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The legendary Raffles hotel in Singapore

Legendary in the hospitality business named Singapore Raffles were Armenian Sarkis brothers. Shortly after its founding, the hotel became the most successful Armenian business in Southeast Asia. According to the many reviews of guests, the hotel simultaneously harbored both the exotic East and the spirit of old England.

In 1887 the brothers Tigran, Martin, Avet and Arshak Sarkis base on the island of Singapore the Raffles hotel, naming it in honor of the founder of the colony of Thomas Stamford Raffles. They open a 10-room colonial Bungalow at the intersection of beach road (Beach Road) and Bras the Bass road (Bras Basah Road). As it turned out recently, the study of historical documents concerning the construction of the hotel, the place of construction and building belonged at the time of the famous Arab trader, Syed Mohammad Alsagoff. The hotel opened on December 1, 1887 and was dedicated to the birthday of the Queen of great Britain.

Two years later, the company announces an extension to the old building two new wings to the facades of the sea. In a year when the hotel was opened a pool hall, for guests organized the first free Banquet with music. Continue reading

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Luna Baglioni, Venice, Italy

The oldest hotel in Venice is a five – star Luna Baglioni – founded in the XII century. It is well documented that in 1118, it had stopped the Templar knights going on Crusades against the infidels. In the XVI century the hotel was called Locanda della Luna (“the moonlight tavern”).

The hotel’s interiors are decorated with works by the artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Giovanni Battista Tiepolo), held in 1992, the renovation returned the building to its original historic charm. There is therefore nothing surprising in the fact that in 2008 Conde Nast Traveler magazine recognized Luna Baglioni one of the best hotels in Venice and Italy in General, and included it in his “Gold list”. With this opinion agreed the travel experts of the magazine Travel+Leisure, recognized him as one of the leading hotels of the world.

Love is here to stay powerful and Hollywood stars: South Africa’s President Nelson Mandela, Senator Patrick J. Kennedy, actors Sean Connery and Michael Douglas, pop singer from America Lionel Richie and many others. For the convenience of the guests the hotel has a private dock, allowing the gondolas and boats to deliver celebrities straight to the front door. Continue reading

The famous La Samanna

Samanna

Evening. I have just returned from talks in the hotel. Tired joy, the transaction is completed. I wanted to call my wife in new York, to share some good news. I had five free days and why not jet off for a short vacation to the Caribbean?

OK, only one condition. I started in the fitness center, and I’d hate to lose shape, is the answer Karina, oddly enough, was pleased.

Lately to go to the gym time did not exist, so the option to combine a romantic vacation and active (by Caribbean standards) pace of life suits me perfectly.

– We need a hotel with great potential, how about la Samanna? I heard there is a great range of options for training.

– I think that was in Saint Martin?

– Yes, the French part of the island. Continue reading

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