For true coffee lovers, these three hotels offer thoughtful programs that energize as well as pamper.
Kona coffee beans, grown exclusively on Hawaii Island, feature in many of the treatments at Fairmont Orchid’s Spa Without Walls. Book services in outdoor hales (huts) overlooking pristine beaches, lush gardens and hidden waterfalls. A Kona coffee exfoliation session, for example, employs ground beans to gently scrub away impurities and soften the skin. The hotel can help organize a tour of one of the island’s top coffee plantations like Greenwell Farms. Aside from coffee-themed activities, Fairmont Orchid offers complimentary beginner snorkel classes, guided hikes and the 10-court Tennis Center. Attend a Saturday-evening luau featuring hula dancers, musicians and a massive feast incorporating poke, miso-glazed Hawaiian butterfish and pineapple pie.
Le Méridien Versailles, Montreal
A recent makeover has brightened the public spaces and the 108 rooms of this massive 1950s Brutalist building with its striking concrete exterior. While the bedrooms of this boutique hotel are mid-century modern, the ground floor is glammed up with gilded artwork such as an abstract cityscape painting by Adlan Kaezar. The lobby, known as the Hub, has a coffeehouse atmosphere by day and is an ideal spot for visitors who wish to work or mingle over a cup of Italian Illy-brand espresso. In the evening, the space transforms into a cocktail bar, in which baristas whip up seasonal coffee-based drinks. Past standouts include Up All Night, a rich and potent mix of hibiscus-infused vodka, hazelnut liqueur and two shots of espresso, with just a splash of cinnamon syrup.
Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, New York City
Customized spa treatments, 189 elegant, Yabu Pushelberg-designed rooms and the see-and-be-seen restaurant CUT by Wolfgang Puck are just three of the standout features of this hotel. Located near the Tribeca neighbourhood and historic Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, the hotel also has one of the best room service programs around: order what you want, when you want it. Early adopters of artisanal coffee practices in the U.S., Philly-based La Colombe Coffee Roasters created the menu’s barista section and trains the in-house team to expertly prepare specialty beverages, which are also available through room service. This includes draft lattes, cold brews and single-origin French press coffee.
Five Warm-Weather Resorts With Exceptional Restaurants
Typically, resort food isn’t the highlight of a trip to the tropics, but an increasing number of resorts are upping their game with chef-driven concepts that should be experienced. Get classic French fare at Café Martinique at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas or sip aged rum at The Sugar Mill at Half Moon Resort in Jamaica.