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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

Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland

The Best New Hotels of 2014

Cheval Blanc Randheli resort

Editors of the US edition of Condé Nast Traveler have released their picks for the best new hotels of 2014, curating a list of 33 properties around the world.

Divided into seven categories, the 18th edition of the hot list was whittled down from 510 new hotels spanning 93 countries.

The list represents the best in new properties that provide a sense of place, personality and ‘intuition,’ defined as the anticipation of guest needs.

Here are the full results:

Andaz Maui at Wailea

BEST BEACH HOTELS OF 2014:
Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii
Mukul Resort, Nicaragua
Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun
Point Yamu by Como, Phuket
Salt House Inn, Provincetown

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

BEST FAMILY HOTELS OF 2014:
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
La Bandita Townhouse, Italy
Palihouse Santa Monica, Los Angeles
Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

Domaine de la Baume

BEST FOOD HOTELS OF 2014:
Domaine de la Baume, Tourtour, France
Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Thompson, Chicago
The Vines Resort & Spa, Argentina
The Wild Rabbit, England
Zero George Street, Charleston

American Trade Hotel, Panama City

BEST BARGAIN HOTELS OF 2014:
American Trade Hotel, Panama City
The Dean, Rhode Island
The Line, Los Angeles
The Marlton, New York City
Temple Hotel, Beijing

Mandarin Oriental Pudong

BEST DESIGN HOTELS OF 2014:
Ace Hotel, Los Angeles
Hotel B, Lima
Hotel d’Angleterre, Copenhagen
Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai
The London Edition, England

Aman Canal Grande Venice

BEST OVER-THE-TOP HOTELS OF 2014:
Aman Canal Grande, Venice
Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
Four Seasons Lion Palace, St. Petersburg
The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland
Rosewood, London

Amanoi Vietnam

BEST WAY-OUT-THERE HOTELS OF 2014:
Amanoi, Vietnam
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
Segera Retreat, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

Fogo Island Inn Newfoundland

The May issue of Condé Nast Traveler’s hot list hits newsstands April 29.

Waldorf Astoria Hotel Opens in Jerusalem

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Ottoman facade

This week in luxury and notable hotel openings, we look inside the new Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, a restoration project that brought a historical landmark out of a 79-year hibernation with features like a retractable glass ceiling, marble floors and a lofty atrium promenade.

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem

Located within walking distance of the walled Old City and the Jaffa Gate, the latest Waldorf hotel is billed as the only internationally branded luxury hotel in the city and restores what was previously the site of the former Palace Hotel, which checked in its last guest in 1935.

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem Guest Suite

With 226 guest rooms and suites spread over 10 floors, the hotel design blends Greco-Roman, Gothic and Ottoman architecture, while preserving the 80-year-old Ottoman facade.

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem lobby

Dining choices at the hotel include a French brasserie and gourmet Italian restaurant. Next year, the property will open two indoor lap pools, two gyms, a boutique spa, and two wet and dry saunas.

Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem restaurantWaldorf Astoria Jerusalem Marbled halls and staircases

Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa Opens in Tibet

Tibet Potala Palace

In a sign of things to come, the Shangri-La has become the latest hotel group to open a luxury property atop the highest plateau on the planet, in one of the most fabled, mythical destinations on Earth.

Surrounded by the Himalayan mountains, the Shangri-La Lhasa is set 3,650 meters feet) above sea level in Lhasa, the administrative capital of Tibet.

Shangri-La Lhasa

While the company is Hong Kong-based, its evocative brand name is inspired by the fictional utopian Himalayan lamasery described in James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon. You’ll find a copy of this book in every room!

The hotel’s high-altitude facilities include a 24-hour medical clinic and the city’s first “Oxygen Lounge”, where O2 concentrations are equivalent to those found at sea level, helping guests to acclimatise to life at 3650m.

Shangri-La Lhasa bedroom

Efforts are made to create an authentic Tibetan atmosphere: Guests are greeted with the offering of a hada — a traditional ceremonial white silk scarf — and barley is thrown on a wooden container used by Tibetans to pray for a bumper harvest.

Once in their room, guests are served yak butter tea in Tibetan pots. And upon departure, hotel staff sing traditional Tibetan songs to send off their guests.

