LOS ANGELES, CA — Got time? Got a few extra bucks? We’ll tell you how to spend it all and come back with a tan and few great stories to tell. The following are some fabulous fall packages – value-laden travel experiences available at choice inns and resorts around the world.
Swiss Chocolate Vacation at Baur au Lac
Zurich’s renowned Baur au Lac is launching a new Chocoholic Package, featuring the hotel’s signature brand of chocolate, Chocolat 1844.
Chocolat 1844 was carefully crafted by the hotel’s sixth-generation owner, Andrea Kracht, and is made from numerous varieties of cocoa from various origins. The Chocoholic Package highlights this signature chocolate with a special five-course tasting menu at the Baur au Lac’s Pavillon restaurant served with a special Chocolat 1844 dessert and a private chocolate-inspired wine tasting.
The entire Chocoholic Package includes:
- Two nights’ luxury accommodations with daily breakfast
- Welcome gift basket filled with the Baur au Lac’s Chocolat 1844 and fresh fruit
- White Chocolate Martini at the hotel’s Rive Gauche Bar
- Five-course dinner at the Pavillon restaurant with an exclusive Chocolat 1844 dessert
- Special wine tasting with Chocolat 1844 pairings
- Complimentary minibar and free access to the fitness club, business center and Diagonal nightclub
The package is priced at CHF 2,740 (approx. US$2,880), based on double occupancy, and is valid through December 31, 2013.
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Lush Fall Packages at St. Regis Bahia, Puerto Rico
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, which opened in late 2010 in Puerto Rico as the first St. Regis in the Caribbean, offers a “Starpicks” rate of $329 per night for week-long stays through October 2.
The property located seaside, on the northeastern corridor of the island near the El Yunque National Forest and only a 30 minute drive from Old San Juan, presents a series of luxuries that make it worth the visit. Among them: world-class golf, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and a Remède Spa in a Spa without Walls setting, complete with Champagne welcome.
It’s the kind of place where guests nibble on frozen grapes in beachfront cabanas attended by butler service, if so desired. Parents appreciate the Iguana Children’s Club, which offers nature walks, bird watching, turtle feeding and other activities.
The Five Diamond Caribbean Spa Retreat package is also available, — through December 18. It requires a three-day minimum stay but offers a $200 daily spa credit in return.
For the spa package, as ask for rate plan SPABAHIA
Daylight “Savings” at The Somerset on Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos
The Somerset on Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos, is offering savings of 30% in choice of luxury villa accommodations plus a $300 food and beverage credit for travel through November 3, when Daylight Saving Time ends.
The deal includes:
- 30% off in choice of luxury accommodations, from a 1,400-square foot one-bedroom villa to a 5,300-square-foot five-bedroom penthouse.
- $300 food and beverage credit
- Daily Continental breakfast served poolside at LunaSea
Guests of The Somerset on Grace Bay also enjoy such complimentary amenities such as bicycles for exploring Grace Bay, infinity edge and reverse-current lap pools, fitness center with steam room, in-room Wi-Fi, snorkeling equipment, kayaks and Hobie Cat sailboats on the beach. Children ages 5 to 12 can be part of the resort’s complimentary Caicos Kids Club with professional staff leading interactive activities during the day and some evenings.
With the 30% discount, daily rates begin at $385 (regularly $550) for two guests in a one-bedroom Garden View Villa.
Alisal: Wine Ghetto Weekend
Alisal Wine Ghetto Weekend, October 25-27 is a weekend of wine country decadence featuring Ranch cuisine, horseback riding, and a weekend of exclusive wine tasting and cavorting at Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, CA near Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley. Highlights bring out Godé’s famous BBQ Dinner and Live Music, a Saturday Breakfast Ride in a hay wagon to the Old Adobe for Alisal’s signature flapjacks, country biscuits and gravy, local gourmet food trucks, Winemaker’s Reception and Dinner, and Farewell Brunch with sendoff gifts. Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort packages it all with cottage accommodation for two nights for two people, all event inclusions, plus taxes and service charges for $1,695, based on double occupancy.
Car-Free in L.A. with Kimpton Hotels
Kimpton’s Hotel Wilshire and Hotel Palomar – located 4.5 miles from each other along Los Angeles’ famed Wilshire Boulevard — have cut their engines to embrace a car-free lifestyle in a city better known for its car-obsessed culture.
Both properties are offering custom-made bikes to guests on a complimentary basis for use during their stay. And of course that amenity come wrapped in a package.
Car-Free, Carefree Los Angeles packages include:
- Complimentary valet parking; guests can leave their cars and explore each hotel’s neighborhood on foot or bike
- Welcome amenity to keep guests fueled up, hydrated and healthy, including a pedometer, bottled water, a healthy snack and sunscreen
- Car-free maps and suggested itineraries
- Complimentary jogging maps of Westwood and Miracle Mile/Museum Row
- Free use of the hotels’ PUBLIC brand bikes
Bonus: Guests who show the Front Desk their pedometer indicating they walked at least 10,000 steps that day receive a special code for 20 percent off of their room rate during their next stay at the hotel (must be used by Dec 31, 2013 and based upon availability).
- The Hotel Wilshire rates start at $299 per night
- The Hotel Palomar rates start at $259 per night
Lark Gould is an author of eight books on travel and a journalist who has been covering the travel industry for more than two decades.
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