For the holiday season, many luxury hotels are offering exclusive shopping packages that include everything from private car transfers to personal shopping and designer treats. The Hazelton Hotel in Toronto is taking things one step further with a $200,000 holiday package catered to the most refined tastes.
“We wanted to create something that was really lasting and memorable for the guests,” Lindsay Tessis, public relations representative for The Hazelton Hotel, Toronto, told LuxuryDaily.
Rumors around the meteorologist mill say this winter's temperatures are going to quite drastic from last year's warm winter weather, so to prepare for the chilly season The Colonnade Hotel is bringing back its popular "Frosty Fridays" package.
The two-night package offers guests a first-night rate according to the temperature at 5:00 p.m. on Friday as measured by the National Weather Service. For example, if the temperature reads 20 degrees, guests will pay $20 for their Friday night stay and a special rate of $309 for Saturday night.
Bonus: if temperatures fall below zero, the first night is on the house.
Extra bonus: if temperatures drop into the negatives, guests will receive a voucher to the hotel's French restaurant, Brasserie JO to match the amount of the temps (ex. -10° F equals a $10 voucher).
The package also includes:
- A Deluxe double occupancy guestroom
- The choice of two tickets to either the Old Town Trolley Tour or admission and skating rentals at The Boston Common Frog Pond Skating Rink
- Hot Chocolate for two at Brasserie JO
- Overnight parking
Fine print: Package is based on a two-night stay and from Dec. 21-March 31, 2013, and is subject to applicable taxes and availability. For reservations, call 1-800-962-3030.
The annual Christmas Prelude takes place in Kennebunkport, ME, this year from Nov. 29-Dec. 9. Complete with a lobster trap tree lighting, Firehouse lobster bake and Santa's arrival on a lobster boat, Kennebunkport takes a twist on the traditional Christmas parade and offers residents and a guests a new way to usher in the spirited holiday.
To help commemorate the start of the holiday season, The White Barn Inn is offering a special package for both weekends during the Prelude that includes accommodations in a Superior Queen room, breakfast and afternoon tea, 4 course dinner at the White Barn Inn restaurant, cocktail reception on the Friday night of your arrival and a welcome gift from the hotel. Rates start at $690 a night.FULL ENTRY
Black Friday deals abound this holiday season, but if you're looking for something more than big-screen TVs, the latest toys and fancy electronics, consider surprising your favorite traveler with one of these luxury travel gifts:
Travel the Mayan Calendar: According to the Mayan calendar, the world will come on to end on Dec. 21, 2012. If you are the bettting kind, consider a trip with Kensington Tours to travel the Mayan calendar. ‘The Mayan Calendar in Luxury’ tour will bring you to Merida, the capital city of the Yucatan Peninsula where a private guide will take you to various cultural sites around the city including the famous Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza. The city, once revered by priests and nobles for its prestigious cultural and religious significance, exists today as a testament to the success of the Mayan civilization. You'll sleep along the beach in Cancun and enjoy some of the best entertainment in Mexico. Total cost: $2,089.00 per person for 7 days.
TUMI luggage: You can't travel the world without some luggage. Pick up some of the very best at TUMI. This year, enjoy up to 40% off of select products across Tumi's collections - including and accessories for travel, business and lifestyle - on Black Friday. The offer is good in-store and online. On Cyber Monday, the luxury retailed will offer web exclusives of its Tegra-Lite™ Collection and exclusive colors in iPad cases. Check online this Black Friday and Cyber Monday to buy.FULL ENTRY
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a time-honored tradition that draws millions of visitors a year to New York, each one ready to officially welcome Santa Claus and kick off the holiday season. If you're planning on descending to New York City for Thanksgiving this year but don't want to brave the crowds, LuxeInACity.com named some of the best luxury hotels with a view (and I offer a few extras) so you can watch the Thanksgiving Day parade:
Mandarin Oriental: The Mandarin Oriental New York offers rooms with a bird’s eye view of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a package to go along with it. The “I Love a Parade” package includes access to the Mandarin Ballroom on the day of the parade and a seasonal welcome amenity. (If you need suggestions on ways to capture the holiday spirit while you're here, check out my favorite New York city holiday things to do.)
