LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
October 1, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Whether planning an Oktoberfest vacation, or a special excursion to the Bavarian city, the Magnificent Apartment at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost offers the ultimate setting for a luxurious excursion. Featuring 1,884 square feet of space, the apartment has two balconies and panoramic city views. There is a separate living area with a large white leather sofa and media wall, offering a presentation screen, Bang & Olufsen TV, and sound system. The dining area provides the ideal spot for a cocktail party with up to 12 guests, and the snow white Corian table is perfect for morning board meetings. There is a separate bedroom with a large walk-in closet, sumptous bedding, and a spacious spa bathroom with a steam bath, whirlpool, and Hermes products. To top it off, the suite includes butler service for arrival preparations, special requests, restaurant reservations, and more. Continue reading below the photo.
The Sofitel Munich Bayerpost offers a downtown location, next to central station. Guest rooms and suites feature modern styling and high ceilings, plus themed suites. It's where French savoir vivre blends with Bavarian joie de vivre. The property offers a spa, wellness area with a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness center, and steam bath. For dining, Schwarz & Weiz serves an upscale breakfast buffet, and Delice La Brasserie offers chef-created French cuisine with an outdoor terrace and contemporary French ambiance.
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September 30, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Originally built as The Colonial Apartments and Hotel in 1913, the Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla is the California seaside town's oldest original hotel. Over the last century, the property has hosted movie stars, military personel, and guests from around the world. But do some guests never leave? Read more below.
Yes, no, maybe? Guests and staff alike have reported a variety of paranormal sightings and haunted happenings, including 2:00 AM phone calls to the front desk from occupied rooms, and the appearance of a couple in formal attire that disappears without leaving through a door or window. There's also been stories of a glowing presence in the hotel, a woman named Abigail who has appeared in rooms, played with toys, and reportedly brushed a young boy's hair. The kitchen has been the location of many stories collected over the years, with the unexplained opening and closing of kitchen doors, frying pans moving around unexpectedly, and stoves turning on and off. (Rumor has it, since the restaurant was transformed into Nine-Ten a few years ago, the happenings have quieted.) Many guests who've stayed above the bakery in the North Annex have reported the sounds of loud voices, people running down the stairs, and doors swinging open and slamming shut in the bakery--all after it has closed.
Haunted? Someone lurking in the hallways or some guests that never want to leave? You can be the judge. Continue reading below.
The Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla underwent an extensive renovation in 2012, to celebrate it's 100th Anniversary in 2013. Today, the historic hotel offers 93 guest rooms and suites, many with ocean views, an outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor event spaces, and the award-winning Nine-Ten restaurant. Within walking distance to La Jolla's beaches, the property is a short drive from highly-regarded golf courses, and San Diego tourist attractions.
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September 27, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
An exclusive haven for life’s perfect moments.
For those seeking a more intimate private experience, Beach Village at The Del is an exclusive enclave of cottages and villas, a resort within the resort, and portal to Southern California oceanfront luxury living. While the architecture nods to the iconic beauty of Hotel del Coronado, the 78 breezy-and-bright cottages and villas echo the beach setting and greet the modern with lavish amenities and high design. Continue reading below the photo.
A recent refresh of all guestrooms brings the warmth, hue, and magic of the outdoors inside. Neutral tones like cream, beige and sand are accented with bursts of teal to reflect the sand and sea. Swirling patterns, paisley and geometrics pay homage to the movement of light and motion of the water. Circles of abalone shells trim the window shades, sparkling and mimicking the sunlight dancing across the sea. In addition to plush beds, divine linens, the finest appliances, sunken tubs, ocean view terraces, and more, some suites feature outdoor fire pits or soaking tubs for dipping. And every villa and cottage has a full or partial ocean view of one of the most beautiful beaches in America. Continue reading below the photo.
The Beach Village Experience:
- Unparalleled oceanfront living
- Unscripted genuine service
- 3 private pools and 3 secluded spas
- Hi-tech cabanas with full service
- A private section of Del Beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas
- Underwater music at the main family pool
- Dedicated hosts who will choreograph your stay
- Exclusive access to Windsor Cottage for gourmet meals, socializing, sunset views, and fireside cocktails away from the energy of the main resort
“Dream it up and we will make it happen.” That’s the Beach Village mantra. Beach Village has welcomed dignitaries, celebrities, multi-generational families, distinguished guests and more; and the staff knows a thing or two about creating memorable moments and heart-stirring adventures—everything from a multi-generational, clambake and lobster feast on the beach or sunset sailing trip on a sleek yacht, to a private wine tasting with a top sommelier or romantic moonlit dinner for two prepared by a private chef. The Beach Village Host Concierges are committed to exceeding the expectations of every esteemed guest. Once a reservation is made, a host contacts the party (weeks ahead of their arrival) to create a custom itinerary for the guests, and fulfill any requests like stocking the villa with personal amenities and luxuries, or adding any special touches to the guestrooms or suites.
