LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
May 20, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
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.
May 20, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
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.
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."
High fashion meets luxury accommodations at The Langham, Hong Kong. Located in close proximity to flagship stores of Chanel, Gucci, Prada and Dior, The Langham Hong Kong offers a plethora of activities, and now guests can take advantage of their Suite Deal. The top notch Langham Suite is available now until December 31st for HK$3000 per night, and comes with plenty of perks. Guests who book the suite get round trip transfer to and from the airport, check in and checkout in the Langham Hotel Club Lounge as well as daily breakfast, internet connection and daily afternoon tea and cocktails in the Club Lounge. Guests also have access to the 24 hour Health Club, use of the Victoria meeting room, laundry allowance of HK$400, and frequent flier miles with participating airlines. Take full advantage with all Hong Kong has to offer with this limited time offer.
Back by popular demand. The hugely popular Chateau Elan, the French-style country estate just 40 minutes from Atlanta, dazzles star-struck guests with its spa, accommodations, fine dining and-- what else?-- wines. It's the largest producer of premium wines in Georgia and Wine Spectator's been known to sing its praises. The setting is magical: 3,500 acres of picturesque, rolling vineyards. Now you can experience wine education, Chateau Elan style, with a special weekend offer on Friday, May 23, 2008. You'll experience a candle-lit evening tour of the winery, personally guided by the Executive Wine Maker. After this intimate, in-depth tour, you'll enjoy an informative wine and cheese tasting in Chateau Elan's Cask Room. This unique package also includes overnight accommodations at the Inn for two. Priced at $199 plus tax.
It's hard to improve on perfection-- Hotel Bora Bora boasts luxurious overwater bungalows and a brilliant blue lagoon with colorful reef fish-- but Amanresorts is always ahead of the game when it comes to anticipating clients' needs and desires. A fixture on the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, Hotel Bora Bora showcases French Polynesian culture in the 54 bungalows and fares, styled with rattan, bamboo, and ceilings of pandanus lashed to beams of Douglas fir. Vacation activities run the gamut from snorkeling and diving to sport fishing from the resort's catamaran which will take you sailing to the neighboring islands. Recently the resort's General Manager has announced a dramatic reconstruction and relaunch for the resort just in time for its 50th anniversary. Hotel Bora Bora will close this October 2008 for this renovation, and in the meantime, guests will be spoiled rotten in this one-of-a-kind setting overlooking the islands of Tahaa and Raiatea to the west, the island of Maupiti to the east, and the chimney peaks of Mount Otemanu and Pahia.
We've been known to swoon over the haute cuisine served at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. And the tasty treats at Payard Patisserie and Bistro (like the three-course all-chocolate meal?) Bring it on! But there's another reason to love Caesars Palace-- besides the tricked-out pool villas suites, Garden of the Gods pools and gardens, and incredible Qua Baths and Spa. At the 20-seat Bubble Bar at Restaurant Guy Savoy, you can nibble on the chef's marvelous creations in tiny bites for a petite price, and choose from eight champagnes by the glass. Or, if you should choose a bottle, there's a list of over 2,200.