Luxury Hotel Report

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 MaléInternationalAirport 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 Oriental 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 VictoriaHarbor 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]; 852-2522-0111).

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 GraceBayBeach, 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 creations.

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 DylanBar 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 HughLaneGallery and the IrishMuseum 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 PragueCastle 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 SchipholAirport 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 temperature.

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 Island. 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 RafflesResortCanouanIsland ([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]; 480-423-2402).

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 BostonPublicGarden. 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 BeaverCreekVillage. 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 WaileaBeach has unveiled its renovated NapuaTower, 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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