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Hyatt Regency’s It’s Good Not to Be Home Campaign

Sometimes the best times are spent away from home. Away from your normal routine, your daily stress, so forth. We think a little escape is from your daily grind is an essential need. Whether you’re escaping for business or pleasure, the Hyatt Regency celebrates your escape with their It’s Good Not to Be Home campaign. A campaign that highlights all the reasons it’s good to get away from home and enjoy a few days at the Hyatt Regency. One of the first things we were told to do when we arrived was to exchange our shoes for a pair of plus Hyatt Regency bedroom slippers to be really comfortable during the event……we and several other guests happily complied.

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This fall, the Hyatt Regency asked travelers to share their ideas on how to make their business travel experiences and time away from home even better. Now in its second year, “It’s Good Not to Be Home” was created from the very true concept that as much as we like to be home, we humans love and enjoy the freedom to break away from our normal routine while traveling. These innovations, dreamed up by business travelers, will be used for inspiration for future Hyatt Regency experiences and amenities.

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Those experiences were debuted at the Hyatt Regency event held at their Jersey City location. The first being Personal trainer Gunnar Peterson’s and James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and Cronut creator Dominique Ansel’s in-room food and fitness routine, encouraging guests to stay fit and eat a balanced meal to be and remain productive during their trip; and the second is Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley pairing up with tech mogul and businesswoman Randi Zuckerberg to create an on-the-go beauty bar where guests can relax, reset, and indulge.

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Attendees of the event had a chance to partake in those experiences, previewing what Hyatt Regency guests will soon enjoy as future Hyatt Regency amenities at all their locations. Thanks to this event, we had the wonderful opportunity to meet and speak with Designer Cynthia Rowley, enjoy an almost unlimited supply of delicious Cronuts, and enjoy a little Hyatt Regency swag

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The event was incredibly amazing and we really did not want to go home. The Hyatt Regency made it really difficult to leave the event. The bar was flowing, the food was amazing, almost all of our wishes were fulfilled, constant pampering, no dishes had to be done, so why would we want to go home? Take it from us when we say if you’re traveling soon, let the Hyatt Regency show you why it’s good not to be home.

Urban Oasis: W New York’s Extreme Wow Outdoor Glamping Suite

When we were younger, we considered ourselves the outdoorsy type. Then again as children, we wanted nothing more than the freedom to run. Today, we’re happy with a view of the city and a glass of something tasty. However, we sometimes get brief pangs of exploring and discovering the outdoors, but then we remember the lack of comforts. This had us thinking, how can we relive the wonder of the outdoors with our love of comfortable surroundings…….in the city? The W New York Hotel, located at 541 Lexington Avenue, actually gave us the answer with their new Extreme Wow Outdoor Glamping Suite. It’s the perfect solution for those who want to enjoy a bit of the outdoors, without losing the comfort.

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The W New York has partnered with Online Interior Design firm, Laurel & Wolf to transform the terrace of the Extreme Wow Suite into an urban glamping escape. With the brilliant lights of Times Square in the distance and a panoramic view of the city as your backdrop, you’ll feel right at home relishing in these outdoor views. The Extreme Wow Outdoor Glamping Suite celebrates everything about camping: a 12-foot yurt furnished in a kaleidoscope of fabrics and textures, glowing lanterns, rattan hanging chairs, and a fire pit that lights up with a flip of a switch. A canopy of twinkling café lights surrounds the yurt, which stands as the central element of the rustic-luxe oasis.

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W New York is offering guests the opportunity to book special packages centered around the Extreme Wow Outdoor Glamping Suite. Special deals will include packages for families, honeymooners, girls’ getaways, and more, with rates starting at $2,000 per night. Don’t think just because the summer’s almost over, you won’t have time to partake in this glamping adventure. The Outdoor Glamping Suite will remain open until November, weather permitting of course.

Julie Geer, Director of Partnerships at Laurel & Wolf states: “We are thrilled to partner with W New York, an iconic destination that perfectly complements the vibrancy of this amazing city. Marking the launch of our first hotel partnership, we are honored to work with the flagship property for W Hotels Worldwide, rooted in a city of limitless design inspiration.”

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Pablo-Andres Lopez, Marketing Manager at W New York says, “W New York’s partnership with Laurel & Wolf on the design of the terrace is an exciting initiative, the first glamping experience to take place at a hotel in New York City. We’re inspired by Laurel & Wolf’s design work and look forward to working with their talented team to launch more unique guest experiences.”

We had a wonderful time taking in the scenic views, enjoying the cooler air, and trying not to fall asleep in the super comfy Yurt. Thanks to the music from DJ Rose, and the champagne bar, we had a blast reliving our outdoor adventures. Are you a fan of glamping? Would you pay a visit to the W New York Extreme Wow Outdoor Glamping Suite?

 

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Travel With Us: Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos Mountains

If you’re a child of the late 80’s then you certainly remember those famed commercials for “beautiful Mount Airy Lodge”, where all you had to bring was your love of everything. Today’s Mount Airy Casino Resort is still beautiful and just like before, wants you to bring your love of everything, from gambling, to luxurious spa treatments, your foodie appetites, love of concerts, worldly music and performances, and your love of giveaways. We had the pleasure of a wonderful and much-needed weekend escape to Mount Airy Casino Resort, located in the picturesque Poconos Mountains, right after NYFW (we had an amazing view of the frozen lake outside our window).

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If you’re expecting to see the old Mount Airy from the old commercials, you will be very wrong, the original Mount Airy Lodge which closed in 2001, was completely torn down, and the new Mount Airy Casino Resort was built from scratch. Because there is already a huge userbase for the top Online casino we can be sure that this resort will be enjoyed by many. The old honeymoon hideaway is gone and has made way to be a family-friendly casino resort. As well as bringing in people who love to gamble, whether that be online using sites like Casino-Korea or those dabbling in other casino resorts, the resort has much more to offer for those who are not of age or don’t enjoy casino games, such as a spa and a variety of entertainment for all ages. The only thing that remains of the old Mount Airy, is the name. Gone are the heart-shaped tubs, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, velvet canopy beds, and the other old remnants the old hotel was known for. What replaces the old decor are modern design elements that are both stunningly elegant and rustic. The hotel’s interior boasts boldly stated panache that’s breathtaking to behold. Every bit of design detail was personally chosen by the new family of owners, who are obviously blessed with great taste.

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From its architectural influences, cubism-inspired design details, its mix of rugged and glamorous embellishments (we especially love the stunning crystal chandelier directly over the stone waterfall in the lobby), stunning, spacious bathrooms, and plush pillow-top beds, one can’t help but fall in love with the resort’s modern and sophisticated decor. Our Deluxe King room (pictured below) was exquisitely decorated with subtle tones and hues that beautifully played up the various prints and patterns of its decor.

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As we stated before, the Mount Airy Casino Resort is a family-friendly casino. This means that if you are a fan of online gambling websites and enjoy playing Poker Online, this could be the perfect vacation destination for you. However, if you don’t like to gamble, or if you’re not yet of age, there’s still so much to enjoy. A feature we particularly enjoyed at the resort was that the gambling areas didn’t encroach on the other available amenities. There’s no threat of hearing the telltale noises of slot machines and other gambling noises to disturb you from enjoying the amazing food from Mount Airy’s onsite restaurants, the wonderful, full-service spa, the Xanadu-esque Get Wet pool area, golf, horseback trail riding, and skiing. In fact, once you are away from the gambling areas, you’d swear you were just at a wonderful We completely indulged our foodie souls at Mount Airy. You might, in fact, simply come to enjoy the hotel’s amenities and prefer to enjoy online gambling using a sportsbook site when you return home – for which you can find a review here if you’d like to learn more. The hotel’s main restaurants include the upscale Bistecca by Il Mulino (pictured below), casual Guy Fieri’s Mt. Pocono Kitchen, the Pan-Asian Lucky 8 Noodle + Sushi Bar, and The Buffet (pictured below).

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Our favorite foodie escape was Bistecca by Il Mulino, a world-class Italian restaurant where we indulged in the most decadent and unforgettable meal.We’re still relishing in the memory of the flavorful Grilled Octopus with White Beans and Tomato appetizer, delicious handcrafted cocktails, and the perfection that was the Capellini Ai Frutti di Mare.

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No matter the season, lounging in one of the Get Wet private luxury cabanas (which boast day beds and televisions) or dipping into the heated, 51,000 square foot, indoor/outdoor Get Wet Pool, Bar & Nightlife is a wonderful way to enjoy a care-free day or enjoy some after-dark entertainment when the sun goes down. You can enjoy a drink or some light dining while you relax inside or relish in the scenic views of the resort’s lake and golf course on the outdoor deck.

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For those of your who need a bit more in the way of relaxation, the resort’s Spa and Salon will finish you with an afternoon or early evening (the spa closes at 8 pm Mon-Sat) of luxurious pampering, which includes massages, nail and body treatments, hair and makeup, spray tanning, etc. We had the pleasure in indulging in the Mount Airy Signature Massage which left our muscles feeling wonderfully relaxed and tension-free. The 55-min massage exactly what was needed to relieve the stress from the craziness of NYFW.

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Our weekend escape ended with a night full of fun-filled entertainment at the onsite nightclub, Gypsies Lounge, where we were treated to a night of Vietnamese pop music. The eye-catching nightclub offers a vast array of entertainment including singers, dance performances, comedy shows, and celebrity appearances and performances, as you sip on cocktails or dance the night away. Upcoming shows include Sinbad, Berlinda Carlisle, Gilbert Gottfried, Richard Marx, and Gary Owen.

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Those who prefer to enjoy their drinks on the gambling floor or are looking for a place to “pre-game” can do so at The Glass Bar, centrally located right in the middle of the Mount Airy Casino Resort floor. If you rather gamble on your golf game, the famed Mount Airy Golf Course will officially open for the season on March 21st, 2016. *Quick golf side note, the PGA of America celebrates its Centennial this year and a round or two of golf is a great way to not only enjoy the outdoors but playing the game has amazing health and wellness benefits. The Mount Airy course was inspired by Sports Illustrated’s “Best 18 Holes in America”, the course is known for its distance drives and 6,500 yards of manicured greens.

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Before and/or after your golf game, relax in the Mount Airy course’s clubhouse, Drinks & Links, and the Golf Pro Shop. Enjoy the clubhouse’s full-service bar, restaurant and lounge amenities: outdoor deck overlooking the Pocono Mountains, state-of-the-art locker room, and shower facility, and the pro shop’s full selection of apparel, clubs and accessories, book a golf lesson or a group outing, or just do like we did and just enjoy walking the grounds taking in its beauty.

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We truly enjoyed our weekend at the Mount Airy Casino Resort, it was a wonderful experience. We can’t wait to revisit the resort again sometime during the summer to either enjoy their July 4th festivities or one of their outdoor celebrity concerts. If you’re planning on any weekend getaways or extended trips away, we recommend adding the Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Poconos Mountains. Whether you’re a gambler, golfer, or foodie, you’ll enjoy every moment.

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Airfordable.co: Pay for Your Air Travel in Budget-Friendly Installments

What if you could pay for your dream vacation in budget-friendly installments? Or lock in a low airfare months earlier when airfares are much cheaper? Or how about both? Thanks to Airfordable.co, not only are you able to take advantage of low airfares thanks to their price protection, you take control of your travel plans by paying in installments with either a monthly or biweekly payment plan. It’s your dream vacation, on layaway.

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Air travel can be quite expensive, and without any real options aside from extensive saving and praying to the travel gods for decent and discounted airfares, we had no real solution to getting the vacation we desired, at a price we could afford…..until Airfordable.co. No longer will you be at the mercy of a horrible airline just to hopefully get to enjoy your trip, especially as a frustrating experience can ruin your entire vacation. With airfares ever increasing, and our need to escape our daily lives every once in a while, Airfordable.co is the answer, but don’t take our word for it, see for yourself.

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So how does Airfordable work? Very much like a department store layaway plan. Simply search for your flight dates on any airline or air travel website (we must note there’s a $2000 price per flight cap on airfare), grab a screenshot of your proposed trip, upload it to the Airfordable website, and they will show you payment plan options. Once you’ve selected your payment plan, just pay 30% of the cost of the air travel as a deposit, and pay the balance in the installment schedule you’ve chosen. Just as with department store layaways, once your final payment is complete, you will receive your e-ticket.

This is especially wonderful for those who don’t want to put the cost of the trip on a credit card. You enjoy a flexible payment plan with no credit check and no incurred interest fees like you would using a credit card, so there’s no buyer’s remorse when your credit card bill comes. Another great thing about Airfordable is if the price of your airfare drops before you’ve secured your seat, they will split the savings 50/50 and your portion becomes an Airfordable credit that you can use towards your next flight on any airline. what more can you ask for!

We’re ready to begin planning our dream vacation, what about you? Where can Airfordable help you travel to?

Stress-free Travel w/ the Wyndham Hotel Group

It’s officially summer and time to get those vacation plans going. Of course trying to get started can seem stressful and overwhelming. Starting off your summer vacation on the right foot begins with the right airline and hotel, especially if you’re booking travel plans for the family. Not getting great deals when booking multiple people is a crime for both your travel plans and your budget. Luckily, great hotels like the Wyndham Hotel Group, offer amazing deals to make your summer vacation an amazing one. Get bonus points, a percentage off their best rates, free nights, and perks.

Wyndham Hotel Group has a portfolio of 15 diverse hotel brands that has something to offer every family, whether you’re travelling with teens to NYC, the sunny beaches of Florida or California, or off to a European adventure, the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and their familiar Days Inn properties has got you travelers covered with some valuable deals and convenient family-friendly amenities.

  1. TRYP By Wyndham – TRYP is the perfect option for families with picky pre-teens. With locations in exciting cities like New York, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, and Buenos Aires, they’ll never be bored! DEAL ALERT: Book online at least seven days in advance and save 10% off the Best Available Rate. You’ll even receive 500 Wyndham Rewards bonus points – score!
  2. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts – looking to enjoy the finer things in life during the summer vacation?The Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has got your covered from Florida to California and all across the US. As their hotel guest, you can expect hotels with good food, are near beautiful beaches and filled with activities the entire family can enjoy.
    DEAL ALERT: This summer, save 30 percent off the Best Available Rate when booking three consecutive nights!
  3. Days Inn – Active families coordinating a road trip to grandma’s can find comfort knowing that Days Inn will be there for their next stop. Their locations are both convenient and plentiful! DEAL ALERT: Beyond saving 15 percent by booking a week in advance, you’ll save even more money since kids 17 and under stay free with paying adults!

BONUS DEAL ALERT: Wyndham Rewards members get perks with each and every stay at any of Wyndham Hotel Group’s 15 diverse hotel brands. Points earned by mom and dad for business can be used for leisure trips with the kids and with as little as 5,500 points travelers can even earn a free night. Happy traveling this summer!

Travel Highlight: Let’s Go to Maharashtra, India

At one point, we traveled extensively, it was a great joy in our lives as we love to travel. We love the temporary escape from our reality, opening the window to a view that’s not the usual, experiencing new people, cultures, foods, and the wonderful sights each destination has to offer. Today we’re highlighting Maharashtra, a state in the western region of India and India’s second-most populated state. We actually meant to cover this previously but…..life. Anyway, we had the pleasure of being a guest at a travel event for Maharashtra, India and delighted in the music, dancing and food featured at the event.

