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Quartz Crystal Spa to Open January 31 at the New Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto

Dec 29, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Inspired by old world European quartz baths, the essence of this healing mineral is the foundation for signature quartz treatments at Quartz Crystal Spa™, which will open at the new Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto on January 31st, 2012. Embracing the restorative healing and purifying philosophy behind quartz crystal, the 15,000 square-foot bi-level sanctuary will offer a lavish selection of treatments with a focus on harmonizing the mind, body and soul. "Quartz Crystal Spa™ was designed with true passion and a vision to create a timeless experience of calm, balance and revitalization through the healing properties of the quartz mineral," said Inna Levitan, owner, Quartz... Read More

St. Regis Resorts & Jazz at Lincoln Center Partner on New Clubs

Dec 29, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is partnering with New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, the world renowned organization run under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, on a series of new jazz clubs at its luxe properties beginning with Doha in Qatar. Schedule to open in 2012 at the soon to be St. Regis Doha, the club will be the jazz institution’s first ever venue outside of New York City and is the first in a planned portfolio of five clubs in all. The stylish spaces will be modeled on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City, a venue for live music and elegant entertaining. Marsalis will personally oversee the programming at the new clubs, designed to provide... Read More

Four Seasons Resort Maldives Unveils Night Spa

Dec 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Sybaritic spa treatments are par for the course at the world’s best luxury resorts, but as always the Four Seasons Maldives Collection has found a way to elevate the experience to the ethereal. The Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa has unveiled The Night Spa, a new nocturnal offering taking advantage of the incredible moonlit nights. Guests at the exotic island oasis can now indulge in a range of lunar-inspired treatments under the stars on the resort’s perfect, private beach. Open from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly, The Night Spa offers a choice of four 150-minute open-air lunar rituals, available at any time but most beneficial at certain periods. Devised by luxe Australian skin care company Sodashi to “attune the body... Read More

Thai Airways Wins Best Airline in Southeast Asia

Dec 8, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

On December 1, 2011, Thai Airways International (THAI) accepted the award as the Best Airline in Southeast Asia at Global Traveler Magazine’s 2011 GT Tested Awards. For the eighth consecutive year, Global Traveler Magazine conducted its GT Tested Reader Survey, asking frequent business and luxury travelers to name the best in a variety of travel-related categories. More than 36,000 people responded. "It is a great honor to be given this award and to be recognized by our customers as the Best Airline in Southeast Asia. Our goal is to provide excellent service and to continue to find ways to enhance customer experience,” said Thai Airways’ General Manager, USA, Central and South America, Mr. Sutsveta... Read More

Hilton San Francisco Union Square Undergoes $51 Million Transformation

Dec 8, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

This month the renowned Hilton San Francisco Union Square embarks on a $51 million redevelopment project that will transform 550 guest rooms and function space. The project incorporates 21st century design features ensuring the hotel’s positioning as the city’s premier hotel and conference venue. The renovation is part of a three-year, $3 billion plan of significant property renovations currently underway across the global portfolio of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide. The project began November 22, and ultimately will encompass a complete makeover of all guest rooms in the hotel’s original building, constructed in 1964.... Read More

New Year's Eve Packages from Our Favorite Luxury Hotels

Dec 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

With New Year’s Eve rapidly approaching, it’s time to make plans to see it in with style. Luckily some of our favorite luxury hotels are offering the chance to do that. The super-chic Setai Miami can always be counted on for a well-planned New Year’s bash brimming with both champagne and elegance, and this season is no exception. The hotel is hosting an exclusive “journey” to Marrakech circa 1950, and guests are advised to dress appropriately (think Bogart and Bacall in Casablanca and you won’t go wrong). The highlight of the evening will be a Tattinger Champagne welcome reception and six-course tasting menu by Executive Chef David Werly. The hotel’s renowned The Restaurant and Grill, along with The... Read More

Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Unveils Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

Dec 5, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Puerto Rico’s The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan has long been one of the Caribbean’s premier destinations. Now the award-winning beachside resort has just unveiled a multimillion-dollar renovation and enhancement project designed by renowned firm Jeffery Beers International. Upgrades were made to all of the hotel’s 416 luxurious guestrooms and suites. Beers blended a modern, sophisticated aesthetic with the resort’s traditional island elegance using a provocative color palette of canary yellow with deep aqua blue, teal and chartreuse detailing, evoking Puerto Rico’s azure waters and lush tropical landscape. Modern, stylish furnishings and contemporary paintings complete the new look.... Read More

The Vines Resort and Spa to Open in Argentina's Wine Country

Dec 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The team behind Recuerdo Wines, part of the Bespoke Collection portfolio of artisanal brands and experiences, is planning to open the The Vines Resort and Spa in Mendoza, Argentina late this year.... Read More

