‘Celebrity’ Hotels: New York

New York

Many of the Hollywood films choose New York as their shooting site. So it’s a fairly common thing to spot a celebrity in the street or partying in a nightclub. So the question is: Where do they stay? Mentioned below is a list of hotels where celebrities like to stay when in New York City.

The Carlyle

From Jack Nicholson, Leonardo Di Caprio, Mick Jagger to the various Presidents (JFK had an apartment here) and heads of state and even to Lady Diana, The Carlyle is the quintessential celebrity paradise. Located in Madison Avenue, this hotel has a splendid display of art, values privacy and luxury. The atmosphere is very private and residential with the rooms and suited furnished elegantly and beautifully.

The Plaza

The Plaza had hosted celebrities like The Beatles, Mark Twain and Eleanor Roosevelt. It has also been featured in many Hollywood films including Home Alone, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Crocodile Dundee and Plaza Suite. Among the various amenities included is a retail collection housing every major and exclusive boutique? Also included are the wellness and health facilities like the Radu Fitness Center, Caudalie Spa and Warren Tricomi Salon.

Hotel Gansevoort

Located in the Meatpacking District, the minimalistic yet sophisticated Hotel Gansevoort offers a welcome retreat from the humdrum of the urban metropolis. The hotel boasts of ceramic interiors, richly textured walls, Carrara marble and custom made stainless steel sinks. Its heated45-foot outdoor pool with underwater lighting that is accompanied by music 365 days a year is amazing. Celebrities like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, Jay-Z, Lindsay Lohan and Nicky Hilton have been spotted in this hotel.

SoHo Grand Hotel

Italian Frette linens and robes, bathroom amenities are some of the features of the rooms at SoHo Grand Hotel. It also includes an entertainment section consisting of CDs of previously visited artists. Maybe this is the reason why the central-SoHo located hotel has hosted celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, Kevin Spacey, K.D Lang and Spike Lee. The guestrooms feature draftsman desks and potter table-like styled nightstands that have been inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement that took place in the late 1800s.

These hotels are the best place to spot a celeb. But no matter what, one sure feels like a celebrity while staying in one of these hotels.

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Luxurious Relaxation: Vietnam

Vietnam

There are several options to stay while touring Vietnam. From backpacking hostels that offer single dorm accommodation to some luxurious boutique hotel or some romantic getaway, Vietnam has a lot of variety when it comes to the place to spend one’s nights. But perhaps the best and the most luxurious are:

Ana Mandara Villas Resort & Spa

The Ana Mandara Villas Resort & Spa in the premier location of Da Lat offers 5-star luxurious facilities like an outdoor pool, a sauna, a steam room and a beauty center. A range of beauty treatments and message therapy is offered in the day spa. The bathrooms of the guestrooms include Jacuzzis and the rooms feature amenities like satellite TV.

Princess d’Annam Resort & Spa

Vietnam first all-villa luxury boutique resort, Princess d’Annam, is located in the pristine Ke Ga Bay which is a 4 hour drive away from Ho Chi Minh City. The resort faces a French light house that is a century old and is surrounded by picturesque and magnificent sceneries that includes views of the South China Sea, mountains, sand dunes, red canyons and a rich ecosystem. The outdoor activities include splendid mountain rids, golf and exploring the dirt roads on four-wheelers.

Evason Ana Mandara

Situated at the beachfront of NhaTrang, Evason Ana Mandara offers spectacular views of the Bay of NhaTrang. The guest rooms at this luxury resort are either situated at places with stunning views of the sea or in the plush tropical gardens. The resort has been done with elegant and exquisite décor. Every unit has free internet access and has been provided with Jacuzzis. The several dining options include the Vietnamese and International cuisine offering Pavilion Restaurant and the Beach Restaurant.

Sheraton NhaTrang Hotel &Spa

The Sheraton Hotel overlooks one of the most stunning and spectacular bays in the world, that too with easy access to the beach. There is a jumping-off point for scuba diving, island hopping and snorkeling. The guests can also take a stroll in the sand and drink at the beach bar. While all the rooms boasts an ocean view, this hotel has enviable amenities like a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, a health club and a whopping six restaurants!

Vietnam is a continuously evolving country that perfectly blends the colonial influence of the French, the traditional life of Vietnam and the contemporary living. The rich history and culture, the Asian cuisine and the amazing and fascinating destinations are what color this country. The ever-increasing number of luxury hotels and resorts bears testimony to the ever-changing dynamics of this nation.

 

The Perfect Serene Getaway: The Thai Way

Thailand

Some of the most popular places to visit in Southeast Asia are the islands located off the coast of Thailand in the Gulf of Siam and the Andaman Sea. These islands have a party atmosphere and are home to some really spectacular beaches. The Thai islands offer opportunities of spiritual exploration and recreation. But generally most of these islands are overcrowded throughout the year. So if one is looking for peace and serenity and wants a vacation of relaxation, then the following list of islands, which are less-frequently travelled, are prefect getaway option!

KohLanta

The island of KohLanta offers a perfect balance between the overcrowded main islands and the extremely calm and secluded smaller ones. There are aquatic adventures and decent nightlife to attract the travelers but the less developed areas offers a recluse from the fellow travelers.

KohMak

Located a little south of Koh Chang and 40 kilometers off the coast, KohMak is a sharp contrast from the other Thai Islands because of the lack of clubs and nightclubs. Options of renting a motorbike for exploring the island are also available. One can indulge in a cooking class or view the beaches by kayaking around the lovely waters. This island is a great way of knowing the life of the Thai people. However, in the off-season KohMak gets so quiet that many of the restaurants and resorts close.

KohKradan

Well known for the Valentine’s Day special Underwater Wedding Ceremony, where couples go underwater and get married with an official witnessing this event, KohKradan is the perfect island to spend some time with one’s sweetheart. The island is only four kilometers long and serves as a perfect romantic vacation, so do not hesitate to splurge in a nice resort.

KohMook

Larger than KohKradan, but part of the same group of islands, KohMook has more accommodation options. The “Farang Beach”, which is favored by foreigners, is among the several beaches here. One can also kayak around the island. KohMook also has the famous Marakot Cave where one can swim in the emerald waters and also relax on the white sand beaches.

KohLipe

Although located in close proximity to the popular island of Koh Phi, KohLipe retains the quietness and tranquility that is lacking in the other popular ones. The island has three beaches from where one can go swimming in the pristine waters and also snorkeling.

The islands of Koh Phi, KohSamui and KohPhangan are the most popular places to visit in Thailand but these places seldom offer any peace and calm that so many travelers seek desperately. A lot of tourists, backpackers and party-frequents crown these islands and leave very less scope for relaxation. The islands mentioned above offer the perfect seclusion from the overcrowded islands.