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Will and Kate Visit New York!

Carlyle Hotel

New York is experiencing more than just Christmas excitement this week as Prince William and Kate Middleton visit the city. The couple is staying on the Upper East Side at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel. A frequent host to royalty, the hotel is equipped with the most posh amenities, wonderful views of the city and, of course, the utmost discretion. The hotel never shares details of high-profile visits—no matter how many times we ask!

Carlyle Hotel

For this visit, the royal couple is staying in the Thierry Despont-designed Empire Suite, a 2,600 sq. ft three-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath duplex. The living room and master bedroom both have floor-to-ceiling picture windows that provide unobstructed views of Central Park. The suite also has an office equipped with an Apple computer, full kitchen, separate sitting room and a private art collection. Only Kiehl’s® toiletries, accompanied by slippers and monogrammed terrycloth bathrobes, will do for those staying at The Carlyle.

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Although the royals have a packed schedule speaking on behalf of the many charities they represent and visiting with President Obama, if they choose to dine in it will be at the Carlyle Restaurant—famous for its Dover Sole and Lobster Thermidor. With plush chintz-covered banquettes, Aubusson rugs, mirrored alcoves, a dramatic six-foot-tall floral arrangement and featuring English hunting scenes by Fores, William and Kate will feel right at home!

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We certainly hope the royals have a wonderful visit to New York and enjoy their stay at the Carlyle Hotel!

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Posted by Elizabeth on 12/09 at 08:30 AM
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4 Awesome and Unique Hotel Experiences!

Looking for a hotel experience that’s beyond the everyday? Want to wake up underwater, in a tropical rainforest or in a transparent bubble with the sky stretched out above you? Prepare to be wowed by these four amazing resorts!

Ithaa Undersea

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a beautiful resort all on its own, but when you add in the underwater restaurant that offers a six-course set dinner menu, it becomes one of the most gorgeous places in the world. The Ithaa Undersea name means “mother of pearl” in the Maldivian language of Dihevi, and it’s hard to think of a more aptly beautiful name! Situated just over sixteen feet below the surface and offering 180-degree panoramic view of the surrounding coral gardens, this architectural marvel is the perfect place to experience a cool, calming underwater environment.

Star Beds

Loisaba Wilderness
Want to truly feel part of the majesty and grace of the African plains? There’s no better way than in one of the Star Beds at Loisaba Wilderness in Laikipia, Kenya. Lucky guests can sleep under the African sky on a wheeled bed pulled out from under a thatched hut onto a raised platform. These four-poster beds are completely private, enclosed by insect netting and are a unique way to connect with the environment!

Magic Mountain Lodge

Magic Mountain Lodge
Sitting in the lush and variegated forest region of northern Patagonia, Magic Mountain Lodge is a cone-shaped structure with dormer windows spiraling up and around its vegetative and stone façade. Rising out of the South American jungle, the lodge truly appears magical. Visitors enter the hotel via a suspended rope bridge alongside a cascading waterfall down the side, and once inside, can enjoy a bar, restaurant and sauna, with hot tubs fashioned from hollowed tree stumps! Local legend has it that the mountain grants wishes, but once you arrive, you might think most of them have already been granted!

Bubble Hotel

Attrap Reves Hotel
Ever just want to get away from it all in your own warm, safe, comfortable bubble? Well, Attrap Reves Hotel in Allauch, France took that concept and made it literal. Nestled in the Provençal pine forests, among the mountains and little villages of southern France, the hotel offers luxuriously furnished transparent spheres that give a panoramic view of the amazing French countryside. Telescopes and star charts are included! The bubbles are fully climate-controlled, circulate air continuously and provide private baths and showers. At the end of the season, each bubble is deflated and taken away leaving no impact on the environment. With names like 1001 Nights of Love, Glamour and Love Nature, these quirky and unique rooms will spark your imagination!

Next time you’re looking for a destination that’s a little more extra- than ordinary, check out these amazing hotels and see what kind of adventure awaits you!

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Posted by Elizabeth on 12/05 at 08:23 AM
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Paradise Beach Nevis to Welcome Guests In January 2015

Paradise Beach

Are you ready for summer again? Paradise Beach Nevis, the newest luxury development on the charming Caribbean island of Nevis, will officially open its doors in January 2015!

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Paradise Beach, the island’s only villa option located directly on the beach, offers guests the intimacy of a posh private home with the service of a five-star resort. Guests have seven exquisitely designed three- and four-bedroom villas to choose from—all inspired by a sophisticated blend of Balinese and Caribbean culture. Each villa features hand-woven thatched roofs with 20-foot vaulted ceilings, privacy walls enclosing lush gardens plus an outdoor dining pavilion and a waterfall pool overlooking the Caribbean and neighboring St. Kitts or beautiful gardens.

