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The Banyan Tree Hotel – Bangkok

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

banyan-tree.jpgBangkok is famous for its roof top bars and this one is by far, one of the best.

The Banyan Tree Hotel Boasts a range of qualities, including suites starting at deluxe and escalating up to presidential, a roof top bar and restaurant providing stunning views of the city, a swimming pool, a gym, a spa and many more bars a restaurants giving you a choice of luxury.

The hotel is located in Bangkok city a short taxi ride from the main shopping district and tourist attractions. Rooms start from around £195 based on 2 people sharing for 2 nights in September staying in a deluxe suite. Visit the website for more information and to book a room.

Luxor Hotel: Viva Las Vegas

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Luxor HotelIf you’re planning a trip to Vegas, what can I say except Lucky You! It’s like being a child in a sweet shop, you won’t know what to do with yourself! I visited last year and am contemplating eloping there with my fiance now we have realised how stressful it is planning a wedding, especially one abroad! Only kidding …

There are loads of places to stay in Vegas and I’m sure you will have heard of many of them from films such as Oceans 11. The Luxor is a newer hotel and is what you would expect from a Las Vegas masterpiece, OTT very OTT. The hotel is magnificent, shaped like an ancient Egyptian pyramid, it certainly stands out and is just a fabulous inside as out. As you enter the hotel you are greeted by giant Egyptian styled statues and a water feature ready for your photographs.

A super modern feel is experienced through the whole of the reception area and outdoors to the pool where I believe a new pool has recently been built. As you enter the elevator to your bedroom you will notice you are moving at an angle rather than vertically which is an odd feeling at first but you get used to the shape of the hotel soon enough.

The bedrooms are nice but need a bit of an uplift, the showers are amazing, absolutely huge and ours was very powerful. The rooms do not have balconies due to the shape of the hotel but are very spacious and let’s face it, if you’re in Vegas, you won’t be spending too much time in the room!

Casinos, casinos, casinos, everywhere you look, you will lose all track of time especially if your flight is ten hours like ours and you’re so jet lagged day and night roll into one!

If you stay at the Luxor take advantage of the buffet but don’t eat for days in advance so you can sample the wonderful variety they offer. I’ve never seen a buffet quite like it – if you’re on a diet, my advice is to make a fresh start on your return home.

The hotel consists of casinos, bars, restaurants, a fast food court, iMax theatre and a few simulators etc. It’s great and probably like nothing you’ve experienced before if this is your first time in Vegas. If you get a chance go and see some of the shows, I watched a comedy act and it was fab, friends of ours saw the Cirque Du Soleil while we were there and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photographs from the Luxor Hotel

Luxor BedroomLuxor ReceptionLuxor Statue

The other hotels in Las Vagas are also pretty spectacular, see pictures below for a feel of the main strip.

More Photographs from Vegas

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A Fourth Bridge For The Grand Canal – Venice

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

grand-canal-fourth-bridge-venice.jpgThe highly anticipated fourth bridge of the Grand Canal in Venice has caused much controversy and hit many problems along its way of creation, but now it’s due for completion this year.

The work of art, designed by Catalan architect Santiago Calatrava will be the first bridge to be added in decades and it’s said ‘officials believe the bridge is necessary because of the increasing number of activities which will be held in Roma Square’ according to the BBC. The new bridge will connect the Piazzale Roma the city’s bus station to Santa Lucia the city’s train station.

Another architectural masterpiece and great reason to visit the city of Venice, Italy. Visit the BBC for more information.

L’Hôtel – Paris

Friday, January 11th, 2008

L’Hôtel Paris LogoLooking for somewhere chic and stylish to sleep when visiting Paris, renowned for being the most romantic capital of the world?

Check in to the L’Hôtel, the theatrical, ultra chic hotel has been host to many a star including Johnny Depp and is reportedly where the famous Oscar Wilde spent his last days. After a much anticipated makeover from Jacques Garcia, the quirky, quant hotel oozes sophistication. Facilities include a private swimming pool for two and the much publicised restaurant and bar. The boudoirs are beautiful with the choice of staying in the Apartment, the Grande room, the Chic room or the Bijoux and Mignon.

Visit the website, www.l-hotel.com to see it for yourself and enquire into prices.

Anthropologie – USA

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

anthropologie.jpgOk, so I’m going American shopping crazy right now! But I just can’t help envying some of the fashions from the designers and stores over there. I’m thinking Rebecca Taylor, Victoria’s Secret, Kidson, Fred Segal and Anthropologie.

Yes Anthropologie, a store you may have heard of if you’re a fan of The O.C, because many of the clothes worn on the show came from there. With smart, sophisticated and stylish décor, Anthropologie is welcoming to the fashion savvy. Sadly they do not ship to the UK so visit Anthropologie to locate your nearest store when you next visit the US. It does not disappoint. I you get a chance, whilst you’re checking locations, view the collection too. I got some lovely cute floral cardigans and a lovely evening dress when I went to visit.

