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SOFITEL Legend the Grand Amsterdam – an unforgettable experience…

SOFITEL Legend the Grand Amsterdam certainly makes a grand first impression which was upheld throughout the entire luxurious experience of our stay.

The Lobby

We received a warm welcome on arrival with the full attention of the Concierge who assisted us to make the most of our visit by immediately booking us on a boat tour for the next day which conveniently left from the canal directly outside the hotel – this was definitely a hig hlight of our Amsterdam experience.

Stunning Marble Staircase

As the name suggests, the hotel exudes grandeur, with a stylish interior reflecting modern influences, contrasting perfectly with the obvious history of the city. We took a historical tour of the hotel and discovered many interesting facts, including that many years ago the building was 2 separate convents alongside each other, the buildings were eventually combined and the hotel was also the City Hall for a number of years.

Stained Glass Window – From Rotterdam to Amsterdam

The hotel offers a perfectly situated location, within easy walking distance of the Central train station and right at the heart of Amsterdam’s major attractions.

Beautiful Hotel Garden’s

The gardens of the hotel are a peaceful haven in the heart of a busy city, immaculately maintained with great attention to detail, amongst all the greenery we spotted trees full of beautifully ripe apricots!

Bridges Restaurant

The well known, Michelin star restaurant, Bridges was outstanding for daily breakfast, the best we have ever experienced. The newly opened Oriole garden bistro, offering indoor and outdoor dining, provided exceptional taste experiences after a long day exploring the city.

The luxurious SPA

All amenities are provided from luxury spa to gym an d an indoor swimming pool and sauna.

Meeting Kirsten and Anne Claire

Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam is certainly an unforgettable legend.

Reviewed by: World Luxury Hotel Awards Representative Linda Cooper

To book a stay at this magnificent property simply follow the link: www.sofitel-legend-thegrand.com

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Naledi Game Lodge – The perfect bush experience…

Naledi Bush Lodge is located in the Balula Game Reserve, a consortium of private reserves and land owners, that shares an unfenced border with the renowned Kruger National Park. The reserve is only an hour’s drive from two of the main gates to the Kruger National Park.

Arriving at Naledi is like stumbling upon an oasis within the now very dry western side of the park. After a long day of travelling, I was warmly welcomed by the staff and shown to my room. I stayed in the Paperbark Suite, which was spacious and beautifully decorated with earth tones and African accents. The rooms all offer total privacy and a private stoep and viewing deck.

My personal welcome to Naledi.

Naledi prides itself as an exclusive private reserve with a family-like atmosphere, and offers a personalised experience. The hospitality and friendliness of the staff during my visit was really great. The lodge can only accommodate 10 guests and as such, everybody gets to know each other.  All guests are seated together at one big table for breakfast, lunch and dinner, joined by of the managers or game rangers.  

Naledi offers fine dining crafted by dedicated professional chefs. The dinner was superb and beautifully presented on both evenings. A special mention to the chefs for exquisite presentation and taste . One of the dinners during a stay, is served in the outside boma area offering an authentic experience.

The lodge offer two game drives per day – a morning game drive at 6:00 and an afternoon game drive at 16:00.  Breakfast is served upon return from your morning game drive.  The afternoon drive includes a drinks-and-snacks stop. It was amazing to just stop and take it all in.

Rhino Siting

For late morning, you have a choice of either a guided bush walk or visiting a private game viewing hide out in the bush. The guides are very knowledgeable and go out of their way to offer you the best game viewing opportunity available. 

Game Drive Snacks

Beautiful shaded gardens create a calm and relaxed atmosphere, with a variety of recliners all around the four levels of decking surrounding the swimming pool area. An upper level dinning room and lounge area offers a great view of the reserve and water hole close by. A big-screen TV shows real-time footage of a field camera mounted at one of the watering holes on the reserve – this is a great feature!

The hospitality of TK and the staff was absolutely wonderful and the lodge and facilities top-class – all of which made for a great experience; and one I will not soon forget.

