Marriott to Acquire Canada’s Delta Hotels and Resorts

January 28, 2015 on 11:20 am | In Alberta, British Columbia, Canada, Golf Resorts, Hotels, Labrador, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, NWT, Ontario, PEI, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Toronto, Yukon | Comments Off

Marriott International, Inc. announced today it has signed definitive agreements to acquire the Delta Hotels and Resorts brand and management and franchise business from Delta Hotels Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC), for approximately $135 million.

Delta Hotels & Resorts is a popular brand in Canada that features 38 hotels and 10,000 rooms in more than 30 cities across the country. It has gained a following based on innovative approaches in technology and guest room design (its new ModeRoom offers multiple connectivity options, a mobile-friendly design and free Internet), exemplified in its flagship property Delta Toronto, located in the center of Canada’s thriving high-rise neighborhood, South Core.

Not only does the acquisition add another strong brand to Marriott’s offerings, but it’s also significant in that it helps Marriott expand its global portfolio, which it has been focusing on lately. When completed, the transaction will increase Marriott’s distribution in Canada to more than 120 hotels and 27,000 rooms, making Marriott the largest full service hotel company in Canada.

“Delta has an impressive portfolio of hotels that are among the most preferred in Canada,” said Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, via a press release. “With this acquisition, we are continuing our focus on building our brand portfolio and growing in attractive regions outside the U.S. Combining the strong Delta brand with Marriott’s hotel development expertise will accelerate growth of the brand in Canada and in other markets around the world.”

David Grissen, group president overseeing The Americas for Marriott International, said, “At completion, this transaction will propel Marriott to a leading position in Canada. Canada represents the largest international source market for our hotels in the United States, and the integration of Delta into Marriott’s 4,100 plus hotel global portfolio will provide new travel opportunities for both Delta and Marriott customers. We expect integrating Delta into Marriott’s systems, sales engines,, and the more than 49 million member Marriott Rewards loyalty program will create meaningful operational synergies for owners and franchisees.

Marriott’s Americas management team looks forward to working closely with Delta’s hotel owners and franchisees, and welcoming Delta employees, who will have access to a larger range of opportunities in North America and globally once the transaction closes.”

Marriott is acquiring the Delta management and franchise business, as well as the Delta brand and related intellectual property as part of the agreement. At stabilization, after realizing certain operating synergies, Marriott expects the purchase price to be approximately 10 times annualized earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA).

As far as bcIMC is concerned, the company’s affiliates own 13 Delta hotels (and one under development) and will sign new 30-year management agreements with Marriott for these properties. The other 25 Delta hotels are owned by third parties (15 are managed by Delta and 10 are franchised). Five managed hotels (about 1,100 rooms) are under development.

Assuming consent by third parties and the Canadian Competition Bureau, the transaction is expected to be finalized in the second quarter of 2015. Marriott does not expect the transaction will have a material impact on its 2015 results, excluding one-time transaction and integration costs. Read more travel news at

Wild Dunes Resort Offers Valentine’s Day Package w. Ironworking Class‏

January 22, 2015 on 10:14 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, The South | Comments Off


Wild Dunes Resort Offers Valentine’s Day Package with Ironworking Class

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel, is heating up the romance scene and bonding couples with an exclusive ironworking class included in the newly debuted Love in the Lowcountry package. Incorporating authentic Charleston experiences, this packages treats pairs to a behind-the-scenes peak into the culture and lifestyle of the Lowcountry.

Available now through Feb. 28, the Love in the Lowcountry package starts at $480 per night, based on double occupancy for three-night stays and includes:

· Accommodations in the resort’s AAA Four-Diamond Village at Wild Dunes or Boardwalk Inn

· Burning Love Ironwork Experience for two: Charleston’s homes, churches, gardens and gates are adorned in elaborate and iconic ironwork dating back to the city’s origination. During the class, couples can learn this celebrated art form of the Lowcountry and create a commemorative piece that will serve as a long lasting memory of their very special day Charleston.

