March 31, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Hotelchatter has a good point: How is it feasible that Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is giving guests a late check-out of 6 p.m.? When do the other guests check-in? Bravo to the lavish seaside resort for treating guests right with the "Double Your Sunset" Package. With the 6 p.m. late check-out, you'll have a whole extra day to frolick in the surf, soak up the California rays, or hit up the newly-renovated Ocean Spa and Fitness Center. Plus, when you book this package, you'll also get a $75 credit for the spa. Available April 1- December 1, 2009.
Today is the last day you can take advantage of a special offer at San Francisco's lavish Palace Hotel, a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection. Save up to 50 percent with "Better Tomorrows": Book one night and your second night is half off, for stays through September 7, 2009. This translates to $126 per night at the hotel deemed the largest, most luxurious and costly in the world when it opened in 1875. Envisioned by William Chapman Ralston and William Sharon, The Palace Hotel was designed as the American counterpart to the grand hotels of Europe. The American public went gaga over the building's majesty: 7,000 windows, 14-foot high ceilings, hydraulic elevators (an engineering marvel for the time!), and splendid Garden Court-- the glass-domed courtyard with towering Italian marble columns, Austrian crystal chandeliers, and gold leaf sconces. Today the hotel has been lovingly restored and boasts a central location adjacent to the Financial District.
In conjunction with the launch of the new Raffles.com, Raffles Hotels and Resorts is running a contest whereby the grand prize winner gets five nights in a Presidential Suite at any of the seven properties world-wide-- from Dubai (pictured) to the Grenadines. Five runners-up get a two-nights stay. What's required on your part? Share your story-- either your most enchanting experience at a Raffles hotel, or the dream experience you'd love to have. Hop to it! Deadline is today. You may just win your dream stay at any Raffles worldwide.
This just in. InterContinental Hotels is having a blow-out sale on its rooms in Japan. We're talking 50 percent off their best flexible rates! You must snag a stay during a three-day period, starting 11 a.m. on April 1st and ending 11 a.m. on April 4th. But the deal applies to stays from April 2nd-June 30 at 16 participating hotels including the InterContinental Tokyo Bay and the InterContinental The Grand Yokohama-- an architectural icon constructed in the shape of a yacht under sail. You can check into the perfectly-located ANA InterContinental in Tokyo and appreciate the urban swimming pool oasis (pictured). Note: Black-out dates are May 1-7.
March 30, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez
Situated in the heart of downtown Montreal, the Hôtel Le Crystal's Ibiza is a 9,000-square-foot wellness facility that combines a state-of-the-art fitness center, luxurious beauty spa, indoor pool and outdoor Jacuzzi. Encompassing the entire 12th floor of the ultra chic, all-suite hotel, Ibiza prides itself on bringing together luxury, beauty, relaxation and fitness. If you're looking for a quick revitalizing escape, get ready to melt your worries away at the Hôtel Le Crystal Montreal with the "Stress Free Weekend Package" which includes superior suite accommodations, access to Ibiza's fitness center, pool and Jacuzzi as well as a massage at Ibiza Spa. Indoor valet parking, continental breakfast, and choice of your own check-out time are the additional perks included in the package!
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests at Hôtel Le Crystal Montréal will receive a VIP Amenity, complimentary high speed internet and, based upon availability, a complimentary upgrade at check-in.
March 27, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez
With the Easter holiday ahead and spring break season in full swing, we're receiving lots of inquiries from clients requesting that we point them in the direction of special deals in the Caribbean. Well I have great news: As of yesterday I came across a fantastic deal from The Regent Grand Turks and Caicos. Book four consecutive nights, and the hotel will give you one free night! My advice when booking this offer: Make sure you book the rate term that specifically states, "Stay 4, Pay for 3" in the rate description. The rate term must state this in order for you to receive the complimentary room night, also once the rate is confirmed you will notice that the reservation summary will indicate the total rate for all four nights, but don't fret, the hotel will adjust the last night for you upon check-out.
March 26, 2009
By: K. Clare Johnson
Ginn Reunion Resort and Club of Orlando is beating the recession. Until April 30, 2009, book and stay with the "Recession Blues" package and enjoy the luxury resort price at a great price. The luxury 3-bedroom deluxe villas start at $229 per night. Rate based on a 3-bedroom deluxe villa at either Carriage Point, Villas at Reunion Square - North or Heritage Crossing with a 2 night minimum stay / 4 night maximum length of stay. Prices are subject to availability and do not include service fees and tax. You and the whole family will enjoy the three Championship golf courses, heated multi-level water park and award-winning tennis center. Those itching for a visit to Disney World will be glad to know that the park is a mere six miles away.
By: K. Clare Johnson
As far as staycations go, The Homestead is tops. Located in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, the National Historic Landmark has hosted its share of presidents and princes since it opened in 1776. Sports and spa enthusiasts continue to flock to this destination resort that boasts dozens of activities-- from indoor pursuits (bowling, billiards, and movies) to outdoor adventures (mountain biking, shooting, fly-fishing). What's more- The Homestead is all about family fun-- with an award-winning KidsClub and bountiful family vacation activities. Easter promises to be a fun-filled weekend with a colorful Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn where the little ones can meet the Bunny Rabbit. Priced from $225, the "Easter Family Fun" Package includes accommodations, breakfast, an Easter welcome gift, and 20 percent off all activities. Available April 1-18, 2009.
Nestled in the quaint village of Killenard in the rolling green countryside of County Laois, the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort overlooks the championship golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros and Jeff Howes. You'd be hard-pressed to beat this setting: set against the backdrop of the Slieve Bloom Mountains just an hour from Dublin. Play a round-- you'll appreciate the landscaping with five lakes and a stream to incorporate water into the action on 10 holes-- and then hit the palatial Clubhouse for the ultimate après golf experience. There's also a tennis court, groundlit walking track, and Health Club. Retire to the spa for a massage and you won't want to leave. Featuring the Pevonia botanical skincare line, spa treatments are divine. The Heritage Spa Experience is based on the ancient ritual of bathing where the body is heated and then cooled in a series of experiences-- ancient Rome style. For the spring and summer, the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort has a plethora of promotional offers. Book the "Early Bird" and you'll get two nights accommodation, breakfast daily, and dinner one night-- just EUR 160 per person.
March 23, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Caribbean, here we come. Forget Panama City (Florida) for Spring Break. A luxurious spring respite is within reach at one of the Caribbean's swankiest offerings: Cap Juluca Resort on the sleepy isle of Anguilla. In this picture-perfect beach paradise, the recently-renovated resort sits on the powdery sand, a romantic vision of Moorish architecture. Rooms are now equipped with comfortable new Stearns and Foster beds and Frette linens, 40" Sony Bravia HDTVs and DVD players, Bose Wave stereos with iPod docking stations, free wireless internet as well as enhanced patio furniture, new towels and new robes. Cap Juluca is offering a 2 for 1 deal (every-other-night free) for stays through April 12. The rate for two nights is now $995 double. (Note: Room taxes are still steep at 20 percent.)