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Private Dining Room at Nahm Restaurant, London

Private Dining Room at Nahm Restaurant, London

The award winning Nahm restaurant at The Halkin hotel has opened the new Private Dining Room, in direct response to customer demand for such a facility. Seating up to 30 people, The Private Dining Room is available to hire for breakfast, lunch  and dinner, as well as meetings, presentations and product launches. It is also […]

Mozart's 250th birthday

Mozart’s 250th birthday

A wave of Mozart’s music will ripple across to mark the 250th birthday of the composer Mozart.   In particular, all eyes will be his hometown of Salzburg in Austria. A day of music will start on the streets in the morning at 10.00 GMT with a concert at the Mozarteum after a speech by […]

Jia Hotel Krabi, Thailand

Jia Hotel Krabi, Thailand

The fishing town of Krabi, departure hub for island hoppers, is getting a Jia Hotel, run by the Hong Kong upstart that built the first Philippe Starck-designed hotel in Asia last year. If this first hotel is anything to go by, we can expect sensuous rooms and award-winning cuisine. Starck will surely demonstrate his unique, […]

Evason Hideaway & Six Senses Spa at Yao Noi

Evason Hideaway & Six Senses Spa at Yao Noi

The Evason Hideaway hotel group is opening 54 villas on the island of Yao Noi, with private pools, a wine cellar and “spa village” towards the end of 2006. This little developed island in Phang Nga Bay offers great leisure opportunities such as sailing, excursions to the nearby rock islands, with secluded beaches and rock […]

Banyan Tree Desert Spa and Resort in Bahrain

Banyan Tree Desert Spa and Resort in Bahrain

Looking for Wi-Fi and yoga in Bahrain? Then check in to the Banyan Tree Desert Spa and Resort, Al Areen, an all-villa property scheduled to open in June near Al Areen wildlife sanctuary, home to the endangered Arabian oryx. For $1,375 a night for two, you’ll get an open-air villa complete with a stone-tiled pool, […]

duoMo hotel about to open in Rimini, Italy

duoMo hotel about to open in Rimini, Italy

Furniture designer Ron Arad has fashioned the duoMo hotel (rather annoyingly, every reference to the letter M on the website is in capitals, so you get  references such as  “riMini” and “rooM service”) which opens this Spring. A member of Design Hotels (no doubt they’ll curse me for giving that capitals), this 43-room hotel  will […]

Braais above Zorgvliet Wine Estate, South Africa

Braais above Zorgvliet Wine Estate, South Africa

Guests of the historic Zorgvliet Wine Estate can now indulge in one of the country’s favourite pastimes, but in an absolutely unique setting high up  on the slopes of the Simonsberg mountain. Zorgvliet will host specialised monthly braais (barbecues) from January through to March 2006, with spectacular views over the wine estate and the picturesque […]

Watch the Super Bowl XL from a luxury suite

Watch the Super Bowl XL from a luxury suite

Super Bowl XL is just 10 days away! The game is being played in Detroit, Michigan and will be between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks. Instead of watching on ABC, you could be there.  TicketsNow is advertising a 40-person luxury suite on the 40-yard line.   And the price for the suite?   […]

Celebrity living in London

Celebrity living in London

Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie flew out of London Heathrow Airport today following a brief visit to the UK. They stayed at the famous Claridges hotel in Mayfair, London, last night after arriving that day. According to reports, Jolie stayed at the hotel while Pitt went out for dinner at Locanda Locatelli with […]

Continental Airlines Vacations special offer

Continental Airlines Vacations special offer

Continental Airlines Vacations are offering up to 50% off at Couples Resorts in Jamaica.   The particpating resorts are Couples Negril, Couples Swept Away (also Negril), Couples Ochos Rios and Couples San Souci Resort & Spa (also Ochos Rios). From fine dining to luxury spa treatments to beach rendezvous to off-site excursions, you’ll find a […]

The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel

The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel

If you’re one of those that likes to save a few dollars but still enjoy luxury, then maybe The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel: The Art of Cultivating Preferred Customer Status is for you.   Written by Joel Widzer who developed an enduring love for luxury travel after a stay in an elegant suite […]

Abbey Manor, Cape Town

Abbey Manor, Cape Town

Abbey Manor is a luxury guesthouse set high on Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town city. Here you can enjoy dramatic views from sumptuous rooms, each individually decorated. Abbey Manor was built in 1905 in the Arts-and-Crafts style, and has been fully remodelled to ensure the highest level of comfort. It is an easy hop from […]

Takaro Peace Resort, New Zealand

Takaro Peace Resort, New Zealand

Takaro is the realization of a dream held by a young couple; a couple who decided to create a haven of luxurious relaxation and rejuvenation in New Zealand, a million miles from the pressure of city life. Takaro is a luxury wilderness lodge with only ten Element Chalet Suits. Each chalet has been designed by […]

Fort Worth restaurant seeks five star experience

Gunsmoke Grill in Fort Worth TX is already a great little steakhouse, but the new chef wants to make it even better.   She wants to make it a “five-star” fine-dining restaurant. In two years,  it has gone through three chefs and countless concepts, from college-area bar and grill to Southwestern dining to cowboy beef […]

The best of Mauritius

The best of Mauritius

Mark Twain  purported that Mauritius was made first, and heaven was later modelled on it.  It may be just a speck in the Indian Ocean, but the  idyllic island has more beautiful beaches and top-quality hotels than any other destination. In a recent article for The Telegraph, Teresa Levonian Cole picks her 10 favourites. They […]

2005 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

2005 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards

The votes are in for the 2005 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award winners!  The top 10 Caribbean hotels, as  picked by TripAdvisor travelers, are: Pompano Beach Club, Bermuda Montpelier Plantation Inn, Nevis Coral Reef Club, Barbados Iberostar Costa Dorada, Dominican Republic Couples Negril, Jamaica Jamaica Inn, Jamaica CuisinArt Resort and Spa, Anguilla Couples Sans Souci, Jamaica […]

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