Luxe Tiffany’s Top 3 Spas of 2014

After a year of travel to over 20 countries, these three spas stand out as the best of the best for their array of advanced and effective treatments, sleek design and exceptional service making each the ultimate luxury hotel spa experience.

Peninsula Spa at The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong Pool

The Peninsula Hong Kong Pool

After a 15 hours flight and arriving at the iconic Peninsula Hong Kong, the first thing I do is schedule an evening spa appointment at the 12,000 square foot Peninsula Spa with spectacular views of Victoria Harbour. The Oxygen Inhalation Therapy is the perfect treatment for jet lag to help you maintain proper oxygen levels in the body, not to mention it’s great for detoxification of the body. Spa treatments are highly personalized and will make you feel totally rejuvenated. During the day, start your stay with a swim in the hotel’s 8th floor swimming pool overlooking Hong Kong’s iconic skyline follow by a healthy spa cuisine lunch on the outdoor terrace on warmer days. This spa will exceed your expectations and more.

 The Spa at The Dolder Grand, Zurich Switzerland

The Dolder Grand Spa

The Dolder Grand Spa Pool

No matter how busy my travel schedule is, I always find time to renew myself at The Spa at The Dolder Grand in Zurich, Switzerland. It is 4,000 square meters of total bliss, and total relaxation for the mind, body and soul. The spa uses, products by La Prairie, Kerstin Florian, Horst Kirchberger and Amala, a fabulous and effective Certified Organic spa line. Check into the spa early to unwind by the extraordinary Aqua Zones with its eye-catching swimming pool, outdoor whirlpools, steam bath and snow paradise for those who need to chill out a little further. Don’t miss zoning out on the heated pebbles in the Japanese-style sunaburo. After a Caviar Lift facial by La Prairie, take a fitness class with Johannes following by a healthy lunch at the Spa Café. I may live 6,000 miles away, but I fancy myself a regular.

The Spa at The Mandarin Oriental, New York

Mandarin Oriental New York Spa Suite

Mandarin Oriental New York Spa Suite

For one of the most authentic and indulgent spa experiences, check into to the Spa at The Mandarin Oriental, New York for the ultimate in pampering. I had just returned home from traveling around the world on private jet, and the body needed a little TLC. The VIP Suite is the first of its kind in New York, resembling an Oriental-style home complete with warming fireplace, sumptuous bath, dual massage beds (for couples treatments) encompassing 650 square feet of heaven. Bespoke “Time Rituals” are customized to your needs. After 2 hours of treatments, I felt like a completely new person. The treatments are so exceptional with highly trained therapists customizing your experience, it’s worth a visit to NYC just for this spa alone.

Season of Giving! #GIFTOFOB

The winter season is almost here, and it’s time to jet set off to someplace warm like St. Barts or Bali. As a world-traveler, I always remind my friends that it’s important to pack versatile yet stylish pieces for beach holidays; the new women’s Cruise Collection 2014 by Orlebar Brown for women makes it easy with its new Cruise collection of classic beach shorts, bikinis, one pieces and accessories. I adore the Sanremo Towelling Dress in Fuchsia, the perfect gift for my fashionable best friend, because it’s a chic cover-up piece that transitions easily from the beach or spa to a seaside lunch with friends. The burst of color will surely get you noticed at the most glamorous resorts.

Enter to Win on Twitter! #GIFTOFOB

Enter to Win on Twitter! #GIFTOFOB

As it’s the season of giving, Orlebar Brown and I want to give you a chance to WIN this #GIFTOFOB dress. Simply follow both of our accounts on Twitter @OrlebarBrown and @LuxeTiffany and retweet to enter. A winner will be selected at random and announced on Sunday, November 30th, 2014.

Win my dress #GIFTOFOB

Win my dress #GIFTOFOB

Takeoff! A&K Private Jet Journey

A&K Private Jet Journey

They say everybody has a “National Geographic Moment,” that moment you saw an unforgettable image in the iconic magazine of some far away place that embeds itself in your memory for years to come. For me, that moment as a child was seeing Easter Island in my parent’s endless stack of yellow-bordered collection of magazines.

Easter Island

Easter Island

In a few days, my dream will come true. I’m about to embark on the Abercrombie & Kent Private Jet Journey around the world with founder Geoffrey Kent on an exclusively chartered Boeing 757 aircraft to some of the globe’s most spectacular destinations all in one amazing journey including Easter Island, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Bali and Sri Lanka.

