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HOTELS

akyra Manor Chiang Mai
Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa
Almond Resorts
Armani Hotels
Aston Hotels & Resorts
Benchmark Hotels & Resorts
Carlyle Hotels
Chi Hotels
Country Inn & Suites
Derby Hotels
Doubletree By Hilton
Embassy Row Hotel
Embassy Suites
Epoque Hotels
Faena Hotel & Universe
Four Season Hotels
Gaylord Hotels
High Line Hotel
Hilton Hotels & Hilton Garden Inns
Historic Hotels of America
Hotel Hugo
Hyatt Hotel & Resorts
Intercontinental Hotels
Inkaterra Hotels
ITC Hotels
Jiva Hill Park Hotel
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Kor Hotel Group
Langham Chicago
La Quinta Inns & Suites
Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts
Luxe Worldwide Hotels
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Majestic Hotels
Marmara Hotels & Residence
Marriott Hotels
ME by Melia Hotels
Millennium Hotels & Resorts
National Trust Historic Hotels of America
Occidental Hotels & Resorts
Octogone Hotels
Ohana Hotels & Resorts
Opus Hotels Group
Orient-Express Hotels
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts & Condos
Pacifica Hotels
QT Sydney Hotels
Quin Hotel
Red Lion Hotels
Round Hill Hotels & Villas
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
Sonesta Hotels
Starwood Hotels
Trump Hotels
Virgin Hotels
Wyndham Hotels

NEWS

Escape the Winter With Epoque Hotels

Eco-Tourism Pioneer Inkaterra to Unveil New Conservation-Focused Property in Peru

Historic Hotels of America Honors Takamasa Osano and Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP

Hotel RL Opens in Washington D.C. & Immediately Launches Project Wake Up Call Benefitting Homeless

The World’s first Virgin Hotel is open!

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Opens In Peru's Sacred Valley of the Incas

New York City's Hotel Hugo’s first “Hugo In-House” program.

The Iconic Marina Del Rey Hotel (part of the Pacifica Hotels) Opens After $25 Million Renovation

Always on. Always FREE -- Sonesta Hotels Offer High-Speed Internet and Have Numerous Renovated Hotels

akyra Manor Chiang Mai

akyra Manor Chiang Mai, is a cosmopolitan Thai hotel located in the heart of Nimmanhaemin Soi 9, Chiang Mai’s most up-and-coming artistic neighborhood, known locally as “Coffee Street.” Although the luxe property serves as the architectural and social centerpiece of the city’s trendy art and culture boulevard, its unique design and modern suites provide guests with a urban sanctuary and refuge from the buzz of Thailand’s northern capital. All guest rooms are suites with a “courtyard within the room” concept featuring natural & organically inspired decor, a private outdoor hot tub, an indulgent bathroom, the latest smart technology, a private terrace, naturally sourced toiletries, an espresso coffee machine, art by acclaimed British photographer Andy Gotts, complimentary Wi-Fi and more.

Aleenta Pluket Resort & Spa

Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa and its brand new collection of pool villas far from the tourist infested areas of Phuket. Situated on an exclusive and tranquil stretch of Natai Beach, just steps from the sea, the secluded villas define a world of pristine beauty and rare luxury. Each villa boast more than 1,500-square-feet of outdoor/indoor living space, 24-foot private pools, tranquil gardens, and an outdoor bath. Guests of the villas also have access the property’s unique offerings, such as a Muay Thai boxing gym and the Ayurah Wellness Centre for oxygen therapy and other such anti-aging therapies or advanced techniques.

ALMOND RESORTS

Almond Resorts, the Caribbean's premier all-inclusive hotels, offer the luxurious amenities and ambience of an Almond Resort! Almond Resorts' pioneering "For You. About You" vacation concept incorporates the ease of a pre-paid all-inclusive vacation with plenty of amenities for guests to enjoy at their own pace. Almond's team is on hand at all resorts to assist with special requests. Guests at all resorts are invited to sample the amenities of the sister properties (airfare between islands is additional).

In Barbados, you have a choice of Almond Beach Club & Spa (welcomes guests 16 years of age and over), Almond Beach Village or the new Almond Casuarina Beach which opens later this year, and in St. Lucia, Almond Morgan Bay and Almond Smugglers Cove, all welcome families, singles, corporate groups and more. Almond Resorts' choice of gourmet restaurants, well-appointed rooms, exhilarating activities including land and water sports, free golf, Kids Clubs for younger guests, conference facilities, European Spa, exciting entertainment every night, several freshwater swimming pools, miles of spectacular beaches bordering the turquoise and blue Caribbean Sea, lush eco-responsibly maintained tropical gardens, all cared for by the most attentive resort staff in the Caribbean, combine to make memorable vacations with no rules.

ARMANI HOTELS

ARMANI HOTEL MILANO

The new Armani Hotel Milano is the second hotel to be launched within the Armani Hotels & Resorts project and marks the continued collaboration with Emaar Properties PJSC. Following the success of the Armani Hotel Dubai, located in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the Armani Hotel Milano opened in the heart of the city, within the extraordinary palazzo at Via Manzoni 31, originally designed by Enrico A. Griffini and completed in 1937 in the rationalist style of the time.

Inside this building with its austere and powerful exterior, Giorgio Armani has created a world of harmony and privacy, with uncompromising attention to the requirements of guests. Here luxury, calm and beauty are fostered in pure Armani style, imparting a new aesthetic excellence to the concept of comfort. “I have concentrated all my efforts on delivering my personal aesthetic vision within a precisely defined ambience of total comfort,” explains the designer.

A key element of this approach is the decision to give every room a small vestibule that creates an intervening space before the intimacy of the bedroom is revealed. The 95 rooms and suites offer a variety of options: from Armani Deluxe Rooms (up to 45 square metres) to Armani Signature and Armani Presidential Suites, ranging from 170 to 200 square metres, on two levels connected by a magnificent stairway that makes a striking architectural impact. Minibars, high-tech amenities, cupboards that vanish into the walls – referencing the passion for order and sense of space pursued by Giorgio Armani over many years in his own homes – create an atmosphere of warmth and restraint within a commodious setting.  

Each bathroom, structured for use by two people, features the very finest fittings, including a shower enclosure in discreet one-way glass that allows a view out from inside the shower cubicle, but no view in the other way. The floors and walls in natural nuances of creamy brown are clad in Silk Georgette, a smooth limestone from Asia. All the furnishings in the hotel share the Armani/Casa collection signature design philosophy but have been specifically devised in a range of precious finishes to reflect the period mood of the palazzo: from the elegant linear sofas covered in sophisticated fabrics, to the backlit wooden bed heads.

All the public areas are concentrated on the seventh and eighth floors in the so-called glass “hat”, which affords a spectacular and unexpected panorama encompassing the city, from the historic Duomo to the latest skyscrapers. The Armani/Ristorante is located on the seventh floor, where it offers superb traditional Italian gastronomy, an exclusive wine list, a private dining room and a Chef’s Table within the kitchen itself. On the opposite side, the Armani/Lounge with the Armani/bamboo bar looks out over the skyline: the double height ceiling, the wall with its huge window softened by louvered blinds and sections in backlit onyx and a good choice of music ensure a relaxed ambience in which to enjoy an informal meal, afternoon tea, or an aperitivo before dinner. An internal connecting bridgeway offers a dedicated area for smokers.  

Also available around the clock is the Armani/Business Center, which extends over 200 square meters with a private conference room and two boardrooms. As well as audiovisual equipment, IT resources, conference facilities and remote-controlled lighting, there is a separate kitchen here, ready to provide immediate service on request. The Armani Hotel Milano has been planned to satisfy the needs of work, relaxation and pleasure, conforming to that ideal combination of elegance and simplicity that defines the Armani style.  “Stay with Armani” is not merely a slogan, but an expression of the hotel’s fundamental philosophy.

For further information go to www.armanipress.com or the Giorgio Armani Corporation at 114 Fifth Avenue, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10011
T 212 209 3554
C 917 859 9415
F 212 209 3754

ASTON HOTELS & RESORTS

About Aston Hotels & Resorts

Aston Hotels & Resorts operates a diverse range of condominium resorts and hotels with accommodations from hotel rooms and condominium suites, to villas and cottages that suit any lifestyle, taste or budget. Based in Honolulu, the company manages more than 4,500 rooms in 27 properties on the four major Hawaiian Islands, South Lake Tahoe, California and Sun Valley, Idaho. For more information, visit www.AstonHotels.com or call toll free 866-774-2924.

Aston is an operating segment of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry.

BENCHMARK RESORTS & HOTELS

About Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels

Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® includes unique hand-picked properties in spectacular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each hotel and resort delivers personal luxury in a spirit true to its own distinctive locale, yet in keeping with the collection’s shared mission. They represent a select portfolio of Benchmark Hospitality International®, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for over 30 years. Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for transformation over accommodation, customization over conformity, and inspiration over predictability. With Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, luxury is always personal.

For more information check web site www.personalluxuryresortsandhotels.com. 

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® represents the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Many are certified by the International Association of Conference Centers, the leading professional organization governing the multi-billion dollar conference center industry on five continents, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels deliver highly specialized service that anticipates guests’ needs and ensures a hospitality experience unsurpassed and long remembered. www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com. 

CARLYLE HOTELS

Carlyle Announces the Lembah Spa: The Piece De Resistance at Viceroy Bali

Stunning surroundings and sumptuous services complement splendid service at Lembah Spa. It’s an experience like no other, say the hotel personnel, in a setting beautiful enough to bedazzle royalty. Bespoke, exclusive, and luxurious, Viceroy Bali is a unique destination resort poised on a ridge overlooking the verdant Valley of the Kings in central Bali. Located just seven minutes’ drive from central Ubud, this tropical paradise feels like another world, with 25 Bali-styled luxury pool villas, award winning restaurant, and peerless service, all set in one of the most lovely environments in the world. It’s the perfect place for the discerning traveler to relax and renew in utter tranquility, for celebrants to gather for a wedding or reunion, or for executives to retreat to plan for the future.

Beautifully complementing everything else Viceroy Bali has to offer are its bespoke amenities, and perhaps the finest of these is its Lembah Spa. More than a place, more than a convenience, this spa is a transformative experience. First, there is the setting. Taking full advantage of the natural beauty surrounding the resort, the spa is perched atop a gorgeous ridge with spectacular views overlooking the Petanu River Gorge. With elegant stone work, soaring atrium, unique cantilevered patio with fountain and infinity pool, couples treatment room, and open air Jacuzzi (together with steam room, plunge pool, and other facilities), the spa welcomes guests with soothing, integrative surroundings at one with the surrounding world.

Then there are the services. Lembah Spa is professionally managed pursuant to a distinct approach that merges the most modern of western science with the age-old wisdom of Balinese healing traditions. The result is a wellness-centered menu of treatments that soothe and rejuvenate both body and mind. Examples:

Traditional Massage: Traditional Balinese village massage is characterized by a firm finger-and-palm massage intended to help relieve muscle pain (traditionally, that caused by working long and hard hours in the rice fields).

Bali Lomi-Lomi: Lomi-lomi is a traditional Hawa’iian massage technique using fragrant oils and gentle pressure. Stretching is used to increase flexibility and range of motion.

French Massage: This special massage, similar to shiatsu massage, employs a technique to assist lymphatic drainage and aid in the reduction of cellulite.

Four Hand Harmony: Harmony Duo, perhaps the spa’s signature service, is a four-hands massage with two therapists working in tandem to gently ease the body into a state of total relaxation.

Special treatments include the following:

Viceroy Tropical Indulgence: An exfoliating fruit scrub is followed by a body mask of tropical and citrus fruits, then time in the steam room scented with orange essences, a cold pool plunge and hot Jacuzzi, a Balinese massage using essential orange oils, and a fruit bath with orange and lime slices.

Neptune's Fix: Exfoliation with a natural seaweed scrub is followed by a body mask of organic seaweed, a plastic body wrap, a warm shower and steam bath, a cold pool and a Jacuzzi, and finally, lymphatic massage.

Pirates of the East Indies: Body exfoliation using a combination of exotic spices and a body mask of coffee and cocoa is followed by relaxation for 20 minutes in the steam room, cold pool and Jacuzzi, then a lomi-lomi massage, and lastly a foot reflexology treatment.

Cleopatra on Petanu River: Recreating the Egyptian queen’s special bathing ritual, Lembah Spa begins with exfoliation using candlenut scrub and a body mask of whey, followed by a yogurt-milk-rose petal soak.

Standard In-Villa Package. This package begins with traditional Balinese massage using the finest essential oils, followed by exfoliation with Balinese lulur, or scrub, a yogurt application, and a warm flower bath.

Of course, all of the “basics” are provided for as well, in Lembah’s unique style:

Foot Reflexology: This millennium-old treatment focuses entirely on the feet to identify and treat health issues.

Deep Cleansing Facial: This gentle face massage involves cleansing creams, a steamer to open pores followed by a mild scrub to remove dead skin cells, and moisturizer.

Hair Cream Bath: One of Indonesia's unique massages, the traditional hair cream "bath" with head massage is completely relaxing.

Pedicure: The island of Bali is known for its gracious hospitality… and pedicures.

Manicure: Like a pedicure, the Lembah Spa manicure is not just a polish and massage, but an exhibit of Balinese attentiveness.

A few distinctively different packages:

Spa and High Tea Package: Guests enjoy a footbath with iced tea, a Balinese, Lomi-Lomi or French massage, a cream bath or facial, and three-course high tea.

Spa and Lunch Package: A footbath with iced tea, massage, and cream bath or facial is followed by a three course lunch.

Spa and Dinner Package: A footbath with iced tea, massage, cream bath or facial, three-course dinner.

Finally, there are the Lembah Spa staff. As remarkable as the setting and the services, they embody the essence of Balinese hospitality. Highly trained, welcoming, and attentive, the spa’s technicians, like the rest of the staff of Viceroy Bali, create an intimate, exclusive, and exquisitely relaxing experience in a serene and soothing setting.
The Viceroy Bali: where privilege and privacy reign supreme

About Viceroy Bali:

Crowning a secluded ridge above Bali’s Valley of the Kings, Viceroy Bali is a luxurious 25-villa retreat for those seeking the exclusive, the exotic, and the elegant in all things. With mesmerizing views of the serene valley below, and once a favored retreat of royals, the resort offers five categories of expansive yet intimate villas, each with its own pool; attentive discreet service; bespoke facilities, including an award winning restaurant, spa, gym, onsite helipad, and, coming soon, a tennis facility; and convenient access to the many wonders of the region. Above all Viceroy Bali provides the discriminating traveler with the rarest of rewards while providing the ultimate in sensual privacy savored in an authentic Balinese setting.

A member of Small Luxury Hotels, Viceroy Bali is located near the village of Ubud in central Bali. For more information or reservations contact Viceroy Bali via phone (+62.361.971.777), website (www.viceroybali.com), email resv@viceroybali.com), or through the Small Luxury Hotels of the World website (www.slh.com/viceroy).

CHI HOTELS (Formerly CORINTHIA HOTELS)

Corinthia Hotels Announces the Re-Launch of its Luxury Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia

Corinthia Hotels announced the re-launch of its refurbished and extended 400-bedroom luxury hotel on Nevskij Prospect in St Petersburg, Russia, having more bedrooms and more facilities under one roof than any other luxury hotel in the City.
Her Excellency the Governor of St Petersburg, Valentina Matvienko, officially inaugurated the new hotel at a grand opening ceremony on Monday May, 25. His Excellency Professor Guido de Marco, President Emeritus of Malta, Mr Alfred Pisani, Founder and Chairman of Corinthia Hotels and Mr Vadim Tulpanov, Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of St Petersburg, also presided over the grand ceremony, at which several dignitaries from Russia and overseas attended.

The Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel was acquired as an operating hotel in 2002 by International Hotel Investments (IHI) plc, a Malta-based hotel investment, development and management company, which owns and manages Corinthia Hotels worldwide. At the time, IHI also acquired the vacant grand properties on either side of the Hotel on the city’s main boulevard. Over the past two years, IHI has invested a further Euro 100 million (approx $140 million), including the total refurbishment of the original Hotel, complete with a brand new and larger, grand foyer and a new restaurant and new bars. The adjoining buildings on either side of the hotel, which had been acquired in a state of serious disrepair, were demolished and carefully reconstructed with ornate facades matching their original splendour and rebuilt using traditional techniques.

One of the adjoining properties at Nevskij 59 now houses the executive wing of the Corinthia Hotel, featuring 107 executive suites and bedrooms along with a 250-square-metre Presidential Suite and an executive lounge, bringing the hotel’s total inventory to almost 400 rooms. The centrepiece of this extension is the Grand Ballroom, seating close to 600 persons, which is the largest meeting space of its kind in any five-star hotel in the city of St Petersburg. The ballroom is further supported by a suite of 14 executive meeting rooms. Over 1,200 guests can be accommodated at any one time in the conference facilities. The other adjoining property, at Nevskij 55 now houses a stand-alone retail mall and commercial center, which will be officially inaugurated later this year.

Corinthia Hotels is a collection of luxury hotels in Malta, Russia, Budapest, Prague, Lisbon, Tripoli, and soon in London where a major landmark hotel is currently under construction. 

About Corinthia Hotels

Corinthia Hotels is an internationally acclaimed Brand of luxury hotels in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Libya, Malta, Portugal and Russia. Founded by the Pisani family of Malta in the 1960s, the Corinthia brand stands in that proud tradition of Mediterranean hospitality and its signature services communicate the ‘Warm smiles, Inspired Flavours and Pleasant Surprises’ of its Maltese heritage. All Corinthia hotels feature state-of-the art conference areas, extensive leisure and business traveller facilities, and are each renowned for their uniqueness of character.

Corinthia Hotels’ portfolio features award-winning properties that include the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal in Budapest, Hungary and the Corinthia Hotel Prague in the Czech Republic. The Corinthia Hotels portfolio also features the elegant Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa and the splendid Corinthia Hotel St Georges Bay in Malta, The superior five-star Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, the modern Corinthia Hotel Lisbon in Portugal and the renowned Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel in St Petersburg, Russia. The Corinthia Hotels brand is associated with the ‘Wyndham Grand Collection’ tier of upscale hotels worldwide.

About Wyndham Grand Collection

The Wyndham Grand Collection is an ensemble of elegant, one-of-a-kind hotels within the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand aimed at guests looking for unique experiences in distinctive destinations around the world including London, St Petersburg, Prague, Budapest and Malta.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. All hotels are either franchised or managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts or an affiliate.

For more information, visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

CHI Hotels & Resorts to Operate Twin Property 'Corinthia Beach Resort' in Sharmel Sheikh Egypt

Malta based CHI Hotels & Resorts (formerly Corinthia Hotels International) announced the signing of a long term management agreement with Cyrene Tourism Investment Corporation of Egypt for the operation of two new upscale properties in the highly popular Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh. Both hotels will form part of a major resort destination to be known as the Corinthia Beach Resort.

The Tiran Island Hotel is a 600 bedroom four-star international hotel offering a broad selection of luxury hotel rooms, residential suites and self-catering suites ideal for family occupation. This quality four-star operation offers a wide range of restaurants, entertainment, bars, Spa, outside pools and extensive conference and meeting facilities to suit conference tourism.

Both hotels will be operated by CHI Hotels & Resorts as the Corinthia Beach Resort, with a full range of differently priced products covering room only, bed and breakfast, half board, full board and fully inclusive rates.

The Resort is built within beautiful landscaped gardens and at the same time having an extensive range of food and beverage products. There will be a quality offering of a wide range of entertainment and sporting facilities such as private tennis courts and diving and water sport activities.

Sharm El Sheikh is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and has become a leading tourist resort thanks to its dramatic landscape, year-round dry and temperate climate and long stretches of natural beaches. Its waters are clear and calm for most of the year and have become popular for various water sports, particularly recreational scuba diving and snorkelling which some consider to be among the best in the world. Coral reefs, under water and marine life, unmatched anywhere in the world, offer a spectacular and dazzling time for divers. All around are Bedouins, colourful tents, mountains and sea. Sharm features all the amenities one could expect of a top class tourist resort, including casinos, discos and nightclubs, golf courses, windsurfing and other water sports, horses and camel riding, desert safaris, and great nearby antiquities attractions.

Corinthia Hotels lure Honeymooners and Anniversary Celebrates of all Ages With Special Romantic Packages

Newlyweds and longtime couples alike: everyone wants romance and luxury in their lives. The luxurious five-star Corinthia Hotels, located in some of the “hottest cities” of Europe has now created special packages just right for starry-eyed couples of any age – those just starting out or those commemorating many years together. For weddings, honeymoons, touring or exploring, Corinthia Hotels offer guests a new level of pampering and never-to-be-forgotten experiences in St. Petersburg, Russia; Lisbon, Portugal; Malta; Budapest, Hungary, and Prague, the Czech Republic.

CORINTHIA WEDDING PACKAGES

Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel in St. Petersbug, Russia

According to the U.S Census Bureau, the average age for American women marrying for the first time is 25.9; for men it is 27.5. These are newlyweds-to-be with savings, credit cards and solid career paths. Like their older just-married counterparts and anniversary celebrants, these couples want something unique and memorable to celebrate their new life together. And that is the Five-Star Wedding Package!

The Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel is situated on the famous Nevskij Prospect, central to every region of majestic Saint Petersburg, Russia. Conveniently nearby are many of the city’s major historical sites, including the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace.

A FIVE STAR WEDDING PACKAGE includes: The privacy of a dazzling banquet room, serving a sumptuous banquet. Enjoy a wedding dinner to remember including a wide variety of appetizers, a selection of fish and meat dishes, fresh fruits and a special wedding cake. For before or after, one night accommodation in an Executive Suite for the bride and groom (and arrangements for guests), floral decorations, a fruit basket, a “sweet suprise” and a bottle of Russian sparkling wine in the room, and breakfast delivered to the door. Also includes use of the hotel Fitness Centre.

Corinthia Couple's City Exploration

Looking up at the Prague skyline, one sees a charming spectacle of a building that takes the breath away and transfixes the eyes, shining like the gem of the city that it is. This amazing accomplishment in hospitality can only be the Corinthia Hotel Prague, located across the road from the Prague Congress Center, only two metro stops away from the city center. For visitors sampling the culture and life of Prague, this hotel is recommended for its location, first-rate service and unique facilities.

Prague welcomes visitors of all types, interests, and ages. It is a city of superb architecture, classically rich buildings, broad boulevards and charming little café-filled squares vivid with music and excitement. .

ESCAPE & ENJOY PACKAGE includes: Free room upgrade, daily buffet breakfast, access to Fitness & Health Club, guidance in exploring city and obtaining special event tickets $ 154 per room per night. Valid from now through August 31, 2008.

COUNTRY INN & SUITES

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Opened in Columbia, MO

A new 85-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson has opened its doors for business at 817 N. Keene Street in Columbia,Mo.

The hotel features a heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and 24-hour Club Bowflex fitness center with Bowflex® and Nautilus® equipment. Guests can also request room service fitness options as part of the Club Bowflex program. Other amenities include a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and a 40 person capacity meeting room that provides fax and copy service. The hotel offers a variety of guest rooms including standard rooms, one bedroom suites, studio suites and whirlpool rooms. All rooms feature complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, microwave, refrigerator, and cable TV. This Country Inn & Suites property is located near several shopping malls, golf courses, parks and is across from Columbia Regional Hospital. The hotel is also situated a few miles from universities and colleges including the University of Missouri, Stephens College and Columbia College.

Country Inns & Suites offers locations that feature traditional architecture and sophisticated residential interior design with hardwood flooring, lobby fireplace and decorative ceiling borders. Each hotel welcomes guests with traditional furnishings that blend rich woods and elegant floral-patterned fabrics.

The rooms offer many amenities often found at higher-priced hotels such as complimentary hot breakfast, in-room coffee maker, in-room iron and ironing board, and weekday morning newspaper. Country Inns & Suites provides aRead It & Return Lending Library at its hotels in the U.S. and Canada which lends free books to guests based on the assurance they will return the book on their next visit. As guests continue to read and return books, Country Inns & Suites makes donations to support literacy.

DERBY HOTELS COLLECTION

Granados 83 -- Barcelona is already enjoying all the social activities

The Sky of Barcelona

You can now go to the top of this Palace and, among other interesting things, sunbathe while you try a Bloody Mary with Crayfish or discover special Pasión Negra by star light after tasting our wonderful Kaspia Imperial. This is a real treat and you will enjoy it while listening to live ambience and Bossa Nova music: we have created an enchanting atmosphere that will make you feel as if you were reaching the Sky of Barcelona.

When you visit Barcelona, you will not have to wait for anyone to show you a place to relax, have lunch or enjoy a coffee. No one will tell you what to visit, or even worse, where you have to buy souvenirs.. Derby Hotels Collection invites you to discover Barcelona, in the easiest and most comfortable possible way, taking into account your preferences and your own pace. You decide how to move around, for how long you want to be out sightseeing, and what is even more important, what exactly you want to visit. When you stay at Granados 83, with this promotion, you will givean audio-guide that will allow you to enjoy Barcelona your way!

For further information and bookings visit www.iberiaplus@derbyhotels.com

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON

More soon

For information call 1-800-HHONORS. Outside the United States and Canada, please dial + 800 44 45 86 67 for assistance.

EMBASSY ROW HOTEL

The Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D.C. has announced a $15-million dollar renovation and launches phase one of the renovations which includes Dupont Circle's only rooftop terrace and pool. Here are the must-know facts:

The Embassy Row Hotel will undergo $15-million total in renovations

Rooftop terrace and pool with amazing city views will undergo half a million dollars in renovations -- complete by June 2014

New Rooftop features teak plush seating, modern landscape architecture and a fun twist on food and beverage service

Hotel will include redesigned lobby, a social bar, grab-n-go barista station, new meeting space, and a new fitness studio

Location: 2015 Massachusetts Avenue Washington, D.C. 20036. For more information check web site www.embassyrowhotel.com or e-mail ERHreservations@destinationhotels.com

EMBASSY SUITES

More specials soon!

EPOQUE HOTELS

About Epoque Hotels -- is a collection of worldwide avant-garde, trendy-chic, and luxury-classic boutique hotels based in over 100 destinations. With almost 300 hotels in its portfolio, divided into two lines: Avantgarde Line and Epoque Classic, it is rapidly establishing itself as the leading reference in the segment of boutique hotels. Headquartered in Miami, the Company has also sales offices in Italy, UK and France.

Escape the Winter With Epoque Hotels

It's that time of year again to escape the winter in many parts of the world. Wheatear you are looking for hot temperatures to enjoy the beach, or simply a milder climate in Europe. Here are some of Epoque Hotels’ best destinations for a winter escape. Below are select boutique hotels with a unique character, with style and charm.

Gran Ventana Beach Resort
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
From 148 USD
Special Offer All Inclusive 50% Off

Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel
Chiang Mai, Thailand
From 5,451 The Best rate!

The Shepley Hotel
Miami Beach, Florid (US)
From 117.90 USD
Advance booking 45 days - NRF

Hotel Tres
Mallorca, Spain
From 170 EUR -- Winter Escape

Murano Resort Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco
From 680 MAD -- Early Booking - Non Refundable

CasaSandra Boutique Hotel
Isla Holbox, Mexico
From 193.50 USD -- 25% Off Special Rate

Dune Hotel
Hua Hin, Thailand
From 3,800.00 -- The best rate

Aguas De Ibiza Lifestyle & Spa
Ibiza, Spain
From 315 EUR Early Booking Rate

EPOQUE HOTELS - AVANTGARDE HOTELS
Epoque Hotels Management
Miami - London - Beijing
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Sofu Hotel Opened in Beijing, China

The brand new Sofu Hotel opens its doors in historic Huguosi Hutong - a street with over 800 years of history that can be experienced through flavourful local foods, small antique and boutique street-front stores. With impeccable, individually styled rooms, the Sofu Hotel is a boutique hotel designed with an eclectic modern Chinese twist. Experience the authentic Beijing lifestyle in this neighbourhood, located right in the heart of the city, just a few metro stops away from many tourist attractions.

Launch Opening Super Special Rates Plus free breakfast
For more information please visit The Sofu Hotel website: www.sofuhotel.com

New Openings ---

Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

Les Suites Orient Bund Shanghai offers an elegant combination of history, culture, oriental charm and contemporary splendor. Located on the iconic South Bund, Les Suites blends original Bund architecture with Art Décor and Oriental allure to create a truly intimate boutique hotel experience. Les Suites Orient will be a member of Epoque Hotels' Collection.

As the only luxury boutique hotel on the Bund, Les Suites Orient brings sophistication, elegance and convenience to Shanghai city. The 168 spacious guest rooms including 31 luxurious suites provide panoramic views of the historic Bund, the modern Pudong and the classical Yu Gardens. As part of the chic European décor all rooms are decorated in a palette of muted earth tones with wood paneling and floors to provide an oasis of calm in one of the world's most dynamic cities. Shanghai , China

Serving as the largest base of Chinese industrial technology, the important seaport and China 's largest commercial and financial center, the multi-cultural Shanghai is rapidly developing into one of the most marvelous modern metropolitans, draws the attention of the whole world. The Bund, Shanghai A famous waterfront regarded as the symbol of Shanghai since the 1920s, its wide, tree lined boulevard along which stand the modern building of various countries than and is also one of the most attractive urban landscapes in the world. The Bund has become the centre of international finance and the third largest financial market in the world (behind London and New York) as well as the touring resort thus forms as a colorful picture of the Shanghai City.

The Epoque collection is composed of over 300 style-driven, boutique hotels located in 100 destinations worldwide. The collection isdivided into two categories: Epoque and Avantgarde. The Classic collection is dedicated to sleek, exemplary boutique hotels, while the Avantgarde collection is devoted to the most hip, trend-setting members. Established in 2002 and headquartered in Miami, Florida, Epoque Hotels also has sales offices in Italy, The United Kingdom, Spain and China.

For reservations or more information on all of Epoque's properties, visit www.epoquehotels.com or call (305) 538-9697 or (866) 376-7831.

Epoque & Avantgarde Hotels Grows to 300 Properties

Epoque & Avantgarde Hotels continue to excel in establishing itself as the most coveted collection of trend-setting and luxury-classic boutique hotels. In mid July 2007 the American Hotel Representation Company reaches 300 properties in the top worldwide destinations, adding thirty more to its portfolio from the beginning of the year.

Several of the most recent acquisitions are also located in new attractive sites. For example, the Sugar Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, is the second property in the African continent together with the Murano Oriental in Marrakech, which opened last February. The Dream Bangkok, sister Hotel of the Dream Hotel in New York, is also an addition to Epoque & Avantgarde Hotels' interest in the Asian market. The Hotel 27 in Copenhagen, with its newly opened Absolut Ice Bar, is instead the confirmation of the company's appreciation of the Scandinavian appeal.

Other properties consolidate its portfolio in destinations in which the company is already well established, such as France with the 9 Hotel and the Hotel Pulitzer Opera, both in Paris, and Spain with the Hospes Madrid and the Hospes Palacio del Bailio in Cordoba. Worth pointing out is also the growing collection of exotic South and Central American boutique hotels that now include dreamy and unusual resorts such as the Xaloc Resort in Isla Holbox, Mexico or the Elan Hotel in Calafate, on the Patagonian glaciers.

For more information, check web site www.epoquehotels.com, and www.avantgardehotels.com 

FAENA HOTEL + UNIVERSE:

The FAENA HOTEL+UNIVERSE encompasses restaurants, bars, theater spaces, an exceptional wine cellar, world-class spa, 110 guest rooms and suites. It is the heart of Buenos Aires' burgeoning Faena Art District.

Alan Faena has been credited with pioneering the current renaissance of Buenos Aires - with helping create a revitalized, culturally vibrant experience, in line with the glory of the Belle Époque days in the early 1900's. Prior to its refurbishment El Porteño Building, which contains the Universe, was a silo - abandoned and derelict - dating to 1902. But even in this forgotten state the building continued to radiate splendor, heralding a majestic vision of Argentina to the world. Alan Faena partnered with Philippe Starck to set about recreating the belle époque within this space and reinterpreting the times when the future was everything.

Faena Hotel + Universe is currently offering a few travel packages (mentioned below). If you are interested in making arrangements, please call 54 11 4010 9000 or visit www.faenahotelanduniverse.com

HONEYMOON PACKAGE:
Wedding season is upon us again. Whether you are looking for a luxurious retreat after a stressful wedding OR an adventurous honeymoon filled with new experiences, the opulent and seductive Faena Hotel + Universe in Buenos Aires holds all the solutions. Added to the heat and passion that the city is known for… This is a honeymoon that will certainly fan the flames of romance and desire.

With a choice of two decadently appointed suites, plus sumptuous couples treatments at Faena’s world-class spa, gourmet meals and cocktails at the hotel’s lavish restaurants and bars and even a decadent night at El Cabaret to see the renowned and sexy Rojo Tango show, the Faena Honeymoon package offers unrivaled service with an eye for custom details. Even before you check-in your own personal Experience Manager will help to arrange all details of the wedding night and days to follow according to your specific instruction, even providing creative suggestions to help make your trip extraordinary.

Package Includes:

Chauffer driver airport transfers
Deluxe accommodation in The Porteno Suite or Tower Suite
Honeymoon floral arrangement
Champagne and sweets turndown service
Three-course dinner for two in El Bistro with Argentine wines
Floral Lovers Bath: Aphrodisiac bath in a marble Jacuzzi surrounded with candles and rose petals followed by a massage for two
Breakfast in bed (or in El Mercado)
Complimentary access to the Gym, Swimming Pool, Sauna and Hammam
Chauffer driven car at your disposition for 3 hours to tour the city of Buenos Aires

Rate in El Porteno Suite- $1100 + 21% tax per night (2 night minimum stay)
Rate in Tower Suite- $2100 + 21% tax per night (2 night minimum stay)

FAENA DREAMS:
Achieving a state of equilibrium is vital to a good night’s sleep. We invite you to open your session with a restful pause in the Relaxation Room, where you can also enjoy a variety of cold infusions, fruit and nuts. Next you bask in the Sauna and Hammam to eliminate any toxins that have accumulated during the day and to prepare your skin for a soothing Aromatherapy massage with deliciously-scented sleep-enhancing Lavender and Melissa oils. To finish, a session of Pranic Healing will balance your Base Chakra and neutralize any remaining restlessness.
Approx. Duration: 4 to 5hrs AR$850 (US$265)

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL

Ultimate Performance Triathlon Training Camp at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village launched the first Triathlon Training Camp in the brand’s history. In 2014, Four Seasons was home to the Ultimate Performance Triathlon Training Camp—an all inclusive triathlon training program led by professional coaches and the on-site California Health and Longevity Institute team. This specialized training camp was created by triathlete coaches for athletes of all fitness levels with the goal of improving performance, ability, and efficiency.

The Ultimate Performance Triathlon Training Camp is an all-inclusive experience, complete with comprehensive fitness testing, customized training programs, schedule of specific meals for training athletes, nutrition education, recovery spa treatments, and Four Seasons accommodations. The program begins with a variety of fitness assessments and tests at California Health and Longevity Institute (CHLI), the Hotel’s on-site health and wellness center. Ultimate Performance coaches will provide expert video analysis of the guests’ running, swimming and cycling capabilities. Additionally, the certified team at CHLI will offer Bod Pod body composition tests, VO2 lung capacity tests, oxygen blood tests, and more. Training programming and specific recommendations are customized based on the results and analysis of these initial tests.

In addition to numerous running, swimming and cycling training sessions, the program also includes complementary exercises including yoga, stretching, and weight lifting. Guests of the camp will also receive all meals daily—designed specifically for the training schedule with nutritional consultation by CHLI’s on-site Registered Dietitians. Triathletes will also gain education on the importance of recovery—including sleep advice from Four Seasons’ “Dream Team” of sleep experts and multiple spa treatments.

Coaches of the Ultimate Performance Triathlon Training Camp are the top coaches in the industry. USMS Coach Doug Green and USAT Level 3 Certified Coach Ian Murray designed the camp and bring years of triathlete training experience. Both renowned coaches have trained hundreds of athletes to personal success. Their team of trainers and instructors has a myriad of certifications including United States Masters Swimming, American Swim Coaches Association, USA Swimming, USA Triathlon, USA Cycling and The Red Cross.

For Ultimate Performance Triathlon Training Camp reservations contact Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village at 818-575-3000 or online at www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage

About Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
As the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts currently manages 91 properties in 37 countries.  Open since 2006, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village provides a preferred address for both business and leisure travelers, and the highly personalized, anticipatory service that Four Seasons guests expect and value around the world.  The Los Angeles Valley hotel features 269 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, 40,000 square-foot award-winning spa, and state-of-the-art California Health and Longevity Institute on 20 acres of lush grounds. For more information on Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, California, visit www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage.

The Four Seasons Hotel Denver is the Newest Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel Denver is offering guests three introductory packages to choose from for their first stay:

TheNight and Companion On Us package, includes a two-night stay in a deluxe room, with the second night at no additional charge, as well as complimentary companion charges for the EDGE Restaurant when experienced together.

Enjoy all Denver has to offer with the Eat, Shop, Spa package that includes a one night’s stay in a deluxe room and exclusive shopping savings and offers from a variety of retailers. In addition, the package includes a 90-minute spa treatment, and lunch at EDGE.

Experience the added value and personalized service that Four Seasons is known for with the Experience More package which includes a one night’s stay in a superior room and a USD 25.00 credit for a choice of breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks in EDGE. Or, the credit may be used in the Spa at Four Seasons.

GAYLORD HOTELS

Gaylord Hotels Shows Support for Environmental Conservation
Special ‘Rooms for Good’ package to benefit Conservation International this September

Gaylord Hotels demonstrates its commitment to the environment through its support for Conservation International.

Conservation International (CI) is a non-profit organization that works to create a healthy planet to ensure a better life for everyone, everywhere. CI helps communities, countries and societies protect tropical forests, lush grasslands, rivers, wetlands, abundant lakes and the sea. CI believes that every person on Earth deserves a healthy environment and the fundamental benefits that nature provides. By working with partners, CI is forging a brighter future for both people and nature.

The exclusive Conservation International Rooms for Good package rate starts at $179* per couple/per night, based on availability. It includes one night’s accommodations at one of Gaylord Hotels’ four properties, located in some of America’s most popular destinations, including the Washington, D.C. metro area, just outside of Orlando, Fla., in the heart of America’s Country Music Capital, Nashville, Tenn., and in the Dallas/Ft. Worth-area, in the Lone Star State.

Rooms for Good is a co-operative marketing and fundraising program that features a different charity each month. In addition to raising money for non-profit organizations, Gaylord Hotels raises awareness of the cause through its advertising, public relations and social media platforms.
For more information and to book a Rooms for Good getaway, visit www.RoomsForGood.com.

About Gaylord Hotels®
Gaylord Hotels® is a collection of four upscale, resorts which afford endless opportunities for leisure travelers and conventioneers. The hotel company’s hallmark – “everything in one place” – provides vacationers with diverse dining options, quality spa and fitness center services, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping and endless activities – all within each resort. Gaylord Hotels is a pioneer in the hotel and convention industry with properties in the nation’s most desirable destinations. Gaylord Hotels include Gaylord Opryland® in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms® in Kissimmee, Florida near Orlando; and Gaylord Texan® on Lake Grapevine near Dallas, Texas, and Gaylord National® on the Potomac in National Harbor, Maryland. Gaylord Hotels is owned and operated by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, please visit: www.GaylordHotels.com.

The rate varies at each resort and excludes tax, parking and resort fee. More information is available at www.RoomsForGood.com.

HIGH LINE HOTEL

About The High Line Hotel:

Nestled within a cluster of landmarked buildings in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, The High Line Hotel is an urban sanctuary offering guests a respite from the city in a historic setting. Originally built in 1895 as student housing for the General Theological Seminary, the intimate 60-room Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors-designed property is located within a rare, cloistered community overlooking the High Line park and an enclosed private garden. Blending eclectic Americana with European style, the property pays tribute to its English collegiate Gothic roots. A destination of its own, the hotel's lobby is the home to Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee's first East Coast outpost. The High Line Hotel is a development of MCR Development LLC and The Brodsky Organization.

HILTON HOTELS & HILTON GARDEN INNS

Hilton Burlington Unveils HHonors™ Executive Lounge as Part of Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Project

With décor inspired by a traditional Vermont farmhouse, the Hilton Burlington’s new Executive Lounge features three distinct areas including a dining buffet area, a salon lounge and a computer work section. The Executive Lounge’s color palette is warm and natural, inspired by the New England autumn. The furniture is custom-designed, showcasing fabric sofas with leather inserts. The centerpiece of the salon is an oversized farmhouse fireplace with a mantle of Vermont slate and white panel millwork above the hearth. All light fixtures are custom designed by the local artisans at Hubbardton Forge. Executives have access to several computer stations or can set up at an elegant floating counter wired for connectivity and Wi-Fi.

The Executive Lounge offers a daily complimentary American breakfast, a wide selection of fresh fruit, nuts and dry snacks throughout the day and a nightly “manager’s reception,” which encourages business networking and features hot and cold appetizers. Beer, wine and cocktails are available for purchase.

The new Executive Lounge will be open to Hilton HHonorsTM Gold and Diamond members.

About Hilton Burlington:

Situated on the waterfront, Hilton Burlington offers expansive views of scenic Lake Champlain and the picturesque Adirondacks. Within a very short walk, guests can experience the vibrant downtown Church Street Marketplace filled with numerous restaurants, bars and weekly activities. Located minutes from Burlington International Airport and Interstate 89, this Hilton hotel in Burlington, VT. is easily accessible by land or air and is just 90 minutes from Montreal. Featuring 18,000 square-feet of flexible meeting space and free-to-guest connectivity, this hotel is the ideal venue for your next business or social event.

Each of the hotel’s 258 guestrooms is furnished with the Hilton Serenity Collection® of upscale in-room amenities, which includes the Hilton Serenity Bed with Serta Suite Dreams mattress, Pacific Coast® down duvet, Super Topper mattress pads and high-quality linens and pillows, in-room coffee system, featuring world-renowned Lavazza® coffee from Italy and a Cuisinart® dual-cup, single-brew coffeemaker. Each guest room also has a spacious work desk and the innovative Hilton Family easy-to-set alarm clock/MP3 player. Wired and wireless high-speed Internet access is available throughout the hotel to ensure guests stay connected for work and leisure. Hilton Burlington is operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company.

Location: 60 Battery Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401

For more information or to make reservations, visit www.burlington.hilton.com or call 802.658.6500. Follow Hilton Burlington on eblast.braintrustlv.com, Facebook and Twitter.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Founded in 1919 as the flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to build upon its legacy of innovation by developing products and services to meet the needs of savvy global travelers at more than 550 hotels across six continents. Hilton is the stylish, forward-thinking global leader in hospitality with Team Members shaping experiences in which every guest feels cared for, valued and respected. Access the latest news at www.news.hilton.com and begin your journey at www.hilton.com or www.hilton.com/offers for the latest hotel specials. View a list of official social channels at www.hilton.com/social. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market leading brands.

Hilton New York Takes its Sustainability Initiatives to New Heights
With Installation of Green Roof and Cogeneration System

Manhattan’s largest hotel has announced the completion of a new green roof system and the installation of a Cogeneration (Combined Heat & Power) System, both designed to reduce the hotel’s overall carbon footprint. To help promote awareness of the hotel’s sustainability efforts, all guests staying at Hilton New York will be provided with room keycards that depict an image of the new green roof.

The 16,000-square-foot green roof system was installed by Xero Flor America and is located on the hotel’s fifth floor rooftop setback on the building’s West 53rd Street side. The system represents a major investment by Hilton New York to benefit efforts in carbon capture, energy conservation, and reduction of the Urban Heat Island effect.

Hilton New York’s green roof supports local farming industries and plays host to locally grown plants harvested from an upstate New York farm. The foliage and roots of those plants naturally absorb airborne pollutants, which in turn prevents large quantities of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. Additionally, the vegetated rooftop deflects solar radiation and reduces the thermal load, reducing the energy previously expended in cooling the property. All together, these benefits aid in the reduction of the Urban Heat Island effect – or increased temperatures in midtown Manhattan due to concentrated cityscapes and a lack of vegetation.

The installation of a highly-efficient, environmentally-friendly Cogeneration system also situated on the hotel’s 5th floor roof setback, will provide in excess of 50 percent of the hotel’s electrical power and over 40 percent of its steam consumption for heating and hot water requirements. As the largest hotel in New York City with 1,981 rooms, Hilton New York consumes over 23 million kW hours of electricity per year. The Cogeneration system is expected to be fully operational by summer 2012.

Based on well-proven technology, this 1,750kW Cogeneration system uses clean and efficient natural gas to produce electricity and hot water for the hotel. The system will consist of seven 250kW energy modules manufactured by SDP Energy, Inc., a California-based leader in green and reliable on-site energy systems. 

At 1,750kW, this will be the largest Cogeneration system to be installed at a New York City hotel. Once operational by early summer 2012, the system will reduce the Hilton New York’s carbon footprint by in more than 30 percent, the Co2 reduction into the atmosphere will be over 10,000 metric tons per year equal to removing more than 6,000 mid-sized sedans from the roads.

Hilton New York has worked to build a strong track record of green practices and has subsequently emerged as an industry leader in environmentally-friendly practices. Other programs include the use of UTC Power® fuel cell technology, which is a cleaner method of providing electric power and hot water to the property. As a result of these practices and others, Hilton New York has earned a 4 Green Keys Rating (out of a possible 5) from the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.

This Green Key Global program is a graduated rating systems designed to recognize hotels, motels and resorts that are committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance. According to the Green Key Global program, Hilton New York is described as, “A hotel that has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through wide ranging policies and practices. Mature programs that involve management, employees, guests and the public have shown substantial and measurable results.”

Hilton New York uses LightStay, Hilton Worldwide’s proprietary system, to analyze, report and help the company improve its sustainability performance on property -- the first and only major multi-brand hospitality company to make sustainability measurement and corrective action a brand standard at each of our 3,800 hotels. Additionally, through strategic partnerships such as Global Soap Project and Good360, the Hilton New York engages guests and maximizes operational efficiencies including waste and costs across our portfolio. Hilton Worldwide is committed to reducing energy, carbon and waste by 20%; and water by 10% by 2014 and became the first in the industry to achieve ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications -- certifying the company’s entire system globally and achieving one of the largest volume certifications of commercial buildings in history.

The 1,981-room Hilton New York, located in the heart of midtown Manhattan on Avenue of the Americas between West 53rd and West 54th streets, is a sophisticated international hotel that appeals to both savvy business and leisure travelers. The hotel is within a short walking distance of Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Museum of Modern Art and Carnegie Hall, and is just a few blocks away from Times Square, Broadway theaters and the renowned Fifth Avenue shopping district.  Hilton New York features extensive facilities that can accommodate large conferences and conventions, smaller meetings and elegant banquets.

For more information and details about Hilton New York’s sustainability efforts, please visit the hotel’s website at www.hiltonnewyorkhotel.com.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

One of the most recognized names in the industry, Hilton Hotels & Resorts stands as the stylish, forward thinking global leader in hospitality. From inaugural balls and Hollywood award galas to business events and days to remember, Hilton is where the world makes history, closes the deal, toasts special occasions and gets away from it all. The flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide continues to build upon its legacy of innovation by developing products and services to meet the needs of tomorrow's savvy global travelers while more than 144,000 Team Members shape experiences in which every guest feels cared for, valued and respected. Today, the Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio includes more than 540 hotels in 78 countries and the brand remains synonymous with "hotel." Access the latest Hilton news at www.hiltonglobalmediacenter.com or begin your journey at www.hilton.com. Social media users can engage with Hilton at www.twitter.com/hiltononline, www.facebook.com/hilton and www.youtube.com/hilton. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information. 

Hilton Hotels Corporation Reveals Its New Development In Australasia: The Hilton Rarotonga Resort & Spa

A subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation has signed an agreement with Rarotonga International Limited (which is affiliated to New Zealand-based property developer, McEwan Group) to manage the Hilton Rarotonga Resort and Spa. The resort will be the first international, deluxe hotel offering on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands.

Easily accessible, the resort is a 15-minute drive from the international airport. It is also 13 km from Avarua, Rarotonga’s main town and port which is a bustling tourism centre and host to many cruising yachts.

For further information please contact Hilton Hotels Australasia (Sydney) +61 29266 2091, +61 (0)447 710 099 / charlotte.seymour@hilton.com

Hilton Garden Inn® Heats up Travel with Bed N, Breakfast

Hilton Garden Inn®, the award-winning mid-priced hotel brand, is proud to announce that its Bed N‚ Breakfast package is now available throughout the year. The Hilton Garden Inn Bed'N Breakfast offer includes a cooked-to-order breakfast for each adult staying in the same room - and kids 12 & under eat free! With nearly 270 million households staying at hotels annually and one out of five trips including children*, the Bed N‚ Breakfast package provides great value for traveling families and guests all year long.

Until recently the Bed N‚ Breakfast promotion was only available November through March, now the package is available 365 days a year. Guests can also sleep in on the weekends and take advantage of the ŒLazy Breakfast‚ service with breakfast being served until 11 a.m. The Bed N‚ Breakfast package can be booked online at StayHGI.com.

Hilton Garden Inn offers more than 325 locations throughout Europe and North America with amenities that help guests sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while on the road. From a full service restaurant offering freshly cooked-to-order breakfast, dinner and evening room service; complimentary wired and Wi-Fi high-speed Internet access; a 24-hour complimentary business center; workout facility with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment; complimentary Stay Fit Kits® that can be checked out from the front desk; to a swimming pool and whirlpool; guests will find everything, right where they need it, at Hilton Garden Inn.

For more information about Hilton Garden Inn locations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany and Italy or to plan your next getaway, visit www.StayHGI.com or call 1-877-STAY-HGI.

Hilton Garden Inn 

Hilton Garden Inn is the award-winning, mid-priced brand that continually strives to ensure today‚s busy travelers have everything they need to be most productive on the road ˜ from complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet access in all guestrooms and remote printing to the hotel‚s complimentary 24-hour business center to one of the most comfortable beds you will ever experience with the Garden Sleep SystemTM. So whether on the road for personal or business reasons, Hilton Garden Inn offers the amenities and services for travelers to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and work smart while on the road.

Hilton Garden Inn is part of Hilton Hotels Corporation; recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 2,800 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton®, Conrad®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand VacationsTM, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection®.

Members of the Hilton HHonors® guest reward program can earn Points & Miles® for every qualifying stay at Hilton Garden Inn locations. HHonors is the only hotel program that allows any of its members to Double Dip® by simultaneously accumulating both hotel points and airline miles with each qualifying stay. HHonors membership, earning of Points & Miles, and redemption of points is subject to HHonors terms and conditions.

For more information about Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany and Italy or to find your next getaway, check web site www.StayHGI.com or call 1-877-STAY-HGI.

HISTORIC HOTELS OF AMERICA

Historic Hotels of America Honors Takamasa Osano and Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP

Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels, is presenting the 2016 Historic Hotels of America Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Takamasa Osano and Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP. This national award is to honor their more than fifty years of stewardship, commitment, and leadership shown through the restorations, and preservation of the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort (1901); The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort (1927); Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel (1875), and the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa (1963).

This prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the 2016 Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony & Gala on November 3, 2016, at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort (1927) Honolulu, Hawaii.

Mr. Osano and Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts, LP are committed to the stewardship of these iconic landmarks, evident in their complete restoration of the Moana Surfrider in 1988, and major renovations of The Royal Hawaiian in 2009 and 2015. The Sheraton Maui Resort maintained its respect for the heritage of the land it sits upon during its major redevelopment in 1996. In 2015, The Palace Hotel, an iconic treasure in San Francisco for more than a century, completed an extensive renovation including a restoration of the landmark Garden Court. In doing so, Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP has invested more than half a billion dollars including more than $300 million in extensive renovations and restorations to their Waikiki hotels and more than $200 million on Maui and in San Francisco. Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP is very committed to protecting the environment through sustainable business practices, proactive community initiatives and investments in cutting-edge technology to provide guests with luxurious accommodations and signature service while conserving precious natural resources.

“The commitment shown by the leadership of Mr. Takamasa Osano and the more than fifty years of significant investment in these historic hotels in Hawaii and California by Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts has enabled generations of travelers from around the world to experience these iconic and legendary historic hotels,” said Lawrence Horwitz, executive director, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We admire and are pleased to recognize Mr. Osano’s and Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts’ exemplary stewardship of these legendary hotels and their extensive commitment to the communities in which each hotel is located. Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts is a model for others as shown by its more than fifty years of support for local volunteer activities and cultural initiatives.”

About Historic Hotels of America®
Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America has inducted more than 295 historic hotels into its register of the finest historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit <http://www.historichotels.org>HistoricHotels.org. Click www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKoXojJAjy8&feature=youtu.be to see the Historic Hotels of America video.

About Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP
Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP (Kyo-ya) has a storied history in Hawaii. Founded by Kenji Osano in 1960 as a subsidiary of Japan-based Kokusai Kogyo, Kyo-ya Company, Ltd. first established itself in the islands in 1961 and soon after purchased the Kyo-ya Japanese Restaurant on the edge of Fort DeRussy in Waikiki. In 1963 the company expanded with the acquisition of the Princess Kaiulani, historic Moana, and Surfrider hotels. In 1974, Kyo-ya purchased The Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Waikiki and Sheraton Maui, becoming the steward of the two most historic properties in Waikiki - the Moana Hotel (opened 1901) and The Royal Hawaiian (opened 1927). Since 2006, Kyo-ya has been in the process of a $1 billion reinvestment in its Hawaii and California properties.

For more information check web site www.historichotels.org; www.historichotelsworldwide.com

HOTEL HUGO

Hotel Hugo

For more information contact Hotel Hugo; check web site www.hotelhugony.com . Hotel Hugo is located at 525 Greenwich Street. New York City

HYATT HOTEL & RESORTS

Hyatt Regency Denver Implements Innovative Environmental Sustainability Efforts with Help from Staff and Guests -- Seeking to Become Colorado’s First Hotel with Green Seal Certification

Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center has started to implement a comprehensive sustainability program designed to minimize the hotel’s overall carbon footprint and decrease its environmental impact. Global Hyatt Corporation is committed to environmental responsibility, and Hyatt Regency Denver (Hyatt) strives to lead the way with sustainable environmental initiatives that will have a long-lasting impact on the community.  

Hyatt’s program focuses on water savings, energy savings, waste reduction/recycling, and staff environmental education. These areas of emphasis mark Hyatt’s commitment to genuine stewardship and shared responsibility, and support Global Hyatt’s environmental efforts being implemented around the world:

Water Conservation

Designed with guestroom low flow pluming fixtures including toilets (1.4 gallon tanks), faucets (rated 1.5 gallons per minute), and showerheads (rated 2.5 gallons per minute);

Converted automatic hand sinks and urinals in public restrooms to low flow units;

Implemented a climate-appropriate landscape design with a water efficient irrigation system; Established policy that housekeeping only changes bed linens at the request of the customer and when rooms are newly occupied;

and serve water by request only in banquets. 

In 2007, the hotel had an annual consumption of 45 million gallons of water, and without these implemented features, would likely have seen an increase of 10 percent of the annual water consumption.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint

Installed a hydronic plate cooling system that utilizes outside air to cool the hotel when temperature variations allow;
Converted 95 percent of the hotel’s light bulbs to energy saving fluorescent bulbs;
Reclamation of heat from laundry waste water to preheat incoming cold water; and
Whenever possible, chefs use locally grown produce. 

Based on the use of compact florescent as opposed to incandescent light bulbs in the 1,100 guestrooms, the hotel has realized a savings of 1,171,207.62 Kwh per year, which reflects a 6.5% savings in annual consumption. 

Reducing Landfill Waste and Recycling

Placed newspaper racks on each guest floor as opposed to individual room delivery;
First hotel in Denver to use a Waste Management single stream recycling compactor;
Placed recycling bins in all guest rooms (1,100), and placed tandem trash/recycling bins with informational signage in all public areas;
Implemented a recycling program and tandem trash/recycling bins for staff and restaurant; and
Converted “to-go” containers to biodegradable containers. 

As a result, Hyatt has reduced an estimated 25 percent of its landfill waste, and continues to monitor its business practices for avenues for additional waste reduction methods. 

Staff Education
Additionally, Hyatt has invested resources into creating a culture of environmental awareness and education of its staff by creating an active Green Committee of employees from various operations and executive departments. The committee of individuals serve as environmental ambassadors providing leadership, driving change, and increasing awareness on multiple environmental issues within the workplace and beyond. Not only does the Hyatt Green Committee develop and implement change initiatives at work, but each member looks for ways to educate fellow associates. For example, in celebration of Earth Week 2008, the committee provided fluorescent light bulbs and environmental educational information to employees for their use at home. Hyatt has also hosted internal meetings specifically to educate staff on the hotel’s sustainability efforts; brought in industry experts, such as Waste Management, for internal trainings; and provided environmental, educational and technical materials in several languages such as Spanish and Russian.

Hyatt has already seen positive results from all of its initiatives, and plans to apply for a “Green Seal Certification” by the end of 2008. Green Seal is a national non-profit that has developed “science-based environmental certification standards that are credible, transparent, and essential in an increasingly educated and competitive marketplace.” If successful, Hyatt is on track to becoming the first Green Seal certified hotel in Colorado. 

For information on Hyatt Regency Denver, visit denverregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp; and for more information on the Green Seal Certification, visit www.greenseal.org.

About Global Hyatt Corporation

Global Hyatt Corporation, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, offers today’s travelers more than 730 hotels and resorts (more than 136,000 rooms) in 45 countries. The company’s affiliates own, operate, manage and franchise Hyatt-branded hotels and resorts under Park Hyatt™, Grand Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency™, Hyatt Resorts™, Hyatt®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt Summerfield Suites® brands. In April 2007, Hyatt launched its newest global brand, Andaz™. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. operator of Hyatt Vacation Club and fractional residential properties and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc, which franchises Hawthorn Suites and Microtel Inns and Suites. From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234, or logging on to www.hyatt.com.

Grand Hyatt Denver Launches $3.9 Million Suite Renovation

The general manager of the award-winning Grand Hyatt Denver Downtown, Ed Bucholtz, announced a $3.9 million renovation of the hotel's premier suites plus the Grand Club. More than $350,000 will go into updating each three-room unit, the largest measuring close to 800 square feet, promising that they will be like none-other in the Mile High City. The over-the-top design includes millwork with custom crown molding and rich, warm woodwork, complemented with punches of bright color.

The timeless, classic residential feel carries into the bath that features television sets embedded in the mirrors, vessel sinks set atop a cantilevered vanity and ceramic tile walls surrounding a free-standing bath tub. Glass graces the upper portion of the walls that separate this space from the sleeping area. These suites embrace the great room concept that is so prevalent in home design today and, in keeping with the latest trend, are void of a formal dining area. With all singularly appointed, a custom color palette has been created for each. Accents of fresh, natural greens and blues to striking oranges and golds play off of deep brown and tan walnut case pieces and genuine leather furnishings. The large, built-in LCD television set is easily viewed from anywhere in the room incorporating elements reminiscent of home that are not generally found in hotel accommodations. Parlor entryways are granite-touched, as are the kitchenettes, which are offset by deep-toned cabinetry.

Green Design Elements

Certainly, today's societal concern for the environment is carefully considered. To answer that, the Grand Hyatt Denver design team insured that each accommodation is fully equipped with the most up-to-date and technically savvy energy saving devices from individual, digitally controlled thermostats to fixtures that conserve water to florescent light bulbs. Structurally, these suites are completely re-engineered with this goal in mind, achieving it with reconfigured walls and ceilings that capture and contain air to maintain rooms at a proper temperature with minimal energy consumption. Even the elevators that deliver hotel guests to the top floors where these suites are housed have been re-tooled for efficiency and speed of service.

Grand Hyatt Denver Houses Colorado Contingent

During the Democratic National Convention, AAA Four Diamond Grand Hyatt Denver hosts the Colorado delegation. It is located one block from the Mile-High City's hub, the Sixteenth Street Mall, and a simple walk to the Colorado Convention Center. The Grand Hyatt boasts the city's premier banquet facility, The Pinnacle Club by Grand Hyatt, which will see solid activity throughout the five-day world-focused convention. From this vantage point on the 38th floor of the adjoining office tower, the entire Rocky Mountain Front Range is clearly visible, from Pikes Peak to the Wyoming border, with the city skyline in the foreground. Additionally, the hotel provides 512 guest rooms, some of the region's most spacious, each featuring the Hyatt Grand Bed, high speed internet access, well-lit work stations and complimentary access to the health club, indoor pool and outdoor whirlpool, tennis court and jogging track. The restaurant, 1876, named for the year Colorado became a state, this summer features a special prix fixe menu for just $52.80 per couple incorporating products, herbs and spices indigenous to the area and calling to mind the fact that Denver is one mile, 5280 feet, above sea level.

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Partners with ê Shave to Cater to Men with Unique Spa Shave  Program SM

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and ê Shave, a company known around the globe for their shaving expertise and artistically-inspired line of luxury grooming essentials, have partnered to offer ê Shave’s Spa Shave ProgramSM at select Hyatt Pure locations in North America.

Hyatt Pure is Hyatt's worldwide collection of spas that embrace the local culture of a destination to create culturally relevant spa experiences for guests. The Spa ShaveSM program serves to upgrade men’s wet-shave routine with its sophisticated and modern twist on the traditional barbershop services. This new offering, compromised of three-steps, is designed exclusively for Hyatt Pure to cater to their male clients specific shaving needs.

The Spa Shave ProgramSM will roll out in three distinct phases:

Retail, consultation, and shaving services. The first two phases of the program are currently being implemented at Hyatt Pure locations in the U.S. The final step, the implementation of the shaving services, is scheduled to launch later this year.

This new service demonstrates Hyatt Pure’s commitment to the men’s market. Through the ê Shave partnership, Hyatt Pure will engage this audience through their daily ritual of shaving. “By upgrading men’s shaving habits, you open the door for them to explore other spa services. They may come in for a shave, and walk out having had a massage,” said Danielle Malka, President of ê Shave. Through this exclusive partnership with ê Shave, Hyatt Pure will launch the Spa Shave ProgramSM in the following three phases:

Retail Product Offerings:

ê Shave’s line of grooming essentials will be available for retail at select Hyatt Pure spa locations and online at www.hyattathome.com. This is the first line of grooming products designed for men that Hyatt Hotel & Resorts will carry. Finally, Hyatt Pure spa’s male guests can obtain a close, comfortable shave without having to compromise their sophisticated style and urban taste.

ê Shave’s upscale line of shaving essentials includes:
·        ê Shave products: ê Pre-Shave Oil, ê Shave Cream, ê Shave Soap, ê After Shave Cream, ê Fragrance Free Soother, ê Alum Block
·        ê Shave accessories: ê Shave Badger Brushes and  ê Shave Razors
·        ê Shave’s handcrafted and artistically-inspired shave stands

Shaving Consultation:

Available to guests while receiving spa treatments and/or when purchasing ê Shave products, shaving consultations will educate men on the basics of obtaining the perfect shave. Hyatt’s ê Shave trained estheticians will help upgrade a man’s daily shave routine through an assessment of individual skin needs along with advice on the right razor, shave cream, and lathering brush. This unique shaving consultation will have men reaping the rewards of ê Shave’s promise: No razor burn, no bumps, no ingrown hair, no 5 o’clock shadow; just irresistible, touchable, smooth skin every time.™

Shaving Services:

Launching at select Hyatt Pure locations, the shaving services will allow men to enjoy their daily shave without having to lift a finger. This new offering will be backed by ê Shave products with services delivered by Hyatt Pure estheticians. Perfect for the business traveler getting ready for a major presentation or for grooms and groomsmen getting ready for the big day.

For additional information, please visit www.hyattpure.com.

ê Shave’s Spa Shave ProgramSM is available at the following Hyatt Pure locations:

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa: Austin-Bastrop, TX
Hyatt Regency Calgary: Calgary, CA
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Spa & Marina: Cambridge, MD
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa: Honolulu, HI
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa: Huntington Beach, CA
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino: Incline Village, NV
Hyatt Regency Grand Champions Resort & Spa: Indian Wells, CA
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa: Kauai, HI
Hyatt Regency Key West Resort, Spa & Marina: Key West, FL
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa: Maui, HI
Hotel Victor: Miami, FL
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis: Minneapolis, MN
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa: San Antonio, TX
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego: San Diego, CA
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa: Santa Ana Pueblo, NM
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch Resort & Spa: Scottsdale, AZ
Park Hyatt Toronto: Toronto, CA
Park Hyatt Washington: Washington, DC

About Global Hyatt Corporation

Global Hyatt Corporation, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, offers today’s travelers over 735 hotels and resorts (over 136,000 rooms) in more than 44 countries. The company’s affiliates own, operate, manage and franchise Hyatt branded hotels and resorts under the Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Resorts®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Place™ and Hyatt Summerfield Suites® brands. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. operator of the Hyatt Vacation Club and fractional residential properties and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc., which franchises Hawthorn Suites and Microtel Inns and Suites.

From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234 or logging onto www.hyatt.com

About ê Shave

ê Shave, defined by their unique style and unparalleled luxury, is known around the globe for their beautiful and sophisticated collection of shaving essentials. Based on the principals of fine jewelry making, ê Shave creates one-of-a-kind, artistic tools and accessories. ê Shave continues to be the only company that hand-sculpts its own designs to appeal to the discerning tastes of aesthetically discriminating and design conscious men. ê Shave has modernized the wet-shaving tradition. ê Shave products are available in select upscale retailers throughout the United States and 15 countries worldwide.

For more information visit www.eshave.com or call 800.94.SHAVE.

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts is First Hotel Chain to Create Destination-Specific Digital Download Music Program

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has announced its new digital download music pilot program, in partnership with leading digital music agency Audiosuite, at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch and Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa located between Austin and Bastrop, Texas.

Individual properties will offer unique, destination-specific music collections, making Hyatt’s program truly a first in the industry. Each property’s signature collections will be available online for users to download in a universally compatible MP3 format – the most widely utilized digital music format – so guests can bring their Hyatt experience home.

Hyatt plans to roll out the new digital download program to its properties across North America and the Caribbean throughout 2007. Both Hyatt’s Scottsdale and Lost Pines resorts now feature music on property that celebrates the respective destination as well as showcases international and local artists. The tone, style and pace of the music adjusts throughout each day to capture the essence of the environment and guest experience, such as the tranquility of a relaxing morning massage at Scottsdale’s Spa Avania or the energy and vitality of an evening at Lost Pine’s Shellers Barrelhouse Bar.

Playlists at both Hyatt properties were cultivated from a vast catalog of the world’s most unique and talented artists, and were assembled by local property representatives and music experts as well as a team of internationally-based stylists from Music Styling headed by Mark Barrott. Originally starting out as a performer and DJ, Barrott has completed five albums, provided music for the MTV Video Music Awards, the VH1 Worldwide Fashion Awards, composed music for many films and leading brand advertisements, as well as remixing famous artists like Tom Jones.

Hyatt music collection gift cards can be purchased on property or at the property web site www.scottsdale.hyatt.com and www.lostpines.hyatt.com. Additionally, any Web site visitor can listen to the tracks, purchase full collections via credit card, or purchase gift certificates for the collections. Tracks are not sold individually. The MP3 format allows consumers to play the tracks on any device, burn CDs and make as many copies as they like for personal use. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch will feature five music collections throughout the property that celebrate Arizona’s contemporary artistry, its peaceful desert atmosphere and its vibrant nightlife.

These playlists include:

• Vu Collection: This vibrant, sexy, sophisticated restaurant explodes with energy and its music collection features music from around the world – Bossa from Brazil via Bebel Gilberto; soothing sounds from Europe from artists such as Future Loop Foundation and Koop.

• Lobby Collection: The grand lobby space is the resort's center of entertainment, offering uninterrupted views of the spectacular McDowell Mountains (through moveable glass walls). A colorful, yet subdued color palette promotes excitement with its use of tones inspired by the natural desert landscape. The music collection includes sounds of Ive Mendes, Jazzanova, American maestro’s Thievery Corporation and many others.

• Spa Sunrise Collection: This playlist was designed to awaken body and soul for the day to come. Featured artists include Bombay Dub Orchestra, Sonic Adventure project and Chinmaya Dunster

• Spa Sun At Noon Collection: Created to complement the peak of each day, this collection features artists such as Fridrick Karlsson from Iceland and Deuter. • Spa Sunset Collection: Designed to evoke a sense of relaxation after a long, active day, this playlist features Dean Evenson, Steven Halpern and others. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa Situated along the Colorado River in between historic Bastrop and Austin, Texas – the “Live Music Capital of the World” – Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa features established and emerging local artists performing all genres of Texas music. From blues and swing to jazz and traditional country, the resort’s collections feature artists such as: Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Marcia Ball, Carolyn Wonderland, South Austin Jug Band, Toni Price, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Freddie King and many more. Playlists available for purchase include:

• Lost Pines Texas USA Collection (Lobby): This collection features an eclectic mix of Central Texas artists: Johnny Gimble, W.C. Clark, Seth Walker, Shelley King, Uncle Walt’s Band and The Band of Heathens.

• Shellers Barrelhouse Blues Collection (Shellers Barrelhouse Bar): True to its namesake, this playlist features blues music with heavy concentration on piano and guitar. Artists include: Marcia Ball, Brian Keane, Ed Jurdi and Angela Strehli.

• Wolfdancer Swing Tunes Collection (Wolfdancer Golf Club): Featuring traditional Texas musicians playing in their uniquely western swing style, this collection includes The Greencards, Asleep at the Wheel, Hot Club Of Cowtown, The Tea Merchants and Johnny Gimble.

• Spa Django Gypsy Jazz (Spa Django): This unexpectedly upbeat music collection features music inspired by the famed musician Django Reinhardt. Artists are Django’s Moustache, Rumbullion, Tres Jim Stringer and Traci Lamar.

New iHomeTM Clock Radios

To further enhance its music offering, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts is rolling out new guestroom iHomeTM clock radios in its U.S., Canada and Caribbean properties. The new in-room stereos features an iPod® docking station; high-fidelity speakers that deliver astounding clarity, depth, and power; seven time zone settings and an alarm reset feature so the clock automatically resets the alarm for the same time the next day. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, guests can now kick back, relax and enjoy their personal digital music library in the comfort of their Hyatt hotel room.

The iHome clock radios are also available for purchase at www.hyattathome.com. About Global Hyatt Corporation Global Hyatt Corporation, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, offers today’s travelers over 735 hotels and resorts (over 136,000 rooms) in more than 44 countries.

From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234 or logging onto www.hyatt.com.

Recreational Activities

Hyatt Resorts provides activities for the entire family. Guests can enjoy StayFit 24/7 gyms, luxurious Hyatt Pure spas, championship golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts as well as a variety of exciting adventure activities.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa (Lahaini, HI):

Ranked among the Travel Channelís "Top Ten Hawaiian Beach Resorts," Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is recognized as a total package resort with beautiful pools and waterfalls, a variety of renowned restaurants, and endless activities including sailing on the resortís own luxury 55í catamaran. Known for its lush tropical environment spread over 40 acres sitting on beautiful Kaíanapali Beach, guests can experience an array of Hawaiian culture and activities including luaus, native Hawaiian cuisine, authentic dances and music of Old Hawaii, hula demonstrations, lei making, and oceanfront spa experience.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa (Honolulu, HI):

Chef Kevin Matsuda of Musashi, the award-winning Japanese restaurant on property, has been recognized as one of the top Teppanyaki chefs in the world. He recently appeared on the Food Network ís Flying Knivesî challenge in Hawaii where Americaís best Teppanyaki chefs entertained the crowd and created delicious signature dishes in record time. Hyatt Hotels & Resorts honored Matsuda with the ìExcellence in Serviceî award, presented to chosen Hyatt employees nationwide for extraordinary service contributions. He was also recognized as Hawaii's "Food & Beverage Person of the Year" at the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Associationís 14th annual Na Poíe Paíahana Awards last year.

Hyatt's Newest Brand - Hyatt Place - Launched

Inspired by the emerging lifestyle of today’s multi-tasking business traveler who works more hours on the road than at home, Hyatt is a launching a new brand, Hyatt Place. It's the first hotel concept designed around a whole new mindset of consumers who are seeking the comforts of home. Hyatt uncovered results that only 10 percent of travelers were able to find a hotel that gives them what they want most: a place to stay like home.

Hyatt Place was based in part on the findings of extensive consumer research conducted by Sterling Brands uncovering the demands of a new breed of sophisticated travelers who intermingle their professional and personal lives. The study, commissioned by Hyatt, shows that more than 90 percent of traveling respondents surveyed said their work time overlaps with their personal time, leading to a blended lifestyle trend. However, only 10 percent of traveling respondents were able to find a hotel that gives them what they want.

This lifestyle trend of a projected 7.4 million Americans inspired Hyatt Place to create an environment to foster guests’ productivity, relaxation and fulfillment with an emphasis on stylish design, innovative services and comfortable amenities that people find in their everyday lives.

Additional findings from the study include:

• When working at home, 71 percent also watch TV, 53 percent listen to music and 59 percent surf the Internet

• 62 percent of all respondents enjoy time to themselves when they travel for business

• More than 40 percent said would forego sex, coffee or use of their cell phone in exchange for a good night’s sleep on the road


The hotel is leading the way among its competitors with:

• A gallery host to greet you and help with check-ins or personal tours

• High-definition televisions and 11 high-def channels

• "Plug Panels" to connect high tech gadgets like laptops and PDAs

• Free Wi-Fi access

• 20 percent more space than the average hotel room

Hyatt Hotels minimize travel hassles

Guests staying at select Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in North America can check their luggage and receive airline issued boarding passes before leaving the property for the airport. The cost of the service is $10 per person and includes storage, transportation and check-in of up to two pieces of luggage. The service is made available through Hyatt’s partnership with Baggage Airline Guest Services (B.A.G.S.), and is supervised by the Transportation Security Administration. Depending. Depending on location, guests can check their luggage at the hotel up to two hours prior to flight time or as long as 24 hours before departure. Once check-in is complete at a Hyatt property, guests can head to meetings or the airport free of luggage, picking it up at baggage claim in their final destination. Hyatt’s B.A.G.S. service processes the luggage through airport security screening.The service is available with travel on Airtran, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Northwest Airlines, Song, Ted, and United Airlines.

Hyatt properties in Boston, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Orlando, San Diego, Seattle and Tampa will initially offer the service. Throughout the remainder of 2006 and into 2007 additional Hyatt properties will begin to offer it.

Hyatt Resort Adventures

If you love the outdoors and exciting activities and adventures, plan on staying at any one of the 18 Hyatt Resort properties. If you do, you'll have a choice of the following:

BY AIR

Sailplane rides (Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa, Indian Wells/Palm Springs, CA)

Hot air balloon rides (Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, Sante Fe/Albuquerque, NM)

Island Helicopter Tours (Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Kauai, HI)

Skydiving (Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio, TX)  

Grand Canyon helicopter tours (Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ)

BY LAND     

Rock Climbing Wall (Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs, FL)

Cross country skiing (Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino, Incline Village, NV)     

Clay pigeon shooting (Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Spa and Marina, Cambridge, MD)

Grand Prix Race-o-rama (Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort and Spa, Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering (Park Hyatt Beaver Creek® Resort and Spa, Vail Valley, CO)

Biking and Trails (Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort, Orlando, FL)

BY SEA

Sunset and snorkeling cruises (Hyatt Regency Key West Resort, Spa and Marina, Key West, FL)

Colorado River rafting (Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, Austin/Bastrop, TX)     

Sting Ray City cruise (Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Beach Suites, Grand Cayman)

Surfing lessons (Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, Huntington Beach, CA)

Atlantis Submarine Adventure (Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa, Oahu, HI)

Kiele V catamaran excursion (Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Maui, HI)

Scuba diving (Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa and Casino, Aruba)

Hyatt Regency Monterey’s Super Bowl Season party at Knuckles Sports Bar – A variety of beer specials, a special visit from the Coors Light girls and enough TVs to fill a stadium (19 total – three big screen and five Plasma High Definition) make for a crowd-pleasing Super Bowl Season party on the Monterey Peninsula.

New Products and Services from Hyatt

In addition to the New Hyatt Wake-Up Call, Hyatt’s new portfolio of business-tailored products and services includes: STAYFIT@HYATT, state-of-the-art fitness centers that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to encourage business travelers to work out at their own convenience; FAST BOARD, a service that offers printed boarding passes in the lobby so that travelers can avoid an extra step at the airport; HYATT PDA CHECK-IN, advanced check-in via PDA or Web-enabled service hours before usual; and HYATT E-CONCIERGE, an interactive, online service that enables travelers to pre-plan the perfect stay by arranging dinner reservations, spa appointments and other activities in advance.

Hyatt Resorts is elevating the guest experience by updating properties with the most modern and stylish amenities. From luxurious Hyatt Grand Beds to flat-screen TVs, Hyatt Resorts is committed to providing a comfortable and enjoyable stay for all its guests.

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino (Palm Beach, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean):

The current $20 million refurbishing blends casual Caribbean elegance with an updated contemporary aesthetic and will be completed in early 2007. Guestrooms will feature contrasting bold colors, sisal headboards, mahogany bureaus, and a signature orchid. The property's four regal, specialty suites will feature Italian furnishings, handsome leather woven rugs over hard-wood floors, Mitchell Gold sofas, McGuire lounge chairs and Phillipe Starck bathroom elements, including soaking tubs. The open-air lobby will retain its architectural integrity but will be accented by new furnishings and lighting to give it a modern update.

Hyatt Key West Resort, Spa & Marina (Key West, FL):

With a floor-to-ceiling $9 million renovation, guestrooms have undergone complete redecoration, the addition of new Hyatt Grand Beds, and rain fall shower heads in the bathrooms. Guests can enjoy distinctive touches such as custom-made furniture, a 32î plasma television and a MP3 music system. Additionally, the property recently opened its first HyattPure Spa.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino (Incline Village, NV):

With a $2 million remodel complimenting the recent $50 million renovation, the 24 two-bedroom Lakeside Cottages provide guests the feeling of a private-home stay while having access to the amenities of a four-star hotel. Outfitted in warm mountain lodge decor, updates include new carpet, wallpaper, tumbled tile, and Tahoe-themed accessories and furniture. Each cottage offers separate living and dining areas, stereo, fireplace, full bath, and a king bedroom; downstairs units feature kitchenettes and outdoor patios while upstairs units offer a spacious balcony, wet bar and an additional half bath.

Spa and Wellness

With over 70 locations worldwide, each HyattPure spa is custom-designed to embrace the local environment and culture to provide an authentic indigenous experience. Treatments and services incorporate the principles of hydrating the body to promote wellness and renewal.

· Indoceane Sweet and Savory Body Scrub, Egyptian Milk Bath, Qi-Body Balm Massage, Sublime Body Wrap, cup of Indoceane Tea and a take home gift ($780/couple)

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa (Huntington Beach, CA):

Reminiscent of a warm, elegant Spanish estate, the Pacific Waters Spa is celebrating the holiday season with a variety of seasonal specials including these 50 minute relaxing treatments:

·       Cranberry Body Buff ($125): Combines a cranberry body scrub with a skin nourishing application of cranberry body butter

·       Orange Spice Massage ($125): Incorporates luxurious oils applied with light to moderate pressure

·       Cranberry Facial ($125): Features a cranberry peel followed by a revitalizing mask and facial massage

·       Holiday Pedicure ($70): Includes a pumpkin-walnut scrub and an application of cranberry body butter

Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort & Spa (Fort Lauderdale, FL):

As guests unwind on oversized chaise lounges or float in one of the oasisí sparkling pools, Spa 66 introduces the Poolside Ambassador program to ensure guestsí complete relaxation and satisfaction. Poolside Ambassadors are on-hand to provide the following energizing and revitalizing amenities:

· Cold Eucalyptus-scented towels to rouse and refresh the senses

· Evian misters to cool the skin

· Frozen grapes to replenish the body and awaken the taste buds

· Mini flavored smoothies including rum runner, strawberry daiquiri, piña colada and mango

Recreational Activities

Hyatt Resorts provides activities for the entire family. Guests can enjoy StayFit 24/7 gyms, luxurious spas, golf courses, swimming pools, and tennis courts as well as property specific attractions like custom caddie services, luíaus, and wildlife.

Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa (Indian Wells, CA):

Designed by renowned architect and Ryder Cup Veteran Clive Clark, the spectacular new Celebrity Course features 7,088 yards of stunning par 72 golf, over 90 strategically placed bunkers filled with white marble crushed sand, beautiful mature trees framing views of Mt. Eisenhower, and elongated fairways. Throughout the course, players will enjoy the beautiful landscape filled with brilliant floral details and dotted with streams, brooks and split-level lakes.

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa (San Antonio, TX):

The Hill Country Golf Club features a new elite program, Caddie at the H, which provides caddie or forecaddie service seven days a week with a 24-hour advance reservation made through the Hill Country pro shop. These professionals are carefully trained on every hole of each course to assist golfers with reading putts, calculating accurate yardage, spotting and locating balls and guidance around the course. With Caddie at the H, golfers will no longer need to repair sand divots, rake bunkers, fix ball marks, locate lost shots or tend the pin.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa (Koloa, HI):

The new Kauai Lu`au is performed twice a week and features authentic Polynesian entertainment with chants, songs and dances from all of the Polynesian islands. The Lu`au features a lei greeting; Hawaiian music and photo opportunities; Hawaiian arts and crafts; a delicious regional buffet; and an assortment of beverages.

Cost: $75 for adults, $65 for juniors ages 13-20, and $40 for children ages 6-12

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa (Lahaini, HI):

Every Monday at 10 a.m., a seasoned marine naturalist from the Maui Ocean Center leads a free presentation Ocean Odyssey that allows guests to learn about Maui's spectacular marine life and address snorkeling safety and ocean stewardship. Guests can also enjoy exotic wildlife tours featuring the resortís resident wildlife of penguins, cranes, swans, flamingos, parrots and Koi fish. Additionally, guests are invited to feed the Koi fish in the Atrium Lobby each morning at 9:30 a.m.

Food and Beverage

Gourmet regional cuisine never fails to excite the palate, and Hyatt Resorts guests can indulge in the variety of delicious restaurants at each property. Escape from the traditional at-home meal, and try something new at Hyatt Resorts.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Resort & Spa (Grand Cayman, West Indies, Caribbean)

Every Thursday night, guests can experience the tastes and sounds of Brazil at the award-winning beachfront Hemingwayís Restaurant. The Brazilian Rodizio features family-style dining based on the concept of roasted meats on a sword while listening to traditional music. Enjoy a variety of Brazilian delicacies including churrasco steak, roasted chicken breast and fresh fish.
Cost: $42 for adults and $21 for children 12 & under

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa (Honolulu, HI):
Waikikiís two award-winning restaurants now feature Al Fresco dining:

· Dine at Ciao Meinís poolside cabana

o Chinese and Italian cuisine

o Three outdoor menus created by Chef James Ching

o Four-course meals with signature wine pairings start at $200/person

· Dine in Musashiís Japanese garden overlooking Waikiki Beach

o Japanese and French cuisine

o Two traditional course menus created by Chef Ricky Oshima

o Five course dinners for $150/person

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS

IHG Announces First Hotel in Denmark

Opened in 2009 andcomprising 365 guest rooms, the hotel will include four Suites and 39 Club Rooms, all offering the high levels of comfort, service and amenities expected from the Crowne Plaza brand. The hotel also features a restaurant plus a contemporary bar and lounge. Designed with the needs of the business traveller in mind, the conference and events centre offers 20 meeting rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 800 delegates.

Situated a short Metro-ride away from down-town Copenhagen in the new Ørestad City, and with Copenhagen International Airport within easy reach, the new Crowne Plaza benefits from a prime location. Furthermore, given the proximity of Scandinavia's largest shopping centre - Fields - just across the street and the new PGA level Royal Golf Course only five minutes away, Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers is expected to appeal to both leisure and business travellers alike.

The Crowne Plaza property is an integrated part of the commercial development Copenhagen Towers, developed by Sjaelsoe, one of Scandinavia's largest property developers.

IHG Building Hotel Indigo in Pittsburgh

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, built a new 135-room Hotel Indigo in the East Liberty area of Pittsburgh in late 2009.

The hotel is located at the intersection of Highland Avenue West and Broad Street and easily accessible to downtown Pittsburgh. The new property is also within two miles of both Pittsburgh University and Carnegie Mellon University. Within walking distance of the hotel is the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, named for Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn, both East Liberty natives. The hotel is also located within miles of many company headquarters including: H.J Heinz Co., Alcoa Inc., Citizens Financial Group, and Bayer Corp.

Boutique hotels, known for their intimate, luxurious environments in addition to personalized accommodations and services, have gained increasing popularity throughout North America. Hotel Indigo is known as the industry's first branded boutique hotel, artfully combining the conveniences and consistencies of a brand hotel with the design cache and service personality of a boutique at an affordable price. The soul of the brand’s retail-inspired concept is renewal – thoughtful changes that are made throughout the year to keep the hotel fresh, similar to the way retailers change their window displays. The renewal concept provides even the most frequent guest a unique experience with every stay. The hotel will feature renewable elements such as vivid murals, area rugs, plush duvets and slip covers that will change periodically. Public spaces will be transformed seasonally through changing artwork, music, flora, murals and directional signage.

Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh features signature design elements including oversized lobby chairs, which create a personal work or dining space within the public areas of the hotel; cozy, airy and inviting guestrooms with plush bedding, hardwood-style flooring and spa-inspired showers; a Phitness studio with cardio equipment and free weights. The hotel also offers The Golden Bean, an on-site casual gourmet restaurant and bar; a 24-hour business center, high-speed Internet access in all guestrooms and wireless in the hotel’s public areas, as well as meeting space for business functions or special events.

INKATERRA HOTELS

ABOUT INKATERRA:

Inkaterra is a Peruvian organization that celebrates 37 years of experience in sustainable tourism initiatives. It focuses on preserving and rescuing Peru's geography, nature, customs and cultures and sharing them with the world. It currently operates Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, named by Travel+Leisure magazine as one of the "World's Best Hotels" since 2010 and in Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List" 2010-2012 ; Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, located on the Madre de Dios River, in Southern Peruvian Amazon rainforest and a pioneer of conservation and sustainability in Peru; Inkaterra La Casona, a 11-suites boutique hotel in the historic city of Cusco, first and only Relais & Châteaux hotel in Peru; and two newly launched boutique hotels El MaPi in Machu Picchu pueblo and Hacienda Concepcion in the Amazon, under the affordable brand 'byInkaterra.' Inkaterra has an alliance with the NGO Inkaterra Association (ITA) through which the company's profits are invested in research, conservation, educational and social development programs.

Inkaterra Hotels receive Official Sustainability Verification From Rainforest Alliance

Eco-Tourism Pioneer Inkaterra to Unveil New Conservation-Focused Property in Peru

Inkaterra, Peruvian leader in sustainable tourism and hotel development, has announced that it will open the Inkaterra Guides Field Station in the Madre de Dios region of Peru to the public this June. Located near the Tambopata National Reserve, the property will offer travelers the opportunity to explore the rainforest and participate in various conservation projects overseen by Inkaterra's NGO, the Inkaterra Asociación (ITA).

Originally designed as a research location for ITA and a training camp for Inkaterra's Explorer Guides, the Field Station will be opening its doors to the public for the first time this summer for eco-conscious travelers, families, researchers, volunteers and students from around the world.

"The Inkaterra Guides Field Station is a key project for us; not only is it a hub for ITA to continue its invaluable conservation projects, but it is also a conveyor of valuable knowledge," says Jose Koechlin, Founder & CEO of Inkaterra. "We see it as an opportunity for the public to learn the importance of eco-tourism, and to educate the next generation of eco-conscious travelers and conservationists."

The Field Station will be equipped with four cabañas, each featuring two double beds, a private terrace, mosquito nets, and private bathrooms, in addition to two large pavilions, each with four shared rooms, sleeping up to four guests per room and offering shared bathrooms. The restaurant will feature long dining tables, offering a communal dining concept and will serve only local ingredients and healthy dishes from the Amazon region, while a bar will serve traditional Pisco Sours and Chilcanos during cocktail hour.

The Field Station Work House will house an Eco Center, designed to educate guests on the various projects and excursions taking place, as well as a laboratory used to study the lush soil and unique flora and fauna of the area.

Led by Inkaterra Explorer Guides, guests can participate in excursions (available in both English and Spanish) such as: exploring the rainforest by night, visiting the wetlands, learning about sustainable farming, and walking through the treetops on hanging bridges on the one-of-a-kind 1,129-foot-long Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, located 95 feet above the Amazon Basin.

The Inkaterra Asociación is a self-funded, non-profit institution dedicated to restoring the ecosystems and cultural resources in Peru through fieldwork projects, biodiversity monitoring and the promotion of responsible business models to benefit local communities.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Opens In Peru's Sacred Valley of the Incas

Inkaterra, Peru's leader in luxury sustainable tourism, is delighted to announce the opening of its sixth property, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, between Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Immersed in the countryside in a gorgeous area of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba opens with 12 rooms set in the Casa Hacienda, including a three-room "Owners Suite," and spans approximately 100 acres. With architecture and interiors inspired by the area's cultural history, the contemporary hacienda-style hotel was designed by Denise Guislain-Koechlin with the support of her husband, Inkaterra's founder and CEO, Jose Koechlin. Mrs. Guislain-Koechlin was in charge of the hotel's layout, surrounding gardens and all interior décor, which includes custom-made furniture and the use of rare pre-Columbian textiles that adorn the property's high walls.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba overlooks a vast panorama of the Sacred Valley, with all rooms featuring views of the valley and surrounding mountains, immersing guests in open space, serenity and relaxing solitude. At approximately 9,515 feet in altitude, guests will also experience one of the  best climates in the Cusco region.

The property features a 10-acre organic plantation where guests are welcome to pick their own produce. Crops include red, black and brown quinoa, artichokes, a unique Urubamba giant corn, purple corn, colored potatoes, lima beans, onions, beans and broccoli.  Traditional medicinal herbs are also farmed and include lemon balm, rosemary, sage, green grass, mint, chamomile, cilantro and anise, among others. All crops are completely "carbon-free," farmed with traditional hand tools and oxen as was done centuries ago.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba offers a variety of excursions and activities, such as bird watching (there are over 30 bird species on the hotel grounds), star gazing, horseback riding, and the rare chance to ride a traditional llama cart.

This summer, 24 stand-alone luxury casitas will be unveiled, which will be laid out amongst the property's native pepper trees, high grass, cactus and wild flowers.

For more information, visit www.inkaterra.com.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel and Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica have received Rainforest Alliance's 'seal of approval' as two properties whose sustainability practices align with the company's mission of conservation.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Those businesses that meet the standards for their field earn access to the Rainforest Alliance family of marks, which distinguish their products and services in the marketplace. These marks make it easy for consumers to identify a legitimately sustainable product or service and support those businesses that are acting responsibly.

The verification process covers the following criteria:

environmental impact of each property
social and cultural involvement and commitment
corporate social responsibility
hiring practices
quality of product in the supply chain
local community involvement support
recycling and energy use

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Innovators in sustainable ecotourism, Inkaterra's Reserva Amazonica and Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel have become the poster-children for conservation in Peru's hospitality industry. By providing authentic Peruvian experiences while at the same time operating various research and protection programs on their grounds, Inkaterra's hotels are able to offer stays in which educational programs are seamlessly integrated with excursions and other guest experiences. Inkaterra's local naturalist interpreter-guides and staff further enhance the experience by allowing guests to share first-hand in the cultural and natural riches of Peru, as soon as they set foot on the ground.

