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Luxury Maldives Hotels in Pictures

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island - Deluxe Water Villa from US$1,900 per night

Anantara Kihavah Villas - Over Water Pool Villa  from US$1,725 per night

Kanuhura Resort And Spa - Grand Water Villa from US$1,700 per night

Taj Exotica Spa & Resort - Deluxe Lagoon villa from US$1,500 per night

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Hotel - Sunrise Water Villa from US$1,300 per night

Naladhu Hotel Maldives - Ocean House from US$1,275 per night

Cocoa Island - Loft Villa from US$1,050 per night

Four Seasons Maldives At Kuda Huraa - Beach Bungalow with Pool from US$1,000 per night

One And Only Maldives At Reethi Rah - Water Villa from US$1,000 per night

Baros - Water Bungalow from US$770 per night









Daily Dream – The Nam Hai Hotel Hoi An

Monday, February 20th, 2012

The Nam Hai Hotel Hoi An

Hoi An, Vietnam

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Botswana: Safari in style

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Once upon a time a safari holiday was more about adventure than comfort. Holiday makers could expect to see some of nature’s most amazing sights, watch some of the world’s most beautiful animals in their own habitat and return enlightened but if they expected luxury they would be sorely disappointed. But those days are long gone. Now safari holidays offer both adventure and opulence and vacationers can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Botswana has one of the most breathtaking landscapes in Africa, from the barren desert of the Kalahari to the wonder of the Okavango Delta.

An organised nine day vacation through this stunning region with an African safari tour operator would include accommodation in luxury safari lodges in Botswana and the beautiful Victoria Falls Hotel. In the Okavango Delta, enjoy mokoro rides, and Delta nature walks, and the chance to see the vast elephant herds characteristic of the area.

To begin the trip you will depart Maun for the Okavango Delta Nxabega Safari Camp, exploring the waterways by canoe.

The vacation includes trips to the Moremi Wildlife Reserve Khwai River Lodge, a night-drive on private concession and visits to Central Chobe National Park which is well known for predatory species. There is also the opportunity to take a Sundowner river-cruise sipping cocktails as the sun sets.

The luxury lodges are located in stunning settings and all offer five star luxury. (below: Sanctuary Baines’ Camp)

What does £17,000 a night in Geneva get you?!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

At the word’s most expensive hotels… your wish is their command… but it will cost you!


Hotel President WilsonGeneva, Switzerland

Cost: £17,397 a night

What you get: Presidential-Suite
175m2, on the 6th and 7th floor. Panoramic views of Lake Geneva

68% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Hotel Ritz ParisParis, France

Cost: £7,357 a night

What you get: Coco Chanel 1 bedroom Prestige Suite
Ten unique Prestige Suites still breathe the spirit of illustrious guests who once stayed there.

79% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Hotel Carl GustafSt Barthlemy

Cost: £16,062 a night

What you get: Roof-top Royal Suite
Surrounded by a walled garden terrace, featuring pool and Jacuzzi.

80% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Mandarin OrientalNew York

Cost: £1,860 a night

What you get: King Room with Park View
Unparalleled floor-to-ceiling views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan.

83% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Burj Al ArabDubai

Cost: £2,031 a night

What you get: Deluxe Twin 2 Bedroom Suite
335m2, 2-level, dining room for six with separate butler entrance.

89% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Lapa PalaceLisbon, Portugal

Cost: £2,021 a night

What you get: Royal Suite Conde Valen as
145m2, decorated in genuine 19th-century style and includes a huge terrace.

95% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Hermitage BayAntigua

Cost: £934 a night

What you get: Hillside Pool Suite
Awe-inspiring panoramas, wrap-around covered patio, private sundeck & plunge pool.

92% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Hotel Arts BarcelonaBarcelona, Spain

Cost: £1,572 a night

What you get: Mediterranean Suite
185m2 Concierge level, Club access, continuous culinary offerings, 43rd story spa.

83% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives – Maldives

Cost: £933 a night

What you get: Deluxe Pool Villa
Intimate coral beach front, unbeatable seclusion and second-to-none privacy.

83% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

Hotel Ranga joins the Drake & Cavendish Luxury Hotel Guide

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Hotel Ranga

 We are delighted to welcome the Hotel Ranga in Iceland to the Drake & Cavendish luxury hotel guide. Iceland does not have any official 5 star rated hotels, however the Hotel Ranga certainly qualifies as a luxury hotel. Located in the south of the country, the Hotel Ranga offers spectacular views of the famous Mt. Hekla.

You can read more about the Hotel Ranga on our dedicated page, or click here for the hotel’s official website.

Not everyone hates the cold!

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

The latest goings on at our favourite winery, Chapel Down.

