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Hamilton Princess, Hamilton, Bermuda

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Location Stroll from the Hamilton Princess into the center of Hamilton, where Front Street’s shops, bars, and restaurants line one side of the street, and a harbour walk lines the other. Explore the side streets where more goodies await. Hamilton is Bermuda’s capital city and its center of commerce — largely revolving around offshore insurance, an industry that has helped Bermuda weather tourism ups and downs. The city, which is in Pembroke Parish, is fairly central for exploring over to the East End, where the town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site, reminds of early settler’s lives; and to the West End, where the Royal Naval Dockyard and Horseshoe Bay await.

Lodging The Hamilton Princess sits majestically above Hamilton Harbour, its bright strawberry ice cream pink facade easily recognizable from far and wide. As striking as its appearance and its location overlooking Hamilton Harbor and the Hamilton Yacht Club are, perhaps the most amazing thing about the hotel these days is its art collection, which includes works from Warhol to Matisse. The collection was the finishing touch to renovations that added a new parade of shops, an Exhale spa and yoga studio, and a state of the art fitness room overlooking the pool. The hotel has its own private beach club on Sinky Bay. It has equipment for activities such as paddle boarding and also a satellite lunch spot, Marcus’ on the Beach. A jitney runs every half hour between the hotel and the beach club. Each Saturday morning, a local art expert gives a guided tour of the hotel’s art collection. Still, for all the magnificence of its modern art collection, and its updates, the hotel has not lost any of its classic Gilded Age splendor.

View of a Room 657  Renovations at the Hamilton Princess transformed guest rooms into sleek, modern, and decidedly non fussy digs. This king bed room has a lounge area with a couch, and there is also a work area with a desk. There is a separate dressing area with plenty of hanging and shelf space. The small bathroom has a walk in shower with double heads and is stocked with one of the best products found in a hotel bathroom anywhere: Rose 31, which has a gorgeous musky rose fragrance. The view is not fully of the bay, but a partial one and only if you are standing at the windows, which look over the entrance driveway and Hamilton’s pretty pastel colored office buildings.

Restaurants and bars The Hamilton Princess has many commendable bars and restaurants: the lobby bar, the Crown and Anchor serves from breakfast to late night drinks, when one of the island’s many talented bands play. There is an outdoor patio restaurant overlooking the manicured gardens and harbour. The hotel’s signature restaurant is Marcus — New York based Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s beautiful island outpost, which also looks out over the lawn and water. 

Information

Hotel Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club

76 Pitts Bay Road, HMO8

Tel: (441) 295-3000

thehamiltonprincess.com

Dinner at BLT in the Ritz-Carlton Westchester

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White Plains, NY — The Ritz-Carlton Westchester, located in the heart of White Plains, includes a BLT outpost, which offers inside dining, an elegant experience to be sure, and also al fresco service on its street side patio.

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Inside or out, the meal begins with BLT’s customary popover, a batter bun popular in old school Northeast steak houses and restaurants of note.

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Summery dishes at BLT include a beet salad and bass with leeks, each tender and tasty.

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Take the Presidential Appeal package at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston

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Boston, MA — Valid through November 30, the Ritz-Carlton Boston’s Presidential Appeal package includes accommodations for two in the luxurious Presidential Suite, access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Level lounge for two, an in-suite dining experience for two prepared by the hotel’s chef, and a 24 Karat Gold Signature Facial for two at The Spa at Equinox Sports Club, adjacent to the hotel. Also, includes a $1,000 shopping spree through the designer boutiques on Newbury Street and curated tours of Boston for two including:
    • A private tour of Fenway Park, home of the world champion Boston Red Sox who were cheered on by fans like U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and FDR
    • A tour of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate
    • Private sedan transportation from hotel for both tours
    • A copy of John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning volume of short biographies describing acts of bravery and integrity by eight United States Senators.
    • Airport transfers

The package starts at $15,000 for a two night stay (taxes not included). For more info: click here.

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The Ritz-Carlton Westchester, White Plains, NY, USA

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Location Flanked by the Hudson River on the West and the Long Island Sound to the Southeast, Westchester County lies a short drive or train ride just north Manhattan. White Plains is ideally situated in the middle of southern Westchester, an area known for historic Hudson River estates like the Rockefeller’s Kykuit, author Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Van Cortlandt Manor, Lyndhurst, and Montgomery Place. By the Hudson, Tarrytown’s Philipsburg Manor is a family-friendly educational representation of 18th century farming, milling and trading. Nearby, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the setting for Irving’s tale of Ichabod Crane’s run-in with the Headless Horseman, is a beautiful place to walk. The adjacent Old Dutch Church is New York’s oldest standing church and dates back to 1685. Over by Long Island Sound, Rye Playland, the 1928 Art Deco amusement park designated a historic landmark and the spot where the Tom Hanks movie “Big” was filmed, is a unique experience. White Plains is a city with lots of good dining and lively bars, and its central location makes driving to most locations easy.

