November 4, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Last year Chicago got a kick out of the live reindeer imported to the Trump International Hotel & Tower to play on the River Walk. Now that's our kind of holiday party! We hear that the luxury hotel is at it again this year, organizing a special celebratory family event on Saturday, November 19 with two reindeer, holiday music, lots of good food, and a viewing of Chicago's annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival fireworks show. Straight from the
horse's reindeer's mouth: "Rudolph has informed us of his master plan to escape the North Pole and join us for the magical Festival of Lights. Rudolph will be staying at Trump International Hotel & Tower with a few of his friends and is eager to meet you."
Book "Rudolph's Great Escape," starting from $465 per night, and enjoy accommodations in a Deluxe King Guestroom; assorted cookies and milk at turndown; a vintage Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer DVD; complimentary meals for children under 10 years-old from the in-room dining children's menu (only when accompanied with an adult entree); photos with the reindeer; and a plush stuffed reindoor toy.
Come hell or high water, the Angsana Laguna Phuket will be opening its doors on December 1, 2011. The new flagship for Angsana Hotels and Resorts, the property closed earlier this year for a multi-million dollar overhaul, and promises to dazzle after a dramatic makeover. The guest rooms and public spaces are stylish and contemporary in design, with traditional Thai touches (think steep arched roofs, waterways winding through the grounds, and vividly colored fabrics).
Nestled on Bang Tao Bay in the northwest of Phuket Island in Southern Thailand, Angsana Laguna Phuket is part of Laguna Phuket, Asia’s first integrated resort, which is comprised of five luxury hotels, six palm-fringed lagoons, 600 acres of parkland, three kilometers of pristine beach and a slew of recreational activities and dining options. We like the sound of the 323 metre free-form pool that meanders throughout the Angsana Laguna Phuket and the award-winning Angsana Spa. Did we mention the treehouse-inspired Kids Club? This resort is family friendly (and they even have a special kiddies pool called the toddler's "tub").
Hot rates: The resort is currently offering $199 introductory rates with breakfast included, and they'll throw in a resort credit of $98 when you stay in two nights or more. Stay a minimum of three nights, and you'll get a free 90-minute massage.
A dose of California sunshine could be just what the doctor ordered this holiday season. Why not take a break in style at Santa Monica's Art Deco beacon on the bluff? Newly revamped, the Hotel Shangri-La promises Old Hollywood glamour just steps from the sand and the historic Santa Monica Pier. Each room captures gorgeous ocean views, as does the posh rooftop bar, Suite 700, where the sunset-viewing is out-of-this-world. As if you needed more tempting, the Hotel Shangri-La has rolled out the "Holidays in the Sun" package which is packed with freebies: freshly baked cookies & milk upon arrival, two complimentary holiday cocktails, a $50 VISA gift card, Ice Skating for two (one hour), and complimentary valet parking. Available November 15, 2011 – January 31, 2012 from $385 in a one-bedroom suite with a full gourmet kitchen.
It's a winter wonderland out there. Sure, the blizzards blanketed the East Coast a little early, but why not take advantage of the snow and go ice skating in Bryant Park? Cassa Hotel and Residences in Midtown has partnered with Citi Pond at nearby Bryant Park to create a swell package for guests visiting NYC when it's at its best (over the holidays!). Book "Skating in the Park," starting from $329 per night, and you'll get skate rentals for two, VIP admission to the rink so you can skip the line, hot chocolate for two, and 10% off of all food and beverage when presenting your guest room card at Celsius restaurant and bar. Subject to availability.
The luxurious condo-hotel opened in 2010 to much fanfare (in-room Dean and Deluca snack bar! room service on demand! glorious design!). Needless to say, Cassa offers all the services expected at a world-class hotel- like 24 hour concierge, daily turn-down service, express dry-cleaning, babysitting, overnight shoe shine, and limo service. Spa treatments can be arranged off site.
Le Royal Monceau knows luxury. The palace hotel reopened in October 2010 after a two-year, top-to-bottom makeover by design guru Philippe Starck, and every single aspect of it-- from the private cinema to the brand spanking new spa-- is fabulously opulent. So you know you're in good hands when you choose Le Royal Monceau for a lavish Parisian getaway. Better yet, for an over-the-top experience you'll never forget, book the hotel's new "Be Royal" offer. After getting whisked from the airport in a Mercedes Class S, you'll be ushered as a VIP into your Junior Suite, where you'll find a Clarins welcome gift along with Pierre Hermé macarons and a bottle of Champagne. Wake up to an extravagant American breakfast at La Cuisine restaurant, then have a private Art Tour of Le Royal Monceau with the Art Concierge. During your stay, you'll also enjoy a private appointment at a famous French fashion house, fine dining for two at La Cuisine (drinks excluded), a "Royal Indulgence" treatment at the dazzling new spa, a late check-out at 4 pm, and an upgrade upon availability. Priced at 1450 euros per night, available until December 30, 2011 with a three-night minimum stay required.
