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TripAdvisor to become Facebook and Instagram of travel

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TripAdvisor is soon going to acquire a full-fledged social media avatar as good as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and FourSquare. It will create a social media platform for travel and makes restaurant critics, travel experts and influencers of every user. TripAdvisor unveiled a new site and mobile experience launching later this year. Currently in beta, the world’s largest crowd-sourced travel platform is evolving to become the most personalised and connected travel community, inspiring and empowering individuals with social assistive tools to plan and book better with relevant advice and information from people and experts they trust. During a preview event in New York organised for press on Sept 17, a demonstration of the new platform revealed that the new TripAdvisor will be optimised for mobile devices and take heavy cues from Instagram and Facebook.

Beta version of the new look

TripAdvisor has set out an ambitious strategy to transform itself into a social media platform for travelers. Users will be able to create personal profiles where they can post reviews, recommendations, photos and videos of hotels, restaurants, and attractions. While this feature already exists, the update will amp up the social media aspect, with users able to follow friends, influencers and major travel brands. Members will be able to save posts that appear on their travel feed, and, like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, social media validation will be possible with the addition of “Like” buttons. The new TripAdvisor expands its community beyond travellers to also include brands, social media influencers, publishers and friends. Travellers can follow and connect with individuals or content creators who share information that is relevant to their interests.

Complementing our more than 661 million reviews and opinions, TripAdvisor members will be able to create and view inspirational and helpful new forms of content including photos, videos and articles. The new platform is also being pitched as a space for content creation, for sharing content, and as a one-stop shop, where users can book their hotel directly from the site. Members will also have the ability to create “Trips,” which can be in-depth travel guides, itineraries or simple wish lists of things to do while traveling. Trips can be made private and saved for personal use or shared with the community to inspire and help others.  

Powered by the world’s first “travel feed,” TripAdvisor members will also be able to discover more relevant information faster when planning travel. Assisted throughout the entire travel planning process, members can draw advice and inspiration from their friends, family and trusted experts. When a member logs onto the TripAdvisor app or site, their homepage transforms into a personalised feed of information. When searching a particular destination, the feed automatically narrows the scope of the information displayed to that particular geographic location. For example, members planning a trip to Paris may see a food critic’s article on the best restaurant in the city, an influencer’s travel guide of “must-do’s,” and a friend’s review of a new hotel near the Eiffel Tower.

Steve Kaufer, CEO, introduces the new TripAdvisor travel feed on Sept. 17, 2018 in New York 

“TripAdvisor is poised to disrupt the travel industry once again as we create a more personalized and connected community,” said Stephen Kaufer, CEO & co-founder of TripAdvisor. “The new TripAdvisor is the one travel site that brings together social-assistive tools, amazing content and our existing booking capabilities to merge the joy of planning and discovery together into a single experience. We are assisting our members at each step of their journey as we become a more personalised, inspirational and useful TripAdvisor.”

A New, Valuable Audience for Brands and Publishers

While in beta, more than 500 social media influencers, well-known consumer brands, publishers and travel partners have joined the new TripAdvisor — with more being added every day. In addition to the many content creators joining the platform, TripAdvisor’s team of destination experts and TripAdvisor Media Group brands, including Smarter Travel, Cruise Critic and TheFork.com, will also contribute to the site experience through unique profiles. These partners have already started to create hundreds of pieces of inspiring and helpful travel content, grow their followers, and provide valuable feedback to improve the experience.

Members will be able to follow favorite brands like National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel Channel, Business Insider & Insider Guides, PopSugar, Great Big Story, Pandora Music, GoPro, Goop, NYC & Company (via their consumer-facing tourism website, nycgo.com), Nashville Music City, and The Knot, among many others. Members will also be able to follow leading social media influencers like television personality and restaurateur Giada De Laurentiis, as well as travel bloggers, like TravelBabbo.

TripAdvisor’s Impact on Travel and Tourism

TripAdvisor has unveiled its new site and mobile experience at a time when the company’s impact on the travel and tourism industry is massive and growing. Two recent studies show a growing reliance on TripAdvisor during the travel planning, booking (pre-trip and in-destination) and post-trip experience. According to a 2017 Oxford Economics Study, the TripAdvisor platform has influenced $546 billion USD (10.3%) of global tourism spend annually in the travel and hospitality industry as consumers sought our review content as a part of their decision-making process. A 2018 study from comScore found that 60% of people booking travel online went to TripAdvisor during the travel planning and booking process, and a full 74% of travellers used TripAdvisor when booking on hotel websites. The new TripAdvisor site and mobile experience is set to come out of beta and launch globally to the public later this year across all markets and languages where the company operates.

