As the halfway point of 2016 comes to a close, Worldhotels asks guests to take a breather and venture out on an epic travel experience. Whether its scuba diving in some of the world’s most breathtaking and untouched coral reefs or paying a visit to one of the world’s leading eco-friendly hotels for some rest and relaxation. The Worldhotels ‘Epic Experiences’ rate encourages guests to allow for the incredible and to seek more than an ordinary stay.
From now to 31August 2016, all guests can save 20% off Best Available Rate for stays of minimum two nights made between 1 July 2016 and 31 August 2016. The rate also includes breakfast as well as Peakpoints or 500 frequent flyer miles.
Scuba diving in the blue depths of Lake Lucerne
In a land where the aesthetic beauty of Mother Nature has been heralded for eons, hiking and white water rafting will naturally be two of the more popular activities to do in Switzerland – with both activities immersing guests in the majesty of Switzerland’s natural landscapes. If hiking and rafting is not up your alley, opt for scuba diving in one of Switzerland’s magnificent lakes and enjoy an unparalleled view of what goes on beneath Switzerland’s pristine waters. Overlooking Lake Lucerne, the fourth largest lake in Switzerland, Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, Switzerlandprovides easy access to an off-the-beaten-path thrill and accompanying dive shops, guaranteed to take your breath away.
Room rates start at USD 270.
A convergence of rich history and green hotel practices
Jakarta is the largest city and the Capital of Indonesia, and comes with a history that dates back to the early 1600s when the city was under Dutch rule. Offering glimpses into Jakarta’s colonial history, diverse cultures and natural wonders that make up the Indonesian archipelago, the Indonesia National Museum is needless to say, one of the must-see attractions found in the megacity. Guests visiting the museum will find the National Monument of Indonesia is located directly adjacent to the museum. Better known as Monas to the locals, the imposing 137m tall obelisk tower serves as a symbol of independence for Indonesia from the Dutch’s rule, and doubles as an observation deck with sweeping views of the city. Allow The Park Lane Jakarta, Indonesiato play host as the hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the two national landmarks. The hotel is known for its many certified green practices that have won the hotel multiple accolades over the years including the ASEAN Green Award. In spite of the hotel’s green credentials, guests find a travel experience that is never a compromise of high quality accommodations, especially at The Park Lane Jakarta.
Room rates start at USD 47.
A haven for aesthetes and fashionistas
Decorated head-to-toe with modern pieces of artwork, the Roger Smith, New York, United States is a champion of the fine arts. The hotel’s lobby and the first-floor bar, Lily’s, is used like true gallery space where eclectic pieces of art are rotated and showcased regularly. The hotel also has three dedicated spaces for the rotating “pop-up shops” where international fashion and lifestyle brands come to display their wares. Guest rooms in the Roger Smith are decorated with exquisite, handpicked fixtures and fittings, so no two rooms in the hotel are alike. The hotel staff helps guests organise their own art-inspired travels, taking great joy in steering guests to the finest art museums, performance venues and hidden street-art destinations.
Room rates start at USD 208.
The best way to experience Paris is to live like the Parisians do
Paris is one of the most romantic, alluring and frequented destinations in the world and what better way is there to truly experience the City of Lights than through the eyes of a local? Allow Victoria Palace Hotel, Paris, France,located on Paris’ left bank to play host as you pick up some valuable tips and tricks about the city from the devoted staff. The hotel provides all guests with intricate guides to all things artisanal and Parisian including directions to locate the best chocolatiers and macarons maisons in the neighbourhood. Also included is a dedicated list of shopping destinations that allows guests to locate whimsical Parisian stores that sell cashmere shawls, exquisite Victorian tableware and even a shop that customises perfume and sunglasses. Open-air local markets selling handmade cheeses, wines, knick-knacks and baubles are also clearly marked on these guides provided by Victoria Palace Hotel, so guests can truly shop like a local in Paris.
Room rates start at USD 295.
Rediscovering Phnom Penh – a journey through the senses
The destination of Phnom Penh offers a myriad of historical, cultural and scenic attractions that are guaranteed to intrigue travellers from all walks of life. Guests can hop on a riverboat and cruise down the Mekong River and the TonléSap River and savour breathtaking views of flourishing lotus ponds and verdant rice paddy fields. Guests may even witness wooden sampans ferrying eager schoolchildren to a nearby floating school if they are lucky. Two other must-see attractions when at Phnom Penh are famed Tuol Sleng Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields Memorial which offer extraordinary insights into the country’s historical and entangling past with the Khmer Rouge. And after a full day of sightseeing, guests can retire to Sokha Phnom Penh, Cambodiaand indulge themselves at the renowned Jasmine Spa located in the hotel. The spa offers calming services such as full body massages that eliminates blockages found within the body’s meridians, to aromatherapy baths that eradicates the accumulated toxins and impurities that are hidden and dormant within the human body. So relax, unwind and refresh your mind, body and soul for the remainder of your escapades in Phnom Penh.
Room rates start at USD 88.
Admiring the wildlife in their natural habitats
A lesser known fact about San Francisco is that the wildlife runs rampant and can be found in many parts of the city (and we do not mean just the San Francisco Zoo). COVA Hotel, San Francisco, United Statesprovides guests with an optimal location to visit many of the city’s most untouched nature reserves, state parks and open space preserves. The first rule of wildlife watching is knowing where exactly the animals feed and bed down. The Bay area is full of fauna just waiting to be discovered and guests can be treated to sightings of elks to rabbits, bobcats to deers, and even red-tailed hawks and golden eagles if they are lucky. From July to November, whale and dolphin watching season is at its peak due to the migration patterns of these majestic beasts. So sightings of Orcas, Porpoises, Dolphins and even the elusive Humpback and Blue Whales are more common, especially if guests join an expedition across San Francisco’s Gulf of Farralones.
Room rates start at USD 200.