McGinley Hails World-Class North Course At Quinta do Lago

October 30, 2014 on 7:55 am | In Golf Resorts, Portugal | Comments Off

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesVictorious Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley believes the opening of Quinta do Lago’s redeveloped North Course will cement the prestigious Algarve venue’s position among the best and most exclusive golf resorts in the world.

Days after leading Europe to a memorable Ryder Cup victory against America, McGinley was in Portugal to perform the official opening ceremony of the new €9.6m layout alongside renowned American architect Beau Welling, Quinta do Lago owner Denis O’Brien and the resort’s chief executive John Dwyer.

One of the most talked-about design projects in Europe in 2014, McGinley has redeveloped the course in close collaboration with Welling, with the new venue being completed in the space of just ten months.

McGinley and Welling believe that the resort’s substantial investment programme and forward-thinking attitude will be rewarded in the years to come, helping to maintain its position at the forefront of golf resorts across the world.

As part of a commitment to the environment and to a sustainable golf course, Quinta do Lago will plant more than 2,000 trees in the next five years. McGinley helped to highlight that commitment by planting an umbrella pine tree on the 18th fairway with Welling, O’Brien and Dwyer to commemorate the opening ceremony.

He said: “The North Course is something that we are all very proud of here.

“Denis O’Brien has had the foresight to upgrade in the facilities consistently over the years. This is one of the biggest investments and it will keep Quinta do Lago established as one of the premier golf resorts all over the world.

“A lot of people find the game very difficult so the aim with the golf course was to make it as playable as possible for golfers of all levels. We are trying to encourage people to play the game in a beautiful place and the aim is not too intimidate but to encourage.

“We didn’t change the template or routing of the course but upgraded it and brought it into the modern world, making it as visual as possible. We want people to go out there, have fun and enjoy the course and its challenge so much that they want to come back and play it again. The course is a challenge but also very fair.

“Beau Welling has great experience of designing courses all over the world and I really enjoyed working with him. The timescale of what has been achieved here is unheard of in golf and congratulations to everyone for pulling it off.”

The redevelopment is the first golf course design project that McGinley has collaborated on together with Welling, who worked with Tom Fazio for more than ten years and is also the main consultant for Tiger Woods Design.

Welling, who has worked on more than 90 projects worldwide including the re-design of the famous PGA Tour course at Quail Hollow and Waterville in Ireland, said: “Quinta do Lago is such a great place for friends, families and people to interact together and what we have built will help the resort plan for the future.

“From a technical point of view, we have looked at how to make the course sustainable for the future. New For example, the new grasses we have introduced will mean that less water is needed to maintain it.

“We are proud that we have created a golf course that all golfers will enjoy in the months and years to come, and I have really enjoyed working with the resort.”

A frequent visitor to Quinta do Lago for more than 20 years, the North Course is the latest major project that McGinley has been involved in at Europe’s leading family destination after opening his Paul McGinley Golf Academy in 2011 and launching a new state-of-the-art TaylorMade Fitting Center last year.

The redevelopment is part of a major €29m investment programme that has been undertaken by Quinta do Lago since 2009, with a further €21m is set to be spent on improving its facilities in the next three years.

In line to become the new number one course at the prestigious family resort, the North Course has been revamped with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy. While many modern-day developments tend to focus on length, Welling and McGinley have been keen to create a golfing experience where accuracy and course management are the key factors, and a course that is playable and fun for golfers of all abilities.

Among the changes introduced on the par-72, 6,776-yard course, all greens, tees, bunkers, irrigation, drainage systems and cart paths have been rebuilt using the latest state-of-the-art technology, with multiple sets of tees introduced on each hole to accommodate players of all levels.

Dwyer added: “What Paul and Beau have achieved in such a short space of time is amazing and we’re very excited about the future. Golfers will be blown away by the redesigned layout and I’m sure it’s a course that they will want to play time and time again.

