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Enjoy Holiday Traditions at The Willard, Historic Hotel That Has Hosted Presidents, Dignitaries for 200 Years

November 1, 2019
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There’s something about the holiday season at the Willard InterContinental, a legendary hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, located in the heart of the nation’s capital that has welcomed U.S. presidents, foreign dignitaries and celebrities, as well as has been the site of many historic moments in U.S. history for 200 years.

Washington, D.C.– There’s something about the holiday season at the Willard InterContinental. The elegant garland-wrapped columns outside lure visitors to take in the stately lobby décor, snap a photo by the tree dripping in glittering ornaments and wind through the lobby to find this year’s “how did they do that?” gingerbread display. Year after year the music, aromas, events and traditions offered at The Willard suspend the stress of the season to allow for enjoyment of the simple pleasures that only the holidays can bring, all within the formal yet welcoming backdrop of the beloved property.

The Willard’s collection of holiday offerings fills the hotel, calling visitors from around the world and locals from around the region to pop in and linger longer than they anticipated. Here is an at-a-glance rundown of the seasonal events:

Nightly Caroling Program

Step into the lobby of the Willard InterContinental between December 1 and 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to enjoy complimentary caroling performances.  A time-honored tradition for over 18 years, The Willard’s holiday caroling program features a wide range of highly accomplished vocal and choral ensembles, and is regarded as one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Washington, D.C.  Sip a seasonally inspired cocktail from the lobby’s pop-up bar while listening to a medley of classic holiday carols from groups including The Gay Men’s Chorus, Washington Saengerbund, Arlington Children’s Chorus, Georgetown Visitation and Vox Pulchra, just to name a few.

2019 Gingerbread Display

The unveiling of the hotel’s annual gingerbread display, a cornerstone of the Willard InterContinental’s holiday décor, is one of the most highly anticipated events each holiday season. Every year, The Willard’s pastry department works to create a gingerbread display that pays tribute to an iconic landmark around the nation’s capital. This year, The Willard is thrilled to announce that their 2019 official gingerbread display will be of the Jefferson Memorial, including The Tidal Basin and D.C.’s iconic cherry blossom trees.

Standing at 8.5 feet by 5 feet, The Willard’s gingerbread display will feature a southeast view of the famed Jefferson Memorial, and include the famed bronze statue of Jefferson by Rudulph Evans and all four quotations from Jefferson’s writings that are carved into the walls of the actual memorial. The display will also include an audio feed of Thomas Jefferson’s Inaugural Address, as well as a real water simulate the Tidal Basin complete with live fish. Intricate chocolate techniques, along with the use of fondant, will bring the famed cherry blossom trees surrounding the memorial to life.  Spearheaded by Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez, Pastry Cook Magenta Livengood, and Engineer David Sanabria, the display’s creation is currently underway and is expected to take over 600 hours to complete.  The displays anticipated reveal is slated for November 20th.

The Gift of Giving Back Campaign

This memorial was chosen to be the featured landmark in this year’s gingerbread display as it speaks to The Willard’s newly formed partnership with the Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trust for the National Mall and the fundraising campaign the hotel will launch this holiday season in an effort to bring awareness and necessary funds  for the ongoing efforts needed to preserve the Jefferson Memorial, the Tidal Basin and the surrounding historic grounds, recently named as one of America’s most endangered historic places. Official announcement to follow shortly.

Holiday Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alley

Beloved by visitors and locals alike, Afternoon Tea remains one of the Willard InterContinental’s most cherished holiday traditions.  Seated in the gilded hall of Peacock Alley, lined with Christmas trees, adorned with whimsical holiday décor, and featuring the elegant sounds of a live harpist, the Willard’s signature holiday afternoon tea experience offers an exquisite menu of sandwiches, scones and pastries with a seasonal twist.  Inspired by Tchaikovsky’s iconic Nutcracker Ballet, Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez has created an assortment of decadent desserts that speak to scenes of the classic Christmas story including sugar plum scones, inspired by the Dance of the Sugar Plum, and Pryanki, a traditional Russian gingerbread cookie inspired by the famed Russian Dance.  An indulgent affair, named among “the top ten places to do Afternoon Tea like a royal” by the Travel Channel, The Willard remains one of the most premiere venues for Afternoon Tea in Washington, D.C., and is a must do event this holiday season. Afternoon Tea is offered daily in December (excluding December 24, 25 and 31) with seatings from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost is $75 per adult, or $85 with a glass of champagne, $45 per child (5-12 years of age). Guests younger than five years of age dine complimentarily.

History Happy Hour – The Sweet World of the White House

Back by popular demand, Roland Mesnier, former Executive Pastry Chef at The White House, returns to the Willard InterContinental this December to join The Willard’s veteran bartender Jim Hewes for the holiday edition of History Happy Hour. Providing an insider’s perspective on White House holiday traditions, Chef Mesnier will share memorable moments and entertaining stories from his 26-year tenure serving five American presidents from 1979 to 2004. As no History Happy Hour would be complete without a cocktail lesson or two, Jim will provide attendees with hands-on instruction on how to craft two holiday cocktails inspired by a few of Chef Mesnier’s famous desserts, as noted in his new book, Creating the Sweet World of White House Desserts: A Pastry Chef’s Secrets.  Hosted in partnership with the White House Historical Association, this event will take place on December 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $56 per adult (21 years+) and can be purchased on the hotel’s website, under the events calendar. Cost includes three cocktails and light appetizers. Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event last year, this event is expected to sell-out quickly.

Holiday Cookie Decorating Class

Calling all junior bakers! Step into the sweet world of the Willard InterContinental’s pastry department this holiday season for a hands-on class on all things cookies! Led by Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez and his talented team of pastry chefs, bakers will learn the art of cookie decorating using a variety of techniques and decorating tools.  Ideal for children ages 4-12, this two-hour interactive experience will take place on December 14 at 11 a.m.  Tickets can be purchased on the Willard InterContinental’s website, under the events calendar. $45 per child.

Chocolate Making Class with SPAGnVOLA

Join the Willard InterContinental and SPAGnVOLA recognized by National Geographic as one of the world’s best chocolate shops, for a two-hour hands-on chocolate truffle making class.  Guided by Head Chocolatier Crisoire Reid from SPAGnVOLA, participants will learn the artisan technique of tempering chocolate, the process to making chocolate ganache, as well as the steps to using the ganache to handcraft your own delicious seasonally inspired chocolate truffles to take home.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to taste a variety of SPAGnVOLA’s signature bon-bon’s and truffles, as well as their incredibly popular hot chocolate, all while hearing from Eric Reid, co-owner of SPAGnVOLA, on his experience as a cacao grower in the Dominican Republic. Offered on December 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., tickets can be purchased on the Willard InterContinental’s website, under the events calendar. $65 per ticket or $100 for two tickets.

Christmas Day Brunch

For Washingtonians and visitors alike, Christmas at The Willard is a feast for the senses. Stepping into the lobby your eyes are drawn not only to the majestic 20-foot Christmas tree but to the whimsical décor throughout. Your nose is drawn to the blend of sweet and savory scents emanating from the extravagant brunch buffet set throughout the gilded hall of Peacock Alley, lined with Christmas trees, while your ears are drawn to the sounds of the season gently playing in the background. Set in the picturesque and ornately decorated Willard & Crystal Ballrooms, Christmas Day Brunch features a festive menu of items, including a variety of action stations offering a range of cuisine from pancakes and waffles, to seafood and wild game, to risotto made in a parmesan wheel, to a carving station with traditional Christmas meats including Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Baked Ham and Slow Roasted Prime Rib. An elaborate dessert display, including an action station for cherries jubilee flambe with vanilla ice cream, will also be offered. For the youngest of diners, a buffet offering a selection of tot-approved dishes, such as mac & cheese, pizza, and chicken fingers, will also be available.

Christmas Brunch at the Willard InterContinental is a longstanding tradition among generations of families. As no Christmas would be complete without a visit from Santa Claus himself, families are able to meet and greet the man himself throughout the duration of brunch. Four seatings for Christmas Day brunch will be offered between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The cost is $125 per adult, which includes bottomless mimosas, bellinis and bloody mary’s, and $55 per child (ages 5-12 years old). Guests younger than five years of age dine complimentarily.

Holiday Package

There is really no other place quite like the nation’s capital during the holiday months. Whether wanting to escape for a long weekend away or for a midweek break, guests can keep cozy with the Winter Wonderland Package and receive upgraded room accommodations to an Executive Suite, complimentary breakfast for two at Café du Parc and valet parking for one vehicle.  This wintry retreat will be available for stays between November 21 and March 20, 2020 with rates beginning at $359.  Reservations must be booked 72 hours in advance of arrival and upgrades are based upon availability.

