LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
On business in DF? Check into Casa Vieja and savor the flavor of artistic Mexico. (Frida would love this place.) Located in the chic Polanco district near Bosque de Chapultepec, the boutique is furnished with hand-crafted Colonial decor, unique artifacts, and colorful folk art, a fantasy of hand-painted tiles and bold fabrics. Each suite is inspired by the works of Mexican artists (yes, there's a room devoted to Ms. Kahlo). The 10 guest rooms have full kitchens, high-speed Internet, and spacious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. The place seems to embody the romance and grandeur of Old Mexico. Reserve a table at Izote, a nearby hot spot run by Patricia Quintana, one of Mexico's top chefs, or dine al fresco at the hotel's own splendid restaurant.
Now's the time to book a stay at the Arizona Biltmore, the legendary "Jewel of the Desert" nestled on 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Easily one of the finest resorts in the world, the Biltmore is a wonderland of sparkling swimming pools (with luxurious poolside cabanas), championship golf, award-winning dining, tennis courts, and a world-class spa. Book the "Higher Degree of Cool" package and score rates as low as $169 per night, plus a $50 daily food and beverage credit. And since Arizona Biltmore is now part of Hilton's Waldorf-Astoria Collection, you can earn double Hilton HHonors Base points with this offer. Available until September 17, 2007.
Brought to you by the same dude who opened Singapore's first boutique hotel, Hotel 1929, the uber-hip New Majestic opened last year to much fanfare. Loh Lik Peng, a lawyer-turned-hotelier, brought the boutique hotel craze to Singapore. Situated on the edge of Chinatown, the New Majestic is housed in a historic shop house, with each of the 30 guest rooms designed by a different emerging Singaporean artist. The result is floor-to-ceiling mirrors, aquarium-themed transparent bathrooms, a mix of vintage and contemporary furniture, and fantastic wall murals. The restaurant is superb; the award-winning chef Yong Bing Ngen cooks up excellent modern Cantonese cuisine in a sleek setting.
When to go? Throughout the month of June, the Singapore Arts Festival will dazzle the city with cutting-edge contemporary art-- an extravaganza of dance, music, and theater. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Singapore Arts Festival is one of the world's leading arts festivals.
That's right. The Sutton Place Grande Hotels Group-- which includes the elegant, AAA five-diamond Sutton Place Vancouver-- has announced a new, collection-wide guest recognition program. "Sutton Prestige" is quite the rewards program, designed to enhance services to guests during their stay. The two benefit levels for repeat guests are Gold and Platinum. Lucky guests can reach Platinum status after just ten stays, and get VIP treatment and special privileges: late check-out, express check-in, free upgrades, welcome amenities, and more. Accumulate points for every dollar spent and redeem them for valuable gifts and rewards, like spa treatments, dinner for two, plush Sutton Place bathrobes, a two-night stay in a luxury suite, and even airline tickets. Besides the magnificent Vancouver property, Sutton Place Grande Hotels Group includes luxury hotels in Chicago, Edmonton, and Toronto.
Imagine: a hotel that consists of one luxurious private apartment, the three-room suite where Emperor Napoleon III lived in Rome in the 19th century. Stunning, opulent, impossibly romantic, the Residenza is situated in a 16th century palazzo just off Via Condotti. Ascend the marble staircase and step straight into the Old World; the dining room, bedroom, and drawing room are appointed with antique furnishings and rare Gobelin tapestries. Check out the bed (pictured). A magnificent oil painting serves as the headboard. (Plasma TV screens are likewise hidden by canvases. And the exquisite marble bathroom is hidden by another Old Master.) A private butler attends to all your needs, and the owner, Princess Letizia Ruspoli, is an excellent hostess/concierge.
