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Stylish Siem Reap hotel launches Honeymoon Bliss package

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

For a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon experience, steer away from the tourist track and enjoy a romantic escape in vibrant Siem Reap with the launch of Hôtel de la Paix’s new ‘Honeymoon Bliss’ package.  Newlyweds can marvel at ancient Khmer temples and hunt for bargains in the buzzing markets, before unwinding with an authentic ‘Pamper Your Partner’ Khmer massage lesson; a rejuvenating traditional Khmer rose petal bath for two; and daily ‘turn-on’ treats – a contemporary twist on the traditional turn down service.

Set around a stunning courtyard garden and pool, Hôtel de la Paix is a coolly elegant oasis in the heart of the bustling city of Siem Reap.  A hip fusion of modern art deco and ancient Khmer design influences, Hôtel de la Paix offers honeymooners a haven of serenity, while excellent service and world-class dining and spa facilities result in a truly luxurious experience.

At the hotel’s tranquil Spa Indochine, couples can learn how to spoil each other with a sensual ‘Pamper Your Partner’ private massage lesson. Highly trained spa therapists teach the ancient art of massage, demonstrating the proper techniques and skills using rich aromatic blends of essential oils; a perfect way to reconnect and rejuvenate.  Couples are also treated to a romantic plunge bath for two, filled with rose petals and exotic herbs to melt tensions away and revitalise tired bodies and minds.  As an added treat, newlyweds benefit from a complimentary room upgrade along with early check-in and late-check out, ensuring they get the very most out of their honeymoon.

Honeymooners can also take the opportunity to visit the nearby breathtaking temple complexes of Angkor Wat, where the mysticism and spirituality of the ancient temples ensure an unforgettable experience. Hôtel de la Paix’s concierge team are on hand to arrange special private excursions to this ‘eighth wonder of the world’ including a sunset tuk-tuk tour or even by hot air balloon. 

W&O Travel offers the Hôtel de la Paix Honeymoon Bliss package from £985 per person (based on two sharing) inclusive of:

  • Three night’s bed and breakfast accommodation in a Deluxe Guestroom
  • Return international flights via Bangkok
  • Private airport transfers
  • Complimentary room upgrade
  • Khmer welcome tea upon arrival
  • Private ‘Pamper your Partner’ massage class
  • Traditional Khmer rose petal bath for two
  • Daily ‘turn-on’ treats

Valid for travel between 27 April and 30 June 2011.  To book please visit www.wandotravel.com or call 0845 277 3310.

Check-in After Midnight: How to Avoid Being Relocated from Your Hotel

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

If you’re a frequent traveler, this scenario might be all too familiar. It’s late. You stagger to the front desk of your hotel, bruised and battered by the horrors of modern travel, only to be welcomed with the words, ‘I’m sorry, but we don’t have a room for you.’ 

“What?” you cry. “But I have a confirmation … here! … It says my reservation is guaranteed!”

Silly you. Don’t you know that the credit card number you provide at time of reservation guarantees one thing only: that the hotel will charge you if you don’t show up?

As hotel occupancies climb, relocates are making a comeback. As a long-time hotelier, I have the dubious distinction of having performed scores of relocates in my career, and I know how inconvenient and frustrating it can be for travelers.

But you’re not as helpless as you might feel. While there’s no surefire way to avoid being relocated, there are ways to fight the odds – and, if your number is irrevocably up, to negotiate the most favorable terms.

What exactly is a relocate? Also known as walking or bumping, relocates occur when a hotel has more reservations than rooms. Like airlines, hotels overbook in order to maximize occupancy, banking on cancellations and no-shows, and sometimes we get caught with our pants down. Unlike airlines, however, we don’t announce overbookings to a holding lounge full of travelers or ask for volunteers. We handle relocates discreetly, swiftly dispatching you to another hotel while giving you little choice in the matter.

