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Penny Pritzker, the billionaire hotel heiress, has been confirmed as President Obama's choice to head up the Commerce Department. Pritzker's family owns the Hyatt Hotel chain, and she has been a board member of the company. Pritzker has an estimated net worth of $1.8511 billion USD and is the world's 651st wealthiest person.
Where will she stay until she finds a permanent spot in DC (if she doesn't already own one?) May we suggest Park Hyatt Washington, (pictured left)?
Completed in 1851, the original building was a collaboration between architect Gridley James Fox Bryant, widely considered Boston’s most accomplished architect of the time, and Rev. Louis Dwight, a prominent Yale-educated penologist whose travels shaped his interest in and advocacy for prison reform. The building is thought to be one of the best existing examples of Boston Granite Style. While former prisoners no doubt stayed for free (but check-out was an issue), the accommodations paled in comparison to this revamped luxury property. The jail’s former exercise yard is now a private, beautifully landscaped courtyard, and its granite exterior and expansive, light-filled interiors remain largely unchanged. Soaring 90 feet, the jail’s central atrium was beautifully preserved and forms the core of the hotel. The hotel also features the building’s trademark windows and historic catwalks.
The 65 luxury hotel rooms and suites are housed in a century-old neoclassical Turkish prison. It was known as Sultanahmet Jail,and was built next to the courthouse building. Built in 1918/1919, it was the first jailhouse in the capital of the Ottoman Empire, constructed in a contemporary concept considering the regulation of the daily life and relationship with the outside of inmates, who were awaiting trial or serving brief sentences.
Trump Hotel Collection is rolling out a trio of programs as part of its Trump Wellness initiative, starting June 17. The first program, Nourish, will enhance each hotel’s in-room dining menu with a range of options, providing guests with vegan, gluten-free and organic selections with complete nutritional values. A Healthy Kids Menu by Trump will also provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for the junior set. Minibars will be revamped with healthier snacks rather than the standard minibar fare. At least one-third of all choices at each hotel will be in a health food category.
You'll want to read moreabout the other two healthy eating programs the hotel collection will be rolling out later this year.
We have nearly 4,000 four-and-five star hotels in our collection, and many of those hotels are duffer's paradise. Here's just a few of the great golfing rates we've seen lately:
Fairmont Hamilton Princess-The Ultimate Tee Time Package includes daily unlimited golf at executive par 3 Southampton or one round per day at Riddels Golf Course. The rate includes buffet breakfast at Harleys. Gratuities and resort levy not included. Every 4th night free. Rates available from 7/10/2013-7/12/2013
The Sanctuary at Kiawah IslandTake advantage of the hotel's Best Rate Guaranteed. You'll get an Oceanview Guestroom With 1 King Or 2 Queen Bds. The ocean views are easily accessible via the room's balcony.
Wynn Las Vegas has the Amex Complimentary Golf Package. Receive the Best Available Room Rate and a complimentary round of golf With Each Consecutive Two Nights Stayates Are. Restricted To American Express Cardmembers. Tee times must be arranged with the preferred golf club desk.
It's time to start planning the summer break you deserve. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. welcomes summer by offering up to 25% off at over 60 resorts in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and French Polynesia. Whether you're dreaming of a tranquil mountain retreat, or the beaches of a luxurious oceanfront resort, Starwood has a dynamic portfolio of resorts perfect for a summer getaway.
The award-winning resorts that are offering discounts and packages to help travelers save and unwind this summer include:
•Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina: Take in views of the marina or spend a day with the family at SeaWorld or The San Diego Zoo. Rates up to 40% off, or $129 per night.
•The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida: From a private beachfront cabana, sit and watch the surf and take in the spectacular views of the blue Atlantic Ocean. Rates up to 30% off, or $149 per night.
•The Royal Hawaiian, Oahu, Hawaii: From the comfort of your private beach chaise lounge and umbrella set, enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and world-famous Diamond Head, while soaking up the Hawaiian sun. The “Pink Lady of the Pacific,” is completely renovated and offering rates up to 20% off, or $330 per night.
