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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

jumeirah beach hotel

Burj Al Arab to begin 15th birthday celebrations

, the world’s most luxurious hotel and the flagship property of Jumeirah Group, is preparing to embark on a year of milestone celebrations to mark 15 years as the pinnacle of Arabian hospitality.

Built on an artificial island 280 meters from the Jumeirah coast, the five-star luxury hotel was commissioned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

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Aerial view luxury Burj Al Arab

On December 1, the hotel will host a fireworks show, combined with a visual 3D mapping projection that will be played off the sail-like structure.

Longtime partner Hermès will also be launching a series of limited edition gifts that the property has featured over the last 15 years.

Designed by architect Tom Wright of WS Atkins, construction of the hotel began in 1994 and involved 250 designers from the UK, US and Dubai, 3,000 companies and contractors, and the labor of 3,500 workmen at any given time. The hotel officially opened its doors on December 1, 1999.

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helipad Burj Al Arab

At 321 meters, the Burj Al Arab stands taller than the Eiffel Tower and is 60 meters shorter than the Empire State Building.

The 15th anniversary celebrations will continue throughout 2015 with a spectacular ‘Best of the Burj’ package featuring the top experiences available at the hotel.

The package includes Rolls-Royce Phantom pick-up, a luxurious suite, six-course degustation dinner and signature spa experience.

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The Rolls Royce on the bridge to Burj-Al-Arab

Rates start at 5,990 AED ($1,630 USD) a night.

Fans of the hotel can follow the celebrations on social media channels with the hashtag  #CelebrateWithBurjAlArab.

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The Ritz Hotel London

The most popular hotel in London for the super-rich is..

The Ritz Hotel London

Where do the world’s mega-rich travelers rest their heads when they stay in London? According to a new report, that would be The Ritz London!

According to a report from New World Wealth, which keeps tabs on the hotel habits of 20,000 multi-millionaires in their database, the hotel of choice for 2,600 of the world’s ‘one-percent’ in London was The Ritz, followed by the Mandarin Oriental (2,200), and Claridge’s London (1,900).

The report also highlights different market preferences for luxury brands: The Ritz and the Mandarin Oriental are particularly popular among wealthy travelers from the Middle East and Asia, analysts say.

, meanwhile, is mainly used by business visitors, while The Berkeley brand is popular among rich American and Canadian visitors.

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The report estimates that the UK received about 80,000 multimillionaires in the 12 months from June 2013 to 2014.

The Mandarin Oriental London, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire and The Ritz London were the highest-ranking hotels when it came to guest satisfaction, as rated by a panel of selected multimillionaires.

Last month, the same group also found that the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas emerged the most popular hotel among the world’s wealthiest travelers, as it received 6,400 visits in a one-year period.

For the purposes of the study, a multimillionaire is defined as an individual with net assets of at last $10 million USD.

Bulgari Hotel Beijing

Bulgari Hotel to open in Beijing

Bulgari Hotel Beijing

Bulgari Hotels are set to launch a new luxury hotel in 2017, located in Beijing’s upmarket Embassy District and overlooking the Liangma River.

The 120 rooms and suites of the hotel will be flanked by two office buildings and a contemporary art gallery. The space will be designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners and will sit with the rest of the brand’s ‘contemporary Italian’ aesthetic for its hotel portfolio.

“The combination of the natural landscape with the artistic content will make this development a new benchmark for enlightened luxury living in the future,” explained Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin.

This hotel will join the brand’s existing locations in Milan, Bali, Tokyo and London. Ahead of the Beijing launch, another Chinese outpost is set to launch in 2016 in Shanghai, with a further hotel opening in Dubai in 2018.

Canopy Hotel Portland Lobby

Hilton unveils Canopy by Hilton brand

Canopy Hotel Portland Lobby

 has introduced Canopy by Hilton, a new brand in the lifestyle category of next-generation boutique hotels emphasizing comfort, design and personalized experience.

The Canopy by Hilton hotels will “take the emphasis off of capital-intensive design,” explains Hilton Worldwide CEO Christopher J. Nassetta, to provide “an energizing, comfortable stay.”

Each hotel will be unique. The group will aim to tailor each property to suit guests’ needs, which vary from city to city.

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The approach to design will focus on reflecting the energy of the local neighborhood and creating a comfortable, inviting atmosphere.

Developed based on extensive client surveys, the Canopy by Hilton concept will offer more “included value,” something often requested by guests. An “artisanal” breakfast and WiFi are among the extras to be included with the price of every room.

Guests will even find a locally relevant welcome gift upon arrival in their room, and they will be invited to take part in a tasting of local wine.

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And since the new hotels target a tech-savvy clientele, guests will be able to check in directly from their smartphones.

The first Canopy by Hilton hotels are slated to open in 2015, as the hotel group is currently moving forward with conversion or construction projects in urban neighborhoods and secondary markets around the world.

Canopy by Hilton has signed letters of intent to open properties in 10 US cities (Miami, Washington DC, Portland, San Diego, Nashville, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Oklahoma City, Savannah, Ithaca) as well as in London.

With its new lifestyle brand of boutique hotels, Hilton is catching up with rivals like , which has its  properties, and Intercontinental, which opened the first hotel from its new  brand on October 9.

 are small, stylish properties that are typically located in urban areas.

More information: www.canopybyhilton.com

W South Beach

W South Beach Unveils $1 Million Wedding Package

W South Beach

In what could go down as one of the most extravagant hotel wedding packages ever, the W South Beach has created a ‘Million-Dollar Wedding.’

As its name suggests, this one’s not for penny pinchers. If you literally have a million-dollar wedding budget and are looking for a one-stop shop, wedding planners over at the W South Beach in Miami have created a package described as the “ultimate in wedding extravagance.”

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W South Beach living room

So what exactly does a million-dollar wedding involve?

Pre-wedding, couples are entitled to separate four-night stays — one for the bride and the other for the groom — in advance of the big day, as well as a seaplane excursion and a yacht dinner.

W South Beach bedroom

Spa services include a “complexion-boosting boot camp” for brides and ‘grooming’ services for the husband-to-be.

In addition to a wedding dress from Ever After Boutique and custom-designed tux, the package also takes into account post-wedding needs, such as “designer intimates” for night and day.

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W South Beach bathroom

Come the big day, the hotel will provide a seated dinner for 175 guests catered by in-house restaurant The Dutch which serves American cuisine and is helmed by celebrity US chef Andrew Carmellini.

A team of photographers, and music — such as a seven-piece band and DJ are also included. Couples also get their own personal ‘Jeeves,’ or butler, to cater to their nearly-every whim and fancy.

W South Beach penthouse

After spending their first night as husband and wife at the hotel’s Penthouse Suite (pictured above), the couple will then jet off for a six-night stay at The Royal Estate at the St. Regis Bora Bora (pictured below).

St Regis Bora Bora Resort

New York Palace suite dining room

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Here’s a look at some of the most extravagant and outrageous honeymoon  in the world, aimed at those for whom tens of thousands of dollars is chump change when it comes to celebrating their love.

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New York Palace

New York Palace suite dining room

It may sound extravagant to throw in a diamond ring with a hotel reservation, but given that the Jewel Suite at the New York Palace costs $25,000 a night, the ring could be construed as a courtesy amenity.

While some hotels offer their VIP guests a complimentary bottle of bubbly, fruit basket or box of chocolates, the New York Palace comes with a gem worth $2,500, designed by jeweler to the stars Martin Katz.

Jewel Suite Stair case

The ‘Ultimate Proposal Package’ includes a private consultation with Katz for a custom-designed band and private, rooftop dinner.

Burj Al Arab Dubai

helipad Burj Al Arab

Couples for whom there is no mountain high enough can book the hotel’s helipad as their wedding reception venue. For $55,000 USD, couples can select the hotel’s ‘Wedding in the Skies’ package for an unforgettable ceremony 212 m in the sky.

Couples will exchange their vows on the same site where Tiger Woods teed off, and where tennis legends Roger Federer and Andre Agassi engaged in a friendly tennis match. Instead of a horse-drawn carriage, couples can also hire out an Italian twin engine Augusta 109 aircraft.

Couples booked in at the Royal Suite will also get a personal butler and an iPad plated in 24-carat gold.

InterContinental Geneva

The Residence at the InterContinental Geneva

For the sum of a middle-income salary, you too, can book a one-night stay at the world’s most expensive hotel suite, The Residence at the InterContinental Geneva: Putting your head down in the 7,000-square foot apartment will set you back $56,000.

With 11 rooms including a library, gallery, hammam, gym and sauna, the apartment is ideal for those who may be feting their wedding with out-of-town guests — along with those couples who may need their space after the festivities.

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

george v penthouse

For a fairytale honeymoon that plays into all the clichés — but in an elegant and luxurious way — incurable romantics may want to consider inaugurating their lives as husband and wife in the city of love, at the Four Seasons Hotel George V which offers wedding and honeymoon packages.

Activities include private limousine tours of some of the city’s most iconic sites; a river cruise along the Seine; a day trip to the Loire Valley (chateau country), couples spa treatments; champagne tasting in the hotel’s cellar, and privately escorted tours of the Louvre after hours.

Splurge for The Penthouse and you can share a kiss when the Eiffel Tower erupts in her fairytale lights on the hour, as the balcony offers 360 views of the Iron Lady.

InterContinental Hong Kong

InterContinental Hong Kong infinity pool

In Asia, the most extravagant honeymoon suite can be found at the top of the InterContinental Hong Kong, the largest suite in the city and one of Asia’s most impressive rooms.

Its most stunning feature? A 2,500-square-foot rooftop terrace with a private infinity pool and Jacuzzi that offers dizzying views of the Victoria Harbour and city skyline. Expect a welcome that includes glasses of Dom Pérignon bubbly, rooftop dinner, and around-the-clock butler service to help you navigate around the 7,000 square-foot duplex.

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Selfie In Paris

Mandarin Oriental Paris offers selfie package

Selfie In Paris

The Mandarin Oriental Paris now offers a package with a private tour of the French capital’s best locations for Instagram-worthy self-portraits.

The Mandarin Oriental’s “Selfie in Paris” offer includes a night in a Deluxe room with breakfast and three hours with a private car and driver.

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Suite at the Mandarin Oriental Paris

Guests are given a complete list of the most scenic and photogenic locations in Paris. While riding from one selfie spot to the next in the chauffeured car, guests can post their photos online thanks to the vehicle’s on-board Wi-Fi. Complimentary Wi-Fi is also offered in the hotel room.

By appealing to selfie takers, hotels aim not only to attract fans of the popular pastime but also to boost their own online presence.

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Mandarin Oriental Paris Private terrace

The idea is that guests will flood social networks with their vacation photos, ideally while referencing their accommodations. In the case of the Mandarin Oriental’s Selfie in Paris offer, guests are encouraged to post their photos using the tags @MO_PARIS and #MOselfiecontest.

At the end of each month from October to January, the hotel manager will select the best selfie posted with these tags. The winning photographer will receive a free one-night stay at the Parisian hotel.

Mandarin Oriental Paris exterior

The Selfie à Paris package is available from October 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015, subject to availability, starting at € 995.

Park Hyatt New York

Park Hyatt opens flagship hotel in New York [VIDEO]

Hyatt has unveiled its first New York property under the PARK HYATT branding this week, located at 153 West 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

The Park Hyatt New York tapped some of the most exclusive and luxurious brands in the world to help birth the hotel, including internationally renowned design firm Yabu Pushelberg, which is behind the 210 guestrooms and suites.

Park Hyatt New York

The hotel has also curated its own art collection with the help of Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, the Central Park Conservancy and Sotheby’s, with 350 pieces that line the walls and halls of the property, including 10 pieces of original art commissioned by the hotel.

Contributing artists include Ellsworth Kelly, Rob Fischer and Robert Longo.

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Park Hyatt New York Bedroom

The hotel occupies the first 25 floors of the 90-storey One57 skyscraper.

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The bathrooms of the Park Hyatt New York are also kitted out with one of the Tubereuse 40 bath amenities by Le Labo Fragrances, a scent blended exclusively for the hotel.

Park Hyatt New York lobby

Standard rooms are also billed as among the biggest in New York, spanning 475 square feet (44 square meters). Rates start at $795 a night.

ritz carlton Haikou Mission Hills

Ritz-Carlton plans first golf resort in China

ritz carlton Haikou Mission Hills

The  Hotel Company is to open its first luxury golf resort in China, which will open in 2015 in Hainan Island.

Developed by the Mission Hills Golf Club and managed by The Ritz-Carlton, the 201 room resort includes 21 private villas and a dedicated club house.

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It will be part of the Haikou Mission Hills Golf Club project, which boasts 10 golf courses and will be the largest public golf complex in the world.

Mission Hills Hainan

Designed by architects AECOM with interiors created by Hirsch Bedner Associates, the property includes five restaurants and bars, a Ritz-Carton Spa and extensive leisure facilities including tennis courts, two swimming pools and a recreation pavilion.

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The nearby city of Haikou, nicknamed the Coconut City, has recently reinvented itself as Hainan’s new hub for business and tourism.

The region is known for its white sand beaches and is home to China’s national sailing and windsurfing teams.

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