• October 13, 2017 /  Hotels
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    After re-branding its Tides hotel on Mexicos Rivera Maya last January, the Viceroy Hotel Group announced that the Jalousie Plantation Sugar Beach resort in St Lucia, will also re-launch this year as a new Viceroy Hotels and Resorts property.

    The transition of this property as it passes hands to the Viceroy group was highly anticipated and took no one by surprise given the growth of the Viceroy Hotel Group in markets such as Abu Dhabi, Turkey and the Maldives. The group looks forward to a progressive year for the expansion of their portfolio, with the addition of the Jalousie Plantation allowing the hotelier to cash on the popularity of St Lucia holidays.

    On its part, the luxurious Jalousie Plantation, Sugar Beach resort, located on an immaculate tropical rainforest in the iconic centre of St Lucias Valley of Pitons, has also recently decided to upgrade their in-room facilities with the addition of new Touchstone Home Products featuring newend-of-bed TV lift cabinets to enhance its luxury villa suites. The award-winning, world-class property categorised as one of the most luxurious St Lucia hotels and resorts, decided to upgrade its suites with Touchstone as part of a $100 million renovation started in late 2010.

    Touchstone, leader and pioneer in the design and development of the Theatre Lift Cabinets, was founded in 2005. They specialise in the production of cabinets in contemporary, traditional and transitional styles to fit flawlessly in almost any home. The Vice President of Touchstone, Frank Quinslink, expressed his satisfaction over the Jalousie Plantation collaboration, and pointed out that the Touchstone technology was designed to match all types of decoration.

    We were very excited to work with Jalousie Plantation on this installation of TV Lift Cabinets, he said Our cabinets are a perfect lift for the hospitality industry, especially because we have the ability to custom finish our cabinets. This allows us to match the decor of any resort, hotel or bed-and-breakfast looking to upgrade its room furnishings. It really helped to make our project with Jalousie a great success.

    Adding to the resorts improvements, the new Touchstone TV lift cabinets provide the perfect solution for the new flat-screen TVs that are being placed in the villas. Guests will be able to enjoy technology and comfort on their holidays in St Lucia while feeling relaxed in a serene island setting away from all worldly troubles.

    The two new styles of Touchstones TV lift cabinets chosen by the Jalousie Plantation were the value-priced Elevate, in a customised white finish and the end-of-bed Seaford, also in white with a rising component shelf. These new models blend in perfectly with the Superior Luxury Villa, the Grand Luxury Villa and the newly-built Beachfront Cottages, highly popular among guests.

  • September 24, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Book hotels in advance. Hotel prices tend to rise during holidays and seasonal days. You can save 30-40 % by making a booking 2-3 months in advance.

    2. Book hotels located near a public transport like a metro/station. Remember that large cities always have traffic jams. Thats why a metro/station can come in handy.

    3. The hotel must be easily accessible from the airport/railway/seaport/carpark you are going to use.

    4. Remember: the hotel must be reasonably priced, but not too cheap to avoid disappointments.

    5. Dont be afraid to book the hotel by yourself. It is cheaper than using the travel agencies where they charge you with a commission. You will also have time to read hotel reviews on the Internet before making your choice.

    6. Pay attention to the check in and check out time of the hotels. In general the hotels have a check-in time of 12.00 pm or later, while some tourists arrive at the city in the morning.

    7. Once you have chosen your hotel, make sure you find a map or a tourist guide of the region. Most of the hotels will provide you with the information you need. That way you will have time to plan your vacation on an efficient way.

    8. If you only plan to eat and sleep in the hotel choose a hotel near the centre of the city. If you are a creative person, consider to book a design hotel.

    9. When you book hotels located in the centre of the city, make sure that the window is faced inside the hotel. That would allow you to avoid traffic noise during the night, which is a problem in the centre of the city.

    10. Pay attention to small details: room service, smoking or not, check for noise isolation on the windows, availability of a swimming pool, gym and so on.

    11. When booking a room in a warm country, make sure that the room has an air-conditioner. Often hotels only mention their air conditioning in the hotel facilities.

    12. Try to find a hotel with a possibility to use a taxi transfer to the hotel. That way you dont pay too much for a local taxi. Besides, if you dont know the local language, you might even lose more time.

