HOT NEWS
Titanic II Cruise Ship not designed to make money ! Project is about love, not money, and "for the benefit of the world" says owner
Luxury Travel Spending Up 9.2% Despite Gloomy Economy throughout 2013 reports American Express Travel!
The global population will reached 7.6 billion by the end of 2013, just 13 years after hitting 6 billion.
Luxury Report 2013 says High Earners Not Rich Yet (HENRYs) earn $100,000-$249,999 still feel the Global Financial Crisis.
Shanghai leads the worlds most populous cities in the world with 18,336,133 (July 2013) people. Karachi in Pakistan at 2nd place with 13 million citizens.

Pretty in South Beach, USA

The perfect way to feel at home in sunny South Beach is in a yellow Lamborghini or on a turquoise bicycle. In fact, the latter is the best way as you can stop and park it where you want. I borrowed an Electra bike from The Setai. A big basket, the kind of old-fashioned one that one’s grandmother used for collecting eggs, was firmly fixed on the front, ready for retail goodies. I was given a sensible U-shaped lock and key, reminded that it’s “all flat around here so you do not need to worry about hills,” and off I set.

After 15 minutes I reached my goal, namely The Webster (1220 Collins Avenue, Miami, thewebstermiami.com). In 1939 it opened as a typical Art Deco hotel, designed by architect Henry Hohauser. Now it is one of the world’s most glorious super-fashion boutiques, owned and run by long-time Gucci specialist Frederic Dechnik, ex-Balenciaga gal Laura Heriard Dubreuil, and former Gucci Group and Jil Sander Creative Director Milan Vukmirovic. The hotel’s main floor lobby is a cocktail bar and events venue. The first floor luxury sportswear and young designers. The second floor, with natural light and a posh private-residence feel, is entirely dedicated to luxury fashion. On the third floor is a gallery for rotating shows, fashion pop-up shops, and more special events. And on the roof is a restaurant lounge with unobstructed views of the blue Atlantic.

Fortunately, the bicycle basket holds plenty of tightly-packed new t-shirts and a pair of bright pink shoes. After cycling back north via the oceanside walk, I returned to The Setai (just for the record, next time I might take the hotel’s complimentary town-car service, so I could buy even more from The Webster).

The main 77-room part of The Setai is in another Art Deco hotel, which opened originally, some 80 years ago, as the Dempsey Vanderbilt on Collins: now there is also an adjacent 2005-vintage, 40-floor building with 160 condos, 50 of which are in the hotel’s letting pool.

Back down at the first floor, there is a two-floor gym, a spa block, and a trio of 90-foot pools, the first 75°F, the next 85°F and the last 90°F. Since only the 75°F had no takers, I plunged in and did my laps, discreetly eying the beautiful bodies displayed on loungers around all pools.

Time for dinner. We walk through the main bar, with rough black floor tiles and a wall of tiny black bricks, all taken from Old Shanghai. We go on through to The Grill, a comfortable room off which leads the red wine cellar, which will seat up to 14 diners. There is also The Restaurant with many seating areas, including three, yard-wide protrusions at right angles off a wood counter that runs around three sides of the long kitchen, which is slightly sunken which means we look slightly down at what is going on. The woman nearest us, in a dark uniform and cap, spends the entire length of our dinner patiently shaving asparagus.

The next morning, I am back at the Restaurant, where the three table arms of last night’s dinner are now all part of the buffet that is so extensive and tasty that part-time local resident Sir Michael Caine often starts the day here. Ready for my spa appointment, I head past a headless Khmer statue to my Balinese massage by a skilled Colombian therapist who finds all the knots in my shoulders. Next time, I promise myself, I shall take time for a three-hour Setai Special, which includes an aromatherapy foot polish, Setai Jade massage, an organic facial, an Asian-style foot massage, a Himalayan crystal body polish and an Oriental bathing ceremony. But my airport car—a black Range Rover, windows darkened to protect VIPs’ privacy awaits.

City Hotels
Peninsula Paris's Makeover
Peninsula Paris's Makeover

Paris's Historic Peninsula Hotel Gets a 21st-Century Makeover. It’s not the first Asian hotel group in the City of Light (a Shangri-La and a Manda...

