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US & Canadian Median Room Rates See Little Movement for the Week of June 28th 2013

From Hotel Development

In price trends report, Lowest rate trends over the three months are generally flat or slow slight downward movement in all categories as might be anticipated across the summer vacation period. The exception is Toronto where the lowest 5-star rates are trending upwards in September ... Quick Read

Gstaad: Gstaad Palace Offers "Palace Style Bootcamp" in the Alps

From Hotel Chatter

Here's the latest happening in the luxury hotel world as told by JustLuxe.com. Got a question about luxury hotels, the travel biz, and where to stay? Send it in and we'll have JustLuxe answer it. You'd think staying at a palace would mean getting the royal treatment—being fanned off and fed grapes all day by a glistening pool. Not at Gstaad Palace. This summer, participating in their ‘Palace-Style Boot Camp' might mean eating grapes, but only if you can lift an arm to your mouth ... Quick Read

Abu Dhabi: The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Now Has a Camel Milk Mixologist On Hand

From Hotel Chatter

Your fancy luxury hotel may have a mixologist crafting up specialty cocktails at bar downstairs but does your fancy luxury hotel have a Camel Milk Mixologist working there? Didn't think so.That rare kind of mixologist can only be found at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi which just opened in March. Mohammad Daoud does pretty much what his job title implies--mixes drinks with freshly muddled ingredients infused with locally-sourced camel milk, ranging from flavors such as sweet strawberry and ... Quick Read

Recipe of the week: Orange drizzle cake

From Luxury Travel Blog

A variation on the classic lemon drizzle cake, this orange drizzle cake is perfect to have with a cup of tea – it's quite simple, not overly rich and has an amazing orange flavour. The cake itself is beautifully light, airy and yet still moist, and so makes for the most delicious Summer time treat. [...]Recipe of the week: Orange drizzle cake is a post from A Luxury Travel Blog The post Recipe of the week: Orange drizzle cake appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog. ... Quick Read

After Aspen: Argentine Wines and Asado in Colorado

From Fodors

Just because the Aspen Food & Wine Classic ended didn't mean that the eating and drinking frenzy stopped. A few savvy lingerers stayed to enjoy a getaway hosted by Argentine winemakers. ... Quick Read

A Cultural Crusade through Basel, Switzerland

From Luxury Travel Magazine

Home to more than 40 museums and housing works by some of the world?s most famous artists and designers, it?s no wonder that Basel in Switzerland draws stars like Kanye West, Leonardo DiCaprio and Roman Abramovich to its cultural events and yearly art shows, where art buying is serious business. ... Quick Read

Dive Into an Aruba Adventure and Save $100 on Packages With Southwest Airlines Vacations

From Market Wire

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - July 05, 2013) - Southwest Airlines Vacations is offering travelers $100 in savings when booking vacation packages in Aruba. ... Quick Read

My life in travel: Phil Tufnell

From The Independent

Phil Tufnell co-hosts The Ashes: Test Match Special from 10 July at 10.25am on BBC R5 Live and BBC R4. The 2013 Ashes Series starts on Wednesday at Trent Bridge and concludes on 25 August at The Oval ... Quick Read

Simon Calder: Air Canada flies in face of omens with low-cost subsidiary

From The Independent

Fun. That's an essential component of every holiday, so it's good to see that, from this week, travellers can expect more of it. Starting with Air Canada's new venture. The carrier has set up an airline-within-an-airline, which yesterday began flying from Edinburgh to Toronto. A brand was devised that is supposed to represent "warmth, fun and excitement". And the name is ... rouge. ... Quick Read

Travel agenda

From The Independent

French fancyThe Domaine de la Baume opened yesterday in rural Provence, an hour's drive from St-Tropez. The former home of Expressionist painter Bernard Buffet has been converted into a gorgeous 15-room hotel, surrounded by manicured gardens, an orangery and olive groves. There's a restaurant by chef François Martin, plus yoga, horse-riding and cooking classes (domaine-delabaume.com). ... Quick Read

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