Passport 7-22-2005

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Dog Deluxe
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.

House Beautiful
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 of art.

Great White
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 scale.

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 trip.

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 Building Council.

Club Med’s improved Hurricane Protection Program will put travelers at ease during the unpredictable hurricane season in the Caribbean.

With the new Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, clients can get closer to the stunning landscapes of Arizona’s famed Red Rock Country.


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 NCL.

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 when booking.

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 SOJOURN.

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 confirmations.

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.
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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 commission.

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.