LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
Where else but the happening Lobby Bar at One Aldwych, "London's most exciting contemporary luxury hotel" (Harpers Bazaar), could one find heavenly cocktails like these?
Blackberry and Lavender Martini: Lavender infused Wyborowa vodka with fresh blackberries, blackberry purée, lemon juice and a dash of sugar syrup
Thai Martini: Spicy mixture of ginger infused Stolichnaya vodka, fresh coriander, lemongrass, lime leaf, Angostura bitters and sweetened with a dash of ginger syrup
Heralded as one of the top hotel bars in the world, The Lobby Bar is a gorgeous double-height space appointed with original contemporary sculptures and vast flower arrangements (pictured) set high on Perspex plinths. Hot since the day it opened, the glamorous Lobby Bar has an extensive range of champagnes, wines and beers, not to mention 63 original cocktails made with the freshest of ingredients. Bar nibbles (sushi, duck spring rolls) are stellar. Smack dab in the middle of London in Covent Garden, One Aldwych offers some fine people-watching at oh-so-cool The Lobby Bar.
March 11, 2008
By: Courtney W. May
Anyone who has ever read The Informed Traveler in the past, knows what a big fan I am of the Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Located on the Gulf of Mexico Beach, the hotel is wonderful for singles, couples, and families - which is a hard endorsement to get. Click on the link below to get a pop-up window with video, pictures, and tours of the Don CeSar Beach Resort. You can check out the beach, restaurants, pool area, and a bunch of rooms through this link ...
By: Courtney W. May
March 11, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
A winery might not be the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of St. Patrick's Day festivities, but at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort the party begins at 5:00 pm until 12:30 am. Irish musician, Davey Clark, will be playing and a special menu of pulled pork barbeque sandwiches, corned beef sandwiches, Irish chicken wings, fish-n-chips, pub fries, and Guinness mouse has been created. A variety of beverages, both tinted green and regular, will be available. You can also take home a t-shirt or other novelty item commemorating the evening. The fun begins March 17th at Paddy's Irish Pub, (678) 425-0900, ext. 6074.
On Saturday, March 15, Tea Master Elizabeth Knight will host a special Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula to celebrate St. Patty's Day and all things Irish. Sit down at Fives, and enjoy the lively 5th Avenue views from the large arched windows while indulging in warm scones and a selection of finger sandwiches, breads, and petits fours presented on a three-tier silver server, with a choice of Celtic Teas or Peninsula Signature Tea. Elizabeth Knight will discuss her new book, "Celtic Teas with Friends, Teatime Traditions from Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland and Wales." You'll be taken with her charming ideas: from hosting a lively St Patrick's Day Tea to a Scottish Hen Party Tea. Plus, there will be a discussion on the benefits of tea and its related etiquette. From 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.; priced from $50 per person. Attire is smart casual.
Imagine: a getaway to your very own castle in Ireland. The Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, set amid 840 acres of formal gardens and rolling parkland in the picturesque village of Adare in County Limerick, is an award-winning five-star vacation destination. The setting is breathtaking, and the Adare Manor comes complete with an 18 hole championship golf course, luxurious Spa, world-class dining facilities, fishing, shopping, sightseeing and a host of other estate activities. Straight out of the Old World, this castle hotel is rich in history, an architectural masterpiece of towers, turrets and stonework ornamentation. Located just 40 minutes from Shannon International Airport, Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort offers 63 bedrooms, 11 exclusive Clubhouse bedrooms, and 25 Townhouses which comprise 2/4 ensuite bedrooms, living room, dining room, fully-equipped kitchen and utility room.
For a limited time, take advantage of a fabulous spring offer starting from just EUR 140 per person. The "Spring in Adare" package includes one night's luxurious accommodation plus a candle-lit dinner for two in the 18th-century Oakroom Restaurant. Available until April 29, 2008 (with black-out dates from April 21-26).
