LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
July 25, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Following a year-long $40 million renovation Southern California's Monarch Beach Resort, formerly a St. Regis property, has announced the completion of the project, which includes a new Miraval Life in Balance Spa, new pool areas, updated guest rooms, and fresh dining options. Read more below from our sister publication, Luxury Hotel Insider.
The resorts renovated arrival area now has beach house-inspired details with panoramic windows, over-sized seating, wide plank wood floors and blue and sea-glass green accents.
Also new is the Miraval Life in Balance Spa offering more than 70 treatments at its Monarch Beach Resort location. Each is designed to “awaken the senses, create balance and promote a sense of well-being” for guests throughout the spa's 24 treatment rooms. There is also a lap pool, multiple spa suites, a boutique, Drybar, Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon and relaxation and tranquility zones. Healthy menu items inspired by Miraval’s philosophy are also available at the resort's restaurants, as well as the new Miraval Spa Café inside the spa.
For dining, chef Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern continues to provide a private beachfront dining space for guests, while the resort is also debuting five new dining concepts led by executive chef Collin Thornton as part of the renovation. The new dining options focus on using fresh ingredients from local purveyors and exercising sustainable practices, and include:
- AVEO Table + Bar: A Mediterranean restaurant and bar designed by San Francisco-based hospitality firm Puccini Group. Dishes are inspired by the cuisine of Spain, Italy, Greece and Morocco, and are crafted using local ingredients.
- 33° North: This venue includes three separate dining areas; a contemporary bar serving hand-crafted cocktails; a living room salon; and an outdoor patio with fireside seating and live music Thursday through Sunday.
- Part & Parcel Market: Also designed by Puccini Group, the all-day dining option serves small bites and healthy options for guests on-the-go.
- Club 19: A refreshed indoor-outdoor gastro pub situated near the golf course offers beers on tap, cocktails, and classic American fare.
- Sombra: A Mexi-Cali, family-friendly poolside cantina offering a fusion of Mexican/American dishes along with salads, vegetarian options and modern Mexican comfort food.
The resort's new pool areas include an adults-only Monarch Pool, Family Pool with splash zones and two infinity-edge spas. Private cabanas have built-in music and stocked outdoor mini-bars, while chaise lounges and an outdoor fire pit provide space for guests to gather in the evenings. The pool area’s multi-level design now has a second tier dedicated to sunning and lounging.
Refreshed guestrooms designed by Los Angeles-based Rodrigo Vargas Design have a color palette of blues, greens and whites. All rooms and suites have balconies furnished with modern patio furniture, and all first floor balconies include fire pits.
Tip: In addition to the renovation, Monarch Beach Resort is also offering several new land and sea experiences in Dana Point. At the resort's private access beach, guests can enjoy activities like standup paddle boarding, trail hikes, bonfire communions and one-on-one surf lessons led by a resort Surf Host.
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July 22, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
If you're planning a family vacation to Rome, Palazzo Manfredi has the ideal accommodations.
The hotel offers a rate with two connecting bedrooms and Colosseum views. At 538 square feet, this option offers a spacious retreat in the Eternal City.
Palazzo Manfredi is a 14-room boutique hotel located in the historical part of Rome. Set within a 17th century villa, the hotel is directly in front of the Colosseum, and steps away from the Roman Forum and Domus Arena, families can explore the sights, and relax at the hotel with ease.
Ideally situated for sightseeing, there's the Michelin Star-awarded Aroma Restaurant with a rooftop setting and Italian cuisine, plus the American Bar serving quick lunches and cocktails on-site.
Five Star Alliance Perk: guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, Continental breakfast daily for up to two guests, and entrance tickets for two to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill. Guests who book a suite also receive a one way limousine transfer from or to the airport.
July 22, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Located off the Las Vegas strip, with views of the Red Rock Canyons and the strip 10 miles away, the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa pays homage to the elegant mid-century modern resorts that made Las Vegas famous, but reinvented for the 21st century.
According to our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being recently underwent a multimillion dollar upgrade that brings with it 25,000 square feet of space, 23 treatment rooms, fitness classes, nutrition guidance, integrative medicine, mind-body therapies and advance skin care. Guests looking to tap into those Hollywood elite treatments will be happy to hear that Well & Being offers Lancer skin care spa services. This specialty menu includes "The Lancer Method's Interlocking Chemistry" technique, which allows the spa products to build and work together for that flawless skin look. This is the only location outside of Dr. Lancer's dermatology office in Beverly Hills where guests can receive the treatments that include an anti-aging experience and the famous Lancer Glow Facial.
Want more than one treatment? The top requested Lancer services include the Red Carpet Ready Facial, which gives the skin a healthy glow; The Lancer Method Facial with Oxygen to immediately tighten the skin with molecular oxygen; and the Sparkle and Glow Body Polish Treatment for adjusting body's pH levels to reveal youthful skin. For those looking to increase the cardio in their lives, we suggest trying out Tai Chi or vertical wall yoga and, of course, a spinning class is available. Guests can finish their workout with nutrition counseling, which includes tips like preparing the ideal grocery store checklists.
We think this would be a posh destination for a girls' getaway as the spa aims to create a community around health with its co-ed relaxation lounge and pool deck equipped for outdoor classes. However, just lounging on the pool sofas and sunken seating areas will also lead to the perfect weekend escape. But there is something for couples too - the VIP spa suite with an oversized bathtub and two treatment tables. Guests ages 16 and older are welcomed at the spa, which also receives walk-in clients; but it’s better to book in advance.
Check rates and availability for your getaway to The Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas >>
July 20, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
If you've ever dreamed of camping without leaving the city, here's your chance...
The W New York partnered with Laurel & Wolf to temporarily transform the patio of its Extreme Wow Suite's terrace into an Outdoor Glamping Suite.
Featuring a whimsical approach to urban glamping, the suite offers a 12-foot yurt decorated in colorful fabrics and textures with glowing lanterns. Finished with rattan hanging chairs for lounging, and a fire pit that ignites with the flip of a switch. Surrounded by a canopy of twinkling lights, the rustic-luxe oasis is a chic glamping option in the city.
Located in the center of Manhattan, the W New York is steps away from Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, the Theater District, and Rockefeller Center. Plus, there's a FIT Gym and Bliss 49 Spa, ideal for relaxing and pampering during your glamping getaway.
Note: this special suite will be available until fall 2016.
Check rates and learn more about the W New York >>
On Florida's Gold Coast, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort Miami Beach is located on the edge of the Atlantic just 15 minutes north of South Beach.
Clean whites lead to endless blues in the recently debuted 2,900 square foot Ambassador Oceanfront Suite. The four bedroom and four bathroom sanctuary is an ideal space for families to unwind. The spacious suite features two King bedded master bedrooms each with an ensuite private five-fixture marble bathroom, walk-in closet, and spacious balconies. Two interior bedrooms boast queen beds perfect for children. The main living room is ideal for lounging and opens to a kitchenette and glass dining table for eight. Dine al fresco on one of four 210 sf balconies with direct ocean views. A second living room boasts a pull out sofa bed, allowing up to 10 guests to comfortably make the Ambassador Suite home.
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It was recently announced that the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla, the most northerly of the Eastern Caribbean's Leeward Islands, will be getting a sister property - The Reef by CuisinArt.
About The Reef by CuisinArt - Located on Merrywing Bay on the Caribbean coast of Anguilla, The Reef by CuisinArt is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which selects only independently-minded properties with one thing in common: excellence. The Reef is a contemporary beachfront oasis of luxury that will feature stunning accommodations, world-class dining, cutting-edge technology and a plethora of activities including unique watersports, tennis with hardcourt play and preferred rates and tee times at CuisinArt Golf Club. Guests will also have access to the award-winning Venus Spa and additional culinary outlets offered at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa.
More info below >>
NEW YORK, NY – July 13, 2016 – Enviably situated on Merrywing Bay on the tranquil island of Anguilla, The Reef by CuisinArt will debut in November 2016, revealing a beachfront contemporary oasis featuring 80 suites, directly on the Caribbean Sea.
The Reef by CuisinArt will feature a dramatic lobby entry and stunning bar, a fitness center with Technogym Excite Line, Unity Displays and aqua cycling bikes, a library and a boutique, complimentary watersports, and hardcourt play on the two tennis courts. The culinary teams have combined their global talents to create menus that will offer locally-sourced items and ingredients from the Hydroponic Farm for the hotel's restaurant outlets. The Yacht Club, which will feature brilliant nautical appointments and open to the spectacular pool, will serve breakfast and lunch, as well as a menu of inspired seafood selections for dinner. Breezes, a dazzling beachfront restaurant and bar, will draw those craving a relaxed Caribbean experience, and the calming sounds of the sea are the perfect accompaniment to a menu of unique beverage and food options.
“The Reef represents Anguilla’s newest luxury destination and the newest hotel addition to the CuisinArt family,” said Stephane Zaharia, Vice President and General Manager of both The Reef and CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. “The property, replete with exciting ensuite amenities and distinctive features, will truly epitomize a chic beachside resort with an urban flair.”
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Reef’s 80 accommodations will include 25 Golfview Junior Suites and 25 Seaview Junior Suites in the main building. Four additional beachfront buildings will house 30 accommodations ranging from Beachfront Junior Suites, to Corner Beachfront Junior Suites, Superior Beachfront Junior Suites and Deluxe Beachfront Junior Suites, two of which will contain dramatic outdoor Jacuzzis. Accommodation amenities will include a TV system with state-of-the-art technology, bedside “smart” control panels, Tivoli Bluetooth enabled audio systems, and more. Bathroom amenities will include products by Rusk and L’Occitane, as well as double sinks, a separate shower, and a freestanding Alissa oval bath.
As part of The Reef experience, guests will enjoy access to all amenities of CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, including preferred rates and tee-times at the 18-hole Greg Norman Signature design championship course, full access to the award-winning Venus Spa, as well as signing privileges at all facilities and dining venues. Complimentary transportation will be provided throughout the estate.
July 13, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
In October 2016, the Viceroy Anguilla resort will become the Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla.
The 166-room property will shut down for it's annual closure in August, and reopen under the management of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Set along the island's northwestern shore, the resort offers 3,200 feet of beachfront and panoramic Caribbean views. The property has an 8,100-square-foot spa, watersports, pool, and on-site restaurants. Plus, there are private residences, villas and vacation rental units.
Learn more about Viceroy Anguilla >>
July 7, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Overlooking the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea, the Doria Hotel Bodrum offers a luxury boutique hotel setting in a historic fishing village. Ideal for relaxing, the property has the Blu Restaurant with beautiful sea views and the Lobby Lounge with cocktails and Carian art works.
If you're in need of sea breezes, head to the hotel's Blue Flag Awarded Doria Beach, on the secluded Bitez Bay. Featuring lounge chairs, sunshine, cocktails, and culinary delights, the crystal clear waters provide the ultimate scenery for relaxation.
What we love most:
- Blu Restaurant's views and authentic cuisine
- The pool's spectacular scenery and design
- Soothing spa treatments
- Complimentary shuttle to Bitez Bay
July 6, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Sparkling in the summer sun, Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is docked in the New York Harbor. Following a $132 million investment, the luxurious ship is boarding its first group of passengers, and embarking from NYC to Southampton on July 6, 2016. Completely transformed inside and out, the revitalized Queen Mary 2 features new public spaces, including the Carinthia Lounge, The Verandah specialty restaurant, and the refreshed Kings Court buffet area. Staterooms have been redesigned, and there are 10 additional dog kennels with Liverpool lamp posts and New York City fire hydrants so dogs can feel right at home.
Images courtesy of Ruthanne Terrero.
July 6, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Originally built in 1961, Villa Dubrovnik is a boutique hotel prominently positioned on the cliffs above Dubrovnik's prestigious St. Jacob precinct with stunning views over the Adriatic Sea, The Island of Lokrum, and the Old City walls. Featuring 56 rooms, seven of them unique suites, guests can enjoy the year round indoor/outdoor swimming pool, nearby private beach, extensive spa, fine dining at Pjerin and Giardino, and the rooftop lounge - Prosciutto & Wine Bar. Venetian Vaporetto speedboats offer daily transfers between the Villa and Old City.
Read more below about our favorite accommodations available at Villa Dubrovnik.
Villa Kolin is a standalone building within the resort offering 2 separate residences with private services, entrances, and facilities. The residence spreads through 3 floors and offers 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a grand living room - for a total of 132 m2 space. The 12 m2 teak wood private terrace features a jacuzzi bath. Each bedroom has a private bathroom, plus the bathroom on the living room floor. The bathrooms are equipped with walk-in showers or bathtubs, double basins and floor heating. The 2 Kolin Residences can can be reserved individually or as one unit.
Superior Rooms are the smallest offerings at 30 square meters. They offer a King Bed or 2 Twins, an en suite glass wall bathroom with full shading option, and a sea view off the teak wood terrace balcony overlooking the Adriatic sea, Lokrum island and the majority of them the view to the Old City.
The Deluxe Rooms are similar to the Superior Room and offer all the same features and amenities, but are 35 square meters in size.
Executive Rooms offer a King Bed or 2 Twins, an en suite glass wall bathroom with full shading option, a private jacuzzi on the teak wood terrace balcony, and are 37 square meters in size.
Learn more about Villa Dubrovnik and book your reservation here >>