The Explorateur’s Exclusive Getaways

Friends, families, freewheelin’ babes and badasses… our swanky friends at The Explorateur – an insider travel concierge of sorts – wanted me to share some sweet news about a few very exclusive trips they’ve added to their repertoire for the Fall. Tell them our Editor-in-Chief, Layla Revis, sent you if you sign up to their newsletter. That way, they’ll treat you extra nice 😉

Just Chillin in Tanzania

A bit about The Explorateur. We heard about them when we were working with Small Luxury Hotels of the World and their Founder came highly regarded. We needed some tips on Croatia and we were told that he was the guy who made an art of arranging yacht trips around the Croatian coast. So what is The Explorateur? A unique forum filled with fabulous insider information (sorta like us). They also arrange exclusive offers at the world’s most unique and interesting hotels, shops, and restaurants around the world much like the travel agent you *wish* you had. Their ever-globetrotting editorial team blends their collective decades of experience in the travel industry with savvy insider knowledge of the world’s most eclectic finds. Stylish, yet unpretentious, they help guide travelers with a hint of wanderlust.  The team has the scoop on anything and everything a traveler needs to know. And, if they don’t know, like us, they’ll travel to find out.

TANZANIA-  6 Days, Stunning Explorations- starting at US $1500 per person, double occupancy

Itinerary includes:  Begin at Kilimanjaro for an overnight at Kia Lodge and option to explore the mountain, followed by  a drive the next day for a visit to Lake Manyara, game drive for phenomenal animal viewing + 1 night at Migunga Tented Camp including all meals, transfer to Serengeti for an early morning game drive and visit to Olduvai Gorge + 2 nights at Ikoma Tented Camp including all meals, transfer to Ngorongoro Crater for a gorgeous crater exporation tour and overnight at Crater Forest Lodge, all  meals, followed by early morning transfer back to Arusha.

My Chateau or Yours?

FRANCE – Spectacular New Years Experience at Chateau de la Barre- 1295 Euro per person, based on 12 sharing.

Mingle with royalty and get treated as such when you round up 12 friends to share the chateau as guests of Comte and Comtesse de Vanssay in their Loire Valley chateau.

30 Dec- Get treated to a champagne reception and visit of the chateau followed by cheese and vintage wine tasting supper in the billiard room in front o fthe monumental XIVth century fireplace- enjoy chocolate and port wine in your room.

31 Dec- Explore the remarkably restored old city of Le Mans, stage set to many films followed by festive New Year’s Eve dinner in the XVIIth centrury grand dinign room of the chateau with all the family silver and crystal- usher in the new year at midnignt with champagne in the Grand Drawing Room underneath the ancestral portraits

01 Jan- Renaissance day- visit famous Chenonceau castle with a new year’s day lunch feast at Leonardo da Vinci’s home served as if you were in 1530- or a private lunch in XVIIth century Chateau Chene de Coeur hosted by the owners

02 Jan- Depart with a special present from Chateau de la Barre

PLUS- Daily English breakfast and afternoon tea, fresh flowers in room, wine tasting at nearby winery built into a Xth century limestone cave

Kda-oo naH, pray-uhH 'euy (Translation: "Oh God, It's Hot")

CAMBODIA –  Hotel de la Paix – Siem Riep’s most stylish hotel set against some of the world’s most spectacular ancient sights

Explore this incredible land in the comfort of this stunning art deco hotel starting at US $275 per night- and receive the following lovely treats to enrich your stay:

– Welcome drink and cold towel on arrival
– Daily gourmet hot breakfast buffet
– Wireless Internet access in all guestrooms
– Daily turn-down service with treats
– Pre-loaded iPod with music and narratives on Cambodia, which may be taken on outside excursions
– Access to undercover Khmer inspired swimming pool
– Access to award winning Spa Indochine

So take a jaunt, check out The Explorateur, and let us know what you think (just don’t make us too jealous when you go on and on about that trip to Chateau de la Barre or Tanzania!

