Gourmet chocolate experience at the St. Regis San Francisco

The stylish St Regis San Francisco is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a luxury hotel in this exciting Californian city. Add an exclusive chocolate making and tasting experience and you have the ultimate getaway. Baroque Travel has all the delicious details

 

One of the most distinguishing factors about a stay at a St Regis hotel is the group’s attention to detail, especially when it comes to catering to guests’ specific tastes. St Regis Aficionado is one of these factors, a distinctive approach to finding out what interests its guests the most, and then offering passionate connoisseurs exactly what they want. So, if it’s antiques that interest you, the group offers various premier collections and auctions for you to enjoy. If you’re a wine connoisseur, then tasting vintage wines that have never been available to the public before will be on the cards. And if you’re a chocolate lover, then read on…

 

Newly organised for those with a predilection for the finest chocolate is a series of Chocolatier packages that offers both locals and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a sweet taste of luxury in San Francisco. Guests can enjoy a luxurious two-night stay at the iconic St Regis San Francisco, which also includes private factory tours and chocolate tasting and making experiences at the city’s premier artisan bean-to-bar factory, Dandelion Chocolate.

 

These chocolatiers are renowned for their luxurious, small-batch gourmet chocolates, which are known as the best in the Bay Area. Combining a stay at the ultra-luxury St Regis offers another level to the unparalleled experience - uncompromising luxury and exclusivity.


Dandelion Chocolates sources only the highest quality cocoa beans and crafts their gourmet products in tiny batches. Guests will enjoy a choice of two indulgent options including the Dandelion Small Batch Chocolate Tasting and Tour, or Chocolate Making and Tasting.

The Tasting and Tour includes a comprehensive look into how chocolate is made, an in-depth tasting and a guided tour through this iconic factory to see firsthand what the production process entails. The afternoon ends with a private tasting of hot chocolate and pastries at Dandelion Café.

 

The Chocolate Making and Tasting Experience involves spending a day with a chocolatier, with the chance to make a batch of chocolates in a private session. Guests enjoy a tasting of various roasted nibs and learn all about developing flavors and production. They are then guided through the process of turning raw beans into roasted chocolate nibs. They take home these finished, un-tempered chocolate nibs, which they can snack on or use for baking. In addition, guests enjoy professionally made treats from Dandelion Café and also create their own single origin or blended dark chocolate.

 

Of course, a stay at the St Regis San Francisco is an experience on its own. This bespoke luxury hotel offers extraordinary hospitality. Located in the vibrant SOMA district, near the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Guests enjoy spectacular views of the city in a choice of 260 luxury guest rooms and 46 suites, all with contemporary bathrooms and every amenity. Those staying in a suite also enjoy the St Regis Butler Service.


If you would like to book yourself on this extraordinary luxury gourmet experience, contact Baroque Travel right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will arrange everything for you, including flights, transfers and your choice of gourmet chocolate experience.

In Denver, it’s all about the ART

Baroque Travel investigates Denver’s latest hotel, a unique establishment that is a combination of luxe accommodation and museum

 

Denver is taking commitment to the arts to a whole new level with its latest offering – the ART, a perfect mix of luxury hotel and art museum. This newly opened establishment boasts 165 sumptuous guest rooms and an ideal location in the midst of the city’s Golden Triangle Museum District.

 

Just in case anybody’s thinking that the masterpieces on the walls aren’t being taken very seriously, let’s add an important fact – the staff includes an art curator (of course) – in the person of Dianne Vanderlip, who was previously the long-time curator of the Denver Art Museum. In fact, Vanderlip has gathered a selection of art pieces together in the Portico Gallery which are well worth examining.

 

At the ART it’s difficult to tell where the gallery space ends and the hotel begins, because the establishment is in essence one and the same. The ART elevates the art pieces on the walls of hotels to a very different level. The collection here is world-class and includes notable pieces from influential American artists such as Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin, Sol De Witt, Ed Ruscha, Nancy Rubins, Deborah Butterfield, Kiki Smith and Claus Oldenberg.

 

There are two dedicated gallery spaces within the hotel, including the Portico Gallery mentioned above. But that’s not all – contemporary artworks are visible throughout the building and include design elements such as the light from 22 000 LED light bulbs in the entrance hall, a spectacular undulating art installation by Leo Villareal that was designed specifically for the ART. In addition, each floor of the establishment features the creations of a particular artist in the hallways as well as in the rooms, adding to the aesthetics of the interior design.

