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Shark Week fans, this one’s for you. Not only is the best nature show on TV returning this weekend, but we also bring you a killer package that will let you get up close and personal with those toothy fish we have all grown to love, hate or just be fascinated with. If you happen to have a strong sense of adventure, South Africa might already be high on your list of ultimate destinations. Going on safari is probably the first thing that comes to mind, ripe with danger from angry hippos, charging rhinos and velociraptor-like ostriches (look it up, we dare you). But lets not forget what is lurking where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.
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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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.
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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:
If seeing Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber's bizarre Elle photo shoot in the Bahamas has you craving an island getaway, check out One&Only Ocean Club. The Bahamas hotel just remodeled its beachfront rooms.
Designed by Adam D. Tihany, who's done the decor for The Joule Hotel and the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, made over the Crescent Wing's 40 rooms and 10 suites. The refreshed rooms draw inspiration from British colonial style and native Bahamian elements.
Another week, another news of a grand new hotel to be built in Dubai. This time it's to be a luxe One & Only Resorts property situated on the man-made islands of The Palm. Interesting, seeing as how One & Only already has the One & Only Royal Mirage occupying prime massive oceanfront property right at the base of the Palm, on Al Sufouh Road.
Anyway, the One & Only isn't due to open until October 2010, and when it does it'll join a bevy of other properties springing up among The Palm fronds: Atlantis The Palm, Movenpick Resort Oceana Palm Jumeirah, Fairmont Palm Hotel, Movenpick Resort & Spa Palm Jumeirah, Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Anantara Resort, Trump International Hotel, and properties from Radisson SAS, Hilton, Metropolitan, Shangri La, Starwood, Marriott, Oberoi, and Kempinski, according to The Emirates Network.
So how will this One & Only try to make it seem like it is the one and only luxury resort on The Palm?
We'd probably punch one of our friends in the face if they suggested we pursue something called a "Lifestyle Consultation," (as Mary J. Blige says, we think our life's "just fine") but if they spun it as a component of a Stress Management Journey, we're pretty sure we'd be a bit more open to the idea. HotelChatterin' can wear a sista out; stress management doesn't sound too bad.
In August 2009, One&Only Palmilla will be rolling out a 3-day "Stress Management Journey" at the One&Only Spa by ESPA. It's a holistic program designed to, for lack of a more accurate descriptor, get yo' life right.
Long a favorite of the rich and famous, the One & Only Resort chain seems to only build properties in the most drool-worthy of locations, yet adding nightly prices to make your throat go dry. The newest addition to their fancy flock is the One & Only Cape Town, due to open on April 3 and boasting such frills as an island yoga pavilion and restaurants from star chefs Gordon Ramsay and Nobu's Nobuyuki Matsuhisa.
Lovers of One & Only Resorts (mainly the famous and the wealthy) will be thrilled to know that the resort group's newest location is opening April 4th in Cape Town, South Africa.
One & Only Cape Town is described as a "urban chic waterfront resort" in the heart of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront which will have killer views of Table Mountain and Signal Hill. The crescent-shaped, seven-storey Marina Rise building will house but more accommodations and the One & Only Spa can be found on two private islands in the middle of the waterway.
Generous interior spaces are adorned with fabrics and furnishings recalling the warm, muted tones of Africa’s savannahs, with bright splashes of colour paying tribute to the land’s vibrant personality.
All rooms and suites are indulged by the discreet yet attentive services of a dedicated butler, 24-hours a day. Sumptuously appointed oversized baths are complete with rain shower, private water closet and dual vanity.
Those marina rooms are also being touted as the largest hotel rooms in Cape Town. Even better? Each room has "expansive glass doors that lead onto private balconies" for maximum killer view appreciation.
Welcome to Room Rate Drop Watch where we chronicle the plummeting prices at hotels that once commanded top dollar rates. These are often found in big cities with seemingly more hotel rooms than visitors like Las Vegas. But sometimes you can get lucky in the city of your choice. Seen a room rate drop so low you wanna tell us about it? Do it here.
The other week we asked you all if you were staying in hotels any more as the layoffs increase and the budgets decrease.
Today, someone wrote in that the luxe hotels in places like Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and other luxurious destinations are not decreasing their prices. This is true but these types of hotels are starting to put out some offers. Like this Winter Breaks one from the One & Only Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo.
Stay for a minimum of three nights and receive 30% savings when you book your reservation before November 30, 2008. Complimentary continental breakfast daily and round-trip airport transfers included. Offer valid for stays between November 30 - December 19, 2008
Room rates are going at $650 for an oceanfront room during this period so the deal brings the rate down to $455. Not bad. Of course, it's not great either. We'd like that room rate to come down at least a $100 more, but we'll keep an eye on it.
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UPDATE: We got the full details from Jaunted and it turns out One & Only tied with The Tides (heh) for Best Mexican Resort. One & Only also snapped up the Best Atlantic resort category as well. Not quite an Amy Winehouse stash of awards but a respectable Britney Spears MTV Music Awards showing perhaps.
Two things of note for hotel geeks: The Tides Riviera Maya won Best Mexican Resort with Kor Hotels Nick Clayton stepping up to accept the award. Additionally, One & Only Resorts, those luxe resorts in lush locales, won a plethora of awards or as Jaunted says:
One&only is the Amy Winehouse of CNT awards. Multiple wins.
We're not quite sure what wins those are but as soon as we find out, we'll bring 'em to you straight away.
$350 per person
If you want to brave hurricane season in Mexico, you might as well as shack up at the One & Only Palmilla. The hotel is offering 30 percent off rooms when you book a three-night minimum stay. Also included is complimentary breakfast for two each morning. If you book four or more nights, roundtrip airport transfers are also included.
The offer is good through September 30, 2008. Rates start at $500, but are $350 with the discount. Labor Day Weekend is slightly higher.
Have a hotel deal you think we should consider? Or have a destination and date where you want us to check for hotel rooms and rates for you? No guarantees on either, but you can try your luck by hitting us here: email@example.com. Please include "For Reader Deals" in the subject heading.