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Winter for Nonskiers: Take Advantage of Off-Season Rates at Five-Star Broadmoor Resort

January 23, 2022
Winter affords an ideal opportunity to experience the five-star luxury of The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs.

Where can you go if you don’t ski but still want to curl up by a fire, experience the wintry outdoors, and sidestep the premium rates/crowded high season of most ski resort lodging? If you find yourself preferring après-ski to actual skiing, explore a Colorado resort that isn’t all about the downhill: The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

The Broadmoor experiences its off season in winter, so nightly rates at the Forbes Five Star resort are as low as $259/night in winter/early spring (a major savings compared to their starting rates of $555+ in summer). And with 784 guest rooms, suites, cottages, and brownstones, there’s usually plenty of inventory during the winter, making it perfect for a last-minute getaway. And you’ll be anything but bored or feeling left out from the Colorado outdoor fun. Here’s what makes The Broadmoor the best winter resort for non-skiers.

Winter Outdoor Adventures  

  • Fat Bikes keep guests riding throughout the winter at the resort using locally-made Borealis fat bikes. These high-end bikes are designed to handle the winter snow of Colorado Springs’ terrain. Guided tours or rentals are available.
  • Falconry is considered the sport of kings, and The Broadmoor’s team of master falconers gets guests up close to the birds of prey, all year-long. NEW FOR WINTER 2022: one can even participate in a falconry hunt and experience Harris Hawks in pursuit of live game, including pheasants, rabbits or squirrel. Hunts are offered by reservation only through March.
  • Fly Fishing in winter is a great option to opt outside, from quick one-hour casting lessons to full-day trips with The Broadmoor’s professional guides.
  • Hiking with The Broadmoor Outfitters is another way to get the heart pumping, and guided hikes can be customized to fit interest and fitness levels.
  • Rock Climbing can be arranged in the winter months, if Mother Nature agrees of course. The Broadmoor’s guides work with everyone from newbies to seasoned climbers.
  • Develop your Wild West skills with a chance to try your hands at archery, tomahawks, and pellet guns during a two-hour group experience that’s perfect for families who enjoy some friendly competition.  
  • Ziplining at The Broadmoor’s Seven Falls continues in winter, offering stunning views of the secluded South Cheyenne Canyon, often dusted in snow.

Spa + Relaxation

  • The Spa at The Broadmoor is known internationally for its innovative services and integrated approach to health and relaxation. In winter, guests love the Oxygen Infusion: a cutting-edge treatment that delivers oxygen under hyperbaric pressure to infuse an active serum to the deeper layers of the skin. And the spa’s large indoor pool is open for guests to enjoy year-round, no matter the weather.
  • Take in a Movie at the resort’s own theater, including popcorn. It’s free and open to guests with showings each evening and matinees on the weekend (often featuring films that are still in regular theaters).
  • Tucked away just off the main lobby, The Broadmoor’s Portales Library is perhaps the coziest place on the property, with an intimate setting and warm/glowing fireplace. It’s the perfect spot to sit and read one of the library’s classics, best sellers, or children’s books.

Indoor Activities

  • Spend a fun-filled evening at Play, a Broadmoor restaurant with six bowling lanes plus a host of games including shuffleboard, a pool table, foosball, Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii to keep everyone entertained all evening long.
  • Tennis and pickleball are very popular at The Broadmoor, even in winter. Two of the resort’s hard courts are covered by an illuminated, heated bubble during the winter months, and lessons can be arranged.
  • A bit indoor AND outdoor… you can travel to the top of Pikes Peak on the heated rail cars of The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Winter rides are typically offered Friday through Monday.

Food… Glorious Food

  • NEW FOR 2022: During winter weekends, The Broadmoor now offers hands-on cooking classes. In February, it’s all about Italy. Guests will learn the pizza and pasta classics of Ristorante del Lago, with Broadmoor chefs sharing their techniques and tips for the best pizza dough, classic pizza toppings & how to bake a pizza at home. Guests will also learn how to make ravioli, hand cut pappardelle, a classic beef Bolognese, plus a decadent tiramisu. In March, it’s a focus on classic tapas, with instruction on the finer points of making tortilla Española, Croquetas de Jamon, Gambas al Ajillo, Patatas Bravas, Marinated Olives, and Pan con Tomate, plus desserts like Crema Catalana and Chocolate con Churros.
  • The Broadmoor has 17 restaurants, cafes, and lounges that range from fine dining to casual patisseries. The selection means you don’t have to drive on winter roads to seek out sustenance. A winter favorite is the Golden Bee, The Broadmoor’s 19th century British Pub. The pub was actually transferred to The Broadmoor panel by panel, directly from the United Kingdom. Order the Fish & chips, a beer (the Red Leg Brewing Company’s Prospector’s Pick Kolsch is brewed specifically for the resort) and end with the famous Sticky Toffee Pudding. It’s winter, after all.

For more details, visit https://www.broadmoor.com/.

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Club Med Launches “Your Vacation Your Way” Sale- 45% Off All-Inclusive Spring, Summer Escapes

January 22, 2022
Club Med Ixtapa.  Club Med is offering 45% off all-inclusive spring and summer escapes, plus perks, at its top resorts throughout Mexico, Florida, the Caribbean, and Canada (Photo supplied by Club Med).

MIAMI  — Club Med, a pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept, is offering 45% off all-inclusive spring and summer escapes, plus perks, at its top resorts throughout Mexico, Florida, the Caribbean, and Canada. The Your Vacation Your Way sale is open for bookings now through February 23, 2022 with select travel dates through August 26, 2022. Additional perks include a free room upgrade and free stays for kids under 4, and single supplement waived.

Club Med’s spacious low-density resorts, which are surrounded by nature and spread across an average of 50 acres, include the eco-chic Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection resort in North America; family-fun Club Med Punta Cana, with new renovations and innovations like the Circus School by Club Med and Club Med’s Amazing Family experience; and Club Med Québec, Club Med’s newest four-season mountain resort offering a unique waterfront experience to discover Quebec’s natural wonders.

Paired with Club Med’s free cancellation policy and Safe Together protocols, guests can enjoy their Club Med vacation with total peace of mind and the freedom to unwind while creating cherished memories together. Guests enjoy unlimited culinary options, premium accommodations, and activities from hiking and biking to standup paddle boarding and snorkeling.  Families will particularly enjoy Club Med’s Amazing Family program, a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities designed to help families reconnect and experience a greater sense of reunion.

For full details on the Your Vacation Your Way Sale, visit https://www.clubmed.us/o/best-all-inclusive-vacation-deals.

Participating Club Med Resorts include:

Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: On a 2,000-foot stretch of beach, Club Med Punta Cana caters to solo travelers, couples, and families alike with unlimited land and water sports, from golfing on an oceanfront PGA green to learning how to shoot with a bow and arrow at archery school. Families and groups will particularly enjoy the newly renovated Tiara Exclusive Collection space featuring spacious two-bedroom oceanside family suites, a dedicated infinity pool and bar, and morning room service. While adults indulge in treatments at the Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE or relax in the adult-exclusive Zen Oasis area, where intimate cabanas, an oversized pool and dedicated Zen Beach await, kids can join their dedicated kids club for a day filled with water and land activities like windsurfing and circus school. Families can partake in the new Club Med Amazing Family program, featuring a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities for families to bond and create memories. 

Club Med Cancún, Mexico: An ideal location for families looking for some much-needed R&R, the only resort in Cancún with three private beachfronts offers families a variety of opportunities to reconnect. Enjoy exhilarating land and water activities, from wind surfing and snorkeling to flying trapeze and archery, before partaking in outdoor activities as part of the new Club Med Amazing Family programming. Relax in the refreshed Aguamarina family oasis area, which features spacious two-bedroom oceanfront family rooms and a dedicated family pool, before kids head off to their respective kids’ club while adults enjoy treatments at the newly renovated Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE. For added exclusivity, guests can book an ocean view suite located in the resort’s Exclusive Collection (5 Star) space. Families looking for an added sense of adventure can explore the Mayan ruins at Chichén-Itzá (at an additional cost) or discover life under the sea by snorkeling through the world’s second-largest coral reef surrounding the resort with Club Med’s all-inclusive water sport activities.

Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Dominican Republic: The first and only operating resort in the undiscovered region of Miches – and Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection (5 Star) resort in North America – offers a luxury experience wrapped in an all-inclusive vacation. The eco-chic resort features four boutique villages specializing in wellness, adventure, kid-friendly, and adults-only concepts, catering to an array of travelers seeking a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Enjoy unlimited refined culinary options, Zen moments with treatments at the on-site Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes, yoga in the treetop wellness canopy, and relaxation at the naturally-filtered Zen pool. Must-try experiences for families include learning how to plant and compost ingredients at the on-site community garden to the boho-chic Sunset Ritual, the perfect way to end the day in paradise. Families can also satisfy their sweet tooth when discovering a Secret Chocolate Room – a first-of-its-kind kid’s speakeasy featuring unlimited sweets crafted with locally-sourced cocoa (and adults can get in on the fun, too!).

Club Med Québec, Canada: Club Med’s newest four-season, all-inclusive mountain resort, and their first in Canada, is just an hour and a half away from Québec City in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region. With views of the scenic St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountains, this unique waterfront mountain resort is spread across 300+ acres and features 302 spacious guestrooms, including a private Exclusive Collection (5 Star) space with 25 suites. Families, couples, and solo travelers alike will discover Québec’s natural wonders, cuisine, and culture through locally inspired culinary experiences, a variety of activities like guided mountain biking and hikes, and exploration of the surrounding destination through excursions like whale watching on the St. Lawrence River. Leave time to indulge in R&R with the resort’s expansive wellness area which features a 25-yard heated pool, 1,000+ square foot outdoor terrace with a jacuzzi, and the Club Med Spa by Sothys – all overlooking the pristine Charlevoix region and welcoming guests to connect with Canada’s great outdoors. Additional wellness offerings include mountain top yoga and forest meditation.  

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

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

Free Cancellation Policy: For new bookings with travel until June 30, 2022, guests can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their stay (up to 15 days prior to the anticipated travel date).

Emergency Assistance Program: All guests traveling before December 31, 2022 will receive coverage for emergency medical expenses during their stay, including those related to COVID-19.

Safe Together protocols: Implemented in all of the brand’s resorts as they reopen, including those in Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada, these newly enhanced hygiene and safety measures were developed through recommendations from the World Health Organization, local health authorities, and the advice of an International Scientific Committee comprised of a specialized team of doctors and professors.

PCR + Rapid Antigen Testing: As required for re-entry into the United States from international destinations, Club Med offers complimentary Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests on-site for travel through January 31, 2022. PCR testing is also available at an additional cost.

For full details on the Your Vacation Your Way Sale, visit https://www.clubmed.us/o/best-all-inclusive-vacation-deals

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

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Romance is in the Air at Resorts for Valentine’s Day 2022

January 10, 2022
Alaia Belize Resort is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a Romance in the Sea package (Photo from Alaia Belize Resort)

Love is in the air! Here are some of the best U.S. and international hotels with the best romance packages for Valentine’s Day 2022:

INTERNATIONAL:

Alaia Belize Resort – San Pedro, Belize

Romance in the Sea: Alaia Belize Resort’s Romance in the Sea package includes chocolate and Champagne among arrival, complimentary breakfasts at any Alaia restaurant, dinners for two at fine dining concept Sea Salt, a couple’s 45-minute massage treatment at their K’in Spa, and 10% off all hotel services. The package is available for all resort rooms (studios, suites, and villas) and starts at $508 per night plus tax and service. Available to book here

Situated in the idyllic and historic town of San Pedro, Alaia Belize Resort operates as the first true four diamond resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The beachfront hotel sits just 600 yards from the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and featuring a piano bar, live art gallery, wine club, three restaurants, four bars, three pools including Belize’s first-ever suspended rooftop pool and lounge with 360-degree views.

Villa La Estancia, Riviera Nayarit – Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Unique Suites package: Couples can elevate their Valentine’s Day getaway in Villa La Estancia’s elegant Spanish Colonial and Hacienda-style guest rooms with the unique suites package. In addition to romantic ocean facing suites with dramatic azure ocean views, guests receive a welcome charcuterie board of cheese and wine, nightly turndown service with Ferrero Rocher chocolates, a “make your own Michelada” kit, aromatherapy experience and access to the spa’s award-winning hydrotherapy circuit to spice up their tropical vacation.

Situated in the exclusive resort community of Nuevo Vallarta on the white sands of Banderas Bay’s Flamingos Beach, Villa La Estancia is an AAA Four-Diamond Resort introducing guests to authentic first-class Mexican hospitality from a jaw-dropping setting. Bottle service at sunset, gourmet cooking classes and Mayan mud massages are just a few premium experiences available to guests. Romance-seekers will also find a variety of offerings to enjoy from relaxing couples treatments from a secluded spa suite at Tatewari Spa – the #1 Spa & Wellness experience in Nuevo Vallarta – to intimate dining at top-rated onsite steakhouse La Casona.

U.S.:

Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico – Rio Grande, Puerto Rico 
Puerto Rico is one of the most accessible destinations for travelers from the U.S. right now with the convenience of travel without a passport. Set on 72 acres of tropical lush gardens just 15 minutes from the nation’s only tropical rainforest, El Yunque, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is a dreamy destination that reopened last winter following a multi-million-dollar renovation. For couples looking for a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day, Hyatt Puerto Rico is offering a Romance Package which includes breakfast for two, a bottle of Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. The offer is valid for stays between February 19, 2022 – June 30, 2022.  The resort offers all-suite, bungalow-style accommodations; three pools including Puerto Rico’s largest lagoon-style pool; full-service spa; five on-site culinary eateries and two 18-hole world-class Tom Kite-designed golf courses.  It is the first destination in Puerto Rico to offer a floating waterpark obstacle course over the ocean accessible exclusively for guests. The resort offers newly renovated private villas, named the Regency Suites which offer an outdoor plunge pool, outdoor shower, outdoor dining area and is steps from the beach. 
Images (Credit: Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico)

ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki – Oahu, Hawaii

Renew & Indulge package:What’s more romantic that an entire 2,250-square-foot floor all to yourselves? How about two complimentary spa treatments and a bottle of Opus One, part of the Renew & Indulge package at Honolulu’s ultra-private boutique luxury hotel ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki. With purchase of a one-week getaway, couples are treated to two 50-minute treatments at the hotel’s penthouse-level spa – which as it happens, has just two treatment rooms. Top off the experience with a private Japanese-French dinner prepared by Chef Jason Yamaguchi at ESPACIO’s rooftop infinity pool overlooking Waikiki Beach.

ESPACIO is an ultra-exclusive 9-floor, 9-suite boutique luxury hotel where each individual accommodation occupies a private 2,250 square-foot floor. Each expansive suite houses a jacuzzi-clad balcony offering panoramic ocean views, spa-like Italian marble bathrooms, in-suite dry sauna, personal elevator entry and designer kitchen. Onsite Japanese-French tasting concept Mugen features 7- and 11-course tasting menus with delicacies including Sasanian Osetra Caviar, Kona Kanpachi, Chateau Uenae A5 and a 500-bottle wine collection.

W South Beach –  Miami Beach, FL 

W South Beach recently reopened after a major dreamy design renovation of its guest suites, world-class Away Spa and bungalows so guests will be among the first to stay in the new spaces. The urban beach retreat designed guest suites offer spacious balconies with endless views of the Atlantic Ocean from every suite. The ultimate W South Beach romantic getaway includes a custom Bespoke Couples Experience at the new stunning minimalistic refuge, Away Spa where guests receive complimentary detox elixirs, charcoal cookies and cell phone sleeping bags. Post spa treatment, relax by the pool in one of WSB’s furnished cabanas and end the blissful day with dinner at the opulent MR CHOW. If you need anything during your stay, each guest receives a W Insider, a personal concierge available 24/7 for anything from dinner reservations, grocery shopping to yacht charters. The hotel is the perennial hotspot for sun-seekers, scenesters and the well-heeled in Miami Beach so you may see some celebrities during your stay.   

HarbourView Inn – Charleston, South Carolina

Allie & Noah’s Timeless Romance Package: HarbourView Inn, a newly refreshed waterfront retreat in the heart of downtown Charleston, offers the Allie & Noah’s Timeless Romance Package for love birds looking to enjoy a romantic escape. Inspired by one of Charleston’s favorite love stories, couples can visit Allie’s family summer house at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, and tour the iconic Magnolia Plantation and Gardens where Noah rows Allie in a canoe. Upon checking in, one dozen roses are placed in the newly-appointed guest room, and evenings can be enjoyed with a private carriage ride leading to The American Theater, where a romantic saying can be displayed on the marquee, before returning to enjoy rose petal turndown service and a bottle of sparkling wine. Additional package details include a $100 dining gift card to High Cotton and $25 gift card to famed Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

HarbourView Inn is a newly refreshed, 52-room waterfront retreat in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District that sets the stage for unforgettable adventures in the Holy City, close to yet tucked away from high-traffic tourism destinations. This former 1930’s indigo cotton warehouse turned boutique hotel recently unveiled a $1 million interior refresh of the inviting communal spaces, guestrooms and private rooftop terrace, designed by notable South Carolina-based designer Jenny Keenan of Jenny Keenan Design. The property boasts luxurious touchpoints made by local artists, artisans and vendors, while the refurbished rooftop – the only remaining private rooftop in downtown Charleston – offers plush lounge seating and surrounding views of the steeple-lined skyline, historic harbor and Waterfront Park. 

Images (Credit: HarbourView Inn, a Charlestowne Hotels managed property)

Deer Path Inn – Lake Forest, Illinois

Romantic Retreat: For a romantic getaway straight out of a storybook, couples who book Deer Path Inn’s new Romantic Retreat experience will be treated like royalty from the moment they check into their graciously appointed luxury suite. Package highlights include an in-suite romance-themed English Afternoon Tea service, a Valentine’s-inspired welcome cocktail, a complimentary bottle of wine to be enjoyed in-room, and daily in-room breakfast in bed. Couples can also request a rose petal turndown service to take the romance factor up a notch. Package available from January 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022; minimum two-night stay required 

Established in 1929, the 57-room Deer Path Inn is a respite for Chicago city dwellers, out of towners, and Anglophiles alike. The inn is known for its traditional Afternoon Tea service (developed in partnership with a Master of Tea from England), its exceptional dining + cocktail offerings across three restaurants (from elevated European cuisine + white glove service in The English Room to traditional bangers and mash in The White Hart Pub and creative cocktails and Chicago’s best sushi in The Bar), and spacious accommodations (some suites even offer bathtubs that fill from the ceiling!). From taking the inn’s complimentary bicycles out to Lake Michigan for a picnic to strolling through the charming local shops in nearby Market Square, Deer Path Inn offers a sophisticated take on the long weekend getaway.

Images (Credit: Deer Path Inn)

French Quarter Inn – Charleston, SC

Package details: This luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the Historic District offers couples a Romantic Escape package, which includes a$100 gift card to Hall’s Chophouse, a private horse-drawn carriage tour for two, a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, rose petal turndown service with a curated romantic playlist, and a handmade gift basket filled with locally sourced goods. 

This 50-room luxury boutique hotel provides an authentic Charleston experience in the heart of the Historic District. Showcasing the southern charm the city is known, comfortable upscale design is paired with high-touch service and extensive daily complimentary amenities including locally sourced artisanal breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese hour, and turndown service with hand-crafted chocolates and sound sleep pillow menu with seven different options. French Quarter Inn is committed to providing guests the highest level of hospitality and has been ranked a top 5 hotel in the U.S. for four years in a row in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards

The Spectator Hotel

Package details: Charleston’s high-design, distinct boutique hotel for the well-heeled traveler offers a Charms of Charleston package, which includes a historic garden tour for two, a private walking tour of Historic Charleston, and a $100 gift card to local restaurants including Halls Chophouse, Rita’s Seaside Grille, High Cotton or Slightly North of Broad. Couples can also take advantage of personal butler service (this is the only hotel in Charleston with this offering) to coordinate anything from drawing a candlelit rose petal bath to more extravagant requests like creating an in-room movie night complete with food, cocktails, and a selection of romantic classics. 

Charleston’s high-design, distinct boutique hotel for the well-heeled traveler is inspired by the spirit of the Roaring Twenties, marrying elite luxury with ultimate comfort provided by meticulously curated service and amenities. The hotel’s personal butler service (the only hotel in Charleston with this offering) can coordinate anything from developing itineraries and packing services to drawing candlelit rose petal baths and making late night food deliveries, making guests look and feel their best. Additional complimentary amenities include artisanal in-room breakfast, specialty welcome cocktails, and The Bar, The Spectator’s renowned 1920’s themed cocktail lounge serving seasonal hand-crafted specialty cocktails using local ingredients and flavors of the south.

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Destination Resorts Give Warm Welcome from Winter Chill

January 10, 2022
Resort destinations like the Zemi Beach House, Anguilla, give a warm welcome to those who want to escape winter’s chill (Photo Credit: Zemi Beach House)

Looking for a warm weather destination resort? From Belize to Anguilla, and all the way to Dubai, we’ve rounded up several of the top destinations to escape winter’s chill:

Destinations for Families:

Mayakoba, MX – Banyan Tree Mayakoba

At Riviera Maya’s most exclusive five-star, all-villa eco resort, families looking to spend the winter vacation under the warm Mexican sunshine would be delighted to book one of Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s two room categories specifically constructed for families looking to spread their wings. Choose from either a Three Bedroom Family Residence or a Beachfront Three-Bedroom Pool Villa, each sleeping up to 6 with over 2700 square feet of space, a private plunge pool, hammocks and separate living room. Families staying on property will also have access to an array of innovative, experiential programs aimed at sustainability, wellbeing and stewardship – pillars that are innate to the Banyan Tree brand, including: Garden-Haab, an educational greenhouse experience where guests can learn about sustainable processes used on property to protect the local flora of Mayakoba, guided bike rides through nature trails to explore cenotes and learn about local fauna, Turtle Release experiences where you can release baby turtles and ensure they reach the sea safely, culinary classes ranging from Thai Spices and Mexican Cooking to Italian Favorites and Pastries, Jim McClean Golf School where families can take private golf classes in the first pure performance golf lab in the country, or learn how to make your notebook from scratch with the Recycling Paper Workshop. A newly renovated Kid’s Club is also available for those little ones looking for a safe sanctuary to do remote learning or have fun beachside.

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai is the ultimate over-the-top destination ideal for family members of all ages! From Dubai’s famous Aquaventure waterpark with experiences such as near-vertical drop slides, sea lion cuddling, and an aquarium with 65,000 marine animals, to Atlantis’s Michelin-star restaurants such as Nobu and Hakkasan – the options are endless for families.. In addition to world-class dining and bucket-list experiences, Atlantis is home to some of the best nightlife and entertainment in the Middle East. For adults who want to escape the youngsters for a bit, guests can take advantage of Atlantis’s Kids club and 24-hour nanny services to enjoy all that Atlantis has to offer during the holiday season!

Altamer Resort, Anguilla

Altamer Resort is Anguilla’s hidden gem consisting of three private villas ideal for families. In addition to the Antilles Pearl (sleeps up to 10 guests), the Petit Topaz (sleeps up to 4), Altamer is days away from reopening the Blue Diamond Villa, a 13,000 square-foot villa sleeping up to 12 guests. Guests of Altamer can enjoy their own private beach, a butler and chef upon request, boat day charters, tennis lessons, yoga lessons and much more – the perfect destination for a private, secluded holiday.