Armani Hotel Milano | The New Vision of Hospitality

Nov 29, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The new Armani Hotel Milano is the second hotel to be launched within the Armani Hotels & Resorts project and marks the continued collaboration with Emaar Properties PJSC.... Read More

AKA Hotel Residences Extend Luxury

Nov 16, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The AKA Hotel Residences is an extended-stay luxury hotel franchise that is growing in popularity with prominent world travelers.... Read More

New Hampshire's Ragged Mountain Resort Completes $1 Million in Improvements

Oct 31, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

New Hampshire’s Ragged Mountain Resort recently announced over $1 million in resort improvements for the upcoming winter season. With major upgrades to the water delivery system, Ragged will be able to make much more snow faster and plans to open both Spear Mountain and Ragged Mountain before Christmas Vacation Week.... Read More

Small Luxury Hotels Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Golden Opportunities

Oct 31, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

In conjunction with its 20th anniversary, Small Luxury Hotels is offering travelers a chance to experience fabulous vacations to exotic destinations by entering their Gold Coin Competition.... Read More

St. Regis Princeville is the Set of New Clooney Film

Oct 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

If some of the settings in The Descendants starring George Clooney, premiering on November 18, seem especially luxurious, it’s no mere Hollywood mirage – parts of the movie were filmed at the posh St. Regis Princeville Resort in Kaua’i, Hawaii.... Read More

Private Islands, Castles & More for Rent from Airbnb

Oct 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Airbnb, the online marketplace where consumers can list, discover and book unique spaces all over the world, is now offering monthly rentals for well-heeled travelers who prefer privacy and exclusiveness to crowded hotels.... Read More

TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™ Furthers International Expansion With Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto®, Opening January 31, 2012

Oct 20, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto® is set to welcome guests Jan. 31, 2012, marking TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™’s second international hotel and first foray into Canada.... Read More

Chateau Montelena Opens Tasting Room at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco

Oct 13, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Chateau Montelena, the historic Napa Valley winery and The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square, announces the opening of the winery’s Tasting Room in the world famous hotel on Union Square.... Read More

Fairmont Luxury Hotels Around the Globe To Host 'Tea'rrific Events & Activities

Oct 12, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Pinkies up! From San Francisco to Bermuda to Nairobi, Fairmont has a long, illustrious history of serving the best Afternoon Tea in town. To celebrate the luxury hotel brand’s historic connection to this cherished tradition, Fairmont has declared Saturday, November 12, 2011 as an “official” day to pay tribute to all things tea.... Read More

Hotel Diva, A Personality Hotel, Undergoes a $2 Million Makeover

Sep 16, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Renowned style leader Hotel Diva, a Personality Hotel located in San Francisco, is currently undergoing a $2 million reinvention, slated for completion in November 2011.... Read More

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Completes More Enhancements To Championship Golf Course

Sep 15, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club’s championship golf course has reopened, and it is even better than ever. The Southwest Florida course was closed June 6-September 1, 2011 so that it could undergo additional enhancements to those made to the course last summer.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Signs Agreements with The Shanghai Greenland Group for Two Landmark Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Wuhan and Dalian

Sep 2, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. cemented its position as the largest and fastest-growing luxury hotel company in China with the announcement today of agreements with the Shanghai Greenland Group, one of China’s premier property developers, for the development of two new Ritz-Carlton hotels in China – The Ritz-Carlton, Wuhan and The Ritz-Carlton, Dalian.... Read More

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Receives AAA Four Diamond Rating

Aug 30, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Hilton San Diego Bayfront has been recognized by the American Automobile Association as a Four Diamond hotel, a distinction reserved for properties with "a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail" as characterized by the association. Collectively, Four Diamond establishments represent just 3.6 percent of the 59,000 annually rated properties and restaurants.... Read More

Magdalena Grand Beach Resort Set to Open in Tobago in November

Aug 26, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Magdalena Grand Beach Resort, poised to be Tobago’s premier leisure and business resort, will open its doors in November 2011. The 200-room oceanfront hotel will feature five fine and casual dining options, an 18-hole PGA-designed championship golf course, expansive beachfront, multiple swimming pools, generously sized and flexible meeting/event space and the newest spa on the island.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas Celebrates Crystal Anniversary With Exclusive Package

Aug 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, a magical oasis commanding 30 landscaped acres on an intimate white sand beach, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this December with a special Crystal Anniversary Celebration package.... Read More

The St. Regis Bangkok Introduces the First Elemis Spa in South East Asia

Aug 10, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The latest Elemis Spa, now open at the St. Regis Bangkok, is the first Elemis Spa in South East Asia and one of only four Elemis Signature Spas worldwide, offering its guests a truly unique and elite experience.... Read More

Four Seasons Named Favorite Luxury Brand in Recent Poll

Aug 2, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

When San Diego Union Tribune readers were asked what their favorite luxury brand is last month, Four Seasons Hotels came away the clear winner. The Four Seasons received 35% of the vote and JW Marriott came in second with 22%.... Read More

Ritz-Carlton Reserve Launches in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico

Jul 27, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico has been announced as the site of the first Reserve Property from the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. The newly announced location is just the second location of the exclusive property collection.... Read More

Guests Can Harvest Their Own Autumn Oranges at Arizona's Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Jul 22, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has introduced a juicy take on farm-to-table dining, allowing hotel guests to pick fruit from one of 42 citrus trees in the property fruit orchard, and then to have a chef prepare a seasonal fresh juice for morning breakfast.... Read More

Palm Pavilion Celebrates 85 Years on Clearwater Beach, Florida

Jul 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Gabriele Sappok-Klink

The iconic Palm Pavilion Inn and Restaurant, a Clearwater Beach institution, is proudly celebrating its 85th year this summer. One of the island's first businesses, the Palm Pavilion started out as a beach pavilion in 1926 and has since adapted and grown with the city it calls home into a well-loved beachside restaurant and inn.... Read More

Trump Opens New Luxury Hotel In Panama

Jul 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates has completed the design of the Trump Ocean Club Panama which opened on July 6 and, at 70 stories, is the tallest building in Latin America. Its sail-like profile immediately recalls Dubai's luxurious Burj Al-Arab. The HBA designers collaborated with Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka to create a hotel interior that is both sophisticated and resort-like.... Read More

Delta Sky Clubs add Tequila Avión to Cocktail Offerings

Jul 11, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is adding World Spirits Competition winner Tequila Avión to its cocktail offerings in the award-winning Delta Sky Clubs, offering another benefit to Delta customers.... Read More

Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2011

Jul 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

"It's clear that remote and exotic destinations - places that convey a sense of authenticity and adventure - are ruling the day once again in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards," said Nancy Novogrod, editor in chief of ACTUAL Travel + Leisure. "The top ten hotels overall are African camps and lodges; resorts in India; a property in Chiang Mai; and a luxury lodge in Montana. The top cities overall span the globe: Bangkok, Florence, New York, Istanbul, Siem Reap, and Sydney, to mention a few."... Read More

Thai Ranked 5th Best Airline in the World

Jul 7, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Thai Airways International (THAI) placed 5th worldwide in the World’s Best Airlines category at the 2011 Skytrax World Airline Awards, moving up from 9th place last year. In addition, THAI also won titles for Best Economy Class Cabin Seats and Best Economy Class Onboard Catering.... Read More

Amanresorts to Open Amanruya On Turkey's Aegean Coast

Jun 29, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Amanresorts has announced the opening of its latest luxury property, Amanruya, in a quiet valley on Turkey's Bodrum Peninsula overlooking the Aegean Sea.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Assumes Management of Al Bustan Palace

Jun 28, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has entered an agreement with the Ministry of Tourism from the Sultanate of Oman to acquire the full management of Al Bustan Palace in Muscat, Oman. Starting July 1, 2011, the landmark property, which is set against a dramatic backdrop of rugged mountains and overlooks the Gulf of Oman, will be rebranded under The Ritz-Carlton portfolio.... Read More

Le Meridien Unveils Innovative Lobby Concept "Le Meridien Hub"

Jun 23, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts today introduced its lobby concept, "Le Méridien Hub," which re-interprets the hotel brand's lobbies as social gathering places for creative people to converse, debate and exchange.... Read More

Seaside Luxe Redefines Retail at Luxury Resorts

Jun 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Elise Edwards

Lee Ann Sauter credits her big mouth and strong opinions for sweeping her off on a wild ride through the world of retail. "I was the girl who at 17 didn't know not to say things to executives and that worked really well in my favor of moving up the ladder quickly."... Read More

Ian Schrager Launches Public Chicago & Introduces a New Class of Hotel

May 26, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

If Ian Schrager’s invention of the boutique hotel concept in 1984 signified "The Big Bang" in the hotel industry, we may well be in store for another with his new brand, PUBLIC. Always the rebel, Schrager leads the pack and sets trends, never follows them.... Read More

