LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
June 30, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau
Located on the banks of the Yarra River and established as one of Melbourne's and Australia's finest hotels, The Langham Melbourne is offering overnight accommodations and a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight for 2 from now till the 30th of December. This special also includes a Champagne breakfast for 2 at Melba's, the Langham's award winning interactive restaurant. Here you can interact with the chefs at one of the Dynamic Cooking Stations and partake of the Inspirational Theme Stations including Tandori Oven, Turbo Woks, Rotisserie, Seafood Ice Blocks and Floating Desserts. All with unrivalled panoramic views of the City Skyline and Yarra River. Your stay includes accommodations in a River Room with views of the Yarra River and the Melbourne Skyline, access to the Health Club and Fitness Center, Pool, Jacuzzi, Saunas, signiture-scented color therapy steam rooms and therapeutic rain showers. Rates for this special start at $940 (Sunday to Friday) or $990 (Saturday). Weather permitting, your Hot Air Balloon ride is with the most experienced and professional company in Australia, www.hotairballooning.com.au.
Late check out is offered at 2 pm to fully allow you time to enjoy the offerings of this special experience.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more evocative spot on the Mediterranean. On a private beach on the most beautiful bay in all of Sicily, the Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace is elegant, charming... downright dreamy. Here's what we love:
*Each guest room provides sigh-inducing views of the bay. If you choose a suite, you'll get treated to your very own private pool.
*You can also get your fix of those dazzling bay views when you dine at La Terraza.
*Unlike a lot of European hotels, the fitness center at the Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace is actually a state-of-the-art facility.
*Frequent renovations over the years means the luxurious guest rooms-- outfitted with original art, wicker furniture, and wood or tile floors-- have all the latest amenities like Wifi.
*You can easily check out the lava at Mt. Etna, Europe's highest volcano. In fact, you can even play a game of golf at the 18-hole Il Picciolo course nearby on the slopes of Mt. Etna.
*Or just hang out at the resort, a self-contained oasis with surfing, sailing, water skiing and scuba diving.
July 4th Specials: Room Upgrade, $100 Credit, and Spa Access at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, California
Smack dab in the middle of the idyllic wine-growing region in Sonoma Valley, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa boasts natural mineral hot springs-- one of the only luxury Spa resorts in the country with its own source of thermal mineral water. This award-winning oasis exudes the California Wine Country experience in every way-- from the signature Sante restaurant featuring delicious local produce to the breathtaking setting. There's even an 18-hole championship golf course on-site. From now through July 6, you can take advantage of discounted rates and lots of free extras. Priced from $299 per night (normal rates top $400 per night), this Fourth of July getaway includes a free room upgrade (based on availability), two complimentary drinks at the pool, and free spa access (read: the signature Bathing Ritual consists of an exfoliating shower, mineral water soaking pools, an herbal steam, a dry sauna and cooldown showers). And if you stay 3+ nights at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, you'll get a $100 resort credit thrown in.