Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently announced the opening of Andaz Peninsula Papagayo located in the northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica. With views overlooking the ocean, forest and the Bay of Culebra, the new property continues the brand’s mission of following the country’s “Pura Vida” concept by offering immersive cultural experiences through local food and one-of-a-kind activities.... Read More
ESPA spas can be found in Ritz-Carlton, Bvlgari, Peninsula and One&Only hotels around the world, as well as in 350 spas in 55 countries. Its newest location will be at Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas. The renowned skincare brand and all-suite resort have teamed up to offer guests a unique spa experience.... Read More
It’s the holidays, which usually means indulging in tasty chocolates every now and then. And when the season is over, we’ve found a place to enjoy the dark treats year-round in Boston. Meet the Hotel Chocolat, not an actual hotel, but a retail chocoholic’s dream come true. Filled with every sort of chocolate imaginable, the store unveiled their flagship Cocoa Bar-Café last week, complete with private tasting room.... Read More
Women can now worry less about packing and more about enjoying their vacation with Casa Velas Boutique Hotel and Ocean Club’s newest guest amenity. The “handbag bar” allows ladies to select from seven different purses supplied by luxury brands like Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch and Michael Kors. Once a bag is chosen for a particular evening’s ensemble, the guest simply reserves it and picks it up for a fabulous, and stylish, night on the town.... Read More
Sofitel has brought their flair for sophisticated French hospitality to popular destinations all over the world, most recently landing in Dubai and Bali. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa opened its Polynesian-themed hotel in July 2013 and Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort—the brand’s first Indonesian property—is set to open on December 20, 2013.... Read More
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide recently announced the news that Anthony Ingham would be named Vice President, North America Brand Management, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels Worldwide and Le Méridien. Along with 13 years of prior luxury brand management experience, he has been busy overseeing the strategic and creative direction of these hospitality groups for the past three years.... Read More
Southern California-based Sunstone Hotel Investors has recently completed a deal to acquire the Hyatt Regency San Francisco for $262.5 million. It is the only Four-Diamond downtown hotel in the city and sits directly on the Embarcadero waterfront, close to a multitude of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Boasting 802 rooms in total, Sunstone paid around $327,600 for each.... Read More
In addition to EPIC, Surfcomber, and Vero Beach Hotel and Spa in sunny South Florida, Kimpton Hotels & Resorts has recently introduced its new property, The Angler’s Hotel. The boutique property was first built in 1931, restored in 2007 and reopened under the Kimpton brand on November 21, 2013. Spread out over four separate buildings, the pet-friendly Angler's has 48 rooms, 660 Restaurant serving Nuevo Latin Cuisine, indoor-outdoor meeting space, pool with cabanas, and seven spa suites. In 2014, a project to expand the new space will begin, adding 83 more rooms, a lobby lounge and rooftop pool.... Read More
The London NYC has unveiled the newest addition to their Luxury Suite Collection, The London Residence Suite. What used to be the general manager’s executive living quarters is now a 1,400-square-foot apartment designed by renowned architecture and interior design firm David Collins Studio.... Read More
Olympus Real Estate Partners developed Napa Valley’s Calistoga Ranch 10 years ago and just announced its sale on November 20, 2013. As part of this effort, the resort’s marketing team has already sold all of the property’s 22 residential units.... Read More
Last week, an agreement was made between Auberge Resorts, Adventurous Journeys Capital Parnters, and vintners Bill Foley and Michael Uytengsu to acquire Napa Valley’s award-winning Calistoga Ranch. Auberge has been operating the five-star property since it opened in 2004, which has frequently been named as one of the best resorts in the world and featured on coveted lists by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.... Read More
As the iconic Lanesborough gears up for a refurbishment, it's giving the public a chance to keep a part of its legacy alive by owning a part of the property. From December 9-13, 2013, the hotel will hold an auction with over 3,000 lots featuring period furnishings, artwork and artifacts that have made up the property’s signature 18th century style and sophistication.... Read More
A new addition to the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Asian portfolio will be coming to the capital of Cambodia in 2015. Rosewood Phnom Penh will join current high-end offerings from the brand in Beijing, Chongqing, Bangkok, Phuket, Jakarta and Bali. Located in the tallest building in the city, the new property will reside in the top 14 floors of Vattanac Capital Tower One in the center of the business district.... Read More
Since opening in 1954, Fontainebleau Miami Beach has been a destination for live entertainment, with such legends as Elvis Presley, the Rat Pack and Lady Gaga gracing its stage over the years. On November 30, 2013, American Idol alum Adam Lambert will be the next star to perform as a part of the hotel’s BleauLive series, which gives guests a weekend stay, concert tickets and a meet and greet with the featured artist. The Miami Beach hot spot is offering guests two Thanksgiving weekend packages starting at $299 a night.... Read More
As if The New York Palace could get any more glamorous, they decided to undergo a $140 million renovation and completed the project this November with the addition of two new specialty triplex suites. The full transformation resulted in a hotel that topped itself with its updates to the lobby, the Towers suites and guestrooms and the addition of new restaurant bars and a 50th street entrance.... Read More
Michelin-starred restaurant La Cuisine at Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris recently welcomed a young, new chef into its culinary family. Thirty-year-old Paris native, Hans Zahner began building his resume at an early age, cooking in restaurants in Burgundy and Lyon at 14.... Read More
Westgate Resorts celebrated Veteran’s Day in a big way by offering 1,000 free vacations to U.S. military personnel and their families. On November 8, the first 1,000 people to call who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and The War on Terror received a complimentary three-day stay at the company’s recently renovated Florida property, Westgate River Ranch Resort.... Read More
Another addition has been made to The Shops at Fontainebleau with the opening of Timeless, a high-end watch and jewelry boutique. The new retail store is located in the Miami Beach hotel’s lobby and sells styles for men and women of all ages with brands including Cartier, Chanel, Kimberly McDonald, Loree Rodkin, Renee Lewis, Vacheron, Patek Philippe and Rolex. ... Read More
Under the direction of renowned chef and restaurateur John DeLucie, The King Cole Bar & Salon opened inside the iconic St. Regis New York on November 4, 2013. Served in a glamorous sophisticated lounge on Fifth Avenue, he debuted a menu of modern classics with his international spin. Chef DeLucie worked closely with the hotel’s Executive Chef Baasim Zafar to develop dishes inspired by their world travels featuring flavors from India, Morocco, the Mediterranean and Japan.... Read More
More a walled Mediterranean-style chateau complex than a classical medieval fortress, Hôtel Castel Brando near the picturesque Cap Corse harbor town of Erbalunga leaves one with the feeling of having stayed in the familiarity of someone’s home.... Read More
Hotel Arts Barcelona is giving diners a chance to take full advantage of truffle season and all its delicious possibilities with two different tasting menus at the hotel’s own Enoteca restaurant. The white truffle is grown under oak trees in the Piemonte region of northern Italy. Because they are only harvested in the months October and November, they tend to be the most expensive ingredient for sale during that time.... Read More
We recently reported on the Banyan Tree’s first hot springs resort opening a spa in southwestern China, and now its sister brand is following suit. Angsana debuted its eighth spa, Angsana Spa Tengchong • Hot Spring Village, located in the western part of the Yunnan province. Adjacent to the Tengchong Wetland Nature Reserve, guests can enjoy the stunning scenery and tropical climate while indulging in the all-natural geothermal pools and signature spa treatments.... Read More
Just because there are hundreds of stores to shop at in NYC doesn’t mean you always have time to get there. When you’re a guest of Hyatt Union Square, you won’t even have to leave the property to find the season’s trendiest apparel, whether it be jewelry, belts, cufflinks, hats, or scarves.... Read More
The St. Regis Mexico City has decided to get involved in the 23rd Annual Mexican Polo Open this year, sponsoring The St. Regis Team in the high-profile event taking place October 31-November 9, 2013. Hundreds of Mexico’s biggest celebrities, athletes, government officials, and socialites will be in attendance ready to cheer on the four participating teams—St. Regis, Audi, ESPN, and Fisher’s restaurant group—whose players will be announced on October 30 during the Opening Cocktail party at Simon’s Restaurant in Mexico City.... Read More
The ever trendy and luxurious Conrad Miami has welcomed a new Executive Chef into its kitchen to create new menus, manage catering operations and oversee prep for the hotel’s own Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room.... Read More