· Rivers and Rice Plantations Blackwater Kayaking Paddle Trip for two: Couples enjoy an intimate paddle through beautiful, historic rice plantations, left untouched for over 300 years. Pairs will explore Blackwater creeks through abandoned rice fields full of wetland wildflowers and see raptors, wading birds and an occasional alligator from a safe distance.

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesTo book the Love in the Lowcountry package or to learn more about Wild Dunes Resort, please visit or call 888.778.1876.

-Best of Both Worlds-

Driving distance to downtown Charleston, Wild Dunes Resort offers the “best of both worlds” for couples, pairing a beach getaway with the tremendous offerings of historic Charleston. While on property, the newly engaged can enjoy the Resort’s abundance of amenities including championship golf, 17 tennis courts, watersports, nature excursions, spa services, resort-wide pools and delicious dining options. Guests can also take advantage of the many offerings of downtown Charleston including historic walking tours, carriage tours, shopping on King St., the Historic Charleston Market, plantation experiences and a year-round calendar of festivals and events.

About Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel

Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel, is located less than 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic Charleston. The Resort occupies 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise with a variety of accommodations ranging from the AAA Four-Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn and The Village at Wild Dunes to private condos and luxury home vacation rentals. Offering a year-round menu of championship golf, nationally-ranked tennis, award-winning recreation, spa services and restaurant options, Wild Dunes Resort has been distinguished by many publications and associations as a top destination for families, golfers, tennis lovers, and meeting and event planners. Visit Wild Dunes Resort online on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

About Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 19 indigenous spas, and 130 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

Barcelo Ixtapa Beach Completes Revamp

January 20, 2015 on 12:02 pm | In Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, Mexico | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowBarceló Ixtapa Beach recently completed improvements to enhance the consumer overall experience. It has been Barceló’s goal to exceed the expectations of satisfaction of our guests and partners.

We continue in pursuing quality, variety and innovation as the corner stones of all Barceló Hotels and Resorts. Highlighted below are some of the recent upgrades that have taken place:

– The façade of the hotel was completely changed to add a fresh and modern touch to our property
– More than 80 percent of the room baths have been updated, removing the bathtub for a shower what gives the bathroom a sense of amplitude and modern style
– New menus for the buffet restaurant and table decor

Located on El Palmar Beach – this destination is one of Mexico’s best kept secrets for tourists. Barceló Ixtapa Beach is a perfect all-inclusive resort choice for family vacations, business meetings off the beaten path, destination weddings, and secluded honeymoons.

Explore the countless beachfront activities that include an adult’s only pool with swim-up bar, kid’s pool/kid’s program, and daily entertainment. In addition to the variety of activities within the all-inclusive resort, Barceló Ixtapa Beach offers a great locale for those wanting to take excursions to Ixtapa Island, and is located adjacent to two championship 18-hole golf courses.  Read more travel news at

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AAA Names 14 Hotels, Restaurants to 2015 Five Diamond List

January 20, 2015 on 11:39 am | In Dine Drink, Florida, Golf Resorts, Hotels, Orlando | Comments Off

AAA has added eight hotels and six restaurants to its exclusive Five Diamond List for 2015, subsequently qualifying them for this year’s Five Diamond Award list.

Over the past 12 months, AAA has announced 184 total hotels and restaurants that have received the AAA/CAA Five Diamond Rating, with that group representing just 0.3 percent of the total number of AAA/CAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants, which stands at more than 58,000.

The recently announced Five Diamond hotels are headlined by the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The only Five Diamond hotel in the Orlando area, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort features an abundance of “upscale service options,” including an iPad in each room that effectively serves as a point of reference for guests throughout their stay.

The luxury resort even allows guests to control the lighting and temperature from a keypad.

Goddess Swimwear from Today Show“At the ultra-luxury level we’re seeing an increasing number of hotels offering guests the choice of high-end service by white glove or touch screen—in person or electronically,” said AAA Inspections & Diamond Ratings director Michael Petrone in a statement.

“They’re complementing personal delivery with technology options such as in-room iPads and TV menus for ordering and scheduling services, apps for accessing newspapers and local reservations, mobile check-in and text alerts when their room is ready. Some Five Diamond hotels even place a TV within the bathroom mirror to complete guests’ high-tech stay,” he added.

