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What to Do When Someone Else Books Out an Entire Resort in The Maldives? Um, Not Much

Where: Maldives
February 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Up on the Daily Mail's site last week was a story about a Saudi prince who reportedly booked up all three of the Anantara Resorts in the Maldives from now through the middle of March, effectively kicking out any other guests who had reservations during the same time as his stay.

The story originated on MaldivesFinest.com and was moved along by a TripAdvisor review from a guest whose reservation was cancelled because of the resort buy-out.

The rejected guest wrote on TripAdvisor:

Our reservation was cancelled with NO notice and we were informed only AFTER we contacted them. Back in December we booked the Anantara Veli in an overwater pool villa for a four night stay in early March. Three weeks prior to our departure we emailed the Anantara Veli to confirm our airport pick up and a few other details.

As a result of our email to Anantara and a call to our booking agent we finally learned that the hotel had simply cancelled our reservation and, I assume, those of many others. They did this without apprising us of this cancellation.

Here's what Anantara finally told us: In essence they said they now have a booking for the period including 19 February until March 15 which, after negotiations, developed into a request for total private island buyout of Anantara Veli and Naladhu. Not "I'm sorry", not "we should have notified you", not "how can we make it up to you". Just "this is now the situation".

Apparently, the guest was offered accommodations at a different resort but he turned them down.

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Best Killer View: Fiji's Tokoriki Island Resort

December 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2013 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

2013 was kind of strange year. There was some good, quite a bit of bad, and a lot of just plain weird stuff happening (globally and personally.) Which is why when we were flipping through the year's Killer Views, we found ourselves drawn to the views that were far, far, away. Like this one and this one.

But it was Jetflyboy's shot from the Tokoriki Island Resort in Fiji that had us saying the popular phrase--"I want to go to there."

You can read Jetflyboy's full report on Tokoriki Island Resort here or you can just drool over more of his photos from the resort below. Say it all together now, "We want to go to there."

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Heritage with a Capital 'H': Inside The Harbor View Hotel on Martha's Vineyard

August 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a new show on TV. It's called The Vineyard, on ABC Family, and it's a bit like if The Hills moved to an island off the east coast; to Martha's Vineyard, to be exact. Don't watch the show unless you enjoy following the drama of Blake Lively lookalikes with junior high problems, but the show is at least good for its scenery. The camera seems especially infatuated with the Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse and the sprawling Cape Cod cottage behind. That, dear readers, is no cottage but the largest hotel on Martha's Vineyard, the Harbor View Hotel which boasts its own collection of cottages and one of the only large, heated outdoor swimming pools on the island.

Originally opened in 1891, the Harbor View and its famous expansive front porch has had plenty of time to become a summer tradition for families. Of course if you're not the Obamas, the Clintons or one of the many millionaire or billionaire estate owners on Martha's Vineyard, the Harbor View is the affordable way to enjoy a large property complete with a daily list of activities and amenities (s'mores! veranda yoga! harbor cruises!).

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The Mansion House Inn Proves Martha's Vineyard Can Be an Affordable Island Escape

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  Site Where: 9 Main Street [map], Martha's Vineyard, MA, United States
June 27, 2013 at 5:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

The island of Martha's Vineyard certainly has a reputation. One, it's known as a playground of the rich and preppy. Two, MV is a favorite vacation destination for presidents, specifically Clinton and Obama (and, in the past, the Kennedys). Because of this reputation combined with the history of the island, it's believed that the island doesn't offer much in the way of affordably luxurious, amenity-rich accommodations. Not true! The Mansion House is proof that the island has more than tiny B&Bs with giant price tags.

Mansion House is at the center of the town of Vineyard Haven, which boasts most of the year-round population on the island. This means there's plenty shopping, dining and sights within easy walking and biking distance. We recommend a stroll down to nosh on lobster rolls and clams at The Net Result, and a visit to Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, where President Obama shops with Sasha and Malia.

Since the Mansion House offers year-round accommodation in 48 rooms, rates vary greatly, usually from $99 to $309 as a start.

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5 Stunning Shots From Malaysia's Bagus Place Resort

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  Site Where: Malaysia
June 20, 2013 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

A 45 minute flight from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, Tioman Island is considered one of Malaysia's most beautiful islands. It is mostly covered by dense forest, with a range of different types of resorts dotted along the coast. By far the most charming of these is Bagus Place Resort, a sustainably-built eco-resort with seven private "chalets," or small villas.

Pictured above is Bagus Place's private jetty. At 162 paces from end to end (we counted), it's the longest on the island.

Click below for more photos!

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Fiji's Tokoriki Island Resort Is Little Slice of Paradise

March 25, 2013 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Go with us as we escape on a private island about 75 miles off the coast of mainland Fiji that will make the shoulders of even the highest strung relax just a bit. We're talking about Tokoriki Island Resort in the outer surroundings of the Mamanuca Islands--where it takes a 90 minute catamaran ride and fishing boat transfer to reach. This boutique resort is the quintessential definition of Fiji-time because there is little to worry about since the only thing you might be late for is snorkeling.

One very important feature of Tokoriki is the staff. Arriving on the island to a hearty BULA!, wooden bead lei and a traditional island song made us feel like we had truly arrived somewhere special. Bordering a personal concierge, we were escorted to our hut and shown around the grounds. Mysteriously, it made us feel familiar, as if we had been here before; that's what Fiji does!

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A Killer South Pacific View At Fiji's Tokoriki Island Resort

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  Site Where: Tokoriki, Fiji
March 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (3)

Sit back, relax and soak it all in. This killer view comes to you via the mega-tropical destination of Fiji. A grouping of 333 islands that has an abundance of views like the one above at Tokoriki Island Resort and even more warmth from its people.

We hopped on a fast catamaran at the port of Denarau in Nadi, the capital and headed off the mainland to the Mamanuca Island group just about 70 miles off the coast of the island's second largest city. After 90 minutes of passing coral strips like Beachcomber and South Sea Island, we finally made it to our volcanic paradise and, instantly, our stress levels were carried off with the tradewinds.

We tendered via a little fishing boat and stepped foot on the island after wading through ankle deep sea water. Warmly welcomed with a wooden lei by staff dressed in Masi shirts and sulu skirts, we had a feeling we could get used to this. And we did. It was easy to get settled in and soak up the tropical surroundings and private beach before exploring.

Stay tuned for the full review, with heaps of photos. You won't be disappointed. For now, just imagine this is just outside your window.

Disclaimer:We are traveling as guests of Air Pacific and Tourism Fiji, but rest assured all of our opinions and photos are our own.

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak for HotelChatter]

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Plane Spotting from a Private Balcony: Inside the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort on St. Maarten

February 26, 2013 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

For travelers who seek to scratch the Caribbean island of St. Maarten off their bucket list, and see the planes flying over the beach for which the island is most famous, there's only one hotel option. This is the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, an all-inclusive property with the distinction of being the only large hotel within walking distance of Maho Beach; the other buildings around all all time-shares or private condos.

The Sonesta towers over the small town of Maho, and the 537-room property is one of the first things visitors see as their plane touches down to the tarmac at SXM, St. Maarten's Airport which sits just off of Maho. As it's all-inclusive, nightly rates during winter peak season aren't cheap ($450 is average), but having everything taken care of and being on Maho Beach is a huge perk to justify the rate. If you're just on St. Maarten for the excellent plane spotting, you wouldn't even need to rent a car; just take a taxi to the hotel and all necessities are within walking distance.

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Sustainable Luxury At Song Saa Resort Island in Cambodia

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  Site Where: #108e1 Street 19, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
February 12, 2013 at 5:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

After a weekend of snow and cold, you might be looking for your escape to warmer temps and relaxing atmosphere. Imagine trading your snow shovel for a snorkel and boots for a bikini (or board shorts) and head to a private island off the coast of Cambodia. The ultra-luxury Song Saa Resort has your cure for not only winter doldrums, but year round stress.

Cambodia's first private island luxury resort will be setting the tone for resorts to come with their private villas perched over a marine reserve. Technically, it isn't a private island since it spans over 2 separate islands that are connected by a foot bridge, but it most definitely is private and luxurious.

Each of the 27 villas are inspired by Cambodian fishing villages, and the resort features beach-side, rainforest and over-water buildings. Unique in their own way, every one boasts thatch roofs, rough-hewn natural timbers and driftwood furnishings. Imagine waking to the gentle sound of the sea directly below your bed and soaking up the 360-degree views of the Gulf of Thailand. Yeah, this is paradise.

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Sir Richard Branson Puts the Kibosh On Plastic Bottles On Necker Island

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  Site Where: Necker Island, Virgin Islands, British
January 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Well, now the world is saved! Okay, we’re being facetious, of course: It’s a noble thing to take a stand and do some good for the planet and, after all, we all need to do our part.

But we do have to ask: Just how much bottled water are they consuming over there on Necker Island? There are only six houses (aka rooms) holding a maximum of 28 guests. And at a cool $29,000 (single or double) for a seven-night stay during “Celebration Weeks” (the only time you can book individual rooms; otherwise it’s the whole island or nothing for $42,500 per night.

Is his British Virgin Island's nirvana really fully booked all the time to need to make a big deal of letting us know Sir Richard is trying to get green while collecting that green? Forgive us if we smirk just a tad.

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Turtle Inn: Where Sofia, Roman and Francis Ford Coppola Like To Stay

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  Site Where: Placencia Village, Stann Creek District, Belize
December 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lagoon Bungalow at Turtle Inn 

Ever wanted to live vicariously through a Coppola? You know, make a film or two, become a household name, travel affluently?

Well, we can promise you only the latter, friends, as we now have the official 4-1-1 on where Francis, Sofia and Roman stay when they travel to Belize. Obviously, they're going to crash at the Turtle Inn, a 17-acre beachside property FFC bought back in 1999.

But which rooms do they shack up in?

First, let's talk about Turtle Inn. It's the only luxury resort in the fisherman village of Placencia, Belize, reachable by a 30-minute puddle jumper from Belize International Airport. There's 25 rustic villas and cottages, two salt-water pools, three restaurants, a beach bar and a memorable staff to boot (shout out to Rudy!).

Accommodations come equipped with outdoor showers and gardens, homemade cookies (in a bottomless jar), screened porches and thatch roofs reaching up to 30 feet. The spa is fronted by Thai masseuses who can have you knackered in minutes and the new Miss Ellie dive boat that can drop you off at a deserted island within an hour.

Should you want to do the Coppola resort like an actual Coppola, you have three accommodations to choose from...

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Guess The Hotel Revealed: Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel

December 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we showed you a lush, tropical view, and called upon your internal GPS skills to tell us where you thought it might be. We admit, it may have been a little more difficult than previous rounds of Guess the Hotel, to decipher the mystery paradise island. We gave some clues and now it's time for the big reveal.

Drum roll please...

The tropical location is Australia's very own Hamilton Island, where we recently spent a few days enjoying the laid back rhythm of island life.

One of the best things about this place is that the entire island is run by a corporation, and it's one a few resort islands that make up the Whitsundays, located on the Southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Its location makes it a perfect location for water sports, cocktailing by the pool and just general relaxation.

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