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Top 10 Luxury Hotels in the World – TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2010

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

It’s that time of year again when TripAdvisor report their ‘Travellers’ Choice awards. In this post we’ll take a look at the category ‘Luxury Hotels in the World’


Golden Well (U Zlate Studne), Prague, Czech Republic

Rating: 5 star

The Golden Well Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel Prague enjoying one of the best locations in the city. With only 17 rooms and 2 suites all reflecting the buildings rich heritage the Golden Well is a firm favourite.

99% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Britania Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

Rating: 4 star

Hotel Britania is a pure Boutique Art Deco hotel in the historic center of Lisbon. The only surviving original Art Deco hotel in Lisbon, with a touch of modern whimsical nuances!

99% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Alchymist Residence Nosticova, Prague, Czech Republic

Rating: 5 star

The Alchymist Hotel Residence in the beautiful city of Prague, is a historic retreat with a very personal touch. The building represents the Renaissance of a glorious Baroque landmark, “U Jesizek Palace”

99% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Los Altos De Eros

Rating: unrated

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

98% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Quay Grand Suites Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Rating: 5 star

Enjoy the comforts of all-suite luxury at Sydney’s ultimate harbour-front address. Set majestically on the eastern shore of Circular Quay, the superbly located Quay Grand offers guests spectacular views of Sydney’s famous harbour.

98% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Rudding Park Hotel

Rating: unrated

Harrogate, United Kingdom

97% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Aria Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

Rating: 5 star

The Aria Hotel is a luxurious five star Prague hotel inspired by the beauty of music. This central Prague boutique hotel is composed of 52 rooms and suites dedicated to a specific style of music or to a particular artist or composer.

97% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


French Quarter Inn

Rating: 4 star

Charleston, South Carolina

96% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Finca Hotel Son Palou

Rating: 4 star

Orient, Spain

97% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Hotel Villa Ducale

Rating: 4 star

Taormina, Italy

95% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Starwood’s 40% Soccer Celebrations

Thursday, February 25th, 2010


With football fans converging on South Africa this summer for one of the biggest sporting events in the world, Starwood Hotels and Resorts has launched an African travel promotion offering discounts of up to 40 percent off best available rates for early bookings.

Over twenty Sheraton, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection and Four Points by Sheraton hotels and resorts in destinations such as Algeria, Egypt, Gambia, Mauritius, Seychelles and South Africa are included.

Rates start from an amazing (EURO)46 per room per night at the Sheraton Dahab in Egypt or (EURO)53 per room per night at the Sheraton Dreamland Hotel & Conference Centre, located just 8km from the Pyramids in Cairo. Exotic options include The Grand Mauritian Resort & Spa in Mauritius which is offering rates from (EURO)232 per room per night.

For those who don’t want to miss a glimpse of the football action and need a base in South Africa itself, the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel is offering discount rates from (EURO)104 per room per night for a two night minimum stay.

Bookings must be made by March 31st 2010 with travel valid until the end of August.

For further information and bookings visit Starwood Africa 2010

Attention all Smokers! Hotel Lutetia in Paris is Fumoir friendly!

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Hotel Lutetia in Paris announces the opening of its all new Fumoir, enabling smokers to indulge in their habit comfortably ensconced in a place on their own. Just a few steps from the Bar and down a few steps from the famous Brasserie Lutetia, “The Kitchen” is a privileged setting to enjoy a quiet smoke or savor an after-dinner cigar in an intimate ambiance.

This area is now reserved for smokers, who have been forced to light up outside the building since 2008. Today, the Brasserie Lutetia’s former grill-room serves as a backdrop to this Fumoir with a Cuban accent. Havana and its sun-drenched colors imbue this charming space with a warm and welcoming ambiance, while the leather divans and armchairs invite guests to sit back and relax, enjoying the scents and sensations of tobacco.

A remnant of its culinary past, the stove hood now houses a robust air extraction and circulation system. A place of honor is reserved for the jewels of Cuba in one of Hotel Lutetia’s most emblematic works of art: L’Ernestine by Philippe Hiquily. Veritable humidor, a prized possession of the hotel for many years now, L’Ernestine is called back into service to the delight of cigarillo, Dominican and Cuban aficionados.

“Throughout its 100-year history, our hotel has always embraced the idea of change. Hotel Lutetia already offered smoking guest rooms as well as a summer terrace for the Brasserie and wanted to treat its loyal clientele to a place they could call their own. “The Kitchen” is a privileged spot, reserved for tobacco and cigar lovers, half-way between the Bar and the Brasserie, two highlights of Parisian life!”, enthuses Jean-Luc Cousty, General Manager of this legendary Left Bank Grand Hotel.

