Rosy Bahamas vacation

Harbor Island and its extraordinary Pink Sands Beach have been a best keep secret in the Bahamas. But no more. Baroque Travel finds out all about this idyllic island escape

 

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Stretching for more than three miles on Harbor Island, beautiful Pink Sands Beach is not only spectacularly beautiful, but it’s also a stunning spot to relax on a well-earned vacation. The beach gets its unique pink color from foraminifera, which are microscopic shelled creatures with reddish-pink shells. These creatures are mixed into the sand with finely crushed coral, shells and other substances usually found on beaches.

 

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Our choice of place to stay in this unique environment is The Dunmore Harbor Island, a resort that celebrates the exceptional. This Caribbean beach hotel is a timeless, classically elegant retreat that offers every comfort. Overlooking the azure Atlantic sea and the celebrated hues of Pink Sands Beach on Harbor Island, the hotel has been a hidden secret since it was first opened in 1963, a popular haven for the rich and famous.

 

The resort’s landmark pavilion is the entrance to this luxury haven in the Bahamas. Accommodation is in charming guest cottages, each offering its own spacious private patio and furnished in chic beach style by the celebrated designer Amanda Lindroth. The legendary king-sized beds are comfortable, and the entire setting is reminiscent of a more elegant era, with lots of contemporary touches. The result is gracious, warm and inviting.

 

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Dining at The Dunmore is another exclusive experience. The menu features a selection of dishes that blend French and Continental cuisine with fresh seafood, tropical fruits and local ingredients. These unique flavors, created by Executive Chef Philip Armbrister, capture the taste of the islands in the Bahamas and their unique spirit. Guests enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restaurant, as well as complimentary tea and coffee. The restaurant is also open to the public for lunch and dinner, although dinner reservations are required.

 

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Activities available at The Dunmore are numerous, as befits a luxury Caribbean resort. There’s a heated swimming pool, tennis court, beach-side service, numerous water sports such as waterskiing and jet skiing, as well as many other activities, including yoga instruction and private fishing expeditions. Guests can also enjoy private charter with the captain to explore this spectacular area.

 

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Harbor Island is one of the most celebrated destinations in the Caribbean, if you have been let into the secret. The indescribable beauty of the pink beach sand stretching for three long miles is something quite unique. Take a stroll on the beach by day, and then, for a completely different experience, see it when the sunsets, and the sand’s color changes to a vibrant pink. The contrast between the blue of the sea and the pink of the sand is why Pink Sands Beach is often called the most beautiful beach in the world.

 

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Explore further afield to really get to know Harbor Island, which dates back to 1791, when Lord Dunmore, who had a summer residence on the island, planned the streets of the town. Explore the town with its well-preserved cottages nestling along streets where golf carts are used instead of cars to get around.

 

If you would like to spend your vacation in paradise in the Bahamas at The Dunmore, let Baroque Travel assist. Mail us right away so that we can secure a booking for you in this idyllic setting, info@baroquetravel.com. We can make all your travel arrangements for you, from flights to transfers and, of course, accommodation and sightseeing.

Miami’s best hotel

Last week, Conde Nast Traveller announced their Reader’s Choice Awards 2017. Number one on the list of Top Hotels in Miami was Faena, Miami Beach Florida. Baroque Travel takes a look at this exceptional establishment

 

Two years ago, the Faena, Miami Beach opened its doors, part of Alan Faena’s multi-block reinvention of certain historic buildings in a region in Miami Beach he called the Faena District. Stretching from 32nd to 36th Streets, this billion-dollar district is home to the Faena hotel, and also features residential buildings and stores. The key beachfront property still boasts the façade of the original hotel that stood there, the Saxony, built around 1948, whilst inside it is a modern masterpiece, an eclectic mix of contemporary styles. The Saxony was an iconic hotel way ahead of its time, and one of the first luxury resort hotels in Miami Beach. Faena Miami Beach has carried on its tradition, just adding a more contemporary feel.

The lobby, nicknamed ‘The Cathedral’ is a glittering spectacle of gold-leafed columns and murals that reach from floor to ceiling, full of images of wild animals and religious symbols on a deep red canvas background. Furniture is covered in animal print, lamps are coated in coral and there are numerous striking paintings by Gona Fuenmayor.

A highlight of a visit here is the magnificent spa, the Tierra Santa Healing House Spa, decorated in a chic bohemian style, as well as a 150-seat dinner theater plus numerous art installations that add a touch of color wherever you look. The 58 glamorous guest rooms and 111 suites are designed in sea green and maraschino cherry with pieces that resemble the original Art Deco furnishings of the hotel’s previous iteration, the Saxony.

So exquisite that it has been made one of the Leading Hotels of the World, Faena Hotel Miami Beach emits an old world grandeur that makes it stand out from the crowd of hotels in Miami. Located on the seafront, each of its beautifully designed spaces manage to transform the ordinary into something quite extraordinary and experiences here are one-of-a-kind. Dining is always a delight in the hotel’s two restaurants, the Fire Kitchen run by Argentine chef Francis Mallman, and the Asian establishment that serves modern dishes prepared by chef Paul Qui.

Luxury facilities include signature Faena Butlers, who ensure that every guest’s needs are not only met but surpassed. The hotel has managed to offer a guest experience that is quite unique, thoughtful, attentive service that recalls Miami’s golden age when pampering was not a luxury, but an accepted part of a fine hotel experience.

 

If you would like to say at this extraordinary hotel, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make your reservation for you. If you require any other travel assistance such as flights, transfers and sightseeing, we can arrange all of this for you as well.

On top of the world at the InterContinental New York Barclay

This glamorous and historic New York landmark gets a brand new penthouse suite. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

Originally built in 1926 in Midtown Manhattan, the InterContinental New York Barclay is one of the city’s iconic hotels. Built as part of the Grand Central Terminal’s urban design plan, the hotel was part of the Midtown Manhattan’s renaissance and became extremely popular among the New York social set.

And now this historic hotel has a brand new penthouse that adds to its already unmatchable cachet. First came a massive refurbishment that was completed in April 2016, and now, adding to the hotel’s iconic status is the new ultra luxe 16th floor penthouse.

Let’s not forget – this 1926 hotel already has a Presidential Suite that few can afford (unless they are prepared to pay $25,000 per night). But the latest addition is even more sumptuous, with a well-appointed 1,300-square-foot terrace and floor to ceiling windows in the living area offering views of the Chrysler Building. But that’s not all. Named after the hotel’s most famous long-standing resident, Harold S. Vanderbilt, the hotel boasts an exquisite chandelier in the living room, with two armchairs in front of a beautiful gas-log fire. There are two bedrooms, three full bathrooms, an open plan design, exquisite furnishings and numerous facilities.

Guests can enjoy in-room massage, bespoke drinks in the liquor cabinet, a full size fridge, a personal chef if you need one, big screen TV on the terrace and every other facility available to the rest of the guests who enjoy being looked after at this superlative establishment.  We’re talking about a gym, limo/town car service, 24-hour front desk, Gin Parlor, even a massive birdcage in the entrance lobby.

Talking of the Gin Parlor… located within is the Gin Parlor Restaurant, a sophisticated yet casual space offering New York-inspired culinary delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What sets the InterContinental New York Barclay apart from other luxury hotels is its apartment-style living. Guests can choose from one of the two penthouses, a suite or a standard room. No matter where you stay, you will enjoy superb accommodation and refined service. Of course, the brand new penthouse is the cream of the crop.

 

If you’d like to find out more about staying in the magnificent Harold S. Vanderbilt penthouse, or any of the other accommodation on offer in this exceptional hotel, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make your reservation for you. If you require assistance with any other travel arrangements, such as flights, transfers, sightseeing, restaurant bookings, etc, we can arrange these for you as well.

The Gramercy Park Hotel - more than a luxurious lodge

This legendary hotel has been part of the New York scene since the 1920s and is still a favorite haunt of the rich and famous to this day. Baroque Travel finds out all about The Gramercy Park Hotel

 

Since its revamp by iconic artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel in 2006 and subsequent redesigns, The Gramercy Park Hotel was given a new lease on life. A New York institution and very much part of the Bohemian scene in its heyday, this iconic hotel is now filled with a rotating collection of exquisite contemporary artworks by 20th Century artists such as Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Twombly. Those who flock here to enjoy its delights include New York’s contemporary high rollers, fashion designers, intellectuals, artists and literati – you’ll find them in the Italian-inspired Maialino restaurant and the hotel’s two extremely sought-after bars, the Rose and Jade Bars.

New York local Julian Schnabel rose to fame in the 1970s for his unusual ‘Plate Paintings’. He then moved into film-making, notable for the biopic in 1996 called Basquiat, followed by the equally jaw-dropping The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Both brought him international acclaim and numerous awards. He transformed the hotel in 2006 along with real estate mogul Aby Rosen and the co-founder of Studio 54, Ian Schrager. And the rest, as they say, is history.

From the moment one enters this contemporary establishment, with its jewel tones and masterpieces, you feel as if you have entered another world, and another time. The hotel is literally a work of art in its own right. Modern additions include the exquisitely landscaped roof garden offering exquisite views of the New York skyline where one can dine al fresco as well as magnificent interiors where guests dine or savor a drink or two.

A bonus of staying in this iconic hotel is that guests enjoy exclusive access to leafy Gramercy Park, the only private park in the city. But the 190 guest rooms and suites are just as much a good reason to stay here… Beautifully furnished with a combo of bespoke furniture and flea market finds, the spacious accommodation features rich velvet curtains, leather wing chairs, carved stone mantelpieces and, of course, original works of art. The color choices are Renaissance-inspired, giving the feeling of living in a Renaissance painting. There are seven specialty suites, each with a living room and bathroom with sculpted bathtubs. Some also offer dining rooms for those who wish to entertain in private.

 

If you would like to book a reservation at this exceptional and iconic establishment, let Baroque Travel assist. Mail us now with all your details, info@baroquetravel.com. If you require assistance with any other travel arrangements, such as flights, transfers or sightseeing, we can assist with those as well.

Best of the Best in New York City

Last week, International luxury travel network Virtuoso® announced the names of those establishments that have won the 2017 Best of the Best Awards. Their ‘Best Newcomer’ is a stunning establishment in New York City. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

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There are 11 top hotels and hoteliers named in the Virtuoso® Best of the Best Awards for 2017, including a magnificent Italian palace, Palazzo Seneca, that received acclaim as the legendary ‘Hotel of the Year’. And New York City is home to the ‘Best Newcomer’, The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown.

Located where Tribeca and the Financial District meet and a block away from the World Trade Center and Ground Zero, this brand new hotel adds a classic profile to the city’s legendary skyline. Soaring upwards, this luxury tower looks onto Downtown New York, a neighbourhood that is reinventing itself on a daily basis and has become the place to see and be seen. The hotel, which was designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern, takes up the first 24 storeys in the tower, a luxury retreat that is both contemporary and tranquil.

The 189 guest rooms including 28 suites, located on floors 7 through 24, form a chic, richly layered canvas painted by global design stars Yabu Pushelberg. Some offer balconies and all feature spacious closets, 55-inch Smart TV’s, Bose stereo systems, private bars and luxe en suite facilities with a vanity mirror with built-in TV, illuminated shaving mirror, large tub and separate WC.

Suites offer a superlative level of luxury, some with terraces overlooking Downtown New York, all with powder rooms near the foyer and bathrooms with heated floors. Premium suites feature heated towel racks and a steam shower and the palatial Royal Suite, which encompasses half of the hotel’s 24th floor, offers every possible luxury for living, sleeping and entertaining. It features a dining area for 10, media room, office and opulent en suite master bedroom.

Dining opportunities are a cut above, in celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s first restaurant in Manhattan, CUT. There’s also a tranquil, state-of-the-art spa, gym and a lap pool.

Guests at this new hotel all receive celebrity treatment, which is why it has won this award. Add a stunning location, close to numerous sites and you have a winning combination for a getaway or business trip.

 

If you would like to make a reservation at this brand new, award-winning New York City hotel, let us do it for you. Contact us with all your details, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will assist with all your travel arrangements as well as your hotel reservations.

A taste of Japan in NYC

Enjoy a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony at the only Japanese-owned boutique hotel in NYC, the Kitano New York when you stay in its unique Tatami Suite. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

The Kitano Hotel New York is a tranquil oasis in the midst of Manhattan, ideally located on Park Avenue in the historic Murray Hill district. Here you can enjoy a taste of the traditional Japanese lifestyle in the midst of Manhattan, including delectable Kaiseki cuisine at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Hakubai, exquisitely designed Japanese-style guest rooms and suites with spectacular city views and every possible amenity.

The hotel, which opened in 1973, has been a best-kept secret, but has become increasingly popular because of its weekly Jazz evenings and superb displays of original artworks. A stay at this unique hotel is an experience in its own, from the moment you arrive and settle into your custom-designed hotel room or suite. 

All of the suites offer spacious living areas as well as ergonomic workspaces for business travelers, but it’s the Tatami Suite which is the highlight. This one-bedroom luxury suite offers a choice of twin beds or a futon, all natural wooden flooring, shoji paper screens and Tatami mats. In addition to the authentic Japanese décor and sand-textured walls, the suite also features a Japanese Tea Ceremony room, where guests can enjoy a unique, intimate and traditional Japanese Tea Gathering Ceremony, something usually only experienced in Japan, not the US.

The artwork adorning the walls of this beautiful boutique hotel is a highlight of a stay here. Since the hotel opened, it has become known as a location for showcasing music, art and culture. As a result, there is a rotating repertoire of exquisite gallery artworks on display throughout the hotel’s lobby and mezzanine floors, plus permanent fixtures such as the bronze sculpture called ‘Dog’ by world-famous sculptor Fernando Botero, which stands at the base of the stairs leading to the Mezzanine floor. Themes depicted include various numerous New York landmarks, offering a taste of both US and Japanese culture in one exquisite setting.

Items on display have been provided by numerous prestigious establishments such as the Museum of Art and Design, the Morgan Library and the Lladro Gallery. Currently on display are pieces from the famous 18th Century Baccarat Collection.

Whilst enjoying traditional Kaiseki cuisine at the Kitano’s Michelin-starred Hakubai restaurant, guests are treated to views of a superb collection of artworks by famous Japanese contemporary painter, Tatsuya Ishiodori. Another highlight throughout the hotel are the artful Ikebana floral arrangements designed weekly by the renowned Ikenobo Ikebana Society.

You can’t stay at this unique hotel without visiting its Jazz club, Jazz at Kitano, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails as well as superb musical performances from Monday through Saturday evening. Dishes are contemporary American cuisine with Pan Asian influences and this intimate jazz lounge is legendary for offering the best in world-class jazz entertainment. The full bar menu includes rare malt whiskeys, classic cocktails, fine wines, champagne and Sake.

 

If you would like to book a Japanese experience at New York City’s Kitano Hotel, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make all your travel arrangements for you, whether for business or pleasure.

Mexican magic in NYC

Baroque Travel finds a hidden gem, a chic little hotel in the heart of Manhattan’s Chelsea art gallery district with a decidedly Mexican feel

 

Set in the heart of Chelsea in Manhattan, the Hotel Americano is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway, especially for lovers of contemporary art and the Manhattan lifestyle. This chic 56-room hotel has been designed with a number of Mexican influences, including a beautiful outdoor rooftop swimming pool that transforms in the cooler months into a concept restaurant called Arriba.

 

In typical New York fashion, the hotel also offers numerous local touches, such as iPads in every guest room, that offer lots of information and recommendations for the best galleries in the area, as well as great shops and restaurants to visit. In addition, guests have access to bicycles so that they can explore the High Line and Hudson River Park at leisure, and take full of advantage of Chelsea’s world-class art galleries, industrial history and multi-cultural residents.

 

The hotel, which is located between 14th Street and 30th Street in West Manhattan, an area that was once desolate and is now full of upmarket residences and apartments, stunning restaurants, bars, stores, and markets that concentrate on organic produce. The architecture is as exciting as the area itself, with 19th Century homes with small gardens all facing the Hudson River.

 

The Mexican influence comes from entrepreneurs Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha, who own 12 hotels in Mexico, this Manhattan gem and two in Chicago, as well as their latest project, The Robey, a hip new property in Chicago. They are passionate about making the hotel fit into its surroundings so that guests feel at home in their environment.

 

This hotel was originally a parking garage, and was transformed by award-winning Mexico-based architect Enrique Norten into a 10-story building that is metal mesh-wrapped and features a stylish boutique hotel. The sophisticated façade opens onto an extraordinary space that features two restaurants, a lobby café and two bars located in the basement.

 

The interior of the hotel was designed by Paris-based interior designer Arnaud Montigny using a minimilast Japanese approach, influenced by the work he did in Tokyo. Guest rooms are decorated with natural materials; beds are on matresses on wooden platforms, the lighting is low and the walls are bare. The result is a neutral space so that guests can absorb the art they see in the galleries and not in their rooms.

 

One of the bars, El Privado, is slightly hidden as it’s private and requires reservations. It’s decorated in a muted palette. The second bar, Bar Americano, is a private dining and cocktail space that features its own private entrance. The main restaurant, The Americano, offers a menu of French fare with Latin inspiration. The dining-room is cutting edge and there’s also an outdoor patio. There’s also the Mexican grill restaurant A Piscine, offering sweeping city views. The hotel also features a coffee shop in the lobby where guests can enjoy snacks and coffee as well as pastries and smoothies.

 

If you would like to book a unique getaway in this chic little boutique hotel, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will give you all the information you require about the hotel and can make a reservation for you.

Glamping in NYC

You don’t have to leave Manhattan to enjoy an outdoor vacation, thanks to AKA Central Park. Baroque Travel finds out all the details

 

Glamping (glamorous camping) is still the only way to enjoy an outdoor experience if you’re a fan of luxury. And this summer, until Labor Day weekend, AKA Central Park is offering the ultimate glamping adventure, sleeping outside under the stars in the lap of luxury.

 

So yes, your luxury bed will be outdoors, and every possible facility will be on hand to make sure that you have the ultimate glamping getaway. But there’s more. For starters, you get to sleep in a pair of luxury pyjamas from Bergdorf Goodman. Organize your own fashion shoot if you wish, as there’s a photographer on call to document your adventure. The pampering and good food will be followed by sleeping outdoors in a luxurious queen-sized bed. You will also get to enjoy sunrise yoga (of course, the sunrise will be glorious!) with Lululemon.

 

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This exceptional experience is your adventure when you stay at one of the two exquisite, light-filled Sky Suites at AKA Central Park, each of which boasts a 1,000-square-foot terrace with a stunning wood-burning fireplace. Even getting there is exclusive – the 17th floor of the hotel is only accessible with a private key.

Of course, if you prefer, you can sleep inside the Sky Suite. At $3,855 per night, you call the shots. Unless the weather takes over…

 

Of course, you don’t have to stay outdoors at this exceptional luxury hotel, which is located just off Fifth Avenue and a block from the entrance of Central Park. This 17-story highrise offers a selection of excellent accommodation in the form of 134 exquisite, spacious studios as well as one and two-bedroom furnished apartments with full kitchens. The penthouse suites, located on the 15th and 16th floors of the hotel, are its most exclusive offerings, featuring breathtaking city views, custom designed furniture, Italian lighting, fully-equipped kitchens, marble bathrooms and 55-inch TVs. The Sky Suites mentioned above are the most exclusive offerings with panoramic views in three directions.

 

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The hotel’s fitness center is renowned, and AKA Central Park also offers a residents-only lounge and private access to the café for breakfast, organic coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

The hotel is exceptionally well-situated, close to all of Fifth Avenue’s iconic stores as well as many local museums, including MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim. The concierge will also assist in booking theater, restaurant, limo and other services.

 

If you would like to find out more about the glamping experience, or would like to book a stay at this exceptional hotel at any time during the summer, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com and we will make all your reservations and arrangements for you.

Porsche builds a residential tower in Miami

Luxury vehicle brand Porsche ventures into real estate in the US for the first time with the 60-storey The Porsche Design Tower Miami. Baroque Access finds out all about it

 

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Using its iconic personality and signature design ethic, automaker Porsche has created The Porsche Design Tower Miami. This, the company’s first residential real estate project combines everything that Porsche stands for: functional design, technical innovation, iconic style and a forward-thinking approach that has stood the brand in good stead. The building, which stands 641 feet high, comprises 132 units of various sizes.

 

The newly completed Porsche Design Tower is located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida on the beachfront. It is one of the tallest buildings in the area and has not only changed Miami’s skyline but has also created a new level of residential luxury. Functional design is the DNA of the Porsche brand, which is why the building is so innovative. It has been created using the same level of creative ingenuity and superlative quality used to create every single Porsche automobile. This innovative quality is evident in every aspect of the building, a marriage of function and technology to make living in this residential tower the most comfortable, luxury experience available.

 

The most distinctive feature of the brand new tower is a patented and revolutionary glass-enclosed elevator lift system for automobiles called ‘the Deservator’, a drive-in elevator. This elevator transports both residents and their vehicles to and from their luxury homes. The engineering expertise required to build an elevator this complex was extensive, and the result is a whole new way of looking at condo living, with parking thrown into the mix. But this is just one of the tower’s luxury touches; others include plunge pools and outdoor summer kitchens on the balconies of most units. All these are unique features reserved for only the most elite residential buildings.

 

The building, which is now complete, is already almost sold out. One of the last units to be sold, for a whopping $25 million, was the magnificent four-storey, 17,000-square foot penthouse that includes two private swimming pools and a garage in the sky (well, on the 56th floor!) for up to 11 vehicles.

 

 It’s not surprising that the building is so popular: after all, it offers every possible luxury for people and their vehicles, not to mention a state-of-the-art spa, ballroom, movie theater and a games room with racing car simulators.

 

If you would like to find out about the very few condo’s still available (we’re talking just five at the time of going to press), let Baroque Access assist. Contact us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com, and we will assist you in purchasing one of these exclusive Miami homes.

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

New in Beverly Hills, Waldorf Astoria’s latest offering, the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills opens in June 2017. Baroque Travel finds out all the details

 

Finally, Waldorf Astoria is bringing its iconic cachet to Los Angeles. The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, which will open in time for the summer season in June, will be located on the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards. This is the first hotel from the Waldorf Astoria Brand to be built on the West Coast, and keeping to its signature style, the hotel will depict the magic and glamor of old Hollywood, with a white exterior that is inspired by beautiful Art Deco and an interior that is as lavish as it is beautiful.

 

The hotel will offer a choice of 170 guest rooms and suites, all exquisitely created and designed by famous interior design company Pierre-Yves Rochon. In addition, floor-to-ceiling windows and oversized balconies will offer the best views of the breathtaking Hollywood Hills and Century City. For the rich and famous, the spacious villa suites on the third floor provide the perfect hideaway with its own manicured private garden terraces.

 

Waldorf Astoria is well-known with A-listers from all over the world, and this new iteration will be no different. After all, who can resist the delights on offer from Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten when he opens his first restaurant on the West Coast, or the unsurpassed treatments on offer by French skincare brand La Prairie at the hotel’s spa – these include the world-famous La Prairie Skin Caviar treatments.

 

At the new Waldorf Astoria, guests will enjoy a selection of luxury adventures, from gourmet meals in the signature Jean-Georges restaurant to cocktails in the magnificent Rooftop Bar or the main Cocktail Bar next door to the main restaurant. In the center of the hotel’s spectacular three-storey lobby, one finds the stunning Lobby Lounge, a delightful space to relax in all day and into the evening.

 

With its superlative accommodation, services and facilities, the Waldorf Astoria will offer guests the same iconic experience they enjoy in New York, with a touch of Hollywood magic thrown in for good measure.

 

If you would like to book a stay at this magnificent new hotel, it’s best to make reservations well in advance because word has it that the new hotel is already very sought-after. Contact Baroque Travel right away by emailing them, info@baroquetravel.com, and they will make your reservations for you. They can also make all your travel arrangements for you if you are coming from out of town.

A touch of British style in NYC

There’s a new British boutique hotel coming to Midtown Manhattan – The Whitby, New York, decorated by celebrated British hotel designer Kit Kemp

 

Kit Kemp’s colorful signature style already made waves when she decorated sister hotel to the The Whitby, The Crosby Street Hotel, an elegant establishment that the UK-based Firmdale Hotel Group opened in SoHo in 2009. The new iteration, which opened at the end of February this year, is bold and distinctly British in character, following the brand’s eight iconic London boutique hotels that include the popular Ham Yard Hotel.

 

The Firmdale group, which is owned by Kit Kemp and her husband Tim, is a major force to be reckoned with in London, and this second New York City hotel is likely to set the bar high for future boutique hotels in the Big Apple. Designed similarly to The Crosby Street Hotel in signature Kemp style, which is both eccentric and eclectic, The Whitby is decorated with contemporary pieces, creating a lavish, comfortable atmosphere that is brightly colored and vibrant, with bold patterns. Wherever you look there are touches of British sensibility, a welcome change from the neutral palette of the sleek, modern establishments that are found all over New York City.

 

Located in upper Midtown in a 16-storey building, close to Central Park and within walking distance of Broadway, luxury designer boutiques and world-class department stores, The Whitby is the ideal base from which to enjoy some of the city’s finest bars, restaurants, museums and art galleries including MOMA. It features just 86 rooms and suites, each individually designed, all with floor-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking city views. Some boast private terraces as well and all feature marble or granite en suite bathrooms filled with Kit Kemp’s bath and body collection. On the top floor one finds the highlight, the spectacular two-bedroom Whitby Suite, which features twin terraces – one facing uptown, the other downtown.

 

Luxury is the name of the game at The Whitby, and all guest rooms offer wide screen TVs, free WiFi and Bose sound systems. Guests enjoy 24-hour room service, and have access to a private fitness center on the premises as well as the hotel’s iconic Whitby Bar, which is situated on the ground floor and features a 30-foot long pewter bar. The bar opens onto the Orangery, which boasts vaulted ceilings and a skylight, and also serves as a dining room for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar itself is richly colored and airy, with exquisitely upholstered banquettes and gray oak floors. There’s a collection of hanging baskets in the bar that come from different parts of the UK, each with a special story attached. There’s also a warm, informal drawing room filled with cozy, overstuffed chairs and a fireplace. Another unique feature includes the 130-seat Whitby Theater, a private, 3D-enabled cinema.

