It's hard to believe that summer is nearly over, and it's almost back-to-school time for the kids. But before stocking up on backpacks and school supplies, why not pack up the family for one last summer adventure? The Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele is offering a special value for parents looking to linger longer for less in Hawai'i. Nestled within the lush central highlands of the private Hawaiian island of Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele is the ideal getaway for families. Tee off on the 18-hole putting course – a cross between miniature golf and a real putting challenge - or visit Lana'i Pine Sporting Clays and Archery Range for an afternoon of archery and clay shooting. Go horseback riding through Koele’s picturesque upcountry and learn about the island’s history.
The "Stay Longer" promotion means a complimentary third night when you book two consecutive nights at the resort. What's more, Four Seasons offers free meals for its youngest guests, welcome amenities for children, and Kids For All Seasons programming for children five to 12. There's also a Surf Shack Teen Center featuring video game stations, a pool table and lounge area for those aged 13-17 at Manele Bay. Rates for the package start at $295 and are valid on new bookings only. Three night minimum stay required; subject to availability.
Vegas, baby, Vegas. When planning your bachelor or bachelorette party in Sin City, consider the glam Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Located at the entrance of CityCenter at the heart of The Strip, this urban retreat has it all-- from a AAA Five Diamond spa to a stellar restaurant by chef Pierre Gagnaire. It's a casino-free hotel, so after tempting Lady Luck at Las Vegas's famous casinos, you can escape to luxurious calm at the Mandarin. The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas has a special treat for bachelors and bachelorettes looking to party in Las Vegas. Receive a complimentary suite when booking five or more rooms. Available through December 30, 2011, the getaway includes an array of Spa experiences, a poolside cabana with catered lunch and a celebratory bottle of Champagne at Mandarin Bar. For more information, please call +1 (702) 590 3031.
Did you know you can get a room at Manhattan's Hotel Plaza Athénée just for the day? Yup, the Upper East Side hotel, located just one block from Central Park, is the ideal spa retreat for New Yorkers looking to disconnect from their blackberries and unwind in luxury. Get ready for some head-to-toe pampering. The package includes a 50 Minute Signature Plaza Athénée Massage, a 50 Minute Valmont Signature Facial or Detoxifying Body Treatment, and a manicure and pedicure. After blissing out in the spa, relax in your guest room for the day, as the "Spa Retreat" package comes complete with day use in a Classic guest room from 10 am - 7 pm. Rates are $700 for the first guest, $500 for each additional guest. Subject to availability. Gift certificates are also available.
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You've heard about Marina Bay Sands and it's sky-high infinity pool and plant-filled Sky Park... Now here's your chance to see it with your very own eyes, and tell all your friends back home about one of the sexiest new hotels on the planet. Located along the Marina Bay waterfront, Marina Bay Sands opened in 2010 and has already become a premier entertainment destination in Singapore. It has a lotus-inspired Museum, countless retail stores, trendy restaurants by celebrity chefs, theaters and happening night clubs, and a Las Vegas-style casino. Stay anytime til September 30, 2011 and you can take advantage of the "Sandsational Summer" package which includes:
* Two complimentary drinks from Ku De Ta—in the iconic Sands SkyPark.
* A S$50 nett destination credit per day. (Simply charge to your room and they'll waive the first S$50nett daily.)
* A 10% discount off Disney's musical "The Lion King" for all categories except Platinum
* A 23% discount off admission for two at ArtScience Museum.
Book now to enjoy this package from $339 per night on weekdays, and $399 on weekends. Does not include daily breakfast nor the 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Adrenaline junkies, take note. Aspen's historic Hotel Jerome has teamed up with Aspen Expeditions to give you an experience of a lifetime. Always dreamed of reaching the summit of a 14er? Now you can with the hotel's "Stay, Play & Climb" package, a three-day experience that combines luxury accommodations with a climbing adventure on a technical 14,000' peak. Starting at $715 per person, the package includes three nights of lodging at Hotel Jerome, one privately guided climb of a 14,000' peak outside Aspen, CO, and a Marmot Driclime jacket per person. Blackout dates may apply. Offer valid for new reservations only.
