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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.
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!)
· Off Season in a Suite in Anguilla: If you've been dreaming about a Caribbean getaway all year but have been waiting for the off-season rate drop, now is the time to book at the Cusinart Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla. Luxury suites are now going for $270 a night, down from $450. That includes full daily breakfast, free Wifi and an airport or ferry meet & greet. The deal is good for travel from now through September 3rd, so hurry, time is running out. To book, go to www.cuisinartresort.com or call 1-800-943-3210.
· Flash Sale for Gaylord Hotels is Extended: A flash sale for the not-so-flashy Gaylord Hotels has been extended until this Sunday, August 11, at 11:59pm CST. The sale is promising rates starting at $129 at all four of the Gaylord Hotels--Opryland, Palms, Texan and National--but rooms are going fast. That said, we were able to find rooms for Labor Day Weekend at the Gaylord Opryland hotel for just $129 a night.
· Mope Around Ojai like R-Patz at the Capri Hotel: Robert Pattinson has been hiding out from "trampire" Kristen Stewart in Ojai, Calif. on Reese Witherspoon's ranch no less. He's also been spotted around town drowning his sorrows in drinks at a local saloon. If you're keen to catch him while on the rebound or are in need of a break-up vacation, the Capri Hotel has rooms for just $89 a night on Living Social Escapes.
That includes a one-night stay for two in a balcony or patio room from Sundays-Thursdays, a bottle of wine and the option to combine vouchers to stay two nights. If you want to stay on a weekend, the rates jump to $102 a night. Alas, the deal is good only for stays starting October 1. R-Patz and K-Stew might totally be back together by then.
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If You Like Golf, Fresh Veggies, And the Caribbean Sea, You'll Definitely Like CuisinArt Golf Resort
Though we inundated you on Wednesday with a couple of delicious-looking island getaway destinations in our HotelChatter 2012 Caribbean Hotel Guide, here's one more to consider: the picture-perfect CuisinArt Resort, where Bachelor-seeking ladies get their hearts broken, and golf-lovers while away the hours in blissful oblivion.
In between all the golf and the stilted courtship, guests can all unite at the resort's two new signature restaurants: Tokyo Bay and Italia, both of which debuted last month. Located in different parts of the resort, and featuring two distinct cuisines—in case the names didn't clue you in—the view from both spots is pretty much the same, and pretty much awesome.
Our mouths are watering already, and we haven't even read the menu.
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A special Valentine's Day episode of The Bachelor, which of course aired last night, was filmed at the tony CuisinArt Resort on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. The hotel, a favorite of Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, his girlfriend Minka Kelly and Oprah hosted Brad Womack, the easy-on-the-eyes love-seeking Bachelor, as well as six young ladies looking to be The One.
The two-hour long episode was filmed during the resort's annual closedown last year, so the man had the whole resort to himself to individually court each gal. It's no wonder he didn't pick a woman the last go-round in 2007. And while we think he was kind of a jerk to leave the women of that season hanging, with perks like this we'd be hesitant to get locked down too. Anyway, CuisinArt just introduced six private three-and five-bedroom beachfront and garden view villas, where the group stayed. We just happen to be here and thought we'd give you a look inside their very swank rooms.
A new program at the resort is covering guests flights--to the tune of $6,000. Of course, that doesn't mean you and 10 friends can fly coach and stay in the cheapest room category. This insane hotel package is reserved for guests who book one of Viceroy Anguilla's four-bedroom villas.
We've got the Caribbean on our mind this week, and now we've heard about this final phase of prettying-up down at the Viceroy Anguilla we've found the next object of our Caribbean-craving daydreams.
As we mentioned recently, the honeymoon-spot of choice for Kerr-Bloom was recently sold to Starwood Capital but will remain a Viceroy, with all the sophisticated design and service that entails.
Starwood Capital has snagged itself a now-finished Viceroy, to boot: the third and final phase of work on the property has added two new restaurants, two new pools, additional rooms, beach access, meeting rooms, and the Spa at Viceroy Anguilla.
Yesterday we reported that the Viceroy Anguilla had been sold to Starwood Capital which had us concerned for the future of the Viceroy brand. Even though Viceroy Hotel Group is primarily a management company, nothing is for certain when a sale is involved.
However, the hotel's reps have assured us today that the Viceroy will remain a Viceroy.
Citibank has recently marketed for sale the loan secured by the Viceroy Anguilla. While the ownership of that loan may change hands, Viceroy Hotel Group’s management of Viceroy Anguilla as part of its Viceroy Hotels & Resorts brand remains unchanged.
Phew. That's good to know. Of course, these things can always change again in the future and we'll do our best to keep you updated.
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In case you hadn't heard the
devastating happy news: Orlando Bloom is now a married man. He quietly wed his Victoria's Secret model squeeze Miranda Kerr a week or so ago. Details are hazy, but we do know that the pair spent some quality time together at the Viceroy Anguilla last week. (Looks like someone took HotelChatter's Caribbean Guide recommendation to heart.)
People magazine tells us that Kerr was there for a VS shoot but was joined by Bloom in a super-swish villa.
There ain't no stopping hotel openings, not even in the face of an economic slump or a very hectic holiday. We've been reporting on new hotels left and right these days—seemingly even more so than usual. The latest addition to the crop of newbies is the Viceroy Anguilla, a place we're sure will be getting plenty of love from stressed out travelers after the whirlwind Christmas season comes to an end.
The 35 acre property is secluded and set alongside "3,200 feet of exclusive Caribbean beachfront." That's a lot of turquoise water to stare at while you're zoning out on an island getaway.
Seclusion seekers will feel at comfortably at ease on the intimate, yet wildly beautiful island of Anguilla. There’s not much to do here; couples are drawn by more than 30 sugar-sand beaches, ideal for swimming, sunbathing and sucking face. One of the best, Rendezvous Bay, backs up against Anguilla’s first AAA Four Diamond Award-winning property, CuisinArt Resort & Spa.
This summer, CuisinArt sweetens you romantic island getaway with its Smart Summer Stay deal. Book three nights, and the fourth night is free. Book five nights, and shack up for the entire week. We’ll pretty much subscribe to any excuse that extends our precious vacay time, especially when we can hole up at one of our fave foodie destinations. (We swoon for what Executive Chef Daniel Le Guenan does with a tasting menu, as well the onsite Hydroponic Farm and Organic Gardens and pick your own produce/create a three-course, Caribbean-inspired lunch.)
Rendezvous Bay Hotel & Villas is going all upscale ownership on us, jumping on the increasingly crowded market for fractional second homes and retirement villas in sunny places.
According to a press release, the resort is planning "an unparalleled luxury resort with full ownership residences ranging from $3 to $20 million and fractional apartments from just $250,000." Yes, that means you pay a minimum of $250,000 but still have to work out when you are and are not allowed to stay there. And don't forget the maintenance fees!
But of course ownership here is "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" and this is a "beyond-five-star project." It is slated for completion in early 2009 and will have a signature restaurant, a world-class spa, yada yada yada.
Book a room before this fall to get in before the hotel shuts down and it becomes a construction zone.
[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same city and decide which is better worth your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quotes here were valid on February, 20 2007 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]
It's never all that easy to find a bargain in the Caribbean, but on the island of Anguilla you're as likely to find a hotel room for $800 a night than one for half that. So we were happy to see one from here in Travel & Leisure's new rundown on affordable beach resorts--Rendezvous Bay Hotel.
The magazine's capsule review just says, "Spotless rooms with a funky B&B vibe," but with rates for a double starting at only $140 (for a garden view), we had to dig a little more to see if there's a catch. There may be one in the future--more on that later--but for now you get the real deal on their web site. They link directly to their reviews on TripAdvisor and they even post photos that their past guests have sent them. No high art shots of dining room plates set up by a food designer, thank you very much. And you've got to admire a hotel confident enough to list "an ever-present bridge game" as an amenity.
The place sits on 60 acres and has a two-mile stretch of beach. So that's incentive enough to either put up with minimal style and no A/C in the standards or to spend $295 to $315 for a villa room with a view. Larger units are available, including a 5-bedroom villa for $1,290 per night. All these rates are high season--they drop from May on.
Go visit soon though: the resort will be closing for a while come August 14. We assume it has something to do with the "Rendezvous Ownership Contact Form" link on the site...