LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
May 21, 2008
By: Lucy LeTourneau
Plunge into the legendary South Beach vida loca, where glamor meets upscale elegance at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. This summer the South Beach scene is about to get even hotter with Loews Miami Beach Hotel's SummerFest - the perfect getaway for the family. Enroll your youngsters in the SoBe Kids Camp, take part in activities like Beach Yoga, Scavenger Hunts and Face Painting, treat yourself to a spa treatment at Elemis Spa and Fitness Center, visit the Kids Concierge, or just enjoy some poolside pampering with Evian misting, frozen grapes and chilled towels.
*Book a three-night minimum stay from June 1 – September 30, 2008 at Loews Best Rate and receive a $75.00 hotel credit. Rates based on availability and valid for stays between June 1, 2008 to September 30, 2008. Taxes and gratuities not included.
By: Lucy LeTourneau
Paris may be the capital of haute cuisine, but at Les Ambassadeurs-- the fine dining restaurant at the Hotel de Crillon-- food is elevated to an art form. Master Chef Jean-François Piège was only 34 when he came to Les Ambassadeurs in February 2004 to take over the reins as Head Chef. Diners have been dazzled ever since. Hailing from the Drome region of Southeastern France, known for the quality of its fresh produce, Piège first yearned to be a gardener: "As a boy I used to look after the garden with my uncle. I was passionate about growing food; I loved being able to say: "I grew this myself and now I'm eating it." Armed with this knowledge of plants, Piège has enjoyed a glowing career in cuisine-- with stints at Chabichou in Courchevel, the French Riviera's Chateau Eza, and in the kitchens of the French presidential palace. He's worked under the tutelage of Bruno Cirino and Alain Ducasse, who chose Piège to take over for him at the Plaza Athenee in 2000. To quote Ducasse: "He embodies French savoir-faire and French savoir-vivre."
Now Piège has updated the Crillon's grand gastronomic restaurant with innovation and flair. Just check out that beauteous creation pictured at right, called "Bar tapioca d'huître" (have you ever seen oysters look so pretty?) And the desserts? Pinch me now. Though it's hard to believe, Les Ambassadeurs itself is just as gorgeous as the platters. Surrounded by marble and crystal chandeliers, you'll sink into your seat and be presented a unique menu designed by the chef himself with the rods used to hold newspapers for hotel guests. Piège's fans are thrilled about his new book Côté Crillon Côté Maison (Preface by Alain Ducasse and Thomas Keller) which includes 41 dishes from the chef's Crillon kitchen, and 41 dishes from cooking at home.
Photo by Stéphane de Bourgies
The glamorous "Diva of Ocean Drive," recently revamped by acclaimed interior designer Kelly Wearstler, is one of the hippest spots in South Beach. And The Tides, one of Kor Hotel Group's luxury hotel brands, is also doing its part to protect the environment with its exclusive partnership with Oceana, an international ocean-conservancy nonprofit. In honor of World Ocean Day on June 8, 2008, The Tides South Beach will be offering a three-night package where 3 percent of the bookings will go to Oceana. The World Ocean Day package includes three nights in an Oceanfront Studio Suite, a welcome VeeV cocktail upon arrival (VeeV donates $1 per bottle to the Amazonian rain forests), and a three-course sustainable seafood Dinner at La Marea restaurant. Priced at $1,256 (double occupancy, including tax and gratuities) and available from June 1- June 30, 2008, for Sunday through Thursday night stays only.
This June, help The Lodge at Woodloch celebrate their second anniversary with an exclusive offer for luxury accommodations at this world renowned spa resort. Within June 2008 guests can book a two-night stay at The Lodge and receive a third night's stay for only $20.08. All guests who stay during the month of June will be entered into a Grand Drawing for a complimentary two night stay for four. The Lodge offers incredible cuisine, plenty of activities and the award-winning spa. The spa features a cardio and weight studio, hydromassage pools, and 27 full service treatment rooms. Come join The Lodge at Woodloch celebrate their two year anniversary and enjoy the spa retreat of a lifetime. Rooms start at $450 per night per person.
Additional Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: All Five Star Alliance guests visiting The Lodge at Woodloch will receive a complimentary upgrade upon arrival based on availability and one complimentary personal training session per guest valued at $115.
Looking for a charming, intimate hotel in the heart of London, replete with grand interiors and a discreet, professional staff? The Draycott, situated between Chelsea and Knightsbridge, will satisfy your every whim. The 35 rooms are beautifully, individually appointed, each theatrically themed and filled with Victorian antiques. Enjoy the delights of summer with a stay at the award-winning Draycott Hotel with London's finest shopping and restaurants just minutes away. Allow the Draycott to spoil you with an indulgent Traditional Afternoon Tea on arrival and all the other luxurious trimmings you would expect from a 5-star townhouse. This "Summer Special" includes Traditional Afternoon Tea on the day of arrival, an early evening glass of Champagne, a mug of hot chocolate before bedtime, and daily English breakfast. Deluxe Double priced at GBP 255, valid from July 26 to September 7, 2008.