 

Living in a museum has its advantages of course – you don’t have to go far to enjoy one of the city’s cultural attractions. Of course, the ART is all about offering its guests much more than a cultural experience. This luxurious hotel offers the perfect blend of refined comfort and personalized service. Design is contemporary and modern, with every high tech amenity available. And that’s not all. Cuisine at the FIRE Restaurant is of the finest in the city, accommodation is of the most comfortable on offer and the service is quite sublime.


From the personalized check-in in the Welcome Gallery to panoramic city views on the expansive FIRE terrace, the ART has it all. The atmosphere is sophisticated but very relaxed, intimate and authentic, making it the ideal location for a business trip or a holiday.

 

If you’d like to enjoy a unique experience at the ART, let Baroque Travel arrange everything for you. Just contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will do the rest.

A scenic escape in Napa Valley, the Meadowood Resort & Spa

Meadowood is a plush resort in the Napa Valley, a popular retreat for those in the know that offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Here, guests enjoy some of the valley’s legendary wines and get time to savor its scenic beauty while being pampered with every possible luxury.

 

It’s true what the brochure says. The moment you drive through the gate at Meadowood, the clock stops. Suddenly you’re in charge of the time, of when you dine, when it’s time to sample some of the valley’s superb wines, when it’s time to play a round of golf, go swimming or hiking, play tennis, or be pampered at the spa.

 

Yes, life at Meadowood is at its own gentle place. It’s an experience enjoyed by the privileged few who come here to be pampered in luxury; the resort has remained a romantic, hidden gem that, once discovered, becomes a regular retreat because of its special qualities. Nowhere else invites its guests to tailormake their holiday to suit their every whim, nowhere else offers the same kind of opportunity to sample and enjoy the wines that the Napa Valley is so famous for.

 

Of course, the accommodation is exceptional, with a wide selection of sumptuous suites to suit every taste. The amenities are so varied, it will be difficult to know which to choose, from golf, tennis, croquet and hiking to fitness, spa, cooking classes and wine experiences. The restaurant has been awarded three Michelin Stars, which is another major drawcard. In fact, there isn’t just one reason to visit this stunning establishment – there are numerous reasons, each more enticing than the last.

 

It’s hard to know what to choose when it comes to accommodation, because each offering is plush, individual, magical and stylish. Whether you choose a cosy cottage for the two of you, an elegant suite that exudes chic and glamour, or a spacious lodge to accommodate the whole family, you’ll find that all of them offer the utmost privacy in an idyllic forested setting. In winter, fireplaces add a romantic glow, and year-round the private terraces provide spectacular views, and a spot to spend in quiet contemplation or dining a deux. Of course, amenities are world-class and superlative, so you’ll find it difficult to leave your room or suite. But do take advantage of everything the hotel has to offer, including a stunning pool area, state-of-the-art spa and a fully equipped fitness center.

 

The golf course at Meadowood is legendary, and the choice of sports facilities a joy for those who enjoy being active. But if you want to spend your time relaxing and doing as little as possible, you can do that, too. As long as you find the time to enjoy a wine-tasting or two, of savoring those legendary wines that have made the Napa Valley such a sought-after destination.

 

If you’d like to book a stay at this stunning luxury retreat, Baroque Travel will arrange it for you, contact us at info@baroquetravel.com right away!

New York EDITION finally opens its doors

Manhattan’s latest luxury hotel, the New York EDITION, opened its doors last week Thursday with a star-studded party. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

5 Madison Avenue was the place to be on Thursday May 14, as celebrities and super stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Alexa Chung, Tobey Maguire and Chrissy Teigen got together to celebrate the opening of the plush and extraordinary New York EDITION.

 

W Magazine took over the Clocktower Restaurant’s three dining rooms where guests enjoyed delicacies prepared by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton. Then, as the clock struck 10, they explored the hotel’s lobby, billiards room, upstairs and downstairs bars. DJ Q-Tip kept the music going, and the party went on till 4am. The following day, EDITION’s hotelier, Ian Schrager came to assess the damages. Schrager is the mastermind behind three unique hotels now found worldwide (the first was in London, the second is in Miami and the New York EDITION is the third) which he created in collaboration with Marriott International.

 

Schrager is believed to have said that the party was a huge success, and that’s coming from the man who made his name by creating Studio 54, one of the most iconic clubs in the world.

 

The hotel itself epitomises everything that we have come to expect from the EDITION brand. It offers a unique hotel experience, with personalized service and a design ethic that is quite unique. And then there’s the food, which is quite sublime, and entertainment offerings that are a cut above anything else on offer. The hotels are also quite unique and distinct – as Schrader wanted, they are all one of a kind. Guests enjoy exceptional facilities, services and amenities, a luxury offering that will see the hotel group grow to be one of the most competitive in the market.

 

The New York EDITION is housed in a 41-story clock tower that was originally erected in 1909 as HQ for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. This historic building is a NYC landmark that has now been transformed into a plush hotel with 273 guest rooms and suites all offering spectacular city views. The Clocktower Restaurant, run by Jason Atherton is located on the second floor, decorated with exquisite mahogany wood paneling and exquisite works of art. The hotel also boasts two bars as well as a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center which are both located on the 39th floor.

 

Located directly opposite Madison Square Park, this magnificent hotel is pet friendly, and offers a selection of luxury facilities, including 28-inch flat screen HDTVs in the rooms with cable access, high definition channels and movies on demand, not to mention custom-made Le Labo bathroom amenities with a signature scent that is exclusive to EDITION.


If you’d like to book your room at this brand new iconic establishment, contact Baroque Travel at  info@baroquetravel.com right away and we will arrange it for you.

Four of the most popular luxury hotels in NYC

During Baselworld in March this year, Forbes magazine quizzed more than 50 luxury watch and jewelry execs about their best luxury hotel in NYC. Baroque Travel takes a look at the four top hotels on their list

 

The Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental

Top of the list is the magnificent Peninsula New York, closely followed by the Waldorf Astoria, The Standard High Line and the Mandarin Oriental.

 

The Peninsula New York

Apparently the reason everybody loves the luxurious Peninsula is because of their rooftop bar, Salon de Ning, where one can enjoy drinks on the open-air deck after a hard day and enjoy a panoramic view of the city below. The spa, which we featured in depth last week as one of the best locations to spend Mother’s Day, with an idyllic setting high above Fifth Avenue, is another reason the hotel is so popular. In fact, the Peninsula Spa is one of the most popular hotel spas in the city. Of course, the Peninsula’s location on Fifth Avenue and being centrally situated in the heart of Midtown, makes it a perfect choice.

 

Mandarin Oriental, New York

The Mandarin Oriental is one of the three hotels voted joint second on the list of popular luxury places to stay in Manhattan. One of the reasons this sleek, sumptuous establishment is a sought-after destination are the spectacular city views from the sumptuous rooms and suites and the hotel’s sleek, modern design. Of course, it does help that the hotel is extremely chic and stylish, and its location on top of the Time Warner Center offers breathtaking views of Central Park and gives guests access to most of the city’s major attractions, including Broadway, Lincoln Center and Fifth Avenue.

Like the Peninsula, the Mandarin Oriental also boasts a spectacular spa with six treatment rooms and a Thai Yoga room for private yoga classes, VIP Spa Suite, vitality pools and steam rooms. Of course, there’s a state-of-the-art fitness center on the premises, too.

 

The Standard, High Line

Located in the Meatpacking District, the sumptuous Standard High Line is a hip location that appeals to the young, and the young-at-heart. It’s also in the center of a variety of entertainment that appeals to the younger set, and offers floor to ceiling windows from every room offering spectacular views. The hotel also boasts its own ice skating rink, a 24-hour gym, and a popular rooftop bar and creperie, making it a lively location for after hours fun. Guests have use of bicycles free of charge to get around the city, another plus if you’re in the mood for exploring.

 

Waldorf Astoria, New York

Fans of the Waldorf Astoria love the hotel because of its classic and historic appeal. At this landmark hotel, guests enjoy a traditional luxury experience that many stars and celebrities have also experienced. Its location on Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan is another major draw card, as is the level of service, the variety of restaurants and bars on offer, and the cachet of staying in such a legendary establishment.

 

If you would like to stay at any of these stunning luxury hotels, contact Baroque Travel right away by emailing info@baroquetravel.com, and we will arrange a reservation for you.

Opening this May – Marmara Park Avenue

NYC’s latest hotel to open its doors is a cut above the rest – not only does it have a prestigious Park Avenue address, but it was made locally by expert artisans in the five boroughs. Baroque Travel investigates

 

From the magnificent 14-foot fireplace in the lobby to the exquisite, hand-picked furniture all custom-created for the prestigious Marmara Park Avenue by local New Yorkers. NYC artist and designer, Joe Ginsberg not only custom-made the superlative furniture in the hotel, he was responsible for leading the other arts and craftsmen through their paces to create this plush, modern establishment. The hotel, which opens in May, was designed to reflect a chic pied-a-terre that would fit in with others of its ilk in Manhattan. And it does this with aplomb.

