Classic Vacations Adds Hundreds of Hotels

April 21, 2014 on 11:38 am | In Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



Classic Vacations, a leading provider of luxury wholesale travel, announced today the addition of an expanded selection of hotels now available to Travel Advisors through the Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN).

In addition to Classic Vacations’ current inventory of luxury hotels, the travel wholesaler will also provide Travel Advisors with over 800 handpicked 3-, 4-, and 5-star hotels from Expedia’s portfolio. The new hotel inventory offers Travel Advisors the opportunity to earn commission on stop-over hotels, airport hotels, one-off bookings, as well as pre/post cruise options in the selected roll-out destinations.

“The Expedia Affiliate program is meant to be an added benefit to our Travel Advisors,” said David Hu, President of Classic Vacations. “Our newly expanded product selection gives Travel Advisors a one-stop-shop to complete their bookings and to receive timely commission payments.”

Australia, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, and New Zealand all have EAN inventory currently available for Travel Advisors. Classic Vacations is in the process of rolling out the EAN hotel inventory to the balance of its twelve destinations. Those who wish to book an EAN property have the option to book directly through the company’s website, or by calling the dedicated EAN service desk team at Classic Vacations.

When booking an Expedia Affiliate hotel through Classic Vacations, there are a few differences for Travel Advisors to consider. To help Travel Advisors understand the booking and commission process, a complete FAQ can be found on Classic Vacations’ website.


A New Era: Tiered Wi-Fi at Hotels

April 21, 2014 on 10:44 am | In Hotels, Mobile Apps | Comments Off



Hotel companies have long given up trying to make a profit in the Internet arena, but in the last year they’ve introduced a tiered Wi-Fi system they hope can at least atone for a portion of their investment, while accommodating guests’ ever-increasing demand for faster Internet speeds and higher bandwidth.

Marriott International introduced tiered Wi-Fi about a year ago through its Marriott Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott and Renaissance Hotels brands.

Since then, a host of hotel companies and brands have followed suit, including Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt, Omni Hotels & Resorts, MGM Resorts International and Loews Hotels & Resorts.

Even when companies that operate hotels don’t introduce tiered Wi-Fi brand-wide, some owners of the hotels are taking the initiative. Four Seasons West Lake Village in Los Angeles, owned by Castle & Cooke, introduced tiered Wi-Fi 18 months ago.

But why the sudden change?

Well, like anything in the hospitality industry, guests tend to dictate the tempo. “The people” have the power, if you will.

Hilton conducted a poll of guests and that spring-boarded the company’s tiered Wi-Fi service.

“What became clear was that there was a small and growing number of guests that were willing to pay a nominal fee for greater access,” said Josh Weiss, vice president of guest technology, Hilton Worldwide.

“About 25 to 30 percent of guests said that at some time it would helpful to them and they would be willing to purchase it,” Weiss added.

In turn, Hilton introduced the service through its focused-service and extended-stay brands in January (Hampton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home 2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn).

Brian Johnson, general manager of Loews Hollywood Hotel (which will finish up an extensive renovation in about a week), said it was important to still offer free Wi-Fi to guests, while also giving them the option to receive higher speeds through the Los Angeles property’s second tier.

“We decided that it was important that customers were highly connected and remain in the know when they’re on the road. They expect certain services to be included with their stay,” Johnson said of Loews Hollywood Hotel’s free Wi-Fi.

But “you also have those individuals that require higher bandwidth and higher speeds,” Johnson added.

Hilton’s high-speed Internet ranges from about $3.95 to $5.95 for 24 hours of service, with $4.00 being the general price, but the price ultimately depends on the market, Weiss said. Hilton’s high-speed Internet service includes the ability to use up to three devices.

Loews Hollywood Hotel’s high-speed access costs $14.95 per 24 hours, but it allows guests to use up to eight devices.

Hyatt offers free high-speed Internet access at its Park Hyatt, Andaz, Hyatt House and Hyatt Place properties.

For Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Hotels, the cost for high-speed Wi-Fi is generally anywhere from about $9.95 to $14.95 a day. These hotels offer 24-hour packages, two-to-three-day packages and seven-day packages.

