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ULTIMATE LUXURY NEW YEAR’S EVE EXPERIENCE IN TIMES SQUARE AT THE NEW YORK MARRIOTT MARQUIS

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OVER-THE-TOP NEW YEAR’S EVE PACKAGE INCLUDES A GLAMOROUS STAY IN A PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AND FRONT ROW SEATS TO THE BALL DROP AT GALA PARTY IN BROADWAY LOUNGE

NEW YORK (November 3, 2014) – It’s the most iconic location in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve — Times Square in New York City, where the famous ball drop has taken place for over 100 years to herald in the new year. This year the New York Marriott Marquis makes it even more exciting.

Guests who book the Ultimate Luxury New Year’s Eve package will arrive via private limousine to the sounds of a baby grand piano in a sumptuous presidential suite as they get ready to usher in the new year. Their private attendant will greet them with Piper Heidsieck champagne and the chef’s selection of festive hors d’oeuvres, as they explore this spacious two-bedroom suite, decorated in celebratory style. Then it’s time to primp with a personal stylist from PRIMP Salon & Spa Services for the gala party below in Broadway Lounge, where they’ll be seated in the prime ball drop-view seats, overlooking the thousands of people gathered for the big countdown at midnight. And, as a warm-up to the countdown, earlier in the evening they’ll enjoy a surprise visit outdoors to Times Square, surrounded by the crowds. In Broadway Lounge, they’ll enjoy a full evening of entertainment, special buffet dinner menus, premium bars and dancing, as midnight approaches. Then it’s countdown time, when the air is filled with a storm of confetti throughout Times Square, as the famous Waterford crystal ball descends. The new year starts off in the morning with breakfast at Crossroads; the perfect ending to the celebration and the perfect beginning to 2015.

Not keen on the idea of being outside in the cold weather in Times Square with family or friends for the countdown to midnight? For the first time ever, the New York Marriott Marquis will sell “Ball Drop View to New Year’s Eve in Times Square” guest rooms on marriott.com. Guests can pass up the outdoor experience, staying cozy inside, in their comfortably appointed guest room to watch the festivities, without having to bundle up. This is a 3-night stay with arrival on December 29 or December 30. The entire 3-night stay is just under $6,000 and is inclusive of tax ($5,745.70 total).

To complement our New Year’s Eve offerings, we have launched the New York Marriott Marquis Best of 2014 Promotion. Entrants share a photo of their best moment of 2014 on our Facebook promotion app or on Twitter or Instagram with @MHMarquisNYC and #WINMarquisNYE to enter for a chance to win a two-night stay in a ball-drop view guest room during New Year’s Eve. The entry period for the promotion ends on November 17. Promotion details: http://bit.ly/MarquisBestof2014

For guests who are looking forward to a celebration, individual tickets are still available to the gala party in Broadway Lounge, described above. Individual tickets range from $1,000 per person for communal seating, to $3,500 per person for prime view ball drop seating. Please note these tickets do not include a hotel guest room or overnight stay.

Details:

Ultimate Luxury New Year’s Eve Experience Package – $50,000

• 3 nights in a presidential suite, arrival 29 or 30 December

• Limousine transportation from and to the airport (LaGuardia, JFK or Newark)

• Welcome champagne and Chef’s hors d’oeuvres

• A personal musical welcome from a live performer, at the baby grand piano in the suite

• A private room attendant for in-room service

• In-room personal stylist for hair and make-up on 31 December, before the party, by PRIMP Salon & Spa Services

• Up to 4 seats at the New Year’s Eve gala in Broadway Lounge, with Ball-Drop Views

• An early evening surprise visit outdoors to Times Square

• New Year’s Day breakfast at Crossroads

• Maximum 4 guests

To book any of these experiences, please contact Mariette at (212) 704-8864 during business hours, email: NYMMSpecialEvents@marriott.com OR visitwww.marquisNYE.com/package

The New York Marriott Marquis is located on Broadway between West 45th and West 46th Streets, in the heart of Times Square.

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Bar Boulud, Boston Makes Its Debut At Mandarin Oriental, Boston

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The award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Boston and Chef Daniel Boulud have opened Bar Boulud, Boston. The French-inspired bistro and wine bar is Chef Boulud’s first restaurant in Boston, and second partnership with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. The restaurant follows the successful format of Bar Boulud, New York, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and Chef Daniel Boulud’s first UK restaurant, Bar Boulud, London, located at Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, both of which have achieved significant acclaim. This approachable restaurant concept is known for its traditional French bistro fare, seasonal New England inspired dishes, signature charcuterie with recipes by renowned Parisian charcutier Gilles Verot, and an impressive wine cellar showcasing Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, well-suited for leisurely dining, business meetings or special occasions.

Chef Aaron Chambers, most recently Executive Chef at Boulud Sud in New York City, leads the daily culinary operations of Bar Boulud, Boston as Chef de Cuisine with a menu that includes an impressive selection of traditional terrines and pâtés, such as: Pâté Grand Mère, chicken liver, pork, cognac and Pâté Grand-Père, foie gras, pork and truffle, along with an assortment of signature sausages such as:Boudin Blanc, white pork sausage with truffled mashed potatoes and apple and Boudin Noir, blood sausage with mashed potatoes, apple and caramelized onions.

A selection of grilled beef burgers adds an American touch to the menu with: ‘The Frenchie,’ topped with pork belly confit, arugula, Dijon, tomato compote and Morbier cheese on brioche bun and ‘The Piggie,’ topped with barbecued pulled pork, jalapeño mayonnaise, and a red cabbage slaw. Additional menu highlights include: the classic Coq au Vin, with red wine-braised Amish chicken, bacon lardons, pearl onions, tender baby carrots and trumpet royale mushrooms;Handmade Chitarra Pasta, laced with local Wellfleet clams, bottarga, fennel and chili garlic; New England Sole Meunière, served with cauliflower, marcona almonds, capers, brown butter and fresh parsley; and a hearty Croque Monsieur, served on house-made brioche, layered with melted Gruyère cheese and house-made ham.

Chef Chambers joined Boulud in 2009. Originally from Yorkshire, England, he has over 15 years culinary experience in top kitchens all along the East Coast including: Indebleu Restaurant and Café du Parc in Washington D.C. and Café Boulud and Boulud Sud in New York City. Prior to working in the U.S., Chambers cooked in the kitchens of Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, the two Michelin-starred Relais & Châteaux property in Oxford, England, and Al Mahara in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, rated among Restaurant Magazine’s “World’s 50 Best.”

Curated by Sommelier Joe Camper, the wine cellar at Bar Boulud, Boston features an extensive list dedicated to the great wines of Burgundy and the Rhône Valley – Chef Boulud’s favorite wine making regions that neighbour his native city of Lyon, France. Within the cellar, guests can find rare gems alongside approachable ‘vin du pays’. Beyond France, the wine list travels to new world regions such as the United States, Austria, Germany and beyond, offering unique varietals that pair beautifully with food. Camper, a Champagne enthusiast, is also please to present an extensive selection of crémants – sparkling wines – that complement the New England seafood inspired menu. Camper began his wine career in Boston at Barbara Lynch Gruppo’s Menton, and was most recently Sommelier at Boulud’s Midtown NYC bistro, db Bistro Moderne.

Bar Boulud, Boston also features a seasonal selection of curated craft beers and innovative hand-crafted cocktails. Highlights from the cocktail menu include:Cranberry Royale, a blend of Champagne and cranberry vodka, served “up” with a cranberry compote ice orb; 8th & Orchard, a twist on the classic Boston cocktail, the Ward 8, which blends rye whiskey with a splash of house-made grenadine and apple cider, served over crushed ice; and the Boylston Flip, with ZU Bison Grass Vodka, fresh pear juice, cinnamon, fig, egg white and a Kübler Absinthe rinse. The cocktail list highlights a variety of ‘Boulud Classic Cocktails’ from his restaurants around the world.

Adam D. Tihany of Tihany Design has designed Bar Boulud, Boston, and has brought the space to life with a vibrant interior and several signature features, including a seven-seat marble-clad charcuterie counter and a distinctive glass enclosed wine cellar. A glass étagère serves as the focal point for a 17-seat backlit, zinc top bar. Vintage oak, leather and stone form the backdrop for whimsical wine-centric artwork, channel tufted banquette, and a 10-seat communal table. Sliding glass doors facing Boylston Street open to the restaurant’s intimate 55-seat bar and lounge space.

Guests are able to enter the space from Boylston Street or through the lobby of Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Positioned at the entrance, guests are greeted by a host station flanked by feature walls made of French wine crates. In the centre of the 68-seat main dining room, a row of rich burgundy leather booths run parallel to the restaurant’s vaulted wood ceiling, a dramatic design reminiscent of wine barrels. Moving further into the restaurant, guests can enjoy a 22-seat private dining room, which can be separated by a contemporary sliding barn door.

From September 16, Bar Boulud, Boston will be open daily, serving breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., lunch Monday to Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m., dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday brunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dining at the bar will also be available throughout the day. Breakfast here will be served Monday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and lunch Monday to Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m. A daily bar menu will also be available from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., a late night menu from 11 p.m. to midnight and Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chef Daniel Boulud is considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities. Boulud’s culinary accolades include James Beard Foundation awards for “Outstanding Restaurateur” and “Outstanding Chef of the Year,” “Outstanding Service,” and “Best Chef in NYC,” among others. He has been named “Chef of the Year” by the Culinary Institute of America, “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” by the French government, and “Master Chef” by Maîtres Cuisiniers de France. Boulud owns and operates restaurants in New York City, Miami, Palm Beach, Las Vegas, Toronto, Montreal, London and Singapore.

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ABOUT MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BOSTON

An intimate, luxurious hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Boston combines classic New England elegance with refined Oriental touches to create one of the most distinctive hospitality experiences in the region.  Awarded both Forbes Five-Stars and AAA Five-Diamonds, Mandarin Oriental, Boston features 148 guestrooms and suites over 14 floors, delighting its guests with the finest facilities and service, innovative dining experiences and an unparalleled holistic Five-Star awarded spa.  A short, 15-minute drive to Logan International Airport, Mandarin Oriental, Boston connects guests to the city’s finest shopping, cultural venues and business institutions from its prime location in the heart of the chic Back Bay on Boylston Street.

ABOUT MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL GROUP

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from a well-respected Asian hotel company into a global brand, the Group now operates, or has under development, 45 hotels representing close to 11,000 rooms in 25 countries, with 20 hotels in Asia, ten in The Americas and 15 in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the Group operates or has under development, 13 Residences at Mandarin Oriental connected to its properties.


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Beacon Bar at Hotel Beacon

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Cuisine: American
Location: 2130 Broadway, at 75th Street

New York, NY 10023

Phone: 212.787.1100
Fax: 212.724.0839
Website: http://www.beaconhotel.com/beaconbar.htm
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HotelBeacon
Twitter: @BeaconHotelNYC
Instagram: HotelBeacon
Date Established: April 2013
Director of Beverage Operations: Joshua Wallin
General Manager: Thomas J. Travers
Design: Schefer Design LLC
Hours of Service: Monday – Wednesday, 11:30am – 12am
Thursday – Saturday, 11:30am – 1am
Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Happy Hour: Monday – Sunday, 3pm – 7pm ($8 drink specials)

Capacity: 62 seats, 10 at the bar
Price Range: Lite Bites: $9-25
Cocktails: $12-14
Beer: $6-16
Wine: $10-20 glass; $38-450 bottle
Coffee & Tea: $5-7

Specialties: Jumbo Lump Crabcake $15


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New New York City, specifically the Upper West Side, just got a little better with the opening of Beacon Bar at Hotel Beacon NYC, the official hotel of the Beacon Theatre. A sophisticated bar and lounge adjacent to the legendary Beacon Theater.  Local residents, as well as enthusiastic theatergoers, now have a neighborhood place to enjoy tasty eats and well-crafted libations in an unpretentious, yet stylish ambience.

Designed by Schefer Design LLC with the intention of creating a chic and relaxed ambience, Beacon Bar comfortably seats 62, including 10 at its expansive bar.  The setting is as luxurious as it is casual, providing spacious accommodations for guests on cozy banquets and lounge chairs.  Cobalt blue leather, and brown and beige circular patterned seats, mahogany wood floors and paneling, and mirrors create a cool vibe.  In addition, large street side windows provide great people watching on well-trafficked Broadway.  Whether one is meeting friends for drinks and snacks, interested in enjoying a crafted draft beer while watching a ball game, or simply desiring a fresh cup of high-quality tea, Beacon Bar is the ideal destination.