Shangri-La Lhasa hotel Decoration

All 289 guest rooms and suites are decorated in the bold colors and fabrics found in Tibetan culture. The hotel centerpiece, meanwhile, is a striking 6.5-meter-tall chandelier made from 61,000 pieces of crystal, draped in a flowing red fabric to evoke a prayer wheel.

Shangri-La Lhasa lobby

The hotel is located within walking distance to the Potala Palace, formerly the chief residence of the Dalai Lama, and Norbulingka Palace, which once served as the Dalai Lama’s summer residence.

Shangri-La Lhasa waitress

hotel lutetia

Hotel Le Lutetia in Paris closes for renovation

Hotel Le Lutetia

Paris’ landmark luxury hotel Le Lutetia, whose guests included Pablo Picasso, Charles de Gaulle and James Joyce, closes Monday for a three-year renovation following similar makeover moves by rivals.

The seven-storey Art Deco hotel built in 1910 follows in the footsteps of the Crillon, Ritz and Plaza Athenee which have all closed for extensive revamps.

The hotel in the heart of the city’s chic Saint-Germain-des-Pres district was taken over by German officers occupying Paris in World War II.

French wartime hero De Gaulle spent his wedding night here. The establishment also attracted literary luminaries such as Andre Gide and Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the author of “The Little Prince.”

Hotel Le Lutetia lobby

“Le Lutetia has always been a beacon of the Left Bank,” said author Pierre Assouline, who has used the hotel as a setting for one of his novels.

French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte will oversee the renovations. The hotel was bought by the Israeli real estate group, Alrov in 2010.

The hotel is also selling its collection of artworks, over 3,000 pieces of furniture and 8,000 bottles of wine and spirits. The auction will take place between May 19 and 25, 2014 at the Hotel Lutetia.

Bar du Lutetia

Hotels use psychology to encourage towel reuse

Towels Hotels

Can “gentle persuasion” be used to cut waste? Psychology researchers at the University of Luxembourg say yes.

Researchers at the university worked with two hotels in Swiss and Austrian ski resorts in early 2013 to persuade guests to use fewer towels each day. Three different signs were placed separately in different hotel bathrooms, all of which “gently reminded” guests of towel use in regards to the environment.

One of the three signs read, “75% of guests in this hotel reuse their towels,” while another noted “75% of guests in this room” reused towels. The field experiment featured 132 guests, and signs were in German and English so all guests could understand them.

“We found that guests cut their towel use significantly when told of the behaviour of previous guests in their room,” said the lead researcher Dr Gerhard Reese.

Guests who stayed in the “…in this room” option used an average of one towel per person per day. Those who stayed in the rooms with the “…in this hotel” signs used an average of 1.6 towels per person per day. This resulted in a 40% savings in the number of towels that required washing.

Fewer towel usage not only contributes to a greener planet, but also helps the hotels cut costs and therefore lower room rates. Results are comparable to a few similar US studies and indicates this form of subtle pressure can help persuade people to do the right thing in other situations.

“Humans are social beings,” explained Dr Reese. “People want to be accepted into groups and so we act in ways that make us belong.

Instinctively, we feel close to those who have used a hotel room before us, believing that they are similar to ourselves. Thus we are more likely to follow their behavior.” The study was published in the journal Social Psychology.

hotels towels

W Hotel Amsterdam

Amsterdam to Get W Hotel in 2015

Amsterdam’s historic former Telephone Exchange building is set to get a makeover as the contemporary W Hotels chain prepares to move in to town.

W Hotel Amsterdam

W Amsterdam, set to open its doors in the city’s Dam Square in autumn 2015, will be the design-led Starwood Hotel brand’s first Dutch location.

The hotel will feature 169 stylish guestrooms, including 10 suites and one Extreme Wow Suite (the company’s take on the Presidential Suite).

Upon entering the building, guests will be taken directly to the hotel rooftop for check-in and a cocktail in the W Living Room. The building will also feature a rooftop bar and restaurant with city views.

The historic property represents the typical Amsterdam School architectural style. It will be re-imagined by Office Winhov architects in Amsterdam and Tel Aviv-based practice BK Architecture. The building’s historical elements will be fully restored and combined with a new, contemporary design.

The brand currently has a portfolio of 45 W Hotels worldwide, with more than 20 additional properties in the pipeline.

