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Warwick International Hotels Buys Paradise Island Harbour Resort, Nassau, Bahamas

Dec 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Warwick International Hotels has announced the acquisition of the 250-room Paradise Island Harbour Resort. The Paradise Island Harbour Resort is a beautiful white sand beach-front resort hotel designed to cater to international tourists, business travelers and visitors from the U.S., Canada, Latin and South America, Europe and through the Caribbean and West Indies. The Paradise Island Harbour Resort consists of 250 rooms, most with a spectacular view over the harbour, access to its own lagoon beach and a very short walk to the ocean beach. This resort is also equipped with two restaurants, a lobby café/bar, a large outdoor swimming pool, outdoor whirlpool and a pool bar. It also features conference facilities, a fitness centre and a kids’ club. A complete and extensive renovation of the r... Read More

Spend Passover at Pesach on the Mountain Whistler Ski Resort

Dec 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Pesach on the Mountain, a luxury Kosher vacation program, is now encouraging would-be vacationers to explore its newly launched Pesach resort options. The company has made available a selection of cozy and intimate suites at Whistler, Canada's Nita Lake Lodge for Passover vacationers. Only a limited number of spots now remain in the Kosher family vacation, and event planners are encouraging interested vacationers to call as soon as possible to ensure that they can reserve a room that meets their needs.... Read More

Umstead Hotel and Spa Partners With Organic Coffee Roaster Larry's Beans

Dec 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

There's nothing like waking up to a fresh cup of coffee. Guests of The Umstead Hotel and Spa can now enjoy the aroma of brown sugar, cocoa and caramel in their coffee cups thanks to the hotel’s new partnership with Larry’s Beans. The Raleigh-based, 100% Organic, Fair Trade, slow-roasted coffee company’s beans are now being brewed property-wide. This change reflects The Umstead’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.... Read More

Penthouse Suites at Corinthia Hotel London Receive Design Award

Dec 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The breathtaking penthouse suites at the Corinthia Hotel in London have been recognized among the very best in the world at the prestigious European Hotel Design Awards. Four of the six suites were considered and the ‘The Whitehall Penthouse’ emerged as the winner, according to the judges “the best use of quality finishes, with a design that reflected an old English charm with a contemporary interpretation.” They were particularly impressed by the suite’s “dynamic double height space, delicate balcony detail and breath-taking terrace.” Each suite is designed as a residential space and features bespoke furnishings.... Read More

New Ritz-Carlton in Chengdu, China Set to Open Summer 2013

Dec 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. announces that The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, located in the heart of the capital of Sichuan province, will become the luxury hotel operator's first flag in Southwest China, when it opens in summer 2013.Sichuan is renowned globally as the home of the giant panda, one of China's national treasures, while the city of Chengdu enjoys a rich history dating back over 2,000 years as a cultural and trading hub. The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, in Tianfu Square, is home to one of the city's largest commercial districts. The hotel will have 353 rooms, including 55 suites, taking interior design cues from the style of a traditional courtyard home which can be found in parts of the old city. "China is already one of our most significant international markets.... Read More

Newly Renovated Guest Rooms Revealed at the Oberoi, Bangalore

Dec 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Oberoi Hotels & Resorts has unveiled the recently renovated guests rooms at The Oberoi, Bangalore. The 86 renovated rooms are equipped with technological advances introduced by The Oberoi Group through ‘Oberoi E’nhance,’ a luxury innovation in technology allowing guests to customize a host of in-room amenities through an iPad. The 344-square-foot guest rooms have been stylishly furnished with natural textures including silk, leather, wood and white marble, modern artwork and private balconies. The renovated bathrooms, each complete with modern features including a four fixture glass-walled bath with motorized blinds in white marble, a standalone bath tub, separate shower stall and leather accessories.... Read More

Unique New Travel Package From Sonoma Coast's Timber Cove Inn

Dec 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Sonoma Coast’s landmark hotel, Timber Cove Inn, invites you to forage for fungi with California’s world-renowned mycologist David Arora, author of two of the leading books on mushrooms “Mushrooms Demystified” and “All That the Rain Promises and More…” in the stunning back woods of Sonoma County. This is a plentiful hunting ground area and visitors can potentially find chanterelles, porcini, candy caps, coral and oyster mushrooms. After the foraging, guests will come back to the hotel for a discussion on cooking, eating and other mushrooms gathered during the forage.... Read More

Exclusive Benefits for Ritz-Carlton Rewards Members in Collaboration With Mercedes-Benz

Dec 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has announced their collaboration with luxury automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz in China to offer exclusive benefits to members of Ritz-Carlton's frequent stay program—The Ritz-Carlton Rewards. Ritz-Carlton Platinum Rewards members will receive complimentary access to the Mercedes-Benz VIP Lounge and Airport limousines in Beijing and Shanghai. Rewards Members will have the opportunity to attend events such as Fashion Week, Auto Shows and Art Fairs sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.... Read More

Two New Luxury Hotels in Port Antonio, Jamaica Opening 2013

Dec 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The first two projects to debut from the newly formed Geejam Collection are the stunning oceanfront 13-villa Trident Hotel and the landmark Trident Castle that has been converted into a luxury eight-room hotel, opening March 15, 2013. Music veteran and hotelier Jon Baker, partner and co-owner, Steve Beaver and billionaire businessman and Port Antonio native Michael Lee-Chin lead the Geejam Collection. Continuing the momentum begun by Geejam Hotel, established in 2008 and drawing this generation’s movers and shakers to the region, the project will further invigorate tourism in Port Antonio, putting it firmly back on the map as “The Other Jamaica”. The third project is the Blue Lagoon Restaurant & Villas, set to open later in the year 2013.... Read More

Westin and New Balance Launch Global Gear Lending Program

Dec 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Forget your workout gear while on vacation? No problem because Westin Hotels & Resorts and New Balance have created a global program that allows guests to borrow running shoes and gear. What began in only 10 Westin properties has grown to include all of Westin’s 190 properties internationally. The Westin/New Balance gear leading program allows guests to borrow running shoes with disposable insoles, as well as a variety of men’s and women’s New Balance apparel including shorts, shirts and socks for men and shorts, capri pants, shirts, sports bras and socks for women for just $5. Guests also have access to exclusive in-room fitness and equipment-free content from New Balance Fitness Ambassador and celebrity trainer Holly Perkins. As part of the partnership, participating properties provide... Read More

The Spa at El Encanto to Open March 2013

Dec 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Spa at El Encanto is scheduled to re-open in Santa Barbara in March 2013 with the appointment of Stephanie Phelan as Director. The Spa at El Encanto will feature seven spacious treatment rooms, including a couples room and a wet treatment room. Guests can revive with an assortment of seasonal, organic and specialty body and facial treatments that enchant as thoroughly as the hotel’s lush setting. Following treatment, pampering can continue at the serene, co-ed relaxation lounge, or with a selection of detox tea that can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio. Nail services will also be provided by expert professionals. Men’s and ladies’ lounges will feature steam rooms, showers, private lockers, vanities, and dressing areas.... Read More

W Scottsdale Hotel Hosts 'The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.'s Wedding'

Dec 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum, the second “Bachelorette” couple to ever walk down the aisle, shared a dramatic new chapter of their love story with millions of viewers and “Bachelor” Nation when ABC televised their much-anticipated wedding on “The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.’s Wedding.” The destination of Scottsdale, Ariz. and partner hotel W Scottsdale are seen during the two-hour special as the couple celebrated their bachelor and bachelorette parties two weeks before their big day. W Scottsdale is the first W Hotel in Arizona and features 224 guest rooms, including 27 suites, with six more suites slated to open in January 2013. The hotel is home to Arizona’s only Bliss® Spa, Sushi Roku restaurant, W Hotels The Store and offers three destination bars — the W Living Room, Shade and... Read More

Historic Resort Completes Mural Restoration

Dec 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Pete, FL has completed a full restoration of four original murals in its restaurant, in celebration of the resort’s 20th re-opening anniversary. The legendary property tapped renowned Florida muralist Robert Schott along with Tom Stovall, to bring four original murals from the Pompeii Room, now known as Marchand’s Bar & Grill, back to their former glory. The re-opening of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in 1992 was a momentous occasion that not only brought an abandoned hotel back to life but helped spark a revitalization of the downtown St. Pete area. In addition to the restored murals, guests can marvel at the carefully preserved Mediterranean Revival architecture such as the lobby’s original vaulted ceiling, quarry glazed tile fl... Read More

Luxury Resort in St. Martin La Samanna Reopens After Extensive Renovation

Dec 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

La Samanna on the French side of St. Martin has announced its reopening on the heels of an extensive renovation project. As the ultimate in Caribbean luxury, the Orient-Express property now features two new restaurants and a revamped lobby with sea views as a part of the redesigned main building, as well as refurbished suites and rooms. “La Samanna has been a quintessential Caribbean hideaway for more than three decades,” said General Manager Pascal Deyrolle. “While preserving the property’s authenticity is at the forefront of our Orient-Express approach, our doors reopen this season with revamped facilities and offerings designed specifically to bring back the glamour of luxury travel to St. Martin and the Caribbean.”... Read More

One of a Kind Christmas Tree at Bacara Resort & Spa by Artist David Shelton

Dec 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Bacara Resort & Spa is giving guests an eco-friendly holiday this year by partnering with renowned artist David Shelton to create a one-of-a-kind Christmas Tree Art Installation. The tree is a playful interpretation of a natural tree, a 12-foot sculpture that combines dramatic contrasts of whimsically-sculpted steel from David Shelton Studios with hand-blown glass by Saul Alcaraz. “This tree is a beautiful reflection of innovation and community collaboration,” said Kathleen Cochran, general manager of Bacara Resort & Spa. “We are honored to partner with David to create something truly magical for our guests that they can enjoy with their loved ones for years to come.”... Read More

The Bentley Hotel Istanbul Gets a Makeover

Dec 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Bentley Hotel, a product of architects Piero Lissoni and Nicoletta Canesi’s creative inspiration, has undergone a complete refurbishment, revitalizing the cool, sleek design that has established it as a meeting point for local and international trendsetters. The Bentley Hotel is representative of Istanbul’s unique location between Europe and Asia, and the revamp has given the hotel a new ambiance while retaining the cool, minimalist appeal achieved by Lissoni and Canesi’s design. As part of the renovation, each room has been given a fresh look, including a new twin-bed option, perfect for friends visiting for a weekend trip to explore all the city has to offer.... Read More

First Design Hotel Opens in the Ukraine

Dec 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

11 Mirrors, the first member of Design Hotels™ in the Ukraine, just celebrated its grand opening. The elegantly designed hotel is a modern day reflection of the city. The hotel mirrors the modern, simplistic aesthetic of the city, rather than the heavy imperial style of the past and gives guests a new way to relax in the heart of the Ukrainian capital. The 49 luxurious rooms and suites offer peace and privacy, with windows overlooking Kiev’s historical center, intimate lighting, dark wood accents, spacious bathrooms and subtle bursts of color. With spa-inspired bathrooms, specially designed work spaces and fully-stocked bar areas, guests can easily relax and recharge to enjoy the nearby sights and sounds that the city has to offer.... Read More

Luxury Hotels Worldwide Celebrate the Holidays in Style

Dec 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Don't know where to spend the holidays? Pick a place, any place from Ireland to Istanbul and you'll likely find some festive holiday offerings. From food to festivities, participating hotels around the world include: Dukes, St. James, London; Marti Istanbul Hotel, the Lungarno Collection in Florence, The Dolder Grand in Switzerland, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa, and The Lodge at Doonbeg in County Clare, Ireland.... Read More

Unique Spa Treatments Using Local Ingredients at Salvatore Ferragamo's Il Borro Estate

Dec 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Miles away from Florence, in picturesque Italian wine country is Salvatore Ferragamo’s Il Borro estate. Guests at the luxurious property can now look forward not only to accommodations in the villas and suites, but also to a spa that uses natural ingredients grown on the estate. OlivOil (olive oil treatments), are a genuine beauty experience that quenches thirsty, dry skin, thanks to the natural oil gathered from around the estate. Vinotherapy, uses substances found in grapes and grape seeds that in a synergic approach, play an important role in bodily care and the treatment of skin blemishes, allowing for an invigorating skin treatment. The combination of western and eastern treatments guarantees quality and a superior sensorial experience.... Read More

