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

 

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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.

Extreme Wow at W New York

Now you can go glamping in style in New York City atop the magnificent W New York! Baroque Travel finds out all the details

 

The iconic W New York has partnered with leading online interior design company Laurel & Wolf to create magnificent glamorous outdoor camping (glamping) opportunities on the hotel rooftop. The hotel’s Extreme Wow Suite terrace has specially been transformed to offer this glam camping experience, which is offered at the hotel from 13 July onwards, until the end of November (weather permitting, of course!).

 

This plush hotel, which is located on Lexington Avenue, offers guests a most unique opportunity, the most glamorous camping experience imaginable. It offers a 12-foot yurt (collapsible circular tent like those used by nomads in Turkey, Siberia and Mongolia) decorated in a kaleidoscope of colors, textures and fabrics. The suite also features glowing lanterns, rattan hanging chairs and a fire pit that lights up at the flip of a switch. The yurt is surrounded with a canopy of twinkling lights and the rustic-luxury oasis offers breathtaking views of the skyline from the 17th floor.

Guests can also book special packages that involve the Extreme Wow Outdoor Glamping Suite, for families, honeymoon couples, girls’ getaways and much more. With rates starting at around $2,000 per night for the Suite, it is likely to be extremely popular.

 

Of course, New York’s limitless energy, design inspiration and vibrant personality all add to the glamor of camping outdoors in a suite of this magnitude. The fact that it’s also outdoors just adds to its cachet. This exciting and unique initiative may be the first of its kind in Manhattan, but glamping is likely to become a trend, and thus, more and more luxury hotels will offer similar unique experiences for their guests.

The iconic W New York already has a reputation for offering a trendy, luxurious sanctuary in the city. It’s located close to museums, as well as Times Square, Broadway, Fifth Avenue shopping and the business district, making it an ideal base for both business or pleasure. Of course, glamping in style is more likely to be a vacation experience, but we are not going to judge!

 

The hotel’s other excellent facilities include an on-site Spa called Bliss 49, the vibrant Living Room Lounge, and a choice of rooms and suites aside from the Glamping Suite, which offer every possible luxury. And its dining options are also excellent.

 

If you would like to find out more about the Extreme Wow Outdoor Glamping Suite at W New York, let Baroque Travel send you all the details. And if you decide to stay there, let us book your reservation for you. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will assist you to enjoy your unique glamping experience at this spectacular hotel.

Ritz Carlton "Only in San Francisco" Baseball Package

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Ritz-Carlton in San Fransciso is offering a selection of unique, very luxurious experiences throughout 2016 to guests, called ‘Only in San Francisco’. Their latest is the Ultimate San Francisco Baseball Fan Package. Baroque Travel finds out all about it

 

Right now, baseball season is pumping, and the weather is great – both perfect reasons to visit San Francisco and take advantage of the Ritz-Carlton’s ‘Only in San Francisco’ package for baseball fans. It’s the opportunity to stay in the magnificent Presidential Suite at this superlative luxury hotel. You will also enjoy a special dinner for two on the balcony of the suite on the night of arrival specially created by Chef Michael Rotondo who heads up the kitchen at the hotel’s famous Parallel 37 Restaurant, taking inspiration from the very best menu’s from the restaurant’s 25-year history. Of course, it’s paired with only the very best wines to make it the ultimate diner’s delight.

 

The Presidential Suite is spacious and opulent, with an expansive balcony, master bedroom overlooked by an en suite whirpool bath, grand living room, dining room with crystal chandelier, pantry, wet bar and guest bathroom.

 

The day after arrival, guests are transported in style to AT&T Park where they join up with 23 friends and family of their choosing to enjoy a San Francisco Giants’ home game. But that’s not all. The entire group enjoys VIP attendance, including a tour of the basketball field before the game, a champagne toast and photo op at home plate with the Giant’s famous mascot, “Lou Seal”. They watch the game from their private luxury suite and enjoy a special menu and beverages.

 

While staying at the Ritz-Carlton, guests also receive exclusive access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, where there’s a full service concierge and various complimentary amenities including snacks and light meals, garment pressing, internet and valet parking.

 

The hotel itself is legendary for its luxe, a San Francisco landmark in scenic Nob Hill. There’s an historic cable car located right outside the hotel so that guests can explore at leisure, and the hotel itself is famous for offering the best luxury Club Level experience in the city, not to mention superb cuisine, personalized service, comfort and luxury. It was awarded ‘Best Hotel in the World’ by Conde Nast Traveler for 2015 and the Gold Badge Award for ‘Best Hotel in the USA’ by US News and World Report for 2016.

