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In room fitness with Swissotel

The Swissotel chain of hotels is taking your fitness seriously as it launches fitness equipment in guest rooms in hotels around the world. The hotel company launched its ‘Vitality’ program, in an effort to encourage guests to stay healthy on the road, will allow guests to order gym equipments to be set up in their rooms. Equipment options include a Swiss ball, Aero Step, yoga mats, Thera-Bands, or Pilates rings. For those who prefer outdoors activities, the hotel company can now arrange guided walks or jogging tours, as well as games evenings featuring Chess contests, Scrabble, Monopoly and backgammon to encourage ‘mental fitness’.

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Second St Regis Abu Dhabi set to debut this year

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc will continue its global growth of the ultra-luxury St Regis brand with the highly-anticipated St Regis Abu Dhabi. Scheduled to debut later this year, the brand’s second hotel in the emirate will be located in the heart of Abu Dhabi on the vibrant Corniche offering captivating waterfront views of the Arabian Gulf. The St Regis Abu Dhabi will be part of Nation Towers, a two-tower mixed-use development located within the buzzing business and administrative hub, near embassies and the presidential palace. The company recently debuted in the Middle East with The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort also in Abu Dhabi while Qatar is set to open The St Regis Doha on April 1.
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Exclusively yours at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

When a traveler wants nothing but the best, there is no need to settle for anything less than absolute paradise with the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora which can be booked for complete island buyouts, allowing a group total use of this quintessential South Pacific resort. Your Own Private Island is a seven-night exclusive buyout package, which includes use of all 107 accommodations (100 over water bungalows and seven beachfront villas), four restaurants, the full-service Spa, the Resort’s maritime fleet, pool, beach, resort activities and the warm, dedicated service of 250 Four Seasons employees. All meals, beverages, airport and island transfers are included, as well as one Spa treatment per guest. Your Own Private Island is available for nothing less than $1,000,000 while customisable buyout options are available, with pricing from $45,000 per night for a room-only package, based on a minimum of three nights.
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Serene service on Virgin’s Upper Class suite

As business travelers on Virgin Atlantic’s First Class take to the skies, service begins in hushed tones as Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Suite flight crew is being trained in the art of whispering. The day-long training session will teach staff how to whisper at the proper decibel level, (between 20 and 30 decibels is ideal), how to speak with the right tone and feeling, and how to intuitively assess a passengers’ needs. The new program is part of the airlines commitment to offer their passengers the most restful travel possible, free from noisy interruptions or intrusions from the crew. Virgin Atlantic owner, Sir Richard Branson, believes that the new conscientious approach to in-flight service will soothe and relax customers, allowing for a restful flight experience.

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Sky High champers with the Peninsula Hong Kong

Launched with sister company Heliservice, the Peninsula Hong Kong is now offering a one-if-its-kind Sky high Champagne Breakfast for its guests. After a sumptuous champagne brunch at the The China Clipper, guests will be whisked away to the hotel’s twin rooftop helipads, where they will be escorted on board an Aerospatiale twin-engine Squirrel AS355N for an exhilarating eight-minute helicopter ride. With its wraparound windows, the helicopter can soar high above the heart of Hong Kong, offering passengers a bird’s eye view of Hong Kong’s magnificent landscape, followed by a sweep over Happy Valley, with full aerial views of the racetrack, and on to North Point for a photo opportunity of the Kowloon and Hong Kong panorama, before you head back to The Peninsula’s rooftop. Priced at HK$1,388 per person, the Sky High Champagne Breakfast includes a gourmet breakfast with a glass of Champagne and helicopter flight (maximum of five passengers per flight) and is available from now till June 24, with flights taking off from 9:45am to 10:45am!
For reservations or more information, call (852) 2315 3146 or e-mail:
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InterCon returns to Russia with the grand InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) luxury brand returns to Russia after a decade away with the opening of InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya on December 5, 2011. The hotel sits on Russia’s most famous street and is a couple of minutes from important Moscow landmarks like the Kremlin and Red Square. 30 minutes from Sheremetjevo international airport and within walking distance of four of Moscow’s metro stations, the hotel is an ideal base for both business and leisure travelers. The 203-room hotel has 16 junior and executive suites, along with three penthouse suites named after famous Russian ballet dancers Galina Ulanova, Isadora Duncanand Vaslav Nijinsky. The guestrooms are adorned with hardwood parquet flooring, built-in televisions in the bedroom and bathroom, bespoke furniture, luxurious fabrics, and a striking glass wall between bathroom and bedroom. Rooms and suites are also equipped with the latest business and entertainment technology including high-speed wireless Internet access, IP telephones, plasma televisions and iPod docking stations. Designed by London-based consultancy AlexKravetzDesign, InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya has the look and feel of a ‘’Grand Boutique,’’ combining contemporary features with accents inspired by iconic landmarks of city’s skyline like the Seven Sisters skyscrapers. Other facilities include a Club InterContinental lounge, offering express check-in and check-out, Wi-fi, complimentary breakfast, light snacks, beverages throughout the day, evening drinks and personalized service.

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The Bellagio gives rooms a $70m new look

The Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada has unveiled its $70 million main tower guest rooms. Bellagio completed the remodel of all 2,568 rooms, which have been equipped with a host of new amenities such as a cashmere-clad mattress and mounted flat-screen televisions measuring 40 inches. The rooms now also incorporate organic wool carpeting as well as eucalyptus furniture pieces, which reaps energy savings of 60 per cent. Further, the rooms sport three different styles and color schemes. The Resort King rooms have been adorned in a blend of indigo and silver hues or in a green tea and plum tone combination. The facility’s Resort Queen Rooms don amber and butterscotch-hued motif. The three patterns also offer the Lakeview option to provide glimpses of the Fountains of Bellagio. Created by the talented team at MGM Resorts International Design Group, the new rooms reflect an updated, elegant feel pairing modern conveniences with the warmth of home. Three unique designs elicit a distinct sensibility based on the colors and patterns utilized throughout each concept.

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InterContinental opens its first five-star hotel in Tangshan

InterContinental Tangshan will be the first international five -star hotel in Tangshanas it opened doors to public last week. The InterContinental Tangshan sits in the heart of the city directly facing the Tangshan Seismic Memorial and Dazhao Park. The hotel brings 285 luxurious guest rooms including a Club Floor, suites and accessible rooms. Minimum room sizes start from 42 sq m and rooms feature a 42-inch LCD television, audio video equipment, iPod & iPhone base station, wired/wireless internet access and comfortable working area. The spacious bathroom will have separate shower and bathtub. Ideal for corporate events and weddings, the hotel features a exquisite pillar less Grand Ballroom, covering an immense 1,200 sq m and can be partitioned into three rooms. A total of eight multi-function rooms are filled with natural daylight and equipped with state-of-art meeting facilities. Going further than simply providing a comfortable place to do business, delegates will get the chance to get the most out of their meeting while feeling connected to their destination.

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Qantas A380 First class takes inspiration from the Starship Enterprise

Qantas’ which took delivery of ten of its 20 A380-800 aircraft has unveiled their First Class cabins, which look simply out-of-this-world. Definitely inspired by the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek, the A380 interior have been designed by Marc Newson and includes LCD touch panels, leather seating, plants, sheepskin-covered fourteen full-length beds and more than 1,000 videos to choose from. The airline will fly its superjumbo on more earthly routes including London to Sydney and Sydney to Los Angeles. ‘At first glance, this may look like the interior of the USS Enterprise, but it’s actually the first class cabin on a Qantas A380, complete with personal suites and centre socializing area,’ said TechEBlog this week.

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Luxury travel is made of these in-flight amenities

No one appreciates flight delays and airline companies all over the world have gone the extra mile to ensure those long waits are less painful. We list out our favorite five outrageous amenities:

Double Beds on Singapore Airlines: We love indulgence in the First Class and no one does it better than Singapore Airlines. Couples in Singapore Airlines’ suites cabins (exclusively on the airline’s 16 A380 planes) can get cozy by booking two middle-aisle rooms and transforming them into a double bed—the first such service in the industry.

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