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Gold isn't just for wearing at Four Seasons Spas around the world. Gold has long been touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, and the luxury hotel group has started adding the precious metal to its spa offerings.
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC has a Four Seasons Gold and Diamond Facial that utilizes the ultimate in anti-ageing technology to provide instant results. This facial combines several cutting-edge technologies designed to achieve maximum skin health while promoting cellular renewal. Following a complete ultrasonic exfoliation, micro-current therapy is administered to lift and tone sagging muscles. A specialty serum is then infused for smoother, firmer and more hydrated skin. The treatment is finished with LED therapy to calm any redness and stimulate collagen production. The cost ranges from $460-470.
Four Seasons Chicago features the Sjal Skincare Signature Gemstone and Crystal Facial. This one-of-a-kind, holistic facial incorporates the healing power of precious minerals and gemstones such as rose quartz, platinum, copper, and nano-gold as well as sapphires, rubies, diamonds and pearls with Eastern healing techniques of shiatsu Ayurveda and reflexology. This facial rejuvenates mind and body while visibly restoring skin nutrition for a smooth and radiant look. The cost ranges from $170-220, depending on appointment time and length.
Get the heavy metal treatment with gold and copper with the Pinnacle Facial at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. This decadent treatment indulges both the face and the body. An intensely stimulating facial brings radiance to the complexion, while the body is treated to a gold-infused sugar scrub and shimmer oil. A Copper Peel concludes the treatment. The cost is $300 for 100 minutes.
At Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, guests can enjoy the Gold Perfection Facial. This sensational treatment combines innovative technology with the rich, natural healing properties of gold to deliver glowing, radiant skin. Umo's 24 Karat Gold Facial mask creates immediate and long-lasting lifting, firming, and lightening results. The cost is EUR 550 for 100 minutes.
Room service is notorious for being expensive No matter the price, burgers are a world-wide room service staple. Here's a sampling of how much a burger will run you at eight luxury hotels worldwide. Keep in mind that most hotels also charge some combination of a service charge, gratuity, tax, or a delivery fee.
Hotel Palomar Chicago dishes up an all-American cheeseburger for $17 and a wild mushroom veggie burger for $14.
US Grant Hotel in San Diego has a Grant Grill Burger. It comes on a potato bun with aged Goat Gouda, onion marmalade, Iceberg lettuce, confit tomatoes, and pickles. All those toppings will run you $17.
The Metropolitan Bangkokoffers a choice of aLentil and 7 grain burger with tomato salsa, avocado and sprouts for 390 baht ($12) or the met burger made of black angus beef patties and topped with prosciutto, tomato, lettuce, and bbq onions. It costs 580 Baht ($18).
Hard Rock at Universal Orlando Resortoffers what they call a "legendary 10 oz. burger." It is topped with seasoned bacon, two slices of cheddar cheese, a fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato, and pickle. It has a side of fries and costs $18.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas(pictured left)charges$18 for the basic burger, But adding toppings such as bacon, cheese, and egg can push the price up to $30. The basic burger features tomato, lettuce, avocado, butter pickle, and Basil pesto aioli. It is served on bacon cheddar bread and comes with a market fresh fruit salad.
The Dorchesterin London offers The Dorchester trufﬂed beef burger for £39.50 ($66.50). It is served with trufﬂe mayonnaise, trufﬂe shavings and pan fried foie grass. Also on the menu is a grilled beef burger or cheese burger in a sesame bun with lettuce and barbecue sauce for £21.50 ($36).
It's not too late to treat your mom to these Mother's Day deals.
One Bal Harbour Resort and Spa- Bal Harbour, FL, USA A special brunch menu has been prepared by Executive Chef Ferdinand Ortiz Jr. Then Mom's can experience a complete aromatic and balancing soak in the signature hydrotherapy's tub, followed by full body sea salt exfoliation, perfect to stimulate circulation and rejuvenate skin. Then a detoxifyingbody cocoon hydrates and nourish skin and a receive a scalp and foot massage.
L'Auberge del Mar - Del Mar, CA, USA (pictured left) Dads can whisk mom away for the Book the Bliss: Your Way Package. Stay one, two or three days at 20% off our best available room rate and spend $270 in Spa L'Auberge credit as you see fit. Then take mom to a seaside brunch.
The Angler's Boutique Resort -Miami, FL, USA Mom will enjoy an upgrade to the next room category and a cocktail daily, as well as 15% off a two-night stay.
