Get Amazing Value During your Stay at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita

Ashley Dufek
June 5th

Tucked into a glorious private beach in the Riviera Maya, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is an intimate, elegant destination in a serene area. This Mexican Riviera resort features 90 ocean front luxury suites nestled in 14 acres of landscaped, lush native vegetation (and includes a 450 meter private beach).
Mexico Hotels on the Beach – Mayan Riviera

Handpicked antiques, stunning marble, and luxurious fabrics – each of the suites at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is personally decorated with unusual fabrics and treasures gathered by the resort’s owners during their travels around the globe.

The architecture of the resort captures the essence of Mayan culture with open courtyards, fountain-adorned pathways and reflecting pools. All of this and more are available for guests to explore – making a stay at this resort in Mexico totally unforgettable.

At Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, guests automatically receive the benefits of Endless Privileges, which give guests limitless access to almost all of the pleasures this intimate jewel has to offer.

This program focuses on wellness, romance and enrichment of the guest experience. Part of this amazing guest experience (when booking through Kiwi Collection, of course) will include a private dinner for two set on the resort’s very own private pier. This is perfect for any special occasion, anniversary or just to enjoy with that special someone.
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Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Offers 20% to 35% Discounts this Year

We are getting ready to hit the road again. That means booking flights, packing up all of our possessions and making sure we have all of our vaccinations. We spent last weekend moving our things into a self storage unit, which can be a great way to save money while you travel. In our case we were paying about $1,800 a month on rent, and now we’re paying just $200 a month for a self storage facility, so we’ve got an extra $1,600 a month for travel expenses, hotels, flights, food…If you are going to rent a self storage facility while you’re on the road, we’d recommend checking out SelfStorageBase.com, we got a great deal on a storage unit, and it’s easy to find the closest facilities.

Karolin Koenig
June 4th

Situated in the heart of a tranquil oasis, Casa Colonial Beach & Spa in the Dominican Republic is the ideal destination for a relaxing, romantic getaway. Book your stay Sunday through Thursday, anytime between now and December 23rd, 2009 and get a 20% discount and complimentary daily breakfast. Alternatively, Casa Colonial Beach & Spa is rewarding guests booking in advance with a 35% discount on room rates throughout the year.
Casa Colonial Beach and Spa in Dominican Republic

Accentuated by high ceilings, limestone floors and elegant furnishings all exquisitely fashioned in Spanish colonial style, Casa Colonial Beach & Spa features two dining venues, the cutting edge Bagua Spa and 18-hole Robert Trent Sr. golf course for you to enjoy at your leisure.

After a day filled with shopping, fine dining and recreational activities Puerto Plata has to offer nearby, there is no better place than a private terrace to indulge in soothing ocean views or the tranquility of surrounding tropical gardens.

From sports to fine dining and relaxation, you can see that this luxury hotel in the Dominican Republic caters to a myriad of interests and needs.

Haven’t been enticed yet? Well, Casa Colonial Beach & Spa has not one, but TWO special offers for you valid through the rest of the year.

If you are looking for a longer getaway that won’t break the bank, we suggest you take advantage of Casa Colonial’s Sunday through Thursday special offer. Book your stay Sunday through Thursday, anytime between now and December 23rd, 2009, and benefit from a 20% discount and complimentary daily breakfast. A two- night minimum stay is required.

Dominical Republic Hotels – Casa ColonialAlternatively, if you like to book your vacations well ahead of time, we invite you to catch the Early Bird offer. Casa Colonial Beach & Spa is rewarding guests booking no less than fifteen days in advance with a 35% discount on room rates throughout the year.

These packages provide for an extraordinary, value-added experience, perfect for you to enjoy a luxury beach vacation in the Dominican Republic; based upon space availability, they cannot be combined with other existing offers or packages.

