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Kelly Brook and Billy Zane honeymoon

Kelly Brook and Billy Zane honeymoon

Kelly Brook and fiance Billy Zane are planning their dream honeymoon. They are due to marry in Greece later this year and expected to sail on a luxury yacht around the Western Isles of Scotland for their honeymoon. It is thought that Kelly fell in love with Scotland after attending Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s wedding […]

Sofitel Trocadéro Dokhan's, Paris

Sofitel Trocadéro Dokhan’s, Paris

Formerly a neo-classical private residence, Sofitel Trocadéro Dokhan’s in Paris offers an excellent location between the Arc de Triomphe and the Trocadéro.  A few minutes walk  from the most luxurious boutiques, the hotel offers chic and refined weekend breaks. As a special Valentine’s Day treat, the hotel is treating guests to a private tasting of […]

Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley, Australia

Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley, Australia

To really impress your  loved one this Valentine’s, take him or her Down Under to  Australia’s Chateau Yering, a Victorian estate set on 250 acres in the Yarra Valley north of Melbourne. Located in the heart of Australia’s wine country, this luxurious Relais & Chateaux property, dating to 1854, awaits with dazzling sunsets, vineyards ready […]

Michelin stars for UK and Ireland

Michelin stars for UK and Ireland

Michelin revealed today that there are no new three-star holders in its latest UK and Ireland guide. Instead, this year’s winners include 17 new one-star holders and one new two-star restaurant. This year’s only new two-star award went to Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Auchterarder. It is the first Scottish restaurant to win a coveted two […]

New luxury spas in Wales

New luxury spas in Wales

Everybody deserves to indulge in the finer things in life, and it seems the Welsh are keen to recognise the growing trend for spas.   What better way to relax than a visit to one of Wales’s new spas and beauty suites? On your next visit, make sure you look up The Dunes Beauty Suite […]

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

The Australian Tourism Export Council has added its support for the Sydney Opera House with its bid to join UNESCO’s register of World Heritage-listed structures. As one of the world’s most recognisable buildings, the Opera House contributes millions of tourism dollars to Australia’s economy each year and is always on the ‘must see’ list of […]

Best travel books

Best travel books

The New Zealand Herald‘s travel editor, Jim Eagles, has provided his summary of the best books of last year.   The top 10 to make the list are: The Travel Book: A Journey through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet) Traveller’s Atlas (Dorling Kindersley) The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand By Geographx (Craig Potton […]

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

Virgin Atlantic Airways has unveiled the first phase of its new £11-million Sterling flagship business class lounge, the Clubhouse at Heathrow airport. The Clubhouse’s centrepiece is a spa, which will set new standards for the industry with the first spa pool, steam room and sauna in an airline lounge. The new look lounge, which is […]

Luxury Institute survey

A new Luxury Customer Experience Index survey, from New York-based Luxury Institute, finds the Mandarin Oriental earning top honours as the luxury hotel brand that delivers “the best customer experience” as rated by their own wealthy customers. Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons tied for second; St. Regis was a close third.

Slippery When Wet: Bon Jovi plane involved in accident

Slippery When Wet: Bon Jovi plane involved in accident

US rockers Bon Jovi escaped injury early today when their private Boeing 707 jet skidded off a runway at Hamilton airport, west of Toronto, in a severe rain storm. Bon Jovi is currently on tour and today commands a global audience that has barely diminished since it first struck major commercial success  with 1986’s 14-million-selling […]

Four Seasons Hotel Macau

Four Seasons Hotel Macau

An agreement has been reached in which Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts will manage a 400-room hotel being built by Las Vegas Sands Corp. on the Cotai Strip in the People’s Republic of China Special Administrative Region of Macao. Four Seasons will manage the Hotel and the serviced vacation suites, while Las Vegas Sands Corp. […]

Jumeirah Essex House, New York

Jumeirah Essex House, New York

Jumeirah, an international luxury hospitality group headquartered in Dubai, recently acquired its first US property, taking over the renowned Essex House in NYC; it is now the Jumeirah Essex House. Originally built in  1931,  the building  is a well-known historic landmark, recognised throughout the world as a model of graceful elegance and art-deco sophistication. Conveniently […]

Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel, St. Andrews, Scotland

Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel, St. Andrews, Scotland

The new Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa at St Andrews, Scotland is due to open in the middle of March 2006. Designed by Corporate Edge, the 13,600sq ft (1,265sq m) spa will feature 11 treatment rooms, including two with bathing units, one with a vichy shower and two […]

The Oberoi Group

The Oberoi Group

The most distinctive properties in The Oberoi Group are the  luxury properties in India, which were developed relatively recently, including The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, Wildflower Hall in Mashobra in the Himalayan mountains, The Oberoi Vanyavilãs in Ranthambhore, The Oberoi Cecil in Shimla and The Oberoi Udaivilãs in Udaipur. There are also opulent properties in […]

The Kahala, Oahu

The Kahala, Oahu

The recent purchasers of the Kahala Mandarin Oriental have decided to take the hotel independent. In a major change at one of Oahu’s top hotels, the hotel’s owner, Trinity Investments affiliate Kahala Hotel Investors LLC, said the property will be renamed simply The Kahala. The hotel’s management contract will be turned over to Landmark Hotels […]

Joint venture at Baha Mar, Bahamas

Harrah’s Entertainment, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and Baha Mar Resort, have announced a joint investment venture for Baha Mar, located in Nassau in the Bahamas. The plans for the 1,000 acre site include six hotels, a 95,000sq ft casino and a championship golf course. A total of $1.6 billion will be invested in the […]