Autumn in New England : Part Two

- Jim Haupt, Regional VP Hotel Relations for Kiwi Collection

Read on, for part two of my recent New England travels, where I had the privilege of enjoying some of the most spectacular luxury hotels and inns the east coast has to offer. (And if you missed part one of Autumn in New England, be sure to check it out!)

A little Asian influence goes a long way at the Mandarin Oriental in historic Boston. Set along the popular Boylston Street, guests are treated to spacious, high-tech rooms, a Five Star Spa and impressive New England dining in Asana. Not to be missed are the ingenious Experience Showers that will enhance whatever spa treatment you choose during your stay.

It’s no surprise that low-key celebrities prefer The Eliot Hotel. European ambiance and elegantly appointed suites (this hotel consists mostly of suites) offer guests a luxurious experience without the hustle-bustle of a big hotel. General Manager, Pascale Schalefi, keeps a keen eye on the details. Hotel Eliot’s dining room, Clio, reflects the same refined elegance and is one of the most celebrated in the city.

Surrounded in rich American history, XV Beacon Hotel is making its own mark on Boston. Amy Finsliver, the hotel’s general manager, has an eye for design. The rich furnishings, stylish lines and well-appointed rooms will impress even the most distinguished traveler. Adjoining the hotel is Mooo, their innovative steakhouse that offers guests a new approach to the traditional steakhouse.

I arrived at White Elephant and The Wauwinet after following a 75-minute high-speed ferry ride to Nantucket Island, a historic whalers outpost turned fashionable for the well-heeled Northeasterner. The best island lodgings are managed by Nantucket Island Resorts, and the two premier properties are both featured within the Kiwi Collection. Near the pulse of the village is the White Elephant and tucked off a bayside country road lies Wauwinet. To my surprise, I discovered two outstanding golf courses on the island… next time I’m packing the clubs. (Pictured: myself, Ryan Grant and Bettina Landt at White Elephant)

Don’t let the “Inn” designation of Chatham Bars Inn at Cape Cod, Massachusetts fool you. Chatham Bars Inn is a sophisticated, stylish resort with heritage. Check out one of their new spa rooms, complete with in room saunas and tubs filled from the ceiling. No wonder some guests never leave their room! Great harbor views, a full service spa and a beach club with grill and outdoor pool are just a few of the great perks here. (Pictured: Olivier Rabcsh, Michael Briggs and myself)

At Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, guests enjoy special privileges on the neighboring Cape Cod National Golf Course, one of the finest courses on the Cape. In the evening, Thoreau’s club-like bar comes alive with guests enthusiastically chatting about the day’s golf episodes and boasting the next day’s outcome. If you travel with young people, no worries – the resort offers a first-class children’s center custom designed for kid fun!

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