MGM Resorts International announced the completion of its extensive Wi-Fi expansion in October 2013, collaborating with Mobilitie and Cisco Systems to offer a free and tiered Wi-Fi system across its Las Vegas portfolio, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, THEhotel, the Mirage, ARIA, Vdara, the Shops at Crystals, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor and Excalibur.

According to MGM Resorts, its high-speed Internet offers speeds up to 30 percent faster, and up to 10 Mbps for convention attendees.

The question is: Is this trend here to stay or is it purely an experimental or temporary offering?

It’s hard to say for sure, but both Weiss and Johnson appear to believe tiered Wi-Fi isn’t going away anytime soon.

“I think people are getting used to tiered types of service,” Weiss said. “Tiered access, as long as it’s clearly explained… is here to stay.”

“I think it’s important to keep in mind that expectations continue to change,” Johnson added. “It’s a changing world and we need to adapt to the climate we’re living in.”

Johnson confirmed that many guests are not only accepting the tiered system, but have actually “embraced it.”

“We’re excited about the response we’ve received,” Johnson said. “Folks understand they’re going to have to pay a small fee (for higher speeds) and they’ve embraced it.”

As for attempting to charge for standard Wi-Fi to make a profit, hotel companies can basically forget about it now.

Said Johnson: “There are things in the industry that are just expected, and Wi-Fi is one of them. I don’t think there will ever be a day where we can go back and charge for standard Wi-Fi.”

Apparently, the best things in life are free, but you can always pay a little extra for better versions of them.


College Park Marriott Brushes Up For The Business Traveler

April 21, 2014 on 10:43 am | In Hotels | Comments Off



More often than not, business meetings are where creativity goes to die. Between paradigm shifts, market share reports, and endless slideshows (good heavens, the slideshows), you can almost feel the creative juices seep out as another presenter takes the podium to share the latest outside-the-box thinking on corporate mission statements

The newly renovated College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center feels your pain, business traveler. That’s why they’ve created a conference space that’s uniquely immersed in art — from Balinese woodblock prints to oil on canvas and bronze sculptures by noted Maryland artists — to provide a creative, productive atmosphere for modern business meetings.

“Art is inspiring and educational. It really changes the atmosphere of meeting space,” says Eric Key, director of the Arts Program at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), which owns the hotel and the extensive art collection within its walls. “We want to not only expose people to art, but cultivate an environment that will spearhead creative thinking and positive attitude.”

With four formal art galleries and more than 500 original works of art, showcasing and nurturing creativity was a primary goal as designers fashioned new pre-function space, meeting rooms, ballrooms and guest rooms in a yearlong transformation.

The four namesake galleries feature noted Maryland artists Gladys Goldstein, Herman Maril, Selma Oppenheimer and Joseph Sheppard, with diverse works that include paintings, sculptures and mixed media with candy wrappers. Meeting wings and the lobby showcase the Doris Patz Collection of Maryland Artists and Asian Art Collection with decorative snuff bottles and ancient Chinese scrolls and pottery dating from the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD).

Even more works grace the new Marriott Hotels Greatroom, with 75 objets d’art, and unique Prints of original works in each of the newly restyled guest rooms.

For organizers who want to add group outings to their events, a wealth of cultural arts exists just outside the hotel. College Park Marriott provides complimentary shuttle service, restaurant discounts and overnight packages to Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center ticket holders. The Gateway Arts District of Prince George’s County is located within one mile.

For reservations and more information, visit www.marriott.com/wasum or call 301-985-7300.


Hotels Responding to Business Travelers’ Demands

April 20, 2014 on 11:39 am | In Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



Business travelers want more these days.

In turn, some hotels are going above and beyond to accommodate and service them.

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, for example, underwent a $50 million renovation in 2013 and invested over $1 million to upgrade its Internet and Wi-Fi network two months ago. The Canal Street hotel installed a new 250 MB fiber optic circuit, which helped triple its bandwidth. It now boasts the largest Internet capacity of any hotel in the metropolitan New Orleans region.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills is lauded for its business-friendly service, being named one of the top business hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2013. The five-star hotel offers free Wi-Fi, extensive meeting space (including the 6,720-square-foot Roof Garden, Pool and Restaurant), 24-hour check-in and checkout, and a top-notch transportation service where guests can order room service and read selected publications.

