Destination News - Hotel, Resort & Spa Africa / Middle East.
Cheli and Peacock One of KenyaOs leading upmarket safari and accommodation providers, Cheli and Peacock, also a multiple award winner in this yearOs "The Good Safari Guide" ceremony the night prior to the INDABA trade fair opening in South Africa, has just announced that another beachside property will join their stable with immediate effect. Alfajiri [ETH] a Kiswahili word [ETH] which translates into "dawn" in English, offers three private villas on a beachside property owned by Fabrizio Molinari, located on a cliff above the shiny white sand beach of Diani south of Mombasa. The three villas are, according to information received from C&P, available for guests - the Garden House; the Cliff House, offering spectacular views of sun rises across the Indian Ocean; and the Beach Villa, all built in traditional open-air style and tastefully furnished with handcrafted "Lamu" furniture and African artifacts and wall hangings. Each of the villas has its own swimming pool for utmost privacy and are fully staffed with housekeeping and kitchen personnel, a nanny if required, and a personal butler who is available to cater to a clientOs every wish, helping to truly create a holiday of a lifetime for those daring to venture away from the big resorts and beach hotels and finding themselves and their own style, in style. For more information, visit www.chelipeacock.com , and enjoy what you find there as it tickles the taste buds of every safari aficionado, including yours truly. Jun 21, 2010
Dar es Salaam The recently-concluded rating exercise in TanzaniaOs commercial capital of Dar es Salaam has now reached the stage of releasing the initial results to the tourism trade and general public, and it appears from information received from regular sources in Dar es Salaam, that the Kempinski Kilimanjaro Hotel has made it [ETH] as was expected [ETH] into the very top bracket of the cityOs business hotels. Others which were awarded the coveted 5-star status, which allows them to put up a plaque at the hotel entrance and feature it in brochures and advertising, were the Moevenpick Royal Palm and the Sea Cliff Hotel. Others however were reportedly putting on a brave face when they only attained four stars, amongst them the Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, the Protea Hotel and the Golden Tulip Hotel amongst many others and there has been some talk about appeals to be launched to have the ratings reviewed as permitted under the relevant regulations and laws. Added information provided speaks of a total of 66 hotels being rated by the technical expert team and were awarded between 5 and 1 stars, while a further 33 missed the OcutO altogether and will have to meet further criteria and improve upon their facilities to be reconsidered for a star rating. Those affected however are allowed to continue operations albeit without any rating attached to them at this time. Congrats to the top performers and good luck next time for those who missed out or OunderperformedO [ETH] here is your challenge to strive towards better standards and service. Jun 24, 2010
Red Carnation Hotels Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat, part of the Red Carnation Hotels Collection, was voted World's Best for Service in the 2010 Travel + Leisure WorldOs Best Awards poll. It was voted Number One Hotel in Africa and the Middle East for World's Best Service, achieving a score of 99.17 points. It was voted Number Two among the Top 10 Hotels across the globe for Service Overall. In 2009, Bushmans Kloof was voted the Best Hotel in the World 2009 by Travel + Leisure readers. Bushmans Kloof was also named winner of the Cond Nast Traveler World Savers Award in the category Global Winner of Wildlife Conservations Programs 2009, and was awarded the Relais & Chteaux Environmental Trophy in 2007 for its exceptional environmental and conservation projects. The predator- and malaria-free sanctuary and spiritual retreat is based in a secluded reserve, with more than 7,500 hectares of wilderness. A sanctuary for many indigenous plants, animals and birds, it is home to more than 35 species of mammals, 150 bird species, and more than 755 indigenous plant species, representing three major biomes (Fynbos, Forest and Succulent Karoo). It is recognized as a conservation success story and its projects include providing refuge for the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra and Clanwilliam Yellow Fish; its support of the Cape Mountain Leopard project; and the Clanwilliam Cedar Tree project; as well as alien vegetation clearing. With more than 130 ancient Bushman rock art sites in the reserve it is also a South African Natural Heritage Site, renowned as one of the world's largest open-air rock art galleries. The new spa and riverside spa gazebo offers a wilderness journey to wellness, including a wealth of pampering and restorative treatments, complemented with an extensive range of internationally known brands, as well as indigenous rooibos, flowers and plants. Head Chef Floris Smith's African fusion cuisine makes full use of the lodge's own fresh organic fruits and vegetables as well as the finest local produce. Each meal is served in a choice of dining locations, allowing guests to enjoy the natural beauty and panoramic vistas surrounding the lodge. The lodge offers nature drives, hikes and walks, rock art excursions, mountain biking, canoeing, archery, stargazing and swimming in crystal clear rock pools. Red Carnation is a collection of 13 five-and four-star family-run boutique hotels. Each distinguished by an absolute commitment to attentive service and the comfort of every guest, located in some of the world's most popular destinations. Red Carnation Hotels are regarded as some of the world's finest with accolades including "Best Hotel in the British Isles" in the Cond Nast Traveler magazine's 21st Annual Readers' Choice Awards and "Best Hotel in the World" in the 2009 Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards. For reservations, email email@example.com. For more information, visit www.redcarnation.com. Jun 24, 2010
South African Airways Vacations South African Airways Vacations set Sept. 14 to 24 as the dates for its once-a-year Planes, Trains & Safarimobiles air-inclusive vacation package, which takes travelers on a traditional luxurious tour including a South African safari and Cape Town. SAA Vacations has kept the per person price at last yearOs level of USD3,324. The expedition begins by air, with flights from New York or Washington, D.C. to Johannesburg on South African Airways, where guests will spend one night at the luxurious five-star Michelangelo Hotel before they board the world-famous Blue Train the following morning leading to a safari at Bakubung Bush Lodge in Pilanesberg National Park. After two days of relaxation and game drives in the African bush, guests board the Blue Train once again for their return to Johannesburg, where they will board a flight to Cape Town, where they will spend four nights at the deluxe Commodore Hotel, at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Tickets to ride to the top of Table Mountain and a full-day Cape Peninsula Tour and free time for exploring Cape Town are included in the package. Enough leisure time to discover the best of Cape Town is also included. The package includes roundtrip international economy class airfare from New York JFK or Washington Dulles to Johannesburg, South Africa, on South African Airways; domestic flights on South African Airways within Africa in accordance with itinerary; one night at the grand Michelangelo Hotel in Nelson Mandela Square; overnight journey from Pretoria to Sun City on the Blue Train in a deluxe suite with return trip also on the Blue Train; two nights at Bakubung Bush Lodge in Pilanesberg National Park; game drives while at Bakubung Bush Lodge; four nights at the Commodore Hotel in Cape Town; ticket to Table Mountain; full-day Cape Peninsula Tour; eight breakfasts; one lunch; three dinners; meet and greet by South African Airways Vacations representatives upon arrival in South Africa and transfers. For more information, call 800-722-9675 or visit www.flysaa.com. Jun 22, 2010
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