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Dining With Horses: The Nature Lodge Lives Up to the Nature Part of Its Name

September 15, 2009 at 5:16 PM | by | ()

Last year, Claire Duffet gave us the low-down on the Siem Reap Hotel Scene. But this year, she's taking us off the beaten path to some of Cambodia's Remote Hotels. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

Mondulkiri is one of our favorite places in Cambodia. Just south of Ratanakiri in eastern Cambodia, the two provinces make up the country's remotest and most rural region, where ethnic minorities and waterfalls abound. Mondulkiri's capital, Sen Monorom, is set atop a plateau, making it the coolest and most comfortable place in the hot, sticky Southeast Asian nation.

Instead of wet jungle, you get rolling hills, sparse trees, and instead of hardened city residents, you get lovely locals who will welcome you into their homes or offer you a ride on the village elephant.

About five minutes away from the main town, which is a challenging, uphill, 12-hour drive from Phnom Penh, is an oasis-within-an-oasis, Nature Lodge.

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Knai Bang Chatt brings WASPy to SE Asia

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  Site Where: Kep Beach, Kep, Kampot, Cambodia
September 11, 2009 at 8:58 AM | by | ()

Last year, Claire Duffet gave us the low-down on the Siem Reap Hotel Scene. But this year, she's taking us off the beaten path to some of Cambodia's Remote Hotels. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know.

While visiting Kep’s many hotels, it’s quickly apparent that the seaside town--as opposed to sprawling, seedy Sihanoukville--wants to be upscale and subdued. Refreshingly for Cambodia, development here for the most part, seems slow, careful, and planned. One hotel owner told us he was banned from building on the road where King-Father Sihanouk’s old mansions are located. We were happy to hear it.

Listed among Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List 2007, and with rates that start at US$110 a night, Knai Bang Chatt isn't trying to be anything but the very best. The setting is sublime -- three main buildings sit upon a landscaped lawn estate with a sizeable horizon pool accompanied by a wooden lovely, open-air restaurant along the waterfront that serves up fine, very healthy, food.

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Bauble-Ogling Instead of Leaf-Peeping at The Viking

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  Site Where: 1 Bellevue Ave [map], Newport, RI, United States, 02840
September 19, 2008 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Let's face it: Leaf-peeping can get a tad tedious. Which is why we there was a certain twinkle in our eyes when we heard about the jewelry component--namely two handcrafted Angela Moore bracelets--of the "Baubles, Bubbles and Best Friends" package available at the The Viking Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, not far from the other leaf-peeping locales in New England.

The chilled bottle of champagne and $100 spa credit that are also included aren't too shabby either. For a total cost of $399 per room, nightly, the hotel also tosses in a tour of three of Newport's famed mansions, which we suspect is where the "best friend" bonding part of the deal comes in (we could do that just as happily at the bar).

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A "Civilized" Green Hotel for Brits in the Country

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  Site Where: Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom, TR11 5LG
July 9, 2008 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

The Green Travel Award nominations at the UK Times often include some of those rustic, roughin' it, super-green types of eco-hotels where you can't flush the toilet or need rubber boots to get to the dining hall.

But recently they suggested something much more civilized: Budock Vean Hotel, a country hotel near the Helford River in Cornwall, southwest England.

The Budock Vean (which has a kind of a subtitle: "The Hotel on the River") is a 59-room four-star hotel, complete with a 9-hole golf course, swimming pool, sauna, spa and tennis courts, but it's also good at being green. For example, it is careful to support local industry: 80% of the hotel's expenditure goes in to the local community.

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Bagpiper Entertainment at the Inn at Spanish Bay

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  Site Where: 2700 17-Mile Drive [map], Pebble Beach, CA, United States, 93953
July 7, 2008 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

You don't need to pony up the dough for a room at the expensive Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, Calif. to enjoy the beautiful coastal view and a sunset serenade from a Scottish bag piper at dusk.

We hit up the hotel's Lobby Lounge on Saturday night where vacationing golfers and their families gathered around one of the four fire pits on the back terrace. Here you can take in the killer views of the Pacific Ocean and the second hole of the Links at Spanish Bay.

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Cipriani Miami Update :: Blair Waldorf Will Love It

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  Site Where: 3201 Collins Ave [map], Miami, fl, United States, 33140
June 10, 2008 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

The Cipriani Ocean Resort and Club Residences in South Beach, the snooty-chic 209-room beach resort and private condo development, seems to still be on track for completion in mid-2009.

The 24-month construction project (which involves the restoration and revamp of the old Saxony property) will feature crazy Miami city and ocean views and some pretty baller amenities when all is said and done:

600 feet of pristine beachfront, a spa, fitness center, outdoor bar and grill, beach cabana food and beverage service, three swimming pools, a signature world famous Cipriani restaurant and as well as a grand ballroom.

We can't imagine room rates will be easily stomached by those of us whose idea of a splurge is buying a shirt from Banana Republic instead of Forever21, but the website already has some fairly stunning photos of the resort that make us long to be the rich WASP-y type or the overprivileged hyper-trendy type. We'd bet Blair Waldorf would book a room here in a red hot second.

Check out a rendering of the exterior after the jump.

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The Cottages at Hidden Pond in Maine Opening Next Month

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  Site Where: 354 Goose Rocks Road, [map], Kennebunkport, ME, United States, 04046
June 3, 2008 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

The newest edition to the Orchid Hotels and Resorts family is Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine. Normally, we don't go further north than Manhattan when we travel the Eastern Seaboard but we are actually contemplating a stay here at Hidden Pond when it opens in July.

