Worldhotels, a global group of independent hotels, is offering special ‘World Treats Rate’ from July 1 through Aug. 31. Worldhotels is comprised of 250 destinations worldwide and the special rate, which comes with breakfast and 1,000 frequent flyer miles, are being offered at every hotel in the group. The rate can be booked for a minimum stay of two nights at worldhotels.com/world-treats or any other booking channel.
The rate is available at all of the group’s 500 hotels, including the Longemont Shanghai where a double room under the special rate will cost from 120 EUR per night; Hong Kong’s Harbour Grand Kowloon, Hong Kong where a double will cost from 220 EUR per night; and Phuket’s Indigo Pearl will be priced from 162 EUR per night.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts introduced a Summer Offer promotion, which provides guests with reduced room rates when they extend their stay to a minimum of five-, seven or 10 nights between July 5 and September 15.
Participating hotels are from the company’s Europe portfolio. Travelers may select from 27 hotels.
The program provides visitors with a third night free in suite accommodations at participating hotels between July 1 and September 2 when they stay at a property for three consecutive nights.
The eight Signature Collection hotels include The Chatwal New York; JW Marriott Essex House; The London NYC; The Plaza Hotel; The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park; the Ritz-Carlton Central Park; The Sherry-Netherland and The Waldorf Towers.
The Signature Collection program was initiated in 2001 and is in effect in January and February, and July and August.
“New York City offers some of the world’s most luxurious accommodations, and we are pleased to offer our visitors incredible value this summer to experience some our Signature Collection hotels’ most sumptuous suites,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “We encourage visitors and residents to take advantage of incredible value this summer while experiencing some of the finest accommodations our city has to offer through the new ‘Suite Deal. Sweet Dreams.’ promotion.”
The multi-year global campaign, called Travel Brilliantly, is aimed at Gen Y and X travelers, and will include television, digital and mobile advertising, a new brand look and logo, and revamped social media platforms.
The campaign is designed to reflect the lifestyle of these travelers.
It focuses on the experiential nature of travel and how it can be emotionally uplifting and is designed to reflect the lifestyle of these hotels. “This is not a hotel.
It’s an idea that travel should be brilliant… It’s not only about where you’re staying,” the campaign said. “It’s about where you’re going.”
“The iconic Marriott Hotels brand is transforming itself and reasserting its position as an innovation leader,” said Mara Hannula, vice president of global marketing, Marriott Hotels in a prepared statement.
“Therefore, the campaign had to be bold in not only staking our claim, but also engaging the next generation of travelers to join us in co-creating the future of travel.”
Marriott is also introducing a new Web site at www.travelbrilliantly.com that will focus on brand innovations. It will also serve as what Marriott called a “co-creation platform” to uncover user-generated ideas.
Web site visitors will be encouraged to share ideas to “improve modern travel experience across design, culinary, wellness and technology.” Ideas submitted through the end of September will be entered into a Co-Creation contest, where three judges, Shira Lazar, host of What’s Trending, Marc Kushner, Co-Founder of Architizer and Matthew Von Ertfelda, vice president of innovation at Marriott, will judge the 15 winning ideas.
“The Travel Brilliantly campaign re-establishes Marriott’s role as a pioneer in the travel industry,” said Jan Egan, executive creative director of Grey New York, which developed the campaign in a prepared statement. “Beyond creating new industry advancements, Marriott is shifting the process of how these innovations are ideated. By fostering dialogue with guests and engaging the modern traveler to co-create the travel experience through TravelBrilliantly.com, Marriott will define the future of travel.”
Marriott’s new campaign will run online in such news and lifestyle outlets as Fast Company, Mashable and Wired, and in mobile placements beginning in June. Television ads will commence in September.
On-site hotel elements that have been transformed include key cards, do not – disturb hangers. In-room directories will also get a new look with a topographical maps and travel-inspired patterns.
Marriott Hotels & Resorts has been redesigning its lobbies and public spaces, making them more user friendly for the Gen X and Y travelers.
Starting June 17, Marriott Rewards will award American Airlines AAdvantage miles to joint members on qualifying transactions at 3,700 hotels worldwide. Joint members can also choose to convert Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage miles.
“Our customers spoke, and we listened,” said Suzanne Rubin, President – AAdvantage Loyalty Program at American Airlines. “We designed this partnership based on feedback from our AAdvantage members to deliver the benefits they want. Like our other partnerships, this will help better serve our valued AAdvantage members by giving them even more ways to earn miles.”
