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Club Med ‘Splash Into Winter’ Sale Offers Up to 45% Off All-Inclusive Escapes

November 12, 2021
Club Med Quebec, Canada, a four-season, all-inclusive mountain resort, will be Club Med’s first in Canada, just an hour and a half away from Québec City in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region. Save up to 45 percent during Club Med’s Splash Into Winter sale.

MIAMI — Club Med, a pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, invites travelers to take advantage of up to 45% off all-inclusive escapes plus perks at Club Med’s top resorts in Florida, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean, including Club Med Ixtapa Pacific (reopening December 11, 2021), offering a family-fun getaway under the sun, and Club Med Québec (opening December 3, 2021), offering an unforgettable all-inclusive mountain escape. The Splash into Winter sale is open for bookings now through January 10, 2022, with travel dates through July 1, 2022 and additional perks including a free room upgrade and free stays for kids under 4 – just in time for upcoming holiday getaways and spring vacations.

Club Med’s spacious low-density resorts are surrounded by nature, spread across 50 acres, and operate at a limited capacity. Paired with Club Med’s enhanced safety and hygiene protocols, free onsite antigen testing, and free cancellation policy, guests will enjoy total peace of mind and the freedom to unwind while creating cherished memories together. Guests will also enjoy unlimited culinary options, premium accommodations, and activities for all interests – from skiing and snowboarding to standup paddle boarding and snorkeling – and families will particularly enjoy Club Med’s Amazing Family program, a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities designed to help families reconnect and experience a greater sense of reunion.

For full details on the Splash Into Winter Sale, visit https://www.clubmed.us/o/best-all-inclusive-vacation-deals.

Splash Into Winter Sale

  • Booking window: Today through January 10, 2022
  • Travel window: Select dates from November 6, 2021 – July 1, 2022 (blackout dates apply)
  • 45% off plus perks:
    • Free room upgrade
    • Kids under 4 stay free
    • No single supplement
    • Free Antigen testing
    • Free Cancellations^

Participating Club Med Resorts
Travelers looking for opportunities to reconnect and create cherished memories with their loved ones on their next vacation will find that peace of mind is a destination at several Club Med resorts, including:

  • Club Med Québec, Canada: Opening December 3, 2021. The four-season, all-inclusive mountain resort will be Club Med’s first in Canada, just an hour and a half away from Québec City in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region. Spread across 300+ acres, the family-friendly resort will feature locally inspired culinary experiences, a private Exclusive Collection (5 Star) space, sweeping views of the scenic St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountains, and unlimited ski-in/ski-out access on the biggest vertical slope east of the Rockies. Guests can enjoy a variety of year-round activities like skiing, biking, and hiking, as well as activities traditional to the region like ice skating and dog sledding. Indulge in some R&R in the expansive wellness area, featuring a 25-yard heated pool with river views and a Nordic-inspired spa, or explore the destination through excursions like a sugar shack visit to enjoy Québec’s famous maple taffy and a trip to Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure with 400 years’ worth of history. Explore the destination even further through the resort’s first-of-its-kindSki Workshops, where guests can enhance their ski and snowboard skills while adventuring through the wonderous ski domains of Le Massif de Charlevoix.
  • Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Dominican Republic: The first and only operating resort in the undiscovered region of Miches – and Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection (5 Star) resort in North America – offers a luxury experience wrapped in an all-inclusive vacation. The eco-chic resort features four boutique villages specializing in wellness, adventure, kid-friendly, and adults-only concepts, catering to an array of travelers seeking a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Enjoy unlimited refined culinary options, Zen moments with treatments at the on-site Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes, yoga in the treetop wellness canopy, and relaxation at the naturally-filtered Zen pool. Must-try experiences for families include learning how to plant and compost ingredients at the on-site community garden to the boho-chic Sunset Ritual, the perfect way to end the day in paradise. Families can also satisfy their sweet tooth when discovering a Secret Chocolate Room – a first-of-its-kind kid’s speakeasy featuring unlimited sweets crafted with locally-sourced cocoa (and adults can get in on the fun, too!).
  • Club Med Cancún, Mexico: An ideal location for families looking for some much-needed R&R, the only resort in Cancún with three private beachfronts offers families a variety of opportunities to reconnect. Enjoy exhilarating land and water activities, from wind surfing and snorkeling to flying trapeze and archery, before partaking in outdoor activities as part of the new Club Med Amazing Family programming. Relax in the refreshed Aguamarina family oasis area, which features spacious two-bedroom oceanfront family rooms and a dedicated family pool, before kids head off to their respective kids’ club while adults enjoy treatments at the newly renovated Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE. For added exclusivity, guests can book an ocean view suite located in the resort’s Exclusive Collection (5 Star) space. Families looking for an added sense of adventure can explore the Mayan ruins at Chichén-Itzá (at an additional cost) or discover life under the sea by snorkeling through the world’s second-largest coral reef surrounding the resort with Club Med’s all-inclusive water sport activities.
  • Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: On a 2,000-foot stretch of beach, Club Med Punta Cana caters to solo travelers, couples, and families alike with unlimited land and water sports, from golfing on an oceanfront PGA green to learning how to shoot with a bow and arrow at archery school. Adults can indulge in treatments at the Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE or relax in the adult-exclusive Zen Oasis area, where intimate cabanas, an oversized pool and dedicated Zen Beach await. Families can partake in the new Club Med Amazing Family program, featuring a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities for families to bond and create memories, like participating in Circus School by Club Med, an interactive playground with more than 25 acrobatic and artistic activities for guests of all ages.