Migis Hotels' Maine Luxury Retreats Set to Open for the Season

May 4, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Three of Maine's finest luxury retreats from the Migis Hotel Group are gearing up to open for the season. Luxe coastal resorts Black Point Inn and the Inn at Ocean's Edge will open their doors on May 6 and offer guests plenty of outdoor adventure and indoor allure. Now to be open year-round the Four Diamond Inn at Ocean's Edge also features the acclaimed oceanfront restaurant The Edge.... Read More

Rocco Forte Hotels to Open Property in Luxor

May 3, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Rocco Forte Hotels is pleased to announce it has entered into a new contract to help refurbish and then operate the Luxor Hotel in Egypt in 2013.... Read More

The Fairmont Washington, D.C. Completes Renovation of Three Guestroom Floors

May 3, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Fairmont Washington, D.C. has completed the renovation of the fourth, fifth and sixth floor guestrooms. Each room is designed as a unique urban oasis offering classic style with modern and comfortable furnishings.... Read More

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Launches Wine Ambassador Program

Apr 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Christina Stewart

Even the most seasoned wine aficionados can often find themselves at odds when flipping the pages of a lengthy wine list. Rather than simply relying on the old adage (you know, that reds pair best with red meats while whites best accompany white meats) why not open your mind, cleanse your palate, and sip your way though the vast array of savory varietals.... Read More

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Debuts $2 Million Renovation

Apr 13, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach greets visitors upon stepping foot into the hotel with a transformed lobby radiating a beachside décor look and feel.... Read More

Emirates Named Best Airline to South Africa by South African Tourism

Apr 13, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline carrier, was awarded "Best Airline" at the second annual South African Tourism Ubuntu Awards, honoring its business and leisure trade partners, at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City on April 7, 2011.... Read More

Leaders Club Introduces First-Ever Loyalty Perk of its Kind: 'Hometown Benefits'

Apr 12, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. announces the latest enhancement to its popular Leaders Club program. Club members residing in the metropolitan areas of London, New York City and Paris received an e-mail introducing "Home Benefits," letting them know how they can enjoy specials on food and beverage, complimentary cocktails, spa products and more, at Leading Hotels in their home cities.... Read More

Red Ledges Private Golf Community and St. Regis Deer Valley Announce Joint Partnership

Apr 1, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Red Ledges, a premier golf and four-season recreational community located just minutes from Park City, and The St. Regis Deer Valley, a world class resort located slope-side upon the legendary groomed trails of Deer Valley Resort®, today announced an annual strategic partnership to offer exclusive amenity access between their respective memberships.... Read More

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay Introduces Dog-Friendly Suites

Mar 15, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Every dog has its day – and now with the help of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay – every day can be your dog's day. As one of only a few dog-friendly properties on the Las Vegas Strip, THEhotel introduces amenities that cater to even the worldliest puppy.... Read More

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Announces More Than $20 Million Restoration

Mar 7, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Fairmont Copley Plaza, in preparation for the property’s centennial celebration in 2012, announces a comprehensive restoration project totaling more than $20 million.... Read More

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale Opens Doors and Welcomes First Guests

Jan 25, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, the first property of the newly-launched, upper-upscale lifestyle hotel brand-B Hotels & Resorts-opened its doors today after much anticipation by the industry and consumers.... Read More

Justin Cogley, New Chef de Cuisine at Aubergine

Jan 21, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Travel News: Justin Cogley, has been appointed as chef de cuisine of Aubergine restaurant. Cogley replaces executive chef Christophe Grosjean, who returned to his home-country of France. In his new position Cogley oversees Aubergine and all of L’Auberge Carmel’s culinary programs.... Read More

Now Open: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre Takes Place in Luxury Group

Jan 12, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Travel News: After much anticipation and years of preparation, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) officially opens its doors today. The 341-room hotel, with 124 executive residences, is the second Ritz-Carlton in Dubai and the sixth property in the region for the luxury hotel company.... Read More

Hyatt Grand Champions Resort Villas and Spa Announces Private Label Agave Sunset Tequila

Jan 12, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Travel News: Hyatt Grand Champions Resort Villas and Spa announces the launch of their privately labeled Agave Sunset Tequila, which will be available exclusively at the Indian Wells resort.... Read More

Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino to Hold 2010 Cacique Awards

Jan 11, 2011

Travel News: The 14th Cacique Awards is to be held on January 28th at the Rainforest theatre, Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino, Cable Beach.... Read More

Paris' Hotel Fouquet's Barriere Harvests Wine for a Cause

Jan 6, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Travel News: Hotel Fouquet's Barri?re, Paris' most ecologically responsible five-star hotel, recently launched 'Harvest Fouquet's Barri?re,' a special wine-making program in which all proceeds go towards the reforestation of the Landes forest, Europe's largest maritime pine forest (which was partially destroyed during a storm in 2008).... Read More

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