As part of its Centennial celebrations held throughout the year 2010, Hotel Lutetia offers a program of festivities on the themes that have marked its first hundred years, ranging from Jazz to Literature and from Arts to History. Rarely has a hotel anniversary attracted so much attention! And this landmark Saint-Germain-des-Prés hotel invites all its well-wishers to join in these milestone anniversary events.

Starwood’s Luxury Collection arrives in Dubai

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Located on the exclusive Dubai Marina, the prestigious 45-story Grosvenor House hotel first opened its doors in 2005 and quickly became one of the world’s most acclaimed hotels. “Celebrated for its exceptional location, luxury amenities and breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf, Grosvenor House adds another jewel to The Luxury Collection portfolio.” Custom-designed to celebrate the essence of Dubai, the hotel seamlessly blends exquisite Arabian décor with contemporary sophistication. Offering the latest innovations in technology and design, Grosvenor House features 422 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, suites and apartment suites, world class cuisine, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and spa, business areas equipped with cutting-edge technology and unparalleled premium service with butlers on call 24 hours a day.

The Luxury Collection is a portal to the world’s most enriching and desirable destinations, where nothing less than an exceptional level of service, perfect location and indigenous personal offerings will do,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “Celebrated for its exceptional location, luxury amenities and breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf, Grosvenor House adds another jewel to The Luxury Collection portfolio.”

Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of Europe’s most iconic hotels, today The Luxury Collection is a glittering ensemble of more than 75 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries across the globe including Hotel Danieli, Venice; Hotel Imperial, Vienna; Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens; Patios de Cafayate, Argentina; SLS at Beverly Hills and The Phoenician, Scottsdale.

“We are excited to bring the promise of The Luxury Collection brand to the United Arab Emirates with the debut of Grosvenor House, Dubai. This hotel is a true expression of its destination, making it the perfect addition to The Luxury Collection,” says Roeland Vos, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “The property’s sought-after location, impeccable service and sumptuous interior will ensure a unique and enriching experience for all our guests.”

What’s in store for Westin? answer: 14 New and exciting hotels for 2010

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Westin are going to be busy this year with the opening of 14 new luxury hotels. We’ll keep you up to date as and when they all open their doors.

Westing has planned openings in China, Greece, Japan, India, Mexico, the United States, and Canada – including newly opened The Westin Wall Centre in Richmond, Vancouver. Other 2010 openings include The Westin Mumbai Garden City in India; The Westin Nanjing in Shanghai, China; The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino in Messinia, Greece; The Westin Austin at the Domain in Austin, Texas; and The Westin Sendai in Sendai, Japan.

In 2010, Starwood will debut the Westin brand in Peru with The Westin Libertador, Lima and expand the brand’s footprint in Latin and South America with its fifth hotel in Mexico and its first in Mexico City, The Westin Santa Fe. In the next three years, Westin will open two additional hotels in Mexico and its first in Panama.
“The Westin brand has significant new-build opportunities in numerous emerging and fast developing economies,” said Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood. “Within more mature markets like North America and Europe, however, we are seeing – and expect to continue to see – more, quality conversion opportunities realized as transaction activity increases. Westin is a high value-add conversion brand, and many owners and investors seek opportunities to enhance a property’s performance by upgrading to the Westin brand. Starwood is taking a pragmatic approach to conversions, but will of course be vigilant in preserving the brand integrity that has been a key driver of its success.”

As business and leisure travel to and from emerging markets increases, Westin is establishing a leading presence in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Starwood’s wellness-inspired brand, Westin will introduce its healthy-living initiatives to travelers in new cities, and when travelers from Asia and other developing destinations increase their travel internationally, they are likely to stay with familiar brands they know from home.

“The Westin brand is at a pivotal point in its life cycle, with an unprecedented opportunity for international growth,” said Nancy London, Vice President of Westin Hotels. “Today, the Westin brand is primarily in North America, with 70 percent of our portfolio in Canada and the United States. But looking ahead in 2010, Westin is poised to share its positive lifestyle messaging with travelers across the globe with new properties in China, India and Latin America.”

Dailey Dream – Royal Malewane

Friday, February 5th, 2010


Royal Malewane

 Africa, South Africa, Safari Lodges – Kruger National Park