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Tour Africa in Style with Abercrombie & Kent
Africa encompasses a great many wonders, both natural and man-made, from the rock-carved churches of Lalibela and the wildlife-rich plains of the Serengeti, to awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. And the best way to experience this beauty is on a ultra-luxury Africa Revealed: A Journey by Private Jet tour with Abercrombie & Kent!
(photo credit: Copyright © Elaine Zager and Ernest Lawton 2007 / Abercrombie & Kent Picture Library)
You’ll see seven countries in 21 days on this ultimate safari while traveling on an exclusively-chartered private jet. Begin in the sands of Ethiopia and continue south through the game-rich reserves of Tanzania and Botswana. Experience the finest in both nature and cuisine in South Africa and visit Uganda to track mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. End the journey in Morocco with an unforgettable desert camping experience in the remote Erg Chebbi dunes of the Sahara, following by a visit to dazzling Marrakech.
Each seat is a fully lie-flat bed and is equipped with a personal massage system, four-way adjustable headrests and lumbar support. You’ll enjoy a fully-stocked, open bar featuring top-shelf wine and spirits, in addition to an on-board chef who provides personalized, first-class meal service. Completing this best-in-class in-flight experience is a flight crew who travel with the group throughout, learning personal preferences and helping to make the private aircraft a familiar and inviting home away from home.
Accommodations on the ground are always the best available selected to reflect the destination’s spirit and style. Enjoy historic hotels, luxurious lodges and remote bush camps that offer a distinctive sense of place, gracious hospitality and inspiring views.
A&K’s deep roots in Africa allow for privileged access and invitation-only events such as a private tour led by the owner of one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa, a choral performance by dozens of Ethiopian Orthodox priests and a “One Thousand and One Arabian Nights” dining experience under the stars in Morocco–all arranged exclusively for A&K’s Private Jet guests.
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/12 at 08:30 AM
Ian Ziering Shares the Celebrity Travel Secrets You’ve Always Wanted to Know!
Whether it’s sailing through Italy, fab beach vacations or visits to the homeland, celebrities have the best holidays! Wondering how they find out about such amazing travel opportunities? So do we! The solution has arrived courtesy of…Ian Ziering?
Yep, you read that right. This 90210 OG loves to travel and has decided he wants to share his inside info with us. He’s started his own travel website, Celebrity Hideaways, highlighting all the great, secret (until now!) places around the world that are regularly frequented by the rich and famous. From Secret Bay, West Indies to a Greek Chic tour and Casa Majani in Mexico where you can rent a six-bedroom, seven bath, full-service vacation home, the site provides access to the top travel locations around the world.
Search by location or type of experience. You’ll see the best of the best of what’s available at the destination, and the who’s who that has visited there. Then get a quote for your own couple or family travel. You’ll see some of the more famous celebrity destinations, but also the secret retreats and the undiscovered jewels that will be tomorrows celebrity hideaways!
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/09 at 08:30 AM
Celebrate Carnaval in Trinidad & Tobago!
While most of the U.S. is freezing our bums off, the Caribbean’s ‘happiest’ nation,Trinidad & Tobago, is heating up with their annual Carnival celebration—the largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean!
Over the past two centuries, Trinidad’s Carnival has developed into one of the most colorful and culturally diverse pre-Lenten celebrations in the world. Carnival season there actually starts after Christmas with events being held in the months leading up to the main event on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday each year. It’s the most significant event on the islands’ cultural and tourism calendar, and brings people from all walks of life and backgrounds together for a celebration of culture, calypso and cuisine!
The LIME Fête
Hyatt’s LIME fête is a benefit for charity—this year’s recipient is The Heroes Foundation—that takes place every year on Carnival Wednesday. This white and lime-green themed event is set amidst the breathtaking scenery of Port of Spain’s waterfront. A favorite with residents, jet-setting revelers and international celebrities alike, the LIME fête combines the best of soca music with classic calypso in the LIME lounge and flowing top-shelf liquor, champagne, wine, signature cocktails and culinary treats to tempt every palate. Lively performances from crowd pleasers Machel Mantano, Kes The Band, David Rudder, Bunji Garlin and others, plus the camaraderie among charismatic party goers, makes it the party of the year—every year!
Turtle Watching Season
If you can’t make it for Carnival, turtle watching season is right around the corner! From March through September, both Trinidad and Tobago are the home to some of the most important sites for sea turtles. With 80 percent of all leatherback turtles nesting in the insular Caribbean, one of the world’s most important leatherback turtle nesting locations, Trinidad offers a near guarantee to witness giant sea turtles on beaches. Tobago has an important population of hawksbills living in its numerous coral reefs and many of green turtles inhabit the sea grass beds off the coast. The nesting population on these islands makes the conservation efforts critical. The best time to spot a leatherback is during a beach walk on Matura Beach or Grand Riviere during their nesting time from March through July. The hawksbills, found in the coral reeds of Tobago, nest from May to September.
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/05 at 08:30 AM
5 Best Travel Snacks for Kids
The right travel snack can save they day while the wrong one can bring on a hunger-fueled tantrum before you know it. We evaluated travel snacks based on messiness, liklihood of causing the dreaded sugar crash and heartiness and found five perfect travel snacks for kids we love. Whether by land, air or by sea, these snacks will keep you stress free!
DIY Trail Mix
When you make your own trail mix, you choose what’s in it. No hidden sugars here, just exactly what you want. And you don’t have to stick with the traditional granola! Use your favorite low-sugar cereal (Cheerios actually works great!), pretzels or even Teddy Grahams for a cute, slightly sweet base. Add raisins, yogurt drops, chocoloate chips, dried bananas, peanuts or whatever your kids love. You now have your own signature healthy, mess-free trail mix!
Yogurt is portable, but can be a little messy in the wrong circumstance. And be aware that some add sugar in the kid’s version. But, the right yogurt is a tasty, healthy treat that fills kids up. If you can’t find the right yogurt in a portable version, try a reusable cup. Some even have tops where you can store granola or fruit to add in later!
Fruits & Veggies
Bite-sized fruits and veggies are an ideal travel snack for kids. Sliced apples (add some cheddar chunks for protein!), Clementines, berries, cherry tomatoes, celery slices and baby carrots are all perfectly designed for travel. Colorful and yummy mini bell peppers are good, too!
Edamame is the perfect snack! This flavor-packed bean is nutrient dense and rich in protein and dietary fiber. Many people eat nuts by the handful, unaware of the substantial amount of fat they’re consuming. Even though nuts have good fat, edamame has less, so munch away!
Nothing beats the original travel food: sandwiches! Pretty much anything tastes good between two slices of bread, but for travel, use nut butters or thinly sliced veggies as fillers. Avoid ingredients that will fall or squish out of the sandwich as little ones are eating.
What are your favorite travel snacks for kids?
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/02 at 08:30 AM
Hotel Esprit St Germain’s Awesome Winter Promotion
Headed to Paris for Valentine’s Day? Book your stay at the gorgeous Hotel Esprit St. Germain! Their awesome winter promotion will make you wish you never have to come home!
Located in the heart of Paris, in the St. Sulpice neighborhood on the left bank, close to wonderful restaurants and great boutique shopping, this cozy hotel provides the perfect French experience. Snuggle up in the Fireplace Lounge during tea time or enjoy a drink and a book in the Library Lounge—there’s an open bar all day! Or explore the wonder of Paris right outside the door. When you book now through April 20th, you’ll get your fourth night free!
In addition to that fourth night free, you’ll get complimentary:
- American breakfast daily.
- Bar in the lobby with champagne, wines, spirits.
- In-room mini bar.
- Access to the business centre and fitness centre with steam room and sauna.
- Flowers and fresh fruits daily.
Click here for more info!
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/29 at 08:30 AM
The Perfect Valentine’s Day Package for YOU!
Valentine’s Day may be three weeks away, but the travel deals are here now! If you haven’t made your plans yet, we’re highlighting three fabulous getaways you’ll love whether you’re IN love—or not!
The Grand Hotel, Minneapolis
Spend a cozy Valentine’s Day enjoying understated style and warm hospitality at the Grand Hotel Minneapolis in the heart of the city. With easy access to the climate-controlled skyway system, you’ll stay warm and dry the whole time! If you even want to go out… The Grand is offering two special packages!
Treat your loved one to Romance Package that includes:
$20 In-Room Dining Credit
Or try the fabulous Grand Spa Package where you can relax and pamper with:
Two $100 Life Spa Gift Certificates;
A Special Gift From Life Spa;
A Grand Healthy Amenity; and
A Late 2PM Check-Out!
And don’t miss out on the fabulous Valentine’s Day menu at the sophisticated Six15 Room!
