That's right. The wide, open spaces of Mongolia, birthplace of Genghis Khaan, the "great unifier," are getting a luxury edition. Located just 50 kilometers north of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, Terelj Hotel and Spa is situated on the border of the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, nestled beneath some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the world: spectacular valleys with eroded rock formations, pine-covered mountains and grasslands carpeted with perennial wildflowers and edelweiss. Scheduled for a soft opening in October 2007, the hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, to boot. Originally built as a summer camp for the Soviets, the resort is reminiscent of an 18th century country palace. A mélange of traditional and contemporary elements, the hotel will be adorned with paintings and sculptures commissioned by Mongolian artists. Discerning travelers will appreciate the comfortable facilities: 52 luxurious suites, a selection of restaurants, a pool pavilion, spa, conference facilities, and a wedding garden. A highlight will be the overnight excursions to the Terelj Camp where guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture and cuisine.
The temperatures may be rising but the prices are dropping at luxury hotels in paradisiacal off-season destinations. Case in point: Caneel Bay, the alluring hideaway on the island gem of St. John in the US Virgin Islands, recently ranked number 1 resort in the Caribbean by Tennis Resorts Online. Rates are as low as $315 per night with the Rosewood Escape Summer Special. Give yourself a taste of paradise at a fraction of the cost of high season rates. Since its founding by Laurance Rockefeller fifty years ago, Caneel Bay has attracted a loyal clientele who enjoy the resort's pristine natural surroundings, white sand beaches, and low-key luxury. Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort, offers four distinct restaurants, private Wine Room, The Self Centre, fitness center, Turtle Town for kids, and the impressive 11-court tennis complex.
From September 9-15, 2007, Judy Krupp will be hosting a five-day Yoga retreat for all levels at Uma Ubud, the five-star Bali resort dedicated to spiritual well-being. Expect an holistic, cultural adventure at Uma Ubud, highlighted by Asian-inspired therapies and local, organic cuisine. With Judy's Yoga Retreat, five hours of daily practice are complemented by Uma Ubud's substantial wellness facilities and activities program. Currently based at The Yoga Room in Sydney, Judy has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, and frequently runs workshops within Australia and internationally. Prices start from $2,160 (single) or $1,760 (double). Enjoy six nights accommodation in a Terrace or Garden Room, five hours of daily instruction, private return airport transfers, daily brunch on yoga days, and welcome and farewell dinner.
Experience a summer vacation on the chic Caribbean island of St. Bart's, where the exclusive Le Toiny Hotel has designed a unique and romantic five-night escape package, called "Awaken in the Dream." Upon arrival in St. Bart's airport, you'll receive a VIP welcome, then the chauffeur will escort you to the exclusive hotel, where your secluded Villa Suite awaits-- with private pool and tropical garden. Pop open the bottle of champagne and canapés that have been prepared for you, and then choose a convenient time for your dinner at the Le Gaïac restaurant, where a table awaits overlooking the beautiful bay. Each morning your French continental breakfast will be served on your private terrace next to your pool. Choose a location for your day's outing in the rental car reserved for your use (automatic soft top Jeep). Enjoy wonderfully prepared lunches in the restaurant, and in-suite massages for two, along with a professional manicure for one. You'll also receive a goodbye gift of a Le Toiny tote bag, perfect for your carry-ons. Priced from EUR 3380 for two people, available until August 31, 2007.
Why not make the Ritz-Carlton your permanent address? Ritz-Carlton has announced plans for the new Club and Residences, South Beach; its three oceanfront towers will be located at the former site of Miami's famed Seville Hotel on Collins Avenue. Just 89 members will have the opportunity to live at this prestigious address, and reservations are now being accepted. Inspired by the glamour of mid-century South Beach, the new building is getting an historic makeover. Of course the interiors will be equipped with all the latest in luxury amenities and technology. The Helium Report has the skinny:
The Ritz-Carlton Club provides a new option for consumers seeking maintenance-free home ownership, complemented by the amenities of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, each club residence entitles members to a one-twelfth, deeded interest priced from the $100,000s to just over $500,000. Members can take advantage of the Ritz-Carlton services with twice-daily housekeeping, personal storage, grocery shopping, private chef services, in-residence gourmet dining and a concierge team that offers pre-arrival provisioning of the Club residences.
June 15, 2007
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
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Beneath the shadow of mythical Mount Athos in northern Greece, next to the deep blue sea, Eagles Palace commands a premier seaside position near the ancient town of Ouranpolis. Set in lush gardens, the five-star hotel offers luxurious rooms, suites, or self-contained bungalows with private pools. Terraces look out over the secluded private beach of golden sand and the clear water of the Sigiticos Gulf. Facilities include the indulgent spa, three dining options, swimming pools, tennis court, water sports and the diving center. The hotel has distinguished itself with its outstanding projects for sustainable development and responsible tourism and was awarded the 2007 Caring Award from Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Well-integrated into the local community, the hotel has sponsored myriad projects: guests can dine in local homes, fishing trips are organized with the region's fisherman, beach clean-up days and environmental projects inform both guests and the local community about important issues.
Book a summer stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Philadelphia, the finest hotel in the city, and indulge a little more with a spending credit. Available until September 3, 2007, with a minimum two-night stay required. Receive a hotel credit of $100 per night-- so you can relax with a massage or facial in the spa, enjoy tea for two in the Swann Lounge, delight in a lovely lunch at the award-winning Fountain Restaurant. The choice is yours. Just steps from the city center, Four Seasons Philadelphia offers 364 guest rooms, handsomely appointed with Federal-style furnishings to reflect the city's rich history.
This summer, experience a panoramic view of the mystical landscapes of Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia aboard the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express. When you travel this journey, the ultimate centerpiece of any visit to the Far East, you will receive complimentary hotel accommodations: one free night at The Oriental in Singapore and one free night at The Oriental in Bangkok. (Available until September 16, 2007). Enjoy the thrill of the rails and the splendor of the E&O: elegant compartments, the famous bar car, delicious cuisine, and impeccable service. Begin your unforgettable journey in Bangkok, traversing the lush Malay peninsula, before crossing the causeway over the Straits of Johor to the elegant city of Singapore (you may also elect the alternate route, departing from Singapore). Along the way, pass rice paddies, traditional villages, temples, and the infamous River Kwai. Rates for the four day/three night journey start at EUR 1540 in a Pullman compartment.
Get inspired with a trip to Paul Gauguin's favorite tropical islands, where the extraordinary light and colors continue to influence the canvases of visiting artists. Le Meridien Tahiti, a paradise of over-water bungalows and a perfect white sand beach, has opened a new onsite artists space called L'Atelier to feature works from contemporary artists from the Islands and around the world. Here, creative guests are invited to share an interactive experience with the exhibitions and the artists themselves. Situated near the resort's lagoon, L'Atelier hosts lectures, art workshops with artists in residence, and cocktail openings. Le Meridien Tahiti invites you to become a "creative guest" at L'Atelier, learning (or honing) artistic techniques and creating your own works. The Reveal Your Artistic Talent Package, available until December 15, 2007, includes buffet breakfast for two, room upgrade based on availability, two hour painting course per day for four days (two guests), and shuttle for two to Papeete to visit galleries. The fifth night is free, with a minimum four night stay in a Garden View room, and rates start at 31,080 XPF per night.