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Mango Bay Hotel Voted Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort at World Travel Awards

December 24, 2014
Barbados' Mango Bay Hotel was voted Barbados' Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards.

Barbados’ Mango Bay Hotel was voted Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards.

Barbados’ Mango Bay Hotel (www.MangoBayBarbados.com) has been voted Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort at the World Travel Awards™, recognizing the property’s commitment to excellence over the last 12 months.

“I speak for the entire Mango Bay team in saying that we are truly honored to be voted as Barbados’ Leading Boutique Resort,” said Peter Odle, chairman of the Mango Bay Hotel Group.  “Our team members strive for outstanding service and are eager to meet guests’ needs, something which we feel is imperative in reaching this caliber of excellence,” he continued.

The World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the travel and tourism industry.  The annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the field.

Nominations for World Travel Awards™ are based on past years’ winners, approved self-nominations and approved World Travel Awards™ commendations.  Once nominated, votes come from qualified executives working within travel and tourism and consumer travel buyers.  Votes are internally audited to ensure the validity of each individual vote.

Located in the historic Holetown area on the famed Gold Coast of Barbados, the 76-room Mango Bay Hotel is known for its sophistication and all-inclusive value. This beachfront, boutique-style property is the ideal tropical retreat for travelers seeking an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, offering spacious accommodations, a picturesque beach, a centrally-located swimming pool and superb dining. The property is just a short walk from the posh Limegrove Lifestyle Centre, where guests can shop at global luxury retailers including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Cartier, Michael Kors and more.

Mango Bay is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 with discounted rates starting at US$384 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, on an all-inclusive basis when booked directly.  A Mango Bay all-inclusive vacation includes hotel accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including glasses of wine, use of the on-site gym and nightly entertainment. The property is also now offering room service as well as drink and food service at the pool and the beach.  Water skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, wakeboarding, pedal boats, a glass bottom boat ride and a catamaran trip to snorkel with the turtles are also included.

For more information on Mango Bay, call 246-432-1384, email reservations@mangobaybarbados.comor, or visit www.MangoBayBarbados.com.

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Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Montego Bay Offers ‘Suite Spring Sale’

December 24, 2014
Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica

Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica

Spring Break in Jamaica will be sweeter in 2015 for guests of the all-inclusive Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay thanks to a new Suite Spring Sale. Savings of up to 50% off published rates are available in KidSuites® and One-Bedroom Suites between February and April 2015:

 

KidSuites®   One-Bedroom Suites
Savings Travel Dates Rates Savings Travel Dates Rates
35% Feb 1 – April 11, 2015 $443 35% Feb 1 – April 11, 2015 $508
50% April 12 – April 30, 2015 $314 50% April 12 – April 30, 2015 $364

*All rates based on single/double occupancy

“Spring Break in Jamaica is always great, but in one of our suites, the experience is that much more magical,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, Group Director of Marketing & Sales. “Ultra spacious and more elegant than you might expect, our suites were fully-renovated recently to provide guests with an unmatched level of comfort for the money. Our new Suite Spring Sale makes an already great value even better.”

For families, the new KidSuites® are simply ideal. KidSuites® feature a unique room within a room concept, where kids and parents enjoy their own private space. Each unit features a partially separated sleep/play area for kids, with one set of bunk beds, cable TV with kid friendly channels, and play table or desk. The main sleeping area has a king bed, flat screen cable TV with premium movie channels, direct dial telephone with voice mail, coffee maker, in-room safe, AM/FM clock radio, hair dryer, refrigerator, iron and ironing board. KidSuites® are also ideally located on the ground floor adjacent to the resort’s award-winning KidSpree Vacation Club.

One-bedroom suites offer the ultimate in comfort and refinement for guests of the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay. Each of these ultra-spacious penthouse accommodations features a completely separate living area, full ocean view, private whirlpool, vaulted ceilings, dark wood accents, fine décor, flat screen TV with premium movie and sports channels, work desk, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, AM/FM clock radio, coffee maker, refrigerator, an in-room safe, and enough room to comfortably sleep up to five persons.

The Suite Spring Sale is valid on bookings made by April 29, 2015 for resort stays enjoyed between February 1 and April 30, 2015. There are no blackout dates and a minimum night stay of three nights is required for resort stays taking place February 12 – 17, 2015, as well as March 30 – April 5, 2015.

