Although the Yosemite-Sierra region is renowned for its rustic beauty and awe-inspiring scenery, this holiday season, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is putting it on the map for hosting a Vegas-style New Year’s Eve bash like no other. To start the year off right, guests will have Lady Luck on their side when they place their bets on the lodge’s New Year’s Eve Package, offering an all-access pass to this high-class affair.
At just $449 per couple, the package lets guests join in on the New Year’s Eve fun from start to finish. The night will begin with a gourmet plated “surf-n-turf” dinner for two, featuring lobster and filet mignon, as well as signature sippers at a two-hour hosted bar. Attendees will then take in the musical stylings of everyone from Elvis Presley to Ozzy Osbourne, all courtesy of award-winning entertainer and expert impressionist Greg London and his “Impressions That ROCK!” show. A renowned performer, London is the star of this headlining show in Las Vegas and has been recognized with awards including a two-time Nevada Magazine “Entertainer of the Year” honor.
“I’m so looking forward to ringing in 2015 at the Tenaya Lodge New Year’s Eve extravaganza,” says London. “The evening will feature impressions and music from legends like Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Robin Thicke and many more. It will all be part of a night you’ll never forget!”
“I’m fortunate enough to have a long history with Greg London and his talents, and we’re thrilled to have him as part of our New Year’s Eve festivities,” adds Tenaya’s General Manager, Paul Ratchford. “This event will be the first of its kind for Tenaya and we cannot wait to wow our guests with a truly glamorous experience. Having a performer as unique as Greg will allow us to create a memorable New Year’s Eve event for out-of-towners and locals alike.”
Following Greg’s show, revelers will have plenty of time to dance the night away with live music from the 14-piece band, as well as enjoy a midnight champagne toast, party favors and festive balloon drop. When the night draws to a close, guests will take the elevator home to spend the first night of 2015 in one of Tenaya’s luxurious Deluxe guest rooms.
And, although there’s nothing like the full New Year’s Eve experience, Tenaya is offering two additional non-lodging options for the night. Guests can book the full New Year’s Eve Bash without lodging for only $150 inclusive per person. For those who want to skip the reception and dinner, guests can join in on just the show and dancing, 9pm until 1am, for $80 inclusive per person.
Children 13 and older are welcome at the main party, but little ones will have a fun evening of their own in store at two kids-only celebrations. The lodge will host supervised parties for children 4-8 and children 9-12, with a special dinner and age-appropriate entertainment included at $60 per child. Onsite childcare is also available. To add additional adults or older children to your package after booking, arrange a kids’ New Year’s Eve experience or discuss options for children under 4, guests can contact the Tenaya concierge at 559-692-8974.
About Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is an all-season resort framed by noble evergreen forest and a rich range of Sierra recreation. The lodge, set adjacent to Yosemite National Park’s South Gate at an elevation of 5,288 feet, offers 302 rooms, suites and mountain cottage accommodations. Tenaya Lodge offers easy access to Yosemite’s iconic attractions and many guests savor the alpine serenity of the new Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge. Resort dining options run the table from casual to candlelit at Sierra, Jackalope’s, Timberloft and Embers restaurants. For more information, visit www.TenayaLodge.com.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special PlacesSM with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.ExperienceDNC.com
Searching for late offers and availability in Cornwall this summer? Then check out the new Last Minute Cornwall twitter page @LastMinuteSW
A new Twitter page, Last Minute Cornwall – @LastMinuteSW, has been launched by Visit Cornwall, the county’s official tourist board. The new site will make booking breaks in the UK’s favourite destination even easier and save money.
Late deals are pouring in daily on what is believed to be one of the first Twitter pages of its kind. Nearly 500 accommodation providers, tourism businesses and Cornwall fans are already following since the recent launch.
Perfect for people eager to get away or for travel writers looking for the best breaks to feature – follow @LastMinuteSW today.
For more information contact Philippa Hill on firstname.lastname@example.org / 01872 243560.
Here’s a taste of the latest offers for this summer…
Gwel an Mor, Portreath – £600 off a one week summer break
Scandinavian style wooden holiday lodges which offer the best in 5 star luxury accommodation. Cornwall is proud of its unspoilt environment and these luxury self catering lodges have been designed to blend in perfectly with their natural surroundings.
£600 off one week break – 25th July -29th August.
To book call 01209 842354 and quote code PSSP142
St Michaels Hotel and Spa, Falmouth – 30% off all room rates for the whole of July
St Michael’s Hotel & Spa is a four star contemporary coastal hotel by the sea. Set in four acres of sub-tropical gardens which lead down to Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth along the south coast of Cornwall. The online booking system allows you to pick the dates that you want to stay, and add in any spa treatments and dinners you fancy.
30% off all room rates for the whole of July when you book online direct at –
Perran Springs, Goonhavern – 30% off a static caravan holiday
Perran Springs Holiday Park & Campsite. The holiday park is set within twenty-one acres of a luscious, tranquil, sheltered countryside valley. Perran Springs holiday park & campsite is located approximately two and a half miles from Perranporth Beach, and only six miles from the popular holiday resort of Newquay.
30% Off Static Caravan holiday in the School Summer holidays – Offer price: from £469 for the week
tel:01872 540568 or book online: www.perransprings.co.uk
Bolotho, Kea – £200 off a 7-night stay for couples
Charming and stylish haven for couples, tucked away down a farm drive in the idyllic Cornish countryside; two self-catering cottages set on 12 acres of Cornish countryside. Just a few minutes from the enchanting creeks and estuaries of the south Cornish coast and also a short drive from the rugged coastline and surfing beaches of the north Cornish coast. A very attractive 18-hole golf course is situated right next to Bolotho Barns, the National Trust’s Trelissick Gardens is five minutes away and there are three lovely village pubs nearby. Holiday bliss – 5*
£200 off a 7 night stay for couples, week commencing 25th July – now only £740
Deep Blue Shore, Looe – 20% off a detached cottage
Deep Blue Shore is a beautiful detached cottage situated in a stunning coastal location. Newly renovated in 2012 this beautiful Cornish cottage offers the very best in luxury accommodation for families and larger groups. With the beach only 60 metres away and enclosed gardens to the front and rear, Deep Blue Shore is ideal for families and large groups seeking the highest quality accommodation whilst having every opportunity of enjoying the great Cornish outdoors without using the car every day.
20% off week commencing 30th August 2014 – Now £1,360.00
Tregenna Castle Resort, St Ives – 25% off self-catering apartments
Tregenna Castle Resort offers 70 unique self-catering properties nestled in the Tregenna estate, ranging from Japanese pole lodges to 18th Century holiday cottages in Cornwall. Many of the properties have private gardens and views of the Atlantic Ocean. All of the guests that book this offer will be given a £100 voucher booklet to spend onsite, including discounts on meals in the Brasserie, cream teas, money off beauty treatments, a round of golf and much more!
25% off one week stays in 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-catering apartments between 20th July – 30th August – 1 bed apartments now £1,1150.00
Nestled in the valley beneath Les Baux, a hilltop medieval village, new Small Luxury Hotels of the World® property, Domaine de Manville, has opened its doors offering 30 tranquil rooms set in a stunning 100-acre estate.
As well a large spa, fitness suite, outdoor pool, scenic 18-hole golf course and gourmet restaurant, guests can also enjoy the best of the Provençale lifestyle with an excellent wine cellar, and the option for wine tasting and truffle hunting.
Guests can explore the nearby medieval towns, sample delicious Provencal cuisine and stroll through the picturesque landscape. The surrounding acres of land, olive trees and lavender fields give this property a feeling of being refreshingly secluded and truly capture the essence of the Apilles region.
Rooms at Domaine de Manville with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) are from £187 per night based on two people sharing. To book, visit www.slh.com or call 0800 0482 314
For more information on Domaine de Manville, please visit
Celebrate in style at Mahali Mzuri, Sir Richard Branson’s Kenyan Safari Camp, for our first anniversary with a special free night offer when you stay for 3 nights or more until December 2014.
Located in the exclusive Olare Motorogi Private Conservancy, witness some of the most diverse and fascinating wildlife Kenya has to offer where you’ll enjoy all the creature comforts, fun activities, delicious meals and more. From guided game drives to relaxing by the outdoor infinity pool, get set for a front row seat to view the great migration.
Virgin Limited Edition is proud to support the ‘Why I Love Kenya’ campaign which was introduced by the Kenyan Tourism Board to rally support for this unique country by encouraging people to post their images of Kenya, showcasing all it has to offer.
In support of the campaign we are hosting a photo competition #whyilovekenya inviting everybody to post their favourite images along with details on what they love about Kenya. To be in with a chance of winning a 3 night stay at Mahali Mzuri, simply submit your favourite images with a caption to: email@example.com by the end of August 2014 (terms and conditions apply).
Rates during high season start from USD $ 1,045 per person per night based on shared double occupancy and include all meals, drinks, game drives and transfers from the nearest airstrip.
To book please contact the UK Sales and Reservations office Tel: 0800 716 919 (toll free) | Tel: +44 (0) 208 600 0430 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To book please contact the USA Sales and Reservations office T: 877 577 8777 (toll-free) | T: +1 (212) 994 3070 Email: email@example.com
Heralding its fifth successive season, The Luxury Chalet Collection has been providing a new standard for luxury ski chalets since 2010. Following the end of the 2013/14 ski season the team have been busy with the extensive selection process. Calling upon not only their own expert knowledge of the ski industry but also listening to the invaluable feedback from clients, the outcome of which has ensured that this season’s portfolio is promising to be their best yet.
With no less than 13 new chalets making their cameo appearance in the collection, this displays that the ski industry and that what clients are truly aspiring for is constantly evolving. The Luxury Chalet Collection, therefore, defines exactly what the best of the best is for skiing holidays at the moment. Sister company of the established leading luxury travel ski agent, The Oxford Ski Company, the years of experience that the team behind the collection brings to the forefront ensures that The Luxury Chalet Collection has the finger on the pulse when it comes to what a ski holiday should be delivering this coming season.
Founder of The Luxury Chalet Collection, Rupert Longsdon, sums up this season’s portfolio; “Having been in the industry for over 15 years, I’ve seen a trend emerge. New ski agents are entering the market almost on a daily basis making it a very competitive and often confusing market for clients. Whilst we embrace competition, we wanted to create a go-to website whereby clients can be assured of an expert knowledge and understanding which is often copied but never rivalled. Through one phone call, our clients will have access to the most supreme properties that we know inside out.”
Everyday life is certainly not slowing down. Everyone deserves and needs a holiday. But often the mere thought of booking that holiday can become a headache. Not anymore. The Luxury Chalet Collection is your remedy. They will be your point of contact from start to finish, ensuring a great holiday is nothing short of amazing.
Audley can suggest many different ways to get clients off the beaten track. For those wanting a truly remote experience but still with an element of luxury then they recommend the following:
Crystalbrook Lodge, Australia
Hidden in the rugged outback of North Queensland, Crystalbrook Lodge is an oasis of luxury perched over the spectacular Crystalbrook Lake and caters for just ten guests. It is a 40 minute flight from Cairns and part of the historic 85,000 acre Crystalbrook Station. The lake is a haven for a staggering range of wildlife including birds, freshwater crocodiles and fish. Guests can spend their days on the lake or riverside, exploring the bush wilderness or simply enjoying the serenity and stillness of the lodge’s grounds. Keen fisherman can also fish for giant barramundi or go heli-fishing in the gulf rivers. A two week itinerary to include three nights at Crystalbrook Lodge costs from £6,780 per person.
Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
Getting to Pacuare Lodge is an adventure in itself as most guests will arrive there by rafting down the Pacuare River. This takes you through lush jungle and narrow canyons where tropical trees tower over the riverbank and crystalline waterfalls plummet out of the greenery. Once there, other activities on offer include horse riding, birdwatching, canyoning, a rainforest canopy tour or a trek to visit a Cabecar Indian community. All these adventures are complemented by a spa and gourmet candlelit dinners. A ten day itinerary to Costa Rica including three nights at Pacuare Lodge costs from £2,250 per person.
Greystoke Mahale, Tanzania
Greystoke sits on the edge of Lake Tanganyika with just six double bandas that have the spectacular rainforest and mountains behind them and stunning views over the lake and its white sand beach. The natural rainforest is a wonderful place to wander in and also has the advantage that it is one of the few places where you can go chimp tracking – it is a rare privilege to be able to sit and watch the chimps go about their daily lives – feeding,squabbling, foraging, grooming and playing. Other activities include fishing from the old wooden dhow or taking a kayak out on the lake.
There are no roads within 60 kilometres of camp so the only access is via a flight from Arusha to a small airstrip from where it is a 90 minute trip by dhow over the lake to Greystoke. A ten night trip combining four nights at Greystoke with three nights viewing big game at Katavi costs from £5,500 per person.
The Noto Peninsula in Japan feels like an entirely different world from the rest of the country. Time seems to have stood still and it is about as remote and untouched as you can get in this region of central Japan. Audley recommend Yoshigaura (Lamp no Yado) Onsen – an ancient property that is nestled in the cliff face and surrounded by forests, sweeping down to the water’s edge. It is a hot spring spa and the rooms have a terrace straight onto the sea, with your own private outdoor bath. A ten night trip to Japan with three nights at Yoshigaura costs from £5,500 per person.
Karawari Lodge, Papua New Guinea
Karawari Lodge stands majestically on a lone ridge amidst a vast expanse of dense tropical lowland rainforest which extends beyond the horizon in every direction. It is Arambakcountry – one of the most remote and unspoilt areas of Papua New Guinea with the Karawari River and the lodge’s private airstrip your only ways in or out. Stilted villages line the edges of flooded waterways and dugout canoes are the primary mode of transport. There are no roads, no shops and no phones. Sepiks live completely off the land.
From Karawari you can visit surrounding villages and see traditional homes and witness ceremonial dances and celebrations. The tropical lowland rainforest is one of earth’s most complex of habitats, housing an immense variety of flora and fauna – a staggering 229 different bird species have been recorded at Karawari. A two week trip to Papua New Guinea to include three nights at Karawari Lodge costs from £6,875 per person.
Situated in the far north of India over 3,500 metres up on the high plateau, Ladakh is one of the most picturesque places on earth. It has a high altitude desert dominated by rugged snow-capped mountains and deep turquoise lakes. The best way to see it is on foot and Audley have teamed up with Shakti Himalaya to offer village walks staying in traditional village houses. Alternatively , for the more active walker , they suggest trekking and luxury camping in beautiful remote locations. A ten day trip to include seven nights walking between village houses costs from £4,750 per person.
Further details on all of the above from Audley on 01993 838 000
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Santiago, CHILE – Tierra Hotels, owner and operator of award-winning luxury resorts, Tierra Atacama and Tierra Patagonia, announces the opening of Tierra Chiloé Sept. 1, 2014. Tierra Hotels is acquiring the 12-room eco-design property as its third all-inclusive adventure destination in Chile.
“Tierra Chiloé is a wonderful addition to our growing family of design hotels in stunning locations,” stated Tierra Hotels Managing Director Miguel Purcell. “Many of our guests want to explore more of Chile, and Chiloé is an unforgettable island for its culture and wild landscapes.”
Tierra Chiloé, previously called Refugia, was named to Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List, Travel + Leisure’s IT List and the Fodor’s 100 in its opening year. It will be open from September through May. All-inclusive rates (including luxury accommodations, all meals, one all-day or two half-day guided daily excursions, as well as house wines and cocktails) begin at US$1,150 for two nights (per person based on double occupancy.)
Built with a sustainable geometric design, the immensity of the inland Pacific is on display from every angle of the lodge, including the smaller islands of the archipelago and Andes Mountains. The warm and inviting interiors, which are clad in hand-made textiles and woodcarvings, are the perfect environment to enjoy the exceptional hospitality Tierra offers. When it comes to food, Tierra Chiloé pulls from traditional dishes and locally sourced produce including succulent oysters, farm fresh eggs and vegetables as well as fish straight from the surrounding waters.
Tierra Chiloé offers guests a variety of adventurous excursions including trekking, horseback riding, and kayaking. Exploring Chiloé’s culture is also a big part of the hotel’s offerings; guests can explore the local markets, meet with the islanders, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage churches.
To gain a new vantage point than the one seen from land, guests can sail (weather permitting) on the hotel’s vessel the “Williche” through the numerous water channels that separate the islands of Chiloé. The boat is tailor-made out of wood by local artisans employing the traditional techniques of the island.
Located on a hilltop overlooking the inland sea, Tierra Chiloé encompasses more than 25 acres of countryside and beach on the banks of the Rilán peninsula, 10 miles from Chiloé’s capitol city of Castro. The hotel is surrounded by gentle green hills dotted with wildflowers, native trees and the Pullao wetland, home to dozens of endemic birds and marine species.
Chiloé is the second largest island in Chile. The Chiloé archipelago boasts endless interests for visitors who seek to immerse themselves in the island’s timeless culture.
Our Spa is up and running and fully operational. We will be having an official launch on the 24th September 2014. This will be an oyster & champagne festival to celebrate the Spa in style!
Along with the gorgeous new look and feel of the Spa, we also have included a new lady who brings Thai massage, Thai reflex and aromatherapy massage to our new establishment.
Our ladies are constantly being trained in new ways of massaging to ensure ultimate relaxation or stress relief depending on your needs. We will have great packages for Brides, Bachelorette events and high teas.
We have started implementing the first phase of upgrading our rooms. The new beds and linen has arrived and look amazing. We have had wonderful feedback about quality of the bed and linen. We are very excited about this new development and think our clients will be too! Our next phase will be the headboards in the rooms and will start early next month.
We have also upgraded our WIFI connectivity to a 25 megabyte fixed line. This means we will be able to host video conferencing and online international training workshops!
Please visit the website at: www.intundla.co.za
Cotswold cottage experts www.manorcottages.co.uk have recently teamed up with Cotswolds based ‘Dancing Trousers’ cookery school, www.dancingtrousers.co.uk to offer Manor Cottages guests Cooking classes in their cottages and a super saving on a wide range of cookery classes.
Dancing Trousers Cookery School was launched in September 2010 by Alexis Thompson, after an appearance on ‘Masterchef’ in 2008 Alexis was inspired to follow her heart and pursue a career in food. One Cordon Bleu Diploma, a stint cooking for royalty at Kensington Palace and some time as a research cook, later and ‘Dancing Trousers’ was born.
Based in the heart of the Cotswolds near Burford the school is perfectly placed for Manor Cottages guests and offers a wide range of cookery courses. From ‘A La Start’ for beginners to the more advance ‘A La Carte.’ Other courses include patisserie, macarons, fish and seafood, Japanese cuisine, desserts and many more.
Managing director of Manor Cottages Chris Grimes comments “Food and travel are synonymous with each other and why should it be any different for the Cotswolds. Many of our guests come to the area to take more time to enjoy their hobbies and cooking is certainly one of our nations favourite past times. Partnering up with Dancing Trousers offers our guests some great opportunities to learn new cooking skills and offers them some great savings too.”
Courses generally run from 9.15 am running through until 3pm. Set in a beautiful converted barn with a large, light and airy kitchen, courses are hands-on, sociable and fun. The school has a great reputation and was a finalist in 2013′s coveted UK and Ireland Cookery School awards. For more details on the courses follow this link:
All the details of courses available are on the school’s website www.dancingtrousers.co.uk. For cottage guests and locals alike Dancing Trousers can also arrange bespoke cookery courses on site at some of the cottages. This could be anything from an afternoon’s baking to a three course meal. Call Alexis on 01367 860144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to explore the possibilities.
Alexis Thompson, owner of ‘Dancing Trousers’ comments “We are delighted to be working with Manor Cottages, they have a great portfolio of properties to suit our many students who come from further afield. From cosy one-bedroom apartments to a hall that sleeps 20, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.”
For example stay in Manor Cottages Shrove Cottage in Chedworth near Cirencester from just £295 for a three night mid week break in August. That’s just t’s just £49 per person per night based on two sharing. The cottage sleeps two in an open plan bijou bolt hole. Upstairs is the open plan living, dining and sleeping space. While downstairs is a bathroom and outdoor pool. Or for larger parties try Albion Barn in Upper Brize near Burford. This spacious barn sleeps 12 in six bedrooms, prices start from £1650 per week, that’s just £20 per person per night based on 12 sharing. Great for a family or group of friends, the dining area and kitchen is also ideal for a private cookery lesson. To book a cottage see www.manorcottages.co.uk or call 01993 824 252.
Volcanoes Safaris, specialists in mountain gorilla and chimpanzee safaris in Uganda and Rwanda: Travelers who book any safari at Kyambura Gorge Lodge through December 31, 2014 will receive an extra night — complimentary.
The Kyambura Gorge Lodge, originally a coffee processing plant, has been sensitively restored to a unique, modern eco-luxury lodge with eight bandas. All the bandas have stunning views of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the magnificent Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. Wildlife activities range from chimpanzee trekking in the atmospheric Kyambura Gorge to spotting savannah game and bird species on the banks of the Kazinga Channel and on the open plains of Uganda’s second-largest National park.
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