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Ritz-Carlton to open in Bal Harbour, Miami

If Florida is on your mind this winter, there is a new Ritz-Carlton at Bal Harbour, Miami, that will be welcoming guests starting October 24 2014. This is the fourth Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Miami area.


With 124 elegant suites this 18-story glass tower overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is likely to "become one of the world's most sought after places to visit," said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.


With 750 ft of white sandy beaches and a neighborhood best known for its upscale shops and restaurants, the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbor, Miami, is likely to become a popular destination for vacationers from the Middle East. The hotel will start accepting bookings on its website from October 2, 2014.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:26

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New two-bedroom luxurious suite in the Maldives

If your idea of relaxation involves splurging, the Anantara Naladhu Resort in the Maldives is a place where you can experience sheer indulgence. A new two-bedroom residence has been created for the exclusive few who want the ultimate in luxury.


Your private residence comes with a 95sqm private swimming pool and a deck which overlooks the Indian Ocean. The 600 sqm two-bedroom villa can be yours - with a private butler - for just over $5,000 per night.


Visit the Anantara Naladhu Maldives website to make your reservations or click here.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 07:04

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Al Bustan Ritz Carlton Muscat offers special Wedding Packages

If you are planning a destination wedding, the Al Bustan Palace in Muscat, a Ritz Carlton Hotel, is offering to make your special day an extremely memorable one both for you and your guests.


The 1,024 sqm grand ballroom at the Al Bustan Palace provides a magnificient setting for a wedding. The culinary brigade of the hotel can conjure up a five course western menu complete with a 3-tier wedding cake or a traditional Arabic menu based on the requirements of the wedding party. The hotel's large Bridal Suite is designed for privacy and comfort and comes with its own make-up room.


"Classically chic" is how the hotel describes its wedding packages which can be customized to your needs. Wedding guests are also offered special room rates so that they can truly enjoy the hospitality of Oman while staying at one of the finest hotels in Muscat.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 03:40

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Kempinski opens in Kinshasa

By 2020 Kinshasa is expected to replace Paris as the largest urban centre of French speaking people. No other city will have as many people as the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is already the thrird largest city in Africa after Cairo and Lagos. And now it has a Kempinski.


On August 1 2014, the Kempinski group took over management control of the Hotel Fleuve Congo and rebranded it as a Kempinski. The hotel is ideal for business travellers and groups looking for five-star luxury. The Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo is named after Africa’s largest river. The hotel is located near its banks in the heart of the embassy district in the Commune of Gombe. The hotel’s 22 floors offer elevated views over the Congo River, and the capital cities of Kinshasa and neighbouring Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, which sit on opposite sides of the river.


If you are the adventurous type then you can try snacking on insects when you are in Kinshasa. Many Kinshasans prefer eating caterpillar and weevil larvae and these are sold in cafes acrosss the city. At the Gambela market in Kinshasa caterpillars can be found living, dried or boiled. And you can even try some termite snacks.


Don't worry meat lovers you can have your chicken and beef at the Kempinski and avoid the crunchy insects and bugs.


Last Updated on Sunday, 03 August 2014 12:14

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Select your hotel room and use your phone as a key

One of the frustrating moments of checking in to a hotel is exactly that - checking in. After a long, tiring flight you do not want to wait in line to be served. Hilton is about to change that. Just like an airline allows you to select your seat, by the end of this year more than 4,000 Hilton Worldwide properties in 80+ countries will allow you to select your hotel room and order amenities via your smartphone or laptop. And from next year you can use your smartphone as a key to enter the room in selected Hilton hotels.


So, now you can stay in a room away from the elevators and also avoid the long walk to the end of the corridor.

Here is how the system will work. Once a room is booked, the process for guests to manage their stay is simple:

Room selection: At 6 a.m. the day before a booked stay, Hilton HHonors members can sign into their account via their mobile device, tablet or computer to check-in and choose their preferred room through floor plan maps or lists populated from the hotel's available inventory. Photos of rooms are also available to help with their selection. Hilton's digital lobby function is updated in real-time, so guests no longer have to wait until they are physically in the hotel lobby to be assigned a room.

Special requests: After choosing a room, guests can further customize their stay at full-service hotels by purchasing upgrades and requesting specific amenities to be delivered to their room before arrival.

Room key: Next year, Hilton will begin to equip its hotel rooms with the technology for doors to be unlocked with guests' smartphones, enabling them to go straight to their rooms upon arrival. For now, once they arrive at a hotel, guests simply pick up their room key from the front desk, a streamlined process since the guest's payment information and other details are already verified through their Hilton HHonors account prior to arrival.

Check-out: Guests can bypass the front desk upon departure as their bill will be automatically sent to their email address.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 August 2014 11:05

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Rooms at Movenpick Makkah available for $1,600 per night

If you want to celebrate the last few days of Ramadan in Islam's holiest city overlooking the Kaaba, you can book a room at the Movenpick Hotel Hajar Tower Makkah. Part of the prestigious Abraj al Bait, you will be just a few steps away from the Kaaba but you will have to pay a premium price to stay there.


For Friday 25th July which is the night of 27th Ramadan a Superior Haram room is available for $1,600 (SAR 6,000) per night. The following day the rate drops to $1,066 (SAR 4,000). If you stay on until Eid al Fitr the rate drops to below $200 a night on July 28.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 23:30

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