It’s nothing short of “luxury in the skies” and one of the most elegant on-board experiences with custom-crafted in Italy, leather seat that extend into a fully lie-flat bed with massage features. A private cabin crew travels with you the entire journey.

A&K Chartered 757

A&K Chartered 757 – an amazing flying experience!

On this private jet journey, hotels, resorts and lodges have been chosen by A&K’s experts for their authentic experience in each destination including fine dining and local culture. Tours are in small groups with experienced guides giving insight that only a local would know. It’s all about convenience on this journey including A&K’s exclusive Traveling Bell Boy service, where you simply leave your packed bags in your hotel room and find them waiting inside your room at your next accommodation. It’s the ultimate in luxury travel!

Explore Rapa Nui

Explore Rapa Nui

Tiffany Dowd @LuxeTiffany

Tiffany Dowd @LuxeTiffany

Follow me the next few weeks @LuxeTiffany on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and check out the hashtag #AKPrivateJet as I give you an exclusive insider’s look at this exclusive Abercrombie & Kent Private Jet Journey.

Thanks for following along!

~Tiffany

A Night of Seven Wonders

A fall breeze is already in the air, and the who’s who were back in town from summering on Nantucket and the Vineyard to gather Thursday night in Boston at the W Hotel to celebrate my dear friend Ben Mezrich‘s latest adventure thriller, Seven Wonders, the first in a trilogy of books published by celebrated Hollywood producer, Brett Ratner (RatPac Press, Horrible Bosses, Rush Hour, X-Men.)

Seven Wonders Photo by Russ Mezikofsky

(Tiffany Dowd, second to L; Shannon Pastuszak, Tonya Mezrich, fourth from L; Elena Friedman R)

Hosted by the ever-lovely producer and managing director of the Boston Globe, Linda Henry and her husband John, owner of the Boston Globe and Boston Red Sox, the party was chock full of creative types and stylish well-wishers who were buying up hard-back copies in droves, eager to read the book before the movie begins filming (myself included.) Guests included Ben’s wife, Tonya Mezrich, also my BFF and co-creator of the sexy Mike&Ton fashion label, philanthropist Corinne Grousbeck, legendary singer Peter Wolf, nightclub and restaurant genius Ed Kane, Karmaloop king Greg Selko, media maven Liz Brunner and my gorgeous better half, JB Dowd.

Tiffany Dowd, Ben Mezrich, and Tonya Mezrich

Tiffany Dowd, Ben Mezrich, and Tonya Mezrich

Linda and John Henry (Photo by Russ Mezikofsky)

Linda and John Henry

The book rights have already been sold to Hollywood, and it’s buzzing news that A-list actors are all vying for the lead part of Jack Grady, the man who unravels the mystery of the Seven Wonders of the World while gallivanting across the world trying to find clues to his brother Jeremy’s murder. It’s a thrilling Indiana Jones style adventure, and this fall’s must-read.

For those who might not know, Harvard-grad, Ben Mezrich is the author of the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions which spent 63 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list as well as the book Accidental Billionaires: the Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal which spent 18 weeks on the NY Times bestseller list and adapted into the 8-time (3 win) Oscar nominated movie, The Social Network.

There’s nothing I love more than seeing success happen to great people, especially when they are my friends. Congratulations Ben Mezrich!

(Photos by Russ Mezikofsky)

How glam can you go?

Does soaring through the city skyline by helicopter to an urban hotel or arriving by boat to a hidden tropical paradise sound like your kind of luxury? Here are 10 Asian hotels that cater to affluent guests — from sumptuous city escapes to lavish hideaways.

(Click the photo for more on my article on USA Today!)

Tiffany Dowd, Special for USA TODAY

Tiffany Dowd, Special for USA TODAY

TextLess Live More

In a very busy digital world managing my own social media marketing business, it’s easy for me to get consumed by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all things so-called “social.”

And while these social media sites have allowed us to reconnect with people in wonderful ways and allow me to inspire people to travel as I do every day with relentless passion, I am careful not to be consumed by what has become my livelihood.lavender-field-evgeni-dinev-photography

Do you ever get that lost feeling when you can’t find your iPhone or get the urge to check your phone every five minutes? While I know never to text and drive, I know I that I am guilty of looking at my phone at times when I shouldn’t. I am making a personal commitment to stop checking social sites as frequently as I do.

