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New Developments to Entice Travelers to the Caribbean this Season

December 8, 2019
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This season, The Christopher on St. Barth will open three new villas designed by French interior designer Olivia Putman.

Here are some of the new developments to entice travelers to the Caribbean this season:

The Christopher, St. Barth

This season, The Christopher will open three new villas designed by French interior designer Olivia Putman. Two of the four-bedroom villas will open in December, with the third following in 2020. The new villas allow guests all the space of a private home that is completely open to the sea and all the amenities of a luxury resort. Guests can dine onsite at Christo and Mango Beach Bar restaurants, enjoy Sisley Spa with its open-air treatment rooms, or simply relax and order room service.

What else is cool?

The Christopher has partnered with Artireef to help rebuild the reef of Pointe Milou, the peninsula on which the hotel sits, by creating marine cement that is three times denser than concrete. The growth rate of coral there is three- to five-times that of natural coral. In addition to creating a barrier to the shore, the reef will be more resistant to high water temperatures and pollution.

 

Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla

Sisters Nadia and Katia Narain, Kate Moss’s health gurus and authors of Self Care for the Real World and Rituals for Every Day, will bring their life philosophy to Belmond Cap Juluca for a wellness retreat from July 5–9, 2020. The duo preaches the value of taking time to care for one’s body and mind to open oneself to fully embrace life and maintain balance. The four-night retreat will leave guests feeling refreshed, with sunrise yoga and meditation, snorkeling with sea turtles, self-care workshops in the sand, nighttime kayaking, Taino (indigenous Caribbean) healing salt spa treatments, and sunset cruises through the Caribbean Sea.

What else is cool?

Travelers can seamlessly experience two Leeward Islands in one trip with Belmond’s ‘Island to Island’ package, including accommodations in both Anguilla and St. Martin – and a smooth connection via a 25-minute Caribbean boat ride. Complete with $100 resort credit and daily breakfast per stay at both Belmond Cap Juluca and Belmond La Samanna, the trip offers a taste of both St. Martin’s cosmopolitan buzz and Anguilla’s world-famous, crystal clear beaches.

 

Belmond La Samanna, St. Martin

Set on the glamorous French side of this northeastern Caribbean Island, Belmond La Samanna reopened for the season on November 7 with a fresh new look. Redesigned by London-based interior design firm Muza Lab, the property’s 83 rooms and public spaces, including the new L’Oursin restaurant and Laplaj Beach Bar, have a new pastel-chic flair. With a color scheme of light blues, greens, pinks and peaches, the design was inspired by the natural tones of the Caribbean Sea. Accents of shells and corals are featured alongside botanical-printed fabrics, artworks, lighting and mirrors.

What else is cool?

Guests of Belmond La Samanna can take a Caribbean impressionist painting class inside a French Créole townhouse. The home overlooks early eighteenth-century French soldier barracks, floral gardens, and two centuries of antique architecture. Guests can hone their artistic skills alongside Sir Roland Richardson, one of St. Martin’s most celebrated painters, as he guides them through the study of light and color on living subjects through the technique of ‘Plein Air’ painting.

 

GoldenEye, Jamaica

The FieldSpa at GoldenEye is built into the jungle-like landscape on the edge of the crystal-clear blue lagoon, allowing guests to swim or kayak to their spa appointment. As part of a one-year expansion, two new standalone spa huts will open in mid-December 2019, along with a new yoga deck. A selection of elixirs, juice, and healthy bites incorporating fresh ingredients from Pantrepant, the private farm of music executive Chris Blackwell, and a new therapy menu will be introduced. This expansion will provide direct access to the new spa cove, a crescent of sand nestled along the property’s signature lagoon. GoldenEye will also unveil three new accommodations – a three-bedroom lagoon villa and two lagoon cottages in summer 2020. Additionally, a new dive shop, available to guests and the community, opened on neighboring, James Bond Beach in November 2019. The shop offers scuba certification and excursions, boat tours of the Bay and coral planting opportunities in the underwater coral nursery. All profits of the dive shop will go to the Oracabessa Foundation, which is responsible for improving marine life in the Bay.

What else is cool?

The 25th James Bond movie, No Time to Die, which will mark Daniel Craig’s final appearance as 007, is heading back to Jamaica. In celebration of the April 8, 2020 release, movie buffs can retrace the island life of Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming. The author was a former British intelligence officer and discovered Jamaica during a WWII mission in 1942. Four years later, he purchased 15 acres of under-developed tropical land and named it GoldenEye to pay homage to his naval operation that first brought him to the island. He resided at GoldenEye every January and February for more than two decades and wrote a new Bond novel each winter for a total of 14 books. His beachfront bungalow, which is now called The Fleming Villa with five bedrooms, is part of the 52-acre GoldenEye resort. Fleming’s writing desk and sunken garden, where he would entertain the likes of Noël Coward and Katherine Hepburn, are available for guests to enjoy.