During the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia on October 1, the new e-Tuk was unveiled to the masses. Already used around the world, the upgraded version of the three-wheeled rickshaw will now be employed at The Palm Resort & Spa in Dubai as transportation around the property in place of the typical golf cart.... Read More
COMO Hotels and Resorts, owners of the Bhutanese lodges Uma by COMO, Paro and Punakha, Bhutan, have partnered with global aircraft charter company Chapman Freeborn to offer travelers a seven-night luxury vacation in the Kingdom of Bhutan including round-trip private jet transportation. ... Read More
From its launch in 1995, Six Senses Hotel Resorts Spas has stood out for its commitment to sustainable practices, proving guests don’t have to compromise on the luxury they expect from a high-end resort. ... Read More
With so many restaurants in downtown San Diego, being able to compete means putting out memorable experiences that make people come back again and again. Hotel Palomar’s Saltbox Dining & Drinking is making sure to stay on top of its game by putting a new Chef de Cuisine, Jeremiah Bryant, at the helm.... Read More
Scottsdale’s Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has recently reopened its elegant jade bar after a complete redesign. The 850-square-foot open air patio now has more seating, new furnishings, a floor-to-ceiling glass wall and gas fireplaces for the chillier evenings outdoors.... Read More
When you book a ‘Weekend Escapes’ package this fall at certain InterContinental hotels around Europe, you get a chance to capture all your memories with the help of a pro. World Travel Photographer of the Year 2012, Craig Easton, will be IHG’s Photographer in Residence.... Read More
For over 20 years, Robert James has been building a name for itself as a bespoke made-to-measure menswear destination on Savile Row, taking a contemporary approach to an old-fashioned practice.... Read More
One of the biggest names in the culinary world continues to grow his brand with the opening of a new restaurant in Miami Beach. This fall, Chef Michael Mina will launch Michael Mina 74 inside the main lobby of the Fontainebleau hotel.... Read More
The new Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the San Francisco Travel Association is Howard Pickett. In his new role, Pickett will be in charge of marketing San Francisco as a premier destination for people from all over the world.... Read More
The historic Marlton Hotel has reopened in Greenwich Village, thanks to the efforts of hotelier Sean MacPherson. Once a favorite with the Beat Generation, the hotel has been restored as an elegant 107-room “Baby Grand” boutique property with Parisian style and details.... Read More
The Lodge at Torrey Pines’ A.R. Valentien restaurant has a long history of satisfying its guests’ sweet tooth and the new Pastry Chef Elena Palma, has been named to carry on the tradition.... Read More
“Life is about the experience,” claims Eleven Experience, a Colorado-based experiential travel brand. And if those moments include top-notch accommodations, unique activities and tours or globe-trotting to find the best cuisine, they’ve got you covered. From heli-skiing to rock climbing and river rafting to fly fishing; the professional team of guides hopes to give travelers a better understanding of their destination and create an unforgettable vacation.... Read More
Starwood's Luxury Collection portfolio is expanding into the Ukraine with the new acquisition of the Bristol Hotel Odessa. The five-star hotel will give travelers to the historic seaside destination a taste of the latest in luxury hospitality.... Read More
The four-star Steigenberger Hotel Bremen is now open for business in Germany. Located on the banks of the River Weser in Bremen's new Überseestadt District, the hotel is in walking distance to the city center; making it a great option for business travelers and vacationers alike.... Read More
As a way to continually evolve and celebrate its rich history, The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is opening up Fountain Lounge. The raw bar will be a place for both guests and locals to enjoy live music, cocktails and small plates... Read More
The Alfond Inn isn't your typical boutique hotel. Now open in Winter Park, Florida, The Alfond Inn is a luxury property with philanthropic roots. It's owned by Rollins College, a private coeducational liberal arts college in Winter Park, funded by a $12.5-million grant from the Harold Alfond Foundation. Any net income from the hotel will fund The Alfond Scholars program, which provides scholarships and financial aid for students. But just because The Alfond Inn benefits students doesn't mean it is a dorm.... Read More
You've been on retreats for yoga, food, adventure and snorkeling, but have you ever experienced a retreat that is all about the music? Six Senses Zighy Bay on the Musandam Peninsula in Oman has partnered with The DJ Dispensary for a DJ-centered retreat.... Read More
To celebrate its four finalists of the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, the luxury hotel chain has created four celebratory cocktails available at select Dorchester hotels including: The Dorchester, London; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Le Meurice, Paris; Le Richemond, Geneva and The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles.... Read More
Located on the stunning Gulf of Mexico, The Pearl resort has opened its doors in Rosemary Beach on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The 55-room boutique property has every amenity necessary for a luxury stay, including guestrooms stocked with complimentary water and fruit juices.... Read More
The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley in Pike National Forest has officially opened, giving guests the ultimate in rustic luxury experiences with activities like horseback riding, fly fishing and rock climbing.... Read More
The farm-to-table trend is getting a relaxing new twist at the St. Regis Aspen Resort's Rem?de Spa. The program is a collaboration between Spa Director Julie Oliff and the St. Regis Aspen’s Executive Chef David Viviano.... Read More
Swissôtel Chicago, an all-glass triangular hotel between the Chicago River and Lake Michigan has been offering guests wraparound views from Navy Pier to Millennium Park to the Magnificent Mile for 25 years this year.... Read More
If you don't want to just lay around on your Caribbean vacation, then you'll be pleased to learn that the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa has just introduced a new “Discover Your Play Time” program with sports, spa and leisure activities.... Read More
The Dorchester Collections' Hotel Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel are adding even more fun to their iconic pool areas with complimentary pop-up refreshments and added service enhancements.... Read More
Beau-Rivage Palace, a luxury destination in Lausanne, Switzerland for the past 150 years has recently undergone a major transformation under the guidance ofinterior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon and inspired by views of Lake Geneva.... Read More
Combining quintessential British traditions in one, the St. Ermin's Hotel in London has created the Hendrick's G & T(ea), a twist on Afternoon Tea. Daily, guests can enjoy new cocktails featuring Hendrick’s British Gin and the Marvelous Marteani.... Read More
Starwood Hotel's expansion into Asia continues to grow with the group set to open 20 new hotels in China in 2013. Currently, Starwood has 120 hotels in the country and over 100 forthcoming which makes China the company’s second largest market.... Read More
There's no need to miss your hardcore boot camp while you're away on vacation in the beautiful Swiss Alps. Gstaad Palace has teamed up with Martin Horn, brother of legendary extreme athlete and adventurer Mike Horn, to create a summer boot camp program to push guests to look and feel their best.... Read More
San Diego County’s newest coastal luxury resort, the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa, may have just opened in June of 2012, but it has already been awarded the prestigious AAA four-diamond rating.... Read More
Dario Correa has been newly appointed Executive Chef at the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Miami. In his new role, Correa will oversea catering and banqueting services as well as in-room dining and the menu at the hotel's Italian restaurant, Spartico.... Read More
You know that warm weather has finally arrived when The Terrace at Trump opens up. The Chicago hotel has officially opened its outdoor dining venue, giving guests and locals alike the chance to enjoy the best views of Chicago's numerous landmarks... Read More
If you've ever stayed in an elite hotel and wondered, "If these walls could talk," you can now find out, because The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has released a limited-edition pocket-sized book about the stories behind the properties.... Read More
IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has announced the introduction of IBEROSTAR Playa Mita. Due to open in December of this year, the all-inclusive resort marks the company's first in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.... Read More
Sometimes your luxury hotel is just so great that you never want to leave, even to go shopping. At The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, the luxury property is bringing shopping to its guests.... Read More
The popular Pick Your Perks Group Program is back at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, giving travelers even more incentive to visit the Sunshine State. EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami, Surfcomber Miami, South Beach, and Vero Beach Hotel & Spa on Florida’s... Read More
Ever wonder what it takes to renovate a guestroom at a luxury hotel? A time-lapse camera captured the action on film when the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando underwent a dramatic $14 million transformation to turn the property into a... Read More
As French luxury brand Sofitel continues its expansion into Asian markets, the Sofitel Philippine Plaza has gone one step further by offering the first health and wellness treatment center located inside a hotel in Asia.
