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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 Remède 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

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