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Category Archives: Hotel and Resort

Honua Kai Resort

We have stayed at most of the brand name resorts on Kaanapali beach and have really enjoyed them – from the Marriott Maui Ocean club to the Hyatt to the Sheraton at Black rock. We felt that South Kaanapali Beach ( from the Hyatt at the southern point to the Sheraton to the North ) was really our comfort zone… but having come to Maui for almost 20 years, I felt it was time for a change.

After some extensive research we decided upon the Honua Kai Resort. The resort is located on North Kaanapali beach and was opened in 2009. The Canadian company Intrawest designed and developed the resort. The original sales opening was held back in 2005 and nearly 400 of the 720 total projected condos were sold in a single day. Of course, with the ensuing stock and real estate market collapses, many of the units fell out of escrow and in some cases the owners of the units sued the developer to get out from under their contracts.

So with a somewhat controversial beginning, the Honua Kai resort had some work to do to overcome the original upheavals.

I met one of the owners who was one of the first to close and occupy and he told me that in the beginning the resort was nearly deserted. He likened it to the infamous hotel setting in the movie “The Shining” – sans the ghosts and other paranormal activities.

Upon arriving at the Honua Kai resort we were greeted with a bustling, thriving resort community that seemed to place is main emphasis on the themes of land and sea (Honua Kai translates to earth and Ocean in Hawaiian) – with huge swaths of grass, dunes, open beaches, the vast Pacific and 38 acres of land – this was quite a beautiful and inviting place.

I did have some qualms with the property: it’s located across from a business center and sewage treatment center ( about 500 yards north of property across from road ) – although I never noticed any malodorous smells – just the idea of a stink factory coupled with the less-than-Hawaiian feel of the business center registered a few marks in the negative category for me.

Overall the resort was beautifully appointed, the accommodations were first class and the staff and amenities were excellent. Once inside the resort grounds you are transported away from everyday life, it’s relaxed and tropical setting contributing to a carefree and wonderful vacation escape.

Last Minute Hotel Deals

Select a Time of Week That is Less Popular

If the destination you will be heading to is basically meant for businessmen, then you will find many last minute hotel deals and hotels to pick from during the weekend. Contrariwise, if the city you are going to is mostly famous for being a tourist point, you should try finding accommodation during working days (Monday to Friday). A lot of hotels in such places are trying to reserve as many rooms and suites as possible during the slower working days of the week. There is a bright possibility that you will be able to grab a nice deal.

Select an Area That is Less Popular

This could be much trickier to go ahead and look for a good last minute hotel deal while you limit yourself to just the tourist areas that are most popular in a region or a city. The hotels which are situated closer to known attractions and major landmarks are mostly getting reserved by tourists and visitors far in advance. Therefore, you will have a hard time being able to find economical rates for a last minute hotel deal at a good hotel. Try opening yourself up to the opportunity of staying a little “off beaten path,” nonetheless, and you will be able to get a great rate. For instance, a lot of people find wonderful last minute hotel deals in places outside the major cities; even though it might mean a little more of a travel for getting to hot spots, it might also enable you to save huge amount of cash.

Book Online for Last Minute Hotels

Do not overlook the outstanding option of online booking for securing a good hotel deal, regardless of where you plan to go. A lot of hotels circulate their finest deals online via various comparison websites, and you will see that there is no issue in making an advance booking. In fact, you might even find out that last minute hotels’ prices fall down significantly when you book online. Thanks to the brilliant technology in today’s world. The detail published on the internet about the availability of rooms is mostly accurate. In addition, last minute hotel deals found online are normally abundant; for popular destinations as well.

Find Budget Friendly Hotels

1. Evaluate your budget:

When you know just how much you can spare for the hotel, it becomes easier to narrow down the search on the available hotels within your destination or desired location. The fact is that even budget-friendly hotels can have all the amenities you find important during a stay and will serve all your needs without weighing you down financially. You can use the internet to make a search and compare between available hotels.

2. The Kind of Accommodation:

To make sure you settle for the best, you should also consider the options available to you in terms of the different kinds of accommodation. There are hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, resorts and hostels to choose from.

3. Look for Deals and Offers:

Hotels and airlines often offer travel packages inclusive of accommodation and transportation. Packages are a great way to save when you travel. Such arrangements will also save you time and stresses of finding the best of everything during your travel. The best is that you can have packages customized to meet with your individual preferences for a most enjoyable and memorable experience.You can also take advantage of gift cards to enjoy discounts on luxurious accommodations. A few places offer early bird discounts too for advance bookings.

4. The Time of Travel:

Timing your travel right might also be your ticket to getting cheap and budget-friendly hotels. Travelling during off-season to your destination of choice you are bound to be exposed to lots discounts to enjoy an affordable stay.

5. Use a reliable destination management company

This might be the easiest way you can go to find budget friendly hotels to take care of your needs. The good thing about management companies is that they offer you a complete package of hotel accommodation, transportation and even parking. These kinds of packages will not only ensure that you spend a reasonable amount of money on your accommodation but will also take the worries of having to organize everything else off your shoulders. Such companies partner with local hotels, transportation companies and hotels to enhance your travel experience. You will have the liberty to select the package you feel is best for you to ensure you enjoy your destination to the maximum.

Popular Resort Packages

· Competitive pricing

Your budget determines the choice of resort facilities. Fortunately, the entry of many players in the hotel industry over the last few years has paved the way for competitive pricing. Therefore, you stand to benefit from quality service at a price that falls within your budget. Many of the inclusive resort facilities provide a wide option of events, lodging and food- among other services. The offer is often available for a one-price discount package. Furthermore, some of the all-inclusive resorts include transportation, shuttle service and rental car. Therefore, if you have a restricted budget, you may consider the all-inclusive package deal. If you do not have any constraints with your budget, a luxury resort may be a good option.

· A modern restaurant

If you are looking for an opportunity to sample what the resort industry has to offer you can always visit the restaurant. You stand to benefit from many gourmet culinary options; exciting menus that offer sustainable local and international dishes. The intimate environment in many of these restaurants offers the perfect place for a group dinner or a romantic evening. The restaurants are also recommended for their signature drinks.

· Sports facilities

If you are a fun of most popular sports, including golf and tennis, you will not be disappointed. In most of these facilities, guests have the benefits of an 18-hole golf course. Furthermore, tennis enthusiasts can play and practice in a several beautiful hydro-clay and championship hard courts. In addition, the facilities have indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools for both fun and competitive sports. There is also a full service spa and top-rated clinic to treat any injuries.

· Conference facilities

The resort facilities have spacious conference facilities to cater for different functions, including office meetings, birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. The facilities offer flexible indoors and outdoors pre-function and meeting space for seminars, conventions, luncheons and group meetings. The event coordinators will recommend everything that is needed for any upcoming meeting, to ensure a successful event.

Choosing Bed and Breakfast Inn

1. Choose a location close to the central business district – While there are bed and breakfast inns that offer lower prices, this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to save up if the location is far from the main road.

You should check the map and see if there are other nearby establishments that will be useful to you once you go out. While some bed and breakfast inns will be more expensive because they are located on a main road, this will still save you more money in the long run because the transportation cost will be cut in half.

Apart from that you will be near where the action is. If you are staying because you are watching a festival, there is a good chance you will be able to see the street parades up close due to the location of the inn.

2. Read customer reviews – While lodges post beautiful pictures of the location, this does not equate to telling the whole story. Pictures can be strategically shot to make the place seem comfortable and clean. But you will be surprised to know that some inns located in the heart of the city can be near bars and pubs that can be noisy all throughout the night. You need to read the customer reviews online in order to see if there are any possible mishaps that can make the inn less desirable and give you a hard time.

3. Weigh the pros and cons- Even though bed and breakfast inns have chances of being more expensive than hotels, guests can feel the sense of the trip better because of the home-cooked meals and the atmosphere provided by the owners. It has a history that comes with it that produces that homey and family feel. This is perfect for those who want to travel and understand the new city they are visiting. It is one of the steps to deeper discovery while on travel

Hotels in Mount Abu

It is considered to be Rajasthan’s top tourist and pilgrimage destination that annually draws more than a million visitors. Situated at a height of 1220 meters above sea level, Abu offers some of the finest natural landscapes with green evergreen forests standing in stark contrast to the arid landscapes everywhere. This beautiful place is 500kms from the capital city Jaipur and is also a very popular pilgrimage for the members of the Jain community who are found abundantly in the state and form a near majority in Rajasthan. The Dilwara Temples are the most famous Jain pilgrimages and these are known for their extensive use of marble in architecture with marvelous results. These days the town has become a much sought after location for honeymooners for its beauty and pleasant temperatures all the year round. The heart of the town has a huge lake, the Nakki Lake that adds to the natural beauty of the region and is also a popular picnic spot with boating and horse riding facilities.

Rajasthan’s with its serene lake, rocky mountain trails and flora and fauna also offers great facilities to the traveler. Hotels if all budget ranges can be found here along with some great luxury class hotels. These 5 tar hotels are considered to be the frontrunners of the hospitality industry here in the town and are known for their service and comfort. These hotels offer the best facilities starting from multi cuisine restaurants with a varied menu to swimming pools and indoor games facility. The numbers of dining options are the most popular with guests as each can try out their own choices without any problem plus the quality of the food is also praised in these hotels. Below is one of the best luxury hotels in Mount Abu that you would love to try out.

Taking Your Dog on Vacation

You may not easily find a hotel that allows dogs in their premises as most of them do not. There are still many hotels and places where you will find separate accommodation for dogs and pets. You can find information about these hotels on the internet. It is not too hard to find a dog friendly hotel in a tourism city, but the real problem comes in fulfilling the terms and conditions of pet friendly hotels. Let’s discuss some rules for keeping pets in a pet friendly hotel.

• Most of these hotels won’t accept your dog if he is not well-mannered and well-behaved. Now, it is obvious that if your dog is living with your family, he must know some manners, but you may not expect him to behave in the same way in a strange place in front of strangers.

• It is good to get a reservation for you and your dog in advance rather than appearing direct in the hotel as it will avoid any confusion.

• Even when there are people to take care of your pet in the hotel, you also need to make sure that your dog does not break any rule of the hotel.

• Do not allow your dog to sleep on the couch or furniture in the hotel. A pet dog may be habitual of these things, but a hotel may not allow him to do so.

• You must also be aware that if there is any problem in the hotel because of your dog, you are solely responsible for it, and you may need to pay the compensation.

• Most of the pet friendly hotels will allow you to keep your pets in your hotel room. This will increase your responsibilities, and you will have to take care of your dog when there is no hotel staff.

Exciting Hotels To Try

Hotel Barges

Are you headed to Europe? The European trend of using barges as hotels began in the 1960s, when a decline in freight carriage left many river barges idle. Nowadays, these barges have been converted into floating guesthouses, having turned their storage spaces into passenger rooms. Most of the barges you will find in operation on European rivers and canals today are mobile and while travel up and down the river with passengers on board, although a few are permanently moored to their docks. Whether you want to go on an adventure or explore one city in particular, it might be worth stepping off a dry land for an interesting new perspective.

Bed and Breakfasts

Colloquially known as B&Bs, these establishments are usually private homes that are rented out to guests. True to their name, they generally offer overnight lodging and breakfast, either prepared by the hosts or via self-catering accommodations. In the United States, many B&Bs try to reflect an historical ambience, as the tradition of American B&Bs can be traced back to the opening of one’s home to travelers during the during the early Colonial period. If you’re looking for cozy accommodations in a place where you’ll likely encounter only a handful of other guests, a B&B might be worth looking into.

