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Saturday
Nov162013

Great Outdoors & Giving Back with Fairmont

If one is by land and two is by sea, then three must be by air – preferably in a gondola soaring through the snow-capped mountains of Whistler, British Columbia. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts invite us to enjoy nature at its sensational best as the luxury hotel brand delivers exhilarating packages that celebrate breathtaking locations, pay tribute to their decades-long commitment to responsible tourism and connect us to the very best each destinations have to offer.  Whether trekking Bermuda’s rugged coastline, exploring the tree canopies of Nairobi, snorkeling through the coral reefs of Hawai’i or cycling through the ancient hutongs of Beijing, when we book this year’s series of land, sea, air and more adventures, we will experience Fairmont’s destinations like never before.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ series of Reconnect with the Great Outdoors packages can be booked by visiting Fairmont Great Outdoors or calling 1-888-560-4455. Here are some to wet your appetite…

 

UNITED STATES

In Hawai’i they say:  E mālama pono ke kai - Take care of the ocean!  With this in mind, Maui’s Fairmont Kea Lani has created their Suite-to-Reef package which offers us the opportunity to explore amazing fish and coral reefs, while also learning how to identify and protect them. The package includes accommodation in a one-bedroom suite, ocean-themed welcome amenity, complimentary snorkel gear for the entire stay, Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Eco Tour for two adults, 90-minute snorkel excursion on a traditional 6-passenger sailing canoe, waterproof camera to capture underwater memories, waterproof species ID card and reef-safe sunscreen. Available year-round, rates start from $649 USD.

 

For those seeking an “in-depth” experience in the calm waters of Hawaii’s Pauoa Bay, The Fairmont Orchid’s Room-to-Reef package fits the bill.  We will enjoy the pristine reef by partaking in a two-hour snorkeling adventure with a Hui Holokai Beach Club Ambassador, capture breathtaking photos of the vibrant undersea life - including the endangered Honu (Green Sea Turtle) - with a waterproof camera and learn tips on how to preserve the reef through the hotel’s newly formed partnership with the Coral Reef Alliance.  The package also includes accommodation and a coral reef themed amenity.  Available year-round (excluding December 20, 2013 – January 4, 2014), rates start from $759 USD. 

 

Feed both mind and body with The Fairmont Dallas’ Nature & Nurture Getaway package. Learn about natural history and more through interactive exhibits and exciting programming at the new Perot Museum of Nature & Science, then explore the lush scenery of Klyde Warren Park, a nearby urban deck park offering daily yoga and exercise classes, walking trails and outdoor games. The package includes accommodation, two tickets to the Perot Museum of Nature & Science and a welcome amenity including an environmentally friendly tumbler - perfect for rehydrating - and a reusable tote bag. When you arrive in a hybrid vehicle, receive complimentary overnight valet parking. Available through December 31, 2013, rates start from $179 USD.

 

With Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge’s Telluride Historical Walking Tour, discover Telluride through the eyes of local expert Ashley Boling.  This offer explores the unique past of this mining town turned festival destination and “most scenic” ski town.  The package includes accommodation so you can spread out in a two- or three-bedroom suite, two tickets for the walking tour and entry to the Telluride Historical Museum, complimentary airport transportation from Telluride or Montrose airports and/or complimentary valet parking and Monday night welcome reception.  Additionally, $25 USD from each package booked is donated to the museum.  Available June 1 – August 31, 2013, the package can be added to any reservation for an additional $100 USD.   Room rates start from $250 USD with a minimum three-night stay.

 

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium are home to thousands of amazing animals representing more than 400 species from around the world, including 22 that are threatened or endangered.  From the zoo’s African Lions and Komodo Dragons to the aquarium’s Leafy Sea Dragons and Red Bellied Piranhas, we can spend the day exploring the wildlife then retire to the luxury of Fairmont Pittsburgh.  The package includes accommodation, four tickets to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and a commemorative stuffed sea turtle.  Additionally, $25 USD from each package booked is donated to the zoo’s Sea Turtle Second Chance Program, which rehabilitates injured turtles and releases them back into the wild.  Available June, July and August 2013, Thursday - Sunday, rates start from $299 USD.

