September 10, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Escape to the quaint village of Lake Placid, New York and enjoy the rustic sophistication of The Whiteface Lodge, the modern embodiment of the refined Adirondack Great Camps of old. The fall season is enchanting, with canoeing and kayaking on Lake Placid, nature hikes, horseback riding and fishing on The Lodge's pond. Through Columbus Day weekend, the Canoe Club will remain open, offering cruises on the new speed boat, pontoon boat or Hacker Craft. The AAA Four Diamond resort has recently unveiled a luxurious new spa, which blends the beauty of the Adirondacks with classic Zen details. Innovative treatments include the Restful Jasmine Exfoliant and the Whiteface Peak Facial, infused with indigenous ingredients. More exciting news: The Whiteface Lodge has resurrected the beloved Lake Placid icon, Steak & Stinger restaurant, originally opened in 1963 by Red Lafountaine. A long time favorite in the region, the steakhouse preserves a bit of Lake Placid history. Expect to find classic dishes by original owner LaFountaine (who acts as consulting chef), signature outsized cocktails, and a complimentary kids' menu with the first seating each evening.
For the first time ever, Peter Island-- the renowned Caribbean resort that frequently tops the lists of "world's best hotels"-- can be rented in its entirety. How's that for exclusivity? The fully-staffed private island resort can be yours for just you and 130 of your closest friends or business colleagues. Think weddings, family reunions, company retreats. The largest private island in the BVI, Peter Island boasts five picture-perfect beaches, a seaside spa, 52 guest rooms, three villas, and Tradewinds restaurant, which was recently awarded the Wine Spectator award of excellence. (Oh, and did we mention the resort's 41' sailing yacht Silmaril?) 200 members of staff (a 3 to 1 ratio of staff to guests) are on hand to assist with all requests. Rates for the full island buy-out (a five-night stay) begin at $259,600 for travel now through November 16, 2007. Included: all breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily, round trip airport transfers, unlimited ferry service to and from Tortola and unlimited use of the resort's non-motorized watersports equipment, mountain bikes, tennis courts, windsurfing, snorkeling and fitness center.
In a city of hyperbole (and myriad over-the-top attractions), Madinat Jumeirah stands apart as a monumental destination that exudes the city's vibrant and exotic spirit. A self-contained sanctuary of Arabian style, this luxurious oasis is comprised of three grand hotels-- Mina A' Salam, Al Qasr and Dar Al Maysaf-- along with 29 stand-alone traditional summer houses and the region's first Six Senses Spa. This sun-drenched waterfront property sprawls over beautiful gardens and waterways. Translated as the "City of Jumeirah," the Madinat Jumeirah is so named because of the sheer variety of the resort; guests enjoy the Quay Healthclub, five tennis courts, and no less than 42 restaurants and bars. The heart of the resort experience is Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a unique retail and leisure hotspot with 75 shops and restaurants.
September 7, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
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Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Surfing in the Maldives? Who knew?! One of the premier luxury travel destinations in the world, the Maldives is known for its spectacular diving. But now guests of the Anantara Resort, the five-star hideaway spread across five acres of tropical terrain on Dhigufinolhu (island) on the South Male Atoll, can hit the waves as well. As of August 2007, the resort has partnered with award-winning Australian company Tropicsurf-- to offer an exciting range of surfing options including a 4-day coached course. Offshore from the perfect white sandy beaches and tropical lagoons, the aquamarine ocean gives way to perfectly groomed waves, sweeping over curved coral reefs. Both novices and serious thrill-seekers will enjoy the surf breaks of the Maldives. Video analysis is even on hand at the resort to improve each surfer's technique. The Four Day Surfing Course is priced at $695.
The Grand Dame of Boston, formerly a Ritz-Carlton, boasts a killer location at the corner of fashionable Arlington and Newbury Streets overlooking the Public Garden. After an impressive renovation in 2002, the hotel was acquired by Taj Hotels and after 75 years of legendary hospitality, kicks it up a notch with guest-pampering the Taj way. (You'll even find a Fireplace Butler on call). Enjoy award-winning culinary classics in the heart of Boston at The Dining Room, adorned with cobalt blue and crystal chandeliers. From your exquisitely designed guest room, relax by your very own wood-burning fireplace and take in the views of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and the Public Garden.
Seeking style in the Thai capital? The Metropolitan Bangkok serves up high-octane glamour and a cool, contemporary east-west aesthetic. Here you'll find both a calming holistic spa and chic lounge bar that's the center of the action in Bangkok's urban hubbub. In fact, The Metropolitan Bangkok first established its partying reputation with one of the hottest New Year's Eve events the city has ever seen in 2003-- with headline DJs from all over the world. Sip a made-to-measure martini from the hotel's expert mixologists at the Met Bar, then relax on the pool terrace.
Helicopter tour of the city? A two-hour "Symphony of Lights" harbour cruise? Plus dinner for two at T'ang Court, rated one of the world's "top ten" hotel restaurants? Bring it on! The stylish Langham Hotel, fabulously high-tech after a lavish renovation, is offering the Decennial Celebration Package to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the mainland. To mark ten years after the historic transfer of sovereignty, the package features ten unique experiences and amenities to showcase the very best Hong Kong has to offer. Available until September 30, 2007 and fittingly priced at $1,997, the package includes: suite accommodation for two nights, airport transfers, a 15-minute helicopter tour, harbour cruise, daily breakfast, dinner for two at T'ang Court, daily HK $600 allowance for laundry, complimentary Internet, and complimentary use of the Langham Club lounge, featuring evening cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
Back in May, Hotel La Tremoille opened a new restaurant, bar and lounge which has been quite the hit among Americans. Dubbed Le Louis², the restaurant was billed as "the new insider address for those in search of a certain Parisian chic." The menu, created by Chef Frédéric Duca, includes items like lobster brandade, sophisticated salads, and "finger" desserts. Service is available from 12 noon to 11 p.m. (a convenience rarely found in the land of rigid meal times!) Though named for Louis II, grand chevalier of the Renaissance and ambassador of the hotel, the restaurant is designed with splashes of modern chic: embroidered fabrics and luxuriously thick carpets against a backdrop of graphic lines and geometric patterns. While lounging in the comfy sofas or by the fireplace, guests enjoy live music from the piano bar. There's also a sun lounge.
Teach a tutorial on using a new iPhone? Find a cold lettuce bra for a newly breast-feeding mother? It gets better. The folks at Forbes have compiled a list of over-the-top requests that concierges encounter on the job. There's a reason these luxury hotels are noted for their impeccable service.