LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
March 26, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Spend Spring Break in Rome and soak up the city's wonders without the crowds. Wander the city and stumble upon the ancient temples and broken marble columns in the Forum that date back thousands of years. Watch the sun sink behind the silhouette of St. Peter's dome, pink and orange streaked across the sky. Shop til you drop at the city's fashionable boutiques. Savor a glass of wine or steaming espresso at the Campo dei Fiori; toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain. Book a stay at Hotel de Russie (Rocco Forte's magnificent, historic hotel, situated ideally near the Spanish Steps), and enjoy an Easter special which includes complimentary buffet breakfast, entry to the Galleria Borghese Museum or the Coliseum, daily newspaper and Easter delights upon arrival. Rates from EUR 585 per night for a Classic Double Room, excluding 10 percent VAT. Available April 5-10, 2007; minimum two-night stay required. In addition to its perfect location, Hotel de Russie is known for its gorgeous terraced gardens and central courtyard, excellent dining (al fresco in the butterfly garden), and one of the city's best health clubs and spas.
March 23, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Hot off the press. Raffles will open a spectacular luxury resort in St. Lucia. What to expect at Raffles' latest dazzling property? Exquisite fine dining, five pools, the 10,000 square foot RafflesAmrita Spa, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the centerpiece of the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club St. Lucia, with stunning views of the Caribbean and the island's dramatic coastline. St. Lucia is a logical choice for the setting of the newest Raffles Hotel. The idyllic island-- an undeveloped tropical paradise with lush mountainous landscapes and picture-perfect beaches-- is the latest "it" spot in the Caribbean. New properties like The Discovery at Marigot Bay have been making waves in the region.
P.S. The opening date has not yet been announced.
Escape to the San Diego sunshine for a Spring Break the whole family will enjoy. Consistently ranked as one of the top hotels in the world, Estancia La Jolla is a California Rancho-style coastal retreat surrounded by lush gardens, only minutes from San Diego's attractions and the beaches of La Jolla. At this garden oasis by the sea, indulge in memorable meals, pool-side lounging, and excellent spa services. The world-class facilities and gracious hospitality ensure an extraordinary spring getaway. The Spring Break Getaway, priced from $795 for the family of four, is available from March 30-April 14, 2007, and includes:
*Three nights in a luxurious double queen Verandah room
*Family Picnic Lunch and Beach Bundle For Four (includes sand toys, beach blankets, and umbrella)
*Estancia Classic: 2 hour on-site kid's golf clinic hosted by a Torrey Pines Golf Course Instructor. Available for children 7 and up.
*Flick & Float movie tickets for family movie night by the pool (Each Saturday Night at 6:30pm)
*Complimentary Valet Parking
Beyonce's cover shot for the Sports Illustrated 2007 Swimsuit Issue sure generated a lot of buzz. But even more buzzworthy is the Jamaican setting for the photo shoot. Where exactly were the Sports Illustrated models cooling off by the ocean? Surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coral reefs, The Caves in Negril provided the beautiful sanctuary and luxurious accommodations for the magazine's 2007 issue. Ten handcrafted cottages are nestled in lush gardens at the edge of the sea. Within a grotto in the cliff overlooking the ocean, the restaurant is impossibly romantic, lit by candles and strewn with flower petals. There's even an Aveda mini-spa. The Caves is a favorite for high-profile events, but also adored by couples who value their privacy. On the island's westernmost tip, Negril entices with the best beaches in Jamaica and miles of coral reef just offshore, teeming with marine life for excellent scuba diving and snorkeling. Visitors are drawn to Negril's laid-back roots, and casual, cool attitude.
Enjoy a last winter romp at Whistler, North America's top ski destination. Whistler Blackcomb, the biggest, baddest ski resort on the continent, boasts the biggest vertical rise in North America (a mere 5,280 feet) and the most terrain (8,171 acres). Check into the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside and enjoy the year-round outdoor heated swimming pool and the hot tubs with spectacular views of the mountains. The award-winning boutique hotel offers 121 well-appointed rooms, a fitness center, spa, steam room, and the popular Dubh Linn Gate Restaurant and Pub.
