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Une Nuit au Ritz Paris Will Set You Back...

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  Site Where: Place Vendome, Paris, France
July 31, 2015 at 1:46 PM | by | ()

… about €1,000 ($1,100) a night. That’s right, whether in dollars or in euros, chances are you will be leaving behind at least four figures for the chance to wake up on Place Vendôme.

Promised as they were for June 17, it’s almost poetic that after our nearly daily visits to the website of Hotel Ritz Paris, reservations would be released today, the day of our goodbyes. While opening is still predicted for “fin de l’année 2015”, for now the first day where you can book a room is March 14.

That being a Monday in March, you will be able to find a Chambre Supérieure for €900 ($994), which comes in at 35 sq m (377 sq ft). We’ll have to wait for a proper set of photos until October/November, but we did manage to screengrab the shot above from the short video that is now playing on the website. Classic features, high ceilings, a chandelier, and delicate flowers on the headboard combine with the very modern-day TV in the bathroom mirror that you see in the distance. Fibre optic internet will be free in all rooms.

Three steps up and you will get to a Chambre Grand Deluxe, which adds 20 sq m (215 sq ft) and a view of the garden, and you’d be looking at €1,300 ($1,435). If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: Parisian palace hotels are not for the faint of heart. Suites de Prestige start at €4,000 ($4,416) a night, with the two-bedroom Suite Impériale commanding €13,000 ($14,350) a night. On se voit au Ritz? A bientôt…

[Photo: screengrab from Ritz Paris video]

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Polo? Skeet Shooting? Luxe Amenities for the Rich (and Not-So-Rich) at Casa de Campo in the DR

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  Site Where: Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
July 31, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

One of the things that makes Casa de Campo appealing is that it has everything from nicely-designed rooms that start at $187, villas that start at around $850 and go up from there, and truly extravagant owned properties. This makes it not just a hotel or resort, but a community – granted, a pretty wealthy community. But no matter where you find yourself in that rich and fabulous scale you still get to experience everything the resort’s got going on.

The sugar-baron owners of Casa de Campo started out with sugar cane fields, then added a rum distillery (which produces a very nice sipping rum, Atlantico, which is a crime to hide in a sweet sissy cocktail so make sure to try some straight), then purchased and expanded the hotel in order to house their visiting business colleagues. From there, the Fanjul family started adding things as they saw a need or which friends and guests started asking for.

What that means is that today the resort has a horse ranch, a shooting center, a marina and even a small town. This is, of course, in addition to the family-owned La Romana Airport and a cruise ship port that was recently built. Holy mega wealth.

Although this contributing editor would have been pretty happy simply putt-putting around in her golf cart (one comes with each room and villa) looking at all the lush and lovely scenery, I recognize that this might not be everyone's idea of a trip to the tropics. So in the spirit of sharing, check out what else you can do below.

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Peace and Joy Is a Private Onsen at Amanemu

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  Site Where: Ago Bay, Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan
July 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM | by | ()

It was peace and water earlier this month, when Aman Resorts announced Amanera, steps away from the Caribbean ocean on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Today, it is peace (Aman) and joy (nemu), with the news that the group will open a second hotel in Japan early next year: Amanemu.

On Honshu, the same island where you will find Tokyo (including Aman Tokyo), Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya, Amanemu will have 24 suites and two villas along Ago Bay on the Shima peninsula, each with its own private onsen (mineral hot spring).

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Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic is Ready for its Close-up: An Inside Look

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  Site Where: Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
July 30, 2015 at 4:48 PM | by | ()

We recently had the chance to have a look at the luxe 7,000-acre Casa de Campo in the DR so that we could sus out exactly why celebs like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, The Kardashians, Michael Jordan and the Clintons – even the final two episodes of The Bachelorette last season were filmed here – choose this resort as their tropical home-away-from-home.

We think that the answer is this: When you close your eyes and imagine a chic West Indies design idyll – dark mahogany wood, stone flooring (the native Coralina stone with a distinctive mottled pattern), sandy taupe furnishings, crisp white sun shades and linens to match – this is the place where it actually exists. Add to that rooms that are over 600 sq ft and villas that can be bought or rented and sleep up to 14 people (or more if you’re creative), and it’s quite the set-up.

Lots of room and villa pics below!

