Archive for May, 2009

The 10 most followed travel-related Twitter accounts

I dare say there will be one or two omissions here, but here’s a list of the 10 most followed travel-related Twitter accounts that we’ve been able to find.   If you identify others that should have made it into the list, please let us know by posting a comment.  The numbers of followers indicated […]

New Alain Ducasse cookery school with a difference

New Alain Ducasse cookery school with a difference

Alain Ducasse has opened a new cookery school this month… where   you are the chef.   The Ecole de Cuisine in Paris is about learning, sharing and  getting to know the universe of tastes of Alain Ducasse.  Everything is  mixed in a unique atmosphere in a school created by Pierre-Yves Rochon. Cooking, pastry-making and […]

The 5 most unfortunate travel domains

You’ve probably seen lists of the most unfortunate domains doing the internet rounds before, including anything from Pen Island ( to Therapist Finder ( and everything inbetween.   But I’d never seen a travel-specific list before.   Avoiding the all too easy Cook Islands domains (with the suffix, here’s a list of 5 of […]

Exemplary use of Twitter by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Exemplary use of Twitter by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

While many remain doubtful about the merits of Twitter  (I myself was in that camp before I ‘got’ it), one or two travel companies out there are showing how it can be used to great effect.   One great example is Hyatt Hotels & Resorts with their @HyattConcierge Twitter account with which they claim to […]

An unparalleled experience is coming to the Maldives

An unparalleled experience is coming to the Maldives

The previously untouched southern Maldives is to get its first boutique luxury resort. Alila Villas Hadahaa  will open  in the Gaafu Alifu (North Huvadhoo) Atoll in August 2009, an atoll which is rich in history yet unknown to all but the most intrepid divers. It is one of the largest natural atolls in the world […]

New restaurant and nightclub concept at the Palazzo Las Vegas

A new dining and nightlife concept called LAVO came to the Palazzo Las Vegas in September 2008  and now the  restaurant has transformed its culinary offerings to an Italian menu with simple and classic flavors. Here  guests make a  journey from lounge to restaurant to nightclub; twenty foot ceilings of old wood and low chandeliers […]

Go green in Hong Kong!

In the lead up to World Environment Day on 5th June 2009, stylish, boutique hotel The Luxe Manor is launching a new Green Package. Until the end of the month, guests  will be able to  enjoy a special nightly rate in a Superior Room for just HK$1450 with 5% of the Green Package revenue being […]

Copenhagen... and all that jazz

Copenhagen… and all that jazz

Copenhagen is a long-standing favourite for Jazz enthusiasts from all over  the world. And from the 3rd to the 12th July 2009 there  will be the city’s 31st annual Jazz Festival, welcoming hundreds of artists to perform the best of all Jazz genres in the Danish capital. The main event on Saturday 4th July will […]

Sail the Galapagos with Darwin's great great grandson

Sail the Galapagos with Darwin’s great great grandson

To  mark a number of special Galapagos themed anniversaries, Reef & Rainforest Tours is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join Charles Darwin’s great, great grandson Randal Keynes on a special, exclusive fundraising cruise (in aid of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos Conservation Trust)  around the Galapagos. The trip  sets sail on 24th October […]

Rum shacks in Jamaica aren’t necessarily all that they seem…

Next time you stumble upon a rum shack on a secluded beach  in Jamaica, perhaps you’ll think back to this video. As well as being fun, it does make you wonder about your experiences as a tourist when you travel… are you getting the genuine article or are you being presented with what the locals […]

Lavish new spa for The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

Lavish new spa for The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach

The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach recently unveiled its new $100 million transformation, with the addition of a lavish 19-treatment room Eau Spa. The renovations also included redesign of all 310 guest rooms and suites, including the two-bedroom Presidential Suite, as well as the restaurants and pool areas.     The all-new Eau Spa offers a […]

Minimum comment length now in place on

Commenting on has really taken off this month, thanks no doubt in part to the Hyatt competition that we are running throughout May 2009.   Despite my best efforts to tell people that comments such as ‘Thanks for the information’ and ‘Great post’ offer little value to the blog or its […]

The dining room at Hotel Shangri-La is now open

The dining room at Hotel Shangri-La is now open

Hotel Shangri La‘s ocean view restaurant is now open and taking reservations. Concept by Marc Smith of EDISON fame has hired local chef Noah Rosen to create an innovative menu inspired by the famous bi-weekly Santa Monica Farmer’s Market adjacent to the hotel. This is a great location for lunch after the Farmers Market or […]

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

One of the world’s best beaches is now home to a luxury resort; opening on 1st June 20009, the  InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa on Natadola Beach will be  the pride of Fiji’s Coral Coast.   Spread across 35 acres of tropical gardens, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is the sole destination resort […]

The Palazzo unveils AZURE: the exclusive daytime luxury pool experience

The Palazzo Las Vegas  is bringing  the opulence of the French Riviera to the Las Vegas Strip with the opening of AZURE.  This is a  fresh and exciting pool concept created for the guest who enjoys the finer things in life. Contemporary and stylish decor with lush greenery, h daybeds, seasonal floral and tranquillity will […]

Become a rock star at The Setai, Miami

The Setai is offering aspiring musicians the opportunity to turn their Grammy dreams into reality by rocking out in the same studio used by Beyonce, Jay Z, Timbaland and Mary J. Blige to record their own music under the professional instruction of Studio Director, Matt Knobel, at the recently opened Recording Studio at The Setai. […]

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