Paradise Beach

Renowned designer Adam Tihany created the villas to blend seamlessly into the natural landscape, and new contemporary interiors add a unique elegance with clean lines and eclectic elements. Each villa has two king bedrooms, one or two queen bedrooms, a full entertainment kitchen, open living space and outdoor showers. Guests are catered to with concierge and butler service, and a private chef can be arranged to whip up a romantic dinner under the stars or a full party spread! The villas are air-conditioned, but each has sliding, floor-to-ceiling Balinese glass walls that can completely open to create an authentic island setting capturing fresh tropical breezes.

Paradise Beach

To be the first to experience Nevis’ newest boutique villa resort with a special opening rate of $1,000 per night for a three-bedroom garden villa, please call (869) 469-7900. Book now through January 26, 2015 for stays from January 15 to 30, 2015. There is a three-night minimum and rates do not include taxes, service charges or gratuities.

Posted by Elizabeth on 12/02 at 08:32 AM
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Sneak Preview: 2016 Private Jet Itineraries

Four Seasons Private Jet

Are you ready for an incredible and amazing trip around the world aboard the custom-designed Four Seasons Jet? Where you’ll enjoy personalized itineraries and exceptional service at every point of the journey? Of course you are! From stunning beaches to thrilling adventures, Four Seasons has four remarkable trips to suit your travel wish list! These “all-inclusive” journeys include travel on the private jet, ground transportation, excursions, meals and accommodations.

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Timeless Discoveries: An Around the World Journey
Los Angeles | Kona | Bora Bora | Sydney | Bali | Chiang Mai | Taj Mahal and Mumbai | Prague | London
January 26 - February 18, 2016 | 24 days
The signature Around the World trip features some of the world’s most iconic destinations. From the beaches of Bora Bora to the Taj Mahal, this 24-day itinerary touches down in sophisticated cities and island paradises. See Sydney by seaplane, explore a 14th-century castle in Prague and go on an elephant trek through the jungles of Chiang Mai.

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International Intrigue: An Around the World Journey
Seattle | Tokyo | Beijing | Maldives | Serengeti | Istanbul | St. Petersburg | Marrakech | Boston
April 14 - May 7, 2016 | 24 days
Discover the world’s most intriguing cities and beautiful landscapes at some of Four Seasons newest properties. From the thrilling game drives in the Serengeti to the lavish palaces of St. Petersburg to a private dinner on The Great Wall, this Around the World journey is a 24-day experience of legendary places spanning the globe.

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Extraordinary Adventures: An Around the World Journey
Austin | Costa Rica | Hawaii | Sydney | Langkawi | Mauritius | Serengeti | Petra and the Dead Sea | Lisbon
September 17 - October 11, 2016 | 25 days
This brand new itinerary caters to the adventurous spirit. Enjoy a 25-day journey filled with incredible adventures that deliver one memorable moment after the next. Soar by zip line across the rain forest canopy of Costa Rica, hike Australia’s Jenolan Caves, kayak through Malaysian mangroves and experience the “Big Five” on a Serengeti game drive.

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Cultural Escape: Europe, Middle East and Africa
London | Petra and the Dead Sea | Dubai | Seychelles | Serengeti | Florence | London
November 4 - 22, 2016 | 19 days
Immerse yourself in 19 days of distinct cultures as you journey to an incredibly fascinating area of the world. See Dubai from the top of the world’s tallest building, marvel at marine life while snorkeling in the Seychelles, and discover the art and architecture of Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Travel to the lost city of Petra, imposing in its grandeur, then visit the lowest point on earth and experience the healing properties of the magnificent Dead Sea.

Posted by Elizabeth on 11/28 at 07:51 AM
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Top 5 Reasons We’re Giving Thanks at The Salamander Resort & Spa

Our brood is spending Thanksgiving at The Salamander Resort & Spa in beautiful and historic Middleburg, Virginia. Only an hour from Washington, DC and 20 minutes from Washington Dulles Airport, the luxury resort is a perfect country escape for couples, families or spa getaways.

Aside from the luxurious accommodations, top notch service and the fact I don’t have to do any cooking, dishes or host the in-laws, *happy dance* here are the top 5 reasons why Thanksgiving at Salamander is perfect:

1.) 5K Turkey Trot: Thursday morning at 8:30 am the resort is hosting a turkey trot so we can stuff ourselves silly without extreme guilt. Guests can walk, run or jog the 5K/ 3.1 mile course traveling throughout the gorgeous resort grounds.

2.) Thanksgiving Family Buffet: A Thanksgiving buffet will be held in the Middleburg Ballroom including a grand dessert extravaganza, six-flavor mimosa bar, chef-attended carving stations, crafted Thanksgiving classics and lots of activities for the kids.

