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If you’re looking to heat things up at night, this may just be the turndown service for you.
The Viceroy Riviera Maya is now offering a new Plunge Pool Romantic Turndown that involves aromatherapy, candles and lanterns, music, food, and drink – all set under the stars on your private terrace with its own plunge pool.
At the prescribed time, the hotel’s Concierge arranges for the turndown with the options you’ve pre-selected:
• Aromatherapy choice includes Relaxation, Romance and Rejuvenate
• Mood music may be anything from love songs, Latin rhythms or your own iPod playlist
• Lanterns and flower petals rim the perimeter of the pool, and candles are floated in it
• Choice from the special turndown food and beverage menu, from champagne and fruit to after-dinner drinks and dessert creations by the pastry chef
• Plush robes and towels to cozy up in
The Plunge Pool Romantic Turndown is $99. Other romantic options are available for an additional cost, such as a bouquet of three-dozen red roses for $105.00 and Chocolate Fondue for $25.
The 41 villas at the Viceroy Riviera Maya start at $393 in July for a Sun, Sea and Solitude package in a Deluxe Villa, which includes breakfast and a $100 resort credit.
[Photos: Viceroy Hotels & Resorts]
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Just the mere mention of Bali evokes thoughts of a lush paradise, doting service and poolside cocktails. It's truly hard not to love everything the Indonesian island has to offer and now with Sentosa's brand-spanking-new resort, those little bits of tropical heaven are just icing on the top of a perfect vacation.
Opening by July, Sea Sentosa will blend European styling with Balinese warmth and plop it down right in the middle of one of the island's best surfing beaches, Echo Beach. Each of the one- and two-bedroom apartments will have either a lagoon swimming pool for a 'front yard' or Indian Ocean views.
Aside from killer views, the designers have outfitted each apartment with exotic details like mother of pearl trim and coconut shell wall coverings as well as a fully-equipped kitchen with all the tech comforts of home. Even the smaller garden studio rooms offer a tropical feel with private balconies and internal walled gardens to remind you that you're near the Equator.
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We really hate to be the ones to have to tell you this, but it’s mid-August. This means that summer is, sadly, drawing to a close and soon our pool days will be in short supply.
Not, however, in Phuket, and the good news is that Paresa Resort is opening up what they think will be the hottest beach club on the island.
ZAZADA will open in September, which will give you enough time to wean yourself off of your local pool habit and go dip your toes into ZAZADA's infinity pool at one of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches, Surin Beach.
Designed locally, the beach club will not only have its full-service infinity pool and beach space, but a dance floor, DJ booth and room for a band. You can literally show up in the morning, have a fresh-squeezed juice or smoothie at the juice bar, hang by the pool until it’s time to move on to other liquid refreshments from the full bar or wine room, bake on the beach, and then have dinner at ZAZADA’s restaurant – with a menu put together by Ryan Arboleda of Paresa’s Talung Thai and Diavolo restaurants. Have a shower and change into your dancing duds (or not--bathing suits are, after all, allowed) and then dance the night away.
ZAZADA is open to the public so you can mingle with the locals too, but Paresa guests have priority access with free admittance and transportation from the resort (less than 10 minutes away).
When ZAZADA opens, the Hot Deal Rate (advance purchase) at Paresa Resort is 8992 THB ($288) and includes breaky and free WiFi.
[Rendering: Paresa Resort & Spa]
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Well, now the world is saved! Okay, we’re being facetious, of course: It’s a noble thing to take a stand and do some good for the planet and, after all, we all need to do our part.
But we do have to ask: Just how much bottled water are they consuming over there on Necker Island? There are only six houses (aka rooms) holding a maximum of 28 guests. And at a cool $29,000 (single or double) for a seven-night stay during “Celebration Weeks” (the only time you can book individual rooms; otherwise it’s the whole island or nothing for $42,500 per night.
Is his British Virgin Island's nirvana really fully booked all the time to need to make a big deal of letting us know Sir Richard is trying to get green while collecting that green? Forgive us if we smirk just a tad.
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Although most folks think of the Four Seasons or the St. Regis when talking about the tony Punta Mita development north of Puerto Vallarta, there’s a hidden gem of a resort called Imanta just minutes up the coast. Concealed among jungly hillsides that cascade toward the Pacific, it also blends a rustic-chic aesthetic with all the comforts of a luxury resort.
Imanta is a private property accessed by a two-mile-long private driveway that snakes through 250 acres of mountainous jungle to an open-air reception area where guests are greeted personally and shown to their accommodations called casas.
Let's take a look inside:
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Starwood Hotels continues their global expansion by opening the 124-room Four Points by Sheraton Punta Cana on September 28th, the first US-based, internationally-branded hotel to open in the Dominican Republic.
This is the newest addition to the Puntacana Village, which is designed to be a tranquil community with all the services and amenities of an urban area. The village includes a mix of both residential and commercial real estate, an international school, a retail and dining galleria, churches, financial institutions, medical centers, gyms, and, now, a Four Points by Sheraton. The hotel hopes to attract both business and leisure travelers with its low rates (starting at $96 a night) and location.
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Today Mexico adds yet another all-inclusive resort to its hotel inventory with the opening of the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort. It’s Hilton’s first one-price-pays-for-all property in Mexico.
Right in the heart of PVs Hotel Zone near the Bay of Banderas, this Hilton is pretty modest in size with just 259 rooms and suites, which makes it less overwhelming than other resorts of its kind in the region.
Guests won't go hungry thanks to the four a la carte dining restaurants on site serving international cuisine, fine Mexican foods, French fare, and Brazilian churrasco. Plus, snacks are available at the La Bonita deli, and the beach-bar serving up cocktails and light bites.
Olympic gold-medal winner Kirani James ran for his native seaside hills of Grenada upon the conclusion of the 2012 summer games, no doubt escaping the Brit-pop orgy that took place at the closing ceremony in London. He spent a few days on the south side of the island at Spice Island Beach Resort in one of the Royal Collection Private Pool Suites, which runs about $1300 a night this time of year (low season).
Known for its serene scene, James was invited to the hotel by owner Sir Royston Hopkin, who wanted to discuss the Olympian’s new role as Grenadian ambassador. Let’s hope Hopkin didn’t ask too many questions about what went down in the Olympic Village, where we're sure James’ gold medals were well received.
Good for him spending time on philanthropy, but James, who turned 20 years old on September 1st, doesn’t exactly have a reputation for subtle celebrations over tea and crumpets. We hope Spice Island had a calming effect on him.
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Most hotels don’t have a huge concert arena, but Mexico’s all-inclusive Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort has a giant set-up that's hosted the likes of Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, and Jon Secada. Now, the 2,400-room mega resort has confirmed that Usher Raymond will perform at the property’s concert space on Dec. 29th, kicking off his 2013 tour. And, guests booking a stay of five nights or more at any of the Palace Resorts’ properties in Cancun or Playa del Carmen from now until December 28, 2012 will receive two free show tickets.
If you don't stay five nights, expect to pay anywhere from $150 to $350 (that’s US, not pesos!) a ticket.
Usher Raymond is a bit of a departure from the primarly Latin-based acts that have performed on Palace’s stage, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of crowd the crooner will bring in. But if his recent interview on "Oprah's Next Chapter", is any indication, the dancing-and-singing machine will be ready to rock the crowd no matter what, especially after having to live down walking off a Berlin stage in January 2011 and receiving boos from the crowd.
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What is one thing people really, really love about Mount Cinnamon Resort in Grenada? According to TripAdvisor, it's Grand Anse Beach. Which isn't that surprising, considering these stunning snapshots taken by reader Cynthia during a recent stay there.
On a cold, gray day in New York, this is pretty much all it takes to perk us up (simple pleasures, right?) and induce visions of long-lasting sunsets by the beach and rickety old hammocks. According to our tipster, these delicious views are common throughout all the resort's suites—whether it's the St. George Carenage (harbor), mountain views, or just the good ol' Caribbean Sea, guests at Mount Cinnamon basically have no reason to ever leave their balconies.
Goa, India is an attractive resort state associated with equal parts bohemianism and luxury frills. Spirituality seeking backpackers enjoy it just as much as their richer-than-rich counterparts, who have a good number of opulent hotels to choose from as the tourism industry has taken off over the years.
The Leela operates a family of high-end hotels in some of the country's most popular destinations, among them Bangalore, Udiapur, and Goa, of course. It's the latter that we're focusing on in this installment of "This Week Hotel in Lust," with plenty of near-royal touches to qualify among the ranks of last week's Villa D'Este in Italy. And we do mean "royal"—they've had the audacity to include the word "Palace" in their name, a buzzword for anyone hoping to live the high life while traveling abroad.
VIP Hotel Revies / VIP Hotel Reviewer Series / Chris Clarke / Sonesta Resorts / Egypt Hotels / Beach Resorts / → All Tags
We now present you with our VIP Hotel Reviewer Series in which we hand-pick experts in the travel and media worlds and beyond to tell us what are their favorite hotels and why. Once a week, we'll feature a hotel review from said VIPs about their favorite leisure or business hotels. Pay attention: These VIPs are experts at what they do and they don't mess around when it comes to their hotels.
Our next VIP reviewer is Chris Clarke, the blogger behind the hotel industry site Vacant Ready He's traded living in Vancouver for Egypt for a little while and of course is checking out the hotel scene over there. Here's his story on a little holiday he took.
I'm currently based in Cairo, and like most of my colleagues here I look forward to getting out of town for a little R&R. Last weekend I checked into the all-inclusive Sonesta Beach Resort for five days of amazing Red Sea snorkeling. This was not my first time visiting Sharm, but it was my first visit to the Sonesta Resort.
The expansive resort grounds are very well maintained, and offer just about any activity imaginable. Guestrooms are huge, though fairly sparse in amenities. Food and beverage offerings were surprisingly good for an Egyptian all-inclusive -- right up until I got sick the last night after dinner.
This surprised me since my system is accustomed to all kinds of abuse from Cairo's culinary scene.