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Rosewood Teams Up With Nouvel and Starck for São Paulo Hotel

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  Site Where: Cidade Matarazzo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
July 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

Rosewood Hotels is serious when it comes to having 50 hotels by 2020: we heard about Montecito and Puebla, we know about Bangkok, Jakarta and Bali, then there is of course Paris, and possibly Amsterdam.

Today it is the addition of its first hotel for South America, where the group is picking Brazil as its entry point. Rosewood São Paulo will open in 2018 in Cidade Matarazzo, a landmark building from the early 20th century that was once a maternity hospital. Big names that will put their name on the project are architect Jean Nouvel and designer Philippe Starck, along with Brazilian artists Beatriz Milhazes and Saint-Clare Cemin.

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A Tiny Bit More on The Peninsula London

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  Site Where: 1-5 Grosvenor Place, London, United Kingdom
July 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

We’re not going to lie: if our patience often gets tested when it comes to hotel openings, the wait for The Peninsula London will be the ultimate test. Two solid years after we heard the hotel was coming to Knightsbridge / Belgravia, we finally got a first look at its exterior, due to replace the office block currently occupying the 1-5 Grosvenor Place address. Along with that came a projected opening in 2021, also known as the next decade.

The community consultation process is in full swing, more details of which you can find on the dedicated project website. Luckily for us, the boards used during the consultation events are available online, and include a few more renderings to whet our appetite for the 190-room hotel. Above a view of the main entrance on Grosvenor Place, with the usual two lions standing guard, the green Rolls-Royce even making a digital appearance outside, and just on the right the Wellington Arch.

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Four Seasons Seoul Will Open Late September

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  Site Where: 97 Saemunan-ro Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea, 110-071
July 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

When Four Seasons announced it would be September for its Seoul property to open, we had one (close up) photo of a guestroom that only hinted at what would be inside and no website. Five months later and we do have a website for Four Seasons Seoul, along with reservations and lots more on the visual front, though only renderings.

Above one of those renderings, which shows a Deluxe Room in much more detail. We spy a marble-entry that leads to a large bedroom with light blue patterned carpet, that darker blue in the narrow strip above the bed and the chairs, and lots of light wood. We like the shelving surrounding the nightstands, and the marble of the bathroom seems to come back in the cabinet that holds coffee and tea facilities.

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All That Glitters is Not Gold, But Crystal at Baccarat New York

July 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM | by | ()

Things we were expecting to see when we attended The Baccarat Hotel New York's opening party the other night (on Bastille Day, no less)--opulence, thousands of Baccarat crystal pieces, oversized bouquets of red roses, smartly-dressed staffers and Barry Sternlicht, the man who envisioned a hotel experience based on a 251-year-old French crystal brand and subsequently brought it to life.

Things we were not expecting to see--Martha Stewart and Rosario Dawson amidst nearly 500 party-goers, an endless parade of colored Baccarat glasses filled with Ruinart champagne, the most stunning front desk ever, the sky high vaulted ceiling of Le Bar, and this gorgeous indoor pool adjacent to the hotel's Spa de La Mer (the first of its kind for the French skincare brand.)

All of it incredibly gorgeous, if a bit over the top. But unnecessary opulence aside, this editor joined fellow HotelChatter contributor DesignMinder in being completely under the Baccarat spell for a few hours. That may have been a side effect of all the bubbles, yet even looking at these pictures a few days later, I'm still mesmerized.

And it's all because of the crystal.

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L'Ermitage Beverly Hills Will Soon Have a L'ovely New Look

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  Site Where: 9291 Burton Way [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
July 17, 2015 at 2:33 PM | by | ()

At long last, L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, an iconic but low-key luxury hotel in Los Angeles, will have a new posh look to show off.

A full renovation of the hotel's 117 generously-sized suites is currently underway, led by luxury design firms Smith/Firestone Associates (SFA Design) who will preserve the hotel's best attributes--intimacy and privacy--while bringing the decor up to today's standards of modern luxury.

Here's a detailed description on the modern glamour and high-tech amenities guests will find in the rooms

Guests staying in L’Ermitage's spacious suites (which start at 650 sq feet) will find a sophisticated residential hideaway draped in tranquil hues, subtly accented with bold provocative color. Lavish Venetian cut-glass mirrors reflect caramel-colored walls, shimmering with gold and gray sparkle, leading guests to a celebrity-ready dressing room, complete with a walk-in closet and a selection of mirrors featuring indoor/outdoor lighting settings. In the bedroom, floor-to-ceiling suede and velvet headboards, white onyx and gray marble, eclectic art and inspiring technology align to create a perfect reimagining of this Beverly Hills retreat.

