Are We There Yet? – Hotels to know about

Planning a trip? Consider these great stays!

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

If you're headin' down South, then you've gotta check out the recently opened L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, a new $368 million casino entertainment property overlooking the Mississippi River. L'Auberge Baton Rouge provides a best-in-market casino entertainment complex featuring an expansive single-level, 74,000 square foot casino, nearly 1,500 slot machines, 50 table games including a poker room, a 12-storey hotel with 205 guest rooms and a rooftop pool, four dining outlets, a unique casino entertainment lounge with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River, a multi-purpose event center with concert seating for over 1,500 people or banquet seating for up to 800 people, and outdoor festival grounds with capacity for up to 2,500.

Sun-drenched hotspots await you with the new Portico business model of hotels – it combines the services of a 5-star luxury resort (dedicated escapist, personal concierge, daily housekeeping, etc.) with the privacy and space of a luxury villa experience. After launching in January 2012, Portico now boasts more than 150 stunning properties in over fifty of the world's top destinations across the globe, including Bermuda, Jamaica, Mexico, and more. The collection also includes a select group of hotels and resorts (such as the Viceroy Anguilla and Esperanza in Los Cabos). Not only does Portico provide its members with great value (price per night ranges from $400-$2000, typically 50% below market rates), but it also ensures a customized stay for each member thanks to a dedicated team of "Escapists" – personal vacation planners assigned to design a vacation itinerary specific to each and every guest.

And for those looking for a more exotic, truly international destination, the new Sofitel Mumbai BKC is breathtaking. Centred in the heart of Mumbai, guests will discover that French culture, design and gastronomy blend artistically with rich Indian tradition in a Neo Art Nouveau style, offering multifaceted experiences in cuisine, entertainment and relaxation. All 302 rooms (including 31 suites) feature the exclusive MyBed™ concept, an all-feather bed combined with an extra-light down duvet, which promises a perfect night's sleep. A pillow menu, sustainable practices, custom-designed furnishings, and L'Occitane en Provence and Hermès room amenities enhance the luxurious design for bedrooms and suites as well.

Bon Voyage,



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