The Pierre Hotel New York- New York, NY, USA Enjoy a weekend at the dynamic city as you enjoy on theater, shopping or sightseeing. Make reservations for Friday, Saturday or Sunday and save 15% off the Best Available Rate.
Boston Harbor Hotel- Boston, MA, USA Moms love to spend time with the family. So take advantage of the Family Vacation Getaway. Book two rooms for two nights or more and get the second at 50% off. Kids enjoy milk and cookies each night, ensuring sweet dreams and special children's hours at the spa's 60-foot indoor pool.
The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa Pasadena- Los Angeles, CA, USA (pictured right) Book the Celebrate A Century package and receive Luxurious overnight accommodations, two signature Anniversary cocktails in The Tap Room, $100 resort credit per night, overnight valet parking, and a historical tour map of the resort.
The Langham Chicago - Chicago, IL, USA The Windy City hotel's Dear Mom package includes accommodations, bouquet of pink roses, bottle of champagne, special Mother's Day welcome amenity, $50 towards Komen Race for the Cure, essential oil infused butler-drawn bath, in-room tea and Nespresso coffee basic internet access in guest rooms and public areas, access to the fitness studio and pool, daily local newspaper, and the possibility of earning airline miles.
Happy Mother's Day!
All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.
Lounging on the beach for a honeymoon is nothing to sneeze at, but the newlyweds who want something different should try staying at one of these luxury hotels in an these unusual honeymoon locations.
Five Star Alliance recommends these unusual post-nuptial spots:
Cappadocia, Turkey Why Visit This Anatolian region is a UNESCO world heritage site known for its cave structures. Dwellings have been hewn from the rock as far back as 4,000 B.C. During Byzantine times chapels and monasteries were hollowed out of the rock, their ochre-toned frescoes reflecting the hues of the surrounding landscape. It is 30 kilometers from Nevsehir Airport.
Where to Stay Cappadocia Cave Resort and Spa(pictured right) is built right into a mountain and offers a spectacular view over the dramatic landscape. The exclusive spa area offers all kinds of treatments, from steam baths to an experience shower with sound and light effects, to a couples massage.
Cappadocia Museum Hotel has just 30 rooms and suites. The unusual living museum concept means the cave rooms and specially restored traditional rooms are decorated with antiques and have wonderful views of Cappadocia.
Hue, Vietnam Why Visit The city is located in central Vietnam on the banks of the Perfume River, just a few miles from the East Sea. Hue has various points of interest, such as the Citadel, the royal tombs of Tu Duc, Khai Dinh, and Minh Mang, Thien Mu pagoda, and Dong Ba market. Other attractions include Bach Ma national park, Lang Co beach, Truc Lam Zen monastery, and Thuan An beach.
Where to Stay Vedana Lagoon Resort & Spa is nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene lagoon, with stunning views across one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia. It offers stylish interior decoration on an area of 27 hectares of undulating land and lagoon.
Pilgrimage Village is ideally located in the quiet countryside in rustic village setting surrounding by lush tranquil gardens, yet near to famous historical landmarks. With 99 rooms and villas, the resort is warm and inviting. Hue airport is just 20 minutes away.
Cuzco, Peru Why Visit Cuzco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is one of Peru's most visited spots as it is a convenient city from which tourists can begin visits to Machu Picchu. It is located 7,000 feet above sea level and is nestled in a small hilltop between the Andean Mountain Range with a generally dry and temperate.
Where to Stay Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (pictured right)is located in the Urubamba Valley on the banks of the river Vilcanota. The hotel’s property spreads over 10 hectares. Unno Spa includes a hyperbaric chamber, hydrotherapy pools, Vichy shower treatment rooms and meditation, and aromatherapy oxygen.
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent set in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco’s main square. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks using the fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.
Umag, Croatia Why Visit With a coastline filled with stunning beaches, Umag is an established summer destination in Europe. It is known as the town of tennis because it hosts many tennis camps and the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open. Beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants, and unrivalled scenery add to the city's undeniable charm. The international festival of chamber theatre Golden Lion is a popular local event.
Where to Stay Hotel Monte Mulini is situated in a beautiful and quiet location, but close to the town of Rovinj. Maistra’s boutique hotel Monte Mulini is the perfect starting point for sightseeing in Croatia, a wine trail tour, or time in the sun and sea.
