From the moment that guests enter the marble-tiled lobby of Greenwich’s premier waterfront hotel, they are suffused in luxury.

Warm welcomes are given in the lushly-furnished entrance hall, which is majestically draped, overlaid with gorgeous rugs, and decorated with gilt-framed works of art.

Inspired throughout by the architecture, food and design of the south of France, the hotel is nonetheless only an hour’s trip from New York City and situated on a thriving New England harbor. Delamar Greenwich Harbor was featured in Best East Coast Honeymoons.

1.Delamar Greenwich Harbor Rooms & Suites

Delamar Greenwich Harbor Rooms & Suites  

To stay at the Delamar in Greenwich Harbor is to have all one’s needs attended to around the clock. Delamar’s guest rooms have all the technology a guest might need, including high-speed Internet, flat-screen plasma TVs, DVD players, CD players and iPod docking stations.

Guests are pampered from the moment they check-in with an inviting glass of champagne; weekend visitors are invited to a wine and cheese reception held on Friday and Saturday nights, and 24-hour coffee and tea are available in the hotel library.

All guest rooms have well-appointed work desks, hairdryers, a safe, a two-line cordless phone and Bulgari bath amenities. Guests of the hotel may use the fitness center and, in season, may participate in complimentary harbor cruises. The hotel lobby features a “grab and go” continental breakfast in the morning, offering pastries, granola bars and whole fruit.

Deluxe Town View Rooms have a double bed and a view of the pretty town of Greenwich. Deluxe Harbor View Rooms have a private balcony overlooking Greenwich’s harbor, a king bed and a deep soaking tub. On the Executive Floor, all rooms include concierge service, with wine and hors d’oeuvres served nightly. The Executive Town View Rooms have king-sized beds and complimentary snacks and beverages; the Executive Harbor View Rooms also have a private balcony looking out on the harbor.

The Greenwich Suite, overlooking the town of Greenwich, has separate sleeping and living quarters, a king bed and two spacious marble bathrooms. The four Harbor View Suites have private terraces, a bedroom with a king bed, a living room with a pullout sofa, a fireplace and two marble bathrooms.

The hotel has two Presidential Suites: the corner suite on the third floor is Delamar’s Belle Haven Presidential Suite. It offers a living room with a seating area, a gas fireplace, a dining table and a powder room; the master bedroom has a king bed and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and a separate shower. The Executive Presidential Suite has the same amenities as the Belle Haven Suite, but is roomier.

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2.Dining at the Delamar

Dining at the Delamar  

L’Escale Restaurant is Delamar Hotel’s Provencal-inspired eatery; it has an inventive menu inspired by the cuisine of the south of France. Seafood, shellfish, seasonal vegetables and regional herbs and spices are the focus of its menu.

The restaurant is beautifully adorned with 200 year old terracotta floor tiles imported from Provence and a wood-burning fireplace that once lived in a French castle.

The Lounge Bar is located within L’escale and serves signature cocktails inspired by Film Noir, wines from its extensive wine list and light meals. Its oak bar is topped with pewter and its Louis XVI-style armchairs are covered in rich red, pink and orange fabrics.

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3.The Spa at Delamar

The Spa at Delamar  

The Spa at Delamar is staffed with highly trained and experienced aestheticians and uses products from the French company Biologique Recherche. All salon treatments begin with a skin consultation.

There are a variety of traditional massages offered at The Spa at Delamar. Swedish massages use short and long strokes to relieve tension. Powerful Deep Tissue massages use a dynamic blend of essential oils and a variety of stroke styles to relieve aching muscles. Aromatic Hot Stone massages are performed with locally-gathered stones, which are placed on the body’s energy points to encourage therapeutic healing and relaxation. Nurturing pre-natal massages are also available.

The Spa at Delamar presents many body treatments. The Body Buff uses a cellular refining scrub to remove unwanted skin cells and nourish and soften skin. The Detoxifying Body Wrap exfoliates and stimulates the elimination of toxins, excess water and fat, with a combination of algae and thyme, lemon, peppermint and cypress essential oils. The Peaks of Slimness treatment transforms body fat into firmness and relieves jet lag. The Deluxe Body Lift exfoliates, tones and uses manual and micro-current sculpting to improve body texture and muscle structure.

Micro-Current Body Therapy performs microdermabrasion with a salve of algae and potent serums. The Amethyst Biomat Therapy rejuvenates and relieves pain with an FDA-approved medical device that stimulates detoxification.

The most powerful facial in the spa’s armory is the Deep Cleansing Facial, which is customized to each guest’s needs and which includes cleaning, exfoliation, steaming and extracting impurities. A variety of protective serums and creams are used during this facial. The Resculpting Facial makes use of an electrotherapy machine to tone and tighten facial muscles. The Vitality of Glaciers facial pampers the skin with medical-grade collagen to hydrate skin and to smooth away fine lines.

The Spa at Delamar also offers chemical peels, masks, eyebrow shaping, waxing, manicures, pedicures and makeup application.

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4.Weddings, Meetings and Events

Weddings, Meetings and Events  

Greenwich Harbor and the Delamar Hotel are wonderful locations for ceremonies and receptions, and are lovely backdrops for photographs. Two hundred guests can be seated in the beautiful Antibes ballroom, which is full of natural light and water views. The smaller Deauville ballroom is available for more intimate gatherings.

Both ballrooms have tall glass doors leading to private outdoor terraces for al fresco dining or for pre-dinner cocktails. The outdoor terraces are adorned with fruit trees and herb plantings, to add beautiful aromas to any occasion. The hotel’s full-service event team and caterers are eager to help plan every detail of the big day.

Delamar Greenwich Harbor is less than an hour from Manhattan and is a popular venue for meetings and corporate events. Two ballrooms are available for larger gatherings and the stately Executive Boardroom seats sixteen people around its mahogany table. The event team of the hotel is ready to assist in planning and executing corporate outings and can offer the latest in technological advances to fully support meetings.

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5.Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation  

The hotel and the Greenwich area are full of things to do for each of its visitors. The hotel has a fitness center stocked with cardio machines. Yoga and Pilates instruction and personal training are offered by the hotel’s certified and experienced teachers.

Greenwich has many beaches, perfect for swimmers, sunbathers and those who love to walk, jog, run and cycle. The town’s main street overflows with high-end retailers and some of America’s finest restaurants. Boat charters to and from Manhattan and Long Island are available, as are pleasure cruises.

Nearby Pound Ridge Golf Course has 18 holes and the landscaped greens involve trees, rock walls, wetlands and water hazards. The Bruce Museum focuses on natural history and science and is a great place to take children, as is the Norwalk Aquarium. Chelsea Piers Park offers playing fields, tennis courts, an ice rink and an aquatic center, as well as private tennis instruction for all ages.

500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, CT 06830, Phone: 203-661-9800, website

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Delamar Greenwich Harbor, a Luxury East Coast Getaway for Couples