LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
August 23, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Situated on five miles of white sand beaches in the British Virgin Islands, the Peter Island Resort & Spa is located on a private island. Accessable only by boat or helicopter, the luxurious property offers a 10,000-square-foot spa, International cuisine with an island flair, lush mountains for hiking, and coral reefs for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily buffet breakfast at the Tradewinds Restaurant, $100 spa credit, and VIP status. Plus, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out based on availability.
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August 20, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
About 30 minutes from Cannes, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is popular with celebrities and Hollywood elite, especially during the annual film festival. Since opening in 1870 as the Villa Soleil—a writer’s retreat in paradise, the historic hotel has been an inspirational retreat for creative and writers for decades, including serving as the setting of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender Is The Night.” Read more below.
Today, the luxurious Hotel du Cap Eden Roc offers an exclusive location, with a chic Champagne lounge, historic seawater pool, children’s activities, five clay tennis courts, and a spa. The upscale guest rooms, suites, and villas feature French décor infused with Mediterranean accents. For unparalleled Riviera views, the hotel’s Eden Roc Suite has a private 200-meter teak terrace with a Jacuzzi and a panoramic view of the Lérins Islands and Mediterranean. Read more below.
For those seeking the ultimate in privacy, the luxury hotel’s Villa Eleana is set on the grounds of the property, but tucked away in a secluded setting with a private outdoor pool, and exclusive experiences such as private pastry making lessons with the resort’s chef. It’s welcomed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Tom Cruise and the Jolie-Pitts. Continue below.
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August 19, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
When visiting Rome, you can spend the night above Fendi's flagship boutique, in the Fendi Private Suites. Featuring seven elegant suites, all accommodations meld chic and creative design with Italian elegance and innovation, plus Fendi-infused touches. Set within the former palace of the Boncompagni Ludovisi Princely family, guests can dine at Zuma, situated on the rooftop, then shop at the store below (or vice versa). Read more about the Fendi Suites from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Sharri Whiting De Masi.
What can we say about the Fendi Private Suites, other than to emphasize that couture is couture and style is style. Living over a store has never been so sumptuous. Enter through the silvery elevator doors and come out to find Fendi’s innovative design translated into sleek leather sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and signature room dividers made from woven metallic wire sandwiched between glass. Palazzo Fendi, at Via della Fontanella di Borghese 48, is right at the end of Via Condotti, Rome’s famous shopping street. Continue reading below.
The largest of the seven suites, all of which are located on the third floor, is the Corner Suite No. 7. Six windows flood the 650-square-foot suite with light. Wine-velvet chairs and a colorful Fendi fur-wall mosaic provide contrast to the neutral velvets and taupe leather used throughout the suite. Levanto marble lines the walls of the bathrooms in the suites, with distinctive chocolate and cream swirls. There is a deep tub and a double shower. Note: There are bathtubs in five of the seven suites, along with separate showers.
Suites 4 and 5 have adjacent doors and, though separate, can be taken together for a group stay. Suite 4 is about 550 square feet, with two tall windows overlooking Via Tomacelli. The wide-screen TV swivels to face the bedroom or the living room and there is a walk-in wardrobe.
We also visited Palazzo Suite 2, which is 550 square feet and overlooks a small piazza. There are two large windows to bring in the Roman light. This suite can connect with Palazzo Suite 1, which looks out toward the skyline above the Spanish Steps.
We loved Fendi’s use of iPads in the suites to display clever apps for navigating Rome and providing hotel info to guests, who are also offered private tours of Fendi’s amazing new flagship store. Karl Lagerfeld photos of Rome decorate the walls in every suite, providing inspiration for the visit downstairs to see his couture collection for the design house.The hip Zuma Ristorante shares the Palazzo Fendi, offering hotel guests breakfast, as well as contemporary Japanese cuisine at lunch and dinner. The rooftop terrace at Zuma is a favorite spot for sunset cocktails.
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August 18, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Featuring one-of-a-kind views of the Florence Cathedral, the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is a romantic retreat in the heart of the city. Offering a historic setting, the hotel's Pagliazza Tower, built between the sixth and seventh centuries was once a women's prison, and the adjacent space was the site of St. Michael's Church. During the property's transformation into a luxury boutique property, archeologists excavated a variety of pottery and other artifacts, which are now housed in the hotel's own museum. There's also a traditional Tuscan Osteria, wine tastings, homemade ice cream, and bicycle rentals.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Prosecco, $50 food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status.
