Category: India

Big expansion plans for Marriott in China and India

Big expansion plans for Marriott in China and India

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 […]

Moscow still has the most expensive hotels in the world

Moscow still has the most expensive hotels in the world

According to a new survery carried out by HRG, Moscow has the most expensive hotels in the world for the second year running, with an average room rate of almost $500 a night – some distance ahead of second-placed New York with an average rate of $360. Mumbai, which doesn’t quite make the top 10, […]

Top 10 Small Luxury Hotels in the World

Top 10 Small Luxury Hotels in the World

Terry Knealing has dropped me a note to draw my attention to his top 10 choices for small luxury hotels worldwide over at LifeOnTop.com.   For the purposes of his list, small hotels are defined  as ones that  have less than 125 guest rooms and suites (so not necessarily all that small!) Here goes: Oberoi […]

Seven New Wonders of the World

Seven New Wonders of the World

The ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Great Wall of China, the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, Brazil’s Statue of Christ Redeemer, the Colosseum in Rome, India’s Taj Mahal,  and Jordan’s Petra have been voted the Seven New Wonders of the World  at a ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on 7th […]

Summer 2007 offers from Taj

Taj Hotels have a lot of great offers for the forthcoming summer, including: 1 night at the Taj Exotica Bentota and 2 nights at Taj Samudra Colombo for $390 per couple with breakfast, transfers & more $1,000 for 2 nights at The Pierre, New York, with breakfast €1,300 for 3 nights at the Taj Exotica […]

New Indian jungle lodge: Baghvan in Pench National Park

CC Africa’s second jungle lodge in India, Baghvan in Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh, is now open. A typical Central Indian teak jungle, Pench supports a rich variety of wildlife, including the tiger, leopard, wild dog, gaur, sambar, chital and brilliant birdlife. The project is part of a joint venture with Taj Hotels Resorts and […]

Get off our beach!

Get off our beach!

Celebrity newlyweds Liz Hurley and Arun Nayar haven’t been making themselves popular in Mumbai. They’d had a wooden deck built on a popular public beach for a party to honour the second day of their six-day Indian wedding extravaganza. It extended from a beach-front home onto the popular Juhu beach but local residents were less […]

Oberoi Himalayan Adventure at Wildflower Hall near Shimla, India

Oberoi Himalayan Adventure at Wildflower Hall near Shimla, India

There’s no better place to soak up the distinct Himalayan atmosphere than from  Wildflower Hall, a signature Oberoi resort with charming colonial heritage, located in the famous summer getaway – Shimla. Formerly an official summer retreat for India’s British rulers, including Lord Kitchener, the  property is perched at around 8,300 feet with many rooms offering […]

Jade Goody checks into luxury Indian hotel

Jade Goody checks into luxury Indian hotel

Those of you that followed the latest UK Celebrity Big Brother will surely have heard about the racial controversy stirred up by the not-so-bright,  big-mouthed  Jade Goody.   She made verbal attacks on the Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty which had India – and the Indian government – up in arms.   Well now she’s checked […]

Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd.

Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd.

Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd. is a romantic Bollywood comedy about six couples who are on their honeymoon package tour to Goa. Written and directed by Reema Kagti,  the film is due to be released tomorrow; it  has a star cast that includes Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Abhay Deol, Arjun Rampal, Dia Mirza, Sandhya Mridul, Vikram […]

The Taj’s Incredible Escapes Summer 2007 Offers

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces’ Incredible Escapes Summer 2007 Offers  are out. Book before 15th March 2007 and you’ll enjoy a special 10% off on select destinations such as the Golden Triangle and Kerala.

Interview with Richard Whitfield of Half Moon

Interview with Richard Whitfield of Half Moon

Richard  Whitfield is  Managing Director  of Half Moon, a beautiful resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that has been welcoming guests for over 50 years.   Richard joined the resort as Financial Controller back in 1976 and became Director of Operations in 1986.   Following the retirement of Heinz Simonitsch in 2002, Richard was promoted to […]

Interview with Ala Osmond of Exeter International

Interview with Ala Osmond of Exeter International

Ala Osmond is Managing Director of Exeter International,  a recognized leader in upscale luxury travel to Eastern Europe and Russia and one of the few companies listed on both Condé Nast Traveler’s and Travel + Leisure’s list of top travel specialists for Russia travel as well as Eastern Europe. What is it that  you do […]

The Club at The Leela Palace, Goa

The Club at The Leela Palace, Goa

The Club at The Leela Palace in Goa, one of the most beautiful beach resorts in India, opened last month. It brings a new style and exclusivity to the five-star resort on the southwest coast of India –  a walled palatial haven on 75 landscaped tropical gardens. Situated in an enclave adjacent to the main […]

Best beaches in India

Best beaches in India

According to Forbes, it’s the beaches of India that are nowadays “seeing all the action”, not those of Ibiza or Australia.   The country has thousands of miles of shoreline which has become increasingly popular with tourists in recent years. And their pick of the bunch?   Forbes identify  8 as ‘exceptional’: Andaman and Nicobar […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A  weekly  pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Fish for barramundi at Wrotham Park Lodge, Australia Experience the 18th Century at Ahilya Fort, India Devour Spanish tapas in London,  at Fino Get some retail therapy at The W Hotels Store