LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
Take a well-deserved summer break without breaking the bank. Set high on a hill in Texas Hill Country, overlooking an expanse of green fairways and Live Oak groves, the Westin La Cantera is seemingly a world away, but only 15 miles from San Antonio's downtown Central Business District. Known for its championship golf courses (most notably the 18-hole championship Resort Course at La Cantera, designed by Arnold Palmer) and extensive recreational facilities, the Westin La Cantera fits the bill for a relaxing "staycation." Take the fam to the Westin La Cantera and enjoy a day at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas Theme Park, just adjacent to the resort. The resort has styled a San Antonio adventure priced from just $199 per night. The two-night stay is available through August 22, 2009 and includes 50 percent off Retail Golf rates on either of the two championship courses, and 50 percent off adult tickets to Six Flags for up to four people.
Times are tough for the tourism industry in Thailand. All the more reason to get on over to the "Land of Smiles"! Deals are yours for the taking. Try some of these courtesy of the AP:
-Free round-trip domestic tickets on Thai Airways when you fly in to Thailand from Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
-$10 domestic flights through October on discount carrier AirAsia.
-70 percent savings on glam goods and shops with the "Amazing Thailand Grand Sale"
What's more: Gorgeous luxury hotels like The Peninsula are offering nice incentives for bookings. You can nab an $100 bar and restaurant credit plus a free second night at any Peninsula hotel in the world when booking a special package with the riverside palace hailed as one of the finest hotels in the world.
July 3, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Word on the street is that Beijing is introducing a new tourism initiative to entice visitors, including free five-star hotel accommodation for newlyweds on their honeymoon. Also in the works: the payment of 1 million yuan of highway toll fees for tourist buses for half a year.
July 2, 2009
By: Alison Victor
On July 4th 1776, the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain. Every year since, Americans have celebrated this day with barbecues, parties, and of course, fireworks. The most spectacular events will take place in the nation's capitol, Washington DC, and for those wanting to experience it first hand, there is no better place to stay then the historicHay Adams Hotel. Located on Lafayette Park, across from the White House, The Hay Adams Hotel has an excellent Fourth of July package available for city visitors. This package consists of weekend accommodations in a Superior room, dinner for two, and hotel rooftop access passes for two, starting at 989.00 USD. With luxurious amenities and amazing views, The Hay Adams Hotel promises an Independence Day to remember.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guest who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for The Hay Adams Hotel will receive a complimentary daily continental breakfast, special gift upon arrival, and guaranteed late (4PM) check-out.
By: Alison Victor
Talk about a pedicure with a view! Pictured at right, the exclusive Chuan Spa at the Langham Place Mongkok is an oasis of luxury on the 40th floor. As if the views could get any more exhilarating, the hotel's rooftop boasts a 20-meter heated swimming pool with chill-out tunes played underwater. Kick back in the jacuzzi, or in one of the large poolside cabanas with a cocktail under the stars, and check out the twinkling lights across the city. You'll also get panoramic views of Kowloon and Hong Kong from the 24-hour fitness studio, equipped with 12 card machines, 10 strength machines, and free weights. And the rooms.... Flanked with floor-to-ceiling windows, the 665 rooms and suites are five-star fabulous. High-tech amenities are plentiful: flatscreen tv, DVD/CD player, iHome, and a modern workstation with state-of-the-art Cisco IP telephony, wired and wireless broadband. Book a luxurious stay in Kowloon at the Langham Place Mongkok and you can take advantage of a special "Free Night SUITE Deal" until September 6, 2009. Stay for three nights in a suite and you'll get a fourth for free. Plus you'll enjoy Club L benefits.
This just in. Ritz-Carlton Hotels wants to make sure you get both your money's worth and "memory's worth" when on vacay in Europe this year. Hence the "Peace of Mind" package, which doles out up to 3 complimentary nights along with some other freebies. Here's the skinny on what you get: daily breakfast for two, Internet, and overnight valet parking. Stay for 3 nights, pay for 2 (resorts only); Stay for 5 nights, pay for 3; Stay for 7 nights, pay for 4. Berlin, Barcelona, Tenerife, and Istanbul are up for the taking. Even the over-the-top, excessively lavish Ritz-Carlton Moscow is in on this offer.
July 1, 2009
By: Alison Victor
Classic British elegance combined with the most modern of amenities has made The Landmark London a distinctively original luxury hotel in the heart of London's West End. After extensive refurbishment, The Landmark London is proudly offering guests the newly designed Presidential Suite. With views overlooking Marylebone Road, the Presidential Suite includes a kitchenette, a dining room for six people, a large living area, a bedroom with a king-sized four poster bed and its own entertainment center, and a large bathroom complete with a walk in shower and Jacuzzi bath. Available as a one or two-bedroom suite, guests also have the option of a connecting room next door. Not in need of such executive accommodations? Not to worry,The Landmark London has wonderful guestrooms available as well, such as the 35 square-meter Superior, starting at around 250 GBP a night.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for The Landmark London will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival.
By: Alison Victor
July 1, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
We just got the scoop on an incredible deal at Milan's Hotel Principe di Savoia-- the lavish property that's known to arrange truffle-hunting excursions, image consultants, and outings to Lake Como for clients. As glamorous and luxurious as the city it calls home, the Hotel Principe di Savoia is situated on the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of the Italian fashion capital. Book the "Jet Lag" package and you'll get two nights in a Double Classic room, a Jet Lag massage per person at Club 10, complimentary limousine service, and daily breakfast-- all for just $325 per night. As Travel + Leisure points out, this amounts to a savings of 75 percent. Available through September 30, 2009.
Lounge Cocktails, Outdoor Pool, Acura Experience: Savor the Seconds of Summer with W Atlanta at Perimeter Center
Cool down in Hotlanta with a W Hotels escape this summer. The "Play Experience" at the W Atlanta-Perimeter includes two cool cocktails, daily parking and a Wonderful Room priced at a "wow-worthy rate" (try $188 per night), through September 8th, 2009. Located in an upscale northern suburb next door to Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, the W Perimeter was the second W hotel to open in America. It's just a quick trip to Turner Field, the lively Buckhead District, CNN, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta Botanical Garden, The Fox Theatre, Phipps Plaza and Lenox Mall-- and you can get there in style with the Acura Experience, an exclusive Whatever/Whenever service. When you call the concierge to reserve your complimentary ride (with personal driver), you'll find the new 300-horsepower Acura MDX fully outfitted, stocked with W goodies, and ready to show you the town. Return to the hotel to lounge by the pool or recline in the zen garden. Head up to your Wonderful Room to soak up the sun on the balcony, cool off in the rainforest shower with Bliss products, and relax on a dream-inducing bed covered in 350 thread count linens and a goose down duvet.
Head to Athens to check out the new Acropolis Museum that everyone's talking about (The New York Times calls it "one of the highest-profile cultural projects undertaken in Europe in this decade"). At the foot of Acropolis Hill, the striking contemporary building houses the Parthenon's collection of classical sculpture-- all except for the frieze still located in the British Museum. Just minutes from the Acropolis in the heart of the exclusive Kolonaki neighborhood, the St. George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel has a killer location. At night, you can see the Parthenon illuminated with lights. In fact, sublime views of the Acropolis are visible throughout the hotel. There's a rooftop pool and restaurant, to boot. Check into this stylish property this summer and you could snag rates of just EUR 99 on select dates.