LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
April 24, 2008
By: Courtney W. May
Located on the beach, past fields of pineapple and coconut which is a pure, simple and elegant resort - Aleenta Resort and Spa - where you can relax, enjoy and discover. The resort's concierge recently took some time to answer a few of our questions below.
What activity do you recommend the most often?
Private Yacht Charter on Ferretti 680 (which is simply the most luxurious charter vessel on offer in Phuket; featuring air-conditioning 2 LCD satellite TVs , jet ski and scuba equipment) to Phi Phi Islands, Krabi or Phang-Nga Bay.
Do you have any Do's and Don'ts for travelers to the hotel and the city?
Do experience the Thai Culture, food and the turtle conservation at Aleenta. Don't go to the beach without sun block.
What types of things have you been unable to do for guests?
We weren't able to do a sunset blessing wedding by the monks, due to the fact that monks only bless weddings before 11am.
What is the funniest request you've gotten from a guest?
A male guest requested to have his privates waxed.
What is the strangest request you've gotten from a guest?
Because you are in a major international tourism destination, what kinds of language problems come up?
When two cultures meet and neither of them speaks English, it becomes a challenge.
Which restaurant do you recommend the most often and why? Who is it best for?
We have several recommendations for restaurant first and for most is our Aleenta main restaurant which has Thai cuisine, than we have our Chefs' Table fine dining Restaurant which has French and European cuisine. Apart from our restaurant we have small local beach shack located 10minutes drive from the Resort which gives an authentic Thai meal eating experience.
What are the things that you wish guests knew about the Concierge?
The time and effort that goes into ensuring that our guest's leave with not only a positive image of our Resort, but also of Thailand.
How big is the Concierge staff at the hotel?
1 concierge staff and 2 front office agents
Are there any specialty concierges or all generalists for everyone?
Generalists for everyone, concierge is an area of expertise for all our Front Office staff.
What is the average number of requests a day?
20 per day.
What is your personal favorite part of the hotel?
Our Aleenta Ka Spa and the view from the outdoor dining area of our Chef's Table fine dining restaurant.
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
I love to interact with the guest and teach them about the Thai culture.
Visit the Aleenta Resort and Spa in Phuket
By: Courtney W. May
April 23, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Here's an offer that's almost impossible to refuse. Rosewood Little Dix Bay, the gorgeous Caribbean resort located on Virgin Gorda in the BVI, has a stellar promotion for families. One of the Caribbean's "original" luxury resorts, this lavish spot is also carving a nice as a welcoming resort for families-- with a wide array of water sports, beginner tennis clinics, Kids' Yoga and Move n' Groove classes, and activities like eco-explorations and pirate dinner parties. To celebrate the expansion of Children's Grove, Little Dix Bay is offering 50 percent off the second room when booking an Ocean Cottage or Rosewood Junior Suite from May 1- December 19, 2008. Plus, kids aged 5-11 will receive 50 percent off their meal plans when joining their parents' plan (kids under 4 eat free). Set in the shade of a mahogany preserve, Children's Grove is the centerpiece of the resort's children's program: 2,500 square feet of interior space devoted to creative play. Kids will go gaga over the "monkey lounge," shipwreck and outside play area. When they arrive, children are greeted with a basket of sand toys, games, books and puzzles. For older kids, the resort offers a Teen Room with pool table, foosball, and lending library stocked with CDs, DVDs, books and board games.
April 23, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
There's nothing better than going on vacation and knowing you have complete privacy and are safely tucked away from the mayhem of your everyday life. Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Resort offers just that on their astonishingly beautiful private island in the Caribbean. With beautiful white sand beaches and sparkling tropical waters, summer is the perfect time to visit Parrot Cay. Featuring a main resort as well as a collection of private homes farther away, Parrot Cay Estate is ideal for families looking to spend quality time together. And from June 1 to October 31, 2008 Parrot Cay is offering a number of specials.
For guests staying in the private homes, Parrot Cay offers one complimentary dinner with a Personal Chef during your stay. Guests booking a seven night stay should take advantage of the "7 for 6" offer, in which guests only pay for a six night stay for all rooms, villas, and private homes. This offer also comes with daily breakfast, and transportation to the airport for travel. Families with young children may also benefit from the variety of children's programs offered by the resort, including sailing trips, shark tooth crafts, and trips to Iguana Island. Parrot Cay has something for the whole family to enjoy. Rates start at USD 315 for a single room.
By: Madelyn Giblin