Alaia Belize – San Pedro, Belize

Situated in the idyllic and historic town of San Pedro, Alaia Belize operates as the first true four diamond resort on Ambergris Caye. The beachfront hotel sits just 600 meters from the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and featuring a piano bar, live art gallery, wine club, three restaurants, four bars, an onsite dive shop, a kid’s club, three pools including Belize’s first-ever suspended rooftop pool and lounge with 360-degree views. Alaia Belize allows hotel guests and residential owners to intimately connect with their surroundings as it was designed to stimulate all five senses. With interiors curated by renowned Brazilian designer Debora Aguiar, the boutique resort is meant to invite guests to touch, stay and feel connected to Mother Nature, from the warm and harmonious ambiance, woven textures, natural fibers and touches of greenery. The design-forward hotel features 155 guest rooms and suites, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, with a natural color scheme to complement the stunning oceanfront views. Seamlessly blending the indoor and outdoor settings, the rooms offer an average of 1,200 square feet indoors and almost 900 square feet in open air, per unit. 

Offer timeframe: The offer is available to book now for stays through November 2022. 

For Solo Travelers:

Picocanoa Rodavento – Veracruz, Mexico

Picocanoa Rodavento, an eco-lodge in Veracruz, Mexico, offers a one-of-a-kind warm weather escape for an adventurous holiday trip where thrill seekers can explore the surrounding jungle-clad hills by whitewater rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and even zipping across the canyon and colorful treetops. Visitors can also relax and unwind as the glamping site offers traditional wellness treatments, including a traditional Mayan temazcal prehispanico steam bath, as well as an outdoor pool and bar surrounded by lush greenery, a campfire for enjoying traditional batucada drum parties and safari tents and cabins that travelers can book for $98/night on outdoor accommodation website Pitchup.com.

For Couples:

Zemi Beach House, Anguilla

Hugging the crystal waters and perched atop the powder white Shoal Bay Beach, Zemi Beach House is Anguilla’s award-winning luxury boutique hotel. Arrive in style by private plane or sea shuttle from St. Maarten and soak up all that Zemi has to offer—from the one-of-a-kind Thai House Spa to the unique pools and cabanas, to the variety of watersports and beachfront activities. Experience toes-in-the-sand dining with a special curated menu of Caribbean-style cuisine and visit the Rhummelier who will guide you through a sampling of high-end rhums in the chic Rhum Room – a truly unique place to end off the year just right.

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Vail Resorts Limits Lift Ticket Sales During Busiest Holiday Periods for Non-Pass Holders; EpicPass Prices Increase Nov. 21

November 18, 2021
Okemo Mountain, Vermont is one of Vail’s resorts in the Northeast. Others include Stowe, Mount Snow in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire. In all, Vail owns or operates 37 destination and regional mountain resorts © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Vail Resorts will be limiting lift ticket sales during three popular holiday periods to ensure the best possible guest experience this season. But Epic Pass holders will have access and passes are still on sale (pass prices increase Nov. 21).

Lift ticket availability will be limited on:

  • Christmas & New Year’s (Dec. 25-Jan. 2)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 14-17)
  • President’s Day (Feb. 18-27)

If you are visiting during these dates, you are strongly encouraged to purchase your lift access in advance. Lift ticket availability is visible on resort websites.

Alternatively, passes are still on sale. The Epic Day Pass provides up to 65% off lift tickets prices. With an Epic Day Pass, you can purchase the number of days you want to visit, from 1-7 days, and decide later when and where to go – without concern of a day selling out. Epic Day Passes are non-refundable, except as provided in Epic Coverage. Pass prices increase Nov. 21.

Click here to find more information about lift ticket availability, including important details about ski and ride school. And click here to read more about how Vail Resorts is enhancing the guest experience this season.

Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 37 destination mountain resorts and regional ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in Australia; Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Visit www.epicpass.com and www.snow.com.

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Greater Williamsburg, Virginia is Aglow With Holiday Experiences

November 16, 2021
From dazzling light events to festive concerts to seasonal celebrations of colonial history, Kingsmill Resort and Greater Williamsburg come alive during the holidays with the spirit of the season.

KINGSMILL RESORT, WILLIAMSBURG, VA, — From dazzling light events to festive concerts to seasonal celebrations of colonial history, Kingsmill Resort and Greater Williamsburg come alive during the holidays with the spirit of the season. The area is packed with special events. Here are holiday highlights:

So much festivity, so little time

Williamsburg’s only AAA Four Diamond Condominium Golf Resort, Kingsmill Resort, is offering guests a winter wonderland of activities during the month of December including Christmas eve and Christmas day horse and carriage rides, holiday mixology classes, breakfast and photos with Santa, glow golf, ugly sweater supper, gingerbread making competition, Christmas cookie decorating, wreath making, petting zoo, magic show, scavenger hunts, letters to Santa and lots more! The Christmas Tree lighting takes place December 1 at 6 p.m.

Have a Blast at Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Be wowed by one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America with more than 8 million twinkling lights when Busch Gardens Christmas Town returns for select dates Nov. 12-Jan. 2. Pay a visit to Randolph and Santa, watch a holiday show, and enjoy festive food and drink to help you get into the spirit of the season.

Have a Christmas-Themed Walk

Need to walk into the Christmas season? Williamsburg Walking Tours offers its Christmas Past and Present Walking Tour Dec. 1-31. Stroll through the colonial streets of the historic area and learn how early Americans celebrated Christmas. Discover the sources of modern-day celebrations in Williamsburg and how a Christmas decoration sparked a battle on Duke of Gloucester Street between a rooster and a Dalmatian.

Enjoy a guided look at Colonial Williamsburg’s historic building exteriors and streets decked out in holiday splendor during the Dec. 1 Christmas Decorations Walking Tour. Learn about the materials and construction techniques of these traditional holiday decorations. 

Revel in the Yorktown Christmas Tree Lighting

Delight at the Yorktown Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 3, a tradition that began in 1945. The tree is a 20-foot artificial commercial Giant Everest Fir placed in Riverwalk Landing. Tap along to a performance by the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown at the Victory Monument, listen to festive music at Riverwalk Landing, follow the procession of lights through the historic village, and welcome the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Thrill to the Grand Illumination

Grab a blanket and pack a picnic basket or just a thermos, and head to Colonial Williamsburg for the Grand Illumination, the finest fireworks in Williamsburg. Special events take place over three weekends, Dec. 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19. On Friday evenings, join the new Procession of the Yule Log and enjoy holiday songs and stories on Market Square. Saturday evenings will include a dramatic presentation of an original holiday story, yuletide music, and a joyful appearance by Father Christmas, culminating in simultaneous Grand Illumination fireworks over the Governor’s Palace and Capitol building.

Enjoy Holiday Music

A seasonal tradition for the entire family, The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Pops Concert during the first Grand Illumination weekend, Dec. 4-5. Share in joyful holiday classics and beloved carols with family and friends at the Kimball Theatre.

Watch Lights Dancing on the River

Join in the 25th annual Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade on Dec. 4 at the Yorktown Waterfront. Start by caroling around the beach bonfire, listening to the Fifes & Drums of York Town, and sipping complimentary hot cider before the decorated motorboats, sailboats, and Chesapeake workboats begin their lighted parade on the York River as they compete for best in show.

March in a Parade

Bundle up to join the Williamsburg Christmas Parade on Dec. 4. For the first time, the parade, which kicks off the holiday season with themed floats, live performances, and of course Santa himself, will be held at night.

Munch Cookies with Santa

Bring the whole family to the Gallery at York Hall on Dec. 5 for Cookies with Santa — a complimentary event to make the season bright. After enjoying the refreshments, find unique Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers among the work of hundreds of local artists, including ornaments, paintings, quilts, pottery, and many other one-of-a-kind pieces.

Shop for Christmas Gifts

Looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member? You’re sure to find it at the Christmas Market on Main Street, Dec. 4 and 5. This is one of the most anticipated Yorktown events every holiday season. Close to 100 vendors line the street selling everything from nautical paintings to handmade soaps to Christmas ornaments and wreaths. On Saturday, enjoy a performance from the Fifes and Drums of York Town, after which Santa Claus himself will greet families. Expect strolling musical entertainment throughout the day and an ice carver set up in front of York Hall on Sunday.

More Yorktown shopping opportunities await at Mistletoe Market on Dec. 11. Browse for chowders and soups; baked goods; jams, jellies, and honey; holiday wreaths; candles and soaps; and local seasonal art. March in the annual Toyland Parade and hop aboard the Riverwalk Landing Polar Express for a loop around the festivities. Marvel at a fascinating live demonstration by a professional ice carver set up in front of the Riverwalk Landing fountain.

Sing Carols of Yesteryear

Ring in the holidays on Dec. 16 with musicians Brian Forsman and Bill Weldon as they trace the roots of seasonal tunes and popular carols to the music that our ancestors sang and danced to in colonial times. During Now Christmas Comes!, sing along with carols from Christmases past before the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree on Market Square. 

Watch the Colonial Williamsburg Christmas Tree Lighting

Gather in Colonial Williamsburg on Dec. 16 for the annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Listen to a special reading of The Night Before Christmas in front of the Courthouse steps and learn about the first Christmas tree in the United States. Sing along to classic Christmas carols and watch as the 40-foot spruce tree on Market Square is illuminated with 7,500 twinkling lights. 

Live an Authentic Colonial Christmas

Christmastide in Virginia returns Dec. 18-31 at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, offering a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions through interpretative programs and demonstrations and period musical entertainment. At Jamestown Settlement, special programs will compare English Christmas customs of the time with how they were observed in the difficult early years of the first permanent English settlement. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, learn about winter camp life and hear accounts of Christmas during the war. Observe open-hearth cooking and watch as period dishes are made in the farm kitchen. Interpreters will also demonstrate a variety of holiday activities, including setting a farmhouse table for a holiday feast and decorating with greenery.

Immerse Yourself in Christmas Stories

Gather the entire family together for 12 Days and Night Before Christmas on Dec. 24 at the Hennage Auditorium in Colonial Williamsburg. Watch two classic Christmas stories come to life.

Participate in a 19th-Century Christmas

Spend an hour with the Colonial Singers for a re-creation of a 19th-Century Williamsburg Christmas in the “living room” of the famous Tucker family home in the Hennage Auditorium in Colonial Williamsburg on Dec. 26. Clad in beautiful 19th-century costumes, they share stories and songs centered around the Civil War, the college town of Williamsburg, circa 1850, and tales of Charles Dickens. Enjoy decorating the Tucker family Christmas tree.

Re-Live Four Centuries of Virginia Christmases

Enjoy early hymns, English songs of roast beef and revelry, Irish and Scots dance tunes, poetry, prose, and stories galore during Four Centuries of Virginia Christmases at the Hennage Auditorium in Colonial Williamsburg on Dec. 28. Sing, clap, toe-tap, and share the fun of beloved holiday traditions as veteran Williamsburg musicians Kelly Kennedy, David Gardner, Cliff Williams, and Doug Austin celebrate Christmases past in the Old Dominion. 

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Marriott Opens First Resort in Belize: Alaia Belize Offers Four Diamond Luxury on Amergris Caye

May 23, 2021
Set among the beautiful and culturally rich southern part of the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize, Alaia debuted as the first Marriott International Autograph Collection hotel in Belize.

AMBERGRIS CAYE, BELIZE– For those with a zeal to discover the outdoors and live with purpose, owner and developer Andrew Ashcroft, in partnership with Autograph Collection Hotels, announces the grand opening of boutique resort Alaia Belize, Autograph Collection. Spanning over 20+ acres and the first in San Pedro Town to sit on more than 1,000 feet of beachfront access, Alaia Belize is a 155-unit complex operating as the first true four diamond resort on Ambergris Caye. The eco-luxury development is the first-ever Marriott International property in the country and evokes the founder’s passion, thoughtfulness of design, inherent craft and connection with the locale.

“With deep family roots in Belize and the hidden gem being my home for over 20 years, I wanted to ensure that Alaia Belize captured the lively spirit, genuine hospitality and friendliness of the destination and locals. My team and I worked closely with the Marriott International team to bring it all to fruition and allow our future guests and owners an opportunity to immerse themselves into the Belizean culture,” said Andrew Ashcroft. “No detail went unnoticed as we wanted to ensure that our travelers will be able to experience a new level of luxury on one of the world’s most photogenic yet untapped destinations. We are now ready to show the world all that Alaia Belize has to offer and take the country to new heights.”

Eco-Luxury Aesthetics 

Situated in the historic town of San Pedro – dubbed La Isla Bonita after the 1987 Madonna’s song about the island – Alaia Belize enables hotel guests and residential owners to intimately connect with their surroundings as it was designed to stimulate all five senses. With interiors curated by renowned Brazilian designer Debora Aguiar, the boutique resort is meant to invite guests to touch, stay and feel connected to Mother Nature, from the warm and harmonious ambiance, woven textures, natural fibers and touches of greenery. The design-forward hotel features 155 guest rooms and suites, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, with a natural color scheme to complement the stunning oceanfront views. Seamlessly blending the indoor and outdoor settings, the rooms offer an average of 1,200 square feet indoors and almost 900 square feet in open air, per unit. 

On the residential end, Alaia Belize is comprised of 71 stylish studios, two- and three-bedroom condominiums and eight oceanfront villas. Owners who don’t live full-time in Belize can put their condominiums or villas into a rental program booked through Marriott International’s reservation system and allow guests to live with a backdrop of deep blue waters. With exterior designs led by International Environments, the branded development features vertical green walls, specialty textured walls and crystal-clear glass windows to not interrupt any views of the tranquil Caribbean Sea and wild tropical foliage.

Autograph Collection Hotels advocates for the original, championing the individuality of each of its 200+ independent hotels located in the most desirable destinations across more than 30 countries and territories. Each hotel is a product of passion and a personal realization of its individual founder’s vision, making each hotel singular and special:  Exactly LikeNothing Else. Hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality, Autograph Collection hotels offer rich immersive moments that leave a lasting imprint. 

First of its Kind Experiences

Raising the luxury bar in Belize, hotel guests and owners have full access to first-of-its-kind amenities in the country, including Belize’s first-ever suspended rooftop pool and lounge with 360-degree views, the only luxury resort in Belize with a dive shop that also allows guests to receive a PADI certification onsite, K’in Spa & Wellness Center, a piano bar with a self-playing baby grand piano, kids’ club, adventure concierge, swimming pools with live DJs, branded golf carts and bicycles, and a live art gallery with local weavers, woodworkers and pottery makers to create custom handicrafts for guests to take a piece of Belize home with them.  

Catering to foodie travelers, Alaia Belize has endless dining and bar options with five different concepts. Sea Salt is the crown jewel of the property with fresh catches of the day, high-quality seafood and meat with a Belizean twist. For those looking to enjoy the tropical weather and gorgeous 360-degree views of the Caribbean Sea, Alaia has a Vista Rooftop restaurant concept with small plate offerings, such as sushi, poke bowls and conch for lunch, dinner and late nights. The beachfront hotel also has The Deck and Beach Bar restaurant for those looking for an open-air beachside lunch or dinner with local favorite dishes, such as tacos, ceviche, burgers, fish sandwiches, wraps, salads, pizza and classic cocktails. Alaia Belize also has a Piano Bar to offer an upscale lounge setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night with small pastries, cocktail snacks and high-end wine and cocktails offerings from Alaia’s very own mixologist. Lastly there is the The Terrace Bar for lunch and dinner with flavorful items, such as burgers, sandwiches, salads, ceviche and more. In true Belizean celebratory fashion, this area of the hotel has a lively spirit with DJs and in-pools cabanas for a VIP experience.

