11. May 2015 06:46
Are you a travel geek who loves visiting places around the world for sheer adventure or fun? No matter what’s in your mind for a fascinating holiday or wherever your travel might take you this summer, finding the right hotel for a hassle-free, luxurious vacation has always been a challenge. But not anymore now! We have just done the right thing for you and selected some of the new and best hotels in the world where you can stay during your vacations. Here’s a peek into some of these incredible hotels.
21 Broad, Nantucket, MA
The 21 Broad hotel is situated in the buzzing centre of Nantucket town. It’s hip, stylish, historic, elegant, and refreshing indeed. With its designer guest lounge, spacious dining room and free-standing fireplace, the hotel exudes modern vibe. Visit the hotel during the summer and get ready to make your nights lively at the BYOB evening mixer bar. The visitors here can look forward to staying in one of its 27 well appointed rooms equipped with various kinds of amenities that you would want during your holidays. Among a host of amenities offered at the hotel include spa treatments, flat-screen cable TV, iPad/iPod docking station, a coffee machine and a refrigerator in each room, on-site meeting facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi access and a private bathroom with a vitamin C shower in each room. While staying at the hotel you can find easy access a major attraction in the city ‘The Whaling Museum’, which is only a 2-minute walk away. The 21 Broad hotel is beckoning you for a uniquely perfect escape.
Alila Jabal Akhdar, Nizwa, Oman
The Alila Jabal Akhdar, which opened in May 2014, is renowned for its dramatic location. It is perched on the top in the Hajar Mountains in Oman. The opening of the hotel in the spectacular Hajar mountain range in the ancient market city of Nizwa is being welcomed by scores of adventure travelers and nature lovers who now find it to be a best retreat to escape from the desert heat while exploring the beautiful Middle East Sultanate of Oman. The hotel offers 84 suites and two villas, which are contemporary, quite comfortable and decorated in the traditional Omani style. The restaurant here serves sumptuous Arabian and international cuisines. The hotel also offers a spa and both outdoor and indoor pools as well. The opening of the Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel has now made the Hajar Mountains a luxurious place to stay during the night while exploring the rugged landscape between Oman’s capital city of Muscat and the ancient market city of Nizwa.
The Beaumont, London
The Beaumont is a 5-star hotel renowned for its superb location on a quiet and peaceful garden square, situated nearby the boutiques, art galleries and museums of Mayfair, St. James’, Marylebone and the West End. This famous Mayfair hotel offers 10 suites, 13 studios and 50 well furnished rooms. This hotel is indeed welcoming, intimate and grand in style. Its design draws great inspiration from the great Art Deco hotels of the 1920s. The hotel offers various facilities to all those staying here with the most prominent among them being an elegant gym and spa, an exclusive residents’ lounge, a stylish American Bar, and the glamorous Colony Grill Room restaurant. The Beaumont hotel is surely the best place in London to stay for all those looking for a luxurious acco0mmodation while enjoying their vacations.
Belle Mont Farm on Kittian Hill, St. Kitts & Nevis
The Belle Mont Farm hotel is situated over a tropical, ocean-overlooking perch on Kittitian Hill. The magnificent hotel in St. Kitts is a remarkable retreat for sun-worshippers, golfers and foodies. This blissful place to stay offers everything that you might be looking for in order to make your vacation quite memorable. The Belle Mont Farm hotel offers 12 villas, 7 farmhouses and 84 well appointed rooms for its visitors to stay. It also boasts of a 400-acre organic farm. Among various other amenities offered here include a spa and fitness center, a golf course, tennis courts, beach club and a pool. The Belle Mont Farm hotel is absolutely a fantastic place to stay for all those who want to soak up the lush beauty of St. Kitts, which is quite welcoming round the year.
Delano Las Vegas, NV
The Delano Las Vegas is an all-suite retreat situated on the Las Vegas Strip, only minutes away from the vibrancy, amenities and lively action of the expansive 120-acre Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The resort exudes a renewed sense of discovery and sophistication aptly complementing the New Las Vegas experience to those lucky ones staying here. Delano Las Vegas is the epitome of high-end design concept and personalized service. This 43-story golden tower at the Mandalay Bay Resort Complex evokes luxury, sophistication and style bringing a world class resort experience to the discerning vacationers from across the globe at the famed Las Vegas Strip. It’s simply an exhilarating experience to enjoy sumptuous gourmet dishes at the Mix restaurant and lounge atop the resort while enjoying amazing views of the Strip. Staying here is undoubtedly a fabulous experience in itself.
4. December 2013 03:42
British Airways, the flagship carrier of the United Kingdom has decided to increase the frequency on its Cape Town route. The airline, which operates double-daily service between London Heathrow and Cape Town, is keen on adding more flights between the two destinations.
At present, the national carrier is operating twice-daily flights on London-Cape Town route between the months of October and May. This period is the peak travel season in the Southern Hemisphere and many travelers rush to different locations pushing the load on airlines to meet with the mounting passenger traffic. The airline has decided to increase the frequency of flights between March and May. It will therefore, use the services of Boeing 777-200ERs to ply on the route. These flights will help add 657 seats per week between the city pair.
As per the schedule, the additional service will operate every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from London. Return flights will depart Cape Town every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. The planes that will fly passengers on the route are equipped with a seating capacity across four classes. Overall there will be 12 seats in the First Class, 48 seats in Business Class, 32 seats in premium Economy Class, and 127 seats in Economy Class. The airline is happy with its decision and hopes to receive warm response to its call. The airline is popular across the globe for offering comfort and luxury to its passengers throughout their journey. In a bid to add to the experience of the travelers, it is set to inaugurate a new lounge in Cpe Town towards the end December.
20. November 2013 06:07
United Airlines recently revamped its frequent-flier award chart bringing changes to number of miles requirements needed for some of its most popular awards. Media reports quoted Rahsaan Johnson, a spokesman of United Airlines, as saying that the airline is increasing miles requirement in some of the markets for the first time in several years. This was being done to cope up with the increased cost of providing transportation, particularly in the premium cabin and especially on the Mileage Plus partner carriers.
Johnson said that the airline was confronted with a hard decision that was also being faced by other airlines. A piquant situation had arisen before United Airlines and tough choices remained whether to increase the number of miles required for partner awards or to eliminate them altogether. He said that the airline finally arrived at a decision and concluded that its frequent-fliers would prefer to keep those options at an increased cost instead of eliminating them.
United Airlines said that it is changing the number of miles required for both its “Saver” and “Standard” level frequent-flier tickets, including those needed for domestic “stopovers”. The airline further stated that it is changing the amount of miles required to redeem awards for First and Business Class tickets on its Star Alliance partners, including Air Canada, Thai Airways, All Nippon Airways, Lufthansa and many others.
18. November 2013 09:00
It is common knowledge that some low-cost carriers are
basing airline ticket prices on demand. And, this has happening at a frenetic
pace. The customers have also been expecting for quite some time that traveling
the day after a holiday would be more expensive than traveling midweek before
it. But as the low-cost carriers continue to be at some trick or the other to
increase fees and earn big revenues, have you ever thought of the very fact
that even basing ticket prices on checked-bag fees on demand would be
implemented. Yes, this sound as much true and might soon become a reality.
Thanks to the ultra low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines which charges fee for
almost all its services!
Spirit Airlines has a fee for virtually everything. The
airline prides itself in making the largest chunk of its revenues from fees
alone. Spirit Airlines’ modus operandi is unlikely to change in the future, and
it will continue to find itself in difficulty by showing up on time and keeping
its customers happy.
Sprit Airlines has indicated that it is now devising a new
plan on how to levy a fee with its new idea. The airline is seriously
considering a plan under which it is going to charge a higher rate to check a
bag or pick a seat on a flight during a peak travel day, such as right before
or after a holiday. The airline will however continue to keep the fees lower on
a less-full flight, perhaps in the middle of the week. Media reports quoted Ben
Baldanza, CEO of Spirit Airlines, as saying that the airline has been thinking
about this for a while, but it is yet to arrive at a final conclusion.
11. November 2013 05:59
Airline warfare is actually reaching a new high. Many airlines are doing their bit and elevating themselves to new levels in a bid to attract more customers. In this rat race, Air China made an announcement that did not obviously come across as a surprise. The flagship carrier of China is ambitiously pursuing its plan to offer improved versions of dining onboard its flights to destinations in Europe and America.
The carrier is pushing hard to enter the category of a world-class airline and its recent announcement is a testimony to the fact. The carrier has been trying to enhance its offerings on its flights. From the beginning of this year, it has been adding dished like salmon stock, crab meat buns, and mushroom cream soup to its menus. These delicacies are currently being served on First and Business Class flights between Beijing and Frankfurt, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
The airline aims at establishing itself in the league of other top rated airlines of the world that are among other things popular for their culinary innovations. As a part of its larger strategy, it wants to shift focus on bringing the best of wines to its customers. At present, Air China customers are treated to the wines from the French vineyards. It however, wants to create its own Sky Wine Cellar.
6. November 2013 03:36
Foreign airlines are these days giving more attention to India. The carriers like Emirates Airlines and South African Airways have acknowledged India as one of the fastest growing aviation market in the world. Seeing India’s reputation considerably growing in the world aviation market, these airlines have now started wooing the Indian passengers by offering regional films on their in-flight entertainment system. These airlines want to significantly boost their passenger loyalty and are increasingly buying movie rights of regional films.
Media reports said that Emirates Airlines has recently got access to the popular Marathi films like Shaala, Satrangi Re, Premachi Goshta and Balak Palak, and has started offering these to the passengers as part of its regional film fare on their respective in-flight entertainment systems.