 

CANADA

Whistler’s PEAK 2 PEAK gondola is an engineering marvel that links Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains together at their crests. Boasting the longest unsupported lift span in the world (1.88 miles) it is also the highest lift of its kind, soaring 1,427 feet above ground and with glass bottomed cabins that offer a new take on the term sightseeing.   The Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Eco Adventure package invites you to take in the amazing views from the gondola after exploring the area’s more down-to-earth attractions. The package includes two-night’s accommodation, picnic lunch for two, gondola passes for two and a sustainable welcome amenity.  Available May 21 - October 14, 2013, rates start from $299 CAD per person.

 

Banff National Park’s spectacular alpine ecosystem provides the ideal setting for The Fairmont Banff Springs’ Eco Hiking Adventure package. This unique offer includes passes to hike the Sunshine Meadows and will provide up close and personal sightings of the park’s famed big horn sheep, majestic elk, deer and maybe a bear or two. Next, enjoy a ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola where we can enjoy a picnic lunch for two with bio-degradable cutlery and reusable water bottles coupled with breathtaking scenery for as far as the eye will allow. For each package booked, $25 CAD is donated to the Friends of Banff National Park organization.  Available June 14 - September 15, 2013, rates start from $379 CAD with a minimum two-night stay required.

 

Working alongside the Vancouver Aquarium, Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Ocean Wise package reflects the organizations’ joint commitment to educating and empowering consumers about making sustainable seafood choices.  With a dedication to minimizing their footprint on the planet, the hotel takes a holistic approach to sustainability with a package that includes accommodation, complimentary use of the hotel’s BMW bicycles, admission to the Vancouver Aquarium, and dinner for two at the hotel’s restaurant ORU Cuisine, an Ocean Wise member featuring food of the Pacific Northwest and flavors of the Pacific Rim. For each package booked a $10 CAD donation will be made to Ocean Wise.  Available through December 31, 2013, rates start from $459 CAD.

 

Committed to preserving indigenous wildlife, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth has not only established a bee apiary alongside their rooftop organic garden to protect local bee populations, but the hotel has also partnered with Montreal’s Ecomuseum zoo to sponsor five resident “beauties”– a snowy owl, a gray wolf, a lynx, an Arctic fox and a great horned owl. Drawing inspiration from this new partnership, the hotel has created its Beauty and the Bees package which includes accommodation, a tour of the hotel’s rooftop garden and bee apiary, jar of hotel-harvested honey, a Fairmont reusable shopping bag, reusable water bottle and local welcome amenity.  For each package booked, $10 CAD will be donated to the Ecomuseum zoo. Available July 15 - September 15, 2013, rates start from $279 CAD.   

 

MEXICO & BERMUDA

Drift past tropical forests and lush mangroves, view local wildlife such as the great blue heron in its natural habitat and cast away your worries as you float leisurely along a tropical lagoon. Fairmont Mayakoba’s Sian Ka’an Forest and Float package delivers this and more. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sian Ka’an was the first established Biosphere Reserve in Mexico and comprises 1.3 million acres of tropical ecosystems and wildlife - including brown pelicans, snowy egrets and osprey - as well as the ancient Mayan archeological site of Muyil.  The package includes accommodation, breakfast buffet for two, transfers and guided tour of Sian Ka’an for two, picnic lunch of locally caught seafood ceviche and an on-property boat tour led by the hotel’s ecology manager.   Available April 15 – December 20, 2013, rates start from $529 USD, with a minimum four-night stay required.

 

Within Bermuda’s 21-square-mile footprint lays extraordinary pink sand beaches, spectacular walking trails and breathtaking seascapes with exotic plants. The Bermuda Railway Trail runs the width of the island and inspired The Fairmont Southampton’s East to West Bermuda Walking Adventure package.  Included is accommodation, the East to West Island Guide with walking maps plus an organic breakfast for two served on the your private balcony.  To keep energy levels up while hiking, a knapsack, homemade trail mix and two water bottles are included.  With each package booked, a Bermuda Cedar tree is planted in the guest’s name.  Available year-round, rates start at $379 USD.

