LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
Russian black caviar, blinis, and chilled vodka, oh my. The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow has been making waves since its opening last year. Hailed as one of the best new business hotels in the world by Fortune, the Ritz-Carlton has the best location in the city, perched on the edge of Red Square. The opulence on display here is evidence of some serious "Moscow Moola." The technology butler and vodka sommelier may be cool, but the food is what has tongues wagging. At Jeroboam, you can feast on cuisine from Michelin three-star chef Heinz Winkler. And the rooftop lounge and sushi bar are easily the hottest ticket in town, overlooking Red Square and the Kremlin. From now through the end of the year, book the Reconnect package at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow and you'll enjoy one night accommodation, personal concierge service, buffet breakfast for two, Russian black caviar with blinis and chilled vodka served in-room upon arrival, roundtrip airport limo service, and pre-registration at check-in. Starting from 948 C.U.
Unleash your inner cowboy at the luxurious Texas ranch of Lajitas. This is the Wild West at its most chic: "With velvet comforters and cowhide rugs, it's a sybarite's fantasy of the Old West," explains Travel + Leisure. Plus, there are plush bathrobes and fancy Agave bath amenities, to boot. The rugged wilderness of West Texas, between Big Bend National Park and the Mexico border, is home to this fabulous destination resort encompassing 25,000 acres. Here at Lajitas you can take advantage of the "Wanna Be A Cowboy" package and fire guns at Greasewood Flats (the resort's very own cowboy action shooting range), go trail riding and get a gourmet picnic lunch and 'cutting horse' instruction from the equestrian staff. From $390 per night, including deluxe accommodations and daily breakfast.
Turn up the heat this summer on the Las Vegas strip with The Palazzo's Sublime Summer Package. The package includes a 50 percent discount on a bottle of wine at Morels French Steakhouse, 20 percent food discount at Woo Pan-Asian Cuisine, a complimentary mini facial and makeover with purchase of any Fresh product, and $25 gaming credit. Rooms start at $159 per night. Morels French Steakhouse is located in the Palazzo and offers an extensive wine list, in addition to combining traditional steak with other delectable culinary aspects such as seafood, and cheeses from around the world. Woo Pan-Asian Cuisine is a unique combination of contemporary Japanese cuisine and California ingredients, giving dinners a savory experience in Pan-Asian cuisine. Guests will also enjoy Fresh, high quality beauty projects that provide effective, enjoyable treatment to your skin.
Centrally located in the very heart of the city, on the left bank, close to the Saint Germain area and walking distance from the Orsay and Louvre Museums,The Hotel Montalembert is the ideal place to stay for travelers in Paris. Only a short walk away from the Louvre and Orsay Museums, the Hotel offers plenty of activities in the surrounding area. This summer, US travelers can enjoy a fixed US dollar rate on all rooms booked for July and August. Stays at the Hotel Montalembert include breakfast; offer is valid for a minimum two night stay.
Switzerland's Park Hotel Weggis is easily one of the poshest properties in Europe. Nestled at the foot of the Swiss Alps on the shores of Lake Lucerne, Park Hotel Weggis boasts ultra-luxurious rooms (think designer furniture and the most sophisticated technology), an incredible spa, and gourmet restaurant that pleases the most discerning of palates. This enchanting resort is also known to have a soft spot for soccer/football. (This is Ronaldinho's European digs of choice, among other superstar players.) To coincide with the Euro 2008 soccer championships, the Park Hotel Weggis is offering 10 percent off during the month of June. You can catch the matches via big-screen in the hotel's beachfront lounge. The package includes two nights accommodations, daily breakfast, two three-course dinners, and a body peeling in the Sparkling Wellness Center. From $708.
There's a new wine tasting venue in the Eternal City. The award-winning Westin Excelsior Rome, situated in the celebrated Via Veneto district, has introduced a new spot dedicated to fine wines paired with a selection of Italian cheeses and gastronomic specialties. VIN-ORVM was designed by Michael Stelea HDC architecture studio and thereby recalls the hotel's ORVM BAR. The 60-square-meter space is distinguished by oversized pots with orange branches and parquet and walls designed with warm wood accents. An enormous wrought-iron gate separates the tasting room from the cellar, boasting over 150 different labels of red and white wines. This is the ideal spot for an exclusive wine tasting, and the VIN-ORVM is open as well to external guests, with parties of a minimum of ten people for lunch or for dinner.