South African Airways is also not far behind in the race. Sajid Khan, Country Head of South African Airways, said that the airline is making efforts to give the passengers the latest dose of regional films in many Indian regional languages. He said that since Mumbai is the only centre from where South African Airways is currently operating, Marathi language film listings form the core of their movie menu offerings.
Media reports quoting aviation industry analysts said that the demand for regional film is going to grow tremendously with more and more people from the interiors of the country are flying abroad. According to the current estimates, the number of Indian travelers flying abroad presently stands at around 15 million annually. It is expected that the numbers are set to further increase to over 50 million in the next seven years. Maharashtra is currently among the top three states in terms of outbound tourism.
5. November 2013 06:21
Miami International Airport has emerged a winner and was named a runner-up for “Best Emerging Airline/Airport” at the recently-concluded 4th Annual SimpliFlying Awards for Excellence in Social Media at a ceremony held in Amsterdam. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the EyeforTravel Social Media in Travel conference. Among other runner-ups included Emirates Airline and Aer Lingus. Qatar Airways received the top honor.
Media reports said that Miami International Airport led all finalists in the Emerging Airline/Airport category. It led with 26 percent of the votes online. However, online voting and presentations submitted to a panel of judges formed the main criteria to select the final winner.
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González said that ever since he was named Aviation Director in April one of his top priorities was to enhance the airline’s customer service engagement through social media. He said that tens of thousands of customers have connected with the launch on Facebook and Twitter in June this year. He said that the customers are appreciating the direct access that the airline’s social media channels provide effectively.
The SimpliFlying Awards are presented on the basis of a rigorous process consisting of public voting and judging by a distinguished panel of thought leaders in the travel marketing space. More than 50 nominations were submitted in a two week period and 37,000 votes were collected in three weeks.
31. October 2013 07:06
Get ready to see Iberia in an entirely new look. Keeping pace with the changing times, Iberia has also decided to rejuvenate itself with a new brand image. Iberia has recently introduced its new brand image and logo, and plans to roll out across the airline from the end of November this year.
Iberia provided details about its new branding features. The airline said that its familiar red and orange colours that were part of the previous logo will be prominently featured. The airline however said that its IB IATA code letters have undergone transformation and would now be displayed into a more stylized tailfin shape. The airline indicated that the new designs would be rolled out across all its aircrafts over the next few months. According to Iberia, the new livery would be featured on the first aircraft in mid-November.
Iberia issued a statement while introducing its new brand image and logo before the mediapersons. The airline stated that the new changes have been inspired from Spanish culture and its influence in the world. The airline’s new image will be appropriately reflecting the profound changes currently underway at Iberia. The new image will convey an expressive, life-affirming and up-to-date message before the entire world.
30. October 2013 04:52
Chengdu has now become the fourth city in People’s Republic of China to allow visa-free entry to travelers from foreign countries. This became effective from September this year. The other three Chinese cities that are already allowing visa-free entry to foreign travelers include Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Chengdu has now become the first inland city in China to offer a 72-hour visa-free stay to transit passengers.
According to the new aviation policy promulgated by China, visitors from 45 countries, including the U.S., UK, France, Singapore, UAE, Switzerland, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands and others will be allowed up to 72 hours of city exploration while in transit. The direct transit passengers holding third-country visas and connecting air tickets would not be required to a visa to China while flying to Chengdu on international routes. The policy doesn’t allow the visitors using the visa to leave the city during the transit period, or else they may be warned, fined, detained or even expelled from China and prohibited re-entry. Qatar Airways and British Airways recently launched flights to Chengdu this year.
Chengdu had last year received 122 million tourists altogether, among which 1.6 million arrived from foreign countries. The new aviation policy is expected to help boost the local tourism economy and hasten the construction of a comprehensive transportation hub in western China.
29. October 2013 04:19
British Airways, the flagship carrier of the United Kingdom has decided to follow the innovation trail. The premier airline of Europe, which flies millions of passengers across the globe from its hub in London, has come up with an interesting idea. The airline recently launched its personalized digital bag tag scheme on trail basis. Passengers traveling from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 are the ones who will get to participate in the carrier’s novel proposal.
However, the airline has found its bait in Microsoft employees. The airline is hopeful that its idea will bear fruits and these so-called travelers will be able to generate the desired results. Basis the feedback, the carrier will formulate its final strategy regarding the product. These digital tags contain comprehensive information about travelers’ luggage details. The airline has already tested the paper tags and is happy that it has withstood the harsh treatments meted out during the journey. It now waits to see how the software responds when subjected to similar conditions.
Travelers participating in this trial will use Windows phones for check-ins, to select their seats, and to get their boarding cards. The phone helps in generating a new bar code for each flight, which includes the details of the bags final destination. One can do that by simply holding the phone over the tag. As of now, the carrier is experiment with Windows and later plans to extend it to other platforms as well. In reality, passengers will have to be a little patient until this trial is incorporated real time. The airline hopes to introduce it towards the end of the next year. Executive Club members will be the privileged ones to use this system!