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Armani Hotel Dubai: in the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building

15 May 2011

It’s not cheap to stay at Georgio Armani’s hotel in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Rooms normally start at around $600 per night, and suites can cost many times that. The 160-room hotel, which is the designer’s first, reflects his minamalist style and offers stunning views of downtown Dubai. The Armani Hotel Dubai will be the first of many Armani and Emaar properties, with hotels and resorts planned for Milan, Marrakech, and Marassi.

The Armani Hotel Dubai is a truly unique experience, melding the eponymous fashion designer’s elegant, understated style with an extreme address in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 2,716 feet. For his debut hotel, Giorgio Armani has dressed it in distinctive furnishings, fabric wallpaper and limestone floors.

Entering in the lobby, employees in Armani suits, seemingly recruited from modeling agencies, greet guests. They are struck by the lobby’s dramatic C-shaped leather sectional and Arabic-style arches — grandeur tempered by Armani’s signature subdued color palette — and by the absence of a check-in desk (that drudgery happens out of the public eye).

A host guides the guests to the rooms through futuristic zebrawood-paneled corridors trimmed with lights; the doors are flush with the walls and seem to float. In the 160 guestrooms, Armani’s familiar touch permeates every detail. Kingsize beds are wrapped tightly in checkered bedspreads like a birthday gift. The closets are intriguingly hidden behind panels, and the gently curving walls provide a subtly sophisticated reminder of the sky-high location.

A good cure for jet lag is the hotel’s outdoor pool and 12,000-square-foot spa on the third floor. It’s all a prelude to the on-site nightlife, which includes eight restaurants and a nightclub — at all of which fashion is (naturally) the theme. Global dance beats thump as videos of models in Armani play on a giant LED wall.

Elsewhere, hard-to-get Armani accessories are for sale at the hotel’s boutique, like watches and handbags from the Giorgio Armani Privé collection and an elegant selection of Italian sweets. Each of the restaurants dish out a different cuisine offering visitors a wide choice of culinary options that reflect the cosmopolitan nature of Dubai. Armani/Hashi presents a delectable take on traditional and modern cuisine and offers some of the best sushi in the city. Armani/Amal offers delightful Indian delicacies and a stunning view of the Dubai Fountain, which gives the city yet another superlative — the fountain is billed as the tallest performing one on earth.

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Galaxy opens today in Macau!

15 May 2011

The Galaxy Macau, a multibillion-dollar casino resort complex, opened Sunday as Macau aims to draw a broader mix of visitors than the high-rolling mainland Chinese who have helped the city become the world’s most lucrative gambling market.

The casino, with 450 gambling tables and space for up to 1,500 slot machines, is the only one scheduled to open in the southern Chinese city this year. The $1.9 billion complex also boasts a 4,000-square meter wave pool and an artificial beach built with 350 tons of white sand. Guests can stay at three hotels, including one run by Singapore’s Banyan Tree and another by Japan’s Okura, with a total of 2,200 rooms.

Tropical and Japanese gardens, a Japanese tea pavilion, a Scottish-themed whiskey bar, 50 restaurants, a private members’ club and a shopping street are other draws. A nine-screen 3-D movie theater is to open later this year.

The launch of Macau’s 34th casino comes as the city seeks to diversify its economy away from gambling after years of searing growth that helped it overtake Las Vegas as the world’s top casino market.

Macau’s casino profits have been boosted by high-spending gamblers visiting from the Chinese mainland, many of whom travel on short junkets run by companies that lend them money to gamble and then collect debts once they return. The former Portuguese colony aims to develop cultural and entertainment attractions that can draw more middle-class families who will stay longer.

Macau’s economy has boomed since a four-decade casino monopoly was broken up in 2002, opening the way for U.S. and Australian operators to enter the market with local partners. Monthly casino revenues so far in 2011 have grown by at least 33 percent, after surging by more than half last year to $23.5 billion. The Las Vegas strip, in contrast, raked in $5.8 billion in revenue in 2010. Unlike Vegas, Macau has few attractions that don’t involve gambling.

“We are happy to follow the Macau government’s development strategy and build new momentum not driven by gaming culture,” said Galaxy Chairman Lui Che-woo, a Hong Kong-based billionaire who built his fortune on property and construction. The company expects a third of visitors to be high-rollers while the rest will be the so-called mass market, said Galaxy Vice Chairman Francis Lui, who is Lui Che-woo’s son.

Galaxy is hoping to attract visitors from other Asian countries such as Japan who will stay at least two days, half a day longer than average, Francis Lui said. The average length of stay for Las Vegas visitors is 3.6 days.

Francis Lui added that the casino has capacity to add another 150 gambling tables, depending on demand.