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The Hotel  The Ritz-Carlton Westchester is a luxury hotel with a sleek grandeur. The marbled lobby has a dining area and lounge, and modern fireplace, which is central to the area. There are two inhouse restaurants: the signature space, 42 The Restaurant, and BLT Steak , an outpost of Manhattan’s BLT Steak, which offers a menu of superlative steaks and seafood. If the weather is warm BLT Steak’s patio offers dining en plain air, and overlooks White Plains’s fun musical fountains in Renaissance Square. The hotel has an indoor rooftop pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The Ritz-Carlton’s signature spa offers extensive treatments and is the largest spa in Westchester County. There is valet parking.

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Room 404 This one-bedroom suite echoes the hotel’s calm, elegant decor. It is extremely spacious with an entrance hallway leading to a large lounge with sofa, armchair, and coffee table. The suite has a DVD player, iPod docking station, WiFi, a fully-stocked honor bar, and coffee and tea facility, A large flatscreen TV completes the comforts. The Ritz-Carlton’s decor harkens to classic American art deco, but with a modern simplicity.

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A perfectly appointed work desk is off to the side.

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The bedroom leads to a closet where robes and slipper await.

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The bathroom is lined with a warm, toffee colored marble. It has a luxurious tub and shower, and double washbasins. The beautiful amenities include Asprey toiletries — it’s all very relaxing and comforting. Everything you would want from a hotel and more.

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Info

Ritz-Carlton Westchester

3 Renaissance Square,

White Plains,

New York 10601 USA

914-946-5500

ritzcarlton.com/Westchester

The Plaza offers Christmas Spectacular Package

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New York, NY – Too early to be thinking about the Holidays? Not if you want to book The Plaza’s Christmas Spectacular Package, which includes a deluxe guest room and two tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the beloved Rockets. Guests who book an Edwardian Suite or above receive four tickets to the performance, and additional tickets are available for purchase through the hotel with a confirmed reservation.  And, guests who book before September 1, 2015 will receive The Plaza’s collectible 2015 Christmas ornament and snow globe.  The Christmas Spectacular Package is available from November 23, 2015 through January 3, 2016 starting at $1,125 USD per night. The Christmas Spectacular Package must be booked at least 10 days in advance.

For additional information: fairmont.com/the-plaza-new-york or call (212) 546.5350.

Anse Chastanet’s Piton pool suite debuts

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Soufriere, St. Lucia – This winter, Anse Chastanet adds the newly made-over Casuarina suite, which boasts a 160 square-foot pool on a private deck overlooking the island’s iconic Piton mountains.

The spacious bedroom with walk-in closet opens to a 420-square foot open walled patio-living room area. The grand bathroom, also with a Piton view, features a “Couples Shower” with “His” and “Hers” rain shower heads. Coralina stone tiles and handcrafted furniture made from sustainably culled tropical hardwoods decorate the interior.

Three similar suites should be ready by the summer.

For more info: 1 800 223-1108, www.ansechastanet.com.
Photo credit: Anse Chastanet

Yotel announces global expansion

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Yotel is to expand in key city centers and international airports in Asia, Europe and North America. More than 3,000 cabins are scheduled to open by 2018, including Yotel hotels in Singapore, Paris, Miami, San Francisco, and a second property in New York City.

Yotel offers minimal cabins and suites, each providing everything for a guest but in a compact space.   In addition to New York, Miami and San Francisco, Yotel hopes to open new properties in Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto. Outside North America, the company is actively pursuing opportunities in Europe and Asia Pacific, in particular Dubai, London, Milan, Barcelona, Sydney and Hong Kong. Currently, the company operates three airport properties at London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Amsterdam Schiphol and one city center hotel in New York City.

For more info: www.yotel.com

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Ti Kaye Resort and Spa, Anse La Raye, St. Lucia, West Indies

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Location  Nestled among lavish rainforest on Saint Lucia’s Caribbean side, high above a small horseshoe bay called Anse Cochon, Ti Kaye Resort and Spa’s location is sublime. Far below the resort, a white sandy beach edges those magical blue waters, which, because all beaches in Saint Lucia are public, can soon fill with noisy visiting tourists and private boaters. In the morning, locals with a more pressing agenda can been seen swiftly riding the water with nets in hand, capturing the day’s fish catch. Don’t be surprised if one of those ugly monstrous cruise ships appears on the horizon, completely ruining the view! Still, the bay is safe from those hordes because it is simply too small and shallow to accommodate cruise liners. Anse Cochon is a designated marine preserve, one of the few in Saint Lucia, which is why the bay offers some of the island’s best snorkeling. The resort’s onsite dive center is conveniently located on Anse Cochon. The roadway up from the colorful town of Soufrière is a long, winding, and often bumpy one, but Ti Kaye’s seclusion is part of its charm. There is little of the usual commercial trappings around Ti Kaye Resort and regular life of shopping and consuming must be swapped for a peaceful, less harried existence. (Don’t worry, there’s plenty of pleasurable indulgences to be had.) Saint Lucia’s high season is January through March and the wet season is June through November.

