March 9, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Welcome to the most elegant hotel in Latin America. The awards are numerous--Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report ("Among the World's 20 Best"), Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler (Top Hotels in the World)-- and the service, impeccable. Among the wide avenues, magnificent architecture, and splendid boutiques of the elegant Recoleta neighborhood in the "Paris of South America," the Belle Epoque Alvear Palace is a city historical monument. Furnished in the style of Luis XV, the rooms and suites are adorned with antiques and crystal chandeliers. Amenities include Hermes de Paris bath products, personal butler service, 500 thread Egyptian cotton sheets, telephone with intelligent screen to regulate AC, Wifi, and DVD players. Bathrooms are nothing short of magnificent, often equipped with jacuzzi and sauna. Guests are treated to the best buffet breakfast in the city, at Orangerie Restaurant, and the fine-dining restaurant-- La Bourgogne—is considered the best in the city, awarded "Latin America's Best Restaurant" by Wine Spectator. Indeed, the Alvear Palace Hotel is itself a symbol of Buenos Aires.
Alvear Palace Hotel, Official Site
Alvear Palace Hotel, Five Star Alliance
I know, I know, I'm a sucker for the white beds in the bar at the Delano. The fact is—I'm a sucker for everything Delano. The chic white bedrooms, the private beach, the magnificent pool, the elegant Indoor/Outdoor Lobby. This is the very best kind of luxurious urban resort, smack dab in the middle of South Beach. With fabulous dining (and did I mention the bars?), this is the place to see and be seen. Paradise could be the cool poolside bungalows, with custom Starck-designed furnishings, luxurious marble bathrooms, and billowing white curtains.
The Delano, Official Site
The Delano, Five Star Alliance
In possibly the most heavenly setting on earth, the Spa at Little Dix Bay is situated high above the Caribbean, caressed by sea breezes with stunning vistas of sea, sky and sand. The Spa's philosophy is of ecological balance with the environment; thus the individualized treatment cottages are designed to blend harmoniously into the oceanside cliffs, incorporating local design elements. Likewise, the treatments feature the ancient healing arts of the island's early indigenous populations, using organic herbs and oils. The Cliff Spa Suite is the ultimate hideaway, with luxurious private facilities for both indoor and open-air wet and dry treatments, couple's massage, and a whirlpool overlooking the Caribbean. The Spa menu is as divine as the exclusive resort of Little Dix Bay. Examples include the Salt Island Scrub, Spice and Coconut Body Bliss (using a blend of freshly shredded young coconut and local Caribbean spices), or the Lemongrass Spice Wrap (using hand-picked lemongrass from the resort’s gardens.)
Little Dix Bay, Official Site
Little Dix Bay, Five Star Alliance
March 7, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
From Gary Stram, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Regency, A Loews Hotel
Continuing our theme of highlighting luxury suites in New York City (see posts for the Taipan Suite at Mandarin Oriental and The Royal Suite at The Carlyle) we present to you the 'Park Avenue' Suite at The Regency, A Loews Hotel.
Park Avenue Suite
Rate: $3,500.00 per evening, plus applicable taxes
Sq. Footage: 1625 sq. ft.
Rooms (not including bath): 4
Bathrooms: 1 and 1/2
Interior Designer: Connie Beale
Note Bene: The suite offers views of the city on its private outdoor terrace.
The Park Avenue Suite offers views of the city with a private terrace. Connie Beale, Interior Designer, used aqua and red schemes throughout the suite for a traditional feel like a Park Avenue apartment. The main doorway enters into a lovely living room overlooking the private terrace with a custom-made mahogany desk and beautifully appointed matching chairs, coffee tables and couch. The den has a more clubby and cozy feel featuring comfortable leather chairs with a matching couch. Book cases filled with the Classics as well as a built-in television and entertainment center are highlighted. The dining area is large and has a kitchen attached for those who would like to entertain on their own. The outdoor terrace is also ideal for entertaining due to its size and furniture with a gas grill. The bedroom also looks out on the terrace with authentic artwork. The room is very spacious with its own bathroom, seating area, and private outdoor balcony.
The Regency, A Loews Hotel, Official Site
The Regency, A Loews Hotel, Five Star Alliance
March 6, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
From Carole Muller, Sungate Port Royal
There are a lot of hotel and resort spas out there claiming to have the "Best Male Spa" or the "Best Spa for Men", but we think you might find Sungate Port Royal to be a better fit. The resort, which covers a large expanse of 250.000 square meters in the heaven-like town of Beldibi in Antalya, Turkey, must know their audience - they offer a 'beer bath' for men. Sungate claims to be the largest holiday and entertainment complex in Turkey and the Mediterranean and the second largest hotel spa center. With those kinds of claims, Sungate is the new star of the Mediterranean.
Examples of the new spa care methods (for men and women) after the jump.
NEW CARE METHODS UNIQUE TO PORT ROYAL
Ying & Young Body Massage With Reiki Initiation:
This massage is applied to the whole of the body by a specialist with the purpose of removing stress with harmonic and rhythmic movements. At the end of the massage, the aim is to make the person to re-discover his own skin and to love himself.
Chinese Toe Massage:
How would you like to have friendly Chinese specialists apply a relaxing massage from your chakra points to your face and head and then exhibit a magical dance with a ballerina's fingertips in a specially-prepared Chinese atmosphere?
Kohala Marmor Therapy Massage:
Are you ready to meet with specially-heated stones of 7 separate colors and aromatic oils to embrace your whole body in your 7 chakras?
Hualalai Oil Therapy:
In this massage constituting the most exotic application of the Pacific islands, the particular aromatic oil selected on the basis of the person's current mood is heated beside the person and then causes the muscles to relax in an unprecedented manner in the knowledgeable and soft hands of our therapist.
Astrological Face Care:
The individual's zodiac element is established and a mask constituting of fresh fruits and vegetables in harmony with the said element is used to make the skin gain all active ingredients and vitamins.
Thai Herbal Pack - Thai Hot Steam Pack :
In this massage constituting Thailand 's most traditional heat therapy, small pouches made of cotton cloth including a mixture of therapeutic herbs are heated with steam and applied for one minute each on the required parts of the body.
Floating Bali Massage:
Dream of yourself lying on the floor of a floating raft while sipping real Chinese jasmine tea. Dream of yourself laying on your back while your therapist recreates the magic of your relaxed body accompanied by the aromas of the Far East and high quality music under stark while curtains fluttering in the cooling evening wind ...
Mauna Kea :
Thanks to the rich content of cacao particles, mineral salts, vitamins and anti-oxidants, our specialists aim to moisturize your skin and make it as smooth as velvet.
Honey Moon For Two :
Rediscover your honeymoon in a romantic atmosphere in special double suits accompanied by candle light and a soft music. After spreading the honey mask over the couple's bodies, the therapist then silently leaves the room to let them rest for half an hour. Afterwards, the couple is allowed in the Jacuzzi containing fresh flower leaves with the accompaniment of a glass of champagne.
A must for men :
Sweet Stimulus For Men:
The body is stimulated, is revived and refreshed with honey, coarsely-ground coffee and energetic massage movements. The enlivening light and aromatic odors are in the service of men wishing to stay young.
Oriental Body Peel :
A mast comprising of honey and sesame particles is applied by rubbing on those wishing to stay young and to have a moist and velvety skin. The dead laLocation of the skin is removed without irritating and thus the skin is allowed to nourish deeply.
Swedish Herbal Steam Bath:
The unequalled magic of the scent of linden leaves in a special Swedish steam bed penetrates the soul through respiration and the skin through its pores.
Tmc Paradise For Body:
The peeling with fresh seaweed extract serves to remove the dead laLocation of cells on the body. Then the skin is prepared by spreading the concentrate with intensive active ingredients all over. Fat-dissolving and cellulite-reducing ampules are applied by the therapist along with aromatic creams and special massage movements. The body feels like in heaven.
Fresh Laminaria Treatment
The breasts are enlivened thanks to the active ingredients of algodermia seaweeds serving to increase collection and elasticity. During this treatment, the stimulating and refreshing effects of the massage come together with the cell-rejuvenating properties of oceanic seaweeds.
This bath is exclusively reserved for businessman who desreve a deep relax momont.Remineralization with Green Marine Bath salts, vitamins and stimulation with fresh seaweed extracts, relaxing with melissa and Lemon essansial oils and finally sensual with yılang yılang.
This is an experience unique to Port Royal Sungate Spa. A 20-minute bath in a very special, massif wood bathtub imported from China and filled with beer..
Watermass - Vakuum Massage :
A risk-free slimming massage thanks to the Palper-rouler vacuum massage technique as well as the slipperiness of water and aromatic oils.
In order to ensure that the oxygen therapy is risk-free and enjoyable, steam within capsules and heated water droplets are provided at your favorite temperature.
Sungate Port Royal, Official Site
Sungate Port Royal, Five Star Alliance
March 6, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
On the pristine white sand lapped by the sparkling turquoise sea of Mexico's Yucatan, here is an offer you just can't refuse. After Hurricane Wilma's widespread destruction, the five-diamond Paraiso de la Bonita will reopen in all its glory—with lavish improvements that make the resort better than ever. Starting March 31, the brand-new Paraiso will feature a new oceanside terrace bar, design upgrades to each of the suites, vastly improved beachside grill, and new "made-for-two" treatment room in its Thallaso Center. In celebration, the resort is offering one free night with a minimum five-night stay. The special offer includes luxury oceanview accommodations, a sunset cruise on the resort's catamaran, complimentary airport transfers, complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon tea, complimentary use of the tennis courts and Thallaso facilities, including steam room, Jacuzzi, and fitness center. Valid March 31- April 30.
Paraiso de la Bonita, Official Site
Paraiso de la Bonita, Five Star Alliance
March 1, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
The art deco landmark and oceanfront South Beach destination is surrounded by tropical gardens and turquoise pools overlooking the Atlantic. Originally built in the 1930's as the Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel, Adrian Zecha's Setai opened to much fanfare in 2005. In the hot South Beach scene, The Setai stands out for its intimacy, impeccable service, and elegant Asian touches. 75 guestrooms and 50 suites are detailed with exquisite amenities: espresso machines, in-room bars, Bose surround-sound DVD/CD systems, deep soaking tubs and rain showers, luxurious bath amenities, and flat screen LCD and plasma TVs. Enjoy a deep therapeutic massage at the luxurious spa overlooking the sand and sea, and then savor the gastronomic delights at the Crustacean restaurant. With the South Beach Spring Special, take advantage of special rates starting at $675.
The Setai, Official Site
The Setai, Five Star Alliance
February 28, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
With white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and lush, green landscapes, Maui has always appealed as a picture-perfect paradise and renowned destination for honeymooners and families alike. Thus we've been eagerly anticipating the April opening of the Wailea Beach Villas: its elegant private residences offering the intimacy of private homes, but with all the facilities and amenities of a grand resort. Daily housekeeping, concierge assistance, swimming pools, and a spectacular beachfront location overlooking the West Maui mountains. The villas are stocked with fine linens, signature bath amenities, and fabulous gourmet kitchens. And of course the island paradise offers a bounty of activities: scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, boating, kayaking, surfing, fishing, horseback riding, jeep and helicopter tours.
The only complaint? In a tropical island paradise like Maui, is a gated community-- touting serious 24 hour security and surveillance-- absolutely necessary?
Now is the time to plan a holiday to India: to discover the colorful culture and mythical history of the desert-state of Rajasthan, the pulsing nightlife of New Delhi, and get pampered like a maharaja staying at the glorious Taj Hotels. It doesn't get much better than this with Taj Royal Escapes. From May 1- September 30, stay at any participating Taj luxury hotel, in any combination, and the benefits are extraordinary. Stay for 6 nights, pay for 3; stay for 10 nights, pay for 5; stay for 14 nights, pay for 7. Hotels include Taj Mahal Palace and Tower (Mumbai), Taj Mahal Hotel (New Delhi), Rambagh Palace (Jaipur), Umaid Bhawan Palace (Jodhpur), and the most romantic and magical hotel in the world: the Taj Lake Palace, which appears like a brightly lit castle floating on water in Udaipur.
From the New York Times to shiny glossies and guidebooks, the media is brimming with good tips about cruisin'. I've compiled some recent newsworthy articles for your planning pleasure: Conde Nast Traveler, Reader's Poll, The World's Best Cruise Ships 2006 Fodor's Travel Wire, "The Best of Cruising" Forbes, The World's Most Expensive Cruises Travel and Leisure Hot Deals, "Cell Phones at Sea" The New York Times Travel, "Bon Voyage to the Three-Bean Salad" The New York Times Travel, "Extreme Makeover: Taking High Style to the High Seas" The New York Times Travel, "Oman Anyone? More Ships, More Ports of Call" The New York Times Travel, "Mystery at Sea: Who Polices the Ships?"