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Tibet’s first luxury hotel – St Regis Lhasa Resort

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Tibet’s First International Luxury Hotel, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Offers a New Dimension of Luxury for the Region.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is St. Regis’ first resort in China and first-ever luxury resort in Tibet. Standing on the “Roof of the World” at 12,000 feet above sea level, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort offers refined luxury and superlative service in a storied city. The resort boasts awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas and the Lhasa Valley from each of the 162 guest rooms, suites and villas which feature distinctive architectural details and décor that entwine modern luxury with traditional Tibetan elements.

The spectacular resort embraces the enchanting natural surroundings and breathtaking mountainous views of Lhasa and is destined to set new standards of service and luxury for Tibet. The magnificent resort offers the signature St. Regis Butler Service and features three world class restaurants to please any epicurean taste, a signature tea room, wine bar and an expansive 11,700 square foot Iridium Spa with an ornate gold-tiled pool and Meditation Garden for yoga, Pilates or meditation.

“We are proud to debut the first St. Regis Resort in China with the opening of The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, offering our discerning guests access to the distinguished St. Regis legacy with the highest expression of personalization, refined elegance and uncompromised guest experiences,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “With the region’s unrivaled natural beauty and enchanting cultural heritage, Lhasa is one of the world’s most coveted destinations for global travelers, and The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is destined to be an unparalleled way to discover Tibet.”

“Lhasa is one of the most intriguing and beautiful cities in the world,” said Magdy Anis, General Manager of The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. “We are honored to be opening Tibet’s first luxury resort, offering global St. Regis guests the opportunity to experience Tibet’s mysterious traditions and stunning beauty while enjoying St. Regis signature amenities and services.”

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort boasts 150 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 12 spacious villas and suites, including the Presidential Suite. Seamlessly blending Tibet’s rich culture and exotic natural surroundings, the resort has been designed from the ground up with sustainable features including solar panels, locally-sourced produce and herbs for the resort’s restaurants and an underground water recycling system. Guest accommodations feature beautiful residential interiors, custom-designed furniture and spacious marble bathrooms in addition to luxurious linens and amenities such as high-speed internet and plasma televisions in room.

St. Regis will also premiere its new spa brand, the Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Poised to be the world’s highest luxury spa, Iridium Spa allows guests to renew and refresh mind, body and spirit with a completely customized experience including traditional Tibetan herbal treatments and aromatherapy services using locally cultivated herbs and plants such as cypress and azalea leaves. Five-star luxury meets mystical Tibetan spiritual wellness at the Iridium Room with its ornate gold-tiled heated swimming pool and stunning Meditation Garden for yoga, Pilates or meditation.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort offers an array of epicurean taste and experiences in a variety of culturally designed settings. Guests can enjoy convenient, all-day dining at the resort’s signature restaurant, Social, featuring with a wide selection of international cuisine or dine at Si Zi Kang, the first gastronomic Tibetan restaurant to savor authentic Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine in a sophisticated and relaxed setting. For Cantonese and Sichuanese cuisine, guests are invited to Yan Ting with six private dining rooms and a diverse menu.

As the first luxury resort in Tibet, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is also proud to present Decanter by Haut-Brisson, the first wine bar in the region serving over 140 labels of wine, liquors and aged cigars. Also the first of its kind, the Tea Room will offer guests a relaxing afternoon with different blends of local and imported teas, and serving vintage teas aged from 10-25 years.

Lhasa, christened “Place of the Gods” by ancient Tibetans, is the spiritual and political center of Tibet. With its ideal location in the ancient Barkhor area, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is close to the city’s most important cultural landmarks allowing guests to explore all of the city’s treasures. The resort is only a short walk from the Jokhang Temple or guests can rent a hybrid vehicle from the hotel for a short drive to the stunning Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Norbulinka and the Drepung Monastery. Other scenic Himalayan destinations such as the Heavenly Lake Namtso and Yandra Yumtso Lake also surround The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Combining Tibet’s natural beauty and rich heritage with St. Regis’ timeless sophistication, bespoke service and modern luxury, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort’s arrival to China will forever change the landscape of luxury travel in the region.

Hotels to know: Amara Selous – a luxury safari lodge in Tanzania

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

River view at Amara Selous

Amara Selous is the first camp of the Amara Collection. Amara Collection promise a line of luxury boutique tented camps within Tanzania and if their first is anything to go by, we are in for a treat when they open in Ruaha and Ngorongoro next year.

