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Hesperia Tower, Barcelona

Hesperia Tower, Barcelona

The new Hesperia Tower in Barcelona is 107 metres tall (one of the tallest buildings in Barcelona) and has 280 luxuruious rooms. Two bars and a restaurant are already open, but Evo – the hotel’s signature restaurant situated in the glass-topped cupola at the top of the building – is not expected to open until ...
Hotel Yasmin, Prague

Hotel Yasmin, Prague

The four-star Hotel Yasmin opens on Politických vězňů, Prague 1 this month, just around the corner from Wenceslas Square.   This new design hotel in the Czech capital has a total of 198 rooms, including 11 fully air-conditioned suites. It’s a neoclassical building  that has been turned  into a super-modern, Asian-inspired hotel, complete with red-themed ...
Luxury jet charter services from Island Air

Luxury jet charter services from Island Air

Island Air is spreading its wings beyond the Hawaiian skies with a new luxury jet charter service allowing Hawaii travelers to book their own private intercontinental corporate jet to any destination worldwide. Service begins with a limousine pick-up followed by a Bombardier Challenger jet accommodating up to nine passengers served by a flight crew and ...
Partnership between Maserati and Baglioni Hotels

Partnership between Maserati and Baglioni Hotels

Maserati and Baglioni Hotels, two brands who share a prestigious Italian heritage are joining forces in the UK to provide their clients with the very best in design, comfort and elegance. This unique partnership will provide guests of the Baglioni Hotel London with the opportunity to travel around the city in the luxurious new Maserati ...

Sleepless in LA

Stay two nights or more nights at the Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills, just two blocks from Rodeo Drive and enjoy complimentary breakfast for two, each morning of your stay.  All Mosaic rooms include free high speed internet access, Frette linens, Wolfgang Puck coffee, BVLGARI ® bath products, Rain Forest showerheads and an oversized workspace. ...
Sofitel sells 6 hotels

Sofitel sells 6 hotels

A portfolio of six Sofitel hotels has been sold for $370 million. Accor sold the six hotels to a joint venture comprised of GEM Realty Capital and Whitehall Street Global Real Estate Limited Partnership 2005, but will maintain a 25% stake. The hotels included in the deal are located in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San ...
dailyLuxé special pick

dailyLuxé special pick

I received an email late last night from Mike Pearse of LuxéMont, a company that specialises in a suite of websites with the luxury lifestyle in mind. As a result of our email exchange, I’ve added dailyLuxé to my list of links and A Luxury Travel Blog now features as a ‘Special Pick’ on dailyLuxé’s ...
Rania Experience

Rania Experience

Set sail for adventure. Unwind with an expert massage. Or simply fall under the spell of a spectacular sunset. However much – or little – you choose to do, you’ll enjoy the dedicated services of a private chef, dive instructor, spa therapist, butler and crew throughout your stay at Rania. This ultimate private island/sea escape ...
W Hotels are Dubai-bound

W Hotels are Dubai-bound

W Hotels, the self-professed “world’s fastest-growing luxury hotel brand”, has announced plans to build its first hotel in the Middle East. W Dubai Festival City, as it will be known, is scheduled to open in 2008.   The hotel will be situated on the banks of the Dubai Creek within the 245,000 square metre “Marsa ...
Caribbean cruise discounts from Windjammer

Caribbean cruise discounts from Windjammer

Windjammer has discounted several Caribbean cruises for next month. For example, a seven-day cruise of the U.S. Virgin Islands on the Legacy, departing St. Thomas on 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th  April 2006, starts at $599 per person; the usual fare starts at $1,500. Port charges are included; fuel surcharges are $25 per person. Sounds ...
Three more Berlin hotels

Three more Berlin hotels

Last month, I  described the Q! Hotel in Berlin, visited by none other than Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. But there are other places to be seen in the German capital: the newly opened Lux 11 in the Mitte district offers compact, ultra-modern rooms  (or ‘apartments’ as they refer to them), tastefully decorated in cream, ...

A rare visit to a billionaire blogger

It’s not every day that I get the opportunity to reference the blog of a billionaire but today is an exception. C. Frederick Wehba II, Vice Chairman of of Bentley-Forbes, has announced on his blog that they are forming a new company dedicated to acquiring luxury hotel and resort properties. $750 million is to be ...
Mateya Safari Lodge, South Africa

Mateya Safari Lodge, South Africa

This malaria-free lodge is set in Big 5 game country in the 75,000-hectare Madikwe Game Reserve. Designed for the discerning traveller, Mateya Safari Lodge offers a graceful fusion of relaxed comfort in a beautiful setting. The lodge caters for a maximum of   ten guests and, in so doing, assures guests of exclusivity, privacy and ...

Western & Oriental Travel floatation

A former finance director of lastminute.com who is Chairman of the UK luxury travel company known as Western & Oriental Travel (formerly World Luxury Group) has unveiled plans to float on the stock market. David Howell is seeking to raise £5.5 million through the floatation. The company has also recently acquired Ranch America, providers of ...

3 Nights for the Price of 1 at Stamford Hotels and Resorts

Forget about chocolates, Stamford Hotels and Resorts has a real Easter treat for you, and it extends right throughout April – spend a blissful night in any of their 10 award-winning Australian and New Zealand properties and enjoy an extra two nights at no extra cost! From 1st April 1 through to 7th May 2006, ...

Beyond five stars

From last Sunday’s Observer newspaper: The Shangri-La hotel and resort chain claims to have now opened its first six-star hotel, the Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Muscat. The One&Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius made the same claim when it reopened after a £32m renovation in 2002, while the Burj Al Arab in Dubai ...