To learn more about Inkaterra and its sustainable practices and ongoing research and educational programs, visit http://inkaterra.com/en/nature

For more information on the Rainforest Alliance, visit:http://rainforest-alliance.org/

ITC HOTELS

ITC Hotels has become renowned for a commitment to Responsible Luxury, setting a benchmark for the industry as the first premium chain to achieve the prestigious LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum certification for all hotels in the Luxury Collection. It is the highest certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, and ITC Maurya is the largest hotel in the world to hold the distinction.

ITC Hotels’ highly acclaimed Kaya Kalp spa brand takes its name from a Sanskrit word meaning rejuvenation of body, mind and soul. Available at all Luxury Collection hotels and offering a great variety of spa and salon treatments, Kaya Kalp spas are deeply rooted in traditional Indian wellness philosophies, recapturing the spiritual and medicinal legacies of India. 

Among the most popular treatments is the Exotic Pomegranate Spa Journey (US$137*), which serves to detoxify, revitalize and elevate the senses. Kaya Kalp’s signature pomegranate sugar scrub, an exfoliation ritual designed to polish and soften the body, is followed by a Kaya Kalp Massage, relaxing the entire body and relieving muscular tension. The treatment is finished with a lavish Indian Foot Massage using healing creams and ancient pressure point stimulation techniques.

*Subject to change based on rupee to U.S. dollar conversion.

EDO: Best Japanese Restaurant in India

BBC’s Good Food magazine has ranked ITC Gardenia’s EDO first among the best Japanese restaurants in India. Applauded by a secret panel of reputable judges, the venue came out top for quality, atmosphere, provenance, choice and value. It was during the EDO period that Japan first saw an exuberant popularization of art, music, theatre and literature in joyous pursuit of an ideal world, and EDO is a celebration of this spirit. The restaurant and bar bring alive the concept of Japan’s vibrant after-hours culture, offering authentic sushi, sashimi, succulent robatayaki, crisp sake and delectable desserts.

WelcomArt at ITC Hotels
Dedicated to nurturing India’s cultural heritage, ITC Hotels has a vast art collection at each property. Through its WelcomArt forum, the hotels’ Srishti Art Galleries feature the best of Indian contemporary art. Most notably, Krishen Khanna’s stunning mural, “The Great Procession of Life,” coats the entire domed ceiling in the foyer of ITC Maurya, enhancing the grand entranceway.  The painting, which took three years to complete, illustrates the melding of the Mauryan era and modern Delhi. Other famous artists who have contributed to ITC’s expanding collection include Sanjay Battacharjee, Subrata Kundoo, M.F. Hussain, Tyeb Mehta and Anjolie Ela Menon.

Featured Indulgence: The Kakatiya Spice Route
In much the same way the architecture of the Kakatiya Dynasty heralded an inspired new style that was a blend of South Indian and North Indian features, so too does this signature cocktail of ITC Kakatiya which boldly blends cinnamon, clove and cardamom in vanilla vodka and ties it together with honey.
ITC Hotels is one of India’s largest hotel chains with four brands in over 90 locations throughout the country. Integrating India’s hospitality traditions with globally benchmarked services, the properties reflect the culture and ethos of each destination with opulent accommodations, state-of-the-art business facilities, renowned signature cuisine and award-winning wellness experiences.  Under the credo of “Responsible Luxury,” ITC’s Luxury Collection leads the way in sustainable hospitality initiatives while also pioneering corporate environmental and social stewardship programs. Every property in the Greenest Luxury Hotel Chain in the World is LEED® Platinum certified.

The ten Luxury Collection properties are: ITC Maurya in New Delhi, ITC Mughal in Agra, ITC Windsor and ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru, ITC Grand Central and ITC Maratha in Mumbai, ITC Grand Chola in Chennai, ITC Rajputana in Jaipur, ITC Kakatiya in Hyderabad and ITC Sonar in Kolkata. Two new hotels, ITC Green Bharat, a Golf Resort and Spa in Gurgaon, and ITC Vilasa, a Luxury Resort and Spa in Mahabalipuram are opening summer 2014. 

Other brands in the ITC portfolio are: WelcomHotel, Fortune, and WelcomHeritage offering a wide range of options for leisure and business travelers from mid-range properties to elegant palaces. For more information visit www.itchotels.in.

JIVA HILL PARK HOTEL

New Urban Resort on the French/Swiss Border Epitomizing Contemporary Elegance and Harmony with Nature

Just 10 minutes from the Geneva, Switzerland, international airport and a stone‚s throw from the charming village of Crozet, France, the chic new Jiva Hill Park Hotel is the most talked-about hotel introduction in the area in a long time. Situated on its own 70-acre park with magnificent views all around, this elegantly modern hotel perfectly integrates with its environment.

The buildings of the hotel complex are designed in a minimal architectural style, using high quality natural materials and focusing on true comfort and extraordinary attention to detail. The main building holds the lobby, wellness center with heated pool, bar, and 28 guest rooms. Six free-standing suites, a small conference center, and the Shamwari restaurant all follow the same design principles. Activities on the grounds include spa treatments, gym, tennis, golf practice, and an artificial lake for water skiing as well as stables.  Mountain hiking, skiing, golfing, excursions to nearby towns, and Lake Geneva cruises, may all be arranged by the hotel.

Jiva Hill is the vision of Ian Lundin, a business executive based in Geneva, whose desire was to create a hotel with clean contemporary lines and an art collection that would reflect those values. He and his wife Virginia put together nearly 200 original works on paper, a film, and a large sculpture, all of which compliment the easy simplicity of the hotel and reflect its beautiful environment. Represented in this collection are renowned artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Jim Dine, Alessandro Twombly, and Kcho, to name a few. The sculpture stands in the hotel‚s Japanese Garden, just off the main lobby.

The well-known Paris-based hotel interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel was commissioned to create a concept that is quite different from classic hotel designs. The lobby and reception rooms make use of warm materials such as slate, wood and leather. The colors are subdued, set off by moss green and deep violet as a reminder of the surrounding countryside. A large, joyful water color of stylized flowers is immediately in full view upon entering the lobby. Across from this is the popular hotel bar which also backs up to the covered swimming pool and a large outside teak deck with lounges and a fully equipped gym beyond. The cozy and warm Spa is on the floor below and includes treatment rooms, sauna, Jacuzzi, and hammam. 

The serene views of the 28 deluxe guest rooms are of the Jura Mountains and the village of Crozet. Each of the rooms is bathed in light, which may be adjusted through translucent glass windows.  A subdued beige and brown color scheme complements the wood and slate used throughout. Bright spots of color emanate from the hotel‚s art works and chromatic touches in the decor.  Each room contains air-conditioning, telephone, mini-bar, flat-screen satellite TV, DVD and CD players, radio, high speed Internet access via wifi or LAN, safe and private terrace. The bathroom holds an oversized tub, a shower for two, two vanities, separate WC, luxury toiletries from Carita, big thirsty towels on a heated towel rack, and magnifying mirror.  

The free-standing private lodges offer one bedroom, a terrace with a Jacuzzi tub, bath with twin tub and TV, and secluded garden as well as the same amenities as the rooms. Wooden beams accentuate a chalet feeling.          

The restaurant, called Shamwari to reflect the Lundins‚ love for Africa, has a refined, resolutely modern setting with a harmonious ambience.  Its warm design opens onto a terrace with panoramic views of Mont Blanc.  Chef Sullivan Breton is a young, inventive chef who creates French cuisine in a skillful blend of quality, freshness and innovation with new menu selections every day. He was recently the chef at the celebrated Chateau de Coudree on Lake Geneva.  In just a few short months, Shamwari restaurant has become a popular dining place, not only for hotel guests, but for residents of the area who appreciate fine dining in elegant surroundings. There is also a private room for functions.

Sustainable tourism is evident at the hotel in many little touches. For instance, as guests walk down the hallways, lights automatically turn on and then off once they have passed to save electricity. Ecological principles have been used throughout the entire compound.

Jiva Hill Park Hotel opened in January, 2007. The superb general manager, Alain Goetschel, has been responsible for the opening of many world class hotels, the latest being the Andrassy Hotel in Budapest. The director of Sales and Marketing, Francois Baltus Languedoc, has worked eight years in the US in sales and four years in France.

A member of the Mantis Collection* and Small Luxury Hotels, this original establishment is perfectly situated for visitors who plan a stay in Geneva but who prefer the serenity of the countryside while being close to the city.  Or, it is the ideal centrally-located getaway for leisure or for a small corporate meeting.

Rates for the Deluxe Rooms start at $395** and the Junior Suites start at $668** per room per day, double occupancy. Rates depend upon the season. All meals are per person and animals are welcome at $27 per night.  

For more information or reservations, contact +33 450 28 48 48. The web site is www.jivahill.com

Note:

*The Mantis Collection is a group of upscale hotels and game reserves located in Africa, Europe, and the UK.

**Based on the exchange rate between the Euro and the US dollar 08/30/07.

KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

ABOUT KIMPTON

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, a collection of boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants in the US and Canada, is an acknowledged industry pioneer and was the first to bring the boutique hotel concept to America. Founded in 1981 by Bill Kimpton, the company is well-known for making travelers feel welcomed and comfortable while away from home through intuitive and unscripted customer care, stylish ambience and having a certain playfulness in its approach to programs and amenities. Each hotel provides a range of exciting culinary experiences through locally-loved, top-rated, destination, chef-driven restaurants. Kimpton leads the hospitality industry in ecological practices through its innovative EarthCare programs that span all hotels and restaurants. Privately held Kimpton has consistently earned the highest ranking customer satisfaction scores by the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, exceeding other hotel companies including those in luxury and upscale segments.

Kimpton Hotels Reveals First Glimpse Of Seafire, Its New Grand Cayman Resort Opening in 2016

Kimpton Hotels introduces Seafire Resort + Spa, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman as it officially begins its one-year countdown to opening in November 2016. Seafire reflects Kimpton’s first new build venture in a dedicated resort market and will be the first property outside the continental U.S. within the brand’s current portfolio. It also holds the honor of being the first new development along Seven Mile Beach in more than a decade.

Seafire represents Kimpton’s take on what a playful yet sophisticated island escape should be for today’s discerning leisure travelers and meeting/incentive groups seeking a balance between luxury and authenticity. The property will deliver the brand’s hallmark genuine service, inspired design, and an array of signature amenities and culinary offerings set against the striking backdrop of famed Seven Mile Beach.

Seafire, which first broke ground in 2012 and is now a year away from opening, recently celebrated the topping off of its main building, home to the resort’s 266 distinctively-appointed guest rooms and suites. These will include a penthouse Presidential Suite, 16 oceanfront suites, nine beachfront bungalows, 18 oceanview suites, 118 oceanview guest rooms, and eight uniquely configured family suites, along with an eclectic mix of features such as spa bathrooms, wide orientations to maximize ocean views, and convenient kitchenettes.

Signature elements of the resort include:

The Arrival
Upon arrival, a Ficus Aurora heritage tree and lush tropical landscaping provide a memorable welcome to guests. Once at the hotel, guests will be greeted with their first glimpse of the sea as seen through the open lobby building set far enough to provide a grand visual of the surrounding seascape.

The Lawn
A promenade that leads guests on a path to relaxation and enjoyment via special seating areas, “hidden spots,” a communal fire pit,1,300 square foot event lawn, and one of the resort’s two pools.

The North End
Home to the resort’s main pool, beach and water sports access, the interconnected coastal biking and walking paths, and a retail and restaurant promenade located alongside a spectacular blue/green accent wall.

The property will also house 62 residential units with access to all Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa amenities, a private social rooftop, personalized concierge service and a beach view from every unit.

About Seafire Resort & Spa, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman

Kimpton’s Seafire Resort & Spa, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman melds the locally-inspired with the contemporary comforts of luxury resort living. Once complete, Seafire will be one of the largest resorts along Seven Mile Beach, and the only resort to offer unmatched, unobstructed water views from every guest room, including the spectacular sun-kissed horizon that inspired the resort’s name.

KOR HOTEL GROUP

Kor Hotel Group Announces Loden in Vancouver

Kor Hotel Group, the Los Angeles-based hotel operator recognized for its unique luxury properties in sought-after destinations, announces the launch of Loden in Vancouver, British Columbia. The hotel marks the company's foray into Canada. Brad Korzen, CEO of Kor Hotel Group.

The first new hotel to enter the Vancouver market in five years, Loden made its debut in the summer of 2007 in Coal Harbour, downtown Vancouver's most upscale residential neighborhood, at the edge of the financial district.

LANGHAM CHICAGO

The Langham Chicago, is a modern, luxury hotel best known for offering legendary service and timeless British style in an iconic Chicago landmark building. Conveniently situated on the riverfront and close to the city’s major attractions, retail hub and business district, it features elegantly spacious guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offering breath-taking views of the city skyline and Chicago River. Signature amenities include three restaurants that offer a range of dining options and a health club that hosts a 67-foot swimming pool with a view of the Chicago River, a fitness center, a Jacuzzi, saunas and a steam room. Adjacent to the pool is the award-winning Chuan Spa, the only Traditional Chinese Medicine-based global spa brand recognized for providing an urban sanctuary using exclusive therapies and ancient principals of alternative Chinese modalities and treatments designed to cleanse the mind, body, and soul.

LA QUINTA INNS & SUITES

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LE MERIDIEN HOTELS & RESORTS

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts around the world are celebrating the Fall season with a slew of scrumptious, locally-inspired cocktails, perfect for warming up cool evenings with family and friends.

As part of the brand’s new global beverage program, Le Méridien Sparkling, Le Méridien hotels – from Chicago to Budapest – have tapped into local flavors to create unique spritzers and cocktails that bring a spirited flair and sophistication back to the social ritual of happy hour.

New fall and winter cocktails include:

Autumn Spritz (Le Méridien Budapest): Vodka and apple juice with freshly sliced pear and apple, topped with soda
Sparkling Pumpkin Cider (Le Méridien Cambridge): Apple cider and pumpkin spice liqueur with Prosecco and topped with cinnamon and sugar
Santa’s Rosy Cheeks (Le Méridien Chicago Oakbrook-Center): Vodka-based cocktail with peppermint-infused syrup, crushed peppermint and mint leaves
Mexican Snowman (Le Méridien Stuttgart): Tequila coffee liquor combined with cherry liquor, topped with Rose’s lime juice, hazelnut syrup and finished off with Laurent Perrier
Sparkling Gingersnap (Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter): Ginger vodka with muddled ginger, simple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg, served over ice in a champagne glass rimmed with raw sugar and cinnamon
With Love (Le Méridien Philadelphia): Ginger liqueur and passion fruit puree

Guests and visitors are invited to have a taste of French sophistication in Le Méridien’s reinterpreted lobby space, the Hub. Each evening, all Le Méridien Hubs transform from coffee bars into swanky ‘Sparkling’ lounges, featuring an eclectic playlist from French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague.

For more information about the partnership with Nouvelle Vague and the Sparkling program, visit www.lemeridien.com/music.

LUXE WORLDWIDE HOTELS

ABOUT LUXE WORLDWIDE HOTELS

Luxe Worldwide Hotels features an impressive portfolio of nearly 250 independently owned and operated, award-winning hotels in the best locations around the globe. The properties include Canyon Ranch Resorts; Establishment Hotel in Sydney, Australia; and Murano Urban Resort in Paris, France. Every Luxe Worldwide Hotel offers guests an individual sense of style and an attention to detail that goes way beyond pure utility -- some are luxurious, some exotic, some eccentric. Each hotel is as individual as the hotelier who owns and manages it, but all share a commitment to exceed and anticipate a guest's needs and pamper them completely. At Luxe Worldwide Hotels, it's not just about the luxurious surroundings, it's about how we make a guest feel while in residence. For more information on Luxe Worldwide Hotels, call 1-866-LUXE-411.

To visit the Luxe Worldwide Hotels web site go to www.luxehotels.com

MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL GROUP

Mandarin Oriental Announces Luxury Residences in Taipei

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has an agreement to brand and manage 26 luxurious residences that will be developed on a site adjacent to the planned Mandarin Oriental, Taipei in the heart of the city’s central financial and business district. This is the Group’s first residential project in Asia, bringing the total number of branded Residences at Mandarin Oriental around the world to 13.
The project is designed to become the most exclusive private apartments in Taiwan. As with all Residences at Mandarin Oriental, apartment owners will be offered an exclusive extension to the brand’s luxury hotel experience with bespoke services and amenities to complement their lifestyles.

Housed in an elegant 14-story building, designed by award-winning local architectural firm, CY Lee & Partners, The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei enjoys superb views overlooking a landscaped park and the commercial heart of the city. An exclusive range of leisure facilities are within the residential development. These comprise a rooftop swimming pool with landscaped gardens, outdoor and indoor resident’s lounges, a comprehensive library and an elegant full service dining room. The project also features a private, underground car park, exclusively for residents. Mandarin Oriental, Taipei will provide management services for the whole development, as well as tailor-made services for individual residents.

In addition, owners of The Residences will enjoy easy access to the luxurious facilities of the adjacent 300-room Mandarin Oriental, Taipei. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei will incorporate the most comprehensive range of wellness, beauty and massage treatments in the city, offering holistic rejuvenation and relaxation in a tranquil, meditative setting, with life-enhancing signature programs that are exclusive to the Group. The hotel will also feature a sophisticated fitness centre, four exceptional restaurants, and a Mandarin Oriental signature gourmet Cake Shop. The hotel and residences will also enjoy easy access to over 200,000sqft of internationally-recognized luxury retail.

The project is being jointly developed by Mandarina Crown Hotel Co. Ltd., the owner of Mandarin Oriental, Taipei, and Da Cin Development Company. 
“The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei will the first of its kind in the city. We are confident that Mandarin Oriental will provide exceptional service to the owners of these beautiful apartments and we look forward to working with the Group to create Taipei’s most luxurious residential offering,” said Mr. Wang Jen Chi, Chairman of Da Cin Development.

About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, 40 hotels representing over 10,000 rooms in 24 countries with 16 hotels in Asia, 14 in The Americas and 10 in Europe and North Africa.

For further informationcontact Lou Hammond & Associates; www.louhammond.com or www.mandarinoriental.com

Mandarin Oriental - Indulge in an Exhilarating Trip to the Heart of the Swiss Alps with Mandarin Oriental, Munich's Alpine Delight Package

Mandarin Oriental, Munich has introduced an exclusive arrangement that offers guests an unforgettable day-long excursion to the heart of the Swiss Alps. Priced from Euro 14,450 (approx. 20,450 USD), for a two-night stay, guests can indulge in an exceptional romantic and exhilarating excursion that promises to deliver a once in a lifetime experience.

During the course of a two-night stay in one of the hotel’s elegant Junior Suites, guests will be chauffeured to Munich airport and whisked away on a one hour journey aboard the latest private Cessna Citation CJ2 jet to Sion airport in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Here a single-engine ski-plane Porter –PC 6 will fly them over world-renowned Zermatt with its chocolate box chalets and mountain peaks, towards the majestic “Matterhorn”, and up to the Theodul glacier.
Landing at an altitude of 3,800 metres, a delicious picnic will be set in true Mandarin Oriental style, complete with breathtaking alpine views and a bottle of chilled champagne, served in personalised engraved Baccarat crystal glasses. As a final touch, a limousine escort will be on hand upon arrival back in Munich to take guests back to the hotel for a gourmet tasting dinner for two at the hotel’s Michelin starred Mark’s restaurant.  

Terms and conditions:

Subject to availability, Alpine Delight starts at Euro 14,450 per room based on two people sharing and includes:
·                    Two nights’ accommodation in an elegant Junior Suite with private butler, complimentary mini bar and VIP amenities.
·                    Full daily breakfast served in the restaurant or in the privacy of the Junior Suite
·                    Chauffeured round trip transfers to Munich airport
·                    Return flights on a private Cessna CJ2 jet to Sion, Switzerland
·                    Return flights on a single-engine ski-plane Porter –PC 6 to the Theodul glacier 
·                    Luxurious picnic hamper, chilled champagne and protective sun cream
·                    Six course tasting menu for two in the Michelin starred signature restaurant Mark’s
·                    Two Baccarat crystal glasses personalised with guests’ initials
·                    A guidebook on the Swiss Alps and a keepsake gift

Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly on +49 89 290 980, or visit Group’s on-line reservations service www.mandarinoriental.com.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts, currently operating 20 luxury hotels with a further 17 under development in Riviera Maya, Mexico (2007), Beijing, Boston and Hainan Island, China (2008), Barcelona, Chicago, Costa Rica, Dallas, Las Vegas, Macau, Marrakech, and Turks and Caicos (2009), Grand Cayman, Guangzhou, Milan, Paris and Taipei (2010). In total, Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development over 9,800 rooms in 22 countries with 16 hotels in Asia, 13 in The Americas and eight in Europe and North Africa.

Mandarin Oriental Opened Luxury Hotel in Milan

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced ta new hotel in the heart of Milan. Designed as a stylish and intimate hotel, featuring 104 guestrooms including 34 suites, Mandarin Oriental, Milan is housed in the re-development of three elegant 19th Century buildings, ideally located on Via Monte di Pieta, one of Milan’s most prestigious addresses. The property provides easy access to the city’s important commercial, fashion and cultural centres, and is a short walk from many major tourist and shopping attractions.

Mandarin Oriental, Milan features a classic but contemporary interior style, with exacting attention to detail, reflective of the Group’s oriental heritage. At the heart of the hotel will be an elegant open courtyard, which is a prime feature of the property. The luxurious guestrooms is among the largest in the city, with Mandarin Oriental’s renowned customer-centric technology providing guests with highly sophisticated in-room entertainment.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is Milan’s most comprehensive, offering a holistic approach to rejuvenation and relaxation in a tranquil, meditative setting. Incorporating an all-inclusive range of wellness, beauty and massage treatments, the spa will offer signature programmes created exclusively by Mandarin Oriental. As with many Mandarin Oriental spas, the space includes private treatment rooms as well as significant water and heat therapies. An indoor swimming pool and a comprehensive fitness centre further adds to the hotel’s leisure facilities.

The hotel features a variety of exceptional restaurants and bars offering an eclectic choice of contemporary cuisine and cocktails in chic surroundings. A 100-seat ballroom and two additional meeting rooms also is incorporated into the hotel design.

The property is owned and developed by the Statuto Group, one of Italy’s most prominent private real estate investors.

Milan is northern Italy’s most important and stylish commercial city, with a strong cultural and historic identity. Renowned for its importance in fashion and design, Milan attracts visitors from around the world who wish to experience the city’s world class shopping. Mandarin Oriental, Milan will be ideally situated for the leisure and business traveller, close to retail centres and financial institutions, as well as many of the city’s extraordinary cultural attractions, including the Duomo Cathedral, the Teatro alla Scala Opera House and Santa Maria della Grazie, the 15th Century church which houses Leornardo da Vinci’s famous painting ‘The Last Supper’.

Mandarin Oriental Rejuvenation Awaits At the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo has introduced “The Skin Oxygen Miracle Lift”, a unique facial treatment featuring the natural, anti-aging therapies of Daniele de Winter Monaco. Developed in collaboration with the Monte Carlo-based luxury beauty brand, the new treatment utilises Daniele de Winter INSIDEOUT beauty™ botanical skincare products and 100% natural Shotbeaute beauty drinks in a luxurious, 110-minute session involving specially developed massage techniques. The overall experience makes a visible difference, resulting in a smoother, firmer, rejuvenated complexion.

The initiative is the latest in the award-winning hotel group’s mission to create new spa experiences that are setting industry standards worldwide. Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo’s Spa Director, Kirsty MacCormick together with Bernadatte Da Silva Fava, Group Spa Trainer for Asia for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group have developed “The Skin Oxygen Miracle Lift” anti-aging facial treatment. The Spa’s own massage techniques work in synergy with the beauty system’s anti-aging products to effectively reduce lines, increase elasticity, and aid skin renewal.

The scientifically formulated products are rich in natural proteins, enzymes and powerful antioxidants that are said to counteract three fundamental causes of aging by fighting against cell-damaging free radicals, repairing damaged collagen fibres, and rehydrating epidermal cells. Recognizing both the scientific integrity behind the skincare range, as well as its holistic philosophy that “beauty and health are inseparable,”

The facial uses no intrusive equipment, relying solely on the healing power of the products and the Spa’s highly trained therapists’ hands to purify, drain, and stimulate deep tissue during a three-part massage that effectively delivers the nutrients essential to lasting skin vitality and beauty to all layers of the skin. Because the skin is rejuvenated naturally from both inside and out, a glowing, healthful look is achieved.

The price for the 110-minute facial is JPY46,000, exclusive of 10% service charge. As the regimen’s efficacy increases over repeated use, a recommended package of twelve treatments is offered for JPY460,000, exclusive of 10% service charge.

Information and reservations can be made by calling The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo at +81 03-3270-8300 daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Spa is located on the 37th floor of Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo.

More About Daniele de Winter and INSIDEOUT beauty™

Ms. De Winter has worked in cancer prevention for over two decades, focusing on the lifestyle choices people can adopt to reduce their risk of contracting the disease. Her INSIDEOUT beauty™anti-aging system is the result of 20 years of scientific research at the de Winter Cancer Prevention Foundation in the UK and at Dermatological research laboratories in Switzerland and Monaco. The unique skin perfection system consists of nutrient-rich skincare products and two activating beauty drinks that work together to rejuvenate skin from both inside and out. All INSIDEOUT beauty™products are formulated from 95 to100% natural ingredients, many of organic origin, and are entirely free of parabens and petroleum extracts.

About Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo’s visionary design and award winning service have been recognized as the epitome of sophisticated luxury in the city. Superbly located within the prestigious financial district and historical and cultural centre of Tokyo, the Group’s first Mandarin Oriental property in Japan embodies the best of new and old architectural splendour. There are 179 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, an innovative selection of dining and bar concepts and a 13,000 square foot holistic spa all situated within the top nine floors of the soaring, Cesar Pelli-designed Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, that offers spectacular views of the city skyline, while providing access to stately banquet and conference facilities within the adjacent Mitsui Main Building, a Japanese cultural-heritage property.

For further information, please contact Corporate Office
Jill Kluge (jillk@mohg.com)
Group Communications – Global
Tel: +44 (20) 7766 3671

Catherine Roberts (née Martel) (croberts@mohg.com)
Group Communications - Europe
Tel: +44 (20) 7766 3677

Sally de Souza (sallydes@mohg.com)
Group Communications – Asia
Tel: +852 2895 9160

Danielle DeVoe (ddevoe@mohg.com)
Group Communications – United States
Tel: +1 (212) 399 3938

www.mandarinoriental.comm Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo; Chie Hayakawa (motyo-pr@mohg.com), Director of Communications, Tel: +81 (3) 3270 8960

MAJESTIC HOTELS

Hotel Majestic Opens A New 5-Star Spa - Majesticspa Essential Moments - in Barcelona

Hotel Majestic has just opened a new SPA, MAJESTICSPA Essential Moments; a 5-star spa located in one of the city’s most prestigious hotels. The hotel itself is in fact also enviably located right in the heart of Barcelona.

MajesticSpa is an innovative centre dedicated to the body. It offers various treatments for both men and women that take care of their beauty and well being. In MajesticSpa the client can enjoy all kind of therapies: from the conventional massage to highly sophisticated treatments and timeless beauty routines such as depilation, manicure, pedicure and make up. All of it takes place in a luxurious and stylish atmosphere.

MajesticSpa is on the top floor of the hotel, where one can also find an impressive terrace where guests can have a tea before starting any treatment and enjoy a privileged view over Barcelona. The spa has state-of-the-arts equipment, including four treatment cabins, two for manicure and pedicure and an exclusive and highly innovative hydrotherapy area.

NATURA BISSÉ
The products of the prestigious luxury cosmetics firm Natura Bissé, whose slogan reads “because skincare is so important”, have been chosen for the treatments carried out at the spa. Natura Bissé has been in the market for almost 30 years and it has taken care of celebrities like Sharon Stone or Judith Mascó.

TREATMENT CHOICES
An exclusive team of professionals will ensure the care and wellbeing of all guests, offering a wide range of treatments.

FACIAL TREATMENTS
Classic facial therapies became a special treatment at MajesticSpa. Amongst the wide variety on offer, it is worth mentioning: “Aire de Amanecer” (Dawn Air), ideal for those who want to feel their skin totally refreshened; “Placeres Cítricos” (Citric Pleasures), an exclusive treatment based on vitamin C that helps rebalance lost vitality; and Diamond Sinfonía (Diamond Symphony), a treatment that takes almost two hours and employs 30 active ingredients applied during 3 consecutive massages to awaken cells.

CORPORAL TREATMENTS

No one will be indifferent to any of these corporal treatments. However, it is worth mentioning the Crystal Honey Corporal Peeling that applies crystallized honey to obtain silky feeling skin; the Ice Relax treatment, based on cryonic therapy; and the Diamantes del Majestic (Majestic Diamonds) that makes use of diamond dust amongst other ingredients and is ideally suited to counterbalance the electromagnetic pollution caused by electric equipment such as cell phones and computers.
 
MASSAGES
The range of massages on offer goes from the traditional Relaxing Massage to the Special Jet Lag which focuses on the upper body and is ideal for all those who need to rest alter a long journey.

MANICURE AND PEDICURE
Finally, any guest wishing to have an unforgettable experience should visit MajesticSpa and have a manicure or pedicure. There are two state-of-the-arts cabins available for this: the Spa Manicure combines hydration, gradual exfoliation, Spa massage and hand care treatment. The Spa Marine Pedicure consists of an exfoliation treatment that softens even the driest feet using various ingredients that include beach sand, quartz crystals, energizing marine botanical elements and softening sea salts. All the products belong to the prestigious firms Creative (manicure) and Marina & Terracotta (pedicure).

Location of MAJESTICSPA -- 10th floor of the Hotel Majestic, Passeig de Gràcia nº 68, 08007 Barcelona; Tel. 93 496 77 18

Opening hours:
Mondays to Fridays from 8:00h to 21:00h
Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00h to 20:00h
www.hotelmajestic.es

MARMARA HOTELS & RESIDENCES

The Marmara Hotels & Residences of Turkey Announce Plans for $1.5 Billion International Expansion

Serdar Alp Turan, General Coordinator of The Marmara Hotels & Residences, announced in Turkey the company's plans to expand its collection globally with a projected 40 additional hotels within the next 10 years.

The private Turkish, family owned and operated company is the second largest hotel chain in Turkey. The Marmara Hotels & Residences' distinguished collection currently includes: five hotels in Turkey's most popular tourism destinations of Istanbul, Bodrum, and the world's only revolving hotel in Antalya; The Marmara Manhattan in New York City, 10 Residences on the Asian side of Istanbul, as well as The Marmara Esma Sultan, an event venue in Istanbul.

Since the opening of its flagship property The Marmara Istanbul in May 1990, the group has operated under the philosophy of creating unique hotels in Turkey's prime tourism destinations that reflect the local culture, setting, and Turkish commitment to hospitality.

As The Marmara Hotels & Residences looks towards global expansion, it plans to take that philosophy around the world, as the group adds four- and five-star city center hotels in other rapidly growing tourism regions of Turkey, as well as New York City, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and Eurasia in cities including Sofia, Baku, Bucharest, St. Petersburg and Kiev.

The Marmara's third hotel in Istanbul, The Marmara Sisli, a 107-room, four-star hotel located in the Mecidiyekoy neighborhood, close to the city's business and shopping districts, is scheduled to open in September 2008 after the group invested close to $6 million dollars in renovations this year.

For reservations or additional information, check web site www.themarmarahotels.com

ABOUT THE MARMARA HOTELS & RESIDENCES
The Marmara Hotels & Residences marry the warmth of Turkish hospitality with European style. Turkey's most prestigious hotel collection offers spectacular locations, stunning views, great architecture, and warm service throughout its hotel properties including: The Marmara Istanbul in the heart of Taksim Square, The Marmara Pera in historic old Istanbul, The Marmara Bodrum, a seaside resort on the Aegean coast, The Marmara Antalya, the world's first and only revolving hotel and The Marmara Manhattan, a home away from home in the fashionable Upper East Side neighborhood of New York City.

These hotels operate under the philosophy that "Living Well Is The Best Revenge" thereby offering guests the ULTIMATE luxury experience.

The Marmara Antalya - The World's First and Only Revolving Hotel

The Marmara Antalya - the world's first and only revolving hotel - offers the best view in the house from every room in its revolving building. Perched on the majestic Falez Cliffs in Turkey's southern coast, every room of the resort's 24-room revolving loft offers ever-changing 360-degree panoramic views of the turquoise-blue mediterranean, the Antalyan coastline and the snow-capped Taurus Mountains.

The revolving loft was designed using shipbuilding specifications. It sits atop a special pool system where water drives the mechanisms that are set to turn the building 360-degrees every seven hours-- although it is capable of completing a revolution every three hours. The innovative design earned The Marmara Antalya a "Best Hotel Architecture" nomination from the prestigious Prix Villegiature Awards, which honor the best hotels in Europe.

The 24 guestrooms in the revolving loft have expansive windows, glass doors between the bathroom and bedroom and even bathtubs in the room--all to take full advantage of the magnificent views. The spacious rooms were designed to evoke a sense of comfortable luxury that one would find in a grand yet unpretentious beach home. Featuring the contemporary style of French designer Christian Allart, the color palette and natural fabrics used create a whimsical, casual elegance that blends beautifully with the seaside setting and allows the breathtaking views to be the focal point.

A second 15-story building with 208 guestrooms continues the same elegant and contemporary décor with stationary--but just as spectacular--views of the Mediterranean Sea or the Taurus Mountains.

The Marmara Antalya features a private beach reached via a dramatic 230-ft. stalactite-lined tunnel; a near-Olympic size outdoor pool; The Marmara Spa with traditional Turkish hammam; a fitness center; and a 975-ft. man-made river with adjustable wave height and flow strength for waterpsorts.

A variety of beautiful dining settings are available throughout the resort including the signature Marmara "Tuti" experience which provides a refreshing alternative to the traditionally hushed and reserved atmosphere of public areas in luxury hotels. In a soaring loft-style space that incorporates dining, relaxation and fun, guests find a restaurant, a library, art gallery, a living room, a lounge area and a billiards room, all in an inviting and interactive public area.

The focal points of the room are eight columns, each dedicated to a specific pursuit. There is an a rock-climbing column, art column, a library column, a "swinging chair" column, a web-surfing column, a culinary column called "Sakiz Ana," a spice rack column, and even a graffiti column, for guests to leave their comments. Inside and out, The Marmara Antalya offers an incomparable guest experience and the ideal Mediterranean getaway.

Rates for guest rooms at The Marmara Antalya start at euro 221 for the revolving loft and 161 euro for the main building, based on double occupancy, and includes breakfast. Rates are subject to taxes.

ABOUT THE MARMARA HOTELS & RESIDENCES
The Marmara Hotels & Residences marry the warmth of Turkish hospitality with European style. Turkey's most prestigious hotel collection offers spectacular locations, stunning views, great architecture, and warm service throughout its hotel properties including: The Marmara Istanbul in the heart of Taksim Square, The Marmara Pera in historic old Istanbul, The Marmara Bodrum, a seaside resort on the Aegean coast, The Marmara Antalya, the world's first and only revolving hotel and The Marmara Manhattan, a home away from home in the fashionable Upper East Side neighborhood of New York City.

These hotels operate under the philosophy that "Living Well Is The Best Revenge" thereby offering guests the ULTIMATE luxury experience.

For reservations or additional information, check web site www.themarmarahotels.com

The Marmara Hotels & Residences include:

Marmara Istanbul in Istanbul -

An exclusive, deluxe five-star property in the heart of Istanbul at Taksim Square. This 377-room hotel rises 20 stories above Istanbul and also features the Marmara Spa.

Marmara Pera in Istanbul -

A four-star 203-room hotel with fabulous views of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn in the historic district of old Istanbul.

Marmara Esma Sultan in Istanbul -

An outstanding historical mansion providing an exciting backdrop for meetings and special events.

Marmara Antalya in Antalya -

An exceptional design hotel of 208 guest rooms with the world's first and only revolving building. The hotel is located on the south coast of Turkey.

Marmara Bodrum in Bodrum -

A unique, luxurious 96-room boutique hotel in Bodrum - Turkey's "St.Tropez." The hotel is a winner of the Five Star Diamond award.

Marmara Manhattan -

situated at 94th Street and Second Avenue in New York City, is also a part of The Marmara Hotels & Residences. The Marmara Manhattan combines old world hospitality with modern amenities and the most cosmopolitan of locations, for guests who wish to experience "home-away-from home" comfort amidst understated luxury.

THE MARMARA PHILOSOPHY

The Marmara Hotels & Residences marry the warmth of Turkish hospitality with European style. Turkey's most prestigious hotel collection offers spectacular locations, stunning views, great architecture, and warm service throughout its hotel properties.

These hotels operate under the philosophy that "Living Well Is The Best Revenge" thereby offering guests the ULTIMATE luxury experience.

MARRIOTT HOTELS

About Marriott Hotels

Marriott Hotels & Resorts is Marriott International's signature and most widely distributed brand, with more than 500 hotels and resorts in 54 countries. Marriott continues to inspire performance and a balanced life on the road for discerning and high-achieving business and leisure travelers, offering warm, professional service; sophisticated yet functional guest room design; lobby spaces that facilitate working, dining and socializing; restaurants and bars serving international cuisine prepared simply and from the freshest ingredients; meeting and event spaces and services that are gold standard; and expansive, 24-hour fitness facilities. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com. Follow Marriott Hotels & Resorts on Twitter at www.twitter.com.

Love Golf? Check out these specials at Marriott

JW Marriott Cambelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

Experience the newly renovated course with the Unlimited Greens overnight package! Enjoy unlimited golf, breakfast & 20% off in the pro shop & spa! Call 800-391-6690 or visit griffingatemarriott.com, promo code Z44. ELEVATED GOLF,

St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
St. Petersburg, FL

It started 90 years ago with a golf ball teed up on a pocket watch. Discover hidden gems & unforgettable experiences during our anniversary year. Golf Getaway Package rates start at $239 per night thru Sept. 30th.

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Stadium Course Summer Swing Replay Package. Stay at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa and play The TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course twice per day. Enjoy breakfast daily per player and Villa Suite accommodations.

Marriott Golf Academy at
Grande Vista & Shadow Ridge
Orlando ,FL | Palm Desert, CA

Stay for free in a 1 bedroom villa at Marriott Vacation Club when you attend a 2-or 3-day golf school at regular price. Premium package options are also available featuring added golf privileges and spa services! New summer promotions have also been added!

St. Kitts Marriott Resort
Basseterre, St.. Kitts

Golf at the 18-hole championship Royal St. Kitts Golf Club, stay at St. Kitts Marriott & receive 3 FREE nights! 7 night minimum stay required.

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, AZ

Summer is a favorite time of year, so celebrate the warmth and escape to the award-winning JW Marriott Las Vegas. Summer package includes a $50 resort credit! Rates start at $129 a night. (Valid through 9/7/15)

For more information contact Marriott Golf | 6649 Westwood Blvd. | Orlando | FL | 32821

More Golf Deals at Marriott

Orlando World Center Marriott
Orlando, FL
It's time for another round! Of golf, that is! For unlimited daily golf for two at Hawk's Landing, book the Golf Getaway to Hawk's Landing package with rates from $229. Includes overnight accommodations and more.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
Phoenix, AZ
Unlimited Golf Package - from $319. Enjoy a luxurious resort room, unlimited golf, free cart rental, breakfast buffet and more! Visit jwdesertridge.com or call 1-800-721-6996 and mention promo code GOF when booking.

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Tucson, AZ
Escape to cool and comfortable elegance with the Play Your Way $100 Resort Credit Package - from $249 per night. Visit jwmarriottstarrpass.com or call 520-792-3500 and mention rate code PKG when booking.

Atlanta Evergreen Conference Resort
Stone Mountain, GA
Choose from two Audubon certified golf courses. Package includes a deluxe room, breakfast buffet for two, round of golf for 2, Pro shop gift. Weekday rates from $209 per night.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Nashville, TN
Tee up your next golf trip to Gaylord Springs Golf Links, an award-winning Scottish links-style, par 72 course carved from the banks of the Cumberland River. The Golf Getaway package rates start at just $221.

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Palm Desert, CA
Pack up for Palm Springs! JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa offers the Unlimited Golf Package offers endless golf for 2 & $50 resort credit. Summer rates start as low as $199.

Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina
Stuart, FL
Ranked one of the best executive courses in the country by Golf Digest. Our Golf Getaway Package includes one round of golf and breakfast for two daily from $190 per night. Upgrade to an Ocean View for just $50.

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
Naples, FL
Tee off in paradise this season with the Golf Getaway package. Enjoy resort accommodations, breakfast for 2, a round of golf at this award winning golf course and more!

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino Receives Quality Award from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) held their third annual Quality Awards to honor the best in travel and tourism in the region. The San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino was a recipient of the “Maintenance Consistency Award” in the four-star hotel category. The award is given to hotels that maintain excellent hotel conditions for the last two years. San Juan Marriott’s General Manager, Hans Rohrbein, was at the event to accept the award on the hotel’s behalf.

More than 200 hotels, inns and restaurants were evaluated by the tourism agency to ensure they maintained a quality index of 85% or more to qualify for the award and winners were chosen in one, two, three and four-star categories for each award.

Actress Cordelia Godez and artist Antonio Martorel hosted the awards event, which was held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center. Special guest presenters handed out the awards, which are designed in the shape of a ‘Q’ and created by local artist Hector Irizarry.

The San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, which recently completed a $35 million renovation, is located just five miles from the airport with immediate access to San Juan's fashionable shopping, dining, adventure, nightlife, historical and cultural landmarks. Experience a tropical beachfront setting, amazing picture perfect views along the Atlantic Ocean, multiple sundecks packed with palm trees, lounge chairs, hammocks and cabanas, a swim up bar and so much more. The San Juan Marriott provides a relaxing environment, luxurious guest rooms and suites, full casino, invigorating spa, two elaborate swimming pools, meeting facilities, six dining options and a lobby lounge for nighttime entertainment.  

ME by MELIA HOTELS

Take Your Four-Legged Member of the Family With You

Planning your holiday vacation? Don't forget the four-legged members of the family! This December, ME by Melia Hotels in Los Cabos, Madrid, and Cancun are offering their 'Pet ME' package at no cost for the family pooch or cat.  

Usually priced between $100 - $150 (depending on season and property) per stay, ME by Melia has decided to waive the cost during the whole month of December encouraging guests to bring their pets with them during their holiday vacation!

The package, which normally ranges from $100-150 per stay (depending on the season and property) includes the following:

Complimentary stay for your K-9 and cat during your time at ME by Melia resorts.

A 'Pet ME' Doggie Amenity kit packed with nutritious doggie-treats, bouncy balls for playing catch, and a personalized doggie or cat welcome letter.

A plush doggie or cat daybed, complimentary blanket, and water and food dispenser equipped with Eukanuba doggie and/or cuisine.

The 'Pet ME Owner's Kit' outfitted with plastic baggies for quick pick-ups, a map with designated pet-friendly walking areas surrounding the hotel, and contact information for a bilingual veterinarian on-call 24 hours a day in case of emergency.

Additional services include 'Pet ME Trainers' available for walks at any time of the day as well as 24- hour pet sitting services for an additional cost.

This pet-friendly package eliminates the need for kennels and vacation-guilt, making it ideal for the holiday traveler who can't go on vacation without their favorite fido or cat.

About ME BY MELIA:

ME is a contemporary interpretation of the Meliá experience. It is a brand which seeks to fuse innovative style with local flavours in order to captivate travellers of a common psychographic - those with a decisive taste for cutting-edge art and design, international cuisine and world music - rather than a common demographic. By capturing these elements in urban and resort destinations, this new philosophy ignites a passion in each guest while appealing to their senses and emotions. The experience is unforgettable.

Learn more at www.mebymeliá.com.

MILLENNIUM HOTELS AND RESORTS

Millennium Hotels and Resorts Announce New Developments in Asia and the Middle East

Millennium Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s largest hotel chains with over 108 hotels in 16 countries, has announced exciting plans for its overseas properties including multi-million dollar renovations for its hotel in Malaysia and a new deluxe property opening in Dubai, UAE.

Malaysia Receives its First Millennium Hotel

The Regent Kuala Lumpur, the five-star icon of Malaysia’s hospitality industry, has officially became the Millennium Kuala Lumpur as of 1 June, 2007, making it the first Millennium hotel in the country. The Millennium Kuala Lumpur is currently undergoing a Ringgit Malaysia $103 million (USD$30 million) makeover to reflect the new brand’s style. The Millennium Kuala Lumpur’s overall design is being created by Environment Design Consultants Sdn. Bhd., while restaurant and bar areas are designed by TriBeCa Asia Hospitality Group.

When renovations were completed, the Millennium Kuala Lumpur featured 468 stylish, contemporary guestrooms and suites, grand lobby and reception areas. The hotel also introduced unique and exciting dining and entertainment establishments poised to set new trends in the capital city

The Millennium Kuala Lumpur is strategically located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, the capital city’s prestigious shopping and entertainment districts. The hotel is also the recipient of numerous international awards, including the Hospitality Asia Platinum Award for Service Excellence and the Hospitality Asia Platinum Award for Best Executive Club Lounge.

Millennium Hotels and Resorts is planning further expansion in Asia including two new five-star properties: the Millennium Beijing and Millennium Chengdu are scheduled to open in 2008. Its sister property, the Millennium Hongqiao in Shanghai opened in 2006 making it the first Millennium property in China. Other properties opening last quarter of 2007 include the Millennium Sukhumvit Bangkok and Millennium Resort Phuket both located in Thailand.

Developments in the Middle East

Millennium Hotels and Resorts also expanded its five-star hotel portfolio in the Middle East with the addition of its “five-star jewel,” the Millennium Towers Hotel Dubai. The hotel is managed by Millennium Hotels and Resorts Middle East and North Africa on behalf of Mr. Riad T. Al Sadik, owner of the property and managing partner of the Al Habtoor Engineering Company.

With its unique location next to the Mall of Emirates on the dynamic Sheikh Zayed road, the Millennium Towers Hotel Dubai features 149 furnished suites and 203 guest rooms along with signature restaurants and meeting facilities to cater to the needs of business and leisure travelers.

Other new properties in the Middle East that will be opening in the last quarter of 2007 are the Kingsgate Abu Dhabi, Burooj Suites Dubai, and the Copthorne al Jahrah Kuwait.

Millennium Hotels and Resorts maintains a strong and visible presence in the region as it owns or manages five-star properties and resorts in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Doha and Marsa Alam in Egypt.

Millennium and Copthorne Hotels comprises of over 108 hotels with over 29,000 rooms worldwide. Our marketing alliance partner Maritim Hotels has 47 hotels with 13,069 rooms in 9 countries.

 For more information visit www.millenniumhotels.com or www.maritim.com.

Millennium's Premier Hotel in Times Square Introduces AllergEN-Friendly Guest Rooms

The deluxe Premier Hotel in Times Square (a Millennium Hotels and Resorts property) is breaking new ground, changing the quality of travel and wellness of its guests with the introduction of its new Premier Pure rooms which feature an allergen-friendly environment. The Premier Pure rooms are free of 98% of bacteria and viruses which are eliminated via a special purification technique. The hotel is also introducing therapeutic natural skin care products by LATHER as its bath amenities

The Premier is the first New York City hotel to introduce allergen-friendly rooms utilizing an innovative, one-of-a-kind high-tech cleansing and maintenance process developed by Pure Solutions, North America. Premier Pure rooms are available on three floors of The Premier (16 guest rooms), the Penthouse and Fitness Center. This is the first Fitness Center in the New York and the world that has received this utterly new process. Each room has been treated comprehensively to remove allergens from all surfaces, fabrics and air flow.

The innovative and rigorous conversion process designed by Pure Solutions ensures that heaters and air conditioners are deep cleaned and sanitized then equipped with the company’s patented Tea Tree Oil Cartridge. PURE Tea Tree Oil is an all natural antiseptic and disinfectant gel that maintains the sanitary conditions created during the initial conversion process. Soft surfaces are cleansed then sanitized to eliminate contaminants that trigger allergies. The room next undergoes a 4-5 hour high ozone shock treatment to kill any remaining living organisms and their associated odors. A bacteriostatic barrier called Pure Shield is then applied on virtually all surfaces to minimize the growth of bacteria.

To maintain ideal conditions in the room, a state-of-the-art air purification system is installed, creating air quality that averages four times cleaner than the threshold for asthma patients. This system is registered by the FDA as a Class II medical device. Special micro-fiber hypo-allergenic pillow cases and mattress covers are used in the room to eliminate dust, dander and dust-mite related allergens usually associated with common bedding.

The Premier Pure Room concept is envisioned by Millennium Hotels and Resorts as part of a program provide the best experience to its guests. The allergy friendly environment is meant not only to provide a clean-air environment but also to help ease respiratory problems, asthma and allergies. Medical research shows that more than 70 million Americans suffer from various airborne allergies or asthma.

In June 2006, the 125-room Premier also converted to a fully non-smoking facility. The hotel’s smoking rooms (24 rooms in total) underwent a special deep cleaning process prior to conversion to non-smoking rooms. The Premier became one of the first non-smoking deluxe hotels in New York City.

The hotel is also introducing LATHER bath amenities including body, skin, and hair care products made from the finest and most effective natural ingredients including essential oils, antioxidants, extracts from rare fruits and herbs. LATHER may go to the ends of the earth to source ingredients, but packaging is kept clean and simple. That’s because LATHER believes “it’s what’s inside” that counts.

Some product examples include LATHER’s Bamboo Crème collection which draws on the hydrating benefits of shea butter and micronized bamboo to moisturize skin and hair. The combination of products works together, providing rich, creamy formulas that gently cleanse and condition without stripping skin of its natural oils. Delicate scents of mandarin, lavender and chamomile restore balance to the senses and impart a sense of renewal.

For further information on Millennium Hotels and Resorts, call 866-866-8086 or visit www.millenniumhotels.com.

NATIONAL TRUST HISTORIC HOTELS OF AMERICA

National Trust Historic Hotels of America Announces Six New Members

Selection includes a New York City Art Deco gem, two newly-restored Oklahoma City hotels, a Colorado mountain retreat, an Arizona golf resort once owned by Bing Crosby and an oasis of serenity in San Diego

National Trust Historic Hotels of America announces the addition of six new members. This selection brings the program's total membership to 213 hotels, representing 39 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new member hotels offer travelers a diversity of locales from major metropolitan cities to the deserts of the Southwest and represent a variety of architectural styles, including an Art Deco skyscraper, an Italianate resort in the Colorado Rockies and classic adobe casitas.

Here is a sampling of interesting facts highlighting the history of the hotels as well as personalities who have walked through the doors.

The Tubac Golf Resort in Tubac, Ariz., was the setting for the golf-themed movie "Tin Cup" starring Kevin Costner.

President Theodore Roosevelt established a temporary White House at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, Colo., while on a three-week hunting expedition. After an unsuccessful day of hunting, a disheartened Teddy Roosevelt returned to the hotel where several maids pieced together a stuffed bear to cheer him, and according to legend, the "teddy bear" was born.

The Jumeirah Essex House in New York was one of the first hotels in New York to offer "Sunday brunch" for walkers in Central Park back in the 1930s.

To view the complete release and a description of each property visit www.historichotels.org

OCCIDENTAL HOTELS & RESORTS

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Occidental Hotels & Resorts offer some of the finest all-inclusives in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Costa Rica. With three very distinct styles to choose from, you're sure to find a unique destination that can cater to your every need. The family-friendly Allegro resorts offer lots of fun for an incredible value, while the Occidental Grand resorts are known for their exquisite restaurants and lavish accommodations. And, for the ultimate in luxury, the Royal Club lets you indulge in a pampering experience. 

Occidental Grand Aruba
Aruba
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Set amid the pristine white sands of Aruba's famed Palm Beach, the Occidental Grand Aruba offers 398 rooms and suites from which to enjoy all that this tropical island has to offer. This exclusive all-inclusive resort caters to an international clientele seeking an exotic island getaway and includes accommodations perfect for honeymooners and families alike.
 

Occidental Grand Xcaret
Riviera Maya
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Tucked within an ecological and historical preserve, the all-inclusive Occidental Grand Xcaret captivates guests with spectacular grounds, a pristine coastline and unparalleled service and amenities. The resort also offers each guest a greatly discounted day pass to the breathtaking natural wonder of the eco-archeological Xcaret Park, located adjacent to the resort.
  
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Cozumel

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Nestled in a secluded nature preserve on the southern side of Mexico's famed Cozumel Island, the Occidental Grand Cozumel will make you feel like you've stepped into your own private hacienda by the ocean. With only 251 rooms, this exclusive all-inclusive luxury resort is located on a private section of Cozumel's finest beach, Playa San Francisco.
  
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Puerto Vallarta

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This Spanish-style resort sits on 700 yards of one or the most popular white-sand beaches in Punta Cana. You'll enjoy all meals and cocktails at nine restaurants and seven bars, three pools, chaise lounges/towel service by the pool or on the beach, complimentary activities like snorkeling, windsurfing, archery, merengue dance lessons, and even a 30-minute horseback ride.
  
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Riviera Maya
 
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Costa Rica
 
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OCTOGONE HOTELS

Octogone Hotels Extend Hospitality To Guests AND The Environment

Octogone TERRE Resort & Spa offers guests not only unmatched, five-star hospitality, but also an environmentally friendly atmosphere. Octogone Hotels' green philosophy begins with light and water conservation and encompasses home grown produce. The company's first property, Octogone TERRE Resort & Spa, which opened in November 2006, has paved the way for keeping a safe environment.

"One of our main priorities here at the TERRE Resort & Spa is to help save our planet. We are doing as much as we can to ensure our survival on this beautiful planet, called earth - the namesake of this resort. While guests stay with us they are also helping to keep a healthy environment," says Christian Rivadalla, Founder and President of Octogone Hotels.

Octogone Hotels' Green Setting
At Octogone Hotels, Riad-style accommodations are presented in a home-like setting that honors a green philosophy. The hotel's focus on environmental safekeeping is evident through the following efforts:

Light Conservation:

Traditional guards guide guests to their villas with handheld lanterns in order to decrease the use of outdoor artificial light. In addition, un-occupied villas and suites are not lit in the evening and at night only lanterns are used outdoors.

Recycling:

Appropriate leftover food is re-used for the hotel's gardening and bird-feeding programs that are implemented by the hotel's expert gardeners.

Water Conservation:

Filters have been installed to ensure pure water throughout the property. Rainwater is collected overnight using water wells and re-used for irrigation. Recycled water waste is re-used for irrigation in specific areas of the garden. Each hotel is also implementing XeriscapeTM (water efficient) principles, meant for native and naturalized plant species that are adapted to survive in areas of low precipitation.

Home Grown:

Octogone Hotels serve guests with their very own home-grown produce. Even herbs and flowers are specifically grown for use in the hotel. Upon departure, each guest is presented with a bottle of organic, first-pressed olive oil (0.3% acidity), which comes from the hotel's own Farm Estate that cultivates more than 1,000 olive trees.

Other notable, environmentally friendly features at Octogone Hotels include:

· Reserving existing vegetation, including opting for desert plants that require minimum watering.

·Creating green-friendly walkways using Tadlakt which uses pigment and plaster as a base thereby eliminating the use of cement, and banning cars/trucks/buses from the property.

· Use of earth light-colored pavement to introduce a natural light reflecting effect to minimize solar heating. The Tedlakt absorbs heat, keeping the surface cool. Cement or tar would do the opposite.

· Integrating architecture to maximize the environmentally friendly philosophy: adjusting ceiling planes to create a mechanism of distributing light in a space, and creating ventilation and re-circulation of coolness and heat.

With these efforts, Octogone Hotels offer guests an opportunity to save the environment while on vacation.

About Octogone TERRE Resort & Spa
Octogone TERRE (Earth) Resort & Spa is a secluded luxury five-star getaway located at the doors of the famous palm grove "Palmeraie" just 7 kilometers outside of Marrakech and on the road to Casablanca. Everything at TERRE -- from the architecture to the cuisine -- is an innovative blend of old and new enabling guests to step into the past and be immersed in true Moroccan style while being pampered with all imaginable present-day luxuries.

The 52-room luxury suite property is set on almost 12 acres of land in its own small village. Facilities include three restaurants, a full-service spa, an infinity pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, golf putting area, and access to a nearby world-class golf courses.

For reservations, call: (480) 503-8022 or (800) 915-4012.

About Octogone Hotels
Octogone Hotels was founded in 2001 by Christian Rivadalla with a vision to create eight hotel properties in Morocco by the end of 2012. The company's first property, Octogone TERRE Resort & Spa, open November 2006 in Marrakech. Over the next few years, Octogone Hotels plans to open properties in the following locations: SKY Atlas, OCEAN Essaouira, SAND Sahara, CITY Casablanca, CULTURE Fez, CAPITAL Rabat, and PORT Tangier.

OHANA HOTELS & RESORTS

OHANA Hotels & Resorts Delivers Convenience with New Grocery Concierge Service

Travelers will be eating up OHANA Hotels & Resorts’ new grocery delivery service that puts time on their side for more minutes on the beach. The new service allows guests at the OHANA Waikiki West hotels to quickly and easily pre-order their favorite food and beverage supplies online and have them delivered and put in place prior to check in at their room.

“Guests at the OHANA Waikiki East and OHANA Waikiki West can skip right to having the time of their lives on their Hawaiian getaway with all the snacks and sustenance they need to help them do just that,” said Tom Wakita, director of sales and marketing for OHANA Hotels & Resorts.  “Whether you have dietary restrictions or are traveling with a large family, this new service is just another way that OHANA Hotels & Resorts is working to make our guest stays easy, fun and as carefree as possible.”

Island Grocery Service offers a wide variety of options from fresh-cut island fruit, sweet and salty snacks as well as cool beverages to quench guests’ thirst after a long day exploring the island. Travelers can also make use of the OHANA Waikiki East and OHANA Waikiki West’s kitchenettes and opt to stock up on meat, poultry, vegetables and dairy items to create a balanced meal and save from eating out every day.

To pre-order from Island Grocery Service, please visit www.islandgroceryservice.com. There is a minimum grocery purchase of $50 and the Hawaii General Excise Tax of 4.712 percent will be added to all orders.

Grocery concierge services are available at the following OHANA properties on Oahu:

OHANA Waikiki East, starting at $105

The OHANA Waikiki East offers the utmost convenience for guests looking to do it all in Waikiki. The hotel’s central location puts it within five to ten minutes from the sun and surf of Waikiki Beach as well as premiere shopping and entertainment along Kalakaua Avenue. Guests can choose between standard hotel rooms and one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes, and will find a swimming pool, fitness room, Laundromat and video game arcade all on-site.

OHANA Waikiki West, starting at $85

Travelers can spread out at the OHANA Waikiki West with flexible accommodations, including guest rooms, suites or kitchen combo rooms that connect a standard and kitchenette rooms for additional space and privacy. The hotel’s central location puts travelers across the street from the bustle of the iconic International Market Place and other shopping venues as well as being a short stroll to Waikiki Beach.

Families staying with OHANA will also appreciate OHANA’s Waikiki Connection, which makes traveling throughout Waikiki a breeze with complimentary rides on the open-air Waikiki Trolley’s Pink Line. In addition to complimentary trolley rides, OHANA’s Waikiki Connection offers extra value at all of OHANA Hotels & Resorts’ Waikiki properties, with complimentary services and discounts including:

Free Internet access in all guest rooms - including free wi-fi in the lobby and most common areas
Free local phone calls and free phone calls to mainland U.S. and Canada (for the first 15 minutes)
Free use of the in-room safe
Free in-room coffee and tea
Free daily local newspaper at the reception desk
A free OHANA drawstring beach tote (one per room)
Free rides aboard the Waikiki Trolley's Pink Line, which takes travelers throughout Waikiki and to Waikiki Beach Walk, as well as Ala Moana Center


Rates for OHANA Hotels & Resorts are per room, per night, for single or double occupancy. Rates and specials cannot be combined with other offers and are subject to availability and change. Restrictions may apply. Taxes are not included. Rates may not be used for group bookings without prior authorization from Outrigger.

For reservations and additional information, call your preferred travel professional or contact at OHANA Hotels & Resorts toll-free at 1-800-462-6262 or visit www.OhanaHotels.com. E-mail reservations are also available at reservations@ohanahotels.com.

About OHANA Hotels & Resorts
OHANA Hotels & Resorts is part of the Outrigger Enterprises Group family. The OHANA brand was created in 1999 for travelers seeking quality accommodations at mid-level pricing. Owned by Hawaii's oldest and largest hospitality company, the OHANA brand provides guests with local expertise and a friendly staff. There are four OHANA properties, three in Waikiki and one at the Honolulu Airport, all conveniently located close to popular visitor attractions and beaches. For more information, visit www.ohanahotels.com.

About Outrigger Enterprises Group
Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging and hospitality companies in the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions and continues to expand its presence throughout the area. A family-owned company with more than 60 years of hospitality experience, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger® Hotels & Resorts, OHANA® Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger Condominium Collection®, Embassy Suites®, Best Western®, Courtyard® by Marriott, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership®. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 45 properties with more than 11,200 rooms located in Hawaii; Australia; Guam; Fiji; Bali; Phuket, Thailand; Koh Samui, Thailand; Vietnam; and China. Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, the mainland USA and Asia. For on-line information, log on at www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com and www.outrigger.com.

OPUS HOTELS GROUP

Trilogy Properties Corp, developer, manager and owner of the award-winning OPUS Hotel in Vancouver, announced today that it is becoming the sole owner of the Hotel GODIN, one of Montreal’s premiere boutique hotels. It purchased the property from Cadim, a division of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Hotels Incognita. The hotel will now be known as OPUS Montreal.

“OPUS Montreal is the ideal launching pad for our national chain of world-class boutique hotels under the OPUS banner,” explained John deC. Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Trilogy Properties. “OPUS Vancouver and OPUS Montreal are similar in size, stand out for their design and architecture and are conveniently located in the heart of the action of two of Canada’s most exciting and dynamic cities.”

“The added value we bring to OPUS Montreal,” added Mr. Evans, “is a proven track record in hotel management. We will work with the existing team to ensure the comfort of our guests by providing exquisite service in magnificent surroundings, while investing in our food and beverage offering. Opus Bar will be open to the public in mid-August, and we anticipate Montrealers will welcome the addition of a stylish lounge serving innovative cocktails and globally inspired tapas, with live music from the city’s best DJs. We will be announcing some of the new amenities and services of Opus Montreal in a press release within the next three weeks.”

Opus Montreal provides a unique boutique experience blending modern design with a nod to history in chic Montreal style. An intimate one hundred and thirty-six guestrooms combine sleek minimalism with luxurious comfort. Home to dramatic Opus Bar, and located in downtown Montreal on the corner of Sherbrooke and St. Laurent, the hotel is also steps from the vibrant entertainment district and minutes from Old Montreal and the “Plateau” Mont-Royal. Opus Montreal is the second boutique hotel in the stylish Opus Hotels group.

Uniquely stylish and always fresh, OPUS Vancouver redefines the boutique experience, blending contemporary design with warmth and intuitive service. Ninety-six guestrooms feature vibrant colours, spa bathrooms and five lifestyle-inspired décor schemes. Located in fashionable Yaletown, close to Vancouver's best restaurants, spas and boutiques, the hotel is home to bistro moderne Elixir and the dramatic OPUS Bar. OPUS was voted one of the world's top 100 hotels by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

“One of the strengths of OPUS Vancouver is that in five short years we have become fully integrated into the fabric of the city. My involvement in the day-to-day operations of the hotel has made a significant difference,” noted Mr. Evans. My daughter will in many ways become the public face of OPUS Montreal, helping ensure that we continue to evolve and anticipate the needs of the community and our guests.”

Katherine Evans will have an office in OPUS Montreal where she will assume responsibilities relating to the promotion of OPUS Montreal as well as food and beverage marketing functions for the hotel. Katherine is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, is bilingual having completed all of her elementary and secondary schooling in the French language and has held management positions with OPUS Vancouver as well as, most recently, a national real estate development company.

Trilogy is a fully integrated group of real estate companies, pro-active in the development, leasing and management of investment-grade retail and hotel properties including OPUS Vancouver, Adara Whistler and the Trilogy at Cumberland. With an impressive portfolio of development, spanning well over a decade, its track record demonstrates a consistent achievement of above-average financial returns.

ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS

Orient-Express Hotels Offer Great Locations & Deals

Orient-Express Hotels understands that today’s sophisticated traveler wants more than just their breakfast included in a room rate, and in response to this, many of its hotels offer complimentary activities and added value extras.

Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
www.hotelcaruso.com

Perched in a stunning elevated position high above the Amalfi Coast, the Hotel Caruso offers every guest a complimentary trip on the hotel’s private motorboat, ‘Ercole’.  During the two hour mini cruise, guests will visit secluded coves and hidden beaches along the spectacular coastline.  A Double Village View Room at Hotel Caruso starts from $1,002* per room per night including breakfast.

The Observatory Hotel, Sydney, Australia
www.observatoryhotel.com

The Observatory Hotel in Sydney is superbly located near The Rocks, nestled between the vibrant harbor with its world-famous Harbor Bridge and Opera House, and Darling Harbor. Each guest staying at this colonial-style hotel is entitled to a complimentary walking tour of The Rocks, with its abundant historic houses, bars, cafes and street markets. A Deluxe City View Room at The Observatory Hotel starts from $665* per room per night including breakfast.

Lilianfels Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
www.lilianfels.com

Within a two-hour drive of Sydney are the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains, which are home to Lilianfels – a luxury European-style country house hotel offering magnificent views across the blue-tinged vista. While guests relax in the luxurious retreat, they are offered complimentary bush walks with a personal guide, offering a fascinating insight into early Australian cultural traditions and stories that still endure today. A Deluxe King Room at Lilianfels starts from $568* per room per night including breakfast.

Eagle Island Camp, Botswana
www.orient-express-safaris.com

Eagle Island Camp, a water-based safari lodge on the Okavango Delta in Botswana, now offers a 45-minute complimentary helicopter safari for each guest. The helicopter smoothly glides over the magnificent game-rich waters of the mighty Delta, where guests can see elephants, hippos and giraffes in abundance. A luxury tent at Eagle Island Camp starts from $805* per room per night including all meals, drinks (excluding champagne), laundry services, two game-viewing activities per day, emergency medical insurance and national park fees. Orient-Express also owns two additional camps in Botswana, Khwai River Lodge and Savute Elephant Camp.

Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
www.mountnelson.com

The famous Mount Nelson Hotel is making life easier for its guests by offering complimentary transfers within a six mile radius. This includes transport to the vibrant Waterfront, where there are many stylish restaurants and bars, as well as Camps Bay and the Malay Quarter. The Mount Nelson Hotel is set amid nine acres of serene gardens, against the towering backdrop of Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town. A Superior Room starts from $509* per room per night including breakfast.

About Orient-Express Hotels:

Orient-Express Hotels (www.orient-express.com) is a hotel and travel company focused on the luxury end of the leisure market with many iconic and highly acclaimed properties. Founded in 1976 when the company acquired the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Orient-Express has grown to encompass 51 businesses, including 41 highly individual hotels across five continents, two restaurants, two river cruise operations and six tourist trains, including the fabled Venice Simplon-Orient-Express which operates through Europe, linking London, Paris and Venice.
Orient-Express chooses to own or part-own and manage its businesses, and continues to seek out unique properties with expansion potential and to introduce new experiences, restoring romance, glamour and style to international travel.

Orient-Express Hotel Chain has Nine distinctive properties:

*Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & spa (Tahiti/French Polynesia)
*Casa de Sierra Nevada (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)
*Charleston Place (Charleston, SC)
*El Encanto Hotel & Garden Villas (Santa Barbara, CA)
*The Inn at Perry Cabin (St. Michaels, MD)
*Keswick Hall at Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)
*La Samanna (St. Martin, French West Indies)
*Maroma Resort and Spa (Riviera Maya, Mexico) and
*Windsor Court (New Orleans, LA)

Orient Express Hotel News

The Casa de Sierra Nevada is now an Orient-Express property and the first phase of new suites opened in June 2008, along with its cooking school, Sazon;

IEl Encanto opened in 2008:;

Along with the rebirth of the grande dame of New Orleans hotels, the Windsor Court with its new Club floor; and the opening of the Linden Spa in July at the Inn at Perry Cabin.

OUTRIGGER HOTELS & RESORTS -- & CONDOMINIUMS

Outrigger Enterprises Group Launches New, Innovative Destination Web site

Outrigger Enterprises Group has announced unveiling of its new, innovative travel destination Web site, OutriggerHawaii.com. The Web site uses advanced technology to allow visitors to easily navigate Hawaii's myriad destinations, research extensive itinerary options and ultimately guides visitors to a resort, hotel or condominium that best suits their travel needs from a multi-brand portfolio
including Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger Condominium Collection, OHANA Hotels & Resort, Ala Moana Hotel, Embassy Suites(r)-Waikiki Beach Walk(r), Keauhou Beach Resort and The Wyland Waikiki.

Visitors to OutriggerHawaii.com are invited to explore Hawaii destinations through five lifestyle categories: adventure, romance, culture, culinary and business and leisure. The site features online video vignettes that showcase unique experiences of the Hawaiian host culture as well as candid first-person stories of visitors who have traveled Hawaii's unbeaten paths. One such cameo features Gary Smith, a Kauai preservationist who shares the beauty of exploring the road less traveled and "getting lost" in Hawaii. "For visitors who come to Kauai, I would say walk softly, learn the culture, respect the culture and revel in what we have to offer," says Smith.
Another vignette introduces Keoni Ho'okano, a farmer and cultural guide who
shares with viewers the historic significance of the taro plant to Hawaii's history and imparts the magnitude of preserving this staple of the Hawaiian diet for generations to come. Travelers interested in an action-packed vacation, can listen to Captain Jeff of Bottom Time Hawaii, as he takes visitors on a variety of water adventures ranging from fishing to snorkeling with endemic marine life and even night scuba diving with manta rays in Hawaii's majestic waters.

The rich portfolio of Outrigger Enterprises Group's properties has the perfect accommodation for every traveler-upscale beachfront hotels such as the Outrigger Waikiki and Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotels offer a relaxing tropical escape, while The Wyland Waikiki presents vacationers with stunning marine art and contemporary settings. OHANA Hotels & Resorts offers affordably-priced Waikiki hotels in desirable locations and the Outrigger Condominium Collection gives independent travelers a home away from home. Those looking for romance will fall in love with the new Embassy Suites- Waikiki Beach Walk and the Big Island's Keauhou Beach Resort, and business travelers will relish the convenient location of Honolulu's Al Moana Hotel.

Whether visitors are in search of the best beach to go bodysurfing or exquisite Pacific cuisine, OutriggerHawaii.com helps guests to find the best accommodations to satisfy their wishes. A one-stop-shop Web experience, visitors can plan a Hawaii dream vacation and book their island stay directly at OutriggerHawaii.com.

About Outrigger Enterprises Group

Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging and hospitality companies in the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions and continues to expand its presence throughout the area. A family-owned company with more than 60 years of hospitality experience, Outrigger runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, OHANA(r) Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger Condominium Collection, Embassy Suites(r), Best Western and Wyndham Vacation Ownership. Currently, Outrigger operates and/or has under development 47 properties with close to 12,000 rooms located in Hawaii, Australia, Guam, Fiji, Palau, Bali and Phuket, Thailand.

Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, the mainland USA and Asia. For on-line information, log on at www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com .

Outrigger Hotels & Condominium Collection

Outrigger Condominium Collection properties include:

OAHU

Outrigger Luana Waikiki, starting at $119 (55 percent discount off rack rate)
Named for the Hawaiian term meaning "to relax, be content, and enjoy pleasant surroundings," Outrigger Luana Waikiki is a Three-Diamond, AAA deluxe condominium that lives up to all of this and more. With its inviting, peaceful and contemporary setting, guests will enjoy a variety of sophisticated in-room features from granite countertops and plasma televisions to soft and soothing island furnishings. Located at the gateway to Waikiki, a lively cultural mecca is just a short walk away.

Outrigger Regency on Beachwalk, starting at $169 (47 percent discount off rack rate). Guests looking for a stylish boutique-setting in the heart of Waikiki will have it all at Outrigger Regency on Beachwalk. This property features 48 one- and two-bedroom condominium units with warm, sophisticated décor and beautifully appointed kitchens. Accommodations also include complimentary morning coffee and afternoon plantation tea in the lobby.

Outrigger Waikiki Shore, starting at $215 (30 percent discount off rack rate)

The only resort condominium located on the sands of Waikiki Beach, Outrigger Waikiki Shore offers its guests a one-of-a-kind beachfront experience with divine views of the ocean and Ft. Derussy Park. Select from comfortable studios as well as one- and two-bedroom suites. Outrigger Waikiki Shore is also just steps away from Waikiki Beach Walk®, the new spirited and stylish dining, fashion, entertainment and nightlife hotspot.

KAUAI

Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation, starting at $205 (32 percent discount off rack rate). Occupying a lovely beachfront setting in Poipu, Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation is on the sunniest side of the island. Swaying palms, shady monkeypod trees, and delicate plumeria blossoms accent the 30-acre setting, transporting visitors and guests back to Hawaii‚s infamous plantation era. Whether enjoying a day at the beach or exploring the island, Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation offers the utmost privacy to frolic and play, with historic Koloa Town just a few minutes drive away.

Outrigger at Lae nani, starting at $159 (49 percent discount off rack rate)
Nestled away on a lush beachfront in East Kauai, the Outrigger at Lae nani features low-rise apartments surrounded by tall coconut palms and well-tended gardens in an intimate setting. A calm ocean pool created from natural stones invites guests to unwind in the calming sea water, while a nearby ancient Hawaiian site brings an aura of sanctity to the unique locale.

Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa, starting at $225 (33 percent discount off rack rate). Visitors can indulge their senses at the all-new Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa, located on the scenic eastern shore of Kauai. Recently voted number one in Hawaii by the Expedia clients for guest service, the one- and two-bedroom accommodations are exquisitely accented with warm Indonesian woods and cool Peruvian travertine. Each unit offers a superbly appointed kitchen with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf convection oven and sleek granite countertops. For guests looking for some 'R and R' the Aveda® Lifestyle Salon and Spa at the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa offers guests a full menu of facials, massages and other pampering treatments, using only Aveda products that are purely plant-sourced.

MAUI

Outrigger Maui Eldorado, starting at $129 (60 percent discount off rack rate)
A home-away-from-home for vacationers the world over, Outrigger Maui Eldorado‚s soothing surroundings are perfect for enjoying a morning stroll along the neighboring fairways to the beach or a leisurely round of golf. Outrigger Maui Eldorado also is just a short jaunt from Whalers Village‚s shops, restaurants and nightlife, and a five-minute walk from the pristine Kaanapali Beach, where guests can sunbathe or enjoy the privacy of an exclusive beach cabana.

Outrigger Napili Shores, starting at $155 (38 percent discount off rack rate)
Like staying with a best friend, Outrigger Napili Shores‚ casual and inviting surroundings allow guests to feel at home amongst the property‚s lush setting. Outrigger Napili Shores features two on-site restaurantsˆ the Oceanfront Gazebo Restaurant and Napili Tavern ˆ which serve-up an exciting variety of island favorites. Located steps away from Napili Bay, guests can enjoy a serene white sand beach, perfect for swimming and well-known for great snorkeling. The Outrigger Napili Shores' setting also provides great viewing during the popular whale season.

Outrigger Aina Nalu, starting at $119 (57 percent discount off rack rate)
Hidden away in the heart of peaceful Lahaina Town, the newly remodeled Outrigger Aina Nalu is a popular getaway for the young and young-at-heart. An award-winning property ˆ recently recognized by the Hawaii Chapter of the American Institute of Interior Designers ˆ Outrigger Aina Nalu features a lush and intimate sanctuary, featuring a new swimming pool, large, beautifully furnished, open-air pool pavilion and well-manicured lawns. Outrigger Aina Nalu features studios as well as one- and two-bedroom suites˜designed to incorporate Hawaii‚s natural environment utilizing stone and tropical wood materials.

Outrigger Palms at Wailea, starting at $185 (35 percent discount off rack rate)
Elegantly designed Mediterranean-style apartments, situated on a gently sloping hillside, Outrigger Palms at Wailea provides guests a distinct Hawaii experience on the Wailea Coast of Maui‚s southern shore. The deluxe condominium is one of the best values in upscale Wailea, allowing guests to stroll along the perfectly groomed gardens, tee off at the nearby Wailea Golf Club, or simply recline at the pool.

Outrigger Royal Kahana, starting at $145 (45 percent discount off rack rate)
Take in the distant views of Lanai and Molokai from the balconies of Outrigger Royal Kahana. Perfect for families who want to enjoy Hawaii on a budget, Outrigger Royal Kahana features a complimentary fitness center, barbeque and picnic areas, sauna, table tennis and tennis courts, washers and dryers as well as a manager‚s reception at sunset. For those who want to explore, Outrigger Royal Kahana is located just steps away to the shops and restaurants at Kahana Gateway Shopping Center and a few minutes drive to the dining and entertainment at Whalers Village in Kaanapali.

BIG ISLAND of HAWAI'I

Outrigger Fairway Villas, starting at $199 (39 percent discount off rack rate)
Outrigger Fairway Villas are reminiscent of historic plantation architecture, with elegant, contemporary features. Every spacious one and two-bedroom, two-bedroom with loft, and three-bedroom accommodation is complete with a kitchen, and the dining and lounging areas are perfectly suited for casual family entertaining. Located on Hawaii Island‚s spectacular Kohala Coast, guests are walking distance from some of the best shopping and dining on the island.

Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona, starting at $165 (34 percent discount off rack rate)
Known throughout the islands for its stunning 16-acre location overlooking scenic Keauhou Bay, Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona offers guests large and roomy condominium units, designed with open-beamed ceilings and spacious covered balconies to enjoy the marvelous views. Take a dip at one of three swimming pools, or enjoy hitting some balls at the property‚s two tennis courts. Enjoy oceanfront dining at the new Akoni's at Kanaloa, now serving breakfast and lunch. Families will also want to take advantage of barbecue and picnic areas, perfect for grilling dinner under the stars.

Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff, starting at $135 (38 percent discount off rack rate)

Rising high above a lava bluff, just a mile from Kailua-Kona, Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff is well-known for its dramatic, uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as for its lush landscape, featuring a calming stream, tropical flowers, and flowing vines that cascade through the center of the property. Guests to Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff can also take advantage of the unit‚s vast amenities including oceanfront swimming pools, tennis court and barbecue grills and a seaside cabana.

For reservations or additional information on Outrigger Condominium Collection properties or amenities, call your preferred travel professional or Outrigger toll-free at 1-800-OUTRIGGER (688-7444) or online at www.OutriggerCondos.com.

About Outrigger's Condominium Collection

Outrigger's Condominium Collection is a special product line within the Outrigger Enterprises Group comprised of 14 deluxe resort condominium properties offering studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom units. These fully furnished accommodations are located in some of the most desirable locations in Hawaii, with properties available at both well-known resorts as well as at some truly unique and 'out of the way' places. Outrigger's Condominium Collection offers visitors a true sense of discovery when exploring Hawaii. For more information, visit www.OutriggerCondos.com.

About Outrigger Enterprises Group

Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest-growing hospitality services companies in the Asia-Pacific region. Outrigger is a family-owned company with more than 60 years of hospitality experience and runs a highly-successful, multi-branded line of hotels, condominiums and vacation resort properties, including Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, OHANA Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger Condominium Collection and Embassy Suites®-Waikiki Beach Walk®.* Outrigger Enterprises Group also operates and develops hotel properties and hospitality-related retail and real estate opportunities for partners in Hawaii, the Pacific, the mainland USA and Asia. For on-line information, log on at www.outriggerenterprisesgroup.com.

PACIFICA HOTELS.

Fall festivals are officially back. Pacifica Hotels invites you to make the very most of the season with 25% Off your stay at over 20 hotel destinations all season long.

25% Off valid for stays now through 12/17/16 at participating hotels. Must book online by 9/27/16. Cannot be combined with any other offer or negotiated rate. Subject to availability of promo code EMFEST. Blackout dates may apply. Email exclusive offer. Must book online. Event and festival tickets sold separately, events may sell out.

For more details go to Pacifica Hotels | 17300 Red Hill Ave. Ste 250, Irvine, CA 92614 | Toll Free (800) 720-0223 | Pacificahotels.com

The Iconic Marina Del Rey Hotel (part of the Pacifica Hotels) Opens After $25 Million Renovation

Marina del Rey’s First Hotel Re-Opens with New Guestrooms, Marina-Facing Pool and Chic Indoor-Outdoor Restaurant in Time for Marina’s 50th Anniversary

Marina del Rey Hotel, the Marina’s very first hotel, has reopened after a $25 million renovation. Originally opened in 1964, the historic Marina del Rey Hotel opens as the Marina celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

The iconic waterfront property features 164 updated rooms and suites, a full-service restaurant aptly named SALT, 24-hour room service, concierge assistance, outdoor, marina-facing pool and sundeck, waterfront wedding venue, multiple meeting spaces, boat slips and many more 4-star amenities.

“We are proud to re-open the doors of this hotel that has served as a destination in the Marina for more than half a century,” said Matt Marquis, President of Pacifica Hotels. “We’ve put a great deal of thought and resources into the Marina del Rey Hotel to make it the preeminent hotel choice in Los Angeles. We’ve made significant investments in the Marina across several hotels, and know this will only serve to elevate the area’s hospitality landscape.”

Marina del Rey Hotel’s guestrooms reflect the California calm character of the property’s surrounding area. With cool colors and maritime touches that seamlessly blend the interior with the azure Marina exterior, guests enjoy a relaxing and retreat-like experience. Rooms are luxuriously furnished and appointed with 55” LED HDTV’s, premium high-thread Egyptian cotton linens, Molton Brown bath amenities, plush oversized robes, Keurig Coffee machines, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

SALT, the hotel’s on-the-water, indoor-outdoor restaurant, features seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmer’s markets to create a quintessential Californian dining experience. Executive Chef Mark Gold serves contemporary favorites with a seasonal twist.

Daily breakfast includes sweet and savory delights, alike. Steel Cut Oatmeal Brulee with organic milk, brown sugar brulee, toasted pumpkin seeds, and fresh seasonal berries satisfies the sweet, while Buenos Dias Chilaquiles with fresh tortilla chips, poached egg, chorizo, avocado, black beans, hooks cheddar, radish, red onion, and roasted tomatillo sauce please those wanting something savory.

Lunch and dinner offer both light and hearty fare ranging from a “Crab Louie” salad with fresh Dungeness crab meat, avocado, tomato and farm egg on little gem lettuce to Scottish Salmon on potato emulsion, with grilled king oyster mushrooms and tarragon butter. Sweet treats include a Warm Butter Cake with roasted apple and maple ice cream and a Banana Split with handmade ice cream, salted caramel, strawberry and marshmallow. Brunch combines some of the breakfast and lunch menus’ highlights, as well as champagne specials to accompany the scenic seaside setting.

Craft cocktails created by master mixologists include: the SALT with Cazadores Tequila, Patron Citronage, Cointreau, Blue Curacao, fresh lime juice, blue ice chips, blue salted rim; the Dry with green tea infused Hendricks Gin, Cherry Herring, Benedectine, fresh lemon juice, and ginger beer; and the Sweet ‘n’ Sour with Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, pineapple juice, coconut water, fresh lime juice, and hibiscus syrup. A selection of craft beers, as well as California and international wines are also available. A bar menu to accompany the refreshing beverages includes bite-sized nibbles like deviled eggs, Maine lobster roll and grilled artichoke.

A perfect after work place to mingle with colleagues or friends, or share a romantic sunset rendezvous with a sweetheart, SALT serves up a picturesque Happy Hour. Offering $5 bites, beer, wine and well drinks from 4-6:30pm, there’s no better place to cap off the day.

A poolside, kids and 24-hour room service menu are also available.

Featuring 9,700 total square feet of event space with breathtaking views of the Marina and main channel, the hotel is an ideal choice for conferences, weddings, and other noteworthy occasions. Designed to accommodate up to 350 guests, the Marina del Rey Hotel’s event facilities afford picture-perfect affairs.

A new waterfront event lawn has been added to the property grounds and offers panoramic views of the Marina. At 3,500 square feet, the grass lawn is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions, or large waterfront gatherings. Inside, parties and groups can find a variety of spaces in the hotel’s dynamic meeting rooms. A waterfront private dining room that holds up to 12 people serves as an intimate venue for parties and celebrations of all kinds.

Over the past half-century, the Marina del Rey Hotel has served as the central meeting point for local yacht clubs, fashion shows, and high-profile Los Angeles functions. Set against a Marina backdrop of yachts and aquatic adventurers, and conveniently located just a few miles from LAX airport, the Marina del Rey Hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travelers. Positioned close to local attractions like Venice Beach, Fisherman’s Village, Ballona Wetlands and Santa Monica Pier; water activities including kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing and sailing; and a wealth of renowned dining and shopping options; guests have the best of Los Angeles within easy reach.

Rates start at $209/night. The hotel is offering a Grand Opening Special of 25% off, plus a complimentary upgrade to a Marina View Room. To book, visit web site www.pacificahotels.com/marinadelreyhotel/specials

The Marina del Rey Hotel is located at 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. For additional information about the hotel, please call 310.301.1000 or visit www.marinadelreyhotel.com.

The iconic Marina del Rey Hotel is one of five Pacifica hotels in the half-mile radius of Marina del Rey. This prolific area penetration is part of Pacifica’s ongoing strategy to enhance regional tourism and bring additional business to the Marina del Rey area. The company’s other Marina del Rey hotels include Jamaica Bay Inn, Hilton Garden Inn Marina del Rey, Inn at Marina del Rey, and Inn at Venice Beach.

About Pacifica Hotels
Pacifica Hotels was formed in January of 1993 to consolidate the hospitality operations of Invest West Financial Corporation, which has been involved in the acquisition, development, refurbishing and operating of quality hotel properties and other commercial real estate properties for almost 30 years. Today, Pacifica Hotels is the largest owner and operator of boutique hotels on the Pacific coast. Pacifica Hotels’ 27 independent and flag properties in key California cities from San Diego to San Francisco, as well as Hawaii and Florida, feature outstanding locations, AAA 3 and 4-diamond ratings, upgraded amenities and high standards of guest service. For complete hotel descriptions and reservations, visit www.pacificahotels.com

Pacifica’s Pismo Beach hotels –

Sandcastle Inn and Spyglass Inn – are also honored to be part of a host city for the first time in race history with teams and fans enjoying a scenic and restful stay the evening prior to the Stage 5 start on the 1200’ Pismo Beach pier.

The finish line may be only the beginning for one lucky fan. Pacifica Hotels will be raffling a 5-night stay at their Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, the long-standing host hotel for the IRONMAN® World Championships, where world-class triathletes begin their 140.6-mile journey with a swim right outside the hotel.

Pacifica Hotels offers outdoor enthusiasts a variety of locations primed for World Class cycling from competition to scenic coastal rides or a leisurely cruise down the water’s boardwalk. With 7 coastal properties offering on-site bicycle rentals, guests can enjoy the unparalleled beauty at their own pace and fully experience a destination.

For Cambria and Pismo Beach guests wanting to emulate part of the Amgen race themselves or secure a last minute front row seat, Pacifica’s staff can provide local route details and landmarks. Cambria and Pismo Beach rates range from $175-$425.

For more information or reservations, visit the Pacifica Hotels cycling page at www.pacificahotels.com/adventures/cyclists.

About Pacifica Hotels

Pacifica Hotels was formed in January of 1993 to consolidate the hospitality operations of Invest West Financial Corporation, which has been involved in the acquisition, development, refurbishing and operating of quality hotel properties and other commercial real estate properties for almost 30 years. Today, Pacifica Hotels is the largest owner and operator of boutique hotels on the Pacific coast. Pacifica’s 24 independent and flag properties in key California cities from San Diego to San Francisco, as well as Hawaii and Florida, feature outstanding locations, AAA 3-diamond ratings, upgraded amenities and high standards of guest service. For complete hotel descriptions and reservations, visit www.pacificahotels.com.

QT SYDNEY HOTELS

About QT Hotels & Resorts

QT Hotels & Resorts first put its stamp on the Australian tourism sector with the launch of QT Gold Coast in 2011. The unique and exciting property delivered the first injection of QT's signature designer spaces with bold entertainment and intriguing yet relaxing guest experience. Now one of Australia's most loved and dynamic hotel brands, the family of properties include QT Gold Coast, QT Port Douglas, the flagship QT Sydney, QT Falls Creek, QT Canberra and QT Bondi. Adding to its portfolio of stunning boutique hotels and resorts, QT is set for expansion with new properties to open in the next year, including QT Melbourne and QT Wellington - this marks QT's first international property.

QT Hotels & Resorts Opens New Hotel in Sydney's Surfer-Chic Bondi Beach

The new QT Bondi, which boasts 69 luxury apartment-style guest suites, represents the very first hotel of its kind on Australia's most iconic beach, which has long been a tourist magnet but perennially lacked for high-quality, contemporary hotel accommodations. Each guest suite at QT Bondi is equipped with a kitchenette for in-house dining at leisure, from casual breakfasts to relaxed dinners of one's choice -- and guests are encouraged to take advantage of the stellar array of food options in Bondi, from butchers and fishmongers to fresh produce and charcuterie purveyors.

As with all properties in the QT Hotels & Resorts portfolio, the new QT Bondi thoroughly embraces new technology, distinctive art and cutting-edge design. The hotel's interiors, which boast a palette of optic white and gelato pastels, are by renowned hotel designer, Nic Graham, while celebrated Australian-born, London-based artist, Shaun Gladwell has curated key artwork throughout the hotel, including new-media and video lobby installations, plus Shaun Gladwell art installations.

Moving away from typical hospitality attire, renowned costume designer, Janet Hine has created hotel 'characters' with uniforms for QT Bondi staff that are both buoyant and bold, and which encapsulate some of the unique style and playful vibe that is Bondi.

"Bondi Beach and its surrounding community is undeniably a unique and quintessentially Australian experience, and it seems only fitting that a brand such as ours in QT Hotels & Resorts, which has earned a reputable niche for its quirky, individual style and edgy aesthetic, now serves this special destination with an offering befitting its unique character," says David Seargeant, Group Managing Director.

Located at the corner of Beach Road and Gould Street, QT Bondi is a part of the much-anticipated Pacific Bondi development, which will also see the opening of a variety of retail and restaurant openings along the beach-facing Campbell Parade.

For more information about QT Bondi or to book a suite, please call +61 2 8362 3900 or visit: qtbondi.com.au. For more about QT Hotel & Resorts, please visit: qthotels.com.au.

QT Hotels & Resorts Opens Chic New Boutique Hotel in Australia's Capital City

QT Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the forthcoming opening of QT Canberra, which was unveiled in the capital city's emerging cultural district of New Acton in 2014.

Set in the iconic Canberra establishment of the former Lakeside Hotel, QT Canberra will boast a redesigned exterior and interior by renowned designer Nic Graham, including 205 designer guest suites. And in keeping with the QT brand aesthetic, the hotel will embrace new technology, distinctive art and cutting-edge design.

The QT building is steeped in Canberra history, having seen everything from both the making and ousting of Aussie Prime Ministers to iconic acceptance speeches and back-room meetings. The unique designer space celebrates this history through bold design, a mix of quirky artifacts, bespoke furniture and a daring use of color and art. And QT Canberra will feature a number of secret bar rooms, private hideaways and secluded spaces for guests to escape the fray with a signature cocktail and small bites from the bar menu.

