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Hotels of Choice for the Wealthy: 4 Hotel and Resort Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 8-14

Hotel & Resort | Michael Isenbek | April 16, 2016

Hotels of Choice for the Wealthy: 4 Hotel and Resort Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 8-14

PHOTO: Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas. (photo by Ryan Rudnansky)

What are the hotels of choice for moneyed travelers? South African wealth research firm New World Wealth queried over 800 millionaires in a quest to find out. Not surprisingly, it is a collection of elite five-star properties scattered around the world. Click to check out the list.

St. Regis Abu Dhabi is about to open the world’s highest suspended suite — which stretches between the city’s Nation Towers on the 48th and 49th floors. The 12,000-plus square feet Abu Dhabi Suite is over 600 feet off the ground and has 360-degree views. Costing over $40,000 a night, it may seem out of reach, but the hotel is going to conduct an affordable “Brunch in the Clouds” offering on the last Friday of every month, where guests will get to experience the lofty suite for at least a little while. Click to find out more.

With Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts shareholders both voting in favor of merger, unification of the two companies is proceeding briskly. However, don’t expect the loyalty programs to mesh anytime soon. Though top executives of both Marriott and Starwood have announced new loyalty program features, full unity won’t be achieved until 2018. Click to see more.

French hotel group AccorHotels is seeking to reduce food waste, and to that end, is in the process of planting vegetable gardens at all accommodations in its portfolio. The goal is to have 1,000 gardens planted by the end of the decade. Click to find out other ways AccorHotels is being environmentally-friendly.


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