Four Seasons Offers New Private Jet Experience

four seasons st petersburg

Four Seasons has launched a luxury travel package that will take guests on an European vacation centered around art and culture aboard a private jet.

The Backstage with the Arts tour is meant to offer participants access to premier art collections, exclusive musical performances, private dinners and visits to cultural institutions across Europe.

For example, guests will be privy to areas of the Duomo di Milano traditionally closed to the public and a special performance of “Don Giovanni” at the historic Estates Theatre in Prague.

four seasons prague

The luxury package was developed with La Fugue, Paris, which specializes in creating art, classical music and opera-themed travel itineraries.

Other stops include a private, after-hours tour of a UNESCO World Heritage site in Lisbon, the Jerónimos Monastery, and a private tour of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg followed by a gala at Pavlovsk Palace, once the hunting grounds of czars.

Four Seasons George V Paris

Guests will travel on a private Boeing 757 customized to seat 52 passengers. Onboard meals will be prepared by a Four Seasons chef.

Prices start at $69,000 a person, based on double occupancy for trips leaving April 20 to May 5, 2015.

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace

skyline Macau

Karl Lagerfeld to design Macau hotel

Karl Lagerfeld and a Macau casino operator announced plans on Friday for the Chanel designer to create his first hotel.

skyline Macau

Expected to open in 2017 as part of the Lisboa Palace luxury development, the Karl Lagerfeld hotel will feature 270 rooms created by the 80-year-old, with a mix of 19th century and more modern design features.

“I have more houses than I need and I don’t want to do any anymore. So I can, how could I say?, get rid of my frustration by doing hotels,” he said.

Grand Lisboa

The deal has been signed with Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM), the company that is also building the upcoming Palazzo Versace Macau, a 20-storey hotel complex in Macau.

The property will also have a a multi-purpose theatre for events, Michelin-starred restaurants and a themed retail mall. The resort will also have up to 700 gaming tables and 1,200 slot machines.

Macau Luxury Hotel suite

Karl has previously worked with the Sofitel hotel group to design the logo for their 5-star Sofitel So Singapore hotel, and also oversaw the decor of Monte-Carlo’s Hôtel Métropole.

A bed from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Four Seasons offers customised beds

FOUR SEASONS HOTELS AND RESORTS has introduced the first fully customizable hotel bed in partnership with leading bed manufacturer Simmons.

A bed from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

According to a Sleep Survey conducted by Ipsos in late 2013, 92% of respondents expressed a definite preference on the firmness of their bed.

This inspired the development of a new type of mattress that can be altered depending on guests’ needs.

A guest bedroom at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto

The Four Seasons Bed will feature a new mattress system that can shift between three levels of firmness. After guests choose between soft, medium or firm mattress toppers, a selection of pillows and other bedside amenities will be available to completely customize the experience before arrival.

Four Seasons Beijing Room

The new Four Seasons Bed, which is available at several locations in the U.S., will replace beds at all Four Seasons locations over the next few years.

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh Bedroom

If guests like the bed, they will also be able to purchase it, along with a range of pillows and bed linens.

North Island Seychelles spa

Six Senses to debut in the Seychelles

Six Senses Hotels, Resorts & Spas announced that it will open an exclusive resort on Félicité Island in the Republic of Seychelles.

seychelles

The Six Senses Zil Pasyon will be built on Félicité Island, 55 km from the archipelago’s main island, Mahé. Guests will reach the resort from the international airport by boat or by helicopter.

The Zil Pasyon will include 28 one-bedroom villas, two two-bedroom villas and 17 private residences, each with its own private swimming pool.

honeymoon in Seychelles

Guests will enjoy two restaurants, a bar, a large spa, an entertainment center and various swimming pools within the resort. Reception halls will be available for events of all kinds, from weddings to business meetings.

The resort will occupy less than one third of the 652-acre private island. Guests will be able to observe the lush vegetation and abundant wildlife of Félicité Island, and will even have the possibility of swimming with sea turtles.

swimming with sea turtles

Six Senses Hotels, Resorts & Spas currently manages nine resorts and 28 spas worldwide.

Hotel Indigo Neighborhood Guide

Hotel Indigo launches virtual concierge service

Hotel Indigo, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, has launched a new guest service they call “Neighborhood Guide,” an interactive touch screen that will be installed in hotel lobbies across the system.

