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Four Seasons Expands its Collection in South Africa with New Johannesburg Hotel

Jul 31, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury hotelier Four Seasons has a new destination in Africa. The firm just signed a long-term management agreement with the owners of The Westcliff hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. The property is set on a cliffside garden estate in the northern suburbs of the city. It closed on June 30 to undergo significant enhancements including new construction and will reopen in the second quarter of 2014 as Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg.... Read More

Five-Star Ballyfin Mansion a Private Retreat Among Ireland's Countryside

Jul 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Ballyfin mansion in County Laois central Ireland, is a step back in time to the early 1800's when English Lords ruled over vast stretches of local countryside and built impressive homes to reflect their power and wealth. A ten-minute drive around Ballyfin's stonewall border indicates the sheer size of the property (around 640 acres). In 2001, Chicago businessman Fred Krehbiel purchased the run down mansion for a reputed $10 million dollars and invested much more (an estimated $40 million) to rehabilitate it.... Read More

Explore the Spanish Coast in a Chauffered Vintage Car with Hotel Arts Barcelona

Jul 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The luxurious, ultra-modern Hotel Arts Barcelona is offering guests a new way to explore the Spanish coast in style. The hotel’s new Vintage Car Excursions program offers the use of a chauffeured 1986 Rolls-Royce Corniche II Cabrio, a 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, a 1963 Bentley S3 Continental or a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Cabrio for motoring tours to the area’s many scenic spots.... Read More

Five-Star Luxury Inside Killarney National Park: Muckross Park Hotel and Cloisters Spa

Jul 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

A tall, lean water sculpture composed of intricately interwoven gray slates from nearby Valentia Island is the first thing you’ll notice as you approach the front entrance of Muckross Park Hotel and Cloisters Spa. Immediately inside, a veritable feast of furnishings meets the eye: twin decorative Doric columns, Grecian urns, crimson armchairs, gilded mirrors, century-old oil paintings, an open fireplace with a varnished wood border and twin marble statues of dogs.... Read More

If Hogwarts Was a Five-Star Hotel: The Lodge at Doonbeg

Jul 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Nicknamed ‘The Shire’ (as in The Hobbit) or Hogwarts, The Lodge at Doonbeg is a quaint, village-like property of well-designed buildings on a vast undulating stretch of open land straddling the coast of Clare in western Ireland.... Read More

Art Pops Off The Walls of These 11 Creative Hotel Rooms

Jul 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Would your sleep be sweeter if you bedded down in this one-of-a-kind art room guarded by a Yakuza-style mural of Avanyu, the Tewa tribe’s deity of water? Or is original pop art by Warhol more to your taste? Or maybe, Victorian run amuk. Whether you’re an art connoisseur or not, these over-the-top art rooms will add color and excitement to your dreams.... Read More

Bar Harbor's West Street Hotel: An Authentic Taste of Seaside Maine

Jul 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Years ago, Bar Harbor, Maine served as an exclusive summer playground for the wealthy Vanderbilt and Astor families. Today, the popular summer destination attracts cruise ships, New Englanders looking to escape for a long weekend, and many Canadians due to its northern proximity.... Read More

 
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