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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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