The hotel is actually made up of 14 cottages complete with full kitchens, king beds, flat-screen TVs, large screen porch, gas fireplaces and even an outdoor shower. (There's an indoor bath too.)

Some more on the cottages:

Natural fabrics, an inviting screened-in porch, a gas fireplace set in river stone, clever little kitchens and floor to ceiling windows that allow nature inside ... enjoy all of this by day and then retreat to the sanctuary of your bedroom where you'll find Frette bed linens, plush down-filled duvets and the most comfortable bed you've ever had the pleasure to encounter.

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Wannabe WASP Hotel :: Memorial Day Weekend at the Radisson Hyannis

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  Site Where: 287 Iyannough Road [map], Hyannis, MA, United States, 02601
May 14, 2008 at 3:40 PM | by | ()

We live for the weekends, especially the three-day Memorial Day kind. After the longest winter ever here in the Northeast, we are SO ready to pack up the SPF and start working 9-to-5 on a tan. And like many of us city dwellers, we plan to swap the drab concrete for warm sand, drop our "Rs" and kick it wicked for a getaway in Cape Cod.

Luckily we got Travelzoo-wise to a Memorial Day weekend deal at the Radisson Hotel Hyannis for only $99 per night - which is up to $110 off regular room rates. And it's Hyannis, the very heart of Cape Cod. You know, Kennedy-clan heaven and all that.

Yet true WASPs beware: there are purple leather couches in the lobby here. Perhaps you should make nice with Muffy and Buffy again.

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WASP Hotels: Anglophile Meet Up at Dorset's Summer Lodge

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  Site Where: Summer Lane, Evershot, Dorset, United Kingdom, DT2 0JR
May 8, 2008 at 1:18 PM | by | ()

Nothing screams high-society Brit like teatime in a lavish garden. Throw in an elaborate country house hotel, complete with a croquet lawn and four acres of gardens, and you've got yourself an anglophile's paradise.

Such is the Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in the town of Evershot, in Dorset's countryside, whose non-English specific features also include a spa and heated indoor pool.

Through November, the hotel is offering a package centered on Dorset's various and famed gardens, which includes two nights' accommodations in a Superior Room (with garden views), full English breakfast, nightly three-course dinner, a property tour, and visits to Montacute House and Tintinhull Gardens, both manor houses surrounded by--yup--gardens.

Plus, you'll get to experience Summer Lodge's own "Thoughtful Touches," like fresh milk, fruit and home-baked short bread in your room each day, candles at turndown and a departure bag of fresh fruit and water.

All this, for about $1,840. Oh, come on now. You didn't expect to play like Prince Charles without having to pay, did you?

[Photo: LondonOnTheRoad]

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WASP Hotels :: Aspen's Little Nell

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  Site Where: 675 E Durant Ave [map], Aspen, CO, United States, 81611
December 11, 2007 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Of course, Lloyd Christmas described this city best when he decided to follow his lady love across the country in Dumb And Dumber:

A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I'm talking about a little place called Aspen.

In the film, Lauren Holly, as the endearingly indifferent object of Lloyd's affection, embodies the WASP persona. When visiting Aspen, her character, Mary Swanson, could very well have stayed at The Little Nell. For the past three years, The Little Nell has made Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List. It's self-described "understated elegance" sounds like the kind of quiet haughtiness exclusive to Old Money folks.

And starting at $470 a night, you'll need to have kept your cash in Escro for quite some time to afford to stay. The simply-named The Bar is known for its martinis, naturally.

[Photo: Conde Nast Traveler]

Related Stories:
· Traveler's Gold List [Conde Nast Traveler]

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WASP Hotels :: SoFla's Haughtiest Resort

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  Site Where: 1 S. County Road [map], Palm Beach, fl, United States, 33840
December 3, 2007 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. is patroned by the kind of people who wear their family crests on their loafers. And yes -- Stubbs & Wootton, a prep-serving boutique with a location a few minutes away on 4 Via Parigi, actually sells these. This type of foolishness deserves our chagrin and broad stereotyping.

The 140-acre, five-star hotel gives WASPs what they most appreciate -- a history. In South Florida, where everything is brand new and kinda makeshift, The Breakers has been around since 1896. Well, technically, that building burnt to the ground and had to be rebuilt in the 20s, but let's just say the hotel has been around to house rich people in big, floppy hats since they had a luxury railcar to take them to the tip of the peninsula.

Related Stories:
· The Breakers Reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Stubbs & Wootton [Official Site]

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WASP Hotels: Preppy Paradise at the Inn At Thorn Hill

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  Site Where: Thorn Hill Rd. [map], Jackson Village, NH, United States, 03846
November 28, 2007 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Could this be WASP-heaven? The Inn at Thorn Hill in Jackson, New Hampshire ranks at number 44 in Conde Nast Traveler's list of the best hotels in the world -- yes, the world.

With a 94.2 rating, the resort remembers every indulgence we didn't even know we wanted. Fireplaces, Jacuzzis, wet bars, and steam showers keep guests hot and sweaty. After a hydro-massage -- with more water and even more rubbing -- head down to dinner. Order from the 3,000-bottle wine list, and dine on authentic New England cuisine while admiring the view of the white mountain range, perfect for every WASP aesthetic.

Said mountains offer a range of winter activities, including tobogganing, skiing, sleigh rides, and ice skating. Rooms start at $269.

[Photo: Mt. Washington Valley]

Related Stories:
· WASP Hotels [HotelChatter]