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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

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