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Haunted Happenings at Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:50:49 -0400

Originally built as The Colonial Apartments and Hotel in 1913, the Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla is the California seaside town's oldest original hotel. Over the last century, the property has hosted movie stars, military personel, and guests from around the world. But do some guests never leave? Read more below. Yes, no, maybe? Guests and staff alike have reported a variety of paranormal sightings and haunted happenings, including 2:00 AM phone calls to the front desk from occupied rooms, and the appearance of a couple in formal attire that disappears without leaving through a door or window. There's also been stories of a glowing presence in the hotel, a woman named Abigail who has appeared in rooms, played with toys, and reportedly brushed a young boy's hair. The kitchen has been the location of many stories collected over the years, with the unexplained opening and closing of kitchen doors, frying pans moving around unexpectedly, and stoves turning on and off. (Rumor has it, since the restaurant was transformed into Nine-Ten a few years ago, the happenings have quieted.) Many guests who've stayed above the bakery in the North Annex have reported the sounds of loud voices, people running down the stairs, and doors swinging open and slamming shut in the bakery--all after it has closed.  Haunted? Someone lurking in the hallways or some guests that never want to leave? You can be the judge. Continue reading below. The Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla underwent an extensive renovation in 2012, to celebrate it's 100th Anniversary in 2013. Today, the historic hotel offers 93 guest rooms and suites, many with ocean views, an outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor event spaces, and the award-winning Nine-Ten restaurant. Within walking distance to La Jolla's beaches, the property is a short drive from highly-regarded golf courses, and San Diego tourist attractions. Check rates and learn more about the Grande Colonial Hotel La Jolla >> SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave[...]



A Caribbean Family Vacation in St. Barth

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:44:42 -0400

Saint-Barthelemy is a 25km2 island of elegance and charm - white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and cooling offshore breezes. Set on the Flamands Bay, one of the island's finest, Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France is home to 40 beautifully appointed rooms, suites, and villas with panoramic sea views or hidden in lush gardens. Because the happiness of the young brings joy to the old, the Alchimist staff at Cheval Blanc understand the need to stage activities to delight the youngest guests of the Maison. Upon request, the luxury resort's Ambassadors ensure the comfort of all children by providing accessories, toys, and amenities especially imagined for them. Custom-designed for promoting quality time with family, excursions can be arranged to create memorable moments for both parents and children. PLUS, all guests making reservations through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary continental breakfast for two daily and a 50 Euro food and beverage credit per room/per stay. Also, based on availability at the time of check-in/departure, an upgrade, early check-in, and late check-out. Perk Alert! More Below >> Available equipment includes: For sleeping and changing - a Baudou baby cot ensures maximum security thanks to the protective barriers and surrounding cushions; a bed cover and embroidered white sheets of seahorses and stars in the taupe and pink colors of the Maison, exclusively designed by Baudou; and a changing table with its own basket for diapers and everyday baby care products. For on the go - a stroller with a Bugaboo Chameleon parasol whose wheels are ideal for walking comfortably on sandy beaches or the island paths. For meals - a rattan highchair with an upholstered seat and plastic tray that is easy to clean; a hand-sewn bib specially designed by Baudou is embroidered with seahorses and stars, courtesy of the Maison; and bowls suitable for babies. For toys - a selection of toys for those sunny afternoons on Flamands beach. More Below >> Little amenities for the children: In each room and villa, children will find bathrobes adapted to their size; beach towels in the colors of the Maison are available for young guests; children also have their own pair of flip flops and slippers (sizes 31 to 34); and to lull them to sleep at night, a soft stuffed toy horse in the pink and taupe colors of the Maison, awaits children in their room. Family Adventure Embark on an adventurous half-day discovery of St Barts! Start the day with an energetic family breakfast in your villa or privately on the beach of the Maison. At 10 am, depart for a fun and original tour of the island, two passengers per quad, accompanied by a professional. Then head to the port of Gustavia where you board the Yellow Submarine for an adventure of discovery exploring the underwater world of St Barts. Onboard, cold soft drinks and gourmandises have been prepared for your pleasure by our Chef. Back at the Maison, enjoy a delicious seaside lunch at the Case de l'Isle Restaurant and enjoy an afternoon together relaxing on Flamands beach. Family Snorkeling Leave the Maison at 2 pm, towards the splendid beach of Colombier where you will discover the marine life of the island in the form of an educational and fun water course created by a professional fully dedicated to you. The program for the afternoon is one of beautiful encounters with turtles, small playful sharks and colourful fishes. After a swim, settle comfortably on the most beautiful beach in St Barts for a quick snack prepared by Chef Yann Vinsot while your guide tells you about the beauty of the island ...  This activity, ideal for young guests and their parents, is immortalized through film and photos presented on a CD and delivered later to your room. Check rates and then make your reservation by CLICKING HERE. [...]



