THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS

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Hotel Les Mars – Healdsburg, California, USA

Hotel Les Mars Evokes Romantic French Charm in Sonoma Wine Country, California

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Hotel Les Mars is the finest destination for travelers who want to experience California wine country in lavish comfort. Resting among the hills of the Russian River Valley in Northern California, Hotel Les Mars evokes the charm of a romantic French maison retreat. The hotel, which is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux that recognizes some of the world’s best hotels, boasts superior European-style service for both corporate and personal getaways. Opened by the Mars family in 2005, Hotel Les Mars provides elegant spa services from world-famous spa company Francis & Alexander, even in the comfort and privacy of each of its 16 elegantly decorated rooms. For more information on Hotel Les Mars, please visit www.hotellesmars.com.

27 North Street

Healdsburg, California, 95448

Tel: (707) 433 4211

www.hotellesmars.com

Rock Creek Cattle Company – Deer Lodge, Montana, USA

Montana’s Rock Creek Cattle Company is Your Gateway to the American Great Outdoors

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Rock Creek Cattle Company in Deer Lodge, Montana is nestled on 3,000 acres of diverse and gorgeous countryside including Rock Creek, an alpine lake, lush forests, rolling hills, an 18-hole golf course designed by golf course architect Tom Doak and 18 miles of rivers and streams. Ideally situated, Rock Creek Cattle Company features 22 luxurious accommodations from 12 one-bedroom cottages, five three-bedroom cabins, four four-bedroom cabins and one five-bedroom home. In addition, Rock Creek Cattle Company offers its members and guests state-of-the-art facilities including a restaurant with an outdoor terrace on the banks of Rock Creek, a private dining room, two bars, a library, an outdoor pool, hot tub, kids pool, fire pit and game barn, fitness center and massage rooms. Rock Creek Cattle Company provides members and guests an array of exciting activities including Golfing, Fly-Fishing, ATV Excursions, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, and Hunting. Rock Creek Cattle Company’s fabulous food, wine, accommodations, facilities, activities and service makes the private club the perfect destination for family vacations, weekend getaways and more. To learn more about Rock Creek Cattle Company, please visit www.rockcreekcattlecompany.com.

105 Pauly Drive

Deer Lodge, MT 59722-9634
Tel: (406) 846-3474

www.rockcreekcattlecompany.com

Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa and Resort – Barra de Sao Miguel, Alagoas, Brazil

Private Luxury in a Tranquil Paradise at Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa and Resort in Brazil

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Resting 20 miles from the charming city of Maceio on the eastern coast of Brazil, Kenoa Beach Spa and Resort is a private sanctuary of tranquility and balance where each guest’s experience is carefully handled to expand their journey and ensure their privacy. Kenoa Resort rests along miles of virgin Atlantic outback and the enchanting turquoise sea, a relaxing and wondrous escape where luxury is defined by its earth-given beauty. Kenoa Resort is a first wave eco-chic resort comprised of luxury suites and bungalows with private pools, and the Kaamo restaurant, under the supervision of the renowned Brazilian chef César Santos, provides excellent dining for discerning guests. Expert service executed by impeccably trained attendants who deftly capture guests’ preferences and whims is one of the many ways the Kenoa Resort delivers a world-class hideaway experience for the traveler who wants only the absolute best. For more information please visit www.kenoaresort.com.

Barra Mar Rua Escritor Jorge de Lima nº, 58

Barra de São Miguel

AL, 57180-000, Brazil
(800) 337-4685

www.kenoaresort.com

Hotel Christopher – St. Barth, F. W. I.

Experience the Caribbean’s Intimate Side at Hotel Christopher St. Barth

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One of the best locations in St. Barth, the recently renovated Hotel Christopher offers luxurious soon to be five-star accommodations and amenities and houses two remodeled restaurants, newly redesigned spacious rooms and the largest pool on the island overlooking the Caribbean Sea. A favorite destination for jet setters from America and Europe, Hotel Christopher is located at the secluded Pointe Milou on St. Barth–only a 10-minute flight from St. Maarten. The hotel features 42 rooms and suites comprised of Ocean Poolside, Ocean Garden, Ocean Classic and Ocean Deluxe rooms as well as the Ocean Junior Suite, Ocean Balcony Junior Suite, Ocean one-bedroom Suite and Aloes Suite. The hotel’s two restaurants, Taino and Mango, provide guests with perfect menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spa treatments, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, surfing and boat rentals are all available through Hotel Christopher’s concierge. For more information on the wonderful opportunities awaiting guests at Hotel Christopher, please visit www.hotelchristopher.com.