Galaxy Entertainment operates five other casinos in Macau, a special administrative region of China and the only place in the country where casinos are legal. It competes with market leader SJM Holdings Ltd., as well as Las Vegas Sands Corp., Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts and Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd.

Macau’s leaders have taken steps to prevent unrestrained casino expansion and encourage the city’s development as a tourist destination. The government last year announced it would withhold approval of new projects and cap the number of gambling tables until 2013. Last year, more than 80 percent of its 25 million visitors were from Hong Kong and mainland China.

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Galaxy Macau™ to open on 15 May 2011

8 May 2011

15th May 2011 – Grand opening for Hotel Galaxy Macau.

Eagerly awaited destination resort projected to be a major attraction for millions of Macau visitors every year

Galaxy Entertainment Group announced that Galaxy Macau, the newest and most eagerly anticipated integrated destination resort in the Cotai entertainment area, will open on 15 May, starting the countdown toward Macau’s biggest opening for 2011.

Over 97% of Macau’s almost 25 million visitors in 2010 were from Asia, according to Macau Government Tourist Office statistics. Visitors from mainland China and Hong Kong, which are considered the primary feeder markets in the immediate term, together totaled 22 million or 81% in 2010.

Accommodation at Galaxy Macau will be provided by three iconic Asian hotel brands: It will include the 250 suites and 10 floating villas of the Banyan Tree Macau; the 500-room Hotel Okura Macau; and the 1,500-room Galaxy Hotel, which will become GEG’s flagship Cotai hotel. The three hotels will be available to guests on the opening day. Galaxy Macau also marks the entry into the Macau market for both the Singapore-based Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts and Okura Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Japan’s most prominent hotel company.

Banyan Tree also brings with it the first Banyan Tree Spa in the Pearl River Delta. At 2,800 square meters, the Banyan Tree Spa Macau – the biggest in the Banyan Tree group – will include 21 treatment rooms as well as a private spa floor for its hotel guests.

Of the more than 50 restaurants and bars found at Galaxy Macau™ a number of them are attractions in their own right. Here the exquisite tastes of Japanese Kaiseki contend with Michelin recommended Cantonese offerings. Just across the gardens and around the corner guests can enjoy the best Korean barbecue to be found outside of Seoul. These are only but to name a few of the treats awaiting our guests.

At a total investment of HK$14.9 billion, the 550,000-square-meter Galaxy Macau is the first truly integrated resort property of its kind because it is the only one in Macau with real resort features. Most prominent of these is the property’s spectacular 52,000-square-meter Grand Resort Deck, where a 350-ton white sand beach frames the 4,000-square-meter Skytop Wave Pool – the world’s largest of its kind – generating waves that will reach as high as 1.5 meters. Several pools, tropical and Japanese gardens, a traditional Japanese tea pavilion and private cabanas will dot the Grand Resort Deck area, making it perfect for private and corporate functions.

Upon opening Galaxy Macau will feature more than 50 international dining outlets. True to its focus on providing an authentic Asian resort experience, more than half of them will serve Asian cuisines, making it the widest such selection in Macau under one roof. The selection makes it possible for visitors to eat at Galaxy Macau once a week for a year and never eat at the same restaurant twice.

Rounding out Galaxy Macau’s resort offering will be extensive in-house entertainment across multiple live stages and clubs including the ultra-exclusive China Rouge, a hybrid private membership club, performance theatre, bar and restaurant conceptualized by renowned Hong Kong designer Alan Chan to evoke a modern vision of 1930s Shanghai. It is anticipated that China Rouge will instantly become one of the trendiest nightspots in Macau, drawing discerning clientele from around the region. Of particular note, Galaxy Macau is proud to announce its plans for a 9-screen, 3D, multi-function cinema theatre to follow later this year. Open to Galaxy Macau guests and the local community, the theatre will be state-of-the-art and the first of its kind in Macau. The property will also feature a retail boulevard offering a unique shopping experience of Asian as well as international brands.

Banyan Tree Macau

The world-renowned Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts brings its exquisite “Sanctuary for the Senses” philosophy to the Galaxy Macau™. Taking its name from the strong and graceful banyan tree—a centuries-old symbol under which one finds peace of mind and internal harmony—Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts is consistently listed among the top hotels of Asia.

Banyan Tree Macau is an exclusive resort comprising 250 suites and 10 pool villas. It is the first high-rise urban resort in the world to feature private indoor relaxation pools in all of its expansive suites, and the only luxury hotel in Macau with full-sized resort villas amidst private gardens with a private swimming pool.

Each opulent suite and villa is a tribute to Oriental design, with high ceilings and ornate furnishings, complemented by auspicious vermillion red accents.

All guests receive a myriad of top-of-the-line comforts, including LCD TV, stereo system, mini safe, mini bar, bathrobes and turndown service in the evenings. Villa guests can also enjoy Banyan Tree’s famed Asian hospitality through a dedicated butler service provided by the exclusively appointed Resort Host.

