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Ladera Resort in Soufrière, St. Lucia, reopened this season with a new wine cellar and tasting room—the first in a series of new additions to the resort in celebration of its 20th anniversary in 2012. The cellar features 1,000 different wines selected by Ladera’s new head sommelier, Karim Boulet, who trained at Michelin two-star restaurant Lasserre in Paris. He will host private pairing dinners in the adjacent tasting room for up to eight guests. Ladera also has begun taking reservations for its new luxury lodging, Paradise Ridge, which will officially open in January. [See & Read More]
Most people travel to Turks and Caicos to soak in the sun, but come November, the islands’ main draw will be their cuisine, when Grace Bay Club hosts the second annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival—a three-day immersion into Caribbean cuisine and culture. Held from November 1 to 3, the event will draw some of the world’s top chefs and winemakers to host dinners, cook-offs, and wine tastings alongside the islands’ best local chefs, beginning with a five-course welcome dinner prepared by Chef John DeLucie of the Lion and Crown restaurants in New York City and Chef Fritz Zwahlen of Amanresorts ($125 per person). [See & Read More]
The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas has recently completed a $40 million renovation of its Spa Tower accommodations (from about $160 to $700 per night). All of the tower’s 928 rooms and suites—including 12 penthouse suites, three 1,900-square-foot two-bedroom Bellagio Suites, and a Chairman and a Presidential Suite, 4,000-square-feet each—feature completely new decor and amenities, from the walls and furnishings to updated electronics. [See & Read More]
The 45-acre Rancho Valencia, a Relais & Châteaux property located 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego, has reopened this month after a massive renovation. The property refurbished 49 suites and its three-bedroom guest home, which has a private backyard and pool, along with the hotel’s bar, restaurant, ballroom, and more. In addition, Rancho Valencia has opened a new yoga pavilion within the property’s 2.5-acre spa center, which features five pools, 10 treatment rooms, two couple’s rooms, and private gardens. [See & Read More]
Situated in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico are these 8 villas designed by Mexican architectural firm CC Arquitectos. Ranging in size from 5,382 sq. ft up to 10,764 sq. ft, these monster villas are situated on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Designed to integrate with the topography of the surrounding area, the properties blend indoor and outdoor spaces seamlessly to provide a sense of outdoor living while still affording shelter from the elements. Central to the development is the integration of the existing vegetation, adding a lush element to the clean, modernist design. [See More]
The most recent addition to the luxury-branded rooms at the St. Regis Hotel New York, the five-star Manhattan location has announced a partnership with Bentley for a new 1,700-square-foot suite. Aptly dubbed the Bentley Suite, the space will feature the likes of a burled wood sleigh bed and black leather tile floors inspired by the British luxury automobile manufacturer. Additionally, guests will be provided complimentary access to a 2013 Bentley Mulsanne during the duration of their stay. Following in the footsteps of Tiffany and Dior-branded luxury suites at the Fifth Avenue hotel, the 15th-floor Bentley Suite will run $9,500 USD per night.
Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore has unveiled two one-bedroom suites that were designed to blend in with their natural surroundings—trees. Appropriately named the Tree Top Lofts, the two intimate properties, which opened in July, stand 23 and 40 feet above ground, overlooking Mount Faber to the north and the forests of Sentosa to the south. Each loft features natural timber wood throughout, and has a large living room and bedroom with sliding glass doors that open to wraparound terraces. [See & Read More]
Eden Roc at Cap Cana in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, has opened with nearly half of its 34 suites ready for guests, and the remaining suites will open in October in time for peak holiday season. Each suite (starting at $660 per night) has a private pool, gazebo, and views of the gardens and beach. The hotel has four restaurants, three pools, a spa, a golf course, tennis courts, and a private beach club. Activities include scuba diving, catamarans, sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, boat charters, fishing, hiking, exploring the rain forests, and horseback riding. [See More]
One effect of the economic recovery has been a growing number of new choices for private-jet buyers. However slow the pace of that recovery, many aircraft makers are optimistic enough to bring brand-new models into their pipelines, and Canadian manufacturer Bombardier appears to be among the most sanguine members of the industry. It plans to begin deliveries of the ultralong-range Global 7000 and 8000 jets as early as 2016 and the super midsize Learjet 85 in 2013. Most recently, Bombardier introduced a pair of new light jets, the Learjet 70 and 75, which it expects to begin delivering as early as the first half of next year. [Read More]
As summer hits its stride on the Maine coast, Inn by the Sea on Cape Elizabeth, just south of Portland, provides several reasons for guests to visit this alluring part of the Pine Tree State. Last month, the inn unveiled 10 beachfront suites: one bedroom (700 square feet) or two bedrooms (1,300 square feet) and with the option to open up two adjoining suites for a large gathering. Each suite has a balcony or porch overlooking the inn’s wildlife habitat and Crescent Beach, as well as gas fireplaces, oversize bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens, complete with lobster pots and claw crackers. [See & Read More]