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“Eco” Hotels ?

November 18, 2008

“Greenwashing” is one of my favourite “mot du jour” at the moment.

I’d love to be “green” – but with a family of four, two cars and a job working for a subsidiary of an airline my carbon footprint is the size of a yeti! (Note: Car No.1 turns into a rail season ticket in 2 months time).

As with most middle class suburbanites in 2008 I will apply salve in the form of some eco products when I next shop at my local multi national supermarket.

I will also consider staying at the “aloft Lexington” next time I’m in Boston (

It looks pretty cool, and with a light dusting of eco credentials, I’ll report back on how “eco” is “eco” !


A touch of luxury

October 14, 2008

Sublime trundlin.

The trundlin ethos is part eccentricity, part sustainability, part luxury and part frugality. This recommendation has no sense of frugality, the tiniest soupcon of sustainability and a nod to eccentricity.

The 16th century Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa ( on Giudecca Island in Venice is rated #13 of 410 hotels in Venice by users – a testament to its quality. With design attributed to Francesco Palladio the hotel is a core part of Venice history.

Being situated on an island 50m from St Mark’s Square the hotel provides a water shuttle to “mainland” Venice. The B Mare solar powered shuttle boat trundles across the Giudecca Canal with no carbon footprint at all. A small nod in the direction of sustainability, but an important one in vulnerable Venezia!

Being across the water from the bustle of Venice, in the dawn light or evening glow you can sit on the terrazzo and admire Venice – eccentric in character and location – trundlin perfection!

……Or fiddle while Rome burns!

October 8, 2008

Stock markets fall, companies fail – perhaps what you need is luxury rather than solitude?

How about kicking back at for some serious R&R if you need to escape from the economic meltdown and you call California home.

Chill out, and if San Jose is still open for business when you return home all the better!

Virgin Holidays & Hip Hotels

September 11, 2008

Firstly, a declaration. In my “day job” I work for the Virgin Group.

Virgin Holidays have teamed up with Herbert Ypma’s Hip Hotels brand to launch a new luxury tour operator.

The definition of leisure is “time available for ease and relaxation”.

Virgin Holidays new venture aims to give the traveller peace of mind, ease and relaxation by assigning them a “Travel Guru” when they make a booking, to ensure their itinerary is booked correctly and any uncertainties, or special requests are dealt with efficiently.

Sounds like heaven. The catch, if it is one, is that this is extreme trundlin, luxury trundlin. If you are the sort of traveller who hankers after the austere accommodation of a Scottish Bod (as featured in an earlier post), then don’t venture over to and request a sumptuous 200 page Hip Hotels guide. This is hotel erotica. A Travelodge will never be the same again!