Virgin Atlantic is soaring high with the introduction of its new Upper Class suite on Airbus A330 planes. Raise a toast with Richard Branson-shaped ice cubes to Virgin Atlantic being the the first airline in Britain to offer full mobile access in the air. Earlier we did mention that Upper Class suite is equipped with AeroMobile system that allows passengers to make and receive cell phone calls in flight. But today we have more details to it. Along with making calls, fliers will also be able to access web and send text messages when the service will be available. The A330’s London to New York route will be the first to feature this service followed by other 17 planes on at least ten routes by the year end. And such a high-flying connectivity service will not come at sky-rocketing prices as it will cost the same as normal roaming charges that exist on land.
Scotland is a country that offers a vast range of opportunities. With its areas of rural wilderness, scenic mountains and lively cities, it’s no surprise that it attracts tourists in considerable numbers. The country’s capital city, Edinburgh, is a hub for many visitors. The city’s skyline is dominated by its famous castle, which is seated on an extinct volcano. A fortress has sat on the same site for more than 1400 years. Those wishing to view Edinburgh’s historic sites, visit some of the finest shopping streets in the UK and explore the numerous places to eat, have plenty of choices available when it comes to accommodation. Indeed, the people of Scotland are renowned for their hospitality.
Bulgari unveiled its plans for its new hotel in London. On posh Knightsbridge, the super-luxurious hotel is currently under construction. When complete, it will boast of 12 ultra-chic storeys, half of them underground, 85 rooms and suites spread from 43 sq m up to vast two-bedroom apartments. The London hotel will be the company’s third, and will be decorated in similar classic-contemporary styles, to its Milan original. Bulgari’s second hotel which opened in 2006 is in Bali.
an age-old collaboration, now with added panache. The Taj Suites and Residences, situated at 51 Buckingham Gate, London, just around the corner from the Buckingham Palace, has announced the addition of a Jaguar-themed suite to its offering. The 1,832 sq ft abode follows the collaboration between Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and Jaguar – both of which just so happen to be owned by Indian automaker Tata. Jaguar design director Ian Callum will oversee the creation of the room, which includes the use of leather, metal and wood from Jaguar’s lineup of luxury cars. The experience begins subtly at the door, with sleek wood panelling and progresses to Jaguar damask lining the bedroom walls. The fireplace takes cues from the shape of Jaguar’s hallmark rear window, while custom made wallpaper with subtle Jaguar motifs can also be found throughout the suite. The ‘flat’ combines both classic and contemporary Jaguar models, from the legendary 1960′s E-type to the high tech C-X75 concept.
London’s pride and glory, the Dukes Hotel has always been a well-kept secret among the rich and famous. Previously managed under Campbell Gray Hotels, the hotel’s suites have been undergoing a design upgrade via London-based interior designer Shaun Clarkson (also associated with Atlantic Bar & Grill, Jerusalem, Denim, Pop, Bartok). The new look is soft, muted and beige-friendly with an emphasis on clean lines and functionality. While there won’t be any Miss Marple-like chintz, its understated look will definitely be approved by the crème-de-la-crème.
The Eccleston Square Hotel in London is being billed as among the world’s most high-tech hotel as it gets ready to open doors next week. The hotel will be an urban cocoon with cutting edge technology inside a central London Georgian building. It is set to be the first hotel in Europe to offer guest’s access to a 3D blu-ray library to choose films that can be enjoyed in any of the 39 rooms kitted out with 46-inch Panasonic Neo Plasma HD 3D television. Guests will also have access to The Media Lounge, a screening room with a 103-inch Panasonic 3D media wall television.
Blakes Hotel, the first original boutique hotel has unveiled 47 beautifully refurbished rooms, a brand new gymnasium and discreet, Japanese garden-inspired courtyard, following an extensive, eight month refurbishment programme. Opened in 1978, the property prides itself on its privacy, unrivalled design and unobtrusive service, Blakes has for many years become a ‘home from home’ to royalty and the brightest stars from the worlds of music, fashion art and film. Tucked in the heart of residential South Kensington, Blakes exudes a bohemian yet decadent ambience in a unique East meets West style. The subtle refurbishment of the rooms has been personally overseen by its creator designer Anouska Hempe (now Lady Weinberg) and each room features sumptuous furnishings and state of the art technology including Bang & Olufsen iPod docks and televisions. Signature suites include The Corfu Suite – an immaculate, all-white French Provencal suite with an abundance of gossamer nets and mother of pearl furniture – and Suite 007 – Blakes largest suite featuring original French Art Noveau doors, hand painted white floors and a large Victorian drawing room complete with fireplace and bookcases. One of the key additions is ‘The Courtyard’, a stunning green oasis adorned by a myriad of Bay trees that draws inspiration from a traditional Japanese garden. The Courtyard serves breakfast, lunch, refreshing afternoon teas and early evening cocktails to both residents and non-residents; the courtyard is a true hidden gem. Another element to the refurbishment programme is the addition of a gym fitted with the latest in Keiser Training equipment, which is exclusively reserved for the use of hotel guests. Continue reading