Feb 142011

Courtyard Marriott Stockholm

Courtyard Marriott Stockholm voted No 1 by Hotel.info users

The European Top Business Hotels 2010 according to Hotels.info:

No matter whether they are mobile self-employed persons, employees of SMEs or frequent travellers from an international company – they all spend several nights a week in hotels.

It had to be asked in which hotels such business travellers preferred to spend the night during 2010. Was there a preferred chain for business guests and did the smaller, owner-managed hotels have any success in attracting such clients?

Hotel.info, the online hotel reservation service with more than 210,000 hotels worldwide, made a detailed analysis of the booking pattern of business travellers during 2010 – and that in several countries.

Due to the importance to the business traveller of the value for money offered and the resultant preference for hotels in the mid to upper hotel categories the analysis concentrated on hotels having 2 to 4 stars (including those with 4.5 stars).

Here is the list of the Top 15 hotels most frequently booked through hotel.info in Europe.*

Position Hotel City Stars Evaluation
1. Courtyard Stockholm Kungsholmen Stockholm (Sweden) 4 8.9
2. Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava Bratislava (Slovakia) 4 8.8
3. Melia Hotel Luxembourg Luxembourg (Luxembourg) 4 8.7
4. Melia Berlin Berlin (Germany) 4.5 8.6
5. Grand Hotel Zvon Budweis (Czech Republic) 4 8.4
6. Austria Trend Hotel Ljubljana Ljubljana (Slovenia) 4 8.4
7. RAMADA PLAZA Basel Hotel & Conference Centre Basel (Switzerland) 4 8.3
8. Hilton London Tower Bridge London (United Kingdom) 4 8.3
9. Kantarellis Suites Vaasa (Finland) 4 8.3
10. Doubletree by Hilton Milan Milan (Italy) 4 8.3
11. Airport-Hotel Budapest Vecsés (Hungary) 4 8.2
12. Mercure Graz City Graz (Austria) 4 8.1
13. Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Paris (France) 4 8.1
14. Lindner Hotel & City Lounge Antwerp Antwerp (Belgium) 4 8.1
15. citizenM hotel Amsterdam Airport Amsterdam-Schiphol (Netherlands) 3 8.0

The Result:

Generally chain hotels dominated the results in 2010. The Courtyard in Stockholm came top of the list but the Falkensteiner in Bratislava and the Melia in Luxembourg were also preferred places to stay for business travellers. The Hilton London Tower Bridge came eighth in the ranking. In the whole of Europe the owner-managed hotels Grand Hotel Zvon in Budweis, Kantarellis Suites in Vaasa und the Airport Hotel in Budapest also appear in the list.

The Grand Hotel Zvon achieved an excellent position in the international ranking.

 4:20 pm  Travel
Jan 202011

infiniti black premium

Infiniti Black Premium limited edition interior

Infiniti’s latest limited edition – the most seductive EX ever – comes with a VIP pass to a selection of the world’s most beautiful hotels and restaurants.
Production of the EX30d Black Premium will be limited to 150 units to be shared among all of Infiniti’s European markets.

Relais & Chateaux 5C Club

Relais & Chateaux 5C Club

This exclusive car marries Infiniti’s passion for luxury and performance with the passion for hospitality and fine cuisine that is Relais & Châteaux.

In what could be the most unique automotive partnership of 2011, each owner of an EX Black Premium is automatically entitled to join the Relais & Châteaux Club 5C.

Membership is otherwise by invitation only and the benefits simply cannot be bought.
Launched simultaneously across all of Infiniti’s European markets, each 238 PS V6 diesel-powered Black Premium offers both a stunning drive and a spectacular way to arrive.

Setting off its exclusive (for an EX) Malbec Black paint are 19-inch five double-spoke alloy wheels, sunroof and polished aluminium roof rails. The interior is just as special, with its Bose® sound system, graphite leather interior and highlights of aluminium and black lacquer.