 

If you are interested in booking a reservation at this brand new Manhattan establishment, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make any travel arrangements you require.

Oscars 101: Book your hotel in time

There’s going to be a lot of hype around the Oscars in the next two weeks, with the Oscar nominations being announced on Tuesday, 24 January 2017. So if you’re planning to be in LA on 28 February to attend Hollywood’s biggest annual party, it’s best to book accommodation now. Baroque Travel takes a look at what’s available

 

W Hotel Los Angeles Bliss Spa Lounge

W Hotel Los Angeles Bliss Spa Lounge

Hollywood’s most luxurious hotels, spas and beauty salons are getting ready for the biggest event of 2017, the Oscars on 28 February. So whether you’re coming to town to enjoy the event, or to people-watch, to attend Oscar viewing parties, or Oscar after-parties, Baroque Travel takes a look at a few of the most exclusive offerings available this year.

 

W Los Angeles, West Beverly Hills

This iconic LA hotel offers a very exclusive Award Season package to those who can afford it. If you’re not invited to the actual event, the hotel is happy to provide a venue for you and 20 of your friends for a viewing party, the exclusive 1,350-square meter Extreme Wow Suite’s private gold screening room! Of course, only one person can hire this stunning suite on Oscar night, but if you would like to do the Oscars in the ultimate style, then why not book your stay now? Aside from accommodation in the suite, you will enjoy a fully hosted viewing party (which starts off with cocktails at the hotel’s famous restaurant STK). The package includes gowns from Rent the Runway and hair done for the event for you and all 20 guests, a fridge stocked full of Veuve Clicquot bubbles, a private bartender during the event, late-night snacks delivered from W’s famous restaurant, STK, famous for their burgers and fries, not to mention an oxygen treatment the following morning at the hotel’s stunning Bliss Spa.

 

The Beverly Hilton

During Awards Season (which starts with the Golden Globes in January), this stunning hotel is always packed with stars and celebrities who prefer to stay in the Penthouse Collection rooms located on the 8th floor of the Wilshire Towers, which is home to 16 exclusive luxury suits ranging in size from 830 to 3,750 square feet. Each of these rooms offers a virtual concierge service so that the guests can stay in their rooms and be pampered to perfection. But if they wish, they can visit the hotel’s Aqua Star BABOR Spa and enjoy the Red Carpet-Ready facial there. For the Oscars, the Beverly Hilton offers star-studded treatment in a very special package that includes two nights accommodation, a bottle of champagne to welcome them on arrival, not to mention that very famous facial at the Spa plus a chauffeur-driven drive to and from Rodeo Drive where the event is being held.

 

It’s all about the spa…

Accommodation already sorted? If you’ve planned well ahead and have secured yourself a stunning luxury LA hotel for the Oscars, there are still some fabulous spa offerings available. Take a look…

 

Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Enjoy a DNA facial at the hotel’s exclusive spa, which boasts a private poolside cabana and every possible treatment imaginable. This specialized treatment boosts collagen production on the skin, replenishes enzyme supply and repairs UV damage. The result? Glowing skin for a fresh-faced Oscars look.

 

L’Ermitage Bevery Hills

If you want to look and feel like a million dollars, enjoy a full pampering session at this plush hotel’s STRIIIKE Salon, which is owned by the iconic celebrity stylists, the Streicher Sisters, known for their cool hair, make-up and eyebrow skills. The hotel pampering package offers this service to men as well – the sisters also pamper and groom male stars such as Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender.

 

SLS Beverly Hills

Oxygen infusion treatments are the trend at the hotel’s Ciel Spa; these lift, tone and hydrate the skin. The brand Intraceuticals that is used by the Spa is a favorite with stars like Jessica Biel, Channing Tatum and Eva Longoria. Need we say more? The Red Carpet VIP package also includes a personal stylist to take guests shopping in the hotel’s chauffeur-driven Maserati.

 

If you would like to book a hotel reservation at any of the hotels mentioned in the article, or are interested in the spa packages for the big event, let Baroque Travel arrange everything for you. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com

California Dreamin’

Offering a completely different kind of hotel experience, Dream Hollywood opens this month in Los Angeles. Baroque Travel finds out all the details

 

More than a dozen brand new hotels are expected to pop up in Hollywood in the next few years. And the first of these has just opened its doors. Designed by the Rockwell Group, Dream Hollywood is the latest establishment created by young, stylish hotel brand Dream Hotels. Their Hollywood flagship boasts 179 rooms on 10 floors in the center of Hollywood; the hotel’s standout feature is its 11,000-square-foot rooftop with a swimming pool under a retractable roof, rooftop restaurant and lounge.

 

At Dream Hollywood, modern glam is the name of the game. The hotel is made for a city as creative, bold and edgy as LA. Located at the corner of Selma Avenue and N.Cahuenga Boulevard, right between the Hollywood Hills and downtown Los Angeles, the hotel effortlessly combines exclusivity with ultra-modern design. Each of the hotel rooms and suites is bold, chic and comfortable

 

If Hollywood is where dreams are made, Dream Hollywood is the hidden playground where those seeking to dream can relax, be pampered and enjoy a range of unsurpassed, unexpected facilities. This is where you can live the Los Angeles dream. The hotel design is inspired by the exquisite private residences that nestle in the Hollywood Hills, all seamlessly connecting the outside with the interior.

 

Dream Hollywood’s lobby is an airy, double-height space that gives way to a landscaped pedestrian alley. When guests arrive, they follow this garden path to the check-in area. The lobby’s centerpiece is a 22-foot stone fireplace reminiscent of hearths found in many iconic Hollywood homes. The designers have managed to blend modernity with organic design and create the type of symmetry where alternative thinkers and creatives can feel comfortable and alive.

 

Dream Hotels are renowned for their signature guestroom offerings, which include every possible luxury facility, such as plush pillow-top beds, giant 55-inch Samsung flat screen smart TVs, a bedside tablet, luxury bath amenities, robe and slippers and blackout drapery. Entertainment is a never-ending party, with a choice of exciting dining and nightlife opportunities. Yes, many of Hollywood’s famous spots are close by, but within the hotel itself there are two excellent restaurants to choose from, as well as the nightclub Avenue, a branch of which is one of NYC’s most popular haunts (it’s located in Dream Hotel’s Manhattan iteration).

