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Caribbean Cruise Upgrades on Silversea Luxe Lines

Silversea Cruises has expanded its Silver Select promotion beyond Alaska and the Mediterranean to include select voyages in the Caribbean.

Guests can personalize their voyage with a choice of choice three offers: a two-category suite upgrade, a $500 per person credit towards the purchase of the Silver Sky® air program, or a $500 per person onboard credit that can be used for shore excursions, spa treatments, specialty restaurants and more. The Silver Select promotion is available on new bookings made by August 31, 2014 for select voyages sailing in the Caribbean, Alaska and the Mediterranean. Read more »

Most Expensive Beds in America: Top $$ Resorts

Most expensive hotels in USA

Looking for where to spend the biggest buck for the bang on zzzz’s in the USA? These uber-luxurious resorts scattered around the country are out to break the bank. Of course, resorts do not live by room alone. Most of these properties pack in the sense of place and pile on the inclusives and amenities, making them worth the price whether for business or leisure. Read more »

Virtuoso: Short List Nominees on Hospitality

Best hotels in the world

Wanna know where to go and when you get there, where to stay? Virtuoso has you covered when it comes to best picks for best properties, best spas, best dishes and best bets for various “it” destinations around the world.

Leading up to its “Best of the Best” awards, the luxury travel agency network came up with a very telling shortlist of nominees. It parsed through some 1,025 hotels, resorts, villas and private island retreats in 100 countries to find the 50 properties that are under consideration for these top shelf awards. Read more »

Wowing Weddings on the Beach

Weddings in the Caribbean

Destination weddings on the beach are best managed with a resort buyout. Why? Three B’s: Brides, Beauty and Best Bang for the Buck. And two resorts that put the bloom on a destination wedding buyout are Villa Manzu in Costa Rica and Musha Cay in the Bahamas, and Gansevoort Turks + Caicos for accommodation within a larger resort.

A recent survey by Expedia, “American Altar Report 2014,” showed that wedding planning can be one of the most stressful things we can do – outranking tax day, job interviews and driving tests. At the same time, 84 percent of Americans believe that destination weddings are more fun than traditional wedding ceremonies and most of those (76%) believe these are far less stressful to plan. And just where do those weddings need to be? Some 43% of brides to be say they want their wedding on the beach. And 62% believe that special beach should not be more than six hours flight from the USA.

According to The Knot, the average spend on a wedding in America is $28,000. Destination weddings can range from $5,000 to $40,000, and often the cost of the honeymoon is thrown in.

While the downside may be a paired down guest list, the upside is fun in the sun, the bounty of more time and less stress, the beauty of a private resort experience, and money spent on memory making rather than damage control on details.    READ MORE …

Best Vacation Spots Globally: Paris Tops the Tower

Paris

Still not settled on where to go for summer vacation 2014? Here’s a little guidance from U.S. News & World Report, which recently released its annual rankings of the World’s Best Places to Visit. The latest list features 25 of the most recommended vacation destinations by travel experts and consumers. Read more »

Boston to Beijing Non-Stop with Hainin Airlines

Nonstop Boston to Beijing

 

Flying from Boston to Beijing just got easier with Hainin Airline’s historic new nonstop service that started last month. The needed nonstop option between Boston’s Logan Airport and Beijing — the first scheduled nonstop flight between New England and Mainland China ever – is a top pleaser for business travelers as it employs the industry’s most advanced airliner - the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Read more »

Las Vegas: West Side Glory at Red Rock Hotel

Las Vegas hotels off Strip

While the Las Vegas Strip is where the action (and crowd) is Las Vegas locals know the epicenter of Las Vegas seems to be creeping ever westward toward Red Rock Canyon and that fading mountain horizon beyond.

Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa read the tea leaves back in 2006 and built a shiny brass-colored crescent shaped resort tower that beckons to this day with all the good stuff a Vegas getaway can bring – but without the come-ons and the crowds. Read more »