dog day afternoon

August 26th, 2014

In honor of National Dog Day, we’ve decided to let our blog go to the dogs, much like the VIP treatment at some hotels…

WOOF Cottages, Nantucket

The Woof Cottages at The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin welcomes its furriest guests with Draper Canine beds, welcome basket of treats and toys, personalized pet tags, doggie turndown, walking, and more.

 

Park Hyatt

From Argentina to Chicago, most Park Hyatt hotels offer fido friendly amenities.  In the newly opened Park Hyatt Vienna, the concierge recommends local walking hotspots and the kitchen is happy to prepare a special meal.  Park Hyatt New York has also gotten into (dog)bed with Friends of Finn.

 

Cliveden House, Berkshire, England

No better place to treat a pooch like royalty than the English Countryside and Cliveden House offers more than 250 acres of dog-walking woodland paths with views of the Thames.

AMPR TOP FIVE: bars with a view

July 15th, 2014

This summer, we’re taking our olives and twists on tour.

Here are our top five destinations for the most luxurious 5 o’clock somewhere.

1. MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE, KENYA

AMPR’s favorite garnish this summer is the sound of the Great Migration rattling the ice cubes in our gin and tonic. The only barrier between you and the wild is the drink in your hand at andBeyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, situated where the forest meets the plains.

2. TOKYO, JAPAN

Sip Yamazaki neat at Park Hyatt Tokyo’s The Peak Bar, 41 stories into the sky and lit entirely by washi paper lanterns.

3. RAMATUELLE, FRANCE

Suspended between the clouds and the Mediterranean Sea, La Réserve Ramatuelle’s bar overlooks the crystal waters of the French Riviera. Hotelier Michel Reybier serves his private label Cos d’Estournel, a Sauvignon Blanc grown from his personal vineyard.

4. NANTUCKET ISLAND, MASSACHUSETTS

Sit under the Brant Point Grill’s shady canopy and gaze out at The White Elephant statue, a harbor-side symbol of the eponymous hotel’s history. Drink of choice: Lobster Bloody Mary.

5. SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

The Living Room at Park Hyatt Sydney offers a front-row seat to the Sydney Opera House and world-renowned harbor. With a glass of Penfolds in hand, everything is looking good from “down under.”

 

 

 

2013 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award Winners

October 15th, 2013

The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

The results of Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards are in. This year, the 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards boasted its highest-ever participation with 79,268 readers casting 1.3 million votes. The result is a compilation of the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and resorts in the world.

The #1 spot for Top Hotel & Resort in the World was a tie between The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay, New Zealand and La Residence in Franschhoek, South Africa.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards including:

Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World: #1 The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, #7 One&Only The Palm Dubai, #22 (tied) Phinda Private Game Reserve, One&Only Palmilla, #63 Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens, #75 Park Hyatt Dubai

Top Midsize-Ship Cruise Lines: #1 Crystal Cruises

Top Hotels in the Middle East: #1 Park Hyatt Dubai

Top Resorts in the Middle East: #1 One&Only The Palm Dubai, #2 Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, #5 One&Only Royal Mirage

Top Resorts in Central & South America: #1 Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens

Top Resorts in Baja, Mexico: #1 One&Only Palmilla

Top Hotels in Australia & the Pacific: #1 Park Hyatt Sydney

Top Hotels in the Atlantic: #2 One&Only Ocean Club, #4 Parrot Cay

Top Hotels in New England: #3 The Wauwinet, #7 White Elephant Hotel

Top Resorts & Safari Camps: #4 Phinda Private Game Reserve, #25 Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Top Hotels in Chicago: #4 Park Hyatt Chicago

Top Hotels in Northern Europe: #5 Park Hyatt Hamburg

Top Hotels in South America: #4 Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau

Top Hotels in Washington, D.C: #5 Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.

Top Resorts in the Caribbean: #5 The Caves, #6 Hôtel Saint-Barth Isle de France, #10 Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort

Top Hotels in France & Monaco: #6 Park Hyatt Paris-Vedome, #18 Pavillon de la Reine

Top Hotels in Africa: #7 One&Only Cape Town

Top Hotels in Japan and South Korea: #7 Park Hyatt Seoul, #8 Park Hyatt Tokyo

Top Islands in the Caribbean: #7 St. Barths

Top Hotels in the Southwest: #8 Inn on the Alameda

Top Resorts in Europe: #10 Chewton Glen

Top Cities in the United States: #10 Napa

Top Hotels in Southeast Asia: #13 Park Hyatt Saigon

Top Resorts in Asia: #16 Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp

Top Hotels in Central Europe: #17 Park Hyatt Zurich

Top Hotels in China: #29 Park Hyatt Shanghai, #37 Park Hyatt Beijing

 

For the complete list of 2013 Readers’ Choice winners, click here: http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards

Hotels that Brew Their Own Booze

June 18th, 2013

Hotel bars are making a serious comeback; for some simply being the cool kid again isn’t enough, so they are upping the ante. From Tokyo to Nantucket, these hotel bars are offering exclusive, limited edition whiskys, wines, and craft beers that travelers won’t find anywhere else…

The Wauwinet’s Woody 25

Nantucket Island, MA

In celebration of The Wauwinet’s 25th anniversary year, the inn’s award-winning restaurant, TOPPER’S, has teamed up with Triple Eight Distillery in collaboration with Cisco Brewery to create a custom-made 10-year-old Woody 25 single malt whisky.

  • Aged 10 years on island, the whisky, with its robust 44.4% alcohol content, is the color of a deeply strawberried golden straw.
  • Its nose evokes an equally rich aroma of sweet almond, apples, and cranberries that is balanced with warming vanilla and earthy oaken tones.
  • The taste, initially spicy and herbal, quickly mellows to flavors of honeyed treacle and caramel, with a long, dry finish of toasty oak and herbal anise – perfect to savor along with freshly shucked oysters or a decadent Lazy Lobster Bake from TOPPER’S.

How is it best served? Neat, of course! But for those who like a little something extra, a menu of carefully-crafted Woody 25 cocktails has been created for TOPPER’S to celebrate the silver anniversary of the inn. While individual servings of Woody 25 will be on the menu for those dining at TOPPER’S at $25/glass, the option to purchase one of the limited run of 200 bottles at $250/bottle is only available to those guests staying at the hotel.

The Calistoga Ranch Sotero Cabernet

Calistoga, CA

Located in the heart of Napa Valley wine country, Calistoga Ranch offers an exclusive Sotero wine to its hotel and restaurant guests. Made with cabernet grapes harvested from the hotel’s on-property vineyard, this private label is grown sustainably and aged in 70% new French Oak for 28 months.

  • Incredibly smooth and polished, in the nose there is a familiar presence of soft barrel vanillin, warm black cherry, and a little spice box.
  • Once in the mouth, this wine is a swirling rollercoaster ride of milk chocolate and caramel with a little dash of espresso supported by layers of generous black fruit riding on the rails of youthful tannin and moderate acidity.
  • As the wine opens up over time, more red fruit fumes gush from the glass and the young texture improves.

The Calistoga Ranch Sotero is available for guests to purchase at $90/bottle in the restaurant, gift shop, or via room service. Depending on the harvest, about 100 cases are produced each year. Bottled unfiltered and unfined, it is 100% Calistoga Cabernet.

Park Hyatt Tokyo’s Exclusive Craft Beers – Park Brewery and Citrus Amber Ales

Tokyo, Japan

Each summer, Sankt Gallen Brewery creates two extraordinary craft beers to be exclusively served at Park Hyatt Tokyo for a limited period. This summer, the brewery, known for its citrus infused craft beers, has created the Park Brewery Ale and Citrus Amber Ale for the hotel.

  • Hopped with seven different aromatics, the Park Brewery Ale has a sharp, hoppy flavor similar to an IPA.
  • The Citrus Amber Ale is made using Shiranui – a Japanese orange and grapefruit hybrid.

From July 1-September 16, Park Hyatt Tokyo will host the Park Brewery Craft Beer Happy Hour daily from 6-8pm. During the happy hour, guests can enjoy unlimited glasses of these two refreshing brews alongside the chef’s special German-style appetizer plate that includes pretzels, sausage, gherkins, and more for JPY 3,800/person (approx USD $38).

