We all deserve to be rewarded and no one understands this better than Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company.
Wyndham Rewards is the free-to-join loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group that ties together the company’s family of 15 diverse brands to offer the most flexible rewards options available and is also the only hotel loyalty program to offer members guaranteed rewards after just one stay.
For your upcoming articles on travel deals and discounts, as well as holiday travel tips, below are current promotions offered by Wyndham Hotel Group and Wyndham Rewards.
· Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? – Now through September 15th, Wyndham Rewards members can enter for a chance to win up to $1,000,000! Two winners will each receive $500 spending money and travel for 2 to the Event Prize Drawing, with a chance to win up to $1,000,000.
· Plan Ahead & Save – Book a hotel reservation online at least seven days in advance at a Wyndham family of brands hotel and get up to 25% off a participating hotel’s Best Available Rate. Additionally, you’ll receive 500 Wyndham Rewards bonus points!
· Free Night Delight – From now until December 31st, book three consecutive nights at a participating Wyndham resort or hotel and get the fourth night free!
Best Western International, THE WORLD’S BIGGEST HOTEL FAMILY®, is helping travelers make the most of the fall months with online booking savings. Now through November 23, guests can save up to 20 percent at participating hotels when they book at bestwestern.com.
In addition to big discounts, Best Western Rewards® members who register for the promotion and book their stay at bestwestern.com will also receive 1,000 bonus points for each qualified stay through November 23. Best Western Rewards Gold, Platinum and Diamond Elite members will receive an additional 500 bonus points per stay. There is no limit on the number of bookings and points members can earn during the promotion period. Guests can sign-up for Best Western Rewards, the hotel brand’s loyalty program, and promotion at bestwesternrewards.com and register for the promotion at www.bestwestern.com/fall.
“Our fall promotion will help travelers save and earn rewards easily when booking at bestwestern.com,” said Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Best Western International. “We know fall can be a great time to be on the road investing in customer relationships, and we hope our business travelers can leverage this opportunity to grow their business.”
Best Western always remains committed to making the lowest rates available to travelers at bestwestern.com through its Low Rate Guarantee. Guests who find a lower rate on another website after booking at bestwestern.com are eligible to receive a $100 USD Best Western Travel Card®.
Offering the lowest redemption thresholds for awards, the Best Western Rewards program has continued to be one of the industry’s most generous rewards programs for more than 25 years. With more than 4,000* locations in 100* countries, Best Western makes it easy for members to earn points that can be redeemed for global free room nights with no blackout dates, the Best Western Travel Card®, dining, shopping and entertainment gift cards, gas cards, airline/partner rewards and more. Best Western’s Status Match…No Catch® program will match members’ elite status in any other hotel loyalty program free of charge. Consumers who are not members of Best Western Rewards can sign up for the free program at www.bestwestern.com
About Best Western International, Inc.
Best Western International, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand made up of more than 4,000* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS®, BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Now celebrating 68 years of hospitality, Best Western welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests nightly. Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales, marketing and promotional support, and online and mobile booking capabilities. More than 20 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can be redeemed at any Best Western hotel worldwide. The brand’s partnerships with AAA/CAA, Minor League Baseball, and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. In 2013, Best Western earned our highest level of brand recognition, including our fifth AAA/CAA Hotel Partner of the Year award, second Compuware Best of the Web Gold award, fourth No. 1 ranking in Brand Keys Consumer Loyalty Engagement Index for midscale hotels and seventh TTG Asia Best Mid-range Hotel Brand. Forty percent of Best Western hotels worldwide won TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards for customer satisfaction.
For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.bestwestern.com.
*Numbers are approximate and may fluctuate.
arriott’s new ‘lifestyle’ brand, Moxy Hotels, has opened its first property in Milan.
The hotel giant claims investor interest in the brand has been ‘exceptional’ and it has already signed 11 Moxy hotels to open in Europe by the end of 2016.
These will include hotels in Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Oslo, Aberdeen, and London.
Marriott says its new boutique hotel concept for the ‘budget savvy traveller’, will ‘boldly reinvent the traditional economy hotel experience’.
“Moxy is the essence of the next generation traveller, not only Gen X and Y but guests with a younger sensibility, for whom contemporary style is paramount,” said Tina Edmundson, global brand officer for Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands.
“Every aspect of Moxy Hotels has been thoughtfully researched and crafted to reflect and deliver on the ever changing lifestyles and expectations of this rapidly growing customer segment.”
