Hotels, restaurants, no more pivot towards more private offers for customers
When it comes to traveling in style for outdoor shoots or even a post-shoot getaway, today’s demand is for anything private. Many are still not quite comfortable sharing space with their travel companions who may or may not be vaccinated.
Faraway alfresco dining, upscale private hotel gyms, and sequestered hotel stays are just some of the ways hotel companies are adapting to current pandemic challenges and guest preferences. Restaurants, hotels, wineries, and other places have reworked their boundaries over the past year, with the goal of keeping customers separate, satisfied, and ultimately healthy. Those in production bubbles have
incitement to cloistered socialization.
Variety reduces the possibilities to get out and stay away.
Dining in restaurant-style room
Malibu Beach hostel, Malibu
There is no doubt that guests will have the best view and table in the house to dine on their own private oceanfront patio at the Malibu Beach Inn. The 47-room Carbon Beach property offers an ultra-personalized private dining experience, starting with cocktails prepared by mixologists and a four-course tasting menu tailored to guest preferences and thoughtfully paired with selected wines. The meal is served restaurant style, with a private bathroom, with no other guests nearby or in sight. Reservations requested 72 hours in advance.
Four Seasons Los Angeles Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
The private fitness suite at the Four Season Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills offers health-focused extras – a specialized air filtration system, rainfall showerhead with water purifier, and hyper hardwood floors. allergens – which attract hotel guests who appreciate the opportunity to exercise behind closed doors. One to three people in the same group can use the sanitized gym equipment, the advanced Peloton bike, and the cool Hydrow rower. The room is available every two hours exclusively for hotel guests. The fitness room complements the hotel’s fourth-floor wellness rooms and suites launched in June.
Hiding place in town
Palihouse Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
The mellow vibe of downtown Santa Barbara is exemplified at this newly opened 24-room boutique hotel, which blends in perfectly with the low-rise Spanish Revival architecture of the seaside town. Reserve the large El Apartmento for all the comforts of a sophisticated city apartment-sized retreat (terrace, sunken tub and fireplace included plus a fully stocked bar). There is no need to go out, although the hotel’s Linus bikes are ready. The secluded Club Room, nestled in a leafy corner of the property, opens up to the outdoors and the ideal Santa Barbara climate. Its hidden location allows for socializing and separate meetings.
Escape for a wine tasting at sea
Folded hills, Gaviota
Most know the Folded Hills Winery Ranch for its oak-strewn outdoor wine-tasting patio overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley. But for those who want to go further, the winery offers a private tasting on board on a 50-foot Catalina sailboat. A group of four can depart from the port of Santa Barbara with a sommelier for a tasting of the offshore reserve and a relaxing trip along the coast. Folded Hills Winery’s organic vineyards occupy 15 acres of the 600-acre estate; visitors can book a tour of a backcountry ranch where they can encounter exotic animals including Zazu the Zebra, a fiery camel, and the Royal Clydesdales. The cellar’s farm stand in a historic barn sells organic vegetables and local produce.
Boutique Hotel Only for Groups
The Marley, Palm Springs
The Marley (pictured above) in the Warm Sands neighborhood of Palm Springs is a private, gated, and colorful alternative for groups of 10 to 22 people. Owners Jessica and Tim Spry have completely transformed the old roadside motel into an avant-garde stay with playful decor, a large pool and a restaurant kitchen. The Marley is open to only one group at a time: guests can upgrade their visit via a menu of complimentary services ranging from cabin attendants to bartender or private chef. “No one can see you or come in,” says Jessica Spry. The neighboring partner establishment, the El Cid hotel, is also intended for groups.
Epicurean lunch boxes
The Pontchartrain Hotel, New Orleans
Chef Brian Landry of the Pontchartrain Hotel built in 1927 said: “You have to seize the opportunities that are available to you. To meet demands for sequestered experiences, Landry cooked offsite, performing a full dining experience in private homes. Production teams applaud its personalized NOLA-themed lunch boxes delivered in sets: individually prepared, each box features NOLA brands such as Zapps Chips, Barq’s classic root beer, donuts and po’boys, Louisiana’s signature French bread sandwiches. Teams and talents are known to chill out at the hotel’s Hot Tin Rooftop
Bar named after playwright Tennessee Williams, once a frequent guest.
Kimpton Angler’s Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida.
Need a poolside meeting space that’s suitable for socially distant and hybrid events? The Kimpton Angler’s Hotel in South Beach has private entrances to its bungalow and poolside villa and ample space for indoor / outdoor private events next to the hotel’s Mermaid pool where the events of Miami Swim Week are coming in July. The property is a few blocks from the beach and away from the wild crowds. Fresh Florida seafood is the specialty of the hotel’s Art Deco-style Seawell Fish N ‘Oyster.
R&R in luxury by the lake
The Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, Greensboro, Georgia.
At the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, up to eight guests can check in to their own four-bedroom lakefront home in the newly renovated Lake House, complete with a chef’s kitchen, panoramic terrace and a private swimming pool. On the property are five golf courses offering 99 holes of play within physical distance. The Ritz’s Lake House and nearby private cottages have a dedicated concierge to organize on-site activities, from movie nights (on a 72-inch flat-screen TV) to a Southern-style chef-cooked breakfast or a tasting of selected bourbon. The drive from Atlanta is 90 minutes to the sporty and upscale resort, located about 90 miles east of southwest Atlanta (home to Tyler Perry Studios).
Private wine tastings in a designer tent
Macari Vineyards, Mattituck, NY
The intrepid winemakers at Macari Vineyards in North Fork of Long Island added a unique tasting room last fall. Groups of up to six can book one of the newly installed Bergen Road all-weather bungalows in the cool climate cellar for a private, catered lunch and wine tasting. The comfortably decorated and fully heated platform tents are outfitted with vintage and contemporary furniture and accessories (all for sale) including records and board games. A selection of Macari wines (like the Chardonnay grown on the estate and the Dos Aguas Red which is sure to please everyone) is paired with clever cheese and charcuterie boards. Tastings are only by appointment.
Retreat in royal style
The Milestone Hotel & Residences, London
Stay beside royalty at the Milestone Hotel & Residences in central London, opposite Kensington Palace, the official residence of William and Kate. The hotel’s six independent two- and three-bedroom residences are perfectly sophisticated, decorated in soft tones and lavish finishes. There are views towards the historic palace and park. Each residence has 24/7 butler service and a private entrance, so you never mingle with other hotel guests while enjoying the hotel’s room service and of its many facilities. A residence’s full kitchen can be stocked upon request prior to arrival.