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Luxury Upgrades in Paris, France

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Mandarin Oriental, Paris, recently awarded “Palace Distinction,” is a fashionable 138-room and -suite hotel set along renowned rue Saint-Honoré, around the corner from Place Vendôme. Accommodations feature sleek decor, Bang & Olufsen flat-screen televisions and iPod docking stations. Enjoy the creative cuisine of renowned French Chef Thierry Marx at Camélia, where you can reserve a table in the garden during the summer months, or at the two-Michelin-star Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx, where the chef presents both a gourmet and a sensory journey that is not to be missed. The signature Spa and pool offer the perfect setting for holistic healing.

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For 2016

    • Guaranteed upgrade at time of booking: Room to Room & Suite to Suite (Royale Suites excluded) Not applicable May 22-Jul 10/Sep 3-Oct 8 (during these periods, upgrades will be upon arrival if available)
    • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
    • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
    • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi for duration of stay
    • For stays of 2 nights or more: Complimentary one-way transfer for Suites with meet and greet service at the air bridge

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How To Feel Like A VIP On Vacation

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Traveline advisors  can often coordinate one-of-a-kind experiences for you as an actual traveler; look at some of these as examples. Below, from the September issue of Virtuoso Life, are even more examples of what exactly an advisor and their network of relationships can provide for you.

Watch a private opera performance at the Sistine Chapel. Besides the show, the guided, after-hours tour of Rome’s ornate icon can also include dinner in one of the Vatican’s neighboring frescoed rooms.

Shake hands with the Dalai Lama. The memorable meeting with His Holiness can be arranged for travelers interested in Buddhism and spirituality.

Tour Maui’s organic farms. Spend the morning at goat cheese and lavender farms, as well as an organic vodka distillery, along the slopes of Mount Haleakala.

Surf with a national champion. Hang ten in Sri Lanka with Tharanga Daminda, who will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Hikkaduwa Beach for a one-on-one lesson.

Make your own wine in Bordeaux. Create a custom-blended microvintage under the guidance of a specialist from one of the region’s top wineries.

See art come to life in Italy. Venture behind the counters of the botteghe (small workshops) in Florence’s Oltrarno district to watch artisans handcraft their silver, gold, and leather wares. “Not only does Florence have so much to offer, but from there you can take many easy and beautiful day trips to Cinque Terre, Chianti, and the ancient cities of Lucca and Pisa,” says Virtuoso travel advisor Andrea Malis of Tucson, AZ.

Photograph the northern lights with a professional. This guided photography expedition to some of Iceland’s most picturesque spots is suited to everyone, from amateur Instagrammers to aspiring Ansel Adamses.

Eat dinner on top of a volcano. You’ll work for your meal – it’s a 90-minute drive, then a two-hour hike up Bali’s Mount Batur. The payoff: Taking in sunset from the 5,633-foot summit. “This experience is great for couples and honeymooners,” says Paris-based Virtuoso advisor Myriam Guyon. “You’ll be alone with a spectacular view of the volcano and a private meal. That’s luxury! Wear good shoes and a light jacket; it can be chilly after sunset.”

… or on the Great Wall of China. The private feast is held along the wall’s Juyongguan Pass, outside Beijing.

Immerse yourself in Quechua culture in Cuzco, Peru. During a trip to the Andean village of Ccorca, guests learn from schoolchildren how to dye wool and bake traditional Incan bread.

Spot wildlife on private Tasmanian bushland. Keep an eye out for wallabies, wombats, and, if you’re lucky, Tasmanian devils.

Have a world-famous museum to yourself. A guided, pre-opening tour of New York’s American Museum of Natural History grants crowd-free access to its most popular exhibits. “After the museum, head to Sarabeth’s for lemon ricotta pancakes,” says NYC-based Virtuoso advisor Bobby Huebner.

Originally appeared in September 2015 issue of Virtuoso Life

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Hanging Out in Huatulco, Mexico #travel

Nine bays, no limits.

