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These Hotels Help Mend Your Man Heart Before Valentine's Day

Where: Various Hotels, United States
January 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems cliche, but it happens every year -- people get straight up dumped around the holidays.

And what happens? You grit your teeth through Santa's hearty laughter, thinking about all the fun you should have been having. Soon you're kiss-less at the strike of midnight on New Year's Eve, and when you wake from this misery, Valentine's Day is looming around the corner. Crap.

Well, we feel your pain (seriously, we were tossed recently, too). And so do hotels, so they're offering what we refer to as "Lonely-Hearts Packages" (many dressed up as "Guys Getaways").

Here's a rundown of some ideas to pitch to your good buddies. Remember to play up how much your heart hurts and give them the proper guilt trip to come along and get you back in the game. You would do it for them!

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El San Juan Puerto Rico is Bringing Back The Mancation

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  Site Where: 6063 Isla Verde Avenue , Carolina, Puerto Rico, 00979
September 4, 2009 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, the mancation has returned!

Summer’s officially over this weekend. But you know who’s not all torn up about it? NFL fans. Fall means football—and all the eating, drinking, and male bonding that comes with it.

The folks at the El San Juan Hotel & Casino in Puerto Rico know this. That’s why, with the season kicking off next Thursday, they’re promoting their cabanas to football fans.

They claim spending a game day inside one of their poolside cabanas is the “ultimate mancation,” which, frankly, hurts our feelings. We too are football fans, even if we’re female. (Maybe they could have gone with “fancation”? Or, better yet, just done away with this tiresome -cation trend altogether.)

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NBA Finals Hotels :: The Renaissance Waterfront Boston for Game 2 or Just a Mancation

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  Site Where: 606 Congress Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02210
June 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

So Game 1 of the Celtics-Lakers NBA Finals goes off tonight and if you still need a room for tonight or Game 2 on Sunday, consider the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

The new hotel is centered in the Boston Seaport District and is totally brand-new, having just opened in February. However, it's more than a walk away from the Garden so plan on transportation.

Currently, the hotel still has rooms open tonight for $499 for a standard guest room with either a king or two double beds. On Sunday, rooms drop to $249 a night.

The hotel has also put together a "Sleep With The Fishes" package that has nothing to do with The Sopranos and everything to do with dudes and mancations. This way you and your bros can make a weekend out of Game 2 if you want. Details after the jump.

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Maxim Bungalows Sound Too Good To Be True

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  Site Where: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
March 31, 2008 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

Late last year we mentioned that the Maxim Bungalows in the Dominican Republic were ready to open, and now this hotspot for adventure, beach and a round of golf is in full swing.

We stopped by to check the TripAdvisor reviews and find out how the first guests have enjoyed their experience of Maxim Bungalows. Maybe because we just read about the new EU law which has made it illegal (not just plain dumb) for hoteliers to post positive reviews about their own hotel on sites like TripAdvisor, we were a little suspicious to see how universally positive the reviews to date have been.

Is Maxim as good as they say? A few of the adjectives thrown around by more than one guest include immaculate, comfortable, gorgeous, relaxing, stylish and gorgeous. The staff get fantastic feedback too, from the cleaners who apparently tidy the rooms several times a day, to the concierge who can organize everything, and the staff who supply endless drinks at the pool.

If this is all true--and in all the reviews, there's not a single, tiny criticism, which does make us wonder--then the opening months of Maxim Bungalows have been a big success. We probably won't believe it though until we try it out for ourselves.

Have you stayed at the Maxim Bungalows? Give us your review in the comments section below.

[Photo: fineron]

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Some Men Like It Rough Then Soft, Their Spa Treatments That Is

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  Site Where: 2205 Cordillera Way [map], Edwards, CO, United States, 81632
December 3, 2007 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

In this day and age it's totally not unusual to walk into your local mani-pedi place and spy at least one if not two men having some treatments done. So why should hotel spa getaways only cater to women?

That must be what The Lodge at Cordillera in Colorado thought as they are offering a Men's Spa Boot Camp Package. But it's not all facials, mud baths and massages. The hotel, a RockResort, is offering guys two nights of luxury accommodations, along with one full day of either an ice climbing lesson or a snowmobile rental.

