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There is no shortage of great places to eat in the Wailea resort zone of Maui, especially not with a Fairmont, a Four Seasons, and a Waldorf-Astoria lined up next to each other.
But skip a little further down past these resorts to the Andaz Maui and one of the best meals of your vacation will await you at Morimoto, the eponymous sushi restaurant from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.
The Andaz resort is pretty spectacular in itself, with about four different levels of public spaces, the first two which are pools and the second two which are restaurants, bars and lounge spaces. We'll have more on the Andaz and its rooms and spa shortly but today it's all about Morimoto.
The restaurant is located at the bottom of Andaz Maui, overlooking the main pool and the beach. This means it's easy to access from Wailea's Coastal Walk, which runs along the water and which everyone staying in Wailea uses everyday. There is both indoor and outdoor seating at the Morimoto but this is Maui, of course, you are going to sit outside. (That said, the inside is a lovely modern take on island decor.)
Now here's what we ordered when we popped in for lunch during our own vacation the other month:
What better way to kick off the holiday weekend than by sampling a chilled s'mores concoction on the waterfront? That's what we did today at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey in Los Angeles.
The hotel recently opened a brand new, farm-to-table restaurant concept called Cast & Plow. Previously, this space was home to the stuffy JER-NE restaurant. But the entire dining room, as well as the extended lobby space, was gutted to create a light, airy and breezy social setting, complete with flat-screen TVs and communal tables with outlets.
Cast & Plow prides itself on locally sourcing ingredients and the menu even shows you exactly where the food comes from in California. The shareable dishes like a cheese plate ($14), kale chips ($7) and avocado & chips ($12, the avocado is mixed with blue cheese and sriracha) make Cast & Plow a great place for a quick bites while larger entrees like the chicken sandwich ($17), a local cod with grilled corn ($24) and an all-natural prime beef hamburger ($19) give you an excuse to linger and admire the incredible view. Boats, boats, and more boats!
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Paris is crazy expensive, especially when you get into the five-star hotel world, but who doesn't want a hit of that kind of luxe?
Here's how to get your glam on at one of the most iconic hotels in all of hoteldom without having to spend the night: the Four Seasons George V in Paris where rooms start at 1,000 Euros a night. Your bank account will thank us.
1. Cocktails at Le Bar: Fresh off a renovation, Le Bar is the cheapest, er, easiest way to take in the ambiance of the George V. We recommend the George Fizz champagne cocktail for 28 EUR ($38) because hello, it's champagne. Mixed with fresh strawberries, raspberries and orange juice, as well as guava juice, we thought it had more than enough vitamins and phyto-nutrients to cancel out the alcohol.
File under: "Giddyup Glam."
It’s (almost) the Fourth of July. Cue the fireworks, grilled meats, and mental images of lassoing cowboys riding through the regal grasslands. Why? Because MURRICA.
But before our nation’s capital heralds the rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air, it will celebrate the July 3 opening of a steakhouse that gets its inspiration from South America: Rural Society, opening tomorrow at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, DC. It’s the latest from James Beard Award winner and “Iron Chef” Jose Garces, who has launched about a dozen restaurants across the country.
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The Resort at Pelican Hill is a long ways from Italy in Newport Beach, Calif. but a visit here might have you believing you really did stay at an Italian seaside village on your vacation. And it will be all thanks to the resort's freshly-made pasta.
Pelican Hill has 128 ultra-luxe bungalows and villas where guests can retreat after a long, "hard" day of relaxing by the circular pool, hitting the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, playing tourist at nearby Balboa Island or even just meandering the expansive resort grounds.
At night, there's no need to venture outside into the "rough and tumble" streets of Newport because the resort has its own incredibly authentic Italian restaurant, Andrea Ristorante with tables on a terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Here Chef Marco Criscuolo has created a menu filled with northern Italy specialities using ingredients locally sourced from The Irvine Ranch (these folks also own the hotel.) And of course, pasta is featured heavily on the menu, so much so that the restaurant has its own temperature-controlled pasta room where over a dozen pastas are made everyday. Come si dice "Swoon" in Italiano?
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Shhh, if we concentrate on the food, they won't notice the price of the wine
This had better not be a dastardly plan to put Andy Murray off his game at Wimbledon. The Daily Mail (for who else would criticize a national hero at such a critical time?) that Murray’s hotel in Stirling, Scotland, which opened in April, is overcharging guests on the booze. And we mean overcharging.
For instance, a bottle of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac costs £1800 ($3078) at The Cromlix. What’s that, you say? You gotta pay for top quality? Not when the Berkeley charges a mere £990 ($1694) for a bottle of the same. And London overheads sure ain’t the same as Stirling ones.
A bottle of Pol Roger Cuvee Winston Churchill 2000, meanwhile, costs £425 at the Cromlix, but £275 at the even more famous Gleneagles, 14 miles down the road.
It’s proudly billing itself as the most expensive restaurant in the world, while opening in a time of global financial crisis.
Sublimotion, the restaurant at the new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, is clearly not the type of place you or I are going to frequent; and you and I are clearly not the kind of clientele it’s after. Having said that, we were all over the first reviews – which came out this week, following a preview dinner for 12 lucky journalists – like crows over freshly squeezed roadkill. Let’s see how the other half is going to live!
Apparently, you enter Sublimotion with a secret knock through an unmarked door on the street outside the hotel. That leads to a kind of cupboard, then to a lift, and from there to a “high-ceilinged, windowless oblong room – empty but for a single neon-lit communal table,” according to the Daily Telegraph.
The table and walls double as pieces of art with light installations and videos projected onto them throughout the 20 courses. The food (the journos tasted just six courses) is molecular gastronomy crossed with David Copperfield (Bloody Mary in a test tube that shakes itself, anyone? Solidified goops of olive oil pegged to a washing line? Dessert on a levitating plate?). Oh, and the servers are dressed as flight attendants.
POT is the cheekily-named restaurant from native chef, Roy Choi, the man responsible for the wildly successful Kogi Korean taco trucks. Here at The Line Hotel, he's doing Korean food "through the eyes of an American with Korean blood."
In short, it's not the most traditional Korean food you will find in Koreatown but it's crazy tasty and the entire experience of the POT restaurant--which has a vibe that is both laid-back and turnt up--is something you shouldn't miss.
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Did you catch that? "Every amenity is carefully chosen to please the most discerning guests."
We've been so busy counting all the new 1 Hotels that are opening, we've nearly forgotten to dust the latest wares, er, news from Baccarat Hotels, the super luxury sister brand to 1 Hotels from Starwood Capital Group (this is separate from Starwood Hotels.) Oh and yes, each hotel will be filled with crystal pieces from Baccarat. #sofancybutyoualreadyknow
Last year, Baccarat announced they would open five hotel by 2015 but according to their website now, Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York will open this year with Morocco happening in 2015 and a planned hotel for Dubai (of course) will open later in 2018.
But its New York that we're focusing on today, especially since the 114-room hotel will open on 53rd Street and 5th in December.
We've been waiting patiently for the first properties from the wellness-oriented hotel brand, EVEN Hotels, to open and now the finish line is in sight with two Even Hotels opening before the end of the month. The rooms promise in-room training zones while there will be a more comprehensive fitness center on site.
But everyone knows it isn't just exercise that keeps you healthy. Yet EVEN has remained largely mum on their food and beverage offerings, telling HotelChatter way back when that healthier versions of hotel comfort food would be served.
But today, we've got the entire F&B concept plated right in front of us. It's called...
Cork & Kale.
Cork & Kale is an upscale, fast casual food and beverage offering featuring freshly prepared food and pre-packaged grab-and-go items, as well as retail-style products. The Cork & Kale Market will feature various choices for guests including heart-healthy and low-fat options, paleo or vegetarian-friendly dishes, as well as sweet indulgences. Through the “Good to Go” service, guests can pre-order balanced meals before 9 p.m. each night and pick up their breakfast or lunch the next morning on their way out the door, providing them with fuel for their entire day.
Almost 50 years after it first opened in 1967, Atlanta’s famous revolving restaurant, Polaris, will rotate once again atop the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on June 10.
This is a big deal: to locals, design buffs, and to Hyatt Hotels, who are planning all kinds of pre-opening events. In Times Square celebratory fashion, the blue-domed spaceship that once had no taller buildings surrounding it was darkened, then officially re-lit in ceremonial pomp.
Think grabbing a quick bite in a hotel is limited to a club sandwich or a burger? Think again because Mövenpick Hotels have completely overhauled their menus to consider those health-conscious and calorie-counting guests. The healthy eating initiative, "Go Healthy", was such a success when trailed in the Middle East and Asia, it's being rolled out to the entire portfolio.
A nice sampling from the menus sees guests in Europe treated to seasonal asparagus, fresh perch and apricot cake with almonds where hotels in Jordan will have 90 percent the menu purchased from local markets including local honey. Any combination of appetizer, main and dessert from the special Go Healhty menu will not only be full in flavor but light on calories with a full meal totaling to under 1,000 calories.