Ring in the New Year in the Cheapest, Most Popular Destinations

December 19, 2014 on 2:07 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Golf Resorts, Hotels, Las Vegas | Comments Off

With New Year’s just around the corner, KAYAK has pulled together the most popular destinations to ring in 2015, as well as the destinations with the lowest average airfare.

Florida is once again a major hotspot for New Year’s, boasting three cities among the 10 most popular destinations.

There are also some major cities that travelers can zip over to for relatively cheap (some may surprise you).

Where should you spend New Year’s this holiday season?

Here are some suggestions, courtesy of KAYAK.

Most Popular Destinations this New Year’s

1. Orlando

Walt Disney World, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Park and SeaWorld Orlando are consistently flocked to for New Year’s, and for good reason.

The theme parks put on tremendous fireworks shows and have enough entertainment to keep the wee ones captivated throughout the night and into the new year.

For the over-21 crowd, check out Orlando’s Wall Street Plaza this holiday season, a well known nightlife hub that sports renowned DJs and light shows.

The Church Street party features the “Orange Drop,” Orlando’s version of the NYC ball drop. There will also be a fireworks show and access to Church Street’s hotspots of Chillers, Big Belly Brewery and Latitudes.

2. Miami

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowPeople party in Miami all year long, so it’s only natural that a city known for its nightlife would make the top 10 list for New Year’s.

There is plenty of music that will surely be playing throughout the city this New Year’s, as well as a variety of velvet-cordon events and festivities for all ages to keep people celebrating well after the ball drops.

Of course, not everyone is a party animal. If you want to take it easy this New Year’s with a loved one, Aventura Beach is a great spot for a picnic beneath fireworks.

3. New York City

New York City simply does the holidays right.

The Big Apple has long been a popular destination for New Year’s, and the light displays on the buildings throughout the city have to be seen to be believed.

Times Square is the epicenter of New Year’s in NYC, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that includes a 12,000-pound crystal ball and a 60-second fireworks show.

Another popular event is the NYRR Midnight Run, designed for those who take taking the next step in their lives seriously (if you catch my chilly drift). Plus, you can say you were literally traveling forward in your life right when 2015 began.

4. Las Vegas

It’s not exactly a surprise that Las Vegas is one of the top 10 New Year’s destinations this season.

If you want to party, Vegas is a natural choice, given its gambling, nightclubs, glitzy bars, shows and its ability to get guests drinking and dancing until the wee hours of the morning.

It’s also a great place to walk around and see the sights during New Year’s, as the Strip is closed to traffic for the night.

Add a riveting fireworks show that rivals some of the best in the country and you have yourself an ideal spot to ring in the new year.

5. Cancun

Cancun has become synonymous with the words “party” and “Mexico” throughout the years.

Not only is Cancun a popular destination for spring and summer break, but it’s also a warmer location for New Year’s.

For New Year’s in Cancun, it’s actually a tradition to stay up all night to watch the first sunrise of the New Year. And given the clear blue waters and stunning natural scenery in the area, there are certainly worse places in the world to do so.

If you want to ease into the New Year away from all the crowds, take in the scene from your hotel balcony. One tradition is to eat one grape and make a wish at each of the 12 strokes of midnight. Of course, you’ll want to cap it off with some champagne.

6. Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale’s Downtown Countdown has become a popular event throughout the years.

One of the largest New Year’s celebrations in the Southeast, the free street festival is a great place to spend New Year’s with the family. The 11-hour extravaganza features bounce houses, face painting, games, contests, live music, line dancing and more. It’s expected to draw 100,000 people this year from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.

A riverboat tour is a great option for those wanting to spend their first hours of the new year out on the water with a small group of revelers.

7. Los Angeles

Whether you want to check out a rooftop party at a fancy restaurant, grab a ticket for the VIP Club Crawl for access to the hottest nightclubs or jump aboard the Queen Mary for a night of dinner and live music on the water, there is no shortage of things to do (and celebrate) in L.A. during New Year’s.

Just make sure you get downtown early. The last thing you want to do is be looking for parking in a traffic jam as the ball drops.

8. San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico is a great alternative to Miami for those who seek a hoppin’ nightlife without the hefty prices.

San Juan has a similar vibe as Miami, centered around stylish hotels (and beautiful people), but you can also stay at fine hotels like the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza for a fraction of the cost of fancy hotels in Miami.

In fact, the Condado district in general is a great place to be during New Year’s in San Juan. Complete with live music, dancing and delicious spirits, it’s a popular spot to ring in the new year.

If you are looking for fireworks, Condado Beach and the Puerto Rico Convention Center have grand fireworks displays at midnight.