Pointe Milou

97133 St. Barthélemy

Tel: (590) 590 27 63 63

www.hotelchristopher.com

Montpelier Plantation – Nevis, West Indies, Caribbean

Montpelier Plantation: A Sanctuary of Beauty Far from the Stresses of Modern Life

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Set in a 60-acre estate 750 feet up in the hills of Nevis in the Caribbean, the Relais and Châteaux and AAA Four Diamond Montpelier Plantation offers sea-views from each of its 19 simple yet beautiful and elegant rooms where guests will find a perfect balance between historic plantation style and modern amenities. A private beach, mosaic swimming pool, tennis court, extensive wine cellar, and personable and discreet hotel service along with delightful dining are some of the many opportunities made available while staying at Montpelier Plantation. Open and airy, the hotel invites its visitors to effortlessly experience the beauty of both the nature of Nevis and the Plantation itself. Whether they want to relax and unwind with spa treatments or hike through the rainforest, Montpelier Plantation transports its guests to a place of utter tranquility. For more information on Montpelier Plantation, please visit www.montpeliernevis.com.

PO Box 474

Nevis, West Indies

Tel: (869) 469-3462

www.montpeliernevis.com

Domaine de la Bretesche – Brittany, France

Allow Domaine de la Bretesche in Brittany, France to Transport You into Old-World Tranquility

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The Relais and Châteaux Domaine de la Bretesche in Brittany, France transports guests into an elegant and distinguished suspension of old-world tranquility. Comfort combines with both traditional and contemporary styles in 32 luxurious rooms comprising the hotel that sits mere steps from La Baule. Adorned in fabulous fabrics and custom color schemes, each room is a serene spot for repose and relaxation. The warm, natural setting helps guests relax in the hotel’s spa, Cour Carré, offering a wonderful range of treatments imbued with authenticity and ceremony that all guests will appreciate. Domaine de la Bretesche offers its guests the fine cuisine of Le Montaigu, where Chef Ludovic Le Forestier creates gourmet surprises for even the most difficult of palates. Sheltered by an ancient forest, the 18-hole Bretesche golf course is among the most beautiful of France, The course is majestically overlooked by the castle towers and ramparts and bordered by the most beautiful varieties of trees. A compact 9-hole course, designed similarly to the 18-hole course, welcomes amateurs and pros alike to practice at peace. For more information of Domaine de la Bretesche and to book a stay, please visit www.bretesche.fr.

Missillac 44 780

Missillac, France
Tel: +02 51 76 86 96

www.bretesche.fr

Hotel Bel Ami – Paris, France

Hip Luxury in the Heart of Paris at the Hotel Bel Ami

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Located right along the main boulevard in the Southern Half of Paris, Hotel Bel Ami combines a comfortable and friendly atmosphere with a contemporary address. Only steps away from the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots in the very heart of Paris’ St Germain des Prés district, Hotel Bel Ami renew the Avant Garde spirit of Parisian travel accommodations. The spacious, contemporary, trendy and relaxing atmosphere of the area is duplicated at Hotel Bel Ami—its pragmatic luxury, as well as its friendly and peaceful climate, makes it one of the most wonderful places to stay in Paris. The Bel-Ami Hotel’s 111 rooms, including two junior suites and four regular suites, give priority to a spirit of laid back but chic comfort. Guests can also enjoy fantastic food from Bel Ami Café, receive body and skin care for him and her at the Wellness Center by Payot, and socialize at Bel-Ami Bar’s intimate lounge and its warm tonalities. For more information on the hip Hotel Bel Ami, please visit www.hotel-bel-ami.com.

7-11 Rue St Benoît – 75006 Paris
Tel: +33 1 42 61 87 13

www.hotel-bel-ami.com

Hotel Edouard 7 – Paris, France

Revel in Classic Parisian Ambiance at Hotel Edouard 7

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Hotel Edouard 7 is a premier couture hotel located in the heart of Paris in the central 2nd Arrondissement. Comprised of 70 rooms and suites throughout seven floors, Hotel Edouard 7’s lavish furnishing and luxe designs recall a traditional Paris in a modern era with contemporary amenities. Each room is entirely unique, elegant and intimate with custom carpets and lights, in addition to fantastic fabric and designs. Each of the Hotel’s suites were recently renovated, and all overlook the Opéra. Hotel Edouard 7 is the perfect luxury hotel, located within walking distance from many of Paris’s main attractions, including superb shopping, world-famous museums, world’s-best restaurants, renowned cabarets, and exquisite galleries housing extraordinary works of art. Guests at Hotel Edouard 7 can relax in a refined and elegant ambiance at Bar l’E7, or enjoy the talent of the French gastronomy scene with a menu changing throughout each season. Its excellent concierge is prepared to arrange any adventure for guests and answer to any requests they may have. For more information on Hotel Edouard 7, please visit www.edouard7hotel.com.

39, Av de l’Opéra – 75002 PARIS

Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 61 56 90

www.edouard7hotel.com

Argentario Golf Resort & Spa – Tuscany, Italy

Incredible Design Meets Luxury Sport at the Argentario Golf Resort & Spa

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A chic luxury resort with a golf course and wellness center located in the heart of Tuscany, Argentario Golf Resort and Spa lies in a protected Mediterranean oasis that offers a unique panorama of extraordinary Italian beauty. The impressive design of Argentario extends to every area of its facilities, including its 73 suites and world-class spa, Espace, as well as its meticulously planned golf course. Each suite at Argentario features a terrace with views of the golf course or Monte Argentario. With 18 championship holes and a driving range, the Argentario Golf Club occupies 190 acres and earned an environmental certification from BioAgriCert, the international certification body of organic productions based in Italy. The course offers a Club House and the Buvette pro shop, as well as the Blue Team Golf Academy, a prestigious golf school. The Dama Dama Restaurant at Argentario Resort offers Tuscan and Italian cuisine, with particular attention paid to the culinary traditions of the Maremma region that Argentario calls home. Argentario Resort’s beautiful aesthetic is illustrated on its panoramic terrace, in and around its spectacular swimming pool with solarium, and its three exquisite tennis courts. For more information on the Argentario Golf Resort and Spa in Tuscany and to book your trip, please visit www.argentariogolfresortspa.it.

Via Acquedotto Leopoldino – 58018 Porto Ercole (GR) Italy
Tel: +39 0564 810292

www.argentariogolfresortspa.it

Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate – Featherston, New Zealand

Indulge in Spectacular Outdoor Opportunities at Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate in New Zealand

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On a 5,500 acre haven located just a 40-minute drive from Martinsborough at the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island along Palliser Bay, Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate makes any outdoor activity dream a reality. Wharekauhau boasts 15 comfortable, spacious and luxurious cottages and two additional guest homes, all with access to exclusive activities including hiking and mountain biking, a Wharekauhau sheep farm tour, a tour of the region’s wild coastal environment, the Cape Palliser Seal Colony and Lighthouse tour, as well as wine tours, jet boating, horseback riding, ATV adventure tours, clay target shooting, archery, and a luxury golf tour. Other activities include swimming with dolphins, whale watching, and walking tours of the immense estate with completely customizable routes for difficulty and timing. Wharekauhau was rewarded for Best Ambience and Design by Condé Nast Traveller magazine in 2011, and received the award for Best in the World from Condé Nast readers in 2008. For more information on Wharekauhau, room rates and availability, please visit www.wharekauhau.co.nz.

Western Lake Road

Featherston 5773, New Zealand
Tel: + (06) 307 7581

www.wharekauhau.co.nz

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Luxury Has Never Been More Affordable With New ‘Ultimate Luxury Package’

Pictured above:  Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt

Business Class Airfare, Five-Star Hotels, and Chauffeur-Driven Touring From Just $2,799 Per Person Round-Trip Including All Taxes and Fees

Imagine traveling to Ireland in Business Class round-trip on Aer Lingus, staying at five-star hotels across the country, and enjoying private chauffeur-driven touring between cities — all for less than $3,000 per person round-trip for a six-night getaway. This dream trip is now a reality for travelers who book the new "Ultimate Luxury Package" from the Aer Lingus Vacation Store.

A group of four travelers will experience true Irish hospitality with incredible elegance and unparalleled luxury throughout this six-night vacation which includes stays in four of Ireland’s most exclusive properties where many of the world’s famous actors, athletes, politicians, and royalty have stayed: Four Seasons in Dublin, Glenlo Abbey in Galway, Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney, and The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt. And to make it even more exclusive, the private driver lets travelers see it all in style and comfort!

Here is how the itinerary works:

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Day 1: Depart USA to Dublin, Ireland on Aer Lingus
Day 2: Arrive in Dublin and transfer by private car and driver to enjoy the first night at theFour Seasons located in one of the most exclusive areas of Dublin City. The remainder of the day is free to explore Dublin independently.
Day 3: Travel in style via a private chauffeur-driven car to Galway and stay at 5-star Glenlo Abbey, a perfect base for relaxation and exploration. Travelers will have the driver available for 8 consecutive hours on Day 3, including travel time from Dublin to Galway.

Day 4: Day at leisure in Galway to enjoy all the five-star Glenlo Abbey has to offer.
Day 5:  The driver/guide and vehicle are at the traveler’s disposal to enjoy for another full-day to travel and sight-see from Galway to Killarney. Participants will spend 2 nights in Killarney at the five-star Muckross Park Hotel, enjoying the beauty of Co Kerry.

Day 6: Day at leisure in Killarney at the five-star Muckross Park Hotel.

Day 7: The private chauffeur drive begins in the morning as travelers enjoy a full day of sightseeing along the way to Wicklow for the final night at The 5-star Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt – a last night of luxury!
Day 8: Private transfer back to Dublin airport for the return flight home on Aer Lingus.

The Ultimate Luxury Package includes:

Accommodation:

Transportation:

  • Round-trip Business Class airfare to Dublin on Aer Lingus
  • Private roundtrip Dublin airport transfers on Day 2 and Day 8
  • Private Chauffeur and car for three days travel and sightseeing, Days 3, 5, and 7

Other Inclusions

  • All local taxes, hotel service charges, carrier and government imposed taxes/fees/facility charges on airfare. Chauffeur gratuities are NOT included.

This round-trip package is priced from $2,799 from New York; $2,825 from Boston; and $2,899 from Chicago for travel between April 1 and May 31, 2012.  The package price is based on four people traveling together. Other departure dates are available at slightly higher rates. Fares are based on select Monday through Thursday travel.  This package is available for sale through October 31, 2012.  To book this package call 1-800-495-1632 orclick here.

ABOUT THE AER LINGUS VACATION STORE
The Aer Lingus Vacation Store offers various types of vacations to Ireland to suit any traveler’s needs including independent, escorted, city stays, golf, groups, and customized. The Aer Lingus Vacation Store partners with 300 hotels and castles and 1000 B&Bs in Ireland to offer customers the ultimate choice to suit their budget. As a volume tour operator, the Aer Lingus Vacation Store offers special rates to its customers providing the best prices in the industry. To contact the Aer Lingus Vacation Store call 1-800-495-1632 or visit the website at http://www.aerlingusvacationstore.com.


WORLD’S FIRST HOTEL ACCOMMODATION AUCTION WEBSITE IS LAUNCHED

World’s first online bidding website selling hotel accommodation across the world has just been launched

Example

3 nights in Deluxe, Marriott Hotel, Marble Arch, UK

star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating

Check in: Jan 17, 2012 3:00 PM Check out: Jan 20, 2012 12:00 PM Board type: Room only Max occupancy: 3

Mariott Marble Arch

Time left:
5d 14h 28m 23s (Jan 17, 2012 4:55 AM)
Quantity:
1
Rack rate:
£621.00 GBP
Current bid:
£96.00 GBP (approx $147.10)
Must be paid by:
Jan 17, 2012 8:55 AM

Only Bidding is a company with a new concept based on the fact that unoccupied hotel rooms are lost revenue.

Only Bidding empowers the consumer to pay a price that they are happy to pay for hotel accommodation and a price that hotel suppliers are willing to accept for that room- balancing supply and demand: a Win- Win situation for all!
For the customer, it’s simply grabbing a bargain hotel stay for a price that may otherwise be out of budget. Customers can find great deals during low seasons/quiet periods and last minute as hotels will be willing to reduce the room rate. Hotel rooms are an inventory that expires each night, so hotels often will accept rates that are cheaper than other available rates.

For the hotel, the advantages of joining Only Bidding are clear- they get to fill otherwise unoccupied rooms with guests. A hotel will be paying indirect costs for the running of the hotel regardless of whether the hotel has one room occupied or a hundred. The hotel would increase occupancy and therefore increase revenue. Additionally, there is a greater chance of the hotel’s restaurants, bars, spa facilities having an increase in turnover as there are more guests.

Is Only Bidding any different to Ebay or Groupon?
It is different from eBay as Only Bidding sells hotel accommodation with specified dates and not vouchers. This guarantees availability thus being advantageous over vouchers which can leave customers disappointed if they can’t book their chosen dates.
Is Only Bidding any different to Priceline?

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Only Bidding is different to Priceline because with Only Bidding you will know the name of the hotel that you are bidding on- so no apprehensive guessing needed! Additionally, Priceline allows a customer to name a price once every 24 hours. With Only Bidding, if the customers bid is unsuccessful then they can always place another bid.
How to get a bargain hotel room!
Step 1- Search auctions & find a hotel you want to stay at.
Step 2- Bid on the hotel auction until you’re the highest bidder
Step 3- Get your suitcases packed & enjoy!
So, if you are a hotel and want to achieve full occupancy then join Only Bidding! And if you want to make bargain hotel reservations then place your bid at Only Bidding.
Only Bidding
http://www.onlybidding.com
Twitter- @OnlyBidding


Maid Service for a Year? Microtel Hotels Giving Away Guests’ Favorite Amenities

Travelers across the United States are getting a chance to bring home a slew of their favorite hotel amenities—from flat screen televisions and free Internet access to maid service and more—thanks to the Microtel Inns & Suites® hotel brand and its “A better place to stay® Sweepstakes.

