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The Tides brand of chic, high-design hotels is staking a claim to the idyllic, paradise island of St. Lucia, the Caribbean's "it" spot of the moment with myriad new hotel openings. The Tides just announced plans to take over the Jalousie Plantation, give it a big makeover, and reposition it as The Tides Sugar Beach, the first Caribbean property for the luxury hotel chain. Situated in the Valley of the Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jalousie Plantation is nestled in 192 lush acres of rainforest and white sand beaches overlooking the sea. After an $100 million redesign, the resort will reopen in 2010 as the Tides Sugar Beach, joining the collection of properties set in pristine coastal settings (the Tides hotels can be found in South Beach, the Yucatan, and Zihuatanejo). From the 150 villas and guest rooms (all with private pools), guests will be able to gape at the views of the pitons (pictured). Also planned: four restaurants serving locally grown cuisine, recreational activities aplenty, a beach lounge, and comprehensive fitness center and spa with sustainable, marine-based products.
Check out the first Luxury Collection hotel in the Indian Ocean, the Grand Mauritian Resort and Spa, and take advantage of the opening offer from EUR 350 per night that includes daily breakfast, romantic dinner, exclusive amenities, Champagne and more. Plus, if you reserve two nights, you get the third night for free. Experience an enchanting island getaway nestled between a natural marine park and sugar cane fields, perched on a perfect beach on the northwest coast of Mauritius-- just off the eastern coast of Africa. Facilities include two swimming pools, water sports, kids club, and world-class dining venues celebrating indigenous flavors. Long walks on the beach and snorkeling adventures await... Mauritius is celebrated for its stunning landscape and exciting cultural melting pot; it's little wonder Four Seasons is also opening a luxury hotel there in October.
Bali's beautiful new resort, the Anantara Resort and Spa Seminyak, is situated on 3,500 square meters of prime beachfront on Bali's gorgeous Seminyak coast, just steps from the Indian Ocean and elegant Seminyak Village. The 59-suite resort has it all: an Anantara Spa, two infinity-edge swimming pools overlooking the ocean, a destination restaurant, and rooftop terrace bar to take in the world-famous sunsets. The SOS bar (Sunset on Six) has been getting rave reviews as one of the top bars in Bali. In addition to the beautiful sunsets, the bar is appreciated for its good libations and DJs. In Bali's most fashionable beachside district, SOS is the chic place-to-be. Drink in the sunset while sipping a designer drink and listening to chill-out lounge music. Here's the skinny:
Divided into four areas, SOS caters for all manner of pleasurable leisure, day or night – whether guests prefer to soak in the sun, or chill out under a starry night. Zone One features sumptuous daybeds to delight sun-seekers, while Zone Two comprises of an elegant DJ Lounge. The Dining Bar at Zone Three is solely aimed at providing in the form of sugar and spice; delectable eats and treats to do much more than just fill an empty gap. Finally, in Zone Four, The Wine Room and Long Table is the place to select a rare vintage from a state-of-the-art wine cellar to appreciate alongside out-of-this-world cuisine.
And the color scheme? Why this hip hang-out reflects the dazzling reds and crimsons of the sunsets you can ogle from the rooftop.
Take the girls for an end-of-summer fling to South Beach and score an awesome deal with The Sagamore, one of the hottest hotels in South Beach. You'll love the outdoor pool, striking suites (with whirlpool tubs), and private collection of art and photography at this unique beachfront address. Even better- the hotel has a great location in the middle of all the action. The Sagamore Miami Beach, selected by Conde Nast Traveler in 2003 as one of the top twenty hottest beach resorts in the world, has designed a "Girls Night Out" plan for the month of September 2008, priced at just $69 per person (slightly higher on weekends, at $95 per person). This rate is based on 4 gals sharing a private, two-story poolside bungalow, and also includes: continental breakfast, disposable cameras (to record your late-night carousing), a round of martinis at the hotel's bar, and VIP admission to three local clubs- Opium Garden, Prive, or Mansion- with access to the VIP room.
Now there's another reason to check out the new luxury resort everyone's been talking about. The Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, situated on Mexico's pristine Yucatan Peninsula, has introduced a series of four-day holistic yoga programs-- featuring guided meditations, yoga classes and yogic diet and nutrition sessions. The next one will take place from September 25-28, 2008, followed by a program on October 23-26, 2008. Both novices and experienced yoga students will enjoy these retreats led by fabulous instructors. Embark on a peaceful journey of renewal and enlightenment while indulging in Mayan and Oriental spa treatments, and taking advantage of all the luxurious facilities in this naturalist's paradise. Surrounded by mangrove reserves and crystal clear lagoons, the resort is the ideal place to partake in a restorative yoga retreat. Plus, it is conveniently located just 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen and just a 30 minute drive south from the Cancun airport. Leading the Yoga Retreat is Yoga Instructor Rishi Bhardawaj, who comes from a family of yoga experts and has been teaching yoga for almost 15 years. The retreat begins on Thursday evening with a welcome group dinner and opportunity to meet with instructors and fellow guests. The "Wellness Yoga Retreat" is priced from $2465 (single) and $3340 (double occupancy) and includes: three-nights accommodation, Yogic breakfast daily and one group dinner, choice of one spa treatment (Aromatherapy massage, Aromastone or Thai massage), morning and evening yoga sessions, daily meditations, diet and nutrition classes, participation in daily fitness activities, complimentary use of Heat and Water Therapies (including Steam, Sauna, Vitality Pool), and round-trip airport transfers.
