LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
February 25, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
This summer, think Sardinia. The second largest island in the Mediterranean boasts beautiful, unspoiled coastlines and some of the best scenery in all of Italy. The new L'Ea Bianca resort, meaning literally "white water," sprawls over a gentle hillside overlooking the turquoise and emerald sea. Opposite the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago, the resort is framed by a lovely beach and groves of green juniper trees. There are only 31 bedrooms at the resort, meaning the ultimate privacy for guests. Each offers a spacious balcony, elegant furnishings, and bathrooms with both showers and whirlpool tubs. Lounge on the beach, where attendants will provide sun umbrellas and sun beds, or by the lovely pool. Not far from the Porto Cervo harbor (which houses some of the Med's most elegant yachts), L'Ea Bianca is located on one of the most prestigious areas of Sardinia's Emerald coast. Note: The spa will open this year, an excellent addition to the health and beauty center.
Set sail on the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean and discover some of the most stunning scenery on the planet: remote islands of talcum powder beaches and lush tropical forests, and underwater life equally as beautiful. The 47-foot twin-hulled catamaran Banyan Tree Lagoon I will take to the seas of the Seychelles starting in March 2008. Staffed by a personal host and skipper and stocked with all the luxurious amenities one expects of Banyan Tree, the ship will accommodate six guests for overnight cruises from the resort. Wood-paneled bedrooms are spacious, and the air-conditioned main salon provides panoramic views.
This April promises a real treat for wine lovers in Napa. Meadowood-- the premier wine country estate surrounded by 250 acres of croquet lawns, tennis courts, and hiking trails-- has put together a one-night seasonal offering to delight passionate oenophiles. Enjoy luxurious lodgings with a fireplace, a welcome glass of wine fireside in The Restaurant Bar with Restaurant Sommelier Rom Toulon, and dinner for two in The Restaurant at Meadowood featuring the Rare & Collectible Wine Lovers' Menu created by Michelin Two-Star Chef Christopher Kostow & Rom Toulon. Here's the menu (get ready to salivate):
At the Bar
Jonata, "La Flor de Jonata", Santa Ynez Valley - 2006
Black River Osetra Caviar
Le Reve, Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, Napa - 2001
Cold Smoked Kampachi
Rhubarb, Beet, Spring Onion
Kongsgaard, "The Judge", Napa Valley - 2005
Clam, Chorizo, Lemon Verbena
Marcassin, "Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard", Russian River Valley - 2003
Roasted Sonoma Lamb
Date Carpaccio, Cinnamon, Arugula
Harlan Estate, Oakville - 2003
From the Garden
Château D'Yquem, Sauternes, France - 1995
Beginning at $1,540 per couple. Reservations are available Monday through Saturday nights in April.