Waldorf Astoria’s Puerto Rico Resorts Introduce Kids Spa Program & Products‏

August 1, 2014 on 7:05 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Puerto Rico | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowEl Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, and Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Introduce Ki’ Children’s Spa Program and Products

Resorts Feature Fresh, Locally Produced Products, and Treatments Designed for Children

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico – July 25, 2014 – Catering to its youngest spa go-ers, El Conquistador, A Waldorf Astoria Resort and Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, both in Puerto Rico, introduce “Ki’ Spa,” a spa program designed specifically for children featuring signature spa offerings and new kid-friendly products. Derived from the Taino word meaning “Earth Spirit,” the Ki’ spa program introduces children to healthy living practices, while pampering them with the freshest products and local ingredients.

Children’s spa offerings available now at the resort include:

My Time! – A 25-minute signature massage using a special blend of massage oil containing coconut oil, avocado oil, and Vitamin E. The massage focuses on the back, neck and shoulders to help relax the body. Afterwards, children are treated to a 25-minute signature facial using Eminence Organic Skin Care.
I Am Glowing! – A mini-version of the resort’s most popular Tropical Spa Ritual, the Coconut Sugar Scrub, featuring a sweet sugar scrub with cold pressed coconut oil to buff and polish the skin’s surface. Followed by a 25-minute signature massage using the resort’s very own blend of massage oil containing coconut oil, avocado oil, and Vitamin E.
Mommy or Daddy & Me Luxury Time! – Parents can share the fun experience of the spa with their children by selecting from the ‘My Time!’ or ‘Am Glowing!’ packages above to be enjoyed together at the same time in the same suite.

In addition to new spa offerings, Ki’ Spa presents two new kids collections of spa products –Essence for Life Kids and Tai Kids. With products such as “Triple Chocolate Layer Soap,” “Banana Massage Lotion,” and “Orange Swirl Massage Oil,” children can pamper themselves to products designed to treat common skin conditions, such as dry patches and boo-boos as well as allergies and colds. They can also select from aromatherapy roll ons, which are ideal for daily use before bed, and before or after school.

From arrival to departure, guests will not only be embraced by both hotels’ inspirational environments, but also welcomed by True Waldorf Service. El Conquistador and Las Casitas Personal Concierges will ensure that each guest receives anticipatory and personalized service before, during, and after their stay.

El Conquistador and Las Casitas participate in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & Miles® for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with No Blackout Dates at more than 4,100 hotels worldwide.

Nightly rates start at $189 per night with the Summer Splash Package, and include a $50 resort credit plus four passes to Coqui Water Park for the family. To book a reservation at El Conquistador or Las Casitas, please call +1 888-542-1282 or visit http://www.elconresort.com and http://www.lascasitasvillage.com. For more information about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com  or http://news.waldorfastoria.com

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 29 landmark destinations, each being a true reflection of their surroundings in the world’s most sought after locations. Unified by their inspirational environments and unparalleled guest service, Waldorf Astoria creates unique authentic moments through the delivery of True Waldorf Service. Personal concierges deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. From signature culinary excellence, 12 world-class golf courses and 23 rejuvenating spas, Waldorf Astoria offers luxuriously appointed accommodations and unforgettable experiences. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or www.waldorfastoria.com/offers. Learn more about this expanding portfolio by visiting http://news.waldorfastoria.com

Jade Mountain & Anse Chastanet Invite Guests To Capture The Caribbean Through Their Own Lens‏

August 1, 2014 on 6:55 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Festivals, St. Lucia, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThis September, luxury resorts Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet in Saint Lucia, are delighted to announce the return of their ever-popular photography workshops, led by two of the world’s leading photographers and experts, internationally acclaimed American photographer and photojournalist, Joe McNally and photo book author, Rafael Concepcion. During this five-day workshop, budding photographers staying at either hotel, will have an opportunity to learn lighting, storytelling, and camera techniques, all the while basing themselves in this stunning location in the heart of the Caribbean.

Taking place from September 14th to 19th, 2014, this special photographic workshop led by Joe and Rafael will teach guests of Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet about the language of light, different flash techniques, as well as provide them with tips on how to travel with a minimum of gear, and of course, how to produce stunning pictures and portraits overall. Workshops will be held classroom style and on location, all over the resorts’ 600 acre stunning Caribbean beach front estate.

Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain offer stunning views of Saint Lucia and undoubtedly reflect the island’s indigenous beauty. Joe McNally has had a longstanding photographic love affair with both the resorts and says, “There is no more beautiful place to shoot, and to learn about photography and light.”

The first workshop beginning on Monday, September 14th will establish objectives and review each student’s portfolios. Joe McNally will present slides based on lighting strategies that emphasize the use of all manner and colour of light to create effective portraiture and storytelling pictures. After lunch, Rafael Concepcion will lecture guests about capturing video with a DSLR; explaining how to setup their camera for quick video capture, what tools of the trade to use for capturing great video, and quick workflows for capturing footage while making great still images.

On Tuesday, September 15th, the workshop will concentrate on dealing with bad light. Around midday, the class will venture outside in the bright, harsh sun of the tropics. Strategies for using bad light to the camera’s advantage will be discussed and demonstrated. The afternoon demo will be on location and include an additional discussion of shooting interior/exterior environments effectively, with emphasis on using flash to balance exposure zones encountered in the open air rooms of Jade Mountain.

Wednesday’s session, September 16th, will focus on selecting edit images and visiting the nearby Soufriere fire station. Firefighters make wonderful iconic portrait subjects, and Joe McNally has a long relationship with the department. Strategies and demos will be offered to guests on how to take single and group portraits on location, using their surrounding environment to tell a story.

On Thursday, September 17th there will be a special session on HDR taught by Rafael Concepcion. This will educated guests about which images make great HDR, as well as illustrate the camera technique needed to ensure guests have the correct source files. After the hardware is complete, Rafael will go over the entire HDR process from a software point of view. The afternoon will be spent in the jungle of Anse Chastanet’s Anse Mamin plantation. Here, a demonstration will be given by Rafael in the art of creating images that move, and portrait techniques set within the intense, beautiful jungle environment.

On the final day, Friday September 18th, guests will spend time reviewing techniques, critiquing work and discussing business strategies. In the evening, the class will gather together on the beach for a spectacular “flambo” sunset session, with fires, models and flash lighting with gels.

Joe McNally is currently one of the bestselling authors and educators in all of digital photography worldwide, and listed by American Photo as one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography. Rafael Concepcion is the author of the bestselling book “Get Your Photography on the Web” a step by step guide for photographers looking to develop their own websites. The two experts have chosen: Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain, two of Saint Lucia’s most unique properties which feature on the Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013, are proud to have been selected by these two experts in their field. Anse Chastanet is nestled amidst 600 tropical acres with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, in complete harmony with its natural surroundings. Saint Lucia’s World Heritage site, the Pitons make for a spectacularly scenic backdrop. Jade Mountain, its sister property rising majestically above Anse Chastanet, is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating Saint Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty.

The five-day educational photography workshop is available to resident guests of ANSE CHASTANET and JADE MOUNTAIN only. The workshop tuition is priced at USD $1,750/£1,030* (plus $62.45/£36* processing fees, for a total tuition fee of $1,812.45/£1,066*).

Separately, each workshop participant will choose a hotel room package, with offerings ranging from Superior to Premium accommodations. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of Joe McNally’s Language of Light DVD. For more information on the workshops, upgrades and extra nights, please visit http://www.ansechastanet.com/events.html#photoworkshop

Nightly rates at Jade Mountain start at US$ 1,275 (approx. £775*) in a Sky Sanctuary. Price is based on two persons sharing; all rates are subject to 8% tax and 10% service charges.

*Prices in Pounds Sterling correct to current exchange rate

www.jademountain.com; www.ansechastanet.com

Queen Liliuokalani Outrigger Canoe Races‏

August 1, 2014 on 6:52 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowWorld’s Largest Outrigger Canoe Race Welcomes Teams From Around the World

Kona, Hawaii – With registration deadlines looming, Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club is preparing to welcome more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers from around the world to Kona. Crews from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Tahiti, United Kingdom and an estimated 75 crews from the US are headed to Kona to compete at the 44th Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races.

Hawaii will also be well represented with multiple crews throughout the islands from Kauai to Oahu to Moloka’i to Maui making plans to be Saturday’s starting line. More than sixty Big Island crews are also expected on the starting line.

Saturday’s signature 18-mile long distance race along the Kona coast will host some of outrigger canoe racing’s best paddlers and crews at the Wa’a Kaukahi (races for single hull canoes). Women’s crews will line up across Kailua Bay and head for their finish line at Honaunau. Iron women crews, who paddle the entire 18-mileswithout any crew changes, start the race at 7:30 am, followed by women crews paddling in the Unlimited division, whose boats have no weight limit and finally, the women crews who will change paddlers throughout the race get their start at 7:40 am. Both the men’s and women’s races have five-minute split staggered starts.

Wa’a Kaukahi men’s crews follow the same staggered start racing from Honaunau back to Kailua starting at 11:45 am. The first men’s crew is expected to cross the finish line in Kailua Bay about 1:00 pm.

Best place to view the race? Book a seat aboard Blue Sea Cruise for a front row view of Saturday’s signature race. Blue Sea Cruises is making their Spirit of Kona tour catamaran available fortransporting race participants and spectators. Board Blue Sea Cruise at the Kailua Pier at 6:00 am for a 6:30 am departure.For ticket costs and reservations call 808-331-8875 or book online at www.blueseacruisesinc.com

2014 Queen’s Race Slate of Events

Thursday, August 28

9:00 am to noon

Historic Kailua Village Cultural Walk

Lead by noted historian Hannah Kihalani Springer

10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Queen Lili’uokalani Cultural Fair

Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel

Artisans and cultural practitioners lead demonstrations and provide hands-on learning opportunities for a wide variety of traditional Hawaiian crafts. Beautiful crafts and local art on display.

3:00 pm

Hulakai OC4 8-Man Relay

Kailua Pier

Relay race with laps starting and finishing at the Kailua Pier. Great spectator event!

