There is a magical, other-worldly quality about Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. You feel it the minute you pass through the double-door entrance, greeting a wall of glass just yards away through which Paradise Valley in Scottsdale unfolds.
This can’t be Arizona. It’s green and there are palm trees. But turn around and take in the tumble of red rocks of Camelback Mountain. The scenic counterpoint is riveting. That’s Sanctuary: expect the unexpected.
Everything about the resort celebrates and complements the spectacular setting. Nature’s blues, oranges, yellows and greens find their way into the striking plantings around the resort and into sophisticated furnishings in 105 casitas and suites and five private homes that stretch across 53 acres. The accommodations inspire you to relax and savor the views. There are 69 Mountain Casitas, 41 of which are Suites ranging up to 1,500-square-feet with wood burning fireplaces and outdoor terraces. They share a sleek, spacious and contemporary design sensibility with 12 Camelback Casitas and Suites, which are distinguished by their perch high into the resort’s namesake mountain, granting premium views of the aptly named Paradise Valley beyond.
Another 24 spa casitas offer an oasis of repose, surrounding the Sanctuary infinity-edge pool and intimate spa. Here again,
The spacious, ultra chic lobby is your first hint that you are about to embark on a special experience. Affable, attentive staffers welcome guests with open arms, broad smiles and inquisitive minds. “How can we assist to make your stay enjoyable?” they inquire.
The Grand Hyatt, New York, is ideally located on 109 E. 42nd St. and is conveniently connected to the transportation hub of Manhattan, Grand Central Station. Known for being one of the busiest train stations in the world, Grand Central is a fantastic destination for shopping or to pick up a souvenir. Popular shops and boutiques include the Apple Store, Banana Republic, Aveda, Hermes, and Kenneth Cole. Grand Central is home to several great restaurants, including Café Spice, Oyster Bar, and Manhattan Chili Company. Famous for its beautiful Beaux-Arts architecture, Grand Central Station should be on everyone’s “must see” list while visiting the Big Apple. Other notable landmarks within walking distance of the Grand Hyatt include the Theater District, Times Square, the United Nations and the magnificent New York City Public Library.
For a truly indulgent experience, reserve a premier suite that offers more space than most New York City apartments. These 1,000 to 1,400 sq. ft. suites provide
For newcomers booking a vacation at The Cove resort on the island of Eleuthera, it’s reassuring to know there’s a friend waiting to whisk you from the North Eleuthera airport to your posh Caribbean retreat.
This Cove ambassador could be Jerome, it could be McNeal, or it could be Trish. You won’t realize it at the time, but whoever guides you to your new Bahamian retreat is on a personal mission to win you over.
These Cove team members are as passionate about their workplace as they are about the 110-mile long island of Eleuthera. The reason for this exuberance is obvious once you step upon the elevated platform looking just beyond The Cove’s pearl-white welcome area.
A Cocktail of Island Luxury
Before Jerome, McNeal, or Trish motor you by golf cart to your luxurious vacation accommodations, you’ll be handed a refreshing Bahama Mama cocktail to quench your thirst. This beverage is the perfect elixir to compliment your initial glimpse of The Cove’s oasis of palm trees, hammocks, restaurants, and 57 whitewashed bungalow suites.
After you’ve been at the resort just minutes, you’ll realize that you’re keeping time with the palm fronds swaying from the ocean breeze. This tradewind tempo, aided by another long sip
These days we never speak of a luxury hotel without speaking of its spa. Specializing in this sector for more than 30 years and the inspiration behind some of the most beautiful hotels in the world, Jean-Michel Gathy is an authority of ultimate spa architecture.
He is faithful to his elegant, luxury style without a hint of ostentation and has designed veritable temples to well-being, which have become destinations in themselves.
Chedi Andermatt & Residences in the Swiss Alps
Situated in the authentic Andermatt resort in the midst of regeneration, Chedi Andermatt is preparing to celebrate its second birthday. The development pays homage to traditional Swiss architecture with a whiff of contemporary elegance, and it has become the new chic chalet emblem. The magnificent spa extends over 25,833 square feet and contains a 115 foot indoor swimming-pool, a huge outdoor heated pool, thermal baths, Finnish saunas and hammams as well as a state-of-the-art gym. The spa also offers yoga courses anda boasts 10 massage rooms for pampering with top-of-the-range organic SpaRitual, ila REN and Alpienne products (traditional local remedies).
Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro
Aman Sveti Stefan is an exceptional jewel welcoming guests to its 50 rooms on the island and eight unique suites in
We are in the Adirondack wilderness, driving a winding road with snow covered pines forming a narrow passageway. Ahead of us, an intricate gate fashioned from logs and branches and spelling out ‘The Point.’
After punching in a code, the gate opens very slowly as if to say “Take a deep breath. Relax. Let the wonders of this very special place envelop you.”
