August 28, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Halfway between Miami and Key West in the heart of the Florida Keys, Tranquility Bay is a 12-acre hideaway of palm-dotted white sand beaches overlooking the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Opened in January, the resort features 87 charming two-story cottages on the ocean, surrounded by lush landscaping and towering coconut palms. The pristine sandy beach is one of the largest in the Keys, with endless watersports and activities (including Hobie Cats for rent), and the nearby Tilden's Scuba Center outfits divers keen to explore the sunken Thunderbolt wreck. Other fantastic Keys attractions are also nearby, including Bahia Honda state park, convenient shopping, great dining, and awesome sports fishing outlets. Pamper yourself at Island Spice Private Spa, or relax by the lagoon-style pool, tropical drink in hand. In addition to the luxurious accommodations, beach houses are also available for rental and ownership.
For a taste of France in your own backyard, Montreal is a treasure trove of beautiful boutiques, boulangeries, and bistros. And amidst the bustling business district of this sophisticated city, the Loews Hotel Vogue is an enclave of sumptuous luxury. The 126 guestrooms and 16 suites are comfortable and plush, with down duvets and pillows, a whirlpool bath and separate glassed-in shower, and a workstation with a two-line cordless phone and high-speed internet access. Experience the city's rich French heritage and joie de vivre at its finest at this award-winning hotel, where the knowledgeable and attentive staff attends to your every whim and desire. Loews Signature September rates start at an unbelievably low $200 a night. And guests making reservations at the Loews Hotel Vogue through Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary in-room high speed Internet as well as a one category room upgrade based upon availability.
August 25, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
from Jennifer Ehrman, Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour
Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour is one of only 3 luxury hotels that Five Star Alliance has chosen as the best hotel luxury in the Bahamas. The resort features all beachfront suites, a full-service marina, 3 restaurants, and a host of events and boating activities. In addition to the resort's 67 oceanfront and oceanview junior suites, they offer 6 spectacular oceanfront 2-bedroom suites.
Why You Should Go Now
1. You can make last minute reservations and be there in time for check-in because the resort and yacht harbour is located just 56 miles from the Florida coast, on the westernmost tip of Grand Bahama Island. The 228 acre resort is 26 miles from Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport which is serviced by American Eagle, Continental Connection, Bahamasair, AirTran, Delta, as well as several charter operations. Direct service to Freeport is available from Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Orlando, the New York area, Atlanta and Charlotte, NC.
2. Fall into Old Bahama Bay for Free 4th Night Package
Between now and September 30th, 2006 - guests making brand new reservations to stay during this time period will receive a 4th night free on any type of suite or on a dock slip. (This offer cannot be combined with other packages).
Just 55 minutes from Singapore by high-speed catamaran, the Banyan Tree Bintan is situated on a spectacular island in the Riau archipelago, its Balinese style villas overlooking the South China Sea. Private outdoor swimming pools and Jacuzzis complement the exquisitely modeled villa-accommodations. And this world-class resort also boasts two adjacent world-class 18-hole golf courses. The Banyan Tree Bintan has just unveiled its signature Double Tee Off package for golfing enthusiasts to enjoy a weekend of relaxed island golfing. Available until December 21, 2006, the package comprises one round of 18-hole golf at Laguna Bintan Golf Course and one round of 18-hole golf at Ria Bintan Golf Course, both inclusive of green and buggy fees. Guests can enjoy attractive rates, starting from $405 for the Bayfront Villa and $485 for the Villa-On-The-Rocks. Includes return land transfers from the ferry terminal, VIP Express Clearance upon arrival and departure at the Bintan Ferry Terminal, and one complimentary Golf Massage session, located at the Laguna Bintan Clubhouse and specially tailored for every golfer's pre-game conditioning and post-game therapy. Two night minimum stay required.
An intimate luxury hotel in the heart of Houston's business and nightlife district, The Lancaster is a legend among guests who return again and again for the stately elegance and excellent personal service. The hotel enchants with its European charm and grand tradition of hospitality. The Bistro serves scrumptious regional American cuisine, and the popular Bistro Bar, rated one of the top ten bars in the county by Food and Wine magazine, is a favorite among trendy locals. The handsomely appointed rooms feature dark wood two-poster beds topped with down duvets and feather pillows, marble bathrooms, and state-of-the-art technology. With the Romance Package, enjoy an unforgettable evening at The Lancaster. Your room or suite will be meticulously prepared for your arrival with chilled champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries presented on a silver tray. The following morning, enjoy a romantic American breakfast for two served in the room or Bistro. Starting from $229.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better spot in Barcelona. Situated high on Mount Tibidabo, 25 minutes from the city center, the Gran Hotel La Florida features spectacular views overlooking Barcelona and the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. The resort's 74 rooms include eight designer suites with jacuzzis, gardens, and large terraces, designed by world-renowned decorators and architects. The Sky Terrace Suite, for example, sits on the hotel's top floor, with an enormous 80 sq meter terrace with unsurpassed views of Barcelona and the Pyrenees. Designed by Rebecca Horn, the spacious suite consists of a large bedroom and living area, with dining table, sun beds, and awesome bathroom with Philippe Starck bathtub perfectly situated to contemplate the sweeping city views. Other hotel perks: it's decked out with an exquisite art collection; the outdoor scene at Miramar Bar, complete with swimming pool and summertime DJ; and the ZenZone Spa, with Hammam, sauna, caldarium, and fitness center. The Spa's infinity pool is extraordinary, seeming to flow from the side of the mountain down into the city beneath. The Gran Hotel La Florida is the best kind of urban oasis.
Originally built in 1402, Stapleford Park was recently renovated into a luxurious boutique hotel. Situated in 500 acres of woods, pastures, and beautiful gardens, and with a heritage stretching back to the 15th century, the setting is magical. A brand new member of Small Luxury Hotels, Stapleford Park is steeped in history and surrounded by the picturesque English countryside. This is a place where the hospitality and elegance of a bygone era come alive, and country pursuits—like clay pigeon shooting, fishing, archery, tennis, golf, and falconry—are enjoyed at leisure. The hotel features 55 uniquely designed guest rooms, styled and named after their creators (Crabtree and Evelyn, Mulberry, Savoir Beds…) Modern comforts abound, from the Clarins Spa to the state-of-the-art Technogym. The welcoming, attentive staff attends to every detail to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. It's easy to see why Andrew Harper lists the hotel in his Hideaway Report as "One of the Best Country House Hotels in the World."
August 24, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
from Lanny Grossman, Director of Communications, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Editorial Advisory Board Member At the Annual Emmy Awards this year (Sunday, August 27th in Los Angeles), celebrity swag gifts will include an exclusive trip from Small Luxury Hotels of the World - the luxury hotel brand which includes over 370 properties worldwide. According to SLH, recipients of the coveted "swag bag" will choose between five different special Emmy packages at member hotels. Famous celebrity presenters can choose a special Emmy package at either Dolphin Bay Hotel & Residences in Shell Beach, CA; Old Bahama Bay on Grand Bahama Island; Adara Hotel in Whistler; The Lodge at Moloka'I Ranch in Hawaii and Wharekauhau Country Estate in New Zealand. The special packages created exclusively for the event include everything from luxurious suites to relaxing spa services and multiple course gourmet dinners. The more adventurous celebs can enjoy swooshing the slopes in Whistler or sailing in the Bahamas. Either way, celebrity recipients are in for a real treat with whichever package they choose. In addition to being in the official celebrity gift bag, SLH will be participating in the Extra TV Celebrity Suite the week prior to the Emmys where nominees and other invited VIPs will be gifted with various two-night stays all over the world, among several other products and services that participating companies are offering. And since most celebs can afford, work into their contracts, or get comped for most of their accommodations and activies mentioned above, the celebs publicists and assistants should make out like bandits with these swag options. (The Original Emmy is pictured - get the Emmy Origin story by clicking here.) Small Luxury Hotels of the World
At the Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten—conveniently located on the western side of the Inner Alster Lake shore, in the heart of the city's retail and commercial district—visitors find peerless service, a distinguished and elegant ambience, and some of the best restaurants in Hamburg. In addition to the Jahreszeiten Grill, Doc Cheng's, and the Michelin-star awarded Haerlin Restaurant, the hotel recently opened an al fresco cafe on the Binnenalster. The charming Jahreszeiten Terrace was created on the new pier, which had been constructed for passengers to embark and disembark directly in front of the hotel. While dining outside in the sunshine, guests enjoy gastronomic highlights from the patisserie, Jahreszeiten Grill, Doc Cheng's and Cafe Condi. The terrace offers seating for 80 guests and operates daily from 10 am to 10 pm.
August 23, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Located in the heart of the eternal city, between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, the stunning Hotel de Russie is unique among luxury hotels in Rome because of its extensive, terraced gardens which provide a peaceful refuge in the center of the bustling city. The Hotel de Russie has recently opened a Butterfly Oasis, created in collaboration with WWF International, in the hotel's ancient Secret Garden, where visitors can observe rare butterflies while strolling or dining alfresco. The hotel also has one of Rome's best health clubs and spa with a hydropool, jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish steam bath, beauty treatments and gym. In mid September, the Hotel de Russie will inaugurate the new Vaclav Nijinsky Suite, named after the great Russian ballet dancer. The ultra-spacious suite will feature a 250 sq meter terrace, two bedrooms, dining room, living room with a piano and a 50-inch flat-screen TV, a bar, walk-in wardrobe and a large bathroom with separate shower, steam bath and television. In addition, in September and October 2006, The Stravinskij Bar invites resident and non-resident guests to experience a special "aperitivo" moment. Offer consists of half-bottle of Krug and tapas for two at EUR 90.