The private main pool at Beach Village is dotted with six luxurious cabanas, colorful shaded oases with lounge furniture, flat screens, refrigerators, and full service. The team from Breezes restaurant will happily deliver gourmet poolside bites like surf-n-turf nachos with carne asada and shrimp; smoked chicken and pesto flatbreads with goat cheese and arugula; or local seabass fish tacos with smoked tomato salsa and guacamole. The bartenders are schooled in the art of the cocktail and whip up tasty refreshers like watermelon pisco sours, muddled mint mojitos or coconut coolers. Continue reading below.
Once the Coronado home of socialite Wallis Spencer Simpson, the woman for whom King Edward of England abdicated his throne, Windsor Cottage is now a part of The Del legacy. Saved from demolition and placed next to the Windsor Lawn in 2000, the charming 1905 California bungalow serves as a private oceanfront retreat for Beach Village guests exclusively and a nod to the main hotel. Beach Village guests can enjoy complimentary daily breakfast, gourmet fireside dining or classic cocktails during a fiery Coronado sunset on the sprawling deck. Or when it’s time to relax, grab and book and tuck inside this cozy cottage where the Duchess of Windsor (and frequent Del guest) once lived.
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September 26, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Saint-Barthelemy is a 25km2 island of elegance and charm - white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and cooling offshore breezes. Set on the Flamands Bay, one of the island's finest, Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France is home to 40 beautifully appointed rooms, suites, and villas with panoramic sea views or hidden in lush gardens.
Because the happiness of the young brings joy to the old, the Alchimist staff at Cheval Blanc understand the need to stage activities to delight the youngest guests of the Maison. Upon request, the luxury resort's Ambassadors ensure the comfort of all children by providing accessories, toys, and amenities especially imagined for them. Custom-designed for promoting quality time with family, excursions can be arranged to create memorable moments for both parents and children.
PLUS, all guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary continental breakfast for two daily and a 50 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure, an upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. Perk Alert!
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Available equipment includes:
For sleeping and changing - a Baudou baby cot ensures maximum security thanks to the protective barriers and surrounding cushions; a bed cover and embroidered white sheets of seahorses and stars in the taupe and pink colors of the Maison, exclusively designed by Baudou; and a changing table with its own basket for diapers and everyday baby care products.
For on the go - a stroller with a Bugaboo Chameleon parasol whose wheels are ideal for walking comfortably on sandy beaches or the
For meals - a rattan highchair with an upholstered seat and plastic tray that is easy to clean; a hand-sewn bib specially designed by Baudou is embroidered with seahorses and stars, courtesy of the Maison; and bowls suitable for babies.
For toys - a selection of toys for those sunny afternoons on Flamands beach.
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Little amenities for the children: In each room and villa, children will find bathrobes adapted to their size; beach towels in the colors of the Maison are available for young guests; children also have their own pair of flip flops and slippers (sizes 31 to 34); and to lull them to sleep at night, a soft stuffed toy horse in the pink and taupe colors of the Maison, awaits children in their room.
Embark on an adventurous half-day discovery of St Barts! Start the day with an energetic family breakfast in your villa or privately on the beach of the Maison. At 10 am, depart for a fun and original tour of the island, two passengers per quad, accompanied by a professional. Then head to the port of Gustavia where you board the Yellow Submarine for an adventure of discovery exploring the underwater world of St Barts. Onboard, cold soft drinks and gourmandises have been prepared for your pleasure by our Chef. Back at the Maison, enjoy a delicious seaside lunch at the Case de l'Isle Restaurant and enjoy an afternoon together relaxing on Flamands beach.
Leave the Maison at 2 pm, towards the splendid beach of Colombier where you will discover the marine life of the island in the form of an educational and fun water course created by a professional fully dedicated to you. The program for the afternoon is one of beautiful encounters with turtles, small playful sharks and colourful fishes. After a swim, settle comfortably on the most beautiful beach in St Barts
for a quick snack prepared by Chef Yann Vinsot while your guide tells you about the beauty of the island ... This activity, ideal for young guests and their parents, is immortalized through film and photos presented on a CD and delivered later to your room.
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September 24, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Set on the seventh floor, the Penthouse Suite at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is a lavish 300-square-meter space with breathtaking views of the Bay of Cannes and the Boulevard de la Croisette. One of the largest suites in France, the four-bedroom penthouse has its own garden, along with works of art by Picasso and Matisse. Featuring a 270-square-meter private terrace, guests of the Penthouse can relax while enjoying the sea breezes and unbelievable views in padded lounge chairs or at an outdoor dining table. Continue reading below the photo.
The master bedroom has a king size bed, along with a large marble bathroom featuring a soaking tub, and 73 La Croisette bath amenities. The main living area has a separte dining room and kitchenette, ideal for private parties. There's also butler service, Bose sound system, and a spacious work desk. Continue reading below the photos.
The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is an iconic French Riviera hotel. Set on the prestigious Boulevard de la Croisette, the property boasts a 2-Star Michelin restaurant, along with a stunning outdoor pool, and more than 400 rooms and suites.
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September 23, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Set on the mountain tops in Costa Rica, Hacienda AltaGracia is a luxurious escape from the ordinary. Featuring estate-size accommodations, the Auberge Resort is surrounded by natural beauty with gourmet dining, upscale amenities, and a full-service spa. Recognized on Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List 2016, the resort provides guests with an array of Costa Rican activities, including ziplining, rafting, and cheesemaking classes for a memorable getaway. Continue reading below.