 

PONANT, Caribbean Sea

During the 2019-2020 season, the recently launched PONANT EXPLORER ships, Le Champlain and Le Dumont-d’Urville, are offering 29 sailings with seven new itineraries, including the eight-day ‘Pearls of the Caribbean’ journey roundtrip from Fort-de-France. With an experienced diving instructor on board throughout the duration of the cruise, guests will enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters as the ship island-hops from Guadalupe to Saint Lucia to Grenada. Other highlights include a spot at the private Mayreau Island, the smallest in the Grenadine archipelago. PONANT guests can enjoy a beach barbeque and an optional excursion to pilot a Zodiac along Grenada’s coast before jumping into the water to explore the world’s first underwater sculpture park.

What else is cool?

Back on board, PONANT guests will be able to see the Caribbean like never before onboard two of its new PONANT EXPLORER ships, each featuring an industry-first underwater lounge. Located eight feet below water, the unprecedented views from the Blue Eye lounge offer a peek into underwater life through the whale-eye shaped portholes; as well as project images of the sea onto screens in real time. For a completely immersive experience, the lounge also brings the sounds of the sea inside.

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ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI Offers Perk-Filled Ski, Spa Packages

November 18, 2019
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ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI, the luxurious Italian spa resort, is offering perk-filled ski packages, including FIS World Ski Cup.

Val Gardena, Italy … Every expert and novice skier should plan to visit the massive, gorgeous Dolomite Superski area, one of the largest in Europe. With 12 ski resorts, 450 lifts and 760 miles of trails, there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.

Guests at ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI, one of Italy’s five ADLER Spa Resorts & Lodges, find themselves in a prime spot for experiencing the Dolomites’ famous fresh tracks, as they’re just a few minutes’ walk to three different lifts: the Seceda cable car (which can be reached from the ski room by escalator), the gondola to Alpe di Siusi or the Rasciesa funicular. The hotel is also a popular spot for enjoying the annual FIS World Ski Cup, and offers packages for guests looking to watch the races.

After a day spent criss-crossing the slopes, they can decompress at ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI’s incredible spa, where diverse offerings include seven different steam and sauna areas and nearly 30 massages on the treatment menu. The spa is known for its sprawling Water World area, which features more than 30,000 square feet of hot and cold pools, baths, saunas and relaxation areas, all set within ADLER Park, a private, peaceful oasis. Water World highlights include the salt grotto and rock salt sauna, the Rasul bath (with mud and herbal steam), a floral-scented steam room and the women’s only rose-petal bath and lounge area. There are dozens of spa treatments available, such as Ayurvedic massage, Reiki, and Alpine baths with local pine needles and hay. Respiratory therapy, which can be used as a weight loss or a stress-management technique, is one of the newer offerings. Treatments at all three hotel spas feature ADLER’s own skincare products.

Guests looking for a more intimate experience should try ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI’s sister hotel ADLER Lodge ALPE, which offers a  ski concierge and easy access to the famed, protected Alpe di Siusi ski area.

ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI’s most current value-added ski packages are outlined below.

Pre-Christmas Ski & Wellness Special (December 8, 2019 through December 19, 2019 from €522 per person)

Travelers who are able to squeeze in a pre-Christmas trip will find all of the festive holiday ambiance, with fewer crowds and lower prices.

This offer includes a €50 spa voucher worth  for all single and multi-day spa programs (excluding ADLER a modo mio), as well as a 25 percent reduction on all adult multi-day ski passes for 3 days or longer.

FIS Ski World Cup Val Gardena “Deluxe” (December 19, 2019 through December 22, 2019 from €922 per person)

Since 1970, the Ski World Cup has been one of the Val Gardena’s main sporting events. Here, on the legendary Saslong slope, the best athletes of the world compete in one of the most exciting downhill races, jumping the well known “Camel Humps” at a speed of more than 100 kilometers per hour. ADLER Spa Resort DOLOMITI guests will enjoy a fine selection of drinks and delicacies offered in the exclusive VIP Tent and participate in the Central Tribune upon arrival.

The rate includes:
• Three-day half-board meal plan
• Two-day DOLOMITI Superskipass
• Ticketed entry to FIS Ski World Cup Central Tribune and the Saslounge Feel Free VIP Tent (December 20)
• Ticketed entry to Men’s Super-G and Men’s Downhill races (December 21)
• Surprise gift

A less expensive option (Val Gardena “Action”) without VIP access is also available from €702 per person, and includes tickets to Sector A.

Ski & Sun Special (March 22, 2020 through April 5, 2020 from €522 per person)

Love the idea of skiing while basking in the sun’s rays? This package takes advantage of the still-powdery slopes and glorious spring weather. During this period guests receive a 50 percent discount on multi-day ski passes for adults (minimum three days).

ADLER DOLOMITI is in northeastern Italy’s Dolomites mountain range, which was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO, who praised its “vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys.” The 114-room hotel overlooks the mountains, with architecture that’s beautifully integrated into the alpine setting…in the midst of one of the bet skiing areas in Europe.  The property is known for its sprawling Water World area, which features more than 30,000 square feet of hot and cold pools, baths, saunas and relaxation areas, all set within ADLER Park, a private, peaceful oasis.

