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June 20, 2012

Haute-tel Hot Sheet

Your Summer M.O.: Tan, Cocktail and Spa

By Nancy Staab

St Regis Atlanta, W Atlanta Buckhead, and W Atlanta Downtown are primed for a posh pool season, while Mandarin Oriental Atlanta announces their luxe new spa program

The pool at  St. Regis Atlanta The pool at St. Regis Atlanta

The Pool at St. Regis Atlanta

Stay-cationers take note. St Regis has a posh pool package entitled “Summer Friday” through Aug. 31, to kick off your weekend early and in style with guaranteed check-in by noon into a luxury room, two signature cocktails, 20% off any Rem`ede Spa customized facial or massage, valet parking, and complimentary wireless internet access. You can even take your iPad poolside and wrap up your work week form a private pool cabana. Enjoy outdoor games on the Grand Terrace or take advantage of the poolside butler service with hourly amenities such as fresh fruit smoothies, Evian mists, chilled towels, iced coconut water or frozen fruit skewers at your beck and call.  Meanwhile, the Poolside Café & Bar offers a refreshing summer menu composed by new Executive Chef Joseph Trevino of chilled soups, fresh salads and sandwiches and sips like Electric Lemonade or a Cucumber Basil Cooler. Then duck into the Rem`ede Spa for your private treatment overlooking the pool piazza. The Summer Friday package starts at $299. For reservations or more info: 404.563.7900 or


The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta

The spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta The spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta

Mandarin Oriental is known for its signature spa treatments inspired by the Orient and the new Atlanta property at 3376 Peachtree Road NE in Buckhead is no exception. Think: 15,000 square-foot spa, 14 private treatment rooms, two exclusive couple suites with private soaking tub and shower, yoga and fitness studios, a 60-foot indoor lap pool overlooking the English Garden, steam room and sauna.  Begin with muscle-soothing relaxation in the spa’s vitality pool. Then opt from a pampering menu of treatments personalized to your needs, including massages, scrubs, wraps, and facials. In addition to individual treatments, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental offers full- and half-day packages. Better yet, check into the 5-star property for an overnight stay. The Atlanta Summer Getaway package starts at $295 and includes breakfast, valet parking and a spa session. For reservations and more information: 404.995 7526 or



The Pool at W Atlanta Buckhead

The pool at W Atlanta Buckhead The pool at W Atlanta Buckhead

This Buckhead hotel’s WET Deck is open to non-hotel visitors during the weekends from noon to 7PM, starting at $69 for two one-day passes. Lounge, sip signature beverages, enjoy chilled towels and on Sundays the deck turns into a veritable dance floor with live DJ music. The traffic snarl of Peachtree will feel miles away. For reservations and more info:



The Pool at W Atlanta Downtown

The W Atlanta Downtown pool The W Atlanta Downtown pool

Sip, sun and pool like a rock star at the sleek W Atlanta Downtown. It’s urban luxe at its best with a sexy infinity pool, 16 stories up, overlooking the Atlanta skyline, and a full indoor/outdoor WETBAR serving up delicious libations. Should you want a massage or other pampering treatment, the Bliss Spa is located on the same floor as the pool for easy access, and on weekend nights, Friday through Sunday, expect stellar DJ’s and other nightlife programing. DJ Treasure Fingers from L.A. rules the pool deck on the 2nd Sunday of every month this summer, while Belvedere and Moet & Chandon host an Oasis party every third Sunday with DJ Courtney.  Is fitness more your thing? There’s a yoga party series July 7, Aug. 4 and Sept. 8. But here’s the catch: the pool is reserved for hotel guests only until 4PM and open to other guests by invitation-only from 4PM onwards. Your best bet is to book a room to ensure your pool-centric staycation for a day or, better yet, the whole weekend. The Girl’s (or Boy’s) Night Out Package starts at $239 for a cool corner suite with views, bottle of Voli vodka and other goodies, plus guaranteed pool positioning!