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Last Saturday, there was a fire in paradise at the One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. Ten of the resort's 104 have been shut down due to damage by the fire. (Those rooms were located in the Crescent Wing.)
The cause of the fire, according to hotel officials, is said to be under “investigation” but a local news source, Tribune 242, says the answer is very simple: an eyewitness told the publication the hotel’s “Big Bang” fireworks show is the culprit.
Apparently, every so often, the resort has a major fireworks extravaganza and that night the $16,000 display caused wooden shingles on a roof to catch fire. It was ablaze for about 25 minutes before staff noticed and attempted to extinguish it. Authorities eventually arrived at the hotel around 11:30 pm and took just minutes to put out the remaining flames.
See the online video of the fire, after the jump.
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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 here is a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.
Four Seasons goes to Seoul: the Canadian group just announced it will be adding a 317-room Four Seasons hotel in the Sejongro area of South Korea’s capital, due to open in May 2015 in a brand new 25-story building
One&Only goes Down Under: we had heard the rumor before, but it’s official now. Australia’s Hayman Island will be managed by One&Only, with a full re-launch in April next year. The resort, in the Whitsunday Islands near the Great Barrier Reef, will undergo extensive renovations. Private residences will be added as well
This morning, the One&Only Sanya on the Hainan island of China was announced. The 180-room and villa hotel will sit amidst 40-acres of coconut palms and rosewood trees, offering views of Tufu Bay, a part of the South China Sea.
Material used to build the luxury resorts will showcase the natural elements of Hainan while the hotel plans to "weave pieces of the island's historical tapestry" throughout the hotel's decor by using original furnishings, fabric and art made by descendants of the area's local tribes. Here's a little more on what to expect from One&Only Sanya:
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If you wake up in a tequila haze tomorrow wishing you could remember what you did during last night's Cinco De Mayo celebration, don't fret as there's a chance to relive Cinco de Mayo every day this month at the One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico.
The luxe resort is offering several incentives for guests visiting this month starting with over $550 in complimentary amenities when you book a minimum three-night stay. That includes $200 in resort credit, round-trip airport transfers, two $50 gift certificates for ESPA massages, two rounds of gold at the signature Jack Nicklaus golf course and the deal sweetener, complimentary margaritas at the Agua Bar from 5-7pm every day.
And if you book a fourth night, you will get a fifth night free. You must book by May 27th. Go here to do so. Rates start at $1,000 a night for a Beach Front Terrace Junior Suite with a king bed. Yes, we know that's one expensive margarita. But soo worth it.
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Yeah, we dig The Bachelor, but not because we're cool with one guy basking in the attention of a harem of women, all begging him to put a ring on it. No, we haz da luv because it’s unintentional travel eye-candy. The network thinks we're watching the cast, but really, we're peeping the background.
This season starring Bachelor Brad Womack is coming to an end and we love-love the location: South Africa. Last night's show andwe're toldthe March 14 finale has studly Brad and the last three ladies standing at two gorgeous properties—Lion Sands Private Game Reserve and the swank One & Only Cape Town.
Every Valentine's Day, we're inundated with crazy hotel packages that would require a Real Housewives-sized budget (and aren't all that inventive). So this week, we're taking a look at affordable, but fun deals that us regular folks would book.
You know what's romantic? Somewhere warm with no snow, like Los Cabos. If you're looking to plan a special Valentine's Day getaway with your honey, you might want to show you care by upping sticks to celeb favorite One&Only Palmilla.
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So unlike the series of deserted manmade islands off Dubai called "The World," the other set of manmade islands off Dubai"The Palm"is doing far, far better for itself. In fact, The Palm has progressed to the point that people actually live on it in their mansions, and it's had an Atlantis Hotel for two years already. Next up for The Palm? A One & Only Resort that should have opened a few days ago on 10-10-10.
The date was highly touted and we wondered if the 100-room, Andalucian and Moorish-inspired resort would make it. And you know what? We don't think so. There is no way to book a stay on their website, we tried Hotels.com all the way through January and nothing came back, and the "special offers" are deceivingly vague:
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So where Gordon Ramsay failed, a local chef is hoping to succeed. Ramsay may have been forced to close his Maze restaurant at One & Only Cape Town last month, but Sol Kerzner obviously has faith in South African chef Reuben Riffel, who will open Reuben’s at One & Only Cape Town on October 1.
Although he may not be as famous as old sweary boots, Reuben has won acclaim (and awards) for his restaurants in the Franschhoek wine valley called (we’re sensing a theme here) Reuben’s and Reuben’s at The Robertson Small Hotel. This will be his first urban resort, though.
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Gordy and Tana at the opening of Maze One & Only. Guess he should have concentrated more on the food than the highlights.
UPDATE: Gordon Ramsay also owes the U.S. government millions in unpaid taxes!
According to the Mail on Sunday, Maze at One & Only Cape Town - which was his only restaurant in Africa - was shut down by Sol Kerzner on Thursday because after a year and a bit, it still wasn’t pulling in the punters.
We don't know about you but we feel like it's been a mighty long week. We're sick of stomping on dirty snow in New York, and now it's melting and dripping off buildings and trees onto our heads. Gross. That's why we're finding our end-of-week solace in this snapshot of the Killer View from the One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas.
We dropped by this super-posh property last summer—we were too poor to stay over, but we did grab a mojito at the Pool Terrace Cafe. (Ordering rum punch in such classy surroundings just seemed... well, wrong.) Our tip to anyone doing likewise, however, is this: When you ask the front desk staff where the bar is and they direct you to the pool terrace, politely thank them and then say, "No, we mean the Dune Bar. This is where the money shot, the Killer View, is.
Hitting up the the One and Only Palmilla and worried that paparazzi might be trying to snap pictures of you and your friends (including Gerard Butler) celebrating your 41st birthday in bikinis?
Well if you're Jennifer Aniston, then you have nothing to worry about--the resort will pull out all the stops to ensure your privacy is safe.
SF Gate reports:
In an agreed TV interview with reporter Billy Bush, the actress pointed out the paparazzi boats out at sea, full of snappers who tried to get saucy shots of the star.
But resort staff, police and the local coast guard went beyond the call of duty to make sure the trip was a relaxing one.
She explains, "Our gang ... has been holding up these mirrors ... to sort of disrupt their photographs ... I think any guest who comes here would hope to have a little privacy. I think it's very nice."
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In our bid to provide you with the most up-to-date information on hotel restaurants around the world, we can usually pack in the meals with the best of them, suffering through 7-course dinners just to provide our readers with the best, most comprehensive information possible. Seriously, we’re just that committed to you. This week, though, we heard about a deal at One & Only’s Le Saint Géran resort on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritus, that has even us wondering whether we could handle all this foodie fabulousness.