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Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace

It is difficult to give an apt description to  Dubai’s Emirates Palace which opened last year. String together a host of superlative adjectives, and somehow you still feel that you have fallen short of the mark. Its majesty and beauty is unrivalled. A palace for all seasons, it is certain to endure the sands of […]

Win a luxury weekend in the bush

Win a luxury weekend in the bush

Enter The Sunday Independent/Star Travel Club’s latest competition and win two nights for two sharing dinner, bed and breakfast, as well as a game drive, at River Lodge at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve. To enter, post your details, including your Star Travel Club number and physical address and your answer to the competition question, […]

Hotel Maya $10 million renovation

Hotel Maya $10 million renovation

Hotel Maya in Kuala Lumpur is in the busy heart of the Malaysian capital.   Despite being only 8 years old, the hotel re-opens after a $10 million makeover. Top local architect Sonny Chan has brought about an urban oasis with a stylish ambience. Just across the road is the city’s hippest night club, Zouk.

Arion Astir Palace

Arion Astir Palace

The Arion Astir Palace is one of three hotels forming an impressive modern resort. It is is the hallmark of exclusivity. The hotel features a prestigious, club atmosphere, in contemporary surroundings enhanced by spectacular views of the sea. Luxurious rooms and suites delight the senses with an aesthetic touch at every turn, designer furniture, and […]

Le Colbert Paris

Le Colbert Paris

Throughout January 2006, Le Colbert hotel in Paris has a winter special offer starting at €90 per person. The rate is for one night’s accommodation in a classic double room, is subject to availability, and does not include taxes. Discover the beauty of Paris this  winter!

Billy Zane at Cliveden House Hotel

Billy Zane at Cliveden House Hotel

‘Titanic’ star Billy Zane presented fiancée Kelly Brook with an antique necklace during a Christmas celebration with the bride-to-be’s family at Cliveden House Hotel, a Berkshire retreat once frequented by Queen Victoria. The hotel is  set amid 376 acres of magnificent formal gardens and parklands, yet is conveniently located near to London and London Heathrow […]

New luxury airline in India?

New luxury airline in India?

An Indian businessman, whose family dates back to the maharajahs, is to start a luxury airline that will target the rich and even have room for the servants. Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, who lives in the  Mysore Palace,  southern India, believes his heritage and name will give the airline an aristocratic flavour that will set […]

New $4 billion Las Vegas hotel

New $4 billion Las Vegas hotel

Boyd Gaming Corporation plans to tear down the old Stardust casino to make way for a $4 billion hotel and casino complex on 63 acres on the Las Vegas Strip  – one of the largest such developments planned in a town known for megaresorts. The complex, to be called Echelon Place, is scheduled to open […]

Thac Ba Lake resort

Thac Ba Lake resort

Hung Dai Duong Company from Ho Chi Minh City has started the construction of a tourist resort in Thac Ba Lake, a candidate for world natural heritage site, in the northern province of Yen Bai, Vietnam. The resort will link tours from Hanoi, Yen Bai, Lao Cai and Yunnan of China and is expected to […]

Hotelito Desconocido

Hotelito Desconocido

Hotelito Desconocido is situated at the end of a narrow road between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, near Cruz de Loreto in  Mexico. The brains behind this project came from Marcello Murzilli, an Italian fashion designer, so it is maybe  little  wonder  that this tiny gem (which incidentally runs on solar power)  recently made the cover […]

Grande Lakes Orlando resort

Grande Lakes Orlando resort

CNL Hotels & Resorts, Inc., the nation’s second largest hotel real estate investment trust, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the 500-acre Grande Lakes Orlando resort, comprising a 584-room Ritz-Carlton, a 998-room JW Marriott, a 40,000- square-foot spa and an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf course.

Le Taha'a

Le Taha’a

£9 million was spent on Le Taha’a so it’s little wonder that it’s one of Polynesia’s most  beautiful  locations. As well as overwater villas have two glass walls, there are 12 beach villas  each with  private pools and walled tropical gardens.  Apparently the resort’s restaurants are built in the trees because mahi-mahi steak marinated in […]

Carlisle Bay - Tatler Hotel of the Year

Carlisle Bay – Tatler Hotel of the Year

Tatler has voted Antigua’s Carlisle Bay as their Hotel of the Year.   They  write: “modern and subversive, understated and slinky, [Carlisle Bay] has created a seismic shift in travel to the West Indies”. Carlisle Bay has been created by Gordon Campbell Gray and Mary Fox Linton, the same team that brought  us One Aldwych […]

Forbes recommendations

Forbes recommendations

Forbes has released a ‘Where we want to go in 2006’ travel feature, and the ten places that make their list are as follows: The Addison, Amelia Island, Florida L’Albergo della Regina Isabella, Ischia, Italy Hotel Basico, Playa del Carmen, Mexico The Huntley Santa Monica Beach, California Kú, Anguilla, British West Indies Mandarin Oriental Dhara […]

Katikies, Santorini

Katikies, Santorini

Small Luxury Hotels of the World honoured six member hotels at an awards ceremony in London recently. Small Luxury Hotel of the Year, the highest accolade of all, was awarded to Katikies in Santorini, Greece. This much coveted award is bestowed on a hotel that is deemed to have demonstrated a consistent and unwavering commitment […]

George V Paris

George V Paris

Steps from the Champs-Elysées, with private terraces that command all Paris, the Four Seasons George V Hotel redefines luxury service in the City of Light. The hotel has been named Top International City Hotel for five consecutive years in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report. It is also where Zach Braff and Mandy Moore spent the holiday […]