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Luxury Resort

Best Maldives Luxury Resort

Resorts that keep an eye on the environment, while also offering an array of activities and farm-to-table dining, have become an attractive option for many people.
Kingsmill Resort is an environmentally-friendly resort that exudes elegance. Located in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, a place steeped in honored traditions and genuine southern hospitality, this grandiose resort attends to every detail.
Built on former plantation grounds that once peppered the area in the 1600s through 1800s, Kingsmill retains those magnificent traits with grand accommodations, gracious hospitality and stately service.

Environmentally-friendly practices at Kingsmill include water conservation, an integrated pest management program that focuses on minimizing the use of fertilizers and pesticides as well as resort-wide recycling. The resort’s three golf courses (one is for members only) are natural habitats of bald eagles, hawks, and other endangered birds which are protected and not disturbed on the grounds.
After a long day on the golf course, indulge in total relaxation at the Kingsmill Spa. Your worries start slipping away in the warm and tranquil reception area. Tension and stress begin to melt away the moment you’re guided down the hushed corridors, and as you ease into your plush robe and slippers. The transformation continues with your pampering spa treatment or salon service. And the luscious experience is extended in the cozy quiet room or on the comfortable deck, perhaps with a glass of wine and light spa fare.

With four restaurants on site, foodies will rejoice in a variety of culinary options that please the palate, featuring cuisine that celebrates seasonal ingredients with an array of fresh vegetables. For a truly savory treat, order the Maple Miso Glazed Brussels Sprouts that are expertly combined with white Miso, maple syrup, olive oil, sea salt and a sprinkle of black pepper.

Landscaping manager Brad Bryan has passion for gardening that rivals a chef’s passion for food. Last year he started with a modest garden and only grew a couple varieties of tomatoes and Habanero peppers. As the crops increased he brought them to the chefs, who became eager to see what he was going to bring each week.
Bryan provides summer tours of the on-site gardens, which add to the natural beauty and landscaping. And now guests can go to the restaurants and actually try this fried green tomato that Bryan discusses during the garden tours. This affords the guests the same intimate relationship with the produce that the chef gets to experience.
Exquisite accommodations ensure the ultimate in comfort at Kingsmill. From elegant guest rooms to spacious condos and exclusive lakeside cottages, guests are able to choose the accommodations that best suit their needs.

Activities abound at Kingsmill and throughout Williamsburg itself. The resort features such adventurous options as Segway Tours, scenic bike rides, a sports indoor and outdoor pool along with a slide and lazy river pool. A marina offers jet skiing, Pontoon Boats, Sea Cycles and kayaks.
Kingsmill is a world class resort that never forgot its roots, and its ongoing sustainability efforts surely enhance its special appeal.

Cove Resort

Timber Cove has long been known as a rustic refuge at which to refuel, relax, and reconnect. And now, newly reimagined and renovated by architectural firm Gensler and Los Angeles-based designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz, this iconic property has added posh modern amenities without losing its former bohemian vibe. ‘Legacy’ guests – those who have been visiting since the 1960’s – will still recognize the hospitable warmth and free-spirited character they’ve known and loved, but now they’ll also find indulgences that combine to place Timber Cove in the luxe hotel big leagues.

Nearly all of the 46 rooms (each with original layout) have cove or ocean views and feature throw-back LP players (with a LP lending library in the lobby), yoga mats, cozy robes, modern fireplaces, Nest heating/cooling systems, and Russian River Roasters coffee. Comfy beds feature sumptuous linens, down comforters, and Pendleton throw blankets. Original pieces from established artists such as Jimmy Mezei, Jeff Canham and Emily Nathan grace the walls, and binoculars are provided for sea-life sightings. Book one of the eight suites, and enjoy snacks and a beverage-stocked refrigerator (including local craft beers) – all complimentary.

Common areas feature redwood and stones preserved from the resort’s former life. The expansive Great Room retains its floor to ceiling stone fireplace and welcomes visitors with a visually stunning entryway inspired by classic 1960 Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Modern and retro furnishings feature tribal textiles, white fabrics, worn leather, and preppy plaids. An Outdoor Living Room offers porch swings, billiards, ping-pong, and one of two on-property fire pits

Situated on 23 acres, the property begs to be explored, and the best and most entertaining way to do so is to follow Sophia von Gierke’s ‘Treasure Hunt.’ (Ask for it when you check-in.) The 11-year-old daughter of co-owner Jens von Gierke (Michael Barry is the other owner), Sophia directs guests to 19 interactive vantage points. Examples: #5 – Sit on the green bench and name three things you see. #7 – How wide is the base of the biggest Eucalyptus tree in the grove? #10 – How many faces do you see on Bufano’s obelisk? Sophia winds you through the property, past the events lawn, the bocce ball court, and Cupid’s Wall, and on through to the Coast Kitchen dining room, the resort’s destination level restaurant.

Like its resort surroundings, Coast Kitchen’s tangible connection to nature is palpable. The kitchen, led by hospitality veteran and chef of 30 years Phillip Kaufman, celebrates local fisherman and foragers. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Coast Kitchen’s changing menu embraces the coastal location; many items come from the sea, including the Poke Duet with Ahi Tuna Poke and Salmon Poke with avocado and Nori, Seared Farm Raised Baby Abalone with pickled herb salad and caper brown butter and the Shellfish Sampler highlighting hyper-seasonal fish and seafood, such as oysters, mussels, lobster, crab, and ahi poke, served with Migonette and Tabasco Jellies. Timber Cove Bar offers an extensive list of spirits, local wines and beers. Try one of their delicious craft cocktails while sitting at the fire pit that overlooks the resort’s namesake inlet.

New York City’s Hotel

The moment you approach The Mark Hotel on 77th Street in New York City, a block from Central Park, you realize this is a very special place.
Affable doormen accommodate your every need, while a heated awning ensures your comfort while waiting for a cab should the weather turn brisk. This is one of New York’s most luxurious boutique hotels, and the staff goes to great lengths to ensure that your stay is filled with special moments.

The Mark Fall Foliage Package personalizes a tour of Central Park. The tour takes guests through a scenic view of Central Park via The Mark Pedicab, stops for a Jean-Georges Picnic in the Park with cinnamon-tossed, caramel-filled donuts and hot cider, and drops guests off at The Metropolitan Museum with two cocktail vouchers to view Cornelia Park’s Psycho Barn exhibition at the rooftop bar. The Pedicab will wait for its guests outside The Met and transfer them back to the hotel to complete the tour. With Central Park at their doorstep, guests of the hotel can stop by The Conservatory Water Boat Pond in Central Park to try their hand at The Mark’s chic new black and white striped fleet of remote controlled sailboats. It’s a great way to spend some time in the park

The Mark Hotel affords easy walking access to museums, upscale shopping venues and fine dining. In addition to the fall foliage tour, the hotel is offering a number of specially designed packages in order to provide guests with a unique perspective of all that Manhattan has to offer. Dive into the New York art scene with a cultivated experience from The Mark, including a private guided tour at the museum of your choice, personal chauffeur for six hours, an “Artist’s Afternoon Tea” served in your room. Insider VIP access to special exhibits at MoMA, studio tours with popular artists and private gallery viewings are also available exclusively to guests.

There’s no such thing as cramped quarters at The Mark as each guest room and suite offers maximum comfort and spacious accommodations. Suites range from 700 square feet to an outrageous 4,788 square feet for the Five Bedroom Terrace Suite. Fit for royalty, it features a living and dining room, foyer, eat-in kitchen, terrace and 5.5 bathrooms.

Dining at The Mark is an experienced to be savored. The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges displays the artistry of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of the world’s pre-eminent chefs. Here, your taste buds embark on a culinary journey of land and sea that never fails to captivate one’s senses. Char-grilled octopus, crispy potato with smoked paprika and herbs is a delectable appetizer that sets the stage for a very enjoyable evening of gourmet dining. Grilled Red Snapper, braised fennel with carrots and Cerignola olives will please even the most refined palate, while grilled lamb chops with smoked chili glaze and broccoli rabe is a delightful entree.

While undergoing a design transformation in 2009, the hotel turned to renowned French designer Jacques Grange. The result is striking, and combines grand spaces that provide serene havens of quiet luxury. Despite the abundance of activities nearby, guests are tempted to spend hours inside this historic building soaking up its exquisite ambience. The luxury of Old World comfort along with avant-garde design makes this boutique hotel a New York City gem waiting to be discovered.

Make The Marker Your San Francisco Hotel

The San Francisco-based JDV hotel group is known for creating hospitality experiences grounded in local culture, and The Marker is a resplendent example. Located in the theater district, just blocks from celebrated Union Square, the boutique hotel percolates with urban energy and San Francisco style. 208 newly refurbished guest rooms echo the vim and vigor of the vibrant locale, and impressively grand and spacious common areas reflect the iconic status of the turn-of-the-century building. It all adds up to a superior San Francisco experience. Here are a few more reasons to make The Marker your San Francisco go-to: The Marker is ideally located in an area dubbed ‘Tendernob,’ near the city’s best shopping, theaters, restaurants, and museums. The Moscone Convention Center and SOMA district are just a few blocks away, as is the newly remodeled SFMOMA. Take a brisk walk up one of San Francisco’s iconic hills and you’re at Nob Hill, home to Grace Cathedral, the classic Big 4 Restaurant, and Huntington Park. Prefer to explore on bike? The Marker can set you up with their in-house bicycles, allowing you to easily cruise down Market Street to Bay views and the Ferry Building farmer’s market.

Spacious Suites and Comfortable Rooms

Few downtown boutique hotels offer the space of a Marker suite. Recently renovated, each provides ample area to spread out and make yourself at home. Other guest rooms are equally inviting and feature colorful striped walls and floral accents, pillow-top beds, and down bedding. Luxury bath products are by Jonathan Adler. Fido is also welcome; the hotel has pet-designated rooms and offers pet amenities such as a plush doggie bed and a turndown treat.

The Extras

 From fresh lemon water in the lobby, to a nightly 5:00pm – 6:00pm wine social hour, to coffee and teas in the morning, The Marker is known for giving its guests a little something more. Enjoy unlimited PressReader access, in-room spa services, and free wi-fi. Each room features a LCD flat-screen TV, iHome stereo systems and an honor bar. The plush lobby ‘living room’ serves as a communal space for guests to relax after a day of sight-seeing. Comfy couches and cozy chairs surround a large central stone fireplace, and a corner game table beckons for a game of backgammon. A complimentary onsite fitness center provides everything you need to stay in shape: treadmills, ellipticals, spinners, yoga mats, and free weights.


The Marker’s in-house, signature restaurant features house made limoncello, grapefruit-cello, and orange-cello. Need we say more? This spirited, cocktail-driven restaurant – a favorite with neighborhood locals, the pre and post theater crowd, and of course hotel guests – serves rustic Italian fare in a convivial atmosphere inspired by the Italian happy hour tradition of “aperitivo.” Menu items are simple, delicious, and meant to be shared, such as the house-made pastas and sausages, pizzas, seasonal vegetables, and seafood, all prepared simply for the fullest expression of flavor. The full bar features traditional Italian cocktails with a twist, such as the eponymous ‘Tratto,’ featuring their limoncello, Four Roses bourbon, vermouth, and angostura bitters, of the ‘Molto Buona’ with El Dorado Rum, orgeat, limoncello, and strawberry shrub. Create your own ‘Boozy Italian Soda’ with your own choice of spirit and their selection of house-made Italian Sodas. Beers and wines are sourced from the best of the West Coast and Italy. High ceilings and arched windows let the sun shine in during the day. After dark, the space takes a dramatic turn as classic Italian movies (silenced, but with subtitles) take center stage on the bar’s wall – a little Joie de Vivre whim that separates this lovely hotel and restaurant from the pack.