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Pound advice for travellers

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Canny holidaymakers looking to avoid losing out on the pound’s current weakness against the Euro have been issued with some sage advice.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents, the latest currency fluctuation could result in an additional £120 on top of a £1,000 holiday when compared to last year.

However responding to these figures last week, the Post Office advised Britons to consider holidaying in Bulgaria and Turkey where their money is likely to go further.

Research by the firm on the cost of a basket of ten holiday items including drinks, meals and sun cream, identified Bulgaria as the best value for money destination in Europe, followed by Turkey and Croatia.

Meanwhile, travellers who do not mind paying top dollar – or should that be pound? – for a trip of pure indulgence should perhaps head to Switzerland, where sterling is now worth less than two francs.

“We believe that holidaymakers will be smarter about where they choose to go this year,” the Post Office’s Helen Warburton said.

“Prices vary quite significantly within Europe so people will be looking to visit countries where a lower cost of living will offer them more for their pound.”

World’s best restaurant scoops award

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Luxury dining is guaranteed at a Costa Brava eatery that has just been awarded the title of the best restaurant in the world for the third consecutive year.

Ferran Adria and his Roses restaurant El Bulli have been given the top award in the 2008 San Pellegrino world’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, organised by Restaurant magazine.

Adria’s unique style of laboratory cooking in which parmesan cheese is shaped like spaghetti and carrots served as foam has boasted Spain’s ratings in the global gastronomic hierarchy.

Paul Wootton, editor of Restaurant magazine, Farron Adria deserved the award for the third successive year. “He offers such an extraordinary eating experience in his restaurant and what is also important the service and the setting are top notch.”

El Bulli’s constantly evolving menu has been described as “the most imaginative generator of haute cuisine on the planet”.

Spain also features highly in the top ten with Andoni Luis Adruriz and his Mugaritz restaurant in San Sebastian in fourth position.

Votes for this year’s award winners were cast by some 700 top chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and restaurant critics.

Drake & Cavendish Luxury Hotels will soon be adding a hotel restaurant guide… keep checking back for the latest updates

Steep rise in Peru’s luxury holiday industry success

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Peru may have long-been reserved for budget holidays by backpacking tourists, but now the south American country is experiencing a growth in luxury tourism.

Luxury hotels and restaurants are springing up in locations such as the high-altitude city of Cuzco, conveniently serviced by a train that takes its passengers to the country’s top tourist destination Machu Picchu.

Following a spate of investment in marketing for the country’s holiday sector, Peru’s trade and tourism minister Mercedes Araoz told Reuters that “a lot of our campaigns are focused on luxury”.

But there could soon be an additional boost to Peru’s luxury holiday figures if the ongoing debate concerning the return of ancient Inca artefacts held at Yale University in the US reaches resolution.

Meanwhile those in the tourism industry are also likely to be buoyed by reports that the country’s first vice president Luis Giampietri Rojas is attempting to establish a direct flight to China.

Tourism boost in New Orleans

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Eager to brush off the damning stigma of ruin that Hurricane Katrina brought to New Orleans, the city’s tourism officials are urging visitors back once again.

Pre-Katrina, New Orleans was one of most intriguing tourist destinations in the US offering its own unique blend of different cultures, music and attractions.

But the return of high-profile events such as the Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the NBA all-star game are set to return the city to its former prominence as a luxury holiday destination.

According to a spokesperson for the Tourism Marketing Corp, Lea Sinclair, officials feel as if they have turned their fortunes around.

She told the Houston Chronicle: “One of the biggest things we’re seeing now is, making sure people understand that it’s OK to come and visit and have fun, because you’re helping the people who are still struggling.”

Officials have invested $5.7 million in a tourist campaign to entitled Come Out and Play in a bid to build on the consecutive increases in tourist figures since 2006.

In 2007 alone, the number of visitors almost doubled to 7.1 million compared to the previous year. This rise will no doubt encourage luxury hotel developers considering investing in the city.

