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What Goes On Almost Every Day at The Palm Beach Singer Island Marriott

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  Site Where: 3800 North Ocean Drive [map], Singer Island, FL, United States, 33404
April 22, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

As one of the only beachfront resorts in the Palm Beach area, The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is a popular spot for Northeast vacationers, especially during the winter months.

We toured the hotel during a busy Spring Break season and were amazed at how much was going on from the poolside activities for kids to the fun games set up on the beach, tropical drinks served at the bar, and relaxation treatments offered at the spa. To say nothing of the rooms upstairs, which start at one-bedroom suites and come with a separate living area, a mid-sized kitchen, a washer and dryer, and two balconies that offer partial ocean views and views of the intracoastal.

To put how busy the resort gets into perspective, we asked them for a "By the Numbers" sort of report on the daily happenings at the hotel, including the spa and the restaurants, with a few other bonus figures thrown in. And here's what they sent us. Hotel nerds, this will make your day.

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And the 43rd W Hotel Just Opened in...Singapore!

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  Site Where: 21 Ocean Way, Sentosa, Singapore
September 25, 2012 at 5:08 PM | by | ()

Believe it or not, the W Singapore-Sentosa Cove has opened, after only one delay! Originally scheduled to debut in August, the 240-room resort on Sentosa Island—just a teensy ways away from Singapore's Central Business District—has just barely cracked its doors open.

This marks the 43rd W hotel for the brand, and it's not about to shirk on the extras. Think a 1,300-square-meter WET outdoor pool with 24 underwater speakers, complimentary guest cabanas, a swim-up bar and a groovy "lighthouse" structure. Even Singapore's official flower, the "Vanda Miss Joaquim" orchid, will have pride of place as a running design theme throughout the entire hotel, inside and out.

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W Sentosa Cove in Singapore Now Opening September 16

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  Site Where: 21 Ocean Way, Sentosa, Singapore, 098374
July 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM | by | ()

Just the other day we thought we had covered all that was new on the Asian hotel scene but it turns out there's yet another hotel to watch out for---W Sentosa Cove in Singapore, a 240-room property on an island outside Singapore's city center.

The resort was initially set to open in August but now it's set for September 16. And to celebrate the opening the hotel has put together two "Welcome" packages, the first which starts at $306 US a night.

The Island Glamour Welcome package includes one night in a Wonderful room, breakfast for two at the Kitchen Table, and cocktails for two at the hotel's WOOBAR. The Marvelous Welcome package, on the other hand, ups the offerings with a stay in a Marvelous suite, breakfast for two, cocktails, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and complimentary two-way airport or local address transfers. A minimum stay of two nights is required and the package starts at $627 a night.

We found rates for the Island Glamour package are actually going for $309 US a night so it's slight $3 increase but the good news is that the welcome packages are both available through December 30th. Sadly, it doesn't include internet which is about $15 a day.

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What to Pack for a Stay at The Tanque Verde Ranch

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  Site Where: 14301 E Speedway [map], Tucson, AZ, United States, 85748
May 22, 2012 at 3:34 PM | by | ()

We know that packing the appropriate attire makes for a better trip, so we're helping you pack your bags for "dude-luxe" horseplay at Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.

Let's start with footwear. While barrel racing and penning dogies, all gringos and horseback enthusiasts should wear traditional western boots with smooth soles. Trot off in a dusty cloud of confidence wearing comfy Lucchese or Lamas to the Sonoran Desert Breakfast ride.

But toss in your tennis togs as well since full courts and lessons are available. And don't forget some good hiking boots for those guided nature walks, exploring the Sonoran Desert's diverse flora and fauna.

If you're into cycling, you might also want to bring your biking shoes (and some sweat wicking clothing) as the ranch offers mountain bikes with which you can ride through over 600 single- track trails framed by the Rincon and Catalina mountain ranges.

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Kick Back On Some Handmade Furniture In Jamaica

September 21, 2011 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

Here at HotelChatter, we read about hotel furniture on a (far) too-regular basis—mostly in press releases about newly-renovated hotels, or the occasional hotel furniture sale. A lot of it goes in one ear and out the other. But when we learned of a resort in Jamaica that was making its own furniture, we decided it was worth a closer look.

Husband-and-wife team Braxton and Debbie Moncure stumbled upon the un-developed land of Bluefields Bay in 1981 (at the suggestion of a local friend), and quickly set about converting the property into one of Jamaica's most coveted all-inclusive luxury resorts. Now, with the help of their two kids, Houston and Rachel—plus a team of 50 locally-employed staffers—the family continues to grow Bluefields into a diverse, artistic, sustainable hotel community, whose six villas just so happen to boast some killer seafront views.

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Westin Winds Down Summer With Two New Hotels

August 4, 2010 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

What we love more than hotel openings are hotel openings in sun-drenched resort destinations and Westin Hotels are fulfilling our cubicle dreaming for the day with their two new properties---The Westin Resort Costa Navarino (above) in Greece and the The Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa in Phuket, Thailand.

The Westin Siray Bay brings the amenities and services you love in a Westin (breezy rooms, Heavenly beds, clean scents, green practices) to the East Coast of Phuket along with three main pools, beach and water activities, a Heavenly Spa, and six restaurants and lounges.

The Westin Costa Navarino, which opened last month, bills itself as a "peaceful retreat" near Pylos, Messinia. But there's plenty to do here from lounging by the pool to golf to pampering yourself at the Anazoe Thallasotherapy Spa. There's even two specially created children's areas. Yet if you're seeking ultimate relaxation, book one of the hotel's 123 suites that come with private infinity pools (below.)

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Siem Reap Hotel Guide :: Angkor Century Resort Goes Big

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  Site Where: Komay Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia
October 21, 2008 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

More than eight million tourists visit Angkor Wat annually. The innumerable hotels in Siem Reap, the neighboring town that houses and feeds these visitors, all seem to shout for market share. Cheapest! Priciest! Best Golf Course!

Undoubtedly, Angkor Century Resort & Spa, yells the loudest. It's by far the largest hotel in Siem Reap, in terms of the size of its ground--2.4 hectares--and its number of rooms--190. Even the swimming pool is the biggest in town, the hotel's friendly Malaysian manager informed us.

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Marriott Myrtle Beach :: "Service is Speedy and the Lobby Smells like Shea Butter"

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  Site Where: 8400 Costa Verde Drive [map], Myrtle Beach, SC, United States, 29572
September 9, 2008 at 5:45 PM | by | ()

Usually, we're turned off by hotels with excessively long names, but we'll make an exception to say nice things about the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, a name so long we refuse to waste the energy typing those nine words into this post again. (Get ready for lots of hotel synonyms!)

These accommodations are not designed for you to drop your bags and go spend your money elsewhere: The property has private beach access, a golf course, (this is Myrtle Beach, after all), a spa, fitness center and several restaurants; plus, rooms are sizable, there are quite a few outdoor--and one indoor--pools; service is speedy and the lobby smells like shea butter.

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