Category: Asia

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 […]

The Maldives post-tsunami

The Maldives post-tsunami

Tsunami-stricken coastlines are making a big comeback this year, particularly in the Maldives. In addition to the W Maldives, Como Hotels has re-opened its rooms designed as high-end fishing cottages on Cocoa Island; the Four Seasons has unveiled a new resort, Landaa Giraavaru, its second on the island; and the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, […]

Bulgari Resort, Bali

Bulgari Resort, Bali

The  much-hyped Bulgari Resort in Bali is finally opening its oceanfront  offering this Spring.   Adding to a new breed of couture hotels that already includes Ferragamo’s Hotel Lungarno in Florence and Palazzo Versace in Queensland, Australia, the Bali Bulgari Resort is set on a 500-metre high plateau overlooking the Indian Ocean. It has a […]

InterContinental Hotels Group signs contracts in China

InterContinental Hotels Group said it has signed four new management contracts with Shanghai Greenland Group, one of the top real estate and property management companies in China. The deals include an InterContinental hotel in Nanjing,  a Holiday Inn property in Xian and two Express by Holiday Inn hotels in Shanghai, representing a total of more […]

Blonde antelope

Blonde antelope

Antelopes – found in both Africa and Asia –  come in a multitude of different species.   But have you ever seen a Blonde Antelope?   Click the link to watch a short video of this antelope in an attempt to evade capture.   Now, that’s something you don’t normally see on safari…

Yangtze River cruises

Yangtze River cruises

In its third year in China, Viking River Cruises is swapping ships on its Yangtze River cruise tour series, adding a third ship while pulling out its earliest entry. Joining its twin sister ship, the Viking Century Sky, is the 306-passenger Viking Century Sun, which is replacing the 186-passenger Viking Century Star. According to Viking, […]

Top 10: Travelers' Choice luxury hotel winners

Top 10: Travelers’ Choice luxury hotel winners

No need to take a chance on your next vacation. Pamper yourself at the 10 most luxurious hotels, as chosen by TripAdvisor travelers. 1.   Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong 2.   Mina A’ Salam at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai 3.   Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai 4.   Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest […]

Sunrise Package at Cape Panwa, Phuket

Sunrise Package at Cape Panwa, Phuket

Until 16th April 2006, you can take advantage of the sunrise package at Phuket’s Cape Panwa resort. The package  is 4,450 per person and includes accommodation in a Superior Room at Cape Panwa Hotel, daily buffet breakfast at Café Andaman, one dinner at one of the restaurants and transfers to/from Phuket Airport. You may also […]

Anantara Resort Maldives

Anantara Resort Maldives

Anantara Resort Maldives, located on South Male Atoll, is scheduled to open in June 2006. An island resort nestled in a private lagoon at the heart of the Maldivian atoll.   A paradise of crescent beaches, coral reefs, and azure waters, only 25 minutes by private speedboat from Male International Airport. Anantara Maldives combines a […]

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 […]

Meritus Hotels and Resorts seeking 5-star status

Meritus Hotels and Resorts seeking 5-star status

Meritus Hotels and Resorts is rolling out a new identity and looking to compete more aggresively in Asia with  luxury international brands. Meritus’ Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Frank Foster has said: It’s exciting times. We have reached a new milestone, have 30 years of experience and Asia is our home. The renovations […]

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 […]

Celadon Hotel Hue, Vietnam

Vietnam’s first international hotel management group, Celadon International Hotels, has signed an agreement to manage a new luxury hotel in Hue, the ancient capital and UNESCO-listed World Heritage city. The new Celadon Hotel Hue, with 238 luxuriously appointed suites and rooms,  is the first hotel to come under the new company’s branding, and  will be […]

Brobdingnagian cruise ship

Brobdingnagian cruise ship

Mega Crown International Cruise Lines, LLP have surprised the cruise industry with the launch of the first of a new fleet of Extreme-Ultra-Mega cruise ships. Much to the amazement of others, their new ship, called Brobdingnagian,  has been  built in secret over the past six years at the Yatzmar Shipyards hidden deep within Kyrgyzstan. The […]

Sofitel Macau@Ponte16

Accor has been awarded the management contract for Sofitel Macau@Ponte16 in one of Macau’s most significant and historic precincts. The hotel is being developed by Pier 16 – Property Development Limited as part of an estimated HK $2.4 billion (US $300 million) total investment completed in two phases, with a casino development targeting operation by […]

Le Méridien Pattaya Resort, Thailand

Le Méridien Pattaya Resort, Thailand

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts is expanding its presence in Asia with the signing of Le Méridien Pattaya Resort, Thailand. This brand new resort is located along Jomtien Beach in Pattaya, just one and a half hours from Bangkok, and is  expected to open in January 2009.