 

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Lodgings This privately owned resort opened in 2001 and comprises 33 tropical bungalows, each with a private entry gate leading to the shrub shrouded verandah. They are dotted throughout 15 acres of tropical plantings, which are wonderful to wander. Watch your step in the wet season though: the pathways often have steep slopes. There is Complimentary jump-on WiFi throughout the resort. Some cottages have adjoining balconies, some are private and completely detached, and some have private plunge pools. each has a Creole name. Don’t take it personally if you are given kankannez, which means trouble or troublemaker (or maybe you should?). Accessed by 160 steps, the beach below offers beach activities, including snorkeling. Just off the main lodge, there is a small pool and beautiful sun garden with comfy loungers.

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View of a Room: K (Kankannez) Located off a steep sloping path, and accessed by its own private keyed doorway, there’s no trouble (yes, a pun) feeling at home in Kankannez. Spacious throughout, there’s a closet large enough to be called a dressing room, and a bathroom with an outdoor shower filled with plants and open to the sky. It feels very private and is a wonderful experience. There’s a line to hang wet bathing suits, or even wring out an item of clothing or two. The bathing area has large refillable bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion, cutting plastic waste. These excellent products are locally made. An armoire is loaded with a kettle, a cafetière, tea bags, milk (in a cute reusable glass bottle), and a jar of ground coffee. The latter – in keeping with the hotel’s keen environmental awareness – also cuts down on packaging and landfill waste. (Saint Lucia does not recycle.)  There’s a full ‘fridge. The four-poster bed is decked out with a mosquito net, which looks beautiful and romantic, until you realize you need it! Perhaps the best part is having a spacious balcony with a coffee table and rocking chairs, as well as a really comfy hammock.

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Restaurants and Bars It’s worth considering the cocktail hour as 5 p.m. That way, you can take in the view and sunset (at 5:46 p.m. each day—Saint Lucia wisely doesn’t change its clocks) at the spectacular Kai Manje cliff side bar. The view of Anse Cochon below rainforest-lined cliffs from the bar’s floor-to-ceiling windows is nothing short of breathtaking. Try what is probably the Caribbean’s best rum punch – made with Saint Lucian made Chairmans and not sticky sweet: More fruity and with a nice kick. Ti Manje and the first floor Kai Manje restaurant both serve indigenous Caribbean dishes and utilize local produce. There’s a focus on locally caught fish. Kai Manje restaurant was awarded Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2013 and 2014. The Ti Kave wine cellar, which was added to the resort in 2011, is one of the largest underground wine cellars in the Caribbean, offering a choice of over 3,000 bottles. It is used for wine tastings and wine dinners, and the cool dark interior gives considerable contrast to the outside heat and humidity. There is also a beach side bar, accessed by those 160 steps, which plays host for a weekly five-course dinner, which turns the tables on its usual casual style.

Breakfast is served in Kai Manje and includes a build-you-own granola bar including local ingredients — nuts, dried fruit, yoghurt, and honey. The source of each is shown on a map of the island. IMG_3041 

Fitness and Spa In 2010, among other tasteful expansions, the resort added the beautiful cliff side Kai Koko Spa, which has a relaxation room and Jacuzzi, plus a couples and singles treatment rooms. This also looks over the bay and to take advantage of its heavenly views, mirrors are places under the head cradles on treatment beds. So instead of looking at the floor, you can see the blue-blue sky and sea.

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The same natural, locally made products are used alongside natural essential oils.  As far as fitness, who needs a Spinning class when there’s those 160 steps! The spa has won awards — and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s both unique and  first-class.

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Should those 160 steps not be enough exercise, there is a fitness center.

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Ti Kaye Resort & Spa

Anse Cochon

Castries

St. Lucia

Tel: 758 456 8101 Email:info@tikaye.com

http://www.tikaye.com

Enjoy Amsterdam with The Dylan’s Serendipity Winter package

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Amsterdam, Netherlands –  The Dylan, a stylish luxury boutique hotel centrally located in the heart of the city’s sophisticated Nine Streets, invites travelers to explore the historic canals and streets of Dutch capital with its new Serendipity Winter package.

Guests of the historic 40-room hotel can cruise along the picturesque canals in a private and heated 19th century salon boat, enjoy luxurious suite accommodations with stunning views of the famed Keizersgracht canal, and savor The Dylan’s signature High Wine tasting near the lounge’s cozy fireplace.  The Dylan’s “Serendipity Winter” package includes:

  • One night stay in a Serendipity Junior Canal View Suite
  • One and a half hour private morning cruise in a classic wooden salon boat on the canals. (guests may board between 7 & 9 a.m.)
  • Personally customized breakfast plate to be served on board
  • Entrance to the Canal House Museum
  • High Wine experience featuring a selection of fine wines paired with savory bites from the kitchen of Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers

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Rates start at €325 (approximately $415 US dollars) per person; based on double occupancy.  The “Serendipity Winter” package is available December 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015 and subject to availability.  To book, email reservations@dylanamsterdam.comwww.dylanamsterdam.com

 

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XV Beacon celebrates being number one

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Today, Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which placed Boston’s XV Beacon as #1 in the 25 Best Hotels in the U.S, and #22 in 100 Best Hotels in the World. To celebrate, the property has a special welcome amenity for all check-ins through the end of the month and a limited time “Best of the Best”  stay package, which includes an overnight stay, Roederer champagne, a complimentary upgrade, and a special XV Beacon keepsake. Additionally,  an in-room chocolate surprise awaits all guests in their room, through the end of the month. The “Best of the Best” package is bookable now for travel dates now through March 31st 2015. Rates starting at $395. 

For further info: 617-670-1500, www.xvbeacon.com.

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Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts hit the sweet spot

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Tout le Monde — Apparently, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts are revamping one of France’s finest achievements: the éclair. This summer, sees the launch of its first-ever global éclair program in partnership with award-winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini.  As part of the brand’s new culinary program, Le Méridien hotels and resorts worldwide will offer guests the opportunity to indulge in a variety of modern twists, including both classic flavors as well as unique creations inspired by the destination. In addition, Chef Iuzzini will create eight seasonal éclair recipes for the hotels, inspired by his travels through various Le Méridien destinations.

For more info: lemeridien.com

 

Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills opens with special rates

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Plymouth, Mass. – Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills opens its doors to guests beginning June 29. The 50-room retreat, modeled after a French country manor house, is welcoming its first guests with limited-time opening rates and celebratory packages.

This second property of the growing Mirbeau collection is located just 45 miles from Boston and eight miles from Cape Cod. In addition to its luxe guestrooms, the inn’s amenities include Le Bistro, reminiscent of a classic Parisian bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the elegant Henri-Marie fine dining restaurant. The 14,000-square-foot Spa Mirbeau features 14 treatment rooms and a full range of services. For those seeking an idyllic locale for a wedding or event, bookings are available for the 1,000-square-foot Giverny Salon and the 3,750-square-foot outdoor Monet-inspired gardens and waterfalls.

Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills is offering an introductory rate of $235* for mid-week stays (Sunday through Thursday), and $295* for weekend stays, as well as two packages designed to showcase the inn’s world-class amenities. Book by June 29 to take advantage of these special rates (based on availability and double occupancy).

 

Bienvenue Weekend Package:

  • Room accommodations for two evenings (Friday & Saturday)
  • A split of Champagne in room upon arrival
  • Full breakfast per person each morning in Le Bistro
  • One 50-Minute Spa Treatment per person
  • Taxes & Gratuities on the above items
  • Guest Rooms starting at $1,130** per package
  • Guest Suites starting at $1,435** per package

 

Bienvenue Midweek Package:

  • Room accommodations for one evening (Sunday through Thursday)
  • A split of Champagne in room upon arrival
  • Full breakfast per person in Le Bistro
  • Taxes & Gratuities on the above items
  • Guest Rooms starting at $345** per evening
  • Guest Suites starting at $490** per evening

 

*Introductory rates on select rooms and exclude a nightly, taxable resort fee. Rates exclude a nightly, taxable resort fee.

For more information on the Inn & Spa: mirbeau.com/pin

Loews Regency Hotel’s Park Avenue Privileges Program sweetens the deal

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New York, NY — Loews Regency hotel, the newly renovated landmark hotel in Midtown Manhattan, today announced the Park Avenue Privileges Program, which includes several complimentary amenities, benefits, and services available at no extra cost. Basically th bigger the room, the bigger the benefits:

Superior & Luxury Rooms

  • Complimentary WIFI
  • 24/7 Fitness Center access
  • Car service
  • Two hour pressing at a discounted rate
  • One complimentary shoe shine
  • Turn down service with Sant Ambroeus cookies and bottled water
  • Long-term storage of luggage
  • Complimentary access to FIAT Service

Avenue King & Grand King Rooms

  • Complimentary Premium WIFI
  • 24/7 Fitness Center access
  • Car service
  • One complimentary shoe shine
  • Long-term storage of luggage
  • Complimentary access to FIAT Service
  • Turn down service guaranteed with Sant Ambroeus cookies and bottled water
  • Complimentary two garments pressed daily

Executive & Grand Executive Suites

  • Complimentary Premium WIFI
  • 24/7 Fitness center access
  • Car service
  • One complimentary shoe shine
  • Long-term storage of luggage
  • Complimentary access to FIAT Service
  • Turn down service guaranteed with Sant Ambroeus cookies and bottled water
  • Complimentary two garments pressed daily

 

Manhattan, Park, Terrace and Signature Suites

  • Complimentary Premium WIFI
  • 24/7 Fitness Center access
  • Car service
  • One complimentary shoe shine
  • Long-term storage of luggage
  • Complimentary access to FIAT Service
  • Turn down service with Sant Ambroeus cookies and bottled water
  • Complimentary two garments pressed daily
  • Welcome amenity with hand written note from Managing Director
  • Complimentary morning beverage
  • Complimentary mini-bar

Manhattan, Park Avenue, Terrace and Signature Suite guests will be able to enjoy a welcome amenity on arrival and a complimentary morning beverage. Additionally, guests staying in these premium suites, can also Milk the Mini-Bar with complimentary access to the entire contents of their in-room mini-bar, including sweet treats, salty snacks and beverages, from fruit juice and soda to sparkling wine and spirits.

For more info: 1-800-23-LOEWS, www.loewshotels.com/regency-hotel.

 

Everything stops for tea at the Langham

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Planet Earth — Langham Hotels across the globe will pay homage to Europe’s first grand luxury hotel, The Langham, London, with a quintessentially British tradition: Afternoon Tea. On this date, the hotel will turn back the clock to 1865, when The Langham, London originally opened, and will serve signature “Tiffin at The Langham” Afternoon Tea for its original price of 1 shilling, 6 pence (or 15 cents).

Is this the best deal ever? Dress up and have fun. Celebrate anytime with the indulgent Tiffin Afternoon Tea, served every afternoon, and comprising scones, jam, and clotted cream; tea cakes and pastries; and tea sandwiches. And a really good pot of tea. Add a glass of Champagne, if you will, and raise a toast!

 

 

 

 

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac completes $75 million facelift

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Quebec City, Canada – What does $75 million get you? For the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, it’s meant one heck of a facelift. The lobby-to-roof renovation by owner Ivanhoé Cambridge aimed to  both, “preserve and renovate this iconic hotel and maintain its continued legacy while adding a contemporary dimension to provide an unparalleled hotel experience and meet the highest expectations for our guests,” says General Manager Robert Mercure in a press release.
The hotel’s 611 guest rooms are meticulously renovated with updated contemporary conveniences and Fairmont Gold, the hotel’s private members club, increased its room count from 46 to 60, and added additional space to the private lounge. The exclusive services of Fairmont Gold include a private lounge, dedicated Concierge, deluxe continental breakfast and hors d’oeuvres. Fairmont Gold guestrooms are located on the hotel’s highest floors, offering the most stunning views of the Quebec City and St. Lawrence River.
Executive Chef Baptiste Peupion introduces three new concepts: Champlain restaurant, the hotel’s signature dining space, the 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar, and Le Sam lounge.
 Newly built, the Spa du Château features seven treatment rooms, and a renovated and expanded health club.
The site of the hotel boasts over 400 years of history, with historical artifacts showcased in display windows throughout the property. It is also the official residence and seat of power of the French and British governors.
To celebrate the completion of this grand makeover, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is offering a Nouveau Château Package, which includes luxury accommodations, complimentary daily breakfast for two, a $50 CAD dining credit per stay and early arrival and late departure upon availability. The offer is valid from June 1, 2014 and starts at $339 CAD per night (excluding taxes) based on double occupancy.
 
For more info: 1-800-441-1414,  www.fairmont.com/frontenac.

Mother’s Day delight at Sofitel New York

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New York, NY —  Sofitel New York has a stay guaranteed to delight moms this May. Available from Friday, May 9, through Sunday, May 11,  the Fête des Mères Package includes:

o   Two nights’ accommodations for four in a luxury suite

o   Mother’s Day Brunch for four at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Gaby Brasserie Française

o   A bouquet of fresh flowers

o   Two flutes of Champagne

o   An assortment of delectable macaroons

o   An Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte gift set

o   Priced at $799 based on four guests (inclusive of taxes and fees, exclusive of gratuities)

 

Gaby’s Mother’s Day Brunch is available separately on Sunday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the French tradition, the lady of honor is served a small cake with a flower accent, compliments of Gaby. For reservations or more information, visit www.sofitel.com or call (212) 354-8844.

Castle Hill Inn’s unique underwear package

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Newport, RI —  The beautiful waterside Castle Hill Inn has teamed with Journelle, the luxury lingerie retailer in New York City, for a romance inspired travel experience – the Journelle Getaway.

Journelle also created a lingerie collection inspired by Castle Hill Inn!

