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Château de Versailles Orangerie

New Luxury Hotel Planned for Versailles

Château de Versailles Orangerie

Imagine opening your hotel room window to gaze upon the lavish grounds and famous palace of Versailles after spending a night on the estate itself.

That prospect could soon be reality — at least for some of the wealthier visitors to France — after a government body that manages Versailles put out a tender to build a hotel alongside the fabled grounds.

CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES SAYS NO TO SELFIE STICKS

There are plans for three 17th century buildings on the border of the palace property to be converted into a luxury hotel, according to officials who confirmed a report in the newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.

Guests will have to enter the hotel from a road outside the estate, and not all the rooms will give on to the grounds.

But those that do will have a view across the Versailles gardens and, by craning necks to the right, a bit of the palace.

The company that wins the tender will have operating rights for 60 years, but will have to pay between eight million and 11 million euros to fix up the buildings’ walls and roof, and touch up the interior.

The cash-strapped government has increasingly been forced to turn to the private sector to keep its heritage in a good state.

A source close to the managing body for Versailles said the plan was part of a culture ministry policy “to renovate and add value to historic monuments’ spaces and installing economic activities”.

One of the buildings served as the finance ministry under Louis XV, and up to the Revolution of the late 18th century.

Leading French hotel group AccorHotels, which reportedly is competing in the tender launched two weeks ago, told AFP it was a “logical” choice given its strength in the sector.

It is not the first time a hotel has been planned at the site. In 2010, a company called Ivy International won a 30-year contract to build a 23-room hotel, but failed to go through with the scheme.

intercontinental hong kong

InterContinental Sells Hong Kong Hotel for $938 Million

intercontinental hong kong

InterContinental Hotels Group has agreed to sell its ownership interest in InterContinental Hong Kong to Supreme Key for $938 million.

Supreme Key has made a further commitment to invest in a significant refurbishment of the hotel. This is expected to commence in 2017 and will take place over a period of approximately 18 months.

intercontinental hong kong

IHG will retain a 37-year management contract on the hotel, with three ten-year extension rights, giving an expected contract length of 67 years.

InterContinental Hong Kong infinity pool

The hotel is internationally-acclaimed as one of the world’s most famous hotels, with a five-star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide, three Michelin-starred restaurants, and a wide range of meeting and banqueting facilities.

intercontinental hong kong

It is situated on the Kowloon waterfront, with unrivalled panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong’s skyline. The Hotel opened in 1980 and has 503 guest rooms, including 87 suites, and has been wholly owned by IHG and operated under the InterContinental brand since 2001.

Mandarin Oriental Milan

Mandarin Oriental Opens in Milan

Mandarin Oriental Milan

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the inauguration of The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s newest addition in Milan.

Mandarin Oriental Milan bedroom

The new hotel, located on Via Andegari, features contemporary Italian décor, the work of interior designer Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Interiors, whose previous projects include the Bulgari Hotel in Dubai.

Mandarin Oriental Milan bathroom

Offering 73 rooms and 31 suites, the hotel is home to the Mandarin Bar and the Seta restaurant, headed by Antonio Guida, and offers a selection of food that fuses Tuscan flavors with French and Asian influences.

Mandarin Oriental Milan bar

The new hotel’s amenities include a spa that’s nearly 10,000 square feet in size, with a gym, indoor pool and hair salon.

Facade Ritz Hotel Place Vendome

The Ritz Paris Takes Reservations [VIDEO]

Travelers can now book rooms at the newly renovated Ritz Paris for dates starting next year.

The reopening of the five-star hotel looks set to roll out at the end of 2015, but travelers wanting to make reservations may have to wait, as bookings are now available for dates starting March 14, 2016.

The Ritz Paris has been undergoing renovations since July 2012, and the project is the biggest makeover in the hotel’s 117 year-old history.

The refurbishment includes a new spa by luxury fashion brand Chanel, called “Chanel au Ritz Paris.” Rooms start at $985 per night.

Facade Ritz Hotel Place Vendome

Great Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard police station turned into luxury hotel

Great Scotland Yard

Great Scotland Yard, an historic landmark where London police once tried to solve the grisly murders carried out by Jack the Ripper, will be turned into a luxury hotel where rooms will cost a whopping £10,000 a night.

The building is set to undergo a major £50 million ($78 million USD) refurbishment that will turn London’s first police headquarters into an ultra-luxurious hotel property that will span seven storeys.

Opulent suites, two bars, restaurants, a library, lobby and entertaining room will occupy more than 92,000 square feet (8,550 square meters) of space.

Developers say they’ll preserve the building’s Edwardian Imperial red brick and stone facade as well as its name, The Great Scotland Yard, in order to build on the landmark’s storied history.

Inside, the decor will be “contemporary and stylish.” In addition to a five-star setting, the hotel will aim to attract guests with its rich history: It was here that, in the late 19th century, British police officers pored over notes and revisited the grisly murders committed by Jack the Ripper.

The station is also immortalized by novelists such as Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The hotel is scheduled to open in early 2017.

First Six Senses resort opens in Chengdu, China

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, has opened a new property in the Qing Cheng Mountains in Chengdu province, China.

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain spa

Set at the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage & Natural Cultural site at Dujiangyan, the Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain offers 113 guest rooms and suites ranging from semi-detached suites in duplex villas with balconies and verandas, to courtyard suites, and garden and pool villas.

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain bedroom

A collection of four suites may open on to a central courtyard, enabling them to be individually occupied or grouped into a private community compound for friends and family.

Read More @ adelto.co.uk

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain bathroomSix Senses Qing Cheng Mountain suite Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain bar  Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain bridge

Google Hotels

Google testing new instant hotel booking feature

Google Hotels

Google is beta testing a new feature that will allow users to instantly book a hotel room without leaving the search page.

Instead of simply delivering results for a particular hotel, the search page aggregates room rates from popular sites such as Hotwire.com, Booking.com and Hotels.com, as well as rates from the hotel itself.

When booking directly with the hotel, however, instead of being redirected to the property’s website, users will complete the reservation on the Google page for a more convenient booking experience.

The new service is being launched in partnership with travel technology company Sabre and is currently in beta.

For users, the new feature is touted as more convenient as it eliminates the need to leave the website and navigate different web pages.

For hotels, the new service reduces the “abandonment rate” commonly seen when consumers have to switch sites to complete a transaction.

The concept is similar to hotel aggregator sites such as Trivago and TripAdvisor, which pull up rates from several different booking sites.

The biggest difference, however, is that while Trivago and TripAdvisor hand off the completion of the transaction to the booking site, users can check out directly from the Google page if booking directly with the hotel.

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur

Palatial resort in India is best hotel in the world 2015

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur

The world’s best hotel for 2015 is a palatial resort fit for a maharaja, built on the edge of a fairy tale lake in Western India.

Coronated with the illustrious title by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine in their latest ‘World’s Best Awards,’ the Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur was given a near-perfect score of 99 by readers of the US publication.

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur

Located in a city widely described as the most romantic destination in India, the Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur capitalizes on its lake-front setting and the city’s old-world mythology — historic palaces, forts, temples and bazaars —  to offer a dreamy stay in a domed, marbled and lavish setting.

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur private boat

Designed to harken Udaipur’s royal past with decorative fountains, private courtyards and manicured gardens, guests arrive at the property by private boat and are greeted with lush purple bougainvillea trees and sweeping views of the Aravalli Hills across the lake.

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur semi-private pool

Modern conveniences and room décor are offset by touches of local Rajasthani accents and colors.

Activities at the hotel include culinary classes, yoga, Henna lessons, art classes, lake cruises, camel ride, sightseeing tours and luxury on-site spa treatments.

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur Spa Suite

The property, which served as hunting grounds 200 years ago, also features a wildlife conservatory that is home to Indian spotted deer, wild boar and peacocks.

Oberoi Udaivilas Udaipur cascading stairway

World’s Best Hotels | Travel + Leisure

1. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
2. Hotel Castello di Casole — a Timbers Resort, Casole d’Elsa, Italy
3. Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
4. Triple Creek Ranch Darby, Montana
5. Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur, India
6. Four Seasons Hotel, Istanbul at Sultanahmet, Turkey
7. Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park Area, South Africa
8. Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, California (three-way tie)
8. The Peninsula Shanghai
8. Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Luxury Collection Resort, Key West, Florida

Yoga at the spa pool

Chef Christophe Moret

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris launches 100% Green Evenings

Chef Christophe Moret

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris launches a first in the world of Parisian palace hotels by hosting a series of “100% Green Dinners”.

On the first Thursday of each month, La Bauhinia will present a special five-course vegetable-focused menu and invite one of the hotel’s exceptional French market purveyors to meet with diners.

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris Executive Chef Christophe Moret has been cultivating his nature-driven cuisine since his arrival in January 2015.

As the grandson of a market gardener, it was natural for him to imagine a “Rooted in Nature” menu that placed vegetables at the forefront without sacrificing taste and pleasure.

Guided by values that are dear to his heart – freshness, local, transparent, and ethical – the chef will create each Thursday a different green menu full of vibrant and complex flavours such as Tomato Bloody Mary and Spring Rolls made from watermelon stuffed with soup herbs; Kasha and Green Vegetables En Cocotte with almond milk; Turnips and Red Beetroots roasted in a wood-burning oven and Tofu Ravioli with borsch vinaigrette; Strawberries scented with Sangria, and coconut and lime sorbet.

To accompany this unique menu, Head Sommelier Cédric Maupoint has chosen wines produced through biodynamic agriculture, specific teas, coffees and non-roasted cocoa beans, all hand-picked and distributed through fair-trade channels.

To further enhance the evening, La Bauhinia will be transformed by a nature-inspired decor and a DJ will create a celebratory atmosphere.

Green Dinners at Shangri-La Hotel, Paris will be served every first Thursday of the month. A five-course menu is priced at €68.

Upcoming dates are Thursday, 9 July, and then the first Thursday of each month from September to December.

InterContinental Dubai Marina

InterContinental Dubai Marina now open

InterContinental Dubai Marina

InterContinental Hotels Group has expanded its portfolio of hotels in Dubai with the opening of the InterContinental Dubai Marina.

MORE THAN 13 MILLION TOURISTS VISITED DUBAI IN 2014

The property features 132 rooms and 196 fully serviced InterContinental residential suites and has views over Dubai Marina.

Part of the Bay Central development, situated in Dubai’s newest hub for contemporary lifestyle in the heart of Dubai Marina, the hotel is located within walking distance of the Dubai tram and metro.

Dubai Marina

The property features nine restaurants, lounges and bars, an outdoor swimming poo, male and female spas, gym facilities and meeting spaces.

The jewel in the hotel’s crown will be Marina Social restaurant – British, Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton’s first in the Middle East – which will open later in September 2015.

Suiran Kyoto

Starwood opens first Luxury Collection hotel in Japan

Suiran Kyoto

The Suiran in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district opens this week and will combine the hotel chain’s existing luxury concierge service with traditional Japanese hospitality.

Presidential Suite Suiran

Overlooking the Arashiyama hills, and situated within the grounds of Tenryuji temple, a World Heritage site, the hotel offers 39 guest rooms ranging in size from 500-1000 square feet (46-93 sq meters).

Kyo Suiran

The hotel also features a traditional Japanese open-air bath and a number of Japanese well-being treatments, while the menu at the hotel’s restaurant, Kyo Suiran (pictured above), is focused on local flavors and traditional cuisine but with a modern twist.

Suiran Hotel

“With an esteemed past as well as a Japanese-style experience defined by renowned Japanese hospitality and cuisine, Suiran will resonate with sophisticated and affluent guests seeking a different, more refined side of travel,” said Hiroshi Komoto, General Manager.

St Regis Hotel Istanbul

St. Regis Hotels opens Istanbul flagship

St Regis Hotel Istanbul

The opening of the St. Regis Istanbul marks the luxury brand’s debut in Turkey and features the first international outpost of Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant plus the world’s second Bentley Suite.

Designed by Turkish architect Emre Arolat, the hotel sits atop Maçka Park, with views of the Bosphorus from its 118 guestrooms and suites.

St Regis Hotel Istanbul lobby

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In addition to the California-style cuisine at Spago, whose other locations are all found in the US, a highlight of the hotel is the Bentley Suite, inspired by the Continental range of Bentley grand tourers and featuring iconic Bentley design elements throughout.

St Regis Hotel Istanbul Bentley Suite

The first Bentley Suite opened at the St. Regis Hotel New York in 2012.

www.stregis.com/istanbul

baccarat hotel NYC room

First Baccarat-branded hotel opens in New York

baccarat hotel exterior

French Crystal maker Baccarat has opened its first hotel in New York, bringing a distinctly Parisian retreat to the streets of Manhattan.

Located opposite the Museum of Modern Art, the Baccarat Hotel & Residences asserts its presence on the streets of Manhattan with a 125-foot (38-meter) wide facade made to resemble corrugated crystal curtains.

Baccarat Hotel Restaurant

The opening of the new Baccarat hotel marks a new chapter for the 250-year-old crystal company, which is now pitching itself as a lifestyle brand.

Built into the telephone handset, for example, is a button marked “Champagne” that will send up a vintage bottle of bubbly for parched guests with luxury palates.

baccarat hotel hallway

Likewise, the minibar is filled with gourmet French treats from Fauchon, and the marble counters in luxury suites are lined with complimentary La Mer skincare products.

The Baccarat hotel also features the first Spa de La Mer in the US.

baccarat hotel guest rooms

A total of 17 cascading chandeliers provide light, drama and opulence to the Parisian-inspired hotel particulier and offset a muted color palette of taupes and greys — the colors of wealth.

Guests are greeted with a spectacular light show upon entry, with a 20-by-25-foot wall composed of 2,000 Baccarat glasses that are backlit by LED lights.

baccarat hotel room

Throughout the hotel — which counts 114 rooms and suites and 60 private residences — a curated collection of art from the company’s own archives lines the walls and fills the rooms.

In addition to custom-made furnishings produced by French artists, design details include hand-pleated silk wall coverings, sparkling mica-covered vaulted ceilings, silver-leafed wood paneling, and marble walls and tables.

baccarat hotel NYC room

The hotel is also hoping to make New York hotspots of its French restaurant Chevalier, overseen by Michelin-starred chef Shea Gallante, and The Bar at Baccarat, with its 60-foot bar (18-meter) and outdoor terrace overlooking the MoMA.

baccarat hotel bathroom

The internationally renowned French crystal manufacturer also plans to open a hotel in Rabat (Morocco) later next year and in Dubai by 2018.

baccarat hotel dining

More information: www.baccarathotels.com

Corinthia Hotel St George Bay

Escape the Winter Blues in Luxury with Corinthia Hotels

Corinthia Hotel bell boy

Anyone will admit that things just feel better when you buy them on sale. If a person can save some money on a flight, hotel stay or a pair of shoes, it means one thing: more money to spend elsewhere, which could obviously be another flight, hotel stay or *cough* another pair of shoes.

Just like those pair of shoes, hotels have become the newest and most luxurious of flaunt-able accessories.

Fashion houses, celebrities and the anonymous super rich want to own them and the rest of us just want to say we’ve stayed there.

Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg

Corinthia Hotels is making this easier by offering fantastic rates throughout their annual sale.

You can get 50% off across their European destinations or experience 3 nights for the price of 2 when you book a stay at Corinthia’s London hotel.

Now you can fall in love with succumbing to sticker shock with this deal.

Corinthia Hotel London Trafalga Suite

Corinthia Hotels appeal can be described as being “authentically local.” Corenthia is not a manager of towers in the sky. The physical aspects of the properties are a big part of the resorts.

Take for example London’s most fashionable hotel bling, Whitehall’s Corinthia Hotel: a shiny new panache five star property ensconced in a hallowed vintage building. It’s for those who clearly feel the Corinthia is the fashion accessory of the moment.

Corinthia Hotel London River Suite Bedroom

Corinthia’s plethora of unique hotels embodies the values that they embraced 50 years ago – warm hospitality and refined luxury under one welcoming roof. With every locale rich in culture, quality and character, at Corinthia, they quietly stand out from the crowd.

Corinthia Hotels’ portfolio includes properties in London (the company’s flagship), St Petersburg in Russia, Budapest, Lisbon, Prague, Tripoli in Libya, Khartoum in Sudan, St George’s Bay in Malta (pictured below), and also the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Malta.

Corinthia Hotel St George Bay

More information: www.corinthia.com

Book now until March 31, 2015. Rates offered for the annual sale are discounted on the daily BAR (Best Available Rate) and the minimum length of stays and black-out dates may apply during this offer. The special rates do not apply to block bookings of nine rooms or more. While the offer expires on March 31, rates are valid until the end of December 2015.

Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Abu Dhabi hotel launches $108,900 Valentine’s Day package

Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

The Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi has launched an ultra-luxurious package that aims to up the ante in romance and extravagance.

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While 400,000 AED might not buy love, at the Shangri-La it buys a stay at the Presidential Suite, fresh flowers, gourmet chocolates, and champagne.

Then, the couple will be treated to a spa treatment that includes a caviar facial and a rooftop dinner that includes typical, luxurious French delicacies: caviar, oysters, and a serenade from a private musician.

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

But the real kicker in the package is the inclusion of a Hublot watch and Dior couture piece that the couple will swap in a gift exchange. A personal shopper will be on hand to help choose the items.

To cap off the romantic weekend, the couple will also embark on a nocturnal helicopter ride above the glittering city.

For more info visit www.shangri-la.com.

The Beaumont Hotel

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

The Beaumont Hotel

The Beaumont hotel in London, opened by the same restaurateurs behind popular addresses such as The Wolseley and The Delaunay, has been named the best new luxury hotel in 2014.

Experts at Luxury Travel Intelligence praised The Beaumont for its Art Deco-inspired rooms, warm and welcoming suites and on-site restaurant The Colony Grill Room, which has become one of the hottest reservations in town this year, they said.

The Beaumont

After several delays, partners Chris Corbin and Jeremy King opened the doors to The Beaumont, the first hotel in their Corbin & King portfolio, in the tony neighborhood of Mayfair, near Bond Street and Hyde Park.

The boutique hotel features 50 rooms, 13 studios and 10 suites.

The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont

Rounding out the top five new hotel openings for 2014 on the list are Portrait, Florence; the refurbished Loews Regency, New York; Four Seasons, Moscow; and Maalifushi, Maldives.

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Top 10 new luxury hotel openings of 2014

1. Beaumont, London
2. Portrait, Florence

Portrait hotel Florence

3. Loews Regency, New York

Loews Regency Hotel New York lounge

4. Four Seasons, Moscow

Four Seasons Moscow room

5. Maalifushi, Maldives

Maalfushi by Como Maldives

6. Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka

Cape Weligama Sri Lanka

7. Raffles, Istanbul

Raffles Istanbul Turkey

8. Four Seasons, Dubai (Jumeirah Beach)

Four Seasons Dubai Jumeirah Beach

 

9. Waldorf Astoria, Amsterdam

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

10. Cromlix House, Scotland

Cromlix House Scotland

J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Isola delle Rose

JW Marriott Venice to boast largest spa in the city

J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Isola delle Rose

 is set to open the doors to a new private island JW Marriott resort that will boast the largest spa in the city.

Nestled within a picturesque lagoon on Isola delle Rose (Italian for ‘Rose Island’), the 266-room JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa offers views of iconic Venice landmarks including St Mark’s Square and La Serenissima.

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Isola delle Rose

Rooms at the JW Marriott Venice will be contemporary in design, a departure from many of the luxurious hotels that play up old Venetian glamour with baroque Italian furnishings and elaborate frescoes.

The opening will mark the brand’s first resort and spa in Europe.

JW MARRIOTT TEAMS UP WITH LEADING LUXURY BRANDS

J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

Set across 16 acres, the property will feature fruit arbors, olive groves, restaurants and bars, as well as a cooking school and wine academy.

When complete, the 1,750-meter spa will become the largest in Venice and feature indoor and outdoor aqua-tonic pools, health club, treatment rooms, hammam and luxury spa suite.

J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Room

Facilities and activities will include canoeing and sailing, while guests will also be able to make their own Murano glass and Venetian masks in workshops led by local artisans.

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J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa bathroom

Room rates at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa start at €395.

a Grande Maison in Bordeaux

La Grande Maison luxury hotel to open in Bordeaux

La Grande Maison in Bordeaux

From December 9, Bordeaux will boast a new luxury hotel and restaurant overseen by French wine magnate Bernard Magrez and Joël Robuchon.

La Grande Maison, a new property in Bordeaux with just six guest rooms, is intended as a tribute to art in all its forms, and namely to the arts of gastronomy, oenology and interior design.

In the rooms, guests will find a warm and inviting atmosphere and an updated take on Napoleon III style. Soft, luxurious materials complement high-end furniture and lighting fixtures to create a refined décor.

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It is only fitting that Bernard Magrez, a leading name in the world of fine wines, invited an equally renowned cuisine expert, Joël Robuchon, to helm the restaurant at his new luxury hotel.

In two dining rooms with 45 place settings, guests will savor the chef’s signature dishes and regional specialties such as entrecôte (rib steak) grilled over Médoc grape vine wood.

The wine list will include no less than 259 Grands Crus Classés de Bordeaux and related wines (Pomerol and Bourgeois), including the four Grands Crus Classés owned by Magrez (Château Pape Clément, Château La Tour Carnet, Château Fombrauge and Clos Haut-Peyraguey).

Rooms are priced from €295 (around $370) per night.

Reservations: www.lagrandemaison-bordeaux.com

W Beijing

W Hotel Opens in Beijing, China

W Beijing

Beijing has opened the doors to a new , a modern, glitzy property that aims to be the hotel of choice for the fashion, music and entertainment industry who descend on the bustling capital.

Located on Chang’an Avenue, a major thoroughfare that’s also home to major landmarks and monuments like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Silk Market and the Beijing Concert Hall, the W Beijing towers over a place that straddles tradition, history and the 21st century.

DON’T MISS: W HOTELS TO DOUBLE ASIAN PORTFOLIO

W Beijing lobby

All 349 guestrooms and suites feature digital tablets that can control room lighting and mood, a home theater system with Bose portable speakers and amenities from Bliss.

DON’T MISS: CHINA PLANS $1.3BN ‘SEVEN-STAR HOTEL’

W Beijing room

The W Beijing is the second of several W Hotels planned for China over the next five years in cities like Changsha, Chengdu, Shanghai, Suzhou, Sanya, and Shenyang.

W Hotels opened its first China location in the city of Guangzhou.

w beijing Spectacular Room King Bed

W Beijing – Chang’an is offering special rates to celebrate its opening from November 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.

More information available at www.whotels.com/beijing

Six Senses Nin Vanh Bay

Is this the world’s sexiest bedroom?

Six Senses Nin Vanh Bay

There is no stripper pole or ceiling mirror in the bedroom that’s just been named the sexiest hotel bedroom in the world.

Instead, the water villa at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam offers sunset views of the bay, thanks to a king-sized bed positioned to face the water in an open-concept, doorless hideaway that harnesses its natural surroundings — water, tropical jungle and light — to seduce its tenants.

spa Dormy House Cotswolds

For the second edition of the Smith Hotel Awards, hosted by boutique hotel specialists Mr & Mrs Smith, the Six Senses luxury resort and spa nabbed the title of sexiest bedroom for offering “ravishingly romantic” villas that evoke the notion of a castaway romance.

This year’s pick marks a stark contrast to last year’s winner, the Corfu Suite at Blakes Hotel London (below), a lavish bedroom featuring detailed mother-of-pearl dressers and a four-poster bed draped in gossamer nets.

Corfu Suite Blakes Hotel London

Instead, the seduction of Water Villa 5 could be its understated minimalism, accented simply by a draping mosquito net over a king-sized bed and open concept to excite the imagination.

“Water Villa 5 is the pick of the bunch, with an infinity-edge plunge pool set seductively into the rocks, a private ladder leading into the ocean, and rustic-luxe good looks that conjure a cocoon of pure castaway romance.”

Uxua Casa Brazil

The Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa in Bahia, Brazil (pictured above) was also a big winner in the Smith Hotel awards, taking the title of Best Smith Hotel for offering all-natural spa treatments in tree-flanked pavilions, a quartz-lined pool and inventive Brazilian cuisine, editors said.

The hotel was designed by the former creative director of Italian clothing company Diesel.

Monastero Santa Rosa

Other winners included:

Best Hotel Restaurant: Hartnett, Holder & Co at Lime Wood, UK
The Eco Award: Sal Salis, Australia
Hottest Hotel Bar: The NoMad Hotel, US
Best Spa Hotel: House Spa at Dormy House, Cotswolds
Best Budget Hotel: 1888 Hotel, Sydney Australia
Best-Dressed Hotel: El Fenn, Morocco (below)

For the full list visit smithhotelawards.com/2014/winners.

El Fenn Morocco