     

3.) Horses! The Salamander is in the middle of Virginia horse country and one of the finest equestrian facilities and programs in the country, on 25 sprawling acres. Horse owners can board their horses and ride there and beginners can take private or group instruction, trail rides, or even equine communication.

           

4.) Activities Galore! Friday Night Family Movie Night, croquet, bingo, bocce ball, arts and crafts, hiking, biking, scavenger hunts, geo caching, cooking classes, fire pit s’mores, antiquing in Middleburg, Virginia vineyards and the list goes on and on.

     

5.) Spahhhhh…The world-class spa at The Salamander has an indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and 14 deluxe treatment rooms with either private outdoor treatment terraces or fireplaces. Attention lovebirds, the resort has an exclusive Couple’s Suite with private terrace, whirlpool, steam shower and pedestal tub.

BONUS: The Salamander is pet-friendly so Fido can come too.

   
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Posted by Elizabeth on 11/25 at 10:18 PM
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Piloting Your Next Family Vacation

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Is there anything better than a family vacation? No! But in today’s crazy commercial airport scene, getting through security and navigating through a myriad of obstacles just to get to your gate can be a nightmare. The flying experience is definitely not what it used to be. With hidden fees and headaches par for the course when traveling commercial, it just might be time to start flying your family yourself. It’s true! Becoming a private pilot might just might be the best decision you’ll ever make.

Angelina Jolie Pilot

Getting your pilot’s license has never been easier and, in the future, private planes and pilots may be as ubiquitous as family cars and drivers’ licenses. Celebrities like Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie all find that flying themselves is easier and more fun! Although it might seem natural to rent, many families choose to purchase personal aircraft instead. You also need your own personal aviation equipment like log books, maps and head sets. PilotMall.com offers flight simulator software if you would like to further hone your skills. But, ultimately, the freedom and security is worth the upfront cost! And joining a private pilot community and a support group will definitely help you on your way.

Seeing loved ones is so much better when you are in control of you travel. According to AOPA, there are almost 20,000 private and small craft airports in the U.S. These private airports are much likely closer to your intended destination than large international airports saving you the hassle of renting cars or taking expensive taxis.

Flying yourself will shorten your travel time and open up doors to new places you may never have thought of going. A three-day weekend to a remote exotic location is a reality, because you can fly more than 600 hundred miles in the same day with no problem. No overnight stays at hotels, and no burning hours in the car.

Flying yourself is definitely better than traipsing through the airport and being trapped on someone else’s timetable! So channel your inner Angelina and get your pilot’s license! No more lost days stuck in strange cities and more time spent at your location—and time is the most precious commodity of all.

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Posted by Elizabeth on 11/25 at 07:40 AM
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Days Out in London that Feed the Imagination

London

Home of supercalifragilisticexpialidociousness, pigeons and the Queen, the iconic cityscape of The Gherkin, the London Eye and the Thames, is an urban wonderland for the curious child. For little ones full of curiosity, the buzz of this exciting and active city should be enough to distract them from any fits of bordem. Child-friendly restaurants, family shows, adventure playgrounds and museums all make London one of the best cities in the world for your next jet-setting vacation!

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Ripley’s Believe it or Not London
This emporium of quirky wonders in Piccadilly Circus is certainly a unique way to spend an afternoon! At Ripley’s Believe it or Not you can explore more than 700 artifacts and curios—from a bottle-cap Michelle Obama to fossilized dinosaur eggs and Amazonian shrunken heads. Once you’ve explored the oddities, channel Bruce Lee and take on the baffling mirror maze, or try your very own Mission Impossible in the Laserace, where hundreds of laser beams will block your path as you twist and swerve to complete the challenge in the fastest possible time. Then, if you aren’t sufficiently fuddled, enter the Black Hole, a twisting, swerving tunnel which will trick your eyes and baffle your senses with its spinning light show.

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Madame Tussauds London
Schmooze with the glitterati on a day out to Madame Tussauds, the world’s most famous waxwork museum while baffling friends and family with your celebri-selfies. Whether you love superheros, Hollywood A-listers or the royal family, you can get up close and personal with their waxworks. There are sections for politicians, Bollywood superstars and iconic film characters, too! And once you’ve had your fill of your favorite stars of stage and screen, become part of a 4D adventure movie with the Marvel Super Heroes.

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The Warner Bros Studio Tour
Home to the sets and props of the beloved Harry Potter series of films, the Warner Bros Studio tour is a perfectly preserved treasure trove that will transport you to Hogwarts (without the inconvenience of having to locate Platform 9 3/4). Fans of the books and new initiates alike will gasp with delight, while parents may well feel some nostalgia for their own experiences with these lauded children’s books. Learn what Butterbeer really tastes like, walk through the echoing space of The Great Hall, be awestruck by Dumbledore’s office and fall in love all over again with the magic of one of the most imaginative works of children’s fiction ever written.

