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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.
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There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Andaz Tokyo Will Aim High: If you thought Andaz Amsterdam and Andaz Savannah and Andaz Maui were the last scraps of Andaz news for a while, think again. Hyatt has just announced a brand new Andaz property opening in Tokyo's Toranomon business district in summer of 2014. The 164-room hotel will occupy the top six floors of a 52-story tower currently under construction, and, yes, there will be a rooftop bar. The hotel will also take over the 37th floor, which will be dedicated to an infinity pool, spa and fitness center. Though this location will be a first for Andaz, it will be Hyatt's fourth in Tokyo, and its ninth in Japan.
For the rest of today's hotel news, read on!
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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!)
· Fourth Night Free at the Hilton Curaçao: It's not quite as romantic as The Bachelorette's proposal-cation but for families looking to get away before school begins again, the Hilton Curaçaois offering a fourth night free from now through August 29th which also includes 50 percent off all meals for kids ages 6 to 12, a free stay for kids under 18 and a special children's welcome gift. We found rates in early August for just $169 a night. Book the package directly online from the hotel's special offers page.
· You Say It's Your Birthday and the B Ocean Resort Has a Deal For You: Want to celebrate your birthday with a hotel stay? Conside the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale which has special B Celebrated rates of $1 for birthday folks. Here's how it works--the first night is a regular rate starting from $139 a night but the second night is just $1. Aside from the two-night stay, the only other catch is that your birthday must fall on the second night. But really? For a $1, we think you can work around that.
· Turtle-Hatching Season in Full Swing at CasaMagna Marriott in PV: Here's another family-friendly vacation idea from the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta--rescuing turtles. As endangered turtle eggs get ready to hatcoceanfront resort, guests can choose a baby turtle to name and send it on its way back to the ocean. A biologist is also on hand to educate guests about the endangered turtles. The hotel's Escape! package includes complimentary breakfast for two adults and two children under 12, pizza and a movie for one night, free entrance to the Kids Club for ages 4-12 and nightly milk and cookies turndown service. Rates start at $189 a night and are good through December 8. Use hotel promo code MAJ to book either online or by calling 800-228-9290.
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It's hard for us to stomach any news about two of the most annoying reality TV dating shows that just will not die aka "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette." We have so many issues we could list but we'll keep it to one big one--it's totally fake.
About the only thing that is legit on these shows are the exotic hotels and resorts where the proposals usually happen. If you recall, last year's "Bachelorette" Ashley headed all the way to Fiji to accept a ring from her
chump man. The year before, Ali headed to Tahiti with her hostages suitors.
This year, viewers got an extended glimpse inside the Sandton Kura Hulanda Hotel & Spa in downtown Curacao where Emily Maynard accepted a proposal from Jef Holm.
The proposal actually happened in the resort's village square which is comprised of restored buildings from the 17th and 18th century that show off the intricate Dutch architecture of that colonial era. It's even been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
How good does this look right about now? Sure, the temperatures have started to warm up here and there but we are impatient for spring. And now we know the introductory rates for the new Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina we may just delay our spring break until April 20. That's when the Caribbean's latest Hyatt opens its 350 guest-room doors.
The introductory rates start at $199 a night, and after reporting on the newest and newly-renovated NYC hotels, this sounds like a steal. There were rooms available for April 20 with this Grand Opening rate when we checked last night—the $199 gets you a resort-view king room, and if you want a water view, the rate jumps to $219 a night. Regular room rates start at $259 so it's not a bad savings. (Do you know how many Amstel Lights we could buy with an extra 60 bucks in our pockets each night?)
The Renaissance Curacao impressed us just by telling us about their 32,000 square foot infinity beach, which beats an infinity pool any day (and a local even assured us that in real life it is truly as cool as it sounds). Now they're trying to impress us with a 40 percent off sale. And they get it half right.
The good part of this sale is that if you book by the end of November, for travel any time between January and April 2010, then you will get 40 percent off room rates – that's a pretty hefty discount. The Renaissance Curacao has had some good reports, and with the world heritage Rif Fort literally on the doorstep, we like it for being a bit different.
The bad part about this deal is they're advertising it as the "Life Begins At 40%" sale. And while we, well, get it, we can't help but feel like they're aiming for an over-40s market and that ain't quite our thing. But then we remember the infinity beach and we forgive them all over again.
Curacao is something we drink more often than a place we dream of traveling to, but with the February 1 opening of the Renaissance Curacao Resort we are seriously thinking of hopping on a plane and flying down there.
This new place looks so colorfully funky from the photos that we are already thinking we'd enjoy it. And then there are the swimming options. There's an infinity pool, of course, because no self-respecting new resort could open up without one these days. But they've added a new dimension by creating an eternity beach. We're not quite sure we understand it--they say it's "Real sand, real ocean water, real palm trees...above sea level"--and it could just be a bit of a marketing ploy, but we have to admit, we're falling for it. (All 32,000 square feet of it).
Added bonus--the resort is built around a UNESCO Heritage-listed fort, so there's some cultural learning to go with your cocktails. Like every good just-opened resort, the Renaissance Curacao has an opening special--they're doing $199 per night for rooms with normal rack rates up towards $300 a night.
Treehouse Hotels are a popular sort of breed these days, perfect for tree-huggers, those wishing for an eco-vacation and anyone who ever fancied the Swiss Family Robinson digs.
Now, here's a chance to stay in a Tree House Mansion.
The Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao has opened its two-bedroom, two bathroom treetop suite built atop wooden stilts for hotel guests to rent:
A wooden spiral staircase leads up to the Tree House Mansion and into the open-air living room, which features an authentic, ornate Bali Bridal bed and a wide terrace providing picturesque sunset views over the water.