The ultimate design hotel in Paris was designed by Christian Lacroix, who describes this colorful gem as "like couture, where the harmony is created from a puzzle of inspirations." Housed in a former 17th century bakery in the Marais quartier (rumored to be the oldest boulangerie in the city), the Hotel du Petit Moulin has 17 rooms which each boast a different theme-- from Baroque to sci-fi. Lacroix utilized lush fabrics-- velvet, taffeta, linen, leather-- in exuberant, dreamlike design. (The Website is as fantastic and whimsical as the hotel.) Guest rooms are outfitted with flat screen TVs, wifi access, large soaking tubs, and Anne Sémonin bath amenities. Book room 204 and enjoy a wall of Lacroix fashion sketches. Breakfast served, though there is no on-site restaurant.
Get ready for the Grand Opening of the NEW World of Coca-Cola on May 24, 2007. The new facility, located next to the Georgia Aquarium at Pemberton Place, is expected to attract 1.5 million visitors a year. Coke funs will experience a multi-sensory 4-D Theater, the world's largest collection of Coke memorabilia, a fully functioning bottling line that produces commemorative 8-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola, tasting experience of 70 products from around the world, Pop Culture Gallery, and the world famous Polar Bear. Enjoy a memorable stay at the city's renowned hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta or The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, and score VIP untimed tickets to the NEW World of Coca-Cola plus a Coca-Cola themed amenity created by Ritz-Carlton chefs. The NEW World of Coca-Cola Package includes deluxe accommodations for one night and starts from $219 at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta and $239 at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Valid through December 30, 2007.
The World, the impressive private yacht owned (or rented) by folks from over 40 different countries, is a floating residential community that circumnavigates the globe, checking out diverse ports of call for 2-5 days at a time. Managed by ResidenSea in Miami, The World is outfitted with state-of-the-art facilities including a full-sized tennis court, jogging track, gym, five restaurants, move theater and library, and beautiful spa. Banyan Tree Spa has recently announced a collaboration with The World and will soon launch its Sanctuary of the Senses onboard the cruise ship. Banyan Tree's signature Asian-inspired treatments will be available at sea for the first time. Located on Deck 5 in "The Village," The World Spa by Banyan Tree features four single treatment rooms and a Beauty Garden that incorporates a Hair Salon and Manicure Station.
Monte Carlo is buzzing with the Grand Prix 2007, which will take place Thursday, May 24- Sunday, May 27, 2007. The place to stay is the Hotel Hermitage, the belle époque landmark just a short walking distance from the most prestigious shopping in Monaco and the glamorous casino. When you check in to the hotel, you will receive a Carte d'Or which allows complimentary admission to the Casino and the incredible Beach Club, with an additional 50 percent discount at the Monte Carlo Country Club. The hotel's award-winning restaurant offers gorgeous views over Monte Carlo Harbor and the winter garden is exquisite, with a dome designed by Gustave Eiffel. Guests enjoy direct access to Monte Carlo Spa by Les Thermes Marins, one of the most stunning spas in Europe which spans 66,000 square feet of fitness facilities, saunas, hammams, and a heated indoor pool.
Looking for a place to watch the most famous motor racing event? There are a few places available at Hotel Hermitage's sister hotel, the Mirabeau. Enjoy the Grand Prix 2007 from the private terrace of the Hotel Mirabeau where you can indulge in an extravagant buffet lunch (appetizers, main course, and a selection of desserts and beverages). Prices, which include grandstand seat and lunch, are as follows: May 24 Practice Day Package is EUR 90 per person, May 26 Qualifier Tests Package is EUR 200 per person, and Sunday, May 27 Grand Prix Package is EUR 500 per person.
Watch the Red Sox play a home game at Fenway Park and stay at the elegant Hotel Commonwealth, located on Boston's new Kenmore Square. With the Baseball in Boston Package, guests enjoy deluxe accommodations for two, full breakfast at Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, valet parking, use of Fitness Studio and DVD library, and your choice of Red Sox tickets (purchased separately). Stay in the Fenway Room-- pictured at right-- and enjoy a direct view of Fenway Park. Available through the 2007 season; a 72 hour cancellation policy applies when booking this package.