Santa Monica, California
Green Scene: Viceroy Santa Monica (viceroy–santamonica.com) recently announced partnerships with two eco-friendly businesses: GreenBliss EcoSpa and Econation, an alternative-fuel car service. To celebrate, through December 31, Viceroy is offering By the Sea, an exclusive eco-aware package that combines the best of all three, plus a 20 percent discount. The package includes one-night accommodations in a City View room; round-trip transfer from LAX in a Toyota Prius hybrid, provided by Econation; two signature in-room Fusion Massages by GreenBliss EcoSpa; in-room breakfast for two from Whist restaurant; and a listing of LA’s farmers markets. Price is $695 for the first night; additional nights are $313 each, including breakfast.
Sexy Beach: Speaking of Viceroy, the 162-room Kelly Wearstler-designed Viceroy Miami (viceroyiconbrickell.com) opened its doors last month, in a hip location on Biscayne Bay. Among the highlights are a 310-foot infinity pool overlooking the bay; movie theater; billiard room; 28,000-square-foot, full-service spa and fitness center; restaurant overlooking the 15th-floor pool; and Fifty, the rooftop lounge/restaurant with dramatic skyline views adjacent to the pool on the 50th floor.
That’s What Friends Are For: The Yachts of Seabourn (seabourn.com) is offering the Between Friends promotion for three or more couples, as long as at least one of the couples are first-time Seabourn guests. Those who participate receive onboard credit of $1,500 per couple—a total of at least $4,500 per group—for private shore excursions on most 2009 European voyages. Choose from more than 60 departures of some two dozen cruise itineraries of seven to 14 days in the Mediterranean, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, and the Norwegian fjords. With early booking savings of up to 45 percent, fares start from $3,905 per person, based on double occupancy, for an ocean-view suite.
Boston, Baby: Hurry to receive special introductory rates at the newly opened Inn @ St. Botolph (innatstbotolph.com), a 16-suite boutique hotel set on a quiet street in Boston’s historic Back Bay and sister hotel to the acclaimed XV Beacon. Like its sibling property, the interior reflects the character and charm of Boston, including original art from local artists, plus queen-size four-poster beds, kitchenettes, gas fireplaces, and views of the city. Through March 31, receive up to 30 percent off regular rates (as low as $129 per night) and 20 percent discounts at nearby restaurants such as Mistral, Teatro, Sorellina, and Mooo.
Riviera Maya & Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Plane Lucky: Two luxury resorts in Mexico, the Tides Riviera Maya (tidesrivieramaya.com) and the Tides Zihuatanejo (tideszihuatanejo.com), are offering the Fly Free promotion, which translates to deep discounts—from $500 to $1,500 per person per room—on the cost of your stay at either property. Here’s how it works: book by April 30 for stays through December 18 (limit two people per room). Show your plane ticket(s) to the front desk staff, and they’ll adjust your room rate accordingly. Rates start at $785 for Tides Riviera Maya and $570 for Tides Zihuatanejo. Savings start at $500 per person, and as the price of the room goes up, so do the airfare credits—up to $1,500 per person for the most expensive villas at Riviera Maya and up to $1,000 per person for the Tides suites at Zihuatanejo.
Maalefushi Island, Maldives
Life’s A Beach: To celebrate its grand opening this summer, The Regent Maldives (regenthotels.com/maldives), a 50-villa resort occupying the entire Maalefushi Island in the Indian Ocean, is offering one complimentary night’s stay for guests booking six consecutive nights and two free nights for those staying 12 days or more in the months of July and September. Among the many amenities are customized fishing expeditions, private scuba instruction, spa treatments overlooking the lagoon, gourmet picnicking, sunset cruises, and luxury speedboat tours. Rates start at $925 per night, and bookings for this promotion begin March 1.
City of Love: Croatia is one of Eastern Europe’s hottest destinations, and the Regent Esplanade Zagreb (regenthotels.com/zagreb), a luxury landmark once part of the legendary Orient Express, is offering a sweet deal for traveling sweethearts in 2009. The Romance in the City of Hearts package includes two nights in a superior room, a private tour of Zagreb’s historic sites by limousine, candlelit dinner at Zinfandel’s Restaurant, welcome bottle of Champagne and bouquet of red roses, relaxing bubble bath poured by a personal bath butler, and in-room breakfast. Rates start at $690 for two nights, based on double occupancy.
Family Friendly: For families looking to get away—but not too far—the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa (jwmarriottcancun.com) is offering a special deal for you and your kids to explore Xcaret Ecological Park, where you can learn about the regional flora and fauna by snorkeling through colorful reefs and visiting the aquarium. This package includes accommodations for two adults and two kids (three-night minimum), daily breakfast buffet, transportation to and from the park, and Xcaret Plus tickets for two adults and two kids. Rates start at $320. For the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort (casamagnacancun.com), rates begin at $284 per night.
Shop Talk: Enjoy life as a VIP with Concorde Hotels & Resorts’ (concorde-hotels.com) Shop ’Til You Drop package, available throughout the brand’s French hotels, including the Hotel Concorde St. Lazare, in Paris’ grand shopping district, and the Hotel Martinez in Cannes. You’ll get luxury accommodations plus special discounts and VIP treatment at prestigious stores such as Annick Goutal, Baccarat, Fauchon, and Le Printemps. Rates begin at $230 per night and include one night in a double room for two along with a complimentary buffet breakfast and Concorde shopping guide.