Wednesday, 17 November 2010

The Amazing Burj Al Arab Hotel located in Dubai City





According to Wikipedia, the Burj Al Arab is a luxury hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  The name is Arabic for "Tower of the Arabs".  The Burj is managed by the Jumeirah Group and built by Said Khalil.  It was designed by Tom Wright of WS Atkins PLC. At 321 metres (1,053 ft), it is the tallest building used exclusively as a hotel. 

However, the Rose Tower, also in Dubai, which has already topped Burj Al Arab's height, will take away this title upon its opening in April 2008.  The Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 metres (919 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge.  The Burj is an iconic structure, designed to symbolize Dubai's urban transformation. 

The Burj has become the international symbol for Dubai.  As Tom Wright, the architect, stated, "The client wanted a building that would become an iconic or symbolic statement for Dubai; this is very similar to Sydney with its Opera House, or Paris with the Eiffel Tower.  It needed to be a building that would become synonymous with the name of the country."


Construction of Burj Al Arab began in 1994.  It was built to resemble the sail of a dhow, a type of Arabian vessel. Two "wings" spread in a V to form a vast "mast", while the space between them is enclosed in a massive atrium.

The architect and engineering consultant for the project was Atkins, the UK's largest multidisciplinary consultancy. The hotel was built by South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts. The hotel cost $650 million to build.

The Burj is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World

There are 202 suites, each with it's own concierge and butler assigned. Rates start at $2000 USD per night and go up to $7000+ per night!

The Burj Al Arab Hotel is located in Dubai, a major city in the United Arab Emirates near the Strait of Hormuz
   
- It costs $150 U.S. just to get in the gate to look at this place!
- The Burj is built on an island accessible only by bridge from the mainland.
- the cost of it, is estimated at over 80 million U.S.

- The entrance on mainland includes an elaborate water park.
- it took 18 months to build
- The Burj had the top 5 architects in Europe to design it.
- the hotel opened in June 2003 for tourists.
- take a good look at the design & detail, its unbelievable !!!


Accommodation:  Burj Al Arab does not have rooms; it has 202 suites, each one arranged over two floors. Ranging from a capacious 169 sq. mts to an astonishing 780 sq. mts in size, the floor to ceiling glass windows offer simply breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.

Decorated with lavish textures and exuberant colors, each suite features a sumptuous living and dining area, state of the art entertainment system and office facilities. Their sheer opulence in every tiny detail is underpinned with technology that does everything from controlling the 42 inch Plasma screen TV to closing the curtains.

    
Room Facilities:  In addition to a dining and living area, each suite has an office area complete with laptop, Internet access, private fax, printer and copier. Hidden network of advanced technology - lighting, curtains and air-conditioning at the touch of a button.

42-inch plasma screen, video on demand, DVD and a wide variety of cable channels.

Leisure Facilities: Surrounded by white beaches and the blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, you can choose from a variety of activities while staying at Burj Al Arab. Relax in the superb outdoor pool or soak up the rays on the private beach for your exclusive use. Alternatively, take time out in the spacious airy gymnasium boasting the very latest in equipment and with personal trainers on hand.

Explore new boundaries and enjoy unlimited complimentary access to Wild Wadi Water Park.

The park is designed around the story of Sinbad the Sailor's companion Juha. There are 24 interconnecting rides, ranging from calm to wild. Lifeguards are on duty at all the pool and ride areas.

The Assawan Spa & Health Club is situated on the 18th floor with magnificent views over the Gulf. Treatment rooms, hydrotherapy baths, oriental massage, stand-up solarium, sauna, steam rooms and jacuzzi, two swimming pools, squash court, two fully equipped fitness studios and an aerobics floor.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

10 Most Expensive Hotel Rooms in The World10 Most Expensive Hotel Rooms in The World10 Most Expensive Hotel Rooms in The World

Have you ever dreamed of spending a relaxing night at a luxury hotel? Or maybe planning a romantic evening or a honeymoon where you want to impress your beloved? What would you want included? A gorgeous view? A large comfy bed? A jacuzzi? A personal butler?

