For dedicated gamers, the thought of leaving their cherished consoles behind while traveling can be enough to spark separation anxiety. The owners of a new hotel in Amsterdam have recognized this, with their aptly named Arcade Hotel located in the De Pijp area of the city offering in-room consoles and video game rental for guests.
Along with the Burj Khalifa, the Palm islands and the World, the Burj Al Arab is one of Dubai's most iconic sights. Completed in 1999, the hotel is now about to receive a huge upgrade in the form of a 10,000-sq m, 5,000 tonne luxury sundeck that's currently enroute from a shipyard in Finland.
The Cayman Islands is not short of luxury resorts – and it's about to get another. Covering 16 acres, the US$250 million St James Point mixed-use resort will incorporate lush grounds and a 1,000-ft private beach while, according to the designers, remaining sensitive to the existing tropical environment.
A new hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands, offers keyless room entry and what it claims is the city's first rooftop pool. W Amsterdam, part of the trendy W Hotels chain, also offers "Whatever/Whenever service." It promises to try and deliver whatever guests request to their room – as long as it's legal.
A new hotel is to open at the Palm Tower in Dubai. The St. Regis Dubai – The Palm will take up part of the 52-story luxury tower, which is the centerpiece of the Palm Jumeirah island. It will boast a 51st story restaurant, a public viewing deck and one of the highest infinity pools in the world.
The world of underwater hotels seems to be saturated with promises as much as it does promise. One firm hoping to make waves is Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel. It is waiting for a developer to splash out on one of its "world first fully self-contained affordable mini-luxury underwater hotels."
A new hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands, is catering to a new generation of travellers. CityHub provides what it says is important to 20- to 35-year-old digital natives. Rooms are small but comfortable, stays are inexpensive and the hotel's free internet access covers the whole city.
French architectural firm Seine Design is currently working on constructing a floating hotel in Paris, which is set to launch in the first quarter of 2016. Dubbed "OFF Paris Seine", the floating river hotel will feature 58 guests rooms, a scenic guest lounge with open views over the river, a 10 meter (32.8 ft) lap pool, an onboard restaurant and a 400 square meter (4,305 sq ft) outdoor terrace.
Each winter for the past 26 years, guests have enjoyed a chilly reception at a newly-sculpted Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland, before it melts away and a different structure is built in its place. This routine could soon change though, as plans were recently unveiled to add a permanent solar-powered hotel to the site that will be open year-round.
So you think you're a dab hand a building sandcastles? These two newly constructed hotels in the Netherlands put even the grandest and greatest bucket and spade creations to shame, taking the concept of a beach holiday to a whole new level in the process. Inspired by the Ice Hotels in Sweden and Finland, the SandHotels are claimed to be the first in the world to be built entirely out of sand.