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Los Angeles Hotel Reviews – The Luxe

The Luxe is owned by Luxe Worldwide, a Los Angeles based company. Featuring 160 beautifully appointed non smoking guest rooms and suites, an outdoor heated pool, a fitness suite, concierge services, complimentary daily newspaper, safe deposit boxes, a Business Center, 24 hour in-room dining, the Luxe Lounge Bar, Valet parking, a tennis court, spa, turndown service, laundry, dry cleaning and pressing service, Wi-Fi, secretarial services, the On Sunset restaurant, and the Luxe Boutique why would you even consider going anywhere else?

Designed by famous designer Mary McDonald, the 160 rooms are beautifully simple in their elegance. With natural, relaxing colors like cream, taupe and brown, and custom furnishings, you will sleep wonderfully in a bed complete with feather comforters and designer sheets. Each room has lovely amenities including 2 telephones, voicemail, stocked refreshment center, flat screen TV, iPod docking station, custom duvet, hairdryer, Luxe bathrobes, Wi-Fi, a safe, and a coffeemaker. All guest suites have doors or windows with a beautiful view of the wondrous grounds.

While at the Luxe be sure to check out their restaurant, On Sunset. Powered by Chef Olivier Rousselle, their cuisine is in the Californian and spa style. You can even make reservations online and view the menu while you are at it. On Sunday mornings there is a Jazz Brunch that shouldn’t be missed.

Los Angeles, California is full of hotels that have spas and the Luxe is certainly one of that number. However, what sets the Luxe apart is that the Spa Director, Carrie Reinagel, has put together a number of ways to “Spa at Home” to keep you relaxed and rejuvenated even when you can’t get to the spa. While at the spa however, you can indulge yourself with private instruction in Laughter Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi or Personal training, massages, spa parties, facials, wraps, and many other spa treatments.

The Luxe offers a great place for your corporate meetings and or events as well. With Los Angeles being such a hub for businesses and corporate headquarters the Luxe has been sure to incorporate the needs of today’s businesses into their overall image as well. With complimentary Valet parking, a business Center with Macs and PCs available, complete concierge services, Wi-Fi, and complimentary morning newspapers you’re next event should be planned here. You can get a special Corporate rate for your event as well.

With Los Angeles being the cultural hot spot that it is, the Luxe has compiled a list of the top ten things to do or see while you are there. These include the Getty Center which is a museum, the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, the Geffen Playhouse, Brentwood Village, Rodeo Drive, the Skirball Cultural Center which is also a museum, the UCLA Fowler Museum, Westwood Village, the Will Rogers State Historic Park, and Century City. The Luxe also offers private tennis classes to their guests. These classes are taught by their celebrity tennis pro Chris Ojakian and his team. They are available for private training as well as corporate events and are able to design and customize any tennis event you might need or want. They are available to do anything from personal training to instructional camps and are awaiting your call to get started.

Convenient to Los Angeles International Airport and other popular Los Angeles attractions, transportation is never a problem. From rental cars to limousines and even cabs, transportation can be arranged by yourself or the Luxe concierge for your convenience.

The Luxe has made sure that the environment is peaceful, inviting and rejuvenating. All that the Luxe needs now is you. What are you waiting for?

Top 5 Hotels in San Juan Puerto Rico

Sometimes all you want to do on a trip is relax in your hotel and make use of the amenities. Of course you will step out to see the sights around, but at the end of the day you may want to come back to some luxury rather than something functional. If such is the case, then here are 5 hotels located in San Juan, Puerto Rico that you will really appreciate.

The San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel is one of them. This is a boutique hotel, a trend that is fast picking up in this part of the world. The hotel is the epitome of the Latin culture and exudes an alluring atmosphere. It is quite centrally located and is just five minutes away from the airport in luxurious Isla Verde. With the help of theatrical lighting, the outdoor ambiance is brought into the inside. The hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.

You can also check out Hotel El Convento, which is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. This hotel was originally a Carmelite convent and the structure is around 350 years old. It has been renovated several times over the years; however, its original essence and beauty remain intact. This is also a boutique hotel that celebrates the Old World charm of the region.

If relaxation is what you are looking for, the Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel is your answer. It is spread over an 8-acre campus and gives you a fantastic view of the ocean. For the ultimate luxurious experience you can ask for the hillside villas, which come with some brilliant views. Almost all the suites here come with private pools to give you the ultimate in holidaying fun. The rooms are done up in exotic ways and materials.

El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa sits pretty on the edge of a 300 ft. cliff and can be treated as a complete retreat from the humdrum of the regular world. This resort is sectioned off into 5 different villages, offering you a range of experiences and spa treatments. The most luxurious is that of Las Casitas Village, where a butler is at your service round-the-clock.

Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza exudes a very colonial atmosphere with modern accents. It is the only property where you will find views of both the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Condado Lagoon. Thanks to this the views and the lighting you experience change all the time.

Koh Samui Investment in Condominiums, Condos and Choices For the Lifestyle Investor

Koh Samui Island Property Investment

Koh Samui, Thailand’s number one tropical Island destination with its own international airport creates an ideal platform for any would be property investor. Recognized for being an internationally known World class holiday destination not only brings an abundance of nationalities but also opportunities for lucrative property investment.

