Westin Hotels introduces in-room spa program

Westin 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 Bed. 


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.

Approximately 40 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 relaxation tips.

Westin's in-room spa experience is now available at 64 hotels and is being rolled out worldwide.

Other lifestyle 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 Council.

D.R. puts on the Ritz

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. is partnering with the Dominican Republic resort community Cap Cana to open the Ritz-Carlton, Cap Cana.

The property, consisting of a 220-room resort and 194 beachfront and golf course residences, will open in 2010.

The Ritz-Carlton, 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 views.

The mixed-use 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.

Upscale on sale

The luxury, 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.

Eight restaurants 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.  

Island luxury

The Beach 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 DVD/CD players.

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.

Other facilities 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 dark.

Call (011) 96-032-0705.

Mountain high

La 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.

Collectively called 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 Galatzo.

The units feature four-poster, wooden beds; lounge areas with fireplaces; and private terraces. Some suites have plunge pools.

Tramuntana suites 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].

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