Joining the Four Seasons Resort Orlando on the list are the following accommodations: Four Seasons Hotel Denver; Grand Luxxe (Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico), One&Only Palmilla (San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico); Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa (Rancho Santa Fe, California); Shangri-La Hotel (Toronto, Ontario); The Langham (Chicago) and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands).

Puerto Morelos, Mexico’s Le Chique kicks off the list of recently selected restaurants, which also includes Orchids at Palm Court in Cincinnati and Palme d’Or in Coral Gables, Florida.

Passion by Martin Berasategui, located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico made the list, as did San Francisco’s Saison and Twist in Las Vegas.

AAA points out that Five Diamond restaurants are often ahead of the latest “trends in farm-to-table and super-local food sourcing.”

What’s more, these restaurants don’t just supply delicious food, but provide a unique dining experience and are even becoming international destinations in some cases.

“Attaining the Five Diamond Rating is an impressive accomplishment and a point of great pride for these top hotels and restaurants,” said Petrone. “Five Diamond establishments stand apart by redefining personalized service, using creativity to enhance guest comfort and providing memorable experiences,” said Petrone.
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Els Club Teluk Datai in Langkawi

January 19, 2015 on 12:34 pm | In Asia, Golf Resorts, Malaysia | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFour-time Major Champion Ernie Els was joined by royalty, to celebrate the official launch of his first ever-golf course creation in South East Asia – The Els Club Teluk Datai.

In the company of Her Majesty Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajjah Haminah, The Queen of Malaysia, World Golf Hall-of-Famer, Els, struck the opening tee shot on the world’s most hotly-anticipated new course.

Key dignitaries, media and VIP guests were also invited to witness the historic unveiling and enjoy a unique insight from fans’ favourite Els, the winner of more than 60 professional tournaments worldwide.

Upon unveiling the latest layout in the Ernie Els Design portfolio, which also includes courses in his native South Africa, Dubai and the USA, The Big Easy said: “This is, without doubt, the most spectacular golf course setting I have had the pleasure of working on and I am incredibly excited about the prospect of inviting the first visitors to come and enjoy The Els Club Teluk Datai.”

“The course is truly breath-taking and I am delighted with what we have achieved here. I endeavoured to make the most of this unique location and I believe that we have done just that.

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best Prices“It was an honour to hit the opening tee shot alongside Her Majesty and I would personally like to thank all of those in attendance for their support in what we are confident is set to become one of the world’s most revered golf course designs.”

Having already been voted the region’s ‘Best Golf Course’ at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Property Awards, The Els Club Teluk Datai has gained unprecedented interest among the world’s golfing media and industry officials.

Nestled between ancient rainforest and the Andaman Sea on the iconic island location of Langkawi, the 18-holes championship course will serve as a focal point for the award-winning Datai Langkawi resort, which is a favourite amongst international travellers.

The Els Club Teluk Datai will now play an integral role in realising the vision of resort owners Destination Resorts and Hotels Sdn Bhd (DRH) in developing golf and bespoke tourism experiences in Malaysia.

Charged with developing strategic tourism, DRH selected The Els Club Brand for three Malaysian golf developments, two of which are currently under construction in the southernmost state of Johor and will transform the nation’s golf offering over the coming years.

Home General 160 600“Today marks the start of a new era for Langkawi, Destination Resorts & Hotels as well as Malaysia. Our business strategy by design seeks to create sustainable and economically viable tourism propositions. Given golf’s positioning on a global stage and the demographic it attracts we have sought to redefine standards in the regions golf offering. Ernie is an exemplary partner, whose Els Club brand stands for the kind of excellence we strive towards, which will add impetus in our efforts to attract tourist to the island of Langkawi. The Els Club Teluk Datai will certainly become a flagship asset for our business and give enjoyment for many more generations to come,” commented Tunku Dato’ Ahmad Burhanuddin, Managing Director of DRH.

