Luxury Hotels: This winter, Colorado welcomes another Four Seasons to its snowy landscape. The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail opened with a quiet ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 10th. This is a relatively boutique property with 121 guest units, 19 fractional-ownership residences and 16 private residences—but it boasts some of the biggest guest rooms in Vail Valley. The smallest is 580 square feet; the largest spans 3500 square feet. All of them have fireplaces—crucial for coziness during Vail’s cold and snowy winter nights. The property is in Vail Village, a 5-minute walk to the Vista Bahn lift.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: How does this tiny island keep so many travelers enthralled, thrilled and completely relaxed? That's the question that struck me when I arrived at Kanuhura, one of the Maldives' grandest resorts celebrating its 10th anniversary. I quickly learned Kanuhura is one dazzling spot, not only for its beauty, but also for its ability to spoil guests with countless delights.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: It's isolated yet centrally located, Asian-inspired but Miami cool, a stylish backdrop for movies and the exclusive retreat of celebrities. Its name: Mandarin Oriental Miami.... Read More
Luxury Hotels: It's not every day we hear about a hotel that's been heralded as the world's best ski hotel (by Cigar Aficionado) before it even opens. Come December 8, though, we'll have the chance to find out whether the Montage Deer Valley near Park City, Utah, lives up to that acclaim when the new luxury resort welcomes its first guests.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: The Posada Hotel Group reserves the "Grand" brand for the
top of their luxury line. Fiesta Americana Grand is one of only
two "Grands," the other being the renowned property in Cancun. Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos boasts 249 spacious rooms
and suites — all with balconies overlooking the stunning Sea of
Cortez.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: It's a city where over-the-top theatrics and luxury collide; a city where overindulgence is encouraged, inhibitions are ignored, and just about everything is served in excess. Ahh, Las Vegas! Despite some of the country's recent economic hardships, Las Vegas continues to evolve... Read More
Luxury Hotels: Stein Eriksen is a Norwegian-born Olympic alpine skiing champion of the 1950s. He was the first skier from outside the Alps to win an alpine gold medal. Eriksen is credited with creating the freestyle skiing event "aerials," and helping revolutionize alpine skiing. Here in the States, he was an instructor at several ski schools, from Sugarbush in Vermont, to Aspen, Colorado. On December 11, Eriksen will be 83. He founded, and hosts Stein Eriksen Lodge, the only five-diamond, five-star hotel in Utah. Service here is top flight, and amenities abound.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: New Englanders love to plan their winter getaways even before the first snowflake falls but what many people might not realize is the northern destinations offer year-round fun for the entire family.... Read More
Hotel Review: Bracing breezes off Lake Michigan and the blazing, autumn-tinged Wisconsin countryside made for a perfect top down drive. The bucolic morning was a harbinger of the energetic and luxurious stay awaiting me for a get away at The American Club Resort in Kohler, about 60 miles north of Milwaukee.... Read More
Luxury Spas: “Spa” is too small a word for the Golden Door. It is too insignificant for the history, beauty, philosophy, care and professionalism that guests at this amazing place in Southern California enjoy.... Read More
Luxury Spas: If you're heading to France this winter, stop in at the new Majclub Wellness Centre at the Villa & Hotel Majestic in Paris, and the Valmont Spa at the luxe Hotel de Charme Les Airelles in Courchevel.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: Filled with wicker and mahogany décor and greeting you with open arms, you almost feel as if you've arrived at a friend's estate. Set high in the hills of St. Croix, The Buccaneer is the Caribbean's longest running resort--standing the test of time with its charm, warm hospitality and history.... Read More
Luxury Spas: Ojo Caliente was chosen in the Reader’s Choice Award as one of the “Top 10 Best Hot Springs Spas in the World, in the 2009 September issue of SpaFinder. There were 70,000 spas worldwide to choose from.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: A little backstory. I visited British Columbia's Mountain Trek Hiking Spa years ago, spent a week trekking the Canadian Rockies and left with enviable results. But when I recently slipped on an outfit, convinced my cleaners (yet again) was responsible for its ill fit, I knew it was time for a tune-up.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: Adrian Zecha has done it again. The prolific 77-year old founder of Amanresorts, perhaps the world's most serene collection of luxury naturalistic resorts, opened Amangiri last year in America's southwest.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: Imagine a place nestled far in the Vermont woods on 300 acres where the only thing you will hear from your private cottage is the distant call of a bird or the light rustling of leaves from a passing buck.... Read More
Resort Review: Like Cher and Madonna, a one-word name suffices. Say "Rancho" in the spa world and the assumption is Rancho La Puerta. A first-class fitness and health spa mere miles from the U.S.'s southern border, it's in the town of Tecate at the base of 3,885-foot Mt. Kuchumaa - revered and named by Native Americans as "the exalted high place."... Read More
