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Romantic Getaways: Fall in Love Around the World with Red Carnation Hotels

February 9, 2017

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.– The Red Carnation Hotel Collection offers the perfect romantic rendezvous for lovers around the world. Rekindle passion in London, discover the true meaning of romance in Dorset, create unforgettable memories in Guernsey or Geneva. Florida’s tropical Palm Beach is ideal for a beachside escape, while South Africa’s stunning scenery boasts a multitude of indulgent activities.

Every Red Carnation hotel sets the scene for tender romance – rose petals and candles, Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, delectable dining and exquisite turndown surprises – each capturing a unique Valentine’s Day experience.

  • London, UK: Hotel ‘41’ overlooks the Royal Mews and grounds of the Buckingham Palace – A Night under the Stars
  • Dorset, UK: Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is located within the glorious countryside in the picturesque village of Evershot – Valentine’s Hideaway
  • Guernsey, The Channel Islands: The Old Government House Hotel and Spa is in the heart of St. Peter Port sitting proudly just up the hill from the main shopping street and a five-minute walk from the picturesque quayside  – A Valentine’s Break
  • Geneva, Switzerland: Hotel d’Angleterre has unrivalled views of Lake Geneva’s Jet d’Eau – Romantic City Escape
  • Palm Beach, Florida: The Chesterfield Palm Beach is located in the heart of Palm Beach, just two blocks away from the world famous Worth Avenue and moments from the beaches – Sweetheart Package
  • Cape Town, South Africa: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is situated above the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by the majestic Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range – The Perfect Proposal

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection has additional luxurious packages to ensure your Valentine’s Day getaway is one to remember.

Red Carnation Hotels are a collection of family-run, award-winning boutique hotels in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA.

Each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition; from the recently restored Ashford Castle in Ireland, to the Milestone, a historic mansion hotel in the heart of London, to the truly iconic Oyster Box in South Africa – our hotels are unique and characterful with a personal approach to hospitality.

With a peerless reputation for exquisite fine dining, leading spas and sumptuous surroundings, we pride ourselves on delivering warm, thoughtful and highly personalized service.

For more information about The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, visit www.redcarnation.com.

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Romantic Getaways: Iconic Santorini Boutique ‘Cave’ Hideaway Offers Early Booking Discounts

February 9, 2017
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Iconic Santorini is a multi-level hideaway carved into traditional caves on the volcanic cliffs, perched 1,000 feet above the sparkling blue bay of the caldera.

(Santorini, Greece) If sitting in the sun, gazing at a sweeping view of the Aegean Sea or bathing in your own plunge pool while sipping a glass of local Greek wine, is your ideal for a romantic getaway, you might plot a stay at the Iconic Santorini and taking advantage of early booking discounts for vacations between April 28 and June 18.

Iconic Santorini is an extraordinary multi-level hideaway carved into traditional caves on the volcanic cliffs, perched 1,000 feet above the sparkling blue bay of the caldera.  Its 19 residences and rooftop decks feature balconies and terraces so that guests can dine, relax, cool off and cast off the cares of the everyday life enveloped by awesome panoramic views.

The serene retreat has been voted “Greece’s Leading Boutique Hotel” at the World Travel Awards 3 years in a row.

The individually designed suites, re-imagined from traditional Santorini homes and craft shops, reflect the island’s famous white-vaulted style and colorful fabrics, adapted for today’s demanding travelers.  Guests live the authentic Greek experience while still enjoying luxury amenities like individual air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions with international channels, private routers for hi-speed Wi-Fi, JBL sound systems and sumptuous 4-layer COCO-MAT bedding.

In addition, discerning travelers, honeymooners and lovers rave about Iconic’s serene fitness and massage suite with its own grotto pool, the outdoor swimming pool with a jetted seating area and the hotel’s modern take on a traditional taverna serving Greek cuisine of the highest quality.

Regular double rates at “Greece’s Leading Boutique Hotel” include breakfast, mineral water, roundtrip airport transfers and complimentary high-speed Internet access begin at $621 a night .  For details of the specific Early Booking Offers for each individual suite, email info@iconicsantorini.com and include booking code ICO-10.

Special Romance Packages that include sightseeing, Moet & Chandon Champagne, dinners and other extras at great value-added rates are available at

www.iconicsantorini.com/iconic-santorini-romance-packages

Visit www.iconicsantorini.com  for full details of each residence with photographs.

 

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Kennebunkport Resort Collection Rings in the New Year With 20% Savings

December 31, 2016
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Once a tea merchant’s mansion, the Kennebunkport Inn has been a renowned landmark hotel in the heart of Dock Square since 1899.

The upscale and luxury boutique hotels of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection (KRC) are ringing in the New Year with special savings on room rates at all eight boutique properties. During KRC’s New Year’s Day sale on January 1, 2017, hotel rates will be discounted 20.17% off with the promotion code NY2017.

Discount is valid for stays throughout the 2017 season, based on availability. For more information and reservations, visit www.kennebunkportresortcollection.com. Offer must be booked online by 11:59pm EST on 1/1/2017. Certain restrictions, minimum stay requirements and blackout dates may apply.

Travelers can save on stays at any of the following properties for an idyllic Maine getaway:

  • Hidden Pond Resort: Reminiscent of summer camp, Hidden Pond is a secluded 60-acre resort with 16 two-bedroom cottages, 20 bungalow cottages, a Tree Spa (treatment rooms are literally eight feet off the ground, nestled among the birch trees), an on-site 800-square foot organic Farm, two pools (one for families, one adult only) and the onsite farm-to-fork restaurant, Earth.
  • The Tides Beach Club: Sister property The Tides Beach Club is located just a mile down the road from Hidden Pond on Goose Rocks Beach – the only boutique hotel in southern Maine right on the beach. A gut-renovation of a 100-year old Victorian inn, this stylish hotel has brought ‘seaside chic’ to Kennebunkport with 21 luxurious rooms, two suites featuring Jonathan Adler designs, and a vibrant bar and restaurant serving contemporary New England food.
  • The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel: Located on a prime waterfront site on the har­bor side of the Kennebunk River, just steps from Dock Square in central Kennebunkport, The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel features 25 nautically inspired guest rooms and a 200-seat restaurant, David’s KPT, overseen by celebrated Portland chef and restaurateur David Turin. With panoramic windows, private balconies, an expansive outdoor deck, and Kennebunkport’s only raw bar, The Boathouse is the newest waterside social scene in Kennebunk­port.
  • Cape Arundel Inn & Resort: The Cape Arundel Inn & Resort is made up of two distinct settings – the Cape Arundel Inn, located on exclusive Ocean Avenue with 14 unique guest rooms, seven with private balco­nies, and panoramic windows overlooking the crashing surf of the Atlantic, and the Old Fort Estate, set on 15 wooded acres in a secluded cluster of vintage Kennebunkport summer estates. Both locations are in walking distance of each other and share a variety of amenities for guests, including a pool, club house featuring a vintage pool table, and Ocean, a French-inspired restaurant helmed by Pierre Gignac.
  • The Lodge on the Cove: With a vibrant mix of vintage, classic and contemporary furnishings, bold patterns, and an upbeat color palette, The Lodge on the Cove has a welcoming, playful vibe that invites families to enjoy its cove-side location. The Lodge on the Cove is a completely refurbished classic motor lodge with 30 rooms, many of which are adjoining and all with semi-private decks, a large outdoor pool, and a social tiki bar and restaurant called The Dory.
  • The Kennebunkport Inn: It offers 35 casually sophisticated hotel lodging accommodations, vibrant social spaces and an acclaimed restaurant, One Dock, which serves classic steakhouse fare and a creative small plates menu.
  • The Cottages at Cabot Cove: The Cottages at Cabot Cove features 16 unique cottages with distinctive personalities located on an idyllic cove fed by the Kennebunk River and the sea beyond. Whimsically intimate, each of the petite cottages was decorated by a different local Maine interior designer and features a small patio amid lush landscaping. Guests enjoy breakfast delivery to their cottage each morning, kayaking in the cove, and strolling into nearby Kennebunkport.
  • The Grand Hotel: The Grand, a commanding new structure set atop Chase Hill that marries classic New England shingle-style architecture with low-key Southern Maine ambience, is thoughtfully designed with generous windows and a wide array of both private balconies and public decks. Its 17 guest rooms offer a front row seat to sweeping views of the Kennebunk River and downtown Kennebunkport. On the ground floor, the hotel features Gallery at the Grand, a contemporary, light-filled space in which Art Collector Maine highlights works from local Maine artists.

