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A Hedonist’s guide to…

A Hedonist’s guide to… (or Hg2, for short) is a series of sleek, sophisticated black books that give the low-down on the best places to sleep, eat, drink, shop  and more in cities throughout the world. A range of cities are covered, from Berlin to Beirut, with the London edition launching today. Filmer Ltd. – […]

Transforming suitcases from Yanko Design

Transforming suitcases from Yanko Design

Yanko Design have come up with a number of suitcases with innovative designs through their Home Comforts on the Go furniture collection.   Pictured is the ‘Suitcase-Turn-Chair’ which is designed  to act as an alternative to uncomfortable seating at airport lounges. Also in the range is a suitcase that doubles up as chest of drawers […]

New Himalayan ski resort with five-star hotel

New Himalayan ski resort with five-star hotel

Alfred Brush Ford, a great grandson of US automobile pioneer Henry Ford, has been given the go-ahead on a new $250 million ski resort in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The resort in  the Kullu Valley  will include a hotel with  700 five-star rooms, 300 chalets, a handicrafts village and a food court. There […]

MountBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Lake Tahoe

MountBleu Resort Casino & Spa, Lake Tahoe

A new resort comes to Lake Tahoe in the form of the 440-room  MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa (formerly known as Caesars Tahoe). In addition to having multiple restaurants, the Onsen Spa (with superb views of the Sierra Nevada mountains) and the Blu Nightclub.    They even have their own private yacht, The Bleu Wave, […]

Hilton Prague is being upgraded

Hilton Prague is being upgraded

Hilton is spending an estimated 50 million euros on its huge hotel in Prague in order to renovate all 788 rooms and other facilities within the building. They claim the expenditure is necessary “to meet clients’ increasing expectations and to keep track of the latest accommodation trends”.   20% of the accommodation has already been […]

SuperStar Libra

SuperStar Libra

Star Cruises’ SuperStar Libra – the latest addition to the Star Cruises Asia fleet – is due to arrive in Valletta, Malta today, completing the final leg of her relocation cruise ready for her inaugural season in the Eastern Mediterranean.  The new 42,000-gross tonne world class exclusive floating resort will offer an interesting diversity of […]

Anns Hill in Bridekirk on the edge of the English Lake District

Anns Hill in Bridekirk on the edge of the English Lake District

A new luxury  self-catering establishment has opened near Cockermouth in Cumbria.   The 18th Century Anns Hill is situated just outside the Lake District National Park, away from some of the touristy parts of the county, and has just been given a five-star  classification from Visit Britain. One of the highlights of the newly renovated […]

New boutique hotel in New York

New boutique hotel in New York

New York has a new luxury  hotel in the form of Hotel Chandler in the historic Murray Hill area, close to the Empire State Building. The 112 rooms and 8 suites are beautifully spacious and are well-appointed with Frette lines, robes and Aveda products. The hotel belongs to the Triumph Hospitality brand, along with the […]

Charity eBay auction by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Charity eBay auction by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is planning a global eBay charity auction to benefit Care for Children on 7th June 2006. Shangri-La hotels have created 14 exclusive luxury travel experiences with a combined retail value of over US$100,000 for the 10-day online auction, which will end on 17th June. The auction packages will feature metropolitan destinations […]

Is Doha the next Dubai?

Is Doha the next Dubai?

According to the Qatar Tourism Authority, there’s currently over 100 buildings and towers under construction in Doha, a city with a currently modest skyline of just 20 or so high-rise properties. One notable development is the $2.5 billion  Pearl-Qatar, a residential land reclamation scheme consisting of a string of offshore islands  on the edge of […]

Parma culinary tour from Select Italy and Academia Barilla

Select Italy has recently announced a new and exciting culinary adventure in Italy. In partnership with Parma’s Academia Barilla (recently featured on the Food Network), the Chicago-based tour operator and travel agency has created a luxury culinary getaway in the heart of the Italian bread-basket: Parma. This seven-day luxury tour is scheduled to start on […]

How does a 2-night stay at The Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington DC sound?

How does a 2-night stay at The Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington DC sound?

Mary Nicklin of Five Star Alliance’s excellent The Informed Traveler blog has just dropped me a note: Hi Paul, how are you? Hope you are well. Just wanted to let you know about an awesome giveaway we are doing on the Informed Traveler, that your readers may be interested in. It’s for a two-night stay […]

World Cup 2006 - Group H: Saudi Arabia team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group H: Saudi Arabia team hotel

We’ve finally come to the end of our month-long daily look at the hotels occupied by the participating teams of the 2006 Fifa World Cup.   The Hotel Dolce  in the financial capital of Bad Nauheim is already occupied the Saudi Arabian national side who arrived last Saturday in ample time to prepare for their […]

2006 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

2006 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

It’s obviously the season for wine festivals in California. In addition to Walnut Creek Wine Festival, this weekend will also be the 23rd Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival held at Lake Skinner, CA which is expected to attract around 40,000 visitors across today and the weekend. This ‘festival within a festival’ gives you an […]

Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival reaches silver anniversary

Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival reaches silver anniversary

The Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival celebrates its 25th year this weekend. As the area’s leading event of the summer, some 100,000 visitors will call over the two days and enjoy tasting tasting select wines, brand name beers and local micro-brews. Vintage and boutique wines can be tasted in the Premium Wine Tent. […]

Singapore Arts Festival set to create a stir in 2006

Singapore Arts Festival set to create a stir in 2006

The annual Singapore Arts Festival is celebrating 20 years of providing world-class entertainment in the dance, theatre and music categories right to the forefront of Singapore. The event began yesterday and will run until 25th June 2006, and will surely reaffirm Singapore’s reputation as being a leading city in the South East Asia region, showcasing […]