Category: Hawaii

Expedia Insiders' Select

Expedia Insiders’ Select

I wasn’t familiar with Expedia Insiders’ Select, a list of their  best hotels and resorts worldwide  based on the opinions of Expedia users, until receiving a recent email from The Reef Resort in the Cayman Islands, proudly pointing out that they rank as #1 in the Caribbean and #14 in the world.   It’s an […]

Kahala Hotel and Resort, Oahu

See why Hawaii’s legendary Kahala Hotel and Resort is rated as the top resort on Oahu by Condé Nast readers.

Four Seasons Maui just gets better

Four Seasons Maui just gets better

Last month the Four Seasons Maui completed a $50 million renovation programme that included  new furnishings, carpet and wallpaper in all 380 guest rooms and suites, 42″ LG flat screen HD TVs and iHome iPod docking stations with DVD players in all rooms, Braun Tassimo coffee machines in every room, a new steak and seafood […]

New from Starwood Capital Group: Baccarat Hotels and Resorts

New from Starwood Capital Group: Baccarat Hotels and Resorts

Starwood Capital Group (not to be confused with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide) has announced the creation of a new five-star luxury hotel brand inspired by Baccarat‘s global iconic status. The new brand, to be known as Baccarat Hotels and Resorts, aims to  “deliver a distinctively personalized experience at the world’s most sought-after locations”.   […]

The world's most expensive hotel suites

The world’s most expensive hotel suites

Forbes has run an interesting feature on the world’s most expensive hotel suites,  featuring  geographically widespread hotels and resorts,  from Mexico to the Maldives. To make their top 10, you’ve got to be charging at least $10,000 a night. Here is an abbreviated  summary of the  incredible suites that  they list: Two Story Sky Villa, […]

$95m transformation for Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

$95m transformation for Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

World-renowned for its outstanding location and services, the AAA Five-Diamond Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui  will have  a $95m transformation in order to maintain its reputation as one of Hawaii’s top destinations. The project will begin early next month and will  include a  new interior design that reflects the area’s vibrant colours of the lush mountains, […]

2007/2008 Zagat Survey: World's Top Hotels, Resorts and Spas

2007/2008 Zagat Survey: World’s Top Hotels, Resorts and Spas

Zagat Survey‘s 2007/2008 World’s Top Hotels, Resorts and Spas  has just been announced.   It’s based on the views of over 20,000 travellers and 1,600 travel professionals. The Top Large Hotel  goes to Four Seasons George V Paris, whilst Kruger’s Singita picks up Top Small Hotel. Top Resort and Top Spa  goes to Four Seasons […]

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach

S&P Destination Properties, a world leader in the resort and luxury real estate business, has announced Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach, a 25-acre, oceanfront luxury resort-condominium development to be located on the southern tip of Kauai at Poipu Beach. Set upon one of the world’s most beautiful ocean shorelines, the project is the first major […]

Be pampered like a celebrity with Villa Escapes

Be pampered like a celebrity with Villa Escapes

In honour of the launch of its new brand Villa Escapes, Luxury Retreats is announcing their “Be Pampered Like a Celebrity” contest. The winner will receive a fabulous vacation package in Maui including all the trappings that the stars enjoy on holiday – a prize valued at over $17,500. Just head to the contest page […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A  weekly  pick of luxury travel  links for your perusal… Make time for  Timeless Africa Escorted vacations from Norwegian Coastal Voyage Custom luxury vacations re-defined by Pure Kauai Discover the benefits of I Prefer membership

Top 20 US restaurants

I sometimes find myself dwelling on hotels and accommodation too much on A Luxury Travel Blog, and don’t pay enough attention to others such as bars, restaurants and the like.   To make up for that, I’m listing the first 20 of Zagat’s current top 100 restaurants (even if they are mostly situated in hotels […]

Sheraton Moana Surfrider, Hawaii

An introduction to the historic Sheraton Moana Surfrider on Waikiki Beach, Oahu.

Wellness Escape Package at Hotel Hana-Maui & Honua Spa

Wellness Escape Package at Hotel Hana-Maui & Honua Spa

Escape to Hawaii with Hotel Hana-Maui & Honua Spa and their Wellness Escape Package. The package includes three nights accommodation, daily breakfast, four 60-minute spa treatments, spa amenity and complimentary resort amenities and activities. Rates start from $2,021 per room, per stay, exclusive of tax, and the offer is valid right through until 22nd December […]

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, Hawaii

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa, crowning an ancient lava flow cascading into the serene waters along Hawaii’s Big Island, is a Hawaii hotel unlike any other.

Interview with Randy Antin of Perfect Escapes

Interview with Randy Antin of Perfect Escapes

My first interview is with Randy Antin, Director of Interactive and Social Media at Perfect Escapes, a luxury hotel start-up focussing on 4- and 5-star hotels. Randy previously worked at Travelocity for 8 years as a travel writer/editor and then progressed into Search Engine Marketing. What is it that  you do exactly? Mostly, I spend […]

Best luxury hotels as rated by TravelPost readers

Best luxury hotels as rated by TravelPost readers

One blog that I make a point of checking on an occasional basis is Sam Shank’s excellent  TravelPost Insider. One of the main thrusts of the TravelPost website is on hotel reviews (particularly for the US) and, in a recent blog entry, he’s highlighted the hotels achieving the highest ratings from his visitors in 2006. […]