Category: Travel Miscellany

Holland America's Noordam in New York

Holland America's Noordam in New York

With more than 1,000 spectators on hand here to partake in the festivities, Holland America Line officially inaugurated its newest ship, the Noordam yesterday. The ceremony included Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, the ship’s godmother, christening the vessel with the traditional breaking of a Champagne bottle on the ship’s bow.  The Noordam, an 81,769-ton ship
South Beach Food and Wine Festival 2006

South Beach Food and Wine Festival 2006

The prelude to the 5th annual South Beach Food and Wine Festival is today, with the main event continuing tomorrow and through the weekend. Presented by Food & Wine magazine, the festival invites the world to attend South Florida’s premier culinary extravaganza. Meet some of the greatest chefs in the world, not to mention  winemakers,
Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

This ‘calendar of divine hotels around the world’ – as the book is sub-titled – provides a superb review of some of the top hotels in the most wonderful destinations in the world.  For the families out there, there’s also a  chapter on hotels that cater for children. Sir Richard Branson  said of  Sarah Siese’s
Choco-Laté Belgian chocolate festival

Choco-Laté Belgian chocolate festival

The town of Bruges is about to host Belgium’s first chocolate fair. Choco-Laté – the first chocolate festival in the country of chocolate – will be an ode to chocolate.   The event is the brainchild of the Bruges chocolate museum, Choco-Story. If you’re a chocoholic, don’t miss out! The event runs from 28th April
Sunrise Package at Cape Panwa, Phuket

Sunrise Package at Cape Panwa, Phuket

Until 16th April 2006, you can take advantage of the sunrise package at Phuket’s Cape Panwa resort. The package  is 4,450 per person and includes accommodation in a Superior Room at Cape Panwa Hotel, daily buffet breakfast at Café Andaman, one dinner at one of the restaurants and transfers to/from Phuket Airport. You may also

Escape winter with Boca Raton Resort & Club

Spend the cold winter months warming your toes in the sand and sun with Boca Raton Resort & Club in the sunshine state of Florida.  Winter specials are on offer at $249 per night and valid until 30th April 2006.
Robotic shark

Robotic shark

Having to share your hotel swimming pool with someone?   Not with the remote-controlled robotic shark, you don’t.   I’m curious as to what the actual purpose of this 2-foot offering from Hammacher Schlemmer truly is, but I guess you could up to quite a bit of mischief with it. The beast moves in all
Guinness blog launched

Guinness blog launched

World-renowned brewer Guinness launched a weblog last Wednesday that is created and written by the company’s staff to give you an inside track on Guinness in Great Britain. Tip:  just say you’re from the UK when hitting their homepage in order to by-pass some legal mumbo-jumbo that otherwise disallows your visit.  
Condé Nast / Gleneagles offer

Condé Nast / Gleneagles offer

Condé Nast Traveller readers are invited to live it up at Gleneagles at an exclusive event to be held on 18th-19th September 2006. This bespoke event will include  a complimentary clay-pigeon shooting session, a cookery demonstration, a Gala Dinner with accopmanying Scottish entertainment and accommodation in the best rooms at Gleneagles. Price is £785 per
Never under-estimate the importance of local knowledge

Never under-estimate the importance of local knowledge

HSBC, your local bank, never under-estimate the importance of local knowledge.   Or so the adverts say.   If you haven’t seen this series of HSBC ads before, take a look for a little light travel entertainment. This fun TV ad highlights the differences of a certain hand signal within South America.
Oxia... coming to a minibar near you

Oxia... coming to a minibar near you

Here’s something you don’t normally expect to find in your minibar: oxygen. That’s right, oxygen!   These small cannisters are starting to appear in hotel minibars with greater frequency, with the aim of giving weary travellers a natural boost of energy. Keep an eye out for them… they’re already to be found at W Hotel
Diana, A Celebration

Diana, A Celebration

An exhibition named ‘Diana, A Celebration’ will be held at The Dayton Art Institute from 18th February to 11th June 2006. On loan from from the Spencer family’s Althorp Estate, it presents the life and humanitarian work of one of the most remarkable women of the 20th Century. Visitors will be able to share in
Motorized Pool Lounger

Motorized Pool Lounger

Excalibur Electronics have come up with the luxury leisure traveller’s ultimate gadget: a motorized pool lounger. Afterall, why float when you can drive? It has two powerful motors, and two easy-to-use joysticks, each controlling independent propellors. A built in cup holder is of course standard. Price is $149.95.
New Orleans Jazz Fest details emerge

New Orleans Jazz Fest details emerge

I mentioned the New Orleans Jazz Fest a few days ago, but the details then were  a little unknown. More information is now emerging and it’s been revealed that Bob Dylan and Blues legend Fats Domino  will be among the line-up. Rock veteran Elvis Costello, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon,  Keith Urban, Yolanda Adams, the Dave
Hotelier Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdeva marry

Hotelier Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdeva marry

New-York based hotelier Vikram Chatwal is to tie the knot with Indian model Priya Sachdeva today. The celebrations are taking place at ITC Hotel Maurya Sheraton in New Delhi and will  last several days. The wedding is being attended by former US President Bill Clinton, Harrison Ford, Naomi Campbell, P. Diddy and Deepak Chopra.  Chatwal
Bellagio birthday bash

Bellagio birthday bash

Robbie Williams allegedly splashed out £50,000 on a lavish birthday bash  at Las Vegas’s Bellagio  last week.  The British pop star  flew friends to the gambling capital of the world for a lavish celebration. He’ll be looking forward to the summer, too… the football (read soccer, if you’re from the US) mad Williams has organised