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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Offers Celebrity-Worthy Style Concierge Services

Dec 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Las Vegas isn't exactly a destination for haute couture, but for a limited time, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is changing that with the arrival of Decades, an illustrious vintage and haute consignment retailer in Los Angeles. In addition, Los... Read More

Fontainebleau Miami Beach to Ring in the New Year with Drake and Calvin Harris

Dec 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Continuing a long standing tradition of having the best New Year's Eve Bash in Miami, Fontainebleau Miami Beach is ringing in the New Year with a concert featuring Drake and Calvin Harris. Drake will perform poolside with additional sounds... Read More

Rosewood Mayakoba Celebrates its 5-Year Anniversary With a 5-Night Giveaway

Dec 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Lucky number 5! As Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya’s premier resort is nearing their fifth anniversary of the hotel and earning 5,000 Facebook fans.Situated along a mile-long arc of pristine white Caribbean Sand, nestled just north the sce... Read More

Hilton Hotels Debuts Brand's First in Peru, Lima Miraflores

Dec 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of the new-build 207-roomHilton Lima Miraflores– the company’s first managed hotel in Peru and its flagship brand’s first Hilton Hotels & Resorts hotel in the country. Located 11 mile... Read More

The Draycott Hotel Offers New "Styled In Chelsea" Experience

Dec 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

As Chelsea’s most refined and charming boutique hotel, the Draycott is offering guests an exclusive personal shopping experience with Extreme Makeover UK fashion stylist, Ghaz, with their new “Styled in Chelsea” pack... Read More

Celebrate The New Year At a Few of NYC's Most Glamorous Hotels

Dec 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

For New Year's Eve, there's no better place to ring in the New Year than New York City. So while you're there, stay in style atThe James and The Sanctuary Hotel, courtesy of an Ebay auction offer.... Read More

New Spa Benefits Help ANA Frequent Fliers Unwind

Dec 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The first thing you probably want to do when you step off a long flight is hit up the hotel spa for a way to unwind the kinks that come with air travel. Thanks to the new partnership between Spa Week Media Group, Ltd., the nation’s fastest growing spa and wellness marketing company, and All Nippon Airways (ANA), the ninth largest airline in the world and the largest in Japan, frequent fliers will be able to use airline miles on Spa & Wellness Gift Card purchases which are redeemable year-round at over 7,500 spa and wellness locations across North America. “As a frequent flyer myself, I am extremely excited about this partnership. Traveling can take a toll on body and mind, so what better way to unwind than with a relaxing spa or wellness treatment. Our partnership with ANA will make this ... Read More

Chef Jose Andres Opens First Restaurant Outside of the Continental U.S. at The Ritz-Carlton Reserve Dorado Beach

Dec 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Culinary wonder Jose Andres is partnering with Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve to create Mi Casa, the modernist chef's first restaurant effort outside the United States. Inspired by the resort's tropical location and the chef's Spanish roots, Mi Casa features local Puerto Rican favorites with an Andres twist."Dorado Beach's rich history provided amazing inspiration to put forward a bold menu celebrating the legacy of the people and cuisine that shaped this unique destination and to push me to share some of my own stories," said José Andrés.... Read More

Celebrities Follow the Presidential Campaign Trail to Hotel Beaux Arts Miami

Oct 24, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

With the November election fast-approaching, the eyes of the nation are narrowing in on each presidential candidate as they race to the White House. Some lean left, others lean right, but everyone enjoys a spirited debate. Celebrities, like the rest of America, often follow the campaign trail in support of their favored candidate. Last week, more than 700 supporters of President Obama gathered at JW Marriott Marquis Miami for the final finance event of the 2012 campaign.... Read More

Best Hotels in Miami For Celebrity Sightings

Oct 19, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

When celebrities are looking to escape the fast pace and persistent paparazzi in LA, one of the cities they head to is Miami. With high-end shopping, luxury hotels, fine dining and vibrant nightlife all at their fingertips, it’s hard for the rich and famous to resist a relaxing getaway. With so many beautiful people strutting around South Florida, you’d think they were all ‘somebody,’ but we know exactly where you need to hang out to rub elbows with today’s biggest and brightest Hollywood stars.... Read More

Top 5 Romantic Resorts in the Caribbean

Oct 11, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

A sunset stroll on the beach; a candlelit dinner under the stars; the crystal clear waves crashing onto the white sand while you lay in solitude in the warm sunshine. The Caribbean’s various picturesque islands set the stage for romance and are a great place to reignite the spark or keep the flame burning bright. Dazzling tropical views lay just outside some of the area’s most intimate hotels and private villas that are waiting to host an unforgettable trip for two. Whether you travel to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba or Puerto Rico, be prepared to lose yourself in the charm and tranquility of these secluded and seductive luxury resorts.... Read More

Top 5 Hotels in LA For Celebrity Sightings

Oct 10, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Los Angeles has long intrigued the masses, with the glitz and glam of Hollywood beckoning to aspiring actors, singers and entertainers to take a chance on their dreams. And when they become big celebrities, we become infatuated with where they go to eat, shop and stay so we can feel their alluring presence and be in on the latest hot spots in town. Many hotels in LA have hosted major names in show biz for events, love affairs, parties and some even called them home.... Read More

Top 5 Southern California Hotels With Ocean Views

Oct 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Surf's up, travelers! The waves are big, the weather is perfect and Taco Tuesdays are mandatory. There's no place like Southern California for an incomparable getaway with its vast coastline of beaches and its array of award-winning resorts. Treat yourself to prized California wines, a round of golf at well-manicured golf courses, or a day at a world-famous theme park; whatever you desire, California has it all.... Read More

Romantic Beach Hotels in Florida

Oct 9, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

When you think of Florida, surf, sand and sun immediately come to mind. It’s a great place to bring the family, that special someone or even for solo travel. With the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Gulf of Mexico to the west, virtually no part of the state is too far from the water, making it easy to enjoy a tropical vacation in almost any locale, at nearly any time of year.... Read More

Top 5 Caribbean Resorts with Picturesque Locations

Oct 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Scattered throughout the Caribbean Sea are hundreds of tropical islands and host to some of the world's best luxury hotels. With plenty of beaches to visit and uncharted waters to explore, the Caribbean offers unexpected surprises around every turn. Most known for luxury cruises and vacation spots among celebs, these islands have been referred to as "Paradise"; heaven-on-earth.... Read More

Top 5 Hawaiian Hotels and Amazing Photos

Oct 8, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Each of the Hawaiian Islands offers something unique to discerning travelers—Oahu is great for first timers to explore the ever popular city of Waikiki and big wave surfing; Kauai contains the only navigable river in Hawaii and nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” boasts spectacular cliffs; Lanai is quiet and private, with not one single traffic light on the island; Maui features some of the best beaches in the world and is a great location for whale watching during the winter months; The Big Island’s diverse ecosystems, from rainforests to snowcapped mountains to active volcanoes, make it an exciting and enticing locale; and the less frequented island of Molokai exudes a more historic feel, with half its population coming from Native Hawaiian descent.... Read More

Live Like a Local in London & New York City with Onefinestay's Luxury Unhotel Experience

Sep 20, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

When traveling to London or New York City, you can expect to find a wealth of luxury hotels that provide truly exceptional service. While most five-star properties do offer amenities designed to make a guest feel at home, the experience of enjoying the city like a local is often what travelers crave most.... Read More

Denver Luxury Hotel Joins Autograph Collection

Sep 20, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is now a member of the Autograph Collection. The Denver-based landmark becomes the 35th property to join the exclusive ranks of the independently owned hotels that make up the Autograph Collection. The storied establishment is a Forbes Four Star and an AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel. It has been an eventful September for The Brown Palace, as the deluxe hotelier also is celebrating its 120th anniversary during the month. By partnering with the Autograph Collection, the hotel gains access to Marriott International's global sales and marketing channels, including the award-winning Marriott Rewards loyalty program. "We're thrilled to be a part of the distinguished Autograph Collection," said Marcel... Read More

All-Inclusive Travel Packages to Kentucky Derby

Sep 20, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Churchill Downs and QuintEvents will provide made-to-order packages around the Kentucky Derby horse race. The Derby Experiences travel program will include access to the biggest parties of Kentucky Derby Week in 2013. The 139th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The $1 million guaranteed Kentucky Oaks, the Derby's sister race for fillies, occurs a day earlier on May 3. The packages range in price from $799 to $11,599. Packages include tickets to the Oaks and Derby, hotel rooms, ground transportation, fast access passes, in-track hospitality centers with live entertainment, celebrity jockeys, food and beverage service, tours of horse farms and distilleries. Luxury motor coach packages to and from the races also will be available.... Read More

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Preferred Guest Loyalty Members Name 10 Best Beach & Hotel Resorts

Sep 18, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has recently revealed the top 10 favorite beach and hotel resorts among its Preferred Guest loyalty members. The poll, which was distributed to 500,000 SPG members, found the Westin to be the favorite Starwood brand, according to USA Today. The top 10 luxury hotels represent a wide range of interests, including the best family hotels, golf hotels, and properties known for exceptional golf, food or city nightlife.... Read More

Artistic and Well-Designed Hotel Rooms in Miami

Sep 12, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Luxury hotel chains often rely on a team of renowned architects and designers to ensure that each guest room and suite is as fashionable as it is functional. Urban hotels in Miami are known for offering a unique selection of room styles, but some of the most artistic and well-designed rooms can be found along the shores of South Beach.... Read More

Small-Ship Luxury Cruise Line Paul Gauguin Debuts 2013 Itineraries

Sep 12, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury small-ship cruise line Paul Gauguin Cruises announced the availability of its 2013 Voyages by Gauguin brochure. A complimentary copy is available via travel agents and at the company’s website (PGCruises.com). The 86-page brochure showcases a variety of destinations and provides information on the company’s fleet of cruise ships, including five award-winning itineraries in French Polynesia and 13 new itineraries in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. There also is news on the line's new luxury cruise ship, Moana, and the newly renovated Gauguin vessel. All-inclusive fares include complimentary beverages with select wines and spirits; an in-room refrigerator that is replenished daily, and onboard... Read More

Denver Luxury Hotel Joins Autograph Collection

Sep 11, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is now a member of the Autograph Collection. The Denver-based landmark becomes the 35th property to join the exclusive ranks of the independently owned hotels that make up the Autograph Collection. The storied establishment is a Forbes Four Star and an AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel. It has been an eventful September for The Brown Palace, as the deluxe hotelier also is celebrating its 120th anniversary during the month. By partnering with the Autograph Collection, the hotel gains access to Marriott International's global sales and marketing channels, including the award-winning Marriott Rewards loyalty program. "We're thrilled to be a part of the distinguished Autograph Collection," said Marcel... Read More

Luxury Boutique Hotel in Napa Valley Reopens

Sep 10, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The White House Inn & Spa, a historic boutique hotel in Napa Valley, California, has reopened its doors this summer. The Inn, which has 17 guestrooms, is in a Victorian mansion that was built in 1886. The accommodations are lavish, as there are in-room fireplaces, spa tubs, flat-screen televisions, and iPod docks in all rooms. There also is a pool and a spa on the property. Each day begins with a complimentary breakfast and concludes with a wine-and-cheese social. It is a welcoming and relaxed setting, according to the Inn’s new management. "It's been an honor to carry on the tradition of warm service and hospitality at the Inn," said Kimberly Fox, innkeeper of the... Read More

W South Beach Hotel & Residences Makes Miami Sweat with New Beachfront Fitness Classes

Sep 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Christina Stewart

The W South Beach Hotel & Residences has recently added some exciting new programming to its arsenal of hip hotel amenities. With the help of a highly-sought after celebrity trainer, the luxury hotel in Miami is now offering two beachfront fitness courses designed to help guests achieve that perfect South Beach body. Celebrity fitness trainer, Simone Cavalletti, has developed a unique combination of tools that promise to motivate, strengthen, and awaken the mind, body and soul.... Read More

Hard Rock Hotel in Mexico Opens on Beachfront

Aug 31, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The opening of the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta this week is the first property of the hotelier to open in Mexico. The hotel contains 348 guestrooms, set on the beachfront and is a AAA Four Diamond Hotel. There are two large swimming pools, a pool for children, four bars, and six restaurants as well as a volleyball court on the beach, a tennis court, and a dive pool for scuba diving lessons and demonstrations. The new Hard Rock Hotel destination also has live entertainment, an outdoor amphitheater and 6,300 square feet for business and social gatherings. The signature Body Rock Fitness Center and Rock Spa are on the premises as well. Accommodations at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta start at $171 per person, per night, and is based... Read More

Themed Cruise on Crystal Symphony Features Premier Jazz Artists

Aug 30, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Live jazz ranging from ragtime to swing will be played daily by a roster of guest musicians on Crystal Cruises’ South Pacific voyage from Los Angeles to Hawaii and French Polynesia. The cruise departs on November 25, 2012. The jazz-centric entertainment is the work of the luxury cruise line's voyage partner, Jazzdagen Tours. Clarinetist Pieter Meijers will lead a jazz ensemble featuring percussionist Eddie Metz; trumpeter, pianist and banjo player Randy Morris; keyboardist and vocalist Tom Hook; bassist and vocalist Nicki Parrott; and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore. Additionally, the Crystal Visions Enrichment guest speakers on the cruise will include Louis Zamperini, Olympic champion and subject of the bestseller Unbroken... Read More

Toronto Luxury Hotel Offers Spa Services for Toronto Film Festival

Aug 29, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Swiss skin-care house, Valmont is teaming up for the second time with The Hazelton Hotel in Toronto, to offer its anti-aging expertise o VIP guests and members of the press during the 37th Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 6-16, 2012. The Spa at Hazelton will offer an in-depth skin diagnosis by Valmont and then a follow-up 30- or 60-minute Vitality of the Glaciers spa treatment, leaving skin deeply moisturized, firm and radiant. According to the skincare experts at pioneering Swiss clinic, which began operating in 1905, the signature spa treatment stimulates cell renewal through the use of HP, DNA, RNA and massage. The treatment and a sequence of “butterfly movement” massages... Read More

Newest Luxury Hotel in Vienna | The Ritz-Carlton Opens 80th Property

Aug 28, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has opened its first hotel in Austria in Vienna. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, is the ninth hotel in Europe for the luxury hotel company. The new hotel is a 202-room property that is made up of four historic palaces that date back to the 19th century. It offers great proximity to museums, concert halls, and is surrounded by various historic buildings and landmarks in the capital city of Austria. The boutique Guerlain Spa will offer six treatment rooms, including two specially designed for couples. Chef Wini Brugger presents Austrian cuisine on his menu at the Dstrikt restaurant. “We are delighted to open our 80th hotel in this key European capital and to offer discerning global travellers a t... Read More

Exclusive Preview of heidi klein Resort 2013 Collection at The Lanesborough

Aug 24, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

London’s deluxe The Lanesborough hotel will present an exclusive preview of heidi klein’s Resort Summer 2013 collection this fall. Heidi Gosman and Penny Klein launched the fashion brand, which encompasses beach chic to superyacht glamour, in 2002. Today, the company has a dedicated following that includes the likes of high-fashion models Sienna Miller, Elle MacPherson, and Kate Moss. The Lanesborough and heidi klein Afternoon Tea will occur on Friday, October 13, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. by reservation. Guests also will receive a heidi klein beach bag and a shopping voucher. Overlooking Hyde Park and on the borders of Knightsbridge and Belgravia, The Lanesborough is among the world’s most luxurious... Read More

Singles Travel to Mediterranean and Far East on Luxury Cruise Line Get Savings

Aug 23, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

In the latest travel news, commercial cruise liner Voyages to Antiquity recently announced that it has increased its number of dedicated single cabins to 12 percent of its entire inventory of accommodations. Dedicated-single cabins are available in a variety of categories, including inside to deluxe outside with a balcony. "Single travel is one of the fastest growing segments in the travel industry, particularly in the case of destination travel brands where the demographic is generally the mature market,” said Mitchell J. Schlesinger, VP of sales and marketing of Voyages to Antiquity. “We are supporting this growth and extending our 'Extraordinary Value' brand promise by offering a variety of... Read More

Best Resort Hotels on the Beach in St. John

Aug 21, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Whether your Caribbean travel plans include a romantic getaway or a fun-filled family vacation, the island of St. John is an ideal destination for making lasting memories. While it may be the smallest of the developed U.S. Virgin Islands, when it comes to luxury, St. John is in no way lacking. Nestled along the pristine shores of Great Cruz Bay is a 47-acre tropical hideaway that truly offers...... Read More

International Hotel Brand Wins Best in Class for Its New Website

Aug 21, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Interactive Media Council has announced that the website of the Warwick International Hotels has been awarded its Best in Class designation. The award represents the highest level of professionalism, standards compliance, planning and execution of web-driven communications. The Interactive Media Council is a non-profit organization comprised of web-related professionals such as designers, developers, programmers, and advertisers. "We placed an emphasis on improving usability, aesthetics and content, and visibility on search engines, all of which will increase the level of the hotel's respective relevancy in search results," said Warren Chiu, director of project development for Warwick International Hotels. "This, in time, will translate into... Read More

Coolest New Amenity at SoHo Luxury Hotel The James New York

Aug 21, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

SoHo-based The James New York introduced The Stylist Collection, a collection of accessories for its guests selected by Mimi Lombardo, an acclaimed stylist and the fashion director of Travel + Leisure. The hotel will provide guests access to the ever-expanding collection as well as going on a personalized shopping with Ms. Lombardo herself. "I was thrilled to be asked by The James New York to act as their hotel stylist," said Mimi Lombardo. "The James brand is all about refined and elegant style that is also accessible and au courant. The items I selected to represent those traits are ideally-suited to The James guest and to the hotel's overall design aesthetic." The Stylist Collection by Mimi... Read More

Business Travel Hotel Near Columbus Convention Center in Ohio

Aug 16, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Sonesta ES Suites has recently opened a new location in Dublin, Ohio. The Sonesta ES is a new, extended-stay luxury hotel brand of the company. The studio and two-bedroom suites feature a fully equipped kitchen, workspace, and free high-speed Internet access. The suites range in size from 468 to 734 square feet. The hotel has a swimming pool, whirlpool, and a 24-hour exercise room. Additionally, there is meeting space and a 24-hour business center. Dublin, Ohio, is a short, drivable distance from downtown Columbus and is nearby the Columbus Convention Center. There are Sonesta ES Suites located in Andover and Burlington, Massachusetts, Flagstaff, Arizona, Orlando, Florida, Somerset, Parsippany, and Princeton, New Jersey, and Malvern, Pennsylvania.... Read More

Find Modern Luxury in a Downtown Chicago Hotel

Aug 16, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Centrally located on the corners of Rush and Ontario, the James Chicagois among one of the trendiest luxury hotels in downtown Chicago. The 297-room boutique hotel is located just steps away from some of Chicago’s most famous landmarks, including Michigan Avenue shopping district...... Read More

James New York Hotel | A Cool Summertime Destination to Experience NYC Culture

Aug 15, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

This summer has proven to be excessively warm, and as temperatures continue to rise across the nation, travelers everywhere are in need of a cool respite. The James New York is known as one of the coolest hotels in New York, but did you know that the property also boasts one of the best hotel rooftop pool decks in the city?... Read More

Beachfront Villas in Costa Rica Added to Private Residence Club The Palms

Aug 15, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Private residence club The Palms at Playa Flamingo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, recently announced that two new 3,000-square-foot beachfront villas are available. The new properties, a ground floor and an upper unit, are also the largest accommodations that the exclusive club offers. Both residences feature dark-colored hardwood floors, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a powder room. The kitchens are spacious and feature Sub-Zero and Viking appliances. The upper and lower villas are for sale at $2.5 million and $2.25 million, respectively. The Palms Private Residence Club is located on the Pacific Coast’s Playa Flamingo. There are 32 luxury villas at the Palms. Potential owners can purchase a one-eighth interest at $149,000... Read More

Luxury Cruise Line Windstar Completes Renovation on First Ship

Aug 14, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Wind Star, one of the three sailing yachts of Windstar Cruises, is the first of the company’s ships to complete its renovation. The staterooms, owners’ suites, and public areas received new furnishings, upholstery, light, artwork, carpeting, ceiling finishes, window treatments, and floor coverings. "We have a company-wide commitment to ensuring our yachts are in excellent condition," said Hans Birkholz, CEO and president of Windstar Cruises. "The vision for the renovation is a classic, stylish luxury that dramatizes the unique thrill of sailing and a private yacht experience." Windstar Cruises is in the midst of an $18-million fleet-wide upgrading project. The next phase will include the complete enhancemen... Read More

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana: A Favorite Culinary Destination in the Caribbean

Aug 13, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana has recently announced the addition of a new restaurant by renowned Chef Kerry Simon. Slated to open at the end of 2012, Mansion by Simon will be the fifth restaurant from Kerry Simon, and the first international restaurant from the restaurateur.... Read More

Vacation Club in Mexico Launches Lifestyle Blog for its Luxury Resorts

Aug 10, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Mexico’s Vida Vacations launched the Vida Vibe Lifestyle Blog to showcase its luxury resorts and engage better with club members. The high-end vacation club has resort properties throughout the country under luxury hotel brands such as Mayan Palace, The Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Grand Mayan, and The Bliss. Golf tips, water sports, culture, art, sightseeing tips, and other information relating to the area will be the focus of Vida Vacation’s blog posts. Members also are encouraged to share their experiences and memories stemming from their adventures. The exclusive vacation club is an entity owned by Grupo Vidanta. The firm, which began in 1974, is one of Mexico’s leading developers of hotels and resorts, golf courses... Read More