Personal butlers for every guest is a hallmark of the St. Regis brand, famed for refined elegance and peerless service. And now St. Regis is importing this unique tradition to the tropical island paradise of Bali, when the St. Regis Resort Bali opens this month. Overlooking the ocean and Bali's premier golf course in the exclusive enclave of Nusa Dua, the beachfront resort has 125 luxurious suites and villas. The St. Regis butlers are known to provide ever-present, unobtrusive service while anticipating guests' needs. It goes beyond preparing coffee or tea and packing/unpacking suitcases; the butlers are more like experienced personal assistants. The St. Regis Bali is the first in the island to have an international Chief Butler, Tony Sharp, and Assistant Chief Butler, Robert Johnson, winner of 'Butler of the Year' award, an international award conferred by the International Butler Association. Trained in wine by the resort's chief sommelier, the butlers are also incredibly technologically savvy, as the resort is the first in Bali to feature Internet Protocol (IP) phones in all suites and villas.
This exclusive hideaway could easily be one of the most beautiful on all the Mediterranean Sea. Between Corsica and Sardinia in the sparkling emerald sea, lies a stunning archipelago called Lavezzi. Of this string of islands, the small Cavallo Island, extending just one mile, is the most beautiful. On this island, there is just one hotel- surrounded by all the summer homes of the international jetset. Completely serene, scented with myrtle and juniper, surrounded by breathtaking seascapes and beaches, the island of Cavallo allows only bicycles and electric cars. In this paradise, the Hotel and Spa des Pêcheurs has 50 rooms overlooking the white sandy beach and reef just offshore.
The reviews on TripAdvisor sum it up nicely: "LOCATION!" "Secluded paradise!" This is the best kept secret on the Med. The hotel was built in an environmentally responsible way- built with local rock and showcasing marvelous terraces, sundecks, gardens, and a beautiful pool. Enjoy the freshest Italian and French cuisine at the restaurant, and don't miss a massage at the spa or in the comfort of your own room.
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts makes it easy to go green. With eco-friendly programs and initiatives-- like the Adopt-A-Beluga Program-- Fairmont's been making waves in the hotel industry. Indeed, Fairmont has been championing luxury eco-tourism for awhile. When the Fairmont Mayakoba opened in early 2006 on the white sand of Mexico's Riviera Maya, it became the cornerstone of a unique eco-friendly resort community, surrounded by unspoiled tropical forest and beautiful waterways. Mayakoba is a luxury destination with golf, tennis, world-class diving and exquisite restaurants-- and it was also created to harmonize with the natural environment. Fairmont Mayakoba offers guests a unique and sustainable travel experience while providing all the luxury expected from an AAA five diamond award-winning resort.
In fact, Fairmont has launched a slew of Green Packages recently. Not only do these packages support eco-minded organizations, but they also provide guests with enriching experiences in unforgettable destinations. Look for them at Fairmont Hotels worldwide.
Where else can you sail across the bay to Angel Island, hike in the Redwoods, bike across the Golden Gate bridge, eat like a king with celebrity guest chefs, and get pampered with luxurious spa treaments? Cavallo Point, The Lodge at the Golden Gate, opened on July 1 outside Sausalito to much buzz and excitement. The resort itself is nestled on 50 acres of Fort Baker in the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, a former military base. We hear the restaurant's pretty good, too. As recently featured in the Washington Post:
The resort aims to offer something for everyone: stone massages and a basking pool for those who wish to be pampered; guided hikes and horseback and bike rides through the surrounding 75,000 acres of parkland; culinary and wine excursions into San Francisco and the nearby wine country; and fitness "boot camps" for those who need more of an adrenaline rush. Cavallo Point presents a curious mix of Outward Bound ambition with Canyon Ranch amenities.
Cavallo Point may be ambitious, but it's off to a great start.
That honor goes to hotels in Hawaii, Vegas, and Walt Disney World-- according to the Fodor's Forums. Hawaii may boast incredible beaches, but the pool attractions are just as jaw-dropping. Case in point: the five acres of meandering lagoons and pools at the Grand Hyatt Kaua'i Resort and Spa, set within beautifully landscaped gardens. Kids go gaga over the water slides, waterfalls, whirlpools, and neat, 1-acre free-form pool. (They'll also love the koi fish feeding and hula lessons at Camp Hyatt.) You can even kayak in the salt-water lagoon. Nestled on the south side of Kaua'i, Hawaii's Garden Isle, the oceanfront resort also has a full tennis complex and Anara spa. You can play a round of gold at the Poipu Bay Golf Crouse, home of the PGA Grand Slam, right next door.