LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
June 16, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Take a jaunt to North Bimini Island and discover paradise just 48 nautical miles off the coast of South Florida. Just a quick hop by air, or an hour-long ride by boat across the Bahamian Channel, the isle is the gateway to the Bahamas and the "Bonefishing Capital of the World." In this idyllic setting, a resort called Bimini Bay is making waves for its laid-back luxury and beach chic. Designed in Caribbean pastel colors, the 217 suites and homes feature full kitchens with granite counters, oversized couches, and shell and coral accents. Anglers aren't the only ones who'll be in hog heaven; the resort has tennis and bocce ball courts, a children's playground, infinity pool and oversized pool, and two full-service marinas. Make your booking with Five Star Alliance and you'll get breakfast for two daily and one complimentary $50 resort credit per stay.
Talk about the height of luxury. There's a new penthouse suite on the block in Manhattan, and it's pretty swank. What's inside the Penthouse at the Tribeca Grand? A full-sized living room, dining room with sweeping city views from floor-to-ceiling windows, master bedroom with a custom-designed bed draped in luscious fabrics, and a rooftop terrace where you can dine al fresco under a teak pergola or sip cocktails under the stars. The best part of all? It's your own private hideaway, only accessible from the suite's interior staircase. These lavish digs are certainly paramount in NYC. Like a haute private residence in TriBeCa, the place comes equipped with all kinds of high-tech gadgetry: flat-screen plasma televisions, an iMac G5, and Sony Dream Machine Speaker Dock digital music system.
PS. Even if the Penthouse isn't your thing, the Tribeca Grand has other rooms that might be more up your alley, priced at just $229 over the July 4th weekend.
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Take your family to St. Lucia for a Caribbean getaway and take advantage of a "Summer Special" offered by Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, the Mediterranean-style resort nestled on 56 tropical acres on the island's northwest point. Available until September 30th, 2009, the special package rates start from $5,500 per week in a 2-bedroom villa with a pool. The best part of all? For a limited time, they're throwing in a bunch of free add-ons, totaling more than $2,700, when you book the package. So for no additional cost, you'll get the all-inclusive food and beverage package, a jeep safari for the entire family, a Windjammer Sunset Cruise, complimentary flowers and fruit plate upon arrival, and round-trip airport transfers.
June 15, 2009
By: Alison Victor
We all know our parents deserve thanks and appreciation year round, and that's why it is so important to show them how much we care on their annual holiday of appreciation. With Father's Day just around the corner, Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas is extending some very special luxury offers to the very special dads in our lives. For the whole month of June in tribute to all things Dad, Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas will be offering a Father's Day Spa Facial Treatment, where Dad will be treated to the signature "Hydrate and Replenish Facial," followed by a glass of champagne and appetizer at RESTAURANT. This special offer leads up to the main event: Father's Day. On June 20th, "Father's Day Eve," you can treat your Dad to one of Sunset Marquis's luxurious suites or villas, where upon arrival he will receive a special welcome amenity followed by the "Hydrate and Replenish Facial," and Father's Day brunch for two at RESTAURANT. The brunch promises to be a deliciously gourmet thank you to Dad, with a menu featuring fresh seasonal ingredients expertly prepared by five diamond haute cuisine chef, Guillaume Burlion.
Going, going, (almost) gone... Grab a swanky suite at The Venetian by June 30, 2009 and you could be paying motel prices. The Venetian is currently offering suites for $129 per night during the week, plus a bunch of resort credits. Just book by the end of June for a stay valid until the end of 2009. These digs normally go for $300+.
June 12, 2009
By: Alison Victor
Opened in late 2007, Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai has become the luxury standard in the bustling city of Chiang Mai. Their exclusive Horizon Club rooms, located on the top three floors of the hotel, come spaciously equipped with teakwood, silk, and majestic views of the cityscape. Guests of these rooms also enjoy access to the Horizon Lounge, where they can enjoy buffet breakfast, evening cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and private concierge service.
As a special offer, Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai is introducing the Pamper Package. With booking this package, guests will enjoy a 45 minute head and shoulder Thai message, courtesy of the hotel's CHI Spa, one dinner in the Silapa Thai private lounge, accommodations in the Horizon Club Deluxe Room with full Horizon Club Lounge benefits, and round-trip airport transfers. While Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai aims to indulge all your senses, it won't indulge all your savings, with rates starting at around 190 USD per night.
A side of spa with your lavish accommodations? Some wining and dining in the oceanfront restaurant (or in the comfort of your own room)? Or maybe a round of golf? Grand Velas All-Suites & Spa Resort takes "all-inclusive" to another level-- a luxurious one. You'll love the setting on Mexico's golden coast not far from Puerto Vallarta. Overlooking Banderas Bay, the AAA Five-Diamond resort has a plethora of activities to choose from-- including beach volleyball, tennis, and pool games. The award-winning spa has 20 treatment rooms where you can indulge in massage therapy, body scrubs and peelings, body wraps, facials, bath therapy, and hand and foot care. This summer you can book an unbeatable vacation package that includes accommodations in a Parlor or Master suite with an upgrade to the next available category, afternoons on the Vista Vallarta Golf course or daily rejuvenating treatments at the Spa, and meals at the gourmet restaurants. These "Lead Off" rates are available starting from $352 per person, per night.
June 11, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Dive into summer with a first-class getaway to some sun and sand. Loews Hotels invites you to check out the sun-drenched beaches of Miami, St. Pete, or San Diego with a stay at their landmark properties. The "Sipping in the Sun" offer means a complimentary upgrade to an ocean view room, plus 2 poolside cocktails at Loews Coronado Bay-- just 42 feet above the water with tennis, glorious pools, and dive-in movies, Loews Miami Beach Hotel-- a South Beach stand-out with Emeril Lagasse cuisine, or Don CeSar Beach Resort-- the legendary "pink palace" with a sprawling Beach Club and Spa. Available until September 8, 2009.
June 10, 2009
By: Alison Victor
Luxe Worldwide Hotels, the name behind such luxury properties as the Dylan Hotel New York, and the Flemings Mayfair in London have decided to cool things off this summer with a delicious promotion at their Philadelphia location, the Penn's View Hotel. For under $200 USD, the "P.S. Ice Cream!" promotion is a great way to satisfy your cravings for delicious foods and travel. The promotion includes a one night's stay at the hotel, 2 tickets for a tour on Philadelphia Trolley Works, complimentary breakfast, and a $20 gift card to The Franklin Fountain, a one stop shop for everything sweet in downtown Philadelphia. Here you can feast on everything from fresh baked pies and cakes, to ice cream sundaes and egg creams. This is definitely the perfect compliment to the summer heat!
June 8, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
The Grand Del Mar has been turning heads since it opened in October 2007 in the pristine Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve outside San Diego. Designed as an old-world Mediterranean estate, the $300 million resort is a destination in and of itself-- sporting San Diego's only Tom Fazio-designed golf course, four pools, a Renaissance-inspired spa, a slew of outdoor recreational activities, and the acclaimed signature restaurant Addison, So Cal's only Five-Star and Five Diamond restaurant. Save $115 when you book the "Bed and Breakfast" package at The Grand Del Mar, which includes a complimentary room upgrade, daily breakfast for two, 20 percent off retail purchases, and free overnight valet parking for $395 per night.