Starwood Hotels Announces a Global Partnership with Bentley Motors – Travel News

Bentley Continental GTC
Bentley Continental GTC

Starwood Hotels and Bentley Join Together to Provide Signature Experiences for Customers

Internationally known for their heritage and superior quality, Bentley Motors and Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ top brands — St. Regis and The Luxury Collection — have announced a global partnership. Together, the two companies will create signature experiences for guests, residents and customers with driving programs, special events, brand initiatives and house fleets at flagship hotels around the world. According to Paul James, Global Brand Leader for St. Regis and The Luxury Collection, “We are committed to providing experiences that far surpass [our guests’] expectations, and this partnership with Bentley enables our discerning guests to explore must-see destinations in unparalleled style.” Joe Ashworth, head of customer relations at Bentley Motors, adds, “At Bentley, we are committed to maintaining our position as the definitive British luxury car company. It is therefore important that we partner with a pinnacle brand that underpins our own values of craftsmanship, style and sophistication.” To this end, Bentley house fleets at St. Regis properties around the world will include models such as The Continental Flying Spur (priced from $184,200). And at The Luxury Collection properties, recent partnership events have included the unveiling of Bentley’s newest Continental GT and GTC V8 at the Marques de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Ilciego, Spain.

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La Serenissima – Docking in Venice

The Grand Canal in Venice
The Grand Canal in Venice

Although Submerged by Crowds, At Least There Are No Gondola Traffic Jams in Venice

by André Gayot

The Riviera, the latest heir to the family of the Oceania Cruises fleet, lazily fondles the banks of the Lido. It is a chubby newborn, weighing in at 66,084 tons, that can host 1,250 guests in lavish luxury. From the upper deck, one can glance a mirage becoming real: the 117 islets, the 177 canals and the 400 bridges of Venice, the home of Marco Polo. The rising sun ignites the roofs of the palaces and brushes with a touch of silver the dark green lap of the canals. As we get closer, so appears the marvel, the crown of “La Serenissima” (The Serene, as the Republic of Venice was dubbed) — the Piazza San Marco and its two gems, the San Marco Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace. From this height upon the 15th deck, the panoramic view is sublime, unforgettable. The boat, almost still, lingers, leaving our eyes and minds the time to record the beauty of Venice. Then it turns cautiously to the left into the Canale della Giudecca to the terminal. Of the many pleasures on board the Riviera, this extraordinary moment alone could serve as the raison d’être of the voyage.

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Long Live Hôtel de Crillon

by Sophie Gayot

The historic Hôtel de Crillon, located right on the Place de la Concorde in Paris, will be closing its doors around autumn 2012. But there is a happy ending, as it will reopen about two years later completely renovated from top to bottom, every corner and space. It will also include the addition of a new spa.

The façade just recently received a facelift. To hide the scaffolding — and help preserve the grandeur of the Place de la Concorde — the outside of the building was covered for a year with a tarpaulin printed with a reproduction of the exterior. (The recycled cloth has since been turned into hand bags, each one-of-a-kind, which are available at the hotel gift shop.)

Now we must talk about one very important part of the hotel: the restaurant Les Ambassadeurs, orchestrated by 30-year-old chef Christopher Hache. This former ballroom, with views of the Place de la Concorde, was restored a few years ago making it an even more stunning setting for an unforgettable lunch or dinner.

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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Couples’ Experiences – Travel Special

A couple relaxes by the pool at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
A couple relaxes by the pool at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Features Customized Couples’ Getaways

Because even the most compatible twosome can differ on the best way to spend a vacation, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea offers customized couples’ holidays.

It happens all the time: A couple sets off on a Hawaiian escape, only to discover that each has a different expectation for their holiday. She may want to unwind with a beachside massage, while he would prefer zip-lining across the forest canopy — or vice versa! To make sure every need is met, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea will help you mix and match your preferences and design a Couples’ Experiences package based on one of four diverse options Continue reading “Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Couples’ Experiences – Travel Special” »

Ciroc Vodka with Sean Combs

Sean John Combs, brand ambassador for Ciroc Vodka
Sean John Combs, brand ambassador for Ciroc Vodka

by Jeff Hoyt

Most personalities do their best to make their name a household one, reinforcing their “brand” repeatedly by getting their name out there, via their performances, TV appearances, CDs, DVDs, clothing lines and every media that will have them. But singer/rapper/actor/ producer/mogul/businessman Sean John Combs has bucked that trend, changing his name over and over again while continually staying in the public eye: Diddy; P. Diddy; Puff; Puffy; Puff Daddy; King Combs. Even his clothing lines utilize two different names based on his birth name: Sean John and “Sean by Sean Combs.”

But the multiple Grammy Award winner has only one name for his vodka: Ciroc. When he became a brand ambassador in 2007, the French vodka was only selling about 10,000 cases per month. With the entrepreneur pushing the product, and sharing in the brand’s profits, sales were about 400,000 cases in 2009, and reportedly close to 1,000,000 cases last year. No wonder the singer now refers to himself jokingly as “Ciroc Obama.”

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