LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
June 12, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Head to the California seaside for a stylish family weekend at Viceroy Santa Monica. The chic hotel has put together an exclusive Family Affair package, utilizing its exclusive hotel amenities and gorgeous setting, to set a fun-filled agenda of activities for the whole fam to enjoy together. How does this sound? Popcorn and movies, surf lessons on a classic urban beach, private yoga lessons by the pool or drives through posh Malibu in a luxury convertible. Here's the skinny:
- Two night stay in a one-bedroom suite with connecting room with two beds
- Welcome Amenity of wine & cheese for parents, cookies & milk for kids
- Movies and popcorn delivered to the room on the first night of stay
- Breakfast each morning at Whist or in room
- Surf lessons for four (additional surf lessons are $120 per person)
- Private family yoga session for four on the Viceroy pool deck
- Luxury convertible car rental for the weekend with map to Malibu and new Getty Villa
The total price for the Viceroy's package is $3,500, available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night stays from now until October 31, 2008. Must be booked 7 days in advance.
The legendary "Pink Palace of the Pacific" has temporarily closed its doors through December 31, 2008 for a complete makeover. The 528-room resort is getting $110 million in enhancements. Come January 1, 2009, the Royal Hawaiian will usher in a new era of luxury. After all, this is the spot where the Shirley Temple drink was invented for the visiting star, and served as the playground for Hollywood A-listers and the world's elite for many decades. The Royal Hawaiian has remained an icon of luxury, romance, and the glory and grandeur of Waikiki since its opening in 1927, and after this renovation, the Royal Hawaiian will be at the top of its game. To quote the Mercury News:
The hotel's distinctive rosy exterior and eye-catching Spanish-Moorish architecture won't change. But the interior is slated for a major facelift and—gasp—will become less pink. Gone will be the pink tablecloths, pink napkins, pink towels, pink bed sheets and even the trademark pink-and-white umbrellas at the Mai Tai Bar will become history.
But don't worry. They're not getting rid of all the pink, just "accentuating the pink they have"-- while also upgrading the hotel's service, and adding hip, contemporary touches to all the rooms.
With the sky-rocketing price of gas (read: impossibly-high airfares to Europe) and the falling U.S. dollar, many travelers are looking closer to home for a summer vacation. Kiawah Island, the award-winning resort just outside Charleston, South Carolina, is an ideal East Coast destination with a slew of activities the whole family can enjoy- from tennis to kayaking. The resort's on-site five-star hideaway, The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, offers sophisticated accommodations and a fabulous spa. If you book a two-night stay in June, July or August at The Sanctuary or The Villas at Kiawah Island, you'll receive a one category upgrade at time of booking.