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  • pinitbutton A James Bond Getaway at DUKES Hotel, London   Travel Special
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An Aston Martin outside the DUKES hotel in London


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film “Dr. No,” DUKES hotel in London is rolling out two red-carpet-worthy package specials. Now through January 13, 2013, guests can live out their 007 fantasies at the legendary hotel that author Ian Fleming used to frequent.

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  • pinitbutton St. Regis New York Introduces Bentley Suite   Travel News
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The entryway of the Bentley Suite at the St. Regis New York

Following collaborations with Tiffany and Dior, the St. Regis New York has turned to the automotive industry for inspiration in designing its latest signature suite — and found an ideal partner in Bentley Motors. The Bentley Suite, which debuted September 19, 2012, showcases a stylish synthesis of the iconic British badge’s unique aesthetics with the luxury hotel’s discerning eye for quality and comfort. Featuring one bedroom, one-and-a-half bathrooms, an entryway foyer, a spacious dining room and a living room replete with floor-to-ceiling windows on the fifteenth floor, the suite isn’t cheap at $9,500 a night; however, the fees also include access the St. Regis’ opulent array of amenities. Guests staying in the Bentley Suite are treated to an in-suite Champagne bar, butler service, and complimentary chauffeur service within a ten-block radius of the hotel.

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  • pinitbutton Foie Gras Under the Splendor of Baccarat Chandeliers
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Foie gras de canard des Landes, cuit en cocotte lutée – Pot-roasted duck liver from the Landes

by Sophie Gayot

UPDATE 10/30/12: The Crillon will close its doors for its renovation end of March 2013. That will leave you more time to try chef Christophe Hache’s cuisine.

After a recent dinner I experienced at Les Ambassadeurs at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, we awarded the restaurant a new rating of 17/20 which means the food is “Excellent”. You have a few more days to discover or rediscover chef Christopher Hache’s cuisine, as the hotel is about to close its doors for a two-year renovation.

 

Under light emitted by majestic Baccarat chandeliers, wall and side table lamps, diners can indulge in his good value dinner menus priced at € 150 or € 180, tax and service included. You can see below the photos of the dishes that composed my dinner. Le Foie Gras de Canard des Landes, cooked in a glass “cocotte”, is a Hache classic and requires a table side ceremony not to be missed in the magnificent eighteenth century dining room decorated by marble marquetry, paintings and mirrors, with views of the Place de la Concorde. For Californian foie gras lovers, this is a spectacular way to enjoy the delicacy, which has been illegal to sell in the Golden State since July 1st.

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Fruits de Mer in Paris

on October 20th, 2012
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by Sophie Gayot


The InterContinental Paris Le Grand is celebrating its 150th birthday. Famous for its shellfish platter, the hotel’s restaurant Le Café de la Paix is offering its monster “le plateau de fruits de mer” at a price of €150 for two until the end of November.


Brush up on your culinary French or start practicing it by watching my exclusive video interview with executive chef Christophe Raoux. You will discover the wonders of the sea that will come to your table, and even get a lesson on how to open clams!

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  • pinitbutton The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Culinary Experience   Travel Special
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Terrace Suite


Fans of the hit Bravo cooking TV show “Top Chef Masters: Season 4” may be lamenting that the season has already ended. And if you just can’t wait for the next season to begin, consider making a pilgrimage to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the place where chefs Missy Robbins, Chris Cosentino, Sue Torres and Art Smith, among others, attempted to cook each other off the show. Just to fire up your burners, the hotel is still offering a Top Chef-themed deal — book two nights at The Cosmopolitan and you qualify for the Top Chef Masters Culinary Package, which includes Continue reading “The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Culinary Experience – Travel Special” »



  • pinitbutton The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland   Travel Special
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The exterior of The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland

Three’s the Magic Number at Scotland’s The Gleneagles Hotel


For travelers seeking a magical holiday escape, the 850-acre The Gleneagles Hotel has created the indulgent Three’s the Magic Number package.


At The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, luxury and value go hand-in-hand, with this generous three-night stay that includes Continue reading “The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland – Travel Special” »



  • pinitbutton Afternoon Tea at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI
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Sweet and savory snacks accompany tea service at the Grand Hotel

by Patricia Mack


This is the tea party I only imagined when I was a little girl pouring make-believe orange pekoe for Teddy Bear and dollies, all of whom sat politely at my tiny table. And I, Grand Lady that I imagined myself to be, Mom’s Easter hat flopping over my brow, never spilled a drop.


I couldn’t help but smile remembering as I looked around at the elegantly appointed Parlor where afternoon tea is held daily from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI. I leaned back in my lushly upholstered chair, sipped my English tea and marveled at how this place was almost — almost — the vision of my childhood imagination. Unlike in my vision, though, here there was the harpist and her angelic music, there was Champagne and sherry, and flowers, oh, those lovely fresh-cut flowers artfully arranged in vases strikingly placed around the room.

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  • pinitbutton The Blue Train, South Africa   Travel Special
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South Africa’s The Blue Train

Lavish Rail Travel and Upscale Hotel Stays with South Africa’s The Blue Train


By partnering with two luxury hotels, South Africa’s The Blue Train offers a truly exclusive rail experience from Pretoria to Cape Town.


Showcasing top-of-the-line luxury on wheels, The Blue Train has hosted presidents, royalty and celebrities throughout the years. Its once-in-a-lifetime scheduled and chartered travel experiences are sought after by discriminating travelers, who appreciate the private butler service, fine bed linens, marble-clad bathrooms, gourmet cuisine and award-winning wines. Now those wishing to travel South Africa in style can take advantage of special journeys that also include an overnight stay in one of two of the country’s finest hotels Continue reading “The Blue Train, South Africa – Travel Special” »



  • pinitbutton The Delano Hotel to Take Up Residence at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas   Travel News
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The exterior of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and THEhotel in Las Vegas

One of Miami’s hottest hotels is heading for Vegas, baby! MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group have announced a partnership to integrate the all-suite Delano Las Vegas into Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The bastion of hip (and Morgans’ signature luxury brand) will replace THEhotel in late 2013. This second Delano property in the U.S. will introduce the Delano’s South Beach lifestyle to The Strip and include a destination nightclub. In addition, there will be several new food and beverage venues, including a casual American bistro by chef Brian Massie, a Japanese dining destination by celebrity chef Akira Back and a new vision for Mandalay Bay’s own Red Square.

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  • pinitbutton What I Did on My Summer Vacation
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Panoramic View from a suite in the Park Hyatt Aviara

by Jeff Hoyt


How could anyone turn down free airfare? That was the choice I recently made when American Express offered me 250,000 Membership Rewards points to plan my family summer vacation. If you’ve never had to wake a sleeping child from a nap to fold up their stroller to get through security; if you’ve never had to prove to the TSA that milk in a baby bottle was truly milk in a baby bottle; if you’ve never had to submit to the complete pat-down inspection because you wanted to carry milk in a baby bottle onto a flight; if you’ve never had a child screaming on a descending airplane because the tyke was too young to alleviate the pressure in her ears; if you’ve never had to wrestle ill-fitting baby seats into a rental car in the rain at the airport while the pint-sized passengers lustily vented their frustrations; then you would never understand why I would take my family via car to San Diego rather than accept free flights anywhere else.

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