Caroline Patek

Correspondent

  • New York City, NY, USA

Caroline Patek is a correspondent who lives in New York and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. The Georgetown University graduate worked in the editorial departments at National Geographic Kids and Washington Life Magazine and in digital media at Discovery Channel. Patek has traveled around the globe, and her favorite spots are Istanbul, Tokyo and Paris.

  • On November 13, 2013
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    What are five things to know about Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai?

    As one of Shanghai’s new luxury hotels, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai certainly aims to impress. While we could easily come up with a laundry list of notable tidbits, here are five we think you should know about now:

    1. The city hotel has a considerable amount of green space. Despite its location in downtown Shanghai, the hotel truly feels more like a respite from the crowds and towering buildings of the area. Between the riverfront position and manicured grounds viewable from various points around the hotel (restaurants, bars), you get a unique combination of a metropolitan atmosphere with a slice of sanctuary.

    2. The hotel boasts the largest Presidential Suite in the city. The suite is already fast-becoming a popular reservation — during our visit there was a global pop star calling it his home — and for good reason. Measuring in at more than 8,000-square-feet, the Presidential Suite affords plenty of luxe touches such as a garden terrace and unbeatable river vistas.

    3. You can arrange a Segway tour along the waterfront. You’ll spot the line of Segways as you drive up to the hotel, and the handy transportation machines are there for your use with a guide, making this the first and only experience of its kind in Shanghai. You’ll begin your 30-minute tour with a brief riding session followed by a trip along the Huangpu River, and the tours run daily.

    4. There’s a wedding showroom. Located on the same floor as the meeting facilities, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai offers a unique — and arguably ingenious — wedding showroom designed to make planning the big day easier. Displays for table settings, decorations and floor plans are all expertly showcased, meaning a lot of the hard work is already done for you.

    5. There are 210 apartments at the hotel, too. Aside from the hotel itself, Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai also offers furnished executive apartments (studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom spaces) where you can experience all of the luxurious amenities found at the hotel such as 24-hour concierge and housekeeping services, spa access and even a VIP card for discounts throughout the property.
  • On November 13, 2013
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    What are the rooms like at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai?

    The rooms at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai echo the same décor that’s seen throughout the entire hotel. A contemporary, streamlined and fresh design approach reigns supreme, from the sleek dark wood lining the walls of the rooms to the generously sized windows and marble-swathed bathrooms. Pops of colors such as indigo and green also make appearances, but nothing is overly dominant. The focus here is really on the sense of relaxation, and that’s exactly what the hotel room provides. Aside from the soothing color scheme, you’d be remiss not to take advantage of the river view rooms available at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai. There’s nothing quite like watching the sunset over the Huangpu River as the large commercial boats seem to elegantly drift by.
  • On November 13, 2013
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    Where is Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai located?

    You’ll find Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai situated along the city’s east bank of the Huangpu River. As the luxury hotel’s name suggests, its location on the Pudong side of Shanghai in the Lujiazui Central Financial District takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the Bund, while still affording pristine views of the historic avenue from across the water. Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai’s position along the river means a premier waterfront destination, and its place within Harbour City (a 62-acre development with shops, residences and green spaces) assures a unique experience that feels more like an oasis in the city. Plus, the new Shanghai Metropolitan Marine Yacht Club is just steps from the hotel should you desire a sunset cruise on the water.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    Does The Spa at Glenmere offer couples treatments?

    One of the special things about Glenmere Mansion is that it’s a great place to visit with a significant other, and The Spa at Glenmere is no different. With only five treatment rooms, your experience will feel private and special, and a duet suite allows for a joint pampering session. If you book the duet suite, you can book most of the offerings on the spa menu, from massages to hammam rituals. The suite comes equipped with side-by-side soaking tubs as well as treatment tables and a fireplace, so you and your partner can share the experience. It’s important to note that the hammam and bath house only allow for one scheduled treatment at a time, so if you and your partner decide to book a hammam ritual such as the Journey to Shambhala, you’ll be guaranteed privacy in the facilities.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    What kinds of massages are offered at The Spa at Glenmere?

    While The Spa at Glenmere may not offer a laundry list of massages, the four on the menu are sure to successfully allow you to relax. You’ll be familiar with the Reflexology Massage, which uses ancient Chinese techniques to target reflex points, and the Deep Pressure Therapy Massage aims to relieve pain and improve range of motion. The Glenmere Couture Massage allows for personal tailoring with a visit to the Mixology Bar to choose your aromatherapy massage oil or body butter, in addition to the level of pressure and what area of focus. The Soothe Massage blends sunflower, aloe and lavender in combination with Swedish techniques in order to relieve muscle tension. During this treatment, you’ll receive a warm compress to cradle your feet, too. No matter which massage you choose, each of the treatment rooms includes a private bathroom and vanity, steam shower and deep-soaking tub, so you can always opt to schedule numerous treatments back to back.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    What is the style of The Spa at Glenmere?