 

TAO Los Angeles, which is similar to its New York sister, TAO Downtown in New York, is a dynamic 300-seater restaurant and lounge that also offers four private dining rooms and a large bar. With two levels of seating reached via a grand staircase and a diverse menu of Asian-inspired dishes created by chef/partner Ralph Scamardella, the restaurant focuses on offering guests a selection of delectable Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisine.

 

The Highlight Room is Tao Group’s newest dining and nightlife concept, a luxe terrace, restaurant and lounge space on the rooftop with breathtaking panoramic views of the city below. Guests can relax on the sundeck by the pool on plush loungers or in private cabanas whilst enjoying a light menu of Californian dishes and hand-crafted refreshments. The restaurant itself offers signature drinks to wash down exquisitely prepared Californian dishes from breakfast all the way to lunch. And at dusk, the rooftop bar and lounge come into their own.

 

If you would like to book your Dream Hollywood vacation, contact Baroque Travel right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will arrange your reservations for you, as well as any other travel details you may require.

The best all-inclusive resort in the world – Playa Mujeres, Mexico

If you’re looking for the best of the best when it comes to all-inclusive seaside resorts, with luxury one of the top reasons for it coming out on top, then look no further. Baroque Travel unveils the best all-inclusive resort in the world 2016

 

Top of the list for 2016, according to TripAdvisor, is the stunning Excellence Playa Mujeres, which is apparently five star in every way, including staff, service, food and the hotel itself. Visitors call it ‘a wonderful place to relax and unwind’ and this adults-only resort by the sea is a luxe oasis in Cancun, Mexico, sitting on its own two-mile stretch of white sand beach. When it comes to attention to detail, fine cuisine, luxury accommodation and superlative service, this resort is hard to beat.

 

At this exemplary hotel, every suite is a spacious, elegant contemporary haven complete with its own private Jacuzzi with indoor and outdoor access. Bedrooms boast four-poster beds positioned so that guests wake up to breathtaking ocean views.

 

This all-inclusive boutique resort boasts no less than 10 stunning restaurants offering a range of international cuisine and 11 bars serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

 

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At this upmarket resort, guests enjoy a plush, personal, romantic experience. The paradise resort is situated close to an exclusive marina and a world-class Greg Norman-designed golf course. Its private beach offers breathtaking views of Isla Mujeres. The setting is an untouched peninsula between the Caribbean and a wetlands reserve, close to Cancun nightlife and its international airport.

 

A highlight of a visit here is time spent relaxing at the world-class Miilé Spa, which offers a stunning range of health and wellness treatments. But the real reason that guests love the resort so much is its all-inclusive facilities and activities. Aside from being numerous, and including land and sea activities as well as all gourmet food and beverages, everything is top notch. No expense has been spared to ensure that guests have the time of their lives and enjoy the very best sports and water sports, gourmet fare and upmarket drinks.

 

When your every wish is granted, and everything you ever needed is taken care of for you, you’re likely to have an unsurpassed vacation. Which is why this stunning resort has won the ultimate accolade, best of the best.

 

If you would like to book a stay at this exclusive resort, let Baroque Travel take care of it for you. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make all your travel arrangements for you, including a booking at this stunning Cancun resort.

First on the list in NYC - The Surrey NYC

For the second year in a row, The Surrey in NYC was voted the best of New York City’s best hotels by Conde Nast Traveler. Baroque Travel finds out why

 

If you’re looking for the best hotel in NYC, according to Conde Nast Traveler, it’s The Surrey. In fact, this posh boutique hotel on Madison Avenue is so stunning that this is the second year in a row that it’s been voted best of the 40 Best Hotels in New York City by the magazine.

Aside from having a stunning location on the Upper East Side less than a block from Central Park, the hotel boasts a magnificent Art Deco lobby and some of the city’s most spacious guest rooms. Then there’s the restaurant, Café Boulud, run by one of the most masterful French chefs in town, Daniel Boulud. And did we mention that The Surrey has an in-house art expert, who has meticulously put together a most magnificent collection of art that includes the likes of Serra, Oldenburg and close?

Yes, The Surrey has it all – and then some.

Originally built in 1926, the first iteration was home to many of the city’s most eccentric celebrities, such as US President John F Kennedy, actresses Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert and the like. More recently, tennis sensation Roger Federer made The Surrey his home, and the hotel also featured as the backdrop for various scenes in the TV series Gossip Girl. These celebrities recognized a good thing when they saw it; an exceptional, world-class hotel that offered discreet personalized service.

The hotel was refurbished to the cost of $60 million and reopened in 2009. With renowned interior designer Lauren Rottet at the helm, The Surrey is just as magnificent as it always was, but even better. It’s been modernized without losing any of the historic elements that made it so charming. It boasts numerous exceptional design features, including a front desk made of hand-tooled leather and an antique Oriental carpet made of mosaic tiles.

Today the hotel boasts 189 ‘salons’ including 34 suites, a penthouse and a Presidential Suite. A new addition to the hotel was the now-famous Cornelia Spa, which opened in 2011. Since it reopened, the hotel has retained its reputation for attracting the famous and well-heeled, and numerous celebrities still call it home whenever they visit New York City.

The Surrey is the only Relais & Chateaux establishment in New York City, an accolade of the highest order. This boutique hotel offers high profile guests the opportunity to retreat from the public eye while enjoying only the best of the best when it comes to accommodation, service and amenities.

Staying at The Surrey is an exceptional experience, one befitting a hotel that has received the honor of being chosen twice as the best hotel in Manhattan.

Of its many highlights, one that stands out is the hotel’s seasonal Private Roof Garden on its 17th floor, a true oasis that is for the exclusive use of guests. They can enjoy signature cocktails (try the muddled lemonade – it’s legendary) and light snacks, accompanied by breathtaking panoramic city views.

To celebrate its second win in two years, the Number One Hotel in New York City is offering a special right now when a salon is reserved. This includes two signature treatments at the Cornelia Spa, complimentary cocktails for two at Bar Pleiades and two complimentary tickets to the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you book a suite, you will also receive continental breakfast for two at Cafe Boulud.

 

If you would like to take advantage of this stunning special offer, available right now at The Surrey, or are planning to visit in the future and would like to reserve a salon or suite, let Baroque Travel assist. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will make the reservations for you.

Ty Warner Penthouse at Four Seasons New York

If you’d like to stay in the penthouse that epitomizes the highest standard of luxury in New York City, the distinguished Ty Warner Penthouse at Four Seasons Hotel New York is waiting. Baroque Travel takes a look inside

 

This exquisite penthouse that rests 52 stories up in the sky took seven years and US$50 million to create. The result is an architectural masterpiece that offers unrivalled luxury, the most expensive and extraordinary penthouse in North America and one of the most expensive in the world. And did we mention that it features just one bedroom? That’s luxe at a completely different level.