The Moxy Milan is located within walking distance of Terminal Two at Milan Malpensa Airport. Complimentary 24-hour shuttle service is available from Terminal One.
Reception staff known as ‘The Moxy Crew’ will welcome guests to a ‘bright, airy lobby’ where they’ll experience a ‘hassle free check-in’.
“The interiors feel boutique hotel inspired, successfully fusing refined and raw materials, organic and linear lines, and public/private spaces,” said the group.
Meanwhile, the 162 guest rooms are fitted with sound-reducing walls, 42-inch LCD flat screen televisions, free wi-fi, and deep-seated armchairs in ‘calming, neutral’ fabrics.
A 24-hour cself-service cafe sells fresh juices, coffee, sandwiches, craft beers and ready-mixed Tails cocktails.
Rates at the new Moxy Milan start at €79, with a special opening rate of €55 including VAT (city tax will apply) for stays from 1 September-31 October 2014, subject to availability.
Shangri-La Celebrates China National Day with “Golden Offer” at all 85 Locations from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12September 7, 2014 on 2:49 pm | In Asia, China, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off
Hong Kong, September 4, 2014 – For the 65th China National Day celebration, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is offering a room package that promise travelers special treats and the brand’s renowned hospitality. Globally, the “Golden Offer” is available at all hotels and features free breakfast for two persons, late check-out and double points for registered Golden Circle members. The Golden Offer package can be booked for stays from September 26 to October 12, 2014.
Those booking the “Golden Offer” for stays in China can pay an extra RMB11, about US $2, (in Mandarin “eleven” is pronounced the same as “1 October”) and enjoy a host of benefits at all Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders hotels in China, including an upgrade to the next room category, free breakfast for a third person and two entry tickets to local sightseeing spots.
In conjunction with the offer, guests can enjoy Shangri-La’s complimentary Wi-Fi and Children’s Meal Plan. Under the plan, up to two children under the age of six of registered guests staying at city hotels and those under the age of 12 staying at resorts can enjoy complimentary buffet meals in all-day dining and pool cafes when accompanied by a paying adult. Additional children or those between ages six and 12 staying at city hotels will receive a 50 percent discount on the buffet price.
The China National Day “Golden Offer” is not valid in conjunction with other offers or promotions and is subject to availability at time of reservation. Please visit www.shangri-la.com for full details and reservations.
“From Beijing to London, from Lhasa to Maldives, the group’s entire 85 hotels are participating in this Golden Offer specially designed to cater to those vacationing during National Week”, said Kent Zhu, chief marketing officer of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. “Guests can enjoy an attractive offer to celebrate the 65th birthday of China along with Shangri-La signature benefits.”
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China World Summit Wing, Beijing Premier Suite Bedroom: http://www.shangintranet.com/guest/PhotoLib.asp?hphotono=7129
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives Villa
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Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat AL Beri, Abu Dhabi Rooftop Pool: http://www.shangintranet.com/guest/PhotoLib.asp?hphotono=5560
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok CHI, The Spa: http://www.shangintranet.com/guest/PhotoLib.asp?hphotono=5560
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney Altitude Private Dining Room: http://www.shangintranet.com/guest/PhotoLib.asp?hphotono=8172
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, currently owns and/or manages more than 80 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 34,000. Over four decades the group has established its brand hallmark of ‘hospitality from the heart.’ The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® is demonstrating its A Sense of Place® philosophy – one of infusing the locations’ culture, history and environs throughout each property – in delicious, authentic style with the debut of its new signature culinary program, A Sense of Taste.
A Sense of Taste offers extraordinary culinary journeys and experiences at the most luxurious hotels and resorts around the world. From exploring the region and local culture through curated Epicurean Encounters to delighting in customized and memorable Bespoke Dining, Rosewood has created a series of exquisite experiences tailored to each property. Additionally, as part of Rosewood’s Partners in Provenance commitment, guests enjoy fresh, locally sourced foods whenever possible, literally offering them a taste of the location.
Private, guided tours to exclusive locations in each Rosewood destination offer rare access to local culinary experiences, from diving for lobsters at Rosewood Little Dix Bay and a floatplane trip to Salt Spring Island to learn the art of cheese-making at Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, to deep-sea fishing in the Red Sea with the catch prepared to perfection by chefs at Rosewood Corniche in Jeddah. Whether challenging the chef at Las Ventanas al Paraíso or blending one’s own wine at with a master winemaker at Rosewood CordeValle, each element of the Epicurean Encounters reveals the local culinary landscape’s history and traditions.
