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.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a better spot in Barcelona. Situated high on Mount Tibidabo, 25 minutes from the city center, the Gran Hotel La Florida features spectacular views overlooking Barcelona and the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. The resort's 74 rooms include eight designer suites with jacuzzis, gardens, and large terraces, designed by world-renowned decorators and architects. The Sky Terrace Suite, for example, sits on the hotel's top floor, with an enormous 80 sq meter terrace with unsurpassed views of Barcelona and the Pyrenees. Designed by Rebecca Horn, the spacious suite consists of a large bedroom and living area, with dining table, sun beds, and awesome bathroom with Philippe Starck bathtub perfectly situated to contemplate the sweeping city views. Other hotel perks: it's decked out with an exquisite art collection; the outdoor scene at Miramar Bar, complete with swimming pool and summertime DJ; and the ZenZone Spa, with Hammam, sauna, caldarium, and fitness center. The Spa's infinity pool is extraordinary, seeming to flow from the side of the mountain down into the city beneath. The Gran Hotel La Florida is the best kind of urban oasis.
Originally built in 1402, Stapleford Park was recently renovated into a luxurious boutique hotel. Situated in 500 acres of woods, pastures, and beautiful gardens, and with a heritage stretching back to the 15th century, the setting is magical. A brand new member of Small Luxury Hotels, Stapleford Park is steeped in history and surrounded by the picturesque English countryside. This is a place where the hospitality and elegance of a bygone era come alive, and country pursuits—like clay pigeon shooting, fishing, archery, tennis, golf, and falconry—are enjoyed at leisure. The hotel features 55 uniquely designed guest rooms, styled and named after their creators (Crabtree and Evelyn, Mulberry, Savoir Beds…) Modern comforts abound, from the Clarins Spa to the state-of-the-art Technogym. The welcoming, attentive staff attends to every detail to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. It's easy to see why Andrew Harper lists the hotel in his Hideaway Report as "One of the Best Country House Hotels in the World."
August 24, 2006
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
from Lanny Grossman, Director of Communications, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Editorial Advisory Board Member At the Annual Emmy Awards this year (Sunday, August 27th in Los Angeles), celebrity swag gifts will include an exclusive trip from Small Luxury Hotels of the World - the luxury hotel brand which includes over 370 properties worldwide. According to SLH, recipients of the coveted "swag bag" will choose between five different special Emmy packages at member hotels. Famous celebrity presenters can choose a special Emmy package at either Dolphin Bay Hotel & Residences in Shell Beach, CA; Old Bahama Bay on Grand Bahama Island; Adara Hotel in Whistler; The Lodge at Moloka'I Ranch in Hawaii and Wharekauhau Country Estate in New Zealand. The special packages created exclusively for the event include everything from luxurious suites to relaxing spa services and multiple course gourmet dinners. The more adventurous celebs can enjoy swooshing the slopes in Whistler or sailing in the Bahamas. Either way, celebrity recipients are in for a real treat with whichever package they choose. In addition to being in the official celebrity gift bag, SLH will be participating in the Extra TV Celebrity Suite the week prior to the Emmys where nominees and other invited VIPs will be gifted with various two-night stays all over the world, among several other products and services that participating companies are offering. And since most celebs can afford, work into their contracts, or get comped for most of their accommodations and activies mentioned above, the celebs publicists and assistants should make out like bandits with these swag options. (The Original Emmy is pictured - get the Emmy Origin story by clicking here.) Small Luxury Hotels of the World
At the Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten—conveniently located on the western side of the Inner Alster Lake shore, in the heart of the city's retail and commercial district—visitors find peerless service, a distinguished and elegant ambience, and some of the best restaurants in Hamburg. In addition to the Jahreszeiten Grill, Doc Cheng's, and the Michelin-star awarded Haerlin Restaurant, the hotel recently opened an al fresco cafe on the Binnenalster. The charming Jahreszeiten Terrace was created on the new pier, which had been constructed for passengers to embark and disembark directly in front of the hotel. While dining outside in the sunshine, guests enjoy gastronomic highlights from the patisserie, Jahreszeiten Grill, Doc Cheng's and Cafe Condi. The terrace offers seating for 80 guests and operates daily from 10 am to 10 pm.
Located in the heart of the eternal city, between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, the stunning Hotel de Russie is unique among luxury hotels in Rome because of its extensive, terraced gardens which provide a peaceful refuge in the center of the bustling city. The Hotel de Russie has recently opened a Butterfly Oasis, created in collaboration with WWF International, in the hotel's ancient Secret Garden, where visitors can observe rare butterflies while strolling or dining alfresco. The hotel also has one of Rome's best health clubs and spa with a hydropool, jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish steam bath, beauty treatments and gym. In mid September, the Hotel de Russie will inaugurate the new Vaclav Nijinsky Suite, named after the great Russian ballet dancer. The ultra-spacious suite will feature a 250 sq meter terrace, two bedrooms, dining room, living room with a piano and a 50-inch flat-screen TV, a bar, walk-in wardrobe and a large bathroom with separate shower, steam bath and television. In addition, in September and October 2006, The Stravinskij Bar invites resident and non-resident guests to experience a special "aperitivo" moment. Offer consists of half-bottle of Krug and tapas for two at EUR 90.
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.
Clear turquoise water, lush tropical gardens, white powdery sand on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean… Located on Providenciales in the beautiful Turks and Caicos islands, Grace Bay Club is an all-suite luxury resort comprised of 38 new family-friendly suites at the Villas and the 22-suite adults-only Hotel. A winner of the Five-Star Diamond Award, Grace Bay Club has been a fixture on Travel and Leisure's "World's Best" awards, the "T and L 500" and Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List." This island getaway promises the best kind of family vacation in paradise. And the new "Portrait in Paradise" package captures the beauty of your Turks and Caicos family holiday with a custom-tailored professional portrait session that will make this year's holiday memorable for the entire family. The four-night package includes a gorgeous professional portrait, accommodations in an oceanview suite at the resort's new Villas, airport meet and greet as well as roundtrip transfers, welcome amenity of chilled champagne and fresh fruit basket, daily continental breakfast, daily three-course, candlelight dinner, in the newly renovated Anacaona Restaurant (children over 12 only) or the family-friendly Grill, and a soothing massage for each adult at the new Anani Spa. Offered through December 19, 2006. Pricing starts at $2,681 per suite, based on double occupancy, and category of suite selected. Additional family members can be accommodated depending on suite type for an additional charge; children under 7 stay free.
Located in the city center of Prague, within walking distance of the city's historical tourist attractions, the Hotel Palace Praha has been a distinguished center of social and cultural life since 1909. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the luxurious hotel blends traditional style and modern comfort in its 124 beautifully furnished rooms and suites. Guests enjoy the state-of-the-art technology and an exquisite dining experience at the Gourmet Club Restaurant, one of the top restaurants in Prague's city center. For a limited time, take advantage of the 3 for 2 package: a luxurious three-night stay for the price of two! Includes buffet breakfast, free sauna and business center access, and welcome amenity in-room upon arrival. Starting from EUR 242. Valid until October 31, 2006.
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.