    Much like the rest of the hotel, The Spa at Glenmere feels chic and elegant from the moment you step foot through the door. The hair salon boasts Moroccan influences with white latticework and sleek marble floors, and a charming boutique is home to a bevy of items such as pashmina scarves, Seda candles, Somme Institute skincare products and even coffee table books. As you walk further into the spa, the Relaxation Library that overlooks the gardens feels undeniably glam with neutral tones and blue accents, and you can enjoy small bites such as tea sandwiches in addition to organic teas and water infusions pre- or post-treatment. The spa’s five treatment rooms are generously outfitted with private bathrooms and vanities, steam showers and deep-soaking tubs to allow for multiple treatments during one visit. The crème de la crème of The Spa at Glenmere, however, is the Carrara-covered marble hammam and bath house where you can experience various Turkish treatments.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    What restaurants does Glenmere Mansion have?

    Glenmere Mansion has two restaurants: The Supper Room and Frogs End. The Supper Room is an intimate dining room that feels chic and elegant with luxe touches such as a sparkling chandelier, Italianate fireplace and hand-painted églomisé panels that showcase a stunning scene of the hills of Tuscany. While the décor is certainly impressive, the food, prepared by executive chef Geoffroy Deconinck (who’s worked with Forbes Travel Guide Tastemakers Daniel Boulud and David Bouley, and Alain Ducasse) is expertly created. You’ll only find prix fixe meals at The Supper Room, which offers brunch and dinner. You can expect dinner plates at The Supper Room to include items such as seared Hudson Valley foie gras, roasted mushroom ravioli or domestic lamb loin.

    The hotel’s other eatery, Frogs End, offers guests a more casual spot to grab a meal. This cozy restaurant serves lunch and dinner, and a crackling fireplace makes it a comfortable destination during the colder months. Order starters such as deviled eggs or prosciutto chickpea fritters, and then move on to entrée options such as steak frites, beef bourguignon pot pie or grilled half chicken. The great thing about Glenmere’s dining options is that there are other spaces to enjoy your food other than the two restaurants, such as the lovely outdoor patio, the Cortile, or The China Room, the hotel’s private dining room. As the name suggests, The China Room displays the owners’ personal china collections and the dishes can even been used during private dinners.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    What are the rooms like at Glenmere Mansion?

    With just 18 guest rooms, Glenmere Mansion feels more like a home, and that’s one of the best things about it. Owners Dan DeSimone and Alan Stenberg enlisted the help of interior designer Scott Snyder to outfit the property, with the goal of maintaining Glenmere’s original appeal while combining contemporary furnishings, artwork and influences. The result? Guest rooms feel incredibly elegant with plenty of natural light, scenic views, lush fabrics and all the proper modern amenities. Attention to detail when it comes to luxurious touches is prevalent in the rooms, too. You’ll feel pampered with the working fireplaces, heated bathroom floors and custom-designed Italian linens, and certain rooms even afford terraces that overlook the manicured grounds and nearby Glenmere Lake.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    Where is Glenmere Mansion located?

    It’s hard to believe that Glenmere Mansion is less than 50 miles outside of New York City. You can find the charming luxury property in Chester, which lies within the Lower Hudson Valley. The easiest way to get to the hotel is by car (one-hour ride from Manhattan), but another mode of transportation can be the train. If you’re departing from New York City, you’ll hop on the NJ Transit to Secaucus Junction, then transfer to the Port Jervis Line out to Harriman — it’s about a 90-minute trip. From the train station, Glenmere Mansion is about a 15-minute drive, and you can either take a taxi or alert the hotel ahead of time to arrange transportation. Once you arrive at Glenmere, you’ll discover 150 pristine acres of land to explore, including the glittering Glenmere Lake.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    What is the menu like at The Supper Room?

    No matter which menu you choose, the regular dinner menu, the Thursday chef’s tasting or Sunday champagne brunch, The Supper Room’s dishes are chock-full of local, fresh ingredients whipped up by executive chef Geoffroy Deconinck. All menus are prix fixe, starting at $65 (regular dinner/brunch menu) and $75 (chef’s tasting), and offerings are bound to change based on seasonality. However, you can expect to find tasty first course dinner options such as mushroom velouté (scallions, sourdough crouton, mushroom fricassee, milk cappuccino) or braised baby beets (endive, green celery, blue cheese, pistachios, raspberry vinaigrette), and main course plates may include Long Island duck breast (faro risotto, vegetable brunoise, spring garlic, rhubarb marmalade) or pan seared Maine sea scallops (broccoli, white asparagus, breakfast radish, housemade pickles, béarnaise sauce). 

