The Best Resort Hotels in India

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India, officially the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya), is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast. It shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast; and Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean,…

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Hotels of the future

Hotels of the future

Hotels of the future What can we expect from the next generation of hospitality? E&T casts its gaze into the future to divine the most likely developments. You already know what the hotel of the future looks like. It’s a pristine zero-g toroid hovering in orbit. It’s an undersea complex with glass walls facing azure depths. It’s a high-tech pod nestling in the Serengeti or a glamorous boutique B&B run by robots. Scarcely a week goes by without the announcement of another such playhouse for jaded millionaires, usually accompanied by…

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Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

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20 Best Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve New Year’s comes but once a year, so it’s worth it to make the festivites memorable. But where’s the best place to be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31? We’ve scoured the world for the best annual celebrations, from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to Berlin’s Brandenberg Gate. The fun doesn’t have to stop after New Year’s Eve, though, because many cities offer a wide variety of New Year’s Day activities as well. Epic fireworks displays, all-night dance parties,…

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The World’s Most Surprising Hotel Amenities

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The World’s Most Surprising Hotel Amenities Hotel amenities used to be simple: a mini bottle of shampoo, a branded pad of paper, maybe a mint on your pillow at night. But increasingly, properties are going above and beyond to make guests feel right at home—think custom cocktails shaken in room, genealogy concierges who will dig up your ancestry, and even cufflinks for rent (hey, they’re easy to forget!). We tracked down a few of the world’s most inventive amenities. 1. Aurora Alarm at Arctic Snow Hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland A…

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What Should Guests Expect from a Luxury Hotel?

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Guests have the right to expect all this from a hotel that calls itself “luxury” Who Decides If a Hotel Is Luxury or Not? Today, the word “luxury” has been degraded by overuse. But for experienced, demanding luxury travelers, “luxury hotel” has to mean something specific, because guests paying high hotel rates have a right to expect high standards of hospitality: in service, in rooms, in dining, and in everything else a good hotel offers. The hospitality industry generally accepts hotel star ratings designated by Forbes (formerly Mobil), by AAA,…

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Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco The Mandarin’s debut African resort is as subtle and stylish as you’d expect from one of the world’s leading luxury hoteliers. Its 54 villas, nine suites, three restaurants and world-class spa are set outside the medina in a gorgeous, two-hectare garden of blooming roses. Location This luxury oasis is located a 20-minute drive southeast of the Djemaa el-Fna. A complimentary shuttle ferries guests into the medina when required. Style & character Unlike the recent trend of ever more ostentation in Marrakech’s five star hotels, the Mandarin’s…

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Best Travel Destinations in Africa

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Best Travel Destinations in Africa Dubbed as the Mother Continent due to it being the oldest inhabited continent on Earth, Africa is still the Earth’s hidden gem with great lakes, crystal blue beaches with pearly white sands, jaw-dropping flora and majestic wildlife and mountains within its borders. According to the 2014 UN World Tourism Organization report, Africa achieved a 2% increase in tourism in 2014 reaching an estimated $36 billion in revenue from $1 billion the previous year. International tourist arrivals in the African region were highest in sub-Saharan Africa…

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Amalfi Coast

amalfi coast

Amalfi Coast Why Go to Amalfi Coast The coast and the 13 seaside towns that call it home are all connected via the SS163 highway, considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Each town comes equipped with signature Amalfi topography, as well as standout attributes of its own. The pastel-colored Positano draws in the rich and famous for its luxurious cliffside resorts and fine Italian dining, while the town of Amalfi is Italy’s oldest maritime republic, once serving as a big commercial and technical hub in the…

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Kaikoura, New Zealand to Spend Christmas

Kaikoura, New Zealand

The Best Places to Spend Christmas – 2015 November From New Mexico to New Zealand, a world of amazing Christmas celebrations awaits. A girl on a donkey leads a candle-carrying procession past San Miguel de Allende’s shops festooned with piñatas and poinsettias. When they stop before a Spanish-colonial building and break into song, you realize you’re witnessing the reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter that takes place in the days leading up to Christmas. Whether your winter holiday trip enhances your yuletide nostalgia with traditions, sparkly lights, and…

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Provence, France to Spend Christmas

Provence, France

The Best Places to Spend Christmas – 2015 November From New Mexico to New Zealand, a world of amazing Christmas celebrations awaits. A girl on a donkey leads a candle-carrying procession past San Miguel de Allende’s shops festooned with piñatas and poinsettias. When they stop before a Spanish-colonial building and break into song, you realize you’re witnessing the reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter that takes place in the days leading up to Christmas. Whether your winter holiday trip enhances your yuletide nostalgia with traditions, sparkly lights, and…

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