The snow and very cold weather may be bad news for some of you, and a joy for others. For us, its mainly good news. Firstly, we all enjoy the look of the place with a covering of snow and its good to have a snowball fight and a bit of sledging. Secondly, in the vineyards, its no bad thing. The vines will be thoroughly dormant and that’s good news. For the last two years we have had exceptionally mild winters and we think that has been one of the causes of the lower harvests we have had in 2007 and 2008 as the vines have remained stressed over the winter and not become dormant for long enough. I know I’m grumpy if I dont sleep well. In addition, the various bugs that can cause problems will not have survived this cold snap.

The vineyard on the first day of the snow
On the downside, visitor numbers to shops and restaurants generally are down. Remarkably, the restaurant here at the vineyard continues to thrive and had its busiest Saturday ever on the 24th January!

A rare quiet time on the balcony at dusk
Of course winter means its pruning time. Our teams are out in vineyards preparing the vines for this year. Owen went out with a camera the other day and took the following shots of the vineyard. Arty isn’t he?

It seems that most businesses around here are pruning too – but its people that are being cut. It seems that everyone is cutting back on their spending and looking for bargains. There are lots of things to cut back on, but I think life is too short to drink bad wine. It may cost a couple of pounds more, but it’s good for you (in moderation), is something to look forward to and share and it relaxes you. I dont think we should compromise on feeling good with your partner, friends or family, no matter how tough things get. Fortunately. it seems many agree with me.


Please remember whilst you are bargain-hunting though. The real saving you make in sourcing local produce is the support you give to local workers and keeping employment and maintaining healthy communities. We do. We have an active sourcing policy of Kent and our local community first, England or British second, Europe third, Rest of the World if we must. Perhaps if more people did the same….

Frazer Thompson
Managin Director

A new luxury look for 2009

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

It’s been a long time coming, but today we’re pleased to unveil the new look website.

The new site feature a price comparison tool that will check prices of over 65,000 of the world’s most luxurious hotels, from 31 different online travel agencies. Of course we’ve kept all the contact details and website links of the hotels so you can check prices with the hotels directly before you book.

We hope you enjoy using the new site and we will be adding new hotel offers onto the site…so make sure you pay a visit before you book your next hotel stay.

If you own a luxury hotel, or are responsible for promoting a luxury hotel; please get in touch with us by clicking here and completing the online form.

Happy new year.

Russ Pooley
Drake & Cavendish

Efficient ‘holiday money’ tips given by expert

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Tips and hints on how to avoid wasting money while on holiday have been provided by the Independent newspaper.

Travellers to luxury hotels and other UK tourists are advised to take into account the present exchange rate between sterling and the local currency before they change money prior to the trip.

Speaking to the newspaper, Martyn Hocking at Which? added: “Don’t wait until the last minute to buy your foreign currency, as exchange rates at airport bureaux de change are generally not as good as those on the high street or online.”

Once at the destination, tourists are also recommended to carry their money in more than one form – such as cash, cards and traveller’s cheques.

However, card users are advised that 2.75 per cent “loading fees” are added to overseas transactions by some providers.

These firms should also be told of the holiday beforehand, Mr Hocking added.

“In a bid to tackle fraud, your provider may query any foreign transactions or cancel your card – so talk to them before you go on holiday, telling them where you are travelling to and how long you will be away.”

UK tourists “seek foreign cuisine”

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Increasing numbers of tourists are interested in sampling traditional dishes when they go on holiday, according to a leading tourism association.
Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) spokesperson Frances Tuke said more and more people were looking for “good gourmet experiences” on their travels, describing local gastronomy as “part and parcel” of what people want.

While claiming there were still tourists who are “not very adventurous”, she added “there are those who want to go for the authentic travel experience and that includes proper local food.”

Research by the World Travel Market shows more than 53 per cent of holidaymakers said eating traditional was a “very important” or “important” part of their holiday, while 86 per cent of UK tourists questioned said they enjoy eating local food while abroad.

The international culinary tourism association defines culinary tourism as “the pursuit of unique and memorable culinary experiences of all kinds”.
According to this definition, it is possible to be a culinary tourist at home as well as on holiday

More luxury holidays for families in the Caribbean

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Families are taking more luxury holidays to the Caribbean islands, according to the editor of Luxury Travel Magazine.

Alyson Cook says that while family holidays are “usually the last thing to go” in the UK holiday market, her magazine had discovered that the reverse was now true.

She said that research carried out at the beginning of the year within her magazine readership –  upmarket travel agents and premium tour operators – indicated the luxury travel market would not be unduly affected by the credit crunch.

Luxury travellers were said to be “cash rich and time poor”, with their family holiday time “sacrosanct”.

Ms Cook said the Caribbean resorts were particularly popular with families, saying the region is popular because of the child-friendly nature of venues such as Antigua, Barbados and Jamaica.

She added: “The tendency in this particular market, where we are talking about large spend holidays, is that the whole family goes together.

“Quite often grandparents are included and usually the nanny.”

Research conducted by the International Luxury Travel Market in 2007 suggested the luxury travel industry as a whole is booming, with major growth being witnessed in developing markets such as India, Russia and China.