LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
February 8, 2008
By: Lucy LeTourneau
If you travels take you "down under" for a visit to the beautiful city of Sydney, don't miss out on a stay at the classic Observatory Hotel, with its ideal location close to The Rocks and downtown area. Be sure to take advantage of their To Dine For Package with includes a superb seven course dining experience for two at the renowned Galileo Restaurant, a pre-dinner house cocktail the The Globe Bar, a full breakfast for two in Galileo, full use of all health club facilities and of course overnight accommodation. A variety of side trips and city experiences can also be arranged including a visit to the Sydney Observatory where you can name your own star. The Observatory's sister hotel is the gorgeous Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa, less than two hours from Sydney's center.
By: Lucy LeTourneau
February 8, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
The Resort at Paws Up offers unexplored wilderness with 37,000 acres of resort, 100 miles of trails, 7 miles of the Blackfoot River, and 1.5-million acres of the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness - all which combine to make for the ultimate wilderness adventure playground. Go horseback riding, skiing, snowmobiling, or fly-fishing in the Blackfoot River and dine on gourmet cuisine.
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February 8, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
You are invited to an extraordinary private event that unites lovers of wine, fine food and philanthropy for an unforgettable Wynn experience. On April 25- 26, 2008, Wynn Las Vegas will host this important weekend event. Guests will enjoy an exclusive Vintners Reception in the Penske/Wynn Ferrari Showroom on Friday evening, mingling with master wine-makers while sipping world-class wines (and surrounded by cool cars on display). On April 26, guests will attend the 100 Point Wine Dinner featuring full pours of legendary 100 point wines. Each vintage will be paired with a mouth-watering dish that is part of a five-course extravaganza prepared by internationally-renowned chefs. Among the items to be auctioned at the dinner are some rare wines including:
*Balthazar 2000 Chateau Haut-Brion, one of a limited edition of only five bottles ever produced.
*Balthazar 2000 La Mission Haut-Brion, the first and only Balthazar of the 2000 vintage ever released and one of only five in existence. Viewed by many as "The Wine of the 2000 Vintage," and recipient of a 100-point rating from Robert Parker.
*Double Magnum 2000 Petrus direct from the chateau.
Saturday will also feature a course on wine buying and investing by Sotheby's and afternoon events hosted by Wynn retail. All guests will enjoy a two-night stay in the Wynn Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas. For the second consecutive year, the Towers Suites is the only casino resort in the world to earn both the Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards and recently received Michelin's highest hotel rating of Five Red Pavilions. Guests will have access to all that the Wynn has to offer including the Tower Suites pools and cabanas, Tom Fazio-designed golf course, Wynn Golf Club, full-service spa and the spectacular casino and private high-limit gaming areas.
Ticket prices are $5,000 and include the 100 Point Wine Dinner, the private Vintners Reception in the Penske/Wynn Ferrari-Maserati Showroom, admission to all the special events, and Tower Suite accommodations.
After the recent announcement of the winners of the prestigious Mobil Five Star Award, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort-- a first-timer on the list-- has decided to celebrate. Only 41 hotels, resorts and inns in North America can claim this distinction, so The Sanctuary has a right to celebrate! Plus, The Sanctuary's Spa also achieved a separate, spa-specific Five Star rating, one of only three hotel spas in the country with the designation. To fête this achievement, The Sanctuary is offering an exclusive two-night "Five Star Delight" package for two that is only available for a limited time. Priced at $555 per person, per night, the package will expire on 5/5/08. Enjoy ocean-view concierge level accommodations on the 5th floor with a private concierge and access to the concierge lounge with complimentary gourmet food and drink selections. (Warning: More 5's to follow...) Plus, you'll get a round for two at Pete Dye's Ocean Course (one of the resort's 5 world-championship golf courses and rated 5 Stars by Golf Digest), an intimate 5-course tasting dinner for two at the Ocean Room (The Sanctuary's signature restaurant), and "Take 5" at the 5-Star Spa with a relaxing one-hour couples massage. Available starting 3/1/08.
February 7, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Porto Zante is a luxurious Villa-Hotel located on a private beach west of the Greek mainland. Private villas offer gorgeous poolside views overlooking spectacular sandy beaches and the open ocean. Located only 8 kilometers from the international airport, Porto Zante is both a remote get-away and accessible vacation scene.
Porto Zante De Luxe offers four different options for villas, accommodating anywhere from two to twelve people. Villas include bathrooms complete with Jacuzzi bathtubs and hydro jet showers. Each villa comes with living rooms and is fully air conditioned with a private parking area. Many of the villas also come with fireplaces and verandas. Enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding area, providing a relaxing environment to kick back and enjoy the many delights this culturally rich area has to offer.
Rates start at 500 Euros ...
By: Madelyn Giblin
Waited til the last minute again? No worries, Charleston Place, the elegant Orient-Express hotel in atmospheric Charleston, South Carolina, takes the stress out of planning a stupendous Valentine's Day with its Sweetheart Package. Imagine Antebellum architecture indicative of "Gone with the Wind," ancient hidden gardens, horse-drawn carriage rides past magnificent old plantation houses; this is the setting for one of the most romantic rendezvous spots in the United States. (And the hotel of choice for savvy Southern Belles.)
