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

Christmas and New Year 2015‏ with Hastings Hotels

December 17, 2014 on 9:20 am | In Hotels, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

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The perfect treat this Christmas

Hastings Hotels in Northern Ireland make for the perfect festive destination whether it’s pre-Christmas and a chance to explore the Belfast Christmas Markets and a wander throughout the lush countryside or over Christmas itself and a true indulgence with one of their 1, 2 or 3 night, overnight packages.

Christmas Getaway – 2 Night Package at Culloden Estate and Spa from £425

Check in from 3pm on Christmas Eve. Before dinner, a glass of mulled wine and a warm welcome awaits you from the General Manage and his team, with carol singing in the lounge. Then relax and savor a divine 4 course table d’hote menu in the beautiful surroundings of the Mitre Restaurant. Transport can be arranged for those who wish to visit a midnight service in the local church.

Start your day with a leisurely Christmas morning breakfast in the Mitre Restaurant or if you’re feeling energetic, explore the Estate on our guided tour of the Culloden. Then a supreme festive lunch is served in the Mitre Restaurant before a luxuriously lazy afternoon. Walk, unwind in the Spa or simply relax in front of roaring open fires with a good book. Finish a glorious day with dinner in the Cultra Inn before retiring for the night.

Full Irish breakfast will be served in the Mitre Restaurant prior to departure.

The perfect gift this Christmas

If getting away isn’t on the cards a gift voucher for a future stay at one of Hastings Hotels’ stunning properties might be more suitable.

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Hastings Hotels Gift Cheques are special vouchers which can be spent in any of the Hastings Properties.
The Gift Cheques can be used for a special night out … a luxury weekend … a beauty or hair treatment at the Spa … a meal or a bottle of wine or even a round of drinks at the bar.

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives


Traditionally snow covered ground and cold air, Christmas is spent wrapped up in front of the fire place with a hot toddy and a mince pie. If this is not your cup of tea perhaps a Maldivian festive celebration might be just what is needed.

A complete itinerary has been created including delectable culinary events including the festive wine cellar dinner and the grand seafood buffet as well as daily activities including spa treatments and excursions and nightly entertainment. If guests are staying through to New Year they can expect a New Year’s Eve countdown on the beach, a flyboard show and many more surprises. Throughout the whole festive season Sun Siyam Iru Fushi know that Christmas is important to the younger ones so kids have not been forgotten. Activities will be available all day along with special menus and more surprises.

Tuscany Now


Christmas is all about family and spend ing time together playing, talking and eating. Normally considered a summer choice, villa holidays are renowned for lounging by the pool or eating and drinking late in to the night on an outside veranda. Tuscany Now however like to offer their guests an alternative to this and have villas available all year round – some perfectly located within walking distance of Florence and with enough room to sleep the entire family. Dinners with the whole group around an old dining room table followed by board games in front of a traditional open fireplace in a characterful property in the Tuscan hills could just be the perfect Christmas.

On top of this Tuscany Now can offer experiences to make the festive season that little bit more special such as market tours, private cookery classes and personal chefs to prepare a stunning feast in the comfort of your own villa.

I Giullari villa sleeps 6 people and is located just walking distance from the centre of Florence – perfect for a cultural, festive break for a small family.

Tuscany Now (www.tuscanynow.com, 0207 684 8884) offers 7 nights in I Giullari (Sleeps 6) from £489pp based on 6 people sharing on a self-catering basis. Flights not included. Tuscany Now have 180 exclusive properties available to rent throughout the year, to enquire contact one of the dedicated sales team to find your perfect villa.

La Villa Di Petroio sleeps up to 16 people and is located near to Florence making it the perfect villa for a large family or group of friends to enjoy a Christmas break away.

Tuscany Now (www.tuscanynow.com, 0207 684 8884) offers 7 nights in La Villa Di Petroio (Sleeps 16) from £361pp based on 16 people sharing on a self-catering basis. Flights not included. Tuscany Now have 180 exclusive properties available to rent throughout the year, to enquire contact one of the dedicated sales team to find your perfect villa.

Conrad London St. James


London at Christmas is always a wonderful experience. Huge, fabulous, Christmas trees, lots of lights and decorations and plenty of warm, cosy pubs and restaurants to turn into and escape the cold and rest after a busy day Christmas shopping.

The Conrad London St. James is one of the most perfectly located hotels in London to experience the city at its best. Only a stone’s throw from Buckingham palace, the houses of parliament, Victoria, Westminster and many shops, theatres and restaurants.

