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Bali continues to be showered in praise

Bali continues to be showered in praise

Once again, Bali has been placed #1 in Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual reader survey awards. It is the fifth consecutive year that Bali, áwhich is sometimes heralded as ‘The Island of the Gods’, áhas been voted ‘World’s Best Island’ by the magazine. The Hawaiian islands of Kauai and Maui followed in second and third […]

Royal Caribbean takes over Spanish cruise operator

Royal Caribbean takes over Spanish cruise operator

The largest cruise company in Spain is to be bought by Royal Caribbean. á 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 áwithin the Royal Caribbean umbrella.

Fake tan made with gold dust

Fake tan made with gold dust

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 […]

Portable GPS for hotel guests

Portable GPS for hotel guests

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai is the latest luxury hotel to follow the growing trend of providing their guests with portable GPSs. á 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 áGarmin’s iQue M3 device. Times are […]

Qatar’s first five-star golf and spa hotel

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 áwill 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 […]

New Thai Cooking School at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

New Thai Cooking School at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

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 Hotel, Tokyo

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.

World Business Class seat from Northwest

A Northwest Airlines commercial showcasing its new World Business Class seat.

Escape to Elegance at The Venetian, Las Vegas

Escape to Elegance at The Venetian, Las Vegas

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.

Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel Resort and Spa

Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel Resort and Spa

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.

Luxury hotel news in China, from Shenzhen Daily

China’s áluxury hotel business is likely to grow strongly over the next five years, driven by booming business travel, property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle said Thursday… á áThe 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 […]

Extend your summer glow with Royal Caribbean

Extend your summer glow with Royal Caribbean

Wearing flip-flops in 50-degree weather? You obviously can’t let go of summer. And why should you, with sensational Royal Caribbean Interational ásavings 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.

Special rates at Darnell's Lake Resort, Lake Chelan WA

Special rates at Darnell’s Lake Resort, Lake Chelan WA

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 […]

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

More than 350 of áEngland’s ámost 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

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

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, áthis new áresort 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 […]

Happy Hotelier

Happy Hotelier

Guido van den Elshout, the áowner 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 […]

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