Barbados Island Loading Up the Vacation Value
Banking on a vacation in Barbados? The Barbados Island Inclusive puts money in the pockets of visitors planning a Barbados Vacation. Guests receive “free spending money” based on their length of stay for use at participating attractions and restaurants while on-island. With a minimum stay of 5 nights guests get $150 per person and on stays 7 nights or longer guests receive $200 per person (based on a maximum of two persons per room). Vouchers are distributed upon hotel check-in. While the vouchers are active around the island through December 21, 2013, the trips must be booked by September 21, 2013.
With many of the island properties participating and more than 30 attractions and restaurants on the roster, guests will have the opportunity to experience Barbados through dining and adventure. Check out VisitBarbados.org/islandinclusive for a list of preferred partners and participating attractions and restaurants. To book at any participating hotel partner use booking code: BII2013. Upon check-in, guests will receive the vouchers in the equivalent amounts of $50 each.
Getting to Barbados:
American Airlines continues nonstop service to Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown, Barbados with routes from New York and Miami. JetBlue Airways continues to offer daily nonstop flights from JFK.
Barbardos Tourism Authority
Italy’s Slow Food Fall Tours on Sale
Save up to $265 per person on Brendan Vacations Slow Food Itineraries this Autumn. Travel in Italy this fall means warm days and wonderful food. Brendan Vacations dining destinations include Piedmont, Sicily, Tuscany and Umbria. The company has partnered with Slow Food Italia and the Slow Food Travel® program in Italy to offer fabulous itineraries focusing on food , culture and the sustainable enjoyment of regionally-rich delicacies with rates discounted by $200-$265 per person on select departures as long as bookings are made by the end of August.
The itineraries are part of Brendan’s Boutique Journeys, a collection of premium vacations that accommodate as few as two guests and a maximum of only 24, letting guests delve deeper into local traditions and experiences. Among the options:
Piedmont’s Gastronomic Pleasures. Seven days, from $2,060 per person land-only based on double occupancy. (Promo code SFLMD101, September 22, 2013 departure).
A Tantalizing Taste of Sicily. Eight days, from $2,399 per person, land-only based on double occupancy (Promo code SFLMD105, September 22 and October 6, 2013 departures).
The Foods & Vineyards of Tuscany. Eight days, from $2,255 per person, land-only based on double occupancy. (Promo code SFLMD102. September 22 departure).
Culinary Delights of Umbria. Seven days, from $2,020 per person, land only based on double occupancy. (Promo codes SFLMD103 for a September 15 departure and SFLMD104 for an October 20, 2013 departure).
Fall at Alisal: Wine Ghetto Weekend
Alisal Wine Ghetto Weekend, October 25-27 is a weekend of wine country decadence featuring Ranch cuisine, horseback riding, and a weekend of exclusive wine tasting and cavorting at Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, CA in the Santa Ynez Valley. Highlights include Godé’s famous BBQ Dinner and Live Music, a Saturday Breakfast Ride in a hay wagon to the Old Adobe for Alisal’s signature flapjacks, country biscuits and gravy, local gourmet food trucks, Winemaker’s Reception and Dinner, and Farewell Brunch with sendoff gifts. Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort packages it all with cottage accommodation for two nights for two people, all event inclusions, plus taxes and service charges for
$1,695, based on double occupancy.
Swiss Chocolate Paradise Vacation at Baur au Lac
Zurich’s renowned Baur au Lac is launching a new Chocoholic Package, featuring the hotel’s signature brand of chocolate, Chocolat 1844.
Chocolat 1844 was carefully crafted by the hotel’s sixth-generation owner, Andrea Kracht, and is made from numerous varieties of cocoa from various origins. The Chocoholic Package highlights this signature chocolate with a special five-course tasting menu at the Baur au Lac’s Pavillon restaurant served with a special Chocolat 1844 dessert and a private chocolate-inspired wine tasting.
The entire Chocoholic Package includes:
- Two nights’ luxury accommodations with daily breakfast
- Welcome gift basket filled with the Baur au Lac’s Chocolat 1844 and fresh fruit
- White Chocolate Martini at the hotel’s Rive Gauche Bar
- Five-course dinner at the Pavillon restaurant with an exclusive Chocolat 1844 dessert
- Special wine tasting with Chocolat 1844 pairings
- Complimentary minibar and free access to the fitness club, business center and Diagonal nightclub
The package is priced at CHF 2,740 (approx. US$2,880), based on double occupancy, and is valid through December 31, 2013.
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Car-Free in Los Angeles with Kimpton Hotels
Kimpton’s The Hotel Wilshire and The Hotel Palomar Los Angeles-Westwood – located 4.5 miles from each other along Los Angeles’ famous Wilshire Boulevard — have cut their engines to embrace a car-free lifestyle in a city renowned for its car-obsessed culture.
Both The Hotel Wilshire and The Hotel Palomar are offering custom-made bikes from PUBLIC to guests on a complimentary basis for use during their stay. The bike will be easy to spot on the street with its custom cherry-red frame with orange and blue accents. And of course that amenity come wrapped in a package.
- Car-Free, Carefree Los Angeles packages include:
- Complimentary valet parking; guests can leave their cars and explore each hotel’s neighborhood on foot or bike
- Welcome amenity to keep guests fueled up, hydrated and healthy, including a pedometer, bottled water, a healthy snack and sunscreen
- Car-free maps and suggested itineraries
- Complimentary jogging maps of Westwood and Miracle Mile/Museum Row
- Free use of the hotels’ PUBLIC bikes
Bonus: Guests who show the Front Desk their pedometer that indicates they walked at least 10,000 steps that day receive a special code for 20 percent off of their room rate during their next stay at the hotel (must be used by Dec 31, 2013 and based upon availability).
- The Hotel Wilshire rates start at $299 per night
- The Hotel Palomar rates start at $259 per night