 

This stunning package, which is available for $25,000 at this luxury hotel is available exclusively until 31 August, 2016. It includes one night’s accommodation for two people. If you would like to book a stay at this stunning hotel, let Baroque Travel make all the arrangements for you. And if you’d like to take advantage of the Baseball Special, we can arrange that as well. Just contact us now, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will organize everything for you.

Mexican luxury by One&Only Palmilla

Spend your summer in Mexico at the One&Only Palmilla’s brand new Villa One

 

You can’t get any better than this… already famous as one of the most sumptuous settings in Mexico, the One&Only Palmilla in Baja California has been a hidden retreat for the rich and famous since 1956. Originally built as a luxe hideaway by Don Abelardo Rodriguez, son of the President of Mexico at the time, it is accessible only by private yacht or plane. In the early days, it was a haven for the likes of John Wayne, Lucille Ball, former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the like.

 

Because of its popularity, the resort increased in size in 1970 and by 1984 there were 50 rooms on offer. In 1996, the Palmilla Golf Club opened to cater to the many guests who flocked here, and in 1996, the resort increased to 115 rooms. In 2004, it reopened as the One&Only Palmilla after a $90 million refurbishment. And the rest, as they say, is history.

 

This superlative resort has just built a spectacular new villa for those seeking the utmost privacy in an idyllic Mexican setting with breathtaking views and every possible luxury on tap. Villa One nestles in lush tropical gardens. It boasts approximately 14,000 square feet in total. The private entrance opens to a spacious room with glass doors opening 30 feet wide to reveal spectacular views of the vast infinity pool, overlooking lush tropical grounds.

 

The villa has been designed in a modern style using natural local materials, and offers endless views. It’s reminiscent of a glass house, with floor to ceiling glass doors throughout. Living and dining areas feature an open kitchen, which is ideal for entertaining. In addition, there are four bedrooms plus an additional butler’s suite.

 

Staying at Villa One is a privileged experience. Guests arrive from the airport via chauffeured luxury SUV (flights to and from LA are 2 hours 2 minutes). While staying at Villa One, guests enjoy the facilities of a dedicated fitness trainer, exclusive hors d’oeuvres and canapés daily, full bar, laundry services, 24-hour butler, iPhone to contact the butler, chef and household staff, sunset drinks and canapés, preferred seating at the resort’s restaurants, tea and espresso and everything else that the One&Only resorts are so famous for, including a linen, robe and pillow menu, aromatherapy turndown menu, high speed Internet and WiFi, movie theater refreshments and much more.

 

If you would like to make Villa One your home in Mexico this summer, let Baroque Travel arrange everything for you. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will make sure that you enjoy a superlative stay at the One&Only Palmilla’s brand new Villa One.

The Time has changed

The iconic hotel, The Time New York has just been transformed by renowned interior designer David Rockwell and includes a triplex penthouse suite that has to be seen to be believed

 

The Times New York Penthouse Living Room

The Times New York Penthouse Living Room

The Time New York has always been known for its great location, near Times Square on the West side of Midtown, close to Rockerfeller Center, Fifth Avenue’s boutiques and the theaters on Broadway. But now it has even more to offer, thanks to interior designer David Rockwell, including a triplex penthouse suite of 2,000 square feet over three floors and a 500-square-foot private terrace with balcony.

 

The Times New York Penthouse Master Suite

The Times New York Penthouse Master Suite

The magnificent penthouse has been designed with luxury and opulence in mind, and offers stunning views of the Hudson River. No expense has been spared in the decoration, of course, so the suite boasts Siberian oak floors and Frette linen from Italy. The first floor features a living area with kitchenette and pull-out sofa bed and spacious bathroom. On the second floor one finds the main Presidential Suite bedroom and a marble bathroom that is sure to become legendary, with an oversized bath tub that is combined with a walk-in rain shower to create an oversized bathing area, as well as a sauna and let’s not forget the Maison Margiela bath products on offer.

The third floor offers spectacular views from the loft, which offers a second pull-out sofa bed, as well as audiovisual equipment that is state-of-the-art, offering great entertainment or conference facilities.

 

The Times New York Penthouse Marble Bathroom

The Times New York Penthouse Marble Bathroom

The hotel itself in its new incarnation is a sensory pleasure and a great place to stay. Its eclectic interior is the ideal location for those creatives in the music, media and theatre worlds. Inside a secret world awaits, complete with extraordinary hidden lounge, called Le Grande Lounge located on the mezzanine level, dimly lit and secretive for private retreats. There’s a great bar, too and geometric artwork wherever one looks. The restaurant, Serafina at the Time New York, on the first floor, is a charming place to eat, with a delectable Northern Italian menu that has a reputation for excellence.

The new Time New York has taken its legendary service excellence along for the ride, so a stay here is always a pampering experience. With its proximity to every sight worth seeing in Manhattan, plus a few more for good measure, an avante garde offering in the midst of luxe to take the level up a notch or two, and a triplex penthouse suite that is unmatchable, it really does offer a unique getaway.

The Times New York Penthouse Closet

The Times New York Penthouse Closet

In fact, to launch the brand new penthouse, the Time New York is offering a special package, entitled “Penthouse on Point”, which includes one night in this luxury enclave, a caviar pizza delivered from Serafina, a magnum of Dom Perignon Rose champagne to wash it down, and airport/hotel limo transfers both ways, from $7,500.

 

If you would like to take advantage of this introductory offer to the newly renovated The Time New York, let Baroque Travel arrange everything for you. Just contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will organise everything, including flights, sightseeing and anything else you may require.

Designer suites at the St Regis New York

Just another reason to visit St Regis New York – to stay in one of this magnificent hotel’s distinctive Designer Suites. Baroque Travel finds out all about them

 

The Bentley Suite at the St. Regis New York

The Bentley Suite at the St. Regis New York

There are four exquisite Designer Suites at the plush St Regis New York: The Dior Suite, the Tiffany Suite, the Milano Suite and the Bentley Suite. Each boasts a spacious living room with breathtaking views over Central Park, Fifth Avenue and 55th Street. The Dior, Tiffany and Bentley Suites all offer a stunning 10-seater dining area for hosting dinners, or just having an in-room meal. Each Suite offers state-of-the-art technology, including, of course High Speed Internet Access, a beautiful Bose® surround-sound system and a giant Samsung flat-screen TV.

 

Tiffany Suite at the St.Regis New York

Tiffany Suite at the St.Regis New York

Each Suite is bespoke and has its own special personality. For instance, the Tiffany Suite reflects the brand’s modern aesthetic and was designed in conjunction with the company with a serene, sophisticated palette of whites, beiges, charcoal and silver. Of course, the signature Tiffany blue is accented throughout the Suite. The Milano Suite is a taste of Italian sophistication with leather pillows, hand-carved Venetian glassware and its own signature room fragrance.

 

The most talked-about Suites right now are the Dior Suite and the Bentley Suite, so let us elaborate. The sumptuous Dior Suite takes inspiration from the stylish Dior ateliers in Paris. It features the fashion design house’s traditional palette of soothing, muted grays, purples and whites and is accentuated with glamorous statement pieces.

If offers exceptional views of Central Park and Fifth Avenue and features a spacious living room with a decorative fireplace. There is a dining room that seats eight, complementary kitchen, bedroom with lavish Pratesi linen, en suite Italian marble bathroom with exclusive Remède amenities.

 

The exquisite Bentley Suite, which is located on the 15th floor of the hotel, is a fine collaboration between St Regis and Bentley Motors. It is quite unique, and reflects the luxury, craftsmanship and style associated with both the hotel and the motor brand. This luxurious suite features an entrance foyer that leads to a living room complete with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic city views. It offers one bedroom with en suite bathroom, public facilities, a separate spacious dining room with supplementary kitchen.

 

The lobby of the St.Regis New York

The lobby of the St.Regis New York

No matter the suite chosen, guests enjoy full access to all of St Regis New York’s superb facilities, including full access to the hotel’s fitness center and the services of a 24-hour St Regis butler, complimentary breakfast in Astor Court, in-room movies, airport transfers and a bottle of Champagne on arrival.

 

If you would like to book a stay in the St Regis New York’s fine Designer Suites, let Baroque Travel make all the arrangements for you. Contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com, and we will organise everything for you. If you require flights to and from New York, sightseeing and other arrangements, we can arrange those for you as well.

New hotel in Manhattan - The Beekman

Lower Manhattan’s shapes keep shifting, and the latest architectural masterpiece to emerge in the on trend New Downtown area is an iconic nine-storey atrium with a skylight that resembles a pyramid. We’re talking about the brand new The Beekman Hotel, which opened in February this year

 

First built in the 19th Century, 5 Beekman Street, called Temple Court at the time, was a terracotta and brick building that boasted 10 floors. In those days, it was a skyscraper. For some unknown reason, possibly a change in the city’s fire code, the building’s exquisite atrium was walled off, which led to it being meticulously preserved.

