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Luxury Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

Top 10 weirdest hotel complaints

Luxury Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

An overly-handsome waiter, a snoring girlfriend and the sea being too blue are among some of the bizarre complaints made to hotel staff, according to a survey published Monday.

Travel search engine Skyscanner quizzed 400 international hotel workers to draw up a list of the top ten unusual grumbles and diva-like demands.

Other complaints included sheets being too white, ice cream being too cold, the bath being too big and no steak on a vegetarian menu.

One customer asked for a discount after his sleep was disturbed by his snoring girlfriend, while another asked for a refund as his dog had had an unhappy stay.

Staff in a hotel in London’s Mayfair were taken aback when a client bemoaned the lack of an ocean view.

Equally eyebrow raising are some of the requests, including one for a dead mouse. One guest asked for a bowl of crocodile soup, another for a bath of honey while one hungry punter demanded 15 cucumbers a day.

Macau Luxury Hotel suite

TOP 10 Most unusual complaints

The sheets are too white
The sea was too blue
Ice cream too cold
Bath was too big
Girlfriend’s snoring kept guest awake
Guest’s dog didn’t enjoy his stay
Hotel had no ocean view (in Mayfair, London)
There was no steak on vegetarian menu
Waiter was too handsome
Mother of groom wasn’t given the honeymoon suite

Aerial view luxury Burj Al Arab

TOP 10 Most unusual hotel requests

One glass of water on the hour every hour, throughout the night
15 cucumbers a day
Toilet to be filled with mineral water
Bath of honey
Sound of goat bells to aid sleep
Only the right legs of a chicken
A dead mouse
Bath of chocolate milk
16 pillows (for single guest)
Crocodile soup

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine

Medieval Abbey Hotel Offers Google Glass

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine

The winery and its hotel, a converted 12th-century abbey in Spain, are taking another step forward into the 21st century. Guests can now put on the famous wearable computer while visiting the vineyards and historic site.

Located within Spain’s Douro wine country, the Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, also known as simply LeDomaine, now places eight Google Glass headsets at the disposal of its guests.


During a tour of the abbey and its surroundings, the device allows its wearer to take photos and videos and share them, to look up information on the site and the region or simply to make phone calls and surf the web.

Any photos taken with  are saved to a memory card that guests can take home at the end of their stay.

ledomaine google glass

Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine reopened in 2012 after a complete renovation, and in 2013 the property joined the prestigious Relais & Châteaux network. LeDomaine can be reached from Madrid by car or train in around two hours.

Currently, the property’s stables are being renovated and converted into eight luxury suites and a large spa.

For more information, visit www.ledomaine.es, or call +34 98 368 0368.

Aloft hotel robot Butler

Ready for the hotel industry’s first robotic butler?

Aloft hotel robot Butler

Aloft Hotels, part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts group, will on August 20 be introducing its latest hire, A.L.O., a roving cyber ‘Botlr’ that acknowledges requests with a few peppy beeps and flashing lights.

Its main role will be to deliver amenities to guest rooms in the aim of freeing up the hotel staff — the human variety — to carry out other tasks.

But it’s also a marketing strategy aimed at appealing to the brand’s main target demographic — tech-savvy millennial travelers — who are invited to ‘tip’ the robot bellhop with tweets that compliment its service.

“As soon as A.L.O. entered the room, we knew it was what we were looking for,” said global brand leader Brian McGuinness in a cheeky statement.

“A.L.O. has the work ethic of Wall-E, the humor of Rosie from The Jetsons and reminds me of my favorite childhood robot, R2-D2.”

Despite being a robot, it may be hard to resist the urge to give it a friendly pet with its chirpy beeps, little black bow tie and requests for approbation!

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Swimming pool

TripAdvisor expands green hotel guide to Europe

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Swimming pool

TripAdvisor has rolled out its green hotels program across Europe for the growing body of guests who want to travel with a conscience.

After launching in the US last year, TripAdvisor has expanded its GreenLeaders scheme to Europe; the guide was designed in consultation with the United Nations Environment Programme.

Eligible properties that qualify as a GreenLeader in the industry are identified by a leaf and awarded a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum award.


The Green Hotel

Properties are assessed against a set of criteria that includes everything from the re-use of linens and towels, recycling, and composting to solar panels and electric car charging stations.

The expansion is in response to growing interest among travelers who’ve expressed a desire to reduce their carbon footprint.


According to the results of a survey that polled more than 14,025 TripAdvisor users in Europe, 26% of travelers said they considered the environment when booking their accommodation in the last 12 months.

Most eco friendly hotels in the world

When asked if environmentally friendly factors would play a role in booking reservations over the next 12 months, that figure spiked 33%.


Since March of this year, TripAdvisor has awarded 2,000 new properties across Europe with a GreenLeaders designation, including properties owned by Accor Hotels, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and Club Med.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando bedroom

Four Seasons resort opens at Walt Disney World Florida

Four Seasons Resort Orlando park

This hotel isn’t for families who take three-day road trips to Disney World and eat roadside meals of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The  Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is for children who are already accustomed to sleeping on premium sheets and who will dream of meeting Mickey Mouse in plush beds and luxurious suites.

Opened over the weekend, the luxury hotel at Walt Disney World Resort is located minutes from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Walt Disney World

Rooms are billed as the largest in Orlando, each with a furnished terrace, many of which offer unobstructed views of the nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park.

The hotel chain has created its first nine-bedroom suite on the top floor in the Royal Suite. The 16th floor can also be hired out exclusively.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando bedroom

The resort has also developed its own on-site theme park, dubbed Explorer Island, a five-acre water park that features water jets, pool, water slides, climbing wall and video gaming center.

Little VIP guests also have the privilege of sharing breakfast with Disney characters like Goofy and pals and having the moment immortalized by a professional photographer.

Adult entertainment includes a golf course, full service spa and restaurants.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Barcelona Suite, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Europe’s hottest hotel designs unveiled

Barcelona Suite, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

The hottest new design hotels in town have been identified with the release of this year’s shortlist for the European Hotel Design Awards.

Covering 10 different categories, the awards celebrate the continent’s best-designed hotels.

25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin Restaurant

There are 3 architecture categories — “Adaptive Re-use”, “Newbuild” and “Renovation” — and 7 interior design categories — “Bar,” “Bedrooms and Bathrooms,” “Cafe Bar or All Day Dining,” “Lobby, Lounge & Public Areas,” “Restaurant,” “Spa & Wellness” and “Suite.”

W Hotel Verbier bar

Finalists include:

The “urban jungle”-themed 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin by Architects Hild und K Architekten,

The W Verbier’s swish metallic “Carve Bar” by Concrete design studio

The “Barcelona Suite” at The Mandarin Oriental Barcelona by the Spanish design magnate Patricia Urquiola.

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

The winners will be announced on November 25 in London.

Google Now

Google scans emails for hotel stay suggestions

Google Now

Google has introduced a new feature for smartphones and other devices which will help users get more familiar with the area around their hotel.

There is a hitch, though: For the service to work, Google will troll your Gmail account and find the hotel confirmation.

Here’s how it works: On the Google search app, tap the mic and make your request. Users can ask questions like “Show me restaurants around my hotel” or “Give me directions to my hotel from here.”

It’s the latest travel-related feature from the search engine giant aimed at making it an indispensable tool for globetrotters.

Google Maps recently added transit information for 15,000 towns and cities around the world including public transit routes and schedules.

In cities like Vancouver and Chicago, commuters can also look up real-time updates and the fastest modes of transportations.

Kleopatra and Fa-Raon

Persian cat becomes newest recruit of Le Bristol Paris

Kleopatra and Fa-Raon

Paris has developed a growing affinity for cats in recent years, first with the opening of a popular cat café, and now with the adoption of a new feline at the luxurious .

On the eve of the opening of two major hotel rivals, the Bristol introduced the press to its latest family member, a blue-eyed, white Birman cat named Kléopatra who will be allowed to roam the hotel freely as its pet mascot.

Le Bristol Paris cats

On August 1, the Peninsula Paris will open its doors, as will the Hotel Plaza Athenee after a nearly year-long renovation, ratcheting up the competition in the city’s luxury hotel market.

Kléopatra will be the female companion for Fa-raon, who has held reign over the hotel over the last few years and took up residence as a companion for the hotel’s littlest guests.

Le Bristol Paris Kléopatre Goyard collar

Last year, the city became home to its first cat cafe, in which cat lovers can sip their coffee amid roaming felines.

Hilton Hotel check-in services

Hilton Worldwide launches mobile check-in services

Hilton Hotel check-in services

Hilton Worldwide, has announced a major digitization of its client services that will allow guests to check in and choose their  room on their smartphone.

The new strategy is designed to give guests more control over their stay, says the chain. But the move is also poised to take the middle man — the front desk personnel — out of the hotel experience, especially when the chain introduces smartphone-enabled door keys next year.

Once they’ve booked a reservation, Hilton guests will be able to check in and shop for their room on their mobile phone via photos and a digital floor plan.

Upgrades and amenities can also be requested on their portable devices.

In 2015, the company will also begin rolling out mobile technology that will allow guests to unlock their doors with their smartphones.

 guests will no longer need to check out as well, as their bill will be sent automatically to their email address.

Last year, Marriott Hotels also launched a virtual mobile check-in service that allows guests to check in a day before their arrival, bypass the lines at the front desk and proceed straight to their room after picking up their key at a designated mobile check-in counter.

New York Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel Has Its Own Monopoly Game!

New York Plaza Hotel

For hotel lovers and loyal guests with fond, sentimental memories tied to the New York institution, The Plaza Hotel has created a Monopoly-inspired game aptly called Plaza-opoly.

Instead of Atlantic Avenue and Park Place, players try to acquire properties like The Champagne Bar, The Fitzgerald Suite or The Grand Ballroom.

Another cool feature of the game are the “Now and Then” cards which tell players of the historic moments and locations of the hotel.



If you draw a “Now” card, you can advance to the Palm Court for afternoon tea. If you draw a “Then” card, you could be sent to the Terrace room where Marilyn Monroe once broke a shoulder strap.

Perhaps one of the most fun details: Instead of going to jail, unruly players will be sent to hotel security.

Grand Ballroom


The Plaza first opened its doors in 1907, and it’s currently the only hotel in New York City designated a National Historic Landmark.

Four Seasons Dubai Jumeirah Beach

Four Seasons Dubai to launch in time for Christmas

Four Seasons Dubai Jumeirah Beach

The already saturated luxury market in Dubai is about get more crowded with the opening of a new Four Seasons hotel.

The 14-acre resort has a Spanish-Mediterranean feel with Arabian accents and the 237-room hotel offers panoramic sea views and large balconies.

The lobby (pictured below) is capped by an octagonal dome finished with gold leaf and no expense has been spared – even the handrails in the elevators are made of Murano glass.

Four Seasons Dubai lobby

Rooms include marble flooring, walk-in closets, customizable beds and a luxurious bathroom covered in sheets of silver leaves.

Presidential Suites boast their own media room and private gym, whilst the Royal Suite has a butler’s room and a grand living room with its own piano.

Within the Resort’s gardens are two outdoor, free-form swimming pools, in addition to the indoor pool in the spa and fitness complex.

Set amid lush gardens, both the family-friendly Active Pool and the Quiet Pool shimmer with white and gold mosaic tiles beneath towering palms.

Four Seasons Dubai stairs

Day villas will be available to reserve and will include a private sun terrace plus mini bar and flatscreen TV in an air-conditioned interior.

There is a beachfront watersports center that offers activities like kayaking and paddleboarding, large enough to host catamarans and dinghies.

At five stories, the new hotel is comparatively low rise amid the city’s soaring towers, in keeping with the surrounding coastal community.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Dubai At Jumeirah Beach

The hotel is scheduled to open on 1 November 2014, and is now confirming arrivals from 1 December 2014.

Peninsula Tokyo Pokemon

Pokémon comes to the Peninsula Tokyo hotel

Peninsula Tokyo Pokemon

Luxury hotel The Peninsula Tokyo has launched a PR campaign for their littlest guests by inviting characters from Pokémon to invade their hotel.

From October 1, kids staying at the hotel will get the chance to live out an episode of the cartoon with characters like Pikachu, Lucario and friends in an interactive game designed exclusively for the hotel.

Guests five and up will be armed with a Poké Ball and invited to hunt down Pokémon characters in a game that is a bit like hide and seek.

Only instead of hiding behind trees, they’ll be hiding amidst extravagant chandeliers and extravagant furnishings.

To please the silver spoon tastes of their pint-sized guests, luxury hotels know that serving milk and cookies isn’t enough.

The Burj Al Arab in Dubai also provides a personal butler service that includes bonbon and candy delivery service from a Sweet Train, a gold-plated iPad, and child-friendly excursions.

InterContinental Hong Kong infinity pool

The most outrageous hotel suites in the world

From suites that come with a rotating dance floor, a diamond ring, and a price tag equal to a middle class yearly salary, a newly released list of the most extravagant 101 hotel suites in the world is a telling look at how the rich and famous travel.

InterContinental Hong Kong infinity pool

For some, Elite Traveler’s Top 101 Suites of the World could be used as a shopping catalogue for their next hotel booking.

For most of us, however, the list is a jaw-dropping glimpse into extravagance the likes of which we’ll never see.


Unless, that is, you have $56,000 to spend on a one-night stay at the InterContinental Geneva (below), the most expensive suite on the list.

Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel Geneva

Dubbed The Residence, the suite is split into two wings and features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city.

It also includes a grand salon, library, gallery, massage room, hammam, tub room, living and dining rooms, and a fitness room and sauna.

W Hotel Leicester Square EWOW suite

At the W Hotel in Leicester Square, London, guests staying at the E WOW suite have their own DJ station at their disposal, and can either lounge relaxingly on the giant revolving chesterfield sofa or turn it into a dance floor under a giant disco ball dome.

In addition to a sumptuous stay in a gemstone-inspired suite, the New York Palace will throw in a diamond ring designed by jeweler to the stars Martin Katz with every booking at the Jewel Suite.

Jewel Suite Living Room

Spanning 5,000 square feet (465 square meters) the suite extends over three levels atop the 53rd floor.

If you travel with a grand entourage or just need space — lots of it — Straffan House at The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club, located about 30 minutes away from Dublin, may be what you’re looking for, as the villa sprawls across 34,000 square feet (3,160 square meters).

Straffan House

In addition to the 10 bedrooms, the apartment comes with an indoor swimming pool, cinema, spa, wine cellar, private concierge and chef.

Straffan House at The Kildare Hotel

Overall, the list is represented by 35 countries. The US dominates with 20 hotels, followed by China (10), UAE (9), Mexico (6), England (6) and Switzerland (5). The top cities are Dubai and London, with 6 each.

Jewel Suite Stair case

The full list is published in the July/August issue of Elite Traveler magazine, the in-flight magazine for private jetsetters.

Andaz Maui at Wailea

Triple Creek Ranch

The hotel named ‘best in the world’ may surprise you

Triple Creek Ranch

The best hotel in the world isn’t in New York or Paris, Singapore or Hong Kong. According to readers of Travel + Leisure, that title belongs to Triple Creek Ranch in Montana, where guests sleep under the stars in log cabins.

While it may not be a world-recognized name, the ranch is a member of Relais & Chateaux, an international association of luxury properties made up of historic landmarks, castles and manors, often in bucolic areas in the world.

Triple Creek Ranch Bedroom

The typical Triple Creek Ranch guest, meanwhile, books a stay in search of nature and the return to simplicity.

Its impressive placement on the list may also signal a growing desire among travelers for unplugged, nature-centric vacations, editors said.

Triple Creek Ranch Cabin

The site features 23 log cabins across 600 acres, against the backdrop of the Montana Rockies. Each cabin comes with a wood-burning fireplace, hot tub, and the property also offers wine tastings, a chef’s table and helicopter tours of the area.


Church Santorini Oia Greece

Other big winners of Travel + Leisure’s annual reader’s poll include Crystal Cruises, which maintained its stronghold on the title of world’s best cruise line and Santorini, Greece which took the title of best island.

St Regis Aspen Resort

The multiple award-winning Singapore Changi Airport took the top spot for best airport in the world and the St. Regis Aspen Resort won for the category of best hotel spa.


Terminal 3 Singapore Changi airport

Here are the world’s Top hotels according to Travel + Leisure:

1. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana, USA
2. Nayara Springs, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
3. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest
4. Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island, Australia
5. Ocean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island
6. The Langham, Chicago, USA
7. Singita Sabi Sand Kruger National Park Area, South Africa
8. Londolozi Game Reserve, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa
9. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
10. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India


Peninsula Hotel Paris

The Peninsula Paris to open August 1

Located just steps away from Paris’s Arc de Triomphe monument, a palace which served as a backdrop to the signing of the Paris Peace Accords that put an end to the Vietnam War has been restored to its former glory.

Peninsula Hotel Paris

After six years of planning, design, and construction, the centuries-old palace in the 16th arrondissement has been reworked to become The Peninsula Paris, an opulent 200-room hotel that features the expert handiwork of 900 French artists and craftsmen who painted frescoes by hand, installed marble walls and mosaic tiles and restored aging wood work.

To call the hotel gold-gilded is no exaggeration: In total, 20,000 pieces of gold leaf were used to cover the property.

The Peninsula Paris lobby

Originally opened as a grand hotel in 1908, the building was occupied then sold during WWII, only to later became a government building managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 2009.

peninsula paris history

In what’s now Le Bar Kléber, American diplomat Henry Kissinger helped negotiate the Paris Peace Accords which would bring the Vietnam War to a close.

Other claims to fame: In 1928, hotel guest George Gershwin would write his musical piece “An American in Paris,” and the hotel would also become the headquarters of UNESCO in 1946.

The Peninsula Paris hotel lobby

While the hotel pays homage to its heritage with painstaking restoration efforts that went so far as to research original paint colors, rooms are equipped with the conveniences of modern technology, including in-room tablets for controlling everything from lighting to room temperature.

Marble floors, high ceilings and elegant drapery set the tone in the lobby, which is furnished in a modern style. Guests can walk into the hotel through this entrance on the Avenue Kléber in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

The Peninsula Paris entrance

Those arriving by car will enter the hotel directly through the other entrance on the Avenue des Portugais, where they will find an enormous chandelier that was custom-made by the prestigious Lasvit workshop.

The hand-blown work of art is adorned with several leaf-shaped crystal pendants. A stone installation from Bhutan completes the ensemble.

The Peninsula Paris deluxe room

Elegance will be the byword for the decoration of the hotel’s 200 rooms. Grey and beige tones, high ceilings, marble-lined bathrooms and sophisticated lighting will contribute to an ambiance of refinement. Works of contemporary art by international artists will adorn the walls.

Renovations at the Peninsula Paris

Five of the 34 suites will have private rooftop terraces with fantastic views over the city.

The Peninsula Paris suite

Foodies will have access to gourmet dishes at all hours thanks to the hotel’s six restaurants, most of which will serve French cuisine and one of which, the Lili, will feature Chinese dishes.

The Peninsula Paris restaurant

At L’Oiseau Blanc, diners seated on the terrace will enjoy a 360° view of Paris during their meals.

Peninsula Paris terrace

Guests at the Peninsula Paris can take advantage of a spa with treatments from the luxury brand ESPA, as well as a gym and indoor pool.

The Peninsula Paris spa

Among other high-end services, the hotel will also give guests the opportunity to rent a green Rolls-Royce Phantom II limousine dating from 1934 or two MINI Clubman cars.

Peninsula Edition MINI Cooper Clubman

Average nightly rates start at €1,095. Slated to open on August 1, the Peninsula Paris will be the hotel group’s first property in Europe.

The facade of the Peninsula Paris

A new hotel is slated to open in London at a later date.


Floating hotel to open in Bahrain


A luxury floating hotel is set to open in Bahrain this fall and is being seen as a potential test run in advance of the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

With scarce land mass, floating hotels have been lobbied about as the best viable solution to accommodating tens of thousands of soccer fans who will take to the region in 2022.

Set to be built on an old house boat, the five-star C-Hotel will be docked at Coral Bay in Manama, with standard rooms featuring a dining area, big screen TV, writing desk, and integrated smart technologies.

The $5 million project will include 14 rooms and two suites with balconies which will be outfitted with Italian-made furnishings.

The developer’s target market? Affluent visitors passing through the area for events like the Formula One.

Luxury Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

Third Cheval Blanc hotel set to open in St. Barts

Luxury Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

LVMH Hotel Management has announced the reopening on October 15 of Hôtel Saint-Barth Isle de France. Fully renovated, the legendary property will carry a new name: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France.

The newly renovated hotel, now under the ownership of the prestigious luxury hotel group, will feature 40 suites, bungalows and villas, as well as the Case de l’Isle, a must-visit dining spot for visitors to Saint Barthelemy.

Located in the Baie des Flamands, the re-opened hotel will feature a spa providing exclusive Guerlain treatments with four treatment rooms.


Hotel Saint Barth Isle de France

In the course of 2015-2016, a double treatment room will open for duo treatments. A brand new fitness center will also be available to guests

When it comes to luxury services on offer, clients will be able to spend the day at sea on board a 21-meter long luxury yacht with their personal butler, who can serve as sailor for the duration of the boat ride.


Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

Meanwhile a host of details will ensure the experience is unforgettable (lobsters for lunch on the beach, Guerlain treatments on the boat, etc.).

Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France will be Cheval Blanc’s third hotel and will be joining Cheval Blanc Courchevel, which opened in French ski destination Courchevel 1850 in 2006, and Cheval Blanc Randheli, unveiled in the in the Maldives in the fall of 2013.

Le Cheval Blanc Palace

Four Seasons Villa

Four Seasons Hotels launches vacation rental website

Four Seasons Villa

Four Seasons has launched a luxury vacation rental site that offers private villas, residences and holiday homes in response to the growing popularity of Airbnb, FlipKey, VRBO and other short term rental booking sites.

The new vacation rental portal includes upscale properties, urban residences, and resort villas around the world with fully equipped kitchens, and large indoor and outdoor spaces. Currently, the site has 13 properties in the Americas and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.


Four Seasons Vacation Rental

With each reservation, guests can also book a private chef or chauffeur, and request services such as a fully stocked fridge, housekeeping, fitness facilities, and a childproofed home before arrival.

“We’re seeing a steady increase in multi-generational and small group travel, guests who want to get away with children, grandparents or groups of friends to celebrate holidays or mark special moments.”

“And these guests are looking at residential options,” said Jose Soriano, VP, Worldwide Residential Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Four Seasons Vacation Rental Website

Six Senses Douro Valley

Six Senses hotel group coming to Europe

Six Senses Douro Valley

 Spas will open its first European location in Portugal. The opening of the resort is scheduled for next year.

The Six Senses Douro Valley will welcome its first clients in Spring 2015.

The hotel is set to feature 71 rooms and suites, spread across a 20-acre estate. Guests will also have the option to stay in one of several villas with one, two or three rooms.

A 2,200-square-meter spa with ten treatment rooms will also be found onsite. Treatments developed on the theme of wine, the valley’s speciality, will be on offer. Other well-being facilities include an outdoors heated pool and an inside pool with water jets as well as a gym.

Douro Valley

At any time of day, guests will be able to nosh on dishes from a choice of 2 restaurants, including one serving local cuisine cooked with regional products.

Portugal’s Douro Valley is classed a UNESCO heritage site. The closest airport is the Vila Real Airport at a distance of 33 kilometers.

The Quinta Romeneira heliport, a few kilometers from the hotel, will also be available for the wealthiest clients.

The Six Senses Douro Valley resort will be the 12th hotel in the group’s portfolio. Currently the group’s resorts are mainly located in Asia (China, Maldives, Vietnam and Thailand), while it counts one hotel in Oman.

Hotel Royal Tulip

Hotels trying to score with soccer fans

Hotel Royal Tulip

A few forward-thinking hoteliers are doing their soccer fan guests a major solid by launching World Cup-themed menus, opening special viewing lounges and broadcasting games live.

Guests staying at select Four Seasons properties, for instance, can rest assured that they won’t go thirsty or hungry while watching a match.

At the Singapore property, chefs have created a special in-room menu service that will help put fans in the spirit of the game and ensure they don’t miss a second of the match.

England fans, for instance, can order up a fish and chip sandwich; Spain supporters munch on spicy chorizo lomo and Iberico ham, while Mexico fans tuck into pulled pork tacos.


In Miami, soccer fans are invited to the hotel’s Edge Copa Lounge, which for one month will be dedicated to the World Cup games, with multiple TVs, foosball tables, and Caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail.

Likewise, over in India, the Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai has created a FIFA-themed menu that includes dishes like the Messi Messi, Red Fury, Samba Special and Swiss Connection, reports The Economic Times.

And in Doha, major hotels like the Crowne Plaza, Doha Marriott Hotel, and Ritz-Carlton Doha will also screen matches and throw World Cup-themed parties for their guests.