We’ve arrived at The Point Resort in Saranac Lake, New York – the last of the Great Camps of the Adirondacks considered by many to be the premiere resort in the country and Conde Nast Traveler’s highest-rated property. The Point is consistently honored with one of the hospitality industry’s top awards: the Forbes 5-Star designation for “…flawless service and the finest of amenities. Staff are intuitive, engaging and passionate; they eagerly deliver service above and beyond the guests’ expectations.”
From the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the great depression, Gilded-age magnates built magnificent mansions made of logs and collectively called the Great Camps. The Point was built as a private retreat for the William Avery Rockefeller family between 1930-33 by the prominent Adirondack camp architect William Distin. It is situated on a 75-acre peninsula jutting into
A member of The Leading Hotels and The Leading Spas of the World, Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort is a quiet oasis of luxury with 5 Star comforts on the boundary of one of Costa Rica’s wildly beautiful nature preserves.
Located in the middle of a rain forest, the hotel and resort give guests an intimate connection with the natural surroundings. Walk outside and look up. You can’t miss it. The Arenal Volcano, a smooth sided, flat topped massive pyramid of dark earth, towers above. Tabacón, the short-hand name for the hotel and spa, takes its life blood from the volcano.
The Arenal Volcano is no postcard relic. The volcano lives and breathes. Lava flows on the western side. Underground magma pushes up from the Earth’s core and heats the streams flowing through the resort.
A three to four hour drive from Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, Tabacón is easily reached by bus or car. My wife and I were picked up at the airport by Hjalmar, our guide and driver from Costa Rican Vacations. Driving through the countryside we passed a great variety of landscapes.
If you enjoy Hawaii without the high rises, you will love
The aura is pink, the aroma predominantly mint.
This is Marrakech – the pale rouge city of labyrinthine souks, fertile gardens and historic mosques where time stands still over an aromatic glass of mint tea.
For centuries it has been the beating, vibrant heart of Morocco.
Exploring the medina, bound by ancient red sandstone walls, is one of the highlights of a stay in Marrakech.
The approach is dominated by the landmark Koutoubia mosque, dating from the late 10th century with four golden orbs at the top of the square 69-metre minaret.
From there you can cross into the narrow alleys and passages that form the ancient medina, dating from the same period and created by Berber dynasties from the south of the country at a time that Marrakech was the country’s capital and Africa’s key trading hub.
Marrakech medina flea market
Mosque, market, bathhouse and tea-shop; these are the institutions of the souk but its social fabric too, where people meet, converse, wash, pray and while away the time.
The medina has numerous exits but many empty out into the main square of Marrakech, Djemaa el
In Las Vegas, pool days never have to end, not even when summer is over. Among several pools that remain open year-round, ARIA Resort & Casino’s Sky Pool transforms its luxurious summer offerings to keep guests cozy during their winter vacation.
Created exclusively for Sky Suites’ guests, the newest retreat on the Las Vegas Strip takes the hotel’s Forbes Five Star services poolside with unexpected indulgences befitting the season. Instead of serving summer refreshments such as chilled towels or smoothie shots, wintertime guests can enjoy the heated pool along with warm towels and complimentary hot chocolate, warm cider or hot tea delivered every 90 minutes.
Additionally, there are other world-class pools across Las Vegas that are staying open for guests looking to take advantage of Sin City’s mild winter climate, including:
- Mandalay Bay: Moorea Beach Club sheds its “toptional” dress code as it becomes the resort’s main pool for winter guests. Cozy fire pits are lit for guests to toast marshmallows with S’mores kits available for purchase.
- ARIA Resort & Casino: The two main pools are open during the winter season with cocktail service available in the well-appointed cabanas.
- Vdara Hotel & Spa: The boutique, non-gaming hotel keeps its main pool available all year.
Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, MX
Rancho La Puerta is the original “fitness resort” and spa welcomes some 140 guests each week to its 3,000 private acres of gardens, mountains and meadows in Baja California, Mexico. All facilities and land are for the exclusive use of guests who come for an entire week, Saturday to Saturday, or partial-week stays of three or four nights. It’s a unique escape for women and men offering over 80 fitness classes including TRX, yoga, pilates and advanced hiking trails as well as spa treatments and therapeutic sessions. Hiking is a very big part of the Rancho La Puerta guest experience. Most guests do some sort of hike before breakfast each morning. Rancho La Puerta is located in the mountains and the guided hiking trails are a five minute walk from the resort, offering over 50 miles of hiking trails. Options include a two-mile hike through an oak grove with undulating terrain, a nine-mile mountain hike, and everything in between. A few standout hikes include:
• Organic Garden Breakfast Hike – A four-mile round trip trek over rolling hills to La Cocina Que Canta, the Ranch’s culinary center and organic six-acre farm. Enjoy a garden breakfast, followed