9. Denver

While Denver isn’t exactly a warm destination to spend New Year’s, there’s a reason why it continues to show up on top 10 lists for the holidays: There is something for everyone here.

Not only does Colorado sport some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country, but Denver is also one of the most family-friendly destinations you’ll find.

KAYAK suggests taking a daytime trip to the Butterfly Pavilion. Beyond the butterflies, the kids will love the endless supply of bubble wrap and confetti.

At night, gather around the 16th Street Mall, where the over-21 crowd can sip on some of the finest microbrews in the nation while watching the fireworks.

10. Honolulu

It’s not very hard to sell Honolulu.

I mean, you have great weather, tropical scenery and a laid-back atmosphere that can make you feel at ease in an instant.

Many New Year’s revelers spend the night watching fireworks over popular Waikiki Beach. The Aloha Tower is also a well-known gathering spot, complete with live Polynesian music and island-inspired cocktails.

Beyond that, the numerous hotels and restaurants in Honolulu hold parties to kick off the new year, as well as fireworks shows.

It may be a good idea to stay up through the night if you end up in Honolulu for New Year’s. The sunrises are spectacular.

Least Expensive Destinations this New Year’s

While Chicago is rather cold in the winter, it’s a great city and a major worldwide tourist attraction. The fact that it is the least expensive top destination for New Year’s in terms of airfare is a bit of a surprise.

Las Vegas and Denver—No. 4 and No. 9 on KAYAK’s top 10 list, respectively—are also among the 10 cheapest destinations for New Year’s. Expect these destinations to be swarming with partiers as the ball drops.

1. Chicago ($290)

2. Atlanta ($325)

3. Washington D.C. ($327)

4. Dallas ($341)

5. Boston ($356)

6. Denver ($376)

7. Austin ($378)

8. New Orleans ($391)

9. Houston ($393)

10. Las Vegas ($401)

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Golf Paradise in San Diego’s La Jolla, Mission Valley and Mission Bay

December 17, 2014 on 2:48 pm | In California, Golf Resorts, San Diego | Comments Off

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesSan Diego’s year-round, near-perfect climate – mostly sunny skies and an average daily temperature around 70 degrees – creates an idyllic golf destination during any time of the year.

Visitors can take advantage of the region’s golf-friendly weather on more than 90 outstanding courses located in every conceivable setting, including a few notable links on the coastal bluffs of La Jolla, the shores of Mission Bay and riverside setting of Mission Valley.

Luxury La Jolla Course and Resorts

Exceptional resort offerings complement San Diego’s legendary championship golf course.

  • At the Torrey Pines Golf Course, site of the prestigious 2008 and 2021 U.S. Open, golfers marvel at the views of the coastline atop cliffs towering above the Pacific Ocean just north of La Jolla. Long recognized as one of the nation’s foremost municipal golf facilities, Torrey Pines is truly a world-class course.Green fees for the North Course are $100, Monday-Thursday, and $125, Friday-Sunday and holidays. Green fees for the South Course are $183, Monday-Thursday, and $229, Friday-Sunday and holidays.Duffers can retire to The Lodge at Torrey Pines, situated on the 18th hole, to relax amid Craftsman-style elegance. The resort’s 175 luxury guestrooms complement the pristine beauty of the area’s pines and sandstone formations. The resort also offers a full-service spa and A.R. Valentien, the acclaimed restaurant where seasonal fresh farmer’s market-based cuisine is served.Golfers can also unwind at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, a coastal retreat situated atop the bluffs of La Jolla overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. The hotel features 394 new oversized guestrooms with a private balcony or patio to enjoy panoramic views, as well as the award-winning Torreyana Grille, a newly renovated fitness center and lighted tennis and sport courts.

Green Fees for All Budgets

In Mission Valley and Mission Bay, San Diego offers exceptional value with outstanding golf offerings.

  • Designed by world-renowned golf course architect Ted Robinson, Sr., Mission Bay Golf Course is centrally located on Mission Bay – the largest aquatic park of its kind in the world – and is San Diego’s only golf course to feature stadium lighting at night. This is where Tiger Woods won a Junior World title, and guests can still occasionally golf next to native Phil Mickelson. Green fees are $29 on weekdays and $36 on weekends and holidays.
  • Established in 1932, Presidio Hills Golf Course at the westernmost part of Mission Valley is one of the oldest golf courses in San Diego. Its clubhouse in the storied La Casa de Carrillo (built in 1817) is the oldest surviving house in San Diego. The perfect place for beginners and experts alike, the course features 18 funky, challenging holes of short-course golf. Green fees are only $10, Monday-Thursday, and $12, Friday-Sunday and holidays.
  • Designed by Ted Robinson, Sr. and Jr., Riverwalk Golf Clubin the heart of Mission Valley features 27 holes of golf and is recognized as one of the region’s premier semi-private golf courses. An array of picturesque water features includes four lakes and the San Diego River, creating both strategic diversity and a visually stunning backdrop. Green fees are $89 Monday-Thursday, and $99 on Friday-Sunday and holidays.Conveniently located adjacent to Riverwalk Golf Club is the Town and Country Resort where guests can enjoy preferred course access, rates and tee times.

Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on the region’s golf courses and offerings, visit www.sandiego.org/golf or call 619-236-1212.

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Pop the Cork and Toast the Holiday Season with Sheraton Hotels’ Spotlight on Champagne!‏

December 17, 2014 on 2:39 pm | In Dine Drink, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off

Global Survey Says Bubbly Tops Everyone’s Wish List this Holiday Season – 67% Consider Champagne the Most Important Part of a Holiday Party

What Are You Toasting To? Share with Sheraton at #SheratonToastPromo for a Chance to Win Champagne Toasting Kits, World-Class Trips, and More

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Sheraton® Hotels invites you to raise a glass and toast! In continued celebration of Sheraton Social Hour, Sheraton is making the holidays sparkle with a special spotlight on Champagne. Guests and consumers are invited to raise a glass and toast the season with highly-rated Champagnes at participating Sheraton hotels and resorts around the world, and to share their celebratory toasts using #SheratonToastPromo for a chance to win exclusive Sheraton prizes.

The global festivities kicked off at the Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center with a toast and performance by platinum recording artists, Capital Cities. Additional celebrations are popping up around the world including Beijing and Dubai. In North America, Champagne will be the third installment of the successful Sheraton Selects Spotlight offering. The program includes two Champagne options out of the eight highly-rated wine options on the Sheraton Selects menu, and participating hotels are offering compelling programming including wine flights, food pairings, guided tastings and more.

Share Your Toast for a Chance to Win a Sweet Sleeper Bed, Trips to NYC, Maui, and More!

What are you toasting to this year? Sheraton recognizes that toast-worthy moments can happen anytime, anywhere, and encourages revelers to share these special cheers virtually with #SheratonToastPromo. Follow the hashtag to find toasts from some special tastemakers as well.

Several lucky celebrators who share their toast will have the opportunity to win exclusive and premium prizes each week, including Riedel’s Veritas Champagne glasses, Sweet Sleeper beds, five-night stays at The Sheraton New York Times Square and a trip for two to the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. For more information on Sheraton’s Spotlight on Champagne and the exceptional prizes for select virtual toast-makers, please visit www.sheraton.com/SheratonSelects.

Sip, Snooze or Shop?

A recent global survey commissioned by Sheraton shows Champagne is the “must-have” beverage for this holiday season and a cornerstone of any good holiday party. 67% of respondents named Champagne as the most important element to a holiday celebration, beating out other festive musts like décor and food. Bubbly also took first place as the number one holiday beverage of choice (47%) overruling other holiday classic favorites like mulled wine (14%) and spiked hot chocolate (16%). If they had to choose, respondents would be most likely to choose champagne over chocolate (41%), sleeping in late (32%), and shopping (18%).

“During this time of year, there’s no better way to celebrate great wines than with the must-have holiday staple, Champagne,” said Hoyt Harper, Global Brand Leader for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. “Sheraton is the world’s gathering place, and we’re inviting guests from all over the world to grab a glass and come together for a celebratory toast.”

Sheraton Selects Shine in North America

In North America, the Sheraton Selects Spotlight on Champagne follows the successful launch of the wine program with recent features on the Riesling grape and the wines of New Zealand. Each installment features Sheraton Selects, an upgraded premium wine menu comprised of a rotation of eight or more Wine Spectator-rated wines by the glass. The Sheraton Selects Spotlight program includes two Champagne offerings on all participating Sheraton Selects menus, and hotels may also offer Champagne flights and food pairings. Sheraton Selects Spotlight on Champagne features top Champagne house Nicolas Feuillatte, which is the preferred pour for Sheraton Selects Spotlight on Champagne, and renowned glassware designer, Riedel.

Sheraton Social Hour’s Continued Success

Sheraton Social Hour provides travelers with access to premium wines through weekly evening tasting events. Nearly one year following the global rollout of the program, hotels around the world have reported higher bar RevPOR (revenue per occupied room) and have seen an average 20 percent increase in YOY (year over year) beverage revenue in their lobby bars. Join the celebration on social media by following #SocialHour and @sheratonhotels on Instagram.

For more information on Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.sheraton.com  or Facebook. Follow Sheraton on Twitter and Instagram.

About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

Sheraton helps guests make connections at more than 400 hotels in nearly 70 countries around the world. The brand recently completed a $6 billion global revitalization and is now in the midst of an $8 billion global expansion over the next three years. Sheraton is owned by and is the largest and most global brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., 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

Casa de Campo receives “Best Golf Course in the Caribbean” award

December 15, 2014 on 3:07 pm | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Golf Resorts | Comments Off

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesThe Dominican Republic was once again chosen as the “Best Golf Destination of the Caribbean” at the World Golf Awards 2014, recently held in Portugal. Last year the Dominican Republic won – for a second consecutive year – as the “Best Golf Destination of the Caribbean and Latin America,” an award issued by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

Also, Casa de Campo – the famed Caribbean resort – was selected as the “Best Golf course in the Caribbean, “Best Golf Course in the Dominican Republic” and “Best Golf Resort in the Dominican Republic” at the World Golf Awards 2014 Awards, presented in Portugal.

The resort’s famed “Teeth of the Dog” golf course was distinguished, once again, as the “Best Golf Course in the Caribbean.” The golf course was designed by the legendary Pete Dye.

The World Golf Awards recognizes and rewards excellence in international golf tourism through its annual awards program. The selections are made by the world’s top golf tourism professionals and by thousands of golfers in more than 100 countries.

Casa de Campo features more than 1,500 villas and luxury residences, as well as four world-class golf courses, three of them of international fame. Also at the resort: a cruise port; a top-class marina, with capacity for 350 boats up to 250 feet and sports facilities of all kinds.

The resort is affiliated with the Preferred Hotels & Resorts brand, and a member of Leading Hotels of the World.

Oakley - Free Shipping - Shop OnlineThe resort also provides guests with many exciting sports activities, such as: polo, an equestrian club, marina – yacht club; 13 tennis courts and a shooting center. Also, a spa; restaurants; spacious rooms; comfortable villas; exclusive beaches, and cultural activities at Altos de Chavon, a cultural center home of the country’s top-rated School of Design.
Teeth of the Dog Golf Course

This was the first golf course designed by Pete Dye in the Dominican Republic. The course is currently ranked as the number one golf course in the Caribbean.

Last year Casa de Campo unveiled a statue of Pete Dye at the entrance of the Teeth of the Dog Golf Course, the only course in the world with seven holes at the very edge of the Caribbean Sea. This stretch of the golf course is known as the “seven holes created by God.”

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72 Hours & 72 Holes in Charleston, S.C.‏

December 9, 2014 on 11:18 am | In Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, The South | Comments Off

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesCHARLESTON, SC., – Home to 19 championship golf courses, miles of pristine beaches, a buzz-worthy restaurant scene and a bounty of historic tours and attractions for all ages, the Charleston area is the premier destination for an unbeatable golf vacation. Below is the ultimate itinerary for 72 hours and 72 holes in the Holy City by the Sea and Tee:

DAY 1:

Morning: Explore Charleston’s top must-see spots in a single leisurely morning stroll starting at the majestic White Point Gardens, historic Battery and Rainbow Row, and ending at Waterfront Park. Stop for brunch at Virginia’s on King for their famed Southern specialty- Shrimp and Grit Benedict with Creole Hollandaise. It’s as dangerously delicious as it sounds.

Afternoon GOLF: Journey a quick five minutes across the Arthur J. Ravenel Bridge to Mount Pleasant to sharpen your skills at Patriot’s Point Links, nestled on the edge of Charleston Harbor. Offering players spectacular views of Shem Creek, Fort Sumter and the downtown skyline, Patriot’s Point is a favorite among golfers of all handicaps.

Evening: Take a pedicab to the rooftop of the newly-renovated Vendue Inn, Charleston’s art hotel, for the best view & craft cocktail the city has to offer. After reminiscing on your stellar golf shots from earlier, head downstairs to the Drawing Room Restaurant for an unforgettable dinner featuring dishes that are just as gorgeous as they are delectable. Order the Foie Gras with Brandied Fruit & fresh catch of the day such as the Seared Tilefish and prepare to be amazed.

Day 2:

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowMorning: Begin the day with a morning horse-drawn carriage tour around America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens at Middleton Place. A National Historic Landmark, the property has remained under the same family stewardship for some 320 years and today brings to life the sights and sounds of a true Lowcountry rice plantation.