A variety of kid-friendly accommodations are offered at both hotels, including superior double rooms with sofa beds (for families with one child) and family suites with additional sleeping areas. Daily rates start at €208 per person per day, with reduced meal plan prices for children, depending on age. Additional reductions are offered during special family weeks throughout the year.

ADLER Lodge ALPE is an eco-friendly hotel that complies with the Klimahaus Nature standards, which include strict requirements for responsible energy consumption, sustainable construction materials and an architectural design that’s in harmony with the surrounding landscape

A network of trails adjacent to the property allows guests to easily hike or ski out and back to explore the Alpe di Siusi. Visitors can also experiment with yoga, horse-drawn carriage rides, snowshoeing, mountain biking and swimming in the heated indoor-outdoor infinity pool. Treated with therapeutic Dead Sea salt, the pool resembles a mountain lake, especially in the early mornings, as the mist rises and mingles with the clean, crisp air.

ADLER Lodge ALPE is an eco-friendly hotel that complies with the Klimahaus Nature standards, which include strict requirements for responsible energy consumption, sustainable construction materials and an architectural design that’s in harmony with the surrounding landscape.

For more information:  https://www.adler-resorts.com/en/

 

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Two of San Francisco’s ‘Loftiest’ Hotels Offer Holiday Skate, Shop and Stay Packages

November 1, 2019
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Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco recently introduced their Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Packages, ideal for those that want convenient access to shopping, theater productions and the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

SAN FRANCISCO –Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco – a Hilton Hotel recently introduced their Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Packages. Ideal for those that want convenient access to shopping, theater productions and the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink, both Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco – a Hilton Hotel are your home away from home during the holidays.

Featured from November 5, 2019 through January 22, 2020, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Package starts at only $139 per night for a Standard King Room. Based on double occupancy, this offer is available for two people and includes accommodations, two ice rink tickets and special offer from Bloomingdale’s.

Also featured from November 5, 2019 through January 22, 2020, the Parc 55 San Francisco’s Holiday Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Package starts at only $139 per night for a Standard King Room. Based on double occupancy, this offer is available for two people and includes accommodations two ice rink tickets and special offer from Bloomingdale’s.

In addition to exploring the vibrant Union Square neighborhood to view the spectacular holiday decorations, guests can enjoy shopping at the city’s largest selection of retail stores, outlets, boutiques and department stores; ice skating at the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink; taking in a holiday production at one of the many neighborhood theaters; visiting Santa Claus at Macy’s; enjoying The Nutcracker at the War Memorial Opera House; taking a ride on San Francisco’s legendary Cable Car; or drifting the streets of Union Square, which will be decked out in holiday cheer for the season. 

Cityscape – The Best View in San Francisco

Located on the 46th floor of Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Cityscape Lounge features breathtaking, 360-degree panoramic views of the entire Bay Area including San Francisco’s many famous landmarks. The iconic lounge offers inventive signature cocktails, beautifully presented small plates and desserts, local wines by the glass, a variety of beers on tap, and rare, hard-to-find spirits. Cityscape is the quintessential destination for those that want to experience the city’s most dynamic and stunning views and scope out the “lay of the land.” Guests are treated to sights that can only be seen from the vantage point of Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s highest tower.

Urban Tavern – A Local Craft Beer Destination in Union Square

Urban Tavern represents a new option for hyper-local Bay Area craft beers and California comfort food, located right off the corner of O’Farrell and Mason streets just steps from Union Square. The restaurant is open every day, with happy hour from 4:00-6:00 p.m., dinner from 5:00-10:00 p.m., and the bar open until 11:00 p.m. Featuring a full menu of locally-inspired cuisine, Urban Tavern has the distinctive personality of a metropolitan gastropub, and highlights hand-crafted beers, as well as local wines and spirits.

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hilton San Francisco Union Square is a high-energy 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 theater and jazz. Additionally, the hotel is convenient to the Powell Street cable car line, Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District, City Hall and Civic Center. Featuring 1,921 guest rooms and 151 suites with city views, the hotel is home to a modern 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. Food and beverage options include inventive cocktails and small plates at Cityscape Lounge on the 46th floor with 360-degree panoramic views of the Bay Area and San Francisco’s most popular landmarks, nightly dinner at Urban Tavern with local Bay Area beers and California comfort food, grab-and-go food and drinks at Herb N’ Kitchen marketplace, and signature cocktails in The Lobby Bar’s lively atmosphere. Visit www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com.

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s fashionable shopping and entertainment district, Parc 55 San Francisco – a Hilton Hotel is a metropolitan, boutique-­like business hotel with a welcoming energy. While the uniquely-San Francisco hotel is surrounded by the excitement and bustle of the popular neighborhoods of Union Square, SOMA, Financial District and Civic Center, this contemporary property is an urban oasis with world-class services and amenities. Boasting 1,024 guest rooms and 54 suites, the hotel features picturesque views, a 24-hour fitness center and extended access to its neighboring sister property Hilton San Francisco Union Square, which offers an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. In addition to the on-site Michelin star-rated Thai restaurant, Kin Khao and Cable 55 Restaurant and Bar, Parc 55 guests can also enjoy shared billing with the neighboring Hilton property, which features inventive cocktails and small plates at Cityscape Lounge on the 46th floor with 360-degree skyline views, nightly dinner at Urban Tavern with local Bay Area beers and California comfort food, grab-and-go food and drinks at Herb N’ Kitchen marketplace, and signature cocktails in The Lobby Bar’s lively atmosphere. Visit www.parc55hotel.com. 

