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The Michelin Guide unveiled its first D.C. rankings on Thursday, and 12 restaurants were awarded stars, including Plume! Continue reading below the photo.
Set within The Jefferson, the Plume pays homage to the hotel's namesake, President Thomas Jefferson. The award-winning restaurant offers a discreet and elegant setting, with cozy nooks, and an inviting fireplace. There's a seasonal menu, inspired by the harvests from Thomas Jefferson's kitchen gardens at Monticello, featuring classic dishes crafted using traditional techniques and fine ingredients, plus a wine selection geared toward oenophiles. Guests can make wine selections from a real-time, online wine list with 1,300 labels, including rare vintages from around the globe, and one of the last bottles of 1720 Madeira in the world.
The Jefferson Washington, D.C. is a stately luxury boutique hotel set within a Beaux Arts building. Combining European and Washingtonian style, the high end property features historical details and Jeffersonian-inspired details. There's an extensive art and historic document collection with pieces displayed throughout the hotel, Clefs d'Or Concierges, 24-hour butler service, The Petite Spa at The Jefferson, and a private book room with a fireplace for guests.
With four beautiful seasons of scenery and activities, Denver makes a great weekend getaway at any time of the year. But autumn at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is top on our list. Offering an ultra-luxe setting in the heart of the Mile-High City, in the scenic Larimer Square, the luxury hotel is close to the Denver Convention Center, as well as boutique shops and upscale restaurants. Blending modern design with natural materials, the lobby has a breathtaking glass-blown chandelier, and guest rooms have plush interiors and spacious bathrooms with marble bathtubs. In addition to the city's natural beauty, and visiting must-see attractions like the U.S. Mint, here are two can't miss autumnal experiences at The Ritz-Carlton Denver. Read more below the photo.
1. Dining at ELWAY'S Named after legendary Denver Bronco's hall of famer, John Elway, the hotel's signature restaurant is a six-time recipient of the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Part of downtown Denver's innovative dining scene, the menu features the finest meats including ahi tuna and tender Buffalo ribeye, in an elegant dining room inspired by the American West with supple leather furnishings, wood accents, and an impressive wine wall. During football season the restaurant offers the "Game Day" Brunch Buffet with a home team-inspired spread that includes USDA prime steak & potatoes, breakfast burritos, pastries, and bottomless Bloody Mary or Mimosa options. Continue below the photo.
2. The "Flavors of Fall" package at The Ritz-Carlton Spa Love all things pumpkin spice? Get ready to take it to the max with this pampering package. The session begins with a 50-minute aromatherapy massage, followed by a 50-minute Pumpkin Enzyme Facial. Then it's time for a Pumpkin Spice Pedicure that begins with an apple cider soak, followed by a honey sugar scrub and pumpkin spice mask for the toes. To top it off, guests are given a warm "Pumpkin Spice" cocktail to sip and savor during the experience. Read more below the photo.
Located in the heart of downtown, the W Seattle just completed an extensive renovation that reflects the city's Pacific Northwest culture and influences. Set within a high-rise building, the urban lodge features Trace - a locally-focused restaurant serving trendy, chef-prepared dishes, Living Room Bar with a three-story stainless steel fireplace, fitness center, pet-friendly accommodations, and views of Puget Sound. Read more about the renovation in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.
The W Seattle just took the wraps off a renovation that draws inspiration from the city’s music scene.
The project, which included all of the hotel’s 415 guestrooms and nine suites, as well as its Living Room lobby, Trace restaurant and event spaces, was helmed by design firm Krause + Sawyer, along with the W Hotels design team. Continue reading below the photo.
The lobby now has grand wooden “lodge poles” in a nod to the Northwest’s Native American culture, as well as tree-ring flooring and a DJ booth crafted from an aviation turbine. The guestrooms have been redesigned in an “urban lodge” style, with a headboard “Lodge Wall” of stacked wood beams backlit by LED lights serving as the focal point. Read more below the photo.
Looking ahead, W Seattle will soon debut the brand’s first W Sound Suite in North America. Perfect for music lovers, the suite will give guests a chance to make music on the road in a professional studio and writer's room.
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Offering a beachfront location, the Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort is a contemporary condominium-style resort that recently unveiled a $6.8-million dollar renovation. The refreshed property offers a spa, oceanfront dining, infinity pool, lagoon pool with waterslide, beach amenities, and a location within walking distance to upscale restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment. Learn more about the renovation in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa recently unveiled the results of a $6.8-million renovation, revealing a new beach-inspired color scheme, decor and furnishings.
The lobby invites guests inside with an oval-shaped great room, wood-paneled columns, and conversational groupings of curved-back sofas, lounge chairs and glass-topped tables. Furnishings are upholstered in a textured, natural shade with accent pillows in ocean blues and greens. The great room's new carpeting resembles ocean waves, while a monumental fountain on the adjacent renovated patio, refinished with mosaic tiles, serves as a focal point.
Floor-to-ceiling windows were also added in the great room and in the bar and lounge to allow for more natural light during the day. In the evening, guests can sit at the new communal high top, large enough for 14 guests, where they can wait to be seated at the resort's restaurant, 3800 Ocean. Personal electronic charging stations are available throughout the bar. In the lounge area, seats are upholstered in a pattern of deep ocean blues and tufted with nail head trim. New hardwood flooring, which has a stripe effect of light and dark woods, is meant to resemble the deck of a vintage yacht. Continue reading below the photo.
Updated amenities throughout the resort's 193 one- and two-bedroom guest suites include thicker, more textured carpeting, clean white walls, and new sofas and lounge chair fabrics. Throw pillows have a turtle pattern, inspired by Singer Island's resident sea turtle population and the resort's ongoing support of the nearby Loggerhead Marine Life Center. Guest bedrooms of two-bedroom suites also have a photo mural of driftwood rising out of the ocean.
The resort's 3,600 square feet of meeting and event space have also been refreshed with new carpeting and lighter colors, including the 1,631-square-foot Colonnade Ballroom, the Flagler Boardroom, Singer, Mizner and MacArthur meeting rooms.
Originally built as The Colonial Apartments and Hotel in 1913, the Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla is the California seaside town's oldest original hotel. Over the last century, the property has hosted movie stars, military personel, and guests from around the world. But do some guests never leave? Read more below.
Yes, no, maybe? Guests and staff alike have reported a variety of paranormal sightings and haunted happenings, including 2:00 AM phone calls to the front desk from occupied rooms, and the appearance of a couple in formal attire that disappears without leaving through a door or window. There's also been stories of a glowing presence in the hotel, a woman named Abigail who has appeared in rooms, played with toys, and reportedly brushed a young boy's hair. The kitchen has been the location of many stories collected over the years, with the unexplained opening and closing of kitchen doors, frying pans moving around unexpectedly, and stoves turning on and off. (Rumor has it, since the restaurant was transformed into Nine-Ten a few years ago, the happenings have quieted.) Many guests who've stayed above the bakery in the North Annex have reported the sounds of loud voices, people running down the stairs, and doors swinging open and slamming shut in the bakery--all after it has closed.
Haunted? Someone lurking in the hallways or some guests that never want to leave? You can be the judge. Continue reading below.
The Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla underwent an extensive renovation in 2012, to celebrate it's 100th Anniversary in 2013. Today, the historic hotel offers 93 guest rooms and suites, many with ocean views, an outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor event spaces, and the award-winning Nine-Ten restaurant. Within walking distance to La Jolla's beaches, the property is a short drive from highly-regarded golf courses, and San Diego tourist attractions.
For those seeking a more intimate private experience, Beach Village at The Del is an exclusive enclave of cottages and villas, a resort within the resort, and portal to Southern California oceanfront luxury living. While the architecture nods to the iconic beauty of Hotel del Coronado, the 78 breezy-and-bright cottages and villas echo the beach setting and greet the modern with lavish amenities and high design. Continue reading below the photo.
A recent refresh of all guestrooms brings the warmth, hue, and magic of the outdoors inside. Neutral tones like cream, beige and sand are accented with bursts of teal to reflect the sand and sea. Swirling patterns, paisley and geometrics pay homage to the movement of light and motion of the water. Circles of abalone shells trim the window shades, sparkling and mimicking the sunlight dancing across the sea. In addition to plush beds, divine linens, the finest appliances, sunken tubs, ocean view terraces, and more, some suites feature outdoor fire pits or soaking tubs for dipping. And every villa and cottage has a full or partial ocean view of one of the most beautiful beaches in America. Continue reading below the photo.
