The Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant and Cigar Company is one outstanding property that has recently won awards in all three departments and holidaymakers will experience luxury, high end service and a tropical climate during their stay.

The World Travel Awards 2011 recognised the Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company as the leading hotel in the Bahamas for the second consecutive year last October.

The luxury mansion is situated next to Government House a few minutes away from the white sandy beaches in Nassau and tourists taking Bahamas holidays can enjoy lavish accommodation in 20 elegant rooms and cottage suites.

The World Travel Awards 2011 recognised the Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company as the leading hotel in the Bahamas for the second consecutive year last October.

Guests can choose rooms and suites including the traditional Pool Cottage where Winston Churchill used to stay during his frequent holidays to the Bahamas, or the Mandarino Cottage which has an extra large bathroom and whirlpool and offers a modern experience for guests.

All of the rooms feature sophisticated decor and furnishings, air conditioning, private baths (most with Jacuzzis), luxurious bathroom products, mini-bars, TVs with cable channels, alarm clocks, telephones, safety deposit boxes, and daily housekeeping and turn down service.

Tourists can enjoy delicious cuisine throughout their holidays in the Bahamas at the Graycliff Restaurant. The five-star restaurant offers an opulent setting with high ceilings and chandeliers and the menus boasts exquisite Bahamian dishes.

The propertys Humidor Churrascaria restaurant has a banquet-style buffet of decadently seasoned, grilled and skewered meats, salads, vegetables and Brazilian specialties.

Graycliffs award-winning wine cellar boasts 250,000 bottles from over 400 vintners in 15 countries and guests can enjoy wine and cheese tastings during their stay at the luxury Bahamas hotel.

Food-lovers will also have the chance to improve their cooking skills while on holidays at the Bahamas mansion at the Graycliff Culinary Academy. Executive Chef Elijah Bowe and his team will demonstrate how to make signature dishes including Lobster in a Puff Pastry, Bahamian Conch Chowder, and Crispy Duck with Bahamian Citrus Sauce.

The hotel provides complimentary access to the Blue Lagoon Beach and guests can relax in double hammocks, play volleyball, swim in the warm ocean, or visit the Dolphin Encounters facility.

Guests can also visit the Graycliff Cigar Company which is owned by the Graycliff Hotel and they will have the chance to learn how to make an authentic Caribbean cigar.

The Graycliff Hotel beat off stiff competition from other Bahamas hotels with the help of 200,000 votes in the annual World Travel Awards 2011 poll.

Book hotels in advance. Hotel prices tend to rise during holidays and seasonal days. You can save 30-40 % by making a booking 2-3 months in advance.

2. Book hotels located near a public transport like a metro/station. Remember that large cities always have traffic jams. Thats why a metro/station can come in handy.

3. The hotel must be easily accessible from the airport/railway/seaport/carpark you are going to use.

4. Remember: the hotel must be reasonably priced, but not too cheap to avoid disappointments.

5. Dont be afraid to book the hotel by yourself. It is cheaper than using the travel agencies where they charge you with a commission. You will also have time to read hotel reviews on the Internet before making your choice.

6. Pay attention to the check in and check out time of the hotels. In general the hotels have a check-in time of 12.00 pm or later, while some tourists arrive at the city in the morning.

7. Once you have chosen your hotel, make sure you find a map or a tourist guide of the region. Most of the hotels will provide you with the information you need. That way you will have time to plan your vacation on an efficient way.

8. If you only plan to eat and sleep in the hotel choose a hotel near the centre of the city. If you are a creative person, consider to book a design hotel.

9. When you book hotels located in the centre of the city, make sure that the window is faced inside the hotel. That would allow you to avoid traffic noise during the night, which is a problem in the centre of the city.

10. Pay attention to small details: room service, smoking or not, check for noise isolation on the windows, availability of a swimming pool, gym and so on.

11. When booking a room in a warm country, make sure that the room has an air-conditioner. Often hotels only mention their air conditioning in the hotel facilities.

12. Try to find a hotel with a possibility to use a taxi transfer to the hotel. That way you dont pay too much for a local taxi. Besides, if you dont know the local language, you might even lose more time.

