Dazzling Dorchester London

One of London’s most revered five-star hotels, opened in 1931, a Grande Dame in a list of London properties, the legendary Dorchester is still a glamorous destination. I’ve always loved the splendid entrance, gazing toward the vast corridor of the dazzling Promenade Restaurant. The lobby spells luxury from the moment you arrive! Towering leafy palms, tufted sumptuous banquettes, flowers designed by noted designer florist, Philip Hammond. The Dorchester ambience is timeless. And the Promenade is one of the best people watching locations in all of London, sip your tea, nosh on petite sandwiches or a sumptuous breakfast; gaze about, it’s an elegant playground of grand international sightseeing!

Promenade Restaurant at The Dorchester London

Did you know Prince Philip hosted his bachelor party at The Dorchester? History has been made here on many occasions. First impressions are important!

The Dorchester rooms and suites are old school elegant, everything is quite splendid and flawless! Steeped in history, many of the suites have views of Hyde Park, decorated in an opulent chintzy style as the period dictates. Many have been redecorated in restful prints and color tones, so there is the perfect room for every guest, whether you prefer old school flamboyance or a more modern look. Oh, the bathrooms, are quite divine, over-size soaking tubs, acres of marble and polished chrome, two sinks for sharing. I also had a small window that opened for fresh air. I felt like Royalty during my stay, granted, my gorgeous Dorchester suite was destined for a Queen! No matter the size of your room or suite, there are always comfy chairs or sofas, modern amenities include big screen televisions, wifi, everything you would expect for refined living!

Multiple distinctive restaurants for your pleasure. Of the highest culinary palates, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester offers three Michelin Star French cuisine in an elegant dining room. If you haven’t been cosseted in its centerpiece, the ‘Table Lumière’, you’ve squandered a glammy evening! Cocooned by a luminescent curtain of 4,500 shimmering fiber optics, guests can enjoy the ambience and buzz of the restaurant while being screened from view of other diners. Of course, there is a special Lumière’ menu, extraordinary experience on all fronts! The Grill is a traditional style restaurant featuring yummy local dishes ranging from grill favorites on the carving trolley to the restaurant’s signature blue lobster chowder. All topped off by an extensive sweet soufflé menu – a superb ending to a classic meal! The interiors were recently refurbished, the clubby space is a sparkling jewel of zinc, copper and glass. Do mosey downstairs to China Tang a space with beautiful décor evoking 1930’s Shanghai. Be transported back to the sumptuous, golden age of Art Deco splendor where a cocktail bar and traditional dim sum menu add to the ambience. China Tang bar is the perfect place to sit back and relax. The full Chinese and Cantonese restaurant menu is also available in the bar. Even if you don’t have time for dim sum, don’t leave the hotel without sipping a cocktail in the gorgeous bar. At China Tang, the menus don’t compromise on classical Chinese and Cantonese recipes. there are some delicious dishes, including the Peking duck. Presentation is an art, the roasted duck is presented whole and a glistening mahogany brown, long neck and head in place, tucked away gracefully under the breast. Be prepared for proficient server flair and a mini-theatrical experience as they slice and roll into delicate pancakes. Peking duck is served over three exquisite courses, each more imaginative and delicious than the last.

China Tang at The Dorchester London
China Tang at The Dorchester London

Spa – Everyone needs a different kind of spa treatment. Some want to pop in for a moment of luxury, to enjoy a treatment and get on with their day. Others long for a private, soothing space in which to find some therapeutic calm amid the roar. Here you are free to find your own way to take time for yourself, whatever that may be. Highly recommend Carol Joy London Caviar & Algae Detox. To cleanse the body and relax the mind, lymphatic drainage techniques, aromatherapy and meridian therapy are combined with precious Caviar Algae and Pink Himalayan Salts in this full body treatment. The body is detoxified, blood circulation improved, and skin texture refined using the mineral rich and revitalizing effects of Caviar Algae and Salts, leaving the body rejuvenated inside and out and the mind calm. Add on: the advanced treatment option includes the addition of Cellular Vacuum Massage to aid the detoxification of the body further. Facials, nail care, exotic body scrubs and massage and every day of the week, definitely make an appointment for a blow out or hair trim – this spa is totally full service. Gentleman’s barber, including a shave, steam room, professional trainers for a work out – this is one of the hotels you could call home!

Five-star accommodations, dining and oh, such exceptional service tops the multiple reasons to live like Royalty at The Dorchester in London!

Is this not the most elegant Royal bed you’ve ever seen? I stayed in this suite and didn’t want to depart! The Dorchester, London

Upgrade your life, our clients are exceptionally spoiled by my Dorchester peeps. Diamond Club Amenities as our guests.

