LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
August 25, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
An intimate luxury hotel in the heart of Houston's business and nightlife district, The Lancaster is a legend among guests who return again and again for the stately elegance and excellent personal service. The hotel enchants with its European charm and grand tradition of hospitality. The Bistro serves scrumptious regional American cuisine, and the popular Bistro Bar, rated one of the top ten bars in the county by Food and Wine magazine, is a favorite among trendy locals. The handsomely appointed rooms feature dark wood two-poster beds topped with down duvets and feather pillows, marble bathrooms, and state-of-the-art technology. With the Romance Package, enjoy an unforgettable evening at The Lancaster. Your room or suite will be meticulously prepared for your arrival with chilled champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries presented on a silver tray. The following morning, enjoy a romantic American breakfast for two served in the room or Bistro. Starting from $229.
August 23, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
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.
August 22, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
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.
Talk about good drives. Eastern Canada's leading destination resort has devised a fun package where golfers experience an off-road adventure through a nature wonderland of over 65,000 acres. Available until October 17, 2006, starting at CDN 415 a night, the package includes daily buffet breakfast, a two-hour Land Rover off-road lesson, and a round of golf for two on a course designed by legendary golf course architect Stanley Thompson. Two night minimum required. Famed for its rustic elegance, Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello is an exceptional resort housed in a stunning red cedar log chateau. The gorgeous surroundings inspire countless recreational activities, including golf, hiking, cross-country skiing, wild bear observation, and hunting and fishing expeditions in the wilderness habitat adjacent to the resort. And the luxurious facilities at the Fairmont—including the stunning indoor heated pool--are heaven on earth.
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 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.
Ken Oringer is the superstar chef who is not afraid to take risks in the kitchen at the James Beard award-winning Clio Restaurant. He is established in Boston as a force to be reckoned with. To quote Zagat: "With "a genius" and "madman" like Ken Oringer in the kitchen, this Back Bay "showstopper" "continues to reign supreme", converting most critics of "la-di-da dining" via "wonderfully strange" New French "masterpieces" showcased against an "understated" backdrop." (How's that for a review?) The innovative Asian-influenced French cuisine features dishes like the runchy sauteed halibut with citrus-ginger broth, served with the signature tomato-water martini. The sashimi bar, Uni, is located in the restaurant's lounge, and foodies claim it serves the freshest fish in Boston. Clio is housed in the Eliot Suite Hotel, voted "best boutique hotel" by Boston Magazine and "one of the world's best places to stay" by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel and Leisure. Located in fashionable Back Bay, steps away from the boutiques and restaurants of Newbury Street, the luxurious hotel is the essence of hospitality and refinement.
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.
Photo via Hello Monterey
This New Orleans gem is straight out of the Gilded Age. Situated in the heart of the city, adjacent to the French Quarter, Le Pavillon is a grand historic hotel dating from 1907. A member of Historic Hotels of America, Le Pavillon is the recipient of the AAA four-diamond award, and was named to the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2006. Each of the hotel's guestrooms is individually decorated, featuring special antiques, such as the hand-carved wooden fireplace mantle in Suite 730 (circa 1600's), Full Tester Bed in Room 316 (what the New Orleans aristocracy slept on in the mid 19th century), and Marble Bathtub, Palace Suite 730 (once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte). The hotel's rooftop—with heated swimming pool, fitness center, hot tub, sun deck and private cabanas—offers spectacular views of the city. In the evenings, Le Pavillon treats its guests to a long-standing tradition: freshly made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches alongside ice cold milk and piping hot chocolate served in the magnificent lobby at 10 pm. This is the perfect hotel for a family getaway, and with so many things for kids to enjoy in the Big Easy, Le Pavillon has put together an excellent Family Fling Package. Starting at $499 per night, the package includes two nights accommodations for four in a two-bedded guestroom, daily breakfast, complimentary parking, passes for admission to the nationally heralded Audubon Zoo, and a copy of 101 Things for Kids to do in New Orleans.