QT Canberra is also poised to become a hot culinary destination in the capital city with a concept restaurant created by QT Hotels Creative Food Director, Robert Marchetti. The QT Canberra restaurant will offer a menu of bistro classics and contemporary dishes with an Italian flair, paired with a choice selection of Australian and international wines.

For more information about QT Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.qthotels.com.au.

About QT Sydney:

Situated in the restored Gowings and State Theatre buildings in Sydney's Central Business District (CDB),QT Sydney's artful revamp of two historic spaces has brought a unique, hip designer hotel to the city center. With the gothic façades and features of the buildings carefully returned to their former glory, the hotel's interiors possess cutting edge art and design featuring LED digital art, bespoke furniture and a strong use of bold colors, making unusual interior design central to the hotel experience. Located in the heart of the city, more than a place to lay your head, it is a creative space to dine, drink and live. Opened in September 2012, QT Sydney is the only hotel in the city to be a member of the exclusive Design Hotels.

About Museum of Contemporary Art Australia:

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today's local and international artists. Reopened in 2012 following a $53 million redevelopment, the MCA now houses an entire floor of artworks from the MCA Collection, offering a major national resource for education and interpretative programs, as well as two floors of galleries for exhibitions. Its National Centre for Creative Learning includes a library, digital and multimedia studios, a seminar room and lecture theatre. The MCA also presents new site-specific commissions, touring exhibitions and collaborates with non-arts organizations and communities in western Sydney through its C3West program to bring contemporary art to audiences outside of the Museum space.

QUIN HOTEL

Located just two blocks from Central Park at 57th and Sixth Avenue, the new Quin Hotel offers many events, including The Shakespeare in New York under Quin arts,
an innovative arts and culture program of the Quin hotel. The experience is based on a three-night minimum stay in a premier suite, double-occupancy, and is available starting at $1,000 per night.

Reservations are available by calling (855) 447-QUIN (7846) or online at www.theQuinhotel.com.

RED LION HOTELS

About RLHC:

Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality company primarily engaged in the franchising, management and ownership of upscale, midscale and economy hotels under the Hotel RL, Red Lion Hotel, Red Lion Inn & Suites, GuestHouse International and Settle Inn brands. Established in 1959, the company has 130 hotels system wide and also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.redlion.com.

RLHC Opens the Red Lion Hotel Orlando – Kissimmee Maingate 516-Room Hotel at Disney World’s Main Gate Before 2015 Year End

RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE: RLH) has opened a 516-room Red Lion Hotel in Kissimmee, located near the Walt Disney World® Resort, after signing a franchise license agreement with the owners of a resort and spa there.

“Given the success RLHC has had with its Anaheim Red Lion Hotel, we believe our Orlando property will be the perfect East Coast counterpart for guests,” said Jeff Carter of Carter Hospitality Group, LLC., whose affiliate owns the property. “We are excited to rebrand to the Red Lion name in time to meet holiday demand.”
Expected to open in December, the Red Lion Hotel Orlando – Kissimmee Maingate is located at 7300 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. The hotel has 516 guest rooms, concierge services, a business center, multilingual staff, complimentary parking and Wi-Fi, and Angel's Rock n' Roll Café-Bar. Set on 23 sprawling acres with lush landscaping, stunning fountains, mesmerizing water views and community fire pits, the property has become a popular meeting space for engagement parties, bridal showers, weddings and receptions.

The Red Lion Hotel Orlando – Kissimmee Maingate is near Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Epcot®, Disney Hollywood Studios®, Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney Springs (TM), and other area attractions.

For more information, please visit the company's website at www.redlion.com.

First Hotel RL Nationwide Opens in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Brand Commemorates Milestone with Bid to Combat Homelessness

RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE: RLH) has announced the debut of its new brand, Hotel RL, with the opening of the 130-room Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor.  Inspired by the adventurous spirit of the Pacific Northwest, the flagship hotel is an historic adaptive reuse building equipped with industry-leading technology and other consumer innovations.

“Hotel RL is an urban lifestyle brand that will offer visitors a uniquely local experience and Baltimore is the perfect place to unveil this concept,” said RLHC President & CEO Greg Mount.  “We have been embracing the Baltimore community and already feel an integral part of it.  We know our guests will enjoy the location and the experience Hotel RL Baltimore offers.  We emphasized comfortable, communal spaces and advanced technological touches which will appeal to travelers with a millennial mindset; those who are addicted to their devices.”

All aspects of the hotel brand were conceived in response to changing consumer preferences utilizing the expertise of PULSE by Gettys, a division of The Gettys Group, a leading global hospitality design firm.  To meet the desire for more casual, central meeting space, Hotel RL placed special emphasis on its hotel lobby giving guests a place to plug in to work or unwind with a beverage.  The lobby features a unique seating concept called The Steps, which reproduce the feeling of a typical Pacific Northwestern coffee house, serving complimentary espresso to guests by the award-winning Victrola Coffee.  In addition to food & beverage service from the lobby bar and grill, The Steps will serve as the focal point for live entertainment and interactive talks which will eventually be broadcast to other Hotel RL locations.

Among its many technological offerings, Hotel RL offers an app with airplane-style check-in experience, available in the app store beginning today, which allows guests to choose their specific room, check in and download an electronic key.  The typical hotel front desk is replaced by roving greeters with tablets.  A kiosk in the lobby is available for guests in need of a physical room key.

Guest rooms incorporate plush seating and hard work surfaces, with hardwood floors throughout and large, flat-screen televisions.  In lieu of standard closets, the rooms have a retail-inspired changing area with a gear drop. The hotel also offers 2,400 square feet of meeting space.

To commemorate the grand opening, RLHC has launched Project Wake Up Call, a social responsibility effort aimed at raising funds and awareness to help combat homelessness by showcasing pictures taken by professional and amateur homeless photographers.  Hotel RL will launch a similar, citywide initiative in each new city where it opens a hotel.   For Baltimore, the brand has partnered with Health Care for the Homeless which works to prevent and end homelessness for vulnerable individuals and families by providing quality, integrated health care and promoting access to affordable housing and sustainable incomes through direct service, advocacy and community engagement.  With a donation of $100 or more, guests will receive a trial offer for a one night stay at the Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor. 

Situated at 207 East Redwood Street in downtown Baltimore, the Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor, is an adaptive reuse of the former Keyser Building, a 10-story historic property with a cut-stone façade.  The hotel is within walking distance of Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium, just two blocks from the famous Inner Harbor, which has water taxis that ferry passengers to Fells Point, Canton and Fort McHenry.

Reservations for Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor can be booked at Hotel-RL/Baltimore or by calling 1-800-733-5466 (1-800-RED-LION).

About Hotel RL:

In October 2014, RLHC launched Hotel RL, its new full-service conversion brand targeted for the top 80 U.S. urban markets. Inspired by the spirit of the Pacific Northwest and designed for consumers with a millennial mindset, Hotel RL is centered on the concept that a hotel should be a town square where visitors and locals meet to collaborate. The focal-point of the open pavilion-style lobby is The Steps, a new gathering and seating concept where guests can enjoy an espresso and complimentary Wi-Fi in the mornings or a signature cocktail in the evenings, and The Living Stage, an events platform to host and broadcast entertainment and entertaining talks.  Signature elements of the Hotel RL brand include distinctive coffee service in the lobbies, centered upon the notion of enticing guests out of their rooms and into a Pacific Northwest coffee house setting. The guest rooms are designed with comfortable soft seating and hard work surfaces throughout, with wood floors, retail-inspired changing areas and large flat-screen TVs.

About RLHC:

Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality company primarily engaged in the franchising, management and ownership of upscale, midscale and economy hotels under the Hotel RL, Red Lion, Red Lion Inn & Suites, GuestHouse International and Settle Inn brands. Established in 1959, the company has 130 hotels system-wide and also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.redlion.com.

For more information check web site www.redlion.com/hotel-rl

Hotel RL Opens in Washington D.C. & Immediately Launches Project Wake Up Call Benefitting Homeless

RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE: RLH) has opened Hotel RL Washington DC, a few blocks from Dupont Circle and The White House.

“We will immediately begin investing in the property to incorporate key design elements of Hotel RL,” said RLHC Senior Vice President of Corporate Development Angela Landgraf. “As a Hotel RL, this property will set itself apart in the capital city of the United States.” Approximately $2.3 million will be invested in Hotel RL Washington DC, located at 1823 L St NW, in part to incorporate new technologies and to create the Steps, a unique seating concept with plenty of plug- ins allowing guests to congregate in the lobby and remain connected on their devices. The entire lobby will capture the essence of a typical Pacific Northwestern coffee house, serving complimentary espresso to guests by the award-winning Victrola Coffee.

Hotel RL Washington DC has 99 guest rooms and suites in a 10-story building, with 1,350 square feet of meeting space and next door a full-service restaurant, offering lunch and dinner. Located in the famed K Street corridor of the Golden Triangle District, just two blocks from the Farragut North and Farragut West Metro stations, the hotel offers easy access to nearby cultural attractions, historical landmarks, museums, and tourist destinations. The property is a short walk from The White House and Dupont Circle, Washington Mall, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Museums. Washington, D.C., is one of the top tourist destinations in the U.S. and the world, ranking as one of the most visited cities worldwide.

A joint venture owned by RLHC and an affiliate of Shelbourne Falcon Investors acquired the hotel and ground lease in downtown Washington, D.C., for $22.5 million. The joint venture entered into a $17.5 million mortgage loan from CapitalSource, a division of Pacific Western Bank, to finance the purchase as well as renovate the property. RLHC used a portion of its cash on the balance sheet to purchase an 86 percent equity stake in the joint venture for the hotel, which will be managed by RLHC. Over the next three months, the affiliate of Shelbourne Falcon Investors has an option to increase its equity ownership in the joint venture to a maximum of 45 percent.

With a donation of $100 or more made through the Project Wake Up Call website, a trial offer will be issued to stay one night at the Hotel RL Washington DC. The one-night trial offer is available for stays from November 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016.

Unity Health Care, Inc., delivers comprehensive health and human services throughout the District regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. Currently, Unity is one of the largest primary care nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia, serving more than 108,000 District residents annually through a network of twenty-nine health care sites and a staff of more than 900 compassionate and caring professionals.

Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC) Signs Franchise License Agreement for Hotel RL in St. Louis

RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) (NYSE: RLH) has announced the company has signed its fifth location and first franchise license agreement for Hotel RL, its upscale lifestyle brand. Following a multi-million dollar renovation incorporating signature design elements, Hotel RL St. Louis Airport is expected to open in the second quarter of 2016.

“We were admittedly intrigued by the Hotel RL brand and its design elements which we felt could help distinguish our property in a large market,” said John Andrews of Pandey Hotel Corporation, parent company to the owner of the property Pandey Hotel St. Louis, LLC. “After visiting Hotel RL Baltimore, we are inspired. We’re investing in the guest rooms and all of the public spaces, including adding the Living Stage, the Steps and espresso coffee service in our lobby. The Hotel RL concept is imaginative, yet practical, and we know our guests in St. Louis will enjoy it.”

Adjacent to the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and located at 9600 Natural Bridge Road, the future Hotel RL St. Louis Airport has 197 guest room and nearly 4,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel has a lounge, indoor heated pool, fitness center, business center, and complimentary Wi-Fi and airport shuttle service.

Red Lion Inn & Suites Kent

Located just 25 minutes from downtown Seattle, the Red Lion Inn & Suites Kent is a perfect destination for business or leisure travelers visiting the Puget Sound areas.
The newly updated lobby and guest rooms offer signature Red Lion beds, complimentary wi-fi, flatscreen TVs, eco-friendly amenities and a work desk. Business travelers are a few blocks from downtown Kent and a short drive away from downtown Seattle.

The hotel offers copy and fax services, can accommodate gatherings up to 40 people and is approximately seven miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Red Lion Inn & Suites Kent is conveniently located off Highway 167 just six blocks from Kent Station, a local hotspot of theaters, restaurants and nightlife. Nearby you'll find:

Wild Waves Theme Park

White River Amphitheatre

Pacific Raceways

Emerald Downs Racetrack

Weyerhaeuser Aquatic Center

Red Lion Inn & Suites Kennewick, Washington

The newest addition to the Red Lion family is centrally located in Kennewick, Washington. Red Lion Inn & Suites Kennewick is the closest hotel to the Toyota Center and Three Rivers Convention Center and less than a mile from Columbia Center Mall.
Guest rooms offer signature Red Lion beds, complimentary wi-fi, flatscreen TVs, eco-friendly amenities and a work desk as well as kitchen studios and suites. These include 800 square feet of space with all the amenities above and more.

For business, check out the copy and fax services as well as a meeting space that can accommodate small gatherings up to 40 people.
This Red Lion lies in one of the most popular and bustling parts of the Tri-Cities, providing sports fans, concertgoers, shoppers and event attendees the most convenient stay, including:

300 days a year of sunshine

67 miles of trails

Diversity of golf courses

Activities along the Columbia River

For more information, contact the Red Lion R&R Club Service Center at 201 W North River Drive, Suite 100, Spokane, WA 99201

Red Lion Hotel Eugene

Breakfast, Lunch, Beverage and Dessert Stations!
10:00am–2:00pm
Adults $23.95, Seniors and Kids (5-12) $17.95, Kids 4 and Under are Free
(541) 342-5201 for Reservations

Red Lion Hotel Olympia

Create your own omelet station!
10:00am–2:00pm
Adult $27.95, Seniors $22.95, Children $12.95, Children 5 and Under Free
(360) 252-0960 for Reservations

Red Lion Hotel Pasco

Waffle, omelet and carving stations!
9:00am–2:00pm
Adults $29.95, Seniors $24.95, Children (5-12) $12.95, Children 5 and Under Free
(509) 544-3950 for Reservations

Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles

Belgian waffle bar and full breakfast!
9:00am–2:30pm
Adult $25, Seniors $22, Children (6-12) $10, Children (5 & under) Free
(360) 457-0424 for Reservations

Red Lion Hotel Richland Hanford House

Bring the kids to visit the Easter Bunny!
9:00am–3:00pm
Adult $28.95, Seniors $24.95, Kids (4-10) $15.95, Children 3 and Under Free
(509) 946-7611 for Reservations

Red Lion Hotel Salem

Catering by Willamette Valley Grille!
10:00am–2:30pm
Adult $25.95, Seniors $22.95, Kids (4-12) $12.95, Children 4 and Under Free
(503) 370-7997 for Reservations

Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay

Ballroom and dining room experience!!
10:00am–2:00pm
Dining Room - 9:00am to 2:30pm
Adults $40.00, Children (6 – 12) $15.00
Ballroom - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Adults $35.00, Children (6 – 12) $15.00, 5 and Under Free
(360) 694-8341 for Reservations

Red Lion Hotels Corporation
201 W North River Drive, Spokane, WA 99201

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SHERATON HOTELS & RESORTS

Coming Ashore in Nassau or Just Visiting for the Day? With the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort's $99 Day Pass You Can Enjoy All the Spoils of a Resort Guest

The Sheraton Cable Beach Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, is offering a $99 guest-for-a-day pass for visitors and cruise passengers who want to spend their day enjoying the resort’s superior guest experience – from great dining to relaxing on its famed beach. To sweeten the deal, day guests who wish to make a return visit will receive one complimentary night when they book a future minimum three-night stay at the resort.

The $99 offer includes a hotel room for guests to use during the day, as well as access to the resort’s amenities and services, including its three freshwater swimming pools, a swim-up bar, oversized whirlpools, and six restaurants and lounges. Rooms booked for the day will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Sheraton Cable Beach Resort is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Nassau’s International Airport and just 15 minutes from downtown Nassau and the port.

“Our $99 day pass will give the thousands of cruise passengers and ‘day guests’ Nassau receives every week, an alternative experience that offers the service and comforts that only a full-service resort can provide,” said Andrew Neubauer, director of sales and marketing, Sheraton Cable Beach Resort. “In addition, with our variety of dining and amenities, distinctive Sheraton service, and beautifully redesigned accommodations and public spaces, we are confident our day guests will fall in love with the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort and will want to come back. For them, we are offering special savings on a future, longer stay.”

Visitors stopping in Nassau for the day can enjoy the day soaking up the sun on Nassau’s spectacular Cable Beach or participate in one of the many watersport activities offered by the resort, such as parasailing, snorkeling, kayaking and more. The resort offers a choice of six restaurants and lounges, including Amici A Trattoria, Bimini Market, and Dolphin Grill, which serve a variety of island specialties and international cuisine. Caribe Café offers snacks for on-the-go and a delightful assortment of desserts, while Edgewater Bar and Telegraph Bar provide an ideal venue for an afternoon or evening cocktail. Guests who wish to try their luck may also visit the neighboring 30,000-square-feet Crystal Palace Casino, which features more than 400 state-of-the-art coinless slot machines, nearly 40 table games and the area’s only Sports Book.

The 694-room resort offers accommodations featuring a large private balcony or patio, rooms are equipped with high-speed Internet access, LCD flat-screen televisions and the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed – a multi-layered creation adorned with voluptuous down pillows, sensuous cotton sheets and a signature blanket and duvet.

Guests will receive the complimentary one-night gift certificate via mail after their stay. One gift certificate per booking. Certificate is valid for one year from date of issue, and does not include additional resort fees and taxes. Certain black-out dates and other restrictions may apply. Management reserves all rights.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.sheraton.com/cablebeach or call 1-877-782-0149.

About the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort
The all-new Sheraton Cable Beach Resort features an array of new amenities and dining options, bringing a fresh and inviting guest experience to the Bahamas. The Sheraton Cable Beach Resort is set on seven exquisite acres of stunning waterscape, including three freshwater pools with flowing waterfalls, a swim-up bar and oversized Jacuzzis nestled among tropical landscaping. The resort offers 694 guest rooms and suites – all featuring balconies – as well as six restaurants and lounges serving a variety of island specialties and international cuisine.

About Sheraton
Sheraton, the largest brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) has more than 408 hotels in 70 countries. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 850 properties in more than 95 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood® Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points® by Sheraton, W®, Le Méridien® and the recently announced AloftSM and ElementSM Hotels. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Announce New In-Room Entertainment Program with Special Access to Superior Content

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is announcing a new in-room entertainment initiative, entitled “Scene @ Sheraton,” that will offer guests special access to a wide variety of entertainment content. The program is one component of a comprehensive effort to enhance the guest experience at Sheraton’s 398 hotels across 75 countries, currently rolling out in key cities nationwide. Through “Scene @ Sheraton,” Starwood’s most global brand is taking a leadership position in the hotel category by forging exclusive partnerships with coveted entertainment brands, including Showtime and Sony BMG Music Entertainment. These alliances enable Sheraton to provide unique access to content that is highly acclaimed, popular among guests and, in some cases, exclusive to Sheraton.

Content offered through “Scene @ Sheraton” will focus upon four thematic pillars:

Sneak Previews: advanced access to original programs offered complimentary
on-demand. Through an industry- exclusive partnership with Showtime, Sheraton will provide US guests with advance access to series and season premiers of the network’s highly acclaimed original programs. Sheraton will offer the season premiere episodes of two Showtime original series, the critically acclaimed Brotherhood and the Emmy® nominated Dexter, in rooms starting September 14, in advance of the September 30th premieres. Additionally, Sheraton will offer guests, upon a check-out, a $25 rebate toward a new Showtime subscription.

Sports at Your Fingertips: sports games and network programming available on-demand. Sheraton will offer NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL all-day access to on-demand packages through DIRECTV® Sports from LodgeNet’s Hotel SportsNetSM service for any game airing nationwide. This is currently available at select properties. Additionally, later this year, Sheraton will expand its sports content through exclusive new partnerships.

Meaningful Music:  launching this fall, this Sony BMG Music Entertainment channel for Sheraton will be the hospitality industry's first “co-branded music channel,” offering videos, behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews with a wide range of Sony BMG artists. This content will be programmed specifically for Sheraton.

Always Something Good to Watch  A suite of up to 30 extraordinary former television programs, available on-demand, built around a diversity of genres that will appeal to the Sheraton guest. Themes could potentially include “TV Families We Love” and “Smart, Funny Shows” and include ground-breaking episodes of iconic series.

Sheraton is working with its agency partner, Creative Artists Agency, to secure a line up of “true gem” programs that were critically acclaimed and loved by audiences.

“A key component of Sheraton’s effort to revitalize the guest experience at each of our properties is unparalleled in-room entertainment,” said Hoyt H. Harper II, Senior Vice President for Sheraton. “ ‘Scene @ Sheraton’ will provide our guests with content they admire, desire and -- being the busy road warriors they are -- may not have had the opportunity to watch . We’ve aligned our iconic brand with some of the most renowned brands in the entertainment industry to ensure our guests have a variety of entertainment choices and early access to content.”

In addition to the thematic programming of “Scene @ Sheraton,” Sheraton will launch “Travel Channel for Sheraton” this fall. The channel will air the best destination content chosen exclusively for Sheraton from TLC and Travel Channel programs, combined with footage from a variety of Sheraton destinations. 

Guests will view the distinctive programming of “Scene @ Sheraton” on 32" high-definition flat screen LCD televisions currently being rolled out in Sheraton properties. With this technology, the look of the content will mirror the special access that Sheraton is providing guests.

To ensure a seamless customer experience, Sheraton is working with Lodgenet Entertainment Corporation, the leading provider of media and connectivity, to provide programming support for Scene @ Sheraton.

For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

SMALL LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD

Eichardt’s Private Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand

Web site www.slh.com/eichardts)

Located in a historical, iconic building overlooking the shores of Lake Wakatipu, this five suite boutique hotel, epitomises elegance and luxury. Its setting is unbeatable, on the lakeside promenade in the heart of the town, making it easily accessible to the five commercial ski fields nearby. The closest, Coronet Peak is a mere 20 minutes drive and offers a diverse selection of trails to cater for all levels. It also offers the unique chance to enjoy the slopes at night! With a dedicated concierge who can organise your in-room massage to help sooth those tired limbs after a day of hard skiing, you couldn’t ask for a better place to “come home” to.

Blanket Bay, Glenorchy, New Zealand

Web site www.slh.com/blanketbay)

A scenic, 15-minute helicopter flight up the lake from Queenstown, Blanket Bay lies in a sheltered inlet surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps. Commanding spectacular views of the lake and rugged countryside this lodge enjoys a private, unrivalled lakeside location. From here you can experience the Southern Alps in all their glory, skiing completely untouched snow on mountain terrain never before explored. With exclusive use of a helicopter, join a guide and spend a day on the powder scaling the spectacular mountainsides and enjoy lunch in a picnic spot of your choice. At the end of an action-packed day return for cocktails on the balcony and a delicious candlelit dinner beside a crackling log fire.

SLH is an exclusive brand of more than 400 luxury, independent hotels offering an infinite variety of memorable experiences in 65 countries. Whether you are seeking a blissful spa retreat, the rustic charm of a country villa, a secluded beachside resort, the refined splendour of an old English country house or a sanctuary hidden amid the vibrant atmosphere of a bustling city centre, with SLH you will encounter only the very best.

Reservations can be made at any Small Luxury Hotel of the World by calling toll-free 800 525 4800 or by checking web site www.slh.com

SONESTA HOTELS

Sonesta Hotels Summer Deals

Summer is right around the corner and now is the time to book your trip for great savings. With Sonesta Summer Stays, you can pick from many great deals including THREE just added: Royal Sonesta Houston, Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa.
 
Plus, there is still availability for other great deals. Book your Sonesta Summer Stay today.
 
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Stay two nights, get 20% off and more.
 
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
Bed and breakfast rate: buffet for two included.
 
Royal Sonesta Boston
Museum + boat outings for just $35 with two night stay.

 
Sonesta ES Suites Burlington
Save 20% off.
 
 
*Terms & Conditions: Rates included are subject to availability and cannot be combined with other offers. For specific terms and conditions, please see the individual hotel websites.

United States     |     Caribbean     |     Latin America      |     Egypt

For details, contact Sonesta International Hotels Corporation at 255 Washington St. Suite 270, Newton, MA, 02458, US or call 1.800.SONESTA

Always on. Always FREE -- Sonesta Hotels Offer High-Speed Internet and Have Numerous Renovated Hotels

The re-imagined Sonesta hotels offer plenty of wow while including the same everyday luxuries you've come to enjoy. Stay connected and take in what's new at no extra charge with FREE high-speed internet at any Sonesta within the U.S.

Recently renovated Sonesta hotels include:

Sonesta ES Suites Burlington

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

Royal Sonesta Houston

Sonesta ES suite Orlando

Sonesta Posedas del Inca Peru

For more information please contact Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, 255 Washington St., Suite 270, Newton, MA, 02458, US or call 1.800.SONESTA

Bed & Breakfast packages, spa deals, renovations + more 

Sonesta just might make you a morning person. Indeed, rolling out of bed has never been so pleasurable or so easy, thanks to Sonesta's convenient and budget-friendly Bed & Breakfast packages.

Arum Spa Offers Southern Comforts at a Great Rate

Find the ultimate southern comforts at the Arum Spa in the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. It's the perfect spot for renewal and rejuvenation. Even better, the spa packages are soothing on your travel budget.

Pepin, Lagasse, and Top Chef Stop by R'Evolution

On a cool January evening, nationally known culinary experts gathered in a kitchen at R'Evolution in the Royal Sonesta New Orleans. They were not there to cook or to dine. But to judge six remaining "chef-testants" on Bravo's Top Chef.

A Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Turns Heads in Houston

For inspiration, the newly luxurious Royal Sonesta Houston has foregone the Texan clichés of rodeos and cowboys and looked toward Houston's captains of industry. Here's our Big Reveal of a $25 million renovation.

Sonesta Provides Brain Food for Winsome Students

A group of charter school students recently went to the front of their class for keeping their grades up, and the Royal Sonesta Boston was thrilled to feed their minds with a nutritious meal.

For more information contact the Sonesta Group at 255 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02458 USA or call 1.800.SONESTA

Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston

Just days before the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston celebrates its one-year anniversary, the property will embark on an extensive, $25-million renovation that will position the Galleria/Uptown-area landmark as one of the premier hotels in the city and the state. The endeavor will focus on interior spaces, spanning the lobby, all 485 guestrooms, food & beverage outlets, 50,000 square feet of meeting & event venues, plus a substantial enhancement of existing amenities, such as the rooftop swimming pool.

Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston

The Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston is the place to be this summer in New England. Summer Fest, the annual salute to summer kicks off Memorial Day weekend and lasts through Labor Day weekend. Featuring activities that are fun for the whole family Summer Fest includes complimentary boat tours, lemonade, kids cooking classes, and more. New this summer, everyone's a winner with Sonesta Surprises, in addition to free activities; guests will receive a scratch card that reveals prizes such as room upgrades, free movies, complimentary parking and more!

Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans

The Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans is rolling out their 'Best Value of the Summer' just in time for vacation season. Back by popular demand, the French Quarter Fling is 'packed' with savings for the budget-friendly traveler. Retreat to your Deluxe Accommodations in a room overlooking the historic French Quarter or a view of the beautiful outdoor pool and terrace area. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of Champagne upon arrival to toast your best vacation yet. Start planning your Big Easy adventure with our Fling Coupon Book valued at over $250 in savings.

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

Tickets to the National Aquarium, special entrance privileges and complimentary overnight valet parking are included in a package offered by the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court in Baltimore, in honor of June as Aquarium Month. The Aquarium Adventure package starts from $189 and can save guests up to 33 percent off the regular price of all inclusions. The Inner Harbor hotel is approximately a 10 minute walk from the National Aquarium.

Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta

This summer, Sonesta Gwinnett Place's "Family Fun Package" adds pizza and a movie, and more, to its lineup for family vacationers. This package includes accommodation for up to four in room, breakfast for two adults and two children, choice of in-room movie, one large pizza with choice of topping and four beverages of choice (non-alcoholic.) After a day of family time at the hotel's indoor/outdoor heated pool, an evening of movie watching and an easy dinner option help make the visit a true vacation.

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island celebrates its recent $30 million renovation and new partnership with the Heritage Collection with two grand opening golf packages beginning from $299. The resort has partnered with the Heritage Collection on Hilton Head Island to offer exclusive packages and complimentary shuttle service to and from the collection's seven premier courses at four prestigious clubs.

Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia

Don't let this amazing deal sneak away! The Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia has partnered with the Franklin Institute to offer hotel guests a 'Great Spy Buy' package featuring luxury overnight accommodations and exclusive member access to the 'SPY: The Secret World of Espionage' exhibit, plus admission to a special planetarium show. Starting at $179, the package represents nearly a 30% savings off the best available rate.

Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove

Family Fun getaway to Miami... Rates begin at just $259 and include spacious oversized accommodations, valet parking, full American breakfast for a family of four, an in-room movie with popcorn, sodas and snacks. Your family getaway offers plenty of time to explore this fun, funky neighborhood, breathtaking rooftop pool, and spacious one and two-bedroom suites with views of the marina, the bay and downtown Miami.

Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten

Before the sun sets on summer, Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten is offering one last chance to save big with the Fun in the Sun Kids Stay Free promotion! Kids 11 years old and younger can stay, play and eat for free while children ages 12-17 years old stay for only $45 USD per night. Guests can still enjoy 35% off all-inclusive rates for stays three nights or longer, plus $200 in resort credits for stays five nights or longer.

Royal Sonesta Hotel & Casino Panama Introduced!

The Royal Sonesta Hotel & Casino Panama has officially opened as part of the Sonesta Collection. The 304-room hotel is an oasis of entertainment in the center of Panama City. This breathtaking hotel pays tribute to the Panamanian culture through its modern design that draws inspiration from the local wildlife and traditions. Opening rates from $119 per night.

BALTIMORE/Royal Sonesta Harbor Court

New Package with National Aquarium introduced in Baltimore. This overnight package, which includes accommodations in a deluxe guest room, two tickets to the National Aquarium, and overnight parking, is offered starting at just $189 per night in March and April.

BOSTON/Royal Sonesta

Summer Fest - Bicycles, Boat Rides, Lobster and more! The Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston is the place to be this summer in New England. Summer Fest, its annual salute to summer kicks off Memorial Day weekend and lasts through Labor Day weekend. Featuring activities that are fun for the whole family Summer Fest includes complimentary boat tours, lemonade, kids cooking classes, and more.

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

$30 Million Renovation Nearly Completed - Sneak Peak Rates Now Available!
Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island will complete a $30 million renovation of its 340 guest rooms and the hotel's public spaces, including a new meeting room and the addition of a new spa in May. The hotel will reopen with some limits to the amenities in April and sneak peak rates are available from $159 per night.

NEW ORLEANS/Royal Sonesta

Spend Spring Break in New Orleans. The Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans offers a personal renaissance in the heart of the French Quarter this spring! Rates begin at just $179 per night and encourage you to restore, renew and revive while you enjoy all that this destination hotel has to offer.

HOUSTON/Royal Sonesta

Celebrate the Houston Rodeo with a getaway. Minutes from Reliant Park and around the corner from The Galleria, the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston offers the urban cowboy the perfect place to saddle up for the night after a day of shopping and an evening of stampedes and serenades at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Philadelphia "With Arts" Package offered in Philly this Spring!

This overnight package, which includes accommodations in a deluxe guest room, two day access to The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), Rodin Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) is offered through March 31, 2013.

ECUADOR/Guayaquil

Easter at Sonesta Hotel Guayaquil! Enjoy the holy days with an Ecuadorian feast to celebrate. The View restaurant offers a spectacular menu of traditional fare to enjoy during your stay over the Easter week.

CORPORATE/Business Travel Initiative

Business Pass offers savings for travelers of small and mid-size companies
Sonesta Business Pass is a simple solution for affordable business travel for small companies or individuals who book their own travel. Membership is valid at all Sonesta hotels worldwide and once you're accepted includes consistent discounts off the best available rate, complimentary internet access and qualification in Sonesta's Travel Pass guest loyalty program.

For more information contact the Sonesta Collection-Hotels at 255 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02458; 1-800-SONESTA (617-315-9100 or e-mail reservations@sonesta.com.

Sonesta Introduces the New Sonesta Hotel Guayaqyuil

This 112-room business class hotel located in the northern part of the city, within La Gran Manzana, is a new and modern building complex and mall. This brings Sonesta's Latin American total to 15 hotels.

MIAMI/Coconut Grove 

Learn to Sail on Sailboat Bay Package introduced in Miami!
The Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove has introduced an exciting new Sail Away with Sonesta package in partnership with the nearby Coconut Grove Sailing Club. With rates from just $459 single/$659 double per night (based on four night minimum stay) both guests have the opportunity to enjoy a three day sailing class! http://res.sonesta.com/

BOSTON/Royal Sonesta

Vrooom - Enjoy the View from your Room and Free Parking!
Enjoy a room with a view - and free parking! The Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston has introduced Vrooom! an overnight guest package offering spectacular accommodations in a room with a view of the Boston skyline, Charles River or Cambridge skyline. Rates begin at just $209 per night, with holiday weeks as low as $199 per night.  http://res.sonesta.com

NEW ORLEANS/Royal Sonesta

Celebrate an Authentic Holiday Season in New Orleans
From the Annual Lighting of the Balconies to the Royal Teddy Bear Teas and the Papa Noel overnight package, the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans offers a traditional holiday in the heart of the French Quarter! res.sonesta.com

SAINT MAARTEN/Maho Beach

Enjoy Hot Savings this Winter when you book in Advance!
Sonesta Resorts Sint Maarten’s hot Winter Getaway Sale melts away cold weather blues with 25% off room rates and up to $100 per night in Island Credit, redeemable for island shopping and dining. Guests can save up to $2,000 for a seven-night stay at either Sonesta Sint Maarten Resort
res.sonesta.com

COLOMBIA/Bogota

Romantic Moments Package introduced - complete with Couples Massage!
The shared vision of the architect and designer resulted in a modern, contemporary space with interesting design elements which include vertical gardens and contemporary art. By night, the building becomes an ever changing work of art with lighted window frames in a style reminiscent of Art Deco.
http://res.sonesta.com

CORPORATE/US Transient Initiative

College Club offers savings for Parents of College Bound Students  
The Sonesta College Club offers discounts on parking and overnight accommodations, maps and information about area colleges, lists of area resources for students, and preferred reservations options for graduation dates for its members throughout our hotels in the U.S. 
http://res.sonesta.com

Sonesta Introduces New Just the Guys Getaways!

Enjoy a getaway with the guys - whether it is diving, golf or exlporing a new city - and enjoy some quality time with the guys at Sonesta. Choose by the destination or Just the Guys getaway package that interests you most.

Orlando/Sonesta Hotel Orlando Downtown

Hotel introduces 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' packages!
The Sonesta Hotel Orlando Downtown offers two packages built around the new Harry Potter theme park within Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios. The hotel features a rooftop Olympic-size swimming pool, hot tub and pool deck with breathtaking views of the city, and convenient access to picturesque Lake Ivanhoe and to Orlando's nightclubs and attractions.
res.sonesta.com

New Orleans/Royal Sonesta

French Quarter Fling introduced at Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans! 
Make your plans today to escape to the Royal Sonesta Hotel with a special French Quarter Fling Package. Rates begin at only $109.00 per night. The Royal Sonesta provides a quintessential New Orleans experience without ever leaving your hotel. Slip into the hottest new jazz club in town, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, and enjoy live jazz seven nights a week. Whether experiencing traditional New Orleans cuisine street-side at Desire Restaurant or cooling down with a refreshing cocktail at the Oasis Pool Bar, your Big Easy adventure begins and ends at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
res.sonesta.com

Egypt/Nile Cruises

Sonesta Nile Cruises wins World Travel Award!
Sonesta has just announced receipt of the World Travel Award for Best African Cruise Line, as awarded on July 7th in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sonesta operates 6 Nile Cruise Ships, including one 8 cabin private charter. 
http://res.sonesta.com

Peru/El Olivar - Lima 

New Meeting Space introduced at Sonesta Hotel El Olivar
The Sonesta Hotel El Olivar in Lima is pleased to introduce the addition of 12 newly renovated conference rooms. The hotel can now easily accommodate groups of up to 350 guests. In total, there is 960 square meters (3,150 square feet) of meeting space now available at Sonesta Hotel El Olivar. 
http://res.sonesta.com

STARWOOD HOTELS

About The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos

In a magical setting overlooking the Sea of Cortez, The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos a AAA Four Diamond Award winning destination resort, is an empowering escape from the ordinary. Its iconic architecture and inspiring ambiance beckons guests into an oasis that nourishes the soul and expands the mind. Seemingly intuitive service indulges the senses, while an abundance of amenities and activities energize and refresh. The resort empowers its guests to immerse themselves in endless possibilities with 243 well-appointed guest rooms offering a distinct alternative to Mexican luxury and style, three unique restaurants and several diverse bars and lounges, as well as three inviting swimming pools. In addition to being a member of the prestigious Starwood Spa Collection, The Spa offers guests extraordinary treatments that renew both the mind and body. The WestinWORKOUT gym and the renowned Westin Kids Club provides guests of all ages an extensive variety of fun and invigorating activities. For more information or to make reservations, call The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos at (011) 52-624-142-9000 or go to www.westinloscabos.com for the best rate guarantee, pictures and virtual tours.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries, and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort, Debuts in Costa Navarino, Greece

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), in partnership with TEMES S.A., announced the opening of The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort in Costa Navarino, Greece. Located amidst lush olive groves in the Messinia region on Greece‚s southwest Peloponnese coast, the Romanos Resort is the first hotel to open in the new luxury destination of Costa Navarino.

The Romanos will be part of a 130-hectare, mixed-use beachfront development called Navarino Dunes, the first of four major developments in Costa Navarino. Navarino Dunes will include the first signature golf course in Greece designed by Bernhard Langer in cooperation with European Golf Design ˆ The Dunes Course, a 4,000 square meter spa ˆ Anazoe Spa, various restaurants, lounge areas, and retail and entertainment options, offering travelers escape and indulgence on the magnificent Mediterranean coast.

The Romanos Resort joins The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, a glittering ensemble of more than 70 of the finest hotels and resorts across the globe. The award-winning hotels that make up The Luxury Collection include www.danieli.hotelinvenice.com >Hotel Danieli, Venice; www.grandebretagne.gr >Grande Bretagne, Athens; www.marquesderiscal.com >Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Spain; www.starwoodhotels.com >The Laguna Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali; www.patiosdecafayate.com >Patios de Cafayate, Argentina; www.starwoodhotels.com at Beverly Hills; and www.thephoenician.com >The Phoenician, Scottsdale.

The Romanos Resort features 321 luxurious rooms and suites, including 121 with individual infinity pools. Almost all rooms offer spacious furnished terraces with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Guests staying in the suites will enjoy access to the resort‚s Butler Service. For the ultimate in opulence, the resort‚s 660 square meter beachfront Royal Villa Koroni features a private infinity pool, a secluded barbeque area, a spa treatment suite with steam room, private fitness facilities and an elevator. Guests of the Royal Villa Koroni will also benefit from a 24-hour dedicated Butler Service.

Costa Navarino has put a strong emphasis on environmental responsibility. All of the properties being developed in the destination must meet strict environmental standards in order to protect the idyllic landscape for future generations. In addition, Costa Navarino boasts two pioneering environmental developments, the Navarino Environmental Observatory, which will be dedicated to the study of climate change and its impact on the natural environment in the Mediterranean region and the Navarino Natura Hall (opening in 2011), a nature-focused interactive exhibition centre developed to raise awareness of environmental issues.

The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, is the first of two Starwood properties to open in Costa Navarino. The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino opened on July 1, 2010 bringing another magnificent resort to this exciting destination. In 2012, Starwood will introduce its W Hotels brand to Greece with the opening of W Athens, Astir Palace Beach.

About The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

The Luxury Collection® is a selection of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world‚s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination‚s indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent décor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Today, The Luxury Collection is a glittering ensemble of more than 70 of the world‚s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning hotels that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class in some of the most desired destinations in the world. Most recently, Mystique, a Luxury Collection Resort, was honoured with the 2008 Travel + Leisure Design Award for Best Small Resort in the world. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world's finest. For more information, please visit www.luxurycollection.com.

TEMES S.A.
TEMES S.A. is a premier developer of luxury mixed-use resorts in the Mediterranean. Costa Navarino in Messinia is its flagship development. At the heart of the company‚s business philosophy is its strong commitment to environmental and social responsibility with the aim of achieving sustainable tourism development in complete harmony with the natural environment and traditions of the destination. More information: www.costanavarino.com

Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Italy - Latest Happenings

Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Italy—numbering more than 20 properties in Rome, Milan, Turin, Venice, Asolo, Florence, Rimini, Malta and Costa Smeralda, Sardinia—are recognized internationally as some of Europe’s most historically significant luxury hotels, many of which now offer new enhancements, programs and packages to the American business and leisure traveler.

These hotels include Rome’s The St. Regis Grand Hotel, The Westin Excelsior, Hotel Eden-Le Méridien, Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center; Milan’s The Westin Palace, Le Méridien Gallia, Sheraton Diana Majestic; Turin’s Le Méridien Lingotto, Le Méridien Art+Tech; Venice’s Hotel Danieli, Hotel Gritti Palace, The Westin Europa & Regina, Hotel Des Bains, The Westin Excelsior; Asolo’s Hotel Villa Cipriani; Florence’s The Grand Hotel, The Westin Excelsior; in Sardinia—Costa Smeralda’s Hotel Cala di Volpe, The Cervo Hotel-Costa Smeralda Resort, The Hotel Pitrizza, Hotel Romazzino; Chia Laguna’s Le Méridien Chia Laguna, Malta’s The Westin Dragonara, Le Méridien St. Julians, Le Méridien Phoenicia, and Rimini’s Le Méridien Rimini.

ROME

Doney Restaurant at the Westin Excelsior

The Westin Excelsior Rome offers the newly remodeled open-spaced restaurant, Doney. Painted grey walls and detailed marble emphasize existing architecture, leather furniture and tables in brown and green add class, and crystal chandeliers and lights and mirrors on enormous columns give a special, theatrical atmosphere. The design of the restaurant similar to the nearby h club Doney, one of Rome’s hot and happening meeting points for happy hour and after dinner, creates a perfect combination between the two ambiances. Restaurant Manager Massimo Azzurro and Food & Beverage Manager Alessandro Innocenti, worked together with Chef James Foglieni to create new menus with Mediterranean flavor.

Vivendo Restaurant, “di Vino” and The Wines of Italy at St. Regis Grand Hotel

The aristocratic St. Regis Grand Hotel Rome has been at the crossroads of international high society since its opening and is considered one of Europe’s most luxurious hotels. Upon completion of the hotel’s meticulous restoration, restaurant “Vivendo” underwent an entire restyling. Complete with 70 place settings, a private dining room and a champagnerie, Vivendo provides a sophisticated yet contemporary atmosphere with furniture that evokes the style of the 30’s and 40’s. Vivendo received a Gold Key Award for excellence in design and was later named the number one restaurant in Rome by Zagat guide of “Europe’s Top Restaurants.” Restaurant Manager and Sommelier Federico Galligani selected a wine list of more than 600 labels, over half of which belong to newly emerging Italian wineries that accompany the special dishes prepared by Chef Francesco Donatelli. The bottles are stored in the “diVino,” an innovative new cellar where one can dine and taste wine in a tranquil and distinctive environment. Vivendo and “diVino” can now organize appointments to offer guests a taste of these high quality wines.

“Wines of Italy” is a new exclusive project that changes the way wine is tasted at the hotel whereby special selections of wines from various Italian regions are tasted by the glass. Now at the St. Regis Grand Hotel, 32 of the most important wine producers, chosen for quality, continuity and image, participate in the project made possible thanks to technology that allows for tasting wine without losing its quality. By introducing nitrogen into an open bottle, it is possible to guarantee the maintenance of the organoleptic characteristics of wine. With “Wines of Italy,” the St. Regis Grand Hotel renews and enriches the concepts of quality. It is an innovative system and an added value for the service that distinguishes the St. Regis Grand Hotel as one of the most luxurious hotels in Europe. This project strives to promote and increase the value of the Italian wine making industry through new philosophy and frontiers.

Villa La Cupola, The Largest Suite in Europe at the Westin Excelsior

The Starwood hotels in Rome are a flagship in the heart the Eternal City for their history, development and services. The Westin Excelsior Rome, the magnificent white palace on the famous Via Veneto named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2006 Gold List, features one of the most exclusive and impressive suites in Europe, “Villa La Cupola.” Subject of a $7 million renovation, the signature Villa Cupola is the largest suite in Europe, covering 11,840 square feet of the fifth and sixth floors. The central attraction of Villa La Cupola is undoubtedly the domed living room, which features a breathtaking frescoed cupola inspired by Rome’s palaces and villas of renaissance, baroque and neo-classical times. Designed with the elegance and atmosphere of ancient architecture and the comfort of modern technology, the suite features an entirely hand-frescoed 40-foot cupola, two master bedrooms, six additional rooms, a study equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, a private kitchen and wine cabinet with more than 200 wines, and a private Dolby-surround cinema and videoconference room. A private elevator leads to the upper floor with its own fitness room, sauna, steam bath and Pompeian-style Jacuzzi pool. Wide private terraces and balconies overlooking the magnificent panorama of the city surround rooms on both floors of the Villa La Cupola.

MILAN

Weekend Personal Shopper Package at Westin Palace and Sheraton Diana Majestic

In Milan, capital city of fashion and design, Starwood boasts two of the most prestigious hotels in town: The Westin Palace and Sheraton Diana Majestic. Catering to a cosmopolitan and sophisticated clientele, both hotels offer a new exclusive, unique weekend personal shopper package for the traveler seeking rare and precious gifts. The personal shopper, a true connoisseur of style, will take you on a journey though the lively metropolis to showrooms, jewelry shops, fashion and home boutiques, while explaining the city’s history and traditions. The offer includes a two-night stay, buffet breakfast, upgrade, and a half-day personal shopper (3 hours) per stay. The package is valid from Thursday to Sunday and requires a minimum stay of two nights. The personal shopper service is available on Fridays and Saturdays, except during bank holidays. The Westin Palace rates from 598 EUR ($790 USD). Sheraton Diana Majestic rates from 549 EUR ($713 USD).

For bookings or information, call (39) 02 6336 5555 or check web sites www.starwoodeurope.com/personalshopper, www.westin.com/palacemilan, www.sheraton.com/dianamajestic, or www.starwood.com/italy.

h Club diana in the Sheraton Diana Majestic—Not Just a Bar, A Lifestyle

h Club diana, the refined bar-foyer in the heart of the historic hotel Sheraton Diana Majestic in Milan which is redesigned each year, presents its new restyling offering new interiors and visuals. Decorated in colors of black, blue and precious silver tones with a vintage touch, h club diana is synonymous of luxury, yet still refined and exclusive. Modular sofas, lighted by baroque crystal cascades, create an intimate, cozy lounge ideal for relaxing with friends or romantic retreat. The new winter garden gazebo, which recalls a New York-style loft, is immersed in the unique private garden of the hotel and represents the perfect location in the heart of town, yet still far from the frenetic rhythms of the metropolis. Once again, h club?diana proves synonymous with pure design and non-stop creativity. h club diana is a concept in progress. h club>diana has a live dj set every evening and serves brunch every Sunday. This innovative lounge bar with an atmosphere rich in colors and music is the ideal place for a quick breakfast, brunch, aperitif, dinner, after dinner or just for meeting friends in the heart of Milan. It is one of the fashion industry’s ‘hangouts’. For more information, visit www.sheraton.com/dianamajestic. And experience other h club locations at the Westin Excelsior in Rome, h club doney, and in Venice, h club venice lido.

VENICE

Venice is surely the world’s most romantic destination, and the charm of Venice Lido, with its exclusive private beaches, is legendary. On one side, the Mediterranean, on the other, the architectural miracle of the city of the Doges, with the Hotel Danieli, Hotel Gritti Palace, The Westin Europa & Regina, The Westin Excelsior and Hotel Des Bains.

Venice Package at Hotel Gritti Palace

The most comprehensive food and culture experience in all of Venice

Starwood’s Hotel Gritti Palace, part of The Luxury Collection and another of the world’s most lauded properties, overlooks the Grand Canal, enchanting guests with an incomparable view of Venice. With its 82 rooms and nine suites, the 16th century style hotel offers superb accommodations and provides special courtesies in an elegant, refined setting. The Hotel Gritti Palace offers “Esperienza Venezia,” an exceptional opportunity to live Venetian authenticity to its fullest by bringing the character of Venice to life with five extraordinary days of an enriching Venetian experience.

Under the professional instruction of Club Del Doge Executive Chef Daniele Turco, themed culinary lessons are complemented by the expertise of visiting celebrity chefs, and enhanced with excursions to the Rialto Markets, indigenous dining in authentic local osterias, food shopping and food history lessons with Program Director Rolando Beramendi, mask-making and masquerade dinners. Packages range from 5,500 EUR ($7,026 USD) to 7,550 EUR ($9,644 USD), depending on number of guests and room type choice for the five-day stay.

For reservations or more information on the 2007 program dates, celebrity guest chefs or detailed itinerary, call (39) 041 794611, email grittipalace@luxurycollection.com, or check web sites www.starwooditaly.com, www.luxurycollection.com/grittipalace or www.tasteinitaly.com/Venice.

FLORENCE

ORVM, A New Bar and Restaurant at Westin Excelsior

With a modern and elegant Art Deco style, ORVM, the new bar and restaurant at the Westin Excelsior Florence, offers a touch of renewal to the classical and refined ambience of the hotel. The bar maintains its original beauty by keeping the famous brass block carved by craftsmen at the beginning of 20th Century. The new ambience features such architectonical details and furnishings as two impressive orange chandeliers and leather and wood furniture in shades of brown. The bar and restaurant are adorned with a collection of original black and white pencil sketches and colorful paintings. ORVM offers a young, refined ambience. For lunch and dinner, Executive Chef Giuseppe Dalla Rosa creates Mediterranean dishes made with fresh seasonal products, accompanied by traditional Tuscan wines and international wines. ORVM restaurant also offers many options such as the Express Lunch, the Wellness menu (from breakfast to dinner, including a large assortment of organic and health-conscious food), and a daily special prix fix. For those loving to socialize, ORVM proposes Unwind, a Westin ritual for guests who enjoy food and drinks surrounded by background live music.

Westin Excelsior and Grand Hotel Special Package For the Ladies

The Westin Excelsior and Grand Hotel are two of the most prestigious luxury hotels located in the heart of Florence, overlooking the Arno River. Both properties feature gorgeous suites, meeting rooms with state of the art technology, fitness area, a private winery, and are just steps from the best museums and shopping the city has to offer. Based on guest and employee surveys, The Westin Excelsior and Grand Hotel have created a special package tailored to the needs of the female traveler. The hotels will offer a welcome drink upon arrival, and a delicious buffet breakfast. In the room, ladies will find more convenient mirrors, professional hairdryers, comfortable spacious and well-lighted wardrobes, Etro and Acqua di Parma amenities and a Comfort Zone Beauty Spa Kit. This package also includes free Internet access for one day, and the opportunity to add a wide array of organic juices and energy drinks in the Minibar. Daily rates for a minimum stay of two nights start at 275 EUR ($363 USD) at The Westin Excelsior and 295 EUR ($390 USD) at Grand Hotel.

For more information and reservations, contact The Westin Excelsior at (39) 055.27163757 or check web sites www.starwood.com/grandflorence and the Grand Hotel at (39) 055.27163749 or www.westin.com/excelsiorflorence.

TRUMP HOTELS

Trump Hotel & Tower Chicago Here

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, located in the heart of the city on Wabash Ave., astride the fabled Chicago River, has welcomed its first hotel guests. The hotel, comprising floors 14-27 of a 92-story residential tower in development by the Trump Organization, features 339 luxuriously appointed guestrooms – including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. Designed by the noted architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with interiors by McGinley Design, Trump International Hotel & Tower promises to be a stunning addition to Chicago’s distinguished skyline.

In tune with the hotel’s eponymous decade-old sibling located at One Central Park West in New York City, the Chicago hotel will feature top-of-the-line appointments, unrivaled service and the very special personal attention provided by the Trump Attaché. The hotel’s unparalleled amenities are highlighted by The Spa at Trump (including dedicated spa guestrooms), elegant conference and private event space, a full-service health club, sophisticated lounge and a restaurant that will rival the best Chicago has to offer.

Embodying the vision of Donald Trump and his three grown children – Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump – Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago represents a new generation of style and luxury in worldwide hospitality.

Among the hotel’s many facets are the following:

Guest Rooms
Upon arrival at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, guests will be greeted with the utmost attention and care, beginning with assistance from the hotel’s 24-hour, white-glove door attendants, or, as elected by the guests, their Trump Attaché. Spacious guest quarters feature 10-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows affording breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the city skyline. Contemporary, custom-designed furniture grace the living areas, and bedrooms include deluxe Stearns & Foster pillow-top mattresses and 500 thread count linens from Bellino. Fully-equipped kitchens feature Italian wood cabinetry by Snaidero and stainless steel appliances including a microwave and a dishwasher and cook top by Miele. The room’s Sub-Zero refrigerator also serves as the mini-bar, offering – in addition to snacks, water and juices – half-sized bottles of wine and spirits. The limestone, five-fixture bathroom features custom vanities, separate stall shower, deep soaking tubs, in-mirror television portal and premium fixtures offering luxurious touches. For optimum entertainment options, each room includes a flat-screen LCD television that is HDTV-equipped, DVD players, a state-of-the-art stereo system and iPod adapters.

Attaché Guest Services
For a purely customized experience, Attaché Guest Services is available around the clock to serve guests’ needs before, during and after their stay. Trump Attachés are on hand to attend to personal preferences – from satisfying pre-arrival grocery and floral requests, to arranging for laundry and dry cleaning, personal shopping services, or preparation of personalized business cards and stationery.

Working closely with the Concierge, Attaché Guest Services assists in coordinating dining or theatre options, travel arrangements, transportation and other services for guests. Returning guests can rest assured that their Trump Attaché has maintained a preference history eliminating the need to repeat routine requests with each visit.

Conference and Private Functions
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is destined to serve as the location of choice for important business affairs, exquisite weddings and memorable social occasions. For the business community, the hotel offers five spacious conference rooms and two executive boardrooms. Each room offers 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase lake, river and city views – sure to leave attendees (and conference planners) inspired.

Two larger, elegant event spaces include a Grand Ballroom accommodating up to 299 guests. With 24-foot floor-to-ceiling windows offering a breathtaking panorama, the Grand Ballroom captures endless views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan by day, and the drama and sophistication of the vibrant city pulsing to life at night. The Skyline Room accommodates up to 175 people with 12-foot floor-to-ceiling windows that offer an incomparable city skyline view of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Both event spaces offer separate private pre-function areas.

Health and Well Being

The Spa at Trump
Guests will have a truly distinct opportunity to “get away from it all” at The Spa at Trump located on the hotel’s 14th floor. In addition to 11 treatment rooms offering an array of massages, facials and relaxation programs, spa amenities include Swiss and Vichy showers, hydrotherapy services, a manicure and pedicure suite and a host of signature local beauty treatments. Kate Somerville signature treatments will also highlight the guest experience. The hotel’s Spa Butlers will assist with the array of treatment options, and will provide uncompromising personal service, facilitating each guest’s spa experience with ease, serenity and utmost care. Signature spa items and packages from The Spa at Trump will inspire one-of-kind gift solutions all year through.

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago will debut 53 spa guestrooms designed to enhance the spa experience. Located on the spa level, each accommodation is assigned a personal nutritionist along with an exclusive, in-room health menu. Each room is generously scaled and exceptionally designed to stimulate the senses and provide a true wellness experience.

Trump Health Club
For the active traveler, Trump Health Club, located on the 14th floor, showcases state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight training equipment by Technogym, experienced personal trainers, a yoga studio offering group and individual classes, and a 75’ x 24’ heated swimming pool overlooking the Chicago River. Men’s and women’s locker rooms feature steam rooms, sauna facilities and elegant private changing rooms.

Culinary Excellence
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago will become a dining destination for Chicagoans and visitors alike. A world-class, chef-driven signature restaurant – designed by noted Chicago architectural firm Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, Inc. –is located on the 16th floor, featuring a 30-foot curved window offering spectacular, up-close views of Chicago’s historic architectural landmarks, including the Wrigley Building clock tower as well as stunning lake, river and city views.

The Bar at Trump, a sophisticated lounge located on the hotel’s mezzanine level, offers a vibrant, social atmosphere. Picturesque views of the Chicago River and the Michigan Avenue Bridge ensure a memorable Chicago experience.

In addition to 24-hour room service, guests at the property may also request the services of an in-room chef (advance notice required).

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago is part of a growing collection of luxury hotels and resorts which currently includes a sister property in New York City. The two will be joined by Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas, opening Spring 2008. Additional hotels and resorts are under development in strategic locations around the world.

For room and event reservations at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, call (312) 924-7600, (877) 458-TRUMP (7867) or visit www.trumpchicagohotel.com.

VIRGIN HOTELS

The World’s first Virgin Hotel is NOW (completely) open!

The Virgin Hotel Chicago offers the same excitement, heartfelt service and smart innovation that Virgin is known for. A few highlights of the hotel:

·         The Roof: The fifth and final food and beverage space to open at Virgin Hotels, expands the entire width of the hotel and includes a terrace that wraps about three sides of the building and gives expansive views of Chicago’s historic architectural skyline.
·         The Spa: Has everything from on-the-go a la carte treatments, a manicure bar, a full co-ed Hammam and champagne cart.
·         The Rooms: The hotel has 250 spacious rooms including 40 pet-friendly rooms, 40 suites and two penthouses spanning 730+ sq ft. each (one is even deemed Richard’s Flat).
·         The Design: Restored from a 1920’s bank and Chicago historical landmark, it took two years to restore the original fixtures which you can find throughout the hotel.
·         The Technology: Not only does the hotel feature cutting edge technology, but their app “Lucy” is a game-changer for the hotel industry. She’s your concierge, room service, bell hop, thermostat and tv remote all-in-one.
·         The Fees: There are no hidden fees or surcharges. In fact, even the mini bar is stocked with street prices. Say goodbye to $8 bottles of water. Virgin has them for $2.
·         The Ride: Did you mention you have to the leave the hotel? That’s ok. Virgin has a Tesla Model S house car to bring you wherever you need to go. Just ring the concierge or give your girl “Lucy” a shout.

For more information please contact web site virginhotels.com

WYNDHAM HOTELS

The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel --

Offers Great Sport

Golf, cycling, hiking tennis, fishing and riding the rapids on the James River – all on site or minutes away. Right on the grounds of the Wyndham Virginia crossings, guests will find golf, a putting green on the lawn, a fully equipped fitness center, swimming pool, volley ball and the hotel’s newest activity – cycling. The Wyndham Virginia Crossings will be Richmond’s Cycling Hotel when the World Cycling Championship comes to Richmond in 2015. The surrounding area offers hiking trails, fishing, boating and a chance to ride the rapids on the James River.

For golfers, The Traditions Golf Club. Is one of Virginia’s finest and guests can enjoy a round on the 18 hole course designed by Joseph L. Lee.

Family Fun

The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel is ideal for families. Central Virginia offers many museums and historic sites geared to children, plus an array of outdoor activities. Unlike all other local hotels, families can come back from a day of sightseeing to relax on the spacious grounds, play games in The Tavern, make a splash in the pool or find a quiet retreat in the hotel’s elegant sitting rooms, Jefferson Gardens or outside under the Pergola, enjoying a stunning view of the Traditions Golf Course and the wooded hills beyond.

Kings Dominion, one of Virginia’s largest theme parks is just 20 minutes away.

Reunions of families and friends are increasingly popular at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings. With activities for every age group, convivial restaurants and function rooms, amenities such as WIFI, ample parking, a variety of dining options, the hotel is perfect for a Family Reunion, Girlfriend Getaways, and groups of golfers, cycling clubs, history buffs, sports aficionados and seniors. The Wyndham Virginia Crossings has special rates for AAA and AARP members and offers all the benefits of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts rewards programs. www.wyndhamrewards.com/trec/consumer/aboutWR

The Wyndham Virginia Crossings is within a half day’s drive of 50 percent of the US population, easily reached via I-295, I-95 and I-64. Richmond International Airport is served by a variety of carriers including, Air-Tran, American, Delta, Jet Blue, United and US Airways.

About Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center

Nestled on a three-building campus that reflects the grace and charm of Old Virginia, the recently renovated Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center features 183 deluxe guest rooms, two restaurants, a fitness center, outdoor pool and The Crossings Golf Club.

Among its accolades, the hotel has gained recognition by a range of media and prominent hospitality industry organizations, including six consecutive years of receiving AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond Award® and being named one of Virginia’s Top Ten Resorts by Ask.com. Other awards include being voted among Virginia's top Wedding Venues by readers of The Knot, one of the nation's most popular wedding resource magazines. The hotel is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, China and the Caribbean. All Wyndham® hotels are either franchised by the company or managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., one of its affiliates or through a joint-venture partner.

Additional information and reservations for all Wyndham hotels are available by calling (800) WYNDHAM – (800) 996-3426 – or visiting www.wyndham.com.

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