The Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection hotel, is the legendary Parisian Art deco jewel located just a few steps away from the Champs-Elysées and Avenue Montaigne.
Upon arrival at the elegant and stunning Prince De Galles Hotel, we were immediately warmly greeted and checked in within minutes. We were also shown to our room where a bottle of champagne, fruit and personal note from the General Manager awaited us. Our suite was elegant with a king sized bed, lounge area and the most beautiful bathroom I have ever seen.
The breakfast buffet was an experience in itself. A wide spread selection from fruits, gluten free bread and health juices to Poached eggs, bacon and even sushi. It was an absolute delight for our tastebuds.
The hotel bar Les Heures was also a wonderful experience, so beautifully decorated, one can simply marvel at the beauty of it all while sipping on your cocktail.
Being a fitness queen the Prince De Galles Fitness area and Gym was a definite highlight. With top class equipment and a spacious beautifully decorated area, the early morning training was a dream come true.
The hotel staff were incredibly attentive and friendly. They effortlessly fulfill your requests in a timely and friendly manner, including organizing us tickets to a World Premier at the Rex Theatre.
The Prince De Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel was everything I imagined and more.
Review By Tanique Echardt – Executive Manager
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The scene is set; it’s a warm, exotic summer’s evening in Vietnam, the sun begins to set over the bustling and intriguing city of Hanoi, excited participants gather at the event of the year, the event that will later that night honour them as the crème da la crème of the luxury wellness and fine dining industries. Champagne flows, canapés travel on beautifully decorated trays to guests, and the air of anticipation grows. Proudly hosted by the spectacular JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi, who with a red carpet welcome invite over 180 guests from more than 50 countries to a dazzling evening of luxury, glamour, and style.
“Over 100,000 votes brought our winners here tonight; 100,000 times the public voiced their opinion on who of the 1,000 entrants are deserving of these accolades. Tonight we honour the staff of these fine establishments, who through their immeasurable service delivery have brought success to the proud brands of which they are a part.” says Marna Lourens, Executive Manager for the World Luxury Spa Awards.
Setting the basis for service industry standards around the globe, the World Luxury Spa Awards and World Luxury Restaurant Awards pride themselves on providing true recognition to luxury spas and restaurants in their relevant categories during its annual voting phase. Votes are garnered through various marketing channels from guests, showcasing yet again the true value of service excellence.
“The most coveted award of the evening is our Global Spa and Global Restaurant of the Year awards. Each year the task to determine these top establishments begins after voting has closed and we announce to our winners if they have been successful. We are six senior managers who take weeks to decide, as voting is not the only criteria we look at to bestow this prestigious award. A multitude of factors come in to play; brand, location, overall guest satisfaction from online reviews, services and facilities, design, and even menu offerings whether spa or restaurant. It is important to look at each establishment as an individual as well, some are on an island, some are in cities or in a desert, it is not always possible to compare apples with apples when defining luxury. This year the focus was on unique design with a touch of classy elegance, and we were as such proud to award Global Spa of the Year to Harnn Heritage Spa at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, and Global Restaurant of the Year to Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Both of whom encompass the ethos of luxury and supreme service.” says Joanna Evans, Marketing Communications Manager for the World Luxury Awards.
The evening was as glamorous as one would expect from a JW Marriott brand hotel; a delectable 6-course fine dining menu adorned each table throughout the night and was paired with fine wines and champagne from Moët et Chandon. Entertainment fitting of the destination included a Dragon Dance, a Vietnamese based string quartet performance by Độc Cầm – Toxic Quartet, and a local Ao Dai Dance, all of which added to the evening’s Asian flair.
“The food tonight was exceptionally impressive, and has been during our entire stay at the hotel. Executive Chef Brendon Partridge and his team receive full honours from the World Luxury Awards and all our guests for the tireless effort of crafting these delicious plates of exquisite foods we received this evening.” says Linda Cooper, Executive Manager for the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. “I am proud to know that the awards they themselves received tonight are so well deserved.”
After all awards were received and each representative had an opportunity for exclusive photos and interviews on the red carpet, guests were welcomed to the chic and ultra-stylish Cool Cats Jazz Club, a name so apt for the warm red glow it provides, while live musicians entertained crowds late into the night with some fabulous classic jazz music.
