November 30th, 2009
Choose naughty and save Santa the trip this year. Met Bar members can head to the Metropolitan London for a steamy “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Christmas Cabaret Spectacular on Wednesday, December 2, at 9:30 p.m.
Pin-ups Esme Bianco, Roxy Velvet, and Polly Cupcake will welcome you with a night of festive stripteases and burlesque performances on a custom-made silver sleigh. Before heading out, don’t forget to grab a bag of swag filled with Modern Courtesan lingerie and Hotel Chocolat sweets.
Members can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 25th, 2009
No offense, Charlie, but we can’t stay silent with this news. Fans of Chaplin will soon be able to pay homage to his life during a stay at the elegant La Réserve Geneva.
Already over a decade in the making, the famous silent film actor’s home is in its final two years of transformation from a residence to a museum.
And when the museum finally comes to fruition? Make sure to book a night or two at the nearby La Réserve Geneva. Complete the package with a Lake Suite for views of the water, exquisite dining at the Le Loti restaurant, and a hot springs-infused treatment at the spa.
Then head on over to the museum to enjoy memorabilia and displays from Chaplin’s life, including the piano at which he composed film scores and a desk where he wrote an autobiography and scripts for two of his movies.
Not ready for home post-lounging on Lake Geneva? Extend your vacation in Switzerland and jet to Interlaken’s Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa for a majestic hike or an exclusive treatment at the new SENSAI SELECT SPA.
November 24th, 2009
Alexandra Champalimaud, designer of the new White Elephant Hotel Residences on Nantucket, was named “Designer of the Year” at the 29th annual Gold Key Awards at The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York.
From the exterior, the White Elephant Hotel Residences are quintessential New England cottages. On the inside, however, Alexandra Champalimaud has fused the traditional aesthetic that is so very Nantucket with a distinct European touch. This design vision, coupled with plenty of modern conveniences (a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a high definition flat screen television, and a panini maker, to name a few) is clearly the recipe for a great getaway.
As for that quintessential New Englandness, it is in full swing at the annual Christmas Stroll Weekend. A part of Nantucket Noel, a month-long community celebration organized by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, the Stroll features carolers in Victorian Costume, bell ringers, student choirs, and even Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage, arriving via Coast Guard vessel, of course.
Visit http://www.nantucketislandresorts.com/ for more information.
November 23rd, 2009
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November 23rd, 2009
And the surveys say: Crystal Cruises is the favorite of readers worldwide! Not only an unprecedented 16th straight “best large ship line” from Travel + Leisure and a 14th straight “world’s best” from Conde Nast Traveler, but in the inaugural cruise survey by the esteemed Zagat’s readers, Crystal Cruises was their “favorite” among mid-sized ships. The ultra-luxury line was also the winner for Top Facilities and Top Activities.
See for yourself at www.crystalcruises.com.
November 20th, 2009
A quick kudos to all spas awarded honors in SpaFinder’s 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards, including the following spas that we are proud to work with. Congratulations! (more…)
November 20th, 2009
Online shopping is easy and great, but sometimes shipping fees can get you down. Suddenly that great $50 shirt you ordered online actually costs $57.95 – bummer. Fortunately, ESPA is offering free shipping this holiday season on all products purchased on their newly re-vamped website, www.espaonline.com. That Pink Hair and Scalp Mud you are dying to try costs $60 delivered right to your front door, no strings attached, no added costs!
ADDED BONUS: ESPA offers complimentary gift wrapping all year round – so check out all the great gift collections from ESPA here, and have everything wrapped and ship right to you.
November 16th, 2009
There’s nothing like a little retail therapy to brighten the gloom of these tough economic times. So, doctor’s orders, get glam and save big by booking the Tote-to-Toe at the Sales offering at the Metropolitan London and take advantage of the city’s bi-annual sales when some of London’s most popular retailers slash prices.
Guests will receive £50 in shopping vouchers for Selfridges. With top designer stores posted right at the Met’s doorstep, shopaholics can easily explore other London Town hot spots while strolling nearby Bond Street, Mayfair, Oxford Street, and Knightsbridge.
Post-shop-a-thon, one can always use a little pick-me-up, which is why the offering includes a complimentary COMO Shambhala Aromatherapy Gift Set, a bottle of chilled pink champagne, and a full night of beauty sleep in one of the King Park Guest Rooms (for two!)
Book from December 18, 2009 – January 10, 2010, and pay a reduced rate of about $435 (£259) per room, per night – a whopping 20 percent off the regular price.
Tote-to-Toe also includes:
- Metropolitan London tote bag
- Access to one of London’s best Concierges
- Priority reservation in NOBU
- Access to the famous members-only Met Bar
- Healthy breakfast for two
- Late check-out until 4 p.m.
- ‘Independent London’ guidebook by Moritz Steiger & Effie Fotak
- ‘VERYstyleguide for London’ and ‘VERYstylemap for London’ guidebooks
November 13th, 2009
The world is on sale. Well, parts of it, that is. Thanks to British Airways’ latest World Sale offer, globetrotters can now book flights throughout Europe and the Middle East for a recession-friendly price.
One-way airfare from New York to London is now only $229 – the perfect excuse to bunk up at Andaz Wall Street in New York (opening in January 2010) and then jet set to the Metropolitan London just in time for Afternoon De-Light tea at the Met Bar. How about D.C. to Paris for only $243? Slumber in a luxe Park Suite at Park Hyatt Washington and then hop a flight to Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme for a sumptuous dinner at Pur’.
The offer applies to travel through March 28 (excluding December 21 – 23). Make sure to book from November 11 – 19 or the normal fares will apply.
Travelers must also satisfy the following to qualify for the deal:
- Book at least 7 days prior to the departure days
- Fly in both directions on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday
- Stay over a Saturday night and stay no longer than 11 months
- No ticket cancellations
November 12th, 2009
Make a New Year’s resolution that’s easy to keep: achieve total health in mind, body, and spirit by booking an invigorating yoga retreat with COMO Hotels and Resorts.
Choose between the On Top of the World yoga and meditation retreat at Uma Paro in Bhutan, January 9 – 15, 2010, or Yoga in Balance at Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos, February 28 – March 6, 2010.
Meditate with top Australian yogi Judy Krupp as she returns for her third encore at Uma Paro. Or join Parrot Cay’s yoga specialist, Andrea Curry, and her sister, Christina, the COMO Shambhala Estate’s resident instructor, for a combined inspiring and nurturing approach to teaching at the Turks and Caicos resort. Guests of the retreats are encouraged to overcome physical and mental barriers to promote balance, energy, and relaxation.
Prices for Uma Paro start at $3,227 single occupancy and include the following:
- Six-nights of accommodation
- Up to 21 hours of yoga and meditation instruction
- Return airport transfers
- Daily breakfast and lunch (beverages not included)
- Two dinners – one welcome and one farewell (beverages not included)
- Cultural excursions to Bhutan’s oldest temple Kyichu Lhakhang, a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse, the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest), and Uma Paro’s majestic government and monastic center the Rinpung Dzong
Prices for Parrot Cay start at $6,617 single occupancy, $9,605 double occupancy and include the following:
- Six-nights of accommodation in a Garden Room
- Five days of yoga and meditation instruction
- Round-trip airport transfers (for commercially scheduled flights only)
- Daily American breakfast, lunch, and dinner (beverages not included)