RockResorts Newsletter – May 2009

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

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Welcome to the May edition of the RockResorts Newsletter. In this newsletter:

  • Summer Adventure Getaways – Adventure packages from $138 per person per night!
  • Summer Deals – Take advantage of these amazing summer steals
  • Stay & Play Packages From $136 Per Person Per Night!
  • Epic Summer, A Colorado Family Adventure – The ultimate all-inclusive vacation
  • Recipe of the Month

Summer Adventure Getaways – Adventure packages from $138 per person, per night!

Get away this summer with a thrilling Adventure Package and experience all that your destination has to offer! From whitewater rafting and cycling tours to wilderness and ghost town excursions to geocaching and ocean discoveries, enjoy the great outdoors this summer with these amazing adventures. The best part is, after a fun-filled day exploring your destination; you can unwind at a luxurious RockResort!

Summer Deals From $128 Per Night, 40% Off Your Stay and More!

Escape to a RockResort this summer and enjoy these amazing Summer Deals! Stay at Snake River Lodge & Spa in Jackson, WY and take advantage of “Summer on Sale” from $128 per night or save with the “40% Summer Sale” at Hotel Jerome in Aspen, CO. Getaway this summer for less in Santa Fe, Vail, the Caribbean and more! Your summer escape echoes from every corner. Book while packages are still available!

Stay & Play Packages From $136 Per Person, Per Night!

RockResorts is offering Stay & Play packages throughout the spring and summer season from $136 per person per night. Play golf at one of our award-winning courses by day and relax in deluxe accommodations by night! Enjoy championship golf in exceptional destinations, featuring challenging, award-winning links that blend seamlessly with the land. With spectacular golf and amazing views of the Rocky Mountains, there’s no better way to golf this summer than with Stay & Play packages!

Epic Summer, A Colorado Family Adventure

Come to Colorado this summer and experience all that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Epic Summer is the perfect Colorado family vacation! Scenic gondola rides at Keystone and Vail. Rafting in the Rockies. Horseback riding in Beaver Creek. Panning for gold in Breckenridge. You can do it all. We’ve created an epic all-inclusive trip – packages include accommodations, meals, activities, transportation and more – for your family to take advantage of all the sites, sounds and history of Colorado. This is a trip unlike any other because your family and friends will be paired with a local guide. You can choose either a four-day or seven-day trip to stay between June 25, 2009 and September 6, 2009.

  • Seven-Day/Six-Night Itinerary – $1,195 for Adults, $895 for Children (ages 6-12)
  • Four-Day/Three-night Itinerary – $695 for Adults, $545 for Children (ages 6-12)  

Recipe of the Month – Chocolate Soufflé

Chef Andrew Logan, Executive Pastry Chef at The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, CO oversees culinary operations at Centre V. Using local, seasonal ingredients, Chef Logan creates menus featuring simple, decadent dishes. He utilizes sustainable ingredients to prepare fresh and hearty fare.

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Regal Regent Street hotel development announced

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

A new luxury hotel is set to be unveiled in London along the capital’s famed Regent Street.

But this will be no ordinary hotel, for tourists will be able to select from over 160-rooms in the elegantly distinctive regalia of the 19th century building which currently houses the Cafe Royal.

The purchase of the 125-year lease was made by Isreali firm Alrov, which is already developing the 130-room luxury hotel Stradivarius in Amsterdam.

Georgi Akirov, managing director of the firm’s hotel division, told Property Week that the new hotel would help Alrov develop its international presence.

He said: “This is an exceptionally exciting opportunity to develop a world-leading hotel in one of the world’s leading tourism destinations.

“Alrov remain focused on building an international presence as we continue our search for top quality buildings in prime locations.”

There are also plans to include a small shopping centre in the building’s lower levels for a less stressful alternative to Oxford Street for luxury holiday tourists.

The company also boasts the successful Alrov Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem.