Category: California

Hotel Solamar in San Diego sold to LaSalle Hotel Properties

Hotel Solamar in San Diego sold to LaSalle Hotel Properties

San Diego’s chic Hotel Solamar has been sold for $87 million. The property only opened in the Gaslamp Quarter in April of last year and the deal follows a strong recovery in the San Diego hotel industry since 9/11. The sum paid equates to around $370,000 per room, similar to the amount recently paid by […]

Improved fitness facilities for Hilton

In a press release issued by Hilton, it’s been announced that all full-service Hilton, Doubletree and Embassy Suites Hotels will have new Precor fitness equipment and facilities installed by the end of 2007. With the exclusive agreement, brand standards have been established for a premium-quality fitness experience, with the first co-branded facilities opening at The […]

Tennis & Spa Package at California's Carmel Valley Ranch

Tennis & Spa Package at California’s Carmel Valley Ranch

One of the country’s top 10 tennis resorts and home to a Pete Dye-designed 6,234-yard golf course, Carmel Valley Ranch offers easy access to the best of the Monterey Peninsula and breathtaking views of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Housed in the 144-suite property’s original ranch house built in the 1900s, Carmel Valley’s Tennis Club features […]

West Hollywood's Bel Age summer special

West Hollywood’s Bel Age summer special

Live it up at this venerable West Coast hotel and take advantage of special summer rates prior to the historic property’s transformation into The London, the super-chic sister hotel to the London NYC debuting later this year. Just minutes from Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills and Westwood Village, the 200-suite Bel Age features a roof-top pool […]

Acton Treadway Cummerbund Bag

Acton Treadway Cummerbund Bag

The Acton Treadway Cummerbund Bag is made to go around your waist or across your body (as pictured). It has three separate pockets and made in LA from leather and felt.  Or, as they put it, it’s “like having pockets around your waist but leaving your pants pockets free for your hands”.  At $500 a […]

Special summer rates at the Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, CA

Special summer rates at the Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, CA

Don’t let your summer stop short this year.   Enjoy awesome rates and a fantastic getaway at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego when you stay during between 23rd and 31st August 2006.  At $215 per night (taxes and $22 daily resort charge not included), rooms will fill up fast, so make your reservation […]

A honeymoon hideaway to the stars

A honeymoon hideaway to the stars

Not only was San Ysidro Ranch the honeymoon hideaway for Sandra Bullock and Jesse James last year, and Julia Roberts and Danny Moder in 2002, but it’s also where newly weds Avril Lavigne and Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley have been spending a few days. The resort is nestled in the Montecito foothills, at Santa […]

Construction of Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe underway

Construction of Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe underway

Construction of the Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe – which I mentioned back in April – has begun. The official groundbreaking ceremony  of Tahoe’s first five-star luxury hotel took place earlier this week. The $300-million  resort project is still expected to be completed for late 2009 with sales of the resort’s first phase of residences expected […]

Sundays at the Spa from La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, CA

Sundays at the Spa from La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, CA

The Spa at La Costa  is offering  a new way to savour your Sundays, with Sundays at the Spa. You’ll relax in the beauty of the spa courtyard, with special live music, swimming pool, hot tub and Roman waterfall. The Spa Café will feature an exclusive Sundays at the Spa continental brunch menu ($19 per […]

Napa Valley in California welcomes two new resorts

Napa Valley in California welcomes two new resorts

The Meritage Resort at Napa and Vino Bello Resort  are the two latest editions to the ever growing list of quality luxury hotels in Napa, the gateway to the Napa Valley. Located next to each other, the resorts offer a combined total of 274 new guest rooms to the area. Located on seven acres of […]

Marriott International takes no smoking stance

Marriott International takes no smoking stance

Marriott International has today declared that all its US and Canadian hotels as soon as this September. The move follows a growing trend in the industry with the Westin Hotel chain and Anaheim’s Disneyland resort having led the way earlier this year.   Marriott’s decision, however, is one of the largest of its kind, affecting […]

Opera on the Lawn Getaway

Opera on the Lawn Getaway

Why not get away next week (18th July 2006) for the Opera on the Lawn Getaway at the Relais & Chateaux  Meadowood Napa Valley? This memorable experience will include one night’s accommodation on a private estate, breakfast for two (in the privacy of your room if you wish) and two Al Fresco tickets to Tosca, […]

Uma Thurman and other celebrities choose St. Tropez in the South of France

Uma Thurman and other celebrities choose St. Tropez in the South of France

Kill Bill actress Uma Thurman has been re-kindling her on-off romance with boyfriend  Andre Balazs, owner of  the exclusive Chateau Marmont hotel in LA, in St. Tropez, despite a separation having been announced back in March. Also lapping up the French  Riviera this week have been Pamela Anderson and Tommy Hilfiger… not together, I might […]

The healthiest hotels in the USA

The healthiest hotels in the USA

If you’re someone that likes to take good care of yourself when you travel, you’ll be interested to hear that Health magazine and AOL CityGuide recently listed the healthiest hotels in America. Details such as fitness facilities, healthy food offerings, spas, and stress-reduction services were all taken into account to produce the following list: Four […]

Ivy Hotel, San Diego

Ivy Hotel, San Diego

The $75 million Ivy Hotel, a new luxury urban resort in San Diego, is due to open later this year. In an annoucement released by Kelly Capital, the hotel will open in the Autumn, be managed by MTL Luxury Lodging and will be a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection. The 159-room luxury […]

Red-carpet launch at Sofitel LA

Red-carpet launch at Sofitel LA

Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars   – including Cindy Crawford, Kevin Spacey, Alicia Silverstone, Vin Diesel and a host of TV celebrities from shows including The OC, West Wing and Baywatch, as well as musicians including members of ‘N Sync and Guns & Roses – came out to play for the red-carpet launch of the […]