The Kennebunkport Resort Collection comprises a diverse portfolio of luxury and upscale properties, including Hidden Pond, one of the finest luxury boutique hotels in the Northeast;  The Tides Beach Club, Southern Maine’s only beachfront luxury boutique hotel; the Kennebunkport Inn, centrally located in downtown Kennebunkport; Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, a grand, oceanfront summer estate in nearby Cape Arundel; The Cottages at Cabot Cove, featuring individually designed luxury cottages; sister property The Lodge on the Cove, a family-oriented boutique resort; the Grand Hotel, located on Chase Hill in Kennebunk; and The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, a social locale situated harbor side on the Kennebunk River.  KRC also owns and manages restaurants and catering venues in the area. Information on all KRC hotels and resorts can be found at www.kennebunkportresortcollection.com or follow @kennebunkportmaine on Instagram.

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San Diego’s Westgate Hotel Puts on ‘Return to Versailles Palace’ Masquerade for New Year’s Eve (Costumes Encouraged)

December 14, 2016

(San Diego, CA)– San Diego’s very own Parisian palace, The Westgate Hotel, invites guests to ring in the New Year by stepping back into the 18th century for an alluring evening of timeless decadence with a Masquerade Night in Versailles. A five-course dinner, elegant masked ball, Moët & Chandon Champagne toasts, and luxurious guest rooms to sleep in late on New Year’s Day are all part of the experience.

Upon arrival, guests will make their way up the Westgate’s grand staircase to be whisked away from the modern age and transported to a haven of French aristocratic elegance. The Versailles Court will begin check-in at 7 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. guests will indulge in French crafted libations such as Champagne, French 75 and Side Cars. Following the reception, at 8:30 p.m., guests will sit down to a lavish five-course Parisian Royale Dinner prepared by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel, accompanied by flutes of Moët & Chandon, France’s very own 18th century Champagne creation; live music from a quintet combining French standard, contemporary, jazz and more; dancing; and masked opulence. Masked revelers can dance the night away to welcome 2017 with a champagne toast.

“We are beyond excited to be throwing the most elegant and memorable New Year’s event San Diego has seen,” said Richard Cox, General Manager at The Westgate Hotel. “A masquerade ball set in Versailles couldn’t be done anywhere but here. Guests will truly get the sense of 18th century France as it was, and ring in 2017 in a very special way.”

It is the perfect occasion to transform yourself into a French Royale, King, or Queen – someone Marie Antoinette herself couldn’t resist. Costumes and masks are encouraged. The cost to attend is $259 per person. Tax and gratuity are additional.

Overnight accommodations are available for guests interested in extending the party to New Year’s Day. Luxurious guestroom and amenity options include:

  • Le Versailles: One night stay in a premier room, five-course wine pairing dinner for two for $850.
  • Marie Antoinette: One night stay in a premier room, five-course wine pairing dinner for two, brunch for two, Versailles snack delivered at midnight and in-room party favors for $1,055.
  • Forever Your King: Overnight stay in the Presidential Suite or Governor Suite, five-course wine pairing dinner for two, macaroons and a bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne for $3,500.

Following the night’s merriment, the Westgate will welcome 2017 with a New Year’s Day Brunch in Le Fontainebleau Room on January 1. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. guests will enjoy a special menu priced at $69 per person.

