LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
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 11, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Just off Berkeley Square in an exclusive neighborhood close to the Bond Street designer boutiques, The Chesterfield Mayfair offers regency style and an elegant setting. For a limited time, the hotel's Butlers Restaurant is offering the "Charlie and the Afternoon Tea" service, which features a whimsical and sweet twist to traditional afternoon tea. Read more below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.
Candy lovers are in for a sweet treat at The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel thanks to the launch of their new afternoon tea, inspired by the Roald Dahl beloved classic "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Piled high with Wonka Bars, Everlasting Gobstoppers and even golden tickets, Charlie and the Afternoon Tea transports guests from London to Wonka’s very own Chocolate Factory.
Other indulgences guests can snack on include Oompa Loompa cupcakes, Golden Eggs, blueberry macaroons, Fizzy Lifting cake, chocolate chip scones and fruit scones served with clotted cream and jam.
Along with the treats come savory finger sandwiches and a golden ticket, granting each guest the opportunity to win prizes ranging anywhere from a two-night weekend stay in a Junior Sweet to complimentary magnums of Champagne. Every ticket is a guaranteed win, but keeping with the mystery and tradition of the Factory, tickets may only be opened on the guests’ next trip to the hotel.
And if you and your sweetie are still craving more after your time at the Chesterfield, we suggest a trip to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", the stage musical, now playing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, having opened this June.
The tea, held at Butlers Restaurant, is available through September.
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August 6, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Watch in-room movies like never before within the Screening Suite at the W London Leicester Square. This unique and seductive space offers a private bedroom cinema with a Sony 3D HD video projection system, 3-meter screen, ambiant ceiling lighting, in-bed movement system, media hub with surround sound, and open movie pass. (Read more below)
When you're not lounging in bed watching movies, you can relax in the suite's contemporary spa-inspired bathroom which includes a deep-soaking tub, separate steam shower, and Bliss bath products. Plus, plush robes and slippers to add to the overall spa-like feel. (Continue reading below the photos.)
If you're ready to hit the town, the hotel's designer wardrobe room service can assist you with just the right look for exploring London in style.
The W London Leicester Square is 192-room contemporary boutique hotel in London's West End. Steps away from the city's theater and entertainment hub, the property is ideally located for exploring London's cultural scene.
July 22, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
If you're planning a family vacation to Rome, Palazzo Manfredi has the ideal accommodations.
The hotel offers a rate with two connecting bedrooms and Colosseum views. At 538 square feet, this option offers a spacious retreat in the Eternal City.
Palazzo Manfredi is a 14-room boutique hotel located in the historical part of Rome. Set within a 17th century villa, the hotel is directly in front of the Colosseum, and steps away from the Roman Forum and Domus Arena, families can explore the sights, and relax at the hotel with ease.
Ideally situated for sightseeing, there's the Michelin Star-awarded Aroma Restaurant with a rooftop setting and Italian cuisine, plus the American Bar serving quick lunches and cocktails on-site.
Five Star Alliance Perk: guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, Continental breakfast daily for up to two guests, and entrance tickets for two to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill. Guests who book a suite also receive a one way limousine transfer from or to the airport.
July 7, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Overlooking the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea, the Doria Hotel Bodrum offers a luxury boutique hotel setting in a historic fishing village. Ideal for relaxing, the property has the Blu Restaurant with beautiful sea views and the Lobby Lounge with cocktails and Carian art works.
If you're in need of sea breezes, head to the hotel's Blue Flag Awarded Doria Beach, on the secluded Bitez Bay. Featuring lounge chairs, sunshine, cocktails, and culinary delights, the crystal clear waters provide the ultimate scenery for relaxation.
What we love most:
- Blu Restaurant's views and authentic cuisine
- The pool's spectacular scenery and design
- Soothing spa treatments
- Complimentary shuttle to Bitez Bay
June 23, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
At the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, named after the founder of Harry's Bar and inventor of the Bellini - Giuseppe Cipriani, there are two signature suites. The Palladio Suite, designed by Andrea Palladio, is the one that George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin stayed in right after getting married in 2014. On Guidecca island, the 970 square foot, 90 square meter suite is located on the southern tip of the property and provides 180 degree views. There is a concealed, private terrace with private plunge pool, private launch for 5 minute boat transfer to St. Mark's, 2 marble bathrooms, dining room, and mural-like watercolors covering the walls.
Rates start at €8,470 (£6,500) per night and include breakfast.
Perched between the mountains and the lake, The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni is a luxurious retreat. Originally built as a private estate in the 1850s, the historic hotel has been popular with royalty and celebrities from around the world for more than 100 years. Featuring a prime setting in Bellagio, the resort has an indoor and outdoor pool, fine dining, full-service spa, lavish gardens, and ornate interiors.
Here are three of our favorite experiences at the property:
- Spa Serbelloni: open from April to October, the spa is located within a historic villa. Adjacent to the indoor pool, guests can enjoy a variety of treatments designed to create harmony between the mind and body, including the Beauty Day program which includes a remineralizing body treatment, massage, facial, and light lunch. Plus, there are integrative options that combine Pilates and Fitness Center sessions with spa treatments.
- The Mistral Restaurant offers the ultimate dining with a view experience. Featuring cuisine by Michelin Star Chef Etorre Bocchia, the restaurant has a terrace with stunning views of Lake Como, plus live music.
- Taxi Boat excursions are the perfect way to experience the breathtaking beauty of the area. The hotel offers a variety of options including transfers from the property's private dock to Villa D'Este and Centro Lago, or guests can choose rides around the lake for a specific amount of time.
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June 21, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Situated in historic Syntagma Square, the NJV Athens Plaza is within walking distance of the upscale Stadiou and Voukourestiou Streets. Featuring a modern atmosphere and luxurious amenities, the hotel provides breathtaking views of the Acropolis as well as easy access to shopping, archeological sites and tourist attractions. There's also three on-site dining options including a British-style bar, all-day café and the Parliament Restaurant with authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Plus, a terrace with stunning vistas.
Guest rooms at the hotel feature contemporary styling with a mostly white color palette, designer furnishings and smart TVs, plus views of the Acropolis and downtown Athens.
In addition, all guests enjoy:
- Discounted rates to the prestigious Holmes Place Athens Club and Spa
- Car rental service
- Multilingual staff
- Traditional Greek and American-style buffet breakfast choices
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Located in the heart of Cappadocia on the site of an ancient monastery in Old Uchisar Village, Argos in Cappadocia has carefully restored the remains of historical dwellings, underground tunnels, and caves to offer guests an unsurpassed place to stay that has a unique perspective from which to view the region. Guest rooms and suites spread among six mansions.
Uchisar boasts panoramic views of the Cappadocia plateau and looks out over the natural fortresses of Bashisar and Ortahisar. Spread out along Pigeon Valley (Guvercinlik Vadisi), its foothills feature charming houses and sprawling mansions connected by underground tunnels, of churches, monasteries, and freshwater springs.
Highlight: Splendid Suite
Built into the caves, Splendid Suite's all include a private plunge pool in addition to a view of the garden. The sitting area located under a gigantic arch has its own garden and terrace. These accommodations are half stone and half carved into living rock, they offer separated bedroom and living areas so that, if you want, you can lounge in the pool on the bottom floor or spend your time looking at the enchanting view from the terrace of your room - where you can look out over Pigeon Valley and gaze upon Mt. Erciyes as you sip a drink.
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