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Blog archive - January, 2012

Enjoy Valentine’s overlooking the River Thames

31 Jan 2012
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The Royal Horseguards Hotel in London’s Whitehall has put together a special Valentine’s package available from 20th to 19th February.

A Romantic Valentine’s Date in Bordeaux

29 Jan 2012
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Just how romantic are you? Not sure what to do this year? Well how about whisking your loved one off to Bordeaux for Valentine’s Day and stay in the luxurious Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa.

Romantic packages are available throughout the month of February and consist of accommodation for two, including breakfast in bed! 

A Special Valentine’s Day Dining Experience

If you want this Valentine’s Day to be special and you’ve got a soft spot for sensational food, OMOTG has got just the experience for you...

As a one-off, The InterContinental London Park Lane is offering an exclusive Valentine’s Day package, ‘Love 2 Dine’.

Couples will have the rare opportunity...

Anndra Neen at The Dorchester

18 Jan 2012
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I was invited to a private viewing of the 2011 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize winners’ jewellery and accessories line at London’s Dorchester Hotel last week.

Anndra Neen was launched in 2009 by Phoebe and Annette Stephens, the two sisters behind this successful brand.  Their autumn and winter 2012 collection will be on display at Hôtel Plaza Athénée during Paris Fashion Week in March.

The Oitavos Classic Golf Tournament

16 Jan 2012
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Enjoy a three-night hotel and golfing package in Portugal. From 26th to 29th January 2012 The Oitavos Classic golfing tournament will be taking place on Portugal’s beautifully scenic Estoril Coast close to Lisbon.

Oitavos Dunes was recently ranked 68th in Golf Magazine’s 2011 Top 100 Courses in the World and is ranked number one in Portugal. 

The Descendants starring George Clooney

11 Jan 2012
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Set in beautiful Hawaii, The Decendants starring George Clooney as Matt King, a wealthy lawyer and father of two teenage girls suddenly finds himself at one of life’s crossroads following his wife’s serious boating accident off Waikiki which puts her in hospital.  His older daughter then reveals that his wife had been having an affair...

Read on to watch the trailer.

A Wonderland of Ice and Snow in China

10 Jan 2012
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Winter can be many things...cold, rainy, dark and generally a bit gloomy! However in Harbin, a village situated in the north-east of China, things are far from bleak.

From the 5th of January to the end of February, for the 28th year running, Harbin gives rise to one of the largest ice festivals in the world - think vast ice sculptures, bright lights and fantastic architecture.

Re-Launch of The Collection Restaurant in Chelsea

6 Jan 2012
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I recently attended a launch evening for The Collection on Brompton Road in London, which has been newly acquired and refurbished.

This is a fashionable and trendy place with its exposed brickwork, large warehouse style windows behind the bar, metallic lighting and intimate little nooks with comfortable leather and velvet banquettes.

Airline Passengers hit with yet more tax hikes

3 Jan 2012
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We often feel in Britain that it is the motorist who is always being hit with increased taxes, but once again it is the airline passenger who is being hit with yet more taxes, this time from The EU. A new ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) came into effect on January 1st 2012.

So what does it mean for us travellers?