New Year's Eve Packages from the JW Marriott Chicago

Dec 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Still putting together your plans for New Year's Eve? Consider heading to Chicago to mark the passage of time and visit the JW Marriott Chicago, a landmark, luxury hotel that has plans to ring in the New Year in style. The property features 610 oversized guestrooms including 29 luxurious suites, 44,000 square-feet of upscale meeting and event space, 36 breakout rooms, an 8,000 square-foot Grand Ballroom and a 6,000 square-foot Burnham Ballroom. In addition, the property features VALEO, a 20,000 square-foot spa and fitness center—an amenity not found in most city center hotels—and The Florentine, a modern Italian, fine dining restaurant. For New Year's, the hotel has introduced special packages and offerings to make sure that you start the year right.... Read More

Holiday Vacation Package for Families at The Dorchester, London

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The iconic Mayfair property, The Dorchester, London, is getting ready for the holidays with a new Family Time offering for the entire clan, tied with their recently debuted NEW suites designed by the award-winning and acclaimed Alexandra Champalimaud. For a stay Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday night, families can enjoy all of the following:... Read More

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Honors Architect Jeanne Gang and Chicago's Artistic Heritage

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Chicago architecture is legendary and the new Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago is carrying on the city's tradition by celebrating Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, who designed the Aqua Tower in which the hotel resides. Design enthusiasts will enjoy the hotel's details, including floor-to-ceiling wallpaper murals of the Chicago skyline on each floor, drawn by local artist Steve Slaske. The building features reclaimed Chicago brick walls and steel staircases in homage to the city’s industrial history, as well as a permanent art gallery featuring Chicago artists.... Read More

Hiltons of Chicago Invite Guests to Choose Their Chillcation This Winter

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Whether you like to venture outdoors or stay inside during your winter vacation, the Hilton hotels in Chicago are offering guests at the Windy City's Hilton locations the chance to pick and choose their favorite winter activities. With Chillcation, accommodations and amenities are optimized with options to either “Chill In” or “Chill Out,” giving guests the choice to relax and enjoy amenities within the hotel property, or head out and experience the wonders of Chicago’s robust roster of wintertime activities. Each participating hotel will offer its own version of the Just Chillin’ package. The Chillcation Park & Stay Package will be featured at each of the nine hotels as well. At each participating property, additional Chillcation packages and offerings will be available.... Read More

London's Iconic Cafe Royal Hotel Now Open

Dec 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

London’s Iconic Hotel Café Royal has reopened, ushering in a new era of style and sophistication. Long a meeting place for movers and shakers, the landmark property has been transformed. Featuring 159 rooms and suites (including six historic suites), an array of dining venues, a private members club, high-tech meeting rooms and a Holistic Wellbeing Centre, the Café Royal bears every trait of a 21st century luxury hotel. The sensitive restoration of the rooms by Donald Insall Associates however, seamlessly weaves together original 1865 details with contemporary design and pays homage to the architectural heritage of the building. It is in this meticulous fusion of the traditional and the modern–an inherent characteristic of The Set Hotels–where Café Royal finds its niche.... Read More

CHILL at W Los Angeles Westwood Provides the Ultimate Winter Experience

Dec 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Who says there's no winter in Los Angeles? Each year CHILL at W Los Angeles transforms the hotel into a veritable winter wonderland, complete with ice skating rink, modern décor, and seasonal accessories from Z Gallerie. Indulge in signature cocktails and winter bites at the ICE BAR, and partake in amazing winter activities for the whole family. This year's CHILL was designed by veteran LA-based event design and production company Chad Hudson Events, and takes a classic approach to winter whimsy, inspired by the clean and sophisticated look guests experience when they enter the hotel. Each rink-side cabana boasts a palette of white, black, gold and silver which is enhanced by playful, holiday inspired vignettes. Z Gallerie's elegant and dramatic lighting fixtures and accessories give the... Read More

Conrad New York Offers New EPICURATED Culinary Program

Dec 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Planning an event in New York? The Conrad New York is rapidly becoming the place to party and has introduced their EPICURATED Culinary Program to seal deal. In partnership with the award-winning chefs of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, Epicurated is a new program that gives event clients and their guests access to the flavors and experiences of some of New York’s most influential restaurants, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Tabla, Blue Smoke, The Modern and Maialino, all in the beautiful setting of The Conrad New York.... Read More

Holistic Health Resort Lumeria Maui Releases 2013 Events Calendar

Dec 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Lumeria Maui, a recognized sanctuary for spiritual and holistic health has announced its 2013 schedule of workshops, retreats and events, with nationally renowned professionals in a variety of disciplines ranging from yoga, to spiritual practices to writing and more. The lineup includes Tracy Anderson, Ram Dass, and Mastin Kipp, all well-known for their contributions to the health and wellness arena. From running barefoot to designing your personal space, the speakers all incorporate Lumeria's dedication to the healing arts.... Read More

Holiday Event at The St. Regis San Francisco to Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

Dec 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Get your holiday cheer fix and do a little festive giving at the same time at The St. Regis San Francisco. The luxury hotel will host Holiday Magic with The Velveteen Rabbit , benefiting the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund on December 9. “The St. Regis San Francisco prides itself on providing guests and locals with a truly exceptional and luxurious visit, whether it’s sharing celebrated traditions, superb holiday dining or bespoke experiences,” said Toni Knorr, General Manager. “We are excited to partner with Pahlmeyer Winery on the Give and You Shall Receive package, which benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as reintroduce the cherished Velveteen Rabbit afternoon tea party and performance for families with proceeds benefiting those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”... Read More

Le Meridien and Air France Announce Collaboration on New Photography Project

Dec 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

A Photographer’s Journey, inspired by Le Méridien and Air France’s shared commitment to the arts, cuisine and culture is a joint venture that showcases celebrated international photographer Jimmy Cohrssen's never-before-seen photographs of his journey through culturally rich cities and resort destinations such as Istanbul, Shanghai, Bora Bora, Tahiti and Paris. It is an interactive exhibition which allows fans of both brands to click through photographs to cultivate favorites which then be put on display in a final exhibition to be unveiled in New York City on December 11.... Read More

Miami Says ART at the JW Marriott

Dec 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

As art lovers get ready to head to Miami for the city's world famous Art Basel event, the JW Marriott Hotel Miami is getting in on the action with “Miami Says ART: the Martin Kreloff Retrospective,” and launch of "Miami Says ART-2" December 3 – 9. The now respected Miami artist brought together some of Miami's artists in 1976, many of whom are now known around the country. The new retrospective is a look back at the original installation and how it predicted Miami's future art scene. The artist Martin Kreloff says: “It was clear to me back in 1976 that I could capture Miami’s cultural leaders each saying “ART” and turn it into the ultimate group show. Today I am thrilled to present this tribute to Miami’s cultural spirit that has blossomed into a world-class art destination. I am so proud... Read More

Fall & Winter Special Event Calendar for 2012-2013 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Announced

Dec 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

If you're getting ready to make your travel plans for the coming seasons, check out Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which has just announced its special event calendar for 2012-2013. Upcoming special events include a jazz weekend with GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Earl Klugh, golf and tennis weekends, a women’s retreat, an antique school, and a murder-mystery whodunit. Pick your accommodations at the resort, as there are both private villas and private homes to choose from. Make room in your schedule to relax and indulge at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s AAA Five Diamond/Forbes Five Star-rated oceanfront hotel and spa.... Read More

Holiday Specials Available at The St. Regis San Francisco

Dec 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The St. Regis San Francisco is kicking off the holiday season with plenty of new adventures to warm the hearts of guests. Holiday offerings include Give and You Will Receive—The Ultimate Pahlmeyer Package, a philanthropic holiday St. Regis Aficionado offering for wine enthusiasts; Holiday Magic with The Velveteen Rabbit, a children’s tea party and performance benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief; En Route to Excellence, a spectacular Bentley motoring experience; festive treatments at Rem?de Spa; delicious bredele from Vitrine’s Chef Romuald Feger; and exquisite pre-fixe holiday menus served at Ame, the hotel’s celebrated Michelin-starred restaurant.... Read More

Holiday Shopping Deals from Macy's and Warwick Hotels

Nov 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

'Tis the season for shopping till you drop, so The Warwick Hotels in New York City, Denver, Dallas, San Francisco and Seattle, have extended the holiday season and partnered with their local Macy’s to offer guests 10 percent off all in-store purchases during their stay through March 31, 2013.“Guest’s keycards will contain a barcode for a Macy’s coupon, valid only in the stores in the hotel’s city. As this partnership is not nationwide, guests are encouraged to leave keycards behind after their stay for business associates, family and friends in that city,” said G. Paul LeBlanc, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Warwick International Hotels. “This idea was conceived following the success of a similar promotion with our two Paris hotels and the Galleries Lafayette in Paris,” said Le... Read More

Pop-Up Shops in Boston & Chicago Luxury Hotels Help Combat the Cold

Nov 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

If the weather is turning frightful, take a cue from some of the hotels in Boston and Chicago and stop in for a warming drink at seasonal pop-up shops. Boston’s premier hotels, Revere and Mandarin Oriental, are offering visitors and locals alike a delicious escape from the cold right within their lobbies. From November 23-December 21, Revere will be featuring “Pop it Like it’s Hot,” a temporary hot chocolate-centric concept that will offer a variety of unique concoctions such as ginger white chocolate, maple bacon, and meringue brulee.... Read More

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Launches In-Room Camping for Kids

Nov 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Forget camping under the stars, with the new In-Room Camping at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, younger guests can get in on the resort's dedication to adventure. This new children’s amenity will do away with the traditional rollaway bed sometimes brought in to guest accommodations shared by families, and it will replace that rollaway or bed-share with an in-room tent large enough to become a private home-away-from-home for young guests.... Read More

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago Awarded Numerous Hospitality Honors

Nov 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Just in time for its first anniversary, the luxurious Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago has been awarded two coveted hospitality awards. Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago was announced the winner of the 2012 “Best Hotel Design” award in the Midscale/Upscale category at the 32nd annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design. Nearly 200 projects in 23 countries were considered for the awards, which celebrate the design firms behind the most innovative hospitality properties completed or renovated within the past 18 months.... Read More

Holidays Specials From Family Friendly Caribbean Resorts

Nov 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Paradisus Palma Real and Paradisus Punta Cana in the Domincan Republic are celebrating the holidays with parties, galas and a special return stay offering. At Paradisus Palma Real the spirit and joy of Christmas will be felt, through extraordinary decorations, spectacular lighting and most important, parties and celebrations throughout the resort. From December 24 to December 31, Paradisus Palma Real will feature Gala dinners replete with special menus and exceptional wine selections, live music and holiday ambiance. The property will also hold a wide range of events and parties, including Christmas in Paradise, Le Cirque Show, Dominican Paradise & Carnival, Chill out Beach Party, Pasión Latina Dinner & Show, Retro Party, and New Year in Paradise.... Read More

Fontainebleau Miami Puts on Benefit for United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund

Nov 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

As part of the resort’s BleauLive performance series, music icon Dionne Warwick will be performing at the legendary Fontainebleau hotel to benefit the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. The impact of Hurricane Sandy on Warwick’s home state of New Jersey, paired with the resort’s personal understanding of these types of natural disasters, transformed this scheduled performance into a recovery effort following last week’s devastation. In addition to a seated cabaret-style concert by Warwick and surprise guests, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of live auction experiences to further benefit the families and individuals impacted by Hurricane Sandy, including dinner for 20 by Fontainebleau’s Scott Conant, signature chef of Scarpetta. This event marks the first Ble... Read More

New Executive Chef at The Broadmoor is Bertrand Bouquin

Nov 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Following the retirement of Chef Sigi Eisenberger, Bertrand Bouquin has been named executive chef at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, making him only the fifth executive chef in the history of the Broadmoor Hotel. Bouquin has trained under several world-famous chefs, including Alain Ducasse, Daniel Boulud, and Jean-Pierre Bruneau. Previously, he has been recognized for his work at Mobil Five-Star Maisonette in Cincinnati, Ohio, the longest holder of the Mobil Five-Star restaurant award as well as at Club XIX at the Lodge at Pebble Beach, and Restaurant Daniel and Café Boulud in New York City. “Bertrand Bouquin is a world class culinary talent who has cooked alongside some of the world’s leading chefs,” says C.W. Craig Reed, Director of Food & Beverage. “His commitment to leade... Read More

The Plaza Unveils 'The Great Gatsby' Holiday Tree

Nov 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The holidays are nearly here and with them comes the announcement of The Plaza Hotel's Second Annual Celebrity-Designed Tree. This year, the 18-foot tree will exude a Jazz Age magic inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s new film, The Great Gatsby, as designed by Oscar winner Catherine Martin. The towering tree uses approximately 100 pounds of glass, gold and silver ornaments created by Restoration Hardware and encased by glimmering, floating snowflakes to create the 1920s ambience inspired by the film.... Read More

Fairmont Makati, Philipines Opens December

Nov 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the opening of Fairmont Makati on December 3rd, marking the brand’s entry into the Philippines. With its premier location in the heart of the Ayala Centre, Makati’s financial and entertainment district, the hotel is within walking distance to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Ayala Museum and the city’s most luxurious shopping areas. The Fairmont Makati offers 280 spacious deluxe rooms and suites, including Fairmont Gold, the hotel’s exclusive hotel within a hotel. The tower housing Fairmont Makati is also home to Raffles Makati, a 32-room, all-suite hotel, and Raffles Residences, featuring 237 one- to four-bedroom residences for both short and long- term stays. The new luxury hotel also features an array of restaurants and eateries... Read More

Lumeria Maui Joins the Healing Hotels of the World

Nov 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Lumeria Maui, the newest Hawaii destination for wellbeing, has been selected for inclusion in Healing Hotels of the World. Healing Hotels of the World include luxurious properties that educate guests on holistic health and focus on well-being. Anne Biging, a founder of Healing Hotels of the World, welcomes Lumeria to its prestigious roster. “Our vision is that guests of a healing hotel become whole again in body, mind and soul, freeing them to enjoy the abundance and sacredness of life,” Biging says. “Lumeria stands out as a retreat center for its setting and the wealth of programs that help guests learn how to live a better and balanced life. The retreat model is the epitome of a healing vacation.”... Read More

Black Friday Tea at The St. Regis Atlanta's Astor Court

Nov 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Black Friday doesn't have to mean a whirlwind of shopping and fighting the crowds, instead it can be a relaxing bespoke occasion at The St. Regis Atlanta's Astor Court Black Friday Tea. The tea combines shopping with leisure for a day of sparkling wine, fashion styled sweets, and a $50 Neiman Marcus gift card. Guests can relax in front of a roaring fire while St. Regis Butlers attend to their every need or head to the Rem?de Spa for a spa treatment. Black Friday Tea takes place on November 23 from 2:30-4:30pm. Reservations can be made by calling the Holiday Desk. The rate is $90 per person, including your $50 Neiman Marcus gift card.... Read More

Disconnect to Reconnect at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

Nov 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Even while on vacation, it can be hard to really get away from it all, given the portable technology that so many travelers rely on. But at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, the property is introducing a new program that gives guests incentive to really unplug with the new Disconnect to Reconnect program. The complimentary program gives guests brand new custom iPhone covers when they turn in their iPhone to be kept in a safe deposit to be returned after 24 hours or more. “We want to make it easy for guests to use technology to connect with us when they want – via social media, our website and new services like our Skype check-in while enroute from the airport,” said Pascal Forotti, general manager, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica.... Read More

W Hotel San Francisco Partners With View in Search of Sustainability

Nov 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The W San Francisco has partnered with View to showcase Dynamic Glass that helps to improve guests experience as well as improve the hotel's efforts to go green. View Dynamic Glass will be introduced into its lobby and lounge areas, eliminating the need for shades, blinds, or other obstructive window treatments while maintaining the W's aesthetic. Dynamic Glass uses electrochromic technology to regulate the amount of heat and light that enters a building, making it perfect for commercial use by reducing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting energy usage in commercial buildings by 20 percent, and HVAC peak load by 25 percent.... Read More

The James Chicago's New Cup O' Jove Warms Up the Holidays in the Windy City

Nov 20, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Holiday on the Avenue promotion by The James Chicago hotel provides guests the opportunity to experience luxury shopping on Chicago’s heralded Magnificent Mile during their stay at the hotel. Best available rates on all guestrooms and suites are available through December 30, 2012. The deluxe hotel also features a temporary pop-up shop, Cup o’ Jove, where guests and others can drop in and partake in the specially prepared treats prepared by the hotel restaurant’s pastry chef, Jove Hubbard. Jove’s delectable creations include hot milk chocolate with pumpkin, spiced marshmallows and Ceylon cinnamon caramel, and mocha hot chocolate with Bailey’s whipped cream and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Cup o’ Jove will be located at the entrance of the hotel’s J Bar. It will be open from Novem... Read More

Live Aqua Cancun Debuts All-New Dining Options

Nov 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Live Aqua Cancun, an all-inclusive, adult-only resort has introduced four new dining options to compliment its already stellar dining program. Cultivated by celebrated chef, Eric De Maeyer, the new additions include four new restaurants and revised menus at the resort's existing dining options. “Live Aqua Cancun is known for providing guests with an unparalleled luxury experience – a complete immersion into serenity and comfort,” said Chef De Maeyer. “I wanted the new culinary options to reflect that caliber and attention to detail. I developed four entirely new menus with a strong focus on flavor profiles and added a fresh twist to the national and international menus of the resorts previous restaurants.”... Read More

More Family-Friendly Activities Offered at The Four Seasons Maldives

Nov 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Planning a family vacation can be complicated, with the limited time off afforded by busy school and work schedules. To make sure that families get the most out of their limited vacation time, the Four Seasons Maldives offers plenty of activities for kids and teens and the whole family with the Passport to Adventure Program. The new Passport to Adventure program at the resort introduces children aged 4 to 12 to the island’s extraordinary natural wonders through a series of exciting challenges, puzzles and activities.... Read More

JW Marriott Chicago Now Offers In-Room Tasting Experiences

Nov 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The JW Marriott Chicago has introduced a new way for guests to enjoy the food-forward city, with in-room dining experiences that bring gourmet snacks to the guestroom. Various selections of seasonal ingredients are available. Past selections by Executive Chef Michael Reich have included Pan-seared Day Boat Scallops with tomato fennel broth, Slow Braised Niman Ranch Beef Short Rib with parsnip purée and fresh walnuts with arugula salad. The sweeter side features included a Fresh Meyer Lemon Curd with blueberry conserva, Bourbon Vanilla Panna Cotta, Dark Chocolate and Orange Biscotti and luscious French Macaroons. Wine and beer pairings are also options on the extensive snack menu. “We know that our guests appreciate good food and good wine,” says Director of Restaurants Olivier Lau. “We wa... Read More

Ferragamo Family Estate, Il Borro, Joins Relais & Châteaux Guide

Nov 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Salvatore Ferragamo, grandson of the Italian shoemaker of the same name and chief executive of the Il Borro family estate, has been named Relais & Châteaux guide ambassador for 2013. The Relais & Châteaux guide features the properties that best exhibit hospitality in hotels and dining establishments around the world. The Il Borro family estate joins the esteemed property list, as do Schlosshotel Im Grunewald, an early 20th-century manor in Berlin designed by Karl Lagerfeld; Barbara Lynch’s Menton restaurant in Boston, and Michael and Lindsay Tusk's Quince restaurant in San Francisco. According to Ferragamo, "Hospitality and wine production, this is my life today."... Read More

Gran Melia Cancun Set to Reopen as Paradisus Cancun Resort December 2012

Nov 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Melia Hotels International has announced the transformation of the Gran Melia Cancun property into a luxury all-inclusive Paradisus resort, scheduled to open its doors December 1, 2012. Melia Hotels International is one of the world's largest resort hotel chains with more than 350 hotels in 35 countries on four continents. The new Paradisus Cancun will be a luxury property, different from the typical all-inclusive resort offering.... Read More

New Four Seasons Hotel Beijing Fuses Chinese Tradition With Modern Elegance

Nov 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The first Four Seasons in China's capital, the new Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, has officially opened. The new hotel is located in the cultural heart of the center and bridges traditional Chinese themes with modern luxury. "We are so delighted to share the new Four Seasons Hotel Beijing with travelers and residents of the city," says Sanjiv Hulugalle, general manager of the 313-room Hotel. "Like the city itself, our Hotel harmoniously marries Chinese tradition with a contemporary aesthetic, in a setting of luxury and the highly personalized service for which Four Seasons is world-renowned."... Read More

Multimillion Dollar Renovations Finished at The Hilton Cartagena

Nov 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Hilton Cartagena has just announced the completion of a multimillion dollar renovation that included both 288 main tower guest rooms and the spacious pool complex. Led by two local designers, Juan Manual Garcia and German Lopez Barrera, the new guestrooms have a more spacious feel that brings the sea inside. Guestrooms feature Hilton’s Serenity Collection of amenities including plush bedding, high-definition flat screen television, alarm clock with MP3 player connection, wireless Internet access and more. The pool complex renovations included a brand new non-slip marble floor and landscaping, offering guests an elegant outdoor experience.... Read More

The Warwick Seattle Hotel's Lobby Renovations Fuse Old and New World Style

Nov 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Warwick Seattle Hotel has renovated its lobby, giving a glimpse of the hotel’s old world charm and modern luxury. The multi-million dollar renovations include lightening up the elements of the lobby to give the overcast Northwest location a bright sunny spot to welcome guests. “We felt it was important to provide our guests with a modern and inviting space they would be comfortable enjoying during their time at Warwick Seattle Hotel,” said Tim Bathke, General Manager at Warwick Seattle Hotel. “Our newly remodeled rooms provide our guests with a stylish and refined experience, and we were anxious to have a lobby to match that feel.”... Read More

AKA Serviced Residences Opens First West Coast Property in Beverly Hills

Nov 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

AKA Serviced Residences has officially opened its first West Coast property in Beverly Hills. Just blocks away from Rodeo Drive, the property provides privacy, space and lifestyle amenities to celebrities, upscale consumers and affluent international travelers. The residences include a home away from home and luxurious touches including views of the Hollywood sign, a fitness center, AKA signature services and Bulgari amenities. “AKA Beverly Hills is a perfect addition to our expanding portfolio,” said Larry Korman, co-CEO of Korman Communities. “There is a need for serviced residences in Los Angeles and we are excited to offer AKA’s world-class service to locals and travelers who are looking for a temporary residence... Read More

St. Barth Welcomes Vacation Season With Three Luxury Hotel Renovations

Nov 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

With the holiday travel season set to start, there's no better place to go than St. Barth, which has just announced the completion of three hotel renovations. The renovated hotels include: The Hotel Carl Gustaf, Le Sereno Hotel & Villas and Hotel Le Toiny.... Read More

The Stones Hotel | First of The Autograph Collection Hotels in the Asia Pacific

Nov 14, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Autograph Collection of Marriott International introduces its first property in the Asia Pacific with the opening of The Stones Hotel in Legian, Bali. The firm also reported that it expects to have as many as 40 hotels by the year’s end. The Stones Hotel is the 36th hotel to join the Autograph Collection. "We are thrilled to introduce Autograph Collection to Asia," said Simon Cooper, president of Asia Pacific for Marriott International, Inc. "Bali represents the ideal location to launch this dynamic new concept for Marriott International, developed for travelers who seek an extraordinary independent hotel experience. We are confident travelers will respond positively to Autograph Collection as yet another offering within the Marriott International portfolio in the region."... Read More

Thanksgiving Feast & Fun at Warwick New York Hotel

Nov 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

This year, head to the Warwick New York Hotel, which is on the famous Thanksgiving Day Parade route for the first time. Built in 1926 by William Randolph Hearst, the grand, 36-story Warwick New York Hotel is centrally located in Midtown Manhattan, the historic hotel is proud to be on the new Thanksgiving Day route, giving parade goers and guests the opportunity to see the floats and enjoy the feast of Thanksgiving with a special buffet. The hotel prides itself on being a quiet luxury oasis, complete with well-appointed rooms, decadent restaurants and artistically forward with historic murals painted by American artist Dean Cornwell.... Read More

Hilton Arrives in Peru With The Lima Miraflores Hotel

Nov 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Set to open later this year and accepting reservations for 2013, the Hilton Lima Miraflores marks the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Peru. The Hilton Lima pays tribute to the history and aesthetics of Peruvian culture. Featuring 207 rooms, including 44 executive rooms, 17 suites and a presidential suite, the 11-story Hilton Lima Miraflores will consistently reflect a sophisticated, modern décor infused with Peruvian elements. The property will also feature a Peruvian-American restaurant, bar and rooftop terrace, a pool and fitness center as well as meeting spaces.... Read More

Top Chef Contestant Collaborates with Rancho Pescadero for a Mexican Culinary Weekend

Nov 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Top Chef contestant and award-winning chef Kelly Liken is collaborating with Los Angeles chef Tim Goodell of Public Kitchen & Bar and resident chef Rodrigo Bueno for a three-night, four-day Culinary Weekend at Baja’s Rancho Pescadero. The weekend will feature cooking demos, classes, Baja wine tasting, a Todos Santos taco tour and more.... Read More

Venus Williams Designs InterContinental Miami Hotel's Newest Suites

Nov 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

InterContinental Miami has teamed up with tennis star Venus Williams’ design firm, V Starr to create two new 3,300 square-feet, two-level presidential suites, Royal Palm and Metropolis. The Royal Palm Suite’s name is a nod to one of the first hotels in the area, The Royal Palm Hotel, which was built by well-known railroad magnate Henry Flagler. It also featured the city's first electric lights, elevators and swimming pool. The color pallet of the room, the white screen and texture of the walls and materials all extend from the name. The Metropolis Suite name is a nod to Miami’s first newspaper, The Miami Metropolis. The front page of the first paper printed hangs in the suite. Again, the neutral color scheme and various textures used for the 3,300 square foot, two-floor suite reflect the... Read More

History, Hotels and California's Wine Country Combine to Make Unforgettable Vacation Destinations

Nov 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Thanks to a new partnership, oenophiles can now enjoy some of California's oldest wineries while staying in historic hotels. "These historic wineries were among the first premium wineries in California, says Larry Horwitz, Executive Director, Historic Hotels Worldwide.” Recognized as one of the world's finest wine growing regions, the history of these wineries is best discovered and the wines are best experienced when exploring from one of Historic Hotels of America's hotels."... Read More

Kimpton's Vero Beach Hotel & Spa Under New Expert Management

Nov 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Kimpton’s oceanfront Vero Beach Hotel & Spa has announced that Kimpton veteran Duncan Clements will be the luxury hotel's new manager. In his new capacity, Clements will oversee the sales, marketing and day-to-day operations of the 113-room hotel located on Florida’s Treasure Coast.... Read More

MGM Resorts and Royal Caribbean Cruises Come Together to Offer Greater Benefits to Loyalty Program Members

Nov 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

MGM Resorts and Royal Caribbean have teamed up to strengthen customer loyalty by providing more access and rewards at MGM Resorts’ world-renowned destinations in Las Vegas, Detroit and Mississippi and on Royal Caribbean’s fleet of the world’s most innovative cruise ships that sail to exciting destinations worldwide.... Read More

Corinthia Hotel London Names Look Left Look Right their 2013 Artist in Residence

Nov 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Corinthia Hotel London’s arts program has named theater company Look Left Look Right the winner of the luxury hotel's arts program. Matthew Dixon, General Manager, Corinthia Hotel London says, “We are once again pleased to support British artistic talent for the second Corinthia Artist in Residence program. We are delighted with Look Left Look Right’s proposal and look forward to seeing how it evolves during their stay with us.”... Read More

New Wedding Experiences Facebook Page for InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Nov 7, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa recently launched a new Facebook page—Bora Bora Wedding Romance Experiences. The page features weddings, vow renewals, blessing ceremonies, romantic dinners, and info on daily ongoings at the luxury resort and spa. The location is InterContinental's four largest in French Polynesia. More than 80 overwater villas are found stetched over the resort community. Each of these deluxe accommodations has a split-level terrace and a sundeck. Reef, the resort’s restaurant, is acclaimed for its French Polynesian cuisine. There also is an overwater wedding chapel with a glass bottom floor onsite. Custom-tailored wedding ceremonies are held on the resort’s private beach. These exclusive wedding packages on the beach include a civil ceremony, a chape... Read More

Design Hotels Opens New Gate Hotel Kaminarimon in Tokyo

Nov 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Design Hotels™ latest member hotel in the city of Tokyo is the stunning new Hotel Kaminarimon by HULIC in the historic northeastern Tokyo neighborhood of Asakusa. Shigeru Uchida, one of the country’s most famous architects, has transformed the former office building into a crisp, clean, contemporary sanctuary. “I’m interested in something beyond the visible or touchable, that is, the existence within the invisible,” says architect and interior designer Shigeru Uchida. Guestrooms include full-length windows, a spacious bed, textiles by Marimekko designer Masaru Suzuki and original artwork by the acclaimed Japanese artist Katsuhiko Hibino.... Read More

Exciting New Travel Experiences Offered by Oberoi Hotels & Resorts

Nov 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur is situated amongst 32 acres of enchanting gardens, pools and fountains, making it one of India's most attractive destinations. The luxury resort has recently introduced handcrafted experiences, giving guests the opportunity to make the most of their time at the property. Oberoi Experiences include: Elephant Safari to Naila-ride an elephant while exploring the breathtaking Jaipur countryside, followed by a gourmet picnic at Naila Fort; breakfast in the Herb Garden-start your morning off with a stroll through the herb garden and pick your own basil, thyme, sage and other herbs so that the Chef can prepare a personalized and fresh breakfast for you; yoga Session- partake in rejuvenating yoga and meditation sessions in cotton kurta pajamas, which are provided upon... Read More

Azul Hotels by Karisma Unveils Azul Villa Esmeralda in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Nov 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Azul Hotels by Karisma, a Gourmet Inclusive collection of properties, has just unveiled Azul Villa Esmeralda, an 11,000-square-foot oceanfront villa in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Azul Villa Esmeralda is a six-bedroom, six-bathroom secluded haven featuring two private pools, spa, fitness center, Bose equipped home theater, kids' club, and conference center that offers the privacy of a residence with the services and amenities of a luxury boutique resort.... Read More

Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Restores Beachfront in Miami

Nov 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach has added more than 250,000 cubic yards of sand to the 750 feet of beach bordering the resort. As part of the Miami-Dade County Shore Protection Project to bring back Miami's beautiful beachfront, which has been ravaged by damaging hurricanes that left the local shoreline depleted, the project is now complete. The pristine oceanfront resort now has copious amounts of white sand beaches for hotel guests to participate in beachside activities, play with the kids, or relax under the stunning skyscape. Also enjoying the restored sand are nesting sea turtles that regularly select the clean, environmentally rich beach as the perfect place to lay their eggs!... Read More

Resorts World Casino New York City Announces Record Revenue for New York State

Nov 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Resorts World Casino New York City celebrated its one year anniversary today by announcing it is the single largest slot revenue gaming property in the United States and its contribution to State Education Fund has surpassed the casino taxes paid by casinos in the Las Vegas Strip, Pennsylvania, Atlantic City, and Connecticut. In one year, Resorts World Casino New York City has generated gross gaming revenues of more than $650 million, with more than $445 million heading to New York State in tax revenue, of which more than $286 million will go directly to the State’s education fund.... Read More

Social Media Contest from The James Hotels Asks Followers to Define 'Luxury Liberated'

Nov 5, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The James Royal Palm has launched a special contest for its social media following. Fans and followers can enter to win a stay at The James New York, The James Chicago, or the new The James Royal Palm. The contestants are asked to define “luxury liberated” through photographs. The process begins by visiting and liking the hotel’s Facebook page, where details on how to post on Pinterest and tweeting on Twitter are available. Prizes include accommodations as well as credit toward spa treatments and food and beverage offerings at the participating hotel.... Read More

Villa del Palmar Resort Collection Launches 'Your Story Starts Here' Campaign

Nov 2, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Villa Group Resorts recently launched the Your Story Starts Here branding campaign to further advance its Villa del Palmar Resort Collection of luxury hotel properties in Mexico's most desirable resort destinations. The hotelier reports that the new campaign represents its matchless ability to create vacations that are unique and personal to each guest. A newsletter will be sent out and social media will be used to broadcast details and launch a sweepstakes where a winner will receive a customized travel package.... Read More

Four Seasons Resort Maui Hosts Unforgettable Events

Nov 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

As though a visit to the islands couldn't get any better, the Four Seasons Resort Maui has introduced its Unforgettable Events series, cultural and athletic programs for guests. Events in the series include Tennis Fantasy Camp, Golf with the Flyin' Hawaiian, Cycling Camp, a yoga retreat, windsurfing camp and the Red Violin Opus One Wine Event. Whether you enjoy indulging in food and wine or trying a new sport, the Unforgettable Events series offers guests the chance to try a new hobby, or learn more about an existing one, in between lounging around the resort's pool or indulging in a spa treatment.... Read More

Historic Hotels of America Welcomes New Members

Nov 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Historic Hotels of America is pleased to announce its partnership with Xanterra Parks & Resorts, welcoming eight new members located in five National Parks. The new additions to the prestigious membership include: The Inn at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park, California, built in 1927 for the Death Valley Railroad and featuring the world's “lowest golf course,” at 214 feet below sea level; three new hotels located at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona: Bright Angel Lodge and Cabins, El Tovar Hotel, and Phantom Ranch; two new members located in Yellowstone National Park: Old Faithful Inn, and Lake Yellowstone Hotel; Zion Lodge in Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, built in the 1920s by the Union Pacific Railroad; and Crater Lake Lodge in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon... Read More

Southern California’s Top Resort is Resort at Pelican Hill in Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards

Nov 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Condé Nast Traveler readers have ranked The Resort at Pelican Hill as Southern California’s Top Resort in the luxury travel magazine’s globally respected survey. The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California frequently makes it way to the top of the prestigious list, thanks to the property's dedication to the finest in everything from villa décor to world-class dining. “We are delighted to be the first and only Southern California resort to earn three consecutive top honors, including a top national ranking, from Condé Nast Traveler readers, who are certainly among the world’s most discerning travelers,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “We... Read More

New Sky Suites at Gezi Hotel Bosphorus

Nov 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Amongst the newest additions to the trendy Taksim Square area of Istanbul is the Gezi Hotel Bosphorus, Design Hotels™. Next month four new sky suites will open at the hotel, giving guests a view of the Bosphorus from bed to bath. Each suite features Jacuzzi tubs and private balconies for guests to take in the scenery of Istanbul, the bridge to the Orient. The sleekly modern design fits in well with the surrounding neighborhood and offers not only elegant furnishings and appointments but also the hotel restaurant, G’nova, filled with Mediterranean cuisine, modern Turkish dishes and creative cocktails. In the spa, experience signature spa treatments and check out the state of the art fitness center.... Read More

Westgate Resorts Thanks U.S. Military Personnel with Free Vacations

Oct 31, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury hotelier Westgate Resorts is extending its gratitude to the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces by giving away 1,500 three-day, two-night stays at one of its Orlando-area resorts to U.S. military personnel who served in The War on Terror, the Operation Iraqi Freedom, or the Operation Enduring Freedom. This is the second consecutive year that Westgate Resorts has initiatived its special thank you to the troops. A total of 1,000 complimentary vacations will be available at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa, Westgate Vacation Villas, Westgate Towers, and Westgate Town Center.... Read More

$25 Million Renovation and 25th Anniversary of JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Oct 31, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The anniversary also marks the end of a $25 million renovation which included changes to the resort's 884 guestrooms and suites, the addition of new dining options including Rockwood Grill, Blue Star Lounge and Fisherman’s Landing, a facelift of the resort’s two championship golf courses, and the addition of new retail outlets, Desert Shades, Wallet World, and Sunnylands Chocolate Factory. The resort boasts an award-winning 32,000-square-foot spa and recreation facilities that include two Ted Robinson championship golf courses, an 18-hole putting course, 20 tennis courts, basketball courts, lawn croquet and biking.... Read More

New Food and Beverage Program at Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts

Oct 31, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts has introduced a new element into their dining plans, focusing on the guest more than the bottom line. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, as well as the room service menu will focus on healthy eating, inspired by the 20/55/25 formula of the athlete’s diet: 20% of each dish will consist of proteins, 55% of carbohydrates and 25% of fat. The brand will also have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals available as well. "From the creation of a cocktail through to designing our restaurants and outlets – our guiding principle is to provide an emotional experience for our guests," says Stephane Franchini, Executive Director Food & Beverage at Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts. “This experience should be lively and full of energy, leaving a strong impression.... Read More

Cap Juluca Resort Announces Season Reopening

Oct 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Cap Juluca Resort, a luxurious Caribbean hideaway has announced it's reopening for the season, scheduled for November 15. The resort is preparing to welcome returning and first-time guests with new features and services. “We are fully committed to continuing and enhancing the highest level of accommodation and service,” said Charles and Linda Hickox, owners of Cap Juluca. “We look forward to providing guests of Cap Juluca with an exceptional experience for the upcoming season.”... Read More

The James Royal Palm Opens in Miami

Oct 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The James Royal Palm is opening in Miami, joining The James family along with The James New York and The James Chicago. Right in the heart of South Beach, The James takes over the former location of the Royal Palm hotel, amongst dining, shopping and art attractions. In keeping with the area and rich history of the art deco structure, The James Royal Palm includes art installations and special programs throughout the year to appeal to the savvy traveler. Like other hotels, The James Royal Palm is well appointed and features exceptional service.... Read More

New Events Team at St. Regis Atlanta Creates Unforgettable Events for Every Occasion

Oct 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

AAA Five Diamond resort, The St. Regis Atlanta has introduced a new roster of experts to enhance the property’s corporate, conference and social celebrations. The new "Dream Team" includes Director of Catering & Conference Services Mariam Karim, Food & Beverage Director Robert Brandenber, and General Manager Senih Geray. The new hires focus on the same Southern hospitality that the hotel is known for, but with fresh new ideas. Mariam Karim's impressive resume includes planning events for The New Yorker, Google and The Hollywood Reporter with celebrity guest lists including the likes of Arianna Huffington, John Hamm, Piers Morgan, and Sofia Vergara. The rest of the Dream Team includes seasoned hoteliers with experience at five-star hotels and resorts around the world.... Read More

Quintess Collection Adds 20 Destinations for 2012

Oct 29, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Private luxury travel specialist Quintess Collection has increased its portfolio of luxury residences around the world by 33 percent this year. The company boasts more than 170 premium properties for its members. Aspen, Buenos Aires, Cannes, India, London, Los Cabos, Maui, New York, New Zealand, Paris, South Africa, and Tuscany are some of the exotic locations available. “This has been a banner year in the club’s progression and evolution,” said Pete Estler, founder and CEO of Club Holdings, the parent company of The Quintess Collection. “We’ve been able to enhance the value of membership in The Quintess Collection by offering the most exceptional range of homes and destinations than at any time in our history.” Mr. Estler further stated that the company’s goal is to offer its members... Read More

Hyatt Regency San Francisco to Continue Holiday Village Display

Oct 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Hyatt Regency San Francisco has announced the continuation of its holiday village display, just in time for the upcoming holiday season. According to General Manager David Lewin, “We are very excited about re-introducing a custom that was originated by the late Len Connacher.” Lewin continues, “Once the curator of the largest Department 56 collection, it is in Len’s honor that we welcome collector Glen Leveque and Eric Moe of Moe Trains to help us continue entertaining holiday revelers with this popular new tradition.” Along with the village displays and trains, snow will fall three times a day in the hotel's lobby, from November 16 through December 31, 2012 as part of the hotel's celebrated hol... Read More

Host Wedding Reception in NYC Restaurant & All Future Meals Are 50% Off

Oct 29, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Here is a delicious incentive to stay married and have it last forever. Couples who host their wedding reception in New York City at BLT Fish will receive 50 percent off all future meals they eat together at the Michelin-starred restaurant. The Esquared Hospitality-managed restaurant is calling it a personal wedding gift to couples renting out the restaurant from October through January 2013. The site has ample space to accommodate up to 100 guests. Additionally, couples can host a cocktail hour in a separate room prior to the reception. The restaurant can be rented out entirely as well.... Read More

New Turks and Caicos Luxury Resort Beach House Grand Opens

Oct 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Beach House Turks and Caicos, a 21-suite boutique property has officially opened. Located right on Grace Bay beach, the property offers visitors "a Turks and Caicos meets Nantucket feel." The stunning Caribbean resort has already received rave reviews for its restaurant, helmed by Chef Eric Vernice, and focusing on lobster and cocktails.... Read More

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Open in Baku and Pudong, Shanghai

Oct 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts brand has announced the opening of its 89th and 90th properties in Baku and Pudong, Shanghai. Four Seasons Hotel Baku is the first Four Seasons property in Azerbaijan. As the city has grown in popularity, travelers have discovered that the Caspian Sea resort also has a rich cultural history, vibrant art scene, designer shopping and developing wine industry. The newly opened Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, is the second Four Seasons property in the Asian city. Located in the recently-built 55-story 21st Century Tower, the Four Seasons Pudong has the same luxury amenities that travelers enjoy around the world, including a spa and two restaurants.... Read More

Washington Square Hotel Celebrates 110 Years of Greenwich Village Hospitality

Oct 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

New York's Washington Square Hotel is celebrating 110 years of giving guests the best possible service. Located in an Art Deco building, the celebration coincides with a number of new upgrades to the property: energy efficient windows and air conditioning in the three-story annex building, as well as a new Penthouse suite. "We've made so many changes and improvements to the hotel since taking over in 1973, but it is our staff and service that make the hotel a success," says CEO Judy Paul. "We're Village-centric! My family and I live blocks from the hotel, our staff lives here and knows the neighborhood better than anyone. We give our guests personal service and a real insider's perspective on the community and New York City."... Read More

Explore Mayakoba With Help From Baynan Tree, Rosewood & Fairmont Resorts

Oct 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Thanks to a new initiative of unique amenities, guests of the Baynan Tree, Rosewood and Fairmont resorts will be better able to explore Mayakoba. The new services include:... Read More

Jumeirah Sports Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Oct 24, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Jumeirah Group is expanding upon its Breast Cancer Awareness initiative and taking it three continents this year. The façade of luxury hotels in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mallorca and Shanghai will bear the pink ribbon. Various destinations are sponsoring free clinics and other activities to promote breast cancer awareness. The Jumeirah's Burg Al Arab hotel is seeking assistance from the public to set a price point to sell an original 24-carat rose gold iPad with an engraved pink ribbon and the hotel’s logo on its Facebook page. The pink iPad will be sold at the end of the month to the highest offer. Other “pink” fundraising activities at Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts include afternoon tea, special cocktails, and pink macaroons, cakes and cupcakes. The Talise in Jumeirah Emirates is making specia... Read More

Caesars Names Lily Ng President of Caesars Global Living Asia

Oct 24, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Caesars Entertainment Corporation has appointed Hong Kong native Lily Ng its president of Caesars Global Living Asia, which is the company's non-gaming luxury hotel-management division. Lily Ng has held executive-level positions at several Fortune 500 companies in a career inclusive of experience in hotel operations, advisory roles, investments assessments, and underwriting for principal investors. Ms. Ng has been involved in hotel assets throughout China, Asia, and the U.S. that are worth more than $300 billion.... Read More

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Receive New Agraria Bath Products

Oct 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

By January 2013, all guests at the InterContinental’s 169 hotels and resorts around the world will be able to indulge in the sweet scents of Agraria, the luxury home fragrance company. Both brands have roots in San Francisco and have grown to become luxury lovers' favorite names. The in-room products include an assortment of Lemon Verbena scented shampoos, lotions, bath soaps, and shower gels well in line with InterContinental’s guest-room product.... Read More

The Weekapaug Inn of Rhode Island Opens After $20 Million Renovation

Oct 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

A $20 million makeover of the Weekapaug Inn has resulted in a stunning new property for the perfect New England getaway. The Weekapaug Inn has sweeping views of Quonochontaug Pond and the Atlantic as well as excellent food and personalized services. Langdon Wheeler, Managing Member of Weekapaug Inn and Cottages LLC said, “The Weekapaug Inn historically served as a centerpiece of its community, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to restore this treasure to its former glory. By introducing a new chapter to the Inn’s history, both locals and travelers will be able to experience its spectacular location, enriching experiences and traditions for years to come.”... Read More

Historic Hotel in St. Pete Celebrates 20th Re-Opening Anniversary

Oct 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the elegant hotel's grand re-opening with a series of special events. The landmark hotel is actually 86 years old, but was reopened in 1992, heralding a revitalization of downtown St. Pete. The 20th century celebration includes the restoration of some of the restaurant's original murals, 1992 menu items, including cinnamon raisin French toast ($11), macadamia nut-crusted grouper with papaya salsa and candied ginger basmati rice ($25 lunch/$30 dinner) and white chocolate cheesecake with dark chocolate crust and raspberry sauce ($8) will presented on vintage-style china and Pompeii-inspired cocktails.... Read More

SER Steakhouse in Hilton Anatole is Now Open

Oct 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

SER Steakhouse + Spirits, located in the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas is now open. The "new breed" of Dallas steakhouse offers chef-driven cuisine featuring the finest steaks and chops, market-fresh seafood and other distinctive dishes, which can be paired with an extensive list of handcrafted cocktails and wines. With unparalleled views of the Dallas skyline and a warm ambience of cognac and whiskey leathers, locally sourced end-grain mesquite walls and community tables, rich mesquite floors and solid walnut tabletops, the restaurant is both hip and urban. As a special touch, the restaurant offers guests the opportunity to dine at a chef's table and wine display adjacent to the exhibition kitchen.... Read More

Family Friendly Amenities at Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central

Oct 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Family vacations just got a little better with the Sheraton Macao Hotel's focus on family fun. The new Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central has a ‘Stay and Play’ experience in keeping with the Asian city's switch from a gambling haven to a family friendly oasis. Try a family suite, which includes a signature king-size Sheraton Sweet Sleeper and bathroom equipped with Shine for Sheraton bath amenities for grown ups and a play area in the living room, which is filled with family friendly games courtesy of Nintendo Wii. There is also a kid's program with face painting, coloring, cooking, scavenger hunts, bounce houses, climbing equipment, and video games galore and other safely supervised activities.... Read More

An Exclusive Culinary Event at The Setai, Miami Beach

Oct 22, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

On Thursday, October 18, 2012, The Setai, Miami Beach hosted an exclusive event showcasing a collection of Château Cos d’Estournel wines, selected by Chief Sommelier Daniel Toral and paired with a five-course dinner menu from Executive Chef Mathias Gervais. The special event offered gourmet diners the opportunity to enjoy French wines accompanied by a menu that includes luxurious dishes such as Foie Gras Au Torchon, Nantucket Bay Scallops, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Baked Cheese ‘Les Clarines,’ and The Vacherin.... Read More

Scrub Island Resort Showcases Private Hillside Villas

Oct 22, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Travelers interested in visiting the Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, the first Caribbean resort to join Autograph Collection, can now get an up close and personal look at the villas' stunning amenities by visiting their site and watching slideshows that include beautiful images showcasing the amenities, furnishings and breathtaking views of each villa. Each villa on the private island is two to four bedrooms, has total privacy and has expansive views of the Caribbean Sea and nearby islands. The spacious 3,000 to 6,000 square foot villas feature the latest appliances, custom furnishings and services that include daily housekeeping and personal chefs and butlers.... Read More

New Wellness Program at InterContinental London Park

Oct 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Travelers looking to stay fit while on vacation can now head to the InterContinental London Park Lane for the new Insider Wellness Experience. In partnership with acclaimed wellness expert Elizabeth Peyton Jones, author of Eat Yourself Young. Jones has worked with clients like actress Thandie Newton to show that small changes can make a big difference. According to the program, "The experience begins before guests even arrive by submitting a photo of their refrigerator’s contents to Elizabeth for review. After assessing the guests’ eating habits, an in-person evaluation is performed in the VIP room of Spa InterContinental where each guest will receive a completely customized two-wee... Read More

Collective Ski Pass for World’s Best Independent Resorts for 2012-13 Season

Oct 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, the premier independent mountain destinations in the West, have partnered to form the Mountain Collective™, offering a groundbreaking pass for the 2012-13 season: the Mountain Collective™ Pass. "This is a completely new concept for a ski pass and gives winter enthusiasts the freedom to access some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world," said Christian Knapp, vice president of marketing, Aspen Skiing Company. “There's been an incredible spirit of collaboration amongst the partners to bring this historic alliance and innovative new product to life.”... Read More

Saint Lucia’s Prime Fishing Season Begins at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa

Oct 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

This fall, get your fill of aquatic activities at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa. Late autumn marks the beginning of Saint Lucia’s prime fishing season. The Calabash can arrange tours for both experts and novices to try their luck at catching big game fish, such as marlin, sail fish, tuna, wahoo, dorado and barracuda. Or take a cruise and get a glimpse of pilot whales, sperm whales, humpbacks, false orcas, hawksbill turtles and greenback turtles. If you really want to get up close and personal, the resort can arrange for you to dive at some of the best spots in the world.... Read More

Castle Resorts & Hotels Introduces New Mobile Website

Oct 18, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Castle Resorts & Hotels has launched a new mobile website. Visitors can now access hotel information from any Internet-enabled mobile device. The mobile website offers many of the same features found on the hotel’s website. The deluxe hotelier also announced that it will add the ability to book hotel rooms and resort condominium units via its mobile website with the second phase of the launching. "We recognize most travelers now carry at least one web-capable mobile phone or other device and need a fast and easy way to access maps or other property information while en route," said Steve Woods, director of eCommerce for Castle Resorts. "The days of printing every piece of traveler information are over, and we want to help our guests enjoy the freedom that comes with smart phones and table... Read More

New Las Vegas Hotel Nobu Caesars Palace Now Taking Reservations for February 2013

Oct 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Nobu Hotel will lead the way as the first celebrity chef-branded hotel venture, with the first location to open at Caesars Palace. The Nobu Hotel is expected to soft open before the end of the year, and the official website has launched and is currently taking reservations. Adjacent to the hotel will be Nobu Restaurant and Lounge, set to open in January of 2013 as the world’s largest and first on the Las Vegas Strip. On the new website, guests can browse through the luxury hotel's guestrooms and supersized suites.... Read More

Historic Paris Luxury Hotel Reopens as InterContinental Marseille - Hotel Dieu

Oct 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

A two-year renovation of Hotel Dieu has transformed the historic property into the InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu. The property is locating in the heart of the city's most revered neighborhood and features breathtaking views of the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, as well as an expansive terrace overlooking the serene Vieux Port. Inside the hotel, guests can indulge in a gourmet restaurant, access to the Deep Nature Spa, and a dedicated Cultural Space filled with artifacts uncovered during the excavation of the 18th century hotel.... Read More

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Partners with National Geographic for Responsible Business Week

Oct 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

To show its continued to commitment to year-round environmental responsibility, for the third annual Responsible Business Week, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has partnered with National Geographic. Since 2010 the initiative has attracted 250 events around the world wishing to support eco-tourism. According to the brand, "This year, UNESCO has joined the cause with the sustainable tourism initiative 'People Protecting Places' designed to protect and preserve the natural and cultural environments around the globe. To encourage environmental friendly practices for each individual property, IHG developed the online sustainability system Green Engage. The interactive software reached over 4,000 hotels worldwide to assist in managing hotel energy, waste, water, and consumption more effectiv... Read More

Travel Packages from Design Hotels' Creators

Oct 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Have you ever wondered what goes into a luxury hotel? With Design Hotel Original Experiences, travelers get a glimpse at the areas surrounding hotels, thanks to the minds of local hoteliers and their passion for the prevailing culture. Each Design Hotel Original Experience gives guests of the hotels the opportunity to become immersed in the local culture, whether it's a helicopter ride over the city or dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant.... Read More

Luxury Home Exchange Program Benefits Second Home Owners

Oct 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

3RD HOME provides second home owners with an opportunity to optimize the potential of their real estate asset through an innovative home exchange program. “A vacation home often represents a defining and compelling residential lifestyle experience for its owners. We created 3RD HOME to fill a need expressed by the most discerning individuals to find a desirable, safe and trustworthy way to expand the use of these residences,” said founder and CEO Wade Shealy. “Second homes are costly assets, requiring 12 months of expense without 12 months of use. Their owners will frequently journey to the same destination in order to justify their investment rather than exploring new places. The 3RD HOME community provides members with a safe and easy platform for anytime access to the world’s finest... Read More

New Hotel Opening in London from InterContinental Hotels Group

Oct 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts will open InterContinental London Westminster in November, marking the first InterContinental property to open in the UK in 36 years. The new luxury hotel features 256 guestrooms including an impressive Penthouse, 14 one bedroom suites, and 30 studio suites. There's even an American-style barbeque restaurant and a more refined space, Emmeline’s, for champagne and cocktails. The property will also offer a Club InterContinental Executive Lounge, eight state-of-the-art meeting and event rooms and a comprehensive business center.... Read More

The Phoenician Names Frank Belosic Executive Chef

Oct 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

After a four year absence, The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond destination has announced that Frank Belosic is returning to the luxury property as executive chef. In his new role, the award-winning chef will oversee menu creation and preparation for restaurants including Il Terrazzo, Relish Burger Bistro, the Café and Ice Cream Parlor and the Afternoon Tea Court, in addition to catering and banquet events as well as other operations. “We are thrilled to welcome Chef Belosic back to The Phoenician,” said Managing Director Mark Vinciguerra. “His inventive style, a unique blend of palatable exuberance and contemporary sophistication, is matched by his dedication to sustainability and... Read More

Fairmont Hotels Participate in California Coastal Cleanup Day

Oct 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

In honor of California Coastal Cleanup Day, California Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, accompanied by friends, family members and recruits, helped clear and haul off everything from old love letters to debris from the most recent Japanese tsunami. “California Coastal Cleanup Day is the state’s largest volunteer event and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts of California is a proud (annual) sponsor of this effort”, says Tom Klein, Regional Vice-President of Operations and General Manager at The Fairmont San Francisco. “Fairmont colleagues in the Golden State clearly demonstrated their support for clean beaches and waterways by turning out in record numbers.... Read More

New Swissôtel to Open in China 2014

Oct 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

International hotel group Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts is continuing to expand in China, with the Swissôtel Changsha due to open in 2014. The luxury hotel will feature 400 spacious guestrooms, five restaurants and bars, over 21,500 square feet of meeting and banqueting space and recreational facilities including a Pürovel Spa. Mr. Lv Dong Sheng, the Chairman of Enough Group says: “Swissôtel Changsha is our first international Five-Star hotel project in Hunan. Our goal is not only to build a global flagship property, but also to incorporate the hotel with culture industry and green industry, and to establish a new standard for hotel industry in Hunan Province and in China.”... Read More

Fairmont Partners With Reebok to Expand Fairmont Fit Program

Oct 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has a history of helping guests stay healthy and on track even while traveling. In an effort to expand its Fairmont Fit program, Fairmont has announced a new partnership with Reebok, giving guests that are members of the Fairmont President’s Club, luxury hotel brand’s complimentary loyalty program, access to Reebok workout gear and footwear, which is delivered directly to their guestroom for use in-room, in the gym or to enjoy in the great outdoors. “Many of our guests have told us that they want to stay active during their travels,” said Brian Richardson, vice president, brand marketing and communications at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. “By adding a partner like Reebok, one of the world’s top... Read More

Lumeria Maui Featured on TV Special on Hawaii

Oct 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

If your idea of a vacation doesn't include mindless activities, then Lumeria Maui may be just the spot for you. The Hawaiian resort was recently featured on a television special, Extra: Mansions & Millionaires, noted for being Hawaii’s first luxury educational adventure retreat. Guests at Lumeria Maui can focus on personal transformation while enjoying a wide array of wellness activities and benefits from yoga to organic cuisine. There are also beautiful beaches, active adventures and more places to explore.... Read More

Newly Renovated Golden Pheasant Inn Ushers in a New Era of Hospitality

Oct 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Golden Pheasant Inn, nestled between the Delaware River and Canal in Bucks County, has recently reopened after closing for a nine-month renovation. The family owned inn has remodeled to welcome guests both old and new to the historically preserved property, with updated amenities. Updates include exposed fieldstone walls in guestrooms, marble counters and custom mosaics in all ensuite bathrooms expanded front porch, wood-burning fireplace and expanded outdoor terrace as well as in-room temperature control, iHome docking stations, wireless internet access. Even the menu at the inn's French restaurant has been revamped to include its traditional French past with a modern American twist. “The Golden Pheasant Inn emanates rustic elegance,” says Briar. “We’ve left the country charm that is Buc... Read More

VIP Travel Packages from W South Beach and Magellan Jets

Oct 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

For luxury travelers, the W South Beach Hotel & Residences and Magellan Jets have partnered to give guests the ultimate experience. The new VIP suites at the exclusive hotel are made even more enjoyable with charter jet travel from Magellan Jets and special amenities that are part of the package, including:... Read More

COCHON Heritage BBQ to Host Pop-Up Dinners in October

Oct 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Looking to go Whole Hog? Lucky for you, The Cochon Heritage BBQ is preparing to bring on the pork with a combination of five chefs, five pigs and five winemakers hosting exclusive pop-up dinner events featuring the winning BBQ menu at their respective restaurants on Monday, October 15 at Muss & Turners and on Sunday, October 28 at 4th & Swift. Priced at $35, tickets include the welcome cocktail and dinner, with optional cash bar for additional imbibing. Reservations are required can be made for either dinner event by visiting BrownPaperTickets.com/event/283343.... Read More

Largest Ski Resort Expansion in North America Underway

Oct 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Red Mountain Resort has announced that it is adding nearly 1,000 acres in-bound terrain for the 2012/13 season, making it the largest ski resort expansion that North America has seen in many years. Located on the "Powder Highway" in British Columbia, Red Mountain Resort is a hidden jewel for skiers and is already quite large. Chris Cushing, Principal at Snow Engineering (SE) Group, one of the ski resort industry’s premier design and engineering firms, said: “RED Mountain’s expansion to Grey Mountain is the biggest, most exciting project in North America this year, and SE Group is proud to have worked with RED to make it happen. Not only does the expansion increase RED’s skiable terrain by about 1,000 acres, it also adds wide terrain variety—from groomed cruising runs to tree glades and al... Read More

Corinthia Hotel London Offers High Tech Perks for Industry Pros

Oct 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Corinthia Hotel London has become an entertainment industry favorite, thanks to a state of the art broadcasting system, a private styling Movie Makeover Room as well as a variety of stunning spaces for junkets, premiere parties and interviews. As the only hotel in the UK with the technology to broadcast in high definition, there are suites and penthouses available for junkets, with views of the London cityscape or plain backgrounds. The hotel also offers industry insiders the Daniel Galvin Movie Make-Over Room, featuring the ability to recreate natural daylight or movie lighting and change up the look of any actor, whether for a new role or appearance. There are also spaces available to host meeting... Read More

Luxury Villa Rentals on British Virgin Islands at Aquamare on Virgin Gorda

Oct 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Beautiful beaches are not all created equal. For a truly special experience, the Aquamare Villas on the scenic Western coast of Virgin Gorda at Mahoe Bay is the perfect setting for special events and getaways. Three spacious villas set along a half mile of shore comprise the property, which is constructed as elite villa vacation homes, with multiple ensuite master bedrooms, spacious living areas and professional-grade kitchens. Each villa is on a different elevation to afford guests complete privacy and can be rented separately or together, housing up to 36 people. Each 8,000-square-foot villa can host up to 12 people and features sweeping views of The Drake Channel and includes modern amenities.... Read More

Four Seasons Keeps Business Travelers Connected With New Mobile Technology Innovations

Oct 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Knowing that the travel time from plane to hotel can seem interminable for business travelers, the Four Seasons has introduced new technology solutions to help stay connected. At Four Seasons locations around the world, the luxury hotel chain offers complimentary Wi-Fi connections in all house cars and contracted limo services and some cars may also feature iPads offering hotel information such as dining and spa menus, and multi-adapter device chargers. Other innovations from the brand include complimentary Wi-Fi in guestrooms and Skype check-in from the car at some locations, enabling passengers to grab the key and go once they arrive at the hotel.... Read More

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Set to Open in December, Now Accepting Reservations

Oct 11, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is now accepting reservations for guest arrivals. The first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Americas is set to open on December 12, 2012. The $342 million, 115-key oceanfront luxury resort is located on the footprints of the former Laurance Rockefeller estate. "We are thrilled to unveil this magnificent sanctuary in time for the holidays and 2013 season," said Alejandro Helbling, general manager of Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. "Our discriminating, discerning customers will find Dorado Beach's unspoiled natural beauty, heritage and world-class offerings exceptionally alluring, making it the perfect destination to debut the first reserve in the Americas." Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, sets on three miles of Caribbean coastline with 1,400 ac... Read More

#1 Ranked Golf Resort in Mexico Offers Unique Amenities

Oct 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Diamante Cabo San Lucas is offering up more than just golf at the resort, which is ranked #1 in Mexico and #58 in the world. The 14-acre practice and performance center features four separate hitting bays with classic rock music and there's a slider snack bar to enjoy after you work up an appetite. On the course, there's more refreshments to look forward to than just the back nine. At Diamonte, there are two Comfort stations on the course, ready to refresh your game with snacks including chips, pretzels, and a variety of sweets.... Read More

South Carolina Luxury Golf Resort Announces Special Events Calendar for Fall & Winter

Oct 10, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

A number of golf and tennis weekends will be included on the special events calendar this fall and winter at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The AAA Five Diamond/Forbes Five Star-rated oceanfront resort and spa also will offer weekend specials that include a women’s retreat, a murder-mystery who-done-it, an antique school that specializes on Southern collectibles, a weight-loss retreat, and fine foods and wines. Additional events include Emmy-award winning Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz, a tennis instructional weekend for women, and golf weekends for both men and women. The 14th annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort National Pro-Am, which will be held on four of Kiawah Island Golf Resort... Read More

Fly Free to Montana's The Resort at Paws Up in October

Oct 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

It turns out that fall foliage isn't just on the East Coast, it also occurs in Big Sky Country out West. To celebrate, Montana's premier luxury ranch resort, The Resort at Paws Up is offering airfare credits up to $1,000 per person for guests that stay in the month of October 2012. While the leaves turn colors, take the opportunity to engage in Paws Up wilderness adventures like horseback riding, fly fishing on the legendary Blackfoot River, clay shooting, rappelling, ATV touring, and more. Or take it easy with a treatment at Spa Town at Paws Up, a hot tub soak on the deck of your private Big Timber Home, or getting lost in a novel by the stunning stone fireplace. Reservations made by October 8 for travel before October 31 will receive airfare credit and round-trip airport transfers on th... Read More

All-Inclusive Resort in Puerto Vallarta a First for Hilton

Oct 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Hilton has just announced its first all-inclusive property in Mexico, with the opening of the new Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort. The resort is smaller than similar properties in the area, making it less overwhelming for guests. The Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort offers a variety of international dining choices, as well as a fitness center, spa and several pools. Today Mexico adds yet another all-inclusive resort to its hotel inventory with the opening of the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort. It’s Hilton’s first one-price-pays-for-all property in Mexico. Right in the heart of PVs Hotel Zone near the Bay of Banderas, this Hilton is pretty modest in size with just 259 rooms and suites, which makes it less overwhelming than other resorts of its kind in the region. Guests won't go... Read More

Leading Hotels of the World Announces New Members in U.S. and Europe

Oct 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Leading Hotels of the World has introduced new properties from around the globe into its collection of unique and extraordinary guest experiences. New properties include: Mr. C Beverly Hills, a boutique hotel with European style, the soon-to-open Café Royal Hotel in London and Terre Blanche Hotel, Spa & Golf in Provence and just a short drive from Cannes. Each property focuses on guest comfort and special amenities in some of the world's most desirable locations. Mr. C Beverly Hills gives guests panoramic views of the city as well as multiple eateries, a 24-hour gym and plenty of space. The Café Royal Hotel will have 159 stylish rooms and historic suites, an array of food and beverage venues... Read More

MGM Grand & Delos Introduce First-Ever STAY WELL Rooms

Oct 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Traveling make you sick? Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate, and MGM Grand Hotel & Casino are introducing STAY WELL Rooms, to be available in October. The 42 unique STAY WELL Rooms are located in the hotel’s main tower and feature 12 health and wellness features designed to reverse jet lag and overall improve guests' wellbeing. “We know our guests come to Las Vegas to escape and unwind, but we also know that an increasing number of them are looking to take their wellness lifestyle ‘on the road’ as an extension of their daily, healthful lives at home,” said Scott Sibella, president and COO of MGM Grand.... Read More

Inspira Santa Marta First Hotel in Portugal to Earn Green Globe Re-certification

Oct 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Inspira Santa Marta Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal has been granted a recertification for it's sustainable practices by Green Global. “We are very proud to be the first hotel in Portugal to earn the prestigious Green Globe re-certification and international recognition,” said Nicolas Roucos, General Manager at the Inspira Santa Marta Hotel in Lisbon.... Read More

The Delano Marrakech Now Open

Oct 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The eagerly anticipated Delano Marrakech has just opened on September 21, with rates starting around $450 a night. The luxury hotel also has a restaurant by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Michel Rostang and a Mediterranean Italian concept from Giancarlo Morelli.... Read More

Fall Travel Special From Viceroy Anguilla

Oct 5, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Viceroy Anguilla resort is offering a Hot Night/Cool Rates from October 1 through December 30, 2012, for travelers seeking tropical posh and lower room rates. The resort sets on 35 lush acres with 3,200 feet of Caribbean beachfront on the island of Anguilla along Barnes Bay and Meads Bay. The lavish resort features beachfront and top-of-the bluff villas. The accommodations offer private sundecks, plunge pools, full kitchens and infinity pools. Butler service also is available at the Viceroy Anguilla. Rates for the Hot Rates/Cool Nights program start at $395 per night. The deluxe Caribbean resort is part of the Viceroy Hotel Group.... Read More

Corinthia Hotels Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Musical Event

Oct 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Corinthia Hotels led by Founder and Chairman Mr. Alfred Pisani, proudly hosted a musical evening featuring the world-renowned opera singer Joseph Calleja. The special event was an intimate recital for 130 guests at the group’s flagship, Corinthia Hotel London. Guests from around the world associated with Corinthia Hotels were invited to the hotel's Victorian ballroom for a special chance to hear Joseph Calleja sing Paolo Tosti’s Ideale, La fleur que tu m’avais jetée from Carmen by Bizet, and E lucevan le stelle, from Puccini’s Tosca. The Corinthia Hotel London is an elegantly restored Victorian era building with stunning views of London's... Read More

Peninsula Hotels Launches New Initiatives to Improve Guest Experiences

Oct 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Peninsula Hotels has introduced three new brand initiatives to improve guest experiences across the globe. 'Peninsula Moments' will capture the behind-the-scenes magic that is the basis of every Peninsula Hotel. PenCities is a new online luxury lifestyle journal to help travelers learn about the destination and hotel, and a HK$450 million renovation of the Peninsula Hong Kong, the brand's flagship hotel. The Peninsula Hotels, Asia's oldest hotel brand, today ushered in a new era with three landmark debuts, the launch of 'Peninsula Moments,' a new multi-million-dollar global brand campaign, the new PenCities online travel journal and a HK$450 million revitalization... Read More

Marriott International Opens JW Marriott Essex House New York

Oct 4, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Marriott International, Inc., has added to its JW Marriott hotel brand with the opening of the JW Marriott Essex House New York. The 509-room establishment is the luxury hotelier’s first in New York City. It is located on Central Park South in Manhattan. The hotel offers great proximity to Fifth Avenue’s shopping, dining and entertainment. Previously, the property was the Jumeirah Essex House until reopening as the JW Marriott Essex House New York. The hotel offers guestrooms and suites range from 300 to 2,500 of square feet. An executive Lounge will be built in early 2013. Travelers also enjoy experiences special perks from JW Marriott's brand partners, such as art exhibitions from Christ... Read More

The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers

Oct 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Guests seeking a historic place to stay in Bean Town should look no further than The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, "city within a city." With some of Boston's best dining options, elegantly appointed rooms and dog-friendly service, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers make all guests, from celebrities to dignitaries and everyone in between, feel welcome. There are numerous hotels to stay at in Boston but only one remains the Grand Dame: The Boston Park Plaza Hotel. With its 941 guestrooms and suites, the hotel sits prominently in Back Bay near the Boston Common, just outside of Copley Square and minutes from the Theater District. Its old-world charm offers luxuriously designed, well-appointed, and spacious guest rooms for families or business travelers alike.... Read More

Canyon Ranch SpaClub Coming to The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia

Oct 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Homestead, a new fitness and spa experience coming in Spring 2013, is the result of a partnership between The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, and Canyon Ranch of Tucson, Arizona.... Read More

JW Marriott's First New York City Hotel Opens

Oct 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Big Apple now has everything, thanks to the announcement that Marriott International has opened the JW Marriott Essex House New York, the brand's first hotel in New York City. Formerly the Jumeirah Essex House, the newly branded hotel sits amongst Fifth Avenue's swankiest and most popular stores and attractions. The 509-room hotel is located on Central Park South in Manhattan’s renowned midtown neighborhood, boasting sky-high views of Central Park and situated just steps from famed Fifth Avenue shopping, dining and entertainment. The property was most recently the Jumeirah Essex House and reopened today as JW Marriott Essex House New York.... Read More

Travel Deals from St. Regis San Francisco for America's Cup World

Oct 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The World Cup will be in town October 2-7 and to celebrate the occasion, The St. Regis San Francisco is offering insider-access Aficionado package, special spa treatments at the luxurious Rem?de Spa, and a nautical-themed cocktail served at the St. Regis Lobby Bar. The Aficionado package includes insider access to the races with daily VIP passes to Club 45 at the Golden Gate Yacht Club, a stay in the luxurious Metropolitan Suite, daily breakfast at Vitrine and pick up and drop off in a luxury sedan. Rates start at $1,800 per night with a two night minimum stay.... Read More

Leading Hotel Operator to Transform Sofitel Hotel in Dubai

Oct 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Accor has appointed Philippe Bittencourt, the general manager of Pullman Deira City Centre Dubai to transform a Sofitel property in UAE into a modern five-star resort. The new hotel will feature Wi-Fi, an executive lounge and an interactive kitchen amongst other luxury amenities and conveniences. Bittencourt will be rebranding the hotel, including a refurbishment of the 317-room property launched September 1. Accor owns the Pullman and Sofitel brands and plans to double its number of hotels by 2020.... Read More

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Now Open in Vienna

Oct 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has just added to its exclusive chain of hotels by announcing the opening of a new 202-room property located in the central Schubertring Boulevard of Vienna, Austria. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna comprises four 19th Century palaces and combines traditional architecture with stylish interior design and has a spectacular view of the city’s famous landmarks from its rooms. These include heritage buildings like an opera house, concert halls and museums, which are all a short stroll from the hotel.... Read More

Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas Now Taking Reservations

Oct 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Michael Pearse

If you are a fan of going to Las Vegas (who isn’t?) and love great accommodations and even greater food (who doesn’t?), you’re in luck. Nobu... Read More

Developing Los Angeles Hotels and Housing to Keep Your Eye On

Oct 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Michael Pearse

With the economy looking ever closer to fully rebounding from the almost decade-long slump it has been in, there are some interesting housing developments and hotels in ... Read More

Tampa's New Epicurean Hotel Slated to Open November 2013

Oct 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Culinary travel just got kicked up a notch with the announcement of Tampa's New Epicurean Hotel, a boutique hotel devoted to the culinary arts, located in the city's trendy Hyde Park historic district. Slated to open November 2013, The Epicurean will feature a large, state-of-the-art culinary classroom, high-end bistro, wine shop, rooftop lounge, full-service spa, and a retail and production bakery and pastry shop. "This is a match made in heaven - or maybe heaven's kitchen," said Joe Collier, Mainsail Lodging & Development's president. "The Epicurean is a perfect addition to Marriott's Autograph Collection®, which is known for delivering unique travel experiences. Combine that brand with Mainsail Lodging and the culinary artistry of Bern's and you've got a finished product that is going... Read More

The Luxury Collection Debuts The Royal Begonia on Hainan Island

Oct 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The newest addition to the Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts is The Royal Begonia on the southern tropical island of Hainan. Set among lush rainforests, mountain and ocean views, the luxury resort is amongst the newest luxury properties to debut in Asia Pacific. The Luxury Collection, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide unveils The Royal Begonia, A Luxury Collection Resort, celebrating the brand’s eagerly anticipated arrival in Sanya. The Royal Begonia joins the legendary Astor Hotel in Tianjin and The Hongta Hotel in Shanghai as the first Luxury Collection resort in China. With this opening, The Luxury Collection brand continues its growth momentum globally with the debut of ten hotels and resorts in Asi... Read More

Le Meurice in Paris Debuts New Offerings to Mark its '3x5' Anniversary

Sep 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

This year Le Meurice in Paris, a Dorchester Collection property, is celebrating three different five-year anniversaries on the luxury hotel and is offering guests the opportunity to get in on the fun. The special occasions include: Chef Yannick Alléno receiving three Michelin stars at Restaurant Le Meurice; the public space renovations by Philippe Starck and opening of Le Dali Restaurant which pays tribute to one of the hotel's most distinctive guests—Salvador Dali; and the fifth annual Meurice Prize for Contemporary Art. The landmark hotel is amongst Paris' most luxurious places to stay and offers guests the chance to experience the anniversaries with special menus, renovated apartments and an art contest.... Read More

Maldives' Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Relaunches as All-Pool Villa Resort

Sep 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru has recently reopened after a refurbishment transformed the luxury property into an all-pool villa resort, with pools and jet pools set within each villa’s private garden area. To celebrate the reopening, guests who book a minimum of two nights from now through October 25, 2012 for stays from now through October 31, 2012 will receive complimentary daily breakfast, lunch and dinner for two people, as well as a one-time ‘Intimate Moments’ setup during their stay which features scented oils, candles around the pool and a complimentary bottle of red or sparkling wine. Guests are also entitled to a daily complimentary 60-minute spa massage (with an additional 30-minute refreshments and relaxation... Read More

The Chanler at Cliff Walk in the Sailing Town of Newport, Rhode Island

Sep 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Chanler at Cliff Walk, a historically preserved hotel with an AAA Four Diamond Award features distinctly decorated guestrooms in the sailing town of Newport, Rhode Island. Guests can enjoy the luxury of colonial times past, with all the conveniences of modern amenities, from flat screen televisions to relaxing Jacuzzi tubs. Historically rich Newport, RI, is known as America's first resort city and the sailing capital of the U.S. Located south of capital city Providence on the picturesque Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay, the prominent East Coast picture-perfect, pristine community of three beaches has been a luxury destination dating back to the late 19th century. Newport has one of the highest concentrations of colonial-style homes in the nation, as there are three National... Read More

Design Hotels Welcomes Six New Member Hotels

Sep 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Design Hotels has added six new properties to the collection, adding up to a total of 25 properties. The new properties are located in cities including London, Paris, Buenos Aires and Istanbul as well as in stunning landscapes on Portugal’s Northwestern coast of Caminha and the remote Swedish island of Gotland. “As the collection of Design Hotels™ properties evolves each year, we look beyond their bricks and mortar to the actual experiences that they open up. Each hotel is colored with the passion of its owner, be it cuisine, art or regional wines. These facets add rich layers to the discovery of new and familiar places,” says Claus Sendlinger, CEO of Design Hotels™.... Read More

Mandarin Oriental Elbow Beach is an Exotic Oasis of Luxury in Bermuda

Sep 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

If you're heading to the sunny beaches of Bermuda, there's no finer place to stay than the Mandarin Oriental Elbow Beach property. The resort offers enticing amenities and activities as well as spacious suites and stunning views. The Mandarin Oriental is one of the finest resorts of sunny, tropical Bermuda. Located on the shores of Elbow Beach, this splendid retreat is an exotic oasis of comfort and luxury, offering numerous enticing amenities for all comers. There are over 200 suites, including a remarkable split-level penthouse and 104 cottages sprawled over the lush, tropical grounds. The cottages provide more privacy for those seeking to seclude themselves and bask in the sumptuous surroundings.... Read More

Omni Hotel San Diego Close to the City's Best Attractions

Sep 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Omni Hotel San Diego is not only one of the city's most luxurious hotels, it is also very conveniently located for both tourists and business travelers alike. In the heart of the historic Gaslamp District, the Omni is close to the Convention Center as well as the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park, Seaport Village, the aircraft carrier museum, Midway, La Jolla Beach, Wild Animal Park, Fashion Valley, Horton Plaza, and other attractions.... Read More

Hyatt Carmel Highlands Holiday Gingerbread House Display

Sep 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Throughout the month of December, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands will feature a holiday gingerbread display. For the display, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands Culinary team will be creating a miniaturized gingerbread version of the hotel, which will be placed in the Sunset Lounge for all to enjoy. In anticipation of the cookie structure, here are some fun facts about gingerbread houses: The gingerbread house became popular in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published their fairy tale collection which included "Hansel and Gretel" in the 19th century.... Read More

New Luxury Hotels Opening December 2012 in London, Switzerland and Jamaica

Sep 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Get ready for the holidays because three new luxury hotels are set to open around the world in December: Cordée des Alpes in Verbier, Trident Castle and Trident Hotel in Jamaica, and The Wellesley in Knightsbridge, London. The Wellesley luxury townhouse hotel will feature a jazz lounge, restaurant and world-leading cigar collection, while the Cordée des Alpes is a ski-in/ski-out hotel with residential penthouses and a wellness spa, swimming pool, fitness center, concierge service (in winter season), business facilities and restaurant and cocktail bar. The Trident Castle and Trident Hotel offers a private hotel and villa options in the trendy Jamaican town of Port Antonio.... Read More

Four Seasons Hotel in Kyoto, Japan Being Built for $318 Million

Sep 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Apparently Kyoto is craving more luxury hotels and Malaysia's RHB Bank Bhd is answering the need with the introduction of a 186-room Four Seasons Hotel. Now one of the world's most popular tourist destinations will have another high-end western style hotel in the ancient Japanese city, besides the Hyatt Regency. Malaysian property-to-retail conglomerate Berjaya Corp is building a Four Seasons Hotel and Resort in Kyoto at a cost of about 25 billion yen ($318 million), tapping demand for high-grade western hotels in Japan's ancient city.... Read More

New Ritz-Carlton Video Series Reveals 'The Art of The Craft'

Sep 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

If you've ever wanted a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to provide extraordinary service at a luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C has introduced a video series entitled ‘The Art of The Craft,' which showcases the efforts that their staff goes to ensure every guest has the best possible experience. Each video spotlights a specific man or woman and the service they provide at a Ritz-Carlton resort around the world. “At The Ritz-Carlton, we specialize in creating memories for our guests at every touch point of their experience. From concierge services, to housekeeping, to our sommeliers and shoe shine valets, there is a significant amount of dedicated craftsmanship and care that goes into making... Read More

New Travel Specials From Rocco Forte Hotels for Halloween and Oktoberfest

Sep 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Rocco Forte Hotels are getting fall fever with new travel specials. Guests are invited to celebrate Oktoberfest at The Charles in Munich with the hotel’s very own Wiesn Hut and custom-made Dirndl. If you don't know much about Oktoberfest, the staff can guide you through the customs and traditions (which involve more than just beer drinking). For Halloween, Rocco Forte is celebrating with Halloween at The Balmoral in Edinburgh with a special Halloween Afternoon Tea. The concierge team is also getting spooky by offering guided tours of the city-seerie sites and bloodcurdling venues.... Read More

InterContinental Hotels Brings Agraria Bath Products to Properties Worldwide

Sep 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

With guests relying more and more on high-end bath products, InterContinental Hotels has introduced Agraria amenities into their properties. The luxury home fragrance company, which uses natural ingredients, recycled paper packaging and is 100% biodegradable, will stock their popular lemon verbena scent in guestrooms across the chain's properties. There’s just something about those little (and sometimes big!) bottles of shampoo, shower gels and lotions that we adore and can take back home without feeling guilty. Lately, some hotels are getting even fancier with their offerings by partnering with interesting boutique brands.... Read More

Hard Rock Hotels to Open in China in Shenzhen and Haikou

Sep 19, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Hard Rock International announced that two new Hard Rock Hotels in China are set to open in Shenzhen and Haikou, in 2015. The new hotels are a collaborative effort between Mission Hills Group, a leading golf brand and force behind China's sports and leisure industry, and the Hard Rock. Both new hotels will feature the patented rock 'n' roll design elements and music-inspired amenities for guests. The 22-story, 280-guestroom Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen, which sets on approximately 10 acres, will feature luxury suites on the top floor. The hotel also will include a Body Rock fitness center, signature restaurants, an entertainment lounge, a recording studio, and a nightclub. The 250-guestroom Hard Rock Hotel Haikou sets on more... Read More

New Travel Package From Thompson Belgraves and British Hair Stylist Errol Douglas

Sep 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Thompson Hotels and internationally renown British hair stylist, Errol Douglas have partnered up to give guests of Thompson Hotels the most cutting edge coiffures. The project has launched with Thompson Belgraves, giving the front of house staff new trendy hairstyles. The second part of the partnership gets guests in on the makeover action with ‘Belgraves Big Night Out’ package. The "style & stay" luxury offering is available from now until December 23, 2012. The package costs from ?1,200 (approximately $1,911 USD)+ VAT per night for a Studio Suite, and from ?2,500 (approximately $3,981 USD) + VAT per night for the Penthouse.... Read More

Ritz-Carlton and Destination Cellars Present Customized Wine Travel Experiences

Sep 18, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

In the age of experiential vacations, Ritz-Carlton and Destination Cellars have partnered to offer guests customized wine travel experiences via the Ritz-Carlton Rewards program. In addition to access to customized wine trips, the Ritz-Carlton Rewards program members will have direct access to exclusive and rare wines. Led by Estate Sommelier Sean Q. Meyer, who has served as sommelier and wine director for Thomas Keller of The French Laundry and made wines for some of Napa's premier vintners, Destination Cellars is ready to recommend and source with gusto. "Of all the world's great epicurean travel experiences, few are as bespoke as the ones provided by Destination Cellars," said Herve Humler, president and COO, with The... Read More

Expansion in the Middle East: Swissotel Hotels and Resorts to Open New Deluxe Hotel in Dubai, U.A.E

Sep 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Following on the success of opening its first hotel in the Middle East in the Holy city of Makkah, Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts is set to open Swissôtel Jadaf Dubai in the United Arab Emirates by early 2016. The deluxe hotel will be housed within a mixed-use development comprising 3 hotels, residences, serviced apartments, retail & entertainment facilities. The modern luxury hotel will feature Emirati architectural characteristics, and include 280 rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, three speciality restaurants with outdoor areas, as well as a Pürovel Spa and meeting, conference and ballroom facilities. “Dubai has been at the top of our wish list for a long time,” says Meinhard Huck, President Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts. “Although a large accommodation offering already exists, t... Read More

New Cocktail Menu at Sage Restaurant in ARIA Las Vegas

Sep 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

To meet the discerning taste of Las Vegas travelers, Sage restaurant in ARIA Resort & Casino is introducing 12 new cocktails to complement Chef Shawn McClain’s extraordinary flavor profiles. The master mixologists will create cool new cocktails containing rare ingredients such as white spirits barrel-aged in-house, gin-compressed blueberries, atomized angostura orange bitters and elderflower dust. The line ranges from aperitifs to after dinner drinks. Guests at the bar will get a complimentary amuse bouche cocktail, "Pink Lemonade" while they wait for their hand crafted cocktail.... Read More

Choose Your Own Luxury Amenities at Conrad Hotels & Resorts

Sep 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Knowing that traveling with your personal care products isn't as easy as it use to be, thanks to new TSA regulations, Conrad Hotels & Resorts is now offering a selection of three distinct bath amenities—Aromatherapy Associates, Shanghai Tang and Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care—to all guests staying at its 20 properties around the globe. “The option to individually select your bath amenities from this diverse and indulgent lineup is another example of how Conrad Hotels and Resorts delivers luxury on your terms, like our pillow menu and bespoke martini offerings,” said John Vanderslice, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands at Hilton Worldwide. “It’s also a simple convenience that allows our guests to travel on their terms.”... Read More

London Boutique Hotel Xanadu to Open October 2012

Sep 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Located 25 minutes from Heathrow Airport, Hotel Xanadu is set to open in Mid-October. Inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem "Xanadu – Kubla Khan," the luxurious boutique hotel will offer 46 double rooms and two executive suites, a private meeting room and a chic bar and restaurant, which will serve Asian influenced cuisine reflecting the local flavors of the Silk Route. Entrepreneur and interior designer Jalal Al-Yawer comments: “Design is a true passion of mine and with Xanadu I wanted to create a bespoke brand synonymous with genuine quality, attention to detail, good food, charming comfort, relaxing ambience and a cool and trendy atmosphere.” Room rates start from ?150 for a Double and ?200 for an Executive Suite. All rooms are equipped with spacious bathrooms, flat screen satelli... Read More

Four Seasons Uses Mobile Technology to Keep Business Travelers Online

Sep 14, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Mobile technology is abuzz from luxury hotelier Four Seasons camp as it rolls out its Meetings on Wheels program. The initiative includes free Wi-Fi connections in house cars and contracted limos transporting guests of the hotel. “Four Seasons has always anticipated the needs of business travelers," says Chris Hunsberger, executive vice president, product and innovation at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "Just as our hotels have always been like a home away from home, for business travelers, it's an office away from the office. As we continue to introduce new innovations, we're taking that service approach beyond the hotel itself and into our house cars and limos, helping our guests maximize their productivity from... Read More

Travel Package to Rosewood Mayakoba for $79,000 to Celebrate End of Mayan Calendar

Sep 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Rosewood Mayakoba is offering guests the chance to experience the 2012 Mayan Prophecy and richness of Mexico’s culture with The Ultimate New Beginning... Read More

Top Luxury Resorts & Spas to Participate in National Spa Week Fall 2012

Sep 13, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

This year’s National Spa Week Fall 2012 event will feature numerous top luxury spas offering their signature treatments across the nation at a very affordable cost in mid-October. The special-value week, which runs from October 15-21, 2012, will over spa treatments costing between $100 and $500 for only $50 each. The Spa at The Mirage in Las Vegas, the Red Door Spa at Westin La La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Arizona, the Elle Spa at Eden Roc Renaissance in Miami, Florida, are three of the premiere hotels and resort spas that will participate in Spa Week. For more details on all the resorts and spas, visit SpaWeek.com.... Read More

Palace Hotel Tokyo Aims To Be Best Foodie Hotel in Japan

Sep 11, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Brand new and ready to fire up the Palace Hotel Tokyo has recently announced that it is reaching for the stars. Michelin stars to be precise. Earlier this week the luxury property announced not just one signature restaurant but what they are referring to as a "constellation" of venues. It seems to be fairly likely that this hotel, only four months old, may become a destination for foodies in Tokyo.... Read More

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