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The Level at Melia Barcelona Sky – The perfect City Escape

The Level at Melia Barcelona Sky is located in the El Poblenou neighborhood and within walking distance of the metro station. The metro connects the entire city which was extremely convenient.

The level reception is located on the 25th floor of the building and we were checked in by Marta. Check in was done smoothly and Marta gave us all the information we needed. I would like to give a special thank you to Marta for helping us with all our bookings and transfers. She was amazing.

We stayed in a spacious suite on the 27th floor of the hotel which gave us amazing views of the city. The room had a big lounge area and a separate area for luggage storage. The bed was extremely comfortable, and the bathroom had a double shower as well as a bath.

View from our room:

The pool area was great, with many lounge chairs and a few double loungers which were very comfortable. The weather was also perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

Breakfast was served on the 24th floor with seating areas on both sides of the building so you had a choice of a city or ocean view. There was a huge variety of food and drinks at breakfast and very high quality, it was delicious.

On the 25th floor there was a special dining and lounge area only for selected guests. Complimentary food and drinks were served throughout the day. Tapas and sun downers were also served every evening around sunset.

What an amazing experience, I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Barcelona and I hope to visit again soon.

Reviewed by Kayla Lourens – World Luxury Hotel Awards Representative

To book a stay at this incredible hotel

https://www.melia.com/es/hoteles/espana/barcelona/the-level-at-melia-barcelona-sky/

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Honeymoon bliss at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa…

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa

My husband and I arrived at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa in Sandton, Johannesburg to start our honeymoon. Upon our arrival, we were welcomed by Ntekozo who offered to take our luggage and escort us to the lobby and reception area.

When we arrived at the reception area we received a warm welcome with referring welcome drinks. One of the staff member Stephan escorted us to our room and took us on a tour to see what the hotel has to offer.

We were completely drawn in by the elegance of our hotel room. The room was beautiful and spacious, with chandeliers and a uniquely designed bath tub.

The next morning we were happy to start the day with an early gym session. The gym entrance is right next door to the Fairlawns Spa which leads to great temptation to book a treatment at the Spa.  The gym had all the equipment that we needed for a good workout, so convenient to have a gym at a hotel.

Breakfast at Amuse-Bouche was definitely the highlight of our stay. Such a great selection and variety of food to choose from. Freshly baked and prepared for us. We really enjoyed the breakfast and the staff were very helpful and friendly.

Our next few days we only spent in the hotel room, the weather was not as sunny as we anticipated, but we were lucky enough to have one sunny day which we were more than happy to spend at the pool. Sometimes we had to remind ourselves that we were in Johannesburg City, the hotel has a very relaxing feel to it with beautiful surrounding gardens.

Our stay at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa was very memorable, we had wonderful service and will gladly return again.

Reviewed By Franca Smith and Hakeem Smith representatives of the World Luxury Awards

To book this hotel please click the link to their website. fairlawns.co.za 

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TIME Oak Hotel & Suites, a truly magical experience…

TIME Oak Hotel & Suites is centrally located in Dubai, and within close proximity to the Mall of the Emirates. We received a warm welcome from staff members and were also greeted by the General Manager. We stayed in a spacious 3-bedroom suite which had its own kitchen and a big lounge area. We also had a great view from our terrace looking out on Dubai’s high-rise buildings and bustling streets.

The café at reception had the most delicious pastries and treats and we were also given a whole platter of sweets and snacks upon our arrival. Their attention to detail was great, the rooms and public areas were always very clean, and housekeeping regularly restocked our rooms.
The swimming pool was perfect, there was also a jacuzzi and a pool bar. The staff were very attentive and greeted us by name. The travel desk was a big help, they helped us book all our excursions and gave us great recommendations.

Breakfast was delicious, the chef made me an omelette, pancakes and waffles with cream every morning. The waiters were very friendly, and the Restaurant Manager also asked all the guests if they were happy with the service.
The hotel really made our stay personal, from the welcoming and throughout our stay the staff greeted us by name. They also arranged airport transfers for us which was very kind.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to travellers, it is well located and provides excellent service to its guests.

Reviewed by Kayla Lourens- World Luxury Hotel Awards representative.

To visit this beautiful hotel click on the link below

 

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Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An – A Most Charming Beach Resort Experience

Twilight poolside

Set along the coast of Vietnam on the South China Sea, is a town known for its magical charm, French and Japanese influenced ancient town and its many lanterns that light its streets at night. Hoi An is a must-see destination. Straddled on the beach front with views of mountains protruding out the water, is a beach resort made for any type of vacation, Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An. Come as a family or a couple, come for business or pleasure, this is the place to stay.

Charming decorations around the resort
Charming decorations around the resort

We were greeted on check-in personally by the General Manager who invited us for a welcome refreshment. After this delightful introduction, we were taken to our Club Deluxe Ocean View room and we immediately settled into its vibey, beach apartment style luxury. The rooms are comfortable and well laid out with a sealed balcony (to keep out the local fauna) where one can sit and read on the couch while looking out at the ocean. There is even an option for pillow type tucked neatly under a rose on each bed.

Club Deluxe Room
Club Deluxe Room

With the Club Deluxe benefits option, one can take a shuttle in and out of Hoi An Ancient Town to go and experience the town in all its glory. An evening trip to see the streets lit up with so many colourful lanterns is an experience not to miss. Booking the shuttles with the concierge was always an easy task and the staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. And don’t worry about the rain, you are provided an umbrella and a pair of flip flops for either around the resort or your excursions.

Hoi An Ancient Town at night
Hoi An Ancient Town at night

The Resort has many fine restaurants and accompanying them are staff of top international quality, and some of the best Vietnamese food we had on our journey. Every dish was candy to the eyes and a taste sensation. Chef’s Tuyet or Cesar were at our table with every meal to introduce us to what was placed before us and every dietary requirement was kindly adhered to and guaranteed, with a smile.

Meals are always beautifully plated
Meals are always beautifully plated

The Resort boasts two incredible pools, one for the family and one exclusively for adults which is set amongst thatch umbrellas and loungers on the beach. Close by is an idyllic cocktail bar which is always welcome when the clock strikes happy hour at 5 pm! No need to move though, you will be brought a menu by one of the waiters and tropical drinks will come served in minutes while you relax and take in the ocean views.

The pools and beach area are the main attraction at Sunrise
The pools and beach area are the main attraction at Sunrise

We were treated to a sublime massage and facial at the beautiful Bliss Spa, which was certainly a highlight of our visit. Once again, warming and welcoming staff who know exactly what to do with their hands to send you into seventh heaven while you relax to the natural sounds around you.

After three nights in paradise, swimming in the ocean and discovering the beautiful garden trails around the resort, we were sad to leave which I think says it all. We definitely left a piece of our hearts at Sunrise…

To book this breathtaking resort follow the details below.

website – click here

email- resa@sunrisehoian.vn

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Furama Resort Danang, a culinary and style experience not to forget…

The beauty and charm of Furama Resort Danang is held in its adherence to its beautiful, traditional Vietnamese style architecture, mixed with French-colonial influences. Being the first resort of its kind to be built in the Da Nang area 20 years ago, it has been extremely well maintained and offers all the amenities and comforts of some of its modern neighbours, yet with far more warmth and character.

The welcome drink, a cold, delicious fruit cocktail served in a hollowed-out dragon fruit is definitely a sight to behold for the hot and weary traveller. The rooms have every conceivable requirement, along with traditional Vietnamese hats, stylish umbrellas, and beach flip flops for use during your stay.

The resort offers plenty of activities such as diving, a range of water sports, Tai Chi on the beach, cooking classes and more, there is also a Fitness Centre and there are a number of excursions in the area to choose from. One can always spend the day relaxing by the pool-side or beach with a thatch umbrella to shade you. The Furama Spa is open until 11pm, and also offers treatments at the pool-side.

Furama Resort is known for its culinary excellence and there is certainly plenty of choice when it comes to meal times, The Fan steakhouse restaurant on the beachfront offers the perfect position for romantic dining with the most scenic setting, especially at sunset as the lanterns light up around the beach and all over the resort. There is an Italian restaurant, Don Cipriani’s, which has a touch of fine dining elegance and offers a range of traditional Italian cuisine with a focus on fresh local seafood. The signature restaurant, Café Indochine offers a wide variety of Vietnamese cuisine on the al la carte menu, along with some Western favourites. There is a sumptuous seafood buffet here in the evenings and there is a full range of choice with many international options at the morning breakfast buffet.

Each and every member of staff is so friendly and genuinely helpful, this makes one feel totally at home, which in turn makes it very hard when it is time to leave.

Linda Cooper – Executive Manager Luxury Restaurant Awards

for more information visit www.furamavietnam.com
or Book: reservation@furamavietnam.com

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Reviving The Senses At Constance Ephelia

Upon arrival, the sheer size of the resort is soon revealed – 120 hectares of absolute bliss! Spanning two large beaches (one situated in a marine park), a vast mangrove forest, cliff-side views, hiking trail, spa-village and several restaurants, Constance Ephelia certainly leaves one spoilt for choice.

Our spacious senior suite was on the north beach and had a very large balcony with views overlooking the picturesque Port Launay bay. A pillow menu was provided to ensure optimum rest – essential if one aims to explore all that Constance Ephelia has to offer.

The boathouses and fitness centers ensure hours and hours of activities – from zip lining and rock climbing to diving and sailing. Canoeing is a must! From an exclusive mangrove tour to the gentle sway of the open ocean, the views are a sight to behold. The Ros Lepa hiking trail will take you back in time to the age of discovery through lush palm groves, ancient boulders, and wild vanilla.

When you’ve had your fill of action packed adventure, head to the secluded spa village for some well-deserved relaxation, where you are sure to be pampered with exotic natural products by the finest masseuses.

Situated on the western side of the island, Constance Ephelia makes for breath-taking sunsets. When the day is almost spent, head to the helipad for an intimate picnic as the hues of twilight adorn the evening sky overlooking the bay. For a more festive sunset experience, Seselwa Bar at the north beach is the perfect place to kick off your shoes and embrace the night ‘a la Creole’ style!

The resort has 5 fine restaurants to choose from, each with different themes – from the signature dishes at Cyann to the buffet at Corossol. A truly entertaining culinary display are the chefs at Asian restaurant Adam & Eve, as they lure the enormous flames from the fire pit to the wok to achieve a smoky taste otherwise unattainable.

As with everything at Constance Ephelia, the breakfast buffet certainly presents a luxurious selection with a variety of exotic fruits.

With several boutiques at your disposal selling day to day necessities and handmade traditional crafts to a unique line of clothing, be sure to take a little bit of Constance Ephelia home with you when you leave. A magical place to revive the senses indeed!

Guest Signe Da Silva – Awards Representative

Contact information

To book contact Info@epheliaresort.com

Or view this beautiful award winning hotel online via www.constancehotels.com

 

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Constance Lemuria an escape to paradise…

As the giant wooden doors opened to the strike of the gong, our ceremonious reception at Constance Lémuria certainly set the tone for the paradise that we would soon step into. Boasting 3 pristine beaches, the fabled ‘coco de mer’ palms, 3-tier swimming pool, serene spa, 4 lavish restaurants, 5 bars, and the only 18-hole championship golf course in the Seychelles, this truly is paradise revealed!

Ideally situated on the northwest coast of the quieter Praslin Island, this resort is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle that tires the soul. Despite the size of the resort, the personal touch of friendly staff manage to make every guest feel esteemed. Mr Arumugam, our butler personally ensured that we were treated like royalty for even the smallest request.

Suits are designed with complete comfort in mind – a trait that is echoed by the excellent room service.

A visit to the concierge will soon reveal the extent of activities on offer, and it would be worth your while to explore the wealth of marine life that lies below.

Not only does the island act as nesting ground for sea turtles, but Lémuria has an active turtle conservation program. Before long, we were whisked away to the scene where a hawksbill turtle was laying her eggs – a precious and exclusive experience never to be forgotten. The Constance Hotels and Resorts group also combine environmental responsibility and sustainable management by Energy and water saving, recycling, composting or protection of the local fauna and the flora which is incorporated into each of the hotels in the group.

Whether a golfer or not, the scenery alone is sure to get you strolling up the hills. We had the privilege of an unforgettable sundowner at the famed and scenic ‘tee 15’, where it was our pleasure to have met the Food and Beverage Director of the Constance Group, Mr. Giany Bundhooa and having gained insight into the many challenges faced by luxury restaurants on secluded islands, we can truly say that Giany and his team have found a way to turn challenges into masterpieces.

“We spare no expense to provide each guest with an ultimate luxury experience.” Said Giany

Of the many restaurants available, the Nest certainly was a treat for the senses! True to its name, the Nest is a very exclusive deck restaurant, perched upon the rocks almost entirely surrounded by the ocean. It quickly became clear that the bartender, Karthick, has mastered the art of mixology when he designed two new cocktails before our eyes – the making of which was as enjoyable to watch as the taste! Of the set-seafood dinner menu, so much can be said, yet words will never truly capture a culinary experience that must be lived and not spoken – superb!

As expected, good wine is certainly held in high esteem at any of the resort’s elegant restaurants, with Diva boasting an award winning 58 page wine menu and in-house sommelier.

Arranged especially for our wedding anniversary, we were treated to an exclusive picnic at Anse Georgette Beach. What a marvellous experience!

