Thursday, September 13, 2012

The most expensive hotels in the world

I came across this survey conducted by about the most expensive hotels in the world. Despite the survey being done in Australia's winter months, its nice to see us make two appearances on the list.

One of my clients has actually stayed at the Southern Ocean Lodge (pictured below).

The "Le Dune" hotel, located on the Mediterranean Island of Sardinia, is the most expensive hotel in the world according to a recent survey from The survey compared luxury hotels across the globe and then ranked them based on their average rates for a standard double room this June to August 2012 summer season. As a result, the dollar figures behind the rankings reflect the minimum amount a visitor had to spend to stay at a particular hotel.
Coming in at an average rate of $2539 per night, the “Le Dune” hotel easily scored the top spot. This luxurious accommodation is situated in Santa Margherita di Pula, a seaside resort along Sardinia’s southern coast. The “Le Dune” was significantly more expensive than the runners up, the Royal Mansour in Marrakech, Morocco and the Hotel Pitrizza in Sardinia’s Porto Cervo. There, average rooms are going for $2060 and $2041 per night, respectively, this summer.
Overall, Sardinia landed three more hotels in the Top 10, for a total of five. The others making the cut were the Villa del Parco, the Hotel Cala di Volpe and the Hotel Romazzino. Asia made a showing on the survey’s list as well. The continent’s most expensive hotel, the Amankora in Buhtan, settled into the number five slot with an average nightly rate of $1910. Finishing out the Top 10 were the Maia Luxury Resort in the Seychelles and two upscale resorts in Australia, the Southern Ocean Lodge and the Lizard Island.
Following are the 20 most expensive hotels in the world for the period spanning June through August 2012. The rates listed are based on the average price for a standard double room.

Rank Name of Hotel Location Avg. rate/ night

1. Le Dune, Forte Village Resort Sardinia, Italy $2539

2. Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco $2060

3. Hotel Pitrizza Sardinia, Italy $2041

4. Villa del Parco Sardinia, Italy $2031

5. Amankora & Spa Paro, Bhutan $1910

6. Hotel Cala di Volpe Sardinia, Italy $1904

7. Hotel Romazzino Sardinia, Italy $1850

8. Maia Luxury Resort and Spa Anse Louis, Seychelles $1692

9. Southern Ocean Lodge Kangaroo Island, Australia $1665

10. Lizard Island Great Barrier Reef, Australia $1651

11. Song Saa Private Island Preah Sihanouk, Cambodia $1649

12. Burj Al Arab Dubai, United Arab Emirates $1611

13. Viceroy Maldives Vagaru Island, Maldives $1589

14. Anantara Kihavah Villas South Male Atoll, Maldives $1574

15. Amanyara Turks and Caicos Islands $1549

16. Naladhu Maldives South Male Atoll, Maldives $1540

17. Gora Kadan Kanawaga, Japan $1537

18. Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli Lombardy, Italy $1498

19. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia $1459

20. Saffire Freycinet Cole's Bay, Australia $1457

About the Methodology:

The survey was conducted from May to July 2012. For all luxury hotels, the average rate for a standard double room was calculated for the period spanning June to August 2012. Only such hotels offering a minimum of 20 rooms were considered. The rates were taken from the respective hotels’ websites or drawn from the leading hotel-booking sites. In all cases, the lowest available price was used in tabulating the results. If the standard double room was sold out for a particular day, the standard “theoretical” rate for that day was substituted and included in the average rating. All rates were established in U.S. dollars or converted into such figures using the exchange rate for the respective day.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Australian Hotel Awards

The 2012 Hotel Management Awards were held in Sydney last night and below is a list of the winners (H/C stands for Highly Commended) that took out the awards relevant to hotels we deal with.

Congratulations to our friends at Emporium Hotel Brisbane for again winning Best Boutique Hotel in Australia for the fourth time.

Australian Property Awards

1. Serviced Apartment Property

Presented by: AHS

WINNER: Fraser Suites Sydney

H/C: Quay Grand Suites, Sydney

4. Midscale Property

Presented by: Accommodation Association of Australia (AAA)

WINNER: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, NT

H/C: Diamant Hotel Sydney, NSW

5. Upscale Property

Presented by: Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School

WINNER: The Sebel Pier One, Sydney, NSW

H/C: Q Station Retreat, Manly, NSW

6. Upper-upscale Property

Presented by: Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA)

WINNER: Crown Metropol Melbourne, VIC

H/C: The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, NSW

7. Luxury Property

Presented by: HotelHome Australia

WINNER: Park Hyatt Sydney, NSW

H/C: qualia, Hamilton Island, QLD

9. Business Hotel

Presented by: ISIS

WINNER: Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, NSW

H/C: Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, VIC

11. Hotel Interior Design

Presented by: ISIS

WINNER: Park Hyatt Sydney, NSW

H/C: The Darling, Sydney, NSW

12. Boutique Hotel

Presented by: Intrust Super

WINNER: Emporium Hotel, Brisbane, QLD

H/C: The Langham, Sydney, NSW

13. New Hotel

Presented by: New Creation Print

WINNER: Hilton Surfers Paradise, QLD

H/C: The Darling Sydney, NSW

17. Hotel Bar

Presented by: Southtrade

WINNER: Zeta Bar, Hilton Sydney, NSW

H/C: The Waiting Room, Crown Towers Melbourne, VIC

18. Hotel Restaurant

Presented by: San Pellegrino

WINNER: Lake House Restaurant, Daylesford, VIC

H/C: Long Pavillon, qualia, Hamilton Island, QLD

19. Tech Hotel

Presented by: iBahn

WINNER: The Darling Hotel, Sydney, NSW

H/C: Crown Metropol Melbourne, QLD

For the full list of winners and awards, click here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The most outrageous hotel pampering ever

I came across this article online about some of the pampering you can receive at top hotels around the world. I'm not sure if I have been in the industry too long but a number of them don't actually seem that "outrageous".

The first is definitely the coolest in my opinion and I like that the Peninsula hotel in Hong Kong is mentioned as I used to make bookings there a few years ago.

The most outrageous hotel pampering ever

IT can be a tough call to cater to the whims of every traveller.
From luxurious touches such as helicopter transfers and pillow menus, to the whimsical, such as soap butlers and hammocks in the bathroom, some hotels are going the extra mile to satisfy.

These are the top 10 hotels with amenities so amazing you’ll never want to leave. The list was compiled by travel website TripAdvisor.

Sweet dreams

Who says bed-time has to be boring? At the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida, a pirate, a princess, and parrot can come to your room and surprise your children by reading them a bedtime story. Milk and cookies are also delivered.

Soap butler
At the Viceroy Riviera Maya at Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the concierge cut off pieces of guests' favourite soap, created in nearby Mayan communities. Scents change with the seasons, including melon in spring and cinnamon in winter.

Wheely-good service

A major drawcard for the Peninsula Hong Kong is its service that whisks guests off from the airport in a Rolls-Royce car. They are collected straight off the plane and escorted through immigration, with luggage carried for them along the way, of course.

For the rest of the article, click here.