Moorish Delights, Andalusian Nights with Finca Cortesin Luxury Stays in Spain

Thoughts of Spain may whip up whirlwind images of Jet-Set lifestyles, heady spy thriller backdrops along precipitous cliffs leading to medieval strongholds, or the easy romance of a sun-drenched afternoon on the Costa del Sol. But not far from these fairytale moments is fantasy found: Finca Cortesin.

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Located on the Costa del Sol near Malaga, perhaps the first thing that washes over the senses at Finca Cortesin is the shock of white against rolling hills and wandering vineyards. It’s a dance of Moorish design and Andalusian flow sweeping through a sprawling six-acre estate overlooking the bright sands and sugar-cubed houses along this stretch of the Iberian coast. The atmosphere here is contemporary yet rooted in the past, using travertine marble in the flooring, along with stones and doors rescued from 18th century nunneries and Andalusian convents.

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Amid the 67 suites, guests find four salt-water swimming pools – three outside and one that is an impressive 50 meters in length, plus a delicious beach club by the powder white sand.

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Feeling Like Bond in the Finca Cortesin Bar

No lounging option is ever far from a cocktail at Finca Cortesin. A martini sipped in the Moroccan Lounge, a dizzying mélange of red velvet chairs, zellij floor tiles, cascading greenery and deep rich woods, conjures images of Sean Connery who may easily have done the same. And the sangria ordered here has won awards.

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From there it is to the Michelin-starred Kabuki Raw, which takes the fruits of the nearby Straits and serves up a symphony of sensations in sushi with organic vegetables from the hotel garden. Casual dining takes place at El Jardin, on the terrace shaded by century-old olive trees with views to the sea. But it would not be Spain without a tapas bar and The Bar offers these creative small plates along with cocktails and conversation.

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Exclusive Suite Arrangements at Finca Cortesin

Accommodations at this exclusive enclave come in four sizes and all have 12-foot ceilings. The Junior Suite measures 560 square feet with a king bed and an enclosed private garden or a terrace with golf, garden or mountain views. The Executive Suite can be as small as 825 square feet or as large at 1,075 square feet with a separate lounge area, a guest bathroom, and panoramic views, many facing the Sea.

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The Pool Suites have similar dimensions but with a large living room and 650 square feet of outdoor living space that open to a private pool. For super special affairs, however, it is the Cortesin Suite that should be booked. It spreads over some 2,000 square feet, and features gardens and Mediterranean views, two large bedrooms with capacious en suite baths, an enormous entertaining lounge with two separate living areas, plus a study, and kitchenette, all filled antiques and fine fabrics.

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For families, groups or parties, the four-bedroom villas offer perfection within a 4,500 square foot spread. Each bedroom is given an en suite bath and king bed, while common areas bring a living room with fireplace, a large dining room, a fully furnished kitchen equipped with gourmet appliances, several outdoor living porches, a flowing garden and private swimming pool.

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Awash in Amenities at Finca Cortesin

• Daily A la Carte breakfast in our El Jardin Restaurant

• Welcome drink and authentic Spanish tapas upon arrival overlooking our picturesque gardens.

• Seasonal fresh fruit bowl and premium water in the room.

• Fresh hand-cut countryside flowers placed in the room upon arrival.

• Complimentary high speed wireless Internet and wired Internet connection.

• IPod station and DVD player, available upon request.

• Complimentary valet parking service.

• Complimentary entrance and shuttle service to the Beach Club.

 

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The days belong to exploring: the Beach Club offers its teak wood details, Balinese beds and sun lounges, and quiet gardens between the beach and 35-meter infinity pool. The restaurant, directly on the beach, serves fresh Mediterranean seafood and cuisine.

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At the Finca Cortesin Spa, it is possible to immerse in a snow cave (the only such cave in Spain) and swab warm, sun-drenched skin with glistening snow balls, just the fun of it. More serious spa-goers will enjoy the fact that it is a dedicated spa, not a resort after thought. The spa measures some 24,000 square feet with 11 treatment rooms where guests find under-floor heating and heated massage beds, and experience rare beauty and rejuvenation technologies with a wide range of therapies created by leading French specialist Biologique Recherche. Couples enjoy a suite with a Roman bath and all guests can indulge in their choice from three thermal areas: one female, one male and one unisex for a sauna, Turkish bath and simple relaxation. Naturally there is a plunge pool available for quick dips to counter the thermal dynamics.