Friday, August 29

4:00 pm

An informal talk with some of outrigger canoe racing’s best and most well-loved paddlers. On the makai lawn at Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

Saturday, August 30

Wa’a Kaukahi (single hull canoes)
Starting at 7:30 am at the women start the race paddling 18 miles from Kailua Bay to Honaunau. The men then bring it back 18 miles to Kailua Bay.

Award Presentation

Starting at 3:30pm all awards for Saturday races will be given at Kamakahonu Bay.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the 2014 Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Race champions.

Torchlight Parade

Torchlight parade through Historic Kailua Village starts at 6:30pm. Parade winds its way through Historic Kailua Village.

Sunday, August 31

7:30 am

Kailua Pier

Wa’a Kaulua (double hull canoes)

Men and women crews tie together two single hull canoes to make the double hulls.

OC1 (one person) & OC2 Races (two person)

Men and women paddling in this race follow the same course as the double-hull canoes.

Stand-up Paddleboard Race

Starting in Kailua Bay, the SUP race heads south. Stock boards race 3.5 miles and Unlimited division races 4.5 miles.

Teen (single hull canoes)

QLCR officials are adding three teen divisions (OC-6 – 6 person crews): 16 and under, 18 and under & mixed, 18 and under.

Awards Luau

2:00 pm

Old Airport Events Pavilion

This Hawaiian celebration features traditional foods, music, dance and award presentations for Sunday race winners.

Monday, September 1

9:00 am

Kailua Pier

Ali’i Challenge

Based on the formats of Survivor and Amazing Race, Ali’i Challenge includes a 17.5 mile paddling race and land course tasks that challenge participants on Hawaiian history, games and a lot of fun.

The 2014 Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races are sponsored in part by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, County of Hawai’i Research and Development, Queen K Tesoro, Steinlager, OluKai, Ocean Paddler Television, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Hulakai and numerous corporate and community donors.

For more race information, including a detailed slate of events, race information, photos, history and contacts, visit www.kaiopua.org

La Jolla’s Recreational Paradise Beckons Visitors‏

August 1, 2014 on 6:49 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, California, San Diego | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowWith its year-round idyllic climate and gorgeous postcard setting on the Pacific Ocean,

La Jolla , “The Jewel” of San Diego, is an appealing recreational playground with endless outdoor activities. La Jolla’s sparkling turquoise waters beckon visitors to swim, surf, snorkel, kayak, stand up paddleboard and more from two of San Diego’s most popular beaches, La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores. On land, picturesque parks and bluffs feature just as many diverse offerings including golfing, hiking, bicycling and soaring like a seagull into the clear blue skies.

The following are just a few of the exciting outdoor activities that sun-kissed La Jolla has to offer.


La Jolla’s beautiful beaches and coastline are world-renowned. In June 2014, AARP ranked La Jolla #9 in its “Top 15 Beaches in the World.” La Jolla’s waters provide a plethora of options for fun, adventure and relaxation.

La Jolla Cove , a lovely patch of sand tucked between weather-sculpted sandstone cliffs, is popular for families with its shallow waters, tide pools and gentle waves. The area’s breathtaking views are a favorite subject of photographers and painters. In 2013, Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards ranked La Jolla Cove #8 in its “Top 10 Beaches in the United States.”

Offshore, the La Jolla Underwater Park – the first coastal underwater preserve on the West Coast – teems with aquatic life, including sea lions, bright orange Garibaldi fish, sea bass and lobsters. Snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking are great ways to discover the wonders of La Jolla Cove, including seven sea caves. Sunny Jim Cave is the only known land access sea cave on the California coastline.

The Children’s Pool , a small crescent-shaped beach partially protected by a large seawall, sits just south of La Jolla Cove. Originally intended as a protected swimming area for children, today the sandy cove is home to dozens of seals that seek out the sheltered beach to birth and raise their pups. A pathway on the seawall provides a scenic overlook to photograph the area’s fascinating marine life.

South of La Jolla Village, scenic Windansea Beach is best known for its hard-breaking surf due to huge underwater reefs. Sunbathing is popular here, as large sandstone rocks create a secluded setting. Windansea is also home to a legendary Polynesian-style surf hut, built in 1947 by pioneer Windansea surfers and registered as a San Diego Historic Site. The hut provides an excellent vantage point to enjoy the scenic views below.

North of La Jolla Village, La Jolla Shores was recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the most family-friendly beaches in San Diego County. A wide boardwalk, which separates the beach from a large grassy park ideal for picnicking and volleyball games, parallels its mile-long sandy shore. The light waves along the Shores also make it an ideal spot for beginning surfers to “hang ten.”

Blacks Beach, a two-mile long sandy strip situated at the base of majestic sandstone cliffs, is north of La Jolla Shores and part of Torrey Pines State Beach . Because the cliffs tower up to 300 feet high, access to the beach is limited and difficult. The beauty and privacy of Blacks Beach have made it popular for nude sunbathing, a practice that is not officially sanctioned but prevalent.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a 2,000-acre reserve dedicated to preserving the Torrey Pine tree, one of the world’s rarest conifers, and other indigenous wildlife in its native environment. Visitors can hike eight miles of trails, encountering native chaparral plants, wildflowers, birds, reptiles and butterflies. The reserve includes a historic lodge-turned-visitor center and hosts guided nature walks on weekends and holidays.


Recreational enthusiasts can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities in La Jolla, from paragliding above the Pacific to teeing off on an internationally recognized golf course.

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club on La Jolla Shores has 12 championship tennis courts available to guests and members and has hosted national championships, tennis legends and amateur players for more than 75 years. It is consistently rated as a “Top Tennis Resort” by Tennis Magazine.

Perched above Blacks Beach and established in 1928, Torrey Pines Gliderport is America’s most popular coastal soaring site. The Gliderport offers tandem hang gliding and paragliding for thrilling birds-eye views of La Jolla.

At the Torrey Pines Golf Course , site of the 2021 U.S. Open Championship, golfers marvel at panoramic views of the coastline atop cliffs towering above the Pacific, north of La Jolla Shores. With its two PGA Championship 18-hole golf courses, Torrey Pines is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost municipal golf courses. Golf Links Magazine selected Torrey Pines as one of the “Must Play” courses in the world. Torrey Pines hosts the annual Famers Insurance Open, attracting the world’s top golfers every January.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines offers Torrey Pines Golf Packages throughout the year.

Kayaking and stand up paddleboarding are very popular at La Jolla Cove, with tour companies launching from La Jolla Shores and paddling to sea caves to the south and Scripps Pier to the north. Rentals are available and daily guided tours are provided by numerous companies including Bike & Kayak Tours-La Jolla, La Jolla Kayak, Hike Bike Kayak Sports La Jolla and Everyday California.

Partnering with Bike & Kayak Tours, the landmark La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla Village offers a “Bed & Kayak Package” that includes a kayak tour of La Jolla Cove and the sea caves, an ocean view guestroom and tote filled with sun amenities for the kayak adventure.

In late summer, hundreds of harmless leopard sharks are spotted off of La Jolla Shores spawning in the warm waters. Bike & Kayak Tours-La Jolla offers a Leopard Shark Encounter snorkeling tour, as does La Jolla Kayak and Everyday California; adventuresome travelers can see these shy spotted creatures up close.

Surf Diva , the world’s first all-women’s surf school, teaches surfing for women – and men – of all ages and ability levels with surf camps and private and coed lessons at La Jolla Shores. Menehune Surf School also offers surf lessons at the Shores.

There’s no better way to take in the beauty of La Jolla than from the seat of a bicycle. La Jolla Kayak’s Soledad Slide Bike Tour and Bike & Kayak Tours’ La Jolla Freefall Bike Tour begin at Mt. Soledad, La Jolla’s highest point (822 feet) with breathtaking 360-degree views of the region. The ride continues down the mountain, past luxurious mansions and along La Jolla’s iconic coastline. San Diego Fly Rides also offers guided bike tours of Jolla on electric bicycles.

Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on La Jolla’s recreational offerings, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org/discover/la-

jolla.aspx or call 619-236-1212.

S FL Hotel Presents Miami Spice Travel Package‏

August 1, 2014 on 6:46 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Florida, Miami | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowJW Marriott Marquis Miami Presents a Scrumptious Package just in time for Miami Spice

MIAMI – You’re not the only one sizzling in Miami’s summer heat. Kitchens are firing up for Miami Spice, and db Bistro Moderne and the JW Marriott Marquis Miami are presenting the Miami Spice Marquis Sleepover, a sumptuous hotel package that will allow guests to savor mouthwatering French bistro cuisine while enjoying plush accommodations, proving that you can have the best of both worlds under one roof.

Along with offering a luxurious stay for two, the Miami Spice Marquis Sleepover package includes dinner for two at award-winning chef Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne. Guests will have the opportunity to savor three unique and expertly-prepared courses that include such delicious selections as Corn Risotto, Grilled Swordfish, Coq Au Vin and New York Strip.

In addition to indulging in the tasty flavors of db Bistro Moderne, guests will enjoy a complimentary breakfast for two in the hotel’s elegant 345 Restaurant, as well as complimentary overnight parking for one car.

To book the Miami Spice Marquis Sleepover at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, visit www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com  and use booking code D18 or call 1-305-421-8620 and ask about the offer. The package is available from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, and rates start at $339. The promotion is valid only for the restaurant’s Miami Spice dinner menu. Offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms. Must book at least three days in advance. Blackout dates may apply. Other restrictions apply. Rates are per room, per night and based on availability at the time of reservations.

About JW Marriott Marquis Miami

The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is situated in Miami’s new Metropolitan Miami development. The first-to-market JW Marriott property boasts 313 guestrooms, inclusive of 56 suites, along with a broad array of amenities, including renowned chef-restaurateur, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne. Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 41-story hotel features three concierge levels; 80,000-square-feet of total function space including a 20,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom; and one of the most unique indoor sports, lifestyle and entertainment complexes of any hotel in the U.S. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story indoor facility includes a NBA-approved basketball arena, tennis court, Mariano Bartolome Golf School, virtual bowling alley, billiards, full-service enliven spa and salon and more. Owned and operated by Met 2 Hotels LLC, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL. For additional information and booking please visit www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com

Marriott Opens New Southern California Hotel‏

August 1, 2014 on 6:42 am | In Beachbooker, California, Los Angeles, San Diego | Comments Off


Courtyard Irvine Spectrum offers high-tech amenities for group meetings and events

IRVINE, Calif.  – Marriott International, Inc. is pleased to announce the July 2014 grand opening of Courtyard Irvine Spectrum, a new property that offers a fusion of high technology with high style accommodations. Located at 7955 Irvine Center Drive, the eight-story hotel features modern arrangements for a stylish yet affordable stay, as well as comprehensive amenities to enhance guests’ experiences at corporate meetings and social functions.

