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We thought yesterday's story about the resort that wants you to take the honeymoon suite home with you was pretty insane, but the W South Beach has come up with the most ridiculuxe hotel wedding extravaganza that we have ever heard of--The Million Dollar Wedding Package.
Before we go any further, allow us to answer the question that's just about to come rushing out of your mouths--Yes, the wedding costs a million dollars. Actually, according to the hotel rep, it's a little over a million dollars. Alright, now with that out of the way, here's what a million dollar W Hotel wedding includes and how much each items costs. Emphasis is ours but if we had our way, we'd really just bold the whole darn package, all the way to the bottom.
If you really want to remember your honeymoon, here's an idea--design and take home the resort bed
Hotels in the Caribbean have been luring honeymooners for decades, offering, if not guaranteeing, picturesque settings, killer views and of course, the essence of romance. As competition for your honeymoon dollar heats up with the island sun, destinations are getting creative, and sometimes extreme, in coming up with special offers that appeal to the most romantically inclined.
Take for instance, The Ladera Resort, a 37-suite resort overlooking the Piton Mountains in St. Lucia. The resort is clearly thinking outside the box (key word being box) with a new program inviting all you pending newlyweds to customize your own honeymoon suite furniture and then ship it home on departure. This is why honeymoon registries are something to consider.
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Last week it was announced that Boston is on the short list of American cities being considered for the US bid to host the 2024 Olympics. The news has some people pumped, a lot of other people preemptively horrified at the prospect.
But here’s an Olympics-related invitation we can all agree on: “Row Like a Pro” at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston. Fitness-related hotel packages are very on-trend lately; check out this recently announced Running Camp in Jackson Hole. And as befitting a storied, tony brand, the Four Seasons is pulling in the crème de la crème of athletes for this one.
Available only on September 7, 13, 21 and 28, 2014, the “Row” package lets guests take a private two-hour row with one of several Olympic champs, including 2012 gold medalist Esther Lofgren. You’ll hit the Charles River, passing picturesque Boston landmarks before ending at the finish line of Head of the Charles, America’s largest regatta, held every October.
Alec Baldwin should probably steer clear of this new hotel suite in Manhattan but Lindsay Lohan will absolutely love it.
Row Hotel in Times Square (formerly the Milford Plaza) has unveiled a new 1,000-sq.ft. two-bedroom, penthouse suite that's done up in contemporary decor (hello, gorgeous Missoni pillows!) and filled with extremely modern furnishings that seem to re-invent geometric shapes as we know them.
But the suite also has some throwbacks to old Hollywood with vintage photographs of actors and rock stars from Ron Galella on the walls. The suite even has a copy of one of those old Hollywood movie lights. And now, you can put yourself in the pictures.
How can you tell that triathlons are becoming "trendy" events for folks to participate in? Hotels are starting to offer special retreats where triathletes can train for their upcoming event. We saw it first at the Four Seasons Westlake , who offered the "Ultimate Performance Triathlon Training Camp" last month.
Now, the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. is offering a summer "Tri-Retreat" in a few weeks. Only 12 participants will be allowed into the exclusive event, held from June 23-25, but they will have access to top trainers and instructors, including Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Misty Hyman and World Masters track cycling champion Terry Roach, along with healthy, performance optimized meals from Executive Chef Beau MacMillan. The retreat will also include the following:
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The Burj Al Arab in Dubai is the world's most luxurious luxury hotel where every hotel room is a two-story suite, every guest has its own butler, and every in-room iPad is plated in gold. And now, weddings at the Jumeirah Group hotel are sky-high. Literally.
The hotel's new Wedding in the Skies experience will allow couples to get married on the helipad of the hotel 212 meters above the Arabian Gulf. The very same helipad where Roger Federer and Andre Agassi played a game of tennis and where Formula One Champion David Coulthard performed donuts in a Red Bull Racing car.
For $55,000, guests will work with not a wedding planner but rather a "Wedding Architect" who will guide them through such pressing wedding day decisions as--should the couple arrive at the hotel by air in an Italian twin engine Augusta 109 or by road in a Rolls Royce Phantom? Which wedding cake from Executive Pastry Chef Johannes Bonin should they choose from? Which spa sessions from the Talise Spa should they indulge in? And perhaps, most importantly, what specially designed wedding scent developed by a leading perfumist should the couple spritz everywhere?
Other perks in the package include, accommodations (of course), private sessions with personal trainers, shopping and styling sessions with personal stylists, dance and etiquette lessons, floral consolations and access to Dubai's best jewelers and top haute couturiers.
Interestingly, there's no mention of photography services so we hope the Wedding Architect can at least recommend someone. And yes, we think you should get BOTH a photographer and a videographer for this big day.
[Photo: Burj Al Arab]
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Calling all brides and grooms: December 13, 2014 is your absolute last chance to have a wedding on a sequential calendar date in this century. You know what we're talking about. It started off with 1/2/03 and moved on to dates like 5/6/07 and 10/11/12 and 11/12/13 and now it will all end with 12/13/14.