Other than accommodation done well a traditional afternoon tea with a Christmas twist is a real treat at the Conrad London St. James and is a great way to settle down after a busy day. Dinner in the restaurant or a taste of the NEW Pub menu in the Blue Boar Bar might be more satisfying for the really hungry.

For more information about the Blue Boar Bar, the new Pub Menu, the hotel or to make a reservation, please visit www.conradhotels.com/london or call 020 3301 8080. Rooms start from £299 on a B&B basis.

Jetstreams for Travel Discounts

HotelsCombined Hacks Your Travel Experience

December 15, 2014 on 10:11 am | In Australia, Hotels, New South Wales, Northern, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria, Western | Comments Off

Sydney –: Christmas is around the corner and travellers are jumping online to book their end of year accommodation, according to HotelsCombined.

The Australian-based hotel price comparison site says the number of hotel bookings for the 2013 Christmas period increased 360 per cent over November and December, with a similar jump in bookings expected this year.

In the lead up to this busy travel period, HotelsCombined has released a clever list of the Top Ten Travel Hacks that make travel easy:

1. The Adaptor

Forgotten your phone charger? Or simply stopping over for a short period without the correct country adaptor? Just use the USB port in your hotel television to charge your phone.

2. The Phone Stand

Tired of holding your phone to watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones? By sitting your sunglasses upside down, you’ll create the perfect phone stand for the plane.

3. The Photocopy

Make copies of your passport, plane tickets, birth certificate, health insurance and hotel booking information before you leave. Save these documents as PDFs on your iPad or print them out so that you can access them offline if urgently needed.

4. The Sock

By placing delicate or breakable items inside a sock when packing will ensure that they arrive at your destination in one piece.

5. The Rope

A long, thin piece of rope will prove invaluable, when you can create a makeshift washing line in your hotel room. It’s much easier than hanging your dripping clothes over the back of the chair in your hotel room.

6. The Clip

Binder clips are multi-talented and can be used to both protect your razor and to wind your headphones around so they don’t get tangled.

7. The Scarf

Packed at the top of your hand luggage, a scarf or sarong will ensure that you have an extra layer or a blanket when it’s cool and can cover up if required.

8. The Roll

Roll your clothes instead of folding to both reduce crinkles and create extra space in your bag.

9. The Ribbon

Every second person has the same black suitcase. To save yourself from picking up the wrong bag, attach a bright ribbon or sticker to yours. That way you’ll be able to spot it from a mile away on the airport conveyor belt.

10. The App

Having the HotelsCombined mobile app on your phone will ensure that you get the best deal possible for your hotel, no matter where you are. It’s easy to use, 100 per cent free and you’ll be able to find nearby hotels on the go.

For travellers leaving their holiday accommodation until the last minute, Global PR Manager at HotelsCombined, Alycia Simons says that by using a metasearch site to book, they can save up to eighty per cent on the price of their hotel.

“The upcoming Christmas or summer period is one of the busiest and most expensive times of the year for travellers. Many are unaware of the savings that booking their accommodation via a metasearch engine can offer,” she said.

“We understand that at this time of the year price is especially important to those booking holidays. We have a database of over 800,000 hotels around the world and compare all major travel sites to help customers find the best deals possible,” Ms Simons said.

Padstow Prepares For Its Hottest Winter Festival

December 15, 2014 on 10:07 am | In Hotels, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

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The final details have been announced for the seventh annual Padstow Christmas Festival, which takes place from 4 to 7 December 2014.

Free to attend, Padstow Christmas Festival is where world-class chefs and local artisan producers come together around the town’s harbour to enjoy four days of top class demonstrations, entertainment and festive food and drink.

The event will feature 64 cookery demonstrations and workshops, which start from midday on Thursday 4 December across the Sharp’s Brewery Demonstration Theatre and separate Festival Kitchen. A star line-up of chefs including Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth, Nathan Outlaw, Angela Hartnett, Mitch Tonks and Mark Hix will be preparing a range of signature dishes in front of live audiences.

Event organiser, Tina Evans, said: “This is our biggest event to date with more than 40,000 visitors expected to join us for the festival.

“Alongside a packed schedule of demos, we’ll have a spectacular fireworks display, lantern parade, Narnia-inspired grotto, activities for children, pop-up food stalls and live music.”

Celebrity chefs Phil Vickery and Brian Turner will be going head-to-head in a cook off challenge on Saturday 6 December at 10am presented by TV’s Fern Britton.

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Ed Hughes, Beer Sommelier for Sharps Brewery, will be sharing his specialist knowledge of the industry in a unique beer and food pairing session at 2pm on Friday 5 December. Audience members will be given a selection of Sharp’s finest brews to sample with matching light bites cooked by The Mariners executive chef Paul Ripley.