Launched in celebration of the brand’s recent 10th consecutive ranking as “Highest in Guest Satisfaction among Economy/Budget Hotel Chains” by global marketing information services company J.D. Power and Associates, the sweepstakes offers entrants the chance to win one of 10 prize packs, each consisting of 10 items that represent amenities that make Microtel Inns & Suites hotels a better place to stay.
Each prize pack includes:
• One Year Free Cable TV and Internet Service
• One Year Free Home Phone Service
• One Year Free Breakfast
• One Year Free Home Maid Service
• One Year Free Gym Membership
• 42” Flat-Screen Plasma Television
• 7” Touch Screen Tablet Computer
• Queen-Size Mattress
• Microtel’s Signature DreamWellTM Bedding
• 10,000 Wyndham Rewards® Points

To enter, travelers should visit www.microtelinn.com and click on the sweepstakes banner. When they do, they’ll be able to create and submit a top 10 list of their favorite Microtel Inns & Suites amenities, which will then enter them into the sweepstakes. Travelers can enter until midnight ET on November 10, plus they’ll have the opportunity to invite up to three friends to enter for the opportunity to earn up to three additional entries. Terms and conditions apply. For more information and the terms and conditions, please visit www.microtelinn.com.
“Microtel Inns & Suites hotels have always been known for delivering outstanding service and high-quality accommodations at affordable prices,” said Rui Barros, Microtel Inns & Suites brand senior vice president. “A decade of the brand ranking highest in its segment certainly demonstrates that. To celebrate, we’re giving travelers a chance to take home just a few of the many things they love about Microtel hotels.”

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The Microtel Inns & Suites hotel brand, a member of the Wyndham Hotel Group family of lodging brands, features economy hotels located throughout North America and the Philippines that offer guests queen-bedded single, double and suite accommodations. Properties offer complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access, free local and long-distance phone calls within the continental United States, expanded cable television, in-room coffeemaker and continental breakfast.
Microtel Inns & Suites hotels in North America participate in Wyndham Rewards, the world’s largest lodging loyalty program as measured by more than 6,500 participating hotels throughout 36 countries worldwide.
Reservations and information are available by calling (800) 771-7171, TDD (800) 824-2082 or (888) 304-6835 (Español) or by visiting www.microtelinn.com. Microtel Inns & Suites hotels are independently owned and operated under franchise agreements with Microtel Inns and Suites Franchising, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN). For information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com.

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Microtel received the highest numerical score among economy/budget hotels in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2011 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. Study based on responses from 61,313 guests measuring 11 economy/budget hotels and measures opinions of guests who stayed in a hotel May 2010-May 2011. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed June 2010-May 2011.


A Taste of Panama With a Barcelona Accent:

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Dining at Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Executive Chef Daniel Bausà Peris brings the flavors of his native Barcelona to the dining experiences at Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama,

opening July 6, 2011. trump panama 1 Iberian-inspired dishes will mingle with local Panamanian and international specialties on menus at the hotel’s signature Tejas Restaurant & Bar, casual BARcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar and al fresco Azul Pool Bar & Grill. Complementing these exceptional dining venues will be the fine wines and small plates of Cava 15 Wine Bar.

True to Trump Ocean Club’s waterfront setting, seafood will take center stage during dinner at Tejas Restaurant & Bar. Here, Chef Bausà concentrates on beautifully plated, deceptively simple dishes that allow the true flavors of the seafood to shine through. In the same spirit of “transparency,” a window from the dining room to the kitchen will allow guests to watch the chef and his team at work.

Chef Bausà has infused the cuisine of Tejas with a Mediterranean accent cultivated through his years of experience in the top kitchens of Spain and Italy. Asian, Latin American and other European flavors will also be highlighted in a true fusion menu. Enticing appetizers will range from a watermelon and feta cheese salad with Greek olives and lemon almond oil to an octopus terrine with ñame root purée, arugula and light, spicy chorizo oil. The freshest catch of the day will be served in a choice of preparations: crusted in sea salt, roasted Mediterranean, Caribbean or local Tikin-xic style. Each of these preparations can be paired with the patron’s choice of sauce, from a garlic mojo to a fresh herb pistou. Meat lovers will enjoy inspired choices such as beef tenderloin with onion compote and gorgonzola ravioli, and a grilled pork chop with smoked cheese and red cabbage strudel. Key lime pie, warm apple tart, and a traditional Latin American three-milk cake are among the tempting dessert selections. Tejas will also feature a lively outdoor raw bar, where Mexican and Panamanian ceviches share the menu with the traditional shellfish.

