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Move over Four Seasons Nevis! There’s a new luxury player in town, albeit a much smaller one. The boutique villa resort Paradise Beach Nevis is open for business – and its seven three- and four-bedroom villas look like paradise indeed.
The beachfront property is the former Villa Paradaiso, which had only a six-year run before it closed in 2008. Over the course of a two-year renovation, the roofs have been rewoven and furnishings updated under new ownership. Built with Indonesian-thatched roofs, hand cut exposed beams and 20-foot vaulted ceilings, the suites can accommodate up to eight guests and come with private outdoor shower rooms, which open to secluded patios and private plunge pools.
While there is butler and concierge service, there are no on-site restaurants and spa treatments are performed in the villas or beachside, not in a formal spa. Alas, no worries, discerning travelers can walk 10 minutes down to the Four Seasons for such amenities and come home to their spacious villa.
Rates start at $1,400 per night for the first weekend in May.
[Photos: Paradise Beach Nevis]
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Right around this time last year, we saw first-hand what happens when two famous hotel bartenders spend a week mixing cocktails in the same London hotel bar: a double feature of Confessions of a Hotel Bartender and six specially-selected cocktails to drink your way through.
The bar at The Connaught, where all of this went down, was packed during Colin Field’s week long residence in Agostino Perrone’s home, but it almost always is. Luckily, there is now this: the Champagne Room at the Connaught Bar – a small, secluded drinking spot accessible either through an internal passageway from the main bar or through a set of heavy curtains off of a quiet corridor behind the lobby.
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.
When contributor JetsetCD toured the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in 2011, she was impressed with the pool and beach options, the bi-level spa, a putt-putt course (in addition to an Arnold Palmer 18-hole course), a grass tennis court and the surprise sightings of white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, Coatis and iguanas.
All this and more made it not surprising that the room rate hovered at nearly $400 a night. But now there's even more to be wowed about at the resort, thanks to a new "property enhancement" aka renovation.
Above is how the resort looked when JetsetCD popped in. Keep reading to see what the resort looks like today!
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Are you a billionaire searching for an elegant stay in New York? Well, you're in luck. The first-ever Baccarat Hotel has officially opened in New York.
The hotel’s Grand Salon, Petit Salon, Bar and guest rooms opened on Wednesday (about two weeks behind schedule) while the Chevalier Restaurant and the Spa de La Mer, the first of its kind in North America (and as in the Creme de la Mer moisturizer celebrities swear by) set to open in the near future.
Classic king rooms are still open this weekend and are going for $729 a night, with Grand king rooms for $844 a night while the 850-sq.ft. Prestige Suite is about $2,379 a night.
You can read more about what's inside these luxe hotel rooms here but if you have to ask what $729 a night will get you, then obviously you don't belong here. #kidding #kinda
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Remember when we talked about Ahn Luh Resorts & Residences, a new Chinese luxury hotel brand that, among others, has Adrian Zecha of Aman Resorts behind it? That’s well over two years ago, but it looks like there will soon be something tangible to look at and try out the “essence of Old World Chinese hospitality in today’s context of contemporary elegance” that Ahn Luh is hoping to bring to us.
Here is what you need to know: there are six hotels in the pipeline, all in China for now, but international expansion is part of the plans. First up, with an opening this year, is Ahn Luh Zhujiajiao in Shanghai (above), in a historic suburb of Shanghai. The brand’s flagship Ahn Luh Thousand Island Lake will open next year, as well as Ahn Luh Lanting in Shaoxing, Ahn Luh Dujiangyan, and Ahn Luh Yanming Lake. A beach resort at Xunliao Bay (near Hong Kong) will arrive in 2017, while Ahn Luh Yichun will open in 2018 in an area known as “the natural oxygen bar”, with the world’s largest Korean pine primeval forest and an annual average temperature of 1C (34F). More details and some very cool renderings below.
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The Tchaikovsky room
Well there was a long, excited overture since we first heard about it, but now the curtain is up: welcome to Act I at the Aria Budapest, which opened yesterday.