Open from afternoon to late evening, Beacon Bar is the perfect escape for any occasion, including pre-and post-concert. The kitchen prepares its fine-tuned selection with care. Its menu features delectable “lite bites,” such as a light and luscious, (non filler) Jumbo Lump Crabcake ($15) with a terrific wasabi mayo and fennel citrus salad; The Pulled Pork Sandwich ($15) on a sesame bun is served with spicy slaw is is a delicious tribute to this regional dish. Roasted Portabella Burger ($13) with sautéed onions and peppers and Fontina cheese offers a chance to be naughty and guilt-free (and you needn’t be vegetarian to fall in love with it),  while another excellent vegetable option is Beacon Bar’s Seasonal Chilled Vegetable Plate ($18),a lovely mélange of asparagus, shitake, avocado, edamame and mung bean sprouts with spicy sesame dressing. One of the best choices may be the Mexican Shrimp Cocktail ($14), with Citrus Tomato Sauce, Avocado, and a ton of Tortilla Chips. Made in a ceviche style, the spicing is perfect and the shrimp are fresh.  

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Also, easy-to-share plates, available for two, three or more, include an impressive Charcuterie Plank ($18/$25) and Cheese Board ($16/$23) with a nice variety of meats and cheeses, served attractively with fresh fruit and crackers.  Accompanying its light and seasonal menu, Beacon Bar offers a fine selection of Harney and Sons Teas and La Colombe coffees. The cappuccino is exceptional.

Beacon Bar takes cocktails seriously and to a new level with its specialty handcrafted drinks, including the Parisian Sling ($14), gin, cherry heering Benedictine, pineapple juice, sparkling wine; Beacon Big Apple ($12), whiskey, apple juice, house-made strawberry/cucumber shrub; and “Classic” Dark & Stormy ($13), rum, fresh muddled ginger, lime juice.  It also delivers a thoughtful list of notable wines ($10-20 glass; $38-450 bottle) and unique beers ($8-16) that will please even the most discerning palates, with labels such as Speakeasy Prohibition Ale ($9) and Stone Arrogant Bastard 22 oz. Ale ($16). There is a real mixologist here: We especially liked the best Mint Julep in Manhattan and a wonderful Margarita.

Service is exceptionally helpful and the clientele is  a great mix of people staying in the hotel, locals and trendy Europeans.

Beacon Bar is open every day of the week.  For more information, go to beaconhotel.com/beaconbar or better yet, check it out. Inquire about nights with live music. Beacon Bar is real discovery.

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MENU

Lite Bites
Macaroni Gratin
$9
Gruyere, Parmesan, Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Green Peas
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail $14
Citrus Tomato Sauce, Avocado, Tortilla Chips
Jumbo Lump Crabcake $15
Wasabi Mayo, Fennel Citrus Salad
Pulled Pork Sandwich $15
Sesame Bun, Spicy Slaw
French Dip Sliders $14
Caramelized Onions & Peppers, Horseradish Crème, Fontina Cheese
Roasted Portabella Burger $13
Sautéed Onions & Peppers, Fontina Cheese
Warm Goat Cheese On Toast $13
Green Beans, Pickled Beets, Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette
Seasonal Chilled Vegetable Plate $18
Asparagus, Shitake, Avocado, Edamame, Mung Bean Sprouts, Spicy Sesame Dressing
Charcuterie Plank (For Two/Three or More) Market Availability $18/$25
Cheese Board (For Two/Three or More) Market Availability $16/$23
Home Made Cheesecake $9

Coffee & Tea

La Colombe Coffee $5
Espresso $5
Latte $7
Cappuccino $7
Harney & Sons Teas $5

House & Classic Cocktails
Beacon Big Appl $12
Whiskey, Apple Juice, House-Made Strawberry/Cucumber Shrub
Giulio Cesare $12
Gin, Elderflower Liqueur, Ginger, Peychaud’s
Oaxaca Smokeout $13
Mezcal, Single Malt, Combier Orange, Honey, Cayenne
Dark & Stormy $13
Rum, Fresh Muddled Ginger, Lime Juice
Louisiane $14
Rye, Benedictine, Carpano Antica, Absinthe, Peychaud’s Bitters
Parisian Sling $14
Gin, Cherry Heering, Benedictine, Pineapple Juice, Sparkling Wine

Wine List
Reds
Malbec, Lancatay, Mendoza, 2012 GL $10/BT $38
Syrah, Alain Voge, CDR, 2010 GL $12/BT $46
Cabernet, St Supery, Napa, 2009 GL $14/BT $54
Pinot Noir, A to Z, Oregon, 2011 GL $16/BT $62
Whites
Chardonnay, Castle Rock, Sonoma, 2011 GL $10/BT $38
Sancerre, Domaine Martine, Sancerre, 2012 GL $12/BT $46
Riesling, St Urbans, Mosel, 2011 GL $14/BT $54
Sauvignon Blanc, Groth, Napa, 2012 GL $16/BT $64
Champagnes
Valdo Prosecco GL $14/BT $54
Laurent Perrier, NV, 375 ML GL $20/BT $38
Veuve Clicquot, NV, 375 ML BT $75
Moet & Chandon Rose, 2002 BT $175
Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon, 1998 BT $275
Krug, 2000 BT $350
Cristal, 2005 BT $450
Beer
Guinness Stout, Dublin, On Tap, 16 Oz $8
Brooklyn Summer Ale, Brooklyn, On Tap, 16 Oz $8
Coney Island Lager, Saratoga Springs, On Tap, 16 Oz $7
Amstel Light Lager, Amsterdam $7
Bud Light Lager, St. Louis $6
Sam Adams Light Lager, Boston $8
Budweiser Lager, St. Louis $6
Heineken Lager, Amsterdam $7
Weihenstphaner Hefeweissbier, Freising $10
Goose Island IPA, Baldwinsville $8
Speakeasy Prohibition Ale, San Francisco $9
Captain Lawrence Pale Ale, Elmsford $8
Southampton Double White Ale, Southampton $9
Stone Arrogant Bastard 22 Oz Ale, Escondido $16
Ithaca Flower Power IPA, Ithaca $8
Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale, Grand Rapids $10
Delirium Tremens Belgian Ale, Melle/Ghent $12
Riverhorse Triplehorse Belgian Style Ale, Lambertville $10


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THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS

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Hotel Les Mars – Healdsburg, California, USA

Hotel Les Mars Evokes Romantic French Charm in Sonoma Wine Country, California

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Hotel Les Mars is the finest destination for travelers who want to experience California wine country in lavish comfort. Resting among the hills of the Russian River Valley in Northern California, Hotel Les Mars evokes the charm of a romantic French maison retreat. The hotel, which is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux that recognizes some of the world’s best hotels, boasts superior European-style service for both corporate and personal getaways. Opened by the Mars family in 2005, Hotel Les Mars provides elegant spa services from world-famous spa company Francis & Alexander, even in the comfort and privacy of each of its 16 elegantly decorated rooms. For more information on Hotel Les Mars, please visit www.hotellesmars.com.

