Category: California

Introductory offer from Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

Introductory offer from Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

Head for San Diego and enjoy the eco-friendly spa and exciting marina at the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina with an introductory rate of $169 between now and 30th April 2008. To take advantage of this offer, simply enter the code ‘INTRO’ when making your booking online.

2008 Best of Wine Tourism award winners

2008 Best of Wine Tourism award winners

The 2008 Best of Wine Tourism award winners are: Bilbao-Rioja (Architecture, Parks & Gardens) Marques de Riscal Bordeaux (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) Planète Bordeaux Cape Town (Arts & Culture) Vergelegen Florence (Accommodation) Castello di Meleto Mendoza (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) Familia Zuccardi Melbourne (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) Victorian Alps Winery Porto (Art & Culture) The […]

Only in Ojai

Only in Ojai

In an oasis of privacy on California’s central coast, serenity and rejuvenation just come naturally. At Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, you can share a Champagne breakfast under 200-year-old oak trees, rest in your own cabana by their beautiful Moroccan pools, play on the legendary 18-hole golf course, take a sunset horseback ride at the […]

Mammoth Lakes' first full-service, luxury hotel: The Westin Monache

Mammoth Lakes’ first full-service, luxury hotel: The Westin Monache

California might be best known for its beaches, but its the popular ski resort of Mammoth Lakes where a new luxury hotel has just opened. The Westin Monache  is a 230-unit condo-hotel built by Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Intrawest, featuring a full-service restaurant, 24-hour room service, ski valet, rental shop and more. The first […]

The luxury category in the Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards

The luxury category in the Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards

In addition to the Crystal Award winners at the 2007 Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards, there’s a multitude of addtional winners sorted by both country and category. Among the categories, one of particular interest to this blog is the luxury category.    Perhaps it is due to Spa Finder’s readership, but all the winners are […]

A new luxury hotel on Stanford University land

A new luxury hotel on Stanford University land

As  was suspected early  last year, a new  luxury hotel and spa will soon be popping up  just one mile west of Stanford University  campus. Stanford and Dallas-based Rosewood Hotels and Resorts have unveiled The Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, a 121-room luxury hotel and spa on a 21-acre site. The development near the intersection of […]

Heavy, luxurious beds are taking their toll on housekeepers

Spare a thought for your housekeeper: this just in from Reuters. Those heavenly beds in luxury hotels may give people a great night’s sleep. But how would it feel to lift the 100-pound (45-kg) mattresses and change the sheets 16 times a day? Housekeepers at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton have scored a big win […]

The winter season at Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp, CA

The winter season at Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp, CA

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and each holiday season Tenaya Lodge gathers its guests into the warm embrace of its heartfelt hospitality. From the Grand Lobby, with its two-story fireplace and 30-foot holiday tree to the contests, crafts sessions, sledding, skating and visits from Santa Claus, Tenaya Lodge is the perfect place […]

The Lusso Collection passes 100 member milestone

The Lusso Collection passes 100 member milestone

The Lusso Collection – an exclusive destination club that began in June last year and provides members unlimited access to a collection of multi-million dollar residences in the world’s most sought-after vacation destinations – has announced that it has signed more than 100 members since its official launch. Destinations covered include Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas […]

MAXjet turns two

MAXjet turns two

The business class only airline MAXjet turns two today and is celebrating the occasion with a second anniversary sale.   One way prices to/from London Stansted start from $499/ £279 for New York, $599/ £329 for Los Angeles, and $599/ £329 for Las Vegas, plus taxes of course.   The lowest fares are only available […]

Google founders get themselves another private jet

Google founders get themselves another private jet

News has it that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are splashing out on another private jet which, from next month,  will be able to take off from the NASA-operated Moffett Airfield  just 4 miles from their Mountain View, CA headquarters.   This will be their fourth such jet with this privilege – something […]

Recipe of the week: Salmon, veal cheeks, artichoke lemon rind cream, manzanilla olive cake, fennel milk and Dukkah

Recipe of the week: Salmon, veal cheeks, artichoke lemon rind cream, manzanilla olive cake, fennel milk and Dukkah

This is one of  Roberto Cortez’s  takes on Terre et Mer, or Surf and Turf. The veal cheeks are braised for 5 hours, then shredded with aromatics and wrapped in a small round of crepe. I then wrap a piece of salmon cut in a strip around the cake. Wrap a piece of oiled foil […]

Hotel hopping Britney

Hotel hopping Britney

You would think most mothers losing legal custody of their children would want to keep as low profile as possible.   Not so, it seems, with Britney Spears, who just seems to be hopping from one luxury hotel to another.   On Monday she checked into The Peninsula Beverly Hills  and stopped there for two […]

Suite of the week: Presidential Suite at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, CA

Suite of the week: Presidential Suite at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows, CA

Suite name: Presidential Suite (#415) Resort: The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows Size of accommodation: 1,932 sq ft Cost per night:  $6,500 Who’s stayed there? Everyone from Howard Hughes to Marilyn Monroe to Donald Trump What makes it special?  The Five Star “Pink Palace” is a classic, and this suite reflects that heritage, with Deco […]

Dark Dining in San Francisco

Dark Dining in San Francisco by TasteTV and Million Dollar Dinner takes you into another realm of dining, one where all of your senses are expanded and focus on the food, the taste, the sound, the company and more – because you are dining completely in the dark. Dark dining is not low light dining, […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… The world’s 100 sexiest hotels Ecoluxury from Luxury Camps & Lodges of the World The San Diego luxury lifestyle from Tower 23 Hotel Epicurean tours from Food & Wine Trails