Hotel Monaco, Chicago
Is your BAE also your furbaeby? Why not spend the holiday with your pooch on a posh doggy date at Hotel Monaco in Chicago with the My Furry Valentine package.
Enjoy the weekend pampering you and your pup with:
Overnight accommodations in the newly renovated AV Serenity Suite;
Welcome Amenity including a split of Prosecco and sweet treats for you and your dog;
Lux bath amenity for you and your dog;
In-room massage for you and your dog;
No pet fees!; and best of all
10% of your room rate will be donated to PAWS Chicago, a local no kill animal shelter!
This package is only available Feb. 12–14 only, so get your reservation in now!
Hotel Palomar, Chicago
Single this Valentine’s Day? The Hotel Palomar in Chicago feels ya. What better way to get over an ex or just celebrate YOU than by looking/feeling great followed by a night on the town! Grab a fellow singleton and shred away negative feelings and pounds with an hour-long high-intensity interval training workout with Shred415.
The Shred Your Ex package includes:
Overnight accommodations in Queen/Queen;
2 class passes to Shred415 studio*;
$30 gift card at Sable for Cocktails to toast your exhilarating workout; and
A healthy Welcome Amenity.
This one is available Thursday–Sunday the whole month of February and requires a 5-Day Advance Booking.
Whatever your Valentine’s Day situation, there’s an option for you. Get to making those plans now!
photos courtesy: Kimpton Hotels
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/26 at 08:30 AM
Blizzard? What Blizzard? We’re going to Puerto Rico!
Yes, there’s a blizzard on the east coast today, but it’s warm in Puerto Rico! At the famous, state-of-the-art Coqui Water Park, a new Piragua Concierge is serving up the popular Puerto Rican snow cone at a traditional Piragua cart. You get to eat a treat AND learn a little about the local traditions that go along with this yummy frozen treat.
Yes, those ARE gummy worms you see in the picture. Unlike American shaved ice, cotton candy, gummy worms, sour patch kids, whipped cream and others toppings are a definite “Yes!” on the piragua! Made of shaved ice and covered with fruit-flavored syrup, the refreshing pyramid shaped treat is available in both kid-friendly and adult-only flavors. Flavors range from coconut, strawberry and watermelon to Puerto Rican classics like Mojito, watermelon, wild berry or mango. And
The word piragua is derived from the combination of the Spanish words “piramide” (pyramid) and “agua” (water). While the traditional American snow cone is round and resembles a snowball, the piragua is pointy and shaped like a pyramid. Piraguas are frequently seen throughout the island of Puerto Rico as sold by vendors, known as piragüeros, in small colorful pushcarts.
I’m ready for snack, how about you?
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/22 at 08:30 AM
5 Unbelievable Kids’ Clubs
Every hotel has a kids’ club, but not every kids’ club is extraordinary. This week we put together a list of the five most unbelievable kids’ clubs from around the world just for you!
Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
The Bahama’s Atlantis Paradise Island offers incredible activities for all ages! Teens and tweens have a Teen Club that features a massive gaming room with every video game ever created, a dance club or concert series with live bands like the Jonas Brothers or Taylor Swift. For the younger crowd, head over to the Imagination Area, an Earth and Fire Studio, Gamer’s Reef and Atlantis Speedway. There’s something for everyone!
Abama Golf and Spa Resort, Spain
Set in Tenerife, Spain, Ritz-Carlton’s Abama Golf and Spa Resort focuses on adventure and learning in their Ritz Kids Club. Meant to inspire the natural curiosity of your brood, activities are based on the four pillars of water, land, environmental responsibility and culture. One day they might be getting to know the planets and the next playing musical games. No boredom allowed!
Jumeirah Bodrum Palace, Turkey
Within Turkey’s Zeytinlikahve Cove lies Jumeirah Bodrum’s Palace, a magnificent getaway combining natural beauty for you and, for the kids, interactive science experiments. Their Sinbad’s Kids’ Club explores astronomy in an exciting new way. Kids use the latest telescopes to look for star clusters and nebulas and make their own Eco toys to learn about solar energy. It’s not all learning, though! There’s an aqua park and playgrounds too!
The Den, Thailand
Visit the world above the forest trees at Thailand’s Soneva Kiri, a culturally immersive atmosphere unlike any other! The Den is a treehouse-inspired kids’ club designed to trigger the imagination and ignite wonder. Kids have the opportunity to play Thai instruments, go to cooking class, learn to paint or participate in private expeditions to local villages. The Intrepid Explorers Club, set in the Eco Den, provides care and entertainment for ages 1-5.
The Palm’s Kids Club, Dubai
Have you ever watched a movie underwater? Well, you can at the Kids Club Underwater Theater at Atlantis The Palm! Games, films and great learning experiences all take place in a theater surrounded by an aquarium full of amazing marine life. Little ones will definitely earn some new bragging rights on this incredible adventure. From personal dolphin encounters—they’ll never have an opportunity to get closer than this—to creation zones and the latest in video games, there’s non-stop vacation fun! The Palm’s Kids Club also features a pirate’s playground for younger kids and a nightclub for your independent teenagers.
We think these kids’ clubs are unbelievable! What’s the best Kids’ Club your family has ever experienced?
Photos courtesy Atlantis Paradise Island, Abama Golf and Spa Resort, Jumeirah Group, Soneva Kiri and Atlantis The Palm
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/19 at 08:30 AM
4 Ancient Ruins You Don’t Want to Miss
Bring history out of the classroom and onto vacation when you visit some of the most beautiful and fascinating ancient ruins around the world. We chose five we think are “Can’t Miss!”
Roman Baths in Bath, England
The Roman Baths is one of the most popular ruins to visit in North America. While there, you can go on a walkthrough, enjoy the costumed characters or take part in some of the frequent family activities. There are two different Activity Trails based on child’s age, so no one will get left behind. You can even play along before your visit!
Longmen Grottoes in Henan Province, China
The Longmen Grottoes were carved during the 5th through 8th centuries. The statues and inscriptions carved into the limestone cliffs along a one kilometer stretch of the Yi River are completely dedicated to the Buddhist religion. One of the most famous areas, Yaofangdong Cave, shares 140 inscriptions pertaining to medical treatments! The more than 110,000 stone statues, 60 stupas and 2,800 inscriptions show us the high point in the history of Chinese carving.
Carthage in Tunisa
In the 9th century B.C., Carthage was a great commercial empire. Founded by the Phoenicians, the town finally fell to their Roman rivals in 146 B.C. The Romans rebuilt a new city on top of the old one resulting in the wonderful mix of Punic, Roman, Vandal, Paleochristian and Arab cultures we observe today. Use a visit as an opportunity to explore Roman myth—starting with Dido and Aeneas!
Mycenae in Greece
Mycenae, located in the region of Argolis and founded by Perseus, was an economically successful town and was the center of power during the Mycenaean civilization of 1,600 to 1,00 B.C. Many of the most famous Greek myths, specifically the tragedies of Agamemnon, are set here. The Lion Gate and the Treasury of Atreus at Mycenae are must-sees. Just a short drive from Athens, this is a great day trip!
What’s your favorite ancient ruin to visit? Share in the comments!
photo credit: Nadezhda1906/Bigstock.com
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/15 at 08:30 AM
Ready for a Post-Holiday Getaway?
The holidays are always fun, but you could probably use a break! If you’re looking for a warm, relaxing post-holiday getaway at just the right price head to our favorite: Velas Resorts in Mexico. Through April, specials at Puerto Vallarta’s Casa Velas and Velas Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit’s Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Riviera Maya’s Grand Velas Riviera Maya include resort credits, city tours, room upgrades, unlimited golf and more in addition to discounted rates.
At Casa Velas, an adults-only boutique hotel, guests booking the 2016 Winter Promotion receive a $50 spa credit per adult per stay, unlimited golf, 20% discount at the Resort’s boutique, one dinner at neighboring sister property Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, transportation to the hotel from the airport, and either a city and shopping or cultural and tequila tour in downtown Puerto Vallarta. In addition to the downtown city tour and cultural tour, families escaping to Velas Vallarta receive a two-for-one rate for children ages five to 17 years old, early check-in or late check-out, $30 spa credit, and a 10% discount on nightly rates. The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Grand Velas Riviera Maya extend guests a 10% discount at resort boutique shops and a $50 spa credit per adult per night, which can also be used towards golf at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. As an added bonus at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, adults receive an automatic upgrade from an Ambassador Suite to a Grand Class suite, each a minimum of 1,300 sq. ft. with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and private plunge pool.
Valid for travel through April 30th, discounted rates start at $263 (Casa Velas), $162 (Velas Vallarta), $385 (Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit) and $416 (Grand Velas Riviera Maya). Rates are per person per night and are based on double occupancy. All-inclusive rates at Velas Resorts include luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more. For more information on Velas Resorts, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit http://www.velasresorts.com.
photo credit: Bigstock/EMprize
property image courtesy: Casa Velas
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/12 at 08:30 AM
Le Méridien Launches New Family Program
Le Méridien, the upscale, culture and design-focused hotel (don’t forget the éclairs!) offering from Starwood, has applied their unique approach to travel and accommodation to the their family programs. In the Le Méridien world, that meant finding a way to show that travel can be both fun and educational for the whole family. The Le Méridien Family Kids Club design echos the hotel’s famous coffeehouse-inspired Le Méridien Hub lobbies, chock full of artwork, references to local landmarks and, of course, opportunities for creative expression. And there’s no tech allowed!
Rather than simply entertaining kids while parents grab a quiet moment, Le Méridien is focusing on the increasing trend toward multi-generational travel and inclusiveness. Each location has put together a carefully curated Discovery Guide of family-friendly activities to encourage and inspire curiosity for the local area. If your kids are under 12, they’ll also receive an age-appropriate LEGO® toy to take home. The relationship with LEGO® is just the start, though! Expect more interesting partnerships as the program grows.
At the club, your kids will explore music, art and cuisine, and dive into activities that pique their senses in an immersive world of amusement where toying, tinkering and imaginative free play is celebrated. Family rate packages are available at select properties.
Photos courtesy Le Méridien
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/08 at 08:30 AM
ABC Travel Guides Announces 2016’s Top Family Travel Destinations!
When you’re ready to introduce little ones to traveling in the U.S., ABC Travel Guides for Kids is a great place to start! This cute series covers family attractions with an activity and souvenir guide in an alphabet book format. Each year they list their top seven family travel destinations. For 2016, Philadelphia tops the list, three Florida cities are featured and Detroit’s comeback continues…!
Time for an authentic Philly cheesesteak and a visit to the City of Brotherly Love as Franklin Square turns 10 and the National Constitution Center hosts Headed to the White House this election year. The guide also mentions the best ice cream parlor is The Franklin Fountain!
The Cubs are going to win the World Series in 2016 and Chicago’s Museums, Lincoln Park Zoo and the Art Institute all remain among our nation’s best. Stay at Residence Inn’s 700th hotel or the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel for a fun family experience!
More than just the theme park capital of the world, Disney Springs and nearby Kennedy Space Center’s Heroes and Legends attraction features the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Kids love staying at The Hard Rock Hotel!
St. Petersburg, FL
Take a “Bird Quest” through the areas museums, parks and hotels and let your senses go wild at the hands-on exhibits at Great Explorations, Sunken Gardens and Clearwater Marine Aquarium. When looking for a place to stay, try the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club!
Only in Motor City can you visit the largest penguin facility in the world, stop at a LEGOLAND Discovery Center and enjoy an afternoon of Beatles at The Magical History Tour at The Henry Ford. For dinner, kids will enjoy the iconic Buddy’s Pizza. Both Hyatt Place Detroit/Auburn Hills and Hyatt Place Detroit/Utica are great options for families.
A Miami Culinary Tour in Little Havana is life changing and GameTime Miami, Jungle Island, Coral Gables Venetian Pool and Lincoln Road Mall provide unique experiences for everyone. The Pizza Bar and Bodega are fun, too! And the Palms Hotel & Spa is an incredible place for the fam to stay!
Hilton Head, SC
Beaches, bike trails, kayaking and water sports, horseback riding, and we’re just getting warmed up! You’ll think you’re in the Caribbean when you stay at Omni’s Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort.
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/05 at 08:30 AM
Happy New Year from Poshbrood!
Posted by Erin on 01/01 at 08:30 AM
Lego Magic at Bondi Beach
To celebrate the world premiere of The Art of The Brick: DC Comics, renowned LEGO Brick artist Nathan Sawaya has crafted some of the most popular superheroes currently on display at Sydney’s iconic beaches. Exclusively in the Harbour City, this is the world’s largest collection of DC Comics inspired LEGO artwork and sculptures including super heroes and villains Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker. Embrace your inner superhero with exhilarating DNSW activities such as Stand Up Paddle Boarding through Bondi SUP, the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge climb or taking in the panoramic 260-degree view from Sydney Tower. Enjoy!
Posted by Elizabeth on 12/29 at 08:30 AM
Merry Christmas from Poshbrood!
Posted by Erin on 12/25 at 08:30 AM