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Get your grub on at the Thanksgiving Culinary Celebration at Charleston's elegant Orient-Express property, Charleston Place. Start off with the Lowcountry Seafood Sampler (with chilled shrimp and smoked trout) or a Tasting of Pates. The Roasted Butternut Squash soup is to-die-for. Cleanse the palate with a light salad topped with toasted pecans and dolce gorgonzola. Next up: entrees that are lip-smacking good. The Fire-Roasted Turkey is served with Wild Mushroom Stuffing, Buttery Whipped Potatoes, Cranberry Relish and Pan Drippings. You can't go wrong with the Seared Filet of Angus Beef, served with Black Truffle Potato Gratin, Sautéed Fall Vegetables, and Mushroom Mediera Jus. There's Colorado Lamb and Local Grouper, too. Finish with your choice from the elaborate display of traditional holiday pastries.
Book the Charleston Place Thanksgiving Package and you'll get three nights accommodation, two tickets to the Thanksgiving Celebration at the Palmetto Café, and a $25 Charleston Place gift certificate. Starting from $873, available from November 24-30, 2008.
St. Regis is bringing its luxury touch to Mexico's D.F. with a swanky new hotel designed by Cesar Pelli and Associates.* A cool exterior paired with bold colors "and a nod to traditional Mexican craftsmanship" on the inside (to quote Travel + Leisure's shout-out to this 31-storey masterpiece in its October 08 issue) means one of the most sought-after hotels in the capital when it opens in March 09 on the iconic Reforma boulevard. The revered brand is promising the "most luxurious accommodations" with the opening of the St. Regis Mexico City-- with staggering views and butler service, of course. Along with the new St. Regis Punta Mita, this is the brand's first foray into Latin America.
*Architect Cesar Pelli is renowned worldwide for buildings like the Torre de Cristal in Barcelona and the International Finance Center in Hong Kong.
London's crème de la crème flock to Hélène Darroze at the Connaught for exemplary regional French haute cuisine, served in a quintessentially Edwardian wood-paneled hotel dining room. Taking inspiration from Les Landes region in southwest France, Darroze sallies forth with a procession of magical dishes. Caviar d'Acquitaine wows with oyster tartare in a stylish martini glass, topped with black caviar jelly and white haricot bean velouté. Spit-roasted and flambéed grouse is served delightfully pink, with duck foie gras, and mini Brussels sprouts. To finish, enjoy Madagascar chocolate ganache with raspberry sorbet and galangal crème brûlée.
Fretting over the upcoming holiday season? Skip town and give thanks to solitude in gorgeous Grand Teton National Park, where the luxurious Rusty Parrot Lodge will spoil you rotten in the heart of Jackson. The outdoor hot tub overlooking the snow-capped peaks is itself a lure, and spacious digs with fireplaces are downright enticing. Book the Thankful Thanksgiving package and you'll feast on the finest grub at the Four Diamond-rated Wild Sage Restaurant. Starting from $629 per person (double) and available from November 26-30, the package include four nights accommodation, breakfasts, two one-hour massages in the Body Sage Spa, two tix to the National Museum of Wildlife Art and an expert lecture on the Yellowstone ecosystem. Plus the Thanksgiving dinner, of course.
Leave it to the "Grande Dame of the Far East" to come up with luxurious enticements to dazzle its loyal clientele. The opulent Peninsula Hong Kong, celebrating its 80th birthday this year, has a knack for spoiling its guests (Case in point: The Pen's fleet of Rolls-Royce limousines to whisk you around Hong Kong). The celebrated Peninsula service includes helicopter shuttle service from the hotel's rooftop helipad. Recently the hotel debuted a brand new helicopter program which combines "flightseeing" tours with other amenities. With the "Fly and Dine" package, flights depart from the rooftop for a 15-minute ride above the sparkling city in The Pen's twin-engined Aerospatiale Squirrel helicopter, where the pilot will point out the major city landmarks, spectacular coastline, and outlying islands. After their return, guests head downstairs to the restaurant of choice for lunch or dinner. Prices start from HK$ 7,180 for two persons. The "Fly and Relax" program combines the "flightseeing tour" with treatments at The Peninsula Spa by ESPA. After your tour, you'll indulge with a De-stressor Aromatherapy massage, a skin specific Intensive Facial and a poolside Naturally Peninsula lunch or Afternoon Tea. The total treatment time is 1 hour 50 minutes, and Fly and Relax is HK$ 7,500 for two or HK$ 9,300 for three people.