Hotel Okura Macau

The legendary Okura Hotels & Resorts brings its signature blend of modern comfort and tradition to the Galaxy Macau™, providing a distinctly Japanese interpretation of “World Class, Asian Heart” hospitality for guests at this spectacular resort. Leisure and business travelers at Hotel Okura Macau can choose from opulent suites or luxurious guest rooms that offer the highest-quality relaxation through Okura’s harmonious combination of function and comfort. Okura was founded on the principle that its hotels must consistently offer the best accommodation, cuisine and service … a complete experience that visitors to Macau may now experience for the first time, only at Galaxy Macau.

Galaxy Hotel

The Galaxy Hotel’s 1,500 rooms and suites represent an evolution of resort accommodations. Luxurious and beautiful, these contemporary rooms offer five-star amenities throughout and stunning views that stretch to the city or water landscape. They also afford guests a level of deep comfort that conveys a kind of respect that only a host with true Asian Heart can present.

Banyan Tree SPA
The renowned award-winning Banyan Tree Spa offers a myriad of Asian health and beauty treatments and therapies as well as Banyan Tree Gallery products, which helping make the Galaxy Macau™ the most complete holiday destination in the city. Discover a Sanctuary for the Senses amidst more than 2,800 square meters of treatment rooms and facilities, staffed by gracious and professional therapists and framed by twin tropical pools. It’s World-Class relaxation delivered with Asian Heart only at Galaxy Macau.

Grand Resort Deck
The Galaxy Macau’s amazing Grand Resort Deck makes it Macau’s first true resort, offering guests all the pleasures of a tropical holiday. Swim in the world’s largest skytop wave pool, build a sandcastle, or simply pull up a lounge chair and sunbathe along 150 meters of shoreline.

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The best accomodation in Shenzhen BaoAn: Heng Feng Hai Yue Hotel

7 November 2010

HengFeng HaiYue International Hotel is a 5 star luxury business hotel with a total area of 65.000 sq.m.

It is located in BaoAn district, ShenZhen. ‘Bao’in Chinese means ‘Treasure’ and ‘An’ means ‘Peace’. The hotel is conveniently located. 15 minutes drive from ShenZhen BaoAn Airport, 60 minutes drive to Hong Kong, 75 minutes drive to GuangZhou and 90 minutes drive to ZhuHai and Macau. BaoAn airport also offers helicopter services to Hong Kong downtown Central area (15min) and Macau downtown (16 min). Within 3 minutes walk around the hotel, there is a cinema, Starbucks, MacDonald and KFC at your service. The hotel is also 20 minutes drive away from ShenZhen resorts as ShenZhen Waterland, Window of the World, Splendid China and China Folk Culture Village.

The hotel has a total of 266 guest rooms consisting of Standard Room, Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite, Executive Suite, Deluxe Business Room, Superior Business Suite, Deluxe Business Suite, the HaiYue Suite and of course the Presidential Suite. All rooms are elegantly designed and equipped with wideband internet connections and VOD system. A indoor Mediterranean style Garden provides a pleasant and comfortable environment fo

r the guests. Executive guests can be checked in on our executive floor and can enjoy our executive lounge for breakfast and afternoon tea.

Several dining solutions are availble as HaiYue Chinese Restaurant, Ten-ichi Japanese cuisine, Prince Steak House, Atrium Cafe and Lobby Bar. For entertainment and leisure the hotel offers the Moulin Rouge Nightclub, Heng Suana and HaiYue SPA.

Other facilities like outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, snooker room, table tennis Room, gynasium and cigar bar are all located within our hotel premises. Conference rooms and break-out rooms are available for different business purposes.

Address: Xincheng Plaza, 80th Block Baocheng, BaoAn District, Shenzhen 518102, China
Book online or call: +86-4008106868

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Qatar Airways is proud to be the world’s 5-star airline

5 November 2010

Qatar Airways flies one of the youngest and most modern fleet of aircraft in the skies today. Our expansion is phenomenal with ongoing orders for more than 200 aircrafts worth over US$30 billion.

The airline will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. During 2007, Qatar Airways ordered 80 Airbus A350s, together with 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s. It has ordered five of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ for

delivery from 2012.

Qatar Airways is committed to providing passengers with the highest levels of service and innovation onboard our flights. The long-haul fleet of Airbus A330 and A340 aircrafts feature interactive inflight audio and video options for every passenger in all cabins.

The newest aircraft-type, Boeing 777s, feature Qatar Airways’ next generation Oryx Entertainment in-flight entertainment system offering every passenger in both Business and Economy Class a choice of more than 700 audio and video options. The interactive service includes over 150 international movies, 150 TV programmes from around the world, and more than 50 games and 500 audio CDs to choose from.

