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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

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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

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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

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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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Switzerland's 5-star hotel offers Halal meals

The 150 years old Hotel Schweizerhof Bern has been the leading
hotel in Switzerland’s capital city, attracting a demanding clientele from all over the world. The five-star superior hotel is now celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2016 after its reopening in 2011.
“We are delighted to be celebrating our 5th anniversary in April, along with our attendance at the Arabian Travel Market 2016,“ says Iris Flückiger, General Manager. “During our refurbishment we took the needs of our GCC guests into consideration and designed suites with connecting rooms especially for our Middle Eastern guests and their families”. The legendary five-star superior hotel offers Halal cuisine, Arabic-speaking staff and an understanding of GCC guest requirements developed over years of experience.

The central location in the heart of Bern near the train station lends itself to easy exploration of the city.

Bern,  a  UNESCO  World  Heritage  site,  is  the  perfect  destination  for families.  Exploring  the  green  Alps around  Bern,  making your own  cheese  in  the  region  of  Emmental,  enjoying  a  lake  cruise,  or  an unforgettable excursion  to  the  snow-decked  Jungfraujoch,  the  Top  of  Europe.  Back  in  the  city,  world-class  shopping opportunities await in the many luxurious and unique boutiques lining one of the longest covered shopping arcades  in  Europe.  

A  unique  city  in  every  way,  the  Swiss  capital  is  only  1  hour  by train  from  Zurich, Interlaken, Lausanne, Basel and Lucerne. The hotel is a member of “The Leading Hotels of the World” and “Swiss Deluxe Hotels.”                                                                                     

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 April 2016 00:08

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UK ‘preferred’ destination for Middle East travelers in 2015

France, Turkey, USA and Spain round out top five destinations as Preferred Hotels & Resorts reports 21% growth in outbound bookings from Middle East

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest global provider of sales, marketing and distribution services to independent luxury hotels, has announced that room nights from outbound business originating from the Middle East region increased by 21% in 2015, when compared with 2014.

According to Preferred Hotels & Resorts booking data, the UK, France, Turkey, USA and Spain were the top five ‘preferred’ destinations for Middle East travelers in 2015, pushing annual revenue generated for member hotels through the brand’s channels, up by 18.1% with an average room rate of US$237 and length of stay up from 3.03 nights per booking in 2014 to 3.14 nights per booking last year. Globally, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, generated more than US$ 1 billion in revenues for its member hotels, a 15% improvement over the same reporting period in 2014.

“Our focused sales and marketing strategy employed throughout the Middle East, has put us in a favourable position for significant growth. Underscoring our commitment to our hotel partners in the Middle East, Saurabh Rai our executive vice president, will oversee the restructuring of the regional operation and the expansion of the management team at our new regional headquarters in Dubai,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, President & CEO, Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 April 2016 23:12

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