Archiv der Kategorie: Citybreaks

Paradisisches Insel-Feeling im W London

Tropische Vibes mitten in London: Das W London kooperiert mit der Künstlerin Georgia Tucker, um ein Inselparadies im Herzen der Stadt zu schaffen.

Eine paradiesische Landschaft mit tropischen Tieren, farbenfroher Architektur und warmen Stränden: Die Advena Island Experience verbindet das Virtuelle mit dem Physischen und schafft eine lebensechte Erfahrung, die durch ein VR-Headset zum Leben erweckt wird.

Das Erlebnis findet in der stylischen WOW Suite des Hotels statt und versetzt Gäste mitten im Westend Londons auf eine tropische Insel. Die Advena Island Experience läuft noch bis zum 12. September 2021 und kann für bis zu sechs Personen ab 15 Jahren kostenlos gebucht werden.

Wer ganz in die Welt von Advena eintauchen möchte, ohne sein Hotelzimmer zu verlassen, kann bis zum 17. Oktober 2021 das Advena Island Escape Stay Package im W London buchen. Das Arrangement beinhaltet einen tropischen Themencocktail bei der Ankunft und ein privates Advena Island VR-Erlebnis in den luxuriösen Gästezimmern und Suiten des W London. 

Golden age of beachside holidays returns to Gold Coast with new hotel options

The Gold Coast has lost none of its shimmer with a blitz of hotel openings to ring in a new era of hospitality and tourism on the glitter strip, despite the ongoing risk of lockdowns.

Mysa Motel in Palm Beach has been revamped to highlight its retro charm.

Almost 1,500 five-star hotel rooms are under construction and ready to open on the Gold Coast within 12 months, with developer confidence in the region sky high and holiday-starved tourists poised to return once international borders are opened and pandemic restrictions are lifted.

As well as the new builds, a further seven Gold Coast hotels, including JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa, Hilton Surfers Paradise and Paradise Resort, are undergoing major renovations during the wave of development aimed at reinvigorating the tourism capital’s accommodation and hospitality offerings.

The surge has also given rise to a new evolution in boutique accommodation.

A host of retro-turned-contemporary transformations such as The Pink Hotel at Coolangatta, La Costa Motel at Bilinga, Komune Resort at Coolangatta and The Mysa Motel at Palm Beach, are among new additions zeroing in on the post-pandemic road-trip market and yearnings for the golden age of beachside holidays.

Pink Hotel Coolangatta is a completely restored mid-century architectural masterpiece located on Coolangatta Beach (Image: Pink Hotel Coolangatta)

In the five-star range, Meriton Suites Surfers Paradise is opening the doors to guests from 3 July, offering 332 hotel suites just steps from the beach at Surfers Paradise.

The hotel suites occupy the first 31 levels of the new 252-metre-high building called Ocean.

Residential apartments take up the remaining levels.

Meriton Suites national marketing manager Leigh Segboer said Meriton was committed to supporting the Gold Coast, adding Ocean to the group’s portfolio that includes two other Meriton hotels already on the Gold Coast offering more than 790 rooms between them.

“The decision to expand on the Gold Coast pre-dates the Covid pandemic, however, in saying this, the Gold Coast has shown to be one of the most resilient destinations for travel throughout this period whilst the borders have been challenged,” Segboer said.

“Meriton Suites have had strong occupancy over the past year, and we feel there has been no need to abandon our opening and are therefore very much looking forward to welcoming guests to our new Meriton Suites Ocean Apartment Hotel over the coming months.”

Opening its doors to guests 3 July, the Meriton Suites is located on The Esplanade at Surfers Paradise, just 700m from Cavill Avenue. (Image: Meriton Suites)

Joining the Meriton Suites in opening this year is the hotly anticipated 169 luxury rooms at The Langham, Gold Coast.

The Langham, Gold Coast will be in the tallest of the triple landmark towers of the Jewel development. Jewel is the first and largest development with direct beach access to be built on the Gold Coast in the past 30 years.

The Langham will include a signature Langham Chuan spa, a ballroom, meeting facilities and a host of restaurants, including a podium sky terrace with a bar overlooking the ocean, as well as continuing its long-established tradition of afternoon tea at its lobby lounge, modelled on the original The Langham, London.

Adding to the Gold Coast gleam that is being fuelled by developer confidence in the city’s booming investment landscape and ability to rebound when international tourism is reactivated, is The Star Gold Coast’s rapidly rising new luxury Dorsett hotel.

