With the 'Occupation Vacation' package
Joie De Vivre‘s Pacific Edge Hotel of Laguna Beach is now offering the Occupation Vacation Package ($299) from now until September with stays available Thursday night into Friday and Sunday night into Monday. The package includes the hotel room and a private surf-inspired indoor/outdoor cabana as well as bottomless Bloody Marys from 12 – 2 PM (all drinks are doubles during this time). Also included is a copy of the movie Office Space and a list of excuses why you need to take the day off. 647 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. 949-281-5709.
Introducing the 'Bikini Jumpstart' hotel package
Shore Hotel in Santa Monica wants you to help you get in shape for the summer. The “Bikini Jumpstart” package offers: overnight accommodations, one-day cleanse with eight juices from Pressed Juicery, detoxifying body scrub and use of the Infrared Sauna at Tikkun Holistic Spa, map of Santa Monica with outlined walking and running trails. The package starts at $469 per night. Call 800-599-1515 to book. 1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401.
April 21 - 29
Get your RVs ready America! National Park Week is April 21 – 29 meaning free park admission to nearly 400 national parks across the U.S. for nine days. This year’s celebration is themed “Picture Yourself in a National Park.” Special events and activities have been planned for NPW, visit nationalparkweek.org for a calendar of events and additional information.
One night free with breakfast in bed
Returning for its fourth year is Breakfast in Beverly Hills. From March 1st to June 30, visitors who stay two to three nights at one of the 8 select Beverly Hills Hotels will receive a night free. For participating guests, each hotel will also be offering complimentary breakfast for each day of their stay, available anytime, any place – within the hotel property of course, and accommodates dietary needs. Read More
Complete skin care with Floridian oranges
Located on over 4 acres of the Atlantic beachfront, Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, FL presents the Orange Blossom Package, available from March 1 – 31. The package includes two Orange Blossom Treatments, a three night stay in an Oceanfront hotel room, access to the marine biology-based AcquaMarine children’s program, daily continental breakfast for two, and free-internet service. The 2-hour Orange Blossom Body Treatment includes an Orange Blossom welcome tea and foot ritual, ESPA salt and oil scrub, deep muscle massage, warm poultice pressure point massage, and a refreshing scalp massage – the treatment incorporates specific blends of natural citrus oils and locally sourced aromatic poultices. Prices start at $825 per night ($295 for locals) and Orange Blossom Treatments can be purchased a la carte as well. 17875 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160. 305-918-6777.
With a four-course beer-dinner the following week
Lake Michigan‘s Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is offering the Traverse City Craft Brewery Tour on April 14, allowing guests to explore the city breweries at the Mackinaw Brewing Company, North Peak Brewing Company, and Right Brain Brewery. If a night out seems like a better option, Traverse will also be hosting the Right Brain Brewery Dinner ($65), a four-course beer-dinner menu, on April 21 at Aerie Restaurant located on the resort.
Dinner will include Short Rib and Smoked Salmon paired with Satisfaction ESB as an appetizer, followed by a Bleu Cheese Wedge salad Paired with In Bruges, a Pale malt with 6.6% ABV. For the entree, guests have the choice of a 12 oz. Prime Rib Au Jus with Creamy Horseradish and Dijon sauces, Delmonico potatoes and Baby Beans with Pancetta and Almonds with Northern Hawk Owl Amber Ale or the Seared Sea Bass with Lemon Citrus Butter, Delmonico Potatoes, and Baby Beans with Pancetta and Almonds alongside the Spiney Norman IPA. Dessert will feature individual cherry pies with Right Brain ice cream. 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd, Acme, MI 49610. 800-748-0303. Read More
April 12, Loveland, CO
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is offering four days of horseback riding at a working horse and cattle ranch located on 3200 acres in the Rocky Mountain foothills west of Loveland, Colorado. The package dubbed “Cowgirl Round-up” includes scenic trail rides, cattle work, team penning, Gymkhana horseback games, yoga classes, wine and cheese tastings, massages, campfires with S’mores, and a cowboy serenade. The round-up will take place April 12 – 16 and starts at $995 per person. 2939 N. County Rd 31D, Loveland, CO 80538. 970-667-3915.
Suites starting at $79
Luxury Suites International in Las Vegas is offering suite rates starting at $79 ($119 on weekends) – amenities at The Signature includes heated pools and spas, covered valet parking, fitness center, 24-hour concierge and in-suite dining, deli, cocktail lounge, Starbucks coffee, and business center. To book call 702-310-3737 (promo code SPRING). 145 E. Harmon Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89109.
Starting June 5, 2012
Today Virgin America announced a new route from PDX to LAX and SFO. To celebrate the launch, Virgin America is offering fares for $99 each way. Nonstop flights will travel twice daily to Los Angeles and once to San Francisco. Service kicks off on June 5. To book call 1-877-FLY-VIRGIN or visit virginamerica.com.
In the Flinders Ranges of South Australia
Author of Lonely Planet‘s Travel Photography, Richard I’Anson, and Australia’s Arkaba Station have partnered up to offer a five-day photography retreat in the Outback. The retreat includes a two night stay at a private homestead property in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia followed by two nights of camping in luxury “swags” and dining in the wilderness. Read More
Including one-night stay, hair appointment, and dance party
Viva Wyndham Resorts is creating a Quinceanera and Sweet 16 package, the Sweet Star package, available at all six of its properties throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. $350 per person (based on a 20-person maximum) allows guests a one night stay, hair and make-up appointment, bouquet of flowers, cake, ten photos, and the services of the onsite Viva Wyndham Resorts event coordinator. Family and guests will receive a private group check-in with welcome beverages, a fruit platter in the room, and a dinner reservation at one of the resort restaurants, complete with dance party. For reservations call 1-800-WYNDHAM.
Offering pre-flight amenities
Virgin Atlantic at New York JFK International Airport has opened a 10,000 square foot clubhouse available to upper class guests, which more than doubles the space of the existing clubhouse. The $7 million space, designed Slade Architecture, is themed as “Understatedly Uptown, Unmistakably New York” and features, “a cloud shaped cocktail bar, curving ‘wall’ of stainless steel rods and walnut fins.” Read More
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Maui, a 432 room oceanfront hotel, is offering the “Best of the Beach Package” for $1,349. What does this big chunk of change get you? A four night stay in an ocean view room, compact rental car with valet parking, lunch for two at the poolside Tiki Grill, daily buffet breakfast for two, a cooler bag, two beach towels, two bottles of water each day, hula classes, nightly live entertainment, farewell Lei Ceremony, and your choice of snorkel gear rental or the use of an umbrella and two chaise lounges for two for three days (sorry, no plane tickets). Package valid now until January 4, 2013. To book call 800-262-8450. 2525 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761.
Featuring a 100,000 square foot LED display and climate-controlled gondolas
On Independence Day of 2013, the “largest observation” wheel in the Western Hemisphere, SkyVue, is set to open in Las Vegas. The foundation of the site, located directly across from Mandalay Bay, was set today – the project plans to offer more than 200,000 square feet of retail space and an additional 20,000 square feet for conventions.
The 500-foot tall structure will feature thirty-two, 24-person gondolas and two of the world’s largest HD LED Multi Media displays, each measuring 50,000 square feet. The climate-controlled gondolas will be rentable for private events and weddings (catering service included) or available in 30 minute rides that offer views of the city skyline.
Offering ski/stay packages in Park City
Washington School House in Park City, Utah is now offering an assortment of lodging and slope packages in an attempt to get you into some powder. Built in 1889, the newly renovated Washington School House is located next to Main Street and Park City Mountain Resort – Utah Winter Packages start at $465 a night (per person) or $775 a night (double occupancy). 543 Park Ave, Park City, UT 84060. 800-824-1672. Read More
Omni Hotels across the U.S. is offering their “Leap into Spring” deal for 72 hours. Room rates start at $89 for stays between March 14 – May 28, 2012.
For today only get 29% off all suites at seven Trump Hotels (New York, SoHo, Chicago, Vegas, Waikiki, Panama, and Toronto). Deals are available between March 1 to April 30, 2012.
Now offering direct flights from LA to DC
American Airlines has announced it will launch a new nonstop service between Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on June 14, 2012 (tickets available to purchase starting March 4). Under the new Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill, non-stop flights will be able to land in DC directly from LA – a flight plan which was previously prohibited. The new service will run simultaneously with American’s 150 daily flights at LAX, three of which are daily round-trip flights between LAX and Washington Dulles International Airport in the greater DC area.
Now offering VIP airport services
Guests who will be coming aboard Crystal Cruise will now have the experience of VIP airport services. “Whether one prefers to travel discreetly, or just minimize inconvenience, this service ushers you into refined gentility of a Crystal experience from the moment your vacation really begins: when you leave home,” says Vice President of Land & Port Operations, John Stoll.
While services vary, guests can experience: car service between airport, home, day room, and/or ship, greeting upon airport arrival (inbound, outbound and connecting flights), access to airport lounges, preferred boarding, luggage porter service, flight tracking and handling, as well as, escorted and expedited services through check-in, security, customs and immigration. Packages are available for up to four people.
Photography provided by Crystal Cruise