LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
Since its debut at the end of 2005, the St. Regis San Francisco has been racking up the awards, including five stars from the Mobil Travel Guide. Located in the vibrant SOMA area next to the Museum of Modern Art, the St. Regis offers the height of luxury in the City by the Bay. The 260 guest rooms are sophisticated and sleek, designed in hues of cream and white. Design highlights include the gorgeous vestibule area with leather-textured walls, window seating, and a dramatic 42" plasma television. The floor-to-ceiling windows frame the stunning city views "like a piece of modern art." The spa-like bathrooms offer oversized soaking tubs and separate showers. And the suites-- like the striking Astor suites, located on the corner of every floor in an L-shaped lay-out-- are absolutely enormous. St. Regis butlers are on hand to take care of every whim, providing flawless personalized attention. You can also take advantage of the St. Regis signature bath menu, and indulge with treatments at the exclusive 9,000-square foot Remède Spa. With a hotel of this caliber, it's rare to see room rates below $500 per night, but we've found some unbelievably low rates of $389 per night for select dates this month, including the weekend of May 23, 2008, when you book with Five Star Alliance.
Fans of "The Sound of Music"-- and there are many, as the flick is the third most successful of all time, bested only by "Gone With the Wind" and "Star Wars"-- will be happy to learn that the von Trapp family's house in Salzburg, Austria will open on July 25, 2008 as a 14-room hotel. As reported by Goldarths Review, "For 100 euros (or US$155) a night, visitors will have a chance to relive scenes from the movie. Sip coffee at the gazebo where Liesl, eldest daughter of the von Trapp family and her boyfriend Rolf had a secret rendezvous or dine at the von Trapp family table."
May 19, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
High fashion meets luxury accommodations at The Langham, Hong Kong. Located in close proximity to flagship stores of Chanel, Gucci, Prada and Dior, The Langham Hong Kong offers a plethora of activities, and now guests can take advantage of their Suite Deal. The top notch Langham Suite is available now until December 31st for HK$3000 per night, and comes with plenty of perks. Guests who book the suite get round trip transfer to and from the airport, check in and checkout in the Langham Hotel Club Lounge as well as daily breakfast, internet connection and daily afternoon tea and cocktails in the Club Lounge. Guests also have access to the 24 hour Health Club, use of the Victoria meeting room, laundry allowance of HK$400, and frequent flier miles with participating airlines. Take full advantage with all Hong Kong has to offer with this limited time offer.
By: Madelyn Giblin
Back by popular demand. The hugely popular Chateau Elan, the French-style country estate just 40 minutes from Atlanta, dazzles star-struck guests with its spa, accommodations, fine dining and-- what else?-- wines. It's the largest producer of premium wines in Georgia and Wine Spectator's been known to sing its praises. The setting is magical: 3,500 acres of picturesque, rolling vineyards. Now you can experience wine education, Chateau Elan style, with a special weekend offer on Friday, May 23, 2008. You'll experience a candle-lit evening tour of the winery, personally guided by the Executive Wine Maker. After this intimate, in-depth tour, you'll enjoy an informative wine and cheese tasting in Chateau Elan's Cask Room. This unique package also includes overnight accommodations at the Inn for two. Priced at $199 plus tax.
It's hard to improve on perfection-- Hotel Bora Bora boasts luxurious overwater bungalows and a brilliant blue lagoon with colorful reef fish-- but Amanresorts is always ahead of the game when it comes to anticipating clients' needs and desires. A fixture on the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, Hotel Bora Bora showcases French Polynesian culture in the 54 bungalows and fares, styled with rattan, bamboo, and ceilings of pandanus lashed to beams of Douglas fir. Vacation activities run the gamut from snorkeling and diving to sport fishing from the resort's catamaran which will take you sailing to the neighboring islands. Recently the resort's General Manager has announced a dramatic reconstruction and relaunch for the resort just in time for its 50th anniversary. Hotel Bora Bora will close this October 2008 for this renovation, and in the meantime, guests will be spoiled rotten in this one-of-a-kind setting overlooking the islands of Tahaa and Raiatea to the west, the island of Maupiti to the east, and the chimney peaks of Mount Otemanu and Pahia.
May 16, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
Having trouble deciding between Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts in St. Lucia? Now you can have the best of both worlds with the new Yin and Yang package experiences. Packages can be tailor made, but we are excited about their Lovers' Early Bird Total Romance Package. It includes four nights in a Beachside Deluxe room at Anse Chastanet and three nights in a Jade Mountain Star sanctuary, as well as round trip airport transfers, all meals, all drinks including house wine (however not bottled wine and champagne), a welcome cocktail, basket of local fruit, bottle of French champagne, and a drinks package in the in-room fridge.
