This 5 day email course will help you learn how to tap into the growing wellness travel industry. Each day you’ll receive a lesson to your inbox chock full of market intelligence, sales insights and insider information—all geared at helping you grow your wellness travel sales.
If you haven't heard, European rail travel is quickly becoming the next big niche. Learn how to create more immersive European journeys and grow your repeat bookings to Europe in 5 days. Sign up for the email course to learn the ins and outs of planning and selling Europe rail travel—one of the most immersive, flexible and convenient ways to embark on a multi-country journey.
Be sure to join our webinar, and you’ll not only learn about Ocean Cay and MSC Meraviglia, but you will also have the chance to win a 3-night cruise on MSC Meraviglia on November 21, 2019 out of Miami, Florida and visit Ocean Cay!
Seabourn has unveiled the Set Sail Event, offering travelers savings, benefits and an array of luxury amenities aboard the line’s fleet of all-suite ships. The Set Sail Event is available now and will run through November 20, 2019, for select voyages departing in 2019 and 2020.
The event offers may include the following and vary by voyage:
Veranda for Ocean View Suite upgrade
- Up to $500 shipboard credit per suite
- Up to $1,000 air credit per person
- 300-minute Internet package per person
- Up to 15 percent savings on select Combination Cruises
- Penthouse or Premium Suite bookings will receive $1,000 shipboard credit per suite and an Unlimited Internet Package per suite
Seabourn’s Set Sail Event applies to select worldwide itineraries with destinations in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Antarctica and Patagonia, Alaska, Australia and New Zealand, Arabia and India, Asia, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America, and more.
Guests of Seabourn will find several new innovative offerings and programs onboard. Such programs include “An Evening with Tim Rice”, the new evening entertainment experience created for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; “Shopping with the Chef” excursions in select ports, with a Seabourn chef as guide to learn about regional markets and see how the freshest ingredients are selected; “Seabourn Conversations” with special guest speakers including historians, naturalists, marine biologists, destination experts and more; “Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil”, providing guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and “The Grill by Thomas Keller”, reminiscent of the classic American restaurant from the 50s and 60s which focuses on updated versions of iconic dishes. Guests will be treated to table-side preparations of Caesar salad and ice cream sundaes, as well as a range of other traditional American dishes like premium steaks and whole roasted chicken.
Air credits and other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability.
Photo courtesy of Seabourn
Air Tahiti Nui has announced new airline promotions with flights to Tahiti starting as low as $789 and a two-for-one New Zealand stopover deal aboard Air Tahiti Nui’s Tahitian Dreamliner, the Boeing 787-9.
Travelers can fly roundtrip from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Tahiti International Airport (PPT). Starting at $789 per person, this offer is valid for booking until August 18, 2019 for travel beginning October 16 through August 13, 2020.
Journey to New Zealand and Discover Tahiti
Travel roundtrip from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Auckland Airport (AKL) while enjoying a stopover in Tahiti. Stopovers can be taken on the way to New Zealand, on the way back, or both, and are permitted for eight days maximum. Roundtrip economy airfare begins at $899 per person and is valid for booking until August 18, 2019 for travel beginning September 1 through December 10, 2019 and January 15 through May 31, 2020. For lowest fare, passengers must stop at least once in Tahiti.
The Boeing 787-9
On the Tahitian Dreamliner, the air goes through a purification method known as gaseous filtration. By cleaning the cabin air of gaseous contaminants and offensive odors, guests will experience fewer throat, eye and nose irritations. Additionally, according to the airline, the cabin delivers a higher humidity level which has been shown to reduce symptoms of dryness for passenger comfort.
All Air Tahiti Nui airfares include one free check in bag, complimentary inflight entertainment and a choice of meals and alcoholic beverages.
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African Travel, Inc. has announced The Rwanda & Gorilla Trekking Educational, November 3 – 11, 2019, offering travel advisors a chance to learn more about one of the most sought-after destinations on the planet.
Some of the greatest wildlife adventures on the continent, and in the world, can be found in Rwanda, “the land of a thousand hills.” This educational itinerary has been carefully crafted to provide the tools and knowledge for travel advisors to confidently sell African Travel, Inc.’s journeys to Rwanda.
The trip begins in Kigali for an overnight and a taste of the capital city. The group will track critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Volcanoes National Park. Additionally, guests will explore Nyungwe National Forest, a pristine mountain rainforest that’s home to chimpanzees and other primates.
Luxury accommodations at One&Only Nyungwe House and at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest will be included.
Deadline to apply is August 9, 2019. To quality for this educational trip, travel advisors must be first-time visitors to Rwanda and must submit a marketing plan describing how they will promote the destination and experience to their clients and must have also completed African Travel University. Roundtrip economy international flights on Kenya Airways from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport and six-night accommodation on a shared twin basis, gorilla and chimpanzee trekking permits, touring and most meals, site inspections, transfers, park fees and gratuities are included.
As the industry sails through the second half of 2019, we take a look at what’s new, what’s next and what’s trending for the cruise industry and agents who sell ocean cruises.
For 2019, what’s new under the African sun isn’t just safaris and wildlife, although those are certainly at the top of the list, but also new experiences, unique destinations and innovative spins on locales. See what's new in the Focus Series!
This five-day email course is designed to help you grow your UK bookings beyond London. With new direct flight routes and a unique culture, history and heritage, Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK right now.
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel has introduced a special offer of 50 percent off the second night for guests who want to extend their stay and immerse themselves in the landmark Inca citadel.
