LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
June 24, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Now's your chance to summer in your very own castle in the picturesque Irish countryside. Once the home of the Guinness family, the 13th century Ashford Castle is situated on 350 acres on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ireland's second largest lake. Enjoy the resort's very own 9-hole golf course, fly a hawk in the school of falconry, take a picnic in the walled garden, or go fishing for wild salmon or trout in the beautiful lake. This distinguished property is a favorite of celebrities the world over. To entice American guests who may avoid long-distance travel because of the falling dollar, Ashford Castle is offering guaranteed rates for American guests for stays of two nights or more. Available through September 30, 2008, these rates start at $595 per night- almost 50 percent savings off the normal nightly rates.
We've got the skinny on yet another Caribbean bargain. The world-renowned Half Moon resort, nestled on two crescent-shaped beaches dotted with palm trees near Montego Bay, Jamaica, is offering a five-night Summer Escape package with nightly rates starting at just $250 per night. In addition to daily breakfast for adults and round trip airport transfers, each room will receive a $150 resort credit to use towards the guests' resort experience of choice. Like swimming with dolphins, horseback riding at the Equestrian Center, or indulging with spa treatments at the sublime Fern Tree Spa. This is a great value for families as well, because kids under 12 stay free when sharing a room with their parents, and get 50 percent off any meal plan. Valid on all room categories, available until December 14, 2008.
Pssst. Teens up to 18 years old stay free at Half Moon this summer when they stay in the same suite as their 'rents.
Audiences are going wild over Maxwell Smart. The new movie "Get Smart," starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway (based on the 60s spy sitcom) was the No. 1 movie over the weekend- earning $39.2 million. Nine Zero, the unique luxury boutique hotel ideally located in downtown Boston next to Boston Common, has put together a "Get Smart" package so you can enjoy the tricked-out Cloud Nine penthouse suite on the hotel's 19th floor. The package includes two nights of luxury in the 1,200 square foot penthouse, two tickets to the "Get Smart" movie, and two Spy Kits. (Even HotelChatter's sleuth skills couldn't discern the contents of these kits, but they're bound to be cool.) The package is priced at $3,999 for the two-night stay, available until September 1, 2008.
PS. Nine Zero also boasts complimentary wireless Internet and a hosted evening wine hour in the lobby living room.
Pan Pacific's new program allows you to truly personalize your experience during your stay. The new "Power of Preference" offers give you a late 3 pm checkout as well as an upgrade to the Next Room Category. You can choose either a complimentary Internet Connection, breakfast for 2, complimentary 1 way limousine transfer (arrival or departure) or a $60 Food and Beverage Dining Credit per nights stay. Now is truly the time to visit Pan Pacific Singapore, Asia's Leading Business Hotel for 2007 and Conde Nast Traveler World's Best Award List Member (both Top Singapore and Top Asian Lists) and design you own personal experience.
On the banks of the Ottawa River in Eastern Canada, guests are privy to a most unusual destination hotel. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts welcomes guests to the biggest log cabin in the world: Le Chateau Montebello. The dream of a Swiss-American entrepreneur in the 1920s, the chateau was built by 3,000 workers using Scandinavian log construction techniques. When it first opened on July 1, 1930, Le Chateau Montebello dazzled guests with its massive hexagonal rotunda with a six-sided stone fireplace that rose over 65 feet to the roof. The project contained over 10,000 logs. Over the years, this hotel has become one of the leading resorts in Canada, celebrated for its rustic luxury. Year-round activities include golf, hiking, skiing, wild bear observation, and hunting and fishing. Plus, the pool (pictured) is absolutely magnificent.