Activities which are included in the package are a tour of the volcano, Sulphur Springs and Diamond Mineral Baths, a guided tour of old French Colonial Plantation of Anse Mamin, a half day jungle biking tour in Anse Mamin Valley, a guided boat snorkel trip, a resort scuba diving course for beginners or two dives for certified divers, and a half day sail on the skippered resort yacht, Serenity. Or, if you choose to stay at the resort, feel free to enjoy the tennis courts and equipment, snorkeling, kayaking, mini-sailing, windsurfing, beach chairs and beach towels, and a one hour Swedish massage.
As if this wasn't enough, they'll also provide you with two resort t-shirts and an anniversary certificate of 500 USD to be used for a return visit. Rates start at 8,450 USD per couple from April 16th-May 31st and November 1st-December 19th, and 8,140 USD per couple from June 1st- October 31st.
We've been known to swoon over the haute cuisine served at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. And the tasty treats at Payard Patisserie and Bistro (like the three-course all-chocolate meal?) Bring it on! But there's another reason to love Caesars Palace-- besides the tricked-out pool villas suites, Garden of the Gods pools and gardens, and incredible Qua Baths and Spa. At the 20-seat Bubble Bar at Restaurant Guy Savoy, you can nibble on the chef's marvelous creations in tiny bites for a petite price, and choose from eight champagnes by the glass. Or, if you should choose a bottle, there's a list of over 2,200.
We aren't the only ones who can't stop talking about Capella Hotels and Resorts, the six-star hospitality group launched by Horst Schulze, the guy behind Ritz-Carlton's success and "whose name is synonymous with visionary hotel-building" (to quote Travel + Leisure). Guest service is truly an art form at these new luxury hotels. Travel + Leisure loves 'em just as much as we do:
Before leaving New York for Schloss Velden, in southern Austria, and Capella Castlemartyr in County Cork, Ireland... Benjamin and Iona called, identifying themselves as my private assistants. Was there anything they could do for me or needed to know about me before my arrival-- dietary don'ts, transfers, reservations, specific things I wanted to see or do? Wow, I thought. Lots of hotels send "thank you for staying with us!" notes after you check-out, but such exhaustive pre-calls are rare.
At Castlemartyr, the 100-room, ultra-luxe hotel situated on 220 lush acres in County Cork, Capella's team of private assistants, "defined as proactive concierges" can handle any request. (Macrobiotic meals? No prob.) This summer, experience this already-legendary service with a fantastic "Dollars for Euro" promotion for stays booked through July 31, 2008. U.S. residents will be allowed to pay the room rate with dollars (even though it's listed in Euros). Considering the exchange rate is hovering around $1.55, this is a deal.
May 15, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
With Sex in the City being set in New York, and the movie first opening in London, Chicago didn’t want to be out of the loop! The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago has created a Manolos and Martinis Package in honor of the new Sex in the City movie coming out in the U.S. on May 30th. Guests will start off their luxurious hotel stay by enjoying chocolate-covered strawberries and the latest issue of Vogue magazine. Then, the hotels famous Martini Man will bring his traveling martini cart to the room for your own personal cosmo cocktail hour. A 700 USD gift card to Barneys New York on Oak Street will be provided so that one lucky lady can pick out a new pair of Manolo Blahniks- Carrie's stiletto of choice! Also, a 50 USD gift card will be given to be used at the 900 shops along Oak Street and the Magnificent Mile where all the favorite stores of Carrie and the girls can be found. Later, unwind with complimentary desserts in Seasons Lounge and a night out at the movies with tickets arranged by the hotel concierge. All the fun starts at 1830 USD per night (based on double occupancy).
There's been a lot of talk about Washington D.C.'s new Newseum, and some media folks suggest that the "decided Page Six-type buzz" has more to do with the museum's on-site restaurant, The Source, the first fine-dining D.C. establishment from original celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Tinseltown adores Puck (A-listers flock to his L.A. steakhouse, The Cut, and he's been the official chef of the Academy Awards for 14 years). Plus, he is the only cook never to have lost on Iron Chef (even beating out Masaharu Morimoto on a Battle of the Masters show). It looks like Pennsylvania Avenue is the latest "it" spot in the nation's capital, where diners can sample modern Asian dishes and gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows from the three-level restaurant.