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Candy Is Dandy, But Art Is Non-Fattening

Side Trips: Travel Tips, Trends and Tools

March 21, 2004|Renee Vogel

One luxury hotel perk used to be the chocolates on your pillow at turndown, but these days candy is just so last century. A few more creative flourishes:

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Handmade Native American dream catchers made of leather, beads, feathers and wire draw good dreams at the Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe's historic Barrio de Analco. Decor in the 22 suites fuses the Middle East and Old West. Inn of the Five Graces, 150 E. DeVargas St., Santa Fe, NM 87501; (505) 992-0957, fax (505) 955-0549, www.fivegraces.com. From $295, double occupancy.

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Antioxidant vitamins are the very Californian pillow treat at San Francisco's Nob Hill Lambourne Hotel. Housekeeping here is chemical-free, but this boutique billet hasn't forsaken luxury. Beds in the 20 rooms and suites have hand-sewn Egyptian mattresses and lavish linens. Nob Hill Lambourne Hotel, 725 Pine St., San Francisco, CA 94108; (800) 274-8466 or (415) 433-2287, fax (415) 433-0975, www.nobhilllambourne.com. From $159, double occupancy.

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Dazzling flower petal mosaics decorate each bed at La Casa Que Canta on Mexico's Pacific coast: one night a tropical bird, another a fanciful sunset. The 24-room "house that sings" is nestled amid cliffs over a bay near the fishing village of Zihuatanejo. La Casa Que Canta, Camino Escenico a Playa la Ropa, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero 40880 Mexico; (888) 523-5050 or 011-52-755-555-7000, fax 011-52-755-554-7900, www.lacasaquecanta.com. From $380, double occupancy.

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Painted sea creature pins tuck you in at the Kapalua Bay Hotel, Maui. Next to a pineapple plantation, with 191 rooms and 14 suites. Kapalua Bay Hotel, One Bay Drive, Kapalua, Maui, HI 96761; (800) 367-8000 or (808) 669-4690, fax (808) 669-4649, www.kapaluabayhotel.com. From $390, double occupancy.

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A cozy hot water bottle and eye pillows come with the "Art of Sleeping" package at the Alexis Hotel, Seattle, which includes a souvenir set of hotel bedding. This historic site has 109 rooms, some with fireplaces and kitchens. Alexis Hotel, 1007 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98104; (866) 356-8894, fax (206) 621-9009, www.alexishotel.com. "Art of Sleeping" package from $675, double occupancy.

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A seashell and nightcap (a small bottle of local rum) await at the Caneel Bay resort, on its own peninsula in the 5,000-acre Virgin Islands National Park on St. John; 166 luxury rooms and cottages, none with phones or televisions. Caneel Bay, P.O. Box 720, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, 00831; (340) 776-6111, fax (340) 693-8280, www.caneelbay.com. From $375, double occupancy.

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