LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
August 2, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
If you are a first timer, or even a seasoned traveler, looking for a swanky villa within a luxury resort, we've got the best option for you in the Caribbean at the uber chic Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao. Nestled amidst tropical gardens and caressed by the azure water of the Caribbean Sea our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, has the following insight:
Baoase Luxury Resort in Curaçao is a great fit for LGBT guests and all seasoned Caribbean travelers looking for an island where everything is accepted and celebrated. The local airport, Curaçao International, is about a 25-minute drive from the resort, which also has a helipad. Hint: Guests can opt for a VIP transfer, and a chauffeur will pick them up inside Curaçao International Airport, allow them to pass through customs and immigration more quickly, bypassing the lines, and then take them to the property in a luxury car. Note: There is a private jet center at the Curaçao International airport.
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Even though the Ocean Front Villa is the most requested accommodation here, but we were told families cannot go wrong in booking the Private Pool Villa, the Superior Private Pool Villa and the Master Villa (the only one with butler service).
Note: The resort doesn't have a spa. However, guests can request treatments ranging from traditional massages and body scrubs to manicures and pedicures on the property's private beach. In-room group treatments are also available for wedding parties. Tip: Guests are advised to book spa treatments at least two days in advance.
The resort’s Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant is open to locals. The most popular fare here is "The Chef’s Menu," a full seven-course menu, which changes constantly and makes use of fresh ingredients. Additional recommended dishes include tuna tartare, lionfish and ginger cheesecake. Nice Touch: All of the seating at this restaurant is beachfront. Although it is fairly easy to get a reservation at the resort, we were told guests should book two weeks in advance to be on the safe side.
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For VIPs tying the knot, the resort can do everything from buyouts to ceremonies for 10 guests and rehearsal dinners. The property can accommodate almost any over-the-top request. For instance, A-listers can hire a private jet to drop rose petals during the ceremony. Other extravagant needs that the resort has fulfilled in the past include delivering 100 flowers to a couple's room during their honeymoon, and flying in wagyu beef from Japan to meet a guests request for dinner.
Additional experiences include a bottle of champagne upon arrival; a four-course “Surprise Menu” created by the chef in a romantic gazebo set up on the beach; and private picnic on the beach.
Tip: For those VIPs looking to get some shopping done, there are some high-end jewelry shops in Punda, which is roughly a five- to 10-minute drive from the resort. The property can provide VIP transport to and from the shops.
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July 25, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
Following a year-long $40 million renovation Southern California's Monarch Beach Resort, formerly a St. Regis property, has announced the completion of the project, which includes a new Miraval Life in Balance Spa, new pool areas, updated guest rooms, and fresh dining options. Read more below from our sister publication, Luxury Hotel Insider.
The resorts renovated arrival area now has beach house-inspired details with panoramic windows, over-sized seating, wide plank wood floors and blue and sea-glass green accents.
Also new is the Miraval Life in Balance Spa offering more than 70 treatments at its Monarch Beach Resort location. Each is designed to “awaken the senses, create balance and promote a sense of well-being” for guests throughout the spa's 24 treatment rooms. There is also a lap pool, multiple spa suites, a boutique, Drybar, Deborah Lippmann Nail Salon and relaxation and tranquility zones. Healthy menu items inspired by Miraval’s philosophy are also available at the resort's restaurants, as well as the new Miraval Spa Café inside the spa.
For dining, chef Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern continues to provide a private beachfront dining space for guests, while the resort is also debuting five new dining concepts led by executive chef Collin Thornton as part of the renovation. The new dining options focus on using fresh ingredients from local purveyors and exercising sustainable practices, and include:
- AVEO Table + Bar: A Mediterranean restaurant and bar designed by San Francisco-based hospitality firm Puccini Group. Dishes are inspired by the cuisine of Spain, Italy, Greece and Morocco, and are crafted using local ingredients.
