LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
March 7, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Next time you check into a luxurious Langham Hotel, you can rack up the points with Royal Orchid Plus, the frequent flyer program of Thai Airways, a founding member of the Star Alliance. You can earn 750 miles per qualified stay. Langham Hotels International has partnerships with 15 leading airlines, and guests can also redeem Award Stay certificates on Langhamhotels.com. Langham also recently signed a partnership with China Southern Airlines, China's largest passenger airline, offering 1,000 km for stays at any of Langham's portfolio of hotels, including Auckland, Boston, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Pasadena, and Koh Lanta-- the brand spanking new resort which opened in Thailand's Krabi Province this January. The partnership with China Southern is especially cool given that the first of Langham's new hotels will open this summer at Beijing's Capital Airport.
The media's been abuzz since The Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa recently debuted in Dallas after a $36 million, 14-month renovation. First opened in 1923, The Stoneleigh-- once the tallest hotel west of the Mississippi-- is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "Historic Hotels of America." Back in the day, The Stoneleigh was a society hotspot for Hollywood A-listers and played host to celebs like Judy Garland, Frank Lloyd Wright, Andy Warhol and Elvis Presley. And management is hoping that the "Hotel to the Stars" will now enter a second age of splendor. New amenities include a full-service spa, Bolla restaurant (featuring Modern Italian cuisine prepared by Chef David Bull, an Iron Chef Challenger and 2007 James Beard nominee for "Best Chef in the Southwest"), dramatic Penthouse suites and The Heritage, an adjacent luxury high-rise with custom homes. Designed by ForrestPerkins, the sumptuous new interiors are all about the 1930s-era Art Deco glamour. The restoration left original historic details intact (like the 300-year old wood-paneling in the "Grape Room"), and the hotel now features a collection of artwork honoring Texas' best artists. Nota bene: the hotel's nine "Tribute Suites" are named for famous guests like Elvis and Judy Garland.
Desperate for some sun? Steal away to the private island of Cayo Espanto, located three miles offshore from San Pedro in the calm Caribbean waters of Belize. This private piece of paradise, a favorite retreat for the discriminating few, is offering serious savings-- up to 57 percent off-- until March 15, 2008. Usually priced from $1,895 to $2,295 per night, the villas (3 of the island's 6) are going for $995 per couple. This includes a personal butler and all your meals, drinks, and transfers, so this is a real deal. Three-night minimum stay required.
Via Washington Post
March 6, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
For lovers of classical music and Italian culture, the Carlton Hotel Baglioni Milan, recently named the "Hotel of La Scala Theatre", is the place to stay. From January through October 2008, Carlton Hotel Baglioni is offering an amazing package that allows guests to enjoy a private, guided experience of the world renowned theater and the Filarmonica Orchestra, as well as the many luxuries the hotel has to offer. With reservations under the package, guests are picked up in a private limousine at the airport and whisked away to the Hotel, where they will find their room supplied with fresh juices and sweets, and an in-room breakfast during each morning of the minimum two day stay. On the second day, guests are taken by private limousine to the Theater, at which awaits a private guided tour of the legendary Theater and a chance to sit in on a private rehearsal by the Filarmonica Orchestra. After this, guests are then taken to view Da Vinci's "Last Supper" and treated to a two hour spa treatment at the luxurious Guerlain Spa. Guests may also enjoy a three course lunch or dinner at the Hotel's fantastic "Il Baretto al Baglioni" restaurant during their stay. Aside from the many attractions included in the package, Milan offers plenty of other activities, including shopping and sight- seeing. And should you desire to extend your stay an extra night, the Hotel is pleased to provide you with free tickets to attend the official performance at the Teatro alla Scala in the Hotel's private balcony. Rates begin at €3,700.00. Remaining Concert Schedule below- after the jump: March 9th Director: Valery Gergiev Music: Igor Stravinskij, Sergej Rachmaninov March 16th Director: Riccardo Chailly Music: I. Stravinskij, G. Rossini March 30th Director: Myung-Whun Chung Music: L. van Beethoven, P. Cajkovskij April 27th Director: Semyon Bychkov Music: D. Glanert, D. Sostakovi May 11th Director: Gustavo Dudamel Music: L. Bernstein, G. Mahler May 25th Director: Daniel Harding Music: A. Berg, S. Sciarrino, L. van Beethoven October 19th Director: Philippe Jordan Music: R. Strauss, G. Mahler, R. Strauss
By: Madelyn Giblin
The Peninsula Tokyo has just announced a sexy and original cocktail-- named for the first Hollywood production filmed in postwar Japan starring Humphrey Bogart (1949). A smooth blend of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Umeshu, Drambuie (a favorite of Mr. Bogart's) and Cranberry Juice, the "Tokyo Joe" cocktail is served in a specially commissioned designer glass. Sip a "Tokyo Joe" in the plush, sophisticated settings of The Lobby or Peter: The Bar-- featuring unobstructed views of the city skyline and an ultra-modern ambience. Priced at JPY 1,800.
Plan an end-of-winter escape to the lush foothills of Santa Barbara, where the exclusive San Ysidro Ranch has been host to Hollywood types and discriminating clientele for over a century. Surrounded by incomparable natural beauty-- 17 miles of hiking trails in the Santa Ynez Mountains, the local beaches and wineries of Santa Barbara just a short drive away-- this legendary hideaway is one of the most romantic resorts on earth. It was the setting for John and Jackie Kennedy's honeymoon retreat! Luxuriate in a private cottage or suite which boast hot tubs on private outdoor patios with outdoor rain showers, hand-cut stone or Old World masonry fireplaces, radiant-heated bathroom floors, flat-screen TVs and hand-selected antique furnishings. Until April 30, 2008, the San Ysidro Ranch, A Rosewood Resort, is offering a special weekday "Ranch Getaway" where you can stay in a Junior Suite or Cottage, including a full American Breakfast for two, starting at just $599 per night. Normal rates start at $895-$995 per night, so this is a real deal. Valid Sunday-Thursday through April 30, 2008. Based on category availability; blackout dates apply.
March 5, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Get away this Songkran, with the exclusive special at the Shangri-La Chiang Mai. With a minimum two night stay, enjoy a special rate on a Deluxe Rooom of Baht 8,800 for a single occupancy room, or Baht 9,800 for a double occupancy room. In addition, enjoy a splendid buffet breakfast and buffet dinner at the Kad Kafe. The Shangri-La Chiang Mai is situated in a peaceful, beautifully landscaped setting and offers a large free-form swimming pool surrounded by mature plants such as frangipani, bamboo, ginger and lotus ponds, creating a pleasant and relaxed resort ambiance. If you live in Thailand, be sure to take advantage of this offer - it is only available to residents of Thailand with proper identification - Promotion is valid from 11 - 16 April 2008 (inclusive).
By: Madelyn Giblin
"If I had to choose only one restaurant in town in which to eat every night this might be the one. C'est magnifique!" -- Max Jacobson, Las Vegas Life Magazine
Stay two nights in a Resort Room at Wynn Las Vegas from just $209 per night and receive a $150 dining credit to be used towards dinner at the Michelin-starred Daniel Boulud Brasserie. Experience a dining experience like none other. Famed Chef Daniel Boulud (awarded "Best Chef, New York City" by the James Beard Foundation) offers his signature French bistro fare on Wynn's magnificent Lake of Dreams at his only Las Vegas brasserie. At this splendid waterfront setting, dinner is served nightly from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. Available now through April 30, 2008. To book, call 866-770-7410 and mention promo code WYDBDE. Dining reservations must be made in advance; call 888-352-3463 for availability.