While the majority of interest has traditionally been from European countries such as the UK, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, France and Scandinavian countries, a new market of investors is emerging from Asia and Middle Eastern countries including Singapore, Vietnam, Korea, China and the UAE. The recent surge of interest from Asian investors is due to an increase in the levels of disposable income, recent deregulation of foreign investment laws (Korea) as well as new direct air links to/from Koh Samui. Discounted flights within the region also offer tremendous value to tourists wishing to holiday on Koh Samui and its surrounding Islands.

Koh Samui’s real estate profile includes many large branded hotels and exclusive luxury villa developments.

The market here is firmly based due to the fact that nearly all purchases of property are made without finance. Local mortgages are indeed not readily available, making property prices much more resilient to the World financial meltdown. What had been seen over recent months are certain properties being discounted, where the owner has a need to sell quickly due to financial losses sustained elsewhere in the World. This has created several buying opportunities, although these are generally quickly moved on to investors with cash.

So recent activity in the property market in Koh Samui has mainly been driven by cash investors, looking to move funds into property where good discounts have been offered. There is activity both on resale properties with price reductions of 10% to 30% to move property quickly to release cash and also certain developers looking to manage their working capital and clear property stock. Developer’s in the early part of 2009 have been finishing off part complete properties, and selling them at a discount to realize cash. At this time there are still several opportunities to gain and purchase luxury property, before the local market shows complete signs of rebound and starting its predicted growth path.

After understanding these current local climate conditions, the Koh Samui market has undergone a change of emphasis with the arrival of a new breed of creative developers aware of the great potential from planned increases in numbers of luxury travelers and investors looking for Lifestyle investments.

Focusing on two innovative developers both anticipating this demand for Lifestyle investment properties, both focusing on the area surrounding Plai Laem and Cheong Mon. They reason that with the areas fantastic beaches, closeness to the airport and no signs of overcrowding this makes it an ideal location for a lifestyle investment. Indeed the area still exhibits a traditional Thai feel with small beach resorts combined with more luxurious properties, 5 star spa resorts and hotels.

Both have strong ideas about how to create lifestyle property, which act as both an exciting investment and life style vehicle for those seeking to experience Koh Samui tropical Island life in luxury packages.

The Mandalay Gardens apartment project is set not far from Cheong Mon on the hillside. It is only 800 metres from the beach, with many of the apartments having spectacular sea views. It is indeed a fully flexible vehicle and as a lifestyle investment gives its owners the best possible advantages, having the special feature of a branded hotel management by Astudo. The project was soft launched in May this year, with a show unit being ready for active investors already in place at the hillside site. There are 9 different types of 1 bedroom units ranging from 50 Sqm to 90 Sqm. Prices start from 3.49m Thai Baht. Investment returns are not guaranteed, but with a 35% occupancy level are anticipated to reach 6 to 8 % at a 3,600 Baht a night average rate. Most owners are anticipated to participate in the rental program, and by doing so are granted up to 60 days per year free use. There is the possibility before construction commences of combining 2 or more units to create 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. Following on from its successful first project, Mandalay Villas, Tibor Szedlak CEO of Mandalay Samui Developments stated that the company has been founded on private financing, with no loans or other outstanding commitments. The legal status of this current project gives its owners a leasehold ownership of 30 + 30 + 30 years. Land ownership is secured by the fact that each unit owner equal shareholder in the land owning company. Payment’s after the initial 35% deposit are based on monthly installments becoming due as work is completed. Sterling has been appointed as Project Managers with DFDL Crawshaws acting are legal advisors. The whole project is set on 5,600 Sqm of land and with construction commencing in September 2009 and completion of Phase 1 by the third quarter of 2010.

The Samui Emerald Condominium represents another attractive option as a lifestyle investment, with the construction already underway, now is the time to take advantage of the remaining units on offer. Completion of the whole facility is contractually scheduled for no later than December 2010. Situated along side Plai Laem beach it gives easy access to Cheong Mon and back along the coastline to the chic boutique resort, Fisherman’s village. This area is home to the high end resort, Six Senses-Hideaway and Giorgio Armani’s branded villa development is also close by. Among the other close by attractions are Big Buddha, Turtle Island and Koh Som. The Samui Emerald units give their owners access to classy facilities including a large swimming pool, restaurant, fitness suite and multi lingual reception. Units range from 1 to 3 bedrooms, including 4 Penthouse apartments with standard units from 44sqm to 109Sqm with prices starting from 3.05m Baht. Units come fully furnished with modern designs including all loose furniture and electrical items. Again, there is no guarantee on investment returns but expect 8% with average rental rates estimated at 2,700 Baht per day for a standard studio room with 30% occupancy. Samui Emerald will be run like a hotel. Guests will be met at the airport, transferred to the site, deposits will be taken, guests will be shown to their rooms to find welcome basket and shower amenities waiting.

Owners who enter the rental scheme can benefit from up to 167 days per year free usage, whilst obtaining income for the rest of the year. Given its legal status as a Condominium, also gives foreign investors the opportunity to obtain foreign title.