December 28, 2003
Regarding "When Posh Hotels Cater to Kids, Nearly Everybody's Happy" [Travel Insider, Nov. 16]: Although it makes sense that baby boomers are behind the trend to take kids on luxury vacations, I believe there are other factors. At FamilyTravelForum.com, we find that many trip-planning queries originate with grandparents. It is often these senior travelers who are footing the bill for a special holiday. Although they may enjoy treating their children and grandchildren to spa treatments, unusual learning experiences and other vacation luxuries, they don't usually tolerate disruptive behavior from their youngest relatives.
July 1, 2007 |
Trying to keep up with the Joneses? Forget about that home entertainment center, bathtub television or outdoor wet bar. According to the Coldwell Banker's recently released 2007 Luxury Survey, you may need a putting green. The survey, given to 301 homeowners whose primary residences were worth more than $1 million ($2 million in California), verified a growing industry trend: The bells and whistles that come with a house matter more than its size. And the bar keeps rising.
November 4, 2002 |
Companies may be slashing jobs and other costs, but one ritual luxury in the business world is making a comeback this year -- the annual holiday party. Last year was one of the worst holiday seasons, as many U.S. firms canceled their festivities because the mood just didn't feel right after the Sept. 11 attacks.
October 15, 2005 |
Stroll into an expensive department store and walk straight past the $180 watermelon with a ribbon twirled just so around its stem. Don't bother with the tea in a butterfly-shaped tin for $153, or with the gift boxes of Belgian chocolates or French cheeses. If you're looking for a gift that bespeaks elegance and taste, you might try Spam. The luncheon meat might be the subject of satire back home in the U.S., but in South Korea, it is positively classy.
January 3, 2006 |
For the first time in four years, a gourmet extravagance -- authentic Japanese Kobe beef -- is allowed back into the United States. The question is whether anyone will care. An American "Kobe-style" brand has taken its place on restaurant menus. "We cannot meet demand," said Todd Hatoff, president of Allen Bros., which sells the premium beef to fine restaurants. "I don't see it going away, ever. It's not a fad."
July 19, 2007 |
What does $40,000 buy? If you're an average American, it's nearly your household income for a year. If you're a well-heeled traveler, it's one night at the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, a two-story, 10,000-square-foot hideaway with a $700,000 cantilevered Jacuzzi that juts over the Las Vegas Strip, a rotating bed beneath a mirrored ceiling and around-the-clock butler service.
August 19, 2009 |
When Elliot Aleskow recently checked into the Montage Beverly Hills, the Maryland doctor got a room with what seemed to be typical hotel amenities: A bed, a flat-screen TV, curtains, an alarm clock, lamps and a remote control. But there was nothing typical about the room's built-in technology. Using the remote control and an on-screen television menu, Aleskow programmed the alarm clock to play his favorite music in the morning. He also opened the curtains and set the room temperature and lighting just the way he likes it -- all by pushing a few buttons on the remote.
October 10, 1999
The unique design of the Staples Center was forged by the twin pressures of a very short deadline--18 months--and the desire to create an icon for Los Angeles. The result is a building with an exposed supertruss, with virtually all exterior walls and roof sloped. Sixty-foot walls of glass lean out over sidewalks, each pane a slightly different size and shape to fit the complex geometry.
October 17, 1999 |
I'm in a cab in New York, heading downtown, and I'm running late. The driver refuses to take the route I request, promptly getting us trapped in traffic on 7th Avenue, but I don't complain or demand to be let out, for fear he'll turn psychotic. * I do love New York, and my reason for being here: to check out some of the city's most stylish new hotels, part of a wave of hip hotels nationwide that is making traditional lodging seem anachronistic.
November 27, 2005 |
JADED jet-setters can add a few stops to their itineraries: fancy new and refurbished hotels in chic destinations. Among recent openings: Monaco: This Riviera magnet for high rollers is betting on what developers say is its first big newly built hotel in 75 years. The price tag: $260 million. The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort opened last month on the Larvotto Peninsula, northeast on the coast from Casino Square, the gambling magnet for glitterati.