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Rocco Forte’s The Augustine has opened

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Rocco Forte’s The Augustine In Prague Opens Its DoorsThe Rocco Forte Collection is delighted to confirm that its twelfth property, The Augustine, opened today (14 May 2009) in Prague. The 101-bedroom hotel has been created from a set of seven buildings, many of which have historical significance, including the 13th century Augustinian St Thomas’s Monastery, after which the hotel is named.  Several practicing monks still live in a separate part of the monastery, adjacent to the hotel grounds. 

Conveniently located in Prague’s picturesque Malá Strana district, The Augustine, the quintessence of Prague’s history, character and beauty is close to the majestic Prague Castle, the Wallenstein Garden, the famous Charles Bridge and within easy reach of the city’s many colourful tourist attractions, making it an ideal choice for business and leisure travellers. The design of the interiors was accomplished by the London-based design company RDD, together with Olga Polizzi, The Rocco Forte Collection’s Director of Design. The hotel is also in close proximity to Prague’s commercial district and Prague’s Ruzyne International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.

The 101-bedroom property including 16 suites has been created from seven buildings, many of which have historical significance, including the 13th century Augustinian St. Thomas’s Monastery, after which the hotel is named. Several practicing monks still live in a separate part of the monastery, adjacent to the hotel grounds.
The guests may benefit from the direct access to the neighboring St. Thomas’s Church and exclusive rental of the adjacent Wallenstein Garden for the ultimate summer events and wedding receptions.

Back to Luxury Hotels

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

You may have noticed over the past few months that the Drake & Cavendish Luxury Hotel guide had been watered down with a collection of… well, how do we say this… not so luxury hotels! Our aim was to provide alternatives during these tough economic times. The good news is that the luxury hotel market has been busy providing great luxury hotel deals and going above our expectations to keep us all coming back to stay with them… on the back of this trend by the luxury hotel industry, we have now removed all those ‘wanabe’ luxury hotels and are now back to only providing you with the very best luxury hotels throughout the world.

We can also announce the launch of a new hotel project called Complete Hotel Guide (CHG). The Complete Hotel Guide Project is an open source human edited directory of all of the worlds hotels. With your help the CHG Project aims to catalogue and index every hotel worldwide showing full contact details and website addresses. More information will be available on

Internet holiday bookings ‘more popular than travel agents’

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Online booking of holidays is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, the Daily Telegraph reports.

According to research from internet pollsters Ciao Surveys, 58 per cent of travellers prefer to book their trips through the internet.

However, just 21 per cent go to a vacations retailer such as a travel agent – with the rest using the telephone.

Ciao Surveys also found that 59 per cent of Britons take “one or more” leisure trips per year.

Reasons for going on holiday were also explored by the firm – which found that 56 per cent of people go away for “sun and relaxation” and 45 per cent take trips for “sightseeing”.

Meanwhile, 33 per cent did so to “enjoy comfort and fine dining” – and 14 per cent of people hoped for a “life changing experience” while on holiday.

Popular destinations uncovered by Ciao Surveys included Australia (preferred by 25 per cent of poll respondents) and North America (20 per cent) – both areas where luxury hotels are commonplace.

Brits ‘turning to trains for overseas travel’

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Britain’s holidaymakers are passing up airports in favour of travelling abroad by train, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Figures from the British Airports Authority (BAA) show that, last month, four of its seven UK airports operated fewer flights than they did in March last year.

This follows several years of steady increases, the report adds – and comes despite a traditionally flights-boosting early Easter.

“The figures have not been materially inflated by the earlier Easter this year,” a BAA spokesman claimed.

“Although the Bank Holidays occurred in March, it is expected that the bulk of the travel associated with Easter will coincide with the school holidays which, in most of the country, fall in April.”

Meanwhile, international train operator Eurostar posted an impressive 21 per cent year-on-year rise in passenger numbers for the past three months.

Nearly 2.2 million passengers were found to have travelled the Chunnel from January to March.

Devil’s Pool ‘the most dangerous swimming in the world’

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009


Extreme swimmers can take a dip in the most spectacular pool in the world during their African holiday, the Times report.

The swimming spot is located in the small natural pool above the Victoria Falls on the Zambia/Zimbabwe border – just above a sheer 110 metre drop.

While bathing in the pool is near-impossible for most of the year, in the dry season the flow of the Zambezi river is slow enough to make it relatively safe.

However, the so-called Devil’s Pool is open to only the most committed swimmers – being accessible following a treacherous three-hour walk to the edge of the falls.

Bather Francisc Stugren, who recently swam in the pool, commented: “Being in the Devil’s Pool is a serious adrenaline rush.

“If you jump in it adds to the excitement but you can also get in gently. It’s great fun. Some people enjoy it quietly, swimming, looking and thinking, while others just keep screaming.”