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Forbes Travel Guide created America's original hospitality Star Rating system in 1958. Since then, its team of incognito inspectors have checked into thousands of hotels, dined at just as many restaurants, and experienced scores of spa treatments to bring you information on the very best places to stay, eat and relax around the world. Throughout ForbesTravelGuide.com, you'll find answers about these Star-Rated and recommended hotels, restaurants and spas, as well as destinations and activities, written and provided by Forbes Travel Guide's team of professional inspectors. It's a dynamic group of people who live around the world, have a wide variety of interests and backgrounds, and are united by a passion for travel and a devotion to hunting down the world's most outstanding places.

  • On January 5
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    How old does my child need to be to visit Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess?

    While Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers a number of treatments for adults, it doesn't provide any for children. You must be at least 18 years old to visit the Four-Star spa, though it will make allowances for kids accompanied by parents. Call ahead of time and check with the staff. Since the spa serves as a tranquil oasis, anything  or anyone  that might disturb the peace is frowned upon. However, if your younger son or daughter needs to get rid of her shaggy 'do, the salon will gladly arrange an appointment for hair, makeup or nail services.
  • On January 5
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    What is the cancellation policy at Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess?

    If you have to hold off on a relaxing visit to Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, its cancellation policy offers some leeway. After booking an appointment, you have four hours to contact the Four-Star spa to avoid being charged for the entire service. The window of time is generous, so don't abuse it and call as soon as you find out that you can't make it. Spa packages, which generally include multiple treatments, require 24 hours advance notice. Failing to call the Scottsdale spa within this time frame will result in a 100 percent charge as well.
  • On January 5
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    What is the best way to get an appointment at Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess?

    To make an appointment at Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, all you have to do is call it directly. The Four-Star spa doesn't offer online reservations, which means you will have to pick up the phone to book treatments like the hydrating Cashmere Spice Body Wrap, which uses scents like orange, clove and vanilla. If that isn't what you're looking for, ask one of the spa coordinators to help you choose the right service for your needs. The Scottsdale spa's treatment menus are quite comprehensive, and some expert advice can't hurt.
  • On January 5
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    What should I wear to a treatment at Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess?

    Don't worry about what you should wear to a treatment at Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. It doesn't matter if you're arriving in your golf skirt and tennis shoes after a day on one of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess' two golf courses or a chic outfit after dining at the onsite Bourbon Steak. Because as soon as you arrive, you'll receive a robe, pair of sandals and locker to store your clothes and valuables. The staff at the Four-Star spa tries to make you feel as comfortable as possible, so shy types can opt to wear undergarments underneath their robes. One thing to note: A swimsuit is required in some of the bath and shower areas, so bring one along.
  • On January 5
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    What kinds of nail services are offered at Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess?

    Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers many different nail services that reflect both its Southwest setting and the spa's dedication to the elements  air, water, earth, wood and fire. The luxe signature manicure uses mineral salts and essential oils to soak and moisturize your hands and arms for 60 minutes, while the Southwest classic manicure employs fragrant rosemary oil and remains a local favorite. For silky-soft skin and revitalized nails, dip your hands into a nourishing wax during the 60-minute paraffin manicure. The Ultimate Princess Manicure gives you the royal treatment with its tri-crystal microderm refining scrub; orange blossom, vanilla and frankincense mask; and vitamin serum. If your feet are overdue for a good buff and polish, three of the Four-Star spa's manicures are offered as pedis as well: the signature pedicure, Southwest classic pedicure and the paraffin pedicure.
  • On September 30
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    Which shops are located near Lotte New York Palace?

    If you’ve come to New York to shop, you’re in good company when you stay at Lotte New York Palace. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is right next to Fifth Avenue, which hosts some of the city’s toniest shops. There’s Saks Fifth Avenue, the upscale department store where you can browse the aisles (and floors) with a personal shopper or just look for whatever catches your eye. A little further up Fifth, you can check out Henri Bendel, a woman’s specialty store that peddles jewelry, hair accessories and more. Plus, its fourth floor is home to the Frederic Fekkai hair salon, if you’re looking for a makeover to match all those chic clothes and accessories you just bought.
  • On September 22
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    When is The St. Regis New York’s gym open?

    Whether you’re looking to work out or zone out, you can do both during your stay at The St. Regis New York. The pared-down gym is located on the lower level of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel.

    The 24-hour gym includes cardio, weight-training and low-impact equipment. Complimentary chilled towels, water and fruit enhance your workout, and you can arrange a personal training session or get a private yoga or Pilates class from one of the spa’s instructors.


  • On September 22
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    What are the four best amenities at The St. Regis New York?

    Staying at The St. Regis New York is as close to being at home as you’ll get at a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel — that was the original owner’s vision and it still rings true today. John Jacob Astor IV, a wealthy New York socialite, opened the hotel in 1904 as a main competitor to luxury hotels in Europe and insisted on residential amenities and opulent, but comfortable décor. We’ve rounded up a list of the best five amenities at the hotel:

    1. The white glove, black-tailed personal butler service sets this New York hotel apart. Your butler can fulfill a range of requests round-the-clock sent through the paging system in your room or a handy app that connects to your butler’s handheld device. Every morning your butler serves you coffee and tea, arranges wake-up calls and can bring you room service, helps you run an errand, stocks your room with toys and games for children or organizes a cocktail party for you and your friends. No request is too large or too small.

    2. Sit back and relax with a bedside control panel that operates everything in the guest room with the push of a button. You barely have to lift a finger to control the room temperature, lights, alarm clock, telephone, housekeeping and privacy lights and butler paging.

    3. The St. Regis New York’s gym is open 24 hours and perfect for a cardio or weight-training workout. Choose from treadmills, ellipticals, a StairMaster, free weights and Swiss balls, as well as personal training options. When you’re done, hit the locker room and relax in the steam room. Chilled towels, water and fresh fruits are all available, free of charge.

    4. The beds at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel are among the most comfortable we’ve ever slept in. King-sized, overstuffed feather pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets adorn a plush Serta pillow-top mattress in each room. The down duvet seems a foot high — you’ll feel like you’re sleeping in the clouds when you climb into your fluffy bed.
  • On September 11
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    What's the relaxation area like at The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar?

    © The Grand Del Mar The relaxation area at The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the epitome of tranquility and style. Framed Hermès scarves — a touch that fashion lovers will adore — lead you to an ocean-blue room that’s splashed with touches of gold. For prime lounging, lie down on the cabana-style day beds and relax while you enjoy the sunlight that streams through the French doors. Fashion magazines and newspapers will be provided so you can catch up on the latest trends and current events. Though you may be quite happy just to cozy up to the fireplace in your plush white robe and revel in all the sweet serenity.
  • On September 11
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    What are the five best treatments at The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar?

    The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar offers some amazing services. In fact, they are among the best in the country. Here are our five favorites treatments at this Five-Star spa:

    1. Manual Lymph Drainage. Focusing on the face and neck, this light, rhythmic therapy is designed to improve the overall functioning of your immune system. The lymphatic vessels play a key role in removing toxins and delivering nutrients, antibodies and other materials to the tissue cells of the body.

    2. Decompression. The invigorating body scrub of organic rosemary is followed by a hydrating body wrap of goat butter while you lie on a warm, free-floating bed. This soothing, luxurious treatment culminates with a customized body massage.

    3. Art for Art’s Sake. An application of warm oil is massaged onto your neck, shoulders, décolleté, face and scalp, which is then followed by exfoliation, warm aromatic cloths and a remineralizing clay mask. This will leave your skin radiant and revitalized.

    4. Sculpted Beauty. Nutrient-rich, mineralizing clay paired with a contouring massage draw excess fluid from your tissues. The results? Toned and revitalized skin.

    5. Expression. The subtle, penetrating heat of warmed stones combine with an herbal salt scrub and a refreshing cleanse with a Vichy shower. Next up? A tonic massage with rich goat butter cream.
  • On September 11
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    How old does my child need to be to visit The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar?

    Your child needs to be 18 or older to visit The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar, but they can be any age to visit the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa’s Haim Salon. If a child under the age of 18 is begging for a little pampering, take him or her to the salon for a special nail service. The children’s manicures and pedicures are $30 a piece.
  • On September 2
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What is the cancellation policy at L’Espalier?

    L’Espalier requires a credit card guarantee to hold to all reservations, as well as 48 hours notice for a cancellation.