As the rumour goes, Praslin is a little piece of paradise that broke away from the Garden of Eden. Based on our experience at Lémuria, we certainly won’t disagree! Thank you Press Liaison, Isabelle for making our stay an unforgettable one!

Guest Signe Da Silva – Awards Representative

Contact information

To book contact resacoord@lemuriaresort.com

Or view this beautiful award winning hotel online via www.constancehotels.com

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NH The Lord Charles: Conference venue of choice in the Cape Winelands

Landmark Cape Town property NH The Lord Charles Hotel has become firmly established as a premier business and leisure destination in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2015, the Hotel and Conference Centre were extensively refurbished. With its crisp new look, the property walked away with 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards in both the Hotel: 4-Star Grading and Luxury Design Hotel categories.

The Hotel’s conferencing offer is simple, but emphatic: a convenient and spectacular location, state-of-the-art facilities coupled with expert service, and flexible packages that ensure that clients get the best value for their money.

Location

Ideally located in the beautiful Cape Winelands, just 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport and the CBD, NH The Lord Charles offers guests a combination of stunning natural scenery, the contemporary sophistication and style that one would expect from an internationally renowned 4-star hotel, and the old-world charm of a country hotel – in short, a setting that makes doing business a pleasure.

Cutting-edge facilities and expert service

NH The Lord Charles brings refined and modern style to any business meeting. The entire property was extensively refurbished in 2015, including a comprehensive upgrade of the conferencing venues and equipment to provide clients with the best teleconferencing and high-impact audio and video capabilities. The flexible room spaces can be adapted to suit any event and can accommodate anything from a half-day business meeting for four delegates to a plenary session for 600. Moreover, free WiFi coverage throughout the Hotel ensures instant and convenient Internet access.

Flexible conference packages

A range of conference packages allow clients to organise the most cost-effective events with ease. Conference packages are available as a once-off cost including all the essentials.

The standard full-day conference package includes the plenary conference venue, AV equipment and free WiFi, notepads and pens, water and mints, three refreshment breaks and a light lunch.

Contact information

To book contact Joey Siziwa (NH The Lord Charles Sales and Marketing Manager): j.siziwa@nh-hotels.co.za

or view this beautiful award winning hotel online via www.nh-hotels.co.za

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A Night at the Plaza Athénée, Paris

As the car turns onto avenue Montaigne, I immediately notice the perfectly tree-lined street with festive Christmas lights and ornaments. I pass by glamorous stores such as Gucci, Prada and Dior and fabulous restaurants where people sit in the cold winter sun with their fur coats and hats sipping on French champagne at 1 pm in the afternoon. This street symbolises the spirit of Paris. As I pull up in my chauffeured vehicle, I see in the distance an outline of the legendary Eiffel Tower not too far from where I am.

As the car door is opened by a distinguished young gentleman dressed in a beautifully tailored suit, his words are “Bonjour Madame, welcome to The Plaza Athénée”.

As I step out into the crisp icy air, I receive my first visual of the immaculacy that is the Plaza. This historic luxury hotel is the epitome of palace distinction that is perfectly positioned near the Eiffel tower and River Seine and the Champs-Elysees only a block away. This hotel is referred to as ‘The Haute Couture address in Paris” and the building itself looks like a fashionable historic piece of artwork painted in green ivy and red roses.

The door to this spectacular palace is opened by another smartly dressed host with a top hat and I am greeted with a charming smile – I feel a sense of “celebrity” and importance as I walk through. The foyer ceiling is draped in glistening chandeliers with massive mirror doors centering the exit to the foyer. Everything is immaculate and elegant – from the beautiful white marble floors to the tiniest intricate detail of the design of the light fixtures on the walls.

Immediately a young French hostess checks me into the hotel and I’m given a tour. She walks me through the colossal mirror doors and I notice a sort of glitzy lounge where stylish people sit having their tea and cake. This is the “Les patisseries de Christophe Michalak” that it is said to be the finest patisserie in all of Paris. I take a glance outside the window – there is a gorgeous miniature ice-skate rink in the courtyard and it gives me the impression that this hotel is straight out of a fairytale.

