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Bali Hotels Association statement re proposed Criminal Code changes

Bali Hotels Association statement re proposed Criminal Code changes

Bali Hotels Association statement re proposed Criminal Code changes

Bali Hotels Association statement re proposed Criminal Code changes

Bali Hotels Association statement re proposed Criminal Code changes

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The Fairmont St. Andrews, Scotland, The Mecca and Golf and So Much More

The Fairmont St. Andrews, Scotland, The Mecca and Golf and So Much More

The Fairmont St. Andrews, Scotland, The Mecca and Golf and So Much More

St. Andrews. The word strikes excitement as well as fear in the hearts of golfers. It’s a golfer’s mecca with 11 world-class golf courses in the county of Fife just outside of Edinburgh Scotland. The literal mother of all golf courses, the Old Course, is there along with some of the top courses in the world. Enthusiast travel afar to the golf resort voted among the best in the world by Conde Nast and that has two of the top fifty golf courses in the world, the Fairmont St Andrews.


The resort sits perched on a bluff overlooking the rolling hills of their emerald golf courses down to the sea. The grounds of the resort cover 520 acres on a dramatic coastline faced by the North Sea and Tay Estuary with view of the St. Andrews skyline. Golfers can be seen coming and going throughout the day with clubs it toe from across the oceans in anticipation of days filled with rounds in the land of golf. As wonderful as the golf experience is at the resort, the Fairmont Resort and Spa Saint Andrews offers so much more.


Guests are greeted by a dapper host bedecked in a kilt cut from the tartan colors of the area. He is quick with a robust welcome in his thick Scottish brogue and probably a joke or two to lighten the spirit. Once inside the resort is expansive but oddly cozy with a roaring fireplace and inviting sitting areas to thaw out from the often inclement weather for which Scotland is known. The resort offers vast open spaces, a modern and contemporary design, decadent artworks and a grand atrium.  The  Zephyr atrium is impressive with a centerpiece of a dangling light art piece by George Singer with 20,000 steel discs, in a mobile art installation that runs the length of the cavernous room.  Beyond the opulent creature comforts,  the resort boasts an engaging  collection of paintings of the local landscapes as well as commissioned multimedia artworks by Scotland’s favorite sons, and daughter,  John Cleese and Annie Lennox.  


There are 212 contemporary accommodations with comfortable furnishings, modern electronics and five star amenities. The décor integrates touches or tartan as well to ensure guests are further immersed in their Scottish environment. What guests will remember most will be the panoramic views  over the emerald green golf courses as well as the crashing waves of the North Sea.


The 17 suites offer more space and additional features including soaking baths and a separate living space. The Kingdom of Fife Suite is the  hotel’s largest and most opulent accommodation with a spacious outdoor balcony, separate living room with a fireplace and dining room with seating for four. For large families or VVIPs there are two Manor Homes with  two or four bedrooms, farmhouse style kitchen and the amenities and features of a family home as well as access to the resort’s facilities.


After a hard day at the links or exploring the area, an exceptional Scottish dining experiences awaits the Fairmont’s guests back at the resort. There are several dining options from their all day dining brasserie, the Squire as well as their Italian restaurant, La Cucina.


For a feast with a stunning view, take the short stroll down to the St Andrews Bar & Grill which is the clubhouse restaurant. The setting is upon a steep cliff overlooking the golf course and St. Andrews Bay. In the evening the setting changes from a golfers respite to a romantic restaurant as the sun sets across the bay and the town of St. Andrews. Guests dine inside in the modern and chic setting or our doors on the expansive deck overlooking the grounds.


The fare is local seafood on display in a large ice boat for the choosing. Other will opt for their mouthwatering juicy steaks and duck. Where possible, all the ingredients are sourced locally and the chef creates innovated dishes to showcase local recipes, traditional and products.   


Another must have experience is The Savoy Afternoon Tea which is an indulgent few hours immersed in the height of the UK’s high tea tradition in the lovely atrium of the hotel. Guests dine on fine Wedgwood porcelain tea sets with colorful flower designs that begs one to stick their pinky finger out with each delightful sip. Speaking of which there are over 100 teas to choose from as guests take in the details,  practice, and precise tradition of pouring and presentation, and service.  The tradition of the Fairmont High Tea has been shared throughout their properties by one of the finest high tea experiences in the UK at their sister property, the Savoy. While the men are out thrashing through the links, dainty society ladies gather for chatting away the afternoon only interrupted to gaze upon the next set of delectable dishes presented. Guests dine on scrumptious savory finger sandwiches and canapés, the irresistible fluffy scones with whipped butter and fruit jams or the sweet cakes and treats. 


As one would expect, there are several options to bend the elbow and quench the palate.  The Kittocks Den is a proper pub  with high back leather chairs, a fireplace  and warm and welcoming environment ideal for a lite bite or to partake in a dram  from their extensive menu of single malt whiskies.  The Rock and Spindle is named after a rock structure on the coastline below the resort, and is a sports bar, with plenty of viewing screens to watch the football or PGA Golf   or to play a few games on the  pool table or darts.  


St. Andrews and the Fairmont offers a wonderful travel experience for guests of all interests. In particular, it is the Mecca of golf and heaven on earth for lovers of the sport. The Fife coastline posses some of the most beautiful holes in Scotland if not the world with views rolling green fairways broken by challenging ruffs and bunkers as well as those gorgeous scenes of the coastline just beyond the cliffs. 


The Fairmont offers two of the area’s top courses with the Torrance Course, which is a Par 73, 7,230 yard long championship course and has hosted numerous championships and qualifying tournaments. .  The Kittocks Course is a 7,192 yard long Par 72 championship course  and a favorite of hotel guests and visitors alike.

St. Andrews, courtesy of Visit Scotland

If golf isn’t your kettle of fish, there’s so many other things to do and see around the area. The area is so stunningly beautiful, the best thing to start out with a brisk walk along the Fife Coastal Path coastline to see the dramatic cliffs, waves crashing against the rocks and the beautiful wildlife and fauna. The 1.6 mile long footpath offers a  stunning coastal walk to St. Andrews to the hotel grounds.  St. Andrews has idyllic beaches as well perfect for families with bays of with gentle waters for swimming or just lazing about and catching some rays.

Coastal Walk, courtesy of Visit Scotland

Beyond taking in the natural vistas, St. Andrews is a charming quaint town ideal for walks through its cobble stoned streets to peruse the shoppes or to grab a pint and lunch at bistro. This is a fantastic area to visit steeped in history with many sights to see such as the ruins of the St. Andrews Castle which sets on a cliff overlooking the North Sea.  

St. Andrews Cathedral, courtesy of Visit Scotland

Even more riveting is the St. Andrews Cathedral which is a ruined Roman Catholic built is 1158. It is a beguiling structure spread over acres with numerous historic relics to admire a museum as well filled with numerous medieval sculptures and relics to admire. The hotel offers a schedule shuttle to take guests to and from town  throughout the day. 


For those looking to match their sightseeing with their affinity for a bit of cocktail culture, Scotland is of course known for their fantastic whiskies and now for Gin as well.  Nearby the resort is the Darnley’s Gin and a worthwhile stop will in the area.  It’s a set in charming stone farm cottage and a place to see the process of creating craft gin and their use of local botanicals such as elderflower, grapefruit, cinnamon, ginger and other seeds, roots, fruits, herbs, berries and spices and of course juniper.    You can even make your own or simply take the tour and have an exquisite tasting.    


After a long day on the links or exploring the area, guests will want to settle in for a bit of pampering and the ideal location for the royal treatment is at the Fairmont’s St Andrews Spa. Guests can choose from a wide list of treatment options that range from massages to facial and relaxation therapy.


There’s also a 16 meter long pool  as well as a Jacuzzi, or wet and dry sauna to relax those sore muscles. The resort offers a gym with the latest fitness equipment as well.


St. Andrews is a fabulous place for lovers of golf as well as those looking to take in the richness of the history, culture and nature of Scotland. The Fairmont St. Andrews is a luxurious resort offering world-class amenities services to make the most of wonderful destination.

Through the Rabbit Hole: Mondrian LA Unveils Whimsical $19M Redesign

Through the Rabbit Hole: Mondrian LA Unveils Whimsical $19M Redesign

Mondrian LA

Photos Credit: Mondrian Los Angeles

This July, the iconic Mondrian hotel in Los Angeles, California, unveiled its stunning $19 million renovation led by Dawson Design Associates. The full redesign included all 236 rooms, the lobby areas, fitness center, meeting spaces and its amenities. We recently visited the updated property to get a look at its new digs and experience its refreshed offerings firsthand.