With medical... Read More
India’s most up-and-coming commercial center is about to get a little more luxe when the W Delhi NCR opens in 2017. The hip hotel is set to become an integral part of the area's culture, offering residents and visitors the chance to indulge in spa... Read More
The next time you check into The Hilton San Diego Airport, you will be in for a pleasant surprise. The 211-room property has officially completed its multi-million dollar renovation project, including guestrooms. Guestrooms now have entirely new... Read More
The Fontainebleau has a long history of bringing Hollywood to the East Coast and the luxury resort is carrying on the tradition with the announcement of a Mother's Day weekend celebration featuring Carly Rae Jespen May 10, as part of the resort's... Read More
Wherever you go around the world on your vacation this summer, The Dorchester Collection has a package for you in destinations that include London, Paris, Milan, Geneva and Los Angeles. Head to The Dorchester in London for "Laurent-Perrier Floral... Read More
It can be next to impossible to stick to a healthy diet while you're traveling. Luckily, Omni Hotels & Resorts have created a new menu with input from The Biggest Loser's Chef Cheryl Forberg to give travelers the ability to eat healthy, even... Read More
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at hotel design? Klaus K Helsinki made hotel design a democratic process by offering a Facebook contest to designers wanting to create the luxury hotel's lobby. Called the Klaus K Living Room, entries were... Read More
Travel + Leisure magazine has recognized the Palace Hotel Tokyo in Marunouchi in its ‘Best Hotel, 100 or More Rooms’ in its annual Design Awards. The magazine named the property for its “understated luxury,” its “traditional grandeur” and... Read More
As Polo season gets ready to start, the St. Regis has announced that St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras will captain the St. Regis Team, competing against HRH Prince Harry at the Royal Salute Sentebale Polo Cup on May 15. The special event will take place at Greenwich Polo Club in Connecticut. The St. Regis hotels have a long history with polo, beginning with the founding Astor family's participation in matches on Manhattan’s Governors Island. Since then, the St. Regis has continued to be active in the sport, hosting events around the world including the United Kingdom, United States, Thailand, Singapore and South America.... Read More
Heading to sunny Southern California? Consider staying at The Resort at Pelican Hill, which just happens to be the first and only Five-Star property in Newport Beach, among just 76 worldwide to earn the top Forbes Five Star Award this year. The resort boasts some of the best amenities of any retreat, ranging from bungalows with private terraces to a Five-Star spa, one of the world's largest pools and even top rated restaurants and a golf course. “For the past four years, guests from near and far have counted The Resort at Pelican Hill among the world’s best for luxurious escapes with world-class amenities, personalized service and endless ocean views,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “It is the passion, dedication and professionalism of our talented staff that has place... Read More
Looking for some swanky new digs? Say, Fifth Avenue? You're in luck because Starwood Capital Group and Tribeca Associates has launched sales for Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. Yes, the same Baccarat crystal company that you'll likely decorate your new address with. The glass tower was designed by the award-winning architects of Skidmore Owings & Merrill and the 61 private residences were designed by Tony Ingrao. Living spaces range from one- to four-bedrooms, including four full-floor units and one five-bedroom penthouse duplex with outdoor terrace. The tower is also the spot for the flagship Baccarat Hotels, with a luxury hotel housing 114 rooms including 26 suites.... Read More
Sunday brunch at the St. Regis Mexico City just got a little more festive with a new restaurant program offering guests the opportunity to try regional Mexican cuisine twice a month, at the resort's Diana restaurant. Beginning in March, brunch will feature everything from current Mexican favorites to pre-Hispanic cuisine in April. Led by Executive Chef Guy Santoro, brunch-goers will get to experience the tastes of Mexico surrounded by panoramic views of the capital’s iconic monuments including Paseo de la Reforma, the Angel of Independence, Fountain of Diana the Huntress, the Light Estela, and Chapultepec Castle.... Read More
Jamaica's Round Hill Hotel and Villas continues to expand its culinary offerings to delight international travelers, most recently with a new farm-to-table menu designed by Chef Martin Maginley. The See, Touch and Taste Program utilizes the bounty from the property's own organic vegetable garden and is available for guests at The Grill restaurant every Thursday and Sunday night. “Everything on the farm-to-table menu comes directly from the on-property garden or farmers in the community, including all aspects of the meal, from the meat to herbs and dressings for salads” said Chef Maginley. “Small changes such as retiring balsamic vinaigrettes from the menu and replacing them with savory, herb vinaigrettes make a big difference. Overall we are providing lighter meals but with more fl... Read More
The luxurious Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa has four wins in the 5th Annual Best of Dana Point “People’s Choice Lantern Awards,” published by the Dana Point Times. The prestigious resort is in its 26th year of service and has won the coveted categories of “Best Lodging” and “Best Wedding Venue” as well as awards for the spa services, including “Best Spa for Massage and Facials” and “Best Manicure and Pedicure.” Jim Samuels, general manager, and recipient of 2012 “25 GMs to Watch” list by Hotel Management states, “It is rewarding for Laguna Cliffs Marriott to be recognized by our community. We are proud to offer a leading destination resort in Dana Point and strive to offer first-class quality services both to locals and nationwide tourists.”... Read More
In 2014, Turkey will be the destination of choice for travelers when the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa will open in Bodrum. Designed by GAD, the award-winning New York & Istanbul based architectural firm, the boutique hotel will cover 40,000 square meters (430,556 square feet) of peninsula, featuring views of Torba Bay, Mediterranean Sea and nearby islands. “Nikki Beach offers a unique experience combining five-star service, luxury accommodations, design and ambiance with signature entertainment in an international, jet-set resort environment,” said Jack Penrod, Founder and Owner of Nikki Beach Worldwide. “With its natural beauty and sophisticated lifestyle, Bodrum fits perfectly with our strategy to develop the best and most exclusive destinations in the world,” adds Jihad El-Khoury, Chairman... Read More
Southern California’s largest hotel, the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, has named Suttichai Sripolpa the new executive chef. In his new position, Chef Sripolpa will be in charge of all of the resort's food services, including catering to the menu at Sally’s Seafood on the Water. Executive Chef Suttichai Sripolpa has held previous Executive Chef positions at Hyatt hotels in Dallas, Austin, Las Vegas and La Jolla. “Chef Sripolpa’s diverse experience, passion for food and progressive style complements our standing commitment to providing our guests with the best dining experiences, focusing on local and sustainable ingredients,” said John Schafer, Vice President Managing Director at the 1,625-room hotel on San Diego Bay. “We look forward to him spearheading our distinguished culinary team... Read More
Due to its initial popularity, The James New York has reintroduced its Brand Stylist offering. In a partnership with editorial stylist, Mimi Lombardo, guests will have access to a selection of hand-picked seasonal items as well as the ability to have Mimi Lombardo's expertise as a personal shopper. All pieces are designed with travel in mind, but can be worn not only in the city, but anywhere in the world, and even back at home once the vacation has ended. Mimi has worked with celebrities such as Rachel Weisz, Sheryl Crow and Chloe Sevigny and been featured in Travel+Leisure and The New York Times style section.... Read More
In a new collaboration, Sofitel Luxury Hotels has announced that designer Karl Lagerfeld will create the emblem of the new Sofitel So Singapore. Each Sofitel So hotel has its own unique style, reflected in the signature design and can be found in various amenities available to guests during their stay. “I am very proud to announce this inspirational collaboration, which is a perfect illustration of Sofitel Luxury Hotels’ ambitions with regard to excellence and elegance," said Robert Gaymer-Jones, CEO of Sofitel Luxury. "His exceptional creativity and talent will confer on our emblem the ultimate touch of refinement and enhance our concept."... Read More
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced that it plans to enhance the presence of its Radisson hotels in North America. Radisson will initiate a project to determine how to expand upon the hotel’s guest experience in March. The hotelier’s mission is to position the Radisson in North America as a globally consistent, first-class tiered brand in its Ambition 2015 strategy, which it began in 2010.... Read More
Hilton is continuing its expansion in the UAE, with the introduction of Hilton Sharjah, a converted property in Emirate of Sharjah. The luxurious hotel is conveniently located and combines authentic Emirati culture with modern conveniences including a fitness center and multiple restaurants.
The 259-room Hilton Sharjah, a conversion property previously known as Corniche Al Buhaira Hotel, is a visually striking property, ideally positioned on the picturesque Corniche Road and overlooking Sharjah's biggest lagoon. The hotel is also a convenient 10 kilometers from Dubai International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world with over 50 million passengers annually.... Read More
The luxurious Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island has received the honor of being named The Ocean State's first and only Forbes Five-Star Resort. The historic resort dates back to just after the Civil War and reopened in 2010 after a $140 million renovation. The property is located just above the Atlantic Ocean, offering guests sweeping views from the perched location as well as farm-to-table casual and fine dining, the 12,000-square-foot OH! Spa, and a welcoming staff. “The Ocean House has achieved the ultimate accolade in our industry,” said Daniel Hostettler, the president and managing director of Ocean House Management, LLC. “The Forbes Five-Star rating is only given to a select few hotels of the nearly 20,000 that are inspected by industry professionals. I am so proud of each and... Read More
The Hilton Tampa Downtown is now open for business, giving travelers a touch of luxury in a centralized Tampa location. With restaurants, a business center, fitness center and future renovations including a full Starbucks in the works, The Hilton Tampa Downtown is primed for a great experience.... Read More
Want to get outside and explore the winter wonderland just outside your hotel's doors? Is the thought of cold, wet feet and sinking into the snow holding you back? Luckily there's a hotel that has thought of that, offering guests snow shoes as a complimentary amenity. Guests at the Radisson Aqua Blu hotel in Chicago can now get snow shoes at the concierge desk. Similar to bike rentals, they are free of charge and there's no limit to the length of the rental time, so you can explore the city for as long as you want.... Read More
The luxurious Caesars Palace complex has been awarded two Forbes Star Awards: a Four Star Award for The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace and a Five Star Award for Restaurant Guy Savoy. The Laurel Collection focuses on giving guests extra services at the bigger resort. Special attention includes a private valet entrance, an exclusive registration and a dedicated service staff devoted to creating individualized and expedited service. There are also several luxury experiences including the awarding winning Qua Baths & Spa, Color – A Salon by Michael Boychuck, and fine dining at Restaurant Guy Savoy and James Beard Award-winning 24-hour eatery, Central Michel Richard. “We are honored to be recognized with two esteemed Forbes Star Awards,” said Gary Selesner, Caesars Palace regional... Read More
Just two years after opening, Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris has been awarded Michelin stars for its restaurants: one for French restaurant La Cuisine, the other for Italian restaurant, Il Carpaccio. Il Carpaccio has the honor of being the only Italian restaurant in Paris to have the prestigious award. “These two stars are a well-deserved recognition for the talent and consistency of Executive Chef Laurent André and his team,” comments Ömer Acar, General Manager, Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris. “We could not be more proud to share their good news. The determination in both kitchens is undoubtedly integral to the success achieved, and this acknowledgement is testament to the team’s passion and commitment.”... Read More
Planning a family vacation? Head to Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences, where there are plenty of fun activities to keep mom and dad and the kids occupied. The hotel offers spacious accommodations ranging from spacious one room suites to three bedroom casitas, perfect for multiple generations. While at the resort, families are encouraged to explore the surrounding area with activities that include whale watching, snorkeling, hiking, horseback riding on the beach, and even family cooking courses. With more family travel taking place than ever, there is plenty to see and explore in the Dominican Republic’s pristine, Samaná Peninsula.... Read More
The Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 55th annual Five Star award list and along with several newcomers is the inclusion of The Broadmoor, which has earned the Five Star honor for the 53rd year in a row, making it a record breaking occasion. In addition, Penrose Room restaurant and The Spa at The Broadmoor also each received Forbes Five Star awards for the fourth consecutive year. The accolades make The Broadmoor one of the best luxury destinations in the Rocky Mountains. The Broadmoor boasts luxurious guestrooms, new cottages and three golf courses, in addition to a spa and fine dining restaurant. “We are honored to be recognized among the Forbes list of the best hotels, restaurants and spas in the world,” says The Broadmoor’s President and CEO Steve Bartolin. “Forbes serves as a g... Read More
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced that by late summer, the Radisson Plaza – Warwick Hotel Philadelphia will become the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia. The hotel will remain open for business during the $17 million transformation, which will maintain the charm of the historic property while moving into keeping with the luxury chain's contemporary style. The property originally opened in 1926 and features upscale guestrooms, suites, a fitness center and dining venues in addition to event spaces. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been recognized for it's commitment to good environmental practices with a Green Key Eco-Rating Program with a 4 Green Key rating.... Read More
Show you care in the comfort and luxury of the The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The hotel is hosting Stories of the Cosmos as a way to celebrate Earth Hour with guests and local residents. The complimentary event will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013 on the Eco-Adventure Center’s Connect the Dots outdoor game board. Earth Hour is an international event that encourages awareness about climate change by having people and businesses around the world turn off their electronic devices at the same time. “By holding Stories of the Cosmos outside by candlelight, we are supporting the Earth Hour mission, as well as offering a fun, educational experience for guests of all ages,” said Eco-Adventure Center Director Lyn Evins.... Read More
The St. Regis Aspen Resort Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE has announced a very special event sure to draw food loving adventurers from around the world. In March, the St. Regis Aspen Resort Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE will host appearances by two extraordinary Michelin-starred guest chefs: Chefs Cyril Lignac and Mathieu Pacaud. The visiting Parisian chefs wil each host a select number of dinners at the restaurant to showcase their individual takes on French food. Both chefs culinary efforts will be accompanied by wine pairings by some of the finest French winemakers, chosen by Sommelier LeeAnn Kaufman.... Read More
Designer Philippe Stark's brilliant vision is heading to Indonesia. A private village of 12 limited edition villas with signature glass facades by artist JonOne and designed by Stark is due to begin breaking ground in 2013. Set in the Petitenget neighborhood of Seminyak, Bali, The Stairs Villa Hotel will be the first Stark designed project in the country. Inspired by a vision of vibrant streets across the world coming together in a monolithic 65-foot-wide stairway, the property will include a café patisserie, restaurant, bar lounge, boutique, mezzanine biblioth?que, signature spa, and workout facilities. "The Stairs, without a doubt, shall become the boiling bucket of energy, activity and intelligence of Bali, and perhaps more," describes Philippe Starck, the brainchild behind the design... Read More
To celebrate the opening of the latest Key West luxury hotel, Parrot Key Resort is getting guests excited by offering packages to acquaint them with the spirit of the island.
Parrot Key Resort, Key West’s newest luxury, waterfront property, is kicking off 2013 with a trio of exclusive packages designed to celebrate the colorful and quirky nature of Key West. Whether you want to discover a secret garden and play with a bevy of parrot pals, trace the steps of Key West’s most famous resident, or enjoy the suite life with a midweek escape full of perks; Parrot Key’s newest hotel packages capture the essence of the Key West experience.... Read More
This year’s TripAdvisor® Travelers' Choice® Awards includes two hotels that are making a first appearance to the list of the top 25 in Peru: the independent, Peruvian-owned Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness and Aranwa Cusco Boutique. Named to the top ten is Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, which opened in 2008. Located in a restored 17th century colonial hacienda on the banks of the Vilcanota River in Urubamba, the resort offers a magical combination of mystical ancient Inca culture, colonial grandeur, and modern design and comfort. Its Unno Spa, the largest in South America at more than 27,000 square feet, provides a sensual journey towards healing and peace with a combination of traditional and ancient therapies that capture the spirit of the Incas.... Read More
Il Borro, an estate owned by famed Italian designer, Salvatore Ferragamo, offers guests exclusive horseback rides through the stunning grounds.
A premier equestrian center accommodates guests of all skill sets to tour the Italian landscape and become immersed by the richly diverse views of the historic town of San Giustino Valdarno. Ideal for novices, Il Borro provides lessons in effort to gain an air of ease with your horse and bestow comfort in riders. Lessons provide guests of all ages how to properly care for horses and the behavior to adopt in their presence, perfect for first time riders conquering their equestrian apprehensions. Horse riding courses are also offered to summer guests which allow for guided excursions along the foots of the Pratomagno Mountains, compl... Read More
The Hyatt Regency Chicago’s is the windy city’s largest hotel, and has recently undergone a $168 million renovation. Hyatt will be unveiling the makeover this spring.