These are only a handful of interesting and exciting places to visit in London during what will certainly be a magical vacation for the whole family. London is a city made to be explored!

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Posted by Elizabeth on 11/21 at 08:30 AM
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4 Top Child-Friendly Vegas Attractions

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If your last trip to Las Vegas without kids was a debauchery-filled affair, you might be wondering what on earth to do with the little ones on your next visit to Sin City. While there are always plenty of five-star hotels and high-end boutiques for adults, Las Vegas is not famous for being a child-friendly destination. Happily though, the city actually does have plenty of attractions to keep the kids just as entertained and excited as the adults! From adrenaline-pumping theme parks to learning about the body and forensic science in top-quality exhibitions, even the fussiest child will be entertained and educated. Read on for four interesting and educational activities that make Vegas the perfect family-friendly holiday destination!

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Bodies: The Exhibition
Both children and adults will enjoy spending time exploring Bodies: The Exhibition, located within the popular Luxor Hotel and Casino. This educational exhibit has been visited by more than 15 million people from across the globe and provides visitors with a fascinating view into the anatomical details of the human body.

Much of the information presented at the exhibit has been limited to medical professionals in the past, but now those interested in the inner workings of the body can take advantage of the exhibit’s detailed look into the skeletal, respiratory, nervous, muscular, digestive, circulatory and endocrine systems. Kids will be enthralled by the 200-plus actual human bodies and specimens on display. The displayed bodies have been carefully dissected and prepared by using a cutting-edge preservation process that ensures none of the specimens will decay over time. After visiting The Bodies, you might just end up with an aspiring doctor in the family!

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CSI: The Experience
Another attraction that’s perfect for kids 12 and up is CSI: The Experience. Located in the MGM Grand Hotel, this interactive crime-solving exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to test their detective skills by playing the role of a crime scene investigator! The unique challenge, based on the popular “CSI” television shows, features three different simulated victims and killers. There are 15 individual lab stations and “suspects” to investigate. Participants are guided through the challenge by a series of videos that feature not just real-life forensic scientists, but also cast members from the TV shows. Kids will love using their sleuthing skills to match DNA to suspects, examine bullet casings and explore state-of-the-art forensic labs. Participants who deduce who the “killer” is during their search receive an official CSI Diploma to take home!

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The Aquarium at Silverton Casino Hotel
Parents planning a trip to Las Vegas whose kids are going through their “Little Mermaid phase” must visit the Silverton Casino Hotel! And now that the movie is 25(!) years old, nostalgic parents will want to visit as well. Why? The hotel hosts a huge aquarium that is home to more than 4,000 tropical fish, plus three different types of sharks and stingrays. Of course, this is Las Vegas though, so the main attraction is the live “mermaids” that swim around in the more than 440,000-liter reef aquarium.

This venue is one of the most popular free attractions in the city, so schedule your family’s visit to the aquarium between Thursdays and Sundays when the mythical creatures can be seen swimming around in the tank. In addition, interactive feeding shows are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. each afternoon.

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The Adventuredome at Circus Circus
For kids that love theme parks, The Adventuredome at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino is the perfect spot to visit. Previously known as the Grand Slam Canyon, this five-acre indoor amusement park is the largest of its type in the United States. The tourist attraction is located within a dome that is more than 197 feet high and enclosed by more than 8,600 panes of glass that weigh in at close to 300 pounds.

The Adventuredome is home to 25 exciting rides and attractions, including the Canyon Blaster, a roller coaster featuring a double-loop and double-corkscrew track that runs at around 54 miles per hour! The Sling Shot, a ride that shoots participants straight up at a 4G force, is definitely for the more brave at heart. For the energetic, but less adventureous, the Adventuredome offer bumper cars, laser tag, mini golf, an arcade and a 4D Special FX Theater with special effects, squirting water, and bubbles. Definitely don’t miss Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride 4-D!

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Posted by Elizabeth on 11/18 at 10:32 AM
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Cyber Monday Travel Deals are Almost Here!

Black Friday has evolved into a Thanksgiving tradition of hitting the stores immediately after filling up on turkey and standing in long lines to save on the year’s best deals. However, with the simple click of a mouse, savvy in-the-know travelers can save big with the following Cyber Monday deals—navigating those long lines not required!

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Hawks Cay Resort, Florida
Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys has launched a special Black Friday sale available for 72 hours only starting on November 28. Travelers can save 25 percent off on guestroom and villa accommodations during stays of two nights or longer November 30, 2014 through June 4, 2015 subject to blackout dates and based on availability.

Hawks Cay Resort, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and an AAA Four-Diamond award recipient, is the premier destination in all of the Florida Keys for outdoor fun. Alongside the emerald waters of the Atlantic Ocean, guests enjoy offshore, flats and backcountry fishing; diving; kayaking; kiteboarding and stand-up paddleboarding programs; the Cliff Drysdale tennis program; Segway tours; and the only resort-based Dolphin Connection program with complimentary daily viewings. The 60-acre resort boasts 177 guestrooms and 225 two- and three-bedroom villas, a full-service marina, four restaurants, saltwater lagoon, five swimming pools, kid and teen clubs and the award-winning Calm Waters Spa.

Luxury in the Caribbean
On Cyber Monday only, Plantation Beach Villas in Tobago is slicing an extra 10 percent off already-discounted winter rates resulting in a total savings of 20 percent. This offer is valid on stays from December 20, 2014, to April 30, 2015 and includes the first dinner and first breakfast as well as a fresh fruit basket, cold beers, soft drinks, juices and milk. In addition, Plantation Villas will also offer a 10 percent discount on the Island Girl Catamaran, plus a free day of car rental for every seven days booked from Sherman’s Rentals through the hotel.

Castara Retreats in Tobago is cutting rates by up to 25 percent for bookings of eight nights or longer. Guests who stay in June or September 2015 will receive 20 percent off while guests staying in July or August 2015 receive 25 percent off.  Castara Retreats is a highly-rated eco-resort located between the Caribbean Sea and the Rainforest Reserve on a hillside above Castara, a working fishing village on the northwestern coast of Tobago.

Guests can stay three nights and get the fourth night free at Grafton Beach Resort in Tobago. For travel December 1 through December 20, 2014, rates start at $150 per night. For travel from December 21, 2014, through April 30, 2015, rates start at $188 per night. The 106-room resort features awe-inspiring views of the Caribbean Sea, a swim-up pool bar, an onsite dive center, a business center and four restaurants and bars. Use booking code FBFREE5 to take advantage of the sale!

Tobago’s adults-only resort, Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort, is offering one night free for every two consecutive nights booked. Rates start at $188 per night for travel December 1 through December 20, 2014, and $225 for travel from December 21, 2014, through April 30, 2015. The 83-room luxury resort is a tranquil sanctuary featuring breathtaking views of Stone Haven Bay and a long stretch of soft, sandy beach. Use reference code FBFREE6 when booking!

This Black Friday through Cyber Monday, Viceroy Anguilla is offering guests the option to “linger longer” with a complimentary fifth night. The “Linger Longer” promotion is available for stays through September 20, 2015, and is subject to availability and blackout dates.

Situated on 35 acres, the Viceroy Anguilla boasts two white sand beaches, a glimmering saltwater infinity pool, and three resort pools. The resort features five dining options and a range of cuisines, including Middle Eastern, Asian, and American seafood and steak. Two-level villas of four and five bedrooms overlook the bay, while private residences offer the option to call Anguilla home. For further information or to book, visit .

Or you could skip the holiday shopping lines and box wrapping by giving a gift of fun in the sun! Ocean Club Resorts, located in Turks and Caicos, invites guests to take advantage of their Cyber Monday special. Guests who book from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST on December 1, 2014, will receive every fourth night free on stays from May to August 15, 2015. Please note this offer excludes studio accommodations at Ocean Club West. To book this deal, call 800-457-8787.

Ocean Club Resorts, comprised of two all-suite properties, is the perfect home away from home with spacious accommodations ranging from studios to three-bedroom suites. Guests can do as much or as little as they desire at the resort, from exploring the coral reef on a snorkel excursion to lounging under one of the resort’s signature pink beach umbrellas to learning how to stand-up paddle board.

Grand Residences, Riviera Cancun
The all new, all-suite Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is offering a Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale. Rates start from $259 for a Junior Suite, including taxes. Guests also receive one complimentary bottle of tequila, one massage for two and daily a la carte breakfast for two. This special offer is valid for stays from November 1, 2014, through December 18, 2015. The special rates are non-refundable and non-transferable. Blackout dates apply.

An affiliate to the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World collection, Grand Residences features sprawling suites designed as private residences, blending all of the comforts of home with the luxurious amenities of a five-star resort. Nestled in a private enclave between scenic Riviera Maya and bustling Cancun, this exclusive hideaway is ideally located between the world’s second largest barrier reef and a tranquil nature preserve. The resort sets the new standard in luxury beachfront living: spacious suites, all with private outdoor terraces and many with private Jacuzzis; gourmet dining; a world-class spa and salon; personalized beach and pool service; and much more. Book online to take advantage of this special offer!

Posted by Elizabeth on 11/14 at 08:30 AM
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A Pet Paradise for a Lucky Dog (or Cat)!

