August 21, 2006
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
The newest member of Small Luxury Hotels is situated 200 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur at the highest point on the Malaysian mainland, 1,500 meters above sea level, surrounded by lush, rolling greenery. Cameron Highlands Resort is a luxurious boutique with 56 rooms and suites overlooking the 18-hole golf course. An elegant colonial design, the resort is located in the state of Pahang, where tea plantations and fields of strawberries create the backdrop of breathtaking scenery. The climate here is cool and refreshing, and visitors enjoy golfing, jungle trekking and exploration of the surrounding plantations. The hotel's Spa Village offers exotic treatments with a focus on the healing and restorative properties of tea.
The creme de la creme of ski resorts is also a heavenly escape during the autumn months, surrounded by the majestic wilderness of the Grand Teton mountains. This is fly fishing country, and Amangani has designed a women's only camp for guests to learn the essential techniques of the sport. From October 8-12, 2006, both beginners and experienced anglers will learn how to "read" the water and think like a fish. Classes are small to ensure close interaction with the instructor, and balance instruction and theory with practice in hunting for rising fish in the region's streams, and on one full-day guided fly-fishing float trip on the Snake River. Three days of instruction include rod fees, written materials, breakfast, lunch, and the use of professional equipment. The four-night offer costs $2,995 for single/double occupancy (one participant), and $3,780 double occupancy (two participants).
After a day on the river, return to the unrivaled luxury at Amangani. Soak in the gorgeous outdoor pool, billowing steam on the cool evenings, and gaze at the awesome surrounding peaks of the Grand Teton mountains. Or relax in the spa, ranked as one of the country's best by readers of Conde Nast Traveler. Amangani's setting—perched on a butte overlooking the mountains-- is extraordinary.
Ken Oringer is the superstar chef who is not afraid to take risks in the kitchen at the James Beard award-winning Clio Restaurant. He is established in Boston as a force to be reckoned with. To quote Zagat: "With "a genius" and "madman" like Ken Oringer in the kitchen, this Back Bay "showstopper" "continues to reign supreme", converting most critics of "la-di-da dining" via "wonderfully strange" New French "masterpieces" showcased against an "understated" backdrop." (How's that for a review?) The innovative Asian-influenced French cuisine features dishes like the runchy sauteed halibut with citrus-ginger broth, served with the signature tomato-water martini. The sashimi bar, Uni, is located in the restaurant's lounge, and foodies claim it serves the freshest fish in Boston. Clio is housed in the Eliot Suite Hotel, voted "best boutique hotel" by Boston Magazine and "one of the world's best places to stay" by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel and Leisure. Located in fashionable Back Bay, steps away from the boutiques and restaurants of Newbury Street, the luxurious hotel is the essence of hospitality and refinement.
Highlighted on Travel and Leisure's "It List" of the world's hottest new hotels, the Palacio Duhau, Park Hyatt is the gorgeous new sensation in the fashionable capital. And this summer, as the mag pointed out, "all of Buenos Aires eagerly anticipated the grand opening." Located in the exclusive Recoleta shopping and residential district on Avenida Alvear, the hotel much resembles the fascinating city of Buenos Aires itself, with its integration of history and innovative modern design. The luxurious hotel is appointed with ultra-modern comforts—flat screen LCD TV and CD-DVD player, high speed Internet and wi-fi access, bathrooms with separate bath and walk-in rain shower, 24-hour concierge, butler and clothes pressing service.
For the ultimate in luxury, the Duhau Suite—located on the top floor of the Palacio—features stunning views of the city from its wrap-around private terrace. The suite includes a dining area for eight people, a living area, fireplaces, a private pantry, master bedroom, and luxurious marble bathrooms with separate baths and walk-in showers, double sinks with vanity, Jacuzzi and a spacious walk-in closet. (And bulletproof windows, of course, for the max security for high profile guests.) The Spa has an indoor heated swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and five exquisite treatment suites for holistic and beauty treatments. But the real highlight at the city's most exclusive hotel is the magnificent garden, designed by Carlos Thays (who plotted the city's botanical gardens).
Off-peak destinations—a glamorous Fall holiday in the Caribbean-- provide a world of savings for the savvy traveler. One such steal is a five-day escape to Eden Rock, one of the hottest hotels on the fashionable island of St. Barts. The award-winning boutique hotel is situated on a heavenly stretch of sand in a secluded spot next to the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean. The individually designed accommodations are breathtakingly beautiful—the height of luxury and design. Guests enjoy the latest addition to the hotel: a well equipped fitness center where personalized fitness programs, yoga, and pilates can be arranged for guests. At the restaurant On the Rocks, enjoy delicious dishes such as the home-made terrine of fois gras with a quince and lime chutney, lasagna of mushrooms and tiger shrimp served with tempura vegetables and black truffles, and the sea-bass glazed with soya and served with potato and leek parmentier. Or sip a cocktail and dine beachside at The Sand Bar. Take advantage of the "Good As New" package for a five-nights stay at Eden Rock, with a savings of up to 33 percent until November 14, 2006. The package includes five-night accommodations, a daily breakfast, a five-day car rental, and airport transfers. Package prices are based on double occupancy and range from EUR 1,900 for a cottage to EUR 3,750 for a Premium Ocean View Suite.