Maharashtra is the wealthiest and most developed state in India, but you may be more familiar with its state capital and largest city, Mumbai. Though Mumbai is the most popular, Maharashtra has 35 districts. There are lots of things to enjoy, like visiting the Mumbai Monorail, the first mono railway in India, the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, India’s first cable-stayed bridge, the Gateway of India in Mumbai, the Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad, the Statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, and a statue of Ganesha. Along with lots of beautiful sights to see, there are lots of delicious culinary wonders to delight in, a foodie’s dream. At the Maharashtra Tourism event, I heartily enjoyed a variety of dishes…..see some of the cuisine I enjoyed below:

Maharashtra cuisine features amazing dishes that range from mild to very spicy. Some of the popular dishes include puran poli (a traditional type of sweet flatbread), ukadiche Modak (a steamed or fried coconut-filled sweet dumpling), and batata vada (potato fritters). The is divided into two wide categories of cuisine – Konkani, and Varadi. Although they are different, both cuisines use lots of seafood and coconut. Some other ingredients used in dishes from Maharashtra include onion, garlic, ginger, red chilli powder, green chilies, lentils, and tamarind. Non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes are generally eaten with boiled rice or soft roti bread, and the most popular fish is bombil, also known as the Bombay duck.

The beauty of Maharashtra isn’t just in its sights and foods, as they have many different types of beautiful dances. The Povada is the dance form that describes the life of Maratha ruler, Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj; the Lavani and Koli dances entertains you with mesmerizing music and rhythmic movements; the Dhangri Gaja dance pays respect to the God Biruba; the Dindi and Kala are the religious folk dances, and the Tamasha is the most popular folk dance. We enjoyed a sampling of, and took video of the beautiful dances performed during the event, enjoy them below:

We hope to visit Maharashtra one day and experience it’s stunning beauty first hand, it is definitely on our travel wish list.

John Legend to Headline Saint Lucia Jazz Festival’s 20th Anniversary

Grammy-award winning multi-Platinum artist John Legend will headline this year’s Saint Lucia Jazz Festival as it celebrates its 20th anniversary of entertaining locals and people from around the world. What better way to enjoy the romantic songs of John Legend than surrounded by clear blue waters, a gorgeous sky, breathtaking views and gorgeous weather.

 

From April 30 to May 8, 2011, the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will be comprised of an international roster of renowned musicians from various genres including jazz, R&B, pop, soul and world music who herald from the US, UK, France, Africa and Saint Lucia. The festival will feature multiple complementary daily shows of acoustic, new age, jazz, soul, reggae, and R&B sounds held in a variety of locations and venues around the island – Jazz on the Square in Castries and Jazz in the South at locations in Vieux Fort and Laborie.


Headliners will perform at the main stage performances which will be held at Pigeon Island National Park and Gaiety in Rodney Bay, the island’s epicenter of musical entertainment, featuring local clubs, lounges and restaurants. Along with John Legend, this year’s musical acts include:

Trey Songz – The highly acclaimed R&B singer-songwriter Trey Songz debuted his first recording album in 2005 with I Gotta Make It followed by Trey Day (2007). His third album, Ready, was released in 2009 while his fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, was released in September 2010, all garnering him multiple BET and Grammy award nominations, including winning the 2010 BET Award for Best Male R&B Artist.

Ledisi – Singer/songwriter Ledisi returns to the jazz festival stage sharing highlights from her Grammy nominated albums Lost & Found and Turn Me Loose.

Regina Carter – American jazz violinist, Regina Carter, lauded as one of the finest violinists of her generation, will share African folk tunes from her newest album, Reverse Thread.

Bad Ass Brass  – Formed in 2008, the band takes its influence from the sounds of traditional New Orleans brass bands but adds its own unique twist. The group won the opportunity to play at this year’s jazz festival through a Facebook contest in the UK hosted by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.

Maceo Parker – American funk and jazz saxophonist, who had a long term association with the late, great James Brown, will get the audience dancing with hits from his latest album Roots &Grooves, which won a Jammie for best Jazz Album in 2009.

Saint Lucian Collective – An ensemble of Saint Lucian’s jazz icons who will perform a mélange of sweet pulsating Caribbean beats.

“As the leading and longest running jazz event in the Caribbean, year after year we welcome thousands of visitors from all corners of the globe to our legendary island to celebrate the premier voices in the music industry,” said Saint Lucia Tourist Board Director of Tourism Louis Lewis. “We’re thrilled to be marking our 20th anniversary with another sensational lineup. Combined with our world-class resorts, unique activities, exotic cuisine, unspoiled nature and warm people, this is still the best party in the Caribbean.”