Did you know that prices at the best hotel suites have gone up 10% this year? Are you ready to drop about $30,000 for one night? Would you be willing to spend that kind of money on a hotel room? And by the way, none of the nightly room rates includes tax so be prepared to add another 10 – 17% to your bill at checkout.

Here are the 10 most expensive hotel rooms in the world from the last year.

10. The Penthouse Suite, The Martinez Hotel, Cannes

Nightly Rate: $18,000
This is the biggest, most expensive, and the only terraced penthouse suite on the Cote d’Azur. Both of the two suites has a jacuzzi, plasma screen televisions, DVD library, kitchen, open bar, private butler on call 24/7 (ditto for a limousine), and an option to join both suites into one big apartment. The luxury has no limit here – the design is kept in the Art Deco style, with streamlined furniture, silk curtains and teak parquet floors.

The wraparound terrace is 2,000 square feet with the views of the Lerins Islands as well as the entire Bay of Cannes and can comfortably hold 100 people. One Saudi sheik liked the suite so much he wanted to rent it for five years. The hotel said no. What else can you say? Tres magnifique!











 

9. Ritz-Carlton Suite, Ritz-Carlton Moscow

Nightly Rate: $18.200
The floor-to-ceiling windows in the Ritz-Carlton Suite will give you the most beautiful views of the Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, and Christ the Savior Cathedral. The furnishings are in a Classic Russian Imperial style. The 2,500 square-foot suite comes with a spacious living room, dining area, library, office room and boardroom, grand piano, and heated floor.

You will get to enjoy five meals a day and their very own KGB-approved autonomous energy supply system and secure telecommunications array.









 

8. Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Nightly Rate: $19.000
The two-story, 8,400-square-foot suite features views over the Arabian sea, marble flooring, a rotating four-poster bed in the master bedroom, dining area, and a private cinema and elevator between the split-level rooms.

The marble bath comes fully stocked with full-sized products from Hermes. Guests are met by a chauffeur driven Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph (or, for a bit extra, by a helicopter). A personal butler stands 24/7 at the ready to fulfill every wish. The Royal Suite is the last word in luxury with a marble and gold staircase, leopard print tufted carpets and Versace linens.

What you can also enjoy is a submarine ride to an underwater restaurant complete with shark-infested aquarium.






















7. Imperial Suite, Park Hyatt, Vendôme, Paris

Nightly Rate: $20.000
 This pricey suite is located on the 5th floor and takes 200-sq.-meters. A 60-sq.-meter balcony is overlooking the Rue de la Paix, with an outstanding view of the Vendôme column. The Imperial Suite has high ceilings, a dining room, kitchenette, bar, and a mansard roof. It also includes in-suite spa with whirlpool bath, steam room shower and a built-in massage table. Also included are high-speed Internet access and a computer with flat screen monitor, multi-line telephones, and a separate work area to help you enjoy the work process.






 

6. The Bridge Suite, The Atlantis, Bahamas

 The Bridge Suite is located on top of a bridge that connects the two Royal Towers buildings, so it overlooks the entire resort and marina. An 800 square foot balcony and 12-foot high ceilings throughout with full length windows allow you to enjoy a 360 view of the water, lagoons and pools in Paradise Island. We can make a guess that most of the price is paid for the location of the suite. Forbes reports the suite has hosted guests including Oprah, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, and Bill Gates.

The suite has 10 rooms that are decorated in black, red and gold (including a 22-karat gold chandelier in the dining room). The living room is a 1,250-square-foot room with grand piano and twin entertainment centers. The master bedroom has a sitting area, his-and-hers closets so large that you can park your car there, and hand-painted linens. The kitchen also has its own entrance, so a permanent staff of seven, including a butler and a cook can access the rooms without bothering you.















5. Presidential Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

Nightly Rate: $25.000
 The suite is located on the 53rd floor above Tokyo with spectacular views that include the Imperial Palace outer gardens and Roppongi Hills.

In the suite’s 3300 sq ft you get pure luxury with a stunning four poster bed in the master bedroom, personal concierge, connected living room/dining room, an oversized marble bathroom with Sony BRAVIA 20 inch flat screen television, and access to indoor pool and fitness studio.











