LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
Celebrate the end of 2007 at the hottest bar in Tokyo, the landmark New York Grill & Bar at the Park Hyatt Hotel. The memorable backdrop for the film Lost in Translation, this stunning spot blends jazz, creative cuisine, and the best views in Tokyo (all the way to Mount Fuji!) for the ultimate New Year's Eve party. Why not begin 2008 on a high note, 52 storeys above the city? The New Year's Eve Countdown Dinner showcases the cosmopolitan flavors of New York (the bar's namesake) as Chef Andrew McKee and his team cook up delectable dishes featuring Fresh Hokkaido Taraba Crab and Grilled Miyazaki 'Koyama' Ribeye. Sip champagne in the candlelight while listening to live music. After 9 p.m., enjoy sounds by soulful jazz vocalists, Nicole Henry and Karen Jones. The 1st seating at the New York Grill is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and is priced from JPY 28,000 per person, including a 5-course menu and a glass of Louis Roederer Cristal. The second seating is from 9 p.m. to countdown and costs JPY 42,000, including a 6-course menu and a glass of Louis Roederer Cristal. Reservations are required for the New York Bar after 9 p.m. The cover charge is JPY 10,000 and includes assorted canapés and a glass of Louis Roederer Cristal.
In the wake of countless new luxury hotel collections (Crillon, 1 Hotels, Waldorf-Astoria, Baccarat, to name a few), Mr. Trump has decided to launch his own. The flagship for this new brand is the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York. Touted as "raising the bar on top-end travel experiences," the Trump Hotel Collection will showcase the new Spa at Trump with signature Trump-inspired treatments and an exclusive line of skin-care products by Kate Somerville. What else is in store? Customized service that will "go beyond butler service" because of the
intrusive detailed record of personal guest preferences. In addition to the NY hotel, the collection will include two forthcoming properties in Chicago and Las Vegas, set to debut within the next few months. There are projects in the works in Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, NY's Soho neighborhood, Waikiki, Toronto, Cap Cana, Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Panama City, Aberdeen, Scotland, and Dubai *of course*. Will this really be "the next generation of luxury hospitality?"
After a $140 million renovation, La Costa has emerged as one of the most celebrated luxury hotels along the Southern California Coast. They've revamped the spa, smartened up the accommodations, and added a whole slew of fun-filled family activities. In fact, La Costa was named the second "Most Family Friendly Resort" in the U.S. by the Travel Channel. With in-room family amenities, the supervised kids' programs at Kidtopia, the Vibz lounge for teens, and the new Splash Landing Pools and Slides, La Costa is the ideal spot for a family getaway. (Plus, there's championship golf, memorable dining, and soothing spa services to lure Mom and Dad.) As warm days give way to cool nights, fall is the perfect season to experience this newly renovated gem. Enjoy the cozy comfort of a luxurious La Costa guest room with great fall rates, starting from just $249 a night (Plaza Room). Book Sunday -Thursday and get 25 percent off spa and golf.
It's not too late to score a room for the grand opening of The Landings St. Lucia, the latest luxury resort from RockResorts. On December 14, 2007 the oceanfront resort will open its doors on the Caribbean island du jour: the paradise of St. Lucia. You'll find sea-facing guest rooms, a dazzling 800-foot beach, a sumptuous spa, and an 80-slip marina. If you book by December 14, you'll receive a free upgrade to a plunge pool suite. Plus you'll get a framed picture of you and your suite guests. Rates start at $466.65 per night.
Hong Kong may be the world's hottest culinary destination. We've waxed poetic about the new Nobu at the InterContinental and Pierre Restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental, but there's another player on the scene in this culinary capital. What other luxurious establishment has attracted a superstar chef? The Four Seasons, widely hailed as the first major hotel to open in Hong Kong in 15 years. You'll find the city's best contemporary Cantonese cuisine at Lung King Heen (View of the Dragon). Using only the freshest local ingredients, renowned chef Chan Yan Tak creates innovative dishes which combine French and Southeast Asian touches. Commanding spectacular harbour views, the environment is modern and stylish. Silver and glass accents replicate the glitter of Hong Kong's skyline at night. Dim sum here is not to be missed.
