Category: Asia

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 […]

A year of island hopping: August

A year of island hopping: August

This is post  eight of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For August, the following are recommended: Bay Islands, Honduras: Palmetto Bay Plantation and West Peak Inn Great Barrier Reef: Lizard Island and Heron […]

Private Villa Residences at Trisara, Thailand

Private Villa Residences at Trisara, Thailand

Trisara‘s final 11 remaining Private Villa Residences are  now available  on a first-come-first-served basis.   This is a rare opportunity to secure a tropical home on one of the world’s most exclusive luxury resorts in Phuket, Thailand. The resort has already won prestigious international acclaim, such as Best of the Best in the 2005 Robb […]

China's platinum five-star hotels

China’s platinum five-star hotels

China’s first group of platinum five-star hotels were named by the National Tourism Administration of China (NTAC) on Friday. They are the China World Hotel in Beijing, the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, the Garden Hotel in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, and the Shandong Plaza in Jinan, Shandong Province. There are currently 279 five-star hotels in […]

Value for Money package from The Dusit Thani, Bangkok

Value for Money package from The Dusit Thani, Bangkok

The five-star Dusit Thani in Bangkok is running a fabulous promotion until 31st December 2006, to celebrate its 36th anniversary. Their Value for Money package includes two consecutive nights’ stay in a Dusit Club Room, free airport transfers, plus one set dinner menu at either il cielo Italian restaurant or Hamilton’s Steak House with a […]

A year of island hopping: June

A year of island hopping: June

This is post  six of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For June, the following are recommended: British Virgin Islands Capri: Grand Hotel Quisisana and Villa Brunella Galápagos, Ecuador Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts: The Edgartown […]

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 year of island hopping: May

A year of island hopping: May

This is post  five of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For May, the following are recommended: Azores, Portugal: Pousada da Horta Java, Indonesia: Amanjiwo Long Island, New York: The Chequit Inn Mauritius: The […]

Honeymoon package from the Chaophya Park Hotel, Bangkok

Honeymoon package from the Chaophya Park Hotel, Bangkok

The Chaophya Park Hotel  in Bangkok  is calling on  all newlyweds to take advantage of their honeymoon package which will lavish couples with a rose petal laced bed in an executive suite.    Running until 31st August 2006, the package includes two nights in an executive suite, 2 hours of honeymoon spa at the Bali […]

A year of island hopping: March

A year of island hopping: March

This is post three  of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For March, the following are recommended: Benguerra, Mozambique: Benguerra Lodge Bermuda: Fairmont Southampston Dominica Maldives: Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa Rangali Island and […]

A year of island hopping: February

A year of island hopping: February

This is post  two of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For February, the following are recommended: Canary Islands, Spain:  Hotel San Roque and Parador de la Gomera Langkawi, Malaysia: Bon Ton Mallorca, Spain: […]

A year of island hopping: January

A year of island hopping: January

This is post one of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For January, the following are recommended: Cebu, Philippines: Alegre Beach Resort and the Shangri-La, on Mactan Island Crete, Greece: Casa Delfino Suites Djenné, […]

Huizhou Kempinski Hotel, China

Kempinski have agreed a deal to  launch a new five-star hotel in Huizhou in Guangdong Province, China. The Huizhou Kempinski Hotel will be located at the Dijing International Business Centre, offering 400 rooms as well as 30,000 square metres of office space. It will cost RMB600 million and will opened in 2008.

Fire at the Kabul InterContinental Hotel

Fire at the Kabul InterContinental Hotel

A fire  broke out at the five-star Kabul InterContinental Hotel yesterday. The cause of the fire – which occurred just after 6pm – is currently unknown although some staff have been taken  into custody for investigation.   The blaze was brought under control within one and a half hours and thankfully there  have been  no […]

Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, Malayasia

Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, Malayasia

The Sheraton Perdana Resort will undergo a renovation and upgrade  and be relaunched as The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa as of January 2007.   Once unveiled, the hotel will feature the distinguished Westin signature, offering all the amenities and services that Westin guests have come to expect from this luxury brand.  The upgrade will […]

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 […]