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For reasons we can't fully explain, we've decided to tune into the completely staged reality dating show that is "The Bachelor" on ABC. And we're obsessed. From the first rose ceremony shenanigans to the tense two-on-one dates and awkward make-out sessions, we love it all. We'll even watch it live, with commercials. But the show also has another important element we love--hotels. The Bachelor, Sean, is taking his hot body and so-so personality around the world as he tries to find a wife. Each Tuesday, we'll be recapping the hotels Sean and the ladies stay at and the drama that ensues. We'll do our best not to make it all about Tierra.
After last week's four-hour, two-day "The Bachelor" viewing extravaganza, which took place at the Fairmont Lake Louise in Banff, Canada, we were so relieved to hear that Sean has finally decided that the six remaining ladies were the "six for him." But lest this turn into a show about sister wives,
the producers Sean has decided to whisk the girls off to the island of St. Croix to further determine who is the one he is going to spend the rest of his life with. Or at least the next few months trying to score trashy tabloid covers.
After arriving on the island by seaplane, Sean takes his harem to The Buccaneer Resort, a beachfront pink palace that is one of the island's longest-running resorts.
Since a lot of the scenes were shot in the hotel rooms, we're pretty sure the girls we're shacked up in the Ficus and the Frigate suites. Those specialty rooms, which are way more modern than the basic room categories, start at around $1,100 a night. But even if you don't stay in these rooms, you can still live it up "Bachelor"-style during your trip as the resort has put together their own "Bachelor" package.
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Well, now the world is saved! Okay, we’re being facetious, of course: It’s a noble thing to take a stand and do some good for the planet and, after all, we all need to do our part.
But we do have to ask: Just how much bottled water are they consuming over there on Necker Island? There are only six houses (aka rooms) holding a maximum of 28 guests. And at a cool $29,000 (single or double) for a seven-night stay during “Celebration Weeks” (the only time you can book individual rooms; otherwise it’s the whole island or nothing for $42,500 per night.
Is his British Virgin Island's nirvana really fully booked all the time to need to make a big deal of letting us know Sir Richard is trying to get green while collecting that green? Forgive us if we smirk just a tad.
Sometimes HC editors get in little tiffs. Nothing serious, we just roll our eyes at each other’s choices when it comes to hotel fun. Some of us would hole up in a hostel in a blink of an eye, where others gave up that option when we became eligible to rent a car.
That’s when we like to play a little game of “Which Would You Rather…” and we state our case hoping to prove our pick is better.
Today's Episode: Ice Hotel vs. Caribbean Resort
WakeandWander, HotelChatter Contributing Editor
“This is a shot from an artist's suite at the Ice Hotel near Kiruna, Sweden. It was the first and initial ice hotel in the world. The room is called The Flower, can you see why? I’m out here dogsledding, looking at pine trees covered with snow. It’s incredibly beautiful. Wait ‘til you see the pictures when I do the round-up on ice hotels next week!”
While CBS' "The Good Wife" got no love on the Golden Globes, we still heart the show. We also learned Josh Charles (who plays Will Gardner) spent an award-worthy vacation this past Christmas at Nevis' tony Nisbet Plantation Beach Club.
He made the trek with girlfriend and performance artist/novelist Sophie Flack, who tweeted a photo of something that looks like... art? Hey, whatever, we love art.
According to staff, the couple joined in the round-the-island bike ride (19 miles), went on a romantic sunset cruise and danced under the stars during the resort's famous weekly beach BBQ.
Check out the cute couple photo!
We often have debates with people on the road and in the travel industry about all-inclusive resorts. Some people hate them, others love them, and, in our opinion, it breaks down into a fight of travelers versus vacationers. Some people’s idea of a good time is backpacking through Asia (travelers), and some like to post up by the pool and drink for six days (vacationers). Many are right down the middle and think margaritas make local Mexican history more interesting.
The latter is an approach we find to make sense for a majority of the population. There will always be the extremes on both sides, but for the most part, people just want to relax and have fun. Yes, you can take advantage of the amenities of an all-inclusive and not hide behind the walls of the resort all day and night Here are five ways for vacationers and travelers to meet in the middle while staying at all-inclusive resorts:
In proving that trouble can indeed find you in paradise, the Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines had to relocate its guests to nearby islands after a generator fire knocked out the power on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve. Yikes.
The resort originally announced it would close until the end of January, but they have since moved up the reopening to January 15, 2013. The hotel said in a statement that they have contacted guests who were scheduled to arrive prior to January 15 and offered them the opportunity to re-book for future dates.
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Anybody catch last night's Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo? If so, you might have noticed the gals were far, far away from their Georgia digs, and kicking back at a luxury resort in the British West Indies.