 

All areas in the hotel are spacious with high ceilings, including the hotels 128 guest rooms, suites and three sumptuous penthouses. The décor is sophisticated, edgy and stylish, indicative of ultra-luxury Manhattan hotels.

 

Set in the heart of the city in dynamic East Midtown, the hotel is located in a historic 21-storied building that was originally erected in 1927. Impeccably stylish and unashamedly plush, The Marmara Park Avenue stands proud, waiting to become another NYC landmark that is as feted as the best. In keeping with the design, which is both innovative and decidedly local, the hotel is also welcoming and comfortable and pulls out all the stops to make guests feel right at home. Although tranquil and polished, it retains a sense of being a retreat, a refuge from the noise and bustle of the city that is renowned for never sleeping.

 

Aside from offering unparalleled views of the city from every window, the hotel is also known for its meticulous attention to detail. All the guest accommodation occupies the 12th to the 17th floors in the hotel. Rooms are light, spacious and ultra luxurious, with huge beds, exquisite, comfortable linen, en suite marble bathrooms and every facility, including in-room iPad Air, LED TVs, free WiFi and much more. Forty of the suites have their own private terrace, offering a plush idyll, a sanctum from the city, a real home from home environment.

 

Facilities include a sophisticated lobby lounge, restaurant, wellness center and state of the art gymnasium that is open 24 hours a day, with indoor pool, sauna and steam rooms.

 

The hotel is ideally located in the heart of Nomad (North of Madison Square Park) at Park Avenue and 32nd Street. It also boasts a sister hotel in the historically wealthy neighborhood on New York’s Upper East Side, at 94th Street and Second Avenue.

 

If you’d like to book a room at the brand new Marmara Park Avenue, contact Baroque Travel, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will arrange this for you.

The ultimate NYC penthouse

Looking for the pinnacle of luxury in New York City? Baroque Travel has found it for you! It’s the lavish London Penthouse at The London NYC…

 

Two stories of sumptuousness stretching over 2,500 square feet of space that make up the top two floors of the tallest luxury hotel in the city… now that’s what we call luxury! When you stay at this magnificent penthouse, you’ll enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views of Manhattan on three sides, including the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge and lush Central Park, not to mention the awe-inspiring beauty of the Manhattan skyline from dawn to dusk and into the night.

 

Of course, the facilities on offer at this prestigious duplex penthouse are as magnificent as the view. Interior designer David Collins paid meticulous attention to detail when he created this serene, sophisticated, sumptuous space, which includes expansive open plan living areas on the 53rd floor and a dramatic staircase leading upstairs. The open living areas take up 1,200 square feet of luxury and include a dining, living and entertainment space that is noteworthy, as well as a full service kitchen where Gordon Ramsay’s culinary team prepares gourmet feasts. With Ramsay’s famous restaurant MAZE by Gordon Ramsay and The London Bar within the hotel itself, guests have the choice of dining in private or in the restaurant.

 

Upstairs one finds just two bedrooms – a guest suite as well as a spacious master bedroom, accommodating a maximum of five guests. The master bedroom offers every luxury, from a king-size four poster bed to a private dressing room and sumptuous bathroom with spectacular city views. The guest room is smaller, but equally luxe, featuring the same custom mosaic tiles, heated floor and towel racks, oversized showers and large bathtubs as those found in the master suite. Furnishings are plush and bespoke, including Filli D’Oro Italian linen and hand-woven throws. Of course, wireless Internet access and iHome iPod docking stations are standard, as is the use of flat-screen LCD TVs. In the living area, a marble gas fireplace takes center stage along with the 60-inch plasma TV screen and state-of-the-art entertainment system.

 

The London NYC Hotel is ideally located on 54th Street, between Seventh Avenue and Avenue of the Americas. Its magnificent duplex penthouse is a lush oasis of privacy close to Central Park, Rockafeller Center, Times Square, Fifth Avenue and Broadway theaters. If you’d like to book a stay in this plush penthouse, Baroque Travel will arrange it for you. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, for all the details.