With this partnership, joint members can choose to receive AAdvantage miles on qualifying transactions at 14 participating Marriott brands, including JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Renaissance and Courtyard by Marriott. Depending on the property, Marriott Rewards and AAdvantage members can earn one to two miles per dollar spent on the room rate and two miles per dollar spent on all qualifying transactions.
“Choice and flexibility are extremely important to our members,” said Ed French, senior vice president, Marriott Rewards. “This partnership gives our members who fly American the ability to earn AAdvantage miles when staying at the Marriott family of brands worldwide or to redeem their Marriott Reward points for airline miles on American.”
Additionally, joint members can convert Marriott Rewards points to AAdvantage miles at the following transfer rate:?10,000 points = 2,000 miles;?20,000 points = 5,000 miles; 30,000 points = 10,000 miles; 70,000 points = 25,000 miles; 140,000 points = 50,000 miles.
Nourish, the first program, was designed to enhance the in-room dining menus with vegan, gluten-free and organic selections that detail nutritional values. A Healthy Kids Menu by Trump will also provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for the junior set. Minibars feature healthier snacks. At least one-third of all choices at each hotel will be in a health food category.
As part of the Nourish program, culinary teams have partnered with organic certifying companies to develop a selection of menu items made with organic ingredients that are sourced locally and delivered fresh daily.
The second program was designed to accommodate guests on the go. Quick Bites is an express in-room menu that will include healthy options with guaranteed delivery times of 15 minutes or less.
The third program, Travel Fit, finds ways in which to help guests ensure that they maintain their workout programs – whether in their rooms or at the fitness center. Such equipment as yoga mats, stretch bands and lightweights will be available to guests upon request. Fitness apparel and footwear from Under Armour will be available for guests who don’t bring their own apparel. Fitness centers are equipped with training cards depicting workouts developed exclusively for Trump.
Noble House Hotels & Resorts opened the Commons Hotel in Minneapolis completing almost $15 million renovations. The boutique hotel features The Beacon Public House, a gastro-pub. The 304-room property is located in downtown Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota campus.
“We want the Commons Hotel to be the front porch of Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota,” said Sean Mullen, chief sales and marketing officer of Noble House Hotels & Resorts. ‘Whether it’s sports teams, visiting professors or art performers, we want this to be where the city and university brings its guests – the place they call home.”
“We’ve introduced Sonesta summer savings just as our guests are beginning plans for their vacations,” said Scott Weiler, corporate vice president of marketing and communication for Sonesta. “We want this offer to make it easier for our guests to explore our growing portfolio, whether it is a business traveler adding a weekend with the family to their business trip, or quick getaway to discover a new destination.”
A two-night minimum stay is required and the offer is not available to groups.
It’s possible to trace the earliest production of wine back to 6000 BC in Georgia. Since then the fermented grape invention has gone through many journeys including complete banishment during several periods of prohibition that touched most continents including APAC, Europe and America. Fortunately its departure was never for long and wine is thoroughly enjoyed globally today. With over 520 hotels around the world, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) takes pride in the many epicurean experiences we offer across our portfolio. We have rounded up a list for wine aficionados including: the most extraordinary wine offerings from one-of-a-kind cellars, spa treatments incorporating grapes, the opportunity to meet hoteliers turned sommeliers and introducing some of the rarest and most expensive, bottles. Cheers!
Skeletons in the closet
The storied history of properties and what their wine cellars were used for at one point…
Woodbridge on the Derwent – Tasmania, Australia
Built as a grand house for the magistrate on the banks of the Derwent River in 1825, Woodbridge was one of the earliest structures in Australia. The location was ideal for ships sailing up the river to drop anchor and unload their cargo of goods and people, including prisoners. The convict jail under the house has since been converted into a welcoming wine cellar where guests are invited to browse the cellar and to taste a variety of Australian wines.
Cour des Loges – Lyon, France
According to legend, during the second half of the 19th century, the wine cellar at Cour Des Loges was the laboratory of the famous thaumaturge, Philippe de Lyon. He used the room to store his medicines and salves. Years later small bottles and little boxes were found before the cellar was converted into a wine cellar in the early 90s. The cellar was used as a plenary hall for the Masonic lodge, where each member would store their bottles in individual lockers, which still exist.