Ani Villas in picturesque Anguilla was the stunning backdrop to last night's drama-packed episode. The luxury property is all private butlers, private chefs, and private speedboat transfers from the St. Martin airport. Name any amenity required for a luxury getaway, and they've got it.
But this is reality TV, so the minute the Hurricane Housewives touched down in the tropical paradise, the drama began to unfold.
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After what seems like an interminable amount of time (really, about four years in the making) St. Lucia's Jalousie Plantation, originally to be called "The Tides", was named Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, on December. 1st.
We visited the property about three years ago where renovations (which eventually topped out at $100 million) had already begun on transforming Jalousie into a more sleeker resort. Coincidentally that's when the Viceroy Hotel Group had taken over Tides properties in Mexico and renamed them Viceroy as well.
Although there's a new lobby and reception area, the resort's most evident and beautiful change are the additions of the new luxury villas that come with their own plunge pools and butler service. Another improvement is the Rainforest Spa, which now has seven treehouse treatment cabanas to experience more authentic and organic therapies such as the sulphur and lime body wrap or papaya and sea salt body polish.
Reality-tv stars Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas, met while filming "Big Brother 12" in 2010, got engaged less than a year later, and returned to do "Big Brother 13", which Reilly won. The couple went on to appear in the latest season of "The Amazing Race".
Well, they recently married in Los Angeles, and decided to honeymoon away from the lights of LaLa Land. The location? The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. The stayed at the resort's adults-only Tradewinds Club. This a separate section of the hotel, with only 49 rooms that enjoy Club Level-type amenities and perks. The couple also camped out sipping cocktails in a private cabana at the hotel's new 18-and-over H2Oasis pool.
Now, we know quite a bit about the Caribbean, and agree Aruba was a good choice for this couple for a few reasons:
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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!)
· Get a Groupon for The ACME Hotel: We've been talking a lot about Chicago lately and if you haven't yet experienced the city's hot hotel scene, then consider this Groupon Getaway from Expedia which is offering the hip, Ace-like ACME Hotel for just $125 a night starting tomorrow. That will get you a standard king room for Sunday-Thursday stays, down from $208 a night. And it includes parking which is normally $29 a night. The Groupon has several different options with varying prices so you can see what works for you.
· Steamy Orlando for Just $125 a Night: It's hot in Orlando right now, like steamy hot. But that also means low hotel rates and the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek has cut rates by 40 percent for the month of August in honor of Customer Appreciation Month. That brings 'em down to a low of $125 per night if you stay two nights. Aside from staying two nights, the other catch is that you need to pay up front. Go to the hotel's special offers page and scroll all the way down to the Customer Appreciate Sale link to book.
· Calling Bargainistas: Discounted Ferragamo Hotels in Italy: The Lungarno Collection in Italy, owned by the Ferragamo family is offering a Fourth Night Free when guests book three consecutive nights at their hotels. That's a rare savings of 25 percent. The hotels include Hotel Lungarno, GALLERY Hotel Art, Continentale or Lungarno Suites. Go here to book. The offer is only valid for the month of August now.
· Beachin' It for 40 Percent Off at the Westin St. Maarten: It's not too late to book a Caribbean getaway in St. Maartan. Actually, waiting this long may have saved you 40 percent at The Westin St. Maarten. The resort's Sunsational Savings package starts at $189 a night and includes a fifthe night free along with complimentary breakfast for two daily and a complimentary upgrade at check-in if available. Best of all it's good for stays through December 18. Go directly to www.westin.com/stmaartan to book.
Last year we gave extensive coverage on the re-opening of the Four Seasons Nevis, a resort that has had its fair share of hard knocks after 2008’s Hurricane Omar put the hotel out of commission for nearly three long years.
The closure did a number not only on the resort, but on Nevis as a whole, which depended on the property's big business to trickle down to the islands' other hotels and restaurants. The whole country went into a depression and since we're champions of the underdog, we're happy to see it back on its feet. And so were a good many celebrities like the infamous “Cherry Cola” aka Mary Louise Parker, who has become a regular visitor.
Now, with a bit more moolah in the bank and confidence flowing through the resort's veins, they’ve renovated some luxury suites which has attracted more bold names to its doors. We've got the low-down on who’s visited lately.
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We recently mentioned the upcoming Ritz-Carlton Aruba opening in 2014, and threw in a poke at our doubts regarding the chain’s habits of tempting us with Caribbean resorts, given its years-long teasing with a Puerto Rico and Turks and Caicos property. Well lo’! We’ve been struck dumb again with exclusive news from RC HQ that the new Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico will indeed open this December! Que bueno!