New on the block The Baccarat Hotel, NYC

Finally opened to the public since March 25th is the iconic, classic Baccarat Hotel. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

 

Ultra-luxurious establishments abound in Midtown Manhattan, but the Baccarat Hotel stands out from the crowd. It’s a magnificent glass skyscraper that soars up 50 storeys into the sky, and inside Baccarat crystal abounds, of course, including 17 exquisite Baccarat crystal chandeliers. The hotel offers a selection of 114 sumptuous, spacious rooms and suites, all decorated in sophisticated, elegant style, a combination of Manhattan magnificence and Parisian class. Facilities include floor-to-ceiling windows, sitting areas, custom Mascioni jacquard linen, en suite white marble bathrooms with exclusive amenities created by Parisian perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian. The red enamel mini bar offers French gourmet delights from Fauchon, and guests can order champagne served in Baccarat fluted glasses by pressing a button on the telephone handset.

 

Of course, the hotel offers every facility for a luxury stay, from a state-of-the-art fitness center, the first American Spa de la Mer and a 50-foot indoor swimming pool. And then there’s one of Baccarat’s highlights, an extraordinary private collection of art masterpieces and photographs dating from the 18th Century to modern times. These are found throughout the hotel and the adjoining 60 luxury residences. They were collected over an 18-month period by Parisian art connoisseur Frédéric Chambre. In addition, the Baccarat boasts a selection of Harcourt glasses specially created for the hotel by a group of 12 local artists. These are also on display throughout the hotel.

 

The hotel itself is the first of its kind belonging to the 250-year-old crystal brand. It boasts an idyllic location, right across the street from the Museum of Modern Art and within walking distance of Fifth Avenue. The architecture and design are the perfect combination of historic and modern, with exquisite sumptuous spaces throughout. Every single piece of furniture in the hotel was created by Paris-based designers Gilles & Boissier, including artisanal Baccarat crystal elements, of course.

 

Just off the opulent Grand Salon one finds the Bar at Baccarat, with its exquisite barrel-vaulted ceilings, 60-foot bar and outdoor terrace. But the piece de resistance is the hotel’s French restaurant, Chevalier, which is overseen by Executive Chef Shea Gallante, who is a Michelin starred chef. The restaurant is overseen by legendary New York restaurateur Charles Masson and is run as a French-style brasserie. The private dining room, La Cour, serves up to 25 guests for special occasions.

 

The private residences are reached via a separate entrance, but guests who stay here enjoy all of the hotel’s exceptional facilities.

 

If you would like to book a room at this superlative luxury hotel, why not contact Baroque Travel on info@baroquetravel.com? We will arrange your stay at this brand new luxury hotel for you.

Florida’s first Relais & Chateaux property

The lavish Royal Blues Hotel has recently become part of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux collection, making it the first property in Florida to receive this status

 

If you’re looking for a sumptuous retreat in Florida, why not savor the luxury on offer at Royal Blues Hotel, the first hotel in the region to be accepted into the prestigious Relais & Chateaux collection of hotels and restaurants.

This luxury boutique hotel, which is located on spectacular Deerfield Beach, offers guests a selection of sumptuous accommodation, as well as superb gourmet dining and various activities. Located just 45 minutes’ drive from Miami, the hotel was created in 2014 by movie and Broadway producer Edward Walson, famous for working extensively with Woody Allen on movies such as Blue Jasmine and Magic in the Moonlight.

 

This spectacular hotel is located in a prestigious area that is part of Florida’s renowned Gold Coast, known for its rich cultural history and beautiful white sand beaches.

 

Royal Blues Hotel offers just 12 magnificent suites, all offering uninterrupted ocean views, each designed to resemble the clean lines of a superyacht, with lots of leather and teak wood, natural marble and exquisite original artworks from the owner’s private collection.

 

Guests enjoy gourmet dining in the excellent Chanson Restaurant, while savoring the magnificent view over the sea. The restaurant is also magnificently decorated and its centerpiece is a saltwater aquarium mounted above the diners. Food features fresh local ingredients from Florida’s abundance grown on its lush coastline. There’s a wine lounge adjacent to the restaurant where guests can enjoy a daily tasting of craft wines with a selection of tasty tapas.

 

 

Of course, a highlight of a visit here is spending time on beautiful Deerfield Beach, a long stretch of white sand that is not only safe to swim in, but also a conservation area with a community of turtles. The promenade facing the beach is a hive of activity, with numerous quaint little restaurants offering al fresco dining options day and night as well as live music.

