August 17, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
The landmark property will undergo an extensive ten-month renovation, starting September 1. The makeover of the St. Regis promises to be impressive. Sumptuous details include total renovation of all rooms (including 29 suites), makeover of all public areas, including the lobby, ballroom, fitness center and all meeting rooms, and the Remede spa with separate floors for men and women. The same folks that recently redesigned the interior of the St. Regis Hotel, New York—the renowned interior design company, Sills Huniford—is recreating the interiors of the St Regis in DC. A new restaurant and signature amenities are also in the works.
The fabled California coastline is about to get another lux addition. Fairmont just announced a new luxury mixed-use development in Seaside on the Monterey Bay, scheduled for completion during 2009. At this premium coastal location, the new hotel will feature 330 rooms and suites, half of which will be spread out in charming bungalows among tall groves of trees. The hotel will also have 24,000 square feet of meeting space, a 14,000 square-foot Willow Stream spa, dining outlets, an outdoor pool and the existing 36-hole championship Bayonet and Black Horse golf course facility that Fairmont will manage. Along with the hotel, residential condos are also planned for the 440-acre site.
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Unlike some other opulent places, there is nothing big or brash about Brown's. There are no grand ballrooms fit for conventions or large weddings. Instead, the furniture and lighting fixtures are low-key, so the library, bar and restaurant lend themselves to intimate conversation. It's a place where ladies have afternoon tea in the English Tea Room and gentlemen meet for a drink at the bar -- although today's clientele is more likely to be venture capitalists from around the corner than nobility getting a fitting on nearby Saville Row.
This charming historic hotel, designed with the utmost style and sophistication, has long boasted a reputation of elegance. The Afternoon Tea, served daily from 3 to 6 pm. in the library where Rudyard Kipling wrote "The Jungle Book," is a London institution. The seasonal pedicures in the Spa are a must. After the success of the Strawberries and Cream Pedicure at the Spa this summer, the autumn will see the launch of the Footjito treatment, based on the famous Cuban cocktail (available September 1-November 30). Following the treatment, guests are offered a complimentary mojito in the Donovan Bar or mint tea in the English Tea Room.
August 15, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Tokyo's most exalted hotel, the setting for the acclaimed film Lost in Translation, is an elegant, peaceful refuge in the heart of the vibrant city. The Park Hyatt Tokyo offers spectacular views of Tokyo and the Kanto Plain all the way to Mount Fuji, from the top 14 floors of the 52-storey Shinjuku Park Tower. The 178 rooms and suites are the most spacious guest rooms in Tokyo, providing a serene retreat and an efficient private office with the latest amenities and high-tech communications. There's a slew of excellent restaurants (like the Zagat #1 rated New York Grill), superb business facilities, and the luxurious Club on the Park, with spa and a state-of-the-art gym with panoramic views of the city. But the best part of the hotel is the glass-encased pool in the sky, the 20-meter indoor pool that seems to float over Tokyo, on the 47th floor of the Park Hyatt.
The award-winning Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa is a Jackson Hole delight, with luxurious amenities, a courteous staff, and a host of exciting outdoor activities, like the Grizzlies and Wolves Safari, where adventurers can observe predators roam in evergreen forests and elk and bison gather in beautiful rolling meadows. Just three blocks from Jackson's Town Square, the Lodge offers a down-to-home luxury in an oasis of quiet. Enjoy hearty breakfasts every morning, soak in the outdoor hot tub overlooking the majestic peaks, or relax by the fireplace with a cocktail. This getaway is one of the finest and luxurious in Jackson. The Nature's Bounty Spa Package, available until September 23, 2006, is a lavish three-day package of pure pampering, with two two-hour treatments per person at Rusty Parrot's on-site Body Sage Spa. Each guest may select two Indigenous Treatments, which feature handcrafted products using ingredients from the region, including organically grown local herbs and wildflowers, hand-blended essential oils, Snake River stones, Great Salt Lake salt, and a rare Big Horn Mountain bentonite clay known to Native Americans as Eh-Wah-Kee, "the mud that heals.' Package includes three nights lodging, choice of four two-hour treatment combinations (two per person), full chef-prepared breakfast each morning, and dinner for two in the Four Diamond Wild Sage restaurant. $1095 per person, based on double occupancy.
The media's abuzz about the latest five-star hotel in Venice. Opened in June, Bauer's magnificent Palladio Hotel and Spa joins the ranks of Il Palazzo and the Bauer Hotel. Housed in a Renaissance building designed in the year 1500, the former convent was converted into a luxury hotel by the world-renowned Bauer Hotels. Located on its own private island across the basin from the other Bauer hotels, the Palladio boasts breathtaking lagoon views. The 50 elegant guestrooms are beautifully detailed with the finest paint decoration and tapestries. The spa is slated to open in September, and will offer a variety of wellness therapies, specialized massages and facials. Beauty treatments will incorporate the Daniela Steiner Skin Care System. This luxury hotel is a rare jewel in Venice, with its secluded location amidst private gardens on Giudecca island.
