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Omni Dallas, which is set to open on 11/11/11, will include an infinity pool
Whoever said 11/11/11 would mark a pivotal world-changing event must have been cc'd on development memos issued from Omni Hotels' corporate office. That is to say, Omni's latest creation, Omni Dallas, a 1,001-room convention hotel on South Lamar St, will be opening on the portentous date—and with $111 rates, no less.
As part of the "Definitely Dallas" package (this name is putting dirty thoughts into our head), guests who book rooms through December 30, 2011 will receive $111 deluxe guest rooms. Inside the rooms, you'll find a 111-inch flat-screen TV; and on top of the beds, you'll rest your head on 111 pillows. And in the bathroom....OK, we're just kidding. In fact, the bathrooms do come with mirror TVs (which we remain undecided over), and the rooms all feature pieces by local artists.
Curacao is something we drink more often than a place we dream of traveling to, but with the February 1 opening of the Renaissance Curacao Resort we are seriously thinking of hopping on a plane and flying down there.
This new place looks so colorfully funky from the photos that we are already thinking we'd enjoy it. And then there are the swimming options. There's an infinity pool, of course, because no self-respecting new resort could open up without one these days. But they've added a new dimension by creating an eternity beach. We're not quite sure we understand it--they say it's "Real sand, real ocean water, real palm trees...above sea level"--and it could just be a bit of a marketing ploy, but we have to admit, we're falling for it. (All 32,000 square feet of it).
Added bonus--the resort is built around a UNESCO Heritage-listed fort, so there's some cultural learning to go with your cocktails. Like every good just-opened resort, the Renaissance Curacao has an opening special--they're doing $199 per night for rooms with normal rack rates up towards $300 a night.
Hit the website for coming-soon The Tanai resort on Turks and Caicos and you'll hear that chilly haunting music that really seems to be doing the rounds of resort websites at the moment.
The only reason we can live with it is that the photos of the region are pretty spectacular and have definitely piqued our interest in The Tanai, even though it's not due to open until 2010. They just broke ground to start construction last week.
It won't be ready until fall of 2009 (at the earliest, we guess) but the Nizuc resort on the Riviera Maya in Mexico sounds like it's going to be pretty fancy.
The resort will end up with a combination of properties for sale--about 150 one and two bedroom places and a few larger beachfront villas--and hotel resort style accommodation, including 16 one-bedroom condos and 45 hotel rooms.
Today's inspiring infinity pool--because we really just can't get enough of them--comes from the Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach near Kerala on the southern tip of India. Sandwiched between sea and mountains, this area gets a relatively high rainfall which makes the landscape the greenest in India.
The Leela has had a large addition over the years, so that there is an old wing and a new wing of the hotel. Be sure to stay in the section near the infinity pool and then there's an added bonus of a bar overlooking the sea which has large sofa-beds where you can enjoy your drink in the most relaxing way possible.
They have "Winter Bliss" packages available now (today it was 87 degrees at the Leela) starting from $293 per night for a Beach View suite, include buffet breakfast, $25 food and beverage credit per night and airport transfers. Their so-called winter runs until April 30, 2008.
Today we pick a new site where we can feel at one with planet earth while safely surrounded by ceramic and covered in chlorinated water. Each of the 38 villas at Ubud Hanging Gardens in Bali has a heated private infinity plunge pool that overlooks the Ayung river. Rather than visually blending with the sea, these infinity pools offer bathers the serene feeling the water takes on before it plunges over a cliff -- without the threat of falling to one's death.
The pools are supported by wooden pillars and surrounded by terraced gardens. And the individual heaters ensure each pool's temperature never dips below 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Rooms start at $270 per night. Not a bad deal, since in Manhattan, that kind of price gets us a stay at a hotel with plastic covering the chairs. For a private infinity pool, king-size four-poster bed, marble bathtub, and all the spa and cuisine options we never even knew we craved, $270 seems like a steal.
[Photo: Feride peel]
Here's a shot of the infinity pool at Costa Rica's Hotel Villa Caletas. Sure the hedges behind the pool need to be trimmed to blur the line between man- and god-made bodies of water. But the place still looks pretty serene, and it's surrounded by plenty of other natural wonders that make us feel guilty for our Christmas-only church routine.
The hotel offers four-night packages, starting at $965 in low season. Included in the package is a tour of the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park. Guests can glide on zip lines through the jungle canopy and or paddle on kayak through the winding rivers, scoping for the country's famed fauna breadth. The park alone has more than 100 mammal species and almost 200 species of birds. Or you can just lay by the pool and watch the whales and dolphins migrating out at sea.