LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
September 12, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
We've reported on Montenegro, the jewel of the Adriatic, as an up-and-coming destination and future coastal "it" spot. Indeed, Amanresorts is restoring the resort island of Sveti Stefan as a glamorous vacation spot for A-listers. Now Luxist has the skinny on schemes to make Montenegro the next Monaco:
A group of billionaire investors including Oleg Deripaska (Russia's richest man) and LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault are backing a scheme to turn Tivat, a derelict port and ex-Yugoslav naval base in the former communist country of Montenegro, into the next playground for the megarich.
Porto Montenegro, aka "Monaco of the Balkans," will be home to a "marina for the oversized yachts of the rich and famous." Four Seasons is even planning to open a luxury property there. Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has his sights set on a nearby beach for his own luxury resort.
September 12, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
What's better than having the opportunity to search for the world's most desired and prized foods? Embarking on this culinary adventure at one of the Italy's finest luxury hotels. Hotel Principe di Savoia is now offering a "Truffle Hunting Getaway" in Alba, Italy, a world-renowned spot for white truffles. Known to sell for over $700 for a single ounce, white truffles are an extravagant culinary delight. The package offers a limo-transported trip to Alba where guests can embark on a white truffle hunt with specially trained dogs and an English-speaking truffle enthusiast to guide them. In addition guests receive a truffle cooking class from Chef Fabrizio Cadei and dinner at the Acanto Restaurant. Guests can also relax after a long day of truffle hunting with a Reflex Zone Massage at Club 10. At $5285 per person, guests receive four nights accommodation in a newly refurbished Principe di Savoia Deluxe Mosaic Room. Offer valid from October 1 through November 15th, 2008.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at Principe di Savoia will receive an Aperitif for 2 people in the hotel bar.
By: Madelyn Giblin
London's "41", the fashionable boutique property from Red Carnation Hotels overlooking the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, has introduced two fabulous apartments so that guests can enjoy their very own exclusive space in the heart of the bustling Victoria shopping district. Outfitted with all the latest modern conveniences and appointed with the finest furnishings, these two apartments allow guests the privilege of staying in their very own London apartment. Choose either a one- or two-bedroom apartment, both situated in a residential townhouse and serviced by the five-star hotel "41" nearby. Of course the hotel's amenities are yours for the duration of your stay. Each boasts a gas fireplace, opulent marble bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, and spacious roof terrace for al fresco dining. You'll enjoy all the latest technology- from plasma screen TVs to complimentary Wifi. Plus, there's a fully-stocked bar, top-of-the-line Penhaligon's toiletries and daily maid service. The one-bedroom apartment is GBP 2000 per week; the two-bedroom apartment is GBP 2750. Rates are exclusive of taxes and gratuities.
You could say that Fire and Ice- Raffles Cellar and Grill at the Raffles Dubai is sizzling. There are open hot kitchens where the chefs use an innovative cooking method involving liquid nitrogen. The elements of fire and ice are the focus of the menu. Fodor's loves this place: "The provocative menu offers choices from the ice counter and the flame station, but the food doesn't need gimmicks to get by... The expertly prepared food is well worth the cost." The innovative taste and creative presentation results in "refined Trans-Ethnic cuisine, bringing the elements of fire and ice to your plate." And that's not all. There are over 400 wines on the wine list, and over 60 wines available by the glass. An entire wall of the restaurant serves as a cave for the bottles, stacked behind glass in a tempting display. The architecture of the hotel itself draws inspiration from one of the great wonders of the world; the enormous pyramid is a sight to behold on the glittering Dubai skyline.
The Mid-Autumn Festival in Singapore means the streets in Chinatown are draped with lights, lanterns are aglow, and friends get together under the full moon to drink Chinese tea, chow down on delicious mooncakes, and celebrate the abundant harvest. Fêted on the fifteenth day of the 8th lunar month among Chinese communities around the world, the Mid-Autumn festival dates back some 3,000 years. The best mooncakes in Singapore can be found at the luxurious Fullerton Hotel, where you can savor all the best of the Mid-Autumn Festival with handmade delicacies in new original flavors: Mixed Nuts & Pineapple, Green Tea Ginger, Coconut Mango and Black Sesame Almond. For a really decadent treat, choose the perennial bestseller, The Fullerton Chocolate Baileys in Snowskin. Fullerton's premium mooncakes are available at Jade located at the lobby level, from 10 am to 10 pm daily until September 14, 2008.