4. Villa La Capula Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome

Nightly Rate: $29.000
The suite is located on the fifth and sixth floor underneath the cupola of the hotel which was made famous by Fellini’s movies. It covers 6,099 square feet and has an additional 1,808 square feet of balconies and terraces. While it only has two bedrooms, five more can be joined to it. The entire suite was just remodeled in 1998 for a cost of around $7 million. So now you will have all things Roman and excessive – a cupola, a Pompeii-style Jacuzzi pool, frescoes (the painted horizons on the frescoes were designed to match perfectly with the real Roman one), stained glass windows, and almost 2,000 feet of balcony space including a sun deck overlooking the Via Veneto district.

The downstairs also has a private kitchen, and the dining room features an antique Murano glass chandelier, a private wine cabinet with over 150 wines to choose from and a study/library covered in hand-carved wood. And what really makes this suite over the top is a private cinema with Dolby surround sound.

Now that’s living la dolce vita










Friday, 15 October 2010

GRAND BALI



Accommodation
The Grand Bali - Nusa Dua is a 63 room resort offering panoramic views of the garden or our twin pools. The guestrooms feature air-conditioning, IDD telephones, satellite television, stereo system with CD player (suites and villas only), safety deposit box, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar, hair dryer, private balcony or terrace with ceiling fan, electronic key card and spacious marble bathrooms with bathtub and separate shower stall.

Grand Deluxe
Our hotel boasts the largest 52 square meter, standard, deluxe rooms in the Nusa Dusa area. Tastefully decorated and with great views of the pool or garden, each room offers spacious bedroom and sitting areas. Enjoy the elegant marble bathrooms feature a large bathtub and separate shower stall with luxurious towels and amenities. Private terraces on some ground floor Deluxe rooms allow guests direct access to the twin swimming pools.

Grand Suites
Featuring a large 85 square meter bedroom and living area, these elegant suites include a terrace with a comfortable seating arrangement or traditional Balinese "day bed" for relaxation. Some suites also enjoy a large sun deck, private jacuzzi, and well-appointed dining area for entertaining in style and privacy.

Grand 1 and 2 bedroom(s) Villa with Private Pool

For the ultimate vacation, The Grand 2 bedroom Villas set a new standard of luxury. The 200 square meter premises offers an abundance of space with bedroom quarters set in a thatched-roof Balinese bungalow. Villas enjoy outdoor living areas with seating and dining facilities surrounded by lush tropical gardens, fountains, and a private swimming pool.

Dining Facilities

The Restaurant


Overlooking the gardens and swimming pool area, our restaurant serves a selection of the finest Asian and international cuisine. Choose from an extensive buffet or our a la carte menu. Two large traditional garden pavilions are available for intimate fine dining.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Luxury hotel in Jakarta

The Dharmawangsa

In modern Jakarta, space and tranquility are the most precious gifts a host can offer. At The Dharmawangsa spaciousness, serenity and sanctuary are hallmarks. Here, the art of gracious living is a blend of subtle sophistication and elegant intimacy, where guests are received as honoured visitors to a private residence. Set amidst the leafy quarters of Jakarta's most fashionable residential area, Kebayoran Baru, the hotel is within easy reach of the Central Business District and just minutes from the well-known entertainment area, Kemang. A unique, 100-room, ultra luxury, five-star boutique hotel, built as an exclusive, private Indonesian mansion with a distinct residential feel. Inspired by King Dharmawangsa from the 11th-century Majapahit kingdom, the interior design is a tribute to the grace and beauty of Indonesia's culture and heritage. 