Savings apply to KidSuites® and One-Bedroom Suites room categories and include unlimited meals, snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), non-motorized watersports, resort amenities (tennis, mini golf, fitness center, etc.), taxes, gratuities, and free nightly shuttle service to Margaritaville in the heart of Montego Bay’s nightlife center, The Hip Strip.

As an added value, free Wifi Internet service is accessible in all rooms and suites at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego, and all kids 12 and under stay, play and eat free when sharing accommodations with parents.

Group bookings are ineligible and revisions on current bookings are not permitted. Savings of up to 50% cannot be combined with any other promotion or consumer savings and can be withdrawn at any time.

The Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay is a 518-room full-service resort which combines the strength of the world’s most-trusted hotel brand with authentic Jamaican hospitality. Distinguished as the only 100% all-inclusive Holiday Inn*, the property helps travelers stretch their vacation dollars to new heights, offering a series of complimentary special programs benefiting families (KidSpree) and seniors (GoldenSpree). Those wishing to tie the knot can even take advantage of the Free Caribbean Wedding program (conditions apply). The resort continues to upgrade its facilities and amenities to better serve the modern traveler.  New room categories – Junior Suites for added elegance, and KidSuites® for more family fun – together with exciting dining options at the just-opened Kenko Teppanyaki Restaurant, upgraded rooms and common areas add a refreshed feel to the property, even for the most frequent of repeat guests. Additional amenities, such as the boutique Sol-Mer Spa & Salon, five restaurants/grill, four bars, two pools, tennis, mini golf, half-mile of pristine white sand beach and boardwalk, “Tek-it-Easy” private island, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, electronic casino, and more, affirm that the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay truly offers something for everyone.

 

For Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay reservations, visit www.caribbeanhi.com/jamaica, or call 1-888-288-6006.
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Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont Introduces Kids’ Snowmobile Tours

December 24, 2014
Among the distinctive activities that make Okemo such a marvelous family mountain destination are new kids snowmobile tours on specially designed 'kidsbiles'.

Among the distinctive activities that make Okemo such a marvelous family mountain destination are new kids snowmobile tours on specially designed ‘kidsbiles’.

LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain Resort has added kids’ snowmobile tours to its lineup of winter activities for families visiting the popular ski and snowboard resort. Pintsized Polaris snowmobiles travel at a maximum speed of 8 mph. Kids love the look and sound of the Indy 120 XC – a real snowmobile built for kids. Each 15-minute tour consisting of up to four riders takes place on a specially designed course at the Jackson Gore Paleo Field and is led by an adult riding a full-sized sled. Riders must be between the ages of 5 and 12, weigh no more than 120 pounds and be no taller than 5’4”. Helmets are required and provided for riders. Each tour is $29 and reservations are recommended.

Renowned for its commitment to snowmaking, world-class grooming, and a vast selection of trails that span five distinct mountain areas, Okemo Mountain Resort excels at providing a memorable winter vacation experience off the slopes, as well as on. Visitors can enjoy mountain coaster rides, ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, swimming, year-round indoor golf, racquetball, fitness classes, aerobic and weight training, massage, sauna, relaxing by a fire, or soaking in a hot tub.

The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster is a four-season attraction that offers a scenic and exhilarating ride through alpine forests and along the contours of the mountain at Okemo’s Jackson Gore. The roller-coaster ride features tubular rails for a smooth run down the mountain at any time of the year. Sled-like cars carry two passengers in comfort but can be handled easily by one alone. The riders are in control of their speed and this gives them a unique hands-on experience, encouraging repeat visits. Visitors, age 7 and older, load and unload The Timber Ripper in the Jackson Gore base area, near the bottom of the Coleman Brook Express lift. The ride starts with a five-minute, 1,600-foot climb followed by a 375 vertical-foot descent along 3,100 feet of track with turns, waves, camel backs and banking loops at speeds of up to 25 mph.

The Ice House, a multi-functional, year-round sports pavilion, features a covered skating rink that is maintained by an ice resurfacing machine. Skate rentals are available and skaters can enjoy a hot chocolate by the fireplace inside the attached building. When winter wanes, The Ice House transitions to a warm-weather sports center with tennis courts, a basketball court and covered, single-lane jogging track.

