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Happy Birthday Bloody Mary

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

bloodymaryThe St. Regis New York is famed for creating the Bloody Mary in the King Cole Bar in 1934. Today, the luxury hotel is celebrating the birth of the Bloody Mary with inspired menus and Spa Treatments

The luxury hotel chain St. Regis hotels and resorts will be offering the Bloody Mary specials in all their luxury hotels around the world. Starting today and through the end of this year, St. Regis will offer guests opportunities to experience its signature cocktail in new and creative ways including a special Bloody Mary menu created by Manhattan and Washington DC’s leading chefs and restaurants, Bloody Mary inspired spa treatments, a Bloody Mary epicurean menu, the St. Regis Bloody Mary World Collection, and more. Invented in the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis landmark hotel in New York, the ‘Red Snapper,’ or Bloody Mary as it has come to be known, has been imitated and adapted endlessly by others throughout the years, but the original St. Regis recipe still stands as one of the most beloved cocktails ever created. To further underscore the celebration, New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has issued an official proclamation, naming today, October 5th Bloody Mary Day in New York and Starwood CEO, Frits van Paasschen, will ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange to end the work day and kick off the anniversary in true St. Regis fashion.

The Bloody Mary has been a part of St. Regis history since 1934 when bartender Fernand Petiot introduced the ‘Red Snapper,’ which would later be renamed the Bloody Mary, at the King Cole Bar in The St. Regis New York. The famed cocktail was created when Serge Obolensky, a well known man about town whose penchant for vodka was in keeping with his aristocratic Russian background, asked Petiot to make the vodka cocktail he had in Paris. The formula was spiced up with salt, pepper, lemon and Worcestershire Sauce, but since ‘Bloody Mary’ was deemed too vulgar for the hotel’s elegant King Cole Bar, it was rechristened the ‘Red Snapper.’ While the name may not have caught on, the spicy drink most certainly did, and over the years it has become the signature cocktail of the St. Regis brand.

Hawaii resort outdoes US spas

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

The Mauna Lani Resort in Hawaii has been awarded the highly coveted top spot on the Conde Nast Traveler magazine Top Hawaii Spa List for 2008.

Mauni Lani Spa, located on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii, was also named the third-best spa in North America and the Caribbean.

The award double will ensure that both the luxury hotel and country remains confident of tourism levels going into the summer season, following the reopening of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on April 10th.

Expressing his delight at the accolades, director of resort marketing and sales Mark Glickman claimed that the unique luxury holiday experience the spa provides was the reason for the Mauni Lani Resort’s success.

He added: “There is no greater accolade than one that comes from our spa enthusiast guests from all over the world.”

Meanwhile, Lake Austin Spa Resort received the best spa in America ranking, while the Tanjong Jara Resort in Malaysia got the Asia Pacific and Indian Subcontinent title.

Chabil Mar Villas Wins Prestigious TripAdvisor Award

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

The TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards honors the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them the best – real travelers.  

They rated Chabil Mar Villas as one of the best luxury hotels in the world. 
Recent TripAdvisor travelers rated their experience at Chabil Mar Villas as “an exceptional resort”, “a perfect vacation”, and the “#1 hotel and the #1 location”. See more comments from TripAdvisor travelers.

More About Chabil Mar Villas
Chabil Mar Villas is Placencia’s only private, luxury resort.  Situated on over 400 feet of gorgeous oceanfront, each villa on this lushly landscaped property is tastefully designed, appointed with original artwork and features excellent views from private verandas.  Two infinity pools, free Wi-Fi in the comfort of your villa and a unique “guest-only” restaurant with butler service make Chabil Mar Villas a one-of-a-kind resort experience.

France still ‘top tourist destination’

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

France remained the world’s number one tourist destination in 2007, according to the nation’s ministry of tourism.

Keeping its position at the top of the charts ahead of neighbouring Spain, France welcomed almost 82 million visitors from across the globe, reports Reuters.

In a statement, the ministry said 62 million of the visitors made France their final destination, with a further 14 million stopping off en route to another country.

Some 46 per cent of the visitors were European, although a seven per cent rise was seen in the number of American tourists holidaying in France.

The country’s diverse physical and cultural landscape means visitors to France can choose between various types of breaks in the country.

While Paris is the cultural as well as political capital of France, many of the rural provincial towns are popular with sightseers.
The west of the country is popular with wine enthusiasts and skiers can choose from a range of winter resorts in the Pyrenees and Alpine mountain ranges.

Warmer climes of the south of France make the area popular with sun-bathers, with visitors to the Mediterranean coastline also able to spend a day in the casinos of land-locked principality Monaco.

South Australia wins tourism awards

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

South Australia has been hailed as a top holiday destination at a recent tourism award ceremony.

The region won four out of the 20 awards up for grabs at the Travelling in Australia awards, the first such event organised by the international tourism magazine.

Industry experts from around the globe commended South Australian attractions such as Kangaroo Island, which was voted Best Eco Experience, and its resort Southern Ocean Lodge, which won Best New Product Experience.

Bookabee Australia triumphed in the Best Indigenous Experience category, while Rodney Fox Great White Shark Expedition claimed the Best Adventure Experience prize.

Jane Lomax-Smith, tourism minister, said: “These awards have extra credibility because they are voted on by the travel agents from around the world who recommend and book Australian holidays for international visitors.

“The South Australian Government is committed to growing the State’s tourism industry in a sustainable way, and South Australia is a leader in the growing field of ‘environmentally-friendly’ holidays.”

South Australia, whose capital is Adelaide, experiences very warm weather conditions in summer, especially in the northern outback parts of the state.

UK’s 50 top ‘green’ hotels

Monday, September 17th, 2007

UK hotels deemed to be at the forefront of sustainable tourism have been identified.

A range of independently owned and corporate properties share the honours in the first register of its kind.

The Green Tourism Business Scheme has handed out gold awards to those companies which have demonstrated a firm commitment to safeguarding the environment and promoting sustainable tourism.

The list was compiled by a team of independent assessors who individually verified each establishment’s green credentials before granting them the highest possible grading, according to the organisation.

They had to achieve a minimum standard from more than 120 separate measures ranging from best management practice and energy saving to buying local produce and caring for wildlife and the landscape.

Green Tourism Business Scheme director Andrea Nicholas said: “This is more than just a list it is a sign of the future as more people are demanding that hotels have to be environmentally aware.

“Our assessors visited every hotel on the list and verified their claims to be green.

“We are delighted that so many places want to win the highest accolade – a Gold Award, many others have achieved Bronze or Silver. These hotels are pioneering the way.”

The Green Tourism Business Scheme was founded in partnership with VisitScotland ten years ago and has more than 1,400 members across the UK.

Britain’s 50 ‘Greenest’ Hotels:

  1. Ambassador Hotel, Brighton., East Sussex.
  2. Apex City Hotel, Edinburgh, Midlothian.
  3. Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee, Angus.
  4. Apex European Hotel, Edinburgh, Midlothian.
  5. Apex International Hotel, Edinburgh, Midlothian.
  6. Argyll Hotel, Isle of Iona, Argyll.
  7. Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall.
  8. Blueseas Hotel, Penzance, Cornwall.
  9. Budock Vean Hotel, Falmouth, Cornwall.
  10. Careys Manor Hotel & Senspa, Brockenhurst, Hampshire.
  11. Castle Campbell Hotel, Dollar, Clackmannanshire.
  12. Cleaton House, Westray, Orkney.
  13. Crown and Cushion Hotel, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.
  14. Dartmouth Golf and Country Club, Dartmouth, Devon.
  15. Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, Melrose, Roxburghshire.
  16. Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel, Alnwick, Northumberland.
  17. Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland St Andrews, Fife.
  18. Glazebrook House Hotel, Ivybridge, Devon.
  19. Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire.
  20. Greenbanks Country Hotel, Wendling, Norfolk.
  21. Herrislea House, Tingwall, Shetland.
  22. Hilton Colyumbridge Hotel, Aviemore, Inversness-shire.
  23. Isles of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Centre, Fort William, Inverness-shire.
  24. Jurys Inn, Glasgow, Glasgow, Strathclyde.
  25. Kings Manor Hotel, Edinburgh, Midlothian.
  26. Langass Lodge, Locheport, Isle of North Uist.
  27. Loch Torridon Hotel, Achnasheen, Ross-shire.
  28. New Hall, St Andrews, Fife.
  29. New Lanark Mill Hotel, Lanark, Lanarkshire.
  30. Park Hotel, Thurso, Caithness.
  31. Paskins Town House, Brighton, East Sussex.
  32. Pennyghael Hotel, Pennyghael, Isle of Mull.
  33. Pool House Hotel, Poolewe, Ross-shire
  34. Primrose Valley Hotel, St Ives, Cornwall.
  35. Radison SAS Glasgow, Glasgow, Renfrewshire.
  36. Radisson SAS Hotel, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian.
  37. Rufflets Country House & Garden Restaurant, St Andrews, Fife.
  38. Station Hotel, Dumfries, Dumfriesh
  39. Stein Inn Waternish, Isle of Skye
  40. Strattons Hotel, Swafham, Norfolk.
  41. Sunny Brae Hotel, Nairn, Inverness-shire.
  42. Tables Hotel, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye.
  43. The Ballachulish Hotel, Fort William, Inverness-shire
  44. The Bonham, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  45. The Foveran Hotel, Kirkwall, Orkney
  46. The Howard, Edinburgh, Midlothian
  47. The Silverdale Hotel, Brighton, East Sussex.
  48. The White Horse Inn, Chichester, West Sussex.
  49. The Winnock Hotel (Drymen), Loch Lomond, Stirlingshire.
  50. Willowburn Hotel, Oban, Argyll.