With the introduction of iPad, Android mobile phones, iPhones, and the like, most hotel guests are no longer interested in the pay per view entertainment offered by hotels. According to a study done by Smith Travel Research, there was a decline of 26 percent in purchase of movies offered in hotel rooms.
Aside from being expensive, guests no longer see the value of these services because they can easily watch movies and their favorite TV shows on their iPad from a website like www.netflix.com for a lot cheaper.

Some hotels have already removed their adult content since guests who are willing to pay for them are getting fewer and fewer. One hotel chain that did this is Marriott.

How To Turn This Around

So what will hotel guests find value in? These gadgets need plain and simple Wi-Fi. Most hotels charge an arm and a leg for internet. If it were reasonable, most guests would avail of this but hotels seem to not want anyone using them by charging exorbitant prices. This is why most guests prefer it when it is included to their room rate.

Creative Entertainment

New York’s The Plaza Hotel has introduced the use of iPad for their guests to do a myriad of things. Controls that used to be in a wall panel are now controllable through the iPad. Moreover, guests can order room service or make restaurant reservations through the hotel-given iPad. Guests can also access pre-programmed guides to the city which is a plus for travelling tourists. And more importantly, guests can do their internet surfing for free on this iPad.

In Royalton, rooms come up the iPad too that has a virtual concierge application that guests can use to search for the best Japanese restaurant in town, Broadway shows, best clubs and anything else that they can possibly need.

But this creative use of the iPad is pretty much limited to The Plaza, Royalton and a few others. Almost all hotels still offer the same bland TV and overpriced movie programs. It is quite surprising actually that in surveys, TV is not on the list of customer requirements for booking a room. This just means that guests do not see the entertainment value that hotels are offering now through this medium. It is time to move on and make the most of new technologies to introduce new value-added services to the 21st century hotel guests. Learn about the current trends in the industry. Another innovation now being utilized by many hotel owners and managers is the hotel management software.

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Beds get a lot of use in hotels, with daily changes and new guests all the time – from the tossing, the turning, the jumping and even the breakfasts in bed. So, how do you add to the longevity of these well used hotel amenities?

Duvets and Pillows:

These essential items of bedding need to be looked after carefully, especially if youre using feather and down filled bedding. These fillings tend to move around a lot and clump together in corners. So, each time you change the bed, make sure you give the duvet a good shake and fluff the pillows. This will ensure the comfort that these items give will last longer. And of course, occasional washing is needed. But make sure you check with your hotel linen supplier for laundry instructions.

Mattress Turning:

One of the simplest ways to get the most of your bed is to turn the mattress quite regularly. It may sound extremely simple, but its the best way to encourage longevity and will significantly prolong the life of the mattress. Mattresses have to deal with a lot of weight on them for long periods and turning them will relieve some of this weight induced wear.

Clean Bed Linen:

Clean bed linen also makes a lot of difference to a bed. Firstly, daily linen cleaning is very important in the hotel industry, but also the maintenance and care of linen is pivotal in creating the right impression and can really lift a room to a significant degree. Of course, you should use the best possible products when cleaning linen to ensure they are whiter than white. Do, be aware that you should also try and take care of the linen with products that have great cleaning ability, whilst being kind on fabric. The last thing you want is brilliant white, clean linen thats worn out.

Mattress Toppers:

Of course, mattress toppers and protectors prevent the mattress being stained, well to a large degree anyway. These protectors are easy to put on the bed, create a barrier for stains and liquids. Whats more, they also help older mattress by increasing the padding, making the comfort last longer.

Cleaning Mattresses:

Mattresses can often be cleaned by hand with the use of laundry detergent and water, a sponge and some hard rubbing. This should work on superficial stains, though be aware not to use too much water, which will dampen the mattress. Upholstery shampoo also works well, but make sure you follow what the manufacturer states and test in a concealed area first.

Mattresses may also need to be vacuumed. This is a good way to ensure you get rid of dust, crumbs and other extras that end up on the mattress. This can be achieved with the main hoover or a hand held hoover.

Following these rules should ensure that your beds are spotless, clean and will last for a longer period of time.

Sofitel Luxury Hotels has opened its first Abu Dhabi hotel and its second property in the United Arab Emirates.