 

Set on 35 spectacular acres of mixed-use park, woodlands and greenhouses is the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, which is known for its impressive collection of rare orchids and was deemed a Bermuda National Park in 1986.  Celebrating the flora that makes this island such an exotic destination, The Fairmont Hamilton Princess created its Take Root package, which includes luxurious accommodation on Fairmont’s exclusive Gold floor, including complimentary breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres, airport transfers, transportation to and from the gardens, and a hotel-prepared picnic lunch for two that can be enjoyed during a leisurely day of sightseeing.  Available through December 31, 2013, rates start at $399 USD.

 

EUROPE & AFRICA

Sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea inspired the Fairmont Monte Carlo’s Green Dream Experience package. We can begin our day at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco where we will gain a better understanding of both sea and planet as we discover exotic species of fish, shark and jellyfish from the world’s oceans. A short stroll over to the Exotic Garden of Monaco’s magnificent display of over 1,000 species of cacti and succulents, steep and winding mountainside paths, as well as a visit to the observatory cave with stalacites and stalagmites rounds out an active day of sightseeing. The package includes accommodation in a deluxe sea-view room, daily buffet breakfast, two tickets for the Oceanographic Museum and two tickets for the Exotic Garden (excluding transfers).  Available year-round, rates start from €459 per night with seven-day advance booking required.

 

Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and Fairmont Zimbali Resort in South Africa. We will learn about blue duikers, butterflies and bush bucks when staying on the Travel Green package. A guided nature walk in the Zimbali Forest provides a unique adventure with a wide variety of indigenous fauna and flora that live along the rugged KwaZulu Natal coastline.  Accompanied by a Certified Guide, we can explore the seaside beaches of the Indian Ocean, view inland waterfalls and stroll along coastal dunes and estuaries.  African antelope and vervet monkeys are just a sampling of the wildlife we may view along with over 200 species of wild birds on the estate. The package includes accommodation, guided nature walk, full breakfast and three-course dinner of seasonal, local dishes comprised of sustainable and organic ingredients.  Available year-round, rates for the Lodge start from $339 USD and for the Resort from $448 USD.

 

Karura Forest holds national historical significance in Nairobi, having been rescued by the Green Belt Movement and restored to a world-class destination where all can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of diverse tree canopies, caves, scenic waterfalls and wildlife within the heart of a bustling city.  For this reason, Fairmont The Norfolk created their Karura Forest Walk package, which includes accommodation, nature walk and a picnic lunch prepared by the hotel’s historic Lord Delamare Terrace restaurant. We are also encouraged to visit the Karura Education Center and learn about the forest’s conservation project. The package includes accommodation, breakfast, Karura Forest Nature walk, picnic lunch and transfers to the park.  Park entry is approximately $20 USD per person.  Available March 13 – December 31, 2013, rates start from $526 USD.

 

ASIA

In the heart of Beijing’s ancient hutongs, Chinese Toon trees have provided shade and shelter to area residents for countless generations.  Lending its name to ten of Beijing’s famed and fast-disappearing hutongs, these trees grace the centuries old alleys and courtyards accessible only on foot or bicycle.  For exploratory types with a yen to check out the foliage and discover unique and less visible landmarks, Fairmont Beijing offers the Travel Green package which includes accommodation, breakfast for two each morning, daily use of BMW mountain bikes, self-guided hutong map and a 60-minute spa treatment for two at the hotel’s award-winning Willow Stream Spa.  For each package booked, a donation is made to China Heritage Preservation.  Available through December 31, 2013, rates start at CNY 2,200 ($355 USD) with a minimum three-night stay.

 

According to Confucius, people who think in terms of one year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.  As a heritage landmark, Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel always thinks long-term, planting trees and teaching us and colleagues alike with their Green at Peace package. In conjunction with the local Shanghai Roots & Shoots organization, for each package booked the hotel will donate sapling trees to Inner Mongolia along with ten years of ongoing maintenance to ensure their survival.  The package includes accommodation, welcome amenity of locally grown fruits, organic breakfast for two, plus ten trees planted in the guest’s name.  Available through December 31, 2013, rates start at CNY 2,600 ($418 USD).

 

All packages unless noted otherwise are subject to availability and blackout periods, priced per room, per night, exclude taxes, resort fees and gratuities and are based on double occupancy.For reservations please visit Fairmont Great Outdoors or call 1-888-560-4455. Become a fan of Fairmont. Join the Fairmont online communities at everyonesanoriginal.comFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

 

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Fairmont President’s Club…

Fairmont President’s Club, a recognition program designed with your individual travel preferences, passions and interests in mind. Committed in providing benefits and privileges that offer convenience and access to what you want when you travel.


Membership is complimentary and your Fairmont President’s Club experience begins the moment you arrive at any of the Fairmont luxury hotels with a private reception desk offering express check-in and checkout and continues during your stay with complimentary high-speed internet access and local calling, Fairmont Fit, complimentary use of TaylorMade golf Clubs at select hotels, exclusive savings at Willow Stream Spas, Fairmont Store and so much more. Sign up today & enjoy the wonderful benefits tomorrow!

 

Wednesday
Oct302013

SAA Vacations Safari

 Sun International is making it easy for business travelers heading to Johannesburg to see more than just the inside of a boardroom with its new Suit and Safari air-inclusive package offered by South African Airways Vacations®.

The package offers us a well-rounded South African experience with a 9-day itinerary that includes stays at The Maslow, Sun International’s newest business hotel in Johannesburg, The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort and Shepherd’s Tree Lodge on the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

To begin the trip, we can find a balance between work and play at The Maslow, situated in the heart of Sandton’s business district, and enjoy the finest corporate services, a spa designed for rejuvenation and state-of-the-art facilities to make doing business as easy and enjoyable as possible.

After three days at The Maslow, we will head to Sun City Resort’s opulent Palace of the Lost City hotel, where we can take a swing on the famed Gary Player Golf Course, interact with local wildlife on an elephant encounter, stop in at the casino and finish the day off with a cold beer at the onsite microbrewery.

The last leg of the trip will whisk us off to Shepherd’s Tree Lodge on the Pilanesberg Game Reserve where we’ll get up close and personal with the “Big 5” – lion, buffalo, elephant, rhino and leopard – for an unforgettable African adventure.

Starting at just $2,899 USD per person, the Suit and Safari package includes:

  • Round-trip Airfare from New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) to South Africa on South African Airways, Africa’s most awarded airline
  • Day-by-day itinerary that includes:
    • Day one: Flight to Johannesburg
    • Days 2-4 at The Maslow Hotel
    • Days 5-6 at the Sun City resort – The Palace of the Lost City hotel
    • Days 7-8 at Shepard’s Tree Lodge
    • Day 9: Arrive back in the U.S.
  • Complimentary daily breakfast
  • All-inclusive stay at Shepherd’s Tree Lodge
  • Ground transfers as specified on the itinerary
  • All park fees and safari activities per the itinerary

For more information please visit online or call 1 (855) 359-7228.

Tuesday
Oct152013

Fairmont Culture Travel 2013

It has been said that “Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought,” and one of the most profound ways to experience culture is through travel. Whether contemplating traditional Peking Opera or marveling as a graffiti artist practices his craft, experiencing the art of a destination is key to understanding it. For everyone interested in the ancient and the modern, the fine and the popular, Fairmont hotels have forged partnerships that give us access to artistic endeavors the world over.

 

Artists, in Residence

Fairmont has had a long history of supporting local artists, with many periodically hosting artist-in-residence programs. This year The Fairmont Banff Springs celebrates 125 years of hospitality and is launching a program in partnership with Mountain Galleries. Each month the artist chosen by Mountain Galleries will live and paint in the hotel for one week. They will work in designated spots throughout the hotel, giving us the opportunity to watch the art come to life. The program will give us the chance to become inspired artists ourselves with the Artist in Residence Package. Available the third week of every month, the package includes two nights luxury accommodation, welcome reception and an artist led seminar. Rates start at $249 CAD.

