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Crown Towers Melbourne crowned Victoria’s best hotel winning the prestigious Forbes Five-Star Award for the third consecutive year

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Today, globally renowned Forbes Travel Guide revealed its highly coveted 2019 Five Star Award winners – with Crown Towers Melbourne retaining its status as Victoria’s only Forbes Five Star hotel for the third year running.

As one of only two Australian hotels to have achieved the award, this latest accolade reinforces Crown Towers as one of the leading premium brands and one of Australia’s most prestigious destinations in luxury accommodation.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives presents an exciting Easter program 

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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives presents an action-packed Easter programme for 2019, designed to provide guests with truly memorable experiences amidst an idyllic island paradise uniquely located beyond the equator.

From bespoke Easter menus and cocktails at award-winning restaurants to live performances and underwater egg hunts, there are plenty of ways to celebrate this spring.

More info here.

DoubleTree by Hilton Focuses on Asia Pacific in Expansive Global Development

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Sustaining its tremendous growth into 2019, DoubleTree by Hilton will expand its footprint around the world, with nearly half of its 200 planned hotels located in the Asia Pacific region. Fourteen new DoubleTree by Hilton properties are slated to open this year across China, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, adding to the close to 560 existing DoubleTree by Hilton properties currently in its global portfolio that spans across 45 countries.

To accommodate the region’s thriving economic centres and growing tourism industries, DoubleTree by Hilton looks to provide an upscale solution to those in or traveling to the region with innovative, comfortable hotels and its signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie welcome.

Celebrate Sakura season with tastes of Spring from Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

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Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo offers a bouquet of special experiences to celebrate hanami, the viewing of sakura. A cherished tradition throughout the country, the arrival of cherry blossoms heralds the arrival of the spring season along with a wealth of specially crafted delicacies featuring ruby chocolate, a new type of chocolate launched to the world by Callebaut in 2017 which boasts a naturally pink hue and fresh berry-like flavor. Since its introduction, ruby chocolate has gained popularity in Japan.

For those who wish to enjoy sweet indulgences while under the blooming canopy of a cherry tree, The Boutique by Shangri-La offers a variety of items to take away and enjoy as a picnic, including ruby chocolates and bonbons.

The hotel has also created a Sakura Afternoon Tea and ice cream cupcakes to be enjoyed in the elegance of the Lobby Lounge. And CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La is offering two treatments to refresh and rejuvenate with the new season.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts welcomes 15 new member hotels 

Preferred Hotels & Resorts – the world’s largest independent hotel brand representing more than 700 distinctive hotels, resorts, and residences across 85 countries – is pleased to announce the growth of its global portfolio with the addition of 15 new member hotels between October 1 and December 31, 2018.

From an adults-only all-inclusive resort to a 16th century palace, these exciting new properties deliver authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences that speak to the spirit of independent hotels and encapsulate #ThePreferredLife across exciting destinations including Jaipur, Lisbon, and the Yucatan Peninsula.

Hotel de la Ville Rome, a Rocco Forte hotel offers the perfect luxe location to explore the city + exclusive benefits for Virtuoso guests

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Discerning globetrotters seeking a combination of historic charm, modern design and superb location at the top of Rome’s Spanish Steps will welcome Hotel de la Ville, opening in May 2019. To celebrate, the Rocco Forte hotel is offering perks exclusively to guests who reserve their stay through an advisor affiliated with leading global luxury travel network Virtuoso®. Travellers who book by March 15, 2019 for stays from June 1 through August 31, 2019 will receive:

A complimentary night for stays of three nights or more
A welcome amenity
Curated experiences (for suite guests)
Limousine Class S return transfer and breakfast in-suite or on the terrace (for Signature Suite guests)

More info here.

COAST, Centara’s Casual Beach Club and Bistro Concept, Brings Laid-Back Luxury and Fresh Cuisine to the World’s Most Spectacular Seafront Destinations

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Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, has revealed plans to expand its beach club and bistro concept, COAST, bringing laid-back luxury and fresh, creative cuisine to diners in some of the world’s most spectacular seafront destinations.

Exclusive to the upper upscale Centara Grand brand, COAST Beach Club and Bistro is a stylish and social dining and lounge concept with four absolute beachfront locations currently operating in the idyllic Thai resorts of Koh Samui, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Phuket. This will soon become five, with the launch of a new COAST at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi.

COAST combines elegance and sophistication with a chilled-out beach vibe, allowing its clientele to unwind in style, surrounded by nature. Glitz and glamour meet barefoot chic as guests relax on lounge sofas and beanbags during the day, savouring the panoramic seascapes. Crafted cocktails and casual snacks offer light daytime refreshment, including freshly-baked pizzas, gourmet burgers, Thai dishes and other comfort food.

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