Leave it to the Royal Mansour, the opulent Marrakech resort owned by the King of Morocco, to organize the ultimate adventure to the oceanfront city of Essaouira. Long considered one of the best anchorages of the Moroccan coast, Essaouira is an ancient port once settled by the Carthaginians, Romans, and then Portuguese. It's a marvelous mixmash of archeological treasures-- its medina is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site-- in a beautiful setting. The Royal Mansour Marrakech, home to a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno, will fly you by helicopter to Essaouira where you'll be driven to the town of Ounagha for a wine tasting at "Val d’Argan," a French-owned winery. To cap off a dazzling day, you'll be served an extravagant lobster dinner under a Bedouin tent on the beach at Sidi Kaouki.
When summer's in full swing, it's hard to think ahead to the wintry cold. But now's the time to book your resort vacation for the holidays. Prime destinations in the sunshine, like Cabo San Lucas, can sell out. The ultra-luxurious Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas is currently offering a 20% discount on guest rooms over the dates of December 15th - 23rd, 2011. To take advantage of this offer, reservations must be made by September 30th. Dodge the arctic temps and enjoy Cabo's perennially sunny and dry climate, while getting spoiled rotten by the staff at Capella Pedregal. The fine print: 100% payment required at the time of booking. All reservations made are non-refundable, thus the reservation in non-cancelable. No minimum length of stay restriction required.
The latest hotel to give travelers discounts to reward them for voluntourism work? Florida's Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort which recently launched Give & Get-- meaning 15% savings when guests use a portion of their hard-earned vacation time helping others. Available through September 30, 2011, the program features diverse volunteer opportunities: coastal clean-up with Friends of Rookery Bay, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering with the YMCA, or helping out at Marco Island’s first public high school.
We've found a killer substitute for the NYC Marathon. Try a pasta party, post-race spa treatment, and celebratory cocktail party in Jamaica. Head south for the December 3, 2011 marathon in Negril and shack up at The Caves, the beautiful cliffside boutique hotel located near the race starting line. The resort has created a delightful "Reggae, Running & Relaxation" package for runners that even includes race transfers. Plus, if you want to stay a little longer, you'll get 10% off any additional nights booked. After you experience one of the most incredible runs of your life (along the island's north coast), you'll get whisked away to The Caves for a party in the Blackwell Rum Bar, followed by a Blue Mountain Coffee Scrub at the spa, a dip in the sea, and a snorkeling tour through the gorgeous limestone grottos.
August 19, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Live it up in Manhattan with a stay at The Carlyle, a timeless classic in the Upper East Side overlooking Central Park. Part of the Rosewood Hotels collection, this ultra-luxurious hotel emanates New York luxury-- from the legendary Bemelmans Bar to the jewel-like Sense Spa. (Even the tiniest guests are spoiled rotten at The Carlyle; the Rose Buds Kids program means Baby Primrose skincare products, the Madeleine tea, and lush velour terry child-sized bath robes and slippers.) Bed down in this refined residence, called home by leaders in business and society, and get a special rate this summer. Take advantage of the "MORE Rosewood" offer and get one more night on the house. Stay two nights and get the third night for free, valid through August 31, 2011.
Why settle for one idyllic Thai island when you can experience the best of two? Embark on an indulgent and diverse getaway to the Gulf of Thailand to get a taste of the red-hot nightlife on Koh Samui and the relaxing beaches of Koh Phangan (the isle famous for its full moon parties). Anantara Resorts is whisking you away with a special offer called the "Two Island Experience." Divide your time between Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa, a hideaway near bustling Chaweng, with the dreamy seclusion of a private pool suite or villa at Rasananda Phangan Island Resort. With breakfast, sea and land transfers all included, this special package invites you to linger longer and soak up tranquil island life. Rates from THB 17,700 with three nights at each resort.
Just nine miles north of Los Angeles, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is a 23-acre garden oasis set against the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains. The hotel's been a landmark in beautiful Pasadena since 1907, and continues to woo the fit and the fabulous for tennis, nearby golf, and spa time. And the restaurant (The Royce) is fantastic, serving "New American Cuisine" by chef David Féau emphasizing fresh seasonal produce. The Langham Huntington is the perfect place to stay and play for the whole family. A special offer valid through September 4, 2011 includes Lanai accommodations and a daily $50 food and beverage credit to be used at the pool bar. The "Family Stay & Play Package" is priced from $219 per night, subject to availability, Sunday- Thursday nights only.
Savor the last days of summer with a jaunt to Miami. With a private beach club, an exclusive spa, and three sparkling pools, the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort will give you a reason to smile. Pay just $159 per night and get a bunch of value-added amenities built into the price. Not only that, you'll get to enjoy free golf on both of the 18-hole championship courses through September 30, 2011. This deal is so snazzy it caught the eye of CBS News; kids under five get to eat for free, and parents can tuck into a three-course Prix Fixe dinner at award-winning BOURBON STEAK for only $35.
In just a matter of days, a new luxury hotel will be making waves in London town. The Dorchester Collection's newest property, 45 Park Lane, is just a stone's throw from the hotel flagship, overlooking Hyde Park in Mayfair. In perhaps the biggest news of all, 45 Park Lane will be home to Wolfgang Puck's first restaurant in Europe: CUT, a modern American steak house. Acclaimed architect Thierry Despont was behind the renovation. There are 45 guest rooms, all with views of Hyde Park, plus a Penthouse Suite with sweeping views of London from a wraparound terrace. Hot rates: From September 1- 11, 2011, guests can take advantage of an introductory rate of £350 (approximately $567 USD). Wifi is included.
August 16, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
The Shedd opened on May 30, 1930 as Chicago's first stand-alone aquarium, launched by the retired president of Marshall Field & Company, John G. Shedd. Today the popular attraction houses nearly 22,000 aquatic animals representing some 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters all over the world. Experience the historic Shedd Aquarium, a.k.a., "The World's Aquarium," with a special package from The Blackstone Hotel. Priced from $179 per night, the Aquarium Escape! includes two VIP non-timed/non-dated tickets to the Shedd Aquarium (read: no waiting in lines!) along with your overnight accommodations at The Blackstone. What's more, you'll be given a complimentary upgrade to a "View Room." Based on availability Thursday - Sunday only; valid through December 31, 2011.