Luxury travel sometimes has its limitations for those wishing to be environmentally conscious. aloft, however, has announced a “see green” program with this issue in mind. The scheme promotes ecologically friendly products and services, and highlights green-friendly options both inside and outside the hotels. The parking area outside is adorned with a variety of deciduous […]
Starwood Hotels & Resorts have a new extended stay hotel brand that goes by the name of ELEMENT. Inspired by the Westin brand, modern style, smart design and state-of-the-art fitness facilities will all be key components of the new brand. Locations such as urban centres, airports, business parks, resorts and lifestyle centres will be targeted […]
There are so many awards in the World Travel Awards that it’s a little difficult to identify the big winners. Here’s a summary of some of the key winners in 2006: World’s Leading Airline: British Airways World’s Leading Airport: Singapore Changi Airport World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company: Sandals Resorts International World’s Leading All-Suite Hotel: The […]
According to news just in, Golden Tulip Hospitality are introducing a new luxury brand. The Royal Tulip, as it will be known, will be a five-star brand and be first introduced to Amsterdam, Berlin, Casablanca, Mirbat and Dallas TX. Golden Tulip Hotels and Golden Tulip Resorts will continue to cater for the four […]
The Starwood Spa Collection – an amalgam of some of the best spas in the world – has welcomed eight new members. They are: Convento do Espinheiro Heritage Hotel & Spa, Portugal Sheraton Colonia Golf & Spa Resort, Uruguay Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Spain Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, Vietnam St. Regis Resort, […]
Apply for the Marriott Rewards Visa Signature Card program before 30th September 2006 and you will be offered a Silver Elite Status which gives you a 20% point bonus every time you stay at a Marriott-branded hotel as well as 15,000 bonus points after your first purchase using the card. Furthermore you’ll receive a free […]
There’s a new website on the block called InStyle Hotels which offers a large database of bookable luxury hotels including design and boutique hotels. Using extensive research based on many of the travel industry’s accepted top hotel lists, InStyle Hotels’ team has selected the places recognized by the majority of hotel ratings as being the […]
Indulge in the Marriott experience now for your chance to instantly win one of the 1,200 prizes. In a new microsite from Marriott, called Marriott Virtual Tour, the hotel brand is giving you the chance to experience Marriott anywhere in the world, a high-tech home threatre upgrade, or a $5,000 dream bedroom shopping spree! […]
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 […]
A record 355 hotels applied for membership of The Leading Hotels of the World in the last year, the highest number ever in the company’s 78-year history. And of the hopeful applicants, only 24 (just 7%) were accepted. Business is clearly going from strength to strength for The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. but […]
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, […]
Tonight sees the 58th Emmy awards and, as per usual these days, the celebrity presenters will be in for a great selection of goodies. Among them will be a 5-day stay at Old Bahama Bay on Grand Bahama Island, plus access to all water sports, 2 nights at the US Grant in San Diego, including […]
Gulf Air is enhancing its reputation for good service by offering its first class and business class longhaul passengers complimentary limousine transfers. The service will be available at Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Dublin, Johannesburg, London Heathrow, Muscat, Singapore and Sydney. Passengers will be entitled to two limousine transfers per round trip.
LV Resort Villas has put in an order for ten hand-built Natalia SLS 2 Sport Luxury Sedans from DiMora Motorcar for their luxury resort estates around the world. At $2 million a throw, this appears an extremely bold move. The four-door sedans come with a DiMora Volcano V16 engine and 1200-horsepower.
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 & […]
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 […]