Travel Deal of the Week
It doesn't feel like Spring yet, but warmer weather is right around the corner (we hope). If you're eager to get out of the cold and into the sun and sand, here are five Caribbean resorts perfect for parents and kids:
Where: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia
Why: The range of supervised activities for children ages 4-12: glass-bottom boat excursions, arts and crafts, and guided hikes up the Gros Piton, the mountain at the center of the island, with a chance to splash in a thermally heated waterfall.
Best family accommodation: The plantation-style Two Bedroom Grand Luxury Villas, which have indoor and outdoor living rooms, a private deck and plunge pool, and butler service. Butlers can arrange anything, from a babysitter to a private beach BBQ.FULL ENTRY
Everyone's getting into the holiday spirit, especially the airlines. As the holiday rush speeds up and more travelers start flocking to their flights, the airlines are hoping to keep everyone in the Christmas spirit by spreading a little holiday cheer at the gates, in-flight and even before you board.
To help make wishes come true, Virgin Atlantic is launching a 'Taste of Virgin Atlantic' #wishweek on Twitter. The @Virgin_Atlantic handle will be dedicated to granting wishes to those who haven't quite got round to buying all their presents. The elves, donning Virgin's signature red, will come to the rescue with a week of daily gifts (a small sign of the experience customers receive when they fly with the top-rated airline.)
#wishweek will run from December 16th - 20th and the gifts grow in size every day with Friday's reveal being the ultimate Virgin Atlantic experience.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
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 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
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.
Marriott Rewards® and United MileagePlus members are about to benefit from even more perks. The two companies have joined forces to offer “RewardsPlus," which gives Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite members MileagePlus Premier Silver status, and gives United Global Services, Premier 1K, Premier Platinum and Premier Gold members Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status, and all of the benefits that come with it.
These new status offerings will be effective until Jan. 31, 2014.
The new combo program will also wrap in other features as well. Beginning in August, all MileagePlus and Marriott Rewards members will receive 20 percent more value when converting Marriott Rewards points into MileagePlus miles and a 10 percent bonus for MileagePlus miles on Marriott Rewards travel packages.FULL ENTRY
When it comes to summer, exercise and vacation do not always go hand in hand. You spent all winter working out at the gym so you could fit into your summer clothes, why would you want to waste precious beach time lifting weights or tracking miles on the treadmill? Good news, body-conscious travels: hotels around the world are introducing new ways to introduce a little fun into guests' fitness routine.
But before you check-in, it's a good idea to keep your mind and body aligned, says Will Coons, a yoga teacher and massage therapist at StillPointWithin in Provincetown, MA.
"It is just as important to keep yourself in alignment, filled with plenty of fluids and avoiding misuse, as it is for your vehicle," said Coons. Coons recommends you always keep moving, even if it's just a few foot taps or leg lifts at your desk.
Meanwhile, consider combining summer travel with some active ideas. Whether it's a biking tour of Portland or bootcamp in the Swiss Alps, these hotels and tour companies have a wellness adventure for every type of traveler this summer:FULL ENTRY
April is National Stress Awareness Month and what better place to blow off some steam than in New York City? Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel, is offering stress level reduction packages to help keep your stress levels in check. Depending on where your stress level is - high, medium or low - you can enjoy a tech-free room, aromatherapy or yoga in your room.
Here's a breakdown of the deals:FULL ENTRY