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£100,000 Anniversary Package (yes, One Hundred Thousand!)

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Take a break and let the team at The Stafford London by Kempinski tend to your every need – you deserve it….

£100,000 Anniversary Package

Enjoy the ultimate London VIP experience and celebrate the finer things in life with the £100,000 Anniversary Package.

This luxurious package includes:

  •  Luxurious London pied a terre for three nights at The Stafford in either the duplex Guv’nor’s Suite or  more contemporary Penthouse of The Stafford Mews; plus a £10,000 dining credit to spend on epicurean experiences in the hotel’s American Bar, The Lyttelton, or in-room dining throughout the stay
  • Effortless airport experience including private waiting lounge, escort through customs/immigration, transfers and more through Heathrow by Invitation
  • Chauffeur driven Bentley, Jaguar or Rolls Royce limousine at guests’ beck and call throughout their stay
  • Private butler to attend to every need and desire
  • Feast fit for the most discerning foodies consisting of a private dinner party in The Stafford’s 380-year-old wine cellars for up to ten guests; a choice of three-course or five-course tasting menu prepared by Executive Chef Brendan Fyldes; and wine pairings by Master Sommelier Gino Nardella
  • Bespoke fashions courtesy of famed tailor Henry Poole and hatters Lock & Co; a  heirloom-worthy piece of custom jewellery by London’s top designer Patrick Wyatt; fittings and consultations can be conducted in-suite or at the designers’ shops
  • A private portrait photo-shoot with internationally renowned photographer Alistair Morrison (Morrison has shot celebrities from Sir Anthony Hopkins to Helen Mirren to Twiggy and has 82 photographs in the National Portrait Gallery)
  • Exclusive London experiences to fill the itinerary including: traditional afternoon tea in an exclusive British setting of either the Royal Academy, Highgrove House or Kensington Palace; a private Champagne or Wine Capsule experience on the London Eye; a half-day spa retreat at a neighbouring establishment; a speedboat tour of The Thames River; and a chance to try the indulgent Mahiki Armada Treasure Chest concoction

Holiday Offers at the Ballantyne Hotel, Charlotte

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

A luxury hotel in North Carolina is celebrating the spirit of the season with a glittering array of offers and events. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge features an assortment of signature events such as holiday brunches, Tea with Mrs. Claus and the Ultimate Cupcake & Cookie Challenge, as well as brand new additions such as Brunch with Santa and New Year’s Day Brunch. In addition, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge recognizes that the holiday season is the perfect time of year to give back to the community with a portion of the proceeds from Tea with Mrs. Claus to benefit the Lift Up Foundation, as well as the proceeds from Gingerbread Village and the Ultimate Cupcake & Cookie Challenge going to Levine Children’s Hospital.

Holiday Room Rates
For visiting family and friends or an escape from a hectic holiday season, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge is the place to stay with a special rate starting at $179. The holiday rate is available November 19 through November 30 and December 17 through January 9, 2011. To make a reservation, visit or call 1-888-627-8048.

Holiday Events at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
From elegant ballrooms to Gallery Restaurant’s intimate Ardissone Room, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge offers a variety of exceptional event space options for social events. Holiday brunch, lunch and dinner packages start at $30 per guest. In addition, the hotel is offering 10% off parties hosted Sunday – Thursday as well as a complimentary room for the planner. Food & beverage minimums do apply. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge’s staff of experienced catering managers will plan the event from start to finish, taking care of all details to ensure that this holiday season is as stress-free as possible. For more information, please call 704-248-4035 or e-mail

Thanksgiving Brunch
Join The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge for a favorite tradition with Thanksgiving Brunch on Thursday, November 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Leave the cooking to The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, and enjoy an endless array of seasonal salads, decorative displays, carving stations with regional accompaniments and decadent desserts. Cost is $55 per person, $28 for children, ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and under (pricing does not include tax and gratuity). Private dining rooms are available for larger groups.  Reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call 704-248-4100 or visit

Hot Chocolate & Toddies
Get cozy at the Veranda on Friday – Sunday, 3 pm – 5 pm throughout December. Enjoy hot chocolate with the option to add Godiva liqueurs and a selection of garnishes. The cost is $5 and $8 with liqueur.

Tea with Mrs. Claus
On Sunday, December 5, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., celebrate the holidays with all things girly at this year’s Tea with Mrs. Claus honoring Ellie Potvin, a beautiful little girl who lost her courageous battle with pediatric cancer earlier this year. This perfectly pink tea will be the ultimate tea gathering for little ladies and their mothers with sweet treats, crafts and story time. Children are encouraged to wear their holiday best or favorite princess dress. An adult must accompany children. Cost is $40 per child and $20 per adult, with 10% of the proceeds benefiting the Lift Up Foundation, dedicated to supporting families fighting against pediatric cancer. Reservations are required at 704-248-4100.

