David Beckham is a man of many pursuits – from kicking around the soccer ... err, football, to modeling underwear and making cologne, it seems just about anything Beckham touches turns to gold. Now, he's putting his midas touch on hotels.
The Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced that Beckham would be assisting in the development of "dining, retail and leisure concepts" at the Sands properties in Macao and Marina Bay, Singapore. In a press release distributed by the Sands Corp., the details were pretty limited to what, exactly, Beckham will be doing, but the star power might be all the hotel group needs to drive attraction to their hotels.
Beckham made the following statement:
"The Sands team has created amazing resorts in Singapore and Macau. The scale, vision and caliber in all that they do is impressive. I am very excited to be working with them to develop a range of new business ideas in a part of the world that I love spending time in and is full of optimism and growth."FULL ENTRY
The Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, formerly the Barcelo Los Cabos, is situated beachfront on the Sea of Cortes and features eight restaurants, six bars and lounges, a kids' camp, adult pool, water fountains, stunning views and on-site spa.
The Hyatt Zilara Cancun is an all-suite resort located in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, featuring 14 restaurants and bars, a spa, pool and beach butler service and more.
The Hyatt Zilara resorts will be adult-only, while the Hyatt Ziva resorts is more family-friendly.FULL ENTRY
The holidays are stressful. Office parties, unlimited calorie consumption and of course, the dreaded conversations around the dinner table with your family.
This time of year is when most of us – happy as we may be – start to panic over pumpkin pies and without warning, consume more eggnog than we had originally planned.
Here's the thing: it happens to everyone.
Here's what to do: treat yourself to a little serenity at the spa.
The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston, Massachusetts’ only Forbes Five-Star spa, is offering its holiday signature treatment, the Frankincense Massage Ritual, for the month of December.FULL ENTRY
The Caribbean island is just 4 short hours from Boston (thanks to direct flights from Jetblue.) Now that the Ritz-Carlton is open, there's another reason to visit.
Located on Palm Beach, the new Ritz-Carlton, Aruba features 320 oceanfront rooms and suites, four restaurants, a luxurious 13-treatment room Ritz-Carlton Spa, two swimming pools, a 24-hour casino, and one of the largest state-of-the-art meeting facilities in Aruba. Not to mention, the miles of endless white sand beaches and turquoise waters just steps from the hotel.FULL ENTRY
Let's not waste time with words – below are hottest hotel discounts being offered this year on Cyber Monday, Dec. 2. All of the promotions below are valid on Monday, Dec. 2 only and in some cases, a special code is needed to book the rooms.
Happy hotel discounting! Let the Cyber Monday games begin:
Lakehouse Hotel and Resort – San Marcos, CA: Book 2 nights and stay the 3rd free
30% discount for any length of stay per night with a free 1-hour boat rental
The Beverly Garland – Hollywood, CA: Available on Monday, 12/2/13 for stays 12/3/2013-3/31/2014 (blackout dates apply)
$129/night with a $50 F&B credit
Hotel Terra – Jackson Hole, Wyoming: 20% off rooms, free 3-day lift ticket for one adult
$20 daily breakfast credit, minimum 5-night stay required; non-refundable full payment required at time of booking.
Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa – Jackson Hole, WY: 20% off rooms, free 3-day lift ticket for one adult, minimum 5-night stay required; non-refundable full payment required at time of booking.
Spring Creek Ranch – Jackson Hole, WY: 2 evenings in a Single King or Double Queen Inn Room, $299/night, $75 resort credit for use at the Wilderness Adventure Spa or food and beverage, free airport transfer (value $72), resort fee included ($20 per night value), good for stays through April 5, 2014.
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego – San Diego, CA: A "tweet deal": get an exclusive discount on the resort's brand new guest rooms by tweeting at @ManchGrandHyatt on Cyber Monday (Monday, Dec. 2, 2013) using the hashtags #NewMGHyatt and #CyberMonday. Manchester Grand Hyatt will send you a direct message with a secret booking code for an additional 15% off rates. Offer is based on availability and some blackout dates do apply. Code only valid for stays booked through December 30, 2013. Rates at Manchester Grand Hyatt start at $119 per night.
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa – Desert Springs, CA: Save 30% off regular room rates for travel Dec. 3-22 and Jan. 2-12. Bookings are non-refundable. Guests must use the booking code DOD to receive the offer.
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa – Santa Fe, NM:
Deal 1: Special rate of $99. Restrictions: Offer must be redeemed by 3/31/2014, rates are from $99 per night, based upon double occupancy and subject to availability.