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Spend Tofino’s Food and Wine Festival at the Wickaninnish Inn

Melissa Mewdell
June 3rd

Heads up food and wine lovers – Tofino’s Food and Wine Festival is happening this weekend. If you’re planning on enjoying this festival on in Tofino on Vancouver Island, Canada, be sure to check out the Wickaninnish Inn’s two night package made specially for the event!
Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino

Known for it’s gorgeous scenery, beautiful forests, ocean views, and, of course, stellar food and wine, Tofino, British Columbia is the perfect summer vacation spot for luxury travelers seeking to escape it all on Canada’s Pacific coast.

Food and wine lovers are in luck this weekend, especially, as the 7th annual Tofino Food and Wine festival is taking place from Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7

The festival celebrates the marriage of food and wine in the unique setting of a temperate coastal rainforest! It’s strongly supported by the community of Tofino, as well as Vancouver Island purveyors and British Columbia wineries.

This festival provides cultural and educational experiences for food and wine lovers from all over, as well as an opportunity to discover sustainable British Columbia food sources – and is sure to be a great time for summertime foodies.

If you want to attend the festival this weekend, the Wickaninnish Inn, a gorgeous hotel in Tofino, is offering a special package just for you.

Tofino Hotels: The Wickaninnish InnThis package, which starts at about $950 includes two nights accommodation in your preferred room type and admission to two events hosted at the Inn by Road 13 Winery’s owners.

Specifically, guests will:
• Participate in a Friday afternoon wine tasting for two in the Salal Room (1:30 to 3:30 p.m.), hosted by Mick and Pam Luckhurts of Road 13 Winery.
• Enjoy a Road 13 five-course Winemaker’s Dinner for two, prepared by Chefs John Waller and Nicholas Nutting.
• Receive complimentary valet parking.

Don’t wait – the weekend is fast approaching!

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Enjoy the Beach on St. Barts with le Sereno’s Summer Packages

Melissa Mewdell
June 2nd

Le Sereno in St. Barts is the perfect place to go for a relaxation vacation. Luckily for Kiwi Collection guests, this Caribbean resort is offering some fantastic special packages that go from this summer through to December that will really let you kick back and enjoy the beach in VIP style. For cooks who want to learn a thing or two about preparing authentic Bouillabaisse a l’Ancienne, check out the 8 days/7 nights package.
St. Barts Hotel – Le Sereno

If you want to relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, St. Barts is probably where you want to be. Long considered a playground for the rich and famous, this gorgeous Caribbean island is well known for its pristine beaches, gourmet dining and high-end shops.

One of the nicest places to stay on St. Barts is Le Sereno. This boutique beach resort only has 37 rooms, and is right on the Grand Cul de Sac Beach. All suites and villas at this resort on St. Barts have ocean views, private terraces, gardens, plasma TVs and personal iPods (with iPod docking stations). Coupled with a great spa and a fantastic restaurant, you can’t go wrong with a vacation here.

We at Kiwi Collection learned that Le Sereno is having a few special offers that run from now until December 15th this year, and we need to share them with all of our friends.
The 4 days/3 nights package and the 6 days/5 nights package:

Enjoy VIP reception service at the airport and a bottle of Champagne to greet you upon arrival. Guests also receive a continental breakfast for two (either in their suite or at the restaurant), as well as a dinner for two at Restaurant des Pecheurs. You will also have a rental car at your disposal, delivered the morning following your arrival, a welcome beach bag and complimentary use of the gym, snorkeling and kayak equipment, tennis court and transfers to and from the airport.

For 4 days/3 nights: 1.488€ to 2.388€ (depending on your room)
For 6 days/5 nights: 2.190€ – 3.440€ (depending on your room)
8 days/7nighs Package:

Le Sereno Beach ResortDuring this vacation with Le Sereno, guests will get to learn how to prepare authentic “Bouillabaisse a l’Ancienne” as Le Restaurant des Pecheurs at Le Sereno is one of only a handful of restaurants outside of France to make this dish. In addition to all of the value in the 4 days/3 nights and 6 days/5 nights package, guests receive two lunches and a dinner for two at Le Restaurant des Pecheurs, as well as a Bouillabaisse dinner for two and the Bouillabaisse cooking class (working with Le Sereno’s Chef in his kitchen).