  • September 21, 2017 /  Hotels
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    One of the reasons boutique hotels are so popular is because they directly oppose the accepted hotel normality of hundreds of rooms and bland service. Their refusal to treat guests as anything other than honoured visitors means that they spend time, money and energy developing a hotel where you feel comfortable and at home. This can only really be achieved with low room numbers.

    Hotels in this sector have discovered that travellers are willing to pay for accommodation that is different in design and where even full occupancy means they’re not queuing for breakfast or waiting for room service to answer the phones. Instead, fewer rooms means more space and better service, and an increasing number of travellers are taking this option.

    Space

    Space is important to travellers, particularly those for whom the hotel is an integral part of the experience. Whilst other holiday makers or business travellers simply use a hotel as a base for sleeping and eating, boutique hotel guests want to feel that they can spend the morning drinking coffee and reading in the public areas without feeling like a nuisance, or relax by the pool without worrying about fighting for poolside space with other guests. By taking a definite decision to reduce the number of bedrooms so that each room has more space and by fashioning public areas that guests actually want to use, boutique hotels create a unique atmosphere that appeals to guests.

    Design

    Boutique hotels are often based in older, traditional buildings where creating larger guest rooms means considerable changes to the internal design of the building. Sympathetic architectural changes can be achieved with careful planning and this allows hotel owners and their designers to maintain and incorporate original features into a more modern, spacious room design. From keeping original windows to fitting the most modern of bathrooms, clever design allows these hotels to provide fewer rooms, whilst at the same time preserving the essential features of the building.

    Service

    The smaller the number of guests, the better the service can be. This is a concept that’s fully understood by the boutique industry and it strives to ensure that standards of service are exceptional. Any contact that the guest has with a member of staff should be a positive one and, in many cases, members of staff are trained to anticipate guests’ needs, ensuring that they are comfortable asking for anything, including help with activities outside the hotel as well as the facilities within it.

    Lowering the number of rooms in a hotel, combined with good design, quality fittings and excellent service all combines to make a hotel unique and that’s what today’s travellers want.

  • September 20, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Who does not require any vacation? All of us do feel the need of a nice holiday break to enjoy some time away from the hectic working schedule and tension-filled lifestyle. Casper Wyoming is one attraction, thanks to the beautiful mountains, ski area and many more. However, people usually do not want to run into the hassle of booking flights, hotels and transfers to and from hotels and airports. Hence, a new way has been derived to take care of all such irritating jobs. With the advent of the Internet, many service providers have come up with websites, helping the travelers to book flights, hotels and even rent a car from the comfort of their home. Their effort to make their holiday a relaxed and a stress-free experience has been successful because many holiday goers have taken full advantage of this medium for their quick booking. If you are planning to visit Casper WY for your relaxation and leisure, then online service providers will provide you with hotels in Casper Wyoming. You will be offered a list of accommodation at resorts and hotels that ensure luxurious amenities at competitive prices.

    Hotel Casper Wyoming is really the best accommodation option for the travelers who wish to rest comfortably. The guests will get to spend their time at the 100% smoke free hotel. Moreover, the highlights of the hotel are comfortable accommodations, letting the vacationers enjoy the stunning views of Casper Mountain. Besides, the sophisticated design with excellent amenities and customer satisfaction service are some of the other factors that present the Casper Wyoming hotel as the most reliable INN.

    In more details, the hotel in Casper take the pleasure of leaving you satisfied with your stay through their plethora of facilities that include wired and wireless high-speed Internet, spacious guest rooms that are equipped with flat panel televisions, luxurious new bedding, and restaurant and bar. What makes the Casper hotel the most admired are pleasing room service, fitness area, business center and meeting spaces.

    Undoubtedly, Casper WY hotels are ideal for businessmen who visit the city for their business projects and agreements. They can plan their meeting in the hotel in order to get all the necessary facilities like conference room, projector for presentation and various other amenities.

    Dont think that the hotel in Casper Wyoming is ideally targeted at businesses. The accommodation is also open for people who visit the city for holidays or family adventures. They will also be offered travel guide so that they can explore the city without any hindrance. The hotel has it all!

    So, its time to party! Plan your vacation now in Casper WY and get ready to reserve your room. Just visit the site that makes your booking process quick and effective. Plus, also look for a service provider that does not charge any booking fees for making reservations.

