Category: India

India’s Kullu Valley to get five star ski resort

The peaks of the Himalayas are about to get their first five star ski resort in the mould of those in Vail or Val d’Isere. Indian officials have given their backing to  a $300 million project in the Kullu Valley in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, backed by Alfred Ford, great grandson of […]

New luxury hotels for 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi

New luxury hotels for 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi

A proposal to set up 14 hotels in Noida by 2009 – in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi – has been cleared by the Noida Authority Board.  Noida is close to where the Commonwealth Games Village will be sited. Of the 14 hotels, 6 will be five-star and 5 will be four-star.

A five-star tummy tuck, Madam?

A five-star tummy tuck, Madam?

Leela Palaces and Resorts is to start offering a real first: cosmetic surgery packages from the UK. The five-star Indian luxury hotel group has joined forces with Globe Health Tours to combine stays with costmetic enhancements. Whether you’re in the market for breast implants or a simple tummy tuck, the offering gives  overseas residents the […]

New Himalayan ski resort with five-star hotel

New Himalayan ski resort with five-star hotel

Alfred Brush Ford, a great grandson of US automobile pioneer Henry Ford, has been given the go-ahead on a new $250 million ski resort in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The resort in  the Kullu Valley  will include a hotel with  700 five-star rooms, 300 chalets, a handicrafts village and a food court. There […]

Charity eBay auction by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Charity eBay auction by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is planning a global eBay charity auction to benefit Care for Children on 7th June 2006. Shangri-La hotels have created 14 exclusive luxury travel experiences with a combined retail value of over US$100,000 for the 10-day online auction, which will end on 17th June. The auction packages will feature metropolitan destinations […]

Exotic Vacations at Oberoi

Exotic Vacations at Oberoi

When guests check in to a luxurious Oberoi hotel in India they don’t want to leave. And now, this summer, Oberoi is making it  exceptionally attractive to stay, with their Exotic Vacations rates,  which offer free bonus nights at seven of the group’s  hotels in India. Book a 5-night stay for $2,900 and you’ll be […]

Top accolade for Le Royal Meridien Mumbai

Top accolade for Le Royal Meridien Mumbai

Le Royal Meridien Mumbai has won the International Five Star Diamond Award 2006, conferred by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, a symbol of excellence for luxury hotels across the globe. An internationally renowned board of trustees oversees the decision to recognise hotels around the  world that demonstrate outstanding commitment to hospitality.   Le Royal […]

Uppal's Orchid - an ecotel hotel

Uppal’s Orchid – an ecotel hotel

Uppal’s Orchid is a luxurious five-star hotel in the heart of the capital of India. Spread over 10.5 acres, this sylvan property integrates all aspects of its operation in an environmentally sensitive manner, offering luxury with responsibility. Located near  New Delhi’s  business suburb of Gurgaon, Uppal’s Orchid provides an ideal gateway for business or pleasure.

Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces and CC Africa joint venture

Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces and CC Africa joint venture

CC Africa  is partnering with Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces to provide  luxurious lodges in the best wildlife destinations in India. A circuit of five lodges will be built in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Pench Tiger Reserve, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Kanha Tiger Reserve and Panna Tiger Reserve. Construction of the first lodge has already begun and […]

It's a dog's life

It’s a dog’s life

A couple of days ago I blogged about how President Bush’s visit to New Delhi was resulting in 100% occupancy for all of the city’s five star hotels.  Today I learned more about what a Presidential visit entails and discovered that, according to the Indian media, 17 dogs belonging to  the K-9 squad of the […]

Bush at Maurya Sheraton Hotel, New Delhi

Bush at Maurya Sheraton Hotel, New Delhi

Courtesy of  my friends at TravelPost I understand President George Bush will be spending tonight at the ITC Maurya Sheraton & Towers in New Delhi on his maiden visit to India. His entourage are taking over the entire hotel.   Le Meridien New Delhi is also seeing 100% occupancy with 87 of its 358 rooms […]

T+L Design Awards 2006

T+L Design Awards 2006

The second Travel+Leisure Design Awards recognise architecture and design from every facet of the traveller’s world – everything from hotels to travel accessories.   In fact, there’s 15 categories and the winner of each is as follows: Best Public Space: Terminal T4, Madrid Barajas International Airport Best Small Hotel: Básico, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Best […]

Hotelier Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdeva marry

Hotelier Vikram Chatwal and Priya Sachdeva marry

New-York based hotelier Vikram Chatwal is to tie the knot with Indian model Priya Sachdeva today. The celebrations are taking place at ITC Hotel Maurya Sheraton in New Delhi and will  last several days. The wedding is being attended by former US President Bill Clinton, Harrison Ford, Naomi Campbell, P. Diddy and Deepak Chopra.  Chatwal […]

Top 10 World's Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways

Top 10 World’s Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways

Luxury Travel Magazine  has unveiled what they regard to the be the Top 10 World’s Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways. The hotels that make the list are sublime escapes in pristine surroundings offering unparalleled seclusion for romance. The top ten are: Villa Le Scale, Capri, Italy Ponta Dos Ganchos, Brazil Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado Hosteria Las […]

The Oberoi Group

The Oberoi Group

The most distinctive properties in The Oberoi Group are the  luxury properties in India, which were developed relatively recently, including The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, Wildflower Hall in Mashobra in the Himalayan mountains, The Oberoi Vanyavilãs in Ranthambhore, The Oberoi Cecil in Shimla and The Oberoi Udaivilãs in Udaipur. There are also opulent properties in […]

New five star hotels in India

Ambattur Clothing (ACL), a garment exporter in India, is looking to diversify into the luxury hotel market. Vijay Mahtaney, managing director of ACL is close to finalising plans to establish a chain of five-star hotels in Chennai, Coimbatore and Hyderabad through Ambattur Developers, ACL’s group company. Work on the 2.5 acre Chennai  project will start […]