27 North Street

Healdsburg, California, 95448

Tel: (707) 433 4211

www.hotellesmars.com

Rock Creek Cattle Company – Deer Lodge, Montana, USA

Montana’s Rock Creek Cattle Company is Your Gateway to the American Great Outdoors

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Rock Creek Cattle Company in Deer Lodge, Montana is nestled on 3,000 acres of diverse and gorgeous countryside including Rock Creek, an alpine lake, lush forests, rolling hills, an 18-hole golf course designed by golf course architect Tom Doak and 18 miles of rivers and streams. Ideally situated, Rock Creek Cattle Company features 22 luxurious accommodations from 12 one-bedroom cottages, five three-bedroom cabins, four four-bedroom cabins and one five-bedroom home. In addition, Rock Creek Cattle Company offers its members and guests state-of-the-art facilities including a restaurant with an outdoor terrace on the banks of Rock Creek, a private dining room, two bars, a library, an outdoor pool, hot tub, kids pool, fire pit and game barn, fitness center and massage rooms. Rock Creek Cattle Company provides members and guests an array of exciting activities including Golfing, Fly-Fishing, ATV Excursions, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, and Hunting. Rock Creek Cattle Company’s fabulous food, wine, accommodations, facilities, activities and service makes the private club the perfect destination for family vacations, weekend getaways and more. To learn more about Rock Creek Cattle Company, please visit www.rockcreekcattlecompany.com.

105 Pauly Drive

Deer Lodge, MT 59722-9634
Tel: (406) 846-3474

www.rockcreekcattlecompany.com

Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa and Resort – Barra de Sao Miguel, Alagoas, Brazil

Private Luxury in a Tranquil Paradise at Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa and Resort in Brazil

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Resting 20 miles from the charming city of Maceio on the eastern coast of Brazil, Kenoa Beach Spa and Resort is a private sanctuary of tranquility and balance where each guest’s experience is carefully handled to expand their journey and ensure their privacy. Kenoa Resort rests along miles of virgin Atlantic outback and the enchanting turquoise sea, a relaxing and wondrous escape where luxury is defined by its earth-given beauty. Kenoa Resort is a first wave eco-chic resort comprised of luxury suites and bungalows with private pools, and the Kaamo restaurant, under the supervision of the renowned Brazilian chef César Santos, provides excellent dining for discerning guests. Expert service executed by impeccably trained attendants who deftly capture guests’ preferences and whims is one of the many ways the Kenoa Resort delivers a world-class hideaway experience for the traveler who wants only the absolute best. For more information please visit www.kenoaresort.com.

Barra Mar Rua Escritor Jorge de Lima nº, 58

Barra de São Miguel

AL, 57180-000, Brazil
(800) 337-4685

www.kenoaresort.com

Hotel Christopher – St. Barth, F. W. I.

Experience the Caribbean’s Intimate Side at Hotel Christopher St. Barth

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One of the best locations in St. Barth, the recently renovated Hotel Christopher offers luxurious soon to be five-star accommodations and amenities and houses two remodeled restaurants, newly redesigned spacious rooms and the largest pool on the island overlooking the Caribbean Sea. A favorite destination for jet setters from America and Europe, Hotel Christopher is located at the secluded Pointe Milou on St. Barth–only a 10-minute flight from St. Maarten. The hotel features 42 rooms and suites comprised of Ocean Poolside, Ocean Garden, Ocean Classic and Ocean Deluxe rooms as well as the Ocean Junior Suite, Ocean Balcony Junior Suite, Ocean one-bedroom Suite and Aloes Suite. The hotel’s two restaurants, Taino and Mango, provide guests with perfect menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spa treatments, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, surfing and boat rentals are all available through Hotel Christopher’s concierge. For more information on the wonderful opportunities awaiting guests at Hotel Christopher, please visit www.hotelchristopher.com.

Pointe Milou

97133 St. Barthélemy

Tel: (590) 590 27 63 63

www.hotelchristopher.com

Montpelier Plantation – Nevis, West Indies, Caribbean

Montpelier Plantation: A Sanctuary of Beauty Far from the Stresses of Modern Life

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Set in a 60-acre estate 750 feet up in the hills of Nevis in the Caribbean, the Relais and Châteaux and AAA Four Diamond Montpelier Plantation offers sea-views from each of its 19 simple yet beautiful and elegant rooms where guests will find a perfect balance between historic plantation style and modern amenities. A private beach, mosaic swimming pool, tennis court, extensive wine cellar, and personable and discreet hotel service along with delightful dining are some of the many opportunities made available while staying at Montpelier Plantation. Open and airy, the hotel invites its visitors to effortlessly experience the beauty of both the nature of Nevis and the Plantation itself. Whether they want to relax and unwind with spa treatments or hike through the rainforest, Montpelier Plantation transports its guests to a place of utter tranquility. For more information on Montpelier Plantation, please visit www.montpeliernevis.com.

PO Box 474

Nevis, West Indies

Tel: (869) 469-3462

www.montpeliernevis.com

Domaine de la Bretesche – Brittany, France

Allow Domaine de la Bretesche in Brittany, France to Transport You into Old-World Tranquility

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The Relais and Châteaux Domaine de la Bretesche in Brittany, France transports guests into an elegant and distinguished suspension of old-world tranquility. Comfort combines with both traditional and contemporary styles in 32 luxurious rooms comprising the hotel that sits mere steps from La Baule. Adorned in fabulous fabrics and custom color schemes, each room is a serene spot for repose and relaxation. The warm, natural setting helps guests relax in the hotel’s spa, Cour Carré, offering a wonderful range of treatments imbued with authenticity and ceremony that all guests will appreciate. Domaine de la Bretesche offers its guests the fine cuisine of Le Montaigu, where Chef Ludovic Le Forestier creates gourmet surprises for even the most difficult of palates. Sheltered by an ancient forest, the 18-hole Bretesche golf course is among the most beautiful of France, The course is majestically overlooked by the castle towers and ramparts and bordered by the most beautiful varieties of trees. A compact 9-hole course, designed similarly to the 18-hole course, welcomes amateurs and pros alike to practice at peace. For more information of Domaine de la Bretesche and to book a stay, please visit www.bretesche.fr.