Senior Vice President of The Els Club Malaysia, David Townend, spoke of his excitement at officially opening to the public. He said: “This is one of the world’s most visually stunning golf courses, so the early feedback we have achieved and the tremendous reaction we have experienced here today is really no surprise.

“Over the coming months we expect to welcome golfers from all over the world, who are eager to test themselves against Ernie’s masterpiece and take advantage of the incredible experience that can be had as a tourist in Langkawi.”

The course is managed and operated by Troon Golf, the global leader in upscale golf management, who oversee operations at some of world’s pre-eminent golf resorts.

For more information visit, follow @ErnieElsDesign and @TheBig_Easy.

For further information, please contact: James Lovett Account Director Professional Sports Group Direct line: +44 (0) 1276 858 930 Mobile No: +44 (0) 7782318889 Email: Website:

About Destination Resorts and Hotels (DRH)
Destination Resorts and Hotels Sdn Bhd (“DRH”) is a strategic owner and developer of world class premier destinations. Established by the Malaysian Government’s investment arm, Khazanah Nasional Berhad (“Khazanah”), DRH is a catalyst for the continued development of Malaysia’s luxury leisure and tourism sector by providing relevant expertise focused on investment, development, management and oversight of world-class premier resorts, hotels and attractions. Its current key investment portfolio comprises of Desaru Coast, the region’s first integrated luxury destination located at Johor’s Desaru coastline, Little Red Cube and Traders Hotel at the luxury waterfront of Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya along with Teluk Datai, Langkawi, a luxury eco-tourism destination surrounded by ancient rainforest and breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea, including the award-winning The Datai Langkawi and 18-holes golf championship; The Els Club Teluk Datai. Working with world renowned and reputable partners that are the best in the industry, DRH is set to expand domestically and internationally as a premier luxury hotel, resort and residences investment, development and management company. For more information on DRH and its developments, please visit

Jay Cutler Desert Classic Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition Returns to The Pearl April 4‏

January 12, 2015 on 5:19 pm | In Golf Resorts, Las Vegas, Sports Travel | Comments Off

Tickets On Sale – Monday, Jan. 12 at noon

To purchase tickets, please visit the Pearl Box Office, call 702-944-3200, visit any Ticketmaster location, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit


EGAS  – Palms Casino Resort, Martini Spray Tan and Liquid Sun Rayz present the 2015 Jay Cutler Desert Classic inside The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, April 4, 2015. The NPC national qualifier competition, featuring contestants from around the country, consists of Men and Women’s Body Building, Men and Women’s Physique, Women’s Figure and Bikini, and Women’s Fitness. Multiple vendors specializing in supplements and apparel will also be on hand during the event. For more information, visit


Prejudging –

The fifth annual Classic begins with a prejudging event at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets for the prejudging event are $29 plus any additional service fees for general admission seating.

Finals –

The finals will take place at 6:30 p.m. – Four-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler will be in attendance during the prejudging and finals, and a special performance by eight-time Ms. Fitness Olympia will take place during the finals.

Tickets for the finals are $43 and $48 plus any additional service fees for reserved seating.

VIP Tickets for the finals are $78 plus any additional service fees and include VIP seating as well as a VIP meet and greet with Cutler prior to the finals at 5 p.m. in The Pearl Mezzanine VIP Lounge.

After Party –

An official after party will take place on Sunday, April 5 at the Palms Pool & Dayclub hosted by Jay Cutler.

The Pearl Box Office is open daily from noon until 7 p.m. Day of the event, the Box Office will open at 7:30 a.m. Follow The Pearl on Twitter at @PearlatPalms for concert announcements and event information.


January 18 – Styx; Tickets start at $33

March 15 – Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band; Tickets start at $69

March 21& 22 – Bill Maher; Tickets start at $43

April 4 – Jay Cutler Desert Classic; Tickets start at $29 for prejudging; $43 for finals

May 1 & 2 – Joe Bonamassa; Tickets start at $89

May 3 – The Moody Blues; Tickets start at $63


Charleston Area Golf: Winter Stay N’ Play Packages‏

January 12, 2015 on 4:42 pm | In Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, The South | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowCHARLESTON, SC., – Home to optimal weather, record-low stay n’ play package rates and over 19 championship courses, the Charleston area is the ideal place for golf fanatics to flock for a winter retreat. Coupling premier accommodations with award-winning course-play, these four packages are perfect for those seeking an early 2015 escape, amateur tournament play or even an unforgettable round with a famed Charleston Chef.