Another special offer for adrenaline hounds: The "Blazing Adventure" package includes free adventure excursions, plus a daily $50 breakfast credit, when you reserve a stay through October 2, 2011. Book a stay of one to four nights for two people and get a free rafting, hiking, biking, four-wheel-drive or other outing per person. As The Washington Post points out, the best rates are for four-night stays at $333 per night double, down from $459. And the tours are valued at $99 each. Add $66 per night in fees and taxes.
There's a lot to love about a city break in Brussels. You can scarf down the best chocolate in the world, trace the trail of famous Belgian beers, get up close with Tintin at the fabulous Comic Strip Center, marvel at Magritte at the surrealist's namesake museum, and of course go have a peek at Manneken Pis. Take advantage of the "Family Summer Break" at the Conrad Brussels and you'll benefit from a special 40% discount on the bed and breakfast BAR rate (Best Available Rate) in a Queen Premium room (for two adults and two kids). Also included: an extensive buffet breakfast in Café Wiltcher's, Playstation and Wii games in the room, and in-room amenities for the little ones. Offer valid through November 6 (must book by September 7, 2011), subject to availability.
August 8, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Sitting pretty just across from SeaWorld and adjacent to Discovery Cove, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is inviting families to come play this summer. The "Splash & Stay" package, available for a limited time, is a great deal. A family of four pays just $89 a night and kids under 12 eat free throughout their stay. The hotel launched this exclusive family package to commemorate the grand opening of its water park R Aqua Zone-- a great place to splash and play. Think shooting water jets, a water windmill, and a pint-size water slide for toddlers! Must be booked by August 31, available for stays through October 1, 2011. America's favorite playground awaits...
August 5, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Australia's Hayman Island-- oft described as one of the most stunning resorts in the world-- was severely damaged by cyclones earlier this year, and had to close for repairs. Now it's back, and better than ever. The five-month renovation, explains The Sydney Morning Herald, "touched almost every aspect of the Great Barrier Reef resort, starting with a 16-hectare garden landscape created by horticulturalist and TV star Jamie Durie." A new botanical garden centerpiece showcases 33,000 new plants and 327 new species; the landscaping alone cost A$4 million.
Lucky guests who check in now will experience a top-to-bottom refurbishment. And when you book the "Hayman Reopening Offer," you'll score an A$400 Resort Voucher to enjoy during your stay. This reopening offer is basically the "Hayman Escape" package which includes twin share accommodation and daily beachfront breakfast at Azure, along with the bonus resort voucher. Hayman Escape packages start from A$885 per person for 3 nights, and are available for sale until August 31, 2011 for travel from October 1, 2011- June 30, 2012. Valid for new bookings only, and subject to availability.
Planning to take in all the action at the U.S. Open this year? Tennis fans who bed down at The Westin New York at Times Square, the official NYC hotel sponsor of the U.S. Open, will get get spoiled with extra treats. Starting at $269 per night and available August 29- September 11, 2011, the Game.Set.Match package includes round-trip MetroCard transportation for two to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center via subway, and a gift bag with a signature US Open item (a $30 value). A two-night minimum stay is required.
Back in May, the Langham Hospitality Group launched a special offer called "Linger Longer for Less." Available through August 31, 2011 at Langham hotels worldwide (including Pasadena, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Shanghai), the promotion translates to real savings: stay two nights and get 10% off, stay three nights and save at least 15 percent with complimentary breakfast, linger four nights and save at least 20 percent with free breakfast and internet access. If you stay five nights, you'll get even more benefits: room upgrade included!
As part of this "Linger Longer" campaign, Langham recently announced a global social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Weibo to search for top travel tips in key Langham cities. The prize? A free night's stay. To enter the contest, simply answer the question “If I could linger longer in a city with a Langham hotel, what would I do?” and email it with a photo (optional) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The most popular answer based on the most likes, comments and shares will win a free night’s stay in the Langham of the nominated city.
For more information, head over to Langham's Facebook page.