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Luxury Hotel Report

June 18, 2007 By: Ruthanne Terrero, Mackenzie Allison, Lindsay Lambert, Debbie Strong, Dan Butcher Travel Agent

Want to know the newest, most deluxe accommodations for your clients? We've scoured the globe to bring you a selection of new hotels, new suites and new spas to suggest to your clients who want to know where to go next.

W Maldives, Fesdu

The new W Maldives is
set on the exotic private island
of Fesdu
. Marking the
opening of the brand's first "Retreat & Spa," the resort was
designed to serve as a "sophisticated luxury playground" for jet
setters. There are 46 overwater Ocean Oasis villas with glass floors for
underwater viewing; 28 bi-level Beach Oasis villas with unobstructed views of
the Indian Ocean; three two-bedroom Seascape Escape villas with oversized
infinity plunge pools; and the plush, two-bedroom Ocean Haven villa, which has
an infinity-edge plunge pool, wraparound sundeck and panoramic views of the
Indian Ocean.

 A villa at W Maldives

To get to the resort, guests fly into Malé International Airport then board a
seaplane to Fesdu. Recommend that clients reserve time for Wave, a water-sports
facility with state-of-the-art equipment such as Nitrox compressors, Scubapro
diving gear, underwater scooters and high-end underwater photo and video
equipment. Guests can also take scuba lessons. Contact George Fleck, the
hotel's director of marketing, at [email protected].

The Lichfield Suite at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

VIPs en route to Hong Kong will want to be among the first
to experience the Mandarin
Hong Kong's new Lichfield Suite,
whose March 2007 opening completed the hotel's multi-million dollar renovation.
What's behind the name? The 861-square-foot suite, which is decked out in
black, white, silver and red, is dedicated to the memory of famed photographer
Lord Patrick Lichfield, the man behind the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group's
award-winning "He's a fan/She's a fan" ad campaign and a loyal patron
of the hotel during frequent stays in his beloved city over 40 years. While
there's no balcony here, guests enjoy stellar views of Victoria Harbor
and the cityscape from full-length windows. Suite highlights also include Acqua
di Parma toiletries and a wall-screen projector. Travel agents sending VIPs to
the hotel should contact Ivy Yeung, director of sales ([email protected];

Entrance to The Regent Palms Turks & Caicos

The Regent Palms Turks and Caicos

Regent Hotels
& Resorts
has made its debut in the Caribbean
with the opening of The Regent Palms Turks and Caicos. Last September, Regent
assumed management of what was then The Palms Turks and Caicos, a 72-suite
luxury resort on Grace Bay Beach,
and in doing so, undertook plans to raise the resort's luxury profile.

Regent's first move was increasing staff by 20 percent to
guarantee a higher staff-to-guest ratio and stellar service. Insiders tell us
that every aspect of the resort has been enhanced, from new concierge services
and spa renovations to higher-quality bed linens and even new culinary

Sending a valued client to The Regent Palms Turks and
Caicos? Recommend a three-bedroom Oceanfront Suite—they provide the most space
and privacy available—and be sure to let General Manager Diderik Van Regemorter
([email protected];
649-946-8666) know that they're en route.

The Dylan, Dublin, Ireland

An Experience Suite at The Dylan

The Dylan, which just
opened in Dublin, Ireland, is fast becoming a
celebrity magnet; Jane Seymour has already paid a visit. This member of
Preferred Hotels & Resorts will please those clients who want to see and be
seen; its Dylan Bar is already creating a buzz in the
city (guests in the summer will definitely vie for its terrace seating). The
44-room property is defining its luxury message with hip guest room amenities
such as a pillow menu, his-and-her bath menus and iPod Nanos. Top-of-the-line
Experience Suites have heated floor tiles in the bathrooms, "Seventh
Heaven" memory foam beds, Bose speakers and Etro amenities, as well as
separate bath, showers and TVs in the bathroom.

Concierge Joe Fox ([email protected]) and
his staff can arrange private experiences at many of Dublin's
top attractions, including the Hugh Lane Gallery
and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Contact General
Manager Siobhan Delaney ([email protected])
for a hearty VIP welcome. She was formerly with The Portmarnock Hotel &
Golf Links. The travel agent liaison at the property is Barry Francis ([email protected]).