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Golf on the Costa del Sol

The choice may be more about golf than spa and for such moments, Finca Cortesin is ready. The hotel grounds meander amid the fairways of a world championship par 72, 18-hole golf course designed by Cabell Robinson. Opened in 2006, it is considered one of the best golf courses in Spain. At nearly 7,500 yards, it is one of the longest golf courses in Europe and also houses a Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy. Finca Cortesin hosted “The Volvo World Match Play Championship” in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Facilities are world class, offering golf club valet and cleaning, a buggy bar for ice cold drinks on the course, and a large and impressive Clubhouse with golf shop, bar, restaurant, terrace and striking views of the fairways and Sea.

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Explorations at Finca Cortesin need not be limited to improving one’s swing or luxuriating sessions in resort pampering. Malaga brings a layered 2,800-year history and a museum dedicated to the works of Picasso, who was born in Malaga.

The city features a fabulous walk to Gibralfaro castle for panoramic views over the land. Adjacent to the castle find Alcazaba, the old Muslim palace, and other odd attractions surrounding: a Roman Theatre, the old Jewish quarter, the Church of Santiago, even the Paseo del Parque for a lovely amble down to the harbor and ending in the main commercial street of the city.

Other at-a-Glance activities at Finca Cortesin:

• Tour Andalusia’s white villages, whitewashed in the Moorish tradition

• Colorful weekend markets

• Sailing lessons, dolphin watching tours, or sunset sailing

• Scuba Diving

• Visit traditional Jerez wine cellars

• Private Flamenco show

• Iberian ham and sherry tasting

• Andalusian Horse Dance show, an equestrian ballet accompanied by Spanish music and 18th Century costumes

• Hiking or skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

• Ascari Race Resort one hour away

Rates in the summer high season run from around $770 to $5,500 per night.

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Contact:

Finca Cortesin
Carretera de Casares
Km 2, E 29690, Casares
Malaga, Spain
(844) 733-4190
(+34 952) 93 78 00
reservas@hotelcortesin.com
www.fincacortesin.com

 

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This month kicked off with The Conde Nast Hot List 2016: Best New Hotels in The World. Featured hotels were the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Reverie Saigon and La Fiermontina in Italy. We are proud to have three new hotels on the list, please let us know if you would like more information.

The Faena seems to be everywhere this month: reviews by The New York Times and Forbes are very positive, and founder, Alan Faena was awarded The Miami Herald’s Visionary Award for Architecture & Design

Up to Wyoming, where Brush Creek Ranch was featured as one of the “Most Beautiful Places to Get Married in Wyoming.” In Vermont, Twin Farms is usually adults-only but kids are welcome July 24-28.

Want to visit “the Most Remote and Magical Hotel on Earth?” Read more about Fogo Island Inn in Bloomberg Pursuits. Fogo Island Inn was also featured in The National, “Travel secrets: how community efforts restored far-out Fogo Island.” An inspiring review by Anna Foat, “The Enlightenment on Turning 40 (at Fogo Island).” Fogo Island Inn also makes Travel + Leisure’s Ultimate Bucket List, and Goop’s list of Romantic Escapes along with The Brando and Bahia Vik.

More news from The Brando in Tahiti – winner of Best Luxury Eco Tourism Property and Best Overseas Resort by Luxury Travel Mag.  The Brando also made Brides Magazine’s list of the top 10 resorts in the South Pacific and was reviewed by Indagare in their April newsletter.

Further South, New Zealand’s Matakauri Lodge wins Best New Zealand property (within driving distance of the city) from Luxury Travel Mag. Up to Asia, where the private island resort of Song Saa in Cambodia was visited by Jacada Travel Journal’s Katie Law. An insightful read from Forbes on what luxury travelers are really seeking in their article, “Cambodia Luxury Tourism: A Model For Others To Follow.” Song Saa was also featured in a roundup of Cool Pools from Elle UK, A do-gooders guide to globetrotting from The New York Post, and as one of  “The 8 Most Idyllic Islands in the World.”