Amara Selous opened in March 2010 and is already receiving great acclaim from guests. “best game lodge in East Africa”, “unforgettable stay”, and “amazing experience” are just some of the comments posted on TripAdvisor about this unique and luxurious property.

The ultra luxury Selous property offers 12 suites of 90 square meters of air-conditioned luxury inside space with king beds and opulent bathrooms. Outside, you have an additional 40 square meters where an outside hot shower and rock plunge pool provides the perfect secluded escape from the African sun.

Of course, there is more to the Amara experience than just luxury bedding, outdoor showers and plunge pools! Tanzania is home to an incredibly diverse wildlife and as the afternoon sun sets, your safari guide will lead you on an evening safari where you can discover the intimate aspects of the African bush… identify animal tracks, feeling the rustle of a scuttling impala and relishing in the nature that surrounds you. At nightfall you’ll be treated to a dining spectacular always under the attentive eye of your personal butler… dining locations vary each night to take advantage of the conditions… you could be in the heart of the wilderness, on the riverbank, the pool’s shallow overflow or if you prefer, on your private veranda.

Day break brings a new perspective to the bush and if you can shake the fussy head, your guide will lead you to illuminate the new day and the unique beauty of dawn over the African bush… now you’re truly living ‘Africa’.

Landing strip at Amara Selous

Riverside Dining at Amara Selous

What does £17,000 a night in Geneva get you?!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

At the word’s most expensive hotels… your wish is their command… but it will cost you!

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Hotel President WilsonGeneva, Switzerland

Cost: £17,397 a night

What you get: Presidential-Suite
175m2, on the 6th and 7th floor. Panoramic views of Lake Geneva

68% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

2

Hotel Ritz ParisParis, France

Cost: £7,357 a night

What you get: Coco Chanel 1 bedroom Prestige Suite
Ten unique Prestige Suites still breathe the spirit of illustrious guests who once stayed there.

79% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

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Hotel Carl GustafSt Barthlemy

Cost: £16,062 a night

What you get: Roof-top Royal Suite
Surrounded by a walled garden terrace, featuring pool and Jacuzzi.

80% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

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Mandarin OrientalNew York

Cost: £1,860 a night

What you get: King Room with Park View
Unparalleled floor-to-ceiling views of Central Park and Midtown Manhattan.

83% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

5

Burj Al ArabDubai

Cost: £2,031 a night

What you get: Deluxe Twin 2 Bedroom Suite
335m2, 2-level, dining room for six with separate butler entrance.

89% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

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Lapa PalaceLisbon, Portugal

Cost: £2,021 a night

What you get: Royal Suite Conde Valen as
145m2, decorated in genuine 19th-century style and includes a huge terrace.

95% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

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Hermitage BayAntigua

Cost: £934 a night

What you get: Hillside Pool Suite
Awe-inspiring panoramas, wrap-around covered patio, private sundeck & plunge pool.

92% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

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Hotel Arts BarcelonaBarcelona, Spain

Cost: £1,572 a night

What you get: Mediterranean Suite
185m2 Concierge level, Club access, continuous culinary offerings, 43rd story spa.

83% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives – Maldives

Cost: £933 a night

What you get: Deluxe Pool Villa
Intimate coral beach front, unbeatable seclusion and second-to-none privacy.

83% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico marks Caribbean debut for luxury hotel chain

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announces the debut of St. Regis’ first Caribbean hotel with the opening of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico, introducing unparalleled luxury and bespoke service to one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. The resort is ideally located on a former coconut plantation, nestled between the lush El Yunque rainforest and the tranquil waters of the Espiritu Santo River. The spectacular 483-acre resort embraces the island’s stunning natural beauty with lush landscapes, breathtaking ocean views and a private bird sanctuary and is destined to set new standards of service and luxury for Puerto Rico. The magnificent resort offers signature St. Regis Butler Service and features Jean-Georges’ restaurant Fern, a 10,000 square foot Remède Spa and an ocean-front golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico is the Caribbean’s first certified Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary.

“We are proud to debut the St. Regis brand in the Caribbean with the opening of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, offering travelers access to the distinguished St. Regis legacy with the highest expression of personalization, refined elegance and uncompromised guest experiences,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “With the region’s unmatched natural surroundings, welcoming atmosphere and vibrant culture, Puerto Rico is certainly one of the world’s most coveted destinations for our discerning guests, and The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is poised to become the Caribbean’s most idyllic address.”

