Category Archives: Hospitality

Vacation Views: ‘Miramar Boutique Hotel, Corsica’

Perfectly located between Ajaccio and Bonifacio in the region of Propriano-Sartene-Campomoro, the Miramar Corsica, surrounded by a two-acre garden, is only  minutes away from the unspoiled sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Southern Corsica, its charming villages and fishing harbors.

Corsica, a mountainous Mediterranean island, presents a mix of stylish coastal towns, dense forest and craggy peaks (Monte Cinto is the highest). Nearly half the island falls within a park whose hiking trails include the challenging GR 20. Its beaches range from busy Pietracorbara to remote Saleccia and Rondinara. It’s been part of France since 1768, but retains a distinct Italian culture.

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Travel & Leisure: The Top 15 Island Paradises (Video)

The top 15 Island Paradises in the world:

  1. Necker Island – British Virgin Islands
  2. Niyama Islands – Maldives
  3. North Island – Seychelles
  4. Turtle Island – Fiji
  5. Denis Island – Seychelles
  6. Tsarabanjina Island – Madagascar
  7. Fernando de Noronha – Brazil
  8. Lord Howe Island – Australia
  9. Teti’aora Island – French Polynesia
  10. Voavah Island – Maldives
  11. Bawah Reserve – Indonesia
  12. COMO Parrot Cay – Turks & Caicos Islands
  13. Velaa Island – Maldives
  14. Pamalican Island – Philippines
  15. Laucala Island – Fiji

Business Customs: ‘Why Do Americans Tip?’ (Video)

Tipping is a quintessential American custom. In the U.S. consumers tip for services ranging from baggage handlers at the airport to housekeepers at hotels. But according to some analysts, tipping has created an environment where restaurant servers are subjected to sexual harassment and low pay.

About 70% of tipped workers in the restaurant industry are women and about 45% are people of color. In a recent study by One Fair Wage and UC Berkeley’s Food Labor Research Center over 78% of restaurant workers reported witnessing hostile behavior from customers who were asked to follow Covid-19 safety protocols, more than 40% noticed a change in the frequency of unwanted sexual comments from customers and 83% said their tips had declined during the pandemic.

With Covid-19 leaving millions to do essential work for low pay there have been renewed calls for a $15 minimum wage and the elimination of the tipped minimum wage — the base salary for many restaurant workers. Forty three states, including Georgia, North Carolina and Texas, have a tipped minimum wage for workers who in some cases are paid as little as $2.13 an hour by their employer.

But many in the full-service restaurant industry oppose the proposed changes, saying they would lead to higher menu prices and fewer hours for workers. According to the National Restaurant Association, the pandemic has already enacted a devastating toll on the industry, wiping out 2.5 million restaurant jobs and more than 110,000 eating and drinking establishments in 2020 alone. Watch the above video to find out what the $15 minimum wage and the elimination of the tipped minimum wage would mean for restaurants and their employees.

Vacation Views: ‘Waldorf Astoria Resort – Maldives Ithaafushi’ (Video)

Nestled among white sands and crystal blue waters, this elegant Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort is a 40-minute yacht journey from Velana International Airport. Discover indulgent choices from 11 celebrated dining venues, a world-class lifestyle spa sanctuary, and a plethora of activities for all generations. Experience True Waldorf Astoria Service personalized to your every wish.

Set in a tropical paradise, the resort and the beach, reef and overwater villas span across three islands with a wealth of luxuries and experiences:

• 119 beach, reef and overwater villas with private pool, including the Ithaafushi Private Island
• 11 dining venues and bars including Terra, an elevated treetop restaurant, and The Ledge by Dave Pynt
• World-class lifestyle spa and wellness sanctuary
• A myriad of adventure and watersports activities

Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small archipelagic state in South Asia, situated in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 700 kilometres from the Asian continent’s mainland. 

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Inside Views: Sweden’s Luxurious ‘ICEHOTEL’

Located in Sweden stands the world’s most luxurious ice hotel, made from two and a half thousand tonne blocks of pure ice. From beds to bars, artists carve the ice to form the interior of the hotel. But the hotel only stays standing for 4 months a year before it begins to melt away to nothing… Experience a spectacular aerial journey across Sweden with Europe From Above; stop by the restoration of Stockholm Palace, a frozen winter wonderland and a record-breaking wooden skyscraper.

