Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown | New York, United States | Last Sunday, I left Manhattan for a relaxing one-night-getaway in full style, only 30 minutes. My castle for a night at Tarrytown, in Westchester, Hudson Valley. Yes you read right, there are castles in New York, where you can explore and stay at. A world-class destination for relaxing and romantic getaways with superb cuisine. Member of the Historic Hotels of America and the Small Luxury Hotels Collection. The castle was taken over three years ago by the Japanese group Sankara. Continue reading Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown
Royal Palms Resort & Spa | Phoenix, Arizona | So yesterday after approximately a four hours flight from New York City, I arrived to Phoenix, in Arizona, where I will be staying till next Saturday, invited by Visit Phoenix. My first stop was to spend a full afternoon at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, where I had lunch and took a nice spa treatment, perfect to relax after my flight. The hotel is located on a few minutes away from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (only 7 miles), over Camelback Road. Set amidst lush courtyards and blooming gardens, our 119 beautifully appointed casitas, hotel rooms, and villas surround as an oasis for guests seeking tranquility and solitude. The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is one of two Phoenix, Arizona hotels that is a proud member of the Historic Hotels of America National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Entering the mansion through mahogany and iron double doors, the atmosphere is that of a lavish private residence. I met with the Director of Sales, and she defined the style of the hotel in just two words, Mission Style, which I thought it was the perfect definition for this property. Enchanting stone walkways curve throughout the property, fragrant citrus groves and exotic foliage, with a mix of Mediterranean, Spanish, Tuscan feel, with central tiny squares, pale terra cotta palette, fountains surrounding room, casitas and suites.
Originally built in 1929 as a summer retreat for Cunard Steamship executive and financier Delos Cooke, the resort underwent a multimillion dollar restoration, re-opening in the summer of 1997.
I was hosted for the day at one of their four Montavista Suites, steps away from the main central pool, and the Alavadora Spa. I took this suite as a day-use to freshen up from my flight, and take my spa treatments. I cannot say much more other than showing you this video, since I always like to speak by experience, and the truth is that I only was there for a few hours. The four Montavista Suites overlook the lush courtyard and offer breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain from the patio or balcony. These one-bedroom corner suites stand at 800 square feet and feature a master bedroom with a king-size bed and a separate living room with a writing desk and pull-out sleeper sofa. The master bathroom offers a large deep soaking bathtub and separate walk-in shower.
Royal Palms Resort and Spa features 119 beautifully decorated guest rooms, casitas and villas set among the lush landscaping of the historic property. Built in classic estate style, all rooms are appointed with plush Desert Dream pillow-top mattresses, flat-screen televisions and hand selected European furnishings.
I enjoyed a brief lunch indoors at the Cervantes Bistro, which had a very succinct menu, and not the most charming space to be fully honest, but food was quite good. The hotel is undergoing reconstruction of their main restaurant, which will be announced and opening doors with a full new concept and style, next September.
Alvadora Spa, is a small basic quaint spa which provides an array of services that indulge the senses. Discover signature treatments including the Royal Body Polish, Orange Blossom Body Buff, Citrus Grove Facial and more. Acqua Dolce, our signature Villa for two, provides several water therapies including a Watsu pool for special in-water massages. I was treated to a 50 minutes massage which was quite relaxing. There is also a full-service Fitness Centre, 24-hour workout facility featuring Cybex training equipment.
Set in the Valley of the Sun, the resort is located in the beautiful Phoenix-Scottsdale resort community, with the majestic Camelback Mountain providing a striking visual backdrop. The resort managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, has received over the years, multiple awards and accolades, like #01 Resort in Phoenix by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2012, and Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s 2013. The average age of their clientele is 40+, and the number of nights people stay is in between a week during high season and 3 days during low season, a great way to combine Phoenix, and a visit to the Red Canyon.
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