LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
October 17, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau
Capella Telluride fills the niche of an ultra luxury mountain ski hotel with meticulous and exceptional personalized service that is the foundation of the Capella concept. The Capella experience begins from the moment of your booking with a Capella Personal Assistant. With your tastes and preferences in mind, they work with you to set the stage for relaxation and adventure with a customized itinerary that offers a list of things to do, sites to explore, and restaurants to experience. Your adventures may range from ice skating, skiing, and snowmobiling in the winter to golf and rock climbing in the summer and cultural events that are offered year around to enjoy. With 86 luxurious rooms and 14 suites that are spacious, sophisticated and supremely comfortable and all incorporating the finest woods, stones, marble, and textiles, Capella Telluride offers the perfect setting for your guest experience. Each accommodation offers LCD TVs, iPod Docking Stations, wireless LAN, bedside touch panel for lighting and drapes to set the stage and mode, private refreshment centers stocked with complimentary mineral waters and soft drinks, picture windows, and balconies to invite the outdoors in, and unforgettable views that stretch from rugged peaks to the vibrant village below. Enjoy a sensational dinner at The Onyx, an invigorating swim in the indoor/outdoor pool, soak in the hot tub, or renew yourself at the intimate spa, all while enjoying the inspirational mountain views and experience the pampering that is the distinctive style that has become the Capella Signature.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
After a $56 million renovation completed in 2006, the US Grant was returned to its original splendor. Situated in the heart of downtown San Diego, the landmark property dates from 1910. Ranked as one of the Top 128 Hotels in the World by Conde Naste Traveler, the US Grant gets rave reviews for its two-level Presidential suites and thoughtfully designed rooms with six-head rain showers in the bathrooms. There are even Event Planner suites in this swanky urban resort. Rumor has it that ghostly apparitions roam the elegant hallways of this historic hotel, so it's only fitting that the US Grant embrace Halloween and offer the "Ghosts of the Grant" package to guests. On October 31st, you can enjoy a haunted journey back to 1910 with a guided historical tour of the hotel with rarely revealed ghost folklore. Tours-- with limited availability-- will be offered at the following times: 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. The package also includes a $50 dining credit and a Halloween welcome amenity. Available October 30-November 1, 2008; priced from $259 per night.
Hot off the press. The best hotel in the U.S.? A real symbol of hospitality excellence? The honor goes to The Peninsula Chicago in the 2008 Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards (published in the magazine's November issue). That's the verdict by the readers of the prestigious glossy, who esteem the hotel for its luxurious accommodations, unrivaled dining at Avenues Restaurant, and dedicated staff. Since its opening in 2001, The Peninsula Chicago has racked up the awards-- including the Mobil Five Star and the AAA Five Diamond awards for the last seven consecutive years.
Election fever has prompted hotels to get patriotic with special packages, as we noted with the Fairmont Copley Plaza's "Making of a President Package." But the trend doesn't stop there. As Travel + Leisure reports, these presidential promotions are available not just in red and blue states, but in hotels around the globe-- like the Hotel Concorde La Fayette in Paris where you can chow down on a "Hawaiian-themed O-Burger" or the "Southwestern-flavored Elephant Burger for the senator from Arizona." Back in the States, W Hotels is inspiring guests to "gear up and show their colors" with the Declare Yourself Package. If you declare yourself red at W Hotels in New York, you'll get an Elephant t-shirt, a Republican Vote Tote made of 80 percent recycled cotton canvas and 20 percent recycled plastic soda bottles to help you support your party and contribute to save the planet, the "Declare Yourself" book in which celebrated Americans - from Adrian Grenier to Amber Tamblyn to Alice Walker to Hayden Panettiere - share personal reasons and motivations for voting, plus two 10 Cain Rum cocktails. Or rock your Democrat colors and you'll get donkey gear plus two Obama Pama cocktails.