7 High Tech Luxury Hotels
7 High Tech Luxury Hotels

If luxury is about the little things and making life easier, than a technologically advanced luxury hotel is the logical evolution of that notion. F...

Automobiles
The most beautiful Aston Martin
The most beautiful Aston Martin

Aston Martin’s most powerful four-door sedan, the Rapide S, is on its way to customers soon.The Rapide S features a heavily revised front-end look...

Barcelona by Sidecar
Barcelona by Sidecar

In Barcelona, one of the most romantic and stylish cities in Europe, the last thing you want to do is ride an embarrassing tour bus full of camera-t...

 The flying car Terraugia's Transition
The flying car Terraugia's Transition

  It sounds like something from the wildest fringes of fantasy. But an American aeronautical company, with funding from the US Department of Defen...

Fashion & Lifestyle
Most Expensive Cities in the World
Most Expensive Cities in the World

If you don't plan to read the full list, the answer is Singapore, but the land of swanky skyscrapers, expensive luxury malls, and transport that tri...

New Spa at Four Seasons Vancouver
New Spa at Four Seasons Vancouver

Visitors to the well, loved Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver can now enjoy the recently opened RedCedar boutique massage suite. Following the Hotel...

Sha Wellness Clinic Spain
Sha Wellness Clinic Spain

Spain’s Sha Wellness Clinic in Albir Beach is an amazing place to detox and enjoy the comforts of a medically conscious spa. They have more than 4...

Recommends
Flying Hotels - First Class
Flying Hotels - First Class

Improvements to the First Class experience on International Airlines are being seen at a very fast pace. Passengers have always enjoyed extra servi...

Catholic abbey now a Hotel
Catholic abbey now a Hotel

What's the one thing a nearly 900 year old hotel in Spain needs to attract guests in 2014 ? Google Glasses at least according to Abadía Retuerta Le...

La Posta Vecchia Hotel, Italy
La Posta Vecchia Hotel, Italy

When we arrived at La Posta Vecchia, we knew we were in a magical place where a relaxing holiday awaited us. The hotel is situated only 25 minutes f...

Design
LA Home For Sale after 40 Years !
LA Home For Sale after 40 Years !

John Lautner's Genius Silvertop designed home goes to market for first time since 1974. There has never been a home by Organic Modernist John Lautne...

Most Expensive Penthouse Monaco
Most Expensive Penthouse Monaco

There’s word going around that the world’s most expensive penthouse has just been snapped up by an unnamed Arab Sheik for a whooping $305 millio...

Abu Dhabi takes on the art world
Abu Dhabi takes on the art world

Soon, art lovers may decide to skip Paris, Rome and New York in favour of Abu Dhabi. The oil-rich capital of the United Arab Emirates is embarking ...

Travel
Singapore wins 2015 top spot !
Singapore wins 2015 top spot !

Singapore has clinched the number one spot on Lonely Planet’s list of the top countries to visit in 2015. Praised for its multicultural diversity ...

Pacifics Five Best Islands
Pacifics Five Best Islands

The vast pacific has lots to offer and thousands of islands from Tahiti to the Whitsundays. Luxury hotels wait for the discerning travelers. Here is...

F & B
Hotels for Wine Lovers
Hotels for Wine Lovers

Today’s wine lovers want more than a well stocked minibar when they travel and more than a few are catering to this discerning market segment. W...

One Dish to Eat in Venice
One Dish to Eat in Venice

You can't leave Venice without eating … Sardèle in saòr. A small dish of fried sardines marinated in white onions, vinegar, raisins, and pine nu...

Cruises
Beginners guide to Luxury Cruises
Beginners guide to Luxury Cruises

There is something about taking a luxury cruise that is not present on a holiday taken on good old terra firma. Perhaps it’s the lure of an opulen...

Venetian's protest ship visits !
Venetian's protest ship visits !

At one moment the scene is everything you expect of Venice; medieval churches, domes and bell towers, and water sparkling in the canal in front of y...

Banner
Luxury Travel Report Presents
LTR Travel
See All
City Hotels
See All
Resorts
See All
Airlines
See All
Destinations
See All
Cruises
See All