Golf In Tenerife Ready To Hit New Heights

November 27, 2014 on 10:39 am | In Africa, Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesThe soaring reputation of golf in Tenerife is set to reach new heights after the sunshine island was unveiled as the host venue for the 2015 International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) for the first time in its history.

The largest of the Canary Islands and one of Europe’s fastest- growing golf destinations will have the honour of staging the world’s premier event for the golf tourism industry when it takes place in Costa Adeje from October 5-8, 2015.

Blessed with average annual temperatures of 23⁰, Tenerife is an established destination for European golfers both in the winter and summer thanks to its perfect all-year round climate.

Featuring nine different and varied layouts, Tenerife also offers 70km of beaches and a wide range of cultural highlights and activities both on and off the water, making it the ideal location for a golf break.

Carlos Alonso, president of the Tenerife Government (Cabildo), said: “Tenerife is now firmly established as a destination for European golfers. Not only will it be a great privilege for us to host IGTM, it gives Tenerife an unrivalled opportunity to showcase itself as a winter and summer destination.

“Beyond golf, we believe we can offer tourists an exceptional and varied visitor experience to our island. From the breathtaking views from the peak of Mount Teide to our world-class tourist attractions which include whale and dolphin watching, star gazing and Europe’s largest water park, Tenerife really does have something for everyone to enjoy.

“The Tenerife government is dedicated to the continued promotion and growth of golf tourism, and hosting IGTM is an important part of that investment.”

Tenerife has won widespread praise as an all-year-round golfing destination this year and, among its notable achievements, hosted the Tenerife Open de Espana Femenino in September as well as staging the Fred Olsen Challenge de España on the Men’s European Challenge Tour, at La Gomera, in May.

The island features nine different and varied layouts: Buenavista in the west; Real Club de Golf de Tenerife in the north; and Golf Costa Adeje, Abama, Las Americas, Golf del Sur, Amarilla, and Los Palos in the south. Tecina Golf is a 40-minute ferry ride from the mainland on the beautiful island of La Gomera.

For more details on playing golf in Tenerife, visit www.webtenerife.com/golf ; www.facebook.com/TenerifeGolf ; or @TwiTenerifeGolf. There is also a new Tenerife Golf app available to download free.

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The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort Announces Inaugural International Golf Club Challenge, January 14 – 18, 2015‏

November 25, 2014 on 1:29 pm | In Cancun Cozumel Yucatan, Golf Resorts, Mexico | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowRenowned Luxury Resort Debuts Signature Destination Event with Golf on Jack Nicklaus Designed Courses, Clinics with U.S. Open Champion Corey Pavin, and Culinary Experiences by Celebrated Guest Chefs, Tequila Masters, and Winemakers

PUNTA MITA, Mexico – Located within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the golden shores of the Riviera Nayarit, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is pleased to announce the inaugural International Golf Club Challenge, inviting golf enthusiasts and culinary aficionados on an unparalleled four-night journey, January 14-18, 2015. The International Golf Challenge brings together golfers from around the world and friends from Punta Mita to partake in three competitive rounds of golf on the resort’s two signature Jack Nicklaus designed courses, Pacifico and Bahia, as well as golf clinics with U.S. Open Champion and 10-time PGA Tour winner Corey Pavin. Furthermore, guests will discover the flavors of Mexico with world-class cuisine by an acclaimed group of Mexico’s top chefs, including Maycoll Calderon of J&G Grill by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Pato Persico, Naoiki Katori, Thierry Blouet, Betty Vasquez, Riviera Nayarit ambassador. Culinary experiences will be paired with libations by tequila masters and winemakers to take guests on a cultural culinary adventure.

“We are thrilled to unveil The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’s newest signature destination event, welcoming golfers from near and far to represent their local golf clubs and compete on our unparalleled courses in paradise,” said Carl Emberson, general manager. “Combined with epicurean delights by some of Mexico’s best chefs, the International Golf Club Challenge will offer golfers and their guests an unforgettable experience in true St. Regis style.”

