Himalayan Spa Balances Mind & Body With Bespoke Wellness Programs

May 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

The Ananda Spa, located in the Himalayan foothills and was voted world's best luxury spa destination by Condé Nast Traveller. The resort has continued the ancient Indian practice of living a full, balanced life that is in touch with the natural and spiritual world. The setting for this beautiful retreat includes the mystique of the Himalayan Mountains and Sal forests as well as the enchanting cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh.... Read More

Challenges Remain for Luxury Brands in India

Apr 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Sophie Doran  |  3 Comments

India’s union cabinet is standing by its local sourcing clause when it comes to foreign direct investment, making it difficult for luxury brands to enter the market on their own terms... Read More

India's ITC Hotels Promotes Responsible Luxury with Allergy-Friendly Guestrooms Program

Apr 11, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

ITC Hotels has partnered with PURE Global to provide allergy-friendly guestrooms for all of its luxury hotels throughout India. More than 100 ITC hotels will be upgraded by this health-related initiative. "Not only are PURE Rooms great for people who struggle with respiratory issues, but provide the next generation's must-have amenity for leading hotel companies worldwide," said Vinny Lobdell, president of PURE Global. PURE Global reports that its patented technology, the PURE Room program, cleans, sanitizes, and seals all surfaces in a room, while filtering the air with medical-grade air cleaners. The process has been reported to eliminate up to 100 percent of ultra-fine particles known to cause illnesses. Guestrooms... Read More

Park Hyatt Hyderabad Hotel Opens in India

Mar 30, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The opening of the Park Hyatt Hyderabad adds a new five-star quality hotel to the PH catalog of locations around the world. The new hotel features 185 guestrooms, 24 suites, and 42 luxury apartments for guests. It is the first hotel in Hyderabad to offer fully serviced luxury apartments. The area is a high-tech hub and is one of the richest cities in India. The Park Hyatt Chennai, which opens in the second quarter 2012, will be the company's next hotel to open in India. “We are proud to expand the Park Hyatt brand presence in India with Park Hyatt Hyderabad, joining Park Hyatt Goa Resort, which will be followed by the opening of Park Hyatt in the second quarter of 2012. These openings are reflective of the thoughtful growth o... Read More

Enchanting Taj Lake Palace Extends the Royal Treatment in India

Mar 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

My delight during a recent stay at the exquisite, and I use that adjective in the rarest of cases, Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, India, was made all the greater when the bar staff... Read More

Sofitel's First Hotel in India an Epicurean Delight with Six Restaurants

Feb 23, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Sofitel Mumbai BKC is the first hotel to open in India for the French luxury hotelier. Located in the center of Mumbai’s business district within the Bandra Kurla Complex, the deluxe hotel will cater to both business and leisure travelers. The new upscale property features six restaurants and bars, including the super chic and spacious Bar Diamantaire, which houses India’s first wine tower. A traditional North Indian cuisine is on the menu at Jyran, while artisanal meats, cheeses, and Parisian chocolates L’Artisan — Epicere, Patisserie, Chocolaterie. There are 302 guestrooms, including 31 suites, at the Mumbai BKC, as well as eight meeting rooms and a full ballroom. The luxury hotel and resort also has a fitness... Read More

A New Wave of Opportunity for Luxury Brands in India?

Dec 28, 2011  |   Contributor: Sophie Doran

Following two years worth of intense political debate, India’s union cabinet has agreed to allow 51 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand and 100 percent FDI in monobrand retail. In layman’s terms, luxury brands are finally able to open directly owned, operated and controlled boutiques, in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

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10 Thanksgiving Celebrations Around the World

Nov 21, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Families gather on the 15th day of the eighth lunar cycle to celebrate the autumn harvest. The Chinese reunite with family for a large three-day feast featuring mooncakes sweet cakes filled... Read More

10 Thanksgiving Celebrations Around the World

Nov 21, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

The day of grace and gluttony we know as Thanksgiving is more than just the big meal before Black Friday. It has rather noble origins. When our pioneering forefathers arrived on American shores, they left the Mayflower in a tragic state. Throughout the winter at sea they suffered from exposure, scurvy, and outbreaks of contagious diseases. When only half of the original crew made it to the New World, an Abenaki Indian greeted them in their native tongue of English. Days later, he returned with Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe, who was sold into slavery to an English sea captain.... Read More

Circle the World in 21 Days by Private Jet With TCS & Starquest Expeditions

Oct 24, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Here is the new $64,000 question: Is this exclusive fantasy vacation for two a deal at $63,950 per person? TCS & Starquest Expeditions thinks so and they are calling its special trip the "Heaven & Earth: Around the World by Private" Jet program.... Read More

India Travel Guide to Exploring the Land Like a Local

Jun 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

India, the nation that prides itself on being the largest democracy in the world, also has a lot to offer the traveler. The vast country is filled with different geographies, climates, cultures, ethnicities, languages and customs. As you travel through, it is important to have some knowledge of the different sites you will see and people you will meet.... Read More

Traveling India by Train

May 9, 2011  |   Contributor: Stefanie Payne  |  6 Comments

India is a cultural mesh — an attack to the senses. The variant people and landscape of this exciting country create extremes that are commonly seen right next to each other.... Read More

Lose Yourself in Luxury at Taj Hotels & Resorts' Two Newly Revamped Properties

Feb 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

The Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces group has certainly been busy in the last few years. Operating 66 hotels in 42 regions of India, along with another 16 resorts across the world, this luxury hotel chain has advanced innovation in the hospitality industry since its birth in 1903.... Read More

The Majesty of the Maldives: Kanuhura

Dec 22, 2010  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Luxury Resorts: How does this tiny island keep so many travelers enthralled, thrilled and completely relaxed? That's the question that struck me when I arrived at Kanuhura, one of the Maldives' grandest resorts celebrating its 10th anniversary. I quickly learned Kanuhura is one dazzling spot, not only for its beauty, but also for its ability to spoil guests with countless delights.... Read More

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