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 [...]
The largest cruise company in Spain is to be bought by Royal Caribbean. The acquisition of Madrid-based Pullmantur S.A. will give Royal Caribbean the opportunity to expand in Europe and Latin America. Pullmantur will continue to operate as a brand within the Royal Caribbean umbrella.
From Female First: Mariah Carey is developing a new fake tan made with 24-karat gold dust. The singer is insisting she is beautifully bronzed on every night on her current ‘Emancipation of Mimi’ tour and has hired a personal tanning assistant, Jenny Phillips, to spay her before going on stage. Mariah and Jenny, of Beverly [...]
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is the latest luxury hotel to follow the growing trend of providing their guests with portable GPSs. It’s already done in the US by the Rosewood Hotel Group (that’s New York’s The Carlyle, Dallas’ The Mansion on Turtle Creek and Hotel Crescent Court) who provide Garmin’s iQue M3 device. Times are [...]
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 [...]
The JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, has just opened a fabulous new Thai Cooking School. It offers fun-filled, hands-on experience where guests learn alongside the charming Chef Tammasak and his team and they progress from apprentice to Master Chef, able to turn out a Thai banquet at home to impress family, colleagues, and friends.
Shangri-La International Management Ltd. are to mark their international debut with the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo. The new hotel will occupy the top 11 floors of the 37-storey Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building but will not open until March 2009 as the building is currently under construction.
The Venetian in Las Vegas is offering two-night packages in the Rialto Suite (and other premium suites) for just $259 a night. As well as the accommodation, the package includes a private gondola ride, a gondala ride picture and gondola ride line passes. The offer is valid on bookings made before 19th September 2006.
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.
China’s luxury hotel business is likely to grow strongly over the next five years, driven by booming business travel, property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle said Thursday… The number of four-star and five-star hotel rooms in Shanghai is likely to grow by some 8,000 rooms until 2008, and more investment should find its way to [...]
Wearing flip-flops in 50-degree weather? You obviously can’t let go of summer. And why should you, with sensational Royal Caribbean Interational savings to hot spots like the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas. They’ve got lots of deals on at the moment so you might want to take a look.
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 [...]
More than 350 of England’s most familiar and important heritage sites will be opened for free by English Heritage, the National Trust and Historic Houses Association tomorrow, alongside more than 3,000 other fascinating properties of every period and style. As part of the History Matters – pass it on campaign and Heritage Open Days, the [...]
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 [...]
Guido van den Elshout, the owner of the fabulous Haagsche Suites (which I ran a special feature on last month), has started his own blog called Happy Hotelier. Guido has been blogging for two years already on weekendhotel.nl but this new blog gives him the opportunity to share some of those posts with us English [...]