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Awe-Inspiring Retreats

Today’s discerning traveler expects much more than just run-of-the-mill hotel services and amenities, and rightly so.  Fortunately, many of today’s luxury hotels are rising to the occasion, providing guests with wonderfully unique features that are certain to give pause.  But with so many properties vying to capture our attention with their opulent furnishings, indulgent dining options, and stellar service, choosing just where to stay may come down to selecting which special features you find most appealing. to help you find the perfect hotel and resort, we’ve hand-selected some of our favorites...

Longboat Key Club & Resort _ Longboat Key, FL

The exquisite Longboat Key Club & Resort reigns from its exclusive locale on a private, white-sand beach along southwest Florida’s glittering Gulf Coast.  All-encompassing, the award winning resort features elegantly appointed accommodations, most with full kitchens and all with private balconies. Guests enjoy the wide range of recreational activities, including 45 holes of golf to delight and challenge players of every level, 20 Har-Tru tennis courts with a state-of-the-art Hydro Grid irrigation system to cater to every level of player with group clinics and private lessons available, the 4,000-square-foot well-appointed Fitness Centre, the 9,000-square-foot Island House Spa offering an incredible selection of beauty and wellness treatments, a full-service marina, bicycles/helmets, water sports, Kids Klub (children ages 5-12), and miles of white-sand beach. Six unique restaurants offer dining options from poolside casual to sophisticated.

Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square_ San Francisco, CA

Overlooking San Francisco Bay, the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square is a bold illustration of contemporary urban design in a landmark setting.  This European inspired enclave is set amidst San Francisco’s dynamic waterfront, making it an ideal base from which to explore the city.  One-two-and three-bedroom luxury residences feature living spaces with dark wood floors, loft-like ceilings, and exposed original red brick walls. Each residence includes a slated hearth-framed fireplace with a large mounted plasma television, and a kitchen and dining area designed for interactive entertaining.  These unique accommodations allow guests to experience the city’s most beloved sights in a new, more intimate way.  With all the comforts of home, the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square offers the perfect reprieve for soaking up the best of San Francisco.

Oheka Castle _ Long Island, NY

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the coveted Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Oheka Castle is a premier luxury hotel and venue for weddings and gala celebrations.  Having been the backdrop for countless music, film and photo productions, Oheka’s charming opulence and attention to detail provides an exquisite ambience unlike any other.  With 32 lavishly decorated guestrooms and suites—many featuring views of the 23-acre private estate—Oheka Castle offers highly personalized extravagances such as in-room massages and the finest white glove dining experience. Guests can also enjoy a round of golf or a game of tennis at the prestigious Cold Spring Country Club, relax with a book in the castle’s stately library, or stroll Oheka’s formal gardens designed by the Olmsted Brothers.

Raffles Hotel _ Singapore

Declared a National Monument in 1987 and lauded for its inimitable style, unsurpassed facilities and excellence in service, the renowned Raffles Hotel remains one of Singapore’s crown jewels and the city’s most graceful landmark.  As one of the world’s most beloved grand hotels—having hosted innumerable celebrities, writers and royalty —Raffles’ charms now include a shopping arcade, museum, romantic courtyards, and Jubilee Hall (a Victorian-style theatre popular for film screenings and performances).  Each of the hotel’s 103 elegant suites features fine accoutrements, original 14-foot ceilings, period furnishings, and Oriental carpets arranged on teakwood flooring.  Located in the heart of Singapore’s business and civic district, just 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, Raffles Hotel is ideally situated within walking distance of Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre and Esplanade.

The Atlantic Hotel _ Fort Lauderdale, FL

Overlooking an endless ribbon of pristine beaches in sparkling Fort Lauderdale, The Atlantic Hotel is a sophisticated icon of ultra luxury.  This seaside gem features unsurpassed service, affluent accommodations, savory fine dining, and a premium location on Florida’s Gold Coast. Showcasing private balconies and breathtaking views, the hotel’s 124 spacious rooms and suites create a supremely relaxing setting for business or leisure.  The property’s sizable suites range from 800 to 1200 square feet and offer chic contemporary décor with the latest in modern appointments, including full kitchenettes and extensive private balconies. Impressive amenities proliferate throughout, such as plush pillow-top bedding, stocked mini-bars, oversized marble baths with separate showers and soaking tubs, and posh bathrobes.  The elaborate grandeur continues to soothe the soul with the hotel’s oceanfront Spa Atlantic.

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