Speaking about Sharp’s exhibits’ at the festival, Ed said: “We’re really proud to be lead sponsor of Padstow Christmas Festival. After the Food and Beer Masterclass, I’ll be hosting three more demos in the Festival Kitchen – giving Beer Tasting Tutorial Sessions at 3:45pm every day. I’ll be talking about a range of beer brands, not just Sharp’s. On top of four demonstrations, and two Sharp’s stands, our new secretive ‘Crate’ experience will also be cast adrift somewhere at the festival and visitors can hunt it down to get involved.”

“We’ll be offering samples of our famous beers, and sharing ideas about well-blended food and drink flavours. It will be perfect for anyone who’s looking for new and unique ideas for their Christmas celebrations.”

2014 also sees the return of Padstow’s traditional Christmas market with more than 100 stalls from South West crafts folk and food producers. Local boutique shops in the town will remain open for extended hours offering special discounts throughout the event.

For more information and to see a full programme of events, visit www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk.

Thursday highlights:

Cooking by apprentices from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall – 12pm in The Festival Kitchen.

Michelin-starred chef Paul Ainsworth and Paul Dodd chef demo – 4pm in the Sharp’s Brewery Demonstration Theatre.

Friday highlights:

Cookery demo by TV chefs Rick Stein and Brian Turner – 1.30pm in The Festival Kitchen.

Interior designer Teri Walter leads a ‘tart up your table’ workshop followed by cocktails from Tarquins Gin – 5.15pm in The Festival Kitchen.

Food forum at 5.45pm in the Sharp’s Brewery Demonstration Theatre.

Cookery demo by renown chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder – 6.45pm in the Sharp’s Brewery Demonstration Theatre.

The arrival of Father Christmas on a horse-drawn Victorian coach followed by a fireworks display over the harbour from 6pm.

Saturday highlights:

Santa fun run in aid of Cornwall hospice Care – 10am.

Food and drink demo from St Austell Brewery – 1.30pm in the Festival Kitchen.

Food and drink demo from Sharp’s Brewery – 3.45pm in the Festival Kitchen.

Cook off between TV chefs Phil Vickery and Brian Turner with Fern Britton – 10am in the Sharp’s Brewery Demonstration Theatre.

Cookery demo from Ashley Palmer-Watts, executive chef of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck group – 12.45pm in the Sharp’s Brewery Demonstration Theatre.

Sunday highlights:

‘Make it, bake it, eat it’ How to crimp a pasty from The Chough – 10.30am in the Festival Kitchen.

Cookery demo from Ben Bess, head chef at the Old Quay Hotel in Fowey.

Cookery demo from renown chefs Mitch Tonks and Mark Hix – 12.30pm in the Sharp’s Brewery Demonstration Theatre.

Cookery demo from Cornwall’s two michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw – 1.30pm in the Sharp’s Brewery Demonstration Theatre.

Hillbrooke Hotels Offers Festive Room Service For Dogs

December 15, 2014 on 10:02 am | In Hotels, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

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Quirky festive service for pet owners at Hillbrooke Hotels

Luxury hotel collection, Hillbrooke Hotels, is extending its reputation for quirkiness with the launch of a festive Room Service menu for VIPs (Very Important Pets) at three of its properties: The Bull & Swan at Burghley; The William Cecil at Stamford and The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard.

With the success of Dog Room Service menu, hirsute Hillbrooke guests can experience the same delicious food as their owners, although the more ‘traditional’ canine customer can also enjoy a choice of branded dog food flavours.

Operations Director, Paul Brown of Hillbrooke Hotels commented: ‘Each Hillbrooke Hotel Head Chef is passionate about seasonal and creative, yet simple menus, cooked to perfection. A special room service menu designed for dogs is our way of recognising a growing trend among our guests to holiday with their pets. We want to offer our four-legged friends the same luxurious experience as their owners and dogs certainly won’t have to ‘ruff’ it with our new menu.”

The dedicated festive Dog Dinner menu is available throughout December – Norfolk Black Turkey with gravy & Baker’s Sprinkles, Pigs in blankets with gravy & Baker’s Sprinkles are just a few festive options on the short, but tasty, festive menu at each property. Dishes start at £4.50.

Hillbrooke operates three hotels in the south and east of England under the banner of ‘Quirky Luxury’. What sets a Hillbrooke property apart is its location; each one is the closest independently-owned hotel on the grounds of some of England’s finest heritage sites or attractions.

