Now that the NHL is back in season and there’s a blizzard outside, it’s the perfect time to sit on the couch all day and watch hockey. And since all most cats do anyway is sit on the couch, it was only a matter of time before they started watching hockey as well. Dave the cat, for example, has camped himself out in front of the latest Anaheim game and is either really Continue Reading
As if you haven’t figured yet, we have a sort of love affair with Singapore. Everything from it’s culture, food, architecture, and it’s luxury accommodations. W Singapore leaves no luxurious crevice unexplored. Rockwell Group has teamed up with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to design the W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, a cosmopolitan resort on Sentosa Island.
Only 15 minutes from Singapore’s business and shopping districts, this lush tropical island provides the perfect setting for a hotel, spa and venue where business meets pleasure. The island’s beautiful beaches and nature create an ideal oasis easily accessible from the busy city.
Bringing the outside in, motifs and materials are drawn from Singapore and Sentosa Island. Orchids, rosewood and traditional floral textiles provide the inspiration and patterns to convey the warmth of the island. The environment reflects the influence of the island’s culture, sensibility and surroundings while keeping the chic fun of the W brand in the forefront.
The red carpet greets every guest, straight from the car through the entry and leading up the grand stair to the lobby. A waterfall also welcomes the guests, complete with colorful projected light and floral patterns. Two restaurants are located on this level, one for all-day dining, the other an Argentinian grill.
The grand stair delivers guests to the lobby with ocean views. The Welcome desk is laser-cut backlit rosewood, using the orchid as its floral form as light peeks through the screen. The rosewood check-in desks seem to rise out of floral laser cut patterns on the floor, as they become silhouettes of the flowers themselves.
Upscale sitting room by day and DJ-driven club by night, the Living Room is the place to meet. A series of comfortable lounging areas await: a sand-dune lounge with cream-colored seating and floral patterns etched in rosewood; a lounge over a waterfall and four different terraced platforms with DJ booths, seating areas and more waterfalls.
Cocoon-like furniture provides more privacy, along with a whisper booth for phone calls and escape. Views of the ocean and pool are seen through a large wooden frame. Media tables with menus are located in select lounge areas, and the laser-cut globe lighting decorates the space with shards of light at night.
The luxury bedrooms are enveloped in flowers, the four room types (basic, spa guest rooms, junior and executive suites) use purples, greys, browns and neutral tones to create a calm setting. Lighting plays a role in this, especially at night with a glowing headboard, fixtures, bathtub and even the pillows after turndown service. The laser-cut rosewood headboard incorporates floral patterned leather upholstery and backlighting for different times of day. With a playful blurring of public and private, there is a window to the tub. The flowers extend to the carpet pattern too, and reflect the extensive research required to make a perfect arrangement of flowers within every room.
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore, 098374, Singapore, starwoodhotels.com/w-hotel
What’s the one word that comes to mind when men and women think of Valentine’s Day? Pressure.
According to Robert Manni, author of The Guys’ Guy’s Guide to Love, Valentine’s Day can be one of the most stressful holidays of the year. If you are single, Valentine’s Day reminds you very clearly of your relationship status, making you feel less than lovey-dovey. And if you’re in a relationship, then you have to step up your game and deliver the goods – big time.
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Located in the heart of uptown, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte hotel features exceptional amenities and seamlessly integrated eco-friendly advances awarded with LEED Gold certification. This AAA Five Diamond rated hotel now offers the new flexible departure package - Stay and Play 24. It actually means guest can check-in at any hour on a Saturday and be ready for departure a full 24 hours later – even if this means a Sunday evening check-out. For guests who prefer to check-in early on Saturday, check-out can occur after 24 hours have elapsed or at noon on Sunday – whichever is later and offers more convenience for the guest.