All you have to do is let the resort know you want to take part in the cooking course.

8 days/7nights package: 3.486€ – 5.586€ (depending on your room)

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Culinary Summer Festival at Hotel Tennerhof – A Food Lover’s Dream

Melissa Mewdell
June 1st

Hotel Tennerhof is the first five-star hotel in Kitzbühel, Austria. If you’re in to excellent food and wine, fresh mountain air and hiking, you will thoroughly enjoy a vacation at this gorgeous hotel this summer – especially during the Culinary Summer Festival, running all through June, July, August and September.

This summer, vacationers to Austria are in for a huge treat! Hotel Tennerhof (known for its award winning restaurant) is paying tribute to food and wine lovers at last though a special culinary summer festival at the hotel! We think this gorgeous Austrian hotel is perfect for a relaxing summer vacation for people who really want to explore the culinary treats the region has to offer.

The masterpieces of executive chef Thomas Dreher were awarded three Gault Millau toques and one Michelin star this year, so the hotel certainly has reasons for celebrating the culinary arts! You won’t want to miss the festival – whether you’re staying for a week-long vacation or a weekend getaway.

We’re breaking down all of the summer’s events at Hotel Tennerhof just for your convenience:

June 2009 – Classic Cars and Spring Festival at Tennerhof
See the best classic cars at the Alpine rally in Kitzbühel, while enjoying “The Best of the Season” cuisine at the hotel. Stay for 3 days at a total cost of 510 Euros per person, or for 5 days at 749 Euros per person.

The package includes:

Accommodation in a deluxe double room with daily breakfast.
Sweet pastry welcome on arrival.
A five-course dinner every evening showcasing the hotel’s award winning cuisine.
A partial massage of your choice.

Hotel TennerhofFriday July 3, 2009: Night of Austrian Delights at the Tennerhof
Executive chef Thomas dreher and his team spend time crafting the finest Austrian cuisine for the hotel’s guests. You will love the classic cuisine served in innovative and unique ways, so be sure to attend during this weekend at the beginning of July.

Friday July 24: Ode to Haute Cuisine at the Tennerhof
Haute Cuisine (or “high cooking”) is characterized by elaborate preparations and presentations. No hotel gets it better than the Tennerhof, which is celebrating this traditional type of food at the end of July. You’ll feel like European aristocracy – the very types who eat this way and for whom this style of cooking was devised!

Friday August 28: Late Summer at the Tennerhof
Celebrate the close of summer with the Tennerhof with exquisite delights from the kitchen and wine cellar. You will love these end of summer treats!

Tennerhof a Hotel in AustriaFriday September 18, 2009: Golden Autumn Delights at the Tennerhof
Celebrate the most delicious side of the beginnings of fall with executive chef Thomas Dreher. Dreher picks only the freshest ingredients to include in his dishes (literally – he collects mushrooms from the forest and fresh fruit and herbs from the garden).

* Enjoy July, August and September’s menus for 135 Euros per person, or stay for the evening in a double room at the hotel in addition to your meal for 225 Euros per person.

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Stay for Three Nights for the Price of Two at Solis Cambrian Hotel

Melissa Mewdell
May 29th

Solis Cambrian Hotel and Spa is the ideal place to stay if you want to enjoy the Swiss Alps and the countryside. This stunning hotel in Switzerland has an exclusive offer running from today to June 30th 2009 – stay for three nights and pay for only two!
Solis Cambrian Hotel and Spa in Switzerland

If you’re taking a vacation to the Swiss Alps, one thing you won’t be able to live without is a fantastic view in a picturesque town. We recommend staying at Solis Cambrian Hotel and Spa on your next trip to Switzerland because it has that stunning view and great location – and a whole lot more.