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THE BULL & SWAN is a traditional pub in Stamford with luxurious rooms, and frequented (we think) by the infamous 1684 Burghley House drinking club called The Honourable Order of Little Bedlam. Address: The Bull & Swan, St Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2LJ
www.thebullandswan.co.uk / 01780 766412

THE MASTER BUILDER’S is situated glorious Beaulieu Estate; this luxury bolthole offers an impeccable and stylish back drop for a quintessentially English break, with views of the Beaulieu river.
Address: The Master Builder’s, Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SP2 0BH
www.themasterbuilders.co.uk  / 01590 616 253

THE WILLIAM CECIL not only lies within the magnificent Burghley Estate, but is in Stamford, the town that topped The Sunday Times’ 2013 list of the best places to live in Britain.
Address: The William Cecil, St Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2LJ
www.thewilliamcecil.co.uk / 01780 750 070

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.

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

Jetstreams for Travel Discounts

Conrad London St. James launches NEW Pub Menu at the Blue Boar Bar‏

December 4, 2014 on 9:24 am | In Hotels, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off

LONDON – The Blue Boar Bar at Conrad London St. James is pleased to launch a NEW menu that is now available to hungry diners daily from 11.00am – 11.00pm. The talented team of British chefs (more than half the team is from the UK, something that is increasingly rare in a London kitchen) are ready to serve up carefully prepared, distinctive dishes with traditional, simple and wholesome flavours to satisfy the most ravenous of customers.

The new menu features classic dishes such as Welsh Rarebit, Steak & Chips and hearty Sausage & Mash among some more indulgent plates including the Club Lobster Sandwich and Morecombe Bay Potted Shrimps. The menu (with mains from £12) has been developed to offer patrons a down to earth yet well considered dining experience with the comforting and familiar values of a local drinking establishment and the great British pub.

Starters (priced from £5.50) range from a Classic Caesar Salad to Chicken Liver Pate with Brioche Toast followed by mains including Fillet steak, Roast Cod, Cockles, Colcannon and Bacon and of course the Blue Boar Burger. On the menu you will also find British Classics including Beer Battered Fish & Chips, Braised Ox Cheek and Shepherd’s Pie. There is also a delectable range of warming and comforting indulgent deserts (starting from £6) to choose from including Bread & Butter Pudding, Knickerbocker Glory, Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake and by far the best Rosemary & Buttermilk Pudding in St. James.

Using only the very best ingredients, Head Chef Rob Stephens and his team have taken the essence of British pub food and developed dishes with a nostalgic flavour served with a quality and distinction that you would only expect to find in a high class establishment such as the Blue Boar. A great selection of bar snacks are also available – the perfect accompaniment to a meal or as a quick bite for people on the run. Tuck into Scotch Eggs, Pork Pie and Quiches all served with homemade chutneys and piccalilli – the pièce de résistance being the Sausage Rolls made from a special Blue Boar signature sausage mix.

To accompany the new menu and for thirsty punters, the Blue Boar Bar serves a selection of original cask ales and local craft beers along with fine wines and spirits ensuring there is something to suit the palate of everyone looking to enjoy a lunch time or after work/evening drink with friends and colleagues. Live music takes place every Friday (including Thursday’s throughout December) and helps to create a friendly and relaxed environment for all.

For more information about the Blue Boar Bar, the new Pub Menu or to make a reservation, please visit www.conradhotels.com/london or call 020 3301 8080.

For more information about Conrad Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.conradhotels.com  or http://news.conradhotels.com

About Conrad Hotels & Resorts

Conrad Hotels & Resorts is the destination for the new generation of smart luxury travelers, for whom life, business, and pleasure seamlessly intersect. A global luxury brand of 24 properties across five continents, Conrad connects guests to people and places around the corner or halfway around the world. Intuitive service is delivered through the Conrad Concierge mobile app that puts all hotel services and amenities at the guest’s fingertips. Conrad is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com or www.conradhotels.com/offers. Learn more about this inspiring portfolio by visiting http://www.news.conradhotels.com

Supreme Hotels LLP – part of the Splendid Hospitality Group.

The Splendid Hospitality Group, is owned and controlled by Shiraz and Nadeem Boghani. The group operates under the direction of Stuart Bailey CEO. The group is an owner, operator and developer of a portfolio of 14 hotels with nearly 1400 bedrooms located in London and across the UK, ranging from limited service to luxury. The group enjoys the support of major brands such as IHG, Choice and Hilton Worldwide and operates 8 branded hotels. A further 5 sites (adding an extra 900 bedrooms) are at various stages of development.

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