LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
June 5, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Morocco has moved onto travelers' radar screens recently, and Marrakech is one of the year's hottest destinations. With its alluring souks, mystical gardens, ancient buildings, and heart-stopping views of the High Atlas Mountains, the fabled city makes for an exciting (and exotic) getaway. The place to stay is Amanjena, the ultra-luxury property from Amanresorts set in an oasis of palm and olive trees. Decorated with Berber carpets and the most sumptuous of furnishings, the 32 rose-colored pavilions have outdoor soaking tubs and private courtyards. There's a gorgeous swimming pool, tennis courts, a gym, spa, and two hammams. It doesn't get much better than this. That is-- unless you snag a deal like this one. From June 15- September 15, 2008, bookings of five nights or more in a Pavilion Bassin at Amanjena will be upgraded to a Pavilion Piscine (with private pool). The Pavilion Bassin goes for $1,000 a night, and the Pavilion Piscine for $1,600-- so this upgrade means some serious savings at Amanjena.
June 5, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
This year's Ciclo de Chefs brings five top Brazilian chefs to Ponta Dos Ganchos to give guests a taste of some of Brazil's finest cuisine. The annual event brings top chefs from around the world to guest-chef at Ponta Dos Ganchos for visitors to experience new flavors and tastes. This year's event features Carla Pernambuco on July 4th-6th (awarded Best Contemporary Cuisine in 2006); Danio Braga from July 25th -27th (whose restaurant has been awarded 3 stars in the Quatro Rodas Guide since 1982); Roberta Sudbrack on August 1st-3rd (the Brazilian Chef of the Year in 2007); Sergio Arno from August 8th-10th (elected Best Italian Cuisine Chef in Latin America); and Roland Villard from August 15th -17th (the 2008 Chef of the Year in Brazil). This year's event is sure to delight the palate!
Ponta dos Ganchos is located 40 km north of Florianopolis and South-east of Sao Paulo, situated on a small point nestled between two charming fishing villages and surrounded on 3 sides by the sea of the Emerald Coast.
We've been raving about the amazing technology and perfectly-designed rooms at the Peninsula Tokyo for awhile now. Posh hotels abound in Tokyo, but the Peninsula Tokyo stands apart (even in this crowded field in the Japanese capital). This was the first outpost for the Peninsula brand in Tokyo, and the first free-standing hotel to be built here in a decade. The location couldn't be more perfect: across the street from the Imperial Palace and blocks from the Ginza. It's little wonder that this magnificent hotel was recently listed as a "Great Value/Business Hotel" in the Travel + Leisure "It List":
The incredible palace views-- the best of any Tokyo hotel-- won us over, but Peninsula didn't stop there. The rooms are among the city's largest, starting at 544 square feet, and-- appropriately-- its most high-tech. Gizmos range from the convenient (bedside consoles that control drapes, panels that display outside temperature and humidity) to the luxe (Lavazza espresso machines) to the incredibly useful. We never realized how handy a personal nail dryer could be.
Announcing a brand new Suite Experience from the Rocco Forte Collection, the preeminent luxury hotel group in Europe. When you check into a suite at a Rocco Forte hotel, you will be entitled to a slew of exclusive benefits. (As if experiencing the sumptuous suite, beautifully designed with bespoke artwork and furnishings, wasn't enough of a treat.) Now you'll also get in-room check-in, complimentary breakfast for two, complimentary packing and unpacking, and complimentary use of a mobile phone for all local calls. Plus, you can enjoy free Internet access, in-house movies and dry-cleaning upon arrival. Whether you stay in Rome at the perfectly-located Hotel de Russie, Florence at the stylish Hotel Savoy, St. Petersburg, Edinburgh (at the historic Balmoral) or the European capital of Brussels, your stay in a Rocco Forte suite will be unforgettable.
