Category: Travel Miscellany

3 Nights for the Price of 1 at Stamford Hotels and Resorts

Forget about chocolates, Stamford Hotels and Resorts has a real Easter treat for you, and it extends right throughout April – spend a blissful night in any of their 10 award-winning Australian and New Zealand properties and enjoy an extra two nights at no extra cost! From 1st April 1 through to 7th May 2006, […]

More travel goodies in the Oscars swagbag

More travel goodies in the Oscars swagbag

I blogged yesterday on the contents of this evening’s Oscars swagbag,  given to presenters at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. In addition to the travel goodies already mentioned, I’ve since discovered there’s more, including a $1,495 leather-trimmed cashmere travel blanket from Frette, the famous Italian linen house, $1,500 exclusive dinner party in Morton’s Private Boardroom […]

Susan Kime Luxury Lifestyle Journalist

Susan Kime Luxury Lifestyle Journalist

Susan Kime – a luxury lifestyle journalist – dropped me a line this evening, seeking a link exchange which, given our obvious shared interest, of course I am happy to do.   Susan’s website includes her profile, details of articles in a range of publications from The Robb Report to Elite Traveler, links and a […]

Swag bags for Oscar nominees

Swag bags for Oscar nominees

Celebrities at events like the Oscars and Golden Globes are traditionally given a goody bag with all manner of lavish gifts from companies eager to have the big names use their products.   This year’s Oscars will be no exception.   Presenters such as George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep  and Nicole Kidman  will receive […]

Another fun HSBC ad

Another fun HSBC ad

Here’s the low-down. The English believe it’s a slur on your host’s food if you don’t clear your plate… whereas the Chinese feel you’re questioning their generosity if you do  (3MB download).   At HSBC they never underestimate the importance of local knowledge…   I wish they did more of these ads; it’s a great […]

Chicken off the menu in some of Karachi's five star hotels?

Chicken off the menu in some of Karachi’s five star hotels?

Amid mounting fears following a report of outbreak of bird flu virus in Pakistan, some five star hotels in Karachi are taking time out to re-assess the situation. Hotel Pearl Continental  has brought the purchase of chickens to a halt and put  the task in  the hands of the hotel’s veterinary doctors. Marriott Hotel Karachi […]

It's a dog's life

It’s a dog’s life

A couple of days ago I blogged about how President Bush’s visit to New Delhi was resulting in 100% occupancy for all of the city’s five star hotels.  Today I learned more about what a Presidential visit entails and discovered that, according to the Indian media, 17 dogs belonging to  the K-9 squad of the […]

Special feature: Barton Grange Hotel, UK

Special feature: Barton Grange Hotel, UK

I  stayed at  Barton Grange Hotel at the weekend, arguably the best hotel in Preston, Lancashire (UK). Easily accessible from Junction 32 of the M6 motorway, the hotel is just 2 miles from the junction, in the direction of Garstang. It’s an easy place to while away the weekend with ample facilities, good food and, […]

Lazy Daze Package with Stamford Plaza Melbourne

Lazy Daze Package with Stamford Plaza Melbourne

Need to escape after a long hot Australian summer?  Why not enjoy a relaxing autumn escape at Stamford Plaza Melbourne? Their Lazy Daze Package includes a three course candlelit dinner served in your room by your personal chef with theatrical flair, two Stamford house-coats personally embroidered with your names, an in-room 30 minute massage for […]

Bush at Maurya Sheraton Hotel, New Delhi

Bush at Maurya Sheraton Hotel, New Delhi

Courtesy of  my friends at TravelPost I understand President George Bush will be spending tonight at the ITC Maurya Sheraton & Towers in New Delhi on his maiden visit to India. His entourage are taking over the entire hotel.   Le Meridien New Delhi is also seeing 100% occupancy with 87 of its 358 rooms […]

$10,000 Blog Challenge

$10,000 Blog Challenge

John Scott (pictured right), who I’ve known online for a good while now, is running a $10,000 Blog Challenge which I thought sounded like a good idea.   As you may be aware, there’s an upper tier in the blog world (think Boing Boing et al.) that everyone invariably tends to link to, and this […]

Glenapp Castle Spring Garden Break, Scotland

Glenapp Castle Spring Garden Break, Scotland

Named Luxury Hotel of the Year in the Scottish Hotels of the Year Awards at a sparkling ceremony attended by 350 guests in Edinburgh last year, Glenapp Castle in Ballantrae in South Ayrshire is currently offering a Spring Garden Break where you can enjoy a special two night stay from £170.00 per person per night, […]

ITTFA welcomes Luxury Travel Expo

ITTFA, the International Tourism Trade Fairs Association, welcomes its newest member, Luxury Travel Expo. Luxury Travel Expo is the industry’s largest gathering of luxury travel professionals in the   U.S. and during its last show in Las Vegas, December 2005, it attracted 4,376 visitors and 486 exhibitors over three days, serving both international and domestic […]

Spring 2006 fishing special with Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge

Spring 2006 fishing special with Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge

Stay at Boardwalk Lodge between 15th April and 31st May 2006 and get the season’s lowest rate. The season spans Alaska’s peak Steelhead season and for just $495 per day you can be a part of it. Float plane, fishing license, tax and gratuities not included. Alaska’s Boardwalk Lodge is a sportsman’s paradise and has […]

Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival

For the next four days, until the last day of the month, one million people will gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The centrepiece is the Sambadromo parade, when neighbourhood groups compete for the title of best samba school; flashy floats and fancy costumes will no doubt feature prominently. The Masquerade Ball is almost as […]

Win a stay at Charlton House & Monty’s Spa in SOMERSET

Celebrating the launch of a new website for romantic holidays and the release of “Imagine Me & You” on 31st March 2006, South West England has teamed up with UIP/Universal to give away the perfect romantic gift: 2 nights at the  fabulous award-winning Charlton House & Monty’s Spa in Somerset, with 1st class rail travel […]