LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
May 27, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Celebrate this Independence Day with a sparkle with Willard InterContinental's Fireworks and Fanfare Package. July 3 through 6th the Willard Hotel offers discounted room rates along with an in room amenity upon arrival, prepared by Willard's pastry chef, gourmet picnic basket from Café du Parc, and festive Fourth of July flags and hats. The picnic basket includes delicious fresh French bread, fresh fruit, assorted cheeses and cured meats, chocolates and beverages. In addition the concierge will be available to direct guests to the very best places in the city to view the spectacular fireworks display on the National Mall. This Fourth of July will surely go off with a bang. Rooms are $589 per room, double occupancy.
By: Madelyn Giblin
May 27, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
It's back! The "Suite Life" promotion at Peninsula Hotels has returned (and it's music to our ears). Peninsula suites offer the absolute pinnacle of luxury in seven cities around the globe-- from Tokyo to New York, from Bangkok to Chicago. You can enjoy these spacious suites, exquisitely decorated and decked out with all the latest cutting-edge technology, for half the price this summer. With the "Suite Life" package, you'll get the second night for free when you pay for the first night. This translates to about $200 for a two-night stay in Manila, $309 in Bangkok, and $423 in Hong Kong. Wow.
The beautifully-redesigned Park Hyatt is a stylish oasis between Dupont Circle and Georgetown. Globetrotting business folks love the free Internet and sumptuous bathrooms, fashionable locals flock to the Blue Duck Tavern, and even kids go gaga over the Adventure Package put together by the Park Hyatt. As the hotel explains, you can "disguise an educational endeavor with an urban adventure"- so kids are having fun and learning, too. This two-night weekend package provides a private tour guide for your child to explore any one of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC.-- from natural history to space exploration. The package includes: two-night stay and upgrade to a signature Park Deluxe room (the largest deluxe room in Washington), a bucket of homemade seasonal ice cream from Blue Duck Tavern, full American breakfast for two adults and one child daily, children's surprise backpack with sightseeing supplies, three hour children's tour guide to take your child on his/her chosen Smithsonian Museum tour, and a chauffeured SUV (4 hours) to drive the family to and from the Smithsonian Museum tour. Valid until September 9, 2008, Friday through Sunday.
Sick of all the "Sex and the City" hoopla? Not planning on standing in line for the movie? The Four Seasons Hotel New York is calling all the anti-Carrie Bradshaws. This stylish Manhattan hotel, the quintessential address between Park and Madison Avenues, has put together a package called "It's not all about Sex and the City." This includes one round of "anything but cosmos" in the hotel bar, a steak dinner at 57 Restaurant, a complimentary DVD library that includes anything but "Sex and the City" (think "Die Hard" and "Full Metal Jacket"), and a "Clog Your Arteries" breakfast. Available May 30 to Aug. 31, the package costs $2,000 a night for a double-bedded room (double occupancy).
May 23, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
Beginning in June, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal will begin a large scale renovation project. This is good news for such a beloved landmark, but unfortunately it won't re-open until next summer! However, pains must be taken to keep the "Grande Dame" of Sherbrooke Street in league with the best Canadian hotels. The renovations will include overall updates to the rooms and common areas, as well as an expansion of the building to create luxury residences. When all is said and done, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal will have 130 luxury rooms and suites, 35 condo-residences, and 15 condo-suites. We can't wait to see the results!
There are summer sales galore on Florida's sun-drenched coast. At the five-diamond Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, room rates can be found for just $149 per night in June. So you can experience world-class golf on two Greg Norman-designed courses, the spectacular pool and sumptuous accommodations for a song. Or choose the "Sticks and Stones" package (how clever!) and you'll get one round of golf and one hot stone massage (per room) thrown in!
Most Argentines know the Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt, situated in the city's swank Recoleta district, as one of the best, most fashionable hotels in Buenos Aires. After its opening, it was immediately featured on the Travel + Leisure 2006 It List. To quote: "Walking up the sweeping stone staircase of Palacio Duhau is like walking into a private mansion." The garden was designed by the gentleman who planned B.A.'s botanical gardens; the rooms outfitted with all the latest luxuries; the indoor pool equipped with "750 colored bulbs to simulate the changing of light from dawn to dusk." Vinoteca may have some 3,500 bottles of wine to choose from (accompanied by your choice of 40 different cheeses), but perhaps the best kept secret at the Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt is the prix fixe brunch served at Gioia Restaurant on Sunday. Take a seat on the terrace and soak up the spectacular views of the Palace and the garden. Insiders claim it'll be the best $53 you’ve ever spent.
The only thing more magnificent than the legendary Grand Hotel Wien is its location on the Ringstrasse, just a stone's throw from the Opera and St. Stephen's Cathedral. At the turn of the century, the Grand Hotel Wien opened its doors in all its Belle-Epoque splendor and the hotel's been at the epicenter of Viennese social life ever since. The Grand Hotel Wien embodies all the plush decadence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; the rooms are styled for those with the very highest standards of taste. Now you can enjoy a little taste of the good life with guaranteed dollar rates at the Grand Hotel Wien. A big thank you to the hotel for using a fixed conversion rate of 1.4894 which works in the favor of Americans traveling abroad. Prices start at $380 per night in a Superior Room (double occupancy) including tax and service.
May 22, 2008
By: Lucy LeTourneau
Art and the automobile will meet at The Inn at Perry Cabin September 26-28, 2008. Enjoy a very special weekend in St. Michaels for the second annual Concours d'Elegance. The Inn is just 90 minutes by car from Washington DC and less than two hours from Baltimore and Philadelphia. This unique event features one-of-a-kind "rolling sculptures" such as Alfa-Romeo, Bugatti, Bentley, Duesenberg, Hispano Suiza, and Rolls-Royce, all built between 1900 and 1942. All proceeds for the St. Michaels Concours d'Elegance benefit The Red Cross of Delmarva. The Inn at Perry Cabin is offering special packages that include two nights accommodation, breakfast each morning and two tickets to the event on Sunday September 28th.
By: Lucy LeTourneau
We're big fans of Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat, an extraordinary property located within the Cederberg Wilderness Area in a World Heritage Site about 270 kilometers from Cape Town. The setting is stunning (where else can you dine in a natural sandstone amphitheater of giant boulders overlooking ancient cliffs and deep ravines?) and the amenities are luxurious. A world-class eco-luxury retreat that's won countless awards, the resort offers a unique wilderness experience. Bushmans Kloof has just put together a fabulous Family Affair package that's bound to please every member of your family. Activities are tailor-made for kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years. (Older siblings are welcome, too, and there are babysitting services available, as well.) Children learn all about animals, plants, birds and the Bushmen -- their rock art, hunting techniques and animal tracking. Other child-friendly activities include canoeing, swimming in rock pools, fishing, creating 'rock art', as well as camping out with experienced guides. Early children's supper is served daily, after which guides entertain the kids with night walks, game drives or movies, while parents enjoy leisurely gourmet dinners served in glorious locations around the resort. Mom and Dad will have ample free time to enjoy the five-star facilities, swimming pools, and soothing spa treatments, or they may want to take off and explore the surrounding area-- a sanctuary for many indigenous plants, animals and birds, including the endangered Cape Mountain zebra.
The three-night / four-day Bushmans Kloof Family Affair packages are offered on the following dates:
June 29- July 2, 2008
July 4- July 7, 2008
July 10- July 13, 2008
December 7- December 10, 2008
December 11- December 14, 2008
Family Affair package prices (in South African Rands) are inclusive of three nights' luxury accommodation, all meals, evening nature drives, early morning guided rock-art excursions, lodge activities and children's activities. Adults R4800 (per person sharing); Children 6-12 years R3550; Children 3-5 years R1950; Children under 2 years of age stay free.