Missillac 44 780

Missillac, France
Tel: +02 51 76 86 96

www.bretesche.fr

Hotel Bel Ami – Paris, France

Hip Luxury in the Heart of Paris at the Hotel Bel Ami

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Located right along the main boulevard in the Southern Half of Paris, Hotel Bel Ami combines a comfortable and friendly atmosphere with a contemporary address. Only steps away from the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots in the very heart of Paris’ St Germain des Prés district, Hotel Bel Ami renew the Avant Garde spirit of Parisian travel accommodations. The spacious, contemporary, trendy and relaxing atmosphere of the area is duplicated at Hotel Bel Ami—its pragmatic luxury, as well as its friendly and peaceful climate, makes it one of the most wonderful places to stay in Paris. The Bel-Ami Hotel’s 111 rooms, including two junior suites and four regular suites, give priority to a spirit of laid back but chic comfort. Guests can also enjoy fantastic food from Bel Ami Café, receive body and skin care for him and her at the Wellness Center by Payot, and socialize at Bel-Ami Bar’s intimate lounge and its warm tonalities. For more information on the hip Hotel Bel Ami, please visit www.hotel-bel-ami.com.

7-11 Rue St Benoît – 75006 Paris
Tel: +33 1 42 61 87 13

www.hotel-bel-ami.com

Hotel Edouard 7 – Paris, France

Revel in Classic Parisian Ambiance at Hotel Edouard 7

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Hotel Edouard 7 is a premier couture hotel located in the heart of Paris in the central 2nd Arrondissement. Comprised of 70 rooms and suites throughout seven floors, Hotel Edouard 7’s lavish furnishing and luxe designs recall a traditional Paris in a modern era with contemporary amenities. Each room is entirely unique, elegant and intimate with custom carpets and lights, in addition to fantastic fabric and designs. Each of the Hotel’s suites were recently renovated, and all overlook the Opéra. Hotel Edouard 7 is the perfect luxury hotel, located within walking distance from many of Paris’s main attractions, including superb shopping, world-famous museums, world’s-best restaurants, renowned cabarets, and exquisite galleries housing extraordinary works of art. Guests at Hotel Edouard 7 can relax in a refined and elegant ambiance at Bar l’E7, or enjoy the talent of the French gastronomy scene with a menu changing throughout each season. Its excellent concierge is prepared to arrange any adventure for guests and answer to any requests they may have. For more information on Hotel Edouard 7, please visit www.edouard7hotel.com.

39, Av de l’Opéra – 75002 PARIS

Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 61 56 90

www.edouard7hotel.com

Argentario Golf Resort & Spa – Tuscany, Italy

Incredible Design Meets Luxury Sport at the Argentario Golf Resort & Spa

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A chic luxury resort with a golf course and wellness center located in the heart of Tuscany, Argentario Golf Resort and Spa lies in a protected Mediterranean oasis that offers a unique panorama of extraordinary Italian beauty. The impressive design of Argentario extends to every area of its facilities, including its 73 suites and world-class spa, Espace, as well as its meticulously planned golf course. Each suite at Argentario features a terrace with views of the golf course or Monte Argentario. With 18 championship holes and a driving range, the Argentario Golf Club occupies 190 acres and earned an environmental certification from BioAgriCert, the international certification body of organic productions based in Italy. The course offers a Club House and the Buvette pro shop, as well as the Blue Team Golf Academy, a prestigious golf school. The Dama Dama Restaurant at Argentario Resort offers Tuscan and Italian cuisine, with particular attention paid to the culinary traditions of the Maremma region that Argentario calls home. Argentario Resort’s beautiful aesthetic is illustrated on its panoramic terrace, in and around its spectacular swimming pool with solarium, and its three exquisite tennis courts. For more information on the Argentario Golf Resort and Spa in Tuscany and to book your trip, please visit www.argentariogolfresortspa.it.

Via Acquedotto Leopoldino – 58018 Porto Ercole (GR) Italy
Tel: +39 0564 810292

www.argentariogolfresortspa.it

Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate – Featherston, New Zealand

Indulge in Spectacular Outdoor Opportunities at Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate in New Zealand

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On a 5,500 acre haven located just a 40-minute drive from Martinsborough at the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island along Palliser Bay, Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate makes any outdoor activity dream a reality. Wharekauhau boasts 15 comfortable, spacious and luxurious cottages and two additional guest homes, all with access to exclusive activities including hiking and mountain biking, a Wharekauhau sheep farm tour, a tour of the region’s wild coastal environment, the Cape Palliser Seal Colony and Lighthouse tour, as well as wine tours, jet boating, horseback riding, ATV adventure tours, clay target shooting, archery, and a luxury golf tour. Other activities include swimming with dolphins, whale watching, and walking tours of the immense estate with completely customizable routes for difficulty and timing. Wharekauhau was rewarded for Best Ambience and Design by Condé Nast Traveller magazine in 2011, and received the award for Best in the World from Condé Nast readers in 2008. For more information on Wharekauhau, room rates and availability, please visit www.wharekauhau.co.nz.

Western Lake Road

Featherston 5773, New Zealand
Tel: + (06) 307 7581

www.wharekauhau.co.nz

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Luxury Has Never Been More Affordable With New ‘Ultimate Luxury Package’

Pictured above:  Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt

Business Class Airfare, Five-Star Hotels, and Chauffeur-Driven Touring From Just $2,799 Per Person Round-Trip Including All Taxes and Fees

Imagine traveling to Ireland in Business Class round-trip on Aer Lingus, staying at five-star hotels across the country, and enjoying private chauffeur-driven touring between cities — all for less than $3,000 per person round-trip for a six-night getaway. This dream trip is now a reality for travelers who book the new "Ultimate Luxury Package" from the Aer Lingus Vacation Store.

