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Hotels Family-Friendly Options

Summercamp

Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts

Named in homage to the Methodist camp meetings held in the cottage-filled Oak Bluffs area since the early 1800s, the new 95-room Summercamp hotel has revitalized the 19th-century Wesley Hotel. Its bright, playful décor features nostalgic accents like wall-mounted vintage tennis rackets and archery bows, dragonfly-print drapes, platform beds with marine rope for bedposts and child-friendly bunk beds. Porches wrap the hotel, which overlooks the harbor, but for those who want more action, there’s Ping-Pong, Twister, movie screenings in the recreation hall and cornhole games on the lawn. The hotel lacks a restaurant, but stocks its Camp Canteen with retro snacks including Cracker Jacks, “penny candy” and Dreamsicles. Rooms from $149; summercamphotel.com.

Opal Sands Resort

Clearwater, Fla.

Beach-loving families will find Gulf of Mexico views from all of the 230 rooms at the shorefront Opal Sands Resort, each done in tones of driftwood and sea blue. Chairs and cabanas are available for rent at the beach, where the shallow and often calm water attracts swimmers. There’s also a zero-entry pool, which gradually slopes deeper, like a natural beach, and poolside food service. Other restaurants include the Italian Sea-Guini, which has a pasta-making station, and the beachside Sandbar, with live music on weekends. The resort is near the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to the stars of the movie “Dolphin Tale” and its sequel, and it is about a 10-minute walk to Pier 60, which stages a nightly sunset festival with street performers, including musicians and jugglers. Rooms from $269; opalsands.com.

Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina

Bar Harbor, Me.

A convenient base for exploring nearby Acadia National Park or taking a whale-watching or lobstering tour in family friendly Bar Harbor, Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina offers country club-style amenities with a casual spirit. Guests have access to the Bar Harbor Club, with an oceanfront swimming pool, tennis courts and a club for children 5 to 12. Among its 193 rooms, five Kids’ Suites, which include a separate room with a bunk bed, TV, DVD player and video game console, were recently added to the hotel. Four new Boathouse Suites offer more space, with two bedrooms, a full kitchen and a rooftop patio with a hot tub. Located in town, the resort is within walking distance of shops and restaurants and frequently hosts evening bonfires with s’mores. Rooms from $239; theharborsidehotel.com.

Home Ranch

Clark, Colo.

Offering an all-inclusive vacation with a western accent, dude ranches not only have horseback riding but plenty of wide open space for children to roam. The Home Ranch near Steamboat Springs in northwestern Colorado assigns each member of the family (age 6 and up) a horse for the week. Rugged activities such as hiking and fly fishing are balanced by resort-like amenities including a heated outdoor pool. Counselors running the children’s program offer activities until 9 p.m. daily, and teens have their own program, which might include rock climbing or barrel racing. The ranch recently planted an organic farm, supplying the kitchen with fresh produce and serving as a demonstration garden. Accommodations include lodge rooms and log cabins. Rates from $6,920 for two people for seven nights, the minimum stay in the summer; homeranch.com.

Suttle Lodge & Boathouse

Sisters, Ore.

The Portland-based hospitality group the Mighty Union, the creative and management company behind Ace Hotel Portland, is reviving a rustic resort in the Deschutes National Forest of central Oregon with a strong sense of play and an affinity for good food. Suttle Lodge & Boathouse is to open in late June on Suttle Lake, with 11 lodge rooms, six two-story lakefront cabins and eight budget cabins with a shared bathhouse on 15.5 acres. The chef Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s restaurant in Portland will oversee the food, including the locavore Boathouse restaurant. A 3.6-mile hiking trail rings the lake, and guests can take to the water via canoe, kayak or paddleboard. Expect naturalist talks and tours, and stargazing with an astronomer. Rooms from $125; thesuttlelodge.com.

The Beaumont in London

When the 73-room Beaumont Hotel opened its doors in London’s Mayfair district in 2014, it made an artistic statement so conspicuous that not even passers-by could disregard it. The building’s southernmost exterior is crowned by the British artist Antony Gormley’s inhabitable sculpture of a crouching man, which doubles as the property’s priciest and most conceptual suite.

But “ROOM,” the official name of Mr. Gormley’s sculpture, is only one element of a very deliberate artistic focus that the owners Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, two of London’s best-known restaurateurs, placed at the center of their concept, one that hinges on a fictional story that Mr. King created to establish a sense of place. Collected in a span of three years by Mr. King and his wife, Lauren Gurvich King, the art selection at the Beaumont works on two levels. “There is a simple decorative element that alludes to a particular period, but there is also a strong narrative,” Mr. King said. “Each work supports the back story I created about the New York hotelier Jimmy Beaumont who moved to London in the late ’20s to open his eponymous hotel.”

The art — a mix of more than 1,700 original paintings, photographs and prints that relate to places or people Jimmy would have known — serves to support the story and lend authenticity, the abiding buzzword today among hoteliers striving to offer guests an immersive and memorable experience. “If the art is not authentic when trying to create an atmosphere from a particular era, then you risk ending up with pastiche, when the intent is to celebrate the craftsmanship and creativity of the originals,” Mr. King said.

Similarly, the Lanesborough in London, which reopened last year after an 18-month design overhaul, features original works of art throughout the property, from public areas to guest rooms. The design teams on the project, Cabinet Alberto Pinto and Visto Images, a Paris art consultancy, conceived of an art collection that resembled that of the private residence of a wealthy Londoner, complete with the various types of art that could have been acquired in the 1830s.

“As the Lanesborough was built then as a hospital, we wanted to be faithful to the period and curate artworks that were authentic to the taste and style of the Regency period,” explained Alex Toledano, the president of Visto Images. The 2,000-some artworks, reflecting English taste at the time, are international, and were sourced not only from Britain but from France, Italy, Holland, Germany and China. They incorporate works on paper, hand-colored engravings, porcelain and paintings, including a pair of portraits from the 1750s by Sir Joshua Reynolds that hang in the entrance.

Whereas most new hotels favor designs that feel of the moment, Cabinet Alberto Pinto’s approach was to offer an Old English experience. “For so long there have been facsimiles used in hotels but guests today want and expect more,” said Amr Mandour, the studio’s lead decorator on the project. “There is a broad, intellectual movement toward authenticity in all areas of life and it’s our job as decorators to respond to that in our designs.”

That many upscale hotels have emphasized elaborate design concepts and curated artistic programs as a means to attract culture-hungry travelers isn’t all that rare in the industry. One of the pioneering examples of bridging the worlds of art and hospitality is 21c Museum Hotels, a boutique chain based in Louisville, Ky., that opened in 2006 and has properties in four other American cities, each with its own 21st-century art museum with curated exhibits open all day, every day, to the public and to guests.

Le Bristol in Paris, known for its classic 18th-century style with original works collected by the Oetker family, which owns the hotel, intends to draw those who love art but who may not be guests. In collaboration withGalerie Kamel Mennour, Daniel Buren created a pergola for Le Bristol that will be on view in the hotel’s garden through October, and the contemporary artist Hicham Berrada will illuminate the mirror screen in the Bar du Bristol with video installations.

Following that, the hotel will incorporate a series of sculptures in the garden by the Colombian artist Iván Argote, in association with the art exhibition Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain and the Galerie Perrotin.

Integrating the scale of original artwork seen in the Beaumont or the Lanesborough is likely to exceed the budgets of most hoteliers, but those who can tell a story through such design considerations can enhance a guest’s experience. “Well-curated art collections in hotels, especially the most ambitious, help guests feel the identity of a place,” Mr. Toledano said. “They help these properties feel less standardized.”

Mexico Oasis Hotels & Resorts

Cancun is a hotly competitive market for all-inclusive resorts, but Oasis Hotels & Resorts has carved out a niche by remaining compact, focused, local and diversified – and committed to the travel agent community.

In all, Oasis has eight all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and nearby Tulum, as well as two urban hotels in downtown Cancun. Enrique Klein, vice president-sales and marketing, said the group has managed to stay competitive over its 22-year history by “staying on top of market conditions and customer preferences by reading and addressing what the customer is looking for in vacation travel.”

For Oasis, diversity is a priority. Properties are tiered by price, concept and target markets. The Pyramid, set within the confines of the Grand Oasis Cancun, is the most luxurious, reflected in its restaurants, amenities and quality of furnishings. A notch below that are the Grand Oasis properties and then Oasis. The recently introduced Oasis Lite category includes two property offerings, said Klein, with “great amenities and services at great price points.” And, typical of Oasis’ efforts to leverage the proximity of its resorts to one another, the Lite properties are nearby “sisters” to Grand Oasis resorts, so that guests on a budget can enjoy many of the amenities and services of the more upscale options.

The two urban hotels – Smart Cancun by Oasis and Oh! The Urban Oasis – also offer contrasting styles and price points. Oh! The Urban Oasis “is more upscale, but the [two] hotels are connected by a walkway,” said Klein. “Both are great for business travel, but we also find leisure travelers coming who want to be where the action is.”

Cancun’s Grand Oasis Sens, a resort for guests 21 and older, provides amenities like large terraces, personal plunge pools and a beach club.

The Grand Oasis Palm and sister resort Oasis Palm focus on welcoming children. They share a 50,000-squarefoot children’s area packed with age-appropriate activities. Parents can stay with their kids or, if they wish to play golf or enjoy a spa treatment, have them supervised. All beach resorts offer a “Kids Eat and Play Free” program for children 12 and younger when staying with two adults. The brand’s off-the-beaten-path resorts, Grand Oasis Tulum and Oasis Tulum Lite, now feature a new KiddO Zone and renovated Kids Club.

All the resorts place a premium on entertainment, but that offering is highest at The Pyramid and Grand Oasis Cancun, which hosts well-known performers like disco queen Gloria Gaynor and such rock legends as Kool and the Gang.

Oasis also aims to distinguish itself with innovative programs and amenities. For instance, the group shares a fleet of 250 Smart cars available for rent at a nominal fee. Those cars come in handy when guests take advantage of Oasis’ Grand Runaway Program, which enables them to patronize 50 restaurants and bars at sister properties. “It’s important to note that TripAdvisor lists two or three of our restaurants in its top 10 for Cancun,” said Klein. “We are very serious about our cuisine, with concepts like dining in the dark, different ethnic restaurants and so forth.”

Looking ahead, Klein said that while Oasis is open to expansion, “we have our hotels at a place right now that is really appealing to agents and customers and at the cutting edge of where the product should be.” He added, “We have invested over $100 million in the past few years in rooms, restaurants and bars, entertainment and back-of-the-house improvements. We now offer almost 3,200 rooms – a full 10 percent of the available rooms in Cancun and that gives us a lot of brand equity.”

OASIS ENHANCES ITS AGENT PLATFORM

To help travel advisors more seamlessly sell and market its resorts, Oasis recently relaunched its agent platform. “We have created a platform to provide agents with anything they need to sell the hotels and be knowledgeable,” said Enrique Klein, vice president-sales and marketing.

The site offers streamlined training programs, generous rewards and simplified tools that enable travel professionals to easily navigate Oasis’ offerings. Agents who register can access Oasis’ higher commissions and other rewards, view all consumer offers, discover perks for group bookings and book fam trips with special year-round rates.

Agents can also download marketing resources like brochures, resort fact sheets, videos, customizable flyers and more; and even book stays directly. The certification program provides a comprehensive overview of everything Oasis offers so agents can feel confident when selling the product.

The site is part of Oasis’ stepped-up effort to reach agents, which includes a fam program that invites agents to visit four resorts on a complimentary basis for up to five nights. Those staying four or five nights can stay at two resorts of their choice and will be asked to complete three site inspections. Agents staying for three nights receive accommodations at one property; they need to complete one site inspection at their home resort and do a site visit at a second one. Agents can book fams from April 17 through June 30.

