LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
There's no need to rush back to the drudgery of home, with Hotel Zaza's Sinsational Sundays. Sunday is perfect for relaxing whether at the Hotel's Urban Oasis, or ZaSpa, or even with meal at either Monarch Restaurant and Lounge or Urban Oasis Spa Cafe. And now with late check-out at 5 pm on Sundays, the end of your weekend can be just as relaxing, with no stress over getting out on time and getting home. Located in the Houston Museum District, there's plenty to do outside the sensational Hotel Zaza as well. Sundays just get even more relaxing!
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at the Hotel Zaza Houston will receive a $25 spa credit during their stay.
June 17, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Music producer Jon Baker created Geejam as a recording hideaway for folks like No Doubt, Common, India.Arie, Björk and Gorillaz. (Gwen Stefani gave it a shout out at the 2003 Grammy Awards.) Now it's morphed into a hotel, the ultimate insider's escape, as part of Island Outpost, the boutique hotel collection from record mogul Chris Blackwell. Nestled on six lush acres of the San San Estate, from the foothills of the Blue Mountains to the Caribbean, the property is near to the celebrated beaches at Frenchman's Cove and Blue Lagoon. As recently featured in Vanity Fair, these music veterans "have teamed up to turn the creative hideaway into a jewel box of a hotel, complete with intimate cabins, a private beach, and a treetop restaurant tucked into the Jamaican rainforest." Also included: spa, swimming pool, gym, and state-of-the-art recording studio, of course. In the hotel's guestbook, Grace Jones described her visit like this: "I came. I saw. You conquered me!"
More Jefferson for less Washingtons! This exclusive deal in Richmond, VA from The Jefferson offers guests two nights stay in one of the Jefferson's fantastic suites, and includes sumptuous American buffet breakfast for two each morning of your stay, and complimentary valet parking during your stay. Located in the heart of downtown Richmond Virginia, The Jefferson represents the ultimate in old-world charm, luxury and personalized guest relationships. Take a trip to luxury with the Jefferson's elegant decor, and fine service. $410 for a Superior Room, $450 for a Deluxe Room.
High in the hills above Florence, just next to Piazzale Michelangelo in a vast garden filled with cypress and olive trees, the Villa La Vedetta offers breathtaking panoramas of the city. The Neo-classical style villa has been transformed into a refined five-star hotel with 18 rooms appointed with fine antiques, walnut floors, marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, and all the latest technology. Choose the two-level Bellavista suite and you'll be spoiled with the most exquisite views of Florence from the enormous windows. A member of Relais and Chateaux, the Villa La Vedetta is celebrated for its gourmet restaurant Onice, which received a Michelin star in 2004 just after its debut in November 2003. The menu changes seasonally, based on the freshest local ingredients available to the Executive Chef Massimiliano Blasone. With an impressive resume in hotel kitchens spanning the continents, Blasone is famous for his chocolate. Here's a menu sampling to tickle the taste buds: Duo of Lobster with paprika jus and crispy bread salad to start, a flan of of "Caciocavallo Podolico" cheese to follow, and then a main dish like Home Made Agnolotto filled with zucchini flowers, dried broad beans, sole with fine herbs and celeriac sauce, carrots and espellette pepper vinaigrette, followed by a second course of fish like Steamed John Dory marinated with almond's pesto, radishes, served with a tartare of sea scallops.
Nice perk: the hotel offers a shuttle service to the city center.
Take off and explore the stunning California coast in an Audi (primed with a full tank of gas). The Lodge at Torrey Pines, the AAA five-diamond resort perched on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific's pristine beaches and beautiful Torrey Pines State Reserve, has partnered with Audi to create some packages for your driving pleasure. Site of the 2008 U.S. Open, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is the ideal location to see all that SoCal has to offer. (Plus, there's an incredible spa and ample recreational activities, to boot.) With the Audi Signature Drive Package, you get two nights accommodation in Signature Accommodations, the use of an Audi A6 for two days, a full tank of gas, and a 4 PM guaranteed late check-out. Priced at $475 per night. The Audi Suite Drive Package is two nights in a Palisade Suite and the use of an Audi RS 4 "Cabriolet" for two days, priced at $1,200 per night. And the Audi Dream Package is even better: accommodations in the Blacker or Gamble Two-Bedroom Suite, use of an Audi RS 4 "Cabriolet" for two days, full tank of gas, two 140-minute spa treatments, two spa gift robes, daily breakfast in bed for two, one dozen roses upon arrival, and 4PM guaranteed late check-out. Priced at $7,500.
Summer Bargains in the Caribbean: Radisson Aruba, Sivory Punta Cana, Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall (Jamaica), Discovery at Marigot Bay (St. Lucia)
Reconsider the Caribbean in summer. In the Sunday Travel section, the New York Times explains why the summer season, contrary to popular belief, is actually the best time to head south to the Caribbean. Temperatures are only a few degrees higher than the peak season (and soothing ocean breezes mean these paradise isles are actually cooler than the popular beach spots in the U.S.). More importantly, room rates at leading resorts can be found at 60 percent lower than the winter rates. Case in point: the Radisson Aruba Resort's Summer Fun Sale means rooms can be found for $275 per night, plus a fourth night free. The ultra-luxurious Sivory Punta Cana, located on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, drops rates to $290 per night (vs. $490 in the winter season). You can snag a room at the Ritz-Carlton Golf and Spa Resort, Rose Hall for just $199 a night. And the gorgeous Discovery at Marigot Bay in St. Lucia is going for $330 per night (including tax and breakfast).
June 16, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
It was such a hit last year that Conrad's Mount Juliet is once again offering you a chance to get more out of your vacation with a variety of Master classes where you can get expert training in a variety of different subjects. Hone your knowledge and skills in wine tasting, culinary arts, golf, angling, and coming soon arts and equestrian classes. Each master class is specifically designed to be as informative as possible and provide instruction to make the most out of your experience.
Wine Master classes are available the 12th and 13th of May, and the 29th and 30th of November; Angling Master classes are available the 12th and 13th of May and July 14th-16th; Food Master classes are available the 12th and 13th of May, 2nd and 3rd of June, 10th and 11th of November and 1st and 2nd of December; and Ladies Golf Master class is available the 9th and 10th of June, 7th and 8th of July, and 28th and 29th of September.
Traveling on business to London? Book a stay at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, the exclusive address in Knightsbridge, and you can benefit from a slew of all-important business amenities thanks to the hotel's new "Business First" package. Priced from GBP 249 per night (plus VAT), the package includes overnight accommodations with full English breakfast, free local and national calls from the room, free Internet access, free movie selection in-room, daily newspaper, and complimentary access to the The Peak Health Club & Spa. Valid for stays Monday to Friday until December 31, 2008. The Jumeirah Carlton Tower is perfectly situated in one of London's hottest fashion districts, surrounded by all the designer boutiques on Sloane Street and just a hop from Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Guests appreciate the first-class service, indulgent spa and health club, and glamorous bar. What's more- the hotel is home to some drop-dead-gorgeous Luxury Suites, recently unveiled by famed interior designer Khuan Chew.
June 13, 2008
By: Lucy LeTourneau
Situated in a quiet, tree-lined street in the heart of the London Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, The Cranley is one of London's most charming townhouse hotels, comprised of 3 buildings built in 1869. More than a hotel, The Cranley is an ideal city-centre haven appealing equally to the discerning business or leisure traveller wanting a tranquil residence in the heart of London. It is within easy walking distance of most famous London museums and exclusive shops. The Cranley is serving up an ace deal this June for all Five Star Alliance guests! Along with the complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, all Five Star Alliance guests can enjoy a complimentary upgrade and 20% off the price of breakfast. Wimbledon is between the 23rd June to the 6th July. (Room upgrades are subject to availability, so book early!!)
By: Lucy LeTourneau
What's a better spot than Philadelphia to take in the July Fourth fireworks? Celebrate America's birthday in the City of Brotherly Love and score a luxurious deluxe room for a song! Loews Philadelphia is the official hotel of the 2008 Sunoco Welcome America! festival, and has put together a special package for the occasion starting from just $149 per night. Conveniently located near all the city's major attractions and within close proximity of all the birthday activities-- including music and dance venues, yummy eats, and activities for kids of all ages-- the Loews Philadelphia will also be throwing a party of its own. In addition to overnight accommodations, the package also includes daily activities in the hotel-- like visits from historic characters and storytellers, and Independence Day favors for all. Don't miss out on the celebration!