From a chic new lobby, re-vamped guestrooms, meeting spaces and an array of exciting new and re-concepted dining experiences, the hotel will officially complete the process in April 2013. Under the careful guidance of renowned architects and planners at Bentel & Bentel, the three-phase project broke ground in 2010."We truly listened to our guests, and in turn, several aspects of this renovation were incorporated as a direct result of guest feedback,” says Patrick Donnelly, General Manager. “We are excited to provide our guests an even better experience through innovative, top-of-the line guest room accommodati... Read More
Sbe, a hospitality company that leads the way in industry innovation, has announced the future groundbreaking ceremonies on their SLS Las Vegas hotel, set to open Fall of 2014.
sbe has owned and operated the property for seven years, four as the Sahara, and during that time has grown into a national and international hospitality company. Having built a reputation for successfully re-imagining historic structures and helping to rebuild iconic neighborhoods, sbe will employ its philosophy of adaptive reuse in redeveloping the property, an approach the company pioneered in Los Angeles and Miami. Destined to become one of the most energetic hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, SLS is a high-style collaboration between Nazarian, renowned design icon Philippe Starck, James Beard award... Read More
Hyatt Hotels Corporation and HHM have announced the opening of the ideally located Hyatt Union Square New York. The luxury hotel is currently taking reservations for April 2013.
The newly built, 178-room hotel will feature urban style guestrooms and new dining and bar concepts by local, highly rated restaurateurs. Guests will be able to enjoy unprecedented services and experiences in the heart of Union Square, one of Manhattan’s most beloved neighborhoods. “Union Square is a must see, cultural destination in downtown Manhattan, and visitors in town for both business and leisure want to stay in this neighborhood, but did not previously have the hotel options. Hyatt Union Square New York will answer this demand with an offering unlike anything nearby,” says Chris Holbrook, G... Read More
M Dot Design Studio is launching their Spring 2013 Collection with a pop up boutique at W Los Angeles-Westwood on March 16th, 2013 from 12pm to 9pm. The pop up boutique will be filled with hand sewn garments by Designer Michelle Aquino, handmade jewelry from Miss Wax and Elisa Gonsalves. World renowned makeup artist, Marisol Garcia will demonstrate techniques for new spring looks and the latest trends from Paris Fashion Week, New York, Milan, Zac Posen and more will be showcased during the event. Attendees can also check out rotating art installations by Justin Atallian and artist collaboration pieces inspired by the interior design of Japanese house Tugu Malang in Indonesia. Enjoy light bites paired with champagne while rocking out to a musical backdrop provided by M Dot’s resident DJ, J... Read More
U.S. News & World Report has named Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin 2013’s top hotel on St. Martin/St. Maarten.
Recently renovated and reopened in December 2011, the 18-acre resort is nestled in the secluded cove of Anse Marcel’s National Nature Reserve, and provides guests with 1,600 feet of pristine beachfront. Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin features 63 suites and 189 guestrooms and two on-site dining venues where guests can enjoy a complimentary full breakfast buffet at Le Marché and world-class French-Caribbean cuisine with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea at C Le Restaurant. “We are honored and humbled by this award,” says Jean-marc Jalbert, general manager of Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin. “When you are recognized as ... Read More
Starwood Capital Group has announced the launch of two new hotel brands. The new brands include Baccarat Hotels & Resorts and 1 Hotels & Resorts, a lifestyle, eco-brand. The brands plan on five hotel openings under the group’s management company, SH Group.
The initial five hotel openings will occur over the next twenty-four months and include: Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, NY; Baccarat Hotel Rabat, Morocco; 1 Hotel & Residences South Beach, FL; 1 Hotel Central Park, NY; and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY.... Read More
Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is pleased to unveil a multi-million dollar resort renewal project. The oceanfront resort on the sparkling sands of Seven Mile Beach has introduced additions through all guest rooms, suites, public spaces, meeting spaces, the fitness center, as well as the pool and beach experience. Stretching across eight acres along Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island, the 343-room resort is the ideal spot to unwind. With the surf's gentle rhythm and whispering palm trees to set the mood, this inspiring resort features every vacation and corporate meeting amenity. Most guest rooms offer breathtaking ocean-views. The grounds are home to the island's largest fresh water swimming pool, the full-service Hibiscus Spa, an engaging kids' club, exhilarating... Read More
The area just outside La Quinta Resort & Club’s main lobby will soon welcome a dramatic new sand masterpiece, designed to depict some of the area’s most beloved and endangered wildlife. On February 14, construction will begin on the striking sand sculpture of a family of Peninsular Big Horn sheep, similar to those native to the desert immediately surrounding the resort, and which can sometimes be seen on the resort’s golf courses. The five-foot by 15-foot by eight-foot sand creation will take four days to craft and will be built by Sandguys, the stars of Travel Channel’s Sandmasters television show. Adding to the local connection to the sculpture, will be a naming contest for the structure’s two featured lambs. Sandguys are world record-holders in the art and science of sand scu... Read More
InterContinental Hong Kong announces a return of their popular Cooking with the Culinary Stars series. The program will continue throughout 2013.
Throughout the year guests will learn to cook alongside the celebrated chefs from InterContinental Hong Kong’s diverse restaurants, including the Michelin starred establishments SPOON by Alain Ducasse, Yan Toh Heen and THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill along with the legendary NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong. In addition to the annual cooking classes, the hotel has launched a new Baking Club program created under the guidance of SPOON’s new Pastry Chef Jerome Husson. The Cooking with the Culinary Stars classes cover everything from classic cooking techniques and essentials to specialty and seasonal dishes.... Read More
Rem?de Spa at The St. Regis Aspen Resort renews their partnership with Veuve Clicquot to offer signature treatments incorporating Aspen’s favorite bubbly beverage. In partnership with Veuve Clicquot’s signature “Clicquot in the Snow” on Aspen Mountain, Moët Hennessy and Rem?de Spa collaborated to create three custom effervescent experiences featured on a limited-edition winter spa menu. A portion of the profits from each Veuve Clicquot enhanced treatment will be donated to Challenge Aspen, which provides recreational, educational and cultural experiences for people with disabilities.... Read More
The Lodge at Torrey Pines has been awarded yet another AAA Five Diamond award. The Lodge has captured this most coveted of honors ten times already.
According to the Auto Club, AAA inspectors collectively visit some 1,200 hotels and restaurants every week and conduct multiple unannounced evaluations of each property. In addition to evaluating the physical attributes of the resort, inspectors assess all aspects of guest service, from initial reservation through checkout, to determine if the hotel offers the custom service today’s luxury hotel guest expects. Only .3 percent of the nation’s 59,000 hotel properties and restaurants earn the Five Diamond distinction. “This award is not just about our luxurious amenities.... Read More
Cancun is rapidly becoming a top foodie destination as it expands its culinary activities this year with new experiences, festivals and more! The new additions include:
The 2013 Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ partnership with Jackson Family Wines, Secrets The Vine’s extensive wine collection, The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos and Cancun’s three AAA Five Diamond Award restaurants, the most awarded city out of any international destination this year. With Cancun’s abundance of wine and dining options, it is no surprise why the first Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival had such success in bringing together extraordinary chefs, sommeliers and fans from all over the world in a celebration of food, wine and simple pleasu... Read More
This spring, The Lanesborough Hotel will collaborate with leading fashion house, Beulah London to celebrate the beginning of the city’s social Calendar.
To prepare you for this summer’s prestigious events, offering fashion inspiration for each occasion, The Lanesborough is delighted to present key pieces from Beulah London’s spring/summer 2013 collection over a sumptuous afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings of Apsleys, the hotel’s famed restaurant. The Lanesborough is proud to collaborate with Beulah London, a brand which has developed an international reputation as an ethical, luxury, British fashion label producing ready-to-wear silk garments for women, which are manufactured to the highest quality in Europe. This exclusive event will showcase the highlights of Beula... Read More
The Grumeti Reserves, a 350,000-acre property in northern Tanzania, is now home to the Singita Serengeti House. The facility is an exclusive-use retreat designed for intimate vacationing for family and friends.
Itineraries, activities and meals are tailor made and tweaked as guests dictate the day-to-day pace and rhythm of their vacation according to their interests and needs. Early morning and late-afternoon game drives may be interspersed with vigorous swims or lazing around the pool with a good book, a game of tennis, a cooking lesson in the private kitchen from the resident chef, spa treatments or mountain biking. Making it up as one goes along is part of the magic of taking up residence at Singita Serengeti House. There is a waterhole right in front of the house, whi... Read More
Sheraton Macao Hotel has announced the completion of its Earth Tower which adds an additional 2,067 new rooms and suites bringing the total count to 3,896 making the Sheraton Macao the largest hotel in Starwood’s portfolio. The hotel widens Starwood's lead in Asia Pacific, where it is the largest operator of four and five star hotels and on track to reach more than 320 hotels by 2014.... Read More
Scoop NYC has partnered with the Morgans Hotel Group to 'bring style to your stay' during fashion week and throughout the month of February.
