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Honeymoon Bliss at Bandara Villas, Phuket

My husband and I had the pleasure of spending our first three nights of our honeymoon in Thailand at the amazing Bandara Villas, Phuket.

We had such a friendly welcome with drinks and refreshing towels to cool us off while we were being checked in. One of the staff members showed us to our room and WOW! What a room it was, we stayed in one of the Panoramic Pool Villas with a view that we were only able to see the next morning but knew it was close to the beach as we could hear the waves almost crashing underneath us.

We had breakfast each morning at Sumpao Restaurant where we could order a la carte or breakfast buffet, with some delicious traditional Thai breakfast dishes to try out.

We spent most of our days at Bandara itself as it was so relaxing there and our room was so amazing, with our own private pool with sea views, internet access and a fully stocked mini bar where the first round was on them.

The hotel also assisted us with planning a day trip to Phi Phi Island, it was done efficiently and effortlessly. We had an early departure that morning so the lady that assisted us arranged that the restaurant makes us early breakfast in take away packages that we could enjoy on our way to the docks.

After a full day out, we decided the next day to just relax at the beachfront pool and enjoy some cocktails from the beach pool bar. We signed out a stand-up paddle board that was part of their free amenities that we took to the ocean to try out for the first time. They also have daily activities program such as Yoga, Thai Boxing, Aqua Aerobics, Fruit Carving etc.

We had such a lovely stay at Bandara Villas, Phuket. The staff are exceptionally friendly, and the service is on point. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to our Thailand experience.

 

Reveiwed By Anke Van Zyl- World Luxury Hotel Awards Representative

To book this spectacular accommodation – website

 stay@bandaraphuket.com

 

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JUMEIRAH CELEBRATES SUCCESS AT THE WORLD LUXURY HOTEL AWARDS

Jumeirah Hotels in the Maldives and Kuwait scoop several awards

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa

Dubai, 10, December 2017: Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives has been named Global Hotel of the Year and Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa in Kuwait was named Luxury Business Hotel of the Year at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 held in Switzerland.

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa

Jumeirah Vittaveli was also named global winner for Best Luxury Island Resort and continent winner for Best Luxury Family Beach Resort. The Royal Residence at Jumeirah Vittaveli was named continent winner for Best Luxury Beachfront VillaBest Luxury Hideaway Villa and Best Luxury Private Villa – an incredible overall result for Jumeirah Vittaveli.

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa also took home awards for LuxuryEco/Green Hotel and Luxury Beach Resort. The hotel was named  Luxury Destination Spa and Luxury Wellness Spaat the World Luxury Spa Awards 2017.

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa

Jumeirah Vittaveli’s General Manager, Mr Amit Majumder, received the awards at a grand event held in St Moritz, Switzerland. “I’m overwhelmed by the awards we received tonight. I can only say a very big Thank You to my team who has worked so hard to get us where we are today. And to our guests who continue to show their love for our little piece of paradise by returning regularly. We will continue to surprise you and strive to be worthy of this immense recognition. Being named Global Hotel of the Year 2017 in a fierce competitive field truly is the epitome of our recognitions this year.”

Jumeirah Vittaveli

General Manager, Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa, Savino Leone, said: “We are deeply touched and proud to receive worldwide recognition for our continuous efforts in luxury hospitality in Kuwait. This coveted award is another testament to our brand promise of delivering exceptional guest experiences. It has been a great and successful year and we only hope to elevate our benchmarks of excellence in services in the years to come.”

Setting the basis for service industry standards around the globe, the World Luxury Hotel Awards provides true recognition to luxury hotels and resorts in their relevant categories during its annual voting phase. Over 300,000 votes were tallied this year from travellers and guests of these luxury establishments during the voting phase. Properties from over 120 countries competed in the 2017 awards and it is truly an honour to be one of the selected nominees and winners.

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Frankfurt, Istanbul, London and Mallorca (Spain) in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM with properties in London and Dubai; the wellness brand TaliseTM; Jumeirah Restaurant Group DubaiTM; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality ManagementTM; Jumeirah SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme; and isme by Jumeirah™ an app based rewards programme in the UAE. Future openings include luxury hotels in the UAE, Bahrain, Indonesia, China, Oman, Jordan, Malaysia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. www.jumeirah.com

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The Chedi Andermatt – A Dream Come True Destination

Andermatt is a village in the Ursern Valley in the Swiss Alps; nestled in the heart of this quaint, snowy wonderland is The Chedi Andermatt, a ski hotel quite unmatched in its beauty and winter charm. The Chedi Andermatt will captivate and move you.

We were afforded the luxury of being accommodated in the two-bedroom Grand Deluxe Suite at this property and although we are sure every room at this hotel is phenomenal, this particular suite was breathtaking. Walking in to a more than spacious lounge, an electric fireplace blazing like it’s been waiting to welcome you all day, a well equipped kitchen and an 10-seater dining room table; you feel like you are right at home. A very luxurious home!

The bedrooms are sublime. Massive open spaces with balconies overlooking the snowy town below, beds and pillows that kiss you goodnight each time you enter their soft haven, and bathrooms so large and spacious, you feel as though you are royalty living in a palace.

Dining at the hotel was superb. There are four outstanding restaurants and bars to choose from which boast a menu range enough to suit anyone’s requirements. The staff are friendly, polite and very dedicated to providing top quality, international standards of service throughout your stay. A particular highlight in The Restaurant is The Wine and Cheese Cellar: at five meters high it attracts cheese connoisseurs who marvel at its delights through the glass walls.

One of my most favourite places to visit in any hotel is the spa, and The Chedi Andermatt lives up to and surpasses the standards of luxury. I took some time out especially to enjoy the 35 meter indoor pool, and this was topped by the 12 meter outdoor pool, filled with blissfully hot water to swim around in while the snow pours down your head as you take in the beautiful Alpine surroundings.

If you feel like skiing, you will receive your own personal Ski Butler, a feature we have yet to see in any other hotel we have visited. He will take care of your every need from getting up the mountain, renting your equipment and ensuring you have an international ski instructor available to show you the ropes. Another favourite feature was that The Chedi Andermatt has its own ice skating rink for when you feel like lazily skating around a rink in the snow surrounded by the resort and mountain views.

All in all, The Chedi Andermatt is probably the most unique, stylish and luxurious hotel I have ever had the privilege of staying in. The staff are above the quality of what one could hope for, and no doubt in my mind that whatever your reason for travelling to this destination may be, you will feel relaxed, pampered and ready for anything by check out.

Reviewed By Joanna Evans

To book this breathtaking Hotel follow the details below.

website – click here

email- info@chediandermatt.com

 

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Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage

Situated in the heart of medieval Brugges, rich in history and gastronomy, Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage, is the exquisite setting for your romantic getaways and for all your special celebrations in life.

Photo with Nagi, one of the amazing employees at Hotel Heritage.

Upon arrival at Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage, we were warmly welcomed and checked in by Jessie who showed us to our room. Our room was absolutely stunning and elegantly decorated with exquisite attention to detail. The hand written welcome note from Johan and Isabelle really made us feel welcomed.

Our beautifully decorated room.

The Hotel’s location is in the heart of Brugges, close to the market square and the city’s many canals, this is ideal for sightseeing, museums, chocolate shops and theatres.

Exploring the market and canals.

Each morning we had a full buffet champagne breakfast, which was served in their beautiful dining area. The food was absolutely divine and local Belgian waffles were definitely a highlight.

We were personally greeted by owners Johan and Isabella and had lovely chats with them. All the staff are incredibly friendly, attentive and provided the highest level of service.

A glass of red wine and snacks at Bar le Magnum in such a beautiful setting truly relax’s you before dinner at Le Mystique Restaurant. This was without a doubt the best 5 course meal I have ever experienced. Chef Gregory Slembrouck is a true master in the kitchen and this is one meal I will never forget. Only the finest seasonal ingredients are used and combined with World class flavours to create these wonderful gourmet delights.

Johan and Isabelle are true visonaries in creating the perfect boutique hotel.
Rich in history, charming and absolutely magnificent would be the best way to describe my stay at Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage. I do hope to return one day in the near future.

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To send a booking inquiry – info@hotel-heritage.com

Reviewed By Tanique Echardt- Executive Manager World Luxury Hotel Awards

 

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CELEBRATING HOTELIERING EXCELLENCE IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

Snow falls gently on the slopes of the Swiss Alps, pine trees are decked with white hats, and a warm glow resonates from the windows of the host of the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards gala ceremony, the resplendent Kulm Hotel St. Moritz.

“We could not have hoped for a more magical setting. One can only try to describe the beauty of this location, and it is topped only by the fact that we are surrounded by a winter wonderland.” says Michelle Snyman, Brand Manager for the World Luxury Hotel Awards, as guests begin to arrive on the red carpet.

In celebrating over a decade of awarding service excellence, the World Luxury Hotel Awards warmly welcomed its guests on 2 December to the 2017 grand gala ceremony at one of the top ski destinations in the world. St. Moritz, a luxury alpine resort town in Switzerland’s Engadin valley is renowned for its winter season charm and its style, elegance and class.

Setting the basis for service industry standards around the globe, the World Luxury Hotel Awards provides true recognition to luxury hotels and resorts in their relevant categories during its annual voting phase. “Over 300,000 votes were tallied this year from travellers and guests of these luxury establishments during the voting phase. It is because of this that our winners are here this evening, because they offer something extra special to their guests that satisfies their travel desires.” says Snyman.

Guests were treated to a luxurious fine dining 6-course meal, designed especially for this magnificent occasion by Head Chef Mauro Taufer, and plated and delivered expertly to each guest’s delight. Entertainment from Leo Wundergut had the crowds roaring with laughter throughout the evening opening hearts and lifting spirits in their act “Comedy in Music – or how to kill a piano”. True entertainment for the mind, heart and funny bones.

“We wish to congratulate all our winners tonight, who above all else have excelled as the best of the best in their respective categories amongst their industry peers. Our further special congratulations to our two top winners for the evening, of which the Chairman’s Choice Award went to Constance Hotels & Resorts, in recognition of this group’s unwavering dedication to service excellence in luxury hospitality. Our grandest award for the year, the prestigious 2017 Global Hotel of the Year, was bestowed upon Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives, a property for which words can rarely describe its splendour. This opulent hotel is well deserving of this accolade and represents everything that the World Luxury Hotel Awards stands for. Congratulations to the General Manager, Mr Amit Majumder and his entire team for this magnanimous achievement.” says Brandon Lourens, Founder and CEO.

After interview and photo opportunities had concluded and the air of anticipation subsided, guests were welcomed to The Altitude Bar where the celebrations continued, friendships were formed, and good times were had by all.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards extends a heartfelt thank you to every participant of the 2017 awards for their continued support, and to each attendee of the gala ceremony. We look forward to another prosperous award year, and to welcoming our valued clients to AYANA Resort and Spa Bali on 10 November 2018 for our next exciting awards celebration.

Luxury establishments from around the globe are welcomed to participate in these exciting awards, to proudly show the world what they have to offer in terms of luxury and service excellence.

www.luxuryhotelawards.com

Watch our official 2017 awards video here 

 

 

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Over water villas that will leave you breathless…

Dusit Thani Maldives

Maldives

In this setting of unparalleled beauty, enjoy the breath-taking scenery at this over water stilt-hanging haven. Gaze at the ever-changing turquoise hues of the lagoon or take a dip from your private deck. Alternatively, cool off in your very own private waterfront pool.

With a unique combination of beach and lagoon access, all Water Villas are furnished with subtle Thai touches imbued with Maldivian architecture and appointed with modern amenities.

Visit the website here

Diamonds Thudufushi

Maldives

The island features elegant beach bungalows and luxury overwater villas. A wellness centre offers ayurvedic treatments and a diving centre caters to the underwater experience of our guests. The Diamonds Thudufushi resort is a luxury paradise situated just a 20-minute scenic seaplane flight away from Malé International Airport.

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Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson

Malaysia

Nestled along Port Dickson’s Pasir Panjang beach and overlooking the Straits of Malacca, the iconic and expansive Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson sprawls into the Straits of Malacca and resembles the national flower of Malaysia. With a total of 639 pool villas comprising 117 tower rooms and 522 water villas, each villa is spacious, tastefully decorated and comes with its own private dip pool and steam room for luxury and privacy.

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Diamonds Athuruga

Maldives

Boasting elegant beach bungalows, Junior Suite and beautiful overwater villas, Diamonds Athuruga is a luxury paradise located at just a 20 minutes scenic flight away from Malé International Airport.

Athuruga is the ideal resort to discover the Maldives from a centre of excellence, where attention to detail will make your journey unforgettable. Let yourself be charmed by one of the most unique, enchanting well-known coral reefs in the Maldives.

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Myanmar Treasure Resort, Inle

Myanmar

Inle Lake is one of Myanmar’s most anticipated destinations, it is a vast body of water, 875 meters above sea-level featuring a unique ecosystem, singular life-styles and rich traditions. Sitting right on the lake waters, Myanmar Treasure Resort, Inle offers an elegant combination of traditional local lifestyle and the comforts of modern accommodation to capture a tradition held long and true.

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The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Maldives

Dip your toes in the ocean and spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach – the Maldives is yours to do as you please.

At The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi and take your pick from a range of stunning accommodation including breath-taking water villas, beach villas, and exclusive retreats. Here at The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, not only do you get to experience luxury, you get to experience the traditional Maldivian culture too.

Visit the website here

 

Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min Resort

Myanmar

Choose from an airy suite looking onto the resort’s lush gardens, or a spacious villa right on the water. The infinity pool invites you to soak up the views, and the sunset on the lake provides an unforgettable backdrop for holidays or meetings at Novotel.
Inle Lake is located at the heart of the Shan Plateau, one of Myanmar’s top destinations. It is a beautiful highland lake, 900 meters above sea level and inhabited by different indigenous tribes.

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This Lakeside city hotel in Hanoi is a treat for business and leisure..

The InterContinental Hanoi Westlake is located on the largest lake in the city of Hanoi and is situated just minutes from the Old Quarter. Guests can look forward to experiencing space and relaxation in this elegant haven. The hotel is a pleasant escape from the buzz of the busy city.

Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure this hotel offers the best of both worlds. For business travellers, the hotel offers exclusive meeting rooms and privacy for high profile businessmen and heads of state. The facilities of InterContinental Hanoi Westlake range from larger than life conference halls to very exclusive dining rooms meant for the elite.

As a leisure guest, the hotel offers resort like features, from a lavish pool to the ultra-trendy Sunset Bar. The Sunset Bar is the place to be for cocktails, offering an experience that is unmatched anywhere else in Hanoi. Situated between the three pavilions in a stunning lakeside setting, the bar is reached via a stroll across a torch-lit bridge. Discover the city’s best-kept secret as the renowned team makes guests the perfect cocktail for any occasion.

True to the InterContinental brand the hotel offers the best in a variety of food and beverage options. The hotel offers 6 dining options that range from fine dining gourmet to comfort food such as Italian favourites. Experience a traditional Bamboo Village, an elegant glimpse of authentic Vietnamese culture, or explore the diverse culinary flavours of the Mediterranean region, exclusively prepared by French Executive Chef Jerremy Lassarre.

The 293 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites are cloaked in a tranquil residential setting. Of these rooms, 132 are located on two unique Island Pavilions set just above the picturesque waters of West Lake. Contemporary Vietnamese design meets spacious intimacy with cream coloured walls and dark timber floors and furniture, complemented by rich textures and vibrant colours. Each room and suite features a private balcony with a superb view of either West Lake or the Hanoi skyline.

My favourite item in the room was a petit four boat that introduces the traditional floating market. The floating market is an integral part of daily life throughout all of Vietnam’s waterways and features locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as traditional dishes usually starts at 4 or 5 in the morning and ends before the heat of mid-morning at 10.

Whether you are hosting a big wedding event, taking up residence for a long-term business deal or experiencing Hanoi as a tourist, you would be lucky to book and stay at InterContinental Hanoi Westlake.

Michelle Snyman – Brand Manager

To book this hotel go to their website: click here

Or email them: here

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These hotel pools will have you adding to your bucket list…

Some best hotel pools you need to experience.

Hilton Pattaya, Thailand-  34 levels above CentralFestival Pattaya Beach this pool has an amazing view.
The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Relax in this beautiful architectural wonder.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island- Infinity pool stepping right onto the beach
Tilal Liwa Hotel , Abu Dhabi- This pool looks out right into the desert.
Henann Resort Alona Beach, Bohol Philippines- a total of three crystalline pools to choose from. Each swimming pool features its own bar that delivers a more unique and pampered experience.
Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali- 12 pools to choose from at this resort each has its own personality and style.
Elephant Safari Park & Lodge, Indonesia – While relaxing in this pool you can watch the beautiful Indonesian elephants.
Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort, Thailand- elegant infinity pool with stunning sea views and Jacuzzi.
Le Meridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa, India – This infinity pool comes with a breathtaking view of the surrounding green forests and hills.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar – This exquisite pool overlooks the ocean, sip on a cocktail while you enjoy the view.
Selman Marrakech, Morocco- Pass your time lounging next to the hotel’s 75 metre freshwater pool
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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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