The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is located on the seafront on the eastern tip of Abu Dhabis Corniche and tourists staying at the new property will have access to Saadiyat Island and Yas Island.

The latest addition to the already reputable collection of luxury Abu Dhabi hotels is part of the new Capital Plaza Complex and the building boasts contemporary architecture and design.

The chief executive of Sofitel Worldwide, Robert Gaymer-Jones, commented: I am particularly happy to be welcoming this new flagship hotel to our network.

The Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche is a precious asset for the brand both in the Middle East and internationally.

In addition to its strategic location in Abu Dhabi, its design based on contemporary art with some well-known French artists has ensured that this establishment is totally in line with the country strategic positioning.

When guests of the new hotel first arrive to their holidays in Abu Dhabi, they will be greeted in the lobby which features beautiful paintings from Pierre Soulages, a French artist known as the painter of black, as well as lithographs from Jean Cocteau and sculptures inspired by Brancusi.

The luxury hotel has 282 rooms and suites with modern dcor, furnishings and amenities, plus facilities including the Club Millesime Lounge, three gourmet restaurants with a wide choice of international and regional cuisine, three elegant bars, and 2,600-square-metres of meeting space.

During Abu Dhabi holidays at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche guests can walk across the bridge and head to Saadiyat Island, an up and coming world class leisure, residential, business and tourism hub. The natural island spans 27-square-kilometres of land, and development is being carried out in different stages until 2020.

The island is home to iconic landmarks; marinas with berths for up to 1,000 boats; two championship golf courses; civic and leisure facilities; over three million square-metres of office space; sea-view residential apartments and villas; luxury hotels; and tourist attractions such as the Guggenheim and the Louvre museums, the Zayed National Museum and the Manarat Al Saadiyat visitor centre.

Holidaymakers can also reach Yas Island from the new hotel in Abu Dhabi where they can visit Yas Marina, Yas Marina Circuit, and Ferrari World.

The Kauffman Performing Arts Center in Kansas City is one of the premier live performance venues in the state. It attracts world class entertainment such as live plays, ballets, operas, children’s events and orchestral concerts. When people want to see excellent live entertainment in a venue that has a rich history and a pleasant atmosphere, then they choose the Kauffman Performing Arts Center. If you want your visit to the Kauffman Center to be truly enjoyable, then you need to book a room in a Kauffman Performing Arts hotel that offers all of the services and amenities that you will need to make your time memorable.

The first thing to look for in a good Kauffman Performing Arts hotel is location. The Kauffman Performing Arts Center is located on Broadway in downtown Kansas City. The ideal location for a good hotel is on Broadway within walking distance of the center. There are several good hotels that you will find on Broadway that are experts in catering to the people who patronize the Kauffman Center. When you are buying your tickets to an event at the Kauffman Center, be sure to ask the box office representative to recommend a good hotel in the area for you. The closer you can get to the center, the less money you will have to spend on cab fare to get yourself to the hotel.

If you want to incorporate more of downtown Kansas City into your visit to the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, then you may want to consider a hotel that is located between the center and the Kansas City Power and Light District. This is the part of downtown Kansas City that has all of the best nightclubs and restaurants for visitors to enjoy. If you want to enjoy a good meal before the performance and then be able to unwind with your friends in a good nightclub when the performance is over, then get a hotel between the Kauffman Performing Arts Center and the Power and Light District.

When you choose a Kauffman Performing Arts hotel, try to choose one that can help you get tickets to the show that you want to attend. Some of the local hotels have deals on tickets and rooms for people coming in from out of town, or local people that do not want to deal with traffic when the performance is over. The hotel deals you will find can save you money and may even be able to get you better seats for the performance of your choice.

Finding property on rent in Dubai is a daunting task due to huge influx of travels in Dubai. Dubai has myriad flats, apartments and multistory hotels, but to those seeking comfort and luxury Dubai hotel apartments are most suitable. Whenever you are planning a visit to Dubai and want to book accommodation then consider the benefits of staying in luxurious hotel apartments over conventional hotel rooms and flats.

