LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
April 8, 2009
By: Alison Victor
Looking for luxurious accommodations off the beaten path? Look no further than Hertelendy Kastely in Kutas, Hungary. This beautiful resort is located on 150 acres of lush countryside, and is great for any type of traveler. Hertelendy Kastely is essentially a 14 room castle and accompanying Hunters Lodge with 6 fully equipped apartments.
Book here now through May, and you can stay for under 200 Euro a night. This not only includes staying in one of the beautiful apartments, but also many of the hotel's activities, including tennis, a sauna with hot and cold water tub, steam bath, deck chairs and towels by the swimming pool, bicycles, garden chess, free car parking, and daily refill of the minibar with soft drinks.
The InterContinental Montreal is primed for a June re-opening after an $11.1 makeover. What's in store? Brand spanking new guest rooms, the new absinthe bar, authentic Provencal restaurant and exclusive Club Lounge. In short, all rooms and public spaces are getting a breath of fresh air. Connected to the Montréal World Trade Centre, this five-star hotel is positioned at the gateway to Old Montréal and offers a 10th floor Health Club filled with natural light from the atrium. There's also an indoor pool and sauna on-site. While the hotel puts the finishing touches on the big renovation project, they're ensuring guest comfort with minimal intrusion. As TravelZoo reports, you can grab a newly-renovated Superior Room for just $95 through May-- that's a whopping 40 percent off peak spring rates. You'll get treated to killer views of the city, complimentary Internet access, and two drinks and one tapas selection (per stay) at the Chez Plume bistro.
Since the times of Roman emperor Tiberius (whose 12 villas-- now in ruins-- can still be found on the isle), Capri has been a playground for hedonists and fashionable sun-worshippers. Today the beautiful island continues to draw the international jetset to its luxury boutiques, nightclubs, and (rocky) beaches. Needless to say, luxury lodgings abound. But for sparkling sea views, there's no better spot than Capri Palace. From its hilltop setting in the town of Anacapri, near the island's peak, Capri Palace offers unbeatable vistas over the Bay of Naples and the island of Ischia. The hotel has its own contemporary art collection, as numerous artists use the on-site studio, and well-regarded spa. There is also a fleet of luxury boats available to take guests out to sea- whether daytime jaunts or cocktail cruises. From April 9th through the end of May, you'll get a fourth night free when you stay for three nights-- including breakfast. Make sure to book a sea-view room. Reserve a suite, and you'll enjoy your very own private heated pool and garden.
April 7, 2009
By: Alison Victor
Thousands of rock fans descended upon Cleveland, Ohio this past weekend to pay tribute to the newest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With over 500 rock experts voting, this year saw such legends as Metallica and Bobby Womack take their spot in rock history. With a celebration that started early in the week, it culminated with the live broadcast of the Induction Ceremony on Saturday night. Opened since 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a great place to visit year round. A must for the rock enthusiast, it features exhibits and collections from artists past and present. If you are planning a visit, the Ritz Carlton Cleveland is the perfect place to stay. As Cleveland's only Four Diamond Property, this luxury hotel offers beautiful accommodations and is only a mile from the Rock and Roll Museum. Book now, and you can stay for less than 250 USD a night.
April 6, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Enjoy big savings at the all-suite property Travel + Leisure calls "the best value among Cabo's high-end properties." Landing a spot on the prestigious T + L 500 World's Best Hotels, Marquis Los Cabos gets high marks for its dramatic Mexican architecture (and Southwestern Santa Fe style) next to the shimmering Sea of Cortez. All 237 suites have balconies or terraces with striking ocean views, Bulgari bath amenities, Frette bed linens and down comforters, and full hydro-massage baths. You'll get 40 percent off through the end of 2009 when you book a last-minute stay-- less than two weeks in advance of your arrival.
Try your hand at deep-sea fishing-- this is one of the best spots in the world-- and chase after the Blue Marlin, the ultimate trophy fish. Scuba diving is stellar; discover six dive sites including La Punta, where the Pacific and Sea of Cortez meet, and whale sharks and manta rays congregate. Play a round on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Cabo Del Sol Ocean Course, world-famous for its challenging oceanfront holes. But perhaps the best activity of all is a day spent sailing on the resort's 80-foot Turkish schooner.
April 6, 2009
By: Alison Victor
A getaway can get difficult to plan when there are more than a few people involved. Not only do you have to worry about accommodations, but also about finding a destination that will please even the most discerning traveler. Fortunately, Cuisinart Resort and Spa in Anguilla understands this, and has a luxuriously easy solution. From now until November 2009, you can take advantage of the "Friends and Family" promotion. Book a Beachfront Junior Suite at their regular rate, and save 50 percent on the second suite. The resort offers extraordinary sea views, two restaurants, an infinite pool, and tennis courts. With the promotion, you will also enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, an airport or ferry greeting, and free non-motorized sports.
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.