Situated on the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Milan, the Hotel Principe di Savoia is a symbol of all the glamor and luxury of this Italian fashion capital. Behind the elegant neoclassical façade, 404 beautifully-appointed guest rooms offer all the latest innovations in technology and design. Since the 1920s, the Hotel Principe di Savoia has played host to international travelers and cosmopolitan society, and this tradition continues to this day at Milan's oldest five-star hotel. Guests enjoy outstanding service standards (like complimentary transfers in a Mercedes limousine) and superlative facilities (like the rooftop Club 10 health and fitness center and a variety of gourmet dining experiences). Plus, the Hotel Principe di Savoia now offers an innovative service: a selection of Image Consultants, available on appointment, which can completely reinvent your style and image, through suggestions and advice on make-up, dresses and everything about your look. Book the Image Consultant Package 2008, available all year round with arrival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and you'll also enjoy a full buffet breakfast, bottle of sparkling wine in-room, and complimentary entrance to Club 10. Starting at EUR 923 in a Deluxe Double, the Personal Image package (3 hours) includes image consultation, color analysis, body shape analysis, new image design and personal shopping. If you choose Personal Image Deluxe, you'll also get a lifestyle analysis and sketches from a fashion designer. Rate codes: Personal Image PKGIMAGE2008; Personal Image Deluxe IMAGEDLX2008
Discover paradise near the southern tip of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an archipelago of 32 tropical islands in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Palm Island is an exclusive, private-island resort that offers complimentary water sports, so you can take to the high seas in a kayak or catamaran, and complimentary snorkeling equipment to discover the exotic sea life, rainbow-colored reefs and fascinating shipwrecks of some of the finest underwater sights in the world. In fact, most everything at this luxurious resort is complimentary, because it's all-inclusive. Chill out in the refreshing freshwater pool and waterfall, lounge on one of the five beaches, indulge in the superb food while enjoying live entertainment, bike around the 135 acre island, play tennis or pitch-and-putt golf. This casually-elegant resort has it all (and the awards to prove it). And with just 42 guest lodgings, Palm Island is intimate and exclusive, so you share this unspoiled island with just a few other discerning travelers.
Guests who check in to the swanky InterContinental Century City find the hotel to be nothing short of impressive. Oozing Hollywood glamour, the InterContinental has sophisticated facilities and gorgeous guest rooms. From your private balcony, you can see across Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. The Westside address is an unbeatable location- within walking distance of Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive, 20th Century Fox Studios, and MGM Tower, and within driving distance of the Getty Center, LA city center, and the beach. In fact, there's a complimentary town car to take you shopping or wherever you want in LA! And the concierge team, famous for organizing "In the Know" Insider experiences offered at InterContinental hotels worldwide, can take care of just about any request. A helicopter tour of the City of Angels is an unforgettable experience. (From the InterContinental's helipad above the 17th floor you can take in views of the Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica, and the Pacific). The concierge will gladly arrange helicopter rides in the morning, afternoon or sunset, for you to appreciate the sprawling, beautiful city from the air.
Escape those hot summer days at the office with The Cloister Summer Getaway package. For a two night stay arriving on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, the package includes breakfast daily, and a dinner at either Big George's Raw Bar and Grill or the The Cloister River Bar, for up to a family of four. Guests also receive a $300 gift card to use during your stay. The Cloister is located on Saint Simons Island in Georgia with pristine beaches and a variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy your summer vacation. Rates start at $865 per night.
Now there's another reason to book a stay at the luxurious Conrad Chicago, one of the most prestigious addresses within the Magnificent Mile. The Windy City's ideal urban oasis has recently introduced a host of special pet services and amenities, so you never have to leave Fido at home. Four-legged friends can now experience a sumptuous Conrad pet bed created specially for VIPs (Very Important Pets) along with engraved food and water bowls, breed-appropriate toys and a designer leash. And that's not all. Pampered pets will love the in-room dining. The Conrad Chicago's culinary team has created a gourmet experience that includes Prime Meatballs, Howling Kobe Stew, Sole for a Cat and Nine Fish Mélange. Desserts include Bow-Wow Brownies and Canine Cookies. The Conrad Chicago "Roam with Rover" package costs from $245 and also includes the Pet Welcome Kit (clean-up bag, pet ID tag, latex gloves, and dog walking map). A portion of the stay will be donated to PAWS. [Map]
The Hotel Rey Juan Carlos, located in spectacular Barcelona, has state-of-the-art outdoor lounging areas, two swimming pools, exquisite gardens, as well as a Wellness Center and Spa. From June 30th through July 6th Hotel Rey Juan Carlos is offering a "Bread and Butter" special. For only EUR 178.50 per night guests can stay in one of the hotel's posh double rooms, and receive breakfast in the hotel's Polo Restaurant, a 30 minute massage at the wellness center, "strawberries extravaganza" and bottles of water and chocolate. Barcelona is an exciting city full of rich culture, and what better way to enjoy all of that than with the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos.