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Oscars time is right around the corner, and if you're dying to see whether Meryl will beat out Sandra for best actress or whether Avatar will sweep all the categories, watch the show in style. This week, we'll look at Academy-sanctioned hotel shindigs where you'll be able to dress up, see if you won the office Oscar pool and help raise cash for charity.
For this year's Oscars, you'll have the chance to eat food from a star. Well, a culinary star. The Omphoy Ocean Resort's Academy Awards viewing party offers an option to dine at Michelle Bernstein’s, the newest restaurant from the James Beard Award-winning chef.
You know what goes even better with a heaping plate of Thanksgiving turkey than a side of mashed potatoes? Palm Beach. OK, so maybe you won’t feel like jumping straight into that bikini or Speedo after gorging on your holiday dinner, but we’re still going to say beach-combing in Palm Beach trumps cramming into your sister-in-law’s house in suburbia.
But here’s what would make us extra thankful: staying at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, with the third night free. And for those of you purists who think the only way a beach should be part of Thanksgiving is lounging around like a beached whale after chowing down on seconds and thirds, fret not, for the Four Seasons has arranged for some traditional Thanksgiving activities.
Ah, what a cute fairytale-ish story: way back in the day when the Four Seasons Palm Beach's Chef Darryl Moiles was working at the Four Seasons Boston, the inimitable Ms. Julia Child would "make her way from the dining room to the kitchen" when she dropped in for a bite. Apparently she left quite the impression, because the chef is now paying tribute to her in conjunction with the opening of the new book-turned-Meryl-Streep-flick, Julie and Julia.
Chef Moiles, who is now the executive chef at Four Seasons Palm Beach, is throwing down a special menu showcasing some of Ms. Child's biggest-hit recipes from her cookbook The Art of French Cooking, which will be debuting and running at the Resort's Ocean Bistro from August 8 to September 4. The lineup will change weekly.
Yeah, we'll confess: sometimes we steal stuff from hotels. Like the little baby soaps and shampoos and things (which are ours for the taking), and one time we swiped a monogrammed washcloth and a tea packet and the binder that held the roomservice menus because we thought it looked nice. But do you know what we have never stolen from a hotel? A bird.
Though this is not as bad as the time some guy ripped the head off of one of the ducks in a hotel lobby (and yes, that really did happen), this is still sort of sad and mean: someone stole a couple of parrots from The Breakers.
According to the AP, police are charging a man with trespassing (and also "violating an ordinance declaring the island town a bird sanctuary") after he stole two baby parrots from the hotel and then left them in a pet store yesterday after trying to sell them to the pet store owner. But, uh, they don't know who the guy is.
Per the report:
The chicks were part of a flock of more than 100 wild birds at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach. Biologists monitor the birds with cameras aimed at their nests in hollowed-out trees. That's how authorities learned the two chicks were missing.
No, but seriously: who does that? Kimpton, you need to start keeping close watch on your pet concierges now. Oy.
Sorta over the Miami scene? Or just can't really afford to hit it up right now? Opt for the decidedly calmer, considerably more affordable Palm Beach if you've got a hankerin' for a Florida getaway (or visit your grandparents!) and in '09, you can do it on the cheap.
To celebrate the 1909 founding of Palm Beach County, the CVB down there has launched a $19.09 room rate campaign that will score you a room for less than 20 bucks after stays of 2, 3, or 4 nights, depending which of the 40+ hotels in the area you go for.
The deal which includes hotels like the massive Breakers and The Colony Hotel and Cabana Club requires a rate code upon making your reservation (mostly it's 1909), but they're all conveniently listed here for you. Happy beaching!
If you've just debuted a $30 million spa in Florida in the heat of a recession, then you've got to be prepared to offer a little something for everyone. At Eau Spa in the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, their rainbow range of treatments for both men and women range from the opulent, like the $550 platinum facial, to the more budget-friendly $75 Do-It-Yourself Body Scrub Bar.
The one-of-a-kind Scrub & Polish Bar allows you to not only choose and combine from a variety of fresh body scrubs to suit your mood, but also gives you the freedom to hang out in the spa and its pools, scrubbing off the mucky-muck and emerging refreshed and prime for the Florida sun.
Keep any leftover scrub and remember that this is a DIY treatment (no tipping), and this least expensive Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach spa option seems like a plausible distraction if you spend at least half the day using the facilities to their fullest.
[Photo: Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach]
We didn't think it was possible, actually we truly hoped it wasn't, but we have just possibly pinpointed the least recession-friendly hotel service. Yes, my friends, it's the "Bejeweled Collection" of facials at the brand spanking new Eau Spa in the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach. Having finally fulfilled every Palm Beacher's dream of having a mega-spa around the corner, Eau is set up to slather spa goers in luxury--literally.
Sign up for the $550 Platinum and Bejeweled Face and Body ritual at Eau, and for the next 130 minutes you'll get a platinum face mask, a platinum chakra cleansing, a 50-minute Ruby and Sapphire Massage, and a witch's brew of Ruby or Sapphire-infused elixir. Will this also magically restore your 401K or your job at AIG? No--but it will guarantee you the freshest face in the breadlines.
Long a bastion for prettifying glam guests with massages, facials, and hair care, the Four Seasons Palm Beach just opened a shiny new 11,000-square-foot spa facility with 12 treatment rooms, a marble reception area, and multiple relaxation lounges with whirlpools, waterfalls, and steam rooms.
For those of you not drinking from Florida’s fountain of youth, worry not, for the spa’s new treatments are designed to keep you (at least appearing) far from your days of velour tracksuits and early-bird specials at Denny’s. Not that we’re judging.
Did you know that this year is the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day? Did you even know that Mother's Day is less than two weeks away? Hmm... Well, someone's in a pickle, aren't they?
Lucky for you, The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach is offering two Mother's Day appropriate packages which are valid through August 15th.
The first, the "Mom and Family Getaway," includes accommodations in two connecting rooms, a welcome gift for Mom and--just so she can be rid of the rug rats for a day--a day membership for two at AquaNuts, a Ritz Kids Club for children ages five to 12, as well as Coast, for 13- to 17-year-olds. Prices start at $489 per night.
If you're feeling really guilty for almost forgetting about Mom, shell out $1,129 per night for the "Pampering Mom Getaway," which includes ocean-front accommodations, 100 roses upon arrival, dinner for two in the hotel's restaurant, with a 100 wine credit and a 100-minute Elemis Aroma Spa Ocean Wrap spa treatment.
Now go book, and don't say we never do anything for you.
In the resort hotels and inns of South Florida, managers and owners are seeing a payoff from being more eco-friendly. That's according to this article in the Florida Sun-Sentinel that breaks down the trend with some specific examples.
We like that they quickly run through the half-hearted efforts, like putting a little placard up asking guests to reuse their towels, and quickly get to some practices that take real effort. We're still a little grossed out by the waterless urinals at The Colony Resort and Cabana Club, but we do like their idea of using recycled carpet squares instead of wall-to-wall. "When one square wears out, detach, recycle and replace it, without throwing out the whole rug." Owner and manager Jestena Boughton also reuses sheets that have gotten a rip, turning them into curtains or pillowcases.
In wealthy Palm Beach County, The Colony Hotel (above) and the Breakers Palm Beach have both earned a "Green Lodging Certification" from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. In downtown Miami, the Four Seasons and InterContinental have gotten the nod.
Kudos to Rick Hawkins, The Breakers' director of materials management, who puts it all in language that the Wall Street Journal editorial page readers can understand. "If we don't do things to save the planet, our lovely historic hotel is going to be a dive site one day. And everything we've done boosts profitability. The return on investment long-term is huge."
· South Florida hotels find going green helps bottom line, planet [Sun-Sentinel]
· Two Key West Resorts Get Florida Green Lodging Approval [HotelChatter]
Time for more ritzy South Florida resorts. The all-suite-slash-condotel Resort at Singer Island has opened up with a fairly legit opening rate: From $215 a night all summer long, with a minimum two-night stay.
With at least 800 square feet of space per suite, this is pretty nice bang for the buck. You'll also find kitchen appliances and butler service at the ready. As is often the case at high-end properties, you'll have to pay for WiFi. But at least you can use it on the terrace attached to every suite.
Sounds nicer than some other North Palm Beach hotels we've heard about!
Last night, we accepted an invite to a little soiree hosted by The Ritz-Carlton. Apparently--and it is the first day of spring--the Ritz is "in bloom" with new deals and programs. As we swilled a malt beverage, we tried to sort the PR wheat from the chaff. Turns out, something interesting was afoot.
It seems The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach really did spend $100k per room to revamp the whole property. It reopened 10 days ago, with a whole new lease on life and wide-open ocean views. The new gimmick is a "resort turndown," which is basically a total change in the atmosphere of the hotel every evening. (The hotel workers must love it.) A big fire pit sets the beach-side bonfire vibe, music starts pumping and the cocktails--ideally--get flowing. The new restaurant also encourages party time with a communal table and a big wine cellar. By the time you get your hung-over self out of bed, the hotel is dressed for the morning.
· Sweet Jesus! RCPB Spends 100 Grand per Room [HotelChatter]