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 24, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Summer in St. Moritz with several ways to save at Badrutt's Palace Hotel. This summer take advantage of the multiple packages the luxury hotel in the Alps has to offer. Enjoy a two night package with the "Alpine Summer Feeling" which includes two night accommodation for up to two people in a Superior room, with complimentary breakfast and one set meal at "Chesa Veglia" and a Palace Restaurant, as well as free tickets on all mountain railways, cable cars and public transportation. The room also comes with a complimentary mini-bar, daily newspaper, movie channels and internet access. Rates start at 640 CHF for single occupancy.
For the more globally conscious guest, enjoy the "Go Green in St. Moritz" package, treating guests to a three night stay in a Superior room, along with a horse driven carriage ride to the Roseg Glacier, tickets to a self guided Clean Energy Tour, and a tour of the ecologically conscious heating system in Badrutt's and hiking map of local trails to try out. The package also comes with dinners at Chesa Veglia or Palace Restaurants and an organic picnic lunch basket. Rates start at 1,440 CHF for single occupancy.
Enjoying a family vacation to the Alps? Make sure to book Badrutt's "Family Summer Indulgence", a seven night stay in one of the hotel's Superior rooms with free tickets for all mountain railways and cable cars, child care services, a complimentary picnic basket for each adult, a boat ride on Lake Sils, horse drawn carriage ride into Fex Valley, and dinner at Chesa Veglia or a Palace Restaurant. Rates start at 2,040 CHF for double occupancy.
This summer, guests may also enjoy the "Golfy Delight" package, a three night stay in one of the hotel's Superior rooms, which comes with a complimentary golf gift upon arrival and two green fees at either the Zouz Madulain or Samedan golf courses. Package comes with complimentary breakfast, and dinner at either Chesa Veglia or a Palace Restaurant, and free tickets for all mountain public transportation. Rates start at 1320 CHF for single occupancy.
By: Madelyn Giblin
April 23, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
May 11 is just around the corner. Celebrate Mother's Day in style and treat mom to a delicious brunch or deeply-personalized spa treatment. The Peninsula Hotels know best how to pamper mothers across the globe with a wide range of gifts. Reside in Manhattan? Don't miss the Mother-Daughter Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula New York. There will be two seatings at Fives on May 10, hosted by Tea Master Elizabeth Knight who will educate guests about the art of "Taking Tea" with topics including English tea time traditions, etiquette and history. Afternoon tea includes warm scones and a selection of finger sandwiches, breads and tea cakes presented on a silver three-tier server, with a choice of Peninsula Signature Tea or Harney & Sons Tea. The Mother's Day Buffet Brunch promises to be just as sumptuous. Priced at $125 per guest (Champagne included), the popular brunch offers everything from carved meats to sushi- with live piano music.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills also has a fabulous Mother's Day Brunch at The Belvedere, Southern California's only AAA Five Diamond restaurant. Dine on the landscaped patio in the sunshine and enjoy free-flowing Perrier-Jouet Champagne. Priced at $105. In Chicago, The Peninsula will offer Mother's Day Brunch in the sun-drenched Lobby. The menu features a breakfast bar with Baked Egg Frittatas, Organic Omelettes and a Sweet and Savoury Waffle Station; Cheese Table with local and imported artisanal cheeses; Noodle Station featuring Farfalle Pasta with Rock Shrimps, Roasted Bell Peppers and Arugula; Seafood Station serving freshly shucked Oysters, Soft Shell Crabs and Live Scallops, and a Carving Station with Five-Spiced Lamb Rack, Roasted Wild Salmon and Smoked Strip Loin of Beef. And the array of desserts is simply mouth-watering. $128 per person.