Afternoon GOLF: Escape downtown to Charleston’s barrier island Resort, Wild Dunes Resort for a round of golf on either of the resort’s two Tom Fazio designed courses, The Harbor Course or The Links Course. Offering distinct challenges for distinguished golfers as well as forgiveness and fun for novices, Wild Dunes Resort’s 36 holes are home to some of the most beautiful fairways in the Lowcountry. Both courses also feature massive dunes, marshes and bunkers situated along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Evening: Unwind off the links with a delicious dinner at Wild Dunes Resort’s Sea Island Grill, tucked inside the Boardwalk Inn. Featuring local and regional fare creatively prepared with seasonally changing menus, the Sea Island Grill offers upscale yet casual dining in an intimate setting. Diners are treated to a view of the Boardwalk Inn’s posh pool with mouthwatering dinner options such as Atlantic Grouper with Pickled Crawfish, Collard & Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and New England Scallops with Carolina Pepper Relish.

Day 3:

Morning: Spend the morning moseying down King Street for the best in shopping, including a number of charming boutiques teeming with quintessential southern charm. Venture to The Old City Market, open seven days a week and home to scores of talented artisans selling authentic Charleston gifts and collectibles.

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Afternoon GOLF: Journey to Kiawah Island Golf Resort which claims 90 holes of competitive play on five different championship courses including Turtle Point, Osprey Point, Oak Point and host site for the 2012 PGA Championship, The Ocean Course. A Pete Dye design and home to more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere, The Ocean Course promises players panoramic views in addition to tricky tests of skill.

Evening: Enjoy a post-round sunset celebration at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ryder Cup Bar & Restaurant, offering floor to ceiling views of the surrounding Ocean Course. Sip a signature cocktail and reminisce about the day’s unforgettable round before indulging in an entrée such as their heavenly Crab Cakes with Old Bay Remoulade or Pork and Broccoli Rabe Sliders.

Charleston & Resort Islands Golf

More than 200 years ago, Charleston was the site of America’s first golf club. This heritage of golfing excellence is evident today. Guests have convenient access to more than 19 championship courses, created by legendary architects including Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Gary Player, Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The area also offers plenty of year-round activity off the course. They range from historic tours and attractions to inshore and offshore fishing and award-winning dining, as well as a year-round calendar of festivals and events. For reservations or more information on these packages and others available in the area, please visit www.charlestongolfguide.com or call 800-774-4444.

The mission of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. For more information, visit www.explorecharleston.com

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Sizzling Holiday Deals at San Diego Hotels‏

December 5, 2014 on 2:01 pm | In Beachbooker, California, Golf Resorts, Hotels, San Diego | Comments Off

With the holiday season here, San Diego hotels are offering a variety of packages certain to warm any winter traveler’s heart. Available at hotels throughout San Diego County, these packages are loaded with extras or provide great value for guests.

Over the Top Yuletide Extravagance

The “12 Days of Christmas” package at The US Grant Hotel includes 12 consecutive nights in the historic hotel’s Presidential Suite and offers a different holiday experience each night. From crafting gold rings, attending an award-winning performance of The Nutcracker with Director’s Circle tickets, paragliding in tandem off the cliffs of Torrey Pines, creating custom perfume and more, the package rate is $3,500 per night plus tax and fees, with a 12-night minimum stay required. One package can be booked between Dec. 1-30, 2014.

The Grand Del Mar offers “All She Wants for Christmas” and “All He Wants for Christmas” holiday packages, each offering overnight accommodations and a four-course dinner for two at Addison restaurant (excludes alcoholic beverages and gratuity). Additionally, “Her” package offers select 60-minute spa treatments and a $100 shopping credit per stay for use in The Collection, Spa Boutique or Grand Gifts, while “His” package provides one round of golf at The Grand Golf Club with driver and custom-fitting (upcharge for exotic shaft). Rates start at $1,000 plus tax and are available through Feb. 28, 2015.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe Lodge at Torrey Pines offers a complimentary professional photographer on site by appointment to take family holiday portraits for resort guests on Mondays and Wednesdays from Nov. 24 – Dec. 22. Guests can also take their own photos with Santa Claus and enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus on Dec. 20 and 22 at 4:00 p.m. The Lodge has partnered with La Jolla’s open-air Westfield University Town Center (UTC) mall to offer the “Ultimate Holiday Shopping ” package. The package includes a two-night stay, $100 Westfield gift card by American Express, Passport to Savings coupon book, 25% discount at The Lodge’s gift shop Greene’s, chauffeured Audi car service to and from Westfield UTC, and breakfast for two at The Grill at Torrey Pines for both days. Rates start at $379 plus tax and are available through Dec. 31, 2014.

Great Rates for a Holiday Budget

Holiday Inn Bayside’s “Beachin’ Holiday Shopping Getaway” package offers discount shopping passes to Seaport Village and Horton Plaza, holiday cookies and hot cocoa, free parking and 2 p.m. late check-out (subject to availability). Rates start at $109 per night plus tax and are valid through Feb. 5, 2015.

