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Just in case you missed out on National Tequila Day a few weeks ago (and we did not, tyvm), you have a whole 24 days to dedicate yourself to another unofficial-official holiday!
August is National Rum Month and thank goodness, because really, there isn't much to celebrate in these dog days, so we're all for anything that gives us a chance to sip Dark n' Stormy's, pursue pina coladas, and drink copious amounts of Cuba Libre's without judgement. We've always said we're patriotic folks, here at HC.
So, for the remainder of the month we'll highlight hotel's bars and restaurants paying homage to National Rum Month by serving classic cocktails or those with a twist. We'll even toss you a few recipes to recreate them at home because goodness knows, if you celebrate this holiday every single day, your wallet might hurt a bit.
BTW, if you find your budget
liver can't handle a whole month of rum, know that August 16th is National Rum Day, so feel free to make that your day to pay homage to the pirates elixir used to ward off scurvy. You don't want scurvy, do you?!
Read on for a few places having a rumtastic time.
The Drink: Atomic Red Carrot Swizzle
The Hotel: U.S. Grant, San Diego, CA
As part of the swank Grant Grill's "Tails From the Patch" drink series, this unusual drink is made with Shellback Platinum rum, Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Atomic Red carrot juice, Chioggia Guardsmark beet, Grenadine, lime, bitters, and allspice dram. It comes with a beet garnish and looks like something you'd get out of a gym health bar. But a hit of that potent rum and you'll quickly realize this ain't no Jamba Juice.
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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
· OMNI HOTELS "SUMMER PASSPORT" DEALS: Omni Hotels has just launched their new "Summer Passport" deals which give 15 percent off rates at all their hotels. If you're a member of the Omni Select Guest program, you'll get up to 25 percent off room rates. The program is free to join so we say sign-up and then book your summer vacay. The deal is good from June 3-August 25 but there is limited availability and blackout dates do apply, depending on the hotel.
· W NEW YORK FOR UNDER $200 A NIGHT: We thought finding a hotel room in NYC for under $200 was damn near impossible. Yet we stumbled across this great deal on Expedia for the W New York on Lexington for June 14-17 for just $187 a night. Clearly, midtown on a weekend in the summer is the way to go if you want a hotel deal. Yes, it's in a small aka "Cozy" room and you will have to pay $15 and up for WiFi but still, it's well under $200 a night.
· TEACHERS, TREAT YOURSELF AT THE SAGAMORE IN MIAMI BEACH: Sagamore, The Art Hotel, in Miami Beach is offering teachers 20 percent off room rates with their "Teachers and Educators" package which is available through September 30. The deal also includes free WiFi. Rates start at as low as $175 a night. Teachers must show their teacher ID card upon check-in in order to get discount. The offer is also based upon availability and subject to blackout dates.
· EXPERIENCE AC HOTELS BY MARRIOTT BEFORE THEY COME TO THE STATES: Heading to Europe? Specifically Spain, Italy, Portugal or France? You can stay at an AC Hotel by Marriott for 15 percent less if you book within two weeks of your stay. That way, when AC Hotels open here in the U.S., you can tell everyone you were an "early adopter" of the brand.
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Bad-ass player pictured here can be found with his friends in the Atlantis Predator Lagoon
For those who have never been to Atlantis on Paradise Island, the sprawling megaresort can be daunting.
Like Disney World, there is nothing quite like it anywhere in the world. And like DisneyWorld, Atlantis has the power to strike fear in the hearts and minds of parents who shudder the thought of wearing adult mouse ears almost as much as they dread hemorrhaging endless streams of cash.
To complicate matters, Atlantis is hard to describe as it's so many different things rolled into one: a gorgeous five-hotel Caribbean island resort, a 140-acre Aquaventure water park, the largest open-air marine exhibit in the world complete with dolphin and seal habitats, countless beaches and pools, a casino, a true culinary scene with restaurants from Bobby Flay and Nobu Matsuhisa, a seriously pimpin’ marina, and more.
