Lanesborough in London has appointed its first-ever
"tea sommeliers." A tea sommelier welcomes guests
upon their arrival in the hotel's conservatory, displays a tea box
and explains various tea blends available. Blends include black,
green, fruit, herbal, decaffeinated, South African rooibos and rare
white teas. Sommeliers also present guests with a gift sampling of
teas tasted that day.
Each guest room
and suite at the Lanesborough, a St. Regis property, is outfitted
in both handcrafted period furnishings and 21st century
amenities include private butler service, personal business cards,
private telephone lines and mobile phone use.
To book, call
(800) 999-1828. For more information, visit www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis.
A $16.4 million
spa complex will open at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia
Island near Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 22.
Housed in a new
wing featuring 27,500 square feet of indoor space and 5,000 square
feet outdoors, the Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia
Island will have unique features such as hammocks, for use
during treatments; opening and closing rituals during signature spa
treatments; and spa butlers.
The facility will
have 26 treatment rooms, including two couples massage rooms -- one
a wet room -- and two spa suites (the Ocean Suite and Seaside
Suite) with a private lounge and four treatment rooms
include fitness and movement studios; men's and women's wet areas,
with a steam room, sauna, cascade whirlpool and lounge; and an
indoor swimming pool.
information on the spa and the resort, visit www.ritzcarlton.com or call (800) 241-3333.
In other spa
news, a Guerlain Spa opened at the Carlton
Hotel Baglioni in Milan. The spa is Guerlain's first
facility in Italy and its third in all of Europe. The other
Guerlain Spas are in Gstaad, Switzerland, and Paris.
The spa has seven
treatment rooms, a foot bath and relaxation lounge and hydrotherapy
and Vichy shower facilities. Spa guests
have access to the hotel's gym, steam room and sauna.
For more on the
Carlton Hotel Baglioni, and the Guerlain Spa, visit www.baglionihotels.com.
Petac, a five-bedroom, luxury estate outside the
colonial-era city of Merida in the Mexican state of Yucatan, is
offering a package that combines a five-night countryside getaway
at a staffed hacienda with a two-night seaside stay at the Casa
Dogre or Casa Roche resorts at Chicxulub, on the Gulf of
Hacienda Petac is
a 17th century hacienda, restored to luxury standards and with a
staff of 20, on 80 private acres a half-hour's drive from
includes five nights at the hacienda and two nights at the beach
for up to 10 guests; full-service staff of 20 (including
concierge/manager at both locations); all meals and nonalcoholic
beverages; all government taxes; roundtrip van transfers between
Merida, Hacienda Petac and Chicxulub; and an evening serenade by
traditional Yucatecan trova musicians.
$11,000 for family groups of up to 10, based on double occupancy,
and $9,000 for individual groups of five, based on single
occupancy. Extra beach nights cost $350
information on the Hacienda Petac, visit www.haciendapetac.com. To
book, call (800) 225-4255 or (203) 602-0300.
stars in the Keys
A new resort
billed as the only five-star luxury hotel in the Florida Keys is
under construction at Mile Marker 84 on the Overseas Highway in
Inspired by the
Greek isles, the Ocanos Resort & Marina is set
to open in early 2008. The 12-acre resort will offer 151 large
condo-hotel suites, a beach and an oceanfront infinity
will be an 11,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, tennis
courts, shops, indoor and outdoor dining venues, meetings
facilities and a marina that can accommodate vessels up to 100 feet
A green resort,
Ocanos will use natural materials in its construction, recycle
water on-site for irrigation and use plants indigenous to the
Florida Keys for landscaping.
A Web site at www.ocanosfloridakeys.com was under construction at
Luxury log cabins
are the latest hotel options in Branson, Mo. The Cabins at
Grand Mountain, affiliated with Thousand Hills Resort, is
The cabins, steps
from Country Music Boulevard (Highway 76), are fully furnished and
outfitted with central heating and air conditioning, full kitchens,
gas fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, cable TV, private decks and
high-speed Internet. Cabins range in size from one to four
Visit www.thousandhills.com/branson-cabins.cfm or call (800)
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