The music-themed hotel is certainly keeping in time with social media – it’s already posted an entire Facebook album of opening pics. They’re mainly of people looking welcoming, but you can glean a few things from looking over their shoulders. Here are a few new glimpses:
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Downtown Los Angeles is quickly becoming the neighborhood to stay in, or at least visit, in Los Angeles with options ranging from The Ace Hotel, the quirky Hotel Figueroa and the luxe Ritz-Carlton. And now here comes Level DTLA, an residential-style, extended stay property, from LEVEL Furnished Living, set to open this summer.
Expo is en route to Milan, as are a smattering of new hotels. Making its debut this month is TownHouse Duomo. Never heard of TownHouse? They're probably our favorite hoteliers in Milano, and have the unmissable, insanely spectacular Seven Stars Galleria, which is right inside the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (one of Milan’s must-see sights) and other beautiful places in Milan and Turin.
TownHouse Duomo by Seven Stars is on Piazza Duomo, overlooking the gothic cathedral (the largest in Italy). It claims to be the “only existing luxury hotel” with this view, plum on the square – and they’re probably right (other hotels have side views, but we can’t think of one directly on the piazza).
It may be a 1908 Beaux Arts building in the middle of Paris, but Peninsula Hotels made sure when spending hundreds of millions on its first European hotel that besides all the artisans and historians restoring murals, plasterwork, and the like, some serious money was spent on wiring the place up.
The end result? Well over a mile of cabling inside each room (and more in those humongous suites) to make everything – and we do mean everything – controlled through these tablets and / or little touch screens on the walls. Want to take a bath? Touch the “spa” button and lighting dims as soothing music starts playing. Have shoes that need polishing? Drop them in the valet box, press the button, and they’ll be delivered back to you shiny as can be.
With its renovation plans announced, these tablets are on their way to Chicago, and – we have no doubt – to all Peninsula hotels eventually. Check out what’s at the touch of a button below.
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We may have been off the mark thinking Aman Tokyo wouldn’t make a 2014 opening (it did), but our guess that Aman Resorts was not far off from adding a third hotel in China turned out to pretty accurate: Amandayan, in Lijiang, and Aman number 28, is now open.
Equally, that photo we dug out from the depths of the internet back in October was indeed from inside the all-suite resort. With a total of 35 suites, that’s a few more than the 32 we talked about at the time, but still a very small affair.
‘Dayan’ (lower case in the end in the resort’s name) is the historic name of Lijiang, established in the 13th century by the Southern Song dynasty. The old town of Lijiang, which Amandayan overlooks (see a photo below), is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is in the Yunnan province, which puts it in far southwestern China, towards the border with Myanmar.
Ok, technically the Four Seasons Explorer belongs to the two resorts that make up the Four Seasons Maldives and it's not a giant, thousand-room cruise ship, but still, it's a Four Seasons ship that you can sail and sleep on. #mindblown.
Below are some photos of the 11-cabin, three-deck catamaran, which sails between the two resorts for three, four or seven-night itineraries and private charters. Onboard, guests will have a private bar, a sun deck with massage services, twice daily housekeeping, a private chef, the services of a cruise director who will plan one-of-a-kind excursions and yes, free WiFi.
Here's an idea of what your schedule is like onboard:
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It's offseason in Positano forLe Sirenuse, the luxury Amalfi Coast resort, home to one of the best pools in Italy, but if you're in Los Angeles this week you can take in some of the Italian seaside living at Shutters on The Beach in Santa Monica.
For the second year in a row, the two hotels have partnered up for a week-long celebration of all things Le Sirenuse (pronounced like "Lay-sear-a-new-say." At One Pico, Le Sirenuse's hot Michelin-star chef, Matteo Temperini, has created a special menu of Mediterranean dishes, all made with local California ingredients.
Highlights include the mantecato (codfish), topped with a poached egg in a sweet garlic cream sauce with asparagus, along with a light risotto atop red shrimp carpaccio, and the Maine Lobster in olive oil broth. But of course, there is dessert--the insanely rich Guanaja chocolate cake served with raspberry sorbet, actual raspberries and a small gold leaf.
All of this can and should be paired with the specially selected white and red wines (Italian, obvi) and if you indulge in Limoncello shots, it is prudent to follow that up with an espresso, so that at least you can order your own Uber home.