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Places to Stay Spa Hotel Reviews – World Travel Magazine

Places to Stay | Spa Hotel Reviews – World Travel Magazine

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Top hotel picks of the month in Udaipur, Edinburgh, New York and Cairo

UDAIPUR
The Oberoi Udaivilas

world_spa_city_nov2011_oberoi_udaivilas_kohinoorThe Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur has been named amongst the ‘World’s Most Exclusive Hotels’. The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, Rajasthan is conceived as a traditional Indian palace. Magnificently recreating the romance of the past and yet completely in keeping with the 21st century, this luxury hotel reflects its inspiration. Spread over 30 acres of rambling landscape on the banks of Lake Pichola, the hotel features courtyards and walkways, gentle rippling fountains, reflecting pools and verdant gardens. The Oberoi Udaivilas offers the ideal haven to indulge in rejuvenating spa therapies and participate in private yoga, meditations and Paranayam sessions with the resident yoga teacher.
When to go The autumn / winter climate is the most appealing time to pay visit to Udaipur which is anytime between mid-September to late March or early April.
Room to book The Kohinoor Suite has breath taking views of the City Palace and the Aravali Hills overlooking Lake Pichola.
Contact +91 294 2433300
Room Rate Double Room for 1 night, 2 Adult(s) INR 18,000

Devi Garh Fort Palace

world_spa_city_nov2011_devigarh_udaipurNestled in the Aravali hills, the 18th century Devi Garh palace in the village of Delwara, forms one of the three main passes into the valley of Udaipur. Devi Garh palace has been renovated as a resort complete with all modern amenities yet retaining the old world charm that appeals to the clients. The resort comprises of 39 suites with an emphasis on design and detail, using local marbles and semi-precious stones. The Devi Spa by L’Occitane at Devi Garh Palace is one of India’s most luxurious wellness retreats. The guests are encouraged to pluck fresh flowers and herbs to mix with natural L’Occitane products to create recipes for their treatments while the protocols incorporate the best of the west and east.
When to go The autumn / winter climate is the most appealing time to pay visit to Udaipur which is anytime between mid-September to late March or early April.
Room to book The Aravali Suites are the most spacious, with a spectacular view of the Aravali hills.
Contact + 91 2953 289 211 / 304 211
Room Rate The average nightly rate varies from INR 9,800.00 – INR 17,200.00

Taj Lake Palace

world_spa_city_nov2011_udaipur_taj-lake-palaceIn 1971, with its legacy of hospitality, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces were chosen as the perfect choice to carry on the royal tradition of the luxurious Lake Palace, Udaipur. Each room and suite in the palace is distinctly designed to capture a different mood and period. Mosaics, exquisite artifacts, and other fine embellishments punctuate opulent silks, richly colored frescoes and ornately carved furniture. Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, is a five-star deluxe Living Palace and member of Leading Small Hotels of the World, is a resplendent palace, an island unto itself. The Jiva Spa of Taj Lake Palace is rooted in India’s ancient approach to wellness.
When to go The autumn / winter climate is the most appealing time to pay visit to Udaipur which is anytime between mid-September to late March or early April.
Room to book The Grand Presidential Suite or Shambhu Prakash suite is named after the Maharana Shambhu Singh offers the best lake view sunset in the world.
Contact +91-294- 2428800
Room Rate The average nightly rate varies from INR 30,500 to INR 602,500

Lake Pichola Hotel

A legendary palace stands on a peaceful island “Bramhapuri” on the western Banks of Pichola lake, which overlooks the magnificent city palace. It has the oldest Jagdish Temple, bathing ghats and embankments. The West Zone culture Center of India which happens to be historical Bagore ki haveli is situated on the opposite ghat. The hotel offers 19 Deluxe, 9 Standard and 4 suites. The Suites and Deluxe rooms have commanding view of ancient city and serene water of Pichola Lake. The grand salon of the hotel is one of the largest salons of its kind in the city and one of its most striking features, other than view, is the splendor of the chandeliers.
When to go The autumn / winter climate is the most appealing time to pay visit to Udaipur which is anytime between mid-September to late March or early April.
Room to book The Aravali Suites are the most spacious, with a spectacular view of the Aravali hills.
Contact (+91-294 2431197; http://www.lakepicholahotel.com/lakepichola.htm

