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Le Meridien Chiang Mai Turns Up The Thai Hospitality

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  Site Where: 108 Chang Klan Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50100
May 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Wow, we were quite impressed with the responses from our most recent, Guess The Hotel. Not only because we had a few contenders in the game, but we also had a winner! The hotel that uses their key cards as framed art in the lobby is Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Since we headed to the Northern Thai city for Songkran, the country's new year celebrations, the unique display caught our eyes while heading back to our room to change out of the soggy clothes we were in. When the streets and anybody walking on them got super soaked, we knew that we could escape into the comfort of our hotel with its opulent lobby and comfy rooms.

Even though the streets got hectic, we always received a warm smile and Sawatdee ka/krab from any of the staff and even were handed fluffy towels to dry off before we headed to the elevator. The one thing that stood out here was how welcoming the staff was, thanking us for coming to Chiang Mai and even providing personal cell-phone numbers to offer assistance during our stay. Truly an above and beyond experience.

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Staff Uniforms Are Lacroix Couture at Sofitel's So Bangkok

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  Site Where: 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
April 25, 2013 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (2)

It makes sense for a French hotel portfolio, such as Accor to recruit a French fashion designer such aslike Christian Lacroix to design not only the rooms, but the uniforms for their ultra hip Sofitel So Bangkok. As expected, these digs and outfits are So over the top while managing to maintain traditional Thai themes.

Lacroix married East and West elements into his unique designs that make each staff member a walking fashion plate. Using traditional Thai silk and silhouette the designer brings a little Paris runway show to the streets of Bangkok with his brightly colored uniforms for both men and women. Each piece is different from the next by using the basic elements and mixing and matching tops, bottoms, and sashes so everyone looks like a top model.

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More Thai Talk: Inside the W Bangkok

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  Site Where: 106 North Sathorn Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
April 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we gave you a sneak peek into Bangkok's shiny new W Bangkokand now we'll pull back the bejeweled curtain and show you the glam rooms. Being in a world-class city, you can expect a new hotel to have all glitz and shine; the W Bangkok doesn't fail the 'come to the party' test with its rooms fit for a jewel smuggler.

From the moment we stepped foot in the door, we knew we were somewhere special. Not only did we notice that 'new hotel' smell--it welcomed guests just 2 months ago--we may have been blinded by the shimmer and sparkle of the rhinestones, like everywhere. We will admit, we like a hotel that can successfully use lots of bling and, in true W style, this hotel has pushed the envelope.

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What's Out, What's In: Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

April 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!

What’s Out: Seaweed facials

What's In: Facials with gold, diamonds and other sparkly things

Diamonds and other precious metals and gems are sparkly and luminous; why shouldn’t your skin be the same? See what the hotel spas below are doing to make your skin radiate with good health.

The Dorchester Hotel in London offers the Carol Joy London Diamond Facial. Following ten years of research and three years of development, Carol Joy London products are created with some of the most precious beauty ingredients around (who knew that Golden Millet Oil was like pure gold?).

This intensive facial includes exfoliation with a diamond-head contraption that is said to be gentler than the traditional crystal ablater (we just like that word –- it sounds kind of bad-ass). While that’s going on, you’re being blasted with an Oxyjet machine that produces 95% pure oxygen to cool and soothe your skin and stimulate collagen production. The result? A firmer, clearer and more glowing you. The price for beauty, in this case, is £205 ($279).

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Thailand Goes Miami Style With New Wave Hotel

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  Site Where: 310/2 Beach Road, Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand, 20150
April 18, 2013 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not interested in spending one night in Bangkok? Then head to the Thailand's resort town of Pattaya where Sukosol Hotels has just launched its third property.

Only 21 rooms, the new Art Deco-style, four-storyWave Hotelis supposed to reprise Miami Beach with big splashes of color from the blue outside walls to the retro pink Cadillac in the driveway.

There's just two room categories--the Sunset and Twilight rooms, but they all offer views of Pattaya Bay, free WiFi, and Tiffany Blue decor. The Twilight rooms are larger though, and have romantic four-poster beds.

Despite being in Thailand, the hotel has decided to go with an American diner restaurant called the Cadillac Café, but there is also the poolside Cabana Bar which will host DJs and evening parties. We're hoping that space will remind people they're in Asia.

Wave joins Sukosol Hotels collections, Siam Hotel and The Sukosol Bangkok. Rates are around 5500 Baht ($192) including breakfast.

[Photo: Sukosol Hotels]

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W Bangkok Wows, Leaving Us Wanting Way More

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  Site Where: 106 North Sathorn Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
April 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

What could be better than sexy design, familiar, yet thoughtful amenities, all the pizazz you can imagine and that new-hotel smell? Not much and that's why we are absolutely loving everything about recently opened W Bangkok.

Here's a little peek into the glam that is one of the city's newest hotels hotspot. Everything you expect from the edgy brand and more featuring glass block room dividers, rich jewel tones and more sparkles than any hotel room we've stayed in, these are the digs that inspire home renovations that fail to hit the mark.

There is a little part of us that feels like we'd been teleported from Southeast Asia to a jewelry gallery mixed with a prize fighters house. Stay tuned for a full review and pics of all of the little touches and pieces of sparkle from the lobby to the room. In the meantime, just simmer in these sexy snaps.

[Photos: Rayme Gorniak for HotelChatter]

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What’s Out, What’s In: What’s SUP? Wet Workouts.

April 5, 2013 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!

What’s Out: Windsurfing and jet skis

What’s In: Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)

As synchronized swimming fell out of favor after the 1950s and windsurfing mania waned in the 1990s, another wet trend has emerged: Paddle boarding. And with so many hotels getting in on the action and upping the game (yoga paddle boarding, anyone?), we think it may just be here for awhile.

For the luxury crowd, Raffles Praslin Seychelles offers complimentary stand up paddle boarding so guests can take in the stunning Indian Ocean scenery. If your main goal is to simply enjoy the Seychelles' waters aboveboard and not below, the resort also launched hourly lessons for new users, with an expert teaching you the proper way to stand on the board, keep balance and paddle (what -- all at the same time??).

Another luxe resort, the Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thailand offers straight-up SUP, but then raises the challenge level by combining stand up paddle boarding with yoga. Their “Yoga on the Ocean” program begins at sunrise or sunset when you paddle your board out on the indigo Andaman Sea and enjoy a yoga class floating on your watery yoga mat.

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'The Bachelor' Heads to Anantara Si Kao to Seek Out His Future Wife

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  Site Where: 98-199 Moo5, Had Pak Meng - Changlang Road, Si Kao, Thailand, 92150
February 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

For reasons we can't fully explain, we've decided to tune into the completely staged reality dating show that is "The Bachelor" on ABC. And we're obsessed. From the first rose ceremony shenanigans to the tense two-on-one dates and awkward make-out sessions, we love it all. We'll even watch it live, with commercials. But the show also has another important element we love--hotels. The Bachelor, Sean, has taken his hot body and so-so personality around the world as he tries to find a wife from Montana to Canada to St. Croix and now to the south of Thailand. Who will get the final rose? Who cares? We wanna know where they spent the night.

After an interesting time meeting families last week, Sean narrowed down the choices for his life partner to three women--Catherine, Ashlee and Lindsay. But as they say three's a crowd and Sean has to narrow down his selection even further. To make this tough production call decision, Sean takes the girls to the south of Thailand, specifically to the Anantara Resort in Si Kao.

Much like the Buccaneer Resort in St. Croix, this Anantara bills itself as perfect for family vacations or honeymoons. There's 139 rooms, suites, pool suites and family rooms on the property so it's not a terribly big resort but there's tons of stuff to do, most of them involving water and sand as the resort sits on 15 kilometers of beach adjacent to the Had Chao Mai National Park. But The Bachelor had other plans around town.

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Where To Work Out The Kinks: Best Authentic Hotel Spa Treatments

February 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not to state the obvious, but it’s winter and you’re in need of some TLC to bring you out of your dark-day doldrums. We get it. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the most authentic local spa treatments to kick-start your spring recovery.

Fairmont Mayakoba -- Riviera Maya, Mexico Well the world didn’t end on December 21, 2012 as the Mayans predicted, but don’t give up on them yet. They still got game. In a private canopy overlooking the mangrove forest, guests of the Willow Stream Spa can enjoy treatments that utilize Mayan ingredients such as Conchera, fossil stone and wood from the local Zapote tree. For a bliss-out treatment, try the Mayan Clay Purification which incorporates local Mayan clay and involves a massage using sage oil and Mexican obsidian stones.

Four more blissful, all-natural spa treatments after the jump!

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Thai Island Escape Easier With Luxury Collection's New Vana Belle Resort

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  Site Where: 9/99 Moo 3, Surat Thani, Koh Samui, Thailand, 84320
February 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

We briefly mentioned it last year, but now we can actually give some more details on the recently opened Vana Belle Koh Samui. This serene beach location will turn the most tightly wound person into a relaxation machine with it's private beaches that practically hand-shake the neighboring rainforest for an uber-luxury escape.

Each of the 80 suites and villas comes with a private pool and big terraces to take in the big blue; and blue the water is. With complimentary WiFi throughout the entire property, you can't go unconnected if that's your thing, but we question your travel motives if that's the case.

Since the island is one of sixty in the middle of Ang Thong National Marine Park there won't be a shortage of breathtaking views of the surrounding Gulf of Thailand and defy anyone to claim boredom here. Opportunities for exploring the hidden caves and coral reefs that the warm water has to offer.

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Swimming Over The Edge: The Pool At The Okura Prestige Bangkok

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  Site Where: 57 Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330
January 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Swimmers with a strong stomach have more and more options these days when wanting to take a dip. From the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore (55 stories up in the air) to the Joule in Dallas, we previously looked at 10 Death Defying Rooftop Pools and received many more suggestions from you.

Today we’re adding another one to our list, this time in Thailand at the Okura Prestige Bangkok. If something looks off in the picture above, believe us when we tell you it’s no Photoshop: set on the 25th floor, the pool juts out of the curvature of the Park Ventures Ecoplex building, of which the hotel is part. The curved shape, widest at its middle and tapering at both ends (reflecting the Thai symbol of “wai” – thanks and welcome), literally gives you a sense of floating over the edge. Open from 6am to 9pm, an early or late swim as the city wakes up or evening falls will have to be added to our to do’s during a next trip to Bangkok.

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Club Floor Upgrades Worth The Splurge

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January 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

We know this will come as a surprise, but there are lots of ways to spend extra cash for extra amenities at hotels worldwide. Sometimes it's not so much - like the $9 upgrade at the Radisson Blu Chicago we broke the news on last year - and others, as you'll see below, are completely designed for people impervious to price.

The matter of money may be a matter of perspective, but one thing we can all agree on is that spontaneity at the counter can certainly spice up your stay. And most of the time you will benefit from wheeling and dealing on-site - we find you're more likely to get a better deal in the moment than with the set prices online, so be sure to bring your poker face to the round table.

Here, we've put together a list of some upgrades that we feel are good examples of what's happening out there on a whole. Our advice? Do your research, for sure, but have fun with it. Sometimes, a simple upgrade is a great way to turn a typical stay into a memorable one.

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