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The calendar just flipped to December, which means it is officially the Caribbean season as much as it is the Christmas season. We know many of you are planning jaunts to greener waters, and you might be interested to know that if you choose the Radisson Blu St. Martin, you can get picked up from the airport in a boat.
The hotel's water shuttle service scoops you up at Princess Juliana International Airport and takes you on a 30-minute ride to the resort's full-service marina, which is right on property and a short walk from the lobby. The shuttle travels up the west side of the island past Simpson Bay and Grand Case.
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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*
· Hotel Monaco Baltimore's Ravens Purple Pride Package: Love the Ravens? Like, really, really, really LOVE The Ravens? Then book the “Ravens Purple Pride” package at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore. It includes deluxe accommodations, complimentary overnight parking for one vehicle, complimentary Ravens swag at check-in, two complimentary “Hail Mary” specialty drinks at B&O American Brasserie and a complimentary hosted evening wine hour, held in true Ravens fashion with festive purple sangria and purple lighting in the hotel’s living room. Rates start at $159 and are about a 25 percent savings over best available rates. The package is available from September 15 - December 30, 2013 during Ravens home games and is based on availability. Go here to book using the promo code RAVEN or call (888) 752-2363 and request the “Ravens Purple Pride” package.
· Start Peeping for Leaf Peeping Season at the Woodstock Inn: The leaves are going to change colors soon so you better book your leaf peeping hotel room now. The Woodstock Inn in Vermont, recognized as one of the “prettiest small towns in America,” is now offering a Wake up In Woodstock Package that includes one night stay, a country breakfast for two, Vermont Maple Syrup to take home, admission to Billings Farm & Museum, admission to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and complimentary use of Racquet & Fitness Club. Rates start at $265, based on double occupancy, excluding applicable taxes and resort fee. Go here to book.
Well ladies and gentlemen, the US Tennis Open is in full swing and if you are anything like us, you totally plan on tuning in when it gets down to the nitty gritty. Because let’s be frank unless you are REALLY into tennis, some of what comes before the final days of the competition is a little less engaging than, say, Superbowl.
BUT, if you happen to be someone who does live and breathe the sport, this particular package will knock your socks off. Actually, who are we kidding, you get to hang out with Sir Richard Branson as a part of this deal, so even if you despise the sport, we think you can fake it and just enjoy a killer vacation in the Caribbean. Plus ten percent of the cost goes to charity, so if nothing else just
lie develop a love of the sport for a good cause.
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There's something about a swim-up bar that gets hotel guests excited, but the one at Cancún's Nizuc Resort & Spa truly blows our socks off. The pool is still pretty pristine as the hotel has only been open since March, so there's no wear-and-tear as of yet.
Also, Nizuc is not an all-inclusive, so this bar isn't three-deep in 18-year olds clamoring for cloyingly sweet margaritas and cervezas. No, this is a more civilized ( and pricey) experience in an infinity pool with a sleek, dark blue hue, rather than the traditional garish turquoise coloring. The over-sized serving area is manned by a crew of talented bartenders who mix up such concoctions as the Rocket (made with reposado tequila, lime juice, and cranberry) and a green powerhouse of a drink made from local chaya leaves and vodka ( a healthy-boozy drink!).
One of the many waiters will bring your drink to your bali bed (no charge, first-come, first served) or lounger and from there it's just you and the incredible scene you see above and after the jump.
Caribbean properties saw their numbers go up last year, and optimism stemming from that growth in profits is now attracting developers who believe the downturn in tourism might be a thing of the past for the tropics.
On the surface, this news is great to hear. If you’ve been to any of the Caribbean islands over the past couple years, the lack of visitors was definitely obvious, and for islands whose sole income is tourism, it was a sad sight to see. We also want hotels to succeed and be profitable, of course, because if they aren’t, we’re pretty much out of a job!
