March 16, 2009
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Sometimes tough times call for a little breather, a break, some relaxation. (Just check out the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's new(ish) ad campaign, where the tiny, hard-working town of Cranfills Gap, Texas was treated to a vacation in Sin City.) Spa Week will allow just that- as folks can give themselves some r & r with discounted spa treatments at 700 facilities across the country. From April 13-19, you can get treatments for just $50 each, and as The Washington Post points out, "Red Door Spas by Elizabeth Arden, which has 27 participating locations, will offer the 50-minute Stress Melter Ritual for $50; usual cost is $235."
Pictured: The lavish QUA Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace in Vegas.
March 16, 2009
By: Alison Victor
"I have booked a room at this rate for the Intercontinental Bangkok , but I see the same room now on your site for much cheaper. Can I get the new rate?"
Times are tough, and it's easy to see why someone would want to save money where ever possible. This question about prices is one I get often. Generally speaking, the tips I have for getting the best rate for a luxury hotel on the Five Star Alliance website really have to do with paying attention to the details. When booking a room, the biggest suggestion I have would be to check the cancellation policy. You can find some great deals right now, but always know what the specific rules are for that hotel's rate. Some rates are non-cancelable, and so once booked, you are locked in to paying that specific price. If you do find a great hotel at a good price, and you have adequate time to cancel the room before arrival, then I always suggest booking it at that price, and just checking back periodically on the Five Star Alliance website to see if there are any last minute deals or packages.
By: Alison Victor
March 12, 2009
By: Christina Vasquez
Keswick Hall at Monticello is offering a superb luxury travel deal that truly lives up to its name. Book the "Best of Both Worlds" Package and be pampered at Keswick Hall at Monticello's luxurious spa or enjoy a round of golf at their Signature Arnold Palmer Golf Course. With the "Best of Both Worlds" Package you will enjoy the following:
•Two nights of luxurious accommodations
•Sumptuous daily continental breakfast for two
•Daily choice for each guest of either: One round of golf, cart, one hour lesson, bag tags and logo balls OR a one hour massage and choice of any body or skin rejuvenation treatment. Package rates vary according to availability, and certain terms and restrictions apply.
March 4, 2009
By: Mackenzie Allison
Right now appears to be the perfect time to head to New York City. Besides world-class dining, fashion and celeb-sightings, the deals alone are enough to draw tourists to the Big Apple. NYC & Company, the City's marketing, tourism and partnership organization, has extended several of its winter deals.
NYC Restaurant Week has been extended at more than 130 locations through March 20. What to Expect: Three-course lunches are $24.07 and three-course dinners are $35. For more info, check out www.nycgo.com/restaurantweek.
NYC Winter Deal-O-Matic has been extended through March 31, offering close to 200 special values at the City's hotels, restaurants, attractions, museums, arts and entertainment venues and more. Visit nycgo.com/dealomatic
The Signature Collection Third Night promotion has been extended through March 31; the program offers a third night free (after paying for two consecutive nights at the prevailing rate) at 10 luxury hotels. nycgo.com/thirdnight
NYC & Company is also continuing its NYC Sunday Stays program, offering 20–30 percent off a hotel stay and added amenities on Sunday nights at more than 45 locations throughout New York City. This is an ongoing promotion. nycgo.com/sundaystays
NYC Stylin' For the first time, NYC & Company has launched a Style & Scene program, promoting 12 happening hotels together with Armory Arts Week and the Armory Show. March 4–9, the program offers hotel guests complimentary admission to the Armory Show, along with a Bloomingdale's VIP shopping envelope offering an all-day 15 percent savings pass, a free makeup consultation, a complimentary gift and more. nycgo.com/styleandscene