Order up a limited edition cocktail this holiday season at Loews Hotels, and you'll support Modest Needs, Loews' designated corporate charity, a nonprofit whose programs are funded entirely through the "small change" of individual donors. Sip a "Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice" at any of Loews' 18 properties in the U.S. and Canada between November 23 and December 31, 2008, and feel good knowing that 100 percent of the proceeds are assisting Modest Needs applicants. Garnished with an apple star, the specialty drink is concocted from apple cider, cinnamon, grenadine, and Woodford Reserve Bourbon.
Here's the scoop on Modest Needs: It leverages the Internet's communication benefits by displaying applicant stories online and allowing donors to read and rate which ones are funded. The organization fields hundreds of requests each month from people who have no way to shoulder the financial burden posed by life's sudden emergencies: the unexpected car repair that keeps a single mother working; the cost of a license renewal that puts a skilled professional back on the job; the unusually large winter heating bill; or the co-payment for a cancer treatment.
Scouting out the ideal honeymoon spot? For a real luxury value, consider the vibrant isle of Puerto Rico, just a short flight away from the East Coast. El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa is situated high on a cliff overlooking the sparkling azure sea. You may just want to relax by the pool, but when you're feeling restless, a slew of activities awaits: world-class golf, spa, casino, water park, wind surfing, scuba diving, and fishing. When you book the Island Romance package, you can enjoy rates starting from just $275 based on a four night minimum stay. You'll be picked up at the airport, then treated to chilled Champagne and tropical fruit in-room upon arrival. You'll also get full Caribbean breakfast daily, and two 50-minute massages. Available until December 31, 2009. (Rates vary depending on the season-- as high as $521 in March-- but are still quite the deal.)
Now's your chance to win a stay at the sexy hotel that even impresses Hollywood A-listers! As you sip a cocktail on your private balcony, you'll be able to ogle the scenic views of Santa Monica, the Pacific Ocean, and the Hollywood Hills. The InterContinental Century City, the glamorous Westside hotspot, gets props for its newly-announced Prize Draw. Simply enter the contest for a chance to win two nights Bed and Breakfast in one of the hotel's swanky guest rooms.
Whistler Blackcomb is the next best thing to Europe, says the Outside Magazine Ski Hot List, because of the "big vertical. Like Yao Ming big." This is the largest ski resort in North America, and like the Alps, the "5,280-foot-vertical descent drops directly from top to bottom." And now there's a new gondola in place connecting the two peaks (Whistler and Blackcomb), to boot. Escape to the 83-suite Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre Hotel and you'll be able to revitalize at the boutique spa, relax poolside at the year-round outdoor heated salt water lap pool or enjoy one of the hotel's two outdoor hot tubs, all with spectacular views of the idyllic mountains. Enjoy a Fall Family Getaway until November 30, 2008 and you'll get 50 percent off the second room.
The posh Amanyara resort has just extended its Summer Rates until December 18th. Just steps from the sand and pristine coral reefs offshore, this Turks and Caicos hideaway is luxury made tangible. Ocean enthusiasts and adventure buffs prize the scuba diving and sailing, but the land activities are equally as alluring. Tennis anyone? There's also a multimedia screening room and elegant spa. The pavilions showcase the best of contemporary design with terraces and daybeds, gleaming kitchens, and infinity edge pools in black volcanic rock. Even better: The hotel has just announced its new Beach Villa accommodations, perched on the postcard-perfect sandy beach a stone's throw from the sea.