LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
Get ready to go hog wild. Bikers are gearing up for the red-hot opening of the Iron Horse Hotel. This is truly a boutique hotel like no other. Touted as the "first luxury hotel in the U.S. with accommodations for business travelers and motorcycle enthusiasts," this new Milwaukee gem will debut across the bridge from the Harley-Davidson Museum in July 2008, just blocks from the Midwest Airlines Convention Center. To quote the web site:
A stunning display of architecture in an historic building. An inviting place to gather, work or relax. A clever mix of sexy booths and bar dining, serving comfort food with attitude. And a mingling of business suits and biker leathers for the best people watching. It's all here. This is The Iron Horse Hotel, and you have arrived.
The downtown warehouse-turned-luxury hotel is promising unparalleled amenities (including "never-before-seen rider amenities") in its 102 loft-style guest rooms. Original mixed-media murals will adorn entire walls in the guest rooms. The best part of all? The Iron Horse is shooting for the "style and service found at a NY or LA boutique hotel, delivered with our famous Midwestern friendliness." The hotel will be managed by Miami-based Desires Hotels, which manages other independently-branded modern boutique hotels, including the Sagamore in Miami, the Hotel Mela in New York, and the Water and Beach Club in San Juan.
Now's the time to hop down to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands for a little r & r. Rik Blyth, General Manager of the luxurious Biras Creek Resort, tells us that "May is a great time to be in Virgin Gorda as the cruise passengers from Tortola are no longer crowding the Baths, the North Sound is usually as flat as a pond and crystal clear and it is typically one of the months with the least amount of rain." Pleasant breezes off the ocean waves and deep colorful sunsets are an added draw. Only reachable by boat or helicopter, Biras Creek is recognized as one of the top luxury destinations in the Caribbean. The 31-suite resort is set amidst three distinct bodies of water (the protected lagoon of North Sound, the open Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean) and offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, private white sand beach, watersports including sailing and snorkeling, hiking trails and cycling.
Book your island escape by May 31, 2008 and you'll benefit from some last minute travel packages. If you reserve a stay for June 1- June 30, 2008, you'll get 7 nights for the price of 6 in an Ocean suite. The same special is available for stays between August 1-31, 2008. Or choose the Family Summer Escape for travel between August 1- 31 and you'll get a 20 percent discount for five nights or more on two ocean or garden suites. These offers must be booked by May 31, 2008 and exclude other packages, and the Grand and Premier Suites. For new reservations only.
Guests booking through Five Star Alliance Guests will receive a complimentary 30 minute massage for one person during their stay.
May 27, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
We can barely contain our excitement about the appointment of Hélène Darroze, one of France's most distinguished chefs, as the Executive Chef at The Connaught. For the last 18 months, The Connaught has benefitted from a finely-tuned, GBP 60 million renovation and now Phase 1 is complete-- after skilled artisans have labored to restore original features and added a whole bunch of contemporary art and technology. The hotel's priceless London location and coveted legacy have lured connoisseurs of luxury for over a century, and now The Connaught can continue to offer this grand hotel experience to its clients. The hotel's long love affair with gastronomy will continue with Hélène Darroze at the helm in the hotel's kitchen. Trained by Alain Ducasse, awarded with two Michelin stars, Darroze is considered one of the top-ranking female chefs in the world. Slated to open in the third week of June, "Hélène Darroze at the Connaught" will wow diners with Darroze's innovative dishes, inspired by authentic regional and seasonal flavours, with roots in her native Landes region of South West France. To quote the Guardian: "At the Connaught, she follows in the footsteps of Angela Hartnett, Gordon Ramsay's protégée who won a Michelin star there before the tenancy expired last September."