Partners in Provenance
Rosewood’s Partners in Provenance commitment is borne out of respect for local farmers, indigenous agriculture, and a dedication to delivering the highest quality foods. Based on each hotel’s unique location, a defined radius is established within which the chefs source artisanal ingredients to feature on menus. Rosewood chefs partner with local farms and purveyors that provide them with fresh, seasonal produce throughout the year, meat from resident farms, and fish line-caught in an ethical, sustainable manner. The concept emphasizes maintaining a seasonal and diverse menu featuring local fare.
This attitude is carried forward to each and every associate of the Rosewood food and beverage teams: build a relationship; know your product; and enjoy selling it with the same passion as if you would have produced it yourself.
For the culinary connoisseur, Rosewood introduces once-in-a-lifetime Bespoke Dining journeys, offering extraordinary, private dining experiences arranged at unique and exclusive locations both on and off property, from wine cellars and desert tents to private islands. Whether stargazing dinners and Caribbean rum tastings at Rosewood Little Dix Bay, gourmet picnics in Vancouver’s beloved Stanley Park created by the chefs at Rosewood Hotel Georgia, or the ultimate romantic, fireside dinner at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, these epicurean experiences can be tailored to guests’ palates and preferences.
“Rosewood has always strived to offer guests authentic local experiences and fully immerse them in the community,” said Radha Arora, president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. “It is our belief that one of the best and most satisfying ways to gain knowledge of a culture is to experience its cuisine.”
About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts:
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages 18 one-of-a-kind luxury properties in nine countries. Each Rosewood hotel embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place® philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture and sensibilities. The Rosewood collection includes some of the world’s most legendary hotels and resorts, including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek® in Dallas, Texas, USA. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts targets to double its portfolio within five years with 12 future hotels currently announced.
For more information: www.rosewoodhotels.com
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A firm which tests and tracks hotel Wi-Fi speeds has launched a browser extension displaying individual hotel Wi-Fi speed and quality on major travel booking websites Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com and TripAdvisor.
Average Wi-Fi speed and a ‘confidence’ rating are displayed on each hotel page alongside the hotels’ prices and customer ratings, and hotel searches can be filtered based on Wi- Fi speeds.
Previously this information was only accessible by first checking with the hotelwifitest.com website.
The browser extension is available with a one-click download for Firefox and Chrome browsers.
Studies continue to show free Wi-Fi is one of the most sought after perks for both business and leisure travelers but lack of fast internet speeds is also one of the major complaints.
A study carried out by the company earlier this month showed that selecting by hotel chain is a good predictor of Wi-Fi speed and stability.
In a study of the 20 most tested hotel brands, Radisson Blu came top with just 17% of its properties rated as ‘poor for Wi-Fi performance,’ while Homewood Suites came last with 90% of hotels offering substandard Wi-Fi connections.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives is the first resort in Asia to offer founder Christopher Harrison’s groundbreaking and gravity-defying yoga technique, and have built an impressive hexagonal yoga pavilion – in a private jungle clearing – dedicated to The AntiGravity Experience.
The creator and founder of the revolutionary fitness and entertainment brand, AntiGravity (established 1991), is Christopher Harrison. In addition to his yoga and fitness techniques, Harrison has created entertainment productions from the Olympics, to Broadway to Disney Films. AntiGravity also performed at the Inauguration of President Obama. AntiGravity’s headquarters and Advanced Teacher Training Institute is currently situated in midtown Manhattan with a branch also in Chiang Mai, Thailand and a dedicated theater in Orlando, FL.
The Harrison AntiGravity Hammocks are utilized to allow the participants to perform zero-compression inverted postures, relieving the body of all its compression strains while releasing a wave of happy hormones. Recommendations and high praise has been received from people of all ages, body types and abilities who appreciate both the therapeutic nature and the sensation of flying.
“AntiGravity Yoga is new, exciting, incredibly beneficial, and aligns perfectly with the Landaa philosophy,” explains the Resort’s Director of Spa Sandie Johannessen. “In our constant pursuit for youth, it’s a great way to have fun while working out – leaving you feeling both powerful and fabulous. It’s a great way to get the kinks out after a long flight and the relaxation meditation at the end of the practice, cocooned in the hammock, is pure bliss.”
To accommodate the spa and resort industry, Harrison has created special class designs that embody an AntiGravity Experience accessible to everyone. “It is about reconnecting the body and mind, and rediscovering balance – a process that is accelerated by the incredible natural surrounds of Landaa Giraavaru,” comments Christopher Harrison, founder of AntiGravity, who personally travelled to the Resort to train its yogis.
Rediscovering and exploring wellness is what the facility is all about, and the award-winning Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa of The Four Seasons, according to spa designer Luisa Anderson, is providing new wings for the exploration of the dynamics of wellbeing.
As holidaying with a pet fast becomes one of the most talked about trends in the travel industry thanks to amended laws on taking pets abroad and a growing number of animal-friendly holiday packages, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) reveals the most popular, and strangest, requests for travelling furry companions.
Not wanting to deny their pets of a quality holiday experience, in a recent survey by Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH), luxury travellers identify their pets’ ideal holiday demands, ranging from grooming and dog beds to pata negra ham and caviar and blueberry facials.
In SLH’s survey of over 8,000 people worldwide, 7.3% of respondents said that they would travel with their pet whenever possible. 15.1% said that they would be willing to pay a supplement for their pets to be pampered, with the top pet pampering items identified by respondents including luxury bedding (14.1%), food (11.2%) and pet grooming (7.9%).
When asked what luxuries their pet might enjoy at a luxury hotel, the responses were varied, ranging from the possible to the highly unlikely. Many of the most bizarre suggestions came from dog owners in China, which included ‘pata negra ham and cavier’, ‘unlimited playtime’, and ‘a sausage dog girlfriend’.
Suggestions from luxury travellers in the USA included ‘blueberry facials’ and ‘bird-watching at a zoo’ for their cat. A UK pet owner proposed ‘a personal butler’, while the dream holiday for one Burmese cat in Australia would involve ‘someone spending the day with her and telling her how beautiful she is’.
Recognising this trend, many Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ properties have introduced pet friendly packages, so furry friends can have a luxury holiday experience just as much as their owners.
Surrounded by over 60 acres of gardens and woodland, Lainston House Hotel in Winchester, UK, is an ideal holiday destination for the active dog. Its VIP (Very Important Pooch) package means that four legged best friends don’t have to be left at home, with a number of bedrooms and suites available to book that have a patio door leading straight out to the hotel grounds. With the VIP package, pooches will have their own bed, water and food bowls with a mat, bags for ‘tidying up’ and a special treat.
Rooms at Lainston House Hotel with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) are priced from £165 per night, based on two people sharing, with a supplement of £50 per night for dogs to cover deep cleaning. To book visit www.slh.com or call 0800 0482 314. The hotel must be told in advance about canine visitors in order to allocate the correct room.
At Hoteldorf Grüner Baum in Bad Gastein, Austria, there is a dog training ‘play meadow’ next to the hotel, where Mario the expert dog trainer offers individual consultations. Dogs can also take advantage of a number of physiotherapy options, starting with an examination by a vet to identify the most beneficial treatment. Massages, lymphatic drainage and active-passive movement exercises are all available with the help of laser therapy, ultrasound machines and hot and cold treatment equipment. There are also a number of specific wellness packages on offer, such as the metabolism package, involving a nutrition consultation, and a deep balance package that includes overall regeneration and detoxification. The ‘Fitness for Older Dogs’ programme offers joint mobilisation, muscle building and an exercise programme to take home.
To settle canine visitors into their new surroundings, they are offered a welcome biscuit and a surprise gift on arrival. Furthermore, a special section of the hotel restaurant is set aside for dogs, so that guest can dine with their companion. Guests can even pre-request their dog’s favourite food to enjoy alongside them in the restaurant.
Rooms at Hoteldorf Grϋner Baum with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) are priced from £124 per night based on two people sharing and includes breakfast. Depending on the size of the dog, a supplement of €10 – €20 per day is charged for a dog. To book visit www.slh.com or call 0800 0482 314.
The Raithwaite Estate in Whitby, UK, has a number of dog-friendly rooms and cottages, but for those dogs that prefer a holiday away from their owners, there are also onsite kennels. The dog spa, where favourite treatments include mud baths, blueberry facials (to remove stains from their face) and Jacuzzis, means that dogs don’t miss out on the luxury hotel experience. . Its dog day care centre and dog sitter service means that dogs won’t be left without company when their guests are enjoying some of the hotel’s other facilities. Dogs are provided with a dog bed, two bowls and other dog friendly accessories, and can also choose from a special dog menu with a range of meals cooked by the hotel’s chefs.