New client The Strand Cruise in SE Asia Globe and in The Australian, “Cruise Myanmar’s Irrawaddy by luxurious comfort of The Strand.”

Over to Vietnam where the opulent Reverie Saigon was featured in CNN Travel’s roundup of “The world’s best new spas,” which also included Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain. The newly opened Chengdu gem was also featured in Organic Spa Magazine.

WildChina can take you to Chengdu, and even further off the beaten path.  Read about China’s world-class hiking havens that few outsiders know about, or take a culinary holidays like WildChina’s Gastronomic Tour of China with Fuchsia Dunlop as featured in The Telegraph. Wendy Perrin traveled with WildChina and writes, “10 reasons why Yunnan province should be on your China bucket list.”

More news from Six Senses Resorts: Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand was featured in Travel + Style and the new Six Senses Zil Pasyon announced it will start welcoming guests October 1st.

Over to Africa where our President, JoAnn Kurtz-Ahlers took a recent trip across the Great Rift Valley with Micato Safaris and spent some time with the wonderful Pinto family. The Pinto’s have been taking guests through Kenya – their home – for more than half a century. Read more on our blog.

Another wonderful Destination Specialist, Banyan Tours, offers custom tours through India. After Will and Kate’s Royal Tour, Travel Interest in India Has Spiked.  Read more in Travel + Leisure. Any visit to India requires a stop in Delhi and a visit to The Lodhi, featured in The Huffington Post, “12 Incredible Hotels For Art Lovers In India.” Up to Rajasthan, where visitors to the Rajmahal Palace are treated like royalty. Read a full review from Forbes. Sister property by SUJAN Luxury, JAWAI, has some exciting news from their rangers on their blog, a striped hyena den!

After a tented camp safari, relax in the nearby Maldives at overwater Gili Lankanfushi as a Daily Express writer did for 10 days. Read the full review.

Off to Europe this summer?  Read this New York Times article on where to go and how to stay safe, with a mention of new client Finca Cortesin on Spain’s Costa del Sol. New client The Beaumont featured in Tatler, “Inside London’s BEST spas.”

Down to Dubai where The Palace Downtown Dubai was featured in CNN Travel’s roundup of “The Middle East’s most opulent hotel rooms.”

Down to Latin America, where Mukul in Nicaragua is now offering week-long surf camps for kids ages 12-17 starting in June. This resort is ideal for families, spa lovers, golfers and cocktail aficionados. From Forbes, “A View with a Bar: 12 Hotel Watering Holes to Drink In Now,” features Mukul, as does this short list from Golf Digest of the Best Golf Resorts In Mexico/Central America, and the list from Brides of “The Top 10 Resorts in Central and South America” for a honeymoon.

Great article of “Eco-Friendly Trip Ideas for Eco-Conscious Families” includes Mukul as well as another of our favorites, Pikaia Lodge in the Galapagos. Find out what a Galapagos experience is like from this article by The New Zealand Herald. Pikaia Lodge is also featured in Telegraph Luxury, “Incredible remote lodges and cabins,” and in AFAR Magazine, 10 Species You’ll See While Sailing in the Galápagos.

Over to Uruguay, where Fashion Designer Jason Wu recently raved about his trip to Bahia Vik and more in Architectural Digest.

From Vogue France, “Why Cartagena is fast becoming a magnet for luxury globe-trotters.” Reasons include Casa San Agustin, as described here by singer Beth Orton in The Guardian (plus more reasons she loves the city).  Vogue also lists Casa San Agustin’s Alma restaurant as one of their “7 Must-Visit Restaurants.”

There is a new destination spa opening in June, unlike any other.  Read up on the new Aja Malibu in Vogue Magazine, “This Wellness Retreat in Malibu Takes New-Age Healing to the Next Level.” Read more from The Malibu Chronicle and The Hollywood Reporter.

Another wellness destination, Lake Austin Spa Resort received some great press this month. This beautiful blog by Tanya Foster is worth a read, as well as this write up from Indagare after a recent visit. Garden & Gun Magazine featured Lake Austin Spa in their roundup of Sensational Southern Spas.

Wellness Travel is a $494 billion industry, writes NBC News and Ananda Spa offers a myriad of choices for wealthy women. More news from Ananda in Forbes, “Ananda in the Himalayas: India’s Holistic Health & Wellness Haven for Mind, Body & Soul.”

The original destination spa, Rancho La Puerta was featured in Men’s Journal, “24 Luxury Escapes Worth the Money.”

Kenya with Micato: Savoring the Safari while Saving its Future

Taking a safari across the equatorial plains of Kenya it’s hard to separate the land from the sky, or the reality from the dream. It’s a fantastical journey into an almost primeval time when the earth was pure and uncountable species of earth’s amazing creatures wandered freely amid the acacias and water fields. You can still find that world today, exquisite and unsullied with the help of knowledgeable African safari companies, like Micato. But while you watch the lions scout and the elephants roam, a looming question settles silently upon the landscape: How long will this last?

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Our President, JoAnn Kurtz-Ahlers took a recent trip across the Great Rift Valley with Micato Safaris. There were water buffalo wading near the water hole just beyond the rocks ahead and a pride of lions napping in the shade of umbrella thorn trees nearby. All was right with the world. And all was wrong. The reality of the underlying reality of elephants being killed for their tusks loomed in everyone’s consciousness.

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Ending the safari in Nairobi and helicoptering over Nairobi there were pyres of elephant tusks, thousands of them ready to be crackling in the roiling heat and turning into a pall of yellow and grey ash. The Kenya Wildlife Service assembled the largest stash of elephant tusks and rhino horns ever to be piled into one spot and set them alight for the world to see. The statement: These are the remains of some 6,000 animals killed for their tusks and horns in a worldwide crisis of poaching that is only getting worse.

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“You are on this amazing journey in Africa; you are in the hands of brilliant guides and directors and given privileged admission into this amazing moment of nature that is so remote and so timeless. And then you think about how wound up the world is and how this one pure thing may not last,” says Kurtz-Ahlers. “It made me thankful to be there through the graces of a company that had been in Africa for so long and had so many programs based on preservation and giving back.”

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Micato: Protecting and Giving Back

Indeed, for those who wish to see what nature they can be playing out on the African plains, it is wise to choose a reputable safari company with some skin in the game. Micato Safaris is one. The family-owned tour company has been taking guests through Kenya – their home – for more than half a century. While the safaris now expand through Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa, the approach to safaris is no longer simple game drives at dawn, dusk and after dark. They now include visits to animal sanctuaries, schools and interactive places where a little attention goes a long way in helping animals and educating local communities. Gin & tonics in the bush as the sun goes down over the acacias are still very much an Africa tradition, but for Micato tradition also takes the form of philanthropy. A Micato adventure is life changing both for the traveler and for a child in Africa. Through the company’s One for One Commitment, for every safari they sell, they send a child to school. Micato’s nonprofit arm, AmericaShare, also operates a boarding school sponsorship program and provides outreach through the AmericaShare Harambee Community Centre in the heart of Nairobi’s Mukuru slum, which serves as a base for a community lending library, computer-learning centre, and much more.

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Where There is Hope

Other stops along the way may also include the Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, a very needed program run by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The trust was formed in 1977 in honor of the founding warden of Tsavo East National Park. It nurtures harmed elephants back to health and pans the land for poachers, operating mobile de-snaring and anti-poaching units formed to meet the challenges threatening the wildlife and environment of the 8,000-square-miles covered in Tsavo National Parks. Severe threats include elephant and rhino poaching for ivory and horn, but also include bushmeat snaring for large-scale trade, illegal logging of forested areas, charcoal burning and livestock intrusions.

IMG_2599An elephant nursery run by the Trust in Nairobi National Park is an easy daytrip from Nairobi and is open for one hour each day for visits as orphaned elephants are brought out for their midday mud bath and feeding. It is one of three integration units for orphaned elephants run by the Trust in Kenya.

