Savoy Group package combines three hotels

LONDON -- Three properties in the Savoy Group teamed up to offer a Taste of the Best land package through March.

The five-night plan combines stays at the Berkeley in London, Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Great Milton and the Lygon Arms in Broadway, and is priced at about $3,527, double.

The first or last night of the trip is spent at the Berkeley, where use of the health club and spa is included. The property is located in London's Knightsbridge district.

The plan covers two weekday nights with breakfasts at Chef Raymond Blanc's 15th century manor house, Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Great Milton. The stay there includes Le Manoir's seven-course Menu Gourmand each night. Great Milton is located near Oxford.

The Lygon Arms in Broadway, England, added a cottage to its accommodations options. Two nights also are spent in Broadway at the Lygon Arms, a historic inn. Guests are entitled to dinner for two each night; breakfast each morning; local telephone calls and Internet access, and use of the spa facilities with a choice of one complimentary treatment per guest.

Accommodations at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons and the Lygon Arms can be booked for Sunday through Thursday nights; accommodations at the Berkeley for Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights.

The package, which is subject to availability, includes VAT and service charges. To book, call (800) 63-SAVOY.

In other news, the Savoy Group, with a total of five luxury properties in England, unveiled enhancements to three of its hotels.

  • The Lygon Arms added four rooms in a thatched cottage located in the property's walled garden.
  • Called Orchard Cottage, the reed-thatched structure features dark wooden beams, terracotta brickwork, four-poster beds and fireplaces in all bedrooms. Each room has fax and phone lines.

    Guests have use of all services in the main inn, including the Lygon Arms Spa.

    Savoy said it envisions Orchard Cottage as an ideal venue for weekend breaks, honeymooners or house parties, when all four guest rooms are booked by a group.

    Per night rates at Orchard Cottage are about $483.

  • At the Connaught in London's Mayfair district, a fitness studio was added as was all-day dining.
  • The Large Lounge was redesigned and renamed the Drawing Room; it serves continental breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea.

    The fitness studio is located on the fifth floor of the hotel and features "top-of-the-range" international exercise equipment, Savoy said.

  • The Berkeley added La Stone therapy to its spa.
  • According to Savoy, the Berkeley is the first British spa to offer the holistic La Stone therapy, which uses heated stones to relieve tired muscles. The treatment involves hot, smooth basalt stones being alternatively placed on key points of the body, providing a deep massage.

    The session lasts 75 minutes and costs about $120.

    For business travelers at the Berkeley, the hotel introduced mobile workstations.

    Guests can request for a mobile workstation to be wheeled into their rooms 24 hours a day. It includes a computer with Internet access; personalized paper and business cards; multilingual dictionaries, and blank computer disks.

    The hotel's guest rooms already provide ISDN lines. The workstation costs about $150 per day.

    In addition to the properties mentioned, the Savoy owns and operates Claridge's and its flagship property, the Savoy, on the Strand in London.

    For more details on Savoy Group properties, visit the company's Web site at

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