Un-Belize-Able Destination

“My team and I had a chance to visit with Andrew Ashcroft at the Alaia Belize earlier this year, while the property was still under construction. I am pleased that the day has finally come to open the doors of this beautiful four-diamond resort on the island of Ambergris Caye. It is a great milestone for the team and the country, as it is a testament of our growth to see high-end brands like Autograph Collection from Marriott International migrating into Belize, elevating our travel scene,” said Hon. Anthony Mahler, Belize’s Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations. “The government is fully supportive of hotel developments and legacy projects such as Alaia Belize, and we are incredibly proud of all the positive steps the Belize tourism industry is making to restore the confidence in travel among our international visitors.”

In October 2020, Belize officially reopened Philip Goldson International Airport to international visitors for leisure travel. As of January 2021, Belize moved on to Phase 4 of its reopening plan with the full reopening of the overnight tourism sector and allowing visitors to move around the country freely. In December 2020, Belize received a Safe Travel Stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in recognition of the country’s enhanced health and safety protocols. To uphold the certification, the Belize Tourism Board created the Tourism Gold Standard program to ensure that all hotels, restaurants and tour operators adapt and maintain health and safety policies, including sanitation practices, social interactions and standard operating procedures while ensuring minimal impact on the guest experience.

Known as the hidden gem of Central America and Caribbean, Belize’s clear blue waters and Caribbean culture is home to endless historic offerings, a variety of adventures and a melting pot of cultures. Just moments away from Alaia, owners and visitors can experience more than 200 caves filled with several preserved Mayan Temples, including Xunantunich (the second tallest ruin in the country), lush jungles, rainforest canopies, and archaeological sites including the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave. For those looking to take a deeper dive and explore the beauty of Belize’s natural underwater locations, Alaia is 600 meters away from the world’s second largest barrier reef and a few minutes away from the ultimate world-class and unrivaled destination – The Great Blue Hole.

Ambergris Caye and Alaia Belize can be reached via Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City. Then, travelers have to take a short 10-minute flight to San Pedro Airport or book tickets for a water taxi. Alaia Belize’s hotel concierge is available to help all guests book travel arrangements. A location for every traveler and every generation, Alaia Belize is offering an Un-Belize-Able Offer with special rates on a Vista Studio King Room, starting at $299.

For more information about Alaia Belize and/or to book your reservation, visit www.alaiabelize.com. For information on Marriott International’s Autograph Collection Hotels, visit www.autographhotels.com.

Autograph Collection participates in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com

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Club Med All-Inclusive Resorts Offer Splash into Summer Sale

May 6, 2021
Learning to scuba dive at Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida, one of Club Med’s most family-friendly resorts. Club Med was a pioneer in the all-inclusive resort concept. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

MIAMI  — Club Med, a pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept, invites families, couples, and solo travelers alike to take advantage of up to 45% off, plus perks, at its top resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Florida. The Splash into Summer sale is open for bookings now through June 30, 2021, with select travel dates from now to December 17, 2021. Perks include a free water view room upgrade and free stay for kids under 4. Club Med offers guests an all-inclusive experience tailor-made for any travel style, whether they’re seeking a family-friendly vacation or an adults-exclusive getaway.

Club Med’s spacious low-density resorts are surrounded by nature, spread across 50 acres, and operate at a limited capacity, allowing guests peace of mind and the freedom to unwind while creating cherished memories together. Guests will enjoy an all-encompassing vacation with unlimited culinary options, premium accommodations, and activities for all interests – from flying trapeze and sailing to poolside yoga and oceanfront spa treatments. Families will particularly enjoy Club Med’s Amazing Family program, a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities designed to help families bond, reconnect, and experience a greater sense of reunion. Club Med’s enhanced safety and hygiene protocols, free onsite antigen testing, and flexible policies also allow travelers to feel confident and protected while booking an upcoming getaway.

Splash into Summer Sale

  • Booking window: Today through June 30, 2021
  • Travel window: Select dates from May 5, 2021 – December 17, 2021 (blackout dates apply)
  • 45% off plus perks:
    • Free water view room upgrade
    • Kids under 4 stay FREE
    • No single supplement
    • Free Cancellations^
    • Free Emergency Assistance Program ^^
    • Free Onsite Antigen Testing

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

  • Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: On a 2,000-foot stretch of beach, Club Med Punta Cana welcomes travelers to unwind under the Caribbean sun through: a newly renovated Tiara Exclusive Collection space featuring spacious oceanside suites with upscale, personalized services such as a dedicated concierge and poolside champagne service at the dedicated infinity pool and bar. The new Club Med Amazing Family program features a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities for families to bond and create memories like Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil, an interactive playground with more than 25 acrobatic and artistic activities for guests of all ages. Guests looking for additional serenity can indulge in lavender treatments at the Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE before escaping to the sophisticated adult-exclusive tropical hideaway, Zen Oasis, where intimate cabanas, an oversized lagoon pool and bar, and a dedicated Zen Beach with canopies and lounge chairs await.
  • Club Med Michés Playa EsmeraldaDominican Republic: Reopening June 2021. The first and only operating resort in the undiscovered region of Miches – and Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection resort in North America – offers a luxury experience wrapped in an all-inclusive vacation. The eco-chic resort features four boutique villages specializing in wellness, adventure, kid-friendly, and adults-only concepts, catering to an array of travelers seeking a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Enjoy unlimited, refined culinary options, Zen moments with an on-site Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes, treetop yoga, and a naturally-filtered Zen pool, as well as must-try family experiences from learning how to plant and compost ingredients at the on-site community garden to discovering a Secret Chocolate Room – a first-of-its-kind kid’s speakeasy featuring unlimited sweets crafted with locally-sourced cocoa (and adults can get in on the fun, too!). 
  • Club Med CancúnMexico: Club Med Cancún is the perfect location for families looking to reconnect after spending a long year apart. The resort’s Aguamarina family oasis area features spacious two-bedroom oceanfront family rooms, exhilarating water games at the dedicated family pool, and outdoor activities as part of the new Club Med Amazing Family programming. For added R&R, indulge in private oceanfront massages on the beach, private spa treatments at the newly renovated Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE, and a variety of refined, locally inspired cuisine. Guests looking for an added sense of adventure can explore the Mayan ruins at Chichén-Itzá or discover life under the sea by snorkeling through the world’s second-largest coral reef surrounding the resort.
  • Club Med Sandpiper BayFlorida: The spacious family-friendly resort, located in between Miami and Orlando, offers an all-inclusive getaway – sans passport – with a variety of activities for all interests, like kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, pickleball, and the flying trapeze. Golfers of all levels can enjoy an elevated experience at the newly renovated championship golf course reopening this summer, while wellness seekers can enjoy some R&R at the new 6,000-sq-ft Club Med Spa by Sothys, the only Sothys Spa in the U.S. While kids enjoy time at the children’s clubs with unlimited all-day activities, adults can relax by the adults-exclusive pool or on the beach situated alongside the St. Lucie River. Beginning June 2021, guests can elevate their family dining experience atop the new open-air terrace at Riverside Steakhouse, featuring diverse cuts of top-quality meat, an array of vegan culinary options, and a curated selection of international wine and spirits with spectacular views of the glistening sunset over the river.
  • Club Med QuébecCanada: Opening December 2021. The four-season all-inclusive mountain resort will be Club Med’s first resort in Canada, just an hour away from Québec City in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region. With over 300 rooms spread across 300+ acres, the family-friendly resort will feature locally inspired culinary experiences, a private 5-Trident (5-star) Exclusive Collection space, sweeping views of the scenic St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountains, and unlimited ski-in/ski-out access. Families can enjoy year-round activities including skiing, biking, and hiking, as well as activities traditional to the region like ice skating and dog sledding. For added Zen, the resort offers an expansive wellness area with a 25-yard heated pool overlooking the river, an outdoor jacuzzi, and a variety of à la carte Nordic spa-inspired treatments.

