New York City: Another Valetine’s Day Getaway

Trump International New York City

Talk about a room with a view. Does it get any better than feeling on top of the world, Trump style? We’re feeling so amorous lately that we’re pulling out all the stops and preparing you for the Big V Day. Check this baby out. Trump Hotel Collection is offering an ‘Enchanted Evening’ Package where guests staying at any Trump Hotel Collection property can make this Valentine’s Day even more special with a trio of romantic amenities – a bottle of chilled Champagne, decadent handcrafted chocolates, and a bouquet of one dozen long stem roses – included with a one-night stay. The “Enchanted Evening” Valentine’s Day Getaway package is being offered at Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago and Trump Hotel Las Vegas Feb. 13-15, 2009. Take in the stunning city views from spacious residential-style rooms with fully equipped gourmet kitchens where you can whip up your own little treats a la Martha Stewart (only imagine yourself looking more like Alessandra Ambrosio). If cooking isn’t your thing, you’ll have access to world-class dining, spas, and the signature services of a Trump Attaché, your own majordomo, ready to fulfill (almost) all of your aching whims.

Trump International Hotel & Tower New York rates start at $595. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago rates start at $595. Trump Hotel Las Vegas rates starting at $209.

Isn’t your Boo worth it?

http://www.trumpintl.com

Santa Monica, California: A Valentine’s Deal…

Oceana Santa Monica, California

Happy Friday, my little Jauntophiles! Time seems to be flying faster than clam in high tide, so we’re here to remind you about the always dreaded and shamelessly hopeful holiday… Valentine’s Day! The perfect time to indulge in a romantic getaway, The Oceana in Santa Monica, with her seaside views and ocean breezes, is offering SoCal couples the perfect escape to celebrate. Guests can count on Oceana for a sexy evening including an in-room couples massage, strawberries, chocolate, and champagne. An ideal romantic setting for cocktails around their signature heart-shaped pool decorated with floating votives and red roses, it’s only minutes away from LA, but couples will feel transported to a relaxing, beachside oasis.
The “Love is in the Air” package includes:

· One night stay in one of Oceana Santa Monica’s ocean view rooms
· Complimentary valet parking
· Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries delivered upon arrival
· In-room couples massage
· Cocktail hour with music in the courtyard surrounding the hotel’s heart shaped pool
· Breakfast in bed in the comfort of your hotel room
· Late check out on February 15 (because you’ll need it)

A great respite from the city, Oceana Santa Monica is one of LA’s hidden hideaways giving guests the comforts of home with the luxury and sophistication of a chic boutique hotel by the beach. It was completely transformed in fall 2007 to offer extra-large guest suites, many with ocean views, the Ocean Lounge restaurant, featuring a menu of fresh California cuisine from local farmer’s markets and purveyors, a heated outdoor pool, an intimate lounge area with a fireplace, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a well-equipped oceanview boardroom (a favorite for either business meetings or personal vacations). Steps from the sand and minutes from the trendy shops and restaurants along Montana Avenue, Oceana’s beachside location gives couples the chance to hang by the ocean or stroll along Santa Monica’s charming streets.

Price per couple @ $499

http://www.hoteloceanasantamonica.com
Tel: 310-393-0486

Bangkok, Thailand: The Metropolitan’s Chic Bargain

While it may be the dead of winter, it’s summertime south of the equator, baby! So you know what that means? It may be brisk and windy outside, but somewhere on the planet the deals are hot, hot, hot. Like its counterpart in London, the Metropolitan Bangkok is cutting travelers a break. A City Room (normally $260 per night) can be had for just $99 per night – 62% off! Similar savings are on hand for a Studio Room, now $119 down from $300 (60% off), and a Metropolitan Room, now $150 down from $320 (53% off).

From the modernist façade to the staff’s Comme des Garçons uniforms and DJs spinning tracks at the trendy Met Bar, this is a hotel with serious style. The Metropolitan is ground zero in Bangkok, a sultry city that’s become a go-to spot for flocks of hip international travelers, Tucked away on South Sathorn Road in the city’s Central Business District, the hotel is minutes from the city’s main shopping areas and a 40-minute drive to the International Airport.

The offer, valid through the end of April, is subject to availability. Room reservations must be booked and fully paid seven days prior to arrival; while payment is non-refundable, it can be changed or revised subject to availability. To secure these rates, one must book for a minimum of two consecutive nights, and rates are room only (exclusive of breakfast) and subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax. The offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

http://www.metropolitan.como.mz/bangkok

Tokyo, Japan: Shop Til You Doroppu

A Ganguro Girl – Tokyo, Japan

Doesn’t she just look precious? Almost like a Japanese version of Jessica Simpson… on acid… in an Anime porn. We love her so. We also can’t seem to get enough of Tokyo. Can you tell? Apparently, neither can our Devi Goddess Heroine Gwen Stefani. So here goes. Together, with Guest Contributor, Adam Fuller, your guide to the best spots to shop ’til you doroppu (at least we think that’s how you say it in glorious Nippon).