Gingerbread Village Professional & Amateur Competition
The gingerbread house competition offers two independent categories for professional and amateur entries. The grand prize in both categories is an overnight stay in the luxurious presidential suite at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge with breakfast in bed and dinner for two in Gallery Restaurant. Entry forms are available online at Please contact Erin Hunter at 704-248-4038 or for more information. Gingerbread house applications must be submitted by Saturday, December 4 and houses need to be delivered by Friday, December 10. Judging will take place on Saturday, December 11 at 5 p.m.

Gingerbread Village
Enjoy an enchanting collection of gingerbread houses throughout the holiday season. From December 11 through December 26, the creative display is open daily to the public. Attendees may vote on their favorite gingerbread house with $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital, dedicated to caring for the physical and emotional needs of children and their families. 

Cooking School – No Place Like Home for the Hollandaise
On Saturday, December 11, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., learn how to prepare hearty sauces for the holiday season. The cost is $65 inclusive per person. To make a reservation, please call 704-248-4100.

Brunch with Santa
Santa Claus is coming to The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge for brunch on Sunday, December 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Children of all ages will enjoy sitting on Santa’s lap and a delightful brunch buffet including breakfast items, a carving station and decadent desserts. Please bring cameras for photos with Santa Claus. The cost is $39.95 for adults, $19.95 for children, ages 5-12, and complimentary for children ages 4 and under (pricing does not include tax and gratuity). Reservations are required at 704.248.4100 or

Handbell Choir Performance
The Chancel Handbell Choir from First United Methodist Church in Gastonia will perform in the Main Lobby providing holiday cheer for hotel guests and locals on Saturday, December 18, 10 a.m. – Noon.

Ultimate Cupcake & Cookie Challenge
The holiday season presents the perfect opportunity to showcase a favorite holiday treat or special family recipe at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. On Sunday, December 19, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., enter a homemade cupcake or cookie in the Ultimate Cupcake & Cookie Challenge. The cost for entry is $10, which will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge’s culinary team will select three winners in each category based on taste and presentation. The grand prize for each category is an overnight stay in a Parlor Suite with breakfast in bed. To enter a recipe, please complete the entry form available online at Registrations are due by Thursday, December 9. Contact Katie Saunders at 704-248-4007 or for more information.

Stylish Siem Reap hotel launches Honeymoon Bliss package

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

For a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon experience, steer away from the tourist track and enjoy a romantic escape in vibrant Siem Reap with the launch of Hôtel de la Paix’s new ‘Honeymoon Bliss’ package.  Newlyweds can marvel at ancient Khmer temples and hunt for bargains in the buzzing markets, before unwinding with an authentic ‘Pamper Your Partner’ Khmer massage lesson; a rejuvenating traditional Khmer rose petal bath for two; and daily ‘turn-on’ treats – a contemporary twist on the traditional turn down service.

Set around a stunning courtyard garden and pool, Hôtel de la Paix is a coolly elegant oasis in the heart of the bustling city of Siem Reap.  A hip fusion of modern art deco and ancient Khmer design influences, Hôtel de la Paix offers honeymooners a haven of serenity, while excellent service and world-class dining and spa facilities result in a truly luxurious experience.

At the hotel’s tranquil Spa Indochine, couples can learn how to spoil each other with a sensual ‘Pamper Your Partner’ private massage lesson. Highly trained spa therapists teach the ancient art of massage, demonstrating the proper techniques and skills using rich aromatic blends of essential oils; a perfect way to reconnect and rejuvenate.  Couples are also treated to a romantic plunge bath for two, filled with rose petals and exotic herbs to melt tensions away and revitalise tired bodies and minds.  As an added treat, newlyweds benefit from a complimentary room upgrade along with early check-in and late-check out, ensuring they get the very most out of their honeymoon.

Honeymooners can also take the opportunity to visit the nearby breathtaking temple complexes of Angkor Wat, where the mysticism and spirituality of the ancient temples ensure an unforgettable experience. Hôtel de la Paix’s concierge team are on hand to arrange special private excursions to this ‘eighth wonder of the world’ including a sunset tuk-tuk tour or even by hot air balloon. 