Huatulco (wah-tool-co) is one of Mexico’s most relaxed tourist destinations, located on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast at the edge of the Sierra Madre Mountains in the state of Oaxaca. 22-miles of picturesque beaches dot the nearly virgin Pacific coastline while nine bays make Huatulco a watersports lover’s dream. Be sure to take a trip around Huatulco’s nine bays to discover the stunning surroundings, hidden beaches, and flora and fauna. Deluxe modern resorts are set amidst a natural unspoiled setting on Tangolunda Bay. Peaceful and romantic Conejos Bay offers golden sand beaches and sapphire waters. The hemisphere’s first eco-tourism resort, EarthCheck certification has been awarded to Huatulco for its high environmental standards.

Some of our favorite resorts

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa

Conejos Bay, with its golden sand, beautiful rock formations and sapphire waters, welcomes Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa, a AAA 4 Diamond Award Winner and part of the Secrets brand, voted Best Hotel Chain by Apple Vacationers. This spectacular adults only (18+) resort is gently carved into the natural landscape to give all rooms a magnificent view. The exclusive amenities of Unlimited-Luxury® start with endless meals, snacks and premium beverages, pool and beach wait service, and 24-hour room and concierge service – all without the wristband that many resorts require. Suites offer a daily refreshed premium mini bar and spectacular views, while select accommodations provide a furnished patio, balcony, terrace Jacuzzi, or swim-out pool access. Enjoy unlimited activities, including windsurfing and snorkeling, and live nightly entertainment. Guests will indulge in some of the finest international fare at any of the seven gourmet á la carte restaurants, a buffet, and more – all without reservations. Enjoy nearby golf at Campo de Golf Tangolunda or pamper yourself at the world-class Secrets Spa by Pevonia with tranquil treatments.

Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa

Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa, perfectly placed on Tangolunda Bay, one of the largest and most beautiful bays, is a sanctuary of both leisure and adventure for families, couples, singles, and friends. Enjoy endless day and night activities and all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury where everything is included.

All rooms and suites boast amazing views, elegant design, and comfort. Amenities include a private terrace, satellite TV, DVD player, complimentary daily refreshed mini bar with soft drinks, juices, bottled water, and beer, 24-hour room service, and other lavish luxuries. Upgrade to a Preferred Club room and receive exceptional services and world-class amenities.

 

Quinta Real Huatulco

Bask in warmth and luxury in an exquisite Mexican atmosphere in beautiful Huatulco. Quinta Real Huatulco is located in Huatulco, Mexico, about 13 miles east of Bahias de Huatulco.

Double Moorish domed buildings mark this romantic and relaxing hotel. The small clusters of suites are integrated into the sloping hill near Tangolunda Bay and offer spectacular views of the Tangolunda Golf Course and Pacific Ocean.

Camino Real Zaashila Huatulco

Experience a spectacular vacation on a private beach on Tangolunda Bay. Camino Real Zaashila Huatulco is located in Huatulco, Mexico, about 14 miles east of Bahias de Huatulco International Airport.

One of the most exclusive resorts in the Bays of Huatulco, this shimmering sanctuary combines Mexican and Mediterranean architectural styles with 27 acres of gardens, fountains and waterfalls. Its unique, stacked design is submerged in a breathtaking natural setting, featuring a monumental, 120-meter length swimming pool, sculpted in front of the complex with a view over the Bay and endless crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Barcelo Huatulco Beach Resort

Barcelo Huatulco Beach rests upon a shimmering beach at the head of Tangolunda Bay, the largest of the nine secluded bays of Huatulco. Built in a contemporary Mexican style, this is a prestigious resort in Huatulco, known for its luxury and green sustainability. A distinctive resort where you’ll enjoy a variety of land and water sports, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful grounds, the swimming pool, or just go for a stroll along the sapphire waves of the Pacific Ocean, as they are all just a few steps from your room.

Contact Traveline for more information or give us a call at 1-888-700-8747.

 

 

Sun in St. Croix #travel

Paradise found…

St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands (no passports needed for USA Citizens), offers a tranquil tropical destination for vacationers, honeymooners, scuba divers, and more. Rich in cultural diversity, St. Croix has a past filled with a fascinating history. Experience the unique culture of St. Croix through its arts, crafts, music, and more during a variety of festivals and cultural events throughout the year. St. Croix provides gorgeous beaches, world-class recreational activities, fine dining, casino action, and golf. Although only 22.7 miles long and 8 miles at its widest point, the landscape of St. Croix is surprisingly diverse. Visiting just the two main towns of Saint Croix will give you a glimpse of the island’s incredible history, from regal 18th and 19th-century homes in Christiansted to a tropical rain forest in Frederiksted.

Some of our favorite resorts:

Divi Carina Bay Resort

Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino is a lively retreat nestled on the secluded eastern shoreline of beautiful St. Croix. The resort, 25 miles from the airport, lies along a 1000-foot stretch of white sand on Grapetree Beach. The clear waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands beckon travelers to take a dip, while hammocks stretched under swaying palms provide opportunities to dry-off and relax. The Vegas-style casino accommodates adventurous gamers looking to try their luck.

Enjoy modern beachfront guestrooms, poolside dining, watersports, live entertainment, and the value that comes with an all-inclusive package.

The Buccaneer

Treat yourself to a spectacular getaway at The Buccaneer, a luxurious beach resort that encompasses all the best St. Croix has to offer. Situated on 300 tropical acres, The Buccaneer is less than a five-minute drive from the historic town of Christiansted, where guests can enjoy a fine variety of shopping, dining, and sightseeing. This amazing resort hotel was founded in the 17th century and family-run for generations.

Renaissance St. Croix

Lush green mountains, unspoiled white sands, and crystal-clear waters await the discerning traveler at Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa. Nestled among the tropical scenery of Davis Bay, seven miles north of the airport, the resort offers 151 beautiful air-conditioned rooms, the convenience of Carambola Golf Course, and unparalleled snorkeling and diving opportunities.

Golfers will find the lavish fairways of the adjacent Carambola Golf Course surpass their expectations. Designed by Robert Jones, Sr., the course works its way through 6,843-yards of verdant, tropical terrain and houses 94 bunkers, along with its renowned par-three holes. On site, guests have their pick of four complimentary outdoor tennis courts, fishing, scuba and snorkeling services, and a jogging trail perfect for taking in the scenery while maintaining exercise habits. There is also a full-service spa and fitness center.

Contact Traveline for more information at 1-888-700-8747.

Eco-Friendly Vacations

Planning to travel this summer? An eco-friendly vacation will have you enjoying the outdoors while simultaneously preserving the environment. Better yet, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how your environmental contribution positively impacts local culture, wildlife, flora, and more.

Help to preserve your favorite destination for years to come by booking the eco-friendly vacation of your choice. And remember, going green starts with you.

Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Barceló Hotels & Resorts include:

  • Gold Certification from Green Globe
  • Established beach clean-up programs
  • Education stations available for guests to learn about care of local ecosystems and wildlife
  • Reusing towels and sheets to conserve water and energy
  • Automatic light control in public areas and eco-friendly light bulbs
  • On-site nursery that produces 60% of the plants used in local reforestation
  • Nesting areas on the beach during turtle season to protect baby turtles

Couples Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Couples Resorts include:

  • Environmentally-friendly cleaning products
  • Energy efficient air conditioners
  • 85% of menu items prepared with products from local farmers and growers
  • Use of electronic hand dryers instead of paper towels

Dreams Resorts & Spas

Various Green initiatives at Dreams Resorts & Spas include:

  • Rainforest Alliance Verification
  • Distintivo “S”
  • Beach clean-up programs
  • Participation in the Amigos de Sian Ka’an Program, which promotes community and environmental development
  • Actively involved in Planet Hour and Earth Day
  • Plant and wildlife preservation
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products

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