LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
August 20, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
About 30 minutes from Cannes, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is popular with celebrities and Hollywood elite, especially during the annual film festival. Since opening in 1870 as the Villa Soleil—a writer’s retreat in paradise, the historic hotel has been an inspirational retreat for creative and writers for decades, including serving as the setting of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender Is The Night.” Read more below.
Today, the luxurious Hotel du Cap Eden Roc offers an exclusive location, with a chic Champagne lounge, historic seawater pool, children’s activities, five clay tennis courts, and a spa. The upscale guest rooms, suites, and villas feature French décor infused with Mediterranean accents. For unparalleled Riviera views, the hotel’s Eden Roc Suite has a private 200-meter teak terrace with a Jacuzzi and a panoramic view of the Lérins Islands and Mediterranean. Read more below.
For those seeking the ultimate in privacy, the luxury hotel’s Villa Eleana is set on the grounds of the property, but tucked away in a secluded setting with a private outdoor pool, and exclusive experiences such as private pastry making lessons with the resort’s chef. It’s welcomed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Tom Cruise and the Jolie-Pitts. Continue below.
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August 19, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
When visiting Rome, you can spend the night above Fendi's flagship boutique, in the Fendi Private Suites. Featuring seven elegant suites, all accommodations meld chic and creative design with Italian elegance and innovation, plus Fendi-infused touches. Set within the former palace of the Boncompagni Ludovisi Princely family, guests can dine at Zuma, situated on the rooftop, then shop at the store below (or vice versa). Read more about the Fendi Suites from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Sharri Whiting De Masi.
What can we say about the Fendi Private Suites, other than to emphasize that couture is couture and style is style. Living over a store has never been so sumptuous. Enter through the silvery elevator doors and come out to find Fendi’s innovative design translated into sleek leather sofas, floor-to-ceiling windows and signature room dividers made from woven metallic wire sandwiched between glass. Palazzo Fendi, at Via della Fontanella di Borghese 48, is right at the end of Via Condotti, Rome’s famous shopping street. Continue reading below.
The largest of the seven suites, all of which are located on the third floor, is the Corner Suite No. 7. Six windows flood the 650-square-foot suite with light. Wine-velvet chairs and a colorful Fendi fur-wall mosaic provide contrast to the neutral velvets and taupe leather used throughout the suite. Levanto marble lines the walls of the bathrooms in the suites, with distinctive chocolate and cream swirls. There is a deep tub and a double shower. Note: There are bathtubs in five of the seven suites, along with separate showers.
Suites 4 and 5 have adjacent doors and, though separate, can be taken together for a group stay. Suite 4 is about 550 square feet, with two tall windows overlooking Via Tomacelli. The wide-screen TV swivels to face the bedroom or the living room and there is a walk-in wardrobe.
We also visited Palazzo Suite 2, which is 550 square feet and overlooks a small piazza. There are two large windows to bring in the Roman light. This suite can connect with Palazzo Suite 1, which looks out toward the skyline above the Spanish Steps.
We loved Fendi’s use of iPads in the suites to display clever apps for navigating Rome and providing hotel info to guests, who are also offered private tours of Fendi’s amazing new flagship store. Karl Lagerfeld photos of Rome decorate the walls in every suite, providing inspiration for the visit downstairs to see his couture collection for the design house.The hip Zuma Ristorante shares the Palazzo Fendi, offering hotel guests breakfast, as well as contemporary Japanese cuisine at lunch and dinner. The rooftop terrace at Zuma is a favorite spot for sunset cocktails.
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August 18, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Featuring one-of-a-kind views of the Florence Cathedral, the Brunelleschi Hotel Florence is a romantic retreat in the heart of the city. Offering a historic setting, the hotel's Pagliazza Tower, built between the sixth and seventh centuries was once a women's prison, and the adjacent space was the site of St. Michael's Church. During the property's transformation into a luxury boutique property, archeologists excavated a variety of pottery and other artifacts, which are now housed in the hotel's own museum. There's also a traditional Tuscan Osteria, wine tastings, homemade ice cream, and bicycle rentals.
Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Prosecco, $50 food and beverage credit, welcome amenity, and VIP status.
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The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a 58-room boutique hotel. Designed to showcase the spirit of the Southwest, the Inn of the Anasazi offers an elegant and modern spin on pueblo life with sculptured stairways, hand-carved doors, sandstone walls, children’s programs, and the gourmet Anasazi Restaurant.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book with Five Star Alliance receive complimentary daily American breakfast for two at the Anasazi Restaurant, $100 food and beverage credit, and VIP status.
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In the heart of downtown close to luxe shopping and cultural attractions, the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shangai offers contemporary style, Chinese decor, and expansive skyline views. The 610-room property has six restaurants and lounges serving cuisine from around the world, a health club with a swimming pool, and a full-service spa.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary breakfast for two at Portman's Restaurant, $100 dining credit, personalized welcome amenity, and VIP status. Also, subject to availability at the time of check-in, an upgrade to the next room category.
