LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
October 23, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Feast on some spooktacular chocolate treats on Saturday, November 1 at The Langham Hotel, Boston. Once the Federal Reserve Bank, this elegant property-- a national architectural landmark-- boasts an ideal downtown location near Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, the Theater District and the waterfront. The hotel's Cafe Fleuri is famous for its Saturday Chocolate Bar, and this Halloween it will get seriously creepy and crawly. Enjoy spooky decorations and sample special chocolate delights such as Frankenstein Surprise, Dirty Worms, Bloody Hearts, and Pile of Bones. Come dressed in your favorite costume, ready to gobble up the more than 125 chocolate desserts. The winner of the "Best Costume" contest receives a Chocolate Bar gift certificate for four.
October 23, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson
Be treated like royalty at pauper-like prices. King George Palace in Athens is offering special Autumn room rates from 260€ from now until 11/30/08. The rates apply to classical or double rooms. All 78 ultra-luxurious guestrooms are individually decorated and offer state-of-the-art amenities while maintaining the hotel's historic charm and status. Some rooms have views of the Acropolis, and all rooms have free Wi-Fi internet access, laptops are available on request, and the rooms are fully soundproofed.
Gourmands who make pilgrimages to Le Meurice in Paris for a taste of Yannick Alléno's celebrated cuisine will be pleased to learn that the Michelin three-starred chef is designing the menu for the Cheval Blanc, the luxury four-star hotel located in the ski resort of Courchevel. Alléno will bring his creative, contemporary approach to haute cuisine when reinventing the classic alpine dishes.
Don't worry. This hot deal won't mimic the fiasco that happened with the $19.28 celebratory rate for Leading Hotels of the World. The Pink Palace of the Pacific is undergoing a $110 million renovation and will reopen in January enhanced with contemporary amenities while still remaining an icon of luxury and romance from a bygone era. To honor its original opening date of February 1, 1927, the Royal Hawaiian-- the Waikiki landmark-- will have a special "1927 Package." You can get a first-night room rate of $19.27 with a four-night minimum in a Royal Grove room. Additional nightly room rates start at $450.
You could win a trip for two to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival on February 19-22, 2009 where you will showcase your winning recipe in the Grand Tasting Tent! Plus, the winning recipe will be added to the new Bytes Menu served in every Loews Hotel! In anticipation of the new Loews Hotels Bytes menu and wireless access in every Loews hotel lobby, Food & Wine mag and Loews Hotels have partnered for this cool contest. Submit your recipe for an easy-to-eat creation by November 11. The idea is to come up with a dish that oozes a full spectrum of flavors in a single bite- to be enjoyed while on your laptop. Here's the scoop on what the judges are looking for:
* easily eaten in 1 bite (3-5 pieces per order);
* designed to be served with a bamboo spear or a pick without the need for forks and knives;
* avoid overly expensive ingredients;
* avoid labor intensive techniques; and
* create with a production scale of 100 pieces at a minimum.
Submit your best Byte recipe here.
October 22, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau
This winter, why not plan an escape to The Setai, where Asian traditions of simplicity and elegance are set in an intimate serene waterfront resort in the heart of South Beach. Tropical gardens and sparkling pools overlooking the Atlantic Ocean makes The Setai the idyllic oasis that redefines the profound and abiding respect for individual privacy and desire for pampering, fine dining, world class amenities and recreational facilities.
Featuring an intimate private spa, full fitness center, 3 pools, remarkable restaurants and bars, 85 Studio Suites, and 45 Suites that are all designed with thoughtful attention and GHM's promise of making every stay an impeccable experience. From October 19 through December 12, 2008, rates will start at $615 per night double occupancy. With winter just around the corner, it's not too soon to plan The Setai Winter Escape.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
Take a Roman Holiday. Villa Spalletti Trivelli, an urban villa located in the heart of Rome, is offering a Grand Opening Offer Package. Book a Luxe Romantic for EUR 350 + vat 10 percent, a Deluxe Prestige for EUR 450 + vat 10 percent, or Deluxe Suite for EUR 700 + vat 10 percent. Benefits included in these great rates start with a welcome drink on arrival in the Villa's lovely garden or library. You'll also get a rich homemade buffet breakfast, complimentary newspaper and mini-bar in the room, complimentary Honor Bar in the Sala degli Arazzi, and free access to on-site gym and Turkish bath.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance Five Star Alliance guests at Villa Spalletti Trivelli receive complimentary tea for two once during stay in the Sala del Camino and one complimentary "Relax Treatment" per person in the on-site Hammam/Energy Bar.
