Source = Centara Hotels & Resorts Centara’s new affordable lifestyle hotel for the modernCentara’s new affordable lifestyle hotel for the modernCentara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest hotel operator, announced they are now taking bookings for their new COSI Hotel Samui on Chaweng beach, opening 1st December. It is the first property for Centara’s new COSI brand, designed as an innovative and affordable lifestyle hub for the new generation of digitally-driven travellers. Special introductory rates start at THB 1,515 (a little over $US 45) per night.“Living the COSI life is all about being simple, social and connected,” said Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara’s Chief Executive Officer. “It’s about fun and freedom. We designed COSI so you’ll get everything you need to bring your lifestyle to your destination. And we’ll be showing up in the destinations you want to visit.”The new hotel brand features smart phone integration and free Wi-Fi, along with other technology, service, and design innovations that fit the lifestyle of today’s young-minded, tech-savvy traveller. Stylish décor and 24/7 digital social play spaces are part of the unique concept. COSI Samui also features a rooftop pool and all-hours lifestyle café for which guests receive a free daily credit to enjoy food or drink at any time of day or night.The location of the first COSI is ideal: Chaweng beach is the most happening destination on Samui island and COSI is right between the beach, shopping at Central Festival, and the food and entertainment scene along the shore. The airport is only 15 minutes away.“COSI represents a significant re-think of what a hotel can be,” explained Harry Thaliwal, Centara’s General Manager and Corporate Director of Operations Krabi, Samui, Vietnam and COSI). “If you said, ‘I wouldn’t pay for that,’ we took it out. If you said ‘…but I wish they had…’ we probably put it in. We changed COSI from a place to stay to a place to live.”Bookings made at cosihotels.com will always receive the best rate.
Orient-Express Hotels announced today that the eagerly awaited Las Casitas del Colca will open April 15, 2008 on a 60-acre estate strewn with cactus and fruit trees and watered by natural springs. This 20-room lodge in Peru’s ColcaCanyon will give visitors a rare and special opportunity to experience the beauty and tranquility of the Andes. Guests can personally select vegetables for their meals from the extensive garden and prickly pear orchard, and the onsite farm is home to horses, baby alpacas, cows, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits and trout ponds.All accommodations have been designed to meld with the environment and incorporate natural local materials whenever possible, such as Laja stone from the nearby Arequipa region for all floors and terraces. Each casita’s amenities include heated flooring, a working open fireplace, WIFI Internet access and outside terrace with private heated plunge pool. Bathrooms are accessed through separate dressing rooms and feature large soaking tubs, both indoor and outdoor showers and glass ceilings to encourage guests to lie back and gaze up at the remarkable night sky.The Spa Samay (meaning ‘rest’ in the ancient Incan language of Quecha) at Las Casitas del Colca has sweeping views of the valley. The spa will feature a sauna, two single treatment rooms, one double treatment room and a treatment suite complete with a soaking tub. A range of treatments inspired by the Andean culture will be offered, using local products from the ColcaValley and the highlands of Peru.Las Casitas del Colca will employ strict environmental standards to protect the precious ecosystem of the ColcaCanyon. Organic refuse will be used as compost for the vegetable garden and farm and waste water will be sent to a treatment plant to ensure that any water released into the environment is 100% clean. In addition, volunteer work can be organized for any guest wishing to be involved in the nearby Mission of Sister Antonia. Sister Antonia, a member of the Order of the Maryknoll, has lived in Peru for 53 years and worked with the Yanque community for over 36 years. The mission operates a soup kitchen in the Yanque marketplace from 5am every morning, providing 600 breakfasts a day to people in need. The mission is run purely on donations from tourists and anonymous benefactors and Las Casitas del Colca aims to assist Sister Antonia in her work.Las Casitas del Colca is located in the ColcaCanyon in Southern Peru, 160 km (100 miles) north of Arequipa. At 3,267m (10,725ft) deep, the ColcaCanyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and runs a distance of over 100 kilometers. The ColcaCanyon is a scenic three-hour drive from Arequipa, passing through a National nature reserve and the alpaca inhabited foothills of the Chachani, Picchu Picchu and El Misti volcanoes.Rates start at U.S. $500* per person, per night (based on double occupancy) and include all meals and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as well as the following activities: Peruvian paso horse riding, hiking tours, mountain biking, fly fishing and cooking lessons. Reservations can be made via www.lascasitasdelcolca.com or by calling reservations at Orient-Express toll-free at 800-237-1236.