Refit Fairmont Le Montreux celebrates area's artistic side

The Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, originally built in 1906, will complete a multi-million-dollar renovation in April. The 235-unit luxury resort on the shores of Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland, will unveil a contemporary redesign of guestrooms and suites and its brasserie and public spaces by Fiona Thompson.

A new Freddie Mercury Suite celebrating the late British rock star (a former Montreux resident) will also debut. Montreux has long been popular with musicians and writers, including Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Lord Byron, Leo Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.

In addition to its 190 guestrooms and 45 suites and junior suites, the Fairmont Le Montreux boasts 12 conference and meetings rooms and the 21,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa.


Camping in style

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation on Georgia's Lake Oconee welcomes families with a new Summer Family Camp value-added vacation package.

Designed for a family of four, the one-night package includes accommodations in two neighboring guestrooms, a Care Package welcome gift, valet parking for one vehicle and breakfast for two adults and two children.

"Campers" also enjoy Family Golf in the Afternoon, with children under age 18 playing for free with accompanying parent, and unlimited use of kayaks, canoes, fishing equipment and bicycles.

The package is available at the 251-resort for stays May 25 to Sept. 3, excluding the July 4th weekend. Rates start at $472 per night, midweek, and $524 per night on weekends, plus tax. Call (800) 241-3333 or visit  

Betsy redo sewn up

The Betsy Hotel on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach's South Beach reopened in March after a total renovation that retained the Florida Georgian facade of the property, formerly known as the Betsy Ross Hotel, while installing a new interior. Design elements include floor-to-ceiling lobby windows; tropical, colonial decor; wooden, antique shutters; and Fortuny Sheherazade chandeliers.

The Betsy's 64 rooms and suites are decorated in white accentuated by one of four color schemes: lavender, ochre, red coral or green. Rack room rates range from $400 to $750 per night, and suites cost from $1,110 to $4,000.

Under the hotel's Grand Opening Promotion available April 1 to 30, guests booking two nights get a third night free. Visit

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