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All Inclusive Resorts Exposed

everythingresortsWe know you got cash and aren't afraid to drop it on whatever you want. However, no one wants to be mislead or ripped off. When it comes to all inclusive resorts it seems that nearly each resort has a different definition of the words "all inclusive" and you really never know what you're getting. Thankfully there's a site called Everything Resorts that helps you make sense out of what is actually included. They review each resort's list of what's included, post a number of photos of the resort and help you make a more informed decision when you're looking for a truly all inclusive vacation experience.

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Maui Vacationing


Maui is a Hawaiian island, often deemed by visitors as a tropical paradise. Maui vacation rentals are easy to research, as there are many options whether people are looking for condos, houses, cottages, hotels, resorts or anything else.

Maui has all sorts of facilities for nature lovers on land, including coastlines, caves, lava flows, water falls and overlooks. There are many amenities for biking, hiking and general exploration. Of course Maui is surrounded by water, so there are ample resources for activities like jet skiing, snorkeling, para sailing, kayaking, boogie boarding, surfing, wind surfing, fishing and deep sea diving. Or, there is always just laying around on the beach.

The towns of Maui are built up for all sorts of visitors. Kahului is the town with the main international airport, as well as where many cruise ships dock. Ma'alaea is the town with lots of resources for snorkel and dive trips, while Ka'anapali is full of luxury resorts and nightlife. Lahaina is on the western part of the island, and is full of art galleries, museums, shows, luau, dining and some historic tours.

Whatever type of luxury Maui excursion you are looking for, there are sure to be much comfort in your accomodations, and then loads of stimulation from the outside natural and cultural sources!


Royal Hotel, Paris

royalThe Royal Hotel is one of the great ways to tour the world-renowned Parisian lifestyle. It is located in the center of the city, in walking distance from the Avenue de Champs des Elysses, the Grand Palias and a luxury shopping area. The hotel combines the beauty of nineteenth-century aspects with modern comfort and interior design. The hotel also offers a bar, parking, concierge services, a business center and currency exchange.

The Royal Hotel contains 58 rooms, that are known to combine elegance and refinement. Thirty of these rooms have an aesthetically pleasing view of the Arc de Triomphe. All of these rooms are air conditioned, have cable/satellite TV, a minibar, room service, a personal safety box, a telephone and a hairdryer. All have a gorgeous marble bath and shower, and have free WiFi.

A Classic Room is the most standard room in the hotel. Even so, it measures between 15-20 meters square, and overlooks the hotel’s patio. They are located on the Rue de Chateaubriand. A Superior Room is the next step up, with the size of 25-30 meters square. You can get a double bed, or two single beds, and get an extra bed set up on request. They are located on the Avenue de Friedland, a few meters from the Arc de Triomphe. The Chamber Executive is top-notch. It offers a view of the Arc de Triomphe, and the bright lights of Paris. It is 35-40 meters square, and has either a large bed or two double beds, extra bed available on request.

Rates differ depending on when you come and what room you stay in. A popular deal is the “Romantic Weekend” for 169 € / night in a Classic Room and 199 € / night in a Superior Room. It includes one buffet breakfast per person, and a complimentary bottle of champagne. Perfect for luxurious honeymoons or anniversaries!


The Plaza Hotel: New York City


The Plaza Hotel of New York City is famous for setting the standard for posh accommodation. It has 20 stories with 282 guest rooms, which includes 102 suites. It is in a perfect location for an extravagant NYC visit, as it is located by the shopping district of Fifth Avenue, which includes anything from Gucci to Giorgio Armani to Louis Vuitton, and then the entrance to Central Park South.

DSCF5397The Plaza was designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh and was opened on October 1, 1907. When it opened, a room would cost $2.50. Today, that same room is $3,750. It is the only hotel in NYC to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. It is famous for being the site of the Eloise books by Kay Thompson, as well as movies like Plaza Suite (1971) and Home Alone Two: Lost in New York (1992).

There are various amenities that your stay will include. All rooms at the Plaza Hotel include Beaux Arts inspired decoration, white glove butler service, daily housekeeping service, Concierge Direct flat panel screen, wireless tablet to control heating and lighting, high speed internet access (for $14.95/day), electronic locking system, gold-plated Sherle Wagner fixtures, white marble vanities, Mascioni bath towels and linens (100% cotton), custom Miller Harris toiletries, hairdryer, refrigerated bar, 24 hour room service, hairdryer, spacious closets, patted hangers, in-room safe, DVD player, stereo system, music and video library access, iron and ironing board and newspapers. Cots and cribs are available upon request!


There are several restaurants in the Plaza Hotel. One is the recently restored Oak Room, a cocktail lounge, which overlooks beautiful views of Central Park and has cityscape murals by Everett Shinn. Then there is the Rose Club, which is situated on two levels to overlook the Fifth Avenue Lobby. It has cocktail appetizers and a lighter gourmet menu. The Champagne Bar is a great place for tasting the world's best champagnes, as well as morning Continental or American Breakfasts with delicious designer coffees. Dress code for all of these establishments is Smart Casual.

