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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

Top Five Most Romantic Honeymoon Suites

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.

DON’T MISS: THE WORLD’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS HOTEL SUITES

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.

SEE ALSO: ILLEGAL GOLF COURSES IN CHINA FLOURISH

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

La Residence Franschhoek South Africa

Top 10 Small Hotels in the World – 2014

La Residence Franschhoek South Africa

CN Traveler has released its picks for the best small hotels in the world, a collection of luxury properties with no more than 20 rooms, located in remote places (a Peruvian canyon, a volcanic Mediterranean crater rim, etc.).

Taking the top spot among readers with a score of 99.2, is La Residence, Franschhoek, an opulent property set in South Africa’s food and wine heartland, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

La Residence Franschhoek lobby

“Opening onto wide verandas and mountain views, the 11 extravagant suites are layered with French and Asian antiques, fantastic local art, and Persian carpets, and each has its own personality—from a girly boudoir in pink and lime green to a palatial honeymoon suite in white marble,” raves CN Traveler.

La Residence Franschhoek bedroom

Decor is a mix of elegant antiques, Persian rugs, lavish but plush furnishings, one-of-a-kind art works, and warm, inviting colors in rooms that harken everything from the Orient and the Far East to French and Italian glamour.

In addition to sumptuous quarters, La Residence is known for its spa and dining offerings.

Perivolas, Santorini, Greece

Tied for second place with 98.5 points are Casa de Sierra Nevada in Mexico, and Perivolas in Santorini, Greece.

Casa de Sierra Nevada

A mix of 16th to 18th-century décor, the Spanish colonial buildings at Casa de Sierra Nevada are described as unlike any other property in the world, while Perivolas sits on a cliff on the edge of the island’s caldera, a basin-like depression formed in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption.

Peninsula House, Samana, Dominican Republic

Here are the best small hotels in the world:

1. La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa
2. Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
3. Perivolas, Santorini, Greece (tied for 2nd place)
4. Peninsula House, Samana, Dominican Republic
5. Las Casitas Del Colca, Caymolla Province, Peru
6. John Rutledge House Inn, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
7. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai, Thailand
8. Chateau du Sureau, Oakhurst, California, USA
9. Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort & Inn, Heredia, Costa Rica
10. Hastings House Country House Hotel, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

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.

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.

Palace

Shangri-La hotel in Paris awarded palace status

The Shangri-La Paris

Less than four years after its opening, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris has been granted an official ‘Palace Distinction’.

The best hotels in France are awarded ‘palace’ status in recognition of exceptional service excellence from Atout France, the French Agency for Tourism Development.

Palace

Established in 2010, the accolade is provided to properties that fulfil a number of criteria and “embody French standards of excellence and contribute to enhancing the image of France throughout the world.”

Shangri-La Paris joins a handful of other venues that have been awarded the palace distinction, such as Le Royal Monceau and Four Seasons George V.

Le Royal Monceau spa

Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is located just a few steps from the Eiffel Tower. The majority of the 101 rooms and suites offer views of famous Paris sights.

Shangri La hotel Paris

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.

SEE ALSO: THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE HOTEL SUITES

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

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.

tetiaroa

Marlon Brando’s luxurious French Polynesia retreat

Tetiaroa

On the 10th anniversary of Marlon Brando’s death, a dream to develop his private island sanctuary in French Polynesia has come true, with the doors to his eco-friendly resort opening this week.

Dubbed The Brando, the luxury resort is set on the private atoll of Tetiaroa, a series of a dozen islets 30 miles (48 km) north of Tahiti, and was built to pay homage to Brando’s overall vision: a sustainable, self-sufficient paradisiacal hideaway that allows guests to bask in luxury — guiltlessly.

Brando resort at Tetiaroa

As part of its goal to go carbon neutral, half the resort is powered by solar energy, for example, while the balance of power is produced by a biofuel thermal power station fueled by coconut oil.

Guests keep cool via seawater air conditioning, which harnesses the cold of ocean depths, pipes it to land and converts the energy into air conditioning, and they tuck into dishes from Michelin-starred French chef Guy Martin made with organic fruits and vegetables plucked from the island’s gardens.

Brando resort

Each of the 35 deluxe villas comes with its own private beach and plunge pool, and is designed to reflect Polynesian culture while also offering the modern conveniences of wifi, flat screen TVs, and king-size beds.

Activities include snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, Polynesian canoeing, scuba diving, tennis, biking, and guided tours by naturalists.

atoll of Tetiaroa

A spa also offers holistic treatments inspired by ancient Polynesian traditions, private massage villas, steam baths, and a yoga shelter.

In keeping with Brando’s vision for a research and development center exploring the preservation of tropical islands, the resort is also home to an EcoStation described as a think tank for scientists and researchers who will be available to chat about their work and local wildlife.

Brando resort Tetiaroa

Rates for one-bedroom villas start at €1,800 ($2.460) a night for the soft opening until September 30, before rising to €3,000 ($4,100) a night.

Tetiaroa beach

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.

SEE ALSO: LVMH ACQUIRES ST BARTH HOTEL

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.

SEE ALSO: NEW LUXURY ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE MALDIVES

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

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.

