LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
March 29, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
The Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa is a special kind of retreat. Boasting one of the largest hotel fitness clubs in the US, the Houstonian Club has over 30 certified personal trainers and its 125,000 square feet of space features a rock-climbing wall, three resort pools, a boxing ring, eight tennis courts, and a full gymnasium court. If you want your hotel to come with a sports complex, then the Houstonian is right for you. Not only that, the Houstonian's spa, Trellis, offers more than 100 different treatment options and an indoor float pool alongside all of the traditional spa options.
Despite its premium facilities and total self-sufficiency, the Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa manages to hide itself from the greater Houston metropolis. Houston has a wonderful 18-acre forest in its heart, and it is within this oasis of serenity that the Houstonian lies. You get all the convenience of the city with the atmosphere of the countryside. Its 288 rooms are adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows which provide unparalleled views of the surroundings. It's serene, subtle, and full of the options that every sort of luxury travel is looking for, from business to leisure. The Houstonian Hotel Club and Spa is a unique expansion of the standard hotel facilities, and it helps it stand out from the crowd.
March 27, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
Spas are a funny thing. It's actually amazing to think that we live in a world full of all the modern luxuries, and yet we have to pay to escape to a simpler, more relaxed experience. The spa is just that, too, quintessentially an escape, retreating inward to recharge the mind and the body during a moment's respite from the bustle of modern life. But, the fact remains, many of us are in desparate need of that retreat, and if you're looking to get away from everything, there's no better destination than the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC.
The hotel itself is gorgeous, was built in 2007, and features 228 oversized luxury guest rooms with all the modern amenities: flat screen TVs, Rivolta Italian linens, and many with balconies overlooking the natural flora. World-class dining and a great respect for the local culture accent the property, with local artists featuring prominently and the down-home hospitality a guarantee.
The real crowning jewel of the hotel is the spa. The two-story building adjacent to the property offers ten treatment rooms where you can find the perfect personalized relaxation technique to wash the stress out of your body. A meditation courtyard, whirlpools, and a steam room offer alternative ways to rejuvenate and recharge and the naturally lit interior spaces soothe the eyes as much as they do your soul. The Umstead Hotel & Spa really is a wonderful place ot slough off your East Coast woes and embrace the healing powers of a day all to yourself.
March 26, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
The big hit movie the Hunger Games was filmed in Asheville, North Carolina, and this southern town is certainly drawing in quite the crowd because of it! The town of Asheville has two 5-star hotels properties and one 4-star hotel. Read on below to explore these luxury hotel options and choose the one that is most suitable for you and your Hunger Games needs!
This is one of the most popular hotels on our site, and it is one of the South’s best loved resorts. It offers beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it overlooks the city of Asheville. The property has a 40,000 square foot spa, a restored golf course, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, child programs, and much more.
This boutique hotel is located in the famous Biltmore Village, and it’s set among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Its 104 rooms and suites have personal touches including stone flooring and custom bedding. This hotel has a fine dining restaurant, spa, lounge, and art gallery all easily accessible and readily available. Experience the elegance of the Old World at this charming and rustic boutique hotel.
This 4-star hotel is located on top of Reed Hill, above Biltmore Village. It offers a 360 degree view of the mountains and overlooks the Village and Swannanoa River Valley. This charming, small boutique hotel only has 7 rooms in 2 buildings, so you can expect an extremely personal stay.
Explore these hotel options and be sure to visit the beautiful town of Asheville to get an even more personal connection to the Hunger Games!
By: Oksana Balytsky