Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Misc.: The Best Frequent Flier Programs for Infrequent Fliers

Unless you're a road warrior, it'll take you years to build up enough miles just by flying to get a free ticket. Here are the best ways for the little guy to earn and spend miles. Read more . . .

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Great Sleeps: 47 Park Street, London, England

Decidedly upscale, this small Edwardian-style luxury apartment collection is part of the Marriott Grand Residence Club, but it is possible to rent by the night. It is just a few blocks from Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner and the shops on bustling Oxford Street. My spacious, tastefully decorated, comfortably appointed lodging was blessedly quiet (the windows are triple glazed), and the elegant gray marble bathroom was hidden behind a false wardrobe door and filled with amenities--terry cloth slippers, emery boards, nail brushes, and Molton Brown aromatherapy essence for the bathtub.
47 Park Street  In Mayfair, +44 (0)20 7491 7282.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Great Sleeps: Ridgemount Private Hotel, London, England

Located just across the street from where women’s suffrage pioneer Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett lived and died (in 1929) at #2 Gower, and from where the first anaesthetic was administered in England in 1846 at #52, this simple lodging in a 1700s Georgian town house has rooms with and without baths. On my second trip to London, when my budget was weak but my bladder was still strong, we opted for the cheapest room in the house, sans bath. Note that Gower Street is a noisy thoroughfare and that building restrictions forbid double-glazing the windows. Request a quiet room in back.
Ridgemount Private Hotel 65-67 Gower St., Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6HJ; +44 (0) 20 7636 1141, and +44 (0) 20 7580 7060.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Sights to See: Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Thailand

This hopelessly scenic bay in the Andaman Sea has 160 rock islands and the water hovers at 75 degrees. An astonishing site and one of the most beautiful spots in Thailand, it is best seen by speedboat. The area is featured in the 1974 James Bond film, “The Man with the Golden Gun.”
Phang Nga Bay 60 mi. NE of Phuket.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Great Sleeps: Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel, London, England



Featuring a thoroughly modern interior, this spiffy hotel is located in the same area as The Kingsley, adjacent to the British Museum.

Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel  9-13 Bloomsbury Street, + 44 (0)20 7636 5601, US toll-free 800-333-3333.  4 stars.  175 rooms.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Good Eats: food market, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The small Pom Ton Payorm market bustles from early morning.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Great Sleeps: The Kingsley by Thistle, London, England

Built in 1898, this gorgeous red-brick structure was originally named for Charles Kingsley, the author of  some popular English children’s books.  It is in a prime location just a few blocks from The British Museum and Covent Garden.  Bloomsbury has always attracted writer residents and visitors, and the hotel can claim that E.M. Forester slept here in 1902.  Though I remember fondly staying here in a room equipped with a canopy bed and decorated with wallpaper and chintzes in a lovely theme of pale yellow and English blue, the hotel has been refurbished into more contemporary style.  But some rooms still have a view of the ancient roof of The Parish Church of St. Georges Bloomsbury (located just next door, it was built in the early 1700s by a former pupil and assistant of Sir Christopher Wren). One of my favorite amenities was the room’s tea tray, stocked with Scottish chocolate chip shortbread and Cadbury’s hot chocolate.
The Kingsley by Thistle  Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SD; 0871 376 9006 /+44 845 305 8306.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Great Sleeps: Six Senses Hideaway, Phang-Nga, Thailand

Six Senses Hideaway 56 Moo 5, Tambol Koh Yao Noi, Amphur Koh Yao, Phang-Nga. 61 rooms. Reached by boat—preferably a speed boat—this remote boutique resort is located on an undeveloped island and is the perfect place for a romantic retreat. The iconic, mesmerizing monolithic limestone islands made famous by the James Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87AMYMCi6jY ) dot the bathtub-warm waters of the Andaman Sea and are visible from throughout the resort. Guests here find themselves on the edge of the world and enjoy the ultimate room with a view. Days can be whiled away enjoying your room’s outdoor shower and a private infinity swimming pool, and gazing at the sea from a bed draped with white mosquito netting, and dining on fresh, delicious, local “slow” cuisine. All this, plus butler service, and the resort is very “green,” too. The property’s Six Senses Spa is designed to revitalize all your senses using Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and Thai concepts.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Good Eats: Serendipity 3, Las Vegas, Nevada

As at the mother ship location in NYC, this spot features a Golden Opulence Sundae that is made with five scoops of Tahitian vanilla ice cream, chocolates made from rare Venezuelan cocoa beans, and exotic fruits--all topped with 23-karat edible gold leaf and a bowl of golden caviar. The price is $1,000, and a reservation must be made 48 hours in advance. Guinness has crowned it the world’s Most Expensive Dessert. A Las Vegas restaurant rep says, “On average, we sell one every other month. Since opening one year ago we have sold 7.” Fortunately, the restaurant also makes a popular, and affordable, Frrrozen Hot Chocolate that is a blend of 20 different kinds of chocolate.

Serendipity 3 3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 731-7266.

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