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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Celebrating its 18th birthday this year, The Sukhothai Bangkok has unveiled the first phase of renovations to 40 of the hotel’s superior rooms, with all 100 rooms of this type to be completely refurbished by July 2010.

Set within six acres of tranquil, beautifully landscaped gardens in the heart of Bangkok, this iconic hotel combines traditional refinement with immaculate contemporary style and has long been a favourite with design-savvy visitors to Thailand’s bustling capital.  The current refurbishment has been undertaken by internationally-renowned interior designer Edward Tuttle, who masterminded the original interior designs for the property and has a long association with some of the world’s finest luxury hotels and resorts.

The rooms have been given a new softness thanks to the use of subtle but rich chenille canvas wall fabrics by Jim Thompson, which balance the exotic teak wood, pradou cabinetry and signature detailing that has always defined the architectural and interior style of The Sukhothai.  Amenities have been upgraded to include integrated bars and new flat screen televisions discreetly installed behind grey mirrors to blend seamlessly with the room when switched off.  In the bathroom, guests will find compartmental shower and toilet areas remodelled in classic Sukhothai black granite and mirrored cabinets to create a depth of space.

Tuttle explains: “Keeping the classical image of The Sukhothai was a major concern when remodelling the existing bedrooms.  Subtle touches such as the new teak wood floor throughout the bedroom and bathroom, give the entire space another level of unity and luxury.”

Born in Seattle, but based in Paris for the last 30 years, Tuttle is known for his elegant and creative use of space. He has been involved with some of the most luxurious hotel and resort developments worldwide, including Aman Resorts internationally, The Chedi Phuket and Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme.

Diva voted Maldives’ most romantic hotel in TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards

Friday, March 26th, 2010

TripAdvisor reviewers have voted Diva, Naïade’s luxury resort in the Maldives, third in the ‘Romantic Hotels in Asia’ category of the 2010 TripAdvisor® Travellers’ Choice® Awards. With Indonesian and Thai resorts occupying first and second place, Diva is rated the best resort for romance in the Maldives; a destination renowned for its serenity and beauty and beloved of honeymooners.

Described as ‘heavenly’, ‘a paradise’, ‘the trip of a lifetime’ and ‘a true treat’, Diva received rave reviews from those sharing their travel experiences on TripAdvisor. With its unique design,  seven sublime restaurants and bars, five exclusive room categories, and the Infinity Spa offering sensual treatments on land and over water, Diva embodies a new definition of unparalleled  comfort and luxury.

Now in its eighth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards honour the world’s best hotels, as chosen by those who know them best: the travellers themselves.  Unlike any other hotel awards programmes in the world, the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards are based on the millions of real, unbiased reviews and opinions on™ and content from across the web.

Johnny Mathis, general manager of Diva, commented on the prestigious recognition, “It is a fine achievement for the entire team after only one year in operation. This is indeed good news and will further boost our position as a prime destination for romance and honeymoons.”

“Inspired by the millions of trusted traveller reviews and opinions on, the Travellers’ Choice Awards have once again highlighted the finest hotels in the world,” said Christine Petersen, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “From remarkable bargains to the trendiest hotels, travellers worldwide are recognising more than 700 hotels for their outstanding service, value and quality.”

The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award is the third international award for Diva, since opening in 2008. It follows Diva being named the best hotel in the Indian Ocean in Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2009; and ‘Hideaway of the Year Award 2008’ by prestigious German magazine, Hideaway.

Every cloud has a silver lining at Fregate Island

Friday, March 5th, 2010


Pioneering luxury eco retreat Frégate Island Private in the Seychelles has successfully completed the installation of the first phase of its new rainwater harvesting system, with average daily rainfall yielding around 30,000 litres of collected rainwater – enough to provide up to approximately 60 per cent of the island’s water requirements. Encouraged by the results, Frégate Island Private will now press ahead with phase two, doubling the collection area so that the island need rely on nothing more than the heavens above for its water needs!

Rainwater is currently collected from half of the total roof surface area of the back-of-house buildings via a system of gutters and pipes, with capacity to harvest up to 60,000 litres per day. The rainwater collects in intermediate tanks before being pumped through a filtration system – making it safe to drink – and into the island’s main water system, which can store over 450,000 litres.

The Seychelles’ rainy season, which runs from November to March, is characterised by sharp, heavy showers which quickly clear, to be replaced by sunshine and blue skies. On completion of phase two, average rainfall should allow Frégate to harvest and store approximately 6 million litres of water over the course of an average year – enough to cover the entire island’s needs.

Because of its natural softness, harvested rainwater produces better results from the quality of cooking through to laundry and other machine operation, whilst also being beneficial for the longevity of the piping system. More importantly, it dramatically reduces the need to pump and desalinate water from the island’s underground sources, reducing energy consumption by 400kwh – equivalent to the amount of energy required to keep a 40W light bulb on continually for 14 months!

The installation of the rainwater harvesting system is just the latest step in Frégate Island Private’s ongoing journey towards increasing sustainability and a harmonious, mutually beneficial co-existence with its natural environment.  Last year, Frégate established the Indian Ocean’s largest endemic tree nursery and passed the notable milestone of planting the 100,000th tree since its reforestation programme began in 1998; and in 2008 it introduced the Indian Ocean’s first fully solar-powered fleet of guest buggies. The island is also one of the most important sanctuaries for rare endemic and indigenous animals, setting an inspiring example for others to follow with conservation projects that have seen the Magpie Robin – still the world’s seventh rarest bird – rejuvenated from a global population of just 22 in 1995 to over 180 today; and the critically endangered Seychelles terrapin nurtured back from just eight individuals to over 100 today.

Top 10: Sexiest Hotels in the US – TripAdvisor, March 2010

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

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Night Hotel

New York

Rating: 4 Star

76% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Hotel Max


Rating: 4 Star

80% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Hotel Palomar, Washington. D.C.

Rating: 4 star

This luxury hotel is located in the Dupont Circle area, only a few minutes from the White House. Georgetown, with its good restaurants and museums, can easily be reached on foot.

89% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Hotel Lucia

Portland, Oregon

Rating: 4 Star

81% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

Rating: 5 star

A massive neon guitar jutting into the sky over Paradise Road marks the cool and contemporary Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

63% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


The Setai, Miami

Rating: 5 star

The Setai is a meticulously replicated art deco landmark, situated in the prime oceanfront district of South Beach, Florida.

64% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Hotel on Rivington

New York

Rating: 4 Star

89% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Glenn Hotel


Rating: 4 Star

57% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


Library Hotel

New York

Rating: 4 Star

57% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel


James Chicago, Chicago

Rating: 5 star

Located in downtown Chicago, Ill., this boutique hotel is less than one block from Michigan Avenue and four blocks from the John Hancock Building.

95% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel