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Get out there and enjoy the spectacular fall foliage that's peaking in New England and the Rocky Mountains. RockResorts has come up with an autumn package that's bound to inspire foliage fanatics. Each package, starting from just $149 per night, offers a free room upgrade, welcome bottle of wine, and locally-inspired fall adventure. At the swanky Hotel Jerome in Aspen, you can enjoy a thrilling jeep tour through the changing leaves in Aspen (package priced from $355 per night), while the Pines Lodge offers a Hummer Tour through the aspen and pine groves on the slopes of Beaver Creek (priced from $235 per night). You'll enjoy a hike and picnic adventure from the AAA Four Diamond Keystone Lodge and Spa (priced from $284), and complimentary use of a Volvo at The Lodge at Vail (priced from $149 per night). The new Arrabelle at Vail Square is offering a breathtaking hot air balloon ride over the Vail Valley (priced from $399), while Santa Fe's finest hotel, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa, offers a guided hike through the Aspen groves in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from $359 per night.
On the Yucatan peninsula south of Cancun, you'll discover a slew of recreational activities at your fingertips in an idyllic environment. Embark on snorkeling and diving excursions to the world's second largest reef or in the crystal-clear cenotes that spring from subterranean rivers. Take a daytrip to explore Mayan ruins in Tulum or the ecological haven of Xcaret. Nestled in the jungle on a mile-long arc of white sand, the Rosewood Mayakoba is the heart of a 1,600 acre luxury resort enclave just north of Playa del Carmen, celebrated for its commitment to the environment. Guests stay in suites on the edge of lagoons, built from local materials. In addition to the many excursions available, guests can play a round of championship golf at the signature Greg Norman El Camaleon 18-hole course, then relax at the infinity-edge and spa lap pools. There is daily yoga, horseback riding, and more. The brand new Sense Spa is positively posh, perched on its own island. For a limited time, you can take advantage of the Autumn Indulgence Package and get a fourth night free when you book three nights in a Beachside Lagoonview Suite, Oceanview Suite, or Deluxe Spa Suite. Available until December 15, 2008.
A recent article in the Miami Herald describes how the "boom times are over for South Florida's young roster of ultra-luxury hotels." With the faltering economy, wealthy guests aren't splurging on $1,000/night hotel rooms in the trendy South Beach resorts. In fact, now is the time for savvy travelers to scout out some great deals, and splurge on a luxurious getaway for less. Adrian Zecha's beachfront masterpiece, The Setai, has been a celeb magnet since its opening in 2005. A-listers like Madonna love the 10,000 square foot penthouse with its rooftop pool and sweeping views of the Atlantic and Miami skyline. Even the standard guest rooms are anything but ordinary, appointed with the finest in luxury amenities: espresso machines, in-room bars, Bose surround-sound DVD/CD systems, deep soaking tubs and rain showers, and flat screen LCD and plasma TVs. Right now you can snag the weekday promotional rate of $620 even during the weekend. And from October 19 through December 20, 2008 you can book the "Setai Winter Escape" for $615 per night.
October 13, 2008
By: Betsy LeTourneau
Congratulations, the Oscars are in! That is, from The World Travel Awards, the "Oscars of the Travel Industry." This year's recipient, announced at the the 15th Annual World Travel Awards 2008, for the Philippines' Leading Business Hotel is
Pan Pacific Manila. General Manager, Richard Masselin, attributes this honor as due to the hotel's dedication to exceptional service on a personalized level.
As the first and finest five star property in Philippines, Pan Pacific Manila offers contemporary style that is luxurious but casually elegant. While staying at Pan Pacific Manila you will receive a heartwarming welcome in true Filipino style. All guests are provided Butler Service, the Hotel's unique concept of consolidated services associated with the utmost personalized care. Each guest room and suite includes an expansive desk, 2 phone lines, fax line, broadband internet access, fully stocked mini bar, and personal coffee and tea making facilities. Bath Rooms are uniquely designed with a sliding wall to open into the bedroom. The property includes extraordinary dining and entertainment at the Adriatico Square, outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, and a health and fitness center.
Pan Pacific Manila stands ready to provide an experience of luxury and indulgence like never before for you to enjoy.
By: Betsy LeTourneau
Winter in our neck-of-the-woods translates to summertime in the southern hemisphere, so why not head south where the dollar is still strong against the Argentine peso? Patagonia beckons with some of the finest scenery in the world: crystal clear lakes and the snow-capped Andean peaks. You can gape at this awe-inspiring panorama from the floor-to-ceiling windows in one of the best resorts in South America: Llao Llao resort, perched at the gateway to a national park. The facilities are swanky (18-hole golf course, superb spa, heated infinity pool) and there are numerous outdoor recreational activities--from treks to kayaking. Book the "Summertime with the Family" package and you'll enjoy accommodations in a standard room in the Bustillo building, round-trip airport transfers, daily buffet breakfast, and free access to the health club and sauna. Priced from $315 per night from January 4-February 28, 2009, and $243 per night from March 1- June 30, 2009. Three night minimum stay required.
PS. We hear they offer tango lessons!