The Special Offer applies to all room categories and includes an array of included services and amenities:
- Roundtrip luggage assistance between the train station and the hotel
- Half board (breakfast buffet and lunch or dinner à la carte)
- Welcome juice from a selection of regionals fruit
- Courtesy cocktail with distilled cane spirit – a regional Andean specialty
- 40-minute Cooking demonstration and Bar class
- Mini chef lessons and Andean Tales story reading for children
- Complimentary Wi-Fi and Mini Bar
Special Offer Terms: 50 percent off of second night’s stay. Booking dates of promotion: August 5 to December 22, 2019. Travel dates: August 6 to December 23, 2019. Special Deal offers a 50 percent discount over a second night reservation in all rooms (Consortia rates include amenities). Offer applies to published rack rates commissionable at 10 percent. Subject to rate and date availability.
Machu Picchu // Photo by Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is announcing its new “Summer Friday” offer. Guests who book a minimum three-night stay in one of the resort’s 32 villas or residences receive a 15 percent off rate, daily breakfast and happy hour in addition to private airport transfers.
As part of happy hour, guests can enjoy margaritas accompanied by chips, guacamole and salsa. Accommodations also include twice-daily Four Seasons housekeeping with pre-arranged times, a private pool and poolside barbecues, a fully appointed kitchen, online shopping option to pre-stock the kitchen and more.
Guests can also celebrate the summer season with Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita’s newest guest experiences including:
- Dos Catrinas Restaurant and Mezcal Tastings: Dos Catrinas, the resort’s new two-story restaurant and bar, is a take on traditional Mexican fare. Guests can enjoy the custom mezcal blend “Los Mitos” as part of a new mezcal tasting experience at the restaurant’s bar.
- RegenerativeMind, Body and Soul Experiences: Activities range from spiritual energy clearing, sound healing and mud rituals to a chakra balancing spa treatment at Apuane Spa, yin yang yoga on a private bluff and a sea foraging culinary experience.
This offering is good from July 24 through November 15, 2019.
Photo by Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
This presentation has a focus on selling the Cunard Grill Suites experience followed by an in depth training session with step by step instructions on how to build a marketing plan and grow your luxury sales. Learn how to leverage the combinability of special offers to get the biggest benefit for your guests and keep them coming back to you again and again.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is inviting guests to pack up the car and hit the road with special Park and Stay packages at the Boston, New York and Washington D.C. properties.
Each property offers packages that accommodate one vehicle with complimentary valet parking. The packages are available through December 31, 2019.
Mandarin Oriental, Boston
Park & Stay near Boston’s Back Bay with a room rate of $635 per night and complimentary valet parking.
After check-in, guests can sip on seasonal Nantucket Afternoon Tea, then head to the room to prepare for an evening of exploring. Cultural events include the annual Shakespeare on the Common (July 17 – August 4) and the ICA Boston Art Show, showcasing paintings, sculptures, ceramics and more (June 26 – September 22). The 28th annual Woods Hole Film Festival (July 27 – August 3), screens independent films from across the country
Just an hour drive away, guests can jump in the car and head up to the Berkshire Hills to listen to music and enjoy nature at Tanglewood. Here, performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as many other well-known names in classical music, rock, folk, pop and more will appear on stage throughout the summer. Mandarin Oriental’s concierge team is available to assist in securing tickets to select performances.
Mandarin Oriental, New York
Park & Stay in New York City. Priced at $1,223 per night; this package includes complimentary parking, $100 credit towards spa or dining, American breakfast for two guests at Asiate or in-room dining and a special New York City-themed welcome amenity.
Before diving into New York’s nightlife, guests can visit the spa concierge for a tailored treatment and then kick off the night at The Office NYC or The Aviary NYC for Instagram-worthy cocktails. In New York, summer events include the annual, "Instagrammable" Pinknic on Randall’s Island (July 19 – 20), the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn (August 24 – 25) or the U.S. Open (August 26 – September 8). For fans of both the city and beach, guests can continue their journey with a drive out to the Hamptons.
Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.
Drive In & Stay Late with this year-round package. Priced at $295 per night, guests receive complimentary valet parking and a guaranteed late checkout at 2 p.m.
Once checked in, swim in the 50-foot indoor heated swimming pool and refuel with a bite at the Asian-inspire Muze before hitting the historical sites of downtown D.C.
In addition to touring the city’s most treasured national monuments, guests can choose to coordinate their travels with some of the upcoming events taking place right in the country’s capital. The Universoul Circus returns to D.C. this summer with circus acts from around the world (June 22 – July 23). Citi Open, one of D.C.’s longest-standing sports traditions, will feature some of the biggest names in golf (July 27 – August 4). Other local events, such as the Truckeroo food truck roundup and the 17th Street Festival, bring together over 100 vendors of food and drink offerings, over 50 artists, live music performances and more.
Photo: Mandarin Oriental Boston
Year after year, Italy has consistently remained the European country generating the most interest among U.S. vacationers. If you have clients who are planning to visit Italy and are looking for insider insights, here are some tips and recommendations.
Wymara Resort & Villas has announced several summer savings and specials. Here’s what’s on tap:
Guests can save 20 to 40 percent on select dates now through December 18, 2019, which represents a minimum savings of $900 per night. Note: Villas range from $4,500 to $5,500 per night and are subject to a 12 percent government tax, 10 percent service charge and 5 percent facility fee, or a minimum of an additional $1,215 per night.
The Rosé Your Summer enhancement includes:
- Welcome bottle of Rosé
- Daily breakfast at Stelle Restaurant
- One day use of pool bed-cabana with one pitcher of Aperol spritz for two
- Reserved bed at Pink Bar for the sunset hour with one cocktail of choice (One per person)
- One 50-minute Provo Signature Massage with Eminence rose oil. (One massage per person)
- Rosé sorbet served at Zest or Pink Bar (One per person per visit)
- Special farewell turndown
Rosé Your Summer ($525) is available through September 6, 2019 and is based on double occupancy.