Dorsett Gold Coast is located on Broadbeach Island and will be part of The Star Gold Coast’s integrated resort. (Image: Dorsett Hotel)

Construction of the $400 million, 53-storey Dorsett hotel is expected to top out in August ahead of an opening date in early 2022.

The Star’s General Manager Hotel and Residences, Mark Hodge, said the tower would contain 313 hotel rooms and 422 apartments.

The Star is also fast-tracking another tower containing 210 five-star hotel rooms, expected to open in 2024.

Construction has also begun on the $500 million Mondrian Burleigh Heads, the Australian debut for Accor’s boutique Mondrian hotel brand in Australia.

The beachfront Mondrian Gold Coast will feature 208 hotel rooms and 89 residences over two towers connected by a three-level podium containing a fitness centre, spa, restaurants, and swimming pools.

The first stage of Southport’s multi-billion-dollar Imperial Square project, with plans to feature the southern hemisphere’s tallest tower, will include a four-and-a-half-star hotel with 200 suites.

Azzura’s latest development Imperial Square (Image: Imperial Square)

And, taking its design cues from relaxed Miami-stye cool, The Garfield Hotel at Surfers Paradise will feature 115 rooms, including three penthouses, along with a ground floor beachfront restaurant and exclusive rooftop day club with lap pool when it opens next year.

Since February last year, almost 350 four-star hotel rooms have also been opened on the Gold Coast.

Despite the intensity of Covid concerns last year, developers forged ahead with new hotels including Vue Broadbeach and the 192-room Rydges Hotel at Gold Coast Airport.

And, expanding on the diversity of Gold Coast accommodation options, a number of old-turned new retro boutique offerings have emerged as a new force in the Gold Coast hotel spectrum.

Mysa Motel owner operator Jason Raine said he and wife Eliza took the opportunity to renovate the Palm Beach motel during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our whole build was basically holding onto the iconic motel,” Raine said.

“We had the option of demolishing it and selling out to developers and putting a 20-storey build there like everybody else, but we decided not to.”

The renovation has resulted in an eco-friendly and sustainable retro old-school motel that offers a luxury boutique experience.

Restored using recycled materials from buildings that have recently been torn down around the Gold Coast, including recycled timber from the original build of the motel, the Mysa Motel comes complete with retro neon signs, bright pink pool wares and inspired vintage décor.

“We wouldn’t have been able to operate anyway because of the lockdowns. So, it was good time to renovate,” Raine said.

“But now that we’re up and running, like everywhere on the Gold Coast, we’re looking forward to having visitors in beds.”

WORLD’S BEST FIVE-STAR HOTELS 2021

World’s Best Five-Star Hotels to stay in during a Global Pandemic

The year 2020 was probably one of the worst for the global travel and tourism industry. But also consumers were hit hard by the pandemic. Unfortunately, 2021 did not bring back travel as we know it: Ongoing travel restrictions, on-arrival quarantines, and dedicated quarantine hotels limit our choice when it comes to travel. Mandatory quarantine hotels and PCR-tests lead to increased costs for international travel while limited connectivity reduces our choice of where to go.

The year 2020 was probably one of the worst for the global travel and tourism industry. But also consumers were hit hard by the pandemic. Unfortunately, 2021 did not bring back travel as we know it: Ongoing travel restrictions, on-arrival quarantines, and dedicated quarantine hotels limit our choice when it comes to travel. Mandatory quarantine hotels and PCR-tests lead to increased costs for international travel while limited connectivity reduces our choice of where to go.
We created this index in collaboration with the travel tech company Eddy Travels in order to suggest which luxury hotels are the best to stay it I case you are either stuck in one country (imagine you are a UK-resident who can’t travel back home from a red-listed country) or who plan to sit out the pandemic in a hotel.
We put a large emphasis on how hotels have adapted to the new realities and public health requirements and looked at what they do in order to keep their guests safe.
As always: An index comes with limitations which we mention further below.
This index follows our series of travel indices we published over the past few years including the European Index on Most Passenger-friendly Airports, best European Railway Stations, and the Global Sharing Economy Index.

