Best Dubai Hotels Upcoming Projects

Designed by UK’s Sybarite Architects, the futuristic and exclusive 7-star Apeiron Island Hotel will be 300m from the coast of Dubai. Access to the hotel is restricted to yacht (water) and helicopter (air) only. The hotel contains 438 suites, private cinemas, luxury boutiques, conference rooms, an underwater restaurant with views into the surrounding lagoon, an underwater gym, spa and art gallery. The hotel’s internal facade has louvers to prevent direct sunlight and will made up of solar cells as is the ribbon that frames the building that can generate some energy for the entire hotel!
Dubai Hotels

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Asias Top Ten Luxury Hotels

1. Tawaraya Ryokan and Hiiragiya Ryokan (tie) - Kyoto, Japan

These two hotels belong to the most famous Japanese ryokans (inns) in the historical city of Kyoto, and are located directly across the alley from each other. Since both of these represent the highest levels of service, it would be difficult to distinguish them from one another.
Both Tawaraya Ryokan and Hiiragaiya Ryokan successfully integrate the fine Japanese traditions and wabi-sabi philosophy we hear so much about in the Western world. Known to emphasize simplicity and purity, the added contemporary conveniences offered make for the perfect combination seasoned travelers expect. Both of these Ryokans also offer an optional Geiko or Maiko geisha dinner.

2. Four Seasons, Chiang Mai Thailand

While this hotel is somewhat smaller in scale than the much more expansive Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai, the Four Seasons lures travellers with its understated sense of luxury. It encompasses an intimate air that has been compared to a Zen-like feel. To make you feel right at home, the Four Seasons staff are truly sincere and kind. Whatever your wishes, nothing seems too much or too hard. The added Four Season’s Kid’s Club offers families a luxury travel experience rarely found elsewhere. Hotel guests can also choose to partake in the heavenly Spa or cooking classes.

3. Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and Mandarin Oriental Bangkok (tie)

The Mandarin hotel in Hong Kong represents understated luxury. Travellers find this peaceful within a noisy, bustling city. Recent renovations has seen the Mandarin’s former balconies being converted to lounge/study area extensions, offering stunning Victoria Harbour views to boost.
The hotel also boasts a 130-year old history of tradition and has long held its own as a hotel with the highest level of service. It’s breakfast buffet is legendary and many say it might be the largest, varied breakfast buffet in all of Asia.

4. Gora Kadan Ryokan - Hakone, Japan

The Gora Kadan hotel is situated a 45-minute bullet train ride from Tokyo. It is a quiet, Shinto-Buddhist like oasis. The hotel offers its guests rejuvenating hot mineral springs. The Gora Kadan is the perfect blend of traditional Japanese ryokan hospitality with modern Western design. The hotel’s original building dates back some 300 years and used to be the summer home of the Kan’in-No-Miya imperial family.

5. Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor and Amansara - Siem Reap, Cambodia (tie)

Usually described as a luxury five-star hotel/resort, the Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkorwhile Amansara, part of the Aman Resorts, fits into a higher - elite - category.
The majestic hotel sports an early 20th Century French colonial style while the Amansara is the former guesthouse of Cambodia’s King Sihanouk. The Raffles offers guests many opportunities to mingle with others and is open and airy, while the Amansara is an altogether more private hotel, ideal for those wishing for a bit of privacy after their travels.

6. Peninsula Hotel - Tokyo, Japan

The Peninsula hotel has the best luxury hotel location in Tokyo. It is situated directly across from the lovely Hibiya Park, on the Imperial grounds. Nearby is the popular Ginza shopping district, offering travellers every conceivable wares. The 24-storey hotel was designed by architect Kuzukiyo Sato to look like a giant Japanese lantern. The Peninsula is a successful fusion of traditional Japanese hospitality with understated luxury.

7. Four Seasons - Shanghai, China

The Four Seasons offers a calm interior against the bustle of the outside world, with a high level of service. You can be assured of resting in comfort while your needs are being taken care off. Executive travellers accompanied with their kids can enjoy the range of suites with extra room for kids.

8. Banyan Tree Lijiang — Yunnan, China and Hotel of Modern Art - Guilin, China (tie)

Situated outside the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang is the Banyan Tree Lijiang hotel. All 55 of its villas overlook the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, allowing guests to enjoy a spiritual soul-searching atmosphere. The hotel’s Spa offers massages from its Thai staff.
Founded by a Taiwanese business entrepreneur in 1997, the Hotel of Modern Art was and represents a lovely balance of world class sculpture, architecture, and art. It is set against the backdrop of lush grounds. The hotel offers a relaxed, warm ambiance, making you feel right at home.

9. Sofitel Metropole - Hanoi, Vietnam

Sofitel Metropole - Hanoi
The Metropole was built in 1901 and combines wonderful French colonial architecture with Vietnam’s cultural traditions. While all rooms are not created equal, the best of them all is the Opera Suite for sure.

10. Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel — Luang Prabang, Laos

Maison Souvannaphoum
Maison Souvannaphoum used to once be the residence of Prince Souvannaphouma. The small hotel is a boutique French-colonial inspired property that is the perfect place to immerse oneself in the local Laotian culture. A friendly, intimate service offers guests a chance to rest their bones with the knowledge they are being taken care off just like with close relatives. Visitors might be delighted to be located on the street for the daily early morning Buddhist monks’ rice offerings.