American Airlines just launched direct service from Miami to the island of Antigua, making it just a little bit easier to reach this Caribbean paradise. We just got the scoop on a great deal at the exclusive St. James's Club and Villas (thanks, Sherman's Travel!), where you can stroll the sandy beaches and enjoy complimentary non-motorized water sports. There's also tennis, a spa, and a whole lot more. To celebrate American Airlines' brand new non-stop service to Antigua, the resort is slashing prices to $59/night, a phenomenal savings of over 80 percent. Good through October 26, 2008.
Hollywood's posh Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas, the hip favorite of the music industry, is planning to open a new restaurant, simply called RESTAURANT. At the helm will be 2-star Michelin rated chef Guillaume Burlion (he also holds 5 diamonds), a native of Paris, formerly of Patrick Lenôtre restaurant and the 2-star Michelin rated Les Ambassadeurs at the gorgeous Hotel de Crillon. This guy gets around-- he's also worked at Europa Restaurant in Palm Springs, Beaurivage in Malibu, Wild Boar in Nashville, the W Hotel in Waikiki, and Amanda Rise in Toyko. His plan for the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas is to create a signature menu highlighting his global experiences and championing California cuisine with mind-blowing "French California" dishes. More details soon about the resto's opening.
September 10, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau
Feeling the need to refresh your concept of vacation? Why not dive in or speed down thrilling water slides or relax on an expansive sundeck or swim in your choice of crystalline pools. Now that the new multi-million Conqui Water Park is open, you can partake of these and other water activities while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea at the El Conquistador Resort. With your experience of The Conqui Water Park Package you will enjoy daily breakfast for 4, daily passes to the Conqui Water Park for 4 and round trip transfers to the airport. Starting at $249 per night with a 3 night minimum stay, this package is inclusive of tax and tariffs. Located on the North East tip of Puerto Rico near the EL Yanque Rain Forest, the El Conquistador Resort is only 4 miles from shopping and other attractions of Fajardo and Las Croabas. El Conquistador Resort is known for its world class gulf, spa, casino, water park, wind surfing, scuba diving and fishing. Featuring 32 onsite restaurants and lounges and the private Palomino Island, the El Conquistador Resort provides awe inspiring amenities and tranquility and as much water park adventure you may be looking for to experience with the Conqui Water Park Package.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
Alas, most major carriers are demanding fees for checked bags these days (Continental just joined the club). Loews Hotels to the rescue. The luxury hotel chain has just announced that it will extend its popular "Baggage Buy Back" incentive through November 30, 2008. Launched in the spring to help beleaguered travelers deal with rising travel costs, the program provides reimbursement for the the checked luggage fee. Simply present your airline baggage fee receipt when checking into your favorite Loews Hotel in the U.S. or Canada, and you'll get the rebate-- issued in the form of a credit on your bill upon check-out. Loews will offer credits for up to two bags, for a max of $30 per room, per stay. Bravo.
September 9, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau
Its election time- time to live presidential in Washington, DC. Experience your Presidential weekend at the Mandarin Oriental for 2 in one of the "World's Greatest Suites" (Elite Traveler) where grandeur greets you with floor to ceiling windows and twin balconies offering sweeping views of Georgetown, the National Cathedral, The Tidal Basin and more. Arrive Friday for your unforgettable 2 night stay and move in to the Presidential Suite with its' magnificent master bedroom that is elegantly furnished with a four poster bed and jaw dropping luxurious bathroom complete with a soothing infinity edge tub and state of the art spa shower. Be entertained in your own sophisticated 24 foot Living Room, with its well stocked bar and Kitchen and your own Dining Room that seats 8. Unique touches abound your Presidential Suite and include an exquisite exhibition of 3 Chinese Compasses, Grand Piano, walk thru Study and 60 inch flat screen TV. The Washington DC Mandarin Oriental features award winning restaurants, indoor pool, fitness center and a rejuvenation spa. The Presidential Weekend at the Mandarin Oriental offers breakfast for 2 in your own personal Dining Room, valet parking, VIP service amenities and spa gift basket and monogrammed bathrobes to take home as reminders of your presidential stay. Explore all the monuments, museums and restaurants from this very convenient base or stay in and indulge in a Romance Bath complete with Rose Petals and candles. The Presidential Weekend at the Mandarin Oriental is available for $12,995.00. Cast your support for the unexpected by arranging your Presidential Weekend at the Mandarin Oriental. Also available through Excitations in Philadelphia at the Rittenhouse Hotel >>
By: Betsy LeTourneau