But there is another side to this coin that pertains to the industry as a whole, and it really boils down to one logical question: Don’t people go to the islands because they are remote? We think it’s reasonable to assume that as resort development on an island increases, the natural beauty and local culture in turn decrease. That’s sad on a number of levels.
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The Ritz-Carlton Closes MoBay: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is certainly making big moves these days. First vacating Palm Beach and Dublin, and today after nearly 13 years in operation, the corporation ceased management of the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica. The 427-room Montego Bay hotel, one of the region’s most famous, was originally rumored to be sold to Playa Resorts. However, in May, the company issued a statement saying the information was premature.
Word on the street is the hotel will open in the 2013-2014 winter season as a Park Hyatt, the first Hyatt brand in Jamaica and renovations will include adding more than 100 suites. However, at this time there is no mention of the property or this news on the Hyatt website. It appears this is as much of a mystery as the legend of the White Witch of Rose Hall, a famous Jamaican ghost story.
Kimpton Hotels have long been open in the big cities--San Fran, NYC, Miami, Chicago, DC, etc--but the friendly boutique brand is getting serious about its resort offerings now that they've just announced their first-ever Caribbean property in the Cayman Islands.
Set to open in 2016, the 263-room hotel will sit on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman and will feature a whopping five restaurants and lounges, a cascading oceanfront pool, a destination spa, six beachfront bungalows and 56 residences. Dart Realty (Cayman), Ltd., a subsidiary of Dart Enterprises, is the developer behind the project with SB Architects, Powerstrip Studio and Mark Zeff Design handling the architecture and interior design.
While Kimpton will have some serious competition from the nearby Ritz-Carlton, Marriott and Westin, they will have an advantage if they continue to offer up free WiFi for their Kimpton InTouch members. The other hotels currently charge for internet through resort fees. We're not sure if Kimpton plans to charge one of those pesky fees but this will be a resort and it is the Caribbean and hey, someone's gotta pay for that cascading oceanfront pool. We just hope the rates stay "friendly" as well, like $200 a night.
Is The Olive Hotel Spicy Enough For You? A HotelChatter Review
Nearly a year ago to the day we wrote about a new boutique hotel coming to Puerto Rico and we were super excited. It had been a while since the popular island introduced a new development, so it was most welcome. Since then, the Olive Hotel has remained one of those hidden secrets, which we can appreciate. Still, people ought to know more about this sexy spot that was recently visited by brunette bombshell Roselyn Sanchez, who just launched a television series produced by Eva Longoria and starring Judy Reyes, Ana Ortiz and Susan Lucci, called 'Devious Maids'. Oh, and we stopped by, too.
Lobby Layout: Upon walking in the Olive, you get the feeling you’ve just stepped into someone’s living room. And in a way you have. The small, but heavily decorated space is filled with treasures from the owners travels. We were looking right, left, up and down at the paintings and unusual artifacts. It also happens that the Olive has a sister hotel, the budget-friendly Hostería del Mar, where you can find more of the owners eclectic collection.
Checking In: Check-in was swift and accompanied by a glass of wine (hola!), which we weren’t mad at. We were handled an old-fashioned tasseled key and led via elevator up to our room.
Room Reaction: When we first mentioned the opening of this hotel and showed the first images, we thought the rooms would be huge. Well, our room was a mite smaller than what we expected. In fact, it was called a petit chambre . One could touch the shower wall from the bed, and the sink was outside of the toilet. Definitely the European style the website described, still, the open-design did take us off guard at first.
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Matachica in Belize is all about the chill, at a great rate...
The great thing about traveling to the Caribbean now through December is that rates are least 40%, below high season rates. Sometimes even more than that. And face it, this is the time of year when most folks are taking their vacations anyway, so you may as well go somewhere that’s inexpensive, right?
We've got 5 Caribbean hotels that are pretty easy on the budget year-round, but are an even better deal now. So, pack your strongest SPF (those sun rays are HOT) and shades and get island bound with the quickness.