March 10, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
When in Rome... shop! With the Villa Spalletti's "Shopping in Rome" package, make the most of your proximity to some of the best shopping in the world while enjoying a luxury 3 day stay in one of the Villa Spalletti's fantastic Romantic Rooms, with welcome gift and bowl of fruit upon your arrival. During your stay you may enjoy a full buffet breakfast, as well as dinner at the Sala Papier Paint on the first night of your stay. On the second day, guests are treated to a full three hour shopping trip along with a personalized shopper and chauffeured car into the city. Guests also have access to the hotel's various services, such as a complimentary spa treatment, a discount on other spa treatments, access to the Gym and Relax room, Turkish baths, Hammam/Energy bar, and Tepidarium. Make your trip to Rome an extravagant and trendy experience.
By: Madelyn Giblin
The sexy "Jewel of Baja"-- easily one of the best hotels in the world-- will temporarily adjust its room count from 172 to 122 rooms starting in May 2008. Once the favorite hideaway for the likes of Hemingway and Harlow, this elegant, ocean-facing oasis, the One & Only Palmilla, will continue to provide signature special touches which are the hallmark of One & Only hotels. But during this enhancement period, certain areas of the resort will be closed including the Vista Pool (adults-only pool), Breeze Restaurant, and C Restaurant breakfast service. All other areas are fully operational.
The New York Times has the scoop on some thrilling hotel deals in April. Because Easter falls early this year, spring break is shorter than usual and most travelers-- especially those whose spring break plans are determined by school holidays-- have planned their holiday for the month of March. Rates for hotels and flights may be through the roof in March, but April is incredibly cheap. Normally peak season, April is proving to be a boon for travelers who have a little flexibility with their travel plans. Luxury resorts with inventory on their hands have slashed their rates as the shoulder season has been moved up by a month. Case in point: the exclusive Caneel Bay resort on the Caribbean island of St. John has beachfront rates as low as $675 in April (as opposed to $975 in March). Jumby Bay on Antigua has also cut their rates-- by 25 percent starting April 1. Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands is actually offering a $200 resort credit. And Anguilla's gorgeous Cap Juluca resort-- usually booked solid, as the NYT points out-- actually has availability in April.
The best thing about the Pan Pacific Singapore's new multi-million dollar renovation? Custom-tailored traveler technology. Tech-savvy guests will be thrilled with the new enhancements. In each room, a sophisticated Audio-Visual Portal was installed to offer integrated audio-visual output solutions via the Flatscreen LCD TVs. Translation: You can connect your laptop, digital camera, video camera, and iPod to the TV. Of course Wifi is available throughout the hotel. And 38 suites in the hotel were fitted with Bose Home Entertainment Systems (3-2-1 GS Series II) with radio, CD and DVD functions. Guests can enjoy home theater sound delivered via two advanced Gemstone speakers. Rooms also boast electronic remote-controlled Roman drapes and sun filters framing the full-length window views of the city or harbor. You can control lighting, air conditioning, and bedside clock functions via an all-in-one bedside table panel.
Recognized as one of the Top 50 Asian Hotels by Condé Nast Traveler, Pan Pacific Singapore is one of the world's finest business hotels. Indeed when the Executive Center opened on level 22 in 2005, it was the first hotel business center to occupy an entire floor. (And there's a round-the-clock Business Concierge to take care of innumerable requests.) Situated in the heart of Marina Bay and linked via skybridge to three shopping malls, the Pan Pacific is 37 floors of luxury with awesome views of the city. The hotel boasts the tallest Atrium in SouthEast Asia, to boot. In January 2008, the recent renovations unveiled 778 contemporary rooms with new furnishings, bathroom fixtures, and ergonomic chairs and large work areas. Guests also enjoy a multitude of award-winning dining and entertainment options and leisure facilities at the Wellness Village including a gymnasium, spa, swimming pool and tennis courts.
Luxury seekers looking for an unparalleled experience in the Greek Isles will swoon over Mystique. Built on Oia's famous cliffs overlooking the dazzling blue Aegean sea and volcano, Mystique is a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection. The resort offers 18 stylish rooms and villas handcrafted from wood, local stone, and glass. Relax in a sun bed by the outdoor infinity-edge pool surrounded by some of the world's most beautiful scenery. Take off on mountain bikes to explore Oia at your own pace, then enjoy a massage in the privacy of your own suite. Sip a sunset cocktail or Secret wine cave, then sup at the Charisma gourmet restaurant-- the best kind of al fresco dining experience with panoramic views over the sea. Mystique is located only 18 kilometers from Santorini airport and 20 kilometers from Athinios Port.