LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
February 18, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
You can save big on Thursday, February 19 starting at 9 am CST when world-renowned luxury travel operator, Abercrombie & Kent, begins auctioning off its "Once in a Lifetime Journeys." Prices will drop every 30 minutes until they reach a final savings of 60 percent off the original price. The offer will expire at 3 pm CST, and departures are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't miss your chance to experience "the vacation of your dreams... at a once-in-lifetime price!" Journeys are listed below:
Once in a Lifetime Botswana & Zambia: An Independent Itinerary
Witness the drama of predator and prey — along with one of nature's most glorious spectacles, Victoria Falls — on an independent journey through Southern Africa.
Once in a Lifetime Egypt: An Independent Itinerary
Explore the remnants of one of the world’s greatest civilizations on this independent journey in Egypt. View the Pyramids and the Sphinx, see the treasures of Tutankhamun and savor the unique atmosphere of the Nile on a luxurious four-night river cruise.
Once in a Lifetime Kenya: An Independent Itinerary
Enjoy peerless hospitality and unrivaled wildlife viewing in the land of the Maasai on this independent journey.
Once in a Lifetime Spain: An Independent Itinerary
From the days of Muslim influence to the golden age of empire, Spain's past lives on in its incredible monuments and works of art. Experience centuries of history with private expert guides on this incredible independent journey through Spain.
Once in a Lifetime Voyage to Melanesia
This 'Clipper Odyssey' cruise explores the recent past while celebrating long-held native traditions still practiced today. Visit the sites of epic battles that helped secure victory for the Allies in World War II; delight in a traditional Fijian welcome on the island of Yasawa-i-Rara; and witness the Rom Dance, one of the South Pacific's most famous celebrations. Offer valid for cabin category 5 reservations.
January 23, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
In need of a girls' getaway? Check into luxury at the acclaimed Observatory Hotel, part of the Orient-Express Hotels Collection, and get pampered in pink, while you'll feel good knowing that the hotel makes a donation to the Breast Cancer/Prostate Cancer Foundation (based on guest preference) for each package booking. The gals will love this elegant 100-room hotel perfectly situated in The Rocks (minutes from the Opera House and Harbour Bridge), modeled after a colonial Australian house filled with antiques and original art. Head to the spa for a rejuvenating treatment featuring La Prairie's luxurious line of products, or a dip in the heated pool which reflects the Southern Hemisphere's constellations. (Guest staying on the "Pretty in Pink" package are entitled to a 20 percent discount on Spa Pink Pamper Package which includes a glass of pink champagne, a one hour pink manicure or pedicure either in the bedroom or the spa area.) Enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea served with Pink Champagne, and in the evening you can relax in your swanky bedroom wearing your pink slippers and pink eye mask. The package also includes a full Australian breakfast for two in the Galileo restaurant, a "pink indulgent gift pack," complimentary daily newspaper, and a choice of DVDs to watch in your room free of charge. Rates from AUD 552 per night.
January 20, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson
Sub-zero temperatures have those of us in this part of the world shivering and dreaming of warmer climes, like French Polynesia. Right now, InterContinental Resort Moorea, which is located on the northeast coast of the island, is offering a special deal of four days and nights in their tropical island paradise. You'll receive complimentary daily breakfast, and as a special bonus, travel to the Moorea Dolphin Center, where you can swim with a porpoise.
Located betweeen the mountains and the lagoon, InterContinental Resort Moorea has 17 Garden Suite Bungalows, 50 Overwater and 28 Beach Suite Bungalows as well as the 48 Garden View Rooms. If swimming with sea creatures isn't your thing, other special offers include four days and nights (breakfast and dinner included) and a Luau show at the famous Tiki Village. Or spend your four days and nights (with breakfast included) soaking up the sun and enjoying a 50-minute spa treatment. Prices for these special deals vary and rates and restrictions apply.
By: K. Clare Johnson