The 210-room hotel offers sophisticated spaces for guests to gather, meet, relax and recharge. Featuring more than 8,800 square feet of indoor and outdoor pre-function and event space, Courtyard Irvine Spectrum is equipped to accommodate meetings and events for diverse occasions. Its unique venues include a 2,300-square-foot event lawn, an elegant 5,000-square-foot ballroom, and a 446-square-foot classroom-style boardroom. Guests additionally have access to a variety of meeting and event planning services, including a certified wedding planner, on-site visual and audio technicians and custom catering.

Courtyard Irvine Spectrum heightens hospitality with complimentary Wi-Fi and 40-inch smart TVs in every guestroom, including 14 suites. Accommodations also include large work desks with an ergonomic chair. A 1,620-square-foot fitness center boasts CrossFit stations and TRX equipment, and outdoor recreation is just steps away with a 75-foot lap pool and whirlpool. Cabanas and a spacious lawn with a putting green make indoor and outdoor relaxation equally enticing. Courtyard Irvine Spectrum also offers electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

For convenient dining, The Bistro will serve breakfast and dinner, as well as offer local craft beers and dinner delivery service. Guests also have 24-hour access to the self-serve Market.

Situated within close proximity to several tourist destinations, guests at Courtyard Irvine Spectrum will enjoy convenient access to Interstate 5, Interstate 405 and State Route 133 and Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Orange County Zoo and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. A five-minute walk to Irvine Spectrum Center presents numerous dining and retail establishments, an improv comedy club and movie theater. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre and Orange County Great Park are also easily accessible, and John Wayne Airport is just 8.5 miles from the hotel.

“We are delighted to expand Marriott’s presence in Southern California with the Courtyard Irvine Spectrum,” said Audun Poulsen, General Manager of the Courtyard Irvine Spectrum. “With a plethora of unique destinations drawing travelers to the Irvine area, as well as our stylish spaces, shining service and sensational setting, we look forward to providing guests with an exceptional experience.”

To celebrate its opening, Courtyard Irvine Spectrum has made a special offer available for groups that book during the weekend. Book a weekend group reservation for arrival during September through December 2014 and receive one complimentary suite upgrade, 5,000 bonus Marriott Rewards® points and one complimentary parking pass per room per night. Rates start at $139 per night. For more information about the Courtyard Irvine Spectrum or to book your stay, call 949-453-1033 or visit www.CourtyardIrvine.com

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 900 locations in 38 countries and territories, Courtyard hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the Courtyard Irvine Spectrum directly at 949-453-1033, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 800-321-2211, visit www.courtyard.com , become a fan at www.facebook.com/courtyard  or follow Courtyard at www.twitter.com/courtyardhotels

Cambria Inns Collection Helps Visitors Enjoy a Storybook Holiday

August 1, 2014 on 6:37 am | In Beachbooker, California, Los Angeles | Comments Off

CAMBRIA, CA – Those in search of a holiday destination that swaps chaotic commercialism for storybook charm will rejoice in a cheer-filled visit to Cambria Inns Collection – a group of boutique hotels in Cambria, CA, that gifts guests with cozy beachfront accommodations close to the quaint village’s festive holiday activities.

Offering a Moonstone Beach property to fit nearly every type of guest and budget, Cambria Inns Collection includes the luxurious Blue Dolphin Inn (pictured below); the warm and welcoming Sand Pebbles Inn; the family-friendly and economical Castle Inn; and the private Moonstone Cottages.

From San Luis Obispo County’s most spectacular light show to indie store holiday shopping, Cambria Inns Collection is just a short distance from the area’s most popular “Holidays in the Pines” offerings:

· Christmas in Cambria (December 1-24): Enjoy the delightful festive ambiance as Cambria’s storybook-like downtown village gets decked out with brilliant holiday lights and décor. A magical setting for stress-free holiday shopping, the small-town streets feature a plethora of fine art galleries and indie shops boasting handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts. Even more, local merchants and restaurants like Bronze, Silver & Gold Gallery, Fermentations Wine Shop and Robin’s Restaurant offer special discounts, coupons, raffle prizes and more. www.cambriaholidays.com

· Cambria Christmas Market (Friday, Saturday, Sunday; December 1-23): Cruise a California winter wonderland created with thousands of vivid lights (*pictured above) that create a path from Cambria Pines Lodge to the Cambria Nursery. Sip on hot cocoa – spiked with a shot, if you’d like – and peruse the spectacular light show, a German-inspired “street market” featuring locally-made items and food, and even Santa’s house, amidst cheerful holiday music. www.cambriachristmasmarket.com

· Christmas at Hearst Castle (December 1-31): As if Hearst Castle wasn’t ornate enough, the majestic hillside compound in San Simeon (just six miles north of Cambria) gets even more grandiose during the holidays with lavish decorations of handmade garlands, brilliant red poinsettias and two massive Christmas trees bejeweled with traditional ornaments and lights. Expect a tour that’s even more magical and memorable. www.hearstcastle.com

Cambria Inns Collection December rates start at $99 (Castle Inn). To make a reservation, visit www.cambriainns.com for contact information by property.