6 Columbus: Located conveniently in Midtown, this luxury hotel's sleek rooms and upscale ambience make it an ideal way to watch the parade in style. If your room for the night doesn’t have a view you can always watch the parade from the rooftop deck.FULL ENTRY
It's time to start planning your year-end and 2013 vacations! Thankfully, Cyber Monday makes it easy. Again this year, hotels around the nation are discounting room rates and offering special promotions for guests who book on Black Friday or Cyber Monday for future stays.
Below is a round-up of all the sales I've collected, organized by region (Boston/New England, New York/surrounding area, Florida/Caribbean, West Coast, Midwest). A few things to keep in mind: all these deals are "based on availability" and typical black out dates do apply.
As I receive more deals this week I'll be sure to update this post. Get your mouse ready to take advantage of some serious travel savings at top hotels later this week...Happy travels!
Boston Harbor Hotel: Available Black Friday through midnight on Cyber Monday, book a room for two nights or more between Nov. 23-Feb. 28, 2-2013 and get 25% off of the Best Available Rate. Click here on 11/23 – 11/26 and use the code 48HR.
The Charles Hotel: Book a guestroom on Cyber Monday and receive a 20% discount off of the best available rate. Bonus Flash Sale: Book a guestroom from 11:30am – 12:30pm on Cyber Monday for a 50% discount. Travel for both promotions must take place between Dec. 1-March 31, 2013. Book online by selecting the CYBER12 or CYBERFLASH12 rate to make your reservation.
Sea Crest Beach Hotel: Starting at midnight on Nov. 22 through midnight on Cyber Monday, Nov. 26, Sea Crest Beach Hotel on Cape Cod is offering up to 30% off room rates for travel Nov. 30, 2012-June 19, 2013, as well as select dates in July. Guests booking one or two nights will receive 20 percent off their stay, while stays of three nights or more will receive a significant savings of 30 percent off. Reservations must be made online.
Harbor View Hotel: For Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Harbor View Hotel on Martha's Vineyard offers up to 30% off for reservations between Nov. 30- June 27, 2013. Guests who book a 1- or 2-night stay will receive 20% off of their total room rate; book 3 nights and receive 30% off. Book online.FULL ENTRY
In a world where luxury hotels are starting to mirror fashion designer studios, it's no surprise that more brands are teaming with top designers to create exclusive offers for guests. We've seen with partnerships like Hilton and Vivienne Tam, The Dorchester Collection and Teatum Jones, and the most recent, a Diane von Furstenberg-designed penthouse suite on a private island in Australia. Now another hot fashion mogul is joining the ranks of luxury lifestyles.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ luxury St. Regis brand is teaming up with fashion designer Jason Wu to offer consumers a limited-edition tote bag, designed exclusively for St. Regis. Part of The New Grand Tour world travel program from Starwood, the Grand Tourista Bag makes a serious statement: it retails for $1,995 and will be available for purchase only through St. Regis and Jason Wu.
The designer bag is part of a new brand campaign to help St. Regis reach a new generation of travelers through luxury, fashion and exclusive experiences. The New Grand Tour is a St. Regis-only promotion that offers packages at top destinations. The New Grand World Tour is featuring the brand's new hotels in Aspen, CO; Bal Harbour, FL; Florence; Doha, Qatar; Abu Dhabi; Mauritius; and Sanya Yalong Bay, Shenzhen and Tianjin (China).
St. Regis’ Grand Tour packages, which originally debuted in Europe only, offer a culinary experience and special gift to showcase each destination. Now, travelers will have the option to take along their new Grand Tourista shoulder tote bag for extra emphasis on luxury jet-setting.FULL ENTRY
Virgin America just launched a status match program allowing elite level flyers from United Airlines and American Airlines’ frequent flyer programs to receive "matched" status Virgin America’s Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver Status between now and April 30, 2013. Loyalty members who request matched status won't have to give up any points or miles in their current program.
If you want the Virgin America points, you'll need to sign up for the Elevate program (if you're not already a member). According to the airline, approved Elevate members will receive their new status good through April 30, 2013, and will have an opportunity to retain their status through the end of 2013 by earning points on flying Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia.
United’s MileagePlus and American’s AAdvantage flyers will get to enjoy almost all the benefits currently offered to Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver members including priority check-in, security clearance and boarding, free checked bag allowances, private discounts, an expanded advance purchase upgrade window for the airline’s exclusive eight-seat First Class and complimentary space-available upgrades to the Virgin's Main Cabin Select service.