Designed by acclaimed architectural firm Hill Glazier, the resort boasts 139 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 35 suites with private terraces offering spectacular ocean views as well as 25 private St. Regis Estate Homes. Seamlessly blending Puerto Rico’s rich culture and natural beauty, accommodations have been designed as low rise plantation style buildings to harmonize the guest experience with the exquisite surroundings and exotic nature that will be preserved around them. Guest accommodations feature beautiful residential interiors, custom-designed furniture and spacious marble bathrooms in addition to luxurious linens and high-tech amenities such as high-speed wireless internet, a 40-inch LCD television in room, televisions integrated into the bathroom mirrors and an iPod docking station.

Set along two idyllic miles of private beach, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico boasts expansive views of El Yunque National Rainforest and the Atlantic Ocean. The resort has been thoughtfully developed, ensuring that the local plant and wildlife have not been disturbed, and these exceptional efforts and practices have been recognized with Audubon’s Gold Signature Sanctuary certification. The resort’s “green team,” composed of an ecologist, two agronomists, and a landscape architect, cultivate native and indigenous plants that protect the natural vegetation of the resort’s lowland coastal and forest areas. As part of its commitment to environmentally sustainable development, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort has created a 2.4-acre plant nursery and garden, which will provide fresh produce and herbs for use throughout the entire resort.

In keeping with the resort’s homage to the enchanting island, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort’s signature restaurant Fern offers tantalizing culinary delights prepared with the freshest indigenous ingredients. Exclusively developed by celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the menu showcases a blend of Jean-Georges’ world renowned repertoire of distinctive dishes with traditional Puerto Rican ingredients such as papaya, mango and coconut.

The 10,000 square-foot Remède Spa at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico includes seven treatment rooms and presents guests with a decadent and exceptional spa experience. Designed to rejuvenate and restore, the spa features relaxation areas, steam and sauna facilities, cold and hot plunge pools, a fully equipped state-of-the-art fitness center and several treatment rooms with private outdoor terraces. Remède Spa also offers a comprehensive menu of unique customized and results-oriented treatments.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort’s golf course marks Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s first design project in Puerto Rico. Operated by Troon Golf, the world leader in golf course management, the course is remarkable with two miles of beach, a native maritime forest and views of the rainforest from nearly every hole. Committed to preserving the natural integrity of the site, the course design is sensitive to the environment while providing challenging variety. With holes along the ocean, scenic lakes, undulating fairways and gentle ocean breezes, the course’s breathtaking splendor is matched only by the world-class play it offers to golfers of all abilities. The course’s clubhouse showcases Bahia’s signature tropical plantation architecture, beautifully accented by exposed stone and brickwork. Inside the clubhouse guests have access to the restaurant Molasses, a golf shop, an inviting bar as well as men’s and ladies’ lounges and locker rooms offering a variety of amenities and services. Outside boasts a full-size beachfront swimming pool and patio areas overlooking the ocean for dining and entertaining.

Following in the literary tradition of St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV, who commissioned a library for the brand’s flagship The St. Regis New York in 1904, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort offers a modern spin on the concept by offering a curated library as a special guest amenity. The library includes book selections from St. Regis friends and influencers including fashion designer Jason Wu, renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and jewelry designers Alexis Bittar and Temple St. Clair, along with St. Regis Connoisseur and celebrated polo player Nacho Figueras.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort features nearly 27,000 square feet of function space, including three outdoor lawn event spaces, the ocean-view Astor pavilion and the spacious elegance of the Astor Ballroom, setting the stage for grand weddings and occasions in true St. Regis style. Situated between the Espiritu Santo and Herrera rivers and bounded by the majestic El Yunque National Forest, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico offers astounding views as well as unique activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing and fishing.

Supported by over 900 weekly flights, Puerto Rico is easily accessible via direct flight from a multitude of major cities in North America, and as a United States territory, passports are not required for American citizens, a unique advantage for US travelers to the Caribbean. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is just 16 miles from Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz international airport, which is the largest hub in the Caribbean. Combining Puerto Rico’s natural beauty and rich colonial history with St. Regis’ timeless sophistication, bespoke service and modern luxury, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort’s arrival on the shores of Puerto Rico will forever change the landscape of luxury travel in the region.

