Whether your roster includes bookworms, music aficionados, or those with an exemplary culinary palette, these posh stays have something to offer all the unique clients you work with. Plus, Fairmont, part of Accor Hotels, has revamped, reopened, and debuted properties across North America.
Bookworms & Besties
Acqualina Resort & Spa, a five-star, five-diamond beachfront property in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, has added an extra personal touch to guest’s stay—the Bedside Reading program. It features a selection of complimentary best-selling books in every guestroom, with titles that range from a variety of fiction and non-fiction to children’s books, which guests can even take home with them to finish reading after their stay. Books will be set on a rotating basis, so depending how many books guests take home, there may be a different combination of books in many rooms, encouraging guests to share with each other if they please.
The property’s The Acqualina Spa by ESPA has added three new treatments to its menu including the Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial, the Inner Calm Massage, and the 80-minute ESPA Mindful Massage, which guides guests through breathing and visualization techniques to calm the body and mind; massages the feet to rebalance and ground the guests, and ends with a full body massage with a re-energizing scalp massage using warm Rose Quartz crystals; priced at $235.
Now through Dec. 23, besties can opt for a pampering escape when booking the Girlfriends Getaway package, including accommodations for three nights, a 50-minute massage or facial of their choice pp, one lunch for two at the spa’s oceanfront terrace, complimentary WiFi access, and a luxurious welcome gift. Rates for the package start at $450 per night.
Top recommendation: Dinner at the onsite Il Mulino New York, which offers top-notch service, out-of-this-world Italian cuisine and an unbeatable ambiance.
Steps from Music City’s bustling nightlife and attraction is the 247-room Hutton Hotel, a Leading Hotel of the World property in Nashville. This independent luxury hotel is the only property in Tennessee that has an active member of Les Clefs d’Or Concierge on staff, and also the only four-star, four-diamond property in the city.
According to Jonathan Bartlett, general manager, “Hutton Hotel is Nashville’s touchstone for boutique hospitality—priding themselves in creating personalized authentic experiences for all guests.” Adding that, “The soon-to-be freshly renovated standout property anchors the increasingly desirable Midtown area. Newly welcomed chef Christopher Anderson ups the culinary ante bringing with him big-city tested caliber and a menu that promises to attract local diners and guests alike.” Bartlett tells us that, “this fall Hutton will welcome a brand new intimate venue designed to become a hub for the inspired traveling community, along with locals looking to engage in highly curated experiences and live performances.”
In true Nashville fashion, there are two Writer’s Rooms on property, designed by well-known singer/songwriters Dierks Bentley and Ryan Tedder, that serve as areas for guests to get inspired, write lyrics and lay down demos. In other words, a must-stay for that budding musician on your roster, or music aficionado who might want to scope out the scene. The Writer’s Rooms are equipped for four to five people at a time, and every inch of the room is designed to capture music whenever inspiration strikes. Since it’s Nashville, where country music reigns, these room are designed with isolation closets for guitars, a closet that functions as a vocal booth, and even the effects and designs of the walls are designed for recording. There’s also a shared kitchen and common area to spark collaboration, where musicians can grab juice, a beer, or a snack and chat with others—possibly
Humans aren’t the only ones that get pampered on property. “Personalized service also extends to pets, with furry friends treated like royalty,” says Bartlett. The hotel also features a Tesla courtesy vehicle, servicing within a 3-mile radius. Rates range from $459 for Deluxe guestroom to $519 for a suite, and $3,500 for the Penthouse East.
The Dupont Circle, part of The Doyle Collection, located in Washington, D. C., is offering guests a just-released, luxe dining experience. The Suite Private Chef Experience, offers Level Nine suite guests a table setting in their suite or on their private balcony, pre-dinner bubbly, their own private chef experience, and a personalized 3-course menu with a bottle of wine. The chef whips up a seasonal-inspired 3-course meal tableside, and describes the wine pairing and culinary inspiration. For this offer, guests also receive a choice of Aromatherapy Associates products, late check-out, and a guest relations coordinator to customize every part of their Private Chef Experience.
General manager Mark Roche-Garland says, “Washington has some wonderful hotels so we are really kept on our toes.” Adding that, “Our Level Nine suite experience is truly unique within Washington. Overlooking the historic Kalorama and Georgetown neighborhoods, we have created a private residence within the hotel that is the
Location isn’t the only thing that takes this property over the top. “It is our service that really stands out, one that is polished and professional, but also genuinely caring,” says Roche-Garland.
He points out that agents are encouraged to experience the hotel for themselves. “For us at The Dupont Circle, the relationship between agents and our team is critical; this allows us to understand their clients, their wants and needs in order for us to exceed their clients’ expectations,” he says. Room rates start at $269 per night.
Fairmont Ups the Ante
Fairmont has an array of updates and renovations to report. This past July, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal re-opened after a $140 million transformation with updated guestrooms, suites and common spaces. Available to guests is Suite 1742, site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed-In for Peace. The Fairmont Empress in Victoria underwent a 2-year, $60 million restoration and reopened this past June with a renovated health club and pool, a refreshed Willow Stream Spa, and 229 updated guestrooms. The 413-guestroom Fairmont Washington, D.C. in Georgetown went through a $27 million renovation and reopened offering seven suites versus the previous five. The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto reopened in July after a multi-million dollar restoration that touched its 450 guestrooms, pool and health club (common spaces are also getting a facelift); and Fairmont Olympic in Seattle also completed a $25 million renovation in July.
Renovations aren’t the only thing in the pipeline as there will also be two new openings—Fairmont Austin and Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles. The 1,048-guestroom Fairmont Austin, set to open late fall 2017, is directly connected to the Austin Convention Center and will offer views of Lady Bird Lake, the cityscape, and the State Capitol. The new property will feature five onsite dining and bar options, a spa, and will engage guests in the city’s bustling music scene. The Fairmont Century Plaza will reopen in 2018 after going through a $2.5 billion redevelopment.