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Leading Hotels of the World held its annual convention in Boston recently and doled out some pretty prestigious awards. Considering that the organization represents some 450 of the world's finest hotels, these accolades should not be taken lightly. And without further ado, the winners are:
As if staying in a luxury five-star London hotel that is flanked by Hyde Park and Knightsbridge shops weren't enough, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is sweetening the deal.
Their "Winter Warmer" package, priced from just GBP 249 + VAT, includes accommodation in a deluxe room for two people, a full English breakfast for two people in The Park restaurant, and a large Jo Malone Home Candle. This amazing value is valid for arrival between 15 December 2008 and 31 January 2009 inclusive, subject to availability. Luxury living never smelled so good.
Have your fantasy Christmas, whether its for the hectic holiday shopping season or for the holidays themselves. Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork Ireland has a variety of special offers for this December. Don't let the stress of holiday shopping get to you! Take advantage of Hayfield Manor's Christmas Shopping Break; after a full day of shopping come back and enjoy a fabulous dinner at Perrotts Garden Bistro and return to your luxurious room to relax. Don't worry about getting up early either, enjoy a delicious breakfast and late check out until 1:30 pm. Cork has many boutiques and high end shops for you to get everything on your list.
Hayfield Manor also has a variety of festivities planned for guests taking advantage of a three night stay over Christmas. Christmas Eve means afternoon tea by the fire with a choir getting you in the mood with festive carols. Enjoy an extravagant dinner in Orchids Restaurant, and later have mulled wine and minced pies before retiring to await Santa's arrival! You'll hardly be able to resist the amazing Irish breakfast buffet available on Christmas morning, followed by a Champagne reception and Christmas lunch. Santa will make a stop by later in the afternoon, to delight your younger guests. Gather your family for a delicious Christmas buffet for dinner. St. Stephen's Day offers a festive St. Stephen's Day Jazz Brunch, leaving you the rest of the day to explore Cork. This holiday season will sure to be one to remember, and with no stress of travel, you can sit back and enjoy the time with your loved ones at Hayfield Manor.
The smell of chlorine and the moist, humid air are familiar to anyone who has ever set foot in an indoor pool. But the pool at Splendide Royal Hotel Rome, the five-star luxury hotel, is definitely not in the same league as the community pool at the YMCA. The oval-shaped swimming pool is invitingly tucked underneath a serene blue ceiling with a round skylight. The indoor swimming pool is 8m x 12m large, 80cm to 180cm deep and the water heated at a temperature of 28°C. There are also two saunas, and a solarium. Marco, Polo, anyone?
Winter doesn't have to be cold, with warm inviting specials from the Hotel Bayerischer Hof. The hotel has a variety of holiday activities to get you in the mood. From ball nights, to winter concerts, to exceptional seasonal decorations, your stay will surely give you some holiday cheer. Not to mention the great deals on one-of-a-kind rooms luxuriously decorated with every available amenity you can imagine. Enjoy hot fruit punch at the Blue Spa or Ice Bar, Champagne breakfast at the roof garden, and four-course meals for lunch and dinner at the hotel restaurant. Happy Holidays indeed! Minimum two night stay starts at EUR 320 per night.
Santa's dishing out the holiday treats this year (hotel savings galore) and it doesn't much matter if you've been naughty or nice. There are deals to be had. Case in point: The magnificent Chateau Eza, perched on the cliffs above the sparkling Mediterranean in an 1,000-year-old village, is offering a Christmas Package where you get three nights for the price of two. Along with that, you'll get a gourmet dinner for two people in the panoramic restaurant on Christmas Eve, Christmas Lunch for two, and Continental Breakfast each day. Priced from EUR 910 in a Standard Room.
It's not only princesses who get to stay in castles. You too can glide up to the turret, sweep down the stone stairs and roam the grounds in search of dragons and princes. But you get to do it in a world of modern comforts. Solis Lough Eske Castle traces its roots all the way back to the late 1400's and the famous O'Donnell family that founded the nearby town of Donegal. The current Solis Lough Eske Castle was constructed in the 1860's on the site of an old Brooke mansion, but was destroyed by fire in 1939. The newly renovated Solis Lough Eske Castle stands as a continuing testament to the rich history of Lough Eske and the surrounding region. Given its prime location between Donegal Bay and the fabled Blue Stack Mountains, guests at the Solis Lough Eske Castle enjoy easy, close access to golf, fishing, lakeside strolls, horseback riding on the beach, and the slower paced charms of Irish village life.
And now you can take advantage of all this for a great rate. Starting at €205 per person (based on double occupancy), you'll get accommodation for 2 people for two nights, in a room of your choice. Irish breakfast both days for two in Cedars restaurant, 3-course table d'hote Dinner in Cedars restaurant and a mid-week spa discount of 20% complete this sweet deal.
Jumeirah Carlton Tower takes care of its pint-sized guests. To ensure that their smaller guests have just as stellar an experience as their larger counterparts, the London luxury hotel is offering a Juniors Special. Book a Friday to Sunday stay between now and Dec. 31, 2008 and you will get a separate room free for the children when you book a room for the adults. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted with welcome chocolate-dipped cookies and a special toy for the kiddies. Full English Breakfast for two adults and two children is included, as is a daily newspaper and complimentary access to Peak Health Club and Spa. Kids even enjoy their own special turn-down service, complete with pint-sized bath robes and bubble bath amenities. Jumeirah Carlton Tower's location near parks, museums, shops, and theatres makes it a perfect spot to introduce the kids to London. Rates are from GBP 350 per room per night, based on four people sharing.
From November 2008 to March 2009, take advantage of a special deal at Le Meridien Barcelona . You'll get double accommodation in a deluxe room, buffet breakfast at the Cent Onze Restaurant, and a welcome drink. Arrive during the holiday season and enjoy a Christmas Tree when booking a Prestige Suite and Christmas decoration in all the suites. The best part is that you won't have to clean up any pine needles or pack away the decorations.
The suites occupy the top four floors of the hotel, and three suites boast stunning views of the cityscape. Luxurious amenities at the hotel include pillow-top mattresses with feather-down duvets, 42-inch Plasma TVs in the bedrooms and smaller LCD TVs in the bathrooms, high-speed Internet, and bathrooms with luxurious Rain Showers. From Le Meridien Barcelona, it is only a short walk to theaters and restaurants and nearby are the Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum, and the harbor. Rates for this deal are from EUR 229.
See Big Ben without spending big bucks. Until May 31, 2009, The Halkin London and The Metropolitan London, are presenting an Ultimate Savings Offer. Stay at Park Lane's contemporary The Metropolitan London, which features the Michelin-starred Nobu restaurant and the legendary Met Bar. Rates start from GBP 169. Or, stay at the chic, discreet The Halkin London, whose Belgravia address plays host to the UK's only Michelin-starred Thai restaurant, nahm. Rates start at GBP 199.