Also, having a 24-hour check-in and checkout service is rare enough, but guests at the Peninsula Beverly Hills are charged for just one night as long as their stay doesn’t last through the second night. So, for example, they can check in at 8 a.m. on a Friday and leave at 8 p.m. on Saturday without being charged extra.

Jim Cook, General Manager at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, noticed that travelers were using more and more mobile devices about a year ago. The hotel’s staff used to expect about 50-60 devices for a meeting of about 500 people. But now it’s not uncommon for there to be more devices than people, Cook said. It prompted the hotel to question, “How do we deal with the guest’s need for connectivity?”

“As we approached this, we said that this need is growing at such an exponential rate that we need to look at it from three to five years from now,” Cook said.

“We needed to handle the guests of yesterday with a laptop to guests with two or three devices,” he added. “It gets to the concept of exponential growth. Getting a speed similar to what they get at home.”

As part of its $50 million revitalization, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel also redid the design, surfaces and lighting of its extensive meeting space (more than 105,000 square feet), while renovating its lobby, its fitness center, all of its 1,100 rooms (including all 53 suites) and its Club Lounge (In fact, the hotel showcases its renovation through an interactive webpage that allows guests to swipe over images of its previous areas to unveil what it looks like now).

The Club Lounge features intimate television stations and workstations, free Wi-Fi, exclusive attendant service, a private daily breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres.

“This is a very exciting project for us,” Cook said. “We are a large convention hotel, but we also need a space where people have an exclusive place to go. In an environment where we can interact at so many different levels, (guests) are choosing that.”

“It’s almost a hotel-in-a-hotel experience,” he added.

Predictably, the revamped Sheraton New Orleans Hotel has received a positive response from guests.

“As a 30-year-old hotel, we’re winning back customers away from the newer hotels,” Cook said.

It doesn’t surprise Cook that the added services and Internet capacity have inspired travelers to stay at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, either.

“The folks that are on the road all the time, they know through experience that there are things that come up on the road that can be really frustrating if they can’t immediately deal with it,” he said.

And don’t expect business travelers to slow down anytime soon, either, he added.

“Not only do I think it’s going to continue, the digital age has given us more at hotels than we’ve ever had before.”


Spring Chocolate Masterclass at the Leathes Head Hotel – Lake District

April 19, 2014 on 8:44 am | In Hotels, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Visit The Leathes Head Country House Hotel in Borrowdale until end of April and you can learn the secrets to chocolate making with the hotel’s award winning chef, David Jackson.

Book a two night break in April from £189 per room per night* including breakfast and dinner and receive ‘backstage passes’ to the AA Rosette restaurant’s Country House Kitchen.

Enjoy a relaxed informal afternoon chocolate making masterclass with Head Chef David Jackson preparing delicate truffles & chocolates using the finest continental chocolate for you to take home.

Located in the heart of the beautiful Borrowdale valley, The Leathes Head Country House Hotel offers 11 charming bedrooms and is close to Skafell and Skiddaw and is a favourite for outdoor activity and walking holidays.

Email reservations@leatheshead.co.uk

reservations@leatheshead.co.uk  or call 017687 77247

www.leatheshead.co.uk

T&C’s
*Price for weekend break is based on 2 night minimum stay, classic double in April are priced from £199 per room per night Dinner, bed & Breakfast including chocolate making with chef.

Subject to availability and based on two sharing.


Chinese Hotels Define The New Luxe

April 19, 2014 on 8:26 am | In Asia, China, Hotels | Comments Off



All the tea in China can’t compare with all of China’s hotels and they keep coming at an almost daily pace. With more than 110,000 luxury rooms alone and at least 50,000 more on the drawing board, China may be beginning to put on the brakes, especially as they go through a cooling off of their normally hot economy. With so many luxury properties, it’s no longer enough to build a palace; the new hotels have to distinguish themselves from a crowded market. New properties by Anantara, Hyatt, Pullman and One&Only all are located in places that are home to different kinds of travel experience in China.

The new Anantara Emei Resort & Spa is located in one of the country’s pre-eminent ecotourism provinces, Sichuan. Guests will have easy access to early morning treks up Emeishan Mountain, one of China’s four holiest mountains. Home to more than 70 Buddhist temples including the first in China, the mountain is known for the frequent “Sea of Clouds” effect which occurs when you find yourself on a peak and look down at the clouds below which take on the aspect of a foamy sea.

The resort’s spa features hot springs and traditional tea-infused treatments. Other indigenous experiences include Tai Chi classes by the pool or Sichuan cooking classes.

Hainan Haven

Kerzner International is bringing the One&Only brand to Hainan Island, the Chinese Hawaii on the South China Sea. The 192-room One&Only Sanya on Haitang Bay will be the brand’s first appearance in China, spreading across 1,240 feet of coastline and over 27 acres of coconut palms and water gardens.

The resort uses the natural elements of Hainan to give it the feel of the local environment. Accommodations will range from two- to four-bedroom private villas and a Presidential suite to executive suites and guest rooms, located within either the main Manor House or Mansions. Six private villas will have dedicated butlers, private pools and barbeque areas. Guests enter the villas through a courtyard, which leads to the living and dining area, opening to a terrace. Private outdoor living spaces will include day beds, chaise lounges and dining al fresco.

Island Tranquility Outside of Shanghai

Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai’s Chongming Island is the world’s largest alluvial river island. Home to wetlands, national parks, villages and organic farms, it couldn’t be more different than the space age atmosphere of nearby Shanghai. A favorite for daytripping Shanghainese, it’s connected to the mainland by a tunnel and bridge, about 90 minutes from downtown Shanghai. Now it will be the home of the first Hyatt Regency in the area, though Hyatt operates four hotels in Shanghai.

PHOTO: The new Hyatt Regency Chongming lobby is located in a peaceful sanctuary outside of Shanghai. (Courtesy of Hyatt)

The 235-room Hyatt Regency Chongming is set beside the Dongtan Wetlands Park and a migratory bird reserve. The resort’s five buildings are connected by a covered Chinese-style walkway, and extensive gardens are landscaped with flowers, streams and arched bridges. The hotel has five restaurants and tea lounges, multi-functional events venues including ‘The Campus’ meetings concept, and an extensive variety of recreational facilities for all ages.

“It is a privilege to unveil the first international upscale hotel on the ecologically rich island of Chongming,” said Douglas Schwab, general manager of Hyatt Regency Chongming. “As the only resort destination to offer pristine landscapes and nature-based experiences so close to the Shanghai metropolis, we look forward to providing an environment that fosters meaningful relationships and connections.”

Pullman Joins the Shanghai Hustle

Accor’s upscale hotel brand, Pullman, is adding its 15th property in China with the 338-room Pullman Shanghai South, the second Pullman in Shanghai. The hotel is located in one of Southern Shanghai’s busiest districts with close access to the airport, train station and popular sites including the Shanghai Stadium and Caohejing High-Tech Park. The hotel has an indoor pool, eight meeting rooms, and four bars and restaurants. Accor is planning to have 38 Pullman branded hotels in China by 2018. It’s planning 47 hotels by that time in Asia overall.


The Dorchester Launches Kitchen Parties

April 18, 2014 on 10:53 am | In Hotels, Italy, London, Rome, United Kingdom | Comments Off



For the first time, The Dorchester is offering the chance to throw private Kitchen Parties“back of house” for up to 120 guests with the office of executive chef Henry Brosi doubling as a DJ booth. Clients’ guests are given the opportunity to taste signature dishes from The Dorchester and neighbouring 45 Park Lane’s famous restaurants in just one evening. Menu highlights include poached Dublin bay prawns tender stem broccoli with sauce viegre Brosi’s signature dish for the chef’s table, Scottish salmon and fresh herb condiment with kristal caviar from Alain Ducasse, a peking duck station from China Tang and spiced ahi tuna cone with miso from CUT at 45 Park Lane. Kitchen Parties take place alongside the Chef’s Table in the kitchen pass with the option of production such as soft lighting, speaker systems and red carpets to dress up the space.

The new look Chef’s Table features a magnificent new central hanging Baccarat crystal chandelier which hangs centrally, reflected by new Baccarat crystal glassware on the table. The unique grain of the walnut wood panelling is enhanced by specially commissioned wall lighting and a state-of-the-art crystal liquid glass wall can be changed from frosted to clear at the flick of a switch.

