Category: Asia

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 […]

Rania Experience

Rania Experience

Set sail for adventure. Unwind with an expert massage. Or simply fall under the spell of a spectacular sunset. However much – or little – you choose to do, you’ll enjoy the dedicated services of a private chef, dive instructor, spa therapist, butler and crew throughout your stay at Rania. This ultimate private island/sea escape […]

Another fun HSBC ad

Another fun HSBC ad

Here’s the low-down. The English believe it’s a slur on your host’s food if you don’t clear your plate… whereas the Chinese feel you’re questioning their generosity if you do  (3MB download).   At HSBC they never underestimate the importance of local knowledge…   I wish they did more of these ads; it’s a great […]

Chicken off the menu in some of Karachi's five star hotels?

Chicken off the menu in some of Karachi’s five star hotels?

Amid mounting fears following a report of outbreak of bird flu virus in Pakistan, some five star hotels in Karachi are taking time out to re-assess the situation. Hotel Pearl Continental  has brought the purchase of chickens to a halt and put  the task in  the hands of the hotel’s veterinary doctors. Marriott Hotel Karachi […]

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 […]

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 […]