Naledi is intimate and luxurious while also paying extra attention to detail. .If you are looking for the ultimate Bush experience, look no further than Naledi.

Reviewed by World Luxury Hotel Awards Representative To book a stay at this magnificent Lodge:

www.naledigamelodge.com

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Le Petit Bijou Boutique Apartments- what a treat!

My husband and I were privileged enough to enjoy a stay at this lovely property as part of our honeymoon. It was the perfect, peaceful and relaxing break we were looking forward to after our wedding.

This establishment consist of 4 spacious and luxurious self-catering apartments, either a two bedroom or a one-bedroom apartment that features all the latest in-house amenities as well as a beautiful kitchen with washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, espresso machine, WiFi, and DSTV. Small touches, like a heated towel-rail, underfloor heating, multiple-setting shower head and one of the most comfortable baths either of us have ever used set Le Petit Bijou apart from the average accommodation establishment.

Guests can also enjoy a swim in the communal seasonal solar heated pool and the pleasure of sunbathing or reading a good book on a recliner located in the outside courtyard relaxing area.

As the town of Franschhoek is in the heart of the Cape Winelands, the views of the breath-taking Franschhoek mountains really stood out for us, complimented further by the fact that it could be enjoyed from the tranquil balcony that our room had.

Continuing with the theme, these 5 star apartments are situated just off the main road in the heart of the Franschhoek village between all the famous art galleries, shops, great restaurants and close to the tourist centre where one can hop onto a bus or wine tram to explore the surrounding vineyards.

We would highly recommend Le Petit Bijou Boutique Apartments to anyone looking for a relaxing break away or if you are just wanting to explore the surrounding wine vineyards with a comfortable, and luxurious stay.

Reviewed by World Luxury Hotel Awards Representative Jana Vos

To book this stunning property for a getaway:

www.lepetitbijou.co.za

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Ayara Kamala Resort & Spa – A honeymoon in paradise…

It was a wet and rainy day when we arrived at Ayara Kamala Resort & Spa, Located just a short drive from Patong Beach over the beautiful mountains of Kamala Bay.

We received a welcome drink and refreshing towel while being checked in and had a chance to relax in the beautiful lobby. We had a choice of our own scent selection which consisted of four different oils for our room aroma, we decided on the fresh Lemon Grass scent.

The staff drove us to our room, the Grand Thai Natural Ocean View with Spa Bath room, which was set on the high terrains of the resort. It was the most spacious room that I have ever stayed in. The room had traditional Thai Décor, a spacious bedroom and living area with Natural and Ocean views. The room also included complimentary Wi-Fi, a 32-inch LCD Television, DVD player, telephone, safety deposit box and mini-bar and then for the bathroom which included a jacuzzi bathtub, rainfall shower, dressing area and hair dryer. They even had a Sound Bar where we could connect our phones and listen to music.

We had dinner at The Cradle Restaurant, where we enjoyed the local dishes that were amazing and full of vibrant flavours such as lemon grass, ginger and chili which we enjoyed with a glass of wine. As it was the beginning of the FIFA World Cup 2018 the staff were assembling a projector for the restaurant guests to enjoy one of the games that were on.

After a comfortable night’s sleep in our King Size bed we woke up quite early and excited for breakfast which I can say was out of this world. The breakfast was buffet, or we could have ordered from the a la carte menu. The buffet selection had anything you could think – my favourite, “The Phuket Corner” had local breakfast dishes and colourful fruits from all around.

In the afternoon we made use of the resort shuttle bus that departs every two hours from the lobby to the Village where they drop you off at a certain point and pick you up every two hours, for which they were always on time.

The resort offers cocktail classes where they taught us to make a Thai cocktail and gave us each a chance to try and make it ourselves. They set up a whole area just for us and the barmen made us a Tom Yum Soup inspired cocktail, nice and spicy with ginger, lime and chili. We enjoyed it so much that they demonstrated two more cocktails that we learned to make and enjoy afterwards.

Our last day at the resort we witnessed how they were setting up for a beautiful rainy-day wedding for a small party in The Cradle Restaurant. The restaurant was decorated with white and green flowers with fairly lights hanging from the restaurant, it looked gorgeous and elegant. The General Manager Chai even took us through the wedding to show us their set-up.

The resort also features tennis courts, Ratana Spa and  Thai Cooking Classes at the restaurant. Overall, we had a wonderful experience at the spectacular Ayara Kamala Resort with excellent service from the friendly staff and amazing views. I was quite sad to say goodbye.

Reveiewed by Anke Van Zyl and Niel Van Zyl- World Luxury Hotel Awards Representatives

to view more of this stunning property click here www.ayarakamalaresort.com/

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State of the art luxury experience at the Como Metropolitan Hotel London

We arrived at the stunning Como Metropolitan hotel, situated in the in the heart of London and overlooking the magnificent Hyde Park on a sunny afternoon.

We were greeted at reception by the extremely friendly Service Manager .The staff took care of unwrapping our bags for us and taking them up to our room. While checking in we were offered a glass of champagne and given a small shot glass filled with a mixture of herbs. They explained to us that it was meant to recharge our bodies and give us new energy. (Exactly what we needed at that stage).

The Service manager accompanied us to our room. Just as well because the room needed some explaining. Arriving at our magnificent room on the 10th floor and with an exquisite view over the park we quickly realized that this room was even more amazing then we first thought. It was a fully smart-room. All the curtains, blinds and lights were controlled from a single control panel on the telephone. Push a button and the blinds opened. Push another button and you can dim any of the many different lights in the room to create whatever ambiance you desire. The room had everything from electric blinds to a fully stocked mini-bar with everything you could possibly want or need including heated mirrors that wont fog up when you shower.

The next morning, we had a workout in their state of the art gym. As someone that has been to many gyms and loves a good workout, this was heaven. The gym was fully equipped with everything from a full range of cardio equipment to weights heavy enough for regular trainers. There was even a ballet pole attached to the mirror to help you stretch. The standard bottle of water and towel were included as part of your workout but what is more is they also give you a free pair of earphones. This is for you to plug into their cardio equipment and listen to music or watch television while you build up a sweat. In my books this gym scored 10 out of 10.

The English breakfast was a delight, served in a beautiful dining room with a glass roof, letting the sun shine in.

In conclusion, the Como Metropolitan hotel is a must visit. The staff are exceptionally courteous and friendly, always willing to help and assist. The hotel itself with its technologically advanced rooms and amazing gym provides all the facilities and services you can think of.

Reviewed by World Luxury Hotel Awards Representatives

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Weekend escape to the seaside at Tintswalo Atlantic.

Arriving at Tintswalo Atlantic is like entering a remote private paradise. The property is nestled on the cliffs of the famous Chapmans Peak Drive in Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town.

Upon arrival we were warmly greeted with a glass of bubbly each from Melissa and immediately felt like we had been visiting for years.

The welcoming lounge is beautifully decorated and looks out over the ocean towards Hout Bay.

There are 10 suites in total that are all stylishly decorated and themed around different islands. Our suite was the Robben island suite and was a magnificent room, decorated in browns, greens and paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president in South Africa. The bathroom was my absolute favorite part about the suite; The colours, décor and large open windows create a beautiful and intimate setting.  Our suite had a beautiful fireplace which was lovely to come back to in the evenings after dinner and enjoy a glass of merlot. The suites are literally right on the ocean, the crashing waves lull you to sleep and waking up with a cup of coffee on your private deck is an absolute Treat.

Breakfast is served on the main deck in the mornings. A large cappuccino and diverse breakfast is the perfect way to start the day, not forgetting the breathtaking views. The hotel staff were so helpful in letting us know of activities available in the area. We booked ourselves a full body massage and  within the privacy of your suite, with the sound of the waves and the skilled therapists, you will feel definitely like a new person afterwards.