Travel & Hotel Books: ‘Great Escapes Greece’

Greece is the land of gods and scholars as well as the birthplace of democracy and Western philosophy. Completely surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, it is also one of the most popular vacation destinations—and has much more to offer than just the blue and white islands of the Cyclades.

A voyage to the most beautiful hotels in Greece

Greece’s ancient art and culture form the cradle of Western civilization—numerous monuments and museums tell to this day of the country’s rich history. Greece is unique also by virtue of its breathtaking landscapes, the hospitality of its inhabitants, and its fabulous hotels, making it the dream destination of many travelers. The fresh and healthy cuisine, the crystal clear sea, and the canvas-worthy sunsets do the rest—a trip to Greece is pure delight.

Angelika Taschen travels from the mountains of Macedonia in the north to the Peloponnese with its mythical places like Corinth, Sparta, and Olympia, and to the larger and smaller groups of islands in the south. She opens the doors to some of the country’s most extraordinary hotels, including Imaret in Kavala, located in a former Ottoman complex; Tainaron Blue Retreat in a secluded former defense tower in the Mani; and The Windmill, a converted windmill on the island of Kimolos in the Cyclades. She invites readers to discover legendary luxury hotels, like Eagles Palace in Halkidiki or Poseidonion Grand Hotel on Spetses, and takes them to enchanting B&Bs like Guesthouse Mazaraki in Mystras or Mèlisses on Andros, run by food blogger Allegra Pomilio.

Along her itinerary, she visits hotels on well-known picturesque islands—such as the Mystique on Santorini and the Soho Roc House on Mykonos—but also accommodations in remote places like the Mediterraneo on the island of Kastelorizo, which lies in the very southeast of Greece off the Turkish coast. In addition she shows interesting architectural and design concepts, such as The Rou Estate hotel village, a historic, carefully restored hamlet on Corfu; the minimalist Olea All Suite Hotel on Zakynthos; and Ammos on Crete, where no two pieces of furniture are alike and new eccentric pieces are added every year.

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Tropical Photography: ‘Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’ – Gray Malin (February 2021)

Inspired by the timeless and unique spirit of Hawai’i, Gray photographed this collection at the beloved Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Vintage props, striped beachside umbrellas, and more decorate eye-catching locations throughout the property celebrating the island lifestyle and transporting you to a tropical paradise.

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Rainforest Views: ‘Hotel Das Cataratas’ At Iguassu Falls In Brazil (HD Video)

Restored to its original 1950s charm, Hotel Das Cataratas hacienda-style exterior is matched by its warm, inviting interior design. Step outside and explore the sprawling, sculpted grounds. Spot a kaleidoscopic array of tropical flowers as howler monkeys call in the distance. Nestled in the center is an elegantly designed pool. Flanked by orchids, it’s the perfect spot for a refreshing dip after a day full of adventure.

Iguazú National Park covers an area of subtropical rainforest in Argentina’s Misiones province, on the border with Brazil. Within the park on the Iguazú River, the renowned Iguazú Falls encompasses many separate cascades, including the iconic Garganta del Diablo or “Devil’s Throat.” The surrounding park features diverse wildlife including coatis, jaguars and toucans, plus trails and viewing platforms. 

Views: ‘Octola Lodge & Private Wilderness’ In Lapland, Finland (Video)

The Most Exclusive Lodge In Lapland

Having hunted for the right place to accommodate the discerning guests of our Luxury Action travel company, I eventually realized the the right property did not exists in the right location. That’s when I decided the only option was to build our very own log chalet. Traditionally, we have managed or rented private chalets in various locations around Lapland, then refurnished them to meet the individual standards of our guests.

As fun and instructive this concept has been, implementing interior design on a one-by-one basis is costly and time consuming. In addition, regardless of our efforts to upgrade the existing chalets in Lapland, although of excellent quality, tend to have very small rooms and only a few properties have en-suite bedrooms with shower and toilet. I felt it was time for a revolutionary change to provide exclusive accommodation in the Arctic that meets the needs of our experiential guests.

Caribbean Island Views: ‘Belmond La Samanna’ Resort, St. Martin (Video)

Perched beside one of the most spectacular private beaches in the French West Indies, La Samanna is as dazzling as the crystal clear waters that lap the sand. Sink into a chic suite, designed to reflect the hypnotic shapes and colours of sea life. Then dress to impress and sample the world-class restaurants, before diving into the island’s vibrant social scene.

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