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Inside the Soneva Fushi Resort in The Maldives

Where: Maldives
February 26, 2014 at 5:35 PM | by | ()

If you were hoping to stay at one of the Anantara Resorts in the Maldives, sorry, but you're out of luck as the hotel has been booked out by a Saudi prince for the next month. But there's another option to try, Soneva Fushi, one of the island's sustainable luxury resorts. Here with a full review of his stay this past December, is TeddyWorcester who we followed on his Great American Road Trip a few summers back. Enjoy and fingers crossed, no Saudi princes book this hotel up!

Can a Resort Be Both Sustainable and Luxurious? The Soneva Fushi Is

The Maldives is one of the most remote nations in the world, comprised of 26 atolls and situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Before the ‘70s, tourism barely even existed in the region but in the last 30 years, over 100 resorts have cropped up, playing a significant role in the country’s GDP.

Now, the world’s most prolific hotel brands have leased their own atolls from the Maldivian government and built luxury resorts. With brands like the Taj, Shangri-La, and Four Seasons, it’s tempting to choose a property that is “safe,” where you know you’ll get luxury and service. However, if you know anything about the current environmental state of the Maldives, you may opt for a resort that prides itself on sustainability. Climate change is real and imminent, with rising water levels threatening to engulf atolls and increasing water temperatures killing off fragile coral.

With plans to head to the Maldives, I searched for a resort with a strong emphasis on sustainability and I am incredibly fortunate to have stumbled upon Soneva Fushi. The 65-villa resort sits on a 1,400 meter long island in the Baa Atoll. I booked a “Soneva Fushi Villa with pool,” which will set you back about $1,243/night. This rate does not include the seaplane transfer from Malé to the resort, which will cost you $550 per person (roundtrip).

The 30-minute flight from Malé, the main island, gave us a stunning aerial view of the countless tiny islands, and was certainly worth the additional cost (not that we had a choice). We landed next to a tiny dock in the middle of the water, dubbed the Soneva Fushi International Airport. Our butler Mohamed greeted us on a boat and took us to the island. Upon arrival, we had a brief tour and went straight to our villa. No checking in, no crazy forms. There was only one rule for the week: no news, no shoes.

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The Ultimate Survival Guide to Park City

January 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM | by | ()

She's a Park City beauty, that Washington School House

Hot on the heels of Sundance, home to three mega ski resorts and a favorite training grounds for many a winter Olympian, Park City, Utah has an allure like no other winter ski destination.

But if you’ve never made the trip, the options in PC—including countless hotels (and rentals) found everywhere from the charming downtown to slope side or mid-mountain—can be overwhelming.

Which ski mountain is right for you? Should you stay near the slopes, downtown or does it really matter? And what about the town ski lift (that’s right, Park City even has a ski lift from the downtown direct to Park City Mountain Resort)?

The first thing to know about Park City is that not only are there a multitude of lodging options, by and large, the options are very good. So, the question is less about finding a great hotel and more about finding the right hotel. For example, you want to spend après time around a fire, of course, but do you want to hang with the tots and roast marshmallows or toss back bourbon with the boys?

Just back from Park City, we canvassed the ski town from north to south to find the top hotels in the best locations, taking care to uncover all those little details that can make a hotel really special. And in keeping with the idea that there are different strokes for different folks, we came up with a list of favorite that speak to a variety of unique needs and wants.

The result of our efforts, the fruit of our hotel-loving loins: another must-have HotelChatter survival guide, this one for the powder-dusted mountain town of Park City, Utah.

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The Ultimate Survival Guide to The Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island

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  Site Where: Casino Dr., Paradise Island, Bahamas, 4777
May 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM | by | ()

Bad-ass player pictured here can be found with his friends in the Atlantis Predator Lagoon

For those who have never been to Atlantis on Paradise Island, the sprawling megaresort can be daunting.

Like Disney World, there is nothing quite like it anywhere in the world. And like DisneyWorld, Atlantis has the power to strike fear in the hearts and minds of parents who shudder the thought of wearing adult mouse ears almost as much as they dread hemorrhaging endless streams of cash.

To complicate matters, Atlantis is hard to describe as it's so many different things rolled into one: a gorgeous five-hotel Caribbean island resort, a 140-acre Aquaventure water park, the largest open-air marine exhibit in the world complete with dolphin and seal habitats, countless beaches and pools, a casino, a true culinary scene with restaurants from Bobby Flay and Nobu Matsuhisa, a seriously pimpin’ marina, and more.

All the confusion can make it hard to wrap your head around a visit. Where should you stay? How should you spend your day? What’s awesome and what’s overrated? How expensive will it be? Is there a shred of hope for some adult downtime or is it a kid bonanza all day all the time? You might be tempted to throw in the towel.

Just back from a recent visit, we thought it was time—at long last—to demystify the epic resort. The ins and outs, the highs and lows, and every reason why we’ll be back, slide wedgie and all; find it here in our Atlantis Survival Guide.

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Inside The Legoland Hotel, Brick By Brick

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  Site Where: 1 Legoland Dr [map], Carlsbad, CA, United States, 92008
April 8, 2013 at 8:36 PM | by | ()

So we made it easy for you to guess the hotel last week. Maybe it was the Lego parrot high up in the corner of the guestroom or maybe it was the hint about the place being next to the theme park. Yet for those of you who are still stumped, we spent a night inside the Adventure room of the just-opened Legoland Hotel, adjacent to the Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, Calif.

If your kids love Legos, they will love this place because there are Legos EVERYWHERE starting with the Lego pit in the hotel's lobby.

While the hotel itself is not constructed out of Legos (would't that be cool?), the hotel doesn't miss an opportunity to display their Lego works of art. Each guestroom features eight Lego sculptures, there's a giant dragon above the hotel entrance guarded by giant Lego characters and another dragon sculpture right when you walk in. The wall behind the check-in desk features hundreds and hundreds of Lego minis, along with a Lego character riding a bicycle (this piece actually moves back and forth and was our fave Lego display of them all.)

In both restaurants, the Skyline Cafe and the Bricks buffet restaurant, there are many cooking-themed Lego sculptures (like a chef working a pasta machine) and out back, there's an interactive dragon sculpture that squirts water and "talks" to its admirers, even commenting on their outfits. (We assume someone is watching on a camera somewhere.) In short, there are Lego sculptures pretty much everywhere you look.

But aside from being a Lego heaven for kids, the hotel is actually built for the kids.

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Everything Else Inside The Wynn Las Vegas

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  Site Where: 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
June 17, 2008 at 5:37 PM | by | ()

The goodies at Wynn go beyond the mini-bar.

Since HotelChatter has stayed at the Wynn Las Vegas several times, we aren't going to bore you again with what's inside the rooms. However, we will say that we have stayed at a lot of hotels in Las Vegas and this is the one we want to keep coming back to.

Part of that does have to deal with spacious rooms (strip views help too) and plush amenities but we also liked what the hotel had to offer outside the rooms.

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