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Mandalay Bay & THEHotel

Who knew there is a beach in Las Vegas?  I and my daughter, who spent more time lounging at the Mandalay pool than shopping in Vegas.  Located on 11 acres, Mandalay Bay Beach provides the ultimate in aquatic relaxation. This world-famous playground offers a wave pool*, lazy river, three swimming pools, jogging track and 2,700 tons of real sand. Mandalay Beach and Moorea offer 100 rentable cabanas, day beds, bungalows and villas that include personalized service. 

Located steps away, the Beachside Casino offers us a superior indulgence in a glass-fronted, climate-controlled environment. On the first level, dine at the open-air Beach Bar & Grill and on the second floor play blackjack, roulette and craps with fabulous views of the brilliant blue water in a casual, yet upscale setting.

Reserve your stay with special rates and a $100 Resort Credit! Book this offer online or call Mandalay Bay Room Reservations at 877.632.7800. Offer is available until January 23rd 1st 2014 and is also available at THEHotel. 


Millennium Hotels

Get away from winter, or snow-filled winter getaway? This season, Millennium Hotels across the U.S. lets us decide to play in the snow or enjoy sunshine in warm weather cities with the Snow or Shine package.

From flurry-covered Alaska and Colorado to sunny Los Angeles and Scottsdale, we can enjoy the great outdoors, holiday shopping, and must-see sites in major cities…winter jacket optional!

Rates start at just $89/night (from $159 in major cities), and include:

  • Overnight accommodations (minimum 2-night stay) with 10% off Best Available Rate
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi at 14 US hotels*
  • $20 beverage credit


Bundle up in winter attire to stroll 5th Avenue under the holiday lights and see the Rockettes perform a holiday jig in New York City while staying at the Millennium Broadway Hotel New York.

Visit Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago and experience Chicago’s largest open-air Christmas festival with hot cocoa in hand to pick up hand-blown ornaments, wooden nutcrackers, jewelry and more (Christmas festival: November 26 – December 24).

Millennium Harvest House Boulder is the ideal gateway to Colorado’s award-winning ski slopes such as Copper Mountain, Winter Park and Arapahoe Basin.

Enjoy dining from the Fancy Moose’s seasonal winter menu, and watch the float planes come in on Lake Spenard with a snow-tipped mountain backdrop at Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage.



Trade ski jacket for scorecard to enjoy a sunny day on one of the 100 golf courses that lie within an hour’s distance of Millennium Resort & Villas Scottsdale.  

Enjoy holiday shopping at California’s most exclusive shops on Rodeo Drive, and soak up the rays in The Golden State at Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

Snow or Shine package is valid from December 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014.  For reservations, please visit or call 1-866-866-8086.

*Wi-Fi not available in all hotels; complimentary wired connection provided where Wi-Fi is not available.


Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks

Twas the night before Christmas…and visions of rollercoasters, bumper cars, and Curley’s Fries are already dancing in heads. Starting December 2, 2013 through January 3, 2014, Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks, the classic seaside amusement park located on the boardwalk of Wildwoods, NJ, is offering savings of up to $190 for a season of ride and admission passes during its annual Holiday Sale. 

“We may be closed during the winter months but Morey’s Piers still knows how to spread some holiday cheer,” added Jack Morey, second-generation partner of Morey’s Piers.  “Our holiday sale offers the best value on ride and admission passes all year. In as little as four visits to the piers and water parks, the season pass already pays for itself.”  

A trademark of the sale, 2014 Season Passes are available for $260 and include one ride wristband per day for use on all three piers, and one three-hour session per day at one of Morey’s Piers’ two waterparks - Ocean Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club and Raging Waters Waterpark.  The pass represents a savings of $190 versus the retail value of $450.  Also available for children under 42” and adults over 25 years of age, the Easy Rider pass, priced at $195 (savings of $130), offers the same privileges as the season pass.

New for 2013, EZ Pay allows holiday shoppers to purchase Season Passes and Easy Rider passes in four easy installments. The initial payment is due at the time of purchase, and the following three installments will be billed every 30 days; additional processing fees apply.

Offering more ride access in 2014, the MOR-EZ Card, available for the special holiday price of $35, features 70 ride tickets plus more than $60 worth of coupons. In addition, the card can now be used for Xtreme Rides including Sky Coaster, Sky Scraper, High Flyer, and Spring Shot. 