The hotel is located where mountain sports happen: the mountain village of Adelboden. Adelboden is the home of Alpine skiing and the FIS Ski World Cup.

And, guests to this hotel this summer get a special treat. The hotel has an exclusive offer running all June for Kiwi Collection’s guests: stay for three nights for the price of two!

Guests will get three nights’ accommodation in a room of their choice with complimentary daily alpine breakfast and free use of the Spa Solis (the outdoor pool that boasts stunning views on the Engstligen waterfalls).

At only 71 rooms, this hotel will provide an intimate experience for all who stay there. Better yet, Solis Cambrian Hotel is family friendly and great for kids. They have a kids’ room close to their restaurant that has toys, books, Wii and other fun things for youngsters!

Solis Cambrian Hotel and SpaAdults will appreciate all of the little luxurious details in the rooms from the mountain views to the private balconies and bathrobes. You will also enjoy the complimentary high speed internet, worldwide plasma TVs, DVD systems and the hotel’s movie library.

Try to get a room facing south as they have the best views of the waterfalls and mountains.

After a day hiking in the mountains, relax and unwind at the hotel’s spa. Treat your sore muscles to some TLC by spending some time in the heated outdoor thermal tub or give your feet the gift of the Dr. Kniepp foot treatment.

In the evening, make sure to head to Nova Restaurant. The restaurant has a great view of the mountains and countryside and has some of the best northern Italian cuisine in the area. In the summer, you can dine outside on the terrace!

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Monarch Suite Named Middle East’s Leading Hotel Suite

Melissa Mewdell
May 28th

Best enjoyed if you are on a relaxing spa or sightseeing vacation, the Monarch Dubai is one of the best hotels in the United Arab Emirates. In fact, its exclusive Monarch Suite was recently recognized as the Middle East’s leading hotel suite. Be sure to book your stay in this room to make your vacation to Dubai extra special.

Monarch Dubai General Manager For the past 16 years the World Travel Awards have been recognizing the world’s leading airlines, hotel operators, hotel developers, tourism boards, travel media, destination marketing campaigns, MICE businesses and several other companies that make a difference in the quality of travel and tourism.

This year’s poll was the highest in World Travel Awards’ 16-year history, with over 170,000 industry professionals casting their votes for what they consider to be the very best travel and tourism products in the Middle East.

“A lot of hard work and dedication had gone into getting The Monarch Dubai to this stage, where it is being recognized by its industry peers as a leader in its field,” said The Monarch Dubai General Manager, Henning Fries.

“We are absolutely overwhelmed with what we have achieved in the past two years, being recognized for the second consecutive year as the Middle East’s Leading Hotel Suite. This is a huge honour and testament to all of our associates.”
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Stay Close to Home by Vacationing in New England

Melissa Mewdell
May 27th

For vacationers who are trying to stay a bit closer to home this summer, taking a trip to New England might be an excellent option. Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut make up this scenic summer holiday region. Decide where you want to go by reading about some of New England’s finest inns below!
Hidden Pond:
Hidden Pond in Main

We can’t think of a better way to relax on Main’s gorgeous coast than at Hidden Pond. This boutique resort is luxuriously rustic. We think you’ll really like the cottages (which feature two bedrooms, a large living room, gas fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen, screened-in porch, and more).

These cottages are designed using soothing colours and earth tones – perfect for getting you in the mood to enjoy the sunshine and your natural surroundings.

There are a lot of things to do at Hidden Pond. Join the watercolour class, pick flowers for your cottage, get in some gardening at the organic vegetable garden or borrow an old-fashioned beach cruiser bike.

