Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air Offering V-Day Packages

One Enchanted Evening (Hotel Bel-Air only)

Enjoy an unforgettable private culinary experience for two in the rose petal strewn and candlelit gazebo overlooking Swan Lake.
• Four-course tasting menu served by a personal butler
• Bottle of Kristal champagne

Priced at $1500 per couple (exclusive of tax, service and champagne); please email reservation requests to [email protected]

Private Candlelight Dinner for Two (Hotel Bel-Air only)

Why not make it a night out just by staying in? The staff will create a romantic dinner in your room on your private patio, complete with battery operated candles and rose petals.
• Select three-courses from the tasting menu offered in Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Priced at $280 per couple* exclusive of tax, service and beverages

Couple’s Spa Packages

The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie

• “Soul Mates” – one-hour couples massage, two La Prairie signature facials, and spa lunch for two, priced at $875 for three hours
• “Extravagant Evening” – one-hour recharge facial, one-hour aromatherapy massage, and perfect manicure and pedicure, priced at $560 per person
• “Forever Yours” – one-hour in room couples massage and bath therapy, priced at $490 for one hour
• “Sea of Love” – one-hour advanced marine biology facial, and 90 minute “Gifts from the Sea” body treatments, priced at $425 per person

A complimentary glass of champagne will be offered pre/post treatments

Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie
• “Do Not Disturb” – 60-minute Swedish or deep tissue massage plus aromatherapy scalp massage in The Enclave Couples Spa Suite, La Prairie spa product gift set, glass of champagne for each guest, and chocolate covered strawberries, priced at $420 for one hour.
• “Face to Face” – Two 90-minute Swiss Ice Crystal facials, glass of champagne for each guest, chocolate covered strawberries, and one complimentary full-size Caviar Luxe sleep mask, priced at $700 for 90 minutes.
• “Suite Serenity for Two” – two 60-minute Swedish or Deep Tissue Massages, two 60-minute La Prairie Signature Facials, two perfect manicures and pedicures, glass of champagne for each guests, chocolate covered strawberries, priced at $1,000 for 3.5 hours
• “Ultimate Getaway” – luxury car service pick up and drop off from your home, bubble bath for two in private Suite, two 90-minute caviar massages, two 90-minute Swiss Ice Crystal facials, lunch for two from Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air served on the private spa patio, and one complimentary

20 Best Spa Deals for Valentine’s Day In Los Angeles

Burke Williams is offering three Gift Card Packages to celebrate Valentine&rsquos Day and the ones you love. The three packages are the: “Romance”, which starts at $159, the “True Love”, starting at $279, and the “For Two”, starting at $319. Each include a luxurious selection of services as well, including an H2V Travel Kit filled with products from Burke Williams exclusive H2V skin care line. Guests can enjoy any one of these relaxing Gift Card Packages at any of their Los Angeles locations. For more information, visit their Valentine’s Day Specials.

The Raven Spa prides themselves in being that special place for that special evening. So, what better place is there to pamper yourself and your loved one. From February 11 through the Valentine&rsquos Day, at both their Silverlake and Santa Monica locations, couple&rsquos massages are done in private, side by side and include many signature treatments such as their Raven Custom Massage that combines a wide variety of techniques and style to create the perfect treatment. Any massage on their menu of services can be performed as a couple&rsquos massage. To top off the experience, The Raven Spa serves guests champagne, wine, fruit, and chocolates after their treatments.

(credit: Larchmont Sanctuary Spa)

Nestled in Larchmont, the award-winning boutique Larchmont Sanctuary Spa offers a full range of personalized day spa treatments and wellness services including massage therapy, anti-aging treatments, organic facials, detoxifying body treatments romantic couple&rsquos packages, and their custom copper hydrotherapy tub built for two. Their couple&rsquos packages for Valentine&rsquos Day include: &ldquoBe My Valentine&rdquo, a 75-minute Head Over Heals couples massage for $380 &ldquoSpoil Me Rotten&rdquo, a 75-minute Himalayan Salt Stone couples massage and a 60-minute Hugs & Kisses facials for $590 and the &ldquoUltimate Valentine&rdquo, a 75-minute aromatherapy couples massage and 75 minute Superfruit Facials for $725. Each package includes a 20-minute oak in their private copper Jacuzzi tub while sipping champagne and enjoying chocolate covered strawberries and gourmet snacks with your Valentine.

(credit: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena)

Available February 12-14, 2017, Chuan Spa at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, has created a prix-fixe menu of special, signature Valentine’s Day spa treatments. Their Valentine’s Day treatments include couple&rsquos options like their Chuan signature Valentine’s couple&rsquos massage and the Chuan signature Valentine’s couple&rsquos bamboo massage, along with individual treatments like the Chuan signature Valentine’s massage, Chuan signature Valentine’s champagne facial and Chuan signature valentine’s deep-cleansing facial. With each treatment, you get access to their full spa and Valentine’s Lounge featuring chocolate-covered strawberries and sweet treats, champagne, juice, coffee and tea.

(credit: Veronica Barton Schwartz)

Pamper your sweetheart at the Veronica Day Spa at the Malibu Beach Inn with the new HydraFacial for $200. Using a vacuum based tip which is loaded with various serums prescribed per your loved ones needs, give your partner the experience of this unique facial along with receiving a free Omnilux LED Light Treatment ($125) and an Aromatherapy Bergamot & Jasmine Candle ($38).

(credit: Pechanga Resort & Casino)

If you are looking to get out of L.A., but you don’t feel like traveling too far away for the special day, Spa Pechanga at the Pechanga Resort & Casino is offering its Couples Spa Package starting at $369. Included in the package is one night of luxury accommodations in a luxury Pechanga guest room or suite, a 50- or 80-minute Couple&rsquos Massage in the Spa&rsquos spacious couple&rsquos suite. The suite features a giant rain shower, and you’ll get to top off the evening special occasion with champagne and beautiful, oversized chocolate covered strawberries.

(credit: Catalina Island Company)

Located inside the historical El Encanto building, the Island Spa Catalina is the first-ever destination resort spa on Catalina Island. The Spa offers seasonal treatments including a Tranquility Pro Sleep Massage, Aromatherapy Massage & Deep Cleansing Facial, Aromatherapy Massage & Deep Cleansing Facial and more that aim to pamper and relax all guests. For Valentine&rsquos Day weekend, couples can plan a romantic escape to Catalina with the island&rsquos &ldquoLove is in the Air&rdquo package, which includes: transportation, a spa credit, a zip line tour, dining credits and accommodations with packages starting at $416 per couple per night. More information can be found here.

(credit: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles)

The luxurious Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and offers all the charm and glamour of Old Hollywood. Everything, from the gold and marble cold plunge showers, to the serenity room filled with sparkling chandeliers and spacious white daybeds, offers a shimmering setting to tune off and unwind in a stylish urban oasis of tranquility. This Valentine&rsquos Day, guests can pamper like Hollywood&rsquos hottest star couples by booking the Hollywood Romance package. The 100 minutes of spa treatments is $550 and begins with a synchronized massage for two, performed side by side in a spacious and serene couple&rsquos suite, followed by a fragrant bubbling spa bath with champagne.

The luxurious boutique Beverly Hills hotel, Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, is offering guests their &ldquoRemembering Romance, a Getaway for Two&rdquo package for $599+. Inclusive in the offer is a $100 spa credit for a range of spa treatments, $150 dinner credit at Avec Nous, overnight accommodations in a luxurious suite (two-night minimum stay is required) and complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival.

(credit: SoSpa at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills)

This Valentine&rsquos Day, indulge in one of SoSPA at Sofitel Los Angeles&rsquo romantic packages for two and escape the daily hustle and grind. Surprise your loved one with the &ldquoSo Pampered Package&rdquo package, which includes a 60-minute facial along with a 60 minute massage, a wash and blowout and a glass of Rosé for $325+. Step it up a notch with their &ldquoSo in Love&rdquo package which includes a 60-minute couples massage followed by champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to be enjoyed in the lounge for $350+. Last but not least, their &ldquoSo Couple Goals Package&rdquo includes a couples 60-minute side-by-side massage in a private VIP room with access to the aromatherapy nirvana for 30 Minutes and complimentary champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for $450+.

Founded by Doctor Lisa Benya, CURE has continued to deliver unparalleled treatments for exceptional health for clients in West Hollywood and Malibu. At their West Hollywood location, CURE Spa is offering four packages along with a special of purchasing a $100 gift card and get $25 free. Their “Cupid’s Arrow” package includes a 25-minute Turkish Hammam bath, a 50-minute massage, a 50-minute facial and a glass of champagne for $245. The “Be Mine” package includes a 25-minute Turkish Hammam bath, as well as a 50-minute couples massage and two glasses of champagne for $260, while the “Lover’s Glow” package includes a 25-minute Turkish Hammam, a 50-minute facial, including neck & decollete, and a glass of champagne for $310. Or, go for the “My Bloody Valentine” package which includes a Cure PRP, Microneedling session and topical application for $900.

Available Valentine&rsquos week at SPA Sunset Marquis, enjoy a couples romance ritual adorned with rose petals and candlelight along with a rainfall shower for two at SPA Sunset Marquis, just footsteps from your private villa. Enjoy side by side aromatherapy massages, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for 50-minute massages ($150/person), a 60-minute massage ($180/person), a 80-minute massage ($220/person) and a 90-minute massage ($250/person).

(credit: Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel)

Give the gift of pampering at the Spa at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel for Valentine&rsquos Day by booking special treatments available February 12-19, 2017. Along with their &ldquoSurprise Him&rdquo (60-minuntes/$460) and &ldquoSurprise Her&rdquo (60-minutes/$575) facial treatments, &ldquoSugar Kiss Scrub&rdquo (60-minuntes/$230) and &ldquoSugar Kiss Scrub and Wrap&rdquo (90-minuntes/$325), the Spa is offering the &ldquoRodeo Romance for Two&rdquo package which includes a private couple&rsquos massage in their lavish candlelit treatment room complete with champagne, (60-minutes/$430 per couple) and (90-minutes/$600 per couple).

(credit: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa)

At the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, they are celebrating more than just Valentine&rsquos day, they are celebrating love throughout February with their 28 Days of Romance program. The new Bollinger Bubble Butler has designed four luxurious experiences, expertly paired with specific vintages of the prestigious bubbly. The Champagne and Roses offering for $375, is comprised of a hand-drawn bath with rose petals and the sophisticated bottling of Bollinger Rose, with bubbles as fine as velvet and flavors of wild berries, served with chocolate covered strawberries.

The eco-friendly Sea Spa at Hotel Casa del Mar offers a wide variety of treatments and therapies available to Hotel Casa del Mar guests and walk-in customers. Their Valentine&rsquos Day packages include the &ldquoTwo Rosy Faces&rdquo package which features two 60-minute facials (60-minutes/$350). Or, try their &ldquoLove Duet&rdquo which includes two separate (60-minute/$360) massages. The aptly names &ldquoLove + Sea&rdquo package offers two 60-minute couples massages, two 60-minute facials and daily access to the seaside property&rsquos pool ($750). Each package includes complimentary valet parking.

ONE Spa at Shutters on the Beach features body treatments by Kerstin Florian and facials by Omorovicza, at the first-ever spa designed by L.A. designer Michael S. Smith. Treat your Valentine with these special Valentine&rsquos Day packages including: &ldquoI <3 ONE&rdquo which allows guests to choose from either a 60-minute facial, a 60-minute massage, or a manicure and pedicure combination ($330) &ldquoONE Valentine&rdquo includes two separate (60-minute/$360) or couples (60-minute/$400) Swedish or deep tissue 60-minute massages and the indulgent &ldquoImagine ONE + You&rdquo, which offers two 60-minute couples massages, two 60-minute facials and daily access to the seaside property&rsquos pool ($750). Each package includes complimentary valet parking.

The Forbes Five Star Awarded Spa by La Prairie will be offering two special packages this Valentine&rsquos Day. The &ldquoCupid&rsquos Caviar Retreat for Two&rdquo offer includes a relaxing caviar massage (60-minute) and a firming caviar facial (90-minute), accompanied by a glass champagne and sweet treats for a total of $1,050 per couple. The &ldquoLove will Keep us Together&rdquo package includes a deep tissue or Swedish massage (60-minute), La Prairie Signature Facial (60-minute), mani/pedi (90-minute), also accompanied by a glass champagne and sweet treats for a total of $1,120 per couple.

The Philippe Starck-designed Couples Suite at Ciel Spa at SLS Beverly Hills provides guests a luxurious way to get pampered on Valentine’s Day. Along with their normal offerings, on this special day they will be offering their &ldquoSweet Loving Souls&rdquo package, $700 for two, where guests can enjoy two baths with a glass of champagne and snacks for each followed by two 90-minute hot stone massages.

Offered the month of February in preparation for Valentine&rsquos Day, treat yourself and your loved one to one of many spa offerings at the Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. With stunning coastal views, the Spa at Terranea offers the Tranquil We treatment which includes soaking in a copper tub and a couple&rsquos massage, or the Youthful Renewal facial. But, for the ultimate in romance, take advantage of the Ocean Suite with the Ocean Prelude Treatment, beginning with a seaweed wrap and saltwater bath, followed by a rhythmic massage with laminaria oils derived from the ocean, culminating with an invigorating scrub. Available for couples, the treatment takes place in the VIP Ocean Suite, where guests lounge and unwind in the freestanding copper tub overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

(credit: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa)

Kelly&rsquos Spa at The Mission Inn Hotel links the Inn&rsquos grand Spanish Mission architecture with the serene ambiance of an ancient Tuscan wellness oasis. As part of the hotel&rsquos Festa Dell&rsquo Amore Valentine&rsquos Day celebration throughout February, they are featuring three Tuscan-inspired couple&rsquos packages include: &ldquoA Walk Down Lover&rsquos Lane&rdquo, rose petal foot bath, a Rosehip & Maize exfoliant, and a sweet red rose treatment for 50 minutes/$75.00 &ldquoRomancing the Stone&rdquo, a warm stone massage, followed by a luxurious rose petal bath and a glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne Rosé for 105 minutes/$250.00. Also, opt for the &ldquoItalian Rendezvous for Two&rdquo, which features a full day of pampering for two including a Chardonnay body scrub, a couples massage, temple tension therapeutic scalp massage, champagne for two, and selection of Kelly&rsquos chocolate truffles for 125 minutes/$475.00.

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, luxury hotels become home

After a very quiet spring, Julie Danziger, the managing partner of travel advisory Embark Beyond, spent the greater part of June and July booking compelling domestic alternatives for her clients, who normally favor Italian villas and Greek resorts at the end of summer. But something strange happened in August: No one was ready to go home.

“Suddenly, all of my clients were asking where they could spend the rest of the year,” she explains, citing specific queries about Cape Cod, Mass. Cabo San Lucas in Mexico’s Baja, California and Saint Barthélemy.

The majority of Danziger’s New York-based clients have secondary residences in New York’s Hamptons or along the New Jersey Shore—and oftentimes a third in Florida or Aspen, Colo.—but none of them showed interest in their auxiliary properties. Instead, they wanted a pseudo fourth home: a hotel.

Living in hotels is by no means a new idea a handful of storied properties in New York and Los Angeles have hosted actors, artists, and other bon vivants for long-term stays over the decades. The idea had a resurgence at the pandemic’s start, when stranded vacationers tried to ride out quarantines wherever they’d taken spring breaks.

But with work-(and school)-from-home mandates stretching into the foreseeable future, many Americans are finding themselves untethered to their primary residences. They are interested in multimonth hotel bookings that could stylishly bypass a cold-weather span of locked-down living.

To deal with the onslaught of requests, Danziger put together a spreadsheet of everything a long-stay guest might need: laundry service, a parking space, easy breakfast options. Then she started asking resorts for preferential pricing. It didn’t take much convincing. Even hotels and resorts that ordinarily never move the discount dial were keen to start recouping losses by booking long visits what Danzinger proposed would not only fill their rooms for multiple months but breathe life into their food and beverage offerings.

“I’ve been getting quotes for 30%, 40%, and even 50% off the best available rates for one- to three-month stays at coveted places like Amanyara, the Four Seasons Anguilla, and Montage Laguna Beach,” Danziger adds. As a result, she’s created Embark Longer, a spinoff brand for her agency to streamline the plethora of long-stay queries that continue to pour in.

Danziger isn’t the only one up to her eyeballs in multimonth hotel bookings. A quarter of the guests at Timbers Kaua’i in Hawaii are currently booked in for stays longer than 30 days Gurney’s Montauk, normally a weekender haven in New York’s Long Island, also reports multiple visitors bedding down for an entire month. After a surge of interest, Ocean House in Rhode Island anticipates at least three long-stay families for the fall.

Demand has been so strong that some hospitality companies are formalizing brand-wide offerings. Take Auberge Resorts, which owns 19 hotels around the world, including the newly renovated Mayflower Inn & Spa in Connecticut and the adventure-centric Madeline Hotel in Telluride, Colo. A two-month booking at those hotels can come with a 30% to 40% discount on the nightly rate, along with private tutoring services for kids. Some package deals include personally stocked in-room kitchenettes, pet care, and laundry. The chain has experienced a 300% increase in the length of guests’ stays.

International tourism is still highly limited for Americans, but all is not lost for those who want to live the expatriate life on an island. As part of Barbados’s tourism rebuilding plan, the Caribbean island nation announced a 12-month Welcome Stamp initiative in late June for a $2,000 fee, visa holders can work remotely, tax-free, for a full calendar year. To help stamp holders settle in, the Hilton Barbados Resort is offering room rates that start at $2,500 a month, with the opportunity to grab office space with a beach view and use the hotel’s dedicated shipping services to bring personal effects.

Similarly, Bermuda’s newly-announced Work From Bermuda certificate encourages digital nomads to move right in for $263. Sascha Hemmann, managing director at the island’s Rosewood Bermuda, says he’s “prepared to negotiate a competitive rate” for extended stays.

The first deal he signed included six weeks in an Ocean View King room with deeply discounted spa and laundry services and a private golf cart to get around the island. (The price is undisclosed.)

Rethinking Staycations

The same is happening in urban hotels. Even with a 30% discount, a recently booked year-long stay at Rosewood Miramar Beach’s two-bedroom residence in Montecito, Calif., would cost roughly $1.1 million. And both the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles have seen an uptick in 90-day bookings since the advent of Covid-19—mostly from L.A. natives.

“These guests do not feel safe in [their own] homes with staff members coming in and out, without proper protocols in place,” explains Ed Mady, the regional director of the Dorchester Collection, which manages both properties. By contrast, Mady’s hotels each have an on-site nurse, as well as a dedicated director of risk management to ensure full compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Danziger is seeing extended staycation requests in New York, too, including a three-month stint at the Mark and a two-month sojourn at the Carlyle by native New Yorkers.

“Hotels are being really transparent with their rigid safety procedures, because they can’t afford to mess up,” Danziger says, as the trust factor offered by a luxury property fast becomes as much of a draw as the destinations.

“People now want the protection, comfort, and convenience of a hotel, instead of a standalone home,” she adds. “And after the stress of the last six months, who isn’t ready to move in and be pampered by a hotel?”

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

HRC Calls on Beverly Hills Hotel to Stop Promoting Same-Sex Weddings

The Human Rights Campaign, which last week called for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air, on Tuesday asked both properties to stop promoting services for gay and lesbian couples seeking to wed at the venues.

HRC, the largest LGBT lobbying organization, is protesting the sultan of Brunei’s plans to impose a strict set of new punishments in his country that include stoning of those caught in gay and lesbian relationships and flogging of women who have abortions. The two Los Angeles hotels are owned by a Brunei sovereign fund controlled by the country’s government.

HRC posted an image of a “Gay Weddings Los Angeles” page on the Dorchester Collection’s website, offering consulting services as well as complimentary menu tasting, a night’s stay for newly married spouses and champagne and strawberries for wedding nights.

Last week, HRC president Chad Griffin sent letters to organizations with events scheduled at the hotel, asking them to move to other venues.

“The sultan is offering free strawberries to LGBT couples in L.A. and death by stoning to those in Brunei,” Griffin said in a statement. “This is the height of hypocrisy, and we must ensure that profits from LGBT weddings in the U.S. stop going to regime that could soon start executing its LGBT citizens.”

A spokeswoman for the hotel did not immediately return a message for comment. But on Monday, the CEO of the Dorchester Collection, the hotel chain that operates both Los Angeles venues, said that the boycott was misdirected and would hurt employees and the local economy.

Meanwhile, the Intl. Women’s Media Foundation has cancelled its plans to hold the Courage in Journalism Awards at the hotel on Oct. 29. Elisa Lees Munoz, executive director of the organization, said that they “could no longer hold an event at a venue whose owner stands for the violation of the very human rights we fight for.”

Luxury Hotels Offer Special Rates To Draw Visitors in Troubled Times

A hair-stylist doesn't usually vacation at the same hotel the president frequents. But a few weeks ago, Connie McCauley of Portland, Ore., checked into New York's Waldorf-Astoria, missing the leader of the free world by just a few weeks.

Normally, her budget wouldn't allow such a splurge, but Ms. McCauley spotted a Waldorf ad promising a $199-a-night rate. "I can't believe I'm here," she says, gazing up at its marble walls, intricate mosaics and glistening chandeliers.

Add these names to the list of hotels offering deep discounts in these troubled travel times: America's great 'grandes dames.' More than a half-century old -- the kind of places the Rockefellers sunned themselves while the duPonts swam by -- hotels like the Boca Raton Resort & Club, the Waldorf and the Hotel del Coronado are slashing some $300-to-$500-a-night room rates to boost flagging business. How low can they go? A rate of $139 a night at the storied Boca, free massages at the Equinox of Manchester, Vt., and free wine with the $135-a-night rate at Miami's art-deco The Hotel.

Even more surprising: The Sagamore, an 118-year-old resort on Lake George in New York, is having a one-day special for $65 a night. It's offered this Sunday to buyers of a $40 chef's tasting dinner.

While travel bargains these days are no surprise, hotels of this renown have always been reluctant to cut rates or throw in freebies, worried about the impression it creates. Times have changed. Indeed, the Hotel Bel-Air in Beverly Hills is offering the first package deal in its 55-year history.


Capacity Chart

  • Playa
  • 41x25x10
  • 1,025
  • 100
  • 42
  • 35
  • 30
  • 100
  • 84
  • Del Rey Foyer
  • 32x19x10
  • 608
  • 75
  • Bel Air
  • 37x26x10
  • 962
  • 65
  • 36
  • 30
  • 25
  • 95
  • 72
  • Doheny
  • 25x12x10
  • 300
  • 25
  • 15
  • 15
  • 15
  • 24
  • Santa Monica
  • 25x12x10
  • 300
  • 12
  • Poolside-Green
  • 0x0x0
  • 6,000
  • 100
  • 250
  • 120
  • Courtyard
  • 90x30x0
  • 1,500
  • 70
  • 40
  • Semi-Private Dining Room
  • 12x10x16
  • 600
  • 40
  • 20
  • Costa Marina
  • 41x50x10
  • 2,050
  • 200
  • 90
  • 50
  • 40
  • 200
  • Marina Playa
  • 41x50x10
  • 2,050
  • 200
  • 90
  • 50
  • 40
  • 200
  • Pool Deck
  • 57x84x0
  • 2,500
  • 250
  • Garden
  • 100x45x0
  • 3,500
  • 150
  • Del Rey Ballroom
  • 75x41x10
  • 3,075
  • 300
  • 150
  • 60
  • 57
  • 300
  • 240
  • Costa
  • 41x25x10
  • 1,025
  • 100
  • 42
  • 35
  • 30
  • 100
  • 84
  • Marina
  • 41x25x10
  • 1,025
  • 100
  • 42
  • 35
  • 30
  • 100
  • 84

Room Set-Up Examples

Conference and Hollow Square

Appropriate for interactive discussions and note-taking sessions for fewer than 25 people. Many hotels have elegant "boardrooms" for 10 to 20 people, equipped with full audiovisual capabilities, a writing board, cork board and a flip chart.

The most desirable setup for medium to large-size lectures. Requires a relatively large room. Tables provide attendees with space for spreading out materials and taking notes.

Generally used for meals and sessions involving small group discussions. A five foot round table seats eight people comfortably. A six foot round table seats 10 people comfortably.

Generally used for meals and sessions involving small group discussions. A five foot round table seats eight people comfortably. A six foot round table seats 10 people comfortably.

Stand-up social function where beverages and light foods are served. Foods may be presented on small buffet tables or passed by servers. May precede a meal function.

Appropriate for groups of fewer than 40 people. These are best for interaction with a leader seated at the head of the setup. Audiovisual is usually best set up at the open end of the seating.

Appropriate for large sessions and short lectures that do not require extensive note-taking. This is a convenient setup to use before breaking into discussion or role-playing groups because chairs can be moved.

11. H Overlook — H Hotel Los Angeles

Not only does H Hotel Los Angeles' rooftop offer views of the Pacific *and* planes coming and going from LAX, but it's also only a ONE-MINUTE drive from the airport — and if you know anything about LAX traffic, you know that's a massive perk. Grab a cocktail before you head to the terminal, or right after landing from a flight.

Address: 6151 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

The Polo Lounge

The most interesting room in Beverly Hills, still buzzing with hot names and hotter stories. Known as the epicentre of LA power dining, the Polo Lounge has been the favourite spot for generations of stars and Hollywood deal-makers.

Poolside bliss

Being poolside is an experience that shimmers with history, glamour and sheer good fun. There’s no better backdrop to soak up the sun than our iconic pool.

A new era

After months of careful restoration, our beautiful spa is newly unveiled.

A Salute To Democracy - Election Inspired Cocktails And More

Every four years, excitement builds as the nation gets ready to elect the next President of the United States. Although parties clash and heated debates abound, Americans rejoice knowing their vote counts. To celebrate the power of the vote, TravelsinTaste sought out some of the election inspired cocktails, travel packages and specials across the country.

SLS Hotel At Beverly Hills

Leading up to the momentous occasion the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills created a once in a lifetime “Stately Leaders Stay.” The package includes everything from the Presidential Suite with a butler and "Secret Service," custom suiting by Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, and of course a committee party for 40 members of your campaign in Saam at The Bazaar by Jose Andres, inclusive of a customized cocktail. Additionally – have the need to get around in style? They'll provide a private BMW chauffeur service throughout your stay! The package starts at $35k per night. Fredo Vita, Chief Concierge explains, "The exclusive SLS Presidential Suite features the unique comforts of home with an artful twist on indulgence and relaxation, designed for the global traveler with impeccable taste and high style."

Leading up to the election The Rusty Knot in New York's West Village has been hosting viewing parties for the debates. The west side bar will air tonight's debate at 9 p.m. and offer a special cocktail to savor while you watch, "The 47%," a winding combination of tequila, ginger syrup, lime, club soda with a dash of bitters.

Moonstruck's Political Mascot Truffles

If you're watching at home the perfect companion is Portland, Ore.-based Moonstruck Chocolate Co.'s whimsical chocolate truffles created in the shapes of the country’s iconic political mascots, an elephant and a donkey. You can watch the election results and take a satisfying bite out of your opponent with these dark chocolate ganache truffles.

Feel like betting on which candidate will win? Then jet over to The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas where you can delight in the Obamarita, Mittini, BidenBerry and Paulitan.

The Obamarita is a tequila-based cocktail named for the reigning Commander-in-Chief which combine Cazadores Reposado tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and agave nectar for a sweet citrus libation.

Alternatively you can try The Mittini, inspired by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a flavor-infused take on the classic martini made with Grey Goose Cherry Noir vodka, Benedictine Liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup and a dash of bitters.

If you'd prefer libations related to the rest of the ticket you can try The BidenBerry, created with the berry farms of Vice President Joe Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pa. in mind, and mixes Bacardi Wolfberry, St. Germaine Elderflower, fresh lemon sour and sparkling wine for a lightly carbonated cocktail packed with berry flavor.

Fitness conscious GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan would be happy to know that his namesake cocktail is full of flavor, but light on calories. The Paulitan combines Grey Goose L’Orange, Cointreau and cranberry juice with a squeeze of lime and boasts only 118 calories. Each libation is garnished with a patriotic red, white and blue fruit chip.

Can't leave your job for a day in Sin City? In New York City's Midtown Manhattan Jay Z's The 40/40 Club is offering the "USA Martini," a layered cocktail made with Godiva white chocolate liqueur, grenadine, blueberry vodka, vanilla vodka and blue Curacao. The upscale restaurant and sports lounge recently reopened following a $10 million dollar renovation and expansion.

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19 Luxury Hotel Loyalty Programs You've Never Heard Of

Despite what all the TV commercials say ("Book Direct"), when it comes to your next hotel stay, at least at the luxury level, if you want more for less, go to a travel agent.

Breakfast for two at luxury hotels can easily run $100. Daily WiFi charges can range from $15 to $35. Late check-out is often 50 percent of your room rate, so easily in the hundreds of dollars, and if you are arriving early, before check-in time, many times you need to pay for the night before if you want to be assured your room will be ready for you.

Yet some guests, paying the exact same rates as you are, get these perks for free. Additionally they get dining and spa credits, guaranteed and space available upgrades, VIP status, free airport transfers and so on.

Some of these programs also protect you from getting walked when the hotel is oversold, and give you waitlist priority to get in, even though you've never stayed with the hotel before.

What's more, many of the hotel groups that offer these programs don't have consumer loyalty programs. So what am I talking about?

These programs are for their top producing travel agents. To get the benefits, you need to book via an agency in the program. The below list was provided to me by Jack Ezon , president of Ovation Vacations , which generates over $250 million in sales to luxury hotels and suppliers. However, ask your agent what programs they are part of, or Google the name of the program and “travel agent” and you will find participating agencies pop up. The hotel groups don’t publish lists of agents who are part of their programs.

While the perks of each program vary, in a one-week stay, they can easily be worth $1,000 or more. If you book a suite at a Mandarin Oriental, I value the offering at over $2,000 per week.

1. Belmond Bellini Club:

Belmond is the name for what was formerly known as Orient-Express, and it has some very notable properties, including La Samanna in St. Martin, Maroma in Riviera Maya, Inn at Perry Cabin outside Washington D.C., El Encanto in Santa Barbara, Villa San Michele outside Florence, Cipriano in Venice, Mount Nelson in Capetown, Copacabana Palace in Rio and more.

- Priority waitlist clearance and upgrades

2. Dorchester Diamond Program

Dorchester Collection features its namesake hotel next to Hyde Park, a more modern take across the street, a country retreat near Heathrow, Plaza Athenee and Le Meurice in Paris, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bel-Air in Los Angeles, plus top properties in Geneva, Milan, and coming next year, Rome. I value the give here at over $200 per day.

Benefits from booking rooms:

- Guaranteed one category upgrade at time of booking

- Credit of 100 units of local currency once per stay (applied to final bill)

- Daily full breakfast (breakfast menu only), available in any outlet including in-room dining, for up to two people per bedroom

- Daily unlimited internet access for unlimited number of devices

Benefits when booking suites:

- Daily credit of 100 units of local currency per suite

- Daily full breakfast (breakfast menu only), available in any outlet including in-room dining, for up to two per bedroom

- Daily unlimited internet access for unlimited number of devices

- Complimentary airport limo transfer, as an alternative way to spend your 100 units of local currency.

3. Four Seasons Preferred

Four Seasons is the largest of the mono-brand luxury groups that remains independent, and it has been opening new hotels at a pretty fast clip , including re-opening Lanai, plus Oahu, Abu Dhabi, Jakarta, Kyoto, Downtown New York, with a second Miami property on the way, and two relatively new hotels in Bogota. It also just launched two very, very nice new Presidential Suites in Maui.

Amenities: Available on all published rates and corporate promotions, and also, in some cases, on other packages, the benefits encompass:

- Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets).

- Extra value-added amenity, such as: Spa credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to products) golf credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to pro shop purchases) or lunch for two once during stay (up to USD85, excluding gratuity and alcohol).

- For each hotel’s specific extra amenity, see the individual property’s Hotel Page, or the Hotel Amenity Listing

- Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites and villas).

- Complimentary high-speed Internet access for all suite bookings.

4. Jumeirah Passport to Luxury Program

The Burj al Arab is Jumeirah’s flagship property in Dubai, where it is a major player with more than a half-dozen hotels, but its wings stretch to London (The Carlton Tower), Frankfurt, Istanbul, the Maldives and China.

- Early check-in based on availability

- 4 p.m. late check–out based on availability

5. Langham Hotel Couture Program

A key advantage of the Langham program is it is offered on any rate, so if you already have a corporate deal you can double dip, or combine it with the American Express Platinum/Centurion Fine Hotels and Resorts (FRH) benefits, as well as those of Virtuoso and Signature, two groups of high-end travel agencies that have their own hotel amenity programs. If you are not familiar with Langham, they are a fast-growing group with hotels in London, Hong Kong, Pasadena (the former Ritz-Carlton), New York (the former Setai on Fifth Avenue), Chicago, Shanghai, Sydney and Melbourne with a number of new hotels in the pipeline.

- Confirmed one-category upgrade at time of booking

- 6 complimentary hours per stay, allowing customized arrival and departure times

- VIP Status Including personalized welcome note from GM/MD, honoring of guest preference and indulgent welcome amenity.

- Multiple program benefits: Also entitled to receive the benefits from the following programs where applicable – American Express FHR, Virtuoso, Signature

6. Mandarin Oriental Fan Club

While Mandarin Oriental doesn’t have a consumer loyalty program, their agent program is excellent, and for a one-week stay I would put the value of these perks at about $2,000, sans the personalized welcome amenity. I particularly like VIP airplane "meet and greet" if you are coming into a busy airport. Paying directly for these type of plane side arrivals typically ranges from around $150 to $500 excluding the limo transfer to the hotel.

- Full Breakfast for 2 people daily

- $100 F&B or Spa credit per room per stay

- 1 category upgrade confirmed upon booking

- Complimentary internet access

- Complimentary 4pm late check-out upon availability

- Complimentary one-way transfer with meet & greet at the gate of the plane (valid for suites booking only)

- Personalized welcome amenity

7. Monte Carlo SBM Gold Club

If you are going to Monaco, the one-way helicopter transfer which goes for 200-250 Euros pays for the membership.

Join Le Club membership for $55, and it gives you:

- One-way free helicopter transfer from Nice airport

- Complimentary entrance to the Casino de Monte-Carlo

- Complimentary entrance to all museums in Monaco

8. Oetker Pearl Partner

Oetker’s hotels include Le Bristol in Paris, The Lanesborough in London, Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, L’Apogee Courchevel, Brenners Park, venues in the Indian Ocean and St. Bart’s among others. One of the smaller groups, but each of its properties is truly 5-star worthy.

- One category room upgrade at time of booking , upon availability

- Allocation of best room in the category

- Personalized welcome amenity and note from our senior management

- Daily unlimited internet access for unlimited number of devices

- Priority access to courtesy car (when applicable)

- Daily complimentary breakfast for 2 (including buffets)

- Spa or F&B credit of 85 € for each stay of 1 night and 170 € for 2 nights or more

9. Peninsula’s Pen Club Loyalty Program

While not a large group, it has good global city locations in Paris, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Bangkok, New York, Chicago, Manila and Beverly Hills with London on the way. The flexible check-in and check-out time could be worth significant savings, and the complimentary spa treatments are a nice perk.

- Full daily set breakfast for up to two persons

- Priority Room upgrade to the next category upon arrival

- “Peninsula Time” – Flexible check-in and check-out times in all hotels

- Upgraded welcome in-room amenities

- Complimentary 30-minute extension on any 50-minute body or face treatment (excluding manicure and/or pedicure)

- Unlimited in-room wireless Internet access

10. Preferred Hotels Platinum Premier

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is a representation company that provides sales and marketing for independent luxury hotels globally. The below benefits are available at its Legend and LVX Collection hotels which include several hundred properties, including Banyan Tree Acapulco, Enchant Resort in Sedona, The Upper House in Hong Kong, The Leela Palace in Delhi, and The Temple House in Chengdu.

- Additional tailored amenity

11. Relais & Chateaux Preferred Program

Relais & Chateaux is a membership organization that represents small hotels and restaurants, so hotel owners get to decide if they want to participate. This program offers perks at select R&C properties, not significant, but a free breakfast is a free breakfast:

- Personalized welcome amenity

12. Ritz-Carlton Stars

Ritz-Carlton, as you probably know, is part of Marriott International, which last month acquired Starwood and its luxury brands, St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels. I like this program as it enables the travel agent to clear space in sold out situations, sometimes the most valuable perk of all, and also helps ensure you get priority for connecting rooms, which can be important if you haven’t booked a suite, or specific suite that has connecting rooms guaranteed.

- Complimentary, customized amenity, activity or service

- Pre-registration & express check-in

- Clear space in sold out situations

- First priority for requested room category, bed type, rollaway and connecting rooms

- Complimentary 4pm departure upon request at time of booking

- Applicability – STARS amenities are applicable to any reservation, regardless of the rate or if booked through a wholesaler.

13. Rocco Forte Knight’s Program

None of Rocco Forte’s 11 hotels carry his name, but you are probably familiar with Brown’s in London, Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt, The Balmoral in Edinburgh, Hotel de Rome in Berlin, Hotel de Russie in Rome and Hotel Savoy in Florence. You can also find locations in Munich, Sicily, St. Petersburg and Brussels. The “no walk” policy means they won’t give away your room in an oversold situation.

- Priority Waitlist Clearance

- Personalized Welcome Note

- Welcome note from the General Manager

- Space Available Early Check in / Late Check out

- Virtuoso amenities also combinable when booking qualifying rates

14. Rosewood Elite

Rosewood is a group on the move , with openings in Paris (reopening Hotel de Crillon), Phuket, Sanya and Laos due next year, plus reopening Little Dix Bay in the Caribbean. Earlier this year it took over Capella’s 49-room hotel in the Georgetown area of Washington D.C. Two of its most notable hotels, The Carlyle in New York and Las Ventanas in Los Cabos, don’t prominently carry the Rosewood name, but are part of the group.

- Pre-registration of clients

- Special client welcome amenity and note

- Priority upgrade on arrival

- Amenity/credit which differs by property

- Designated Elite "hero" at each hotel with 3-hour response time

15. Shangri-La Luxury Circle

This Asian luxury group has been increasing its western presence with hotels in Canada, Paris and London. It has an extensive portfolio in China and Southeast Asia, with properties that tend to be a bit larger, and have extensive meeting facilities, large and comprehensive fitness centers and a multitude of restaurants and bars.

- Complimentary full breakfast for 2

- Early check in/ late check out (subject to availability)

- Guaranteed upgrade at the time of booking

- Choice of 3 VIP amenities (by hotel)

- Hotel credit of the higher of 10% or $100 per stay

- Enrollment into the Golden Circle Jade membership

16. Small Luxury Hotels

Small Luxury Hotels is a representation group that has over 500 properties around-the-world , from two to 200 rooms, both in cities, the countryside and resort areas. Most are owner operated single properties, so each style runs the gamut. City hotels include The Scarlet Singapore, The Quin, The Refinery and Inn at Irving Place in New York, resorts like Coral Reef Club and The Sandpiper in Barbados, Hotel Esencia in Playa del Carmen and numerous others gems around the world.

- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival on your first stay

- Access to exclusive Club rates

- Regular Club newsletters with exclusive partner offers

Loved Member - After 1 stay

- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival on every stay

- Daily complimentary continental breakfast for two on every stay

- Late check-out* on every stay

- Access to exclusive Club rates

- Regular Club newsletters with exclusive partner offers

Honoured Member - After 5 further stays

- Free reward nights** - receive a complimentary 1 night stay and then again after every 5 stays

- Priority complimentary room upgrade* on every stay

- Early check-in* on every stay

- Daily complimentary continental breakfast for two on every stay

- Late check-out* on every stay

- Access to exclusive Club rates

- Regular Club newsletters with exclusive partner offers

17. Sofitel Travel Experience Program

Sofitel is part of French giant Accor, and not particularly known in the Americas, but recently acquired Fairmont and Raffles, which will help increase its luxury profile. Sofitel, Sofitel Legend and SO Sofitel were its main luxury offerings. The Grand in Amsterdam, Hotel Metropole Hanoi and Hotel Santa Clara in Cartagena, Colombia are part of the “Legend” group. There are nearly 100 Sofitel locations, many of which I would describe as 4.5 stars, although it’s harder these days to really be too strict with star ratings as properties within the larger groups tend to vary considerably.

- Guaranteed Upgrade between Classic, Superior and Luxury room types

- Upgrade from Luxury to Suite upon arrival, based on availability

- Personal greeting by management upon arrival

- Personalized welcome amenity and note signed by the GM or Sofitel HERO on behalf of the travel counselor and the travel agency

- Automatic placement at top of waitlists

- Dedicated Sofitel Program Director in each hotel: “Sofitel HERO”

- No walk policy for guaranteed bookings

18. Starwood Luxury Privileges

While its merger with Marriott was completed last month, it will take awhile to merge various programs. Starwood luxury brands include St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels.

- Available on BAR (Best Available Rates) rates booked directly with the hotel (no tour operators). Starwood luxury brands include St. Regis, Luxury Collection and W Hotels.

- Upgrade on arrival if available

- Early check in if available

- Daily breakfast for 2 daily (depends on hotel whether contintnetal or full)

- Late checkout if available

- Value-added amenity specific to hotel ($100 value)

-Options not combined with Virtuoso amenities but you can use at any St. Regis, W or Luxury Collection Hotel.

19. Trump Elite

The newest additions are Washington D.C. and Vancouver. Many Trump properties are condo hotels, so you get oversize rooms and suites with kitchens and kitchenettes.

- Room upgrade upon arrival, when available

- Pre-registration and welcome amenity

- $100 credit per stay for use in spas or restaurants

- Complimentary Wi-Fi in-room

- A hotel or destination specific exclusive extra

- Early check-in, when available

- Late check-out, when available

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