The Best Luxury Hotels In The U.S. For 2019

If you read through this site’s last look at luxury hotels for 2019, you saw some sensational Mediterranean getaways. And if you’re looking for a relaxing vacation, nothing quite beats a great hotel in this part of the world. For a different kind of trip entirely however, you can also look to other luxury hotels around the world. In this piece, we’ll look at some of the top options across the United States that you may want to consider for your 2019 vacations.
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The Setai - Miami Beach, Florida

It’s impossible to declare any resort or hotel the “best” in the United States, but the Setai definitely has an argument as one of the most famous. Opened in 2004 as one of the highest buildings on Miami Beach, it remains one of the most exclusive and luxurious. Indeed, to give you some idea of its exclusivity, world-famous DJ David Guetta recently purchased a condo there - for almost $10 million!
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Post Ranch Inn - Big Sur, California

It doesn’t get much prettier than this in the continental United States. Big Sur is a famous part of the California coastline with rocky shores but stunning views. And the Post Ranch Inn takes advantage of this setting with incredible accommodations on top of a grassy cliff over the Pacific Ocean. With on-site dining and spa facilities, as well as activities including yoga, guided hikes, and stargazing, it’s the sort of hotel you visit with no intention to step off the property.
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Waldorf Astoria - Las Vegas, Nevada

Many assume that Las Vegas isn’t the resort destination it used to be. Casino activity is now spread out across the entire internet, theoretically eliminating the need for a place like Vegas. Yet even there, a popular game called Dream Vegas points out that the world’s casino capital is unrivaled in its glamorous extravagance. Incidentally, there could be no better description of the Waldorf Astoria on the Vegas strip. Formerly the Mandarin Oriental, it’s widely considered the best hotel in town from a standpoint of comfort, luxury, and spa amenities, which is really quite the distinction.
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The Langham - Chicago, Illinois

A legitimate five-star hotel right in the middle of downtown Chicago, The Langham is a beautiful, luxurious treat. This hotel blends some vintage atmosphere with the most stylish décor, such that you’ll feel a little bit like you’re being pampered in an old-fashioned British establishment, yet also enjoy open spaces, cutting edge amenities, wide windows overlooking the city, and more. Speaking more broadly, there’s nothing quite like being in a fancy hotel in the thick of a major U.S. city, and The Langham delivers just that. You cant help but feel on top of the world.
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Amangiri Resort - Canyon Point, Utah

This is the most unique hotel on this list, and almost looks more like something out of a film than a real place. (In fact, for you James Bond fans, it almost directly resembles some of the sets in Quantum Of Solace.) Essentially a sort of high luxury desert oasis, it’s surrounded in part by canyon walls, such that even stepping out to the hotel pool is like wading into an open-air natural amphitheater. It’s an otherworldly place, and thoroughly deserving of a reputation as one of America’s best hotels.
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The Jefferson - Washington, D.C.

This is one pick out of many possibilities. Washington, D.C. is packed with incredible hotels, and many of them feel more independent than the gaudier resort chains you’ll find elsewhere. You can get some idea of the number of terrific options in town from the fact that even a list pegging The Jefferson as the eighth best hotel in town called it a Beaux-Arts stunner steeped in history. Cozy accommodations that feel almost like they could be spare rooms in the White House, an in-house Michelin Starred restaurant (Plume) and a library filled with volumes inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s taste make it a very special place to stay indeed.

London's First Dedicated Avocado Bar

Following the success of Avobar’s themed pop-up site, a new permanent restaurant has launched in Henrietta Street, Covent Garden providing diners with an inspired menu and decor devoted to the much-loved superfruit. 

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Avobar is the first all-avocado dining concept to arrive in London creating a ‘must-visit’ destination for health-focused millennials. The restaurant combines an open and social dining environment with an in-house retail space offering avocado-based skincare and lifestyle products to customers.

