April Hotel and Travel Spotlight

Courtesy of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

New hotels to book, seasonal packages, and more news of note to help you plan your travels this month.

La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech introduces all-natural skincare line Amala as the spa's new signature line. New therapies and treatments using the plant-based products include marine body wraps, antioxidant age repair, and aromatherapy. Ave. Prince Moulay Rachid; 212/5243-88600.

Peninsula Hotels collaborates with fashion retailer Net-A-Porter to create travel guides for every city that a Peninsula property calls home. The resources will cover dining, shopping, and cultural events all happening within one mile of the hotel grounds. net-a-porter.com.

Tickets for One World Observatory (located on the top three floors of the World Trade Center) go on sale on April 8. The observatory combines panoramic views of the city with interactive exhibits about New York and the building itself, including video presentations about the workers who constructed the World Trade Center and the history of the city's skyline. The space will officially open to the public on May 28. Tickets from $26; 285 Fulton St.; 844-696-1776.

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo just started offering their guests the chance to experience Japan from the sky with helicopter rides provided by the hotel. The private tours will fly guests 62 miles south of the city for aerial views of Mount Fuji and the cherry trees that surround its base. From $6,460; 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi; 81-3/3270-8800.

Cyclists eager for the chance at a cross-country road trip can now bike from coast to coast with Trek Travel’s Portland to Portland adventure. Beginning in Oregon and ending in Maine, the trip covers 15 states in 45 days, taking riders through some of the nation’s most beautiful mountains, rivers, and parks. The package includes guides, a bike, and a massage therapist. In 2015, the trip will be offered once, from August 23 through October 6. From $16,999.

Abercrombie & Kent launches a brand-new private jet tour of the world that begins in the tropics and ends in the Arctic (pictured above). With stops in Colombia, French Polynesia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, and Russia, travelers will take in the statues at Easter Island, a pearl farm in the South Pacific, and the glaciers of Greenland over the 26-day journey. On board the jet, 50 leather seats recline fully into horizontal beds and gourmet food is served. The first trip will take place in 2016 from May 1 through May 26. From $135,000.

Hyatt Hotels recently announced that an Andaz hotel will be built in Palm Springs, California, joining 12 sister properties across the world, including ones in Napa, Maui, and Costa Rica. The new location will be situated within downtown Palm Springs, providing guests easy access to galleries, shopping, and dining.

Mandarin Oriental announced this month that their new Milan location will make its debut in June 2015. The hotel, spread across four redeveloped buildings from the 19th century, will have 73 rooms, 31 suites, a spa, and an Italian restaurant with decor inspired by 1950s Milan. Via Andegari; 39-02/8731-8888.

On the heels of its North American expansion, Viking River Cruises increases its fleet of river vessels to 60 total. The 12 new ships were christened in Germany and the Netherlands, and will be deployed on itineraries throughout Europe; two custom-built longships will be dedicated exclusively to trips along the Elbe River. In other exciting news, Viking also launches their first ever Ocean Cruise line this April. The brand-new Viking Star ship sets out on its maiden voyage from Istanbul to Venice, making its way through the Mediterranean and into the Atlantic in time for the liner’s official ceremony in Bergen, Norway on May 17.

Waldorf Astoria Hotels will now offer guests at 12 of its properties the chance to take luxury supercars (from Ferrari, McLaren, and Lamborghini) out for a spin during their stay. Race champions will introduce the cars and then lead couples on a three-hour adventure. From $999 per couple.

Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa in Provence is offering a new yoga retreat package as part of its spa services. The half-day retreat will include an hour of yoga, an hour of “energy therapy,” and a Gong sound bath, all with the aim of improving concentration and promoting harmony. From $323; 2490 Ave. des Templiers; 33-04/93-58-02-02.

The Press Hotel, a boutique property in Portland, Maine, opens this month in the historic former home of local newspaper, the Portland Press Herald (pictured above). The hotel, part of the Autograph Collection, is dedicated to celebrating the craftsmanship, art, and the unique culture of Portland, and will showcase work by local artists in a gallery. The guestrooms’ decor is inspired by the building’s history, with journalist-style desks and reeded glass doors. In another nod to the building’s heritage, an installation of vintage typewriters will anchor the gallery space. From $300; 119 Exchange St.; 800-971-2000.

St. Regis Hotels will open a new property in Venice in a historic building near the San Clemente Church in April 2015. The St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace, situated on a 12th-century private island, will offer guests lagoon views, terrazzo floors, gardens, a tennis court, and a restaurant and bar. 39-041/475-0111; Isola di San Clemente.

Cabot Cliffs, a new golf course on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, recently announced a July 2015 opening. Cabot Cliffs is an 18-hole links course located on cliffs overlooking the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in Inverness. The course was designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and joins the Cabot Links, which opened in 2012. 855-652-2268.

The seasonal hotel on the French Riviera, La Réserve Ramatuelle, opens this month for the season. Near St. Tropez and overlooking the water, the hotel has 24 rooms and 12 villas and is a favorite of Karl Lagerfeld. The property's restaurant, La Voile, was awarded its first Michelin star in February. From $1,050; Chemin de la Quessine; 33-4/94-44-94-44.  

The fifth annual Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf Classic kicks off along Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit on April 30. The four-day event includes a collection of dining and drinking opportunities hosted by visiting chefs, wine specialists, and tequila experts, as well as a two-day tournmanet on the area's two Jack Nicklaus–designed courses. From $2,520.

Image Credit: Abercrombie & Kent; Press Hotel/ Irvin Serrano

 

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