TripAdvisor covers approximately 7.7 million accommodations, airlines, experiences, and restaurants and provides travellers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travellers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 456 million average monthly unique visitors, all looking to get the most out of every trip.

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The Disappearing Hotels of Wales

Want to Two hundred fortunate visitors will get a chance to book themselves in hotels which will vanish gradually. These boutique hotels will emerge at three spectacular secret locations across Wales. This unique concept is a part of Welsh Tourism Planner as a part of Welsh 2017 “Year of Legends”.

The concept is a perfect blend of luxury and adventure, where eight bespoke cabins pop-up in unheard of places; in a mystical and epic land of entailing tales which is called Wales. Only a select few will be able to access these privilege sites. The guests will be treated to exclusive Welsh experiences during their stay inspired by their location, ranging from fishing, to beer tasting, to Welsh cuisine prepared by top chefs of the region.

The cabins are specially designed for the project by the most sought after designers of Wales namely, Timber Design Wales & Newcastle Emlyn’s Rural Office for Architecture Ltd. The designs of each cabin are completely unique and speak of the famous legends and rich heritage of Wales.

The themes of these boutiques are meant to resemble various icons of the Welsh history owing, to its different eras. ‘Black hat’ cabin is designed in the fashion of a traditional hat worn by Welsh women. ‘Arthur’s cave’ is yet another theme of this project, probed by the legend of King Arthur and a cave where he and his knights slept while travelling. ‘Miner’s hut’ pays tribute to the revolutionary industrial era of Wales. The ‘Skyhut’ is another such cabin being designed especially for star gazing that does justice to the ‘International Dark Sky’ area of Wales. Some of the other design themes for this project are ‘slate cabin’, ‘cabin in the woods’,’ little dragon’ and ‘dragon’s eye’. The project is a part of Epic Retreats in partnership with Best of Wales, Cambria Tours and George + Tomos Architects partly supported by the Welsh Government’s Tourism Product Innovation Fund.

Leela Palace Udaipur is the best hotel in the country

Leela Palace, Udaipur
Leela Palace, Udaipur

Rajasthan seems to have developed a penchant for exquisite and exclusive hotels. No doubt, most of these hotels are a different class altogether which make them loved ones among those who are looking for something elite. As per TripAdvisor Travellers’s Choice survey for 2017 among the top 25 hotels in India, 9 are in Rajasthan and all the top three are from state with two among them from Udaipur. Actually City of Lakes Udaipur along with Pink City Jaipur have three hotels each in the list which is maximum for any Indian city. And interestingly, in this list there is also a mini competition among the big hotel chains that quite explains the Indian hotel industry scenario. Among the top 25 hotels eight belong to the Oberoi Group of Hotels and seven to Taj Group of Hotels. That leaves only ten of top 25 out of the fold and among these ten two are from Orange County, one from Leela Group and One from ITC’s Fortune group. Rest six are independent boutique hotels or resorts.

Lake Palace, Udaipur
Lake Palace, Udaipur

Owing to its history, most of the top hotels in Rajasthan are either heritage hotels or the modern hotels with heritage look and feel. Numero uno hotel in India as per 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’s Choice is the Leela Palace at Udaipur. In a tough competition within the lake city, Leela Palace has established itself at the top notch. It was also voted most favourite leisure hotel of the country couple of years back by Conde Nast Traveller India readers. Umaid Bhawan Palace at Jodhpur is the second which was India’s top heritage hotel in 2014 in TripAdvisor travellers’s choice. At 3rd position in the list is arguably one of the most beautiful lake hotels in the world- Taj Lake Palace, again at Udaipur. Of the two Orange counties in the list, Orange county Coorg is at the fourth place. At 5th place is another city from Rajasthan- Jaipur through Oberoi Rajvilas. Oberoi has another property at 6th place, this time Oberoi Amar Vilas from Agra.

Orange Country Resorts, Kabini
Orange Country Resorts, Kabini

At no 7 is another of Orange county resort at Kabini, located in Nagarhole National Park which has been already included in National Geographic’s list of 25 best ecolodges in the world. On 8th is Wildflower Hall at Mashobra near Shimla which was sometime back, India’s best hill station hotel in TripAdvisor Travellers’s Choice. 9th is third entrant from Oberoi bouquet in the top 10- The Oberoi, Bangalore. Completing top 10 among all these biggies is Namah at Dhikuli in the Jim Corbett National Park region.

Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur. In foreground is the lake Pichola.
Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur. In foreground is the lake Pichola.

At 11th is the third hotel from Udaipur- Oberoi Udaivilas, which for long has been touted as the costliest hotel in India. Next one is also from Oberoi, its flagship hotel in Gurgaon. 13th is second entrant from the Jim Corbett National Park- Aahana, the Corbett Wilderness. 14th in the list is a comparatively new entrant from Rajasthan- Suryagarh near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Built in a fort style on way to Sam dunes, this hotel is quickly rising up the ranks. 15th is Aveda Kumarakom in Kerala and next is a beautiful heritage property in Jaipur owned by, Oberoi again- Rambagh Palace. Then comes another Oberoi property- Oberoi Cecil in Shimla, a heritage hotel part of Shimla’s rich colonial history. The iconic Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai has been ranked 18th and at 19th is third property from Jaipur in the list- Jai Mahal Palace. Only property from Goa in the list- Taj Exotica Goa at Benaulim is on the 20th position.

Amanbagh at Ajabgarh
Amanbagh at Ajabgarh

Among the last five, at 21st is the only ITC property in the list Fortune, The Savoy at Mussoorie. The Tamara Coorg at Yavakapadi Village is on 22nd position. There is no Delhi hotel in the list but Gurgaon has second hotel- Trident at 23rd. On 24th is Vivanta by Taj at Madikeri. Completing the list is Amanbagh at most unlikely of the places- Ajabgarh in Alwar, Rajasthan.

Three Udaipur hotels among best Heritage hotels in country

Lake Palace, Udaipur
Lake Palace, Udaipur

City of Lakes- Udaipur has always been popular among tourists- domestic as well as overseas for its sheer beauty. It always had some of the top notch hotels in the world to its credit. As the latest list from reviewing site TripAdvisor shows Udaipur is getting popular for its classic hotels worldwide. TripAdisor list for top 25 heritage hotels in India consists of three hotels from Udaipur. Actually when it comes to heritage properties Rajasthan in general is far ahead from any other state in India. Rajasthan has nine hotels in this popular category claiming the top four positions.

Welcoming guests at Umaid Palace
Welcoming guests at Umaid Palace

Umaid Bhawan palace in Jodhpur, the erstwhile palace of Jodhpur royal family gets the maximum votes in this category. Considered to be one of the most beautiful hotels in India Taj Lake Palace at Udaipur is pitched second. This astonishingly beautiful hotel made in white marble is located in centre of Lake Pichola in heart of the old city. At the 3rd position is a rather new entrant to the category, which obviously is gaining popularity with every passing day- Rawla Narlai. Rawla Narlai is situated midway between Jodhpur & Udaipur. It is a 17th century “villa” with 30 exquisite rooms renovated over the last decade. Narlai is a village in Desuri tehsil of Pali district in Rajasthan state in India. It lies 36 km to Ranakpur and is at base of a hillock crowned by a colossal statue of an elephant. At 4th position is Jaipur’s eternal Taj Rambagh Palace, always a favorite among top class travelers.

Samode Palace
Samode Palace

Another hotel from Jodhpur- Ratan Vilas is at 9th spot. This too is a new name trying to make a place in the top list. Samode palace at Samode near Jaipur is ranked no 14 in the list. Historical Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur is at the 20th position. Two havelis from old Udaipur- Jaiwana Haveli and the Amet Haveli are ranked at 23rd and 24th position among the top 25. Interestingly many more heritage properties from Rajasthan are missing the list; few of them have been immensely popular. These include Devigarh, Neemrana (perhaps the oldest heritage property in India), Ranbanka Palace near Jodhpur and Raj Palace in Jaipur, which was awarded as Best Heritage Hotel in the world at the World Travel Awards.