Laissez les bons temps rouler... For the best of the Big Easy, head to the W New Orleans where you can get your groove on at Rande Gerber's Whiskey Blue and tuck into some Louisiana comfort food at Zoe Lounge. Just steps from the French Quarter, the stylish hotel promises an indulgent sensory experience-- from the finger-lickin' contemporary cuisine to the posh rooms outfitted with fluffy beds wrapped in 350-thread-count sheets and down duvets. Every Thursday in October, you can flirt with the chef at Zoe, celebrated for his dishes that blend Old-World French techniques with Cajun ingredients (think Gulf Coast Crustacean Shooters and Seared Sea Scallops). Guitarist Terc Martinez will strum the tunes while you sip on a complimentary Stiletto cocktail and nibble on tantalizing tapas from Chef Roberto Bustillo. Catch the Chef in action and learn how to make his award-winning Seared Sea Scallops with Tuscan Corn Grits and Mushroom Ragout. You can leave your wheels with the W's valet parking while you nibble and sip (two hour parking validation with receipt).
Travel the 21 miles from Ezeiza International Airport in comfort and style. Book now through December 31, 2008 at the Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires and you can take advantage of a special rate that includes pick-up service in a private car. The special also includes an American buffet breakfast, free access to the outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna, and gym, complimentary internet access in the business center, cellular phone with free incoming calls, and a complimentary daily newspaper.
Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires is centrally located in the midst of the business, banking, and entertainment districts. The 1946 traditional boutique hotel was remodeled in 2004 and has 152 rooms and 6 suites. Claridge Hotel Buenos Aires is a traditional alternatives for tourist and business travelers who look for a five star hotel in Buenos Aires that make them feel as comfortable as in their own home.
By: K. Clare Johnson
Over-the-Top Destination Weddings: $1.3 Million Neiman Marcus Luxury Package at The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach
Looking for the perfect place to tie the knot? Look no further than The Resort at Pelican Hill, the new oceanside sanctuary at Newport Beach which propagates the tagline: "The possibility of perfection." The whole 504-acre property was "inspired by the Renaissance belief that humanity is uplifted by aspiring to perfection" so the developers have aimed high in creating a masterpiece that will set a new standard for exclusivity and style. The Pelican Hill Golf Club has 36 holes of Tom Fazio-designed golf, and the resort boasts bungalow and villa accommodations, a spa, Coliseum pool, and yes, a wedding chapel.
For a price tag of $1.3 million, the Neiman Marcus dream wedding at Pelican Hill can be yours. Carolina Herrera will design your couture wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses. A "personal event coach" will take care of all the details. You'll get 40 private ocean-view guest villas. A "magical" cake, the "perfect" flowers... They're even promising private celebrity entertainment at the reception, and gourmet breakie to cure that post-wedding hangover:
It seems like just yesterday she was staging a backyard wedding with her Teddy bear and favorite doll. There is a rare opportunity to make her grown-up nuptials the stuff of family legends, with our exclusive turnkey luxury wedding experience at The Resort at Pelican Hill. The ultimate resort setting on the breathtaking coast of Newport Beach, California... Naturally, a wedding this grand could never be one size fits all. Our exclusive gift experience can easily be customized to fit their tastes, interests, and romantic quirks. This world flies away from us faster than ever.
Buying a gift for the Chocoholic traveler in your life just got easier. Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel and Rococo Chocolates has unwrapped their special "The Art of Chocolate" package for Christmas 2008. Starting from GBP 345 per room per night, guests will get overnight accommodation at the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in Belgravia, Rococo Chocolates gift on arrival, a master class at Rococo's Chocolate School for two people, a Chocolate Martini Cocktail at the Mimosa Bar, a two-course weekend brunch at Mimosa Restaurant, and access to The Peak Health Club & Spa.
The workshop at London's Rococo Chocolate School is made up of hands-on making, a tutored tasting, and a presentation on chocolate "from tree to bar." Hot chocolate is served throughout and a glass of champagne and goodie bag provide a sweet ending to a delectable day.
Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Five Star Alliance guests staying at the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel will receive a Welcome Card from the General Manager, a Temple Spa Gift worth GBP 35, and possible room upgrade on check-in if available.
By: K. Clare Johnson
October 10, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Catch the beauty of fall on the Inner Harbor with new fall offerings from the InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore. With four new packages in time for the crisp autumn season, there's sure to be something to strike your fancy. Beat rising gas prices with the Gas N Go package featuring a stay in one of the hotel's spectacular guest rooms, a $50 gas card and complimentary valet parking. No need to worry about touring the city, InterContinental Harbor Court Baltimore has you covered! For a more romantic getaway take advantage of the Romance package featuring sparkling wine, flowers and chocolate for you and that special someone. More interested in wildlife and the outdoors? Book the Aquarium package which includes tickets to the Baltimore Aquarium and dolphin show, breakfast for two and free valet parking! And finally enjoy all that Baltimore has to offer and never have to worry about finding a parking spot, with the Valet Parking Package, offering valet parking for one car during your stay.
All Fall Getaways start at $249 per night.
By: Madelyn Giblin