Top 10 New Zealand Hotels

New Zealand, Southern Alps

New Zealand /njuːˈziːlənd/ (Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa]) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island (or Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (or Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its…

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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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What Should Guests Expect from a Luxury Hotel?

Rezydencja Luxury Hotel

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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The Top 100 Hotels in the World 2017

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The Top 100 Hotels in the World 2017 The Top 100 Hotels in the World 2017 This year’s list of the best 100 hotels – which include exclusive safari lodges, urban sanctuaries, and family-friendly beach resorts – will inspire some serious wanderlust. At least, he followed their lead by checking himself in to the Brando, an all-villa private-island resort in French Polynesia this past March. Turns out, our readers had a similar need for some R&R – this year, they voted the property the second best in the entire world.…

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Fairytale in Germany: 10 Enchanting Castles You Can Stay In

Germany-Castle

Fairytale in Germany: 10 Enchanting Castles You Can Stay In Nestled in beautiful landscapes, there are over twenty thousand castles which overlook valleys, mountains, and the river Rhine. The abundance of these grand fortresses is a result of Germany’s historic geographical split into states, seeing many battles and feuds amongst them. The castles tend to be situated in isolated countryside, and boast uninterrupted views in addition to layered histories. Generous in romantic sensibilities and fairy-tale like qualities, it is no wonder stories such as the Sleeping Beauty were set in…

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Luxury Hotel

luxury hotels

What is the meaning / definition of Luxury Hotel in the hospitality industry? A Luxury Hotel is considered a hotel which provides a luxurious accommodation experience to the guest. There are no set standards (such as stars) for luxury hotels. Often 4 or 5 star hotels describe themselves as ‘luxury’. Here is a selection of characteristics a luxury hotel should feature: ✓ Allow an easy, simple and intelligent planning and booking process ✓ Fast, easy, discreet Checkin & Checkout ✓ The room offered is exact what a guest wanted (in…

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel

The Most Expensive Suite at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel Built on a man-made island in the Arabian Gulf, Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Jumeirah was designed to exude luxury in every way. With its distinctive shape inspired by a dhow sail, the hotel incorporates a stunning array of sumptuous materials, including over 21,000 square feet of 24K-gold leaf, thirty different types of marble (among them rare Statuario marble, which was used by Michelangelo in his masterpieces), custom-made carpets from South Africa and India, chandeliers from the U.K., and locally…

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The Penthouse at The Setai, South Beach, Miami

The Penthouse at The Setai, South Beach, Miami

The Penthouse has four bedrooms (two of them kingsize), four bathrooms, two living rooms, a music room, and on the terrace there’s a pool and jacuzzi. It can be yours (for a night) for just $30,000 (and if you really like it, you can buy one for a cool $15 m). Inside Look: Suite Summer at The Setai For the truly discerning traveler, only the absolute best is to be expected. Measuring over 1,500 square feet in size, each of our well-appointed Tower Suites present a melding of space and…

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