The corridors are lined with framed mirrors, white walls and exquisite carpets cover the floor. The hostess shows me to suite number 204, named “The Eiffel Tower suite”. As she unlocks the double doors, I enter what could only be a room fit for a Royal – I am in awe. There is a spectacular crystal chandelier hanging from the high ceiling in the lounge of the suite, gorgeously crafted sofas with a large glass coffee table that centers the room. Windows, that stretch from ceiling to floor, surrounding the entire room, with beautiful soft flowing crème curtains – the décor in this room is reminiscent of what one would find in a vintage Victorian palace – a picture-perfect suite. The lounge leads out into the bedroom, with a king-size bed draped in luxurious bed covers which include a walk-in cupboard and a stylish lounger covered in delicate white and beige material. Although this interior seems to have been taken straight out of a king’s castle in an era before my time – every bit of technology is state of the art in this room. From the enormous slim flat screen, SMART TV with HD picture, a tablet that controls most operations in the room and a light dimming system that can change the ambiance of the room at the touch of a button. The bathroom is spacious and inevitably luxurious – chic marble walls and mirrors, fine accents and textures create an atmosphere of tranquil sophistication.

 

My doorbell rings and fresh flowers are brought into my room, instantly brightening the room in a swirl of colour. The Plaza Athénée certainly goes above and beyond to make sure your stay at their palace is not only aesthetically pleasing but inter alia a sense of complete cleanliness and relaxation.

I have a dinner scheduled for 8:30 pm, by personal invitation of Food and Beverage manager, Louis-Gabriel Fichet, at the Famous Alain Ducasse at The Plaza Athénée. Alain Ducasse is a renowned culinary genius that I’ve only ever read about and dreamt about experiencing. He follows a “naturalist” approach in his restaurant using a trilogy of fish, vegetables and cereal. Frequented by celebrities and other A-Listers and Parisian high society, this restaurant has a dress code. I decide on a beautiful white off the shoulder bodysuit paired with a flowing gray skirt, stockings, and black Louis Vuitton heels. I feel confident as the manager arrives at my door and shows me the way to the culinary experience of my dreams. Before I head to the restaurant I take a drink at the contemporary “Le Bar”, designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku. The ceiling is draped in a deep sea blue material creating a wave-like surface and the lighting which is strategically positioned to reflect off different areas in the material giving the room a romantic depth and ambiance. There is a striking sculpted resin bar in the corner of the room, which immediately draws in my attention. I take a seat at one of the high chairs and order one of their deliciously imaginative cocktails.

As I anticipate a delectable feast I see only fit that I get in a workout at the Dior Spa Institute located on the lowest level of the hotel. The chic spa is synonymous with the relationship between Christian Dior himself and the Plaza Athénée. I take the opulent carpeted steps down into this exclusive spa and it’s as if I were walking into a stunningly crafted Dior handbag, clean white walls, crystal accents and a magnificent round blue roman bath centres the room and on the bottom of the bath – a detailed mosaic of the Christian Dior emblem catch my eye. I proceed to the fitness area where I complete a quick 5-kilometer run to entice my appetite to indulge.

The manager ushers me into the restaurant. I am stunned by what I see – I stand beneath 10 000 crystals. The beauty of this immaculacy almost cannot be put into words. Soft greyish white carpets with round reflective sofas exemplify the opulence of this room.  I am greeted by the head executive chef who kindly offers me a tour of the kitchen, I of course accept. The Kitchen is spotless, this is my first behind the scenes experience of the environment in which all these extraordinary dishes are created. He shows me a room just off the kitchen, which is referred to as the chefs table. You need to be exclusively invited to dine here, and surely this would be a dream come true for anyone who truly appreciates the culinary arts.

I am placed at the center table and I feel all eyes are on me as I take my seat. Within seconds, I am introduced to my ‘head waiter”, a handsome young gentleman. He then insists that I try a vintage wine from a magnificent crystal bottle and he expresses to me that only special guests get to taste this lavish wine. I am taken through a 3-course meal, included with an amuse-bouche in-between. Delicious langoustines and caviar for starters, for the main an impeccably prepared cereal crusted cod and ended off with delightful hand-made dark chocolate with cereal bits. All the dishes were wonderfully inventive, surprising and delectable. A culinary adventure that utterly awakens the taste buds to new heights.

To stay at the Plaza Athénée really grants a person the privilege of feeling what true luxury is. This immaculate property is the pinnacle of achievement in excellence and elegance and is deserving of its immaculate reputation in the hotel industry. The Plaza Athénée is an experience, it goes beyond the aesthetic, luxury facilities and exceptional services it has to offer – the meticulous workmanship, the sumptuous atmosphere, and the discerning good taste raises people’s expectations and bring dreams to life – it’s a full experience that’s more than the sum of its parts – pure indulgence.

Guest Derryn Lester

Book Now via reservations.hpa@dorchestercollection.com or check out their website Here