For small bites in an inviting, casual setting, BARcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar will draw heavily on Chef Bausà’s Barcelona roots, and several time-honored family recipes are showcased on the menu. The lunch and dinner menus at this restaurant, which promises to be a favorite of locals and hotel guests alike, are designed around a small-plate concept in the tapas tradition, to encourage sharing and plenty of socializing. Panamanian fare is also featured, including a local Sancocho soup that shares the menu with the traditional Salmorejo gazpacho topped with quail egg and Spanish ham. Newcomers to the tapas concept will appreciate Chef Bausà’s “Tapas Walk Through,” a four-course tasting menu hand-selected by the chef and served family-style. Each course will include multiple plates for plenty of culinary variety. Among them are oven-roasted vegetables with pickled anchovies “Montadito,” spicy crispy “Brava’s” potatoes (a BARcelona signature), baby lamb chops with sundried tomato marmalade and aioli, and a coconut rice pudding Panamanian style.

At breakfast, cooking stations outside BARcelona’s doors will draw diners in with the tantalizing aroma of waffles, pancakes and French toast prepared before their eyes. A counter display including pastries, fresh fruits, cold cuts and cheeses will also be stationed outside, while within the restaurant, guests can choose from a wide array of omelettes and other inspired egg and meat dishes.

For poolside guests, the al fresco Azul Pool Bar & Grill will deliver refreshing treats against a spectacular Pacific Ocean backdrop. Among trump panama 2 the light delights on the menu are Caesar salad, guacamole served with totopos and salsa, a selection of quesadillas and a shrimp, coconut, banana and avocado ceviche. Angus beef burgers come with a choice of five toppings, from mozzarella basil pesto to sundried tomato and goat cheese. Sandwiches and market-fresh grilled items, from lamb chops to shrimp, will also be featured, topped off by a selection of desserts that include a tropical fruit salad, country bread served with chocolate and sea salt, and a choice of three ice cream cups: Caribbean (tropical sorbets with red fruit sauce and blackberry whipped cream), Panamanian (chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon roll ice cream with caramel sauce, whipped cream and banana) and Azul’s own signature (coffee, chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, Bailey’s and Oreo cookie).

About Trump® Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Opening July 6, 2011, Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama, perched above Panama Bay in Punta Pacifica, will be the first international venture for Trump Hotel Collection. It is destined to be the largest hotel in Latin America, designed by architect Arias Serna Saravia and developed by Newland International Properties Corp. Its 369 handsomely appointed hotel rooms, including 47 suites, will be a home-away-from-home for travelers, and amenities will include a floor of elite boutiques and shops, multiple restaurants reflective of the region’s best fare, a phenomenal pool deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 10,000 square feet devoted to wellness at The Spa at Trump, over 46,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a casino and a private beach club on nearby Isla Viveros. Signature services of the Trump Hotel Collection, including The Trump Attaché, will also be a part of the Trump Ocean Club experience. For more information, please visit www.TrumpPanamaHotel.com. Reservations can be made by calling (877)898-7867. Connect with Trump Ocean Club on Facebook and Twitter.

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St. Lucia’s Calabash Cove Resort & Spa


Relax and Renew Body and Soul at St. Lucia’s Calabash Cove Resort & Spa
After the hectic holiday season, start the new year relaxed and fresh at a tranquil, beachfront boutique resort on the idyllic island of St. Lucia.

 



St. Lucia, West Indies — Recharge after the hectic holidays with a rejuvenating escape to peaceful, picturesque Calabash Cove Resort & Spa. At this beachfront boutique resort on the stunning Caribbean island of St. Lucia, where temperatures this winter will average a balmy 80 degrees with soothing trade breezes and the Pitons World Heritage Site provides a stunning backdrop, relaxation and renewal rises to a new heights.
Luxurious accommodations include the 1,000-square-foot Water’s Edge Cottages with secluded plunge pools, outdoor rain showers and private hammocks, as well as unique Swim-Up, Sunset and Oceanview Jr. Suites. All of the resort’s accommodations offer unparalleled views from the luxury of your balcony and are beautifully appointed, making use of natural materials such as Balinese mahogany wherever possible. Relax in Whispers, the resort’s music and reading library overlooking the ocean, or roam the quiet walkways of Cove Gardens, an enchanting labyrinth of groves, ponds and terraces alive with fragrant local flora and fauna and the soothing sounds of birds and wind chimes.
Nourish and indulge the senses while rejuvenating body and mind at Calabash Cove’s own Ti Spa, Fitness Centre and Beauty Parlour, located next to Sweetwaters, the resort’s 100-foot, infinity-edge designer pool. The spa features private treatment rooms, staffed by knowledgeable and skilled associates, and an array of offerings designed to relieve the body of stress, including:
Island Romance A candlelit aromatherapy massage for two using specially blended essential oils. Rekindle your fire at the boardwalk or the gazebo, as the waves caress your soul.
Mineral Mud Body Mask A nutrient-rich body mask gently but effectively cleanses, tightens and purifies, leaving your whole body refreshed and radiant. Step into the Caribbean Sea to allow the ripples of the waves rinse you before enjoying a soothing massage.
Sea Salt Scrub The water’s edge of this serene resort is the perfect setting for this exhilarating scrub. As you savor the sounds of the sea, your body will be exfoliated using natural sea salts with a blend of ginger, lime, cucumber and almond oil. A dip in the ocean followed by a light massage will relax your mind and body.
Island Fruit Body Scrub A blend of island fruit, natural oils and sugar is used to create this tropical fruit scrub, uniquely formulated to enhance skin tone, detoxify the body and to help restore skin’s youthfulness.
Seaweed Body Wrap Seaweed captures the richness of the sea with its potent antioxidants and cell-regeneration properties that help rejuvenate skin. This body wrap will gently purify and detoxify while improving circulation and toning.
Continue the feast of the senses at the onsite Windsong Restaurant, which offers unobstructed views across the Caribbean Sea and seasonally inspired dishes made from the freshest local ingredients—so fresh that you might just see fishermen dropping their catch for our chefs right on our beach as they return from sea! Complementing Windsong’s elegant milieu is the convivial C-bar, which serves international cocktails and fine wines from the Calabash Cove Cellars amid lively island music. Choose from the European Plan (EP), featuring a daily island breakfast buffet, or the Luxury Gourmet Plan (LGP), a convenient, all-inclusive option that includes all meals and beverages throughout your stay.
Soak up the island’s beauty at the resort or choose from a plethora of land and sea excursions offered. Glide through a rainforest canopy on a zip line, for example, try your hand at deep-sea fishing or enjoy a romantic champagne sunset cruise while glimpsing the green flash at the most magical hour of the day. Kick off your New Year’s resolutions by dusting off your wintertime exercise routine and taking it outdoors in the sultry island tropics—snorkel or dive in the Caribbean’s translucent blue waters, hike to the summit of a breathtaking Piton, or jog barefoot on a powder-white sand beach. Then cool off under a waterfall. Calabash Cove’s concierge service will help you assemble a perfect lineup of active fun.
Room rates at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa begin at $425 per night from Jan. 3 to April 10, 2011, based on double occupancy. To make reservations, contact your preferred travel agent or e-mail reservations@calabashcove.com or Tammy@LMPInternational.com. Calabash Cove can also be booked through leading tour operators, including Travel Impressions, Vacation Express and the Mark Travel Company. For more information, visit www.CalabashCove.com

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Carlson opening eight hotels in 2010 and planning to add at least 15 hotels in 2011

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Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, today announced that it plans to have more than 100 hotels in operation in India by 2015. This was announced by Hubert Joly, Carlson president and chief executive officer, during a signing ceremony for two new hotel agreements in India.
Setting the momentum for its robust expansion, Carlson announced that after opening eight hotels in 2010, it is planning to add at least 15 more hotels in 2011.
"We are delighted to be bringing great hotels to market across our brands and to have such a strong infrastructure and team here in India," said Hubert Joly, Carlson president and chief executive officer.
Carlson, which opened three hotels in the first half of the year, is scheduled to open another five hotels by the year end. These include the 178-room Radisson Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar, the 120-room Radisson Hotel Rudrapur, the 73-room Country Inn & Suites Gurgaon Sector 12, the 94-room Park Plaza Ahmedabad and the 80-room Park Plaza Faridabad.
Carlson, which is India’s largest international hotel company, also signed two new hotel agreements in west and south India for the 275-room Radisson Blu Hotel Mumbai Malad and the 110-room Park Plaza Coimbatore.
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Hotel of the Month: The Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

 george-v Steps from the Champs-Elysées, with private terraces that command all Paris; 18th-century tapestries, lovingly restored; and a spirit that lives on in thoroughly reborn, highly advanced spaces, Four Seasons George V Paris redefines luxury service in the City of Light.

