LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
May 14, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Experience the rich culture of Morocco, and relax with the Sofitel Palais Jamai's Wellbeing Offer. Guests will enjoy a well-balanced and varied breakfast featuring traditional Moroccan cuisine, a personal massage at the hotel's spa, free access to the fitness center, and a local fruit or vegetable cocktail. Located in the spiritual and cultural capital of Morocco, Sofitel Palais Jamai was built in 1879 and is exquisitely decorated in traditional Moorish style with keen attention to detail. While enjoying the soothing accommodations and a wealth of things to do in the surrounding city, guests staying at Sofitel Palais Jamai will experience the vacation of a lifetime.
Overlooking the sparkling bay of Portofino, the Italian Riviera's glamorous coastal town, Hotel Splendido is an exclusive hideaway for the international jetset. The guest book is filled with VIPs (like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor) who have long sought out the superb accommodations at this 16th century monastery-turned-luxury hotel. The sea views are absolutely stunning, and the hotel can even arrange a chartered yacht or sailboat for you to discover small fishing villages along the coast and the prime beaches only accessible by sea. The Splendido Mare, the recent extension of the Hotel Splendido, is situated in the heart of Portofino overlooking the famous Piazzetta and the waterfront. (It's only a five-minute walk from the main hotel.) There you'll want to sit on the terrace at Chuflay Bar Restaurant for some excellent cocktails and people-watching.
The Hotel Splendido can arrange a wonderful excursion to the Cinque Terre, the five postcard-perfect fishing villages that hug the cliffs of Liguria. The two-day, two-night journey starts with a gourmet dinner in either the Splendido Mare's Chuflay restaurant or in the Splendido's La Terrazza restaurant. The next day, guests will be taken by chauffeur-driven car from the hotel to the railway station at Santa Margherita, where they will board the train for the Cinque Terre (tickets available from the concierge). Upon their return, scheduled for late afternoon, guests will find a car waiting to take them back to the hotel. Prices for two persons in a double room with sea view include flowers, a bottle of spumante in-room, full American-style breakfast and all the activities in the program. Until June 5, 2008 (and from September 15-November 9, 2008), the prices are EUR 1670 at Hotel Splendido and EUR 1315 at Splendido Mare. During high-season (June 6-September 14, 2008), prices start at EUR 1585 at Splendido Mare.
Now guests at Starwood's Luxury Collection hotels can enjoy signature travel services: Luggage Free Travel and access to news publications with NewspaperDirect. The Luxury Collection includes 65 properties in 26 countries worldwide, including San Diego's U.S. Grant, The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Mystique in Santorini, and the Grande Bretagne in Athens, and its sophisticated clientele is used to an exceptional level of service. In a new partnership with Luggage Forward, the Luxury Collection is launching Luggage Liaison, which will allow guests to travel without luggage to any of the brand's destinations, and find their belongings safely in their room upon arrival. Guests can even arrange to have bags unpacked for them. Another new perk: guests at Luxury Collection properties can now choose from a range of over 600 newspapers and magazines from 77 countries through services provide by NewspaperDirect-- delivered to their guest room throughout their stay.
A magnet for foodies and artists, the picturesque town of Santa Fe, New Mexico brims with history and culture. After checking out the art galleries and lovely boutiques, head to La Posada de Santa Fe, an award-winning resort comprised of adobe-style accommodations and kiva fireplaces nestled in lush gardens. Come evening, stake a claim to a seat by the fireplace at the resort's historic Staab House, a casual and cozy eatery/lounge which serves up cocktails and Southwestern bistro fare. On weekends, you'll also enjoy live music. Travel + Leisure sings its praises:
At Santa Fe's altitude (7,000 feet!), even summer nights can be cool enough to warrant sitting by a hearth at La Posada de Santa Fe's Staab House Lounge, a warren of wood-paneled rooms with overstuffed chairs and a resident ghost, or by the outdoor fire pits in the romantic courtyard.
PS. The resort is offering a "Leap Year Package" throughout the year of 2008, so you can get a fourth night free when you pay for a three-night stay.
May 13, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Now recognized as one of only 41 properties nationwide with the Mobil Five Star rating, The Boston Harbor Hotel is offering special packages to celebrate their achievement. The "Five Stars on the Harbor" package includes a stay in a spectacular Harborview room overlooking Boston's historic waterfront, a five course wine pairing for two and the hotel’s signature Four Star Restaurant, and breakfast for two either in room or at the Intrigue Café - all for only $555 per night. Or you can celebrate Harbor Hotel's Five Stars with the "Harbor SPA-tacular" Package. Guests enjoy Harborview accommodations, two 50 minute massage treatments, and a three-course Spa luncheon for two at the Pool Lounge or the Intrigue Café. Guests also have access to the Pool and Health Facilities. Rates start at $595 per night.
