LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
April 1, 2008
By: Courtney W. May
Cocoa Island in the Maldives is proud to announce that they now offer an all-day lounge - a small and cozy area at Cocoa which consists of 2 spaces above the reception desk. One room with a PC and an iMAC for internet use, and the second room with a flat screen TV, media player, and selection of books and magazines. Water is provided as well as CS ginger tea. Opening hours are as necessary, depending on the earliest arrival and the latest departure. The new lounge will be especially useful for guests that arrive early or have late flights, especially in times of high occupancy. However, guests can still continue to spend their time at the pool, beach or hydrotherapy pool, and can shower and change clothing at COMO Shambhala when they arrive early or leave late in Male at Cocoa Island.
By: Courtney W. May
San Diego's red-hot Ivy Hotel, celebrated for its fabulous restaurant and nightlife venues, recently rolled out Ivy Enticements-- special daily events which allow guests to try a new activity each day of the week to help you "keep your Ivy on." All events are free and open to the public, but advance ressies are required. What's on the agenda?
Monday: Savor the Experience-- Chef demonstration in Damon Gordon's Quarter Kitchen. Roll up your sleeves and prepare one of the exceptional dishes from the executive chef himself. 6 pm.
Tuesday: Taste the Nectar-- The award-winning sommelier invites you for an intimate wine tasting experience in the wine cellar at the Quarter Kitchen. Learn some of the secrets to successful wine and food pairing. 6 pm.
Wednesday: House of Cards-- Learn when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em at the weekly card game on Eden Rooftop led by local poker aficionado, Bill Moniz. 6 pm. Fashionably Late Wednesdays: Sip signature martinis in the Ultra Lounge while checking out fashion shows from some of the hottest local boutiques. Two Wednesdays a month enjoy rooftop movie screenings.
Thursdays: Claim Your Pole-- Enjoy the health and fitness aspects of pole dancing with lessons on Eden Rooftop taught by local dance instructors From Mind to Body. 7 pm. Spin It Around: Learn techniques from Envy Nightclub's master spinner, resident DJ Este, with DJ lessons at the Ultra Lounge. 7 pm.
Friday: Mix It Up-- Cocktail mixing demos at Envy Nightclub presented by the head bartender, Antonio Gonzales. 7 pm.
Saturdays: Relax with Yoga-- Rejuvenate the body and mind with Yoga on the Eden Rooftop at noon.
Sundays: Group Fun-- Video game night on Eden Rooftop. New Sony PlayStation games are available before they hit the stores. 6 pm.
From now until the end of April 2008, Chateau Eza-- the magical hideaway on the French Côte d'Azur which was the former residence of the Swedish Royal Family-- is offering a fourth night free when you pay for three consecutive nights. Spring is the perfect time to visit the South of France, not yet overrun by summer crowds. Perched on a rock cliff in the 1,000-year-old village of Eze, the award-winning hotel offers 10 guest rooms which can be reached by stone passageways over ancient stone steps. Outfitted with all the contemporary comforts, the rooms feature fireplaces and private balconies with sweeping views over the Mediterranean. The Michelin-starred restaurant is just as romantic. Experience what Town and Country Travel described as "glamorous, but cozy... straight out of a Matisse painting." With this special offer, you'll also get a half-bottle of Champagne, one tapas per person at the bar or terrace, and a basket of fresh fruit daily in the room. Starting from $280 per night.
Now's your chance to get a free night at one of the best hotels in the Americas. The Four Seasons Punta Mita-- a bastion of luxury just 26 miles from Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's sun-kissed west coast-- is offering a fourth night for free when you pay for three consecutive nights. Picture-perfect sandy beaches, sunset dining, Jack Nicklaus golf, a lavish spa (with outdoor treatments overlooking the Pacific)... What more could you ask for? Rates start at $590 per night until April 30, 2008, and then drop during the summer months. Sunday or Monday arrivals only.
Be one of the first to experience The London West Hollywood, the new Hollywood hotspot that promises to be a fusion of its namesake cities, and score rates as low as $249 per night. Opening on April 1, 2008 after a $52 million makeover by a star design team, the all-suite hotel has glamorous facilities (rooftop pool and fitness center with sweeping views), Quintessentially concierge service, and dining by-- who else?-- Gordon Ramsay. Formerly known as the Bel Age Hotel, The London West Hollywood will surely shake things up on the Sunset Strip. Stay before May 31, 2008 and you'll get a complimentary Continental breakfast.
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March 28, 2008
By: Courtney W. May
The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is a beachfront resort with 3 connecting mid-rise buildings: the Napili Tower (8 Floors), Lahaina Tower (7 Floors) and the Atrium Tower (9 Floors). All rooms have a balcony with a garden, golf course, mountain or ocean views. Landscaped with tropical gardens, a Japanese strolling garden, exotic birds, streams and waterfalls, the Hotel also houses a collection of fine art from Asia and the South Pacific. Click on the link below to see videos, tour the rooms and public areas, and to decide if the Hyatt Regency Maui is the resort in Hawaii for you.
By: Courtney W. May
Escape to Hawaii's Big Island for some serious fun in the sun. The Kohala Coast boasts the most sunshine, gorgeous white sand beaches and impressive resorts on the island. Swim with sea turtles, discover incredible marine life on deep-water dives, play a round of golf on the world-renowned greens, and check out the posh digs at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The recipient of multiple accolades from top travel magazines, this oceanfront resort is nestled into the bluffs above the silky-soft sands of Hapuna Beach, and offers much better rates than some of its neighbors. The "Spring into Summer" promotion means rooms starting at just $265 per night, with a daily resort credit of $50 thrown in for good measure. Or choose the "2 for 1" promotion, and get two rooms for the price of one, starting at $500 per night in a Partial Oceanview Room. (Valid April 1, 2008 until September 30, 2008.) Frequent shuttle service is provided to the Mauna Kea, the sister resort.
The South Beach branch of the celebrated New York hotel has officially opened its doors, but HotelChatter advises that a lot of facilities-- like the 42,000-square-foot David Barton Gym and Spa--are still closed during the soft opening phase. What's so cool about this place? A sprawling rooftop retreat with bar, lounge, and 110-foot long pool is billed as "the largest rooftop playground in the country." Beachside infinity pool, classy eateries, and an enormous shark tank in the lobby... And the coolest part of all? The celebratory opening for the Gansevoort South featured celeb tennis stars playing a match on the rooftop pool. Like, literally, *on* the water. Check out the pic on HotelChatter.
With a superb location in the historic Rocks district between the world-famous Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge, the Shangri-La Hotel offers the city's largest accommodations along with stunning views. Here you can also chow down at some of Sydney's finest restaurants: the award-winning Altitude, and Blu Horizon Bar, both perched on the 36th floor with sweeping views over the harbor. Any stay here is a magical one, and special occasions can be made even more memorable with an indulgent five-star experience at the Shangri-La Sydney. Priced from AUD 398 per night, the Occasions offer includes overnight accommodation, breakfast for two at Café Mix, bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne, strawberries and hand-made chocolates on arrival, nightly turn-down service, late check-out at 4 p.m., complimentary use of the Health Club, and complimentary valet parking. Includes 10 percent goods and services tax. Valid until December 30, 2008.
How's this for some mind-blowing indulgence? Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts offers a $100,000 gift card, and as Forbes Traveler points out, why not give the gift of around-the-world travel? With some stays at seriously luxurious digs, no less. You can hit up the Four Seasons Miami for the rowdy South Beach nightlife, taking advantage of the newly-appointed nightlife concierge, before hopping across the Atlantic to the Provence property with its sexy new spa, and then heading over to Asia for some luxury camping in the Golden Triangle of Thailand. Or, as the company recommends, why not start the trip with three nights in the Beverly Wilshire penthouse, followed by two nights at the Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche, then 11 nights in Thailand? (Two at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, three in a one-bedroom residence at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, three in a luxury tent at the Four Seasons Golden Triangle, and three in a two-bedroom estate at the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.) The grand finale? Three nights in the chairman's suite of the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi.