LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
July 24, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
This summer, escape to the OC for some sun and surf. Experience Bay Bliss at the award-winning Balboa Bay Club and Resort, the only waterfront luxury resort in Newport Beach. Starting from just $305 per night, your personalized package includes luxurious accommodations and your choice of amenities: lunch for two at The First Cabin, manicure or pedicure in Loran Loran salon, 25 minute massage or facial, or one hour duffy boat rental. For some serious family fun, book the Disney Package and get two Disneyland tickets, rental car for the day, and box lunch in addition to two nights accommodations. In the evening (seven days a week!), enjoy live music on the waterfront at Duke's Place. And on Sundays, guests can indulge in BBQ Sunday nights on Duke's patio. Refreshing summer cocktails accompany all your favorites like delectable baby back ribs, carved-mesquite grilled beef tri tips, and fresh grilled free-range chicken. Don't miss the new Sunday European Breakfast Buffet, with a mouth-watering selection of special entrees like Eggs Benedict with Sauce Choron, Roasted Boneless Pork Loin, Prosciutto and Rare Roast Beef as well as hot and cold plate items and beverages.
It's big, bad, and only getting bigger... The world's best known resort-casino, the gloried empire that is Caesars Palace in the heart of Las Vegas, is getting a makeover with a $1 billion expansion. There's been quite the buzz about the recent announcement by Harrah's Entertainment. Reigning over The Strip, Caesars Palace features 3,348 guest rooms, 25 restaurants, the 4.5-acre Garden of the Gods pools and gardens, Qua Baths and Spa, 240,000 square feet of premium meeting space, and the 4,100-seat Colosseum which spotlights entertainers like Celine Dion. As if that weren't enough, Caesars will soon be adding a luxury hotel tower, convention and catering facilities, pools and lavish suites in 2009. The 665-room hotel tower, dubbed Octavius Tower, will house palatial pool villa suites overlooking three new swimming pools. This billion dollar investment in the flagship property is just the beginning, as Harrah's is planning comprehensive global growth in the coming years.
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In honor of the launch of the iPhone, Omni Hotels across the country are "apple-izing" with Apple-tini's, Apple Ice Sculptures, and best of all-- a huge giveaway whereby lucky winners across the U.S. will take home Apple iPhones (approximate retail value of $499.) Entries will be accepted at all participating Omni Hotels in the U.S. from 8 a.m. local time on Monday, July 23 until 6:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, July 25. (You can also register online.) The winner of each hotel's sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing at or around 7 p.m. local time on Wednesday, July 25 at each participating Omni property, and the winner of the online sweepstakes will be selected on or about the same date.
Recently named to the Conde Nast Traveler "Hot List", Herons restaurant is a culinary gem located in the new Umstead Hotel and Spa, steps away from the beautiful walking and jogging trails of Umstead State Park just outside Raleigh, North Carolina. (The Umstead Spa was also named to the Hot List, the only spa in North Carolina to earn this accolade.) Steve Eudy, the Herons Sommelier, has assembled a magnificent wine list representing 500 wines that will delight even the most sophisticated connoisseur. They've even stocked away some North Carolina wines. Sip a glass on the terrace on Thursday evening, while chowing down on the outdoor "all-grilled" menu, a memorable outdoor dining experience for picture-perfect summer evenings. Enjoy grilled meat and seafood prepared by Executive Chef Phil Evans along with new fresh fruit cocktails, live outdoor music and breathtaking panoramic views of the lake and surrounding gardens. (The Terrace will be hopping on Thursday evenings until September 28th, 2007, weather permitting.) Come check out what everyone's been talking about. During the month of July, when you reserve a guest room at Umstead, you'll receive a $50 gift certificate to use in the restaurant or spa.
Eloise may not like the new condos, but she'd be pleased to see her hotel back in business. Rumor has it that the fabled Plaza Hotel, New York's landmark luxury hotel, will reopen this fall to coincide with the property's 100th anniversary. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has gone ahead and announced the appointment of the new General Manager, Shange Krige, who hails from The Mansion on Turtle Creek, London's historic Grosvenor House and Ritz-Carlton properties in Washington D.C.. Towering over Central Park West, the 19-storey Plaza Hotel has completed a $400 million renovation which now includes private residences. Those who mourned the end of an era with the hotel's closing will rejoice at the makeover. The 282 guest room and condo-hotel units have been updated for the modern traveler, but still pay tribute to the hotel's illustrious history as a treasured symbol in Manhattan.