There’s also no shortage of great eats around Hidden Pond (from casual clam shacks to waterside bistros to five-diamond dinning). Just ask the staff at the resort for a recommendation.
Homestead Inn:
Homestead Inn

Found in Connecticut, this gorgeous boutique inn is absolutely perfect for vacationers looking for a relaxing holiday away from it all. With only 18 rooms and suites, each room is spacious and accommodating. At the Homestead Inn, you’ll find well designed and laid out spaces and wonderful cuisine. In fact, the inn was purchased over a decade ago to showcase Thomas Henkelmann’s culinary genius and Theresa Henkelmann’s designs.

Theresa Henkelmann has blended old and new seamlessly together at Homestead Inn. No room or suite is the same, and they avoid being too trendy or thematic. You’ll really enjoy the plush King and Queen sized beds (where you can get down pillows if you request them),

Guests who appreciate fine design, fine food and excellent service will love this place.
The Mayflower Inn and Spa:
They Mayflower Inn

Another great hotel in Connecticut is the Mayflower inn and Spa. This intimate Inn is located in Washington (only two hours away from New York City) and feels more like a big country house than a hotel. Restored to highlight its 18th century charm, you’ll find that the elegant rooms overlook perfectly manicured lawns and gardens – ideal for a relaxing escape.

Each of the Inn’s 30 guest rooms are uniquely decorated so that each guest has an individual experience. Like the Homestead Inn, no two rooms here are the same! Outside of the hotel, the gardens and surrounding countryside provide a serene and relaxing environment for enjoying the sunshine, taking a stroll and indulging in some much needed peace and quiet.

In addition to this hotel’s full-service spa, guests will really enjoy all of the outdoor activities there are to do here: hiking, biking, kayaking, bird watching and more! For indoor types, you’ll love the hotel’s library.
Pitcher Inn:
The Pitcher Inn

If you’re in Vermont, the best place to stay is The Pitcher Inn. This historical country home is perfect for vacationers looking for a great culinary retreat, or for couples seeking a relaxing and romantic vacation spot.

The Pitcher Inn has been welcoming guests for more than 150 years. With only 11 rooms at this property, you can’t get a more intimate environment. While each room is different, all carry through a common Vermont theme.

The Inn is a member of “Vermont Fresh Network”, which means it is committed to using the freshest local and regional ingredients available in all of its meals. The menu at The Pitcher Inn is therefore totally seasonal, and you’ll find that the special dishes of the day are based on what was freshest at the local market.

After a day spent relaxing and enjoying the scenery at this picturesque Vermont hotel, check out The Alta Day Spa, which is close to the Inn.
Chatham Bars Inn:
Chatham Bars Inn

Maybe you’re looking for a hotel that’s a bit bigger and right by the ocean? The Chatham Bars Inn is perfect if you’re in the mood for a classy sea-side vacation this summer.

This Cape Cod landmark first opened its doors in 1914, and occupies a quarter mile of private beach. Recently restored to capture its original grandeur, the main inn is comprised of gorgeous guestrooms with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. The resort also has newer cottages around the property.

Guests can go on excursions to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket on one of the resort’s private boats.

Other activities include offshore and deep sea fishing, enjoying the swimming pool, guided walks, whale watching, barrier beach walks, tennis, croquet and biking.

You’ll love the signature New England cuisine served at the restaurants at the Chatham Bars Inn. Go to the Main Dining Room for an elegant meal where you can enjoy the view of the water. The Tavern is a cozy, comfortable bar and The Beach House Grill is the best place to go for summer luncheons, clambakes and beach parties.
Chanler at Cliff Walk:
The Chanler at Cliff Walk

A lot of people enjoy visiting picturesque Rhode Island in the summer – and who can blame them. The smallest of the U.S. states, you’re never too far from the water here. It truly earns its nickname “The Ocean State”.

We think the best place to stay for a relaxing summer vacation on Rhode Island is The Chanler at Cliff Walk. This historical, boutique inn features real New England elegance with a traditional design. Guests will love the location of this hotel, as well, as the The Chanler is situated on Newport’s famous Cliff Walk.
You can tour Newport’s historic mansions, dine in the area’s best restaurants enjoy the area’s events, golf, tennis and wine-tasting.

