Virtuoso® Unveils The Hottest Luxury Hotels Debuting Soon

Travelers in the know seeking the next great upscale hotel look no further. Luxury and experiential travel network Virtuoso, along with its more than 16,000 travel advisors worldwide, has revealed the hottest hotel openings around the globe for this fall and beyond.

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Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 800 travel agency partners with more than 16,000 elite travel advisors in over 45 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than (U.S.) $21.2 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry.

From relaxing resorts to iconic urban landmarks, these five properties are sure to make an indelible impression on guests when they open or reopen over the next several months:

Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, China – Opening late 2017

Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, China – Opening late 2017

Bulgari Hotel Shanghai, China Opening late 2017
Situated in a tranquil riverside location in the heart of the city, Bulgari Hotel Shanghai will feature contemporary, spacious rooms and exceptional guest amenities including Maserati transportation. Offering stunning views of the city’s dramatic skyline, the hotel is located just minutes from attractions such as the iconic Bund and the museums of People’s Square. Virtuoso guests will enjoy an upgrade at arrival if available, breakfast for two daily offered 24 hours a day, hotel credit valued at $100 USD, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check in and late check-out if available.

Montage Los Cabos, Mexico – Opening spring of 2018

Montage Los Cabos, Mexico – Opening spring of 2018

Montage Los Cabos, Mexico Opening spring of 2018
Perched upon 39 acres of white-sand beachfront, Montage Los Cabos will feature 122 expansive rooms and suites when it opens. The resort will offer spectacular views and unique walk-in access to the finest swimming, diving and snorkeling in the region. Guests can take advantage of wellness programs and treatments at Spa Montage, and fitness offerings including two pools and tennis and recreational lawn facilities. Virtuoso guests will receive an upgrade when they arrive if available, daily breakfast for two, special amenity, complimentary Wi-Fi, and early check-in and late check-out subject to availability.

Raffles Europejski Warsaw, Poland Reopening spring of 2018
Originally opened in 1857, the legendary hotel in Warsaw’s historic district has recently undergone restoration to preserve its heritage and character. Raffles Europejski, Warsaw will offer 106 elegant guestrooms and suites, a restaurant with an outdoor terrace showcasing Poland’s cuisine, a bar and cigar lounge, a patisserie and a spa. Virtuoso guests will enjoy an upgrade upon arrival, based on availability; daily buffet breakfast for two; hotel credit worth $100 USD; complimentary roundtrip private airport transfers; complimentary Wi-Fi; and early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability.
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Martha Stewart to Debut Fashion, Skin Care, Garden and Gourmet Food Collections on QVC.com

Live Beautifully With QVC and Martha Stewart

Make your world a more beautiful place this fall with the help of QVC and Martha Stewart. The Emmy® Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and best-selling author have long dedicated her career to teaching and inspiring people to live more beautiful, more functional and more meaningful lives. And now she is bringing that devotion to her signature QVC collection, spanning multiple categories including fashion, skin care, garden and food, all inspired by her impeccable taste and incomparable passion. Stewart made her QVC debut on August 13 with “Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker” cookbook.

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Live a more beautiful, functional and meaningful life with a new QVC collection from America’s most trusted lifestyle expert

We were blown away by the tremendous response to Martha’s cookbook, which sold out in its first airing,” said Doug Howe, Executive Vice President of Merchandising for QVC. “Our customers welcomed Martha back with open arms, and we can’t wait to impress them with Martha’s full product assortment. At QVC, we are constantly striving to bring our customers not only the newest and most innovative items but products that are designed to solve everyday problems and make life easier. Martha shares this philosophy and has worked with us to develop a collection that will truly inspire people to live more beautifully, in all aspects of their lives.”

QVC viewers and Martha Stewart fans can tune in to QVC® on September 7 during “Inspired Style® – Live from New York City” at 10 PM (ET) for a first look at select items from Stewart’s fashion collection, and check back on September 25 for the premiere of “Martha Stewart – Fashion” at 6 PM (ET), featuring items ranging from knit and woven tops to denim essentials, designed for easy, everyday living. On September 19 at 10 AM (ET), Stewart will unveil all the tools and tips needed to beautify any backyard or outdoor space in the first “Martha Stewart – Garden” show.

To assist with holiday meal planning and preparation, She will return to QVC on October 18 with the Today’s Special Value®, scheduled to debut at midnight (ET). Each day, QVC picks one special item it believes shoppers will love and offers it at an exceptionally low price from midnight (ET) until 11:59 PM (PT) that day. Tune in at midnight (ET) and 7 PM (ET) on October 18 for “Martha Stewart – Gourmet Food“, featuring an assortment of gourmet foods and decadent confections. “Mario Badescu Skin Care with Martha Stewart“, a collaboration with Mario Badescu, is scheduled to launch on November 10 at 9 PM (ET) and 10 PM (ET) on Beauty iQ.