    When it comes time to brunch, you’ll find a variety of items that range from traditional breakfast dishes such as stuffed French toast (crispy brioche, banana mascarpone) or wild mushroom frittata (Edgwick Farm’s goat cheese, petit salad, pickled onions, housemade maple pork sausage) or options more geared toward the lunch crowd such as grilled half chicken (red wine brood, Swiss chard) or sea scallop BLT (grilled baguette, housemade bacon, crispy kale, tomato bacon jam). Of course, your meal will be accompanied by glasses of Louis Perdrier Brut Champagne.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    What are the desserts like at The Supper Room?

    If you’ve ever eaten the sweet treats offered at New York City’s David Burke Townhouse or now-closed Fleur de Sel, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the desserts at The Supper Room. Executive pastry chef Taiesha Martin put in her time at those famous restaurants, among others, and found her way to Glenmere Mansion when The Supper Room opened in 2011. While the dessert menu is subject to change based on the seasons and local ingredients, you can expect to find a small but carefully crafted selection of sugary bites to choose from, including options such as Mrs. Astor’s ice cream sundae (Tahitian vanilla ice cream, warm chocolate sauce, toffee cashew brittle) or coconut tapioca (vanilla pineapples, passion fruit sorbet, candied coconut, mint-cilantro foam). If you’d rather opt for a more savory option to cap off your meal, The Supper Room also offers artisanal cheeses.
  • On November 7, 2013
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    What is the interior design of The Supper Room?

    Much like the rest of Glenmere Mansion, The Supper Room feels incredibly elegant and luxe, making it the ultimate dinner or brunch spot. The small, inviting room is outfitted with chocolate colored walls and ivory banquettes, and a sparkling chandelier along with plenty of candlelight provides a romantic atmosphere. Of course, the restaurant takes advantage of its hilltop location, so generously sized glass doors overlook the glittering Glenmere Lake for a stunning view, day or night. When the winter months roll around, The Supper Room’s Italianate fireplace makes the intimate room feel cozy and warm, and hand-painted églomisé panels showcase a stunning scene of the hills of Tuscany.
  • On November 6, 2013
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    What is brunch like at Ai Fiori?

    ©Anthony Jackson New York City certainly doesn’t skimp on its brunch offerings, and now you can add another spot to the list — Ai Fiori. The upscale Midtown Manhattan eatery, helmed by chef Michael White, recently launched a Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) that is sure to be the talk of the town, if not for its vast assortment of treats from its buffet-style food selection, but for the live entertainment thanks to a captivating cellist. Start your brunch off right with a classic cocktail such as a mimosa or Bloody Mary, or opt for one of Ai Fiori’s specialty libations such as an Ambrosiana (Russian Standard vodka, Aperol, pineapple and vanilla) or a Baedeker (Hayman’s Old Tom gin, Root spirit, lime and ginger). Either way, you can’t go wrong. A thoughtfully organized buffet station comes chock-full of bites such as charcuterie and housemade pâté, seasonal fruits, croissants, muffins, yogurt and granola and even petit fours.

    If you’re in the mood for a more substantial meal, don’t fret. Ai Fiori’s brunch menu runs the gamut from classic eggs Benedict or a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich to egg yolk ravioli with chanterelles, basil and tomato confit or the restaurant’s signature White Label burger made with bacon marmalade, American cheese, McClure’s pickles and a fried egg. The options keep on coming with sides such as crispy marble potatoes, rapini or Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, too. And of course, with Ai Fiori’s prime position near some of the Big Apple’s best attractions, you can easily explore the city after you’ve sufficiently satisfied your stomach.
  • On November 6, 2013
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  • On October 30, 2013
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    What are the rooms like at Terranea Resort?

    Terranea Resort evokes an elegant Mediterranean theme. The 582-room property features a variety of accommodations, from classic rooms overlooking the Pacific Ocean to spacious bungalows and private homes ideal for family trips. Rooms at the oceanfront resort feel elegant with neutral color tones, and rustic wood headboards add just the right amount of coziness. Step into the soothing stone bathrooms to discover glass-enclosed showers and plenty of grooming space, along with tubs in case you need more time to relax and unwind. While snagging an ocean-view room is the ultimate luxury, the beautiful property affords enough stunning scenes where you’ll be happy in an ocean-side or resort-view room, too. Private balconies or patios in all of the resort’s guest rooms provide the perfect location for enjoying a cup of coffee to start your day or imbibing for a nightcap. You’ll also find all the proper modern technology here, from LCD flat-screen TVs to iPod docking stations and wireless Internet.