 

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is in the midst of planning a 2013 Summer Young Musicians in Residence Program in partnership with PianoSonoma that will bring a variety of talented young artists to the resort.  Gifted young Julliard artists will perform complimentary concerts in the Lobby Living Room, which will feature cameo performances from celebrated soloists.  PianoSonoma is a unique music festival that brings together Young Artists, current conservatory music majors or recent graduates, and adult musicians to collaborate and perform in private and public concerts and outreach workshops in Sonoma County. Summer rates at the resort start at $439 USD.

 

The Fairmont Dallas has welcomed its first Artist in Residence of 2013, Phoenix-based graffiti artist DOSE. After twenty years as an urban artist working on abandoned public spaces and warehouses, DOSE gradually began to create multimedia graffiti art on canvas, a more traditional medium. Most recently, his colorful work has been featured in the Phoenix Art Museum and the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Currently DOSE is living full-time in one of the hotel’s luxurious 25th floor suites and working in a glass-front studio located on the hotel’s “O” level. At the conclusion of the residency, a custom piece will be donated to the hotel’s permanent art collection. For art lovers, The Discover Dallas Art Package includes a private lesson in the “Art of Making Art” with The Fairmont Dallas’ Artist-in-Residence, an ongoing program with rotating artists throughout the year, and a lesson in the “Art of Buying Art” with a representative from The Gallery at The Fairmont. We can also explore the Dallas Arts District with two tickets to the Nasher Sculpture Center, located just steps from the hotel. Rates start from $169 USD per night.

 

The Art of History

This summer at Colorado’s Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge we can discover the rich history of Telluride through the eyes of knowledgeable local, Ashley Boling. The Telluride Historical Walking Tour provides a look at the mining town turned ski town and all the history that goes along with it. For even more insight, we can visit the Telluride Historical Museum, which will receive a $25 USD donation for each reservation. We will enjoy two- or three-bedroom accommodations, which sleep a maximum of six and eight people, respectively. The Telluride Historical Package includes tickets for the Telluride Historical Walking Tour for two, entrance to the Telluride Historical Museum for two, complimentary airport transportation from Telluride or Montrose Airports and complimentary valet parking. Available June – August, 2013, rates start at $850 USD for a three-night stay. 

Travel to Fairmont Beijing and combine the best of the city’s past traditions and its contemporary art scene with the Behind the Scenes at the Peking Opera & 798 Arts District Package.  Escorted by a private, English-speaking guide, the day begins at 798 art district with a guided gallery tour where we will have the opportunity to meet artists face-to-face.  In this decommissioned factory complex, the latest trends in Chinese contemporary art emerge.  After lunch, the afternoon steps back in time over 200 years to explore one of China’s national treasures – Peking opera.  We will visit the former home of one of the masters of Peking opera, get behind the scenes at a rehearsal of the National Peking Opera Company and cap off the day by attending a performance at one of China’s oldest opera houses.  Including accommodation and breakfast for two daily as well as a private guide, transportation and entry tickets for 798 and Peking opera tour for two, the package is available through June 30, 2013 with rates starting from CNY 3,115 ($500 USD) per night with a minimum two-night stay.

 

Fairmont Makati is bringing s a Cultural City Exploration package that shows off the colorful culture of the Philippines. After museum visits and stopovers to popular historical destinations, we can then discover a favorite local delicacy with a special Filipino Afternoon High Tea. The package includes accommodation, daily breakfast for two people, hotel car services during the tour, a visit to Ayala Museum, Yuchengco Museum and the Filipinas Heritage Library, a Filipino-themed Afternoon High Tea for two at the Fairmont Lounge and a 60-minute signature spa treatments for two at the Willow Stream Spa. Available year-round, rates start at PHP 22,000 ($540 USD).

Walk in the footsteps of the U.S.’s revolutionary founders and relive history when you walk Boston’s famed Freedom Trail.  Featuring sixteen historic sites, all significant to the country’s early struggle for freedom, the Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red brick line that connects the past to the present.  The Fairmont Copley Plaza’s Freedom Trail Discovery Package includes a one-night stay in an elegant guestroom, two passes to the Walk Into History tour with an 18th Century costumed guide, two tickets to the three Freedom trail historic museums, and a copy of The Freedom Trail: An Artist’s View.  Available year-round, rates start at $289 USD per night.