Shiv Niwas Palace

world_spa_city_nov2011_shivniwas_udaipurThe crescent-shaped Shiv Niwas palace was built in the early 20th century, in the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh (1884-1930). Now it is a Grand Heritage Palace for guests, combining the elegance of the last century with modern 21st century amenities. Shiv Niwas Palace offers beautiful, yet differing suites and rooms to choose from 17 individually decorated suites carry original furniture and portraits that have been with the royal family for generations. All the suites look out onto the natural panorama of Udaipur. Unparalleled splendor and spaciousness characterize each room. The distinctive character of Shiv Niwas Palace contributes substantially to the success of events of all types.
When to go The autumn / winter climate is the most appealing time to pay visit to Udaipur which is anytime between mid-September to late March or early April.
Room to book The Kohinoor Suite has breath taking views of the City Palace and the Aravali Hills overlooking Lake Pichola.
Contact +91 294 2528016-19
Room Rate Double Room- 1 night, INR 7500 to INR 40,000

Edinburgh
Turnberry Resort

world_spa_city_nov2011_turnberry_resort_edinburghTurnberry is located on the stunning Ayrshire coast, offering elevated views over the Irish Sea, Ailsa Craig and mountains of Arran and Kintyre. First opened in 1906 as the world’s first golf resort, Turnberry quickly established itself as the premier destination for social and sporting events. The waves crash and a lighthouse stands guard between the guests and the safety of the fairway lies 200 yards of open water and perilous rock. As the sun sinks slowly behind the Ailsa Craig, you fall into a dream. Turnberry is a blissful elegant hotel accommodation complete with spa treatments, exhilarating outdoor activities and memorable bars and restaurants.
When to go Anytime of the year, October – March are cold.
Room to book The Classic Ocean View Rooms offers breathtaking views over the links golf courses, the Irish Sea, the Ailsa Craig and Isle of Arran.
Contact +44 .165.533. 1000
Room Rate 1 night, 2 Adult(s), 1 child GBP 395.00

The Balmoral Hotel

world_spa_city_nov2011_balmoralhotel_edinburghRocco Forte’s The Balmoral has been named Scotland’s Leading Hotel at the prestigious World Travel Awards. Part of Rocco Forte Hotels since 1997, The Balmoral is a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word. The 188-bedroom hotel with its majestic clock tower is located at 1 Princes Street in the centre of Edinburgh. The Balmoral boasts Scotland’s only Bollinger Bar; Michelin-starred “number one” restaurant, presided over by Executive Chef, Jeff Bland; a luxurious spa and ten function rooms accommodating up to 450 people, nearly all of which enjoy fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle. For the ultimate in relaxation, the Balmoral Spa is an exclusive retreat in the heart of the city.
When to go Anytime of the year, October – March are cold.
Room to book Royal Suite features breathtaking views over the historic Old Town of Edinburgh.
Contact +44 .131.556. 2414
Room Rate Double or Twin Room- GBP 205

Tigerlily Hotel

world_spa_city_nov2011_tigerlily_edinburghThe jewel in the crown of Scotland’s capital city, Tigerlily is no ordinary Edinburgh boutique hotel. A whirl of contemporary furniture, cool wallpapers, chic textiles and freshly cut flowers, after spending five minutes in Tigerlily one will have to resist the temptation to cancel his meeting or forgo his sightseeing plans. The thirty three individually designed rooms offer all the vital ingredients for a home from home stay – comfortable beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, power showers, the latest in-room entertainment and a glamorous not-to-be-missed Edinburgh bar and restaurant that is the place to be seen for Edinburgh’s stylish set and celebrities alike.
When to go Anytime of the year, October – March are cold.
Room to book Tigerlily Georgian Suite has uninterrupted views of the glorious town house façades that make Edinburgh’s George Street so iconic.
Contact +44 .131.225. 5005
Room Rate Double or Twin Room- GBP 210.00 to GBP 475.00