Uptown, the city's chic, tourist-popular enclave, will welcome a new Ritz-Carlton on August 15, 2007. This is the first Ritz-Carlton hotel to open in the U.S. in four years, and little wonder Dallas is the lucky destination; the city is touted as the most accessible setting in the continental U.S.-- less than three hours by air from nearly every point. The hotel will be walking distance to the American Airlines Center, home to myriad sports and entertainment events. As to be expected at a Ritz-Carlton, the Dallas hotel will have elegant, spacious guest rooms (with lots of sleek technology), an opulent 12,000 square foot spa, and the city's largest luxury ballroom, along with numerous meeting locations. The best part of all is Fearing's Restaurant with its interactive display kitchen. Headed by charismatic celebrity chef Dean Fearing who specializes in Southwest cuisine, the restaurant will celebrate a farm-to-market philosophy. Expect menu stand-outs like Barbecue Shrimp Taco with Mango-Pickled Red Onion Salad and Smoky Citrus Vinaigrette; Prime Cut Rib Eye Mopped over Live Mesquite with Cauliflower Twice Potatoes and Crispy Asparagus; Griddled Day-Boat Scallops on Wilted Brussels Sprout Leaves and Smoked Kentucky Ham with Tangerine Essence; Caramelized Peach and Almond Crisp with Mascarpone Ice Cream and Ginger Peach Sauce.
July 20, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
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The Hotel De Orangerie, Bruges, Belgium
From the captivating entertainment of the Blue Man Group to authentic gondola rides along the quarter-mile Grand Canal, from the fabulous new Venetian Poker Room to the on-site Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, The Venetian has got it all. Smack dab in the middle of the action on the Las Vegas Strip, the all-suite luxury resort offers the romance of Italy and the pinnacle of luxury in a city known for mind-boggling excitement. Experience the "Suite Life" from just $179 per night! Even the standard rooms at The Venetian are twice the size of the typical Vegas room. (With 700 square feet of pure indulgence, there's nothing standard about them.) Book this special package at The Venetian, the world's largest four-star resort, and you'll also receive two Canyon Ranch SpaClub Passports, ten percent discount off spa treatments, twenty percent off fine dining at Postrio or Pinot Brasserie, and two complimentary drinks at the Blue Man Bar with purchase of performance tickets. Two night minimum stay required. Valid through December 30, 2007.
We thought the Eiffel Suite was luxe. The Hotel Plaza Athénée is also home to the lavish Royal Suite, 4840 square feet of serious opulence. The four-bedroom suite is situated on the 5th floor, overlooking the Avenue Montaigne and the courtyard. Furnished with splendid antiques, drapes embroidered with three different gold threads, and the finest silks and fabrics, the Royal Suite is like an elegant Parisian home-- a truly exceptional one at that. Bathrooms are decked out in Italian marble, with steam showers and Jacuzzis. To be expected, the suite offers the utmost in state-of-the-art technology: plasma TV screen in each room, glass video projecting screen in the master bedroom, WiFi Internet access, telephone with eight lines, fax, music library with 5,000 titles, and incredible security (digital finger print entry on each door of the Suite, four electronic safes...)
Of course you don't have to be a member of the royal family to stay at the legendary Plaza Athénée. Make like Carrie Bradshaw and book a room at the most famous hotel in the City of Light (with our without the "lovah" in tow). Recently renovated and scented with a unique amber fragrance, the hotel's spacious guest rooms showcase French style at its best.
Luxuriate in blissful peace at Auberge du Soleil's sister property, Calistoga Ranch in Upper Napa Valley. Tucked into a private canyon just outside the historic town of Calistoga, the luxury resort is an oasis of ancient oak groves and rolling vineyards. In such a majestic natural setting, it's only appropriate that the resort offers guests the ultimate experience of indoor and outdoor spaces. (Even the fitness facility is open-air, taking full advantage of the setting, so you can work out while gazing out over the vineyards.) For a taste of the good life, plan a summertime escape to the 46-cottage Calistoga Ranch. Settle into a lounge chair near your very own indoor-outdoor fireplace. (The free-standing guest lodges are outfitted with natural cedar interiors-- with entertainment centers, high speed Internet, and all the latest technology.) Dine at the private restaurant which celebrates the rich culture of Napa Valley wines and cuisine. Indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment at The Bathhouse, where you can also "take the waters" in the natural thermal baths which have enticed visitors for over a century.