The Health Club in the Plaza Hotel is also something else. It features steam rooms, designer skin products, fitness classes, an Olympic size pool and state-of-the art exercise machines. To get around New York City, the concierge will assist you in accessing taxi or limousine arrangements. Guests are also welcome to use the Rolls Royce Phantom.


Mardan Palace

Mardan PalaceMardan Palace Antalya is the most expensive hotel of Europe and the Mediterranean. It is located in Lara, Antalya, Turkey, and was built by Azerbaijan billionaire Telman Ismailov, president of a Russian company. It cost $1.4 billion to create, and was Ismailov's first hotel project, at which he spared no expense. Antalya is becoming an upscale resort area of Turkey, and this hotel was inspired by Ottoman architecture. It is located 10 kilometers from the airport, and 15 kilometers from the Antalya city center.

mardan palace 2This resort was opened up recently, on May 23, 2009, and this event attracted celebrities like Seal, Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, Sharon Stone, Richard Gere, Monica Belluci, Tom Jones and even Narsultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan. This hotel features the Mediterranean's biggest swimming pool, a sunken aquarium with over 2,000 fish. There is a gondola ride to either side of the pool. For those who do not like pools, there is a private beach with 9,000 tons of Egyptian sand. Its lobby is extremely grandiose, full of ruby and gold furniture and settings, and many chandeliers. The hotel has four aquariums to display fish from seas around the world.

This hotel has 560 rooms, a 12,000 square foot spa with snow in one of the rooms, a restaurant surrounded by one of the gorgeous aquariums, a ballroom, an events area, a seminar hall, a sauna and insane natural surroundings. There are 10,000 square meters of gold leaf, 500,000 crystals and 23,000 square meters made from Italian marble. Prices per room vary, and suites could cost you up to $18,000 per night.


Eagle’s Nest

The bone chilling cold that blankets much of America in February can really break your spirit. The days are long and dreary and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. Well, fear not, a trip to Eagle's Nest in lovely, warm Russell, New Zealand will put that spring back in your step.
This gorgeous year-round vacation spot features a micro climate that is perfect for outdoor pursuits no matter what the time of year. The accommodations available at the Eagle's nest are more than luxurious, they are breathtaking. Each of the five amazing villas feature private Jacuzzis, home theater systems, gourmet kitchens and original works of art. Some also offer heated "horizon edged" lap pools that provide views of the breathtaking Bay of Islands. The villas are decorated in an eclectic style with well-appointed amenities.

Dining at Eagle's Nest is world-class. Personal chefs prepare delectable meals featuring locally caught fish and seafood in your private villa. The Eagle's Nest features an extensive wine cellar from which guests may choose a perfect vintage to accompany each wonderful course.

Eagle's Nest is the perfect place to sit back and relax but there are so many activities available it may be hard to keep still. Deep sea and big game fishing are top pursuits in the Bay of Islands and sea kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving are also available. A lovely day at sea can be had sailing through the many small islands, bays and coves.

Guests can book a customized vacation online and also view Eagle's Nest special offers. Doubles start at around NZ$1450.


Winter Weekend Getaways

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and if you haven't chosen the perfect gift for the loved one in your life there is still time. A fabulous weekend getaway is just a few mouse clicks away and within minutes you will have a wonderful Valentine's Day surprise just for two.

If you love to ski consider visiting Four Season's Resort Jackson Hole for an exhilirating skiing experience and a luxurious spa retreat. Situated at the bottom of the Grand Teton Mountain, the Four Season's Resort Jackson Hole offers amazing skiing right from the hotel. After a long day on the slope, relax with an in-room massage or visit the enormous in-house spa for a long soak in one of the deep soaking tubs. Dinner will be magnificent at Jackson Hole Mountain's own Westbank Grill. Views of Rendezvous Park will provide a spectacular background for your romantic evening.

New York City is one of the most amazing places on earth and a perfect get away location for couples who love the nightlife. Located in mid-town Manhattan The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park provides luxury accommodations in a vibrant New York setting. Guest rooms feature amazing Central Park views, elegant French sateen sheets and deep soaking tubs all of which provide an escape from the busy world below. Residents of the Ritz-Carlton will be thrilled at the short walk to exclusive boutiques and excellent dining. In the evening, the on-site limo service can take guests to any one of the 36 theaters that reside just blocks away.

If a warmer locale is what you desire The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach will certainly fit the bill. This gorgeous resort features luxurious guest rooms, wonderful concierge service and many other superb amenities. Worth Avenue, famed shopping district of Palm Beach, is just around the corner and features shops such as Cartier, Tiffany and Saks to name a few. This is certainly a town to be enjoyed!


Tours Around the World

For the past four decades, Butterfield & Robinson has been planning and executing luxury, guided tours of exotic locations around the world. The Butterfield & Robinson philosophy of “slow down to see the world” is fulfilled on each of these amazing journeys.

The company began in 1966 taking college students on biking tours of Europe. But the desire for more adult experiences took over and within a few years the company expanded to include indulgent extras in each tour.

Today the company offers more than 100 different trips to be enjoyed while biking or walking in over two dozen countries around the world.

One of the most exotic locations on the Butterfield & Robinson destination list is the Amazon. The trip is filled with educational experiences, amazing tour guides (including granddaughter of famed explorer and ecologist, Jaques Cousteau) and luxurious extras. Butterfield & Robinson take care of the trivialities leaving you to enjoy all aspects of your Amazon experience without the stress of transportation details, hotel accommodations or dining arrangements. Even in a remote location like the Amazon, Butterfield & Robinson provides upscale amenities.

If Europe is more to your liking, a biking tour of the Swedish countryside is a unique adventure. Butterfield & Robinson offers a cultural experience while viewing the world over the handlebars of one its custom Cannondale bicycles. The close relationships that Butterfield & Robinson has with local Swedish contacts will help to create a travel experience you could never have on your own.

For those who don’t enjoy biking, walking tours are also available. The philosophy of Butterfield & Robinson is “slow down to see the world” and that is exactly what you will do exploring the Loire Valley on foot. Whether you are a serious hiker or enjoy a more leisurely pace, Butterfield & Robinson will create a custom experience to meet your precise need.

Butterfield & Robinson takes great pride in offering incredible family journeys, too. The Tuscany trip is a one-of-a-kind experience for the family to enjoy a long stay in a 15th Century villa complete with biking excursions, pizza making lessons and family entertainment, Italian style.

Regardless of which adventure you choose you can be certain that your B&R experience will be an unforgettable journey.


Beauty, History and Cuisine at France’s Hotel Le Cep

Europe abounds with luxury hotels, spectacular nightlife and historic monuments in some of the most vibrant cities on the planet. London has the Tower Bridge, Madrid is home to the Prado Museum and Rome boasts the Pantheon. But for those who wish to truly immerse themselves in history, culture and beauty France is the place to be, and The Hotel Le Cep in Beaune, France will leave you gloriously fulfilled.

Hotel Le Cep

Hotel Le Cep

This amazing hotel is situated in the heart of Beaune, also known as the “Capital of Burgandy wines”, a small French town located halfway between the bustling cities of Paris and Lyon.

The historic building has been in use since the 16th Century and has even claimed Louis XIV as a guest. Each of the fifty-seven rooms and suites is furnished with gorgeous antiques yet the rooms are all thoroughly updated with modern conveniences so guests are completely comfortable.

The interior courtyards are a peaceful place for guests to stroll or have a delicious continental breakfast and the magnificent glass elevator brings guests to the hotel tower to see an amazing panoramic view of the city. The many sculptures and architectural elements will leave guests constantly intrigued.

Dining cannot be forgotten in such a place as France and the Hotel Le Cep offers Loiseau Des Vignes. Traditional French cuisine is served at this interior hotel restaurant and it is the only place where over 70 premium wines are available by the glass. Guests will be able to try some of the finest wines in all of France.

There is so much to enjoy inside the hotel guests may never want to leave but the surrounding vineyards and rolling countryside will beckon visitors to come explore. Guests purchasing the premium Le Cep and Burgundy in the Air Package will enjoy wine tastings, a helicopter flight over the Cotes de Beaune, dinner for two at Loiseau des Vignes, admission to the highly-visited Hospices de Beaune, and so much more.


Luxury Spas

All of us are faced with difficult lives, stress at work and the home, stuck in traffic and plus the weather is often not so great. Well, one of the best ways to unwind is to go for a luxury spa treatment. For those who have never had a special spa treatment, it is something out of this world. But I am not talking about the rinky dinky spa around the street corner- I am talking about going to a real professional spa, perhaps a resort. Countless resorts, hotels and tourist areas offer spa services which are invigorating.

Unlike the old days when a spa service was a rub on the body for 4 minutes followed by a sauna, this is no longer true today. Most luxury spas offer massages, manicures, facial and a variety of other holistic treatments to energize you.

A visit to a luxury spa is all about being pampered. Besides having beautiful therapists offer their therapeutic touch, the place is also soothing, smells great and relaxing. And of course you also get the herbal tea or wine if you prefer.

The moment you arrive, you are made to feel important. Everyone caters to you.

Among the treatments I would highly recommend are the body and foot massages. All you have to do is disrobe and lie on a warm bed. The therapists will incorporate a moisturizing cream and rub it all over you. If you want to feel fresh, just ask for a peppermint foot massage. The fingers can relieve stress, headaches, makes you feel nice, warm and beautiful.

For those who want something exotic, try the body massage with warm stone which are rotated over your body. There are also lavish luxury spa services for couples which create a memorable experience.

The great thing about luxury spa services is that you do not have to travel. Almost every major city has ample hotels and private firms which cater to clients.

For those who are planning on a vacation, check with you hotel about the availability of spa services- it will probably be the best part of your trip.

Most lavish luxury spa services start around $ 150 and above; the more treatments you have, the higher the cost. However, most hotels do offer discounts for multiple sessions.

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