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The Mayakoba resort community near Playa del Carmen, Mexico sits on 240 acres of tropical forest with eco-friendly lagoons and surrounded by the Caribbean shoreline.
Unlike many resorts in Mexico, there is much more to do than just drink margaritas on the beach (although we like that too). Biking via the extensive shady paths, golfing and scenic boat tours around the canals are just a few.
The hard question is this: Which of the three resort properties should you choose for your stay-- the Fairmont, Rosewood or Banyan Tree? Here is a brief overview of each:
The Fairmont Mayakoba struck us as the most kid-friendly with its waterslide and kids pool, even though all three resorts have kids clubs. It’s also apparently dog friendly as we saw this little number poolside (sadly the Paris Hilton-y owner was not actually Paris Hilton). Casitas are scattered throughout the property, some of which are beachfront with stairs leading right to the ocean and some have oceanfront private plunge pools. The Mexican craft beer tasting with tapas is a must do. The Fairmont is the largest of the three with 401 rooms but it is also the least expensive (although certainly just as lovely as the others.) Off-season prices start at less than $300 per night.
Rosewood Hotels and Resorts command a pretty penny but this summer, there's a way to enjoy the lovely and luxurious collection for (slightly) less.
Below is a list of the 15 Rosewood hotels and resorts and their special "More Rosewood" summer offers, all of which include a complimentary night (after booking sever consecutive nights, of course.) And yes, the gorgeous new Rosewood London, the classic Carlyle Hotel in NYC and the recently renovated Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in New Mexico, are included. Decisions, decisions, decisions!
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A speck in the strikingly blue sea, there are no towns or high-rises, no major roads or cars (each guest, young and old, gets a bicycle), just white sandy beaches, that picture-perfect palm tree, and (what the resort promises is) blazingly fast and free internet, being the first test case for 4G capability in the Caribbean.
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Last week we started a new weekly series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!
What’s Out: Cooking classes
What’s In: Creative classes
Not so very long ago, we realized that more and more hotels the world over were bringing in art concierges to help guide you through their hotel’s art collection, or to steer you in the right direction if you wanted to take in the local art scene or perhaps buy a couple of noteworthy pieces from local artistes. Well some hotels have taken this further and are hooking their guests up with local artists to give them a hands-on experience with the added bonus of giving you a pretty nifty souvenir to bring home.
Here are some prime examples:
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Summer's here and school's out which means your summer travel plans may involve schlepping the little ones along with you. Same goes for new parents who aren't quite ready to compromise their jetsetting lifestyles. While it definitely requires more planning and more organization, a dream vacation can still be had. All this week, we'll be looking at a few hotels that are making it not just fun but easier for families to have a summer trip to remember.
Kids clubs are an important part of a hotel stay for families--sometimes even more important than the hotel room--as they offer parents a chance to engage in some real deal R&R while the kids burn off their crazy energy.
But the specific activities offered at a hotel's kids club are important too. Parents don't want their kids sent down to some windowless rec room in the hotel basement for a few hours each day or similarly, just lazing around by the beach or pool all day getting fried by the hot sun. So if you want your kids to have an experience worth remembering, consider booking a stay with a Rosewood Hotels and Resorts.
If scent truly is the strongest evoker of memories, then Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is sure to create some new ones with this “smelly in a good way” addition to their amenities package.
Earlier this year, the luxury hotelier unleashed its Fragrance Butler Program on the world, making one’s travel experience just a wee bit easier and a lot more refined. Nine of its properties – from Vancouver to Jeddah – are currently participating in the program.
Here’s how it works: You’ve just flown from New York to Vancouver – that’s almost 2,500 miles – and you’re feeling rather weary and, let’s just say it, not as fresh as you might like. But you have exactly one hour to check into Rosewood’s Hotel Georgia, get settled, and be at your first engagement. You pretty much have to choose between a decent shower or a decent nap. If you’re like us, a nap always comes first (‘cause hey – how many showers in one day can one person possibly need?).
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Last summer, Vancouver’s historic gem of a hotel – the venerable Hotel Georgia – became part of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts following a major top to bottom reno of the 155-room hotel. It is now one of only two Canadian hotels listed on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Hot List.
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The Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan is one of our favorite "old luxury" hotels and today we stumbled upon something from its heyday--a postcard. You know, the kind that hotels used to stash in the desks so that you could send your friends smarmy "Wish You Were Here" notes?
Sure, lots of hotels are still doing the postcard and stationary thing--probably even the Carlyle still--but in these green days where hotels are eliminating paper waste at every turn (even check-in and check-out!), hotel postcards are a dying breed.
And we're pretty sure that today's modern postcards don't say things like, "Transient and Residential Accommodations" and "Telex" numbers. (For the record, the Carlyle still takes transients, aka hotel guests, and very well-to-do folks still live there.)
Also missing? A website address. These days, that's how you know something is retro.
Click "MORE" to see the back of the Carlyle's old-timey postcard!
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While fathers around the country were faking surprise over their new ties yesterday, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts were absorbing the news that they suddenly had a new daddy.
Hong Kong hotel group, New World Hospitality, has agreed to buy Rosewood for $229 million dollars. The deal is set to close July 29 and it will make Rosewood New World's premiere luxury brand.
Rosewood has 19 hotels and resorts worldwide, including Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Mexico (home to the infamous Director of Romance), the Rosewood Mayakoba with its sexy rooms and the hotel that we would like to die in, The Carlyle in New York.
But now that Rosewood is part of an Asian company, expect lots of expansion in Asia, one of the hottest hotel markets around. From Bloomberg News:
Angry Birds FTW! This might be one of our favorite hotel pastry concoctions ever.
The pastry chef at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, Calif. created a special Easter display in honor of Angry Birds, the addictive iPad and iPhone
time-waster app and video game. Considering that this hotel is in the shadow of Palo Alto and Silicon Valley, the Angry Birds were very apropro.
The birds were put out for the hotel restaurant's, Madera, Easter brunch where ducks, chickens, dwarf goats, turkeys, sheeps rabbits and yes, pot-bellied pigs frolicked on the lawn out front. Although the display is made of edible ingredients, guests were not allowed to get the Golden Egg, er, we mean, eat it.
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HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about some of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.
Last week we told you about the Loan-A-Lab program at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch and this week, we thought we’d also just mention another innovative dog program at another luxury resort, just as a way of looking at the other end of the leash.
It's time to start thinking cold-weather trips. Why not head South for the winter? We're thinking way South, like Mexico. One place to hit up San Miguel, which is 177 miles northwest of Mexico City. Not only is the town a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some amazing Spanish colonial architecture, but it's the location of the brand-spankin'-new Rosewood San Miguel de Allende.
The hotel, which will open in early 2011, is now accepting reservations for stays beginning February 1. It's offering a special grand-opening rate starting at $295 a night.