W&O Travel offers the Hôtel de la Paix Honeymoon Bliss package from £985 per person (based on two sharing) inclusive of:

  • Three night’s bed and breakfast accommodation in a Deluxe Guestroom
  • Return international flights via Bangkok
  • Private airport transfers
  • Complimentary room upgrade
  • Khmer welcome tea upon arrival
  • Private ‘Pamper your Partner’ massage class
  • Traditional Khmer rose petal bath for two
  • Daily ‘turn-on’ treats

Valid for travel between 27 April and 30 June 2011.  To book please visit or call 0845 277 3310.

Underwater Love at the heart of Diva Maldives

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Inspired by the heart-stopping marine landscape of the azure archipelago, Diva Maldives has upped the romantic ante with four brand new dream wedding experiences, including an exhilarating underwater wedding blessing ceremony. Land-lubber lovers wishing to celebrate their union can also choose from imaginatively-designed packages including a new honeymoon experience.

The warm waters of the Indian Ocean provide an unforgettable setting for Diva’s spellbinding Underwater Wedding Ceremony. As their nuptials are blessed, witnessed by an aquamarine seascape of vibrant corals and kaleidoscopic of exotic marine life, couples experience a deep connection to their extraordinary wedding venue. The couple’s magical moments will be captured by an underwater photographer, before they return to the shore to toast their future happiness with chilled bubbly and canapés.

Couples choosing the resort’s Castaway Wedding meanwhile will be whisked away aboard a traditional Dhoni to say their vows on a deserted islet, against the unbroken backdrop of the spectacular Indian Ocean sunset. For the Island Dream Wedding, a secluded stretch of Diva’s pristine white sands is transformed into a ‘love garden’, garlanded with tropical flowers and complete with a love garden hammock for two. From their hammock, the bride and groom can chill out with Coconut Lover cocktails and enjoy a private performance of traditional Bodu Beru drumming and dancing.

The timeless Maldivian Diva package gives the bride and groom the unique opportunity to experience elements of traditional Maldivian wedding rituals, including saying ‘I do’ in Dhivehi, the local language, and wearing customary Maldivian dress during the tropical island ceremony. To wish their beloved a future of happiness and prosperity, couples are invited to seal their “prayers to the ocean” in a coconut shell before releasing them into the endless crystal waters.  

Each non-religious blessing is marked with a palm tree planting ceremony and traditional Bodu Beru dancing, and after a sunset cruise on a traditional Maldivian Dhoni, the couple’s first night begins with an exclusive romantic dinner under the stars in their favourite corner of the island. A heavenly aromatherapy bath, decorated with Maldivian flowers, awaits when they return to their villa.

The first day of the rest of their lives begins with a special in-villa breakfast, and a blissful ‘Romantic Discovery’ couples’ massage at Infinity Spa follows.

Honeymooners are greeted with warm Maldivian smiles and Champagne as soon as they step foot on the island of untouched beauty. As part of the new honeymoon package, newlyweds are treated to a signature Adam & Eve massage, facial and floral bath spa package during the day and a romantic dinner with butler service on the beach before they sail off into the sunset.

For the full details on all wedding and honeymoon packages, please visit:

Starwood’s 40% Soccer Celebrations

Thursday, February 25th, 2010


With football fans converging on South Africa this summer for one of the biggest sporting events in the world, Starwood Hotels and Resorts has launched an African travel promotion offering discounts of up to 40 percent off best available rates for early bookings.

Over twenty Sheraton, Le Méridien, The Luxury Collection and Four Points by Sheraton hotels and resorts in destinations such as Algeria, Egypt, Gambia, Mauritius, Seychelles and South Africa are included.

Rates start from an amazing (EURO)46 per room per night at the Sheraton Dahab in Egypt or (EURO)53 per room per night at the Sheraton Dreamland Hotel & Conference Centre, located just 8km from the Pyramids in Cairo. Exotic options include The Grand Mauritian Resort & Spa in Mauritius which is offering rates from (EURO)232 per room per night.

For those who don’t want to miss a glimpse of the football action and need a base in South Africa itself, the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel is offering discount rates from (EURO)104 per room per night for a two night minimum stay.

Bookings must be made by March 31st 2010 with travel valid until the end of August.

For further information and bookings visit Starwood Africa 2010

Happy Birthday Bloody Mary

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

bloodymaryThe St. Regis New York is famed for creating the Bloody Mary in the King Cole Bar in 1934. Today, the luxury hotel is celebrating the birth of the Bloody Mary with inspired menus and Spa Treatments

The luxury hotel chain St. Regis hotels and resorts will be offering the Bloody Mary specials in all their luxury hotels around the world. Starting today and through the end of this year, St. Regis will offer guests opportunities to experience its signature cocktail in new and creative ways including a special Bloody Mary menu created by Manhattan and Washington DC’s leading chefs and restaurants, Bloody Mary inspired spa treatments, a Bloody Mary epicurean menu, the St. Regis Bloody Mary World Collection, and more. Invented in the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis landmark hotel in New York, the ‘Red Snapper,’ or Bloody Mary as it has come to be known, has been imitated and adapted endlessly by others throughout the years, but the original St. Regis recipe still stands as one of the most beloved cocktails ever created. To further underscore the celebration, New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has issued an official proclamation, naming today, October 5th Bloody Mary Day in New York and Starwood CEO, Frits van Paasschen, will ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange to end the work day and kick off the anniversary in true St. Regis fashion.