Nestled in the heart of The Dorchester’s famous kitchens, the Chef’s Table provides a hidden enclave for private parties offering front row seats to the theatre of one of the most highly regarded culinary operations in London. First opened in the 1940s, a wide mirror along the back wall reflects the chefs at work, ensuring that guests for seated parties enjoy an uncompromised view of kitchen activity. One of the largest original Chef’s Tables; the room has a capacity for a generous 12 covers conducive to a vibrant atmosphere while remaining small enough to be exclusively hidden behind the scenes.

Guests are personally attended to by executive chef Henry Brosi who talks through the effect of different foods on palate and wine-tasting, infusing each event with his knowledge and jovial character. By introducing each menu with multisensory theatre, Brosi demonstrates the effect smell has on taste and his top tips for wine pairings to achieve a food education that guests can benefit from in their own cooking.

One of the most respected chefs in the industry, The Dorchester’s executive chef Henry Brosi commented: “Bringing together friends and families over a special experience of food and wine is the best way to toast an occasion you want to remember for the rest of your life”

The Chef’s Table is available for lunch and dinner for up to 12 people attended by executive chef Henry Brosi and is priced from £120 per person for lunch and from £150 per person for dinner plus £250 for room hire. Kitchen Parties are priced from £22,500 for 50 guests, and the maximum capacity for larger enquiries is 120. To make a booking or request more information on private dining please contact Banqueting at The Dorchester on +44 (0) 20 7319 7071 or email groupandeventsales.TDL@dorchestercollection.com

Editor’s notes:

The Dorchester

The Dorchester is situated in the heart of London’s Mayfair on Park Lane, with 250 rooms and suites designed in a classic English residential style, affording expansive views of Hyde Park. Alexandra Champalimaud redesigned 22 new Dorchester and Park Suites in 2012, fusing contemporary comfort with timeless glamour. A wide range of dining is available to guests in The Promenade, The Bar and The Grill, China Tang and three Michelin star Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. The Dorchester Spa reopened in May 2009 after a multimillion transformation to offer indulgent pampering in a glamorous art deco setting. The Dorchester’s ten banqueting rooms, including The Ballroom which was renovated in September 2011, offer a wide selection for hosting various events, from intimate dinners to cocktail receptions of up to 1,000 guests.

Dorchester Collection

Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company’s mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.

The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; 45 Park Lane, London; Le Richemond, Geneva; and Hotel Eden, Rome.


Starwood gambling on Google Glass technology

April 17, 2014 on 8:48 am | In Hotels | Comments Off



After creating a buzz around the launch of a virtual room key using smartphone technology earlier this year, Starwood Hotels plans to roll out an app for Google Glass users.

The company confirmed it will release a SPG loyalty program app for the wearable tech featuring a number of basic functions.

These include a voice-activated search for Starwood’s 1000-plus properties, personalized location based directions to all hotels, and hotel photos.

SPG members will also be able to see their Starpoints balance and details of any upcoming stays, but will not be able to make direct bookings through Google Glass just yet.

Glass users will able to search available room rates and directly connect by phone to reservations or book through an email link.

Senior Vice President of SPG & Digital Chris Holdren says research and development is still in the very early stages but they are also looking at possibilities for other wearable devices such as smart watches.

“For us, it’s clear to see the trend of the past decade and we truly believe there is going to be a new wave of wearables that are going to improve our guests’ and associates’ experience,” Holdren said.

Starwood has not confirmed a release date for the new app but said it will likely be available in “several weeks.”


Florida’s Hottest Spots & Nightlife

April 15, 2014 on 9:04 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Festivals, Florida, Golf Resorts, Hotels, Miami, Orlando, The Keys, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Northwest Florida:

Panama City Beach

Nightlife in northwest Florida may be best known for the spring break haven Panama City Beach, home to bars and clubs right on the Gulf. However, this destination is a hot spot year-round.

Have a night out at Club La Vela in Panama City Beach, the largest nightclub in the United States. Some of the highlights include the club’s famous lineup of popular concerts with some of the hottest bands in the land. Club La Vela has hosted concerts for MTV and Playboy featuring such acts as Black Eyed Peas, Lil’ Wayne, Drake, The Jersey Shore cast and many more.
Pineapple Willy’s Pier Bar – Check out this bar if you’re looking for live music and want to dance the night away. There are always people of all ages sipping “Fat Tuesday” slushy alcohol mixers and enjoying the beach scene.
Spinnaker Beach Club – At night, this place turns into one of the most energetic dance clubs around with multiple dance floors, an amazing bar and popular bands all season long.