The Summer Reset enhancement includes:
- Welcome fruit amenity
- Daily breakfast at Stelle Restaurant
- Two Spa Fitness classes during the stay at the open-air yoga pavilion (two per person)
- Unlimited use of the fitness center
- One hydrating calm wrap at the spa (one per person)
- A two-course healthy lunch at Zest (one per person)
Summer Reset ($525) is available through September 6, 2019 and is based on double occupancy.
The Discover Turks & Caicos enhancement includes:
- Daily breakfast at Stelle Restaurant
- Morning half-day snorkel trip for two with a light lunch
- Two drinks at Pink Bar (one per person)
- Three-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine
Discover Turks & Caicos ($428) is available through December 18, 2019 and is based on double occupancy.
There is a new program offered at Hangaroa Eco-Village + Spa.
Now through March 2020, Hangaroa Eco-Hotel + Spa on Easter Island is rewarding guests who book suites. If guests book a suite as part of the full-board “Experience” program, Hangaroa will provide the guests with their own dedicated private guide to explore the island situated in the middle of the South Pacific.
The Experience Program includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, an open bar, transfers to and from Mataveri International Airport, daily excursions, a welcome drink and flower necklace, a minibar, daily sunset cocktails, a gym, a pool and Wi-Fi access. There is a National Park Entrance Fee.
About the suites: The King Suite has double-height ceilings, a spacious living room with a sofa bed and Pacific Ocean views from a private terrace. The eco-Luxury property is designed to blend into the natural surroundings, utilizing natural light and sustainable materials. To note, the sinks were crafted using Llaima Volcanic stone, the tubs are made from artisanal clay from Pichilemu and even a shaman blessed all the rooms using lattice made from sticks from the rivers.
Photo by Hangaroa Eco-Village + Spa
Marriott International’s travel program, Marriott Bonvoy, is launching its second global promotion of 2019, “Endless Earning.” By registering for the promotion, members will be rewarded with 1,500 bonus points on stays of two nights or more across all 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy properties from leading hotel brands located in 131 countries and territories. Registered members will earn on eligible stays between July 2 and September 16, 2019. Points can be redeemed for free nights, flights, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and more.
- Registration Period: June 18 – September 2, 2019; Earning Period: July 2 – September 16, 2019
- By registering for the promotion, Marriott Bonvoy members will earn 1,500 bonus points on stays of two nights or more during the promotion earning period, at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties
- There are no limits to how much members can earn with Endless Earning; however, only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay
- Homes & Villas by Marriott International, ExecuStay, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for bonus points, and nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for bonus points
- Members who elect to earn miles instead of points are not eligible for this promotion
See the Official Terms & Regulations for more details at marriottbonvoy.com/endlessearning
Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities and Marriott Bonvoy Moments, the company’s ever-expanding travel experiences marketplace, offers more than 120,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations from attraction tickets and tours for purchase with credit cards by all guests, to over 8,000 experiences only available to members using points. In 2018, nearly 35,000 experiences were booked by more than 25,000 unique travelers. Of those, 8,640 member-exclusive Moments were experienced by members who redeemed more than 780 million points to pursue their passions for all thing’s sports, music, entertainment, food and more.
Sign up for our 5-day email sales course to navigate the growing oceangoing small-ship cruise market. You’ll learn the need-to-know trends to help you identify prospects and confidently sell the niche. Plus, sales-focused lessons designed to help you accelerate or launch your small ship business.
Seabourn has unveiled its Summer Opportunity Sales Event with savings and value-added amenities available on select 2019-2020 voyages scheduled on every ship across Seabourn’s award-winning fleet.
The Summer Opportunity Sales Event is now underway, with benefits on select voyages sailing all over the globe. Travelers must choose their sailing by Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Value-added benefits may include:
- Veranda for Ocean View Suite Upgrades
- Up to Three Category Veranda Suite Upgrades
- Up to $500 Shipboard Credit per Suite
- Up to $750/$900 Canadian Air Credit per person
- 300-minute Internet Package per person
- Up to 15 percent savings on Combination Cruises
- Book a Penthouse or Premium Suite and receive $1,000 Shipboard Credit per Suite and an Unlimited Internet Package per Suite.
Terms and conditions apply. Offer is valid on select 2019 and 2020 sailings.
Seabourn Venture // Photo courtesy of Seabourn
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced it is extending its free Abu Dhabi stopover campaign to the end of the year due to the popularity of the special offer in its opening month. Travelers flying through the capital of the UAE with the airline are invited to have a free two-night hotel stay to break up their journey and explore the city’s attractions.
Etihad Airways says the destination offers visitors the chance to explore cultural highlights, impressive architecture, world-class theme parks as well as striking beaches and desert landscapes. The city is ideal to solo travelers and couples in search of travel experiences as well as families looking to create memories with their children.
Etihad is offering two free nights of hotel accommodation in Abu Dhabi for all guests booking flights to and from all Etihad destinations via Abu Dhabi. Guests can choose from a range of hotels located across the city including the five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Intercontinental Abu Dhabi and Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, as well as the Pearl Rotana, Courtyard by Marriott WTC, Crowne Plaza and Radisson Blu.
The free Abu Dhabi stopover promotion is available for bookings made by December 1 for travel until December 31, 2019.
Louvre Abu Dhabi // Photo courtesy of Etihad Airways
W Hotels is offering surfers the chance to avoid boardbag travel fees with the launch of “Now Boarding.”
Travelers who book a room at select surfside W destinations will have the cost of flying their board with them reimbursed via an amenity credit. Tapping into the travel itineraries of the more than 23 million surfers worldwide, the program will kick off at the newly opened W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal, where guests can book the package. W Hotels will launch the program with four more oceanfront destinations throughout 2019, including W Bali – Seminyak, W Barcelona, W Punta de Mita and W Goa.
