LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
February 22, 2011
By: Daniel L. Moses
Nature giveth, and nature certainly taketh away. Case in point: Hayman Island Resort at The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. Adjacent to one of the world’s most incredible underwater marvels, Hayman Island offers guests the chance to snorkel and dive in a tropical paradise. The indulgent natural surroundings are only matched by the comfort and luxury of the beach front resort.
Yet the beauty of the oceanic environment can sometimes mask the power of the waters and wind offshore. When two major cyclones rumbled through Queensland earlier this year, Hayman Island Resort was severely damaged. Knowing that their guests deserved only the best, the property was regretfully shuttered until repairs are completed.
Yet just as the tide always returns, so too will Hayman Island Resort. The expected grand re-opening is set for August 1st, just in time to book for the Australian Spring and Summer beginning shortly thereafter. So don’t fret! Hayman Island Resort will be back, and The Great Barrier Reef will be waiting.
By: Daniel L. Moses
February 14, 2011
By: Katie Tandy
Do the snow and sleet have you feeling less than spry? Infuse yourself with a dash of sunshine-induced joy with three family-centered packages steeped in the warm waters of Bora Bora à la the St. Regis Resort. Featuring 100 over-water and beach villas boasting terrace whirlpools and private swimming pools showcasing exotic wood and regional art, the French Polynesia resort has some offerings sure to soothe your winter-worn self: “Exceptional Royal Estate Offer” – Valid until May 31, this package features a value-add rack rate of $9,200.00 per Villa per night plus taxes. Also inclusive in this offer are private return airport transfers and daily breakfast for up to six guests. Offer is based on a minimum stay of three nights. Book here.
“A Taste of Luxury” package – Valid until December 20th, take advantage of a complimentary fourth night for a three consecutive nights stay at the resort as well as a complimentary daily breakfast for two at Te Pahu Restaurant and 20% off Spa Miri Miri. Rates begin at $955.00 per night plus taxes. Book here.
“Family Fun” package – Valid until December 20th, families who book a Bungalow at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort receive 50% off for: a second Bungalow over the same dates and daily breakfast. Kids will also be in “ice cream paradise” with the Resort’s Ice Cream Passport program where tots under 10-years old enjoy privileged access to an endless supply of homemade ice cream, milk shakes and smoothies throughout the duration of their stay (with mom's permission of course). Book here.
Pint-size travelers will also love the Lagoonarium where they can swim with marine life and explore the depths of the sea with snorkels, kayaks and canoes. Children can also partake in some healthy competition, crafting sand castles for contests, race crabs, snoop around on a scavenger hunt or windsurf.
Be sure to check out the ultra-luxurious 13,000-square-foot Royal Estate, set apart in a secluded cove or grab some creative cuisine at the suspended Lagoon restaurant, helmed by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
By: Katie Tandy
January 31, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
Anyone who's ever stayed at lebua at State Tower-- the all-suite luxury hotel located in the second tallest tower in Bangkok on the banks of the Chao Phraya River-- has gleaned a thing or two about lebua Hotels & Resorts. The luxury boutique hotel operator specializes in creating new concepts in luxury hospitality; lebua at State Tower has Bulgari amenities and private balconies in every suite, plus mind-numbing views of the city from the Sky Bar and Sirocco Restaurant, one of the highest al fresco restaurants in the world. lebua also owns and manages the Tower Club at lebua (the pinnacle of luxury on the top floors of State Tower) and the award-winning Lake Okareka Lodge (an exclusive hideaway surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Rotorua, New Zealand).
Just recently, lebua Hotels & Resorts welcomed a new addition to its elegant portfolio: The Eugenia, a refined Relais & Chateaux property in the heart of Bangkok. Situated in a graceful Colonial-style house, The Eugenia by lebua is a heritage gem reflecting the values of a bygone leisurely era in the tropics. Inside the suites, you'll find antique furniture and period decor dating back hundreds of years: four-poster beds, bath tubs made of hand beaten copper and aluminum alloy, beautiful desks.
Contemporary amenities are not lacking; think Wifi Internet access and free VOIP telephone calls, along with a complimentary afternoon fruit plate with soft drinks. Outside, a garden pool and teak deck beckons for rest and relaxation. As to be expected at a lebua property, the personalized service is exceptional. Pre-pay rates are available at The Eugenia by lebua for just $181.80 with Five Star Alliance.