A legendary hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C., is a world-class destination known for its rich history, luxurious accommodations, premier meeting spaces and inventive cuisine. Often referred to as the “Residence of Presidents,” this iconic property located in the heart of the nation’s capital has welcomed U.S. presidents, foreign dignitaries and celebrities, as well as has been the site of many historic moments in U.S. history for 200 years. Recently named among the top two hotels in Washington, D.C. by Travel + Leisure, The Willard offers 335 spacious and elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites that exude a unique blend of contemporary luxury and historic charm.

For more information, visit www.washington.intercontinental.com  or call 202-628-9100.

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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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Luxury ADLER Lodge Ritten to Open in Italy’s South Tyrol

February 22, 2019
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Set on a perfect perch overlooking some of the Dolomites’ most majestic mountain peaks, ADLER Lodge Ritten will be an ideal holiday for those looking for laid-back luxury.

Lichtenstern, Italy – On a sunny plateau known as Renon, a popular weekend getaway for city dwellers, a new hideaway from the ADLER Hotel Group is taking shape: ADLER Lodge Ritten. Some destinations simply cast a spell, touching your spirit and staying in your heart, and ADLER Ritten promises to do just that.

The intimate lodge will be a sister to celebrated hotels like ADLER Spa Resort Thermae in Tuscany and Dolomite properties ADLER Lodge AlpeADLER Spa Resort Dolomiti and ADLER Spa Resort Balance. Set on a perfect perch overlooking some of the Dolomites’ most majestic mountain peaks (such as the Rosengarten and the Latemar), ADLER Lodge Ritten will be an ideal holiday for those looking for laid-back luxury. Set in a remote glade in Lichtenstern between Oberbozen and Klobenstein, the owners have designed the lodge as “a place of peace and deceleration.” Reachable only by a single limited-access road, the hotel is surrounded by forest, with incredible mountain views that make guests feel like they’ve entered another world.

Visitors won’t need a car to get around, as Renon’s historic narrow-gauge railway, the Rittnerbahn, stops just 200 meters from the hotel at the Stella station. When they’re ready to explore the thriving city of Bolzano, it’s just a 12-minute ride away via cable car. Activities are designed to highlight the distinctive beauty of each season and might include skiing, snowshoeing, Nordic walking, wine tasting or cycling (the hotel offers complimentary electric-bike rentals). Bolzano’s worthy cultural sites include the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, the 13th-century Mareccio Castle, and the Duomo di Bolzano cathedral.

ADLER Lodge Ritten will consist of a spacious main building with reception area, lobby, bar, restaurant and spa. There will be two additional structures for guest accommodations, each with ten junior suites. Also scattered throughout the property will be 20 one- and two-story chalets, some set around a small natural lake. All rooms will have private bio saunas and either balconies or terraces, and chalets will also feature wood-burning fireplaces.

All meals, soft drinks, wines and spirits will be included in the room rate, and chef Hannes Pignater is planning to spoil guests throughout the day with menus that focus on regional and local products. There will be breakfast featuring local farm specialties; a lunch buffet of snacks and typical South Tyrolean dishes; and exquisite, multi-course dinners in the restaurant, which will have a panoramic view of the evening sky.

The spa will face the impressive Schlern peak and offer incredible Dolomite views, through large glass windows. Customized face and body treatments will incorporate extracts, oils and other products from the ADLER care line, which combines natural cosmetics and the latest technology. Guests will be able to choose among three saunas: One classic steam sauna in the main building, as well as two saunas located deep in the forest, giving visitors a chance to truly immerse themselves in nature. The heated infinity pool will be open year-round.

The Sanoner family has been in the hotel business since 1810, when they opened their first small inn, and the five Adler hotels are currently managed by the family’s seventh generation Along with ADLER Lodge Ritten, there are three spa resorts in Italy’s Dolomites mountain region and one in Tuscany. All ADLER Spa Resorts are renowned for providing not only relaxation and beauty services, but also modern western medicine and alternative healing methods. For guests wishing to delve deeper into improving their health, there are also two ADLER MED medical competence centers, one at ADLER Thermae in Tuscany and the other at ADLER Balance in the Dolomites. Each has its own team of doctors from disciplines like general medicine, laboratory medicine, aesthetic medicine, modern Mayr medicine, homeopathy, herbal medicine and nutrition.

For more information visit  https://www.adler-resorts.com/en/spa-hotel/1-0.html
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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.”

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Deals on Hotels, Resorts, Tours

November 16, 2018
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Venice, Italy. On Black Friday only, Perillo Tours, a leader in escorted travel to Italy for more than 70 years, is offering $500 off per couple on all 2019 Italy escorted tours © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

Savvy shoppers searching for travel deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday can save big on stays at a Kennebunkport Resort Collection property, the Woodstock Inn & Resort, and Perillo Tours.

Kennebunkport Resort Collection, Maine

The Kennebunkport Resort Collection (KRC), with nine boutique properties and six restaurants in the classic coastal Maine destination, has a Cyber Monday offer that makes a perfect gift for the traveler in the family: KRC gift cards available for purchase all day on Monday, November 26.

  • Buy a $500 gift card and receive a $100 resort credit.
  • Buy a $200 gift card and receive a $25 resort credit.

Fine print: Gift cards can be purchased online or by calling (800) 573-7186. The resort credit is valid on non-room purchases only (available for dining, spa treatments, activities and retail items) and expires one (1) year from date of issuance (November 26, 2019). Gift cards have no expiration date and are valid for use at any of the nine hotels, six restaurants, and the Tree Spa at Hidden Pond.

The Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, VT

The 24-hour Cyber Monday sale on Monday, November 26, 2018 begins at 12:00 am Eastern Time and includes:

  • Guestroom rates starting at $179
  • Bed & Breakfast package starting at $199
  • Guests can save up to 50% off standard rates
  • Rates are valid for stays from November 27, 2018 through June 27, 2019, not including holidays, holiday weeks, and weekends. Other blackout dates will apply. Upgrades are available at additional cost. All rates are subject to the applicable 10% rooms tax and a $33 per day resort fee. Breakfast is subject to tax and gratuity. Other restrictions may apply.

Surrounded by Vermont’s Green Mountains in the heart of Woodstock Village, the newly renovated Woodstock Inn & Resort invites guests with round-the-clock activities throughout all four seasons. The warmer months offer biking, hiking, fly fishing and hawk walks to golfing, hands-on gardening, swimming in the pool, just to name a few. In the winter, skiing and snowboarding is available at the resort’s mountain, Suicide Six Ski Area. For reservations and additional information, please visit www.woodstockinn.com or call (888) 338-2745.

Perillo Tours

 On Black Friday only, Perillo Tours, a leader in escorted travel to Italy for more than 70 years, is offering $500 off per couple ($250 per person) on all 2019 Italy and Hawaii escorted tours.  The offer is valid on new bookings only for travel January 1 – December 31, 2019.  The 24-hour Black Friday sale is bookable online, via phone or email from 12:01am to 11:59pm on November 23, 2018.  Must use booking code: BlackFri18.

New for 2019,  Perillo Tours has introduced an 11-day Taste of Italy itinerary focusing on Italy’s famed cuisine with visits to Bologna, Florence, Perugia, and Rome, and a 13-day South & Sicily tour where guests can discover several gems of the south including Naples, Capri, Pompeii, Bari, Lecce, Taormina, Palermo, and more.  In addition, Perillo Tours offers seven core Italy itineraries ranging from 14-days exploring Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Venice and Milan, to nine-days in Rome and the Amalfi Coast.  Each Perillo Tours itinerary includes hotels, sightseeing with expert guides, transfers, baggage handling, daily breakfast, select scheduled meals, tips, taxes, free time for self-discovery, and complimentary Wi-Fi on all Perillo coach bus.  In Hawaii, Perillo Tours offers two island and three island itineraries. For more information on Perillo Tours, visit www.perillotours.com or call (800) 431-1515.

On Cyber Monday only, Perillo’s Learning Journeys is offering savings of up to $500 per couple on the Valentine’s Day in Sorrento, Italy live like a local itinerary.  The eight-day trip departs on February 10 and includes non-stop roundtrip air on Alitalia from NYC (JFK), arrival and departure airport transfers from Rome to Sorrento, six night hotel stay, walking tour of Sorrento, a limoncello tasting, city tax and daily continental breakfast.  Couples can enjoy the charm and romance of the Amalfi Coast while exploring the city and immersing in the rich Italian culture. The Cyber Monday special is priced at $1498 per person (based on double occupancy).  The offer is valid on online bookings made on Monday, November 26 only. The trip package must be paid in full at the time of booking and is non-refundable.

Learning Journeys offers cutting-edge travel experiences powered by Perillo Tours’ 73 years of travel planning expertise.  More than a traditional vacation, Learning Journeys’ itineraries focus on enhanced immersion in a specific interest or passion, such as yoga and wellness, cooking, photography, watercolor painting, bird watching, dance, language study, conservation, and much more. For more information on Perillo’s Learning Journeys, visit www.learningjourneys.com.

 

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Cyber Monday Travel Deals in the Berkshires of Massachusetts

November 16, 2018
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The historic Red Lion Inn (it was depicted in Norman Rockwell’s famous painting of Stockbridge) is offering a Cyber Monday travel deal © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

Two renowned historic hotels in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts are offering Cyber Monday travel deals. 

The Red Lion Inn – Stockbridge, MA 

Save up to 40 percent off bookings at The Red Lion Inn. Rates for winter and spring travel start at $99 per night; summer dates start at $179 per night. Offer is only available on Monday, November 26 and can be booked online at: https://www.redlioninn.com/getaway-deals/.

The Red Lion Inn, situated in the heart of Stockbridge, MA, is centrally located near major cultural events and venues and is a patron of the Berkshires’ visual and performing arts. Providing food and lodging to guests for more than two centuries, the Inn offers 125 antique-filled rooms and suites and four restaurants with formal and casual dining with locally sourced food. For more information, visit  www.redlioninn.com.

Porches Inn at MASS MoCA – North Adams, MA

At Porches Inn at MASS MoCA receive 25 percent off midweek stays (Sunday through Thursday) through Labor Day 2019. Rates start at $119 per night in the winter; $157 in the summer. Offer only available on Monday, November 26 and can be booked online at: https://www.porches.com/berkshires-hotel-specials/

Guest of the Porches Inn stay just steps away from the mecca of art and culture that is MASS MoCA in 19th Century Victorian row homes, where retro-industrial architecture blends with paint-by-number pictures and vintage TV lamps to create a whimsical, granny-chic stay. For more information, visit www.porches.com.

Reservations for both hotels must be fully pre-paid and are non-refundable. Bookings have limited availability for each date. Blackout dates apply and may change throughout the sale and a minimum stay may be required on select dates.

 

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Free Hotel Nights Promotion This Summer in The Palm Beaches

May 10, 2018
The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

The AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa has an award-winning 42,000 square foot Eau Spa, three Har-Tru tennis courts, two oceanfront pools, a fitness center and exciting kids and teens programs © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Discover The Palm Beaches (DTPB), the tourism marketing organization for Palm Beach County, has unveiled its highly-anticipated “Free Nights” hotel promotion for Summer 2018. For a limited time, 13 hotels are offering guests a free night, while prices start from about $115 to $700 per night – a savings of almost 50 percent compared to winter rates for some of the participating properties. This diverse collection of hotels and resorts provides travelers of nearly any budget an opportunity to enjoy the wealth of experiences available throughout The Palm Beaches.

“Visitors will find our legendary luxury experiences at an exceptional value during the summer,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of DTPB. “You’ll find the best vacation experiences in affordable packages – so we invite you to discover how this outstanding travel destination offers amazing value for getaways or memorable family events.”

Free-Night Promotions

The following hotels and resorts are offering free-night promotions, with a free extra night added to a stay at regular rates. Details pertaining to each offer are as follows:

A part of West Palm Beach’s history for 50 years, this classic Florida hotel has hosted Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. Conveniently located across the street from the Palm Beach Outlets, this hotel features a tropical pool and courtyard, gazebo, waterfall, and meditation garden.

    • An Extra Night for Tropical Fun: Stay three nights at the hotel’s regular rate, and the fourth night is free. Available from May 1 – September 30, 2018. To book, call 561-683-8810, ext. 452.
  • Boca Raton Resort & Club – Boca Raton, Florida

One of the country’s premier resort destinations and private club facilities, the Boca Raton Resort & Club features amenities including a half-mile stretch of private beach at the Boca Beach Club, Spa Palazzo, two 18-hole championship golf courses and the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, the Resort’s tennis program, full-service 32-slip marina, seven swimming pools, three state-of-the-art fitness centers, and a variety of water sports.

    • Another Day in Paradise: Book best available rate for three nights, and the fourth night is complimentary for summer arrivals (including July 4th and Labor Day Weekend). Available through October 31, 2018. This offer must be booked 60 days before arrival. To book, use the promo code “PBADPA” at www.BocaResort.com. The complimentary fourth night is reflected in the daily room rate for this promo code as 25% off the room rate, per night, for four consecutive nights.
  • The Brazilian Court Hotel — Palm Beach, Florida

Just steps from Worth Avenue and the Atlantic Ocean, The Brazilian Court is a historic landmark infused throughout with Roaring ’20s glamour. Guests can savor the cuisine of internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud, enjoy pampering at the world-renowned Frederic Fekkai Salon & Spa, or relax by the secluded, palm-fringed pool.

    • One More Night in Tropical Boutique Style: Stay two nights, and the third night is free, or stay three nights, and the fourth night is free. Available May 1 – September 30, 2018. When booking, savings is included in rate. To book, call 561-655-7740. 

Ready to revel in the sunshine? Once you stay, you’ll understand. And once you start saving, you’ll want to stay longer. Founded on the sands of Palm Beach in 1896, The Breakers is known for its gracious staff and seaside glamour. Amenities geared to families include a 6,100-square-foot Family Entertainment Center and interactive playground, Camp Breakers for kids ages 3 – 12, poolside bungalows for daytime rental, and a roster of daily activities designed for guests of all ages. While here, guests also receive complimentary daily benefits-including free daily breakfast, kids’ menu meals for ages 12 and under, unlimited golf, and more (applicable to guests booked at prevailing regular rates. Not available to groups).

If you seek one of those “out of the way” hideaways off the beaten path, for ultimate privacy and relaxation, discover the best in South Florida hospitality at Casa Grandview. As a AAA 4-Diamond historic property, this boutique hotel offers a luxurious, but casual, tropical Florida atmosphere.

    • Free Night in a Vacation Rental: Sixth night free when you stay six consecutive nights in an Art Deco Apartment, Nola or Savannah Apartment. Available June 1 – October 31, 2018. This offer is based on availability, and certain restrictions may apply. To book, reserve online at https://casagrandview.com with the promo code “SUMMER”.
    • Fun-Filled Family Vacation with a Free Night: Receive one night free when you book a new stay of seven or more nights. Available June 1 – October 31, 2018. To book, reserve online at https://casagrandview.com with the promo code “FV2”.
  • The Chesterfield Palm Beach — Palm Beach, Florida

Recognized as a historical landmark by the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation, this glorious boutique hotel combines modern Florida sophistication with old-world English elegance. Its indulgent amenities include a tranquil outdoor swimming pool, a wood-paneled library, and the legendary Leopard Lounge & Restaurant, which features exciting international cuisine, creative cocktails, and live music.

    • 3 Nights for the Price of 2: Stay a little longer in one of the hotel’s unique rooms or suites, offering as much unrestrained luxury as you need. Every third night you stay is free. Offer applies to all room types. Maximum of 3 free nights/9 nights total. Available through December 31, 2018. To book, call 561-659-5800 or 800-243-7871.

Nestled between Boca Raton and Delray Beach, Delray Sands combines the intimacy of a boutique hotel with resort-style amenities in an oceanfront setting. Families will appreciate the separate children’s pool and proximity to Palm Beach’s top attractions, including shopping and entertainment at Mizner Park and Delray’s Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.

    • Have an Extra Night Beachfront: Stay two nights, and the third night is free. Available from May 1-September 30, 2018, excluding weekends. To book, call 866-943-0950.

Situated on a secluded private beach on seven acres of the Atlantic coast with breathtaking ocean views and lush tropical gardens, the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa was recognized as Florida’s top resort in 2015 and 2016 for the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. After being greeted with a glass of champagne upon check-in, guests are escorted to spacious accommodations designed by Jonathan Adler featuring private balconies with hanging chairs to enjoy ocean views. The resort’s many amenities include the Forbes Five-Star, award-winning 42,000 square foot Eau Spa, three Har-Tru tennis courts, two oceanfront pools, a fitness center and exciting kids and teens programs.

    • More Beach Time with a Free Night: Stay three nights in an Ocean View Room category or higher, and the fourth night is complimentary. Available from May 1-31, 2018. To book, call 800-328-0170.

Rooms at this family-friendly hotel, which is convenient to I-95 and steps from the Palm Beach Outlets, include separate living rooms, full kitchenettes, full size refrigerator, dishwasher, two burner cook-top range and two 42″ LCD TV’s. Guests can enjoy a heated outdoor pool and a free bike-share program.

