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Luxury Pet Hotels: Pet Pampering at Paradise 4 Paws, Chicago

Paradise 4 PawsFans of Chicago’s Paradise 4 Paws will be thrilled to learn that the pet resort is expanding to other locations. The current spot outside O’Hare Airport gets high marks for its lavish facilities: splashing pool, indoor grassy play area, and Webcam access so fretful parents can keep on eye on their pets, breathing easy when they see Fido lounging in such fancy digs. The doggie suites are cage-less, of course, and come with flat-screened TVs; cat bungalows are equipped with live fish aquariums (fun!) Paradise 4 Paws will soon open a branch outside Midway airport, reports the Chicago Tribune, and hopes to add 10 more locations with the next 5 years.

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Tips for Traveling with Pets

Loews Hotels Pet ProgramFor tips and tricks as you plan a vacation with Fido, check out this special guide courtesy of The Washington Post. The paper’s got the scoop on all kinds of fun travel gear (including Doggles to protect the eyes of your four-legged friend). You can also check out the photo gallery of pets on vacay.

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Something For Everyone at W Hotel Atlanta Midtown

W Hotel Atlanta Midtown It’s hard to find a luxury hotel that caters to all types of travelers, but the W Hotel Atlanta Midtown does just that. Surrounded by world class shopping, nightlife, and museums, this luxury haven offers top notch service and accommodations to anyone visiting Atlanta. For the business traveler, W Hotel Atlanta Midtown offers a high tech business center with high-speed Internet. The Whatever/Whenever Service, a unique 24/7 feature of W Hotels, will take care of anything that you need or want, including a complimentary ride in a luxury SUV with a personal driver. For the family traveling together, W Hotel Atlanta Midtown offers connecting rooms and cribs upon request, as well as beautifully spacious suites. The hotel also welcomes cats and dogs 40 pounds or less, offering them custom pet beds, turndown treats, and food and water bowls.

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The Langham Dives Into Summer With Splash Package

Langham Hotel and Spa PasadenaWhat better way to celebrate the coming of summer than a great package rate? The luxurious Langham Hotel and Spa Pasadena will be offering the Summer Splash Package starting May 1st and running to the end of August. This enticing summer special will include overnight accommodations in the Lanai building, a “Dive-In movie,” (Friday night flicks shown at the pool!) and a $50 food and beverage credit to be used at the pool bar. This package starts at $279 per night, and is valid Friday through Sunday.

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Beantown’s Fifteen Beacon Goes to the Dogs

Fifteen BeaconFifteen Beacon was voted the #1 hotel in Boston by Travel & Leisure, and their new Pet Getaway is just one more reason why the award was well-deserved. With a package starting from $450 per night, dogs under 50 lbs receive treats and a special turndown service. You’ll get a classic room, and the highest level of hospitality and service guests have come to expect from this luxury boutique. There’s even a “No Dogs Alone In Room” pet sitting available. Additional terms and details apply, but we can pretty much guarantee that Spot will love walking around Beacon Hill as much as you will.

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Countryside Luxury at Hertelendy Kastely

Hertelendy KastelyLooking for luxurious accommodations off the beaten path? Look no further than Hertelendy Kastely in Kutas, Hungary. This beautiful resort is located on 150 acres of lush countryside, and is great for any type of traveler. Hertelendy Kastely is essentially a 14 room castle and accompanying Hunters Lodge with 6 fully equipped apartments.

Book here now through May, and you can stay for under 200 Euro a night. This not only includes staying in one of the beautiful apartments, but also many of the hotel’s activities, including tennis, a sauna with hot and cold water tub, steam bath, deck chairs and towels by the swimming pool, bicycles, garden chess, free car parking, and daily refill of the minibar with soft drinks.

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The Search for the Obama Family Dog: Presidential Pooch at Loews Hotelst

Presidential Pooch at Loews HotelsLabradoodle or Portuguese water hound? No matter the Obama family’s choice, Loews Hotels has decided that all breeds are in the running for “First Pooch.” Inspired by the Obama family’s search for a new puppy, Loews Hotels is offering an “indoguration” for all with the “Presidential Pooch” package, available for the first 100 days of the Obama administration, January 20 through April 29, 2009. Beloved for providing a unique and luxurious experience for guests, Loews Hotels has acquired a devoted following also due to its pet-friendly policy. Check into Loews Hotel Vogue in the heart of Montreal, and discover the city’s legendary joie de vivre and epicurean pleasures. Fido will be just as delighted. The “Presidential Pooch” package includes a special “Stars and Stripes” room service meal for pups, along with a patriotic-themed bandana for dogs to wear home.