These days, we're all about sustainable luxury. And this spot--5,000 acres of raw and gorgeous Colorado terrain-- will take your breath away. Devil's Thumb Ranch is a year-round resort and spa with rustically upscale accommodations, fine dining, year-round swimming pools overlooking the mountains, and winter/summer outdoor recreational activities galore. It's been dubbed "the eco-getaway that leads the way." Outside Magazine applauds the geothermal heating, low-emissions chimneys, and the organic menu with free-range antelope steaks. Located 65 miles west of Denver, the resort ranch sits at the foot of the Continental Divide in the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Thousands of acres of countryside means cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horse back riding, fishing, hiking, downhill skiing, river rafting, and more. After a day exploring this majestic wilderness, relax with a culinary feast and divine fine wines. (Check out the Barrel Room, a hand-crafted wine uncorking room, pictured at right.)
March 20, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
This November take the kids (they have to be over 12), spouse, or friends to the boutique Hotel Fortyseven in Rome and learn to cook! With their hands-on classes, Fortyseven will help create an unforgettable holiday that combines Italian food & wine with tips to take home with you.The promotion includes: 3 nights stay in the Double Deluxe room, Italian cooking course for 3 hours per day with a "surprise" at the end of the course, lunch (3 free courses) following the lesson with a wine presentation, coffee break during the lesson and aperitif with the chef, Kitchen "Apron", and daily buffet breakfast. Rates for the Cooking Class package at Fortyseven begin at 750 Euros for two and will be well worth the future dinners you will be able to make.
March 19, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Gondola rides, The Guggenheim, and absurdly low spring rates at The Venetian. We're talking $180 a night at this luxurious Las Vegas landmark, centrally located in the middle of the action on The Strip. Take a ride on the quarter-mile Grand Canal, where performers entertain guests along cobble stone walkways. Take in a show by the Blue Man group, or browse the museums. (If the Guggenheim's too ambitious, there's always Madame Tussaud's wax museum.) Lounge by the five-acre pool deck on the fourth level of the Venetian tower. And then there's the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, the quiet, tranquil haven that I'm prone to go gaga over. 69,000 square feet of heaven. (There's even a rock-climbing wall.)
Orient-Express - famous for their luxury hotels, trains, and cruises - has also introduced a range of property developments linked closely with some of their most popular hotels and resorts. Cupecoy Yacht Club, Saint Maarten is a rare opportunity for 5-star condominium ownership on Saint Maarten and is linked with La Samanna - the luxury resort. The Cupecoy Yacht Club & Villas will feature 169 luxury condominiums, ranging in size from 750 to 3,000 square feet. Owners of these one to four bedroom homes can choose from a variety of styles designed by leading interior designers who have put their stamp on some of the most renowned luxury hotels in the world. At the Residences La Samanna, St. Martin, the first villa at La Samanna officially opened in December of 2006. The Residences will include eight Mediterranean style villas ranging in size from 4000 to 4500 square feet. When Orient-Express Hotels purchased the 600-acre Keswick Estate in 2000, they knew that it would be a great accompaniment to Keswick Hall. The Estate features two to eight acre wooded home sites in a secured, gated community - some homes with lake views, others nestled in mature woodlands, and many bordering on the Arnold Palmer signature golf course.The Villas at Maroma offer the unique opportunity to own one of 25 exclusive residences at Maroma. The 3 to 4 bedroom villas at Maroma will begin pre-sell in late 2007. Owners will enjoy all the luxuries of this boutique hotel including two restaurants, three pools, two bars and the award winning Kinan Spa.
Half Moon's Camp Half Moon program in Rose Hall, Jamaica is an exciting adventure camp for children age 6 – 12, filled with exciting competitions for the top prize of a return trip for a family of four. (Who knew you could use your kids to pay for family trips?)
The four-day Camp Half Moon, which runs from Mondays through Thursdays starting on June 4 until August 30, will see children grouped into teams with a team leader/supervisor at the start of the camp and presented with their team colours; then the fun begins. Camp Half Moon includes:
- a welcome social,
- scavenger hunt,
- kayak race,
- mini triathalon,
- log rolling and many other team and individual competitions.
There is a fee for participation, but includes all activities, team shirts, welcome social and farewell barbecue, and prizes.
Check availability for you and your clan at Half Moon Rose Hall, Jamaica >>