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Los Jardines de Palerm, Ibiza

Los Jardines de Palerm, Ibiza

Avoid the Ibiza party scene and head inland to San José and you’ll discover Los Jardines de Palerm, a small hotel that overlooks the  Bay of San Antonio that is owned by the fashion photographer Christophe Brihet. This 17th Century finca has two pools and beautiful gardens. Suites start from €265 out of season, to […]

La Plage Rouge near Marrakech

La Plage Rouge near Marrakech

La Plage Rouge by La Compagnie des Comptoirs, 10 kilometres outside of Marrakech in Morocco, is a new restaurant from the Pourcel brothers of Le Jardin des Sens (in Montpellier, France) fame.  In addition to the  food and the restaurant’s party and club atmosphere is an 80m x 40m swimming pool, surrounded by sand  to […]

Red-carpet launch at Sofitel LA

Red-carpet launch at Sofitel LA

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars   – including Cindy Crawford, Kevin Spacey, Alicia Silverstone, Vin Diesel and a host of TV celebrities from shows including The OC, West Wing and Baywatch, as well as musicians including members of ‘N Sync and Guns & Roses – came out to play for the red-carpet launch of the […]

Loch Lomond Seaplanes in Scotland

Loch Lomond Seaplanes in Scotland

With just one aircraft – a five-passenger Cessna Turbo Stationair – Loch Lomond Seaplanes provides Britain’s only commercial seaplane service. In addition to lunch excursions, charter services and business trips, Loch Lomond Seaplanes can also offer the opportunity to get married by a Church of Scotland minister whilst soaring above the spectacular Highlands of Scotland. […]

Nokia N72

Nokia N72

The latest in the Nokia Nseries is the Nokia N72, a phone with a 2-megapixel camera and integrated digital music player. Arguably the most stylish of all the Nseries phones, the Nokia N72 is also equipped with dedicated capture and music player keys, an integrated browser, FM radio and support for Visual Radio. It could […]

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica – the latest and most luxurious addition to the MSC Cruises fleet – had a christening ceremony in Venice last week. This spectacular new ship is also the largest in the fleet and can therefore afford to offer spacious staterooms and expansive deck space. The ship’s inaugural 7-night voyage is  from Italy to […]

Festival of World Cultures

Festival of World Cultures

The annual Festival of World Cultures – an event which has previously attracted audiences of up to 200,000 people –  is now in its sixth year and aims to showcase a range of musical and cultural events from over 150 artists and groups from around the world, in Ireland. This year’s festival will last from […]

Fiji Beach Resort & Spa

Fiji Beach Resort & Spa

With an elegant touch of Mediterranean architecture, ‘market style’ atmosphere dining, and the private luxury of 219 spacious beachfront rooms, Hilton International’s vision for a truly world-class resort nestled in the heart of the South Pacific has arrived with the unveiling of the first phase of the Fiji Beach Resort & Spa, to be managed […]

1,000 posts!

1,000 posts!

A Luxury Travel Blog has been running a little over 6 months now and this is post number 1,000 already.   Wow… time flies when you’re having fun!!   I hope you are enjoying reading the blog.   Visitor numbers are certainly steadily rising, so thank you all very much for your support. if you […]

The Shilla Seoul renovation completed

The Shilla Seoul renovation completed

After two years of renovation, South Korea’s premier hotel, The Shilla Seoul, has unveiled  a glamourous new look.   The hotel – a member of The Leading Hotels of the World – sports a new lobby, lounge and bar, conference centre and restaurant with open-air terrace on  a 23-acre private park,  along with one of […]

Diamond Seat from Etihad Airways

Diamond Seat from Etihad Airways

The new purpose-built Airbus 340-500 for Etihad Airways  – part of an $8 billion order for the national airline of the UAE – has arrived, along with its ‘Diamond Seat’. The seat can rotate 180 degrees, ideal for business travellers who want to have meetings as they fly, or for leisure travellers who simply wish […]

Mahua Kothi launched in India

Taj Hotels and CC Africa have announced the name of their first lodge in India, which represents a first step in the joint venture I unveiled on A Luxury Travel Blog a few months back. The lodge at  Bandhavgarh  in central India will be called Mahua Kothi, drawing its name from the Mahua (or butter) […]

Sausage and Ale Trail in Derby, England

Sausage and Ale Trail in Derby, England

Here’s a little known fact: it’s the 150th anniversary of the birth of Harry Stevens, creator of the hot dog, who was born in Derby in the UK  before later emigrating to America. Derby will therefore be hosting a Sausage and Ale Trail as part of Derby’s 29th annual CAMRA Beer Festival celebrations. The event […]

Five-star resort on Saadiyat Island, UAE

Five-star resort on Saadiyat Island, UAE

The premium chain Abu Dhabi National Hotels has announced that it will invest approximately US $190 million in a five-star resort on Saadiyat Island, an island 500 metres offshore from Abu Dhabi. The resort will boast a 400,000 square foot hotel with around 400 rooms  on an 807,000 square foot plot, and be built on […]

Kenya's Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel re-opens

Kenya’s Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel re-opens

The Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel re-opens today, having closed last May for renovations. The hotel now has a new Maisha spa facility, a renovation and extension  of the Village Wing rooms, as well as the family rooms, and  improvements to the interior design of the public areas. Styled to resemble a 13th century Swahili town […]

Most expensive city in the world

Most expensive city in the world

The fact that Moscow has overtaken Tokyo as the world’s most expensive city has got a lot of media attention recently. Mercer Human Resource Consulting‘s survey of 144 cities across six continents also showed Seoul move up in the rankings, pushing Tokyo down into third place. Many of the changes are due to exchange rate […]