LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
May 24, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Imagine: a hotel that consists of one luxurious private apartment, the three-room suite where Emperor Napoleon III lived in Rome in the 19th century. Stunning, opulent, impossibly romantic, the Residenza is situated in a 16th century palazzo just off Via Condotti. Ascend the marble staircase and step straight into the Old World; the dining room, bedroom, and drawing room are appointed with antique furnishings and rare Gobelin tapestries. Check out the bed (pictured). A magnificent oil painting serves as the headboard. (Plasma TV screens are likewise hidden by canvases. And the exquisite marble bathroom is hidden by another Old Master.) A private butler attends to all your needs, and the owner, Princess Letizia Ruspoli, is an excellent hostess/concierge.
The ultimate design hotel in Paris was designed by Christian Lacroix, who describes this colorful gem as "like couture, where the harmony is created from a puzzle of inspirations." Housed in a former 17th century bakery in the Marais quartier (rumored to be the oldest boulangerie in the city), the Hotel du Petit Moulin has 17 rooms which each boast a different theme-- from Baroque to sci-fi. Lacroix utilized lush fabrics-- velvet, taffeta, linen, leather-- in exuberant, dreamlike design. (The Website is as fantastic and whimsical as the hotel.) Guest rooms are outfitted with flat screen TVs, wifi access, large soaking tubs, and Anne Sémonin bath amenities. Book room 204 and enjoy a wall of Lacroix fashion sketches. Breakfast served, though there is no on-site restaurant.
Get ready for the Grand Opening of the NEW World of Coca-Cola on May 24, 2007. The new facility, located next to the Georgia Aquarium at Pemberton Place, is expected to attract 1.5 million visitors a year. Coke funs will experience a multi-sensory 4-D Theater, the world's largest collection of Coke memorabilia, a fully functioning bottling line that produces commemorative 8-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola, tasting experience of 70 products from around the world, Pop Culture Gallery, and the world famous Polar Bear. Enjoy a memorable stay at the city's renowned hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta or The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, and score VIP untimed tickets to the NEW World of Coca-Cola plus a Coca-Cola themed amenity created by Ritz-Carlton chefs. The NEW World of Coca-Cola Package includes deluxe accommodations for one night and starts from $219 at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta and $239 at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Valid through December 30, 2007.
The World, the impressive private yacht owned (or rented) by folks from over 40 different countries, is a floating residential community that circumnavigates the globe, checking out diverse ports of call for 2-5 days at a time. Managed by ResidenSea in Miami, The World is outfitted with state-of-the-art facilities including a full-sized tennis court, jogging track, gym, five restaurants, move theater and library, and beautiful spa. Banyan Tree Spa has recently announced a collaboration with The World and will soon launch its Sanctuary of the Senses onboard the cruise ship. Banyan Tree's signature Asian-inspired treatments will be available at sea for the first time. Located on Deck 5 in "The Village," The World Spa by Banyan Tree features four single treatment rooms and a Beauty Garden that incorporates a Hair Salon and Manicure Station.
Monte Carlo is buzzing with the Grand Prix 2007, which will take place Thursday, May 24- Sunday, May 27, 2007. The place to stay is the Hotel Hermitage, the belle époque landmark just a short walking distance from the most prestigious shopping in Monaco and the glamorous casino. When you check in to the hotel, you will receive a Carte d'Or which allows complimentary admission to the Casino and the incredible Beach Club, with an additional 50 percent discount at the Monte Carlo Country Club. The hotel's award-winning restaurant offers gorgeous views over Monte Carlo Harbor and the winter garden is exquisite, with a dome designed by Gustave Eiffel. Guests enjoy direct access to Monte Carlo Spa by Les Thermes Marins, one of the most stunning spas in Europe which spans 66,000 square feet of fitness facilities, saunas, hammams, and a heated indoor pool.
Looking for a place to watch the most famous motor racing event? There are a few places available at Hotel Hermitage's sister hotel, the Mirabeau. Enjoy the Grand Prix 2007 from the private terrace of the Hotel Mirabeau where you can indulge in an extravagant buffet lunch (appetizers, main course, and a selection of desserts and beverages). Prices, which include grandstand seat and lunch, are as follows: May 24 Practice Day Package is EUR 90 per person, May 26 Qualifier Tests Package is EUR 200 per person, and Sunday, May 27 Grand Prix Package is EUR 500 per person.
Watch the Red Sox play a home game at Fenway Park and stay at the elegant Hotel Commonwealth, located on Boston's new Kenmore Square. With the Baseball in Boston Package, guests enjoy deluxe accommodations for two, full breakfast at Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, valet parking, use of Fitness Studio and DVD library, and your choice of Red Sox tickets (purchased separately). Stay in the Fenway Room-- pictured at right-- and enjoy a direct view of Fenway Park. Available through the 2007 season; a 72 hour cancellation policy applies when booking this package.
