes of London, Scotland and Rome also
Mandarin Oriental, New York's spa praised by Mobil

Mandarin Oriental, New York's spa praised by Mobil

The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, has achieved 5-star status is the Mobil Travel Guide‘s third annual hotel spa ratings. This is only the second spa to be given this accolade, the previous recipient being the Spa Montage at the Montage Resort & Spa in Laguna Beach, California. The star ratings are awarded
Luxury Hotels Europe

Luxury Hotels Europe

This is the first volume of a series of four on hotels that offer the best in style, service and design – on the most luxurious hotels in the world. Whether traditional or modern, luxury need not be defined in terms of richly decorated formality. The European hotels featured in these pages, both the well-established
Nota Bene travel guides

Nota Bene travel guides

The impartial Nota Bene travel guides are for discriminating travellers, reviewing some of the world’s most exciting cities and resorts. A 12-month subscription costs £275 ( £495 for 24 months) and subscribers have exclusive access to an online members’ club. Complete a form on their site and you can get a free sample copy of
Ultimate Guide to the World's Best Wedding & Honeymoon Destinations

Ultimate Guide to the World's Best Wedding & Honeymoon Destinations

Compiled by Elizabeth Lluch, this guide gives a useful overview on a number of resorts worldwide with a view to finding the perfect location for the most romantic wedding ceremony or the most unforgettable honeymoon.  Probably one of the most comprehensive guides of its kind, the book is available through Amazon.
Luxury Travel for the Unrich and Unfamous

Luxury Travel for the Unrich and Unfamous

The full title of this book – Luxury Travel for the Unrich and Unfamous: How to See the USA in an Affordable Way: A Family Guidebook – gives a fuller insight into what this paperback is all about. It is a handy guide for anyone looking to save time and money in the US, without
Luxury Hotels Beach Resorts

Luxury Hotels Beach Resorts

Distinguished by masterly architecture and exemplary interior design, the beach hotels introduced in the pages of this lavishly illustrated coffee-table book are the ultimate refuge for those needing respite from their hectic lives and everyday routines. Whether well-established names or hidden gems, the reader is presented with a visual tour of Oceanside resorts that range
We are sinking!

We are sinking!

Berlitz demonstrates the importance of learning languages with this fun clip courtesy of a trainee German coastguard. It’s just over 3MB so please be patient with the download… but it’s worth the wait! Berlitz is a leader in effective language instruction, whether for business or personal enrichment, not to mention being responsible for the world’s
Thumbthing

Thumbthing

Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that work. Next time, you’re sitting by your hotel pool and want to hold a glass of Champagne in one hand, and your book with the other, spare a thought for the Thumbthing.   This neat little accessory can also be used as a bookmark when you need to put
Weather to Travel

Weather to Travel

Consult this book before planning your next trip and avoid extremes of weather that might ruin your holiday.   This invaluable book features weather profiles for over 205 countries, from Australia to Zambia, as well as month-by-month guides to rainfall, comfort and sunshine levels, and also advice on what to pack and when to go.
The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel

The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel

If you’re one of those that likes to save a few dollars but still enjoy luxury, then maybe The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel: The Art of Cultivating Preferred Customer Status is for you.   Written by Joel Widzer who developed an enduring love for luxury travel after a stay in an elegant suite
Best travel books

Best travel books

The New Zealand Herald‘s travel editor, Jim Eagles, has provided his summary of the best books of last year.   The top 10 to make the list are: The Travel Book: A Journey through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet) Traveller’s Atlas (Dorling Kindersley) The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand By Geographx (Craig Potton