Travelon’s “Magic” Accessories

Travelon’s “Magic” Accessories Make Travel Easier and Healthier
Instant Toiletries and an Amazing 1 lb. Portable Scale!


Elk Grove Village, IL, Nov 29, 2007 – Hocus, pocus! Travelon’s done it again,

concocting some near-magical solutions to the irritating problems that plague air



When you’re traveling, it’s hard to keep diet and exercise habits on track. But with

Travelon’s new Mini Travel Scale, there’s no excuse for not weighing in every day-

even when you’re eating out every night. And let’s face it: there’s no better motivation

for sticking to your program than having to face the scale every morning.


Weighing in at less than one lb., Travelon’s mini scale is remarkably lightweight. And

because it shrinks to 10″ x 6″ x 1.3″, it takes up very little space in your luggage. Yet it’s

so accurate and easy to use, many travelers will continue to rely on it after they return

home. Suggested retail: $39.99.


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Another pet peeve of air travelers: rigid carry-on restrictions regarding liquid toiletries.

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Singles Travel International Hosts Two Cruises in 2008 on Luxurious New Queen Victoria

Singles Travel International Hosts Two Cruises in 2008 on Luxurious New Queen Victoria — Norwegian Fjords and Ancient Wonders of the Mediterranean

Singles Travel International announced today two exciting cruises in 2008 on the newest of the Cunard fleet, the elegant Queen Victoria. Be one of the fortunate to sail on the brand new luxurious cruise ship during its first year on the seas. From May 20 through 27, Singles Travel International will depart from Southampton, England to cruise the Norwegian Fjords. Then, November 5 – 17, single travelers will have the opportunity to discover Ancient Wonders of the Mediterranean including the ancient ruins of Ephesus in Turkey and the Great Pyramids.

A unique marriage of heritage and innovation, the Queen Victoria features elegance and style throughout the ship, from its three-tier Grand Lobby to its White Star Service. Warmly reminiscent of a more gracious era, modern technology combines seamlessly with her classic yet contemporary interior. This ship was crafted to exude elegance with intricate mosaics, gleaming chandeliers and luxuriant marbles. Travelers will enjoy gourmet cuisine created by Celebrity Chef Daniel Boulud in the Britannia Dining Room or Todd English’s Mediterranean Restaurant. The Cunard Royal Spa and Fitness Centre and ballroom dancing lessons keep passengers fit. The Royal Court Theater features brilliantly staged musical productions and theater performances by actors of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. There’s much to do on the ship, but don’t forget the wonderful stops, too!

The Norwegian Fjord Cruise departs Southampton, England on May 20 and cruises the North Sea to Norway, including stops in Bergen, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Aalesund, and Stavenger and returning to Southampton a week later, on May 27 Prices start at $1,839.

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Book by November 30 and save $500


The culture, the attractions, the energy: there’s always so much to do in London and never enough time. Wouldn’t it be great to linger in London for longer AND save some money along the way? Beat the pound this season and save on Silverjet!


Silverjet, the British airline offering a private jet style experience at a fraction of the cost, is taking $500 off its early evening flight from London Luton (the airport preferred by celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) so you can enjoy some extra time in the UK. Take in the delights of the holidays, enjoy fantastic January sales or spend some additional time with family and friends—then fly on Silverjet’s 4:45 PM service and return to New York relaxed and refreshed. Whether traveling for business or leisure, everyone can benefit from some extra time in London this season—and with fares starting at only $1698 round trip, this deal is too good to pass up.


From November 24 to November 30, simply call 877 FLY SILVERJET and quote the promotional code: LONDON LONGER. Passengers can then save $500 on 4:45 PM flights departing from London through January 31.


“As the holiday station approaches adding stress to passengers and their wallets, Silverjet invites everyone to enjoy some extra hassle-free moments while in London and receive a great savings,” said Lawrence Hunt, Silverjet CEO. “And with the ability to arrive as little as 30 minutes prior to departure on Silverjet, passengers are sure to make the most of their time in the UK before stretching out on our flat beds and enjoying the fabulous food and wine offerings en route back to New York.”

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Dominican Republic News

A Place In The Sun News:

Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas to Inaugurate Sans Souci Port
Jet Blue Adds Service to Puerto Plata
Dominican Republic Makes Memorable Impression at Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival
AMResorts to Debut Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa
DR Ideal Spot for Retiree’s Due to New Law
Barcelo Re-Brands DR Resorts
Ritz-Carlton Coming to the DR
Four Seasons to Open at Casa de Campo
Wellness Resort to Open in Barahona
Maxim Bungalows Debut in Cofresi

Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas to Inaugurate Sans Souci Port

Spokesperson for the Port of Santo Domingo recently announced that Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas cruise ship will inaugurate the renovated Sans Souci Port, located in Santo Domingo. The arrival of the Legend of the Seas is scheduled for December 16, 2007. The Sans Souci Port enhancements are part of a $700 million investment, which will eventually involve a yacht club and sports marina with capacity for 500 yachts up to 140 feet; four separate ship terminals with docking areas; a shopping mall and duty-free shopping area; a beach club; two 900-room hotels and convention center; and a luxury condominium development. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2010.


Jet Blue Adds Service to Puerto Plata

Effective January 10, 2008, JetBlue Airways will offer non-stop service from New York City’s JFK International Airport to Puerto Plata. For additional information, visit

Dominican Republic Makes Memorable Impression at Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

For the first time, the DR was a sponsor of the widely celebrated Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, held September 28 to November 11, 2007. As a new exhibit at the festival, the DR generated significant buzz among guests who visited the display to experience various elements of rich Dominican culture.

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Geneva Interlude


Geneva Add On

1 Hour & 30 British Pounds Away By Easy Jet

Due to its position in the city-center and to its elegance, the BW Strasbourg & Univers hotel benefits of the many advantages offered by its exceptional location.

Only two minutes walking distance away from the Geneva central station, Gare Cornavin, in the neighborhood of Switzerland’s largest banks, only a few blocks away from the Geneva Lake, also named Lake Leman and five minutes away from one of the city’s largest commercial center hotel guests will find everything they may need close at hand.

Owing to its long tradition of hos pitality, its comfort and to its service that one could find in a
Superior hotel, at a most attractive price.

For the Big Splurge


Mandarin Oriental Hotel du Rhône

Quai Turrettini 1, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

Telephone : (41) 22 909 00 00, Facsimile : (41) 22 909 00 10

Address Quai Turrettini 1

1201 Geneva


Tel 41 22 909 00 00

Fax 41 22 909 00 10



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London’s Superb Restaurants

London Restaurants

Although we always thought British food and London restaurants in particulars got a bad rap, there is no denying that London is currently the best restaurant city in the world and eclipses New York in the dining arena. Follows a few of our dining suggestions.

The Yauatcha dim sum restaurant opened on April 13th 2004 and the teahouse opened early July 2004.

In January 2005 Yauatcha was awarded a Michelin star, making it one of only two Michelin starred Chinese restaurants in the country – the other being Alan Yau’s Hakkasan.

Opening hours:

Tea House

Monday – Saturday: 9.00am – 11.00pm

Sunday: 9.00am – 10.30pm

Dim Sum Restaurant

Monday – Friday: midday – 11.00pm

Saturday: 11.00am – 11.00pm

Sunday: 11.00am – 10.30pm

Reservations for the Dim Sum restaurant are taken on 020 7494 8888. Yauatcha is located at 15 Broadwick Street London W1F ODL.

On the ground floor and basement of Richard Rogers’ Ingeni building, at the corner of Broadwick and Berwick Street in Soho, is Alan Yau’s teahouse. The proprietor of Hakkasan and Busaba Eathai has again collaborated with the French interior designer Christian Liaigre, this time to provide Londoners with an amazing place to yum cha.