Northeast Florida:

Jacksonville

Located in Northeast Florida, Jacksonville’s thriving nightlife abounds with high-energy dance clubs, quaint wine bars and chic lounges.

“The Core” is home to a variety of nightlife venues in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville, centrally located in its main arteries from Bay, Forsyth and Adams Streets to The Jacksonville Landing.
For adults 21 and over, kick back and laugh at The Comedy Zone.
If you’re looking for places to hit for Happy Hour & cocktails, check out Brix Taphouse, The Ritz Bar & Cocktail Lounge and Lemon Bar on the Ocean (all under the same ownership and all known to be high-quality hot spots in Jacksonville).

Freebird Live is a premier live music concert venue that welcomes audiences of all ages. This destination showcases a spectrum of national and regional touring artists, as well as select inspiring local artists.
Kickbacks Gastropub is renowned for their extensive beer selection and a unique assortment of delicacies ranging from chicken cordon bleu to fried green beans.

Central Florida:

Tampa

On Florida’s Gulf coast, Tampa has so many entertaining options, whether you’re looking for a night on the town or family fun.

Tampa’s historic Latin district, Ybor City, is a tourist favorite. Located in the heart of the nightlife action, this destination is a dining, shopping and entertainment center that includes a comedy club and a movie theater with an adults-only section with a full bar. On Seventh Avenue, stroll by club after club and chose your dance spot. Many have outdoor patios, rooftop bars and balconies.

Jump on an electric streetcar to Channelside Bay Plaza, yet another entertainment complex with restaurants, theaters and a handful of bars and clubs, including Splitsville, an upscale bowling alley with its own lounge and restaurant.

Orlando

In Orlando the fun never ends, even after the sun goes down. Renowned for its theme parks, this destination has plenty of exciting nightlife outlets to explore.

In downtown Orlando, Church Street and vicinity has long been nightlife central, offering revelers countless bars, nightclubs, restaurants and major street parties. A historic space at 33 West Church Street houses three separate bars. Enjoy a frozen drink at Chillers (first floor), a brew at Big Belly Brewery (second floor) and an amazing view of Orlando’s skyline at the open-air Latitudes (rooftop).

Around the corner on Orange Avenue is Wall Street Plaza, which charges one admission fee for eight distinct bars and there are also outdoor block parties with live music.

Orlando’s theme parks are not just for kids. Both Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort have their own nightlife-centered entertainment complexes that get going after dark. Check out Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, an entertainment complex with a dozen places to party, including bars, clubs and restaurants. Disney’s Boardwalk is a quarter-mile promenade of exquisite dining, unique shops and exciting nightlife. And Downtown Disney is a fun-filled district that includes Downtown Disney West Side, Downtown Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island.

South Florida:

West Palm Beach

There is always a good place in West Palm Beach to go to at night, spend time with friends, dance, eat, shop, drink and just generally have a terrific time.

For nightlife in downtown West Palm Beach, Clematis Street is the place to be. Beginning at Flagler Drive on the Intracoastal Waterway and extending five blocks west, there are about a dozen great bars and clubs. Equally fine are the restaurants that transform into clubs by night.

You can walk or take a free trolley a few blocks south of Clematis Street to CityPlace, home to restaurants, theaters and nightspots, including a wine bar, microbrewery and blues club.

Voted America’s Most Fun Small Town by Rand McNally, Delray Beach’s culinary landscape boasts more than 100 restaurants offering everything from ocean views to rooftop hot spots. Shoppers stroll the quaint shops and trendy boutiques of Downtown Delray Beach – check out the popular destinations Atlantic Avenue and Pineapple Grove.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale’s nightlife is alive with wine bars, nightclubs, sports bars, cultural outlets, shopping spots and comedy clubs.

In Fort Lauderdale, nightlife is always in fashion, especially in the chic Las Olas Boulevard area, home to upscale restaurants and lounges. You’ll have a great time when you spend the evening bar-hopping on Las Olas Boulevard.

The Gallery at Beach Place is the exclusive all-in-one entertainment destination on Fort Lauderdale beach offering a unique blend of shopping, dining, live musical performances and events.
Broadway shows, top headliners, and other theatrical thrills light up The Broward Center for Performing Arts.

