LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
"Your body is a temple for your spirit; appropriately our spa is a chapel." It's hard to argue with that one. The setting for the new Mandarin Oriental's delicious spa is-- quite literally-- a 14th century Renaissance chapel. Opened in February 2007, the 99-room hotel occupies a former monastery in Prague's oldest quarter. Luxury Spa Finder magazine recently featured this luxury spa as buzzworthy:
The spa's seven treatment rooms, including two couple's suites, have vaulted ceilings, and even its more modern-looking public spaces (including a light-humidity sauna and vitality pool) have a meditative atmosphere that's divinely calming.
The reception area (pictured) is spectacular. The floor's glass panels display the foundations of a 13th century Gothic church. Above, a glass bridge joins the two wings of the second floor.
Jet to Egypt and soak up the Mediterranean sun in style-- in the ancient city where Mark Antony and Cleopatra got all dramatic. Perched over the sea, the new Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano is a glamorous addition to the mythical city. Full of architectural treasures, Egypt's second largest city is also an economic and industrial hub for one of the world's oldest civilizations. Alexandria is the setting for Pompey's Pillar, the Roman Amphitheather, awesome underwater ruins, and the legendary Library of Alexandria, reborn in 2002 as Bibliotheca Alexandria . As to be expected at a Four Seasons hotel, rooms are classically elegant (with 180-degree sea views), dining options are numerous, and the spa is world-class. Located within the stately Grand Plaza shopping and residential complex, Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano is now accepting reservations for September 1, 2007 arrivals.
How do we love Sierra Mar restaurant? Let me count the ways. Awe-inspiring views of the California coast above the craggy cliffs of Big Sur. The innovative prix fixe menu with four courses of heavenly, seasonal fare. 4,000-label wine list. All glass dining room, all the better to contemplate that amazing seascape. Located at the numero uno hotel in Cali-- according to Travel and Leisure's Top 500 (January 2007)-- the award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant offers one of the most memorable dining experiences on the West Coast.
Please note: Until July 30, 2007, Post Ranch Inn's superb restaurant has moved to a custom designed Rancho Sierra Mar building next to the swimming pool while the original kitchen is remodeled. Guests can expect the same incredible grub, while enjoying a special private exhibit of eight large-scale powerful sepia toned photographs by Canadian born artist Gregory Colbert.
Mom'll love this place. Just a few blocks from the historic Plaza in the charming city of Santa Fe, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa offers luxurious adobe-style accommodations in a garden setting. Many rooms feature kiva fireplaces along with original artwork from local galleries. (Psst. It's the best place to stay in town!) Treat Mom to a special getaway and celebrate Mother's Day in style at La Posada de Santa Fe. The two-night package includes accommodations, welcome amenity, dinner for two at Fuego restaurant, and serious pampering at Avanyu's indigenous spa with one 50-minute treatment and one 80-minute treatment (choice of body treatments/facials includes Rolling Thunder, Dancing Wind or Flowing Water, and the Essential, Timeless or Renewal Facials). Rates start at $418 per night in a Classic Room, available for the month of May 2007.
And to think we used to be mesmerized by The World in Dubai. The resort-city's truly miraculous engineering feat is The Palm Jumeirah- the world's largest man-made island built in the shape of a palm tree with 17 fronds. The self-promoted "Eighth Wonder of the World" will be home to over 30 beachfront hotels by the end of 2009, including the Palm Trump International Hotel and Tower. Trump's 50-storey giant is being billed as the "luxury centerpiece building of the Palm Golden Mile, located on the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah." Looks like the trunk's where the action's at.
Get ready. The 2010 World Cup promises to be one of the biggest sporting events of the century (over a billion people are expected to follow the month-long tournament). And this is the first time in history when the World Cup will be hosted by an African nation. Here's the skinny on the ten proposed stadiums for World Cup South Africa: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit, Rustenburg, Pretoria, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Orkney, and Bloemfontein. Relais & Châteaux's got it covered, with some seriously swanky (and unique) properties to discover. Check in, and then check out the nearby soccer matches, glorious surroundings, and exciting experiences that await in South Africa. A sampling of properties includes the ocean-facing Plettenberg, which seems to float above the sky and sea (check out the photo), and the award-winning Singita Lebombo & Sweni hotel located within the stunning game reserve north of Joburg.
Discover an elegant French-style chateau just 40 minutes north of Atlanta. Surrounded by 3,500 acres of rolling vineyards, Chateau Elan Winery and Resort makes for a sublime weekend getaway (spa, good eats, and wine, oh my!) The largest producer of premium wines in Georgia, the resort has been recognized by Wine Spectator for its fine vintages. Enjoy a special evening tour of the Winery with Winemaker Dan Baldwin over the weekend of April 20, 2007. The package has limited availability, and includes two nights stay, candle lit tour of the winery, followed by a wine and cheese tasting. The two-person, two-night package is priced at $299.
April 16, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
Name: The Dome Suite at the contemporary One Aldwych London
Size: 74 square metres / 797 square feet
Location: Top Floor
Features: Located on the top floor, the Dome Suite has a large sitting room with a unique circular dining room for 10 guests (see below for image), guest cloakroom and large double bedroom. The Suite is available with either one or two bedrooms. The main/master bedroom has a King-size Bed with crisp white frette bed linen and duvet.
Note Bene: Named as one of the London Evening Standard's '10 Don't Miss Destinations'.
Rates: With 1 bedroom only (not two) the nightly rate begins around £1095 for single occupancy, inclusive of service but exclusive of the 17.5% VAT.
Here's the scoop from one of the finest luxury hotels in the City of Light, "the intimate palace" located on the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. After closing in January 2007 for work on a new extension, Hotel Le Bristol has recently debuted a lavish makeover. Guests have long adored the hotel's glass enclosed roof-top swimming pool and expansive, beautiful garden. What's new? 22 redecorated rooms (including the Penthouse and Panoramic Suites), new welcome desks for Concierge and Reception, more spacious fitness room, brand new Hammam, and a new 460 square meter kitchen for Chef Éric Fréchon to continue to dazzle diners. And it only gets better. The hotel has acquired an adjoining building which will open in November 2007 with 23 new rooms and four new suites and a restaurant and grill room accessible directly from the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré.
PS. With the new VIP Welcome for Children, Hotel Le Bristol is paradise for the kiddies. Since April 1, 2007, children receive a special welcome at Hotel Le Bristol with a personalized book at reception, and the Hippolyte bunny (named after the hotel founder) along with a selection of complimentary bunny-shaped cakes waiting in-room. A hotel scavenger hunt and special activities can also be arranged. Not to mention the take-home goodies.
April 13, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
The hotel trend in Bangkok these days is going "mini," according to a recent Travel and Leisure article. Smaller boutique hotels are setting the standard for affordable luxury and authentic experiences. Smack dab in the middle of the bustling cosmopolitan city (amidst soaring skyscrapers, a maze of traffic, and Sky Trains), the Baan Thai Wellness Retreat is a tranquil oasis in the Sukhumvit area of downtown Bangkok. Sprawling across a royal estate of five two-storey Thai teak homes transported from Ayutthaya (the ancient Thai capital), the hotel is straight out of the Old World, but wrapped in contemporary luxury. Rooms are outfitted with sumptuous Thai silk, antiques, and elegant teak furniture. Choose a suite with private pool, or opt for a spa suite with outdoor massage table and private treatment room. The Spa itself is a luxurious hideaway with a full menu of spa services. Three night packages start from $770 per person (double).