Hotel Chapslee in Shimla. Photo: courtsey indiafamousfor.com
Hotel Chapslee in Shimla. Photo: courtsey indiafamousfor.com

Nonetheless, this TripAdvisor list has some very exclusive Indian hotels including- Chapslee at Shimla (5th),  The Oberoi Grand at Kolkata (6th), legendry The Taj Mahal Palace at Mumbai (7th), Kalmatia Sangam Himalaya Resort at Almora (8th), The Imperial Hotel at New Delhi (11th), The Lalit Great Eastern at Kolkata (15th), Kumarakom Lake Resort at Kumarakom in Kerala (16th),  The Spice Village at Thekkady in Kerala (17th), Netuk House Hotel at Gangtok in Sikkim (19th), Fortune The Savoy at Mussoorie (21st) and The Naini Retreat at Nainital (22nd). Kerala has its six properties in the list including Niraamaya Retreats at Kovalam (12th) and Coconut Lagoon at Kumarakom (13th). Colonial Brunton Boatyard at Kochi (Cochin) also makes the list at no 18th.

Oberoi Udaivilas at Udaipur is among best in the world!

Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur. In foreground is the lake Pichola.
Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur. In foreground is the lake Pichola.

Ever wondered what the top 10 hotels in the world are. Trip Advisors today announced the World’s Best Accommodations With 2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards For Hotels The results of TripAdvisor’s annual hotel popularity contest are out today, and internationally, Italy leads the pack with 152 winning hotels, followed by the United Kingdom with 145. The USA and France both have 144 lodgings on the list. Among the list of top ten hotels in the world are included two from India and interestingly both of them are Oberoi properties- The Oberoi Udaivilas (5th) and The Oberoi Mumbai (9th). India is the only country with two hotels in the top ten list.

The wide-ranging Travelers’ Choice Awards crown 7,123 winners (we’ll spare you the full list), including overall top-rated hotels, along with bests in these six categories: bargain, B&Bs and inns, family, luxury, romance, and small hotels. This is the 12 th year the website, which posts millions of user-generated hotel reviews, has crunched the numbers to compile overall rankings based on intangibles like service, quality and value. Two new Travelers’ Choice categories this year are best hotels for romance and families.


Here are the winners:

Top 10 Hotels in the World:
1. Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina, Switzerland
2. The Upper House, Hong Kong, China
3. Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, Lankanfushi, Maldives
4. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna de San
Carlos, Costa Rica
5. The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
6. Casa Gangotena, Quito, Ecuador
7. Lindos Blu, Lindos, Greece
8. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Punta de Mita, Mexico
9. The Oberoi, Mumbai, Mumbai, India
10. Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Oberoi, Mumbai
Oberoi, Mumbai

Additional Select 2014 Winners:
Top Luxury Hotel in the World – Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse, Franschhoek, South Africa
Top Luxury Hotel in the U.S. – The Grand Del Mar, San Diego, California
Best Bargain Hotel in the World – Castlewood House, Dingle, Ireland
Best Bargain Hotel in the U.S. – Desert Riviera Hotel, Palm Springs, California
Best Hotel for Families in the World – Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel, Ortisei, Italy
Best Hotel for Families in the U.S. – Floridays Resort Orlando, Orlando, Florida
Best Hotel for Romance in the World – The Place Luxury Boutique Villas, Koh Tao, Thailand
Best Hotel for Romance in the U.S. – Honor Mansion, A Wine Country Resort, Healdsburg, California
Top Small Hotel in the World – Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse, Franschhoek, South Africa
Top Small Hotel in the U.S. – La Maison Hotel, Palm Springs, California
Best B&B and Inn in the World – Bindon Bottom B&B, West Lulworth, England
Best B&B and Inn in the U.S. – Historic Oak Hill Inn, Natchez, Mississippi

Book in advance and save up to 30%

Last set of big holidays for the year is not too far away. Time is winding down for wanderlusters to fulfill 2013 resolutions to “travel more”, “travel farther,” or “travel smarter,” There are many ways to put those goals within reach. Advance Purchase offer is one of these. Preferred hotel group brings an incredible offer. Whether booking a beach escape weeks in advance or a city trek on three days’ notice, travelers can save up to 30 percent on stays at 98 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts worldwide now through December 31 with the Preferred Hotel Group Advance Purchase.

There are many options to select to avail this offer. Some of the highlights include:

The Beach with ocean at Florida
The Beach with ocean at Florida

FLORIDA:  Book at least 45 days in advance to save up to 30%* in Miami Beach, Florida at SLS Hotel South Beach: This 140-room hotel presents the ultimate South Beach experience with dining by the iconic Chef José Andrés, a prime address on Collins Avenue, and interiors by Philippe Starck. *Regular rates  from US$326 per night.