Hotel Indigo Neighborhood Guide

Much like a virtual concierge, the display allows guests to look up local attractions, restaurant recommendations and interact with guests from other properties around the world.

Hotel Indigo Shanghai Suite

But what makes the service particularly interesting is that recommendations aren’t carbon copied from guidebooks, but curated from hotel staff: everyone from the bartender to the room attendant contributes addresses of their favorite hangout, like the best place in the city for a burger or late night jazz.

Hotel Indigo Shanghai bedroom

“Our guests want to experience something unique and different when they travel. For them, it’s not about doing what’s trendy or popular.”

“They want to be with interesting people and make a meaningful connection to the neighborhood,” said Americas brand manager Mary Winslow.

Hotel Indigo Shanghai Bund

Integrated Google maps also allow guests to send directions from the Neighborhood Guide directly to their mobile phone by email or by scanning a QR code, while photo-sharing features enable travelers to share their photos with the other 54 Hotel Indigo properties around the world.

Shangri-La Hotel The Shard

Shangri-La London opens in the Shard

The new Shangri-La at the Shard will open on May 6, with the luxury hotel boasting unmatched views of London from the city’s most striking skyscraper.

As the tallest hotel in Western Europe and the first high-rise hotel in London, the Shangri-La occupies levels 34 to 52 of the 72-storey Shard.

Shangri-La Hotel The Shard

Guests will be escorted in a high-speed elevator from the hotel’s dedicated entrance on St. Thomas Street to the sky lobby on level 35.

The 202 rooms and suites all feature marble-clad bathrooms with heated floors, separate bathtubs and showers, Acqua di Parma amenities, and mirrors with integrated television screens. A third of the bathrooms will have floor-to-ceiling city views — right next to the bathtub.

Bathtub with a London view.

Although the hotel will open in May, three signature suites will still be under development until September.

That includes the flagship Shangri-La Suite, with a sweeping 180-degree view of London taking in the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, the Tower of London and River Thames.

The hotel will offer three restaurants and bars. TĪNG, derived from the Chinese word for a living room, is the restaurant and lounge on level 35 and LÁNG – the Chinese word for ‘pathway’ – is a deli on the ground floor.

GŎNG on level 52 will be London’s highest bar. It takes its name from ‘dougong’ – an ancient Chinese structural element of interlocking wooden brackets that will be a component of the bar’s interior.

Level 52 will also be home to a 24-hour gym and London’s highest infinity pool, and along with GŎNG, level 52 will open from 1 July.

Shangri La Shard bedroom

The luxury hotel will be the Hong Kong-based hotel group’s third in Europe, following debuts in Paris in 2010 and Istanbul in 2013.

Rates start from £450 per night. Bookings for rooms, restaurants and events will be available from March 17.

TOP 10 Most Amazing and Unusual Hotels 2014

An opulent sandcastle built in the Indian desert has been named the most extraordinary place to stay on the planet by editors of Lonely Planet.

Mihir Garh

The palatial boutique hotel called Mihir Garh built atop a sand dune dedicated to the warrior God near Jodhpur that harkens the decadent life of maharajas.

And according to editors of Lonely Planet, the mirage-like oasis takes the top spot as the most exceptional and memorable hotel experience in the world, outranking a mountain lodge in Tasmania, a spherical suite in the rainforests of British Columbia, and a treehouse in Laos.

Mihir Garh courtyard

With each of the nine suites spanning 1,700 sq ft (160 sq m), the Mihir Garh also features private terraces, courtyards, plunge pools and a Jacuzzi.

The fort-like structure took two years to build and showcases the skills and talents of more than 100 area artisans and craftsmen who built the mud walls, sculpted the ramparts and fashioned fireplaces using cow dung and clay, in the local tradition.

Mihir Garh infinity pool

The hotel also offers a unique equestrian program featuring Marwari horses, an ancient and indigenous breed, as well as tented al fresco picnic outings and cooking classes exploring traditional Rajasthan cuisine.

Mihir Garh sitting area

“Few hotels are created without compromise. Mihir Garh is a rare example,” said contributor James Kay. “This is not just a unique place to stay, it’s a shrine to the artistic and architectural traditions of Rajasthan in general and Jodhpur in particular.”