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesThe International Golf Club Challenge commences on Wednesday, January 14 with the Opening Cocktail Dinner, where guests will be welcomed with contemporary Italian cuisine while overlooking the pristine beaches of Bahía de Banderas at the resort’s Sea Breeze Beach Club. Each morning will begin with a delightful breakfast followed by warm-up sessions at the resort’s driving range and putting green. On Thursday, golfers will participate in their first round on the Pacifico course – which features the distinctive “Tail of the Whale” 19th hole – and feast on a delicious lunch at the Sea Breeze Beach Club Restaurant followed by a golf clinic with Corey Pavin. On Friday, golf enthusiasts proceed to round two of the golfing extravaganza on the resort’s oceanfront Bahia course and will end the day with an incredible Sunset Cocktail Cruise aboard the Signature St. Regis Yacht. Each evening will feature dinner at one of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’s four spectacular restaurants, each featuring a different Mexican guest chef preparing extraordinary culinary creations.

To conclude the exceptional event, golfers will return to the Pacifico course for their third and final round of golf on Saturday, January 17. After a day on the green, guests will congregate on the beach to enjoy live music and dancing for the Closing Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. To conclude the event, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort will treat guests to a Farewell Brunch on Sunday, January 18 at Sea Breeze Beach Club before their departure.

The International Golf Club Challenge Package includes four nights’ accommodations in a deluxe room, participation in the three-day gold competition (Ryder Cup format), daily golf clinics, and daily meals with guest chefs, winemakers, and tequila masters. Non-golfer guests are also welcome to attend and enjoy the resort’s luxurious accommodations, deluxe amenities, and recreational activities, including a 60-min massage in the 10,000 square-foot Remède Spa. Rates begin at $1,725 per person, per package based on double occupancy (19% tax and 10% service charge not included). Reservations can be made by calling 877-250-8871 or via email at mariana.argueta@stregis.com

Ideally located within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort offers modern sophistication, unparalleled luxury and bespoke service at one the best addresses in the world. Designed by Hill Glazier architects, the resort features 120 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, St. Regis’ legendary Butler Service, a signature Remède Spa, 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and state-of-the-art fitness facilities.

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort offers two Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, the renowned 19-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Pacifico Course, and the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Bahia Course. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Pacifico Course provides an interesting challenge for golfers with its famous three-par “Tail of the Whale,” the only natural island green. The Bahia Course opened alongside The St. Regis and was inaugurated by Nicklaus in November 2009. Designed and constructed with the Jack Nicklaus signature design, the course ensures a spectacular golf experience, both challenging and enjoyable for players of all levels. Named “Golfer of the Century” by nearly every major golf publication, Nicklaus earned legendary status with a record 20 championship titles, a legacy rivaled only by the reputation of the Nicklaus design team.

For more information, please visit www.stregis.com/puntamita.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries, and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com

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Casa de Campo Chosen as Best Golf Resort 2014

November 24, 2014 on 1:59 pm | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Golf Resorts | Comments Off



The famed Caribbean resort Casa de Campo was recently chosen as the best “Golf Resort of the Year 2014,” in the “World Challenge” category, at the annual International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) award ceremony.

The resort, situated in the Dominican Republic’s eastern region, is famous for its four world-class golf courses, all designed by renowned architect Pete Dye.

The IAGTO award recognizes the best golf resorts in the world.

Winners are chosen by the votes of more than 500 golf tour operators in 62 countries.

Voters must take into consideration certain criteria, such as customer satisfaction, quality of the golf course, accommodations, quality-price standards, among others.

Casa de Campo is one of the Caribbean’s highest rated resorts, and its golf offer includes a total of 90 hotels distributed in five courses.

All of the golf courses have been designed by world-famous architect Pete Dye.


What’s Cookin’ at Fairmont

November 23, 2014 on 4:54 pm | In Australia, Dine Drink, Golf Resorts, Hotels, New South Wales, Queensland, Sydney, Victoria | Comments Off



Fairmont’s collection of luxury hotels embraces the latest culinary trends -

An integral part of any travel experience is the enjoyment of fine food and memories made discovering something unexpected. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts worldwide are always seeking new ways to entice and excite curious epicureans, finding creative ways to integrate current trends and create buzz-worthy culinary adventures.

Eating well continues to be of importance to Fairmont guests, and travelers are seeking more: they want to be fully immersed in local experiences, whether it be eating homegrown produce or tasting authentic dishes. In fact, research done by The National Restaurant Association indicated that 81 per cent of the respondents (all professional chefs) identified locally sourced meats and seafood as the number one “hot” food trend. The same survey revealed that 79 per cent of chefs counted the “nose-to-tail” trend as one of the hottest of this year. And the cocktail craze isn’t going away, with more guests wanting to try something unique to the destination, the culture and the cuisine. At Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, we embody the notion of a wholesome foodie adventure by presenting a truly local experience that is still reflective of the latest culinary trends.

From embracing the craze of using “new” cuts of meat to reinventing the pop-up bar, Fairmont chefs have been busy introducing unique ways to satisfy the curiosity and cravings of our guests.

Some recent trends making news at Fairmont include:

Dining with an Air of Mystery

Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza welcomes the Secret Supper Club Dinner series, exclusive dining experiences taking place in the 140 Supper Club. Formerly a restaurant called the Copenhagen Room, this space has gone relatively unused for more than 50 years. Accessed via a separate entrance and down a century-old stairway with barrel vaulted ceilings, the 140 Club – part wine cellar, part speakeasy – is the venue for intimate dinners (30 people max) which feature a four-course seasonal tasting menu paired with wines. Upon arrival at 140 St. James Avenue, guests are given a password to access the 140 Club below. Upcoming events take place on October 14 and November 11, 2014 and winter series dates will be announced later this fall. For more information and to be added to the invite list, email OneFortyBoston@Fairmont.com.

Fairmont Dubai offers an intriguing event that encourages guests to enjoy other heightened senses as they voluntarily take the visual element out of their dining experience. Noire features a fully fitted and blacked out restaurant setting, resulting in greatly diminished sight for 1 ½ hours. Daring diners put their trust in the hotel’s culinary team, who prepare a feast fit for royalty. Noire is available from Monday through Friday, and 10% of proceeds are donated to Sightsavers, an international organization that advocates eye health and the prevention of blindness.

Snap, Crackle, Pop-up!

Fairmont Pittsburgh recently hosted a very successful one-day pop-up barbecue stand called “Meat Us at Andys”, named for its signature wine bar. The limited menu made for a perfect casual lunch and featured the hotel’s house-smoked brisket, pulled pork sandwiches and sides. All items were available to-go and on a first-come first-served basis. Based on the event’s popularity, more pop-ups are planned, with another BBQ slated, as well as a soup selection to welcome the cooler months ahead.

Following a recent, very popular run with Samuelsson at HP, a pop-up restaurant by acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson, Bermuda’s Fairmont Hamilton Princess is now featuring its own pop-up bar called Intermission. With an enviable location by the Harbor, the new venue offers sophisticated cocktails and a menu that ranges from appetizers to three-course meals.

Bees, and bee-inspired menus are “popping up” too! As solitary bee populations continue to decline due to loss and fragmentation of habitat, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is adding a pollinator bee hotel to its collection of rooftop honeybee hives next spring. To launch this new initiative, the hotel is displaying a “Pop-Up” Pollinator Bee Hotel in the lobby, and serving an exclusive pollinator menu in Juniper Restaurant with a highlight being a delectable ‘salad in a jar’ featuring honey and goat cheese mouse, greens, edible flowers and a zesty lemon thyme vinaigrette. A portion of the proceeds from the menu and the hotel’s signature cocktail, the BeeTini, will support the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Junior Beekeepers initiative.

Classic Comforts and Small Bites to Share

Amidst the grandeur of luxury hotels, guests are seeking the warm, hearty nostalgia of comfort foods, and going back to the basics…with a modern spin, of course. At Fairmont San Francisco, guests can enjoy Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken and Sticky Toffee Pudding. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is “re-INSPIRING” French classics, with new twists on dishes like Poularde en Vessie and Caneles. A stop at Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park can include settling down with Sesame & Herb Fish & Chips, Lamb Burgers and Mac & Cheese six ways.

Complementing the comfort food interest is the movement toward more family-style dining, or shared plates and tasting platters. This more casual, friendly and interactive style of dining has caught on at places like Quebec’s Fairmont Tremblant, where guests can dig in and share items like mini apples stuffed with foie gras, mini brioche, or pressed duck confit with a kumquat marmalade. At Fairmont Baku in Azerbaijan, guests enjoy a mixed kebab platter, with salad and lavash (bread). After a sleigh ride at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, a cheese fondue with vegetables, Fondue Chinoise with beef tenderloin, prawns and salmon and a decadent chocolate fondue make the perfect trio to share.

Cocktail Culture Is Still King

London’s The Savoy recently celebrated its 125th anniversary, and marked it in grand style with the introduction of The Savoy Collection: 48-year old Macallan. The hotel is the spiritual home of the cocktail, and decades ago, created The Savoy Collection, a range of spirits bottled exclusively for the hotel and enjoyed by the most discerning imbibers of the day. The tradition has been revived with the introduction of the extremely rare single malt scotch whisky, bottled in an exclusively designed, hand-made decanter and made available as a limited edition, with just three bottles available for purchase at a value of £18,500. Only the most dedicated connoisseurs need inquire.

Local herbs, often grown onsite at hotels, are a standout ingredient being highlighted in cocktails. Fairmont Singapore’s Anti:dote features handcrafted concoctions cleverly disguised as “cure-alls”, made with premium spirits, market-fresh ingredients, herbs and flowers like cinnamon basil and marigolds, and Chinese medicinal herbs and ingredients including ginseng, smoked lapsang, souchong and sarsaparilla. Newly opened Le Sam Bistro at Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac offers Shrubs, a blend of modern mixology and a common tonic from the colonial era. This refreshing, tart drink features vinegar for good health, balanced by the sweetness of pineapple, raspberry or Thai basil.The Pyramid Bar at Fairmont Dallas features the Acai Mojito, made with Acai berry, PAMA Pomegranate liqueur and fresh mint grown in the hotel’s terrace herb garden.

Where’s the Beef?

Fairmont hotels are making the most of the “nose to tail” trend and purchasing whole animals. The Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Fairmont San Jose procure student-raised hogs from the Sonoma Valley High School Agriculture Department, and proudly serve them in restaurants and employee cafeterias. At The Fairmont San Francisco guests of the Tonga Room may sample a roasted pig, and the different cuts of meat are used for specials each day of the week, making use of all of the flavorful pieces like the shank, tail and neck, while also reducing waste.

The Fairmont Banff Springs (as well as Fairmont Pittsburgh and Fairmont San Francisco) cures and smokes meat in-house, keeping traditional practices alive. Beef and bison brisket and pulled pork are smoked in-house for approximately 18 to 20 hours. The recently opened Stanley’s Smokehouse at the resort’s golf course serves up the noted smoked meats Texas BBQ-style and the Grapes Wine Bar features cured venison, buffalo, and beef.

BBQs remain a popular offering, with hotels highlighting offerings from local farms. Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in Quebec’s Charlevoix region partners with Oiseau Bleu Farm, a nearby all-natural, free range farm, to serve guests savory, organic burgers that are low in saturated fat and contain no additives or preservatives. The hotel’s terrace provides the perfect venue to enjoy this tasty treat while admiring the St. Lawrence River.

AboutFairmont Hotels & Resorts

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, reflecting each locale’s energy, culture and history. Passionate travelers choose the luxury hotel brand for its ability to deliver memorable travel experiences, personalized and thoughtful service, and hotels that are one-of-a-kind. Serving as genuine gateways to their destinations, Fairmont hotels offer locally-inspired cuisine and spirited bars and lounges, distinctive design and décor, and a steadfast responsibility to environmental and social priorities. With more than 65 hotels globally, and many more in development, landmark hotels in the Fairmont collection include The Plaza in New York, London’s The Savoy, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company with over 110 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residence clubs, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties. For more information or reservations, please visit www.fairmont.com

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Summer Deals and News from Mantra Hotels & Resorts Across Australia

November 22, 2014 on 2:45 pm | In Australia, Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, Hotels, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowA bevvy of summer getaways are on offer with Mantra hotels and resorts across Australia including whale and dolphin encounters in Hervey Bay and Bunbury, haute couture exhibitions in Adelaide, marathon festivals on the Great Barrier Reef, seaside escapes in Lorne and a new hotel in the heart of Brisbane.

QUEENSLAND

BRISBANE: New Mantra wins the space race

The brand new Mantra on Edward in Brisbane opened its doors on 6 October, following the conversion of the former residential Observatory Tower. The 24-level Mantra on Edward is a full serviced apartment hotel boasting some of the largest rooms in Brisbane – a legacy of the layouts initially intended for residential use. Business and holiday travellers can access rates from $189* per night in a One Bedroom Apartment, available for sale at www.mantra.com.au. Each room features 40” LCD TVs, iPod docking stations, WiFi internet access and large balconies to enjoy the city views, plus a large lap pool overlooks the streetscape below, next to a fully equipped gymnasium, spa and sauna. Ideally located close to Suncorp Stadium, South Bank, Queen Street Mall and Eagle Street Pier.

FRASER COAST: Tail end of whale season

October is the last chance to see the whales this year in the calm waters of Hervey Bay, where the art of whale watching is a main event. Stay at Mantra Hervey Bay for a minimum of two nights in a 2 Bedroom Spa Suite from $198* per night and receive a 10% whale watching tour discount, bottle of wine, Hervey Bay souvenir pack and 10% food discount. Or choose BreakFree Great Sandy Straits and stay for a minimum of two nights in a 2 Bedroom Apartment from $170* per night. The BreakFree package also includes a 10% discount on your tour, 10% discount at Bistro Aubergine and free coffee with a cooked breakfast purchase. Valid for sale and travel to 31 October. For Mantra call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au/herveybay . For BreakFree call 132 007 or visit www.breakfree.com.au/great-sandy-straits

TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND: Race, stay and play

With the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival running on 9 November, Port Douglas is the perfect location to stay for spectators, competitors and holiday makers who will have the chance to catch the spectacle of runners along the magnificent stretch of beach. Stay at Mantra Aqueous on Port in a Hotel Spa Room from $114* per night when staying five nights or more for a 35% saving off the daily rate, giving yourself time to relax and enjoy the region. Valid for sale and travel to 31 March 2015.For bookings call 07 4099 0000 or visit www.mantra.com.au/aqueous.

VICTORIA

GREAT OCEAN ROAD: Springtime by the seaside

Spring is the ideal season to escape to seaside Lorne for either a romantic getaway or a break with the family. Located just two hours from Melbourne, packages at Mantra Lorne start from $149* per night in a Heritage Hotel Room, including a glass of wine and snack share plate in Brasserie 144, buffet breakfast for two and late checkout of 2pm. Or for the family, stay for a minimum of two nights in a 1 bedroom apartment from $190* per night or a 2 bedroom apartment from $290 per night with kids meals included plus breakfast for two, pizza dinner on one night and free kids activity pack. For bookings call 03 5228 9777 or visit www.mantra.com.au/lorne.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

ADELAIDE: Haute Couture in the festival city

Enjoy a break in the heart of Adelaide at Mantra Hindmarsh Square from $170* per night in a 1 Bedroom Apartment and save 15% off the daily rate. Make the most of the location and take a short tram ride down to beachside Glenelg, or wander through Rundle Street Mall for shopping and dining options, just a short walk from the hotel. From 25 October enjoy the Art Gallery of South Australia’s exhibition ‘Fashion Icons: Master Pieces from the Collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, showcasing 95 haute garments created by the world’s leading designers, among them Cristobal Balenciaga, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, or head up to wine country for the ‘Blues in the Barossa Festival’ from 14 to 16 November. For bookings 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

PERTH: Celebrate with Barnesy!

Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes will celebrate 30 years in the business with an open air concert in Kings Park & Botanic Gardens on 22 November with fans invited on stage to spin the wheel and select from his long list of hits. Make a weekend of it at Mantra on Murray staying in a Queen Studio from $159* per room, including breakfast and wine and noon checkout – a saving of 10 per cent. Valid Friday to Sunday only. Valid for sale and travel to 31 November. Visit www.mantra.com.au  or call 08 9347 7000.

