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.
January 29, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Looking for the ultimate romantic escape? Overwhelmed by all your options? The good folks at Sherman's Travel have sorted through the vast number of travel promotions and compiled a list of sweet specials sure to entice even the most cynical Valentine's skeptic. They've even included a getaway deal for sassy singles. Their top five picks include a Parisian séjour, Valentine's in Venice, "Be My Valentine" package at Aspen's Hotel Jerome, Bermuda Beach Escape, and a rocking Singles Cruise in the Caribbean.
January 24, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Kudos to the Ritz-Carlton Berlin, which was named the Best Luxury Hotel in Europe by TripAdvisor's 2006 Traveler's Choice Awards. What makes it so special that outspoken TripAdvisor readers felt compelled to cast their votes? Situated right in the heart of Berlin on the prestigious Potsdamer Platz, the Ritz-Carlton Berlin is pretty posh. Guest rooms feature sumptuous marble bathrooms, with signature amenities and the unique service of a Bath Butler. The exclusive gourmet restaurant, Vitrum, is decked out in finery: inlaid Italian marble floors, mirror covered columns, antique Venetian cabinets, and Murano glass chandeliers. At the Curtain Club hotel bar, guests sip aperitifs next to an open fireplace while listening to live jazz. And the La Prairie Boutique Spa is utterly swoon-worthy, a luxurious oasis with health and wellness center and swimming pool set under a ceiling which sparkles with crystals. Signature treatments include Champagne and Caviar (prepare yourself for a gala evening), The Changing Room (the ideal buildup to a night out in Europe's most exciting city), and Jet Lag Recovery (banish the effects of a long-distance flight and stale airplane air). Of course it's the little details which really distinguish luxury hotels like the Ritz-Carlton Berlin. Case in point: the hotel's Joggers Station which supplies fresh towels, mineral water, fruit, and route maps to lucky guests.
January 18, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Only the finest five star hotels can become members of The Leading Hotels of the World, the world-renowned collection of 430 of the world's best hotels. These small luxury hotels, resorts, and famous stately hotels offer unparalleled luxury and first-class service for a discriminating few. So when LHW announces its annual award winners, travelers (and, indeed, the whole world of luxury hospitality) pays attention. The 2006 International Convention was held in Barcelona, where LHW announced its new Commitment to Excellence Awards, acknowledging hotels like Uppal's Orchid in New Delhi and One Aldwych in London for their exceptional community service programs. And (...drum roll please) taking the Gold for the Leaders Club Awards was the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington DC, the historic landmark which offers guests the most prestigious address in the nation's capital. Overlooking the White House, Lafayette Square, and St. John's Church, the Hay-Adams has long been the choice of Presidents and international dignitaries who enjoy the hotel's famous personalized service, plush accommodations, and one-of-a-kind amenities.
January 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
With the exchange rate hovering at a dismal low, Americans traveling to Britain often experience serious sticker shock come check-out time. But not so if American travelers book a London stay at one of Red Carnation's outstanding luxury hotels and take advantage of an exceptional special offer: the Deluxe Dollar Deal. At three stunning five-star hotels-- "41" (overlooking the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace), the completely refurbished Egerton House (in the heart of fashionable Knightsbridge), and Milestone Hotel and Apartments (opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens)-- guests are guaranteed an affordably fixed US Dollar rate. Available until April 15, 2007, the Deluxe Dollar Deal also includes added extras such as car transfers to/from Heathrow, a hearty English breakfast for two each day, one traditional afternoon tea for two, a complimentary bottle of Champagne, and free wireless internet access. Rates are $1,399 for three nights at "41" or The Egerton House, and $1,499 at The Milestone Hotel. Minimum three night stay required.