Wag Hotels

When we go on vacation, it’s a sad fact that our furry, fun and fabulous family members are often left behind. Even though we love them, sometimes it’s just not feasible to take our fuzzy companions with us to our vacation destinations. But that doesn’t mean they need to endure a solitary existence at home while we’re off having fun!

Wag Hotels

Next time your itinerary necessitates a petless vacation, give your special buddy a getaway of their own at Wag Hotels for cats and dogs! So much more than your average kennel, Wag offers day-long supervised play, personal grooming and training sessions for dogs, and multi-room condos, three 15-minute cuddle sessions daily and constantly refreshed litter and bedding for lucky kitties. And you can check in any time you’d like!

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Doggies will delight in the All Day Play, which includes themed parties several times a year for holidays like Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Dogs are grouped by size, age and temperament, and can spend their days from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. snoozing, running around and engaging in interactive play with staff. After all that fun, it’s time for relaxation with professional groomers that take care of your beloved pooch’s fur, nails and teeth to keep them looking their absolute best for your return. And it’s not just about keeping their bodies in shape, fully qualified training staff give daily lessons from socializing puppies to reining in adolescent antics.

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And not to forget our purring pals, multi-room cat condos can be interconnected for families, and every cat is given three 15-minute sessions of one-on-one personal cuddle time a day. And while they lounge in their air-conditioned, fresh and cozy rooms, they’ll enjoy cat specific entertainment and attention from the round-the-clock staff.

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So next time, instead of feeling guilty for not bringing your pets on vacation, give them a vacation of their own! The only thing you have to worry about is whether they’ll even want to leave!

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Posted by Elizabeth on 11/11 at 11:01 AM
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Great Savings and More Await on Your Next Family Getaway!

Look no further than Preferred Hotel Group when planning your next family vacation. Popular destinations from the Adirondacks to Arizona, and Cancun to Rome offer great incentives to get the gang together and hit the road. Enjoy savings on second rooms, complimentary nights, access to local attractions and more.

The Wigwam
First Room at Best Available Rate, Second Room 50% off in Arizona
The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, AZ is where Western history meets true Wigwam hospitality. The Old World Arizonian charm of this resort is complemented by unending experiences for every age, including a world-class golf academy, the Camp Pow Wow children’s program, and shopping and dining in nearby Phoenix.

The Townsend Hotel
Access to Local Attractions, Parking, Family Amenities & More
Families experience old-world grandeur at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, MI, winner of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best in the World – Midwest Hotel,” 2012. Long revered as Metropolitan Detroit’s Grand Dame of elegance, The Townsend Hotel is an incomparable boutique hotel, offering a new level of sophistication and comfort for families in Birmingham, Michigan.

The Sagamore
Book 3 Nights in the Adirondacks, 4th Night is Free
For more than 125 years, The Sagamore has been a family hotel in Lake George, New York, providing five-star services and accommodations. With a breathtaking location in the Adirondack Mountains, this upstate hotel is the perfect place to celebrate the beauty of the great outdoors. Overlooking a sparkling lake, this classic inn provides year-round entertainment for all ages, perfect for family vacations in New York. Relax with a spa treatment, hit the golf course, or enjoy a leisurely meal at the hotel’s family friendly restaurants.

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa
50% Off Second Suite at Mexico Beach Resort
Set along beautiful white sandy beaches and azure waters, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa is a family Cancun resort with gorgeous surroundings combined with top-level service. Winner of numerous awards, including being named one of Mexico’s best resorts by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, families will be welcomed by sunny Caribbean days cooled by gentle ocean breezes. Numerous dining, relaxation, and recreation options abound within the resort.

Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa
Discover Rome with 50% Off Second Room & More
Families experience “La Dolce Vita” within the Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa in Rome, Italy. Just a short stroll from the Via Veneto, the marvel of Trinita dei Monti, and the splendor of St. Peter’s, this exquisite Rome luxury hotel is a true family getaway in the heart of Rome. The perfect property for all generations and ages, families will enjoy its central location and modern amenities.

Offer Name: Exclusive Preferred Family Offer

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Poshbrood’s is Flying High with Southwest Air This November

We’re so excited to be featured in the November issue of Southwest: The Magazine talking about our favorite family (and pet!) friendly escapes this winter.

Have babies; need sun? We love Round Hill Resort in Montego Bay.

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Got active teens? The Viceroy Snowmass may be your nirvana.

We have lots more picks to fun destinations that Southwest flies too—you can read the full article below or better yet, book that trip and read it onboard.

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5 Kid-Friendly San Diego Sites

San Diego

Want to visit an area with great weather and tons of tourist-friendly activities great for the whole family? San Diego should definitely be in the running! This amazing city and surrounding area has a little bit of something for everyone, and a trip here will certainly not disappoint. We have five great places you may not have heard of that are worthy of an addition to your San Diego itinerary!

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Boomers! San Diego
A visit here is good for one whole day of awesomeness because Boomers! is chock-full of fun activities! On top of batting cages, mini-golf, rides on the giant Ferris wheel and bumper boats, you can check out the Kid’s County Fair that features a special section with rides just for kids! The Boomers! Cafe has plenty of standard all-American fare with a few healthy choices thrown in!

Discovery Science Center

Discovery Science Center
If you want to combine a bit of education with your fun, the Discovery Science Center is the perfect spot to bring the kids! It is best-known for its 10-story Solar Cube and two floors overflowing with hands-on exhibits. You can experience what it feels like to be in an earthquake, play some virtual volleyball and see an geyser erupt. The 4-D theater is always playing new shows to educate and inspire budding scientists. Check out their calendar for the events that will be on tap during your visit!

San Diego

LEGOLAND
Just a mere 45 minutes north of San Diego, LEGOLAND is a great family experience that shouldn’t be missed! There are dozens of rides and super-fun exhibits like Miniland USA, where you can see 20:1 reproductions of popular US spots such as Las Vegas and San Francisco using 20 million LEGO bricks!. There’s also Fun Town, a whole town just the right size for kids to explore, and Dino Island, where you can dig for fossils and ride a junior roller coaster. The LEGOLAND California Water Park is another top attraction at LEGOLAND and a perfect way to cool down on a hot day. And that’s not all! There’s so much more to the park, you’ll never get bored!

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
If you want to soak up some of the natural beauty found in the area, the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a great spot to take the family. It is full of native plants, like the Torrey Pine (obviously), desert brush, prickly pear cactus and loads of beautiful wildflowers. There are eight trails from which to choose. If you would like some amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, the Beach Trail is a good pick.

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San Diego Botanic Garden
Spanning 37 acres, the San Diego Botanic Garden is home to more than two dozen themed gardens along four miles of trails. If you have kids who are kindergarten-aged or younger, the Seed of Wonder Children’s Garden is a must-visit. Here kids can make bubbles, play in the play house, observe the model train railroad and dig up buried dinosaurs. For older kids, the Hamilton Children’s Garden is full of fun activities like learning to read a sundial, giant tic-tac-toe, climbing a treehouse and wandering through a labyrinth of plants.

With no shortage of family-friendly fun in this amazing city and surrounding area, it’s easy to plan the ultimate trip to San Diego full of your favorite activities!

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Posted by Elizabeth on 11/04 at 08:30 AM
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Historic Hotels of America Presents its Most Haunted Hotels

Historic Hotels of America is inviting YOU to visit America’s most haunted hotels! More than 110 historic hotels are still home to friendly hauntings. From spooky hotel tours and spirited stories, to real life hauntings, it’s a great time to take advantage of their fall-themed packages:

Haunted Hotels

Admiral Fell Inn (1770) Baltimore, Maryland
The Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore has changed since the time when it was filled with crime-ridden saloons, brothels, and shipyards, but that doesn’t mean the spirits of the time have left. The Admiral Fell Inn is no stranger to ghost stories. Guests have often reported seeing floating sailors and disappearing butlers knocking on their doors. A hotel manager is also said to have heard a loud party after the hotel was evacuated during a hurricane. This comes as no surprise as parts of the building date back to the 1770s when it was a theater and boarding house where seamen, immigrants and “ladies of the evening” would pass through.

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1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is host to a wide variety of spirits, hence the moniker “America’s Most Haunted Hotel.” It is said that after the skeleton frame of hotel had been constructed in the 1880s that one of the Irish stone masons plunged to his death in what is now guestroom 218. This room proves to be the most spiritually active room in the hotel and has attracted television film crews for decades because of the quantity and quality of the ghost sightings reported. Throughout the history of the hotel, employees have referred to this entity at “Michael,” a classified poltergeist due to the nature of the unexplained activity. Guests have witnessed hands coming out of the bathroom mirror, cries of a falling man in the ceiling, the door opening then slamming shut, unable to be opened again. The intrigue of this activity had drawn guests to specifically request the historic accommodations of guestroom 218 for the chance of experiencing something.

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Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1887) Jekyll Island, Georgia
Sans Souci, one of the separate buildings of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is a four-story structure that was designed by Charles Alling Gifford in 1896. It was originally a condominium with apartments for six members and their families. One of these members, J. Pierpont Morgan, was especially fond of the large porch which graced the front of his apartment and allowed a view of the Jekyll River. He was a cigar smoker and would rise every morning at 5:00 a.m. to have a smoke on the porch without criticism from others. Morgan was fond of large, black cigars shaped like Hercules’ club, and they say you’d know where he was by following the trail of the smoke. Contemporary guests who stay in this area have reported smelling the faint odor of a cigar wafting about at this time of day——when absolutely no one else is awake and certainly not smoking a cigar!

Haunted Hotels

The Omni Grove Park Inn (1913) Asheville, North Carolina
For nearly half a century there has been the belief by many employees and guests that there is a ghost who roams the hallways of the Main Inn at the Omni Grove Park Inn. She is referred to as the Pink Lady because of the flowing pink gown she wears. It is believed that this young woman was a guest in guestroom 545 in the 1920s and that she either jumped or was pushed to her death in the Palm Court, five floors below. No records exist that support any of these claims but it may have been hushed up to avoid negative publicity. Reports of her sightings still occur, some say they just see a pink mist, others a full apparition of a young long-haired beauty in a pink gown.

Haunted Hotels

The Red Lion Inn (1773) Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Ghostly rumors continue to swirl at the Red Lion Inn which has seen the likes of many paranormal investigators and mediums. The fourth floor, in particular, is said to have the most activity. Both cleaning staff and guests have claimed to see a “ghostly young girl carrying flowers” and “a man in a top hat.” Other guests have woken up to the feeling of someone standing over them at the foot of the bed. Cold spots, unexplained knocks, and electrical disturbances have all been reported. Guestroom 301 is especially haunted!

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The Stanley (1909) Estes Park, Colorado
Precisely when the strange events at the Stanley Hotel started has never been documented, but interesting occurrences are a part of the history of this hotel. Ms. Elizabeth Wilson was the chief housekeeper at The Stanley Hotel in its very early days. On the evening of June 25, 1911, during a storm, she was involved in an explosion that took place as she was lighting the acetylene lanterns that were the back-up system for the hotel’s electricity. Ms. Wilson was catapulted from what is now guestroom 217 down to the floor of the MacGregor Room one story below. She was not killed, but her ankles were broken. Since the 1950s, it has been reported that she takes special care of guests staying in Room 217! Those staying in that room sometimes encounter extra housekeeping services, including having their things put away or unpacked.

If you’re traveling this Halloween, we hope it’s to one of these deliciously scary historic hotels! If you’ve experienced a ghost encounter at any of these places, let us know in the comments below!

Posted by Elizabeth on 10/31 at 08:30 AM
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Ready for the Beach? Try a Private Island!

Private Islands

Looking for a destination that’s miles above and beyond your usual family vacation spot? A way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and find the tranquil peace of sun, sand and surf? Why not try your own private island resort? Take a look at three of the best, and get planning!

Private Island

Vivanta by Taj - Rebak Island, Langkawi Islands, Malaysia
Named after a native tree, Rebak Island is privately owned and host to Vivanta by Taj, a 94-room retreat with unique traditional Malaysian architecture, romantic dining nooks and activities from Batik lessons, to a mangrove tour and stingray experience to a sunset cruise. But the real draw, of course, is the location: a 10-minute drive from the airport to the marina, and you are whisked away across the water on a speedboat to the only fully functional yacht marina in Malaysia. Once you arrive at the resort, you will sip your special herb infused welcome drink and begin your days of relaxation in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Private Island

Vomo Island Resort - Vomo Island, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
Vomo Island is a 225-acre privately owned island at the very top of the Momanuca Islands Group in the South Pacific. It’s a short trip from the Fiji mainland by helicopter or seaplane to this tropical paradise that is said to have been a historical favorite retreat of the Fijian Royal Chiefs. The resort is made up of villas that blend in with the natural surroundings, and the accommodations, with luxuriously appointed rooms and beachfront decks with personal sun loungers, are absolutely stunning. There are also two- and three-bedroom villas available for more space and a private pool. Daily activities include snorkeling, swimming and, for the adventurous, invigorating hiking experiences, including to the top of the island’s Mt. Vomo where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire island.

Private Island

Parrot Cay by COMO – Turks and Caicos, Caribbean
One of the most secluded and exclusive resort islands in the northern Caribbean, Parrot Cay is just over a thousand acres of white sand beaches and tropical landscapes that soothe as well as invigorate. You’ll be nurtured and relaxed by the resort’s Asian-inspired holistic spa, and world class cuisine will satisfy your palate and nourish your body. Accommodations range from simple guest rooms to the luxurious and private homes, but all allow you the base from which to explore all that this island paradise has to offer. The resort offers several excursions including a Dream Day getaway on Iguana Island, a Tiki Hut Lunch, a Snorkel Trip and a Sunset Cruise. 

You can stay at the beach anywhere, but a private island is so much better! Treat your family to an unforgettable vacation on one these unique and incredible island resorts!

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