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Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

The Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul was named the leading hotel in Europe in Antalya, Turkey at the World Travel Awards Europe last week.

Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul East Entrance

A former Imperial Ottoman palace, the hotel sits along the Bosphorus coast and harkens the grandeur of the era with ornate, Arabic and Middle Eastern decor, columns, arches, and lush tropical palm trees.

Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul exterior view

New this year, the hotel also added a poolside Moet & Chandon champagne bar over the summer for guests lounging by the heated infinity pool.

Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Room

Rich dark wood paneled suites come with writing desks, a ‘pillow menu,’ and balconies in every room.

Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul gardens

Meanwhile, other winners in the World Travel Awards Europe hotel category this year include:

– Europe’s Leading City Hotel: Hotel Fouquet Barriere Paris, France
– Europe’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Grandes Alpes Private Hotel, France
– Europe’s Leading Hotel & Spa: Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv, Ukraine
– Europe’s Leading Luxury Resort: Conrad Algarve, Portugal
– Europe’s Leading New Hotel: Waldorf Astoria Berlin, Germany
– Europe’s Most Romantic Resort: Royal Adam & Eve Hotel, Turkey

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Four Seasons uses Pinterest to help guests plan trips

PinPackGo Four seasons

The majority of travelers will never know the joys of a personal concierge service. After all, a person dedicated to responding to guests’ every need at all hours of the day and night, in addition to providing suggestions on where to wine and dine, is a rather high-end luxury.

However, internet users now have access to what may be the next best thing. The Four Seasons, whose 91-hotel network includes the George V in Paris, the Ritz in Lisbon and the Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles, just to name a few, has applied its expertise in the matter to a new virtual concierge service.

The Four Seasons offers this virtual concierge service through Pinterest. Users create a board for their trip, adding information on their destination and on the type of experience they are looking for, whether a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a cultural visit.

Next, the user leaves a comment on the Pin.Pack.Go board specifying the destination city.

The Four Seasons hotel located in the destination city will follow the user and send a request to collaborate on his or her board. Of the chain’s 91 hotels, 77 are participating in the service.

Users are not required to reserve a room at one of the Four Seasons’ hotels to take advantage of the service. Over 4,200 Pinterest users have signed up to follow the Pin.Pack.Go board since its launch.

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China’s skyscrapers to offer luxury hotels

Shanghai Tower construction

China has recently seen an exponential increase in towers of over 500 meters, all designed to house apartments, offices, shopping malls and luxury hotels.

Standing at 632 meters (2073 feet), the Shanghai Tower, the main structure of which attained its highest point in early August, is now the tallest skyscraper in Asia. Set to be finished in 2015, a luxury hotel is scheduled to open in the tower that year.

The 258 rooms of Jin Jiang group’s Shanghai Tower J-Hotel will occupy the 84th to 110th floors of this skyscraper, set to feature 125 storeys. Though taller than any other skyscraper in Asia, the Shanghai Tower has not unseated the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which remains the world’s tallest structure.

In addition to Shanghai, the city of Wuhan is making a name for itself with the Greenland Center, whose 119 floors stretch 606 meters skyward. The tower is expected to open to the public in 2017, offering 186 apartments and a 4,200 square meter five-star hotel with an impressive 292 rooms.

In Tianjin, the Goldin Finance 117 is scheduled to open in 2016. At 597 meters, this skyscraper in the city’s business district will also include a five-star hotel, whose 350 luxury rooms and suites will accommodate well-heeled guests. The 530 meter CTF Tianjin Tower, also known as the Chow Tai Fook Binhai Center, will also open its doors in the city in 2016 and include a prestigious hotel.

Finally, in Guangzhou, the Chow Tai Fook Centre, with its 111 storeys and height of 530 meters, will also be home to a high-end hotel.


Marriott International's tote bag

Marriott recycles bed linen to create tote bags

Marriott International's tote bag

Marriott International, together with British luxury brand Lily and Lionel and non-profit company SleepingBags, is releasing a limited edition tote bag made entirely of recycled bed linens from its hotels.

With the launch of this limited edition bag, Marriott International scores two points for corporate social responsibility. The first involves the reduction in waste that comes from upcycling its worn out linens, while the second involves committing a share of revenues from the initiative to The Prince’s Trust, a charity working to improve the lives of disadvantaged youth.

The dark grey bag has been printed with a blue and white design from Lily and Lionel, depicting birds in flight around a globe.

Only 1,000 of these tote bags will be produced, and each will sell for €23 (£20) through the Marriott website.

ras al khaimah beach

Banyan Tree RAK creates Arabian pearl experience

Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach

The Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach now offers an original opportunity to guests through its Arabian Pearl Retreat package. Guests who opt for this package are taken by seaplane to a desert pearl farm to learn about the techniques and history of this particularly prestigious form of aquaculture.

While at the farm, guests also take part in a jewelry-making workshop alongside a local jeweler. After choosing their oysters and harvesting two pearls — in the region, these usually measure between 7 and 12mm — participants mount them in a unique piece of jewelry made with 10mg of gold.

The Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach is located on a private beach overlooking the Gulf. The hotel includes 32 villa apartments, a luxury spa, and a restaurant bordered by an infinity pool.

The Arabian Pearl Retreat package, which includes transit by seaplane to the pearl farm, is available through February 28, 2014 (€1,945 including one night in the hotel’s Beach Pool Villa).

Beijing International Airport

Chinese are world’s biggest travel spenders

Beijing International Airport

According to the second annual Chinese International Travel Monitor released by Hotels.com, China has now overtaken the US and Germany to become the world’s biggest travel spenders.

The survey was conducted among 3,000 international Chinese travelers and 1,500 hoteliers around the world in June 2013. It found that Chinese travelers spent US$102 billion on international travel in 2012, an increase of 40% from 2012, making them bigger spenders that both Germany and the USA.

In addition, 75 percent of the hoteliers reported that Chinese travelers accounted for up to five percent of their business and 45 percent of hoteliers reported that over the previous year they experienced an upsurge in the number of Chinese guests. The greatest increase in the number of Chinese tourists in terms of area was seen in the Asia-Pacific region.

The survey also found some interesting trends among the Chinese travelers themselves: 62 percent of Chinese travelers reported that they preferred to travel independently, rather than in a group.

Leisure was the primary reason why Chinese were traveling, with 96 percent reporting they did so for leisure, although Chinese travelers did have some complaints.

The biggest issue Chinese travelers had was with the provision of translated materials, such as “welcome literature,” websites and newspapers from hoteliers, with 75 percent of Chinese travelers surveyed stating that this was an area that needed improvement. Language was also an issue among hotel staff, with 42 percent stating that they “would like more Mandarin speaking staff in hotels.”

skyline Macau

Versace to open Macau luxury hotel

skyline Macau

The Italian luxury brand has signed a deal to open its third ‘Palazzo’ hotel, as part of a new casino resort development in Cotai, Macau.

Versace has partnered with Hong Kong based SJM holdings on the deal, which will see a new five star hotel opening in the Chinese city of Macau. The new location will join the company’s two Palazzo Versace hotels, located in Dubai (where plans for a refrigerated beach sadly had to be scrapped) and on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Macau, which featured in last year’s James Bond blockbuster “Skyfall,” is one of China’s two special administrative regions, alongside Hong Kong. The former Portuguese colony is the only part of the People’s Republic where casinos are permitted, and it’s a lucrative business.

According to Bloomberg, Macau raked in around $38 billion from casinos in 2012 with tourist numbers from mainland China and Hong Kong growing year on year.

Luxury hotels are an increasingly big attraction for fashion brands: Giorgio Armani has two locations in Dubai and Milan, while fellow Italian label Bulgari has three hotels in London, Milan and Bali, restaurants in Japan and a new Shanghai spot set to open up in 2015.

Top 10 most expensive hotels in the world

The North Island Lodge, located in the Seychelles, is the most expensive hotel in the world. That is the main takeaway of a new survey from Luxury-Hotels.com.

North Island Seychelles

The survey was conducted in June and July and is based on double occupancy for the month of August. Resorts surveyed had a minimum 20-guest capacity.

According to those criteria, the private island sanctuary of North Island Lodge is the world’s most extravagant, at $5,843 a night per couple. Part of what makes the resort so expensive is due to the fact that guests are helicoptered into the site, which sits 30 km off the coast of the main island of Mahé.

North Island Seychelles spa

With 11 guest villas at North Island, the private paradise is also described as a modern-day ‘Noah’s Ark’ for a massive conservation program which aims to protect and rehabilitate local flora, fauna and wildlife like the Hawksbill and green turtles and Seychelles blue pigeons.

Luxury villas meanwhile, are built using scavenged, natural materials from the surrounding area and invite guests to lounge in “barefoot luxury.”

North Island Seychelles room

Photos show white sand beaches leading into azure waters, palm tree-fringed villas decorated in sumptuous yet natural materials like stone, recovered wood and wicker furnishings.

The most luxurious hotels list is dominated by resorts and lodgings in Africa, remote islands and destinations in Oceania, and a handful of listings in Italy, France and Canada.

North Island Seychelles outdoor dining

Here are the Top 10 most expensive hotels around the world

1. North Island Lodge, Seychelles $5,843 USD per couple
2. Laucala Resort, Fiji, $5,040
3. Khwai River Lodge, Botswana, $4,060
4. Savute Elephant Camp, Botswana, $4,020
5. Eagle Island Camp & Spa, Botswana, $3,970
6. Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania, $3,570
7. King Pacific Lodge, Canada, $3,249
8. Mnemba Island Lodge, Tanzania, $3,100
9. Hotel Cala di Volpe, Italy, $2,939
10. Queen Charlotte Lodge, Canada, $2,800

For the full list, visit www.luxury-hotels.com/press/survey-2013.html.

Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room Zen

Park Hotel Tokyo completes Artist Room Zen

As part of the Artist in Hotel program, the Park Hotel in Tokyo has handed four of its rooms to four Japanese artists to be transformed into works of art.

Park Hotel Tokyo Room

Art is an important aspect of the philosophy of the Park Hotel located in Shiodome, Tokyo, Japan. The four-star hotel has developed an Art Colors program in order to introduce Japanese culture to visitors. Throughout the year, several exhibitions are planned for the atrium, restaurant and even guestrooms.


Until September 1, visitors will be able to take in the creations of the Yokai Tour exhibition, dedicated to unusual phenomena. They are also invited to spend a night in an actual piece of art. Reservations for the Zen room by artist Seihaku Akiba, have been open since August 1.

The calligrapher, who usually works around the theme of meditation, has just applied the finishing touches to the room as part of the Artist in Hotel program.

Seihaku Akiba

In total, four rooms are destined to be transformed. “Sumo” by Hiroyuki Kimura celebrates famous Japanese wrestlers and has been welcoming visitors since February 2013.

Park Hotel Tokyo Artist Room Zen

As for the other two rooms to be unveiled in November 2013 and February 2014, the names of the artists and the themes have not been revealed yet.

saint barth isle de france

LVMH Acquires St Barth Hotel

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

The acquisition of high-end establisment Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France on the French Caribbean island of St. Barts by LVMH, confirms the company’s ambitions to become a leading reference in five-star accommodations.Consisting of 39 rooms, suites and villas, the hotel also features two restaurants.

Hotel Saint Barth Isle de France

LVMH Hotel Management, founded in 2009, already owns several hotels under the Cheval Blanc brand (open now or to be opened soon), as well as the White 1921 boutique hotel in Saint-Tropez.

Luxury Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

Cheval Blanc Courchevel

Located in France’s picturesque Savoie region, this hotel opened its 34 rooms and suites in 2006. The facilities include two restaurants, enigmatically named White and 1947. The second, featured in the Michelin Guide with two stars, is overseen by the chef Yannick Alléno.

Le Cheval Blanc Palace

Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives

To the north of Malé, LVMH is currently putting the finishing touches on a new Cheval Blanc hotel, scheduled to open in November 2013. The high-end establishment will have no less than 45 private villas. It is worth noting that to get to the hotel, guests have to ride on a seaplane that was designed for Cheval Blanc.

Samaritaine Cheval Blanc

Cheval Blanc Samaritaine in Paris

In late 2014, LVMH is expected to cut the ribbon on the jewel in its Cheval Blanc crown, to be located in the 1933 Art Deco building of the historic Parisian department store La Samaritaine. The five-star hotel will include 80 suites and rooms as well as a well-being center, the Spa Givenchy. The building, which was in dire need of restoration, will be outfitted with a new façade and hanging gardens on the roof.

Samaritaine terrasse

Cheval Blanc in the Middle East

As far back as 2010, LVMH Hotel Management announced its plans to enter the Middle Eastern market with two sites: Al Sodah in Oman and Amoun at Aswan, in Egypt. The former hotel will take shape on an 11 square kilometer island, while the second will offer 40 rooms, most with a view of the Nile.

Champagne bar White 1921

White 1921 in Saint Tropez, France

LVMH managed the reopening of this boutique hotel in June 2012. Tucked away in the former Maison Blanche hotel on the coastal town’s animated Place des Lices, this hotel includes 8 rooms decorated in contemporary style. There is also a bar and lounge designed by the archtect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, a Mediterranean garden and a champagne cellar.

White 1921 Saint Tropez

1-5 Grosvenor Place

Peninsula Hotels Is Coming To London

1-5 Grosvenor Place

The owner of the Peninsula hotel brand, Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels (HSH), has unveiled plans to launch its first property in London.

An agreement signed with UK-based Grosvenor will see HSH purchase a 50% interest in the central London address, 1-5 Grosvenor Place, and redevelop the site as a Peninsula Hotel.

While specific details about the new Peninsula London have not been released, the property will form part of a new mixed-use development covering more than 6,000m² according to Traveldailymedia.com

The site overlooks London’s Hyde Park and is located opposite the gardens of Buckingham Palace.


Alain Ducasse is the New Chef of Le Meurice

restaurant Le Meurice

Globally acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse is taking over management of the kitchens at Le Meurice hotel in Paris, part of the Dorchester Collection of hotels.

Starting in September, Ducasse will begin re-imagining the property’s Restaurant Le Meurice, which has three Michelin stars, and Restaurant Le Dalí.

Ducasse has already revamped two other Dorchester Collection hotels: the Plaza Athénée in Paris and The Dorchester in London. The Plaza Athénée has since closed for restoration.

Ducasse commented, “I am honoured that Franka Holtmann, general manager of Le Meurice, with the support of François Delahaye, chief operating officer of Dorchester Collection, has asked me to join Le Meurice. French cuisine has a major place, a role and an impact in the world today. I am pleased to contribute to its success in the two finest locations in Paris: Hotel Plaza Athénée and Le Meurice.”

Shangri La Hotel Qufu

Shangri-La opens at Confucius’ birthplace

Shangri La Hotel Qufu

This summer luxury hotel brand Shangri-La will open the doors to its latest property, erected in the birthplace of Chinese philosopher Confucius.

Designed with Confucian principles in mind, the hotel in Qufu is located two hours from Beijing, within walking distance of the Temple of Confucius, the Mansion of Confucius and the Cemetery of Confucius, and expresses the three key principles of Confucian philosophy — order, harmony and hierarchy.

Sleek, symmetrical Chinese patterns repeated in ceiling reliefs and marble floors, for instance, are meant to convey hierarchy and harmony, while guests are greeted with two full-grown trees planted in the middle of the lobby and lush, green garden pavilions.

Outside, the hotel is supported by eight large pillars and conveys Chinese tradition with pavilion-style porte-cochères covered in red lacquer panels.

The hotel restaurant Shang Palace will serve authentic Cantonese regional cuisines and re-invent recipes from the Kong family, descendants of Confucius.

The 211 guest rooms will open August 1 and feature complimentary WiFi access.

jw marriott marquis miami

JW Marriott debuts new turndown program

jw marriott marquis miami

The JW Marriott hotel chain has revamped the traditional turndown service with a program that includes an organic snack bar, essential oils, and luxury chocolates to replace the classic mint on the pillow.

Designed to help guests relax and rejuvenate while on the road, the Nightly Refresh Program will launch at participating hotels worldwide across the chain this summer.

For the many travelers who have a hard time dozing off in beds other than their own, the service will include an organic “Dream Bar” that could be described as breakfast at midnight.

Instead of chips and nuts, for instance, guests are offered organic oats which aid in the release of serotonin to promote relaxation and help them wind down.

Blueberries are also on the menu to offer a dose of antioxidants, fight off inflammation and replenish the skin during the night. Chia seeds, almonds and coconuts also provide vitamin B6 and fiber.

To recharge and detox, blends of essential oils such as pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper berries are offered for baths and showers to help restore balance in tired bodies after a long flight.

Other amenities include wine samples and luxury bonbons from Astor.

Literary-themed hotels in Paris

r kipling hotel

Belles lettres-inspired hotels are catching on in Paris, and Les Plumes and Le Marcel, which opened in late June, are the latest newcomers to the club. Proust, Kipling, George Sand et al.: the spirit of the great writers permeates these charming establishments in the heart of the capital. Here’s a selection:

Le Pavillon des Lettres hotel

Le Pavillon des Lettres

Opened in 2010 near the French president’s office at the Élysée, this 4-star hotel pays tribute to a pantheon of great literary figures. Each of the 26 rooms is inspired by a different famous author, with representative passages actually printed on the walls, ranging from Andersen to Zola, via Kafka and Shakespeare. Each room’s décor elegantly evokes the style and atmosphere of the author’s times.

Paris Les Plumes hotel

Les Plumes

The very address of this hotel in the 9th arrondissement — on the Rue Lamartine, named after French Romantic poet Alphonse de Lamartine — marks it out for its literary vocation.

A blend of posh 19th-century Romanticism and modernism, Les Plumes conjures up the amorous passions of Juliette Drouet and Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, George Sand and Alfred de Musset. With cushions bearing the names of these famous lovers, and decor including printed portraits and quotes, these three suites are full of winks and allusions to their literary love affairs.

Le Marcel hotel paris

Le Marcel

This 4-star establishment in the busy Gare de l’Est neighborhood is steeped in remembrances of things past. Tranquility is writ large in the soft bright colors of its modern décor, designed by Claudia Del Bubba. The rooms, named after Proust’s dramatis personae Guermantes, Swann, Madeleine or Marcel, conjure up the French novelist’s world of languorous reminiscence.

r kipling hotel paris

R. Kipling Hôtel

Opened this March in “South Pigalle,” a trendifying neighborhood south of Montmartre and Pigalle, the R. Kipling immerses you in the world of this widely-travelled writer from Bombay in British India.

The lobby, replete with library, steamer trunks and leather Chesterfield sofas, has a cozy out-and-out British colonial atmosphere. The rooms evoke the novelist’s travels in Asia.

r kipling hotel bedroom

Shangri-la Maldives launches private jet services

Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa

The Shangri-La hotel chain is launching a luxury travel package for wealthy Chinese consumers that includes a flight aboard a private jet to one of the most exclusive and remote parts of the Maldives, a favorite destination for affluent holidaymakers in China.

The Shangri-La Private Jet Journey program is billed as a personalized, upscale travel experience that will shuttle guests to the chain’s Villingili Resort and Spa in the Maldives aboard a Boeing Business Jet.

Though the plane has a capacity for 150 people, the luxury jet has been converted to seat 26 people for a more spacious journey.

Guests will land at the Shangri-La’s privately-owned airport —  the only hotel in the country to boast its own private executive airport terminal —  where they will be greeted by staff who will take them through the check-in process and facilitate their stay.

Amenities at the Villingili resort include a nine-hole golf course and bike tours of the islands. The property itself stretches along a 6-km coastline, with 2 km of fine, white sandy beach.

Guests will alternate their stays between the Water Villas, which are built on top of the resort’s lagoon and offer panoramic views of the ocean, and the Tree House Villas, an adult version of the treehouse.

The luxury travel package is being launched in collaboration with Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency and its top luxury brand HHtravel.

Shangri-La Maldives

Marriott International launches Arabic website

Paris Marriott Hotel Champs Elysees

In a bid to woo an increasingly important market segment — affluent Arabic speakers and frequent flyers from the Middle East — the Marriott hotel chain has launched its international website in Arabic.

The new portal allows Arabic-speaking customers around the world to book stays across the chain’s 3,800 properties in 74 countries.

Marriott has asserted a strong presence in Dubai, where it boasts the tallest hotel in the world. The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai (below) stands at 355 meters and consists of twin towers each with 77 floors.

More than $100 million of revenue is booked annually via marriott.com in Arabic-speaking countries, the company says. The Marriott joins the Fairmont and the Hilton in offering website services in Arabic.

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris receives Palace rating

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

Le Royal Monceau is the latest top-end Paris hotel to receive the prestigious Palace rating — one step higher than five stars — from Atout France, the French Agency for Tourism Development.

Le Royal Monceau La Cuisine

Located on Avenue Hoche, it has 149 rooms and suites. Its two restaurants, La Cuisine and Il Carpaccio, received Michelin stars earlier this year. It re-opened in 2010 after a two year transformation by Philippe Starck, revealing brilliant, witty contemporary interiors infused with artistic flair.

Le Royal Monceau Carpaccio

The vibrancy of les Années Folles of the late 1920s, when the hotel first opened, peopled by a cast of artists, intellectuals and adventurers, had been successfully recreated.

Le Royal Monceau Presidentielle Suite

Le Royal Monceau is the sixth Paris hotel to receive the rating, the others being the Four Seasons George V, the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme, the Plaza Athénée, Le Meurice and Le Bristol.

Le Royal Monceau spaLe Royal Monceau Terrace

Mombo Camp

Travel + Leisure’s best hotels in the world 2013

Mombo Camp

Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp emerged the overall favorite in T + L’s 18th annual World’s Best Awards 2013, a ranking of luxury accommodations as voted by readers of the US-based publication.

One of of Mombo’s best-selling assets: a location set within the Moremi Game Reserve which provides one of the best big game viewing vantage points in Africa, say camp operators.

Guests sleep in plush, four-poster beds, have access to both indoor and outdoor showers, and can live peaceably among rhinos, elephants, and game animals which roam freely under their feet beneath raised walkways that connect the private tents to one another.

Little Mombo also features a ‘treehouse-luxe library’ that invites guests to relax with a post-game drive cocktail, editors say.

Other amenities include thatch-roofed living and dining areas as well as a plunge pool. Morning and afternoon game drives also offer frequent sightings of lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffe and zebras.

In addition to offering luxury accommodations in the middle of the African plains, guests can sleep guilt-free as Mombo is powered completely by solar energy. The camp also implemented a rhino conservation project which reintroduced black and white rhinos to the region.

For these and other reasons, readers gave the luxury camp site a top score of 96.6 out of 100.

Meanwhile, though properties listed represent nearly every corner of the world, luxury chains such as the Four Seasons, the Ritz-Carlton, Fairmont, the Mandarin Oriental and The Peninsula make repeat appearances throughout the ranking.

Top 10 hotels for 2013

1. Mombo Camp and Little Camp, Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
2. Castello di Casole, A Timbers Resort, Casole d’Elsa, Italy
3. Singita Kruger National Park, South Africa
4. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna-Arenal, Costa Rica
5. Four Seasons Resort, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
5. Ritz-Carlton, Berlin (tie)
5. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, North Island, New Zealand (tie)
6. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
7. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa
8. Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa

Plaza Athenee exterior

Paris’s Plaza Athenee hotel to close for renovation

Plaza Athenee exterior

The Plaza Athenee hotel near the Champs-Elysees in Paris, one of the top hotels in the French capital, said Wednesday it is to close for seven months starting from October for large-scale renovations.

The 100-year-old five-star establishment joins two other luxury hotels in Paris, the Ritz and the Crillon, that have temporary closed for major repairs amid stiff competition from new Asian-run hotels.

The Plaza Athenee, part of the UK-registered Dorchester Collection group, said the works would focus on expanding into four neighbouring buildings it recently acquired and that it would re-open with 14 new rooms and suites, as well as new conference facilities.