For more information about and reservations for Hilton San Francisco Union Square, visit www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com or call (415) 771-1400. For more information about and reservations for Parc 55 San Francisco, visit www.parc55hotel.com or call (415) 392-8000. 

 

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Fall Deals from Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt.: Adult Sleepaway Camp + O’Christmas Tree Package

October 26, 2019
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The AAA Four-Diamond Topnotch Resort, Stowe, Vermont, is offering fall deals including an an Adult Sleepaway Camp Promotion and O’ Christmas Tree Package.

With the kids back at school and (hopefully) settled into a new school year routine, it’s your turn to go to sleepaway camp and get some rest and relaxation in before the busy holiday season kicks into high gear.  Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt. has an Adult Sleepaway Camp Promotion valid on travel Oct. 20 through Dec. 13: there are still s’mores (with a glass of wine), activities (tennis or beer/distillery tours, anyone?) and time to relax (soothing spa treatments) but the accommodations and company are upgraded from our youth. Stay one night, get one free 50 minute spa service, 22% gratuity included (offer valid per room and limited to one treatment per room night). Rates start at $212 per night. Book here.

And come December, picking out the family Christmas tree is a great way to kick off the holiday season, and Topnotch’s O’ Christmas Tree Package includes luxury overnight accommodations and a wagon ride through a tree farm to find the perfect tree (up to 9 feet tall) that you select and cut on-site. Once cut, the tree is professionally wrapped, packaged and loaded onto your car for a safe trip home.  Rates start at $179 per night and the package is available Nov. 29 through Dec. 20. Book here.

The AAA Four-Diamond Topnotch Resort is located 10 minutes from Stowe with the best views in the area of Mount Mansfield. Relax in the award-winning spa, enjoy locally-sourced dining at two restaurants with sweeping views of the Green Mountains, take a tennis or pickleball lesson at the Topnotch Tennis Center, or marvel at the stunning mountain views from the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi while sipping hot chocolate or a specialty cocktail at the outdoor fire pits, or during a horseback or carriage ride arranged through the Equestrian Center at Topnotch. Mountain Ops Outdoor Gear located on property can arrange and outfit for any activity year-round, from skiing and boarding to mountain biking and fishing, or take the Topnotch Brewery and Distillery Tour which visits the region’s highly acclaimed breweries and distilleries. Dogs are welcome at Topnotch, with dog beds, CBD treats and special canine-friendly turndown service and spa treatments.

Call 800-451-8686 or visit www.topnotchresort.com/.

 

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Yosemite Photos Can Win a Stay at Tenaya Lodge

August 8, 2019
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Views of purple mountain majesty from The John Muir Trail, Yosemite National Park © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

You can win a stay in one of Tenaya Lodge’s new two-bedroom Explorer Cabins. Tenaya, located right at the doorstep to Yosemite National Park, California, is running a fun photo contest on Instagram and Twitter — all you need to do to enter is share a photo of a Yosemite adventure using #mytenaya and tag Tenaya Lodge.

The grand prize winner will receive a three night stay in the all-new Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge in addition to:

  • Full-Day Yosemite Tour for four
  • Two 90-minute Spa Treatments
  • Two on-site resort activities for four
  • $300 dining credit
  • One tandem jump at Skydive Yosemite

Plus, weekly prize winners receive Tenaya Lodge swag.

For more information, follow this link: https://bit.ly/2YUgdJL.

Tenaya Lodge, 1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623, 800-722-8584, tenayalodge.com.

To see more about Tenaya Lodge, see:

Tenaya Lodge Provides Luxury Lodging Resort Experience at Gateway to Yosemite National Park 

Yosemite National Park: Best Valley Hikes for First Timers 

Yosemite National Park: Surprising Diversity, Dramatic Scenes Hiking Chilnualna Falls Trail, Wawona

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Hotel PACAI in Vilnius Old Town, First Member of Design Hotels in the Baltics, Celebrates First Anniversary

August 8, 2019
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The award-winning Hotel PACAI, located in the Vilnius’s old city, Lithuania, celebrated its first anniversary. A former palace for the noble family of Pacai, the hotel is now becoming increasingly popular among travelers seeking to unwind in comfort and style and explore the city’s vibrant social scene.

Situated in the heart of the historic Vilnius Old Town of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, Hotel PACAI celebrated its first anniversary since it opened. The stylish hotel realized its promise to mesmerize guests seeking authentic experiences, offering a blend of history and sophisticated high-end design which so far has delighted nearly 25,000 guests from around the globe.