 The Explorateur 

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.

Romance & Luxury: A Four Seasons Los Angeles Steal

The Four Seasons Los Angeles Entrance (Sigh)

One of my favorite all time LA classics is The Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills. Oh sure, I could tell you why it’s one of my personal favorites (random run-ins with Sean Penn and Liam Neeson over drinks, the time I sat at a table with Kevin Spacey to watch the Golden Globes, or when Janet Dickinson cracked jokes and munched on an apple in her black monokini by the pool). Hell, there’s no shortage of stories or a scene, but it’s not one of those typical LA obnoxious attitude laden places. Here, business really does get done and the staff always treats you with respect. In short, it’s a classic staple for the Hollywood working crowd (even if you don’t drive a Bentley). You really can’t go wrong with the Four Seasons no matter where you are in the world. They just know service. It’s their ‘thing.’

They also don’t hand out specials willy nilly so, when they do, I’m there (and they’re worth it). To that end, they’ve just launched a new summer ultimate romance package called “Just the Two of Us,” which includes (read it and weep): four hours of spa treatments, dinner at Culina with wine, a poolside cabana, cocktails at Windows Lounge, unlimited mini bar snacks, pajamas, and more!  As Kim Kessler, their Director of PR says, “It’s unlike any package they’ve created in the past and represents a 40% savings!”

The Pool (and where the magic happens)


Their award-winning restaurant Culina, Modern Italian also comes with the Maitre D’s choice of wine, daily breakfast or Sunday brunch for two, a Tory Burch gift set, valet parking, in-room movies and all local and domestic calls.  Wait. Did they say Tory Burch gift set? OMG. Spa treatment selections include massage, facial, manicure, pedicure or personal training session.


The other best part? “Just the Two of Us” is tailored for each couple.  Prior to arrival, the guest relations team creates an itinerary based on specific preferences.  Upon arrival, guests may enjoy aromatherapy candles, pillow spray, pajamas and optional romance kit and couples books complimentary.  The team can also arrange excursions to top Los Angeles attractions such as museums, concerts, restaurants, night clubs and shopping.  


“This is an exceptional package for couples to reconnect and enjoy all that Four Seasons Los Angeles has to offer,” General Manager Mehdi Eftekari purrs. We agree, Mehdi. Couples, take note, because it doesn’t last long. And Angelenos… talk about a great Stay-cation!

Starting at $995/nt it’s valid through August 28, 2011with a two-night minimum stay.

So, it may not be peanuts, but it is super savings in a super swank place (where you’re bound to make super sweet memories). 

http://www.fourseasons.com/losangeles

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

Last Minute 4th of July Deals

Marriott has decided to put the sizzle in your sparkler this summer with a star-spangled July savings event featuring up to 25% off rates at 30 participating JW Marriott, Renaissance and Marriott Hotels & Resorts in Florida.

Celebrating a month-long Independence Day dubbed July 1/4th, Marriott’s July promotion, “More Florida for 25% Less,” takes you to a wide variety of destinations for a quarter of the cost. From Orlando’s theme parks to South Beach, golf resorts and the Florida Keys, the deal is only available on reservations made during the limited-time booking window of July 4 – July 22, 2011. Valid on stays from July 11 through October 30, 2011, and with rates ranging from $89 to $295 per night, this exclusive, state-wide saver will have you seeing stars and stripes!

www.marriottfloridasummerdeals.com.

To book, select the hotel of choice and use the exclusive rate code F9L.  Participating hotels and resorts include:

  • JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts: JW Marriott Hotel Miami; JW Marriott Marquis Miami; and JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes®.
  • Renaissance Hotels: Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach; Renaissance Boca Raton; Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®; and RenaissanceTampa Hotel International Plaza.
  • Marriott Hotels & Resorts: Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort & Spa; Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key; Delray Beach Marriott;Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort;  Fort Lauderdale Marriott North; Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa; Hollywood Beach Marriott;Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina; Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort; Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa; Miami Airport Marriott; Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay; Miami Marriott Dadeland; Orlando Airport Marriott; Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center; Palm Beach Gardens Marriott; Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa; Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa; Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa; South Beach Marriott; Tampa Airport Marriott; Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina; and West Palm Beach Marriott.