Four Seasons Hotel Denver Opens

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The beds are ready to be turned down, wines are waiting to be uncorked, lights are dimmed in the Spa, and tables are set in the ballroom – it’s opening day at Four Seasons Hotel Denver, where 250 staff are ready to welcome guests to stay, dine, spa and gather.

“Excitement has been building as we made final preparations to welcome our first guests to Four Seasons Hotel Denver,” says Thierry Kennel, general manager of the 239-room Hotel. “And there’s more to come – on November 6, we’ll host a Grand Opening Party featuring Colorado’s own OneRepublic. This star-studded event is sure to be one of the highlights of the city’s social season.”

Special Introductory Offer and More

Four Seasons Hotel Denver invites visitors to the city and local Denverites to experience all it has to offer first hand with a special Introductory Offer. With room rates as low as USD 180.00 per night through January 31, 2011, it’s a great opportunity to explore the new Hotel. Indulge in a spa treatment, share cocktails at EDGE Bar, check out the possibilities for social and business functions, sleep in a signature Four Seasons bed, and meet the staff whom is ready to make every visit – whether for business or pleasure – a memorable one.

Additional packages include Second Night and Companion on Us, which invites two guests to enjoy two nights for the price of one, with a complimentary spa treatment and meal for the second guest; Eat Shop and Spa, with gift cards for local shops, a complimentary spa treatment and a meal at EDGE Restaurant; and Experience More, which includes a USD 25.00 hotel credit.

Four Seasons Hotel Denver: Highlights

EDGE Restaurant and Bar – The reservations book is already filling up as locals anticipate the opening of the city’s newest see-and-be-seen hotspot for dinners with friends, post-theatre drinks, lunches, power breakfasts and weekend brunches featuring a seasonal menu, plus an extensive wines-by-the-glass selection in a urban streetfront setting.

The Spa, Fitness Center and Rooftop Pool – Spa goers can look forward to a full range of treatments inspired by local ingredients and traditions, and in the warmer months, the fully landscaped pool deck will be an oasis floating above the busy streets below. Fitness enthusiasts will be inspired by the serene setting.

Event Spaces – Conveniently located on the second floor with easy access from the Hotel’s lobby, a series of ballrooms and smaller meeting rooms can be configured for gatherings ranging from weddings and charity galas to conferences and private business meetings.

Art at Four Seasons – Showcasing nearly 1,200 works by local artists against a palette of sleek polished wood and stone, the public spaces of the Hotel act as an art gallery that will expose visitors to the contemporary Colorado art scene, and induce pride in locals as they recognise – or discover – their favourites.

From City to Mountains: Four Seasons in Colorado

Ideally located at Arapahoe and 14th Streets in the heart of Denver’s theatre and business districts, Four Seasons Hotel Denver will also be the perfect stopover on the way to Four Seasons Resort Vail, opening in December 2010.

Leading Hotels of the World add 7 new Luxury Hotels to their collection

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Leading Hotels of the World has just announced the following new member hotels in the following locations: Bahrain, Egypt, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United States, Barbados and the Dominican Republic.

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Al Areen Palace & Spa, Bahrain

Rating: 5 Star

Al Areen Palace & Spa, an all-villa resort blending Middle Eastern palace style with contemporary flair, is situated 35 minutes from Manama, Bahrain. Guest accommodations are in 78 one- and two-bedroom villas — each with a private outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, dining room and authentic Arabic majlis or sitting area; some also have private kitchens. Restaurant offerings include Al Bustan for all-day dining; El Morocco featuring regional specialties and live entertainment; L’Ile for grilled meats and seafood; Vertigo Bar & Lounge; the Lobby Lounge and Pool Bar. For recreation there are squash and tennis courts, the Al Areen Spa & Hydrotherapy Center, an outdoor garden hammam, fitness center and kids club. In addition, there are meeting facilties for up to 500.

82% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

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Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City, Cairo, Egypt

Rating: 5 Star

Situated on the east bank of the river Nile, in the historical area of the city, the newly opened Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City is the first and only luxury boutique hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Located directly on the eastern bank of the Nile River, the hotel was designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, and boasts the ultimate concepts of luxury blending Egyptian and European charm and hospitality, within the exotic bustle of the city. All of the 191 rooms and suites offer spectacular garden, city or river views. Dining options include The Blue, for international fare; Osmanly, for Turkish, Lebanese and Egyptian specialties; Chic Dining, for contemporary French cuisine; Chocolate Lounge and the Jazz Bar. There is an outdoor swimming pool, health club, and a spa scheduled to open before the end of the year.

85% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

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One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Rating: 5 star

One&Only The Palm is nestled on a peninsula of Palm Jumeirah – easily accessible by car or water taxi from the center of Dubai. Blending Moorish and Andalusian-inspired architecture with contemporary chic interiors, its 94 stylish guest accommodations are secluded in a residential environment within the tri-level Manor House, in low-rise mansions and in beachfront villas boasting spectacular views of the gulf and the impressive skyline of the city. Food and beverage outlets include The Conservatory, serving Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines; the Marina Restaurant & Lounge, for al fresco dining; and a contemporary Italian restaurant. The One&Only Spa and fitness center are complemented by a swimming pool, marina and private beach.

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4

Zulu Camp at Shambala Game Reserve, South Africa

Rating: 5 Star

The intimate Zulu Camp at Shambala Game Reserve is located northwest of Johannesburg, approximately 2 ½ hours by car from the Waterberg Mountain range in South Africa. With its eight chalets, it offers visitors a unique experience in the heart of the Bushveld, with streams from the nearby river running through the camp. The area is home to the big five (leopard, lion, elephant, black and white rhino and buffalo), as well as predators such as cheetah and spotted hyena. All comforts are catered for with chic furnishings, king-size beds, mini-bars and patios. All bathrooms have indoor and outdoor
showers, an oversized bathtub and separate WC. Rates include all meals and a selection of beverages in Restaurant at Zulu Camp and the Shambala Bar. The multitude of recreation choices includes game viewing, elephant safaris, bush picnics, sunset crises, The Shambala Spa, and an outdoor pool.

 

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The Setai Fifth Avenue, New York

Rating: 5 star

With its ideal location at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 36th Street in the heart of midtown Manhattan, The Setai Fifth Avenue offers its guests easy access to shopping, sightseeing, and New York City’s finest museums. Its 214 rooms, suites and apartments – some with private balcony and fully stocked kitchen – are among the largest in the city. Exotic materials create warmth, harmony and a balance between modern design and intimate allure. For memorable dining, Ai Fiori presents Mediterranean specialties under the expert guidance of Chef Michael White. The Bar on Fifth is ideal for enjoying sophisticated cocktails. Weary travelers can unwind in the Auriga Spa, and revitalize in the fitness center.

xx% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

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Sandy Lane, Barbados

Rating: 5 star

The legendary Sandy Lane is located on the western coast of Barbados, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, set amidst a mahogany grove fronting a 1000-foot expanse of white sand beach. There are 112 rooms and suites, each with its own private verandah with garden or ocean views; and a 5-bedroom villa. A variety of restaurants includes L’Acajou, serving gourmet cuisine de Provence; Bajan Blue, offering international fare with Caribbean influences; The Country Club Restaurant; The Spa Café; Monkey Bar; Beach Bar and Pool Bar. For recreation and relaxation, guests can choose among a 47,000-square-foot spa, 45 holes of championship golf; a swimming pool, fitness center and tennis club. There is also The Treehouse Club for kids and teens.

80% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

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Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Rating: 5 Star

Casa de Campo lies on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic just outside the town of La Romana. Nestled along the Caribbean Sea, the massive resort is situated within a 7,000-acre expanse with fantastic views of the mountains. Guest accommodations are in 215 rooms, suites and villas. Casa de Campo has a choice of over 20 restaurants such as the Beach Club by Le Cirque as well as 15 bars and lounges. Explore the beauty of the Dominican countryside on horseback, or enjoy the thrill of a polo match played by resident teams of the resort’s Equestrian Center. Other exciting features of this tropical playground include: La Terraza Tennis Center (dubbed the “Wimbledon of the Caribbean”), Cygalle Healing Spa, three golf courses designed by master golf architect Pete Dye, over 45 retail shops, a wedding chapel and heliport. Ideal for families, the resort features extensive programs for all ages from toddlers to teens.

73% of TripAdvisor reviewers recommend this hotel

2 New Luxury Hotels in the Maldives to watch out for in 2011

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, has revealed the new brand name of its first resort currently under way in the Maldives: Jumeirah Dhevanafushi (formerly Jumeirah Meradhoo).

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is an exclusive all suite resort and scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2011. Situated in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, 400 km south of the capital city of Malé, it is located in an area of extraordinary beauty surrounded by unspoiled coral reefs.