Snow tubing is a popular early-evening activity at Jackson Gore on weekends and during holiday periods and other designated times. Specially groomed chutes keep inflatable snow-sliding “inner tubes” on track for a thrilling slide down a snowy slope. Snow tubers must be at least 42 inches tall. Specialized snow tubes are available for rent by the hour and a magic-carpet style surface lift returns tubers to the top of the chutes after each thrilling ride down.

Located halfway between Okemo’s Jackson Gore base area and original Clock Tower base area, the Okemo Valley Nordic Center welcomes winter enthusiasts with 22 km of tracked and skate-groomed cross-country skiing trails, and 13 km of trails designated for the use of snowshoers. Okemo’s Nordic Center trails are ideally suited to all ability levels, and they are groomed daily using state-of-the-art grooming machines. Inside the clubhouse, visitors enjoy a fully stocked Nordic Shop with the latest advances in outdoor clothing and accessories. Demos, equipment rentals, repairs and waxing are available on-site. Dressing rooms with showers and lockers make a nice change from the typical rustic facilities of most Nordic centers.

Golfers can stay on top of their game with Okemo’s Indoor Golf Training Center at the Okemo Valley Nordic Center. The 6,000 square-foot, indoor practice facility houses a 700 square-foot putting green, swing stations and a computerized virtual golf simulator.  Golf instructional programs are available with group and private lessons offered. The Indoor Training Center is an ideal way for golfers to improve upon their skills and maintain their swing during the winter months. Golf enthusiasts can purchase a golf winter season pass to the indoor golf facility or visit one day at a time for a daily fee.

Okemo’s Spring House is a center for relaxation and rejuvenation. The two-level, 18,000 square-foot fitness and aquatic center features a recreational swimming pool with lap lanes for designated swim times, a five-person hot tub, and a children’s pool with a whimsical frog slide and numerous splash and fountain features. In addition to all that aquatic action, The Spring House offers a racquetball court, a fitness-class studio, weights and cardio equipment, a sauna, and locker rooms that include a unique family locker room area. For the ultimate indulgence, massage services are available just steps away, inside the Jackson Gore Inn.

For resort visitors who opt to travel farther afield, the village of Ludlow and the entire Okemo Valley serves as a gateway to Okemo Mountain Resort, offering shopping, dining and a variety of community events that are open to the public.

For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort, call (800) 228-1600 or visit okemo.com.

 

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The 10 Most Praised Ultra-Luxury Cruise Ships in 2014 – Insider Report from CruiseCompete

December 24, 2014
Crystal Cruises has two ships in CruiseCompete's list of Top 10 Ultra-Luxury ships.

Crystal Cruises has two ships in CruiseCompete’s list of Top 10 Ultra-Luxury ships.

SeaDream I tops the Top 10 List for ultra-luxury cruise vacations, according to CruiseCompete, which analyzed reviews from thousands of cruise travelers, who provide insight into cruise lines, ships, amenities, service, dining and the destinations visited.

CruiseCompete has tabulated the ratings given to ultra-luxury cruise ship category:

 

  Line  Ship  Rating
 1. SeaDream Yacht Club  SeaDream I  5
 2. Crystal Cruises  Crystal Serenity  4.89
 3. Regent Seven Seas Cruises  Seven Seas Voyager  4.83
 4. Paul Gauguin  MS Paul Gauguin  4.81
 5. Regent Seven Seas Cruises  Seven Seas Mariner  4.78
 6. Regent Seven Seas Cruises  Seven Seas Navigator  4.75
 7. Silversea Cruises  Silver Shadow  4.57
 8. Crystal Cruises  Crystal Symphony  4.56
 9. Seabourn  Seabourn Sojourn  4.56
 10. SeaDream Yacht Club  SeaDream II 4.25

 

Read full reviews of these ships, and others, here.

Want to know more about the worldwide ports these ships visit? Read port reviews here.

One of the most significant aspects of the ultra-luxury lines is the amenities included in their cruise packages. These ships are designed to feel like floating country clubs or boutique hotels; one where a passenger’s every whim is indulged and there’s no need to keep a wallet handy for extra expenses.

To see what’s included on the Ultra-Luxury lines, click here.

To learn more about the luxury lines, or to book and Ultra-Luxury Cruise, visit www.CrusieCompete.com.

 

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Application Deadline Approaches for US High School Students Seeking YES Abroad Scholarships

December 23, 2014
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the YES Abroad program provides merit scholarships for students to study for one academic year in countries such as South Africa.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the YES Abroad program provides merit scholarships for students to study for one academic year in countries such as South Africa.

New York,—The application deadline for the 2015-2016 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad scholarship program is January 7, 2015. The program provides full scholarships to American high school students to experience overseas communities and cultures, preparing students to collaborate on today’s global challenges such as human rights, community development, workforce development, climate change, and global health.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the YES Abroad program enables students to study for one academic year in countries that may include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, Thailand, and Turkey. The merit-based scholarship covers domestic and international travel; applicable visa fees; medical benefits; room and board; tuition at the local high school; orientations; and fees for educational and cultural activities.

Participants in the program fully immerse themselves into the culture of their host family while attending local high school. Erica, a current scholarship recipient from Wisconsin, who was named the October 2014 American Abroad of the Month by the State Department, said: “My time in South Africa has given me a chance to learn from daily life in my host school, while focusing my attention outward to my host family and community.  Every day I am both a student and teacher to my peers, and I have learned so much not just about what it means to be Zulu, Xhosa, or Afrikaans, but also what it means to be an American. I have found that it is in the informal conversations between classes and sport where I have learned and shared the most.

A 2012 participant, Hannah, who studied in Malaysia for one year, stated that “the YES Abroad program opened my eyes. I learned about a new culture and shared my own. I now have two homes, two families and countless friends from around the world.”

Interested students should visit www.yes-abroad.org to learn more the program and to apply. Contact the YES Abroad program at yesabroad@afsusa.org or 800-237-4636 x2151 if you have questions about the program or application process.

 

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Viator.com, Online Booking Engine for Tours, Activities Offers 10% Friends & Family Discount

December 23, 2014

These days, gift giving is top of mind and that’s no exception for the team at Viator – the leading resource for researching and booking tours and activities worldwide. Viator’s Friends & Family discount has been extended to frequent customers and newcomers alike. Until December 31, travelers can receive 10% off all bookings (excluding Disney theme parks and attractions) made on Viator.com, the Viator Tours & Activities App (iOS and Android) and Viator’s mobile site. And it’s super simple – just enter promo code “2015” at checkout to receive the discount.

The 10% discount can also be applied to Viator Gift Certificates as well. Available in multiple denominations and good toward the purchase of any experience on the Viator site, these last-minute, sure-to-please gifts come with free, instant worldwide deliver (great for procrastinators) and are much easier to wrap than the experiences they’ll deliver, such as insider tours of popular destinations like Rome, Paris, London, NY and San Francisco; special access to iconic attractions like the Vatican, Louvre, Empire State Building and Sydney Opera House; active experiences like surfing lessons, bike tours, hiking, kayaking, river rafting, helicopter and seaplane flights; culinary and wine experiences like Cajun and Tuscan cooking classes, Tapas Walking tours, craft beer tours and vineyard tours and tastings; and thousands of other experiences in more than 1,500 destinations.

For over 15 years, Viator has curated one of the largest and most diverse selection of worldwide tours and activities—from traditional sightseeing tours to unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences—all provided by local tour operators that are pre-screened for quality, value and service. Activities are supported by more than 600,000 verified reviews, photos and videos posted by travelers like you, all backed by a low-price guarantee.

Viator, Inc. sells tours and activities through the award-winning Viator.com website, ten local-language sites serving North and South American, European and Japanese markets, five fully optimized mobile sites and more than 3,000 affiliate sites that include major hotel chains and airlines, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. For travelers on the go—the Viator Tours & Activities App for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android provides quick and easy hand-held access to the most memorable travel experiences, bookable up to the last minute, even in-destination!

Learn more—and connect—by reading the Viator Travel Blog, become a fan on Facebook, follow on Twitter, Google+, or Pinterest or subscribe to YouTube channel.

For more info, visit viator.com.

 

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Ski in Style at Villas of Distinction’s Luxurious Vacation Homes in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming

December 23, 2014
Northside Villa in Deer Valley, Utah,. one of the vacation homes in Villas of Distinction's portfolio.