    • Fourth Night Free: Stay three nights at regular rates, and the fourth night is free. Available May 1 – September 30, 2018, based on availability. To book, call 561-472-7000, ext. 723, and ask for booking code “LKCC”.

In addition to its tropical beachfront location, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is the home of two award-winning restaurants, an oceanfront pool, hot tub and state-of-the-art fitness center. Family-friendly activities range from basketball and tennis to movie nights to Sea Turtle Walks with local experts.

    • More Time to Explore Jupiter: Stay two nights, and the third night is free. Available through December 20, 2018. To book, call 877-389-0571.

This AAA four-diamond resort not only has a 28-year legacy of hosting prestigious golf events including the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and the Ryder Cup, but also offers guests a world-class spa, state-of-the-art sports and racquet club along with an outstanding array of gourmet dining experiences.

    • More Time for Spa and Golf: Stay two nights, and the third night is free. Available through September 30, 2018. To book, visit http://www.pgaresort.com and use the promo code, “DIS3FR”.

Discover breathtaking oceanfront views with a contemporary twist at Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa. Poised between the Atlantic Ocean and palatial Palm Beach mansions, our contemporary exterior harbors guest rooms and suites that are equally exotic. Outside, choose between the serenity of the ocean steps away, or the private pool & cabanas.

Edging Jupiter’s Intracoastal Waterway, the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place is surrounded by distinctive dining, shopping, and entertainment. After a refreshing night’s sleep in plush, signature bedding, guests can enjoy a swim in the sparkling rooftop pool, then lounge poolside with a hand-crafted cocktail, while soaking up the views and gentle breezes.

    • Another Night to Do More in Jupiter: Stay three nights, and the fourth night is free. Available May 1 – September 30, 2018. To book, visit http://www.wyndhamgrandjupiter.com and use promo code “H4NF25”.

Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 39 cities and towns commonly referred to as “The Palm Beaches,” which spans more than 2,300 square miles and 47 miles of pristine, golden beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta. Tourism is among Palm Beach County’s major industries, generating $4.7 billion in direct visitor spending and supporting 70,000 jobs with an economic impact of about $7 billion. Once recognized as a tropical escape for elite travelers in the late 1800s, America’s First Resort Destination® is making its resurgence as The Best Way To Experience Florida®, welcoming a record 7,890,000 people in 2017. The Palm Beaches are home to nearly 17,000 hotel rooms, ranging from historic resorts to boutique inns. The destination features more than 100 family-friendly attractions, world-class luxury and antique shopping experiences, 125 miles of peaceful waterways for on- or in-the-water activities, more than 150 artificial reefs that line the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream current, 160 golf courses, award-winning restaurants and a thriving entertainment scene boasting more than 200 art and culture organizations.

Situated along I-95, The Palm Beaches are also home to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), with more than 200 daily direct flights to 27 domestic and international destinations in the United States and Canada. The Palm Beaches are also conveniently located next to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Miami International airports, each one only an hour away. In addition, with the new Brightline train, transportation into The Palm Beaches from Fort Lauderdale is even faster and more convenient – with connections to Miami and Orlando coming soon.

For more information about The Palm Beaches, visit www.ThePalmBeaches.com and connect on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PalmBeachesFL, YouTube at Discover The Palm Beaches and the hashtag #ThePalmBeaches. Tune-in to The Palm Beaches TV for 24/7 streaming content of the destination’s hotels, attractions, restaurants and experiences.

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Royal Wedding Package at The Arch London

March 10, 2018

Feel like royalty during your stay at The Arch London. The luxury boutique hotel has a special Royal Wedding Package.

To celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan taking place May 19, 2018, five-star boutique hotel The Arch London has created a lavish Royal Wedding package.

The Arch London is offering the ultimate luxury getaway so guests can celebrate the big day in style and be treated like royalty. The Royal Wedding package includes a two night stay in an extravagant two-bedroom suite with a large entertainment lounge and private courtyard or kitchenette.

During their stay, guests will be treated to a Best of British three-course dinner in the hotel’s stylish restaurant Hunter 486. The following morning guests will receive the ultimate Royal treatment whilst indulging in a luxurious Champagne breakfast. This will be followed by a quintessential Royal Afternoon Tea for a truly British experience.

