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Choice For Hotels and Resorts

Deciding what to base your hotel or resort voice/data network infrastructure on … T1, DS3, OCx, fiber, ethernet, etc. … can be complicated and frustrating. There’s much to consider to reach a decision that makes business sense. Ensuring you address guest needs for laptop, PDA, etc. is of course paramount.

Firstly, I would put hotels in the Multi-Dwelling Unit/Multi-Tenant Unit (MDU/MTU) category.

Secondly, we need to split this into high speed connectivity within a hotel and high speed connectivity backhauling traffic from the hotel.

Thirdly, we need to consider the physical media, i.e. copper, fibre or microwave.

The emphasis is towards an end-to-end Ethernet architecture at all layers, i.e. at the physical interface, service and transport layers. Each hotel room will come with a cheap Ethernet port for connectivity and can easily bandwidth requirements. Common areas like the swimming pool and lobby will have broadband wireless access.

The thing about backhauling traffic back towards the service provider is that service providers have their capital ‘sunk in’ their E1s/T1s. An end-to-end Ethernet infrastructure promises a lot, but very much depends of these service providers making an overhaul to their access networks.

This in turn depends on demand and also product availability. Why? As an example, we need to consider managing Ethernet SLAs in the same manner as E1s/T1s, so we need an equivalent to the smartjack devices. Yes, they are available, but we then need the economies of scale to make it worthwhile. Why add cost to the E1/T1 revenue stream?

There will also be other instances to consider. Tall buildings like hotels usually have masts at the top for cellular access. There will be sync requirements for these rooftop cell sites. Although the push is towards Ethernet and packet, TDM (T1/E1) will still play a big part till the end of this decade. Saying that, standards bodies like the MEF and also equiment vendors (no surprise here as they could do with additional sales) are accelerating the development and deployment of Ethernet.

Laptop connectivity can be achieved by means of a data card that makes use of the cellular network. Cellular operators now also offer WiFi access (co-located).

Wireless broadband and wireless broadband services are driving wireless evolution (2G -> 3G -> 3G+ -> LTE) and also convergence.

WiFi, WiMAX, etc. all provide the ‘front-end’ air interface. Wireless broadband is indeed driving wireless evolution (3G+, HSPA, LTE, WiMAX).

We also need to have sufficient bandwidth to backhaul the additional bandwidth requirements brought about by these air interfaces. When we talk about E1s/T1s (PDH), we are talking about this backhaul bit. Hotels come under the MTU/MDU category. Very often, especially in metro areas, such buildings will have fibre laterals that connect to a MAN fibre infrastructure provider.

You should probably consider differently VOIP and data/internet. My suggestion is that you might decide to offer the second but not the first. Why?

– Internet/data access is now a “must-have” commodity for guests and meetings, and the hotel is most probably the single best-placed organization to provide that.

– VOIP is a cost-effective solution, but there are other solutions: mobile phones or the hotel phone lines.

You might consider that you MUST provide good internet access, with some business model that allows you to deliver the needed bandwidth, eg “free” for hotel guests, and a flat daily rate for meetings organizers (a low price based on the number of attendees).

RIU Hotels and Resorts

Thinking of booking an All Inclusive Vacation to the Caribbean or Mexico but not sure where to stay? There are plenty of choices for All Inclusive resorts each with their own signature features and elements designed to entice your travel dollars but overall, isn’t one All Inclusive almost the same as any other? Since most resorts do provide the same type of vacation and inclusions, you have to look deeper into a resort for service, amenities and overall atmosphere to find the resorts that stand above the ordinary and offer the special touches that separate them and put them into a category above typical. One such chain of hotels is RIU Hotels & Resorts and here are a few reasons as to why they are consistently ranked among the best resorts in the Caribbean and why you should consider a RIU Resort for more than just another typical All Inclusive.

Location. RIU Resorts pick prime locations in some of the world’s best destinations. Resorts are situated on the most beautiful beaches and surrounded by lush tropical settings.

The Extras. Not only do you receive the traditional All Inclusive features of other resorts but at a RIU resort, you also get unlimited dining at specialty restaurants, in-room mini bar re-stocked regularly, in-room liquor dispenser, unlimited international drinks, WiFi access in the lobby and more included watersports. Most resorts have 24 hour service including drinks and eating.

Quality and Service. RIU takes pride in giving their guests the best service and quality for that perfect vacation experience. Luxury amenities, first class service and outstanding hospitality set RIU above other chain resorts and have become a feature that is not only included but standard at all RIU resorts. Dining at a RIU resort is of the best quality and full of more specialty restaurants.

Something for Everyone. Whether you’re looking for a romantic holiday or family vacation, RIU Resorts have put a lot of thought into catering to all clients. From Spa facilities to rejuvenate and pamper to the exclusive RIUl and for kids and families. Whatever your needs are, you can be sure to find them at a RIU property.

Non-stop Inclusions. With an extensive daily activities program, evening entertainment and 24 hour service there is always something happening. State of the art gyms, world-class spas, on site nightclubs and bars all provide ways to spend your days and nights while not on the spectacular beaches or enjoying the excellent pools.

Besides the outstanding quality and service provided by RIU, the atmosphere and surroundings are of the same high standards. Incredible colonial architecture, grand lobbies and majestically manicured gardens compliment the elegance and perfection that is synonymous with the RIU brand. With more than 30 resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, there are more than enough RIU properties and destinations to choose from and enjoy. Taking an All Inclusive Vacation is generally the best way to experience a destination and staying at a RIU property takes that experience to a higher level of quality and satisfaction.