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

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

  • Free Cancellation Policy: For new bookings made on or after May 18, 2020, guests can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their stay (up to 15 days prior to the anticipated travel date) for stays on or prior to December 16, 2021.
  • Emergency Assistance Program: All guests traveling before December 31, 2022 will receive coverage for emergency medical expenses during their stay, including those related to COVID-19. 
  • Safe Together protocols: Implemented in all of the brand’s resorts as they reopen, including those in Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean, these newly enhanced hygiene and safety measures were developed through recommendations from the World Health Organization, local health authorities, and the advice of an International Scientific Committee comprised of a specialized team of doctors and professors.
  • PCR + Rapid Antigen Testing: As required for re-entry into the United States from international destinations, Club Med offers complimentary Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests on-site. PCR testing is also available at an additional cost.
  • Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering approximately 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy and diverse backgrounds. 

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

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

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Vail Resorts in Northeast Gear Up for Summer with Mountain Biking, Golf, Zip Tours

April 30, 2021

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Vail Resorts’ Mount Snow in Vermont is gearing up for mountain biking this summer. (Photo courtesy Mount Snow Resort

Broomfield, Colo. – Vail Resorts today announced summer operating dates and activities at six of its Northeast resorts including Mount Snow, Stowe and Okemo in Vermont and Mount Sunapee, Attitash and Wildcat in New Hampshire. After a winter season unlike any before, each resort is excited to welcome guests to experience summertime splendor in the mountains with activities for those of all ages. All opening dates will be compliant with state and local guidelines and may be subject to change.

Mount Snow Resort

The Mount Snow Golf Club tees off starting May 21. The Mount Snow Golf Course has matured into one of Vermont’s premier mountain courses and has been rated one of the top five in the state by Golf Digest.

Mountain biking begins on May 29 at theMount Snow Bike Park. Now in its 33rd season, making it one of the oldest bike parks in North America, the bike park is a four-time Top Five finisher in the MTBparks.com Riders’ Choice Best Bike Parks Awards for the Northeast. The lift-served park’s 10 trails offer a variety of cross-country, downhill, freeride and mixed-use terrain with a total vertical of 1,000 feet.Mount Snow also offers the First Lift and First Drop programs, which are clinics geared toward introducing people to the sport of downhill mountain biking and helping them build their skills.

Scenic chairlift rides on the Bluebird Express to the summit of Mount Snow will also begin on May 29, with views of Somerset Reservoir, Mount Monadnock and sometimes even Mount Washington.

Food and beverage options will be available at Mount Snow this summer at the Bullwheel Tavern on the summit, Canned in the base area and Fairways Restaurant at the golf course. The resort will also resume hosting concerts, festivals and other warm weather events this year. The resort’s events calendar is updated frequently, so be sure to check back for all the latest happenings.

Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe’s Zip Tour Adventure, which opens on July 1, allows guests to see and experience the mountain canopy in ways never imagined. ‘ZipTour’ is the world’s fastest and most exhilarating zip line experience. Ride our Summit Gondola to the launching point near the top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. Then enjoy the thrill of flying down three of the world’s longest zip-spans, both above and through the Green Mountain State Forest.

Stowe’s Treetop Adventure offers six different levels of courses consisting of aerial tree-to-tree connections with 68 various Challenge/Game elements intertwined in the experience. First, you’ll learn to use our state-of- the-art safety cable system, giving you the knowledge and skill to achieve feats on our Adventure Courses that will leave you motivated to conquer the world. Suitable for most ages, the courses are designed to progressively build confidence.

The Mount Mansfield Auto Toll Road also opens May 28. The 4.5-mile unpaved road begins next to the Inn at the Mountain and climbs to an elevation of 3,850 feet. The road ends at a parking lot next to the Mount Mansfield Summit Station for spectacular hiking options. All hikers should stop into the Green Mountain Club prior to hiking for an orientation. Hiking maps are distributed upon arrival.

An equally spectacular mountain ascent is provided by the Mount Mansfield Gondola, scheduled to open June 18. The comfortable, eight-passenger gondolas depart from the Gondola Barn, which is served by its own access road and parking lot approximately ¼ mile north of the historic Mount Mansfield Base Lodge.

Food and beverage options will be available at the Spruce Peak Plaza this summer, along with family friendly programming and events. The Spruce Peak events calendar is updated frequently, so be sure to check back.

Okemo Mountain Resort

At Okemo, lift-served mountain biking will be offered beginning on June 17 on the lower mountain out of the Sugar House mid-mountain lodge. The Sunburst Six will provide scenic chairlift rides to the summit of Okemo Mountain. Okemo’s Adventure Zone at Jackson Gore will feature the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, Miniature Golf, Disc Golf, Haulback Challenge Course and Coleman Brook Mining Company Sluice.

Food and beverage options will be available at Okemo this summer at the Summit Lodge, The Sugar House and at Jackson Gore with a takeout window for day visitors and dinner at Coleman Brook Tavern.

Mount Sunapee

Mount Sunapee opens for summer guests on June 18. In addition to scenic chairlift rides to the summit of Mount Sunapee and lift-served mountain biking, visitors can enjoy hiking trails, an archery course, and the Mount Sunapee Adventure Park that includes miniature golf, disc golf, an aerial challenge course, a mining sluice and a new pump track.

Food and beverage options will be available at Mount Sunapee this summer in the base area and specialty dinners will be scheduled the summit. The return of warm-weather events this summer will include the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair, scheduled for Aug. 7 through Aug. 15.

Attitash Mountain Resort

Beginning June 26, Attitash will welcome guests back to the heart of the White Mountains with its classic Alpine Slide and the Flying Yankee Scenic Chair. Celebrating over 40 years at Attitash Mountain Resort, the two alpine slides provide thrills for all who ride the chutes. Ride up the Flying Yankee chairlift to begin this exciting journey down rolling slopes, straightaways and S-turns. Or, simply enjoy the views on the scenic Flying Yankee Chair.

Wildcat Mountain Resort

Summer visitors can enjoy the Wildcat Express Scenic Ride staring June 26, which offers spectacular views of Mount Washington and the surrounding Presidential Mountain range. Wildcat Mountain is the only place in North America where you’ll find the unique lift conversion from a high-speed Quad in the winter to a scenic gondola in the summer. To view the Best Scenery in the East – consistently named #1 by SKI Magazine Readers –  ride aboard our four-person enclosed scenic gondola to Wildcat Mountain’s 4,000+ foot summit.

COVID-19 Safety

Health and safety remains the company’s top priority. Its resorts this summer will be operating according to local public health orders and following their guidance as it relates to face coverings. Guests are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines as the pandemic continues to evolve.

Epic Pass Lineup & Price Reset

Vail Resorts recently announced a bold price reset of Epic Pass products to continue to deliver on our commitment of Epic for Everyone and to honor the loyalty of our pass holders. Epic Pass prices have been reduced by 20 percent across the board, and are now available to purchase at EpicPass.com for the 2021/22 winter season.

For skiers and riders in Vermont and New Hampshire, the Northeast Value Pass offers incredible value for next season,priced at $479 (down from $599 last season) and offering access to all seven Vermont and New Hampshire resorts plus Hunter, Roundtop and more. The Northeast Midweek Pass is now $359, down from $449. The price reduction applies to the entire portfolio of the company’s North American pass lineup. The Epic Local Pass is now available for $583 (down from $729 last season) and the full Epic Pass is priced at $783 (down from $979 last season).

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 37 destination mountain resorts and regional ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in Australia; Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).

Visit www.epicpass.com and www.snow.com for more information.