The early bird catches the room. Hotels typically assign rooms as guests arrive, so our options decrease as the day progresses. If we’re sold out and you arrive late, you’re vulnerable. But then you also might be upgraded, since suites are often the last to go. Not a gambler? Call the hotel in advance to say you’ll be arriving late and ask them to hold your room. And always do your homework; if a hotel is a chronic walker, you’ll read about it in online reviews.

You are what you pay. I didn’t tell you this, but the higher your rate, the more preferential your treatment. Reserve the presidential suite, and we won’t dare walk you. Book through an online travel company, which keeps up to 30% of your rate, and you’re vulnerable. Book through an opaque website, and you’re a walking target. It’s not that we don’t love you, we just love our more loyal and lucrative guests better.

Are you on the no-walk list? The truth is, sometimes we do have a room – just not for you. Depending on the hotel, certain guests never get walked, like loyalty club members, frequent guests, corporate clients, VIPs and tattooed bikers. If you don’t qualify, you can always try pleading your case; in cases of undue hardship rooms can miraculously materialize. You can also try arriving in a wedding dress or clutching a heart monitor. But if there’s no room, there’s no room.

Trade up, not down. The good news is the hotel will pay for your room that night, plus taxi fare and a long distance call. But here’s a dirty little secret: hotels prefer to relocate to a slightly inferior hotel, hoping you’ll come running back into our arms on your next visit. You have the right to insist on a comparable hotel. Hell, we’re paying, so why not ask for the Four Seasons? But if the city is full, you might well be cozying up with the farm animals at the Barnyard Inn.

You’ll never believe this, but … It’s hard to admit we had the gall to sell your room to someone else, so some employees invent little white lies like burst water pipes, electrical problems or guests who refused to check out. A truly unscrupulous hotel might try to foist the blame on you, claiming your reservation was mysteriously canceled or booked for this date five years ago. Always get an email confirmation at time of reservation, check it for accuracy, and bring it with you. If you mixed up the month and year, that’s your bad, not ours.

Now don’t get all huffy. Yes, relocating is evil, unforgiveable really, and hotels do it largely out of greed and incompetence. But it’s not a conspiracy, and we’re not singling you out for having cheap luggage or travel hair. Mostly it’s a numbers game. Chances are the long-suffering graveyard agent who relocates you had nothing to do with overbooking the hotel. So cut him some slack, be firm but pleasant, and resist the theatrics and hostage-takings. If you need to vent, save it for the general manager.

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Daniel Edward Craig is a former general manager turned hotel consultant and the author of the Murder at the Universe. His articles and blog about issues in the hotel industry are considered essential reading for hoteliers, travelers and students alike. Visit www.danieledwardcraig.com or email dec@danieledwardcraig.com. Twitter: dcraig.

CAA unveils new ATOL certificates

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The Civil Aviation Authority has unveiled plans to introduce a new certificate to be given to every customer who books an ATOL holiday in an attempt to end confusion about who will be looked after when a company goes bust.

The certificates will guarantee to the holder that if their tour operator ceases trading they will be brought home by the CAA or refunded if they haven’t travelled.

The ATOL Certificate would be a simple document in a standard format across the ATOL licensed industry, clearly setting out what is protected by ATOL, and replacing the existing complex range of paperwork holidaymakers are currently given when they book, said the CAA.

The CAA will begin discussions with ATOL holders and consumer representatives about the certificate at The Travel Convention this week, with a view to setting up a working group to get industry and consumer expertise before consulting on the proposal.

The timing of the introduction of the certificate will be an important decision for the working group, but the CAA is starting work now to allow introduction as early as possible given the inevitable lead-in times to allow the industry to change their systems,” the CAA said in a statement.

Deputy director of the CAA Consumer Protection Group David Moesli said: “The holiday failures this summer showed that a lot of consumers are left confused and frustrated when tour operators cease trading, thanks in no small part to the poor standard of documentation in the travel industry, particularly amongst travel agents.

