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Chic & deserae del campo hoteldesk NEW ham yard hotel, london London's Soho neighborhood sets the scene for the Ham Yard Hotel, a member of Design Hotels and the eighth property by Firmdale Hotels. This 91-room hotel, with a residential component is nest ed in a pedestrian- riend y courtyard and an ed y a restaurant ar and 13 retail shops-an urban village in a once-neglected part of London. But that's not all. The hotel, situated behind Piccadilly Circus, also boasts a public drawing room, a library, and rooftop garden while the thoroughfare features the hotel's Soholistic Spa, the 188-seat Ham Yard Theater, and an original 1950s bowling alley called The Croc, which was imported from Texas and named for the three driftwood crocodiles that ornament the walls of the ow ing a ey's dance oor ach o the rooms was indi idua y designed and eatures oor-to-cei ing windows either acing the ondon s y ine or the courtyard o d co ors wide and co or u y striped wa paper ec ectic artwor and modern urnishings o ce e rate the hotel's opening this past June, Ham Yard is offering a 15 percent commission for runs only through Aug. 31. Starting rates for Ham hotels agents. But act fast-the offer or Yard Hotel are $453 a night. new worldwide HOTEL EL GANZO, LOS CABOS The 72-room Hotel El Ganzo- full name: Hotel El Ganzo Design Boutique, Arts, Live Music, Marina and SPA-is an attractive boutique hotel that overlooks the Puerto Los Cabos marina. This property is teeming with charm: starting with its playful room categories (Large Suites, Very Large Suites) to its underground recording studio fitting y named The Underground) accessed by a trap door in the oor o the lobby, not to mention its white walls that act as blank canvases for visiting artists. Hotel El Ganzo boasts a rooftop bar, pool and lounge, full-service spa, onsite restaurants, and 8 august 2014 8-9 HotelDesk.indd 8 To keep up on all the new hotel openings around the world, visit concierge services that provide guests with off-site excursions such as i ing sportfishing paddle boarding and swimming with dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery Center. This fall, ote an o is o ering its first we ness and fitness wee he Mind-Body-Spirit Retreat, from Oct. 1-7, is a 6-day, all-inclusive package providing guests with nutritional, physical and spiritual guidance from a group of experts that range from a pro essiona fitness trainer to a chef and yoga instructor. The retreat features group workouts, yoga and meditation breathing sessions, cooking classes and one-on-one private consultations. Hotel rates range from $300 to $5,000 a night. The all-inclusive package rate, which includes accommodations, meals and all wellness sessions, starts at $3,200 pp. (855) 835-4269; arc her hotel, new y ork c ity The Archer Hotel is sitting on some prime New York City real estate-nestled between Avenue of the Americas and Fifth Avenue, and only two blocks from Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan's Garment District. It has a rooftop bar called Spyglass with views of the iconic Empire State Building, and a David Burke restaurant, fabrick, and because it sits in the city's fashion hub, the hotel's 180 guestrooms are uniquely designed in one of four different design pa ettes with custom-made urniture p at orm eds with drawers underneath athrooms with a wa -in dua -head shower wor space a aptop sa e oor-to-cei ing windows comp imentary i i high- ua ity edding and a specia ty turndown ser ice or guests that includes treats like Baked by Melissa cupcakes, chocolatedipped fortune cookies with Archer messages inside, and more. Adding to the hotel's charm, guests receive a Destination Joker playing card upon arrival-it works as a loyalty program-worth $10 that can be collected or used at the lobby bar, the David Burke restaurant, the rooftop bar, the in-room refreshment bar or at the hotel's retail shop. A Destination Joker card collected from each Archer hotel (New York, Austin, Napa Valley) creates an Archer Flush and earns guests one night free. Starting rates for Classic King and Classic Queen rooms are $249 a night. (855) 437-9100; 7/23/14 9:45 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2014

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk Chic & New
Tour Talk FAMs to Latin America & Beyond
Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine
The Dish on Las Vegas
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Lanai, Hawaii
Double the Charm in Cancun
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun
Tour Operators Do the Talking
The Beat Goes on for Thai Tourism
A Love Affair with Puerto Rico & Four Grand Personalities
Punta Cana’s Melia Caribe Tropical—The Level
Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa, Grenada
On the Tracks in France
Antwerp Sparkles Like a Diamond
Southern Africa

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