“The North Course is part of the new face of Quinta do Lago and is the latest significant investment we have made to ensure that the resort remains the most family-friendly venue in the Algarve.”

Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park, Quinta do Lago is one of the most highly regarded golf and residential developments in the Algarve since opening in 1972. Located just 15 minutes from Faro airport, the resort offers residents and guests an unparalleled location benefiting from a year-round temperate climate, a variety of lifestyle pursuits and a strong sense of community.

From the outset, the resort has been at the forefront of European golf with three 18-hole championship courses matched by outstanding practice facilities including a Paul McGinley Golf Academy, a state-of-the-art TaylorMade Fitting Center and new short game area. Away from the fairways, there is plenty to keep everyone occupied, with events, tennis, cycling and watersports just some of the extensive leisure activities available.

Quinta do Lago’s stunning location by the beach offers the perfect place to relax and unwind while the resort’s wide array of restaurants, both formal and informal, take advantage of the fresh Mediterranean produce that the resort has become famous for.

For further information on Quinta do Lago’s North Course and the resort’s facilities, phone + 351 289 390 700 or visit

APH Compares Cost of Travelling With Golf Equipment Across Major Airlines

October 29, 2014 on 11:54 am | In Airlines, Golf Resorts, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesIt’s not just Ryder Cup players Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk who jet around the world to play golf, bookings for worldwide golf holidays for 2013 and 2014 have increased by over 20% according to IAGTO*, the global trade organisation of the golf tourism industry. With more golfers than ever heading abroad, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) is helping travellers avoid unexpected charges when checking-in at the airport by comparing the cost of travelling with golf equipment across all major airlines. The guide is available in the Know Before You Go section of the website, at

This comprehensive guide compares the baggage allowances available on both short-haul and long-haul flights across 25 major airlines, including British Airways, EasyJet, Iberia and Virgin Atlantic, highlighting the weight specifications, handling fees and additional bag charges.

When it comes to travelling on short-haul flights, airline baggage allowances can vary greatly with some airlines significantly more generous than others. Most airlines were found to offer customers a standard complimentary baggage allowance of 20kg – 23kg which increases up to 32kg for First and Business Class passengers.

However some low-cost airlines, including BMI and EasyJet, offer a maximum weight of only 20kg and charge passengers from £30 – £40 to place bags in the hold when purchased at the airport. Golfers flying with Ryanair are charged an additional £60 per journey when booked at the airport or through the call centre.

With regards to long-haul flights, the majority of airlines were found to offer 23kg as the standard baggage allowance for Economy class which was increased to 32kg for Business and First Class passengers. Airlines such as Etihad and Emirates, however, were found to offer Economy passengers up to 30kg free of charge and Business and First class passengers up to 50kg free of charge.

Some of the carriers included in the research, including Air Canada, American Airlines and Iberia, allow customers to check-in one golf bag including 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls and one pair of golf shoes as part of their baggage allowance. However some airlines charge passengers when travelling with equipment, with Aer Lingus charging £59 per bag, per flight when booked at the airport, BMI charging £30 per 20kg item and Monarch charging £25 for equipment up to 20kg.

Golfers should be careful when booking golf equipment on a flight as excess baggage charges may also apply, with Swiss Air charging a fixed fee of £30 per one way journey within Europe and £59 per one way journey intercontinental flights.

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A Unique Travel App Has Landed: Seasonal Cities

October 29, 2014 on 10:29 am | In Adventure Travel, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowNew travel app Seasonal Cities is the world’s first travel guide that is updated with the seasons and provides real-time weather recommendations.

As another unpredictable British summer draws to a close, a new travel app has launched that is perfect for weather-obsessed and travel-savvy Brits.

Created by travel journalist Marcus Waring, Seasonal Cities is a unique city guide app offering four seasonal and comprehensive updates a year, with up-to-the-minute information. The app also has real-time recommendations based on the weather, meaning that users can view suggestions on the best places to visit, come rain or shine, during their stay.

The app covers 11 key cities across Europe, the US and Asia. These are Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul, Paris, London, Moscow, New York, Rome, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo.

Written by resident travel experts and aimed at leisure and business travellers as well as locals who live there, the app offers completely independent reviews and recommendations across a range of budgets. It enables users to cut through the mediocre to get to the very best the city has to offer, be it a brand new opening or an established classic with a twist.

Reviews include insider details such as the best tables in restaurants, the writer’s favourite drink in a bar, a must-have item in a shop and the most atmospheric hotel rooms to stay in.

Big cities are constantly evolving depending on the season and the weather, and the app covers six sections per city, per season including Sights, Events, Shop, Eat, Drink and Sleep.

“Like many Brits, I’m completely obsessed with the weather and fascinated by the way that cities change depending on the seasons and the climate. This ranges from cosy, candlelit restaurants in winter to cool rooftop bars in summer. I wanted to develop an intelligent, dynamic guide that adapts its content depending on the season and whether it is sunny or pouring with rain when you are there,” comments Marcus.

“The highly regarded travel writers, who live in the cities, compile 30 handpicked recommendations depending on the season. These can range from classic ideas with a twist to the new and unexpected,” Marcus adds.

Seasonal Cities is available to download for free on iPhone and iPad/iPad mini from 16 September 2014.

Seasonal Cities is free for the first three months (covering Autumn 2014, or Spring 2014 in the case of Sydney) in all 11 cities and will be priced at £0.69 per city per season from Winter 2014 (out on 1 November) onwards.

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What’s Cookin’ at Fairmont

October 29, 2014 on 9:32 am | In Dine Drink, Dubai, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off

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

SINGAPORE, October 2014 – 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

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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

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowAmidst 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

The 1 Million Pound Golf Holiday

October 28, 2014 on 11:50 am | In Golf Resorts | Comments Off

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesThe Open Championship was a huge success and Rory roared hardest to collect the claret jug, and with the Ryder cup finally here UK company are the first travel company on the planet to offer the best chance to live life like a professional golfer.

Anyone who loves golf has dreamed of playing on the European Tour or the PGA, but this is about as close as it gets. You and three friends will combine to create the ultimate 4 four ball golf holiday, fly private Jet or first class travel to each location, play 49 stunning golf courses that include this years Open Championship Venue Royal Liverpool Golf Club and Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles.

Due to the global nature of the European Tour you’ll cover 26 countries in 100 days. Some of the courses on the tour mean travelling to South Africa, the Middle East, India, The Far East, Australia and the USA. You’ll play some of the best courses every created, and walk the fairways at places like 2015 Open Championship venue St Andrews, Jumeirah Golf Estate in Dubai, Royal Melbourne GC and Leopards Creek.

When you’re not playing golf you’ll be staying in exquisite luxury hotels. The accommodation includes Grand Hotel Vienna, Atlantis the Palm Hotel Dubai, and the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain.

The price for the greatest golf adventure on earth starts at £62,500/$100,000 per person based on four people, which includes first class flights, luxury private transfers, green fees and luxury accommodation. Cheaper options are available with economy flights.

We also have a private jet option to every location for £250,000 / $400,000 per person again based on four people sharing. This option also earns the accolade of the most expensive golf holiday ever created!

Holidaysplease say: “If you’ve ever dreamed of following the same path as the greats of golf then this is the holiday for you. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create your very own piece of golf history”.


What Are The Hottest Hotel Amenities Right Now?

October 28, 2014 on 11:38 am | In Gaming Resorts, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off

Guests can be pretty picky at times.

Hoteliers know this all too well.

But the best hotels not only cater to the usual demands from guests, but also surprise guests with out-of-this-world complimentary amenities and services, from a complimentary food and beverage cart to authentic experiences to offerings that encourage a healthy and happy lifestyle.

And for those who want to spend a little extra, you’d be amazed at some of the luxurious services that are out there across this wondrous planet these days.

Here are hotel amenities and services around the world that deserve attention. And don’t forget to take photos of your experiences, as well.

Hyatt Palm Springs: Wow Cart

So much for paying $4 for a bottle of water via the in-room mini-bar.

The recently re-launched Hyatt Palm Springs features a “Wow Cart” that rolls by each guest room from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. delivering complimentary items including bottled water, soft drinks, fresh cookies, whole fruit, bite-sized candies, ice, cups and utensils and napkins.

Guests now camp by their room doors for holiday treats. Better than that strange man in a red suit who always crashes down your chimney.

Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten: Free Authentic Experience

The largest resort on the Dutch side of St. Maarten Island, Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten—courtesy of Starwood Hotels & Resorts—delivers a fun guest experience every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The extravaganza includes a showcase of local artists’ work, live fusion Caribbean music and “mocktails,” or cocktails with a twist such as Virgin Daiquiris and Guavaberry Coladas.

It’s part of the Westin brand’s commitment to providing a truly authentic experience and connecting guests with the local people.

Of course, the gorgeous surrounding tropical scenery is included in the experience.

Hotel Wilshire and Hotel Palomar, Kimpton Hotels, Los Angeles: Health and Wellness

Given the ever-popular health and wellness movement, it makes sense that two L.A. hotels by the beach—where people are usually in pretty darn good shape—would offer extras that encourage exercise and healthy eating and drinking.

Hotel Wilshire and Hotel Palomar feature complimentary bike rentals for cruises down the boardwalk, as well as walking maps.

The hotels also boast an in-room yoga service that includes yoga mats, props, fruit-infused water and dried fruits and nuts.

The Kimpton properties even hold a “Social Hour” from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. complete with complimentary wine and cocktails (hey, fitness freaks also need to have a little fun, too).

The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach: Tanning Butler

For those of you who aren’t incredibly tan and are tired of peeling like a ripe tomato every time you go out into the sun for 30 minutes (for those of you who are tan, get over yourselves), it may interest you that the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach features a tanning butler.

This tanning butler walks around the pool deck and beach area providing Evian facial sprays and a variety of sun-tanning products while even obliging to clean your sunglasses for you.

No more pretending you’re tan while hiding your farmer’s tan under a T-shirt. No more panning South Beach only to realize everyone looks more tan and beautiful than you do.

It’s time to treat yourself to some complimentary luxury. By the time you get back home, your friends and family won’t recognize you, thinking you are one of the latest hotshot celebrities that flips their hair back awesomely and wears cool shades.

Great Wolf Lodge: Free Photo Book

Photo albums are great for capturing moments you never want to forget (your grandma already knows this; you’ve seen the same photo albums every time you’ve visited her for the last 10 years).

Great Wolf Lodge also knows this, which is why every Great Wolf Lodge in the United States leaves a card in guests’ rooms to turn in for a free 20-page Shutterfly photo book.

Upon returning home, just visit the Shutterfly Great Wolf Lodge Photo Book website, enter the code from the card and begin uploading the photos you took during your stay.

You can capture little Billy’s expression the first time he saw the water park, or little Sally’s laughter, or Aunt Emma’s smile, or little Joey’s temper tantrum because the stay at Great Wolf Lodge wasn’t long enough…um, we’ll just set that photo aside…

Great Wolf Lodge knows photo albums can last a lifetime. That’s why the Madison company makes it easy for guests to freeze the moments that brought so much joy.

XV Beacon, Boston: Free Lexus Ride

We’ve all watched one of those game shows where the host exclaims, “You can win a brand new car!” Some of us respond, “Forget owning it. I just want to ride in the darn thing.”

Well, the luxurious boutique XV Beacon in Boston offers a complimentary in-town Lexus courtesy service, so now’s your chance. Ride through the grand city and yell out the window, “I just won a new Lexus!” Or, you could simply enjoy the ride and not yell anything. The choice is yours.

On top of that, XV Beacon also offers a complimentary overnight shoeshine service. Wear your shiny shoes inside the Lexus if you are feeling really adventurous.

Pebble Beach Resorts: Free Kids’ Activities

If you are yearning to experience the California coastline, Pebble Beach Resorts offers a few kid-friendly complimentary services if you purchase the Pebble Beach Explorers Package (valid Nov. 23, 2014-Feb. 28. 2015).

Included in the Pebble Beach Explorers package: a one-night stay at The Inn at Spanish Bay, a scavenger hunt, a children’s holiday welcome gift, complimentary meals at Roy’s and STICKS (children 12 and under), complimentary golf at the par-3 Peter Hay Golf Course (children 12 and under), complimentary tennis at The Spanish Bay Club (children 12 and under) and a complimentary horseback trail ride (children ages 7-12).

The package also offers two-day tickets for the price of one to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Did I mention kids get to play golf for free in Pebble Beach?

The Hard Rock, Chicago: Free Private Jam Session

That familiar feeling just washed over you again.

That’s right, you want to wail on a guitar and sing at the top of your lungs (it’s a natural human emotion).

Well, if you stay at the Hard Rock, Chicago, a free Fender guitar, floor amp and headphones are provided in-room for your own private jam session…or not-so-private jam if you plan on bringing your professional band/friends along with you.

And if you are just getting into music, just thrash your hair around and strum the guitar vigorously and yell random things and you will fit in just fine.

Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills: Free Lamborghini Ride

Those who have wandered around Los Angeles for long enough have probably caught sight of some pretty cool cars.

Well, at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, you can be transported around in a Lamborghini Gallardo whenever you like…so there’s that.

Your friends won’t know what’s cooler…the fact that you are riding around in a Lamborghini or the fact that you are staying at the stylish L.A. hotel.

Everyone wants to feel like a celebrity at least once in their lifetime. At Four Seasons Beverly Hills, you have that opportunity.

Disclaimer: There is a speed limit drivers will not exceed: light speed.

The Benjamin, New York: NASA-designed Pillows

If you are a stickler about pillows (only the best pillows for my beautiful head!), then the Benjamin, New York has you covered.

Not only does the Benjamin feature a sleep concierge, one of the sleep concierge’s most popular items is a memory foam pillow… designed by NASA.

If you are unhappy with a pillow designed by NASA, then you may want to get that checked out. There is probably something abnormally wrong with you.

The Benjamin also offers sleep masks, ear plugs, blackout curtains, white noise machines and a lullaby music library. If you are a light sleeper (or simply someone who likes a good night’s sleep), you are going to love the Benjamin. The loudest noises known to man probably won’t wake you with this vast collection of sleep aides at your service.

Bonus: Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman and Four Seasons, Maldives

Granted, the perks at Six Senses Zighy Bay and Four Seasons, Maldives are by no means complimentary, but for luxury-minded guests, you may want to check them out.

At Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, your in-room phone rings when manta rays are spotted, at which point you are whisked away by speedboat to snorkel with the rays.

At Six Senses Zighy Bay, to say you make a grand entrance would be an understatement. You actually paraglide into the resort accompanied by a professional.

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The Dominican Republic on the List of Top Golf Destinations in the Caribbean

October 22, 2014 on 2:03 pm | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Golf Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe Links golf magazine features the Dominican Republic on the list of the “Top 25 Islands” where golfers can practice their favorite sport.

The quality of its golf courses placed the Dominican Republic on the list as the number one golf destination in the Caribbean.

The publication states that although the Dominican Republic may not sound like a golf mecca, the country is home to the world-famous Casa de Campo and Punta Cana resorts home to some of the finest golf courses in the Caribbean.

Most of the country’s 26 golf courses have been designed by internationally renowned designers and golf professionals such as Pete Dye, PB Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Greg Norman. More golf courses are currently being built.

The Teeth of the Dog golf course, situated in the Casa de Campo resort, is perhaps one of the country’s most famous courses.

This particular golf appears is currently 50th on the list of the world’s Top 100 courses.

In 2011 it hosted the Dominican Golf Open (DR Open), organized by the Dominican Golf Federation, and international tournaments.

Casa de Campo has been selected on four separate occasions as the “Best Golf Resort in the Caribbean” by the World Travel Awards.

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Sheraton Los Cabos Reopens with Odile to Ideal Golf Package‏

October 21, 2014 on 3:34 pm | In Beachbooker, Cabo, Golf Resorts, Mexico | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today Show Resort Reopens in November Offering ‘Odile to Ideal: Weather Guaranteed Golf Package’

LOS CABOS, MX – Less than a month after one of the strongest hurricanes to ever make landfall in Los Cabos, the area’s leading resort golf facility, Cabo del Sol, has teamed up with onsite hotel partner, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos, to create an unprecedented offer for the golf community. Together the two have created a weather guaranteed golf package that ensures visitors an uninterrupted golf vacation. The five-day, four-night Odile to Ideal: Weather Guaranteed Golf Package ensures all guests whose round of golf is disrupted by unfavorable weather be invited back to Los Cabos at a later date at no additional charge, including guest room accommodations and a round of golf.

The package will be available beginning November 1, 2014, upon the reopening and renovation of the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar following the wake of Hurricane Odile, as well as the reopening of all 18 holes at The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol. The Desert Course at Cabo del Sol will also offer the package beginning November 23, following the final round of the annual Taylor Made Invitational Pro Am slated to run November 16-22.

“From the golf course and the hotel staff, to the incredible reaction and assistance of the federal government, the response to this disaster has been inspiring. Everyone has rolled up their sleeves to accomplish amazing things in a relatively short period of time,” said Cabo del Sol Director of Golf, Gregory Tallman. “Together with the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, we are excited to let guests know that the hotel, the golf courses and the town are ready to welcome them back to Los Cabos.”

“We are happy to be among one of the first resorts in the Los Cabos area to complete renovations after the hurricane,” said Renato Mendonca, General Manager of the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort. “Although many of our renovations were cosmetic, we can’t wait to showcase the refreshed splendor of the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar along with Cabo del Sol’s revitalized golf courses.”

Accommodations for the Odile to Ideal: Weather Guaranteed Golf Package include four nights at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar in either a garden or ocean view room, single or double occupancy, as well as a round of golf at either The Ocean Course or The Desert Course at Cabo del Sol. To make reservations through the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar, guests may email Berenice Reyes at  or Humberto Garciar at .

Offer valid through May 13, 2015. Blackout dates apply. For more information about the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar’s Odile to Ideal: Weather Guaranteed Golf Package, please visit the resort online at  or by calling 52-624-145-8002.

About Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort

Perched on 28 acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez, the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Golf & Spa Resort with 270 guest rooms, each featuring the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, is located in an environment that is reminiscent of an upscale seaside village. The sprawling, Hacienda-inspired resort is home to five restaurants and six bars, four pools, the acclaimed Cactus Spa and Fitness Center (part of the Starwood Spa Collection), and a broad selection of outdoor activities. More than 18,018 square feet of function space welcomes meetings and special events. For more information, please visit  or call 52-624-145-8002.

About Cabo del Sol

Cabo del Sol, located on the tip of Baja California, is ranked by GOLF Magazine as number 97 of the “Top 100 Courses In The World” and features both an ocean and desert course. The ocean course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, stretches for more than a mile along the coastline while the desert course offers golfers dramatic mountain and ocean views.

