The Daily Meal has unveiled its 101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World. é by José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas took top honors and the El Motel Restaurant at Hotel Emporda in Figueres, Spain, came in second.
The Laurentian Divide Salon & Spa in Virginia, Minn., is opening a new location in nearby Giants Ridge, a move that comes after five years of growth at the first site, the owners said. The new spa will serve customers of Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort, offering them massage and other relaxation therapies after skiing or golf.
Ski resorts around the country are set to see at least six new luxury hotels. Two new luxury flagship hotels expected to open in Park City, Utah, this year, include the 201-room Dakota Mountain Lodge, part of the Waldorf-Astoria Collection, and the 181-room St. Regis Deer Crest, due to open at Deer Valley. Vail Village, Colo., is getting the new Four Seasons Resort Vail, a 120-room resort with 16 private and 19 fractional residences.
Mont Tremblant, Quebec's charming ski resort, perfectly combines the rustic flavor of a Canadian logging town with the Old World essence of the Alps. In the past, getting to the resort was quite a feat, but Continental's direct flights from Newark to Mont Tremblant diminished that hurdle this winter. And later this year, a new village and gondola will open to make the resort even more enticing.
Skiing in the Japanese resort of Niseko is much like the rest of the world, although the night skiing is heavenly and the people are really friendly and laid back. What really sets this resort apart is the apres skiing: a soak in an open-air, hot volcanic pool, called an onsen, followed by a night of karaoke.