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Exploring the Green Mountains of Oman at Alila Jabal Akhdar

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  Site Where: Nizwa, Oman
October 30, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

With the hotel overload in Dubai, and to a lesser extent in Doha (Qatar) and Abu Dhabi (UAE), Oman has had a slightly lower profile among the emirates, but that seems to be changing: Four Seasons is heading to the sultanate, and so is Aman, and looking at the photos of recently opened Alila Jabal Akhdar makes us want to book a ticket to capital Muscat as soon as possible.

A two and a half hour 4WD-only drive from Muscat into the Al Hajar mountains, the hotel is built to fit within the natural environment, perched on a cliff overlooking the gorge below (Jabal Akhdar means “The Green Mountain” in Arabic). There are just 78 suites and villas, all with outdoor space like above to soak in the surrounding landscape and dramatic sunsets – more photos below.

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And the Second Planet Hollywood Property Will Be In...

Where: Uttorda Beach, Goa , India
October 23, 2014 at 10:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Rumors have been swirling for quite some time about where the second Planet Hollywood hotel would land (Las Vegas being the first, of course.) First, it was said that China, Panama, and Qatar were the front runners. Then, over two years later, we wondered if Orlando could make sense. This week, the announcement was officially made, and it looks like we have a Cinderella on our hands: Goa, India, has pulled off the upset.

Utorda Beach will be the exact location of the new beachfront Planet Hollywood, which is scheduled to open by the end of this year. To be managed by Wyndham, it will feature 115 rooms, 15 luxury tents, spa, and multiple swimming pools. Aside from general leisure travelers, the target market of the hotel will be yoga retreats along with the Indian weddings market.

The property is being built with low-rise architecture in traditional Goan style, with emphasis on detailed sculptures and sprawling landscapes. In terms of the latter, there will be 10 acres of tropical gardens and coconut orchards.

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Would You Book This Security-Conscious Package For Solo Women Travelers?

Where: New Delhi, India
September 16, 2014 at 9:23 AM | by | Comment (1)

What women want from hotels is a subject that’s been on our minds recently. We’re pretty sure the answer isn’t cooking lessons and a candle. And we gave a few of our own suggestions here.

Now a hotel in New Delhi has come up with another idea: a pretty extreme, security first, female-only package, to combat the appalling crimes against women that have been engulfing India in recent months (one rape every 30 minutes, if you’ve missed it).

The Kamal Single Lady Traveller program (“kamal” is Hindi for lotus flower) at the Leela Palace includes:
· Airport transfers with a trusted driver;
· Female staff for all interaction (check-in, concierge, butler, housekeeping);
· Room on a female-only floor (with restricted elevator access);
· Improved security cameras in all public areas;
· Security screening of people entering the hotel;
· Access to the spa on a private or female only basis;
· Option of booking female guides for city tours.

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In India, Fall Means Luxury Camping With Leopards And Tigers

Where: Rajasthan, India
September 12, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

The bad news, guys, is summer is ending.

The good news is, winter means opportunities to do things you couldn’t face in summer – like sleeping outdoors in India. Especially when it’s tiger season.

This month sees the (re)opening of three tented camps from Sujan in Rajasthan: Sher Bagh, in Ranthambhore, the Serai in Jaisalmer, and Jawai Leopard Camp.

Sher Bagh (top pic) isn’t new, but it’s been completely renovated for the 2014 season, with all tents getting their ensuite bathrooms refurbished and enlarged (yes, ensuite bathrooms being enlarged - as you can imagine, these aren’t your ordinary tents). Two new suites have also been created – one with a walled garden, one with a private pool (and both with butlers). The location, meanwhile, is tiger central – 81% of visitors last year saw at least two per day.

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The Pool At Oberoi Udaivilas Is Calling Your Name

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  Site Where: Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
August 21, 2014 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

And it’s saying: take a dip! Or at least it does to us, which we’d gladly do if we could find ourselves in Udaipur, Rajasthan by snapping our finger. Alas, we’ll lust after it from afar, its sparkling blue contrasting against the pale walls and turrets of a traditional palace Udaivilās is modeled after.

Part of Oberoi Hotels, the hotel sits on the banks of Lake Picola, with third-level up Premier Rooms allowing you to step straight off your terrace into the water. A second pool is set within a large courtyard.

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Funky Friday: Party Like Grace Jones at The Park Hyderabad

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  Site Where: 22 Raj Bhawan Road, Raj Bhavan Quarters Colony, Somajiguda, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, 500 082
May 2, 2014 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

“Anything but Ordinary” is the trademark of The Park Hotels brand of luxury boutique hotels in India. We would only have to look at its flagship hotel, The Park Hyderabad, to say we would agree. The 270-room Park Hyderabad is a design extravaganza that is all about the bling, and makes for a great Funky Friday segment.

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A Very Early Look at the Sanya and Gurgaon Edition

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  Site Where: Sanya (China), Gurgaon (India)
March 20, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

The London Edition is all that for many reasons, and it has us properly excited for what’s to come: New York and Miami Beach are up first in the States, but after that Edition is heading for more exotic destinations – Sanya in China and Gurgaon in India. Virtually nothing is known about these hotels, but that didn’t stop us from unearthing these renderings already.

