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Smack dab in the middle of the idyllic wine-growing region in Sonoma Valley, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa boasts natural mineral hot springs-- one of the only luxury Spa resorts in the country with its own source of thermal mineral water. This award-winning oasis exudes the California Wine Country experience in every way-- from the signature Sante restaurant featuring delicious local produce to the breathtaking setting. There's even an 18-hole championship golf course on-site. From now through July 6, you can take advantage of discounted rates and lots of free extras. Priced from $299 per night (normal rates top $400 per night), this Fourth of July getaway includes a free room upgrade (based on availability), two complimentary drinks at the pool, and free spa access (read: the signature Bathing Ritual consists of an exfoliating shower, mineral water soaking pools, an herbal steam, a dry sauna and cooldown showers). And if you stay 3+ nights at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, you'll get a $100 resort credit thrown in.
In the newly hip Mayfair district, this landmark brick Victorian has reclaimed the glory of its golden era thanks to a $140 million renovation, creating a sophisticated throwback that no soulless Modernist hotel could ever hope to emulate. Classicist designer Guy Oliver supervised the preservation of burnished mahogany paneling, gilded scrollwork, and formal Adams fireplaces; fortunately, a welcome infusion of 21st-century fun saves the 123-room Connaught from being too somber. Witness the cartoonish Julian Opie cameos in the aubergine-and-slate Coburg Bar (created by India Mahdavi), film-noir nights with buttered popcorn, and chinoiserie cocktail cabinets filled with DIY martini fixings.
Yes, the Coburg Bar is turning heads. It was just voted "Best Bar in London" in Time Out Magazine (May 2008). Parisian-based designer, India Mahdavi, created a masterpiece with this one. Bar aficionados appreciate the trendy décor and distinctive Connaught cocktails- sipped from the old Connaught wingback chairs (re-upholstered in velvet with black fringing) and the caramel Heppelwhite 'loveseats.'
In the rolling foothills of north Georgia, there is a unique destination resort with sumptuous cottages and tree-lined walkways modeled after a 19th century village. Each of the inviting cottages is furnished with antiques, heart-of-pine flooring, a four-poster bed, and a ball-and-claw cast iron soaking tub in a period-inspired bathroom. Barnsley Gardens Resort is a luxurious estate nestled on 1,300 acres which boasts oodles of recreational activities: from the Jim Fazio-designed Championship Golf Course to fly fishing, from lawn games to shooting sporting clays. The award-winning resort also features a full-service spa, pool, and tennis courts. This is the ideal getaway spot for the Fourth of July long weekend. Barnsley Gardens Resort is throwing an old-fashioned Independence Day Lawn Party with picnics and a Fairy Godmother's Independence Day Parade through the village that the whole family will enjoy. Festivities start at 11 am on Friday, July 4th. Choose the "Three's A Charm!" offer and you'll get a third night free, through July 31, 2008.
It's easy to speak in superlatives about lebua at State Tower, Bangkok's all-suite luxury hotel and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Here at the State Tower, you can dine at the world's highest al fresco restaurant and sip drinks at the hip Sky Bar. (Check out the photo with the incredible views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river from the dramatically-lit deck.) Each of the hotel's suites has a balcony with striking views over the cityscape, plus they are wired with all the latest technology. Take advantage of the "Sizzling Deal" at lebua at State Tower, available until July 30, 2008, and you can score a fourth night free with three paid nights in a two-bedroom suite or three-bedroom suite. The package also includes daily breakfast at Café Mozu and free in-suite Internet access. You must book by July 15, 2008.
