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Steve Fossett and Globalflyer

Steve Fossett and Globalflyer

Steve Fossett’s Virgin Atlantic Globalflyer took off yesterday morning despite initial reports that the flight was going to be delayed due to a fuel leak. The takeoff was not without its problems, however, as two birds collided with the plane but  the extent of the damage from this collision is not thought to be serious. […]

Spam Karma 2

Spam Karma 2

Although this blog is still only new, I’m already getting a lot of comment spam (around 30+ per day).   Comments are moderated but that doesn’t mean to say it’s still not a pain to deal with. I’ve  now added the WordPress Spam Karma 2.1 plug-in and am hoping that it’ll enable me to spend […]

Sofitel Central Plaza Bangkok to make world's biggest cupid

Sofitel Central Plaza Bangkok to make world’s biggest cupid

To encourage people to give their best wishes to each other during Valentine’s promotion, Sofitel Central Plaza Bangkok is organizing the world’s biggest cupid made from sugar icing and open for guests and visitors to view from 10th to  28th February 2006. Eric Anton Roos, the Swiss pastry chef at the hotel, has led his […]

Valentine's Day in Bangkok

Valentine’s Day in Bangkok

A seductive gastronomic experience billed as the ‘Language of Love’ is being served on Valentine’s Day at the fashionable Metropolitan Bangkok. At signature restaurant Cy’an, chefs Amanda Gale and Daniel Moran have designed a uniquely passionate menu for couples on the most romantic night of the year on 14th February. The six-course ‘Language of Love’ […]

Banyan Tree Phuket

Banyan Tree Phuket

As the flagship resort of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, Banyan Tree Phuket stands out among its peers. Ideally located at Bang Tao Bay on the north-western coast of Phuket Island in Southern Thailand, it is a mere 20-minute leisurely drive from Phuket International Airport. This award-winning resort offers 115 luxuriously appointed villas surrounded by […]

Hotel Babylon

Hotel Babylon

A new eight-part drama starts on BBC1 tonight, at 9pm, and it’s all centred around a luxury five-star hotel. Hotel Babylon has been  produced  by Carnival Films, of ‘As If’ and ‘Poirot’ fame. Judging by the trailers, it looks to be being shown after the watershed for a reason.   Indeed, Carnival Films describe the […]

A Luxury Travel Blog teams up with Travel Rants

A Luxury Travel Blog teams up with Travel Rants

I’ve exchanged links with the Travel Rants blog run by Darren Cronian.   I’ve known Darren  for a number of years now – he used to be a fellow moderator on the Aardvark Travel Forums until he sadly became too busy to frequent the place.   Darren also runs the excellent Worldwide Holiday Homes website, […]

Exploring The Best

Exploring The Best

This  specialist magazine about the best natural attractions in British Columbia’s Southern Gulf Islands & Sidney region is packed with information on the best hiking trails, viewpoints, birding  and marine life watching areas, and lots more. Exploring the Best magazine also provides  large, detailed maps to show you the way. It is available to purchase […]

Valentines at Pavilion de la Reine, Paris

Valentines at Pavilion de la Reine, Paris

The Pavilion de la Reine on the romantic Place des Voges in Paris has suites on special offer for the Valentines period (from 9th to 20th February 2006). Prices start from 385 euros per night and include a bottle of Champagne, fine chocolates and roses, as well as a surprise gift from Tiffany & Co. […]

Fire at La Couronne, Franschhoek

Fire at La Couronne, Franschhoek

South Africa has been plagued by fire disasters in recent weeks, ever since the dramatic scenes on Table Mountain late last month.   The latest victim is a plush Franschhoek hotel called La Couronne. 7 of their 24 rooms have sadly  been destroyed but there is already encouraging talk that they’ll be up and running […]

Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya opens in Mexico

Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya opens in Mexico

Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya has just opened and is their sixth property in the Mayan Riviera, the Caribbean coast of Mexico. The new Riu Palace Riviera Maya is a 5 star, all inclusive hotel that meets the highest quality standards that have always distinguished the hotel chain. Mexico has it all: culture, sandy beaches […]

iBoxer - yet another iPod must-have

iBoxer – yet another iPod must-have

It seems that iPod accessories abound at the moment. And it now appears there’s even something for those who can’t be without their music even when they’re wandering about in their underwear. I seriously question the usefulness of something like this but, if you’re really interested, run a search for the inventively-named  ‘iBoxer’ and you’ll […]

Special Valentine menu at Salish Lodge & Spa, Seattle

Special Valentine menu at Salish Lodge & Spa, Seattle

Salish Lodge & Spa, situated 30 minutes east of downtown Seattle,  has a special Valentine’s weekend celebration menu from 10th-13th February 2006. The exclusive 5-course menu for The Dining Room is available for $125 per person, and includes a choice of seared hand-selected diver’s scallops, honey and thyme glazed rack of lamb, or roasted tenderloin […]

Thumbthing

Thumbthing

Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that work. Next time, you’re sitting by your hotel pool and want to hold a glass of Champagne in one hand, and your book with the other, spare a thought for the Thumbthing.   This neat little accessory can also be used as a bookmark when you need to put […]

Golf Connoisseur goes digital

Golf Connoisseur goes digital

Golf Connoisseur is to begin distributing  its magazine in digital form to some of the most affluent households in the world. The print version of the magazine  can already be found at  top private golf clubs in the United States, as well as at the finest hotels, resorts, and spas; airline’s VIP lounges; private aviation […]

Villa Didon, Carthage, Tunisia

Villa Didon, Carthage, Tunisia

On top of a hill that overlooks the Bay of Tunis, Villa Didon has ten suites in an mipressive setting. The accommodation is also home to Tunisia’s best restaurant – Alain Ducasse’s Spoon Tunis. The best time to visit is in May and June, or September and October.   Villa Didon sadly doesn’t have its […]