Back in 2006 we started raving about Molasses Reef, the unspoiled island destination in the Turks and Caicos that would be the setting for the first "Ritz-Carlton Reserve"-- the "highest tier of luxury properties" designed in an eco-friendly way with respect for the local environment. Now our friends over at Luxury Insider have spilled the beans about the latest in the Ritz-Carlton Reserve collection: Phulay Bay, "tucked away in the midst of limestone karsts and hidden waterfalls in Thailand's diving hotspot Krabi and embraced by the Andaman Sea." Guest rooms feature walk-in wardrobes, outdoor verandah lounge beds, rainforest showers, and indoor and outdoor baths. 24-hour personal butler service is a given. And facilities include a beautiful infinity pool, state-of-the-art gym, and first destination ESPA.
Serenade and seduce your sweetheart in style. Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort and Club has unveiled their "Pure Pampering Menu," and the delightful mixture of food, wine, music, and massage will melt the hardest of hearts.
Picnic with your beloved on the beach after the rising of the full moon from $100 for the Moonlight Islander Picnic to $175 for the Royal Highness Picnic. Or, spring for the $375 Dominican Farewell, which features couples' massages by the beach at sunset, Moet & Chandon cocktails, and canapes.
If the beach doesn't appeal, you can book a $220 Romantic Escapade. Just like in the movies, your suite will be set for romance with candles, champagne, and rose petals floating in scented bath water. Or opt for Dinner a Deux for $340 per couple. You'll get a personalized menu, exclusive butler service, chilled champagne, candlelight and soft recorded music. A live musician (flautist or saxophonist) can be had for an additional $300 per hour.
The truly creative can create their own romantic escapade. Cake, floral arrangements, chocolate dipped fruits, and champagne are all available for purchase.
October 21, 2008
By: Lucy LeTourneau
St. Michael's, Maryland a mere 90 minute drive from Washington, DC is home to The Inn at Perry Cabin, a member of the Orient Express hotel group. The Inn, which is a restored colonial mansion, is carefully expanded, has the feel of a maritime country inn but with world class hotel services such as the full service Linden Spa and fine dining at Sherwood's Landing restaurant. The Inn is situated just on the edge of the idyllic waterfront town of St. Michael's, chock full of restaurants, gift shops and recreational fun on the Myles River.
My husband and I were lucky enough to escape to The Inn at Perry Cabin for an anniversary weekend a few weeks ago and spent a spectacular late September weekend at the Inn. We arrived late on Friday night to the peaceful surroundings of the Inn, where the welcoming staff quickly got us settled into our Master Suite, No. 75. The sitting room with fireplace (which of course we had to try out, despite the mild evening weather), king bedroom, huge master bath, and a spacious deck overlooking the grounds and waterfront were comfortable and residential in feel. Saturday was spent exploring the town both on foot and with the bicycles that the Inn provides its guests. The numerous shops, Maritime museum and placid scenery along the Myles River made for a relaxing day out. That evening, our dinner at the Inn's restaurant, Sherwood's Landing, capped off a special anniversary celebration. We highly recommend the oyster stew and crab spring rolls that started our meal.
MID-WEEK ESCAPE -
Retreat to peaceful St. Michael's for a much needed mid-week escape. Stay 3 nights or longer, enjoy a hotel credit of $150 for use in the restaurant and bar facilities or on a spa treatment. Restrictions apply.
By: Lucy LeTourneau