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.”

 

 

 

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.

nantucket’s white elephant to host the nantucket project, october 5-8

August 22nd, 2012

The second annual Nantucket Project will take place at the White Elephant hotel on Nantucket Island October 5-8. The “ideas conference” brings together a select group of eminent and accomplished visionaries, thinkers, innovators, and performers across many disciplines, such as writer and businessman Jack Abramoff and CNN political analyst David Gergen. The Nantucket Project is a yearly event created in partnership with Big Think, a global knowledge forum that develops significant, relevant, and actionable content from its 3,000+ leading experts.

The theme of this year’s Nantucket Project is “Collective Intelligence: The Miracle of Human Progress.” Over the course of the weekend, 15-20 presentations will take place, and participants will engage in conversation on topics such as “Where are we, how did we get here, and where are we going? Are we facing impending doom, or is the next boom right around the corner?”

Innovative hospitality, entertainment, and creative performances will keep participants captivated and inspired. Weekend passes start at $3,400 per person and include access to all Nantucket Project sessions and event meals. Special nightly rates at the White Elephant start at $400 per night for Nantucket Project ticketholders (a three-night minimum stay is required).

Click here for a complete list of presenters. To book tickets to The Nantucket Project, visit www.nantucketproject.com, and to make reservations at the White Elephant, visit www.whiteelephanthotel.com or call 1.800.445.6574.

nantucket book festival: june 15 – 17

May 11th, 2012

The Wauwinet, White Elephant

Celebrate Nantucket Island’s rich literary past, present, and future at the island’s first Nantucket Book Festival, June 15 – 17. The weekend’s celebration will include panel discussions, readings for adults and children, pig roast at Cisco Brewery, and opportunities to meet notable authors in person, plus much more.

A handful of local Nantucket authors will be participating including Elin Handbrand, whose books are ideal beach reads, Nancy Thayer, author of 21 novels with her latest Heat Wave due out in June, and Nathaniel Philbrick, New York Times bestselling author of seagoing books.

Stroll down Broad Street and pop into Nantucket Bookworms to buy a book for your literary-themed weekend. (May we suggest Moby Dick?). Rest your head at The Wauwinet or at the White Elephant, both which offer cozy libraries – perfect for leafing through your new book, with a complimentary glass of port of sherry in hand.

To book overnight accommodations, visit www.nantucketislandresorts.com.

For more information about the Nantucket Book Festival, click here.

take your mama out

April 30th, 2012

Forget the Hallmark card or the flowers and take Mom away for a real treat. We’ve put together some suggestions for a Mother’s Day she won’t soon forget.

Where: One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico

What: Get Mom a weekend of spa treatments in paradise.

When: Mother’s Day Weekend

Why Mom will love it: Mothers and daughters can unwind in the privacy of a double Spa villa at the ESPA spa complete with private garden, rain showers, outdoor Mexican daybeds, and whirlpool baths to relax in after a treatment. Special for the weekend are Mother-Daughter Soul-to-Soul moments ($640 for two) that include a Mother-Daughter yoga or salsa experience, an ESPA age-defying radiance facial or intensive facial, a spa lunch, and full use of the heat experience and relaxation area, or the Enduring Memory Mother’s Day Experience ($355) with a two-hour holistic body ritual, an in-villa 30-minute experience including a foot ritual, bath, and relaxation time, a spa lunch, and full use of the heat experience and relaxation areas. And all of this with her now favorite child.

Where: Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, New Mexico

What: Show Mom how much you care by sending her to the welcoming Inn on the Alameda for a weekend of adult-only relaxation.

When: Mothers Day Weekend

Why Mom will love it: With the Please Your Parents Package, Mom and Dad can enjoy a weekend away from the kids in Deluxe Accommodations at the Inn, including the Inn’s signature continental breakfast, afternoon wine hour, and one box of yummy bizcochitos, the official New Mexico state cookie.

Rate: Nightly rate is $220 plus tax per room per night. With a regular rate of $270 plus tax, this package has $50 nightly savings and applies to the Inn’s Deluxe Rooms only. The stay must include Mother’s Day, Sunday May 13, 2012, but there is no minimum night stay requirement. The offer is subject to hotel availability.