  • September 1, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Marriott International will be making its debut into the Sri Lankan hospitality market in 2014 after signing an agreement with Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd to open a new brand hotel.

    The hotel group has announced that it will be opening the new Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa to tourists planning Sri Lanka holidays in 2014 and it will have 200 guest rooms.

    “Marriott is delighted to be extending its portfolio and opening a world-class hotel in Sri Lanka,” stated Simon Cooper, the President and Managing Director of Marriott, Asia Pacific.

    “Sri Lanka is a destination that has great potential and opportunity and we hope to capitalise on that and establish a strong presence in the country. We are confident that the reputation of Marriott Hotels and Resorts and the power of Marriott Rewards, our loyalty programme, will create great interest from both local and international travellers and be successful in promoting the beautiful area of Weligama Bay, as well as the country itself as this is our first hotel here.”

    The new Sri Lanka hotel is located in the district of Weligama, in the city of Matara on the south coast of the Indian Ocean island.

    The Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa will cater for both leisure treavellers looking for relaxing holidays in Sri Lanka and business travellers looking for comfortable accommodation and features 640-square-metres of flexible ballroom space and modern meeting rooms. The Sri Lanka hotels facilities also include a swimming pool with pool bar, three gourmet restaurants, a modern fitness centre, and guests will also have access to a stretch of pristine sandy beach.

    Mr. Nahil Wijesuriya, the Chairman, East West Properties PLC, the parent company of Weligama Hotel Properties Ltd, explained: “We are among the first companies in Sri Lanka to sign up with an international branded hotel company and to open as early as 2014. The resort is being built according to Marriott International’s five star brand standards, with a beach frontage of 115 meters on the Galle-Matara road in the South-East of the country.

    Sri Lanka is famous for its stunning natural scenery and diverse ecosystem comprising miles of white sandy beaches, jagged mountains, wildlife sanctuaries, thriving nature parks, and an array of heritage sites that include ancient cities and colonial forts. Since the end of its 25-year-long civil war in 2009, the island nation has seen a significant increase in the number of international travellers opting to go on holidays to Sri Lanka.

  • August 31, 2017 /  Hotels
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    The Ravine Hotel in Panchgani is the ultimate holiday getaway for you and your family. We offer something for everyone seems to be the mantra of this place. Of all the spa and hotel breaks in Panchgani, this is the most luxurious and extravagant one; one that will make you feel like youve had the holiday of a lifetime. One of the toppers in the list of the best luxury spa hotels in Panchgani, this is what this place has to offer.

    The Serenity Spa, a part of the Ravine Hotel family, gives you the ultimate unwinding experience that you have always wanted. If you think that it is time for you to refill your tank and gear up for work with an energy that lasts right up till you next holiday, this is the place you want to be in. The Serenity Spa, like the name suggest, will give you the ultimate in incredible spa experiences and we guarantee that you will leave in a happy, serene and rejuvenated avatar.

    Here is what the Serenity Spa offers:

    Ayurvedic Massages

    Imagine having two simultaneous massages using the best of herbal oils, a gift of the great Indian Ayurvedic heritage! This massage is done by two masseurs in a synchronized movement, to give deep muscular healing and exceptional relaxation.

    Aromatherapy Massages

    Experience the amazing partnership of touch and smell; a lethal blend that provides emotional and physical healing. Using only the choicest and purest of essential oils, this massage really makes you come back for more and more.

    Body Scrubs and Wraps

    Who said that holidays should only be fun and games? Experience the amazing adventure of being pampered and cared for, with our new range of body scrubs and wraps. Customized to suit your needs, you can choose anything between gentle exfoliation to full on therapies in this segment.

    Special Treatments

    If you always wanted to do a Cleopatra but just didnt have her heart for experimenting with ones own body, we have some tried and tested therapies for you. Try out our own special strawberry therapy that comes as a facial, a massage as well as a body scrub. Come on, you are in Panchagani and Mahabaleshwar, you have to try out or strawberries.
    There are several other such special therapies. Visit us and we will be happy to share our secrets to serenity and peacefulness.

    Reflexology Massages

    These foot and back massages help in releasing blocked energy, by stimulating nerve endings and pressure points. This therapy is deeply relaxing and cons you into forgetting all of your lifes stress and tedium.