The Bristol Hotel in downtown San Diego offers seasonal savings with a “Value Parking” package this winter. Book by Jan. 31, 2015 for stays through March and take advantage of discounted nightly valet parking and complimentary wi-fi. Rates start at $104 per night plus tax.

The Hilton San Diego Bayfront has significantly discounted rates for its “Winter Warm-Up in San Diego” package that includes free parking and wi-fi, starting at $129 for select dates through Feb. 25, 2015. Guests must book by Dec. 14 to secure these rates.

Hoppy and Historic Holidays

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesThe Hard Rock Hotel San Diego celebrates the season in the hoppiest way possible. The “Stay Crafty, San Diego” package has everything necessary to quench the thirst of true brew aficionados including discounted brewery tours, in-room selection of San Diego’s finest craft beers, snacks and a signature mug to keep. Rates start at $159 per nights plus tax; use promo code BEER when booking.

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Skating by the Sea-California’s only beachfront, outdoor ice skating rink-at the Hotel del Coronado. The Del’s ” Sea & Skate” package pairs ice skating with the beach by transforming the hotel’s famous Windsor Lawn, just steps from the Pacific Ocean, into a 6,600-square-foot ice rink during the holiday season. Sea & Skate includes overnight accommodations, one ice-skating session (including skate rentals) for two adults and two children, a $25 daily resort credit and a discounted rate of $15 for self-parking. Rates start at $339 per night plus tax and are valid through Jan. 3, 2015.

Available now through Feb. 28, 2015, at the Kona Kai Resort & Marina is the “Born to Be Wild” package that includes two tickets to the “Jungle Bells” holiday experience at the San Diego Zoo, a complimentary box of animal crackers and s’mores kit. Rates start at $169 plus tax per night.

The Glorietta Bay Inn at the renowned Spreckels Mansion offers a “Historic Winter in Coronado” package that includes a two-night stay in a deluxe patio/balcony room or bay view room, daily continental breakfast and afternoon hot apple cider and gingersnap cookies. The package also provides a $25 gift card to the Blue Bridge Hospitality Group for dining at local restaurants, two tickets to the Coronado Historic Walking Tour on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday at 11 a.m., a DVD to keep of Some Like it Hot (the classic Marilyn Monroe movie that was filmed in Coronado), old-fashioned candy, and two nights’ parking. The package sells for $395 including tax and is valid Sunday-Thursday (excluding holidays) through Feb. 2015.

New Year’s Eve Savings

Ring in the New Year at Hotel Indigo in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter with a “Room for Two” package that includes Indigo’s NYE party with open bar from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., champagne toast, appetizers from 9-11 p.m., decadent dessert station and party favors. Rates start at $459 on Dec. 31 for two people.

The Grand Del Mar’s “And a Happy New Year” package includes three nights’ accommodations, New Year’s Eve seven-course dinner for two at Addison (excludes alcoholic beverages and gratuity), complimentary access to The Grand New Year’s Eve Party and a New Year’s Day brunch-in-bed with choice of mimosas or bloody marys for two. Rates start at $2,200 plus tax and are available Dec. 29, 2014, through Jan. 3, 2015.

Happiness is calling in San Diego. For more information on San Diego’s offerings, including exciting vacation packages and valuable coupons for attractions, restaurants and more, visit the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website at www.sandiego.org or call 619-236-1212.

All offers are based on availability and some blackout dates may apply. In some cases, reservations must be cancelled 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid a one-night room plus tax penalty.

Over €5000 worth of prizes from Adare Manor‏

December 5, 2014 on 10:08 am | In Golf Resorts, Ireland, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesIt’s been a wonderful year at Adare Manor. We want to thank our wonderful guests and visitors for their ongoing support by celebrating with 15 days of luxurious prizes.

Every day from 5th to 20th December we will be giving away magical prizes to lucky winners; from sumptuous Afternoon Teas to luxurious overnight escapes.

To be in with a chance to win one of these magical prizes, all you have to do is follow our daily competition on the Adare Manor Facebook page and post your answer to the daily question in the Comments section. The answer to each question can be found on the Adare Manor website: www.adaremanor.com

In addition, we are giving away a Christmas Magic Grand Prize on 23rd December which is not to be missed! All you have to do to be entered into this competition is submit your answer to the question on the Christmas Magic tab on the Adare Manor Facebook page, along with your email and mobile number.

The Christmas Magic Grand Prize is: Three Night’s luxurious accommodation for Two in a Dunraven Stateroom with Full Irish Breakfast each morning. The winner and a friend will also enjoy an Eight Course Tasting Dinner for Two in the fine dining Oakroom restaurant on one evening and a sumptuous Afternoon Tea for Two in The Drawing Room on one afternoon.

Good luck!