Kiawah’s 9th Annual Friendship Cup

Male amateur players can compete in teams of two in Kiawah Island’s 9th Annual Friendship Cup to take place March 5-8 with this package, starting at $1,409 per person, based on double occupancy and including:

· Three-night accommodations at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

· Entry into the 9th Annual Friendship Cup including two rounds of golf at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course and Turtle Point Golf Course

· Nightly Receptions including Friday night Lowcountry oyster roast and BBQ at Mingo Point and Saturday night celebration in the Grand Oaks Ballroom

· Complimentary breakfasts

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best Prices· 9th Annual Friendship Cup Gift Basket

Wine + Food Festival Chef’s Golf Classic

Players can play 18 holes alongside their favorite chef while enjoying pop-up cocktail bars and delectable food along the way on March 8 with this package, starting at $500 per person and includes:

· Ticket to the 2015 Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s Festival Finale, TOASTED

· Ticket to the 2015 Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s Sunday Culinary Village

· Entry into the 2015 Charleston Wine + Food Festival’s Chef’s Golf Classic: Players can golf and guzzle their way through one of the most memorable rounds they have ever played. Patriot’s Point Golf Course will host 18 holes alongside one of Charleston’s most talented chefs, complete with pop-up cocktail bars and delectable food along the way.

Lowcounty Links Layouts

Golfers can experience three rounds on some of the Lowcountry’s most premier courses in addition to waterfront accommodations with this package, starting at $155 per person, per weekday, based on double occupancy and including:

· Three-night accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Waterfront

· Three rounds of golf at Legend Oaks, Patriot’s Point Links and The Links at Stono Ferry

Historic District & Resort Sampler

Charleston area visitors can enjoy downtown accommodations paired with four rounds of golf at a selection of the area’s premium courses with this package, starting at $290 per person, per weekday, based on double occupancy and including:

· Four-night accommodations at the Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown

· Four rounds of golf at choice from Kiawah Island’s Cougar Point, Kiawah Island’s Oak Point, Seabrook Island’s Ocean Winds, Seabrook Island’s Crooked Oaks, Wild Dunes Resort’s Links Course or Wild Dunes Resort’s Harbor Course

To book any of the above Charleston Area Stay N’ Play Golf Packages, please call 800.774.4444 or visit

Charleston & Resort Islands Golf

More than 200 years ago, Charleston was the site of America’s first golf club. This heritage of golfing excellence is evident today. Guests have convenient access to more than 19 championship courses, created by legendary architects including Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Gary Player, Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The area also offers plenty of year-round activity off the course. They range from historic tours and attractions to inshore and offshore fishing and award-winning dining, as well as a year-round calendar of festivals and events. For reservations or more information on these packages and others available in the area, please visit or call 800-774-4444.

The mission of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. For more information, visit

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TFE Hotels Top Tips for a Room Upgrade

January 11, 2015 on 5:32 pm | In Australia, Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, Hotels, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Western | Comments Off

Kiwi and Australian travellers look for a free room upgrade first and foremost when booking a hotel room, according to a survey conducted by TFE Hotels of more than 17,000 travellers.

Somewhat surprisingly, free mini bar items were ranked as the least enticing offer.

Asking travellers what they most desired when booking a hotel stay, 29% of respondents said a free room upgrade while staying with a trusted hotel brand influences 20% of travellers to book. Travellers also sought dining or beverage credits and looked for free wifi options. Only 3% would be tempted by free mini bar items.

Emma Fraser, Group Marketing Director of TFE Hotels says she also looks for an upgraded room over other inclusions when she books a holiday. “A free upgrade to a more superior room means there’s generally more space, making my stay more comfortable and usually offers better views. An upgrade is always a nice touch and adds to a memorable experience, all at no extra cost.”