Vacation Package to Spa Resort in Austin for Flexjet Fractional Jet Owners

Aug 9, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Lake Austin Spa Resort and private-aviation specialist Flexjet are partnering to present the Ultimate Wellness Escape. The spa voted by readers of Conde Nast Traveler to be #1 Destination Spa in North America offers 25,000 square feet with plentiful indoor and outdoor treatment spaces and more than 100 body treatments. Flexjet fractional owners will receive special perks and benefits during their visits to the Lake Austin Spa Resort, such as an automatic upgrade to the resort’s Lady Bird Suite. "Our alliance with Flexjet allows guests to begin their relaxation hours before arriving at our doorstep—the ease and comfort of flying privately compliments the luxury experience for which we are... Read More

Best Places to Stay in Miami on Summer Vacation

Aug 8, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Many luxury hotels in Miami offer great summer activities that can be enjoyed both by land and sea. Whether it's a day-trip to the Everglades, a shopping excursion along Collins Avenue or a sun-kissed day at the beach, you're sure to find plenty of things to do in Miami on your summer vacation. Whether itThe city... Read More

Where to Stay in London & Things to Do in the City

Aug 7, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

As one of the oldest cities in Europe, London is steeped in both history and tradition. Home to the 2012 Summer Olympics, the cultural epicenter has proven to be among one of the most popular tourist destinations of the year. The recent global headlines have created quite a buzz, prompting travelers from around the world to visit the sophisticated streets of an ancient city... Read More

Places to Stay on the Strip Near Mandalay Bay

Aug 7, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Delano Las Vegas will replace THEhotel in late 2013 in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The new hotel will be the second U.S. property of the all-suite, signature luxury brand of Morgans Hotel Group, joining the Delano South Beach in Florida. MGM Resorts will manage the Delano Las Vegas under a long-term licensing agreement. "In keeping with our commitment to create superior experiences for our guests, transforming THEhotel into Delano Las Vegas will add a new dimension of energy and excitement to the Las Vegas Strip," said Chuck Bowling, president and COO of Mandalay Bay. "The Delano South Beach experience is very special and loved worldwide, most notably in key Latin American and... Read More

Where to Stay & Things to Do in Paris

Aug 6, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Known for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world, it comes as no surprise that Paris is among the most traveled cities throughout Europe. While there are plenty of luxury hotels and cultural attractions in Paris, finding the best can often require a bit of research.... Read More

New Cruise Itineraries for 2013 From AmaWaterways Luxury River Cruising

Aug 2, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury river cruise operators AmaWaterways will be launching new ships in 2013. The company plans to launch the 108-passenger ship, the AmaVida, and the 164-passenger ship, the AmaPrima. The firm also will be adding new itineraries, such as an 11-day Paris and Normandy cruise. The outfit is the only river-cruising firm that is a member of the prestigious culinary association, La Chaine des Rotisseurs. AmaWaterways is an industry leader in river cruising. With destinations traveling through Europe, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and new voyages to Africa and Portugal, the line offers voyages to more than 20 countries. The Chatsworth, California-headquartered river cruising specialist recently ce... Read More

Boston Hotel With New Gym and Guestroom Upgrades | The Fairmont Copley Plaza

Aug 1, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Fairmont Copley Plaza, in Boston, Massachusetts, recently announced the completion of an extensive $20-million-plus makeover. The massive project included all 383 guestrooms and suites, the Fairmont Gold Lounge, and the lower lobby meeting space. New rooftop additions to the hotel include both a health club and a lobby lounge. “This is one of the most exciting times in the 100-year history of The Fairmont Copley Plaza,” said Paul S. Tormey, regional VP and GM of The Fairmont. “This investment will enhance the hotel’s preeminent position in the marketplace, while preserving much of the architectural detailing that has made the hotel a Boston landmark since its grand opening in 1912.... Read More

Holiday Cruise Specials from Paul Gauguin in December

Jul 31, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury cruise ship operator Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering two seven-night Tahiti and the Society Islands voyages this December. Both cruises offer savings of 50 percent off and include airfare from Los Angeles. There is a cruise on December 22 and on December 29. The luxury sailing cruises do a round trip from Papeete, Tahiti. There are overnight stops in Bora Bora and Moorea. Snorkeling and other water-related sports activities will be plentiful. There also will be beach time on private beaches in Bora Bora. The Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program will be available on both sailings for young travelers (ages 9 to 17). Adding even more value to the holiday cruising packages, the third... Read More

Travel Packages at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou in China

Jul 30, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Four Seasons Hotel opened its 88th property in China's third largest metropolis, Guangzhou. The official opening ceremony for the Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou occurred Monday, July 23, 2012. The new luxury hotel occupies the top 30 floors of the Guangzhou IFC building. There also is an events facility on the lower floors of the towering building. "We are particularly pleased to be the 88th Four Seasons hotel worldwide, doubling our luck for a successful future in Guangzhou," said Bahram Sepahi, regional VP and general manager of the new hotel. Guests of the new Four Seasons property are being welcomed with an introductory package that includes a daily buffet breakfast and dining, an entertainment credit, a daily... Read More

Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club Invitation Only Club Membership Programs

Jul 24, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The prestigious and secluded 300-acre Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club is offering memberships in five categories. The luxury golfing resort, which features a Raymond Floyd-redesigned 18-hole championship golf course and unlimited-play tennis courts, now has membership packages that are experiential. Golf, Social, Executive, Beach Club, and National memberships are available by invitation only. “Membership really has its privileges at the Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club,” said Stacey Persinger, director of membership for Turnberry. “We’re the greatest golf club value for the money. Best of all, our members also enjoy a luxury resort lifestyle, which truly adds to the overall experience.” Members are treated grandly.... Read More

Viking River Cruises Adding Two Ships in 2013

Jul 23, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Apparently, business is good for luxury river-cruise specialty company Viking River Cruises, as the company announced the addition of two new ships to its fleet for 2013. The announcement of the firm’s placement of an order for two Viking Longships was made Friday, July 20, 2012, from its Los Angeles offices. Each will have 95 staterooms. Viking Cruises is now set to add eight ships in 2013, and have a total of 14 by 2014. "As the fastest-growing segment of travel, river cruising is inspiring more vacation plans than ever before," said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking River Cruises. "We are very pleased by the response we have seen to our new Viking Longships, and we are continuing our expansion to meet that demand.... Read More

Cornelia Spa Returns to New York at The Surrey

Jul 19, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Cornelia Spa makes its highly anticipated return to New York at The Surrey, which is NYC's only Relais & Chateaux hotel. It is located on 76th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan's prestigious Upper East Side. The deluxe and intimate pied'a terre-style spa is placed within The Surrey. Signature treatments include The Reparative Caviar and Oxygen Quench, which is a two-part facial that leaves skin visibly firmer, hydrated and radiant. It is followed by a caviar amuse bouche and prosecco finale. The Purist: A Dual Detoxification Treatment is a two-hour detoxification process designed to maximize physical and mental clarification. It begins with a body exfoliation that uses Cornelia's Honey... Read More

Ocean House in Rhode Island Unveils 13 Deluxe Signature Suites

Jul 18, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Rhode Island's only AAA Five Diamond Resort made itself better with the addition of 13 luxury suites. These studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suites offer full-gourmet kitchens, deep-soaking tubs, large bedrooms, and expansive balconies. The new accommodations range from 725 to 4,000 square feet of available space. Dedicated floor valets will be available to indulge guests with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Additionally, a dedicated VIP relations manager will be on hand and access to the luxury resort's members-only Club Room will be available to travelers staying at the Signature Suites. Rates start at $950 per night. The 136-year-old Ocean House re-opened in June 2010 upon completing a $140-million rebuild and restoration.... Read More

Westgate Resort Among Top 50 Private Companies in Central Florida

Jul 10, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Westgate Resorts is ranked among "Florida's Top 50 Private Companies," according to Florida Trend's annual TopRank Florida 2012 lists. The Orlando-based resort developer is one of the largest privately held corporations in the Central Florida. Westgate Resorts is the largest privately owned timeshare company in the world. "I'm extremely proud of the entire Westgate family for being recognized as one of the top companies in the state of Florida," commented David A. Siegel, founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts. "This award is a testament to the dedication of the thousands of outstanding team members who work tirelessly to provide exceptional five-star vacations and is confirmation that our business continues to grow and prosper."... Read More

Crystal Cruises Voted "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" 17 Years Running

Jul 9, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Crystal Cruises has been voted by readers of Travel + Leisure “The World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” for the seventeenth consecutive year. The cruise line is the only luxury brand to win this award each year it has been issued. Service, destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value are the six areas readers vote on to determine the award-winning company. “While we have delighted travelers this year with newly designed spaces, new services, and new value-conscious pricing, we have offered a consistency of experience that is unmatched in our industry."... Read More

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts to Open New Hotel in Kazan, Russia in 2016

Jul 5, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts and the Riviera Tower LLC have signed a management contract for a new luxury hotel in Russia. The Swissôtel Riviera Tower Kazan, which is scheduled to open in 2016, will reinforce the hotel group’s position in the Eastern European market. The Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy, in Moscow, has garnered an excellent reputation since opening its doors. Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, is located approximately 500 miles east of Moscow. The new, deluxe hotel will have 211 guestrooms and suites, a Pürovel Spa & Sport complex, numerous indoor and outdoor sports facilities, various restaurants, a ballroom, and several smaller conference rooms. "Our hotel group has had a presence in Moscow for years and we have... Read More

LHW Introduces Complimentary Shuttle Service for Leaders Club Unlimited Members

Jul 3, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Leading Hotels of the World began offering all its Leaders Club Unlimited members complimentary one-way transfers from airports to Leading Hotels of the World’s affiliated hotels in the 10 most popular global destinations. A chauffeur meets incoming travelers arriving at the airport and drives them to their LHW hotel. The club is designed to make traveling easier and more fulfilling. The service is now available inside airport terminals at the following airports: Barcelona (BCN); Berlin (TXL/SXF); London (LHR/LGW/LCY); Milan (MXP); Munich (MUC); New York City (JFK/EWR/LGA); Paris (CDG/ORY); Rome (FCO); Vienna (VIE) and Zurich (ZRH). "You asked and we listened,” said Claudia Kozma Kaplan, CMO of Leading... Read More

Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Double Hotels in China

Jun 29, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that it has reached a historic milestone with 103 hotels open and in operation in Greater China. The luxury hotelier also announced it has 100 signed hotel deals in “its pipeline." "Our celebration of our more than 100 hotels in operation and 100 hotels in the pipeline marks another significant milestone for Starwood's growth and development in China, as we double our footprint in the region," said Vasant Prabhu, vice chairman and CFO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. "Our success in China reflects our first mover advantage, the strength of our brands and the entrusted partnerships we have fostered with our developers, partners, and guests since our first... Read More

Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa Opens

Jun 28, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The first guests of the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa entered the new hotel last week on the evening of June 21, 2012. Located in San Diego County, across from Ponto Beach, the 215-guestroom deluxe resort features the culinary delights of acclaimed Chef Pascal Vignau at Chandler’s Restaurant & Lounge and the 5,600-square-foot Ocean Crest Spa facility. “We are truly thrilled to have opened this beautiful resort, and we are grateful to our team, to our Carlsbad neighbors and to the many guests who have already booked stays, weddings and events with us,” said Bill Canepa, managing partner, Wave Crest Oceanfront LLC and president, Wave Crest Hotels and Resorts. “I can’t think of a more beautiful resort setting in all... Read More

The Hazelton Hotel's Newest Amenity: The Art Concierge

Jun 27, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Hazelton Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Toronto, announced that its newest amenity would be available to guests and the general public. The hotel has named Ms. Sam Mogelonsky as the art concierge of hotel. She holds a BFAH from Queen's University, Kingston, ON, and an MFA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design London. There are approximately 40 art galleries and dealers in the community. The “Live Chat” feature provides users access to information on the local art and culture scene. "With increased recognition of Toronto as one of North America's leading fine art centers, it was critical to provide community leadership with the creation of the art concierge," said David Mounteer,... Read More

First Nobu Hotel Set to Open in Las Vegas in Late 2012

Jun 26, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Nobu Hotel will begin booking reservations on October 1, 2012, with the expectations of opening in late 2012. Nobu Hospitality partners Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper, along with principals from Caesar’s Palace and the new hotel’s designer, David Rockwell gathered last week at the original Nobu in New York City to give attendees an initial glance inside the world's first Nobu Hotel. "We have created a distinctly Japanese experience in the heart of Las Vegas with the first Nobu Hotel, but with a playful interpretation of Nobu's style and the Vegas bravado," said David Rockwell, founder and CEO of the Rockwell Group. "Using the grand canvas of a hotel, we were able to elaborate on the use of... Read More

Fiji's Wakaya Club & Spa Launches New International Culinary Program

Jun 25, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Wakaya Club & Spa announced that Craig Strong will be the private island luxury resort’s guest executive chef of Montage Laguna Beach's Studio Restaurant from Saturday, September 29 through Saturday, October 6, 2012. Chef Strong is a seasoned and renowned, award-winning gourmand of pedigree. His kitchen proclivities lean toward modern French cuisine with California influences. "I am honored to participate in The Wakaya Club & Spa's International Guest Chef Program and am looking forward to hosting a series of culinary classes and farm tours," said Chef Strong. "I am thrilled for the opportunity to embrace the Fijian culture, and learn about Wakaya's organic farming practices and their delectable cuisine from the resort's seasoned culinary team.... Read More

JW Marriott Opens Deluxe Hotel in Mexico City

Jun 22, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Marriott International, Inc., has opened the 221-room JW Marriott Mexico City Santa Fe in the upscale Santa Fe residential neighborhood. The luxury hotel is within walking distance to numerous entertainment and shopping venues as well as the business district. Guestrooms and suites include high-speed internet, a 42-inch plasma television, an alarm clock with iPod/iPad docking station, wireless telephone with voicemail, a Nespresso coffee machine and a set of aromatherapy bathroom amenities. "Mexico remains one of the most vibrant countries for new development in all of Latin America," said Rob Steigerwald, COO for the Southern Americas at Marriott International. "We are thrilled to partner with Grupo Diestra on this... Read More

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center Enhances Guest Entertainment with Roomlinx

Jun 21, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, a 450-room luxury hotel in the Mile High City, is using Roomlinx as its in-room entertainment system provider. Roomlinx, Inc. is an iTV-applications developer in the hospitality industry serving the United States, Canada and select international markets. Patrons can use Roomlinx iTV to access thousands of movies and TV programs through Netflix, Hulu, DISHOnline, Xfinity, HBO GO and other popular online sites. Guests log in to these sites using existing account information or set up new accounts as needed. "The latest research from Nielsen and others indicates a drop-off in demand for transactional VOD [video on demand] and strong growth in online viewing," said Michael Wasik, CEO of Rooml... Read More

Paul Gauguin Cruises Wins Travel + Leisure SMITTY Award for Social Media Campaign

Jun 20, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury cruise line Paul Gauguin Cruises has won a Travel + Leisure Social Media In Travel and Tourism (SMITTY) award for Best Single Social Media Promotion for its 'Meet Me in Tahiti' campaign. The award ceremony was held in Brooklyn, New York, on June 7, 2012. The campaign enabled users to take a five-minute virtual vacation by visiting MeetMeinTahiti.com. Users could select three Facebook friends to accompany them on their vacation. Participants created custom postcards and enjoyed activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, and relaxing on a private beach. The virtual vacationers also placed their postcards to Facebook directly from the site for all to see. Paul Gauguin teamed with Banyan Branch, a Seattle,... Read More

Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar Offers New Travel Packages

Jun 18, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The newest hotel of the Hotel Indigo brand recently announced its new travel packages for summer 2012. The upscale, boutique hotel is offering packages for families, romantic couples, and pet owners. The Kids Castle package offers poolside accommodations in a studio suite and a poolside cabana. The Date Night package provides a king studio suite. Couples receive a bottle of champagne and two tickets to the nearby cinema, the Cineopolis Luxury Cinemas, which serves fine dining and libations during performances. The Indigo Pedigree package includes a poolside, king-studio suite and special daily treats for the lucky dogs.... Read More

Terranea Resort Opens Vietnamese-Inspired Restaurant

Jun 15, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in California has opened bashi, a new restaurant that offers a contemporary blend of Asian cuisine and local flavors. Chef Bruce Nguyen drew upon his Vietnamese heritage and fond memories of traditional dishes made by his mother when making up the menu for bashi. Signature offerings include versions of Nguyen’s mother’s special spring rolls and a secret marinade for roasted chicken. The oceanfront luxury property has 582 rooms, including a 360-room hotel with 32 suites, 20 bungalows, 50 oceanfront, three-bedroom casitas, and 32 ocean-view, three-bedroom villas.... Read More

Luxe City Center Hotel Completes Major Redesign

Jun 14, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Downtown Los Angeles’ Luxe City Center Hotel recently completed a multimillion-dollar makeover. New upgrades include custom-designed room accommodations, updated meeting and events spaces, a new restaurant, FigOly, from celebrated Chef Alex Reznik. The luxury hotel, located directly across the street from L.A Live and Staples Center, is aligned to offer guests from around the world a singular upscale Southern California experience. “Upon arrival, guests are welcomed into a relaxing retreat, centered within the heart of a bustling metropolis,” said John Kelly, general manager. “We worked with SANDdesign*, a local firm, to blend these two aesthetics to create a contemporary residential feel, so guests see a multi-tiered chandelier, warm colors in... Read More

Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club Offers New Membership Packages

Jun 13, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club recently introduced its new Executive Junior Membership for young professionals age 45 and under. The Miami resort and golf club is reaching out to rising professionals and their families to enjoy the world-class amenities offered at this 300-acre property. The private resort also has a new Beach Club membership that provides members access to a private oasis that features an outdoor pool, grill and wave runner rentals, complimentary parking, lounge chairs and umbrellas, and a discount on food and beverages. “There are many young professionals, especially those with families, who are in search of a club atmosphere in which they can meet... Read More

Loews Hotels to Buy Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in L.A.

Jun 12, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Loews Hotels & Resorts announced that it has agreed to purchase the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on June 16, 2012. The property, Loews Hollywood Hotel, will remain open while undergoing a $26-million renovation. The hotel has 600 guestrooms, 32 suites, and more than 48,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel's spa, pool terrace, restaurant and event space will be upgraded with special local touches that make it one of the Loews Hotels. Wolfgang Puck Catering will remain a partner with Loews in the operation of the 25,000-square-foot ballroom located in the Hollywood & Highland Center complex. "We continually look to enhance our uniquely local guest experiences through our style of comfortable luxury and genuine service... Read More

Sonesta Begins Operations in Baltimore

Jun 8, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Sonesta International Hotels Corporation began operations at the Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore at the end of the month. The 195-room property is AAA approved Four Diamond Hotel, which looks out on to Baltimore’s scenic Inner Harbor. The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore offers a swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, racquetball and tennis courts and a 24-hour business center. The luxury hotel also accommodates meetings and events with 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The Sonesta Collection is a distinctive international collection of upscale hotels, resorts and cruise ships. There are destinations in Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, Miami, Hilton Head Island, Sint Maarten, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Egypt. Philadelphia,... Read More

Walt Disney World Art of Animation Resort Opens in Central Florida

Jun 7, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Walt Disney World Resort in Buena Vista, Florida recently debuted its Art of Animation Resort. Finding Nemo is the first stage of the company’s new family suites resort concept, which is opening in phases. There are four distinct wings that represent the artfulness that is behind the magic of all Disney and Disney Pixar Films. Family suite wings are showcasing Finding Nemo, which opened May 31 in 320 suites, Cars will open June 18 in 480 suites, and The Lion King will open August 10 in 320 suites. Throughout the themed areas of the luxury destination, elaborate storytelling from each film is depicted. The Little Mermaid wing, which will consist of 864 standard guestrooms,... Read More

Stay at The Ritz-Carlton to Earn Free Flights with Marriott Rewards MegaMiles

Jun 6, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Guests of The Ritz-Carlton can earn free flights faster through the Marriott Rewards MegaMiles promotion, as the deluxe hotelier is Marriott’s exclusive luxury hotel partner. Enrolled members can earn triple miles with their preferred airline program. The offer applies at more than 3,600 hotels in the Marriott family of brands, beginning with their second stay from July 1 through October 31, 2012. Participating airlines include: Aeroflot, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air China, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Avianca-TACA, Avios, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Frontier Airlines, GOL/Varig, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines (JAL), Jet Airways, JetBlue, Kingfisher Airlines, KLM/Air France, LAN, Mile... Read More

Crystal's Short Cruises Offer More Luxury for Less

Jun 5, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Crystal Cruises recently announced 12 new, short-cruises sailing through the Mediterranean effective July through December 2012. The Crystal Getaway sales offer all-inclusive, five- to eight-day vacations aboard the Crystal Serenity that start at $1,310 per person. The short cruises are long on luxury, as each of these cruises present lavish accommodations, gourmet dining, fitness classes, and other spiritually enriching activities. The dozen new luxury-latent, short cruises include Tuscany, the Greek Isles, the French Riviera, Morocco, Rome, Turkey, and Israel. "Many savvy travelers appreciate the pampering luxury of Crystal Cruises and know how amazing the Mediterranean is as a destination, yet may have... Read More

AKA Beverly Hills to Open in August

Jun 1, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

AKA Hotels is bringing its fully furnished and high-design suite living for stays of 30 days or more to Los Angeles in August. AKA Beverly Hills will cater to affluent international travelers who prefer home away from home accommodations. The new location is a short distance from Rodeo Drive. The building of the AKA Beverly Hills is an existing rental building that is being transformed into 88 stylish and fully furnished one- and two-bedroom suites and townhouses that will range from 850 to 1,810 square feet. The luxury extended stay hotel will feature a fitness center and will announce a culinary partner later this year. The company plans to add six to 10 properties over the next three to five years. Rates at AKA Beverly Hills... Read More