The intimate resort comprises 22 island villas, offering a distinctive residential feel, as well as an exclusive water village, called the Hermitage Collection, including 16 ocean villas, that are separated from the main island. The Hermitage Collection at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is resplendently poised for the most discerning traveller wanting to experience a truly unique level of remote luxury. The villas, named Revives and Sanctuaries, range from 200m² to 600m² in size and offer stunning sea views, direct access to the beach and 24 hour butler service. The design of the bountiful bedrooms is inspired by traditional Maldivian architecture.
 
The resort features three restaurants and a bar with a variety of culinary options, as well as a Talise Spa with imaginatively designed over water treatment rooms and extensive sports and leisure facilities.

The second property under way in the Maldives is Jumeirah Vittaveli. The five star deluxe family resort is located in the South Malé Atoll and is scheduled to open in March 2011.

Westin Tabor Center Name Changes to The Westin Denver Downtown

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Westin Tabor Center announce the name change to The Westin Denver Downtown.

“The name change gives a more identifiable sense of place to our national and international customers,” states Tom Curley, The Westin Denver Downtown’s general manager. “The traveling public is increasingly dependant on the internet for travel plans, and the new name makes our destination in the heart of downtown Denver easier to identify.” He continued that the iconic Tabor Center is well-known to locals and Colorado residents alike, and the hotel will continue to partner with neighboring businesses such as the Palm Restaurant, Jon Ric Salon & International Day Spa and the Colorado Athletic Club, to name just a few.

The Westin Denver Downtown is located on the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, Colorado’s leading tourist destination, and just blocks from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the Denver Convention Center, Coors Field, the Pepsi Center and the Denver Art Museum/Denver Public Library Complex.

The 430 room, Four-Diamond award-winning hotel boasts 25,000 square feet of meeting space, 24-hour room service, a WestinWORKOUT Gym and a roof deck pool with stunning mountain views. The hotel was recently awarded Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association’s first “Green Hotel” designation.

The Westin Santa Fe opens in Mexico

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Boasting a prime location at the heart of downtown, The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City is a key element of Park Plaza, the city’s newest, upscale mixed-use development. Designed by Edmonds International, Park Plaza features more than 700,000 square feet of office space and a variety of high-end retail shops. Less than 20 minutes from Toluca airport, The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City is within walking distance of the BBVA Bancomer Convention Center and convenient to numerous corporate offices, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

“We are delighted to re-introduce the Westin Brand to Mexico City with the opening of this sophisticated and elegant urban retreat within the dynamic Santa Fe area. The opening of The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City underscores the importance of Mexico to the Westin brand and builds on our strong history in both urban and resort locations throughout Mexico,” said Osvaldo Librizzi, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Latin America. “We are very bullish on Latin America, which represents one of the most robust market opportunities for the future growth of all of Starwood’s world-class brands.”

“We are especially proud to be associated with Starwood in the management of The Westin Santa Fe, in the heart of the fast-growing Santa Fe business district in Mexico City,” said Salomón Helfon, Director of Heldan Hotels & Resorts. “The opportunity to work with Starwood is an important recognition of the high caliber of work that we have accomplished with this development and we believe The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City will become a landmark in our city.”

The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City is the Westin brand’s sixth hotel in Mexico joining The Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos, The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun, The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas (a Starwood Vacation Ownership property) and The Westin San Luis in Potosi. In addition to its six hotels in Mexico and one in Guatemala, the brand is gearing up to open The Westin Libertador in Lima, Peru in 2011. Overall, Starwood Hotels & Resorts now has 22 hotels and resorts in Mexico and 62 properties in Latin America.

“The growing depth of our global Westin portfolio underscores the strong appeal of our distinctive wellness positioning in diverse international markets like Mexico City,” said Nancy London, Vice President and global leader for Westin Hotels. “The Westin brand is at a pivotal point in its life cycle, with an unprecedented opportunity for international growth and is well on its way to establishing itself as an international market leader. We look forward to introducing the brand’s healthy-living initiatives to travelers to Santa Fe.”

The soothing Westin Sensory Welcome creates a memorable first impression as guests enter the hotel, with its blend of signature white tea scent, music, botanicals and mood lighting. In their rooms, hotel guests will awaken their senses with the Westin Heavenly Bath® experience and restore in the Heavenly Bed®, a 10-layer ensemble of luxurious comfort featuring a pillow-top mattress set, a cozy down blanket, three crisp sheets, a comforter, duvet and five plush pillows. In each room, guests will enjoy high-speed Internet access and an ergonomic work space to enhance their productivity and creativity in a tranquil setting. The hotel also features six signature WestinWORKOUT® rooms.