The Journelle Getaway at Castle Hill Inn includes a complimentary visit to the Atelier at Journelle in New York City for a private lingerie appointment and fitting to prepare for the romantic getaway. Plus, all guests receive 15% off their purchase during their atelier fitting. Sip champagne and tea while shopping a highly-curated selection of both basics and high-fashion pieces, tailored to guests’ personal requests. Then, with gorgeous knickers in hand, enjoy a two-night stay at Castle Hill Inn with champagne upon arrival, complimentary gourmet breakfast, and afternoon tea daily.  A three-course dinner for two and two tickets to any Newport Preservation Society mansion is included. Rates start at $800 (tax not included). The package is available through December 31, 2014. www.castlehillinn.com

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Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta adds luxurious pet program

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Atlanta, GA — The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta has added luxurious — what else? It’s the Mandarin Oriental — new pet program, including customized pet-friendly amenities and a special ‘MOpup’ in-room dining.

Pets are welcomed with organic bone-shaped cookies prepared by the hotel’s pastry team. In the guest room, pets are treated to a cozy bed, water bowl, doggie dental kit, and toys. The in-room ‘MOpup’ dining program offers a selection of special pet-friendly dishes, such as Grilled Steelhead Salmon with Roasted Asparagus and Glazed Carrots, and Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Peanut Butter Biscuits. SOund good enough for you to eat? It’s doubtful that pup will share, you know that.

The hotel’s English Garden has a dedicated pet-friendly seating area, perfect for relaxing and enjoying cocktails. Pets can explore all of the hidden nooks in the English Garden and also try a non-alcoholic peach flavored ‘MOcktail’ or a coconut water-infused ‘Melon Puptail.’ Pet owners also receive an ‘Explore FANtastic Atlanta’ map to discover the best pet-friendly places in the city, including the popular walking trails in nearby Chastain Park. The hotel’s concierge team can provide recommendations on Atlanta’s top dog-sitters, grooming services, 24-hour veterinary services, pet hot spots and pet retailers. Available for purchase are ‘MOpup’ Hoodies designed with the slogan, ‘Keep Calm and Carry Treats.’ Pet turndown service is also available upon request.

Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta’s pet program costs USD 100 per pet stay. However, the hotel only accepts tiny dogs! Boo, says Shadow, below (he is 120lbs!). For more info:  +1 (404) 995 7500.

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Travel + Leisure’s 2014 “It List” includes The Quin

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New York, NY — Manhattan’s the Quin is named as one of the coolest new hotels in the Travel + Leisure It List 2014.  The publication’s editors’ choice features only exceptional new properties worldwide and the Quin is just one of four New York City hotels featured in a list of 72 properties worldwide. 

 The Quin, which opened in November 2013, is located in Midtown Manhattan and has 208 guest rooms and suites, each equipped with phones with Bergdorf Goodman’s Personal Shopping Department on speed dial. Additionally, the Quin offers a chic American seafood restaurant, The Wayfarer, and Quin Arts, an innovative arts and culture program that honors the building’s artistic heritage and enriches the hotel’s creative programming.

 For more info: http://www.thequinhotel.com

 

Photo credit: The Quin

The Atlantic Coast in Winter

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USA — There is something deliciously gloomy about America’s Atlantic coast in winter. Whether it’s a full-blown Nor’easter in Maine, a delicate chilly sunrise in Atlantic City, or a surly day in the Keys, the coast in winter displays the beach’s equally beautiful wintry side.

The boardwalk by the Showboat

The boardwalk by the Showboat

Watch those relentless, powerful waves from a cozy fireplace at the Beach House Inn in Kennebunk, Maine; or while taking a break from the buzz of the Showboat, strolling the boardwalk in Atlantic City; or from the balcony of a suite at the luxurious Cheeca Lodge in the Florida Keys. It’s a special time to savor.

Cheeca Lodge, Islamorada

Cheeca Lodge, the Florida Keys

Ring in the new with The Plaza’s New Year’s Eve packages.

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New York, NY  – The New Year’s Eve All Access package, A Very Gatsby New Year, and  The Plaza’s Premiere New Years’ Experience, are three exceptional ways to ring in 2014.
New Year’s Eve All Access
Package Includes:
·         Luxurious accommodations for two in a guest room or suite
·         Champagne welcome amenity
·         Two All Access Pass tickets to the Dream Downtown New Year’s Eve hosted by Macklemore, which includes:
·         Premium Open Bar until 12:30am
·         General Admission access into ALL rooms (The Gallery, PH-D, Below the Dream)
·         Live DJ performance
·         Live feed of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
·         Champagne toast at Midnight
·         Festive New Year’s Eve party favors
·         Priority admission on separate VIP line
 
Availability: Between Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and Wednesday, January 1, 2014
 
Rates:  From $1,675 per night, based on double occupancy in a Plaza room
 
Please Note:  A full non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. Package rate is based upon availability and exclusive of tax & gratuity. This offer is not applicable to group bookings of ten or more and cannot be combined with any other special offer.
 