The “Now Boarding” initiative was born from in-depth research on the surf industry in line with agency collaborator, Pen & Public. The commissioned research project confirmed key facts that have encouraged the brand to engage with surfers across the globe at W destinations.
The amenity credit for the inaugural wave of “Now Boarding” will be $300 at W Costa Rica. The other retreats will offer a $150 amenity credit when they roll out later this year.
Photo: W Barcelona
If you’re like us, you’re excited by the record-breaking growth that Las Vegas has achieved the last couple of years. Whether your clients are embarking on an epic girls getaway or spring break with the family and everything in between, you want to make sure their stay is as exciting as the Strip and we’re here to help make that happen. Take the Venetian Specialist Course today!
Avalon Waterways is kickstarting the cruise-selling season for travel advisors with its biggest savings of the year on 2020 itineraries. The company’s “You Snooze, You Don’t Cruise” sales event offers advisors the opportunity to reach out to their clients with free air, plus savings of up to $500 per couple on select 2020 Europe Sailings or savings up to $2,000 per couple on the company’s 2020 Mekong and Ganges departures.
As part of this sales event, Avalon Waterways is also offering advisors extra booking incentives. When they share this sale with clients, travel advisors will be rewarded with robust commissions, as well as chances to win a complimentary Avalon cruise for two. Avalon Waterways will pick a cruise giveaway winner each month through August. Chances to win are based on three criteria: "Sell, Share and Send."
Sell: Travel Advisors who secure bookings between now and August 27, 2019 will receive two entries to win per booking.
Share: Those who share complimentary images, videos and messages from the Travel Agent Portal (via social media) will also get an entry.
Send: Advisors who use Avalon’s free email template – or create their own email – and send it to clients will receive yet another chance to win the monthly giveaway.
The more advisors "Sell, Share and Send," the more chances they have to win. Travel Advisors who win can choose from Avalon’s list of Europe or Mekong 2019 and 2020 itineraries.
For details, travel advisors can visit www.globusfamilypartner.com/avalonviews.
River cruise popularity is soaring and is currently one of the hottest trends in the cruise industry. Here are some of the latest ship, itinerary and personnel developments on the river cruise fronts for 2019 and beyond.
Year after year in survey after survey, London lands at or near the top of favorite European cities to visit. There is no shortage of well-known, popular attractions, from Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London and iconic museums and theaters to Piccadilly Circus, the Coca-Cola London Eye and shopping at Harrods and Carnaby Street. Read all about what's new in the Focus Series!
It’s looking like a banner year for Saint Lucia. This year, it will be celebrating its 40th year of independence, the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will be produced in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and 2018 saw a 2.2 percent increase in global visitor arrivals. Here’s a snapshot of what travelers can expect this year. Read all about what's new in the Focus Series!
Barceló Hotel Group admires and appreciates the tireless work that travel advisors do, day in and day out. That’s why we’ve created a new loyalty program to make your jobs easier and increase your bottom line. Say hello to Barceló Pro Rewards. It’s simple. It’s informative. And it’s packed with perks.
Excite Holidays is a leading global travel wholesaler with over 400,000 hotels, 100,000 activities, all with competitive rates, and more. Find out why we are the perfect partner for any travel agent. Register for this webinar.
In 2018, Las Vegas, for the fourth consecutive year, welcomed more than 42 million visitors, according to the city’s convention and visitors authority (LVCVA). See what's new in Las Vegas for 2019 in the Focus Series.
The Breakers Palm Beach is offering new complimentary daily benefits, available May 1 - September 30, 2019 (including Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day) with rates starting at $360 per room per night, which is almost a 50 percent savings compared to winter. The deal also includes savings on several amenities and a sixth night free.
Complimentary Daily Benefits Include:
- Full American breakfast buffet at The Circle or The Beach Club Restaurant
- Meals for children ages 12 and under
- Special savings on Camp Breakers (available for kids ages three to 12), daytime bungalow rentals, select spa services, tennis instruction, golf, shopping, dining and more
- Unlimited access to Ocean Fitness center, group fitness classes and tennis court times
- High-speed Wi-Fi throughout property
- No resort fees’
Situated in the heart of the island of Palm Beach, The Breakers is located only 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport and just over 60 minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The resort is continuously upgraded yearly, with $30 million spent each year by its family ownership. A few of the hotel’s latest enhancements include the full-scale renovation of the Ocean Course, and signature services and amenities at The Spa.
Photo courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach
Twenty-five years after Banyan Tree Holdings first took root in the tropical soils of Southeast Asia, Banyan Tree Samui is leveraging the anniversary as an opportunity to offer 25 percent discounts on all accommodation, food and beverage, spa facilities and on-site shopping.
The promotion, requiring guests to stay a minimum of two nights, came underway on March 29 and runs through December 19, 2019.
Banyan Tree Samui has 88 villas, each with a private infinity pool, at a luxurious property that is nestled into a cascading lush hillside on the island of Koh Samui, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.
Banyan Tree received its first guest in the flagship Banyan Tree in 1994. The resort was built on an abandoned tin mine which was later found to be too toxic to support vegetation or development. The Singaporean owners embarked on a regeneration program, reintroducing indigenous plants and planting 7,000 trees, and transformed the site into a lush property.
For two weeks only, Seabourn is offering a package of savings and amenities on select 2019 and 2020 voyages across the world aboard its fleet.
Seabourn’s Two Week Sale kicks off Monday, March 25 and runs through April 8, and offers benefits on select sailings for travelers to experience the world on a Seabourn voyage. Travelers who book during the Two-Week Sale may:
- Receive complimentary veranda suite category upgrades
- Reserve a penthouse or premium suite and receive a $1,000 per suite shipboard credit
- Book a Combination Cruise and receive up to 15 percent savings
- Receive a special deposit offer of $500 per suite
- Solo travelers will find single supplements starting at only 25 percent above the standard double occupancy fares on select voyages
Seabourn’s Two Week Sale applies to select cruises in destinations around the world. A complete listing of the voyages, savings and amenities can be viewed on Seabourn’s website.