- 33° North: This venue includes three separate dining areas; a contemporary bar serving hand-crafted cocktails; a living room salon; and an outdoor patio with fireside seating and live music Thursday through Sunday.
- Part & Parcel Market: Also designed by Puccini Group, the all-day dining option serves small bites and healthy options for guests on-the-go.
- Club 19: A refreshed indoor-outdoor gastro pub situated near the golf course offers beers on tap, cocktails, and classic American fare.
- Sombra: A Mexi-Cali, family-friendly poolside cantina offering a fusion of Mexican/American dishes along with salads, vegetarian options and modern Mexican comfort food.
The resort's new pool areas include an adults-only Monarch Pool, Family Pool with splash zones and two infinity-edge spas. Private cabanas have built-in music and stocked outdoor mini-bars, while chaise lounges and an outdoor fire pit provide space for guests to gather in the evenings. The pool area’s multi-level design now has a second tier dedicated to sunning and lounging.
Refreshed guestrooms designed by Los Angeles-based Rodrigo Vargas Design have a color palette of blues, greens and whites. All rooms and suites have balconies furnished with modern patio furniture, and all first floor balconies include fire pits.
Tip: In addition to the renovation, Monarch Beach Resort is also offering several new land and sea experiences in Dana Point. At the resort's private access beach, guests can enjoy activities like standup paddle boarding, trail hikes, bonfire communions and one-on-one surf lessons led by a resort Surf Host.
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On Florida's Gold Coast, the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort Miami Beach is located on the edge of the Atlantic just 15 minutes north of South Beach.
Clean whites lead to endless blues in the recently debuted 2,900 square foot Ambassador Oceanfront Suite. The four bedroom and four bathroom sanctuary is an ideal space for families to unwind. The spacious suite features two King bedded master bedrooms each with an ensuite private five-fixture marble bathroom, walk-in closet, and spacious balconies. Two interior bedrooms boast queen beds perfect for children. The main living room is ideal for lounging and opens to a kitchenette and glass dining table for eight. Dine al fresco on one of four 210 sf balconies with direct ocean views. A second living room boasts a pull out sofa bed, allowing up to 10 guests to comfortably make the Ambassador Suite home.
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It was recently announced that the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla, the most northerly of the Eastern Caribbean's Leeward Islands, will be getting a sister property - The Reef by CuisinArt.
About The Reef by CuisinArt - Located on Merrywing Bay on the Caribbean coast of Anguilla, The Reef by CuisinArt is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which selects only independently-minded properties with one thing in common: excellence. The Reef is a contemporary beachfront oasis of luxury that will feature stunning accommodations, world-class dining, cutting-edge technology and a plethora of activities including unique watersports, tennis with hardcourt play and preferred rates and tee times at CuisinArt Golf Club. Guests will also have access to the award-winning Venus Spa and additional culinary outlets offered at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa.
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NEW YORK, NY – July 13, 2016 – Enviably situated on Merrywing Bay on the tranquil island of Anguilla, The Reef by CuisinArt will debut in November 2016, revealing a beachfront contemporary oasis featuring 80 suites, directly on the Caribbean Sea.
The Reef by CuisinArt will feature a dramatic lobby entry and stunning bar, a fitness center with Technogym Excite Line, Unity Displays and aqua cycling bikes, a library and a boutique, complimentary watersports, and hardcourt play on the two tennis courts. The culinary teams have combined their global talents to create menus that will offer locally-sourced items and ingredients from the Hydroponic Farm for the hotel's restaurant outlets. The Yacht Club, which will feature brilliant nautical appointments and open to the spectacular pool, will serve breakfast and lunch, as well as a menu of inspired seafood selections for dinner. Breezes, a dazzling beachfront restaurant and bar, will draw those craving a relaxed Caribbean experience, and the calming sounds of the sea are the perfect accompaniment to a menu of unique beverage and food options.
“The Reef represents Anguilla’s newest luxury destination and the newest hotel addition to the CuisinArt family,” said Stephane Zaharia, Vice President and General Manager of both The Reef and CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. “The property, replete with exciting ensuite amenities and distinctive features, will truly epitomize a chic beachside resort with an urban flair.”
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Reef’s 80 accommodations will include 25 Golfview Junior Suites and 25 Seaview Junior Suites in the main building. Four additional beachfront buildings will house 30 accommodations ranging from Beachfront Junior Suites, to Corner Beachfront Junior Suites, Superior Beachfront Junior Suites and Deluxe Beachfront Junior Suites, two of which will contain dramatic outdoor Jacuzzis. Accommodation amenities will include a TV system with state-of-the-art technology, bedside “smart” control panels, Tivoli Bluetooth enabled audio systems, and more. Bathroom amenities will include products by Rusk and L’Occitane, as well as double sinks, a separate shower, and a freestanding Alissa oval bath.
As part of The Reef experience, guests will enjoy access to all amenities of CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, including preferred rates and tee-times at the 18-hole Greg Norman Signature design championship course, full access to the award-winning Venus Spa, as well as signing privileges at all facilities and dining venues. Complimentary transportation will be provided throughout the estate.
July 7, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Overlooking the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea, the Doria Hotel Bodrum offers a luxury boutique hotel setting in a historic fishing village. Ideal for relaxing, the property has the Blu Restaurant with beautiful sea views and the Lobby Lounge with cocktails and Carian art works.
If you're in need of sea breezes, head to the hotel's Blue Flag Awarded Doria Beach, on the secluded Bitez Bay. Featuring lounge chairs, sunshine, cocktails, and culinary delights, the crystal clear waters provide the ultimate scenery for relaxation.
What we love most:
- Blu Restaurant's views and authentic cuisine
- The pool's spectacular scenery and design
- Soothing spa treatments
- Complimentary shuttle to Bitez Bay
By: Rachael Weir
June 29, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
Experience a five star stay with Five Star Alliance Rates at the Hotel del Coronado. Featuring an oceanfront setting on California's famed Coronado Island, the iconic property is located less than 15 minutes from downtown San Diego.
The Five Star Alliance Rate offers a unique amenity of a commemorative book (one per room reservation) celebrating the history of the iconic Hotel del Coronado. Set along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the luxurious Hotel del Coronado has been welcoming celebrities, dignitaries and guests since 1888. The National Historic Landmark provides an upscale oceanfront resort setting with elegant restaurants, spa, beachfront pool, and boutiques. Guests can choose to stay within the historic Victorian Building with its signature red-shingled roof, or within the residential-style Beach Village.
One of San Diego's premier properties, all guests of the hotel enjoy:
- Beachfront location
- Keurig coffeemakers
- Signature personal care and bath products
- Access to the "My Hotel Del" app with exclusive features and benefits
Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary commemorative book celebrating the iconic history of the Hotel del Coronado.
By: Rachael Weir
June 24, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
A classic 1940's Art Deco retreat freshly transformed into a wildly bohemian South Beach boutique hotel, The Hall (formerly the Haddon Hall Hotel) is one block from Ocean Drive and across the street from the beach. Vintage and tropical design celebrates the Deco heritage of the building while incorporating a playful and casual beach vibe.
What we love:
- Hang like a Hemingway at the cocktail lounge, Holiday's.
- Surrounded by palm trees, chic cabanas and the South Beach sunshine, the Olympic-sized pool takes on a life of its own.
- Don't miss Campton Yard, the backyard garden under a banyan tree where you can wear board shorts and bikinis and hone your mad ping pong skills while getting social with the locals before heading out for a night on the town.
- Take the edge off with Spike Mendelsohn's surf shack inspired cuisine at Sunny's.
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Hyatt Ziva Cancun, which opened late last year, has a distinct Mexican vibe that grabs you right in the lobby, thanks to the dramatic ocean views that set the mood immediately.
Here, the Presidential Suite has 4,381 square feet of space across two floors. Each room at Ziva Cancun includes a balcony, but the Presidential Suite boasts two, along with a marble bathroom with a separate hot tub and rain shower. This top suite is also considered Hyatt Club Level, meaning it comes with special perks like personalized Beach Butler and concierge services, top-shelf liquors, a discount on spa and salon services and more.
Honeymooners may want to opt for the Hyatt Ziva Sky Swim-Up Ocean Front Master King. This romantic, 70-square-foot hideaway is perched in the Turquoize (adults-only) tower, and includes an oversized balcony, a private hot tub and a seating area. There is also a floor-to-ceiling corner rainfall shower. Guests of this suite will receive private check-in and exclusive access to the rooftop, adults-only pool.
Tip: This guestroom is also ideal for those seeking some rejuvenation, as it has direct access to the spa. Looking for a prime ocean view? We hear that the same Turquoize tower also has Corner suites with fabulous vistas included.
For guests who book the Ocean Front Master King because of the spa access, we suggest ordering the Zen signature massage. This treatment combines Swedish, Thai, Deep Tissue, Reflexology and Shiatsu techniques. After this experience, guests can relax in the spa's indoor pool, which has direct views of the Caribbean Sea. There is also a chance to take a dip in the hot tub, sauna, steam room and cold plunge.
Foodies take note: The hotel has a choice of nine restaurants. La Bastille, which serves French cuisine in an adults-only atmosphere, works for a romantic dinner. (Those seeking a private experience should ask for beach-side dining on the Ziva Pier.) While dining at Chevy's, kids will be excited about sipping milkshakes in a '57 Chevy convertible, complete with all-American fare.
Note: There may be a wide range of adults-only experiences at Ziva, but the hotel also has a number of child-friendly offerings, like a Kidz waterpark, a game room with teen activities, paddle boarding and more, to make them feel like little VIPs.
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The very first W Sound Suite from W Hotels is available at the W Retreat & Spa Bali, in the vibrant Seminyak neighborhood. W Hotels plans to unveil additional sound studios in the W Hollywood, W Barcelona, and W Seattle, but for now, check out what the W Bali can exclusively offer:
Designed by New York-based Josh Held Design, the W Sound Suite is a private, soudproof recording studio and writing room available to both professional musicians and hotel guests. A private vocal booth overlooks the hotel's tropical garden.
W Sound Suite is the idea of Chicago-based producer DJ White Shadow, W's North American music director. The DJ affixed the large soundproof studio with sound equipment and helped determine its layout. The studio has locally sourced wooden furniture, hand-carved wooden blocks and handwoven rugs. Other touches include an oversized print of a 1980s boombox by artist Lyle Owerko and a photography print spanning the entire room.
Coca-Cola also contributed to the development of the studio, which has subtle touches of red, a chandelier made from melted Coke bottles and oversized wall text featuring lyrics from the 1970s "I'd like to teach the world to sing..." advertisement.
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3 photos below of the W Studio Suite:
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June 15, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
One&Only Palmilla, located along a soft sandy beach of the Baja coast in Los Cabos, has 172 rooms - each offers Sea of Cortez views. The luxury resort also features a 4 bedroom, 10,500 square foot luxury villa named Villa Cortez, with prices ranging from $10,000 a night upwards.
What do you get for a five figure price tag?
- Enough space for 8 adults and 2 children (4 bedrooms, remember?)
- Spa area
- A theater with 19.5 foot screen and seating for 12
- 12 Villa specific staff
- Patio (including veranda with whirlpool, fire pits, shower, day beds, loungers, and more)
- Palapa (a traditional Mexican shelter roofed with palm leaves or branches)
- Interior living space: 789m2 / 8,500ft2
- Exterior living space: 186m2 / 2,000ft2
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Pictured: Lounging by the fire on the long beachfront veranda which features an infinity-edge pool, whirlpool, fire pits, shower, day beds, and lounge. Image courtesy of One&Only Palmilla on Instagram at /oneandonlypalmilla/.