October 17, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson
Paris in spring is wonderful, but Paris in winter plus great rates and spa treatments is just as lovely. La Tremoille is offering a Zen Couple week-end package from now until January 10, 2009. Guests will receive one night at the hotel, a Continental breakfast, and two treatments. Choose from 1/2 hour massage, facial care treatment, or back/neck/shoulder massage. This offer is valid on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays depending upon availability.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at La Tremoille will receive a box of Laduree macaroons in room upon arrival.
After a long wait (try nine years) and $300 million, the Mandarin Oriental Boston is finally open for business. This is the fifth U.S. location for the exclusive Hong Kong brand, and it certainly ups the ante for luxury properties in Boston. It houses the most spacious standard rooms in the city, boasting rainforest showers, soaking tubs, 42 inch flatscreen TVs, designer linens, and state-of-the-art technology. With a coveted address on Boylston St in the city's Back Bay district, a fancy spa, and Asana restaurant, the Mandarin Oriental promises an unrivaled hotel experience in the city. And the rates reflect this. They are the highest in the city, starting around $625 a night.
But the "We Fan Boston" package (as in: We "heart" Boston) is a good deal. You can celebrate the grand debut of the Mandarin Oriental Boston until March 31, 2009 and get full American breakfast and Boston amenities along with your accommodations. You'll also receive admission for two to the Museum of Fine Arts, and one complimentary night when you pay for two consecutive nights. Prices start from $710 per night.
Image via Boston Globe
As the economy takes a nose-dive and folks are less likely to travel, we've been witnessing lots of unprecedented deals at luxury hotels. Case in point: The "Escape to the Spa" package with participating Ritz-Carlton hotels, where guests are enticed to stay during the month of October with a hefty spa credit. You can get an oceanfront massage at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun (pictured), experience a massage in the moonlight at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas, relax in a spa sanctuary in the center of the Mile High City at the Ritz-Carlton Denver, immerse yourself in a Roman mineral bath at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, tone your physique with a haute couture body treatment at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, or luxuriate with a Voodoo Love Massage at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.
Turkey day is fast approaching. Why not start a new trend and spend the holiday at The Breakers? The Palm Beach luxury resort is now booking for their Thanksgiving Tradition. Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, a bonfire on the beach, sandcastle creation, a seashells and shark tooth scavenger hunt, harvest festival, wine tasting, pajama party, teen lounge, and glow in the dark laser tag. You can also enjoy The Breakers 20,000 square-foot spa with ocean view, 10 tennis courts, 5 swimming pools and 8 restaurants. The BreakersThanksgiving Tradition is being offered from $399 per night.
We're so in love with the Regent Bal Harbour (pictured at right- home to North America's first Guerlain Spa), that we can hardly wait for the proposed Puerto Rico property to open its doors. If the amenities are anywhere near as swanky as the Regent Bal Harbour (shower toe-testers, anyone? to get the bath temperature right), we're in for a treat. The Regent Palmas del Mar Puerto Rico is scheduled to open on the beach approximately 30 minutes southeast of San Juan in December 2011. The 150 rooms-- including 96 guestrooms, 52 suites, a 5,500 square foot Presidential Suite, and Presidential Beach Cottage with views of the island Vieques-- will be designed by Trish Wilson who is known for the fine interiors at The Palace of the Lost City Hotel (South Africa) and Little Dix Bay. Also in store: a signature restaurant (with a celeb chef), three pools, preferred tee times at nearby championship golf courses, and a spa with five over-water suites.
Montego Bay luxury resort Half Moon is offering a golf deal that will delight both duffers and pros. Now through Dec.14, 2008, golfers who book a minimum three-night stay can take advantage of the Total Golf Experience package. Golfers will get their own cart and caddy to golf daily on the "Best Walking Course in the Caribbean." They'll also get unlimited golf green fees (18-holes daily), welcome gift of champagne, sleeve of Half Moon Logo Balls and Logo Hat, luxurious accommodations, 5 star dining, and airport transfers. Rates begin at $395 per person per night.
Half Moon is a luxury resort situated on crescent-shaped white sand beaches, with 398 rooms including suites, cottages and villas. In addition to luxurious accommodations, Half Moon also features a recently renovated Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed 18-hole golf course, and the Half Moon Golf Academy.