Hotel and Resort News: Keeping Cozy by the Fire Pit (and Pool)


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The Nihiwatu resort in Indonesia.

IN INDONESIA, A SPA SAFARI (AND A TREEHOUSE)

Nihiwatu is a resort on the Indonesian island of Sumba, a 50-minute flight from Bali, that the American entrepreneur and investor Christopher Burch renovated and reopened earlier this year as a luxury property.

This month, Mr. Burch, along with his managing partner James McBride, is expanding on the 29 villas with a new three-bedroom treehouse and a spa safari.

The treehouse, called Mamole, is built into the canopy of trees on a cliff overlooking the ocean and has three separate villas with a bedroom each, two infinity pools and common areas with outdoor entertaining spaces. As with Nihiwatu’s other rooms, guests are given their own butler. The rate is $6,000 a night inclusive of all meals and nonalcoholic beverages.

The new spa safari is an excursion off the main property where two guests are assigned two therapists, who are on hand to give them unlimited spa treatments for eight hours. The indulgence takes place in an oceanside villa that is a 90-minute hike, one-hour horseback ride or 15-minute open-air drive from the main resort. The villa has an infinity pool and an outdoor area where a chef will prepare meals on an open fire. Those who book the safari can get services such as reflexology, salt scrubs, mud wraps, a coconut water hair rinse and scalp massage. The cost is $495 for two people inclusive of meals, spa services and nonalcoholic beverages.

Regular resort rates start at a $1,000 a night inclusive of all meals and nonalcoholic beverages.

RESORTS MAKE THE WEATHER OUTSIDE DELIGHTFUL

Chilly temperatures aren’t an excuse to hibernate indoors this winter — hotels have created new heated outdoor areas to keep their guests toasty.

Rosewood London recently introduced a year-round garden terrace called, appropriately enough, the Terrace. The space has a retractable roof, heated seats and cozy blankets as well as a menu of cold weather dishes and drinks such as roast duckling with peppered cabbage, hot buttered rum and mulled wine.

Washington School House in Park City, Utah, has a pool terraced in the hillside with heated floors surrounding it so guests can go straight from the hotel to the pool in the snowy winter months without putting on boots.

Madeline Hotel and Residences in Telluride, Colo., has a lounge in its courtyard with an oversized fire pit where guests can order cocktails and hot chocolate.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa in Colorado has two large outdoor fire pits on its patio overlooking the mountain slopes and two mobile fireplaces that can be placed anywhere for added warmth or to make s’mores.

Viceroy Snowmass in Colorado has a heated pool surrounded by cabanas equipped with fireplaces.

Westin Austin in Texas, where the weather dips to the low 40s come January, has a heated pool and deck with views of the city.

Room Mate Óscar in Madrid has an infrared heating system on its rooftop terrace that heats the wood floors, Balinese beds and chaise longues; the terrace also has a large bar serving an extensive cocktail menu.

The Sagamore, a resort in Lake George, N.Y., is creating a temporary outdoor bar carved out of 18,000 pounds of ice on the weekends of Jan. 22 and 29; ample heat lamps and faux fur throws will keep guests warm.



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