It's hard to believe that there's a five-star oasis in the middle of the harsh Australian Outback, perched in the shadow of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia's famous natural icon. Sails in the Desert is just what its name indicates: a sumptuous hotel that appears like sails rising from the landscape. At this award-winning hotel, beautiful rooms are decorated with Aboriginal Art and outfitted with private balconies. Sip cocktails by the pool (or in your Jacuzzi), or try your hand at a game of tennis on one of two courts. The restaurant serves up elegant plates with an Aboriginal twist. Indeed, the hotel celebrates Aboriginal heritage and culture in all of its decor; the lobby gallery even features the works of artists in residence.
Beaches and whale-watching, sure. But Baja as a wine region? Who knew? Lapped by the Pacific on one side and the Sea of Cortez on the other, this desert peninsula is widely regarded as Mexico's premier wine region. (And definitely one worth watching.) Just a two-hour drive from San Diego, the Guadalupe Valley is the heart of it all. Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts has partnered with Monte Xanic, one of Mexico's top winemakers, to build an exclusive vineyard resort there. The first luxury spa resort of its kind in the region, the new Banyan Tree will feature 40 pool villas nestled in the midst of the Monte Xanic vineyards. No word yet on an opening date.
October 10, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
Surrounded by a lush oasis of flowers and trees on Camelback Mountain, the Sanctuary on Camelback is truly a legendary hideaway. Enjoy their highest level of luxury in Casa Montana, one of their homes with the most breathtaking panoramic views on the north slope of Camelback Mountain.
Size: 3,500 square feet - four spacious bedrooms, and six full baths.
Features: Private pool, whirlpool spa and scenic patio for entertaining, three wood-burning fireplaces, and a billiard room.
Rooms feature a master bedroom and adjacent private study, a king size bedroom and two rooms with double beds. The billiard room features a spacious bar area and pool table for entertaining your guests. Casa Montana's warm Old World Spanish inspired decor greets you with a comforting welcome and a view like no other.
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The scenery doesn't get much better than this. Deep within Banff National Park, overlooking a lake with the snow-capped Rocky Mountains as the backdrop, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise provides a lavish retreat of welcoming grandeur. Here you'll find the perfect winter wonderland: Lake Louise's world-renowned skiing, ice skating, dog sledding, sleigh rides, guided snowshoe walks, and cross-country skiing through the wilderness. The adventure starts right outside the Chateau's doors. After a rigorous day outside, treat yourself to an Aveda treatment at the Escape Spa & Salon. This spectacular hideaway is only a two hour drive from Calgary. Choose the Ultimate Ski the Canadian Rockies Package for low rates with ski passes included. Available during ski season (mid November to mid May), the package is priced from just CAD 319 per night, and includes luxurious accommodations, parking, breakfast, one Tri-Area Ski Pass per person (Valid for Ski Louise, Sunshine, and Norquay), and transportation to Ski Louise. Plus, you can earn double airline miles when you book this package.
October 9, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Pamper yourself with the perfect girls' getaway just 20-or-so minutes from Sin City. Like a shimmering desert oasis, Loews Lake Las Vegas is a luxurious world-class resort perfect for any diva. Rejuvenate after a few days on the strip with the Desert Divas package. Upon check-in, you'll find a welcome basket with magazines, champagne, and bottled water. Head to the 9,000 square foot Moulay Spa for two exhilarating facials and two Moulay Massages. Enjoy a day at the Relaxation Pool in a SpahhBana-- drift into the ultimate state of relaxation in your own private cabana fully equipped with a selection of magazines, a Loews iPod, Moulay-misted chilled towels, chilled cucumbers for the eyes, the use of two waffle-weave robes, and a Beauty Basket filled with Spa Moulay products, herbal teas, fruits and snacks. Of course the one-night package also includes late check-out. Prices start at $595 and are based on double occupancy.