Hotels & Resorts debuted a full-service, in-room spa
service. Billed as the hotel industry's "first global in-room spa
program," the service incorporates the Heavenly Spa Nova, a
portable massage table inspired by the chain's Westin Heavenly
At 31 inches wide,
the table is outfitted with heated AeroCel padding topped by double
fleecing and Westin's Heavenly Bed linens.
The massage table
also features a padded face cradle and a small shelf for bowls of
flowers and/or aromatherapy oils.
minutes before a massage, guests receive a spa basket with water, a
flower, a CD with relaxation music, a healthy treat, aromatherapy
oils, room sprays and a letter describing treatment details and
spa experience is now available at 64 hotels and is being rolled
initiatives at Westin include wine and food tastings, art showings,
an in-room TV channel that includes lifestyle content (to debut in
2008) and the rollout of the FindRenewal.com Web site, which features
lifestyle advice from the chain's six-member Westin Renewal
on the Ritz
Hotel Co. is partnering with the Dominican Republic resort
community Cap Cana to open the Ritz-Carlton, Cap
consisting of a 220-room resort and 194 beachfront and golf course
residences, will open in 2010.
Cap Cana will feature a 16,000-square-foot spa, 8,000 square feet
of meetings space, a private beach club and five restaurants and
lounges. All guest rooms will have balconies and ocean
development is part of a two-phase, $1 billion expansion at Capa
Cana, which consists of 30,000 acres of Caribbean Sea waterfront
along 3.4 miles of beach.
At completion, Cap
Cana will have 5,000-plus residential units, at least four luxury
hotels, six golf courses and a marina with more than 1,000 slips
for large yachts of up to 200 feet. The first phase of the marina
was inaugurated in April.
For more about Cap
Cana, visit www.capcana.com. For Ritz-Carlton, visit www.ritz-carlton.com.
all-inclusive Elan Resort and Spa Cancun in Mexico
is offering deluxe rooms at $300 a night and gardenview,
one-bedroom villas at $400 through Dec. 20. Prices include all
meals and beverages, roundtrip airport transfers, a half-hour
massage, taxes and service charges.
On Dec. 21, rates,
based on single and double occupancy, rise to $500 per night for
deluxes and $700 for the suites; from Jan. 3 to March 28, the rates
are $450 and $650, respectively.
Located on a
peninsula overlooking the Nichupte Lagoon, the Elan Resort
completed a $20 million renovation in March. The property offers 95
rooms and 51 one-, two- and three-bedroom villa suites.
serve Mexican, Mediterranean, American, Asian and Italian cuisines.
Other facilities include an Internet cafe, three bars, two beaches,
two pools, two tennis courts, a fitness center and a temazcal, a
stone structure where participants experience an herbal steam bath
that is supposed to cleanse the body of toxins.
Elan pays travel
agents 10% commission. In addition, agents earn a bonus of $50 per
room, per night for bookings through Nov. 1. Call (888) 400-ELAN
(888-400-3526) or visit www.elanresort.com.
House at Manafaru will open on the 35-acre island of
Manafaru in the Maldives in November.
Units will include
16 Beach Villas (1,647 square feet each), 12 Beach Suites (2,422
square feet), 38 Over-Water Villas (1,572 square feet), one Grand
Water Pavilion (4,510 square feet) and one Grand Land Pavilion
(7,459 square feet).
Each unit has a
private pool, veranda and courtyard. Land accommodations have
private cabanas, while over-water villas have see-through floors.
Villa amenities include wireless Internet access, LCD TVs and
The Beach House at
Manafaru will have several bars and three restaurants: main buffet
Four Corners, international grill Medium Rare and Asian restaurant
Saffron, an over-water establishment.
The resort has
24-hour room service and a sorbet butler on its beaches.
are a 10-room spa, a gym, a certified dive school and tennis and
badminton courts. The resort will offer a range of kids' programs
such as overnight camp-outs and land and sea safaris after
Residencia in Mallorca, Spain, an Orient-Express property,
added eight mountain suites overlooking its spa. The resort, in
Spain's Balearic Islands, now has 67 units.
the Tramuntana suites after the surrounding mountain range, each
one-bedroom mountain suite is named for a local peak: Tomir,
Massanella, Puig Major, Tossals, L'Ofre, Alfabia, Teix and
The units feature
four-poster, wooden beds; lounge areas with fireplaces; and private
terraces. Some suites have plunge pools.
are priced from about $750 per night in low season to about $1,430
per night during peak.
Call (800) 237-1236
or visit www.hotel-laresidencia.com.
Kenneth Kiesnoski is Travel Weekly's Destinations Editor.
E-mail him at [email protected].