LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
Summer Bargains in the Caribbean: Radisson Aruba, Sivory Punta Cana, Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall (Jamaica), Discovery at Marigot Bay (St. Lucia)
June 16, 2008
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
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.
By: Madelyn Giblin
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!
Who says it's too hot and humid in DC in the summer? To the contrary, the summer is the ideal time to check out the nation's most iconic monuments and explore all the museums and exhibits. The Madison, A Loews Hotel, offers the ideal base to discover all the best the capital has to offer. Located in the heart of the city, just a short walk from the White House and Embassy Row, the Madison welcomes families this summer with the Summertime Weekends Promotion. Take a family vacation and have some adventures in DC. You can even bring Fido along with you; furry family members are welcomed with the famous Loews Loves Pets program! Book this promotion and you'll receive 30 percent off Loews Best Rate when you stay three nights or more. Valid until September 7, 2008.
On the eastern edge of the Caribbean Sea, where the shimmering pink sand meets the sea and sky, discover an enchanting luxury hotel. Described as "The Jewel in the Crown of Barbados," the Fairmont Royal Pavilion blends Old World hospitality and stunning scenery (swaying palms aplenty) with all the world-class facilities expected by sophisticated travelers. Golf, tennis, snorkeling, sailing, water skiing, and all that jazz. During the high season, this resort is a couples-oriented destination-- ideal for honeymoons and romantic escapes-- with kids welcomed from May 1 and October 31. Boasting endless views of the turquoise Caribbean, all rooms are decorated with mahogany furniture and luxurious fabrics in the tradition of a Barbadian plantation house, outfitted with all the latest technology. Personalized service is a given here. Read: Beach Butlers who'll deliver fresh towels, sunscreen, drinks and ice water, anything your little heart desires…
Head to the California seaside for a stylish family weekend at Viceroy Santa Monica. The chic hotel has put together an exclusive Family Affair package, utilizing its exclusive hotel amenities and gorgeous setting, to set a fun-filled agenda of activities for the whole fam to enjoy together. How does this sound? Popcorn and movies, surf lessons on a classic urban beach, private yoga lessons by the pool or drives through posh Malibu in a luxury convertible. Here's the skinny:
- Two night stay in a one-bedroom suite with connecting room with two beds
- Welcome Amenity of wine & cheese for parents, cookies & milk for kids
- Movies and popcorn delivered to the room on the first night of stay
- Breakfast each morning at Whist or in room
- Surf lessons for four (additional surf lessons are $120 per person)
- Private family yoga session for four on the Viceroy pool deck
- Luxury convertible car rental for the weekend with map to Malibu and new Getty Villa
The total price for the Viceroy's package is $3,500, available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night stays from now until October 31, 2008. Must be booked 7 days in advance.
Adventure thrill-seekers, spa enthusiasts, and nature lovers know that the Swiss Alps aren't limited to a winter sojourn. The fragrant Alpine meadows and majestic mountains allow for oodles of leisure activities in the summertime as well. Rock climbing, bike rides, hikes- the sky's the limit. And the best place to appreciate those gorgeous panoramas is the Grand Hotel Bellevue, the luxurious design hotel located in charming, traffic-free Gstaad on the language border of the German and French speaking part of Switzerland. Built in 1912, the deluxe 57-room hotel is situated in a park surrounded by centenary trees. Celebrated for its world-class spa, gourmet cuisine (and glass-enclosed wine cellar), exciting nightlife at the Porsche Club, and private hotel cinema, the resort dazzles its guests. Just check out the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor. Rooms come equipped with a laptop with wireless Internet connection and Bang & Olufsen TVs with DVD and CD-stereo system. Book the Etoiles Suite and you'll enjoy a Jacuzzi underneath a beautiful glass dome.
The legendary "Pink Palace of the Pacific" has temporarily closed its doors through December 31, 2008 for a complete makeover. The 528-room resort is getting $110 million in enhancements. Come January 1, 2009, the Royal Hawaiian will usher in a new era of luxury. After all, this is the spot where the Shirley Temple drink was invented for the visiting star, and served as the playground for Hollywood A-listers and the world's elite for many decades. The Royal Hawaiian has remained an icon of luxury, romance, and the glory and grandeur of Waikiki since its opening in 1927, and after this renovation, the Royal Hawaiian will be at the top of its game. To quote the Mercury News:
The hotel's distinctive rosy exterior and eye-catching Spanish-Moorish architecture won't change. But the interior is slated for a major facelift and—gasp—will become less pink. Gone will be the pink tablecloths, pink napkins, pink towels, pink bed sheets and even the trademark pink-and-white umbrellas at the Mai Tai Bar will become history.
But don't worry. They're not getting rid of all the pink, just "accentuating the pink they have"-- while also upgrading the hotel's service, and adding hip, contemporary touches to all the rooms.