April 6, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez
During the week of April 13th - April 19th ZaSpa at the Hotel ZaZa Dallas will be celebrating Spa Week-- meaning that you can book a facial, body treatment or massage for only $50! Best of all ZaSpa will extend the $50 offer from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Thursday for an additional two weeks for those who can't make it during Spa Week but want to take advantage of the fabulous deal.
You've heard the buzz. A "joule" of a hotel opened in Dallas last year, and even Wikipedia notes how it has "garnered notoriety for its 10th floor pool that cantilevers eight feet over the easement below." Literally: the pool juts out over the sidewalk below, enabling passers-by to check out the swimmers. A member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, The Joule exudes fashion-forward design. And it should, since it was custom-designed by Adam D. Tihany in a contemporary style to complement the Neo-Gothic building, the former Dallas National Bank dating from the 1920s. Guest perk: From the touch of a single button on your room phone, you can be connected to your very own personal shopper at the flagship Neiman Marcus department store near by. Book the "Design, Dine, and Descent" Package and you'll be treated to stellar accommodations, world-class dining, and an unbeatable nightlife scene-- all for just $189 per night until September 13th, 2009. Here are the deets on the package:
April 3, 2009
By: Alison Victor
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is the culmination of years of discussions and efforts by city leaders who wanted to create an event worthy of the city's legacy as the birthplace of jazz. Starting in 1970 with a little over 350 people in attendance, it has grown into an amazing celebration of over 300,000 people yearly who come to pay their respect to a city that has remained resilient in spirit and cultural significance. This year will be no less than amazing, with everyone from Earth, Wind, and Fire to the Dave Matthews Band performing. There will also be an array of food and craft vendors showcasing their local talents. If you are looking for great accommodations, Loews New Orleans Hotel still has rooms available, going for less than $250 a night.
Feast on an indulgent three-course meal without blowing the bank. The refined Charleston Grill, located in the Charleston Place Hotel, has come out with a "Dinner at Dusk" special so that guests can savor three delectable courses for just $39 per person, Sunday-Thursday. Simply make a ressie to be seated before 6 p.m. The dining experience is stellar: creative cuisine, southern hospitality, and a winning ambiance created by mahogany paneling, hand-stenciled wood flooring, and musical tunes from a live jazz trio. Like many upscale eateries across the country, Charleston Grill understands that cutting costs during economic hard times doesn't mean compromising on quality. (As the French know best, prix fixe is the way to go.) You'll get real value as you dive in to Chef Bob Waggoner's exciting new menu based on the idea of four categories or "Quadrants": Lush, Pure, Cosmopolitan and Southern.
For a taste of Europe close to home, take a vacay across the border to Quebec City, where you can stroll the Old Town's historic cobblestone streets and dine like kings on the fine French cuisine. The place to stay is Loews Hôtel Le Concorde, famous for its revolving rooftop restaurant, L'Astral, voted "Best Hotel Restaurant" by Quebec residents. In addition to the hotel's dynamite food, you'll find a well-equipped exercise room and heated outdoor pool. When you make your reservation with Five Star Alliance, you'll receive a special amenity celebrating local ingredients and supporting a local farmer as part of the Loews Adopt-A-Farmer program.
April 2, 2009
By: Alison Victor
What better way to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the beautiful island of Bermuda then with luxury rooms at the Elbow Beach Club Resort? Starting at 195 USD per night, Elbow Beach Club Resort pays homage to the island and its history with low room rates running now through April 19th. At Elbow Beach Club Resort, located in Paget Parish, luxury and relaxation go hand in hand. You can take advantage of the many amenities offered, including water sports, tennis, and the newly opened spa. Or simply just thank Bermuda for its 400 years by taking in the breathtaking view of ocean and pink sand from one of Elbow Beach Club Resort's 235 rooms and suites.
Gotta love Kimpton Hotels for their humor and wit. Breakfast for a buck-- too gimmicky? Who cares when guests can feast on recession savings like that. "January Jumpstart" was pretty nifty, too, doling out all sorts of good-for-you amenities to folks looking to stick to their New Year's Resolutions. Now the chain-- famous for its one-of-a-kind properties each with personalities and perks all their own-- has announced a "Sweet Tax Relief" Package in honor of Tax Day on April 15th. Available throughout the month of April, Kimpton is dishing out sweet treats and paying your room tax. Check into participating hotels like 70 Park Avenue in New York, Denver's Hotel Monaco, Hotel Solamar in San Diego, Hotel Marlowe and Nine Zero in Boston, Portland's Hotel Monaco, and Hotel Palomar in San Francisco and you'll get a late check-out with your deluxe accommodations, plus a sweet grab-bag filled with candy such as PAYDAY, 100 Grand and Sugar Daddy. The hotel will pay your room tax, along with the meal tax if you dine at the hotel restaurant. The best part? Room rates start at $99.
April 1, 2009
By: Alison Victor
As big a fan of movies as I am of travel, I always love to know what places serve as settings to great stories told through film. Recently I had the pleasure of seeing "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," which is as much a love story between the main characters as it is to the city of Barcelona. In a pivotal scene, the main character Vicky listens as her Aunt Judy pours her heart out while seated in a city cafe. The place happens to be Cafe Vienes, the famous Modernist cafe within the Casa Fuster Hotel. As Barcelona's only historic building, Casa Fuster Hotel is also the only place offering panoramic views of the city and Paseo de Gracia. Renovated in the Art Nouveau style, Casa Fuster Hotel is a great luxury destination for any traveler, and any film buff, but definitely better for both!
If you book now for April, you can stay for under 200 Euro a night.
March 31, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
We've been waiting with bated breath, and now the day has finally arrived. Capella Hotels and Resorts has opened its first hotel in Asia-- its flagship in Singapore on Sentosa Island, a bucolic setting of white sandy beaches and lush rainforest. Singapore's recreational resort, Sentosa Island is connected to the dynamic urban center by a causeway. The crème de la crème of the island's luxury lodgings is the new Capella, an architectural masterpiece with the largest guest rooms in Singapore. Nice perk: Many of the one- and two-bedroom garden villas overlook the South China Sea and feature private plunge pools and outdoor bathing facilities. Deals: For a limited time, you can stay for three nights while only paying for two.
March 31, 2009
By: Alison Victor
Exclusive, stylish, and luxurious are three words that come to mind when you think of Bal Harbour, Florida. Just a short distance from both Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Bal Harbour is the fashion capital of South Florida. This mecca of upscale boutiques includes everything from Valentino to Armani. There is no better place to stay while there than The Regent Bal Harbour. After a long day of upscale shopping and people watching on palm tree-lined streets, you can easily walk to The Regent Bal Harbour or have the hotel pick you up in their private luxury car. Book now and you can enjoy four nights for the price of three, which will give you even more reason to shop til you drop.