Guys can experience the sensation of climbing up a frozen waterfall with a private ice-climbing lesson. Numerous ice climbs form each year, from easy slabs to a 120-foot free- standing pillar of ice known as "The Fang." Guests can also opt to enjoy a rush of adrenaline, spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, and lots of snow as they cruise through the Rockies on their very own snowmobiles.

Then the guys are offered a Mountain Man spa treatment which begins with maximum buffering scrub involving Dead Sea salts, dried sugar cane and magnesium oxide crystals. The rough treatment is followed by an herbal liniment rub and an herbal spice lotion massage. Now that should soothe those manly muscles, shouldn't it?

The package start at $246 for a two-night minimum stay and is available from now through March 23rd. Don't worry ladies. The hotel is still offering their Girl's Night In package too.

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Maxim Brings Class, Substance to the Dominican Republic

May 29, 2007 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've told you about the Royal Palm Hotel and its Maxim Lounge--which you'll remember wasn't hip enough for the lad mag's Super Bowl Party. But we almost choked on our Memorial Day hot dog when we heard about Maxim's newest hotel project. Jennifer Conlin had the story in the New York Times:

Maxim, the men's magazine that features articles like "Secret Sex" and "Horror Movie Hotties," is opening a resort in the Dominican Republic this fall. Dennis Publishing, the parent company of Maxim, has partnered with Elliott, a resort, hospitality and real estate company based in the Dominican Republic, to create Maxim Bungalows, which is scheduled to open in October

Along with studio, one- and two-bedroom bungalows, mancationers will also have the run of a 44-foot yacht, multiple pools and a massive spa. Bro!

[Photo: acansino]

Related Stories:
· Maxim Offers Its Vision of a Vacation Pad [NYT]
· Royal Palm hotel Has Rooms for Super Bowl But Parties? Not So Much [HotelChatter]

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The Muse Hotel Wants You To Hug It Out With Your Guy Friends

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  Site Where: 130 W 46th St, [map], New York, ny, United States, 10036
March 20, 2007 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Apparently, we're not the only ones getting excited for the newest season of Entourage on April 8. The Muse Hotel in Manhattan has created an entire hotel package around the show, saying:

Forget hanging out on Queens Boulevard - if the boys came back to the East Coast, this is how they'd blow Ari's commission - and now so can their fans, for a fraction of the price.

The Get Your Entourage On package (oy vey) comes with deluxe accommodations, a complimentary copy of Playboy and Entertainment Weekly in room, a box of cigars, deck of cards, and poker chips in room upon arrival, unlimited HBO, free passes to the golf driving range at Chelsea Piers, (limited) bottle service at the MINI BAR next door, and a take home set of the first three seasons of Entourage.

And if you are at ease with your metrosexuality, you can get some Ari-style upgrades for a reduced price like manicures and a personal style consultation.

The package rates start at $229 and is available on weekend nights starting Friday, April 6 through the end of the show's fourth season.

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Marriott Las Vegas' Ultimate $49,000 Mancation

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  Site Where: 221 North Rampart Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, nv, United States, 89145
November 9, 2006 at 2:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Las Vegas' J.W. Marriott has just kicked the Mancation level up several notches, this just may be the one to beat and its price will be too. It's priced at $49,000 but this price is fitting for the extreme set-up.

The four men in on this deal will begin their "Ultimate Mancation!" by a limo ride pick-up taking them to the Rampart Casino. There they will be given $1,000 dollar gaming chips each to play while a hostess follows them around serving martinis.

The mancation also includes three nights stay in two grand suites with a private butler, a never-ending fully stocked bar, and a Ferrari 360 Spider to escort them around town. Entertainment includes a driving lesson in an Extreme Radical Suzuki Racecar at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Country Club, a golf day at TPC at the Canyons along with a brand new set of deluxe clubs to take home and spa treatments at the Aquae Sulis Spa.

But now consider the food, dinner at the Carmel Room's private library, their Irish Pub, and finally one night with a master chef:

This gastronomical experience, courtesy of world-renowned celebrity chef Gustav Mauler, CMC, includes a seven course dinner, prepared to the guest's request. Chef Gustav will fly in the world's most exotic ingredients - game, shellfish, domestic meats, seafood - and pair the courses with fine wines from across the globe. The Certified Master Chef and his staff will attend to the evening's every detail and, after the final course is served, Chef Gustav will join the group on the balcony for aged cognac, fine cigars, and conversation.