The atmosphere here is truly intimate. With only 20 rooms, all of which are uniquely designed to reflect a historical period or theme, you will love the original oil paintings and antiques used to set the mood.

Make sure you have dinner at The Spiced Pear Restaurant at the Inn. They use fresh seasonal ingredients from New England and you’ll get to sit on the outdoor terrace, right in front of the Ocean, to enjoy the warm summer breeze.

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Take Your Honeymoon to Crete with St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel

Melissa Mewdell
May 26th

St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas is ideal for couples on their honeymoon and people seeking a romantic Greek getaway. Ask for the Kiwi Rate when booking this hotel and receive a complimentary upgrade (when available), a bottle of sparkling wine, complimentary breakfast, early check-in and late check-out as well as a welcome drink for two.
St. Nicholas Bay Hotel in Greece

There is nowhere on earth as beautiful as the Mediterranean in the summer. If you can steal away for a beach vacation, your best bet is to head to the Greek islands. Crete, in particular, is a nice place to visit.

One of the best places to stay on the island of Crete is St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel and Villas. We think you’ll love this intimate boutique hotel and its fabulous view of the Gulf of Mirabello Bay and Aghios Nikolaos.

The buildings at this beach resort are white washed in traditional Greek style. All 107 guest rooms are cool and airy with panoramic views of the sea. The rooms are decorated simply with Mediterranean accents.

Make sure to take some time to relax on the balconies or garden terraces. Simple, quiet and a great place to get some sun, they are the perfect oasis away from it all to let go of your stress and enjoy the ocean breeze.

There’s no shortage of ways to spend your time at this gorgeous resort in Greece. Spend some time in the two outdoor sea water swimming pools. Improve your tan by taking it easy on the sun beds, or learn how to water ski, wind surf or canoe at the Water Sports Center.
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The Joule Hotel in Dallas is a Designer’s Dream

Melissa Mewdell
May 25th

The Joule in Dallas, Texas, is the perfect hotel if you’re a design fanatic wanting to experience the newest and trendiest hotel in the city. The hotel calls the Dallas National Bank Building its home, and after the building was essentially robbed of its Gothic features in the 50’s, it has now been restored to its original grandeur, much to the delight of both locals and tourists!
The Joule Hotel in Dallas

Dallas is one of Texas’ most exciting towns. On your next trip to this bustling American city, consider staying at The Joule. This intimate design hotel is stunning on both the inside and the outside, thanks to a recent restoration project.

The hotel is in the Dallas National Bank Building. Constructed in 1927, this building was one of the finest examples of Gothic revival high-rise buildings in Dallas (and a major milestone in the architectural development of Dallas’ skyline). After extensive renovations of the building in the 50’s, though, almost none of its original allure remained.

Luckily for Dallas residents and travelers alike, the building was restored a few years ago using original architectural drawings to reconstruct the building’s façade, main entrance and Gothic details. Tihany Design brought contemporary sophistication to all of the internal spaces at the hotel, including the striking lobby of the 10-story tower.

This hotel in Dallas is located in the vibrant Main Street District– right in the hear t of downtown where all the great shopping and restaurants are. You’ll love the guest rooms. With only 129 suites in total, you’ll have a totally unique and intimate experience.

With an inventive décor, you’ll love the deep blue, gray and burgundy palette, featuring black and white photos of downtown Dallas specially commissioned for the hotel.

The Joule HotelEven though there are a wide range of excellent restaurants in the area, be sure to try The Joule’s restaurant. Headed by Chef Charlie Palmer, we think you’ll really enjoy his American cuisine in this eclectic and lively restaurant.

