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Trump SoHo New York Will Bring a New Perspective on Luxury Hotels
To Downtown New York Beginning Feb. 1, 2010


Newest Trump® Hotel Collection Property Will Have the Most Two-Bedroom Penthouses in New York;
Will Feature Quattro Gastronomia Italiana Restaurant, The Spa at Trump
®, Bazaar Cocktail Lounge

Trump® Hotel Collection the next generation of luxury hospitality, today announced that Trump SoHo New York its first hotel in Downtown New York, will open its doors on Feb. 1, 2010. Located at 246 Spring Street in the fashionable SoHo (South of Houston) district, the dramatic, 46-story, 391-room glass tower designed by Handel Architects neighbors numerous art galleries and chic boutiques. In addition to unrivaled views of the city’s spectacular skyline, the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, cutting-edge design by Rockwell Group, and spacious suites, Trump SoHo will offer such Trump Hotel Collection hallmarks as world-class dining at Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, The Spa at Trump® with New York’s only luxury hammam, and the signature services of the Trump Attaché.

The Spa at Trump

Elegant Accommodations

Trump SoHo will be the only hotel in New York with furnishings by Fendi Casa, including sofas, chairs, headboards, side tables, and a beautiful bench at the end of the bed. All bedrooms will feature custom-made bedding by Bellino along with each guest’s preference from the Trump® Pillow Menu. Throw pillows by Aviva with a eucalyptus motif, along with cashmere throws, will lend subtle accents of blue and gray. Guestrooms have wool carpeting throughout, with a hand-tufted wool rug under the bed for added texture. A millwork hearth unit features a sliding door, built-in lighting and bookshelves.

 Trump SoHo New York is being developed through a joint venture among an affiliate of The Trump Organization, The Sapir Organization and Bayrock Group LLC. More information about Trump SoHo New York is available online at www.trumpsohohotel.com.

The 11,000-square-foot Spa at Trump, located on the seventh and eighth floors, will be home to two separate luxury hammams for men and women, offering traditional services of heat, scrub and relaxation. Designed by DiGuiseppe Architect, The Spa at Trump will have nine private treatment rooms – both indoor and out – and wet rooms, along with secluded outdoor relaxation areas. Hotel guests will enjoy the state-of-the-art fitness center with Technogym equipment. Those seeking the ultimate in relaxation may opt for one of three luxurious Spa Suites on the eighth floor, with their private, connecting couples-sized treatment room.

 Every moment of the spa journey caters to the individual guest’s desires, expressed through his or her individually selected Trump® Personal Intention: Calm, Balance, Purify, Heal or Revitalize. Spa-goers will benefit from the highly personalized services of a Trump Spa® Attaché, who will guide them through each step of the experience, from assisting with the selection of a robe, slippers and locker, to preparing infused elixirs and customizing iPod music selections. The Spa at Trump features premier skin and body care brands like Shiffa, Tara and Jamu, and will feature a menu of treatments exclusive to Trump SoHo.


Persimmon, Pomegranate, and Tangerine Salad with Roasted Shallot Balsamic Dressing


In this beautiful, savory fruit salad, pale, orange-colored wedges of crisp persimmon and juicy tangerines are dotted by tiny jewels of sweet-tart pomegranate seeds and dressed with deeply flavorful roasted shallot and balsamic vinaigrette.

The two most common varieties of Oriental persimmons are fuyu and hachiya. Fuyu persimmons are squatter and much less astringent than the oblong hachiya. They are typically eaten when firm like an apple, although they can also be eaten when a little softer. They are sweet and a little less intensely flavored than hachiya. Choose fuyu with deep orange skin.


Serves 4


2 large shallots (about 4 ounces total), peeled, trimmed, and quartered

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

4 sprigs fresh thyme

1 small pomegranate

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Pinch of kosher salt, or to taste

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

6 cups loosely packed field greens or mesclun

1 firm fuyu persimmon, sliced into thin wedges

2 tangerines, peeled (see page 51) and sliced crosswise 1/4-inch thick


Preheat the oven to 400°F.


In a nonreactive, ovenproof skillet just big enough to hold the shallots, combine the shallots, vinegar, and thyme sprigs. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and roast until the shallots are softened and the vinegar is reduced by half, about 40 minutes. If the vinegar is not sufficiently reduced and the shallots are still a bit firm, remove the foil and continue to roast, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes.


While the shallots are roasting, prepare a large bowl of cold water. Cut the pomegranate in half lengthwise. Holding one half under the water, use your fingers to gently remove the seeds from the fruit. Most of them will float to the top. Repeat with the other half. Drain the seeds well, removing any pith left over. Set aside 1/3 cup. (Store any remaining seeds in the refrigerator for another use.)


When the shallots are ready, remove the pan from the oven and carefully remove the foil. Let cool for 15 minutes. Remove and discard the thyme. Transfer the shal­lots and vinegar to a blender. Add 1/2 cup water and blend until the mixture is smooth but slightly chunky, 8 to 10 seconds. Add the olive oil and blend for 5 more seconds. Add the salt and pepper.


Toss the greens with 1/4 cup of the dressing and salt and pepper, if desired. Pile the greens high in center of each of four plates. Scatter the persimmon wedges, tangerine slices, and pomegranate seeds over each salad. Drizzle with additional dressing and serve. See this months bookbites section for information on the new Golden Door Cookbook.




 Jamaica Proves Once Again that it has the Top Spas in the Caribbean

Jamaica captured half of the top 10 spots in Travel + Leisure’s 2009 list of Top 10 Hotel Spas in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas in the magazine’s annual World’s Best Spas readers’ survey, featured in the October issue and online at www.TravelandLeisure.com/worldsbest. Jamaica’s luxurious spas have regularly appeared on Travel + Leisure World’s Best Spas lists with their inventive treatments, attentive service and well-appointed surroundings.

The top-ranked Jamaican resort on the list of Top 10 Hotel Spas in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas is Couples Sans Souci, which is also ranked number one in the region. Nestled in stunning Ocho Rios, Couples Sans Souci’s Charlie's Spa, named after the resident sea turtle who would dwell in the mineral waters, is an oasis of peace, serenity and well being.

Hotel spas in Jamaica’s diverse resort areas of Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios are ranked on the World’s Best Spas 2009 list of Top 10 Spas in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.

The Jamaican properties on the list include: Couples Sans Souci (1); Couples Negril (2); Couples Swept Away, Negril (3); Half Moon, Rose Hall (9); and Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios (10).

Survey results for the 2009 World’s Best Spas appear in the magazine’s October 2009 edition, on newsstands now and online at www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest. A complete methodology of the awards also appears on the Web site.

“Jamaica is delighted to have the most number of spa properties voted as favorites in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure readers - some of the world’s most bespoke travelers,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch.

“Jamaica’s spas offer travelers the finest selection of treatments within some of the world’s most beautiful resorts,” continued Director Lynch.

In addition to Jamaica topping the World’s Best Spas lists, Jamaica has been the most recognized Caribbean island in the hotels category in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey since 2005. In 2009, the island-nation held ten spots in Top 25 Resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas region.


About the Jamaica Tourist Board

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist and Convention Bureau by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for 2006 and 2007, while Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote as the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, the Caribbean’s Leading Destination and the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination.

JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo.  For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422).

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