There you have it men, pretty much all you could ever ask for. Now what are all the women going to do?

Related Stories:
· Marriott Las Vegas Reviews [TripAdvisor]

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Shark Attack in Your Extreme Hotel Bathroom

November 8, 2006 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

When hearing that the world's first hotel specifically geared toward extreme sport enthusiasts, one has to wonder if it's underwater near Dubai, on the edge of a cliff in the Outback, or maybe in the Space Station. But no it's in Cape Town and that's fitting too because aren't their waters riddled with great whites?

However, The Extreme Hotel is more about virtual extreme sports and illusions than it really is about real-life extreme sports (aside from the climbing wall located on its exterior):

The hotel's swimming pool has been designed to look like an aquarium from the restaurant. The water comes right up to the 30 mm thick glass windows of the restaurant, giving diners an underwater view of swimmers. The men's urinals appear to be suspended on scaffolding at the edge of the building while the entering the lift feels like being in a shark cage thanks to floor to ceiling life-size photography.

Nothing was said in regard to the women's bathroom but we're a little scared that there may be a fake mini-alligator inside the toilet or something. Either way, this place is full of surprises to uncover. It was developed by Al Gosling the founder of the Extreme Sports Channel. Plans are underway to add more in equally cool and extreme locations, first targeting ski and surf areas and then possibly expanding. What's best, they aim to provide 5-star quality with 3-star prices and they've already won us with free WiFi.

Now, can you say...Mancation?

Related Stories:
· Hotels for Adrenalin Freaks [Times Online]

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Mancation Alert: Marriott Harbor Beach Resort's Fishing Bonding Trip

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  Site Where: 3030 Holiday Drive [map], Fort Lauderdale, fl, United States, 33316
November 1, 2006 at 12:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Mancation trend is alive and well at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, which has the latest tempting deal for the male species: The Fishing Mancation Package.

The guys getaway includes a two night stay, an chartered offshore fishing expedition,complete with "saltwater-savvy captain," equipment and lunch. The hotel's executive chef Dean Max will also cook any of your fresh catch of the day upon your return at the hotel's 3030 Ocean restaurant.

Of course, no Mancation would be complete without a bucket of beer upon arrival or an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. It also includes transportation to the IGFA Fishing Museum and Hall of Fame Outdoor World.

At $725 a person, er man, this mancation will totally be approved by the women in their lives as it doesn't involve nightclubs, exotic dancers or shots of tequila. But we're sure you'll find a way to incorporate those somehow.

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Related Stories:
· Marriott Harbor Beach Resort Reviews [TripAdvisor]

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Mancation Is All He Ever Wanted

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  Site Where: 1458 Ocean Drive [map], Miami, fl, United States, 33139
September 6, 2006 at 11:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

For a while now, hotels have catered to female travelers by offering "Girlfriends Getaways" types of packages that involve cosmos, spa treatments, shopping trips and even help on the dating scene. Men haven't quite had as many package options, but besides golf what do they want?

Well, Gene Grabarnick longed for a hotel with all the things a man would want aside from golf on a getaway with friends.

Where the concierge ushers guests to the hottest clubs. Where requests, from hand-rolled cigars to a favorite beer in the mini-bar, are unflinchingly filled. Where luxury is wrapped in sexy, swanky style.

So he set out to make it. The Regent South Beach is Grabanick's dream hotel and caters specifically to the elusive male group of vacationers---the mancationers (although women are allowed.) He explained that his regular male outings were always short of certain luxuries which is how he came up with the amenity-rich, on-demand service of his new baby. Opening in October, the hotel doesn't appear to cut many corners, featuring a glass-bottom pool, Mercedes-Benz 500S house cars and 24-hour concierge service.

This idea isn't unique to Grabarnick. Other hotels are reaching out to the mancationers such as the Wild Dunes Resort in Palms, South Carolina and the Marquis Los Cabos Resort in Mexico both which offer sports along with what else but snacks, beer, poker, and others.

One has to wonder how long it will be until the hotels mix their dating-help women's packages with the mancationers' poker parties.

Related Stories:
· Luxury vacations for guys only [Orlando Sentinel]