“Introducing the ATOL Certificate would mean that the second someone books a holiday they receive a single document that sets out what is protected by ATOL and guarantees they can finish their holiday or get their money back if their operator fails.

“A standardised certificate which is received by everyone who books an ATOL-protected holiday telling them exactly what is and is not covered will go a long way towards helping people understand their protection arrangements.

“In the future, people will come to expect to receive a Certificate in the same way you expect to receive a ticket, and they will take it overseas with them like a passport or medical card, to make sure they receive protection under ATOL.”

Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers said:  “Today’s holiday market looks very different to how it did when the ATOL scheme was originally introduced.  As a result, it can be difficult for holiday-makers to know whether their trip is protected by the ATOL scheme.

“This excellent initiative is an important milestone in our journey to providing a scheme fit for the future.  Alongside this new certificate, we are actively working on wider reforms to ATOL to make it more suitable for the diverse 21st century holiday market.”

source: Travel Mole

Who needs a Sommelier when you have a Wine Ambassador?!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Pinot Noir or Cabernet? Chardonnay or Reisling? Chinese Merlot or Argentine Malbec? For some, a wine’s only duty is to taste good; but for others, discovering the true joy of a glass or two of wine with their favorite dishes rests in appreciating the nuances between the varietals and observing the service traditions. Happily, with a dizzying array of wine choices available today, aficionados are in a bold time for wine and the only conundrum is often a question of so many wines, so little time.

Helping to heighten the wine tasting experience for its guests, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has introduced its Wine Ambassador’s program at its 46 locations worldwide.  The JW Wine Ambassadors are a volunteer cadre of wine experts from all areas of the hotel where wine is available and who represent the highest level of wine expertise at the property.

“Our Wine Ambassadors are passionate about wine. They love their jobs.  They are eager to share their knowledge by telling stories that help personalize our guests’ wine tasting experience and deepen their understanding of the wine being savored,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Marriott’s senior director for brand management .  “Ultimately, our goal is to be thought of as a wine destination where our guests can appreciate wines at all price levels through our Ambassadors’ obsession with quality and attention to the little details whether they’re in the lobby lounge, dining in one of our restaurants or at a catered event.”

“By combining live tastings, written materials, on-line educational resources and the timely sharing of tasting notes, this program allows us to permeate a high level of wine-service excellence throughout our JW Marriott portfolio,” said Lou Trope, Marriott’s vice president for restaurants & bars.

Mr. Trope said that a number of resources were specially developed for the Wine Ambassador program, including training articulates on how to appropriately prepare a wine tasting and tasting mats illustrated with cues from the deductive tasting process of the Court of Master Sommeliers.  Personalized wine journals were given to all Ambassadors as a tool for them to reflect on and record their learnings.

Before being designated a JW Marriott Wine Ambassador, all those volunteering to serve in this capacity must complete two certification programs.  The first is a comprehensive approach to beverage education including spirits and beer. Following completion of this program, the Ambassadors must then complete The Academy of Wine on-line curriculum that was custom developed for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts by Constellation Wines, one of the world’s leading wine companies. This curriculum offers a series of 17 self-directed training modules on topics such as opening and serving wine, pairing food and wine, and in-depth overviews of varietal characteristics and wine growing regions.

To ensure that each Ambassador’s wine expertise remains current and relevant, all Certified Wine Ambassadors participate in monthly tastings across the globe—tasting wines of different brands but of the same varietal.  Monthly tasting notes are then shared with their peers throughout the JW Marriott portfolio in 19 countries on a website developed especially for this purpose.

“Through this dynamic, cross-cultural approach, our Wine Ambassadors either personally experience or have access to the evaluations of upwards of 140 different wines each month, enabling them to confidently discuss different wines with our guests. They know what they are talking about,” Mr. Trope said.

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts is Marriott International’s luxury brand that consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort location around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale and give their guests time to focus on what is most important to them.  Currently, there are 46 JW Marriott hotels in 19 countries; by 2013, the portfolio will encompass 73 properties in 28 countries.

