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Holiday Cruise Specials from Paul Gauguin in December

Jul 31, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury cruise ship operator Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering two seven-night Tahiti and the Society Islands voyages this December. Both cruises offer savings of 50 percent off and include airfare from Los Angeles. There is a cruise on December 22 and on December 29. The luxury sailing cruises do a round trip from Papeete, Tahiti. There are overnight stops in Bora Bora and Moorea. Snorkeling and other water-related sports activities will be plentiful. There also will be beach time on private beaches in Bora Bora. The Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Program will be available on both sailings for young travelers (ages 9 to 17). Adding even more value to the holiday cruising packages, the third... Read More

Travel Packages at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou in China

Jul 30, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Four Seasons Hotel opened its 88th property in China's third largest metropolis, Guangzhou. The official opening ceremony for the Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou occurred Monday, July 23, 2012. The new luxury hotel occupies the top 30 floors of the Guangzhou IFC building. There also is an events facility on the lower floors of the towering building. "We are particularly pleased to be the 88th Four Seasons hotel worldwide, doubling our luck for a successful future in Guangzhou," said Bahram Sepahi, regional VP and general manager of the new hotel. Guests of the new Four Seasons property are being welcomed with an introductory package that includes a daily buffet breakfast and dining, an entertainment credit, a daily... Read More

Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club Invitation Only Club Membership Programs

Jul 24, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The prestigious and secluded 300-acre Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club is offering memberships in five categories. The luxury golfing resort, which features a Raymond Floyd-redesigned 18-hole championship golf course and unlimited-play tennis courts, now has membership packages that are experiential. Golf, Social, Executive, Beach Club, and National memberships are available by invitation only. “Membership really has its privileges at the Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club,” said Stacey Persinger, director of membership for Turnberry. “We’re the greatest golf club value for the money. Best of all, our members also enjoy a luxury resort lifestyle, which truly adds to the overall experience.” Members are treated grandly.... Read More

Viking River Cruises Adding Two Ships in 2013

Jul 23, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Apparently, business is good for luxury river-cruise specialty company Viking River Cruises, as the company announced the addition of two new ships to its fleet for 2013. The announcement of the firm’s placement of an order for two Viking Longships was made Friday, July 20, 2012, from its Los Angeles offices. Each will have 95 staterooms. Viking Cruises is now set to add eight ships in 2013, and have a total of 14 by 2014. "As the fastest-growing segment of travel, river cruising is inspiring more vacation plans than ever before," said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking River Cruises. "We are very pleased by the response we have seen to our new Viking Longships, and we are continuing our expansion to meet that demand.... Read More

Cornelia Spa Returns to New York at The Surrey

Jul 19, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Cornelia Spa makes its highly anticipated return to New York at The Surrey, which is NYC's only Relais & Chateaux hotel. It is located on 76th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan's prestigious Upper East Side. The deluxe and intimate pied'a terre-style spa is placed within The Surrey. Signature treatments include The Reparative Caviar and Oxygen Quench, which is a two-part facial that leaves skin visibly firmer, hydrated and radiant. It is followed by a caviar amuse bouche and prosecco finale. The Purist: A Dual Detoxification Treatment is a two-hour detoxification process designed to maximize physical and mental clarification. It begins with a body exfoliation that uses Cornelia's Honey... Read More

Ocean House in Rhode Island Unveils 13 Deluxe Signature Suites

Jul 18, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Rhode Island's only AAA Five Diamond Resort made itself better with the addition of 13 luxury suites. These studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suites offer full-gourmet kitchens, deep-soaking tubs, large bedrooms, and expansive balconies. The new accommodations range from 725 to 4,000 square feet of available space. Dedicated floor valets will be available to indulge guests with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Additionally, a dedicated VIP relations manager will be on hand and access to the luxury resort's members-only Club Room will be available to travelers staying at the Signature Suites. Rates start at $950 per night. The 136-year-old Ocean House re-opened in June 2010 upon completing a $140-million rebuild and restoration.... Read More

Westgate Resort Among Top 50 Private Companies in Central Florida

Jul 10, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Westgate Resorts is ranked among "Florida's Top 50 Private Companies," according to Florida Trend's annual TopRank Florida 2012 lists. The Orlando-based resort developer is one of the largest privately held corporations in the Central Florida. Westgate Resorts is the largest privately owned timeshare company in the world. "I'm extremely proud of the entire Westgate family for being recognized as one of the top companies in the state of Florida," commented David A. Siegel, founder and CEO of Westgate Resorts. "This award is a testament to the dedication of the thousands of outstanding team members who work tirelessly to provide exceptional five-star vacations and is confirmation that our business continues to grow and prosper."... Read More

Crystal Cruises Voted "World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" 17 Years Running

Jul 9, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Crystal Cruises has been voted by readers of Travel + Leisure “The World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line” for the seventeenth consecutive year. The cruise line is the only luxury brand to win this award each year it has been issued. Service, destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value are the six areas readers vote on to determine the award-winning company. “While we have delighted travelers this year with newly designed spaces, new services, and new value-conscious pricing, we have offered a consistency of experience that is unmatched in our industry."... Read More

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts to Open New Hotel in Kazan, Russia in 2016

Jul 5, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts and the Riviera Tower LLC have signed a management contract for a new luxury hotel in Russia. The Swissôtel Riviera Tower Kazan, which is scheduled to open in 2016, will reinforce the hotel group’s position in the Eastern European market. The Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy, in Moscow, has garnered an excellent reputation since opening its doors. Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, is located approximately 500 miles east of Moscow. The new, deluxe hotel will have 211 guestrooms and suites, a Pürovel Spa & Sport complex, numerous indoor and outdoor sports facilities, various restaurants, a ballroom, and several smaller conference rooms. "Our hotel group has had a presence in Moscow for years and we have... Read More

LHW Introduces Complimentary Shuttle Service for Leaders Club Unlimited Members

Jul 3, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Leading Hotels of the World began offering all its Leaders Club Unlimited members complimentary one-way transfers from airports to Leading Hotels of the World’s affiliated hotels in the 10 most popular global destinations. A chauffeur meets incoming travelers arriving at the airport and drives them to their LHW hotel. The club is designed to make traveling easier and more fulfilling. The service is now available inside airport terminals at the following airports: Barcelona (BCN); Berlin (TXL/SXF); London (LHR/LGW/LCY); Milan (MXP); Munich (MUC); New York City (JFK/EWR/LGA); Paris (CDG/ORY); Rome (FCO); Vienna (VIE) and Zurich (ZRH). "You asked and we listened,” said Claudia Kozma Kaplan, CMO of Leading... Read More

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