Category: Hotels

Holidays for Couples Readers' Choice Awards 2006

Holidays for Couples Readers’ Choice Awards 2006

The Australian magazine Holidays for Couples has unveiled the winners of its Readers’ Choice Awards for 2006. Here’s a summary of the gold award winners: Best Hotel/Resort South East Asia: Conrad Bali Resort & Spa, Indonesia Best Hotel/Resort Indian Ocean: Angsana Resort & Spa Maldives Ihuru, Maldives Best Hotel/Resort Pacific Islands: Sofitel Fiji Resort & […]

Peninsula Palace Beijing renamed

Peninsula Palace Beijing renamed

The Peninsula Palace Beijing has completed an extensive four year refurbishment programme – reputed to have cost in excess of US$35 million – and been renamed as simply The Peninsula Beijing. The hotel occupies a great position within the city, being just a stone’s throw from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.  Rooms and suites […]

Five nights for the price of four at the Jamaica Inn

Five nights for the price of four at the Jamaica Inn

Voted #1 in Jamaica by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, the Jamaica Inn in Ochos Rios  is widely considered as one of the most sophisticated hotels in the Caribeean. Its spa is justifiably lauded for its Ayurvedic and Fijian treatments, and its cuisine is the finest for miles around. And from now until […]

Europe to get its first 7-star hotel

Europe to get its first 7-star hotel

I’m always wary when you hear of 6-star and 7-star hotels.  Afterall, no nationally-recognised tourist classification scheme goes beyond 5 stars. Anyway, enough of my whinging… apparently Europe is to get its first “7-star” hotel. It will be the Town House Galleria in Milan, Itlay. The hotel is on Galleria Vittoria Emanuele, an elegant shopping […]

T+L's World's Best Small Hotels

T+L’s World’s Best Small Hotels

A couple of days ago, I unveiled that Travel + Leisure had announced their World’s Best Awards for 2006.   I couldn’t possibly do justice to all the lists with one blog post, and so ended up omitting the top 15 small hotels.   For those that don’t want to stay in one of the […]

Arrival Experience programme at the Westin Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Arrival Experience programme at the Westin Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Westin Kuala Lumpur has launched a new Arrival Experience programme which is available upon request for those wanting to travel in style with the luxurious S-type Jaguar. The hotel’s general manager, Martin Jones, has described the collaboration as ‘timely’ and said that the programme will provide guests with “a driving experience  that only both […]

Marriott International takes no smoking stance

Marriott International takes no smoking stance

Marriott International has today declared that all its US and Canadian hotels as soon as this September. The move follows a growing trend in the industry with the Westin Hotel chain and Anaheim’s Disneyland resort having led the way earlier this year.   Marriott’s decision, however, is one of the largest of its kind, affecting […]

A year of island hopping: September

A year of island hopping: September

This is post  nine of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For September, the following are recommended: Cook Islands: Rarotonga Beach Bungalows and Pacific Resort Aitutaki Corsica, France: Hôtel Corniche (website unknown) Cumberland Island, […]

Body & Mind at the Grand Hotel Bellevue in Gstaad, Switzerland

Body & Mind at the Grand Hotel Bellevue in Gstaad, Switzerland

Body  & Mind is a 6 day package offered by the magnificent Grand Hotel Bellevue in Gstaad, Switzerland. Guests are invited to leave all the stresses of modern life behind as they embark on a wellness programme that involves relaxing body care treatments and work with fully qualified personal trainers. The package starts from 1,998 […]

A year of island hopping: August

A year of island hopping: August

This is post  eight of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For August, the following are recommended: Bay Islands, Honduras: Palmetto Bay Plantation and West Peak Inn Great Barrier Reef: Lizard Island and Heron […]

Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2006

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2006

Travel + Leisure have announced their World’s Best Awards for 2006.   There’s an awful lot more detail than I can do justice to with one blog entry, so here’s a very quick summary. World’s Best Hotel 1 Singita Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa   97.56 2 Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan […]

Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt opens in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt opens in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The long-awaited  Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt has finally opened in Buenos Aires. Their website currently  states that you can enjoy their introductory offer for a limited time period until 31st August 2006. The rate is apparently per room per night excluding service charges and taxes, but they neglect to tell you what the rate is! […]

A year of island hopping: July

A year of island hopping: July

This is post  seven of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For July, the following are recommended: Bornholm, Denmark: The Melsted Badehotel and Hotel Siemsens Gaard Dominican Republic: Velero Beach Resort and Natura Cabañas […]

China's platinum five-star hotels

China’s platinum five-star hotels

China’s first group of platinum five-star hotels were named by the National Tourism Administration of China (NTAC) on Friday. They are the China World Hotel in Beijing, the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, the Garden Hotel in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, and the Shandong Plaza in Jinan, Shandong Province. There are currently 279 five-star hotels in […]

Value for Money package from The Dusit Thani, Bangkok

Value for Money package from The Dusit Thani, Bangkok

The five-star Dusit Thani in Bangkok is running a fabulous promotion until 31st December 2006, to celebrate its 36th anniversary. Their Value for Money package includes two consecutive nights’ stay in a Dusit Club Room, free airport transfers, plus one set dinner menu at either il cielo Italian restaurant or Hamilton’s Steak House with a […]

Worm farm at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

Worm farm at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

I doubt this is a first but the Mount Nelson Hotel at Cape Town has started its own worm farm.   Left-overs from the hotel’s restaurants are ‘fed’ to the worms, and the worms’ by-product (let’s try to keep this clean!) get re-used by the hotel gardeners to maintain the beautiful grounds. It seems such […]

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