“It’s quite moving to see elephants that may not have had a chance to now be cared for, brought to health and given a chance, especially as this species is dwindling quickly from so much poaching and human encroachment,” says Kurtz-Ahlers.

Visitors are given a chance to donate and foster an elephant in its journey back to the wild.

“The ability to experience nature in the raw — so wild, peaceful and fierce — and then know that there are answers out there, programs that are dedicated to keeping nature here in tact and giving communities and people in need a way to get strong … it makes the entire safari experience extremely exhilarating and eye-opening,” she adds.


Seeing Wildlife While it’s Still Wild

Micato offers five safaris in Kenya alone, each with its own approach to the land and its stories. The 15-day Grand Safari combines Kenya and Tanzania with travels through Amboseli, Maasai Mara and the Serengeti, and a stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Safari Lodge.

The Hemingway Wing Safari spends 14 days in colonial Africa following in the shadows of the great American author. From the dramatic northern frontier of Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve, across the Maasai Mara and Serengeti to the massive Ngorongoro Crater and Hemingway’s favorite Lake Manyara in Tanzania, the tour recalls the safari yore.

 

The Stanley Wing Safari offers the best of Kenya and Tanzania for a 16-day tour. It includes leisurely two-night stays in Amboseli, Ngorongoro Crater, The Serengeti and the Maasai Mara and uses five small flights over the savannah to expedite travel for a comprehensive African tour.  The Heart of Kenya and Tanzania runs 12 days and focuses on game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kenya’s Maasai Mara in a compact itinerary.

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African Splendour is an 18-day trip that runs from the tip of South Africa’s Cape to East Africa’s legendary game parks, taking in East Africa, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Victoria Falls.

Safaris come in bespoke custom creations, classic small groups departures, and private classic safaris.

 

Contact:

Micato Safaris
15 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 545-7111
(800) MICATO-1
Email:inquiries@micato.com
www.micato.com

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Green Season Savings at Cambodia’s Song Saa Private Island

From May to October, Cambodia’s first private island resort becomes a kaleidoscope of greens and a mecca for flora and fauna. Inspired by Cambodian fishing villages, the pioneering Song Saa is home to 27 intimate villas which span the two pristine isles of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong in the remote Koh Rong archipelago, whose virgin rainforests, tropical reefs and alabaster beaches burst into a hive of activity and prosperity during these verdant months. Guests who visit over this time will also save up to 30% on Song Saa’s B&B and always included rates, as well as on the resort’s five and seven-day wellness programs.

The overwater Vista Restaurant and Song Saa Sanctuary are the first to benefit from this season of abundance, enriched by the ripening of the island’s local ingredients. The surrounding rainforest is home to edible herbs and plants, making Green Season the perfect moment to sample the fresh, locally grown produce available to guests from both the islands of the Archipelago and the mainland.

Seasonal botanicals including Roselle, an anti-oxidant rich in Vitamin C & Iron, and Butterfly Pea, an anti-oxidant used in tea and culinary recipes, combine with daily fresh gatherings and are used for healthy meals, as well as being incorporated into therapeutic scrubs for spa treatments and used in cleansing detoxifying teas.

The Green Season is the perfect time to experience the resort’s five and seven day wellness programs, underpinned by the three Buddhist themes of stillness, healing and blessings. Inspiration and energy is drawn from the ocean, the rainforest and the tropical birdlife to relax, rejuvenate and to reconnect.

During this time, whilst some showers are expected, they pass swiftly, meaning guests are still likely to see plenty of sun whilst benefitting from a quieter than usual resort.

To book: Song Saa Private Island (www.songsaa.com) offers a fully inclusive rate from $1,777 per villa per night on a double occupancy basis from 1 May to 31 October. This includes everything from the moment you set foot on the island including all meals and daily surprises from the kitchen, unlimited house wines and spirits, a 15-minute foot massage per guest, daily laundry, speedboat transfers between Sihanoukville and Song Saa, use of kayaks, snorkeling equipment and sailing boats, and guided visits to explore the unique marine environments of the twin islands. Alternatively, b&b rates are available from $1,037 per villa per night, based on two sharing from 1 May to 31 October.


