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Park Hotel Vitznau on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland has re-opened following an exten- sive three year renovation of the hotel and a complete rede- sign of the spa facility. Situated between Mt. Rigi

and Lake Lucerne, the resort is surrounded by hundred years old walls that enclose the interior of the hotel to create a place with a feel of protected privacy. The facilities on offer at

the new spa include a large infinity outdoor pool, spa pools with recliners, indoor whirlpool, Finnish sauna, sanarium, tepidarium, steam bath, sun bathing lawn, Kneipp foot bath, ice grotto, plunge pool and a relaxation room. Te spa will offer a full spa menu including

Park Hotel Vitznau has undergone a complete revamp over three years Te renovation was characterised by the

three themed areas: Wine & Dine, Art & Culture; and Health & Wealth. Te interior of its residences, suites and

luxury treatments from Swiss-based Niance skincare and a range of treatments specifically targeting men in addition to two rooms for facial and body treatments, a hair salon and a manicure and pedicure parlour.

junior sites has been decorated in accordance with these themes individually. Te restaurants Focus and Prisma have also been revamped as well as the six champagne and wine cellars. Details:

New airport is key for St Helena tourism drive

The island of St Helena is undergoing a historical change as it attempts to kick-start its tourism industry following the recent announcement that the island’s first airport will be operational by 2016. The 47sq m (121sq km)

island has seen major reforms to its immigration, invest- ment, land development and tax regulations in an attempt to attract foreign investors to the remote island. Plans have already been

Te Luxury Collection is set to debut in Odessa

Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts to debut in Ukraine

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced that Hotel Bristol in Odessa, Ukraine will join Te Luxury Collection portfolio. Jointly owned by Vertex Hotel Group

and Bristol-Krasnaya LLC, Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Odessa will mark the brand’s entry into Ukraine when it opens early next year. Built in 1898 and designed by Alexander

Bernardazzi and Adolf Minkus, the 112- room Hotel Bristol is a showcase of renaissance and baroque architecture styles. The hotel is situated on the famous

Pushkinskaya Street, across from Odessa’s Philharmonic Teatre. Following the renovation, the property

will offer leisure facilities, including an indoor pool, spa facility and fitness centre. In addition to this a signature restau-

rant and a destination bar, 10,000sq ft (930sq m) of event and meeting space. Details:

Spa apologises after ejecting customer over sexual orientation

A Korean spa and wellness centre in northern Virginia, has apologised after “miscommunication” led to it ejecting a customer for “abnormal sexual behaviours and orientation”. The Better Business Bureau (BBB)

St Helena is one of the most remote locations in the entire world

announced for a £70m hotel, villa and golf course project by UK-based architecture firm Purcell with further invest- ment being sought for the island – one of the most remote locations in the world with the only way at present to get there being a five day journey by postal ferry. Also announced is the Jamestown Hotel

initiative – a 70-room, £7.5m hotel that will be made up of five converted historic buildings. Te island has had interest from several South African hotel groups, including the


Mantis Collection and also British consor- tium SHELCO, who are planning to build “the world’s greenest hotel”. A limit of 30,000 people has been put on

the number of visitors by the government to protect the environment. Te aim is to bring in low volume, high value, luxury tour- ism to make St Helena - which is at the moment completely reliant upon grant aid from the UK government - self-dependant. Details:

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conducted an investigation aſter receiving a complaint from Riya Suising. In a statement, Spa World CEO, Sang Lee,

had originally said: “It is our policy not to accept any kinds of abnormal sexual ori- ented customers to our facilities such as homosexuals or transgenders.” Following the release of the statement,

Spa World spokesman, Tim Cho, said the written response was supposed to commu- nicate that sexual activity is not permitted in the spa, blaming the “Korean-English” language barrier for the confusion. Details:

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