Ritz-Carlton Opens its First Luxury Hotel in Japan

May 31, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Ritz-Carlton has opened its first luxury resort in Japan on the tropical island of Okinawa. The Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa, is in an area that is relatively unexplored by many international luxury travelers. The new hotel has 97 modern guestrooms. There are two deluxe suites with sweeping views that overlook the East China Sea as well as the Kise Country Club. "We are delighted to be able to bring our first true luxury resort hotel to Japan to complement our city hotels in Tokyo and Osaka," said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. "We have no doubt that Okinawa has the potential to be a resort island of true international appeal, attracting visitors from all... Read More

Jumeirah Carlton Tower Presents Jubilant Afternoon Tea Menu

May 30, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Jumeirah Carlton Tower of Dubai, UAE, keeps its tasty relationship with master patissier Eric Lanlard series with its new Jubilant Afternoon Tea menu campaign. The menu presents finger sandwiches, cakes and tarts prepared by Lanlard. The menu, which is served with a freshly brewed pot of tea, is traditionally British yet comes with fresh, tasty twists. The experience begins with prawn and lobster royal in a hollowed out brioche bap and bridge rolls with coronation chicken. A selection of cakes and pastries, including the signature strawberry tart royale adorned with a limited edition edible white chocolate portrait of HM The Queen and Eton mess verrine with Indian mango and pink peppercorn are... Read More

W Los Angeles - Westwood Presents New Travel Lite Family Vacation Package

May 29, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The W Los Angeles - Westwood, is reaching out to family vacationers with its Travel Lite family packages. The campaign, which runs through the end of 2012, seeks to be the ultimate stress-free option when traveling with children. The Travel Lite Family package includes a stay in a W Mega Suite with complimentary valet and WiFi; a Quinny Modd Stroller to use during the visit; a choice of four babysitting services or full-day cabana rentals; a $100 food and beverage credit at NINETHIRTY and The Backyard Restaurants; a welcome basket with a Skip Hop Bib, Baby Einstein Rainstick Pal, and a $25 gift card for Traveling Tikes.... Read More

Dorset Square Hotel Opens in London in June

May 24, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Dorset Square Hotel has undergone a extensive refurbishment and will re-open on June 18, 2012. The luxury boutique hotel located in London’s Marylebone is a new member hotel of Design Hotels. Hoteliers Tim and Kit Kemp, the husband and wife team of the Firmdale Hotels, are the owners of the Dorset Square for the second time. The couple originally purchased the townhouse/hotel in 1985 and resold it. They recently re-acquired it have transformed it into Kit Kemp-signature design hotel. Each of the 38 individually designed bedrooms follows a different color scheme and is decorated with items gathered by the Kemps from around the globe. The hotel is situated in one of London’s most urbane residential areas, dotted... Read More

Ritz-Carlton Specials: The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Introduces New Summer Hotel Specials

May 23, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has introduced two new summer packages, Summer Returns and Summer Fun, which invite travelers to return to life, to leisure and to the long-missed joys that only summer vacation can bring.... Read More

Myrtle Beach's Ocean Reef Resort Adds Three-Story Waterslide

May 23, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Reef Resort recently added a new three-story waterslide in the pool area of the resort. The new aquatic-related amenity enriches the resort’s already established extraordinary water activities. The new slide is located in the Ocean Reef’s outdoor water park, Cancun Lagoon. "We love building these fantastic, fun amenities for the young and the young-at-heart," said Patrick Norton, Brittain Resort Management's VP of marketing. "We value the directive to create unforgettable experiences for children as much as the call to provide great facilities, convenience and value for adult guests, and we're pleased to be receiving a great deal of positive feedback about Ocean Reef, as well as our other resort holdings."... Read More

Seabourn Club Expands Loyalty Benefits

May 22, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury small-ship cruise line Seabourn is enhancing the benefits received to patrons who are members of the Seabourn Club. The luxury cruise line recently announced a major expansion of benefits for guests who return for another voyage on one of its the award-winning ships. While the Seabourn Club already includes an award of a complimentary cruise after sailing 140 days, the line has added new benefits that start rewarding guests even after just one cruise. The benefits increase as guests sail more. Seabourn Club members are free to choose rewards from a menu of onboard amenities and discounts while on their cruise. The new, enhanced onboard benefits begin accruing for guests on all of Seabourn's voyages departing on and... Read More

New Life Hiking Spa Opens for 35th Season

May 21, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The New Life Hiking Spa located in Killington, Vermont, recently opened for its 35th season on May 17, 2012. The spa opens annually from mid-May through the end of September for hiking and spa vacations in the verdant Green Mountains. Jimmy LeSage, M.S., founded the New Life Hiking Spa in 1978. “I came up with the idea of New Life after attending a six week yoga retreat in Val Morin, Canada in 1977,” said Mr. LeSage. “I had been living and working in Vermont for a few years after graduating with a degree in education from Florida State University and took the opportunity to use a ski hotel in the summers for my idea in 1978.” The special Vermont retreat moved to Killington from its original site in Stratton Mountain. The... Read More

Paramount Pictures Announces Plans For Global Luxury Hotel Brand

May 17, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Entertainment producer and distributor Paramount Pictures is entering the hospitality industry with plans to build as many as fifty global Hollywood-themed luxury hotels. According to a report by Bloomberg, the entertainment themed properties will be located in large cities and at major tourist destinations around the world. Some of the hotels could be part of theme parks as well. Prospective destinations for hotels include Brazil, the UK, the Caribbean, Russia, Qatar, Oman, South Africa, and Indonesia. CEO of Parmount Hotels & Resorts, Thomas Van Vilet, told Bloomberg that they are not trying to develop something that looks like Planet Hollywood or the Hard Rock Hotel. A more subtle and creative adaption of the Hollywood element into the concept are wan... Read More

Santa Monica Place Adds Mobile App to Enhance Luxury Shopping Experience

May 16, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Santa Monica Place recently launched a mobile app that they are hopeful will add value to the luxury shopping experience for consumers and retailers alike. Key features of the new application include an elaborate mall directory, an interactive map, a customizable shopping-list compiler, an information center, a gift card station, and vehicle-location assistance. The app’s mall directory is viewable alphabetically and categorically and provides contact information plus news on special sales and events. The custom-shopping list compiler enables shoppers to plot their own experience on a per-stop basis. The application assists customers in finding the best available parking spots based on where they want to shop as well as... Read More

Hilton Anatole Names Anthony Van Camp Exec Chef of SER Steak + Spirits in Dallas

May 15, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Anthony Van Camp will be the executive chef at the Hilton Anatole’s SER Steakhouse, when it opens in October 2012. The experienced culinary professional’s tenure officially begins October 1, 2012. Van Camp has worked under the supervision of the acclaimed executive chef of Nana in Dallas Texas, Anthony Bombaci. Chef Van Camp has worked at the prominent steakhouse in Dallas since 2005. “Anthony is a natural in the kitchen,” said Chef Bombaci, “He is very intuitive, but also precise and passionate. His excellence shows through his cooking.” Anthony Van Camp proclaimed his wish to be a chef as early as his kindergarten days from his hometown in Indianapolis. His Mexican mother was his first influence in the kitchen. Nicole... Read More

The Setai, Miami Beach Welcomes Talented Executive Chef Mathias Gervais

May 11, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Chef Mathias Gervais, 33, is the new executive chef at The Setai Miami Beach. The accomplished chef’s culinary cache of French, Italian, and Japanese cuisine, along with his experience working in a number of Michelin-rated restaurants, will flavorfully enrich The Restaurant at The Setai, Miami Beach. “I am honored to have the opportunity to assume the esteemed executive chef position at The Setai, Miami Beach,” said Gervais. “Our culinary staff is committed to creating a gastronomic palette that embraces an uncomplicated approach to Asian-inspired dining as well as southern European creations.” The young and talented Chef Gervais has worked with renowned and celebrated chefs, such as Joël Robuchon, Christophe Cussac, and Takeo Yamazaki.... Read More

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Keeps Guests Connected With iPad Access

May 10, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, in Dubai, recently introduced iPads to its fleet of chauffeured hotel limousines to allow guests to stay connected throughout their visit. The new service provides guests uninterrupted connectivity from the moment they are picked up at the airport to arriving at the hotel. Complimentary access to iPads also is available for guests in the executive lounge of the service-savvy Etihad Towers. "The iPad services were introduced as part of our ‘Jumeirah Stay Different’ promise, knowing most of our international business and leisure clientele required immediate Internet and email access as soon as they checked into the hotel," said Doris Greif, general manager of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.... Read More

Los Angeles Resort Celebrates Mother's Day with Month-Long Special Packages

May 8, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Terranea Resort is celebrating Mother’s Day for an entire month this year. The deluxe oceanfront Los Angeles resort is offering 20 percent off on various Terranea adventures and special spa packages. The resort’s activity center features various recreational options. There are deals for kayaking, paddle boarding, horseback riding, and arts and cultural activities for an entire month. Terranea will offer a signature Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13, that includes an assortment of cuisines, such as Asian and Italian, Eggs Benedict stations, specialty pancakes, and a children’s buffet and dessert smorgasbord. The Mother’s Day Brunch is $85 for adults and $40 for ch... Read More

Starwood Hotel Opens The St. Regis Doha in Qatar

May 4, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., recently announced the grand opening of The St. Regis Doha. The opening is the second of three St. Regis hotels to debut this year in the Middle East. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, opened last December and The St. Regis Abu Dhabi will open on the Corniche this fall. "Introducing the brand's celebrated legacy and unparalleled luxury offerings to Qatar with the opening of The St. Regis Doha is an exciting and significant accomplishment for St. Regis," says Paul James, global brand leader of The St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. "As culture, business and leisure brilliantly intersect at Doha, the destination is one that... Read More

The Lanesborough Offers Butler Picnics in Hyde Park

May 3, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Between May and August 2012, The Lanesborough in London will offer Butler Picnics in Hyde Park to guests of England’s most historic city. The luxury hotel will create “bespoke hampers” for all types of outdoor gatherings. All of the specially prepared alfresco meals will be served with crystal glasses, plates, linen, napkins, and a large picnic rug. The butlers will provide personal consultations to modify menus to ensure that favorite dishes and drinks are served as requested. A sample menu might include Cornish poached lobster with Beluga mayonnaise and balotine of truffled foie gras with asparagus jelly washed down with chilled Taittinger Rose Champagne, followed by artisan chocolates. The Butler Picnic... Read More

Billy Casper to Host Crystal Golf Cruises in Europe 2012

May 2, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Crystal Cruises has lined up 10 of Europe's championship golf courses for its Experiences of Discovery golf-themed cruises this summer. PGA Tour golfer Bill Casper will host the golfing cruises, where travelers can tee-off in countries such as Spain, Portugal, and Monaco during the Crystal Serenity voyage on July 13, 2012. Vacationers also can play on championship golf courses on the British Isles on Crystal Symphony's sailing on August 25, 2012. "We design these cruises to be a golfing traveler's dream," says John Stoll, Crystal's VP of land and port operations. "Guests need not worry about maneuvering complex foreign logistics, only packing their clubs - we take care of everything else in the finest of style." Some of... Read More