Former residence of the noble Lithuanian Pacai family, the building that hosts the hotel is a Baroque palace dating back to 1677. The historic palace outlived the Lithuanian-Polish Commonwealth, the reign of Russian tsars, as well as Napoleon and his armies. Throughout history, countless historic personalities frequently visited the Pacai mansion during their travels in Vilnius.

PACAI is currently the only hotel in the Baltic states that holds a Design Hotels membership. In order for a hotel to become a part of Design Hotels, it must meet the rigorous admittance criteria. Most importantly, a hotel must harmoniously blend into local surroundings and preserve local traditions.

Guests looking to capture the spirit of stylish and sensory Vilnius visit from nearly every corner of the world – with travelers from the USA, Israel, France, Australia, and the United Kingdom being the most frequent visitors. As a testament to its authenticity, Hotel PACAI is also appreciated by locals wanting to reconnect with their history, as well as people from neighboring countries looking to try out the best of internationally acknowledged Lithuanian hospitality.

During its first year of operation, the hotel has been awarded a 1st place in the design category at the International Hospitality Awards. Furthermore, it was also included among the best new design hotels ranked by the Surface magazine. PACAI has also been noticed in a variety of regional awards for the effort to revive historic buildings, sustainable attitude, and the quality of services.

“We are a unique hotel in Vilnius and the Baltic states in that we offer the most integrated experience. The music, the plants and the decor are all matched with our theme of un-fussed sophistication. We integrate works by local artists and blend modern aesthetics with authenticity. The 25 thousand guests that have visited us in the past year is the best testament to our creativity and effort to make staying at PACAI an extraordinary experience,” says Rūta Pulkauninkaitė-Macikė, General Manager of Hotel PACAI.

It is not only the historic appeal of the opulent Baroque palace that makes staying at PACAI a unique experience. The guests can also indulge in authentic experiences at the hotel’s restaurants and SPA.

Restaurant Nineteen18, featured in The White Guide as 2nd best restaurant in the Nordics, is located on the premises of the hotel. It invites to indulge in its tasting menus of the New Nordic Cuisine that uses Lithuanian ingredients and local food traditions. The chefs source the food from local farms located within a 100-kilometer radius around Vilnius, ensuring locally inspired gastronomical experience.

Brasserie 14 HORSES, also sourcing seasonal products from local suppliers and infused with Lithuanian and Baltic traditions, is a perfect place for breakfast, lunch or a laid-back dinner. Evenings at PACAI usually end up in SOFIJA bar, where guests can unwind in comfort and style while enjoying classic and modern cocktails, local craft beers, artisanal spirits, champagne and wine from around the globe.

One of the most unique aspects of PACAI SPA is that it’s located in the historical Hotel PACAI and is surrounded by exposed antique brick walls and artifacts.

Member of the Design HotelsPACAI is a 104 room hotel situated in a 17th century Baroque Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania. Opened in May 2018, the 5 star hotel was designed to preserve as many architectural details as possible, showcasing elegant simplicity through local aesthetics. Breaking creative boundaries, the PACAI complex is now a meeting point with local artists and entrepreneurs, and home to the Nineteen18 restaurant, a brasserie and a cocktail bar as well as a SPA, specializing in uniquely tailored treatments and beauty packages.

 

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Love ACKtually: Top Reasons to Visit Nantucket This Summer

August 8, 2019
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The famous White Elephant waterfront hotel on Nantucket.

Located 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is the former whaling capital of the world. Today, it’s home to 82 miles of public beaches, untouched moors and dunes, dramatic cliffs, and quiet harbors. With the summer travel season in full swing, there will never be a better time to escape to the “Grey Lady.”

What’s New on Nantucket: Nantucket is booming and its hydrangeas are blooming. New restaurants complement island favorites, and accommodations are opening due to demand. Despite the development, conservation remains king, with almost half the island under preservation. As the island carefully expands its offerings, here’s a look at what is new this season.

The Wauwinet, located on the northeast end of the island and sandwiched between two private beaches, re-opened in April following a multi-million-dollar restoration of its 32 guest rooms and cottages. As part of the renovation, the hotel collaborated with Serena & Lily to re-design the property’s three-bedroom Anchorage House. The interior now features the brand’s signature coastal prints and beachy furniture.

New dining options on the island include Pizzeria Gemelle, which offers Neapolitan pies using ingredients from the nearby Bartlett Farm; Or The Whale, an American bistro whose name was inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick; and Saltbox Tavern & Table, which serves comfort food favorites like fried pickles and truffle honey risotto.  Also new to the island is Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop MRKT pop-up. The general store/beach house hybrid offers curated summer items like Sperry boat shoes, Alo Yoga activewear, and Vintner’s Daughter Skincare. In other retail news, Veronica Beard partnered with local Perch boutique to feature their signature jackets; and ACK4170’s first brick and mortar outpost has goods like tote bags printed with hand-drawn Nantucket maps from the early 1900s.

JetBlue has new direct flights to Nantucket from LaGuardia Airport in New York City and Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York. The service began last month. The new routes supplement existing service to Nantucket from JFK, Boston, and Washington D.C. Southern Airways Express has also launched service from three New England-based airports: Norwood, Massachusetts; New Haven, Connecticut; and Warwick, Rhode Island.