The Beach Village Experience: - Unparalleled oceanfront living - Unscripted genuine service - 3 private pools and 3 secluded spas - Hi-tech cabanas with full service - A private section of Del Beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas - Underwater music at the main family pool - Dedicated hosts who will choreograph your stay - Exclusive access to Windsor Cottage for gourmet meals, socializing, sunset views, and fireside cocktails away from the energy of the main resort
Sophisticated Hosts “Dream it up and we will make it happen.” That’s the Beach Village mantra. Beach Village has welcomed dignitaries, celebrities, multi-generational families, distinguished guests and more; and the staff knows a thing or two about creating memorable moments and heart-stirring adventures—everything from a multi-generational, clambake and lobster feast on the beach or sunset sailing trip on a sleek yacht, to a private wine tasting with a top sommelier or romantic moonlit dinner for two prepared by a private chef. The Beach Village Host Concierges are committed to exceeding the expectations of every esteemed guest. Once a reservation is made, a host contacts the party (weeks ahead of their arrival) to create a custom itinerary for the guests, and fulfill any requests like stocking the villa with personal amenities and luxuries, or adding any special touches to the guestrooms or suites.
Poolside Privacy The private main pool at Beach Village is dotted with six luxurious cabanas, colorful shaded oases with lounge furniture, flat screens, refrigerators, and full service. The team from Breezes restaurant will happily deliver gourmet poolside bites like surf-n-turf nachos with carne asada and shrimp; smoked chicken and pesto flatbreads with goat cheese and arugula; or local seabass fish tacos with smoked tomato salsa and guacamole. The bartenders are schooled in the art of the cocktail and whip up tasty refreshers like watermelon pisco sours, muddled mint mojitos or coconut coolers. Continue reading below.
Windsor Cottage Once the Coronado home of socialite Wallis Spencer Simpson, the woman for whom King Edward of England abdicated his throne, Windsor Cottage is now a part of The Del legacy. Saved from demolition and placed next to the Windsor Lawn in 2000, the charming 1905 California bungalow serves as a private oceanfront retreat for Beach Village guests exclusively and a nod to the main hotel. Beach Village guests can enjoy complimentary daily breakfast, gourmet fireside dining or classic cocktails during a fiery Coronado sunset on the sprawling deck. Or when it’s time to relax, grab and book and tuck inside this cozy cottage where the Duchess of Windsor (and frequent Del guest) once lived.
Set directly on the Sea of Cortez, the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa, is a family-friendly resort offering 10 pools, fine dining, kids and teens clubs, plus direct access to the Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club with a Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman-designed course. The beachfront property also has 6,560-square-foot spa with indoor pools, hydrotherapy circuits, and an ancient pre-Hispanic Temazcal. In addition, the property is offering all-inclusive vacation packages, starting at $399.00* per person. Continue reading below the photo.
The JW Luxury All-Inclusive Vacation Experience Includes: ￼- Buffet breakfast at the Uá Culinary Artisans from 7 am to 11am - Lunch at Uá Culinary Artisans or Nak Grill & Bar from 12 pm to 3 pm - Dinner at Uá Culinary Artisans or Nak Grill & Bar from 6 pm to 10 pm or (*) Dinner at Café des Artistes with special tasting menu from 6 pm to 11.00 pm from Tuesday thru Sunday, reservation is required - Room Service, $10.00 USD service fee per delivery applies - Lobster and Prime Cuts will have a surcharge of $15.00 USD - Unlimited drinks, beer, house wine by the glass, from our house standard bar and all non-alcoholic beverages from 11 am to 11 pm - Access to the Nayaa-Kot Kids Club for children from 4 to 12 years old - 20% discount on internet connectivity - 15% discount on Jasha Spa treatments, reservations required - Includes all taxes & service charges
Please note: 3-Night minimum stay required. For individual reservations only, does not apply for group bookings. You may upgrade your vacation experience to the Premium Level for only $120.00 USD per per, per day, including taxes and service fees. Every person in the room must be on the JWLAIVE for all nights of stay rates displayed are for 2 adults only per room Children under 12 years old have an additional charge of $80.00 USD per day. Children from 13 - 17 years old have an additional charge of $120.00 USD per day. Extra Person over 18 years old has an additional charge of $185.00 USD per day. Foods from the Niparaya JW Bar, any items from the Auka Deli Shop, in-room movies & in-room gourmet bar along with laundry service and any other services not specifically mentioned, are not included.