BUNBURY: Dolphins at play

A seaside escape awaits just a two and a half hour drive from Perth in picturesque Bunbury as October signals the start of Dolphin season. Koombana Bay is one of few places on Earth – and the only place in Australia – where you can enjoy an exhilarating experience with wild dolphins. Dolphin swim tours operate daily from October to April, bringing you face to face with some of the 100+ wild bottlenose dolphins who call Bunbury home. Stay at Mantra Bunbury Hotel overlooking Koombana Bay, offering an indoor lagoon pool and spa, tennis courts and day spa, for two nights in a Studio from $180 per night and enjoy a weekend adventure with the dolphins. For bookings 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

DARWIN: Top savings at the Top End

Enjoy A 20% savings when staying in Darwin with Mantra hotels. These rates are normally reserved for NT locals but Mantra is making them available to everyone so you don’t have to sweat it out over accommodation this summer. Stay at Mantra Pandanas in a Hotel City View Room from $129* per night including car parking, and at Mantra on the Esplanade from $139* per night including late checkout. Valid from 1 November 2014 to 28 February 2015. For Mantra Pandanas call 08 8901 2900 or visit www.mantra.com.au/pandanas  and for Mantra on the Esplanade call 08 8943 4333 or visit www.mantra.com.au/esplanadedarwin.

*Conditions apply. Blockout dates may apply. Subject to availability.

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Cyber Monday Travel Discounts up to 50% off‏

November 20, 2014 on 2:23 pm | In Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, Hotels, Mexico | Comments Off



- The Guerlain Spa in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York is offering 30% savings on gift cards over $300 for treatment pampering or products in the Guerlain Boutique. Visit www.guerlainspas.com/cybermonday

during the 24-hour Cyber Monday period to purchase.

- Biras Creek Resort on the British Virgin Islands, a top Caribbean luxury destination with sweeping ocean views is offering a special Cyber Monday discount valid for travel in Dec. 2014 and Jan. 2015 excluding Dec. 23rd to Jan. 3rd. Book 5 nights in a Garden Suite and receive your 6th and 7th night on a complimentary basis. Meals during the two complimentary nights will also be offered gratis. Guests can also upgrade to an Ocean Suite free of charge. All bookings must occur between Dec. 1st and Dec. 5th, and cannot be combined with any other offer.

- Guests at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in the lush Jalisco region of Mexico can secure an upcoming stay April 15 through June 30, 2015 with no blackout dates for $70/night – a 50% savings (3 night minimum stay).

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowOffer only valid when booked on Cyber Monday. With the largest spa in Puerto Vallarta, a tequila sommelier to showcase its own brand of tequila (one of the only resorts in the world that can make the claim), four world class restaurants and stunning views of the Bay of Banderas and Sierra Madre Mountains, the oceanfront CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta is an escape to paradise.

- Sandos Hotels & Resorts will offer discounts of up to 47% off Sandos Hotels in Mexico on Sandos.com. All bookings must occur between November 27th and December 1st, and are valid only for travel from January 4th until April 11th 2015. Sandos is one of the few hotel companies that let guests choose between an array of eco-friendly, luxury, or beachfront themed resorts in prime destination locations such as Los Cabos, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun.

- Starwood Caribbean Hotels & Resorts are launching Cyber Monday deals featuring a minimum of 10% off daily room rates for affordable getaways to sun-filled destinations. Properties including Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, The Westin St. John Resort and St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico are providing savings for stays between November 24, 2014 and February 1, 2015 at hotels and between November 24, 2014 and April 15, 2015 at resorts. In addition to Cyber Monday savings, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide announced the return of its second annual Cyber Monday instant sweepstakes on Facebook, which will award three to seven night stays to lucky winners who participate in the instant win online contest. On December 1st, for 12 hours only – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST- travelers are invited to engage with Starwood and digitally “shake” the online interactive snow globe for the chance to instantly win via “Starwood Hotels Travel Exclusives” Facebook page.



Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals from Hilton Worldwide Hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America‏

November 20, 2014 on 2:10 pm | In Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



Give the gift of travel and warm memories this holiday season with an exclusive Black Friday/Cyber Monday offer from Hilton Worldwide hotels in the Caribbean and Latin America.

With inviting room rates and a $50 USD daily credit available for bookings Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, this year’s mega shopping holiday just got bigger.