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Gili Goes Pink Special October Offer

Shut the world out and escape to your own private haven. Here, time is yours to spend as you wish. Stay up chatting on the over-water deck till the sun rises, have breakfast in bed overlooking the horizon, or surrender yourself to a lazy afternoon nap. With this offer, we join the world to spread breast cancer awareness, support the survivors and convey to the fighters that they can count on us. To support the Cancer Society of Maldives, we will donate USD 400 per paying night stay from every “GILI GOES PINK OCTOBER” package booked, to those who never give up hope.

Valid October 1-31, 2016


Special Includes:

 

Your choice of villa accommodation

Meet and greet at Male International Airport

Complimentary return speed boat transfers

A bottle of Pink Champagne on arrival with an upgraded arrival amenities

One time 60-Minutes Tibetan Singing Bowl for two persons, during your stay

One Organic Garden Dinner Experience with fresh herbs and green juices

Sunset cocktail party (every Tuesday)

Gili Breakfast experience at the Main Restaurant throughout your stay

Regular yoga sessions

Steam and sauna at Meera Spa

Non-motorized water sports activities

Wireless Internet access

Choice of Gili still or sparkling water during your stay
Learn More>>

Faena Miami Beach Complimentary Night

Faena Hotel Pool_Photo by Todd Eberle (2)Spend an extra day at the beach and enjoy all Faena Hotel has to offer including exceptional dining, nightlife and spa treatments.

Special Offer: Receive a complimentary fourth night when you book a three night stay

Includes: Faena Butler during stay

Complimentary Chaise Lounges at the pool and beach areas

Access to Oceanfront Fitness center


Valid until September 30, 2016

 
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
3201 Collins Avenue
Faena District Miami Beach, FL 33140

Toll-free: 1-844-733-4190

Tel: 1-305-535-4697

Email: reservations-miamibeach@faena.com

Website: www.faena.com/miami-beach

 

The Beaumont Lights up London’s Mayfair with Flair

If you are looking for luxury in London you will no doubt wander through the city’s legendary Mayfair district and find yourself melting into scenes played out in films from Merchant and Ivory to Alfred Hitchcock. What you won’t expect to find is “ROOM” and the collection of art and expression bundled into one of Mayfair’s newest oeuvres in hospitality: The Beaumont.

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A little F. Scott Fitzgerald, some dollops of E.M Forster, throw in a little Bloomsbury — the Beaumont not only breathes life into a gentler, if not golden, era of art, design and culture of a century ago, it re-imagines it with all the marble sheen and Art Deco flair one can paint into such works and still function as part of the 21st century.

The property opened just under two years ago as the first hotel and a dream project for master restaurateurs, Chris Corbin and Jeremy King. Their work has been seen and celebrated over the past quarter century in such venues as The Ivy and J Sheekey, as well as The Wolseley, Fischer’s and The Delaunay. That streak continues at The Beaumont with its signature dining setting, The Colony, already taking its spot on the A-lists of London’s dining elite (the Beckhams, for instance, and Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford and George Clooney, among others, for a book launch party).

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As the duo’s first hospitality endeavor, The Beaumont incorporates plenty of style that integrates a 1920s, 1930s Art Deco theme throughout and capitalizes on artworks recent and of the era, that root the surroundings in a distinct time and place.

Start with “ROOM.” The work is the most immediately recognizable component of the hotel and serves to define the property’s front façade as something more than a building — as an adventure in artistic immersion. The cubic structure by British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley presides in 1930s style anthropomorphic grandeur as not only a statement of presence but also a suite: one of 73 rooms, including 23 studios and accommodations, offered at the Beaumont.

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The cascading cubes of “ROOM,” looming like a monster version of an oddly re-conceived Rodin “Thinker” or an animated robot from a late ‘50s space invaders film, is a fun room to choose for accommodations. It holds a comfortable living room, a sparkling all-white bathroom and, a few steps up and behind a black velvet curtain, a sleek-lined fumed oak bedroom with 40-foot ceilings all lit by a single sky window that can let in or black out all outside light.