 

The building has a chequered history. It was initially a legal and publishing hub, and then was a theater as well as home to various small businesses. After 9/11, the building sat empty. But since the Freedom Tower was built and further development took over the surrounding area, the building has undergone a complete transformation. In 2015, building began on the Beekman, a luxury hotel with residential apartments. Happily, the magnificent atrium with its eight storeys of balustrades has been preserved and incorporated into the structure, which includes a condo tower. Today the historic landmark, which includes a renovated high-rise and the atrium, is an ultra-luxurious hotel.

 

Of course, the hotel is ideally located, close to some of Manhattan’s most famous attractions, such as the World Trade Center and Brooklyn Bridge. Here, guests who stay in this sophisticated structure, which was designed by Martin Brudnizki, can also enjoy culinary delights courtesy of two famous restaurateurs and chefs. All the guest rooms are spacious and luxurious, decorated with vintage furniture and offering oak-framed beds as well as en suite marble bathrooms.

 

The hotel boasts two restaurants. Tom Colicchio’s restaurant promises to be a delight. Its menu features New York classics with a modern touch. There’s also the Brasserie-style Augustine Restaurant, with dishes by Keith McNally that offers a varied menu that covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The menu, which comprises mainly French classic dishes, includes a selection of lighter dishes, too.

 

The Beekman also features a selection of private residences designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen, where those who can afford it can enjoy The Beekman’s sumptuous offerings every day of the year. Built 172 feet above the ground, these plush residences offer an exclusive privileged lifestyle above the noise and bustle of one of the most magnificent cities in the world.

 

If you would like to find out more about The Beekman, either because you’d like to make a reservation for the next time you’re in New York City, or to find out more about the private residences, let Baroque Access assist. Mail us right away, info@baroqueaccess.com, and we will give you all the information you require. In addition, our sister company, Baroque Travel, can make all your travel arrangements for you to ensure your stay in Manhattan is as pleasant and hassle-free as possible. Mail them, info@baroquetravel.com.

New Ritz-Carlton resort to open in Bermuda in 2018

Ritz-Carlton will open another Caribbean property in Bermuda in 2018. Baroque Travel has all the information

 

Bermuda is readying itself for an onslaught of visitors come 2017, mostly sailing enthusiasists, when the country hosts the prestigious America’s Cup finals. This hidden secret is about to become well-known, and as a result, many hotels and resorts will take advantage of the fame and popularity. One of these hotel brands is global group Ritz-Carlton, who are planning to build a luxury property in Bermuda to open in 2018.

 

The establishment, which will be called the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, will be the third of its kind to open in the region – there is already a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico on Dorado Beach, which opened in 2012, and this year, the brand is opening a second Reserve in Mexico’s Puerto Los Cabos.

The latest Reserve will be situated on the western side of Bermuda, which is the island’s historic region, on 2.5 miles of spectacular coastline. It includes a spectacular peninsula that extends into the Great Sound.

 

Ritz-Carlton has already opened several luxurious establishments that it calls Reserves, properties that are sophisticated, secluded and offer unique luxury experiences. These include one in the village of Krabi in Thailand, the Puerto Rico property and the Mandapa, which opened in Ubud, in Bali in late 2015. The new Reserve in Bermuda will operate under a long-term management agreement between Ritz-Carlton and George’s Bay Hotel Limited, plus George’s Bay Residences Ltd.

The group promises that the Bermuda Reserve will offer Bermuda a “one-of-a-kind, luxury experience”. The five-star hotel and resort development will be a multi-million dollar project that involves developing the site where the former US Naval Operating Base was located. The result will be a 79-room luxury property that will offer a series of restaurants, a spa and various retail stores. It will include 173 private residences that will be available for purchase as well as a yacht marina that will accommodate 77 boats and 21 mega-yachts.

 

No doubt this Ritz-Carlton property will be an exclusive luxury experience for those visiting this Caribbean island. The brand plans to offer sophisticated travelers a superlative luxury experience come 2018, and we are confident that it will become a very popular destination for those who have the money to enjoy it.

 

If you would like to find out more about this sumptuous property, perhaps with the idea of purchasing a residence there, or of securing a unique luxury holiday, let Baroque Travel make all the arrangements for you. We can furnish you with all the information you require about the new property, and will be able to make a booking for you to stay in Bermuda’s latest luxe property the moment it opens in 2018. So contact us right away, info@baroquetravel.com and we will arrange everything for you.