LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
September 16, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Back in June we broke the news about the brand new Anantara Resort on Thailand's Phuket Island, set to debut in early October on a quiet stretch of Mai Khao Beach on Phuket's secluded northern sunset coast. You'll fall in love with this all-villa resort, where the stunning accommodations come equipped with individual private pools. Another perk: the Anantara signature outdoor "made for two" terrazzo tub that seamlessly blends with the private pool. Be one of the first to experience an unforgettable getaway at the Anantara Phuket Resort and Spa with a special opening offer. Stay for four nights and pay for only three at the special Anantara Breeze rate, available from October 1- December 23, 2008. Rates start from THB 16,000.
You can't beat the views of the glittering city skyline from the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, perfectly situated in the historic Rocks district overlooking the spectacular Sydney Harbour and world-famous Opera House. After a AUD 40 million renovation program, the spacious guest rooms showcase exquisite furnishings. The views are simply extraordinary. It's easy to become mesmerized by the bright city lights at this five-star address. Get pampered in style with the aptly-named "Emerald City" package, starting from AUD 325 per night. The offer is available through December 30, 2008 and includes overnight accommodation, breakfast for two at Café Mix, complimentary use of the Health Club, and complimentary valet parking. Inclusive of 10 percent goods and services tax.
How about a free night on the Hawaiian island of Kauai? Or at the swanky Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek, Colorado? Plus a complimentary room upgrade and sumptuous American breakfast? Hyatt is currently running a fantastic promotion to inspire travelers to treat themselves to a fall vacation. With the "Three for Free" package, you can enjoy a free night (based on length of stay), a 1-category room upgrade, and full American breakfast for two daily. There's no catch on this hot deal. You must stay between September 1 and December 19, 2008, and American Express Cardmembers also receive a welcome amenity and late checkout when paying with any American Express Card(R) and requesting offer code AX3FF at the time of reservation.
Here's the scoop on some of the superb properties participating in "Three for Free":
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek: Nestled in the Rocky Mountains with ski-in/ski-out access and indulgent amenities. The water-based spa experience at the Allegria Spa is not-to-be missed.
Hyatt Regency Aruba: The ultimate island escape with sailing, water sports, and 8,000-square foot pool complex, the luxurious Stillwater spa, and six tempting restaurants.
Grab an AAA Four Diamond room at the Gran Meliá Cancún for just $99. Treat yourself to a beach break this fall and relish the luxurious facilities at this beachside resort. Nestled on a 1,500 foot stretch of white sand, the resort consists of five Mayan-inspired pyramids surrounded by lush vegetation and an exclusive 9-hole golf course. Book the Autumn Special by October 15, 2008 and you'll score rates of $99 in an oceanview room, 25 percent off all food and beverages (there's a wide range of good restaurants on-site), and a voucher for 20 percent off your next stay. Don't miss a massage at the newly remodeled Yhi Spa. The gym is pretty slick, too. If you can tear yourself away from the pool, that is.
This year the world-famous Peninsula Beverly Hills unveiled its Roof Garden and Pool after an extensive $4 million renovation. Let's put it this way: the wow factor is big. This is the true definition of poolside living. Lined with private cabanas, each with its own 23" ﬂat screen TV, DVD player, safe, ceiling fan and mist sprays, the pool has become a real destination in and of itself. In true Peninsula fashion, the service is second to none so you are never without refreshments. There's also a special cabana spa menu for some pampering after a long week at work. At the Roof Garden restaurant, you can enjoy al fresco breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring organic and locally-produced menu items. The best part of all? Sipping a cocktail around the fire pit at sun-down.
A brand new boutique hotel is opening in "the best city in the Americas." (So dubbed by Conde Nast Traveler). Travel and Leisure also hails Vancouver as a readers' fave: "A combination of West Coast cool, Victorian charm, and Asian accents make Vancouver Canada's most intriguing destination." Set at the edge of Coal Harbour in this hip city, Loden Vancouver is marked by its progressive design, inspired by the area's gorgeous mountains and waterways. This urban waterfront retreat promises personalized service and smartly-appointed accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows, entertainment centers with 42" flat screen TVs, and four-fixture bathrooms with heated floors and Molton Brown bath amenities. Opening October 18th, 2008, this cosmopolitan hideaway will also offer services for pampered pooches (like freshly-baked signature dog biscuits). Take advantage of special grand opening rates for a limited time, starting from CAD 269.
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.