A new feature of this hotel is the Next Vintage Wine Store. It’s a temperature-controlled, 13-foot high glass and polished steel showcase in the hotel’s lobby. Here, you can enjoy the elite collection of food-savvy wine, handpicked by Chef Palmer and the hotel’s sommeliers, rotating a selection of about 250 fine wines.

At Next Vintage you can purchase wines before they are released at a discount or ask the sommeliers to help you find a wine that you’re looking for. Also, on Wednesdays, you can attend a wine tasting here to learn more about wine from the hotel’s top sommeliers.

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Free Caribbean Weddings at Ritz Carlton Hotels

Melissa Mewdell
May 22nd

It’s the dream of many a bride-to-be to have the wedding in a gorgeous tropical paradise. Well, that dream can turn into reality with a little help from some of the Ritz-Carlton’s top hotels. The Ritz-Carlton’s “Reconnect package” offers complimentary wedding ceremonies and a complimentary three-night stay for your first anniversary! Be sure to book this offer before it expires on June 30, 2009.

Ritz-Carlton Cancun WeddingAre you as excited as we are?

We just learned that some of the Ritz-Carlton’s finest luxury hotels in the Caribbean and Mexico are offering a special package this year for couples who want to have their ceremony in a tropical paradise.

Couples will get a free wedding ceremony in addition to a complimentary three-night stay during their first anniversary when booking a wedding on the “Reconnect” package. (Reconnect Rates start at $439 per night).

Participating hotels in our collection are:

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
The Ritz-Carlton Golf and Spa Resort in Rose Hall Jamaica
The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa and Casino

The Complimentary Wedding Offer includes:

Ceremony Location
Wedding Specialist
Wedding Concierge
Signature Bouquet
Signature Boutonniere
Signature Location Décor
Complimentary three-night first anniversary stay, redeemable at any Ritz Carlton hotel or resort in the Caribbean or Mexico

Caribbean Weddings at the Ritz-CarltonSo what do you have to do?

If you want to take advantage of this offer, book your wedding before the offer expires on June 30, 2009. Your wedding can take place any time between May 1 and December 20.

You and your guests will need to stay for a minimum of three nights, and you’ll need to book a minimum of 25 rooms or more to be eligible for the offer.

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Resort at Paws Up is the Perfect Place to “Glamp”

Ashley Dufek
May 22nd

Want to explore the great outdoors and sleep under the stars, but can’t go without creature comforts? Welcome to the world of Glam Camping, or “Glamping”, at The Resort at Paws Up in Montana. Glamping is ideal for those who only want to sleep under ‘five stars’.
The Resort at Paws Up in Montana

The Resort at Paws Up’s River Camp offers six riverside luxury tents perfect for Glamping. These tents are unlike anything you have ever seen before. They feature all of your creature comforts and more, including super comfortable beds with fluffy, sumptuous bedding (unlike the standard flannel sleeping bag). Tents also include all the electricity one would need, a spacious deck perfect for lounging, private master bathroom and your own personal butler (maybe to fetch the marshmallows?).

Put down the hotdogs because all guests will enjoy fabulous, world-class cuisine at The Dining Pavilion, where every meal brings new adventure. Local ingredients are featured, so the meals change just like the seasons.
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Madrid’s Hotel Villa Magna is the Star of the City

Melissa Mewdell
May 21st

Stay at Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid, Spain, for a luxurious shopping vacation. This hotel is also perfect for guests who are traveling to Madrid to enjoy the city’s amazing art scene and museums, due to its central location.
Villa Magna Hotel in Spain

Elegant, charming and full of luxury boutiques and great museums and galleries, Madrid is one of the most interesting cities in Spain. All roads lead here for a reason!

During your next trip to Madrid, we highly recommend that you stay at Hotel Villa Magna – one of Spain’s best hotels.

Traditional in style and boutique in size, Hotel Villa Magna really gets luxury accommodation. Combining old-world charm with modern elegance, advanced technology and top notch service, this hotel will definitely meet your expectations.

With 150 rooms, Hotel Villa Magna is found in Madrid’s most sophisticated area: Salamanca. This is the heart of Madrid – smack dab in the middle of the city’s financial and cultural districts. The area is well known for its exclusive boutiques, museums and sites. Just crossing an inner courtyard leads to a five-floor shopping area in Corte Ingles (Madrid’s most luxurious store).

Rooms are decorated with subtle colors and come equipped with everything you’ll need to make your stay pleasant. All rooms have individual safes and soundproofed windows (which can be opened if you need some fresh air).
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Stars from “The Hills” spotted at Shutters on the Beach

Melissa Mewdell
May 20th

Perfect for romance and family vacations, Shutters on the Beach made a guest appearance on “The Hills” on Monday night. This gorgeous California hotel was where a very nervous Spencer Pratt met his fiancé’s gun wielding father, Bill, for the very first time.
Restaurant on the Hills – Shutters on the Beach

If you’ve ever had to ask a cowboy for your girlfriend’s hand in marriage, you’ll know what “The Hills” reality TV star Spencer Pratt was up against. On Monday night’s episode of the Hills, Pratt was tasked with asking Heidi Montag’s father, Bill, for permission to marry his daughter.

Pratt was no prat: he picked a good spot to meet Heidi’s dad. The eager couple met Mr. Montag at Coast, the restaurant at Shutters on the Beach, for brunch – a very classy spot if you ask us. And, after reminding the young suitor that the code of the west states that you must look out for your family, Montag asked Pratt to bond with him over some gun shooting. Now that’s progress!

Could it be that Montag was impressed with Pratt’s personality? Oh right…silly us…what personality?

We think that it was the restaurant and hotel that brought a curl to this straight shooter’s lips, getting him to drop his guard (and his shot gun) and ultimately approve the union between Sir Pratt and Lady Montag.

It’s no secret why this gem of a hotel was featured on “The Hills”. Its central location makes for some pretty easy access to Los Angeles premier galleries, museums and attractions. You’re also steps from the City of Angel’s most interesting neighbourhoods.

Shuttes on the Beach’s Restaurant: One PicoShutters on the Beach is one of L.A.’s top hotels. Elegant, cool, unpretentious and boasting panoramic views of the Ocean, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who could say no to you in this stunning location.

Coast, the restaurant that was featured on the Hills, has majestic views of the Ocean. This beach front cafe has a great, fresh menu. With a classy, contemporary Mediterranean look , will you’ll make a great first impression, regardless of how much of a goof you actually are.

Just ask Spencer!

It’s the perfect hangout for the rich, famous and glamorous. Stay here to see the stars, enjoy the Ocean breeze and, of course, to woo your very scary potential father-in-law to agree to your wedding plans.

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Villa Maria Cristina is One of Mexico’s Top Boutique Hotels

Melissa Mewdell
May 20th

Perfect for guests who are seeking a great boutique hotel in Mexico, or a wonderful romantic vacation, Villa Maria Cristina is the jewel of Guanajuato, Mexico. Stay here if you want to experience one of Mexico’s best hotels.
Villa Maria Cristina Hotel in Guanajuato

“Intimate” is a perfect word to describe Villa Maria Cristina. With only 13 rooms, this luxury hotel in Mexico is one of the smallest in the area. It may be small, but this hotel is big on personality.

Guests will love the spacious suites throughout the house. With high ceilings, large windows, wooden floors and beautiful dark wood furniture, the sophisticated and romantic atmosphere is to die for! In addition, you can kick back and relax in a whirlpool or steam bath in your suite’s washroom. You’ll feel like you’re in a private mansion.

And, if the rooms sound nice, wait to see some of the public spaces at the hotel. You’ll notice that no detail has been left unattended. The hotel has quite a bit of aristocratic charm, with terracotta colored walls, floors with inlaid mosaics and plant-filled corridors. Especially romantic are the wrought-iron lamps and water features.