 

Artist McAlpine Miller was inspired by stars from The Savoy’s rich history for a new collection of paintings that were unveiled in mid November.  To celebrate, the iconic London hotel has created an Icons Package to allow us to follow in the footsteps of some of these famous visitors and experience the property’s exceptional Personality Suites. The package includes one night accommodation in a Personality Suite, which honors just a few of the more high-profile figures who made The Savoy their London home - Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra and Richard Harris. The package also includes a special tour with the Hotel Archivist, breakfast, a bottle of Champagne in room upon arrival and a £100 GBP spa treatment credit per person. Available year-round, rates start from £1,600 GBP.

 

”A hotel for the outdoor adventurer and alpinist,” was the vision of Cornelius Van Horne, general manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway. By 1892 The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise was a mountaineer’s paradise, complete with guides from the Swiss Alps taking past guests into the great outdoors – and in 1997 this tradition was revived with an in house team of modern Mountain Heritage Guides. The history of the Railway and Mountain Heritage Guide program comes together with the Heritage Railway Hotel Package. The package includes accommodation and an activity for two with the hotel’s Mountain Heritage Guides, where we will hear stories from days past, learn about wildlife and pick up tips on how to make the most of our journey. Also available is a self guided tour of the Mount Temple Wing lobby gallery, detailing the history of The Chateau, the development of the railway and the Lake Louise area. Available year round, rates start from $359 CAD.

 

Beatlemania swept across North America and Montréal in the early 60s, and on September 8, 1964, they gave two concerts during their only visit to the city, when 21,000 adoring fans descended on the Montréal Forum. That night, the Fab Four were to stay at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth after their performance, but fearing a riot, the authorities recommended they leave town instead. Not wanting them to fly out on an empty stomach, the hotel’s Room Service Captain whipped up a special meal that he delivered to the concert hall.  Fifty years later, Pointe-à-Callière Museum is revisiting history with an exhibition about the mythical band. The Beatles in Montréal package includes one night accommodation, admission for two at the exhibition and souvenirs. Available March 29 through the end of the year, rates from $239 CAD.

 

Art Inside & Out

Fairmont Pacific Rim was designed by James Cheng, the architect whose green glass towers helped create the term “Vancouverism,” which combines the best of Asia and the West Coast. Building on this artistic legacy, the hotel displays an array of photography, is home to two large public art pieces, features two art exhibitions and is a strong partner of the local artistic community. This year the hotel has created a seasonal package that allows us to experience all of this with the Designed to Perfection package. The package includes accommodation in a Deluxe Room, signature welcome amenity with the hotel’s “Room for Passion” book, a self-guided art & design tour of the hotel, Guided Architecture tour of Vancouver with the Architectural Institute of BC, VIP Passes to the Vancouver Art Gallery and a picnic lunch from Giovane. Rates start from $499 CAD.

 

Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv’s Art Package shows off the high style of this fast-growing European city. With an international reputation for cutting edge culture, The First International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Ukraine, ARSENALE, turned heads in 2012 (and will again in 2014). Including two-night’s accommodation, the package includes a private tour of the Pinchuk Art Center, an international centre for 21st Century art founded by billionaire philanthropist Viktor Pinchuk. Also included are airport and rail transfers to and from the hotel and breakfast for two daily. Available Friday through Monday for a two-night minimum stay, the package is available year-round with rates starting from €898.

 

Art lovers can go behind the lens this summer with The Magenta Foundation’s annual Flash Forward Festival Boston. Open to both professional artists and members of the general public, the one-of-a-kind photography event will take place from May 16 through 19, 2013 at Fairmont Battery Wharf.  Everyone from the ardent art aficionado to the casual admirer will delight in this educational and eye-catching extravaganza, which will include indoor and outdoor exhibition space.  Set against a picturesque waterfront backdrop, the festival will feature a carefully curated program of lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions and receptions. In addition to showcasing the work of emerging photographers from North America and the United Kingdom, Flash Forward Festival Boston will also give us the opportunity to network with important industry personalities, gallery owners, content developers and potential patrons. Rates at the hotel during the festival start at $469 USD. 