Discreet and glamorous, The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments on London's Piccadilly is one of the top addresses in the British capital. Many rooms have stunning views of Green Park towards Buckingham Palace! World-renowned for its professional service and sumptuous décor, the family-owned luxury hotel offers a haven of tranquility in the heart of Central London. Good news for American travelers: The Athenaeum has just introduced year-round US$ rates. Starting from just US$350 plus taxes, or US$700 plus taxes for an apartment, these $ rates offer exceptional value for money at the hotel voted "One of the 500 Top Hotels in the World 2008" by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Additional benefits include: priority check in, late check out at 2pm, Athenaeum family amenity program, and complimentary sofa bed in the apartments.
There's a lot to love at Half Moon, the beautiful destination resort in the Caribbean. 400 exquisitely landscaped acres, a playground of exciting land and water activities, the buzzed-about Fern Tree spa (68,000 square feet of bliss), and dreamy accommodations. Delightfully romantic, Half Moon is also a paradise for kids. And with the resort's new "Hanging the 'Rents" special, teenagers and parents will find a special place to bond this summer. Who says it's not cool to vacation with your parents? The package allows teens up to 18 years to stay free when sharing a suite with two adults. Now through the end of the year (Dec. 14, 2008), parents can choose any of resort's opulent suites: a junior suite for $380, a spacious 2 bedroom suite for $1,060 or an expansive imperial suite for $1,100. Additionally, Half Moon is offering a 50 percent discount on meal plans for children aged 3 – 11 years. It's the perfect destination for a post-graduation getaway with your teens, or a family vacation with the kids before heading back to school. The myriad recreational facilities-- an exclusive Dolphin Lagoon, equestrian center, water sports activities, the recently renovated Robert Trent Jones Sr. par-72 championship golf course, Night Golf, 13 lit tennis courts, and fitness center-- means quality family time and heaps of fun.
Jump in! The new pool deck and ocean terrace at Shutters on the Beach is now open. Santa Monica's elegant beachfront hideaway has one of the best pools anywhere in LA-- with spectacular ocean views and the most spacious pool deck in the city. You can watch the waves while unwinding in the Jacuzzi. Full restaurant and bar services, plus high speed wireless Internet service, means this is also a killer spot for al fresco business meetings. With two fireplaces and full service catering, the hotel's lower Pacific Deck is the perfect setting for events right at the edge of the sand. Beach concierge service is available daily offering a host of services and equipment for guests including bike rentals, yoga sessions, and beach gear. (Or skip the sand and soak up the sun by the gorgeous pool at Shutters on the Beach.) Come on in, the water's fine!
May 12, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
This May and June enjoy unprecedented luxury at The Sukhothai Bangkok with discounts on their featured spa treatments. For THB 3,900 guests can enjoy either the Triple Harmony or Coconut Body Glow spa treatments. The Triple Harmony is a soothing body massage followed by a fresh cucumber face and body mask to rejuvenate the body's energies. Or guests can enjoy the Coconut Body Glow - a traditional Thai technique using acupressure massage with coconut fiber rubbed all over the body, and a rich mask with wild honey is applied to renew the skin. These are surely not to be missed, offering guests a way to escape from the many pressures of everyday life.
May 9, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
On June 10, 2008, lucky Langham guests can sit down for a luxurious afternoon tea for exactly 1 shilling 6 pence. (That's 15 US cents, 7 English pence and just over 1 Hong Kong dollar.) Langham hotels around the world will pay homage to that lovely ritual of Afternoon Tea, that quintessentially British institution, by turning back the clocks to 1865, when the Langham London, Europe's first grand hotel, was opened by the leading royal of the day, the Prince of Wales. Legend has it that the indulgent tea ritual was created in 1840 by Anna Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, who created this afternoon snack to ward off the hunger pangs between lunch and dinner. Soon she began to share tea with her friends, and the ritual took off. Back in 1865, The Langham London served up the world's first afternoon tea in a luxury European hotel-- consisting of simple but dainty items including cakes, sweets, bread and butter and, of course, tea. Nowadays guests can still experience this stately ritual, a truly luxurious affair. Don't miss out on the celebratory 1 shilling tea on June 10, 2008 at Langham Hotels in Auckland, Boston, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne and now Pasadena.