Europe: Last Minute Luxury Deals

Hotel Martinez - Cannes

Procrastinating summer-trip planners, here’s a last minute luxury hotel steal for you — 30% off on 21 luxury hotels through Concorde Hotels & Resorts! Concorde Hotels & Resorts, the leading luxury hotel group (à la trendy Hotel Martinez in Cannes), is offering up to 30% off on stays from June 1 to  October 31, 2011. Travelers can choose from 21 four- and five-star Concorde hotels throughout Europe, Egypt, and Tunisia. Concorde’s luxury hotels are offering this sweet deal (otherwise known as their “Summer Offer”) for in-the-know readers of snazzy websites like Jaunt Magazine so call reservations at 1-800-888-4747 and visit the links for more info.

The Palais de la Mediterranee

We suggest a swanky beachside getaway to the Hotel Martinez in Cannes or Le Palais de la Mediterranée in Nice. A popular celebrity destination, each year the glamorous Hotel Martinez welcomes guests to bask in the sun at its private beach and ocean-side Zplage bar along the famous Croisette (starting rates at $304/night), while Nice’s Le Palais de la Mediterranée overlooks the Mediterranean Sea on the illustrious Promenade des Anglais.

The Hotel Martinez has also just revealed its highly anticipated new Prestige Vue Mer Suites. The latest in the property’s multimillion-dollar renovation project, the thirty new suites maintain the unique Martinez art déco style while upping the glam factor. Taking full advantage of the hotel’s ideal location on the Croisette, Cannes’ bustling beachside avenue, each “Prestige Sea View” suite offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Cannes and the Mediterranean.

Hotel Martinez Renovations

Acclaimed Parisian interior designer March Hernich was given carte blanche in the large-scale redesign. Hernich sought to merge roaring-twenties-style décor and elements of modern, clean 1930’s lines with contemporary design aesthetic and amenities. Walk-in closets, and two white-marble, black-mosaic–incrusted bathrooms, Hollywood-esque king-sized beds with a mother-of-pearl quilted headboards, desks trimmed in beige leather,  mahogany dining tables, and silver chairs facing large seaside bow window all round out Hernich’s calming, beachy shades of beige, champagne, and turquoise to create modern elegance with a tinge of decadent 1920s. Integrated seamlessly, all of the rooms also boast state-of-the-art technology and LCD screens.

Up the coast in Nice, party at the Palais, where you can whet your whistle on bubbly or peruse a vast collection of classic and contemporary art at the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Take a stroll in Vieux Nice, sunbathe at the pool terrace, and then check out the hotel’s sauna and Turkish bath… please. (Starting rates at $254/night.)

Offer subject to availability and good until Oct. 31st, rates listed above reflect US dollar to Euro rates on the date of June 3, 2011. For more information or to book the “Summer Offer” call reservations at 1-800-888-4747 or visit http://www.concorde-hotels.com/en/promotions/summer-2011.aspx.

Last Minute Fall Getaways

Rajasthan, India

Looking for some last minute fall getaways? Who isn’t? If you’re anything like me, you’re a workaholic often being told by your colleagues to just ‘get some rest already!’ So, as it’s just around the corner, fall is the ideal time to discover the world, with many destinations around the globe featuring cooler temperatures, colorful panoramas, abundant wildlife and a kaleidoscope of festivals. India, already a vibrant country, explodes in a riot of colors in the fall, when many festivals take place, including Diwali and Pushkar Fair.

Budapest by Night

Budapest, Vienna and Prague are also beautiful during the Fall, along with Berlin, China, and Tanzania.  So, when Abercrombie & Kent sent us a list of their special fall journeys (with added discounts and deals), we wanted to spread the word so that you, too, could experience your dream destination at its best. Solo travellers take note: you can also save up to 96% on the single supplement on: Treasures of Northern India from Oct 7 and Nov 11 and Essence of India from Oct 13 and Nov 17. Remember, Abercrombie & Kent is high-end so you won’t be skimping. This is 5 star all the way with guides that are some of the best in the world. We’re talking life changing travels, baby, and you could use a shift in your continuum, right?

Right.

Though I tend to be more of a fly by the seat of my pants kinda traveller, as I get older and wiser I find that sometimes it’s just easier to have someone in the know do all the legwork for you. At Abercrombie & Kent, the nice thing is that you can also search for tour options like the following:

August through November departures are filling fast so click the link below to see last-minute destinations for fall travel, and reserve a fall getaway now!

Abercrombie & Kent Last Minute Fall Getaways

The Pyramids of Giza: A Unique Fairmont Experience

We’re all living in de-Nile, but we’re not always lapping champagne at her shores. So, in an effort to walk like an Egyptian, we sniffed out this awesome adventure. We’re so down with Ahkenaten, you have no idea.

Pyramids of GizaCheck this one out: The new Global Explorer Series from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and the National Geographic Society has only one exciting event left for 2009, which they say is ‘guaranteed to be unforgettable.’ Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary-General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (the same man selected by Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to accompany President Obama to the Pyramids earlier this year) will also be on hand to host guests of Fairmont and the National Geographic Society.  As part of Fairmont’s commitment to responsible tourism and the environment, this series offers a fantastic way to interact with a destination and culture in an authentic and unique way.

The Wonder With One Of The Seven Wonders package promises ‘a deeper understanding of Egypt,’ one of history’s most captivating cultures, and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to engage with a celebrated National Geographic expert while learning about the legendary archeological sites he has studied for decades.

Luxury Hotels Cairo - Fairmont Nile City

Running November 27-30, 2009, it features one night at Fairmont Towers, Heliopolis and two nights at Fairmont Nile City with breakfast and dinner; a full day tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara; a guided tour of the Cairo Museum, Nile Felucca ride and a dinner lecture with Dr. Zahi Hawass, who has spend 20-plus years working to shed light on the mystery that surrounds the Great Pyramids.  Discoveries made or supervised by Hawass include the “Valley of the Golden Mummies,” and two intact 5,000-year-old tombs near Cairo. During his lecture, Hawass will reveal secrets of the Great Pyramids by sharing some of his recent discoveries at Giza, including intriguing new details about King Tut revealed by groundbreaking CT scans.

Rates for the 3-night package start from $960/pp

http://www.fairmont.com/globalexplorer

The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet through its magazines, television programs, films, books, DVDs, exhibitions, school publishing programs, media and merchandise.

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