To enjoy the Paradise Ranch Country Club, guests must be members
... of the canine or feline variety, that is. The ranch’s lush
gardens, tranquil pools and spa are designed to make dogs and cats
feel comfortable while their owners a.k.a. your clients are away.
Members feast on private meals and sleep on queen-sized beds at the
country’s first fully licensed, cage-free animal boarding facility.
Paradise Ranch also offers a Mercedes Mutt Cab transportation
service, dog training classes, pet grooming and doggy daycare.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel has unveiled a one-of-a-kind
House Beautiful suite. The 1,830-square-foot VIP suite cost more
than $800,000 to create, and was decorated by Alessandra Branca,
one of House Beautiful magazine’s top 125 interior designers.
For Branca, the suite offers a unique space where “18th-century
European luxury meets modern-day California comfort” in the form of
delicate porcelains, an antiquated mirrored screen, a
state-of-the-art kitchen, a flat-screen TV and a commissioned work
For clients who want to get face to face with toothy creatures of
the deep, book a trip with Absolute Adventures Shark Diver. The
company, in business for more than nine years, offers weeklong
great white shark cage-diving charters off the coast of Mexico
departing from San Diego. Clients range from casual divers and
shark fans to those who pay top dollar for their privacy with
$100,000-per-week charters. Agent commission is based on a sliding
Say goodbye to summer bathing suit blues by enlisting in Bikini
Boot Camp at Chicago’s House of Blues Hotel.
Or say hello to the Woodmark Hotel and Spa in Kirkland,
Washington where you can “Raid the Pantry” with complimentary
fruits, drinks, sandwiches and desserts nightly. The Woodmark also
has a one-night “Desperate House Fraus” package for two that
includes a complimentary bottle of Mad Housewife wine, cheese
plate, spa and dining credit and a complimentary cruise or kayak
Minibar indulgences at South Beach’s Clinton Hotel include Kama
Sutra Lovers’ essentials, such as Chocolate Body Paint, Oil of Love
and Honey Dust.
The “Anti” minibar at Esencia hotel in Cancun is a full-size
sub-zero fridge stocked with a full-sized bottle of liquor of the
guests’ choosing and complimentary water, soda and beer.
If clients prefer another brew, the Millennium Biltmore Los
Angeles offers daily afternoon tea and etiquette classes for
everyone, from children to adults.
Catch up on your summer reading list with the lending library at
the Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort and Country Club in Puerto Rico.
Getting to and from the airport has never been easier with the
Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport hotel’s new
complimentary buggy service.
The best cure for empty nesters might be a trip to the Westin
St. John Resort & Villas, where guests presenting a paid
college tuition bill upon check-in receive 20 percent off standard
room rates September through October.
As part of their Weekend Family Summer Splash! package, the
Scottsdale Resort and Athletic Club offers guided tours of
Arizona’s Sonoran desert in classic Hummer H1 vehicles.
When not having private baking or flower-arranging lessons,
children staying at the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne,
Switzerland, may have an encounter with Bori, a real-life fox and
hotel mascot who loves to roam the hotel gardens.
The Fairmont in Washington, D.C., has its own ambassador of
sorts in Jana, a Labrador puppy being raised as a guide dog by the
hotel staff. When guests check-in with a dog in-tow, the hotel will
donate five percent of their room rate to Guiding Eyes for the
Blind in honor of their new canine resident.
While it isn’t exactly Hawaii Surf City USA, also known as
Huntington Beach, Calif., is as close as clients can get to the
islands without leaving the mainland. There, guests can visit a
special History of the Ukulele exhibit at the International Surfing
Museum or participate in an authentic luau at the Hyatt Regency
Resort and Spa.
Eco-friendly is the best way to describe the newly opened Hilton
Vancouver in Washington. With sensor-adjusting, climate-control
systems, a heat-reflecting roof and water-efficient landscaping,
it’s the first major hotel in the country to receive certification
for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green
Club Med’s improved Hurricane Protection Program will put
travelers at ease during the unpredictable hurricane season in the
With the new Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, clients can get
closer to the stunning landscapes of Arizona’s famed Red Rock
A DOZEN DEALS
1. With an Escape! Inclusive package at the
Renaissance Costa do Sauipe Resort, families of four can enjoy a
weeklong, all-inclusive Brazilian vacation for $1995. Ask for code
2. Travelers save up to 60 percent on winter
rates at The Palms hotel in Turks and Caicos for travel through
Oct. 31. Rates begin at $300 per night and include daily
continental breakfast and roundtrip VIP airport transfers. Trips
must be booked by Sept. 1.
3. Guests who book their Walt Disney trip
through Funjet Vacations can get a free upgrade worth $35. With the
purchase of a Magic Your Way Base ticket, clients receive a
complimentary Park Hopper upgrade for the day, which allows guests
to enter any of the resort’s theme. For travel Aug. 1 through Nov.
30; must be booked by Aug. 11. Mention the promotional code PARKHOP
4. San Francisco’s Argent Hotel saves clients
on parking fees through Sept. 5, with the purchase of a Park &
Play package for $169 per night, with a second room available for
$89 a night.
5. The Millennium Resort Scottsdale’s $100 for
$100 package includes room rates, not surprisingly, for $100 a
night Sunday through Thursday and a $100 dining credit per room,
per night. For $249 a night, guests can stay in a
2,200-square-foot, three bedroom villa and receive a $200 dining
credit. Packages are available through Sept. 15.
6. Agents and clients can enjoy discounted room
rates at the San Francisco Savoy Hotel through Sept. 15. Clients
stay for $105 a night, while agents receive a 15 percent commission
and a room rate of $85 a night. Mention promotional code SAVOY
7. A membership with JDB Fine Hotels &
Resorts’ Agent Advantage program is designed to help clients to
manage business better with productivity tools, including an agent
locator search and information on commissions, bookings and pending
8. For clients who are Red Sox fans, suggest
they stay at Boston’s Hotel Commonwealth, located next to Fenway
Park. The hotel offers agents a 20 percent commission on guest
stays through Aug. 18.
9. The Bentley Beach Hotel Miami’s all-suite,
luxury oceanfront hotel is offering agents 15 percent commission on
bookings through Sept. 30.
10. To celebrate its grand opening this
September in Palm Springs, the trendy Hotel Zoso is offering an
introductory room rate of $119 a night.
11. South Pacific Tour Operator Islands in the
Sun will match any competitor’s price and offer 10 percent of the
difference between their price and the competitor’s when agents
present them with a competitor’s quote or invoice for comparison.
Savings can be passed onto clients or kept in addition to
12. From Aug. 28 to Sept. 24, Gogo Worldwide
Vacations will feature a Vegas Girls’ Getaway package, starting at
$445 per person. The package will include a three-night hotel stay
at the Aladdin Hotel & Casino, roundtrip airfare, complimentary
massage and a Shop and Beauty package at the Desert Passage Mall.
Through Oct. 31, Gogo will also offer free fourth and seventh night
stays and a $300 resort credit with a minimum seven-night stay at
Mexico’s Paraíso de la Bonita Resort & Thalasso.