Luxury Hotels

Puglia – Taj London – Washington DC

Resorts are IN.  Forget the thought of skyscraper-high, sky-high city hotels, today’s high-spending travellers are dreaming of RESORTS.  How clever of Four Seasons to sign another Italian property. Four Seasons Puglia will be a 150-key new-build beach-front resort being developed by Omnam Group, led by David Zisser.  See a rendering of one of the units, above.

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City-centre hotels do benefit, Girlahead admits, if they offer history + outside courtyards + private clubs.  Taj’s adjacent hotels in London, both ten minutes’ walk from Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park, tick all those three boxes. 51 Buckingham Gate and Taj London share a spa and fitness, and outside courtyard. There will also be, at least by year-end, a brand-new invitation-only Chambers Club PMC (Private Members Club), based on the new-look Chambers Club being unveiled at Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi – that one has a Stefano Ricci meeting room, a Davidoff cigar lounge and a Johnnie Walker bar, and could be compared, with its exclusive membership, to an airline’s First Class lounge. Meanwhile, both Taj’s London hotels offer, through March, Drive to Delight, with free valet parking, usually £50 a night, and breakfast.

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Across the Atlantic in Washington DC,  the glorious Willard InterContinental, only two blocks from the White House, is full of offerings. Now that indoor dining is once again allowed – albeit at 25% maximum occupancy – Café du Parc, an indoor-outdoor brasserie that has been an institution  is currently running a set five-course dinner for only $35.  Goodness, says Girlahead, how can chef Luca de Marchis even buy food at such a price let alone offer that at selling price? Perhaps President Biden will take a quick stroll along, though if he goes for breakfast he will undoubtedly pay more as avocado toast is $15 and to that add starter-fruit, beverage and so on, which makes that $35 special offer, from 12 noon on throughout day and evening, even more unbelievable value.

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Talking of memorable breakfasts, Girlahead cannot wait to return to Oetker Collection’s Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, to start the day outside under pine trees, savouring a truffle omelette and a croissant with Curtelin jams while looking out at the Mediterranean. If you have not, incidentally, heard Oetker Collection’s perceptive CEO Timo Gruenert, listen below: