As February turns to March travelers are looking south for some needed rest and vacation while tilting their heads toward the sun.
Four Seasons Resort Maui Offers Photo Expedition Package
Two renowned photographers, Robert Caplin (New York, NY) and Peter Lockley (Denver, CO) return to Maui to lead a photographic adventure on the island in June, hosted by Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea as part of the luxury Resort’s Unforgettable Events series.There will be time to network with peers and local industry professionals while perfecting skills and discovering new artistic passions. Both photographers know the Hawaiian island and will take participants to many exotic locations to capture the people, the flora and fauna, sunrises and sunsets, waterfalls, beaches and forests that make up Maui’s diverse eco-system and vibrant culture. Visit: Maui Photo Expedition website.
Dates: June 14-19, 2016
Rates: $6,990 includes all workshop fees and a five-night stay in a king-size, ocean view room — $3,000 for each additional participant, up to three staying in the same room. Participants should arrange to have their own transportation; carpools may be organized for some location shoots.
Hawaii for Less with Mauna Lani Bay
Mauna Lani Bay Hotels & Bungalows, one of the finest properties on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, rarely offers heavy discounts. However, their oceanfront room rates are now 38% lower – and it’s not being promoted.
The 341-room Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is located on 30 oceanfront acres along secluded shorelines. It’s home to CanoeHouse, an acclaimed oceanfront restaurant that sources the fresh locally grown ingredients. Plus, guests can enjoy the ocean cliff escarpments of the Francis H. I‘i Brown Golf Courses.
Rates: Standard guest rooms start at just $269 and Ocean Fronts at $399 (normally $399 and $649, respectively).
Dates: The offer is only valid for stays between March 1 and June 30, 2016.
Cold Weather Cures in Warm Weather Climes
It is well known that only 51% of Americans use their eligible paid vacation time and paid time. Perhaps that is because they do not know where to splurge. Below, find a selection of global properties from Hawaii to Aruba offering enticing amenities sure to warm up any snowbird in need of a quick flight south.
Starting rates: $109
For the theme park seekers in all of us, Hilton Orlando offers the luxury of proximity and theme park respite. With its own lazy river, spa, and four dining venues, the centrally located hotel is a destination all its own.
Hilton Hawaiian Village
Starting rates: $189
The Hawaiian Village is Waikiki’s only beachfront resort, offering cultural activities from surfing lessons at the world-famous Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and lei making to a traditional luau embracing the Pacific Islands heritage.
Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
Starting rates: $189
Head to the foothills of Arizona’s Santa Catalina Mountains where Westin La Paloma offers a complimentary Running Concierge and on-site New Balance gear lending program for guests to borrow workout attire (shoes included).
Costa Rica Marriott San Jose
Starting rates: $199
Set on a 30-acre coffee plantation, the hotel has easy access to nearby ecotourism such as rainforest excursions and canopy adventures. The hacienda introduced a Café Chorreado experience for guests to make coffee in the traditional Costa Rican way.
Hilton West Palm Beach
Starting rates: $259
The newly opened hotel features a three quarter-acre lanai and boasts a full floatation menu. Guests can dry off at night with glow-in-the-dark bocce ball, Mediterranean vibes via a music curator, custom bourbon blends and local craft beers with cuisine by former Tiger Woods chef, Matthew Byrne.
AlSol Tiara Cap Cana
Starting rates: $334
This brand new contemporary luxury boutique hotel boasts stylish swim-out suites and the first-ever brick-and-mortar BABOR Signature Spa, recently recognized as one of the top five spa and skincare brands in the world.
W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island
Starting rates: $398
Vieques Island is an undiscovered Caribbean paradise featuring the largest natural wildlife refuge in the Caribbean and the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay. This experience is complete with two on-site beaches, indigenous treatments at the AWAY Spa, and local cuisine.
Casa Marina Resort
Starting rates: $430
Escape this winter to Casa Marina, sitting on the largest private beach in Key West and the southernmost point of the nation. Activities include sand sculpting workshops led by a resident award-winning sculptor to jet ski island tours through historic Key West.
New Hyatt Inclusive Package: Escapes to Cancun
Fresh off the heels of the grand opening in January, Hyatt Ziva Cancun, is offering a package to showcase the resort to guests of all ages.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun is creating an all new all-inclusive experience in Cancun focused on great culinary offerings with 18 restaurants, lounges, including a microbrewery on property. Having one of the best locations in Cancun does hurt either. The expansive resort is located at the tip of Punta Cancun, providing an exclusive beach experience and the best views of the Caribbean, surrounded by water on three sides.
Dates: Valid for booking through March 31 and travel through December 20, 2016.
Rates: $265 per person per night for the standard double room. Guests will receive 50% off all rates, with 5th night free.
+52 998 848 7000
Relax with Spa Packages at California Inns
Indulge in a relaxing getaway by combining spa treatments with an intimate stay at a California boutique hotel or B&B. Several members of the California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) are offering deals on spa packages. Packages often include a choice of spa treatments and an array of romantic extras. Here is a sampling:
An escape to the Inn at Occidental in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley can help melt away stress with a steamy hot cedar enzyme bath at Osmosis Spa. The inn’s Osmosis Spa Package includes the cedar enzyme bath, a $25 voucher to spend on pampering products and treatments at the spa, and an overnight stay in one of the inn’s courtyard rooms. The courtyard rooms feature fireplaces, large jetted tubs and a private deck or porch. The stay also includes a complimentary wine reception and a full breakfast. The package is $359 and is valid Monday through Friday through March 31, 2016. Call (800) 522-6324.
Amid the stark beauty of Mendocino, guests can find complete relaxation at the Brewery Gulch Inn. With the inn’s Ultimate Romantic Escape Package, guests can snuggle in front of the fireplace with a romance basket, sip superb California wines, indulge in chocolates, sneak away for a secluded picnic with a backpack picnic lunch and melt under the hands of an experienced masseuse during an in-room couples’ hot stone massage. The package price is $400. Call (707) 937-4752.
Chanric Inn’s “Two Special for Words” package offers pampering in Napa Valley. Included are two night’s accommodations at the inn, two Chanric Signature Massages and two boutique winery tastings. The elegant Chanric Inn, which offers full concierge services, has an outdoor hot tub to enjoy the stars after a champagne check-in and pre-dinner hors d’oeurves. In the morning, guests enjoy a three-course Chanric signature brunch. The package starts at $875 plus tax per couple; additional nights may be added. Call (707) 942-4535.