Deal 2: Special rate of $199. The rate includes a room, plus breakfast for two and one 50-minute spa treatment. Restrictions: Offer must be redeemed by 3/31/2014, rates are from $199 per night, based upon double occupancy and subject to availability.
Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa – Sedona, AZ: Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa is offering a 7-night stay in suite accommodations with a cozy fireplace for just $800, inclusive or resort fees and taxes. Valid for stays January 1 – September 31, 2014, with advance purchase required. The package will be offered exclusively from midnight to midnight on December 2, and is fully pre-paid and non-refundable. Request rate code QO when booking online at Hilton.com or when booking by phone at +1 800 445 8667.
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort – Phoenix, AZ: Book a two-night stay in suite accommodations and save 20 percent off standard rates. Valid for stays November 28, 2013 – February 7, 2014. Rates are fully pre-paid, non-refundable and do not include taxes or daily resort fee. Request rate code CYBER when booking online at www.tapatiocliffshilton.com.
Miraval Resort & Spa – Tucson, AZ: Starting Dec. 2 and running through Dec. 6, guests can book an all-inclusive 3-night stay at Miraval for two and receive an EXTRA $500 dollars in resort credits ($250 EXTRA per person per stay). This offer is based on availability and for stay dates through April 30, 2014.
The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa – Berkeley, CA: Stay at the historic hotel for up to 40 percent off best available rates. Travel valid Dec. 15-April 30, 2014 by using promo code CYBER.FULL ENTRY
There are a few well-known secrets New Englander's like to keep to themselves, such as which pubs are distinctly "local," the back roads to Gillette Stadium to avoid the traffic on game day, and the beauty of visiting Martha's Vineyard in the off-season.
No, you won't get to enjoy the rocky beaches and no, you probably won't want to golf on icy links or take the boat out of a chilly spin. But, Martha's Vineyard does have some alluring qualities in the winter, and even better: it's about half the cost and there's only half the people that are usually there in the summer months.
If you're looking for a quick trip out of the city and want a no-frills, laid back, intimate weekend away, Martha's Vineyard in the off-season might be the perfect escape. All you need is a heavy jacket, a pair of boots, your favorite pair of sunglasses, and you're off.
First things first: book your boat ride. The Steamship Authority provides year-round passenger and car service from Woods Hole on Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard. As the season gets cooler, the boat rides gets fewer. Make sure you reserve a spot ahead of time.FULL ENTRY
At Thanksgiving, we give thanks for all we have. But many go the extra step and give something special to those in need. From helping at homeless shelters and serving at soup kitchens, this time of year is typically saturated with ways to spread good cheer.
If you're traveling for Thanksgiving this year, or just looking for a way to donate, the team at Hawkins PR rounded up a few New England-based hotels that are giving back this Thanksgiving:
Support the Greater Boston Food Bank, Fifteen Beacon, Boston, MA: At Fifteen Beacon this Thanksgiving, 15% of the room rate is donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank, so everyone can enjoy a meal this Thanksgiving. The “ThanksforGiving” package includes complimentary airport transfer and welcome amenity. Package starts at $895 for a 2-night minimum stay. (XV Beacon was recently named the second best business hotel in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.)FULL ENTRY
USA Today reports that starting Tuesday, Nov. 19, Loews Hotels and Resorts will launch "social reservations," allowing travelers to book rooms at 16 of its 19 properties via Twitter.
Here's the hotel-skinny: If you're on Twitter, follow @Loews_Hotels. Tweet them the hotel you're interested in staying in, using the hashtag #BookLoews. A Loews travel planner will get in touch via Twitter and when you're ready to book, the planner will tweet a link to a secure chat conversation so you can finalize the booking and enter your payment information. The only hotels not included in "social reservations" are the Loews Orlando properties.FULL ENTRY
The weather has started to turn, there's a chill is in the air, the city is starting to prep for winter. It's time to break out the shearling hats, wool mittens and down jackets, and start prepping our skins for the winter weather. To help ease the chill of winter, the Four Seasons Hotel Boston is launching their holiday pop-up this Friday, Nov. 15 – a gourmet hot cocoa shop from Cocoa on the Go, serving up steaming cups of everyone’s favorite chocolate drink.
Popping up every Tuesday through Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, Cocoa on the Go will feature house made hot chocolate – plus a special flavor of the day – paired with a variety of all-you-can-eat topping choices ranging from caramel, coconut and rich chocolate shavings to peppermint and whipped cream. Executive Pastry Chef Tim Fonseca promises it will be Boston's best hot chocolate.FULL ENTRY
For some, Boston in the winter is a special kind of wonderland. For others, it's the perfect opportunity to escape. If you're in the latter camp – or just feel like fleeing for a long weekend this season – and you love to hit the links, this post is for you.
The folks over at Quinn & Co. rounded up some of the most exotic golf courses from their roster of clients – most of which are just a few hours flight from Boston:
Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, lguana Golf Course: Located alongside a lush rainforest and several micro-climates, golfers at Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort’s La lguana Golf Course can spot monkeys, macaws and iguanas throughout the greens. The 18-hole, par-72 championship La Iguana golf course offers a challenging Ted Robinson-designed layout with panoramic ocean views that was landscaped to include banana trees, orchids and other exotic native plants.FULL ENTRY
You're not the only one excited to see Ron Burgundy hit the big screen again this Christmas. Washington, DC's, Hotel Helix and Newseum have "Anchorman" fever, and are showing their classy ways with new exhibits and a special hotel package.
Kimpton’s Hotel Helix is offering "Anchorman" movie fans a place to stay with a new “Stay Classy, D.C.” package. Travelers can rest up at the retro Hotel Helix in the heart of trendy Logan Circle, enjoy “Anchorman”-inspired amenities like a “scotchy, scotch, scotch” at the adjacent Helix Lounge and nab tickets to Newseum’s new "Anchorman: The Exhibit," which opens Nov. 14, 2013. Even Baxter the dog is welcome, as Hotel Helix has no pet fees or restrictions.FULL ENTRY
Virgin America launched a new safety video last week – the first ever in-flight safety video set entirely to dance and song. For what it's worth, it's pretty catchy.
Directed by Hollywood director Jon M. Chu, the video’s dancers, singers and choreographers include alum from American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. The cast busts a move down airplane aisles, singing and dancing their way through the five-minute FAA-regulated safety instructions.
Check out the full video here:
New York City doesn't have to be pricey. Hotel Week is back in the Big Apple offering rates as low as $100 a night for some of New York's favorite hotels.
The third annual Hotel Week NYC kicks off Jan. 3 and runs until Jan. 12, and features 30 hotels offering fixed rates of $100, $200 or $300 a night.
Here’s the fine print: Hotel only offer a certain amount of rooms at these prices and the rooms are subject to availability. Some will only allow you to book through their website or by calling. Be sure to mention “Hotel Week” when you call to book.FULL ENTRY
With every Halloween there's a good scare. This year, we're sharing some spooky, and rather creepy, tales from haunted hotels who just can't seem to get rid of some lingering guests.
If the traditional trick-or-treating events and Fright Night festivities have become too dull for you, try checking in to one of these hotels and let us know what you discover. Here's wishing you a good night's sleep...
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, NY: According to legend there was a maid in the early 1900’s that was having an affair with a gentlemen in The Sagamore (1930) during his summer stay with his wife. After hearing his wife’s suspicions he had broken off the affair and the maid confronted him in his room to talk about it. During this discussion, the wife came in to the room and, assuming the worst, began wrestling with the maid, strangling her and killing her. The husband and wife immediately checked out and when the maid was discovered the next day it was assumed that she died of natural causes while cleaning the room. Upset that the husband and wife got away with murder, it is rumored that the maid continues to haunt the occupants of this room trying to induce havoc in their relationship. It is said that the room gets very cold. Some couples have asked to move because they can’t get the room warm enough. There have been stories that the blankets are removed during the night and when the lights are turned on no one is there.
The Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, GA: This hotel seems to have a bellman with a cap and suit like the ones we see in movies of the 1920’s, a far different look from actual bellmen who greets you at this historic hotel today. This bellman, from post WWI days, is very particular about delivering freshly pressed suits to bridegrooms. He has been seen, mostly on the second floor of the club building, knocking gently on a guest room door and announcing his purpose. More than one bridegroom, who had not ordered these services, has inquired about the mysterious bellman.FULL ENTRY
Photo credit: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia
Not really a fan of winter in New England? If you're looking for a way to beat the winter blues, plan ahead and put in for some vacation time. To help inspire, Forbes Travel Guide release their picks of the top 20 hotels to visit this winter. Here's a look at a few of them:
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia: Sugar Beach features whitewashed guest rooms situated inside plantation-style buildings (it sits beside an 18th-century sugar plantation, after all). After being outdoors all day, treat yourself to a sun-soother wrap (think lavender, aloe and oatmeal) in the resort’s Rainforest Spa, a nod to the 100 acres of spectacular rainforest that surround the property.FULL ENTRY
"There's nothing in the world -- and no place in world -- like sailing in the South Pacific," said Warren Douglas, head of communications for Emirates Team New Zealand team.
San Francisco recently played host to the world's most prestigious sailing competition, the 34th America's Cup. Before the teams set sail on one of their most challenging rides of the year, I sat down with a few of the Emirates Team New Zealand members to get some travel tips for sailing down under.
First up, debunking the myths.
Most people know New Zealand as the tiny island off the coast of Australia.
"What people don't realize is how large New Zealand really is," said Doug Reid, a host of Emirates Team New Zealand and part of the shore support team. "They think it's tiny and you can see everything in three days. Spend one week in Australia and three weeks in New Zealand and you'll almost see it all."FULL ENTRY
Virgin Atlantic is the Official Airline Partner for the NFL International Series and will charter the teams to London for the game on Oct. 27. To help cover the events, the airline is teaming up with sports reporter Adam Schefter and looking the next "Red Hot Reporter" to cover the events of the San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars match-up, including the NFL fan rally at Trafalgar Square, tailgate at Wembley Stadium and of course, the game from the airline's private field-view suite.
The Red Hot Reporter will interview players, go behind-the-scenes with sideline access and showcase the fan experience from the Virgin Atlantic suite.FULL ENTRY
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and around the nation hotels, resorts and spas are offering packages and programs that benefit breast cancer research. If you're up for an escape - or just feel like taking in a few hours of relaxation - and want to help a good cause, check out what these hotels and spas in Boston (and slightly beyond) are doing to benefit breast cancer research and awareness.
(Check back often for updates from hotels and spas. I'll be sure to add new specials, programs and offers as I get them!)
The Boston Harbor Hotel is offering three unique experiences to “drink pink”, with 10 percent of all proceeds to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Hotel’s “Drink Pink” offerings include:
- Rosé Afternoon Tea at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille: Sip for a cause with a special Rosé Afternoon tea featuring pink decorative pastries, a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, tea breads and Devonshire cream and preserves. Afternoon tea is offered daily from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Pink Tea will be available Oct 1- 31, 2013 for 39.00 per person.
- Rowes Wharf Bar: Two specialty pink-themed cocktails will be available for $15 each.
- Seasonal Sips Turns Pink at Meritage: Sommelier Nicholas Daddona and Chef Daniel Bruce introduce two new pink themes for Sips this month, featuring pairings of three wines and three small bites. Pretty in Pink: Rose from around the World; and Rose Colored Bubbles: All things Pink and Effervescent for $20 each.
To show your support, go pink! Koukla Salon in the North End will be raising money along with the North End Waterfront Health & Beauty Alliance (NEWHBA) to help the fight against breast cancer. The salon is creating clip-on pink hair strands for customers and guests to purchase and show their support. Each strand is $15 or you can purchase 3 strands for $25. To make an appointment, visit the salon's website or connect via Facebook.FULL ENTRY
To mark the completion of a $1 million renovation of its Lobby Lounge and Bar, the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis is celebrating with a martini fit for an icon.
The $500 martini, named the Grand XIII, is made from Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac, Grand Marnier 150, Veuve Cliquot, and a twist of lemon. Why the high price point? A bottle of the cognac sells for over $2,000. If you're going to drink it, drink it well.
While most of us would shudder at the idea of spending $500 on something we can't keep, there's good news: the Grand XIII martini comes in a Waterford crystal glass that you'll get to take home with you.
If the Grand XIII isn't for you, the Lobby Lounge (rated one of St. Louis' favorite night spots) is well-known for its classic martini and the Gooey Butter Cake martini, a nod to the sugary treat made famous in St. Louis.
According to the hotel, one guest has already purchased a Grand XIII martini. Would you?
Mandarin Oriental, Boston is launching its next pop-up on Monday, Sept. 30, and the theme this time around pays homage to the hotel's Thai roots in Bangkok.
GAENG KHIEW WAAN GAI rue NUEA $12: Classic Thai green curry with choice of chicken or beef filet with sweet basil, eggplant and fresh chili
CHU CHI GOONG LAI SUEA $15: Curried tiger prawns with red curry
Both curry bowls come with a special M Bar lemonade (a blend of fresh lemon juice, house-made mint syrup, sparkling water and a touch of salt).
The Mandarin Oriental, Boston Curry Pop-up will be in the hotel's lobby lounge every day from Sept. 30-Nov. 1, 12 pm until 1:30 pm.
Previous pop-ups from the Mandarin Oriental, Boston included Pho Bowls and the Cake Shoppe.
Virgin America is having a one-day fare sale to say thanks to those who voted the airline “Best Premium Class” among domestic airlines in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Business Travel Poll.
The airline's “Lean Back in Style” fare sale – with Main Cabin Select fares from $149* and First Class from $189* – is one day only. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CDT on Sept. 25, 2013, for travel Oct. 1 – Nov. 20, 2013.
Tickets are on sale now on Virgin America’s Web site (www.virginamerica.com) and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN (1.877.359.8474).
If you're a Virgin America Elevate member you'll also earn double frequent flyer points on . all Main Cabin Select or First Class seat from now until Dec. 31, 2013 , and you can also earn up to 25,000 extra bonus points.
Conde Nast's independent survey of business travelers ranked Virgin America as the top U.S. airline for Premium Class service for the sixth consecutive year.
The Westin Copley Place turns 30 this year and to celebrate a new decade in Back Bay, the hotel underwent a series of innovative upgrades to bring some new appeal to its digital digs. Dubbed “Westin 3.0”, these initiatives were designed with the busy travel in mind, who has a schedule to keep but appreciates a little downtime.
A few key elements you'll notice right away when walking into the new Westin space include:
- An “Interactive Wall” that gives guests a visual tour of Boston at the wave of a hand.
- A "Vertical Garden" in the check-in area that enhances air quality and brings a bit of nature indoors.
- The new dining concept, “Ingredients”, which is a Gourmet Grab and Go Café. The concept allows guests to create a healthy meal from made-to-order omelets and smoothies, custom salads, fresh sandwiches, and thin crust brick oven pizzas.
- “Tangent”, a new interactive workspace available to hotel guests and locals needing to hold business meetings with remote participants. Video conferencing, free high-speed wireless internet, floor-to-ceiling whiteboards, printers, and a full suite of office supplies are available.
Of course, a birthday isn't any fun without gifts, so the Westin Copley Place is offering a special anniversary package through the end of the year.FULL ENTRY
One of the world's largest luxury hotel brands is making a few major investments.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced a development initiative this week that will bring the hotel group's total number of properties in its portfolio to 100 by 2016. Sound like a small number? Think again. The Ritz-Carlton doesn't just open hotels on a whim. Through careful consideration and years of market and consumer research, the hotel prides itself on choosing destinations that meet the consumer need and build the brand value.
"The robust pipeline of hotel projects indicates a continued strong demand for Ritz-Carlton products and services. We are delighted at the company's continued positive growth," said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer, in a statement. "Across the globe, and especially in Asia and the Middle East, we will be the undisputed top-tier luxury hospitality brand by 2016," Humler predicted.
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, one of the more talked-about properties for East Coast travelers, is scheduled to open this November.
Its exclusive location on Aruba's famed Palm Beach gives way to breathtaking views of the ocean from any of its 320 rooms and suites, many with private balconies. There will be four food and beverage outlets, two swimming pools, a 15,000-square-foot spa and 15,000-square-foot casino.FULL ENTRY
One of the great things about The Berkshires is that it's charismatic little towns, like Lenox, Lee, Stockbridge and Great Barrington. While there's plenty of antiquing and leaf-peeping to see, take time out to also explore some of the fun shops in the centers of these towns.
Great Barrington is just two hours from Boston and a few minutes from Tanglewood, the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Lee Premium Outlets. Everything you'll want to shop for is on or around Main Street, including food and cafes. The funky Gypsy Joynt is a popular place for lunch, and where you'll also find sweet snacks for that mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Fuel Coffee is an Internet cafe with - you guessed - some great coffee. You'll also find art galleries, antique stores and speciality stores around the block.
Stop into Rubiner's Cheesemongers on Main Street for some gourmet meats and cheeses. This high-end grocer has some unique tastings, and some great sauces, oils and rubs. It's bit like stepping into a French cheese store, complete with fresh baked breads and a few sweets to nibble on.
Lobby at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, a new Forbes Five-Star property
Forbes Travel Guide announced a second batch of five-star hotels, restaurants and spas this week, the first ever mid-year announcement for the star-rating company.
The mid-year awards give travelers more up-to-date ratings, and a good reason for properties to keep tabs on their competition.
The new Five-Star hotels include:
- The Four Seasons Hotel Seattle – the first Five-Star star-rated hotel for the city
- Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, which recently underwent an extensive renovation, making it the first hotel in Canada to receive the highest rating
- The Connaught in London