Additional offerings and programs include partnerships with a select group of companies and individuals, such as An Evening with Tim Rice, the new evening entertainment experience created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller, a culinary concept reminiscent of the classic American restaurant from the 50s and 60s.
Other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability. Certain other restrictions apply.
Photo by Seabourn
We know you have choices when it comes to small-ship, ultra-luxury cruises. This training course is designed to help you see why PONANT, a favorite among luxury travelers in Europe for over 30 years, is on course to become a leading choice among U.S. travelers.
Iconic Santorini is offering early booking discounts for a limited time only.
Iconic Santorini is a cave hotel perched 1,000 feet above the sapphire waters of the caldera in the village of Imerovigli. The 19 residences are close to all the sights, but detached from the crowds of nearby Fira and Oia.
Early booking discounts are available from 20 percent to 40 percent off the full range of accommodations. Special pricing is also available on the Iconic, Cliff and Cave Suites, each with a full range of amenities including personal plunge pools.
Iconic Santorini welcomes couples and families with children ages 14 and older. Guests can experience relaxing with a good book, swimming in the infinity pool, taking in a massage and dining in the Pergola restaurant while overlooking the Aegean.
To utilize this offer, contact [email protected] or visit www.iconicsantorini.com. This offer is based on limited availability.
Iconic Santorini is managed by Precise Hospitality Management and is a member of the Mantis Collection of five-star Hotels, Eco-escapes & Lifestyle Resorts.
Early booking is available until April 28 2019 for travel anytime during the year.
Photo courtesy of Iconic Santorini
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will give free airfare to guests who book select cruises from now through the end of February. The deal applies to more than 65 departure dates on six itineraries, including:
- Castles Along the Rhine – This eight-day cruise sails between Amsterdam and Basel. Stops include Cologne, Koblenz, Boppard, Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg and more.
- Portugal, Spain & the Douro – Offered as an eight-day sailing roundtrip from Porto and as an 11-day trip beginning in Lisbon and ending in Porto, this itinerary offers travelers a chance to sail through Spain and Portugal’s Douro River Valley.
- Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River – Travelers looking to explore the Douro River can also choose this 13-day cruise between Madrid and Lisbon. Along the way, guests see Toledo, Salamanca, Castelo Rodrigo, Lamego, Porto and more.
- Alluring Amsterdam and Vienna – An even longer sailing, this 15-day trip travels between Amsterdam and Vienna with stops at Dürnstein, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Volkach, Würzburg, Rüdesheim and Cologne.
- Gems of Northern Italy – Lasting 10 days, the Gems of Northern Italy runs from Milan to Venice.
- Magnificent Moselle and Rhine – Another 10-day trip, this itinerary sails between Cologne and Frankfurt, stopping at destinations throughout Germany and Luxembourg.
All itineraries include onboard accommodations, food and beverage, daily guided excursions, gratuities and airport transfers. The deal is only combinable with River Heritage Club savings, agency discounts and member benefits. The offer began February 12 and will be available through February 28.
For more information, visit Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s website.
Luxury travelers have limited time remaining to save thousands of dollars on global voyages aboard the award-winning ships of Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Cruises. Through the booking deadline of February 28, 2019, Crystal’s Book Now Savings offer cruise fare savings up to $2,000 per suite on select Ocean voyages; $1,500 per suite on select River voyages; and $4,100 per suite on select Yacht voyages.
With dozens of applicable sailings, guests can experience added value with the all-inclusive Crystal Experience on the vacation they choose. The recently redesigned Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity offer itineraries that span the globe, from Australia, Asia and Alaska to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Crystal River Cruises’ fleet of five ships sail the rivers of Europe on journeys through Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and more. Crystal Esprit offers boutique yachting escapes for active travelers, including spring sailings in the West Indies and summer and beyond in the Adriatic, Arabian Peninsula and the Seychelles.
Crystal’s Book Now Savings program is designed to reward travelers who book early with the very best possible fares for the sailings of their choice. Following the February 28 “Book Now” deadline, fares for 75 voyages will increase.
Photo by Crystal Cruises
La Compagnie, the exclusively business-class boutique airline with routes between New York and Paris and Nice, is inviting couples to discover the City of Lights in 2019.
Available to book for one day only—Thursday, February 14—La Compagnie’s limited-time duo fares to Paris or Nice includes $2,500 round-trip airfare for two for travel now through 2019.
Couples can enjoy a trip to Paris on La Compagnie’s new Airbus A321neo (due for arrival in Q2 2019) or a summer adventure to Nice (launching May 2019). To take advantage of La Compagnie’s “Valentine’s Day” promotion, please visit LaCompagnie.com, call La Compagnie’s call center at 1-800-218-6820, or contact your preferred travel advisor.
The “Valentine’s Day” promotion requires instant ticketing and is nonrefundable; travel dates are subject to availability. All taxes and carrier-imposed fees are included. La Compagnie authorizes two checked bags per passenger free of charge; baggage fees apply for any additional bags.
Launched in July 2014, La Compagnie is an exclusively business-class airline operating regularly scheduled transatlantic flights between New York (Newark International Airport) and Paris (Paris Orly Airport) and seasonal flights between New York (Newark International Airport) and Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport (NCE). La Compagnie is outfitted with 74 lie-flat seats and provides thoughtful amenities including personal tablets, Caudalie cosmetic kits and a dining experience offering fresh menu items by renowned New York and Paris based chefs. Arriving in 2019, La Compagnie will operate two brand new A321neo equipped with 76 full-flat seats and unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi.
