LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
Indulge in a five-star fling at the Langham Auckland, New Zealand's first hotel to achieve international Green Globe certification. Situated in the heart of the vibrant city not far from the waterfront, the 410-room Langham Hotel entices with luxurious amenities like the sweet fleet of Lexus LS600h hybrid limousines. (Retail value for each vehicle? A mere $250,000.) Get this: customers can even check-in while en-route to the hotel from the airport. Coming in October 2008: the blissfully swanky Chuan Spa, comprised of six lavish treatment rooms including two VIP dual suites with private spas, fitness center, an outdoor heated pool, his and hers saunas, steam rooms and an outdoor jacuzzi.
July 3, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Don't miss Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare at the Wynn on your next trip to Las Vegas. Chef Paul invites guests to book a two night stay in a Resort Room at the Wynn Las Vegas, and receive a $200 dining credit for Bartolotta, from July 1 through 11, or receive a $100 dining credit any other available date until September 21, 2008. Featuring classic Italian seafood dishes, Chef Paul has been critically acclaimed since Bartolotta first opened in 2005. Minimum two night stay, rates start at $199 per night - make sure you reserve the offer for the dining credit.
By: Madelyn Giblin
Bhutan's been in the news a lot these days. Called the "Land of the Thunder Dragon," this Buddhist Himalayan kingdom recently held its first democratic elections. Right now Bhutan is the focus of the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the mall in Washington D.C., and has become the destination of choice for adventurous travelers looking to discover off-the-map spots. Closed to the outside world for centuries, Bhutan has tremendous natural and cultural riches waiting to be explored. Uma Paro, the 29-room luxury hotel opened by COMO Hotels and Resorts in late 2004, is offering a spectacular adventure: The Central and Western Bhutan Journey and Bumdra Camp. From August 28-September 7, 2008, a small group will venture out on a 10-night inclusive adventure in the Dragon Kingdom, which brings together the very best of Uma Paro's most popular experiences in one itinerary. Led by one of Uma Paro's experienced, English-speaking guides, the group will enjoy tours and day hikes and witness some of the most dramatic scenery on earth. The highlight will be a one-night camping trek high above the famous Tiger's Nest monastery. Available from $4,068 per person (single occupancy) including full board, transfers, government fees, taxes and royalties. You'll also get a 1 hour daily yoga class while at Uma Paro, and complimentary use of the pool and gym.
Summerfest at Loews Hotels: Value-Added Credits like “Dive-In Movies,” Pool Concierge, and Free Music Download Cards for Teens
Take your hats off to Loews. The hotel chain has come up with a slew of activities for the whole family to enjoy this summer. City hotels, like the popular Loews Regency just 2 blocks from Central Park, spoil guests with "Loews Loves Kids" extras, free music download cards for teens, and "From our Family to Yours" family value dining menus. Plus, book a 3-night minimum stay between June 1 and September 30, 2008 at Loews Best Rate at the Loews Regency and you'll receive a $100 hotel credit redeemable at The Library, 540 Park, Feinstein's or room service. The Summerfest Package is also available at these locations: Washington DC, Annapolis MD, Denver, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Montreal.
In resort locations, your family will be treated to sunset celebrations, wacky water games, Kids Camp, "Dive In" Movies and the services of a pool concierge. So whether you're going to San Diego, Santa Monica, Tucson, Las Vegas, Florida's St. Pete beach, or Miami, you're bound to enjoy the most memorable summer getaway ever!
July 2, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Soothe the shopaholic in you with the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel's new "Shop and The City" Package. With your luxury accommodation guests receive a £50 Harvey Nichols voucher, personal shopper service and guide to the best boutiques in Knightsbridge, and a full English breakfast. Finally, soothe your weary feet after a day of glamor with a complimentary Pevonia foot care pack. Just in time for the Harvey Nichols Summer Sale, guests are sure to delight at this exclusive offer, available for Friday through Sunday stays from now until December 31, 2008. Room rates start at £276 per night.