Where: The Peninsula Spa, New York

What: An amazing ESPA “Spa-Cation” without leaving the island

When: Perfect for the week before or after Mother’s Day

Why Mom will love it: Play hooky and take your mama out! Without hopping on planes trains, or automobiles, have a spa-cation right in the city. You and mom can indulge in a 60-minute treatment, a special lunch, and complimentary use of the pool and fitness center. It’s available Monday-Thursday for $285 per person.

Where: White Elephant and Brant Point Grill, Nantucket, Massachusetts

What: Breakfast in bed is a nice gesture, but we bet Mom will enjoy the “Best Brunch on the Island” even more!

When: Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Why Mom will love it: From the Benedict Burger to the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, a Sparkling Station for mimosas, and a brand new tapas station, this brunch is complete with all of Mom’s favorites.

Rate: Brant Point Grill’s Mother’s Day Brunch is $55 for adults, $25 for kids ages 6-12 and $5 for kids ages 3-5. Combine your brunch with a stay at White Elephant and enjoy special Hot Dates Cool Rates, starting at $195 per night.

Where: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Avon, Colorado

What: Located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, this luxury chateau-style resort features many amenities, including the 30,000 square-foot Allegria Spa, with a full-service fitness center, slopeside pool and hot tubs. This world-class spa is offering the “Her Day, Her Way Mother’s Day” package, an exceptional package for moms to unwind on their special day.

When: Mothers Day, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

Why Mom will love it: Spoil Mom with an extra luxurious spa escape with the “Her Day, Her Way Mother’s Day” package that includes a 50-minute Swedish Massage; choice of one of three select treatments (25 minute Sweet Lavender Body Scrub, 30 minute Custom Facial or Express Manicure & Pedicure); champagne; take-home spa gift; and access to Aqua Sanitas, the health club, the pools and hot tubs.

Where: Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos

What: Max and relax with Mom for a stress-free weekend away

When: Mothers Day Weekend

Why Mom will love it: Stress is a fact of life for mothers and daughters alike, which is why Parrot Cay has designed a Stress Management Wellness Package to target and relieve sources of tension and worry. Professional consultants will take things down a few notches with deep relaxing therapies, enlightening outdoor pursuits, and smart tips to put some of the carefree “island life” of Turks & Caicos into the home routine. Let the experienced personal fitness trainers convert pent-up stress into a productive mother-daughter workout, and follow it up with mind- and body-balancing yoga and meditation.

nantucket yoga festival: june 26-28

April 30th, 2012

Balance your mind, body, and spirit at the island’s first Nantucket Yoga Festival, July 26 – 28. The weekend celebration is chock full of wellbeing classes, lectures, seminars and yoga (of course)!

Workshops and classes will be held at Bartlett’s Farm, Nantucket’s oldest and largest family farm. The Festival is offering an amazing array of classes with experiences including:

  • Silence in Symmetry: Learn hidden techniques of movement and breathing that will create the dynamic stillness that ancient yogis claimed was our original nature.
  • Yoga for Athletes: Understand various styles of yoga asana and pranayama for sport-specific performance and longevity.
  • The Secret to Radiant Health, Ayurveda: Learn the difference between Ayurvdea and modern medicine and how they complement each other.
  • Reclaim Your Life Force: Combine an all-levels vinyasa flow class and various pranayama exercises to awaken the inner body and clear the mind.

For a complete schedule of activities, click here.

In between channeling your chakras, unwind at Nantucket Island Resorts for the weekend, which includes the new Inn at the White Elephant Village opening mid-June. Round out your weekend of wellness with a rejuvenating treatment at Wauwinet’s Spa by the Sea or the White Elephant Spa.

Day and full weekend passes are available starting at $125 per day. For more information, tickets, and a full schedule, visit www.nantucketyogafestival.com/.

