Category: Travel Literature

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. […]

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”. […]

Get ready for Soneva Kiri from the incredible Sonu and Eva Shivdasani

Get ready for Soneva Kiri from the incredible Sonu and Eva Shivdasani

Thirteen years after they created Soneva Fushi – the Maldives benchmark for high-end, eco-friendly, all-natural opulence – the innovative husband and wife team Sonu and Eva Shivdasani are getting set to launch Soneva Kiri, just the third Soneva on the planet. In the interim, they have built Six Senses Resorts & Spas into a company […]

51st annual list of Mobil Travel Guide four- and five-star awards is now out

Mobil Travel Guide has unveiled their annual winners for the coveted Mobil Travel Guide four- and five-star awards. This list has defined the industry’s highest standard for excellence in hospitality for over fifty years. This year, two destinations made history by achieving the most Mobil five stars ever awarded to one destination. Sea Island Resorts […]

A successful first year for 'qualia'

A successful first year for ‘qualia’

qualia, Australia’s newest world class luxury resort on Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, has much to celebrate since its opening 12 months ago. Most notably it was awarded “Best New Tourism Development” at the 2008 Whitsunday Tourism Awards; in May 2008 qualia was also featured on the cover of the UK version of […]

Hg2 Eat New York goes mobile

A mobile version of Hg2‘s groundbreaking new restaurant guide, Eat New York, goes live on UBI UBI™ today. It’s  the only high-end restaurant and travel guide designed exclusively for the smartphone platform. With  a unique take on the restaurant world, Eat New York is designed specifically for savvy residents and sophisticated travellers, with 150 insider […]

Bushmans Kloof shines with top tourism awards

Bushmans Kloof has been named among the world’s finest hotels in the Forbes Traveller 400 Best Hotels for 2008/2009, one of the world’s premier lists of deluxe hotels, as determined by a team of 79 distinguished luxury travel experts. At the same time, it has been named among the Top 10 Resorts in Africa in […]

Special Hotels of the World 2009

The Great Hotels Organisation has officially launched the Special Hotels of the World 2009 Exclusive Travel Collection Directory. The latest edition includes a hand-picked selection of over 50 of the world’s best hotels that offer something special or unique to the discerning traveller. The new coffee-table style directory features breathtaking photography, hotel facts and tips […]

And the winner of the best hotel in the US is...

And the winner of the best hotel in the US is…

The Peninsula Chicago has received the highest possible rating given by Conde Nast Traveler readers in the 2008 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. The top shelf, luxury property was named number one hotel on the list of the “Top 100 United States Hotels”. The awards, which were announced  last Wednesday  at a gala ceremony […]

Louis Vuitton City Guides 2009

Louis Vuitton City Guides 2009

Think Louis Vuitton and you instantly think ‘luggage’.   But, unbeknown to many, there is another aspect of the LV brand – Louis Vuitton City Guides – which has been running for 10 years.   The 2009 edition is out now, featuring many new destinations. They will be available from LV boutiques worldwide from tomorrow.

Special feature: Sony PRS-505 Reader

Special feature: Sony PRS-505 Reader

I’ve managed to get my hands on a Sony PRS-505 Reader which has been out in the US for a while now, but has only recently become available in the UK through the High Street retailer Waterstones  (priced at £199).   As soon as I opened the box, I was immediately struck by the look […]

Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards 2008

Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards 2008

It’s that time of year once again when Travel+Leisure releases its World’s Best Awards. I haven’t had time to study them in detail just yet, but have noted that Singita Sabi Sand at Kruger has taken top spot in the World’s Best Hotels section, up one place from last year. Second is Oberoi Rajvilas in […]

Interview with Kevin May of Travolution

Interview with Kevin May of Travolution

Kevin May is editor of Travolution, an industry-focussed magazine for online travel and division of Reed Business Information.   It consists of a blog, e-news service and a physical magazine, and is a leader in its field with an advisory board that comprises some  of the biggest names in the travel industry. What is it […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Island properties from Greek Islands Club A Corsican gem: La Maison Rorqual The European-influenced Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F. Wine recommendations from Decanter  magazine

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Be inspired by Luxury Travel Advisor Discover The Land of a Thousand Flavors Worldwide luxury villas from Villas de Maitre A fine selection of superyachts from Nigel Burgess

A strange way to do business

About a year ago, I accepted an invitation to subscribe to  Luxury Travel  magazine, published by the Haymarket Media Group.   I have enjoyed reading it up to now, and always  passed copies on to clients and colleagues when I’d finished with it.   Anyway, just now I took a telephone call.   It started […]