The penthouse takes up the entire 52nd story of the Four Seasons Hotel New York – concrete columns were even removed to create this majestic space. The numerous windows and four glass balconies offer unrivalled panoramic views of Manhattan, providing a unique bird’s eye view of this magnificent city.  

Four Seasons Hotel New York, owned by Ty Warner, after whom the penthouse is named, is one of the city’s most prestigious addresses. And the penthouse itself elevates the building to an incomparable work of art, an exclusive hotel offering that is beyond compare. The Chinese onyx used in the master bathroom was personally sourced by Warner himself, as were the semi-precious stones used in the powder room and for the waterfall. Famous artisans and craftsmen created unique pieces especially for the penthouse. The interior décor is a masterpiece of gold and ivory, furnished with bespoke pieces using custom-designed fabrics and an exceptional collection of art.

For instance, the living-room walls are hand-lacquered with a mother-of-pearl inlay, created by American artist Nancy Lorenz. And that’s just a taste of what this magnificent room has to offer, including 18th Century Japanese green silk brocade throw pillows, 120 fiber-optic lights and a dramatic 4-foot chandelier made of cut glass.

Other rooms in the penthouse include a stunning 65 square meter library, with floor-to-ceiling bookcases framed in an elaborate bronze and vine leaf motif, and a 600-square foot master bedroom with a bespoke canopy bed made of Thai silk infused with pure 22-carat-gold threads, cathedral ceiling 25 feet high and handmade Swedish mattress. The en suite bathroom walls, floor and ceiling are all completely covered in rare Chinese onyx – each slab was hand-picked in France. There’s a private spa in the bathroom that also boasts an infinity tub, steam rain shower, rock crystal sinks and a glass balcony.

There’s a Zen Room with a continuous waterfall cascading from ceiling to floor, spa fitted with exclusive fitness equipment, breakfast room with stunning travertine marble floors and adjoining balcony and powder room covered in semi precious tiger’s eye. The luxurious oversized dressing room includes two sets of wardrobes, soft beige calfskin leather wall panels, doors and ceiling.

Of course, there’s more. The Ty Warner Penthouse features three private elevators, and panels to control lights, TV and security with the touch of a button. When you stay here, you also get unlimited use of a Roll-Royce and driver every day from 8am to 11pm, personal training sessions and spa treatments, either given in the privacy or your suite or at the hotel spa, butler 24/7, food and beverages, transfers by Rolls to and from the airport, unlimited garment pressing, packing and unpacking services, art concierge services and a choice of international and local newspapers.

 

Are you ready to book your stay?  Let Baroque Travel assist you. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will be happy to make a reservation for you to stay at the most luxurious hotel in Manhattan.

Historic Palm Springs resort reopens

One of the most sought-after havens in the desert, the historic The Willows Palm Springs, reopened in mid-September. Baroque Travel can book a stay for you at this famous inn that Albert Einstein visited

 

This famous inn, which first opened in 1996 and only hosts a maximum of 16 guests at a time, has received numerous awards for excellence. One of the reasons for its acclaim is its three-course, chef-prepared breakfast that is included in the nightly rate, as well as wine in the evening served with hors d’oeuvres (all on the house), and let’s not forget nibbles in your private suite as well.

 

The Willows has a long history, dating back to when it was built in 1925 by architect William J.Dodd, who created a Mediterranean-style villa complete with hand-carved mahogany doors and beautifully crafted limestone Spanish tiles. The hilltop setting and the breathtaking gardens filled with winding pathways are just part of the magic; a highlight is the 50-foot waterfall cascading down the hillside, a spectacular scene that is enjoyed from the dining room.

 

In the 1930s, The Willows was a private home and hosted numerous celebrities of the time, including actress Shirley Temple and genius Albert Einstein, whose favorite garden bench is still located in the garden overlooking the grounds. Hollywood actress Marion Davies, who appeared in around 50 films, leased The Willows in the mid-1950s till 1960.

Since then, The Willows has had a succession of owners until 1994, when two Hollywood physicians bought it and meticulously refurbished it to its former glory. It reopened in 1996 as an inn, with exquisite old world décor and a spirit of Old Hollywood that has survived the years.

 

The Willows is available for rental as a mansion for those who want to relive that halcyon era when Marion Davies lived here. They can stay in her namesake room, laze on the terrace looking out on breathtaking views, enjoy a dip in the pool and enjoy the privacy and comfort that she enjoyed at The Willows. Alternatively, one can rent one of the eight exquisite suites, each a haven of luxe, individually decorated with fireplace, tandem claw-foot baths, private balcony, separate entrances, giant beds, plush linens and exquisite antique furniture. Of course, every luxury is on tap, including high-speed internet access, individual climate controls, flat screen TV, DVD player, plush robe and other special amenities.

 

The winter 2016/2017 season marks The Willows’ 20th anniversary as a luxury retreat. Reservations for this sumptuous retreat and its sister property, The O’Donnell House, located just above it, are now open. So if you’d like to book your spot at the historic inn where Einstein slept, let Baroque Travel assist you. Don’t hesitate – contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will arrange your luxury desert getaway.

Old-fashioned style and modern pampering in NYC

Newly revived, the historic InterContinental New York Barclay has many surprises up its sleeve. Baroque Travel finds out all the details

 

When it first opened in 1926, the InterContinental New York Barclay was one of four railroad hotels that offered luxury services to those who could afford to stay there when they visited NYC. Its excellent location right at Grand Central Terminal gave guests access to the hotel from the railway platform, especially convenient if they were arriving or departing in their own private train car.

 

The hotel quickly gained a reputation for its comfort and elegance, and to this day it’s renowned fro its prestige and exclusivity. The hotel has recently reopened after an extensive $180 million, 20-month renovation. While it still maintains its historic 1920s elegance, the interiors have been extensively redesigned and the new iteration is contemporary and luxurious, offering a heightened level of personalized service, warmth and hospitality. Amongst the new innovations is the Gin Parlor, a venue for those who love gin, or want to find out more about this versatile spirit.

 

In fact, a visit to the Gin Parlor involves taking a step – and a sip – back in time with a choice of old-fashioned drinks and experiences. This vintage drinking venue was inspired by the Dutch and British gin bars of the 1920s and offers guests a taste of an impressive collection of 88 premium gins.

 

In addition, each of the signature cocktails on the Gin Parlor’s drinks menu are distinct and special. There’s the Midtown Apothecary, a concoction served over aromatized cracked ice and various botanicals, as well as The Hive that features honey that was harvested in New York City. There is an equally innovative food menu, including Alphabet City Soft Pretzels, Broiled Oysters ‘Reuben’ served with Barclay Pickle Relish and many more surprises.

