December 27, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
In the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, as decided by our guests.
In the #5 spot we have Charleston Place, located in the heart of Charleston's historic downtown.
- Club room occupy the two 2 floors of the hotel and offer private concierge services and enhanced amenities, food and services.
- Located on the 7th and 8th floor, on the private Club Level, the Presidential Suites measure approximately 1,200 square feet and offers a 6 person dining table walk-in closet and dressing area, integrated sound system throughout, butlers pantry and huge bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub.
- Charleston Place originally opened as an Omni Hotel on September 2nd, 1986 before becoming an Orient-Express Hotel in 1995.
- The horizon-edged saltwater mineral swimming pool is heated to allow year-round enjoyment. When the South Carolina weather allows, the glass roof retracts for fresh-air “outdoor” sunbathing in indoor comfort.
- Guests have included Prince Charles, members of Fortune 500 companies, Governors and prime ministers from around the world. Even visiting celebs such as Mel Gibson, Ted Turner, Bruce Willis, Jessica Lange, Barbra Streisand, Melanie Griffith, Richard Gere, Jeff Bridges, Julia Roberts and many more prefer to stay here instead of at one of the more intimate B&Bs you find in Charleston.
- The Spa menu includes treatments for children ruch as the Lollipop Manicure & Pedicure, The Cinderella 25-minute facial, Boys About Face 25-minute facial and the Fit Kids fun program for 3-5 year olds that combines engaging games and exercises designed to help develop motor skills.
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Be sure to keep up with our countdown! In case you missed it, here are our previously featured hotels:
#20 – The St. Regis Resort Aspen
#19 – The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
#18 – The Peninsula Chicago
#17 - The Tower Club at Lebua
#16 - Auberge du Soleil
#15 - The Mount Nelson Hotel
#14 - The One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah
#13 - The Hotel de Crillon
#12 - Peninsula Hong Kong
#11 - Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
#10 - Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona
#9 - Jumeirah Essex House
#8 - Atlantis the Palm Dubai
#7 - Hotel Le St. James
#6 - Half Moon, a Rock Resort
December 13, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
Earlier this fall, Caesars Palace began accepting reservations for its newest Las Vegas property, the luxurious Octavius Tower set to open on January 2, 2012. The tower features 668 rooms, 60 suites and 6 luxury villas. The resort's sixth tower will offer a unique luxurious resort experience with a private entrance, separate hotel lobby and direct access to the Garden of the Gods pool oasis and gardens.
From the press release: Guest rooms start at 550 square-feet, and offer a modern, luxurious decor incorporating earthy shades of browns, grays, taupes and beiges, offset with pops of green and splashes of deep red. Designed by Michael Medeiros of KNA Design, the rooms feature marble floors and stylish patterned carpets that complement dark wood furnishings and brushed chrome fixtures. King-sized beds with sleek headboards, plush pillow top mattresses and luxurious Anichini linens provide ultimate comfort, while living areas create an inviting ambiance with plush velvet sofas, contemporary chairs and chic stone tables. Dark wood desks with granite overlays offer an ample workspace with custom cabinetry containing a premium mini bar. Accommodations include framed 42-inch flat panel, high-definition television screens, convenient media hubs with multiple outlets for easy connectivity, and bedside docking stations with iPod capabilities.
"The Octavius Tower is going to be a unique, luxurious experience," said D'Anna Malbrough, senior manager of partner marketing, Caesars Entertainment. "It has its own private entrance, a separate lobby, and will have the most direct access to the Garden of the Gods pool oasis. The rooms are all 550 square feet with all upgraded amenities. It is our sixth hotel tower, so we’re going to hit just under 4,000 rooms."
This marks the first step in Caesars' efforts to modernize its presence on the Las Vegas Strip. "Compared to the Augustus Tower, Octavius is a more boutique experience," said Malbrough. "You can be in a massive hotel but not feel like it."
High-tech amenities will also appeal to younger, more tech-savvy travelers.
"With the iPad and iPod Touch, you'll be able to do things like order room service or even check out of your room," said Malbrough. "We're also opening the first Nobu hotel next year, which is a very exciting project that will complement and enhance the Octavius Tower."
Also In Time for the Holidays:
The Venetian Las Vegas and Cantor Gaming have opened the new race and sports book at The Venetian after the completion of a three-month multimillion dollar refurbishment project. It is equipped with the world's largest high-definition 4mm black video screens dedicated to multiple sports games and races.
A New Year's Eve gala will celebrate the grand opening of Hyde Bellagio, a new luxury lounge and nightclub at Bellagio. This spectacular 10,000-square-foot, indoor/outdoor venue is the first nightlife venture in Las Vegas by the award-winning SBE Entertainment Group.
This article was originally written for our sister publication: Travel Agent Central
September 13, 2011
By: Christopher Roney
The Madison Washington DC is offering a romantic getaway escape that's perfect for enjoying the capital's sophisticated dining and historic landmarks with that special someone. Whether you want to explore the sights of D.C. or spend an intimate evening rekindling the flame, The Madison is prepared to accommodate your every wish. Clichés exist for a reason, and the Madison realizes that they come together to make the recipe for a perfect evening. What could be more indulgent than beginning your romantic stay with a bottle of champagne and some heavenly strawberries smothered in the finest chocolate? It may be a feature of every romantic dinner scene in the last ten years, but who wouldn’t want the movie-star treatment?
And after a long night, nothing says relaxing like waking up to a fresh and delicious breakfast, right at the foot of your bed. The Madison is prepared to make your romantic getaway as relaxing or adventurous as you like. Don’t move an inch except to don your bathrobe and wander down to the 24-hour Spa, or put on your traveling boots and head out to explore the history of a nation. And regardless of whether you’re stretching your legs for the first time or winding down from an exciting day, there’s no better cap to a wonderful evening than a stroll through a gorgeous twilight cityscape – complimentary, of course.
The package includes
• Two night stay in a guest room, with complimentary upgrade to a suite based on availability
• Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on arrival
• Breakfast in bed each morning
• An unforgettable experience in one of the most storied, and historic, cities in America
April 14, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Easter's right around the corner (April 24)... Do you know yet where you're chasing the Easter bunny? Hop over to the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort, a 300-acre haven of tropical fun north of Miami beach, and get in on the festivities. You'll be tickled pink by the (eggs-traordinary) Easter brunch at Cascata Grille, and the kids will get eggs-cited over the Easter egg hunt on the resort's Laguna Lawn, where there will be arts & crafts, goodies, and a chef's hat awaiting. Brunch sounds lavish: an interactive station to make eggs any-style, French toast and pancakes; a carving station; and specialties from the resort’s award-winning culinary team. Brunch seatings are available between noon and 3 p.m., with the egg hunt taking place at 1 p.m. $50 per adult and $25 per child, includes kids’ egg hunt, and reservations are required.
April 13, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
We admit it. We're suckers for a good Top 10 List. (And who isn't?) So when the Toronto Sun recently published their list of the "World's Top Beachfront Hotels," we ate it up. They single out the following:
- Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California;
- Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
- Anastasis Apartments in Santorini, Greece;
- Baboona Beachfront Living in Pattaya, Thailand;
- Half Moon in Rose Hall, Jamaica;
- Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento, Italy;
- The Ritz Carlton in Cancun, Mexico;
- Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, B.C;
- Gansevoort Miami Beach in Florida;
- and Halekulani in Honolulu, Hawaii (pictured at left).