After a few delays, the W Hotel is ready to make its debut in the desert oasis of Scottsdale. The construction project has lasted 2.5 years, the Scottsdale Insider tells us, and now the long-awaited W Hotel will open its doors for real on August 1, 2008. Scottsdale graced the pages of the New York Times "31 Places to Go This Summer," because-- as the venerable paper points out-- "Downtown Scottsdale is turning into a desert version of Miami's South Beach. No ocean of course, but plenty of late-night partying and a buzzing hotel scene." The W promises to be both a hot spot and cool retreat-- with lots of natural water elements incorporated into the design. What else is in store? A Bliss Spa, 1,100 square foot fitness center, humongous pool area with private cabanas and a Sushi Roku restaurant. Here's how they're touting the rooms:
It's no mirage-- our 224 rooms are a perfect balance of luxury and comfort, featuring stunning views of the desert landscape, the signature W bed, fully wired technology, delightful Munchie Box, Bliss Spa sinkside six and fabulous entertainment.
The patio has re-opened at the Hotel De Crillon, the majestic palace hotel located on the world-famous Place de la Concorde in the very heart of Paris. And the picnic baskets are once again in season. The new 2008 picnic comes in two "flavors." Choose "Chic" and you'll be delighted by dishes like a Duck confit foie gras sandwich, Bellevue salmon with sauce verte, strawberry and rhubarb charlotte-- all the flavor sensations created with Chef Jean-François Piège's composed chic. On the other hand, "Choc" will awaken flavors from your childhood: Sardine/Vache Qui Rit, the famous Egg Mimosa and Petit Lu biscuits with Nutella and rasberries. Kids will have a mini-picnic of their own, consisting of ham/Russian salad, cold chicken with mayonnaise, potato chips and an ice cream cornet. Plus, they'll get a surprise gift from the Crillon. On the Patio, you can also enjoy the summer creations of the hotel's head barman including milkshakes and tasty, fruity cocktails. During the summer months, there is also an ice cream trolley at the Hotel De Crillon, ready to satisfy your sweet cravings!
The Bay area's newest luxury destination, the InterContinental San Francisco, has been causing quite a stir since its debut earlier this year. Towering over the South of Market district (SOMA) on the corner of Howard and Fifth streets, the 32-storey sparkling glass building boasts striking views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in all 550 guest rooms. Available for a limited time, the Fourth of July holiday rates (June 29-July 7) are only $129 per night- which is a steal in a city known for its exorbitant room rates. Instead of bunking down at a Motel 6, you could enjoy the 8,000 square foot I-Spa, 24-hour fitness center, and lavish room amenities at the InterContinental San Francisco for the same price!
We're counting down the days til the August 19, 2008 debut of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, the first hotel from the new SLS luxury hotel collection created by SBE Entertainment Group in collaboration with Philippe Starck and the award-winning chef José Andrés. Managed by the Luxury Collection for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills will offer the plushest of guest rooms and most stylish and vibrant public spaces (like The Bazaar, billed as "a hotel lobby as fete extraordinaire"). With this soft opening date, insiders tell us that the guest room floors will be available, along with the Guest Lobby and a few of the restaurants (not all five outlets). The pool, ballroom and other facilities will open later in the fall. The official opening date is December 1, 2008 and the SLS Hotel promises to make a splash on the Los Angeles luxury hotel scene. To quote the design guru himself, the hotel has been created "to bring happiness in an elegant way."
The Caribbean isle of Anguilla is often overlooked as a beach destination, but this small, 16-mile island has 33 beaches and the poshest of upscale resorts. The annual Summer Festival runs from July 31-August 10 and promises a whole lot of fun in the sun. This is the ideal time to pamper yourself with a stay at a fancy Caribbean resort, as both Malliouhana Hotel and Spa, and the world-famous Cap Juluca resort have slashed their rates to lure summer travelers. Packed in the winter peak season, these fancy hideaways can be booked at more than half off their high season rates. Malliouhana is perched atop a bluff overlooking the azure Caribbean waters and white sand of Turtle Cove and Meads Bay. As elegant and sophisticated as properties found on the French Riviera, Malliouhana has nightly rates of just $455 per night in a beachfront room, as opposed to the $1,005 peak season rates. Cap Juluca offers unparalleled luxury on 179 secluded acres of beachfront. This summer you can get a seventh night free, with room rates starting at $495 per night (vs. $825 in the winter).