Category: Health & Safety

UNICEF support from The Luxury Collection

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has launched a global initiative in support of UNICEF’s immunization and malaria programs for vulnerable children in developing countries.  A brand package called “We Invite You to Linger”  will offer  guests a complimentary night stay for every two, three or four night reservation at a hotel or resort within […]

Posh Hotels Undercover - take 2

Posh Hotels Undercover – take 2

Having (half-)watched ITV’s ‘Posh Hotels Undercover‘ this evening, I thought I’d post my thoughts.   The programme alleged that a number of Radisson Edwardian‘s London hotels – including the flagship five star May Fair Hotel – left a lot to be desired: there was everything from a supervisor cleaning a washbasin with a toilet brush […]

Posh Hotels Undercover

I’m just settling down for an evening with the laptop and thought I’d see what was on TV… those of you in the UK with an interest in the luxury travel industry might be interested that ITV’s ‘Tonight‘ is just about to start and is this evening entitled ‘Posh Hotels Undercover‘. According to the brief […]

The best bed in the world?

The best bed in the world?

How important is a really good quality bed to you?   It’s an issue that I’ve paid attention to more and more in recent times (my wife had a slipped disc that required surgery, just over 12 months ago) and so I was interested to hear that the Vi Spring is the bed of choice […]

Newsflash: man detained on Heathrow runway

Newsflash: man detained on Heathrow runway

Just one day before the launch of Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, there has been a security breach at the airport. A man scaled a perimeter fence with a rucksack and ran into the path of an Emirates flight before being surrounded by police and police dogs.   He is thought to have been acting alone, […]

Sheraton Hotels and Four Points by Sheraton Hotels to go smoke free

Sheraton Hotels and Four Points by Sheraton Hotels to go smoke free

Sheraton Hotels and Four Points by Sheraton Hotels has announced that all of their smoking rooms will become non-smoking by the end of 2008.   This affects  more than  300 properties and some 8,000 rooms across the US, Canada and the  Caribbean.

The Cliffs at Keowee Springs

The Cliffs is proud to introduce Keowee Springs, a new and unique kind of healthy-living community. At Keowee Springs, family wellness is an exciting journey of discovery, of living completely, of enjoying life to the fullest. The Cliffs at Keowee Springs is the ideal place to begin, or continue, a legacy of living well that […]

Purify your body with Evian

Purify your body with Evian

It was with great delight that I visited the small town of Evian-les-Bains, home of Evian mineral water, on Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman, as the French like to call it)  last year. (You can read a little  more about that trip on the special features here and here.)   And it’s with  considerable interest […]

The luxury of being able to smoke at 40,000 feet

The luxury of being able to smoke at 40,000 feet

I’m not a big fan of smoking at all (never tried it, and never will!) but an article in the International Herald Tribune  entitled ‘Frequent Traveler: Lighting up in luxury may soon be latest in niche flying’ recently caught my eye.   It provides information on SMINTair, an airline for those that can’t kick the […]

Starwood plans to put an end to trans-fats

It’s not happened yet but apparently  Starwood Resorts & Hotels Worldwide, Inc plan to elimiate trans-fats from food, catering, room service, bar and lounge menus at  many of its  properties by the end of 2007.   Their press release states that: [Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s] goal [is] to eliminate all artificial trans-fats from […]

Beware of the overhead cabins

On boarding a flight at Milan’s Malpensa Airport last year, I was taken aback by what happened. Whilst I was speaking to a stewardess about getting a child seat beat for our younger son when suddenly I got an almighty “THWACK!” on the side of the head. A half second passed whilst I tried to […]

Healthy fare afloat

Starting 1st March 2007, Royal Caribbean International will become the first cruise line to eliminate all trans-fats from its menu, after a successful test of trans-fat-free cooking oil on the Navigator of the Seas late last year. A fat-free menu will be available on all RCL ships by the end of the year.

Gaylord Hotels is the latest to go smoke-free

Gaylord Hotels is the latest to go smoke-free

With immediate effect from today, all Gaylord Hotels are smoke-free.   This includes the brand’s existing properties – Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL, and Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine near Dallas – as well as Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Prince George’s County, MD which is slated to open […]

Hotels getting healthier?

Hotels getting healthier?

I’ve already reported about the non-smoking policies adopted by Marriott and others.   Now it appears that hotel chains are getting more health-conscious in other areas too.   As of 1st February 2007, Loews Hotels will ban artificial trans fats in the food that it offers, and will become the first hotel chain to do […]

Shreyas: a new boutique Yoga retreat in Bangalore, India

Shreyas: a new boutique Yoga retreat in Bangalore, India

Situated in southern India, Shreyas offers tailor-made Yoga holidays in the most sumptious of settings. Just one and a half hour’s drive from Bangalore Airport, the retreat offers tented accommodation and is equipped with an infinity pool, spa, gym, steam rooms, cinema and organic vegetable farm. Yoga classes take place twice a day in an […]

New relaxation program at COMO Shambhala Estate

New relaxation program at COMO Shambhala Estate

Brazil’s COMO Shambhala Estate is introducing a new, exclusive  relaxation program called FUSION that combines all aspects of Pilates and Yoga. Sessions will centre on common problem areas, flexibility, posture, breathing and relaxation. The daily schedule incorporates 3 hours of Pilates (2 hours of practical and 1 hour of theory) and 2 hours of Hatha […]