For a unique list of luxury hotels in wine tasting regions, check out our Wine Tasting Hotel Guide

The James New York Opens In Soho

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The James Hotel, a Soho luxury hotel, anchoring the southwest corner of Soho at Grand and Thompson Streets, is today accepting reservations at its 114 guestrooms and suites. In conjunction with the opening, the hotel is offering introductory rates starting from $349 and including in-room breakfast.

The Soho boutique hotel, designed by the Office for Design and Architecture (ODA) in collaboration with Perkins Eastman and custom interiors by Amanda Sullivan with The James Design team, blends elements of artistry and community throughout. Every detail of the hotel has been meticulously thought out from room numbers to the one-of-a-kind textiles and light fixtures selected by furniture curator Cristina Grajales. 

“Our strategy was to identify a hospitality group with new ideas and fresh thinking,” said Shai Shamir, managing director of Brack Capital Real Estate (BCRE), owner and developer of The James New York. “The James brand embodies the modern version of a luxury hotel with a strong focus on design and service, making it the perfect addition to the Soho hotel landscape.”

In homage to the creative neighborhood it calls home, The James New York will feature a mix of local and international artists, both prominent and up-and-coming. The carefully curated art collection is reflective of the brand’s commitment to the arts and is an extension of The James Chicago’s extensive, cultural partnerships in Chicago.

“The stylish and culturally rich neighborhood of Soho is the ideal home for The James New York, providing a perfect backdrop for the brand’s artful blend of exquisite hand-crafted design, seamlessly intuitive service and personalized comfort,” said Brooke Barrett, co-CEO of Denihan Hospitality Group, owners and operators of The James brand.  

Armed to be a top New York luxury hotel, The James New York will offer personalized comfort, generous complimentary amenities, custom-designed, modern furniture and impeccable service to create an environment that is ideal for both business and leisure travelers.

As well, environmentally thoughtful details can be found throughout the property, including reclaimed wood and rugs made from all-natural fibers. Additional features of the Soho luxury hotel, include:

  • A luxurious Penthouse Loft on the 16th floor designed by renowned Dutch architect and interior designer, Piet Boon with expansive skyline views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges
  • A state-of-the-art fully equipped gym with natural light and river views
  • All in-room amenities from Intelligent Nutrients, a certified organic, food-based, natural beauty line
  • State-of-the-art audio technology from Bowers & Wilkins, including Zeppelin I-pod docking stations and iPads loaded with customized local shopping and dining guides
  • Complimentary bicycles courtesy of Public Bikes or use of the hotel’s Lexus RX 400 hybrid vehicle.

A family-friendly and pet friendly New York hotel, The James New York offers a range of offerings for kids and pets alike, including pajama sets and Paul Frank coloring sheets. For guests traveling with their dogs, beds and doggy bowls will be provided by Soho-based pet retail shop Doggystyle, along with a specially-created amenity treat bag.

Lastly, the Soho boutique hotel offers luxurious, unique New York social spaces, all of which are dedicated to natural light and open space, two elements which are traditionally difficult to find in New York hotels. Social spaces include:

  • The Sky Lobby, a third-floor glass-walled welcome and reception area, accessible by a glass elevator that transports guests from the ground floor entry to a private living room and business networking lounge 
  • A lush New York Urban Garden, replete with grass and botanicals and enclosed by industrial, concrete walls – a protective shell for the hidden greenery within
  • An expansive outdoor, Garden Bar & Restaurant with comfortable seating arrangements amid park-like landscaping scheduled to open in Spring 2011.
  • A modern indoor/outdoor special events and meeting room featuring a private entrance, state-of-the-art video conferencing and in-room private dining capabilities
  • A stunning rooftop pool deck, bar and lounge with inspiring views of the city skyline, gorgeous architectural features and a glass enclosed all-season bar and lounge

Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez opens its doors

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez, a 37-room resort located on the glamorous Côte d’Azur, is now open.