Cosy up this winter with Hastings Hotels at The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa‏

December 5, 2014 on 10:06 am | In Golf Resorts, Hotels, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

Hastings Hotels, Northern Ireland’s finest independent hotel collection are offering a unique winter escape at the luxurious Slieve Donard Resort & Spa; surrounded by nature, this stunning winter wonderland is just waiting to be explored. Whether you enjoy getting comfortable in front of a traditional roaring fireplace with a hot toddy to keep the chills at bay or taking breaths of bracing crisp air and enjoying the crunch of fresh snow underfoot, The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is the place to relax and enjoy.

Winter Walks

The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa occupies a truly stunning position surrounded by nature at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Acknowledged as perfect wild walking territory, this is the place to get away from it all and enjoy the rugged beauty of the natural terrain. With recommended walking paths from 2-6 miles, there is a selection for both leisurely walks and those who prefer something a little steeper to take in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Make it to the summit of Slieve Donard, the highest of the Mourne Mountains and be rewarded with incredible views of the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Donegal, Wales, and on a good clear day even Scotland may be seen, as well as the long stretch of Newcastle Beach.

Families can also enjoy the outdoors with shorter walks perfect for younger children such as the Dundrum Castle Woods Trail, which offers a fun and interactive nature trail for the children, whilst adults can take in the beautiful surroundings.

For more information on surrounding walks, please visit www.walkni.com

Winter Spa Day Experience at The ESPA spa

During or after the hectic festive period take time to relax with this deeply relaxing and restorative day spa package to help comfort and soothe your body and mind through the long dark winter days. Offering a full sensory experience, soak those winter chills away in the vitality pools and enjoy the stunning vista across the Irish Sea and Mourne Mountains from the beauty and comfort of the sanctuary like spa.

With a modern minimalistic design, the simple, zen-like feel of the spa, promotes an immediate sense of wellbeing and relaxation. The Winter Spa Day experience offers several treatments all with premium spa products from ESPA, creating a luxurious winter wonderland.

Available from 1st December the Winter Spa Day Experience takes place in The ESPA Spa at The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa.

The Winter Spa Day Experience includes:

ESPA Back Exfoliation
ESPA Hot Stone Back Massage
ESPA Pro Cleanse Boutique Facial
ESPA Oriental Scalp Massage
Use of robe, slippers and towels
Delicious light lunch in our Juice Bar
Full use of all the Spa facilities

Hastings Hotels (www.hastingshotels.com, 028 9047 1066) offers rooms at The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa from £55 per person per night including breakfast (based on 2 adults sharing).

The Winter Retreat Day Spa Special at The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is offered from £99 Monday – Thursday. £30 Supplement applies for Friday – Sunday. To book please call the Spa at The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa on 028 4372 6166.

Kick off the Holidays with Wyndham Rewards’ 12 Days of Rewards Sweepstakes‏

December 5, 2014 on 9:54 am | In Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off

Loyalty program kicks off the holiday season with 12 Days of Rewards Sweepstakes

In need of a little extra cheer this holiday season? Wyndham Rewards® is here to help, which is why for the next 12 days, the growing hotel loyalty program is offering members the chance to win their share of more than 20 million points good towards free night stays, gift cards, shopping and more.

Culminating with a grand prize of 10 million Wyndham Rewards points for one lucky winner, the promotion starts today with prizes of 60,000 Wyndham Rewards points for 12 randomly selected winners from among all eligible who enter at http://wyndhamrewards.com/12days

As the promotion continues, the value of the prizes being given increases while the number of winners declines.

The full list of prizes, including the number being given away during the sweepstakes, is as follows:

December 1: Twelve (12) prizes of 60,000 Wyndham Rewards points
December 2: Eleven (11) prizes of 70,000 Wyndham Rewards points

December 3: Ten (10) prizes of 75,000 Wyndham Rewards points
December 4: Nine (9) prizes of 90,000 Wyndham Rewards points
December 5: Eight (8) prizes of 100,000 Wyndham Rewards points
December 6: Seven (7) prizes of 125,000 Wyndham Rewards points
December 7: Six (6) prizes of 150,000 Wyndham Rewards points
December 8: Five (5) prizes of 200,000 Wyndham Rewards points
December 9: Four (4) prizes of 250,000 Wyndham Rewards points
December 10: Three (3) prizes of 500,000 Wyndham Rewards points
December 11: Two (2) prizes of 1,000,000 Wyndham Rewards points
December 12: One (1) prize of 10,000,000 Wyndham Rewards points

The Wyndham Rewards 12 Days of Rewards sweepstakes starts today and lasts through December 12, 2014. Members can enter by visiting http://wyndhamrewards.com/12days and must do so daily in order to be eligible to win that day’s prize. All entries submitted throughout the duration of the sweepstakes will then roll-over into the drawing for the grand prize. If not already a member, entrants will be asked to first enroll in the program, which is free to join. For more information, including full terms and conditions, visit http://wyndhamrewards.com/12days.

This is the second major promotional offer from Wyndham Rewards in the span of just a few weeks. In mid-November, the program wrapped up its One Million Dollar Sweepstakes, which gave two lucky winners the chance to win one million dollars each, live in Times Square in New York City. While neither won the big prize, both walked away with $10,000. To learn more and see photos from the wrap-up event, visit www.facebook.com/wyndhamrewards

About Wyndham Rewards

Wyndham Rewards, the free-to-join guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group, is the world’s largest lodging loyalty program as measured by number of participating hotels. It is the only hotel loyalty program to offer members guaranteed rewards after just one qualified stay.

With over 7,000 participating hotels throughout more than 50 countries, the program offers more than 38 million members the opportunity to earn valuable points for their qualified stays. Those points may be redeemed for hundreds of rewards options including free hotel stays, airline travel, gift cards for leading retailers and restaurants and more. Free stays start as low as 5,500 points, while other reward options start as low as 250 points. Members may also choose to earn with approximately 20 leading airline carriers and other partners.

In addition, frequent travelers will appreciate the program’s Gold Status, which provides the program’s most loyal members with an additional free night after every 20 qualified nights. For more information or to join, visit www.wyndhamrewards.com

Up To 40 Per Cent Off With The Hotel Collection

December 4, 2014 on 9:42 am | In Golf Resorts, Hotels, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

The Hotel Collection is offering up to 40 per cent off bed and breakfast rates this winter with breaks available for just £30 per person, per night.

Relax and unwind following the busy festive season by enjoying a post-Christmas break at 21 unique hotels across the UK. Stay between 21 December 2014 and 12 April 2015 to receive 40 per cent off the usual price.

Guests can use their stay to kick-start a new healthier lifestyle as all guests who book online can also enjoy £10 free credit to spend at the hotel’s health and leisure clubs during their stay, or alternatively at the restaurant, bar or on room-service.

The Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham

A winter break at The Redworth Hall Hotel starts at £57 per room per night, based on two people sharing on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

A country hotel in County Durham, Redworth Hall Hotel sits within 150 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland and is ideal for a relaxing winter country break. Children can enjoy the outdoor adventure playground, but if they get chilly they can warm up in Redworth’s indoor soft play area. The hotel has 143 bedrooms including 34 contemporary deluxe spa rooms featuring spa baths and multi-jet showers. Use this time to revitalise and visit the health club, offering a range of facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor tennis courts.

The Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesA winter break at The Carlton Hotel starts at £103 per room per night, based on two people sharing on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

The Carlton Hotel originally opened in 1900 and served as an army hospital during the First World War, before transforming back into a hotel in 1937. Located in the very centre of Edinburgh overlooking the Royal Mile and just minutes from Edinburgh Castle, The Carton Hotel with its high ceilings and fairy-tale turret windows offers the perfect base for a winter break in the picture perfect Scottish capital.

The Lygon Arms, Cotswolds

A winter break at The Lygon Arms starts at £92 per room per night, based on two people sharing on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

Nestled amongst the honey-coloured cottages of the quintessential Cotswold village of Broadway, lies The Lygon Arms, one of the most famous hotels in the Cotswolds, boasting 78 bedrooms and six suites. Guests visiting The Lygon Arms this winter can get a feel of the cosy atmosphere as soon as they walk into the hotel, leading off the main entrance hall there are many oak-panelled rooms complete with ancient wall-hangings, ancestral portraits and roaring fires. Dine in the hotel’s ‘Great Hall’ complete with the original 17th century minstrel’s gallery, warming grand open fire and a barrel-vaulted ceiling. Enjoy an après dinner alcoholic tipple at ‘The Bar’ which offers all of the old warmth and charm that you would expect from an old English coaching inn.

The Shrigley Hall Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Cheshire

A winter break at The Shrigley Hall Hotel starts at £41 per room per night, based on two people sharing on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

The Shrigley Hall Hotel is located within the real-life winter wonderland, the Peak District. Set in 262 acres of spectacular countryside, this beautiful four-star country house hotel in Cheshire is perfectly located for exploring the Peak District, Derbyshire and Cheshire. Guests visiting Shrigley Hall can wrap up warm and explore the extensive grounds surrounding the hotel, or nestle inside by the log fires and enjoy excellent food and drink.

For more information or to book, please call The Hotel Collection on 0800 652 8413 or visit www.thehotelcollection.co.uk

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