Themed Hotels and Resorts

Need some ideas on where you should take your next vacation? Are you to trying to find a place to get away, maybe a little escape from reality? There are a number of different destinations and themed resorts that just might be perfect for you. Regardless of the nature of your stay a themed resort can meet your needs. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for an exciting weekend to get away with some friends, a romantic couple’s spa retreat with a loved one or a place to spend some quality time with the family. Planning the perfect vacation means creating a memorable experience that will leave a lifelong impression on the entire group. Finding the perfect hotel or resort will give you and your companions the opportunity to relax and revel in the hotel’s activities while taking pleasure in a larger than life fairytale type setting.

Over the years the hospitality industry has been coming out with a number of different themes and concepts to entice patrons to their facilities. The gaming industry itself has evolved from simple gambling facilities to world-renowned entertainment destinations. With the expert design and craftsmanship of highly skilled architects and artisans, hotels and casinos have the ability to recreate any environment, making what might seem impossible, possible.

If an island retreat is something that you are looking for, but the thought of actually flying to a tropical island is out of the question, beach hotels and themed resorts might be your answer. Hand crafted waterfalls, white sand beaches and exotic lagoons give hotel patrons the opportunity to escape from their everyday lives and partake in the activities or bask in the surroundings of a tropical getaway.

Perhaps a tropical retreat is not what you had in mind, how about hitting the links while your loved one gets an afternoon pampering at the spa or vice versa? Golf resorts and spa hotels offer their patrons the opportunity to play and relax all while enjoying the tranquil surroundings of a luxury facility. With the natural surroundings of a golf course along with magnificent rock work and water features guests are invited to flee from their day by day routines while they enjoy an experience catered to delight their senses and tantalize their imagination.

If a tropical getaway or golf and spa retreat does not tickle your fancy maybe a journey to a wilderness lodge, an excursion to an African safari, relaxing near the ruins of ancient Tuscany, or an adventure to the pirate infested waters of the Caribbean just may.

Luxury Hotels and Resorts

We all like to be pampered now and again, but your holidays are the only time where you can properly relax and unwind from the busy stresses of everyday life – so make sure you plan it right!

There is an abundance of Luxury Hotels all over the world but many aren’t too family-friendly. Trying to get that balance between taking advantage of all the benefits of a luxury resort, yet having the privacy of your own luxury villa can be hard to get right – but there are options out there. Luxury Resorts in the Far East are a perfect option for those seeking a villa-style holiday, as most of their hotels are luxury villa properties where you can have the privacy of your own villa but at the same time feel part of the hotel too.

Family-friendly luxury hotel Soneva Kiri, part of the Six Senses Group, is an ideal retreat for those families looking for the ultimate escape where every family member is catered for. Set on its own lush tropical island just off the east coast of Thailand, Soneva Kiri offers its guests unparralled levels of excellence. With 29 oversized pool villas, which are set along the stunning beachfront or hillside, each one has an exceptional view out to sea. With 3 restaurants, spa, swimming pool, motorised and non-motorised watersports, tennis and fitness centre there is lots on offer; and for those younger ones, there’s a revolutionary childrens club, The Den, which hangs over the forest canopy, with professional supervision giving an opportunity of relaxation for parents!

However, you don’t have to go that far a-field to enjoy a luxury villa holiday. The Mediterranean is easy to get to (especially good for families) and generally the weather is very fine throughout the summer months. If you opt for a villa with childcare, a chef and a host included, you’re well into the realms of Luxury Holiday. And as for Luxury Resorts, these too can be found in France – Moliets is a Luxury Resort with plenty of sporting activities and watersports on offer, as well as great food and lovely scenery.

Best Spa Hotels and Resorts

There is nothing to beat a rejuvenating session in a luxury spa. If the spa in question happens to be part of a luxury resort spa, then the pleasure is doubled, what with all the other amenities on offer. No wonder then that some of the best spa hotels are almost always booked to capacity. The very mention of a luxury resort spa is enough for your mind to conjure up images of blissful peace and plenty of fun. Although spas have been in existence since ancient times, these days they seem to be enjoying some kind of a revival, thanks to luxury best spa hotels.

Spas and resorts seem to be made for each other. In fact, a large number of resorts have been designed around a spa. This is true to a large extent in the case of spa and hotels too. Seldom do you find a hotel that does not have a spa these days. A simple online search is all that you need to do in order to find a lake spa resort or a spa hotel near you.

Whether it is for ensuring your glow on your wedding day or to drive away all the work related stress, you can find best spa hotels are the places to head for. Once you have zeroed in on your choice, you can then relax in the tranquil environment on offer and completely recharge your batteries at the Spa and hotels.

Typically a variety of treatment options would be on offer in a luxury resort spa. Manicures, pedicures and of course different types of massages are some of the options that you can choose from. Beauty consultation is another thing that you can look forward to in a luxury spa.

Most people are under the wrong impression that spas and resorts are all about beauty treatments only. Nothing could be further from the truth. A relaxing day at the spa would additionally offer you a variety of health benefits. The sense of relaxation that a session in a Spas and resorts would promote is perhaps the best stress buster of them all. Spa and hotels are in fact the best places to unwind. The variety of exfoliation and body wraps on offer at the spas can help you get rid of whatever toxins that your body may have. Once your metabolism is stimulated, you can always have fun with the other options available at a Spas and resorts. This could typically include, live entertainment or a round of golf.