Extended Stay Hotels

Extended hotels are ideal for people who have to stay away from home at a particular place for long periods of time. The main purpose of an extended stay hotel is to make long term stay at hotels more affordable and provide accommodations that help create a home-like experience. The reasons for long term stay can vary between a business trip, corporate relocation, or a vacation with family. The space that these hotels provide is more, along with the amenities that are designed keeping long term business, leisure, and relocation travelers in mind. The main advantages include a kitchen and a laundry service that run around the clock.

In hotels that provide extended stay facilities, studio suites are available that are usually bigger compared to typical rooms, and are also definitely more economically when compared to corporate apartments. They are also located near metro areas and convenience stores for greater ease. Some hotels also provide additional amenities, including wireless high speed internet or broadband facilities. These hotels are a good choice for travelers who need a place for a week or more. It is also ideal for families that are on vacation on a budget, as the rooms are bigger, and a kitchen is also available that helps save on food.

With the advent of technology, you will not have to look too far for an extended stay hotel. All you need is to type in the location where you would be requiring a hotel on the Internet and you can rest assured that you will get plenty of options to choose from. Some websites provide the facility of a virtual tour and you can actually survey the site and your room on the Internet. You can book and pay online in advance if required. Some chains of hotels also tie up with the company and provide discounts or other promotional offers. It will be a good idea to check up with your organization if they have a tie up with a particular chain of hotels. You could also discuss the same with your colleagues who have stayed in some of the hotels, and pick up a few tips as to what would serve your requirement. If you are looking for a hotel for a vacation, then you could consider an off peak time. This will ensure that you get an additional rebate.

When to Choose Extended Stay Hotels

Extended hotel stays are ideal for people who are:

  • Working on a project that will keep them away from home for an extended period of time.
  • A family on vacation who would like access to a kitchen and laundry facilities.
  • A family is in the process of buying or remodeling their house.
  • A family or an individual is relocating to a new place.
  • A family or an individual visiting relatives at a different location.
  • It is also ideal for people who would like to stay away from their house or families for some time to resolve some emotional or personal issues.

Well, some of the higher end suites at hotels also provide a semi kitchen-like setup. But here are a list of some of the amenities that hotels providing extended stays provide at no charge, while other hotels would charge heavily for the same.

  • All rooms are fully equipped with kitchens and appliances which includes a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, dishes, cooking utensils, and a dining table. These are provided at no additional cost.
  • Most of these hotels provide unlimited local phone usage, a computer data port, Wi-Fi coverage, and personalized voicemail facilities.
  • Housekeeping and laundry service is provided around the clock.
  • Some extended stay hotels also provide exercise centers and pools.

Wanchai Hotel Accommodation

Hotel accommodation is an utmost requirement when it comes to travel in some other part of the world. In the areas where tourism is at the peak, a big chain of hotel can be witnessed. Hong Kong is the perfect example of the world’s popular destinations for the tourism purpose. Here, a large number of people from different parts of the world like to visit. So, various big hotels have given their businesses to this place.

Wharney Hotel is one of the big names in this regard. This is the hotel with a plethora of facilities and amenities for the guests. This hotel is located in Wanchai and it is one of the favorite destinations for the people without any second thought. Have a look at some of the facilities available in this wonderful Wanchai hotel accommodation.

Different Types of Rooms: Different varieties of rooms are available in this hotel, which one can avail according to his/her requirements and budgets. These types include superior room, superior triple room, deluxe room, executive room and executive plus rooms.

Dining: Dining is one more aspect that is necessary in the hotels. Most of the hotels try to provide the perfect bars and restaurants today. Wharney Hotel also has wonderful restaurants and bars. Seventh Son Restaurant at third floor is one of its best restaurants without any second thought. This restaurant has the expertise in Southern Chinese and authentic Cantonese cuisines. Another perfect place for dining there is the Japanese restaurant Ginza Kuraudo. It is at first floor of the hotel and is popular for its Japanese cuisines. The Scottish bar Canny Man is the longue in the hotel, which is in the basement.

