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3 New Luxury Hotels – This weeks new additions

Friday, January 6th, 2012

We start the first week of the new year by welcoming 3 fantastic luxury hotels to the Drake & Cavendish Luxury Hotel Guide. (Updated Friday 6 January 2012)

You will find full contact details for each hotel detailed as part of their profile, so feel free to give them a call to see what special offers are available.


137 Pillars House

Chiang Mai, Thailand

137 Pillars House revives the old world elegance of the Orient and invites guests to enjoy every modern luxury. Their home-style residential concept allows you to participate and share in the richness of a likeminded international community while creating plenty of space for sublime intimacy in sumptuous suites and throughout the tropical grounds.

Scores 5 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Anantara Kihavah Villas

Baa Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean

A haven of pool villas, the resort offers the ultimate in privacy and tranquillity, your own sanctuary within a sanctuary. Tropical nature blends with private pools, high ceiling rooms with timber interiors and marble floors. The resort also sports an underwater restaurant and wine cellar!

Scores 4.75 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers


Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Hugging the shoreline, with unmatched views across the water, luxury Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore offers a chic, five-star, resort-like getaway in the heart of Harbor East, the city’s hippest new district.

Scores 4.91 out of 5 based on TripAdvisor reviewers

Merry Christmas from Melenos Lindos Exclusive Suites

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Amara Selous – Special Offer: Stay 4 nights and only pay for 3

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Luxury Hotel Diva Maldives Opens Marine Biology Centre

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Stepping up its support of the Maldives’ largest Marine Protected Area, pioneering luxury resort Diva has opened a dedicated Marine Biology Centre, providing an unprecedented boost to research on the unique year-round presence of whale sharks in South Ari Atoll. Home to a rich ecosystem, the reefs and the marine life of the South Ari Marine Protected Area (SAMPA), will be overseen by newly appointed resident marine biologist, Chiara Fumagalli.

Located at the heart of the island, Diva’s Marine Biology Centre offers an interactive learning experience, where guests can enjoy direct involvement in ongoing research. Amongst the various activities for guests of all ages, the Centre provides a unique opportunity to use “I3S”, a special piece of software originally developed by NASA to observe changing patterns of stars, and now adapted to map and measure whale sharks’ spotted skin pattern – their equivalent of a fingerprint. This software allows guests of the resort to find out whether whale sharks they see have been seen before, or are new to researchers.

The latest addition to the list of whale sharks currently being monitored is “WS159–Stephanie”, named after the Diva guest who spotted and identified the unknown whale shark using the “I3S” software. “It was a small animal, only about 3.5 – 4.5 m long. The shark was in very good health, with no signs of injury. The size of the shark shows its young age” confirms Chiara.

The Centre also organizes a weekly “Whale Shark Education Day” to raise awareness of the local community of whale sharks. The day starts with interactive presentations about whale sharks, sea shells and reef fish, and carries on with a boat trip in the company of the Marine Biologist, focused on reef snorkeling and whale shark spotting. Next is a visit to a nearby island inhabited by its native Maldivian population, where the guests can meet some of the village’s oldest fishermen, who will share with them the whale shark fishing techniques used before the Marine Protected Area was established. The guests will then be treated to a typical Maldivian lunch, before returning to the Centre to identify the whale sharks spotted during the day.

Hotels to know about – Padre Burgos Castle Resort

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Located on the south-western tip of the island of Leyte is the beautiful Padre Burgos Castle Resort.  Offering true Asian hospitality, this little piece of paradise offers an idyllic beach holiday and provides the perfect base to experience amazing scuba diving and snorkelling on the house reef.

Perched at the top of a cliff overlooking the beach below, Padre Burgos Castle Resort accommodates guests in single, double and twin rooms as well as a family suite. All rooms provide luxurious accommodation and facilities. Past guest experience is exception and the hotel’s TripAdvisor reviews are really outstanding, out of 36 reviewers, 30 rate the hotel as Excellent… TripAdvisors highest rating (the remaining 6 rate as ‘Very Good’).

