Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Le St-Martin Hotel & Suites, Canada

The new Le St-Martin Hotel puts guests elegantly in the heart of it all at the corner of De Maisonneuve Boulevard, where stylish passers-by walk to the boutiques on Rue Ste-Catherine or the museums of Vieux-Montréal. With 123 sleek rooms dressed in rich, dark tones and a restaurant that serves inventive Mediterranean cuisine, the hotel’s 17 floors rise above a backdrop of sparkling city lights, with views of Mont Royal.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy

Set on a magnificent spot on Lake Como, with commanding views of the town of Bellagio, the glamorous five-star Grand Hotel Tremezzo truly lives up to its name. This stunning Art Nouveau palace that for a century has served as a retreat for Europe’s elite, is still one of the most popular destinations in all of Italy. 

One hundred windows reflecting the blue of the water and the lush greenery of the gardens: all rooms offer Guests an extraordinary spectacle. All 90 rooms and suites are decorated in pastel yellows, blues and greens and richly furnished with sumptuous fabrics, period furniture and antique paintings and prints.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cap Juluca, Anguilla

Cap Juluca delivers the classic Caribbean getaway: romance and comfort with warm service, tasty food, spacious rooms and the prettiest beach on Maundays Bay. Here, it's hard to think about doing much besides lounging on the two-mile beach, but this 179-acre resort offers plenty of activities, from morning yoga to waterskiing lessons to an aqua-golf driving range.

Located along the intimate crescent of Maundays Bay on the exclusive island of Anguilla, Cap Juluca’s Greco-Moorish architecture is as timeless as the sea itself. And thanks to a $28-million renovation, Cap Juluca is tailored to today’s travelers and seekers of solace, yet focused on improving your overall resort experience. 

The guestrooms all now feature luxurious new Stearns and Foster beds and Frette linens, 40” Sony Bravia HDTVs and DVD players, Bose Wave stereos with iPod docking stations, free wireless internet as well as enhanced patio furniture, new towels and new robes. The world famous powdery white sand beaches have been enhanced with the addition of fashionable custom made chaise lounges. 

At Cap Juluca, come to a place where sand, wind and water blend seamlessly with world-class dining and the friendliest most welcoming people of the Caribbean. The next time you seek the sun, let Cap Juluca’s genuine staff create for you a timeless memory.

Visit Cap Juluca

Friday, August 19, 2011

Honeymoon Hideaways Offers The World's Most Intimate Honeymoon Destinations

Gorgeous groom? Check. Stunning wedding gown? Check. Wedding planner on the case? Check. Perfect honeymoon booked? Need a little inspiration? Now you can discover the world’s most beautiful hidden honeymoon destinations and properties at a brand new Australian website Honeymoon Hideaways.

Founded by travel industry veteran Sally Vardy, Honeymoon Hideaways is passionate about matching newlyweds’ interests and desires to their perfect honeymoon destination. There are currently 38 exclusive properties featured on the site to choose from, with 20 more to come in the near future. With a range of options for every budget, all properties featured are unique in their own ways, and Sally, who has visited each one personally, can provide extra information to ensure every element of your honeymoon caters for your heart’s desire.

The site’s stunning photography provides the ideal starting point to dream and plan your perfect escape. Destinations include the eclectic barefoot luxury eco-resort at Ratua Private Island resort in Vanuatu, the turquoise lagoons, tropical forest, and white sand beaches of Fiji’s most exclusive hideaway, Laucaula Island, a luxury safari experience at Londolozi Private Game Reserve in South Africa, and the Caribbean’s mesmerising beachfront Jade Mountain sanctuary.

“I love getting to know each and every one of my clients’ interests, and then finding the ideal paradise for them to celebrate their first days and weeks of marriage uninterrupted,“ reveals Sally. Newlyweds can draw on her 16 years of travel industry expertise to get access to insider knowledge and contacts to create a special experience. “After the stress of planning a wedding, couples deserve time to relax and spend uninterrupted quality time with each other, to celebrate. This is their time to unwind and enjoy these precious moments before starting their lives together as a married couple.”

To provide a more personal approach to choosing your honeymoon, a blog gives Sally’s detailed insider information and stories of key properties, while the ‘Experiences’ section offers real life stories from clients, including their budget and all inclusions.

Sally’s inspiration for the site came when visiting the world’s most exotic locations. After passing on this insider knowledge she found her clients were overwhelmed by the hidden paradises she had discovered for them.

“It struck me that people don’t really know what’s out there, and therefore revert to the usual textbook honeymooner’s holidays,” Sally explains. “These are lovely, but every honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – you want it to be extraordinary.”

Because Sally has personally vetted every experience listed on the website for honeymooners, through the site, travellers can take advantage of Sally’s special access to VIP status, exclusive rates, upgrades, added extras and special amenities at each destination. Sally’s intimate knowledge of each property and her ability to work to each client’s budget allows her to give each couple the best value for their honeymoon.

Honeymoon Hideaways can also use their valuable resources and contacts to assist in making destination wedding arrangements, whether for an intimate ceremony on a remote tropical island or a large reception at a five-star resort with music and entertainment. Sally’s personal experience of every property makes her indispensable when looking to choose the right venue for your big day. A clever Gift Registry service allows your wedding guests to contribute towards the honeymoon of your dreams as their wedding gift to you.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Petra Hotel & Suites, Greece

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the intimate Petra Hotel & Suites offers a lifetime experience on Patmos island, enchanting guests who expect the highest standards of hospitality and personalised service from an authentic Greek islands boutique hotel.

With just 12 rooms and suites forming a miniature village in traditional island architecture, the Petra hotel has earned a place among the leading luxury boutique hotels in Greece, as well as honorable mentions and shining reviews from international publications, including a 2010 Finalist Award for Most Outstanding Service. 

A place ideal for visitors who seek a relaxing holiday on an intimately authentic Greek island, Patmos' beauty has been praised in a cover story by the New York Times' T Magazine, while its main settlement of Chora, an architectural marvel of white-washed houses and narrow streets, is prominent among UNESCO's World Heritage sites.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Koro Sun Resort, Fiji

Koro Sun Resort's unspoiled location offers you the genuine warmth and friendliness of the Fijian people, beautiful lush tropical surroundings, and warm, impossibly clear waters.

In a remote setting that defines paradise, Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa immerses you in a genuine Fijian experience that’s nirvana to the core. This 160-acre sanctuary was born of a nature lover’s dream. The tropical retreat is etched within a coconut plantation that’s encircled by lush rainforests at the edge of a stunning private lagoon.

From the moment you arrive, the Koro Sun Resort staff embraces you like family. They greet you with a song that welcomes you to your home away from home. Certainly, the Fijians are known around the globe for being the most warm and friendly islands on earth.

The 29 private bures and villas are spacious, individually appointed decor and fully air-conditioned. Your stay is all-inclusive – from airport transfers to bountiful gourmet fare and a flurry of non-motorized water sport activities. 

Spend your day lazing on the daybeds at the waters edge, exploring the offshore reef with the PADI certified crew, fine-tuning your putting on the nine-hole pitch and put rainforest golf course or indulging in a banana leaf body wrap or coconut oil massage in the enchanting Rainforest Spa. Explore Lotu Island Cave with Manu, tour botanical gardens with Leba or hike with Jone to a tumbling waterfall where you can splash in the cool pools beneath.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fairmont Monte Carlo, Monaco

From its impressive architecture to its storied past, everything about the Fairmont Monte Carlo is larger than life. Add to that the stunning views of the Riviera, an in-house casino and culinary delights served at the famed L’Argentin restaurant, and you’ve got a recipe for true joie de vivre in one of the most exclusive destinations in the world.

The Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel is a unique four-star luxury convention resort located in the heart of the Principality of Monaco in between the Mediterranean Sea and the legendary Casino of Monte Carlo. The hotel is one of the largest in Europe with its 602 guest rooms, residences and suites, two restaurants, a bar, 18 meeting rooms, and a new pool space on the roof rethought to integrate a contemporary touch.

Visit Fairmont Monte Carlo

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Pavilions, Phuket, Thailand

The Pavilions are some of Phuket’s most romantic hilltop retreatsthanks to sublime panoramic Andaman Sea views and the island’s most discreet staff. The resort have a brand new collection of 25 spacious, private, luxury ‘Plantation’ pool villas all with private spa room to complement the resort’s existing 21 ocean view pool villas. Exclusivity and romance are the key features of this chic boutique resort. The resort also boasts two fantastic restaurants with sea views and welcomes guests of sixteen years and over.

Arrival at your villa at The Pavilions is one of life’s delights. Step through the luxuriant gardens to a home designed to delight the senses. You’ll find an airy Asian design with elegant touches of Europe. Indulge in the extraordinary space… revel in this precious time together.