February 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
The picture-perfect setting in a fairytale city. The new Mandarin Oriental recently opened in the Mala Strana district, in the heart of Prague's historic center. Housed in a renovated 14th century monastery, this luxurious hotel embodies the allure of Prague. London-based architect Khuan Chew, famed for the swank interiors of the world's only seven-star hotel, Dubai's Burj al Arab, mixed contemporary amenities with the building's fine architectural details (parquet floors, vaulted ceilings, limestone bathrooms). From your guest room, gaze out over the cobble-stoned streets, ancient spires, and red rooftops. Indulge in the world-class spa, located on the site of a Renaissance church. Take advantage of a fantastic Opening Offer at the Mandarin Oriental Prague, and score a third night for free! Available until March 31, 2007, the Opening Offer Package includes daily American breakfast, late check-out at 6pm, complimentary extra bed for a child under 12, and a third night free when you book two. Rates start from EUR 219 for a Superior Room.
February 12, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Get ready for Ireland's biggest party of the year. Don your green and get ready to imbibe some brew... The St. Patrick's Day Festival will shake things up in Dublin from March 14-18, 2007. Enjoy the city's finest music, theater, carnivals, comedy, dance, and the famous parade, and then retire to the elegant Merrion hotel, just steps away from the action. Hit the fabulous Tethra Spa, or dine at Patrick Guilbaud, Ireland's only two-star Michelin restaurant. In celebration of Paddy's Day, The Merrion, Dublin's most stylish five-star spot, is offering some dandy packages. The St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Package, available March 16 to 18, features two nights in a Superior or Twin room in the contemporary Garden Wing, full Irish breakfast daily, The Merrion's signature "Black Velvet" cocktail, two grandstand tickets for the St. Patrick's Day Festival Parade and a special picnic box with snacks to take to the parade. Priced at EUR 795 per couple. The St. Patrick's Day Festival Special Offer, available March 16 to 18, features overnight accommodation, full Irish breakfast and a Black Velvet cocktail for EUR 355 per night for a Superior Room or EUR 375 per night for a Deluxe Twin room in the Garden Wing. Rates are based upon double occupancy, and subject to availability.
February 9, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
This could be the most exciting setting on earth. Situated in the world's only inhabited volcano crater-- I kid you not-- On the Rocks is blessed with staggering views of the Aegean Sea and Santorini's world famous sunsets. The hotel is comprised of a complex of traditional Greek buildings: white-washed walls, dramatic blue furnishings, bougainvillea-draped terraces (and all that jazz). Situated above the charming village of Imerovigli, the hotel's exclusive apartments boast private verandahs overlooking the cusp of the volcano crater, with the brilliant blue sea beyond. Set to open April 1, 2007, this unique hotel will feature an impressive spa, inviting pool, and gourmet poolside restaurant serving traditional Greek fare. Noteworthy: one of the newest members of Small Luxury Hotels.
February 5, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Leave it to Hotel d'Angleterre, one of the finest hotels in Europe, to plan a scrumptious Easter getaway package sure to delight the whole family. Enjoy a spring jaunt to Geneva and set up shack at the lakeside boutique; from your guest room balcony, the views of Lake Geneva, the Jet d'Eau and Mont Blanc aren't too shabby. With only 39 rooms and 6 suites, the historic hotel provides impeccable personal service in pampering guests with true luxury on the lake. (And Windows restaurant, recognized by the Gault and Millau guide as one of the top city restaurants, isn't so bad either.) Celebrate Easter in Switzerland and indulge in the world's finest chocolates with the Easter Follies package at Hotel d'Angleterre. The package includes two nights accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, a chocolate-making lesson and trip to a traditional chocolate maker, and the cocktail of your choice at the fashionable Leopard Lounge, named Hotel Bar of the Year by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report. Easter Follies is available from April 5-April 15, 2007 and starts at CHF 530 per night.
Situated on a cliff top rising above the ocean, the Hotel Albatroz offers the best of the Portuguese Riviera, only 35 kilometers from the Lisbon airport. Formerly a royal summer retreat, Hotel Albatroz is now one of the top boutique hotels in Portugal. Composed of three historical buildings-- including the Duke of Loulé's Palace-- the hotel is a bastion of true luxury and elegance. From the swimming pools and sun terrace, enjoy panoramic views of the bay. From the excitement of the city to the serenity of the sea, Portugal offers an excellent getaway. Explore the historical riches of Lisbon, challenge yourself with a round of golf on five nearby championship courses, enjoy an endless array of water sports, take in the sunset from the bar, and dine on traditional seafood specialties at the popular hotel restaurant, where guests gaze at the jagged coastline of Cascais and Estoril from the stunning beach setting. A winter break at Hotel Albatroz is a steal with their One More Night promotion. Book three nights, and get the fourth night for free! Rates start from EUR 124 (single), EUR 157.50 (double), per night, which includes buffet breakfast and all taxes. Valid until March 31, 2007; subject to availability.