Here are three of our favorite experiences:
1. Landing on the resort's airstrip in a private chartered aircraft. No need to ask for directions, or find the taxi line, arriving steps from the resort in a private plane is the way to go. Plus, the view is pretty amazing.
2. Horseback riding along the Santa Maria trail to Rio Calientillo. Departing from the equestrian center, guests can schedule a unique adventure that includes a traditional Costa Rican farmer's meal wrapped in banana leaves, and served with aqua sapo.
3. Touring a coffee plantation. Learning about the sustainable planting and harvesting of organic coffee in one of the world's premiere coffee growing countries gives visitors a new appreciation for their morning cup of coffee. Continue reading below the photo.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance get a $100 USD resort credit, 10% discount at the Auberge Spa, welcome fruit basket, and VIP status. Also, based on availability at check-in, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out.
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September 20, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Situated on an oceanfront bluff, Cap Maison Resort and Spa is a luxury resort in Cap Estate, St. Lucia. Set amongst three acres of landscaped gardens, the property has a romantic feel with a secluded beach, and villas with private terraces, including some with pools. Popular with honeymooners and couples, the resort offers foodie events, private dining, and cooking classes. Restaurant options include Cellar Maison with wine pairing dinners, fine dining at the Cliff at Cap Restaurant, and casual dining at the Naked Fisherman Bar & Grill. Continue reading below the photo.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily breakfast for two at the Cliff at Cap Restaurant, lunch for two once during stay, VIP status, and guests staying 4 or more nights get a $100 resort credit per room. Subject to availability, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out.
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September 17, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Featuring a residence-like feel, the Beijing Suite at The Peninsula Beijing provides an ultra-luxe experience in the heart of city with panoramic views, and a cinema room with an 80-inch HDTV and surround sound. Offering two separate entrances, suite guests can easily separate work from pleasure. In the living area, there is a large dining table, Nespresso coffee maker, Bowers and Wilkins sound systems, and a large work desk with multimedia docking stations. Continue reading below the photo.
There's a private bedroom, separated from the living area via a sliding door with a king bed and mood lighting. The marble master bathroom has dual sinks, Oscar de la Renta bath amenities, soaking tub with a control panel for a variety of spa modes, and a separate shower. Plus, a powder room, with a separate dressing room featuring a vanity, nail dryer, room control panel, and grand walk-in closet, ideal for preparing for the grandest occasions. Read more below.
Undergoing a massive renovation that will be completed in early 2017, the Peninsula Beijing is a grand luxury hotel close to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The modern hotel features Chinese-inspired art and architecture, along with a Chinese spa, two restaurants and an indoor pool with a glass ceiling. Within the lobby, guests can enjoy the hotel's famous Afternoon Tea, and the property is adjacent to a high-end shopping arcade.
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September 17, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Across from the Colosseum in Rome, Palazzo Manfredi is set within the archaeological remains of a gladiator arena, the luxury boutique hotel occupies a historic Italian villa. There's a Michelin-starred restaurant, Aroma, with a rooftop terrace featuring exquisite views of the Colosseum and Rome.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, daily continental breakfast for two, and tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill.
Currently, the property has 14 opulent guest accommodations with incomparable city views. The Relais & Chateaux property is planning an expansion. Read more about it along with details about the hotel's suites below, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Sharri Whiting De Masi. Continue reading below the photo.
For those who love all things Roman and want to stay in proximity to the great historic sites, the Palazzo Manfredi offers not only the most sublime and surreal view of the Colosseum, but the Michelin-starred Aroma restaurant from which to enjoy it. The 18th-century townhouse, which is adjacent to the ruins of the old Roman gladiator school, will be enlarged with several additional rooms and suites in a more modern building behind the palazzo. At present there are 14 rooms and two suites in this Relais & Chateaux property. Continue reading below the image.
The Colosseum Suite on the first floor contains a large whirlpool bath and small private gym separated from the bedroom and the living room by glass walls, but the real focal point is the ever-present view of the Colosseum from four windows. There is a living room decorated in tones of silver and black, with parquet floors. The suite is about 650 square feet.
The ground-floor Ludus Magnus Suite is about 550 square feet, and has two full baths with walk-in showers, a large king bedroom and a living room with parquet floors. Again, there is the ever-fascinating view of the Colosseum.
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September 15, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Close to Buckingham Palace and Mayfair, the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate is an all-suite property set within three Victorian townhouses with private gardens and one-of-a-kind styling. There are three well-respected restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Quilon, and the new Western European Restaurant Kona. The Wellness Centre has two treatment rooms, along with a fitness center, saunas, and steam rooms. Just a short stroll from many of London's top destinations such as Westminster Abbey, St. James's Park, theaters, and historic sites.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance get a full English breakfast daily, 50 GBP food and beverage credit, complimentary WiFi internet access, and VIP status. Based on availabilty, a room upgrade, early check-in or late checkout. Guests staying four or more nights also receive a one-way airport transfer.
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