Considering the huge influx of visitors, it is recommended to book your Dubai apartments or commercial offices on rent in advance before arriving Dubai. Though, finding well furnished apartment or Dubai hotel apartment on arrival is possible, it can be an exhausting and time-consuming task. Dubai rent properties are kept occupied by travelers constantly and hence advance booking is a sensible option. However, the visit was unplanned; you can book the finest Apartments Dubai with the help of Dubai estate agents.

Meanwhile, there are a few factors that you need to consider while booking Dubai hotel apartment like commutation distance from your office or place of meeting/event, access to markets, and other means of entertainment in vicinity like cinema halls, malls, amusement parks or educational if planning for a long family vacation. Considering all these facts is crucial to make your stay more pleasant and convenient. Moreover, having malls and stores and other entertainment in vicinity will help you overcome the stress of a hectic day or to spend quality with your spouse, kids or partner. Hence, it is quite significant and will help you save time and money on travelling. There are many well developed supreme Dubai hotel accommodations in the hub of Dubai and hence finding such accommodations is no problem.

Staying in Dubai hotel accommodation is a great way of evading crowd if you are in Dubai to relax and spend quality time. Moreover, as opposed to many exclusive Dubai hotels and other luxurious flats, Dubai hotel apartments will cost low. Dubai apartments make a perfect accommodation especially for long stays. In term of ambiance and luxury, these hotel apartments are second to none. They come equipped with furniture and myriad luxury accessories other than basic amenities that will make you feel like being at home. Its important that you consider all these aspects if you want to spend quality time.

Dubai apartments are best suited and affordable accommodation for short as well as long stay in Dubai. Meanwhile, it is curial that you must make arrangements in advance unless you want to spend extra time and money. Online Dubai hotel apartment services are available and a great way to book apartment of your preference. You can browse through wide spectrum of apartments and suites for cheap. You can collect valuable information about the suites, apartment and contact details. So what are you waiting for, make your Dubai stay a pleasurable experience with excellent Apartments Dubai. Logon to their website now and book the best suites for your stay.

The Cape Grace Hotel Cape Town is an award winning Hotel situated on its own quay at the Waterfront. This Landmark hotel could not have a better location, within walking distance of V&A Waterfront making it ideal for shopping and entertainment to your hearts content.

The Cape Town International Convention Centre is also within easy reach as are all the major attractions like Table Mountain, some of the popular beaches, the Castle of Good Hope, and it is just 30 minutes form the Airport.

All the rooms are ample in size and have a personal touch with fresh flowers daily and even a small library with reading matter to while away some extra time.

They all have magnificent views, either over the yachts in the private quay or Table Mountain on the other side.

This Five Star Hotel is quite large with 121 suites and yet the ambience is that of a boutique hotel. The hotel has just been refurbished and the dcor in the rooms and throughout the hotel is quite exquisite, with hand painted murals and custom made glass, metal and leather items by local artisans, yet keeping in mind the 300 year heritage of the Cape with original antiques and items from a bygone era.

The biggest feather in the cap for the Cape Grace Hotel Cape Town is the wonderful service provided by all staff. Nothing is too much trouble for any of them, always ready to give a hand or say hi! with a happy smile without being intrusive.

A Car with chauffeur provides a drop off and pick up service for guests to visit attractions and restaurants around the city.

Food at the hotel is outstanding. The huge buffet style breakfast served on the terrace by the pool is an absolute delight. ‘Signalsis a nautical themed restaurant and dining room serving Cape food with an international flair.

The food has a wonderful combination of flavours influenced by the 300 year heritage of the Cape. Here too the quality of the food is superb.

Don’t forget to charter theSpirit of Cape Townthe luxury yacht for use of guests only. Arrange for a romantic get away for you and your partner or be part of an exclusive sunset cruise for the highlight of your stay.

The Cape Grace Hotel Cape Town is a firm favorite with visitors to this wonderful South African city.

The growing demand for adventure in India has pushed resorts and hotels from all over to pull up their socks and put up facilities to woo this demand. Adventure sports such as kite surfing and paragliding are pulling in more and more crowds to holiday destinations that have them. To give holiday goers that extra little something, Panchganis Ravine Hotel has upgraded its facilities to include adventure sports such as kite surfing and paragliding.

Panchgani, as an Adventure Sports Destination.

