The 31st of October is reserved for celebrating the spookiest, scariest and the most haunting of holidays. Hello Halloween. Costumes and decorations aim to frighten, and only the very bravest check in to hotels that are known to be haunted…
Are you that brave? We’ve searched our database of over 800,000 hotels and pulled out those that are thought to be home to ghosts, poltergeists and all things haunting. Would you dare visit on Halloween?
The exterior of the Dar Al Masyaf at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Dubai is infamous for its sky-high and exceptionally luxurious hotels. As a city they, literally, know how to take indulgence to another level.
So, where are the best places to stay when visiting?
In the office at HotelsCombined, we are surrounded by hundreds of stunning images and descriptions of extravagant accommodation options. We’ve pulled out some of the top-rated, five star hotels in the incredible city of Dubai, for your enjoyment. Here we go:
Intra-American travel offers more than its fair share of enviable experiences. In a nation rich in cultural and natural resources, the abundance of desirable destinations raises interesting questions of preference. Where are Americans in each state traveling most? Which state’s residents are most interested in venturing beyond their own borders? When they do travel, do Americans head for neighboring states, or far-flung regions?
Relax beside the pool at Xanadu Resort
Situated right on the ocean, the luxury Xanadu Island Resort is a perfect vacation spot for a family vacation or a romantic getaway in the Caribbean. The resort features regularly on Traveller’s Choice lists as one of the top small hotels in Belize and is renowned for its exceptional service and romance.
The Sunrise Kempinski in Beijing is due to open in late October 2014
New and amazing hotels are being built every day, with architects pushing the boundaries of what is possible each time. China in particular, continues to impress, with a string of glamorous and striking hotels opening in the last 12 months.
With an inventory of more than 800,000, here at HotelsCombined HQ we spend all day looking at incredible images and dreaming of the hotels that we’d like to visit. We picked out a few of the more futuristic hotels that we think look pretty cool:
Okay, admit it: When you’re on vacation, you just can’t help Instagramming your favorite sites. But have you ever wondered which locations inspire the most insta-sharing of all the world’s wondrous locales? Continue reading
Meet Nuria, our Spanish Market Manager
The HotelsCombined office is an interesting place to work. Given that our site is available world-wide and in over 40 languages, our head office in Sydney, Australia is a bustling international hub.
Our staff hail from all corners of the world – from Israel to Finland, from Malaysia to Switzerland, France and many many more. Our Getting To Know You series of interviews is all about harnessing the wealth of insider knowledge at our fingertips. We’ve previously spoken to our Thai Market Manager Paul and our German Market Manager, Carmen - today we are talking to our Spanish Market Manager, Nuria. She shares her favourite Spanish foods, places to visit and all things uniquely Spanish:
If you are planning a honeymoon or a momentous birthday getaway, chances are that you’ll have considered visiting some of the world’s most glamorous islands or coastal locations. For years couples and families have flocked to exotic beach destinations for relaxing yet, at times, expensive getaways.
Now it’s official. The Maldives, Seychelles, Aruba, Monaco and Mauritius have just been named as the world’s most expensive destinations according to HotelsCombined.
Marie and Joey started SeriouslyTravel.com to document their overseas adventures
Marie and her husband Joey first moved overseas for a work opportunity. Since then they have fallen in love with experiencing new places and discovered their combined passion for travel.
Sharing their adventures on their blog, SeriouslyTravel.com, the couple have set themselves a seriously interesting goal – within the next five years they hope to pay off all their bills and put enough money away to head off into the distance together. They aim to travel the world full time before retiring.
I recently sat down with Marie to get an understanding of how SeriouslyTravel.com works and what advice she might have for people who may not be quite ready to make the same commitment:
Meet our German Market Manager, Carmen Zauss!
We are a global company here at HotelsCombined. Our site is available in over 40 languages and is available world-wide. Our staff hail from all corners of the world, which means that we have an abundance of insider tips, knowledge and understanding right at our fingertips.
So, when it comes to getting to know an international destination – why not ask the experts?
This “getting to know you” segment is just that. We get the low-down on where we should be going, what we should be eating and (of course!) where we should be staying from our very own experts.
Last year we spoke to our Thai Market Manager, Paul and our Turkish Market Manager, Cemine. This time around, we are visiting one of the top European destinations – Germany – with our German Marketing Manager, Carmen. She shares her tips and hints for visiting her home country: