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Aman’s medieval fantasy on the shores of Montenegro
Montenegro. Not the first place that comes to mind for a high-end getaway in the Mediterranean. But, with its uncluttered coastlines, timeless medieval architecture, and a population that’s less than half of that of Paris, the Balkan state is now a go-to destination for some off the radar luxury R&R.
While you’re there the Aman Sveti Stefan is where you want to be laying your bags. Tucked away on a remote island fort and carved from the remains of a 15th century fishing village, staying here is one of the best travel decisions you can make. In fact, we’ve even listed 5 great reasons to do so:
1.It’s one of the most isolated hotels in our collections.
Found off the coast of the Montenegrin capital, and off limits to all but guests of the Aman, the island of Sveti Stefan is one of the most exclusive hotel experiences in our collections. If you want to know what it’s like to have a hotel to yourself, this is the place. Which leads us to our next point…
2. With only 58 rooms and suites, the Aman is like having a private island.
More than a hotel, the Aman Sveti Stefan is a whole island of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways, terraces and miradors for you to stumble upon as you explore the island. In fact, there’s so much to see, that getting lost is a possibility.
3. One part of the Aman, the Villa Milocer, used to be the residence of Queen Marija Karadjordjevic.
The Villa Milocer is the crown jewel of the Aman Sveti Stefan. Open all year round, it’s easy to define this section of the hotel as completely different property. Once the summer home of Queen Marija Karadjordjevic, this intimate villa of only 8 suites offers guests breathtaking views over the Adriatic and manicured gardens.
4. The stone cottages on the island date back to the 15th century.
Thanks to the painstaking efforts for their preservation, and the relative isolation of Sveti Stefan, many of the island’s 15th century fisherman’s cottages live on as luxurious rooms for the world’s traveling elite. Despite their slight design overhaul, they still feel like authentic medieval abodes.
5. Despite it’s heritage, the Aman Sveti Stefan looks modern and sleek
Expect minimalist elegance in every room category of this hotel. If you’ve ever stayed at an Aman, you know what to expect from the Sveti Stefan. The smooth hand-carved woods, whitewashed brick walls ,and windows which open to views of the Adriatic all combine to prove one point: that in Aman’s world of luxury, less is more.
The Aman Sveti Stefan is without a doubt, one of the best luxury hotels in Greece. Perfect for anyone who wants isolation, luxury, and of course, an incredible feel of Mediterranean style living, this Aman is the place to be.
Booking this hotel through us grants you some incredible benefits reserved to Grand Luxury Hotels Members including:
Early Check in and late checkout
A complimentary “a la carte” lunch for up to two people
Book now and make the most of your trip to the Aman Sveti Stefan with our exclusive member benefits.
The Aman have a reputation for building hotels in the most exclusive locations in the world. But could a property perched atop the plains where Hercules completed his trials, and where Jason set sail on his quest for the Golden Fleece be their most exciting one yet?
When Aman owner, Adrian Zecha, and young real estate entrepreneur Miltos Kambourides decided to open the Aman’s first Greek property, they knew they had to get one thing right: the location.
An Aman isn’t an Aman unless it’s in an isolated corner of the world which makes you want to escape civilization forever.The Amanzoe, is no different.
Though the hotel’s first stone was set in 2010, it’s foundations run a thousand years deep within the Mediterranean beauty, and rich history of the Peloponnese region.
Jason and the Golden Fleece, the 12 trials of Hercules and the Trojan Wars are just some of the Greek legends which originate from the Peloponnese. For Zecha and Kambourides, the region’s natural beauty and rich history made it the obvious choice when it came to finding a site for their hotel.
As with most Amans, there’s a bit of travelling to do before you actually get there. But don’t worry, every minute of the trip is worth it.
As you drive through the countryside, across long stretches of coastal road, fields of cypress and lavender and sleepy traditional villages, it’s easy to see why this region served as a muse for the poets of ancient Greece. And even if you have no plan to pen an epic during your stay, it’s impossible to come here and not feel inspired.
Style and atmosphere
Is it possible for a building to be zen? Designed by award winning architect Ed Tuttle as a modern day acropolis, the Amanzoe exudes a sense of spirituality from the simplicity and elegance of the design. “Declutter the space and declutter the mind” seems to be the M.O. of the Aman hotels, and none do it better than the Amanzoe.
Amanzoe – Pool Area – The very definition of tranquility.
Amanzoe – Dining experience at the Colloseum – The most scenic spot for a romantic dinner in Greece.
With only 49 pavillons and villas, it’s easy to stay at the Amanzoe and fool yourself into thinking it’s all about you.
Though the hotel attracts some of the biggest names in politics and showbusiness, this is not the place to see and be seen and it’s entirely possible to not run into another guest for the duration of your stay. With rooms like these, it’s no wonder.
With a selection of pavilions, villas and beach cabanas to choose, there’s an enclave of peace somewhere in the Amanzoe for you to escape to.
Amanzoe – Pavilion Bathroom – When it comes to luxury, the Amanzoe is in a league of its own.
Incredible views of the Aegan sea, a 6 meter long pool and 2260 square feet of space make the Amanzoe’s Pavilion one of the best hotel rooms you will find in Greece. The hotel’s Deluxe Pool Pavilion offers an impressive 12 meter pool to relax in and enjoy sweeping views of the valley and Aegan.
Amanzoe – Pavilion Terrace – Even the gods couldn’t ask for more. Incredible views of the Peloponnese landscape are yours to enjoy from the terrace of your Pavilion.
Amanzoe – Pavilion interior- The Amanzoe’s contemporary rooms designs are among the best in the Aman portfolio .
Beach side Cabanas
Found opposite the sparkling waters of the Aegan sea, the Amanzoe’s Beach Cabanas offer all the creature comforts of their Pavilions, but with the added comfort of a private garden and a 9.5 meter swimming pool.
Amanzoe – 5 Bedroom Villa Terrace – Enjoy a 20m heated pool, five ensuite bedrooms including a master bedroom and two dedicated staff members to dote on you.
Along with success, hedge funds and fast cars, one of the main motivators for being rich ought to be a stay in one of the Amanzoe’s Villas.
Overlooking the breathtaking vistas of the Peloponnese landscape, these generously sized villas come in one or six bedroom versions and offer dedicated staff to ensure your stay is as comfortable as you wish.
Amanzoe – The Amanzoe’s 1 Bedroom Villa features an immersive art installation by James Turrell and a 22 meter heated pool.
The Amanzoe is without a doubt, one of the best luxury hotels in Greece. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful couple’s retreat, or a quiet place to reconnect with family and friends, this luxury enclave in the Peloponnese is more than able to provide.
Booking this hotel through us grants you some incredible benefits reserved to Grand Luxury Hotels Members including:
Early Check in and late checkout
A complimentary “a la carte” lunch for up to two people
Book now and make the most of your trip to the Amanzoe with our exclusive member benefits.
It’s time to chase away those winter blues. Spring is nearly here, and if you’re planning a trip away from the cold, these hotel re openings are the best places to escape to.
5 reasons to stay at Le Sirenuse, Positano, Amalfi Coast
1. The Views: The hotel’s setting – on a cliff side overlooking the Amalfi coast, and adjacent to Positano’s characteristic colorful homes – grants you postcard perfect views every time you look out the window.
2. The looks: It’s a family owned hotel with character. They’ve resisted the urge for swooping overhauls with designer credentials. Instead, Le Sirenuse looks and feels like a private home.
3. The Franco’s Bar: The hotel’s brand new watering hole, Franco’s Bar, is exactly what Positano needed. Ideal for people watching, stellar views of the ocean, and of course, finely crafted cocktails.
4. The Amalfi Coast: The fishing village of Positano is one of the most photogenic spots on the Amalfi Coast.
5. Michelin Star Restaurant La Sponda, the hotel’s Michelin star restaurant, is one of the best on the coast. In the evenings the restaurant is lit by 400 candles creating a surreal atmosphere where you can enjoy the dishes of Chef Gennaro Russo
Amanzoe, Porto Helo, Greece
1 Ed Tuttle Designs: Imagined by Ed Tuttle, one of America’s best architects, the Amanzoe looks like a modern day acropolis overlooking the Peloponnese’s breathtaking landscape. The Amanzoe has one of the most exciting designs in the Aman portfolio. And, with the amazing hotels they’ve got, that’s no small feat.
2. The views Immortalized in the legends of Hercules, the Trojan wars, and Jason and the Golden Fleece, few landscapes are as influential in world history as the Peloponnese. The Villas of the Amanzoe offer uninterrupted views over this breathtaking landscape and the waters of the Mediterranean ocean.
3. The Spa: As with all Aman’s, the spa is a superlative experience that’s not to be missed. Inspired by the holistic healing of Hippocrates, the treatments at the Amanzoe’s spa combine diet, gymnastics, exercise and massage to get you on the path to a better you.
4. Food and Drink: Focused on providing organic produce sourced from local farmers, every meal at the Amanzoe is an explosion of taste on a plate. The Pelopennese’s fertile soils and free roaming animals offer some of the best ingredients this side of Europe and the Amanzoe’s Chefs, masters of their craft, coax out their flavors with precision and skill.
5. The 1 Bedroom Villa: Possibly the best romantic getaway in Greece, the Amanzoe’s 1 bedroom Villa impresses with a master bedroom, 22 metre private pool, a private kitchen, extensive shaded terraces with sweeping views of the landscape, and a living room. For a unique touch, the villa is home to an immersive art installation by James Turell.
5 reasons to stay at The Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat a Four Seasons Hotel
1. It’s timeless: It’s no coincidence that the Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat, a Four Seasons Hotel, has been around for over a century. Families will love the amount of outdoor space available and the Club Dauphin – home to one of the most beautiful infinity pools in the world – is where the kids of Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham, and Paul McCartney, learned to swim.
2. Rooms: Designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon and with gorgeous views of the French Riviera stretched out before them, the rooms at the Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat a Four Seasons hotel are a feast for the senses. Designer Pierre-Yves Rochon’s choice of an all-white color palette make them a refreshing place to return to after a few hours in the pool, or after a day spent in the French Riviera’s towns.
3. Le Cap Restaurant : Run by Michelin Star Chef Didier Aniès, Le Cap’s menu is dictated by the seasons, and whatever quality ingredient finds its way on the Chef’s chopping board. Pair your selection of meats, seafood, and fish with a grand cru bottle from the hotel’s extensive list, and pick a table on the terrace under the Aleppo trees, and we guarantee you’ll be in culinary heaven.
4. The Villa Santo Sospir: Dine in a work of art by French artist Jean Cocteau. Held in the Villa Santo Sospir, formerly owned by the socialite Francine Weisweiller, this is a unique dining experience punctuated by the visual and culinary arts. After an art tour led by Weisweiller’s former caretaker enjoy freshly prepared meals by the Michelin Star Chef Yoric Tièche on the Villa’s Mediterranean view terrace.
5. La Véranda restaurant: La Véranda’s setting is as delicious as what comes from its kitchens. With a hundred-year-old Aleppo pine tree towering over it, and the gorgeous Mediterranean ocean as a backdrop; it’s hard to find a more picturesque setting for an alfresco dinner.
How do you reconcile your nature-loving hippy side with your luxury lifestyle? By staying at the Ventana Big Sur, of course.
For many, Big Sur’s long rugged coastlines, acres of towering redwoods, and winding mountain ranges make it one of the most beautiful landscapes in America. And the Ventana, puts you right at the heart of it.
Ventana Big Sur – Rustic and modern designs
Reasons to book
The rustic and contemporary designs look right at home in the Big Sur landscape.
The hotel looks incredible, but the views of the Big Sur from your window are even more so.
Heading out is as good as staying in thanks to hiking trails, beaches mountain bike tracks and horse riding within reach.
It offers one of the best “Glamping” experiences in America
Big Sur – long stretches of coast and thick forests make Big Sur a joy for the nature lover, and explorer.
Big Sur – Barely populated and home to the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the USA, once you enter Big Sur, you’re in another world.
Rustic and contemporary, the rooms at the Ventana Big Sur fit right into the gorgeous landscape which they call home. The hotel itself is built from weathered cedar, and every element of the interiors is hewn from natural materials including stone, leather and wood.
Pacific Suite– Airy, spacious and home to a hot tub overlooking the ocean, the Pacific House Suite seems built with romance in mind.
Ventana Big Sur – The Coast House– Spanning 1,300 square feet and equipped with living room, kitchen, dining area and outdoor deck and wood-burning fireplace, the Ventana Big Sur’s Coast House, is more “holiday home on the coast” than hotel room.
With only 59 rooms and suites and the immensity of the Big Sur all around, the Ventana is an intimate and secluded hotel experience where you go to resource, recharge and feel at one with nature. Room sizes span from the generous ,(414 square feet) to the gargantuan (1300 square feet) and come with private decks from which to soak in breathtaking vistas without moderation. Many come with fire-places, and the suites offer deep soaking tubs and deck-side hammocks that are perfect to retreat to after a day of exploration.
Ventana Big Sur – Ventana Villa – Hotel room or a luxurious home on the edge of the wilds? It’s hard to tell the difference with the Ventana Villa’s two storey guest house.
Ventana Big Sur – Vista Hot Tub Suite – Overlooking meadows and redwood forests, the Vita Hot Tub Suite delivers some of the best views available in the hotel. Ideal for some peaceful reflection, it also comes with a hot tub, wood burning fire-place and outdoor seating area.
The Ventana Big Sur’s rooms and suites are anything but traditional. But the hotel has one trick up its sleeve that shakes up the status quo: Glamping. Surrounded by towering redwoods and the sounds of nature, the Ventana’s safari-style tents are one of the best luxury camping facilities in America.
The hotel’s glamping sites let you experience the soul soothing pleasure of nature while enjoying the premium services of a world- class resort.
Ventana Big Sur – Glamping Tents– Could this be one best couples experience money can buy?
The Ventana’s glamping tents take all the sting out of camping without losing the essence of it: the outdoors. For your glamping experience, the hotel puts heated blankets, instant hot and cold potable water, and a Bath House with teak-enclosed showers and heated floors at your disposal to enjoy the great outdoors in complete toe-curling comfort.
Ventana Big Sur – Spa Alila – An enclave of peaceful bliss within the hotel
The Ventana Big Sur seems tailor-made for nature lovers and spa aficionados. Due to its location at the confluence of mountain and sea, Big Sur offers a wealth of activities to enjoy such as biking and hiking trails, horseback riding, and kite surfing and diving. But, if you want to make the most of the site’s curative properties and recharge, the Ventana’s Spa Alila offers holistic therapies to have you feeling like a new you in no time.
Enjoy a wealth of exclusive benefits by booking a stay at the Ventana Big Sur through us. All Grand Luxury Hotels members are assigned a dedicated personal assistant to help organize their travels. Our Connoisseur members are awarded the following benefits at the Ventana Big Sur
Complimentary continental breakfast for two daily
Early check-in and late check-out upon availability
100 USD credit
For these benefits and other exclusive perks, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team, and we’ll make sure your experience at the Ventana Big Sur is nothing less than exceptional.
With tourism in China expected to grow within the coming years, we take a look at the five-star hotels which will house the growing number of luxury travelers set to visit the country. Part two of our best hotels in Beijing post looks at three hotels, from our collection that are among the best the city, has to offer and are designed to cater to only the most discerning of travelers. For part one, click right here.
Aman at Summer Palace
“Designed with royalty in mind, the Aman at Summer Palace impresses with its proximity to a UNESCO heritage site, and understated luxury looks .”
Reasons to book
A location that’s only a few steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace and within short distance of the Great Wall, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.
The minimalist designs of the pavillons do a good job of looking from another era. Some pavillons used as guest houses for the Dowager Empress Cixi are left intact.
The service. If you’ve ever stayed at an Aman, you’ll know exactly what you’re in for. If you haven’t, don’t wait to indulge.
The underground spa is nothing short of incredible. With whirlpool tubs, a 25-meter pool fitness and pilates center squash courts, beauty salons, lounges and a 37 seater cinema.
Like in every Aman, there’s an inimitable sense of serenity about the place which you can’t help but love.
What makes it unique
There’s unique and there’s the Aman at Summer Palace. The only Beijing based hotel in our collections with ties to the Chinese Imperial family, and a location adjacent to a UNESCO heritage site, the Aman is truly one-of-a-kind.
Once the guesthouse of the Emperor Dowager Cixi, the Aman was used to house foreign dignitaries and royalty on their way to visit the Summer Palace and a private backdoor – accessible only to the Aman’s guests – grants access to the gardens on the palace. A staple in all Aman hotels, the Aman at Summer Palace’s spa manages to transcend the quality of what you’ve come to expect from this upmarket chain by offering a subterranean parlor of pleasure filled with everything from an indoor pool to a 37 seat cinema.
The Chinese Restaurant
The Pavilion Dining Room
Once the guesthouse of the Empress Dowager Cixi, the rooms of the Aman at Summer Palace wear their historical lineage on their sleeve. A subtle mix of traditional Chinese architecture and the understated contemporary designs the Aman is known for, the rooms here are truly fit for royalty.
Best Hotels in Beijing – Main Suite
Best Hotels in Beijing – Courtyard Suite Main Bedroom
Deluxe Suite Bathroom
China World Summit Wing
“Towering heights and the pinnacle of luxury are what you’ll find in this exceptional hotel.”
Reasons to book:
Located on the upper floors of the highest building in Beijing, the views here are unbeatable.
It’s only minutes from the CBD and just opposite the China World Mall.
Generously sized standard rooms are among the largest you’ll find in Beijing. The suites are gargantuan.
The hotel’s understated designs are perfect (tailor-made) for its more business – centric crowd.
The Grill 79 restaurant makes some incredible steaks.
What Makes it Unique
It’s not every day you get to stay in one of the highest hotels in the world. Towering 330 meters over the streets of Beijing, the China World Summit Wing obviously has incredible views to impress. But, towering vistas aside, the hotel’s up-market brand of luxury is what really impresses here. Tailor- made for the business crowd, the hotel looks like the right place to strike an important deal or to impress clients. Its location at the heart of the CBD makes getting to your meetings a cinch and shoppers will delight at the fact that the China World Mall, is literally opposite.
Best Hotels in Beijing – China World Summit Wing – Dining Room
Best Hotels in Beijing – China World Summit Wing – Dining Room
Best Hotels in Beijing – China World Summit Wing – restaurant
Once you’re done marveling at the view, it’s the China World Summit Wing’s rooms that’ll get your pulse racing. They’re enormous, with standard rooms coming in at an impressive 55 sqm and its Presidential Suite an impressive 296 sqm. All come with massive floor to ceiling windows to soak in those breathtaking city-skyline views, and for some, the Forbidden City.
Premier Suite Room
Presidential Suite Living Room
China World Summit Wing – Best Hotels in Beijing – Premier Suite Living Room
The Peninsula Beijing
Reasons to book:
A prime location in Wangfuijing puts you within minutes of shopping and cultural landmarks.
The Peninsula Academy Program’s list of curated activities is a great introduction to local culture.
There’s a handpicked selection of paintings and photographs from the director of the moCA Beijing to enjoy.
The Peninsula Arcade offers an exceptional shopping experience right within the hotel itself.
It’s an all suite hotel with exceptional accommodations on offer.
What Makes it Special
It’s hard not to fall for the Peninsula Beijing’s charms. Following a recent multi million pound renovation, this legendary Grande Dame has never looked so good with a brand new indoor swimming pool and state of the art gym for you to enjoy.
The Peninsula Beijing – Exterior
Best Hotels in Beijing – Lobby
Best Hotels in Beijing – The Peninsula Beijing Jing Restaurant
The Best Hotels in Beijing – The Peninsula Beijing Spa Lobby
Located right in the heart of the Wangfuijing district, the hotel puts you within minutes of Tienanmen Square, the Forbidden City and some of Beijing’s best high-end shopping. Not that you have to go far. One of the country’s leading shopping destinations, the Peninsula Arcade, is found within the hotel and stocks prestigious brands such as Bottega Veneta, A. Testoni and Bulgari.
2018 is an exciting year to travel. Oh, what are we saying, travel is always exciting, and if you’re wondering where to get your passport stamped for the new year, here are five of the most exciting travel destinations for 2018.
Morocco – Marrakesh
Luxury travelers are no stranger to Morocco. Hotels like La Mamounia or the larger than life Royal Mansour, have always attracted the world’s luminaries and their fascination is justified. Morocco impresses with a wealth of activities and that’s true whether you’re staying in 100 dollar a night hotels, or haggling your way through the souks and living off a backpack. In 2018, the opening of the Louis Vuitton Museum . One of the on of museums dedicated to the life and work on what is arguably one of the world’s most influential designers, Marrakesh, is set to become even more of a cultural hotspot than ever.
Dublin – Ireland
Broaden your horizons on your next trip to Europe with a visit to Dublin. Sure, Paris, Venice and London are always great choices, but if you’re after a lesser explored historical city that’s easy to navigate on foot and filled with friendly people by the square mile, Dublin, is the place to be.
Whether you’re a history buff or avid nature lover there’s a lot to do. The city is abound with painstakingly preserved castles, cathedrals and of course, historical pubs where some of the world’s greatest poets worked on their craft. Once you step outside of the city, one of Europe’s most dramatic landscapes with rolling green hills, lakes historical ruins, and thick forests to fuel the soul. For a central location in the city, the Merrion is your hotel of choice. If you want to be out in the beautiful countryside, the Ashford Castle in Cong county, is the place to be.
Sevilla – Spain
There’s a lot of reasons to visit Seville in 2018. For one, there’s its timeless architecture and rich culture, which offers anything from all out festive atmospheres to the sombre religious festivals like the Semana Santa.
Visually it’s a one of the most beautiful Spanish cities, its Moorish buildings exotic and fantastical that they were chosen for the setting of the Game of Thrones television series. And, Beautiful as they are on screen, they’re much more impressive in person.
In 2018 the 400 year anniversary of local Baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, provides an extra incentive to visit with numerous expositions planned throughout the year. Green travel proponents will also love the city for its heavy reliance on bicycles and trams to get around.
Buenos Aires – Argentina
Whether you’re after a taste of the great outdoors, or incredible local cuisine, Argentina has it all. The breathtaking landscape of the Tierra del Fuego national park is a mere 40 minute drive from the city, and Gaucho country – excellent for horse riding and various “asados” – is only an hour away. Even if you don’t feel like leaving the city, Buenos Aires’ Barrios are worlds onto themselves filled with terrace restaurants serving prime steak cuts, and places to enjoy the most impassioned dance in the world, Tango.
Tallin – Estonia
It’s not everyday – or year for that matter – that a country celebrates a century of independence, so if you want to partake in the euphoria, head to Estonia.
All year round, the country will be celebrating its independence with a number of events held throughout the country’s towns and cities.
“Estonia 100: A Party in Every Village” is a year round event where every community in Estonia will have the opportunity to showcase their culture to the world before passing the baton to the next town or village. Other events include the Tallinn Music Week, Jazzkaar (an innovative jazz music festival) and the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival among others. Definitely one of the best travel destinations for 2018.
Heading to New York and wonder what some of the best eats are? No problem, we’ve got you covered. We’ve listed some of the best hotel restaurants in NYC for you to enjoy. For even more alternatives – including non-hotel restaurants – our app is packed with gems for you to unearth, but for now, here’s our top seven picks.
Locanda Verde – Greenwich Hotel
Where is it? : At the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca : 379 Greenwich St., New York, NY10013 at N.Moore St.
What’s on the menu?: Italian
Who’s cooking? : Andrew Carmellini and Pastry Chef Deborah Racicot
The Dress Code is?: Casual. As their website says, “come as you are”.
You must try: My Grandmother’s Ravioli or the Lamb Sandwich
What’s it like?: Upmarket but relaxed atmosphere. Celebrity spotting is known to happen but all fussiness is checked at the door.
If you’re after one of the best hotel restaurants NYC has to offer, the Greenwich hotel’s Locanda Verde ought to be high on your hit-list.
Chef Andrew Carmellini cooks tasty Italian fare that shies away from fads and is so heart-warming that a three – course meal will do more wonders than a session at your therapist.
The steaming bowls of pasta are all made in house, the garlic roasted chicken and sheep’s milk ricotta is to die for, and the Italian wine list is well researched, especially if you favor white wine. And don’t worry, the bill, just like the food, will put a smile on your face.
The NoMad Restaurant – The NoMad Hotel
Where is it? At the NoMad hotel in Soho: 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
What’s on the menu? Contemporary American cuisine
Who’s cooking?: Daniel Humm
The dress code is?: Casual, but more on the dressy side.
You must try: The Chicken for Two
What’s it like? Busy and fun, but don’t come here expecting a quiet tête-à-tête
The NoMad is home to what is without doubt, one of the best hotel restaurants in NYC and is worth a visit whether you’re booked in or not.
Run by Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara – formerly from the three Michelin Star Eleven Madison Park – the duo ditched the more up-market atmosphere of the Eleven for an “up-town meets down town” vibe at the NoMad bar and restaurant and it works.
Though it’s hard to see how, the Rolling Stones apparently served as an inspiration for the restaurant’s philosophy and design. If that’s the case, it’s no doubt pooling from Keith Richard’s tasty guitar licks more than the band’s alcohol fueled antics; the service is friendly and efficient, the crowd sophisticated, and the food – such as the Chicken for Two stuffed with black truffles and brioche – earned it a Michelin Star in 2017.
What’s on the menu? Modern American Cuisine with Asian influences
Who’s cooking? Chef Cyril Renaud
The dress code is? For men,shirts and slacks seem to be the norm, and dinner jackets too. Ladies will want to wear dresses. That being said, there is no set dress code.
You must try:
The Asiate is the best hotel restaurant in NYC you’ve never heard of. We don’t know whether to bemoan the relative lack of attention from New York’s foodies or love it for the fact that it’s one of the city’s hidden gems but one thing is for sure, the food is good. Very good.
Other than the food, the restaurant has some of the best views you’ll find in New York. For some that’s problem, a possible distraction from the dishes but once you take a bite of Chef Cyril Renaud fare, it’s as attention grabbing as what’s on the outside.
What’s on the menu? Tasty cocktails and meals that err more on the decadent gastronomic side than pub food.
Who’s cooking? Grant Achatz
The dress code is: No set dress code but casual chic is a safe bet.
You must try: The Mussel Hotpot
What’s it like? Exclusive and sophisticated.
Yes, that’s two restaurants that you’ll find at the Mandarin Oriental, and yes calling a six month old eat one of the best in New York is a tad hasty. Then again, we’re willing to bet that The Office NYC will be one of the city’s best. Imagined as a speakeasy style bar by Chef Grant Achatz and entrepreneur Nick Kokonas, the focus here is more on the drinks, but once you settle down for its Mussel Hotpot, it’s clear that The Office has serious foodie credentials too.
The Mark Restaurant by Jean- Georges – The Mark Hotel
You must try: The Mark Cheeseburger with black truffle dressing and brie.
What’s it like? An upmarket neighborhood restaurant on Madison Avenue with a relatively relaxed atmosphere.
It might not have the Michelin Stars of its sister over in Central Park, but the Mark Restaurant by Jean- Georges is one of the best hotel restaurants NYC has to offer. The menu isn’t as lofty as some of Jean-Georges’ other restaurants with burgers, croque monsieurs and pizzas making their way on the menu, but as up-class neighborhood eats on Madison Avenue go, the Mark Restaurant is right up there.
You must try: The Lobster Club from the Weekend Market Brunch menu.
What’s it like? Comfortable and relaxed setting which looks like a well appointed New York apartment.
There’s been a change of Chef earlier this year at the Clement. But, for fans of the restaurant’s philosophy – seasonal menus dictated by the produce at the Greenmarket Union Square – sitting down for a meal by new Chef Frederic Robert is like taking a dip in warm familiar waters. There are some tasty twists though, such as the sea weed crab vanilla salad zaatar crusted lamb with yogurt tahini and eggplants that are well worth a try.
What’s it like? Ultra hip and upmarket. The place for power lunches and to see and be seen.
Wolfgang Puck needs no introduction. With numerous restaurants around the world and America, the celebrity Chef’s name is synonymous with fine cuisine. Not exporting his franchise to New York was a glaring omission, now remedied with the excellent CUT at the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown.
There was a time that a trip to Beijing was a mixed bag for travelers.
For years, the city was the reserve of businessmen eager to capitalize on the country’s booming potential. When tourists warily made their way back into China after the Cultural Revolution, it was mostly considered an eccentrics’ destination. The culture was too foreign, the communist era buildings weren’t exactly wanderlust material, and its notoriously authoritarian government system was an affront to the ideology and sensibilities of the West.
50 years on, things have changed drastically.
Beijing is now one of the fastest developing urban centers in the world and a walk through its dusty hutongs and streets reveals the signs of a country in transition.
Alongside traditional medicine stores and barber shops offering $2 shaves, are bars serving craft beers, avant- garde design studios, and art galleries filled with works that could one day, add to the multi million dollar figures Chinese art fetches on the international market.
This “gentrification” of sorts, a direct response the rise of the country’s growing “nouveau-riches” and influx of expatriates, has transformed Beijing into a destination of choice for the luxury travel enthusiast.
With tourism in China expected to grow within the coming years, we take a look at the five-star hotels which will house the growing army of luxury travelers set to visit the country. These three hotels, all from our collection, are among the best the city has to offer and are designed to cater to only the most discerning of travelers.
The Rosewood Beijing
With it’s sleek contemporary designs, rich collection of local artwork, and deference to tradition, the Rosewood Beijing is modern China made manifest.”
Reasons to book
The hotel has one of the largest private collections of Contemporary Chinese art for you to contemplate.
The rooms are shining examples of how traditional Chinese aesthetics are perfectly suited to contemporary design.
A prime location in Chaoyang makes the Rosewood a great hotel choice whether you’re in town for work or play.
The six dining and bar options spoil you for choice and they’re all excellent.
There’s an indoor pool. Other than the excellent spa, it’s one of the best ways to unwind after a busy day.
What makes it unique
Few hotels symbolize China’s cultural change quite like the Rosewood Beijing.
The hotel is at the heart of the Chaoyang district, an area known for its embassies and financial institutions, but also for being a booming hub of Beijing’s art scene as symbolized by the nearby 798 Art Zone, a complex of 50-year-old decommissioned military factories now home to Beijing’s avant garde artistic community.
Despite the industrialized atmosphere of the 798, it’s one of the most gentrified areas in the city, and as such, it’s impossible not to draw comparisons, at least in philosophy and spirit, with the brand new Rosewood Beijing.
As part of their quest for a “Sense of Place” in their hotels, the Rosewood group, in collaboration with the Peking Art Associates consultancy firm, hand picked a selection of Beijing based artists skilled in combining traditional materials and techniques to help create the hotel’s personality. The result, is a unique look which establishes the Rosewood as one of the best hotels in Beijing.
The Whisky Bar: A Gentleman’s club-style area that stocks some of the rarer whisky’s in Beijing
The Rosewood Beijing’s stunning lobby with soaring Shan Shui styled mountainscapes .
A must for one of the best hotels in Beijing, the Rosewood’s flagship restaurant, the Red Bowl, offers an exceptional visual and culinary experience .
Location and things to do
Controversial but undeniably unique, Rem Koolhaas’s CCTV tower building can be seen from most of the Rosewood Beijing’s rooms .
Located in Chaoyang, the Rosewood Beijing imposes itself as the ideal hub for the saavy business traveler but, pigeonholing the hotel as such sells it short. The Rosewood’s location makes it ideal for anybody eager for a taste of Beijing’s new-wave of high-end-shopping malls and restaurants.
The China World Mall – a 15-minute drive from the hotel – stocks international brands such as Fendi, Louis Vuitton, as well as China’s best fashion houses. But, if you’re after something more traditional and don’t mind flexing your haggling muscle, the nearby Panjiayuan Market is the place to go. Once you wade through a sea ok knock-offs there are some genuine gems to be unearthed (such as authentic Cultural Revolution propaganda posters) if you’re up for the hunt. For business travelers, you’ll be happy to know that the Rosewood is a mere 10 minute drive away from the CBD.
The Rosewood Beijing’s Deluxe Room
Generously sized and with floor to ceiling windows offering views of Rem Koolhaas’s CCTV Tower and Beijing’s skyline, the Rosewood offers what you’d expect from one of the best luxury hotels in Beijing and then some. God is in the details here, with elegant touches such as a China Tea Book on a tea caddy and numerous Chinese objects d’arts.