The two companies have joined forces to create an exclusive all-encompassing shopping package for hotel guests to enjoy during New York Fashion Week. This partnership offers hotel guests a fashionable guide to dressing just in time for Fashion Week.... Read More
Red Mountain Resort provides the perfect sanctuary for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or those wanting to meet new people to embark on invigorating, new experiences with. From personal discovery classes and community dining options, to group hikes and fitness classes, Red Mountain provides solo travelers with an active yet restful retreat alongside its breathtaking red rocks. Located in the small, quaint town of St. George and surrounded by the bluffs of Southwest Utah, the resort’s serene and peaceful surroundings offer a myriad of options catered to the solo traveler.... Read More
Adare Manor, located near Limerick and Shannon International Airport, has been voted by readers of Travel+Leisure magazine one of the best hotels in the world for 2013. Travel+Leisure, a leading luxury travel magazine published in the United States, has named Adare Manor named a “Top 500 Hotel on the World” for ten consecutive years. The estate, through which flows the River Maigue, features an exquisite French formal garden, including the oldest Cedar of Lebanon tree in the British Isles dating, to 1645.... Read More
Luxury landmark hotel, The JW Marriott Chicago is partnering with dimend SCAASI jewelers for the ‘Dazzle Her with Diamonds’ package. From coordinating a proposal point around town, to a visit to dimend SCAASI’s elegant gallery, JW Marriott Chicago’s diamond concierge will work with guests and the team of highly specialized experts at dimend SCAASI to work out all the details for the special purchase. Pre-arrival jewelry consultations can be arranged with dimend SCAASI to experience the jeweler’s tailored process of evaluating budget, design, and more to select a one-of-a-kind custom design.... Read More
The Hiltons of Chicago are helping lovers to escape the winter chill with a romantic Chillcation, available at the Windy City's hotels. Each hotel offers specials to give guests the kind of Valentine's Day they want, whether it's hanging around or exploring the city.... Read More
Montana’s premier luxury ranch resort debuts its most luxurious glamping accommodations for Summer 2013, Cliffside Camp at The Resort at Paws Up. Cliffside Camp will feature a dining facility and lounge, as well as six safari-style luxurious tented accommodations ranging from 605 to 977 square feet. Each tent will be privately nestled in groves of the surrounding pine trees. Four tents will feature two-bedrooms with a king bed in one and two twin beds in the other, making them ideal for families.... Read More
BMW of North America has announced the expansion of a partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts that will offer complimentary local shuttle service in BMW vehicles at all Fairmont properties in the United States. Originally launched in Canada, the program features the BMW 750i Sedan. Available exclusively to Fairmont President’s Club members, guests can choose to be chauffeured to a variety of choice places near Fairmont locations, including a trip to the local mall, museum, convention center, lunch meeting or hitting up a nearby golf course.... Read More
The Inn at the Presidio opened in April of 2012 as The Presidio’s first lodging. Built in a Georgian Revival-style, it was once home to bachelor officers of U.S. Army. The historic restoration provides comfort and contemporary style, with an art program that honors the history of The Presidio. SenSpa, recognized as San Francisco’s best day spa, is located in the park and just a short walk from the Inn at the Presidio. The spa aims to promote wellness with a holistic approach, offering services that detoxify, release, and nourish the mind, body and spirit.... Read More
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires is revealing the first fruits of a $40 million renovation, with a debut of redesigned rooms and suites, a refurbished lobby, and freshened up hotel grounds. The renovations have also brought three new dining and drinking options to Buenos Aires, that are quickly becoming some of the city’s favorite watering holes.
The final phase of the renovation, a refurbishment of the hotel's meetings spaces, is set to be completed later this year. "Every aspect of our guests' stay has been considered as part of the planning for this ambitious renovations project," says Rebeca Selley, general manager of the Hotel, who was recently named one of just five Hotelier of the Year finalists in the world by Virtuoso. "From stunning new works by local artists to be... Read More
Hotel Vermont, a 125-bedroom luxury hotel, is set to open Spring of 2013. The property expects to gain LEED-certification, and will draw guests searching for an authentic Vermont experience, including a Hen of the Wood Restaurant, one of the state’s favorite restaurant chains.
An outdoor terrace with an open hearth, features views of Lake Champlain. The hotel will also have 2,000 square feet of green roof space, along with a 7,500 square foot Harbor Terrace that features local artist Richard Erdman's bronze sculptures. The hotel will offer four meeting rooms, two of which are water-view function rooms with 1,100 square feet of space for meetings and events for up to 80 guests. Hotel Vermont will also be the first hotel in the state to offer 100Mbs synchronous broadband in... Read More
The InterContinental Montreal is bringing a unique "In the Know" experience to its guests and visitors of Montreal through an alliance with the Montreal Snow Village. The Village, which is North America’s first and only entire village made of snow and ice, will officially open on Tuesday, January 22nd in the city’s Parc Jean Drapeau. This year, the village’s architects and sculptors are using the Big Apple as inspiration for the village’s setting, sculptures and décor. The Ice Hotel features 10 standard rooms and 15 prestige suites, including five igloos. Each room is adorned with a bed that sits on top of a base made entirely of ice.... Read More
The Love is in the Air Valentine’s package, exclusive to the Conrad New York, gives couples the opportunity to get a very special view of the world-famous New York skyline, via helicopter. The special opportunity includes:... Read More
The El Encanto, Santa Barbara has reopened, welcoming guests with a beautifully appointed full service spa and a signature restaurant featuring California coastal cuisine with a French flair by Chef Patrice Martineau. The resort also features a regionally dedicated wine list, a sumptuous outdoor infinity edge swimming pool, a window-lined ballroom with a private terrace, and an array of outdoor event venues.... Read More
Newly opened in December 2012, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is the first of its kind by Solaya Hotel & Resorts. With 34 free-standing suites on 30,000 acres, Eden Roc at Cap Cana is the newest, most exclusive destination in the Caribbean, found in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. While at the sprawling seaside paradise, visitors can enjoy three award-winning Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, the pristine Caletón Beach Club, their own private swimming pools, and the full-service Solaya Spa. The Very Important Pet (VIP) and Eden Roc Kids Club ensure the whole family has an unforgettable stay. Led by Executive Chef Gianluca Re Fraschini, the dining options at Eden Roc at Cap Cana compliment the experience with extraordinary eats.... Read More
London’s premier address, The Lanesborough, recently introduced a cigar and cocktail pairing menu. Custom made by the leading figures in the industry, the cocktail and cigar pairings menu features select drinks to complement each cigar’s distinctive elements - creating the ideal balance for the smoker.... Read More
If you're still looking for the perfect Valentine's Gift, why not go somewhere special for the holidays? From East to West and the Caribbean, many spas are offering special treatments just for the love in your life.... Read More
London’s Meliá White House has recently made some additions to improve upon the guest experience. The luxury hotel has been a favorite spot for Spanish travelers visiting England's most iconic city.
The centrally located hotel has renovated more than 200 rooms, enhanced its “The Level” executive floors, and transformed its restaurant and bar facilities. The building retains all of its original architectural style, and is an excellent example of late 1930’s Art Deco. The renovation of this 4-star hotel started in 2011, and has now been completed in 200 of its 581 rooms, including all of the superior rooms and the Meliá The Level VIP service, allowing guests to enjoy an even more exclusive hotel experience during their visit to London. ... Read More
The Oberoi Group has appointed Mr. Kapil Chopra as President, The Oberoi Group, and is responsible for all The Oberoi and Trident Hotels in India. Mr. Chopra’s experience as an hotelier spans over 19 years, including being an alum of The Oberoi Center for Learning and Development (OCLD). The Oberoi Group, founded in 1934, operates 29 hotels, a Nile Cruiser and a Motor Vessel in the backwaters of Kerala under the luxury 'Oberoi' and five-star 'Trident' brands in India, Egypt, Mauritius, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. The Group is also engaged in flight catering, managing airport restaurants, travel and tour services, car rentals, project management and corporate air charters.... Read More
The Broadmoor, the Five-Star, Five-Diamond resort located at the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, announced the opening of The Ranch at Emerald Valley in August 2013. The Ranch at Emerald Valley is an intimate retreat offering refined, rustic luxury inspired by the charm of a wilderness enclave. Fly fish in pristine mountain lakes, hike scenic trails, explore the mountains on horseback or watch for birds and wildlife. At the end of the day, soak in the lakeside hot tub, curl up fireside with a good book, or sip a fine wine while enjoying the Colorado sunset. “Reconnecting the history of The Ranch at Emerald Valley with The Broadmoor is a perfect complement to our heritage,” says Steve Bartolin, President and CEO of The Broadmoor. “We’re excited to offer guests... Read More
InterContinental Hong Kong’s restaurants, which include NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong, and the popular Harbourside, are acclaimed for their outstanding cuisine, exemplary service and panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.