When I’m out having lunch or dinner with friends or colleagues and see a social notification or new email come in, it can wait. When my husband comes home from work and I’m on my social sites working,  I can take a break.  I’m committing to more digital breaks, more time to read, more time for yoga, and more time for family in person or on the phone.onyx

And while I truly enjoy my thriving social media business, and it’s not possible for me to totally disconnect, these are small changes in my life that I can make to stay present and connected. The result, no doubt, will be a happier, more fulfilled me.

I’m personally very proud to support the TextLess Live More campaign in memory of my dear friend Anna Cheshire Levitan’s daughter, Merritt. Merritt tragically lost her life when she was struck from behind on a 3,000 mile cross-country bicycle trip on an Arkansas highway by someone who was distracted by texting.

TLLM_LogoAnna recently told ABC News, “On a positive level, young people rallied and thought right there had to be a message that came from this. They recognize texting and driving can kill, but on a larger level, what does this mean for our generation? Are we so distracted we are losing sight of the real world in hopeful anticipation of the virtual world, which doesn’t exist?”

TextLess Live More has inspired me to stay passionate, not just about my job, but about life in a non-digital world. It’s time to reconnect in a non-digital way in our ever-growing high-tech world. And after you read this, why not go and give the one person you love a big, gigantic hug? I promise it will feel good.

Will you join me in this commitment to TextLess?

Good Morning Vietnam

Sunrise at The Nam Hai

With jet lag to thank for waking earlier than usual, there was a glimpse of sunlight peeping through my one bedroom beach villa at The Nam Hai Hoi An windows. As I opened my shutters and strolled onto the terrace,  the vibrant yellow then pink and purple sky was staring back at me. I would have only imagined this to be the most marvelous sunset one could ever see, however, this was the sunrise overlooking Ha My Beach in Central Vietnam at 5:00 am.

Sunset at The Nam Hai

Sunset at The Nam Hai

Perhaps it was no coincidence that the morning happened to be Memorial Day back at home in the United States. It was a beautiful reminder that that each day is a new beginning and there is one thing we know for sure, the sun always rises. Sometimes, you’re lucky enough to experience something so beautiful like this.

(The Nam Hai Hoi An http://www.thenamhaihoian.com http://www.GHMhotels.com)

Travelweek Sao Paulo: Day 2

Today was another exciting day at Travelweek Sao Paulo making me wish there were more than 365 days in the year to travel! Here’s today’s Luxe Tiffany scoop: The Peninsula Paris will open August 1st near the Arc de Triomphe and will be one of the most high tech hotels in the world and beautiful Eiffel Tower views.

Peninsula Paris

Peninsula Paris

Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como, Italy now has its own Ferrari for guests to rent anytime and zip around in style. The hotel’s new branded champagne bar will open soon. 

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Speaking of champagne bars, Le Sirenuse in Positano’s champagne and oyster bar is a must-visit when in Positano this summer (open May-Oct).

Le Sirenuse

Le Sirenuse

Pink Panther fans, check yourself into the Peter Sellers suite at the Cristallo Palace Hotel & Spa in the Dolomites in Italy where the original Pink Panther was filmed.

Cristallo Palace Hotel & Spa

Cristallo Palace Hotel & Spa

The Tunes Bar at the ultra-sleek Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam (now part of Leading Hotels of the World) is the newest hot-spot for the best sushi in town and don’t miss the weekend Brunch.

Tunes Bar - Conservatorium Hotel

Tunes Bar – Conservatorium Hotel

For year round skiing, head to the 150 room Mont Cervin Palace in Zermatt, Switzerland where you can ski the glacier 12 months of the year. Your airport transfer to the hotel will be by horse and carriage! Richard Branson and his Virgin Hotel Group has signed an agreement to buy Mont Rochelle in Franschhoek in the winelands of South Africa (I just returned from this area and think Napa meets Africa. Stunning!) Indulge your palate with Uruguayan caviar, fondue and asado BBQ at the 32 bungalow Fasano Las Piedras Punta del Este in Uruguay this winter. Foodies will enjoy the food and wine festival October 12th.

Hotel Fasano Las Piedras, Punta del Este

Hotel Fasano Las Piedras, Punta del Este

In airline news, Air France will be launching its new First Class cabins this summer reducing its cabin from 8 seats to 4 for the privileged few. In Caribbean news, Hotel Christopher in St. Barths is expanding and will debut three new villas in 2015 (2) 3 BR and (1) 4 BR with full hotel services – great for families. Disney fans who love some luxury, Four Seasons Orlando opens this August with 444 rooms and rooms fit for Cinderella and her prince.