Function Room: You can also arrange your personal functions as-well-as the business parties in the function room available in the hotel. These rooms are equipped with the audio/video facilities.

Swimming Pools: The swimming pools are the perfect source of health and fun simultaneously. Wharney Hotel has a wonderful swimming pool where you can get a complete fun while maintain your health via swimming.

Health Club: The hotel also has a health club named Gymtonik Fintess, where you can use the modern equipments for maintenance of your body as-well-as for the muscle building. Here, you can continue your gym routine if you have any at your place, or can start a new gym routine.

Spa: You can get healed from the age old aches with the help of the wonderful spa available here, which is known as “Pure Massage”. Wharney Hotel has a perfect spa center, where the guest can find the perfect massage.

Amenities: All types of amenities required by the guests today can be found in this hotel, which give you a homely experience. Delivery of food, snacks and tea/coffee in room, laundry services, internet and there are many other such services, which are available inside the rooms of the hotel. Besides, you also find the luxury beds inside the hotel.

You can easily acquire the Hong Kong hotel long stay package as-well-as short stay package easily on the official website of Wharney Hotel. The website provides you the complete information about the hotel. On the other hand, it also has the facility of online booking. You can add a few details in the quick online form and your details are reached to the hotel authorities.

Chicago Hotel With a Modern Spirit

Built by its elite members to convince visitors to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair that this wasn’t a hick town, the elegant Chicago Athletic Association languished in recent decades, notable for its Venetian Gothic facade on a landmarked stretch of Michigan Avenue. But in 2013, Commune Hotels & Resorts and the developers AJ Capital Partners began its resurrection, restoring the terrazzo floors, stained glass windows and carved stone fireplaces. In May 2015, the former men’s club reopened as a 241-room hotel, so thronged with sightseers since then that the Chicago Architectural Foundation now offers tours there. Retro appointments like a library wall of thrift-shop-caliber art are from the interior design firm Roman and Williams.

Location

In the downtown Loop, the prominent Michigan Avenue address overlooks tourist-centric Millennium Park across the street. Attractions including the Art Institute of Chicago are within easy walking distance and the 18-mile lakefront recreational path is just across the park. The elevated “L” train is one block away.

The Room

Reminding guests of the establishment’s original purpose as lodgings for members who were meant to spend their time in the grand public spaces, standard rooms are compact and interior facing. I had to whisk heavy drapes shut to avoid looking into a medical office just beyond the fire escape. Compensating for the lack of view, interiors channel another era, from a woven luggage rack above the desk and a Bluetooth speaker modeled on old radios to a Faribault Woolen Mill blanket draped across the bed and a headboard inspired by 19th-century brass beds. Minibars come generously stocked with local brands like Vosges chocolate and CH Vodka and include recipes for cocktails like the Moscow Mule.

The Bathroom

Open showers partly walled by glass, generous marble sinks and white tile with black accents make the most of the small space. Bathrobes in cozy sweatshirt material resemble boxers’ warm-up robes and the 19th-century apothecary C.O. Bigelow supplies the soap and shampoo.

Dining

Guests will find little incentive to explore Chicago restaurants beyond the hotel, home to five options for food and drink. The conservatory-like Cindy’s on the roof serves shellfish platters, cocktails and some of the best lakefront views. On the second floor, in a period-channeling room with tall privacy-ensuring booths, the Cherry Circle Room uses original club menus as inspiration for updated versions of steak tartare and roast lamb. Beyond it, the Game Room, with bocce and tabletop shuffleboard, serves playful fare like duck sausage corn dogs. The small Milk Room offers cocktails made from vintage spirits by night, coffee by day. On the ground floor, Shake Shack dishes burgers amid the grandeur.

