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St Petersburg’s top luxury hotels

With all eyes on Russia for the World Cup 2018, it’s time to check out St Petersburg’s luxury hotel scene, which could leave the most demanding traveller spoilt for choice. Think boutique properties, palatial residences and super sleek five-star hotels – accommodation abounds in this Russian city and high-end travellers are catered for in abundance. Among the most revered locally is the Hotel Astoria – located next to St Isaac’s Cathedral. The Rocco Forte property dates back to 1912 and...

Checking in…. Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residence Emirates Pearl

Abu Dhabi has welcomed its first Grand Hyatt property on to its picturesque Corniche, just 35 minutes away from the international airport. The Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residence Emirates Pearl has soft-launched with some of its 332 rooms and 36 suites now open for bookings. All facilities will be open by the end of the year. This beachfront property offers 60 full-service residences and the Club floor on the 26th floor features the Grand Club Lounge with sweeping views...

Georgia uncovered… by Chris Clarke

Chris Clarke, director of boutique events agency Purple Dog Solutions, gives the lowdown on Tbilisi and Kazbegi in Georgia, following a recent visit with Design Hotels. First impressions I arrived in Tbilisi quite late at night and it was pouring with rain, which is quite unusual there for this time of year because they tend to have hot dry summers, so it wasn’t really until the following morning in the cold light of day that I got a sense of the...

Experience This… Plymouth Gin Garden at The Wigmore

Few things beat sipping on a cold G&T on a warm summers eve, and now there’s a new al fresco hotspot in London to do just that, thanks to a partnership between the Langham, London and Plymouth Gin. The Langham has transformed the courtyard of The Wigmore – its modern British tavern that opened last summer – into a botanical gin garden for the summer months, featuring climbing plants and self-garnish pots on tables. Nestled within the garden, visitors will find...

Linthwaite House unveils £10m refurb

The Lake District has a welcome new accommodation addition in the form of Linthwaite House, which has reopened its doors following a year-long £10 million refurbishment. Each of the property’s 30 bedrooms have been transformed to reflect the dreamy colours of the natural surrounds, with British furniture makers and fabric designers providing the furnishings to create a contemporary country house for the ultimate unwind. Subtle references to the parent company, Lee Collection, and their African heritage are evident in the artworks...

Experience this… Equestrian adventures at Selman Marrakech

Immerse yourself in Arab-Moorish culture with a stay at the beautiful Selman Marrakech, a stud farm where guests can admire Arabian thoroughbreds and enjoy a rich cultural experience in the heart of this vibrant destination. Stay at one of the 55 rooms and suites or five villas, and take in the evocative architecture and beauty of the gardens. The on-site Experiences Manager will ensure that each stay and event includes moments to savour, from a quad tour followed by a wellness afternoon...

In Pictures: micebook launch party at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

micebook, the online planners’ hub, drew the crowds for its art-themed launch party, which saw 150 event planners and suppliers descend on Nobu Hotel Shoreditch last Wednesday (30 May) to celebrate the grand unveiling. The launch party was held in partnership with ANTOR, the Association of National Tourist Offices and Representatives. Guests started the evening with cocktails on the Nobu Terraces, before moving into event space Kaijo for food, drinks and networking with leading brands and suppliers. The networking event took...

Vilnius gets first Design Hotel

The Lithuanian capital just got a whole lot hipper with the arrival of its first Design Hotel in a historical building in the Old Town of Vilnius. The passion project of a team of local architects and designers, the 104-room Hotel Pacai - also Design Hotels' first Baltic member - blends historical artefacts with contemporary design. Architect Saulius Mikštas strived to preserve as many authentic architectural details as possible, including the courtyard and arches, as well as the original frescoes found...

Four high-end hotels in Ibiza

With the summer season well underway on the Mediterranean’s most glamorous party isle, we check out four of Ibiza’s luxurious options, whether you’re hitting the clubs or chilling out and soaking up the sun… Ibiza Gran Hotel Ibiza Gran Hotel is located on the Paseo Marítimo, facing two outstanding luxury marinas, Marina Botafoch & Marina Ibiza. With Dalt Vila as a back drop, it is surrounded by the most renowned and exciting nightlife, while Talamanca beach and the city centre are...