LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
We just got word about a fabulous deal at one of our favorite hotels in New Orleans. International House-- the sexy hotel by Sean Cummings and LM Pagano that's located two blocks from the French Quarter-- is offering "RockStar Rooms" starting at just $79 per night on select dates (June 1,2,19-23 & 27-29; July 4-14 & 21-31; August 1 - 31, 2011). Book your stay and you'll be one of the first to stay in the hotel's newest room type designed by LM Pagano. To wit: "The "apple king room" is the favorite room for the entrepreneurs flocking to New Orleans. They feature a 42 inch wall-mounted Sony LCD screen connected to an Apple TV, a custom closet by Louisiana Closets and 3 Jack & Jake's locally grown organic apples."
While staying in style at the International House, don't miss the Urban Farm Breakfast, a dazzling way to start the day. Here's what's on the menu (get ready to drool!)
* Fresh Yard Eggs - with the chef’s daily special preparation
* Protein Pen – a daily duo variety of honey baked ham, house cured pepper bacon, homemade scallion breakfast sausage, or Steen’s cure pork loin
* Starch - a daily preparation of Yukon gold potatoes, or Papa Tom’s natural stone ground grits
* Hot off the Griddle – a daily selection of French crepes, pain perdu, or hot cakes
* Bread Basket – a daily selection of toasted French baguette, Creole cream cheese biscuits, flakey croissants, or fresh Danish – unsalted butter
To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Vancouver is collaborating with the hotel industry and Tourism Vancouver on a special promotion so that visitors can "explore Vancouver on the city's dime." Book a two-night stay at any participating hotel* before September 30 (for travel by December 31, 2011), and you'll score a $125 gift card to be redeemed at the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre for all kinds of goodies (passes to attractions, museums, and more). The full deets can be found here.
June 1, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
On the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, the sandy beaches are edged by lush tropical foliage against the backdrop of the famous green peaks, the Gros and Petit Pitons. Just offshore, the crystal clear sea makes for some epic scuba diving, exploring Superman's Flight, a "drift dive on a gentle wall which drops to 1,600 feet." (The island itself, to quote St. Lucia's tourism website, is "at the tip of an underwater volcano where both beginner and experienced divers alike will enjoy the stunning variety of coral, sponge and marine life.") Scuba divers will swoon over a special package currently offered by Anse Chastanet Resort, a luxury resort with its own PADI dive facility. Book the seven-night Dive Deal package by July 15, 2011 (for travel until December 19) and you'll receive a $250-a-person credit. The package rate starts at $1,869 and includes accommodations, airport transfers, meals, welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival, non-motorized water sports and 12 beach or boat dives including tank, weights, belt, mask, snorkel and fins.
May 27, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Summer vacation, here we come. Take the family to Walt Disney World and take advantage of a special promotion at the elegant Waldorf Astoria Orlando: get a free one-day Disney theme park ticket for every two-night booking! Stay four nights, and you'll get two free tickets; stay six nights and get three free tickets. (These tix usually go for $80 each, so this is a sweet deal.) Rates start from $199 a night and there's lots to enjoy on site. We're talking an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Rees Jones, a cabana-lined swimming pool, and a spa by Guerlain. Now that's a way to celebrate the 104 days of summer vacation!
May 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
A trip to over-the-top Dubai wouldn't be complete without a stay at Atlantis, The Palm, the flagship resort situated on Palm Jumeirah, the world's largest man-made island shaped like a palm tree in the Arabian Gulf. The resort is paradise for families as it's brimming with fun amenities: 16 restaurants (including Nobu), the Aquaventure water park, dolphin education center, and the third largest aquarium in the world where guests can participate in shark feedings. Atlantis, The Palm is currently running a special offer called "Magical Family Moments with Mastercard" where you can save up to 40%. Book with Mastercard before July 31, 2011, and you'll reap the rewards. Starting from AED 1,495, the package includes accommodations in a Deluxe Room, breakfast for four at Kaleidoscope, dinner for four (a choice of four different restaurants), two massages for the price of one at the spa, unlimited access to the water park, unlimited access to the Lost Chambers, and two afternoon passes for the Kids Club. Valid for stays until September 30, 2011.
May 23, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
A sprawling spa, a gorgeous serpentine infinity pool where attendants dole out cold towels and frozen fruit sticks, fine dining just steps from the powder fine sand... The Regent Palms makes it easy to live the luxury in the Turks and Caicos islands. Needless to say, the 72-suite resort really knows how to pamper guests. And the one, two and three-bedroom suites are decked out with custom mahogany furniture, marble floors, kitchens, and private terraces. Splurge with a trip to the Caribbean and get a third night free at The Regent Palms. This special offer, available for stays from June 1- October 19, includes daily breakfast and access to the fitness center and tennis court. The Washington Post is reporting that "the three-night stay now goes for $900 double, down from the usual $1,350."
Eager to explore China this summer? The Fairmont Beijing-- located in the capital's central business district-- is promoting a "Free Night" offer so guests can have an extra day to discover the city. Guest rooms and suites are filled with light from floor-to-ceiling-windows and showcase contemporary Chinese artwork. (Fairmont Gold- a hotel within a hotel- offers an exclusive experience on the hotel's skybridge.) The Fairmont Beijing is home to the three-level Willow Stream Spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga studio, Lunar 8 restaurant (serving up crispy Peking duck), The CUT steakhouse, and Champagne bar. Book two nights and get your third night for free! Valid on stays until August 31, 2011. Starting from 1,900 CNY per night on weekdays, and 1,700 CNY per night on weekends, based on double occupancy in a Fairmont room.
An oceanfront pool with waterfalls and slides facing one of the best beaches in America... You may recognize the dreamy setting from "Just Go With It"- the comedy that Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston starred in earlier this year. Located on the island of Maui, the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has won all kinds of accolades for its pool. And now we just got word that the resort has launched its first ever Girlfriend Getaway package with savings of more than 30% for travel now through December 15, 2011. Based on a double occupancy room, the package requires a four night minimum stay and starts from $1,090 per person. If three girlfriends jet to Maui, it's approx. $890 per person and $789 per person for four gals- so the more, the merrier! (And the more savings.) Grand Wailea’s Girlfriend Getaway includes the following:
* 50-minute pampering at Spa Grande; pampering begins at the Termé Hydrotherapy Circuit, followed by one 50-minute signature massage or facial per person.
* Four-course dinner at Humuhumunukunukuapua'a with exclusive wine-pairing for one night of guests’ choice for all persons registered.
* 20% off select Grand Wailea retail shops.
* “Sparkle Like the Stars” experience at Grand Jewels, Wailea’s jewelers to the elite; try-on a million dollars worth of diamonds and rare gemstones.
* Daily, one-hour pass to Spa Grande’s Termé Hydrotherapy Circuit.
Kick off the summer with a golf getaway to Miami's Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort-- the recent host of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The renowned golf resort just rolled out a package that's sure to delight golfers. Starting at just $119 per person (based on double occupancy), the Championship Unlimited Golf Package includes 18 holes of golf on the Red, Gold or Jim McLean Signature course with complimentary replay. Representing a savings of 40%, the amenity-filled package includes the following:
* Accommodations in a garden-view guestroom ($149 value)
* Daily breakfast at Terrazza Restaurant and Café ($30 value)
* 18 holes of golf on the Red, Gold or Jim McLean Signature course with complimentary replay ($65 - $85 value); advance tee times up to 120 days prior to arrival
* Complimentary access to the award-winning Spa at Doral ($30 value) and 15% off any spa treatments (excluding salon)
* Unlimited driving range usage and bag storage
* 50% off Callaway Diablo irons and woods rentals including a free sleeve of Callaway golf balls
* Welcome draft beer in Champions Bar & Grill and daily specials in Champions and Mesazul, the resort’s Latin-style steakhouse.
After a day on the greens, hit the spa and relax with spa treatments specifically designed to help golfers soothe tired muscles.
There's a lot to love at the Hotel del Coronado. Perched on the sand, The Del is a San Diego icon and a National Historic Landmark. The beachfront resort has a sumptuous spa, fab coastal cuisine, two sparkling pools, an abundance of recreational activities... not to mention an enviable climate (and lots of year-round sunshine). Hot rates: The hotel is currently running a 3-Day Summer Sale with reduced room rates of just $229 per night. The rate is good for stays through December. Hurry, grab this while you can! The deal must booked by Friday. Note: The Los Angeles Times points out that the rate applies to the older, Victorian-style rooms that have one queen bed and no ocean view. With this summer sale, you also get a reduced parking rate of $10 instead of $25 per night, and 25% off the price of a second room. Subject to availability.