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Parisian Style Shopping in Montreal with Hotel Le St-James

October 6, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Le St James, MontrealExperience a slice of France close to home with a quick jaunt to Montreal. In the heart of the old city, the landmark Hotel Le St-James offers a refined European ambiance and warm service. Housed in the formed Merchant's Bank building (dating from 1870), the hotel is also home to Restaurant Le XO, Montreal's highest-rated restaurant in 2009 (The Gazette). Hotel Le St-James has organized a special shopping excursion with a private concierge for guests to experience the Parisian life-- whether indulging in a new wardrobe, some fab accessories, or just one decadent pair of shoes. This package includes a night in the one and only Royal Suite, transport to and from the airport, a bottle of champagne and a floral bouquet in your Suite, lunch for two at Restaurant XO (alcohol not included), shopping at Holt Renfrew Montreal with private concierge (transfers included), and full breakfast for two served at Restaurant XO or through in-room dining. As always, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet and Molton Brown bath products are just two of the perks you'll enjoy with a stay at Hotel Le St-James.

Fashionistas in New York: Haute Lunch at The London NYC Hotel

September 10, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The London NYCShopping on the brain? It's New York Fashion Week-- who can blame you? Even if you don't plan to hit the runway scene in Bryant Park's white tents, you can shop the latest haute fashions with a little help from The London NYC Hotel. (Designer David Collins created the interiors for this urban hideaway that opened in midtown Manhattan last year.) The hotel has designed a Haute Lunch package so that you can shop steady and then refuel with a civilized lunch of haute cuisine at Gordon Ramsay's MAZE restaurant, awarded two Michelin stars and named "Top New York City Newcomer" by Zagat's. Along with your accommodations in a luxuriously-appointed London Suite, you'll savor a three course culinary masterpiece with a flute of Champagne to start. You'll also get a a selection of bon bons to take away and enjoy in your suite. This package is available until April 20, 2010.

Related Articles: The Penthouse at The London NYC

Suite Relief: 3 Nights for the Price of 2 in London at the Egerton House

August 3, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Egerton House HotelGoing to London? Not only will the Egerton House pamper you with complimentary treats*, they'll also give you a free third night when you book a stay in a suite. Right in the heart of fashionable Knightsbridge, the Egerton House offers views over Egerton Gardens and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Needless to say, the top-floor studio suites have gorgeous views, while the V&A Suite boasts its own garden terrace. The boutique hotel is known for its personalized service which starts with the moment you arrive, greeted by staff with a glass of champagne or a pot of tea. Luxurious touches abound: fresh fruit and your favorite music playing in your room, turn-down service with candles by the bathtub.

*London guests are in luck because the Egerton House is offering the "Get More From Your Stay" package until the end of the year. Along with your accommodations and full English breakfast, you get free stuff thrown in. Stay for two nights or more, and they'll add in one of the following: Champagne in your room; a picnic hamper with cold delights, a flask of Pimms, and strawberries; a traditional Afternoon Tea; a Harrods shopping spree; a leisurely late check out on the day of your departure or a romantic turndown.

Girlfriend Getaway at Sè San Diego Hotel

July 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Se San Diego Hotel

Get the girls together for a fab weekend in San Diego at the sexy Sè Hotel. In naming the property to its 2009 Hot List, Conde Nast Traveler sings its praises:

Though the Sè is very much a visual feast—with a massive bronze front door, a grand staircase framed by faux sand dollars, lamps covered in gray stingray, an entire wall at the spa covered in tiny green Chinese teacups—it's more than just a pretty face. The staff seem to be genuinely thrilled to help you, and the 184 rooms, in a steel-and-glass building perched atop a Victorian-era structure, are small but well appointed. Yet the thing that really sticks in your mind (and belly) is the complimentary breakfast in bed with chocolate croissants, serrano ham and melon, and granola.

Sè San Diego has put together a package deal for you and your gals that includes luxury shopping and Swedish Massages with Spatinis and appetizers in the luxurious Sè Spa. And when you book three rooms or more, you'll get a VIP cabana at no additional charge in Sè's hip pool lounge, Siren. Available til December 30, 2009 and starting at $449 per night, the "Girl's Getaway" package includes the following:

* One night stay in Cityside Accommodation with Two Beds

* Two 60-minute Swedish Massages (incl tax and gratuity)

* Spatinis and appetizers in the Spa after your treatments

* Two $50 Horton Plaza/Nordstrom Giftcards for shopping

* Overnight valet parking

Loews Hotels Offering all Fashionistas the Recessionista Respite Package

July 7, 2009
By: Alison Victor

Loews Regency HotelTimes are tough, but just because you may be tightening your belt doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to enjoy luxury at a reasonable price. Loews Hotels are currently offering "Recessionista Respite" packages at participating locations, designed with the trendsetting fashion plate in mind. Book now through September 5th, and you can choose from some of the following options. At Loews Denver Hotel the Recessionista Package will include Villa Suite accommodations for one night, two $25 American Express gift checks to be used at the nearby Cherry Creek Shopping Center, home to over 400 shop-til-you-drop stores, personal bag concierge to deliver your bags to your room, complimentary valet parking, and post shopping cocktails at the hotel's T-Bar. Pricing starts at just $279 per night.

If shopping in the Big Apple is what you want, the Loews Regency Hotel's Recessionista Package will include 15% off "shopping day pass" at Bloomingdale's complete with a personal shopper, a gift with purchase, complimentary beauty makeover, cocktails for two at the hotel's Library Bar, and 20% off services at the hotel's Nico Salon. Prices start at just $180 per person.

Loews invites you to indulge but not over extend, and with these great offers, there is no guilt in shopping-til-you-drop!

Design Dream: Capella Singapore Features Objets d’Art from Lamont Design

June 26, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Since the Capella Singapore opened in March, guests have been dazzled by the largest guest rooms in Singapore. (Not to mention the one- and two-bedroom garden villas with private pools overlooking the South China Sea.) These interior spaces feature handcrafted objects, artwork and furniture from Lamont Design, a Bangkok-based company that worked with Norman Foster's architectural design to achieve Capella's vision for the new hotel. Centered around two historic "Tanah Merah" houses (dating from the colonial era), the ultra-luxury hotel was built to take advantage of its hilltop setting with tiered pools and marvelous courtyard gardens. Seascape vistas aren't the only thing guests appreciate inside the resort; Lamont's sophisticated objects in bronze, earthenware and Peking glass display a rich history of craftsmanship and create the mood. You can browse Lamont's contemporary collections and rare objects-- showcased at the Capella Singapore and Miami's Setai Hotel-- in five stores in Thailand, including a boutique at The Sukhothai. And from now until August 31, 2009, you can check out the Capella Singapore's lush tropical haven with a special introductory offer where you get a third night free.

Take a Luxury Break at The Cove Atlantis

June 19, 2009
By: Alison Victor

The Cove AtlantisSwimming with the Dolphins? Water slides? Gourmet Dining and Casinos? Sound like a checklist you put together in your dreams? Well all of this and much more is part of the experience awaiting guests at the super luxurious The Cove Atlantis.

Since its opening in early 2007, The Cove Atlantis on Paradise Island has been the ultimate destination for anyone wanting a vacation they will always remember. Now through the end of October,The Cove Atlantis is offering an amazing package called the Super SunBreak. If you are looking for a two night "break," rates start at an amazing $199 USD per adult, with children 11 and under staying, and playing, for free. If you are looking to "break" away from everyday life for a little bit longer, the Super SunBreak promotion will allow you to stay seven nights, with rates starting at only $669 USD. With such amazing rates, there is no reason that a vacation at the Cove can't be a dream come true!

Ferrari Tours, Hot-Air Balloon Rides, and Shopping in Florence with the Villa Olmi

June 9, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Villa Olmi, FlorenceHeading to Florence this summer? A stay at Villa Olmi, the celebrated Renaissance villa nestled on six hectares of perfectly manicured gardens, is not just any hotel experience. The five-star property is an old country estate that captures the meaning of the "good life"-- with an exquisite restaurant, a wine cellar with ancient vintages, park and swimming pool, and warm hospitality. Expect stellar service. The hotel can arrange myriad activities for their guests. Think hot air balloon rides over Tuscany and cooking classes to teach the secrets of the region's rich cuisine. Some of our favorite activities? The tour by Ferrari in the Chianti area, wine tasting in the private Wine Cellar with the Villa's Sommelier, and shopping trips to Florence. Special offer: Five Star Alliance guests staying at Villa Olmi will receive a welcome drink and bottle of wine in the room upon arrival. Guests staying a minimum of three nights will also receive a candle light dinner for two in the restaurant "Il Cavaliere" (beverage not included).

Bespoke Tailoring in London: Custom-Made Suits with The Milestone Hotel

May 28, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Milestone, LondonThe exceptional London hotel racks up the awards for its service (butlers are on hand to take care of every little detail). Here's yet another example of The Milestone's doting attention-to-detail: The five-star favorite will hook you up with Kate Starkey Couture on your next trip to London, so that you can get world-famous London tailoring while staying at the hotel. Specializing in the perfectly-fitting solution to women's wardrobes, Kate Starkey Couture creates personalized classics for busy working women who don't have time to shop. Kate and her team will visit you at The Milestone to design your very own unique shirt, suit or overcoat from a full selection of divine silks and Swiss Cottons for the bespoke shirts, and stunning collection of wools, cashmere and silk for the suits. Available until December 31, 2008 and priced from GBP 1694, the Kate Starkey Couture Package includes:

  * Two nights accommodation in a King Room or Suite

* Welcome glass of Champagne upon arrival

* Full English breakfast in-room or restaurant

* For the ladies – an approximate two-hour consultation at the hotel in the comfort of your own room with Kate Starkey Couture for one Custom-Made Suit and two Bespoke Ladies Shirts. You will also receive a complimentary extra trouser or skirt of choice. (Delivery will be approximately 6 weeks).

* Two complimentary tickets to the latest exhibition at the V&A

Experience Capella: Breidenbacher Hof is the Place to Stay in Dusseldorf

May 13, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Breidenbacher HofLong a city icon, the Breidenbacher Hof was the crown jewel of Düsseldorf for nearly two hundred years, playing host to royalty like Russian Czar Alexander II and Prince August of Prussia. Now Capella Hotels has breathed new life into this historic property, opening its doors in May 2008 as part of a new breed of luxury hotels, where check-in/check-out times are nonexistent, Internet access is free, facilities are downright luxurious, the Capella Living Room offers complimentary beverages and snacks, and Personal Assistant service is guaranteed for every guest. It's little wonder Capella is making waves as the luxury hotel model for the future. With a focus on the highest standards of service, the opulent 95-room hotel offers bespoke guest experiences, so it's possible to arrange for a personal shopper to hit the fashionable shops along Düsseldorf's grand boulevard, where shops will remain open after-hours for your amusement. During your stay, don't miss a La Mer Luxury Body Treatment at the Schnitzler Beauty Lounge at Breidenbacher Hof.