JW Marriott to Open its First Caribbean Location in the Dominican Republic

May 1, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has announced plans for a 2014 opening of a new, 131-room JW Marriott Hotel in Santo Domingo. The hotel will be located in Santo Domingo's primary business district. It will be on the first seven floors of the 15-story, multi-use tower, Blue Mall Santo Domingo. The mall, which opened in 2010, includes high-end retail stores such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Salvatore Ferragamo and Carolina Herrera. The luxury hotel will feature 131 guestrooms and suites, a restaurant, a lobby bar, a lounge, a fitness center, and a swimming pool. "We are fortunate to begin this partnership with Mr. Velutini and FVI, which has one of the largest real estate portfolios in Latin America," says Laurent de Kousemaeker.... Read More

New Luxury Hotel Brand Will Open Baccarat Hotel & Residences NY in 2014

Apr 30, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The 46-story, New York Baccarat Hotel & Residences will open in New York City in 2014. The new luxury brand is a partnership between Starwood Capital and NY-based real estate development company Tribeca Associates.  The new upscale hotel’s location is just off Fifth Avenue at 20 West 53rd. The Baccarat Hotel & Residences will have 114 guestrooms, including 26 suites. Additionally, there will be luxury residences with full access to the hotel’s amenities. This is another hotel brand under the direction of Sternlicht and Starwood Capital. Two locations in China are scheduled to open in early 2014. Other locations are planned for the Middle East and Asia.... Read More

Mission Hill Resort & Club Hosts Car Show and Luxury Lifestyle Event

Apr 30, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Festivals of Speed car show returns to Central Florida May 5-6, 2012, at the Mission Inn Resort and Club with a line of supercars and fine wines. Louis XIII de Remy Martin and cigars be available for guests attending this weekend event. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bugattsi, Fiskers, McLarens, and more will be on display as well as various vintage automobiles. Festivities will include test drives and a special car show along with a VIP Wine Connoisseurs Dinner. There is a championship-level golf course at the Mission Inn Resort & Club. Additionally, there is a marina, tennis courts, a fitness center, a spa, and several dining options on the resort’s property. There are various special packages  available, including deals for weekday golfers.... Read More

Fairmont Kea Lani Wins Big at 'Aipono Restaurant Awards

Apr 27, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Kō restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani won three awards at the tenth annual ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards by No Ka ‘Oi Magazine. “’Excellence in food” translates to  ’Aipono in Hawaiian. The menu of the luxury hotel’s signature restaurant is this year’s Best Menu for a Small Planet winner. Additionally, the restaurant also picked up a silver-level award for Best Epicurean Twist on a Local Favorite and tied for a silver-level award in the Best Hawaii’s Regional Cuisine category. Kō‘s Executive Chef Tylan Pang won the 2012 Friends of Ag award. The special acknowl... Read More

Viking River Cruises to Acquire Two New Ocean Cruise Ships

Apr 26, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Viking Ocean Cruises and ocean cruise ship builder Fincantieri have reached an agreement for the construction of two cruise ships. The signing of the deal is imminent, according to a statement issued by Viking. Late 2014 is the delivery date of the first ship. The delivery of the second ship is set for the same time in 2015. There is also an option for a third vessel to be added to the contract. Each of the new ocean cruise ships will accommodate 998 passengers with 499 cabins. "We started Viking Ocean Cruises to offer great destination experiences, and we are excited to bring this same destination focus back to ocean cruising,” said Torstein Hagen.... Read More

Celebrity Cruises Broadcast 2012 Olympics Live from London

Apr 25, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Celebrity Cruises has obtained the rights to broadcast the 2012 Olympic games from London live onboard its fleet of luxury cruisers. From the opening to the closing ceremonies of the XXX Olympiad, July 27 to August 12, the 26 sports events of the summer games will air. Additionally, there also will be rebroadcasts of the events at more convenient times available as well. The Olympic competions or events will be viewable in staterooms and suites as well as the bar and lounge areas of the ships. The exact broadcast times of specific events will be listed in Celebrity ships’ daily newsletter. There is one exception. No  broadcasts will be available onboard the Celebrity Xpedition, which sails the Galapagos Islands year round.... Read More

The Eliot Hotel in Boston and CitationAir Form Hospitality Alliance

Apr 23, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Private aviation company, CitationAir by Cessna, has formed a strategic alliance with the Eliot Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Guests of the historic boutique hotel will receive special benefits when flying with CitationAir. The alliance of the luxury brands offers guests of the hotel as much as 50 percent off the minimum purchase of a CitationAir Jet Card. CitationAir patrons will receive guaranteed rates for one-bedroom suites at The Eliot. “We look forward to treating CitationAir customers to the highly personalized service and comfort our guests have come to expect,” said Arthur Ullian, president of The Eliot Hotel.... Read More

Le Blanc Spa Resort Earns AAA Five Diamond Award

Apr 19, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Le Blanc Spa Resort, one of the best luxury hotels in Cancun, has earned its second consecutive AAA Five Diamond Award. The resort continues to shine through the rating system with premium service standards, personalized guest experiences and outstanding on-site amenities.... Read More

Bentley Motors & St. Regis Join in New Global Partnership

Apr 18, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Bentley Motors and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide recently formed a global partnership that will create signature experiences for patrons of both luxury brands. Bentley Continental Flying Spur models are the house fleet of St. Regis hotels and resorts worldwide, from The St. Regis Singapore to The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (in Abu Dhabi) and The St. Regis New York. In October 2011, the deluxe hotelier hosted a driving tour by Bentley at The St. Regis Rome and The St. Regis Florence, which is a new property. This spring the new partners will be seen in Austria for Bentley’s grand tour, which spans from Vienna to Salzburg.... Read More

The MODERN Honolulu to Host Hawaii Food & Wine Festival in September

Apr 18, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Hot on the heels of a super successful inaugural celebration, the 2012 Hawai`i Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) is set to be bigger and better this year, with more world-class chefs, more events, and of course, more food and wine!From September 6-9, the culinary scene in Hawai`i will reach gastronomic proportions as superstar chefs and prestigious vintners showcase their expertise in fine dining during...... Read More

The Crane Residential Resort Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary With Vacation Packages

Apr 18, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Crane Residential Resort will celebrate its 125th anniversary with365 days of special experiences. The themed packages will include culinary events and arts and musical festivals. The deluxe tropical resort in southeastern Barbado Caribbean's Oldest Luxury Hotel Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary with 365 Days of Festivities... Read More

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana | A Taste of the Good Life

Apr 17, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

A thriving gaming and nightlife scene or a tranquil oceanfront escape? Decisions. Decisions. Who says you can't have it all? The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana delivers the perfect mix of style and bliss, serving discerning guests for 40 years and counting.... Read More

The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort | An Idyllic Waikiki Wedding

Apr 17, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Spring is in the air, which means wedding season is officially upon us. Each season, throngs of starry-eyed couples head to the shores of Hawaii to celebrate their newly formed union. For those looking to exchange nuptials in the Aloha State, there is no better place to say, "I do" than at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort.... Read More

Breakers Palm Beach, Florida Offers Everyday Savings

Apr 17, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

This summer, escape to the sunny shores of Florida and experience everyday savings at the Breakers Palm Beach. As part of the Everyday Savings Promotion, the seaside resort is offering guests an exciting lineup of complimentary perks.... Read More

Montage Hotels & Resorts Offer Something Borrowed Package for Brides

Apr 16, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

While something old and something new are on their own, the something borrowed part of the deal is richly covered for brides who get married at Montage Hotels & Resorts. The luxury resort brand has partnered with three prominent jewelers that will lend their gems to brides getting married at any of the hotelier’s three locations through December 30, 2013, with its Something Borrowed promotional package. Luxury jewelers Lugano Diamonds and Michael Beaudry have partnered with the hotel's locations in California at the Montage Laguna Beach and at the Montage Beverly Hills resorts. Roberto Coin is the lender of the jewels at the Montage Deer Valley, which is located in scenic Park City, Utah.... Read More

Celebrate Earth Day at The James New York

Apr 16, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

This Earth Day, The James New York is offering a special package designed for those who want to give a little back while they get away. Guests not only enjoy exclusive savings, such as a $50 credit toward in-room dining from David Burke, but also join the ongoing effort to increase the urban forest.... Read More

Crystal Adds 14 New 'Experiences of Discovery' Cruises for 2013

Apr 13, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Crystal Cruises recently announced that it is expanding upon its Experiences of Discovery cruise packages in 2013. These luxury vacation packages are for folks who are enthusiasts, hobbyists, aficionados, or have special interests in some type of particular activity. These experience-themed voyages give like-minded travelers opportunities to experience and share their unique passions together. Crystal has themed cruises for golfers, gourmands, gardeners, nature lovers, photographers, music lovers, and even adrenaline junkies available on Crystal Serenity and Crystal symphony voyages for 2013. The luxury cruise line has added 14 new themes for 2013, and now has a total of 28 Experiences of Discovery cruises available. The... Read More

Starwood Hotels Sells Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites to RockBridge

Apr 12, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., has completed the sale of the 275-room Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites to RockBridge Partners. The property is located just north of Atlanta’s City Center. It will be managed by Wischermann Partners Inc. and continue to be affiliated with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. It will fly Starwood’s Le Méridien flag. “Le Méridien brand’s success under Starwood is catching the attention of great owners and developers, such as RockBridge, and is driving high-profile deals in primary locations across North America,” said Allison Reid, senior VP, Starwood Acquisitions and Development, North America. “We are so pleased to again work with RockBridge on our third conversion opportunity, following... Read More

India's ITC Hotels Promotes Responsible Luxury with Allergy-Friendly Guestrooms Program

Apr 11, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

ITC Hotels has partnered with PURE Global to provide allergy-friendly guestrooms for all of its luxury hotels throughout India. More than 100 ITC hotels will be upgraded by this health-related initiative. "Not only are PURE Rooms great for people who struggle with respiratory issues, but provide the next generation's must-have amenity for leading hotel companies worldwide," said Vinny Lobdell, president of PURE Global. PURE Global reports that its patented technology, the PURE Room program, cleans, sanitizes, and seals all surfaces in a room, while filtering the air with medical-grade air cleaners. The process has been reported to eliminate up to 100 percent of ultra-fine particles known to cause illnesses. Guestrooms... Read More

St. Regis Bora Bora Presents Island Simplicity Wedding Package

Apr 10, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Just say 'I do' and the St. Regis Bora Bora will set you up with an Island Simplicity Wedding package that offers up to four nights in a luxury villa, 24/7 butler service, an onsite wedding planner, and all culinary needs served by the resort’s Executive Chef, Sebastien Le Gall. A new law recently passed that enables civil-service ceremonies in French Polynesia. So, guests of the St. Regis can now tap the services of the resort for their wedding and honeymoon. Dining options include selections from four restaurants, including the Lagoon Restaurant, which is managed by Executive Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. A daily breakfast for two also is included. The four-day wedding package begins at $8,150, and... Read More

