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Luxury Dana Point Resort Receives Multiple Awards

Mar 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa to Open in Bodrum, Turkey 2014

Mar 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

Suttichai Sripolpa Named New Executive Chef at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Mar 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

The James New York Offers Fashion Forward Service With Stylist Mimi Lombardo

Mar 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

Karl Lagerfield Designs Emblem for the New Sofitel So Singapore

Mar 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

Sofitel So Bangkok Completes Design Project by Christian Lacroix

Mar 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Sofitel So Bangkok has announced the completion of art installations throughout the hotel, designed by world-renowned designer Christian Lacroix.... Read More

Radisson to Enhance Brand in North America

Mar 11, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

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 Opens First Hotel in Sharjah, UAE

Mar 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

First and Only Luxury Hotel in Rhode Island to Receive Forbes Five-Star Award: Ocean House

Mar 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

New Luxury Hotel in Downtown Tampa Opens

Mar 6, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

Luxury Chicago Hotel Offers Snow Shoes as a Complimentary Amenity

Mar 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

Caesars Palace Receives Two Prestigious Forbes Star Awards

Mar 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris Earns its First Michelin Stars

Mar 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

Family-Friendly Activities at Dominican Republic Luxury Hotel

Mar 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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 Broadmoor Earns Forbes Five Star Award for Record 53rd Consecutive Year

Mar 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

Luxury Philadelphia Hotel to Receive Makeover and New Name

Mar 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

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

 
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