LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
The Summer Lodge-- the 5-star haven surrounded by the idyllic English countryside of Dorset (Thomas Hardy Country)-- was recently awarded the Andrew Harper Grand Award for its individuality and devotion to personal service. Long appreciated as a truly enchanting hotel in the picture-postcard village of Evershot, the country house hotel is distinguished for its genuine hospitality. The Summer Lodge will always go the extra mile to create an unforgettable experience for its guests. There are a number of country pursuits on offer-- everything from horseback riding to croquet-- and the spa and swimming pool with its glass ceiling are universally adored. Spring is the perfect time for a getaway to the Summer Lodge, when the flowers are bursting into color in the exquisitely-manicured gardens. There is still limited availability for the fabulous Easter Package, running from March 21-24, 2008. The package includes traditional cream tea for two, dinner for two, one Swedish massage per person, Easter Egg turndown, full English breakfast, and a bottle of Champagne.
Just in time for the Olympic Games, The Peninsula Beijing will introduce its new Peninsula Spa by ESPA this spring. (So if you were one of the lucky few who scored rooms at The Peninsula for the Summer Olympics, you're in for a treat.) Following the successful launch of spas by ESPA in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Chicago, and Tokyo, the Beijing property is the latest to join the groupwide partnership between The Peninsula Hotels and ESPA. The 1,340 square-meter spa, with its 12 state-of-the-art treatment rooms, is part of the hotel's third-floor wellness, health and fitness facility. Guests will get pampered with a deeply personalized spa experience like nowhere else in the Chinese capital. Designed by Henry Leung of Chhada Siembieda Leung Ltd. (the man behind the renovation of The Peninsula Beijing), the spa is done up in marble, aged wood, and textured granite. You'll find VIP rooms, a Relaxation room, and Thermal facilities in addition to the single treatment rooms and massage spaces.
March 13, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Madrid's world-famous Prado Museum completed an incredible $208 million expansion project in 2007, incorporating various nearby buildings into the Prado in the creation of a Museo del Prado Campus. The old Cloister of the Jerónimos was restored and connected to the Prado, creating new exhibition space. Check out the newly-expanded Prado Museum while staying at Madrid's legendary luxury hotel situated just across the street from the museum. Since its opening in 1910 under the personal supervision of Cesar Ritz, the sumptuously-decorated Hotel Ritz has been a favorite of kings, heads of state, and film stars. The Hotel Ritz is offering the "Cultural Experience in Madrid" package just in time for the major Goya Show. Available from now until December 23, 2008, the two-night package for two persons starts at about $1,317 in low season and $1,476 in high season and includes:
*Two nights accommodation in a classic room
*Entrance to the Prado, Thyssen Bornemisza and Reina Sofía Museums
*One three-course dinner, excluding beverages, in the Goya Restaurant
*Daily buffet breakfast with Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) at the Goya Restaurant
*One bottle of Cava in your room
*Afternoon tea in the Lounge
*Roundtrip airport transfers in a private chauffeured car
*Complimentary Art Guide to the Prado
*Welcome amenities in room upon arrival
*Free access to the Wellness Center
Private guided visits to the Prado after hours and chauffeured tours of the city can be arranged by the hotel for additional charges.