September 30, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Just a hop from both Buenos Aires and Montevideo, the Four Seasons Resort in Carmelo is a spa and golf paradise nestled in the pines on the Río de la Plata. Consistently ranked as one of Uruguay's top resorts, this country retreat has it all-- from tennis and horseback riding to a double-casade pool and vineyards. Take advantage of a special promotion, available until December 21, 2011, and you'll get a third night free during Uruguay's lovely spring season. You'll delight in your bungalow or spacious bi-level suites, getting spoiled rotten by Four Seasons staff. What's more: You can score even more savings with the "Spa Escape Promotion." Book your spa treatment and pay with any American Express Card, and you'll get a 90-minute massage for the price of 60 minutes when you mention the Spa Escape promotion at time of reservation. (Available Monday - Friday, before 5:00 pm. Upgrade valid only toward massage treatments.)
Pink sandy beaches edged by brilliant blue water... Bermuda is the ideal spot to celebrate an endless summer. Get thee to the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, the landmark luxury hotel that celebrated 125 years in 2010, and you can cash in on some fantastic promotions. Stay for four nights with a friend, and the resort will give you a $400 credit- as if your friend flew for free. (Subject to availability through October 31, 2011.) Another offer we like: Get your third night free, with nightly rates from $249, through March 15, 2012. Located in the town of Hamilton, the resort offers both a saltwater and freshwater pool, daily activities, and a complimentary ferry over to the private Fairmont Beach Club in Southampton for some sun-bathing on the sand at their sister resort.
Who says summer is over? The sun is shining in Barcelona, and Spain's jewel by the sea is enticing you for a tapas- and sangria-filled stay. Gape at Gaudí’s architecture, surf the waves, and taste some of the best food and drink in your life. Take advantage of a special rate at the four-star Hotel Granados 83, and you may decide to extend your stay. Just 95 euros a night! And this pad's got a gym, sauna, swimming pool, and terrace bar with views over the Barcelona skyline. Filled with Buddhist and Hindu art, the Hotel Granados 83 is itself a Zen-like space resembling the old lofts of New York’s Soho.
Golfers gearing up for the 10th Annual Vallarta Golf Cup in Puerto Vallarta may be interested to learn about a value-added package available at Velas Vallarta and Casa Velas. Returning to the championship Vista Vallarta Golf Club on November 5, 2011, the Cup features play on the 18-hole Tom Weiskopf course and a slew of fun prizes, including a 2011 Dodge Journey. Not only that- but there will also be first and second place prizes at each hole for closest to the tee and hole-in-ones.
Book a stay with Velas Resorts and you'll score savings of up to $265 plus all kinds of complimentary inclusions. Available at both the family-friendly Velas Vallarta on the ocean, and Casa Velas, a luxury boutique hotel and ocean club situated on Marina Vallarta’s 18-hole golf course. Here's what's included with the "Golf Club" packages: registration in the Cup, a welcome cocktail hour, snacks and drinks during the tournament and an awards dinner for golfers. The Velas Resorts’ all-inclusive rates also includes a welcome cocktail reception and dance, a la carte gourmet meals at a choice of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24 hr in-suite service, evening entertainment, activities for adults and children, taxes and gratuities, and more. Packages are valid from November 3rd-7th at $245 per golfer per night at Velas Vallarta and $260 at Casa Velas. A minimum 3-night stay is required at both hotels.
September 28, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Kimpton has snatched up a fine piece of real estate in San Diego- the former Sè Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. Just this week, the property reopened as the Hotel Palomar San Diego with a rooftop bar and pool deck, destination spa, and a two-story "gastro-lounge" called Saltbox Dining and Drinking. Kimpton's latest hotel joins sister property, Hotel Solamar, which is located eight blocks away. Say hello to the shiny new hotel with a special introductory offer of $159, plus a complimentary glass of Champagne for two while dining at Saltbox. Subject to availability, through December 30, 2011.
For more history on this sleek, design-led hotel, and who owned it even before it was called the Sè Hotel, check out this article.