All the confusion can make it hard to wrap your head around a visit. Where should you stay? How should you spend your day? What’s awesome and what’s overrated? How expensive will it be? Is there a shred of hope for some adult downtime or is it a kid bonanza all day all the time? You might be tempted to throw in the towel.
Just back from a recent visit, we thought it was time—at long last—to demystify the epic resort. The ins and outs, the highs and lows, and every reason why we’ll be back, slide wedgie and all; find it here in our Atlantis Survival Guide.
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Who says family vacations can be stressful? For these three famous mothers, getaways look effortless. Sure, they've probably got help, but you too can have a great time if you pick the right resort. That means choosing a place with a great kids' program, child-friendly foods, and of course, a pool or beach.
If you have all these things in place and you're pretty much guaranteed to have a good time. What we can't guarantee? That you'll look as STUNNING as these three mommas do, post-partum. What's their secret? We're dying to know and crazed with jealousy.
This past weekend, after a court date with soon-to-be ex-husband Jason Hoppy, Bethenny Frankel hopped on a Miami-bound plane with daughter Bryn. The two had a girl’s getaway at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The super-svelt Frankel (clad in skimpy bikinis and a silk Ramy Brook cover up) seemed to forget her marital woes, and had a ball with her Cheetos and Pop Chip-munching two-year old, who wore a super cute pink polka-dot wetsuit and matching goggles.
In honor of Earth Day we highlight two very different properties doing their part to maintain planet Earth. One place is what we’d call seriously granola, the other is able to administer their green efforts and still boast luxury level accommodations.
But, the best thing about both is each place is doing its part to create a sustainable living environment for their communities.
Ridge to Reef, St. Croix, USVI
Totally off-the-grid in St. Croix’s rainforest region, this self-sufficient CSA farm’s goal is to feed 1% of the whole island. Good news is they’re on their way to success with 120 acres of land filled with 100% organic vegetable and herb gardens as well as a gaggle of fruit trees. From tomatoes to kale, they've got it all.
Even more of a surprise? You can stay overnight at the farm for a true immersive experience. Seven hostel-style cabanas are located uphill from the main house. These rustic rooms, which run on solar power, have bunks that sleep up to four people.
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Everyone knows the Bahamas' The Atlantis Resort likes to do things big. Start with a 2300-room resort (not counting the adults-only wing--Cove Atlantis and its 600 rooms) add an almost waterpark theme in the form of 141-acres, and don't forget the massive casino. Naturally an outfit this size doesn't slouch when it comes to dining, which is why their collection of dining options include restaurants from Nobu, Matsuhisa, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Bobby Flay. But not one to rest on their laurels (which some were afraid was becoming the case lately), the Paradise Island resort announced that on June 1st, celebrity chef Todd English will finally open Olives Atlantis.
Expect his signature cuisine to take advantage of the island's seafood bounty and from what we've read, the three-meal-a-day menu will reflect and respect the location. Guests seated at the 268-seat restaurant will have views of an open kitchen where staff will prepare casual, Mediterranean-island cuisine that might battle for attention with the serious raw bar piled high with shellfish, clams, crab, oysters and the like. Carnivores and vegetarians will have plenty of options to choose from as well, from steaks to pastas and English's well-known thin-crust flat-bread pizzas courtesy of the restaurant's wood-burning oven. And for those who find themselves in the clutches of Lady Luck or the nightclub Aura, Olives will be open until 3 a.m.
The restaurant, which is said to have a 6,850 square-foot interior, was designed by architect Jeffrey Beers, who also had a hand in the Hard Rock and Fontainebleau resorts. Here you'll see drama that Atlantis is known for, gigantic candelabras, wall sconces, limestone floor tiles, and views of Atlantis' dramatic marina. Let's hope the food has lots of drama on the plates, too.
[Photo: Atlantis Resort]
There's no other way to say it: There's a huge freakin' project going down right now in the Bahamas.
