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30.11.2019

‘Aman Junkies’ on to new destinations

No other hotel group in the world is this personal, this individual, this tailored in all details to each individual guest as Aman, no other has such a dedicated fan base. There is even a well-established term for them which says it all: they are ‘Aman Junkies’ – people who often choose a destination only because there is an Aman. They collect hotels – and unique hotel experiences.

And their options are only expanding: The Aman Kyoto has just opened, hotels in New York and Mexico will be added in the coming year, and an Aman in Bangkok will welcome its first guests in 2022. Overall, there will soon be 38 hotels. How to spend Christmas in each of them, or New Year’s Eve? The answer is simple: just the way you would like to. And it will definitely suit the hotel, the ambience and the setting. None of these establishments are interchangeable, they all belong exactly where they are. That is what makes them so special – each of them.

Photo: © Nacasa & Partners Inc. – Photo Gallery by Six Senses

05.11.2019

The best luxury hotel brands in the world

Belmond with its hotels in locations such as Venice, Mallorca and Rio is currently the best hotel brand in the world. Second place goes to Mandarin Oriental, with Four Seasons third. This is the conclusion reached by the consulting firm Luxury Travel Intelligence in its annual comprehensive analysis of the global luxury hotel industry. A total of 123 evaluation criteria are applied. Among other things, it is determined whether the hotels fulfil the brand promise and whether passion and values are genuinely upheld. Of course, it is also a question of whether management and employees deliver the promised quality in daily hotel operations.

Last year’s winner in this highly esteemed ranking was Aman and can now be found in fourth place ahead of the Oetker Collection. Overall, the gaps between the top seven places in the list are very narrow (Auberge Resorts Collection at 6th, Rosewood Hotels at 7th). Only groups with at least ten hotels were examined.

However, one aspect was not taken into account: how you feel about the hotels, which house of a brand you will remember for a lifetime. That is what we are here for: to remember what is important to our customers, to once more advise you in your best interest next time.

Photo: ©  ERIC LAIGNEL – Belmond Ltd.

02.10.2019

A knightly accolade to your advantage

Rocco Forte Knights: why you get more for the same money with us

It feels good to be a special guest, to be at the top of every upgrade list, to be able to check in early and check out very late if possible. It is an added treat to not have to pay anything at all for the lavish American Breakfast in a luxury hotel and to get many more of the hotel’s extras as a close friend of the house – even though you may be there for the first time. This is the case with Rocco Forte – be it in the five-star venues in Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin or those in London, Rome or St. Petersburg. A total of 14 hotels belong to the noble brand – and we are the only travel agency in Austria to be a member of the “Rocco Forte Knights” preferred partner program. This accolade is only awarded upon invitation. It is a source of pride to us – not least because it means numerous advantages for you: after all, these are only available if you have booked with one of the few agencies with Knights status. Preferably with us – because we are not only happy to be there for you, but you also benefit from it.

Photo: © Adrian Houston Limited – Rocco Forte Hotels

29.08.2019

Dissolving the boundary between the inside and the outside

New suites in the Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol

Figures sometimes best get to the heart of what is special. 882 is such a figure and stands for the sum of the square meters of all terraces of the seven new Panorama Suites in the ‘Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol’, situated on a high plateau near Seefeld. Meanwhile, the figure 300 represents the square meters of window area, whereas 1,375 relates to the height in meters that the hotel’s seventh floor with said suites lies above sea level. All these figures together stand for the mesmerizing spectacle that is this unrestricted Alpine panorama, this best possible view – not least because the frameless windows extend from floor to ceiling and from wall to wall and seem to dissolve the boundaries between the inside and outside.

The seven new Panorama Suites were inaugurated on August 1st. Their sizes range from 76 to 200 square metres. And then there is also this other figure, which practically goes without saying for a house that belongs to Leading Hotels of the WorldTM. It is the 5. That is how many stars this hotel has during the day. At night, it has a lot more – all the billions of stars of the firmament high above the huge terraces.

Photo: © Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol

29.07.2019

Five-star icebreaker

Ponant: cruises through pack ice into uncharted territories

In order to reach areas that have hardly ever been touched by humans approaching from the sea, you have to team up with the best experts and work long and hard to build a double-hull icebreaker which can maneuver even in pack ice under extreme conditions: the luxury cruise operator Ponant is now in the process of building such an icebreaker expedition ship. It will be able to do almost anything – except maybe fly. This is what Ponant stands for as the market leader in expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctic.

In 2021, the 150-meter long and 28-meter wide icebreaker will be put into service. The name has already been chosen: “Le Commandant Charcot” – a reference to the famous doctor, Olympic champion and polar researcher Jean-Baptiste Charcot. The ship will feature 135 cabins and suites with a balcony, as well as a theatre and gourmet restaurant – with luxury and great experiences guaranteed. On the agenda are winter expeditions through the pack ice: the first routes, among others along the Northeast Passage in the Arctic of Siberia, have already been scheduled, and reservations are already being accepted via our partner airtours.

Photo: © Ponant – SDI