“Pet Set” to ACK: The Woof Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin are designed especially for guests traveling with pets. Pups are welcomed with Draper Canine beds, a basket of treats and toys, food and water bowls, dog-walking services, and personalized pet tags. For tips on the best dog-friendly activities on Nantucket, guests can contact Bailey, the Cottages’ resident golden retriever and new pet concierge at petconcierage@niresorts.com.

“Summer for Less” means 25% off at the Residences at the White Elephant if you stay at least three consecutive nights on select dates through September. For guests seeking an early week getaway, the “Hot Dates, Cool Rates” promotion offers savings up to 20% when booking directly with any of the Nantucket Island Resorts properties for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Added perk: Stay in one of the top three-bedroom suites at the White Elephant or The Wauwinet and receive the keys to a 2019 BMW SUV vehicle for your entire trip. The amenity equals a savings of up to $450 per day by forgoing a jeep rental.

COVER Swim X White Elephant: The waterfront hotel partnered with Cover Swim to create a children’s sun shirt, which is now available online and at the hotel’s boutique. The blue and white shirt is dotted with White Elephant’s “trunket” mascot and blocks 98% of UV rays in and around water. Sizes vary, for children ages 2-9 years old. Cost: $85

 

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Woodstock Inn & Resort Invites Visitors to “Get Dirty” with New Programming at the Kelly Way Gardens This Summer

August 8, 2019

The Woodstock Inn & Resort grows its garden and culinary programming at the Kelly Way Gardens and Red Barns with a variety of new hands-on classes, events, dining experiences, and Instagrammable creations.

WOODSTOCK, VT – The Woodstock Inn & Resort grows its garden and culinary programming at the Kelly Way Gardens and Red Barns with a variety of new hands-on classes, events, dining experiences, and Instagrammable creations.

This year Master Gardener Benjamin Pauly expands the garden’s “gourdwalk” to 135 feet long and nine feet high. The trellis archway, covered in 17 different varieties of hanging gourds and vines offers an emerald oasis for garden guests to stroll through, relax in the shade, or capture photos and videos. A video of last year’s gourdwalk can be viewed here.

In addition, fairies will take up residence at the Kelly Way Gardens this summer in whimsical houses hand-crafted from repurposed gourds. Children can visit the fairies’ homes, make a wish and leave a note behind.

Another photogenic creation is the sunflower house at Billings Farm & Museum. In August and September thousands of blooming sunflowers will be crafted into a series of five rooms and connecting hallways for visitors to explore and take one-of-a-kind pictures.

Certified organic by the Vermont Organic Farmers Association, the three acre garden will boast 385 varieties of produce including 55 varieties of tomatoes, 57 types of pumpkins, 75 berries and orchard plantings, 40 herbs and edible flowers, a mushroom glen, annual and perennial flowers, honey bees and hops. New this year will be hardy kiwis, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupes.

The Kelly Way Gardens are open to the public seasonally Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm. A full roster of activities have been planned which are complimentary for Inn guests, $5 for visitors (except where noted) and no reservations are needed.

  • Family Tasting TourTuesdays, thru August 27, 3-3:30pm; led by Master Gardener Benjamin Pauly, families can nibble their way through the garden and visit the fairy houses.
  • Wellness Whiff Walks: Wednesdays, thru September 25, 3-3:30pm; an aromatherapy tour through the organic scents of Kelly Way Gardens.
  • Can You Dig It? Agricultural Pun Tours of Kelly Way Gardens: Thursdays, thru September 26, 3-3:30pm; an insider’s look at organic garden with Taylor Hiers, Lead Gardener.
  • Summer Garden Tour Series: Saturdays now through September 21, 9:30-10:30am; $10 for non-Inn guests; each hour-long session features a different garden-specific topic such as seasonal cut flowers, how to make a garden smoothie, and herbal teas from the garden. Click here for the full schedule.
  • Sixth Annual Great Tomato TastingSaturday, August 31, 4-5:00pm$25 per Inn guests and visitors; From Aunt Ruby’s German Green, the buttery smooth flavor of Great White and the sweet profile of Esterina, the annual tasting event walks guests through the 55 varieties of heirloom tomatoes grown in the garden.

 Master Gardener Benjamin Pauly and Executive Chef Rhys Lewis work in tandem during the weekly Red Barns Dinner Series celebrating the Kelly Way Gardens’ seasonal harvest paired with the local artistry of Vermont’s cheese makers, farmers, bee keepers, and dairymen. The three course community style dinner takes place on Sundays now through October 6 from 7 pm to 9 pm; $75 per person plus tax & gratuity. To view the menus, click here.

Housed in refurbished 19th century red barns, the 11,000 square foot kitchen studio is fully equipped for culinary demonstrations and dining events. Elements of the kitchen studio and adjacent 900 square foot garden studio have been crafted from reclaimed products. Countertops throughout the spaces are repurposed, some from former bowling alley lanes; the maple dining tables in the kitchen studio and white pine tables in the garden studio are made from trees ethically harvested at the nearby Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park; the kitchen studio’s butternut backsplash was created from a tree harvested on the resort property. Salvaged light fixtures include chandeliers in the kitchen studio, wall and ceiling lights throughout, and outdoor lampposts in the garden.