Inspired by Alice in Wonderland’s whimsical world, the hotel’s new look evokes a sense of fantasy and illusion, without feeling kitschy or overdone. With subtle design touches and custom-designed furnishings, Mondrian provides a fairytale escape in the middle of West Hollywood—your very own rabbit hole, if you will.

 

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If you’ve ever been to an sbe property, you know that sophisticated luxury, world-class style and unforgettable service are what the brand does best. Located across the globe, sbe has an unparalleled global portfolio which will see 29 hotels and over 180 global world-renowned culinary, nightlife and entertainment venues by the end of 2019. With a bevy of awards and accolades under its belt, the brand continues to be a trendsetter in the industry, creating destinations and experiences that will leave you wanting more. Of course, Mondrian Los Angeles Hotel is no exception.

Upon arriving, guests are met by beautiful 30-foot mahogany doors opening up into the expanded lobby complete with a Lucite indoor swing, golden elevators and a mushroom-inspired concierge desk. The lobby is also home to the “Magic Box,” a rotating art gallery showcasing local contemporary pop artists. In the evenings, the space is bustling with locals and travelers-in-the-know, making their way to Skybar for a cocktail or Ivory on Sunset for an al fresco meal.

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Located at the rooftop pool, Skybar is an open-air, ivory-covered pavilion that features programming both day and night for guests such as summer pool parties, signature Night Market shopping events and performances by world-renowned DJs. Skybar is also notably hard to get into, with guests and the city’s most notable residents lining its walls every night of the week. But don’t worry, the pool area is exclusive to guests until 1 p.m. and then your room key will grant you easy access.

During the day, because of the pool area’s smaller size, daybeds and lounge chairs can be hard to come by, especially once it opens to the public. Be sure to reserve a daybed early with your concierge to avoid the wait list once you’re ready to soak up the sun.

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Mondrian offers nine room categories (all pet-friendly) ranging from standard options to the newly-redesigned Skyview Loft and 1,500-square-foot Penthouse. Juxtaposing soft color palettes with hints of blue and playful checkerboard patterns, we loved the mix of Old Hollywood glamour with Alice in Wonderland whimsy. Another nod to the classic story, an art installation depicts a female falling through space, transporting guests into this magical world alongside Alice.

Scale is another theme seen across rooms, with oversized blue lamps and large shimmering dragonfly wings painted across mirrors in the seating area. Inside the bathrooms, chic marble countertops, new tile and a sleek aesthetic provides a soothing spa-like atmosphere. In some rooms, you’ll even find spacious showers with glass walls that open up to the bedroom, creating a fun and flirtatious mood. Sheer curtains are included as well should you prefer to shower in private.

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With 24-hour room service, guests can also enjoy a snack in their room at any hour or head down to Ivory on Sunset for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Boasting Italian-inspired fare, the indoor and outdoor restaurant is Instagram-worthy with floor-to-ceiling windows, an open-air setting, ivy crawling up walls and twinkle lights strewn across the space. On the weekends, settle in for brunch fresh smoothies and cold-press juices by Little West alongside dishes such as lobster scramble, Belgian waffles, eggs benedict and steel cut oats.  

A 34-year staple in the City of Angels, Mondrian Los Angeles Hotel proves that age is just a number as it continues to stay ahead of the game each year. With a dedication to providing the best service, accommodations, amenities and entertainment year-after-year, there’s no doubt it’ll remain a favorite among affluent jetsetters, celebs and locals alike.

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Nicolle Monico

Nicolle is an award-winning writer and Travel Editor using her expertise in the industry to write about luxury travel around the world. You can find her daily searching the web for the latest trends, best new hotels and most beautiful destinations to visit and share with her readers. She's been featured on The Huffington Post, Hard Assets, AMD Entertainment and Remy Martin. In 2014, she was vo...(Read More)

Adare Manor: The Definitive Luxe Golf Destination in Ireland

Adare Manor: The Definitive Luxe Golf Destination in Ireland

Adare Manor: The Definitive Luxe Golf Destination in Ireland

A hallmark of a memorable travel destination is its ability to make guests feel as if they are home – regardless of their point of origin. The recently completed renovation of Adare Manor does just this and so much more. Built nearly 200 years ago on more than 800 acres of pristine parkland, Adare has successfully transformed itself into the definitive location to experience both the treasured feel of Irish hospitality with the comfort of a world-class luxury resort. Whether strolling through the gardens, taking afternoon tea in the Gallery Room, or relaxing in Manor House’s magnificent environs, visitors are treated to an experience unlike anywhere else on the Emerald Isle.

