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Our Top New York eateries by celebrity chefs

With the rise of foodie culture and interest in all things culinary, the world’s best chefs have developed a bit of a rock-star following. And, not surprisingly, a great many of them have set up shop in the center of it all — New York City.
 
No matter what kind of dishes or dining experience you’re after, some of the biggest names in the culinary world can deliver. Here’s but a bite-sized sample of some of the best eateries featuring celebrity chefs in the city.

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Top 5 pools in Miami

No matter where you look in Miami, water’s never very far away. From the clear blue waters of Biscayne Bay to the sprawling Atlantic Ocean, it’s water, water everywhere.

But Miami is also home to some of the world’s most stunning pools. With incredible weather year-round and as a mecca for luxury hotels and resorts, there are plenty of options when it comes to lounging poolside.

Whether you’re looking to swim a couple laps or relax in the sun with a cocktail, here are five of Miami’s most incomparable pools…

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Featuring: Mr. C Beverly Hills, A Cipriani Hotel

The Cipriani family and brand’s entry into the Beverly Hills luxury hotel market has been nothing short of a smash success.

Launched by Maggio and Ignazio Cipriani, the fourth generation of the renowned family, the property brings all the luxuries and accoutrements fans of the Cipriani brand have come to know and love.

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Feeding Fido in Los Angeles

Although dogs have long been a common sight in the outdoor patios of restaurants around Los Angeles, it wasn’t until August of 2014 that the California Legislature passed a bill to make it legal, protecting business owners from potential lawsuits and patrons from tickets.

It is far from being as permissive as, say, France, where well-behaved dogs of all sizes are allowed in the main spaces of bars, cafes and restaurants. But the bill permits owners traveling with their pets to spend less time locked up their hotel rooms and more time out and about with their four-legged friends. With Southern California’s agreeable weather, hanging outside rather than inside is hardly a punishment.

Here are the ABC’s of eating with dogs in public:

A) The owner of the food facility must elect to allow pet dogs in its outdoor dining area. They are not obligated to allow pets; they are free to decide what works best for their business.
B) The pet dog must be on a leash or confined in a pet carrier and under the control of the pet dog owner.
C) Pet dogs are not allowed on chairs, benches, seats, or other fixtures.
D) There must be a separate outdoor entrance where pet dogs enter without going through the food establishment to reach the outdoor dining area.
E) The outdoor dining area must not be used for food or drink preparation or the storage of utensils, but a food employee may refill a beverage glass in the outdoor dining area from a pitcher or other container.
F) Food and water provided to pet dogs shall be in single-use disposable containers.
G) Food employees are prohibited from having direct contact with pet dogs while on duty. A food employee who does have that prohibited direct contact shall wash his or her hands immediately.
H) The outdoor dining area must be kept clean. Surfaces that have been contaminated by dog excrement or other bodily fluids shall be cleaned and sanitized.
I) The food facility owner ensures compliance with local ordinances related to sidewalks, public nuisance and sanitation.
Check with the concierge at your hotel for neighbourhood-specific restaurant suggestions.

Our Luxury Hotel Consultants Recommend:

The Peninsula Beverly Hills - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Considered by many discerning travelers to be the finest luxury hotel in Los Angeles, The Peninsula Beverly Hills is an exclusive retreat where glamour, service and amenities are delivered flawlessly. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the hotel has a traditional décor that features fine art and priceless antiques. The Peninsula Beverly Hills offers guests the elegance and grace that is unique to Beverly Hills.

L'Ermitage Beverly Hills - Magellan Luxury Hotels

In a peaceful residential neighborhood in the heart of Beverly Hills, L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is a tranquil oasis. Guests can opt to hide away and enjoy a private retreat, or choose to be in the heart of the action which is just a short stroll away. Either way, guests will enjoy world-class amenities such as a beautiful rooftop pool, an acclaimed spa and fantastic dining options.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows - Magellan Luxury Hotels

This landmark hotel has been drawing a crowd of celebrities and discerning travelers since 1921, due to its prime location, resort-style amenities and relaxing atmosphere. Located on Wilshire Boulevard near the Santa Monica Pier, the Fairmont Miramar Santa Monica is an award-winning property that offers elegance, privacy and outstanding service.

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Marvelous Midtown Manhattan

Mention “midtown” to almost anyone and they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about – one of New York City’s most captivating areas.

The exact size of midtown Manhattan varies slightly based on who you talk to; broadly speaking it spans the entire island east to west, its northern border is 59th St. and it continues south for roughly 25 or so blocks.

There’s no question that Midtown Manhattan is one of the most vibrant hubs of… well, anything. It’s a burgeoning financial center, is home to some of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers, and includes most of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment.

Midtown Manhattan’s architecture alone is simply stunning. The Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the United Nations headquarters, Times Square, Grand Central Station and more – they’re all here, and truly need to be seen in person. In fact, with the exception of Central Park and One World Trade Center, virtually all of Manhattan’s most iconic landmarks are in Midtown. Check out the legendary Park Ave., the bustling Madison Ave., Penn Station, Trump Tower, the Museum of Modern Art and so much more.

