Family friendly Hotel Banana Island, Doha
Stay at the five star Banana Island Resort with your children. Only 10 minutes from Doha city centre. Enjoy water sports and fine dining at this alcohol free resort.
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Last Updated on Monday, 26 September 2016 12:11
Immerse yourself in olives in Mallorca, Spain
If you are planning a trip to Mallorca visit the Sóller Valley which has a long history of producing olive oil. Guests staying at Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa can discover its many benefits and sample a bespoke olive oil, ‘Olis Sóller’ created especially for the hotel, thanks to a unique collaboration with local producer ‘Cooperativa de Sóller.’
The cultivation of olives and creation of olive oil is deeply rooted in the history of the Sóller Valley and Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel and Spa weaves in elements of the local produce across the hotel.
As part of the ‘Unique Experiences’ program foodies can arrange to go behind the scenes and discover how it’s made at the local ‘Cooperativa de Sóller.’ During the tour, guests can gain an understanding of the olive oil making process from the picking to the pressing and also sample different oils, all pressed at the cooperative.
The Talise Spa at the hotel offers an exclusive body scrub treatment which uses crushed olive stones for exfoliation together with a pure olive oil body wrap and massage enriched with vitamin E.
A key component of the Mediterranean diet, the ‘Olis Sóller’ is available for guests to try in all the restaurants. It adds a delicate flavor to food, perfect for green salads, seasonal vegetables, pasta, risotto, seafood, meat or can simply be drizzled onto bread to fully savor the taste. The oil will also be offered to guests as a special in-room amenity to take home, complete with an explanation of the history of olive oil and its importance to Spanish trade.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 22:57
Ten spas to spoil yourself in
Fancy a sand based exfoliation, or a rose steam bath, or a honey massage, or a zero gravity experience? These exotic spa treatments and many more are all available to the discerning traveler who is willing to get pampered at any one of 20 Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts around the world that are introducing new spa treatments with a local flavor.
Here is a sample of what to expect at 10 luxury spas around the world.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre: The Desert Reviver treatment involves a stimulating sand-based exfoliation, followed by a hot-stone massage and ending with a cooling ritual that brings to mind a dip in the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain: Her Secret Sanctuary, features a series of age-old traditions, including the rose steam bath and black olive and lavender soap cleanse.
The Ritz-Carton, Moscow: organic Siberian honey is used as the basis for the Moscow Honey Treatment which includes a therapeutic full body massage using golden honey.
The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna: fragrant rose geranium and sweet orange oils are used to both calm and harmonize the mind, while moisturizing the skin.
The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami: the Tequesta Ritual is a Native American detoxifying ceremony to purify and balance the body and mind with a cleansing algae wrap followed by a relaxing massage.
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota: The Citrus Scrub offers a full body exfoliation featuring apricot and orange oils and a sumptuous application of orange infused cream to complete the Florida journey.
The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay (near San Francisco), California: the Pumpkin Facial utilizes a nourishing pumpkin enzyme masque.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island: guests can relax under the therapeutic benefits of zero gravity with a Heaven in Hammock massage.
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans: the Voodoo Massage evokes the magical and mystical soul of New Orleans by using aromas of incense and voodoo chants to set the mood.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Georgia: The Oconee Rain Vichy shower treatment uses the therapeutic benefits of water which the Creek Indians from the region believe, “washes everything new again”.
“The Ritz-Carlton Spa concept is designed to extend even more of the unique and personal opportunities for wellness and indigenous experiences that our guests and global travelers seek,” stated Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
Whether you are into voodoo chants or fancy yourself covered in honey or pumpkin paste, you will have a memorable experience.
Last Updated on Sunday, 08 May 2016 17:35
Elaf Group's Makkah and Madinah hotels popular at ATM Dubai
The Elaf Group of Saudi Arabia has revealed its successful participation at the recently concluded edition of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM 2016) in Dubai. The group showcased its hotels located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, especially its properties in Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah - catering to visitors performing their Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. The company also showcased its current range of travel packages and services, which received wide interest and strong response from attendees at the four-day event.
Ziad Bin Mahfouz, CEO of Elaf Group said, “We are very pleased with the positive results that we received from our participation at this year’s ATM.”
During their participation, the Elaf Group featured their current selection of hotels across Makkah Al Mokarama like the Elaf Al Mashaer, Elaf Al Salam, Elaf Ajyad, Elaf Bakkah, Elaf Kinda and Elaf Mina. The group also offered their hotels in Al Madina Al Monawara through the Elaf Taiba, Elaf Al Bustan, Elaf Al Nakheel, Elaf Meshal Al Salam and Elaf Meshal Al Madina.
The Elaf Group also has a five-star hotel in Jeddah, which is located at the Red Sea Mall and another under construction 5 star plus Elaf Hotel Galleria that will be opening on Tahlia street in the very near future.
Elaf hotels are quite popular among Hajj and Umrah pilgrims as they are located close to the holy mosques in both Makkah and Madinah.
Last Updated on Sunday, 01 May 2016 18:16
ME Ibiza is one of the most luxurious resorts in Ibiza, Spain
Luxury lifestyle property, ME Ibiza, one of the island’s hottest hotels, will re-open for its third summer season on 3 May 2016, with a host of new music and art events.
Located on a secluded bay near Santa Eulalia on the East coast of the island, ME Ibiza has minimalist Ibiza-inspired interiors with spacious design that complements the stunning sea views. The hotel’s ambiance is the perfect balance between serene and vibrant, with guests arriving in style by boat, zodiac, luxurious ME Range Rovers or the private Jet ME. Within one month of opening in July 2014, the hotel joined the exclusive ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ club - a prestigious association, which has brought together the best hotels, resorts and spas in the world since 1928.
ME by Meliá hotels are known for their rooftop spaces and ME Ibiza is no exception. The roof terrace is a destination in itself, with a Skin Inc Spa offering revitalising treatments against the spectacular seafront views. Guests can soak up the atmosphere from the restaurant serving top Mediterranean cuisine, or lounge on VIP daybeds, which frame the infinity-style pool.
ME Ibiza always goes above and beyond to provide guests with a truly personalised stay. The hotel offers tailored experiences, including a free private ME motor boat, which can transport guests to neighbouring island Formentera – on-board services and a designated skipper are also available for guests staying in the Suite ME.
ME by Meliá is for cultured, fashionable guests who are driven by new experiences and opportunities. ME Ibiza’s summer season runs from 3 May to 31 October 2016. Rates start from £250 (1,305 AED) per room.
Last Updated on Sunday, 17 April 2016 13:55
Ritz-Carlton, Budapest opens
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company revealed its first hotel in Hungary, with the much-anticipated opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest.
Located in the heart of the cultural and shopping district, the property is literally on the doorstep of Budapest’s heralded historic sites and minutes away from the glittering Danube River.
“It is an absolute privilege to open the first Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hungary,” said Herve Humler, president, The Ritz-Carlton. “Budapest is an extraordinary city and perfectly placed to welcome the newest property in our portfolio”.
The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, is housed within a protected historic building, located on Elizabeth Square, with views over St Stephens Basilica. Constructed in 1914 as the headquarters for an Italian insurance company, the building has seen many incarnations, but today it opens as a luxury property with 170 elegantly appointed rooms and 30 suites.
While many of the building’s original architectural details have been retained, including elegant statues on the exterior walls, the interiors offer guests a spacious and relaxed contemporary environment, inspired by the cool colours and swirling water of the Danube River.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 20:15
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