Banquets & Meetings
The Grand Ballroom accommodates 250 to 2000 people, the Nusantra Ballroom fits 80 to 400 people.
Business Center
Comprehensive bilingual secretarial and administrative assistant services.
Executive Retreat
Boardrooms accommodate 6 to 30 people.
Fine Dining on Site
Four restaurants, a cake shop, tea lounge, caviar lounge, as well as several bars.
Fitness Center
Full health club facilities including tennis and squash.
High Speed Internet
High-speed wireless Internet access.
Child Programs
Kid Club for entertainment.
Boating
Thousand Island cruises.
Fishing - Ocean
Thousand Island Cruises
Golfing
Twenty championship golf courses within two and ten kilometers.
Hiking
Hiking in tea garden, one hour from Jakarta, can be arranged.
Jet Skiing
Thousand Island Cruises
Sailing
Thousand Island cruises.
Scuba Diving
snorkeling
Shopping
Shopping district of Pasa Raya within 10 minutes walking.
Water Skiing
Thousand Island cruises.
Windsurfing
Thousand Island cruises.



Grand Hyatt Jakarta




Grand Hyatt Jakarta is located in Jakarta's prime downtown business district, adjacent to Indonesia's most comprehensive and sophisticated shopping mall, Plaza Indonesia, and is convenient for access to government offices, museums and Jakarta's cultural attractions. The hotel offers 428 beautifully appointed guest rooms, suites and apartments that provide a subtle blend of comfort and functionality. The Indonesian tradition of fine cuisine is reflected in Grand Hyatt Jakarta's wide choice of restaurants, featuring the daily changing menu of Grand Cafe, the fresh fare at C's Steak and Seafood Restaurant, and Sumire, the hotel's own traditional Japanese country house restaurant. Grand Hyatt Jakarta offers a comprehensive 24-hour Business Centre for the convenience of hotel guests and Club Olympus Fitness Centre provides a range of recreational facilities for guests of Grand Hyatt Jakarta that includes a fully equipped gymnasium, aerobics room, jacuzzi, steam rooms, saunas, plunge bar and juice bar. The hotel also offers an outdoor lagoon swimming pool with swim-up bar in the hotel's lush tropical gardens. With over 2000 square metres of flexible event space, the hotel's seven function rooms include a Grand Ballroom, which can seat 700 guests theatre style and 450 guests for a sit-down dinner. Grand Hyatt Jakarta is the hotel venue for any Jakarta event whether it is a business meeting, conference, wedding or social occasion.


country house restaurant
Fitness Center
Fully-equipped gym, aerobics room, jacuzzi, steam rooms, saunas, plunge bar, and juice bar
High Speed Internet
ISDN and videoconferencing available 



Awards
Conde Nast Award Winner
Note Bene
The hotel is adjacent to Indonesia's most comprehensive and sophisticated shopping mall, Plaza Indonesia, and forty minutes by car from Soekarno Hatta International Airport.
Recommended Rooms
The Grand Suite room is perfect for luxury travelers. The hotel's rooms face the circle called Bundaran Indonesia and the hotel's lagoon pool.
Banquets & Meetings
Provides 2000 metres of flex event space, seven function rooms including a Grand Ballroom which can seat 450-700 people
Business Center
Open 24 hours
Disabled Access
Special rooms for disabled guests
Fine Dining on Site
Three restaurants, the Grand Cafe, C's Steak and Seafood, and Sumire, a traditional Japanese
Pets Allowed
no
Pool, Outdoor
Lagoon style pool with swim-up bar within lush tropical gardens
Spa Facility
Massage services available
Tennis Courts on Site
Six hard courts
Boating
The nearest island with outdoors and water sports activities is one and a half hours away by boat from the marina
Casino Gambling
no casinos in Indonesia
Golfing
Putting green onsite; nearest course is 30 mins from the hotel. 2nd course with panoramic view of city is 1 hr away
Jogging & Running
Jogging track
Shopping
Plaza Indonesia Mall
Theatre & Museums
Adjacent to shopping mall and entertainment center with theatre, Hard Rock Cafe, bowling alley, billiards, and more

Hotel Amenities
  • - Banquets & Meetings
  • - Business Center
  • - Disabled Access
  • - Fine Dining on Site
  • - Fitness Center
  • - High Speed Internet
  • - Pool, Outdoor
  • - Tennis Courts on Site
Available Activities
  • - Golfing
  • - Jogging & Running
  • - Shopping
  • - Tennis Courts Nearby
  • - Theatre & Museums

