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How Does Music Affect Your Hotel Decisions?

How Does Music Affect Your Hotel Decisions? Aug 14th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Library of Congress Music is becoming common on hotel websites, but does it really make us want to book a room? A scientific study has come up with the answer: yeah, kinda. The journal Psychology of Music has published an article titled, "Congruency between instrumental background music and behavior on a website." As the author states in the abstract: "Instrumental music (jazz and djembe)...

Honeymoon In Bali, Care Of Your Wedding Guests

Honeymoon In Bali, Care Of Your Wedding Guests Aug 5th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Some couples request practical items like crock pots and cutlery sets on their wedding registries. But if you're anything like the Gadling crew, you'd probably prefer experiences to expensive china ... like, say, a honeymoon in Bali. With that in mind, the Ayana Resort & Spa in Jimbaran, Bali, recently announced its new Ultimate Honeymoon Package and Wedding Registry Service – a way...

The Springs in Costa Rica

The Springs in Costa Rica Feb 8th, 2011 at 12:30PM: The Springs in Costa Rica is a luxury resort. With a backyard view of the Arenal Volcano, this resort boasts both hot and cold springs one thousand feet above the Arenal Valley. Although the enchanting destination deserves some attention on its own, having some media-bewitching stars present on the grounds doesn't hurt The Springs' reputation. If you watched the most recent episode of The...

Controversy over development near Victoria Falls

Controversy over development near Victoria Falls Nov 13th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Environmentalists are complaining that the tour company Shearwater Adventures has violated national and international law by expanding their luxury resort into the rainforest near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Shearwater has constructed a new restaurant, bar, kitchen, and information center next to the public entrance to the World Heritage Site. A lawyer for Shearwater insists the development is...

Daily Pampering: Spend Valentine's Day at Turtle Island in Fiji

Daily Pampering: Spend Valentine's Day at Turtle Island in Fiji Feb 5th, 2010 at 4:00PM: There's only one way to go to Fiji: Turtle Island. The Valentine's Day deal from this luxury resort is nothing short of incredible. Book five nights in paradise, and you'll get two more nights free ... in beachfront accommodations in a two-room "bure." And, all meals are covered, including any romantic lunches you want to enjoy on the beach -- they'll be packed to order! The other activities are...

Daily Pampering: The Curtain Bluff Babymoon

Daily Pampering: The Curtain Bluff Babymoon Feb 3rd, 2010 at 4:00PM: Pregnancy is already challenging enough, especially if you're a first-timer. Moms- and dads-to-be alike need a break from the doctor's appointments, planning and anxiety that come with bringing a new life into the world. So, when you measure the future in centimeters (you'll get it if you're expecting) instead of miles, it's hard to imagine getting on a plane, regardless of how attractive the...

Beat the cold at Le Domaine de Lonvilliers this Valentine's Day

Beat the cold at Le Domaine de Lonvilliers this Valentine's Day Jan 30th, 2010 at 8:00AM: The tough part about Valentine's Day is that it's in February, making the weather too cold to do anything really fun outside. So, trade in the snow for a spot on the beach this year. Le Domaine de Lonvilliers on St. Martin is offering a great new package. Spend three nights at the resort (free room upgrade based on availability), and receive roundtrip boat transfer from the airport, a bottle of...

Daily Pampering: Three ways to spice up Valentine's Day from around the world

Daily Pampering: Three ways to spice up Valentine's Day from around the world Jan 29th, 2010 at 4:00PM: You want to do something for Valentine's Day this year, but you don't know where to turn. Travel is always a great idea, and the economy is definitely cutting your way. There are deals everywhere. Of course, this just makes the choices even harder. Well, I just happened upon three packages from Regent Hotels that will make your decision a little harder ... how can you narrow even this short list...

Five new Los Cabos hotels: some open, some coming soon

Five new Los Cabos hotels: some open, some coming soon Jan 27th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Last year was a busy one for the tourism business in Los Cabos, Mexico. Despite the unmistakable impact of the H1N1 swine flu virus on the region's action in the spring and summer, there were plenty of exciting developments, including the opening of five new hotels. You now have plenty of choices when you head out to Los Cabos, which just happens to be a great place to unwind. 1. Barcelo Los...

Big Island Hawaii: The Resorts of the Kohala Coast

Big Island Hawaii: The Resorts of the Kohala Coast Jan 8th, 2010 at 11:00AM: The Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island might not look like what you imagine when you think of Hawaii. While the grounds of the many resorts that line the coastline are lush and green, once you leave the confines of the property, you'll see a land that's almost barren, dotted with tiny shrubs and long expanses of hardened black lava from the last eruptions of the now dormant Hualālai volcano....

Book a stay at Hawaii's Kona Village and get an $800 flight credit

Book a stay at Hawaii's Kona Village and get an $800 flight credit Nov 24th, 2009 at 2:30PM: Last week, while on Hawaii, I had the chance to wander over to Kona Village Resort and stroll through the grounds. I was pretty impressed by what I saw. While the resort is located right next to the Four Seasons, the feel (while still luxury) is totally different. Rooms here are hale - thatched roof bungalows in various forms. In keeping with the barefoot, carefree style of the resort, the...

Destination spas hard up for guests, slashing prices

Destination spas hard up for guests, slashing prices Sep 19th, 2009 at 11:00AM: Upscale spas may not be accustomed to offering deep discounts, but the current economic situation has left them little choice. As a result, you'll be able to take advantage of some fantastic deals and go to spas that might be out of reach otherwise. Live like the wealthy (used to) for a few days. For the top shops in the spa business, the International Spa Association (ISPA) says that visits are...

Maldives President proposes green tax for tourists

Maldives President proposes green tax for tourists Sep 12th, 2009 at 11:00AM: The Maldives, an archipelago of over 1000 islands in the Indian Ocean known for their stunning beauty and expensive, luxurious resorts, aren't exactly cheap to visit. And they aren't about to get any cheaper. The President of the Maldives has proposed a $3 per day "green tax" on tourists. The tax would help fund the President's plans for fighting climate change and for making the Maldives a...

The Abbey Resort and Spa: Luxury on Lake Geneva

The Abbey Resort and Spa: Luxury on Lake Geneva Sep 11th, 2009 at 10:30AM: Billing itself as "the only full-service resort" on the shores of Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, The Abbey Resort and Spa is one of those places where you can almost feel the ghosts of the past whispering around you. The resort was completely renovated in 2005, but its timber A-frame and low-slung bungalow style buildings look much as they did when it was built nearly 50 years ago, when the...

Go to Antigua with Curtain Bluff's "Power of 10" package

Go to Antigua with Curtain Bluff's Aug 30th, 2009 at 8:00AM: I know we're still sweating the summer, and January seems like a lifetime away. But, think back seven or eight months. Remember how cold it was. It's hard to make the connection, but it really was that cold out, and you lived it. It's going to happen again before you know it. So, now is probably the time to book a retreat from the crushing cold. Curtain Bluff's new package, "The Power of 10," is...

The Brando eco-friendly beach resort to open in 2011

The Brando eco-friendly beach resort to open in 2011 Jul 25th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Did you know that Marlon Brando owned (and now his estate owns) an entire French Polynesian atoll 35 miles from Tahiti? Did you also know that Brando dreamed of creating an eco-friendly resort on the atoll? Well both are true, and by 2011 Brando's dream will be a reality, thanks to Richard Bailey, CEO of Tahiti Beachcomber. Bailey was a longtime friend of Brando's and had been working with him on...

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