There are numerous ways to score a premium room without having to pay for the upgrade. However, it requires a mix of skill, emotional intelligence and a considerable amount of luck. For any traveller staying at a hotel with their sights set on a room with a view, here is some advice to consider from TFE Hotels, the ‘Ambassadors of Great Weekends':

1. Book during the low season

Being smart about the date, time and room you purchase can entitle you to an upgrade, without doing any extra work. Choose to book a room during the off-peak season when rooms are likely to be available. Hotels are often fully booked over weekends; especially when there’s a big event or concert in town, so stick to off-peak dates.

Arrive late in the afternoon – between 3pm and 5pm is ideal – when Reception Teams will have a better idea of what rooms are likely to stay empty overnight. As a result, you may just be bumped up to a more superior room.

Try this line: “I’m so glad to get away for the weekend – hopefully everyone else hasn’t had the same idea. Are you very busy at the moment?”

2. Use your manners

Manners accompanied with a smile can go a long way to make someone feel happy to help. Greet hotel team members as soon as you arrive and use your charm to stand out from other guests. Hotel Receptionists deal with travellers on a day-to-day basis so being that ‘one’ person who made their day, with a compliment or witty line, could earn you some brownie points.

3. Join a loyalty programme

Flattery doesn’t always get you far, sometimes it comes down to customer status. Most hotels offer benefits for loyal customers. Joining a hotel’s loyalty program and e-news database, depending on the status you have attained, may entitle you to a room upgrade.

When signing-up to TFE Hotel’s eclub, subscribers instantly receive 10% off their stay and will also receive updates on prize giveaways and upcoming sales.

4. Advocate your special occasion

Drop a special occasion such as an ‘engagement’ or a ‘birthday’ into the conversation. But don’t just blurt it out of nowhere; casually talk about it mid-chat. This way hotel teams will feel you are a genuine customer and be more inclined to go above and beyond to make sure you have a special stay. Hotel Teams always want you to enjoy your stay so you can tell others about your positive experience via word of mouth or an online review.

“It’s our first weekend away together without the kids in five years – we’re really excited to be here, especially as it’s our tenth wedding anniversary. We are especially looking forward to our stay.”

5. Be a frequent visitor and review your stay

Sometimes it’s simply a case of who you know. The more times you stay at a hotel the more familiar you will become to hotel receptionists. Your details are often stored in the system too – so they can tell when you last visited.

To make sure you are acknowledged as a frequent stayer, be friendly and get to know one or two receptionists or better yet the hotel manager, so you are recognised on your return.

Let them know about how great the stay was and that you will be back. And most importantly – write a review!

Leaving a ‘happy guest’ review on the likes of Trip Advisor, is one of the best ways to ensure you become known to a hotel team and it also spreads positive feedback to other potential guests. You scratch their back and they’ll scratch yours.

“It’s great to be back. Am I in my usual room or is there something larger available?”

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Top Sydney Activities for Golf Lovers

January 9, 2015 on 3:45 pm | In Australia, Golf Resorts, New South Wales, Sydney | Comments Off

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesWhether you’re a serious golfer or a novice, Sydney has a range of activities that will keep you entertained on and off the golf course in the lead up to the Emirates Australian Open.

The 2014 Emirates Australian Open will be held at one of Australia’s most exclusive golf courses, The Australian Golf Club, Rosebery from 27 – 30 November, and will offer the chance for golf lovers to get up close to see the world’s top ranked golfers including Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, alongside world number 13 Jordan Spieth.

It will be American’s Jordan Spieth’s first time to Sydney and he’s keen to check out all the sights “I love sports and I love spending any free time attending live sporting events or spending time outdoors myself. Sydney is known to be such a great travel destination with its scenery and weather, so I know it will be a great place to visit and be entertained both on and off the golf course,” he said.