Coworth Park, Acscot – Travel Mantra

New Year, New Travel Mantra Update…

If we design your travel or you read my website posts, you know I have a few you must do, travel mantras and I love discovering new options for the list. Reed Hastings once told The Hollywood Reporter about our Istanbul mantra: One must take a yacht up the Bosporus following a long flight. It’s essential to have fresh air, avoid the constant traffic snarl and view the brilliant mosque filled Istanbul skyline from the water. Dock at your hotel and life is perfect!

My latest Travel Mantra – if you stay in London, you must exit the city a night or two before your flight and stay at Coworth Park. I’ve actually sent clients with young children before an early Heathrow transfer and have insisted a client with a 7-hour layover, pop over to Coworth Park for massage appointment and enjoy a delightful spa lunch.

Coworth Park Mansion Ascot

After my all too brief stay, it’s now on the Travel Mantra List. Coworth Park is actually in Ascot, which is barely 20 minutes from Heathrow. A Dorchester Collection country house gem, situated in a picturesque parkland, the luxurious property sits on the borders of Windsor Great Park; the hotel is high-end style without stuffiness. Choose to stay in the Mansion House or if you prefer more seclusion and you have kiddos with you, stay in the converted Stables & Cottages. The Mansion rooms and suites are a bit more spacious, but the entire property oozes sophisticated British country charm.

I wish I had stayed two nights; it would have been the perfect antidote to nine days of Paris and London site inspection carousing! The return to real life detox from rich meals and endless amounts of bubbly, stay at Coworth Park and begin the slow assimilation.

Mansion House Executive Suite Coworth Park

My Shepherds Suite was adorable and perfect for a two-night visit. The suite features an enormous copper-clad soaking tub with a divine view of the polo fields and nearby woods. Comfy living room and a woods themed bedroom, it was scrumptious!

Mansion House Junior Suite Copper Tub, Coworth Park

Mansion House Junior Suite Coworth Park

Coworth Park

Coworth Park

Restaurant Coworth Parks’ Best of British menu offers the finest locally sourced seasonal ingredients. If it’s comfort food you crave, sample The Barn’s menu in utter rustic charm where diners are more than welcome to keep their muddy boots on. My son gave me a travel mantra – dine on Fish & Chips and have a pint…the fish & chips were perfectly prepared, lightly battered flaky tender white fish, there is nothing like it outside of the UK. Champagne was already poured, so I missed the pint, next time! Spring and summer dining, you may wish to be seated on a lovely terrace. Take part in quintessentially English activities such as tennis, croquet, horse riding or take polo lessons with the Guards Polo Club on one of Coworth Park’s two professional polo fields. Ascot Park is not far, so if the ponies thrill you, there are additional reasons to visit!

My UK Mantra- Fish & Chips- perfect!

The luxury Spa at Coworth Park is an architectural wonder. Partially submerged in The Spa’s landscape, its upper floor takes in breathtaking views of the surrounding English parkland. This sense of the natural environment continues through to the interior design, every area of The Spa is flooded with natural light, crisp contemporary architecture, art and sculptures throughout.

Spa Pool Coworth Park

Built over two floors, the upper floor has eight treatment rooms, a manicure/pedicure salon, relaxation room and a lovely dining area called The Spatisserie which serves light meals, afternoon tea, wine and champagne.

On the lower level, there is a heated indoor swimming pool with underwater music, a relaxation area around the swimming pool and a sun terrace with luxurious loungers, an aromatic steam room, experience shower and pre-swim shower. The Spa’s gym has natural light and tree top views and the Technogym equipment has integrated televisions.

The Spa at Coworth Park was awarded ‘Best Destination Spa’ at the 2017 Condé Nast Johansens awards.

My late afternoon fall walk was brisk and scenic punctuated by pond geese fluffing and preening and the deer looked up from grazing in the afternoon twilight. With a 10 am flight from Heathrow the next morning, I had enough time to take a dawn walk across the meadow trail, crunchy frost glistened, silent planes left vapor trails across the morning pink hued sky.

Park like Grounds

My 20-minute ride to the airport was the most relaxed London departure I have ever experienced. There is no reason to depart the center of London at the crack of dawn through unpredictable traffic for a flight ever again!

If you have a long layover, Coworth Park is also an elixir – escape the canned air, take a short jaunt to Coworth Park, work out, enjoy a massage and a spa lunch…and head back to your flight refreshed.

Travel has become so uncivilized. Coworth Park exudes civility and comfort and country sophistication! Highly recommend!