The five-star Alexander House Hotel in Sussex, England, is tapping into a Danish tradition of serenity and mindfulness by serving guests Hoogly Tea. The drink was fashioned by Brighton resident Tina Gloggengieser in homage to the cheery Danish concept of Hygge.
When the Blackburn Inn in Staunton, Va., reopens as a boutique hotel next year, guests will savor a redesign that retains the signature features of the 1828 landmark. Up-to-date amenities will blend with the heart pine flooring, arched hallways and other features created by master builder Thomas Blackburn in the 19th century.
Spa Kurbadet in Hornbaek, Denmark, uses its own beauty products line, dubbed Ilse by Ilse Jacobsen, in all treatments. The products were developed with the help of skin care manufacturer Dermapharm.
Stylists are updating the look of braids by going beyond the traditional box part, incorporating the triangle part toward the front. "Triangle braids are just more stylish and trendy now," says Stasha Harris of Magic Fingers Studio in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The ranks for the elite Palace hotels of Paris are expanding from seven to 14, while meeting various standards set by France's Tourism Ministry. "They're a key reason why Paris will remain one of the three gateway cities in the world for the top hotels, along with London and New York," said JLL's Gwenola Donet.
The Westin New York in Times Square is putting its $1,000 bagel back on the menu for a limited time following its debut a decade ago. The bagel's toppings include gold flakes and white truffle cream cheese.