Onyx Signs Agreement With Sino Lanka To Manage Two Sri Lanka Hotels

Sri Lanka will see the development of two new hotels over the next year after ONYX Hospitality Group recently signed management agreements with Sino Lanka Hotels.

ONYX, a Thailand-based management company, will be looking after two stylish hotels that will provide Sri Lanka holidays in Colombo and Galle from late 2013.

Sri Lanka is one of the most vibrant destinations in the Asia Pacific and one that is experiencing dynamic growth in tourism, commented Peter Henley, the president of ONYX Hospitality Group.

We plan to make it a key hub for ONYX going forward.

The two new Sri Lanka hotels will both operate under the OZO brand, which provides stylish and practical accommodation and facilities for travellers.

The Colombo OZO hotel will be located on Marine Drive on the coast and just five kilometres from the centre of the capital city. Guests will be able to enjoy beautiful views from a choice of 160 rooms during cultural Sri Lanka holidays in the country’s capital city, as well a sophisticated rooftop caf and refreshing swimming pool.

Tourists heading to the oceanfront Galle OZO property for beach holidays in Sri Lanka, will be able to enjoy the pristine sandy stretch of beach with its landscaped swimming pool and a selection of dining outlets. The hotel is located two kilometres from the famous Galle Fort and each of the propertys 148 rooms offer stunning views of the coastline.

The chairman of Sino-Lanka hotels, Bob Kundanmal, said: We aim to be at the forefront of hotel development in Sri Lanka in the next decade and we see the OZO brand as an ideal platform for bringing style and innovation to the mid-market sector.

We look forward to working with ONYX over the coming years to bring these first projects to life.

Since the end of the countrys decades-long civil war in 2009, Sri Lankas tourism industry has boomed. Travellers have regained confidence in returning to the island nation for holidays and the Sri Lanka Tourism Authority has been working hard to promote the country as a safe tourist destination in many countries across the world.

The Indian Ocean country is renowned for its beautiful natural landscapes and diverse ecosystem. Tourists can make the most out of their holidays in Sri Lanka by visiting hundreds of sandy beaches and heritage sites including ancient cities and colonial forts, or hiking through wildlife sanctuaries, thriving nature parks, and up majestic mountains.

Hotels In Pinetop Gearing Up For White Mountain Bluegrass Music Festival

Things are really starting to heat up in the northern town of Pinetop, Arizona in preparation for the 20th Annual White Mountain Bluegrass Music Festival. Music lovers from all over the country will be staying at hotels in Pinetop AZ to check out this years exciting event August 14 and 15th at the Hon-Dah Resort & Casino.

As usual, this years festival features a Dutch Oven Cook-off. To be part of this competition, entrants must be members of the International Dutch Oven Society, cook over a charcoal fire up off the ground and use ingredients prepared from scratch on site including cutting of meat, vegetable, other ingredients and marinating. This is an exciting and time-honored part of the festival and each category is judged by professional, qualified judges.

The White Mountain Bluegrass Festival features bands and other groups from the Southwest. Ben Sandoval is a featured performer who has been involved in folk music, old time fiddling and bluegrass and old-time country music since the 70s. Ben has been very active organizing other shows including the Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival in 1979, the Gisela Bluegrass Festival in 1981 and the Prescott Bluegrass Festival in 1982, the Morman Lake Festival and Paysons White Mountain Bluegrass Festival.

This years festival will also feature Mark Phillips and Third Generation Bluegrass Band. Mark started playing bluegrass at the age of 14 with his father, Wayne Phillips, who formed the band. Mark’s first instrument was the banjo. He currently plays guitar for the band as well as the mandolin and the bass and sings most of the leads. The band also features Roger Starnes, a Fort Worth Texas native who plays banjo, guitar, mandolin and dobro. Kendall Murphy is also in the band as well as Michael Morrison and
Jake Gathright – the newest member of IIIrd Generation who plays mandolin.

The White Mountains Bluegrass Festival is conveniently located near many Pinetop Arizona hotels and also features the music of The Bost Family, a six piece, hard-driving, bluegrass band from Cochise County, Arizona. The festival also includes gospel music on Sunday, jam sessions, family entertainment, food and some arts & crafts.