SLS Las Vegas

Hilton to launch Curio

SLS Las Vegas

International hotel chain Hilton Worldwide has launched a new luxury brand in response to the growing popularity and demand for boutique hotels and hyper-local experiences.

Curio – A Collection by Hilton is pitched as a brand that that will curate four to five-star distinctive hotels that represent the local area and offer authentic experiences unique to the destination.

So far, the collection includes the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino; The Sam Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas; Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, South Dakota and The Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with another property in Portland, Oregon to be announced shortly.

SLS Las Vegas Curio Hilton

“Our customers and owners have expressed strong interest in a brand from us that includes hotels that can retain their unique identity but also deliver the many benefits of our system, including our Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program,” said Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide.

“That desire, combined with the current size of the independent hotel market and demand for differentiated hotel stays around the world, made for the right timing for this launch.”

The strategy borrows from the playbook of rival Starwood Hotels & Resorts, whose W Hotels is pitched as a trendy, boutique hotel brand.

While not a boutique hotel in the traditional sense, Curio’s SLS Las Vegas will anchor the Curio collection with big-name collaborations that include Philippe Starck and James Beard Foundation winning chef José Andrés.

The $415 million renovation will redevelop the site of the former Sahara Hotel & Resort, a location steeped in Las Vegas history.

Hotel Alex Johnson

The Hotel Alex Johnson (pictured above), meanwhile, is located near the Mount Rushmore National Memorial and is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is The Sam Houston Hotel in Texas.

Curio becomes Hilton Worldwide’s 11th hotel brand, a portfolio that includes the , Conrad and .

Aerial view luxury Burj Al Arab

And the best hotel in the world is…

Aerial view luxury Burj Al Arab

The  in Dubai has been named the best hotel in the world by readers of The Telegraph’s luxury magazine Ultratravel.

In addition to taking the title of best hotel in the Middle East, the luxury hotel beat Claridge’s in London, the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, the Mandarin Oriental and The Upper House in Hong Kong to take the lofty title.

The Burj Al Arab was also chosen by the UK publication’s readers as the best hotel on the planet last year.

helipad Burj Al Arab

In the glittering city of superlatives that makes sport of claiming a string of firsts, largest and tallest records, the Burj Al Arab offers a slew of extravagant hotel services including butler service for kids, weddings on the hotel helipad, and 24-carat-gold-plated iPads.

It was also named the world’s leading hotel at the World Travel Awards last year, an event known as the Oscars of the travel industry.

Other major winners of the Ultratravel awards include Emirates, which won in the category of best long-haul first class, and British Airways for best long-haul business class.

Emirates A380

Here are the other major winners:

Best hotel in the Middle East: Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Best new hotel in the world: Rosewood London

Best hotel in the Americas: Four Seasons Hotel New York

Best hotel in Africa and the Indian Ocean: Cape Grace, Cape Town

Best luxury hotel chain: Four Seasons

Best airline lounge: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, London Heathrow Terminal 3

Best long-haul first class: Emirates

Best long-haul business class: British Airways

Best hotel in Asia: The Upper House, Hong Kong

Best hotel in Europe: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Best hotel in the world: Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Best country: United States

Best ski resort: Whistler, Canada

Best large luxury cruise line: Cunard

Best city: New York

Best luxury tour operator: Kuoni

Best golf resort: The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland

Best airport: Changi, Singapore

Best river cruise line: Viking River Cruises

City of Dreams Hotel Tower by Zaha Hadid

Macau’s City of Dreams Hotel by Zaha Hadid

Macau is set to become home to a strikingly dramatic luxury hotel designed by British architect Zaha Hadid that involves voids and negative spaces cut out of the 40-story building, enveloped in a latticed or ‘exoskeletal’ shell.

City of Dreams Hotel Tower by Zaha Hadid

When it opens in 2017, the City of Dreams Hotel Tower in Macau will house 780 guestrooms, suites and sky villas.

 City of Dreams Hotel Tower Architecture

Artist renderings reveal an expressive and powerful design: Hadid pushes the boundaries of structural engineering to reimagine the standard monolithic rectangular block with voids and negative space carved out of the building’s center, using soft, curved lines.

City of Dreams Hotel Tower Macau

The building shell has an exoskeleton design, a motif that’s repeated inside with 3D diamonds and pyramids that seem to grow from the interior walls and into the spacious, atrium space.

City of Dreams Hotel Tower Macau lobby

The tower will become the fifth property developed by Melco Crown Entertainment and feature meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, a bright, airy lobby atrium, restaurants, spa and sky pool.

City of Dreams Hotel Tower

helipad Burj Al Arab

Helipad Wedding on Offer at Famous Dubai Hotel

helipad Burj Al Arab

Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab hotel has created a wedding package that will turn its helipad 212 meters in the sky into a unique wedding reception venue.

Add-on features with the wedding package include everything from a dramatic entrance aboard an Italian twin engine Augusta 109 aircraft — or by terra firma in a Rolls Royce Phantom — to accommodations, beauty, spa treatments and personal training sessions.

Couples can also develop a specially designed, bespoke wedding scent with a perfumer and take private lessons on etiquette and dance.

The Burj Al Arab’s Wedding in the Skies program starts at $55,000.

Burj Al Arab wedding receptions