The best part? The daily resort credit can be used on-property at nearly 30 participating hotels and resorts, including Caribbean getaways at Hilton Barbados Resort or the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico, as well as exciting city escapes to Hilton São Paulo Morumbi and the new Hilton Panama.

· Guests can take in stunning views from oceanfront guest rooms at Caribe Hilton, set on a private peninsula with a secluded beach and ideally situated between historic Old San Juan and the city’s contemporary Condado area.

· Located on Needham’s Point and just minutes from Bridgetown, Hilton Barbados Resort is surrounded by two white sand beaches and pristine blue waters, while offering all oceanfront guest rooms, a sprawling pool complex, Kidz Paradise Club and historic Charles Fort.


· The new Hilton Panama boasts one of the most desired locations in the city on the Panama Bay, where guests can go for a stroll or bicycle ride along the Cinta Costera, or find themselves minutes from Casco Viejo and many of the city’s finest restaurants, cafés and hotspots.

· Featuring direct access to a shopping mall and heliport, Hilton São Paulo Morumbi offers a great base when exploring the exciting city, and boasts the award winning Canvas Restaurant, designed to replicate a working artist studio.

With an array of destinations to choose from in the Caribbean and Latin America, Hilton Worldwide features hotels and resorts located everywhere from pristine islands and cultural havens to city centers and ecological paradises. Travelers can take advantage of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals in the Bahamas, Barbados, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

For reservations or further information, visit www.hiltonslac.com/deals/black-Friday

Amenities vary by property. Offer is subject to availability at participating hotels. Rates are starting rates based on availability and do not include taxes, resort fees, gratuities or incidental charges. Other restrictions apply.

Please let me know if there’s any additional information or images I can provide you with. Hi-res images of all properties are available upon request.

AlwaysForMe


La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Debuts Multi-Million Dollar Restoration

November 20, 2014 on 1:13 pm | In California, Golf Resorts, Los Angeles, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesOriginal Hollywood Hideaway Hits a High Note with Property-Wide Enhancement

LA QUINTA, Calif., – It’s a new day in the desert as La Quinta Resort & Club, the first resort to debut in Palm Springs, adds another gem to its crown: a multi-million dollar milestone restoration befitting of a legendary classic. Shouldered by the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains and a storied Hollywood past, the iconic 1926 landmark steps up with fresh, contemporary look while retaining the glamour and architectural elements that anchor what has always been an authentic experience. Ready for its close up, the resort-wide renovation encompasses upgrades of all guest casitas, starlight villas and suites as well as a re-imagined pool experience. The ambitious project also infuses the resort’s lush 45 acres with a bevy of additional bougainvillea, roses and citrus trees. www.laquintaresort.com.

This signature Waldorf Astoria resort has long been a vortex for the sports- and culinary-minded, a haven for urbanites looking to unplug and refuge for Hollywood’s elite seeking an escape from the limelight. One can easily decamp here to sketch out a screenplay (as Frank Capra did), drill down a handicap or rekindle a flame. From the stately Spa at La Quinta® to five championship golf courses including PGA WEST’s® TPC Stadium Course and award-winning Morgan’s in the desert, La Quinta Resort once again sets the stage as California’s top desert retreat.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowDrawing inspiration from the colorful desert environs, Los Angeles-based firm Smith & Firestone created a residential-style design featuring custom tile work and wrought iron elements, new furniture, floor coverings and two-toned blocked drapery panels. The resort’s signature casitas, clustered around 41 showcase pools, are set in a fresh earthen palette of ivory, terracotta and chocolate offset with citrus overtones. Stylized Palomino textured leather bed benches, crisp hued pillows and throws adorn luxurious Wingback style headboards and contemporary Victorian chairs, while upgraded lighting and blue-sky accessories enhance guest bathrooms.

Standout elements include oversized, nail-head embellished headboards flanked by two arched mirrors reflecting the resort’s colorful tile designs. Rich maple furnishings mirror the stunning geometric floor treatment set in beige and cocoa. Starlight Casita patios, popular for their stunning mountain views, debut romantic new fire features as well as plush couches and tables for alfresco entertaining.

