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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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Marquee Night Club – New York

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

marquee-night-club-new-york-2.jpgApart from the fantastic shopping and the endless list of tourist attractions another reason to visit New York would be the nightlife.

Marquee is one club not to be missed if you’re a fan of the hip hop and rock n roll party scene. Popular with the New York natives and the famous models, singers and actors the club has seen some great press. Not just for the glamorous guests but for the glamorous venue too. Two stylish main rooms with small dancing areas, plenty of modern black leather sofas and two huge bars Marquee is one club not too be missed and is located just around the corner from Bungalow 8 in the Chelsea neighbourhood.

Visit the website for more information on club nights and venue.

The View Restaurant & Lounge – New York

Monday, February 11th, 2008

new-york-marriott-marquis-revolving-restaurant.jpgBefore I went to New York my friend very kindly recommended what sounded to me like a whole other tourist attraction. The View Restaurant & Lounge perched on top of the Marriott Hotel in Times Square is definitely worth a visit.

The restaurant and lounge I speak of is a revolving restaurant on top of the hotel with 360 degree spectacular views of the city. Enjoy a buffet service with as much as you can eat be it salad, meat or dessert and an extensive drinks menu. Smart décor and floor to ceiling windows make this a restaurant hotspot but a word to those who suffer from sickness; although the restaurant spins slowly it can be a little nauseating.

Visit the website for more information and to make a booking if you plan to visit New York.

New York’s Most Expensive Hotel Room

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

four-seasons-ty-warner-suite.jpgLocated on the 52nd floor of the Four Seasons, the lavish, Ty Warner Penthouse has been completed. What do you get? Four main rooms including a living room, library, master bedroom and spa (which can be converted to a second bedroom upon request) Floor-to-ceiling bay windows unveiling a 360 degree view of the city including Central Park and the Skyline. A state of the art bathroom, with LCD screen television and a chromatherapy feature in the bath tub which can change the colour of the water. Oh and the glamorous unlimited use of a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce, with a 24 hour a day personal assistant to cater to your every need and the full range of spa treatments.

So what’s the damage? $30,000 per night.

Find the Ty Warner Penthouse suite at The Four Seasons Hotel on 57 East 57th Street, New York. To make a reservation call (00 800) 6488-6488 or visit the website.

The Gansevoort South – Miami

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

gansevoort-south.jpgFollowing the success of the über-chic Gansevoort hotel in New York, the Gansevoort is headed for the south of North America, Miami to be precise.

The new hotel, Gansevoort South, is opening for 2008 and will be accepting reservations from the 15th of February. Combining its unique features like its 24,000 square foot roof top with a 110 foot pool with surrounding palm tree’s, a bar and lounge and spectacular views of the city of Miami and South Beach. There’s even a 50 foot long glass fish tank in the lobby containing 27 types of fish and sharks. Enjoy, colourful and spacious rooms with high tech features and amenities, including luxury shopping, a gym and spa.

The Gansevoort South can be found at 2377 Collins Ave. Miami, South Beach Florida 33139, for more information visit Gansevoort South. Doubles start around $395 per night.

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.

The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

palms-hugh-hefner-suite.jpgThe ultimate bachelor pad has been created and sits at the top of the Fantasy Tower at The Palms, Las Vegas.

The two-story, luxury suite is modelled on the Playboy Mansion in California and does not disappoint. Featuring a cantilevered Playboy Jacuzzi® pool, a spectacular view of the strip, an eight foot round, rotating bed, a gym and a full bar to name a few of the luxuries, this certainly is a man’s dream.

Dare to enquire into the price? $40,000 per night! It’s the second most expensive hotel room in the world, according to The Times Online.

The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa is located at The Palms Casino Resort, 4321 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103. To make a reservation visit www.palms.com.

Baby Cakes – New York

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

babycakes-new-york.jpgThere is a noticeable lack of cupcake bakeries around, so the best are being promoted left, right and centre in fashion media print and with quite a sweet tooth it caught my eye.

Before I took a trip to New York City in the summer I did my research. This is where I learnt of Baby Cakes. Glamour magazine had produced a guide to New York in light of the release of The Devil Wears Prada. I can happily write all good things I heard were true. The cupcakes were delightful and at $3 per cake, I was smiling. So if you happen to be visiting NYC soon pay the bakery a visit and try the vanilla and red velvet cupcakes, they are delectable!

Visit Baby Cakes, the bakery, at 248 Broome Street (btw Orchard & Ludlow), New York City, NY 10002. Or visit www.babycakesnyc.com for more 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.

Miami Carnival 2007

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Miami Carnival 07If you happen to be travelling to Miami this October the annual carnival is perhaps worth a visit. One of North America’s largest street festivals and most anticipated events of the year, with stacks on entertainment it is one not to miss if you’re in the area.

Prior to the main event the party kicks off with a mini carnival and comprises of steel bands, Caribbean food, drinks, arts and crafts and costumed talent.

The main event will bring Caribbean culture to the US and will display a huge parade beginning at NE 2nd Ave and NE 27th Ave eventually moving into the festival park where there will be live music and a range of international foods to sample.

Miami’s main Carnival this year begins at 12 noon located in Downtown Miami on Sunday the 7th of October 2007 but the build up starts around the 23rd of September with lots of fun for everyone.

Visit www.miamicarnival.net for more information.