The Beaumont rooms and suites come in seven styles and configurations. Creative concepts run through many of these spaces, for instance each of the eight one-bedroom suites is named after a historic figure, such as newscaster Ed Murrow, American socialite Barbara Hutton, and celebrated New York theater critic and Algonquin’s Round Table legend Alexander Woollcott, all further summoning that sense of time and place.

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The Roosevelt Suite is a massive affair on a presidential scale that can extend through five bedrooms in detailed ambiance reminiscent of a transatlantic ocean liner of the 1920s.

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Amenities are generous in all quarters at The Beaumont. Bath soaps and lotions are supplied by D.R. Harris, chemists to England’s royalty. Guests have complimentary use of a chauffeured vintage Daimler through their stay. A complimentary continental breakfast is served; Nespresso coffee and tea service is available in the room, along with complimentary snacks and soft drinks in the mini-fridge. Wi-fi is available throughout the property at no cost. There are valet car parking and full concierge services. In-room dining can be managed at all hours.

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For private gatherings, The Lotos Room is there to serve. It can accommodate up to 18 guests for boardroom-style meetings or 60 guests for a reception.

Much of the life in spin at The Beaumont takes place, however, at The American Bar and in The Colony Grill Room. As these are signature venues of the Corbin & King team, they are as much about experience of place as they are about the fare. The American Bar might have been a choice Hemingway would have enjoyed: expatriate panache with a focus on American bourbons and whiskeys, classic cocktails a close second. Dark walnut walls play against framed photos of British and American bon vivants of their day, especially the notables of the era that frequented Mayfair.

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Nearby, The Colony Grill elicits a private men’s club spirit that saw its heyday in New York and London during the heady smoke-filled era of the 1920s. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with such nostalgic menu items as Gammon & Pineapple, Chicken Pot Pie and New York Strip. It also specializes in contemporary American comfort food such as mac ‘n cheese and hamburgers, shrimp cocktail and meatloaf. Finish it off with a Colony Club Sundae or spectacle-making Baked Alaska.

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Between meals it may be time to explore the spa, a white chrome-glass-and-marble space inspired by the Turkish baths of London’s Royal Automobile Club. Find a small gym there as well as a hammam where body treatments are done on a heated marble table. Or simmer in the steam and sauna rooms, followed by a quick dip in the cold plunge pool.

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Energized, there’s no place like London for shopping or walking. Mayfair is in the middle of it all: Selfridges is paces away, and there are gardens, galleries, even Buckingham Palace within short blocks. Similarly, the designers and jewelers of Bond Street and Regent Street are minutes by foot beyond, as is shopping that includes Versace, Gucci and Tiffany’s. Harrods and Harvey Nichols are minutes away in nearby Knightsbridge.

 

The Beaumont

Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair
London W1K 6TF
(+44 20) 7-499 1001 (toll free)
(+34 9) 5293 7800
reservations@thebeaumont.com
www.thebeaumont.com

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KAA News Roundup

One of our original clients, Six Senses Hotels & Resorts, was awarded The World’s Best Hotel Group by The Telegraph Travel Awards. A well-deserved accolade. Opening soon in The Seychelles, read about Six Senses Zil Pasyon in CLAD Global. Sister property Six Senses Con Dao in Vietnam was recently reviewed by a Luxury Lifestyle and Travel Blog.

Over to the US, where Vanity Fair described the new Faena Hotel Miami Beach, “I’m not embellishing when I say it’s a Faena universe.” More press for Faena in The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, and from Conde Nast Traveler, “Four New Reasons to Visit Miami Beach” includes Faena Hotel.

Up to Vermont, where Twin Farms was featured in Fathom’s article, 15 Swanky Hotels with Literary History. Usually adults only and always all-inclusive, Twin Farms welcomes kids July 24-28.

Congratulations to another US hotel, The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, nominated Orvis Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year for the second year in a row.

Down to Latin America, where Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa made the list from Vogue, “6 Reasons #Nicaragua Should Be on Your Must-Visit List.”It’s time to celebrate Earth Day, and Healthy Travel Magazine featured 7 Resorts Making a Difference, including Mukul.  This list of Eco-Friendly Trip Ideas for Eco-Conscious Families is an inspiring read, and Mukul is also a good fit for romance, as featured in Indagare’s feature, “Top 10 Mini Moons,” also featureing Casa San Agustin and Twin Farms.

