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Experience Switzerland in the finest way possible with Park Hotel Weggis' new "Parc, Lake and Mountains" package; available from April 1st until May 31st 2008. Located on the breathtaking Lake Lucerne, and only within a short traveling distance from various cities, the Park Hotel Weggis is the perfect place to vacation. The package includes a complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival and four nights stay with buffet breakfast in one of the hotel's fabulous rooms. Not only are guests treated to a three course meal at the Restaurant The Grape, but they may also an enjoy a four course meal at the Restaurant Sparks, AND a five course dinner at Restaurant Annex. In addition, the accommodations include an impromptu aperitif at the Beach Bar Lounge or Sunset Caviar Bar, and a forty five minute body package at the spa designed to renew your skin and body. Guests are also offered an excursion to the majestic Mount Rigi or Lake Lucerne and have full use of the Hotel's covered outdoor pool and mountain bikes and fitness center. Rates start at € 1072.00 for a single room.
Fuse East and West with the Park Hotel Kenmare's "Essence of Chiva Som" package, available from May 2nd through 11th, 2008. The Park Hotel Kenmare will be hosting a showcase of one of the world's finest spa staffs, Chiva Som. Three of Chiva Som's top therapists and their Chef will be coming to Park Hotel Kenmare for an exclusive look at some of the world's best holistic therapies and cuisine. Guests who book under the "Essence of Chiva Som" package enjoy a two night stay in a luxury superior room, a water aerobics class at the hotel's state of the art underground pool, a Chiva Som dinner, one Chiva Som body treatment, daily serenity walk, and admission to a lecture on holistic medicine and how it affects the body. Leave Ireland feeling fully enriched and rejuvenated. Rates start at € 593.00 per person.
We're big fans of the aquatic education program at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, run by Jean-Michel Cousteau, the son of legendary ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. Emphasizing education and respect for ecosystem sustainability with "hands-on" activities, the program was recently awarded "Best Children's Program for 2007" by Virtuoso. Participants explore coral reefs by snorkeling on the ocean floor, discover the critical role of mangrove trees in the ecosystem on pontoon expeditions, and participate in the breeding programs of rare species like the Blue Iguana. Now this collaboration between Ritz-Carlton and Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society will be expanded to other select destinations around the world, including Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui and Sanya, which opened April 24th, 2008.
The stunning Caribbean property of Cap Juluca was recently acquired by an investor syndicate led by travel industry executive Adam M. Aron (the former chairman of Vail Resorts and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd. was named to Travel Weekly's "Club 33," as in the 33 most influential folks in travel and tourism worldwide), and an $80 million renovation is in the works. Nestled on two miles of pristine white sand on the little island of Anguilla, an isolated enclave just minutes by air or motor launch from St. Maarten, Cap Juluca is heralded for its unparalleled luxury. A fixture on lists of the best resorts in the world, Cap Juluca will be getting an all-new spa and resort pool, in addition to a top-to-bottom renovation of all 18 guest villas.
Book a summertime stay at this intoxicating Caribbean resort and you'll get a real bargain. While winter rates start at $825 per night, the summer means serious savings-- starting at $400 per night at Cap Juluca, plus a seventh night free with six paid nights. Available for stays from May through August, including daily breakfast, afternoon tea, bottle of rum in-room, and all water sports, tennis and croquet.
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The next time you visit Victoria, BC, perhaps to the grand Fairmont Empress right above the Inner Harbor, you may want to compliment your city stay with a visit to The Aerie Resort and Spa. Named Best Hotel in the Continental US and Canada by Travel and Leisure Magazine as well as voted the Best North American Resort by the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, it is truly a word class escape. The Aerie is set 1500 feet above the Pacific Ocean allowing for views of Victoria, as well as the San Juan Islands and Washington State. Guests can enjoy days filled touring local organic farms and wineries, whale watching, hiking, sailing, or mountain biking. Of course, some may choose to luxuriate in the spa with one of The Aerie's signature body or facial treatments. No one, however, should miss out on the gourmet cuisine that their executive chef creates out of fresh local ingredients. Room rates start at 175 CAD in the winter months and 285 CAD during the summer.
Directly overlooking the Grand Canal, with an incomparable view of Venice, the Palace of the Doge Gritti is one of the most celebrated hotels in the world. The Hotel Gritti Palace continues to attract elite guests, with luxuriously appointed rooms, attentive service, and the savoury cuisine of the Restaurant Club del Doge. The attentive service is embodied by the hotel concierge staff - who answered our questions below.
What activity do you recommend the most often?
A walking tour of the city with private guide; A tour of the lagoon Islands by water taxi; visiting all the most important museums; countryside excursions by private limousine, and visits to the Palladian villas.
Which restaurant do you recommend the most often and why? Who is it best for?
The Hotel Gritti Palace restaurant "Club del Doge" mainly for fish and Venetian dishes but also for deliciuos pasta; Osteria "Santa Marina" (Venetian, fish); "Met" (creative Venetian), or "Da Ivo" for a change ( tuscan food meat & fish).
What are the scariest requests you've gotten from guests?
On 9-11, the high number of requests from Guests to go back home and the impossibility to solve all the Airline tickets due to congestion.
What is the funniest request you've gotten from a guest?
A big knife from the kitchen to open a bottle of Champagne.
What is the strangest request you've gotten from a guest?
Request of parachute for a launch ...
Do you have any regular celebrity/famous guests?
We would upset many if we mention even a few of them.
What types of things have you been unable to do for guests?
Hard to remember... but only the illegal ones!!
What is your personal favorite part of the hotel?
The Terrace on the Grand Canal.
What are the things that you wish guests knew about the Concierge?
The Concierge is the best informed person in town, always aware of all events that are taking place in Venice; a miracle maker.
Because you are in a major international tourism destination, what kinds of language problems come up?
English and French are known by everybody. The upcoming market of China is raising interest in the oriental languages which until now have been quite unknown
How big is the Concierge staff at the hotel?
Twelve persons in total.
Are there any specialty concierges or all generalists for everyone?
Each one has to be able to fulfill the same specialist requests and general duties.
What is the average number of requests a day?
Depending on the season, on average 1 request per minute.
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
To serve the most important people of the World.