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New York | PeopleJanuary 16, 2012

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Joelle Magazine is pleased to announce it’s brand new partnership with the The Kiwi Collection.

The Kiwi Collection is an expert guidance on the best luxury hotels to book for a range of tastes and budgets—from Ryokans in Japan and tented luxury camps in Africa, to luxurious palaces in Europe and hip urban hotels around the globe.

The collection is curated by a team of travel experts positioned in strategic locations around the world, who carefully select properties based on a rigorous methodology to ensure the highest standards.

Every hotel in Kiwi Collection is personally reviewed to ensure it offers truly outstanding guest experiences before it is invited to join.

It’s  experts review and rate each of the selected hotels on a regular basis without regard for brand, size, or affiliation. Hotels that fall below the rigorous standards are diligently removed. As an absolute rule, no hotel is ever allowed to buy its way into the Kiwi Collection. This keeps the collection fresh, honest, and dependable.

To you our reader, the value of booking through JoelleMagazine.com kiwi Collectionwill be clear: a wide selection of pre-screened, premium hotels across the globe, special treatment, and best rates guaranteed.

If you’ll  find a better publicly available rate, we'll match it. Also, many of f the  hotels offer a "Kiwi Advantage". Because of close relationships with hotel owners and managers, many hotels in the Kiwi Collection will offer you, the guest,  personalized service and the little extras that transform their entire stay.

These Extras  will include perks such as complimentary upgrades, welcome gifts, early check-in and late check-out, spa or food and beverage credits, or perhaps even a bottle of champagne waiting for you on arrival.

In addition, consumers using their Visa premium cards and booking hotel stays through the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection (available through the white-labeled Visa sites and through JoelleMagazine’s  Kiwi Collection) receive seven benefits:

1) Best available rate,

2) Automatic room upgrade upon arrival, when available,

3) Complimentary continental breakfast,

4) 3PM check-out, when available,

5) VIP Guest status,

6) $25 food or beverage voucher, and

7) Free in-room Internet or Valet parking.

Kiwi Collection, with offices in New York, London, Sydney and Vancouver, offers the world's best hotels, special treatment and numerous other perks all at the guaranteed best price.

Vancouver based  founder and CEO  Philippe Kjellgren  and I had a nice chat over the phone. Enjoy!

Joelle Magazine:  When did you start the Kiwi Collection and how did the idea come to your mind?

I started a company in 2002 that in 2003 became Kiwi Collection. As a child I had grown up in Africa and traveling was part of my DNA, by the time i was 25 i had already visited over 100 countries. As such I was always the most traveled of my friends, colleagues and customers. I was frustrated with all the travel sites that did not provide a trustworthy resource on where to stay, most were price driven. I did not see any that had put a personal touch and vetted hotels for their excellence. That was the birth of the idea of Kiwi Collection. Today we recommend over 2,350 hotels in 133 countries.

J.M : What are the advantages to book a hotel with the Kiwi Collection?

There are several advantages. First,  the diversity of the collection--ranging from small boutique to large resorts, historic, modern and hidden gems. Also when booking through Kiwi Collection you tap into our relationship with the management team at the hotel resulting in free perks like upgrades and more. You can always call us 24/7 to our in-house concierge team. And last but not least we also manage the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection http://www.visaluxuryhotelcollection.com/.  When you book using your Visa Premium card you get 7 benefits including upgrades, free internet, free breakfast, US$25$ food and beverage voucher, late check out and more all paired with a best rate guarantee.

J.M: Three ideas suggesting travel?

Argentina, one of my favorite countries, Bhutan for a truly amazing culture and hiking, and Madagascar because i lived there and love the people and it is still virtually untouched.

J.M: A memory of your first journey?

There have been ao many, but the last one I did was pretty amazing as i spent time with a tribe in Papua. It is unbelievable how this culture has not changed in the last 5000 years, amazing.

JM: Your favorite hotel?

A question i get all the time which is so hard as we recommend all the best hotels in the world, but if i had to pick one it would be COMO Shambhala Begawan Giri in Ubud because of its diverse architecture through the genius of architect Cheong Yew Kwan.

J.M: If you owned a hotel what would special service would you create ?

Not so much service but attention to detail like it was your own place.  We'd focus on having passionate people working and create an environment where guests just feel good.

J.M: A private place you would like to be opened especially for you

A resort on Madagascar, which is part of my plan one day.

J.M:  A romantic getaway?

Amanwana on MOYO Island in Indonesia, tented excellence on a small island.

J.M:  The most exotic destination?

I would say Madagascar where we currently recommend two hotels

J.M:Your next trip?

Vietnam with my wife who was boirn there but never really went back. I hear wonderful things about the country from those who have visited.

J.M: Where have you never been but would like to go?

Bhutan. I have heard so many great things about it and would love to go soon. I would especially love experiencing Amankora http://www.kiwicollection.com/hotel-detail/amankora

J.M:  is the difference between a tourist and a traveller?

Big time, i would say a tourist doesn't always know why they are traveling  where a traveler is doing it more well planned and have an agenda.

Soon my friends you will be able to make your own reservation directly on JoelleMagazine.com. In the meantime I am checking out in China what's available to collect.

Are you ready? Follow us un Twitter and Facebook!

