The best way to see the magical kingdom of Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon, is with Amanresorts. For centuries the Kingdom was closed to the outside world, and Amanresorts was the first foreign company allowed to open a series of properties throughout the different remarkable regions of Bhutan. Called Amankora, the luxurious lodges are nestled strategically through the pristine landscape, the perfect place to discover the ancient traditions of the mystical Himalayas. Beginning in October 2007, the Amankora experience will be extended east to Bumthang with an additional 16-suite lodge with a dining room, living room, library and spa. Follow the "peaceful pilgrimage" of Amankora and enjoy a circuitous journey from lodge to lodge, experiencing the very best of Bhutan along the way.
The time for an Aspen getaway? Just about now. When the busy summer crowds have dissipated, the foliage begins to shimmer yellow and red, and a slight September slowdown means deals at Aspen's renowned luxury hotels, like The Little Nell. The town's legendary five star, five-diamond hotel is offering 30 percent off their regular rates for the entire month of September, so you can enjoy all that Aspen has to offer, all that luxury for which The Little Nell is famous, without the crowds.
The great designer's only skyscraper, the H.C. Price Company tower, is an innovative building inspired by a tree. This National Historic Landmark changed the world of architecture, and global audiences now have the opportunity to see this landmark destination up close and personal-- by spending the night there. Constructed within the top floors of the skyscraper and opened in April 2003, The Inn at Price Tower is exalted as a high-design hotel, recognized by Condé-Nast Traveler as one of the "Top 100 New Hotels," and recipient of the 2003 Business Week/Architectural Record "Good Design Is Good Business Award." The Price Tower itself is an art complex dedicated to contemporary art, architecture and design, delighting visitors with the Wright-designed interiors. Dine at Copper, the Inn's restaurant/bar, and gaze out over the Oklahoma prairie from the two-storey floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed by New York architect Wendy Evans Joseph (who also designed the Holocaust Museum in D.C.), the hotel features 21 luxurious rooms and Tower Suites built in harmony with Frank Lloyd Wright's distinctive spaces. Rooms are outfitted with custom-crafted furniture: copper beds and contemporary desks made of copper and glass.
From your own private plunge pool, look out over Lake Tanganyika, sighted by explorers Richard Burton and John Speke in 1858 in their pursuit of the source of the Nile-- surely a sight for sore eyes after their journey. If only the explorers had it this good: the remote resort on Lupita Island offers the finest amenities, beautiful furnishings, and top notch service (private butlers attend to every whim). Built on a hilltop on the 110-acre island, the resort features 14 exquisitely designed villas with spectacular lake and mountain views. After a day spent sailing, kayaking, mountain biking, or hitting the beach, relax with a massage in the fully-equipped spa.
(Pictured: Take a bath under the stars, overlooking the lake.)
Escape to the quaint village of Lake Placid, New York and enjoy the rustic sophistication of The Whiteface Lodge, the modern embodiment of the refined Adirondack Great Camps of old. The fall season is enchanting, with canoeing and kayaking on Lake Placid, nature hikes, horseback riding and fishing on The Lodge's pond. Through Columbus Day weekend, the Canoe Club will remain open, offering cruises on the new speed boat, pontoon boat or Hacker Craft. The AAA Four Diamond resort has recently unveiled a luxurious new spa, which blends the beauty of the Adirondacks with classic Zen details. Innovative treatments include the Restful Jasmine Exfoliant and the Whiteface Peak Facial, infused with indigenous ingredients. More exciting news: The Whiteface Lodge has resurrected the beloved Lake Placid icon, Steak & Stinger restaurant, originally opened in 1963 by Red Lafountaine. A long time favorite in the region, the steakhouse preserves a bit of Lake Placid history. Expect to find classic dishes by original owner LaFountaine (who acts as consulting chef), signature outsized cocktails, and a complimentary kids' menu with the first seating each evening.
For the first time ever, Peter Island-- the renowned Caribbean resort that frequently tops the lists of "world's best hotels"-- can be rented in its entirety. How's that for exclusivity? The fully-staffed private island resort can be yours for just you and 130 of your closest friends or business colleagues. Think weddings, family reunions, company retreats. The largest private island in the BVI, Peter Island boasts five picture-perfect beaches, a seaside spa, 52 guest rooms, three villas, and Tradewinds restaurant, which was recently awarded the Wine Spectator award of excellence. (Oh, and did we mention the resort's 41' sailing yacht Silmaril?) 200 members of staff (a 3 to 1 ratio of staff to guests) are on hand to assist with all requests. Rates for the full island buy-out (a five-night stay) begin at $259,600 for travel now through November 16, 2007. Included: all breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily, round trip airport transfers, unlimited ferry service to and from Tortola and unlimited use of the resort's non-motorized watersports equipment, mountain bikes, tennis courts, windsurfing, snorkeling and fitness center.
In a city of hyperbole (and myriad over-the-top attractions), Madinat Jumeirah stands apart as a monumental destination that exudes the city's vibrant and exotic spirit. A self-contained sanctuary of Arabian style, this luxurious oasis is comprised of three grand hotels-- Mina A' Salam, Al Qasr and Dar Al Maysaf-- along with 29 stand-alone traditional summer houses and the region's first Six Senses Spa. This sun-drenched waterfront property sprawls over beautiful gardens and waterways. Translated as the "City of Jumeirah," the Madinat Jumeirah is so named because of the sheer variety of the resort; guests enjoy the Quay Healthclub, five tennis courts, and no less than 42 restaurants and bars. The heart of the resort experience is Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a unique retail and leisure hotspot with 75 shops and restaurants.
September 7, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
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Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Surfing in the Maldives? Who knew?! One of the premier luxury travel destinations in the world, the Maldives is known for its spectacular diving. But now guests of the Anantara Resort, the five-star hideaway spread across five acres of tropical terrain on Dhigufinolhu (island) on the South Male Atoll, can hit the waves as well. As of August 2007, the resort has partnered with award-winning Australian company Tropicsurf-- to offer an exciting range of surfing options including a 4-day coached course. Offshore from the perfect white sandy beaches and tropical lagoons, the aquamarine ocean gives way to perfectly groomed waves, sweeping over curved coral reefs. Both novices and serious thrill-seekers will enjoy the surf breaks of the Maldives. Video analysis is even on hand at the resort to improve each surfer's technique. The Four Day Surfing Course is priced at $695.
September 6, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
The Grand Dame of Boston, formerly a Ritz-Carlton, boasts a killer location at the corner of fashionable Arlington and Newbury Streets overlooking the Public Garden. After an impressive renovation in 2002, the hotel was acquired by Taj Hotels and after 75 years of legendary hospitality, kicks it up a notch with guest-pampering the Taj way. (You'll even find a Fireplace Butler on call). Enjoy award-winning culinary classics in the heart of Boston at The Dining Room, adorned with cobalt blue and crystal chandeliers. From your exquisitely designed guest room, relax by your very own wood-burning fireplace and take in the views of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall and the Public Garden.