A group of four travelers will experience true Irish hospitality with incredible elegance and unparalleled luxury throughout this six-night vacation which includes stays in four of Ireland’s most exclusive properties where many of the world’s famous actors, athletes, politicians, and royalty have stayed: Four Seasons in Dublin, Glenlo Abbey in Galway, Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney, and The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt. And to make it even more exclusive, the private driver lets travelers see it all in style and comfort!

Here is how the itinerary works:

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Day 1: Depart USA to Dublin, Ireland on Aer Lingus
Day 2: Arrive in Dublin and transfer by private car and driver to enjoy the first night at theFour Seasons located in one of the most exclusive areas of Dublin City. The remainder of the day is free to explore Dublin independently.
Day 3: Travel in style via a private chauffeur-driven car to Galway and stay at 5-star Glenlo Abbey, a perfect base for relaxation and exploration. Travelers will have the driver available for 8 consecutive hours on Day 3, including travel time from Dublin to Galway.

Day 4: Day at leisure in Galway to enjoy all the five-star Glenlo Abbey has to offer.
Day 5:  The driver/guide and vehicle are at the traveler’s disposal to enjoy for another full-day to travel and sight-see from Galway to Killarney. Participants will spend 2 nights in Killarney at the five-star Muckross Park Hotel, enjoying the beauty of Co Kerry.

Day 6: Day at leisure in Killarney at the five-star Muckross Park Hotel.

Day 7: The private chauffeur drive begins in the morning as travelers enjoy a full day of sightseeing along the way to Wicklow for the final night at The 5-star Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt – a last night of luxury!
Day 8: Private transfer back to Dublin airport for the return flight home on Aer Lingus.

The Ultimate Luxury Package includes:

Accommodation:

Transportation:

  • Round-trip Business Class airfare to Dublin on Aer Lingus
  • Private roundtrip Dublin airport transfers on Day 2 and Day 8
  • Private Chauffeur and car for three days travel and sightseeing, Days 3, 5, and 7

Other Inclusions

  • All local taxes, hotel service charges, carrier and government imposed taxes/fees/facility charges on airfare. Chauffeur gratuities are NOT included.

This round-trip package is priced from $2,799 from New York; $2,825 from Boston; and $2,899 from Chicago for travel between April 1 and May 31, 2012.  The package price is based on four people traveling together. Other departure dates are available at slightly higher rates. Fares are based on select Monday through Thursday travel.  This package is available for sale through October 31, 2012.  To book this package call 1-800-495-1632 orclick here.

ABOUT THE AER LINGUS VACATION STORE
The Aer Lingus Vacation Store offers various types of vacations to Ireland to suit any traveler’s needs including independent, escorted, city stays, golf, groups, and customized. The Aer Lingus Vacation Store partners with 300 hotels and castles and 1000 B&Bs in Ireland to offer customers the ultimate choice to suit their budget. As a volume tour operator, the Aer Lingus Vacation Store offers special rates to its customers providing the best prices in the industry. To contact the Aer Lingus Vacation Store call 1-800-495-1632 or visit the website at www.aerlingusvacationstore.com.


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THE NEW YORK PALACE TO BE GILDED IN PREMIUM LINDT CHOCOLATE THIS SPRING

The New York Palace on Madison Avenue

 

Junior Suite in The Towers at The New York Palace

Gold Chocolate themed package, decked-out Lindt Chocolate Brunch and oversized LINDT GOLD BUNNY figures fete the arrival of spring, while supporting Autism Speaks at this luxury hotel

New York Guests at The New York Palace will taste the sweetness of the spring season with the Gold Chocolate Package, celebrating Easter and the 60th birthday of the iconicLINDT GOLD BUNNY. The month-long initiative begins March 24 to coincide with the start of spring, and features premium Lindt chocolate experiences, allowing guests to indulge during their stay. A themed hotel package, a custom-created Gold Chocolate Weekend Brunch featuring the LINDT GOLD BUNNY in restaurant Istana, and giant LINDT GOLD BUNNY figures greeting guests from the hotel courtyard all help to usher in the Easter season and spring weather.

The Palace’s Gold Chocolate package gives guests yet another reason to revel in New York’s warm spring weather and Easter celebrations. The package is comprised of luxury accommodations and a myriad of ways to enjoy premium Lindt chocolate, including a $100 daily food and beverage credit, which can be used towards the Gold Chocolate Weekend Brunch, and an iconic LINDT GOLD BUNNY and special welcome amenity.GILT Restaurant at The New York Palace

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The Palace’s Pastry Chefs have custom created a Gold Chocolate Weekend Brunch, featuring the LINDT GOLD BUNNY and premium chocolate dishes, including:

· Raspberry Lemon Pancakes, made with Lindt Classic Recipe White Chocolate Mousse and Almond Brittle Crumble

· “Banana Split” Belgium Waffle, with Chocolate Ice Cream, Caramelized Banana, and Lindt Chocolate Fudge Sauce

· Orange Brioche French Toast, with indulgent Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa Ganache, Citrus Segments

· Crème Patisserie Crepes with “Hot Chocolate Affogato”, with Vanilla Bean Gelato, and Shaved Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt Chocolate

Two limited-edition chocolate desserts will also be offered at the special brunch, including: a Lindt Classic Recipe White Chocolate macadamia tart with coconut ice cream and Lindt EXCELLENCE 70% Cocoa ganache; and a Lindt chocolate sphere with blood orange brulee paired with a flourless Lindt chocolate brownie. All that glitters at Istana may not be real gold, but it is all certain to be delicious. Over the past 60 years, LINDT GOLD BUNNY has been a cherished centerpiece of families’ Easter celebrations.  Today, LINDT GOLD BUNNY is the #1 selling chocolate bunny in the United States*, and fills Easter baskets in more than 60 countries. In honor of this special milestone birthday, two oversized LINDT GOLD BUNNY figures will greet visitors in the Palace courtyard, perfectly situated for photos.

In addition to celebrating 60 sweet years, LINDT GOLD BUNNY is the also the bunny that gives back.  Since 2009, Lindt has partnered with Autism Speaks during the Easter season and has raised nearly $500,000 for the autism cause.

For more information on Lindt’s partnership with Autism Speaks, visit LindtGoldBunny.com.