Top 5 Hotels With Underwater Rooms

Fancy spending a luxury holiday in a room with a view? How about an underwater room? With the establishment of the following luxury resorts, your dreams have been made a reality. Welcome to the modern age, where anything is possible. These are our Top 5 destinations around the world with underwater rooms.

1. Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
For the ultimate in relaxing vacations, Huvafen Fushi resort offers 43 overwater bungalows decorated in sleek lines and minimalist colours.

In 2004 the hotel owners took this concept to a whole new level and constructed two underwater treatment rooms for Huvafen Fushi’s Lime Spa. These treatment rooms reflect the spa’s philosophy, that ‘water is the equilibrium and elixir of life.’ The spa complex is laid out in a series of bungalows, with the underwater rooms accessible via a staircase.

If you can’t manage to get a reservation, don’t panic. Huvafen Fushi’s other spa-treatment rooms have glass-bottomed floors so you can still gaze off into the deep.

2. Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo
The Jules’ Undersea Lodge, named for science fiction author Jules Verne, is the only undersea hotel currently in existence. To enter the lodge, guests must scuba dive 21 feet beneath the surface, swimming past all manner of marine life on their way.

This destination is aimed at avid scuba divers. Thus, the decor focuses on functionality, as opposed to extravagance. There are two guest rooms and a common room which doubles as a galley, dining and entertainment area.

Breakfast and dinner are served in the underwater rooms, but for something a little bit extra, guests can request the services of a “mer-chef” who dives down to the hotel to prepare and serve a gourmet dinner.

3. The Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa
The Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa is spread over two islands and is famed for its overwater villas, each a massive 1,600 square feet in size and featuring their own private sun decks and outdoor Jacuzzis. Also available are spa villas, which have their own private treatment room with sea views.

But to truly experience the treasures of the deep guests can book a table at Ithaa, an all-glass, underwater restaurant. Ithaa is situated five metres below sea level. Diners enter from an overwater platform so they never even get their feet wet. The room has a domed glass ceiling and 180 degrees views of the sea, with accommodation for 12 diners.

To cap off a truly aquatic experience guests can head to the spa, which is built on stilts 110 yards out to sea.

4. Hydropolis, Dubai
Scheduled for completion late 2009, Hydropolis will be the world’s first luxury underwater hotel. Architect Joachim Hauser’s futuristic vision is taking shape 20 metres below the surface of the Persian Gulf, just off the Jumeirah Beach coastline in Dubai.

The original idea for Hydropolis developed out of the architect’s passion for the sea. It will include three elements: the land station, where guests will be welcomed, the connecting tunnel, which will transport people by train to the main area of the hotel, and the 220 suites within the submarine leisure complex. It is one of the largest contemporary construction projects in the world, covering an area of 260 hectares.

This undersea resort even features a children’s SeaWorld.

5. Atlantis the Palm, Dubai
Today, the Atlantis holds the prime spot on the outer rim of the Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island that juts from the coast of Dubai.

The 1539-room Atlantis consists of two towers, a conference centre, a spa, a private beach and the water park. Taking the mythological sunken island of Atlantis as its theme the resort aims for the wow factor right from the start, with terraced water gardens at the entry and an ornate, high-vaulted lobby.

The Neptune and Poseidon suites, which face that three-story aquarium, have private floor-to-ceiling underwater views from the bedrooms. If guests are unable to tear themselves away from watching the 65,000 marine animals, a 24-hour private butler is available to serve refreshments.

Then there are the Lost Chambers Suites – with bed and bath views directly into the underwater world of the Ambassador Lagoon.

Best Shimla Hotels For New Year Party

Looking for some real European-style white Christmas and New Year? Then head to Shimla, the onetime summer capital of the country and one of the famous hill stations of North India.

Shimla sometimes pronounced as Simla is the capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh and is situated at a height of 2000metres above sea level. It was the summer capital of India during the erstwhile British Raj and during the sultry Indian summers, the whole Government moved to the picturesque hills of Shimla. The British had developed this town significantly and their influence can be still seen in the numerous colonial structures strewn all around the city. The city can be reached from all the major cities of the country by roads, railways and airways. The nearest airport is at Jubbarhatti 12kms away and it caters to domestic flights only. The railway line from Kalka to Shimla is a scenic route and the train journey is highly recommended by travelers as a once in a lifetime journey. Shimla is nestled in the mighty Himalayas and therefore enjoys pleasant summers and cold winters. Though it is primarily a summer destination but the winter celebrations and new years in Shimla are rapidly gaining a popular reputation. The winters can be quite cold with snow fall and minus degree temperatures but that doesn”t deter revelers. Visitors can enjoy a white new years in Shimla complete with celebrations and snowfall. A much sought after destination in Shimla during winters is Kufri that is situated on the outskirts. Children can enjoy on the snow, join in a no holds barred snow fight or enjoy ice skating on Asia”s only natural ice skating rink. Couples can take a trip on horseback over the snow and enjoy the peace and quiet on a snow trail. You can go shopping on the Mall that is the main shopping street and you can look for handicrafts at Lakkar Bazar. The Tibetan Market is a good place to shop for good quality woolen garments and other items. After the day is done you can sit down and enjoy a cup of steaming hot tea at any of the cafes in the Mall.

Quality Hotels in Shimla

Hotel Shingar is among the best 2 star hotels in Shimla and is located near the Mall road. It enjoys a customer recommendation of 80% which means 8 out of 10 would love a second visit and that makes it one of the popular Shimla hotels. It offers well furnished rooms that have an attached bath room and running hot water. It also provides a multi cuisine restaurant, 24hr room service and a travel desk. The rooms cost Rs.2778.

Hotel Sangeet is one of the popular budget hotels in Shimla that enjoys wide recommendation among guests. Located near the Mall road, it has received a customer recommendation of 77% which means 8 out of 10 people would like to try out this place again. It provides well furnished and well equipped rooms that cost Rs.1000.

Goa Hotels For All

Goa hotels are the ultimate party destinations; these are where Southern tunes meet Western wine and create a unique mixture of music and elegance. The beauteous seaside town of Goa is the city inebriating state of hypnosis, enlivening revelries, and free circulation of alcohol enchants thousands of fun-lovers. Famous night clubs of these hotels in Goa pattern to state of hypnosis and the sedating comfort appeases all. These hotels and hotels in Goa provides range of leisurely facilities and a good circulation of pleasant efforts at these vacationing hotels suits Goan soul of lightness.
To suit all pouches there are aplenty of Goa hotels. Available in all groups and styles there are a wide number of praiseworthy guesthouses, hotels and hotels in the area offering relaxed accommodations choices for all. Amongst the best hotels following are most popular:
Luxury Class
Cidade de Goa: Cidade de Goa has created a standard for itself with its outstanding solutions and ambitious ways of kindness. A fantastic 5 celebrity residence, it is where you are adorned with best of the fun activity. Hotel provides a food of traditional delicacies, awesome enjoyment choices and more covered in warm Goan kindness. Stretch across 40 miles of luxurious landscape, the place shows Colonial structure.
Ramada Caravela Beach Resort: One of the best high-class category Goa Hotels , Ramada Caravela Beach Hotel provides maximum opportunity to enjoy romancing, obtain self-discovery, relax, revitalize and escape to isolation. Relaxing white beaches of Varca Beach are where the accommodation is situated sprawled over 23 miles of relaxing plants. From location to chosen solutions and smartly decked guestrooms Ramada Caravela provides perfect preparations for one’s luxurious remain in Goa. Well huge rooms, luxurious packages and elegant rentals are accented by breath-taking views of pink sea in front. The hotel also provides a attractive variety of hotels, bars and other cusine choices for a unique cusine experience.
Economy Class
Santana Beach Resort: A 3 celebrity residence Santana Beach Hotel is situated at Dando Candolim in north region of Goa. The economic system category residence is situated near commercial establishments in near range to airport and train station and it is also within a very near to Candolim Beach; therefore it helps you to save its visitors from traveling time and avails near range from the seaside. 33 studio room flats remain perfect and are equipped with satellite tv, air conditioning, tea/ coffee machine, telephone, mini bar, couch cum bed and more.
Ginger Hotel: A well-known 2 celebrity residence Cinnamon Hotel is well known amongst best of economic system Goa hotels. The hotel guarantees visitors have a relaxed remain with its list of basic and leisurely facilities. This 2 celebrity hotel even provides indoor games and a fire living room Disco Night Club for guest’s enjoyment.
Belonging to different groups Goa Hotels in general are available for all kinds of tourists be it back-packers or top level high-class category tourists all can find their ideal base at one of these properties.