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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 Remède 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

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