•The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona: Beat the desert heat with a trip to the luxurious spa, or sit poolside with a cold drink in a private cabana. Rates up to 25% off, or $149 per night.
Experience the best of the season when you book by June 16 for travel through September 30, 2013. Click here to view more participating resorts and to book your summer getaway.
There are few summer pleasures that top rooftop dining. The fresh breeze, the blue sky. Our sister publication,Luxury Travel Advisor, has the scoop on the many rooftop spaces that are part of the Four Seasons collection.
Drinks just taste better outside, don't you agree? Now that rooftop season is officially in swing (yay!), Four Seasons has revealed some of its hottest spots to sip and savor amid the skylines.
The dec Rooftop Bar + Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) sits 12 stories above Magnificent Mile. Hand-crafted cocktails and small bites rule the menu here, while a color-changing LED waved wall puts the final notes on the outdoor experience.
Four Seasons Hotel Beirut has opened The Roof, Lebanon's highest rooftop lounge at 390 feet above the sea. Guests can enjoy tapas and drinks poolside, with wraparound views of Beirut's downtown skyline, mountains and the Med.
Scrambling for a gift for that lady who raised you?
Here are a few last-minute ideas. Availability is limited,and time is running out, so you'll want to book asap!
-Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is offering a Mother's Day Buffet-style brunch at their Talavera restaurant. The brunch, which starts at $87 per person, is buffet-style and includes dozens of choices, including Alaskan crab legs, cheese and charcuterie station, omelet station, slow roast prime rib, and a dessert station. You can also stay overnight for rates starting at $279.
-The Lodge at Woodloch has a Mother-Daughter Spa Getaway where mom enjoys a 30% savings on a stay of two nights or more. This package is available for the Complete Spa Plan or Intro to Spa Plan. One night stays are available for Mother's Day Weekend. Package Your Mother-Daughter Experience Includes: Lavish Accommodations 3 Gourmet Meals Daily, Inspiring Creative Arts, Scheduled group fitness classes and lectures, Chef's cooking demonstrations, selected guided group adventure excursions, and a Personal Spa Concierge to help design your program.
-Four Seasons New York has a special Rose Diamond Nectarine and Lemon Geranium Cocktail for mom to enjoy during brunch, and rates starting at a splurge-worthy $1250 for Mother's Day weekend.
-At Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, purchase a copy of Passion and Palate at Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar or at John Howie Steak, and they will include a complimentary box of delicious house made truffles. Plus, if you make a reservation for the special day, they will even wrap it up and have it waiting at your table!
-Okeanos Spa at Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino has a plethora of Mother's Day specials, including a Couple's Massage in the Spa Cove for $260, Mother's Day Body Wrap for $75, and Sothy's Mother's Day Facial for $105.
-Mandarin Oriental San Francisco has afternoon tea at Brasserie S&P starting at $38 per person or a half-bottle of Ruinart Rose Champagne and Mandarin Tea for two guests for $156. The Mother’s Day Brunch featires Dungeness crab and fromage blanc omelets, asparagus and Hobbs’ smoked salmon benedict and Meyer lemon ricotta pancakes, accompanied by mimosas as well as gin cocktails. If you miss the brunch, mom can still take advantage of Mother's Day packages at the spa until the end of May.
-Along the same lines, Fairmont Pittsburgh suggests a gift certificate to our spa. Certificates are available at the front desk.
Whatever you do for mom, we are sure she'll love it.
Spring break is over. Mercifully. When there’s no school for the kids, but mom and dad still have to work, it’s no vacation for anyone. All of a sudden, it’s a circus at the house. It’s enough to make you think it will be worth the money to go somewhere.
I’ve always wondered about the financial wisdom of the all-inclusive trip. Is it really a good deal? So this year I talked to several families that went to an all-inclusive resort with their children for spring break. I found out the real numbers behind (at least one) popular family destination.