Working in new product categories and with QVC—a multi-platform, multi-network shopping experience—has been very exciting,” said Stewart. “I have developed signature collections that reflect my passion for beautiful living and I look forward to expanding our product offerings.

Martha Stewart is the author of 89 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living—cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Currently, the Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month.

Home and Interiors: KitchenAid Brings Signature Colors To Commercial-Style Ranges

KitchenAid is now offering a way for home cooks to include its signature colors in a new, eye-catching way. Following the launch of the brand’s popular line of major appliances in the industry-first black stainless finish, KitchenAid has added even more major appliances to the color lineup with the introduction of four new colors to its existing line of 30″, 36″ and 48″ non-steam commercial-style range models.

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KitchenAid Brings Signature Colors To Commercial-Style Ranges

Our commercial-style ranges have consistently earned high marks with serious home cooks who value the power and precision of a professional style appliance,” says Anthony Pastrick, brand manager for KitchenAid. “These new models give those who design with color in mind a way to combine commercial-style performance with a fresh, new look.”

Features on the KitchenAid® commercial-style range series include the industry’s most powerful burner among leading brands. The 20,000 BTU Ultra Power™ Dual-Flame Burner offers the versatility to go from intense searing to a low simmer. Additional burners include two 15,000 BTU professional burners and a 5,000 BTU simmer/melt burner.

Electronic ignition enhances reliability for lighting burners while infinite-heat controls provide countless intermediate settings between low and high for added cooking precision.

To promote even cooking on all racks of the oven, an Even-Heat™ True Convection System uses a hidden heating element, a fan and a bow-tie shaped baffle to consistently circulate air heated by the element. An EasyConvect™ Time and Temperature Conversion System automatically converts conventional times and temperatures to their convection equivalents. Other features include convection bake, broil and roast, a bread proofing option and a Sabbath mode. A large glass-touch oven display features a responsive, easy-to-use interface designed for easy cleaning.

Available now, the commercial-style series will add four new colors in Signature Red, Cobalt Blue, Imperial (matte) Black, and Imperial (matte) White, in limited quantities. Suggested retail prices will range from $5,049 to $9,949.

Lucky Brand Home Arrives at Macy’s for Fall 2017

Macy’s and Lucky Brand announced, this past week, the launch of Lucky Brand Home, a new bedding collection created for Macy’s. The line offers a full range of duvet covers, comforters, hand-crafted quilts, sheet sets, throws and decorative pillows in a relaxed and free-spirited aesthetic, available now on macys.com and in 100 Macy’s stores beginning Sept. 15, 2017.macyslogo

In collaboration with the Lucky Brand design team, we focused on the idea of effortless style and vintage textiles, while also keeping in mind the tradition and aesthetic of the heritage collection,” said Roberson Keffer, vice president and Home fashion director for Macy’s. “We are particularly proud of the craftsmanship behind the line. From tassel details in the throws to the intricate embroideries of our quilts, Lucky Brand Home looks beautiful in any space, but is also easy to care for and style.

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Lucky Brand Home Pillows_and Throws, Created for Macy’s

The collection will launch with five top-of-bed offerings, each as three-piece sets that include a duvet cover or comforter and two shams. The bedding ranges from rich, indigo hues in the Sienna set to the neutral tones of Ventura Waffle and Santa Fe Stripe. Designed to layer seamlessly, Lucky Brand Home also features 100 percent cotton quilts, throws and coverlets, and decorative pillows distinct with texture that are crafted in a range of techniques.

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Lucky Brand Home’s Sachiko Quilt Collection, Created for Macy’s

With a rich history beginning in Southern California in 1990, Lucky Brand embodies the authentic, all-American spirit, grounded in vintage-inspired denim. Now, with the introduction of home, the Los Angeles-native company has become a true lifestyle brand, offering the customer a piece of the SoCal experience from their wardrobe to their bedroom.

We are very proud of our collaboration with Macy’s and the creation of the first home collection for our brand. The new collection is rooted in our brand heritage and the West Coast casual lifestyle. The line is beautiful, the style is highly differentiated and the quality of every product is amazing. The Macy’s team, working closely with our design team, has done an incredible job in bringing the vision of a Lucky Brand Home Collection to life with impeccable taste and great authenticity. We see this launch as an important brand extension of our product offering to support the active lifestyle of our customers.

Ranging from $80 to $330, Lucky Brand Home is available now at www.macys.com/LuckyBrand and www.LuckyBrand.com. Product will be introduced in 100 Macy’s stores beginning Sept. 15, 2017.

IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach

After IBEROSTAR 70 Park Avenue in New York, the IBEROSTAR Berkeley in Miami Beach, Fla. becomes the second hotel in the U.S. and the 36th in the Americas

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, known for its luxurious four and five-star properties located in the most spectacular destinations around the world, has opened the doors of its second U.S. hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. The historic building, now renamed IBEROSTAR Berkeley, was fully renovated under a $43 million investment and is situated at 1610 Collins Avenue, right at the heart of South Beach.

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts is a resort hotel chain based in Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain), founded by the Fluxà family in 1986. The company is an integral part of GRUPO IBEROSTAR, one of the main Spanish tourist companies with over 60 years of experience, which currently has 100 hotels with 4 and 5 stars in 17 countries around the world.

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

We are thrilled to launch the IBEROSTAR Berkeley in South Beach, one of the hottest spots in the world. Its pristine beaches, vibrant culture and perfect weather, combined with our excellent customer service and amenities, make it the ideal dwelling option in the area,” said Enric Noguer, IBEROSTAR Managing Director for the Americas. “This second IBEROSTAR hotel in the United States is proof of our commitment to this market, where we strive to serve international, as well as national tourists, and to connect with the local community and its cultural heritage,” Noguer said.

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

The new IBEROSTAR Berkeley features 96 brand-new, luxuriously designed guestrooms, including 20 premier rooms with balconies, a lush Sun Deck with spectacular views of Collins Avenue, and signature restaurant BLT Steak for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This pet-friendly hotel also offers a fully-equipped fitness room; a beautiful heated pool and deck with a lounge area on the fourth floor; 24-hour room service; full housekeeping with turndown service; and beach club with towels, chairs, and umbrellas; among other amenities and services. The standard and deluxe rooms feature one king and two queen size beds, respectively, as well as a minibar with snacks and soft drinks, onyx designer rain showers, comfortable workspaces with outlets and USB ports, and much more.

IBEROSTAR Berkeley is one of the new properties the brand has been developing within the urban segment, with a plan to reach a total of 15 in the next three years in key cities like Budapest, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, New York, Havana, Santo Domingo and Lima, among others. Boasting the superior level of customer service and quality the brand is globally known for, these urban hotels are located at the heart of the city they are in, close to key points of interest. In this case, IBEROSTAR Berkeley is just steps away from the beach; Lincoln Road Mall (for dining, shopping, and art gallery visits); the New World Center, home to the New World Symphony; the Miami Beach Convention Center; the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater; and the cosmopolitan Ocean Drive; among other iconic South Beach locations.

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

In honor of the opening, IBEROSTAR Berkeley is offering one night free when booking three or more nights Must be booked by August 31st with travel dates of August 1 – November 30, 2017. A 72-hour cancellation policy applies. To book, visit www.IBEROSTAR.com.

W Hotels Electrifies the Shanghai Skyline with the Debut of W Shanghai – The Bund

Flagship Hotel Marks the Brand’s First in Shanghai and Third in Mainland China

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, today unveiled W Shanghai – The Bund, located in the heart of one of the world’s most energetic cities. With limitless views overlooking the Huangpu River, W Shanghai will set the scene on the North Bund. Owned by Sinar Mas Group, the hotel features a blend of bold design and decadent style which combines to create a captivating contrast of W-Logo LogoShanghai’s past and its avant-garde present.

Shanghai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and its engaging nightlife, spirited fashion scene and passion for what’s new/next makes it an ideal destination for the W brand,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “Our hotels across the world are incredibly unique- each reinterpreting its destination through design that is both hyper-local and yet, clearly W. The electrifying design of W Shanghai – The Bund is no exception, solidifying its position as a global flagship for W that is sure to attract both guests and savvy locals alike.”

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Exterior shot of the W Shanghai – The Bund

Designed by the acclaimed G.A Design, the hotel showcases an exciting combination of historic and modern influences, such as Hai Pai – the art of combining the old and the new, East and West. This is evident in both the hotel’s location, perfectly positioned between the Suzhou Creek and the Huangpu River, as well as the surrounding locale, where Art Deco buildings sit alongside opulent Chinese mansions. W Shanghai – The Bund draws upon colonial glamour and futuristic motifs, with nearly all guestrooms featuring views of the Huangpu River due to the uniquely curved frame of the building’s edifice.

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The W Shanghai – The Bund, overlooking the Huangpu River and featuring a blend of bold design and decadent style.

Over the past few years we have seen incredible growth worldwide across our brands, with the China market becoming increasingly important for Marriott International,” said Stephen Ho, Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, Marriott International. “The opening of the W Shanghai – The Bund underscores the ambitious expansion of Marriott International’s Luxury Brands in Greater China.”

Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by neon light installations throughout the hotel’s Living Room (the W brand’s take on the staid hotel lobby). For centuries, Shanghai-locals have honored the Lilong tradition, in which wet laundry is hung on lines to dry at varying heights down narrow laneways. This installation was designed as a modern reinterpretation of this classic scene. The Welcome Desk (reception area) features a kaleidoscopic fixture, mirroring the constant flow of guests through the area. The ‘Melting Qipao’ pattern, a representation of Shanghai as a melting pot of cultures, can be seen on the walls of the WC (restroom). Continue reading

22nd Newport Flower Show to Celebrate Fete Des Fleurs

The 2017 Newport Flower Show, themed Fête Des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres, will celebrate its 22nd year with a variety of special events, expert guest speakers, beautiful floral designs, impressive horticulture exhibits, stunning garden displays, unique shopping opportunities, and more. Inspired by France, America’s premier summer flower show will transport guests’ imaginations to the place that has inspired generations of artists and gardeners. Attendees will travel on a French adventure, from grand gardens to Paris chic, at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s most beautiful historic mansions modeled after the Grand Trianon at Versailles. The Show opens on Friday, June 23 and runs through Sunday, June 25, 2017.psnc-logo

With Newport’s largest private ballroom, Rosecliff was constructed in 1902 as a party pavilion for one of the leading society hostesses of the Gilded Age. This snow-white terra-cotta mansion was created for Theresa Fair Oelrichs, heir to the Comstock silver lode in Nevada. It hosted many of the most fabulous entertainments of the period, including a fairy-tale dinner and a party, featuring magician Harry Houdini.

The magnificent three-day event welcomes back Bartlett Tree Experts as the Presenting Sponsor of the Newport Flower Show, which benefits The Preservation Society of Newport County. Additional sponsors include ALEX AND ANI, Atria Senior Living , Brooks Brothers, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Southeastern New England, Swarovski, United, and The Newport Daily News.

Show Highlights:

The Show will feature celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham and noted scholar on French garden history Dr. Eric T. Haskell as special guest speakers, scheduled on Friday and Saturday. Guests will have the rare opportunity to learn from the uniquely talented Leatham, who works as the Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris in addition to designing events for celebrities and world leaders like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, and many more. Leatham is considered the most exciting floral designer in the world. Awarded the prestigious “Knighthood” (“Chevalier de L’Order des Arts et Letters”), the French Government’s highest honor for artists, Jeff designed the first major event to be held in the famed “Galerie des Glaces” (Hall of Mirrors) at Versailles since the time of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. His work is compared to contemporary art (and is featured at international cultural, business and entertainment events). His vase designs were so exquisite that the Dallas Museum purchased them for their permanent collection. His work.

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Celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham

Haskell, Professor of French Studies & Humanities and Director of the Clark Humanities Museum at Scripps College in California, will share his knowledge on French gardens, their history, and more with guests. Dr. Haskell will share his vast knowledge on French gardens during his lecture “Lasting Landscapes: The French Formal Garden.” He received his Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of California, Irvine, and also studied Art History and Architecture in the graduate program at UCI and at the École du Louvre in Paris. He has delivered over 550 public lectures and scholarly papers in 28 states and 11 foreign countries. In 2013 Haskell received two of France’s highest honors: Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académics (Knight of the Order of Academic Palms) and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters).

Other free lectures and demonstrations by noted plant experts, flower designers and gardeners will

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Dr. Eric T. Haskell

also be presented throughout the weekend.

Fashion icon and interior designer Iris Apfel will also join the Newport Flower Show’s Afternoon Tea reception on Friday, June 23 for a conversation on her fabulous life, fashion, and style. The Afternoon Tea reception will be held on the front lawn of Rosecliff at 3:00 p.m. where guests will be treated to a sampling of savory and sweet delicacies as well as flavored versions of iced or hot teas.

The Opening Night Party, the unofficial “kickoff to summer in Newport,” will take place on Friday, June 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a cocktail buffet, live music and dancing, a seaside supper, and other entertaining surprises. The show will continue through the weekend with unforgettable garden exhibits, horticultural entries, floral designs, and children’s programs, all staged

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Iris Apfel

throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn.

New this year, the Newport Flower Show will offer a Fête de la Lune (Feast by Moonlight) at Rosecliff on Saturday, June 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests can spend an evening strolling through the display gardens, shopping with Flower Show vendors on the front lawn, and viewing the floral designs inside Rosecliff before the sun sets, then can enjoy a summer picnic basket supper on the grounds while viewing the display gardens. Attendees can also opt to stay after supper for a viewing of the 2015 hit movie “A Little Chaos” starring Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, and Stanley Tucci; film tickets are sold separately. Continue reading