Penthouse Suite At The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:59:15 -0400

Set on the seventh floor, the Penthouse Suite at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is a lavish 300-square-meter space with breathtaking views of the Bay of Cannes and the Boulevard de la Croisette. One of the largest suites in France, the four-bedroom penthouse has its own garden, along with works of art by Picasso and Matisse. Featuring a 270-square-meter private terrace, guests of the Penthouse can relax while enjoying the sea breezes and unbelievable views in padded lounge chairs or at an outdoor dining table. Continue reading below the photo. The master bedroom has a king size bed, along with a large marble bathroom featuring a soaking tub, and 73 La Croisette bath amenities. The main living area has a separte dining room and kitchenette, ideal for private parties. There's also butler service, Bose sound system, and a spacious work desk. Continue reading below the photos. The Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is an iconic French Riviera hotel. Set on the prestigious Boulevard de la Croisette, the property boasts a 2-Star Michelin restaurant, along with a stunning outdoor pool, and more than 400 rooms and suites.  Check rates and learn more about the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez>> SaveSave[...]



The Gray Hotel Opens In Chicago

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:47:35 -0400

There's a new adaptive reuse hotel in Chicago. Kimpton's latest property, The Gray, is located along La Salle Street, 5 blocks from Millenium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago. Guest rooms offer sophisticated styling in a color palette of mostly gray and white. Baleo, the rooftop bar is a South American-inspired retreat on the 15th floor of the hotel, serving Argentinian and Peruvian street food. Steadfast is a chef-driven, ultra-seasonal restaurant with a zinc bar, stately dark wood chairs, plush banquets, and gold accents. For cocktails, Vol. 39 offers an opulent setting with gilded silver carts with caviar and charcuterie, and leather-bound legal books left behind from the previous tenants of the office building before it was transformed into the new hotel. Read more about the new property (below the photo) from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan.  Revamped New York Life Insurance Building opens as The Gray Kimpton opened its latest property, The Gray, in Chicago’s former New York Life Insurance Building that was originally designed by William Le Baron Jenney, and is located on Monroe Street. Involved in the historic revamp was Los Angeles-based studio Beleco, which worked with Kimpton’s global senior vice president of design and creative director Ave Bradley for the decor and interiors. Meanwhile, Gensler led the overall design duties for the building’s renovation. Each of the 293 guestrooms now have blue accent colors inspired by the city’s flag; locally sourced artwork; and custom materials such as bathroom wall art reading “Relax, It’s Just Garlic”, a nod to Chicago’s namesake native garlic chicagoua plant. Continue reading below the photo. For events, the property has almost 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space. For dining, The Gray has two onsite dining options. Located on the hotel’s 15th floor, South American venue Boleo has a restaurant, bar, and 4,000-square-foot rooftop under an open-air, retractable glass roof. Meanwhile, the ground-floor eatery Steadfast has a woodfire rotisserie, shaved ice crudo bar and charcuterie room. The lobby also has a bar, Vol. 39, which has a vintage encyclopedia collection discovered inside the property during renovations. Petrosino’s Parlor salon is located on the second floor. Interested in adaptive reuse properties? Check out our Best Historic Buildings Turned Hotels List >> SaveSaveSaveSave[...]



Paradise Found At Hacienda AltaGracia

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:41:10 -0400

Set on the mountain tops in Costa Rica, Hacienda AltaGracia is a luxurious escape from the ordinary. Featuring estate-size accommodations, the Auberge Resort is surrounded by natural beauty with gourmet dining, upscale amenities, and a full-service spa. Recognized on Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List 2016, the resort provides guests with an array of Costa Rican activities, including ziplining, rafting, and cheesemaking classes for a memorable getaway. Continue reading below. Here are three of our favorite experiences:  1. Landing on the resort's airstrip in a private chartered aircraft. No need to ask for directions, or find the taxi line, arriving steps from the resort in a private plane is the way to go. Plus, the view is pretty amazing. 2. Horseback riding along the Santa Maria trail to Rio Calientillo. Departing from the equestrian center, guests can schedule a unique adventure that includes a traditional Costa Rican farmer's meal wrapped in banana leaves, and served with aqua sapo.  3. Touring a coffee plantation. Learning about the sustainable planting and harvesting of organic coffee in one of the world's premiere coffee growing countries gives visitors a new appreciation for their morning cup of coffee. Continue reading below the photo.  Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests that book through Five Star Alliance get a $100 USD resort credit, 10% discount at the Auberge Spa, welcome fruit basket, and VIP status. Also, based on availability at check-in, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out.  Check rates and availability at Hacienda AltaGracia >> SaveSaveSaveSave[...]



JW Marriott Los Cabos All Inclusive Vacation Experience

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:05:30 -0400

*Sponsored Post Set directly on the Sea of Cortez, the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa, is a family-friendly resort offering 10 pools, fine dining, kids and teens clubs, plus direct access to the Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club with a Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman-designed course. The beachfront property also has 6,560-square-foot spa with indoor pools, hydrotherapy circuits, and an ancient pre-Hispanic Temazcal. In addition, the property is offering all-inclusive vacation packages, starting at $399.00* per person. Continue reading below the photo. The JW Luxury All-Inclusive Vacation Experience Includes: - Buffet breakfast at the Uá Culinary Artisans from 7 am to 11am - Lunch at Uá Culinary Artisans or Nak Grill & Bar from 12 pm to 3 pm - Dinner at Uá Culinary Artisans or Nak Grill & Bar from 6 pm to 10 pm or (*) Dinner at Café des Artistes with special tasting menu from 6 pm to 11.00 pm from Tuesday thru Sunday, reservation is required - Room Service, $10.00 USD service fee per delivery applies - Lobster and Prime Cuts will have a surcharge of $15.00 USD - Unlimited drinks, beer, house wine by the glass, from our house standard bar and all non-alcoholic beverages from 11 am to 11 pm - Access to the Nayaa-Kot Kids Club for children from 4 to 12 years old - 20% discount on internet connectivity - 15% discount on Jasha Spa treatments, reservations required - Includes all taxes & service charges Please note: 3-Night minimum stay required. For individual reservations only, does not apply for group bookings. You may upgrade your vacation experience to the Premium Level for only $120.00 USD per per, per day, including taxes and service fees. Every person in the room must be on the JWLAIVE for all nights of stay rates displayed are for 2 adults only per room Children under 12 years old have an additional charge of $80.00 USD per day. Children from 13 - 17 years old have an additional charge of $120.00 USD per day. Extra Person over 18 years old has an additional charge of $185.00 USD per day. Foods from the Niparaya JW Bar, any items from the Auka Deli Shop, in-room movies & in-room gourmet bar along with laundry service and any other services not specifically mentioned, are not included. Click here to visit the JW Marriott Los Cabos >> *The content of this article was provided by the JW Marriott Los Cabos. Rates and offers are subject to change.SaveSave[...]



Five Star Perks at Cap Maison Resort and Spa

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:28:25 -0400

Situated on an oceanfront bluff, Cap Maison Resort and Spa is a luxury resort in Cap Estate, St. Lucia. Set amongst three acres of landscaped gardens, the property has a romantic feel with a secluded beach, and villas with private terraces, including some with pools. Popular with honeymooners and couples, the resort offers foodie events, private dining, and cooking classes. Restaurant options include Cellar Maison with wine pairing dinners, fine dining at the Cliff at Cap Restaurant, and casual dining at the Naked Fisherman Bar & Grill. Continue reading below the photo.

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Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive daily breakfast for two at the Cliff at Cap Restaurant, lunch for two once during stay, VIP status, and guests staying 4 or more nights get a $100 resort credit per room. Subject to availability, room upgrades, early check-in, and late check-out.

Check rates and availability at Cap Maison Resort and Spa >>

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Beijing Suite at The Peninsula Beijing

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:13:36 -0400

Featuring a residence-like feel, the Beijing Suite at The Peninsula Beijing provides an ultra-luxe experience in the heart of city with panoramic views, and a cinema room with an 80-inch HDTV and surround sound. Offering two separate entrances, suite guests can easily separate work from pleasure. In the living area, there is a large dining table, Nespresso coffee maker, Bowers and Wilkins sound systems, and a large work desk with multimedia docking stations. Continue reading below the photo.