The discount up to 25% applies to best available room only rates.  Promotional rates are valid for reservations booked between July 4 to July 22, for stays from July 11 to October 30, 2011 at participating JW Marriott, Renaissance and Marriott® Hotels & Resorts in Florida. The offer is based on availability at participating locations only. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

www.marriott.com

Ireland: Last Minute Deal

A view of Dublin

“Giorraíonn Beirt Bóthar”… that’s an old Gaelic expression meaning, “Two people shorten the road.”

In another words, it’s much better to have company on a journey.

Welcoming travelers to Ireland for 46  years,  Terry Flynn Tours has  come up  with  a way… a last-minute bargain  for  May and June.  Their  land-only Magical  Ireland package includes six nights’ accommodation in Bed & Breakfasts, full Irish breakfast daily, five days’ car rental with unlimited mileage (stick shift), reduced rate on CDWinsurance, Hop-On-Hop-Off city tour of Dublin, a detailed itinerary and reductions on entrance fees to many historic sites—all for only $430.  But this last-minute trip must be booked by May 31st and finished by June 30th.

Terry Flynn Tours (yes, there is a Terry Flynn) is known for professional service with the personal touch.  This means they’ll answer your queries quickly and they’ve chosen B&Bs that are family-owned but government-approved, have friendly helpful hosts, and offer private baths and a full Irish breakfast.  (That breakfast of OJ, eggs, bacon, sausages, white pudding, tomato, fried potatoes, brown bread and strong Irish tea or coffee will keep you going for a whole day of touring the Irish countryside.)

Prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability and do not include air fare, gasoline, CDW insurance or deductible, or location charges (at airports, etc.).

www.terryflynntours.com

Last Minute Holiday Special

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Right in time for the holidays, this came in for all you Vegas Lovers, so we had to share. Time is of the essence (so stop your dillydallying and get thee on a VIP vacay)!

 

 

Total Experiences’ Ultimate Holiday Gift Package

How about considering a gift that you can experience along with your loved one? For the first time, Total Experiences, the VIP group travel planning service from Caesars Entertainment, is offering Las Vegas getaway packages for two, just in time for this holiday season. This priceless experience is being offered at an exceptional value for a limited time only. Gift recipients will enjoy a completely personalized experience with their own Total Experiences Specialist who will handle every detail from start to finish – from priority reservations to VIP privileges, including insider access to dining, nightlife and more. This “Ultimate Holiday Gift” will arrive beautifully boxed and wrapped as an elegant gift – ready to be presented to that special someone.  Shipping and gift box is complimentary for this limited time offer.

The Total Experiences “Ultimate Holiday Gift” includes:

  • Their own personalized trip concierge to assist with all arrangements
  • Private VIP host while on property
  • Roundtrip limousine service to and from the Las Vegas airport
  • Two nights’ accommodations in one of the following:
  • Luxury category room at Caesars Palace
  • “Red Room” at Paris Las Vegas
  • “Hollywood Hip” Room at Planet Hollywood
  • $200 Food & Beverage Credit
  • Exclusive “Diamond Member” status during the stay.
  • Includes VIP check-in, private lounge access and VIP privileges throughout Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s resorts in Las Vegas.

The package is available for purchase now through December 30, 2010. Price is $849 for the Caesars Palace VIP Experience, $719 the Paris Las Vegas VIP Experience, and $699 for the Planet Hollywood VIP Experience.  Blackout dates apply. Offer is subject to availability. Here’s the good part though: the gift can be redeemed from January 1 through December 20, 2011.

http://www.totalexperiences.com/totalexperiences/gift/