It's hard to imagine that the Sunset Marquis could actually be improved. The hotel of choice for the international jet-set and music industry clientele, this Hollywood haven-- a hidden sanctuary of lush gardens and heated pools just off Sunset-- was "boutique" before "boutique" even existed. Rich in history, host to myriad film, fashion, and music events, the Sunset Marquis is as famed for its fabulous service as it is for its on-site private recording studio. Since opening in 1963, the Sunset Marquis has provided personalized services to the likes of the Rolling Stones, U2, Brad Pitt, Gabriel Byrne, Jennifer Lopez and Al Pacino. Its state-of-the-art recording studio has been used by Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige and, most recently, Madonna and Josh Groban. Now the Sunset Marquis has finished a $20 million expansion. And it's dazzling.
There are 40 new villas. All 12 of the existing villas and 102 hotel suites have been upgraded. The crown jewel of the property? The magnificent Presidential Suite with 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 3 fireplaces, private screening room, dining area for 10, executive office, accessibility by private elevator and 24 hour Villa Butler. Presidential Villa guests also have the option of a chauffeur or self-driven Bentley, or chauffeured limo or SUV. But that's not all. The Villa pool area has been revamped with new private cabanas, and the main pool-- with al fresco dining-- boasts a new outdoor bar.
The buzzing LA hotspot Whiskey Bar has been re-christened as Bar 1200. (Pictured. You can see the private collection of celebrity and rock icon photographs taken by renowned photographer Ross Halfin.) The famous recording studio is now called NightBird. And a new spa with Porsche furniture will soon debut. Coming soon: a dazzling new restaurant, where the Paris-trained Chef Guillaume Burlion is creating a French Fusion/Continental menu. Having worked at Michelin-starred establishments (and even cooked for Bill Clinton!), the new chef promises to wow his guests.
Talk about rock star amenities.
'Tis the season. We've seen a slew of exciting packages for Easter, and now's the time to take advantage of these special rates for a spring getaway. As the proverb goes: no matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. And what could be a better way to defrost than with an indulgent stay at one of Europe's finest urban hotels? At the Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona's exclusive urban resort, you can abandon yourself with tantalizing spa treatments, incredible views from the swimming pool, and a unique gastronomic experience. The "Easter Escape" package is truly a pleasure for the senses. Priced at EUR 660, the package includes two nights accommodations, buffet breakfast in the restaurant for two, a complimentary Easter amenity, one half-hour massage per person, and complimentary access to Zen Zone Spa.
Or steal away for a city break in London at the Egerton House, the elegant, privately-owned hotel bang in the middle of Knightsbridge, or The Milestone, the No. 1 rated hotel in London according to Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, with stunning views over Kensington Gardens. Book the "Easter Extravaganza" at The Egerton House, valid until March 31, 2008, and you'll get a chilled bottle of Champagne, fresh fruit platter, and luxury basket of Easter Eggs upon arrival; complimentary British and international newspaper delivered each morning; a hearty, full English breakfast with freshly-baked Hot Cross Buns every day, and an Egerton Afternoon Tea for two with an Easter treat. Priced from GBP 265 per night. At The Milestone, escape for an "Easter Weekend" (available from March 21-30, 2008 only), and enjoy the best available rate (GBP 265 per night). Plus, if you stay three nights, you'll get a Milestone Chocolate Afternoon tea for two. Stay three nights in a Suite, and you'll receive a hand-decorated, personalized Easter Egg for each guest.
Or head to the Eternal City for a luxurious stay at the historic St. Regis Grand Hotel, Rome, with its hand-painted frescoes and butler service. Experience the celebrated traditions and timeless splendor of Easter Sunday in Rome. You'll enjoy Easter Sunday lunch for two at the famed Vivendo Restaurant (listed as one of Europe's finest in the Zagat survey), a rich display of chocolates, daily buffet breakfast for two, and Double Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints. Reserve by March 23 for stays through March 21-25, 2008. Two nights minimum required. From EUR 475 per room per night.