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We looked at most 5-Stars Hotels across the globe in order to find the 100 best hotels to sit out the ongoing global pandemic. We assessed the data hotels provide online with help from travel tech experts at Eddy Travels team.
In our methodology, 22% of the entire score was given for the extra precautionary measures hotels have introduced in order to limit the spread of COVID19 at their premises. 17.5% of the score can be earned by providing a diverse and tailored food offering. 5.5% for children’s activities and 11% for spa offerings. Further 5.5% for gyms and another 5.5% for pool amenities. Beach and ski-slope access make up another 5.5%.On property and off-property attractions such as bowling alleys and game-drives give the hotels additional points. We also weighted online review scores and the average Internet speed in the hotel’s country.

Limitations of this ranking:
We did not include some great, but smaller hotels, which do not have restaurants or swimming pools on the property. Also, we were not able to easily access the number of restaurants per hotel which would be a good additional indicator to use. Furthermore, we don’t have Internet speeds per hotel but had to use country averages. The willingness of hotels to provide facility information online influences this ranking and its data quality as well.

ABOUT THE INDEX:

We created this index in collaboration with the travel tech company Eddy Travels in order to suggest which luxury hotels are the best to stay in case you are either stuck in one country (imagine you are a UK-resident who can’t travel back home from a red-listed country) or who plan to sit out the pandemic in a hotel. We put a large emphasis on how hotels have adapted to the new realities and public health requirements and looked at what they do in order to keep their guests safe. As always: An index comes with limitations which we mention further below. This index follows our series of travel indices we published over the past few years including the European Index on Most Passenger-friendly Airports, best European Railway Stations, and the Global Sharing Economy Index.

NEW OPENING 2021- Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel

Disneyland Paris – New Hotel with Family Show, Musical, Marvel-Fans, Disney Junior Stars, Pixar Fans, Cars Route 66, Micky, Minnie Maus, Timon, Vampirina and Fancy Nancy Clancy, Marvel Comics, Captain America, Iron Man, Disney-Pixar Cars.

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Fotos: Disneyland Paris

Istanbul Airport: Leader of the Aviation Industry with „5-Star“ Rating

Rising firmly in the global aviation scene with its unique architecture, strong infrastructure, superior technology and high-level travel experience it offers, Istanbul Airport was deemed worthy of the „5-Star Airport“ award according to the evaluation of Skytrax, one of the most important organizations in the international arena. Thanks to the measures taken against COVID-19, Istanbul Airport became one of the two airports in the world that was certified with the „5-Star COVID-19 Airport“ rating, in addition to the „5-Star Airport“ rating.

As Turkey’s gateway to the world, Istanbul Airport continues to be the pride of Turkish aviation, with awards received worldwide. Selected recently as the „Best Airport“ in the Digital Transformation category as a part of „16th ACI Europe Awards“ organized by the Airports Council International (ACI), owing to its digital infrastructure and state-of-the-art technology, Istanbul Airport receives yet another award.

Certified as “5-Star Airport” by the London-based aviation institute Skytrax, which was established in 1989, Istanbul Airport has achieved to be among 8 global hub airports that achieved this title in the world. Additionally, it is stated that Istanbul Airport is the fourth airport in the world to receive the “5-Star COVID-19 Airport”  award, a rating that is given specifically during COVID-19 pandemic, after Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Hamad International Airport in Doha and El Dorado Airport in Bogota. In addition to those achievements, Istanbul Airport has gained the privilege to be the airport with the biggest terminal in the world that has „5-Star“ rating.

Istanbul Airport, which received the „Airport Pandemic Certificate“ issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, and then signed the „COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol“ published by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), before the Skytrax awards, also became the first airport in the world to obtain the „Airport Health Accreditation“ certificate presented by Airports Council International (ACI).

Blue Air va relua zborurile de la Cluj-Napoca spre 13 destinații din Europa

Blue Air va opera zboruri directe către 13 destinații cheie din Europa de pe Aeroportul Internațional Avram Iancu din Cluj Napoca, inclusiv două zboruri interne zilnice către București.

Noile rute introduse vor optimiza oferta de călătorie a românilor din regiunea Cluj, oferindu-le conexiuni eficiente cu destinații europene de interes major atât pentru segmentul de leisure cât și pentru business. 

Noile destinații care vor fi operate de la Cluj sunt: ​​Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Bruxelles, Dublin, Hamburg, Koln, Larnaca, Londra, Madrid, Milano, Paris, Roma și Stuttgart.

În cadrul strategiei de poziționare ca prima opțiune de transport aerian low-cost pentru români, Blue Air mizează pe extinderea rețelei de rute directe și de conexiune și pe adaptarea rapidă la cererea și profilul piețelor locale.