Hotel Address
  • Grand Hyatt Jakarta
  • P O Box 4546 Jkt 10045
  • Jakarta , 10230
  • Indonesia


Directions to Hotel
From Soekarno-hatta Int L Airport Take Jalan Tol Pfor. Sediyatmo Into Jalan Latumeten Until Jalan S. Parman Jalan Gatot Subroto Leave Highway Behind Park Royale Into Jalan - Sudirman Drive To The North Until You Reach The Hotel At Welcome Square . From Gambir Train Station Turn Left Into Medan Merdeka Timur Left Into Medan Merdeka Utama Left Into Medan Merdeka Barat Straight Into Jalan M.h. Thamrinto The Hotel.
Child policies vary by hotel. Many hotels are able to provide a rollaway bed or crib, though there may be an extra fee. Such fees will not be included in the quoted rate.

If you are ready to book, our advice is to first make your reservation. Our agents will then be able to more effectively assist you with details regarding your children.

If you require further information before making a reservation, please contact us with the hotel name, your dates, and the number and age of the children. Thank you. 


InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza

InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza is a stylish hotel of refined elegance. It is encompassed within a city that manages to combine urban sophistication and timeless tradition. Designed to address the needs of the seasoned traveller, the property is strategically located within the pulse of a thriving central business, commercial and entertainment district. The hotel's guest rooms have been stylishly redesigned. The result is a perfect balance between state-of-the-art technology and an elegant contemporary feel. Our individually tailored guest rooms mix exotic Indonesian woods and fabric with a large flat screen TV you can view from our luxurious bed.

InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza lends itself to corporate activity with comprehensive meeting facilities and dining venues complemented by a spa, fitness centre and other leisure amenities for personal time out.



Fitness Center
The 24-hour Fitness Centre features the latest electronic cardiovascular machines, as well as free weights. Fitness instructors who can offer assistance with personal workout routines supervise the gym.
Pets Allowed
Pets not allowed.
Note Bene
The hotel located near major city attractions such as the National Monument, Maritime Museum, Old City of Batavia, etc.
Banquets & Meetings
18 meeting rooms, most with natural light.
Business Center
3 private conference rooms and work stations.
Meeting Space
The Grand Ballroom - max 800 Cocktail, 750 theatre style 350 Classroom, 450 banquet dinner. 18 meeting rooms (most with natural light), video conferencing facilities available in designated meeting rooms.
Fine Dining on Site
Executive Chef Antonio Massagli brings an authentic Italian touch to Scusa, the hotel's award-winning signature restaurant.
Pool, Outdoor
There is a large swimming pool surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden.
Spa Facility
SPA InterContinental features eight luxurious private rooms, with sauna, steam-shower, and jacuzzi and massage facilities.


Four Seasons Jakarta

In the heart of Jakarta's central business district, Four Seasons Hotel is a tranquil retreat within tropical gardens. Modern architecture enfolds light-filled interiors accented by Indonesian antiques and contemporary art, creating a sense of spacious living unparalleled in the city. Four Seasons offers the comfort of Jakarta's largest guest rooms, each with balcony, nestled in a garden oasis. Sip refreshments by the pool, relax with massage or tennis, and enjoy super dining and entertainment, from New York steaks to cocktails and jazz.  
Note Bene
In the heart of Jakarta's central business district, Four Seasons Hotel is a tranquil retreat within tropical gardens. Modern architecture enfolds light-filled interiors accented by Indonesian antiques and contemporary art.
Recommended Rooms
The Executive Club represents the best of both hospitality and service delivery in an exclusive setting. Guests enjoying Club facilities will receive privileges such a full buffet breakfast, evening cocktails and 24-hour beverage, tea or coffee in the Executive Club Lounge. Guests also receive preferred check-in and check-out, exclusive Concierge assistance in arranging dining, travel, and other activities, Business Centre services, plus complimentary local calls and unlimited pressing.
Banquets & Meetings
Executive Club with spacious lounge, meeting rooms and twentyfour hour service
Executive Retreat
Executive Club with spacious lounge, meeting rooms and twentyfour hour service
Fine Dining on Site
Includes a Cantonese restaurant, a steakhouse, a cafe, a deli and four lounges
Fine Dining Nearby
Dining within a few minutes drive from hotel
Fitness Center
The latest in exercise equipment, separate menus and women's saunas, a whirlpool, yoga room and personal trainers
High Speed Internet
Available in all guest rooms
Child Programs
Family activites, welcome package for kids, bedtime milk and cookies
Pool, Outdoor
Twentyfive meter rectangular pool
Spa Facility
Six private treatment rooms with four deep soaking tubs offer massage, exfoliation, facials, yoga room and juice bar
Tennis Courts on Site
Two synthetic grass tennis courts, a full-time, resident tennis professional available to provide instruction
Golfing
Fortyfive minutes from Jakarta, Jagorawi Golf and Country Club is Indonesia's premier golf facility, with 45 holes
Horseback Riding
Jagorawi Golf and Country Club located fortyfive minutes from Jakarta
Shopping
Shops within a few minutes drive from hotel
Theatre & Museums
Many galleries, museums, and historical sites within minutes of hotel, antique and art galleries fortyfive minutes away