Christmas Time in Brussels

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Grand Place BrusselsI have just returned from a short stay in the quaint city of Brussels and must say Christmas is a perfect time to go. There were cute little Christmas stalls selling all kinds of unique knick-knacks and everyone was warming up by sipping glue vine (mulled wine) and munching on Belgian waffles.

If you do get the chance to visit the city head over to the Grand Place (pictured) when it gets dark, the light display is not to be missed, beautiful buildings are lit up and opera music blasts into the square, a huge Christmas tree is located in the centre so it will really give you that Christmas time feeling.

We took the Eurostar from St. Pancras International to Brussels and stayed at the Sheraton Brussels for three nights. I was really impressed with the efficiency of the train and amazed at the journey time (now less than 2 hours). The hotel was a short taxi ride away and we were slap bang in the middle of everything.

The Sheraton is rated as 5* but to be honest I thought the rooms and bathrooms were more 4*. Although everything was very clean and tidy the rooms are quite outdated and need a bit of an uplift. The hotel itself, restaurants, bars and spa are lovely and we had a very enjoyable stay. The only nuisance I found was because of the fantastic location we could hear a lot of traffic and police cars late into the night.

If you fancy a late deal and a chance to get some Christmas shopping in, get onto lastminute.com to see what’s available.

Mirasierra Suites Hotel and Spa – WOW

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Mirasierra Hotel RoomI took my fiance to Madrid for his birthday and we stayed at the most amazing hotel just outside the city centre. I new the hotel was going to be nice but wasn’t expecting it to be so luxurious. At the time Last Minute were offering a fantastic deal on a 2 night break away and we were able to upgrade to the Juban Executive floor for hardly anything and add breakfast to our stay.

Mirasierra Hotel RoomThe Executive floor is situated at the top of the building, you have great views of the area and all the rooms are huge suites. The floor even has a private reception desk and an executive lounge that serves soft or alcoholic drinks, snacks and cake all day free of charge. We therefore spent very little money outside the hotel!

Mirasierra Hotel RoomAs you can see from the pictures, the rooms are extremely modern, spacious and beautifully decorated. The rooms on the executive floor consist of a kitchen area, lounge with flat screen TV, bedroom and bathroom with separate shower and toilet. If you want a short break away in pure luxury this is definitely a wonderful hotel to visit. Visit the Mirasierra Website for more pictures and information.

New Year In New York

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

New YorkLike most people I know, each year New Years Eve comes around, my friends and I come up with some fabulous and wild plan and end up doing the same thing we did the previous years, counting down in our local town. So this year I am determined to make it a good one. I was thinking New York. What better time could there be? Christmas and January sales, possible snow in Central Park, the famous Rockefeller Centre outdoor ice rink and a lively New Years in Times Square! Sounds too good to be true, but it is possible just a bit pricey.

Be prepared to pay around £650 or more from the 30th of December to the 3rd of January. I found some great options with Expedia, staying in three or four star hotels, flying with British Airways from London, Heathrow to New York, JFK. The Hilton Garden Inn looks like a good option in Chelsea; it is central, contemporary and starts from around £693. Alternatively if you don’t mind splurging the four and a half star Trump International Hotel starts at around £1001 but is pure luxury with wonderful views of Central Park.

Visit www.expedia.com and take your pick.

Perfect Location in New York City

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Club QuartersTwo blocks from Times Square, half a block to Fifth Ave, three blocks from Rockefeller Centre and three blocks from Grand Central Station, Club Quarters Midtown is the perfectly situated hotel.

Comfortable and contemporary, Club Quarters is a clean and classy hotel perfect for those who are interested in tourist attractions, shopping or simply in New York on business.

The hotel has a restaurant, meeting room and bar which are old fashioned and grand. The hotel itself is large with a selection of rooms for doubles and singles with high speed internet access and a television with a range of American channels. Rooms are nicely sized and very clean with a maid service daily.

A perfectly located hotel with short walks from other attractions such as Central Park, The Empire State Building, Madison Square Gardens, Macys and Bloomingdales. For great value deals to stay at the hotel go to www.expedia.com.

For pictures:

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Manhattan Style

Friday, September 7th, 2007

The Gansevoort HotelNew York is a ‘must’ when it comes to long weekend breaks and The Gansevoort Hotel really compliments the New York City lifestyle. Situated in the heart of the cool Meat Packing District, The Gansevoort is a great location to stay in for cuisine, night life and shopping, its close to Greenwich Village and overlooks the Hudson river on the west side of the Manhattan borough.

The hotel itself is contemporary and chic, ideal for young couples and groups. The rooms are spacious, but I hear that depends on the room you are allocated. There are also fantastic amenities including wireless phones, iPod docking stations, complimentary WiFi, and mini bars. The main attraction of the hotel is the roof top swimming pool with spectacular views of Manhattan. This swimming pool is open to hotel guests only during the day with a bar that compliments the scene. At night the pool closes and the bar transforms into one of New York’s hottest night spots. It is just what you imagine the typical New York bar scene, cool breezes, beautiful faces, trendy dress code and classy cocktails. The hotel also has a restaurant called ONO which serves Japanese and sushi cuisine which I did not try but hear is good.

Overall this is a hip hotel in a native neighbourhood rather than a tourist one.