And we thought The Skylofts at MGM Grand were cool. This summer, MGM Grand opens the third tower of The Signature, a sumptuous private retreat in the middle of all the Vegas action. What's so special about MGM Grand's latest? Seriously lavish hotel services like the private gated entrance, 24-hour concierge, limo service, gourmet in-suite dining, and pre-arrival service (to secure dinner reservations, show tickets, you name it!) This baby sets a new standard for Las Vegas luxury. Suites have balconies with panoramic views, whirlpool spa tubs, June Jacobs bath amenities, Sub-Zero, Miele and Bosch kitchen appliances, wireless Internet, spacious living room with entertainment center and high-definition flat-screen TVs in the bathrooms. Plus, there's a heated pool complex, fitness center, and Starbucks Coffee shop. Basically, with all of these outstanding resort amenities, you never have to leave The Signature at MGM Grand, but then-- what would be the point of a visit to Vegas, the world's wildest adult playground. (Indeed, The Signature may not even feel like Vegas; the property is completely no-smoking and no-gaming!)
With the Summer Splash promotion, get two free drinks at the Signature Lobby Lounge, 15 percent off MGM Grand Spa treatment, and a $25 entertainment credit. Available until September 30, 2007, must book by September 9, 2007.
The acclaimed destination resort of Amanyara will host three Wellness Weeks this summer. Get ready to invigorate the body and mind with healthy cuisine, spa treatments, activities, and plenty of relaxation. The setting couldn't be more magical: soft sandy beaches and the turquoise sea of a 5,000 acre nature reserve on the secluded western shore of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos islands, known for some of the best scuba diving in the world. Rise and shine with a "healthy start" breakfast of home-blended muesli, egg white omelets and fresh juices. Begin your day with a morning exercise session like Yoga and Pilates. Other Wellness Week activities include Meditation, Aqua Fitness (combining Pilates, Body Sculpting and Cardio Workout in the pool), Beach workouts and Personal Training in the gym. Relax by the 50-meter infinity pool overlooking the ocean, hit the gym, or play a round of tennis. Finish the day with an indulgent body treatment at the sensational spa.
The Wellness Weeks at Amanyara will take place on the following dates: June 17-22, 2007, July 29-August 3, 2007, and August 26-August 31, 2007. Rates for the five-night offer starts from $5,700 in the Pavilion/Pond Pavilion (single occupancy), or $6,450 (double occupancy). Rates include daily breakfast, one morning and two private exercise sessions, one 60-minute massage, one beauty treatment and a nutrition workshop, airport transfers, non-motorized water sports, and use of tennis courts.
May 21, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
It's official, the new, ultra-exclusive Roof Club and Garden is open at Gramercy Park Hotel on Lexington between 22nd and 21st Streets. Located 16 stories above the city with retractable roof, the Private Roof Club and Garden is an original and unique indoor and outdoor space with custom furniture and a rare display of 20th century masterpieces from renowned artists Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.
For now, the Roof Club and Garden can only be accessed via a special, private keyed-off elevator within Gramercy Park Hotel. In the future, membership will be offered with additional privileges from Gramercy Park Hotel and all of the other Ian Schrager projects. Until then, indoor and outdoor services and privileges include: access to the Roof Club from 6:30 am to 12:00 am (and until 2 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday), breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, sunset cocktails, late supper, spa services and a full service special event and meeting space.
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The dream of connecting the two continents-- only nine miles a part at the narrowest point of the Straight of Gibraltar-- may at last become a reality. After years of terrain tests, engineers have come up with a blueprint plan for a high-speed rail tunnel connecting Europe and Africa. As reported by the Associated Press:
This tube for passengers, cars and freight would bore deep under the Strait of Gibraltar, the narrow waterway where the Atlantic flows into the Mediterranean, and run from Tangier, Morocco, to the Spanish town of Tarifa at Europe's southernmost tip, possibly extending further both ways in the future. Big-name European engineering consultants brought in a few months ago are to complete a feasibility study this year.
This would be a true engineering marvel, the deepest underwater tunnel anywhere. There are plenty of challenges. At the proposed project site, the water is about 1,000 feet deep, six times deeper than the depth of the English Channel where the Eurostar tunnel is located. In addition, there are geologic complications, as the terrain is muddy and unstable with pockets of debris from tectonic slides. If the Straight of Gibraltar Project gets the green light in 2008, the cost would be over $13 billion and take about 20 years to construct.