The 5-course dinner at Tintswalo was simply superb. The food was creative, well presented and absolutely delicious. With the sun setting over the ocean, fantastic wine and great service, it is an absolute must!

Overall, I can sum up our visit to Tintswalo Atlantic as magical. It truly is the hidden gem of Cape Town. With the location, intimate setting, fine food and the ocean, it is the perfect place to just unwind and take a break from it all. Melissa and Ryno the General Managers were also fantastic hosts and really make you feel like part of the family. You really do feel sad having to say goodbye.

If your goal is to relax and to just enjoy the beauty around you, Tinstwalo Atlantic is the spot.

Reviewed By Tanique Echardt-World Luxury Hotel Awards Executive manager

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13 Hotels you must see in 2018!

Be Grand Resort, Bohol -Philippines

BE Grand Resort in Bohol is strategically tucked away on the exclusive oasis of the blue waters of Panglao Island. Boasting diverse dining options, a blissfully wonderful spa experience, and within minutes from bountiful underwater paradise, step into a luxurious resort hideaway to reset, refocus, and relax.

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort- Thailand

InterContinental® Hua Hin Resort lends to Thailand’s premier seaside community with unrivaled style, sophistication and comfort. Combining Eastern and Western design heritage, the low-rise beach-front destination spans a prime stretch of white sandy beaches alongside sparkling gulf waters – a truly alluring setting.

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa- Kuwait

Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait, is ideally located in the secluded area of Messilah situated along the shores of the Arabian Gulf, with easy access to Kuwait’s Central Business District, airport and major attractions.

Pondoro Game Lodge- South Africa

At Pondoro situated on the banks of the Olifants River in the exclusive Balule Private Reserve inside Greater Kruger National Park, you will discover the true way to experience the African Bush.

Hotel VIC on the Harbour- Hong Kong

Hotel VIC boasts panoramic views of the harbour. Located in the newly-fashionable district of North Point on Hong Kong Island, Hotel VIC boasts panoramic views of the harbour, and is steps away from an MTR station, ferry pier, and other public transport.

Hotel Le Bonne Entente- Canada

Le Bonne Entente Hotel has redefined the traditional luxury hotel market. In addition to it’s 160 rooms & suites, the hotel encompasses 11 acres of outstanding landscape surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Health and Beauty centre is located right by the beautiful outdoor pool and spa. The hotel also offers a luxury Shuttle service and exclusive access at the renowned Golf La Tempête.

Constance Ephelia Seychelles

Constance Ephélia Seychelles is a family-friendly resort with adapted accommodations. Besides the usual sport facilities, it proposes adventure activities and the Kids Club has themed programs run by the dedicated staff. Foodies will appreciate the wonderful diversity of cuisine at its five restaurants, each with its own culinary concept.

The Ritz-Carlton, Astana – Kazakhstan 

With a prime perch in the city’s gleaming Talan Towers, The Ritz-Carlton, Astana is one of the first luxury hotels in the capital of Kazakhstan. A welcoming retreat of exotic marble and elegant wood, the hotel features accommodations with spectacular views of the city’s modern skyline.

Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri -Spain

A leader in wellness, Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri Spa & Resort is located in Cadiz’s coastal paradise, along the spectacular La Barrosa. Its original and modern design with more than 35,000 m2 of gardens will make you feel like you are in a tropical destination without ever having to leave Spain.

Tulia Zanzibar Unique Beach Resort- Tanzania

Step into a world of luxury with unprecedented accommodations and service, a la carte all inclusive fine dining concept with respect to individual wishes, oceanfront swimming pool and our exclusive Inaya Spa.

Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & SPA -Morocco

This luxury 5-star resort and hotel in Essaouira, Morocco, evokes peace and calm in an oasis of French hospitality.
The sleek new Essaouira hotel in the heart of the Mogador resort overlooks the Atlantic ocean and Mogador golf course designed by Gary Player.Elegant décor by Didier Gomez blends contemporary French design with authentic Moroccan details like mashrabiya windows.

Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel-Egypt

Located in the centre of Hurghada`s touristic complex on the Red Sea in Egypt. Peace and privacy pervade this exclusive, 5-star deluxe beach hotel, located directly on the azure blue Red Sea shore. Let your mind rest in the green of landscaped gardens, the aqua-marine of the Red Sea, and the reds of the dramatic mountain ranges in the background.

Nermo Hotell- Norway

The Nermo Hotel, part of the Historic Hotels of Norway, is a family owned hotel situated 1,5km above the valley river with beautiful views, and 10 minutes north of the Olympic city of Lillehammer.

 

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World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards Honour 2017 Winners

The scene is set; it’s a warm, exotic summer’s evening in Vietnam, the sun begins to set over the bustling and intriguing city of Hanoi, excited participants gather at the event of the year, the event that will later that night honour them as the crème da la crème of the luxury wellness and fine dining industries. Champagne flows, canapés travel on beautifully decorated trays to guests, and the air of anticipation grows.  Proudly hosted by the spectacular JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi, who with a red carpet welcome invite over 180 guests from more than 50 countries to a dazzling evening of luxury, glamour, and style.

“Over 100,000 votes brought our winners here tonight; 100,000 times the public voiced their opinion on who of the 1,000 entrants are deserving of these accolades. Tonight we honour the staff of these fine establishments, who through their immeasurable service delivery have brought success to the proud brands of which they are a part.” says Marna Lourens, Executive Manager for the World Luxury Spa Awards.

Setting the basis for service industry standards around the globe, the World Luxury Spa Awards and World Luxury Restaurant Awards pride themselves on providing true recognition to luxury spas and restaurants in their relevant categories during its annual voting phase. Votes are garnered through various marketing channels from guests, showcasing yet again the true value of service excellence.

“The most coveted award of the evening is our Global Spa and Global Restaurant of the Year awards. Each year the task to determine these top establishments begins after voting has closed and we announce to our winners if they have been successful. We are six senior managers who take weeks to decide, as voting is not the only criteria we look at to bestow this prestigious award. A multitude of factors come in to play; brand, location, overall guest satisfaction from online reviews, services and facilities, design, and even menu offerings whether spa or restaurant. It is important to look at each establishment as an individual as well, some are on an island, some are in cities or in a desert, it is not always possible to compare apples with apples when defining luxury. This year the focus was on unique design with a touch of classy elegance, and we were as such proud to award Global Spa of the Year to Harnn Heritage Spa at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, and Global Restaurant of the Year to Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Both of whom encompass the ethos of luxury and supreme service.” says Joanna Evans, Marketing Communications Manager for the World Luxury Awards.

The evening was as glamorous as one would expect from a JW Marriott brand hotel; a delectable 6-course fine dining menu adorned each table throughout the night and was paired with fine wines and champagne from Moët et Chandon. Entertainment fitting of the destination included a Dragon Dance, a Vietnamese based string quartet performance by Độc Cầm – Toxic Quartet, and a local Ao Dai Dance, all of which added to the evening’s Asian flair.

“The food tonight was exceptionally impressive, and has been during our entire stay at the hotel. Executive Chef Brendon Partridge and his team receive full honours from the World Luxury Awards and all our guests for the tireless effort of crafting these delicious plates of exquisite foods we received this evening.” says Linda Cooper, Executive Manager for the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. “I am proud to know that the awards they themselves received tonight are so well deserved.”

After all awards were received and each representative had an opportunity for exclusive photos and interviews on the red carpet, guests were welcomed to the chic and ultra-stylish Cool Cats Jazz Club, a name so apt for the warm red glow it provides, while live musicians entertained crowds late into the night with some fabulous classic jazz music.

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 excellence.

www.luxuryspaawards.com | www.luxuryrestarantawards.com