Hailed as one of the world’s first coupé crossovers, the Black Premium delivers everything the EX30d is known for including dashing looks, refinement, luxury and a class-leading 550 Nm of torque.
Based on the top-selling GT Premium, the Black Premium is comprehensively equipped as standard with an array of advanced technologies to top anything in the compact crossover class. Standard features include an Around View Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control, Scratch Shield paint, cornering xenon headlamps, Lane Departure Prevention and Blind Spot Warning, as well as state of the art entertainment, navigation and communication systems.


Infiniti EX30D crossover

As official automotive partner to Relais & Châteaux – a unique association of more than 500 of the world’s greatest hotels and restaurants – Infiniti is proud to be able to offer EX Black Premium owners something that literally cannot be bought – membership, for two years, in the exclusive Relais & Châteaux Club 5C programme.
Created in 2004 as a way of sharing more of the Relais & Châteaux experience with its most loyal clients, these Relais & Châteaux “ambassadors” are looked after more like house guests than hotel customers.
Like Infiniti, the Club 5C is based on a philosophy of hospitality and in particular a passion to share some of the treasures behind the five key words – Courtesy, Charm, Character, Calm and Cuisine – at the heart of the Relais & Châteaux experience.
Each Relais & Châteaux hotel has its own individual take on offering 5C members some unique gift or “Discovery Privilege”. Thus, the 5C member might create its own, customised scent in the Galimard studio, or visit the market with the chef to select the produce for lunch that day. They might enjoy a guided tour of the grounds from the head gardener, or be privy to cultural or historical insights on the property and the surroundings from the general manager.
So that the 150 EX Black Premium owners can fully appreciate what the Club 5C offers, the first sumptuous night is on Infiniti.

In fact, each of the special EXs comes with a Lys d’Argent, valid for a double room for one night, dinner with drinks and breakfast for two people in one of more than 200 Relais & Châteaux hotels around the world.

With typical Infiniti attention to detail, there’s even a Relais & Châteaux guide in the glovebox to help owners decide where to enjoy their memorable stopover.

Available to order now, the EX Black Premium costs £45,671.


 3:56 pm  Motoring
Jan 022011


African Safari

African Safari


Mind, Body & Soul
Loisaba Wilderness is outstandingly beautiful, its abundant wildlife is truly wild and its accommodation is comfortable beyond measure.

Whether sleeping under the undisturbed African night sky on our unique Star Beds, rafting down the majestic Ewaso Ngiro and Ng’are Narok Rivers, or watching the big five stroll past on a game drives, a visit to Loisaba will revive your mind, rejuvenate your body and revitalise your soul.

Luxury under the Kenyan sky

Accommodation at Loisaba is luxurious and authenticly African. Whether you choose to stay at Loisaba Lodge, The House or The Cottage, we will ensure you are pampered and well looked after while experiencing the atmosphere and energy of wild Africa. You also have the unique opportunity to try a night under the unspoilt Kenyan stars on one of our Star Beds or a revitalizing treatment at the renowned Loisaba Spa.

Your dream luxury getaway retreat awaits you in Kenya at Loisaba.


 10:54 am  Travel
Sep 052007

Plantation BayAs recommended by Agodo, an online travel and discount hotel bookings website, has released its list of ‘Best Family Resorts in SEA’ to highlight hotels that specifically cater for children.  

Agoda’s Best Family Resorts in SEA are:

1. Ramada Karon Beach Resort Phuket, Thailand
This family resort opened last year and literally is, as the website claims, a “wonderland for kids”. First of all, there are themed rooms for budding princesses (designed like a castle turret and draped in pink and purple), astronauts (pod-like furniture and spacey images of the galaxy create the semblance of being in a spaceship) and marine biologists (underwater rooms have built-in aquariums in the shape of portholes). Then there are the general hotel facilities such as the colorful children’s swimming pool which includes the biggest hotel waterslide in Thailand and the “kids paradise” zone which has a free and bottomless day-long ice cream machine, X box video game room and daily program of activities which includes everything from arts and crafts to cooking, sports and science. Meanwhile, Karon beach is a 5 minute walk away.

2. Sheraton Grande Laguna Resort, Phuket, Thailand
Located within the Laguna complex, this Sheraton Grande was one of the first hotels in Thailand to specially cater for children. Kids receive goody backpacks on arrival which include perks like refillable ‘tippy cups’ and there are a myriad of activities planned by the Very Important Kids Club (VIKC). Resident baby elephants Yum Yum and Lilly make daily appearances to interact with kids and parents. Besides the many water sports and outdoor activities available, there is also a cyber room for the techno, video-game inclined. Most impressive, however, is that the hotel has special VIKC ambassadors, whose role it is to exclusively cater to child requests. Other highlights include a children’s menu and express meal service, free unlimited ice cream and very reasonable babysitting rates. For older children (age 9-14) there is also Camp Laguna which has year-long programs including rock climbing, abseiling, beach volleyball and more.

3.  Plantation Bay Resort, Cebu, Philippines
Designed in colonial-plantation style, this mammoth resort is also build around one of the largest privately-owned waterways in the world. It is a perfect resort for aquanauts of any age, but children will especially delight in the water slides, aqua rides and beach activities. Parents can take advantage of the children’s center where staff will keep the little ones enthralled with making sandcastles, feeding fish and face painting, among many other things.

4.  Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Located in Borneo and overlooking the South China Sea, the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort offers a premiere setting and possibly the largest Kids Club facility in Malaysia. The club is sectioned according to age group, with padded areas and soft toys for toddlers, creative areas for arts and crafts as well as a coffee area for parents to mingle. There are many activities planned for the kids on the beach and in the playground as well as safe children pools. Trips to the sister Shangri-La Rasa Ria resort can be organized where there is an orangutan rehabilitation reserve, giving kids the chance to communicate with one of their closest ape relatives.

5. Conrad Bali Resort & Spa, Bali, Indonesia
Secluded on almost 6.8 hectares of lush, beachfront terrain in Southern Bali – near to the Nusa Dua area – the Conrad Bali Resort & Spa provides exceptional opportunities to families. Beyond the usual provisions of crib and children’s menus, the Conrad also has special babyrobes and baby bath and potty. There are a plethora of activities for kids at the Kura Kura Club including Balinese traditional dancing, island storytelling around the lagoon pool and arts and crafts. There are indoor and outdoor play areas, a video Games Zone, a babysitting service and child care centre. Tennis enthusiasts can arrange for child tennis lessons at reasonable rates and there are plenty of water sports to choose from for the family.

6. Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa, Langkawi, Malaysia
This beautifully-located resort in Langkawi is a great option for families who love to be active. There are water sports galore including boating, water skiing, diving, snorkeling and para-sailing. Catering especially for the kids, the resort also has a mini golf course and animal farm. The Kiki Club is open from 9am-9pm with free daily activities involving cultural, arts and nature-loving activities so parents can go pamper themselves in the hours between.

7.  The Ritz-Carlton Bali  Indonesia
Set on its own private cove at Kuba, the luxurious Ritz Carlton in Bali also has an impressive children’s program and facilities. There is a separate children’s pool that has two water slides and a daily activities club which covers everything from kite-making to Balinese traditional arts courses to sea shell collecting. There is a special children’s dining menu and baby sitting is available (English, Bahasa and Japanese speaking).

8. Holiday Inn Phuket, Thailand
Recently revamped, the Kids Club at the Holiday Inn Phuket has video games, DVDs, internet, toys and board games all within cozy lounge settings for juniors. But the main attractions are found outdoors with the toddler and play pools which include water spouts, slides and other features to keep the kids entertained. Babysitting is available and the resort is well-located on Patong Beach, Phuket’s foremost beach town.