Rooms at The Raithwaite Estate with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) start from £93 per night based on two people sharing, with a supplement of £15 per night for dogs, which includes dog bed, two bowls and other accessories, as well as the cleaning cost.
For more information on Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH), visit www.slh.com
Confirming their commitment to sustainably sourced produce
Hastings Hotels, Northern Ireland’s finest independent hotel group are passionate about food and believe that eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Due to this strong belief, they pride themselves on sourcing only the highest quality produce for use in their restaurants, from breakfast buffets to fine dining and gourmet menus. The culture of ‘local is best’ underpins all Hastings Hotels’ menus and showcases the very best of Northern Ireland’s seasonal larder and heritage from a select group of local and artisanal suppliers. The outstanding quality and flavour that differentiates this produce ensures that every dining experience is as delicious and special as possible.
The commitment given by Hastings Hotels to locally sourced produce is reinforced across their six properties with two little booklets available for diners to read. These give more details on their local sourcing policies and share suppliers’ stories, allowing guests to see the care, quality and local expertise that goes into every meal. An example of the award winning produce you will find in any of the Hastings’ restaurants includes Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt, the only yoghurt made in Northern Ireland, created using milk from Clandeboye’s award winning herd of Holstein and Jersey cows and Carnbrooke Meats Honeybee Sausages which are a unique blend of pork, spice and Mourne Heather Honey.
Hastings Hotels are also pioneering their local produce quest, with the installation of special edible herb gardens in all six of their hotels. The latest addition is the edible herb roof garden on the top of the world famous Europa hotel right in the bustling city centre of Belfast! In a world where customer demand for information on how and where food originates from is on the increase, Hastings endeavour to use fresh local ingredients sourced responsibly and sustainably, ensuring a low carbon footprint wherever possible. By investing in on-site gardens, the culinary teams at the hotels can ensure an abundance of seasonal produce on a daily basis, right at their fingertips! The development programme of herb and edible flower gardens began last year at the 5* Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast. The initiative was so successful and well received by guests, that similar herb gardens have been created at all of the Hastings properties and expanded upon, with new additions including rhubarb beds and Chilean guava bushes!
Howard Hastings, Managing Director of Hastings Hotels commented: “These new herb gardens illustrate our continued dedication to food provenance. The island of Ireland has a proud heritage of farming and fishing, resulting in an abundance of sensational produce and we at Hastings Hotels are striving to give all our guests a true taste of this in everything we serve. When sourcing our food, we look for produce which stands out from the rest – from where it originates, to the way it is produced and for its flavour”
The Europa Hotel was the last of the properties to develop green fingers and is now the proud home to its own herb gardens and greenhouses. The greenhouses will be used to grow micro-herbs and pea shoots for the hotel from April to October. Raised beds have been planted with rhubarb, bay trees, thyme, rosemary, parsley, sage, coriander and chives for the chefs to use across many of their popular dishes and even in cocktails in the bars! These fabulous, productive herb gardens allow guests and diners alike to enjoy the freshest ingredients with the lowest carbon footprint and food miles around!
To experience the finest northern Irish culinary delights visit a Hastings hotel!
The Europa Hotel (www.hastingshotels.com; 028 9047 1066) offers B&B accommodation in the heart of Belfast from £55 per night (based on 2 people sharing).
Portfolio Collection’s much loved trusted places to stay have partnered with eBucks Rewards to offer all members accommodation within their portfolio.
Rewards programmes have become major players in the tourism sector as users tend to use their points for special treat items – and travel is high on that list.
Portfolio Collection visits every establishment to ensure it meets their vigorous standards and selects these places to join from the thousands of smaller properties in the market. This makes it a clear fit for eBucks Rewards, who want to be sure their members will experience the same high standard of accommodation when travelling.
Reservations can be made using eBucks. If members don’t have enough eBucks to pay the full reservation cost, they can pay the balance using their bank account.
James Delaney of Moja Media says “This is another big step for Portfolio Collection, negotiating on behalf of our members to give them access to vast audiences. We’re learning from the best in the world, and we want to be even better than them.”
The partnership will extend to larger properties and MICE venues too, through Moja Media’s new Orange Collection.
With the addition of Portfolio and Orange Collections’ suite of establishments, eBucks now presents the full spectrum of travel offerings – flights, car rentals, large hotels, country houses, villas, boutique hotels, game lodges and conference venues.
The Portfolio establishments will be fully live and tested by July, in time for a formal launch to the public in August.
Visit the website at: www.portfoliocollection.com
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