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There's a private bedroom, separated from the living area via a sliding door with a king bed and mood lighting. The marble master bathroom has dual sinks, Oscar de la Renta bath amenities, soaking tub with a control panel for a variety of spa modes, and a separate shower. Plus, a powder room, with a separate dressing room featuring a vanity, nail dryer, room control panel, and grand walk-in closet, ideal for preparing for the grandest occasions. Read more below.

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Undergoing a massive renovation that will be completed in early 2017, the Peninsula Beijing is a grand luxury hotel close to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The modern hotel features Chinese-inspired art and architecture, along with a Chinese spa, two restaurants and an indoor pool with a glass ceiling. Within the lobby, guests can enjoy the hotel's famous Afternoon Tea, and the property is adjacent to a high-end shopping arcade.

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Colosseum Suite & Perks at Palazzo Manfredi

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:40:09 -0400

Across from the Colosseum in Rome, Palazzo Manfredi is set within the archaeological remains of a gladiator arena, the luxury boutique hotel occupies a historic Italian villa. There's a Michelin-starred restaurant, Aroma, with a rooftop terrace featuring exquisite views of the Colosseum and Rome.  Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests who book through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, daily continental breakfast for two, and tickets to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and The Palatine Hill.  Currently, the property has 14 opulent guest accommodations with incomparable city views. The Relais & Chateaux property is planning an expansion. Read more about it along with details about the hotel's suites below, in an article from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, by Sharri Whiting De Masi.  Continue reading below the photo. For those who love all things Roman and want to stay in proximity to the great historic sites, the Palazzo Manfredi offers not only the most sublime and surreal view of the Colosseum, but the Michelin-starred Aroma restaurant from which to enjoy it. The 18th-century townhouse, which is adjacent to the ruins of the old Roman gladiator school, will be enlarged with several additional rooms and suites in a more modern building behind the palazzo. At present there are 14 rooms and two suites in this Relais & Chateaux property. Continue reading below the image. The Colosseum Suite on the first floor contains a large whirlpool bath and small private gym separated from the bedroom and the living room by glass walls, but the real focal point is the ever-present view of the Colosseum from four windows. There is a living room decorated in tones of silver and black, with parquet floors. The suite is about 650 square feet. The ground-floor Ludus Magnus Suite is about 550 square feet, and has two full baths with walk-in showers, a large king bedroom and a living room with parquet floors. Again, there is the ever-fascinating view of the Colosseum. Check rates and availability at Palazzo Manfredi >> SaveSaveSaveSave[...]



Grape Harvest at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:42:51 -0400

Nestled within an 800-year-old estate, in Val d'Oro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is a wine-lover's paradise. Featuring the Brunello di Montalcino winery, cooking school, and a spa with wine-focused treatments, the property is an ideal getaway, especially during harvest season. Learn more about the special festivities happening on the property in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.

Five Star Alliance Perk Alert: All guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a bottle of Castiglion del Bosco wine, $100 resort credit, and VIP status. Continue reading below the photo.

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Winos, rejoice! Vineyards across Tuscany are preparing for the most exciting time of the year – harvest season. Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo's bucolic resort Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is offering guests a series of one-of-a-kind activities to capture the best of Italian wine country and to celebrate the autumnal harvest.

From September 26-30 guests can participate in every step of the annual harvest, from grapevine to glass. Start with a tour of the property's vineyard with local Enologist Cecilia Leoneschi. Then, head to the vines for an immersive grape-picking session where you'll collect Sangiovese grapes with your own personal scissors, gloves and boots.

Once you're done picking, enjoy a Tuscan Grigliata in the vineyards in the rolling hills of Val d'Orica. The resort's catering team is offering a private, rustic and fire-roasted BBQ in the on-site vineyards, complete with a live musical accompaniment. Continue reading below the photo.

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If adventure is more your style, explore Bolgheri by helicopter. Hop on an aerial vineyard tour, stopping at Tenuta San Guido and Tenuta dell'Ornellaia to sample local wines and then enjoy lunch at Ristorante La Pineta, a Michelin-starred seafood restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

If you need to relax, try the resorts holistic wine ritual. Combine grapes, pomace and vino for a three-hour treatment at the Spa at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco to relax the body and cleanse your skin.

Of course, on-site winery tours and wine tastings are always available. As one of the region's leading producers of Brunello di Montalcino, the historic winery offers guests a comprehensive selection of activities catering to both the wine novice and aficionado alike.

Check rates and availability at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco >>

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