Luxury Resorts: Normally, the words "green" and "luxury" don't come to mind simultaneously, but there is a luxury resort in the Riviera Maya that is changing the way we think. Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa & Nature Park is exactly where luxury and sustainability unite.... Read More
Hotel Review: As we made our way towards Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, it became apparent that this is the kind of resort you visit to get away from it all. There are few places more classically Southwestern than the Tucson area of Arizona: a vast desert landscape, a harshly beautiful backdrop of reds and orange, with cacti lending shades of green to the scenery. Saguaro cacti, the classic plant you envision with multiple arms, populate this region in large numbers; they only live naturally here in the Sonoran desert.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: Key Largo's exclusive Ocean Reef Club recently completed a major upgrade of its guestrooms. While it is a private club, and has been so since the mid-1940s, the ORC welcomes non-member visitors and vacationers to drop in and stay a spell while taking in club-sponsored special events.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: Superlatives define Grand Del Mar. San Diego's sole Tom Fazio-designed course. Southern California's only chef claiming both the Mobil Five-Star Award and AAA Five-Diamond Award. And a $1 million wine cellar awarded Wine Spectator magazine's coveted Grand Award.... Read More
Luxury Spas: Intimacy is an elusive quality for resorts and spas to master, and I often write how it's a quality so paramount to the guest experience. On a recent visit to Rancho Valencia's spa,... Read More
Luxury Resorts: Cabo San Lucas is quickly rising to the #1 position on everyone’s list of beach locations to visit in North America, and the area is home to some of the most luxurious resort locations you can find. Among them is the extraordinary One&Only Palmilla.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: Cabo San Lucas is one of the hottest locations for exotic escapes this summer, and that’s no surprise when you take into consideration properties like the lavish and exclusive Capella Pedregal.... Read More
Luxury Spas: What’s not to love about a posh spa pampering using gorgeous products in a beautiful setting? No matter your desire, The Big Island’s Kohala Coast offers The Full Monty of spa treatments and services to make relaxing a breeze.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: Nestled amid the Leeward islands of the Caribbean and positioned just northeast of the bustling island of St. Martin, the tiny 17 mile long by 3 mile wide island of Anguilla rests gently among her European sisters, quietly whispering welcome, if you please, to my beautiful beaches and understated demeanor.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: It’s got irresistible cuisine. Impeccable service. And a staff offering irrepressible enthusiasm.
That’s what sets the Fairmont Orchid apart from any other hotel, anywhere.... Read More
Resort Review: Northern California is one of my favorite retreats. The region's crimson waves that smash rocky coastlines backed by majestic woods and grape wines so differ from Southern California's sandy shores and lofty palm trees.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: First Lady Michelle Obama's recent visit to Florida's Gulf Coast demonstrated that the region is breathtaking in emerald and sugar. The newest hotel story in the area of Tampa-St. Pete Beach is that of Clearwater Beach's majestic pink Hyatt Regency Beach Resort and Spa.... Read More
Resort Review: Some destination spas can pamper or pep guests up, but only the best shift souls. Miraval a desert retreat near Tuscon, Arizona, is such a spa that has nurtured, soothed and delighted patrons for nearly a decade. As Miraval claims, "You won't find you anywhere else."... Read More
Luxury Vacations: Admit it. The name sounds so exotic and exciting. Who has ever tried Arabian hot poultice? Say, Swedish, Thai, Chinese massages but never Arabic! With this intriguing treatment in mind, I headed to the Shangri-la Dubai's Health Club & Spa, and tried the exclusive Middle Eastern pamperingexperience.... Read More
Hotel Reviews: Collier County is the wealthiest county in Florida, and home to Naples and Marco Island. Here, the fortunate believe in giving back, as evidenced by their large, philanthropic Wine Festival, and active community theater. Still, the region is known for its second homes and upscale hotels. No property embodies the latter profile better than the La Playa Beach and Golf Resort. In an atmosphere that's more relaxed than starstruck, guests enjoy sumptuous dining at Baleen restaurant. The only thing showy is the sunset- on a lucky night you'll see the natural phenomena known as the green flash.... Read More
Clubs & Memberships: Quintess, Leading Residences of the World (LRW) has recently introduced its newest luxury homes on the island of St. Martin's.
The new homes offer panoramic views of the beaches and classic Euro-Caribbean architecture by Marc Michaels. With nearly 5,000 square feet, the large villas offer multiple master bedrooms, a private infinity pool and plenty of space for entertaining.
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Hotel Review: Enchanting: that's the best one word description for Carmel, if not the town's picturesque L'Auberge Carmel, a 20 guest room inn that has made the guest service experience a shining masterpiece. The village of Carmel, founded is 1906, holds a number of artistic masterpieces within quaint galleries and showrooms, but a true work of lies in the L'Auberge experience.