The exclusive package includes a tour of Windsor Castle which is the venue for the Royal nuptials and home to The Queen, boasting over 900 years of Royal history (no tour on May 19, Wedding Day). The package also includes a £100 Fortnum & Mason shopping voucher for a truly exquisite shopping spree. The Arch London will also arrange airport transfers for guests.

The Royal Wedding package is priced at £3,900 per room for a two night stay based on two people sharing. The package is available exclusively throughout May 2018.

The Arch London is a luxurious Georgian townhouse hideaway in the heart of central London. Located in an affluent area of Marylebone, across the road from Queen Madge’s London pad, the hotel is the perfect place to make guests feel like royalty. The hotel is tucked away on a quiet residential street, a stone’s throw from Bond Street, Hyde Park, the West End and London’s top attractions, and spans seven Grade II listed Georgian townhouses and two mews homes.

Dine for Free at The Arch London

The Arch London is offering guests a complimentary two-course dinner for two people when staying on a Sunday night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Guests can enjoy a two-course dinner from the ‘Best of British’ inspired menu at the boutique hotel’s stylish restaurant Hunter 486 – which is named after the 1950s dialing code for Marylebone.

Hunter 486 has an extensive wine and Champagne list with 27 available by the glass, and has been awarded the one-star award in The World of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine Lists 2017. Adjacent to the restaurant is Le Salon de Champagne.  This stylish area has a unique arty ambience with intimate secluded leather booths veiled with floor-to-ceiling silk voile drapes and oozes timeless London glamour.

In addition to a complimentary dinner, guests can also take advantage of complimentary WiFi, Nespresso coffee, tea making facilities as well as complimentary soft drinks from the minibar.

Each guestroom features luxurious amenities which are personally designed to anticipate guests every need.  A handpicked selection of classic novels can be found in the suites, while all rooms have a full Sky HD TV package, DVD Player and internet radio with over 19,000 channels for international guests. The bathrooms feature modern flourishes such as heated anti-steam mirrors and flat screen TVs built into the wall above baths.

Prices start from £350 for a Deluxe Room and from £420 for a Suite. Dine for free offer is valid until April 30, 2018.

The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD, reservations, call: 020 7724 4700 or www.thearchlondon.com.

 

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18 Hotels in The Palm Beaches Receive Highest AAA Diamond Ratings

February 6, 2018
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The ultra-luxurious Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in tony Manalapan was one of three resorts in the Palm Beaches that received the coveted AAA 5 Diamond Rating. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Eighteen hotels within The Palm Beaches have been awarded Five Diamond and Four Diamond Ratings from AAA for 2018. The coveted ratings are the highest honors from the travel group, which represents an exclusive designation in the hospitality industry. Each year, AAA reviews more than 27,000 hotels, with only 0.4% making the AAA Five Diamond list, and only 5.9% making the AAA Four Diamond list.

“The Palm Beaches’ image as America’s First Resort Destination originated with the legendary hotels and resorts gracing our shores since the 1890s,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing organization for Palm Beach County. “This grand tradition of hospitality carries to the present, and is further reaffirmed by the 18 award-winning properties we are so proud to showcase to customers far and wide.”

“For those of us who are fortunate to visit these hotels on a regular basis, it is easy to see why they’ve become regular recipients of these awards in recognition of their beauty and exemplary service,” Pesquera continued. “We are grateful to the management teams of these hotels who’ve worked tirelessly to provide memorable experiences for our visitors, reaffirming our brand promise as ‘The Best Way to Experience Florida’.”

Three of the 10 Florida properties that received AAA Five Diamond Ratings are located within The Palm Beaches and include:

Properties within The Palm Beaches that received AAA Four Diamond Ratings are:

Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 39 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts spanning more than 2,200 square miles and 47 miles of pristine beaches from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta, commonly referred to as “The Palm Beaches.”  The Palm Beaches are home to nearly 17,000 hotel rooms, ranging from historic resorts to boutique inns. The destination features more than 100 family-friendly attractions, world-class luxury and antique shopping experiences, 125 miles of peaceful waterways for on- or in-the-water activities, more than 150 artificial reefs that line the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream current, 160 golf courses, award-winning restaurants, and a thriving entertainment scene boasting more than 200 art and culture organizations. For more information about The Palm Beaches, visit www.ThePalmBeaches.com and connect on social media via FacebookTwitter and Instagram @PalmBeachesFL, YouTube at Discover The Palm Beaches and the hashtag, #ThePalmBeaches.

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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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