Where Hollywood Insiders Plan to Travel Amid Omicron’s Decline – The Hollywood Reporter

As the number of cases continues to rise in parts of the US, omicron is stabilizing or declining in parts of the East Coast, California and Colorado. And many business leaders feel more comfortable traveling during President’s Day weekend, spring break and beyond.

“I canceled a trip to Europe over Christmas, but I now feel comfortable traveling within the US,” said Laurie Zaks, president of her newly formed production company Rosewood TV. “There are known cases in New York, my family is there and my last visit was at the beginning of COVID two years ago when the world came to a standstill. I want to go back and enjoy a nice, pleasant trip in the city.”

New York Hotels On NYC’s Upper East Side, the legendary Carlyle Hotel (starting at $795 a night; more options at Expedia and Orbitz)—which has completed a $120 million multi-year transformation—has just redesigned rooms with Art Deco accents, a new Valmont spa and new restaurant, Dowling’s at The Carlyle, to complement the reopened famed Bemelmans Bar. For those eager to escape city life, Piaule (starting at $395), tucked away in the Catskills and about a three-hour drive from Manhattan, offers 24 minimalist single and double cabins and a spa with sauna, mineral plunge pool, and steam room on a 50-minute drive. – hectares of pastoral retreat. (Frank Ocean and designer Brandon Maxwell have already stayed there.)

“People are eager to plan trips this winter and spring,” said Henley Vazquez, co-founder of luxury travel agency Fora. THR. “We had a record number of bookings this week alone.”

Left: A modern cabin in Piaule in the Catskills. Right: A redesigned room at The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, in NYC.
Sean Davidson/Courtesy of Brand; Durston Saylor / Courtesy Of Brand

Also making plans is Sean Fay, manager of Link Entertainment, to visit Charleston, South Carolina (“It’s been over a year since I left my family [there]’, he says), followed by Miami. “I’m late for a vacation and need to recharge,” Fay says. He is not alone. “Our customers flock to Florida for beach time and relaxation,” says Vazquez.

Miami Hotels New properties in Miami include Esmé (starting at $300; ​​more options at Booking.com, Expedia, and Orbitz), a Spanish-style boutique hotel in South Beach that recently underwent a $40 million dollar renovation, and Mr. C Miami (from $392; more options at Booking.com and Expedia), Cipriani’s newest location in Tony Coconut Grove. Also in Miami, the much-loved The Setai (starting at $765; more options at Orbitz) will soon introduce Japón, an authentic Japanese culinary experience led by Chef Vijayudu Veena.

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A guest room at the Esme in Miami; The lobby of mr. C. Coconut Grove
Thanks to Bjorn Wallander; Mr C

Further up the Atlantic coast, producer Tracey Edmonds is spending the next few vacations in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where she’s just bought a house. “We’re right on the water where we can fish, jet ski, and it’s such a foodie paradise here,” she says.

Due to severe snow storms, ski areas – including in Vail, Breckenridge and Telluride – experience a torrent of powder and pristine conditions. “We are currently working on multiple ski touring routes over the next few months,” says Vazquez.

Utah Hotels Many industrial families make their pilgrimages to Utah’s Deer Valley, where Auberge Resorts Collection’s Goldener Hirsch (starting at $1,049) just unveiled a sleek new property adjacent to the Austrian-style inn, featuring 40 luxurious, alpine-chic residences (with full kitchens) and a dramatic rooftop pool with views of the Wasatch Mountains and direct access to skiing. With its excellent ski-in/ski-out perch, St. Regis Deer Valley (from $1,200; more options at Booking.com and Expedia) is a Hollywood mecca and now home to the most decadent après scene in town with the opening of The Vintage Room, a 1,600-square-foot paradise on a slope with massive transparent walls, plush seating, a full bar, and a seafood menu complete with oysters and snow crab legs. And opening in February is the 153 room Pendry Park City (starting at $1,199 in winter; more options at Booking.com, Expedia, and Orbitz) in Canyons Village near Park City Mountain; the ski-in/ski-out accommodation will include a spa, Japanese-American steakhouse, pizzeria and a rooftop pool.

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The Vintage Room in the St. Regis Deer Valley; A model room in the Pendry Park City
Courtesy of St. Regis; Pendry Hotels & Resorts

Aspena Hotels In Aspen, the place to be seen is the much-loved downtown Limelight Hotel (starting at $739; more options at Booking.com, Expedia and Orbitz) with its modern new ski lodge-style redesign. For residential-style accommodations, three spots offer the utmost in privacy and a contactless experience: The Gant (starting at $755; more options at Booking.com, Expedia, and Orbitz); The Little Nell Residences (starting at $3,519 for two-bedroom units; more options at Booking.com, Expedia, and Orbtiz); and Aspen Street Lodge (starting at $30,000), a 24,200-square-foot palatial home available for full buyouts. There’s also the eye-catching new pop-up designed by photographer Gray Malin, Snow Beach ASPENX Gray Malin. Beginning President’s Day weekend, guests can enjoy what’s billed as a “seaside meets slopeside” club atmosphere at the top of Ajax Mountain with cabanas, lounge chairs, light snacks and champagne (aspenx.com for reservations, weekends Feb. 18 – 27 March ).

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Exterior of the Aspen Street Lodge, available for full buyouts; View of the Snow Beach ASPENX gray Malin pop-up
Thanks to Draper White; ASPENX

Still, some industry people say: THR they’re taking a wait-and-see approach or choosing to stay close to home for now, including WME’s Richard Weitz, showrunner Mark Lafferty, and casting director Risa Bramon Garcia. So road trips remain popular, especially in California.

California Hotels There’s plenty to explore here in California, with Auberge’s The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern (starting at $750; more options at Booking.com, Expedia, and Orbitz) slated to open this spring in Los Olivos and newer properties like The Creekstone in Idyllwild ( from $215; more options at Booking.com, Expedia and Orbitz) and White Water lodge on Moonstone Beach in Cambria (from $200; more options at Booking.com, Expedia and Orbitz) beckon.

Vazquez also reports a keen interest in international travel. “We get a lot of requests for Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe,” she adds. BBC/Lionsgate’s Rachel Bendavid, who is heading to Willamette, Oregon, for a wine tasting over President’s Day weekend, is also planning a trip to Italy for spring break. “We want to go to the touristic cities like Venice and Rome in hopes of avoiding the crowds of the summer,” she says. And Fay tells THR he “targets” Florence, Rome and Puglia.

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A model room in the upcoming The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos in California’s Santa Ynez Valley.
Auberge Resorts Collection

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A version of this story first appeared in the January 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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