Ngong Ping 360 is a new attraction in Hong Kong which opens on the 18th September 2006. Situated on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island, it consists of a 5.7km cable car journey up to the world’s largest, seated, outdoor, bronze Buddha, known as the Tian Tan Buddha Statue. At the top, visitors will be able to […]
The Bali Hilton International Hotel officially changed its name to Ayodya Resort Bali earlier this week. In addition to the name change will be the introduction of Royal Balinese service for guests, which will display the traditions, arts and rituals of Bali. The Ayodya Resort Bali is a new brand from Singgasana Hotels & Resorts, […]
Sit back and enjoy a tour of the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa on Hollywood Beach, courtesy of Cristin Duren, Miss Florida USA 2006.
Monate Game Lodge, near Nylstroom, South Africa (2 hours from Johannesburg) has added two tented lodges to its camp: Hampton and Rushton. These luxurious accommodations each have a private sun deck, pool, generous bathrooms with roll-top baths and all the other luxuries that perhaps really shouldn’t be available in the middle of nowhere. To celebrate […]
Once again, Bali has been placed #1 in Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual reader survey awards. It is the fifth consecutive year that Bali, which is sometimes heralded as ‘The Island of the Gods’, has been voted ‘World’s Best Island’ by the magazine. The Hawaiian islands of Kauai and Maui followed in second and third […]
In 2009 Qatar will welcome its first five-star golf and spa hotel thanks to a deal between Taj Hotels and Resorts and Palaces and Qatar Sports Investment Company. The development will be at the Doha Golf Club, the only PGA standard 18-hole golf course in Qatar, and will be called the Taj Exotica Golf and […]
Hit by Hurricane Wilma last year, the Presidente Intercontinental has been closed ever since. The resort is scheduled to re-open next month, however, after a $25 million renovation and expansion which includes a new pool, new restaurants and a Scuba certification-training centre. The 220 redesigned rooms and suites will feature state-of-the-art amenities including plasma televisions.
There are over a dozen wineries in Lake Chelan’s new wine country. Come tour the vineyards, experience the peak of the wine season, and relax at the end of your day at Darnell’s Lake Resort. From 11th to 30th September 2006, they are offering great midweek rates at $85 and weekend rates at $150 in […]
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia is scheduled to open next month. The brainchild of a Russian-Canadian architect, Nick Troubetzkoy, and owner of the Anse Chastanet Resort, this new resort has its own private spa, beaches and concierge desk. Like the Ladera resort also on St. Lucia, rooms are designed so that they have three walls, and […]
Exclusive Resorts, a leading destination club, has announced that it plans to open 30 new luxury residences for its members before the end of 2006, including some dramatic glass-front homes in their Poro Poro development in Costa Rica. The ambitious plans mean the creation of two new residences a week. They will add to […]
It has been announced that Quintess and Dream Catcher Retreats, two of the foremost luxury destination clubs, have merged to form Quintess, Catch the Dream. The huge $62 million merger is the largest consolidation in the industry to date and means a combined real estate portfolio, including properties under development, with an estimated value of […]
According to a recent Concierge.com article, the top yoga retreats to be found worldwide are: Wildflower Hall, Shimla, India Como Shambhala at Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand Begawan Giri, Bali, Indonesia Adventure Yoga Retreats (all over the Americas) Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California LifeTime Private Retreats, Kangaroo Island, Australia Maya Tulum, […]
The former Reno Hilton has become the Grand Sierra Resort and Convention Center, a four-star world class resort and casino with a mere 1,995 guest rooms and suites, not to mention 200,000 sq ft of meeting and convention space. There are also condos with the hotel towers on the 148-acre resort, with prices ranging from […]
The American billionaire Stephen Wynn, famous for his casino developments and most notably the Wynn Las Vegas, will make one of his biggest gambles this week when he opens a sleek $1 billion hotel-casino in Macau. The Wynn Macau is a small replica of the Las Vegas resort and is expected to attract the […]
Vanuatu’s Snorkelers Cove at Iririki Island Resort & Spa opened to its first official paying-guests yesterday. It is equipped with 54 Deluxe Rooms and seven extra-luxury tri-level Penthouses that each has two bedrooms and a separate living/dining level, a restaurant, two tennis courts and a gym, and a 1300sq metre pool that will be one […]
Billed as Arizona’s premier culinary event, Phoenix Cooks! will showcase unique restaurants, world class resorts and nationally recognised chefs. There is a reception this evening but the main event – a five-course extravaganza for $95 per person – begins tomorrow. If you want to really go to town, opt for the Arizona Biltmore‘s Phoenix […]