With catastrophic flooding forecast to continue for days, hotels in the Carolinas were assessing damage while offering discounts to Florence evacuees and making donations to relief efforts. The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association is coordinating a range of efforts, including the provision of transitional shelter.
The treatment menu at the Tata Harper Treatment Room inside Le Bristol Paris Hotel includes the Jet-Lag Recovery Facial, a treatment that "balances the mind and the skin through chakra crystal therapy, combined with healing and energizing masks and massage techniques," an aesthetician says.
Iceland's Retreat at Blue Lagoon includes a spa with a day suite featuring a small lagoon. The property takes advantage of the adjacent mineral-rich lake.
Blake Lively has incorporated a tiny Swarovski crystal martini into her manicure as she promotes her latest film, "A Simple Favor."
Hilton and Playa Hotels & Resorts have formed a strategic partnership. "We view this as just a first step toward what is possible as part of this strategic alliance, and Playa is thrilled to continue to grow alongside Hilton and our other world-class partners," said Playa CEO Bruce Wardinski.
AccorHotels is keeping a close eye on the evolution of voice-search technology and its potential influence on travel. "This could have an absolutely massive, transformational, revolutionary impact on the distribution ecosystem that travel has known for the last decade," said Steven Taylor, AccorHotels' global chief brand officer.
The Turnberry Isle Miami plans to grow to 685 guest rooms and join the JW Marriott portfolio later this year as the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa.
The Natura Cafe, an all-day eatery featuring healthy cuisine, is set to open this month in New York's Dream Hotel, joining four other restaurants and bars. Tao Group chefs John Villa and Brad Warner are in charge of the Natura menu.
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