Toom prices include gratuity and valet parking with room tax additional. Rooms can be booked at www.westgatehotel.com.

Tickets to The Westgate’s Masquerade Night in Versailles are limited and early reservations are encouraged. For reservations, call 619.238.1818.

The AAA Four Diamond-rated Westgate Hotel is an iconic property in the heart of downtown San Diego designed to rival the mythical palaces of Europe. From its 223 elegantly appointed guest rooms to the contemporary cuisine of the award-winning Westgate Room, guests truly experience a memorable difference while enjoying European décor, attentive service, exquisite cuisine and artistic cocktails.

The Westgate Hotel is part of the Grand America Hotels & Resorts collection which features Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho (twice selected by readers of SKI magazine as the nation’s top ski facility), Snowbasin Ski Resort, just outside Salt Lake City (site of the 2002 Olympic Downhill and Super G Races), The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City (a AAA Five Diamond rated hotel) and Little America Hotel properties in Arizona and Wyoming.

 

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Crescent Hotels’ 3 Properties on Metrorail Silver Line Are Ideal for Attending Presidential Inauguration, Million Woman March on DC

December 14, 2016
Attending the Presidential Inauguration or the Million Woman March in Washington DC? Look for hotels and lodgings located along DC’s metro system. Plan on taking a 4 am rail, dress in layers for the cold and bring water and snacks © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Attending the Presidential Inauguration or the Million Woman March in Washington DC? Look for hotels and lodgings located along DC’s metro system. Plan on taking a 4 am rail, dress in layers for the cold and bring water and snacks © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

WASHINGTON, DC – The Silver Line Metrorail expansion, connecting Northern Virginia to the nation’s capital, is making Crescent Hotels & Resorts’ three hotels on the line ideal venues for people attending the Presidential Inauguration as well as the Million Woman March, and other high-profile events in Washington DC.

“In the last two weeks, our phones have started to ring off the hook,” said Linda Westgate General Manager of the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, located two blocks from the Spring Hill Silver Line stop, one of the management company’s 14 properties in the Washington DC/Baltimore area and one of the three properties located on the expanded Silver Line.

Westgate credits the growing interest in the hotel to not only the location to Metrorail, but the nearby Tysons Corner Center, the region’s largest shopping complex, hosting over 300 specialty and department stores. The hotel is offering an inauguration package of $329 per night (plus tax) which includes Metrorail passes for two as well as complimentary parking and WIFI. This package is bookable online.

Reston, Virginia, one stop from the Spring Hill station, offers a town center atmosphere with countless dining and shopping options. Don Anderson, Complex General Manager of the Westin Reston Heights and the adjacent Sheraton Reston Hotel, also credits Silver Line for the increased interest in Reston hotels.

“This will be first presidential inauguration where guests will be able to take a complimentary hotel shuttle not only to Dulles International Airport but also Metrorail, connecting them to the city for all key events,” said Anderson, whose hotels offer complimentary shuttle to both Metrorail and the airport. Both hotels are offering Metrorail passes in their inauguration packages and are bookable online, as well as guest room only options.

For Westin Reston Heights: rates starting at $195, click here. For Sheraton Reston Hotel: rates starting at $165, click here. Rates are based on minimum length of stay.

Tim Bowes, Vice President of Crescent Hotels & Resorts, said, “The options for lodging have really opened up for this presidential inauguration. The key really is to be close to Metrorail.”  He also sites new hotels as another option, provided they are close to a rail station. Two hotels that have opened since the last inauguration include the Cambria hotel & suites Rockville located in Rockville Town Center and the Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol, one mile north of the US Capitol Building. Both hotels are two blocks from a Metrorail stop located on the Red Line, one of the system’s main arteries.

Here’s another tip: be prepared to head out by about 4 am in the morning because the lines and security take hours. Dress warmly, in layers, and take some drinking water and snacks.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts operates over 100 hotels and resorts in 27 states in the US and 5 provinces in Canada. Crescent is one of the few management companies approved to operate upper-upscale and luxury hotels under the brands of Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Hyatt and IHG. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent hotels and resorts. Crescent’s clients are made up of hotel REITs, private equity firms and major developers. For more information, visit www.chrco.com.

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Kennebunkport Resort Collection Offers ‘Stay & Play’ Packages in Coastal Maine

March 22, 2016

KENNEBUNKPORT, ME– Lighter crowds and moderate temperatures gives travelers a jump on the joys of summer during the late spring months in the coastal New England town of Kennebunkport. With the opening on May 6 of the seasonal hotels in the Kennebunkport Resort Collection (KRC), a new “Stay & Play” package paves the way for visitors to tailor their fun with resort credits of up to $50 per night for use towards dining, outdoor pursuits, spa and more.

Starting May 1 (or May 6 at select seasonal properties) through June 23, the “Stay & Play” package is available for one, two, or three night visits and includes resort credits up to $50 per night.  Guests can choose from any of the following eight boutique properties:

  • Hidden Pond, a 60-acre luxury resort reminiscent of summer camp with starting rates of $309 per night and $50 per night KRC Resort Credit;
  • The Tides Beach Club, the only boutique hotel in southern Maine located right on the beach with rates starting at $159 per night and a $35 per night KRC Resort Credit;
  • Cape Arundel Inn & Resort featuring oceanfront views and sitting on the desirable Ocean Avenue, rates start at $149 per night and feature a $35 per day KRC Resort Credit;
  • Kennebunkport Inn, a local landmark and casually hip hotel in Dock Square with rates starting at $129 per night and $25 per night KRC Resort Credit;
  • The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, located on a prime waterfront site on the harbor side of the Kennebunk River with rates starting at $129 per night and $25 per night KRC Resort Credit;
  • Grand Hotel, just a short stroll from the center of town with rates starting at $119 per night with a $25 per night KRC Resort Credit (available midweek only);
  • The Lodge on the Cove, an original motor lodge completely refurbished with a playful, “retro chic” vibe with starting rates at $99 per night and a $25 per night KRC Resort Credit;
  • The Cottages at Cabot Cove features 16 unique cottages with distinctive personalities located on an idyllic cove fed by the Kennebunk River and the sea beyond. Rates start at $179 per night and include a $25 per night KRC Resort Credit.

KRC Resort Credits can be used towards amenities and activities on property such as signature French 75 cocktails at One Dock Prime, hotel stay enhancements including wine, cheese plates, milk and cookies, and kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals, as well as at any of the KRC restaurants, gift shops and Tree Spa at Hidden Pond.  To book the “Stay & Play” package, visit the individual property websites, www.kennebunkportresortcollection.com, or call (800) 573-7186.  (Package is subject to availability, black-out dates and minimum stay restrictions may apply.)

While in Kennebunkport, travelers can bike around town or on the back roads to view the first signs of summer, shop the many boutiques and galleries of Dock Square and lower Kennebunk, and dine at some of the hottest restaurants in Kennebunkport including Ocean at the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, One Dock Prime at the Kennebunkport Inn, Hidden Pond’s “farm to fork” restaurant Earth, among others.

Comprising a diverse portfolio of luxury and upscale properties, the Kennebunkport Resort Collection (KRC) includes Hidden Pond, one of the finest luxury boutique hotels in the Northeast;  The Tides Beach Club, Southern Maine’s only beachfront luxury boutique hotel; the Kennebunkport Inn, centrally located in downtown Kennebunkport; Cape Arundel Inn & Resort, a grand, oceanfront summer estate in nearby Cape Arundel; The Cottages at Cabot Cove, featuring individually designed luxury cottages; sister property The Lodge on the Cove, a family-oriented boutique resort; the Grand Hotel, located on Chase Hill in Kennebunk; and The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, a social locale situated harbor side on the Kennebunk River.  KRC also owns and manages restaurants and catering venues in the area.

For more information on the KRC portfolio of hotels and restaurants, visit www.kennebunkportresortcollection.com or follow @kennebunkportmaine on Instagram.

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Marriott’s Millennial Lifestyle Brand, Moxy Hotels, to Open 5 Hotels Across Europe

March 10, 2016

Marriott International plans to open an additional five Moxy Hotels in key European cities in 2016, including Munich, Eschborn and Berlin in Germany, Oslo in Norway and Aberdeen in the UK. The five properties will strengthen Moxy Hotels’ ongoing expansion plans since its successful debut of Moxy Milan, Italy in September 2014.

In addition to the five European openings, there will be two new openings in the United States in Tempe, Arizona in March 2016 and New Orleans, Louisiana in April 2016.  The brand expects to offer a portfolio of nearly 150 hotels around the world within the next ten years.

“This is an exciting and pivotal moment for the Moxy brand as we move into the second phase of development with five new hotel openings this year and nine more expected in 2017,” Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International, Europe, said. “In 2014, Moxy Milan hit the market with a bang, as the first budget-savvy hotel brand to shake up the industry with a fun, stylish, and unexpected hospitality experience.  We are so pleased to be able to offer this game-changing experience to more travelers in more major cities.  This is just the beginning of a sensational journey for Moxy in Europe.”

In partnership with Vastint Hospitality as the owner and developer and franchise partner, Nordic Hospitality, the following Moxy hotels are expected to open by year-end 2016:

  1. Moxy Munich Airport, Germany – 252 rooms – located five minutes from the main terminal – March 2016
  2. Moxy Eschborn,Germany – 176 rooms – located 10 minutes from downtown Frankfurt and 15 minutes from Frankfurt Airport – July 2016
  3. Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof,Germany – 210 rooms – located in Berlin city centre five minutes walk from Ostbahnhof train station – October 2016
  4. Moxy Oslo Exporama, Norway – 276 rooms – located at the Exporama exhibition and conference centre – November 2016
  5. Moxy Aberdeen Airport, UK –  200 rooms – located seven minutes from the main terminal – December 2016

Today’s Millennial traveller appreciates the idea of hospitality over service: they want to be welcomed, and to help themselves. Knowing that this audience views self-service as the best service, Moxy has created a new way of travelling, which is smaller in concentration, not a reduction. Thoughtful touches permeate the Moxy experience, providing Next Gen guests with everything they want and nothing they don’t.  Moxy’s inviting lobbies are crafted to be highly social spaces with a high-energy lounge, 24/7 self-service grab and go, ample plug-ins for personal devices, free and furiously-fast Wi-Fi, and the Moxy Digital Guestbook for streaming videos and pictures via Instagram. Each hotel is also equipped with a library and plug-in zones that invite a quiet read or a brief web browse. Guestrooms will offer keyless entry, screen casting and motion-sensor lighting. The design aesthetic will embody the ethos of the brand and the personality of the local areas. The brand’s photo booth elevators encourage and enable guests to snap fun selfies with locally-inspired props.

As part of Marriott International’s Luxury + Lifestyle portfolio of brands, which includes Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, BVLGARI, JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels – totalling 550 properties worldwide – Moxy boldly reinvents the select service hotel experience to fully embrace today’s Millennial traveller. Moxy is spirited – always buzzing with high energy, interesting people and an energetic crew.  Its stylish contemporary design and vibrant lobby spaces aims to surprise budget-conscious travelers with a thoughtful, spirited and fun guest experience.

Moxy Hotels is Marriott International’s new millennial-focused brand that debuted in September 2014 with the opening of the Moxy Milan. A boutique-hotel concept for the budget-savvy traveler, Moxy is a fresh and innovative brand combining stylish design and approachable service at an affordable price point. With tech-enabled rooms, vibrant lobby spaces and warm, modern service, Moxy aims to surprise travelers with a thoughtful, spirited and fun guest experience. To learn more about Moxy Hotels, visit www.MoxyHotels.com.