 

The Gin Parlor’s Barclay Restaurant is even open for breakfast daily from 6.30 to 10.30am. Lunch is served from 11am to 3pm, and dinner from 5pm to 11pm. The bar itself is open from 10.30am to 1am every day. If you’re staying at the hotel, you can enjoy all-day dining from 11am to midnight.

 

The brand new Barclay is located at 111 East 48th Street, just off elegant Park Avenue, in the heart of midtown Manhattan’s East Side near exclusive Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, where shops, restaurants, museums, Broadway theaters and popular sights abound. The hotel now boasts 704 beautiful guestrooms, including 31 suites, an opulent Presidential Suite and a luxe Penthouse Sky Suite. There are also various function spaces and two elegant new ballrooms.

 

So whether you’re interested in visiting the hotel to enjoy a sip down memory lane, or want to stay at this historic establishment, let Baroque Travel assist you with all the details and arrangements. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make all your reservations and travel arrangements for you.

Langham Place Introduces Roche Bobois Suites

Langham Place New York is introducing two brand new suites in time for New York Fashion Week, which takes place from 7 to 15 September 2016. Baroque Travel finds out all the details

 

Luxury Fifth Avenue hotel Langham Place recently announced a unique collaboration with world-famous French design house Roche Bobois to create two ultra-luxe suites at the hotel which will open in time for guests to stay there during New York Fashion Week in September. The suites, both of which measure 1,900 square feet in size, are located on the plush hotel’s 25th and 26th floors. They are individually decorated and feature Roche Babois’ iconic flair for detail and design.

 

Interestingly enough, there is a Roche Babois store near the hotel, which is one of the reasons that the collaboration was agreed upon. The new Roche Bobois suites will feature the design brand’s inimitable French ‘art de vivre’, a combination of sophistication and contemporary elegance that personifies the brand, which has been in existence for more than half a century.

 

Suites 2503 and 2603 are located almost at the top of the hotel. Each features two full bedrooms, both en suite, as well as an additional small bathroom, combined living and dining area, full-service kitchen and exquisite floor-to-ceiling windows offering dramatic views of the New York skyline and the Empire State Building.

 

The design of both suites has been inspired by Roche Bobois’ long-standing partnerships with iconic fashion houses such as Missoni and Jean Paul Gaultier. The design house recently collaborated with Christian Lacroix and some of these design elements are evident, such as the exquisite brocade artwork created using materials from Lacroix’s design house. There are numerous novel furniture touches such as a tufted leather ottoman, which is Roche Bobois’ take on a classic Chesterfield, the existing Alex Katz artwork at the hotel, which is exclusively featured at Langham Place in New York, drapery by British designer Paul Smith that evoke the sharp, tailored lines of a man’s suit and accent pillows and throws by Maison Lacroix, home furnishing division of Christian Lacroix Paris.

 

Of course, that’s just a small taste of what will be on offer in these unique, exclusive luxury suites. The hotel already has a reputation for luxury, comfort and sophistication, and with a location as upmarket as Fifth Avenue, it delivers the highest standards. Langham Place is known for having some of the largest guest rooms and suites in the city. The first phase of its renovation included rejuvenation by designers Meyer Davis and the multi-million dollar permanent art collection by Alex Katz mentioned above. There’s also a Michelin starred restaurant, Ai Fiori on the second floor of the hotel and a stunning events area, The Gallery at Langham Place, which takes up an entire floor of the hotel.

 

If you are interested in reserving a room or a suite, or one of the two newest Roche Bobois Suites, which retail at approximately $15,000 per night, contact Baroque Travel right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will arrange this for you. We can also assist with any other travel arrangements you may require.

Beverly Hills Hotel restores its iconic bungalows

Home away from home for Holywood Royalty for decades, the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel is undergoing restoration, especially to its beautiful bungalows. Baroque Travel has all the details

 

The Beverly Hills Hotel’s famous bungalows have been a part of this famous hotel’s personality since 1915 – and now, a century later, they are being restored to their former glory. Known all over the world for their colorful guests and fascinating history, the bungalows have been home to various stars and celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor, who spent six of her eight honeymoons there, Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich, who both lived there for more than a year. Gloria Swanson stayed there temporarily when she was getting divorced, Marilyn Monroe often frequented Bungalow 7, and filmed the movie Let’s Make Love in Bungalows 20 and 21. The infamous Howard Hughes lived in Bungalow number 4 at various times over a 30-year period, registering under different names so nobody knew it was him. Most nights he requested roast beef sandwiches, which had to be left outside his bungalow under a tree.

 

The hotel itself, which is affectionately called ‘The Pink Palace’ is as legendary as its guests. Known for its timeless glamor, stunning surrounds and superlative service, this five star hotel, which is located on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard, is set in 12 acres of tropical gardens filled with exotic flora and fauna.

 

Champalimaud Design is responsible for the bungalows’ restoration, and so far has completed bungalows number 5, 8 and 22. The remaining 18 bungalows will be restored to their former glory in phases, ending in 2018. This is being done so as not to disrupt the hotel’s routine or inconvenience its guests.

 

Each of the luxe bungalows will feature color palettes inspired by Southern California, in warm tones of rust, pink, green and gold. Furniture is a marriage of tailored 1940s French style and Hollywood Regency and finishes are opulent, including decorative wallpapers, custom-embroidered panels, hand-stencilled patterns and more. Of course, each bungalow will feature state-of-the-art modern facilities, including light and temperature control and top of the range features.

 

Five of the bungalows will be decorated to remember the notable guests who stayed in them over the past 100 years – these will be unveiled at different stages until 2018. The rest of the hotel has already been transformed between 2012 and 2015 – this includes the lobby, the famous Polo Lunge, pool cabanas and Cabana Café. In addition, all rooms and suites were also updated.

 

The Beverly Hills Hotel, which is part of the Dorchester Collection of hotels and resorts, is legendary for its superb accommodation, but its bungalows have always been its piece de resistance. Each one boasts a marble bathroom, with bespoke linen on the bed and a selection of complimentary extra’s to make guests feel pampered and remind them that their stay will be extravagant, with every possible comfort.

 

Famous features include the superb pool lined with palm trees, where guests can recline in luxury private cabanas, the equally plush Cabana Café where they enjoy al fresco dining, the legendary Polo Lounge Restaurant, where live jazz is played to accompany fine dining and Bar Nineteen12, named after the year this iconic hotel opened its doors, famous for its superb signature cocktails.

 

If you would like to enjoy an elegant stay at this legendary Hollywood hotel, in the rooms, suites, or in one of the three renovated bungalows, let Baroque Travel arrange everything for you. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will organize it all.