If you've never flown Virgin America and you have loyalty points to match, now is a great time to take advantage of the airline's offer. Last month, Virgin America won top honors as both “Best Premium Class” among domestic airlines in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Business Travel Poll as well as “Best Domestic Airline” in the magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
JetBlue recently announced Boston flights to Grand Cayman, and to celebrate the new route, the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is welcoming guests with 25% off rates.
Starting this Saturday, Nov. 17, JetBlue will serve Grand Cayman (GCM) with Saturday service from Boston Logan, as well as a few flights a week from New York's JFK airport. To celebrate the new route, the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa thinks you should hop a flight and take advantage of some Caribbean sunshine in the middle of winter. Here are the details:
Book now for stays through Jan. 14, 2013, and enjoy 25% off nightly rates and buy one, get one free Wave Runner Snorkel Safari with Redsail Sports.
To book this package, visit the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa website or call 1-866-716-8108 and be sure to mention rate plan JETSET.
Mandarin Oriental, Boston announced the opening of The Parlor, a new lobby pop-up concept that will offer traditional afternoon tea by the fireplace in the hotel's lobby off Boylston Street.
The Parlor will feature daily visits from the Holiday Treat Trolley, adorned with gingerbread man decoration kits for children, tea sandwiches, sweet confections, old-fashioned hot cocoa, warm apple cider and signature hot toddies.
The Parlor is open daily from 2-6pm through the holidays, though Mandarin Oriental, Boston insiders tell me it might be a permanent feature.FULL ENTRY
Paris is known for its designer shopping, high-fashion and couture culture, and those who travel to Paris know all the elements well. Soon, Paris will be home to one more iconic offering: a flagship Tiffany & Co. store.
Tiffany & Co. announced last week that it plans to open a new European flagship store in Paris on the famed Avenue des Champs Elysées. The 10,000-square-foot, multi-level store will be located is expected open in 2014. Tiffany & Co. already has stores in Paris, but none as big as this planned flagship store.
“This is a significant development and sales opportunity for Tiffany & Co. While we have been successful in operating three smaller stores in Paris, establishing this store on the Champs Elysées will be the ultimate symbol of Tiffany as a truly global luxury brand,” said Frederic Cumenal, executive vice president, Tiffany & Co. “This is a preeminent location that firmly places Tiffany & Co. on an international stage, in the heart of a city where people from all over the world come to visit and shop.”FULL ENTRY
Hurricane Sandy impacted all of us when she made her landfall on the East Coast last week. Since then, New York, New Jersey and surrounding areas have been working hard to rebuild their communities, and get back what they lost.
The devastation is overwhelming - an estimated nearly 8 million people without power, billions of dollars in damage, and the lives of many changed forever. We can help.
I've received hundreds of emails from readers asking what they can with airline miles or what hotels are offering give-back promotions. The options are endless. You can donate to the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity or New York Cares. In addition, airlines and hotels have offered ways you can help Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts, simply by traveling.
Here are some easy ways for you to help out:FULL ENTRY
Boston's high-end financial district hotel, The Langham, Boston, just completed a $6 million lobby transformation. The new lobby lounge will serve as a place for cocktails and meals, and offer a new social gathering space for the financial district crowd.
The eight-month renovation culminated with the opening of the lobby lounge, now called The Reserve.
"We continuously look to improve our guests’ experience, which is the primary reason we created a new sense of arrival and Champagne lounge," Rachelle Boudreau, director of sales and marketing at The Langham, Boston, told Luxury Daily. "The transformed lobby and new lounge will contribute to the overall satisfaction of our current guests while adding a new, exciting element to the hotel that will also drive new business."FULL ENTRY
If your house is overbooked for the holidays, check-in to the The Charles Hotel for $199 a night or $219 a night with parking. The best part: The Charles Hotel will donate $5 from every night booked on this promotion to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts.
The Thanksgiving travel promotion is good for any night between Sunday, Nov. 18 - Monday, Nov. 26.
Click here to book using promo code THANKS12 or call 800-882-1818.
Proving that luxury literally knows no limits, the $490 million JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is scheduled to open next month as the tallest hotel in the world.
The 1,608-room hotel stands at 1,164 feet (just 85 feet shorter than the Empire State Building). The hotel will open in two phases, with the first phase unlocking the doors of 807 rooms and various restaurants and lounges. In addition to being the tallest hotel building in the world, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai boasts other some sky-high offerings.FULL ENTRY