In colloquial Chinese, ‘yum cha’ means to have tea, but since the rules of hospitality dictate that drink should not be served without food, the phrase is actually shorthand for the social ritual of catching up with one’s friends for a good gossip over dim sum. Yauatcha is London’s first specialist dim sum restaurant: open all day, seven days a week, serving some two dozen varieties of the delicious little snacks, which are delivered to the table in bamboo baskets rather than dispensed from a roving trolley.

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London’s Best Hotels, From the Charming to the Convenient


London has no absences of hotels, of all types and for every pocket. We chose two small options in outstanding neighborhoods for a truly “London” experience without breaking the bank and a terrific airport hotel for those who would like to take advantage of Maxjet’s low process and luxury but wanted to head for the continent, instead of stay in London. Our first stop, The Franklin, combined the tranquility of a country house hotel with one of the best locations in London. Located in the heart of the residential district of Knightsbridge and overlooking a lovely tree-lined garden square, you will be only two minutes walk from Harrods or the V&A, and five minutes walk from the shopping on Sloane Street. The theatres of the West End are only a short ride away and London Heathrow Airport and the City are both easily accessible by taxi, nearby Underground or chauffeur driven limousine. Following complete reconstruction of the four original Victorian townhouses, The Franklin opened as a hotel in September 1992. The bedrooms have been meticulously maintained and continually refurbished and are decorated with discreet good taste, giving the impression that the guests are staying in the owner’s home. This is reflected by antique furniture, oil paintings, objets d’art and traditional fabrics that are found in every room.

Located in on of London’s most elegant residential areas, this gem of a hotel, recalls a country Manor House, A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, each room, from the charming reception area, lounge with its honor bar and custom designed guest rooms charm. Our deluxe double was wondrously long and beautifully appointed with three huge windows overlooking Edgerton gardens, tile bath with brass fixtures, lovely canopied beds, butler tables and skirted tables. Breakfast, served in a room with deep green walls and walls lined with lovely china, is carefully considered with organic produce, lovely croissants, grain breads, really fresh squeezed orange juice, wonderful eggs and home made ham and topnotch coffee and tea (request the real stuff not bags) is a joy and is served 24 hours to accommodate the schedule of guests. Wonderful evening tea and a personalized service that always seem to be smiling make you never want to leave and become a regular client. Even you reservation is confirmed with a personal note inquiring if you need assistance with transportation, theater tickets or whatever you need by the charming Reservations Manager: Nelle Buchan. The Franklin may be diminutive but is in the major league.


“Oratory” Single Rooms £175.00

Double Rooms £210.00

De Luxe Double Rooms £295.00

Garden Rooms £325.00

De Luxe Garden Rooms £395.00


All rates are exclusive of Government Value Added Tax (VAT @ 17.5%) and are valid from January 1st 2005


If The Franklin personifies the feminine aspects of a small, luxury hotel, The Royal Park is its masculine counterpart and benefits from a very central London location with excellent transport links and is ideally placed to enjoy and explore all the best that London has to offer.

Hyde Park is just a stroll away from the hotel and is a wonderful place for jogging or walking. It is the largest of the royal parks in central London and dates back to the reign of Henry VIII, who used it as a hunting ground. Here you will find the famous statue of Peter Pan, the Serpentine lake, a great favourite for boating, and the Diana Memorial Gardens (dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales).

Exclusive London shopping is just across Hyde Park in Mayfair and Knightsbridge where shops such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols can be found as well as the Royal Albert Hall, the Science Museum, one of London’s most hands-on museums, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Similarly, whilst enjoying the calm of The Royal Park, the hotel is only a short distance from the theatres, bars and sights of London’s West End. In the other direction is Notting Hill, with its many designer and eclectic boutiques, and on Saturdays you can stroll around the famous Portobello antiques market.