The resort’s complex of low buildings is grouped around a spacious central pool area at the heart of Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez. Architect Jean Jacques Ory and designer Christophe Pillet created a hotel with contemporary architecture and design throughout the rooms, the villas and the common areas. With its restaurant headed by Pierre Gagnaire, the Dom Pérignon champagne bar and the Spa Sezz by Payot, the hotel is set to bring new life to the regional tradition of luxury resorts.

The Experience
Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez is one of a kind. Owner Shahé Kalaidjian envisions the hotel as “a place full of grace and tranquillity where space and service are incomparable. A hideaway full of light, air and wind.” The property takes inspiration from the area’s most authentic riches: calm breezes, the quality of the Mediterranean light, the deep blue sea, lush green grass and fields of fragrant lavender.Upon arrival guests immediately feel immersed in a relaxed haven. Instead of entering a standard lobby with a formal reception desk, guests are indulged in a spacious room full of light where a personal assistant welcomes them. The assistant will acquaint them with the hotel’s features and will also be on hand throughout their stay. A spacious open-air area with a large pool is the hub of the resort and is surrounded by lounge furniture and a poolside bar. While relaxing on Christophe Pillet’s specially designed lounge chairs, guests can choose from a range of cocktails and sink into holiday mode. For more indulgence guests can head to Spa Sezz which was created in an exclusive partnership with the French cosmetic brand Payot.

The Architecture
Architect Jean-Jacques Ory has incorporated traditional and Mediterranean materials with a modern hotel that is in perfect harmony with the landscape of the Côte d’Azur. Light and air are omnipresent: huge walls made out of glass and oversized windows balance out the heavy material of the stone walls and roof tiles.
The Interior DesignThe resort offers five bungalows of 30m², 30 cocoons of 40m² and two villas of 90m² which come with a private pool. Each guestroom provides direct access to the terrace and the garden. Designer Christophe Pillet created the rooms to be open and spacious. The rooms are light and airy and let the indoor and outdoor merge into one. Interiors reflect the 1950s colour code with a mix of white, light grey, dark brown, light blue and saffron. All furniture and objects have been designed by Christophe Pillet for various Italian and American furniture brands.
The Restaurant ColetteWith the restaurant Colette, named after the famous French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the Michelin-star chef Pierre Gagnaire goes back to his roots. The menu focuses on Mediterranean dishes with regional ingredients ranging from freshly caught fish to grilled steaks and barbecues. During the day Colette is quite casual, but at night it transforms into a glamourous restaurant. A glass of champagne at the Dom Pérignon bar is the perfect start to a sophisticated evening.

The Location
Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez is located in a wooded park, just a few minutes outside Saint-Tropez. The hotel provides an Ape Calessino shuttle service into town where one can explore the village. The closest beach, Plage de Canebiers, is accessible just 200 meters walking distance from the hotel. For those who want to go to Plage de Pampelonne, Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez offers shuttles twice a day and fully equipped picnic baskets on request.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore Opens

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore is the latest addition to the sparkling Marina Bay waterfront, with breathtaking architecture and stunning interiors that combine modernity and heritage. Seated on Marina Bay’s prime waterfront location in the Central Business District and the historical Arts and Cultural precinct, the Hotel will offer impeccable service and hospitality. Comprising 100 rooms, five individually themed suites and a luxurious Presidential Suite, each with magnificent Marina Bay views and exclusive balconies, The Fullerton Bay Hotel appeals to the discerning jetsetters and travellers.

With three signature dining destinations designed by Asia’s highly sought-after design wunderkind Andre Fu, the Hotel is set to elevate waterfront dining to new heights.

The Hotel’s inspiring glass façade, designed by Singapore-based DP Architects, embodies the true spirit of the Marina Bay waterfront. The diamond-shaped glass structure stands out against the city skyline as it illuminates above the waters. LCL Architects, the group responsible for the creation of the luxuriously-appointed hotel rooms, while the arrival 2 experience and restaurants are the latest projects by design wunderkind, Andre Fu. Guests will enter the hotel through a 17-metre wide lobby at the historic Clifford Pier, an important heritage site which saw the arrival of many of Singapore’s early settlers.

