Passport 3-26-2005, News, Deals and More

News, Deals and More

Thrifty Honors Honeymoon Horrors

Next time your clients complain that their honeymoon didn’t go as planned, tell them about newlyweds Lynn and Steven Curran of Chester, Md. After all, honeymoons are supposed to be the celebration of a new life together not an episode of “When Animals Attack.”

Their Cancun honeymoon started off with Lynn and Steven accidentally running naked on a beach after a run-in with a jellyfish. That incident was followed by a close encounter with an alligator after a wrong turn at the zoo. Next was a case of Montezuma’s revenge ... and a case of mistaken identity. Just when they thought it was safe to go into the water, Lynn suffered a barracuda bite.

“I gained 10 pounds in one week and came home with a lot to talk about,” said Lynn.

In honor of their beast-plagued honeymoon, the couple was recently crowned the grand-prize winner of Thrifty Car Rental’s 10th Annual Honeymoon Disasters Contest.

For surviving their postnuptial trauma, Lynn and Steven were awarded a second honeymoon courtesy of Thrifty Car Rental, the contest sponsor. Prizes include roundtrip airfare to a destination in the continental U.S. of their choice, three nights hotel accommodations, a four-day car rental from Thrifty and $500 spending money.

Have Oscar, Will Travel

Want to know where you might run into Johnny Depp or Halle Berry this year? Have a client that simply must go where the celebs hangout? Well maybe we can help. An assortment of travel-related treasures made their way into the gift baskets given to the presenters, performers and other special guests at last week’s Academy Awards. To treat your clients like Hollywood glitterati, here’s a look at some of the goodies that were included:

A fabulous two-night stay for two at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, Calif. wine country ($2,500). Rooms feature feather beds, cozy fireplaces and oversized bathtubs. Guests receive a vintage wine and cheese welcome. Treat your clients like Oscar participants with a gift basket including dinner at Marinus, a “bottomless glass” of Bernardus wine, three 50-minute spa treatments and an opportunity to golf at Quail>

A secluded three-night stay for two at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff near Bluffton, S.C. ($2,300). This exclusive property features 50 waterfront cottages with spacious wraparound screened porches carefully placed on the banks of the May River to afford great views and privacy. An 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and a world-class spa satisfy the needs of the most ostentatious Hollywood celebutante.

A private “surf butler” gives celebs the star-studded treatment they deserve at St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif., where they receive a three-night stay for two ($5,900). The Five-Diamond resort is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Built in Tuscan-style, the resort features luxurious rooms, a breathtaking location, spa, private beach club and an oceanfront golf course.

For people who would like to star in their own Four Seasons production, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler “Star Quality” Ski Package will replicate the Whistler portion of the Oscar experience. The package will include helicopter transfers to and from Vancouver, three days of skiing at Whistler Blackcomb, spa treatments in The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Whistler and dinner at three of the best restaurants in town.