A Very Gatsby New Year
Package Includes:
·         Accommodations for two in The Fitzgerald Suite
·         Champagne welcome amenity
·         New Year’s Eve dinner and dancing for two at The Lamb’s Club, featuring a five course menu and wine pairings by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian
·         Chauffeured town car for the night
·         $250 food and beverage credit for brunch on New Year’s Day that may be used at The Palm Court, The Todd English Food Hall, or In-Room Dining
·         4:00pm check-out on January 1, 2014
 
AvailabilityBetween Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and Wednesday, January 1, 2014
 
Rates: From $4,895 per night, based on double occupancy.
 
Please Note: A full non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking. The Fitzgerald Suite can accommodate a maximum of two persons and does not accommodate a rollaway. Pets are not allowed in The Fitzgerald Suite. To book this experience, please call In-House Reservations at 212-546-5219
 
The Plaza’s Premier New Years’ Experience
Package Includes:
·         Overnight accommodations for up to six adults in The Royal Terrace Suite
·         Six tickets to the Dream Downtown New Year’s Eve hosted by Macklemore, which includes:
·         PH-D Platinum VIP table with bottle service for six
·         Appetizer platter at the table
·         Premium Open Bar from 8:30pm-12:30am
·         Live DJ performance
·         Live feed of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
·         Champagne toast at Midnight
·         Festive New Year’s Eve party favors
·         Priority admission on separate VIP line
·         Chauffeured limo for the night
·         Gift of six champagne flutes etched with The Plaza logo, along with a complimentary bottle of champagne
·         $500 food and beverage credit for brunch for six that may be used at The Palm Court, The Todd English Food Hall or through In-Room Dining
·         4:00pm check-out on January 1, 2014
AvailabilityBetween Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and Wednesday, January 1, 2014
 
Rates: $20,000 per night, based on sextuplet occupancy. Additional nights may be booked at $7,500, exclusive of tax.
For more info: www.theplazany.com.

Montage Hotels & Resorts takes over management of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff,

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The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

Bluffton, SC — Montage Hotels & Resorts announced its first East Coast resort, as it takes over management of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, which will be renamed The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort, on February 1, 2014.

A $100 million renovation will also expand the resort, which was recently named the #1 Resort in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. The planned expansion will add 150 luxury rooms to the Inn’s 50 individual cottages – in a collection of buildings – as well as a premium Spa Montage and fitness center, meeting facilities and expanded dining facilities for guests and Palmetto Bluff property owners.

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff joins Montage’s  hotel and residential collection: Montage Laguna Beach, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, Montage Beverly Hills and Montage Deer Valley, and the recently announced Montage Kapalua Bay.

For more information,  www.montagehotels.com/palmettobluff

 

 

 

 

Hilton Bentley South Beach adds dream digs

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Hilton Bentley

Miami, Fla. — The AAA Four-Diamond award winning Hilton Bentley South Beach has a newly-renovated 3000 square foot penthouse suite with gorgeous wrap-around views overlooking the ocean at the beautiful southern tip of South Beach.

This two-story suite is complete with two master bedrooms and three full bathrooms.  The suite was once home to sisters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney when the Kardashians filmed the first season of their reality show in Miami. Since then, however, a multi-million dollar renovation adds a private rooftop infinity pool, a Jacuzzi, a sprawling sun-drenched deck, and two private terraces.

The suite is also technologically advanced with an all encompassing Dolby surround sound system, electric privacy shades and climate controls all accessed through the touch of the in-suite iPad, or from the guest’s own iphone. A full  kitchen, a personal wine chiller, elegant dining room, and living room complete what is quite a picture

Now for the nitty-gritty: Rates for the penthouse range from $2,500-$7,500. A New Year’s Eve package for two couples to stay in the penthouse and celebrate in a pool-side VIP cabana at the AAA 4-Diamond award wining DeRodriguez Cuba restaurant, located within the Hilton Bentley, starts at $10,000 and includes unlimited open bar, massages at the Hilton Spa 101 and in-room bottles of Dom Perignon to add to the celebration.

For more info: www.hilton.com

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Construction begins on Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

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New York, NY – Earlier this month, project team members from Silverstein Properties and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts celebrated the start of construction on the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown with an official groundbreaking dedication and ceremonious cement signing to mark the occasion.

 

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Located at Park Place and Church Street, the limestone tower will combine a 185-room Four Seasons-operated luxury hotel with 157 Four Seasons-branded private residences. Architect Robert A.M. Stern is designing every aspect of the private residence floor plans and interiors, while the hotel will feature interiors by Yabu Pushelberg. SLCE Architects is the architect-of-record for the building, and Tishman Construction is serving as Construction Manager for the project.

Rising 926 feet, the Tribeca building will be the tallest residential tower in Downtown Manhattan and one of the tallest buildings in New York City, offering hotel guests and residents panoramic views of the Midtown skyline including all major landmarks and New York Harbor. The 82-story tower is slated for completion in early 2016.

