Category: USA

The Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa to be converted into luxury condos

The Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa to be converted into luxury condos

It was only the other day that I mentioned The Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa at Telluride, CO. Now news is in that $60 million in renovations and refurbishments will see it be transformed into condominiums for individual ownership for those seeking a luxury mountain lifestyle. The conversion is due to be completed by […]

America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns of 2007

Take note if you’re yet to book a stay for Valentines. We’re still only in January, but the the “Top 10 Most Romantic Inns of 2007” as chosen by the guidebook publisher, American Historic Inns, Inc, has been revealed as follows: Adobe & Pines Inn – Taos, NM McMillan Inn – Savannah, GA Magnolia Mansion […]

Congo President enjoyed lavish stays at the Waldorf Astoria

Congo President enjoyed lavish stays at the Waldorf Astoria

It’s been revealed by The Sunday Times that the leader of one of Africa’s poorest countries – the Republic of Congo – spent $400,000 on hotel bills as members of his entourage “drank Cristal Champagne and charged tens of thousands of dollars of room service”. President Denis Sassou-Nguesso enjoyed stays at a Waldorf Astoria suite […]

Renovations to Renaissance Austin Hotel in Texas

Renovations to Renaissance Austin Hotel in Texas

Thanks to $6 million worth of renovations, guests of the Renaissance Austin Hotel will now enjoy even more luxurious surroundings. Now with a more high-tech feel, the hotel has completed renovations of the lobby area, restaurant, ballroom, guest rooms, meeting rooms, Club Level and Presidential Suite over the past two years. All 492 guest rooms […]

Westin is heading for Avon, CO

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa and The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas are to come to Avon, Colorado in 2008, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc has announced. The  former will be a 235-room full service hotel and resort facility and is  already under construction, slated to start operations for the 2008 ski season. This […]

Interview with Randy Antin of Perfect Escapes

Interview with Randy Antin of Perfect Escapes

My first interview is with Randy Antin, Director of Interactive and Social Media at Perfect Escapes, a luxury hotel start-up focussing on 4- and 5-star hotels. Randy previously worked at Travelocity for 8 years as a travel writer/editor and then progressed into Search Engine Marketing. What is it that  you do exactly? Mostly, I spend […]

3 nights for the price of 2 at The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco

3 nights for the price of 2 at The Westin St. Francis, San Francisco

Perfect Escapes has teamed up with The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco to offer a  package deal at their Union Square hotel.  With rates starting at $149/night, if you book 2 nights you’ll get a 3rd night free. That’s approximately $99/night stay at a 4-star hotel in the middle of the city. And right […]

Best luxury hotels as rated by TravelPost readers

Best luxury hotels as rated by TravelPost readers

One blog that I make a point of checking on an occasional basis is Sam Shank’s excellent  TravelPost Insider. One of the main thrusts of the TravelPost website is on hotel reviews (particularly for the US) and, in a recent blog entry, he’s highlighted the hotels achieving the highest ratings from his visitors in 2006. […]

New luxury resort in Myrtle Beach, SC

New luxury resort in Myrtle Beach, SC

A new  luxury resort has just opened in Myrtle Beach. Island Vista is has 149 oceanfront suites, a restaurant and outdoor pool complex reminiscent of the Roman aqueducts.  The resort’s  luxurious one, two, three and four bedroom suites each feature private balconies and panoramic views of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Suites up to 2,300 square […]

Private jets of the ultra-rich

Private jets of the ultra-rich

The ultra-rich aren’t settling for small private jets these days – they’re opting instead for Boeing 737s or upgrading to Dreamliners or even – would you believe it – Airbus A380s.   The attorney Willie Gary has his own Boeing 737 called Wings of Justice II with, among other features, a $1.2 million sound system […]

Four Seasons Resort Manele Bay, Lanai, Maui

Some aerial footage of Four Seasons Resort Manele Bay from the perspective of Blue Hawaiian, a helicopter tour operator.

El Portal, Sedona’s luxury hacienda

A video insight into Sedona’s luxury hacienda, El Portal, voted Grand Award Winner in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report in 2004.

Pampered pets at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Pampered pets at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Yesterday, I made reference to a USA Today article about the changing face of Ritz-Carlton.   According to the Associated Press, one of the changes we’re likely to see is the manner in which they cater for pets. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota in Florida will give your pet a $130 massage, as well as offer treats […]

NYC's 10 most decadent dishes

NYC’s 10 most decadent dishes

Adam Platt, a restaurant critic for New York Magazine, shares with us  his ten most decadent dishes from some of New York’s leading restaurants: Foie Gras Shabu Shabu at Masa Roast Suckling Pig  at Eleven Madison Park Kobe Beef  at L’Atelier De Joël Rubochon Truffled Gnudi at Dona Chicken Kiev With Foie Gras Sauce at […]

Tripadvisor's top 10 beach escapes for winter

Tripadvisor’s top 10 beach escapes for winter

In a newsletter I’ve just received from Tripadvisor, they’re recommending the following beach destinations if you’d sooner be shovelling sand rather than snow this winter: Tulum, Mexico Maui, Hawaii Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos Destin, Florida Bora Bora, French Polynesia Mykonos, Greece St. John, USVI Shoal Bay, Anguilla Laguna Beach, California I […]

Britney checks into Arizona spa

Britney checks into Arizona spa

Britney Spears has checked herself into Scottsdale’s Sanctuary spa at Camelback Mountain (which you might recall me blogging about last summer) after her alleged collapse at a New Year party at the Pure nightclub in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. Media speculation is suggesting that she’s visiting the Arizona resort for more than just a pedicure […]