A guest room at Mandarin Oriental, Prague

Mandarin Oriental, Prague, Czech Republic

Mandarin Oriental
has also opened a 99-room hotel in Prague,
marking its first enterprise in Eastern Europe.
The hotel was once a 14th-century Dominican monastery in the heart of the city.
Now, the vaulted ceilings, Baroque columns and arched windows pair nicely with
the fashionable contemporary furniture and natural materials. Of special note
is the spa, which is developed over two floors on the site of a small
Renaissance church. A whopping 22 of the accommodations are suites; book the
one-bedroom duplex Presidential Penthouse, which offers up stunning views of Prague Castle
from its private terrace. It's the largest suite on property and has the option
of adding a deluxe room for additional bedroom space. The Lazar Suite is a
great alternative; while it's smaller, it has the feel of an apartment. The
general manager is Clemens Hoerth. Contact Renata Lukasova, leisure sales
manager ([email protected];
420-233-088-630), or Daniela Kepkova, group sales manager ([email protected]).

The Suite at Hotel Okura

Hotel Okura, Amsterdam

Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, The
Netherlands, has unveiled The Suite, which occupies two floors and more than
5,000 square feet. Features include a personal service manager, near-360-degree
views of Amsterdam, custom artwork, flat-screen
TVs, a private 12-seat cinema, full kitchen, limo service from and to Schiphol Airport and a Bose Lifestyle 48 audio
system. Marble floors and silk wallpaper characterize The Suite's décor, the
centerpiece of which is a 12-foot Sharon Marston-designed fiber-optic
chandelier that hangs from the ceiling in The Suite's central reception area
over the dining area below, where guests dine privately on cuisine prepared by
Michelin-star chefs.

A dramatic glass stairway leads to the unit's second level
(the hotel's 18th floor), with two richly decorated bedrooms and two sitting
rooms. Collectively, two high-tech bathrooms feature a chromatherapy ever-overflowing
bath system, rain showers and flat-screen TVs. Rounding out The Suite's
decadent amenities are a fully equipped designated fitness room and a central
control system for adjusting the lighting, security options and room

A villa at Raffles Resort Canouan Island

Raffles Resort Canouan Island, The Grenadines

One of the newest villas on the luxury resort scene can be
found at the Raffles Resort Canouan
. If your client wants to experience the ultimate in seclusion, look
no further than this 4,000-square-foot home-away-from-home, which also provides
its own personal chef and butler. Clients will marvel at the private terrace
space—an ideal venue for sipping wine while taking in the tropical views. Ask
the sommelier at La Piazza restaurant to create a special wine-tasting menu for
your client; La Piazza claims to have the largest selection of Italian wines in
the Caribbean. Contact Deborah Lewis, the
director of sales and marketing for Raffles Resort Canouan Island ([email protected];
212-756-3900); she can help you create a dream itinerary for your top clients.

The Coral Suite at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico

Four Seasons
Resort Punta Mita's
new Coral Suite is optimally located at the secluded
end of the resort and offers views of Las Manzanillas Beach. With 9,150 square
feet of interior living space, the suite allows your clients' entire clan to
stretch out in comfort. If they grow tired of watching whales, which can easily
be viewed in season from the suite, they can always turn to their own fitness
center and spa area for a break. Or, they can turn to the theater-style media
room with reclining leather chairs. Another nice touch: The main living area opens
to an oversized patio with a wraparound pool. Sending your best clients?
Contact Ann Armstrong, director of marketing ([email protected]).

The Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ

The Phoenician, a
member of the Starwood Luxury Collection in Scottsdale, AZ,
has opened its much-awaited Canyon Suites. Defined as a boutique hotel within a
hotel, the Canyon Suites are located in a separate building from the main
resort. The $5.5 million investment includes 60 guest rooms, a private lobby
and poolside cabanas.

The Phoenician's Canyon Presidential Suite

Accommodations here are either one-or two-bedroom suites,
ranging in size from 1,100 to 3,500 square feet. Top travelers can choose from
two Canyon Presidential Suites, which come with a fully stocked refrigerator,
personal chef, signature hors d'oeuvres, a robe and personalized stationery.

All guests of the Canyon Suites enjoy a personal Phoenician
Ambassador, who takes care of their every whim. A chauffeured Mercedes is
always on hand to transport them to the spa, golf course or shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square,
and when they return, they can enjoy an afternoon wine tasting hosted by a
master sommelier.

Managing Director Mark Vinciguerra is overseeing the Canyon
Suites; however, travel agents sending their VIP clients should contact Joanna
Paulsel, director of travel industry sales ([email protected];
480-423-2723) or Elizabeth Butler, travel industry sales manager ([email protected];

Taj Boston

Taj Boston's Executive Suite

Everything old is new again at the Taj Boston, the "grand dame" of
the city's hotels. Until January 2007, the hotel was The Ritz-Carlton; Taj
reports that it's retained 99.9 percent of the staff. We were taken with the
hotel's antique splendor, and adored the 43 Suites with wood-burning fireplaces.
If those are booked, request accommodations overlooking the Boston Public Garden. The rooms with
priceless views are the "09" suites; request these as far in advance
as possible.

The Presidential Suite has 1,540 square feet of space and
includes a master bedroom, a dining area for six, a large kitchen and parlor, a
42-inch plasma television in its sitting area and a connecting bedroom if
needed. The hotel also has a Children's Suite, complete with child-size
furnishings, toys and games and free passes to the Children's Museum, the New
England Aquarium and other fun attractions.

Contact Head Concierge Jennifer George ([email protected]; 617-536-5700,
ext. 6107) to let her know when your VIPs are arriving; she can arrange for
luxury airport transfers, a personal shopper at any fine store (the Chanel
boutique is in the Taj's lobby), sightseeing tours and restaurant reservations.
Guests should not miss having a martini at The Bar, another well-known Boston landmark with
stunning city views.

A relaxation room in the new Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa, CO

The ski-in/ski-out Park
Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa
just completed a $20 million hotel
improvement plan, $12 million of which went into the renovation of its
two-story, 30,000-square-foot Allegria Spa, which has 23 treatment rooms.

During the summer, a Prima Donna program for children ages
5-12 offers nail treatments, hairstyling and "Body Bling" decorating
with jeweled fake tattoos. Ask about the Teen Scene package for clients
traveling with adolescents in tow. Contact Spa Director Gaye Steinke ([email protected]) to
ask about booking treatments for brides and their wedding parties.

The Park Hyatt's most requested premium accommodations are
the Slope View and Village View guest rooms, while the Highlands View rooms are
best for those seeking a quieter location; all offer views of the Rocky Mountains. Slope View rooms overlook the pool, five
Jacuzzi hot tubs and the fire pit; Village View rooms overlook the ice-skating
rink in the heart of Beaver Creek Village.
Book large families and groups into suites, Executive Kings or any of 60
connecting rooms. Our favorite is the unique Rial Oxford Deluxe Suite, a
960-square-foot unit located on the third floor; the balcony faces the
mountains and the master bedroom has a gas fireplace, plus an Exercycle.
Contact Giles Priestland ([email protected],
970-827-6658), the property's director of leisure sales, to make bookings.

Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, Maui, HI

Aerial view of the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa

Grand Wailea Resort
Hotel & Spa
on Maui's Wailea Beach has unveiled its renovated Napua Tower,
a private club area with a gated entrance whose 100 guest rooms provide private
concierge services. Accommodations are spacious in this exclusive enclave—guest
rooms are 715 square feet in size, standard suites offer 1,300 square feet and
the Grand Suites measure 5,500 square feet.

New touches include a freshening of carpeting and
televisions, but the main event is the oversized soaking tubs and double sinks
in the spacious bathrooms. Guests in the tower also have access to a dedicated
concierge staff, who will contact them prior to their visit to fulfill special
requests and book dinner reservations and activities. Clients also gain
entrance to two private lounges that serve complimentary breakfast and
cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

When guests tire of the privacy offered in the tower, they
can always book a reservation at the Spa Grande. The general manager is Matthew
Hart; contact Jasmine Valdez ([email protected];
808-875-1234, ext. 3165) for tower bookings.

—Dan Butcher, Lindsay Lambert, Debbie Strong,Mackenzie Allison, Ruthanne Terrero

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