You’re probably already familiar with the likes of the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer, but you might not have yet heard that a similar project is underway in Beijing. The Great Wheel of China, situated in Chaoyang Park to the north-east of the city centre, will be the world’s tallest ferris wheel (and about [...]
At the moment, Marriott International has some 25 hotels in China, but it’s been suggested by the chairman J.W. Marriott that that figure could rise to 100 in “five to six years”. No longer is the company focussing on the big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, but instead they’re looking to expand to [...]
Less than half an hour’s drive from Baita International Airport, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts has opened a new hotel: the Shangri-La Hotel, Huhhot. It’s the Chinese city’s first five star international deluxe hotel, offering 375 guest rooms and suites, as well as 11 spacious apartments for long term guests, some with views of Qingcheng [...]
Luxury travel seems to have prospered in recent years and luxury hotels in the US are enjoying high levels of occupancy, enabling them to push prices up rapidly – up 7.3% this year, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. As Starwood Capital Group develops the Crillon chain and the new Baccarat Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International is bringing [...]
China’s top resort destination, Yalong Bay in Sanya on Hainan Island, will soon be the home of the first Grand Mercure resort in the country when the Grand Mercure Yalong Bay, Sanya opens late-2007. Part of a lush 133-acre site directly across from Yalong Bay Beach, the resort is adjacent to the National Mangrove Nature [...]
I wasn’t familiar with Expedia Insiders’ Select, a list of their best hotels and resorts worldwide based on the opinions of Expedia users, until receiving a recent email from The Reef Resort in the Cayman Islands, proudly pointing out that they rank as #1 in the Caribbean and #14 in the world. It’s an [...]
Further to the successful staging of the inaugural Asia Luxury Travel Market (ALTM) at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre last month, it’s been revealed that the event is to become an annual one. Several prestigious exhibitors, including The Leading Hotels of the World, Design Hotels, Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have all [...]
Can you believe it’s been 10 years already since the hand-over of Hong Kong back to mainland China? The Langham Hotel, Hong Kong is recognising the anniversary from 1st July 2007 through until 31st August 2007 with a special Decennial Celebration package. For $1,997 (note the amount… clever, eh?), the package includes suite accommodation [...]
The inaugural Asia Luxury Travel Market is fast approaching. ALTM will take place at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre in Shanghai, China, from 18th to 21st June 2007, and will provide luxury suppliers the opportunity to meet the finest trade buyers from the Asia Pacific region.
Suite name: Premier Suite Resort: Langham Hotel Hong Kong Size of accommodation: 1170 sq ft Cost per night: HK$13,000 (plus 10% service charge and 3% government tax) Who’s stayed there? Christine Arguilera (US singer), Kenneth Cole (Designer), Li Yun Di (World famous pianist) What makes it special? Presidential-style and the ultimate in both comfort and [...]
Suite name: L900 Landmark Suite Hotel: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Size of accommodation: 900 sq ft Cost per night: HK$8,800 What makes it special? The L900 Landmark Suite is all about drama and indulgence – the entrance is a dramatic marble catwalk leading to the spectacular open plan bathroom. Three separate areas [...]
The Tibetan campital of Lhasa is to get a luxury hotel courtesy of Starwood’s St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. According to their press release, it will offer guests “superior design and unparalleled service in the world’s most highly elevated location”. The 169-room luxury resort will open in January 2010 and will offer views of the [...]
Doug Gollan is one of three founders of the Elite Traveler magazine. While his title is President and Editor-in-Chief, his responsiblities include overseeing editorial, sales, marketing and distribution. What is it that you do exactly? I would say my time is divided mainly between the editorial, sales and marketing, with about 10% spent on [...]
The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is creating a new exclusive suite in honour of the celebrated British photographer Patrick Lichfield. Lord Lichfield was the photographer behind the Mandarin Oriental’s “He’s a fan/She’s a fan” advertising campaign, and regularly stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, long considering it his Asian home. Reminiscent of the 1960s [...]
The largest vessel ever to grace Hong Kong’s waters, the Queen Mary 2, has been welcomed into Victoria Harbour with a dazzling performance of the “Symphony of Lights” laser show. The ship is on her maiden round-the-world voyage; it departed Fort Lauderdale in January and is now heading for Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.