LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
Billed as the premier resort destination on Egypt's Red Sea coast, the new Port Ghalib development, just 2.5 hours from the Valley of the Kings, is home to Sun International's 5-star citadel of indulgence. The Palace at Port Ghalib has made quite the stir since its debut last November 2007. Surrounded by fountains, terraced gardens and a kilometer-long swimming lagoon (the second largest saltwater lagoon ever made!), The Palace is truly spectacular. Each of the 309 premier rooms has butler service and a private balcony and terrace overlooking the Red Sea. For the ultimate indulgence, the 13 Royal Suites pamper guests with spa-like bathrooms and elegant surroundings (intricate architectural details and luxurious furnishings). In addition to the Palace, there are two other hotels on-site at Port Ghalib: the Sahara Sun Oasis and the Sahara Sun Sands. From here, try your hand at any number of activities-- from scuba diving and fishing to jeep treks and camel rides.
Checking out the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. this year? Why not bunk down at the prestigious Hay-Adams? After all, it's "as close as you can get to staying at the White House without a personal invitation from the President." Commemorating the 96th anniversary of Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki's gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, the 2008 National Cherry Blossom will kick off on March 29 and run through April 13. The parade will be on Saturday, April 12. The distinguished Hay-Adams hotel will celebrate the festival with a special offer. The Cherry Blossom Package includes luxurious accommodations, Continental Breakfast for two, overnight parking, a secret special amenity and a Cherry Blossom Festival Information Packet. Package rates are from $429 to $799 per night, based on availability. Two night minimum stay. Promotion valid from March 28th through April 13th.
The St. Regis Grand-- the opulent icon in Rome-- is known for its sumptuous interiors. And now guests can choose to stay in the seductive Bottega Veneta suite, designed by Tomas Maier and unveiled in October 2007. Appointed with a mix of furnishings from the Bottega Veneta home collection and traditional pieces, the suite is even perfumed with a signature room fragrance. The expansive space is comprised of a foyer, three bedrooms (two with separate sitting areas), three baths, and a living room with a fireplace. Guests can expect the legendary service for which the hotel is renowned; 24-hour butler service is the norm for all guest rooms.
March 17, 2008
By: Courtney W. May
Only a few steps away from the Champs-Elysees, the Faubourg Saint Honore shopping area and all major museums, the Hôtel de Crillon is the place to stay in Paris. Five Star Alliance clients making a reservation at the Hôtel de Crillon will receive a brand new, exclusive amenity. The Hotel de Crillon is now serving the "Five Star Cocktail" - and Five Star Alliance guests will get the opportunity to enjoy one per person, per stay, in the Crillon Bar. The voucher will be provided at the time of check-in.
Five Star Alliance Cocktail
In a cocktail shaker mix:
1 cl of Jasmin syrup
2 cl of Mirabelle spirit
3 cl of Peach juice
As a final touch, add Champagne rosé
Garnish with 1 redcurrant strand, 1 blackberry
By: Courtney W. May
The ultimate chill-out spot can be found not far from Bali's cultural capital of Ubud at a luxury resort like no other. Ubud Hanging Gardens, like its name suggests, clings to the steep slopes over the Ayung River gorge and offers sweeping views. Perched over the rice terraces, this gravity-defying hotel has 38 luxury villas surrounded by verdant gardens. Conceived by the landscape architect William Warren together with John Pettigrew, the gardens are spectacular; exotic trees and flowers include cocoa, coffee, durian, bamboo, flame trees and orchids. Each Balinese-style villa has its own private terrace and heated infinity plunge pool. Ubud Hanging Gardens features massages and yoga classes at the Ayung spa, excellent food-with-a-view at the restaurants, and a gorgeous pool with a unique design emphasizing the natural curves of the hillside. The real star of the show? The resort's own private funicular (pictured), built into the hillside, which carries guests from one level of the resort to another.
Until April 30, 2008, take advantage of an exciting special offer at Ubud Hanging Gardens. When you stay for 5 nights, you'll only pay for 4 of them! Book any villa or suite and stay for a minimum of five consecutive nights.