Enjoy a weekend away and save with the Shangri-La, Xian's Weekend Pleasures from May 15th, 2008 through November 15th 2008. Starting at RMB898 for the Deluxe Garden View Room, through RMB 4288 for the palatial Deluxe Suite. Guests will enjoy a complimentary daily buffet breakfast, 15% discount at Yi Café, Chinese Restaurant, and the Lobby Lounge and on any Spa Treatments. Guests may also enjoy complimentary in room tea and coffee making facilities, and free access to the Health Club, gym and Jacuzzi, steam and sauna room. Take the day, and enjoy late checkout at 3 pm.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at the Shangri-La Xian will receive a welcome platter of fresh fruit.
May 19, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Reward yourself for all your hard work with Langham Place Eco Resort and Spa Koh Lanta's new "All About Me" Package deals on hotel rooms from now until the of October 2008. All packages include three nights stay in luxurious rooms, daily breakfast and fresh fruit basket, and complimentary use of hotel facilities including the movie house, music rooms, gym, water sports equipment, and tennis courts.
Starting at $200 USD, The Langham Koh Lanta's "Buy Me" package offers roundtrip transfer to and from the Krabi Airport. The "Place Me" package includes round trip transfer to and from the Krabi Airport and a Thai style set dinner. The "Indulge Me" package includes round trip transfer, a Thai style set dinner and a 60 minute Chuan Spa massage, and for the really deserving guest, the "Surprise Me" package includes a Thai lunch, a Thai or Western dinner, a 60 minute massage at the Chuan Spa, a full day sight -seeing tour of Koh Lanta, an all you can drink mini bar and round trip transfer to and from the Airport. Pamper yourself and don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience Thai culture like never before.
Travel + Leisure calls it "a find," raving about the ocean views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The New York Times says that the San Juan Water and Beach Club is a "rare hotel, a trendy boutique that attracts a hip crowd to its lounges and restaurants." San Juan, Puerto Rico has been getting lots of press for its rich heritage and magnificent Caribbean landscape, and the Water and Beach Club is the place to stay on the beach. Many of Puerto Rico's best museums and historic sites are nearby, and the sun-drenched beach just outside the hotel is fringed by palms and empty of crowds. The hotel is also home to some of the best nightlife in a city known worldwide for its hopping scene: the rooftop bar, Wet, and San Juan hotspot, Liquid. You'll also enjoy the breathtaking sundeck, pool, and Jacuzzi on the rooftop overlooking the sea. This summer, take advantage of the "Water" all-inclusive package at the San Juan Water and Beach Club. Priced at just $99 per person, per night, the package includes Daily Full American Breakfast for 2, Daily Dinner for 2 at Tangerine Restaurant, Complimentary beach chairs and umbrella, and Free High-speed Internet access. The available dates are July 6- October 31, 2008. You must reserve by May 31, 2008. Two-night minimum stay required, valid for Sunday or Monday arrivals.
Since its debut at the end of 2005, the St. Regis San Francisco has been racking up the awards, including five stars from the Mobil Travel Guide. Located in the vibrant SOMA area next to the Museum of Modern Art, the St. Regis offers the height of luxury in the City by the Bay. The 260 guest rooms are sophisticated and sleek, designed in hues of cream and white. Design highlights include the gorgeous vestibule area with leather-textured walls, window seating, and a dramatic 42" plasma television. The floor-to-ceiling windows frame the stunning city views "like a piece of modern art." The spa-like bathrooms offer oversized soaking tubs and separate showers. And the suites-- like the striking Astor suites, located on the corner of every floor in an L-shaped lay-out-- are absolutely enormous. St. Regis butlers are on hand to take care of every whim, providing flawless personalized attention. You can also take advantage of the St. Regis signature bath menu, and indulge with treatments at the exclusive 9,000-square foot Remède Spa. With a hotel of this caliber, it's rare to see room rates below $500 per night, but we've found some unbelievably low rates of $389 per night for select dates this month, including the weekend of May 23, 2008, when you book with Five Star Alliance.
Fans of "The Sound of Music"-- and there are many, as the flick is the third most successful of all time, bested only by "Gone With the Wind" and "Star Wars"-- will be happy to learn that the von Trapp family's house in Salzburg, Austria will open on July 25, 2008 as a 14-room hotel. As reported by Goldarths Review, "For 100 euros (or US$155) a night, visitors will have a chance to relive scenes from the movie. Sip coffee at the gazebo where Liesl, eldest daughter of the von Trapp family and her boyfriend Rolf had a secret rendezvous or dine at the von Trapp family table."