As part of the Westin brand’s commitment to preserving wellness on the road, the hotel features a 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® gym, an outdoor pool and the SuperfoodsRX menu designed by experts to keep guests on top of the game with incredible food combinations rich in nutrients, antioxidants and flavor. Located on the top floor of the hotel with spectacular views of the city is the Heavenly Spa by Westin, a haven of relaxation where guests can revitalize with an array of treatments and experiences aimed at promoting mind-body wellness. The spa features seven treatment rooms and a choice of signature Heavenly treatments created by Comfort Zone, the luxurious Italian spa brand.

The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City is an ideal venue for weddings, social galas and business functions, offering nearly 14,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, including a ballroom and meetings rooms, catering and event planning services, and the latest in meeting technology.

Additional facilities include a lobby bar and Pinzimini Restaurant, an Italian eatery featuring delicious Tuscan cuisine prepared by chef Daniel Tellez. Pinzimini’s extensive menu includes high-quality grilled meats, salads and pastas, all simply prepared with fresh, local ingredients. The hotel also features a separate, fully equipped full-service Kosher kitchen.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Opens First Aloft Hotel in Europe

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Aloft Brussels Schuman introduces jet-setting style at a steal to Belgium. Located in the heart of the buzzing European Union district, the hotel will feature 147 loft-like guest rooms including three ‘Breezy Lofts’ (Aloft’s re-interpretation of a suite), a buzzing bar scene in the open lobby, an urban-inspired grab-and-go café and industrial design elements throughout. A vision of W Hotels, Aloft’s stylish urban attitude is set to shake up the European mid-market hotel scene.

With more than 40 hotels open since its June 2008 debut, Aloft Hotels has become the talk of the hospitality industry by going global while in launch mode. Aloft currently operates hotels in five countries – the USA, Canada, China, the United Arab Emirates and India, with Belgium marking its sixth destination. Besides opening its first hotel in Europe with the Aloft Brussels Schuman, Aloft is continuing its global expansion with further openings planned in India and the USA as well as brand introductions in Thailand and the UK.

“The launch of Aloft in Europe underscores the strength of the Starwood network and the power of the Aloft brand,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “Aloft’s emphasis on high design and affordability translates globally and is attracting a growing group of loyal travellers. In fact, Aloft represents one of the strongest brand launches in industry history and its international expansion so early in the brand’s life cycle is unprecedented.”

Roeland Vos, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Europe, Africa and Middle East commented:

“We are thrilled to introduce Aloft to Brussels, a fitting choice for the brand’s debut in Europe. The hotel’s strategic location in the heart of the European Quarter makes a bold statement about how the brand is taking its innovative, fresh perspective on hotels to the most important locations around the world.”

Aloft Brussels Schuman will boast atmospheric public spaces where guests can mix and mingle, read the paper, work on laptops, play a game of pool or grab a drink with friends at the re:mixSM lounge and w xyzSM bar. The w xyz bar is set to quickly become one of the places to be in the EU quarter. A destination bar for hotel guests and local residents alike, the w xyz bar is the ideal place to have a cocktail with friends or dance the night away at one of the many DJ evenings.

The spacious guest rooms (minimum of 28m2) will feature the brand’s signature ceilings of nearly three meters high, oversized windows and an ultra-comfortable bed as well as roomy walk-in showers and bath amenities created by Bliss® Spa. Each Aloft room will also be equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access and a unique plug-and-play connectivity solution which connects most electronic devices to the 42″ flat-screen TV, turning the room into a high-tech office as well as an entertainment centre.

Travellers will be able to de-stress and re-energize in the re:chargeSM fitness centre whilst the 24-hour grab & go food and beverage area re:fuelSM by Aloft is a one-stop, offering sweet, savory and healthy food, snacks and beverages.

For work meetings, training courses and presentations, the hotel’s Tactic meeting rooms, which are equipped with the latest generation of audiovisual hardware, provide a creative space for groups of up to 50 people.

Aloft Brussels Schuman is the fifth Starwood Hotel in Belgium, joining Le Méridien Brussels, Sheraton Brussels Hotel, Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel and Four Points by Sheraton Brussels.