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The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
If you find yourself in the middle of planning a family vacation right now, you are not alone. July is National Family Reunion Month and, apparently, many families are getting on the trip train.
If you want to jump in on this multi-generational trip trend here are five hotels that have things ready to go for the kids, the parents and the grandparents.
Getting In Touch With Nature
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch sits in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with plenty of room for the kids to romp and enough flora and fauna to make you breathe a sigh of relief that you're finally on vacation.
For the Kiddies: The hotel just announced their new signature Ritz Kids program so little ones aged 5-12 will not be bored from a lack of activity: they can pan for gold, make mountainside ice cream (with a former Park Ranger no less), paint a masterpiece and hunt down treasure.
Days are themed around Nature, Mountains Around the World, the Art of Colorado, Western Day, Wild Animals, Leave No Stone Unturned, and Sports and Wellness. You can choose to sign the kids up for a full-day ($115), half-day ($65) or an evening ($85) but get this – if you’re a guest of the hotel, a half-day per kid, per day, is included in your resort fee.
For Mom and Dad: With the kids fully occupied, the day (or evening) really is yours to do with it as you will. Have dinner at Spago – just the two of you with wine and everything – or take a pizza-making class there instead, have a spa treatment and then relax in the rock-lined watery grotto, or go on a personalized Perfectly Paired Picnic for two ($225).
For Grandma and Grandpa: Have some of your own quiet time during a Stargazing Hike ($115 for two) or get in a game of golf at the championship Beaver Creek Golf Course. When it’s family time, keep the memories of this trip alive by enlisting one of the photography concierges to memorialize it in pictures (the photo session and one 8” x 10” print is free, we repeat, free).
Rates start at $319.
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Penthouse + obscenely expensive chocolate = sweet suite
That Donald Trump – he may have controversial political views but he doesn’t half know the value of chocolate. What is the value? $260 for 1.5oz, apparently.
Because only the finest chocolate will do for The Donald, Trump SoHo has launched a package celebrating what purports to be (and almost certainly is) the most expensive pure chocolate in the world: To’ak (us neither, it's from Ecuador).
The going rate for a 1.5oz bar of To’ak is $260, but the hotel is upselling it for its Sweetest Thing To’Ak Tasting Package. It’s really pretty sweet, if you let yourself entertain the idea of blowing half your annual salary in a night. You’ll get:
Polaroid this: Grace Santorini
Keyless entry. Google Glass. Fancy apps. Things move fast in the world of hotel technology and what seemed fancy a year ago (Glass concierges, anyone?) now feels a little sad.
Which is why one genius hotel chain is taking a step back - really far back. Grace Hotels is starting a Polaroid Program, putting a refurbished Polaroid camera and a free roll of film inside each of its suites this summer. Not staying in a suite? No biggie – each hotel will also have Polaroids at the front desk which you can use for free. All you have to do is buy the film: $20 + tax for an 8-exposure film. Remember when you had to really choose what to snap because you’d have to pay for it?
So many things to say about this hotel promotion, but we’ll just let the details speak for themselves. It’s hardly the first time we’ve seen romance—or more—as part of a hotel package deal, but this time you might just get a souvenir that will be with you for quite some time.
The Lord Baltimore Hotel is celebrating "love and reproduction"—their words, not ours—by offering up a special package for couples that revolves around some fertility statues arriving in town. Now the statues won’t be in your room, as they will be housed over at the Charm City location of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! But add the viewing of the statues to your room along with $299, and you'll get what they’re calling the “And Baby Makes Three…Or More” package.
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Just when you thought the cult of selfie sticks had reached critical mass… not only is a hotel advocating a selfie stick package, but it’s stocking the bloody minibars with the things.
The hotel in question is the Conrad London St James, a place that is no stranger to well thought out marketing strategies. But this time it’s gone too far, placing hotel-branded selfie sticks in the minibar for when the ego strikes. The retail price? £12. At least it’s cheaper than getting a therapist to diagnose a severe case of narcissism.
The suite sans rockstar
The Edgewater is where it’s at, promising to let guests “live large like their favorite artists”.
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When last season's "The Bachelor" ended with Prince Farming picking suspiciously perky fertility nurse Whitney to be his wife, we were outraged since we thought laid-back Becca was a much better choice. (We've since been vindicated somewhat.) We were then further outraged to see that the upcoming season of "The Bachelorette" would kick off with not one, but two bachelorettes, with the mantestants voting to decide who should be the woman of their affection.
Yup, that already sounds way confusing so we won't write any further except to say that crazysexycool Kanadian Kaitlyn beat out weepy waitress Britt (thank God) to be this season's Bachelorette. As is the norm for the "Bachelor/Bachelorette" dating shows, this season promises to be the most shocking season ever. And since the previews showed Kaitlyn admitting to having sex with one of the mantestants, we kind of believe them this time.
But it has been hard for us to get into the season. Most of the men are incredibly cheesy. Which is always to be expected but somehow this bunch hasn't been that entertaining. We even skipped this week's episode entirely (choosing instead to read the excellent Lost Angeles Blog recap) but we'll be tuning in next week now that we know the recently opened Knickerbocker Hotel makes an appearance.
No, you are not imagining things. Nearly four years after the HBO bro-show, Entourage, went off the air, it has returned with a bro-movie of the same name.
Entourage, The Movie premieres on June 3 and for old-times' sake, hotels are getting the gang back together again with Entourage-themed packages.
Here a few party-animal packages that have come across our inbox. And since hotels made numerous cameos in "Entourage" episodes over the years, we'll be sure to report on the movie cameos as well. But remember, as the wise Titus Andromedon discovered, "There is no Entourage 2!" For now.
Another week, another cultural hotel experience. Today it’s over to La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue is upping the ante with a pretty incredible package that ticks off five UNESCO-rated sites off your bucket list.
Sounds good? There’s just one drawback: the $2500 price tag. But it is for five nights.
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At first we thought they were funny, but now we’re slowly realizing life wasn’t worth experiencing without them. We’re talking about selfie sticks of course, and now it looks like Mandarin Oriental is all about them once again.
This time it’s Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC, as this summer they’re all about the new See Your Selfie in DC offer. It goes without saying that this is much, much better than a free continental breakfast, as this package gets you access to an exclusive Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC selfie stick!
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Cork: Often enjoyed, rarely appreciated before it’s cruelly cast aside in favor of opening another bottle. But one hotel is out to change all that. The Conrad Algarve, in Portugal, wants you to reevaluate your relationship with cork.
There are two things we like about its new Cork Route Experience. One is that it’s weird and intriguing, and that’s the best kind of hotel excursion. In fact, it follows on from their popular clam-picking excursion - no words. The other is that it’s affordable: €100 ($112) for a half day or €132 ($147) for a full day – for an entire family.
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It’s been half a century since the hills were alive. Can you believe it? Neither can we.