October 31, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
It appears that winter has come early this year- blanketing the East Coast in snow (now turned to a chocolate mess on the Interstates). And you might not be ready for it. (We're most definitely not.) You're in luck. Now is a great time to take advantage of some deals in the Caribbean. Typically, fall is the slow season, and luxury resorts entice visitors with all kinds of special offers. Case in point: Cap Juluca on the serene isle of Anguilla, an absolute paradise and an exclusive one at that, is giving away a free night with the "More Maundays" offer. The newly-renovated resort is located on the powdery white beach on Maundays Bay, and its bedrooms are the pinnacle of luxury with new Stearns and Foster beds and Frette linens, 40” Sony Bravia HDTVs and DVD players, Bose Wave stereos with iPod docking stations, free wireless internet as well as enhanced patio furniture, new towels and new robes. Enjoy FIVE Nights for the Price of FOUR until December 22, 2011.
October 28, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
Just 55 miles due east from Palm Beach, Florida, you'll find an all-suite beachfront resort that has an out-island remote feel, but with the convenience of an international airport within easy reach. The Old Bahama Bay Resort is all about barefoot elegance. Its 67 junior suites and 6 two-bedroom suites have balconies or terraces, free Internet, and elegant marble bathrooms with whirlpool soaking tubs. You'll find the finest fishing, snorkeling and boating activities right at your doorstep. Not to mention the 72-slip port of entry marina and brand new Dive Center. Like what you see? Consider booking a late fall or early winter getaway, and you'll get $400 instant savings with a limited time promotional offer. Book by November 21, 2011 for travel through March 4, 2012, and you'll get $400 instant savings on stays of six nights or longer, or a $250 instant savings on stays of three, four or five nights. (Black-out days: December 29 - 31, 2011 and February 16-20, 2012.)
Get in on the 11/11/11 hype with a jaunt to Las Vegas. It's a once-in-a-lifetime date so why not splurge at the Hard Rock? The resort and casino has orchestrated an over-the-top experience for music lovers that they're aptly calling the "Extravagant Package." This special offer, only available for two nights (Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13), includes a two-night stay in the Paradise Platinum Penthouse, a multi-course menu (lobster and steak and truffles, oh my!) at the newly-opened 35 Steaks + Martinis steakhouse, VIP tickets to watch one of Carlos Santana’s three encore performances at The Joint, signature treatments at Reliquary Water Sanctuary & Spa, a VIP table with bottle service at the upscale Vanity Nightclub and one-of-a-kind photography prints from the Hard Rock Store. The price tag? $11,111.
The Park Hotel Weggis, the ultra-luxury hotel nestled at the edge of Lake Lucerne, is inviting guests to dive into the world of "the king of precious stones." After all, diamonds are forever! Sign up for the "Parc & Diamond" seminar on November 12-13, and you'll get expert diamond-buying tips from Carlo Mutschler, the director of the Beyer Chronometrie jewelery studio, Switzerland's oldest watch and jewelery store. You'll learn know how to distinguish between stones, assess their quality, interpret certificates of authenticity, and circumvent buying decisions you might regret later. The highlight of the seminar? A drawing for a diamond worth CHF 2000! From CHF 344 per guest including one night’s accommodation, sparkling breakfast buffet, a welcome aperitif, the two-hour diamond seminar, a diamond aperitif and a four-course dinner at the restaurant Sparks.
October 27, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
Starwood is handing out the treats this Halloween. Book the "Trick or Suite" package by October 31, 2011 to get in on the action (the biggest suite sale of the year!) The Toronto Star points out that you can snag 40% off suites at hotels like the Westin Trillium House at Blue Mountain, Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, W Montreal "and four properties in Toronto, including Le Meridien King Edward, Sheraton Toronto, Westin Harbour Castle and Sheraton Parkway." For weekend stays with arrivals Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, for travel through December 30, 2011. Black-out dates apply at each property.