The Sanya Edition (above) will open in 2015 on the Chinese island of Hainan. Referred to as China’s Hawaii, nearly every luxury hotel group (from sibling Ritz-Carlton to Mandarin Oriental and Kempinski to One&Only) is rushing to claim their spot along Sanya’s beaches and vie for the attention of the increasingly wealthy and wanderlust-filled Chinese tourist. The curved building looks huge (spot the tiny cars under the soaring porte cochere for a sense of scale), with some kind of lattice wood construction over the main entrance, a design reflected again it appears in the façade.

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Dubai Gets An Oberoi, Panama Takes a Tryp (And More, A Lot More)

June 17, 2013 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· Oberoi Dubai Is Now Open: We were so busy making popcorn in preparation for the opening of Dubai's first movie-themed resort that we almost forgot about Oberoi Dubai, the 252-room luxury resort that opened last week in downtown Dubai. Guest can expect all the usual Oberoi touches, like in-room check-in, 24-hour butlers, and two Presidential Suites that come with their own 1.5-meter plunge pools. In addition to that, there will be four restaurants—including Nine7One, which sources different cuisines from all seven (7) continents—and a 24-hour spa with Ayurvedic treatments. Rates from $272/night.

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Saving Rupees is Now a Reality with Tune Ahmedabad

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  Site Where: 4 D Square, Ahmedabad, India, 382424
May 23, 2013 at 8:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Let's all say "namaste" to Tune Ahmedabad, the first-ever Tune Hotel for India. Located in the "Science City", the hotel officially welcomed its first guests but not before hosting a colorful ceremony blessing the new building with flowers and other offerings.

Keeping with the Tune model of pay-for-what-you-use, a Comfort Package is available now for about an extra $9, which gives a full 24-hours of wifi, TV, and air conditioning access. If you're looking to dive into some vindaloo to start your day, for just over $3 you can tuck into breakfast in the lobby's XO Cafe.

The hotel is perfect for travelers looking to save a few rupees and still get a full Indian experience with some shopping and sport. Along with being annexed to the city's newly developed 4D Square Shopping Mall, Tune is also a short walk to the local cricket stadium, after all this is 'cricket country'. (the sport, not the insect)

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Edition Boutique Hotel to Open in India

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  Site Where: New Delhi , India
April 9, 2013 at 10:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

Just a week after we reported that the New York Edition would open a year early in 2014, we have more good news: Marriott has announced that it will introduce its Ian Schrager designed Edition in New Delhi within "the next few years."

Despite the Istanbul Edition being the brand's only open hotel (remember, the Waikiki Edition became the Modern Honolulu), you wouldn't know it from all the press and activity of late thanks to its eight properties in the pipeline: London (2013), Miami (2014), New York (2014), Bangkok (2015), Abu Dhabi, Gurgaon, Sanya, and New Delhi.

Back in October, we gave you the scoop on the London Edition, which is supposed to be the brand's big relaunch this year. The Miami Edition, unfortunately, just had its opening date pushed back by a year.

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Is This The Hotel Minibar of the Future?

April 3, 2013 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (4)

An India-based company that specializes in designing bars for high-end hotels throughout New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore (including ITC Maurya, where Obama stayed during a visit in 2010) has come up with a new concept that's sure to catch people's attention: a fully-equipped personal bar for hotel suites.

The nifty "BarTrender Pro" basically whittles down all the elements of a high-end hotel bar—cocktail mixing station, built-in refrigeration, dual zone wine preservation, separate storage for glasses and bottles—into one compact, fully integrated unit.

Just looking at it, we get the sense that even ignoramuses like us who have never bartended a day in our lives (save for once, during college, which was a failure on all accounts) would be able to slap together a half-decent beverage. With the bar's attractive smooth surfaces and backlit shelves, at the very least, we'd look good doing it!

The bar has been on display at multiple showrooms in Jasola and Mumbai, and plenty of folks have expressed interest in buying a unit for themselves, but the company's chief designer said that production is still being limited to two hundred per year. He went on:

"These are prized possessions, and we plan sell limited numbers each year per region. Luxury hotel chains have considered the bar for their suites."

What do you think? Is this something you would use if it showed up in your hotel room? Or would you rather just head downstairs and order a drink the good old-fashioned way? Let us know your thoughts below!

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Kempinski Ambience Delhi Opens With The Dalai Lama’s Blessing

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  Site Where: 1 Central Business District, Delhi, India, 110032
February 26, 2013 at 4:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

We’re used to seeing fab hotels open the world over (and don’t get us wrong –- there’s still a thrill with every one) but not many can boast being blessed during their opening by the Buddhist spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Well, the Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi can make that claim for their newly-opened modern property in east Delhi's Shahdara district.

Literally meaning “door of kings” in Urdu, Shahdara is on the banks of the Yamuna River and was established in the 16th century. It’s the second oldest locality of Delhi after Chandni Chowk and is home to the popular Chhota Bazaar, the second oldest and one of the busiest markets in the city known for its spicy street food, if you dare to try it. Many attractions are found nearby including the Akshardham Temple, the Buddh International Circuit F1 Grand Prix Track, and the National Gallery of Modern Art.

The hotel has a substantial 480 rooms and suites in two towers that are connected by a sky bridge. Each tower has a dedicated entrance, pre-lobby, main lobby ('cause you can never have too many lobbies), concierge and fitness center. Décor is a calming up-to-the minute palette of greys, browns and whites with shocks of color thrown in for good measure.

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