Additional participating resorts include Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port St. Lucie, Florida, Club Med Caravelle, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean, Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek, Martinique, French Caribbean, Club Med Turkoise, Turks and Caicos, Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico, and Club Med Columbus, Bahamas.

Flexible Policies

  • Flexible Cancellation Policy: For new bookings with travel until June 30, 2022, guests can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their stay (up to 15 days prior to the anticipated travel date).
  • Emergency Assistance Program: All guests traveling before December 31, 2022 will receive coverage for emergency medical expenses during their stay, including those related to COVID-19. 
  • Safe Together protocols: Implemented in all of the brand’s resorts as they reopen, including those in Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada, these newly enhanced hygiene and safety measures were developed through recommendations from the World Health Organization, local health authorities, and the advice of an International Scientific Committee comprised of a specialized team of doctors and professors.
  • PCR + Rapid Antigen Testing: As required for re-entry into the United States from international destinations, Club Med offers complimentary Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests on-site for travel through January 31, 2022. PCR testing is also available at an additional cost.

Full details on the can be found here.

Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering approximately 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy and diverse backgrounds.

Club Med operates in more than 30 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with three to five new resort openings or renovations per year, including a new mountain ski resort annually.

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us, call 1-800-Club-Med (1-800-258-2633), or contact a preferred travel professional. For an inside look at Club Med, follow Club Med on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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Club Med Launches Flash Sale For Up To 55 Percent Off All-Inclusive, Warm-Weather Escapes Through Summer 2021

January 15, 2021
Learning to scuba dive at the all-inclusive Club Med Sandpiper Resort in Florida. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com.

Club Med, a pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept, is kicking off the new year with new opportunities to save on all-inclusive getaways at its spacious resorts in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Florida – from last-minute winter escapes to planning ahead for spring and summer travel.

The January Flash Sale, open for bookings now through January 19, 2021 with travel dates through August 27, 2021, offers guests up to 55 percent off stays, free room upgrades and additional perks, unlimited land and water activities, extensive culinary options and premium oceanfront accommodations.  

Offering more room for guests to roam freely and comfortably, Club Med’s open-air, low density resorts are integrated in and respectful of the surrounding nature and feature low-rise buildings spread across 50 acres. Each resort is currently operating at a limited capacity in order to enable social distancing and exclusivity. In addition to creating a sense of privacy and freedom, Club Med’s enhanced safety and hygiene protocols allow travelers to feel confident and protected when booking their upcoming getaway.

For full details on the Flash Sale, visit www.clubmed.us/flashsale.

January Flash Sale

  • Booking window: Today through January 19, 2021
  • Travel window: Select dates from January 12, 2021 (check-in) through August 27, 2021 (check out by August 28, 2021; Blackout dates apply including President’s week & Easter/Passover weeks)
  • Up to 55% off* plus perks:
    • Free room upgrade
    • Up to $400 air credit
    • Kids under 4 stay free
    • No single supplement
    • Flexibility and protection with free cancellation and more (see Terms & Conditions below)

Participating Club Med Resorts 

  • Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida: Now Open. Recently named one of the top ten family resorts in the U.S. by USA TODAY 10Best‘s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards, the resort – located in between Miami and Orlando – offers an all-inclusive getaway sans passport with a variety of land and water sports fit for the entire family, like kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, pickle ball and the flying trapeze. While the kids have their own adventure, adults can relax by the adult-exclusive pool, on the beach that is situated alongside the St. Lucie River, or at the Club Med Spa, while kids enjoy time at the children’s clubs with unlimited land and water activities.
  • Club Med Cancún, Mexico: Now Open. Located at the tip of the iconic Riviera Maya surrounded by white sandy beaches and the world’s second largest coral reef, the family-friendly resort is perfect for those looking to create life-long memories. The resort’s recently expanded Aguamarina family oasis area features 120 oceanfront family rooms, exhilarating water games at the dedicated family pool, and outdoor activities as part of the new Club Med Amazing Family programming. For added R&R, rediscover wellness through one of our personalized beauty or relaxation treatments at the L’OCCITANE Spa.
  • Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Now Open. On a 2,000-foot stretch of beach, Club Med Punta Cana welcomes all travelers to enjoy reconnection and relaxation through: a newly renovated Tiara Exclusive Collection space featuring 32 oceanside family suites, a dedicated infinity pool and bar, and morning room service; the new Club Med Amazing Family program, a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities for families to bond and create memories; Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil, an interactive playground with more than 25 acrobatic and artistic activities for guests of all ages; and treatments at L’OCCITANE Spa and men’s barber shop. Adults can stay or access the resorts’ Zen Oasis, an adult-exclusive area featuring an oversized lagoon pool, spacious Jacuzzi and private cabanas.
  • Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Dominican Republic: Now Open. Located in the unspoiled beaches of Miches on the Dominican Republic’s northeast coast, the Exclusive Collection (5 star) eco-chic resort is the first in the region and features four boutique villages specializing in wellness, adventure, kid-friendly and adults-exclusive experiences catering to travelers seeking a boutique, hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda was recently selected as winner of the ‘Best Hotel Over 200 Rooms Americas/Caribbean’ category in the 2020 International Hotel and Property Awards.
  • Club Med Turkoise, Turks and Caicos: Now Open. Nestled into Grace Bay Beach, consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the world by TripAdvisor, the adults-exclusive resort is an all-inclusive paradise offering freshly renovated accommodations including deluxe ocean-front guestrooms with balconies, infinity edge pool, a wellness center and a wine cellar, as well as unlimited activities including sailing, kayaking, and flying trapeze.

Additional participating resorts include Club Med Caravelle, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean and Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek, Martinique, French Caribbean.

To ensure added flexibility and peace of mind for travelers, Club Med also offers:

  • **Free Cancellation Policy: Cancel for free up to 15 days prior to departure for bookings made before February 28, 2021 and for travels on or prior to September 3rd, 2021. For complete cancellation policy details, see here.
  • Emergency Assistance Program: All guests traveling before April 30, 2021 will receive coverage for emergency medical expenses during their stay, including those related to COVID-19.
  • Safe Together safety and hygiene protocols: Implemented in all of the brand’s resorts as they reopen, including those in Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean, these newly enhanced hygiene and safety measures were developed through recommendations from the World Health Organization, local health authorities, and the advice of an International Scientific Committee comprised of a specialized team of doctors and professors.

Full details on the above policies can be found here.

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Hilton Sandestin Introduces Home at Hilton Extended Workcation

January 10, 2021
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in South Walton, Florida, is debuting a new Home at Hilton work-from-hotel program catering to remote workers interested in moving their home office beachside for an extended “workcation”.

SOUTH WALTON, Florida –With millions of Americans still working from home, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is debuting their new Home at Hilton work-from-hotel program catering to remote workers interested in moving their home office beachside for an extended Florida workcation this winter. 

Home at Hilton offers business professionals seeking a warm-weather relocation two discounted package options, a 14-night Change of Scenery and a 30-night One Month Life Swap, both providing amenities and benefits to create a home-away-from-home setting at Hilton Sandestin. Available for bookings now through February 28, 2021, each of the Home at Hilton packages include spacious beachfront accommodations with a workspace, off-property shuttle service, access to the business kiosk, as well as free reign of the resort’s white sand beach to use for a morning run, mid-day meditation break, or as the backdrop for Zoom calls. Additional benefits for those who choose the extended month-long stay include daily breakfast, a complimentary cocktail every afternoon, beach rentals and laundry service. 

“We’re making it easy for anyone who is remote working or learning to switch up their virtual living situation and move to our beautiful beachfront resort for an extended working vacation,” said Gary Brielmayer, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa General Manager. “It’s a chance to escape the cold and enjoy some warm weather, fresh air, and our charming beach town experience. We look forward to welcoming guests for a break from everyday life in the new normal.”

Hilton Sandestin sits along the white sand beach of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and provides guests with easy access and shuttle service to nearby attractions, including golf, cultural centers, state parks, shopping outlets, and the vibrant Village at Baytowne Wharf, which is known for its array of boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and nightlife. The resort also offers a variety of on-property activities such as bike rentals, watersports, tennis courts, a world-class spa, as well as dining options, including the area’s only AAA Four Diamond steakhouse, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood. 