 

To be accepted as one of the Relais & Chateaux collection is an honor. This exclusive collection is made up of 530 of the finest, most charming hotels and gourmet restaurants around the world, in 60 different countries. Relais & Chateaux was established in France in 1954, with a aim of spreading its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties that each have a truly unique character. Royal Blues Hotel has met all of these criteria.

If you would like to book a stay at this prestigious establishment, why not contact Baroque Travel right away, at info@baroquetravel.com .

Visit website: www.royalblueshotel.com

Sophisticated elegance in Santa Barbara

If you’re visiting Santa Barbara on business or at leisure, and are looking for a sublime retreat, then let Baroque Travel book you a room at the Belmond El Encanto

 

 The El Encanto is the only Forbes Five Star resort in Santa Barbara, an enchanting, sumptuous retreat for those who enjoy the good things in life. Nestling in seven acres of exquisitely landscaped gardens, just five minutes’ drive from the center of Santa Barbara, the hotel offers every luxury as well as a tranquil, idyllic setting. This magnificent boutique establishment is located high in the hills overlooking Santa Barbara, offering breathtaking views of the city and the ocean beyond.

 

 Belmond El Encanto was built in the 1920s, and its original Art Deco architecture has been meticulously restored to its former glory, while modern additions add an extra touch of luxe, such as the expansive infinity edge swimming pool and a state-of-the-art modern spa and fitness center. Guests enjoy every facility here to ensure a laidback, glamorous stay. Personal guest managers are on hand to cater to one’s every whim, and nothing is too much trouble – this personalized service is synonymous with every Belmond hotel around the world, including the sumptuous Cipriani where George and Amal Clooney recently married.


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 Accommodation is luxurious and spacious, all en suite, with flat screen satellite TVs, a fireplace, seating area, balcony or patio overlooking the lush gardens.  Guests enjoy 24-hour reception, and for those who are visiting Santa Barbara on business, every facility is available, including a business center, fax and photocopying services.

 

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 Belmond Hotels are owned by the prestigious Orient Express Group, so guests can expect a sophisticated selection of food at the restaurant, which is renowned for its excellent Californian cuisine prepared using vegetables and herbs from the hotel gardens.

 

 To really explore the area, it’s best to hire a vehicle. The hotel will arrange this for you, either with or without a chauffeur. There are numerous attractions close to the hotel, including Santa Barbara Mission and Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, and the city’s Municipal golf course is just 10 minutes away by car. If you prefer to stay put and explore at leisure, the hotel offers free motorized bicycles for rental – a necessity as the establishment is located on quite a steep hill!

 

 For more information on this exceptionally lavish establishment, visit the website, http://www.belmond.com/el-encanto-santa-barbara. Then contact Baroque Travel, info@baroquetravel.com, to arrange a stay at one of the most luxurious hotels in California. You won’t be disappointed!

Superbowl Heads-up...

 Baroque Access has found some of the best hotels in Scottsdale for football fans heading to the Superbowl next weekend

 

Arizona Biltimore

Get away from it all at this sumptuous resort and spa surrounded by 39 acres of gardens in the prestigious Biltmore area. At this Waldorf Astoria resort, you’re far enough away from the Superbowl hype but close enough to get there and enjoy it when you wish. Facilities are exceptional, with 8 swimming pools, a fully equipped spa, child care and two 18-hole golf courses. There are five restaurants to choose from, 7 on-site tennis courts and even salon service… it’s called the “Jewel of the Desert” for a reason!

 

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

A fabulous choice for those who enjoy being close to the action, this luxury hotel is known for its super large pool and four excellent restaurants. There are 648 spacious rooms to choose from, each with its own seating area, and the hotel boasts an on-site spa and wellness program, two 18-hole championship golf courses and every other facility to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Between enjoying decadent brunches, a wide selection of family friendly activities and personalized service, you’ll find it hard to leave when the Superbowl activities are in full swing!

 

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

With a breathtaking setting in the Sonoran Desert, this luxurious hotel offers 210 elegant rooms with every mod con including iPod docking station and WiFi, a choice of two outdoor pools and magnificent desert views from a private balcony or terrace. Just 20 minutes’ drive from Old Town Scottsdale, close to Pinnacle Peak’s spectacular rock formations, the resort boasts a choice of restaurants and a relaxing bar and lounge.

 

The Phoenician Scottsdale

This premier Arizona resort offers a variety of sun and fun-filled outdoor activities to make your Superbowl experience even more exciting. Situated at the bottom of Camelback Mountain close to Scottsdale’s varied entertainment delights, the Phoenician offers 250 acres of fun in the sun. There’s a 27-hole championship golf course, a choice of 9 swimming pools, 8 stunning restaurants, a fully equipped wellness spa and a fitness center, plus every guest room offers spectacular views from a private balcony or patio. Kids are well catered for with their own pool, a family activity center and a stunning 165-foot water slide.

 

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Renowned for its superb spa facilities and idyllic location at the foot of Camelback Mountain, the Spanish-inspired Omni Scottsdale offers every facility for a fabulous Superbowl Weekend. There’s a stunning spa, a selection of gourmet dining options and the 293 spacious rooms all offer private patios with stunning views and plush accommodation. Refresh in the rooftop pool or a choice of two others, up your energy at the 24-hour fitness center, enjoy fine dining at Prado or the Crave Café and relax with a drink at M Bar.

 

W Hotel Scottsdale

If you prefer cool in every sense of the word, then the ultra-luxurious W Scottsdale should be your choice. Located near Scottsdale Fashion Square, close to the Entertainment district and the Old Town, this stunning resort is the center of the action after dark, with a popular Asian restaurant, lounge and nightclub as well as a fabulous fitness center.  Every one of the 230 rooms boasts delightful desert views, the signature W beds and every facility. The new suites on the private sixth floor wing are even plusher, with a living room, high tech kitchen and en suite laundry.

 

Westin Kierland Villas

Although it’s just 10 miles from downtown Scottsdale, staying at the Westin Kierland Villas feels as if you’re in the midst of the desert! Kid-friendly facilities include a water slide, kids’ pool, lazy river pool and play area and there’s also a Golf club. As it’s located right next door to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, guests enjoy all those facilities, too, including a stunning spa and fully equipped gym. Villas offer excellent self-catering facilities, including an equipped kitchenette and barbecue area on the property.

 Permanent or temporary – it’s your choice!

 

Ritz Carlton Paradise Valley

Arizona is spectacular – and not just when the Superbowl is attracting the hordes. Whether you’re thinking of finding a luxe hotel for the Superbowl, or would prefer a holiday home, take a look at the latest offering that’s coming soon from Ritz-Carlton. Offering the sophistication, style and luxury that the Ritz-Carlton is synonymous with, Ritz Carlton Paradise Valley is an 110-acre community that will not only offer hotel accommodation; it will also offer a selection of plush Residences to provide luxury living in one of the world’s most spectacular resort destinations.

 

For more information on any of these hotels, or to book your stay for the Superbowl, contact info@baroquetravel.com

 

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Top 10 luxury hotels in the world

Every travel expert worth their salt has a list of what they consider the best luxury hotels around the globe. Baroque Access has a list of what we consider some of the most luxurious hotels to visit in 2015. Take a look…

 

1. Hotel Le Toiny, St Barth

The Relais & Châteaux group of properties comprises some of the most luxurious restaurants and hotels in the world, each hand-picked by experts for its superlative level of service and facilities. Hotel Le Toiny is one of their selection, and it offers the quintessential luxury holiday. Set on 42 glorious acres overlooking a spectacular beach, this magnificent hotel offers supreme privacy and personalized service in a choice of 15 freestanding bungalows, each with its own private pool. The newly refurbished Le Restaurant Le Gaïac is a popular choice for visitors to St Barth, especially for Sunday brunch by the pool. And then, of course, there are all the reasons that St Barth remains such an iconic Caribbean destination…

http://www.letoiny.com

 

2. Mystique, Santorini

The spectacular town of Ios on Santorini is pure paradise. Add a luxury hotel to the mix and you have the most idyllic holiday imaginable. Mystique’s 35 breathtaking suites are all built into the cliffs overlooking the sea on the outskirts of this exquisite Greek island town, perfect in their whitewashed glory, and the mind-boggling sea views just add to the luxury. Guests dine al fresco on their private balconies, sunbathe in privacy or just stare out over the azure ocean. Paradise?  Yes, but twice as nice.

http://mystique.gr

 

3. Palacio Nazarenas, Cuzco, Peru

Who can resist a Peruvian palace? We certainly can’t. This particular one is an historic structure that has been named the most luxurious hotel in the world. Located in peaceful Nazarenas Square, within walking distance of Cuzco’s main plaza, this five star resort and spa offers a choice of 55 sumptuous suites, all ‘enriched with oxygen’. When you’re not being pampered with every facility imaginable, you can explore the Inca sites at Macchu Picchu nearby, as well as the exquisite Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo fortresses.

