The “Crown Macau”, 160 meters high; boasting 216 rooms, 200 gaming tables and 500 machines. In charge as Director of Kitchens is Kristoffer Luczak, a native of Sweden.
1. Hofbrauehaus, Munich
2. Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas
3. Café Sacher, Vienna
4. Hard Rock Café, Los Angeles
5. Auerbachs Keller, Leipzig
The First World Hotel, Genting Highlands, Malaysia, boasting 6118 rooms. This brightly-hued three-star mega-hostelry has 32 check-in counters, 500,000 square feet of shopping space, meeting rooms, a business centre, a cineplex and casino. The hotel washes 40 tons of laundry a day.
The Oriental Bangkok, operated by the Oriental Group and managed by General Manager Kurt Wachtveitl, a native of Bavaria, Germany. This LLW hotel has been in operation for 125 years. It has 10 restaurants and was founded by a Danish seaman.
The cruise industry. From 2009 through 2012, we’ll see several new bigger and more exciting classes of ships, such as Royal Caribbean International’s Project Genesis, a 5400 passenger vessel scheduled to launch in 2010; and Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Dream (a 3608 passenger vessel due to launch in 2009), and Carnival Magic, a 3652 passenger ship due to enter service by 2011.
The platinum cake, with a price tag of $130,000. It was created by the famous Japanese pastry chef, Nobue Ikara, as a tribute to beautiful women. Nobue teamed up with a jeweller who helped drape his cake in platinum necklaces and foils, some of which are edible. The cake was dedicated to famous Japanese women such as Rinko Kikuchi and Chie Kumazawa.
The “Aragawa”, a little steakhouse in Tokyo’s Shinbashi district. Tabs reliably start at $370 per person for Wagyu (Kobe Beef). The restaurant has neither a web site nor grandiose décor.
1. Chez Georges
11 rue des Canettes, 75006, Paris
2. Mary McBride’s
2 Main Street, Cushenden, Northern Ireland
255 Columbus Avenue, North Beach, San Francisco
4. OJ’s restaurant and beach bar
Crabb Hill Beach, St John’s, Antigua
5. Rooftop bar
Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Du, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
6. Sirocco bar and restaurant
1055 Silom Road, Bangkok, Thailand
The “Hotel Martinez” in Cannes, France. They charge just over $37,0000 for their penthouse suite, which includes amongst other things a private terrace and jacuzzi.
“El Bulli” in Cala Montjol, Spain. In 2007 it was crowned the best restaurant in the world for the third consecutive year. Chef Patron Ferran Adria commands 42 Chefs in the kitchen, at this small bay on the Costa Brava.
The Grand Hyatt Shanghai in China. It boasts 550 rooms between the 53rd-87th floors of the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai’s top business district.
1. Jules Undersea Lodge
Named after the famous author, The Lodge became the world’s first underwater hotel when it opened in Key Largo, Florida, in 1986.
2. Utter Inn
This one-room inn in Vasteras, Sweden, opened in 2000 and offers guests the chance to sleep 3m below the surface of Lake Malaren, about 1km from the shore.
At a cost of some $550 million, this luxury resort is being built in Dubai, 66 feet below sea level. When completed in 2009, the project will cover 27 acres and feature 220 bubble-shaped suites.
4. Poseidon Undersea Resort
Another underwater hotel set to open in 2009 is the 5-star Poseidon Resort in Fiji. The resort is being built 40 feet underwater and will provide each guest with their own personal mini-submarine.
5. Hotel in Istanbul
Istanbul has also announced plans to build an underwater hotel. Scheduled to open in 2010, it will be 7 floors below sea level.