Guests who choose the 14-day stay will receive a 30 percent discount on the best available nightly rate. Pricing begins at $90 per night for those who choose to swap homes for the longer 30-day time period. For more information on the Home at Hilton program visit www.hiltonsandestinbeach.com/home-at-hilton or call 850.267.9500 to make a reservation.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, managed by Sandcastle Resorts & Hotels, is located on the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast near Destin in South Walton, Fla. Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort hotel boasts 602 spacious accommodations, more than 40,000 square feet of award-winning meeting space, a world-class spa and state-of-the-art fitness center, six on-site seasonal dining venues – including the Emerald Coast’s only AAA Four-Diamond steakhouse – abundant resort recreation options, access to championship golf courses, and close proximity to the area’s best attractions. A place where moments become memories that last a lifetime, there is only one Hilton Sandestin Beach. For more information on the premier hotel, visit HiltonSandestinBeach.com, or stay up to date with its latest news and promotions on its FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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The Equinox to Open First Hotel in NYC’s Hudson Yards With Exclusive Offers for Virtuoso Travelers

June 29, 2019

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The Shed, the newest cultural/performance venue in New York City, is one of the attractions in the city’s newest neighborhood, the Hudson Yards, where the Equinox is opening its first hotel. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORK, NY Equinox Hotel, New York City, the first property by the celebrated fitness brand debuts July 15, 2019. Based on the same philosophy as its clubs, Equinox Hotels will inspire people pursuing their maximum potential. With only weeks until its opening, Equinox Hotel, New York City is giving guests a multitude of enticements to reserve their stay through a Virtuoso® travel advisor, including complimentary advantages available only through Virtuoso’s Preview Program:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, if available
  • Early check-in and late checkout, if available
  • Continental breakfast daily for two
  • US$100 hotel credit, once per stay
  • Wi-Fi
  • Airport transfer for Suite reservations of two nights or longer
  • Private helicopter airport transfer for Equinox Suite reservations of two nights or longer

Virtuoso guests also receive one of these exclusive extras available from June 15 – December 31, 2019:

  • Additional US$100 spa credit, per stay
  • Complimentary personal training session
  • Two complimentary SoulCycle classes with swag

Equinox Hotel, New York City will open in the luxurious new Hudson Yards neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side, where guests will also find The Shed, the city’s newest cultural and performance venue, the Highline, an elevated urban park which has become one of the most popular attractions in New York State, and the intriguing Nest.

Over 25 years, Equinox has developed a brand representing service, quality, expertise, leadership and results. Equinox Hotels, where the science of fitness meets the art of travel, will continue this commitment to excellence.

“Equinox Hotel, New York City is reinventing luxury lifestyle travel for people who play as hard as they train and work,” says Albert Herrera, Virtuoso’s senior vice president of Global Product Partnerships. “The distinction in its holistic approach to everything from sleep to dining to spa treatments is evident in the innovative details. Hudson Yards will add to this this next-level lifestyle movement, offering world-class shopping and dining in thoroughly upscale surroundings.”

The 212 rooms, including 48 suites, will be the ultimate slumber chambers featuring soundproofing and blackout blinds. Beds use natural-fiber mattresses that adapt to any form and employ a Scandinavian technique of two duvets for temperature regulation. An Equinox Sleep Coach will be available to optimize a restful night.

Guests, who automatically become Equinox Fitness Club members during their stay, will have 24-hour access to the largest-ever 60,000-square-foot flagship Equinox Fitness Club. Group fitness classes, private Pilates, personal training, 25-yard indoor salt-water pool, hot and cold plunge pools, outdoor pool and terrace as well as a next-generation SoulCycle studio will also be offered. Equinox’s digital experience connects the club and hotel, streamlining needs from check-in to room service to booking sessions and amenities.

Crafted by experts and backed by Equinox’s Health Advisory Board, the Spa will emphasize recovery-based treatments, science-grounded technology, regeneration and relaxation. It will offer inter-modal experiences including cryotherapy, infrared sauna, quantum harmonics, massage, bodywork and skin therapies.

The hotel will feature Stephen Starr’s new signature restaurant and bar, Electric Lemon, boasting an 8,000 square-foot terrace providing views over Manhattan and the Hudson River from the 24th floor. Menus balancing flavor and fuel will be offered in the restaurant, guestrooms, and social spaces. Other in-room dining options will include high-performance breakfasts, nourishing dinners, nutritious performance kits, sleep-promoting items and next-level mini-bar snacks. Guests will even have access to in-room IV vitamin drips for energy or hydration.

Equinox Hotel, New York City is the latest property to premiere with a boost from the renowned Virtuoso Preview program, which provides advantages exclusively through the network’s 20,000 travel advisors. Preview is part of Virtuoso’s industry-leading Hotels & Resorts Program, with over 1,300 properties in more than 100 countries.

These complimentary benefits at Equinox Hotel, New York City are offered only through booking with a Virtuoso travel advisor or at www.virtuoso.com, where guests will be paired with an advisor to facilitate the reservation and other trip elements. To find Virtuoso’s roster of advisors, visit https://www.virtuoso.com/advisors#.

 

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Belmond, Owner of Luxury Hotels, Orient Express, River Cruise Properties, to be Acquired by LVMH

December 21, 2018

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Venice, Italy, where 40 years ago, Belmond was established with the acquisition of the iconic Hotel Cipriani, Belmond is being acquired by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, one of the leading luxury groups in the world, and Belmond Ltd., owners, part-owners or managers of 46 luxury hotel, restaurant, train and river cruise properties, jointly announced they have entered into an agreement for LVMH to acquire Belmond.

Established over 40 years ago with the acquisition of Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Belmond owns and operates a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations. The company operates in 24 countries with its unique and distinctive portfolio of 46 hotel, rail and river cruise experiences.

Belmond’s iconic properties include hotels like Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg, Maroma Resort & Spa in Mexico, Hotel das Cataratas in the Iguassu National Park in Brazil, and Cap Juluca in Anguilla.  Legendary trains, such as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and Belmond Royal Scotsman and exceptional cruises such as Belmond Afloat in France fleet and Belmond Road to Mandalay, complete a portfolio that offers extraordinary experiences with curated activities and an understated personal service to a globally-diverse, highly refined customer.

Through this acquisition, LVMH will significantly increase its presence in the ultimate luxury hotel world. Synonymous with history, heritage and timeless experiences, Belmond has a seasoned management team and is an ideal complement to the Cheval Blanc masions, renowned for their exceptional service, architecture and unique gastronomy.

Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Offer of LVMH, added: “Belmond delivers unique experiences to discerning travelers and owns a number of exceptional assets in the most desirable destinations. Its heritage, its innovative services, its excellence in execution and its entrepreneurship resonates well with the values of the Group and is complementary to our own Cheval Blanc maisons and the Bvlgari hotels activities. This acquisition will significantly increase LVMH’s presence in the ultimate hospitality world.”

For more information, visit Belmond.com.

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Days Inn by Wyndham Invites Applications for (Paid) Summer Internship Capturing Amazing Photos

May 1, 2018

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Hiking the South Kaibab Trail into the Grand Canyon. Days Inn Flagstaff is located on the South Rim Grand Canyon . Days Inn by Wyndham is looking for a summer intern to photograph outdoors scenes © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Parsippany, N.J. – Spending a summer job indoors filling filing cabinets and soaking in artificial light might sound like a win to some, but Days Inn by Wyndham is flipping the script for thrill-seeking, soul-searching internship hunters. The iconic hotel brand known and loved for its sun-drenched logo beckons you to pack your shades, your appetite for adventure and your SPF because it’s seeking a sun-chaser for the season’s hottest travel and photography post: the coveted Days Inn Summer “Sun-tern.”

Now through May 20, 2018, Days Inn is seeking a bright, aspiring photographer with a passion for the outdoors to travel across the country and capture the sun in all of its glory.

“Summer days are built for seizing every sun-lit moment doing something you love, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t get paid for it,” said Patrick Breen, senior vice president, brand operations for Days Inn. “We make it our job to brighten guests’ days at our hotels, and now we’re delivering an opportunity that puts the sunray reins in our travelers’ hands. The Summer Sun-ternship is all about living that carpe diem life, adventuring across the country and experiencing daybreak, the golden hour, and dusk through a new lens – plus stocking up on awesome work perks.”  

About the Role:

Here’s your opportunity to seize the summer days. The month-long “Sun-ternship” will have you snapping photos in America’s sunniest cities. Why? Because the sweet days of summer gift us more sunlight, and with Days Inn on your side, together you’ll show the world how to make the most of travel, wherever it takes you.

What’s more, you’ll get major photo props. Photos captured along the way will plaster the brand’s website – daysinn.com – its social media channels, and hotel walls: the iconic hotel chain is bringing the sunshine inside with sun-themed art in nearly 1,500 hotels across the country and your very own sun shots will star in select locations.

Your summer mission in a snapshot? Seize the days. Take beautiful photos of the sun. See those photos featured in hotels and online. Get paid. Be the envy (and most sun-kissed) of all your friends.

Responsibilities:

  • Travel to select sunny cities across America over the course of one month this summer.
  • Capture as many sun-inspired photos as your camera roll will hold.

Qualifications:

  • A bright, creative, aspiring photographer.
  • At least 21 years old and a U.S. resident.
  • A thrill-seeker open to new, unforgettable experiences.
  • A passion for travel, adventure, and the outdoors.
  • The ability to travel across the U.S. for one month.
  • Unlike the sun, you don’t need 27 million (academic) degrees.

The Perks:

  • A $10,000 stipend.
  • Photos featured on the brand’s website, social channels, and walls at select Days Inn hotels in the U.S.
  • Paid travel expenses to explore sunny destinations around the country for one month.
  • Wyndham Rewards Diamond status. Not Gold, not Platinum – Diamond. That means early check-in, late check-out and more. Visit wyndhamrewards.com to learn how your status with Days Inn’s award-winning guest loyalty program can also get you free nights.
  • A glowing recommendation upon completion of the Sun-ternship from Barry Goldstein, Wyndham Hotel Group’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

How to apply:

  • Show what you’ve got: visit daysinn.com/suntern by May 20, 2018, to submit your best original outdoor photo along with 100 words describing why you’re the brightest person for the job.
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.