Fans of the Rosewood London’s sleek monochrome colors will feel right at home at the Rosewood Beijing. It’s not exactly a cut and paste job, but the DNA for the chain’s more modern hotels is evident here. Other than the looks, one of the main reasons to book the Rosewood Beijing’s rooms is their size. The Rosewood Beijing has some of the largest rooms in the city.
Elegance is in the details. The Rosewood Beijing’s bathrooms are carved from marble and stocked with Lorenzo Villoresi bathroom amenities.
Located on floors 7 to 23, the Manor Suites offer sweeping views over the CCTV tower and Beijing skyline .
The Rosewood is, without a doubt, one of the best hotels in Beijing. But it’s more than that. Thanks to its unique artistic vision and sophisticated designs, this luxury hotel is an ambassador for modern Beijing. Through its curated selection of artworks, it serves as a crossroad between China’s history, and its promising future, a place where Chinese tradition is expertly layered onto the hotel’s contemporary style, and carried into the future for the pleasure of locals and international travelers.
The Opposite House
“Razor sharp designs freed from clutter, and a sense of timeless elegance, give the Opposite House the emotional impact and poetry of a well crafted Haiku.”
Reasons to book
The Opposite House does away with regular hotel conventions. If you’re after something different for your next hotel stay, this is it.
The elegant designs are unique in China.
It’s location at the heart of Sanlitun, Beijing’s most gentrified area, is minutes away from some of the best high-end shopping and restaurants the city has to offer.
The Sureno restaurant, and the MEI bar, found within the hotel, are magnets for well-to-do locals and expats and are THE places to see and be seen.
Comfortable and spacious, the rooms at the Opposite House instantly soothe the mind and are exactly what you need after a full day in Beijing.
Even from the outside, the Opposite House looks radically different from any other hotel in Beijing.
What makes it unique
One of the greatest luxuries at the Opposite House, is not necessarily what you’ll find within but instead, what has been left out.
Of all the hotels on this list, the Opposite House is the true master of minimalism and understated luxury . No fussiness and no over the top design, nothing distracts from the sense of zen and openness created by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. In a city notorious for its pollution and crowds, that’s an absolute blessing.
Kuma’s hotel design debut, the Opposite House amazes with its ability to feel like… well, anything but a hotel.
There’s no reception desk or any other hotel trope. Instead, young and attractive staff dressed in black handle your check-in procedures. The rooms, are dubbed “studios” to allow the creativity of their residents to flourish, and the crowd, – Chinese pop stars, well-to-do hipsters and young Western business moguls,- are as colorful and offbeat as the hotel they call home.
Airy, grandiose, luxurious and with an attention to detail that is close to faultless ( a rarity in Beijing) the Opposite House is an alternate universe, markedly different from the hubbub of Sanlitun, and what a beautiful one it is at that.
Spacious and with something of a 70’s vibe, once you step into the Opposite House’s lobby, you can check the hubbub of Beijing at the door.
The Sureno restaurant, one of Sanlitun’s most in demand eats.
The Opposite House finds itself in expat-centric Sanlitun. The district’s nightlife is notorious for being the best Beijing has to offer, and if you’re not in the mood to party till you drop, you can always shop or dine till you do so.
Sanlitun North Village, is just across the street from the hotel and a bonafide threat to your credit card with brands like Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Versace and Comme des Garçons among others. For dining you’re spoiled for choice with many great Chinese and non-chinese restaurants to choose, including, the renowned Duck de Chine which is a mere 10 minute walk from the hotel. As for the partying, whether it’s chilled out rooftop lounges or some of the largest nightclubs in Beijing, Sanlitun has it all.
For the business crowd, the hotel’s Downtown location makes it a cinch to get to the CBD. However, the traffic is notoriously heavy so plan ahead.
Keep fit and blow some steam in the hotel’s fitness center and indoor pool.
Coming off from the streets of Sanlitun, every one of the Opposite House’s rooms feel like pods of comfort connected to nature.
Natural wood is the dominant color here, with only the splashes of white of the furniture, 400 thread count bed linen and granite walls interrupting the sea of oak. It’s so otherworldly that it even manages to make a simple television screen seem out of place.
The hotel’s entry level room category, Studio 45, is spacious by Beijing standards and the saavy bared bones design and wealth of natural light make it look twice its size. The Studio 70 offers sweeping views of Sanlitun through its massive floor to ceiling windows and the Studio 115, offers a private balcony and a personal Jacuzzi to enjoy at your whim. The Penthouse, the hotel’s flagship suite, is a stunner spanning two storeys and with a private terrace and pool.
It’s only been two months since the Rosewood Phuket opened its doors, and some starry eyed guests are already calling it the best hotel in Thailand. Is it too early to make that claim? Perhaps, but with all the attention the hotel has been getting, the Rosewood is clearly doing something right.
If you’re planning a trip to Thailand and would like to try a fresh piece of uncharted luxury territory, we’ve got seven great reasons to book the Rosewood Phuket.
1. It’s close to one of the best beaches in Thailand.
The Rosewood Phuket: Emerald Bay.
The Rosewood group have a knack for finding those postcard perfect spots to build their hotels and the Rosewood Phuket is no different.
Located within a short walking distance from Emerald Beach (also known as Tri Trang beach) staying here gives you easy access to the best sunbathing spot in Phuket, and one of few remaining secluded beaches in Thailand. That being said, if you want to mingle with locals and experience some of the vibrant nightlife on offer, the coastal town of Patong is a 20 minute drive away and Phuket’s Old Town is close by too. Metered taxis are available outside the hotel lobby to help you get about.
2.It’s a Suite and Villa only hotel and they all come with private plunge pools.