Skyscraper Hotels

If you’re looking to stay in a major city, there’s only one thing better than being able to look out your window and take in the skyline, and that’s being part of the skyline yourself! With the increase in the construction of high-rise structures in big cities has come the trend of devoting floor space to luxury rooms.

Luxury Hotels With Spas

Relaxing Environment

The right atmosphere can put you immediately at ease, while the wrong one can make you feel even more tense. To get a good idea about the look and feel of a place, visit the establishment’s official website. Flipping through photos of the hotel and grounds should give you a basis of comparison when you visit other sites. It is also a big plus if the facility provides private rooms for massages and other treatments.

Licensed Professionals

Before you book a room at a luxury hotel spa, it is important to find out if all of their masseuses and technicians are licensed professionals. Don’t just assume they will be due to the fact that the spa is expensive. After all, many legitimate businesses are known to cut corners to save money. As such, you should always inquire about licensing ahead of time.

Massage Services

Even if you don’t know much about the process, it is important to find out if the spa keeps abreast of current trends. You might ask, for example, if they offer shiatsu, stone, or sports massages. If they do not, you may want to find another resort– one that makes more of an effort to offer modern services.

Treatment Options

A full-service facility should provide a number of face and body treatments on its basic menu. The most common treatments include facials, waxing, massages, and full-body wraps with seaweed, mud, or clay. Some of the larger luxury hotels may offer more invasive treatments at their spas, such as acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and mud baths.

At the end of the day, the focus of any dedicated facility should be on rejuvenating relaxation. While the spa itself should present a peaceful, inviting atmosphere, the treatments should be geared not only towards relieving stress, but also at promoting health and wellness. The whole experience should feel less like a respite or a vacation and more like therapy for your overworked body and mind.

Price

Because the hotels themselves are often quite pricey, don’t expect to save at the spa simply because you’re a guest. With that said, the service and range of treatment options at most establishments is impressive. We should also add that these facilities are there to serve hotel guests, so it is often quite easy to book an appointment if you are staying there.

Hotels in Nairobi

With the passage of time, it becomes essential for these hotels to be renovated. In some cases, large scale changes need to be made. But it is not always necessary for the building to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch. In many cases it is possible for the architectural integrity of the structure to be maintained while the refitting is done. There are many reasons why heritage hotels need to be preserved.

1. Like all other old buildings, hotels are of historical importance that should be maintained and conserved.

2. Hotels have much to tell the visitor regarding the life of people in days gone by. They give the modern generation a glimpse of the culture of other eras.

3. Hotels, if they are handled well, can have the same standing as museums. In famous cities of the world, it is common for great hotels to be a tourist landmark.

4. Architectural styles tend to die with the passage of time. The preservation of historical hotel buildings ensures that such traditions do not fade away.

5. These hotels can easily become a symbol of the city and it is common for tourists to want to stay in such hotels. The architecture of these hotels helps in their advertising strategy.

6. In many hotels the hospitality is also reminiscent of the charm of ancient times.

Kenya is known for its wildlife safaris, rich local cuisine and the diversity of its cultures. The rich architecture of hotels blends in beautifully into this mosaic giving tourists plenty of reasons to keep visiting over and over again. Countries that do not maintain their traditions leave their future generations without a sense of belonging or a sense of history. But the future generations of Nairobi will not have that problem as this is a city that very much blends the past with the present.

The age of the hotel is something that is advertised very proudly. Readers should take the time to browse through the website of a historical hotel. At the top of the page the name of the hotel will be written. Just below that there will be a note that says that the hotel has been around since a particular year. The images on the website will also proudly display the architectural beauty of the place. All this tells the readers how old the hotel is and how with the passing of time the hotel has only become more beautiful.