P.S. Ubud Hanging Gardens is the ideal honeymoon escape, and the resort can tailor your activities, excursions, fine dining, etc. to fit your individual needs.
Location, location, location. The InterContinental has a killer Westside address on the Avenue of the Stars just minutes from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, 20th Century Fox Studios, MGM Tower and upscale shopping at Westfield Century City-- while still only 20 minutes from the beach. Other reasons to love the InterContinental? There's an outdoor heated swimming pool with sundeck and whirlpool, health club, jogging paths, and Spa InterContinental-- an ultra-urban spa oasis featuring zen-inspired private villas with flat-screen TVs and meditation gardens. Newly renovated guest rooms boast private terraces and state-of-the-art amenities. Dining options include the indoor/outdoor Garden Café and the hotel's fine Park Grill restaurant. With the new Fashionista Package at the InterContinental Century City, LA Wardrobe Stylist Aly Scott accompanies guests on a two-and-a-half-hour shopping spree to unique boutique stores in Beverly Hills.
So maybe you missed today's big St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, but you can still get your groove on in Ireland's capital this spring. The famous shops and pubs of Grafton Street (and the Temple Bar experience) await! The place to stay is the beautiful Westin, located on its own city block in downtown Dublin. Formerly the Allied Irish Bank, the historic building-turned-luxury hotel sports an enviable address within walking distance of all major attractions. The 163 rooms and suites are equipped with every contemporary convenience, including the signature Heavenly Bed. Plus, the Westin will throw in free tix to the Guinness Storehouse, the top visitor site in Ireland, with a special package starting from EUR 259 per room, per night. Accommodation includes a full Irish Breakfast for two. Added perk: Each evening, the hotel hosts an "Unwind program," a Westin ritual to help guests rejuvenate and taste food, drink, and an ambiance unique to each destination. In Dublin, the "Unwind program" is a hosted whiskey tasting from a renowned Irish distiller.
March 17, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
Just in time for the summer event seasons in Santa Fe with the opera, Indian Market, and Spanish Market comes Encantado, a new Auberge Resort. It will be located about seven miles north of the plaza, quite near to the Santa Fe Opera itself. The resort will be composed of 62 casitas tucked away into the mountainside and will have fantastic views of the surrounding high desert landscape. Encantado will also feature a full service spa, as well as a restaurant and bar in their main lodge. So, when sightseeing and shopping all gets to be a little too tiring, you have the perfect retreat just moments out of town! [Opening soon]
March 17, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
There's no need to sacrifice your diet just because you're on a luxurious vacation getaway in Asia. The Peninsula Bangkok now offers a nutritionist-endorsed Afternoon Tea. Led by Chef Philip Sedgewick, the program combines the traditional English custom with a variety of lighter, healthier options that reflect local cuisine. Among the items featured on the menu are home-made sugar free jams, low calorie cream, whole grains, and avocados. The Peninsula Bangkok is striving to move towards healthier dining options for its guests, while at the same time giving them a taste of the local cuisine, and continuing to provide delicious mouthwatering dishes to enjoy. Naturally Peninsula, the hotels healthy dining line, has been met with great success. So for travelers looking to enjoy an extravagant vacation at no cost to your waistline, The Peninsula Bangkok is well worth a look.
By: Madelyn Giblin
March 14, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
For what Travel + Leisure called "some of the best cooking in the United States," head to the lovely rolling countryside in western Massachusetts-- just two and a half hours by car from New York and Boston. Nestled on 22 acres overlooking the Berkshire mountains, Wheatleigh is one of the most coveted destinations for foodies. Built in 1893, Wheatleigh is an Italianate mansion originally designed for a Spanish countess. The Dining Room at Wheatleigh was awarded the AAA Five Diamond Award for Chef Jeffrey Thompson's sophisticated cuisine served in a pretty setting lit by candles and a fireplace. From large windows overlooking the mountains and the lake, the dining rooms offer incredible views-- especially during the sunset or fall foliage season. Menus, featuring the finest ingredients, change seasonally.
Pssst. You can sleep here, too. Wheatleigh offers 19 suites and guest rooms filled with exquisite antiques and contemporary art. Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report named the hotel a Grand Award Winner for 2008.