Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Connaught road is the newest refurbish hotel within the central area of Hong Kong. Millions have been invested into re-decorating this an iconic hotel into an even bigger attraction. Now with an enclosed balcony, the average room size is bigger and modernized.

I have always enjoyed my stay with the Mandarin Oriental hotels. It is always a welcoming experiencing like no others. One of the Mandarin's attribute is that it sells itself on impeccable service but not over the top kind. Wonderful staffs are always at hand to assist you. Meticulously decorated, the hotel always looks and smells good.

We stayed at the gorgeous Oriental Suite. Seriously hi-tech, sublimely kool and easy to managed. I am certain some of you at various stages have stayed in hotels and when it’s bedtime, you are at a lost to know which switches are which? Well, none of that here, even my kids could figure it out.

The showers are just awesome. The bathroom is incredibly spacious with an enormous “looks can be deceiving” very deep bathtub. Great for chilling with your bubbly champagne.
 

The hotel has a fantastic sauna room and one of the best compact steam room in town for you to unwind and relax.

Breakfast at the clipper lounge is amazing. It has a great variety of food and is extremely fresh . The seafood congee is a must!

Unfortunately that is all the details I can provide in a 24hr stay at this irresistable hotel untill my next check in date.

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong Tel 852 2820 4202

Please visit: http://www.mandarinoriental.com

Review by AK
20 December 2009

Ayana Resort & Spa

Ayana voted world's #1 Spa BY CONDE NAST TRAVELLER READERS, FOLLOWING REBRANDING

Thermes Marins Bali Spa has been awarded the World’s #1 Spa at the Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Spa Awards 2010, in the latest accola de bestowed upon AYANA Resort and Spa Bali following its rebranding.

AYANA was also awarded Favourite Hotel Spa in Asia and Indian Sub-continent at the prestigious ceremony in London, which followed an international survey of Conde Nast Traveller readers. The news follows AYANA’s listing on the Conde Nast Traveller 2010 Gold List (Best Hotels in Asia) in January and a World Travel Award as Asia’s Leading Luxury Resort last November, just months after the resort rebranded. It was also just awarded #2 Best Hotel inBali by Destinasian magazine.

“It’s a great honor to win Conde Nast’s highest award in this prestigious survey of international travelers,” said AYANA’s Director of Spa and Business Development (Japan), Michi Sonoda. “The spa industry worldwide has undergone significant change in recent years as modern travelers seek the type of holiday where they can completely rebalance and revive their senses, to ease the stress of their increasingly hectic lives. This award recognizes our position as a world leader in both Thalassotherapy and traditional Indonesian remedies, and nothing gives us more pleasure than sharing the benefits of our wellbeing philosophy with our guests.”

Set in beautifully landscaped tropical gardens, Thermes Marins Bali is the only Thermes Marins spa in south-east Asia. The 22,000sqm facility incorporates spa villas, treatment rooms, beauty salon, reflexology and relaxation lounge, and the Spa on the Rocks treatment villas anchored on rocks amidst the ocean. It is also home to one of the world’s largest Aquatonic® Seawater Jet Pools, supplied direct from the underlying ocean and warmed to optimum temperatures to provide the curative and preventative properties of seawater. The spa menu offers ancient Eastern healing and modern European treatments including Thalassotherapy, massage, facials, hair, nail care, anti-aging and slimming treatments. The highest quality products are used including La Mer, Thermes Marins, Guinot and Decleor.

Formerly The Ritz-Carlton Bali Resort & Spa, AYANA rebranded on 1 April 2009 after a management change initiated by the owner, who’s invested millions of dollars to strengthen the property’s position as Southeast Asia’s premier resort. Facility upgrades include the new Rock Bar, located on natural rocks abutting the ocean, and renovations of Padi restaurant, Damar Terrace restaurant and AYANA Ballroom. 


The 77-hectare property retained the vast majority of its 950 staff and selected West Paces Hotel Group led by Horst Schulze, former president and founder of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, to provide management expertise. General Manager Charles de Foucault brings more than 30 years’ experience, including 17 with Ritz-Carlton hotels.

 

Cavalieri, Rome

“When in Rome…”

With the 13th FINA World Championships making a splash in Rome this summer, the most famous hotel in Rome took the opportunity to revamp itself for its 50th Anniversary by announcing its corporation into the Waldorf Astoria brand- making it the first European hotel of the hotel chain. Chic-modern is mixed in with art, history and extravagance after the thorough refurbishments. Andy Warhol pieces and Karl Lagerfeld designed furniture are displayed along with massive and impressive works by Giambattista Tiepolo and Nicolo’ Bambini, in suites and all over the hotel. Scattered around the hotel are also one-off furniture pieces that once belonged to royalty or dignitaries, all adding to the hotel’s ever-growing art collection donated by the patrons. It’s 3 Michelin Star Chef Wolfgang Puck has also reignited the restaurants name by recently serving the Obamas, and having been praised by Michelle for his famous Carbonara. It never felt so luxurious experiencing what the Roman’s do best.


Rome Cavalieri, The Waldorf Astoria Collection, Via Alberto Cadlolo 101, 00136 Rome, ItalyTel 39 06 3509 1
For more history in the making go to:
www.romecavalieri.com

Review by Rebecca Gabbai