TOKYO SHOPPING

HARAJUKU
(JR Harajyuku station/Omote sando station/Yoyogi koen station / Meiji Jingu mae station)

This is where Gwennie found inspiration for her line, Harajuku Lovers. Just think… you might even leave looking like this Cosplay girl:

Cosplay, short for ‘Costume Play,’ is where teens and young adults dress up to look like their favorite Anime characters. Go on a Sunday around Harajuku Station – that’s the focal point for this fun fad. Though Harajuku’s teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street), check out the Meiji Shrine nearby and Kiddy Land, one of the most popular toy stores around.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3006.html

SHIBUYA
Get ready for sensory overload. The busiest intersection in Japan, this is the place you’ve most likely seen in movies or commercials with tons of people, lights and huge TV screens on the fronts and sides of skyscrapers blaring advertisements and announcements to the masses. Shibuya is one of (if not the most) popular places in Tokyo for trendy restaurants, shopping, bars and nightlife.

Shibuya 109 Building (ichi-maru-kyu)
A trendy shopping center filled with clothing boutiques. This huge, grey building with a big 109 sign on the top is a landmark. You should see it or run right into it walking away from Shibuya station and veering to the left. Shopping in Shibuya is plentiful. Your best bet is to check out this site for a rundown. Though most people I know just love to wander around and find the gems on a whim.

PARCO

(c) http://www.sparklette.net

This department store sells everything from trinkets from stalls, to food, and fashionable clothing. Don’t get confused by all the crazy naming… the one above is parco part-2, but there’s also parco part-1 and parco part-3 nearby.

Seibu Department Store (03-3462-0111)

Akihabara (JR Akihabara station)
This is also the center of Japan’s electronics with over 500 shops. About 30% less than the regular prices, and yes, you can bargain your little heart out.

Aoyama (Tokyo Subway Gaien-mae station or Aoyama ichome station)
Japan Traditional Craft Center (03-3403-2460)
Here you can find traditional crafts from all over Japan. Prices are high, but it’s well worth the visit.

Tsukiji Market (Tokyo Subway Tsukiji station)

Okay, so maybe you thought all the shopping was just for clothes, but this is the biggest wholesale fish market in Japan.

International Arcade (03-3571-1528) at Hibiya station is another cool place to go.

SHIMOKITAZAWA
Forget the crazy consumerism of Shibuya for a day and check out the hippest part of Tokyo. Retro pop vintage stores, music clubs and noodle shops, this is Tokyo’s Greenwich Village. With clubs like The Village Vanguard Diner, Haight Ashbury, Las Vegas, and Mojo Rising, you’ll get a hint of the homage to all things Western too. A maze of music and art, catch sight of the area while you can. Word on the streets is that developers are pushing for a road that will split the cool area in two ☹

DAIKANYAMA
Brazilian born Alexandre Herchcovitch has his hot store in this fresh area.

La Foret (03-3475-0411) – tres chic and packed with fashionable goodies

FLEA MARKETS
Togo Shrine Flea Market is a great place if you’re looking for antiques. Go on the first, fourth, and fifth Sundays

Yoyogi Park Flea Market – Sunday

Last, but not least, we found these handy websites for true shopaholic:

http://www.angelfire.com/id/croon/nikki/shibuyashopping.html

http://www.japaneselifestyle.com.au/tokyo/tokyo_shopping.html

Adventures in Bhutan: COMO’s Uma Paro

Welcome back, kiddies! It’s been a long holiday, but we’re back from all the eggnog, champagne, latkes, holiday hams, and cakes to give you news on the one of the hottest locations for yogi starlets and young lovers… the always beautiful Bhutan.
The Terrace at COMO’s Uma Paro

So, as sugar levels start to stabilize, the new year leaves us hungry for something invigorating, authentic, and meaningful. That leaves us with Uma Paro’s eleven Adventure Retreats that are sure to shake off the post-holiday blues. Expanding from the nine programs in its inaugural season last year, the series includes two new itineraries – A Multi-Activity Adventure (August 1-8) and Bhutan Through a Lens (November 21-28). In the former, thrill-seekers may choose from any or all of the following: whitewater rafting, fly fishing, a round of golf in the grounds of Trashi Choe fortress, an overnight camping trek, mountain biking, and a Bhutanese archery tournament while the latter has guests traversing the beautiful kingdom with camera in tow. Aspiring photographers could not ask for better subjects than the landscapes, prayer flags, monasteries, and villagers of the region; however, guests will want to save a few frames for the Uma Punakha lodge. This retreat will be the first to utilize COMO’s new 11-room lodge that’s complete with a restaurant and COMO Shambhala spa and is a five-hour’s drive from Uma Paro.
Bukhari Restaurant at COMO Uma Paro

Rates range from $3,280 – $6,112 for single occupancy to $5,292 to $10,054 for double, depending on the package selected. All rates include 7,10, or 12 nights accommodation at a combination of Uma Paro and other tourist standard hotels or camps previously set up for trekking adventures. Meals, excluding beverages, are included as well as picnics and mineral water on days out. Government taxes, royalties, visas, and entry permits are all arranged by Uma Paro in advance; these costs are factored into the published rates along with all transport within Bhutan.

Sign up now while there’s still space!

http://www.uma.como.bz/paro/default.asp?section=545