We’ve created this training program to show you how our diverse collection of nine luxury hotels are the very definition of elegance—stylish yet tasteful, classic yet sophisticated—and suited to every taste, from families to couples to groups to adventurers.
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Fresh off of a $46 million property-wide renovation last year, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort will celebrate its 25th year in Hawaii with two promotions. The 25th Anniversary Package will offer guests staying at least six nights 25 percent savings on prices around the resort, while the $25,000 Silver Jubilee Package will offer two visitors a luxurious weeklong stay inclusive of all sorts of benefits.
The standard 25th Anniversary package will offer guests 25 percent off nightly room/suite rates; 25 percent off green fees at Mauna Kea Golf Course and Hapuna Beach Golf Course; 25 percent off beach rentals and activities; and 15 percent off at Meridia Restaurant. The deal is valid for visits through December 21 and requires a minimum stay of six night/seven days. To reserve, guests can book online using promo code ER7 or call 808-228-9290 and ask for promotional code ER7.
The $25,000 Silver Jubilee Package provides two guests with: seven nights/eight days suite accommodations; a Jeep rental car; helicopter transportation between Kona Airport and the resort; $2,500 food credit; $250 credits each for beach activity rentals, Mandara Spa at Hapuna and Mauna Kea Resort Shopping; unlimited golf at Hapuna Golf and Mauna Kea Golf Courses at Mauna Kea Resort; a private cooking class followed by a romantic dinner for two; complimentary daily pool cabana; a one-hour photo portrait session; Moonlight Manta Snorkel; premium seating at Mauna Kea’s award-winning Lū’au; Big Island Spectacular tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters; an island snorkel cruise; and choice of one Hawai’i Island eco-tour adventure with Hawaii Forest and Trail. To reserve, guests must call 808-880-3301.
Bettoja Hotels Collection is offering up new Valentine’s Day’s packages at its three hotels centrally located in Rome.
The hotels are within walking distance of historic landmarks, including the Coliseum, Opera House, Forum, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Bettoja Hotels Collection’s new Valentine’s Day packages include:
Hotel Mediterraneo – “Eternal City” Package
- Candlelight dinner at Roof Garden with live jazz and a view of Rome from the Esquilino, the highest of the seven Roman hills
- Champagne flute served with potato mille-feuille with oysters and pumpkin cream
- Four-course dinner menu
- Wine selection from the Bettoja Wine Cellar
- Overnight accommodations in a Superior double room
- Buffet breakfast with a view
- Bottle of Italian Spumante and strawberries in the room
- Late check-out at 4 p.m.
- 10 percent discount on pre-arrival or post stay on the best available room rate
- €299 per person
Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio – “Rome” Package
- Candlelight dinner at Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio in a historical location
- Overnight accommodations in a Superior double room
- Buffet breakfast
- Bottle of Italian Spumante and strawberries in the room
- Late check-out at 4 p.m.
- 10 percent discount on pre-arrival or post stay on the best available room rate
- €299 per person
- Choose from either the dinner at Hotel Mediterraneo’s Roof Garden or Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio’s Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio
- 20 percent discount on the best available rate at the Atlantico Hotel
For those looking to experience the Valentine’s Day menu at either Hotel Mediterraneo or Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio, the stand-alone dinner menus are as follows:
Candlelight dinner at Roof Garden with live jazz background includes a champagne flute served with potato mille-feuille with oysters and pumpkin cream, four-course menu, wine selection from the Bettoja Wine Cellar for €80 per person
Dinner by candlelight at Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio in a historical location includes Franciacorta flute with potato millefoglie with melted pumpkin and caviar, four-course menu, love of wasabi chocolate and raspberry cream, selection of wines from the Bettoja Wine Cellar for €50 per person.
The booking window is open now through February 14, while travel is available pre- and post-February 14, but the Valentine's Day menu is available only that night.
Photo Courtesy of Bettoja Hotels Collection
The collection of five-star properties aim to make February 14, 2019, a day and night to remember. Here are the special packages:
Corinthia Hotel Budapest: The landmark city hotel is the backdrop for A Corinthia Love Story, a Valentine’s Day escape which includes an upgrade to a rose petal-strewn room, champagne and chocolate strawberries on arrival, a three-course dinner with complimentary glass of wine, a 25-minute massage in the Royal Spa and a buffet breakfast the next day. Love at Corinthia costs from €279 (approximately $321) per room per night.
Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, Malta: Travelers can book a rose petal-strewn Deluxe Room, get a back, neck and shoulder massage at the Athenaeum Spa, and experience the in-room aphrodisiac menu. The Valentine’s Escape is priced from €140 (approximately $161) per room per night. Valid from February 13-17, 2019.
Corinthia Hotel Lisbon: Experience one of Corinthia Hotel Lisbon’s new Deluxe Junior Suites with a three-course dinner served in the rooms which includes a glass of champagne, plus early check-in, breakfast, and late check-out. The Romantic Escape costs from €300 (approximately $345) per room per night. Valid from February 9-19, 2019.
Corinthia Hotel London: Travelers can experience an overnight stay in a room or suite and access to the award-winning spa, ESPA Life. During the stay, a bottle of chilled champagne and sweet pastries will be waiting on arrival and, later, a rose petal-strewn bed. The spa’s Thermal Floor includes a swimming pool, amphitheater sauna, steam room and more. Romance in London costs from £534 (approximately $681) per room per night, including full English breakfast. Valid throughout 2019.
Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay, Malta: Experience sea view accommodation on the Mediterranean island of Malta at Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay, enjoy a 50-minute, full-body couple’s massage with a glass of bubbly and chocolate truffles, full use of the Apollo spa, breakfast and late check-out on the day of departure. Magical Moments costs from €220 (approximately $253) per room per night. Valid from February 14-17, 2019.
