All posts tagged: spa hotel

Review: Britannia Hotel and Spa, Trondheim, Norway

The Britannia Hotel is an iconic hotel in the northern city of Trondheim. It’s a stunning destination hotel with a gorgeous spa. Dating back to 1870 (celebrating 150 years this year), the hotel reopened following a €140 million investment by its owner Odd Reitan. Re-imaged for the 21st century, the hotel still retains its unique sense of history. Contemporary yet elegant, it’s plush and refined, whilst being warm and welcoming. You feel at home in an instant from the warm welcome at reception through to your connection with the staff. The hotel rooms feature the latest technology for light and curtain controls. The design is simple, understated and elegant. Modern art is punctuated through the rooms and the hotel. What’s on the menu? There are six bars and restaurants on site. My top pick is the fine dining Spielsalen, where you can indulge in the 6 or 10 course tasting menu (with paired wines). Also check out the casual French Brasserie, as well as Jonathon Grill which does grilled meat to perfection. The beautiful Palmhaven is …

Review: Pennyhill Park Hotel and The Spa

THE HOTEL: Set in 123 acres of rolling Surrey parkland, this elegant 19th century manor house features 123 luxury bedrooms, a Michelin starred fine dining restaurant, a 9 hole golf course and of course – the spa. Dating from 1849, the vine covered main building is the centre piece of the property. Most of the rooms are in the newer wings and have free WiFi, four-poster beds, quality linens and even a pillow menu. They are cosy and have an olde world feel. It’s a nice country retreat around an hour or so from London. THE SPA: Renowned for its huge facilities, the Spa at Pennyhill Park scores highly in reviews online and with 45,000 sq. ft. of facilities – there’s lots of everyone. The water and thermal suite includes eight indoor and outdoor pools (one with underwater music), laconium, ice cave, plunge pools, hot tubs, experience showers, massage chairs, rasoul and 21 treatment rooms. This is spa on a grand scale. The reception is massive and includes a large retail space and spa café. …

Luxury hotel trends: free Wi-fi and Nespresso top the list

It appears that free Wi-fi and Nespresso coffee machines are now the key elements travellers look for in a luxury hotel. A new survey by Small Luxury Hotels of the World ™ (SLH) completed by over 13,000 SLH customers worldwide reveals new trends within the luxury market.  Italy has been identified as the most luxurious holiday destination, Chanel as the most popular luxury brand and free Wi-Fi was favoured over free breakfast in the majority of core markets*. *photo courtesy of Nespresso The survey carried out in May and June 2014 reveals significant trends in the luxury sector highlighting luxury travel habits, identifying favourite luxury brands and delving deeper into the demands of luxury travel with pets. For the second year running, French brands topped the list of favourite luxury brands with Chanel identified as the number one luxury brand overall followed by Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ and Hermés. Other top brands included Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Luxury travel preferences When asked to specify their favourite luxury holiday destination, Italy and destinations …