The landmark property will undergo an extensive ten-month renovation, starting September 1. The makeover of the St. Regis promises to be impressive. Sumptuous details include total renovation of all rooms (including 29 suites), makeover of all public areas, including the lobby, ballroom, fitness center and all meeting rooms, and the Remede spa with separate floors for men and women. The same folks that recently redesigned the interior of the St. Regis Hotel, New York—the renowned interior design company, Sills Huniford—is recreating the interiors of the St Regis in DC. A new restaurant and signature amenities are also in the works.
Brought to you by Breakaway Adventures, a South Carolina-based tour company specializing in walking and cycling tours in Europe. Discover the delights of the French countryside along the same route as the Tour de France race participants, but at a much more human pace. (Try 86 miles over the course of a nine-day cycling holiday, instead of 115 miles a day.) Enjoy vineyards, cherry orchards, Gothic cathedrals, Renaissance squares, and charming villages. Cycle through country lanes, stop for wine-tasting every day, dine at Michelin-recognized restaurants, and stay in exceptional accommodations. The trip begins in Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace region of northeastern France, continues to Germany, and then returns to France. The tour costs $1759-$1855 per person, until September 23.
August 17, 2006
By: Guest Writer
By Alex Rose
The Baglioni is a very stylish, intimate, and sophisticated hotel that balances both luxe elegance and discreet personal service. And it's absolutely first-rate where it matters-- in accommodations and service. The hotel resides in a Victorian building in the heart of Kensington, with sweeping views of Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens and Palace, and Hyde Park (which is close enough for a leisurely stroll), while some of west London's best-known shops and boutiques are only few moments away. The rooms are spacious, with welcoming hues, and for those amorous couples looking for an intimate weekend, the bedrooms are very comfortable and made for play. One nice touch is the lit candles in the bedroom and bathroom every night, compliments of the hotel. The bathrooms are decadently ornate with marble floors, elegant fixtures, and rich colors throughout. There are many complimentary "perks" available to guests such as high-speed internet (WiFi available in the lobby), flat-screen interactive plasma televisions, an expresso machine in each room, a large selection of on-demand music and movies available, and a personal butler for each floor. Unique services such as a baby-sitter and personal shopper are available to guests for a fee. Honorable mentions go to the spa for a full-range of health-and-beauty treatments, the Brunello restaurant for excellent Italian cuisine, and the swank private hotel bar, Boutique 60. Enjoy your stay!
By: Guest Writer
The fabled California coastline is about to get another lux addition. Fairmont just announced a new luxury mixed-use development in Seaside on the Monterey Bay, scheduled for completion during 2009. At this premium coastal location, the new hotel will feature 330 rooms and suites, half of which will be spread out in charming bungalows among tall groves of trees. The hotel will also have 24,000 square feet of meeting space, a 14,000 square-foot Willow Stream spa, dining outlets, an outdoor pool and the existing 36-hole championship Bayonet and Black Horse golf course facility that Fairmont will manage. Along with the hotel, residential condos are also planned for the 440-acre site.
Photo via Hello Monterey
This New Orleans gem is straight out of the Gilded Age. Situated in the heart of the city, adjacent to the French Quarter, Le Pavillon is a grand historic hotel dating from 1907. A member of Historic Hotels of America, Le Pavillon is the recipient of the AAA four-diamond award, and was named to the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2006. Each of the hotel's guestrooms is individually decorated, featuring special antiques, such as the hand-carved wooden fireplace mantle in Suite 730 (circa 1600's), Full Tester Bed in Room 316 (what the New Orleans aristocracy slept on in the mid 19th century), and Marble Bathtub, Palace Suite 730 (once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte). The hotel's rooftop—with heated swimming pool, fitness center, hot tub, sun deck and private cabanas—offers spectacular views of the city. In the evenings, Le Pavillon treats its guests to a long-standing tradition: freshly made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches alongside ice cold milk and piping hot chocolate served in the magnificent lobby at 10 pm. This is the perfect hotel for a family getaway, and with so many things for kids to enjoy in the Big Easy, Le Pavillon has put together an excellent Family Fling Package. Starting at $499 per night, the package includes two nights accommodations for four in a two-bedded guestroom, daily breakfast, complimentary parking, passes for admission to the nationally heralded Audubon Zoo, and a copy of 101 Things for Kids to do in New Orleans.