I looked specifically at Beaches, a company that offers all-inclusive packages in Turks & Caicos, which is just a quick – and direct! – two-and-a-half-hour flight from Atlanta. A passport is required, and I’m not factoring the cost of a passport into my calculations. You’d need it for this destination whether you were going all-inclusive or pay-as-you-go.
Here’s the math. Minus airfare, here’s what a day in an all-inclusive paradise will cost you, based on a family of four. I’m assuming there are two adults and two kids.
Five nights (Sunday through Thursday) will run you about $3,750. Spring for a sixth night, and you’re looking at about $4,500. Either way, the average cost, including lodging, food and all the incidentals at the all-inclusive resort cost is $750 per day.
Now, let’s break down what a typical day, per family, costs at a place where you’re paying a la carte. These costs may even be on the low side. Kids have a way of turning parents into human ATMs:
Breakfast buffet: $15 x 4 = $60 Snacks and desserts: $30 In-room waters/soda: $15 Kayaks and windsurfing: $15 Kids' camp in the morning: $60 Kids' camp in the afternoon: $60 Lunch $ 17.50 x 4 = $70 Dinner for the two grown-ups, with drinks: $100 Afternoon drinks, 5 x $10 = $50 (One for each family member, plus an extra) Other (there's always something else!) and after-dinner drinks: $50 Nightly entertainment/shows for the whole family (fire twirlers, comedy): FREE Gym workout (For your sanity – not for the kids) FREE Hotel: $250 (at least) per night Without the hotel, we're looking at approximately $510 a day in food, drinks and fun. And that doesn’t even count gratuity. That could be another 20 percent on top of $515 per day. If you pay $102 a day in tips, your per day total is $612.
If you add in a hotel room for $250 per night, we're at $862 – certainly higher than the $750 per night at the all-inclusive resort.
And at the all-inclusive place, you've also saved yourself the hassle of paying for every meal, drink, dessert, show and bottled water.
Throw in Xbox games, water slides, a lazy river, ice cream three times a day, another umbrella drink for mom and dad at the pool, souvenirs, sunscreen, aloe for the sunburn and all the other extras, and it looks like all-inclusive is the better deal.
Five Star Alliance always has great rates for your favorite luxury hotels. But sometimes a few exceptional rates catch our eye, and we share them with you. Here are some of the great deals we are currently featuring. But hurry, these rates are subject to availability and other restrictions, and they are sure to go quickly.
Jamaica Inn is an elegantly timeless resort located in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Situated on what many consider to be the premier private beach in Jamaica, each of Jamaica Inn's 47 rooms and suites suite has a private balustraded balcony overlooking the beach and the Caribbean.Right now, you can book a 2nd Floor Ocean View room for $310USD per night, and receive a 4 For 3 Food Beverage Credit.
Come and experience the wonderful luxuries of Fairmont Gold at Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Bermuda. The Pink Princess is offering their Gold Package. Stay a minimum fo 3 nights in a Fairmont Gold room (Wed-Sun stays only, subject to availability) and enjoy complimentary continental deluxe breakfast, afternoon tea and relax in the evening with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and the wonderful selection of fine beverages in the Fairmont Gold lounge. Transportation to and from the airport is also included. Rates for this package start from $999 USD for a minimum of 3 night stay, based on double occupancy.
Peter Island Resort has a Sea and Self Signature Series Package. Each guest will receive one 75-minute Signature Series massage, one 45-minute Signature Series Body Scrub, one 75-minute Signature Series Wrap/Scrub, one Thalasso mud bowl, and the standard package amenities. Rates start at $900USD per night. Rates are vailable In Ocean View Rooms And Beach Front Junior Suites.
The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel and Spa in Biloxi, MS offers a Bellingrath Gardens Package. Visit the 65 acres estate of year-round beauty. Camellia blooms in winder, the azaleas in spring, roses in the summer and chrysanthemums in autumn. Package includes deluxe guest room, two one-day tickets to visit the Bellingrath Botanical Gardens and breakfast buffet for two in our four-diamond Trellis Room. Rates start at $222USD.