Perfect for stocking stuffers, Water Park Admission Passes are available in packs of 10 individual passes for $210, or packs of four passes for $115.  Morey’s Piers Gift Cards are also available and can be applied towards any purchase at Morey’s Piers’ ticket booths, guest services, water park ticket office and/or retail stores.

Online pre-orders start on November 25th and can be purchased by visiting  Starting December 2nd, purchases can be made by phone at 1-866-MOREYS1 (phone lines open daily from 7:00am to midnight), or in-person at the Blue Palms Motel located at Lincoln and Atlantic Avenues in Wildwood, NJ.

For more information on Morey’s Piers and additional holiday sale offers, visit

About Morey’s Piers
Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Voted the third best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today, Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront waterparks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey’s Piers along with Morey Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Visit them at Surfside Pier, featuring the Ocean Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club at 25th Avenue, Mariner’s Landing Pier, featuring Raging Waters Waterpark at Schellenger Avenue, and Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue. For more information, visit or phone (609) 522-3900 or like us on Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter and YouTube.


W South Beach Hotel

W South Beach and celebrity trainer, Simone Cavalletti, partner to launch the Work It Out couples package aimed at kick starting fitness-focused resolutions in the New Year. The wellness retreat will help us detox, tone-up and lose weight through innovative sessions combined with well-balanced meals developed for W South Beach by Cavalletti himself. We can choose a three or five-night Work It Out package for two, while enjoying the best-in-class hotel services and amenities.

The Work It Out package at W South Beach starts at $1,494/night per couple for three nights and $1,344/night per couple for five nights and includes daily accommodations in room type of your choice. A pre-planned 3-day wellness menu or pre-planned 5-day wellness menu prepared at the hotel and delivered to your room. A one hour consultation, body fat measurement and health evaluation for two. Daily two hour one-on-one personal training sessions per couple. Daily private one hour yoga class and one hour light weight cardio aerobics for two.

The Work It Out package follows the recent launch of three beachfront fitness classes designed by Cavalletti exclusively for hotel guests: Healthy Sweaty Beach Boot Camp, Genius Body Workout and Beach Yoga.

Combining aerobics and strength training, the Healthy Sweaty Beach Boot Camp will help zap up to 600 calories per session. Beach Yoga will promote a more relaxed state-of- mind while building a toned, flexible and stronger body through a series of physical postures and movements, breathing techniques and meditation. Genius Body Workout combines a flow of martial arts, calisthenics and resistance training for a true body transformation.

To reserve a Work It Out stay at W South Beach, call (877) 822-0000 or visit online. Please mention rate plan code LZPKG1-10 for a three-night stay or LXPKG1-10 for a five-night stay. The package is valid for booking through October 31, 2013. Pricing is exclusive of tax and gratuity and is subject to availability. Some restrictions do apply.

Simone Cavalletti brings over 20 years of experience of training various celebrity clients from Miami, New York, Los Angeles and internationally. His approach combines unique aerobic, yoga and strength training with his knowledge of nutritional and alternative therapeutic practices.

Just one of the many components this busy season is the 2013 Sony Ericsson Tennis Open and the spectators that are staying at W South Beach also have the opportunity to hit the courts themselves and learn how to play like the pros!

W South Beach offers one of kind coaching to its guests on the roof top tennis court alongside spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Private individual & group lessons, adult & junior clinics and a customized cardio tennis clinic are available and instructed by Coach Federico Pintaluba seven days a week. Coach Federico has dedicated his life to the game of tennis and has successfully competed in junior and professional tournaments such as Wimbledon and the French Open. For reservations and pricing please contact the concierge at (305) 938-3000.

W South Beach Hotel & Residences has garnered international attention since opening in July 2009. The 408-room hotel has appeared on the pages of Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Elite Traveler, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Departures, Vanity Fair, W, Town & Country and Vogue among many others. W South Beach has earned some of the travel industry’s most prestigious accolades, including a place on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2010 “Hot List”; Travel + Leisure’s 2011 list of “World’s Best Hotels”; Elite Traveler’s 2010 “101 Top Hotel Suites” list; and two covers of the trade publication, Lodging Hospitality.



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…



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.



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.   



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.



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.



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!


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