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Relive The Ryder Cup With Macdonald Hotels

October 21, 2014 on 9:00 am | In Golf Resorts, Hotels, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesFrom £89 Per Person At Macdonald Hotels Golf Resorts Across The UK

• Enjoy a luxury overnight stay at Macdonald Hotels Golf Resorts

• From £89 per person for bed and breakfast

• Two complimentary rounds of golf and 20% off food and drink

• Book from now until 31 Oct 2014

• Stay from 1 Jan 2015 to 30 Dec 2015

There’s no better way to re-live the excitement of the Ryder Cup than by treating yourself to a luxury overnight stay at Macdonald Hotels Golf Resorts for 2015 who are holding 2014 prices for a limited time only.

Tee off at one of the UK’s most spectacular golfing destinations, where you’ll be welcomed by pristine greens, fine food and great service all from just £89 per person.

Macdonald Early Bird Golf Breaks for 2015 are available at:

• Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa – Peebles near Edinburgh

• Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa – Cheshire

• Macdonald Spey Valley Championship Golf Course – Aviemore

• Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa – Shropshire

• Macdonald Linden Hall, Golf & Country Club – Northumberland

For more information or to book a visit:  or call 0844 879 9294

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Unlimited Golf And 20 Per Cent Early Bird Booking Saving Headline 2015 At Thracian Cliffs

October 20, 2014 on 2:49 pm | In Bulgaria, Golf Resorts, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesIt’s never too soon to think about the next holiday – and 2015 bookings made before December 20, 2014, at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort will be 20 per cent cheaper thanks to its outstanding early-bird deal, with savings of up to €240 per week.

And, in a separate promotion, the award-winning resort is also offering golfers the opportunity to play to their heart’s content on its spectacular Gary Player-designed golf course – and the neighbouring Ian Woosnam-designed Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort – with prices starting from €549 (around £459) per person for a five-night unlimited golf package in March 2015.

In addition to wall-to-wall golf, the package includes return transfers from Varna airport, a shared buggy for each round and free use of the driving range at Thracian Cliffs, as well as access to the fitness area, hammam, steam bath and Jacuzzi at the resort’s spa.

Thracian Cliffs’ general manager, Claudio Marini, said: “We have seen a significant increase in business from the UK and other main golfing markets this year and our advice to consumers is to book early and save money, and to come and experience unlimited golf at its finest.

“And, if waiting until 2015 proves too long, we still have outstanding autumn packages which feature unlimited golf on a proven European Tour course – with luxury accommodation – for less than €132 per night. It doesn’t get much better than that!”

The existing autumn, three-night, bed-and-breakfast unlimited golf breaks at the world-class resort cost from just €395 (around £329) per person, during October and November.

The luxury venue has gained many admirers since opening in 2011, with images of the sensational cliff-top Gary Player golf course being transmitted around the world. It also successfully hosted the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship and scooped the ‘European Golf Resort of the Year 2014′ award, bestowed by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

Situated on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, the resort is also a haven for non-golfers, offering a choice of two high-spec residential villages – many with panoramic sea views – gourmet restaurants, a bijou spa and its own beach club, all within the unique environment of the Cape Kaliakra coast, which, lying, as it does, further south than Florence, Monaco or Marseille, benefits from a desirable climate.

Indeed, Player himself said of Thracian Cliffs: “You will not find a golf course like this anywhere else on the planet. Pebble Beach is renowned as the best site and I would say Thracian Cliffs is twice as good as Pebble Beach.”

The beautiful cliff‑top course offers stunning sea views from every hole with the signature par-three sixth providing particularly incredible vistas as you look down to the green which is found surrounded by the lapping waves of the Black Sea. From the tips it measures almost 231 yards – a real test of golf and concentration.

The temperate autumn climate is ideal for the regular special events which take place on the unspoiled Bendida Beach, located directly on the seafront of the resort. And, with a bottle of beer in Bulgaria costing around 68p* – the lowest of all holiday hot-spots in Europe – and a three-course evening meal for two, with wine, available for under £28*, the country is clearly one of the best-value destinations around in 2014, and is likely to remain so next year.

● For more information about Thracian Cliffs Resort or to book a break call 00 359 570 92222, email  or visit .


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