Hotel Haven – Helsinki, Finland
Hotel Haven, G. W. Sundmans restaurant is housed in an early 19th-century Empire home adjacent to the hotel with a wine cellar that over the years has served many purposes. The vaulted wine cellar is situated in a room that was used as the old coal cellar for the residential home. In the late 80s and the beginning of the 90s it was a dance floor for a night club until it was rebuilt as a wine cellar that houses an impressive collection of over 2,000 bottles of wine.
Wine is not just for drinking
Using wine to create intoxicating experiences for the senses…
Entre Cielos – Mendoza, Argentina
Entre Cielos is home to the first authentic hammam in Latin America. The signature wine treatments invite guests to experience the magic of grapes and harness the revitalizing qualities of the vine with grape based treatments in Argentina´s leading wine producing region. Treatments, such as Bacchus offers the hammam circuit with full body exfoliation using grape seed, a wine bath with grape extracts, vitamins and minerals and nourishing grape extract facials. The Beneath the Grapes experience combines the use of wine not only in the bath treatments and massages, but finishes with a glass of the beloved concoction and light snacks.
Thalatta Seaside Hotel – Evia, Greece
The Spa at the Thalatta Seaside features Vinotherapy (wine therapy), which originated from Ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Combining the science of fytocosmetic and tradition, Syrah Grape Therapy is a unique beauty treatment and highly effective as the syrah grape extracts help protect the skin. Suitable for all skin types, the results are immediate and visible from the first session and makes for an ideal anti-aging therapy.
The Marmara Bodrum – Bodrum, Turkey
The Marmara Bodrum Spa’s Wine Massage applies consumable white wine to the body for 70 minutes. At the end of the massage, a special glass of wine is offered to each guest. The full-body Wine Massage begins with a special wine peel followed by a full-body wine mud soak and cleanse. The Marmara Bodrum Spa’s exclusive Wine Massages use pure, concentrated wine formula with an aim to harness the antioxidant agents to their full potential to benefit the body.
Coveted Bottles for the Connoisseur
For the most discerning palate…
Lainston House Hotel – Winchester, United Kingdom
Wine cellars are also known to house other things, as is the case at this 17th century country manor house that proudly offers its guests a collection of rare Grand Champagne Cognac’s dating back to 1809 and priced at USD20, 271. However, if you are looking for something a little younger, an 1893 E. Normandin is also available for USD2,300.
Brandenburger Hof Berlin – Berlin, Germany
Resembling a townhouse on a quiet street in central Berlin, many do not realize that this building is home to a 72-room hotel. What else they probably do not realize is that the hotel’s restaurant, DIE QUADRIGA, has one of only three remaining bottles of an 1897 Steinberger Riesling Cabinet. Curious to see what more than a century tastes like? Priced at USD19,500.
Hoteliers who are hooked on grapes
These renaissance men and women do it all…
The Levin – London, England
David and Lynne Levin have not only shared their last name with The Levin Hotel in Knightsbridge, London but also their winery, Levin Wines located in the Loire Valley France. What was once a dream—the ability to produce wine to serve to their guests—has now become reality. The organically grown Sauvignon Blanc and Gamay varieties are suitably named Mister L and Madame L, respectively. The Levin’s have even more cause for celebration; they were awarded 2 Gold Medals in the World Sauvignon Blanc Competition held in Blois, France just this week!
Villa Spalletti Trivelli – Rome, Italy
The Spalletti Trivelli family has had a life-long passion for wine that was passed down from their ancestors over the years. Produced in Umbria at the farm and vineyard of the Count and Countess Spalletti Trivelli, are two wines referred to as, “Sariano” and “Arale”. The area is known for the quality of their grapes and the old Sangiovese plants are used for the production of Sariano, while white grapes Trebbiano and Malvasia give life to Arale. The hotel will arrange a visit to the family’s vineyards (an hour’s drive from the property) to experience the flavours of a typical trattoria and view the wine-making process.
Unique by Design
Baros Maldives – Male, Maldives
Housing over 500 bottles, Baros Maldives’ glass-paneled, walk-in wine cellar hovers over a crystal-blue lagoon, also referred to as the Indian Ocean. The careful design features special panes to guarantee the quality of the wines even when exposed to direct sunshine so that the corking experience is never comprised.
Schwarzer Adler Estate Hotel – Vogtsburg – Oberbergen, Germany
This 14-room hotel is part of a 3rd generation family-owned wine estate that stores its bottles in mountain cellars. Guests can tour one or all three of the tunnels that have been carved up to 110 meters into the surrounding mountains in order to create these extraordinary wine cellars. The thick stone ensures that all bottles remain at a constant temperature of 12 degrees Celsius year-round.
Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa – Koh Phangan, Thailand
This above-ground wine cellar housed in a beautiful Thai Teakwood House rests under the shade of tropical trees and lush vegetation. It is not every day that you can find yourself in a jungle paradise with access to more than 80 labels of wine from around the world. Choose your favorite bottle and enjoy at one of the resort’s two restaurants overlooking the sea.
The Taj Group, India’s largest hospitality group has launched its 100th hotel in India; Vivanta by Taj, in the millennium city of Gurgaon. The group has 117 hotels globally with a total of 26 hotels part of the Vivanta by Taj – Hotels & Resorts portfolio.
Vivanta by Taj Gurgaon is located 30km south of the national capital, New Delhi.
Situated close to the business district and recreational hotspots including Kingdom of Dreams, the DLF golf course and Gurgaon’s ubiquitous malls, the hotel provides an opportunity to experience cool and distinctive luxury. Vivanta by Taj – Gurgaon offers an über-cool escape for the ‘work hard play hard’ traveler who seeks edgy spaces.
Singapore-based architectural firm Warner Wong Design | WOW Architects is responsible for the distinctive design and architecture of the hotel. A careful mix of glass and stone creates the impression of a sharp, yet beautifully robust structure that’s avant-garde by design. The innovative concept and fine detailing extends through the 189 guest rooms with city and pool views, 18 suites as well as a presidential suite with an executive lounge on the 10th floor.
Innovative technology has been woven across numerous elements to make tasks simpler for the guests. The state-of the-art conferencing facilities and fully furnished banquet halls add another dimension of convenience for the business traveller. Every room comes fully equipped with video conferencing facilities, continuous and undisturbed internet access and comfortable seating across 10,000 sq.ft of meeting space.
Latitude, the all-day diner at Vivanta by Taj – Gurgaon, seeks to reinvent gourmet dining in the city, in addition to offering the world on a plate. Latitude offers an international food theatre, showcasing the dramatic play of spices and flavours from six different cuisines. The iconic Thai Pavilion – the country’s first signature Thai cuisine restaurant opens its door for the food connoisseurs visiting Gurgaon. But if all you want is a quick bite or some refreshing beverages on the go, stop by Deli 04.
Filled with high octane energy, Tease, the bar is designed to lift the spirits. The stylish bar opens out to a large alfresco dining space that keeps the evening young and the vibe alive.
And for the globe-trotting, party hard traveler, Taj’s spa, Jiva Spa, offers a wide range of therapies to revitalize the mind, body and senses. And to cater for corporate travelers flitting through time zones, the special jet lag alleviation experience – Jagr – is not to be missed.
With each Vivanta hotel we present signature experiences rooted in local destination culture. These Vivanta Motifs are a representation of the Vivanta philosophy of hospitality with an imaginative twist. Carpe diem with the Vivanta Instalife analog photography project (www.vivantainstalife.com) and gallery, explore an alternative life with Vivanta trails curated by Tallis & Co, sampling the best of Delhi’s street food from HUDA Chowk to Chandni Chowk with the Yellow Line menu. Savour our 6 ‘cocktailed’ odes to the Millennium City created by master mixologist Atilla, or get behind the scenes at the larger than life Kingdom of Dreams.
Work hard and play hard. Relax and energize. Ideate and confer. Evolve and transform. Revel in a spirit that presents the normal with an unexpected twist. Stylish and sophisticated, Vivanta by Taj delivers premium hotel experiences
with imagination, energy and efficiency. Currently comprised of 26 hotels and resorts in India and the Indian Ocean region, Vivanta by Taj is located in key metropolitan capitals as well as popular holiday destinations like Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Vivanta by Taj offers an imaginative, vivacious and stylish take on ‘cool luxury’. With innovative cuisine, energetic spaces, unique motifs, state-of-the-art technology and experiences that seek to constantly engage, invigorate and relax, it appeals to the cosmopolitan world-traveler immersed in a sensory lifestyle.
About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
Established in 1901, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia’s largest and finest group of hotels, comprising of 100 hotels in 58 locations across India with an additional 17 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. For over a century, The Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai – the iconic flagship – has set a benchmark for fine living with exquisite refinement, inventiveness and warmth. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India’s premier business house.
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