Want to shop? Fifth Avenue runs through Midtown Manhattan, offering the country’s best selection of boutique shops, department stores and much more. Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Tiffany & Co. – they all emerged in Midtown Manhattan.

Want to catch a show? Broadway (and off-Broadway) theater is a truly special New York City tradition and culture that offers a chance to see established stars and the hottest up-and-comers cut their teeth on the stage.

For drinks, dining and dancing, the choices in Midtown Manhattan are virtually limitless. Whether you’re looking for cocktail lounges, nightclubs, white-tablecloth eateries or secret mom-and-pop spots, the choices are staggering.

Get into one of Midtown Manhattan’s fabulous buildings – specifically, one of the city’s fab four- or five-star accommodations – via Magellan Luxury Hotels.

Our Luxury Hotel Consultants Recommend:

WestHouse Hotel New York - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Le Parker Meridien NY - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Four Seasons New York - Magellan Luxury Hotels

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The London Edition

Few hotels can offer elegance and grandeur while retaining a feeling of comfort and familiarity quite like the London EDITION. Located near London’s Soho district in super-cool Fitzrovia, this top-shelf hotel is the complete package.

The hotel’s location in Fitzrovia is key; in recent years the area has become London’s shopping, dining and cultural hub. Guests can explore the always-diverse Soho, the fashion district of Oxford and Regent streets, nearby Marylebone, Bloomsbury and much more. The city’s best dining, art, live entertainment and more are just steps away from the London EDITION. You’re also never far away from a double-decker bus or the tube should you fancy some sightseeing beyond the area.

The London Edition - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Back inside the hotel, the London EDITION’s emphasis on design is apparent in the 173 spacious guest rooms and suites. Warm wood (either deep walnut or light oak) and natural sunlight help evoke a yacht-like feel, while featuring stunning furniture, top-notch amenities and more. There’s comfort and simplicity without sacrificing aesthetics or luxury.

The London Edition - Magellan Luxury Hotels

When it comes to dining options, the London EDITION is at the front of the pack. Berner’s Tavern features the culinary talents of Michelin-starred executive chef Jason Atherton, who is creating his own take on seasonal contemporary British fare that has gastronomes clamoring for a reservation.

The London Edition - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Speaking of reservations, you’d best get one to Punch Room, a warm and inviting lounge reminiscent of London’s 19th-century private clubs. As the name indicates, the Punch Room features punch bowls as their signature drink among their stellar lineup of craft cocktails. Or change it up and hang out in the lobby bar – grab a coffee or cocktail, play some snooker or just watch worldly travelers go by.

Magellan Luxury Hotels is thrilled to have the London EDITION as a partner accommodation – as such, booking with Magellan results in the best rates and exclusive perks.

Wine, food and fun in South Beach

Celebrating its 15th year, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE –let’s just call it SOBEWFF for short – continues to bring incredible flavors and plenty of fun to Miami.

This year’s festivities take place from February 24 to 28 at venues throughout the area, and will highlight local ingredients, international cuisine, a flair for the culinary imagination, and plenty of wine.

The lineup of chefs for this year’s SOBEWFF is as strong (or stronger) than in any previous year. Among the notable culinary gurus are some of the food world’s rock stars – Aarón Sánchez, Giada De Laurentiis, Todd English, Tom Colicchio, Rachel Ray, Anne Burrell and many more.

Culinary themes this year, as in previous years, run the gamut – although this year some of the events look to be completely off the charts. From a vegan dinner to a “meatopia” event, chefs will be catering to every lifestyle and every palate, with casual events as well as fine dining experiences.

Learn from the pros in one of SOBEWFF’s many demos, workshops, grand tastings and seminars as they demonstrate how to take your culinary prowess to the next level. Or kick back and relax as these kitchen wizards conjure up some killer lunches, dinners, desserts and more.

The wine and drinks events will surely be as educational as they are fun (and tasty). Wine Spectator magazine is hosting a series of tastings, including a once-in-a-lifetime Heitz Wine Cellars legacy tasting. Put your taste buds to the test in a New World vs. Old World wine showdown, or take part in wine-and-food pairing events. Check out the Gekkeikan sake feature, which will help you learn everything you need to know about Japanese rice wine. Or if you want something more casual, check out Guy Fieri’s tiki cocktail showdown.

Magellan Luxury Hotels is able to get you into some of Miami’s best four- and five-star hotels, many of which boast some pretty spectacular dining and drinks options.

Our Luxury Hotel Consultants Recommend:

St Regis Bal Harbour Resort - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Metroplitan by COMO - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Eden Roc Miami Beach - Magellan Luxury Hotels

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LA throws 2016’s first big art show

In late January, the Los Angeles Convention Center will be transformed into the venue for America’s longest-running forum to explore the work of the world’s leading modern and contemporary artists – the Los Angeles Art Show.

Running from January 27 to 31st, the show will more than ever be one of the best chances to discover the world’s most compelling artists of today. With over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space, last year alone the LA Art Show played host to over 50,000 visitors from around the world.

Going into its 21st year, the LA Art Show is returning with a fresh, refined focus that will help transform the show going forward. The show’s focus is narrowing to highlight only modern and contemporary works; traditional and historic contemporary art will be split off and viewable at the Los Angeles Fine Art Show.

This new focus will bring fresh energy to the convention center floor, offering more modern and contemporary galleries from around the world the chance to showcase new and emerging artists from every corner of the globe alongside the established greats.

Special installations at the forthcoming LA Art Show include exhibits devoted to Chinese and African contemporary art, a photo triptych panorama of a recent graffiti installation, and many more pieces and collections that will inspire and challenge visitors.

In your spare time explore nearby galleries, or take a break from art to enjoy some of LA’s best dining, nightclub and shopping options, all nearby the convention center. Or rent a car and venture beyond the city to experience California’s natural beauty.

Whether you’re an art lover, a gallery owner, an avid collector or just wanting to explore a number of different genres, the LA Art Show is for you. And Magellan Luxury Hotels can get you in at the best nearby four- and five-star at the best prices – and often with exclusive perks.

Our Luxury Hotel Consultants Recommend:

 The Peninsula Beverly Hills - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Hotel Casa Del Mar - Magellan Luxury Hotels

Mr. C Beverly Hills - Magellan Luxury Hotels

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E-Gift Cards Available Now!

The holiday season is upon us and we’re here to make gift-giving easy. Whether it’s an exciting stay in the Big Apple or a romantic getaway by the sea, an e-gift card for a luxury hotel stay is bound to impress! If you’ve run out of ideas or just out of time we’re here to help you spread some holiday cheer.

A gift sent straight to your inbox – it doesn’t get any easier than that!

Call us now at 1-866-784-6726 and quote promo code 9999-1042 to get your e-gift card today!

FAQs

How do I buy a Magellan Luxury Hotels e-gift card?
To purchase an e-gift card please contact us at 1-866-784-6726 and select option 1 or send an email to giftcards@magellanluxuryhotels.com with your contact details and we will call you. You can also reach out to us via chat on our website www.MagellanLuxuryHotels.com.

Are there any fees?
There are no service fees when purchasing or redeeming Magellan Luxury Hotels gift cards.

What denominations do the gift cards come in?
You can purchase an e-gift card in any denomination. Gift cards are issued in United States dollars and they can be redeemed towards any booking made by Magellan Luxury Hotels.

How is an e-gift card sent to me?
Magellan Luxury Hotels e-gift cards will be delivered to the purchaser via email once the payment transaction is complete. Gift card orders will be processed during regular business hours Monday – Friday 9am-6pm EST.

I haven’t received the email with my e-gift card.
We adhere to all industry standards to ensure the delivery of your e-gift card is successful. Occasional instances may occur and are likely due to the following reasons:
– Spam filter blocked email
– Firewall blocked email
– Inbox full
– Invalid email address
If your spam filter is blocking giftcards@magellanluxuryhotels.com email address, please add it to the safe list so it is not considered spam. For more information or assistance please contact us at 1-866-784-6726.

How do I redeem my gift card? Can I use it at a hotel during my stay?
Magellan Luxury Hotels gift cards can only be redeemed by calling 1-866-784-6726. Gift cards cannot be redeemed at hotels directly. The unique gift card number must be provided at the time of booking. Gift cards are issued in United States dollars and they can be redeemed towards any booking made by Magellan Luxury Hotels.

How do I check my balance?
Please contact our Accounting Department at 1-204-992-8328 Monday – Friday 9am-6pm EST to obtain details or a balance on your gift card. You will be required to provide the unique gift card number found on the gift card voucher or in the email that was sent to you by the gift card purchaser.

Do the gift cards expire?
Magellan Luxury Hotels gift cards have no expiration date.

What if I lose my gift card?
Lost or stolen gift cards will not be replaced. If you are concerned that someone has stolen or copied your gift card, please contact our Accounting Department at 1-204-992-8328 immediately.

Can I redeem my gift card for cash?
Magellan Luxury Hotels gift cards cannot be redeemed for cash unless required by law. A gift card cannot be used to purchase other gift cards. Gift cards are non-refundable.

Can I cancel a gift card?
Once the payment transaction is complete, gift cards cannot be cancelled or refunded.

Can I reload or change the value of a gift card?
At this time Magellan Luxury Hotels gift cards cannot be reloaded nor can the value be modified. A new gift card will need to be purchased for the additional amount.

What if I need help or have questions?
We are happy to assist you with any questions or concerns. Please contact us at 1-866-784-6726 or via email at giftcards@magellanluxuryhotels.com. You can also reach out to us via chat on our website www.MagellanLuxuryHotels.com.