Amenities

Besides the Game Room, the well-stocked gym and loaner Heritage Bicycles support the sporty theme. The heart of the hotel, the wood-paneled second-floor lobby called the Drawing Room, doubles as both a work space with a library table and book-filled shelves and a social setting with conversation areas around the enormous fireplaces.

Bottom Line

Gorgeously restored and imbued with a modern spirit of play, the Chicago Athletic Association captures many of the city’s most compelling attractions — architecture, history and food — under one handsome roof.

The Hoxton Amsterdam Hotel

The first two hotels from the Hoxton, both in London, earned the budget-friendly brand a reputation for creating spaces as cool to look at as they are to lounge in. The Hoxton Amsterdam, the first property outside Britain, opened in July 2015 with 111 rooms spread across five historic canal houses on the Herengracht canal.

The Dutch design firm Nicemakers created warm, welcoming interiors, and the large lobby, with its worn leather couches, classy U-shaped bar and mezzanine-level lounge, has become a favorite drinking-and-dining destination among hip Amsterdammers and visitors alike. Guest rooms, most with canal views, range in size from “Shoebox” to “Roomy,” and among three special concept rooms is the adorably named “Tubby” in the attic, outfitted with a bathtub.

Location

The optimal central location is a five-minute walk from Dam Square, from which the city’s central train station is less than 10 minutes away by tram. Buses and tram lines stop nearby, and most attractions are within easy walking or biking distance.

The Room

Arriving on a Friday night, my husband and I found the lobby abuzz with cocktail-sipping locals. But our lovely fourth-floor “Cosy” room — the middle price class — was serene with two tall windows overlooking the peaceful canal.

Cozy indeed, the stylish room had herringbone wood floors, heavy gray curtains, a large mirror on a wall, and a soft gray quilt atop a supremely comfortable bed with a padded leather headboard. A Wi-Fi-connected radio played soothing jazz melodies, and a bookshelf displayed secondhand novels and a pair of antique alarm clocks. Tucked in a nook decorated with handsome artworks was a small desk with a drawer that contained pens, paper and a corkscrew.

The Bathroom

The tiny bathroom had an eye-catching design with geometric-pattern ivory tile and snaking copper piping in the shower. But the shower’s small glass partition did not prevent the rainfall showerhead from soaking the entire floor. And those cool-looking copper pipes were scalding hot, so showering in the cramped stall required vigilance to avoid burns.

Amenities

A minifridge was stocked with complimentary milk and mineral water, and reception doubled as a shop selling snacks and drinks at reasonable (read: non-minibar) prices. Wi-Fi is free, as is an hour of phone calls to anywhere in the world. There are also bicycles available for guests’ use at no cost.

Dining

Waking up to find a complimentary breakfast bag hanging outside the door, delivered by “breakfast fairies,” was a delight. The paper bag appeared at my requested time filled with bananas, orange juice and cups of yogurt with blueberries and honey-nut granola from the local health-food chain Stach. Heartier plates are available from morning to midnight at Lotti’s, the hotel’s Italian-inflected restaurant, where everything from a full English breakfast to plates of celery-root ravioli are served beneath a retractable glass ceiling. The peacock-blue banquettes invite lingering, as do the ’50s-style swivel chairs at the bar, which also serves snacks like bitterballen, traditional Dutch beef-filled croquettes. A selection of menu items is available for room service at the same prices charged in the restaurant.

The Bottom Line

An excellent value with Dutch style and British humor, the Hoxton Amsterdam hits the sweet spot by balancing a hip vibe and relaxation.

Facts about the Burj Al Arab

▸ Burj Al Arab is located on an artificial island, built about 280 meters away from the Jumeirah beach in Dubai. It is connected to the mainland by a gently curving bridge.

▸ It stands as one of the tallest structures in the world. Its height is 321 meters (1,053 feet) above the sea level.

▸ The magnificent structure is home to the highest tennis court in the world. The tennis court is located close to the top of the hotel.

▸ Moreover, on top of the building, at a height of 212 meters above the sea level, there is also a helipad about 24 meters wide. It enables one to arrive or depart from Burj Al Arab by a helicopter and admire the beauty of the whole city from above.

▸ Gold was used to embellish the interior of the structure.

▸ Burj Al Arab has 202 rooms, which are all duplex suites, 18 elevators, 28 double-story floors, and incredible restaurants. The suite houses luxury rooms, panoramic suites, club suites, double suites, presidential and royal suites.

▸ The cost involved in building the hotel was $650 million.

▸ The construction involved several companies and contractors from the UK, USA, and Dubai and over 3000 workmen.

▸ It took three years just to build the foundation as it was constructed in the ocean with massive rocks and concrete. Around 230 concrete pillars were driven into the sand, more than 40 meters deep to hold the foundation. The friction of the sand against the piles helps to sustain the foundation.

▸ A layer of massive rocks was placed on the surface in a honeycomb pattern to protect the foundation from erosion.

▸ Around 70,000 cubic meters of concrete and about 9,000 tons of steel were used in the construction of the building.

▸ The smallest suite of the Burj Al Arab covers an area of 169 square meters while the largest is 780 square meters.

▸ The design of the structure features a steel skeleton enclosed within a concrete tower. There are two wings to form a mast, and the area between the wings is covered with a Teflon-coated woven glass fiber screen. The coating of the fabric protects the building from harsh heat and dirt. The fabric also allows a white milky light to penetrate inside the building during the daytime. At night, the fabric is lit by lights of varying colors.

▸ Al Muntaha, one of the restaurants inside the hotel, offers a view of Dubai.

▸ Another restaurant, the Al Mahara, features a large sea water aquarium, holding more than one million liters of water.

▸ The hotel is also home to the Al Iwan Royal Dining Hall, Junsui Asian restaurant, Bab Al Yam restaurant, Majlis Al Bahar restaurant, Sahn Eddar restaurant, Skyview Bar, Al Falak Ballroom, Marina Garden, Marina Garden, Assawan Amphitheater and Diwania Library.

▸ There is also an open-air swimming pool at the ground level, a private beach located on the mainland, and the Wild Wadi Water Park.

▸ The interior of the hotel was designed by Khuan Chew, Design Principal of KCA International. The interior features an atrium with a beautiful central fountain and a cascading waterfall.

▸ There are more than 28,000 light fixtures in Burj Al Arab.

▸ Statuario marble was used to make the walls and flooring. Around 43,000 square meters of it was used to embellish the interiors.

▸ Burj Al Arab is supervised by Jumeirah Group, the global hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding.

Tips to Search Hotel For Family Vacation

Do A Little Research:

You can find thousands of hotels listed online, however, make sure you check the feedback and history of the hotels you shortlist. Flip through some magazines and brochures and try to look for hotels that best suit your needs. Take opinion from your friends who have already visited the hotel before. Discuss with your family members who are going to accompany you. By doing so, not only will the family be able to enjoy the trip as one group but it will also lessen the decision-making pressure on one person.

Decide On A Budget:

Setting a clear budget before booking a hotel is important because you need to be realistic about what you can afford. Also look for offers and discounts, so that you can reduce the budget and spend the balance amount for something else that’s more useful.

For Example, There are many hotels in Mumbai near airport like Tunga hotels – that provide amazing offers if you do the bookings online. Without the need to step out of your house, you can get the best of the deals for the hotel, by just sitting in the comfort of your couch.

Remember, there is no hard and fast rule about how much you should spend on a hotel stay. Just make sure that you spend to a limit what feels comfortable for you and your family.

Ambiance And Decor:

Even if you’re on a tight budget, you want to relax somewhere comfortable, clean and inviting. So look for a hotel that offers a feeling of being pampered that is unmatched at home. Opt for rooms that are decorated with fresh flowers, attractive art, and thoughtful interior designs. This will allure your energy level and make your vacation even more enjoyable. In short, the feeling of comfort and relaxation that the ambiance creates will make your stay worth the money spent.