Cambria Inns Collection offers a collection of distinct boutique hotels located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles in beautiful San Luis Obispo County, CA. The group’s four Cambria, CA hotels, situated off iconic California Highway One and just steps from pristine Moonstone Beach, offer breathtaking ocean views, comfortable accommodations and convenient access to a bounty of area activities, from Hearst Castle to the acclaimed Paso Robles wine region. Cambria Inns include the luxurious Blue Dolphin Inn and private Moonstone Cottages, both for guests 18 and older; the family-friendly Castle Inn; and the warm and welcoming Sand Pebbles Inn. For property information, visit www.cambriainns.com or like them on Facebook.

Jetstreams for Travel Discounts

Luxury Returns to San Juan

July 31, 2014 on 11:15 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Puerto Rico | Comments Off


The Nearly Century Old Property Unveils Lavish Guestrooms and Suites, Butlers,

Spa Sanctuary with Hammam, and Pampering Guest Amenities

SAN JUAN, PR — Beginning December 1, 2014 the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in the chic Condado District of San Juan, will once again welcome guests for hotel stays and five star around-the-clock service. The second stage of the hotel’s long-awaited revival will unveil elegant guestroom and suite accommodations, a spa sanctuary with Puerto Rico’s first Hammam, two posh pool lounges with butler service, and a second international restaurant helmed by renowned Chef Juan Jose Cuevas.

Built in 1919 by Frederick William Vanderbilt, the historic Grand Dame hotel, once known as the social epicenter of San Juan, is in the final stage of completing a $200 million revitalization. Originally designed by leading architectural firm Warren and Wetmore, whose work includes the New York Biltmore Hotel and Grand Central Station, the Vanderbilt was once an exclusive tropical vacation destination for royalty, heads of state, industry icons and Hollywood stars.

In October 2012, the hotel began attracting gourmands with the acclaimed 1919 restaurant and lobby bar as well as banquet services. This final phase will reveal a complete return to the “Roaring 20’s” style, sophistication and service that the Vanderbilt was known for.

“The prestige that the Vanderbilt represents for Puerto Rico is unsurpassed. The reopening of the hotel, which was once a home-away-from-home for royalty and celebrities, not only signifies a renaissance of an iconic period, but it holds a much larger implication for Puerto Rico’s resurging economy,” said José M. Suárez, president of International Hospitality Enterprises (IHE).

The Return to Suite Luxury

The reimagined 319 guestrooms, including 108 suites, will take inspiration from the hotel’s dreamy oceanfront setting and eclectic history. Designed by internationally-acclaimed firm Wilson Associates, the rooms will mix elements of nostalgic luxury with modern-day amenities. Evoking a sleek, yet calming aura, the walls and surfaces will feature neutral hues and textures, shown through carpeting inspired by “ocean tides,” light terra cotta colored walls, and dark wood-toned furniture with brass accents. Many rooms will provide breathtaking backdrops of the Atlantic, with balconies and terraces that are perfect for taking in the splendor of the coast.

The 63 Commodore and 42 Biltmore Suites, situated in the hotel’s two newly-constructed Suite Towers, will resemble sumptuous private residences, many with dramatic ocean views. The one and two bedroom suites will range from 750 – 1,500 square feet. All suites will consist of spacious living areas with 9-foot ceilings, European-style kitchens with granite counter tops, African mahogany wood detailing and custom-designed lighting elements. White Carrera marble floors, dove grey walls, and neutral-toned furniture are accented with locally-sourced artwork, touches of turquoise and yellow, and the striking backdrop of the translucent Atlantic. Bathrooms are configured with five-fixture marble baths with Jacuzzi tubs and separate rain showers, stylish wash basins and C.O. Bigelow bath amenities.

Each Suite Tower will feature a stunning 3,000 square foot Vanderbilt Suite on the penthouse level. Named after Cornelius and his son, William Henry, the suites will consist of three bedrooms, an extravagant living area and impressive terrace with sweeping panoramic views of the city and ocean. All suites will include suite butler service available 24-hours a day to cater to any guest request.

Posh Poolside Oasis

The hotel’s striking terrace, spanning the oceanfront, will provide a pathway to the two new pool lounge areas, which are located on either side of the Suite Towers. Envisioned by designer Jorge Rossello, the West Tower pool area will feature a 200-square foot mirrored pool with a waterfall, surrounded by chaise lounges and private cabanas – a perfect setting for sunning and socializing while taking in the warm breeze. The West Tower’s secondary, infinity-edge pool will be perched on the edge of the Atlantic, and lie adjacent to an intimate, wooden sun deck, located directly above the crashing waves.