See below for performance schedule (click on image below to enlarge). For a full concert schedule, festival tickets and updates, visit the official Saint Lucia Jazz website, www.stluciajazz.org for more detailed festivities for the Main Stage, Jazz on the Grill, Jazz on the Pier, Jazz in the South, Jazz Rhythms at Rodney Bay Mall, and Tea Time Jazz

Several resorts on the island will be celebrating the jazz festival with great deals and special packages. See below for the vast choices:

Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Inn
5-Night/6-Days Jazz Package
  •  Accommodations for two in a Superior Room
  •  Caribbean buffet breakfast daily
  •  Three-course dinner at Trios Restaurant (valid one night only)
  •  One day sail to Soufriere with complementary drinks and snorkel at Anse Cochon
  •  US$10.00 coupon, per person, redeemable at Treasure Bay Casino
  •  Complimentary transfers (one-way) from Bay Gardens Hotel to Pigeon Island Landmark for Main Stage Jazz Performance
  •  Bay Gardens Resorts’ Jazz Souvenir
  •   Rates: starting at US$990 based on double occupancy and includes all taxes
  •   Book by: May 8, 2011
  •   Travel April 30 through May 31, 2011
Visit baygardensresorts.com for more information
C’est La Vie
Springtime Jazz
  • 4th night free
  • Includes breakfast, concierge, butler service
  • Travel May 1 through May 20, 2011
Visit www.villacestlavie.com for more information
Cotton Bay Village
Jazz on the Beach
  • Five nights accommodations
  • All meals included
  • All beverages by the glass included
  • One complementary spa treatment per adult
  • One ticket to the Jazz concert of choice per adult
  • Rates: starting at US$1010
  • Book by: April 30, 2011
  • Travel for any five night stay between April 30 to May 8, 2011
Visit www.cottonbayvillage.com for more information
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation
Jazz Sulphur Jamboree
  • Spend seven nights or more and receive complementary tickets for two to Jazz in the North
  • Round trip transfer to Jazz Festival venue
Visit fonddouxestate.com for more information
Habitat Terrace
All That Jazz
  • Includes breakfast, t-shirt, and round-trip shuttle arrangements to the Jazz venue of choice
  • Book by: April 1, 2011
  • Travel April 30 through May 8, 2011
Visit www.habitatterrace.com for more information
Harmony Suites
Jazz Special
  • Receive 15% off rates
Visit www.harmonysuites.com for more information
Juliette’s Lodge Hotel
Just Jazz Special 2011
  • Special rates for the following accommodations:
    • Single occupancy US$55 per room per night plus taxes (max 1 person per)
    • Double occupancy US$65 per room per night plus taxes (max 2 people per)
    • Family room two beds US$90 per room per night plus taxes (max 4 people per)
    • Two bedroom apartment US$125 per room per night plux taxes (max 4 people per)
  • Single, double and family room rates are inclusive of continental breakfast per person
  • Book by: April 15, 2011
  • Travel April 24 through May 16, 2011
Visit www.julietteslodge.com for more information
Mango Beach Inn
Jazz Fans – Beat the Traffic
  • Travel by boat from Marigot Bay to Pigeon Island
  • 10% discount off normal rates
  • Travel April 30 through May 8, 2011
Visit www.mangobeachmarigot.com for more information
Marina Haven Villa
Jazz Special
  • Stay seven nights and pay US$180 per night per villa
  • Complementary arrival airport transfer
  • Book by April 30, 2011 