Upon your arrival at the stately Manor House, you’ll be warmly greeted by a host of footmen, butlers, and reception staff – all calling you by name. As you settle into your room, you’ll find a delightful combination of old-world elegance combined subtly with new-age technology. Lighting, drapes, and electronics are controlled through a central tablet by the bedside. Even the lavatory floors are heated. Guests are encouraged to wander the parklands and explore the myriad activities offered by the staff. Whether your interests lean toward falconry, archery, or trout fishing in the ponds or streams, the professional staff stands at the ready to meet your needs. It’s easy to see why Adare Manor was awarded the 2019 AA Ireland Hotel of the Year Award.

Adare Manor/The Gallery

Wandering through the grounds and the gardens will transport guests back to a simpler place and time. Adare Manor even has its own enchanted forest, replete with wind chimes, fairy houses and a poet’s hut. After you’ve strolled through the ruins of the Franciscan Friary, be sure to rest and relax under the canopy of the massive cedar tree next to the Manor House, which is reported to have been planted in 1645. 

Photo Credit: Adare Manor/Tim McCormick

But the centerpiece of the property is certainly the magnificent Adare Manor Golf Course, proudly referred to as “The Augusta of Ireland”. Architect Tom Fazio has overseen the extensive redesign, where (in a nod to Augusta National) you’ll find no rough around the greens, creating challenging chipping and putting adventures for players of all skill levels. Perfectly manicured down to every blade of grass, golf at Adare is a surreal experience. Limerick native and owner J.P. McManus spared no expense in the redesign, and his efforts were recently rewarded with Adare Manor being selected to host the 2026 Ryder Cup. In addition, Adare Manor is ideally suited to serve as your home base for accessing Ireland’s world-class golf courses such as Ballybunion, Tralee, and Waterville. All are convenient day trips from Adare.

Tim McCormick/The Carriage House

Once you’ve worked up an appetite on the course, the dining options at Adare abound. The Carriage House is a short stroll from the Manor House and offers an artisan grill experience with locally farmed produce, fresh seafood, and Irish dry-aged beef. In the Manor House, the Oak Room offers contemporary Irish cuisine with an elegant twist while you enjoy views of the grounds from its expansive windows. The Drawing Room offers a more casual dining experiences for those wishing to linger and soak up the ambience of the old Manor House while enjoying views of the gardens. As the evening progresses, a visit to The Tack Room is a must. Defined as “a sophisticated retreat for lovers of fine spirits and companionable conversation”, The Tack Room houses The Whiskey Collection – more than 100 bottles sourced from the best producers globally. The staff is happy to offer personal whiskey tasting experiences that are both educational and delicious. In addition, the award-winning bar staff have created some of the most intriguing and creative “bespoke cocktails” that please both the eye and the palate.

A short ten-minute stroll to the Manor gates delivers guests into the village of Adare. Founded in the 13thcentury on the banks of the River Maigue, the main street is a collection of beautiful stone buildings and thatched roof cottages surrounding a lovely village park. Most of the cottages are now restaurants, fashion boutiques and arts and crafts shops. For history buffs, it’s a short stroll to Desmond Castle, a 13thcentury Norman fortress chock full of stories. Visitors to the village will also find plenty of pubs in which to relax and enjoy local musicians during the evening hours.

For guests wishing to explore further south, Adare is the gateway to the southwest of Ireland, bordering the counties of Kerry, Cork, Clare, and Tipperary. The concierge staff at Adare Manor can arrange for day trips to enjoy the Ring of Kerry and explore the beautiful Irish countryside.

Adare Manor is located just thirty minutes from Shannon Airport and 190km from Dublin, making it the perfect location to enjoy the old-world splendor of all things Irish.

Dunraven Stateroom: Photo Credit: Adare Manor
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