Be inspired: 8 really cool hotels around the world
Who said all it takes for a good night’s sleep is a comfy bed? Irhal has put together the top 8 really, really cool hotels from around the world to inspire your adventurous side - and perhaps convince you to pay a visit this summer.
8. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Located on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India, the Taj Lake Palace is one of the most romantic and luxurious hotels in the world.
Built between 1743- 1746 under the direction of the Maharana Jagat Singh II (62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar) of Udaipur as a royal summer palace, the hotel is made out of white marble and features beautiful majestic architecture. The successive rulers used this cool haven as their summer resort, holding their regal durbars in its courtyards lined with columns, pillared terraces, fountains and gardens.
Taj Lake Palace features rooms with beautifully-carved wooden furniture and luxurious silk fabrics. Along with beautiful garden or lake views, each room comes with butler services.
Pontoon restaurant arranges for private meals on a floating platform, while Gangaur offers dining on small boats with meals prepared in a floating open kitchen. Mewar Terrace offers a dining experience overlooking the City Palace, Lake Pichola and the Monsoon Palace.
7. Treehotel, Sweden
If you are one of those people who always wanted a treehouse when you were younger, just to have a place of your own, you’ll definitely love this.
Treehotel, located in Harads near the Lule river, about 100 kilometers from Luleå airport, offers a unique hotel experience: treerooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature. Here you can forget about the time constraints of everyday life, enjoy the serenity, and rejuvenate in a sophisticated yet familiar environment.
When you arrive at Treehotel, you check in at Britta’s Pensionat. Then it’s just a short stroll through the beautiful nature to your room up on a tree.
The most striking part of Harads is its magnificent surroundings. From Treehotel’s rooms you get a fantastic view of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and the river.
6. Attrap’Rêves Hotel, France
You know the saying. ‘you’re living in your own bubble’? Well, this hotel actually lets you experience it. The innovative Attrap’Reves Hotel consists of habitable plastic bubble domes and was built using recyclable materials.
These transparent bubbles are maintained by a silent blower which allows fresh air in continuously. It requires a power source which represents no more than 55-watt. At the end of the season, the bubble is deflated without any impact on Mother Nature.
There are only six bubbles available, and each bubble has its own identity and the decor that varies depending on the ambiance you want: Zen, Love Nature, Glamour, 1001 nights or Chic & Design. The Attrap'Rêves promises your intimacy is completely protected, by providing a coverup for the bubble, should you want to use it.
5. Icehotel, Sweden
The original Icehotel in Sweden, was founded in 1989. It’s an art exhibition and hotel made completely out of natural ice and snow from one of Europe’s last wild rivers, 200km north of the Arctic Circle.
The walls, floors and ceilings of this hotel is a canvas of designers from all creative disciplines. The artists and art work vary from year to year, each rendition of the hotel presenting an ephemeral collection.
Visitors can observe the Northern Lights during their stay at this unique and beautiful hotel. Keep in mind, the hotel melts completely in Spring.
4. Jade Screen tower Hotel, China
Book a stay at this hotel and you’re literally living at the top of the world.
To get to this mountain-top hotel you have to climb up 60,000 steps – or take the easy way out and cable car it. If you choose to climb the stairs, fair warning it might be the most daring thing you’ll ever do. You’ll begin by traveling through the cleft of the cliff known as the Thread of Sky, continuing on up the mountain to mere shoulder-width apart areas, and soon you’re surrounded by nothing but air - with two sheer drops either side.
But the views worth it. Get a 360 on China’s serene Huanhshan mountain range complete with the rising and setting sun. It’s an ancient site, thick with lore, and there’s a pine tree nearby believed to be 1,500 years old. There’s also a sauna and massage centre in the hotel, perfect for soothing those aches and pains picked up whilst trekking through this dramatic terrain.
3. Hotel Costa Verde, Costa Rica
This hotel is a refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, which in its prior life shuttled globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Colombia). The fully outfitted, meticulously detailed, two bedroom Boeing 727 fuselage suite jets out from the jungle canopy, affording you views that will make you feel like you’re up in the air.
Furnishings are hand-carved, teak furniture from Java, Indonesia. The 727 home features two air conditioned bedrooms: one with two queen sized beds and the other with one queen sized bed, each with its own private bath, flat screen TV, a kitchenette, dining area foyer; an ocean view terrace; a private entrance up a river rock, spiral staircase; and 360 degrees of surrounding gardens.
2. Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings: characterful, picturesque, and enveloped in history like the foliage creeping over its brickwork. Set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi, and with verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, it harks back to the 1930s when European visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately façade and elegant interior, Giraffe Manor has an extraordinary appeal.
The most fascinating thing about Giraffe Manor is not its beautiful façade or elegant interiors: it’s the herd of resident Rothschild giraffe. These beautiful creatures often visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hopes of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary.
That’s right, you’re basically having dinner with a giraffe.
1. Adrère Amellal, Egypt
Adrere Amellal makes the top of our list because of how beautiful and unique it is. Situated at the foot of the White Mountain, this hotel is a secluded desert ecolodge made up of earth buildings that blend naturally and beautifully into the landscape, like a hidden gem. Its pristine location offers direct access to the salt lake as well as the Great Sand Sea.
Each one of the hand-built 43 rooms is unique, combining distinction and authenticity. All the furniture and crafts pay tribute to nature and to talented local artisanship. With no electricity, the rooms are softly lit with a dozen beeswax candles and the starry sky.
The hotel is located in the Siwa Oasis in Egypt, home to ancient historical ruins and unique cultural traditions that have been maintained for thousands of years. Famed as the location of the Oracle of Amon, whom Alexander the Great consulted before continuing his Persian conquest, Siwa exists today much as it always has; boasting majestic rock formations, lush groves and brilliant salt lakes throughout the oasis.
Last Updated on Sunday, 19 April 2015 15:59
Starwood expands, brings St. Regis to Turkey
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Inc., recently announced the debut of the highly anticipated St. Regis Istanbul. St. Regis has tripled its global footprint in the last decade to 34 hotels and is set to open three more hotels this year, strengthening its position as a leader in luxury hospitality.
The hotel is situated in the upscale Nişantaşı region and is surrounded by designer boutiques and art galleries. It is owned by Nisantasi Konaklama ve Otel Hizmetleri A.S. (Demsa Group) — a Turkish company — which has launched a number of globally-reputed brands in the country.
The hotel sits atop Maçka Park and boasts breathtaking, floor-to-ceiling views of the Bosphorus from each of the 118 guest rooms and suites. Designed by award-winning Turkish architect Emre Arolat, The St. Regis Istanbul is a modern interpretation of Istanbul's glamorous Art Deco era with a variety of contemporary art installations.
Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 16:52
Celebrate Sakura with the Ritz-Carlton
Bonded by a tree rooted in culture and tradition, The Ritz-Carlton hotels of Washington, D.C. and throughout Japan have collaborated on an exclusive guide to celebrating Sakura, the iconic Cherry Blossom season. Here are their top three ways to celebrate the festival:
1. Viewing Locations:
Discover thousands of blooming cherry trees by visiting the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. A multitude of parades, festivals and events take place at this location through April 11th. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C outlines these events on their website. For an “off the beaten path” view of the cherry blossom trees, visit Arlington National Cemetery located only minutes away from The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, or explore the hotel’s top cherry blossom locations in D.C. When at The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka, visit one of the most famous sights in the city, Sakura no Toori Nuke (Cherry Blossom Lane) to see almost 120 tree varieties blooming along the sensationally colorful lane.
2. Sakura Tea:
The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo has infused the cherry blossom theme into its delicious food and beverage offerings. Enjoy Sakura Afternoon Tea at The Lobby Lounge until April 30.
3. Cherry Blossom Inspired Sweets:
The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C. put a ‘cherry-licious’ twist on their famous French Toast S’mores. Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary butler-passed Cherry S’mores every evening from 6:30pm-7pm in the Living Room.
Last Updated on Sunday, 05 April 2015 17:58
Ritz-Carlton, Berlin - the perfect home away from home for visitors from the Middle East
The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin knows how to impress its guests with personal service. Particularly for guests from the Middle East, the hotel at the heart of Berlin has expanded its offer and provides an Oriental ambience including Qur’an and prayer rug as well as special attention to the needs and wishes of guests travelling for medical reasons. In addition to the comforts of the hotel, which are tailored to the Arabic guests’ individual needs, the destination of Berlin also has numerous offers to tempt its visitors, making a visit to the German capital an unforgettable experience.