The custom-designed suites, including the coveted El Presidente with a showcase private pool and spa, share a similar design as well as new landscaping, updated patio furniture and renovated decks. New amenities include 42- to 47-inch flat-screen high-definition televisions, mini refrigerators, Keurig® coffee makers, charging stations with dual USB ports, upgraded fireplaces and photography inspired by the storied history of the resort and its surroundings.

La Quinta Resort & Club participates in Hilton HHonors®, the only guest loyalty 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.

La Quinta Resort & Club Background

La Quinta Resort & Club, a AAA four diamond property, is a renowned desert destination in the greater Palm Springs region featuring 620 elegantly-appointed casitas and suites and 98 villas; the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta®; 41 swimming pools and 53 hot spas; 23 tennis courts and exceptional cuisine at Morgan’s in the desert; TWENTY6; Adobe Grill; Ernie’s at PGA WEST® and elsewhere throughout the resort. www.laquintaresort.com=”1″ border=”0″ />


Starwood Announces Launch of SPG Pro

November 19, 2014 on 3:24 pm | In Beachbooker, Gaming Resorts, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off




Meeting Planners and Travel Pros Can Now Earn Richer Rewards with Starwood’s New Loyalty Program

LAS VEGAS –– From IMEX America in Las Vegas, Starwood PreferredGuest® (SPG®), the award- winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., announces the live launch of SPG Pro, the all-new, comprehensive loyalty program for meeting and travel professionals. Starting today, registered professionals, accredited travel agents and SPG members who influence group, event and corporate travel will earn SPG elite status, upgrades and Starpoints for B2B business booked at any of Starwood’s nearly 1,200 properties around the world through www.spg.com/pro.

“We are thrilled to announce that SPG Pro has gone live, allowing us to provide even more personalized service for our global customers and members and to reward them for the business that they influence, whether it is business or leisure,” said Christie Hicks, Senior Vice President, Starwood Sales Organization. “Now any SPG member, travel professional or meeting planner will earn Starpoints for the business they influence including corporate off sites, office holiday parties or even personal events like weddings or anniversaries.”

Any SPG member who books a group stay, event or corporate business meeting, regardless of if they are a travel professional or not, will earn Starpoints and status for the business they influence.

The more members book the more they earn, which means access to everything SPG has to offer and reaching elite status even faster through combined B2B and personal bookings.


Today, B2B accounts for nearly 70% of Starwood’s overall room revenue and is comprised of corporate travel, meetings and events and leisure and wholesale travel. With a salesforce of more than 5,000 globally, Starwood’s Sales Offices manage 1,200 global accounts from more than 30 offices around the world.

As the B2B landscape is shifting toward small meetings, which already accounts for 80% of Starwood’s group business, Starwood is targeting this untapped source of B2B potential with the knowledge that SPG members are small business owners, business consultants and senior executives who influence business and yearn to be recognized and rewarded in a currency they already adore – SPG elite status and Starpoints.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries, and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world- class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please

visit www.starwoodhotels.com


About Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) is an innovative, award-winning frequent traveler program that unites each of Starwood’s 9 distinctive hotel brands and includes more luxury hotels in more destinations around the world. SPG reinvented the hospitality loyalty landscape when it launched in 1999 with its breakthrough policy of no blackout dates, and over the years has continued its tradition of innovation with enhancements such as Cash + Points, SPG Moments SM, and most recently Your24™ and SPG Lifetime™. In addition to Free Night Awards at nearly 1,200 hotels and resorts and Award Flights on over 350 major airlines without blackout dates, the Starpoints® that members earn through SPG can be redeemed for access like no other to experiences in music, sports and the arts through SPG



Rates from $89 for a limited time with Omni Hotels

November 18, 2014 on 2:19 pm | In Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



Save with rates starting at $89 per night*

Save during the holiday shopping season with reduced rates at one of our select properties. Enjoy special rates starting at $89 per night*, but you must book by December 1!

See participating property for specific rate.
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Luxury accommodations
Rates starting at $89 per night*

Conditions

*Rates from $89 – $199 per night; varies by property. Subject to availability and blackout dates. Applicable for new reservations only, booked as the Season of Savings offer for stays November 18, 2014 – January 31, 2015. Not applicable to groups, conventions or in combination with other savings or discounts.
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