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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.

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How to Strike a Good Hotel Deal

November 19th, 2017 / / categories: Hotels /

Unlike what many people think, it does not have to be overly expensive to spend some time at a quality hotel. It does not matter how long you want to stay, you can always get a good hotel deal. There are always suitable deals for hotels but you might have to work a little hard to find yourself one. If you merely decide to call a hotel and accept the quoted rates from the comfort of your home, you will surely end up paying a lot of money for the hotel room you want. To get a good hotel deal you need to go beyond that, keep your options open, and hence get to save a few dollars.

First, you can get yourself a good deal by booking your hotel during the off-season. Few people are booking hotels at this time and consequently the prices are low. When the peak season comes, hotels charge very high rates but having booked earlier you will be free of these high rates. However, it is important to call the respective hotel first to know how much it usually charges. This is because you could be duped into paying the usual rates a hotel charges or even more in the name of a discount.

Many hotels have frequent guest programs. When guests visit they gain points and continue to accumulate them with more visits. This means that you can easily get cheaper room rates. If you belong to a special group that should enjoy special rates at hotels, always remember to make this known before you make the booking. Many hotels will give a good hotel deal to members of the military and students etc. and you will need to have the relevant documents to prove your status. Do not always take the first offer you are given but rather ask if you can get another room at a lower rate. You will be surprised to find that a room costs more because it has a facility you do not need while another room without the particular facility costs a lot less!

Remember that many hotels have extra charges that could spoil a seemingly good hotel deal; be wise and ask about them beforehand. If you have a car, ask if you will be charged parking fees. If you a tourist in a different country, it is possible that you will be charged tourist taxes and it is definitely something that you need prior knowledge of. Then there are the tips and everything else; you need to see how all these will fit into your budget to avoid frustrations.

The Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has announced that the Eastern Mangroves complex in Abu Dhabi is on schedule and is expected to be fully operating by the end of 2012.

The new complex will feature a five-star hotel for tourists taking Abu Dhabi holidays, as well as a number of residential buildings and a 30-berth marina.

The TDIC is developing the complex and the first phrase the Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara – is due to be completed in June. The residential buildings and the marina are scheduled for completion in the last quarter of this year.

The Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara is set against the citys eastern mangroves and has 222 spacious rooms and suites. The rooms are equipped with modern amenities including air conditioning, in-room entertainment systems, flat screen televisions, and Wi-Fi internet, as well as bathrooms with rainforest showers, bath tubs, and Anantara bathroom products.

The Director of Operations Middle East for Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and the General Manager of Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Michel Koopman, explained: “This is really about the quality, not the quantity. It’s about positioning and the quality of the restaurants and the spa. For me, it’s a hotel for a pampering weekend. It’s not a hotel for big tours or big MICE [meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions] events. It’s not that.

“Our focus is on the quality of the experience and the long-term positioning of the hotel. Our focus is not to fill it up, but to make sure that we have the right clientele in.”

Facilities at the one of the newest Abu Dhabi hotels include the Pachaylen restaurant with Thai dishes; Ingredients, the all-day restaurant that offers international cuisine and two outdoor terraces; the two-level Mangroves Lounge where guests can relax and enjoy holidays in Abu Dhabi with a refreshing cocktail; and Impressions, the roof-top bar that offers comfortable sofas and views overlooking the city and mangroves.

During holidays to Abu Dhabi, guests can indulge in the Anantara Spa where they can enjoy a wide selection of signature Anantara treatments, a traditional Turkish hammam, steam and sauna facilities, and separate male and female areas.

The luxury Abu Dhabi hotel has an infinity pool and terrace, prayer rooms, a modern fitness centre, a business centre and Majlis, a ballroom, and a boutique shop.

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Whether you love to travel or youre just getting away for once or youre taking a business trip, we probably dont have to tell you how great it is to take a sightseeing tour. From the new foods youll get to enjoy to the potential Travel Companions youll encounter, any trip you take just may be the best few days of your life. And with this revelation comes another one why not extend your package tours and take the opportunity to explore on your own? A new feature on our site allows you to do just this.

Because of our unique relationship with tour providers, were able to offer a great deal on booking a hotel before or after your sightseeing city tour commences. Our brand new Hotel Extension feature allows you to book a hotel for either before your tour or after so that you can spend some time on your own before or after your tour begins to take in even more sites on your own adventure. Simply click the button that reads, “Arriving Early or Staying Late” and follow the guidelines below:

Save yourself some time by entering your tour information first. Doing this will set some defaults that will make it easier to book your early or late hotel stay. If youre arriving early, youll automatically be set to check-out the date your tour begins since your package sightseeing tour will likely include a hotel stay. Choose your hotel from the drop-down underneath the check-out date. If youre staying late, enter your date of check-out. Your date of check-in will default to the date that your tour ends. Choose your hotel from the drop-down underneath the check-out date.

Its really that simple. If youve already entered your tour information, all youll need to do is enter the date you want to check in if youre arriving early and/or the date you want to check-out if youre staying late. In fact, you can even manipulate the number of people staying in your hotel so if youre meeting some friends before or after you tour Los Angeles for example, you can share a room with them to save some money before you make the rounds throughout the City of Angels.

Hotel Extension provides a breakthrough for anyone looking to go on sightseeing tours. Make sure you plan ahead and spend some extra time on your next vacation by booking an extended hotel stay with Tours4Fun and get ready for the best trip youve ever taken today!

Hawaii is to receive a new Hyatt-branded hotel after Hyatt Hotels and Resorts announced that they will be opening the new Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa in Spring, 2012.

The new hotel will be located on Mokapu and Ulua Beach on the island of Maui, which is a hotspot for idyllic beach weddings, and Michael Stephens has been named as the General Manager.

Set upon 15 acres of land, the new Hyatt resort will take over the hotel that was once the Wailea Renaissance resort. This is the first Andaz-branded property to be built in Hawaii and the brand embraces local culture into its dcor, food and events.

The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa will have 325 rooms and suites, a lavish 15,000-quare-foot spa, and 12,000-square-feet of event and meeting space, making it the perfect venue for destination weddings of any size.

Mokapu and Ulua Beach has been a popular setting for romantic beach weddings for many years and the new resort is expected to attract many couples planning on getting married abroad in Hawaii in the near future.

All beaches in Hawaii are open to the public and Mokapu and Ulua Beach is likely to see an increase in visitors once the new hotel is open for destination weddings.

General Manager of Hawaiian Style Weddings, Jana Rothernberg, commented: I think this has been the ideal location for beach weddings on Maui. The location has been un-crowded since the closure of the Wailea Renaissance hotel. Being on the south end of the Island means ideal weather and beautiful sunsets. This will certainly change next year when the Andaz resort opens its doors.
Hawaii is a fantastic destination for island weddings thanks to its idyllic surroundings, a tropical climate and a variety of luxurious hotels and facilities that are available to the bride and groom and their guests.

Hawaiis five main islands Kauai, Maui, Oahu, the Big Island and Molokai – offer plenty of settings for romantic ceremonies such as white sandy beaches against the backdrop of the sparkling turquoise ocean, a wooden gazebo in fragrant tropical gardens, or under an arch that has been decorated with native colourful flowers.

Sofitel Luxury Hotels has added a new property to its portfolio of luxury hotels with the opening of the new Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa in Morocco.

The new 174-room property is focused on providing well-being experiences and pampering Morocco holidays for tourists and features a thalassotherapy institute that can help guests enjoy a healthy detox experience.

The five-star hotel has its own private beach on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and visitors can enjoy contemporary accommodation and high end facilities throughout their stay.

The spacious guest rooms and suites offer private furnished terraces and balconies with views overlooking the pool or ocean; modern amenities including TVs, Wi-Fi, in-room safe, mini-bar, air conditioning, and hairdryer; and bathrooms with colour-therapy showers and L’Occitane complimentary bath products.

Tourists booking holidays in Morocco at the hotel will be able to enjoy a wide range of nourishing marine and seawater treatments at The Institute and the spa, using a combination of ancient Moroccan traditions and high-tech advances.

The facility offers a fitness centre, Hammam, Jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor heated pools, sauna, thermal baths and thalassotherapy
The thalassotherapy services include 16 booths where guests can enjoy massages with Argan oil and other essential oils.

Robert Gaymer Jones, the CEO of Sofitel Worldwide, commented: I am delighted to welcome this new flagship hotel to our network of Sofitel Thalassa Sea & Spa establishments.

The Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa offers the best of todays thalassotherapy treatments, paired with Sofitels inimitable standards and is incontestably the new well-being reference in Morocco.

During their soothing and detoxifying holidays to Morocco, holidaymakers can dine in the hotels three gourmet restaurants: L’Atlantique with its choice of fresh seafood; Le Market which offers international dishes with seasonal produce and an outdoor terrace; or Le Palais Du Jardin, an elegant restaurant that offers a sophisticated setting for evening meals.

Owned by Accor Hotels, the Sofitel brand operates five luxury Morocco hotels and the latest addition to the collection has been created to offer a unique well-being experience for travellers with the help of an onsite dietician, naturopath and professional spa therapists.

Morocco is a country in North Africa located south of Spain with a coastline spreading across both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

Located in south-west Morocco, the coastal city of Agadir is a popular destination for a winter Morocco holiday and is home to traditional bazaars, beautiful beaches, several museums, and the majestic 16th-century Kasbah.