For more information or to apply, visit daysinn.com/suntern.

 

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Red Carnation’s Hotel 41 and Oyster Box Hotel Earn Top Honors in TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

February 1, 2018

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla.– The annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards have been announced, and The Red Carnation Hotel Collection was honored with 32 awards in 2018, including top honors for four properties in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

London sister properties Hotel 41 and The Milestone Hotel and Residences were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 consecutively in the ‘Top 25 Hotels – United Kingdom’ category, and The Oyster Box in Durban was named No. 1 in the ‘Top 25 Hotels – South Africa’ category. The Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge was also ranked No. 1 in both the Europe and UK ‘Top 25 Luxury Hotels’ categories.

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award winners are based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. This year, the awards celebrate hotel winners across 10 categories including: Top Hotels Overall, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Best Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance, Family, All-Inclusive and Value for Money. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice hotel winners are remarkable service, value and quality.

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection continues to perform strongly in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards with top recognition year after year. This is the third year in a row The Oyster Box has been honored as the No. 1 Hotel in South Africa, and the second consecutive year Hotel 41 has ranked No. 1 in the UK.

Situated in the heart of central London overlooking the Royal Mews, Hotel 41’s five-star credentials make it a fantastic choice for tourists looking to be swept up in London’s royal heritage. The intimate hideaway in the heart of London comprises just 30 luxurious rooms, all of which are complemented by a personal butler and room service available 24 hours a day. The second consecutive win for the hotel further solidifies London as a tourist hotspot and must-visit location in the UK for the upcoming year.

Standing majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse, The Oyster Box Hotel in Durban is considered a national treasure in South Africa. The hotel’s 86 luxurious rooms and suites are designed with timeless elegance, and the hotel’s numerous dining venues are an extraordinary experience in themselves. Guests can spend their days relaxing by the pristine pools or indulging at the award-winning spa.

“We are enormously proud to see so many of our hotels recognized in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards,” said Jonathan Raggett, managing director of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. “Year after year, Red Carnation Hotels continue to rank highly in the review driven accolades, and what an honor to see Hotel 41 and The Oyster Box recognized once again this year with No. 1 rankings.”

“The transparency of online guest reviews is something that benefits everyone and allows us to continuously evolve as a business and ensure the delivery of excellence at every stage of our guests’ experience,” Raggett continued. “Our success in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards is a true recognition of the staff that go above and beyond to make every guest’s stay truly remarkable.”

“This year’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels recognize thousands of exceptional accommodations that received the highest marks for overall experience, including service, amenities and value, from travelers worldwide,” said Brooke Ferencsik, TripAdvisor senior director of communications. “The global TripAdvisor community informed this list of winners that will inspire and help travelers find the hotel that’s right for them as they plan and book their next amazing trip.”

For the complete list of 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice hotel award winners, visit www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels.

Red Carnation Hotels are a collection of family-run, award-winning boutique hotels in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. Each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition; from the recently restored Ashford Castle in Ireland, to the Milestone, a historic mansion hotel in the heart of London, to the truly iconic Oyster Box in South Africa – hotels are unique and full of character with a personal approach to hospitality. For more information about these award-winning hotels and the rest of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, visit www.redcarnation.com

 

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easyHotel Black Friday Sale Puts 3,000 Rooms in Europe in Reach From £9.99

November 22, 2017

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easyHotel is the owner, developer, operator and franchisor of branded hotels, geared to the “super budget” segment of the hotel industry with “clean, comfortable and safe” hotel rooms.

This Friday, easyHotel, the super-budget international Hotel chain launches its Black Friday extravaganza, offering customers the chance to grab a great hotel stay in one of its city center destinations, from just £9.99 a night.

Beginning at 0.01AM on Friday November 24 through December 4, easyHotel will be offering 3,000 rooms from across its network of hotels for a mere £9.99 night, available for guests looking to book a bargain break between December 1, 2017 and 28 February 2018.

Whether you’re planning a pre-Christmas shopping trip, or a New Year’s Eve Party in one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, with room prices slashed by up to 70%, travelers will have plenty of cash left in their purses and wallets to spend on gifts and holiday season festivities.

Jorge Rodriguez, Head of Christmas Deal Wrapping and Festive Development at easyHotel, said: “With Europe’s cities just bursting with festive fun to be had by all, at these bargain prices our customers’ cash can stay in their wallets, preserving those all-important present budgets and prioritising the festive frolics.”

easyHotel is the owner, developer, operator and franchisor of branded hotels, geared to the “super budget” segment of the hotel industry with “clean, comfortable and safe” hotel rooms.

Operating hotels

easyHotel’s six owned hotels currently comprise 598 rooms, and it has a further 20 franchised hotels with 1,750 rooms. These are: Old Street (London), Glasgow, Croydon, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool.

In addition, easyHotel has franchise locations in Belgium (Brussels), Bulgaria (Sofia), Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt), Hungary (Budapest), The Netherlands (Amsterdam: City, Arena & Zaandam, Rotterdam, The Hague), Switzerland (Basel, Zurich), UAE (Dubai), United Kingdom (Edinburgh, London Heathrow, Central London, Luton).

easyHotels under development include:  Owned hotels in United Kingdom (Ipswich, Sheffield, Leeds), Spain (Barcelona) Subject to planning consent: United Kingdom (Cardiff, Newcastle and Oxford; franchise hotels in UAE (Dubai), Germany (Bernkastel-Kues), Portugal (Lisbon), Turkey (Istanbul), UK (Belfast, Reading), Iran, Sri Lanka, Netherlands (The Hague Scheveningen Beach, Maastricht).

To take advantage of the easyHotel Black Friday sale, November 24-December 4, for stays between December 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018, go online to www.easyHotel.com.

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Hilton Hotels Revitalize the California Road Trip

April 20, 2017

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Take advantage of Hilton’s California Road Trip program at Hilton hotels in San Francisco and join in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love, with special tours of Haight-Ashbury and the Summer of Love Experience at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

ANAHEIM, SAN DIEGO, SAN FRANCISCO and SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. ––Summer travel is already underway In California and travelers from around the globe this summer can enjoy the ultimate Golden State adventure with Hilton’s “California Road Trip,” a destination package that inspires thrill-seekers and value-minded explorers. Discover an array of adventures and authentic experiences with rates starting at $149 per night.  The package highlights premier destination cities such as San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Anaheim and San Diego with special rates available through Labor Day Weekend 2017. To book, visit California Road Trip Package  and take a Virtual California Road Trip on Hilton’s YouTube channel.

Participating properties include: Parc 55 San Francisco—A Hilton Hotel, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, The Fess Parker—A DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines and Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

With the California Road Trip package, Hilton aims to provide guests added value inside the hotel with a variety of inclusions to make your trip memorable while highlighting California as a premier destination for family fun, exploration and adventure, and exceptional hospitality through a unique partnership with its local conventions and visitors bureaus.   

“With some of the best Hilton properties on the map, ‘California Road Trip’ is the ultimate vacation package for families and friends who want to create memorable experiences on the road with spectacular scenery, fun and adventure along the way,” said Steve Cowan, general manager of Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco.

The California Road Trip package, featuring exclusive rates and added value inside and outside the hotel, will be available for purchase beginning now until Labor Day at Hilton.com as well as on the Special Offers page of each of the participating hotels’ property websites.

The California Road Trip package features savings of more than $125 per night, with exclusive discount of up to 15 percent on Enterprise/Alamo and National Car Rentals, $25 food and beverage credit (available in MIX Restaurant only), complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, unlimited access to the hotel’s Health Club & Spa and a California Road Trip Road Kit featuring exclusive discounts on local entertainment and attractions. Room rates start at $149 per night, tax not included.

California Road Trip packages at a glance:

Parc 55 San Francisco—A Hilton Hotel and Hilton San Francisco Union Square package includes (Rates starting at $265):

  • The San Francisco CityPASS®program which covers unlimited cable car rides, admission to four top attractions, priced 42 percent less than the same tickets purchased separately.  CityPASS® ticket book contains helpful information, including insider tips, an attraction location map, attraction and transportation details, directions and money-saving coupons. Books are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use. Includes:

o   3-Day Muni Cable Car and Bus Passport

o   California Academy of Sciences tickets

o   Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure tickets

o   Aquarium of the Bay tickets

o   Option Ticket: Exploratorium OR de Young Museum + Legion of Honor tickets

The Fess Parker—A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort package includes (Rates starting at $249):

  • Tote bag, Visitors Guide, Vintners Association and Urban Wine Trail Maps, Downtown Organization Map of Shopping and Cultural Attractions, Waterfront Map, Two for One Santa Barbara Sightseeing Trolley Passes, a Santa Barbara Organic Granola Bar and bag of Santa Barbara Pistachio Co. organic pistachios.

Hilton Anaheim package includes (Rates starting at $149):

  • Tote bag, bottled water, granola bars, $10 Starbucks gift card, Visit Anaheim drawstring bag, visitors guide and map, Visit Anaheim postcard with exclusive deals and discounts on local attractions and dining.

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines and Hilton San Diego Bayfront packages includes (Rates starting at $249):

  • Branded bag, San Diego Magazine Spring Visitors Guide w/ coupons, Where Map, Brewers Guild map, sunglasses and mints.

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hilton San Francisco Union Square is a high-energy, world-class hotel that features stunning views and international sophistication.  The hotel is steps from world-class shopping and under-the-radar locales rich with the history of theatre and jazz. Additionally, the hotel is convenient to the Powell Street cable car line, Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District, City Hall and the Civic Center. Featuring 1,919 guest rooms and 151 suites with city views, the hotel is home to a contemporary fitness center, one of the city’s only outdoor heated swimming pools and an array of food and beverage outlets with artisanal flare and modern atmospheres. Dining options include the grab-and-go marketplace, Herb N’ Kitchen, The Lobby Bar with signature hand crafted cocktails, gastropub Urban Tavern with international offerings and the 46th floor Cityscape Lounge with 360-degree panoramic views of the Bay Area and San Francisco’s most popular landmarks. As the West Coast’s largest hotel, the property boasts 134,500-square-feet of meeting and event space, including a 30,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, for scalable meetings from startups to Fortune 500 companies. For more information, please visit www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com. 

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hilton Parc 55 San Francisco is a boutique-style business-class hotel that features stunning views and universal sophistication. The hotel is steps from world-class shopping and under-the-radar locales rich with the history of theatre and jazz. Additionally, the hotel is convenient to the Powell Street cable car line, Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District, City Hall and the Civic Center. Featuring 1,024 guest rooms and 54 suites, with city views, the hotel is home to a contemporary fitness center, an array of food and beverage outlets and shared campus resources with neighboring Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Dining options include Cable 55, Michelin-rated Kin Khao Thai restaurant and Barbary Coast. As the third largest hotel in San Francisco, the property boasts 30,000-square-feet of meeting and event space. For more information, please visit www.parc55hotel.com.

The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort in Santa Barbara, an AAA Four Diamond property, is located at 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, steps from the beach and within ½ mile of downtown in one of the world’s most perfect climates. The 360 room guest rooms, with their own balcony or patio, overlook the Santa Ynez mountains, 24 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens or the Pacific Ocean.  Over 44,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including the Parker Family Wine Experience and unique outdoor Plaza del Sol make this a quintessential California destination for weddings and events. 

Hilton Anaheim is located in the heart of Anaheim’s revitalized Resort District and conveniently situated in the center of Southern California. Hilton Anaheim is just a short distance away from world-class beaches, sports stadiums and concert venues, ultra-trendy boutiques, action sports, lifestyle and tony shopping centers. Hilton Anaheim is approximately a one hour drive to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica and South Orange County and an hour and a half drive to San Diego.

The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines offers a unique San Diego experience with a setting unlike any other in southern California. A coastal retreat situated atop the bluffs of La Jolla and overlooking the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course and the majestic Pacific Ocean, sits the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. With each of the spacious 394 guest rooms featuring a private balcony or patio with magnificent views of the golf course, ocean or beautiful hotel gardens, the resort offers a genuine San Diego experience. Minutes from the beautiful beach communities of La Jolla and Del Mar and 12 miles from the San Diego International Airport, the resort offers a feeling of seclusion, yet remains close to everything San Diego has to offer. Located at 10950 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037. For additional information, please visit: www.hiltonlajollatorreypines.com.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront, a 30-story, 1,190 room hotel, is located on the edge of the bay in downtown San Diego and situated on 12.79 acres of Bayfront land. The hotel boasts 165,000 square feet of meeting and event space, four restaurants, a 7,300 square foot health club and spa, 3,000 square feet of retail space, a 2,400 square foot business center along with San Diego’s first heated saltwater hotel swimming pool and nearly $2 million of commissioned public art. Hilton San Diego Bayfront is adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and PETCO Park, located at One Park Boulevard, San Diego, 92101. For additional information, please visit www.hiltonsandiegobayfront.com. 

For more information about Hilton’s California Road Trip package, visit HiltonAnaheimRoadTrip.com 

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WalletHub Report: Best & Worst Hotel Rewards Programs

December 18, 2016

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With roughly half of all holiday season hotel goers waiting until mid-December to book reservations and the right loyalty program capable of providing significant savings, WalletHub today released its 2016 Hotel Rewards Report to help travelers make an informed choice.

WalletHub examined the rewards programs operated by the 12 largest U.S. hotel chains based on 21 key metrics, such as the average value of a point, point expiration policies and the volatility of award night pricing. You can find a handful of highlights below.

  • For the second year in a row, Wyndham Rewards is the best hotel loyalty program for travelers of all spending levels, earning an average WalletHub Score of 71.10.
  • La Quinta offers up to $14.17 in rewards value per $100 spent – most among major hotel loyalty programs.
  • The value in purchasing hotel rewards points varies widely from program to program. With some, it’s a rip-off, while others make it a no-brainer.
  • Best Western is the only major hotel chain whose rewards points do not expire due to account inactivity.

In addition to identifying the best and worst hotel rewards programs, WalletHub’s report features a custom calculator that allows users to personalize the results based on their own hotel budget.

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