Miami

In Miami’s South Beach, you can sip a key lime martini under the stars while rubbing elbows with celebrities.

Begin the night at a glittering outdoor café on Lincoln Road or sidle up to one of the sophisticated hotel bars lining Collins Avenue. For a true nighttime South Beach experience, though, make sure to cross the velvet rope and check out a trendy dance club.

Cameo is a legendary South Beach nightclub that has been completely redesigned for the New Millennium. It is considered a cut above the rest, with top-notch DJs from all over the world and outstanding live rock concerts.

The River Seafood & Oyster Bar is the most renowned seafood restaurant in Miami. A fun bar atmosphere, a great selection of wines, champagnes and beer chilled to perfection are the main ingredients to hit for a Happy Hour and dinner.

Key West

Party in Key West (Florida’s southernmost point), where you can gulp down a frosty margarita at one of many open-air bars – this destination offers a relaxing, live-and-let-live, Jimmy Buffett-approved atmosphere.

At sunset, head to Mallory Square, where crowds gather nightly to watch the sun go down and be entertained by street performers and musicians.
Then do the “Duval Crawl,” stopping at all the pubs and clubs on the famous – or infamous – Duval Street. Many watering holes feature live bands.


Four Seasons Hotel Creates New Experiences to Educate and Inspire Families

April 15, 2014 on 8:59 am | In Hotels, Hungary, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Holidays can create memories to last a lifetime – but what if they could do much more? Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts invites travellers to discover diverse cultures, learn new skills, journey through history, and see the world as they never have before through their Summer Experiences programme.

Four Seasons has put together innovative opportunities for exploration and learning to make travel more exciting and enriching, that are exclusive to their destinations. Perfect for families or friends travelling together, as well as for couples getting away to share the experience, every guest’s need is attended to. Guests have the freedom to fully immerse themselves in new adventures that are certain to create unforgettable memories and lasting impressions.

Just as many are planning summer, Four Seasons introduces Get Away, Get More offers. Packages are available for stays from 15 June to 15 September 2014 at hotels around the world, including one of the year’s most anticipated new resorts, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, opening this August. Offers may include exceptional savings on room rates, complimentary breakfast, or the opportunity to experience more with a hotel or resort credit.

Consider the Possibilities

This year, Four Seasons’ custom itineraries and one-of-a-kind educational opportunities include:

Are children more interested in Bella and Edward than a holiday with family? In Hungary, they’ll learn the legend – and gory truth – about Dracula in Vlad the Impaler’s castle prison, with the Twilight Tour from Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest.
Fascinated by America’s wild past? In the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole offers a full curriculum in its new Wild West Academy, with hands-on classes ranging from wildlife safaris and Shoshone lore to gourmet dinners under a sparkling night sky.
Looking to kick up the fitness regime a notch or two? Try muay thai – the Thai boxing discipline that means “the art of eight limbs.” It can be challenging, but under the guidance of a former world champion at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, Thailand, it can be mastered by teens and adults of all ages and fitness levels.
Want to bring literature to life? Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharfpresents an unforgettable Shakespearean London Day with backstage theatre tours, a period cooking class, learning how to write a sonnet and more.
Love to sing and dance? Guests of all ages join in the fun as Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita introduces Sega dancing, embodying the remote island’s passion for music, colour and celebration. Participants even make their own Ravanne Rhythm, with hands-on instruction in making a ravanne drum.
Love to immerse yourself in new cultures? Four Seasons Resort Seychelles invites guests to get to know local Creole customs and fun with cooking and dance classes, favourite local children’s games played by local children and a festive night featuring live music, performers and a fabulous Creole feast.
Want to explore the “real” Australia? Four Seasons Hotel Sydney recommends Discovering the Australian Bush, a full day tour that includes seeing native animals up close and personal, exploring unusual landscapes, and even a bushwalk guided by an indigenous elder.

Four Seasons also continues to offer one-of-a-kind experiences including the “Become an Elephant Researcher” at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand; the opportunity to “adopt” a coral reef at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora; the “Own a Pony Experience” at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire; the chance to be part of ongoing efforts to study and protect sea turtles at Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies; or private tours of contemporary artist studios withFour Seasons Hotel Prague.

For more possibilities, explore www.fourseasons.com,

 


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