To book overnight accommodations, visit www.nantucketislandresorts.com. Rates start at $450 per night.

stay skinny and check into chocolate

April 16th, 2012

Image courtesy of WakeUpWorld.com

Everyone seems to be talking about the new “Chocolate Diet”, including The New York Times. With a new study showing that people who eat chocolate frequently have lower body mass indexes than those who it less often, we’re all about indulging our sweet tooth – in moderation of course. Here are some of our favorite places to satisfy a chocolate craving and stay healthy.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

The sweetest way to satisfy a sweet tooth? A trip to the Santa Fe Chocolate Trail, of course! The Inn on the Alameda even offers a special “Check Into Chocolate” package. Designed to let you sample the unique hand-crafted delicacies created by the talented chocolatiers of the City Different, this tasty package won’t break the bank or your waistline. With rates starting at $340, this package includes:

  • Two (2) nights in a traditional Queen or King Room or a Deluxe King accommodation
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Daily afternoon wine hour
  • Four (4) $10 gift certificates, one each to sample some of the individual creations found on the Chocolate Trail at Todos Santos, Kakawa Chocolate House, The Chocolatesmith, and C.G. Higgins
  • Four (4) melt-in-your mouth bolitos, the signature chocolates from Señor Murphy, Santa Fe’s first local chocolatier, upon arrival
  • One (1) $30 gift certificate to dine at the Chocolate Maven, purveyor of some of the tasty treats found in the Inn’s Breakfast of Enchantment, serving high tea Monday through Saturday from 3-5pm

London

Since November, London’s famed boutique hotel, The Halkin, offers Couture Chocolate Afternoon Tea. The concept was created by William Curley, four-time winner of ‘Britain’s Best Chocolatier,’ for The Halkin as part of the hotel’s 20th anniversary celebrations. The exclusive new menu gives traditional afternoon tea an unexpected twist and is to be found in the hotel’s newly-transformed lobby bar, the Assouline Culture Lounge, showcasing coffee table books from the renowned book publisher, Assouline. In addition to the English teatime classic of freshly-made scones with clotted cream and jams and a selection of sandwiches, guests can choose from William Curley’s à la carte selection, that includes a Chocolate Financier with Passion Fruit Curd and a Sea Salt Caramel and Raspberry Tart. Priced from £37.50 per person, the tea is available daily between 3 and 6pm.

Bangkok

Located on the ground floor of the newly opened Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, Numero Uno is a chocolate lover’s paradise. The boutique features over 100 types of chocolate, mouthwatering cakes, and delectable pastries made from raw ingredients imported from Europe. Visitors can also enjoy rich coffees and a selection of indulgent hot chocolates. Deli-style sandwiches along with Asian and Western cuisine make Numero Uno a perfect place to stop for an afternoon snack or a late-night treat.

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Chef Fred Bisaillon, the Executive Chef at the White Elephant’s Brant Point Grill, has created a delicious and satisfying dessert. Using a decadent combination of rich dark chocolate and sweet fruit, the restaurant’s Cranberry, Pecan, and Orange Chocolate Clusters are easy to make and the perfect solution for a sweet tooth.

Recipe:

  • 1 lb dark chocolate
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan pieces
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Zest of 2 oranges

Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl using 25-50% power, stirring every 25 seconds until melted but not burned. Remove from microwave and stir in cranberries and nuts, then orange zest. Using two spoons, drop spoonfuls onto a greased baking dish one at a time. Allow to rest in refrigerator until solid, about 15 minutes. Pull out pan and release clusters from it with thin knife or spatula.

On the Seven Seas

At least once on every sailing, Crystal Cruises hosts a special Chocolate Tea Time held in the charming sunlit Palm Court on both Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. Guests can enjoy delicious savories and sweets accompanied with Might Leaf teas, the world’s finest whole tea leaf served in special silk pouches. Some of the chocolate temptations offered include Ganache cake, rings, and tartelettes; chocolate crème brûlée; chocolate éclairs; chocolate fudge cake; chocolate whiskey tart; chocolate pyramids and chocolate roulade. Yummm!

 

hippity hoppity, easter’s on its way

March 23rd, 2012

What better place is there to celebrate Easter than beautiful, spring flower-speckled Nantucket Island? Rates are low, crowds are yet to arrive, and there’s a decadent Easter brunch at White Elephant’s Brant Point Grill.

What: Brunch and Raw Bar

When: Sunday, April 8 10am-3pm

Events: Easter egg hunts at 11am and 2pm

Price: $42 for adults, $21 for children

Stay: Rates at Jared Coffin House start at $90/night

Why: Indulge in custom omelets, a waffle station, carving stations, entrees, seafood, salads, and special Kids Corner. While enjoying the best brunch on the island (according the Inquirer & Mirror), adults can sit back and enjoy the harbor view while sipping sybaritic cocktails like the famous Lobster Bloody Mary while kiddies scamper on the lawn filling their baskets with Easter eggs.

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