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Coast in Sydney NSW

Coast in Sydney NSW

Situated on the roof terrace at Cockle Bay Wharf, Coast Restaurant is one of Sydney’s most awarded and popular restaurants. One of  Australia’s best Italian chefs, Stefano Manfredi, runs the show here. The spectacular dining room, recently designed by Hassell architects, and Frost design is inspired by Australian coastal living. With a beautiful outdoor terrace […]

What's happening with The World?

What’s happening with The World?

If you’ve not already heard about The World, then allow me to put you in the picture… it’s a collection of 300 private islands in the shape of continents located off the coast of Dubai, offering “the ultimate in privacy and luxury”. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Sir Elton John, Rod Stewart and Angelina Jolie are all […]

Empire State Building enters 75th year

Empire State Building enters 75th year

This news nearly passed me by but, on Monday of this week, the Empire State Building entered its 75th year. As part of the celebrations, there will be a year-long series of lighting and entertainment events. The building – which attracts in the region of four million visitors a year – is also currently undergoing […]

Favourite travel blog?

No sooner than I’d discovered that  A Luxury Travel Blog has  been voted Small Business Blog of the Day and I’m finding Travel Life  are today referring to it as “my favorite travel blog”.   Wow… thanks!   I’m really not sure that it’s worthy of that kind of praise, but I appreciate it all […]

World Cup 2006 - Group A: Costa Rica team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group A: Costa Rica team hotel

The 2006 World Cup outsiders Costa Rica will be staying  at the Holiday Inn Heidelberg Walldorf. Equipped with sauna, massage and fitness facilities and decorated in the style of an English country house, the hotel is situated close to the intersection of the A5 and A6  motorways, making the team’s  trips to Munich, Hamburg and […]

Europe's favourite wine bar

Europe’s favourite wine bar

Travel + Leisure have identified five favourite spots in Europe where you can simply go out, have a drink and enjoy  a great atmosphere.   They are Le Sommelier (Copenhagen), La Taberna de Cien Vinos (Madrid) [if my Spanish serves me correctly, that one sounds good!!], Legrand Filles & Fils (Paris), Enoteca Cantinone Già Schiavi […]

Small Business Blog of the Day

Small Business Blog of the Day

I was  running a few Google searches today to see how things were progressing with regards to inbound links and  discovered – quite by chance – that A Luxury Travel Blog was recently voted ‘Small Business Blog of the Day’ over at Pajama Market. Thank you, Brian (aka frisco3)…! Here’s what he had to say […]

Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski

Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski

Located around one hour’s drive from Beijing, the Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski consists of 11 contemporary villas and clubhouse were designed by  leading Asian architects. This luxurious accommodation is situated at the Shuiguan section of the Great Wall of China, a tranquil location amid beautiful scenery. To stay here, it’ll cost you $65 […]

World Cup 2006 - Group A: Germany team hotel

World Cup 2006 – Group A: Germany team hotel

The 2006 World Cup hosts Germany will be staying in the Schlosshotel in Grunewald, an exclusive  residential district in Berlin. With the opulent splendour of a castle, this accommodation is full of history and charm.   The hotel’s location will leave Klinsmann’s men well-positioned for their potentially crucial  final group match against Ecuador which takes […]

New luxury hotel in Nashville

New luxury hotel in Nashville

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a 20-year deal with Nashville real estate developer Alex Palmer to operate a 285-room hotel under the name InterContinental Nashville at 1600 West End, where the avenue and Broadway meet. InterContinental will help finance the $250 million project, which also will include an office tower, condominiums and retail space. Construction […]

Travel + Leisure add restaurants to website

Travel + Leisure add restaurants to website

Published monthly by the American Express Publishing Corporation (a subsidiary of the American Express Company), Travel + Leisure is a highly respected magazine, with an excellent online presence.   They have recently added restaurants from all over the world to their site.   For now, the bulk of the content focuses on the US (1287 […]

Karon Beach Hotel Phuket sold

Karon Beach Hotel Phuket sold

Kingdom Hotel Investments, a leading hotel and resort investment company, chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, has signed a contract to acquire the Karon Beach Hotel Phuket (currently managed by Crowne Plaza) from LaSalle Investment Management for US$98.5 million including US $ 30.5 million in debt. This is the company’s first acquisition in Asia […]

World Cup: where the participating teams are staying

World Cup: where the participating teams are staying

The 2006 Fifa World Cup (soccer tournament for those of you in the US!) begins in Germany  next month and so, throughout May, I’ll be telling you about where each team is staying – everything from the 5-star  Kempinski-Hotel Falkenstein in Königste (which will be home to favourites Brazil) to the luxurious  Schlosshotel Bühlerhöhe in […]

No smoking at Sandals and Beaches resorts

No smoking at Sandals and Beaches resorts

As of today, there’s to be no smoking at Beaches and Sandals resorts. The ban will apply to all enclosed areas including nightclubs, bars, restaurants, lobbies, conference facilities and shops. Smoking is however still permitted both outdoors and in designated rooms at each resort.

American Spa Expo

American Spa Expo

Today and the next two days  sees the premier show dedicated to skin and spa professionals and the companies that serve them. Held in New York at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, the American Spa Expo is co-located with the International Beauty Show. The event attracts top-level buyers from around the world.

Five-star hotel renovation in Hove given unexpected setback

The owners of a seafront hotel in Hove, near Brighton, East Sussex have vowed to continue with the £5 million renovation project currently in progress, despite the middle section of the hotel caving in without warning on Friday night. After an inspection on  yesterday, engineers said the Sackville Hotel was safe and would not fall […]