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DesignLSM who designed the space, worked closely with the client to curate an eclectic interior that provides the perfect setting and ‘insta-worthy appeal’ for London’s avo lovers. And I'd have to say that includes us at Heart Home. Can't wait to visit!

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Drawing inspiration from the laid-back modern aesthetic of California cool, the design features a relaxed and neutral palette - including distressed white timber, abundant hanging foliage combined with a range of printed and woven textiles.   

The central service counter, entirely clad in avocado hued handmade tiles, is adorned with sumptuous fresh produce framed by a rustic, draped gantry formed from peeled timber branches. Pockets of communal and intimate seating feature throughout the eatery, these spaces are highlighted by soft brass and oversized rattan pendant lighting. Warm reclaimed timbers, hammered copper and terrazzo finishes add to the laid back environment.

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Particular design highlights include a striking living plant wall, pastel-coloured tiles and stunning botanical backdrops, which have been designed to induce natural warmth as well as communicate the distinctive persona of the brand.

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The overall concept evokes a relaxed bohemian ambience with a beautifully crafted design that creates a visual feast for Avobar’s customers.

“DesignLSM were a pleasure to work with. They understood our vision from day one and have perfectly captured the ethos behind the ‘Avobar’ brand by creating a ‘destinational’ and memorable dining experience. We have already received many compliments from guests commenting on the beautiful interior and warm atmosphere.
Liana Kazaryan, Co-founder, Avobar

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Avobar can be found at 23 - 24 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8ND

About DesignLSM
DesignLSM is an International award–winning design practice offering–  architecture, interior, strategy and branding services to a diverse portfolio of global clients from entrepreneurial independents to iconic brands within the hospitality and retail industry.
www.designlsm.com

Set Your Horizons on Cornwall for a Cottage Holiday in 2018

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How many of you are planning a holiday now that the festive season is over? No doubt most of you are at least thinking about it. We know we are. With three more months of wet winter weather ahead it's the one thing that keeps us going. 

Chandlers, Fowey

Chandlers, Fowey

Just think of it. Warm, sultry days with the taste of salt on the tongue and sand in the toes. Rising in the morning to the sight of the sun glistening off the sea, and a long day ahead of building sandcastles, exploring the countryside, and just watching the world go by. Followed by seafood suppers, wine on the patio and a cosy country cottage to retreat to. Our idea of bliss.

Clifftop Cottage, Porthleven

Clifftop Cottage, Porthleven

And if you can't wait for summer, a cottage by the sea also makes a welcome short break any time of the year. Bracing sea walks, pub lunches and crackling log fires could be yours. Better still you can even take the dog to some of the cottages on the Cornish Horizons site. And you know how much the pooch likes the sea!

The Chapel, West Coast

The Chapel, West Coast

Cornish Horizons is based in Padstow, Fowey, Looe and St Ives with over 500 cottages throughout the county. It's part of a family of brands, which make up The Original Cottage Company, which started at the dining table of Richard and Lesley Ellis in the early 1990s and has grown to become the largest family-owned independent holiday cottage company in the country. So you can be sure that the staff there share a wealth of local knowledge and are familiar with the holiday homes that they represent.

The Padstow Cottage

The Padstow Cottage

Honestly, browsing the site had us enthralled for hours. All of the cottages featured here have sea or estuary views but you can also search by location. Some are at the luxury end of the market, but all of them are full of character and you're sure to find something that appeals to you.

Grandad's Net Loft, Porthleven

Grandad's Net Loft, Porthleven

Cornish Horizons, 19 New Street, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8EA. 

Tel: 01841 533331

 

Royal Lancaster - London’s Grandest Hotel Opening of 2017

Opening today! Royal Lancaster London will unveil its brand new design following an £80 million renovation. The prestigious hotel overlooking Hyde Park has been completely transformed both internally and externally in this universal restructure. With the opening of its opulent new entrance, the mid-century icon will reinstate its original name ‘Royal Lancaster London’. The concept and design was created by London-based Studio Proof.

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Reception

The entire frontage of the hotel has been remodelled and the exterior architecture now features a dramatic 8-metre high glazed façade revealing an impressive double-height reception space. The showpiece of the lobby is a palatial sweeping staircase made of 300 square meters of white Carrara marble which wraps around to the first floor.

Hyde Lobby Bar

Hyde Lobby Bar

Set within acres of white marble is the elegant Hyde Lobby Bar, a new innovation echoing the name of London’s most famous royal park. Designed with the most discerning guests in mind, Champagne, cocktails, coffee and light cuisine will be served throughout the day.

Park Suite

Park Suite

The redesign of the towering 18-storey hotel encompasses the complete refurbishment of all 411 guestrooms and suites. Every guestroom has a far reaching view across London, and the modern design emphasizes these premium vistas.

Executive Bedroom

Executive Bedroom

Room categories start with the Classic Double Room at 20 square meters, priced from £219 per night. All of the guest rooms have Handy phones, hidden international plug sockets, bath robes, slippers, The White Company toiletries, waterfall showers and under floor heating in the bathrooms. TVs show over 138 international channels and 33 radio stations are available.

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Living lounge

The first stage of the refurbishment commenced in 2015 with the redesign of Nipa Thai, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. The grand opening is now taking place as the majority of the hotel is completely renovated. Royal Lancaster London will be finalised in May 2018 following a soft re-design of The Lounge Bar and The Park Room on the first floor.

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Park Suite View

General Manager Sally Beck said: “The hotel has had a rich and celebrated past, having opened as one of the most chic hotels in London in 1967. 50 years later, Royal Lancaster London will reopen in 2017 to once again be one of the most stylish hotels in the capital. Our Thai owner, Khun Jatuporn Sihanatkathakul has been directly involved in the new design which exudes mid-century glamour and understated elegance synonymous with London. We are looking forward to the next 50 years.”

As one of the most iconic hotels in the Capital, Royal Lancaster London has an illustrious history; from Michael Caine being filmed for ‘The Italian Job’, to events attended by Mohammed Ali, Princess Diana and countless other royals. The hotel also famously hosted the after-party for The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine film premiere, which The Beatles’ attended in the Yellow Submarine Nightclub.

Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY Tel: 020 7551 6000 or www.royallancaster.com

It's Nearly the Weekend - Are You Beach Ready?

Make the most of the good weather this weekend and head off to the beach. After all, what could be nicer than a picnic on the sand with friends and family?

But make sure you're ready with our beach party checklist (below).

What to take:

1. A large blanket to spread out on. No one wants sand in their sarnies after all.

2. A parasol to shade you from the noon-day heat. Beaches can be unforgiving when it comes to the summer sun. And while you're at it, don't forget the high factor sun cream too.

3. A hamper of tasty food to see you through the day. Packed of course in airtight boxes and pre-cut so that you don't have to take sharp knives along.

4. A cooler box filled with drinks. Best to leave the wine at home - it's important to stay hydrated.

5. A few cushions to keep you comfortable. Only the hardiest of us can sit on the ground for hours on end. And besides, you will be making time for an afternoon nap.

6. Some games to keep the children occupied and a good airport novel for yourself.

7. Your swimsuit!

1. Royal Doulton Pacific Melamine Dinnerware, £12 - £24. 2. Linea Hammered Acrylic Glassware, from £2.40. 3. Masterclass Artesa Wooden Board With 3 Jars, £34.99. 4. Linea Toko Tassle Throw, now £20. 5. Linea Coast 4 Person Hamper, now £45. 6. Junipa Lantern Range, from £56. 7. Linea Viana Stripe Cushion, £25. 8. Biba Odette 24 Piece Gold Cutlery Set, now £129.50.

Main image and all products from House of Fraser.

Places to Stay - The Sir Adam, Amsterdam

Sir Adam is the third hotel in the SIR group and is located in the first eight floors of the city’s landmark A’DAM Toren. Overlooking the City IJ-river and the historic city centre of Amsterdam, this urban boutique hotel consists of 108 rooms, diverse food and beverage outlets, and multi-dimensional meeting and event spaces. 

The Hub

The Hub

The colourful and industrial-chic interiors were designed by award-winning New York-based innovation and design studio ICRAVE, with the intention to create a free-spirited atmosphere that plays host to lifestyle travellers and locals alike, in a curated environment full of music and art.

The Hub

The Hub

Replacing the traditional hotel lobby is The Hub, a co-working space-meets-concept store and Music Library where guests can listen to a range of vinyl. The Hub overlooks The Butcher Social Club, located on the ground floor, a bright and spacious gourmet burger joint set in a casual living room environment. The vibrant space also includes a large island bar and riverside terrace, which will host regular live performances and nightly DJ sets.

Sir Deluxe Room

Sir Deluxe Room

A spiral staircase ascends to a panoramic indoor-outdoor drinking den, The Beergarden. Also located on this floor are The Studios, flexible event spaces which can be combined with the Beergarden to host events for over 200 guests. 

Sir Boutique Room

Sir Boutique Room

The 107 guest rooms and suites are fitted out with all the necessities to entertain, from Bluetooth-enabled Crosley record players and a collection of vinyl’s, to a Gibson guitar. Embracing the original structure of the tower, raw concrete pillars and exposed ceilings frame the interiors, whilst the floor-to-ceiling windows hold floating desks and window benches providing dramatic, panoramic views of the city’s skyline.

Sir Deluxe Corner Room

Sir Deluxe Corner Room

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5 Simple Ways to Make Mother's Day Special

It's nice to give or receive a lovely gift on Mothers Day, but it's the little things that make the day so special. With a little bit of thought and effort you can really spoil mum and let her know how much you care. These are our top tips. Now, we're not suggesting you do all of them. We just know that one of these would make our day.

1. Surprise her with breakfast in bed. We're not talking the full monty. Just some pasties from the bakers and some freshly brewed coffee or a pot of tea. It's all in the presentation, so make the tray pretty with a napkin and a flower. And don't forget the papers.

2. Run her a bath. This one really goes hand in hand with number 1. While she's enjoying her breakfast, fill the bath with bubbles and put out fresh towels and her favourite toiletries. She'll love you for it.

3. Instead of buying her a card, why not make one instead? It just shows that you've put a little more thought into it and it isn't hard to do. Hobbycraft is full of fun ideas or you could design one on the PC and print it off.

4. Bake her a cake. There are lots of recipes online. Or borrow her favourite cookbook and choose one you know she likes to eat herself.

5. Make time for her. Go for a country walk, enjoy a pub lunch, or just sit and chat. Spending time with you, after all, is her favourite pastime of all.
 

All images from MiaFleur

La Cafetière 8 Cup Brushed Gold Cafetiere, £34.95. Gold Coffee Cups, £25.95. Glass Coffee Cup And Saucer, £26. Gold Tea Ball Infuser, £8.50. La Cafetière Brushed Gold Strainer Teapot, £35.95. La Cafetière Brushed Gold Tea Spoons (set Of 4), £13.95.

The Pilgrm - A Pioneering Hotel Concept Coming to London

The Pilgrm (yes, without an 'i') is a 73-bedroom hotel that will open in Paddington’s Norfolk Square this summer, and is a considered reinterpretation of the traditional hotel. This new hotel will make booking and arriving a seamless experience where guests will check in online prior to arrival, and removing the need for a reception desk and a traditional hotel lobby. Sounds good to us, especially when prices are pitched at an accessible starting price of just £99 per room per night. It will also feature a ground floor neighbourhood café that will also serve as the welcome area for guests, giving a distinctly local coffee house feel. Upstairs there will be a lounge bar and dining room.

The design philosophy behind this new brand is a celebration of craftsmanship, provenance and community. The bedrooms will feature reclaimed and restored furnishings from 200-year-old mahogany parquet floors to original cast iron radiators, offset by a striking signature Tom Dixon ‘cloud carpet’. In addition the bedrooms include organic mattresses handmade in Devon, 100% Egyptian cotton sheets as well as Marshall speakers. Bathed in natural daylight, each of the bedrooms are pared back, having removed items that over the years have become unnecessary to the traveller, enabling the hotel experience to be more streamlined.

The Pilgrm represents the journey of a collective of individuals I've enjoyed knowing over the years. Together we present a new luxury to today's traveller, often from unexpected places. We will combine the finest guest experience of today, with the finest British craftsmanship of yesterday.”
Jason Catifeoglou, CEO and Founder, The PIlgrm

The Pilgrm, opening Summer 2017.

A pioneering hotel concept from long time collaborators Jason Catifeoglou (myhotels group, IHG, The Zetter, Grain Store & The Zetter Townhouses), Andreas Thrasyvoulou (myhotels group) and Steph Thrasyvoulou.

Places to Stay - The Galgorm Resort & Spa

Northern Ireland isn’t just home to HBO gore-fest Game of Thrones. Forget dragons, white walkers and wild fire. A few miles away from where season seven is secretly being filmed is Galgorm Resort & Spa. It isn’t as dramatic, but life there is much more comfortable. So comfortable in fact, that you’ll rarely need to wear more than a fluffy white robe.

Galgorm is a wedding venue, golf course and 4-star destination hotel. There are 122 rooms, from luxurious suites to self-catering log cabins for larger groups. We stayed in a deluxe room, kitted out with rural photography, countryside plaids, plush, contemporary furniture and Aromatherapy Associates toiletries. But, let’s cut to the chase, we are here for the spa facilities – and they are impressive.

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There is an expansive treatment area, all low-lighting and soft voices (the signature sleep ritual guaranteed me the best night I’d had in months) plus areas for group treatments but the Thermal Village is what sets this hotel apart.

There are experience showers, saunas, steam rooms, a sanarium, heated beds and two pools. A snow cabin, which will make you briefly forget you’re not braving it at The Wall with the Night’s Watch, and an airy orangery, where you can drink tea and eat freshly baked scones, or read magazines on sofas and swinging chairs.

Whatever the weather, the relaxation continues outside. By the side of the roaring River Maine, you’ll see visitors padding around in their slippers, heading for private bookable hot tubs on the water’s edge, a yoga session in The River House or a Celtic Ritual in the large glass sauna.

You’ll also find steaming hot tubs, a fire pit and an outdoor jacuzzi pool, all of which are an enjoyable novelty, especially if the weather isn’t being kind to you during your stay.

Once you’re spa-d out (if there is such a thing) you have your pick of three restaurants, a bar (the gin library is a must for lovers of the spirit) and Gillies Pub which hosts live music every night of the week.  If you can afford to head straight for The River Room, where the food is elegant and delicately presented. You have to ask for the vegetarian options, which is unfortunate because the gnocchi meat-eaters wouldn’t even know they could have was heavenly.

Galgorm is a short drive from Belfast International as well as the Giant’s Causeway and the rest of Northern Ireland’s famous coastline. It’s a relaxing, luxury getaway, perfect for a romantic weekend or as a base for an elegant group getaway.

Galgorm Resort & Spa, Galgorm BT42 1EA

www.galgorm.com

Date for the Diary - Handmade at Kew

Following on from last year’s success, Handmade in Britain is returning to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, for the second edition of the four day craft spectacular, Handmade at Kew.

Once again, Kew Gardens will play host to this innovative, global craft fair where more than 150+ highly skilled international makers and galleries will showcase their ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork and jewellery.

