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Turtle Inn: Where Sofia, Roman and Francis Ford Coppola Like To Stay

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  Site Where: Placencia Village, Stann Creek District, Belize
December 10, 2012 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lagoon Bungalow at Turtle Inn 

Ever wanted to live vicariously through a Coppola? You know, make a film or two, become a household name, travel affluently?

Well, we can promise you only the latter, friends, as we now have the official 4-1-1 on where Francis, Sofia and Roman stay when they travel to Belize. Obviously, they're going to crash at the Turtle Inn, a 17-acre beachside property FFC bought back in 1999.

But which rooms do they shack up in?

First, let's talk about Turtle Inn. It's the only luxury resort in the fisherman village of Placencia, Belize, reachable by a 30-minute puddle jumper from Belize International Airport. There's 25 rustic villas and cottages, two salt-water pools, three restaurants, a beach bar and a memorable staff to boot (shout out to Rudy!).

Accommodations come equipped with outdoor showers and gardens, homemade cookies (in a bottomless jar), screened porches and thatch roofs reaching up to 30 feet. The spa is fronted by Thai masseuses who can have you knackered in minutes and the new Miss Ellie dive boat that can drop you off at a deserted island within an hour.

Should you want to do the Coppola resort like an actual Coppola, you have three accommodations to choose from...

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Guess The Hotel Revealed: Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel

December 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we showed you a lush, tropical view, and called upon your internal GPS skills to tell us where you thought it might be. We admit, it may have been a little more difficult than previous rounds of Guess the Hotel, to decipher the mystery paradise island. We gave some clues and now it's time for the big reveal.

Drum roll please...

The tropical location is Australia's very own Hamilton Island, where we recently spent a few days enjoying the laid back rhythm of island life.

One of the best things about this place is that the entire island is run by a corporation, and it's one a few resort islands that make up the Whitsundays, located on the Southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Its location makes it a perfect location for water sports, cocktailing by the pool and just general relaxation.

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Guess The Hawt Island Hotel Where One Card Gets All!

December 4, 2012 at 12:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let's see how good you are with pin-pointing a hotel's location with another installment of Guess The Hotel!

This place has one killer view and it comes highly recommended. But if you are lucky enough to be gazing out at this expanse from your balcony, there are very few things that could get on your nerves.

Need a few hints? Here ya go:

*The island is owned by one corporation. So a room card will get you everything.

*The hotel has power outlets in each parking spot for the sole form of transportation.

*Just down the road is a resort that takes home the title as one of the Top 100 in the World.

*Since the island is prone to some nasty weather, the hotel boasts the tallest, highest-speed, external observation elevators in the country.

Think you've got the answer?Drop it in the comments below! And check back for the full reveal!

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/HotelChatter]

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A New Luxury Lodge Grows on a Chilean Island

August 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

September 1. For most people, it'll be just another Saturday. For Chile's Chiloé Archipelago however, it's the day their newest (and most luxe) hotel debuts: the Refugia Lodge.

At only 12 rooms with all-inclusive rates starting at $530 per night, per person, Refugia will be for the traveler who knows exactly what they're looking for, namely a remote location steeped in cultural heritage with the combination of as much spa-ing, dining and wining as you'd care to do when not out one of the excursions (also complimentary).

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Up at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel: Afternoon Tea for All

July 20, 2012 at 4:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

How many US hotels do you know that've reached 125 years of business? Well, The Grand Hotel of Michigan's Mackinac Island is one of 'em, as well as being one of the last surviving wooden construction hotels. Its history is long and tumultuous, but its summers are sunny. This week, we'll take a look around the Victorian property and the features and amenities that have made it a top seasonal destination for the last century-and-a-quarter.

Today: Afternoon Tea at The Grand Hotel

We may have spent nearly all week showing you the nooks and crannies that guests may enjoy at the 125-year-old Grand Hotel, but there is one very large way they welcome non-guests: with traditional afternoon tea.

