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No Budget? No Problem! Villas in Anguilla
Oh what’s that you say? You have no budget for this year’s vacation? Did you rub the magic lamp again? Well, when money is not an issue, plan yourself a fabulous and indulgent vacation to one of these three lavish villas on the Caribbean island of Anguilla where you will be surrounded by the best of the best. Luxurious is an understatement. Want to indulge in delectable food? Stay at Ani Villas and book their Ultimate Connoisseur Beach Escape. Need some peace and quiet? Stay in a villa at Altamer. Just want to lounge in the pool all day and stare into the beautiful abyss? Escape to a Cerulean Villa.
Ani Villas has partnered with leading luxury wine and spirits importer Moët Hennessy to design a gift that is available for any occasion: the Ultimate Connoisseur Beach Escape. The $250,000 package includes a week-long stay for up to 14 guests, round-trip private jet service from the continental U.S. or Canada, a private chef and full staff, a Moët Hennessy expert to create a curated collection for guests to enjoy and additional one-of-a-kind Moët experiences. For more information, visit http://www.anivillas.com/.
Keep your mind stimulated while your body relaxes. Named the Russian Amethyst, the Brazilian Emerald and the African Sapphire after the rare locational artifacts found in each villa, each five- or six-bedroom villa features unique luxuries such as a private rooftop terrace or a meditation/massage room. Altamer’s conference center can accommodate up to 80 people and offers an unrivaled setting for an executive retreat. Weekly rates start at $30,250 for one villa. For more information, visit www.villaaltamer.com.
Remember that pool I mentioned? Cerulean Villa has a 50-foot infinity pool that you will never want to leave. Newly renovated, ultra-luxurious Cerulean Villa reopened November 2013 under new ownership and a new estate manager. New amenities include an expansive heated pool, climate-controlled bedrooms and living rooms and a private spa treatment room. For more information, visit http://www.propertiesinparadiseaxa.com/.
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/25 at 11:38 AM
Good For All Seasons: The Breakers
Hate those vacation destinations that are only worth going to during certain seasons? Well, don’t you worry! Plan your next family vacation, whenever that may be, and stay at The Breakers, a luxury Florida resort. The entire family will be sure to have a fabulous time from the moment you arrive.
Located in the heart of Palm Beach, Florida, The Breakers is an oceanfront property encompassing 140 acres of land. Oh and let’s not forget that it’s the only resort of its kind on the island. You will be surrounded by a tropical oceanfront oasis with stunning vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, lush colorful gardens and charming courtyards. It’s location makes it easy to travel around the island, but you’re guaranteed to never want to leave this Mediterranean-style Beach Club.
How unforgettable will this trip be? Well, The Breakers has tons of spectacular things to offer and keep you coming back for more.
- One-half mile of private beach, four oceanfront pools and five whirlpool spas
- 25 luxury beach bungalows for daytime use, including personal concierge
- Luxury oceanfront spa featuring masterful treatments, services, and spa fitness classes
- Two fitness centers
- Nine distinctive restaurants and nine bars for an array of dining and entertainment options
- 36 holes championship golf, including The Breakers Rees Jones® Course
- World-class golf instruction featuring the acclaimed John Webster Golf Academy
- 10 lighted Har-Tru tennis courts and instruction by USPTA/USPTR-certified professionals
- 11 on-site boutiques, including Guerlain, Ralph Lauren and Lilly Pulitzer® at The Breakers
- Family Entertainment Center and Coconut Crew Kids Camp
So the next time you’re thinking about escaping with the family, don’t let the season permit you! Visit The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/21 at 12:28 PM
Luxury Hotels Make a Comeback: Hôtel Majestic Barrière – Cannes
What’s that you say? Where are the luxury hotels in Cannes? There’s more to Cannes than the famous film festival. Check out the Hôtel Majestic Barrière. You’ll be sure to leave this hotel feeling like you rule the world. This fabulous hotel is located in Cannes, a city on the French Riviera known for its luxury shops, restaurants and hotels.
Not to toot its horn, but Hôtel Majestic Barrière faces the Mediterranean and the Palais des Festivals. Oh and lets not forget its 265 rooms, including 84 suites, two of which are penthouses. Talk about living in a palace. What’s a palace without delectable food? Fine dinning is a key part of this luxury hotel. There are many restaurants to choose from , from the private beach restaurant to Fouquet’s Cannes, in traditional French Brasserie style, not forgetting La Petite Maison de Nicole, ambassador of the famous Nice restaurant, reputed for serving the best Mediterranean specialties.
You will be able to relax in the year round heated, outdoor pool or on ,a private beach with water sports from the jetty. Heck! why not treat yourself to a little TLC at the Spa My Blend by Clarins? Oh, don’t worry, as a holder of the “Accueil Enfants” (Children Welcome) label, the Hôtel Majestic Barrière takes the pressure off of parents by providing an unforgettable bundle of unique services for 4-12 year olds!
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/19 at 02:46 PM
3 Posh Valentine’s Getaways for the Whole Family
You know it’s meant to be a long weekend when a lovely holiday lands on a Friday! How about packing up the brood and skipping town for Valentine’s Day? We love these options for an amazing trip that everyone will enjoy.
How could you question going to a location for Valentine’s that is practically made of chocolate? I mean, that’s pretty perfect. Hershey Hotel is heaven for chocolate lovers. Not only are there Hershey products galore, but you can go to the spa and get a chocolate fondue wrap service. While you’re relaxing, unfortunately the Cocoa Clubhouse is only open in the summer, but you can arrange for babysitting and then later get everyone together for some family activities like Chocolate Bingo or Family S’Mores Roast!
Maybe you’re up for some West coast action. The gorgeous Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, CA will make you feel like Valentine’s Day royalty! After all, who says chocolate is the only way to sweeten a weekend? The Ritz-Kids program will set everyone up for the fun they’re looking for. While the brood are off for a full-day of activities and a yummy meal, you’re relaxing and taking in the scenery and enjoying you’re own romantic dinner.
If you’re not able to get away from the snow and just want to be somewhere that feels like a getaway, getaway quickly to the Trump Hotel! They have their own wonderful assortments of chocolate if that’s what makes your Valentine’s Day and if you get the Park View Suite (no matter what the weather is doing) you’ll know you’re treating yourself. Trump Kids will help you take a load off whether you want to visit the spa or just lounge around in the suite robe. It’s you’re special holiday so live it up!
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Posted by Elizabeth on 02/11 at 12:03 PM
Winter Depression be Gone!
Ever get into that funk during the winter time? Too much snow? Can’t feel your fingers and toes? Asking yourself why you don’t live on the Carribean Islands? Winter depression be gone! The Walt Disney Studios and Quebec City’s Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) unveilled a special experimental “Frozen” themed guest suite and activity cave for the 2014 winter season.
The kids are sure to enjoy this year’s winter vacation even if that means not escaping the cold and chillaxin’ on a beautiful beach. The suite is made out of sculpted ice and snow and modeled after Frozen’s characters, Anna’s & Elsa’s, bedrooms. The suite will be bringing the “wonder of Disney’s wintry tale to life” until March 23rd.
For more information, check out Disney.com/Frozen, like on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/07 at 10:52 AM
Kids and Relaxation at Hotel Esencia
Ever stopped and thought to yourself, maybe the kids just want to relax too? Am I on vacation or did we just relocate for the week? Are you suffering from that “halfway vacation” syndrome where you leave your destination feeling just as tired (or even more tired) as you were before the vacation?
The struggle of trying to keep the kids entertained while on vacation is a well-known phenomenon to many parents. Don’t be afraid to do absolutely nothing during your vacation with the kids. Pack up your bags and head to Esencia Estate, an “indulgent atmosphere fitting to royalty.”
Imagine spending a week on a 50-acre private estate, in the Riviera Maya, with an amazing beachfront, day spa, two swimming pools, and a gourmet restaurant. Located just 20 minutes north of Tulum, Mexico and recently featured in Condé Nast Traveler magazine, this luxury hotel estate runs along part of Mexico’s best beach, Xpu-Ha. You and your kids will be able to kick-up your feet and be waited on hand and foot. There are even kid-sized robes and flip-flops in each quest room. You’ll have breakfast waiting on you, dinner at your fingertips, and let’s not forget the cookie-decorating party for the kids. Sugar them up and let them run around the beach, they’ll practically crawl into their own beds.
So the next time you ponder where to go for a family vacation, remember that it’s totally okay to do nothing for a few days. Toss your phone out of the window and just relax at Esencia Estate.
Posted by Elizabeth on 02/03 at 12:33 PM
Fab Friday: Super Bowl Weekend!
Looks like the game is on this Sunday, even though the weather has been so cray it could have jeopardized even the biggest sporting event of the year! The Super Bowl is always a great reason to have a party on a Sunday and we found some cool tips to help you celebrate with friends and all the brood! Whether you’re in it for the teams or the commercials, have a fab weekend!
Super Bowl Fabness:
Get the kids in on the fun with these great brood-friendly Super Bowl party ideas from Care.com.
Take the easy route! Reader’s Digest has some great tips to make an impressively simple Super Bowl spread.
Just need a checklist? We love this one from Real Simple.
Winter Travel Steals: Fight the Winter Blues with a Luxury Getaway
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/31 at 11:25 AM
Winter Travel Steals: Fight the Winter Blues with a Luxury Getaway
Have you got the winter blues? Book a fabulous getaway now with these amazing travel deals.
1.) Left Bank Luxe
A trip to Paris can cure the deepest winter doldrums. Designed to resemble a private residence, one of our favorite Paris abodes, the Hotel Esprit Saint Germain, indulges travelers with sophistication and every imaginable amenity. Book through March 31st and guests will receive one complimentary night’s stay, breakfast daily, wine with French cheese and baguettes (served when you choose), fruit and flowers daily, complimentary minibar in your their room and more. Virtuoso rates FROM EUR 1,290 (approx. $1,769) per room for four nights.
2.) Bonus Night in Bermuda
The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda’s stunning south shore resort, is offering guests’ their fourth night free. An easy two-hour flight from the East Coast, this is the perfect last-minute winter escape. Warm up with sweeping water views from your spacious guestroom, a soothing treatment at the Willow Stream Spa, championship golf at the Turtle Hill Golf Course and more. Rates FROM $299 per room, per night. Available through April 30, 2014.
3.) Boca Break
Still an icon some 80 years later, Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, embodies Florida beachside glamour. Guests receive a room upgrade, if available; daily breakfast for two; a $100 dining credit and more. Stroll the beach, skate on the pink ice rink (open through February 18) and explore the exquisite grounds, from the ultra-luxe Beach Club to the elegant Yacht Club. There is also an amazing kids’ club to allow parents alone time. Virtuoso rates FROM $199 per room, per night. Available throughout 2014.
4.) Doing the Charleston!
When you’re smitten with Charleston, there’s nowhere better to hang your hat than the Charleston Place Hotel by Orient-Express. You’ll save 20% off the best available room rates when reserving a spacious suite or an exclusive Club Level room (complete with award-winning all-day cuisine and private elevator access). Don’t miss the full-service spa and rooftop infinity swimming pool. Virtuoso rates FROM $296 per room, per night. Available through February 12, 2014.
5.) SAIL AWAY!
Epic Caribbean: $300 Shipboard Credit
Run to the sun in the Western Caribbean with Norwegian Cruise Line this winter and enjoy a $300 onboard credit when you book a Suite or Villa. Those winter blahs will be but a memory as you enjoy The Haven’s private courtyard, pool and sundeck, along with privileges like pre-cruise concierge, certified butler service and much more. Virtuoso suite fares FROM $1,849 per person. Norwegian Epic departs February 2, 9, 23; March 9, 2014. Book by February 28, 2014.
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/30 at 03:44 PM
Fab Friday: Great Winter Travel Options
Happy Fab Friday, Posh! Since we’re already used to crazy cold temps at this point, have you thought of taking the brood on some crazy awesome winter trips? You’ll love our Fab Links, featuring some great ideas to have fun in the snow!
Hey there, sports fans! You can have an amazing vacay at the Super Bowl, even with a last minute reservation!
Stowe Mountain Lodge is at the bottom of Spruce Mountain in Stowe, Vermont. The perfect locale for some great Winter activities. See our Posh Review.
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/24 at 10:23 AM
Super Bowl Travel: How to Score a Last-Minute Hotel Deal / Get Out of Your Reservation
One of the biggest problems with Super Bowl travel planning is all of the uncertainty, yet most of the hotels during this time only offer non-refundable rates. Do you go ahead and book your hotel and risk your team being cut from the play offs or do you wait until the last minute, when the rates be too astronomically high to afford? One newly-launched website has the solution for both of these problems. Roomer is a new online concept and website that lets consumers book hotel reservations from those who are no longer able to use theirs.
How it works
For those who already booked their reservations for the Super Bowl, thinking their team was a shoe-in this year, then find out that the team doesn’t make it to the big game and that traveling to New Jersey just isn’t worth the trip, they can post their reservation for sale on Roomer. The site allows users to set their own price for their nonrefundable/un-used hotel room, which potentially leads to putting money back into their pocket. Or, if you decide you want to attend the Super Bowl at the last minute, you could be the lucky buyer who scores a great hotel room at a 50% discount. When you book a hotel room on Roomer, you’re not only getting the best price—you’re also helping someone out. Talk about good karma!
Click here for more information.
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/13 at 07:00 AM
Fab Friday: Happy New Year!
It’s only the third day of the year and we’re already eyeing those cookies left over from Christmas. Darn resolutions. But hey, you gotta do it right? Let’s get better to have the best 2014 possible. How are your resolutions coming? Any travel plans in there? We have a few ideas for you…
If you’re thinking Paris this year then you might as well swing by Barcelona as well! Rail Europe is the best way to travel through Europe. Efficiently and still while seeing the sights!
5 Reasons Why Aspen Snowmass is a Perfect Family Destination... as if you needed more reasons to get your snow bunny on!
The perfect travel partner is also the perfect cuddle partner. Check out how to courier puppies!
photo credit: Sprengben [why not get a friend] via photopin cc
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/03 at 12:24 PM
Courier the Potcake: Show a Puppy Some Love!
Don’t stop giving now that the hectic holiday season is coming to a close. Courier the Potcake home from St. Lucia to Canada or the States!
What exactly are you talking about?
Help a puppy get to their new home. Once Potcake Place has found a home for a puppy, they need to get them there. Be a volunteer and take puppies on flights out of Providenciales (PLS), after all… puppies can’t fly on their own.
What do I need to do?
A few simple steps! Being a courier is like babysitting for a few hours, all you would need to do is oversee the delivery of either a puppy or an older dog while it travels to his or her new home. It’s way less work than carrying a baby on a plane. By simply carrying a soft sided bag on to the plane, you can save a life and make a difference. Potcake Place will take care of everything and meet you at the Providenciales airport and the new owner will meet you at the destination airport.
Did I add that puppies typically travel surprisingly well. No food prior to the flight = no mess! On occasion, and only for the benefit of the animal, a very mild sedative may be administered. Once airborne the puppy should sleep for the duration of the flight.
How do I benefit from this?
Well obviously you get to spend time with an adorable animal and help them get to a new home, but it is also free for you! Yes! A free flight! You will be given everything you and the puppy / dog needs for the journey; paperwork, pee pads, adopting family info etc.
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/02 at 08:00 AM
5 Reasons Aspen Snowmass is a Perfect Family Destination
We ♥ Aspen and are spending the holidays here. There are many fabulous activities and amenities to make both kids and their parents have a wonderful vacation.
Here are our five favorite reasons why Aspen/Snowmass is perfect for families:
1.) Amazing Kid Programs, Ski Schools & Childcare
Whether you ski at Snowmass Mountain, which boasts kid-friendly skiable terrain and The Treehouse Adventure Center — a multilevel, 2,300-square-meter childcare facility— or Buttermilk, a smaller mountain with easier terrain or Aspen Highlands for more advanced skiiers, Aspen/Snowmass brings the great outdoors inside with Colorado-themed play rooms and supervised activities for children ages 8 weeks to 4 years old.
2.) Year-Round Activities for Non-Skiers, Many of them Free
During holiday time, there is a plethora of free activities in Snowmass and in Aspen—including: kids crafts, hot cocoa, cookies, carols and on Snowmass Mountain, their annual Torchlight Parade and fireworks. In summer, families can enjoy outdoor markets, music festivals, culinary & arts experiences, free guided nature tours, hiking and biking.
3.) Family-Friendly Lodging for All Budgets
Lodging options in the Aspen area range from hotels and lodges to full-service resorts; private condominiums to luxurious mountain-side homes. Budget-savvy visitors will enjoy inviting inns, families can settle into the sanctity of private homes and condos. We love the Westin Snowmass, which has ski in ski out access, a spa, great restaurants and a kids’ club and is steps from all the shops and restaurants in Snowmass Village. Other favorites include: Viceroy Snowmass, , The Sky Hotel in Aspen and for luxe families, The St. Regis Aspen.
4.) Fabulous Dining
Consistently rated the #1 resort in North America for dining, the Aspen area offers a menu from every palate and over 100 bars and restaurants. Some of our favorites for families are: CP Burger, when the weather is cold, CP Burger is located adjacent to Aspen’s only outdoor skating rink, providing family fun. When things are warm, that rink becomes Aspen’s only mini-golf park. They have “Spiked Shakes,” beer, and wine for mom and Dad. Little Annie’s Eating House in Aspen has been serving comfort food since 1972. Don’t miss a trip to famed Woody Creek Tavern, for the family-friendly fares, famous margaritas and possible celebrity sightings.
Aspen/Snowmass is a shoppers paradise—from antiques to art galleries and everything in between. Our faves are: Gorsuch for fancy shearling coats and posh Austrian winterwear. Pitkin Country Drygoods for for laid-back apres-ski essentials: jeans, cashmere sweaters and fun accessories. And Aspen’s best-kept secret and most-affordable women’s fashion is Valley Girl Boutique. Silly name, AWESOME clothes.
Posted by Elizabeth on 12/29 at 11:28 AM
When in Rome…
Skip the long airport lines, baggage check, and over priced food. The much anticipated direct connection between Barcelona and Paris has arrived!
Trains aren’t a secondary form of transportation in Europe. Europeans take these things seriously and how could you not blame them? Unlike in America, trains in Europe are state-of-the-art, dependable, and modern. Why stare at the clouds during your 3+ hour flight when you could be surrounded by the beauty of the land?
Rail Europe is now selling tickets for the high-speed TGV rail link connecting Paris to Barcelona in 6h25mn. Traditionally a much longer trip, we expect this new link to result in a shift from travelers taking the overnight train to the day train. Two daily direct connections from Barcelona to Paris and two daily direct connections from Paris to Barcelona are now available with prices starting at $210 USD.
Posted by Elizabeth on 12/26 at 07:00 AM
Be fab. Spend Less. Travel to Bermuda and get 50% off room rates!
Nine island hotels offer special promotion available for upcoming Bermuda vacations
NEW YORK, NY (December 19, 2013) – Visitors seeking a nearby winter escape can take advantage of a limited-time opportunity to experience Bermuda’s (www.gotobermuda.com) famed pink sand beaches and British charm at up to 50 percent off regular rates during the island’s special “Pink Sale”.
Located less than two hours away from key gateway cities in the U.S., travelers can experience the nearby island’saward-winning hotels and spas, championship-caliber golf courses and distinctive art, history and cultural offerings by booking this special promotion at nine participating island hotels from January 23 – February 3, 2014 for travel between February 4 – April 30, 2014.
A full list of participating hotels is below:
While in Bermuda, travelers who take advantage of the Pink Sale can also experience Bermuda’s Love Month events throughout February, which include Love Cruises on Friday afternoons as well as train and shopping tours in Hamilton, a love-themed walking tour of historic St. George’s and special promotions at landmark attractions, hotels and restaurants. Visitors can also immerse themselves in the island’s British charm by taking part in free Rendezvous Activities, available throughMarch 31, that highlight the island’s rich local heritage. Free activities include historic walking tours of Hamilton, Royal Naval Dockyard and St. George’s, cooking demonstrations and music programs featuring Bermuda’s famous Gombey dancers.
For more information about the Pink Sale, please visit www.gotobermuda.com.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The advertised rate is based on single or double occupancy, and is valid for travel 4th February – 30th April 2014 and must be booked by 23rd January – 3rd February 2014 at the following hotels: Cambridge Beaches; Elbow Beach Hotel; Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel; Fairmont Southampton Hotel; Grotto Bay Beach Hotel; Newstead Belmont Hills Hotel; Rosedon Hotel; Rosewood Tuckers Point Resort; Royal Palms Hotel The customer will receive 50% off rates at time of booking. Nightly taxes and service charge are additional; extra person rates and meal plans are available. This offer is based on availability. Refer to participating hotels for certain blackout dates, restrictions and policies for this promotion. This offer is for new bookings only and is not available for groups.
Just under two hours from East Coast gateway cities, Bermuda stretches for 21 miles along turquoise waters and is surrounded by a 200-square-mile coral reef plateau. The destination’s accommodations range from luxury resorts to intimate guest cottages and family-run inns, all incorporating the sophistication and hospitality unique to the Bermuda experience. The island includes more than 150 restaurants to fit any traveler’s budget, from simple and inexpensive to elegant and special dining. Bermuda’s diverse activities offer an array of vacation options all year round, including more wreck dives and more golf per square mile than anywhere else in the world, renowned deep sea fishing, luxurious spas and smooth pink beaches.
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Posted by Elizabeth on 12/23 at 11:06 AM