Joelle's Tips:

The Kiwi Collection

Joelle Magazine is exited to announce it’s brand new partnership with the The Kiwi Collection.

The Kiwi Collection is an expert guidance on the best luxury hotels to book for a range of tastes and budgets—from Ryokans in Japan and tented luxury camps in Africa, to luxurious palaces in Europe and hip urban hotels around the globe.

The collection is curated by a team of travel experts positioned in strategic locations around the world, who carefully select properties based on a rigorous methodology to ensure the highest standards.

Every hotel in Kiwi Collection is personally reviewed to ensure it offers truly outstanding guest experiences before it is invited to join.

It’s  experts review and rate each of the selected hotels on a regular basis without regard for brand, size, or affiliation. Hotels that fall below the rigorous standards are diligently removed. As an absolute rule, no hotel is ever allowed to buy its way into the Kiwi Collection. This keeps the collection fresh, honest, and dependable.

To you, the consumer the value of booking through Kiwi Collection on JoelleMagazine.com  is clear: a wide selection of pre-screened, premium hotels across the globe, special treatment, and best rates guaranteed.

If you’ll  find a better publicly available rate, we'll match it. Also, many of f the  hotels offer a "Kiwi Advantage". Because of close relationships with hotel owners and managers, many hotels in the Kiwi Collection will offer you, the guest,  personalized service and the little extras that transform their entire stay.

These Extras  will include perks such as complimentary upgrades, welcome gifts, early check-in and late check-out, spa or food and beverage credits, or perhaps even a bottle of champagne waiting for you on arrival.

In addition, consumers using their Visa premium cards and booking hotel stays through the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection (available through the white-labeled Visa sites and through JoelleMagazine’s  Kiwi Collection) receive seven benefits:

1) Best available rate,

2) Automatic room upgrade upon arrival, when available,

3) Complimentary continental breakfast,

4) 3PM check-out, when available,

5) VIP Guest status,

6) $25 food or beverage voucher, and

7) Free in-room Internet or Valet parking.

Kiwi Collection, with offices in New York, London, Sydney and Vancouver, offers the world's best hotels, special treatment and numerous other perks all at the guaranteed best price.

Vancouver based  founder and CEO  Philippe Kjellgren  and I had a nice chat over the phone. Enjoy!

Joelle Magazine:  When did you start the Kiwi Collection and how did the idea come to your mind?

I started a company in 2002 that in 2003 became Kiwi Collection. As a child i had grown up in Africa and traveling was part of my DNA, by the time i was 25 I had already visited over 100 countries. As such i was always the most traveled of my friends, colleagues and customers. I was frustrated with all the travel sites that did not provide a trustworthy resource on where to stay, most where to corporate or price driven, i did not see any that had put a personal touch and vetted hotels for their excellence. That was the birth of the idea of Kiwi Collection. Today we recommend over 2,350 hotels in 133 countries, hotels are removed if falling below our strict standards and only included based on a visit.

J.M : What are the advantages to book a hotel with the Kiwi Collection?

Many i would say, The diversity of the collection ranging from small boutique to large resorts, historic, modern and hidden gems. Also when booking through Kiwi Collection you tap into our relationship with the management team at the hotel resulting in free perks like upgrades and more.

The fact that you can call us 24/7 to our concierge team in house. And last but not least we also manage the visa luxury hotel collection http://www.visaluxuryhotelcollection.com/ and by using your visa premium card when booking you get 7 base benefits like upgrades, free internet, free breakfast, 25$ food voucher, late check out and more all paired with a best rate guarantee.

J.M: Three ideas suggesting travel?

Argentina, one of my favorite countries, Bhutan for a truly amazing culture and hiking, and Madagascar because i lived there and love the people and it is still virtually untouched J.M: A memory of your first journey??There has been too many but the last one i did is pretty amazing as i spent time with a tribe in Papua, unbelievable that this culture has not changed in the last 5000 years, amazing

JM: Your favorite hotel?

A question i get all the time which is so hard as we recommend all the best hotels in the world, but if i had to pick one it would be COMO Shambhala Begawan Giri in Ubud  because of its diverse architecture and genius through architect Cheong Yew Kwa

J.M: If you owned a hotel what would special service would you create ?

Not so much service but attention to detail like it was your own place, in everything, having passionate people working and create an environment where people just feel good.

J.M: A private place you would like to be opened especially for you

A resort on Madagascar, which is part of my plan one day.

J.M:  A romantic getaway?

Amanwana on MOYO Island in Indonesia, tented excellence on a small island

J.M:  The most exotic destination?

I would say Madagascar where we currently recommend two hotels

J.M:Your next trip?

Vietnam with my wife who was boirn there but never really went back, all i hear from this country is great from a traveler perspective

J.M: Where have you never been but would like to go?

Bhutan i have heard so much great things from there and would love to go soon and especially experiencing Amankora

J.M:  is the difference between a tourist and a traveller?

Big time, i would say a tourist doesn't always know why they are traveling  where a traveler is doing it more planned and have an agenda

Soon my friends you will be able to make your own reservation directly on JoelleMagazine.com. In the meantime I am checking out in China what's available to collect.

Are you ready? Follow us un Twitter and Facebook!

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