The sun is shining. The Jardin des Tuileries beckons for a stroll. The grands magasins (not to mention all the fashionable boutiques) have marked down their merchandise by an extraordinary amount for the twice-yearly Soldes. The Louvre's most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, is yours for the viewing. You can stand and gape to your heart's content with nary an elbow-pushing tourist in sight. And with airfares available for a song, now is the perfect time to visit the City of Light. Head to the elegant Hotel du Louvre for its excellent location, surrounded on all sides by famous Parisian landmarks. (The Opera Garnier, the Comedie Francaise, the Place du Palais Royal, and of course the Louvre Museum itself.) Choose the glamorous Pisarro Suite and stay where the famous Impressionist painter took up residence in the late 19th century and created some of his great paintings of Paris. From the floor-to-ceiling windows, the Suite offers an inspirational view of the Opera House, which was reproduced on canvas by the master painter. Or check out the view from your own Jacuzzi and hammam in the white Carrara marble bathrooms.
February 1, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Desperate to shake the winter blues? Escape to the Stein Group's luxury hotels in Europe for a little rest and relaxation. Stein Hotels and Resort has designed a special package which offers three nights for the price of two across all its properties. So whether you're craving some retail therapy (shopping in London) or Riviera sunshine (Amalfi Coast, the Cote d'Azur, or across the Med, on the lovely Spanish isle of Mallorca), Stein's got the answer for a soothing escape in a luxurious resort sanctuary. There's the legendary 19th century hotel, Cap Estel, situated directly on the sea at the charming French village of Eze-Bord-de-Mer. Or the two boutique gems on Mallorca: Gran Hotel Son Julia, housed in an exquisite 15th century mansion not far from Palma de Mallorca, and Gran Hotel Son Net, the 17th century hacienda-turned-hotel surrounded by olive groves. Or the elegant London hotel, The Cadogan, located just off Sloane's Square and just a few minutes from the international fashion houses in Knightsbridge, and London's most famous department stores, Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Take advantage of the Stay Another Day package and indulge in luxurious amenities sure to lift the spirits.
January 31, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Hot off the press. The Arkle, the elegant gourmet restaurant at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel, was awarded the coveted Michelin star for the 17th consecutive year. It is one of only five restaurants in England that currently hold a Michelin star for that long a period. Executive Chef Simon Radley has devised an exceptional menu that changes seasonally, with the emphasis on the very best, fresh local produce. In a beautiful setting, diners indulge in splendid French cuisine with a contemporary twist. Named after the famous steeplechaser owned by the late Anne, Duchess of Westminster, the restaurant boasts one of the most extensive wine cellars in England, with over 600 bins from all over the world. The Chester Grosvenor Hotel and Spa, owned by and named after the family of the Duke of Westminster, dates back to 1865. This luxurious hotel, with only 66 rooms and 14 suites, is one of only a handful outside London to be awarded five AA Red Stars. The Arkle is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday and the adjoining Library and Archive is ideal for pre-dinner drinks, morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea.
Located right in the center of Modernist Barcelona, the Hotel Majestic is a landmark historic hotel, affectionately known as "The Art Hotel" because of its impressive art collection displayed throughout every inch of the elegant interior. The newest member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels Group, the Hotel Majestic has played host to presidents and international celebrities, including the Dalai Lama. Situated on Passeig de Grácia, the hotel boasts an enviable location, within walking distance to Las Ramblas, the Plaza de Cataluña, and the Gothic Quarter. Sumptuous guest rooms are complemented by the luxurious on-site restaurant. One of Barcelona's most popular fine dining restaurants, The Drolma has consistently been awarded one star by the Michelin Guide since 2002. Perhaps the most spectacular feature of the Hotel Majestic is its gorgeous rooftop swimming pool and bar, located on the 10th floor. Sip a cocktail and take in the impressive panorama; this is one of the best spots in Barcelona to admire the architectural magnificence of the city. Take advantage of an excellent Winter Offer at the Hotel Majestic, Pay 2 and Stay 3. Book three or more nights in January and February, and enjoy the third night for free. (This offer is also available for nights in multiples of three.) With the Pay 2 and Stay 3 package, lucky guests can save up to 65 percent off the rack rates.
Situated in the heart of Mayfair, surrounded by beautiful boutiques and public gardens, The Connaught is one of the world's most distinguished addresses. Often described as "a country manor in the heart of London," The Connaught is beloved by its international clientele for its impeccable service and discreet charm. (And the famous winding mahogany staircase, of course!) The 67 rooms and 24 suites are luxurious hideaways, with open fireplaces and exquisite antiques. At this home-away-from-home, guests appreciate the 24-hour dedicated butler service, Fitness Studio, and MENU restaurant, its gorgeous interior designed by Nina Campbell and kitchen managed by super chef Gordon Ramsay. And now, the Maybourne Hotel Group, which manages the celebrated trio of super luxury London hotels, has announced a multi-million pound facelift for The Connaught. Starting April 1, 2007, The Connaught will undergo a restoration program which will ensure the hotel's position as one of the finest in the world for many years to come. What's in store? Loads of technological advancements, redesigned bedrooms, remodeled public space, and-- in the second phase of the renovation-- an additional 31 rooms, state-of-the-art spa with pool, and meeting facilities. The hotel will be closed for six months, during which time the staff with relocate to the hotel's sister properties, The Berkeley and Claridge's. Take advantage of a limited time special offer during the hotel's Au Revoir weekend. To give guests the final opportunity to stay at The Connaught prior to its restoration, the hotel is offering special rates starting at GBP 129 per night for a Superior Queen bedded room (single occupancy). Subject to availability, valid for arrivals February 2-4, 2007.