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The new Fort Printers in Galle, Sri Lanka

November 27, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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The Fort Printers in Galle, Sri Lanka used to be a college so the suites are called the Headmaster's, the Prefect's, History, Geography, and Arts. There are only five suites but each has its own unique features. History, Geography and Arts Suites have high and airy ceilings, exposed original wood beams and polished wood floors. The Headmaster's Suite overlooks a pool in the inner courtyard and a lighthouse. The Prefect's Suite overlooks an azure lap pool and includes a separate shower room with an antique bathtub. The villa is operated as an elegant private residence and offers an imaginative menu that uses fresh seafood and organic, local produce. Two dedicated chefs plan the menu for the day based on guests’ preferences, and lovingly create delicious Sri Lankan curries, grilled fresh seafood and Mediterranean inspired specialties. The hotel also includes a Pool, Alfresco dining, and yoga sessions. If you happen to be in this part of the country check this place out. Rates vary from $150-$250.

Pangkor Laut Resort

November 27, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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Ever been to Pangkor Laut Island? Yeah I didn't think so! This place is the perfect private holiday getaway because the island is only accessible to the guests of the Resort and Estates. Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia in the Straits of Malacca and also houses the Pangkor Laut Resort. The 300 acres island is mainly made up of unspoiled, two million year old rainforest, except for the Pangkor Laut Resort's 148 Malaysian-style luxury villas and eight magnificent Estates in a nearby secluded cove. The newest addition to Pangkor Laut Resort, the luxurious Spa Village features eight treatment pavilions, a deluxe Belian Treatment Pavilion, "Healing Huts," which include Chinese herbal, Ayurvedic and Malay Huts, a "Wrap House", where the menu changes daily with Ayurvedic Herbal, Seaweed and Chinese Herbal Wraps, 2 Bath Houses, 3 Thai Pavilions, 3 Nap Gazebos, a Herbal Garden, a 50 metre lap pool, Fisherman’s Cove Restaurant, Jamu Bar, Library and Spa Boutique. Getting there is a little comlicated but, if you truthfully want to relax and "get away" check this place out. List of seasonal rates. Look at the image libary.

Park Hyatt Tokyo

November 27, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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Have you seen Lost In Translation? Well the inspiration and backdrop for the critically acclaimed film came from the Park Hyatt Tokyo. This 177 room elegant oasis offers spectacular views of Tokyo and the Kanto Plain all the way to Mount Fuji, from the top 14 floors of the 52-storey Shinjuku Park Tower. The Hotel was designed to feel more like a modern private residence than a hotel and is garnished with specially commissioned works of art displayed throughout the hotel. Hyatt hotels have a distinguished reputation for providing the ultimate in personal attention and services as well as a wide range of excellent restaurants, each with a unique style, such as the dynamic New York Grill - voted #1 for the past five years in the Zagat Tokyo Survey. In for a cosmopolitan retreat? Club on the Park is Park Hyatt Tokyo's health and fitness sanctuary, providing a luxurious spa, plenty of relaxation areas, a marvelous indoor pool and state-of-the-art equipment in its gymnasium and aerobics studio all with panoramic views, offcourse.

Portugal Soccer-Themed Resort

November 20, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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The Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo invested with four other top Portuguese soccer players in a soccer-themed luxury resort in southern Portugal. Included in the resort will be 400 apartments as well as bars, swimming pools, a spa, a health club and other sports facilities spread over seven hectares near the city of Portimao in the Algarve. The resort is planned for completion in June 2008.

(Luxist)

Hyatt Regency unveils design of new Trinidad hotel

November 19, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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Planned for completion in late 2007, the new Hyatt Regency Trinidad, a five star high rise hotel will be constructed at the Port of Spain International Waterfront Development along the waterfront of Trinidad and Tobago's capital city. This 428-room hotel, will be part of a new eight-acre mixed-used development there. Featured in the design is 16,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, a 10,000 square-foot multipurpose facility, one full-service restaurant, a lobby bar and lounge, and a 6,000 square-foot spa and fitness center. To top it off a serene rooftop pool and terrace will provide a relaxing escape for business travelers.

NewExecutiveTimes

Baha Mar Resort Planned in the Bahamas

November 8, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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The Bahamas will be welcoming the incoming $1.6 billion Baha Mar mega-resort in Nassau. Highlights include more than 3,500 hotel rooms, a 95,000-square-foot Harrah's casino with a 1,000-room Caesars Resort Hotel, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, a retail village, luxury spas and many other amenities covering 1,000 acres. Starwood will offer four of its top brands: a 300-room W, including 100 condo units; a 300-room St. Regis, including 100 condo units; a 700-room Westin; and a 700-room Sheraton. That's not all! They are planning to open an eco-water park with a "show-lake" for live events, 175,000 square feet of meeting space and a 50,000-square-foot village with upscale retail, chef-branded restaurants, and entertainment venues in 2010. The existing 550-room Wyndham Nassau Resort property is also planned for renovation making a total of 3,550 guest rooms, Yeah ... they're calling it the largest in the Caribbean. Read the full story here.

Via Luxist

Adirondack ski area reborn as year-round resort

November 4, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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Investors have bought the defunct Big Tupper Ski Area in the Adirondacks for $1.3 million and plan to reopen it by Christmas 2006 as part of an upscale year-round resort, USA Today reports. New building plans will feature new ski lifts, a new ski lodge, a hotel and spa, and usual ski resort amenities. A shooting school and a fly fishing school are also planned to be built. Financing this large project will be based on the idea of selling the residential backcountry lots to finance development of the hotel and redevelopment of the ski area. This seems backwards to the Adirondack Council, who still feel that they have seen half a dozen grand schemes to redevelop the Tupper ski area come and go ... and they've all turned to dust so far. Hopefully things will go to plan. Read the full story here.


Hydropolis Undersea Resort hotel in Dubai

November 1, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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The Hydropolis Undersea Resort hotel in Dubai will be the first underwater luxury hotel opening in December 2006. Wait, that can't be true the Posedion Undersea resort is also opening in December 2006. The Hydropolis is structured in three elements: the land station, the connecting tunnel, and the submarine complex. The land station is the reception and welcome centre for the hotel's guests. The connecting tunnel is the lifeline of the complex and not only provides access for guests, but also enables provisioning of the hotel with all the necessary goods. And finally, the submarine complex is the hotel itself with its wide range of unique additional facilities. Included in the resort will be a cinema, cosmetic surgery clinic, marine institute, museum, library and a prayer room. Guests will be able to rise to the surface lay out on the sandy beach and snorkel. Yes the Gulf sun is very fierce, and to solve this problem the Hydropolis will be manufacturing clouds to protect the guests. Clever. Sounds like a new era of resort.

Kamalaya resort

October 28, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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The Kamalaya resort is a new destination spa, centered on a cave temple that once served Buddhist monks and is opening in Thailand this November. Located on the island of Koh Samui on 10 acres of south-facing beachfront property, Kamalaya is made up of a collection of 60 villas, bungalows and hillside rooms. A holistic wellness center on the resort offers American medicine, traditional Thai and Chinese medicine, naturopathy, and Ayurveda, as well as yoga and gi gong. After arriving you are offered an initial health evaluation as well as a pre-departure consultation. Beachside villas start at a little over $400 per night. Don't worry about food because breakfast, lunch and dinner are included according to your individual health eval. at the Soma Restaurant.

(Luxist)

Ladera Resort, St. Lucia

October 25, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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Voted “Best Hotel in the Caribbean,” and ranked the “Best of the Best” by Conde Nast Traveler readers, the Ladera Resort in St. Lucia is unlike any other. The Ladera, a 25-room hotel, sits on a mountain ridge and provides beautiful views of the sea and valleys below. "The suites and villas are like luxurious tree houses. The netting draped over your four poster bed is all that separates you from this glorious outside world (Birnbaum's Caribbean)." Imagine lying and retreating in your open-air suite without a care in the world ... Rooms purposely lack a fourth wall to accentuate the views and have no phones. The Ladera Resort has six villas with pools and 19 suites. Every accommodation features its own plunge pool or villa swimming pool, for a private, refreshing dip just outside your room.
Suites start at $320 per night.

(Luxist)

Conrad Hotel Indianapolis To Open in 2006

October 17, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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Based on an an interview the Indianapolis Star has with Jan Chovanec, the manager of the Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis, The Conrad, part of the upscale version of the Hilton chain, is scheduled to open in April of 2006. Opening in time for the Final Four is almost determined since almost all rooms available during that time are sold. The Conrad Hotel will have 245 rooms, a spa and an indoor swimming pool and will be connected via the sky bridge system to both the Indiana Convention Center and the RCA Dome.

(Via Indystar)

Poseidon undersea resort - the world's first true undersea resort

October 15, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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Poseidon undersea resorts are for those who have dreamt of visiting their imagination's wildest destinations; traveling to the moon, reaching the summit of the most forbidden peaks or exploring the mysteries of the ocean depths. The first Poseidon Undersea Resort is scheduled to open in the Bahamas in December of 2006 and is currently in final design stages. Some features of the resort include: a revolving restaurant, Poseidon's Lair, a two bedroom private undersea bungalow cantilvered off the wall at 1000 feet in depth and only accessible by a private deep submersible, reception area, cafe, swimming pool, luxury spa and hydrotherapy center, gift shop and tennis courts. Room room rates for a standard 550 square foot undersea suite will be around $1500 per night. This unique, intimate and exclusive, five-star destination will provide the highest possible levels of luxury and service.


The Anniversary inn

September 16, 2005 | Hotels & Resorts

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The Anniversary Inn offers a variety of themed rooms including Jackson Hole Suite, English Manor, Bridal Veil Falls Suite, Lighthouse Suite, Mansion Suite, Mysteries Of Egypt, Jungle Safari, Swiss Family Robinson, Hollywood Romance Theater Suite(above) and many many others. The Anniversary Inn is located in Salt Lake City and South Temple,Utah as well as Logan,Utah, Boise,Idaho and Chateau Avalon,Kansas City. Rent out a room for any anniversary, birthday, or way to get back in her good graces. Rooms are available for weekdays or a weekends and range anywhere from $150-$300 a night to $200-400 a weekend. Defenitly a change of scenary, is the most modest way to say it.

Unusual Hotel Rooms (J-Walk Blog)

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