With a fleet of four ships in Alaska this summer, Lindblad Expeditions announced three new promotions for travel to the region. These offers include a prize drawing to win a free cruise, a deal for families traveling with children and a milestone celebration package.
Travel advisors who book any Alaskan expedition aboard one of the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet ships will automatically enter the prize drawing to win one of three cruises for two. Advisors will earn two entries for every guest the book and a $250 gift card per cabin. The more cabins they book, the more entries they receive.
The three cruises an advisor can win are: Arctic: Land of the Ice Bears aboard National Geographic Endurance; Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness aboard National Geographic Quest; and Baja California and the Sea of Cortez aboard National Geographic Venture.
Lindblad Expeditions will also offer major discounts for families traveling with children. Those traveling with a child or grandchild to Alaska will receive 50 percent off for the first kid and a completely free trip for the second. Applicable for select departures of the eight-day Exploring Alaska’s Coast Wilderness, the deal is based on two full-paying adults bringing children 22 years and younger.
Finally, groups looking to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, graduations, retirements or any other occasion can now choose the Milestone Package. The offer includes a special in-cabin welcome gift, five percent off for groups of eight or more, a $150 gift card for on board purchases, a voyage DVD, a custom group photograph and a celebratory cake.
Mandarin Oriental, Canouan’s new Unplug & Unwind offers a means to relaxation. The hotel invites guests to begin 2019 in a more relaxed and rejuvenated state of body and mind with a visit to Canouan Island’s "decompression zone."
With travel on the resort’s private jet, unlimited golf on Canouan’s 18-hole championship course, tennis, water sports and treatments at The Spa, the Unplug & Unwind package strives to dispel any signs of daily stressors or separation anxiety from digital devices. Valid January 7 through April 22, at a starting rate of $4,500, Unplug & Unwind includes:
- Three nights’ accommodation in an ocean-view suite
- Round-trip Resort Jet transfers between Canouan and St. Vincent, Barbados, St. Lucia or Grenada
- Two 90-minute Digital Wellness Escape treatments (targeting negative affects/stressors created by digital devices)
- Unlimited golf (including club rentals)
- Unlimited tennis (including equipment rental)
- Unlimited non-motorized water sports
- Daily breakfast in Lagoon Café or Asianne restaurants
This offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with other offers. Additional nights of stay and/or additional guests may be added at prevailing rates. Guests can confirm the resort’s jet availability before booking their international flights.
Dukes London, which recently completed a multimillion-pound, top-to-bottom renovation, is inviting couples to celebrate Valentine's Day with a new package. This year travelers can let Dukes set the scene for two nights at London's most exclusive address, while wining and dining their beloved with a limited-edition, six course menu at the hotel's Great British Restaurant (GBR).
Couples can check into to one of the hotel's luxury rooms, where strawberries dipped in chocolate and a red rose await, before heading out to explore the famous sights of London. Nestled in a quiet cobbled courtyard in St. James's, Mayfair, Dukes London is located near Harrods, Buckingham Palace, The National Gallery and Trafalgar Square only a few minutes away. Also, nearby are St James's Park and Green Park. Travelers can receive bespoke experiences, from a personalized box of chocolates to private shopping at one of the local Royal Warrant shops.
After a day exploring London, travelers can return to Dukes to have a drink at Dukes Bar. They can have a pre-dinner aperitif before experiencing an exclusive, six-course menu with a special-edition welcome drink and bottle of wine at GBR. Upon arrival at the restaurant, guests will be greeted with a Black Velvet or Raspberry Bellini, His or Her cocktails, which are included in the set menu. Available for one night only, Head Bartender Maria has also created the His or Her cocktail menu to celebrate the special day. Guests will have several options from the exclusive menu, paired with dishes including Scottish langoustine broth with seaweed bread, duck leg terrine, and chalk stream trout served with mussels and saffron potatoes.
The Valentine's Day Package is priced at £985 and includes two nights with breakfast, amenities such as strawberries dipped in chocolate, and a six-course set menu at GBR with a bottle of wine on February 14. The package is applicable for stays between February 13 to 16, 2019.
Luxury destination weddings and honeymoons continue to evolve in their style as the bride and groom raise the bar on their expectations.
For destination weddings, couples are planning more customized experiences for their guests, and the planning is beginning earlier and earlier. Read more in the Luxury Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Focus Series!
Focus on Mexico and you’ll see a destination weddings and honeymoons superstar. The reasons are plentiful. It’s a great value, especially with today’s strong dollar-to-peso exchange rate. It’s close to the U.S., with airlift continually on the upswing. Scenic settings provide romantic backdrops that include beaches, jungles, mountains and deserts. And the country’s rich culture maintains ties to ancient roots and puts a premium on hospitality. Read the Focus Series to find out more!
As part of an ongoing series of experiential packages being offered by Carlton Tel Aviv, the luxury hotel announces this week the addition of a new art and design-focused package available until March 31, 2019. The "Tel Aviv Street Style" package connects guests with industry experts who personally guide them through the city's best in art, design and fashion.
Referred to as the "White City," Tel Aviv is known for its Bauhaus-style buildings in some neighborhoods, and graffiti-splattered streets in others. Galleries across the city attract world famous works and exhibitions by international talents, while homegrown designers have set up shop in fashion boutiques. Carlton Tel Aviv, recently named Israel's Leading Business Hotel for the fifth time by the World Travel Awards, is exposing guests to the city's full range of offerings.
The following experiences are included in the hotel's Tel Aviv Street Style package:
- Three nights' stay in a single room category at Carlton Tel Aviv, including breakfast.
- A gallery and street are tour led by local art expert and curator Sarah Peguine of Oh So Arty. Guests will visit Tel Aviv's galleries and studio spaces, getting the chance to meet local artists and explore some of the most in-demand exhibitions of the moment. The tour will also take guests to certain corners of Florentin to see works by street artists who have come from all corners of the globe. Tours do not run on Sundays, as galleries are closed.