CANCUN: Book at least 30 days in advance to save up to 30%* in Cancun, Mexico at NIZUC Resort & Spa: With two exclusive beaches, butler service, a 30,000 square-foot spa, and 274 suites featuring a private deck, plunge pool, or garden, this resort redefines luxury indulgence along the Riviera Maya. *Regular rates from US$382 per night.

Pool at Presidential villa in Zuri, Kumarakom
Pool at Presidential villa in Zuri, Kumarakom

KUMARAKOM : Book at least 30 days in advance to save up to 20%* in Kumarakom, India at The Zuri Kumarakom, Kerala Resort & Spa: Set on Vembanad Lake, this resort is a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation with features such as traditional Indian-style bedrooms and a private island for meditation and yoga. *Regular rates from US$155 per night.

TOKYO: Book at least 30 days in advance to save up to 15% in Tokyo, Japan at The Prince Park Tower Tokyo: This impeccable 33-story hotel wows guests with unobstructed views of Tokyo Tower, 603 well-appointed guest rooms with hi-tech amenities and sunken whirlpool tubs, and a prime Shiba Park location. *Regular rates from US$189 per night.

PARIS: Book at least 30 days in advance to save up to 15%*in Paris, France at Hotel Felicien: This new-to-the-scene avant-garde landmark presents a glamorous design experience at the hands of architect Olivier Lapidus in a central location just steps from sites such as Trocadéro and the Eiffel Tower. *Regular rates from US$382 per night.

Inbal_Jerusalem_HotelJERUSALEM: Book at least 14 days in advance to save 20% * in Jerusalem, Israel at The Inbal Jerusalem: Ideal for business travelers or sightseers, this 283-room gem is renowned for its world-class hospitality, authentic Israeli cuisine, and close proximity to major historic and entertainment sites. *Regular rates from US$453 per night.

ROME: Book at least 3 days in advance to save 15% * in Rome, Italy at Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa: This elegant hotel in the exclusive Parioli neighborhood wows guests with features such as an expansive outdoor heated pool, views of St. Peter’s Basilica, and 179 guestrooms featuring private terraces. *Advance purchase rate includes breakfast.  Regular rates from US$356 per night.


Nine more hotels in Preferred ambit

With a global reach extending into more than 85 countries, Preferred Hotel Group represents more than 650 of the finest hotels, resorts, and serviced residences in the world. Recently  Preferred Hotel Group added nine new member hotels to their family of brands in North and South America, as well as Europe and the Middle East.

Bosphorus_viewCVK Park Bosphorus Istanbul, Turkey (A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts)

Located minutes from Taksim Square, CVK Park Bosphorus Istanbul is an expansive luxury property with 378 guestrooms and 60 suites. The lavish accommodations emphasize Turkish culture while featuring modern amenities like LCD televisions, a pillow menu with 10 options, minibar, and outstanding views of the city or sea. Guests can dine at any of six restaurant venues, serving everything from baked treats to international favorites. Other facilities include the massive CVK Safira Spa and Fitness Center, which offers a large indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths, and group fitness classes.

Hesperia-madridHesperia Madrid, Spain (A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts)

Located on the Paseo de la Castellana, Hesperia Madrid is the essence of luxury in Madrid. A 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, the hotel boasts sophisticated décor and comfortable accommodations, each with high-end amenities like satellite television, fresh flowers, Egyptian-cotton bed linens, pillow menu, and minibar. Hesperia Madrid is home to three restaurants, including the award-winning Santceloni, a two Michelin star restaurant from Chef Oscar Velasco that presents traditional dishes from across Spain in a creative, avant-garde way.

Grand Excelsior Dubai, United Arab Emirates  (A member of Sterling Hotels)

Located in the up-and-coming Al Barsha area of Dubai, Grand Excelsior is near famous shopping centers, local attractions, business and financial districts, and the Dubai International Airport. The hotel’s 230 spacious guestrooms and suites each offer luxurious amenities, and three dining venues serve international cuisine in inviting, casual atmospheres. Guests can relax by the rooftop pool or visit the fully equipped fitness center with optional personal training sessions. The unrivaled Arabian hospitality will make every traveler feel pampered and welcome.

Olivia_Balmes HotelOlivia Balmes Hotel, Barcelona, Spain  (A member of Sterling Design)

The brand new Olivia Balmes Hotel offers 128 bright, modern, comfortable rooms. Its central location puts guests within minutes of various attractions including the Picasso Museum, the Gothic Quarter, and exclusive shops on Rambla de Catalunya. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, terrace, solarium, and outdoor pool. Additionally, the building is equipped with free wireless Internet, and four meeting rooms can accommodate groups of up to 200.

The Oxford Hotel, Bend, Oregon, USA  (A member of Preferred Boutique)

The Oxford Hotel is downtown Bend’s hidden gem, with 59 rooms luxuriously appointed to appeal to urban and outdoor adventurers alike. Powered on 100% renewable energy, outfitted with only natural mattresses, and cleaned only with non-chemical cleaners, The Oxford defines eco-friendly. Sustainability meets elegance with a pillow menu, organic amenities, complimentary bicycles, and a restaurant that prepares an eclectic range of healthy, locally sourced organic fare. Located in the heart of historic downtown Bend, the hotel provides easy access to outdoor activities and welcomes guests back to urban evenings and sumptuous retreats.

Alfond Inn, FloridaThe Alfond Inn, Winter Park, Florida, USA  (A member of Preferred Boutique)

Newly opened, The Alfond Inn offers contemporary accommodations in central Florida, just minutes from Orlando but a world away. The hotel is comprised of 112 luxurious guestrooms and suites, each handsomely furnished with king and queen beds, spacious workstations, and sleekly styled baths. The Alfond’s full-service bar and restaurant – Hamilton’s Kitchen – features a refined approach to traditional Floridian comfort foods with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. The Alfond Inn also provides guests with numerous on-site activities like an elevated pool, fitness center, and fine art from the collection of the Rollins College Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

International Plaza HotelInternational Plaza Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  (A member of Sterling Hotels)

Business and leisure travelers will love Toronto’s International Plaza Hotel. It’s location near downtown Toronto offers guests plenty to see and do, while the hotel is also home to an indoor waterpark, fitness center, three dining options, and a lobby bar perfect for relaxing after a long day in the city. The hotel’s 433 guestrooms are designed with comfort in mind, complete with flat-screen television, plush – top bed, complimentary Internet, and more.

Stadia Suites Santa Fe, Mexico City, Mexico  (A member of Summit Serviced Residences)

Stadia Suites Santa Fe in Mexico City provides business travelers with the ideal home away from home — and all within walking distance of Santa Fe’s financial district and major corporations. State-of-the-art technology couples with a discerning staff and beautifully designed executive accommodations. Ensuring that guests are pampered during their stay, services include daily housekeeping, 24/7 security, a fully equipped gym, private parking, laundry services, access to an executive car service and room service. Additionally, a complimentary full breakfast is served each morning.

93 Luxury Suites & Residences, Bogota, Colombia  (A member of Summit Serviced Residences)

The 93 Luxury Suites & Residences thrives at the heart of 93rd St. Park in the midst of Bogota’s prestigious corporate offices and close to the city’s best restaurants. Every detail of this luxurious design unites to form an exquisite experience of distinction and comfort. Ideal for long stays, 93 Luxury Suites and Residences stands for unparalleled executive and gastronomic locations, contemporary design, fitness, and exceptional business and lifestyle services.


Children don’t have to be born into royalty to be treated like a prince or princess at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. The property is giving all parents the chance to treat their kids like VIPs through the hotel’s Love Your Family package.

Exterior view of the property
Exterior view of the property

With the package, children are welcomed in style with an exclusive dining privilege (kids eat free!), Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel coloring book and special Mickey Vision glasses. These special glasses provide children with their own unique way to watch the nightly fireworks by making Mickey Mouse appear in the lights when using them during the show. Families will also be presented with The Kid’s Guide to Orlando, where VIP kids can find the not-to-be-missed, kid-tested attractions, restaurants and shops.

And what royal trip would be complete without a dinner with that region’s notables? The Love Your Family package allows all kids under 10 to eat free with the purchase of an adult meal at the hotel’s Disney character restaurant, Garden Grove. Families can receive personal attention from some of their favorite Disney characters from the comfort of their dinner table!

All of that is in addition to the special benefits guests receive by staying at the Epcot Resort Area hotel. Those benefits include Extra Magic Hours Benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks offers additional time for guests to enjoy select attractions (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required). Families also will receive complimentary transportation to all four Walt Disney World theme parks including Magic Kingdom, where parents can take their princes and princesses to meet some Disney royal characters. This offer is valid till just before Christmas this year.