Self-described as the “Bahamian Riviera,” the Baha Mar Resort will add 2,200 rooms across four resorts to the already existing Wyndham Nassau Resort's and the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort's combined 1,250 rooms.
In total after this new construction is finished in Decmber 2014, Baha Mar will have a total of 3,450 rooms compared to the 3,950 of the infamous Atlantis on Paradise Island.
It's Monday and just the right hour to take a minute and play Witty Wordsmith with us, whydontcha? That's right, it's time to Name.This.Caption!
There are no pigs in the pool at the Palm Bay Beach Club on Great Exuma in the Bahamas, but the staff will certainly point you in the right direction should you find yourself jaded by the traditional dip with dolphins. This is one of those moments where photography truly speaks louder than words.
But let's give it a go anyway.There's a pig in that there crystal-clear water, for chrissakes! But he doesn't seem to want to play with our guy here. So, what would you name this photo? Marco Pig Polo? Having A Hog Wild Time? Yeah, you probably can do better.
Have a humorous hunch about what's happening here? Let us know in comments below!
[Photo: Hotel Chatter]
But financial struggles were the last thing on Soffer's mind over Thanksgiving, when a helicopter he was riding in spun viciously out of control, killing one of its passengers, and causing injuries to the rest. According to the NY Daily News, the crash took place in the Bahamas on Thursday, right outside Baker's Bay Gold & Ocean Club, where Soffer and his friends were attempting to spend a relaxing post-Thanksgiving weekend on the beach.
An anonymous resort employee, who, along with all the resort's 180 guests, looked on in horror as the helicopter got tossed around in the wind, gave this account to the Miami Herald:
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Hurricane Sandy, which has waltzed her way in at the tail end of the Caribbean's traditional june-November "Hurricane Season" for hotels is causing vacationers to make phone calls and emails to their various resorts in Jamaica, The Bahamas, Florida, and Bermuda--the location of the storm's path. This news that at least 20 people have died from hurricane damage hasn't helped and neither have reports of various flight delays for the upcoming weekend and predictions that things will get hectic for at least the first few days next week.
"Frankenstorm", as Sandy has been appropriately nicknamed by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is currently hovering over The Bahamas. One hotel already taking precautions is the 250-room, all-inclusive Paradise Island Harbour Resort in Nassau. Not only have they closed all the east-facing rooms with balconies as the hurricane blows in from that direction, they've also brought in outdoor furniture and anything not nailed to the ground. The staff has also gathered ample quantities of fresh water.
“We’ve been waiting for this all season,” said Lex Hollender, regional director of operations of the resort, who says the hotel is operating at 50% capacity since they've closed down the other half. And they're still checking in guests who refuse to deter their plans.
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It's still not clear whether the mega-resort, uh, Resorts World Miami will get its casino or not. Developers, the Malaysian firm Genting Malaysia Berhad, certainly hope so. Florida lawmakers, not so much.
But that doesn't mean Genting is sitting around wringing its hands over the ultimate decision. The company is moving right along--just across the water to Bimini Bay in the Bahamas.
That's right; if you can't get a casino opened in Miami, just open one in Miami's backyard. Genting has partnered with RAV Bahamas, developers of Bimini Bay Resort and Marina and the soon-to-come Rockwell Island Beach Estates to launch a casino called... surprise, Resorts World Bimini Bay.
The fancy new gaming facility is scheduled to open in mid-December, joining Bimini Bay Resort's existing marina, expansive grounds and two large pool decks. We can expect table games, slots and of course all the splashy entertainment and dining that is synonymous with a casino.
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A room at One & Only Ocean Club.
Health-conscious hotels are trending. But it's not just entire hotel brands dedicated to healthy living that are popping up--existing hotels, including those known for spoiling their guests, are getting in shape, too.
Next month, two Paradise Island hotels, The Cove Atlantis and One & Only Ocean Club, will be jumping on the juice craze thanks to a partnership with New York-based superfood beverage company Body&Eden. According to the hotels, the elixirs promise to "ease the sometimes challenging transition from daily life to the pure pleasure of vacation."