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The French Riviera is famous for being rather photogenic, and if you’ve had a chance to explore the south eastern coastline, you know this to be true. No surprise then that hotels try and take advantage of their setting to offer views of the sparkling blue Mediterranée.
It will be even less of a surprise that those views often come with a serious price tag, so here is our tip for enjoying a killer hotel view without having to check in at all: the terrace at Chateau Eza in Èze Village, midway between Nice and Monte Carlo.
Perched almost precariously on a hilltop, you can see the Cap Ferrat peninsula in the distance, with Èze-sur-Mer directly below at sea level. To get to Èze Village, we’d suggest taking the Moyenne Corniche, one of three famous scenic drives between Nice and Monte Carlo. You’ll leave your car behind just outside the village wall to explore its tiny streets on foot.
We recently took a couple of days to check out what’s going on in the Toronto hotel scene and, diggin’ what Trump has been doing lately (their Trump Attaché service and Trump Wellness Program, for instance), here’s an insider’s guide on the treats to be found at Trump Toronto.
1. Glam ‘n glitz: No surprise that the design aesthetic is pure glam, and we had heard going in that “champagne and caviar” was the theme. We have to admit that we were more than a little skeptical; it sounded very “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with Robin Leach.” But, you know, it works. Dramatic blacks and whites are softened by greys and purples. There’s lots of crystal thrown in for good measure and displays are voluptuous with flowers. Our favorite “caviar dream” piece is the pure black Louis XIV chairs found in STOCK Restaurant and Bar.
2. Trump-toiletries: They lean towards the masculine (consider where you are) in what we would describe as a woody citrus, but what was surprising was the bounty! In addition to the regulars—shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel and lotion—there was a salt scrub, bath salts and a body balm, all in easy-to-take-home sizes.
3. House-made chocolates: ’Nuff said.
4. Room reaction: They’re huuuge, some of the largest in T.O., and the one-bedroom suite we were in had a fireplace, wet bar, and two bathrooms. If we had some of The Donald’s cash, we’d redo our home to look this this. Have a look at the photo gallery for the full reveal!
When Gramercy Park Hotel first opened in 2006, the hotel prided itself on its hodgepodge of bath toiletries which were hand-picked by the editors at Allure magazine. Fast forward eight years, and the Gramercy Park Hotel has gone a different but still luxe route with Aesop skincare products.
The Melbourne-based line (also found at some Park Hyatt hotels) uses plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality, which sound like they will actually help out your skin and hair during your stay. Here's what can now be found in the bathrooms at GPH:
· Rind Concentrate Body Balm - An intensive hydrating body balm with orange peel, pink grapefruit and lemon rind to hydrate, soothe and cool.
· Body Cleansing Soap Slab - A soap slab rich with steam-distilled extracts of bergamot rind, ylang ylang and wild lime. Combined in a gentle soap, the trio effectively cleans and hydrates the skin.
· Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser - An exhilarating, low-foaming shower gel with geranium leaf to cleanse without drying. It's an ideal alternative to conventional soap that leaves skin clean and refreshed.
· Classic Shampoo/Classic Conditioner - Lather with rosemary leaf, cedarwood bark and juniper berryent then condition with bergamot mint, cedarwood bark and lavender stem. Aesop's hair care products are inspired by new ingredients that cleanse without stripping the hair of its natural protective oils and condition to improve appearance and make hair more manageable. Both guard against breakage while working to soften, add shine and hydrate the hair.
Rates at GPH start around $450 a night.
[Photo: Gramercy Park Hotel]
Capella Hotels and Resorts could be considered one of the most luxurious hotel collections in the world.. that you've not yet heard about.
There are only five Capella Hotels in the world right now, with four more in the works. The first few locations opened in Germany, Singapore and Mexico before arriving stateside with the Capella Georgetown. While they don't have quite the name recognition as Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton, Capella Hotels are equally stunning properties with modern and sophisticated, not stuffy, interiors. (Incidentally, Capella was founded by Horst Schulze, the former CEO of Ritz-Carlton.)
But beyond that, Capella has a service that distinguishes them from the rest of the competition--Personal Assistants.
If you asked us what a new Mandarin Oriental hotel would look like in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan and home to things like Taipei 101, we would have probably gone with something like this. It wouldn’t have been even remotely along the lines of this exterior rendering, showing a, let’s say, ‘classically-inspired’ pile that, if nothing else, kind of reminds us of a red-brick version of the top floors of Paris Las Vegas. Anyone else see the resemblance?
Opening doors during the second quarter of the year, the hotel will have 256 rooms and 47 suites, with two Presidential Suites that clock in at over 4,000 square feet each. There will be a number of restaurants (French Brasserie COCO, restaurant Ya Ge for Cantonese, Bencotto for Italian), an MO Bar, a Cake Shop, and the Jade Lounge for afternoon tea. An outdoor swimming pool, a spa, roof gardens, and meeting rooms round out the facilities.
[Rendering: Mandarin Oriental]
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Hayman Island, a dot on the map in the Coral Sea off Australia’s Queensland coast, has headed into the final stretch of its journey to become a One&Only Resort: complete closure until July 1st this year.
Once the hotel appears at the other end as One&Only Hayman Island, pretty much nothing will be as it was before. We’re talking dramatic room reconfigurations and top-to-bottom renovation, and the addition of private residences both on the undeveloped eastern tip of the island and beach-side next to the luxury yacht marina.
The Hayman Wing (previously called the Lagoon Wing) is already complete, with new interiors like you see above, but we expect the DVF suite to have stayed the same. Various room types and views are available, including interconnecting rooms for families.
That would be the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton Vienna, more specifically Atmosphere Rooftop Bar & Lounge, where it was frightfully cold when we took advantage of being in the Austrian capital to peruse the most recent European addition to the group.
We were outside just long enough to see how during the summer it must be a lovely spot, with views over the city’s rooftops, and as the plaques on the edge indicate, various Ritz-Carlton hotels far off in the distance. Downstairs, we toured the public spaces inside the combined four historic palaces and a few of the 202 rooms & suites – read on for more.
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Last year, we took you around the brand new Royal Suite at the InterContinental Park Lane in London, with its ginormous bed, bespoke furniture, and QEII touches (if you recall, the hotel is built on the site of her former childhood residence).
We recently popped back into the hotel on Hamilton Place to look at some of the rooms us normal folk are more likely to find ourselves in, which are now also being given a touch up: 122 out of 387 regular guestrooms have already been renovated, with further work planned for this year.
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Last week, the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue re-opened after two years of intensive renovations. Rates are already at a premium for the hotel, around $440 a night this weekend, but you can at least sleep knowing that you will have fabulous hair the next day.
That's because celeb hairstylist, Julien Farel, will not only open his salon in the hotel in March, he's also provided the in-room toiletries in all of the 379 guest rooms and suites. Farel's Anti-Aging Haircare & Body are powered by an exclusive Anti-Aging Balance 'A2B' Technology that " delivers clinically proven Anti-Aging Bioactives to rejuvenate skin and hair with intense hydration, targeted repair and vital protection." YES.
But that's not all. You can style your tresses with a Julien Farel high-performance hairdryer which is now present in all the Loews Hotels and Resorts nationwide. So while the room rates might be high, you'll be able to get salon-quality hair without having to pay Farel's prices, which start at around $650 just for the cut. Blowdrying costs extra.
Peek at the newly renovated Loews Regency rooms below!
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The renovated King Cole Bar at the St. Regis New York may be where you can find that hangover-curing Bloody Mary, but the rest of the hotel on 55th and 5th is worth a look-see as well: all 171 rooms and 67 suites have been refreshed.
One key thing we think when browsing through some of the pictures? Someone certainly wasn’t afraid of color when dreaming up the new design, and we must admit we love the bold red in the Imperial Suite, especially with the circular windows and cozy integrated seats. Rain or shine, it looks like a perfect place to while away an afternoon with a newspaper or a good book.
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Amanyara, Turks & Caicos
We might have only gotten two out of four hoped-for openings from Aman Resorts last year (that would be Aman Canal Grande in Venice and Amano’i in Vietnam), but despite the wait for Lijiang (China) and Jordan, we’ll continue to keep an eye out for anywhere else Aman might be popping up in the (near) future.
One likely destination is the Dominican Republic, which would make it the second Aman in the Caribbean, next to Amanyara in the Turks & Caicos. Rather than the popular eastern region of Punta Cana, the hotel will be part of the Playa Grande development on the northern coast, east of Puerto Plata and kitesurfer’s paradise Cabarete.
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We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the before and after.
Over at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles, renovations are underway on all of the hotel's 361 guest rooms and 148 spacious suites. We got the chance to peek into both a not-yet-renovated room and a glammed up one and the difference is amazing.
Pre-renovations, the guest rooms look very much like they have for the past ten years or so. This is actually what the rooms looked like when the hotel was once a Park Hyatt. Ho-hum. We can't decide which is worse--the headboard or the drapes.
Keep reading to see how the rooms look after the renovation!