LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
August 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Blue skies, 70 miles of beaches, and a year-round Mediterranean climate... San Diego makes for a sunny summer getaway. The newly renovated Westin Gaslamp Quarter is inviting guests to stay and play with a number of enticing packages. Until September 5, 2011, you can get a third night free. Or if you book the "Summer Sun and Shopping Spree" package, you'll get a $100 Macy’s gift card for each night of your stay! The Washington Post points out that regular rates start at $169, so the package rates of $199 (plus $25 per night in taxes), translates to $70 you get for retail therapy. Another hot deal: AAA members and California residents can score $99 room rates! Located next to San Diego's historic and vibrand Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel offers a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, WestinWORKOUT Gym, and 450 guest rooms with flat-screen TVs and Heavenly Beds.
July 5, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
We found ourselves daydreaming about Giorgio Armani's pad in Dubai (you know, the one the fashion mogul designed himself- inside the world's tallest building), then the next thing we knew, we were checking out room rates for a summertime trip. Imagine our surprise when we found out that the Armani Hotel Dubai is running a special promotion. Stay two nights and save AED 400 per night in the Deluxe and Classic Rooms, as well as the Premier Suite room category. Book a Fountain Suite (with spectacular views of the sound and lights of The Dubai Fountain) for four nights and save AED 1,000 a night. Channeling minimalist elegance, the hotel's 160 rooms and suites were designed with sophisticated colors and unique textures. From the hand-made Florentine leather to the bathrooms made with Brazilian green bamboo marble-- every detail was personally chosen by Armani. Facilities, including eight restaurants, an indoor gold souk, and a decadent spa, reflect the Armani lifestyle.
June 24, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Just two hours by train outside of Paris, Deauville is a sublime seaside destination. Since its creation as a resort in the 19th century, Deauville has lured the chic and the fashionable for weekend jaunts on the beach boardwalk. After all, this is the spot where Coco Chanel first opened a boutique in 1913, and fashion designers like Yves Saint Laurent used to come to unwind. (Deauville hits the spotlight each September for the annual American Film Festival, and was the recent host of the G8 Summit, when the world's leaders gathered in Normandy for a few days of meetings in May.) For a town of just 4,000 year-round inhabitants, there's not much Deauville doesn't offer. Horse races at the Hippodrome, gambling at the casino, sun-bathing on the beach, shopping the cornucopia of couture boutiques, sailing the high seas, relaxing at the thalassotherapy spas, and teeing off on the scenic golf courses...
*The* place to stay in town is the Royal Barrière, home to Deauville's only Michelin-starred resto. Smack dab on the seafront, the five-star hotel is a favorite of Hollywood stars and Parisian society. (The walls are lined with autographed photos of A-listers.) Sister hotel, the Normandy Barrière, a masterpiece of Tudor architecture, is another splendid option. Indeed, the Lucien Barrière Hotels Group has been a central part of the Deauville scene since the early 20th century, and is a frequent sponsor of cinema, music and equestrian events.