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
Huntington Hotel Nob Hill | San Francisco, United States | Perched atop one of the city’s highest hills since 1924, this elegant establishment upholds a long tradition of gracious hospitality. Only a few blocks away from Union Square and very close to Lombard Street, Chinatown and Fishermans Wharf, on California Street. On our latest and recent visit to San Francisco, we decided to stay at this hotel, which came highly recommended by acquaintances of ours. Member of the SLH and Preferred Hotels family.
We stayed at a spacious, comfortable quaint one bedroom Suite, with lovely views overlooking California Street, Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park and the San Francisco Bay to the front and Taylor Street to the side. I didn’t have time to try the Spa, but I did use the Fitness Center, which was basic. Something to mention, wether you stay at the hotel or not, is the BIG 4 Restaurant and Bar. named after the nation’s four most famous railroad tycoons of the nineteenth century – C.P. Huntington, Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford and Mark Hopkins. Appointed with lead-glass mirrors and forest-green banquettes, the Big 4 Restaurant instantly transports guests to another era of San Francisco dining, featuring an impressive collection of original artifacts, historical photographs and memorabilia from California’s unique history.
If you choose to book the Huntington Hotel Nob Hill through me, I can offer you the following extra complimentary VIP Amenities: Full American Breakfast for two Daily in The Big Four, also available through Room Service + One Way Private Sedan transfer from the hotel to the San Francisco Airport for up to two Guest + Welcome Tea or Coffee Service sent to room on Arrival. The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of booking: Upgrade. The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: Early Check-In, 12:00 Noon + Late Check-Out, 4:00 PM. Because you are worth it !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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NIRA Caledonia Luxury Boutique Hotel | Edinburgh, Scotland | NIRA Caledonia was my first hotel stay while in Edinburgh, and it was the best introduction I could have had to this lovely charming town. No tartan. No stuffed deer heads. No prints of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Nira Caledonia, this boutique hotel blends Bohemian chic with contemporary comfort. Located just minutes away from Prince Street and the main attractions, at Gloucester Place, it allows you to experience the best Edinburgh has to offer only a stroll away to retrieve to the tranquility surrounded by cobbled streets and neo-classical elegance. Continue reading NIRA Caledonia Luxury Boutique Hotel
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa | Paradise Valley, United States | Update from my last stay OCT 2013.!!!! if you dine at Elements, know that the kitchen closes at 9PM (yes does not make much sense but it is what it is) Elements is a FAB restaurant. You MUST ask for table #41. I think that one of the best views from the rooms is from Room # 229. Now carry on reading my previous post. Enjoy. !!!
The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain along with the Four Seasons Scottsdale, where both my favorite stays during my week exploring Scottsdale and Phoenix in Arizona. I felt that both properties offer exactly what I envisioned my experience would be, away from the urban areas, surrounded by the iconic Arizona desert. Perched on Camelback Mountain in an exhilarating blend of serenity and vitality. One of the most coveted retreats in Paradise Valley, Sanctuary a AAA Four Diamond Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. With trend-setting architecture, copious modern luxuries, and culinary delights, our boutique resort will draw you back, time and time again.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain enjoys a legendary history filled with Hollywood celebrities and international tennis stars. The story begins in the early 1950s when the unique mountainside property was bought by a group of prominent investors including Hollywood stars John Ireland, Joanne Dru and Sydney Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin’s son.
I was hosted at one of their Spa Suites, one of the largest Scottsdale suites, offers 1200 sq. ft. of vibrant décor and contemporary amenities, including a lava rock fireplace and a wet bar in the spacious living area. These Scottsdale suites feature an airy patio that surrounds the living room and bedroom. Large walk-in closets and a vessel sink enhance the spacious bathrooms, which include a separate shower and vanity, two sinks, and an outdoor soaking tub. My suite was the Topaz Suite, since all are named after a gemstone.
One of the highlights of my stay at the Sanctuary, was dinner at Elements overlooking the sunset over Paradise Valley. You can read my post here. But the breakfast the following morning was as equally spectacular or even more beautiful, this time overlooking the dawn.
I am sure you will agree looking at the photos I did while enjoying a healthy breakfast. Either if you are staying at the Sanctuary or not, Elements by Food Network celebrity and Executive Chef Beau MacMillan is a must.
One of my favorites was to spend the afternoon laying at their infinity-edge pool overlooking Camelback Mountain, the palm trees and breathtaking views over Paradise Valley. FYI their pool is open 24 hours, so feel free to jump at any time.
Unfortunately timing did not allow me to experience their Spa, which features a menu of Asian–inspired services in twelve indoor & outdoor treatment rooms, so I wont be commenting on that. But I did have time to enjoy their state-of-the-art fitness facilities, including Pilates, meditation, Yoga, fitness & nutrition consultations by certified instructors and Personal Trainers. Arizona is very popular among professional athletes for its year round fantastic weather, and the Sanctuary is one of the favorite spots for those coming out of state. If you enjoy swimming, there is a special program at their outdoors lap pool taught by Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman. Recognized as the Paradise Valley Racquet Club throughout the 1950’s and renamed John Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch in 1965, our property continues a legacy of championship courts and professional coaches.
The hotel was undergoing some renovations and expansions during my visit, a multi-million dollar renovation that will yield an exciting new experience this Fall.
Situated 8 miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and 5 minutes from downtown Scottsdale. Sanctuary is conveniently located for Arizona travel, while still offering a serene hideaway to guests. In terms of location, Sanctuary has a true advantage over the Four Seasons Scottsdale, for those in Arizona for business, but still looking to unwind after office. Literary and Oasis in the desert. When booking by CarlosMeliaBlog.com you will get the following extra amenities: Continental Breakfast for two Daily. Also available with Room Service + One 30 Minutes Spa Treatment or 50% off 60 Minutes Treatment, per Room, Once During Stay + Subject to availability at time of reservation Upgrade on Mountain Vista Casitas and Spa Casitas. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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The Siam Hotel Bangkok almost ready to open | Bangkok, Thailand | The soon to be open The Siam Hotel Bangkok is almost finished and ready to welcome their first guests in less than 63 days. Yesterday Jason Friedman – General Manager, welcomed me and a selected group of the LGBT Press and Travel Professionals to show us this stunning hotel which will change the concept of luxury and hospitality in Bangkok. Rooms will range from USD 400 on. The Siam Hotel is the first hotel in Asia to be signed by Virtuoso previous opening, mostly due to Friedman’s successful career as a hotelier and administration of previous leading properties, such as the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. Continue reading The Siam Hotel Bangkok almost ready to open