T+L Reports: Custom Experiences
Travelers are demanding one-of-a-kind experiences, and hotels are answering the call, with rooms that have star-status trimmings. In the Cashmere Suite at Scotland's Stobo Castle (Stobo; 44-1721/725-300; www.stobocastle.co.uk; $900), locally woven cashmere covers the walls and beds in the baronial manor's most luxurious refuge. • Privacy gates keep paparazzi away from the four-bedroom Hibiscus Villa at One&Only Ocean Club (Nassau, Bahamas; 800/321-3000; www.oneandonlyoceanclub.com; $5,000). Set above white-sand dunes, the breezy residence has an infinity pool, a personal chef, and a butler who will climb a tree to fetch fresh coconuts. • The top-floor quarters of the Waldorf Towers (New York; 888/928-6937; www.waldorf-towers.com; $7,500) once served as a pied-à-terre for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. After a $1 million update, silk tapestries, gold-leaf trim, and Venetian chandeliers add majesty to the sprawling Royal Suite. Order a Waldorf salad: it's presented on a silver platter.
Accessed via an private entrance off 50th Street, the Waldorf Towers hotel occupies floors 27 through 42 of the famed Waldorf=Astoria, an Art Deco landmark constructed in 1931. The marble-floored lobby is furnished with a fireplace, gilded armchairs, and vibrant floral arrangements, and the corridors are lined with photographs of former guests (who include every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover). The 58 spacious guestrooms and 123 suites are all individually designed with antique furniture, and some have foyers the size of an average New York hotel room. Amenities include a complimentary continental breakfast and the exclusive Les Clefs d’Or concierge.
Stobo Castle Health Spa
A 19th-century stone mansion with a new spa. Book the Cashmere Suite for the ultimate in cocooning: bedroom walls lined with claret-colored Holland and Sherry cashmere and a soaking tub carved from limestone.