The Sweetheart Package includes a gourmet picnic set with linens and fine silver, suite accommodations for two nights, full breakfast, private horse-drawn carriage tour, Moet Chandon and Godiva chocolate turndown, a three-course dinner with wine in the Charleston Grill (approximate value of $150), a drawn bath with candles while the couple is at dinner, a dozen roses, spa amenities, and a silver picture frame and travel candle. Talk about enhancing the romance quotient! Available February 1- 29, 2008, priced at $2,738.
Note: Special Seasonal Rates are available at Charleston Place on select dates. Deluxe rooms starting at $219 per night can be found on February 10, 14, 17-18, 24, 27, March 2-3, 16-19, and 23rd. But don't delay! These rates will surely go fast.
In light of the recent findings of high mercury levels in sushi-grade tuna, this news from Loews Hotel Lake Las Vegas is most welcome. Since its opening at the end of 2006, this desert oasis has been wowing its clients. (Just 17 miles from the Vegas Strip, the 25-acre resort has it all: shimmering pools, championship golf courses, a superb Moroccan-style spa, water sports on the lake.) And now Master Sushi Chef Osama "Fuji" Fujita, the only sushi chef in the U.S. to earn the Japanese Chefs Association's recognition of achievement in 2006-2007, has rolled out a handful of safe seafood suggestions for tuna lovers at the hotel's Marssa restaurant. Chef Fuji's Bluefin "Altunatives" include Hawaii's Bigeye Tuna, Yellowtail and Albacore. Other tips for tuna lovers: consider other lower-mercury choices such as shrimp, salmon, sea-eel, sea urchin, squid and scallops; opt for veggie selections; avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, which have the highest mercury levels.
Photo Via Courtney May
February 6, 2008
By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard
Many of our clients seem to get overwhelmed when researching hotels in Dubai. With so many luxury hotel choices, in a city that is relatively new on destination hotspot radar, visitors are often unsure where to start. Hotels in Dubai can basically be broken down into three categories: beach, city and desert. People traveling to Dubai for leisure will most likely want to stay at one of the beach properties such as Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and the Madinat Jumeirah properties (pictured) - Al Qasr, Dar al Masyaf, Mina A' Salam. Other beach properties include Ritz Carlton Dubai, One and Only Royal Mirage, and the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa.
When visiting Dubai for business, most people choose one of the hotels in the heart of the city because either they are attending a conference at a hotel downtown, or they need to be near the World Trade Center or the Dubai Convention Center. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Raffles Dubai (pictured), Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, Shangri-La Dubai, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Fairmont Dubai, Taj Palace Hotel or Traders Hotel Dubai are all close to the airport and located in the business district. If you tire of sitting in meeting rooms, many of these hotels provide shuttles to the beach, or you can spend your free time in their world-class spas, restaurants, pools, or shopping malls.
One thing to consider: If you need to be in the city center but would like to be near the water, choose a hotel on Dubai Creek. The creek comes in from the Persian Gulf and splits the city almost equally in two. Hotels such as Radisson SAS, Dubai Deira Creek, and InterContinental Dubai Festival City line the creek. Or choose the Grosvenor House Dubai which is situated on the Dubai Marina and overlooks the Persian Gulf. While it does not have a beach itself, guests are welcome to use the beach at the adjacent sister property, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa.
Visitors are so excited to experience the glamor of Dubai's beaches and city center that they sometimes overlook the beautiful desert resorts that are just outside the city. These resorts provide a peaceful alternative to the hustle and bustle of Dubai, and give visitors a chance to take in the unique desert landscape. Two excellent choices are the Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa and the Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa. If your trip itinerary allows, we recommend planning a weekend in the desert at the end of your trip.
The travel trend these days for business executives? Checking into historic hotels. After hefty renovations, these hotels have become destinations in and of themselves. And industry experts cite this category as a better-performing niche. Case in point: The Peabody in Memphis, famous for its parade of ducks at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. through the lobby. After a makeover a few years ago, the hotel sports ultra-luxurious rooms, an indoor pool and athletic club, and wireless access in-room-- not an easy feat for many landmark hotels which require rewiring for that 21st century amenity. What's the draw to the historic hotels like The Peabody and Manhattan's legendary Plaza? These hotels are distinctive, luxurious, and offer a sense of place, as explained by a spokesperson for the 210-member Historic Hotels of America.
Plan a weekend getaway now at a Kimpton hotel and enjoy Internet rates starting as low as $99 per night, available exclusively Thursdays- Sundays until March 30, 2008. The Kimpton brand is known for its distinctive, one-of-a-kind hotels where guests enjoy hosted evening wine receptions and complimentary Wireless Internet access. Each hotel is different: colorful, vibrant and with lots of personality. (And most are pet-friendly.) Book a room at the high-style Hotel Monaco Denver, housed in the historic 1917 Railway Exchange Building and the 1937 Art Moderne Title Building, and you'll find rates starting at $129 per night. (2/14-2/16 are black-out dates.) The Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, MA is going for $129 per night. At the recently-renovated Alexis Hotel in Seattle, rates start at just $159 per night. Other Kimpton hotels priced at $159 per night: Portland's Hotel Monaco, San Diego's Hotel Solamar, and San Francisco's Hotel Palomar.