Northside Villa in Deer Valley, Utah,. one of the vacation homes in Villas of Distinction’s portfolio.

Wilmington, Mass. –Villas of Distinction® provides travelers looking to hit the slopes this winter with luxurious, private villa vacation homes in some of the hottest ski destinations — Utah, Colorado and newly added Wyoming. And, with a vast array of upscale amenities, plenty of space, privacy, personalized attention, and full-service vacation planning including unique and customized experiences, visitors will fall in love with the perks of vacationing in a villa as opposed to staying in a resort.

Newly added destination and villa — Gray Wolf in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is the perfect location for the avid skier because it sits at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and is just 3/8 of a mile from the ski lifts in the Teton Village area. After a full-day of outdoor adventures, visitors will enjoy Gray Wolf’s rustic charm and contemporary luxury setting with an array of amenities including a fireplace in the great room and master suite, private outdoor hot tub, full concierge service and more. More villas will be added to Jackson Hole soon.

Northside Villa in Deer Valley, Utah gives skiers access to the perfectly groomed runs of Flagstaff Mountain just off of its quiet cul-de-sac. This 6,600 square-foot ski chalet features five bedrooms, seven baths, spacious living areas, a projector screen theater, gourmet kitchen and game room making it perfect for two families who want to travel together and have room to spare. Guests will be spoiled with daily housekeeping and on-call shuttle service in the winter months, concierge service and a private outdoor hot tub … and all of this is included at no extra charge.

Travelers who may have had trouble finding a large luxury home in the downtown area of Park City, will be happy to find this gem —  Woodside Villa, which is just one block from historic Main Street and only 50 yards from ski access to the Town Lift. The stunning 5-bedroom Old Town ski home offers a private bath for each bedroom, a wet bar, two-way fireplace, private hot tub and a heated garage. During the winter season, daily housekeeping and complimentary in town shuttle service is available, and the villa always offers a personalized check-in and a private concierge giving the guests a top-notch experience.

In addition to skiing, both destinations in Utah have other fun snow activities including Heli-ski and Snowcat tours, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, jet or helicopter charter and Utah Olympic Park where visitors can ride the official bobsled track of the 2002 Olympics.

In one of the most sought out ski destinations, Colorado, skiers will find The Colorado Lodge, a 3,250 square foot private penthouse offering dynamic ski mountain and valley views. This is the perfect place for a couples retreat with friends as it accommodates eight guests with traditional bedding and up to 10 with the use of a trundle bed and twin pullout. Located on the 11th floor this 4-bedroom, den, 4.5 bath penthouse features a fully-equipped commercial kitchen, dining area, family room with moss rock fireplace, wine cave, and an outdoor terrace with seating and a commercial gas grill. The most valuable amenities of this winter vacation haven are its definitive ski-in/ski-out location with full access to The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch’s five-star services and amenities including daily housekeeping and turndown services, overnight laundry service, private chef available upon request, babysitting services, 24-hour in-room dining, complimentary Wi-Fi and more.

Arrabelle 655 at Vail Square in Colorado brings the warmth and character of the European Alps indoors with its imported French and Austrian antiques. Being located at the base of North America’s #1 ski resort and just steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola coupled with providing Arrabelle Resort’s high-end in-suite services provides one-of-a-kind appeal to die-hard skiers. This luxurious 5-bedroom boasts striking ski mountain views from every window, two master suites and a wraparound 270-degree terrace where guests can relax and enjoy the spectacular views or use the commercial gas grill to prepare a meal. After a long day on the slopes, visitors will want to warm up in the rooftop hot tub while taking in the Vail Mountain scenery.

In addition to value-added amenities at the villas, Villas of Distinction’s expert concierges provide every client a personalized encounter planning every aspect of the trip from the time they leave until the time of their return. A villas concierge customizes every vacation to the client’s needs from home to airport transfers; pre-stocked groceries; and villa yoga and massages to booking tours and excursions; ski lift tickets; chef services and restaurant reservations, customers won’t need to lift a finger or waste precious time planning the vacation.

So, get friends and family together to start planning the next big ski vacation. You can’t beat the value of quality time with family and friends, space, privacy and the chance to be spoiled with personalized service and high-end amenities that a hotel room doesn’t offer.

The villa experts at Villas of Distinction want to spoil you with a full-service villa vacation experience. For more information or to book a luxurious villa rental, call a Villa Specialist at 800-289-0900 or visit VillasofDistinction.com.

 

Villas of Distinction®, as part of World Travel Holdings, is a full-service premier luxury villa provider with an extensive portfolio of thousands of privately-owned villas in more than 50 luxurious destinations including the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Belize, Italy, France, Greece, Spain, Thailand, Croatia, the Continental United States and many private Islands. For nearly 25 years, Villas of Distinction and its team of expert concierges have been helping travelers find a vacation home without a membership fee. The company takes pride in offering customized vacations to meet every imaginable need, with most villas featuring private pools, butlers, maids and chefs. www.VillasofDistinction.com

 

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Stowe Mountain Lodge Introduces ‘Mountain Survival Package’ and Other New Experiences

December 23, 2014

Stowe, Vt. – Stowe Mountain Lodge, by Destination Hotels, is offering new and exciting outdoor adventures and revitalizing spa treatments for the 2014/2015 winter season. With people seeking more experiential and adventurous vacations for the entire family, Stowe Mountain Lodge has developed offerings that appeal to a wide variety of guests.

Here is a sample of new offerings for the 2014/2015 winter season.

The Mountain Survival Package:  This is an unforgettable experience and a chance to spend the day with a true mountain man and our resident Green Mountain expert. Mountain Survival includes:  a two-night stay in luxurious accommodations, your choice of an ice climbing/mountaineering expedition, a Rustic Furniture Making Class, or a backcountry skiing trip; an 80 minute deep tissue or hot-stone massage, a guided evening snowshoe tour and a $100 dining credit to experience our upscale restaurant, Solstice or Hourglass Lounge. Guests can seek out a true adventure with a touch of indulgence to go along.

For Mom: The Winter Goddess: Spend a day at the Spa and Wellness Center at Stowe Mountain Lodge to truly revive and rejuvenate. Winter Goddess includes:

-Hydrofacial Boost treatment

-Manicure & Pedicure

-Blowout

-Make-up Application

For the Young Couple: Ultimate Detox: The Stowe Mountain Lodge Spa and Wellness Center takes pride in guiding our guests to achieve their ultimate level in wellness and balance. The Ultimate Detox package is designed to leave you feeling refreshed, healthy, balanced and ready to seize the day, whether it’s on the slopes or sitting by the fire.  Ultimate Detox Package includes:

-80 minute Detox Facial

-50 minute Detox Body Wrap

-50 minute Ionic Detox Foot Ritual with a hand, scalp and foot treatment

-Healing Lodge Access for Detox Ritual

For the Kids: Art Aprés, Ages 3-18:  After a fun day on the ski hill or playing outside, kids can wind down with the art teachers from Stowe’s Helen Day Art Center, a non-profit organization that supports the arts in the community of Stowe, Vermont. Classes include: Paper Arts, Winter Birch Tree Painting, Fabric Arts, Wool Weaving, Snowboard/Ski Designing, Sticker/Logo Designing, Cartooning, Winter Watercolor and more.

For the Grandparents: Take a Day Off…from Skiing!  Package: When you ski hard on a winter vacation, especially a challenging mountain like Stowe Mountain Resort, sometimes you just need a day off. Enjoy the “Take a Day Off” package at The Spa and Wellness Center and spend the day stretching, moving, and relaxing. “Take a Day Off” includes:

-Guided snowshoe Tour and Stowega (our signature outdoor stretching and yoga class)

-Unlimited fitness classes

-Choice of 80-minute massage

For the Four Legged Family Members: Bring the dogs on a special and unique privately guided snowshoe tour for the entire family. Your dogs will get to run free, frolic in the snow and hike Smuggler’s Notch with other Vermont dogs and families. “We like to call it the ‘Vermont Dog Park’.”

Stowe Mountain Lodge is the centerpiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a $400 million alpine village in planning and development stages for the past 16 years.  As part of this new community, guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge will enjoy world-class service, 312 guest rooms, a 21,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, ski-in/ski-out access to over 100 legendary trails, exclusive access to Stowe Mountain Club, an 18-hole mountain golf course designed by Bob Cupp, and a heated outdoor pool. Stowe Mountain Resort offers over 56,000 square feet of event space, as well as high-end boutiques, restaurants and limitless on-mountain recreational options.  The lodge offers farm-to-table cuisine in Solstice restaurant and Hourglass bar.  In addition, 34 fractionally-owned condominium units are available for vacation home ownership in the Lodge’s Front Four Private Residence Club.  Rooms reservations, with special lodging offers and packages, are available by calling (802) 253-3560 or (888) 4-STOWE-VT, or by visiting www.stowemountainlodge.com. For real estate inquiries, call (888) 403-7739 or (802) 253-0320.

Destination Hotels is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 19 indigenous spas, and 125 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow on Twitter: @Destination. Like on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

Stowe Mountain Resort is an internationally renowned four-season destination. With majestic Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, Stowe is filled with activities for every season: golf, tennis, hiking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, world-class dining, shopping, spas and more. Stowe’s historic village combined with Vermont’s most spectacular landscape creates the quintessential New England getaway. For more information visit:  http://www.stowe.com or call: 800-253-4754.

 

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Lake Morey Resort Offers Array of Ways to Enjoy Winter in Vermont

December 23, 2014
With its own 600-acre lake cleared to create multiple pond hockey rinks and the country’s longest maintained skating trail (4.5 miles), Lake Morey, Fairlee, Vermont, is an icy playground for winter enthusiasts.

With its own 600-acre lake cleared to create multiple pond hockey rinks and the country’s longest maintained skating trail (4.5 miles), Lake Morey, Fairlee, Vermont, is an icy playground for winter enthusiasts.

Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT offers a variety of ice-based outdoor winter activities that get the blood pumping in ways other than downhill skiing. With its own 600-acre lake cleared to create multiple pond hockey rinks and the country’s longest maintained skating trail (4.5 miles), Lake Morey is an icy playground for winter enthusiasts.

During Ice Sports University (ISU) weekend, January 23-25, 2015, guests can sweep a curling stone down the ice, compete in an invigorating game of pond hockey, circle the lake on Nordic Skates or discover the secrets to ice fishing. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are also available for more snow-minded folks. Open to beginners through advanced, experts in each field will be on hand giving complimentary one-hour workshops in each activity for those who need it, culminating in a friendly competition for those who wish to test their skills.

Rates start at $149 based on single or double occupancy. Extra people sharing a room would be $20 per person, per night. The rate includes two nights lodging and all workshops. All equipment (except helmets) will be provided onsite.

For those not interested in hitting the ice, there are plenty of spectator sports to enjoy as well. In addition to the ongoing workshops, Lake Morey Resort has partnered with the Upper Valley Curling Club to bring a weekend of curling competition to the lake during the second annual Pondspiel. Catch the action lakeside or while sipping a warm beverage in the Steamboat Lounge. Throughout the weekend, the resort’s complimentary 120-seat indoor movie theater will also be streaming classic winter-sports-themed movies and a variety of other indoor activities are available, from swimming and table tennis to massages and other treatments in the resort’s Waters Spa.

For more information and to book, visit www.lakemoreyresort.com or call 800-423-1211. Lake Morey Resort is located at 1 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, VT 05045.

 

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New Year’s Eve at Sheraton New York Times Square

December 23, 2014
New Year's Eve in Times Square, New York - something that is a must-do at least once in a lifetime © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

New Year’s Eve in Times Square, New York – something that is a must-do at least once in a lifetime © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Sheraton New York Times Square is one of the few big hotels in the Times Square/midtown competitive set that allows for a one-night stay and doesn’t require a multi-night stay on New Year’s Eve ($699 for Superior Room / $899 for Club Room).

Similar hotels in the competitive set: W Times Square, Westin Times Square, Marriott Marquis, Grand Hyatt, Millennium Broadway and Hilton Midtown.

Revels will enjoy extended hours on New Year’s Eve in the lobby bar (open until 3am), and champagne toast at midnight.

The 44th Floor Club Lounge bar for Club Level guests is open until 11pm. Sheraton Social Hour wines are available from 5-8pm, with 2-oz pours of signature wines from rated 90+ points by Wine Spectator for $5.

A Bloody Mary bar is available at noon on New Year’s Day in the 44th Floor Club Lounge for Club Level guests ($15 per drink)

Book by clicking here: www.sheratonnewyork.com/NYE-hotel-package  or call 888-627-7067.

 

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