Four Seasons Orlando

Four Seasons Orlando

If you’re headed to Asia, there are brand new beach villas at the very private and zen Datai in Langkawi in Malaysia. (13) 1BR and (1) 2BR. If you want access to the very best of China, book Wild China and you can explore Marco Polo’s Silk Road and even try desert trekking in the footsteps of Genghis Khan.

Little fun fact: the new Brando Hotel in French Polynesia makes its own honey. Kind of sweet. So that’s just a taste of what was happening today. Is your passport ready?!

Travelweek São Paulo

Greetings from São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, where I’m here attending Travelweek São Paul recently acquired by Reed Exhibitions and is part of the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) portfolio. Here’s some of the latest luxury news that will make you want to dust off your passport and head to one of these fabulous places:

The new Li Sereno hotel on Lake Como, Italy by the owners of Le Sereno, St. Barts and designed by the amazing Patricia Urquiola (she designed Mandarin Oriental Barcelona) will open next summer. I’ve seen the photos, but unfortunately not allowed to share just yet. but trust me, it’s gorgeous.

Le Sereno, St. Barth

Le Sereno, St. Barth

The new Reefs hotel on Anguilla is being built by the owners of CuisinArt Resort, Anguilla (opening 2016); Portrait Firenze is now open in Florence, Italy (This Ferragamo owned hotel is perfect for families and let me tell you it’s amazing – I stayed in a suite pre-opening last summer);

Portrait Firenze

Portrait Firenze

The iconic Buddha Bar is now into hotels with its new hotel in Paris (think Shanghai in the 30’s in Paris – a trip within a trip);

Buddha Bar Paris Hotel

Buddha Bar Paris Hotel

The 35 villa Brando Hotel will be opening in French Polynesia in July (Marlon Brando’s very own secluded island paradise on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa);

The Brando Hotel on Tetiaroa Island

The Brando Hotel on Tetiaroa Island

The Le Barthelemy Hotel will open on St. Barts in December; Rosewood London is testing out new perks for hotel guests which I’m not allowed to reveal, but trust me, 007 would think it’s as cool as the Tony Chi interiors;

Rosewood London

Rosewood London

Budding writers, you’ll will love knowing F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote his novels, Tender is the Night and the Great Gatsby while staying at Hotel Belles Rives on the Cote d’Azur where you too might find your inspiration.

Hotel Belles Rives

Hotel Belles Rives

I could go on and on with over , but you can follow me real time on Twitter @LuxeTiffany for more daily updates and luxury travel news. 

Luxury Without Borders

I have just arrived to the 2014 American Express Publishing Luxury Summit at the sunny Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples, a who’s who global gathering of senior level executives from the world’s leading luxury brands. With a theme of “Luxury Without Borders,” the next three days will be a buzz of networking and exceptional guests speakers discussing the latest trends, issues and challenges in the luxury market.

2014 Luxury Summit

2014 Luxury Summit

Editor in Chief of Departures, Richard David Story says, “This year’s theme, ‘Luxury Without Borders,’ is pretty direct. What happens in America doesn’t necessarily need to stay in America. In fact, foreign and especially emerging markets have become a laboratory of sorts for what the new global customer wants.”

This year’s speakers include Emmanuel Perrin, president and chief executive officer of Cartier North America, Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International who will be In Conversation with Nancy Novogrod, editor in chief of Travel + Leisure. Other speakers include Robert Triefus, chief marketing officer, Gucci, and Chris Blackwell, founder, Island Records (record label for such artists as U2 and Robert Palmer) and Island Outpost Hotels and Resorts and Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of The Huffington Post. The emcee with be Mr. Story as well as Normal Pearlstine, the chief content officer of Time Inc.

Luxury Summit

Luxury Summit

“It’s a chance to hear new ideas and new solutions to brand-new challenges and to really take stock of where the luxury market, as it affects all us in this room, is headed,” says Story.

For a whole new level of luxury during the summit’s leisure time, guests will network at the Sunday Golf Tournament at the Tiburon Golf Course, a 36-hole 72-par championship course designed by legendary golfer Greg Norman. Thrill seekers will test their speed at the Lamborghini Aventador Driving Experience to test drive Lamborghini’s 700-horsepower V12 Aventador and Aventador Roadster.

I’m also delighted that South Africa Tourism will be hosting a lunch for attendees during the summit as I will be leaving for my first visit to South Africa later this month!

Follow my Tweets at @LuxeTiffany for the latest luxury news updates from the Luxury Summit and follow the hashtag #luxsummit.

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