Category: California

The Tablet 10: Best of North America

The Tablet 10: Best of North America

Today’s top 10 list from Tablet Hotels gives a low-down on the best that North America has to offer. California is a clear favourite, with a 50% representation in their list: The Lodge at Torrey Pines – La Jolla, CA, USA Amangani – Jackson Hole, WY, USA Auberge Saint-Antoine – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada The
Forbes Luxury Family Resorts 2006

Forbes Luxury Family Resorts 2006

Another great article from Forbes’ Sophia Banay is accompanied by their summation  of family resorts for 2006. Making the shortlist (actually, there’s 14 of them so it’s not so short!)  are: Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado Club Med, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Sleepless in LA

Stay two nights or more nights at the Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills, just two blocks from Rodeo Drive and enjoy complimentary breakfast for two, each morning of your stay.  All Mosaic rooms include free high speed internet access, Frette linens, Wolfgang Puck coffee, BVLGARI ® bath products, Rain Forest showerheads and an oversized workspace.
Sofitel sells 6 hotels

Sofitel sells 6 hotels

A portfolio of six Sofitel hotels has been sold for $370 million. Accor sold the six hotels to a joint venture comprised of GEM Realty Capital and Whitehall Street Global Real Estate Limited Partnership 2005, but will maintain a 25% stake. The hotels included in the deal are located in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San
More travel goodies in the Oscars swagbag

More travel goodies in the Oscars swagbag

I blogged yesterday on the contents of this evening’s Oscars swagbag,  given to presenters at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. In addition to the travel goodies already mentioned, I’ve since discovered there’s more, including a $1,495 leather-trimmed cashmere travel blanket from Frette, the famous Italian linen house, $1,500 exclusive dinner party in Morton’s Private Boardroom
Park Hyatt Los Angeles

Park Hyatt Los Angeles

The leading hotel and travel review website TripAdvisor has ranked the 363-room Park Hyatt Los Angeles as the #1 luxury hotel in Los Angeles, awarding high praise to the property’s rooms, service and location. The hotel also ranked #61 in the Top 100 Hotels in the World, the only Los Angeles hotel on the list
T+L Design Awards 2006

T+L Design Awards 2006

The second Travel+Leisure Design Awards recognise architecture and design from every facet of the traveller’s world – everything from hotels to travel accessories.   In fact, there’s 15 categories and the winner of each is as follows: Best Public Space: Terminal T4, Madrid Barajas International Airport Best Small Hotel: Básico, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Best
Sushi night at W San Diego

Sushi night at W San Diego

Come to the Magnet Bar at  W San Diego and learn the zen of sushi making from Mineko Moreno, co-author of Sushi For Dummies, and learn how sushi and martinis pair up while sipping on saketinis. By the end of the evening you will be able to taste the difference between Junmai-shu and Daigingo-shu sake.
Loews Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles

Loews Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles

Voted #1 Upper Upscale Hotel Chain by readers of Business Travel News, Loews Hotels is a collection of unique hotels with distinct personalities. Each is high in quality, fun, and is unpretentious.  For instance, Loews Beverly Hills Hotel in the  high-powered Los Angeles neighbourhood, offers an upscale retreat for business and leisure travelers alike. Built
Spa du Sureau, Oakhurst CA

Spa du Sureau, Oakhurst CA

The new Spa du Sureau in Oakhurst  opened  a  few months ago  at Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst. The spa is equipped with a Hydrostorm shower system (only the third of its kind in the US), as well as all the kinds of facilities you might expect.  Elderberries are very much in favour here –
Four Seasons Silicon Valley Hotel

Four Seasons Silicon Valley Hotel

The Four Seasons Silicon Valley Hotel began welcoming its first guests this month.   Located in up and coming East Palo Alto, it is located approximately 5 minutes from Stanford University and close to a number of Silicon Valley  technology companies such as Sun Microsystems, making it a likely choice for many business travellers. This
Aeroscraft: a flying luxury hotel

Aeroscraft: a flying luxury hotel

This might seem a pipe-dream at the moment, but imagine an aircraft that’s two football fields long. A kind of flying Queen Mary 2, if you like, where you can leisurely roam around as you fly to some far-flung destination. This perhaps far-fetched notion is the brainchild of Igor Pasternak, whose privately-funded California firm, Worldwide
Most romantic cross-country ski resorts

Most romantic cross-country ski resorts

In true  Valentines spirit, MSNBC has published their list of the top 10 cross-country ski resorts for lovers. Making the  very US-biased  list are: Callaghan Country at Whistler, British Columbia Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, in Alberta Garland Resort in Lewiston, Michigan Lone Mountain Ranch at Big Sky, Montana Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New
Got $200,000 to spare for Valentine's weekend?

Got $200,000 to spare for Valentine's weekend?

You’re going to have to be quick if you want to take advantage of this extravagant Valentine’s package as it starts on Friday. For $200,000 (yes, you read that right!), you’ll get a weekend experience is brought to you by the wine gift specialists, Vinamor. A limousine pick-up, Cessna to the Napa Valley and a
Russian evening at W Los Angeles - Westwood

Russian evening at W Los Angeles - Westwood

Indulge yourself with an evening of vodka, caviar, and all things Russian. Spend an evening inside W Los Angeles‘ most exclusive suite and be a part of this ode to Russian opulence. Sip on Imperia, Russia’s purest ultra-premium vodka, tempt your palate with divine caviar, surround yourself with Russia’s iconic fashion, and top off the
Best family American art museums

Best family American art museums

According to the latest issue of Child magazine, the top 5 American art museums for children are as follows: Art Institute of Chicago, IL Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH De Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA