10 restaurant picks from the Concierges of some of the world's best hotels

10 restaurant picks from the Concierges of some of the world's best hotels

 

The Concierge Team in a luxury hotel can be the key to the destination and the experience.  Concierges hold an enormous wealth of resources and should never be overlooked as invaluable travel partners.

Naples is like Palm Beach’s poorer cousin

Waldorf-Astoria, Naples FL

Waldorf-Astoria, Naples FL

Naples is like Palm Beach’s poorer cousin - a quiet, casual town with wealthy enclaves and a large population of retirees.  Restaurant reservations are not necessary after 7:30 PM.  The Waldorf Astoria Naples is really a Hilton when compared with its sleek, modern sister property in Orlando.  Rooms are spacious with comfortable beds (new pillows and mattresses throughout the property in 2012) but décor is dated.  My bath towels were also worn thin and I was very surprised these passed a housekeeping inspection.  Each room had a coffee maker and tea service.  I am a stickler about security and my room door needed to be physically pulled to close or it remained ajar.   The children enjoyed the pool area with the slide but there are no lifeguards present so you need to keep a vigilant eye on little ones in the water.  You can walk to the beachfront or take a 5-minute tram ride.  The Gulf’s water is brown but clear, warm and calm.  The Waldorf Astoria assesses a $30 per night resort fee that includes Wi-Fi but there is a charge if you want to use one of the white beach umbrellas all set out on the sand near to the loungers.  I thought this was a bit stingy.  I thoroughly enjoyed my organic facial at the Spa, the most modern space on property.  Included in our room rate were complimentary Virtuoso amenities – buffet breakfast for two and a $100 Spa Credit.

Le Mas Candille

Le Mas Candille

Le Mas Candille

This was one of my favorite picks during Virtuoso Week. Le Mas Candille is a Relais & Chateaux Property in the medieval village of Mougins on the French Riviera and just 45 minutes drive from Aix-en-Provence. It has the only Shiseido Spa in France. You can take cooking classes with Serge Gouloumes, the Hotel's Michelin Star Chef or just relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape. 46 bedrooms and with complimentary Virtuoso amenities: Daily buffet breakfast for 2, 30 minute spa treatment for up to 2 people, once per stay. An excellent choice if you're heading to Monaco's Grand Prix or you're interested in touring the historic town of Grasse and the perfumeries.

Le Mas Candille

Le Mas Candille

Le Mas Candille

Le Mas Candille

Mougins

Mougins

Bellagio Blows It Out The Water Travel Week 2013

View from the Bellagio

View from the Bellagio

This is not my first stay at Bellagio but it’s a first-time visit to Vegas for work, instead of leisure.  I have always liked this Hotel.  It’s beautiful, classically luxurious, and service, especially in a Hotel this size (3,933 rooms and suites), is extremely good.  In the Conference Areas of the Hotel, the restrooms have cloth hand towels and large bottles of lotion, hair spray and mouthwash. 

Hosting and feeding 4000+ people for Travel Week is no small task but Bellagio’s staff has been exceptional.  I am also happy to note a level of attentiveness in one particular area that has been overlooked during recent stays at other luxury properties.  My rooms have always have yielded an ice bucket but this has largely remained empty during my stay unless I filled it myself from the machines at the end of the floor.  No room attendant has voluntarily filled the ice bucket at turndown.  Every afternoon, when I return to my room at Bellagio, my ice bucket is filled.  I am very impressed and appreciative of this consideration.  Wi-Fi is also free in the rooms.  - Complimentary Virtuoso amenities include $40 breakfast vouchers per day, 4 spa facility passes valued at $116 OR lunch credit at Olives for $85, once per stay.