Taking centre stage in the heart of the botanical gardens, this four day selling event, is to be housed in an elegant pavilion next to Kew Palace, and will offer visitors the unique opportunity to meet and buy one-off pieces directly from artists, makers and craftspeople and learn about the ideas and processes that shape their work.

In fact it's set to become London’s leading international craft event, and the venue couldn't be more beautiful. Your ticket to the event will not only give you access to the show but also to the whole of Kew Gardens, allowing you to soak up the delights of the world’s most famous botanic garden with its fine glasshouses and rare blooms.

It’s a fabulous day out for the whole family and a rare opportunity to indulge in heritage, horticulture and shopping, all on the same day, in the same place. With tickets giving you access to the whole of Kew, in all its autumn splendour we might add, take your family and friends and make a day of it. Besides, Christmas isn't far away.

Handmade at Kew: The International Contemporary Craft Event

6 – 9 Oct 2016

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Photographs of last year's event by Yeshen Venema

The Vineyard, Berkshire

A Californian hotel hidden on the rural outskirts of Newbury, The Vineyard is the picture of luxury and a wine aficionados’ heaven.

Founded by the Californian vineyard owner Sir Peter Michael, the hotel combines tradition with contemporary touches. The interior is relaxed yet stylish, with bold colours, elegant furnishing and eye catching artwork, which adorns nearly every wall.

When we stayed we had the ‘The Judgement of Paris’ menu, named after the wine tasting competition in 1976 which saw Californian wine picked above French wine in a blind tasting. You can taste your way through the hotel’s extensive wine cellar and you might just discover an unexpected love of Californian wine. You can also take a tour of the impressive space, which holds around 30,000 bottles. Wine lovers will enjoy walking over the glass floor above the temperature-controlled cellars, and spying the very expensive vintage bottles.

Back in the restaurant, a selection of carefully crafted courses are matched with each wine, and the knowledgeable and passionate staff are always on hand to explain the origin of the wine or why it was chosen to compliment a particular course. It’s worth noting that although the wine is without doubt the star of the show, the food is really very good too. Think hand dived Orkney scallops with baby artichoke, aubergine and polenta or corn fed chicken with endive, toasted cauliflower and collonata. Yum.

We all know the saying ‘Hair of the dog’, but at the Vineyard this takes on a whole new meaning. Who knew the best way to shake off the wine from the night before is being wrapped head to toe in a red grape wrap? The Vineyard’s boutique spa also boasts a bar, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and circular swimming pool if treatments aren’t you cup of tea.

With luxurious bedrooms, a boutique spa and an impressive art collection, including Sir Peter Michael’s commissioned rendition of The Judgement of Paris, this hotel really demands a visit. Once you’re settled in an armchair by the fire, a glass of California’s best in your hand, we promise you’ll find it quite hard to leave…

Rooms start at £480 a night

The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU. Tel: 01635 899513

http://www.the-vineyard.co.uk

Ellie Walker-Arnott is a regular contributor to Heart Home. You can also find her over at London lifestyle blog  http://filterldn.co.uk/

Enjoy an Autumn Picnic on the Beach

Just because summer is almost over, it doesn't mean we have to stop enjoying the outdoors! Let's all pledge to get out and about this autumn and enjoy the beach (or park) while we can. There's nothing nicer that a day having a picnic with family and friends or even just an afternoon alone, reading a book. Everything is that much more fun in the fresh air!

So let's pack a basket, take a jacket and get out there.

There's no reason to spend a fortune on a large hamper. Old wooden crates do the job just as well, and old jam jars are perfect for storing cutlery.

Pretty china will make an occasion of even the simplest of picnics.  While a selection of fabric scraps make colourful makeshift napkins.

And a bunch of wild flowers in a simple glass will make you feel at home.

An impromptu windbreak fashioned from wood found on the beach provides a secluded spot for listening to music and leaving work behind.

And don't forget some cosy knits to ensure you can stay out and watch the sun go down. Enjoy!

Photographs: Joanna Henderson. Prop styling: Pippa Jameson

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