Las Vegas is well known for its adult geared entertainment options. However, GeoHoliday Club points out that a trip to Vegas does not have to be just for parents. There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy in Las Vegas, Nevada, and these are some of the top attractions for families looking to get away this summer.
The Aquarium at the Silverton Hotel is a great, and free, family-friendly experience. GeoHoliday Club knows that travelers of all ages will enjoy the aquariums’ over 4,000 fish that include 150 different species, which swim around in the massive water tanks. Guests at the aquarium can observe Triggerfish, Leopard Sharks, Unicorn Tang, Emperor Angelfish, and many more colorful and exotic fish. The aquarium offers a unique experience in Las Vegas: peace and calm, away from the hubbub surrounding the casinos. The aquarium even offers underwater wedding packages for a truly unique wedding experience.
GeoHoliday Club is positive their next recommendation will appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth. The Ethel M Chocolate Factory is the go-to destination in Vegas for chocolate-lovers. Open daily from 8:30am – 6pm, visitors can sample the delicious candies created at the factory while they watch the daily routine of the workers and candy-making machines. Just like the aquarium, there is no cost of admission. Nowhere else in Vegas can travelers watch as 35,000 gallons of warm chocolate is turned into delectable candies, and children will surely be entranced.
Open from 9am – 11pm, Hershey’s Chocolate World is a two-story shop packed with the brand’s best candies and merchandise. GeoHoliday Club recommends that parents be sure to take their kids to the interactive experiences scattered throughout the sprawling store.
Touch-screen stations allow kids to send virtual Hershey Kisses to friends and family back home while another station allows kids to design their own candy bar wrapper.
From aquariums to candy factories and massive candy stores, there is plenty in Vegas for families to enjoy together in Las Vegas while the kids are still out of school.
GeoHoliday Club is more than happy to host these fine family-friendly recommendations for vacation planners around the world.
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www.PigeonForge.com, the premier website for Pigeon Forge vacationers, has launched its revamped coupons section. The company is making purposeful strides to ensure that finding coupons is fast and beneficial for users of the website.
With vacation season in full swing and back-to-school shopping rapidly approaching, online companies are vying for the attention of consumers who often become overwhelmed by too many choices and leave the website. New navigation is now simplified and stress free.
“We had a ‘needle in the haystack’ problem. Users didn’t want to sift through coupon pages just to find the one coupon that they are looking for. That’s why we reorganized to make our coupon experience more simplified,” PigeonForge.com founder Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt said. “With the new streamlined navigation, PigeonForge.com organizes deals so people can quickly drill into three things most folks are looking for:
3. Attractions & Theaters
PigeonForge.com has already established itself as a trustworthy source for the best deals and coupons. The new website update enhances PigeonForge.com’s existing reputation for a simple and easy-to-use interface.
Founded in 2000, PigeonForge.com has become the most trusted one-stop shop for people who like to vacation in the Smoky Mountains. “There are plenty of high-tech websites trying to offer deals, but our website specializes in the simplified user-experience. We have large readable text, and the most personable, real, and practical advice. We have grown because we keep it basic, and this just solidifies our relationship PigeonForge.com users.” Doppelt added “This is not just a redesign for the sake of redesign—it’s a redesign of how we help people find coupons and save money.”
Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt has helped thousands of people plan Smoky Mountain vacations since she launched PigeonForge.com in 2000. She grew up in Pigeon Forge and consider the Great Smoky Mountains her home. She is happy to share all the great things about the area and help you enjoy a perfect getaway through her website where you can easily browse lodging, attractions, restaurants, wedding information and more. For additional information, visit http://www.PigeonForge.com or follow PigeonForge.com on Facebook and Twitter.
ORLANDO, Fla. – In the midst of blockbuster openings and major expansions across the destination, Visit Orlando is offering 30 days of savings up to 50 percent off during Magical Deal Month this September. An aggregator for Orlando’s top deals, VisitOrlando.com/September is a one-stop shop for visitors to find a collection of more than 150 theme park offers, discounted hotel rates, dining deals and more.
“During the month of September, Orlando’s room rates are among the lowest of the year,” said Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel. “With Orlando in the middle of one of the largest expansion periods in its history, Visit Orlando’s Magical Deal Month makes it easier for visitors to experience the newest additions to our ever-evolving destination.”
Orlando’s world-renowned theme parks are all offering deals, as well as restaurants, attractions, accommodations and more. Offers include:
SeaWorld Orlando – Save up to $400 with a Kids Free Vacation Package for up to 5 nights: One free child’s admission to SeaWorld included with each paid adult (a savings of $90.00 per child for up to two children).
Universal Orlando Resort – 4-Night hotel accommodations, 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket to Universal Studios Florida & Universal’s Islands of Adventure, breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron and Three Broomsticks and early park admission to The Wizarding World Harry Potter.
Walt Disney World Resort – Free dining plan with purchase of a non-discounted 6-night/7-day Magic Your Way package (includes room and theme park tickets) at select Disney Resort hotels. Valid for bookings through August 8, 2014.
Avanti Resort – 40% off
Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista – $40 rate
Rosen Inn – $50 rate
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort – 30% off, plus kids eat free for breakfast
Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month -More than 75 of Orlando’s top restaurants offer three-course, prix-fixe dinners for $33, Aug. 25 – Sept. 30
La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil – Tickets starting at $49
Enzian Theatre – 2 for 1 tickets
Capone’s Dinner & Show – 50% off
For more information about vacation experiences in Orlando, to order a complimentary vacation planning kit that includes a comprehensive Official Visitors Guide and Orlando Magicard® or to purchase discount attraction tickets, visitors can log on to Orlando’s official website at VisitOrlando.com/September or call an Official Travel Counselor at 800-551-0181 (United States and Canada) or 407-363-5872. For real time updates, follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/VisitOrlando or Facebook at Facebook.com/VisitOrlando.
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Florida’s Newest Spa Destination: The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort.July 16, 2014 on 6:45 am | In Florida, Orlando, Spa Resorts, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums | Comments Off
(Orlando)-– The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, Orlando’s newest destination Spa, provides an ideal haven to relax and escape. After a day spent at the theme parks or enjoying 18-holes of golf or a tennis match, there’s nothing better than relaxing with a luxurious treatment at The Spa. With 18 treatment rooms, including four couples’ suites and two couples’ spa bungalows, plus a full-service hair and nail salon, The Spa at Four Seasons offers something for everyone. Ensconced within the luxurious Golden Oak neighborhood, surrounded by lakes and lush landscaping, spa-goers will find they’ve discovered a true sanctuary.
Joining The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando from The Spa at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is Spa Director Derek Hofmann. Hofmann brings a wealth of spa expertise and is accustomed to working regularly with the Hollywood clientele of elite actors who frequented The Spa in Beverly Hills. Hofmann’s knowledge of anti-aging, “red carpet ready” treatments and techniques, as well as natural and organic skin care, is sure to be an asset to the Orlando market.
Overview & Design
The Spa at Four Seasons is a 13,000 square-foot sanctuary, inspired by the natural palette and imagery derived from the Florida Everglades. Shades of pale green, sand, and taupe are highlighted with floral colors in lavender and mauve, and contested with accents of white. The Spa Reception area features a moss green natural stone desk with a custom white plaster backdrop of native birds in their natural habitat. Sycamore veneer is presented in a contemporary polished stainless steel grid, and overhead coffers contain glittering fiber-optic light fixtures resembling grasses sparkling with soft green and lavender petals.
The spa journey extends into the relaxation lounge areas, where large-scale mosaics present bursts of color amidst an otherwise neutral palette of driftwood tones and pearly shell and rock crystal accents. Furnishings evoke the ocean, with granules of sand and shells colliding and mixing with the nature of the Everglades. The locker areas open onto private outdoor terraces featuring a whirlpool and beautiful landscaping.
The treatment rooms are warm and welcoming with dark wood tile floors contrasting with white millwork accents and overhead branch chandeliers contained in oval coffers. Two Spa Bungalow treatment rooms are positioned as individual structures, perfect for couples treatments or those seeking more of a private environment, with a view of a serene landscape of twisting trees along a waterway.
Highlights and Treatment Lines
A highlight of the separate men’s and women’s relaxation lounges is an experience shower, with an ice exfoliant feature, and steam room. The experience shower is the only of its kind in all of Florida. Guests can experience different variations of water flow, from “arctic mist” with a refreshing stream of cool water; invigorating “body spray;” “tropical rain;” and “island storm,” with cool rain incorporated with sounds of thunder and lightning flashing overhead. The shower includes nine body spray massagers, four overhead misters, full-color changing LED light system, an audio system and aroma injection system to combine aromatic essential oils with water vapors.
In addition, The Spa offers an Aroma Design Bar, where guests can customize their own signature scent for products they would like to use at home. The Aroma Design Bar experience comes to life through the use of the Intentional Aromatherapy iPad application, which helps guests to explore, choose and create aromatherapy blends, guided by the expertise of a master aroma therapist. A line of intentional aromatherapy treatments allows “spa sommeliers” to custom select a guest’s botanical blends to enhance the body’s well-being based on current intentions/needs.
The Spa will feature treatment lines including Natura Bisse, Innovative Skincare, Amala, Body Bliss, Turo, Intraceuticals, and Pino.
The menu for treatments at The Spa is derived from the Everglades ecosystem for a lush, sustainable, connection to nature. Each of these qualities combined can contribute to an overall spa experience of decompressing, finding equilibrium through connection with nature, peacefulness and replenishment.
One signature body treatment exclusive to The Spa at Four Seasons Orlando is the “La Floridian” body treatment, beginning with a fine cane sugar body polish with essential oils of jasmine flower and organic pink grapefruit. A massage follows with whipped shea butter cream, followed by a steamy wrap to seal in the hydration, completed by a jasmine hot oil hair and scalp treatment. The “Sticks & Stones Therapy,” also exclusive to The Spa at Four Seasons Orlando, uses sculpted basalt stones and birch wood massage sticks. A variation on hot stone massage, this targeted massage focuses on warm, flowing movements and tension release. The “Fire & Ice” facial, another exclusive, resurfaces the skin rapidly and safely, with a combination of masks and serums, leaving skin visibly smoother and transformed. The Spa will offer various 50 and 80 minute massages, facials and body treatments, including bronzing treatments, depilatory, anti-aging treatments, and more.
The full service salon will be led by Master Stylist Alejandra Bell, and will feature Kerastase styling and treatment products. Bell was born and raised in Buenos Aries, Argentina and has 20 years’ experience as a stylist. With experience in Miami, Los Angeles and New York City, in addition to Central Florida, Bell has garnered an international clientele. The gorgeous salon features a private shampoo area and custom styling stations, in addition to three manicure and two pedicure stations. Makeup application will be offered as well. The services of both the Salon and Spa are ideal for groups, from girls’ weekends to bridal parties.
Magical Moments for Children
Little ones will enjoy Magical Moment makeovers at The Spa. Girls will love having hair styled to perfection and can add a fanciful face paint, painted nails, sparkly accessories and a princess ensemble. Eight different princess options are available, and some of the packages chosen include a letter from Fairy Godmother, a tiara and a wand. For little gentlemen, the “Shining Knight” package is available, including handsome hair grooming, a mighty sword and courageous shield, and a commemorative knight certificate.
Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa announces the addition of Tulum-Akumal, the newest marine attraction by Dolphin Discovery in the Riviera Maya area. The dolphinarium, which opened in June, offers resort guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about, view, and play with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins.
“We are very happy about this collaboration with the world’s leading company of dolphinariums. Swimming with dolphins is an unforgettable one-of-a-kind vacation experience for resort guests and represents a bonus to any guest staying at our hotel,” said Don Abel Matutes, Sirenis Hotels & Resorts President.
Set along the eastern shores of Riviera Maya, the Tulum-Akumal dolphinarium is a saltwater lagoon with breathtaking panoramic ocean views. As a member of Alliance of Marine Mammals Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA), Dolphin Discovery adheres to the highest standard of training and care of marine mammals. With a commitment to excellence, Dolphin Discovery has created a safe environment for both dolphins and guests.
The oceanfront setting is home to four Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins – Charly, Athos, Gigio and Porthos. Visitors can get an up-close perspective and understanding of the dolphins while floating in the lagoon, standing upon an underwater platform or on the observation deck encircling the lagoon.
Dolphin Discovery offers three unforgettable programs. Dolphin Encounter allows all family members the chance to get involved with the dolphins, where children as young as one receive a kiss, hug, and handshake from their new marine friends. Even more playful interactions during Swim Adventure and Royal Swim make for up-close, memorable experiences available to participants six years of age and up.
Rates start at $39 for infants, $89 for minors and $119 for adults. When on property, Grand Sirenis guests can also ask about exclusive Dolphin Discovery promotions.
In addition to all of the great included activities at Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa, this new facility located next door provides yet another fun on-property adventure without having to travel to another location.
For details or to book a Dolphin Discovery reservation, please visit www.dolphindiscovery.com.For more information about Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa or to book resort reservations, visit www.sirenishotels.com or call 786-230-1059.
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White Water has gathered new accolades as the summer water park season hits full swing; Fodor’s Travel named the Branson, Missouri park to its list of “10 Best Water Parks in the US.” The website posted the list for the July 4th holiday, noting that while smaller than other parks on the list, White Water ranks in the top because it is a “well-organized, family-centered park” with attractions ranging from the new drop-floor thrill slide KaPau Plummet to the kid-friendly Splashaway Cay. Fodor’s is one of the world’s largest publishers of travel guides and information.
In additional rankings, KaPau Plummet was named in the LA Times’ list of “Top 14 New Water Slides for 2014,” and NBCnews.com and Today.com’s list of “10 New Water Slides You’ve Gotta Ride.”
“Night Water” is now underway at White Water, with all rides and attractions open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through August 9, plus on select bonus days through August 30. Guests can stay for the 12-hour day with a one-day ticket or season pass, or come after 5 p.m. for $25 per person. For even later water play, White Water stays open until midnight on Saturday, August 9.
“Dive-In” movies are featured on Friday nights on a 10-foot screen above the 500,000-gallon Wave Pool, including The Little Mermaid, E.T. and Back to the Future. New “Red, White & BOOM” fireworks fill the sky above the wave pool at park closing on Saturday nights.
NEW YORK – July 8, 2014 – Each year millions of people flock to the spectacular Broadway shows, great restaurants, wide range of hotel accommodations and engaging tours and attractions that New York City offers. NewYork.com has catered to tourists and locals alike, growing as a leading online resource for planning and booking for those wanting to make the most of the city. To celebrate its anniversary, NewYork.com is thrilled to share the top products purchased over the past year.
In 2013, the number of visitors coming to New York City increased by 8.8 million people and NewYork.com has experienced a wildly successful year of connecting millions of visitors as well as locals to diverse travel experiences.
From May 2013 – May 2014 NewYork.com assisted visitors from across the world and found that 5% of its customers hopped across the pond from the United Kingdom, 4% journeyed south from Canada and 1% trekked from Australia, Germany and Brazil.
“As an extensive online resource for both visitors and locals of New York City, NewYork.com is passionate about sharing the city and we wanted to share which products really struck a chord with visitors and locals within our first year in,” said Stephanie Baker, SVP Marketing. “We feel these results can help current subscribers as well as future customers plan the ultimate New York experience and will help them make the most of all that New York has to offer. At NewYork.com our goal is to make it easy and fun to plan, search, and book accommodations, tickets and more in one simple transaction.”
Each visitor and local utilizing the site hoped to discover the real New York City, and it all started with using NewYork.com. Many people think that tourists tend to select Times Square and while 70% of our top ten most booked hotels are located in Times Square, 30% were downtown, proving that visitors are willing to venture beyond midtown. When it came to touring the city and visiting popular landmarks and attractions, NewYork.com customers showed interests as diverse as the city itself and selected classic and special interest tours. The Circle Line 75 Minutes Liberty Cruise, Gossip Girl Site Tours, NBC Studio Tour, The New York Icons, The Ride, and the 9/11 Combo Tour were amongst the top guided excursions chosen on the site. Some of the most sought after attractions throughout the city were the American Museum of Natural History, Art of the Brick, Empire State Building, Madame Tussauds New York, and Top of the Rock Observation Deck.
New York City is known for its theatre and while the Tony Award committee chose this year’s best Broadway shows and performances, that didn’t reflect the shows that were most intriguing to theatergoers on NewYork.com. Some only a few years into production, others playing for decades, top selling shows on NewYork.com included: Cinderella, Chicago: The Musical, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia, Matilda, Phantom of the Opera, Rock of Ages, The Lion King, and Wicked. Five of the most compelling off-Broadway shows were Avenue Q, Blue Man Group New York, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Stand Up NY and Stomp.
In the travel and entertainment arena, NewYork.com features 165 New York City tours and attractions, 60+ Broadway and off-Broadway Shows, 400+ hotels and 14,000+ restaurant listings. In addition to providing an unmatched platform for consumers to book their New York City itinerary in a single transaction, the user-friendly website also offers in-depth content on everything pertaining to the city. Site visitors will discover hundreds of hidden gems, local hangouts and celebrity hot spots, Broadway gossip, historical haunts and much more while visiting NewYork.com. Exciting tips written by real New Yorkers highlight all aspects of city life including: the best food trucks in Brooklyn, fine dining establishments near Wall Street and the trendiest boutiques in Soho. There’s even information on finding a job and the best places to rent and buy property. NewYork.com has it all covered; connecting you to everything New York.
To plan a memorable New York City experience, visit: http://www.newyork.com/
Universal officials are expecting much larger than average crowds for the Diagon Alley grand opening and will open the parking garage at 5:00am – a full four hours before the park gates open.
Four years ago Universal launched The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade to record attendances and expectations are high for more of the same.
The company has spared no expense with a blanket media campaign with Diagon Alley even becoming a location for a broadcast of ‘The Today Show.’
Officials said a grand opening ceremony for the latest expansion of its Wizarding World of Harry Potter will take place from 8:00am.
All other park attractions will open at 9:00am.
The attraction’s showpiece – The Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts 3D ride – will finally become operational after remaining grounded during the recent soft opening.
The company calls it an entirely different kind of ride, “with a level of entertainment and storytelling unlike anything people have ever been through before,” according to Universal spokesman Tom Schroder.
LEGOLAND® Florida, near Orlando, is taking advantage of the Park’s year-round sunshine by running its popular Imagination Zone entirely on renewable energy.
To mark the initiative, a giant LEGO globe was unveiled, modelled from over a quarter of a million colourful bricks. The interactive globe rotates above mini communities illustrating the effects of solar power.
Adrian Jones, LEGOLAND Florida’s General Manager, commented “We are thrilled about this initiative which we are running in partnership with Tampa Electric and have further exciting plans on renewable energy in the pipeline.”
Buy before you go: Attraction Tickets Direct offers a two-park Combo ticket for LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park from £50 an adult, £45 a child aged 3-12 years and £3 for a child up to two. See www.attraction-tickets-direct.co.uk
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• LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, a Water Park and The LEGO® World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12. Recently announced, The LEGOLAND Hotel will open in 2015 featuring 152 highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor, interactive play areas, a pool and a restaurant. There are currently five other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Deutschland near Günzburg, Germany and LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London and just opened LEGOLAND Malaysia —the sixth LEGOLAND Park and first in Asia. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world. For the most current information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com
• Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, is part of the TECO Energy family of companies. Tampa Electric serves almost 700,000 customers in West Central Florida. TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company with regulated electric and gas utility operations in Florida through Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System. TECO Energy’s other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal-production facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.
• MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 100 attractions, 10 hotels/3 holiday villages in 22 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000 + employees. Among Merlin’s attractions are – SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The EDF Energy London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park Resort, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK, Siam Ocean World and Busan Aquarium. All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.
Theme park operator Six Flags Entertainment Corp. hopes to extend its footprint overseas with plans to build several theme parks in China.
It has formed a “strategic partnership” with Riverside Investment Group, which develops real estate in China for ‘multiple’ Six Flags-branded theme parks.
“Our international expansion strategy is focused on finding the right partners in the right markets, and Riverside Investment Group will be the perfect strategic partner for us in China,” said Six Flags CEO Jim Reid-Anderson.
No further details have been disclosed and it comes just two months after Six Flags joined with Meraas Leisure and Entertainment in the UAE to develop a theme park in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
Six Flags currently operates 18 parks in the US, Mexico and Canada with annual revenues of around $1 billion.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions says Chinese theme parks received 180 million visitors in 2013, up 6% from the previous year.
However it projects that to rise sharply to 320 million tourists in the next decade, surpassing attendance figures in the US for the first time.
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