Facilities at the hotel include a freshwater swimming pool, bar, restaurant and free Wi-Fi access across the resort.

Padre Burgos Castle Resort also benefits from a private beach which is the focal point for guests. From the beach you can dive, sail and kayak… or you can relax, unwind and enjoy a relaxing massage from their expert masseuse.
Below are some the great images you can expect from this boutique and luxurious escape from it all hotel.

Mount Cinnamon Hotel joins Elite Island Resorts

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Elite Island Resorts, offering a portfolio of beachfront resorts in the Caribbean, and Mount Cinnamon, an intimate boutique resort in Grenada by international entrepreneur Peter de Savary, announced today a new partnership that will raise awareness for this exclusive and once-well-kept secret.

Mount Cinnamon was built by international entrepreneur Peter de Savary, founder of the worldwide St. James’s Clubs in London, Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Antigua as well as The Abaco Club, Bahamas, Carnegie Abbey Newport, Rhode Island, Skibo Castle, Scotland and many more. Mount Cinnamon is set amidst tropical flowering gardens that overlook the crystal-clear waters of Grand Anse Beach recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

“Mount Cinnamon is an ideal fit for our collection,” said Elite Island Resorts President Steven Heydt. “We know the Caribbean and understand the unique offerings that only Mount Cinnamon’s luxurious surroundings and service team can provide. We are eager to introduce the resort to a larger audience of selective and discerning travelers.”

“Grenada’s hidden gem is ready to take center stage,” said de Savary. “We look forward to welcoming both new and return guests with the unparalleled guest service and fine attention to detail found only in the world’s most sought-after resorts and hotels, all in the intimate and naturally beautiful setting of Grenada, the Caribbean’s Spice Island.”

One of Mount Cinnamon’s most attractive features is its location, which offers close proximity to Grenada’s attractions, shopping and nightlife while providing guests the lavish luxury of staying only steps from the Caribbean’s most prized private beach. From their well-appointed villas or suites, set in lush, flowering gardens, guests can enjoy breathtaking views of stunning coastline while surrounded by stylish contemporary décor, posh accommodations and modern amenities. All villas and suites, which range from one to three bedrooms, offer flat screen televisions with state-of-the-art surround sound systems, fully equipped kitchens and expansive balconies and terraces, making for a comfortably convenient home-away-from-home setting.

Outside of the well-appointed accommodations, the luxuries continue, from pampering treatments at the relaxing Cinnamon Spa, which draws upon natural West Indian practices, to gourmet dishes at Savvy’s, a contemporary restaurant featuring an eclectic mix of traditional West Indian and Caribbean cuisine featuring fresh local produce and seafood. All fruit and vegetables served are organically grown at Mount Edgecombe and Tufton Hall, two of de Savary’s private plantation estates.

A stay at Mount Cinnamon allows travelers to do as much or as little as they like. Active guests can enjoy plantation tours, waterfalls, world-renowned diving, tennis, hiking and a wealth of on-the-water fun, including river tubing, sailing and kayaking. Those looking for a slower-paced vacation can linger at the hip but laidback private Beach Cabana, open daily for fresh fruit cocktails, frozen concoctions, BBQ and more.

Hotel brands suspected of price fixing

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Three major hotel chains have come under scrutiny after a national newspaper claims it has seen evidence that they are price fixing with online travel agents.

Radisson, Thistle and Starwood were named by the paper as the groups supposedly colluding with OTAs.

An Office of Fair Trading investigation began last year into the possibility that hotel groups were stopping agents from discounting on rooms.

The investigation was kicked off by complaints from an online retailer claiming that it was told that if it discounted below a certain rate it would not be able to sell rooms in the future.

The Telegraph say it has seen documents that show Radisson, Thistle and Starwood are involved in the investigation.

The OFT says the enquiry is still at its early stages but was “an administrative priority”.

Source: Travel Mole (26 April 2011)

Luxury Hotel Chain Von Essen falls into administration

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Luxury hotel chain Von Essen Hotels, which owns the iconic setting for the 1960′s Profumo affair, Cliveden hasgone into administration with debts of more than £250m.

Administrators Ernst & Young are reported to have been appointed by Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group after the five-star hotel group breached a covenant governing the minimum level of underlying earnings and failed to make an interest payment on its debt.

Only the Von Essen Hotels holding company is in administration. The 28 hotels in the group, including Cliveden in Berkshire, the Royal Crescent in Bath and Amberley Castle in West Sussex will continue to trade as normal.
For some time owner, founder and chairman Andrew Davis had been attempting to secure investment to fund his expansion plans and cut the group’s debts.

In its last published accounts, Von Essen posted a loss of £3.2m after £14m-worth of interest payments wiped out profits in 2009.

In the director’s notes, Davis said the group had “invested heavily in its assets” which had ensured “continuous improvement of the portfolio”.

Tim Smith, director of hotel consultancy HVS London, said the group had long been the subject of speculation due to the number of hotels acquired in a relatively short space of time and the reported prices paid.
“Each of the group’s 28 hotels is an individual gem in its own right and it is always questionable whether such hotels, especially ones as small as Von Essen’s, can produce enough net income to support the infrastructure of a group. There is little in the way of economies of scale to be factored into their operations,” he added.
“It is unlikely that there would be a single buyer in the offing for the entire collection, and it is equally unlikely that such a buyer would be willing to pay a premium for a significant number of hotels in this category.

“The more likely scenario is that the group will be split with interest and demand for the core assets as a smaller portfolio with others sold individually. The problem will be finding investors prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Trust for properties such as Cliveden.”

Mount Cinnamon Hotel awarded place in the Sunday Times Best 100 Hotels in the World

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Peter de Savary’s Mount Cinnamon Hotel & Savvys Restaurant had an amazing year in 2010. This uniquely beautiful 21 bedroom villa hotel with its Caribbean inspired gastro pub has won international accolades from some of the world’s best reviewers and has also managed to surpass all occupancy targets set for the year. In addition, Mount Cinnamon & Savvys have continued to receive hundreds of letters of compliments and commendation from guests, many of whom have become repeat visitors. What makes this little gem located on Grenada’s world famous Grand Anse Beach so special? Is it the beautifully designed rooms all with scenic views of the Caribbean Sea? Or maybe the fresh locally grown organic ingredients combined in the dishes at Savvy’s? Or the family approach to service which makes every guest feel pampered? The answer is not one of these reasons; rather it is all of them! 

Mount Cinnamon & Savvys Restaurant has found the right combination to cater for the discerning traveler who wants to enjoy laid back luxury! This is why the Sunday Times Magazine has added Mount Cinnamon to the 2010 List of Best 100 Hotels in the World and it is also why Mount Cinnamon has received The Trip Advisor Award of Excellence for 2010 and the Elegant Resorts Best New Caribbean Hotel for 2010.

Mount Cinnamon is looking forward to a wonderful 2011 season. Travelers from all over the world are already making bookings and inquiries about this amazing villa hotel. “Mount Cinnamon is the place to be this year,” says de Savary’s Director of Development Mark Scott. “The number of referrals we are getting from guests who have stayed with us is astounding. They are telling their friends, families and colleagues about it and there is a definite buzz about this unique, boutique property.”

Guests can choose from one bedroom haciendas or two and three bedroom villas. All of the rooms have amazing views of Grand Anse beach and all are fully self contained and offer a kitchen, washer and dryer, living and dining area, balcony, and at least two full bathrooms. In addition, Mount Cinnamon offers its guests a private beach cabana area with sun loungers, a fully stocked beach bar and grill serving delightful drinks and lunches. Guests can also dine at Savvys Restaurant which is fast becoming known for some of the best dining on the island. The food is freshly prepared by local cooks, from local organic ingredients and every table has a view of Grand Anse Beach.

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