 

 

Roll Out the Barrel! The Wauwinet introduces its own Woody 25 Single Malt Whisky

April 15th, 2013

There’s nothing better than sipping a glass of whisky while watching the sunset over Nantucket Bay. TOPPER’S restaurant at The Wauwinet introduces a custom-made 10-year-old Woody 25 single malt whisky, named after the inn’s beloved antique Chevy Woody.

The Wauwinet teamed up with Nantucket’s Triple Eight Distillery in collaboration with Cisco Brewery to create their proprietary single malt whisky.  The barrel of locally-made Scotch-style whisky has aged gracefully over the past decade. Now, in honor of The Wauwinet’s 25th Anniversary, they are tapping the barrel! Only 200 bottles of the Woody 25 will be available. This watershed anniversary celebration of The Wauwinet signifies a quarter of a century of luring guests back time and again for a vacation full of classic Nantucket charm, beautiful sunsets, and, of course, unforgettable food and drink.

Aged 10 years on-island, the whisky, with its robust 44.4% alcohol content, is the color of a deeply strawberried golden straw. Its nose evokes an equally rich aroma of sweet almond, apples, and cranberries that is balanced with warming vanilla and earthy oaken tones. The taste, initially spicy and herbal, quickly mellows to flavors of honeyed treacle and caramel, with a long, dry finish of toasty oak and herbal anise – perfect to savor along with freshly shucked oysters or a decadent Lazy Lobster Bake from TOPPER’S.

While individual servings of Woody 25 will be on the menu for those dining at TOPPER’S at $25 per serving, the option to purchase of one of the limited run of 200 bottles at $250 for a 750ml bottle will only be available to those guests staying at the hotel.

How is it best served? Neat, of course! But for those who like a little something extra, a menu of carefully-crafted Woody 25 cocktails has been created for TOPPER’S to celebrate the silver anniversary of the inn.

The Wauwinet’s 25th Anniversary season is the perfect time to visit – with celebratory perks such as a $25 two-course lunch at TOPPER’S* – and to raise a glass of Woody 25 to the classic Nantucket inn!

The Wauwinet and TOPPER’S will open for the season on May 8, and the Woody 25 whisky will be available at both the inn and restaurant early this summer. For more information call 508.228.0145.

*In celebration of the 25th Anniversary, TOPPER’S is offering a special two-course lunch for $25 May 8-14 and May 20-June 7, excluding Sunday Brunch.

 

Keys to a New BMW for Nantucket Island Resorts’ Guests

April 11th, 2013

 

In partnership with Massachusetts BMW Centers, the White Elephant, White Elephant Village, and The Wauwinet will provide guests of their top suites with their own set of wheels this season – a 2013 BMW X5 Sport Activity Vehicle.

Guests who book The Loft at the White Elephant, any of the three-bedroom Residences at White Elephant Village, or the Coatue Suite at The Wauwinet will receive the keys to their own BMW for complimentary use during their stay.

Named to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2013 Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Hotels, The Wauwinet’s spacious Coatue Suite features a private deck with views of Nantucket Bay and direct access to the property’s famous lush lawns. This ‘adults-only’ hotel is the only Relais & Châteaux property on Nantucket.

For those wishing to be at the heart of the action, The Loft at the White Elephant, also named to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2013 Gold List, is a bright and airy three-bedroom condo nestled right in the heart of town. And just moments from Main Street, the White Elephant Village Residences offer easy access to the island’s vibrant shopping and dining scene and local beaches, not to mention an array of complimentary amenities, including a swimming pool and bicycles. Both The Loft and the Residences are ideal for families and groups of friends looking for a vacation home experience with all the benefits of a five-star hotel stay.

Guests can take their BMW X5 35i on a drive through Siasconset, a tranquil community with rose-and-ivy covered cottages, explore a different beach every day (Nantucket offers 80 miles of swimmable beach), enjoy an organic lunch at Bartlett’s Farm, and check-out the oldest working windmill in the US, Nantucket Windmill, built in 1745. Or head to Madaket Beach, located on the most western tip of the island for a stunning view of the sunset.

For more information and rates visit www.nantucketislandresorts.com or call 800.475.2637.

 

*Amenity is available for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

 

Happy Silver Anniversary, Wauwinet!

April 10th, 2013

This summer The Wauwinet, the only Relais & Châteaux property on Nantucket, will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

To celebrate its Silver Anniversary, this favorite waterfront inn is offering a few perks for its guests throughout the season and 25 is the magic number. Guests can enjoy a $25 two-course lunch from May 8-14 and May 20-June 7 (excluding Sunday Brunch) and several specially selected $25 wines at TOPPER’s. (The restaurant was awarded a perfect score of 100 for its cuisine on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Gold List – the only hotel in the Northeast to receive this honor.) A $25 spa and dinner credit (valid until June 14) will also be offered upon check in. Guests will receive a surprise at turndown with fun facts about The Wauwinet’s history on the first night of their stay. The inn is also offering a special rate of just $225 per night (including full breakfast for two) for guests who book stays for the first week of its 25th season.*

The celebration continues at The Wauwinet’s renowned restaurant, TOPPER’S, where the first glass of their proprietary whisky, the Woody 25, will be poured. The Woody 25 is a single malt Scotch-style whisky distilled, aged, and bottled on island by Triple Eight distillery in collaboration with Cisco Brewery; it has been aged 10 years and bottled just in time for the 25th anniversary. TOPPER’S will also present its Silver Cocktail Menu with commemorative specialty drinks.

While originally opened in 1875 as one of the island’s first hotels, The Wauwinet as we know it today officially arrived on the scene in 1988. Named for Chief Wauwinet of the Wampanoag tribe that inhabited the island, The Wauwinet has a storied past that spans over 140 years. Some snippets from the inn’s lengthy timeline include: The fare to cross from Hyannis to Nantucket on the steamship cost 50 cents in 1875, the year of its opening; in 1882 the inn was purchased by new owners for $1700; in the early 1900s a second floor was added to the building; and in the 1930s taking a summer vacation on the elbow-shaped island was firmly established as an American tradition.

The Karp family purchased the Wauwinet House in 1986, and after an extensive renovation, the inn opened in 1988 as The Wauwinet. The 2013 season signifies 25 years of welcoming guests back time and again for a stay full of classic Nantucket charm. Over the course of the past quarter century, The Wauwinet has truly become a quintessential vacation destination.

To book a stay, visit www.wauwinet.com or call 1.800.426.8718.

 

Summer Travel: Nantucket For (Almost) Nothing

January 15th, 2013

Spring and Summer Deals on Nantucket

A trip to Nantucket doesn’t have to break the bank – Nantucket Island Resorts offers fantastic rates this spring and summer. Think sun-filled days at the beach and evening clambakes on the dock!

Hot Dates, Cool Rates

  • Jared Coffin House from $135 | Ideal for foodies and history buffs alike, this landmark inn is just steps away from Nantucket’s top restaurants and museums.
  • The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin from $175 | No yacht? No worries! Enjoy all the benefits of staying on the water at Nantucket’s award-winning Boat Basin, sea legs not required. Furry First Mates are welcome at the pet-friendly WOOF Cottages.
  • White Elephant from $195 | Sip one of Brant Point Grill’s famous Lobster Bloody Marys, throw back some freshly shucked oysters and take in the sparkling harbor view from Nantucket’s most iconic hotel.
  • The Wauwinet from $195 | For romance and relaxation, retreat from the bustle of town and enjoy the privacy of The Wauwinet’s two beaches or the lush, bayside lawn.
  • White Elephant Village | Residences & Inn from $195 | Stay a hop and a skip from Main Street at the new Inn or the Residences at the White Elephant Village. The little ones will love Children’s Beach, right across the street; while the hotel’s complimentary bikes are perfect for rides to other nearby beaches, like Steps and Jetties.

Summer for Less

Book five consecutive nights July 7-19 and save up to 30% at the White Elephant Village, The Wauwinet and the White Elephant Hotel. Rates start at $2,500 for five nights.

To book the “Hot Dates, Cool Rates” or “Summer for Less” offer, click here and select the hotel of choice or call 1.800.475.2637.

 

 

more than just turkeys and touchdowns, nantucket thanksgiving

November 14th, 2012

Come celebrate Turkey Day in the same state as the Pilgrims (the Grey Lady isn’t so far from Plymouth Rock!). The island is full of charm in the fall; the summer crowds have dispersed, prices have dropped, and the island is awash with vivid hues of crimson and purple. There’s no better setting for a tryptophan-induced food coma and a belly full of pie!

Stay

With Nantucket Island Resorts’ Hot Dates, Cool Rates promotion, rates at the White Elephant for Thanksgiving weekend (November 22-26) start at $195 and rates at the Jared Coffin House start at $155.

Feast

White Elephant’s Brant Point Grill hosts a special Thanksgiving buffet with all of the comfort foods you’d expect at your grandmother’s house, without all of the cooking and dishes. Think turkey with gravy, roasted leg of lamb, tenderloin, raw bar, warm cranberry bread pudding and house-made pies. Cost: Adults $72; children 4-10 $10; 3 & under free. Reservations required: 508.325.1320

Play

While football may be the traditional Thanksgiving game, golfers will be thrilled to know that post-pie they can go play 18 at Nantucket’s top-notch Sankaty Head Golf Club. This members-only club with coveted ocean views and links-style holes is open (for a fee) to anyone from October to May.

Sip

Nantucket’s own Cisco Brewers, known for its Whale’s Tale Pale Ale and other beers as well as its wine and distilled liquors, is a great place to come in from the fall chill. Taste a flight of beer, wine, or liquor and catch a brewery tour.

Plunge

Take part in a Nantucket tradition with the 11th Annual Cold Turkey Plunge! Every Thanksgiving morning, hundreds of brave souls gather on Children’s Beach and jump into the cold Nantucket Harbor. Prizes are awarded for best costumes, so be creative!

Cook

If you don’t want the Thanksgiving fun to end once you’ve returned home, here’s a recipe from Chef Fred Bisaillon of Brant Point Grill to help you hold on to that autumnal spirit.

Chocolate and Cranberry Herb Scones (makes 20 scones)

Ingredients:

1lb +10oz Pastry flour

2tsp salt

1oz baking powder

3oz sugar

12oz cubed cold butter

2oz egg yolk

2oz egg

15oz heavy cream

6oz cranberries

6oz white chocolate chips

Zest of 1 orange

¼ tsp chopped fresh thyme

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Sift together flour, baking powder, and sugar. Add butter to dry ingredients, mixing on low speed with paddle attachment. In another bowl, combine the eggs, yolks, and cream, then add the egg mixture to the sifted ingredients and butter all at once, mix just to incorporate, then add zest, cranberry, chocolate, and thyme. Pat down dough onto the baking pan about 1” thick. Allow to rest in refrigerator for about 1.25 hours. Cut the dough into 4”rounds or any desired shape, brush with eggwash (one beaten egg, separate from the recipe above, plus 1 T cold water) and allow to sit for 5 minutes then repeat. Bake until golden brown. About 15-18 minutes in a convection oven. Cool to room temp and Enjoy!

 

Nantucket Island Resorts Tops Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards

October 23rd, 2012

The Wauwinet and the White Elephant ranked #5 and #9, respectively, among the Top 45 Hotels in the Northeast, according to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards, which appeared in the magazine’s November issue. The Wauwinet and the White Elephant are the only full-service Nantucket hotels listed in the roundup. To boot, Nantucket earned the number-nine spot among the Top 10 Islands in the United States.

The Wauwinet, Nantucket’s only Relais & Châteaux property, received an overall score of 93.1, and the White Elephant trailed closely behind with an overall score of 92.1. Over 46,000 readers were polled this year to determine the scores, which are based on a number of criteria including service, location, dining, accommodation, and activities.

The Wauwinet and the White Elephant are multi-year Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award-winners and have been included in the categories of Top 10 U.S. Small Hotels and Top 100 U.S. Hotels as well as on the magazine’s annual Gold List.

Book by December 31 for the 2013 season to receive a $50 resort credit. Rates start at $225 per night at The Wauwinet and $195 per night at the White Elephant. For more information, visit www.nantucketislandresorts.com or call 1.800.475.2637.

*This region includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

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