Castle In The Clouds
This 563,600 square foot, 42-story tower includes a boutique, ultra luxury hotel, with 127 hotel rooms (including 31 suites), and 45 exclusive residential units, ranging from $2,5000,000 to $12,000,000. A 15,000-square foot destination spa, 29 is the creation of Lydia Mondavi, and is the namesake of Highway 29 in California’s Napa Valley. Also inside the main tower is NEO, a 95-seat full service restaurant serving contemporary, Italian inspired cuisine. And at press time, Craft Atlanta restaurant, with award winning chef Tom Colicchio, was scheduled to open December 8. The restaurant will front Peachtree Road in front of the main tower of the property. Colicchio’s Craft Atlanta will serve haute cuisine of the freshest ingredients.
NEO is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This full service restaurant serves contemporary Italian-inspired cuisine, which changes seasonally to incorporate fresh regional ingredients. The restaurant has patios on and windows that overlook the English garden, and it features two private salons for group dining. Tonight’s cena (dinner) begins with zuppe of Al Pomodoro with appetizers of Antipasto and Granchio. Al Pomodoro is their famous silky roma tomato soup with fresh basil. This rust colored soup is a tomato lover’s dream as it is more tomato than cream.
The anti pasta is an array of fine, delicacies—olives, mozzarella balls, muscadines, salami, grilled vegetables of eggplant, squash, zucchini and red pepper. The granchio is a gratinate of crab on a bed of purred butternut squash with piave cheese. Entrees are ordered from the Pasta and Risotto list, which is followed by the Secondi of meat, foul and fish dishes. The Raviolini is a lovely ravioli filled with veal, sage and artichoke in Parmesan brown butter. And the Penne is a beautiful bowl of pasta mixed with porcini, peas prosciutto cotto in a brandy cream. And a shared dessert—of three chocolates—makes a divine and happing ending to the evening.
The Fitness Center features Technogym Fitness Suite—the first in Atlanta. A swim in the 60-foot indoor, climate controlled lap pool makes a perfect prelude to a spa treatment. 29 Spa spans the entire third floor. It features 14 treatment rooms, and the treatments incorporate the Mondavi’s signature ingredient—grape seed extract. Mondavi is a fifth generation Atlanta native who designed 29 around the philosophy that natural beauty is not effortless, but instead comes from the dedication to understanding, protecting and nourishing the skin. The spa visit begins with a glass of 29’s signature wine and includes time to relax in sauna and relaxation rooms. Highly recommended is the Cream of the Crop Facial. Hand-harvested, custom-crushed grape seeds from world-renowned vineyards gently exfoliate my skin while an anti-oxidant creamy moisturizing masque provides hydrates my skin.