Visit http://bensconcierge.com/villa for more information

Stonefield Villa Estate Resort & Spa
Enjoy the south of the Island and still Jazz in the North
  • Water taxi roundtrip to Castries
  • Complementary beverage on route to Jazz Festival
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Ocean view villa and pool
  • Rates: starting at US$450 per couple inclusive of taxes
  • Book by: April 30, 2011
  • Travel April 1 through May 31, 2011
Visit www.StonefieldResort.com for more information
The Downtown Hotel
Fun in the Sun
  • Special rates for the following accommodations:
    • Deluxe Downtown View US$65
    • Sea/Piton View US$75
    • Royal Suites US$85
    • Soufriere Suites US$95
    • Family Suites US$110
    • Rates are subject to 18% tax
  • Book by: April 30, 2011
  • Travel through May 8, 2011
Visit www.thedowntownhotel.net for more information 
Village Inn & Spa
Jazz Special
  • 15% off rates
  • Breakfast daily
  • Complementary golf
  • Complementary spa treatment (conditions apply)
Check out the Village Inn St. Lucia for more information
Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort
Jazz it Up!
  • Althurium Lily Suites
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Round trip airport/hotel transfers
  • Rates: starting at US$465 per night double occupancy includes taxes and service charges
  • Travel through May 9, 2011
Visit www.windjammer-landing.com for more information
Zamacà Saint Lucia Bed & Breakfast
Concord of Sweet Sounds and Colors of the Caribbean
  • Stay five nights and enjoy the sixth night free
  • Stay 12 nights and pay for ten
  • Upon check-out, receive a gift certificate for credit on next trip to Zamacà Saint Lucia Bed & Breakfast
  • Breakfast is included in rate
  • Rates: starting at US$112.10 per night per double occupancy
  • Book by: April 10, 2011
  • Travel April 28 through May 10, 2011*
  • *Extension of stay upon request
Visit www.zamaca.com for more information

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia; its product offerings and resort vacation packages, visit www.saintlucianow.com.

About Saint Lucia

One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties.

Travel With Me | Last Post on Tokyo, Japan

Hi all, I just wanted to post some miscellaneous photos from my trip to Tokyo before I continue on with the event posts. Below are photos from the neighborhood of my hotel, the beautiful Shibuya Tokyu Excel, located in the heart of Shibuya. The first photo is the view from my hotel room.




Before I continue I must note that even though I didn’t get shoes in my size in Tokyo (Japanese women have small feet and shoes basically only went to size 8) and only not much clothing (boobs too big), I was on the hunt for a particular color of nail polish. While right now we are reveling in purple and Blue nail polish, I think one of the next hot colors is Grey, not Silver but Grey. Throughout my trip, I searched and searched all over. I had Matt go into every nail salon and any store that had a beauty section to no avail but on the day before I was to leave Tokyo, I hit the jackpot…..yea!!! Below is a photo of my Grey nail polish


Anyway, back to the tourist in me. As I stated before, Matt took me just about everywhere. We went to Harajuku, Shinjinku, ODaiba, etc. There was this place in Odaiba (also called Daiba) called Palette Town. It is a man-made island which has a huge shopping center, concert hall, Car theme park, etc. They even had a huge ferris wheel and believe it or not, a smaller version of the Statue of Liberty



We also did some walking along Japans version of 5th Ave. I didn’t take any photos of the actual stores but it’s exactly what you’d expect – Gucci, Valentino, Prada, etc but I did take some photos of the area



Including some interesting stuff like these this traditional wedding gift from a mother to newlyweds


…..and these two ancient warriors


On my last night in Tokyo, Matt, his friend Yumi and I went to a nightclub in the neighborhood of my hotel called Gaspanic (it was literally like a block from my hotel)


First thing, you can see a little bit of a Zima wall hanging there, yep Zima. It still exists, at least in Japan. They also LOVE, I mean LOVE rap and hip hop music. We spent about four or five hours dancing to mostly dirty south music (seriously). I had to ask the DJ to play some east coast hip hop.



I took some video of people dancing at the club (it’s a bit dark but bear with me). Both include a guy who came straight from the office – suit, briefcase and all; he took off his jacket and just started getting down

Anyway, Matt pointed out something crazy to me. It seems there are some men in Japanese who try to pick up women off the street, just regular women and pay them to have sex with them or try to get them to do pornos. I took a photo of two guys and they were trying to pick up women right in front of us (I have indicated them with yellow arrows in the photo below).


They were not even trying to hide it, it was all very out in the open. The crazy part was they were so polite and respectful about it. Matt said that this was a very normal thing in Japan……..crazy.