George Intercontinental Hotel

world_spa_city_nov2011_georgehotel_edinburghThis recently renovated 4-star hotel, previously known as George International, occupies one of the finest buildings in the New Town, built in the 18th century. No other hotel room in Edinburgh reaches the standard of stylish and sophisticated heights of the George Edinburgh’s luxury bedrooms, with no finer place to rest after a long day of sightseeing, shopping the bustling districts or simply meandering at your leisure. InterContinental The George Edinburgh offers 195 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including ten suites and three dedicated non-smoking floors. Many of the rooms enjoy superb views over the Firth of Forth and Edinburgh Castle.
When to go Anytime of the year, October – March are cold.
Room to book Stewart suite which looks out at George Street.
Contact +44 .118.971. 4700
Room Rate Double or Twin Room- €169.67

The Scotsman

world_spa_city_nov2011_scotsman_ediburghThe Scotsman Hotel, resides within the former Scotsman Newspaper building. Originally built in 1905, this majestic building was designed to dominate the Edinburgh skyline and features incredible views of the city´s most famous landmarks. In 2001 the building was transformed into The Scotsman Hotel with careful attention towards preserving the magnificent Italian marble staircase, stunning oak panelling, imposing marble pillars and ornate ceilings. It’s the only hotel in the city to boast views of Edinburgh Castle, The Firth of Forth, Leith, Princes Street and Carlton Hill all of which are within walking distance. The Scotsman’s facilities include a steel swimming pool, steam and sauna, tropicarium, 60-station gym, spa treatment rooms and a relaxation suite.
When to go Anytime of the year, October – March are cold.
Room to book Baron Suite which offers spectacular views from Princes Street Gardens to the Firth of the Forth.
Contact +44 .131.556. 5565
Room RateDeluxe Room- 225 GBP

NEW YORK
St Regis Hotel

world_spa_city_nov2011_stregis_newyorkIn the heart of Manhattan, a refined atmosphere and gracious service rank The St. Regis New York among the top hotels. It is a part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc and in 2011 it received the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award for the 18th consecutive year. The 164 guest rooms and 65 suites feature the elegance of custom-made furnishings, including silk wall coverings and antiques that personalize spacious accommodations. Remede Spa aims at creating an exceptional experience for each guest. From champagne and a calming environment to luxurious throws and customized treatments, their goal is to surpass all expectations and help one to escape to a sanctuary of indulgence and relaxation.
When to go Any time of the year, May-October experiences best weather conditions.
Room to book The Presidential Suite offers breathtaking views of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street.
Contact +1.212.753.4500
Room Rate Double Room- USD 2,390.00

The Pierre

world_spa_city_nov2011_thepierre_newyorkThe Pierre, the iconic U.S. flagship of Taj Hotels on New York’s Fifth Avenue overlooks the Central Park. All guestrooms and suites feature a warm, inviting residential-style décor with a feeling of quiet luxury. The high ceilings and abundant natural light evoke a gracious, airy experience that enhances the new interiors. The color palettes, comprises of soft neutrals in pale ivory and taupe with tones or corals or blues, and are contrasted with rich woods, tufted leather headboards and matching benches. The hand-carved carpets ensure comfort and superb acoustical sound control. At Jiva Spa one can soothe away the daily life stress.
When to go Any time of the year, May-October experiences best weather conditions.
Room to book The Tata Suite, The Pierre’s Presidential Suite, on the hotel’s 39th floor, offers stunning views of Central Park.
Contact +1.212. 8388.0000
Room Rate Superior room /1 – USD 626.00

The Chatwal

A dramatically re-envisioned “baby grand” hotel, The Chatwal has emerged as the Great White Way’s newest leading light. Master architect Thierry Despont has beautifully restored and modernized this iconic midtown Manhattan address, ensuring no detail has been overlooked and no luxury spared. Once home to the famous Lambs Club, this landmark Stanford White-designed building is a star reborn fusing Art Deco allure with the luxury of today, they have reinterpreted 1930’s New York City for the modern age. The Chatwal Spa by Kashwere invites guests to experience the best of New York and simultaneously escape the hurry of everyday life.
When to go Any time of the year, May-October experiences best weather conditions.
Room to book The Barrymore Suite with a private heated outdoor terrace and a 1,000 square foot roof deck overlooking 44th Street.
Contact (+1.212.764.6200; http://www.thechatwalny.com/index.cfm)
Room RateSuperior room /1 – USD 691.91

The Setai Fifth Avenue

world_spa_city_nov2011_thesetai_newyorkThe Setai Fifth Avenue, a Capella managed hotel, soars more than 60 stories above the famed Midtown stretch of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. The Setai Fifth Avenue boutique hotel, offers guest rooms and amenities that live up to such a prestigious address, and envelopes one in luxurious splendor, with 157 guest rooms and suites and 57 apartment suites. One can relax in the first-floor bar with a vintage wine from the cellars, and then ascend the grand, sweeping staircase to The Setai Fifth Avenue’s inspired fine dining restaurant. One can invigorate in the full-featured Auriga spa with its rejuvenating Chill Room, Aqua Lounge and Hammam.
When to go Any time of the year, May-October experiences best weather conditions.
Room to book The Terrace Studio Suite with expansive city views from the outdoor lounge.
Contact +1.212.613.8630
Room RateUSD 968.00- USD 1492.00

CAIRO
Mena House Oberoi Hotel

world_spa_city_nov2011_meenahouseThe Mena House Oberoi is one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, with its own rich and colorful history. Surrounded by 40 acres of verdant green gardens, this palatial hotel is located in the shadows of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo. The royal history of the hotel is reflected in luxurious interiors that are embellished with exquisite antiques, handcrafted furniture, original work of arts and magnificent antiques that are rarely found in luxury hotels. Mena House Oberoi has played host to kings and emperors, Heads of State and celebrities. The Mena House Oberoi located 700 meters from these wonders of the ancient world offers unmatched views of the pyramids.
When to go November to March when the weather is cool.
Room to book Palace Deluxe – Pyramids View offers a breathtaking view of the Pyramids.
Contact: +20.2.33.77.3222
Room RateDouble Room – 1 night, 2 Adult(s) EUR 180.00

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

world_spa_city_nov2011_fourseasons_cairo_royalsuitThis beacon of sophisticated hospitality rises on the legendary Corniche along the bank of the river. With commanding views of both the Nile and the Citadel, Four Seasons unites its timeless, caring, personalized attention with the dynamism of fast-forward Cairo. The Spa offers a comprehensive range of massages and all-natural spa treatments designed to meet the personal needs of each guest, promoting relaxation, invigoration and renewal. Located on the 6th to 30th floors of the Nile Plaza complex, the 366 guest rooms and suites offer panoramic views across the Nile to the island of Zamalek and beyond, or towards the 12th-century Citadel. Reflecting the vibrancy of modern Cairo, the airy interiors feature natural wood finishes and stylishly comfortable furnishings.
When to go November to March when the weather is cool.
Room to book Premier Nile Room offers the view of the Nile and the island of Zamalek from the 7th to 30th floors of the Hotel.
Contact: (+20 (2) 2791-7000
Room RateFor a Standard Room- From 420 USD

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence

world_spa_city_nov2011_fourseasonsthefirstresidence_cairo_executivesuitA gracious sanctuary of Four Seasons hospitality and service, with impressive views of the Great Pyramids over the old-growth canopy of Cairo’s ancient Zoological and Botanical Gardens. The Hotel is at the center of the First Residence apartments and shops overlooking the Nile River. Discover the ultimate experience at the Spa and Wellness Centre which cares for the whole person, bringing together the physical and spiritual senses to promote a feeling of total health. Within a 20-storey tower, Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence offers 269 guest rooms, including 43 suites. The soothing interiors feature soft gold, red and green tones and gilded, empire-style furnishings.
When to go November to March when the weather is cool.
Room to book Four Seasons Executive Suite features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Nile and the Hotel swimming pool.
Contact (+20 (2) 3567-1600
Room RateFor a Standard Room- From 390 USD

Cairo Marriott Hotel

world_spa_city_nov2011_marriot_cairoAmong the premier Cairo, Egypt, hotels, Marriott Cairo Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino, in the Zamalek area, is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations and business travel. The twin towers of this landmark hotel rise 20 stories high and provide magnificent views of the Nile and six acres of palace gardens. Sparkling with 977 updated rooms, 111 elegant suites, 15 restaurants, a world-class casino and 35,500 sq ft of meeting and banquet space, this Cairo hotel’s accommodations provide everything one need for an unforgettable meeting or celebration. A stay at this 5 star hotel in Cairo ensures that you will enjoy all that Cairo has to offer.
When to go November to March when the weather is cool.
Room to book Presidential Suite located in Gezira tower with magnificent Nile view.
Contact +20-2-27283000
Room Rate Starting From 137.00 (USD) minilogo

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