The Bloody Mary has been a part of St. Regis history since 1934 when bartender Fernand Petiot introduced the ‘Red Snapper,’ which would later be renamed the Bloody Mary, at the King Cole Bar in The St. Regis New York. The famed cocktail was created when Serge Obolensky, a well known man about town whose penchant for vodka was in keeping with his aristocratic Russian background, asked Petiot to make the vodka cocktail he had in Paris. The formula was spiced up with salt, pepper, lemon and Worcestershire Sauce, but since ‘Bloody Mary’ was deemed too vulgar for the hotel’s elegant King Cole Bar, it was rechristened the ‘Red Snapper.’ While the name may not have caught on, the spicy drink most certainly did, and over the years it has become the signature cocktail of the St. Regis brand.

Grand Wailea offers ‘A Perfect 10′ program to engaged couples

Monday, August 10th, 2009

The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Collection hotel on Maui, is offering engaged couples “A Perfect 10,” a collection of discounts, specials and incentives designed to attract soon-to-be-wed pairs planning a wedding for 2010 to the 728-room, 52-suite property.

Under the program, couples booking weddings to take place at the Grand Wailea by Dec. 19, 2010 can avail themselves of perks such as wedding specialist services, honeymoon turndown service with tropical flowers and free use of “casabellas,” or shaded canopy lounge chairs.

In addition, weddings savings include 10% off wedding celebration packages and private, catered events, including receptions, and 50% off the best-available-room rates for newlyweds’ entire stays. In addition, couples who book their 2010 wedding at the resort receive an extra 10% off, making for a total 20% discount on wedding celebration packages.

Abutting Wailea Beach on 40 acres of lush Hawaiian gardens, the Grand Wailea — which unveiled $50 million in renovations this January — offers a total 110,000 square feet of “celebrations space.” The choice of wedding backdrops includes cascading waterfalls, tropical gardens, gazebos, the beach and the New England-style Seaside Chapel.

Grand Wailea’s selection of wedding packages includes the Haleakala Celebration, priced at $5,100. The deal includes use of the Seaside Chapel and gardens for 1.5 hours; services of a wedding specialist and an officiator; two white orchid leis and a tropical bouquet; choice of guitarist, harpist or violinist; a commemorative marriage certificate; a 2-hour photography session and wedding album with 24 prints and an 8-by-11 portrait; a Tiffany & Co. memento; attire pressing; and a gazebo brunch for two.

The Lei Aloha Celebration, priced from $6,500, differs slightly, adding a choice of flowers, a two-tiered wedding cake for 15 and a bottle of champagne. The Candlelight Celebration package, priced from $7,400, adds several premium perks, including an arrangement of 40 candles for the ceremony, upgraded flowers for bride and groom, and a “flower petal scatter” for the walk to the chapel.

A la carte wedding celebrations are also available, priced from $3,900.

Call Grand Wailea weddings at (800) 232-4604, ext. 2804 or visit

RockResorts Newsletter – May 2009

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009








Welcome to the May edition of the RockResorts Newsletter. In this newsletter:

  • Summer Adventure Getaways – Adventure packages from $138 per person per night!
  • Summer Deals – Take advantage of these amazing summer steals
  • Stay & Play Packages From $136 Per Person Per Night!
  • Epic Summer, A Colorado Family Adventure – The ultimate all-inclusive vacation
  • Recipe of the Month

Summer Adventure Getaways – Adventure packages from $138 per person, per night!

Get away this summer with a thrilling Adventure Package and experience all that your destination has to offer! From whitewater rafting and cycling tours to wilderness and ghost town excursions to geocaching and ocean discoveries, enjoy the great outdoors this summer with these amazing adventures. The best part is, after a fun-filled day exploring your destination; you can unwind at a luxurious RockResort!

Summer Deals From $128 Per Night, 40% Off Your Stay and More!

Escape to a RockResort this summer and enjoy these amazing Summer Deals! Stay at Snake River Lodge & Spa in Jackson, WY and take advantage of “Summer on Sale” from $128 per night or save with the “40% Summer Sale” at Hotel Jerome in Aspen, CO. Getaway this summer for less in Santa Fe, Vail, the Caribbean and more! Your summer escape echoes from every corner. Book while packages are still available!

Stay & Play Packages From $136 Per Person, Per Night!

RockResorts is offering Stay & Play packages throughout the spring and summer season from $136 per person per night. Play golf at one of our award-winning courses by day and relax in deluxe accommodations by night! Enjoy championship golf in exceptional destinations, featuring challenging, award-winning links that blend seamlessly with the land. With spectacular golf and amazing views of the Rocky Mountains, there’s no better way to golf this summer than with Stay & Play packages!

Epic Summer, A Colorado Family Adventure

Come to Colorado this summer and experience all that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Epic Summer is the perfect Colorado family vacation! Scenic gondola rides at Keystone and Vail. Rafting in the Rockies. Horseback riding in Beaver Creek. Panning for gold in Breckenridge. You can do it all. We’ve created an epic all-inclusive trip – packages include accommodations, meals, activities, transportation and more – for your family to take advantage of all the sites, sounds and history of Colorado. This is a trip unlike any other because your family and friends will be paired with a local guide. You can choose either a four-day or seven-day trip to stay between June 25, 2009 and September 6, 2009.

  • Seven-Day/Six-Night Itinerary – $1,195 for Adults, $895 for Children (ages 6-12)
  • Four-Day/Three-night Itinerary – $695 for Adults, $545 for Children (ages 6-12)  

Recipe of the Month – Chocolate Soufflé

Chef Andrew Logan, Executive Pastry Chef at The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, CO oversees culinary operations at Centre V. Using local, seasonal ingredients, Chef Logan creates menus featuring simple, decadent dishes. He utilizes sustainable ingredients to prepare fresh and hearty fare.

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Easter Offer from La Fregate Hotel, Guernsey

Thursday, March 5th, 2009


With Easter fast approaching, La Fregate Hotel has put together a little package to get you abroad without the financial pressure that comes with the Euro these days.
As you may well be aware, Guernsey uses not only its own pound but you can spend sterling here as well, so no exchange rate misery!
Over the Easter weekend, we can offer the following benefits:-

  • Book a deluxe room and enjoy savings of 50% on a second deluxe room for your children.
  • Complimentary full English breakfast for two adults and two children
  • Complimentary Food for Children under 3
  • 50% discount on food for children under 12
  • All guests over Easter weekend (April 10-12) will receive a chocolate egg. For children under 12 these will be personalised with their names
  • Children sharing a room with parents will not be charged for accommodation
  • Break available for 1 night or more

As well as this offer, we have a number of other weekend break packages that are available throughout the year to suit your specific requirements
For more details please visit our website at Easter Break
To help you with travel arrangements we can also arrange preferential rates with Condor Ferries
To make a reservation, please contact our reservations team on +44 1481 724624
Best Wishes
La Fregate Hotel & Restaurant
Les Cotils
St Peter Port
Guernsey GY1 1UT
Tel 01481 724624

The Belize Stimulus Package

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

7 Night Reef & Rainforest Adventure


Two outstanding resorts in Belize have teamed to create one vacation of a lifetime.

Chabil Mar Villas and The Lodge at Chaa Creek, both impeccable resorts in their own right, have created a stimulus package for discerning travelers looking for the best that Belize has to offer.

Let the jungles of Belize and her warm Caribbean waters combine to create a special stimulus package just for you.

Maybe it’s time you replace the constant barrage of news with an orchestra of bird song, and winter’s hue with bright tropical flora.

Days of waking up to snorkeling in crystal clear turquoise waters, horseback riding to Maya Temples, or just lazing about in the hammock?

Allow yourself to energize your senses, have the sun warm your spirit, and a colorful array of friendly people to talk to as you drop out of ‘Main Street’ and dive into an adventure where nature calls to your soul and excites your passion for a new beginning.

Your week includes choice of 3 night stay at one resort and 4 nights at the other:

Package includes lodging in the Cottage Collection at Chaa Creek and Deluxe Oceanview Suites at Chabil Mar Villas, all meals, transfers from Belize International Airport to Chaa Creek and from Chaa Creek to Chabil Mar. Guided full day Maya Temple tour and snorkeling trip, horseback riding and nature tours, unlimited use of canoes and sea sport equipment, swimming pools in both locations, and your own golf cart for exploring Placencia.

$2,297.00 per person Inclusive of taxes & gratuity (Valid until Dec 15, 2009)

To reserve this package – email us at or call toll free at 1-866-417-2377

Robert Argue
General Manager, Chabil Mar Villas