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The Carlyle New York to Get a Makeover From Tony Chi and Associates

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  Site Where: 35 E. 76th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
January 26, 2015 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel & Resort, is not just a hotel where Kate Middleton would stay while visiting New York, it is also a hotel where we would spend the end of our days.

It is an Upper East Side institution, a quintessentially New York experience which, provided you have the funds for a night's stay, will make you feel not like a guest passing through but rather, an actual resident and this place has been your home all along.

When we stayed there in 2008, we knew the rooms may not have been the most modern rooms on the block, but they were classic and clean and so very well-maintained. But that was seven years ago. Even though some rooms have received a soft goods upgrade since that time, The Carlyle is ready for a change.

Which is why we are thrilled to hear that NYC-based Tony Chi, the man behind the gorgeous Rosewood London is taking on The Carlyle's upcoming renovation project.

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St. Regis and JW Marriott Will Duke it Out Private-Island Style in Venice from April

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  Site Where: Venice, Italy
January 26, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

The setting: Venezia, Queen of the Adriatic. The contenders: Starwood v. Marriott. The prize: best new hotel in the category “private islands”.

That’s what’s on the menu this spring in Italy, where both Starwood (by way of St. Regis) and Marriott (by way of JW Marriott) are entering the Venetian hotel scene with a splash (ha!) on Isola di San Clemente and Isola delle Rose, respectively. But who will be victorious? Let’s look at what each brings to their corner before things get real around March / April time.

We’ve established they're fighting for your attention in the same category: private islands, ensuring the ultimate Venice experience of hopping on a complimentary shuttle when you want to be whisked away from the crowds on San Marco. We’ve known for a while that the JW Marriott would be opening in March, but the St. Regis is now confirmed for the month after. If all goes as planned, then Marriott will have a (minor) head start.

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'Indigenous Heathers and Silvery Lichen Greens': Meet the New Rooms at Gleneagles

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  Site Where: Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, PH3 1NF
January 23, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Gleneagles. You might know it for its golf. You might know it for its summit. But what you might not know is that the Scottish hotel has just stumped up £1.1m to refurbish some – just some! – of its rooms.

The money covers 36 of the 232 bedrooms. That’s a lot of money for not many rooms. So what is that going to get you?

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Aman Resorts Gives a Green Upgrade to Amanpulo

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  Site Where: Pamalican Island, Philippines
January 22, 2015 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

So you’ve checked out the brand new Aman Tokyo and are in need of some tropical island R&R after the metropolitan overload that is the Japanese capital. Where do you go? Head south to the Sulu Sea in the Philippines and you will find sister resort Amanpulo, which offers that mix of blinding white beach-azure blue sea that makes us want to crawl through our laptop screen in the depth of January, but now also has a bunch of new things to check out.

The 42 casitas on the island have gotten a makeover, bringing in new bathrooms (a shot of those below), natural timber ceilings with ceiling fans, new environmentally-friendly recycled polymer roof shingles, and new lighting resulting in four times more light at a 25% reduction in energy consumption. Repairs to the reef on the Eastern side of the island’s lagoon will encourage coral growth and improve the marine life’s habitat.

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Rosewood Picks Up Tuscan Retreat Castiglion del Bosco

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  Site Where: Località Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy, 53024
January 19, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

We thought 2015 was just going to be the year that Rosewood Hotels would expand its European presence with the reopening of the Hotel de Crillon in Paris. It is still doing that – bar any delays we don’t know about yet – but while that’s enough of a hallmark moment, Rosewood will also start managing the Tuscan estate Castiglion del Bosco this spring.

Estate isn’t hyperbole by any means, consisting as it does of the ruins of a castle, a medieval church, and the Borgo, what was once a farming village, dating back 800 years. The Borgo now forms the heart of the hotel, but there are ten additional villas in restored farmhouses in the surrounding area. That looks something like the above, which is really about as Tuscan as it can get, don’t you think?

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Inside and All Around The Four Seasons Dubai

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  Site Where: Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
January 16, 2015 at 5:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

GUESS THE HOTEL REVEALED!

It was promised to Dubai residents almost five years ago that Four Seasons was going to enter the Dubai market with a spectacular golf resort at Festival City.

Unfortunately, due to a plethora of reasons, it was not to be and the luxury hotel operator’s entry into the market was called off, if only for the time being. It has been a long wait but the Four Seasons’ second attempt to enter the glitzy Dubai hospitality scene is finally over.