And now, the InterContinental Hong Kong is now the only venue in Hong Kong with three Michelin star restaurants under one roof. Following the release of the 2013 Michelin Guide To Hong Kong and Macau, SPOON by Alain Ducasse received two Michelin stars while Yan Toh Heen and THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill each received one Michelin star.... Read More
The Berkeley Hotel-Richmond, a highly acclaimed charming boutique hotel featuring an award-winning Dining Room as well as meeting and event space, has appointed Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Inc as management. "The Berkeley Hotel is a landmark in historic Richmond, VA and we look forward to providing an excellent guest experience in this charming destination," said James Carroll, President & Chief Executive Officer, Crestline Hotels & Resorts. "Crestline also makes it a priority to ensure a welcoming environment for small group meetings and social events under the direction of our professional team of sales and catering staff. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to manage this fine property and to continue to enhance its reputation for exceptional service and excellence," added Carrol... Read More
Karisma Hotels & Resorts, a collection of 11 Gourmet Inclusive resorts in Riviera Maya, Mexico, will host The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series, by Karisma, a monthly wine and food program spotlighting top chefs and winemasters from around the world. Special events will include access and insight into highly sought-after wines along with vertical tastings. Educational classes with sommeliers and winemakers will also be available, along with cooking courses, special pairings and an exclusive Guest Chef and Winemaker Dinner. The complete Culinary Series will take place the first week of each month; select wines and individual elements of the Jackson Family Wines program will be featured at the resorts throughout the entire year. “Collaborating with Jackson Family Win... Read More
The Kahala Hotel & Resort and Ancien Wines are partnering to present a Winemaker Dinner Friday, March 15, 2013, at 6 p.m. in Hoku’s. The Kahala’s Winemaker Dinner featuring Ancien Wines will include five courses, each with wine pairings. Ancien Wines is famous for its Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay vineyards and has been creating wines of singular expression since 1992. “We are very excited to introduce Ancien Wines to our Epitome Club members and friends of The Kahala,” says Todd Oldham, Director of Food and Beverage. “We’ll be pairing each wine with delectable courses created by Executive Chef Wayne Hirabayashi. It promises to be great gourmet experience from start to finish.”... Read More
Some of the best chefs in the country and southeast region are preparing to pack their knives and head to Kiawah Island where they will join winemakers from Italy, New Zealand and the U.S. in a weekend-long culinary and wine extravaganza benefiting cancer research at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. Located just south of Charleston, South Carolina, along 10 miles of pristine beach, Kiawah Island Golf Resort was recently named the No. 1 golf resort on the U.S. Mainland by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Since its inception in 2009, Gourmet & Grapes has raised close to $500,000 dollars for cancer research programs at Hollings Cancer Center. With stagnant federal funding, this contribution has proved invaluable in the can... Read More
SÇR Steak+Spirits at the Hilton Anatole hosts 90/10, a special dinner featuring 90+ rated wines and 10+ rated Wagyu beef, on February 1 at 7 p.m. The five-course meal prepared by Chef Anthony Van Camp features special cuts of Wagyu beef from the Masami Ranch in California. Considered the best beef available outside the Kobe region of Japan, Masami beef is the only certified, domestic Wagyu beef to rank 10+ on the 12-point Japanese Beef Marble Score system. And each cut of Masami beef is hand-selected and aged by Halpern’s Steak and Seafood. The menu will also feature an assortment of 90+-rated wines, including Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, selected by SÇR’s Director of Wine, Russell Burkett.... Read More
The American Automobile Association (AAA) honors The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs for a 37th consecutive year with the esteemed Five-Diamond Award for Excellence, making it the only hotel to receive the AAA designation every year since its inception. The American Automobile Association also recognizes The Broadmoor’s Penrose Room Restaurant, awarding the restaurant with the AAA Five-Diamond for the sixth consecutive year. Penrose Room is Colorado’s only restaurant to hold both AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star titles. “The Broadmoor is pleased and proud to receive AAA’s highest recognition, the Five-Diamond Award, for the 37 consecutive year,” says The Broadmoor’s President and CEO Steve Bartolin “The key to our continued success is simple: it is our outstanding staff.... Read More
On January 1, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’s new spa concept, Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa opened, giving guests the opportunity to follow through on their healthy New Year's resolutions. Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa is uniquely notable for the focused approach on mind and body synergy, as devised by Well & Being’s chief medical officer, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, a world-renowned expert in Integrative Medicine and author of “Life is Your Best Medicine.”... Read More
The Swissôtel Goa is located in the town of Calangute, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North Goa. The 135 guestrooms and suites are designed and proportioned among eight three-level buildings, set within a tropical garden featuring idyllic lily ponds and a courtyard pool area.... Read More
Orient-Express is pleased to announce that it has completed a substantial $20 million refurbishment of the main building of the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The project began in 2011 and has just been completed to include an expanded lobby as well as expanded and enhanced guestrooms and a Cipriani restaurant. As part of the renovations, Copacabana Palace has also introduced two new boutiques inspired by the energy and spirit of Rio, in partnership with retail management firm, Seaside Luxe. Both boutiques, named 1923 and Villa Copa, will sell a range of stylish apparel including swimwear and accessories for men and women – ranging from chic basics to one-of-a-kind designer exclusives by both local and international designers. The completion of the refurbishment at the hote... Read More
Starting in March, in celebration the hotel’s tenth anniversary, Montage Laguna Beach will offer guests that book two or more nights in a suite, a spectacular gift from a South Coast Plaza luxury retailer during their stay. Retailers include Oscar de la Renta, Chloé, Bally Nigetti or Donna Karan New York. "I am very excited to launch our yearlong 10th celebration with our fantastic partners at South Coast Plaza," said Todd Orlich, General Manager, Montage Laguna Beach.... Read More
Grand Luxxe, a Grupo Vidanta luxury resort located on one of Mexico's most stunning beaches, has recently opened the new Santuario Entertainment Center.
The recently debuted breathtaking facility features a unique combination of an intimate setting within a space that both simultaneously conveys the feeling of being inside and outside. Sunlight streams in during daylight hours when guests can enjoy coffee, fruits and pastries. Nighttime brings exotic cocktails and appetizers under the stars. The huge structure, under palapa roofs, is situated in the center of the Nuevo Vallarta resort across from The Grand Bliss. "We envisioned a place where guests could gather and socialize," said Director of Entertainment El Kadri. "Santuario has exceeded our wildest dreams. Not only does... Read More
Banyan Tree Spa announces the launch of the Banyan Tree Spa Shanghai On The Bund, located in Shanghai’s first all river view hotel. Embracing the local culture and traditional Chinese healing philosophy, Banyan Tree Spa Shanghai On the Bund’s colorful design concept is inspired by the Five Elements – Gold, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth. The three-story spa features 11 exquisitely appointed treatment rooms including two Imperial Rooms with a Rainmist facility or Thai Massage area. For an all-encompassing wellness experience, the spa is complemented by a beauty salon, nail bar and Banyan Tree Gallery. ... Read More
Benjamin Dayag has been named the new Chef de Cuisine of Livello restaurant at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. Dayag’s first culinary experience began when he traveled to the Philippines as an adolescent to visit his grandparents on their farm. There, he became inspired by their back-country lifestyle and quickly learned the basics of planting rice, growing and picking seasonal vegetables, even butchering poultry. “I’m happy to be given this opportunity,” says Dayag. “This position gives me the perfect setting to bring new influences to this beautiful restaurant. If I had to describe my food, I would say it’s American with Asian influences. My passion is to create classic dishes that embrace modern cooking methods, while staying true to time-honored techniques. I enjoy creating menus that giv... Read More
Opened on December 20 and available through July 2013, Grace Bay Club, the first, five-star luxury hotel in Providenciales, is excited to announce a new pop-up restaurant and bar concept located directly on the award-winning Grace Bay Beach. Posted right on the beach and reflecting a Caribbean lifestyle, guests will be treated to a variety of savory handmade skewers as well as sweet treats.... Read More
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts have unveiled their second European luxury hotel opening in recent months, the Waldorf Astoria Berlin.
Setting a new standard in luxury for Berlin and the wider German market, the hotel marries the timeless elegance of the legendary flagship, Waldorf Astoria New York, with a unique design inspired by Berlin’s vibrant and contemporary personality. Featuring 232 luxury guestrooms and suites, the hotel sits within the spectacular new Zoofenster skyscraper, designed by renowned German architect, Professor Christoph Mäckler.
With a total of 32 floors and a height of 118 metres all crafted with stone and glass and the city’s highest suite, the splendid presidential suite on the top floor, the Zoofenster and Waldorf Astoria Berlin are a truly magn... Read More
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced a new addition to its properties in the Middle East with the opening of Fairmont The Palm. The luxurious resort is located in the heart of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island shaped in the form of a palm tree. Fairmont The Palm will feature 381 guestrooms and suites, including two presidential suites, 3,000 square meters of meeting space, outdoor leisure facilities with four swimming pools, a private beach club, Children's Activity Centre, as well as a variety of dining facilities featuring sea, garden or pool views, a Fairmont Gold product and a Willow Stream Spa.... Read More
The 209-room Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis has opened. Not a traditional luxury hotel hotspot, the new Alexander Hotel is designed by the noted architecture firm, Gensler, the Alexander will be Dolce Hotels and Resorts’ 18th North American hotel. The hotel features Plat99 mixology cocktail lounge space inside the hotel, designed by artist Jorge Pardo. A 2010 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Pardo’s work spans the intersection of art, design and architecture. The Alexander will also feature copious meeting space, with 16 meeting rooms totaling 16,000 square feet.... Read More
Hiraki Masakazu has recently been named Executive Chef at De Pisis of Il Palazzo at the BAUERs hotel in Venice, Italy. For the past decade, Mr. Masakazu has been Sous Chef at De Pisis, working in tandem with former Executive Chef Giovanni Ciresa. Chef Masakazu attended the popular Hattori Nutrition College in Tokyo and then gained work experience in several gourmet restaurants, including Gualtiero Marchesi 2 in Kobe in Japan, and Villa Crespi and La Fermata in Italy. However, according to Mr. Masakazu, “the years working with Chef Ciresa have been my most favorite culinary experience, giving me the opportunity to grow both as a professional and as a chef.” De Pisis offers intimate gourmet dining, either indoors or on its terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. The restaurant is renowned for... Read More
The luxurious collection of Radisson Blu Edwardian, London hotels has partnered with the Victoria & Albert Museum to offer guests tickets to the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition, March 23 until July 28, 2013. ‘David Bowie Is’ showcases the performer's creative processes as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades. ‘David Bowie Is’ will feature more than 300 objects including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, photography by Brian Duffy; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth, music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging and set designs created for the 1974 Diamond Dogs... Read More
The luxurious Capella Pedregal resort is getting ready for romance with a month long selection of themed packages. The $40,000 Passion Ablaze package is the ultimate romantic gesture, offering private yacht rides to Lovers Beach, custom designed jewelry by Chan Luu, private beach astronomy lessons, luxurious Beachfront Suite accommodations and more. The Heart to Heart package features an Art of Couples massage and private beach dinner. Throughout the month Capella Pedregal will also offer couples spa treatments, private beach or wine room dinners, hand-crafted specialty cocktails, aphrodisiac cooking classes, special chocolate turn-down amenities, and romantic movie nights on the beach.... Read More
The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel has announced the spring programming for the upcoming spring season in the legendary Café Carlyle. The program includes a variety of favorite New York talents playing in back to back exclusive one-week engagements. The spring season will commence with Tony Award Nominees Howard McGillen and Rebecca Luker who will bring their program entitled “Broadway Romance” to the Carlyle January 16 through January 26. Following that dynamic duo, Amanda McBroom returns to the Carlyle from January 29 to February 9 to perform her program “A Valentine Rose”. Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young will introduce his program “My Turn” which will focus on songs from his new album of the same title and other classic songs from the 60s era (February 12-February 23). Woody Allen & The... Read More
The American Express World Luxury Expo will take place at the palatial Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh on Feb. 10-12, 2013. The Expo is the result of a new joint venture between World Luxury Group and Nayyara Exhibitions, with American Express exclusively selected as the title sponsor. The American Express World Luxury Expo, Riyadh will feature carefully selected exhibitors from luxury categories including fine art, high-end jewelry, fashion, hand-crafted time pieces, designer furniture and exquisite table settings, fine dining, luxury executive cars and sports cars, private aviation and luxury travel.... Read More
Renowned for unparalleled luxury and innovative style, The Berkeley has long been a beloved destination of the fashionable international traveler. Just in time for winter collections, the chic Knightsbridge hotel overlooking Hyde Park has just launched the new Pr?t-?-Portea Winter 2012/2013 Collection. Pr?t-?-Portea at The Berkeley was created to add an inspired twist to the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with cakes and pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs.... Read More
Spanish Meliá Hotels International chain has announced that it plans to renovate properties in Cuba, to bring them up to date with new luxury touches.
The Spanish company will continue to focus on the Caribbean island, with the objective of enhancing the luxury product to place its hotels in a better position among the lead agencies in this market, among other projects. The Cuba Division of the hotel chain had a meeting in which Gabriel Garcia, Meliá Cuba's commercial director, described in detail some of these innovations.
Garcia announced the opening of Meliá Marina Varadero Hotel, equipped with all the facilities for long stays on land combined with life aboard, he also referred that Tryp Peninsula Varadero, has become into Meliá Peninsula Varadero and he adde... Read More
The Rezidor Hotel Group, a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announced the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kayseri in Turkey, due to open in early 2014. The 240-room property features numerous amenities including free high speed internet access, and four restaurant and bar outlets, including a rooftop restaurant & bar with views of Mount Erciyes.... Read More
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has announced a new hotel opening, the InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah Hotel & Residences, scheduled to open in 2015. The new hotel will be the brand's first mixed-use development in Indonesia.... Read More
For business travelers seeking a little luxury and a lot of technology on their travels through Europe, there is good news: Meliá Hotels International has announced its third Innside by Meliá hotel in Madrid, the Innside Madrid Suecia, scheduled to open in 2014.
It will be located in the same building as the classic Madrid hotel "Suecia", very close to the Gran Via area and monument to Cibeles. After a full restoration, and within the classical structure, the building will house a modern cutting-edge designer hotel with 127 rooms, a lounge bar and a spectacular penthouse patio, in addition to a restaurant, meeting rooms and a gym.... Read More
Mexico Boutique Hotels, a full service online hotel collection specializing in extraordinary boutique properties, is helping bookers "travel differently" in 2013. They're launching a series of charitable initiatives where MBH is pledging 5% of their booking revenue, starting with PEACE Mexico’s Alternative School in Punta Mita. The School provides underprivileged youth a place to overcome abusive homes, extreme poverty, no prior education or learning disabilities to help integrate them into the regular school system. “Our member properties are chosen in part because of their desire to give back to their communities, something very dear to us,” said Sylvie Laitre, Director of Mexico Boutique Hotels. “This year we’ve decided to step up those efforts, so we’re putting into place a series of... Read More
The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas is one of the strips few cultural destinations and the elegant hotel is enhancing its artsy reputation with "Warhol Out West," an exhibit of Warhol’s depiction of Western life opening February 8, 2013.
Organized in partnership with The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, this pioneering exhibition will focus on Warhol’s depiction of all things Western. “Warhol Out West” will showcase 59 of the iconic artist’s works including paintings, sculptures, photographs, screen prints and wallpaper. Exhibits will include Warhol’s 1960s Pop paintings of celebrities and consumer products; the 1980s advertisement series; the beloved “Double Elvis” painting; and his rarely seen “Cowboys and Indians” series.... Read More
The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania is now open for visitors looking to experience wildlife up close and personal. The Lodge is the first Four Seasons in Sub-Saharan Africa, with more properties to follow.... Read More
When it comes to traveler's awards program, there are plenty to choose from. But apparently Marriot Rewards is the way to go, as it has been awarded Business Traveler’s Top Hotel Loyalty Program.... Read More
JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has opened the 118-room JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort, the brand's first hotel in the country. The luxury resort is in the Buenaventura beachfront community, near the town of Rio Hato, two hours from Panama City.... Read More
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