Rates start at $369 per night with availability from March 24-April 21.Click here to reserve the Gold Chocolate Package at The New York Palace, or to learn more, please visit: www.newyorkpalace.com.

* Source: Nielsen ScanTrack Total U.S. Food/Drug/Rem Mass 12 W.E. 4.23.11 vs. 12 W.E. 4.3.10

About The New York Palace

The very finest in old-world elegance and new-world opulence can be found just beyond the courtyard gates of The New York Palace on the corner of 50th & Madison.  With 805 rooms and 88 suites, The Palace is known for unparalleled splendor, spectacular views, sumptuous rooms and exquisite service.  Located in the heart of Manhattan – across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and only steps from Rockefeller Center – the hotel’s world-renowned courtyard incorporates motifs from several 15th-century Italian cathedrals and has served as the entranceway to the historic Villard Mansion since 1882.  Today, The New York Palace gracefully blends the landmark Villard Mansion with a contemporary 55-story tower. Guests can book accommodations online at www.newyorkpalace.com or contact reservations at 1-800-NY-PALACE (1-800-697-2522).

About Lindt & Sprüngli
Founded in 1845, Lindt & Sprüngli is a global leader in the premium chocolate category, offering high-quality products in more than 100 countries.  Lindt & Sprüngli operates eight production facilities in Europe and the United States and employs 7,400 worldwide.  Lindt USA operates more than 40 retail stores in the U.S., Lindt Chocolate R.S.V.P., the company’s premium direct selling program, and maintains wide distribution through extensive retail and wholesale channels.  For more information on Lindt, visit www.lindt.com.


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WORLD’S FIRST HOTEL ACCOMMODATION AUCTION WEBSITE IS LAUNCHED

World’s first online bidding website selling hotel accommodation across the world has just been launched

Example

3 nights in Deluxe, Marriott Hotel, Marble Arch, UK

star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating

Check in: Jan 17, 2012 3:00 PM Check out: Jan 20, 2012 12:00 PM Board type: Room only Max occupancy: 3

Mariott Marble Arch

Time left:
5d 14h 28m 23s (Jan 17, 2012 4:55 AM)
Quantity:
1
Rack rate:
£621.00 GBP
Current bid:
£96.00 GBP (approx $147.10)
Must be paid by:
Jan 17, 2012 8:55 AM

Only Bidding is a company with a new concept based on the fact that unoccupied hotel rooms are lost revenue.

Only Bidding empowers the consumer to pay a price that they are happy to pay for hotel accommodation and a price that hotel suppliers are willing to accept for that room- balancing supply and demand: a Win- Win situation for all!
For the customer, it’s simply grabbing a bargain hotel stay for a price that may otherwise be out of budget. Customers can find great deals during low seasons/quiet periods and last minute as hotels will be willing to reduce the room rate. Hotel rooms are an inventory that expires each night, so hotels often will accept rates that are cheaper than other available rates.

For the hotel, the advantages of joining Only Bidding are clear- they get to fill otherwise unoccupied rooms with guests. A hotel will be paying indirect costs for the running of the hotel regardless of whether the hotel has one room occupied or a hundred. The hotel would increase occupancy and therefore increase revenue. Additionally, there is a greater chance of the hotel’s restaurants, bars, spa facilities having an increase in turnover as there are more guests.

Is Only Bidding any different to Ebay or Groupon?
It is different from eBay as Only Bidding sells hotel accommodation with specified dates and not vouchers. This guarantees availability thus being advantageous over vouchers which can leave customers disappointed if they can’t book their chosen dates.
Is Only Bidding any different to Priceline?

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Only Bidding is different to Priceline because with Only Bidding you will know the name of the hotel that you are bidding on- so no apprehensive guessing needed! Additionally, Priceline allows a customer to name a price once every 24 hours. With Only Bidding, if the customers bid is unsuccessful then they can always place another bid.
How to get a bargain hotel room!
Step 1- Search auctions & find a hotel you want to stay at.
Step 2- Bid on the hotel auction until you’re the highest bidder
Step 3- Get your suitcases packed & enjoy!
So, if you are a hotel and want to achieve full occupancy then join Only Bidding! And if you want to make bargain hotel reservations then place your bid at Only Bidding.
Only Bidding
http://www.onlybidding.com
Twitter- @OnlyBidding


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Maid Service for a Year? Microtel Hotels Giving Away Guests’ Favorite Amenities

Travelers across the United States are getting a chance to bring home a slew of their favorite hotel amenities—from flat screen televisions and free Internet access to maid service and more—thanks to the Microtel Inns & Suites® hotel brand and its “A better place to stay® Sweepstakes.

Launched in celebration of the brand’s recent 10th consecutive ranking as “Highest in Guest Satisfaction among Economy/Budget Hotel Chains” by global marketing information services company J.D. Power and Associates, the sweepstakes offers entrants the chance to win one of 10 prize packs, each consisting of 10 items that represent amenities that make Microtel Inns & Suites hotels a better place to stay.
Each prize pack includes:
• One Year Free Cable TV and Internet Service
• One Year Free Home Phone Service
• One Year Free Breakfast
• One Year Free Home Maid Service
• One Year Free Gym Membership
• 42” Flat-Screen Plasma Television
• 7” Touch Screen Tablet Computer
• Queen-Size Mattress
• Microtel’s Signature DreamWellTM Bedding
• 10,000 Wyndham Rewards® Points

To enter, travelers should visit www.microtelinn.com and click on the sweepstakes banner. When they do, they’ll be able to create and submit a top 10 list of their favorite Microtel Inns & Suites amenities, which will then enter them into the sweepstakes. Travelers can enter until midnight ET on November 10, plus they’ll have the opportunity to invite up to three friends to enter for the opportunity to earn up to three additional entries. Terms and conditions apply. For more information and the terms and conditions, please visit www.microtelinn.com.
“Microtel Inns & Suites hotels have always been known for delivering outstanding service and high-quality accommodations at affordable prices,” said Rui Barros, Microtel Inns & Suites brand senior vice president. “A decade of the brand ranking highest in its segment certainly demonstrates that. To celebrate, we’re giving travelers a chance to take home just a few of the many things they love about Microtel hotels.”