  • August 27, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Beds get a lot of use in hotels, with daily changes and new guests all the time – from the tossing, the turning, the jumping and even the breakfasts in bed. So, how do you add to the longevity of these well used hotel amenities?

    Duvets and Pillows:

    These essential items of bedding need to be looked after carefully, especially if youre using feather and down filled bedding. These fillings tend to move around a lot and clump together in corners. So, each time you change the bed, make sure you give the duvet a good shake and fluff the pillows. This will ensure the comfort that these items give will last longer. And of course, occasional washing is needed. But make sure you check with your hotel linen supplier for laundry instructions.

    Mattress Turning:

    One of the simplest ways to get the most of your bed is to turn the mattress quite regularly. It may sound extremely simple, but its the best way to encourage longevity and will significantly prolong the life of the mattress. Mattresses have to deal with a lot of weight on them for long periods and turning them will relieve some of this weight induced wear.

    Clean Bed Linen:

    Clean bed linen also makes a lot of difference to a bed. Firstly, daily linen cleaning is very important in the hotel industry, but also the maintenance and care of linen is pivotal in creating the right impression and can really lift a room to a significant degree. Of course, you should use the best possible products when cleaning linen to ensure they are whiter than white. Do, be aware that you should also try and take care of the linen with products that have great cleaning ability, whilst being kind on fabric. The last thing you want is brilliant white, clean linen thats worn out.

    Mattress Toppers:

    Of course, mattress toppers and protectors prevent the mattress being stained, well to a large degree anyway. These protectors are easy to put on the bed, create a barrier for stains and liquids. Whats more, they also help older mattress by increasing the padding, making the comfort last longer.

    Cleaning Mattresses:

    Mattresses can often be cleaned by hand with the use of laundry detergent and water, a sponge and some hard rubbing. This should work on superficial stains, though be aware not to use too much water, which will dampen the mattress. Upholstery shampoo also works well, but make sure you follow what the manufacturer states and test in a concealed area first.

    Mattresses may also need to be vacuumed. This is a good way to ensure you get rid of dust, crumbs and other extras that end up on the mattress. This can be achieved with the main hoover or a hand held hoover.

    Following these rules should ensure that your beds are spotless, clean and will last for a longer period of time.

  • August 23, 2017 /  Hotels
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    One of the most sought after Miami hotels- the Setai South Beach has recently undergone an unusual management shake-up. The hotel, owned by Setai Owners LLC (a unit of Lehman Brothers) was managed by Singapore based firm General Hotel Management (GHM) until a hostile takeover on 31st March 2012 which saw GMH replaced by Trevi Luxury Hospitality Group a firm which specialises in luxury hotels and resorts.

    GMH was ousted in a dramatic style, reminiscent of a something straight out of a film, with owners of the Setai South Beach arriving with armed guards at 2:30 am announcing the management change.

    According to a press release from GMH, Representatives from Lehman Brothers arrived at the hotel with armed guards and off duty sheriff officers in uniform in the early morning hours on March 31st. They informed us that they were taking over the property and that General Hotel Management (GHM) was no longer welcome on the property. These actions took us by surprise, as we had no prior indication they were intending to do this, nor were we under the impression that they were unhappy with our performance. We had just achieved the second best financial performance year since the inception of the hotel, not an easy accomplishment in the current economic environment

    The luxurious hotel has proven to be one of the most popular with travellers spending Miami holidays in South Beach. The Setai is currently ranked 14 out of 204 Miami Beach hotels on popular travel review website TripAdvisor. However, based on the information gathered following a request for arbitration at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Lehman Brothers claim that under the GMHs inefficient management the hotel was not as profitable at it should be claiming that GMH squandered $7.6 million in incremental profit.

    The Setai South Beach boasts three swimming pools, a spa- perfect for unwinding after the shopping sprees that most travellers relish when booking holidays in Miami, guests can also enjoy a wide range of dining facilities as well as the picturesque landscaping echoing the serene minimalist Asian-inspired motif woven throughout the hotels decor.