Top most beautiful cellphones

KDDI Penck by Makoto Saito
Yeah, this is my kind of phone. Isn’t it absolutely stunning? The PENCK phone designed by Makoto Saito is one and a half years old, but it’s still the most beautful phone ever made. The PENCK is available in three colors, metal, milk (white), and bitter (black). Too bad it’s only available in Japan.
LG KG-800 Chocolate

I have the pleasure of owning a LG Chocolate and it’s a pure beauty. I really love the design of it and it’s one of the most stylish phones you can get at the moment. This phone won the 2006 IF Design Award in Germany.
KDDI Neon by Naoto Fukasawa

The Neon is one of the latest phones coming out from the AU Design project at KDDI. It’s available in three colors, light blue, pink and black. It has a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera, miniSD slot, music player, FM tuner and a 320×240 screen. I love the clean front of this phone!
Black Diamond

Black Diamond is a luxury phone that isn’t out on the market yet. It’s supposed to be launched early 2007 from a company called VIPN. On their site they promote a limited edition of the phone made out of titanium and with real diamonds – only $300 000. Crazy.
White Pearl

White Pearl is the little sister of ‘Black Diamond’ featured above. Although it doesn’t look that good in white, it’s worth an honorable mention.
Nokia 8800 Sirocco edition

The Nokia 8800 Sirocco edition hasn’t been officially announced by Nokia yet, so it will only get an honorable mention. It’s expected to have a 2 megapixel camera and all other standard functionality. It will be available in silver and black and will cost around $1000 (!) – quite expensive one.

Top 8 Cell Phones

PCW Rating: 89.1PCW Rating: 89.1PCW Rating: 89.1 Last Rated: August 06, 2009

1. Apple iPhone 3GS

Design: Candy bar, Carrier: Carrier:AT&T, OS Supported: OS:Mac OS, Battery Life Average (hh:mm): 6:12, Bottom Line: Performance enhancements distinguish the otherwise evolutionary step-up iPhone 3GS from its previous iterations.

Price When Reviewed: $299 

PCW Rating: 87.8PCW Rating: 87.8PCW Rating: 87.8 Last Rated: August 06, 2009

2. T-Mobile Mytouch 3G

Design: Candy bar, Carrier: Carrier:T-Mobile, OS Supported: OS:Proprietary, Bottom Line: The T-Mobile myTouch 3G is a big improvement from its predecessor, but the physical keyboard is sorely missed.

Price When Reviewed: $200  

PCW Rating: 87.7PCW Rating: 87.7PCW Rating: 87.7 Last Rated: August 06, 2009

3. T-Mobile G1

Design: Candy bar, Carrier: Carrier:T-Mobile, OS Supported: OS:Proprietary, Battery Life Average (hh:mm): 5:51, Bottom Line: The G1 has great call quality and does a good job of melding hardware with the Android operating system.
Price When Reviewed: $180  

PCW Rating: 87.4PCW Rating: 87.4PCW Rating: 87.4 Last Rated: August 06, 2009

4. Palm PRE

Design: Candy bar, Carrier: Carrier:Sprint, OS Supported: OS:Proprietary, Battery Life Average (hh:mm): 5:17, Bottom Line: The Pre's webOS software is touch-friendly and fun, but the cramped QWERTY keyboard detracts from the phone's usability.

Price When Reviewed: $200  

PCW Rating: 87.2PCW Rating: 87.2PCW Rating: 87.2 Last Rated: August 06, 2009

5. RIM Blackberry Bold

Design: Candy bar, Carrier: Carrier:AT&T, OS Supported: OS:Proprietary, Battery Life Average (hh:mm): 7:56, Bottom Line: The BlackBerry Bold almost lives up to its name with a stunning design, but its mediocre call quality and camera hold it back

Price When Reviewed: $400  

PCW Rating: 85.9PCW Rating: 85.9PCW Rating: 85.9 Last Rated: August 06, 2009

6. RIM Blackberry Tour 9630

Design: Candy bar, Carrier: Carrier:Verizon, OS Supported: OS:Proprietary, Bottom Line: The BlackBerry Tour entices with an ergonomic keyboard and gorgeous display, but the omission of Wi-Fi disappoints.

Price When Reviewed: $200  

PCW Rating: 85.2PCW Rating: 85.2PCW Rating: 85.2 Last Rated: August 06, 2009

7. Nokia E71

Design: Candy bar, Carrier: Carrier:AT&T, OS Supported: OS:Symbian, Battery Life Average (hh:mm): 4:48, Bottom Line: The Nokia E71's sleek design and multitude of useful features makes it ideal for both personal and business use.
Price When Reviewed: $422  

PCW Rating: 85.0PCW Rating: 85.0PCW Rating: 85.0 Last Rated: August 06, 2009

8. HTC Fuze

Design: Candy bar, Carrier: Carrier:AT&T, OS Supported: OS:Windows Mobile, Battery Life Average (hh:mm): 6:52, Bottom Line: The slick HTC Fuze has a visually stunning interface and a wide variety of features, but its performance is hit or miss.

Price When Reviewed: $350  


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