Category: North America

Alain Ducasse expands in Paris

Alain Ducasse expands in Paris

Alain Ducasse, an amazing chef with nine Michelin stars (three stars each in Paris, Monte Carlo and New York), not to mention three of the most expensive restaurants in the world, has an ever-growing miniempire. Two years ago, he took over Aux Lyonnais, a lovely little place that had seen better days. And last year […]

Slippery When Wet: Bon Jovi plane involved in accident

Slippery When Wet: Bon Jovi plane involved in accident

US rockers Bon Jovi escaped injury early today when their private Boeing 707 jet skidded off a runway at Hamilton airport, west of Toronto, in a severe rain storm. Bon Jovi is currently on tour and today commands a global audience that has barely diminished since it first struck major commercial success  with 1986’s 14-million-selling […]

Jumeirah Essex House, New York

Jumeirah Essex House, New York

Jumeirah, an international luxury hospitality group headquartered in Dubai, recently acquired its first US property, taking over the renowned Essex House in NYC; it is now the Jumeirah Essex House. Originally built in  1931,  the building  is a well-known historic landmark, recognised throughout the world as a model of graceful elegance and art-deco sophistication. Conveniently […]

The Kahala, Oahu

The Kahala, Oahu

The recent purchasers of the Kahala Mandarin Oriental have decided to take the hotel independent. In a major change at one of Oahu’s top hotels, the hotel’s owner, Trinity Investments affiliate Kahala Hotel Investors LLC, said the property will be renamed simply The Kahala. The hotel’s management contract will be turned over to Landmark Hotels […]

New York hotel prices hit all-time high

New York hotel prices hit all-time high

New York hotels just keep on getting pricier, according to industry analysts PKF Consulting. The average price of a room in the city hit $292 in November 2005, more than its previous record yearly average of $237, set in 2000. An estimated 22 million nights were sold at city hotels in 2005, surpassing the 21.4 […]

New water park for New York

New water park for New York

New York’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee has voted to build a 26-acre water park on Randall’s Island, just off Manhattan. The £94.4m park will be paid for by a private developer, the Aquatic Development Group (ADG) under a 35-year lease with the city. Proposed facilities include a seven-acre indoor beach and 19 acres of […]

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Hawaii

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Hawaii

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on Hawaii’s Kohala Coast is offering a fifth night free and a $100 to $200 per room per night resort credit (amount depends on room category) for stays between 1st March and 30th May 2006. Rates start at $430 a night before discount; taxes are an extra 16%. Ask […]

Sundara Day Spa, Berlin VT

The new Sundara Day Spa is the first spa in Vermont to feature classic Ayurvedic skin care through Sundari products, which are usually found only in larger luxury establishments such as Ritz Carlton Hotels and the Kenyon Ranches. It has two treatment rooms for massage, facials and wraps, plus two manicure stations and two pedicure […]

Sip & Splurge at XYZ bar, W San Francisco

Sip & Splurge at XYZ bar, W San Francisco

Drop by at W San Francisco any Wednesday evening in February  and  sip for free from 6-7pm. Move into the XYZ bar, open all night, for select high-end wines by the glass. Enjoy grooving to the music of a live DJ as you savor any of the 10-15 wines (paired with canapes) from such producers […]

New luxury hotel on Lake Washington

New luxury hotel on Lake Washington

The Spring of 2006 will see the completion of the new Heathman Kirkland hotel, just a few miles from Seattle, on the eastern shore of Lake Washington. Like its award-winning sister location, the historic Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore.,   the Heathman Kirkland will provide guests with a unique Northwest luxury experience.   Plans call […]

The Phoenician at Scottsdale AZ

The Phoenician at Scottsdale AZ

The Phoenician, a 654-room destination resort in Scottsdale Arizona, tallied up their renovations over the past few years with a grand total of $20 million. Extensive renovations include its luxurious lobby, lounges, restaurants, Grand Tea Court, guest rooms, pool oasis, golf course, meeting space and public areas. Room amenities now include 32-inch flat-screen Sony televisions, […]

Hawaii's best secret beaches

Hawaii’s best secret beaches

Courtesy of the latest issue of Travel + Leisure, here’s a list of Hawaii’s best secret beaches: Pololu Beach, Big Island Polihale Beach, Kauai Polihua Beach, Lanai Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, Maui Bellows Field Beach, Oahu

New underwater hotel

New underwater hotel

The construction of  a $500 million underwater hotel in Dubai will start in the first quarter of this year. According to Uwe Hohmann of the Crescent Hydropolis Group, the financing of the development is almost finalised. Hotel prices are rumoured to reach some $3,000 per night but  have not yet been announced by the group. […]

dailyLuxé Top Ten Resorts & Villas

dailyLuxé Top Ten Resorts & Villas

According to dailyLuxé, the Top Ten Resorts & Villas are: Grand Bay Hotel – Isla Navidad Resort, Mexico Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, Fiji Casa del Mar Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Mexico Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa, Australia Eagle’s Nest Private Retreat, New Zealand Angsana Resort & Spa, Australia Esperanza – An Auberge Resort, […]

Super Spas 2006

Super Spas 2006

Interested in a seaweed wrap or a caviar facial? Forbes has run an article on the special spas for 2006.   Getting a much-deserved mention are: Monart Luxury Destination Spa, Enniscorthy, Ireland Red Mountain Spa, St. George, UT Chiva Som, Hua Hin, Thailand Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ and Lenox, MA Cornelia Day Resort, New York […]

The Tides Inn, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia

The Tides Inn, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia

Located on 480 acres and surrounded by gardens and hidden sitting areas, The Tides Inn has undergone something of a transformation. Thanks to over $10 million of investment, there are now 106 impeccably appointed and spacious rooms and suites, as well as  four restaurants. But for golfers the real attraction of the Tides Inn is […]