May 28, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Experience Cork, Ireland in the fast lane, and book Capella Castlemartyr's Dream Car Getaway. A two night stay in one of the exquisite Capella Rooms includes the breakfast buffet, a bottle of Roedere Christal Champagne in the room upon arrival and a picnic basket for two prepared by Executive Chef Roger Olson. But guests also receive an Aston Martin DB 9, Bentley GT, Bentley Flying Spur or Porshe 911 C4 for the duration of their stay to drive around Cork. The car is available for take over upon arrival at the airport, and you can speed off into the sunset in a plush ride-- to the elegant resort located in close proximity to a 1000 year old Irish castle. This heavenly getaway at Capella Castlemartyr is available for Euro 1,950 during high season, and Euro 1,500 during low season.
Get ready to go hog wild. Bikers are gearing up for the red-hot opening of the Iron Horse Hotel. This is truly a boutique hotel like no other. Touted as the "first luxury hotel in the U.S. with accommodations for business travelers and motorcycle enthusiasts," this new Milwaukee gem will debut across the bridge from the Harley-Davidson Museum in July 2008, just blocks from the Midwest Airlines Convention Center. To quote the web site:
A stunning display of architecture in an historic building. An inviting place to gather, work or relax. A clever mix of sexy booths and bar dining, serving comfort food with attitude. And a mingling of business suits and biker leathers for the best people watching. It's all here. This is The Iron Horse Hotel, and you have arrived.
The downtown warehouse-turned-luxury hotel is promising unparalleled amenities (including "never-before-seen rider amenities") in its 102 loft-style guest rooms. Original mixed-media murals will adorn entire walls in the guest rooms. The best part of all? The Iron Horse is shooting for the "style and service found at a NY or LA boutique hotel, delivered with our famous Midwestern friendliness." The hotel will be managed by Miami-based Desires Hotels, which manages other independently-branded modern boutique hotels, including the Sagamore in Miami, the Hotel Mela in New York, and the Water and Beach Club in San Juan.
Now's the time to hop down to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands for a little r & r. Rik Blyth, General Manager of the luxurious Biras Creek Resort, tells us that "May is a great time to be in Virgin Gorda as the cruise passengers from Tortola are no longer crowding the Baths, the North Sound is usually as flat as a pond and crystal clear and it is typically one of the months with the least amount of rain." Pleasant breezes off the ocean waves and deep colorful sunsets are an added draw. Only reachable by boat or helicopter, Biras Creek is recognized as one of the top luxury destinations in the Caribbean. The 31-suite resort is set amidst three distinct bodies of water (the protected lagoon of North Sound, the open Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean) and offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, private white sand beach, watersports including sailing and snorkeling, hiking trails and cycling.
Book your island escape by May 31, 2008 and you'll benefit from some last minute travel packages. If you reserve a stay for June 1- June 30, 2008, you'll get 7 nights for the price of 6 in an Ocean suite. The same special is available for stays between August 1-31, 2008. Or choose the Family Summer Escape for travel between August 1- 31 and you'll get a 20 percent discount for five nights or more on two ocean or garden suites. These offers must be booked by May 31, 2008 and exclude other packages, and the Grand and Premier Suites. For new reservations only.
Guests booking through Five Star Alliance Guests will receive a complimentary 30 minute massage for one person during their stay.
May 27, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
We can barely contain our excitement about the appointment of Hélène Darroze, one of France's most distinguished chefs, as the Executive Chef at The Connaught. For the last 18 months, The Connaught has benefitted from a finely-tuned, GBP 60 million renovation and now Phase 1 is complete-- after skilled artisans have labored to restore original features and added a whole bunch of contemporary art and technology. The hotel's priceless London location and coveted legacy have lured connoisseurs of luxury for over a century, and now The Connaught can continue to offer this grand hotel experience to its clients. The hotel's long love affair with gastronomy will continue with Hélène Darroze at the helm in the hotel's kitchen. Trained by Alain Ducasse, awarded with two Michelin stars, Darroze is considered one of the top-ranking female chefs in the world. Slated to open in the third week of June, "Hélène Darroze at the Connaught" will wow diners with Darroze's innovative dishes, inspired by authentic regional and seasonal flavours, with roots in her native Landes region of South West France. To quote the Guardian: "At the Connaught, she follows in the footsteps of Angela Hartnett, Gordon Ramsay's protégée who won a Michelin star there before the tenancy expired last September."