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Escape to Washington DC: Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner Has a Deal

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Ritz-Carlton Tysons CornerWe've learned that the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner-- located next to the Tysons Galleria, the exclusive shopping mecca for Washingtonians-- is offering a Bed & Breakfast deal starting from $199. Spend a weekend in luxury, exploring the sites in the nation's capital, hitting the shops at Tysons, maybe luxuriating in the hotel's day spa. Along with your deluxe accommodations (featuring oversized Italian marble bathrooms and newly-installed flatscreen TVs), you'll get breakfast for two and overnight valet parking with this package. In town before Easter? Take the kids to the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner and celebrate spring with Peter Rabbit Teas (complete with peanut butter & jelly finger sandwiches) and Chocolate Egg Decorating Classes. The Bed & Breakfast package is available Friday-Sunday until December 31, 2010. [Map]

Spring Shopping in Milan: Discounts with the Swank Principe di Savoia

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Principe di Savoia, MilanSpring fever? Why not jet to Milan to get a new look with the new season? Stay in style at the Principe di Savoia, the five-star favorite situated on the Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of the Italian fashion capital. Witness to a recent glam make-over by acclaimed architect Thierry Despont, the hotel is home to some of the best digs in the city, including the Imperial Suite and nine new Principe suites, each appointed with hand-painted frescoes, Murano glass vases, Lasa marble baths, and traditional Italian furniture. Take advantage of the "Spring Package," available from March 22- April 11, 2010, and you'll receive the exclusive Principe Shopping Card, which allows you 10% off the most important designer boutiques in the famous Fashion District, a stone's throw from the hotel. Starting from €295 in a Classic Premium Room, the "Spring Package"also includes buffet breakfast, a voucher for two cocktails at the new Principe Bar, one scrub treatment at the Club 10 Spa, and daily complimentary Limo Shuttle service. Two-night stay required.

Magical Winter Days in Florence with Rocco Forte’s Hotel Savoy

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Rocco Forte Hotel SavoyIf you're lucky enough to pass through Florence during the holiday season, you'll be treated to endless yuletide delights: the city's sites decked in colorful lights, ice-skating on Piazza della Liberta, a festive market on Piazza Santa Croce brimming with handmade gifts, concerts and performances, and the huge, illuminated tree on Piazza della Republicca. But after New Year's Eve is just as fine a time to visit Florence. The winter sales start on January 7 so you can pick up some fashionable bargains; February's Artisan Chocolate Fair means all of Tuscany's finest chocolatiers descend on Piazza Santa Croce; and new exhibitions include a celebration of trompe l'oeil at the Palazzo Strozzi. Best of all: When you take a winter break in Florence, you can explore the magnificent Renaissance city without the crowds.

Rocco Forte Hotel SavoyBook a winter stay at the Hotel Savoy, the stylish luxury hotel that's part of the Rocco Forte Collection, and you'll find the Duomo just around the corner and the Uffizi just a short walk away. Several packages look enticing:

Festive Florence Package, available from December 19-29, from 420 euros: overnight accommodation, daily Buffet Breakfast, Christmas delights in room upon arrival, and a spending credit of 50 euros per room, per stay, applicable towards Restaurant charges.

Winter Days Package, available til February 28, 2010, from 420 euros: 2 nights accommodation, daily Buffet Breakfast, a hot chocolate and cake served at L'Incontro Bar, and a seasonal dinner at L'Incontro Restaurant.

European Winter Offer, available til March 1, 2010: Book 3 nights or more and receive up to a 33% reduction on the Bed and Breakfast Rate.

Holiday Shopping Package from $190 at The Clift, San Francisco

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Clift San FranciscoIn need of a little glamor? Stay at the sexy Clift San Francisco and get luxury for less while thrilling at the designer interiors. The Philippe Starck-designed lobby alone is worth a trip: filled with an eclectic furniture collection including chairs from Ray and Charles Eames, a coffee table by Salvador Dali, a surreal stool by Renee Marguerite, and a sculpture custom-made by William Sawaya. Not to mention the thirty-five-foot fireplace with a Bronze chimney sculpture by Gerard Garouste. Grab a cocktail at the historic Redwood Room (still cool) before dining at Asia de Cuba. This chic hideaway has a special holiday package priced from just $190 that's available until January 9, 2010. Along with your accommodations, you'll get complimentary valet parking daily, two welcome drinks at the Redwood Room, and exclusive discounts to select boutiques.

The Five-Star Personal Shopping Experience in London with The Milestone Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Milestone Hotel, LondonLondon is a shopper's paradise, and leave it to The Milestone Hotel-- voted No. 1 British Hotel on the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List-- to help their guests get the most out of their London retail therapy. The hotel has teamed up with Y shop, the personal shopping and styling company, so that you can you have the ultimate personal shopping experience. Stylist Camilla Yonge and her team will advise and style you in a consultation of your wardrobe, sense of style, and coloring, before guiding you to the world-renowned department stores and hidden boutiques where you can find the best outfits to suit your taste. You'll get the inside scoop on the London shopping scene and a fabulous wardrobe, to boot. Available until January 31, 2010 and priced from £1303 for two nights, the 5-star personal shopping experience package includes:

* Welcome glass of bubbly on arrival

* Full Afternoon Tea and color consultation with your personal shopping assistant

* Full English Breakfast, followed by a wardrobe consultation with your personal stylist

* Half day shopping spree to carefully selected stores and boutiques with your personal shopping assistant

Get There First on Black Friday: Shopping with Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Catie Copley at the FairmontBrace yourself for the shopping event of the season. The Fairmont Copley Plaza will arm you with energy drinks and sustenance for your midnight shopping escapades on Black Friday; they'll even shuttle you from Boston 45 minutes away to the Nike and American Apparel stores at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. Book the "Midnight Madness Shopping Adventure" package, priced from $279, and you'll also get a hearty breakfast and late check out with your accommodations. Available November 26 to 29, 2009.

PS. While staying in luxury at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, you'll get to meet the hotel's resident Canine Ambassador, Catie Copley (pictured).

Abu Dhabi on the Map: Book Your Stay at Beach Rotana Hotel And Towers

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Beach Rotana Hotel and TowersMove over, Dubai. The UAE's capital city of Abu Dhabi is making headlines as both a cultural mecca and an environmentally-friendly metropolis. The dramatic Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum is slated for the Saadiyat Island development which also includes the first branch of the Louvre outside of Paris. And Abu Dhabi has ambitions to create the world's first carbon neutral city. Currently under construction, Masdar City will run entirely on renewable energy, and boast car-free streets. The two Emirates cities couldn't be any more different; one is a symbol of glitzy development and excess, the other, of culture and intellectualized projects. Eager to check out Abu Dhabi? Check into the Beach Rotana Hotel And Towers, right on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Venture out from your luxurious, sea-facing room and you'll find 10 (count em, 10!) restaurants and a private beach. Home to the Abu Dhabi Trade Center complex, the Beach Rotana - Abu Dhabi is directly linked to the 1 million square foot Abu Dhabi Mall, the most prestigious mall in the capital, via an exclusive passageway.

American Girl Place: Treat Your Daughter with The New York Palace Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

New York PalaceChristmas is just around the corner, and The New York Palace- the premier Manhattan hotel from the Dorchester Collection-- has something up their sleeve. As the closest hotel to American Girl Place, The New York Palace is scheming to give your daughter a treat she will remember for a lifetime. The American Girl store has shopping, dining, a doll hair salon, and a photo studio (where your favorite girl can pose for a picture then take home a souvenir issue of American Girl magazine with her face on the cover). The New York Palace is currently offering the American Girl Place package, which includes:

* One night stay in the Deluxe or Tower accommodations of your choice

* Complimentary American Girl doll-sized travel bed (yours to keep)

* A decadent chocolate lollipop created especially by The Palace's pastry team

What's more- Guest have the exclusive opportunity to enter the American Girl sweepstakes for a chance to win the doll on display in the hotel's gift shop.

Christmas Time in Milan at the Park Hyatt Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Park Hyatt MilanFor a taste of glamor this yuletide season, make a break for Milan, where the Park Hyatt Milan-- housed in a palatial classical building in the city's historic center-- spoils guests with bottles of Prosecco and traditional dome shaped Panettone holiday cakes. Featuring interiors designed by Ed Tuttle and a collection of new suites with refined furnishings, the Park Hyatt Milan faces the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, just steps from Piazza Duomo. The luxury boutique hotel features a spa, gourmet cuisine at restaurants The Park and La Cupola, and a fully-equipped business center. Take a city break and indulge in a shopping spree this holiday season. The Park Hyatt Milan is offering a "Christmas Time" package from November 27 - December 30, 2009. The two-night package includes:

* Daily cold buffet breakfast

* One bottle of Italian Prosecco

* One Panettone dome-shaped cake

* Daily newspaper

* Two tickets for a sightseeing city tour

* Guaranteed late check-out at 4:00 pm

Parisian Style Shopping in Montreal with Hotel Le St-James

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Le St James, MontrealExperience a slice of France close to home with a quick jaunt to Montreal. In the heart of the old city, the landmark Hotel Le St-James offers a refined European ambiance and warm service. Housed in the formed Merchant's Bank building (dating from 1870), the hotel is also home to Restaurant Le XO, Montreal's highest-rated restaurant in 2009 (The Gazette). Hotel Le St-James has organized a special shopping excursion with a private concierge for guests to experience the Parisian life-- whether indulging in a new wardrobe, some fab accessories, or just one decadent pair of shoes. This package includes a night in the one and only Royal Suite, transport to and from the airport, a bottle of champagne and a floral bouquet in your Suite, lunch for two at Restaurant XO (alcohol not included), shopping at Holt Renfrew Montreal with private concierge (transfers included), and full breakfast for two served at Restaurant XO or through in-room dining. As always, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet and Molton Brown bath products are just two of the perks you'll enjoy with a stay at Hotel Le St-James.