 

Fairmont Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra join together in harmony to offer music lovers the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Package. Offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Heinz Hall, home of the world-renowned PSO, the offer also includes fantastic seats to a classical, pops or holiday performance. Seven-day advance purchase is required for the package, which is available Fridays-Sundays from March-June 2013 and September-December 2013, based on the PSO schedule. The package also includes overnight accommodation, dinner for two at Habitat restaurant before the show, and a dessert amenity with a note from Maestro Manfred Honeck himself. Rates start at $419 USD.

 

Allan Scott, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Art Gallery of Alberta, is the keynote speaker for an art-infused weekend in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Spend four days surrounded by majestic mountains at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge where you will get the chance to reconnect with nature through art. Four artists will offer special art workshops and classes over a two day period, with us taking home our very own work of art.  The Food for the Soul Art Package includes three-nights’ accommodation, welcome reception, lunch and dinner on Saturday & Sunday, art sessions, self-made art to take home, gratuities and art supplies. Available April 12 - 15, 2013, rates start from $699 CAD per person.

 

This summer, the Grimaldi Forum of Monaco is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death with an event featuring more than 150 works of art from a remarkable private collection. The Fairmont Monte Carlo is offering the opportunity to visit “Picasso and the Côte d’Azur” from July 12 to September 15, 2013, when we will be able to take in the art of this master, in the region where he spent many summers. The Monaco Celebrates Picasso package includes accommodation, two tickets to the exhibition, buffet breakfast and all VAT and service charges. Rates start from €395.

 

Culturally Relevant

Fairmont Kea Lani, recently voted as having the “Best Hawaiian Cultural Program” on Maui, offers a range of activities for us who want a taste of local culture. Led by full-time Cultural Coach Jonelle Kamai, the program offers authentic Hawaiian experiences that range from educational classes, to cultural music and celebrations, to local dining experiences. Explore some of Maui’s historical sites, such as Lahaina Town, Pi’ilani Heiau, Iao Valley and the Olowalu Petroglyphs, or visit attractions such as the Bailey House Museum, Maui Arts & Cultural Center and The Baldwin Sugar Museum. Rates at the resort start from $519 USD.

 

A Masai Cultural Experience at Fairmont Mara Safari Club gives guests the opportunity to meet Kenya’s most unique tribe – the Masai. With this offer we can visit a local Masai Manyatta (village) and experience the traditional way of living. Traditional huts made from mud and sealed with cow dung; demonstrations of the Masai women creating intricate, vivid and multicolored necklaces, bracelets and belts; traditional Masai dances performed by the males of the tribe and more is possible. Back at the camp we can spend the afternoon on the banks of the Mara River before heading for guided walks and game drives in Kenya’s most famous reserve. This package includes accommodation in a luxurious riverfront tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner, a game drive, park fees, a 2-hour walking safari, and a visit to the Massai Manyatta. Available year-round, rates start from $649 USD.

 

For reservations please visit fairmont.com or please call 1-800-441-1414. Become a fan of Fairmont. Join the Fairmont online communities at everyonesanoriginal.comFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Fairmont President’s Club…

Fairmont President’s Club, a recognition program designed with your individual travel preferences, passions and interests in mind. Committed in providing benefits and privileges that offer convenience and access to what you want when you travel.


Membership is complimentary and your Fairmont President’s Club experience begins the moment you arrive at any of the Fairmont luxury hotels with a private reception desk offering express check-in and checkout and continues during your stay with complimentary high-speed internet access and local calling, Fairmont Fit, complimentary use of TaylorMade golf Clubs at select hotels, exclusive savings at Willow Stream Spas, Fairmont Store and so much more. Sign up today & enjoy the wonderful benefits tomorrow!

 

Tuesday
Aug062013

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa stands at the edge of the world. On one side, a line of majestic mountains – The Twelve Apostles – reaches towards the heavens; on the other, the sun sets on breeching whales, playful dolphins, and crashing Atlantic rollers. And all around, you can walk the wilderness trails of the Table Mountain National Park. and they will even pack you a picnic.

Yet this luxury 5-star boutique hotel is just a few minutes from worldly, cosmopolitan Cape Town. City-centre theatres and art galleries, plus the shops and restaurants of the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront are only 15 minutes away via the complimentary car transfer service – quicker still if you use the helipad.

Nearest of all is the elegant area of Camps Bay with its beautiful golden beaches. Or, if you prefer adventure to sun-soaked relaxation, let Masood Sadulla & his concierge team arrange sea fishing, shark and scuba diving, or whale watching trips.

Enjoy luxurious accommodation, the very best of service, modern spa facilities and much more whilst making it a bargain all the same.

Any stay at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, with its spectacular setting, superbly comfortable facilities, and world renowned service, is an absolute treat. But you can make it even more magical if you take advantage of this special package and customize the experience even further.

Get more from your stay includes, Full English Breakfast, A complimentary drink on arrival, Complimetary use of The Spa hydrotherapy pools – a salt water flotation tank, a cold water plunge pool and a hot water plunge pool.
Plus one choice from this inviting list of indulgent extras:
- Afternoon tea by the sea
- Sunset cocktails the Leopard Bar and Lounge
- Fresh seasonal fruit basket in your room on arrival
Prices are based on two adults sharing a room (inc. VAT). Minimum two-night stay applies. Additional nights are at our Best Available Rate. This offer is valid until 19 December 2013.

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Abercrombie & Kent

With many people still waiting for summer to officially begin, others are busy planning a fall getaway. Abercrombie & Kent is rewarding those far-sighted travellers with savings of up to 50 percent off special departures on its Luxury Small Group Journeys. Choose from safaris in East and Southern Africa, to cultural adventures in China, Latin America and India, in addition to a newly-created itinerary in Myanmar.

Each A&K Luxury Small Group Journey includes the best rooms at the best hotel at every stop – from a royal residence to an authentic, eco-friendly wilderness camp. The small group size – with just 12-18 guests on land-based programs and 24 on cruises – make it possible to feature intimate, upscale lodgings and sites that are closed to larger groups. Every trip is guaranteed to operate with a local A&K Tour Director from start to finish with a minimum of two guests.

From exploring magical Machu Picchu with an archaeologist to witnessing the Great Migration on the plains of East Africa, these inspiring A&K journeys reveal each destination at its most authentic – at a savings of up to $6,400 per couple.

·        Highlights of Costa Rica: Sept 21 – Priced from $2,560 (was $3,560)

·        NEW - Treasures of Myanmar: Oct 2 – Priced from $4,245 (was $5,595)

·        Tanzania Wildlife Safari: Nov 6 – Priced from $4,245 (was $5,595)

·        Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Nov 24 – Priced from $4,345 (was $5,595)

·        Zambia & Botswana Wildlife Safari: Nov 5 – Priced from $4,345 (was $6,295)

·        Kenya Wildlife Safari: Nov 4 – Priced from $4,745 (was $5,995)

·        China: Yangtze Passage: Aug 21, Sept 4 – Priced from $4,995 (was $8,195)

·        Wonders of Peru & the Galapagos: Dec 8 – Priced from $8,495 (was $10,745)

·        Egypt & the Nile: Oct 4, Nov 8, 22, Dec 6 – Priced from $3,095 (was $6,295)         

Travel with Abercrombie & Kent combines the convenience, service and security of a U.S.-based company with a network of 50 on-site offices around the world, providing support 24/7.  Abercrombie & Kent has added new amenities to 2013 departures to further enhance the luxury experience: Travelling Bell Boy® service allows guests to leave their packed bags in their room when they depart in the morning and find them waiting in their room at the next hotel that evening, and complimentary internet service is now available in most destinations.

There is still time to save on an unforgettable A&K Luxury Small Group Journey. Dates and prices are available at Abercrombie & Kent or call 800 554 7094 to speak with a Travel Consultant.