Business Class experience

Experience a liberating sense of comfort and space onboard Qatar Airways Business Class. Awarded World’s Leading Business Class at the 16th World Travel Awards 2009, our signature product features 180 degree flat bed seats, foot rest with 8 in-seat massage settings and in-seat power supply. With touch-screen inflight entertainment, 15.4” monitors, and, over 770 audio and visual options, it is a treat for your senses. Whether you choose to rest before the big board meeting or finish that business proposal on your flight, Qatar Airways will ensure you arrive at your destination fresh and ready to go.

Premium Terminal

The Premium Terminal has the tools and technology to take you to another level. The entire terminal building has wireless internet access, as well as a Business Center at your command. The Business Center boasts three meeting rooms equipped for phone and video conferencing, as well as staff who are on hand to assist you 24 hours a day.

In-flight Cuisine

The award-winning chefs select only the best ingredients to conjure up an exquisite and eclectic menu. Fine dining is perfectly paired with an award-winning premium selection of the world’s fine wines and Champagnes. Our service is flexible and you are free to dine-on-demand or a la carte. So, rest or work and dine whenever you please.

Baggage Allowance

You have a baggage allowance of 30 kg and when you travel our Trans Atlantic flights your baggage allowance is 2 pieces with each not exceeding 32 kg.

First Class experience

Voted a 5-star airline by Skytrax, Qatar Airways redefines air travel from the gound up. As a First Class passenger connecting in the world hub, Doha, you will be chauffeured personally in a premium BMW 7-Series right to the aircraft for boarding.

Once onboard, prepare to turn your personal space into a 5-star restaurant, a full-featured Cineplex in the sky, an office, or a completely flat bed enveloped by a feather duvet. The choice is yours and our award-winning international crew will be happy to serve you. Qatar Airways is proud to be the world’s 5-star airline.

Premium Terminal

Experience our extraordinary Premium Terminal, when flying First Class from or through Doha. Come dine in the First Class Lounge, relax at the Spa or indulge in retail therapy at our exclusive duty free mall. Now the halfway point is a destination in itself.

Your Chauffeur Awaits

Arrive and Depart in style with a chauffeur-driven awaiting you at Doha International Airport, another signature of Qatar Airways’ 5-star service. This service is available to First Class customers departing from Doha to European destinations.

In-flight Cuisine

Enjoy 5-star dining at 35,000 feet, with an exquisite ten-course meal offering a medley of tantalizing delights such as caviar, lobster, Arabic mezzas and fine chocolates. Complementing our delectable menu is a selection of fine wines & champagnes from our cellars. Bon Appetit!

Baggage Allowance

First Class customers enjoy an enhanced baggage allowance of 40 kg and when you travel our Transatlantic flights, your baggage allowance increases to a two-piece maximum, each not exceeding 32 kg.

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The best hotel in Mumbai: ICT Grand Central

23 February 2010

Parel, the vibrant centre of the wondrously paradoxical and cosmopolitan city of Mumbai is home to ITC Grand Central. Inspired by British Colonial architecture of old Bombay, the hotel is located amidist business & recreational centers. The colourful patchwork of the city’s cultures – its colonial past, old english charm, modern present and warn Indian Hospitality – fill our hotel with a fabled grandeur. The hotel has 242 guest rooms including 19 suites, non-smoking floors & for single lady travellers Eva floors with sophisticated security and building management system.

ITC Grand Central builds the character of the place through its fine blend of Raj era with modern contemporary design. Pioneering a tradition of corporate hospitality with elegantly appointed rooms and luxury suites, the guests enjoy a panoramic view of Mumbai and the sea. Conveniently designed for international travellers, all rooms feature outlets that can accommodate both European and American electrical equipment.

Equipped with the latest technology and choice of meeting rooms, in-house guests occupying premium category rooms have access to “Point of View”, the premium lounge at the rooftop. This warm, inviting, split-level lounge with a wood panelled library offers a luxuriant retreat with a breathtaking 360 degree view.

Kaya Kalp- the Spa consists of treatment rooms, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and Salon. We extend a gracious welcome to guests of all ages, including the younger set who will appreciate our Very Important Kids Programme. They receive highly personalized attention from the moment they arrive through the time they depart. Age-appropriate amenities and toys are provided in the guest rooms. Further, our concierge will be pleased to arrange tours of Mumbai, theatre, outings & shopping.

Indeed, majestic surroundings and seemingly effortless service create a memorable experience at ITC Grand Central, Mumbai.

ITC Grand Central, Mumbai
287, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Parel, Mumbai – 400 012
Tel : (91) (22) 24101010 Fax : (91) (22) 24101111

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