For more on Casa San Agustin and Cartagena, check out this guide to the city from Architectural Digest. And from Vogue Paris, “Why Colombia’s Cartagena is the latest Luxury Travel Destination.”

Conde Nast thinks April is the month to book your Galapagos adventure, where you can check out Pikaia Lodge, mentioned in House Beautiful’s list, “The top 10 trips of a Lifetime.” Also in the news, The Galapagos is home to a huge new marine reserve.

Over to Chile, where Viña Vik’s Harvest Experience was featured in Departures, “15 Openings, Renovations, and New Trips to Book This April.”

Up to the Caribbean where Musha Cay was featured in a Thrillist article, “Tropical Islands You Can Rent All for Yourself ,“ which also includes The Brando. More press for The Brando this month: From Oyster, “An Inside Look at the Private Island Once Owned by Marlon Brando;” from Bravo TV, “You’ve Never Heard of the Remote Island That’s Set to Become the Next Celeb Mecca;” and from Goop, “Proposal-Worthy Destinations: The World’s Most Romantic Spots,” which also features Twin Farms.

Another romantic spot, Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia, received many accolades this month: Architectural Digest’s roundup of “7 Overwater Villas Perfect for Escaping the Cold;” from Asia Travel + Leisure, “Best Beaches in Asia;” a review by Connoisseur Mag; and from Bride to Be Magazine, a look into what it is like to have a destination wedding at Song Saa:

Down to New Zealand, where Kauri Cliffs and Matakauri Lodge made MSN’s list of “Top 10 Most Amazing Places To Stay In New Zealand.” Quantas writes on “5 Family-Friendly Retreats to Book Now” and includes Kauri Cliffs as an ideal place for parents with active older children,” and both Kauri Cliffs and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers were featured in LATTE Luxury News.

The Kimberly Coast in Australia appears on many travelers bucket lists. Check out Luxury Travel Australia’s great article on “Cruising (wild style) on the Kimberley Coast with North Star Cruises”.

Over to Canada where Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family spent the Easter weekend in Newfoundland, visiting – of course – Fogo Island Inn. Many writers come to Fogo Island, and we have all heard of writers-in-residence… but how about geologists-in-residence? And from Quill & Quire, “Despite its remote location along Iceberg Alley, Fogo Island Inn has become a hot international destination.” The icebergs are coming! Watch the powerful and elemental multi-year pack ice as drifts near Fogo Island Inn in this video.

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Drenka writes on her visit to the iconic Armani Hotel Dubai. Sister hotel Armani Hotel Milan was visited by a French blogger who writes, “Thanks to the time I spent in the world of Armani, I feel like I have a better understanding of the creator, the man, and his message.”

Learn all about Puglia from Conde Nast Traveller, including the beautiful La Fiermontina.

Over to India, where Travel + Style writes on The Lodhi New Delhi, “a boutique city hotel is a surprising and delightful alternative to more traditional hotels.”

Tibet is open to foreign visitors as of April 1st, and Wild China has some outstanding off the beaten path tours.

For your dose of wellness this month, Redbook Magazine writes on 10 Weight Loss Retreats That Basically Feel Like a Spa Weekend including Rancho La Puerta. NY Magazine writer Linda Wells spent a week at the spa and discovered “Spas Aren’t Only About Beauty, Vanity, or Fun.” And Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., one of the experts on the hit A&E show Married at First Sight, comes to Rancho La Puerta in June.

A writer for The Daily Beast does a week in India Will & Kate style, visiting both Ananda and The Lodhi.

Wellness in the US, where Lake Austin Spa Resort made the list from Pursuitist of the Top 5 Spas in the US, as well as this list of “The 11 Best Hotels for Book Lovers” from US News Travel.  Fox News reports on 11 hospitality helpers with unique titles, including Lake Austin Spa Resort’s Trisha Shirey, the director of flora and fauna.

Happy Travels!

 

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