Located in Yorkville, Toronto's most culturally rich and exclusive neighborhood, The SkyLounge at the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville, announces a full outdoor grilling experience every Thursday from 6-10 pm. Recognized as Toronto's Best Patio in 2007, the SkyLounge, led by "Ontario Hostelry Institutes Top 30 Under 30" award winning Chef Joe Rabba, will feature such tapas inspired creations like Wild Boar Burger, Rosemary Skewered Lamb Chops and Peppercorn Crusted Grilled Pineapple spears. Designed to be about casual comfort food, with a menu to tease the senses, in sophisticated surroundings, the InterContinental Hotel's SkyLounge is a space that lives up to its trendy surroundings. To complete the summer evening, signature beverages are also featured, whether its a classic or something more creative, there is sure to be something to please.
When Amanresorts opened Amanyara on a secluded beach in the Turks and Caicos islands, the legendary resort collection introduced a whole new level of contemporary luxury to Providenciales. Nestled on the tip of a 5,000-acre nature reserve, surrounded by picture-perfect beaches and the third largest coral reef system in the world, Amanyara is the crème de la crème of luxury design hotels. Scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and water sports galore await you at the Beach Club, and there's a superb spa and tennis as well. Until October 31, 2008, guests staying five nights or more in Amanyara's villas can enjoy complimentary breakfast and dinner served daily from the villa's private kitchen. Choose from three, four or five-bedroom villas, each replicating-- on a more intimate scale-- the Amanyara resort as a whole. All villas feature an infinity edge swimming pool, a large living and dining pavilion and an outdoor dining sala. Rates start from $3,950 for the three-bedroom villa, and include airport transfers, non-motorized water sports, use of tennis courts and equipment, mini bar (except spirits), all telephone calls as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks served in the villa.
June 20, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau
The highly regarded Grand Hotel Europe St. Petersburg Hotel, an Orient Express Property, is pleased to announce the completion of its 3rd stage of refurbishment, that of the Mezzanine Cafe interior and the 12 unique, luxury one bedroom suites, the Belle Chambres Suites. With careful attention to detail, the new style and design showcases St. Petersburg's first atrium with a glass roof that floats over the cafe and allows natural light to illuminate the new decorative elements that bring the beauty and majestic facades of St. Petersburg's buildings inside. Not to be outshown, the newly refurbished (at $300,000 each) Belle Chambres presents Designer Monsieur Jouannet work's as a masterpiece of the synthesis of St. Petersburg classical elegance from the time of Tsar Alexander I, and the needs of modern living. These large suites are able to attain a relaxing atmosphere in luxurious surroundings with all the modern amenities carefully integrated in the original grand style without compromise.
The stunning, 39-storey Peninsula Bangkok is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the city from every one of its guest rooms. The award-winning hotel takes advantage of its killer location by offering some scenic inspiration for guests to relax in style with a river cruise, gliding past scenes of river life on the Peninsula's signature river boat en route to the fascinating Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Guests who indulge in the Afternoon Tea cruise are escorted off the boat to visit the heritage site of Wat Arun, the 80-meter high pagoda that stands on the west bank of the river, built when Ayudhaya was the former capital of Thailand. The Peninsula Afternoon Tea on the River departs on Saturday and Sunday and is priced at Baht 1,500. The Sundown Cocktail Cruise departs daily from the hotel pier at 6 pm and includes unlimited drinks and canapés for Baht 1,000 per person.
June 20, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
We are so excited about the completion of La Posada de Santa Fe Resort's renovation. The property was amazingly beautiful before, but now it will even be more so. Six million dollars went into updating all 157 guest rooms, public spaces, the RockResorts Spa, as well as the historic Staab House. A brand new restaurant was also created, Viga, while the hotel's existing AAA Four Diamond Restaurant, Fuego, received its own makeover. Renovations to the 4,500 square foot spa include a redesigned relaxation area, updates to the reception area and treatment rooms. Summer is a great time to visit Santa Fe with Indian Market, Spanish Market, Fiesta de Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Opera. La Posada de Santa Fe is a short walk to the plaza and all Santa Fe has to offer! We can’t wait to visit and see the resort looking its very best.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at La Posada receive a welcome amenity of wine and cheese for two upon arrival.