Hotel Amenities
  • - Banquets & Meetings
  • - Business Center
  • - Disabled Access
  • - Executive Retreat
  • - Fine Dining on Site
  • - Fine Dining Nearby
  • - Fitness Center
  • - High Speed Internet
  • - Child Programs
  • - Pool, Outdoor
  • - Spa Facility
  • - Tennis Courts on Site
Available Activities
  • - Golfing
  • - Horseback Riding
  • - Shopping
  • - Tennis Courts Nearby
  • - Theatre & Museums

Hotel Address
  • Four Seasons Jakarta
  • Jl Hr Rasuna Said
  • Jakarta , 12920
  • Indonesia


Location Summary
Located Within The Jakarta Golden Triangle, It Is Only Minutes From The Business, Shopping And Entertainment Districts Taxi - -silver Bird Taxi - Oneway: 12 Usd Per Vehicle Roundtrip: 24 Usd Per Vehicle. Operates 7 Days A Week From 6am To 10pm. Requires Advanced Booking, Transfer Charge Does Not Include 10 Pct Tax. Silver Bird Taxi Rates Are Approximate. Charges Are In Rupiah. Limo - -hotel Limosine - Mercedes Benz Oneway: 46 Usd Per Vehicle. Roundtrip: 75 Usd Per Vehicle. Flight Information Is Required. Operates 7 Days A Week, 24 Hours A Day. The Charges Are Listed In Usd Currency. Transfer Are Subject To 10 Service Charge.

Directions to Hotel
Exit the airport and follow the signs for the toll road (Prof. Dr. Ir. Sediyatmo)Continue going straight towards the City of Jakarta and enter the first toll road gate on the right-hand side of the road After you enter the third toll road gate (Lingkar Dalam Kota/ Toll Pluit), continue in the direction of Grogol/Cawang towards the city centre You will pass two large shopping malls on your right-hand side (Ciputra Mall and Mall Taman Angrek) Exit the toll road in Semanggi (there will be a sign); make a quick left turn onto Jalan Jend. Sudirman, heading towards Jalan MH Thamrin Jalan Jend. Sudirman is divided into three lanes (bus lanes, fast lane and slow lane) – take the slow lane and continue past the Da Vinci building (old-style European high-rise condominium on your left) Turn left at Jalan BNI 46 Street and continue past the BNI building; at the traffic light in front of BNI 46 building, turn right at Jalan Prof. Dr. Margono and drive through a short tunnel At the first traffic light, turn right and continue until you reach a roundabout Turn left onto Jalan Setia Budi Tengah and continue straight until you reach the second roundabout The Hotel is on your left
Child policies vary by hotel. Many hotels are able to provide a rollaway bed or crib, though there may be an extra fee. Such fees will not be included in the quoted rate.

If you are ready to book, our advice is to first make your reservation. Our agents will then be able to more effectively assist you with details regarding your children.

If you require further information before making a reservation, please contact us with the hotel name, your dates, and the number and age of the children. Thank you.