9. The Nusa Dua Hotel Resort & Spa, Bali, Indonesia
This luxury resort is primly located on Nusa Dua beach and has beautifully landscaped tropical gardens and swimming areas that are suitable for children. The affordable rates make it a good choice for family holidaymakers and they have special family rooms with King-sized bed and bunk bed as well as attractive children furnishings. The Gecko Kids Club is open daily, offering supervised games and activities in the playground, pools, beach or children’s center.

10. Coco Beach Resort, Phan Thiet, Vietnam
The quaint huts of Coco Beach Resort depict a charming tropical image of relaxation and comfort. First impressions don’t disappoint. Located on one of the more beautiful beach spots of Vietnam, this resort has plenty of activities to amuse the kids with paddle boats, boogie boards and other beach activities as well as a special children’s playground, pool with waterslide and toddler wading pool.

For more information regarding Agoda, please access its website at www.agoda.com or contact the Agoda Team via e-mail at info@agoda.com.

 9:52 am  Travel
May 302007
Legoland Holidays and Hotels

Legoland Holidays and Hotels

LEGOLAND® is the 4th largest attraction in the UK. Where else but at a LEGOLAND park can the child become the hero? LEGOLAND® Holidays offers accommodation and park entry packages! All their prices have a best price guarantee.

LEGOLAND(R) Windsor’s huge new water ride Vikings’ River Splash opens on Monday 13 August and promises to be the biggest, wildest and wettest ride in the park!

This impressive GBP7 million ride, located in the heart of LEGOLAND, will invite families to join the Viking fleet and set sail for a thrilling adventure through uncharted waters as they surge downstream in Viking river rafts.

Guests will be swept into a fantasy world created by millions of LEGO bricks as they thunder past brave Viking warriors, Norse gods, a fearsome sea serpent and come face to face with a formidable ice dragon in its icy lair. Families are warned to enter the Vikings’ River Splash ride at their peril and should prepare themselves for a good soaking! There’ll be plenty of surprises around every corner so young Vikings should be on their guard as they’re carried away by the raging current.

After a drenching, there’s the opportunity to step back on dry land and unravel the mystery of Loki’s Labyrinth, the park’s Nordic-themed hedge maze.

Heroes Wanted! Treat the family to a truly unique day out at LEGOLAND.

There’s over 50 interactive rides, live shows and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. LEGOLAND brings out the hero in everyone so children aged three – 12 can become brave knights, taming dragons in Knights’ Kingdom, courageous firefighters at the Fire Academy or skilled construction workers at the Digger Challenge.


 1:12 pm  Travel
Sep 222006

luxury in Italy

luxury in Italy

A Small selection of  luxurious hotels in beautiful surroundings in Italy…

Casa Howard

Only five bedrooms and 100 metres from the Spanish Steps in Rome this charming hotel is located in a historic building, with the allure of a private house.


Four Seasons Hotel Milano

A dramatically reborn 15th century monastery with a mere 98 rooms and suites, the intimate Four Seasons is steps from Milan’s couture houses and financial district.


Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

This historic five star hotel in Sorrento, overlooks the Bay of Naples in Italy. It historic suites are tastefully furnished with original period furniture.


Hotel de Russie

Rome is a beautiful city steeped in history. The Hotel de Russie is located in the heart of the city between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo.


Hotel Eden

The Eden dates over 100 years old and most of the last century VIP’s have chosen the Eden as their roman residence.



L’alberta is a luxury villa hotel on a hill in Erbuso, Italy, between the Alps and Lake Iseo. The hotel offers beautiful surroundings, expert service and cusine prepared by one of the best michelin star chefs.


La Posta Vecchia

There are places which offer an undefinable charm. La Posta Vecchia at Palo, is one of these places. Situated north-west of Rome, overlooking the Tyrrhenean sea.


Hotel Raya

The hotel is in a nature reserve, 400 mts from the port on a hillside in Sicily in gardens of luxurious Mediterranean flora, a pyramid type structure which includes 30 rooms.


 11:03 am  Travel