Nearby Billings Farm & Museum recently launched the Learning Kitchen where Resort Chef Ryan Beaudoin of the Woodstock Inn & Resort will host culinary classes for Inn guests. Featuring simple yet inventive dishes made with the Kelly Way Gardens’ bounty and Billings Farm specialty dairy products, the demonstration classes take place on Wednesdays through August 28 from 10:30am-12:30pm for $45 per person. On Thursdays through August 22 at 10:30am-12:30pm Chef Ryan leads an interactive, hands-on cooking experience at the Learning Kitchen teaching straightforward recipes also with produce from Kelly Way Gardens and Billings Farm fresh dairy products. The class is $75 per person. Entry to the Billings Farm & Museum is free to guests of the Woodstock Inn & Resort.

More information about the Kelly Way Gardens at the Woodstock Inn & Resort can be found here: https://www.woodstockinn.com/do/things-to-do/kelly-way-gardens

Located in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations.  The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England.  The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.  Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs. 

Preferred Hotels & Resorts℠ is one of the world’s largest independent hotel brands, representing more than 650 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries. Through its five global collections, Preferred Hotels & Resorts connects discerning travelers to the singular luxury hospitality experience that meets their life and style preferences for each occasion. Every property within the portfolio maintains the high quality standards and unparalleled service levels required by the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance Program. The iPrefer℠ guest loyalty program, Preferred Residences℠, Preferred Family℠, Preferred Pride℠, and Preferred Golf™ offer valuable benefits for travelers seeking a unique experience. The Woodstock Inn & Resort was distinguished in the 2018 I Prefer Members’ Choice Awards as one of the top ten hotels in North America that deliver high quality standards and exceptional, personalized experiences to its members. For more information, visit PreferredHotels.com.

 

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YOTEL Boston Introduces Summer Vacation Packages That Feature Outdoor Experiences

July 5, 2019
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YOTEL’s SKY Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy views, cocktails, bites – and even meditation – this summer.

YOTEL, the affordable luxury hotel brand inspired by first-class air travel, is kicking off summer in Boston’s Seaport with an array of new offerings for guests, locals, and visitors. YOTEL Boston is introducing summer packages designed for experiencing and exploring Boston and enjoying its rooftop bar & terrace, SKY Bar, to the fullest.

New Summer Packages

YOTEL invites guests to explore Boston by bike this summer with its new “Pedal and Picnic” package. The experience includes overnight accommodations, usage of two of YOTEL’s new bikes along with a picnic blanket and perfectly packed picnic. Guests can choose from two picnic options: a New England Cheese Basket (including an assortment of local cheese, crackers and breads) or the All-American Basket (including choice of sandwich wrap, side salad and dessert). YOTEL will provide guests with suggested bike routes to steer them through iconic Boston neighborhoods and historic landmarks concluding at picnic-worthy destinations like the Boston Common, Christopher Columbus Park, and Castle Island. Pricing for the “Pedal and Picnic” package starts from $209/night and is available for booking now through September 30, 2019.

Back again for the second summer, YOTEL Boston offers a 2-in-1 destination experience with its “Beantown > PTown” package. With this package, guests will enjoy visits to Boston and Provincetown with an overnight at YOTEL Boston, a day trip to Provincetown with roundtrip transportation on Boston Harbor Cruise’s Fast Ferry, which docks within walking distance from YOTEL, and a $25 food & beverage allowance for rooftop refreshment at YOTEL’s SKY Bar. Rates for the “Beantown > PTown” package start from $399/per night and the package is available for booking now through September 30, 2019.

Summer at SKY Bar

YOTEL’s SKY Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy views, cocktails, bites – and even meditation – this summer. SKY Bar offers both indoor and outdoor seating along with 360-degree views of the city skyline served alongside ingredient-driven cocktails and light bites. SKY Bar also offers a collection of local brews and handpicked wines, including a robust assortment of rosés for the summer.

Starting June 25th, YOTEL’s signature meditation series, “Tranquil Tuesdays,” will move outdoors to the terrace at SKY.  Tranquil Tuesdays is a 30-minute guided meditation with The Boston Buddha, Andy Kelley, and taking place every Tuesday at 7AM. Tranquil Tuesdays are complimentary for hotel guests and $15 for drop-ins. Hotel guests also have access to Mindfresh, a YOTEL produced series of 5-minute mediation and relaxation videos, available to stream in each room. 

Opened in the Seaport in June of 2017, YOTEL Boston is one of YOTEL’s city hotels and features hallmarks of the affordable luxury brand with 326 smartly designed ‘cabins,’ of-the-moment technology, and clever social spaces for co-working and relaxing. Premium Cabins include YOTEL’s signature adjustable SmartBed™ with rejuvenating rain showers and SMART TVs, multi power and USB points and easy connectivity.