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Resort Review: The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is beyond comparison as it offers a seamless delivery of flawless five-star accommodations, world-class cuisine, impeccable customer service and unforgettable scenery. As Bora Bora’s newest addition, built just one and a half years ago, the Four Seasons does not disappoint.... Read More
Spa Review: Everything about Four Seasons Hualalai on The Big Island of Hawaii takes spa treatment to a whole new level. While most spas offer you the standard menu of services, the Four Seasons Hualalai Spa offers is a distinctive and exclusive spa Apothecary of creams, oils, lotions and potions, many of them indigenous to Hawaii, so that you can have your product custommade – that’s right – custommade – with a teaspoon and spatula, right before your very eyes. ... Read More
Resort Review: Moms and Dads can rest easy when planning a stay at The Westin Dragonara Resort Malta. Enjoying time with family just became easier as families set off to Malta for a luxury vacation.... Read More
Resort Review: How I love Santa Barbara, the natural hybrid of Northern and Southern California with the sturdy oak trees of the North, the balmy palms of the South, and a stunning navy colored ocean backed by green mountains.... Read More
Resort Review: I recently had the pleasure of visiting the La Costa Resort and Spa — a destination idyllically situated in sunny Carlsbad, California that's revered for its well-appointed accommodations, world-class spa, fine dining and, of course, its two PGA-championship golf courses. Having heard much about La Costa prior to my stay, I checked in with admittedly high expectations. Suffice it to say the experience did not disappoint.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: This is among the best places in the world for snorkeling and diving. Behold, the enchanting Misool Eco Resort, which is located on a private island in Southern Raja Ampat. This eco-friendly resort is as secluded and exotic as it is ecologically sound and luxurious.
The privately owned island of Batbitim is surrounded by 400 kilometers of sea that is an enforced no-take zone. The entire resort is made from island driftwood. There are eight aboveground suites that stand on stilts above the tranquil waters.... Read More
Resort Review: How does one improve on perfection? Well, if you’re the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, an oceanfront AAA Five-Diamond resort, you undergo a $180 million transformation, providing a dramatic new appearance and amenities to further enhance the... Read More
Resort Review: We have now visited The Point, the highest rated property in the
United States twice. Once in summer and once in winter, the problem lies in deciding which season was the best.
This luxurious former Great Camp of William Avery Rockefeller, located deep in the pine woods along the shores of Upper Saranac Lake in New York state, welcomes guests during all four seasons to what feels like a private house party, pampering you unashamedly until you say to yourself at the end of your stay, “So THAT’S what it’s like to be one of the 19th Century magnates!”... Read More
Resort Review: The 44-acre balmy plot of paradise on San Diego's Mission Bay, also known as the Paradise Point Resort and Spa, has never looked so alluring. Now flaunting a $20 million renovation, the resort has upped the meaning of "paradise" with 462 lushly upgraded bungalow-style guestrooms and stunning meeting facilities. Our lovely bungalow featured exotic furniture facing a double door patio that led out to a private strip of beach along Mission Bay. Sailboats and sea birds lazily crossed our view during the afternoon, while the sun finished the day with a dip into the horizon. A quick stroll along the grounds led my travel companion and I to the resort's charming 18-hole mini golf course, which was meticulously landscaped and provided us with bouts of laughter. (We ti... Read More
The Best Spas: Who doesn’t love a great massage? Or a facial? Or just a gentle rubdown with a velvet glove, for that matter. On Maui, I (lucky me!) got to experience a wealth of wonderful treatments that are everything to write home about. Here’s the ultimate shakedown.
Let me put it this way: I entered as D-lister Kathy Griffin, channeled my inner Angelina, and exited on the A-list. And that’s pretty much what you should expect at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua’s Waihua Spa, with its warm, welcoming ambience. Here, I experienced the signature Kapalua Castaway ($225 for 80 minutes, plus 20% gratuity), which is ideal if you’re seeking the ... Read More
Resort Review: Caribbean culture believes that the shedding of the frangipani leaf is the ultimate symbol of the passage of time. For vacationers at the Frangipani Resort on Meads Bay in Anguilla... Read More
Luxury Spas: Even after it has been voted Top Resort Mainland-U.S. and named one of the top three spas in the United States by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Kenwood Inn and Spa continues to exceed the loftiest expectations. And, as one of... Read More
Luxury Resorts: Set in its own little world with easy access to all the Napa Valley has to offer, The Meritage Resort and Spa provides wine tourers an idyllic place to reside as they tour, taste, and play.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: The 360-acre Moroccan-designed resort located in Rancho Mirage is surrounded by mountains, pools, waterfalls, lush gardens, beautiful landscapes and two world-class golf courses.... Read More
Luxury Spas: The Chateau Amber Retreat is beginning to gather momentum as the place to go when the itinerary calls for a private getaway of rest, relaxing, and, most importantly, recovering.... Read More
Hotel Review: Been to a great resort lately? Chances are, you’ve been required to pay the $25-per-day “resort fee,” which typically includes free wireless Internet, use of the fitness center, parking and snorkel gear.... Read More
Resort Review: Of course we’re kidding when we say that “Honua Kai,” the newest resort in Maui, is Hawaiian for “Wow.” It’s not – but it should be! Because we were blown away by this spectacular, first-class resort.... Read More
Luxury Resorts: Imagine a place surrounded by private beaches and scattered with mountainous terrain; a place where the sweet smell of hibiscus lingers in the air; and a place where the number of staff exceeds the number of guests.... Read More
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