September 27, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
The Inn at Perry Cabin is a nod to the legendary history of Maryland’s fabled Eastern Shore. Its 78-guest rooms and suites stay washed in nautical blues and stark whites, while its award-winning restaurant, Sherwood’s Landing, offers the freshest local seafood. Resort activities include an Infinity-edge pool, garden tours, crabbing, sailing and boating. Plus, The Inn boasts the Eastern Shore’s premier spa—Linden Spa. Cradled by the Miles River, the waterfront estate sits on the edge of St. Michaels—a town steeped in the region’s oystering traditions. Just a 1½-hour drive from Washington, DC and walking distance from The Inn, St. Michaels hosts antique shops, Victorian homes and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
And now, The Inn at Perry Cabin is making it easier for you to stay. Introducing the perfect package for sampling the very best of The Inn—Passport to Savings. The passport consists of a $75 resort credit, $15 each to use on breakfast or lunch at Sherwood’s Landing, drinks at The Purser’s Pub, treatments at Linden Spa and $30 towards dinner at Sherwood’s Landing. Limited time offer valid midweek through November 30. Rates from $300 per night. Subject to availability.
September 27, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Leave it to Four Seasons to put together the ultimate globe-trotting adventure: Around the World by Private Jet. Departing from Los Angeles on October 29, 2012, this 22-day adventure will hit up Four Seasons destinations in Hawaii, French Polynesia, Australia, Bali, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Egypt and the UK. Just 78 guest will be whisked away on a specially-outfitted Boeing 757 provided by TCS & Starquest Expeditions. (Jetsetters will feel right at home in the VIP seats, attended to by a Four Seasons concierge, and debriefed on destinations by onboard experts in art history, cuisine, and more.) On the ground, personalized itineraries will include local specialties, behind-the-scenes tours, and off-the-beaten path treasures. Here are a few of the highlights of this three-week trip:
Two of the world’s most active volcanoes in Hawai’i, the vibrant coral gardens of the South Pacific, Sydney’s iconic buildings and scenic gorges, the mystical allure of Ayers Rock, Bali’s Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and Yeh Pulu temples, Thai cooking classes in Chiang Mai, Agra’s Taj Mahal, Mumbai’s Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, and a private, lantern-lit dinner amid the pyramids of Gîza.
Pictured: Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay.
Just off the Magnificent Mile, The James Chicago is one of the coolest and most comfortable spots to bed down in Chitown. And for those looking for a quick urban getaway this fall, The James has unveiled newly updated suites that now have complimentary triple-filtered water systems, a selection of eco-friendly pillow options by Keetsa, Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin i-pod docks, and bath products from Intelligent Nutrients. Stay in one of these select rooms (Studio, Loft or Apartment suites) now through December 31, 2011 and receive a $50 food & beverage credit to enjoy dishes from David Burke's Primehouse. How about the creamy caramelized onion soup with homemade bacon puff pastry, and the mac and cheese (blue cheese & cheddar with apple confit, crispy shallots)?
This just in. We've found unbelievably low rates for the holiday period in San Francisco. Needless to say, we don't often see prices like this at four-star hotels in the City by the Bay. We're talking $135 per night when you reserve seven days in advance at the Westin San Francisco Market Street. But we say book today to ensure availability! Valid for stays from November 20-27 and December 2, 3, 11, 15-18 and 22-29. That's not all. When you stay two nights- and if you're a Facebook friend and Twitter follower of the hotel- you'll get a free upgrade to the next room category. Located in SOMA (the South of Market district), the hotel offers spectacular views of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows in every guest room. Plus, Westin Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Bath, flat-screen TVs, and High Speed Internet Access to make you feel right at home.
We've been keeping our eye on this for many (hungry) months, and now star chef Yannick Alléno has opened the doors to his new S.T.A.Y. Restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel Beijing. For those not familiar with this French hot shot, his cuisine at Le Meurice in Paris has scored rave reviews, not to mention three Michelin stars, and he now has eateries around the world-- from Dubai to Marrakech and now Beijing. This is one of the Chinese capital's most anticipated restaurant openings... So it's little wonder we are drooling over the hotel's new Gourmet Package. Here's why: You get to savor a Beijing culinary journey personalized by the dynamite chefs at S.T.A.Y. Think five-course meal* with wine pairings at the Chef's Table, a guided tour of a local market, a to-die-for breakfast, a dim sum lesson, and a Chinese tea ceremony. And did we mention that the chefs can greet you at the airport... with Champagne? This fully customizable package is available until December 31, 2012, priced according to your itinerary.
*A few of the signature dishes at the resto include Quail Eggs with Coral Sea Urchin; Black Cod in Seaweed Butter, mmmmm...