Even more remarkable than the resort’s planned 1,000-acre size and its cost is the huge ambition of Baha Mar’s developers – the Izmirlian family and Bank of Nova Scotia – in trying to building the resort in one single, enormous push.

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I’m at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort – also called the Sheraton Cable Beach – on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas.

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Billed as the largest single-phase resort development in the history of the Caribbean, the 1,000-acre, $3.4 billion resort, gaming and entertainment complex is slated to open in late 2014 and will include some of the world’s best-known hotel brands.

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The 53-storey Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, features 267 guestrooms including 56 corner suites, two deluxe suites and The Ritz-Carlton Suite at over 2,400 square feet.

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Visitors can book through March 15 using the promotion, for travel until the end of 2011.

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Hospitality and travel company Carlson is renaming its ‘goldpoints plus’ hotel loyalty program as ‘Club Carlson’, with the new program offering additional redemption and earning features upon its launch on March 31.

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Basic three-night, four-day Austrian Airlines Vacation Center vacations to Vienna, Prague or Budapest from New York or Washington D.C. start at $1,099 per person, double occupancy, for travel between April 1 and May 13 and again between August 29 and October 29, 2011.

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Ravella is a 349-room-and-suite resort situated on the shores of the largest privately owned man-made lake in the United States, according to Dolce Hotels and Resorts. It is located 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip on the site of the former Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas.

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is teaming with a joint venture between Grupo Questro and Trinity Investments L.L.C.to develop a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in San Jose del Cabo in Mexico. It will open in 2014.

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The West Bay Club in Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands is offering a limited-time “West Bay Club Humming Bird Special” featuring free nights through the month of April and then 40 per cent off the resort’s spring rates.

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The upgrade encompasses all aspects of the property, from guest rooms and cottages to function space and recreational areas.

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The 216-room hotel – which is Deira’s first international five-star property for more than 10 years, according to Mövenpick – is situated in the commercial district on the north side of Dubai Creek.

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The latest in a collection of six resorts from Grupo Vidanta, The Grand Bliss Nuevo Vallarta will feature 168 suites. Located in the heart of the Nuevo Vallarta Master Plan, The Grand Bliss is a chic, upper-end resort.

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Hilton Worldwide luxury-hotel brand Conrad Hotels & Resorts has opened its first property in “Mainland” China, at Haitang Bay in Sanya on Hainan Island.

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The 341-room hotel, which has 124 executive residences, is the second Ritz-Carlton in Dubai and the company’s sixth hotel in the region. According to Ritz-Carlton, the new hotel has the largest ballroom and the tallest waterfall in Dubai’s financial district.

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Situated on Toronto’s harbor-front looking out to the south on to Lake Ontario and Toronto Island, the Radisson Admiral Hotel – Toronto Harbourfront isn’t an airport hotel, but it is within easy walking distance of Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport.

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The 216-acre renovated Sandpiper Bay features two new restaurants, Slice Bar & Lounge and four swimming pools. These include an infinity pool exclusively for adults and a certified lap pool. The resort also boasts a new conference center and a waterfront wedding gazebo.

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InterContinental Hotels Group, whose roots in Venezuela can be traced to the early 1950’s, has opened the InterContinental Maracaibo as the group’s second property in Venezuela’s second city.

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Though the historic district of Casco Viejo is best-known as a destination for leisure travelers, the hotel’s 800-square-foot suites with separate living areas and full kitchens are designed to be an ideal base for business travelers on extended stays.

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