The East Tower pool lounge will feature three smaller-sized pools set amidst lush landscaping and surrounded by sections of chaise lounges with an intimate beach area located on the cusp of the deck. Hotel guests will also have access to a larger beach area adjacent to the hotel, outfitted with beach loungers and towel, tanning, and cocktail service provided by beach butlers.

The ‘Royal’ Treatment

A breathtaking 10,000 square foot luxury spa and fitness facility, designed by Rossello, will lie directly in front of the hotel’s West Tower pool. Two tiered fountains will mark the entry-way to the spa’s serene welcome area, which leads to the sauna, steam room, and robe room. A spa boutique will offer beauty and consultation services and feature a customized Aroma Blending Bar where guests will be able to create their own signature fragrance blend from the Red Flower organic beauty line. A state-of-the-art fitness center will sit directly above the spa, and offer floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the ocean.

The spa’s seven treatment rooms each reflect a different look and feel in their design, while a separate outdoor terrace will offer an open-air pampering experience, which will include two remineralizing natural clay treatments. The open lay-out of the terrace will feature two outdoor showers for guests to rinse off post-treatment, along with additional lounge seating to enjoy the views while sipping refreshing spa mocktails.

The most striking element of the Vanderbilt’s spa will be a private, exotic hammam, the only one in Puerto Rico. The hammam will feature a marble-slab heated massage bed, marble benches, and walls of mosaic marble.

From advanced, unique-to-Puerto Rico skin care, including LED facials, to luxurious treatments with exotic ingredients, including a signature Spanish Gardenia Paradise Body Ritual, the extensive spa menu will be specially-designed and customized for every guest need. The spa will feature luxury Germaine De Capuccini skincare and Red Flower body care products, both not available in any other spa in Puerto Rico. A separate room service spa menu will be available for in-room treatments.

Chef-Driven Flavor

A new restaurant, also helmed by talented Chef Juan Jose Cuevas, will bring a casual dining environment to the hotel which will attract international travelers and local epicureans alike. The secondary dining outpost, designed by Rossello, will resemble a beach-chic, 1950’s style restaurant, brightened by large windows overlooking the Atlantic and draped in a color palette of powder blues. Situated next to the West Tower pool, the open layout will include both indoor and outdoor seating areas. Chef Cuevas, who earned a Michelin Star while serving as executive chef at Blue Hill in New York and opened the hotel’s 1919 restaurant to great success, will oversee the culinary concept and development, offering a diverse menu with international flair. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

An Urban Resort Palace

Combining city sophistication and splendid seaside vistas, the Condado Vanderbilt is poised to return as San Juan’s unrivaled destination for luxury travel. Providing guests with supreme hospitality, which will blend genuine Puerto Rican friendliness and five star attentiveness, as well as a wide variety of on-property programming, pampering and dining options, the hotel will offer the perfect setting for a cultured retreat. The surrounding area, which features buzzing casinos, gourmet restaurants, high-end boutiques including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Ferragamo, and the nearby historic district of Old San Juan, will lend to the guest experience.

Rates start at $600-$350/night for guestrooms; $3,000-$650/night for suites

Condado Vanderbilt is part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Group. For more information, visit: www.condadovanderbilt.com

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
1055 Ashford Avenue
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907

Four Seasons Resort Maui More Program‏

July 31, 2014 on 10:58 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowWindsurfing Returns to 2014 Unforgettable Events Line-Up at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Windsurfing Clinic with World Champions, Ever- Popular Tennis and Cycling Camps with Top Pros, Master Vintners and Virtuoso Violinist are on the Slate at the Luxurious Maui Resort

Maui, Hawaii ) — Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui’s only Forbes Five-Star Resort, announces its fall 2014 lineup of Unforgettable Events, a series of one-of-a-kind experiences tailored to the resort’s active lifestyle guests, featuring favorite tennis and cycling camps, and Aloha Windsurfing Clinic with World Champions Matt Pritchard and Shawna Cropas. Add to the schedule Vintage Wine Weekend and guest artist Elizabeth Pitcairn who performs on her legendary Red Violin. Aloha Windsurfing Clinic – November 9 – 14: Taught by two top windsurfing champions—Matt Pritchard and Shawna Cropas. The water sports clinic will focus on both windsurfing and stand up paddling, an introductory way to learn to surf on flat water with small waves. The paddling boards can be turned into windsurfing boards by attaching sails. “This clinic is aimed to be fun, a ‘get in the ocean’ tropical holiday as well as being extremely informative about safety, environment and sea conditions,” says Cropas, who stresses the clinic is ideal for those who have wanted to take part in water sports but have been intimidated by ‘big wave’ windsurfing. Aloha Windsurfing Clinic offers a wonderful way to share a new sport, receive excellent training from two world-class athletes and enjoy a luxurious vacation at the Four Seasons Resort Maui.

Wailea Tennis Fantasy Camp – November 19 – 23, 2014: Tennis anyone? Learn from some of the world’s top legends. Past instructors have included Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport and Tom Gullikson. The pros will meet you at center court for four days of high-energy practice. This fantasy camp is at the award-winning Wailea Tennis Club and is hosted by Four Seasons Resort Maui. The camp is open to adult players ranging in skill from recreational to tournament level.