    A single nights stay at this lavish hotel in Miamis trendy South Beach can cost anywhere upwards of $725 USD. Given all that the hotel has to offer there is no doubt that despite the peculiar circumstances under which management changed hands, guests will continue to enjoy first class accommodation during their Miami holidays. Vice president of Lehman Brothers Holdings, Anthony Barsanti expressed optimism stating, We believe that under the right management, this property has limitless potential.

  • August 18, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Glasgow is now one of the leading cities in United Kingdom to do business, shop and dine that’s why millions of people visit this city every year. Dhr.com offers a wide range of hotels in Glasgow ranging from economy to luxury hotels. Get up to 70% discount on selected hotels at Dhr.com so make sure to check out the big sale to avail of great discounts. For those who are planning to visit Glasgow for the first time, it is best to find a hotel that has the perfect location and accommodation to have a hassle-free stay. Dhr.com highly recommends Thistle Hotel Glasgow which is located right in the heart of Glasgow and near the main business and shopping districts. This 4-star hotel has been in operation for almost 28 years now and has proven to be one of the leading hotels in the city center. Tourists would find convenience in their sightseeing as Thistle Hotel Glasgow is surrounded by some of the main attractions in Scotland including the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Concert Hall, The Pavilion Theatre, Princes Square and Hampden Park. Businessmen can easily attend conventions at the nearby SECC Glasgow and City Chambers while shopaholics can shop all they want at the streets of Argyle, Buchanan and Sauchiehall. For those who want to explore more of Glasgow, there are several railway stations near the hotel such as the Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street railway station. There are 300 glamorous rooms and suites available at Thistle Hotel Glasgow which are newly-refurbished and features hues of brown, burgundy, fuchsia and red, modern furnishings and the latest amenities including flat screen TV with free view, direct dial phone, work desk, air-conditioning, mini bar, coffee/tea maker, in-room safe, hairdryer, ironing set and trouser press. There are also 17 fully-equipped meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 1,500 guests perfect for bigger events such as wedding and corporate parties. Guests of Thistle Hotel Glasgow have the privilege to use the amenities of the prestigious Otium Health & Leisure Club which consists of state-of-the-art gym equipments, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and sun bed. After a long day of sightseeing and working, guests of Thistle Hotel Glasgow can choose to indulge in authentic British and European cuisine at Annlann Restaurant, have a drink and light snack at Cabin Bar or dine comfortably right in their own room anytime they want.

  • August 13, 2017 /  Hotels
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    Bataan is one of the most beautiful and fascinating provinces in the Philippines. Located at the central part of Luzon, this province is not only rich in picturesque landscapes, but also in customs, traditions, gastronomy and history. When visiting Bataan, however, there are few important steps you need to take. One of these things is booking for a comfortable place to stay while you are on a trip.

    Fav Hotel: The Sole Transient and Boutique Hotel in Bataan

    In Bataan there are several known establishments that offer transient lodging and accommodations, such as Fav Hotel. Located at the very heart of Bataan in the peaceful and beautiful city of Balanga, this transient hotel is like no other as far as first-rated amenities, good accommodation, perfect location and affordable prices are concerned.

    Key Points of Fav Hotel

    1.First-rated Amenities – Compared with other popular hotels and travel lodges in Bataan, Fav Hotel likewise offers spacious rooms with cozy ambiance to keep their clients’ stay as comfortable as possible. But not just that! They have also provided each room with individually controlled air conditioning, cabled TV, mini refrigerator and free Wi-Fi connection to keep their guests more relax and well-entertained.

    2.Perfect Location – Another reason Fav Hotel becomes the best hotel in balanga is because of its location, which is just near the major establishments and roads in the city, such as Balanga Public Market. Because of this, guests can conveniently shop for some of the well-known products of Bataan.

    3.Added Facilities – In addition to hotel accommodation, Fav offers additional services to make it more convenient for their guests to access everything they need, such as money changers, beauty salon and pizza parlor. All are located at the ground floor of the hotel.

    4.Affordable Costs – Last but not the least thing you can expect from getting Fav Hotel reservations is good quality service at reasonable prices. So why settle on hotels offering high prices, when you can get the same level of service at a far more affordable cost?

    So if you are planning to visit Bataan and searching for a place to stay, or perhaps looking for a transient lodging during late-night trips, then do not hesitate to book for a Fav Hotel room. There’s no better place than FaV!