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August 12, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Set along Flamands Beach, one of the prettiest stretches of beach on St. Barthélemy, Cheval Blanc St. Barth Isle de France is a luxury boutique hotel in the Caribbean. Combining French and St. Barth's style, the resort offers La Case de L'Isle - an al fresco restaurant along the beach specializing in locally-inspired French cuisine, the Cheval Blanc Spa with outdoor treatment pavillions, children's programs, and tailor-made island experiences.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary continental breakfast for two daily, and a 50 Euro food and beverage credit per stay. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure, an upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.
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August 10, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Bali is a true tropical paradise, and the Viceroy Bali takes the meaning of a romantic hideaway to a new level. The all-villa property offers 25 private villas each with their own heated pools, luxurious Balinese furnishings including island-produced natural bath products, and views of the Valley of the Kings. Read more below.
The resort's award-winning CasCades Restaurant offers an idyllic, poolside fine dining experience with a menu that combines contemporary French cuisine with exotic Asian flavours. Plus, a one-of-a-kind setting overlooking the Petanu River Gorge, and an extensive wine menu for a truly memorable evening.
To end the night, the Viceroy Bar offers artfully served cocktails, unbeatable views, and an extensive selection of fine wines and spirits from around the world. Continue reading below.
To recover from the long journey, or to feel truly pampered, the Lembah Spa offers a calm and soothing tropical open-air environment. Guests can choose from a variety of treatments created by a certified Swiss therapist, that combine traditional Balinese wellness techniques with Western knowledge and natural products.
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NINE-TEN Restaurant, located at the landmark Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California, was recognized by the California Restaurant Association with "San Diego's Best Hotel Fine Dining Restaurant Award". This is the seventh consecutive win for NINE-TEN, recognizing the restaurant's excellence in Evolving California Cuisine. Celebrating more than a decade of service, NINE-TEN offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance. Diners enjoy the best of the harvest from local farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant's farm-to-table menus.
Welcoming guests since 1913, The Grande Colonial Hotel is a 93-room historic hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean. One-block from the beach, the property offers can outdoor pool, meeting space, and the award-winning NINE-TEN Restaurant featuring a Wine Spectator-recognized wine list.
*The content of this sponsored article was provided by Grande Colonial Hotel.
Savor Life Slowly at SLS South Beach. Indulge your senses at The Bazaar by José Andrés, featuring a vibrant mix of sophisticated cuisine and a playful indoor-outdoor environment. The Bazaar menu blends Andrés' Spanish heritage, tradition and ingenuity with influences from South Beach's local Latin flavors. Read more below.
Katsuya South Beach infuses traditional Japanese cuisine with a provocative twist as Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi unleashes his culinary artistry with a menu of innovative sushi and robata dishes uniquely adapted for the American palate. For the perfect nightcap, Bar Centro by José Andrés is where cocktails become adventurous undertakings with a variety of fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables, as well as modern tools of liquid nitrogen and organic emulsifiers to create Manhattans with liquid cherries and margaritas with salt air that accompany delightful selections of caviar and Andrés' signature snacks. Continue reading below.
Set in the heart of South Beach, the SLS Hotel combines impeccable design, imaginative dining, and a luxurious atmosphere with an outdoor pool that transforms into a chic evening lounge. Offering direct beach access and city views, the high-style property is steps away from upscale boutiques, dining and nightlife.
Five Star Alliance Perk: Guest that book through Five Star Alliance receive a $50.00 resort credit during their stay.
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August 1, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Nestled along Southern California’s most recognizable and breathtaking coastline, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel provides the inspiration for guests to create #EpicMemories in 2016 with original and enduring packages and activities that awaken the soul, stimulate creativity rejuvenate the spirit and inspire the heart.
Sea legs are embraced and the soul is awakened on the Eco-Adventure Center's Biggest Show on Earth excursion. See first-hand why Dana Point is the Whale Capital of the West. A famous gathering area for aquatic animals, Dana Point attracts not only marine mammals but marine biologists and whale lovers from around the world. While on the adventure, majestic blue whales or gray whales can be seen as they travel past Dana Point, which is believed to serve as a visual landmark for several species of whales that migrate along the Pacific Coast. The Biggest Show on Earth is $110 per person and includes transportation to and from Dana Point Harbor.
The history of art is filled with stories of solitary artists abandoning society to pursue their creative expression. The 2016 Pageant of the Masters sets out in search of stories of compelling collaborations that led to the creation of unforgettable artworks in this summer's presentation of "Partners". Filled with provocative and passionate tales of some of art's dynamic duos - artists and patrons, models, muses, even dance partners, be sure to bring someone special with you, as "Partners" pulls back the curtain to reveal the significant others without whom the creation of great masterpieces might not have been possible.
Going backstage at the Pageant of the Masters stimulates creativity. The resort's Behind the Velvet Rope experience offers an exclusive opportunity to see how this grand production comes together behind the curtain and offers a peek into the mystery of how art comes to life. The experience also affords guests to rub elbows with the artists while on a private docent tour of the Festival of Arts. The resort also offers a Pageant of the Masters "Partners" package that includes two tickets to the performance. Pageant packages start at $849 per night and are available July 7 through August 31, 2016.
Rejuvenate the spirit with the Rejuvenate You package. Celebrate a new you with two 60-minute signature spa treatments, oceanfront Pilates and yoga, as well as a delectable lunch for two in Raya. The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a selection of massage, facial and body treatments in a relaxing and tranquil environment. Rejuvenate You starts at $749 per night.
Guests can extend their stay with the Treat You package. Starting at $875 per night, the Treat You package includes accommodations on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level and one complimentary night when guests stay four nights. The Club Level experience offers the comfort, convenience and privacy of a hotel within a hotel. Located on the fourth floor of the resort, The Club Level is not just about luxurious surroundings; it's about personalized service. A dedicated concierge is available to meet any needs from hard to get restaurant reservations to assistance with changing airline flights. Only guests registered on Club Level can access the floor through use of a special elevator key, ensuring a sense of personal security. The focal point of Club is a spacious lounge area, furnished to resemble a comfortable living area and well stocked with books and a variety of magazines and newspapers.
Inspire the heart and fall in love all over again with the resort’s Sunset Romance package that includes overnight accommodations, Champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries, and breakfast for two. Enhance the experience with an upgrade to a fireside ocean guestroom where guests can toast the sunset by the warmth of the fire on the private patio and create #EpicMemories. Sunset Romance starts at $699 per night.
Throughout 2016, #EpicMemories experiences will be highlighted on the resorts social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. These experiences range from watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean with your loved one to building a sand castle on the beach with your children. Guests are also encouraged to share their #EpicMemories.
*The content of this sponsored article was provided by Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Offers and packages are subject to change.
July 25, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Following a year-long $40 million renovation Southern California's Monarch Beach Resort, formerly a St. Regis property, has announced the completion of the project, which includes a new Miraval Life in Balance Spa, new pool areas, updated guest rooms, and fresh dining options. Read more below from our sister publication, Luxury Hotel Insider.
The resorts renovated arrival area now has beach house-inspired details with panoramic windows, over-sized seating, wide plank wood floors and blue and sea-glass green accents.
Also new is the Miraval Life in Balance Spa offering more than 70 treatments at its Monarch Beach Resort location. Each is designed to “awaken the senses, create balance and promote a sense of well-being” for guests throughout the spa's 24 treatment rooms. There is also a lap pool, multiple spa suites, a boutique, Drybar, Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon and relaxation and tranquility zones. Healthy menu items inspired by Miraval’s philosophy are also available at the resort's restaurants, as well as the new Miraval Spa Café inside the spa.
For dining, chef Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern continues to provide a private beachfront dining space for guests, while the resort is also debuting five new dining concepts led by executive chef Collin Thornton as part of the renovation. The new dining options focus on using fresh ingredients from local purveyors and exercising sustainable practices, and include:
- AVEO Table + Bar: A Mediterranean restaurant and bar designed by San Francisco-based hospitality firm Puccini Group. Dishes are inspired by the cuisine of Spain, Italy, Greece and Morocco, and are crafted using local ingredients.
- 33° North: This venue includes three separate dining areas; a contemporary bar serving hand-crafted cocktails; a living room salon; and an outdoor patio with fireside seating and live music Thursday through Sunday.
- Part & Parcel Market: Also designed by Puccini Group, the all-day dining option serves small bites and healthy options for guests on-the-go.
- Club 19: A refreshed indoor-outdoor gastro pub situated near the golf course offers beers on tap, cocktails, and classic American fare.
- Sombra: A Mexi-Cali, family-friendly poolside cantina offering a fusion of Mexican/American dishes along with salads, vegetarian options and modern Mexican comfort food.
The resort's new pool areas include an adults-only Monarch Pool, Family Pool with splash zones and two infinity-edge spas. Private cabanas have built-in music and stocked outdoor mini-bars, while chaise lounges and an outdoor fire pit provide space for guests to gather in the evenings. The pool area’s multi-level design now has a second tier dedicated to sunning and lounging.
Refreshed guestrooms designed by Los Angeles-based Rodrigo Vargas Design have a color palette of blues, greens and whites. All rooms and suites have balconies furnished with modern patio furniture, and all first floor balconies include fire pits.
Tip: In addition to the renovation, Monarch Beach Resort is also offering several new land and sea experiences in Dana Point. At the resort's private access beach, guests can enjoy activities like standup paddle boarding, trail hikes, bonfire communions and one-on-one surf lessons led by a resort Surf Host.
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