“Our intent was to create a series of unique settings that celebrate the individuality and personalities of L’Ermitage guests,” said Kara Smith, Principal at SFA. “Room Designs were infused with a modern interpretation of the blend of indulgence and sanctuary for which the hotel is famed. The fusion of colors, textures, and curated artwork deliver that perfect realization of the hotel you always wanted to stay in, the home you always wanted to live in, and the space you love to entertain in.”

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In Six Years From Now, This is What The Peninsula Hotel London Will Look Like

Where: 1-5 Grosvenor Place, London, United Kingdom
July 16, 2015 at 10:02 AM | by | ()

Two years ago, a formal announcement was made for a Peninsula Hotel in London at 1-5 Grosvenor Place. Today, we've finally got a few more details on the design and specs of the hotel, thanks to building plans recently submitted to the Westminster City Council.

Currently, the spot for Peninsula London is, as JasonD wrote in 2013--" a rather unattractive office block." Here's what it looked like two years ago:

Now, the owners of the Peninsula brand--The Hongkong and Shangai Hotels, Limited--along with joint venture partners, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (Grosvenor), are proposing a new building that "responds to the heritage of its immediate neighbours", that being all the swank buildings of Belgravia. Here's a (far away) rendering of what the hotel will look like when its completed:

Designed by British-based Hopkins Architects, the hotel will have 190 hotel rooms, a spa, several bars and restaurants and a ballroom. The property will also have 24-28 residences with their own separate leisure and spa facility, along with an entrance and reception on Halkin Street. A pedestrian entrance is planned for Grosvenor Street which will be accessed from "a colonnade linking to an internal ‘Palazzo-style’ courtyard, approximately 30 x 30 metres, allowing vehicle access." No doubt, this is where Peninsula will line-up all their fancy cars and their Mini-Coopers, too.

We're already getting giddy about these plans, but we'll have to temper our excitement. Construction on the Peninsula won't even begin until summer 2017, with an opening expected sometime in 2021. In case you have forgotten simple math, that's SIX YEARS FROM NOW. Sigh.

[Rendering: Peninsula Hotels]

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The Posh Six Senses Douro Valley Hotel Opens Today

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  Site Where: Quinta de Vale Abraão , Samodães, Lamego, Portugal, 5100-758
July 15, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

Six Senses Resorts and Hotels’ mantra is “to create unique properties in places of natural beauty with a focus on sustainability and wellness.” Well it seems that the Six Senses Douro Valley, set on a 19th-century wine estate spread out over 19 acres, has taken that to heart, gotten on the bandwagon, and even drunk the communal wine.

Today's the big official unveiling of this stylin' boutique property with only 57 rooms, suites and one-, two- and three-bedroom villas – some with private pools and gardens. Designed by NY-based Clodagh Design (after consulting with a Feng Shui master, of course), the hotel has a rustic chic thing going on that fits in well with its surroundings in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley (the oldest wine-producing region in the world – yeah, we didn’t know that either).

Quinta Deluxe Room

Rooms come with the expected king or twin beds, tea and coffee facilities, free WiFi, minibar and flat-panel television, but, really, it’s the organic design that stands out: earth tones of gray and sand with floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of space to boot.

Get a feel for the rest of the place below!

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This Month Central Park, Next Year Brooklyn Bridge Park for 1 Hotels

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  Site Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park [map], New York, NY, United States
July 10, 2015 at 10:38 AM | by | ()

We’re eager for 1 Hotels to open its flagship hotel on Central Park this month, but our eye is equally on the project that’s been in the works over at Brooklyn Bridge Park since, well, the last time real estate was the hottest thing since sliced bread. Remember those days?

When trying to sort out what to pay for a night over in Central Park, we came across a whole bunch of new renderings of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park, so naturally we had to share them with you. First thing to notice? In 2012 we said that we weren’t “totally wowed” by the hotel’s design and boy has it changed. Rather than a simple rectangular shape, we now have various angles, both in the footprint and in the façade, with lots of green. The above aerial gives a much better impression of the hotel’s location versus the park and the bridge as well. Opening should be mid-2016.

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