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Kaanapali Beach Hotel courtyard


If the pristine beaches of Maui aren’t enough to get you on a plane, then perhaps being up close and personal with the largest creatures in the world is a good reason to go. Thanks to Kaanapali Beach Hotel, you’ll get all that, plus more, in an offer you most certainly won’t want to throw back.

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  • pinitbutton The Mark Hotel in New York Offers Airport Concierge   Travel News

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The Mark hotel in New York


After a long flight to The Big Apple, who wants the stress of figuring out how to get into the city? Not us. Luckily, The Mark hotel in the Upper East Side of Manhattan is offering the relief we’ve all waited for: airport concierge.


Upon landing, a concierge will meet you at the gate, whisk you through customs and passport control, grab your bags and direct you to the car, which will be sitting curbside. Following a smooth ride to The Mark, you’re practically taken by the hand and led to the comfort of your hotel room.

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A view of Atlantic City from the water

by Cara Trump


Everything I know about Atlantic City I learned from TV and movies — “Boardwalk Empire,” “Atlantic City,” “Rounders.” In short: mobsters and gambling. But as I learned on a recent pre-Sandy trip to the “Vegas of the East Coast,” there is much more on offer than just slot machines, card games and a history of unsavory characters. Atlantic City is quickly becoming a destination for luxury accommodations, fine dining, shopping and entertainment.

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  • pinitbutton Ski for Free at Canyons Resort with Waldorf Astoria Park City   Travel Special
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Park City, Utah ski lifts (courtesy of Canyons Resort, by Justin Olsen)


There are often advantages to booking hotel rooms early: cheaper rates and choicer rooms are two. For the holidays, Waldorf Astoria Park City is offering yet another — book two nights at this posh snowy mountain retreat and you’ll get two free lift tickets to Canyons Resort. Which is why you’d probably want to go this time of year anyway, right? That’s what we thought.

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  • pinitbutton InterContinental Hotel Group Adds Car Charging Stations   Travel News
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Better Place electric car charge station


The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) is driving to a greener future. Or at least it’s hoping its guests will. The hotel chain recently installed electric car charging stations in the car parks at some of its Australian hotels in New South Wales. IHG recently announced five new participating hotels: Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Holiday Inn Sydney Airport and Holiday Inn Old Sydney. This brings the number of IHG hotels with charging stations to eight.

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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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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” »



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