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Caribbean cruise discounts from Windjammer

Caribbean cruise discounts from Windjammer

Windjammer has discounted several Caribbean cruises for next month. For example, a seven-day cruise of the U.S. Virgin Islands on the Legacy, departing St. Thomas on 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th  April 2006, starts at $599 per person; the usual fare starts at $1,500. Port charges are included; fuel surcharges are $25 per person. Sounds […]

Three more Berlin hotels

Three more Berlin hotels

Last month, I  described the Q! Hotel in Berlin, visited by none other than Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. But there are other places to be seen in the German capital: the newly opened Lux 11 in the Mitte district offers compact, ultra-modern rooms  (or ‘apartments’ as they refer to them), tastefully decorated in cream, […]

A rare visit to a billionaire blogger

It’s not every day that I get the opportunity to reference the blog of a billionaire but today is an exception. C. Frederick Wehba II, Vice Chairman of of Bentley-Forbes, has announced on his blog that they are forming a new company dedicated to acquiring luxury hotel and resort properties. $750 million is to be […]

Mateya Safari Lodge, South Africa

Mateya Safari Lodge, South Africa

This malaria-free lodge is set in Big 5 game country in the 75,000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve. Designed for the discerning traveller, Mateya Safari Lodge offers a graceful fusion of relaxed comfort in a beautiful setting. The lodge caters for a maximum of   ten guests and, in so doing, assures guests of exclusivity, privacy and […]

Western & Oriental Travel floatation

A former finance director of lastminute.com who is Chairman of the UK luxury travel company known as Western & Oriental Travel (formerly World Luxury Group) has unveiled plans to float on the stock market. David Howell is seeking to raise £5.5 million through the floatation. The company has also recently acquired Ranch America, providers of […]

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, […]

Beyond five stars

From last Sunday’s Observer newspaper: The Shangri-La hotel and resort chain claims to have now opened its first six-star hotel, the Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Muscat. The One&Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius made the same claim when it reopened after a £32m renovation in 2002, while the Burj Al Arab in Dubai […]

Hotel Quinta do Lago in southern Portugal

Hotel Quinta do Lago in southern Portugal

On a secluded part of southern Portugal’s Algarve coast, amid almost 2,000 acres of gentle hills and pine woods, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, stands the Hotel Quinta do Lago. This five-star resort has spectacular views across the Ria Formosa Estuary, a famous bird sanctuary, bringing all the natural beauty of the surroundings to its guests. […]

Mexico's Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort

Mexico’s Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort

The Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort is the only AAA Four Diamond all-inclusive resort on the Mexican Pacific Riviera. This sophisticated brand new resort features all oceanfront one- and two-bedroom suites, with terraces and spectacular oceanfront views. Each suite is splendidly furnished and offers the utmost in luxurious amenities and services and a […]

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 […]

La Serrania, Mallorca

La Serrania, Mallorca

This beautiful, minimalist property is situated near Pollensa on the island of Mallorca, Spain. Downstairs in the main house there’s an open-plan living and dining room and upstairs four en suite bedrooms. With a further four bedrooms in the annexe, a total of 16 people can be accommodated at any one time. Cost is in […]

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 […]

Quintessentially Norwegian

Quintessentially Norwegian

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, Quintessentially has secured some of the best rates for the finest hotels and travel organisations around the world. In many hotels you receive an automatic upgrade, late checkout or even exclusive gift, treatment or excursion. This private members’ club and concierge service was launched in Oslo last month, […]

La Maison Rorqual, Corsica

La Maison Rorqual, Corsica

Close to the beaches of Saint Florent in Corsica, La Maison Rorqual is a special find. There are five luxurious rooms here and a superb infinity swimming pool. The property can be rented as a whole or rooms can be rented individually. The bedrooms are typically Corsican, complete with wrought-iron beds and driftwood showers. While […]

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