YOTEL currently operates six airport hotels in London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris, Charles de Gaulle, Istanbul Airport and Singapore Changi Airport and five city center hotels in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Singapore and Washington D.C. YOTEL is expanding rapidly with new projects under development globally, including London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Geneva, Amsterdam, Miami, Dubai, Mammoth, Park City, Porto and New York Long Island City.

 

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Nantucket’s White Elephant Partners with Mandarin Oriental, Boston to Offer ‘2 If by Land, 3 if by Sea’ Package

May 29, 2019
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The White Elephant on Nantucket

Can’t decide between a beach holiday on an iconic island and a city stay packed with culture and history?

The White Elephant on Nantucket is partnering with Mandarin Oriental, Boston to offer guests a New England vacation experience with three nights on the island and two nights under the city lights. The package also includes experiences such as a sailing tour around Nantucket and tickets to the Whaling Museum, the backbone of the island’s history. Rates start at $3,398 for two guests.

Overlooking Nantucket Harbor, White Elephant is the quintessential New England retreat composed of peaceful, light-filled guest rooms and charming garden cottages that dot the water’s edge. Guests of the hotel can dine al fresco at Brant Point Grill, Nantucket’s premier steak and seafood restaurant, or pick up a book from the on-property library and spend the day in a chaise on the Harborside Lawn. White Elephant also offers complimentary Priority Bicycle rentals, making for an easy ride to the island’s many beaches and favorite spots such as Bartlett’s Farm and the Brant Point Lighthouse. Guests who book the top suite at the hotel will also receive the keys to a 2019 BMW vehicle for the duration of their stay.

During a visit to Mandarin Oriental, Boston guests can unwind with The Spa’s tension melting New England Retreat therapy. The treatment begins with a full dry body brush exfoliation, followed by a targeted tension relieving massage. To finish, warm muds and de-stressing muscle gels are applied to revitalize and refresh. Guests will also enjoy a personal shopping experience at Lilly Pulitzer on nearby Newbury Street so they can deck themselves out in the perfect seaside attire.

The Two if by Land, Three if by Sea package starts at $3,398 plus taxes and gratuities and includes:

Two if by Land at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

–          Two-night stay in luxurious accommodations

–          Daily breakfast at Bar Boulud or in-room for two people

–          Boston-themed welcome amenity

–          New England Retreat treatment at The Spa for two people

–          $250 gift card to Lilly Pulitzer

 

Three if by Sea at White Elephant, Nantucket

–          Three-night stay in seaside accommodations

–          Daily breakfast for two people

–          Nantucket-themed welcome amenity

–          Endeavor sunset sail and island tour

–          Two tickets to the Whaling Museum

–          Three-course dinner with wine pairings at the waterfront Brant Point Grill for two people

The package is available until November 2, 2019, is based on double occupancy and is subject to availability. It must be booked a minimum of 7 days prior to arrival and additional nights can be booked at the best available rate. Reservations can be made by contacting hotels directly.

White Elephant, Nantucket: 1.800.445.6574

Mandarin Oriental, Boston: 617.535.8880 or emailing mosbo-reservations@mohg.com.

Nantucket Island Resorts is a collection of premier hotels on Nantucket that specialize in bringing the unique Nantucket lifestyle to all guests. From boating to fine dining to a large number of island festivals and events, Nantucket Island Resorts caters to its visitors and offers vacation planning that lets you get the most out of a Nantucket vacation while staying in a fantastic array of accommodations. Properties include The Wauwinet, which unveiled a multi-million dollar renovation in April 2019 and offers access and views of both bay and ocean beaches and home to AAA Five Diamond-rated TOPPER’S restaurant; White Elephant, offers a choice of accommodations including  an iconic hotel located right on Nantucket Harbor that offers a lovely arrangements of rooms, suites, cottages, and two stunning in-town luxury lofts as well as the Brant Point Grill. Down the street is the Inn with well-appointed deluxe rooms and suites and one-, two-, and three-bedroom Residences, that all enjoy access to the on-property heated pool; Jared Coffin House, a historic and charming hotel located in Nantucket Town and its restaurant, Nantucket Prime; The Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin, waterfront cottages with full kitchens located on three wharves jutting out into Nantucket Harbor and featuring 12 pet-friendly accommodations. All properties were recognized by 2018 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. The Nantucket Boat Basin, a 240 slip full-service award winning marina, is also part of the collection and located at the base of Town. 

An intimately luxurious hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Boston combines classic New England elegance with refined Oriental touches to create one of the most distinctive hospitality experiences in the region. Awarded both Forbes Five-Stars and AAA Five-Diamonds, Mandarin Oriental, Boston features 148 of the city’s most spacious guestrooms and suites, exquisite meeting and event facilities and legendary personalized service. Hotel amenities include Massachusetts’ only holistic Five-Star awarded spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center and our signature restaurant Bar Boulud, a French-inspired bistro and wine bar from internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud. A short 15-minute drive from Logan International Airport, Mandarin Oriental, Boston connects guests to the city’s finest shopping, cultural venues and business institutions from its prime location in the heart of Boston’s chic Back Bay on Boylston Street.

 

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