Cycling Camp Maui – New this year and by popular demand, there will be three camp date options. December 4 – 9, December 11 – 15, and for the fullest camp experience December 4 – 15. Tour de France veteran and Canadian Olympian Ryder Hesjedal and Go Cycling Maui lead and design this once-in-a-lifetime event which allows guests to experience cycling in much the same way as those on the ProTour. Open to riders with modest to advanced fitness and experience, the camps offer instruction and training by Hesjedal and several of the world’s most competitive riders. Offering riders the opportunity to experience the beauty and changing terrain of Maui, guests end their camp days, each day, enjoying the luxurious amenities of Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

Vintage Wine Weekend and Red Violin – December 5 – 7, 2014. A weekend of events featuring wine experts and master sommeliers paired with an equally stellar culinary experience designed by Master Executive Chef Roger Stettler, plus a virtuoso performance of the fabled Stradivarius Red Violin by Elizabeth Pitcairn, December 6. For details, prices, and how to book visit: Four Season Resort Maui | Unforgettable Events

About Four Seasons Resort Maui

Maui’s first and only Forbes Five-Star resort is nestled on 15 acres of the breathtaking Wailea Coast. The 380-room oceanfront property is world-renowned for its comfortable opulence, impeccable service, luxurious amenities, and for living in harmony with its environment and community. The resort in Maui is also home to one of the nation’s top-rated spas committed to wellness and three of Hawaii’s most acclaimed restaurants – Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante, Spago Maui and DUO, a premium steak and seafood restaurant. This sophisticated home away from home caters to the needs and interests of all generations offering world-class activities and one-of-a-kind Unforgettable Events, a museum quality art collection, three pools overlooking the azure-blue Pacific Ocean including an adults-only Serenity Pool with exclusive Missoni-designed cabanas, and more. Four Seasons Resort Maui is a Hawaiian vacation destination geared to action adventurers, those guests wishing to practice the fine art of doing nothing at all, and everyone in between.

Grand Opening of Búho Cocina y Cantina in Waikiki, August 5th‏

July 31, 2014 on 10:55 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Hawaiian Islands | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowBúho Cocina y Cantina is quickly becoming a favorite among locals and visitors for refined Mexican cuisine in Honolulu. The stunning rooftop bar and restaurant has been open for lunch and dinner for nearly a month, but the time has come to turn up the heat! Búho Cocina y Cantina will be celebrating their Grand Opening with a rooftop Mexican street party, Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 from 5 PM until 10 PM.

WAIKIKI, HONOLULU, HAWAII – Since the unveiling of the beautiful new space last month, Waikiki has only started to see what Búho is made of. Opening the first rooftop restaurant and bar in Honolulu which spans more than 12,000 square feet required extensive preparation and practice to bring every aspect of service together. Búho’s goal and priority before making their grand debut? “Excellent customer service, delicious food, a lively bar scene, and a chic ambiance for a one of a kind experience,” according to CEO, Hide Sakurai. The kitchen, staff and management have been training and preparing for months while Chef Arturo Silva and the kitchen crew have been perfecting their elevated twist on traditional Mexican cuisine. You can tell by the attention to detail, high level of service, and presentation of each unique dish that great care and consideration has gone into every element.

As the sun starts to set on the horizon and the trade winds draw up an ocean breeze, the fuchsia-lit sky and sparkling city lights create a dining atmosphere unlike any other in Hawaii. Whether you are seated at the impressive 50 foot bar overlooking the city-scape, on the lower cantina area with a view of the historic Royal Hawaiian, or next to the reflection pool and fire feature, the rooftop lends itself to anyone who wants a fresh experience. There is no strict dress code and plenty of space to entertain large parties, celebrate a special occasion or take the family for an evening out on the town.

August 5th not only marks the official Grand Opening for Búho Cocina y Cantina, but the first monthly ‘Cinco de Búho’ Celebration. Mexican Independence Day falls on the 5th of May, and Búho has decided to carry on the celebration on the fifth of each month by bringing a little bit of Mexico City to Waikiki. It will be a Mexican street party on a rooftop in Waikiki with entertainment, food and drink specials. Búho invites you to experience what happens when ‘Hola meets Aloha’ and join them for a dining experience filled with excitement, fun and unique flavors.

Búho is located at 2250 Kalakaua Avenue. To access this rooftop gem, take the Kalakaua Avenue elevator or the Waikiki Shopping Plaza Elevator to the 5th Floor. Hours of operation are from 11 AM to 1 AM Sunday through Thursday, and 11 AM to 2 AM Friday and Saturday. The Kitchen will close one hour prior to closing.

About Búho Cocina y Cantina

Locally and independently operated, Búho Cocina y Cantina is run by CEO of Diamond Dining International Corporation, Hide Sakurai. The organization opened Shokudo Japanese Restaurant and Bar at 1585 Kapiolani Boulevard in 2005, and will officially open Búho Cocina y Cantina August 5th of 2014, at 2250 Kalakaua Ave. For on-line information, log on at www.buhocantina.com  or www.shokudojapanese.com

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