Turks & Caicos: The Beach House

Turks and Caicos Beach

What exactly is barefoot chic? Allow us to fill you in. It’s the Beach House Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay’s first boutique hotel opening on October 22nd, 2012. No Socks, no shoes, fine service. So kick off your shoes, delve into Beach House living, and allow freedom from stress to ensue.

Beach House will feature 21 one- and two-bedroom suites, each at least 1,150 square feet (that might be bigger than my NYC apartment, guys), with interior designs that meld Caribbean with coastal New England showcasing crisp whites and hues of blue. French doors frame views of Grace Bay Beach and open to oversized patios adorned with daybeds that will entice afternoon snoozing (since I’m such an afternoon snoozer). Suites also boast culinary nooks where private chef dinners may be enjoyed and surprise treats are placed in fridges.

Beach House Turks and Caicos

A premier highlight of the hotel will be the 90-seat Beach House Restaurant helmed by Chef and Director of Culinary and Concept Development Eric Vernice. A native of France, Chef Eric’s cuisine will bring Caribbean dining to new heights as he infuses global flavors into his earth- and sea-to-table dishes. Lab coats are not required at the Beach House’s LABORATORY table. A first in the Caribbean, the LABORATORY degustation menu will lead guests down unexplored and unexpected culinary paths via eight course menus. Menus will focus on one item – think fresh lobster, a unique spice or a country – with each course more unique than the last and flawlessly paired with wines and cocktail teasers.

A Beach House Suite
A Beach House Suite

Director of Food and Beverage Operations JS Richer, the Beach House’s Curator of Experience and a certified Sommelier, will assist Chef Eric in creating this journey via perfect wine pairings and his master mixology skills. JS will also become known as the hotel’s magician who masterminds tasty culinary and cocktail amuse-bouches that unexpectedly appear beachside, poolside or in-suite. God bless amuse-bouches.

Bath amenities at Beach House have been crafted by a master chemist in his own right, perfumer Richard Howard of the UK-based Arcania Apothecary. I mean, this just reeks (in a good way) of Jaunt Magazine splendour. Nine all-natural Beach House products will be featured with nutrient rich ingredients like lavender, frankincense, lemon grass, aloe vera, Jasmine and linden blossom. Arcania Apothecary will also feature spa amenities in the hotel’s poolside treatment room.

Rates are from $532 to $1,038 on weekends and holidays with special rates available during shoulder seasons so get thee to Turks!


A Thanksgiving Deal at one of Costa Rica’s Finest

The Parador Pool... not too shabby!
The Parador Pool… not too shabby!

Looking for something adventurous to do over Turkey Day? Parador Resort & Spa’s Stress-Free Thanksgiving Trip – Turkey Included, just might be your jam. Located on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica in Punta Quepos, this is the perfect retreat for guests who are sick of Aunt Betty’s dry stuffing and want to spend the holiday in a luxurious resort with a backdrop full of howler monkeys, birds, and sloths (and no, we’re not talking about your husband). With a privileged location above the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by 12 acres of tropical rainforest, Parador Resort & Spa believes it is duty-bound to maintain, preserve and improve Costa Rica’s abundant natural assets.

A Parador Room
A Parador Room

The resort institutes property-wide recycling, water and energy conservation, composting and biodegradable soaps. Manuel Antonio National Park, a world-famous nature and wildlife preserve, sits just next door, offering adventures by land and sea. Because of its commitment to providing excellent service and high quality standards, Parador Resort & Spa was named “Mexico & Central America’s Leading Hotel 2011”, “Costa Rica’s Leading Hotel 2011” and “Costa Rica’s Leading Resort 2011” by World Travel Awards, the travel industry awards program that has been described by the Wall Street Journal as the “Oscars of the Travel Industry.” World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry. This is the sixth consecutive year that the resort has won this important recognition. In 2012, Parador Resort & Spa received Platinum Level “Leader in Sustainable Tourism” Adrian Award from HSMAI and National Geographic Traveler.  The resort was also recognized by TripAdvisor as one of the “Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Central America” in 2012.

Package includes:

·         4 nights stay in Tropical Room category

·         Daily buffet breakfast

·         A complete Thanksgiving dinner including a turkey

·         Two 50-minutes massage one for each

·         Welcome Dinner

·         15% off certificate for Pacifica Spa

·         Complimentary WiFi

Package is priced at $999.00 USD including taxes and service charges.


Fall in Paris: Crème-de-la-crème Shopping Itineraries

Christian Lacroix designed rooms at Petit Moulin
Christian Lacroix designed rooms at Petit Moulin

Fall in Paris means sunny days, cool breezes, and, of course, Fashion Week.  For those who have caught the French style bug (but want to avoid the hubbub of Fashion Week), have a look at the new crème-de-la-crème shopping itineraries offered by Le Pavillon de la Reine, Hôtel du Petit Moulin, and Le Pavillon des Lettres.

Hôtel du Petit Moulin’s Ooh Là Là Vintage Fashion Masterclass: Long for the Paris of yesteryear? This experience evokes a bygone era with custom-made vintage clothing matched by decadent champagne tea service. Ooh Là Là Vintage, a top purveyor of retro fashion, first consults with guests to pinpoint their favorite vintage looks. Then, following a fitting and dressed in their chosen attire, guests enjoy a grand afternoon tea. And for true haute-couture enthusiasts, sister company Madame Tra La La is on hand to custom-design vintage pieces to be taken home as a souvenir.

Rates: From €335* per night (minimum stay of two nights), including daily breakfast

Le Pavillon de la Reine
Le Pavillon de la Reine

Le Pavillon de la Reine’s Le Marais Hip Tour: This guided tour strolls through one of Paris’s most historic districts, which today features world-class clothing boutiques such as APC, Surface to Air, and Vanessa Bruno. Visit the must-see fashion temple and art installation L’Eclaireur en route to Rue des Francs-Bourgeois for accessory shopping, all followed by afternoon tea on the hotel’s sunny terrace.

RatesFrom €535 per night (minimum stay of two nights), including daily breakfast

Le Pavillon des Lettres

Le Pavillon des Lettres Printemps Personal Shopper Experience: Paris’s famed “literary” hotel revamps the typical spending spree with a fashion-centric experience at the city’s premier department store, Printemps. With the help of a seasoned personal shopper, guests wander among some of the world’s finest handbags, belts, scarves, and jewelry in a room the size of two football fields.

Rates: From €595 per night (minimum stay of two nights), including daily breakfast

*Price excludes the cost of any custom-made clothing item(s) by Madame Tra La La.

For more information:

Hôtel du Petit Moulin: www.paris-hotel-petitmoulin.com

Le Pavillon de la Reine: www.pavillon-de-la-reine.com

Le Pavillon des Lettres: www.pavillondeslettres.com