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The Microtel Inns & Suites hotel brand, a member of the Wyndham Hotel Group family of lodging brands, features economy hotels located throughout North America and the Philippines that offer guests queen-bedded single, double and suite accommodations. Properties offer complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access, free local and long-distance phone calls within the continental United States, expanded cable television, in-room coffeemaker and continental breakfast.
Microtel Inns & Suites hotels in North America participate in Wyndham Rewards, the world’s largest lodging loyalty program as measured by more than 6,500 participating hotels throughout 36 countries worldwide.
Reservations and information are available by calling (800) 771-7171, TDD (800) 824-2082 or (888) 304-6835 (Español) or by visiting www.microtelinn.com. Microtel Inns & Suites hotels are independently owned and operated under franchise agreements with Microtel Inns and Suites Franchising, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN). For information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com.

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Microtel received the highest numerical score among economy/budget hotels in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2011 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. Study based on responses from 61,313 guests measuring 11 economy/budget hotels and measures opinions of guests who stayed in a hotel May 2010-May 2011. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed June 2010-May 2011.


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A Taste of Panama With a Barcelona Accent:

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Dining at Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Executive Chef Daniel Bausà Peris brings the flavors of his native Barcelona to the dining experiences at Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama,

opening July 6, 2011. trump panama 1 Iberian-inspired dishes will mingle with local Panamanian and international specialties on menus at the hotel’s signature Tejas Restaurant & Bar, casual BARcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar and al fresco Azul Pool Bar & Grill. Complementing these exceptional dining venues will be the fine wines and small plates of Cava 15 Wine Bar.

True to Trump Ocean Club’s waterfront setting, seafood will take center stage during dinner at Tejas Restaurant & Bar. Here, Chef Bausà concentrates on beautifully plated, deceptively simple dishes that allow the true flavors of the seafood to shine through. In the same spirit of “transparency,” a window from the dining room to the kitchen will allow guests to watch the chef and his team at work.

Chef Bausà has infused the cuisine of Tejas with a Mediterranean accent cultivated through his years of experience in the top kitchens of Spain and Italy. Asian, Latin American and other European flavors will also be highlighted in a true fusion menu. Enticing appetizers will range from a watermelon and feta cheese salad with Greek olives and lemon almond oil to an octopus terrine with ñame root purée, arugula and light, spicy chorizo oil. The freshest catch of the day will be served in a choice of preparations: crusted in sea salt, roasted Mediterranean, Caribbean or local Tikin-xic style. Each of these preparations can be paired with the patron’s choice of sauce, from a garlic mojo to a fresh herb pistou. Meat lovers will enjoy inspired choices such as beef tenderloin with onion compote and gorgonzola ravioli, and a grilled pork chop with smoked cheese and red cabbage strudel. Key lime pie, warm apple tart, and a traditional Latin American three-milk cake are among the tempting dessert selections. Tejas will also feature a lively outdoor raw bar, where Mexican and Panamanian ceviches share the menu with the traditional shellfish.

For small bites in an inviting, casual setting, BARcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar will draw heavily on Chef Bausà’s Barcelona roots, and several time-honored family recipes are showcased on the menu. The lunch and dinner menus at this restaurant, which promises to be a favorite of locals and hotel guests alike, are designed around a small-plate concept in the tapas tradition, to encourage sharing and plenty of socializing. Panamanian fare is also featured, including a local Sancocho soup that shares the menu with the traditional Salmorejo gazpacho topped with quail egg and Spanish ham. Newcomers to the tapas concept will appreciate Chef Bausà’s “Tapas Walk Through,” a four-course tasting menu hand-selected by the chef and served family-style. Each course will include multiple plates for plenty of culinary variety. Among them are oven-roasted vegetables with pickled anchovies “Montadito,” spicy crispy “Brava’s” potatoes (a BARcelona signature), baby lamb chops with sundried tomato marmalade and aioli, and a coconut rice pudding Panamanian style.

At breakfast, cooking stations outside BARcelona’s doors will draw diners in with the tantalizing aroma of waffles, pancakes and French toast prepared before their eyes. A counter display including pastries, fresh fruits, cold cuts and cheeses will also be stationed outside, while within the restaurant, guests can choose from a wide array of omelettes and other inspired egg and meat dishes.

For poolside guests, the al fresco Azul Pool Bar & Grill will deliver refreshing treats against a spectacular Pacific Ocean backdrop. Among trump panama 2 the light delights on the menu are Caesar salad, guacamole served with totopos and salsa, a selection of quesadillas and a shrimp, coconut, banana and avocado ceviche. Angus beef burgers come with a choice of five toppings, from mozzarella basil pesto to sundried tomato and goat cheese. Sandwiches and market-fresh grilled items, from lamb chops to shrimp, will also be featured, topped off by a selection of desserts that include a tropical fruit salad, country bread served with chocolate and sea salt, and a choice of three ice cream cups: Caribbean (tropical sorbets with red fruit sauce and blackberry whipped cream), Panamanian (chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon roll ice cream with caramel sauce, whipped cream and banana) and Azul’s own signature (coffee, chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, Bailey’s and Oreo cookie).

About Trump® Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Opening July 6, 2011, Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama, perched above Panama Bay in Punta Pacifica, will be the first international venture for Trump Hotel Collection. It is destined to be the largest hotel in Latin America, designed by architect Arias Serna Saravia and developed by Newland International Properties Corp. Its 369 handsomely appointed hotel rooms, including 47 suites, will be a home-away-from-home for travelers, and amenities will include a floor of elite boutiques and shops, multiple restaurants reflective of the region’s best fare, a phenomenal pool deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 10,000 square feet devoted to wellness at The Spa at Trump, over 46,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a casino and a private beach club on nearby Isla Viveros. Signature services of the Trump Hotel Collection, including The Trump Attaché, will also be a part of the Trump Ocean Club experience. For more information, please visit www.TrumpPanamaHotel.com. Reservations can be made by calling (877)898-7867. Connect with Trump Ocean Club on Facebook and Twitter.

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About TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION

Launched in October 2007, TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™ is the next generation of luxury hospitality – one that is raising the bar in the top-tier travel experience with a level of customized service unrivaled in the market today. Presided over by internationally renowned developer Donald J. Trump and his three grown children – Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric – the prestigious portfolio includes the highly acclaimed Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, Trump International Hotel™ Las Vegas, Trump International Hotel™ Waikiki Beach Walk®, and Trump SoHo® New York. Joining TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION in 2011 are Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower® Panama and Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto®. TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION is headquartered at Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Connect with TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION on our social media pages.


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