Nestled within a gated integrated resort development in Riviera Maya, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a romantic property composed of pool villas set freshwater lagoons, mangroves, natural dunes, and intricate coral reefs. Combining Asian design with the charms and culture of Playa del Carmen, accommodations feature modern styling with platform beds and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to private pools and lush tropical foliage. There's an award-winning spa with eight hydrothermal experiences, and skin treatments utilizing the Honey Oil from Melipona Honey gathered from local Mexican bees that detoxifies and renews the skin. The property's extensive array of gourmet cuisine options includes the hotel's signature restaurant, Saffron, serving contemporary Thai cuisine on a one-of-a-kind wooden deck overlooking tropical mangroves. Continue reading below for a Five Star Alliance Perk and romantic proposal package.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guest making reservations through Five Star Alliance get a $100 food and beverage credit, preferential green fees at El Camaleon - a PGA Championship Golf Course, WiFi internet access, and VIP status. Subject to availability, guests may receive villa upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out. Read more below the photo.
Looking for an extra special romantic getaway? For a limited time, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is offering the "She Says...Yes" one-of-a-kind proposal package. The package includes: - Three-night stay in a private pool villa - Daily breakfast at Oriente - 90-minute couple's massage at the Banyan Tree Spa and a hydrotherapy session at The Rainforest - Candlelit moonlight dinner by the beach - On the last night, couple will board a traditional trajineira (small boat), named "The Goddess of the Moon" and float through romantic and exotic waterways for the ideal proposal environment. Upon return to the villa, the couple will be greeted by candles, aromatic oils, incense, and flowers. - Two-hour professional engagement shoot
Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, the Hacienda Encantada is an all-inclusive resort offering a romantic atmosphere with an infinity pool, multiple restaurants and a spa. Now, the resort is offering a new "Stargazing Dinner Experience" giving guests a unique and memorable evening to remember. Read more below the photo about the new outdoor dining experience, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.
Just when you thought the beaches of Mexico couldn't get any better, a new experience comes along that changes that idea. Introducing the Stargazing Dinner Experience at Hacienda Encantada Resort and Spa in Los Cabos. The experience is offered in two locations on site at the Hacienda Encantada Resort and Spa. The main experience is offered at El Mirador, beachside along the Sea of Cortez, on the highest point of the resort overlooking the sea and Land’s End. Guests are also invited to dine beachside beneath cabana covering should they feel so inclined. The private stargazing experience is perfect for all kinds of special occasions. Included in the night is a three-course meal complete with a celestial theme, a telescope positioned adjacent to the dining table as well as a star and constellation map for guests to explore the skies with. Lucky for us, reservations to dine with the stars are being accepted year round.
Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley Wine Country, The Carneros Inn is a luxury resort with three full-service restaurants - FARM, The Boon Fly Cafe, and the Hilltop Dining Room. The hotel's exclusive Spa at The Carneros Inn is available only to hotel guests, with treatments divided into three categories: the farms, the vineyards, and the gardens. There is an adults-only Hilltop Pool and hot tub, along with the family-friendly Otto's Pool with countryside views, plus a 3,000-square-foot fitness center, bocce ball courts, and complimentary bicycles. For guests seeking extra privacy, the Harvest Cottages include Fireside Butler Service for lighting outdoor firepits and filling hot tubs. Plus, the hotel offers two on-site shopping options: PlumpJackSport is a chic boutique with designer brands, and Market - an upscale general store, with Wine Country gifts. Continue reading for a Five Star Alliance Perk.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive daily breakfast for two at the Boon Fly Cafe, $100 spa credit, and VIP status. Subject to availability, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-outs available.