The growing demand for adventure in India has pushed resorts and hotels from all over to pull up their socks and put up facilities to woo this demand. Adventure sports such as kite surfing and paragliding are pulling in more and more crowds to holiday destinations that have them. To give holiday goers that extra little something, Panchganis Ravine Hotel has upgraded its facilities to include adventure sports such as kite surfing and paragliding.

Panchgani, as an Adventure Sports Destination.

Panchgani is the preferred spot of many holiday goers because of its ideal location. Panchgani is located smack bang in the middle of two ever-growing cities, namely Mumbai and Pune. Those that are looking for overnight picnic spots near Mumbai and Pune, and even those that are looking for a full on adventure filled holiday, both flock to Panchgani for its beautiful setting, nearness to travel hubs and availability of facilities.

Panchgani has been lucky in its diverse topography. The vast open spaces and natural inclines provide the ideal hillside setting required for adventure sports such as kite surfing and paragliding.

The uncluttered water bodies and unobstructed open areas provide natural landing areas for the numerous kite surfers and paragliders that flock here just for their love of the sport.

Panchgani provides something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a day picnic near Mumbai or an overnight one; whether you are looking for a long stay filled with adrenaline or whether you are just looking to unwind, Panchgani and more specifically Panchganis Ravine Hotel has it all.

Panchgani Paragliding

There are very few good paragliding facilities in India and Panchagni stands out as one of the few places that do. Panchagnis Ravine Hotel has provided enthusiasts with one of the best paragliding retreats. The following are the salient features of the Ravine Hotels paragliding facility.

With paragliding it is as much about the adrenaline rush of flying like an eagle as it is about spotting like one. Paragliders here get in the breathtaking sights of beautiful hills and valleys, panoramic 3600 views and gentle winds.

The Ravine Hotels paragliding package provides professional trainers along with state of art paragliding facilities and luxurious 3 star lodging and boarding facilities.

Ravine Hotels paragliding package is competitively low priced for all the amenities and facilities that it provides.

Ravine Hotel also provides enthusiasts the opportunity to learn the sport. The hotel runs a learning course that has world renowned teaching faculties, modern facilities and upgraded equipment.

The Ravine Hotel paragliding site boasts of good ridge lifts and thermals, both of which aid in having a good paragliding experience.

Apart from all of the above, the Ravine Hotel provides enthusiasts with pick up and drop off facilities, to and from Mumbai and Pune, complimentary packed lunches for package guests and an overall feel good factor that stays behind for a life time.

Five advices to those who is choosing a hotel in Istanbul.

1. Trust the professionals
You can hear this in any advertisement track. In a nutshell, it means something like “Do not disturb us all the time, we will find something for you.” Well, this is a wrong way of trusting the professionals. The right way will be letting the travel agency select a hotel for you having informed them about ALL the things you would like to see there. Moreover, you should control the whole process to ensure that the hotel they offer will be all right for you.

2. Keep in mind your purpose of visiting Istanbul
There are 3 main purposes why people come to Istanbul. The first is visiting the whole lot of its landmarks, monuments, ancient mosques and churches. Regarding this, Istanbul is the champion among all the other cities on Earth. The second is shopping. And the third is just rest in Istanbul like in any other modern huge city. All these alternatives imply a different kind of hotel. For excursion programs it will be somewhere in Sultanahmet (inexpensive, and in the very historical centre). Shopping will mean Laleli (the commercial heart of Istanbul). The third case will most probably require Taksim, Sirkeci or Beyoglu.

3. Book your room in advance
The earlier the better, in this case. The reason is not that you will be in danger of coming to Istanbul, and coming against absolute absence of accommodation. The point is that the earlier you book, the less you pay.

4. Enquire about the age of the hotel
If you like comfort, choose a modern hotel. There are lots of them, in Istanbul, mostly 4-and 5-star. There also oldie 5-stars, but be aware that they are less comfortable and luxurious that the youngsters. Old 3-stars often mean that you will get a small room. On the other hand, if you come here just to walk or buy things, these details are barely important.

5. Enquire about what is seen from the windows
Istanbul is a huge city, but territory here is extremely expensive. Therefore, if is often so that the buildings are just attached to each other on narrow streets. This is a usual case for Sultanahmet (the historical centre of Istanbul). It will not entertain you much if the only thing you see from your room will be the windows of the opposite hotel. Therefore, while choosing your hotel, ask what view is observable from your room. Better watching Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque than a neighbouring building, is it not?

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How To Make Your Hotel Bedding Last Longer

September 24th, 2017 / / categories: Hotels /

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.

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!