Explore the world’s most opulent getaways
through the eyes of world-renowned luxury hotel interior designer Trisha
Wilson, author of Spectacular Hotels: The Most Remarkable Places on Earth. With more than 250 photographs, Spectacular Hotels is a journey through
over thirty magnificent hotel properties, spreading across five
continents. Readers will be swept away to exotic locations like the
Okavango Delta in Botswana, Southern Africa, to experience the beautifully
crafted open-air architecture of Jao Camp and Paradise Island, Bahamas,
where ancient fantasy meets modern luxury in the combination aquarium,
amusement park and hotel Atlantis.
Spectacular Hotels invites readers inside each of Trisha’s favorite hotels
for an intimate look at the history, style and character that sets these
crown jewels apart. At every stop along the way, Trisha suggests a “book
to pack” that will not only entertain, but also allow travelers to fully
immerse themselves in the mood and ambiance of each property. For
instance, readers are encouraged to bring along Best Stories of Baja by
Larry Stanton while visiting Las Ventanas Al Paraiso in Cabo San Lucas,
Mexico, and Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard while staying at the Peninsula
Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California.
“I have been lucky enough in both my career and personal life to have
visited and worked at some of the world’s most remarkable hotels. From
tropical paradise to urban high rise—these are my all-time best,” says
Trisha. Each featured hotel is a destination in its own right, providing
not only a place to rest one’s head, but a complete experience of
extravagant interiors, self-indulgent pampering and cultural adventure.
With a forward by ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ icon Robin Leach,
Spectacular Hotels features over thirty landmarks of luxury that are
simply not to be missed. Interior designers will be inspired, seasoned
travelers will surely find an undiscovered gem or two, and those who can
only dream of traveling to such places can experience their ultimate
fantasy vacation with this armchair journey.
Proceeds from the sales of Spectacular Hotels will benefit the Wilson
Education Foundation, an organization founded by Trisha Wilson to endow
financially disadvantaged high school graduates with four-year college
scholarships as well as provide educational and medical assistance to
organizations worldwide. The Foundation supports the Dipaphofu School, a
once ramshackle state school near Trisha’s South African home that now
serves over 60 students and provides them with year-round shelter and
three nutritious meals a day. The Foundation also underwrites the
Waterberg Academy, a private school for native children in the area, and
the Waterberg Hospice House, a facility devoted to the education and care
of patients living with AIDS.
The perfect holiday gift, Spectacular Hotels ($49.95 Hardcover) can be
ordered by visiting http://www.spgsite.com/hotel or calling 972-661-9884
(ext. 204). Though the book will not appear in stores until January 2005,
it can be shipped to your home just in time for the holidays by ordering
via the website or phone number listed above.
Trisha Wilson is the president and CEO of Wilson & Associates, which has
designed and installed more than one million guest rooms in thousands of
hotels worldwide. A 20-time winner of the American Hotel & Motel
Association’s Gold Key Award for excellence in Hotel Design, Wilson &
Associates continues to be ranked one of the top two firms in the
hospitality design industry worldwide.