Category: USA

$150,000 package from The Buckingham Hotel in New York

A press release just issued: The Buckingham Hotel is putting a little – or should we say a lot – of extra Christmas magic into New York City this holiday season. The Hotel is giving one flush family the chance to experience their own private winter wonderland in the quintessential holiday city with its $150,000
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
2007 Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards

2007 Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards

The key winners from this year’s Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards are recognised by ‘Crystal Awards’. These are the crème de la crème of the innumerable winners, limited to just one from each continent. The five (there aren’t many to choose from in Antarctica!) to shine through this year are as follows: Favorite Spa of
Spa V Happy Hour

Spa V Happy Hour

Starting today, Hotel Victor in Miami will be hosting a Spa Happy Hour event every Wednesday at the Spa V Lounge from 5pm to 9pm.   During this time, guests can rejuvenate and recharge their batteries by indulging in petit spa treatments while sipping Champagne and tasting delicious food from Vix Restaurant. Here’s the Spa
Jules Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Forida Keys

Jules Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Forida Keys

I’ve mentioned underwater hotels on A Luxury Travel Blog before, but I think – until now – Jules Undersea Lodge has escaped the radar. It’s an underwater research base which has opened itself to the public. Featured in ‘Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous’, a stay here will set you back $475 per person per
The most romantic and creative places to propose

The most romantic and creative places to propose

Apparently one of the latest trends in travel is the ‘proposal vacation’ which, as its name suggests, is when you go on a trip with the sole purpose of popping the question. MoonRings, Inc. believe they have identified the ten most romantic and creative places. “Choosing a location is not always as easy as it
Ritz-Carlton's second project in Arizona

Ritz-Carlton's second project in Arizona

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has teamed up with Arizona-based Cottonwood Properties and Greenbrier Southwest Corporation to open a 250-room Ritz-Carlton resort hotel and spa, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club featuring Jack Nicklaus Signature courses, and a Ritz-Carlton branded residential community in northwest Tucson. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and The Residences at The  Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain will
Trips from The Nature Conservancy and A&K

Trips from The Nature Conservancy and A&K

The Nature Conservancy is again teaming up with Abercrombie & Kent, to offer you the chance to get up close with nature — brown bears, flying foxes, pink dolphins and giant tortoises. Their 2008 series is very similar to this year’s with a few changes to locations. The 2008 journeys include Brazil’s Pantanal (18th-28th May);
Silverjet, Maxjet and L'Avion compared

Silverjet, Maxjet and L'Avion compared

Seasoned traveller and A Luxury Travel Blog reader,  Gianugo Rabellino, contacted me recently to say that, thanks to a recent trip to Atlanta,  he’d now flown with Silverjet, Maxjet and L’Avion.   He’s therefore well-poised to compare the three all-business airlines and has done so quite thoroughly with this entry on his own blog.  
The Porches private residences in Colorado

The Porches private residences in Colorado

Colorado’s ski season is quickly approaching and, as you prepare for your winter getaways, I wanted to pass along information that’s been sent to me on one of the hottest ski destinations, Steamboat Springs and The Porches.  The Porches is  a premier second home community with a variety of ownership opportunities in its Private Residence

Expansion of Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Learn more about the $1 billion expansion of Caesars Palace in Vegas, the centrepiece of whcih is going to be the new 665-room Octavius Tower.
Family package at Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld

Family package at Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld

It’s a great time for families in sunny Florida! Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld is offering a fabulous Family Time Holiday Vacation Package from now through until New Year’s Eve, with prices starting from $287 per night, which includes two rooms (a king bedded room connected to a room with two queen beds). Breakfast for
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

Recipe of the week: White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Ingredients: •  6 cups whipping cream • 2 cups of milk • 1 cup of sugar • 20oz white chocolate, broken • 4 whole eggs • 15 yolks • 9 flaky croissants and 9 fruit Danishes For the white chocolate sauce: • 8oz white chocolate, broken • ½ a cup of whipping cream Directions: Preheat