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Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, BVLGARI, JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels – totaling 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, the portfolio is expected to grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France;, Mexico; and Sanya, China. 

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Lark Hotels to Open The Break, Boutique Hotel with ‘Surf Vibe’ in Coastal Narragansett, RI

February 18, 2015

NARRAGANSETT, RI –Lark Hotels, a collection of designer boutique properties located in iconic coastal New England hot spots, will grand open The Break, in Narragansett, Rhode Island on June 19, 2015, with a soft opening anticipated in May. The property, a new build, will feature a retro chic surf vibe and will be the first hotel of its kind in this historic seaside town, which boasts some of the best surf breaks in New England.

Situated just one block from the ocean and a short walk to the beach, The Break will offer 16 guest rooms and suites, each decked out with king beds, fireplaces, rainfall shower heads, Apple TV, iPads and iPod docking stations. Most accommodations feature private balconies with ocean or sunset views.

Special guest amenities at The Break will include a intimately sized restaurant, Chair 5, a rooftop lounge with panoramic views, a heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and sun deck, a fitness center and a small spa and salon.

The decor, by Rhode Island designer Jocelyn Chiappone, will tap into the vintage surfer nostalgia of the late 60s when local surfing legend, Peter Pan, burst onto the scene and put Narragansett on the map. Bold, modern textiles pop with color palettes of bright orange and yellow, earth tones, crisp white and shades of green and blue. Furnishings combine dark woods with modern wicker chairs and chandeliers, mid-century modern inspired armchairs and sofas, fabric headboards and ceramic tables.

Developed and owned by locals Jim and Becky Durkin, The Break will embrace the beach community history of this distinctive stretch of sand and sea. Chair 5 will feature modern spins on comfort foods and seafood favorites. The rooftop lounge is destined to become a top guest destination with indoor and outdoor hang out spaces and expansive views of the ocean and the Point Judith lighthouse.

A sampling of the hotel’s personalized concierge services will include arranging surfing and stand up paddle boarding lessons, board and kayak rentals, beach picnics and fishing excursions – Narragansett is home to the second largest fishing port in the northeast.

Rates at The Break will range from $159-$459 per night, depending on room type and season, and include a curated small plates breakfast.

The Break participates in Lark Hotels’ “On a Lark Club” program where points are accrued for each stay and can be redeemed in the future at each property for exclusive benefits, packages and experiences.

For additional information on The Break, visit www.thebreakhotel.com or call (401) 363-9800 or (855) 559-3001.

Lark Hotels is in the midst of a major expansion. In addition to The Break, the company is opening:

The historic Whitehall Inn, Camden, Maine, in May 2015. The hotel will house Lark’s first signature restaurant, Pig + Poet, helmed by celebrity chef Sam Talbot.

Gilded,, where 1890s opulence meets modern amenities, will open in Newport, Rhode Island in May 2015.

As-of-yet unnamed properties in Mendocino, CA; Napa, CA; and Stowe, VT

Set in seven coveted seaside locations – Camden, Kennebunkport and Portland, ME, Nantucket, MA, Portsmouth, NH and Newport and Narragansett, RI – Lark Hotels embrace the locations they are in, but in playful, unexpected ways. Think “sense of place” with imagination and a touch of mischief. Each Lark Hotel invites guests to experience modern luxury in the heart of an iconic destination, to feel the pull of a nostalgic getaway while surrounded by today’s amenities and to find attentive service when they want it and privacy when they don’t.

For information on Lark Hotels and the “On a Lark Club,” visit www.larkhotels.com.

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Réserve Hospitality Collection Opens Paris Hotel & Spa in Former Pierre Cardin Mansion

February 4, 2015
La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa is recreated from the Haussmannian Mansion formerly owned by designer Pierre Cardin.

La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa is recreated from the Haussmannian Mansion formerly owned by designer Pierre Cardin.

La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa just opened, joins La Réserve Apartments as La Réserve Hospitality Collection’s first metropolitan outpost, following two years of fastidious work by more than 120 artisans.

The 40-room hotel was designed by Jacques Garcia, marking the third successful collaboration between Michel Reybier and the renowned decorator (La Réserve Genève in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Château La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel in Bordeaux, France). The new hotel and spa occupies a Haussmannian mansion previously owned by the designer, Pierre Cardin, off the Champs-Elysées at 42 Avenue Gabriel, tucked away in the 8th Arrondissement – a stone’s throw from the Palais d’Elysée and Place de la Concorde – with views of the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Pantheon, and Luxor Obelisk.

La Réserve Paris is a serene escape from the bruit de fond of France’s capital city. Interiors of the 26 spacious suites (including four Presidential Suites) and 14 rooms that pay homage to the chic style of the Belle Époque. The large rooms feature period antique furniture, rich fabrics, regal colors, and muted lighting.

The particularly refined spaces, beyond the rooms and suites include facilities like a private lounge, bar, courtyard, smoking parlor, library, and the seasonal French restaurant Le Gabriel, helmed by Jérôme Banctel, former Chef du Cuisine of the two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Senderens. Suites will include personal butler service, and in-room wine coolers.

The spa consists of three treatment rooms, gym, sauna, and a 52 foot indoor pool. The treatment menu features the world-renowned Swiss anti-aging treatment, Nescens.

La Réserve Paris Apartments consists of 10 furnished apartments for longer-term stays, located at Place du Trocadéro, and has been open since 2007 and is considered an extension of the new hotel and spa.

Conceived by Michel Reybier to express his passion for fine living, wellness, and high design, La Réserve Hospitality Collection has hotels in Geneva and Ramatuelle, just outside St. Tropez. Reybier also owns La Chartreuse, Château Cos d’Estournel, one of Bordeaux’s top wines and Tokaj Hetszolo, one of Hungary’s most beautiful vineyards.

La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa, 42 avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris – France, +33 1 53 70 53 70, hotel@lareserve-paris.com, www.lareserve-paris.com/en.

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Mango Bay Hotel Voted Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort at World Travel Awards

December 24, 2014
Barbados' Mango Bay Hotel was voted Barbados' Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards.

Barbados’ Mango Bay Hotel was voted Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards.

Barbados’ Mango Bay Hotel (www.MangoBayBarbados.com) has been voted Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards™, recognizing the property’s commitment to excellence over the last 12 months.

“I speak for the entire Mango Bay team in saying that we are truly honored to be voted as Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort,” said Peter Odle, chairman of the Mango Bay Hotel Group.  “Our team members strive for outstanding service and are eager to meet guests’ needs, something which we feel is imperative in reaching this caliber of excellence,” he continued.

The World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the travel and tourism industry.  The annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the field.

Nominations for World Travel Awards™ are based on past years’ winners, approved self-nominations and approved World Travel Awards™ commendations.  Once nominated, votes come from qualified executives working within travel and tourism and consumer travel buyers.  Votes are internally audited to ensure the validity of each individual vote.

Located in the historic Holetown area on the famed Gold Coast of Barbados, the 76-room Mango Bay Hotel is known for its sophistication and all-inclusive value. This beachfront, boutique-style property is the ideal tropical retreat for travelers seeking an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, offering spacious accommodations, a picturesque beach, a centrally-located swimming pool and superb dining. The property is just a short walk from the posh Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, where guests can shop at global luxury retailers including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Cartier, Michael Kors and more.

Mango Bay is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 with discounted rates starting at US$384 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, on an all-inclusive basis when booked directly.  A Mango Bay all-inclusive vacation includes hotel accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including glasses of wine, use of the on-site gym and nightly entertainment. The property is also now offering room service as well as drink and food service at the pool and the beach.  Water skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, wakeboarding, pedal boats, a glass bottom boat ride and a catamaran trip to snorkel with the turtles are also included.

For more information on Mango Bay, call 246-432-1384, email reservations@mangobaybarbados.comor, or visit www.MangoBayBarbados.com.