On-Site Restaurant Options:

After a long travel day, it is nice to have an on-site restaurant or two at your hotel. You save on time hunting for other eating outlets around the vicinity. Moreover, the all day dining bar and lip-smacking meal options in your own hotel will make your stay more exhilarating and thrilling.

Look For Facilities:

If you’re on a family vacation, your in-room time has to be exciting, thus extra features like convenient valet parking, pool and beautiful view from the room are more important.

Moreover, if you want to stay connected with other relatives and friends while you are away on a vacation, look for hotels that offer WI-FI connectivity at no extra charge. This will make your stay even more simple and stress-free.

Location:

The location is a factor, too. Be sure to choose a hotel that can be easily located. If you are new to the city, look for hotels that are near to the airport, the railway station, or the bus stand. This in all will save your traveling money, time and energy.

For example, if you visit Mumbai, you will find many hotels in Mumbai near international airport that are well connected to the other parts of the city. Be it any time of the day, you can easily access the hotels near airport with great ease without many hassles.

Just knowing that your hotel is only minutes away from almost everywhere is an incredible boon when you’ve spent a long day shopping and need an hour’s rest before the next adventure or event. Moreover, it becomes easier to experience more of what excites you than if you were in a hotel somewhere on the outside edge.

Bambu Indah’s Guest

The hotel is certainly one of a kind, evolving, in its early years, as more of an experiment than an entrepreneurial venture. During the years when the couple were building Hardy’s namesake jewelry company—which they sold in 2007—they purchased a block of land adjacent to their house, fearful it would be turned into another of the area’s luxury hotels. From that point forward, Bambu Indah has evolved from a place that could accommodate the couple’s visiting friends to one of the world’s most unique examples of sustainable hospitality.

Pragmatism, rather than any particular design vision, governed Bambu Indah’s early development. The couple began snapping up inexpensive Javanese teak wedding houses, built more than a century ago, and transporting them to the island. “In a very short period of time we had three or four gladaks and placed them randomly on the new land,” says Cynthia. “There was no name for it and there was no organization, they were just cute little huts where we put a few guests who we asked to leave $20 a night in tips for the staff who would take care of them.”

Bambu Indah has continued to grow significantly—the hotel now numbers 15 unique guest pavilions—but the project’s guiding principles haven’t changed. Rather than manicured lawns, the property’s grounds are covered with vegetable beds and local edible and ceremonial plants. There’s a natural swimming kolan (swimming pond) surrounded by large river stones; delicious, spice-laden local food is served in a spacious open-plan kitchen and dining room; and while each of the hotel’s houses feel private and secluded, most are sited facing the Ayung River and the lush rice paddies in the distance.

Adding to this sensation of sybaritic escape, the Hardys decorated the hotel with pieces acquired on their many exotic voyages. Among the treasures are traditional Persian carpets, crystal geodes discovered in South America, African furniture, and ikats and cotton throws and bedding from the Indonesian Archipelago.

The Moon and Copper houses, the newest structures on the compound, were conceived by Hardy and his daughter Elora, the creative director of Ibuku, a local architecture and design firm known for conjuring lavish structures entirely from bamboo. The Moon House resembles a soaring crescent-shaped basket, its otherworldy form typical of the company’s creativity and technical prowess. The Copper House echoes this curvilinear silhouette with a bamboo roof wrapped in tin copper. Of the new houses, John explains: “We looked at the view and it was sublime. But how do you build without blocking the view? So we left them open and built a netted sleeping arrangement so there would be the possibility of privacy and safety. I like to call one of them the Love Nest, and the other is called the Moon House because there’s a beautiful copper bathtub in the garden for moonlight bathing.”

Just getting to the new houses, accessed through a steep series of stone stairways or via the hotel’s bamboo-covered two-person mining elevator carved into the cliffside, feels like an adventure. “The hotel offers a connection to nature and a sense of wonder and possibility,” says Elora of the hotel’s quixotic character. “We believe that by opening up to a landscape, culture, and nature you can get more joy. I hope that being at Bambu Indah inspires excitement about how the future can be.”