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Now that the election is over, it's time for you to get presidential. Nominate yourself for three days of rarefied relaxation with the new Personal, Private, Presidential Suite Package from Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Italy. You'll get three days in the most luscious digs in Milan starting from EUR 46,000. As the top-of-the-line of the hotel's 401 guest rooms, the Presidential Suite surrounds guests with more than 5,000 square-feet of luxury down to the finest details. The three bedroom setting includes a newly refurbished Master Bedroom with Damascus straw-colored walls by Rubelli House, bespoke carpet of Aubusson design from Thailand, vast bathroom with its own Jacuzzi, and high-definition plasma "all in one" that transforms from an elegant framed mirror to television with abundant features at the click of a remote. One day of your stay is dedicated to a visit of Lake Como, with private limousine transfer from and to the Hotel Principe di Savoia , private guided tour of Lake Como with English speaking guide, and a lunch for two in the most exclusive restaurant of Como. There's also the private Pompeian-style swimming pool, private butler, private elevator, private in-suite dinner for two, and one day with a personal shopper in the fashion mecca that is Milan. And we aren't even mentioning the caviar and champagne tasting, Turkish bath, in-suite daily breakfast for two, and dinner at Acanto restaurant of Hotel Principe di Savoia with wine pairing for two. Plus, there's an exclusive parting gift for you. Now that's a new deal we can all vote yes on.
Escape to the picturesque canals of Amsterdam for an unforgettable holiday vacation. Check into the Hotel Pulitzer, a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, and you'll be charmed by the hotel's authentic historic ambiance complemented by fabulous contemporary facilities: state-of-the-art gym, all the latest technology, and guest rooms oozing with luxurious touches. You can explore the city with boat trips and bicycle rentals directly from the hotel. Make a reservation before December 23, 2008 and take advantage of the "Stay Longer, Save More" promotion where you get 20 percent off a three-night stay and 30 percent off a stay of four nights or more-- until February 9, 2009.
The newest hotel to join the prestigious Waldorf=Astoria Collection is the sumptuous Rome Cavalieri, a Hilton Hotel in a former life. After a long renovation, the New York Times hailed it "one of the city's most decadent and most expensive hotels" and "a hotel of superlatives" as "its dining room, La Pergola, is Rome's only Michelin three-star restaurant, and the gilded lobby is filled with stunning art, including a Tiepolo triptych valued at $8 million." Perched on a hilltop in a lush 15-acre private park overlooking the Eternal City, the Rome Cavalieri has a grand spa, clay tennis courts, and even a Roman gladiator school. But we've heard conflicting reports on the service: frosty or flawless?
Hot off the press. The Starwood Luxury Collection just announced a new addition: the Hotel Des Indes, the landmark property in The Hague, The Netherlands (formerly a Le Meridien hotel), recently renovated by acclaimed architect Jacques Garcia, the mastermind behind the Hotel Costes in Paris, the Hotel Victor in South Beach, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Spice Market. Overlooking the city's main square, the 92-room hotel has played host to royalty and celebs since its debut in 1881. There's plenty of Old World grandeur on display in this landmark property, now updated with discrete modern technology and exceptional contemporary amenities: the 315-square-meter Health Club (with personal trainers on call), indoor swimming pool, and spa featuring Payot products.
Gastronomes and oenophiles rejoice! Switzerland's Park Hotel Weggis has announced its "Parc & Premium" special sure to delight sophisticated taste buds. Upon arrival, sip on Krug Grand Cuvee champagne accompanied by an assortment of amuse-bouche. Then, check in for the first of four nights in the luxury Adara Deluxe Junior Suite or Adara Suite. During your stay, you can choose from spa treatments including the Lomi Lomi or the Obsidian Gemstone massage, St. Barth Softness papaya-coco oil body peeling, or the Aroma Essential body pack on the aqua soft bed. Then enjoy a five-course dinner in the Michelin-starred Annex accompanied by specially chosen wines. There's also a Mount Rigi Royal Tour with a local Swiss lunch and a tasting of fruit spirits from the Fassbind distillery and a romantic six-course candlelight dinner in the cosy vaulted cellars of the Vinothek. Other perks include a trip by luxury car to the Swiss shopping city of Zurich, daily breakfast buffet, and a caviar aperitif at the Sunset Caviar Bar.
The best way to experience the art mecca of Firenze is with a private guide (forget standing in line to see the David!) Villa Olmi Resort, the Renaissance villa situated on six hectares of perfectly manicured gardens outside the city, is itself an artist's dream come true. The property features original murals and beautiful artwork, and with their "Morning of Art" package, art lovers can visit the Academie of Fine Arts (and ogle David) with a professional guide. The package also includes accommodation for three nights (in either a Classic Room or Junior Suite), buffet breakfast daily, a bottle of Tuscan wine upon arrival, a three-hour walking tour of Florence with a private guide, two tix to the Academie, and a wine tasting with cured hams and cheese in the hotel's cantina.
During the yuletide season, the Parisian Palace gets all dressed up in her showy best. The mythical Hotel de Crillon glows with thousands of sparkling lights, and glittering crystals adorn the famous chandeliers in the lobby. In the very heart of the hotel, the patio is transformed into a forest of pine trees and the aroma of hot chocolate fills the air... Christmas at the Hotel de Crillon is-- in a single word-- magical. Book the "Magical Christmas" offer and you'll enjoy breakfast in-room or at the restaurant, an in-room Christmas surprise, an exclusive Chaumet Gift on Christmas, a Crillon bear offered to the youngest guest on Christmas, daily newspaper, and high-speed Internet access. Rates start from EUR 610 in a Superior Room. Offer available from December 6-December 26, 2008.
Ranked No. 1 in the world for service (Travel and Leisure 2008) and voted the best hotel in Britain (Conde Nast Traveler Readers Survey 2008), The Milestone is tops in London. 24-hour butler service means no request is too small, no detail overlooked. Each of the guest rooms is individually designed with custom-made fabrics and antique furnishings. And the facilities are just as exceptional. You'll enjoy a heated resistance pool, a gym, a sauna, and a chauffeur-driven Bentley to whisk you to the city sights. Sup in Cheneston's restaurant, unwind in the Stables bar, sip cocktails in the Conservatory, or take tea by the fire in the Lounge. Currently, the hotel is offering the James Bond Package, priced from GBP 694 for two people for two nights, which includes a martini upon arrival, a one-way, chauffeur-driven transfer to the Imperial War Museum and entrance to the James Bond "For Your Eyes Only" exhibition, entrance to "The Connoisseur Casino" on one evening with GBP 50 spending money, and English breakfast daily.
Glasgow has got its groove on, and now Scotland's largest city will have digs to match the town's vibrant cultural scene. (Happening Glasgow recently gained "Unesco City of Music" status.) Luxury hotel chain Jumeirah has plans for a gorgeous hotel, its fifth signed in Europe, to open in Glasgow in 2011. We're anticipating the award-winning service for which Jumeirah is known around the world. And more. The infinity pool looks pretty tempting in the artist renderings, and plans for a signature Talise spa, gym, and rooftop bar are music to our ears. Situated in the city's International Financial Services District, the 160-room Jumeirah Glasgow Hotel will cater to a business clientele- boasting extensive business and conference amenities (and 85 luxurious Jumeirah Living serviced apartments for those planning an extended stay).