The hotel’s glamorous and exquisite interior designs are richly steeped in Singapore’s vibrant history with Fu using vintage nautical maps and commissioned contemporary art that reflect the celebration of heritage and modernity in the Lion City.

Utilising materials and designs such as polished rosewood and latticed screens, as well as leather and chrome, LCL Architects has created an elegant and refined atmosphere in the bedrooms with a predominantly natural palette throughout. This classical look is combined with state-of-the-art in-room technology to ensure that the hotel’s modern travellers are always kept in touch.

Each of the hotel’s six suites, including the Presidential Suite, are individually themed to reflect the wealth of cultures in Singapore’s cosmopolitan population, including Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan and Colonial and are situated on the upper three storeys of the hotel, in prime-angled positions facing the stunning views of Marina Bay waterfront. Named after the former Governors of the Straits Settlement (Sir Hugh Clifford, Sir Shenton Thomas, Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson, Sir John Anderson and Major General Sir William Orfeur Cavenagh), each will be adorned with bespoke artwork and antiques alongside contemporary pieces that embody the spirit unique to the suite’s theme.

The hotel’s trio of culinary experiences, designed by Andre Fu, include the signature restaurants of The Landing Point, Clifford and Lantern. Lantern is a stylish rooftop bar, surrounding the hotel’s 25-metre rooftop swimming pool, where guests can relish delectable gourmet snacks and tantalising grilled meats, accompanied with fine champagnes, signature cocktails, wines and beverages whilst watching the world go by with panoramic views of the Marina Bay waterfront and the world- famous Singapore skyline. This urban oasis is the perfect location for an idyllic afternoon respite, take an invigorating swim in the pool while enjoying the tranquil waterfront sea breeze or the sultry cocktails conjured by the bar’s mixologist. View the beautiful sunset at Lantern with your partner or friends as it transforms 3 into a dazzling rooftop bar illuminated by glittering lights, ideal for a romantic tête-à-tête, glamorous cocktail parties or fashion launches.

Set amidst the resplendent skyline of the Marina Bay waterfront, Clifford, the modern brasserie is illuminated by splendid 10-metre high floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sparkling waters of the bay, and guests are greeted by an opulent 800-bottle fine wine library meticulously handpicked from all over the world. Seated adjacent to Clifford Pier and named after this historical landmark upon which the first immigrants landed in Singapore, Clifford retains the spirit of the seafarers as it embodies waterfront destination dining. Clifford is furnished with layers of theatrical salons and offers breathtaking views of Marina Bay be it from the private dining room, main dining section that seats up to 76, or the stylish al fresco dining terrace. One of three dining destinations at the hotel, Clifford celebrates discreet and attentive service with its clever play of vintage furnishings in warm grey, burnt orange and dark aubergine set against the towering ivory French panelling and masculine herringbone oak floors. From influential business lunches to idyllic afternoon teas, or romantic dinners under the stars, Clifford sets to redefine destination dining by the bay with personalized service.

Elegantly positioned alongside an impressive indoor promenade paved in bespoke marble mosaics, The Landing Point is the gourmand’s lounge du jour. Designed in hues of gold; indulge in sensuous cocktails as guests engage in the waterfront panorama. With a majestic 13-metre long bar and spacious outdoor terrace, The Landing Point is designed to captivate the sophisticated chic.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore is located at 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326.

Dorchester Collection Opens Coworth Park Hotel and Spa

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Coworth Park, the newest and first luxury country house hotel fromDorchester Collection, opens today. The 70 guestroom hotel is located next to Ascot and on the border of Windsor Great Park. Coworth Park is the only hotel in the UK to have its own polo fields and features theworld’s first hotel spa to have treatments from Dr. Alkaitis. It’s also the only hotel in the UK to grow and burn willow on the estate as part of its unique initiatives to reduce energy consumption. As if that weren’t enough, Coworth Park features three restaurants overseen by Michelin-starred Chef John Campbell, which include fine and informal dining. Guests can also enjoy horseback riding in the equestrian center and special access to neighboring Wentworth Club’s champion golf courses.

Just 45 minutes from central London, the hotel stands in 240 acres of Royal Berkshire parkland. Dorchester Collection’s vision was to create the finest country house hotel in the UK with a design and décor that recognized Coworth Park’s Georgian origins yet avoided predictable country house clichés. Overall, the design approach by Fox Linton Associates is one of informal comfort and simple beauty, designed to evoke the feeling of staying in a private English country estate.  The Coworth Park buildings form an elegant and understated backdrop to the sunken gardens, lime grove, surrounding meadows and polo fields on the estate.  The jewel in the crown of Coworth Park’s 16 suites is The Dower House. This picturesque private house built in 1775 has its own dining room, lounge, kitchen, study, and a secluded garden with its own stream running through it; home to Coworth Park’s family of swans.

The eco-luxury Spa at Coworth Park will be the world’s first hotel spa to offer treatments by Dr. Alkaitis. Renowned for his 100% organic, paraben free ingredients and simple yet effective approach, Dr Alkaitis’s products are rich in anti-oxidants and healing enzymes. In addition, the three products currently offered to guests at The Dorchester Spa – Carol Joy London, glamorous skin and hair care specializing in anti-ageing treatments; Kerstin Florian, luxurious products infused with the earth’s rich, natural ingredients; and Aromatherapy Associates, the leading natural aromatherapy oils and treatment products – will also be available at The Spa at Coworth Park.

The hotel breaks new ground by combining a wealth of eco-credentials in both its structure and its daily operating procedures. For example, to reduce energy consumption there is a bio mass boiler within an underground Energy Center. This is fueled by burning willow which is grown on the estate, a first for a UK hotel. Additionally, cooling for the hotel is provided by a ground source water circulation system of underground pipes known as ‘slinkys’ within the hotel grounds.  

Rates start at £235 per room, per night based on double occupancy. Rates for suite accommodations start at £375 per night, per room. All rates are inclusive of full English breakfast and exclusive of VAT. For reservations, please contact 011-44-1344-876-600 or reservations.uk@dorchestercollection.com.

Combe House Wins Gold Devon Hotel Of The Year Award

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Combe House Devon, near Exeter has won the 2010 Devon Hotel of the Year category at the Devon Tourism Awards, which were presented on Thursday, 30th September at a glittering ceremony at the Thurlestone Hotel, South Devon.

As the gold winner, Combe House has been automatically fast-tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in November, and then possibly on to the national Enjoy England awards in spring 2011.

The seven award categories celebrate the cream of Devon’s tourism industry and are designed to raise the profile of the county’s high performing tourism providers. Sponsored by Clockwork Marketing & Direct Mail, the Hotel of the Year category is for town, country house and metro hotels of excellent quality.

Combe House Devon is a wildly romantic Grade I Elizabethan manor hidden on a 3,500 acre wooded estate in the thatched village of Gittisham. The stunning country hotel and restaurant has been run privately by Ruth and Ken Hunt for the past twelve years. During this time, the Hunts and their team have transformed the house and its gardens into a truly memorable place to stay.

Thrilled with the award proprietor Ken Hunt said: “This unexpected honour for our small, country house hotel reflects back on our wonderful, welcoming, happy and hard working team. We are fortunate to be in a stunning location with a wealth of the West Country’s quality food producers on our doorstep”, concludes Ken.

Combe’s two resident Master Chefs of Great Britain, Hadleigh Barrett and Stuart Brown, are ardent about sourcing the freshest and best quality local ingredients. Around 70% of the fruit and vegetables in season is also provided by Combe’s own kitchen gardens – the chefs talk food metres, not miles.