LaTour Hotels and Resorts will be managing Grove Gardens Phuket in Thailand. US based LaTour Hotels and Resorts, which offers personalized luxury hospitality management services for four and five-star properties worldwide, will now manage Grove Gardens Phuket, an exclusive residential estate property located on prestigious Cape Yamu on the East Coast of Phuket, Thailand. Grove Gardens Phuket brings the number of LaTour Hotels and Resorts properties in Asia to three. LaTour Hotels and Resorts delivers highly personalized vacation experiences at new and existing four and five-star golf, ski, urban and oceanfront properties. LaTour Hotels and Resorts currently operates properties in the United States, Mexico and Thailand, with upcoming expansion plans throughout South America, Europe and Asia.
Archive for August, 2010
The Grand Miramar Club and Spa has now been added to the list of Interval International properties. The luxury resort is located in the Sierra Madre Mountains in Conchas Chinas, a neighborhood often known as the Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta. “Every detail of this property, from the quality furnishings in each unit to its state-of-the-art wellness center reflects the high standards of its developer, Group Disyga” said Marcos Agostini, vice president for Latin America, resort sales and service, of Interval International. The Grand Miramar features 38 suites with between two and four bedrooms each. They are decorated in a contemporary Mexican style and have large balconies, beautiful views, granite countertops in the kitchens and bathrooms, marble flooring throughout and deluxe high thread-count linens. There’s also wireless internet, a business center, a concierge, a state-of-the-art spa and gym, three spectacular swimming pools, and an outdoor jacuzzi.
Over 100 new resorts in 2009 were welcomed by RCI, the world’s largest vacation exchange company. Demonstrating that vacation exchange remains a bright spot in the travel industry, RCI, considered the global leader in vacation exchange and one of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands, announced that it added more than 100 new resorts in 2009 alone, including 10 properties under development.
The Sithonia Beach Club of Porto Carras in Greece joins the RCI network of affiliated resorts. The resort is a fabulous mixed-use resort offering guests a variety of activities, from golf, casino and spa to Blue Flag beaches and secluded coves. The Sithonia Beach Club at Porto Carras is located on the west coast of the popular Halkidiki area of mainland Greece and is part of the stunning mixed-use Porto Carras Grand Resort, which incorporates four luxury hotels, a private casino, modern Thalassotherapy and spa facilities, a conference center, plus an 18-hole international standard golf course. Guests can enjoy a variety of additional on-site activities, including live entertainment, fitness facilities, swimming pools, tennis courts and horseback riding.
Dominican Republic’s Presidential Suites By Lifestyle has joined RCI’s network of affiliated resorts. In alliance with Globalia of Spain, this resort group is one of the most prestigious chains in the Dominican Republic. The newest Presidential Suites by Lifestyle is located in Bahia de Cofresi, Puerto Plata and offers fully-equipped two-bedroom units and an exclusive specialized restaurant called Jazz which serves French fusion style cuisine, a blend of New Orleans and French haute cuisine. It also has a Bourbon Street bar, a private swimming pool and three tennis courts. The resort is part of the Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club complex, with access to three semi-private beaches, seven restaurants, four swimming pools, a spa, a kids club, a gym and more.
The Aulani Resort in Hawaii begins accepting reservations on August 2 and is set to open on August 29, 2011. The notice that reservations would be opening soon was made on the Disney’s Magical Kingdoms blog. The 800-room Aulani Resort is the first Disney hotel not part of one of its theme parks. The hotel is at the Ko Olina Resort and Marina is located on the west side of Oahu and is also home to a Marriott hotel and condominiums. The new Disney hotel, built on 21 oceanfront acres, will have an expansive pool and water play area, with such features as tubes and body slides and a snorkeling lagoon. Accommodations will range from studio units to grand villas. The hotel also has an 18,000-square-foot-spa, a convention center, a lawn set aside for weddings, a children’s club and two restaurants.
The Velas Resorts Group in Mexico have topped the Expedia list for the top hotels in the world with the release of its Insiders’ Select 2010 list. The Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort was selected as the number one hotel in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Sister-properties, Casa Velas Hotel Boutique and Velas Vallarta Suite Resort and Convention Center also made it to the top list. Casa Velas Hotel Boutique, an adults-only property, was named the number one hotel for Puerto Vallarta and is ranked on the worldwide list. The family-friendly Velas Vallarta Suite Resort and Convention Center ranked number five in Puerto Vallarta. To come up with the Insiders’ Select list, Expedia reviewed more than 114,000 hotels and resorts, giving each one a numerical score. These scores determine the ranking of each property and are completely independent of advertisers and partners. Only the top hotels with the highest scores made it onto the company’s top hotel list. Expedia Insiders’ Select list includes just the top 1% of all Expedia hotels and resorts. Properties included in the list were chosen based on value and quality, by millions of travelers and customers, and by company experts. The Velas Resorts Group has earned numerous prestigious international awards for its top-of-the-industry services and facilities. Among them are Conde Nast’s “Most Excellent Spa Hotel” and the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences “5 Star Diamond Award.”
Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services and an operating segment of Interval Leisure Group, has added Bali Palms Resort to its exchange network. Just steps from the sand in the East Bali town of Candi Dasa, the fractional vacation residences include studios and one and two-bedroom apartments available in three, six or ninth month increments. The Bali Palms Resort is known for having one of the largest pools in the area with lush palms and sunbeds all along the beachfront and well-established tropical gardens. It also boasts the Palms Cafe beachfront bar and restaurant where guests can relax, enjoy a cool drink or meal and watch the sea.
Club La Costa Resorts and Hotels has announced its first resort to be located in the Orlando area. The company has purchased Encantada, a resort with its own natural lake that is just a short distance from Disney World. Specifically located in Kissimmee, the property features gently rolling hills and a beautiful 9,000 square foot clubhouse overlooking a lake encircled by a walking trail. Two community pools and spas are on the resort property along with a fishing pier and gazebo. Inside the clubhouse, there’s a concierge, exercise facility, games arcade, cyber cafe, and the Encantada Club Lounge. The homes are Mediterranean inspired and contain two stories with a private patio and screen-enclosed heated pool. Completely furnished and equipped, your home-away-from-home has three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and all the conveniences of home. Four-bedroom homes are also available.