That’s great because for example, if you check-in to Charlotte at 11 pm, you can enjoy a full day in the city. The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte hotel is located within convenient walking distance of NBA games, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Discovery Place Museum for the young and young-at-heart, and many cultural and entertainment options. Within a short drive are the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Carowinds amusement park, Carolina Raptor Center and Charlotte Motor Speedway. So, thanks to this Stay and Play 24 package, you’ll probably have enough time to see these attractions, before checking out from the hotel.
“Charlotte provides an amazing weekend travel experience, with pro sports, live entertainment, museums, shopping, clubs and dining all within walking distance of The Ritz-Carlton,” said David Rothwell, general manager. “With Stay and Play 24, we are delighted to be able to offer our Saturday guests 24 full hours in which to enjoy this remarkable city and our award-winning hotel service experience.”
For the price from $379 per night, guests will also get a $100 food and beverage credit which can be enjoyed at the hotel’s Bar Cocoa, Lobby Lounge or Urban Sip restaurants, or for In-Room Dining during the stay.
Desire Resort & Spa is a unique couples only resort, the first and only of its kind in Mexico, that located on Cancun’s Riviera Maya will surround you with amazing landscaping and a deliciously erotic atmosphere to unleash your imagination and stimulate your senses. A place of freedom where fantasies become real, a place to abandon inhibitions and truly be you. Imagine sharing this paradise with like-minded couples who also seek a sensuous, clothing optional upscale venue or an adventurous lifestyle experience. Continue Reading
Madinat Jumeirah the Arabian Resort – Dubai, owned by Jumeirah which also owns the Burj Al Arab, is a luxurious 5 star resort in Dubai and is also the largest resort in the emirate, spreading across over 40 hectares of landscapes and gardens. Madinat Jumeirah translates into the ‘City of Jumeirah’, so named because of the sheer variety of this magnificent Resort, located in the heart of fashionable Jumeirah. It is designed as magnificent tribute to Dubai’s heritage and is styled to resemble an ancient Arabian citadel. The resort comprises two boutique hotels – Al Qasr andMina A’Salam and a courtyard of 29 summer houses called Dar Al Masyaf.
Located along two kilometere of private beachfront, you’ll find Al Qasr (The Palace) that is the centre-piece of Madinat Jumeirah. Approached via a tree-lined avenue, adorned with beautifully sculpted Arabian horses, Al Qasr is simply breathtaking — a tribute to age-old architectural styles of majestic elegance.
This destination of unique qualities and outstanding beauty offers extensive landscaped grounds with canal-style waterways, rooms with furnished private balconies and a seafood restaurant suspended over the Arabian Gulf. Designed to reflect a Sheikh’s summer residence, Al Qasr comprises 292 rooms and suites, including Arabian or Ocean Deluxe Rooms, Arabian, Ocean, Presidential and Royal Suites, all overlook the Arabian Gulf or hotel grounds. A private dressing area, walk-in rain shower and antique furnishings are standard in all rooms.
Guests can enjoy in Al Qasr Hotel’s 44 restaurants, bars and lounges, where can experience the entire culinary journey through Middle Eastern and Asian Cuisine, International Cuisine to Western Cuisine.
Guests can watch the sunset at Koubba Bar while sipping magical cocktails, or indulge in an array of scrumptious cakes in the Madinat Jumeirah Cake Boutique now featuring special goodies, delectable cakes to delightful tea and cup cakes, cookies and a selection of Arabic sweets. All meat lovers must not miss MJ’s Steakhouse.
Relaxing on Al Qasr Hotel’s private, sandy beach with free fresh fruit and cool towels or sweating in Talise Spa and Talise Fitness are some of the ways to spend your leisure time. Other on-site amenities includes a large pool complex with dedicated children’s areas and a marble lobby lounge with palm trees.
Nightly rates start at around $354 or AED 1,300.
You can spend this Valentine’s Day at Madinat Jumeirah. It could be a moonlight terrace or perhaps under the stars with the gentle lap of waves, or maybe in a secluded hideaway amongst classic Arabian architecture. Madinat Jumeirah has prepared some unique romantic experiences for you to choose from. It will be a night your Valentine will never forget.