August 25, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
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.
August 24, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
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.
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.
Since its grand opening in March, the newest destination hotel in Indiana's capital has soothed business travelers with its luxurious facilities, excellent spa facilities, and fine dining. (And of course all that cool technology: 42 inch flat screen TVs with satellite, high speed wireless internet, spacious work areas, three telephones and fax.) For a limited time, the Conrad Indianapolis is promoting a special offer that may just lure leisure travelers to the hotel as well. Enjoy premium in-room amenities, including rose-petal turndown service, a complimentary aromatherapy candle, a melodic jazz CD and a sinfully delicious chocolate sampler, and late 1 pm check-out (subject to availability), starting from $279 per room per night. But hurry! This offer is only valid until August 31, 2006.
Clear turquoise water, lush tropical gardens, white powdery sand on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean… Located on Providenciales in the beautiful Turks and Caicos islands, Grace Bay Club is an all-suite luxury resort comprised of 38 new family-friendly suites at the Villas and the 22-suite adults-only Hotel. A winner of the Five-Star Diamond Award, Grace Bay Club has been a fixture on Travel and Leisure's "World's Best" awards, the "T and L 500" and Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List." This island getaway promises the best kind of family vacation in paradise. And the new "Portrait in Paradise" package captures the beauty of your Turks and Caicos family holiday with a custom-tailored professional portrait session that will make this year's holiday memorable for the entire family. The four-night package includes a gorgeous professional portrait, accommodations in an oceanview suite at the resort's new Villas, airport meet and greet as well as roundtrip transfers, welcome amenity of chilled champagne and fresh fruit basket, daily continental breakfast, daily three-course, candlelight dinner, in the newly renovated Anacaona Restaurant (children over 12 only) or the family-friendly Grill, and a soothing massage for each adult at the new Anani Spa. Offered through December 19, 2006. Pricing starts at $2,681 per suite, based on double occupancy, and category of suite selected. Additional family members can be accommodated depending on suite type for an additional charge; children under 7 stay free.
As of August 13, 2006, the award-winning Lodge at Rancho Mirage is closed for extensive redevelopment. Honored by Travel and Leisure, Zagat, and Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top hotels in the world, the Lodge at Rancho Mirage is located on top of a 650-ft plateau in the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains outside Palm Springs, California. Guests enjoyed tennis, croquet, swimming, access to many of the world's most renowned golf courses, and the Avanyu Spa, the centerpiece of The Lodge. We'll keep you posted on the renovation progress and planned reopening.
The riverside Peninsula Bangkok epitomizes luxury. And with its legendary service, excellent fitness center, and panoramic views of the city and Chao Phraya River, it's no wonder the hotel's received so many accolades. And now the stunning hotel, with its signature wave-shaped design, is set to get a little more glamorous. Come December 1, the Peninsula will boast a new spa, created in partnership with ESPA spa designers, housed in a three-story colonial style building surrounded by lush gardens. What's in store? 14 treatment rooms, two double suites and two VIP suites, all with Jacuzzis, state-of-the-art treatment beds, and relaxation beds with i-Pod access. The VIP suites will offer rain showers, floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony with excellent views of the river. There will also be outdoor pools and an Asian Tea Lounge. Via Travel Weekly
You are invited to the big birthday bash for Travel and Leisure magazine at the exclusive One and Only Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, the luxury beachfront resort is considered the "Jewel of Baja." Situated on a secluded beach overlooking the Sea of Cortez, the One and Only Palmilla features elegantly appointed rooms in hacienda-style buildings, a gorgeous pool with swim-up bar, fitness center, tennis, and world-class golf course. The birthday weekend getaway is October 26-30, and includes a slew of exciting events: Gourmet dinner hosted by celebrity chefs Charlie Trotter and Tetsuya Wakuda (Australia's most acclaimed chef), Golf tournament on a T and L Golf World's Best Resort Course with T and L Golf's Editor in Chief, Tastings with Baja's premier boutique winemaker, Don Miller of Adobe Guadalupe, and expert tequilier Julio Bermejo, Walking tours and kayaking and snorkeling expeditions with a T and L's World's Best Outfitter Butterfield and Robinson, Daily mind-body principles with yoga master Maya Fiennes, Travel conversations with your favorite T and L editors, and Artisan shopping expedition with T and L's Style Director. The four-night celebration is priced starting at $3,250. At one of the world's best resorts, get the inside scoop on luxury travel. This weekend promises to be a fun, stylish, and memorable experience.
The newest member of Small Luxury Hotels is situated 200 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur at the highest point on the Malaysian mainland, 1,500 meters above sea level, surrounded by lush, rolling greenery. Cameron Highlands Resort is a luxurious boutique with 56 rooms and suites overlooking the 18-hole golf course. An elegant colonial design, the resort is located in the state of Pahang, where tea plantations and fields of strawberries create the backdrop of breathtaking scenery. The climate here is cool and refreshing, and visitors enjoy golfing, jungle trekking and exploration of the surrounding plantations. The hotel's Spa Village offers exotic treatments with a focus on the healing and restorative properties of tea.
August 18, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
The creme de la creme of ski resorts is also a heavenly escape during the autumn months, surrounded by the majestic wilderness of the Grand Teton mountains. This is fly fishing country, and Amangani has designed a women's only camp for guests to learn the essential techniques of the sport. From October 8-12, 2006, both beginners and experienced anglers will learn how to "read" the water and think like a fish. Classes are small to ensure close interaction with the instructor, and balance instruction and theory with practice in hunting for rising fish in the region's streams, and on one full-day guided fly-fishing float trip on the Snake River. Three days of instruction include rod fees, written materials, breakfast, lunch, and the use of professional equipment. The four-night offer costs $2,995 for single/double occupancy (one participant), and $3,780 double occupancy (two participants).
After a day on the river, return to the unrivaled luxury at Amangani. Soak in the gorgeous outdoor pool, billowing steam on the cool evenings, and gaze at the awesome surrounding peaks of the Grand Teton mountains. Or relax in the spa, ranked as one of the country's best by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Amangani's setting—perched on a butte overlooking the mountains-- is extraordinary.