August 14, 2006
By: Guest Writer
By Alex Rose
Art deco style. Opulent and lavish suites. The nicest bedrooms in London. Slab marble in the bathrooms. All the trappings of luxury. The Dorchester Hotel is London's premier "traditional" hotel. Since 1931, it has a history with world leaders, celebrities, musicians, cultural luminaries, royalty, and the cream of society. But don't let that stop you. If you can get one of the first-class suites, you'll understand why: The Dorchester is striving to be the "perfect" hotel. Once you walk into the hotel, you"ll be treated like an A-lister. And you'll feel like you're at home, only with a staff that's at your beck and call, and a room service that's available 24 hours a day. The hotel itself is located close to Hyde Park, but book some time at the hotel's spa and the gym, and then go shopping and sightseeing. Or maybe take your time at the hotel, and you'll spot one of the current celebrities who stay at the hotel. For dinner, get a group together and reserve The Dorchester's private kitchen room, which allows you to see Executive Chef Henry Brosi and chefs preparing the evening's masterpieces. During your stay, have the Concierge point you to Sadie Coles HQ, The Serpentine Gallery, or the Interim Art galleries. And for your naughty side, Coco de Mer's Erotic Emporium in Covent Garden is the place for couples.
By: Guest Writer
August 11, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Named best spa by Conde Nast Traveler a good ten times, Canyon Ranch is a destination spa and health resort that offers the ultimate place for pampering and well-being. Surrounded by the beauty of the Southwest desert, Canyon Ranch sits on stunning grounds, where guests take in the dazzling Arizona sunsets from the porch of their Southwestern-style accommodations. With an endless array of fitness and health classes, guests are inspired with a new vitality and fresh perspective at Canyon Ranch. Every day at the Ranch, guests can choose from this extraordinary range of classes geared for all fitness levels and interests, such as: Aerobic Conditioning and Strength Training, Biking, Body Composition Test, Customized Exercise Videos, Fitness Walks, Hiking, Jogging, Personal Training, Pools and Aqua Classes, Raquet courts, Tennis lessons, and much more. More than 40 indoor and outdoor fitness classes and activities are scheduled each day. Of course there's also Golf, the excellent Spa, and numerous pools to relax and unwind. The gourmet cuisine is delicious, and adheres to the highest nutritional standards (all meals are included with your stay). Canyon Ranch is dedicated to total health and well-being, creating the most valuable kind of vacation for guests to achieve a passion for healthy living.
Discover the paradise island of the North Atoll and the luxury of Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru, just 20 minutes by speedboat from the airport. On this slice of heaven, 48 villas are perched on the sand, surrounded by nothing but the vast expanse of turquoise ocean. Gaze out at the sea from your own personal sundeck, or step onto the powder soft beach to swim above the untouched coral reef with its vast array of colorful tropical fish. To enjoy these magnificent marine creatures of the Maldives, the Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru has put together an awesome Wonders of the Sea Adventure package, where certified divers, guided by PADI-certified instructors, discover the sting rays, green sea turtles, dolphins, and white tip sharks in the deep. Available from July 1 to December 19, 2006, the eight-day, seven-night package offers a series of six dives with villa rates starting from $740 per night per couple. Includes half board meals, exclusive accommodation at Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru and return speedboat transfers between the airport and the resort. At its five-star Gold Palm Resort Dive Center, the Banyan Tree offers the full range of PADI courses. Notably, Banyan Tree employs marine biologists who offer environmental dives and eco-safaris. The Marine Biology Laboratory, the first of its kind to be built by a private resort, works on important conservation and research projects, including Green Sea Turtle and Reef Shark Conservation.
Located in Tokyo Shiodome, the luxurious 37-storey Conrad Tokyo offers panoramic views over the Tokyo Bay skyline. Guests enjoy comfortable, contemporary guestrooms equipped with all the latest technology, the largest banquet facilities in Shiodome, and the Spa Mizuki, the largest hotel spa in Tokyo, with ten treatment rooms, gym, indoor pool, sauna and steam rooms. The hotel's highlight is Gordon Ramsay at Conrad Toyko, the first restaurant in Asia for London's legendary three-star Michelin chef. To celebrate its first anniversary, the Conrad Toyko has put together an excellent value-added "Business Plus" package, which includes daily breakfast either at the brasserie "Cerise by Gordon Ramsay" or via room service, high-speed Internet connection, complimentary access to the swimming pool, one complimentary Pay TV program per day, and two bottles of mineral water per stay. Rates start from JPY42,000 for single occupancy ($365), including tax and service. Two-night minimum stay required, valid until December 31, 2006.