- A fashion Tour of Tel Aviv's designers, boutiques and studios with Galit Reismann of TLVStyle. This customized tour that will take travelers off the beaten track and right into the studios of emerging fashion designers. TLVStyle provides guests with insider insights about Israel's most promising up-and-coming fashion designers as well as its established industry veterans.
The "Tel Aviv Street Style" package is priced starting at $1,685 for a single occupancy room and tours of up to two persons. It is available from December 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 excluding December 19, 2018 to January 2, 2019.
Photo courtesy of Carlton Tel Aviv
Luxury cruise line Cunard announced its Upgrades on Us promotion. This new deal is available on select 2019 and 2020 voyages on all three ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.
Cunard’s Upgrades on Us promotion is available on the line’s signature Transatlantic Crossings including the Third Annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing in July 2019 and the popular New England & Canada voyages, on flagship liner Queen Mary 2. The offer is also available on Caribbean, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia voyages on all ships, sailing between May 2019 and November 2020.
By taking advantage of the Upgrades on Us offer, guests have the opportunity to experience the ultimate levels of luxury across Cunard’s fleet. Those upgrading from Inside to Balcony will get to enjoy the sea air from the privacy of their own balcony, and those who upgrade from Club Balconyto Princess Grill will delight their palate with the gourmet cuisine of the Princess Grill Restaurant.
Book between November 29, 2018 and February 28, 2019; the Upgrades on Us promotion features:
- Free upgrade from Inside to Balcony stateroom
- Free upgrade from Club Balcony to Princess Grill
- Upgrade within Queens Grill categories
- Grill Suite bookings receive Free Gratuities and Free Drinks Package
- Past guests receive Free Gratuities (in all categories)
- All guests receive 50 percent reduced deposit
Destinations and itineraries world-wide including:
- New England & Canada: A seven-night voyage on Queen Mary 2 from New York to Quebec with a rare overnight stay in Quebec City
- Norway & Northern Lights: A 12-night voyage on Queen Elizabeth roundtrip from Southampton, England, stopping in four different Norwegian ports
- Eastern Caribbean: A 12-night Caribbean sailing on Queen Mary 2 roundtrip from New York with stops in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, as well as Barbados
- Mediterranean Highlights: A 14-night voyage on Queen Victoria with roundtrip from Southampton, with calls in Spain and Italy
- Singapore to Shanghai: A 12-night voyage on Queen Elizabeth, calling in Chan May and Ha Long Bay, with overnights in Hong Kong and Shanghai
New Delhi luxury hotel The Lodhi announced its new special promotion ‘Splendid Sojourn.’ The deal makes travel to iconic Indian landmarks easier than ever by providing transportation to guests at no additional cost.
Guests at The Lodhi will be able to visit the popular Golden Triangle of India and see either the Taj Mahal in Agra or the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. Guests will travel in style, with a car and driver provided to guests for free. The deal will be available for guests of The Lodhi until March 31, 2019.
The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It sits on the south bank of the Yamuna River in the city of Agra. The Hawa Mahal, located in Jaipur, is another nearby architectural landmark. The palace is built from red and pink sandstone and has a unique exterior that looks similar to a honeycomb.
The Lodhi is centrally located in New Delhi, India. It is located on Lodi Road near the Lodi Gardens, an extensive parkland that houses historic tombs dating back to the 15th century. The property is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It offers 48 rooms and suites that range in size from 1,350 square feet to 4,500 square feet. The property’s spa includes a Hammam, salon, gym, 50-meter lap pool, three tennis courts and two squash courts. The hotel’s Les Clefs D’Or Concierges is available to help create personalized excursions in and around the city.
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PrivateFly and Casa Kimberly are collaborating on a travel itinerary, which includes round-trip private jet travel to Puerto Vallarta via PrivateFly, a three-night stay in the Elizabeth Taylor Suite at Casa Kimberly, a sunset champagne sail, spa treatments for two, five-star dining experiences and more. Pricing for this exclusive travel itinerary starts at $50,015.
Travelers will begin their getaway with a check-in experience at a private FBO lounge, where they will meet their flight crew. Once on board, guests can go to their private cabin and have customized VIP catering, such as champagne and caviar. For this trip, PrivateFly recommends booking a Gulfstream GIV, which features a fast cruising speed of Mach .8, and a cabin interior with reclining seating.
Upon landing, PrivateFly will arrange a 1960s classic car or limo to pick up guests from the tarmac and wind through the cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta to Casa Kimberly.
When arriving at the hotel, guest will be greeted with a Casa Kimberly margarita or a glass of champagne before being escorted to the Elizabeth Taylor Suite. The suite is accessed via a private elevator or hand-painted tile steps leading from the central courtyard. The suite is 2,500 square-foot and includes a private terrace, pool, jacuzzi, Taylor’s original pink marble heart-shaped tub, art and antiques throughout, with views stretching from the Sierra Madra Mountains to the waters of Banderas Bay. Casa Kimberly features nine suites in total, a pool, boutique spa and fine dining restaurant.
The full itinerary for two guests includes:
- Round-trip private jet travel via PrivateFly
- Three-night stay in the Elizabeth Taylor Suite
- Private mariachi serenade on the terrace with dinner in suite by The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar
- Private yoga session on the terrace
- Chef tasting menu at La Cappella, which is located at Casa Kimberly’s sister hotel, Hacienda San Angel
- Spa treatment for two at the CK Spa
- Private sunset sail with a champagne toast
This itinerary will be offered through April 30, 2019 and the aircraft cost may vary based on the departure city, availability, group size and type of jet.
Photo: Casa Kimberly Elizabeth Taylor Suite