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Resorts Gear Up for Families Seeking Escape

March 19, 2021
Mayan dancers at Xcaret, an archaeological theme park. Families who stay at the all-inclusive Hotel Xcaret resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya on the Caribbean have unlimited access to Xcaret parks: Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xoximilco, Xenses, and the Xenotes and Xichen tours. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Domestic and international resorts are gearing up to provide secluded and unique getaways for families bursting to get out and be together in new and exciting locales.  From educational programming, plenty of outdoor fun (ice-fishing in Wisconsin, learning about the Florida keys, SUP boarding in Turks & Caicos), suites or cabins with full kitchens, these resorts are sure to make all members of the family happy while helping to create new memories in a much-needed change of scenery.

Many of the resort destinations are also providing flexibility in cancellations due to the current travel climate. Additionally, these international resorts have begun implementing onsite testing for COVID-19 to meet reentry requirements to the U.S.

FAMILY FUN IN THE U.S.

Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida Keys

Hawks Cay Resort, a one of a kind destination resort in the Florida Keys, offers families looking for a safe spring break getaway this year, the ideal location to spread out and find entertaining programming for everyone in the family. From the full-service marina, guests have access to snorkeling and fishing charters, as well as kayaking and standup paddleboarding. The onsite Dolphin Connection offers families both in-water and dockside experiences, and for those who want to participate in activities together, the resort has a wide variety of new COVID friendly activities including an environmental education class and astronomy lesson. The resort offers guests a variety of room categories including 177 hotel rooms and 250 two- and three-bedroom townhome-style villas that come equipped with washer and dryer and a full kitchen for guests who prefer dine in, and multiple dining outlets that are offering both outdoor and grab and go options. For more information, visit www.hawkscay.com.

Sand Valley, Nekoosa, Wisconsin

Sand Valley resort, a short road trip from many Midwest states, is the ideal back-to-nature getaway for families who are looking for a secluded and safe spring break destination. With a variety of outdoor activities, cozy lodging options that are thoughtfully spaced out for added safety, stunning views, and a culinary experience to match, Sand Valley is the perfect Midwest spring break escape. Outdoor adventures available include hiking, fat-tire biking, bird watching, fishing, yoga, star gazing and snow activities when the weather permits (i.e., snowshoeing, ice skating). Since most Sand Valley cottages are furnished with a full kitchen for cooking and dining, pre-packaged meal kits with local Wisconsin ingredients and recipes curated by Sand Valley chefs await guests upon request. Guests can also arrange for a chef-curated meal in the comfort of their cottage or villa, private dining and in-home meals. From lodging options to greatly enhanced housekeeping procedures to frictionless delivery options, Sand Valley takes the health and wellbeing of visitors incredibly seriously. Find information on the resort’s COVID protocol linked here.

ADVENTURES IN MEXICO

Grand Residences, Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Grand Residences is a secluded coastal resort located about half an hour outside of Cancun and home to its own private beach area. The resort offers an array of onsite activities (i.e., Zumba class, Spanish lessons) and immersive experiences for guests of all ages. Through their Kids Club programming, younger guests, ages 12 and under, are able to learn about local culture and traditions through interactive games and art projects. Some of the activities include learning how to create and play an authentic Mexican lottery game called La Lotería, creating Piñatas, masks and bracelets, treasure. All-inclusive and stay alone travel packages are available and children 12 and under stay free. Grand Residences is also providing complimentary antigen testing for guests.

Hotel Xcaret México, Quintana Roo, México

Hotel Xcaret Mexico is located by the azure blue Caribbean Sea and verdant Riviera Maya jungle.  The premier all-inclusive resort has 900 spacious guest suites, 12 distinct dining destinations, multiple swimming pools, a world-class spa and wellness center.  The resort offers guests all the perks of its exclusive All-Fun Inclusive concept, where travelers have unlimited access to Xcaret parks: Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xoximilco, Xenses, and the Xenotes and Xichen tours. In addition to food and beverages, the resort offers  transportation between parks and airport shuttle.  

Rates for the All-Fun Inclusive package range from $285 – $358/night  through April 30. Guests can cancel without any penalty up to seven days prior to their arrival. 

COVID-19 Testing: Hotel Xcaret Mexico has implemented the 360 Xafety model assisting guests with COVID-19 detection tests at the company’s resort and parks.  Guests staying at the hotel have access to a complimentary COVID-19 antigen test, with results delivered the same day, or a PCR test for $140, with results delivered within 24 to 48 hours.

CARRIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICAN GETAWAYS

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, Riviera Pacifica, Panama

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort is a destination resort on the Pacific coast of Panama and a short flight from major cities in the U.S.  It is the perfect family getaway offering travelers a quick, yet exotic getaway with miles of uncrowded beaches, unique rainforest experiences, and plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy while properly social distancing.  The 118-room luxury resort seven swimming pools, a complimentary Kid’s Club, Nicklaus designed 18-hole championship golf course, biking, tennis, a zoo, sports club, and many other nearby experiences. 

Families can take advantage of the resort’s Family Experiences package with rates starting at $249 that includes daily breakfast, complimentary stand-up paddle boards and kayak, daily activities in the Kids Club, a visit to the on-site Zoo, complimentary Wi-Fi and the use of tennis and volleyball courts.  Guests can book from now until Dec. 8, 2021 using promotional code: MAJ.  The resort offers guests the flexibility to change their reservations without any penalty or restrictions with added benefits to reschedule for a future stay. 

COVID-19 Testing: Guests have access to an on-site private clinic, Vidatec, which offer COVID-19 PRC tests for $95, quantitative antibody tests for $35, and antigen tests for $45.  Results are delivered by email within 24 to 48 hours. 

Ocean Club Resorts, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Located directly along the world-renowned Grace Bay Beach, sits Ocean Club Resorts, two all-suite properties that provide the ideal open-air setting and direct beach access for guests to enjoy without going overbudget. Suites at both locations feature a kitchen, washer/dryer and enclosed private porch area, providing each visitor with the comforts of home. Watersports, bike rentals, tennis courts, beachside activities and an interactive learning game for younger guests known as Seafari can all be found at the resorts and are included in each stay. Ocean Club Resorts has also begun implementing complimentary breakfast. The resorts have offered guests in the new state of travel a flexible cancellation policy, discounted travel offers and a concierge service that assists with the coordination of regulations in travel to the island. With the news of the latest travel restrictions, Ocean Club Resorts has begun extending their concierge services to now include helping U.S. travelers with ensuring they receive testing on-island. See here for additional details.

PRIVATE ISLAND FAMILY TRAVEL

Cayo Espanto, Belize

Home to seven villas total and located three miles off the coast of Belize, Cayo Espanto is a private island resort perfect for a luxe family getaway. Each villa comes equipped with a personal butler, private dock area and customized meals set by the on-island world-renowned chef – allowing everyone’s tastebuds to be satisfied. The resort’s ability to tailor activities based on guest preferences enables families to ensure all members of their traveling party has the time of their life. Fishing lessons on a private dock a tropical spa treatment set to the sounds of the Belizean waters watch a movie under the stars. Strong WiFi and private docks attached to spacious villas, also allot for extended virtual work/school stays to provide a much-needed paradisal change of scenery. To adhere to new CDC travel guidelines, the resort has arranged for the island physician to begin administering COVID testing from the convenience of each guest’s villa.

Coco Collection, Maldives

Comprised of two different boutique island resorts, Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kohlhu, each create a unique Maldivian experience ranging from luxe amenities to eco-forward initiatives for families to indulge in during their stay. The secluded resorts offer the ideal dreamy escape and provide opportunities for families to learn about the local marine life through guided marine biologist adventures, taking a peek at the progress of Coco Bodu Hithi’s coral nurseries initiative or simply enjoying the vast underwater life through snorkeling. Guests of all ages also have the option to become immersed in Maldivian culture through spending an afternoon with locals on a neighboring island. From simply relaxing in your villa or along the private island’s shores, delighting in incredible cuisine, enjoying water activities both below and above (i.e., SUP boarding), Coco Collection is a dream-come-true private island escape. In response to the new CDC regulation, Coco Collection has begun offering guests PCR testing at the resorts.

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