June 25, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Here's an offer you can't refuse: An all-inclusive Caribbean vacation on a paradise-isle with all activities and meals included for just $279 per room. Catering to both couples and families, The St. James's Club Resort & Villas is nestled on a 100-acre peninsula on the southeast coast of Antigua. You'll find a slew of island- and water-based diversions. From the two white sand beaches, you can go snorkeling, sailing, or kayaking, while the kids are entertained at the award-winning Kidz Club. Landlubbers will hardly be bored; the resort has extensive facilities including six tennis courts, a spa, and a fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at the sea. When it comes to the grub, you have a choice of four restaurants with cuisine varying from casual to Continental.
The best happy hour spot in Chitown? High above the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue at The Terrace, the gorgeous al fresco spot at The Peninsula Chicago. Grab your friends and head to The Terrace for the "8 for $8 til 8" promotion. Enjoy a choice of eight selections of cocktails and small plate appetizers (think Kung Pao bay scallops in a wonton cup) for $8 each until 8 pm, Monday- Thursday. The Terrace is located next to the hotel's Shanghai Terrace restaurant.
Calling all connoisseurs of luxury. Take a weekend break at Mayfair's Art Deco jewel-- "the last word in London's luxury hotels" just moments from Bond Street and the city's most exclusive shopping-- and you'll be treated to rates that are 50 percent off. With the "Timeless Weekend" package at Claridge's, rooms that are usually $740 drop to $375 for Friday-Sunday nights, including some great perks: a welcome bottle of chilled champagne, traditional English breakfast daily, and a late check-out at 4pm the following day (subject to availability). At this five-star luxury hotel, you'll experience flawless service and glamorous design. Tempt the palate with a meal at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's or with the time-honored indulgence of Afternoon Tea. You'll find a celebrity playground at Claridge's Bar. Valid until December 31st, 2009.
This dreamy luxury resort, an oasis on the Big Island's exclusive Kona-Kohala Coast, is handing out a $1,000 resort credit when you stay for four nights. This exclusive gift can be used towards anything you can charge to your room. Think recreational activities, spa treatments, candlelit dinners... But more than that-- the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers a slew of services and amenities included as part of your stay (no added charges or resort fees!) including classes at the Cultural Center and access to Hualalai Sports Club and Spa. There's also a private Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, beautiful pool, and Tennis Club.
As the Miami Herald points out to its readers, why venture far when there are so many great deals in South Florida? Miami is brimming with fashionable new hotels, and in fact the glut of hotel rooms is causing hotels to cut rates (Read: bargains galore in South Beach). One of the most anticipated debuts is the W Hotel South Beach, now primping for a July opening. The Miami Herald is expecting "some of the best rooms on South Beach" as this condo-hotel will boast 511 units that are large and have kitchens. The setting? A prime oceanfront setting on Collins Avenue "in the playground of celebrities and on the boardwalk of the fashion jet set"-- to quote the PR writer for the W brand (universally adored for the catchy taglines). What to expect? Six cool bars, a Bliss Spa, Whatever/Whenever service, a gym, and beautifully landscaped pools. Book with Five Star Alliance and you'll get a $25 hotel credit at check-in and complimentary breakfast for two daily.
June 23, 2009
By: Alison Victor
This has been quite a year for the hotel known formerly as the Trianon Palace and Spa, a Westin Hotel. Earlier this year the hotel underwent a re-branding to the prestigious Waldorf Astoria Collection, and with it brought in many luxurious upgrades. In addition to the property being fully renovated and restored, Gordon Ramsay, the celebrated 2-Michelin-starred chef, has opened his first French dining destination, Gordon Ramsay au Trianon. Guests can expect exquisite French dishes in an intimate, stylish setting.
With the Waldorf name also comes the Versailles Guerlain Spa, a 2,800-square-meter sanctuary of beauty, relaxation, and fitness. Here, guests can enjoy custom spa therapies, a stylish cut at the Leonor Greyl hair salon, or a relaxing dip in the heated indoor pool. Lavish and contemporary, this is a step above most spas. With the reemergence of this luxury property, they are also introducing special new rates. Book now, and you can stay in the Classic Guest Room, with breakfast for two, for under 200 Euro a night. A great way to reintroduce a great hotel.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Trianon Palace will receive a complimentary bottle of Louis XIV preferred wine with a copy of his original hand-written letter.
By: Alison Victor
June 22, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Take a break in South Florida at The Diplomat Golf Resort and Spa, a member of the Starwood Luxury Collection, and reap the rewards. You'll dig the extensive facilities at this Mediterranean-style resort: championship golf, a full-service spa and a tennis center with 10 clay courts. And you'll really appreciate the tempting special offers available this summer. "Sunsational Savings" means a 4th night free and a $100 Food & Beverage credit per stay; the "Golf" offer gives you a complimentary round of golf per night. Or you can take advantage of a special offer that gives you rates equivalent to your birth year for two- or three-night stays. You'll pay $199 for the first night, and then you'll pay discounted "birth year" rates for the next night, i.e. If you were born in 1948, you'll receive your 2nd and 3rd nights at $48!
A luxurious escape to Bali-- complete with VIP airport transfers and a romantic sunset dinner on the beach-- is yours for the taking. Managed by Orient-Express, the Jimbaran Puri Bali Resort is the island paradise you've always dreamed about-- now offering the "Great Affordable Escape" for just $500 a night in a beautiful Pool Villa (brand new!) with bountiful daily breakfast included.
Imagine retiring to your romantic villa beside the soft white sands of Jimbaran Bay. Each spacious villa has its own swimming pool set amidst a traditional Balinese garden courtyard. Lounge on the daybed in your living room, or indulge in spa treatments on the teakwood pool deck in your very own private garden. Bathrooms have free-form sunken marble tubs and separate rainshowers. Take a dip in the resort's contemporary infinity edge pool, terraced into the landscape. Dine on the sand at Nelayan Restaurant or enjoy a candelit dinner overlooking the lotus pond at Tunjung Cafe.
June 19, 2009
By: Alison Victor
Swimming with the Dolphins? Water slides? Gourmet Dining and Casinos? Sound like a checklist you put together in your dreams? Well all of this and much more is part of the experience awaiting guests at the super luxurious The Cove Atlantis.
Since its opening in early 2007, The Cove Atlantis on Paradise Island has been the ultimate destination for anyone wanting a vacation they will always remember. Now through the end of October,The Cove Atlantis is offering an amazing package called the Super SunBreak. If you are looking for a two night "break," rates start at an amazing $199 USD per adult, with children 11 and under staying, and playing, for free. If you are looking to "break" away from everyday life for a little bit longer, the Super SunBreak promotion will allow you to stay seven nights, with rates starting at only $669 USD. With such amazing rates, there is no reason that a vacation at the Cove can't be a dream come true!
By: Alison Victor
This just in. The Rocco Forte Collection of luxurious European hotels is offering a free third night with the "European City Escapes" offer for the exciting summer season. Guests booking a two night stay between July 27 and September 4, 2009 will be offered a complimentary night's stay including breakfast. Each of the 12 stylish hotels are renowned for reflecting the city in which they are located:
The Augustine in Prague: The Collection's newest hotel, housed in a monastery
Hotel de Russie, Rome: Famous for its butterfly garden (a verdant oasis in the city) and Stravinskij Bar
Hotel Savoy: Perfectly located Florence hotel (steps from the Duomo), decorated in contemporary Italian style
The Balmoral: Landmark historic hotel in Edinburgh with many rooms featuring views of Edinburgh Castle and the hills
The Lowry Hotel: Tops in Manchester
Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg: Take a city break next to St. Isaac's Cathedral at the hotel's Caviar and Vodka bar
Hotel Amigo, Brussels: Just adjacent to Grand Place, the hotel features newly refurbished interiors by Olga Polizzi, the Rocco Forte Collection's Director of Design
Villa Kennedy: A luxurious retreat in the heart of downtown Frankfurt with gardens and a beautiful central courtyard
Hotel de Rome, Berlin: Housed in a historic bank building with mosaic floors and the bank vault now converted into a pool, the hotel features panoramic views of the city's best attractions.
Le Richemond, Geneva: Check into the largest suite in Geneva on the 7th floor
The Charles Hotel, Munich: Perfect location with all rooms boasting views over the Botanical Gardens