As with all sequential dates, and palindrome dates like 7/7/7 and 12/12/12, hotels are ready and willing to help you celebrate your (extra) special day. We're sure to see a flood of offers and wedding packages as the date nears but if you're in the nuptial planning stages now, consider the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys and their jaw-dropping hotel buyout offer.
The hotel's ETERNITY package will give one couple and their guests exclusive use of the private island resort from December 12-14, 2014. That includes tax and tipping.
Marking the last sequential date of the century, privileged guests join the bride and groom for three full days of decadent fine dining, award-winning service and luxury accommodations, as the resort’s dedicated team of wedding specialists ensure all preparations are flawlessly executed. Priced at $195,000, the 12,13,14…ETERNITY package also includes a $5,000 resort credit, to be used toward a return stay on the couple’s one-year anniversary.
Here's the entire breakdown:
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If you thought it was cool that the hotel you last stayed in offered jogging maps, then wait until you hear what the Four Seasons Westlake Village is offering--the Ultimate Performance Triathlon Training Camp.
The one-time only camp will run from April 16-20 and it includes a five-day, four-night stay at the luxury hotel, just outside of Los Angeles. Guests will be trained by professional triathlete coaches in a variety of exercises along with some personalized programming at the on-site California Health and Longevity Institute that includes diagnostic testing (VO2 lung capacity tests for example), nutrition consulting and sleep and recovery education.
Hotels love to show off their suites and especially to point out what makes them unique. Sometimes it’s the famous designer who created it, sometimes it’s the view, and sometimes it’s the amenities. Well now you can have your own custom designed suite—made entirely of ice—that has none of these attributes, and a price tag that has us gasping for air. This unprecedented experience is being offered by Sweden’s ICEHOTEL, pioneers in ice art and now ‘haute couture’ on the rocks.
If anyone can pull this off constructively and creatively it is ICEHOTEL, who has been busy every winter for the last 25 years, giving new meaning to the term “walk in cooler.” Now let’s cut to the chase – the price for your ice fantasy is about $231,000. No, this is not a typo. Let’s see what you get for it.
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The InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles not only has an awesome 18th floor helipad with insane views of Los Angeles, the luxury hotel is now letting use it for Valentine's Day. Helicopter ride included!
Priced at an eye-watering $11,000, the package includes accommodations in the newly renovated Presidential Suite with welcome drinks upon arrival (we've seen this suite and it is spectacular), a private 30-minute helicopter tour of Los Angeles in the city’s only twin-engine helicopters, a six-course private dinner for two with wine pairings against a romantic sunset backdrop with sweeping views of LA atop the hotel’s helipad, the Romance Ritual spa treatment at the Spa InterContinental, breakfast in bed for two the following morning, and overall royal VIP treatment, including valet parking, a romantic welcome amenity and suite decorations.
Of course, this is not something you book online. If you're serious about wooing your sweetheart with this package, call (310) 284-6557 to book.
If your wallet can't handle this package, don't fret. The hotel is also offering a Dinner on the Deck package which includes an upgrade to a Superior Sundeck Room with VIP treatment, an intimate four-course dinner with wine pairing on your private sun deck and breakfast in bed the next day. That's priced at $699 and can be booked online here. Just don't let your lover know you took the cheaper option.
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Ron Burgundy may have taken New York in "Anchorman 2" but the Hard Rock San Dee-Ag-o is paying tribute to the original Anchorman movie (and obviously, the more superior one.)
The Gaslamp Quarter hotel's "Stay Classy San Diego" package includes a few of Ron Burgundy's favorite things like a 1.7oz bottle of Sex Panther Cologne Spray, two Scotch cocktails of your choices at the 207 bar, one pint of Ben & Jerry's Scotchy Scotch Scotch ice cream delivered in-room and two passes to the San Diego Zoo for some Panda Watch.
The package starts at $347 and is available through March 1st. Go here to book and use the promo code CLASSY. While we like the Hotel Helix's Anchorman package for offering tickets to the Anchorman exhibit at the Newseum and we dig the Kona Kai San Diego's offer of an "Anchorman" DVD, we'd book the Hard Rock package solely to spritz on Sex Panther cologne before the room service waiter comes up with our ice cream. Hey, we're just staying classy.
What to do for New Year's Eve? That's the question that's on everyone's mind this week. After, "Omg, I was so drunk at the holiday office party. Do you think my coworkers noticed?" of course.
For those of you heading to Chicago, the rates are looking very DOABLE compared to New York and Miami. We see the Hotel Felix on Expedia for $169 on New Year's Eve while the luxe Langham Chicago is "only" $409 a night. Even The Ritz-Carlton is an affordable splurge at $295 on New Year's Eve. The priciest hotel we saw was the Trump at $495, still far less than the $1,000 room rates for hotels in NYC and Miami. Of course, Chicago will be freezing but these New Year's Eve parties below should warm you up!