The Castle Hotel, Dailan, China is one of the best new hotels in 2014
As 2015 steadily approaches, we here at HotelsCombined have once more looked back at the world’s most incredible hotel openings over the last 12 months (see our picks for 2013’s best here). With hundreds of exciting new properties added to our database this year, it was certainly a tough job limiting our favourites to a list of ten. To help with our decision, we based our selection on factors such as location, uniqueness of amenities and quality of service. The end result is a phenomenal group of castles, beach retreats and architectural wonders that we hope you’ll agree are truly one-of-a-kind:
Is it just us, or does Scandal’s Olivia Pope really need a vacation? When the poor gal’s not burning the candle at both ends sorting out other people’s professional and personal disasters, she’s struggling with her own messy love life and high-stake intrigues. We here at HotelsCombined felt so bad for the overworked fixer – fictional though she may be – that we began combing through our database of over 800,000 accommodation options to find the perfect retreat where Olivia could temporarily rest and revitalize.
Olivia Pope from Scandal, image via ABC.go.com
But then that got us thinking about other television characters who could use a bit of a break (let’s face it, Downton Abbey’s pallid Lady Mary needs to get out of the British fog and into some sunshine ASAP). As leading experts in the travel industry, we couldn’t help but accept the challenge of assigning our favourite small screen protagonists the holidays we imagine they’d dream of. The result is a list of amazing spots around that globe that anyone, real or make-believe, would be sure to enjoy:
The view from the hotel overlooking Fisherman’s Cove
Just 15 short miles off the mainland of Kota Kinabalu sits the Gaya Island Resort. It’s an elegant, modern and eco-friendly resort surrounded by all that nature has to offer. The resort sits on the coast of Malohom Bay, its hillside villas perched within the protected rainforests with many overlooking the pristine waters of the South China Sea.
Travel Hacks you need to read
Christmas is around the corner and travellers quickly jumping online to book their end of year accommodation.
So, what can we do to help out the travellers in the lead up to this busy travel period? We’ve put our heads together and come up with a clever list of the Top Ten Travel Hacks that make travel easy:
The Crown Metropol in Melbourne is the most popular five star hotel in Australia in the last six months
Five star hotels are synonymous with exceptional service, elegant and comfortable rooms and a top notch mini-bar. It appears that Australians and travellers within Australia are becoming quite accustomed to this level of service, with the number of five star hotel bookings in Australia increasing by 194 percent since 2013.
So which hotels are we choosing to stay in? We’ve taken a look through our database of Australian hotels – there are over 12,000 – and have named the most popular five star hotels in Australia for the last six months.
Tasmania in Australia has been named on the Top Regions list
Lonely Planet has just announced their 2015 Top Regions of the World.
Their in-house team of staff, bloggers and authors have looked for places that offer something different to the rest of the country their surrounding country. While there are a few surprises, ultimately the Lonely Planet team has provided some inspiring suggestions of beautiful and unique places to visit in 2015.
The amazing Universal Studios in Singapore
Singapore is perhaps best known as a stopover point on the way to other places. This is a shame, as it is a fantastic destination, with plenty to offer.
The city is brimming with attractions, excellent food and shopping and has a quick and convenient public transportation system. It is a fabulous destination for families and it would be easy to spend a couple of weeks here and not run out of things to do.
Here are some of our favorite attractions to visit with kids:
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?