Luxury establishments from around the globe are welcomed to participate in these exciting awards, to proudly show the world what they have to offer in terms of luxury and excellence.
Port Dickson, 14 March 2017 – Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson is now the official proud record holder of Guinness World Records for achieving “The most swimming pools in a resort at 643” and “The most overwater villas in single resort at 522”. These records were determined by a research which was verified on 14 October 2016.
In a ceremony witnessed by Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism YB Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin representing Tourism and Culture Minister YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri b Abdul Aziz and amongst other high-profile guests, the event saw Mr Swapnil Dangarikar, representative from Guinness World Records handing over the two plaques to YBhg Dato’ Low Tak Fatt, managing director of Kuala Lumpur Metro Group, owner of Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson and Ms Mandy Chew Siok Cheng, President of Lexis Hotel Group, the operator of Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson.
In reading the minister’s speech, YB Datuk Mas Ermieyati said it was a proud achievement for the country to have obtained the accolades from a prestigious institution, known for its documentation of record-breaking feats.
“A rather lengthy process had to take place whereby an accredited consultant had to be engaged to study the attempt and comparison made with other such similar developments around the world. Not many people can boast of such achievements and I, therefore, encourage more Malaysians, whether as individuals or corporate companies, to emulate Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson. This will definitely help to put Malaysia in a positive spotlight and at par with the rest of the world.”
The triumphs by Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson further strengthens its commitment to promoting tourism in Port Dickson, which continues to see increased demand for luxurious accommodation from discerning travellers, covering business and leisure segments from both local and overseas. With plenty of job opportunities being offered to the locals, the resort has contributed positively towards the Malaysia tourism industry. As of to date, the properties within Lexis Hotel Group have attracted more than 3.2 million tourists from across 119 countries and in a short span of less than two years since its opening in 2015, Lexis Hibiscus alone had received more than 630,000 tourists. Lexis has also brought in tourism dollars to the state. Assuming a conservative expenditure figure of just RM1,000 per guest, Lexis have already contributed more than RM3.2 billion in tourism receipts.
In addition to the Guinness World Records achievements, Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson has also won other prestigious awards, such as the World Luxury Hotel Awards for the Luxury Water Villa Resort for Southeast Asia Category in 2016 and more recently, the BrandLaureate SMEs Signature Awards for the Best Brand in Hospitality for Hotels and Resorts.
Nestled along Pasir Panjang beach, the iconic Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson resembles the national flower of Malaysia and is the largest water homes development in the world, at 639 villas. Each of its spacious pool villas is tastefully decorated and comes with its own private dip pool and steam room for luxury and privacy – an unassailable achievement by any standard.
Complementing the villas are a host of exciting dining options, while Lexis Hibiscus’ range of function spaces are specially tailored for MICE needs. A diverse choice of recreational activities are available, from a spa providing rejuvenating treatments to a kids’ club well as a karaoke centre.
Sun and thrill seekers will have fun with a range of beach, water and team building activities, all focused around the tallest seawater fountain in Malaysia at 400 feet. The Hibiscus Walk, located at the beachside, provides guests a sampling of Malaysian cuisine as well as a wellness centre providing therapeutic massages.
Lexis Hotel Group provides discerning leisure and business guests with practical and luxurious accommodations across various properties in Malaysia. It is steadfast in offering professional management services for hotels and resorts and has successfully built a strong, profitable and visible premier niche brand in the hospitality industry especially in managing award-winning unique water chalets as well as pool villas. The brand currently manages three properties, namely Lexis, Grand Lexis and Lexis Hibiscus, all located in Port Dickson. Another upscale property, Lexis Suites Penang, opened for business in 1st quarter of 2016.
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According to Anton Perold, Managing Director of the World Luxury Hotel Awards, true luxury is defined by “a team of highly dedicated staff willing to go the extra mile and stop at nothing to ensure that no request goes unanswered,” he said. But since luxury can mean different things to different people, every year The World Luxury Hotel Awards takes on a new focus to select the new winner.
Armani Amal Terrace (Photo credit: Armani Hotel Dubai)
For 2016, the ten-year organization shifts the focus on supreme style and unique elegance, and named Armani Hotel Dubai the winner.
Opened since 2010, the ten-story hotel with 160 rooms and suites is the first hotel by fashion designer Giorgio Armani. Bearing all the Armani signature details in the carefully curated space with Eramose stone floors, zebrawood panels, and custom-made furnishings, it’s no surprise that everything here is tastefully designed.
One of only two hotels (the other one is in Milan) launched by the legendary designer, much of Armani Hotel Dubai’s appeal is also defined by its location. Situated at Burj Khalifa—world’s tallest tower—in Downtown Dubai, the world’s most luxurious hotel boasts stunning views of the city, convenient access to the city’s best shops, restaurants and cultural attractions, plus a dedicated entrance to the tower.
Burj Khalifa (Photo credit: Armani Hotel Dubai)
With all the amenities one would normally expect—Award-winning restaurants, lounge, deluxe spa and various Armani goods, what really sets this hotel apart is the “warm, Italian-style service” noted by Mark Kirby—General Manager of Armani Hotel Dubai.
Armani Ristorante (Photo credit: Armani Hotel Dubai)
For instance, each guest is assigned a personal Lifestyle Manager who handles everything from arranging childcare to landing difficult bookings of the hottest restaurants and events out there. The idea of it is to provide guests with a “‘home-away-from-home experience,” said Kirby.
(Photo credit: Armani Hotel Dubai)
As a former guest of the Armani Hotel, Milton Pedraza—CEO of the Luxury Institute—believes that one of the most remarkable strengths of Armani is his ability in creating an understated style of luxury that’s completely serene. “It’s a paradoxical concept few could pull off. And when done properly (which Armani certainly has), it makes guests feel pampered and peaceful at the same time,” he noted.
All the books in this study at the Armani Dubai Suite are personally selected by the designer himself. (Photo credit: Armani Hotel Dubai)
This ability not only reflects on the fashion legend’s renowned aesthetics, but also his personality and values. According to the luxury expert, there’s something about the Armani Hotel experience that made him feel special. “The staff at his hotels are very well-selected and well-trained. They make you feel welcome in a way that seems more genuine and relatable than other hotels,” he added.
Walk-in closet at the Armani Dubai Suite (Photo credit: Armani Hotel Dubai)
“Fact is, people don’t want to be treated like royals anymore,” Pedraza said.
What this award points to—when it comes to luxury hotel trends in 2017—are well-designed spaces that aren’t excessively staged or opulent. As the world becomes more globalized, successful hotels are definitely angling for more local experiences, where guests could get intimate knowledge of each place.
(Photo credit: Armani Hotel Dubai)
Yet, for frequent travelers, don’t be surprised to find your favorite snacks or drinks from your home countries. “As hotels want to ease your transition from one place to another both physically and emotionally,” noted Pedraza, “2017’s hotel experience will focus equally on satisfying your curiosity of a new place as it is on fighting home sickness.”
As you may know, World Luxury Hotel Awards is celebrating its 10th year as the most prestigious and recognizable awards program in the luxury hospitality industry. We have decided to create something special to commemorate this milestone.
At the core of our industry lies a passion for hospitality service values. Luxury, exclusivity, prestige and accomplishment are values that spark our passion.
We have produced a limited edition of The Official World Luxury Hotel Awards Merit, which will be available to all winners of the 2016 awards season.
We wanted the Official Hotel Awards Merit to be the embodiment of our core values and as such, we have commissioned a SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION of the awards statuette.
Each statuette is handcrafted, using the same process used for fine art pieces.
The Official 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Statuettes are cast individually. Each statuette is cast bronze from its own original mold. Every statuette is checked and fettled to perfection and gets polished to a mirror finish before being plated in copper first, followed by a layer of nickel. It then receives a coat of 100% sterling silver and finally, each statuette is plated in 24ct GOLD!
Your Certificate of Achievement issued by World Luxury Hotel Awards in 2016 will have a unique merit certification code and that unique code will be etched into your statue, upon order, to correspond with the award issued.
This is a truly special piece that is available exclusively to 2016 participants and only a limited quantity has been manufactured.
Due to the fact that these statuettes are individually crafted by hand and the lengthy process involved in this production, quantities are limited. Make sure order this unique Limited Edition Award Statuette NOW to avoid disappointment.
With 2016 heralding the 10th Anniversary of World Luxury Hotel Awards, exciting upgrades have been in development to further enhance how hotels and visitors interact.
If you haven’t heard the news yet, World Luxury Hotel Awards recently launched a brand new state-of-the-art website which includes many exciting features for participants and visitors alike.
The new site offers many new and intuitively integrated features, utilising the most advanced web design technologies available today, to enhance the way the best luxury hotels in the world, connect with travellers, patrons and each other.
Participating hotels will receive full access to their profiles through our new Profile Management Facility. Every nominated and registered participant will receive their unique profile, accessible on our website by logging in with a unique username and password. Once logged in, the hotel can upload and update photographs, indicate and update the facilities they offer, add extra information about particular services that they would like to emphasise, pin real-time social media feeds to their profile page and much more! Participants will also have access to a variety of downloadable marketing and support resources from our “Resource Centre”.
Each participant will be hosted on our website and will receive its own, beautifully designed profile page.
The page features large images that scroll behind the page as you browse, live social media feeds for that hotel, a visual representation of location using Google Maps, all the contact information for the hotel as well as a direct mailing facility for a visitor to make inquiries directly to the mailbox designated by the hotel. Each profile has a unique link that can be shared online and will take visitors straight to the profile of the participating hotel.
Visitors can vote for a hotel, directly from their profiles, from the home page or by clicking on a shared link.
Since the official launch of the new website on the 17th of June 2016, we have recorded 129% traffic growth from all over the globe from 64 016 sessions (17-May-2015 – 17-Jun-2015) to 146 929 sessions (17-Jun-2016 – 17-Jul-2016).
We have many features scheduled for launch in the next few weeks like live support, online store and secure payment gateway. If you would like to stay up to date with the latest announcements as well as updates to our ever improving program, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter.
The World Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards team attended the highly successful WTM Africa earlier this year at the CTICC in Cape Town – not surprisingly one of the most loved cities in the world.
A perfect venue in which to facilitate a meeting and collaborative space for leaders and trend setters in our dynamic hospitality industry. We were impressed by the quality of the exhibition stands, and the level of excellence taken in representing their properties, spa’s and tourism related services. Although the show was created for the African segment of the market, a number of far reaching internationals were exhibiting, testament to the significance of a growing and energized trade culture.
A key highlight for our team included meeting the faces behind our participating hotels, lodges and spa’s which offered a great opportunity in solidifying important business to business relationships.
Naturally, we connected and networked with many new establishments and provided insight into the specialized hospitality awards market. We also gained incredible knowledge from attending many of the live conference events which saw global industry leaders sharing their expertise and travel forecasts. The WTM Africa travel and tourism event has entrenched itself as the leading global marketplace for businesses across the industry. It is an optimal opportunity to engage in value-driven conversations in a diverse range of South African, Sub-Saharan African and Internationally represented hospitality entities. Stay current with industry best practices, exchange ideas, and collaborate with travel professionals at this annual event. We look forward to attending in 2017, and hope to meet you there!
World Luxury Hotel Awards is honoured to announce that the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony will be hosted by The St Regis Doha in Qatar –
on Saturday, 29 October 2016
The 10th Anniversary of the World Luxury Hotel Awards and this year’s annual gala ceremony will be a celebration of legendary proportion. The World Luxury Hotel Awards event will offer hoteliers the unique opportunity to savour and celebrate their achievements of the past year with their industry peers.
The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognized global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world-class facilities and service excellence provided to guests. Awards are presented to luxury hotels in over 50 different categories on a country, regional and global basis. Public vote selects allwinners, reflecting real recognition for the hard work and dedication of hotel staff and hotel standards. Centrally located for all international travellers and set in Middle Eastern mystique, The St. Regis Doha presents interiors styled in modern opulence overlooking the Arabian Gulf’s tranquil blue sea. All around are the towering sand dunes and ancient architecture that make up the picturesque landscape of the region. Continuing a century-old tradition, all guests who stay at the hotel will be provided with their own butler for the duration of their stay, ensuring the highest levels of bespoke service. The St. Regis Doha features 336 rooms including 70 suites – all offering soothing views of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel features ten restaurants and bars, 4,000-square- meters of meeting space and extensive recreational facilities including Remède Spa, an Olympic swimming pool and beachfront cabanas with private Jacuzzis.