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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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Three Killer Views From The Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World

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  Site Where: 10100 Dream Tree Boulevard [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32836
January 9, 2015 at 3:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a reason why you should spend a little extra for a room with a view at the Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World, and it's because you won't just get one killer view, you'll get a few different killer views.

Here are just three perspectives we snapped during a recent stay in November in a Park View King Room:

1. EPCOT: If you crane your head to the left from your private balcony, you'll see the iconic golf ball shape of EPCOT.

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Four Seasons Dublin Is Now Intercontinental Dublin

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  Site Where: Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland, 4
January 6, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (2)

Last time we checked in on Four Seasons Dublin, it was getting ready to wind down with another “five-star brand” ready to take over.

We guessed Intercontinental – and lo, it has come to pass! It switched hands officially on 1 January.

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Four Seasons Rebounds in Bangkok; Is Also Hard at Work on The Surf Club

January 5, 2015 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just two weeks ago, we were stunned to hear that Four Seasons would be leaving Bangkok (pictured above), to be replaced by a flagship Anantara resort. But we also had a feeling this wasn't the end of the road for FS in Bangkok. In fact, here's exactly what we said:

As much as this means a departure for Four Seasons from Bangkok, there is no doubt in our mind that the Canadian group will come back to a city where nearly every luxury brand under the sun is either represented or busy building something new – something tells us it will be connected to this: Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, a new development a bit south of the Mandarin Oriental and Peninsula. Time will tell, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

And now we're keeping you posted.

Four Seasons Hotels have just announced that they will open the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, adjacent to the aforementioned Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River.

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Four Seasons Bangkok Will Become Anantara Siam Bangkok On March 1

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  Site Where: 155 Radjadamri Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330
December 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

We had heard whispers of this bit of hotel news before, but frankly couldn’t believe it would really happen, and yet here it is: Four Seasons Bangkok will be no more.

From March 1, the 354-room hotel on Radjadamri Road will become the flagship for Anantara Hotels & Resorts, officially known as Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel & Spa.

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Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: Four Seasons London Canary Wharf’s Christmas Carol Cocktails

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  Site Where: 46 Westferry Circus, London, United Kingdom, E14 8RS
December 18, 2014 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.”

Four Seasons London at Canary Wharf has created a holiday cocktail collection based on Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol. The three ghosts, or spirits, in the story are brought to life through three enticing cocktails, the 1870 X.O, the Apple Pie Eggnog Martini and the Sparkling English Christmas.

Once upon a time there lived an "extra old" cognac that was first bottled in 1870 by Maurice Hennessy, and this is where our cocktail story begins. Representing the Ghost of Christmas Past, the 1870 X.O Cocktail hearkens back to the days of yore when dark liquors were all the rage.

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Is Santa Fe's Four Seasons the Most Down to Earth in the Country?

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  Site Where: 198 State Road 592 [map], Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
December 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Across the country, there are examples that show Four Seasons luxury properties trying to remain down to earth. Cheesesteak spring rolls in Philly, for example, or free drinks in Denver. But never have we seen a Four Seasons let its hair down the way it has in Santa Fe.

The tone at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe is set immediately by two things: The setting and the staff. The former speaks for itself in terms of its location in the hills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains ten minutes outside of downtown Santa Fe. If you do any research at all, you expect that. I mean, the address is "198 State Road 592," after all. But do you expect to walk into a Four Seasons and see that the staff is all decked out in... jeans?

I enjoy a taste of luxury as much as anyone, but I was relieved the moment I arrived and saw the front desk crew wearing the same thing as me. It just made sense for Santa Fe, a destination where chile, chocolate, and lacing up your hiking boots are the main attractions. Dress up?! I ordered red chile!

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The Four Seasons Resorts on Lana'i are Now Sporting Wristbands

December 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few months ago, we put out a poll that asked readers how they felt about hotels replacing traditional keycards with electronic wristbands. A few people liked the convenience of having everything on their wrist and not keeping track of a key, but most, including this writer, balked at the idea.

Part of it is that the hotel chain in question, EVEN Hotels, is charging guests $8 for them. The other part of it was the belief that if anything is going to replace our beloved keycards, it should be smart phone technology. Who needs one more thing?

Alas, it looks like enough people are at least interested in the concept to give the trend a chance to become a mainstay. But this time it’s no small potatoes. This time, it’s Four Seasons touting them as a perk.

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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Winter 2014: Denver

December 11, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Introducing our handy hotel guides--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. Now that the snow is coming, we're rounding up a few cold and warm-weather destinations, starting with Denver. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Winter is here and most travelers to Denver will be passing through on their way up to the mountains. But with so much happening in the city, it would be a mistake not to spend a few nights. Here are four different hotels to try in downtown Denver. Whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.

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Four Seasons Brings the Zebra Print at The Westcliff Johannesburg, Now Open

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  Site Where: 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg, South Africa
December 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

If hunting for hidden Mickey Mouse ears isn’t your thing, perhaps some wildlife spotting sounds more appealing? It may not have made the summer opening we were hoping for, but Four Seasons The Westcliff in Johannesburg is now welcoming guests, after a $56 million renovation of the hotel.

As we showed you earlier this year, the refresh isn't afraid of a little zebra print, across a number of different styles and colour schemes. The hotel has 117 rooms and suites, ranging from entry-level Superior Rooms to the Royal Suite, which has its own plunge pool.

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Where to Find 'Hidden' Mickey Mouse Ears at The Four Seasons Orlando

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  Site Where: 10100 Dream Tree Boulevard [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32836
November 28, 2014 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

When the Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World opened last August, we found all sorts of non-Disney reasons to get excited by the new hotel, such as the adults-only pool, the neighboring wildlife sanctuary, the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, the 18 spa treatment rooms as well as the luxe decor and attentive service that we've come to expect from Four Seasons hotels.

Now, we understand that all these reasons may not appeal to the extreme Disney fanatics out there. Indeed, because the resort is not technically owned by Disney, there aren't many Mickey touches at all.

The only place where you will find "official" Mickey Mouse ears is at the Disney Planning Desk in the lobby. Here you can buy tickets and Magic Bands as well as make reservations, arrange services and quiz the Disney cast members on what to do and where to go at the parks. And if you do the Character Breakfast at the hotel's Ravello restaurant on Thursdays and Sundays (and some select Tuesdays), you'll be able to see Mickey Mouse in person.

But, there are quite a few unofficial Mickey Mouse ears throughout the property.

Here's where we found hidden or accidental Mickey Mouse ears at the Four Seasons Orlando.

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Here's Why You May Want to Factor In a Bahrain Trip Next Year

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  Site Where: Manama, Bahrain
November 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM | by | Comment (1)

Bahrain: top of your travel list? No, us neither. But here’s something that’s rocketing it swiftly upwards: news of the new Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, due to open early next year.

The hotel will be in Manama, the capital. But that’s massively underselling it – actually, the hotel will sit on its own, 12-acre, manmade private island, with terraces, pools and gardens landscaped around the 68-story hotel. Oh, and did we mention it’s modeled on the grand ocean liners of the 1930s? They promise “art deco accents and a calming color palette” throughout. Those floor-to-ceiling windows and that carpet are certainly soothing us right now. As is the fact that it’s 75 degrees there right this second.

Once you’ve made it onto the island (via water taxi, boat or private causeway), there will be 216 rooms and 57 suites, all with panoramic views of either the skyline or the Arabian Gulf, as well as a bi-level “sky bridge” with restaurants and event space. Bahraini artwork will be scattered throughout the hotel.

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