LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
The best hotel in New Zealand? According to Conde Nast Traveler's 2008 Gold List, Huka Lodge wins that honor. In fact, scores of 100 percent for Service, 97.3 percent each for Rooms, Food, Location and Design and 86.1 percent for Activities means that Huka Lodge is among the best in Asia, Australia and the Pacific nations. Surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, Huka Lodge is situated in Taupo in the central North Island. The crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo are fed by mountain streams and are home to some of the most sought-after Rainbow trout in the world. Just a short walk from the lodge, guests discover the spectacular cascades of Huka Falls on the banks of the Waikato River. Easily one of the top retreats in the world, Huka Lodge delights its discerning clientele with its top-notch recreational activities (petanque, anyone?), exquisite cuisine, and superlative accommodations. (For a true VIP experience, book the Owner's Cottage.) Just check out the guest book to see all the celebs who flock to this place. Plan a visit to Huka Lodge between May 1, 2008 and September 30, 2008, and you'll find the lowest rack rates of the year, starting from NZ$730 per person, per night. All rates include pre-dinner drinks, superb five-course dinners, full breakfast, use of all Lodge facilities, and Taupo airport transfers.
Experience the legendary hospitality of The Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa, a member of Starwood's Luxury Collection, with summer rates starting at just $149. Set on more than 463 acres in the Sonoran Desert, The Wigwam has been a favorite Arizona destination resort for nearly 80 years. Home to 54 championship holes of golf, the brand new, state-of-the-art Red Door Spa, three sparkling pools, and nine plexi-paved illuminated tennis courts, The Wigwam is the recipient of numerous accolades. Check into this desert oasis between May 21 and September 5, 2008 and you'll also get a food and beverage credit: $50 for a two-night stay (Endless Summer Package), and $100 for a three-night stay (Gift of Luxury Package).
April 24, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Summer in St. Moritz with several ways to save at Badrutt's Palace Hotel. This summer take advantage of the multiple packages the luxury hotel in the Alps has to offer. Enjoy a two night package with the "Alpine Summer Feeling" which includes two night accommodation for up to two people in a Superior room, with complimentary breakfast and one set meal at "Chesa Veglia" and a Palace Restaurant, as well as free tickets on all mountain railways, cable cars and public transportation. The room also comes with a complimentary mini-bar, daily newspaper, movie channels and internet access. Rates start at 640 CHF for single occupancy.
For the more globally conscious guest, enjoy the "Go Green in St. Moritz" package, treating guests to a three night stay in a Superior room, along with a horse driven carriage ride to the Roseg Glacier, tickets to a self guided Clean Energy Tour, and a tour of the ecologically conscious heating system in Badrutt's and hiking map of local trails to try out. The package also comes with dinners at Chesa Veglia or Palace Restaurants and an organic picnic lunch basket. Rates start at 1,440 CHF for single occupancy.
Enjoying a family vacation to the Alps? Make sure to book Badrutt's "Family Summer Indulgence", a seven night stay in one of the hotel's Superior rooms with free tickets for all mountain railways and cable cars, child care services, a complimentary picnic basket for each adult, a boat ride on Lake Sils, horse drawn carriage ride into Fex Valley, and dinner at Chesa Veglia or a Palace Restaurant. Rates start at 2,040 CHF for double occupancy.
This summer, guests may also enjoy the "Golfy Delight" package, a three night stay in one of the hotel's Superior rooms, which comes with a complimentary golf gift upon arrival and two green fees at either the Zouz Madulain or Samedan golf courses. Package comes with complimentary breakfast, and dinner at either Chesa Veglia or a Palace Restaurant, and free tickets for all mountain public transportation. Rates start at 1320 CHF for single occupancy.
May 11 is just around the corner. Celebrate Mother's Day in style and treat mom to a delicious brunch or deeply-personalized spa treatment. The Peninsula Hotels know best how to pamper mothers across the globe with a wide range of gifts. Reside in Manhattan? Don't miss the Mother-Daughter Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula New York. There will be two seatings at Fives on May 10, hosted by Tea Master Elizabeth Knight who will educate guests about the art of "Taking Tea" with topics including English tea time traditions, etiquette and history. Afternoon tea includes warm scones and a selection of finger sandwiches, breads and tea cakes presented on a silver three-tier server, with a choice of Peninsula Signature Tea or Harney & Sons Tea. The Mother's Day Buffet Brunch promises to be just as sumptuous. Priced at $125 per guest (Champagne included), the popular brunch offers everything from carved meats to sushi- with live piano music.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills also has a fabulous Mother's Day Brunch at The Belvedere, Southern California's only AAA Five Diamond restaurant. Dine on the landscaped patio in the sunshine and enjoy free-flowing Perrier-Jouet Champagne. Priced at $105. In Chicago, The Peninsula will offer Mother's Day Brunch in the sun-drenched Lobby. The menu features a breakfast bar with Baked Egg Frittatas, Organic Omelettes and a Sweet and Savoury Waffle Station; Cheese Table with local and imported artisanal cheeses; Noodle Station featuring Farfalle Pasta with Rock Shrimps, Roasted Bell Peppers and Arugula; Seafood Station serving freshly shucked Oysters, Soft Shell Crabs and Live Scallops, and a Carving Station with Five-Spiced Lamb Rack, Roasted Wild Salmon and Smoked Strip Loin of Beef. And the array of desserts is simply mouth-watering. $128 per person.
Here's an offer that's almost impossible to refuse. Rosewood Little Dix Bay, the gorgeous Caribbean resort located on Virgin Gorda in the BVI, has a stellar promotion for families. One of the Caribbean's "original" luxury resorts, this lavish spot is also carving a nice as a welcoming resort for families-- with a wide array of water sports, beginner tennis clinics, Kids' Yoga and Move n' Groove classes, and activities like eco-explorations and pirate dinner parties. To celebrate the expansion of Children's Grove, Little Dix Bay is offering 50 percent off the second room when booking an Ocean Cottage or Rosewood Junior Suite from May 1- December 19, 2008. Plus, kids aged 5-11 will receive 50 percent off their meal plans when joining their parents' plan (kids under 4 eat free). Set in the shade of a mahogany preserve, Children's Grove is the centerpiece of the resort's children's program: 2,500 square feet of interior space devoted to creative play. Kids will go gaga over the "monkey lounge," shipwreck and outside play area. When they arrive, children are greeted with a basket of sand toys, games, books and puzzles. For older kids, the resort offers a Teen Room with pool table, foosball, and lending library stocked with CDs, DVDs, books and board games.
April 23, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
There's nothing better than going on vacation and knowing you have complete privacy and are safely tucked away from the mayhem of your everyday life. Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Resort offers just that on their astonishingly beautiful private island in the Caribbean. With beautiful white sand beaches and sparkling tropical waters, summer is the perfect time to visit Parrot Cay. Featuring a main resort as well as a collection of private homes farther away, Parrot Cay Estate is ideal for families looking to spend quality time together. And from June 1 to October 31, 2008 Parrot Cay is offering a number of specials.
For guests staying in the private homes, Parrot Cay offers one complimentary dinner with a Personal Chef during your stay. Guests booking a seven night stay should take advantage of the "7 for 6" offer, in which guests only pay for a six night stay for all rooms, villas, and private homes. This offer also comes with daily breakfast, and transportation to the airport for travel. Families with young children may also benefit from the variety of children's programs offered by the resort, including sailing trips, shark tooth crafts, and trips to Iguana Island. Parrot Cay has something for the whole family to enjoy. Rates start at USD 315 for a single room.
April 23, 2008
By: Courtney W. May
For the next few weeks, take advantage of this amazing offer from The Madison, a Loews Hotel in Washington, DC. Book a Deluxe Room and get a complimentary upgrade to a Luxury Room. The offer is valid between April 21st and April 30th as well as between May 8th and May 11th (Mother's Day). The upgrade will happen automatically for Five Star Alliance clients upon check-in but is not applicable to existing reservations. Whether you're working hard or playing hard, you can always rest easy at the Madison.
PS: The massage chair above is why you should be booking the $40.00 difference to a Luxury Room next time ....
By: Courtney W. May
Business in Rome? Bring your fam with you! The Hotel Fortyseven, situated in the Eternal City's historic center just across from the Roman Forum, has put together an excellent "Work and Family" promotion for a family of four. Priced at EUR 1,250, this three-night package includes accommodations in two connecting Double Rooms, daily breakfast for four, welcome drinks upon arrival, the Fortyseven Happy meal for two children, complimentary soft drinks in the mini-bar, and an open bus city tour to take in all the sites. Plus, you'll get 15 percent off at Circus Restaurant, the hotel's beautiful rooftop restaurant with fantastic sunset views. The promotion is valid from July 1- September 15, 2008. This stunning, contemporary hotel gives a very special welcome to young guests-- with dedicated children's menus and recommended activities and itineraries (picnics, biking through Villa Borghese, trips to the Zoo).
Not like anyone could ever get bored of over-water bungalows and the paradise setting of Tahiti: white sandy beaches and dramatic green mountains rising from the South Pacific. But the luxurious Le Meridien Tahiti has organized art and cooking classes for those who want to do more than lounge in the sandy-bottom swimming pool or scuba dive the seas. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the resort highlights the colorful cultural heritage of these beautiful islands, the inspiration for so many artists (like Paul Gauguin). Discover art and cuisine first-hand with L'Atelier du Chef, the new cooking class program for 2008. Study the art of Tahitian cooking with the Executive Chef Sebastien Philizot during several interactive classes and learn how to make tasty dishes like crispy shrimp with fresh mint and mango salsa. Classes are offered daily, except Thursdays, for approx. $55. You can combine cooking classes with the noteworthy L'Atelier Art program. Immerse yourself in the rich art history of the islands by meeting local artists and receiving painting instruction through several courses. There are 4 and 5 day packages available.
April 22, 2008
By: Madelyn Giblin
Don't settle for the ordinary this Father's Day. Treat your dad to the extraordinary "Father of the Year" at Hayfield Manor. Dad will surely appreciate the two night stay in one of Hayfield Manor's splendid rooms, exquisitely decorated, and located right outside the center of the vibrant city of Cork. The room comes with a full hearty Irish breakfast and dinner at the renowned Orchids Restaurant and professional wine consultation during the meal. The truly memorable gift comes with the thirty minute flying lesson from Atlantic Flight Center, in which Dad can learn to pilot a plane on his own. And mom will be entertained too, with a complimentary €50.00 voucher at the Hotel's spa for the treatment of her choice. Truly this is the ultimate Father's Day gift Dad will never forget. Rates start at €347.00 per person. Plus, all guests of Hayfield Manor who make reservations with Five Star Alliance will receive complimentary afternoon tea for two - once during their stay valued at 25 Euro per person.