Panchgani is the preferred spot of many holiday goers because of its ideal location. Panchgani is located smack bang in the middle of two ever-growing cities, namely Mumbai and Pune. Those that are looking for overnight picnic spots near Mumbai and Pune, and even those that are looking for a full on adventure filled holiday, both flock to Panchgani for its beautiful setting, nearness to travel hubs and availability of facilities.

Panchgani has been lucky in its diverse topography. The vast open spaces and natural inclines provide the ideal hillside setting required for adventure sports such as kite surfing and paragliding.

The uncluttered water bodies and unobstructed open areas provide natural landing areas for the numerous kite surfers and paragliders that flock here just for their love of the sport.

Panchgani provides something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a day picnic near Mumbai or an overnight one; whether you are looking for a long stay filled with adrenaline or whether you are just looking to unwind, Panchgani and more specifically Panchganis Ravine Hotel has it all.

Panchgani Paragliding

There are very few good paragliding facilities in India and Panchagni stands out as one of the few places that do. Panchagnis Ravine Hotel has provided enthusiasts with one of the best paragliding retreats. The following are the salient features of the Ravine Hotels paragliding facility.

With paragliding it is as much about the adrenaline rush of flying like an eagle as it is about spotting like one. Paragliders here get in the breathtaking sights of beautiful hills and valleys, panoramic 3600 views and gentle winds.

The Ravine Hotels paragliding package provides professional trainers along with state of art paragliding facilities and luxurious 3 star lodging and boarding facilities.

Ravine Hotels paragliding package is competitively low priced for all the amenities and facilities that it provides.

Ravine Hotel also provides enthusiasts the opportunity to learn the sport. The hotel runs a learning course that has world renowned teaching faculties, modern facilities and upgraded equipment.

The Ravine Hotel paragliding site boasts of good ridge lifts and thermals, both of which aid in having a good paragliding experience.

Apart from all of the above, the Ravine Hotel provides enthusiasts with pick up and drop off facilities, to and from Mumbai and Pune, complimentary packed lunches for package guests and an overall feel good factor that stays behind for a life time.

Whether traveling on a honeymoon, an anniversary or just a romantic rendezvous, your resort or hotel will be an important part of the entire experience. Your hotel stay should be comfortable, quiet and conducive to romance. A beachfront villa or room with a view of the water is perfect for your couples retreat.

Your hotel booking will offer you many options in romance. Online booking sites can help you find the most romantic hotel within your budget. Consider an adults-only facility. The pool will be clean and the hotel will be quiet. The atmosphere of an adult-only hotel is different from your average choice hotel. You will enjoy a mature and more relaxed vacation.

Online booking also allows you to find certain amenities to enjoy with that special someone. A couples massage is a great way to unwind together. When doing your hotel booking, ensure that your choice hotel has a spa that offers this service. Hot springs can be another way to spend some quality time together.

When making your hotel booking, be sure to compare all of the options available at nearby resorts in the area. Some may offer private beachfront dinners, breakfast in bed, snorkeling or sailing. Your choice hotel should be able to offer some activities specifically for couples. If you tell them that it is a special occasion, you can often get a room upgrade or some perks. Either contact the hotel or your online booking agent to ensure that the hotel knows that its your honeymoon or anniversary well ahead of time. You might end up with a private hot tub, sparkling wine or a beach view without paying a penny more.

Your choice hotel should have a great reputation. Online booking allows you to review what other customers have said about the hotel. Read the most recent opinions from other travelers to get a good idea of whether the hotel is right for you. Before doing your hotel booking, pay close attention to the hotels reputation for service, cleanliness and food.

Food is often an important factor when doing a hotel booking. A choice hotel will have a variety of food options for seafood lovers, vegetarians and even ethnic foods. If the hotel that you choose does not have the type of food that you like or only offers a limited selection, your experience will not be as great as it could be with the right choice in hotels.

Your online booking site might have all of this information, but if not, it is prudent to do some investigating beforehand. Contact the hotel directly, contact an agent at from the hotel booking site or get a recommendation from a friend who has stayed in the area.

Doing a bit of research beforehand will ensure that your vacation is memorable for all of the right reasons. Online booking is an easy way to check that your choice hotel fits in with your vision of a romantic getaway.