www.belmond.com/PalacioNazarenas

 

4. Ashford Castle, Ireland, UK

This 75-year old medieval Irish castle is a bucket-list destination, a one-of-a-kind hotel created by the award-winning UK-based Red Carnation group. This exceptional establishment set on the Irish coastline was originally built in 1228 – of course, it’s been meticulously refurbished and transformed into a luxury hotel offering an iconic experience. Named one of the Leading Hotels of the World, Ashford Castle has already been touted as one of the 500 best hotels on earth. Previously owned by the Guinness family who created Ireland’s signature beer, this lavish hotel offers a myriad dining options, 83 exquisite guest rooms and suites and 350 acres to explore. Activities include horse riding, superb fishing and falconry as well as clay pigeon shooting, a private nine-hole golf course and a fully equipped spa.

www.ashfordcastle.com

 

5. Wildflower Hall, Shimla, Himalayas, India

This historic hotel in the Himalayas is now owned by world-famous luxury hotel group Oberoi. Once the Colonial Hill Station home of Lord Kitchener, Wildflower Hall has won acclaim as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world – and with good reason. The hotel offers guests every luxury in sumptuous accommodation, a magnificent setting and a welcoming, Colonial atmosphere that is hard to beat. Of course, facilities are of the highest standard. There are two swimming pools, one indoors, a stunning spa, fitness center, and an excellent restaurant. Activities include yoga, cycling, nature walks, cycling or just soaking up the magnificent scenery.

http://www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-shimla-wfh/index.aspx

 

6. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

It’s called ‘the most luxurious hotel in the world 2014’ for a good reason. Dubai’s landmark, the sail-shaped 321m Burj Al Arab really does offer the ultimate luxury holiday. Its floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the spectacular Arabian Gulf, the various facilities are all world class, and the décor is luxe and glitzy. There are 8 restaurants and bars, including the famous Al Mahara where succulent seafood is served, an excellent spa, sumptuous suites with a 24-hour butler service, a private beach… Burj Al Arab has it all.

www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab

 

7. Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy

This exceptional hotel is where actor George Clooney and his entourage stayed when he wed Amal Alamuddin in late 2014. Set on Guidecca Island, a 5-minute journey by motor launch from St Mark’s Square, this gilded retreat offers every imaginable luxury as well as spectacular views across the lagoon. Every luxury is on tap, from gourmet cuisine and signature cocktails to an Olympic-sized pool plus accommodation with every mod con. The hotel offers pampered guests a choice of 79 rooms and suites, all with their own private balcony overlooking the lagoon and a personal butler.

www.belmond.com/hotel-cipriani-venice

 

8. Singita Sabi Sand, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Choose from two exquisite bush lodges – the rustic, stylish Boulder Lodge, or the more traditional bush experience at Ebony Lodge, where you can watch elephants bathing from your bedroom. Then enjoy the ultimate luxury in the middle of the bush, an opportunity to experience wild animals in their natural habitat. Safari experiences in South Africa abound, but this is one of the most luxurious of all, an opportunity to relax in a magnificent setting and enjoy every pampering, including superb cuisine and sumptuous accommodation. Expert guides take you on guided game drives to spot wildlife in the surroundings – lions lazing in the sun, hippo bathing in the water… this is Africa at its best, with lots of luxury thrown in for good measure.

singita.com/regions/singita-sabi-sand/

 

9. Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

If you’re going to visit the rainforest in Costa Rica, then make sure you stay at this tropical retreat where service is superb, facilities are fabulous and the setting is quite idyllic. Considered one of the most romantic resorts in the world, the hotel offers spacious, sumptuous rooms, superior service, great dining options and a spa where you can relax and unwind. A rainforest experience with all the trimmings? Yes. And the opportunity to get a taste of the wilds.

www.arenalnayara.com

 

10. Constance Halaveli, Maldives

There are paradise islands aplenty, all offering stunning luxury experiences. But one of the best holidays imaginable is in a private island setting, where you are literally miles away from anywhere in the middle of the sea. Constance Halaveli is one of these resorts – a secluded, stunning location in the Maldives’ North Ari Atoll, with every imaginable luxe facility. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the magnificent white sand beaches, enjoying a variety of watersports in the turquoise sea, or taking time out to explore your magnificent tropical surrounds, this lavish resort has it all. Its intimate, magical location sets it apart which is why it can proudly boast being a most unique escape.

http://www.constancehotels.com/en/hotels-resorts/maldives/halaveli/