For More Information, Visit: http://www.fourseasons.com/paris/

SAIL AND SPA AT BADRUTT’S PALACE HOTEL

VIEW ST. MORITZ FROM ONBOARD THIS SLEEK NEW VESSEL

What better way to view the spectacular Alpine scenery of St Moritz than from Badrutt’s Palace Hotel’s sailboat, recently acquired for guest use. The Badrutt’s Palace, a sleek new 26-ft Blu26, can be chartered with a skipper or without, to sail Lake St Moritz. New for summer 2010 Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has created a three-night Sail and Spa offering, combining the sailing experience with a spa treatment at the brand new Palace Wellness luxury spa.

Sailing on the 1.6 km long and 0.6 km wide Lake St Moritz throws in the additional challenge of the Maloja, a thermal wind that blows across the Engadine around midday, adding excitement to any sailing excursion. At 6,000 feet above sea level and surrounded by towering peaks, sailing in St Moritz is an exhilarating pursuit.
After adventures on the lake, guests can head to Palace Wellness, the new luxury spa and wellness centre, for a 50-minute full body massage, and time to relax in the Wet Zone’s saunas, mist rooms and steam rooms, or dip in the pool with a view. Dinners (two are included) can be taken in cosy Chesa Veglia or one of the Palace’s many fine restaurants. Tickets are included for all mountain railways and public transport in St Moritz and the surrounding area, adding plenty of opportunity for sightseeing and alpine adventures.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel’s new vessel adds sailing to the activities that the Palace offers to its guests. In a resort town known for its outdoor adventures and gorgeous scenery, experiencing the Engadine from the waters of St. Moritz Lake shows off the Swiss Alps from a fresh perspective.

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Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is a celebration of style, sports, cuisine and fashion, with discreet service and traditional elegance evoking an atmosphere of pampered luxury for all. An ideal destination in both winter and summer, the hotel is located in one of the most challenging ski areas in the world and offers a host of summer alpine activities. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has 159 guestrooms, including 38 suites and junior suites, is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Swiss Historic Hotels. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel opens its doors to guests this summer from 25th June 2010 to 11th September 2010.


Willow Club Offers Revolutionary Private Membership Club in NYC

Revolutionary private membership club debuts in new york city

Willow Club, a first-of-its-kind revolutionary New York City private membership club, today announced its official launch.  Combining the ultimate in benefits and privileges with upscale lifestyle hotels in the city’s best locations, Willow Club allows members to experience the best of New York City – and the world – with exclusive insider access and ease.

Willow Club is unique in that it offers members entrée to events and lifestyle experiences typically inaccessible or cost prohibitive. Examples of club benefits include: season tickets to all major New York sports teams, including the club’s luxury suites at select venues; use of the club’s private yacht; the club’s tickets to premier Broadway shows and performing arts; insider access to New York Fashion Week; use of  limited-edition, luxury and high-performance cars;  complimentary entry into New York City’s most celebrated and internationally-noteworthy cultural attractions and museums; member golf and tennis; and insider shopping and fashion experiences with personal stylists.  Members have the very best New York has to offer, all in one place, and all included within the price of membership.

“In creating Willow Club, we drew upon our extensive understanding of travelers who visit New York City to secure and acquire an incredible and unparalleled selection of benefits for our members – including great hotels – the outcome was the creation of a private club product never seen before,” said Willow Club President John Yoon.  “Every benefit was selected to provide members with the ability to enjoy some of the most sought after city experiences, with the flexibility to enjoy the world."  

Willow Club is a points-based membership whereby members redeem points to reserve club benefits and amenities, which include hotel and international exchange benefits at an unprecedented value. 

“Willow Club is a completely new product resonating with sophisticated consumers who understand both luxury and value. The club already has generated a tremendous number of membership inquiries and pre-sale reservations,” said Jay DiGiulio, Managing Director of Membership Sales.  “Willow Club offers premiere access to the finest New York experiences through a single membership – truly an “Urban Country Club” in the world’s greatest city.”

Members can choose from lifestyle hotels in premiere locations throughout New York City, as well as hotel and resort stays internationally, with no additional room night charges.  Willow Club’s New York City hotel properties currently include The Mansfield on 44th Street and The Shoreham on 55th Street, both located just off Fifth Avenue, and The Franklin, on the Upper East Side at 87th Street and Lexington Avenue. Willow Club members also become preferred members in an international travel exchange program, allowing use of Willow Club points to stay at more than 2,500 properties in 75 countries.

Willow Club memberships and membership preview packages are currently being offered on an introductory basis.  For more information call (877) 330-9650, visit willowclub.com on the Web, or visit the club’s interactive and technologically-advanced membership gallery at 33 West 55th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York City.

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