Kempinski Hotel Adriatic is surrounded by picturesque olive groves and vineyards, and offers breathtaking views over the Adriatic Sea. Things to do include treatments at the 3,000 square foot duplex Spa, and a few rounds at the first professional 18-hole golf course in the region.
Doha, Qata Why Visit Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, the modern Doha skyline contrasts with the surrounding desert. Things to do in Doha include playing world-class golf, off-road desert cycling, beach trips, and fossil hunts. Popular attractions include the City Centre Doha Mall, the Corniche Promenade and the acclaimed Museum of Islamic Art. The city will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Where to Stay
The Torch Doha (pictured left) is 300 meters high and has panoramic views of the city. It is located on Al Waab Street, 30 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city center. Hotel guests have private walkway access to Doha's largest shopping mall Villaggio.
Sharq Village and Spa's fourteen courtyard houses are located on one thousand meters of private coastline. Guests can tour the village streets, cool off in the two pools, recline on an outdoor majlis, or shop at the village souq. The hotel is operated by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, B.V.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has gotten into the airline game. You can now travel the globe aboard the custom-designed Four Seasons Jet. Those interested in taking the Four Seasons experience airborne will want to sign up for the February 2015 once-in-a-lifetime journey.
The trip includes nine destinations—from fire dancers in Bora Bora to architectural wonders in India and Australia. Travelers will also receive a Salsa Deluxe Hybrid Cabin Multiwheel from luxury luggage brand RIMOWA.
The itenirary is as follows:
-Arrive in LA to meet the journey's dedicated support team and fellow travellers during a welcome dinner at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel).
-Travel aboard the jet to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu (pictured right). Experience the Big Island’s dramatic landscapes and genuine aloha spirit through your choice of activities, including a helicopter tour of the Kohala Coast, a visit to a coffee plantation, or aquatic adventures such as paddleboarding or outrigger canoeing.
-Next stop is Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora(pictured left)The crystal blue waters that frame this island paradise teem with exotic sea life—best investigated on a snorkelling tour led by the resort's marine biologist. Celebrate with a special dinner on the beach, enhanced by traditional Polynesian entertainment.
-Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is next up on the journey. Witness the beauty of Sydney Harbour from the seat of a seaplane and, later, aboard a sunset dinner cruise. On solid ground, go backstage at the Sydney Opera House and tour the historic Rocks district.
-Head to Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan. Lush landscapes and a refreshingly spiritual perspective await on this beautiful island, where travelers can explore the creative village of Ubud, go whitewater rafting on the Ayung River, or get a taste of Indonesian cuisine during a cooking class.
-In Thailand, elect to stay within the tranquil and artistic city Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai or upgrade to the luxurious Tented Camp at Chiang Rai to experience two nights of jungle adventure. Both destinations offer unforgettable elephant encounters.
-India is next. Hop off the jet in Agra and experience one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders, the Taj Mahal, before continuing on to Mumbai. Tour Gandhi’s former residence and watch as thousands of dabbawallas execute the city’s traditional lunch delivery system. Guests will stay at Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai.
-Check into Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (pictured right). Shop this transcontinental city’s expansive Grand Bazaar and tour the opulent Topkapi Palace before unwinding at a Turkish bath. At sunset, take a cocktail cruise down the Bosphorus, which flows between the European and Asian sides of Turkey.
-The jet makes its final stop in London where you’ll toast to this extraordinary journey over a celebratory dinner and bid farewell to your fellow travellers at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane(pictured left). After breakfast the next morning, transfer to the airport to connect with your flight home.
This around-the-world trip will not come cheap. It costs $119,000 per person based on double occupancy.
Most Easter Egg hunts consist of hiding a few dozen brightly colored hard-boiled eggs and maybe a plastic egg or two filled with candy. That, and hoping all the hard-boiled ones are found, so the smell of rotting eggs doesn't permeate your garden. Well, trust luxury hotels to sponsor egg hunts that put all other egg hunts to shame. Here's a few of our favorites:
-Loews Atlanta(pictured left)is hosting its second annual Grown-Up Easter Egg Hunt. The hotel will hide a dozen of its signature Golden Eggs at top secret locations scattered throughout the city. Inside one Golden Egg, at each location, one lucky hunter will find a prize selected from Loews Atlanta’s favorite museums, restaurants, and tourist destinations. Easter weekend rates start at $160 per night.