The Arabic-speaking Ladies and Gentlemen at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin welcome guests from the Middle East with warm tea and fresh oshibori (hot towels) upon arrival. In the rooms, guests will find fresh fruit and nuts, as well as a Qur’an with prayer rug, if requested, which has already been placed to face Mecca. “For our guests from the Middle East, religion and faith play an important role in their lives”, explains Robert Petrović, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin. “With our services, we offer them a home away from home, enabling them to enjoy the city of Berlin to the full,” continues Robert Petrović. The special services of the five-star superior hotel include numerous Arabic TV channels and daily Arabic newspapers, so that guests are always up-to-date about current events.”
Especially for guests travelling to the city for medical reasons, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin is perfect, thanks to its central location at Potsdamer Platz and its 41 spacious guest suites. With numerous top-ranked clinics, such as the Charité International, Vivantes International Medicine, the German Heart Institute Berlin, the Meoclinic and the Helios Healthcare International as well as an unparalleled level of collaboration between science, research, industry and medicine, Berlin is one of the major centres for medical tourism in the world. The international patients receive out-patient treatment by competent physicians in comfort wards in the clinics, and live in the high-class suites of The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin equipped for long-term guests, which offer all comforts imaginable in spaces of up to 285 sqm. Although being in Germany guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin don’t have to forgo delicious halal dishes; food from the Arab world is served on request in the Brasserie Desbrosses, as well as in the exclusive Club Lounge on the 10th floor of the hotel at Potsdamer Platz.
In addition to the generous culinary offerings at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, the destination of Berlin is also well prepared for Arabian guests travelling for business, leisure or medical reasons, offering numerous restaurants which serve Arabic, Lebanese, Turkish or Egyptian cuisine. With the hotel’s limousine service, guests can also reach two of the most beautiful mosques in the city. The German capital is becoming increasingly important as a shopping metropolis. In September 2014, the Mall of Berlin, Berlin’s largest shopping centre with 270 high-class shops, opened its doors only a few minutes’ walk from The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin. The healthy climate, unspoilt nature and a wide range of cultural attractions also play a part in ensuring that guests from the Middle East feel well looked after in Berlin.
The Middle East traveller can enjoy Ritz-Carlton hospitality at the Ritz-Carlton, Berlin with the Discover with You promotion, which is valid till December 31, 2015. Starting at 295 Euros (approx.AED 1160), the offer includes deluxe accommodation, daily American breakfast for two and daily hotel credit.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:19
World's tallest hotel being built in Switzerland
A stunning 381m tall structure in the Swiss Alps resort of Vals is slated for completion in 2019. It will eclipse the current tallest hotel in the world - the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai.
The 7132 Tower - named after the resort's zip code - has been inspired by Dubai's architectural marvels. Remo Stoffel, the man behind the project, runs Dubai's largest facilities management company, Farnek, and has been impressed with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al Maktoum the Ruler of Dubai and the Prime Minister of the UAE.
Stoffel is hoping that by building the world's tallest hotel, some of the charisma of Dubai will rub off on his Swiss hometown of Vals which is located 180 km from Zurich. We hope that Stoffel will arrange for Halal food at his hotel to attract visitors from the Middle East.
Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 17:14
Bring the kids to Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi
Younger guests at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi can now enjoy new activities during their stay, as part of the Ritz Kids program, in collaboration with the Ocean Futures Company.
The Ocean Futures Company, founded by Jean-Michel Cousteau, is intended for children aged between four and twelve years. It provides classes that teach the importance of four principles - water; which emphasizes the importance of sea life and health, land; which encourages exploration and discovery, culture; which exposes young minds to a variety of art forms including music, cuisine local customs and history, and environmental responsibility; which promotes the environmental health of our planet for the future.
In addition to these informative classes, the Ritz Kids Camp is also available for the younger guests. The camp teaches children the right way to set up a tent, start a fire and learn how to withstand and survive in the wild. Dinner will also be held by the fire near the sea, followed by stargazing under a telescope, identifying the Abu Dhabi sky map.
Watch with a smile as your child explores and grows through Ritz Kids during your stay. They unearth a personal connection, respect and appreciation for the environment, make amazing discoveries that will last a lifetime and remain passionate and inspired long after your stay with us comes to an end.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:00
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