New Strand Cruise Shorexes on the Ayeyarwady River
The Strand Cruise is offering a new menu of a la carte shore excursions for more personalized travel in mystical Myanmar. The 28-cabin Strand Cruise operates three- and four-night itineraries between the ancient cities of Bagan and Mandalay. Each day, passengers are invited to participate in a specially curated itinerary of shore excursions that includes the highlights of a journey along the river, including the pagodas at Mingun and Sagaing, as well as the beautiful temple of Maha Aungmye Bonzan in Ava and the iconic U-Bein bridge. For example, they may have read or researched a particular pagoda in Bagan that they would like to visit that is not within the regular Strand Cruise itinerary. Or they would like to see the riverside Lawkananda pagoda, with its relics of Buddha. Alternatively photography enthusiasts may wish to be taken to a particular spot, such as the Sagaing hill pagoda, the highest viewpoint in Sagaing.
Passengers can discuss their particular excursion with the on-board team, who will recommend the best time of day to make the trip according to the ship’s sailing schedule, and provide a car and driver/guide to escort them.
Rates: A three-night journey between Mandalay and Bagan on The Strand Cruise is priced from $1,782 per person, double occupancy, and the four-night journey between Bagan and Mandalay is priced from $1,976 per person, double occupancy. Rates include all excursions and activities as described in the set itinerary, three meals during full sailing days, breakfast on day of disembarkation, soft drinks & local beer, house wine during meals, port charges, English speaking guides and satellite WI-FI in all cabins and public areas.
Golfing Getaway at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
With summer is in full swing Lake Tahoe is simply stunning — golf greens, lush forests and an ice blue lake for guests to take in while experiencing luxury mountainside accommodations.
And golf clubs are welcome here with the return of the popular High Sierra Golf Experience. Golfers enjoy two 18-hole rounds of golf at their choice of either Gray’s Crossing or Old Greenwood, both located within 15 minutes of the property. Old Greenwood, a par-72 course designed by Jack Nicklaus, unfolds amid 600 acres of mountain pines. Gray’s Crossing, meanwhile, is certified as only the second Audubon International Gold Signature Sanctuary in all of California. The resort’s Mountain Concierge handles all the details of a seamless golf game, from golf-club storage, to booking tee times, to sharing valuable insights about the region’s various golfing opportunities. Other activities include hiking, mountain biking, private guided hikes, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, and summer highlights include: Lawn Games, Happy Hour events, Mountainside Yoga, new Cabana packages, a Summer Winemaker Dinner Series, and more.
Dates: through September 30.
Rates: The High Sierra Golf Experience starts at $599 per night and is subject to availability. Advance reservations are required to ensure preferences regarding courses and tee times. Advance deposit due 7-days prior to arrival and is non-refundable once charged.
Free Nights at Chic Punta Cana
Hotter than summer itself, CHIC Punta Cana is offering some sizzling savings and free nights. Guests can dive into the ultimate adults-only Dominican Republic vacation with CHIC Punta Cana’s “buy three, get one free” offer for stays between August 1 – October 31.
Stretched across a beautiful span of Uvero Alto Beach, CHIC Punta Cana, part of Royalton Luxury Resorts, is a 320-room resort that offers what is calls a “social vacation” for adult guests.
Among the amenities: guests can relax poolside in private cabanas with butler service, dip in the glass-walled Mermaid Pool, find their center during a beachfront yoga class, take a deep relaxing breath at the on-site Detox Oxygen Bar, and let every care go at the Royal Spa and hydrotherapy circuit, among a host of other offerings and perks.
Rates: Guests who book three paid nights by July 31 nights will receive a complimentary fourth night if reserved by July 31. Prices start at $112 per person, per night and are valid on four- and eight-night stays.
Digital Detox Weekend at The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
The Mandarin Oriental attached to the City Center complex on the Las Vegas Strip is running a rare and unprecedented Digital Detox Retreat this September to create calm and comfort right in the middle of Las Vegas.
At the Digital Detox Weekend Retreat guests start with a personal consultation with a spa therapist to understand the guest’s current habits with their mobile devices. Each guest will then be able to select a complete digital detox regimen for the duration of the retreat or partial digital detox. Mobile devices will not be permitted during group activities. Guests take part in yoga classes, nutrition talks, healthy smoothie demonstrations, guided meditation classes, group sharing circles and more. Guests will also have free time during the retreat to read, journal, color, swim, write letters to loved ones, sit in silence or enjoy a calming spa treatment.
Dates: September 9 to 11, 2016
Rates: $699 per person for the retreat. (A non-retreat partner may stay at the property for $199)
Endless Summer at Esperanza Resort, Los Cabos
Esperanza, An Auberge Resort is giving guests the perfect excuse to plan a quick trip to the beachfront oasis in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with two exclusive packages.
The resort’s Beachfront Bliss package, valid through the end of September, offers discounted room rates that start at $475 per night. Additionally, guests will enjoy a ceviche tasting for two at Pesca, Esperanza’s newest dining experience. For those looking to stay active during their stay, the Beachfront Bliss package includes complimentary daily fitness and yoga classes.
Families looking to visit the resort can book spacious accommodations in the one, two, three and four bedroom villas that offer all the amenities of a five-star resort with convenient access to three pools and a private beach. Esperanza’s Family Escape package, valid through December 18, offers 20% off the resort’s Villa and Private Residence rates in addition to one complimentary lunch either in-villa or at one of Esperanza’s ocean view restaurants.