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Ski chalet suites... in Dubai

Ski chalet suites... in Dubai

The brand new five-star Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates in Dubai is offering ski chalet suites for $7,000 a night.   Yes, ski chalet suites.   And yes… $7000 a night. They offer views of Dubai’s artificial ski slope – the world’s third largest indoor ski resort. There are 15 such chalets, all designed ...
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 ...
Bergenfest 2006, Norway

Bergenfest 2006, Norway

One of Norway’s finest festivals is about to take place in the heart of Bergen. Starting on 28th April and running until 6th May 2006, Bergenfest was originally a blues festival but has since grown to accommodate other types of roots music. It is a festival with artistic impression and a wide music profile offering ...
The Lake District gets the nod from Renée Zellweger

The Lake District gets the nod from Renée Zellweger

It’s not every day that Hollywood stars descend on where I live.   But right now, Renée  Zellweger and around 20 trucks, trailers and film crew vans are just down the road, filming around the village of Grasmere (supposedly on National Trust property, but  the exact location is being kept under wraps) in the English ...
Fiesta Americana Condesa Acapulco

Fiesta Americana Condesa Acapulco

Located on Condesa beach in the heart of the Acapulco, Fiesta Americana is popular with tourists from Mexico and all over the world. The hotel has an excellent, open-air restaurant and is located near many of the best bars. Amenities include a pool, spa, fitness room, a business center, and spectacular views of Acapulco bay. ...
The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe opening in 2009

The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe opening in 2009

The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe will be the area’s first five star-caliber hotel. The ski-in, ski-out resort is slated to have 173-rooms, and a 20,000 square foot spa at The Highlands in North Lake Tahoe, California, on Northstar Mountain. The hotel will also be an attractive venue for groups with 11,000 square feet of meeting ...
Meier & Frank building to become luxury hotel

Meier & Frank building to become luxury hotel

An old  department store in  Portland, the Meier & Frank building, is to become Oregon’s first Luxury Collection hotel, a brand owned by Starwood that includes The Phoenician in Scottsdale. The lower floors of the newly developed building will be a newly renovated Macy’s store with the  hotel’s lobby being on the eighth floor. The ...
Royal Caribbean 2007-2008 cruise season

Royal Caribbean 2007-2008 cruise season

Over the next few weeks, Royal Caribbean will be revealing their exciting 2007 and 2008 itineraries. If you sign up for their email updates, you will get information on new destinations as they open for reservations, special limited-time offers of $99 off per stateroom, and information on future sailings of their newest ship, Libert of ...
Vine dining with Malmaison

Vine dining with Malmaison

Lick your lips and savour Sundays. From the foothills of the Andes to the top of the Australian wine tree, these Malmaison vine dining evenings will take your palates on a tour of the wine world. Meet the personalities behind the labels. Discover why the wines, and the winemakers have earned their reputations. Drink it ...
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Namibia

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Namibia

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have apparently taken over the Burning Shore Beach Lodge  just  south of  Swakopmund, Namibia, for two months.   The property has 7 luxury rooms and 5 luxury suites.  Tall green sunshades have been erected around the accommodation to guard against paparazzi, but now they  don’t  get a clear view of ...

Oberoi Hotels to expand

East India Hotels (EIH), which runs the Oberoi chain of hotels, will open new hotels in South Africa, West Asia and Seychelles in the next three to four years. The group has no plans of entering the budget hotel segment. “Our interest lies purely in luxury and five star hotels and apartments,” said Arjun Oberoi, ...

Fairmont Hotels takeover

The earlier reported $3.3 billion takeover of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc. by the Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal looks set to go ahead after dissent debtholders withdrew their objections to the deal. Opposition was withdrawn after an additional $675,000 was offered. Fairmont currently owns 49 city centre and resort hotels, including The Fairmont San ...
Aquapub - a floating table for your swimming pool

Aquapub - a floating table for your swimming pool

What a stroke of genius!   This table for six from Aquapub is unsinkable, meaning that you can sit around it, enjoying drinks and snacks, whilst in the pool. It comes with two large removable ice containers allowing you to keep your beverages cool. The table also accommodates a sunshade and is designed to drain ...
The Elysian Hotel opens in Bali

The Elysian Hotel opens in Bali

design hotels has just opened The Elysian in Bali, the newest addition to the group. The villa style property offers luxurious contemporary living blended with a unique Balinese design. Located in the fashionable Seminyak neighbourhood, the hotel is a stone’s throw from boutiques, beaches and the vibrant nightlife that Bali has to offer. With 26 ...
Hotel Providence, Rhode Island

Hotel Providence, Rhode Island

The elegant Hotel Providence in downtown Providence, Rhode Island offers an ideal location in the heart of Providence’s Arts and Entertainment District within easy walking distance of all the city’s major attractions. From Providence’s vibrant theatres and shopping district, to its world-class educational institutions and bustling convention center, The Hotel Providence puts all the excitement ...
Twilight golf specials at La Costa Resort and Spa

Twilight golf specials at La Costa Resort and Spa

Longer Spring days mean more time for your favorite pastime – golf.   This Spring at La Costa, you’ll walk in the footsteps of golf’s greatest legends, while saving a bit of green with  their twilight specials. Twilight rates on the resort course of the day include shared cart and are available Monday-Thursday at a ...