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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 […]

A truly special offer from Dusit Laguna, Phuket

A truly special offer from Dusit Laguna, Phuket

Special offers aren’t always as special as they might seem, but the Dusit Laguna‘s current promotion is most certainly an exception. With rates starting from $90 for a Deluxe Lagoon View room, there’s been no better time to enjoy a luxury vacation. With an unrivalled location overlooking a sandy white beach and flanked by two […]

Hong Kong Arts Festival

Hong Kong Arts Festival

Running from 9th February and until 13th March 2006, the 34th  Hong Kong Arts Festival celebrates the city’s cultural dynamism with theatre, opera, classical music and dance. Billed as the premier arts event in Hong Kong, it features overseas and local artists of renown in an eclectic array of music, theatre, dance, popular entertainment, film […]

Oslo – the most expensive city in the world

Welcome to Oslo, the most expensive city in the world, where a pint costs between £5 and £7 and a packet of cigarettes £6. Yes, that’s right… according to a biannual survey by the Economist Group, Tokyo no longer ranks as the world’s most expensive, after a reign of some 14 years at the top. […]

World's biggest cruise ship

World’s biggest cruise ship

I bet you thought the Queen Mary II – at 151,400 tons –  was a big ship. Not satisfied with the 160,000-ton Freedom of the Seas which is due in June, Royal Caribbean, the world’s second largest cruise operator,  has just ordered the world’s largest ship. This $1.24bn monster, dubbed Project Genesis,  will be 220,000 […]

Family fun at Warwick Castle, UK

Family fun at Warwick Castle, UK

Schools across the UK will be breaking up for February half term very soon. And if you’re looking for something a little different to occupy them, get yourself along to Warwick Castle between 11th and 26th February 2006. During the two weeks there will be a series of displays and activities, highlighting the ‘terrible tortures […]