Mackinac Island has its share of daytrippers and budget travelers just as it has the luxury and season-long visitors. Paying $400/night for the Grand isn't always feasible; for some it's a dream stay to work towards, but in the meantime there's always tea. The Grand Hotel charges non-guests $10 per person and enforces a basic dress code to enter the building, to prevent the place being overrun. While you're there, afternoon tea is only $25 per person (compare to $30+ in Chicago and $36+ in New York).

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Up at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel: The Esther Williams Swimming Pool Endures

July 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

How many US hotels do you know that've reached 125 years of business? Well, The Grand Hotel of Michigan's Mackinac Island is one of 'em, as well as being one of the last surviving wooden construction hotels. Its history is long and tumultuous, but its summers are sunny. This week, we'll take a look around the Victorian property and the features and amenities that have made it a top seasonal destination for the last century-and-a-quarter.

Today: The grounds of The Grand Hotel

There's an excellent story that The Grand's historian, Bob Tagatz, tells. Hearing him deliver it is, naturally, leaps and bounds better than reading it here from us, but we're going to share it anyway.

The Grand Hotel has always been known for offering activities to fill those summer days spent lounging on the 600-foot-long porch (largest porch in the world, they claim). Today, those activities include croquet and bocce on the lawn, vintage baseball games, weekends dedicated to jazz or ballroom dancing and, always, live music. Rewind to 100 years ago—or 125. Seasonal resorts competed to draw the summer crowds by varying their entertainment, and The Grand had to keep up.

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Up at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel: Dining and Drinking

July 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

How many US hotels do you know that've reached 125 years of business? Well, The Grand Hotel of Michigan's Mackinac Island is one of 'em, as well as being one of the last surviving wooden construction hotels. Its history is long and tumultuous, but its summers are sunny. This week, we'll take a look around the Victorian property and the features and amenities that have made it a top seasonal destination for the last century-and-a-quarter.

Today: The restaurants, bars and food at The Grand Hotel

There are signs next to the elevators, notes in the daily schedule and reminders on the lobby's bulletin board. "Seven ways to lunch," they say. "Cocktail of the day." It quickly becomes apparent that dining at The Grand Hotel—whether it's petit fours with afternoon tea or the 5-course formal dinner—is an integral part of The Grand experience.

Despite the variety of dining and drinking venues (more than you could experience with just a 2-night stay), it's actually not that difficult to enjoy several, since the majority of the room packages at The Grand are Full American Plan, meaning your breakfast, lunch and dinner and some gratuities are included.

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Up at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel: Inside a Room

July 17, 2012 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

How many US hotels do you know that've reached 125 years of business? Well, The Grand Hotel of Michigan's Mackinac Island is one of 'em, as well as being one of the last surviving wooden construction hotels. Its history is long and tumultuous, but its summers are sunny. This week, we'll take a look around the Victorian property and the features and amenities that have made it a top seasonal destination for the last century-and-a-quarter.

Today: Inside a regular room at The Grand

No two rooms of the 385 are alike at The Grand Hotel. Many hotels make this claim by changing the artwork or bedding but, at The Grand, the differences are substantial and noteworthy: custom wallpapers (264 specially designed for The Grand), custom colors (22 specially mixed colors), custom furniture (some taken from estates owned by the likes of Joan Crawford) and the banning of the color beige across the board. These are the opposite of the cookie-cutter, corporate hotel room; they are the vision of interior designer Carlton Varney, protégé of Dorothy Draper and infamous fiend for color and prints.

We checked into Room 484 on the top floor of the building, with a view down the main street connecting the hotel to town and the harbor. This being our first visit to the hotel, our initial room reaction was one of "hmm, okay this is interesting. We shall see." It was very feminine, very pretty and very...grand.

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Up at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel: Getting There

July 16, 2012 at 5:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

How many US hotels do you know that've reached 125 years of business? Well, The Grand Hotel of Michigan's Mackinac Island is one of 'em, as well as being one of the last surviving wooden construction hotels. Its history is long and tumultuous, but its summers are sunny. This week, we'll take a look around the Victorian property and the features and amenities that have made it a top seasonal destination for the last century-and-a-quarter.

Today: Getting to The Grand Hotel

In the United States, there are the Great Lakes. In the Great Lakes, there is an island. On this island—Mackinac Island—there is a hotel. And at this hotel there is a fleet of carriages. To get to the airport, you must take a carriage. To get to the ferry, you must take a carriage. There are no cars on Mackinac Island, but there are these horse-drawn carriages of The Grand Hotel.

Now that we've already detailed how exactly to reach Mackinac Island, it's time to make that final mile up to the historical hotel and its white columned porch, which holds that title of "longest porch in the world." Grabbing a "taxi" at the ferry docks means hopping in a carriage, but guests of The Grand have the varnished wood ones complete with driver in top hat and finery.

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All Around The Wauwinet Inn, the Only Relais & Châteaux Property on Nantucket

June 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (2)


A wedding tent goes up on the lawn

Last weekend, the island of Nantucket played host to some 46 weddings on its 50 square miles of land; that's almost one wedding per mile. One of those weddings completely took over the 32 rooms, cottages and great lawn of The Wauwinet Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property that sits at the very northeast point of the island, but we managed to sneak in and have a look around before any bouquets were tossed.

Something you should know right away about The Wauwinet is that it does not allow guests under the age of 12—no babies, no toddlers, no pre-teens. Sure, they may come to dine at the restaurant, but staying here is a get-away-from-it-all retreat thing that includes getting away from the possibility of kids running up and down the halls. And, since The Wauwinet start at $225 per night but hits $595 during the height of summer, this guarantee of peace and quiet can be worth the extra money.

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Found It! The Perfect Summer Hotel Lunch

June 19, 2012 at 4:17 PM | by | Comment (1)

Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer. This past weekend, we ate what we're declaring the official lunch of summer. It went down at TOPPER'S, the restaurant of The Wauwinet, a historic Inn situated at the very Northeast tip of Nantucket Island. Tomorrow we'll welcome summer properly with a tour of the Inn itself.

Want to chow down on all this? The Wauwinet, despite being one of the most remote inns on the island, is surprisingly one of the easiest to reach thanks to its free shuttle that picks up in central Nantucket town several times a day and makes the 20-minutes drive out to TOPPER'S. Check the schedule on the bulletin board next to the door of the Nantucket Visitor's Bureau Info Center.

· APPETIZER: Steamed jumbo asparagus with hollandaise sauce $9 (above)
Asparagus is at the tippy-top of its season in late spring, so this is a perfect transitional dish before fully jumping into summer foods. Plus you should eat your greens.

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Even the Isle of Man Has a Grand Dame Hotel, The Sefton

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  Site Where: Harris Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man, United Kingdom, IM1 2RW
August 3, 2011 at 3:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Do you judge hotels by their cover—or rather, their facade? We kind of admit to it, thus our immediate infatuation with the the historical hotel The Sefton, a classy grand dame that holds court on the main promenade in the city of Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man.

Yes, that Isle of Man. The one that sits in the Irish Sea between Belfast and Blackpool, that prints its own stamps and pounds sterling notes (and coins!) and hosts a motorcycle race every year. That Isle of Man. Who would have guessed it also had hotel properties like this? The Sefton is a truly British place, with a winter garden, chintzy rooms and proper afternoon tea that even brings in the locals on special occasions.

Typically the hotel (and its rooms from 90 GBP per night) host English tourists out for a weekend break from the middle of Britain, but the Sefton was also the site for several of the island's meetings of its own Congress. You see, the Isle of Man is a "British Crown Dependency," meaning it can have its own government but it still defers to good ol' England for things like defense and international representation. You won't get a passport stamp upon arrival to the island, but you will be able to send a postcard with a totally different stamp and postmark from those you'd get back on mainland. And that, dear readers, is just one tiny great reason to visit. Trust us.

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