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Aerial view of Capella Singapore

Luxury hotel on Sentosa: Why Capella Singapore’s pool villa is perfect for your next holiday or staycation

Aerial view of Capella Singapore

Aerial view of Capella Singapore

Looks can be deceiving. With two colonial bungalows (named Tanah Merah, or “red earth” in Malay) greeting you at the front, Capella Singapore exudes grandeur and opulence on the outset. We’d imagined its rooms and suites to be ritzy with a dash of Victorian or Art Deco drama – but interiors (for the most part) are elegantly minimalistic, creamy and Asian-influenced.

The historic Tenah Merah I and II, built in the 1880s to accommodate British Officers, also disguises the vastness of Capella Singapore. Sitting on 30 acres of rolling hills, the five-star hotel and resort seem to go on endlessly, with 112 rooms, suites, villas and manors, as well as two restaurants, a bar, a spa, a fitness centre, a library and a series of stunning cascading pools housed within.

Every stay at Capella Singapore begins before you even step foot on its lush, beautifully-landscaped premises. Once your reservation is confirmed, a personal assistant will get in touch to answer to your every need – from arranging the use of the hotel’s conference rooms, to getting a table at Singapore’s hottest restaurants.

The setting is delightfully peaceful and quiet, which is a welcome respite from a hectic city life. If you love a tropical villa holiday for two, the resort’s swish one-bedder is the one to book. Each comes replete with a refined living room, a private plunge pool to beat the heat, an outdoor rain shower and tub, a king-sized bed dressed in heavenly Pratesi luxury linens, Aesop amenities, and state-of-the-art technologies. For those with a bigger party or enjoy having more space, check into one of the rare, two-level manors at Capella Singapore – all of which feature three bedrooms, a dining room, a fully equipped kitchen and a pool.

There’s really no need to step out of the hotel if all you want to do is while away the hours. Check into Cassia for fine Chinese dishes, or The Knolls for a indulgent international breakfast or a satisfying Mediterranean brunch. On Fridays, Bob’s Bar throws a groovy Cuban barbecue party, where you’ll be spoiled with an array of mouthwatering grilled meats and stellar rum cocktails. Need a good rubdown? A pampering session at the award-winning Auriga Spa, one of the best in Singapore, will make sure you leave the resort glowing.

Rooms start from $780++ per night (subject to change). Capella Singapore is at 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island Singapore 098297, t. (65) 6377-8888, e. [email protected].

The Steigenberger Grandhotel Brussels

Cheapest five-star hotel destination: Warsaw, Poland

The Steigenberger Grandhotel Brussels

Looking for a five-star vacation on a one-star budget? Warsaw, Poland has emerged the most affordable, five-star destination so far this year.

According to the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index, a one-night stay at a five-star hotel in Warsaw cost $130 USD in the first half of 2014.

That compares to $538 for a five-star stay in Boston — or the equivalent of four nights in the Polish capital.


Hotel Bristol in Warsaw

The 10 most affordable luxury hotel destinations were found in Europe and Asia, with one-night stays averaging $210 or less. Rounding out the top five spots on the index are Pisa, Italy, Cairo, Mumbai and Delhi.

At the other end of the spectrum, travelers paid the most for five-star hotels in Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Boston.


Kempinkski Nile Hotel swimming pool

“We’ve identified some very popular destinations where you can find five-star hotels at a fraction of the cost of other larger cities” said Hotels.com.

“For example, explorers can visit world-renowned sites like the amazing pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the shops of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, or the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa all while enjoying plush accommodations for an affordable price.”

The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok Swimming pool

Top 10 five-star hotel destinations based on the average nightly rate

1. Warsaw, Poland $130
2. Pisa, Italy $172
3. Cairo, Egypt $175
4. Mumbai, India $176
5. Delhi, India $179
6. Bangkok, Thailand $186
7. Budapest, Hungary $199
8.Brussels, Belgium $205
9. Beijing, China $209
10. Istanbul, Turkey $210

Evolution Tower Panama City

W Hotels opens its first hotel in Central America

Evolution Tower Panama City

W Hotels announced this Wednesday that it was opening a new property in Panama City, the first for the brand in Central America.

Slated to open in 2016, W Panama will become an iconic addition to Panama City’s skyline as part of the 50-floor Evolution Tower located in the city’s financial center.
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Huaxi hotel

China’s richest village opens skyscraper hotel

Longxi International Hotel

One of China’s tallest buildings has opened for business in the nation’s ‘wealthiest village’ of Huaxi, a symbol of the country’s breakneck economic growth.

The Longxi International Hotel is 328 metres (1,082-feet) high and cost $470 million to build, an official in Huaxi told AFP.

There are around 10 taller buildings in China — including the Shanghai World Financial Center, the third highest in the world — but all of these are in major cities.
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Caesars Palace Longmu Bay

Caesars plans luxury resort in Hainan, China

Caesars Palace Longmu Bay

Casino giant Caesar’s Entertainment has announced the start of construction on its first non-casino luxury resort, in the Chinese holiday destination of Hainan.

The Caesars Palace Longmu Bay will be a 5-star resort with 1,000 rooms, a Las Vegas-style attraction which will set a ‘global luxury standard’ in China.

The first phase of the project is expected to cover a total of five square kilometers, Caesars confirmed September 27, with a planned opening date of 2014.
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Oyster Box infinity pool

Albert and Charlene’s luxurious honeymoon party

Oyster Box infinity pool

The Oyster Box, one of South Africa’s most lavish hotels, will host a reception for Prince Albert II of Monaco and his new bride, Charlene Wittstock, as they visit the eastern port city of Durban this week.

The five-star hotel is famous for sweeping views of the Indian Ocean and a presidential suite that lists for 50,000 rand ($7,400) a night.

The royal newlyweds, who are in town for a meeting of the International Olympic Committee will be throwing a party at the seaside hotel for 400 guests on Thursday.
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Mandarin Oriental Paris exterior

Mandarin Oriental opens in Paris

Mandarin Oriental Paris exterior

The Mandarin Oriental opened its doors in Paris on Tuesday, becoming the third top-end Asian hotel brand in less than a year to put out its shingle and woo rich visitors to the French capital.

Newly built behind a 1930s facade, the eight-story property on fashionable Rue Saint Honore boasts 99 rooms and 39 suites going for an average of 950 euros a night.

“We absolutely wanted to be in the best arrondissement, the best location for leisure travellers,” said Christoph Mares, director of operations for Europe.
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Brazil launches new hotel rating system

brazil hotel copacabana

Brazil, which will be the home of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, has launched a new star-based system to cover all of its accommodation offerings.

Only officially-approved properties will be able to use the SBClass system, and that each will be evaluated based on the services it offers.

According to the system’s website, a five-star property must include 24-hour reception areas, in-room breakfasts, branded bathrobes and slippers, cable television, sauna or steam room and eco-friendly initiatives.
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Paris’s ‘palace’ hotels – the winners and losers


The French government announced the eight recipients of its new ‘palace’ hotel rating May 5, dealing a blow to some of Paris’s most famous hotels.

The ‘palace’ rating is an official designation above five stars awarded by the French tourism authorities — it’s designed to help travelers identify the cream of the country’s many swanky hotels.

A total of four Paris properties were given the award — the Bristol, the Meurice, the Park Hyatt and the Plaza Athenee.
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Luxury hotel market continues to boom in London


This week has seen the opening of two London luxury properties, proving that the high-end hotel boom in Britain’s capital is still well underway.

On March 14 Marriott opened the St Pancras Renaissance hotel, which has been completely restored to its 19th century glory thanks to a five-year, £200m renovation.

The five-star hotel is situated in the London home of Eurostar, providing an easy place to stay the night if you’re planning on being whisked off to Paris or Brussels early the next morning.
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Kerry Hotel Pudong Shanghai

Luxury chain Kerry Hotels debuts in Shanghai

Kerry Hotel Pudong Shanghai

Shangri-La has debuted a new luxury five star brand with the opening of a new hotel in Shanghai February 18.

Kerry Hotels is a new five-star contemporary brand from Shangri-La which provides “a seamless link between business, entertainment and recreation.”

The new Shanghai Pudong property offers 574 guestrooms decked out with the latest technology such as DVD players, Nespresso machines, iPod docking stations and 40-inch televisions.
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Voila hotel rewards

Loyalty programs for independent hotels

Voila hotel rewards

Independent hotel loyalty program Voilà announced that it has landed in the US January 11, setting the scene for increased competition in a new market that allows guests to earn points for staying in non-chain hotels.

Voilà, which allows consumers to earn loyalty points at some 250 independent four and five star hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, debuted its program at two hotels in New York, The Court and The Tuscany.

Guests staying at either of the mid-market hotels, which do not belong to any of the major chains, will be able to earn points to redeem at one of Voilà’s other hotels worldwide, in much the same way that guests can earn free nights using programs such as Hilton HHonors or InterContinental’s Priority Club.
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2010 ends with a bang for French luxury hotel chain

Accor-owned brand Sofitel is to wrap up 2010 with a triple-whammy of hotel openings in exotic locations around the world, the company said December 13.

The five-star brand is opening properties in Austria, Mauritius and Cambodia this week, including a new flagship for Europe in Vienna.

The new Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom features a futuristic glass and steel tower which rises 18 stories high and showcases art by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist and a living garden wall by landscape architect Patrick Blanc.
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Luxury hotel opens in Mecca landmark

Fairmont has opened its new landmark property in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, becoming the second hotel brand to occupy the Abraj Al Bait Complex.

The hotel is situated inside the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, the focal point of an enormous project to upgrade the precincts of the Two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Medina.

Standing 76 stories high, the Makkah Clock Royal Tower is the tallest concrete building in the world and features four 40-meter clock faces visible from 17 kilometers away.

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First luxury hotel to open in Ramallah

The opening of Ramallah’s first five-star hotel will mark another small step in the West Bank town’s steady march towards something resembling normal life.

But its sixth-floor executive lounge looks out on a panorama of unresolved issues that cloud the economic outlook — a built-up Israeli settlement on a nearby hilltop, a Palestinian refugee camp down below and the hazy skyline of distant Jerusalem beyond a grim separation wall.

The Movenpick Hotel Ramallah, a locally owned franchise of the Swiss-based chain, is aimed primarily at corporate clients and has been billed as yet another indication that the occupied West Bank is open for business.
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Tokyo Mandarin: Yours for a Night and $670,000

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the five-star Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel is offering the opportunity to rent the entire property for one night for $670,000.

Under the plan, the entire hotel — 178 guest rooms, all nine restaurants and all spas — would be reserved from 3:00 in the afternoon to noon the next day.

There will also be the option to have a cocktail party for 500 people featuring pastries from an award-winning Japanese pastry chef.
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Jumeirah launches lifestyle brand VENU Hotels

Dubai hotel group Jumeirah is to launch a “contemporary lifestyle” brand globally later this year, the company announced April 28.

The new brand, to be named VENU Hotels, will be launched later in 2010, with Jumeirah saying that it is in “advanced stages of negotiations” with developers about properties in the Middle East, Northern Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

VENU hotels will be five-star hotels with strong local roots, says Jumeirah, designed for “for those who seek a sophisticated immersion in the destination.”
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The top 10 five star hotels for under 50 pounds

Travel comparison and booking site Trivago has published a list of the most popular European five-star hotels with rates under £50 (€57).

According to Trivago, the average rate at a five-star hotel in the top 50 European cities is £165 (€189).

However, the site has compiled ten destinations where guests can enjoy the trappings of five-star luxury for half that price.
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