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August 16, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Soaring over the Dubai coastline, Burj Al Arab is considered one of the world's most luxurious hotels. Designed to resemble a billowing sail, the iconic hotel recently opened a nearly 10,800-square-foot luxury deck, set over the Persian Gulf. Read more below from our sister publication, Hotel Management, written by Mick Tan.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai unveiled the Burj Al Arab Terrace, an outdoor deck that is an extension to the hotel. The nearly 10,800-square-foot luxury deck fans 330 feet out into the Persian Gulf and accommodates 32 air-conditioned cabanas, 400 sun loungers, a fresh-water pool, a saltwater pool, a restaurant and a bar.
The outdoor space was built by marine construction firm Admares at a Finland shipyard and assembled onsite from eight pieces.
Stretching approximately 328 feet into the sea and linked by a central walkway, the terrace is flanked on either side by cabanas and beaches. Designed to mimic architecturally the shape of the hotel, the terrace’s color palette includes earth tones, white and nature-inspired colors. The space also has two swimming pools: a 6,587-square-foot freshwater pool and an 8,912-square-foot saltwater infinity pool. Both have 10 million mosaic tiles. The terrace’s al fresco Scape Restaurant & Bar has views of the Arabian Gulf.
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August 16, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
There's a new King in Memphis, well a new King of Hotels that is.
The Guest House at Graceland is set to open October 27, 2016. Inspired by Elvis' iconic home, the 450-room hotel will reflect Elvis' personal style and the Graceland estate. Created to feel like an extension of Elvis' home, Priscilla Presley oversaw the interior designs for much of the property, including the hotel's 20 themed specialty suites, such as the Taking Care of Business Suites. Continue reading below the photos.
The luxury hotel will have spacious and contemporary accommodations with upscale amenities and Elvis-inspired details. There will be two full-service restaurants, large outdoor pool, a 464-seat theater for live music performances and movie premieres, as well as expansive meeting spaces. Read more below.
If spending the night at the Guesthouse at Graceland isn’t enough, the new Elvis: Past, Present & Future is set to open across the street from Graceland in the Spring of 2017. The 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex is five times the size of the current visitor center, and will feature a variety of exhibits including the Automobile Museum, Performance Soundstage with live music performances and movie screenings, discovery exhibits, restaurants and more.
Time to start planning your trip to Memphis…
August 15, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Set along Cape Town's scenic route, the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, is located in Camps Bay, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and perched between the Twelve Apostles mountain range and Table Mountain National Park. Within easy reach of the Cape Winelands, the luxury boutique hotel combines African style with classic European comforts, Blue Flag Beaches, afternoon tea service, private cinema, outdoor pool, children's activities, spa, and mountain biking.
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive full breakfast daily, a two-course lunch per person once during their stay, one afternoon tea per person once during the stay, and VIP status. Guests booking a suite and staying a minimum of three nights also receive two complimentary spa treatments. Also, subject to availability at the time of check in/departure, an upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out.
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August 13, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Featuring panoramic views of the city from the 42nd floor, the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental Mexico City has welcomed Barack Obama, Madonna, and Tiger Woods.
Fully renovated in 2015, the modern suite is spread over two floors with contemporary styling, including art and furniture by Tom Dixon, Herman Miller, Antonio Citterio, Omer Arbel Bocci, and Zanotta. There is a dining room with seating for 18, multiple fireplaces, Nespresso maker, and a bar area. Read more below.
For recreation, there's no need to leave the suite, as there is an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, plus a fitness center. To top it off, there is a large terrace offering exquisite city views and a bright green swing for the ultimate in relaxation.
Towering 42 stories in the air, the InterContinental Mexico City is located in the heart of the city's business, social, and shopping area. Offering contemporary styling and an international atmosphere, there is a world-class Gourmet Center, along with 26 meeting and banquet rooms.
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August 12, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is offering its guests a new luxury golf experience. The ultra-plush mountainside resort has a 17,000-square-foot slope-side spa, multiple fine dining options, outdoor adventures led by the Tahoe Adventure Company, and evening "Art of the S'more" fire pit experiences. Read more below about the High Sierra Golf Experience from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, written by Bob Curley.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe is bringing back a luxury golf experience for clients who think a weekend on the links should be about more than a caddy and a cart.
The High Sierra Golf Experience includes accommodations, two rounds of golf at the resort’s Gray’s Crossing or Old Greenwood courses, and the services of the resort’s Mountain Concierge, which include golf-club storage and booking tee times. The concierge can even steer golfers to other links in the area once they’ve played through the two featured courses.
Old Greenwood is an 18-hole, par-72 course designed by Jack Nicklaus, while Gray’s Crossing is a par-72 Audubon International Gold Signature Sanctuary course, designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy to blend in harmoniously with the local environment. Both are set amid mountain pine forests in North Lake Tahoe; in fact, the two courses are right across the street from each other, while the Ritz-Carlton is located at the Northstar ski area, about 15 minutes away.
Package choices at the 170-room resort include deluxe king and deluxe two-queen rooms, mountain-view kings, mountain-view two queen rooms, and one-bedroom suites. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows to let in the summer sun, and gas fireplaces to take the chill off the mountain evenings. The resort features a 17,000-square-foot spa and five dining venues, from the Manzanita restaurant to the laid-back Backyard Bar & BBQ. In addition to golf, optional summer activities include mountain biking, private guided hikes, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe, yoga, and a winemaker dinner series. Read more below.
The package is good through Sept. 30 and starts at $599 per night.