The London NYC unveils the London Residence Suite

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London NYC

New York, NY – The London NYC has introduced a new one-of-a-kind luxury suite, The London Residence Suite, which is a new addition to its Luxury Suite Collection. The David Collins Studio-designed London Residence Suite has over 1,400 square feet of gorgeous living space creating a veritable pied-a-terre.

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London NYC

Formerly the General Manager’s Executive Quarters, the suite has an entrance foyer that opens into an expansive living room with an elegant couch and chaise longe — perfect for relaxing. A  dining area sits off  a kitchen with wraparound marble bar.  But don’t worry about cooking: Gordon Ramsay’s team is on hand to help.

The London Residence Suite’s master bedroom features a king-size bed and bathroom, complete with a separate rain shower. There’s a powder room off the foyer for guests, too. A home away from home indeed.

For more info: 212-307-5000, www.thelondonnyc.com

 

 

Manhattan’s Surrey Hotel offers in-room mixologist

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The Surrey Hotel

The Surrey Hotel

New York, NY — Not only does The Surrey Hotel, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, have holiday-inspired cocktails in its Bar Pleiades, but guests can request a mixologist to concoct drinks to enjoy sitting fireside in one of the Surrey’s lavish salons, or penthouse and presidential suites. The mixologist shakes, or stirs, the first round and leaves all the ingredients and tools required for four or five perfect holiday drinks.

Below are recipes for two holiday drinks offered within the mixology program. For more info: The Surrey
Candy Cane:
            2 Portions Goldschlagger
            2 Portions Cream
            1 Portion Housemade Grenadine
            Fresh Mint to Garnish
1)Place the Goldschlagger, Cream, and a bunch of fresh mint on ice in a shaker and shake well.
2) In a saucer, add 1 portion of housemade grenadine.
3) Once shaken very well, pour the ingredients into the saucer and garnish with a fresh mint leaf.
Surrey Nog:
            3 portions housemade egg nog
            1 portion courvosier
            1 portion 10 Cane Rum
            1 portion Hudson Rye Whiskey
            Garnish with fresh ground nutmeg

1)    Pour 3 portions of housemade egg nog in a glass

2)    Add each liquor and garnish with fresh shavings of nutmeg.

3)    Serve chilled.

 

 

 

Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa is a winter wonderland

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Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa

Branson, MO — Situated on an Ozark mountaintop overlooking Missouri’s scenic Table Rock Lake, Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa has a special holiday package called the “Ozark Mountain Christmas Package” from November 2 – December 30, 2013. Just minutes from Branson, the resort will include a life-sized Nativity, with pieces from the world-renowned Fontanini Collection, and an impressive gingerbread/candy houses display.

It should be noted that Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa has received a AAA Four-Diamond rating for an astounding 14 consecutive years.

The “Ozark Mountain Christmas Package” includes:  two nights accommodations in a room type of your choice; $50 food & beverage credit at the resort for use during the stay; a specially selected Chateau Christmas ornament; use of the indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness facilities; and free indoor parking. In addition, the package includes two-day tickets for two adults to the Silver Dollar City theme park, which features 30 rides and attractions, 10 live shows daily, two dozen unique shops, and many restaurants. Silver Dollar City will feature an impressive light show, a five-story special effects Christmas Tree, the Gifts of Christmas Holiday Light Parade, a grand musical production of A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, andThe Living Nativity show.

Based on double occupancy, the “Ozark Mountain Christmas Package” starts at $362 for a standard room. Tax and gratuities are additional, and the package is based on space availability. For reservations or additional information, call 1-888-333-LAKE (5253) or (417) 334-1161, or visit www.ChateauOnTheLake.com.

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong celebrates 50th birthday with star-studded bash

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Hong Kong, China – To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong welcomed over 800 celebrities and dignitaries, Oct. 17, to a gala party. Guests included Dame Helen Mirren with husband, the film director Taylor Hackford; Roxy Music co-founder, singer and musician Bryan Ferry; NYC-based fashion designer Vivienne Tam;  author Frederick Forsyth; Casino Royale actress Caterina Murino; world-renowned ballerina Darcey Bussell; Champagne auteur Olivier Krug; and acclaimed chef, Pierre Gagnaire of Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas’ TWIST.

Dame Helen Mirren/Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Dame Helen Mirren/Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Spiked hot chocolate, m’lady?

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Forty 1 North

Forty 1 North

Newport, RI — Not only does boutique hotel Forty 1 North have a spiked hot chocolate to ease the upcoming winter chills, but there’s also a butler service, too. Though these are two new, separate additions to the port side hotel, we’re sure that you can ask your butler to serve up some hot choccy!

The spiked hot chocolate menu launches on Halloween and includes five drinks, which are served at The Grill and also as part of the in-room service.

The Holiday Butler is available from October 2013 through January 2014 to coordinate and execute the details of a personalized, intimate holiday dinner. Holiday Butler is available at two Grand Suites with nightly room rates starting at $650 and daily butler rates starting at $500. For more information or to reserve your holiday butler, call (401) 846-8018.