Rosewood Phuket: The Ocean House
No tropical hotel resort would be complete without a plunge pool and the Rosewood Phuket duly obliges by equipping all of its suites and villas with one. Whether it’s the entry level Pavilion Suite or the massive Beach house you decide to book, you can always enjoy the pleasure of cooling off in the pool whenever you feel the need.
3. It’s designed with nature in mind.
The Rosewood Phuket: Ocean View Suite: Bathroom
The Rosewood Phuket’s connection with nature runs deep. It’s built from the ground up to be environmentally friendly (more on that later) and its design merges seamlessly with Phuket’s jungle and coastline landscape.
“The fundamental experience is that of being at one with this incredible environment of tropical jungle, hilltop views and stunning coastline” says Andrew Turner, the Rosewood Phuket’s Managing Director, and that’s exactly what they’ve managed to do. Each room’s large outdoor areas, plunge pools and massive windows put you at one with Phuket’s breathtaking landscape.
4. It’s one of Thailand’s most environmentally friendly and self-sustainable hotels.
Rosewood Phuket: Poolisde
The Rosewood Phuket is nestled within 43 acres (17 hectares) of gorgeous coastline, forest and wetlands and is built with their preservation in mind. Nearly 100 percent of its water is obtained through sustainable methods such as rainwater collection and many of the indigenous foliage on site, including 150 year old Banyan trees, are left intact. Anything that had to go, was relocated to other sites. The Rosewood’s extensive use of windows in private and public places and the fact that 30 percent of building rooftops are covered in gardens reduces the use of artificial light and air conditioning.
When you absolutely need to flick a switch, power comes courtesy of the largest solar panel installed in a Phuket hotel capable of producing 113,000 KWH of green electricity per year.
5. The Rosewood activity list is one of the best around.
The Rosewood Phuket: Sailing in Phang Nga Bay
Once again, the Rosewood’s activity list is a winner. Whether you’re after an all-out wow factor or a deep cultural experience, the Rosewood Phuket is able to provide. Activities include island hopping helicopter tours, deep dives in the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, a quiet afternoon of sailing in Phang Nga Bay or guided tours of cultural landmarks.
6. The Asaya Wellness Center, is heaven under a roof.
The Rosewood Phuket: The Asaya Wellness Centre
For those of you who have always wanted a wellness experience that goes deeper than what your average hotel spa offers, the Asaya, is what you’ve been waiting for. If you’re willing to try it, you can expect one of the most personalized wellness programs ever devised by a hotel.
Found in a fragrant garden filled with herbs and local foliage and framed by Phuket’s lush jungles, the quintessential Thai landscape is the perfect environment for a unique wellness concept centered around self-acceptance and self discovery.
With the help of resident practitioner Steve Harvey (formerly from the Six Senses Zighy Bay and with Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lopez and Bruce Willis on his list of former clients) you’ll be able to learn the benefits of an energized life via programs which teach mindful eating, ideal balance, meditation and yoga, inner peace and healthy sleep.
7. The four restaurants are among the best you’ll find in South West of Phuket
The Rosewood Phuket: Ta Khai Restaurant
Though still new, it’s clear that in terms of fine dining options, design and menu, the Rosewood Phuket’s restaurants are set to reign supreme in Emerald Bay.
For a menu dictated by the catch of the day and a design reminiscent of a rustic Thai village, the Ta Khai restaurant is where you want to be. For an even more laid-back and rustic vibe, head to The Shack, where an open kitchen equipped with a hot stone oven and charcoal grill pumps out some of the best seafood in the Indian Ocean.
Idyllic vistas of Emerald Bay and flavorsome Italian food, are yours to enjoy at the Red Sauce restaurant, while the MAI, is the poolside bar you go to shoot the breeze with other guests and enjoy cocktails to the sounds of chill-out music.
There you have it, seven reasons to book the Rosewood Phuket, though of course, the hotel has plenty more in store. That being said, if you’re still trying to decide whether it’s the right hotel for you, our exclusive Grand Luxury Hotel member perks should help you to make up your mind. Book the Rosewood Phuket through us, and benefit from incredible benefits such as your very own travel assistant to help you organize your trip, room upgrades, a VIP welcome, and more. It’s the best way to travel.
The Peninsula New York has something special in store for you this New Year’s eve at its Salon de Ning rooftop bar.
Perched 23 storeys above the lights and glamour of Fifth Avenue, share a toast to 2018 at the hotel’s Rooftop New Year’s Eve Gala, a glamorous event which sees the Salon de Ning transformed into a chic sky-lit penthouse. To achieve this, both of the bar’s rooftop terraces will be enclosed under see-through marquees to house a vibrant evening of live music and dancing.
Guests of the event will be treated to a red carpet arrival and complimentary Champagne before being ushered in to one of New York’s best and most eccentric New Year’s eve parties.
Exclusively for the event, the Salon de Ning’s West Terrace will be transformed into a downtown lounge where French duo Jul & Co will perform their eclectic set of DJing and multi-instrumental skills to usher in 2018 with cheer.
On the Salon’s East Terrace, tap your feet to the tunes of the Chip Shop Boys, the UK’s best rock and pop cover band while the two full-service bars and dining stations provide food and drink to revelers throughout the evening. In the Salon de Ning’s interior lounge sushi, tequila and Champagne bars along with a dazzling assortment of performers are at hand to entertain guests.
At the stroke of midnight, a live video feed of the Times Square’s iconic ball drop will be screened before the serious partying starts and goes on until the early hours of the morning.
Do not miss this unique event and say goodbye to 2017 in glamor and style. If you’d like more information on the Peninsula New York’s New Year event, please get in touch with us, and we’ll be more than happy to fill you in on the details.