Here are the Top 10 extraordinary hotel stays according to Lonely Planet:

1.      Mihir Garh, Rajasthan, India

Mihir Gahr Rajasthan India

2.      Planet Baobab, Gweta, Botswana

Planet Baobab Gweta Botswana

3.      Prendiparte B&B, Bologna, Italy

Prendiparte B&B, Bologna, Italy

4.      Qasr Al Sarab, UAE

Qasr Al Sarab

5.      Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, TAS, Australia

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, TAS, Australia

6.      Free Spirit Spheres, British Columbia, Canada

Free Spirit Spheres

7.      Taskonak Hotel, Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

Taskonak Hotel Goreme Turkey

8.      Thonga Beach Lodge, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa

Thonga Beach Lodge

9.      Saugerties Lighthouse, New York state, USA

Saugerties Lighthouse, New York state

10.    The Gibbon Experience Treehouse, Bokeo Reserve, Laos

The Gibbon Experience Treehouse

lovers Deep luxury submarine hotel

Luxury Submarine Hotel

Bored of making out on a plane at 35,000 feet? Adventurous couples who’ve already inducted themselves into the Mile High Club can now take their love to a new level, with the launch of a luxury submarine that plumbs the depths of the ocean and comes with soundproof rooms and a private chef.

lovers Deep luxury submarine hotel

The underwater hotel called “Lovers Deep” can be moored near the coastal reef off the coast of St. Lucia or near a sunken battleship in the Red Sea.

But love at the bottom of the ocean doesn’t come cheap. You’ll need to cough up £175,000 per night in order to board the submarine vessel.

luxury submarine bedroom

Guests get a captain, a private chef and butler, speedboat transfers and optional add-ons that include helicopter transfers, beach landing, two-person shower, and champagne-soaked breakfast.

luxury submarine lounge

Take a look at the luxury submarine hotel launched by British travel outfit Oliver’s Travels as part of their Mile Low Club.

Luxury Submarine Hotel

 

Patrick Meek

Private Ice Skating Lesson at Waldorf Astoria Park City

A luxurious mountain resort in Park City, Utah — the training ground for professional winter athletes in the US — is offering private skating lessons with an Olympic speed skater who moonlights as a hotel valet.

Patrick Meek

Guests staying at the Waldorf Astoria Park City are being offered private two-hour skating lessons with Olympian Patrick Meek, member of the US National Speed Skating Team competing at Sochi.

For $120, the athlete known as “The Mule” among his fellow teammates will share skating tips and tricks in a two-hour lesson.

Waldorf Astoria Park City

Meek works at the hotel as part of the Hilton HHonors Team USA career program, which provides discounted hotel rates to US Olympians as well as flexible career opportunities that work around their strict training schedules.

Mandarin Oriental luxury resort Bali

Mandarin Oriental Opening Luxury Resort in Bali

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is planning to open a new hotel and resort complex on the Indonesian island in 2016.

Mandarin Oriental luxury resort Bali

With 97 villas and 24 spacious guest rooms, the Mandarin Oriental Bali promises to be a haven for those looking to get away from it all.

Located on the Bukit Peninsula at the southern end of Bali, the resort hotel will offer an extraordinary view on the Indian Ocean and direct access to an isolated and protected beach with white sands.

Each of the 97 villas will have a private pool of between 10 and 15 meters, while the 24 rooms have a view over the ocean.

Mandarin Oriental has entrusted the interior architecture of its new resort hotel to Jean-Michel Gathy of the firm Denniston International. The style is expected to combine contemporary trends with traditional Balinese elements and touches of East Asian inspiration as a nod to the hotel group’s heritage.

The Mandarin Oriental Bali will include three dining establishments, including a flagship cliff-top restaurant, another restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a more informal beachside bar and grill.

Couples will even be able to celebrate their wedding in one of the resort’s numerous reception halls.

Bukit Peninsula

Guests at the Mandarin Oriental Bali will relax in a 1,725 square meter spa with eight treatment rooms, a sauna and a steam room. A fitness center and a 100m outdoor pool round out the resort hotel’s wellness offer.

In terms of activities and entertainment, guests can drop their children off for a day of fun at the Kids Center and enjoy a game of golf on the 18-hole course, or relax with a book from the extensive library.

The Hong Kong-based Mandarin Oriental hotel group, specializing in high-end accommodations, currently manages luxury hotels and resorts in 20 cities worldwide, including seven cities in the US.