This month’s Hideaway Report highlights a road trip through California’s wine country, with a series of hotels and notable wineries along the way. The charming town of Charleston is also profiled. View the four newly recommended hotels from the May 2013 issue, below. JUST INN Where: Paso Robles, California What: Renowned family-owned winery’s charming four-suite inn overlooking lovely vineyards [...]
The Peninsula House, a plantation-style guesthouse set on a lush hillside overlooking the coastline of the Samana Peninsula, is my favorite property in the Dominican Republic by a country mile. The six airy suites and striking public areas are distinguished by a museum-quality art collection, the life’s work of French proprietor Marie-Claude Thiebault and herAmerican [...]
New rooms and restaurant lounge at Meadowood. Westcliff hotel to become Four Seasons Johannesburg. “Savoy of the East” Great Eastern of Kolkata reopening after 7-year renovation. Ritz-Carlton to open property in Kyoto, Japan. Small Luxury Hotels posts positive first quarter. “False start” for Rocco Forte group in Abu Dhabi. GM of Crosby Street Hotel [...]
India’s palace hotels are living links to the era of the maharajahs, the 200 years prior to independence when semi-autonomous princes ruled much of the country. The newly restored Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad is now perhaps the most opulent palace hotel of all. -A.H.
Pictured below: suite 1007 of the Crosby Street Hotel. Owner Kit Kemp of Firmdale Hotels has mentioned that this suite is among her favorites.
The town of Paso Robles brings to mind the Healdsburg of 30 years ago, when I made my first visit to Sonoma. At the center of a charming tree- shaded square stands a handsome library donated by Andrew Carnegie. With the growing success of the wine business, the town is evolving into a place of [...]
The charming 64-room Planters Inn sits squarely in the center of Charleston across the street from the historic (albeit touristy) City Market. The inn’s two buildings, a 19th-century warehouse and a contemporary structure trimmed by broad loggias, flank a quiet courtyard. Inside, the lobby and adjacent lounge contain Oriental rugs, antique furniture and gilt-framed oil portraits. -A.H. [...]
Peninsula announces plan for Rangoon property. Rosewood expands to Bali & Jakarta. Ritz-Carlton announces new resort in Marrakech, Morocco. St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum to open luxury hotel. Gritti Palace reopens following 15-month renovation. New York’s most expensive luxury hotel is the St. Regis. Economist profiles Ultimate Library, a hotel library consultancy. Aston Martin celebrates 100 years. Emirates grows profits by 52%. Despite [...]
I have long believed that one of the most enjoyable wine drives in the United States follows West Dry Creek Road in northern Sonoma. Staying at the Farmhouse Inn puts you in the perfect location to explore this memorable route, as well as the many wonderful wineries in the Russian River Valley. Located in Forestville, 10 [...]
Perched on a hillside overlooking Santa Barbara and the Pacific, El Encanto opened in 1918 and became a favorite hideaway for Hollywood’s elite. After a meticulous seven-year renovation, the resort reopened on March 18. The Spanish Colonial property now has 92 individually designed bungalows, set amid seven acres of gardens. Executive Chef Patrice Martineau, [...]