By: Madelyn Giblin
Enjoy a Caribbean holiday for less in the idyllic Turks and Caicos islands, a quiet paradise of sugar-sand and azure waters just a hop from Miami. Formerly known as The Palms, The Regent Palms Resort offers the height of luxury at the edge of 12-mile Grace Bay beach. Suites are generously sized with custom mahogany furniture, and from your private terrace, you'll appreciate the ocean views. By the pool, indulge in aromatherapy mists, tropical sorbet and individual iPod minis. (Service is superb and the staff includes Clefs d'Or concierges.) The 15,000 square foot spa is no less luxurious. Through October 31, 2008, take advantage of fantastic rates and a fourth night free special offer at The Regent Palms. If you arrive on a Sunday or Monday for a three-night stay, you'll get a fourth night thrown in for free, and rates start at just $325, significantly less than high season prices.
Climbing to the top is no small feat. At 61 storeys, the hotel towers over the city skyline. This year marks the tenth year that Banyan Tree Bangkok has organized the annual Vertical Marathon, to be held on September 28, 2008 from 6am-12pm. The finishing point for the race is the former helicopter landing pad on the 61st floor, now the Vertigo Grill and Moon Bar (pictured). In 2007, the winner made it to the top (that's 1,093 steps) in just six minutes and 16 seconds. The Vertical Marathon initiative is aimed at specific health care issues and needs within the local communities, and the event raises money for HIV-AIDS charities. The registration fee is 350 Thai Baht per person and includes the official Vertical Marathon t-shirt and a meal box. Winners will receive a trophy from Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali, as well as complimentary accommodation and gift certificates from Banyan Tree. Visitors to Bangkok can also book the Vertical Marathon Package, available from September 27-28. Benefits include: a stay in a well-appointed suite, a cocktail drink at Moon Bar, breakfast or a lunch box, a Vertical Marathon entry ticket, and a Vertical Marathon T-Shirt. You'll also get 20 percent off at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa- to relax with a rejuvenating massage after tackling the vertical maraton!
Start your summer in style with a stay at the W French Quarter, the sleek hotel situated next to historic Jackson Square. Here you'll find all the trademark amenities that make the W Hotels so desirable-- 350-thread count linens, featherbeds, and the happening Living Room-- but you'll also find distinct New Orleans touches: fountains, the gothic cast-iron gate surrounding the illuminated outdoor pool, carriage houses turned into guest rooms, the Ralph Brennan-owned restaurant Bacco. Plus, this summer you can catch feature flicks under the stars. In partnership with the New Orleans Film Society, the hotel will be offering poolside screenings so you can sip summer cocktails and nibble on popcorn for a fabulous summer evening. The W French Quarter also lets you brunch in your bathing suit with its Bikini Brunch. You can imbibe a Bottomless Bellini, taste some brunch menu bites, and listen to tunes from members of the Thelonius Monk Institute Band. For a limited time, the hotel is offering rooms for $99 per night to kick off the summer. Available for stays through the 4th of July.
From its hilltop location, the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz-- long considered the city's finest hotel-- offers vistas of Eduardo VII Park, St. George's Moorish castle, the Old Town and the Tagus River. Now operated by Four Seasons, this Lisbon landmark is seriously swanky. The rooms are plush with gorgeous furnishings, rich fabrics, and marble bathrooms with tub/shower combos. Some guest rooms even have terraces to take advantage of those killer views. There's a fitness center on the hotel's rooftop, spacious spa with indoor pool, and beloved seafood restaurant. Check into luxury this summer and discover Lisbon's rich history and exciting seaside location, while also getting a complimentary night at this exemplary establishment. The "Stay Longer" package includes luxurious accommodations, daily American buffet breakfast for two in Varanda restaurant (or in-room dining), and a complimentary night with every three or five consecutive paid nights. Translation: Stay three nights, you'll get the fourth night free; stay five nights, and get the sixth and seventh nights free. Rates start from EUR 285 per night. Available from June 26- August 31, 2008, and from November 1- December 31, 2008.
July 1, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau
For the perfect balance of luxury, privacy and location- poised between London's fashionable Chelsea and Knightsbridge, summer at the Draycott Hotel should not be missed. From July 26th to September 7th, 2008, you can select either a Deluxe Double with views of a private garden square or a Suite with a sitting area. Whichever you choose will having you enjoying traditional Afternoon Tea, a pre-dinner champagne, hot chocolate before bed and a full english breakfast. With 35 rooms, luxuriously furnished with typical Edwardian features of high ceilings and fireplaces, 24 hour room service, and a private garden, the Draycott Hotel makes for a lovely way to enjoy summer in London.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests making reservations at the Draycott Hotel through Five Star Alliance will receive a bottle of wine in their room upon arrival.
By: Betsy LeTourneau