This Starwood brand is new to Cancún, and opened just a week ago, so things are likely in tip-top condition. This is pretty important in hotel-glut filled Cancún, where choices can sometimes be hit or miss. We’re also happy to see the Aloft favorites such as the w xyz bar, the 24/7 pantry fuel by Aloft and re:mix lounge, where we are certain the DJ will make sure to remind you you’re in Mexico with some serious salsa beats (and don't forget to drink tequila too!) It should go without saying—but the free WiFi is a plus. Coming soon will be a rooftop pool, but for now you’ll have to walk about five minutes to the beach and the sparkling blue sea. But at these rates, it’s no problema. Rates from $99 per night.
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What’s Out: Chocolates on your pillow
What’s In: Over the top, fun and experiential turn-down services
Everyone loves coming back to their room after a nice dinner out to find that little chocolate sitting on their pillow, right? If you like that, though, you’re going to love this. Some hotels are going out of their way to make sure that you have really sweet dreams with these OTT nighty-night rituals.
Hotel Vermont offers a special “bedtime menu” that includes such delights as a selection of Vermont flannel pyjamas to snuggle up in on a brisk night, local Lunaroma aromatherapy products from which you can choose, a Vermont teddy bear (your choice of six) to sleep with or take home, a selection of bedtime stories for the little ones, a locally-inspired Hot Toddy selection, and 10-15 minute in-room meditation sessions via TV or download.
In Fairmont Gold rooms at Boston’s Fairmont Battery Wharf, you get a message in a bottle with top things to do in Boston during that particular time of the year.
Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport is more than an ordinary airport hotel. It’s known by some to be the original beer hotel and has an enormous beer selection featuring over 100 beers, a poolside bar dedicated solely to local beers, monthly beer appreciation nights and it even has a Beer Advisory Board and a Director of Brewer Relations. If all of that beer surrounding you has made you thirsty for more, you can order a Beer Club Package that includes stocking the in-room mini fridge with your choice of three of your favorite beers and a nightly beer turndown with souvenir glass.
Three more hotels with bedtime treats follow!
While one part of the country seems to still be suffering with snow, the other part is at last enjoying decent weather. What does that mean? Everyone's in the mood to think about vacations.
We have our handy-dandy Caribbean Guide, fantastic European picks, and even the most anticipated hotel openings, so you've got a lot of choices to fantasize over. But be honest, many of you are dreaming of sun, sand, and sea. We are too, so that's why we're excited for a new resort--Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa.
Technically this is a renovation of the old all-inclusive LaSource resort, which we visited a few years ago. Honestly? We're happy it's getting new blood pumped into it because it was looking pretty damned sad. Big Daddy Caribbean company Sandals slapped a cool $19 million on the table offered to take over the resort. LaSource was smart enough to say "yeah, mon".
Sandals CEO Adam Stewart said in a conference that this resort will "blow your mind." We believe him, and here's why.
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We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!
What’s Out: Windsurfing and jet skis
What’s In: Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)
As synchronized swimming fell out of favor after the 1950s and windsurfing mania waned in the 1990s, another wet trend has emerged: Paddle boarding. And with so many hotels getting in on the action and upping the game (yoga paddle boarding, anyone?), we think it may just be here for awhile.
For the luxury crowd, Raffles Praslin Seychelles offers complimentary stand up paddle boarding so guests can take in the stunning Indian Ocean scenery. If your main goal is to simply enjoy the Seychelles' waters aboveboard and not below, the resort also launched hourly lessons for new users, with an expert teaching you the proper way to stand on the board, keep balance and paddle (what -- all at the same time??).
Another luxe resort, the Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thailand offers straight-up SUP, but then raises the challenge level by combining stand up paddle boarding with yoga. Their “Yoga on the Ocean” program begins at sunrise or sunset when you paddle your board out on the indigo Andaman Sea and enjoy a yoga class floating on your watery yoga mat.