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Free Fourth Night at Ritz-Carlton Hotels (Pay with American Express)

October 2, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Fort LauderdaleWe just got wind of a cool offer available at luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotels worldwide. You'll get a fourth night on the house when you book and pay with any American Express Card. Head to Fort Lauderdale for some fun in the sun and check out the ultra-luxury beach resort, the one-year-old Ritz-Carlton (formerly the St. Regis). Indulge in a leisurely spa treatment at the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park. Check into the Ritz-Carlton Moscow at the edge of the famed Red Square and enjoy the largest, poshest rooms in the city. Ogle the views from one of the most dramatic skyscrapers at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. This special offer is available until December 19, 2008.

Fly Out to Sea on Italy’s Lake Como with The Carlton Baglioni Hotel

October 1, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Milan's Carlton Baglioni Hotel is offering an unusual package from now through the end of the year. Carlton Baglioni Hotel The hotel will drive you to Lake Como (about 40 km), where you can visit the tiny lakeside town that George Clooney has made famous. Once there, you'll enjoy an exciting trip by seaplane or by helicopter to discover the secrets of the beautiful islands near Como. After your aerial adventure, you'll be given lunch in an Italian restaurant with a panoramic view of the lake. The rest of the package includes:

* 2 nights accommodation in Deluxe Room or Junior Suite

* Welcome drink for 2 people, bottle of Champagne, and fruit basket in the room upon arrival

* 3 course dinner at il Baretto al Baglioni (wine excluded)

* Intensive Body Therapy the ultimate body sublimation from head to toe with Guerlain's specialty mask and skincare concentrate massage. Coupled with an invigorating Vichy shower body polish, this therapy promises to leave your skin feeling toned, soft, and replenished.

Get a Resort Credit at the Swankiest Hotel in Budapest (Four Seasons Gresham Palace)

September 29, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Four Seasons Gresham PalaceWord on the street is that Budapest (as cosmopolitan a metropolis as it is) was blown away by the debut of the Four Seasons Gresham Palace. Easily the poshest hotel on the block, this palatial property is a masterfully-restored Art Nouveau landmark offering panoramic vistas across the mighty Danube to the hills of Buda. You will not be disappointed with accommodations that have been likened to the finest in the world (the original architectural details are a nice touch). As to be expected in a city renowned for its thermal hot springs and spa heritage, the Four Seasons spa is not-to-be-missed. Situated on the top floor of the hotel, the spa features Vichy showers, sauna, steam rooms, and treatment rooms where you can luxuriate with a therapeutic massage. With the "Experience More" Package, available until December 1, 2008, you can indulge a little more with a EUR 65 spending credit to be applied towards food or spa charges. Room rates start at EUR 340.

Dine With or Without at the Luxury Parisian Hotel Le Meurice

September 29, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Hotel Le Meurice chef-in-residence Yannick Alleno has recently been awarded a third Michelin star for his work at the hotel's Restaurant Le Meurice. But when he's not winning awards, he's devising a innovative new menu at Le Meurice's Le Dali restaurant. Name The clever and entertaining menu at Le Dali reflects the whimsically absurd artist it is named after. Dishes are divided into into two categories: Indulgence or Abstinence (Or for those who speak French, Sans and 100 percent). Chew on Chasteness, (Sea bass with balsamic vinegar and pan-fried vegetables) or Coolness (Tomato gazpacho with mustard ice cream). Taste Taboo (Oscetra Royal Caviar), or dine on Delicacy (Strawberry tart with pistachios from Sicily.)

Hunger (Chocolat and caramel dome) never tasted so good.

The Milestone Hotel and Suites, London: Maintain your Fitness on the Road

September 26, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Milestone HotelNow there's another reason to love The Milestone Hotel and Suites, ranked No. 1 hotel in London by both the Travel and Leisure Top 500 and the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List. The Milestone Hotel has created a "Well-Being Package" for guests who like to maintain their fitness training even when they're on the road. As part of the tailor-made package, guests can organize a one-hour training session with a personal trainer to help keep those motivation levels up, and a one-hour body massage post training to aid recovery and relaxation. (After all, central London is full of good reasons to neglect your usual health routine!) But there are also plenty of ways to stay fit: miles of walks and jogging trails in the nearby parks, and the beautiful Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park right at the hotel's doorstep. On-site, the hotel offers an in-house gym with a resistance pool that guarantees a great workout. At the hotel's Cheneston's restaurant, you can choose items from a specially-created well-being menu. The "Well-being Package" also includes a non-alcoholic fruit cocktail on arrival and fresh fruit and mineral water daily. Minimum two-night stay required.

Barcelona’s Gran Hotel La Florida Celebrates Turning Five

September 25, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

The most sophisticated five-year-old we know is celebrating its birthday by giving you a present. Barcelona's swanky Gran Hotel La Florida is offering a host of exciting perks to guests from now until December 28, 2008. Gran Hotel La Florida

From just 370€, you and a guest can enjoy one night in a Deluxe Room, buffet breakfast for two in L'Orangerie restaurant , and a menu tasting dinner in L'Orangerie restaurant for two (beverages not included). This definitely beats cake and ice cream.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at Gran Hotel La Florida will receive a room upgrade based upon availability at check-in, late check-out at 2pm and a bottle of specially customized Gran Hotel La Florida extra virgin olive oil.

InterContinental Amstel: Top-Notch Service in Amsterdam

September 24, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

InterContinental AmsterdamOf all the enticing hotels in progressive Amsterdam, the InterContinental Amstel stands out as the most sumptuous. A fixture in the city since 1867, the shimmering riverfront palace towers over the famous Amstel River in the very heart of the city. Its regal ambience is enhanced by a team of Clefs d'Or concierges who welcome guests in style. In fact, the staff can handle even the most over-the-top requests, and organizing a special boat canal tour is run of the mill (yup, even catered with champagne and canapés). The service is so sensational at the InterContinental Amstel, that the New York Times Travel magazine recently applauded the well-connected concierge for his/her ability "to book a private bike tour or help you skip the lines at the museums." Of course the InterContinental Amstel is the preferred choice of all the A-listers who visit the city.

The Best Afternoon Tea in London at The Berkeley

September 24, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Pret-a-Portea at The Berkeley, LondonWe aren't the only ones to think The Berkeley's Afternoon Tea is tops in London (if not the world). The Washington Post recently scoped out the scene in London, seeking the quintessential English experience. The verdict? See below:

"Name a swank hotel—the Ritz, Brown's, the Dorchester—and you can count on finding a lavish tea. But for my money... The Berkeley's Pret-a-Portea, a fashionista's afternoon tea, wins hands down.

In my cup is a most delicious sip of pear-caramel tea. The waiter presents a tier of tiny canapes, identifying each: crust-less sandwiches of ham, cheese and cucumber; cherry tomatoes stuffed with couscous; salmon in a snaillike curl. Finally, the waiter offers what I'm here for: a fanciful array of cakes and sweets, whose colors and shapes replicate the creations of top fashion designers for the season. Framed photos display each item's inspiration. The pink-iced, chocolate-sashed cookie-dress is a Michael Kors; the sky-blue-iced, lemon-sponge, handbag-shaped concoction, an Anya Hindmarch; in all, nine delectable works of art. And truly, the sight of my proper Englishman at the next table biting into a pastry shaped like a Manolo Blahnik stiletto is quite worth the price of the tea on its own."

Hotel Concorde Berlin: Where to Stay in the German Capital

September 23, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Concorde BerlinThe coolest place to stay in Berlin, Germany's capital of cool, is the new Hotel Concorde. Sleek and stylish, the hotel is housed in a striking limestone building that's 17 storeys tall. Home to the most spacious guest rooms in Berlin, the Hotel Concorde is characterized by understated design and minimalist interiors graced with dazzling contemporary artwork. Located just off the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm in the heart of the City West, the Hotel Concorde mixes French style and savoir-faire (found at its brasserie Le Faubourg) with celebrated German design (renowned Berlin architect Jan Kleihues is responsible for the hotel's cutting edge look). Wait til you get a glimpse of the two-storey lobby, where the lighting is concealed in the silver-leaf covered ceiling. Guests adore the sophisticated amenities and excellent location-- just 100 meters from the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and within walking distance of the Zoologischer Garten. Note: If you book your stay with Five Star Alliance, you'll receive a 15 percent discount voucher for Food & Beverage in the Brasserie Le Faubourg as a welcome gift.

The Mighty Dollar Roars in London at The Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel

September 23, 2008
By: K. Clare Johnson

Christmas has come early at The Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. The luxury hotel has just introduced a new program for Americans visiting London during the Christmas holidays. Pay before you leave in US dollars and then you won't have to settle up in pricier pounds sterling before you leave England.

Jumeirah Lowndes HotelThe offers costs $259+VAT per guest room per night and $324 per deluxe room based on two sharing. Price is valid on stays from Thursday to Monday inclusive and is valid until the end of February 2009. The package is subject to availability and excludes 17.5 percent VAT and a discretionary 5 percent service charge. To qualify, guests must have a valid USA address. Full payment in advance is required.

Just because the exchange rate is less than ideal, doesn't mean that US travelers need to skimp on luxury.