Park Hyatt Hyderabad Hotel Opens in India

Mar 30, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The opening of the Park Hyatt Hyderabad adds a new five-star quality hotel to the PH catalog of locations around the world. The new hotel features 185 guestrooms, 24 suites, and 42 luxury apartments for guests. It is the first hotel in Hyderabad to offer fully serviced luxury apartments. The area is a high-tech hub and is one of the richest cities in India. The Park Hyatt Chennai, which opens in the second quarter 2012, will be the company's next hotel to open in India. “We are proud to expand the Park Hyatt brand presence in India with Park Hyatt Hyderabad, joining Park Hyatt Goa Resort, which will be followed by the opening of Park Hyatt in the second quarter of 2012. These openings are reflective of the thoughtful growth o... Read More

Royal Horseguards Hotel in London Offers Luxury Vacation Packages

Mar 29, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Royal Horseguards has launched a range of new luxury lifestyle packages for travelers visiting London in 2012. The luxury hotel is on a mission to reach out to all worldly travelers in search of their own, ultimately fabulous experience package. The Sophisticated Shopper experience includes a tour through one of London’s most fashionable department stores with a Regent Street VIP discount card. The Romance on the River package offers a romantic getaway, where champagne, truffles, and more are lavishly served. The Glamour In The Tower deal offers a room with extraordinary views of the London Eye and the South Bank across the River Thames. Additional themed vacation packages include An Eye for Luxury, Ladies Only London, and London Reveled.... Read More

Tented Camp in Kenya to be Latest Addition to Virgin Limited Edition Collection

Mar 28, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Mahali Mzuri will be added to the Virgin Limited Edition of luxury properties. The Kenyan safari camp is due to open in 2013. The camp will be situated in the Motorogi Conservancy in the Maasai Mara ecosystem of Kenya. "I'm thrilled to be able to announce Mahali Mzuri as the latest addition to the Virgin Limited Edition collection," said Sir Richard Branson. “With such a beautiful and serene setting, Mahali Mzuri will undoubtedly offer a unique African experience like no other and as with all our other properties it too will offer great service and fun in true Virgin style." The luxury Kenyan safari camp will host a maximum of 24 guests in 12 sleep tents. The daily rate is $580 per person and is based on double occupancy.... Read More

W Hotel Westwood Offers Private Classes with Top Chef Dakota Weiss

Mar 27, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

W Los Angeles-Westwood Offers Private Cooking Classes with Exec Chef Dakota Weiss Luxury hotel W Los Angeles-Westwood is offering private cooking lessons with the W’s own Executive Chef Dakota Weiss. The special three-step cooking series is called Prep. Cook. Dine. The sessions will teach a maximum of eight attendees per class how to prepare an elaborate three-course meal. The dining experience also includes specialty cocktails and wine pairings. The dates available are April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, and August 8. The price is $135 per person. Both guests and non-guests may register. The April 11 cooking class session will feature a grilled artichoke appetizer with three dipping sauces, follow... Read More

Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic Adds Famed Chefs to Event

Mar 23, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Punta Mita, home to some of Mexico’s most exclusive beach communities and luxury hotels, is the site of the second annual Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic. The event gathers acclaimed chefs, winemakers and tequila makers to the area for the four-day... Read More

The New York Palace to Host Gold Chocolate Weekend Brunch

Mar 22, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Spring 2012 will hop into motion at The New York Palace with the presence of the Lindt Gold Bunny and the Gold Chocolate Weekend Brunch campaign. There will be signature themed brunches centered on the #1 selling chocolate bunny in the U.S. Guests coming to the New York City luxury hotel during that time will be greeted by two giant Lindt Gold Bunny figures mingling and greeting guests. The New York Palace is inviting travelers to come visit and join them in celebrating the 60th birthday of the famous Lindt Gold Bunny. This sweet deal coincides with the start of spring and will be available from March 24 through April 21, 2012. Along with special dishes created by the Palace’s pastry chefs, two limited-run chocolate desserts also will be added to... Read More

Holland America Cruise Line Adds Denali Packages to 2012 Alaska Tour Program

Mar 21, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Holland America Line has added three new selections to its 2012 Alaska Cruise Tour options. The luxury cruise liner now offers the only three-night and one-night adventures through Denali. The itinerary of the new cruises puts travelers on a luxu... Read More

Wynn Las Vegas Rolls Out Digital Taxi Cab Marketing Program

Mar 20, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Wynn Las Vegas has a new interactive marketing campaign that is debuting this week in 1,000 taxicabs both on the Las Vegas strip and in the downtown area. The luxury hotel has partnered with Show Media to produce GPS-based audio and video tours for passengers. They include video tours of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore dining, entertainment attractions, shopping, and nightlife. Each vehicle contains a proprietary mobile device system with a 10.1-inch viewing window and touch-screen technology. The video will be updated consistently and serve as a source of information for visitors. The new mobile interactive campaign is an opportunity for Wynn to directly communicate with visitors based upon their location in Las Vegas. Marilyn Spiegel, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore President... Read More

Lanesborough St. Regis Celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's 60-Year Reign With Diamond Jubilee Package

Mar 19, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Lanesborough St. Regis, a luxury hotel which is adjacent to Buckingham Palace, is inviting world travelers to join them in celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s milestone with the Diamond Jubilee Package. The special promotion takes place the weekend of June 2-5, 2012. It includes four-nights in an executive-double room. Visitors will attend the prestigious Epsom Derby on Saturday, June 2, while taking in the comforts of the Derby Suite throughout the day at the races. The following day will present an opportunity to view the Thames River Pageant, as it reaches the Tower Bridge, aboard the HMS Belfast. This flotilla, which is a 7.5-mile procession led by the Queen’s Royal Bar... Read More

Hyde Park, London Sees Opening of Jumeirah Grosvenor House Apartments

Mar 16, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The amenities of a five-star Jumeirah Hotel, combined with decorum of a Mayfair manor, are the attributes that distinguish the Grosvenor House Apartments. The new hotel residences are palatial, as each of the 133 apartments contains more than 4,800 square feet of living space. Premium services for guests will include a 24-hour concierge, daily maid service, a gym, 24-hour in-residence dining, and in-home service from the Spa Illuminata. Many of the luxury residences overlook Hyde Park or Mayfair. Others open onto a new seven-story atrium with a vaulted ceiling. Short and long-term options are available. Reservations for the Grosvenor House Apartments are now being accepted. The grand opening will occur on April 2, 2012.... Read More

Leading Hotels of The World Welcomes Palace Hotel Tokyo in May

Mar 14, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Palace Hotel Tokyo will open on May 17, 2012, as it has completed a $1.2 billion redevelopment. The luxury hotel has been accepting reservations for its grand opening since February 1. The deluxe, 23-story hotel has 290 guestrooms in six categories... Read More

Renovated Meritage Resort in Napa Valley to Open Spring 2012

Mar 13, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa will reopen in April 2012. The luxury resort in the Napa Valley has expanded with 165 new guestrooms and an additional 12,500 square feet of conference space. The newly expanded deluxe resort and spa sits... Read More

The Madison Hotel in Washington, DC to Complete $20 Million Restoration in April

Mar 12, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

There are no worries on whether the $20-million facelift of The Madison Hotel will be completed in time for the Presidential Inauguration in January 2013. The storied hotel, which was officially opened by guest of honor President John F. Kennedy in February 1963, has accommodated innumerable VIP guests throughout its history. It was announced that the hotel’s restoration is set for completion sometime in April 2012, with renowned interior designer Dominick Coyne at the helm of this elaborate project. A major aspect of the transformation is the refurbishing of all three of the luxury hotel’s Presidential suites, which provide 2,000 square feet of living space. These spacious accommodations are of particular interest to many of the diplomatic delegates who stay at The Madison Hotel.... Read More

Amelia Island Renovations Enhance Northern Florida's Top Luxury Destination

Mar 9, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Northern Florida’s Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island is a vacation destination of extraordinary proportions with travelers worldwide visiting the deluxe enclave year-round. Three major renovation projects were recently completed on the island by luxury hotels and resorts. Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island completed a $65-million, 444 room enhancement project that involved the design expertise of Wilson Associates to add a coastal design to the room enhancements. Sliders Seaside Grill announced the completion of its second-floor renovation along with the opening of a new oceanfront banquet and special-event space. The area can accommodate 200 people for a formal sit-down affair, and 300 guests for a cock... Read More

Revere Hotel Coming to Boston in April

Mar 8, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Revere Hotel will open in Boston in April. The luxury hotel is located at the center of the vibrant theater district. The hotel features a presidential suite, 30 deluxe suites, and 325 guestrooms. The presidential suite, on the 24th floor, features 1,400 square feet of living space and a sweeping view of the city’s skyline.The Revere also has a 225-seat theater onsite and more than 35,000 square feet of diverse functional space for events. With each seat in the theater equipped with its own full workspace, the theater will be a multipurpose venue. BBGM Interiors, the same firm that designed the interiors of the W and the St. Regis in New York City, worked with Northwood Hospitality to achieve the appropriate aesthetics for the Revere. ... Read More

Crystal Cruises Reports Highest Ever Revenue Week

Mar 7, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises ended February on a brisk note, reporting that it had achieved its highest ever weekly revenue. Crystal had previously published that its fares would be good through February 28, 2012; however, it extended the BookNow deadline to February 29, which resulted in an influx of bookings. On March 1, the company raised fees from $200 to $1,000 per couple on 19 of its cruises for 2012 and 2013. The deluxe Book Now promotion gives travelers a two-month window of opportunity to save on cruises. Every 60 days Crystal reviews pricing on its cruises."[The] Book Now fares offer the most attractive pricing on the world's best cruises for savvy shoppers who plan... Read More

Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Hotel Sold to Hersha Hospitality Trust

Mar 6, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Hersha Hospitality Trust will be the new owner and manager of the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The announcement was made last week by Hersha, a Philadelphia based real estate investment firm. The 111-room hotel is rated AAA Five Diamond and has been recognized by Travel+Leisure as both a “Best in Philadelphia” and a “Best Hotels in the World” selection. It is conveniently located in the business and cultural hubs of the city. The luxury hotel in the City of Brotherly Love is also a member of Leading Hotels of the World. It is the home of the Lacroix Restaurant and Bar 210. The Rittenhouse has a full-service spa onsite, the Adolf Biecker Spa and Salon as well as a swimming... Read More

The Great Getaway Medina Opens in Marrakech in 2012

Mar 2, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Great Getaway Medina is an intimate six-room luxury hotel where guests are invited to immerse themselves in to the Medina community. The hotel’s building, originally a palace, has been refurbished to preserve its traditional architectural style. The colors of the city are used extensively throughout the new boutique hotel to embrace its essence. Additionally, all of the guestrooms are named after aromas that linger: lavender, mint, saffron, pomegranate, cinnamon and ginger. The owners of the lodgings have special relationships with local tradesmen and souk owners. So, guests will experience the magic of Marrakech with more intimacy than most tourists would encounter. The Marrakech Museum, Jeema El Fna Square, and the Koutoubia Mosque are all... Read More

Crystal Cruises Adds New VIP Airport Service

Mar 1, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Guests of Crystal Cruises can sail through airports and bypass the customary drudgery associated with flying and airport terminals. Door-to-gate porter and escort services, fast-track processes, and access to VIP/business class lounges are all part of the new Crystal VIP Airport Service. It is available for purchase internationally by all Crystal Cruises' customers. "Security lines, long hikes, uncomfortable chairs, cumbersome luggage — the modern-day airport experience has lost the ease that flying once provided," said John Stoll, VP of land and port operations at Crystal Cruises. "Whether one prefers to travel discreetly, or just minimize inconvenience, this service ushers you into the refine... Read More

Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Completes $65 Million Refurbishing

Feb 29, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, unveiled a five-year, $65 million investment in new guestrooms, a ballroom, a spa and dining areas. The plan is to offer couples an exceptional location to celebrate their wedding. "Like brides and grooms everywhere, we understand and value the time and commitment it takes to plan the perfect event," says James McManemon, the resort's general manager. "Over the last five years, we made a significant investment in our resort to create an experience that we hope couples will cherish for a lifetime." The oceanfront, luxury resort includes an expansive beach, a spa, a pool, a gym, and a golf course. There is a fire pit and plenty of seating, and even an authentic... Read More

Sofitel Launches Brigitte Bardot Exhibit at its Luxury Hotels

Feb 28, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Sofitel Los Angeles recently launched BB Forever - Brigitte Bardot, The Legend. The Legend is a showcase of 30 exclusive photographs of Ms. Bardot taken at various destinations of Sofitel properties. The special exhibition encompasses the life of Bardot, a teenage dreamer to a modern-day star. The show will run throughout 2012 with stops at Sofitel hotels in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC, and New York City. This is the first time an exhibit in the U.S. has featured an international celebrity. Henry-Jean Servat, a famed French journalist and author, is a principal collaborator of the exhibition. BB Forever - Brigitte Bardot, The Legend will run during the year as follows: Sofitel Los Angeles,... Read More

Castle Resorts & Hotels Offering Travel Deals at Five Luxury Destinations in Hawaii

Feb 28, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury hotelier Castle Resorts & Hotels is offering savings as much as half-off to five luxury destinations on the Hawaiian Islands. Vacationers and event planners in search of deluxe hotel and resorts or upscale villas and condominiums between April 9 and June 30, 2012, in Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, or Hawaii’s Big Island can take advantage of this promotion. Castle's Deals in Bloom promo provides numerous choices for accommodations in Waikiki Beach, Poipu Beach, Waikoloa, and Kihel. "Deals in Bloom at Castle give our guests and agents a variety of outstanding options, whether it be a condo right on Waikiki beach or world-class dining and meeting space on the Big Island," said Mr. Alan Mattson, president and COO at Castle Resorts & Hotels.... Read More

Luxury Destination Club Golfing Platform | Play Same Golf Courses as on PGA Tour

Feb 27, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Tour Club is a partnership between the PGA Tour and Quintess that provides luxury travel packages that make golf enthusiasts see green, after green, playing the same golf courses that host PGA tournaments. The majority of residences available for members during their vacations are valued at around $2 million. Destinations include hosted tours of Scotland and Ireland with PGA Tour Hall of Fame members and year-round access to the acclaimed Tour Academy where private lessons taught by PGA and LPGA professionals are available at 11 locations throughout the U.S. for golfers of all levels. Members of The Tour Club also receive exclusive perks, such as attending opening and closing ceremonies at PGA tour events and playing in select pro-am tourneys... Read More

Sofitel's First Hotel in India an Epicurean Delight with Six Restaurants

Feb 23, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Sofitel Mumbai BKC is the first hotel to open in India for the French luxury hotelier. Located in the center of Mumbai’s business district within the Bandra Kurla Complex, the deluxe hotel will cater to both business and leisure travelers. The new upscale property features six restaurants and bars, including the super chic and spacious Bar Diamantaire, which houses India’s first wine tower. A traditional North Indian cuisine is on the menu at Jyran, while artisanal meats, cheeses, and Parisian chocolates L’Artisan — Epicere, Patisserie, Chocolaterie. There are 302 guestrooms, including 31 suites, at the Mumbai BKC, as well as eight meeting rooms and a full ballroom. The luxury hotel and resort also has a fitness... Read More

Luxury Cruise Ship Completes $7-Million Renovation & Announces 2013 Sailing Schedule

Feb 22, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The m/s Paul Gauguin cruise ship’s $7-million full renovation is complete. The luxury vessel is better than ever and ready for the 2013 sailing schedule, which the company announced this week. Highlights of the 2013 sailing schedule include an 11-night sail to the Australs and Society Islands of the Island of Whales; four cruises through the islands of French Polynesia with stops in the lagoons of Bora Bora and Moorea; and the second season of guest-host sailings. Oceanographer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, the creator of The Gauguins Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program, will lecture and present videos of his work. Cousteau also will accompany several dives... Read More

Two More Major Luxury Hotels to Re-launch as Viceroy Hotels and Resorts in 2012

Feb 21, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Viceroy Hotel Group announced that two of its luxury destinations will re-launch as Viceroy Hotels and Resorts this year: the Tides Zihuatanejo in Ixtapa, Mexico, and the Jalousie Plantation in Sugar Beach, St. Lucia. The announcement of the two re-launching projects in 2012 comes on the heels of the reopening of the Viceroy Rivera Maya near the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico. The Viceroy Hotel Group's upscale properties in the USA are Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Palm Springs, New York City, Miami Beach, and Snowmass, Colorado. The luxury hotelier's international hotels and resorts are in Abu Dhabi, Anguilla, Riviera Maya, St. Lucia and Zihuatanejo. New locations in development include Maldives, Bodrum, and Turkey.... Read More

Design Hotels Opens an Amsterdam Location That Harmonizes With Luxury

Feb 20, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam is the newest Netherlands luxury hotel to join the Design Hotels collection of more than 200 hotels. The hotel’s building previously served the community as Amsterdam’s top music conservatorium. The storied structure also was a major banking institution in Amsterdam prior to being a conservatorium.  The property is part of a new luxury hotel collection called The Set, which pays tribute to the Amsterdam Conservatorium’s legacy. The hotel honors its roots of classical music along with several communal dining outlets such as the Conservatorium Brasserie & Lounge and Tunes Restaurant & Bar by Schilo, which offers guests convivial outings that lead to guests’... Read More

Luxury Hotel Collection Will Open New Resort in China Early 2014

Feb 20, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury hotel brand One&Only announced that its first hotel and resort in China will open in early 2014. China’s first One&Only is being raised on Tufu Bay in Sanya, Hainan, China. Tufu Bay looks out onto the South China Sea. There are several luxury hotel brands, such as Mandarin Oriental, with hotels and resorts in Sanya, the southernmost city in the People’s Republic of China. The One&Only Sanya resort will place an emphasis on privacy and luxury while evoking a “sense of place” that showcases the natural elements of Sanya. The deluxe hotel and resort, which is being built on 40 acres of private coastline, will have 180 guestrooms and villas available on the mixed-use luxury property.... Read More

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Available at Atlantic Resort and Spa

Feb 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

On March 1st, at The Atlantic Resort & Spa’s East End Brasserie Lounge in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, the resort spa and Samsung Mobile will celebrate the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in 100 of the Atlantic Resort’s premium guest rooms. This joint venture will allow guests to utilize this state-of-the-art technology for maximum convenience during their stay. The resort, which is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel, is hoping to revolutionize guest services with the launch of Samsung’s tablet and the iGet Hotel Evolution software, allowing... Read More

Monte-Carlo Beach Relais & Châteaux Reopens March 2

Feb 16, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

From the Côte d'Azur, the 1930-style Monte-Carlo Beach Relais & Chateaux is set to reopen on March 2. The luxury resort is reminiscent of the over-the-top decadence of the 1930s. However, it also is thoroughly modern with numerous post-millennium contemporary indulgences from technology to culinary options to spa treatments. Renowned designer India Mahdavi previously refurbished the resort in 2009. A new executive chef also will be on board when the Monte-Carlo Beach Relais & Chateaux reopens in early March 2012, according to the Monaco Tourism bureau. Culinary choices on the property are diverse, ranging from seafood at the Virgie to Italian entrees at the Elan. The Deck presents the... Read More

The Westin Verasa Napa Rolls Out New Athletic Gear Leading Program

Feb 15, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

General Manager Don Shindle of The Westin Verasa Napa Hotel today announced Westin’s partnership with leading athletic product company New Balance to provide athletic shoes and apparel to guests during their stays through its Gear Lending Program, launching in February. The global hospitality and fitness brands are working together to provide innovative fitness solutions for hotel guests. Committed to the wellness of its guests, The Westin Verasa Napa understands the difficulty of maintaining an exercise routine while traveling, whether for business or leisure. With the introduction of the Gear Lending Program, The Westin Verasa Napa is working to make exercising and ath... Read More

Dorchester Collection | 2012 Fashion Prize During Paris Fashion Week

Feb 14, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Dorchester Collection is delighted to announce that Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris will host the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize over the course of 2012. The kick-off of the third annual Prize is timed to highlight the 2011 winner, Anndra Neen, who will be showcasing their Autumn/Winter 2012 jewelry and accessories collection at the iconic Avenue Montaigne address during the height of Paris Fashion Week, March 5 - 6, 2012. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came as part of last year's prize in addition to USD $40,000. We're thrilled to launch the 2012 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize at Hôtel Plaza Athénée and continue to... Read More

The Rebirth of The Shelborne South Beach | New Chapter in Miami Beach History

Jan 18, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The new Shelborne South Beach Hotel is open after a 20 million dollar make over. A dramatic new entrance features an Art Deco Porte Cochere that recreates the rings of light on the overhang that previously greeted guests 70 years ago updated with pulsating LED lights that change color. It also sets the stage for your grand entrance or for locals who want to show off their latest sports car. A grand new deco lobby welcomes guests and features several cozy seating areas to relax and enjoy a book from the hotel's extensive lobby library featuring books from Taschen Books. Local man about town, Keith Menin, the 31 year old owner has transformed this famous Art Deco landmar... Read More

Newly Opened Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic Offers Polo, Shooting, Golf & More

Jan 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The recently opened Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican Republic is more like a private island dedicated to the pursuit of luxurious recreation than just another luxury resort. The incredible oceanfront property, a 7,000-acre hotel, resort and residential community, features three championship golf courses designed by the famed Pete Dye, tennis courts, sport shooting grounds, an equestrian center with a world-class polo fields, yacht marina, watersports, a Cygalle Healing Spa, gourmet restaurants, shops and boutiques. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, it features beautifully-appointed rooms and suites with stunning views, and also offers villa rentals for more private or longer stays. Casa de Campo boast... Read More

 
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