-Pinehurst Resort is offering not one, not two, but three Easter Egg hunts. The first takes place on 5/19 and the other take place on Easter Sunday. There will be two simultaneous hunts for children ages 5 and under and children ages 6 – 12. One hunt is a flashlight hunt offering golden ticket eggs with special prizes. Easter weekend rates start at $408 per night.
-Kiawah Island Golf Resort takes its hunt to the water via the The Kiawah River "Egg"streme Family Kayaking Hunt. Equipped with paddles and nets, participants kayak in search for "eggs" scattered throughout the salt marsh. While this event takes place the Wednesday before and the Wednesday after the holiday, guests staying at the resort for Easter Weekend can also attend the the Easter Egg toss and Easter Egg hunt held in Night Heron Park. Easter weekend rates start at $269 per night.
-Omni Homesteadis offering crafts, photos with the Easter Bunny, magic shows, balloon artist, and a caricaturist. There's also a kid-friendly "Afternoon Tea" with the Easter Bunny. On Sunday morning, children can join the Easter Bunny in finding over 10,000 eggs. Easter weekend rates start at $300 per night.
-Barton Creek Resort and Spa is playing host to Easter brunch, a bounce house, crafts, face painting, and an egg hunt with over 2,000 eggs. Parents can even order Easter baskets to be delivered Easter morning. Easter weekend rates start at $234 per night.
-Atlantis Resort Paradise Island (featuring both The Reef Atlantis and The Cove Atlantis, pictured right), has tailored their egg hunt to active kids. Climber's Rush Egg-streme ascent has egg prizes hidden at the top of the climbing wall.The more traditional Sunday-morning egg hunt will feature over 3,000 eggs. Easter weekend rates start at $729 per night.
Warwick Denver - Denver, CO, USA Combining the finest in comfort with unmatched hospitality and service, Warwick Denver Hotel offers visitors the ultimate in affordable luxury among hotels in downtown Denver, Colorado. Warwick Denver Hotel boasts the most spacious lodging accommodations in Downtown Denver, the majority of which have private balconies (with two patio chairs and table) and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, offering impressive views of the Downtown Denver skyline or the Colorado Front Range. The rooms are decorated in a traditional style with understated comfort.
Try the Suite Life Package. It includes: -Luxury Suite for two -Wine and cheese welcome amenity -One in-suite movie -Complimentary Valet Parking -Complimentary Wi-Fi
Radisson St. Martin Resort - St Martin Cedex, French West Indies As the most comprehensive full-service beach resort in St Martin, this is the place to stay, dine, play, discover and relax. Guest accommodations at the Radisson St Martin Resort, Marina and Spa provide a relaxing environment for a romantic getaway, Caribbean honeymoon or family vacation. Guests can opt to stay in a beautiful Marina Suites or traditional guest room. All will enjoy such welcome amenities as a private balcony, iPod dockable clock radio and high-speed Internet access. This St Martin resort offers motorized water sports and everything you need to enjoy a day on the Caribbean Sea, including banana boats, canoes, kayaks and wave runners. There is always something fun going on.
Take advantage of the Early Summer Sale. It includes: -Superior Room with two Queen beds -30% savings on accommodations -Spacious guest rooms with two queen beds -Daily breakfast buffet for two adults -Kids Stay & Eat Free -Fun resort guest activities: nature hikes, dive-in movies, aqua gym and sunrise stretch -Free wireless, high-speed Internet access
Situated right on one of the world's most renowned streets, the Konigsallee, Breidenbacher Hof is an icon for Germany, combining modern features and amenities with the rich tradition and heritage of the past. While the exterior remains the same, preserving one of Germany's treasures, the inside of the Breidenbacher Hof has been entirely rethought to fit the needs of the modern traveler. Shopping at the Breidenbacher Hof provides select and distinct shopping experiences, including House of Escada, Schnitzler Perfumery and Hugo Boss, moments away on the Konigsalle. Inside Breidenbacher Hof, a world-class grill awaits, combining modern flair with traditional German cuisine, and there are numerous opportunities to discover the local flavor along the Konigsallee and beyond. Dusseldorf's renowned Old Town is steps away from the hotel, featuring historic taverns, bars and restaurants, as well as a stunning collection of turn-of-the-century architecture awaiting your exploration.
Try the Honeymoon Package. It includes: -Fireplace Suite -Four-course dinner -Carriage ride -Spa treatments -Complimentary Wi-fi