April 13, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Did you hear the news? We can barely contain our excitement: The James Hotels brand is moving to Miami! Word on the street is that the Royal Palm Hotel was bought up last month and will be renovated to a tune of $42 million to become the James Royal Palm. This Miami pad will join the 297-room James hotel in Chicago and the 114-room James that opened last year in NYC. (Pssst. You could win a FREE 3-night stay at The James New York if you enter our Giveaway Contest!) No word yet on the opening date, but to echo what HotelChatter says, "Since we're huge fans of both the James Chicago and the James New York, we're excited to see what they bring to Miami. But we hope their staples of peekaboo bathrooms, carefully cultivated art and of course free WiFi remain."
Earth Day is just around the corner (April 22) and to celebrate, Kimpton Hotels is launching EarthCare Week in 23 cities nationwide-- designed to inspire you with eco-events, amenities, earth-friendly cuisine, and more. On the menu at Kimpton restaurants? Organic dishes, showcasing local flavors specific to each Kimpton hotel location, paired with biodynamic and organic wines. You'll also find pop-up Eco Art exhibits, as Kimpton has partnered with local artists to create gorgeous artwork made from recycled materials. Here's another fun way to celebrate Earth Day: Kimpton's Pedometer Contest! Grab a pedometer from hotel reception, pound the pavement, and rack up steps to win prizes. (Pets welcome!) Kimpton's EarthCare Week runs from April 15- April 22, 2011. Take advantage of a special offer at Kimpton Hotels and get a 50-minute in-room Eco-Massage for just $50 more during EarthCare Week, valid until April 30, 2011 at participating Kimpton Hotels including the Hotel Solamar in San Diego; Hotel Monaco, Hotel Palomar, The Argonaut, and Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco; 70 Park Avenue and Eventi in New York; Hotel Palomar Philadelphia; Morrison House in Alexandria, VA; Hotel Vintage Park in Seattle; Nine Zero Hotel in Boston and Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, MA.
It only took Pastry Artist Stephen Day 110 hours to create a a 600-pound hotel replica from hundreds of pounds of sugar, flour, egg, chocolate, butter cream and royal icing. (Don't worry, he wasn't alone in his efforts. Day has a very capable patisserie team!) Check out the video to see the cake version of a La Quinta hotel take shape in time-lapse fashion. Why did the Boca Resort pastry team go to such lengths? La Quinta was celebrating a corporate milestone with a recent event at the Boca Resort. And what a way to celebrate. Looks like the Boca Raton Resort & Club may just take the cake in staging memorable corporate meetings.
April 11, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Sun, sand, golf, and tennis... St. Petersburg, Florida has got its bases covered as a resort destination. But with the opening of the Chihuly Collection in summer 2010 and the addition of the new Salvador Dalí Museum in January 2011, St. Petes has become something of a cultural destination, too. To encourage you to discover the art on offer, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is inviting guests on an Art Retreat. Priced from $174 per night, the getaway package includes an upgrade to a newly renovated bay view guest room; dinner for two at Marchand’s Bar & Grill from the 1925 Classic Dining Menu; and a choice of two tickets (valued at up to $42) to the Salvador Dalí Museum or the Chihuly Collection and the Morean Arts Center Glass Studio & Hot Shop. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is also a work of art, showcasing Mediterranean Revival architecture from the 1920's, and its very own Chihuly sculpture in the Grand Ballroom, comprised of 750 pieces of individually hand-blown glass.
April 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
After the massive earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, the world is looking to help. The Peninsula Hotels Group is proudly supporting "Hope for Japan," a fund-raising drive at each hotel in Asia and the U.S. to support the relief effort with donations going directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society. From Shanghai to Chicago, Peninsula Hotels are contributing a donation for every guest stay. The renowned hotel brand has also launched a new Japanese Afternoon Tea, and for each tea ordered, The Peninsula will donate the entire retail price ($50) to the Red Cross. Before departing the hotel, make a donation and hang an origami crane on "The Tree of 1,000 Cranes" displayed in the Lobby of each Peninsula hotel. In Japanese culture, 1,000 cranes represent hope and healing in challenging times, and so guests are invited to help this worthwhile and meaningful initiative.