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 Prêt-à-Portea Winter 2012/2013 Collection. Prêt-à-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