The Royal Park hotel is just a two-minute walk from Lancaster Gate Underground station on the Central Line, offering easy access to London’s West End and the City. Paddington main-line station is also within easy walking distance of the hotel and provides a direct 15-minute link to London’s main airport, Heathrow Airport, on the Heathrow Express. Paddington also takes you further afield to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds, Bristol, Wales and the West Country.
The Royal Park is an elegant London hotel, ideally situated for easy access to many London attractions and transport links throughout the city. Superbly located on Westbourne Terrace, just to the north of Hyde Park, London’s largest royal park, and close to Lancaster Gate, the hotel comprises three carefully restored, mid 19th-century Grade II listed townhouses.

Thoughtfully decorated in lively Regency colors and complemented with fine artworks and antiques, The Royal Park is a haven of timeless elegance and comfort but with a fresh, contemporary feel. Ideal for both business and leisure travellers staying in London, The Royal Park is just a short walk from Paddington station with fast links from London’s Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express. West End shopping, restaurants and theatres are within easy reach of the hotel with London underground stations at both Paddington and Lancaster Gate. The renowned London attraction, Notting Hill, with its designer boutiques, is not far from the hotel and just across Hyde Park are the shops of Mayfair and Knightsbridge.

Each one of the beautifully presented hotel rooms at The Royal Park has its own distinctive character, with some of the rooms offering French windows and balconies or adjoining sitting rooms. Experience that extra level of service during a stay at The Royal Park and enjoy a welcoming glass of sherry or whisky when you arrive at the hotel. Champagne and canapés are offered to hotel guests each evening, and The Royal Park also provides a small but select Room Service menu.

Every bedroom has a particular character, some with elegant French windows and balconies, others with wonderful views over London rooftops and church spires, and some with adjoining sitting rooms. The canopied mahogany four-poster and half-tester beds have white linen bed hangings and the very best hand-made mattresses covered with crisp cotton sheets, soft Welsh woolen blankets and fine feather pillows. The traditional bathrooms have plush white towels and monogrammed cotton bathrobes and slippers – with the power shower providing a reviving blast after a hard day’s work, shopping or sightseeing.

Tariff in British Pounds

Single: 165.00

Double: 190

Executive Double: 200

Deluxe Four Poster Suite: 295

Special Reduced Weekend Rates

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Radisson SAS Takes Off at Stansted

New Hotel Features Europe’s Only 4,000 Bottle ‘Wine Tower’


The only hotel directly linked to the Stansted Airport main terminal via a walkway, the Radisson SAS Hotel London Stansted Airport is an ultra modern hotel specially designed for the business and leisure traveler. One of the most unique features of the hotel is the 19-metre tall atrium that takes your breath as do the amazing blend of colors and fabrics decorating the hotel.

The hotel features Europe’s only ‘Wine Tower’ in the atrium of the hotel. Standing at over 43 feet tall, the tower is home to 4,000 bottles of wine. A high-speed computer-controlled winch system transports human ‘wine angels’ up and down the tower to retrieve chosen bottles of wine before delivering them safely to guests’ tables.


The hotel’s 500 rooms are designed in three distinct styles – Chili, Ocean and Urban – providing a choice of accommodations to suit individual preferences. The Urban style is fiery and vibrant with red furniture and dark wood. The Ocean style reflects the calm of the sea with blues and jade greens, while the Chili style features bright colors with quirky furniture, creating an atmosphere distinctly different from traditional airport hotels. All rooms are equipped with wireless Internet access.

Filini is the hotel’s Italian lifestyle restaurant, while TaPaell’Ya serves authentic tapas and paellas in a relaxed and modern atmosphere. The New York Grill Bar is the ideal place to relax after a long day with a drink in its cosmopolitan atmosphere. We enjoyed terrific cocktails, steaks and extraordinary wine, as well as some mouthwatering desserts.

Each of the hotel’s 26 meeting rooms – a total of 4,265 square feet of space – feature wireless Internet access, video conferencing and natural light from floor to ceiling windows. The Essex Room, the largest of the meeting rooms, can accommodate up to 300 people.


The hotel also features a health club with spa treatment rooms, an indoor pool and a gym.

And don’t miss the elaborate buffet breakfast.

Rates start at £115 (approx. $215 U.S.) per night per room.

Rezidor SAS Hospitality, one of the fastest growing hospitality companies in the world, has a portfolio of five brands. Rezidor SAS is the sole franchisor in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the Carlson brands: Radisson, Park Inn, Country Inn, Regent, and the new lifestyle hotel brand Cerruti. Rezidor SAS currently includes 220 hotels in operation and under development in 43 countries. The company aims to include h700 hotels under the different brands by 2012. For more information on Rezidor SAS and its five brands, visit

Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts, part of Rezidor SAS Hospitality, currently operates 139 hotels in 37 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with another 30 projects under development. Radisson SAS is a first class hotel brand with key differentiators such as the 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee and the “Yes I Can” spirit of service. For more information, visit

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London For Less. Getting There on Maxjet Airlines

London For Less

Without Sacrificing Quality

By Nancy Walman

No matter what one’s budget is, he is either a tourist or traveler. Thanks to a new vogue in airline travel, the infusion of small, charming boutique-like hotels and the proliferation of second-tier restaurants of undeniable seduction, London is not only affordable, but offers Americans a common language and customs in an uncommon city that has become the world’s most interesting.

Maxjet Airlines, one of the first of a new-breed of transatlantic premium airlines, commenced its operations in early November. Maxjet intends to operate six flights per week between New York JFK and London Stansted using a 767-200. Maxjet puts 102 seats on a plane that typically carries more than 200, and is more like a standard business-class, with roughly the same legroom as major American carriers, for example, and seats that recline almost flat. Couple this with elaborate four course meals, served on real china, first class wines, Champagne and name brand alcohol and a high density ratio of service staff to passengers and you’ll be blown away by prices that are up to 76% below those of traditional Business Class, starting at a mere $679 each way. (An early promotional fare, which ended November 26 2005, offered round-trip fares for $750). Maxjet hopes to have a second daily frequency from JFK and also service from Dulles to Stansted in England in February 2006. Maxjet is definitely the wave of the future and if you accept a few minor kinks like the long ride from Stansted to London and service that is solicitous, if somewhat amateurish, Maxjet reins as the best value in class-act-flying. For Reservations, Call 1888-I-Fly-Max (or in the UK at 0800 023 4300). Maxjet rates a “knowledgeable flyer” A Major on the Walman Report.

MAXjet provides more information on its Web site, which can be viewed at

Hapag-Lloyd’s MV Europa


The Cruise Ship That Let’s You Visit Germany, While Seeing America

Hapag-Lloyd’s MV Europa, the 408 passenger, all-suite flagship of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, celebrated its fifth birthday in 2004. Europa is primarily a German ship, whose reputation has spread among sophisticated travelers in many countries. As a result, Hapag-Lloyd has announced that it has begun extending its bilingual sailings on Europa in 2004, and more in 2005, to accommodate the growing interest from the U.S. market.

The Europa attracts people who don’t want the most of everything; they want the best of everything. Passengers on penthouse decks are served by personal butlers 24/7. Europa’s penthouse deck has ten deluxe suites, which each measure 53 square yards, and two 101 square yard penthouse grand suites, each with its own sauna, whirlpool, guest lavatory, and a dining table for six. The other 192 outer suites measure at least 32 square yards; most have their own balconies. Prices start at 5,500 to over 8,500 Euros (our suite cost 6,900 Euros, about $10,000 per person) for an 11-day cruise from Philadelphia to Nassau. (Airfare to and from one’s home city is not included.)

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