For those who can’t get it enough golf, before the historic tournament, here are the best golf activities to experience in Sydney ahead of the big day:

1. Aqua Golf, Penrith

If you’re new to the game and need to ease in gently then maybe this activity is for you. Hit floating golf balls into the lake and you’ll be in with a chance to win a prize. A perfect activity for the whole family, for a fun relaxing day out

2. Mega Mini Golf, Campbelltown

If a full day of golf isn’t for you, then try your hand at Mega Mini Golf, Golf on a classic 18-hole obstacle course. Watch your ball go over bridges, through tricky tunnels and hit unforgiving roadblocks.

3. Golf in the City

Want to play on the best courses in the world in just a few hours? Golf in the City has you covered. This unique and engaging full-service indoor golf experience features over 81 internationally recognised Golf Courses available to play on. Golf in the City utilises the most powerful graphics to bring the natural, fluid tendencies of the outdoor golf experience right to you. From Pebble Beach in California, to St Andrews in Scotland and The Australian Golf Club right here in Sydney.

4. LuxGolf Australia

Ever dreamed of playing on some of the most prestigious and exclusive golf courses in Sydney but don’t have a membership? LuxGolf Australia will have you there in no time as they have lifted the velvet rope, combining instant access to a range of strict ‘member-only’ courses with a luxury service that includes getting picked up in a Porsche Cayenne. LuxGolf Australia also has you covered by providing guests with Callaway’s latest and most limited edition line of clubs, for the ultimate playing experience in Sydney

5. Emirates Australian Open

Make sure you see defending Emirates Australia Open champion and current World Number 1 Rory McIlroy who is appearing exclusively in Sydney and world number 2 Adam Scott in action right here in Sydney at the Emirates Australian Open. Returning exclusively to Sydney to play for the tournament, you’ll get to walk the fairways of The Australian Golf Club with Rory and top international players who are taking on the Aussies at home.

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Calling All Golfers for a Week of Sun, Sea and Swing

January 7, 2015 on 10:52 am | In Asia, Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, Thailand | Comments Off

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesBangkok, Thailand – Not always first to mind when considering a golfing holiday destination, Thailand offers internationally recognised and renowned courses, combined with great weather, good value for money and an array of post-game activities taking you all the way from par to spa to bar.

In March 2015, Amari Hua Hin will sponsor the Amari Hua Hin Amateur Golf Week which will see budding golfers from around the world descend on the coastal town ready for a week packed with great golf and even better company.

The 7-day event will showcase the best golf courses in Hua Hin, including Black Mountain, voted one of the top 100 courses in the world outside the USA and Banyan Golf Club, which was voted best new course in Asia in 2009 by Asia Golf Monthly. The tournament will be played over four rounds and daily results will be announced and individual trophies given out each night during the social happy hour at the poolside at Amari Hua Hin.

The package for six nights’ accommodation and four rounds of golf costs from 47,500 THB net per person (single supplement applies).

For more information and reservations please visit

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowPackage Details

Six nights’ accommodation in a Deluxe twin-sharing room at Amari Hua Hin with daily breakfast and two group dinners
Four rounds of golf with one caddie per golfer (tips not included)
Golf carts at all courses
Suvarnabhumi or Don Muang airport transfers
Golf course transfers
Fully guided trip with English speaking tournament director
Welcome souvenir bag including Shirt, Towel, Cap and Magnetic Hatclip
Event scoring and winner’s prizes

Set in the popular seaside town along the Gulf of Thailand, Amari Hua Hin is just two and a half hours drive from Bangkok. Offering contemporary accommodation in an idyllic garden setting, the resort sits adjacent to Khao Takiab beach and is just 10 minutes from Hua Hin’s downtown area, providing the perfect blend of convenience, style and comfort. Amari Hua Hin is the official sponsor of Hua Hin Amateur Golf Week and will host all competitors for the duration of the tournament and also host the welcome dinner at its Shoreline Beach Club.

About Amari

Amari is the centrepiece of the ONYX portfolio of hospitality brands reflecting the warmth and energy of an evolving modern Asia. Amari’s network of properties spans Thailand and beyond, from scenic seaside locations to vibrant urban settings including Doha, Dhaka, Bangkok, Pattaya, Samui, Phuket, Krabi, and Hua Hin. Visit

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