One look at Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach and it is not hard to understand why it took the company this long to enter. They waited for the right partner, identified the right location and orchestrated the right product mix. Everything from the warm welcome, the color palettes and the well-designed amenities and facilities, (including the spherical vodka bar we told you about last week), the Four Seasons was not going to get their second chance wrong by a long shot.

Here are a bunch of photos of the Four Seasons Dubai to keep you occupied all weekend long. So many photos. So, so, so many photos. You're welcome.

[Photos: Aditya Rajaram/HotelChatter]

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The Most Coveted Room in LA Right Now: The Screening Room at The London West Hollywood

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  Site Where: 1020 N. San Vicente Boulevard [map], West Hollywood, CA, United States, 90069
January 14, 2015 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Since its opening in 2008, The London West Hollywood has always been a hot hotel in Los Angeles for celebrities such as Kevin Spacey, David Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and chef Gordon Ramsay, who has a restaurant there (Sorry, Amanda Bynes.)

But with the opening of The London's new Screening Room, celebs won't have to go far to promote their movie as the press junket will be just an elevator ride away.

The sophisticated 110-seat screening room is located off the main lobby, across from Gordon Ramsay. Designed by Gonzalez Architects with interiors by Richmond Design, it's the largest screening room for a hotel in Los Angeles. And as Hollywood rides out the rest of the 2015 awards season, the room will be in hot demand.

But unlike a lot of things in Los Angeles, there's actually something beneath the pretty surface of this room.

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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? Why, They Go to the Borgo Egnazia Spa

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  Site Where: Contrada Masciola, Sevelletri, Fasano, Puglia, Italy, 72015
January 14, 2015 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sadly we do not believe this man is included in your package

It’s the second week of January, and you know what that means. It means New Year’s resolutions are so over; now it’s all about Valentine’s Day. And while we’ll be seeing plenty of loved up packages with late check-outs and vomitable intimacy kits in the next coming weeks, we rather like this first one: the Broken Hearts Spa at Borgo Egnazia in Puglia (previously known for breaking your heart when Justin Timberlake held his wedding reception there).

This is no yeahhhh-single-gals-4eva patronizing spa retreat; it’s a full-on, totally nuts “renewal program” as only the Italians can do. Are you struggling with a break-up? They will knit you back together, not with fancy massages or sweet-smelling candles, but with an entire team of “soul therapists”:

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Four Big Name Hotels On Their Way to Marrakech

January 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

Much like Bali, the hotel openings keep coming for Marrakech, no matter how crowded it is already. A year after we looked at that long list of options, here are four big name hotels that will open in the next few years: Mandarin Oriental, Park Hyatt, W Hotels, and Ritz-Carlton.

First up: the second attempt of Mandarin Oriental, which should arrive this year after missing a planned 2014 opening. Like Milan, the hotel now has a dedicated website, with a first few interior images. The hotel will have 54 villas, 7 suites, and 2 spa suites – all with their own pool. The seven suites have rooftop plunge pools and are part of the main hotel building, with the spa suites giving over 4,000 square feet and infinity lap pools.

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National Geographic Goes to The Ends of The Earth with Their Luxury Lodges Collection

January 12, 2015 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

The combination of unique architecture, natural terrain and "green" programs makes Fogo Island Inn the ideal match for National Geographic's far out--really far out--collection of luxury lodges

Oh look, another luxury hotel collection is launched. But instead of a hotel brand putting together this collection, it's a magazine.

National Geographic Society, which puts out such publications at National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler has unveiled The National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, with 24 founding members located in some of the most spectacular and remote settings on the planet.

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Guess The Hotel With This Spherical Vodka Bar

January 9, 2015 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (3)

Happy New Year! Is one of your new year's resolutions to test your hotel knowledge? Probably not, no one is that nerdy If so, you've come to the right place as we've got an excellent edition of Guess the Hotel lined up for you.

The game remains the same---we give out some hints, you drop your guesses in comments below. People who guess correctly will receive invisible scratch n' sniff stickers in the mail from us, sent by hologram service. Now get guessing!

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A Quick Peek at the Glitzy Baccarat Hotel New York, Opening in March

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
January 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Baby it’s cold outside, but the heat – and the crystal chandeliers – are on inside the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. It's been 250 years (make that 251) since the legendary glass maker Baccarat was founded, and after some delays (and possible sale) the first hotel to carry the luminous Baccarat name is finally going to open.

Right now, the opening date (as set by the website and the hotel's reps) is March 23 but there's always a chance the hotel could open earlier than that. We will keep your fingers crossed.

In the meantime, let's have a look around at the luxury property.

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