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Pet Pampering at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Peninsula Beverly HillsThe five-star treatment is not limited to human guests at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. The award-winning hotel, which recently unveiled its glamorous Roof Garden and Pool after a stunning makeover, spoils four-legged guests as much as their owners. For pet-obsessed Americans, it’s important that their hotels are pet-friendly, offering amenities just for Fido. Travel + Leisure talked up these “outrageous hotel perks for pets” in a recent article:

Gunny, a devoted Peninsula Beverly Hills guest, often visits the posh hotel, and the staff joyously greets him as he strides along the lobby’s marble floor. Retiring to his room, Gunny finds a specially monogrammed towel beside his Simmons Beauty Rest mattress (covered in 300-thread-count sheets) and sits down to a grilled New York sirloin and scrambled eggs with aged Tillamook cheddar on bone china. And when he needs styling, the hotel’s Rolls Royce shuttles him to the salon. All pretty normal for a 5-star hotel– except Gunny is a golden retriever. “Like their owners, pets should have a chance to get away from their normal routine,” said the hotel’s chef concierge, James Little.

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Roam with Rover: Luxury Pet Services at the Conrad Chicago

Conrad ChicagoNow there’s another reason to book a stay at the luxurious Conrad Chicago, one of the most prestigious addresses within the Magnificent Mile. The Windy City’s ideal urban oasis has recently introduced a host of special pet services and amenities, so you never have to leave Fido at home. Four-legged friends can now experience a sumptuous Conrad pet bed created specially for VIPs (Very Important Pets) along with engraved food and water bowls, breed-appropriate toys and a designer leash. And that’s not all. Pampered pets will love the in-room dining. The Conrad Chicago’s culinary team has created a gourmet experience that includes Prime Meatballs, Howling Kobe Stew, Sole for a Cat and Nine Fish Mélange. Desserts include Bow-Wow Brownies and Canine Cookies. The Conrad Chicago “Roam with Rover” package costs from $245 and also includes the Pet Welcome Kit (clean-up bag, pet ID tag, latex gloves, and dog walking map). A portion of the stay will be donated to PAWS.

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What a Hotel! Health and Wellness Prevail

Here’s a challenge to test your luxury travel savvy. Do you know this hotel? Take a guess, leave us a comment letting us know which hotel you think this photo belongs to, and check back next week for the answer and new image.

Helpful Hints: This city center hotel embodies classic luxury and offers guests an impressive 9000 square foot, full service spa and fitness center…

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Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa Malaga, Spain

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What a Hotel! Buzzworthy Elegance and Style

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Helpful Hints: Conde Nast Traveler included this new Mediterranean luxury resort on their “2009 Hot List”

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Radisson SAS Hotel Dubai Deira Creek Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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What a Hotel! Luxury Buisness in the Heart of a Bustling City Center

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Helpful Hints: This city center luxury property has been named Best Business Hotel in the Middle East by two prestigious business travel magazines…

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Alden Hotel Splugenschloss Zurich, Switzerland

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What a Hotel! High Tech Luxury Meets Old World Elegance

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Helpful Hints: This historic hotel dating back to 1895 is preserved under the Swedish heritage protection and combines historic elegance and high tech convenience…

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Villa del Parco Hotel and Spa Forte Village - Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

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Cal Simmons' Guide to Luxury Travel June 5th, 2009, by Alison Victor Aleenta Resort and Spa Gives You a Reason to Smile

Aleenta Resort and SpaThis year marks a momentous occasion in Thailand, as the country will be hosting the World Comedy Film Festival 2009, the first ever of its kind in Asia. Featuring over 50 comedies from around the globe, there will be an heavy focus on Asia. In celebration, and in conjunction, the Aleenta Resort and Spa will be hosting its own red carpet event on Tuesday, June 10th. Hosted by Australian celebrity Bianca Dye, there will be a red carpet arrival, cocktails and dinner, and of course, a premiere of a film featured in the festival. Aleenta Resort and Spa calls this event “A Night With the Stars at Aleenta,” and it promises to be a night filled with laughter as well!

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Aleenta Resort and Spa will receive a 30 minute stress and tension relieving massage for 2 in Aleenta’s KA Spa once during stay.

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Summer Indulgence at The Setai

The SetaiThe Setai, located in the heart of South Beach Miami, is an ultra luxurious beachfront property fit for the many celebrities it attracts on a year round basis. The stylish art deco hotel is gearing up for summer by offering up a new Summer Indulgence promotion. Book now through October 15th, for up to two nights, and you can stay in one of the spaciously designed suites, complete with granite flooring and a rainfall shower, for $485 USD to start. There’s no better way to indulge yourself, and feel good about it, this summer.

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What a Hotel! European Boutique Spa Hotel

Here’s a challenge to test your luxury travel savvy. Do you know this hotel? Take a guess, leave us a comment letting us know which hotel you think this photo belongs to, and check back next week for the answer and new image.

Helpful Hints: This luxury boutique hotel offers ancient Mediterranean spa treatments unique to Europe

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Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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What a Hotel! Luxurious Arabian Oasis

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Helpful Hints: Genuine Arabic artifacts decorate this opulent desert hotel which is named after a semi-precious stone.

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Clift Hotel

Clift Hotel, San Francisco, California

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What a Hotel! Elegant Contemporary Boutique

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Clift Hotel
Helpful Hint:Historic lounge at this Bay Area hotel is legend for its bar, which is rumored to be carved from a single tree native to the area…
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What a Hotel! Monumental Elegance

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Helpful Hints: Moorish Elegance, World Heritage Monument …

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One Aldwych, London, United Kingdom

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Do the Jailhouse Rock: The Liberty Hotel Raises the Bar in Boston’s Beacon Hill

The Liberty HotelIt’s easy to “do time” at The Liberty Hotel– the notorious jail turned luxury hotel situated at the foot of historic Beacon Hill. Since opening in September 2007, the property has earned its place as a “must-visit” downtown destination for visitors and local residents alike. As HotelChatter points out in a recent video of a room, you’ll find plenty of reminders of the building’s criminal past; CLINK, and the happening lobby bar, ALIBI, showcase original jail cells. (Read: cozy nooks for wining and dining your date.) Book the “4th of July Dress Rehearsal Package” and you’ll get a sneak peak at the Boston POPS! 4th of July Spectacular during their July 3rd dress rehearsal along with your luxe accommodations and breakfast. Tip: Book with Five Star Alliance, and you’ll get a seasonal welcome amenity upon arrival and a complimentary upgrade at check in based upon availability.

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Pay for Three, Stay for Four at Conrad Chicago

Conrad Chicago Located on the Magnificent Mile with breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline, Conrad Chicago is a beacon of contemporary style and luxury. Reserve a room sometime between now and September 30th, and Conrad Chicago invites guests to pay for three consecutive nights and stay for four. As part of their Summer Escape promotion, not only will guests receive the complimentary fourth night for free, but they will also be able to stay in the beautifully appointed, king deluxe room for around 175 USD per night.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for Conrad Chicago will receive a welcome amenity and continental breakfast for two (2) daily.

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Exclusive Introductory Offer: Rocco Forte’s Verdura Golf and Spa Resort Opens on Sicily

Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, SicilyIt’s finally here. We’ve been anticipating the first luxury resort from the Rocco Forte Collection for years now. Known for their high levels of service and distinctive personalities, the group’s luxury hotels are located in 13 key European destinations. Now Sicily is in for a treat; never has the island– in all its ancient history at the crossroads of civilizations– seen such a stylish and cutting-edge resort hideaway. Surrounded by dramatic scenery (where the mountains rise from the turquoise sea), Verdura Golf and Spa Resort is located near Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples. The estate is huge: sprawling across 570 acres on a mile of private coastline. Architect Flavio Albanese designed the property with traditional materials- like volcanic rock and timber- in a contemporary way to blend in with the landscape. The goal? To be “the only luxury resort in the Mediterranean offering a five-star experience across golf, hotel, dining and spa facilities.” What we’re most excited about? The 60-meter two-tiered bill that’s supposed to be one of Europe’s largest, the Gelateria, serving home-made ice cream, and the sophisticated spa offering treatments with local ingredients: Sicilian seawater, extracts from lemons and oranges. Needless to say, there is a helicopter landing pad onsite.

Hot Deal: Get complimentary dinner every evening, unlimited green fees, and spa treatments with the “Exclusive Introductory Offer,” available from August 1- December 31, 2009.

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The Early Bird Gets the Savings at The Draycott Hotel in London

The Draycott Hotel Only a stone’s throw from London’s theater district, in the heart of the West End, is the classically appointed, luxury boutique property,The Draycott Hotel. Built over a century ago, The Draycott Hotel has retained the beautiful architecture of the past, but combined it with all of the modern amenities of present day. Book now through September, and The Draycott Hotel invites you to take advantage of their early bird rates. Book any suite for a minimum of two nights, and you can stay for about 275 GBP per night. The standard double accommodations will only set you back around 190 GBP per night. A great deal for those of you looking to take advantage of summer specials.

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Three Night Summer Delight in Bath, England at The Royal Crescent Hotel

Royal Crescent Hotel

A trip to The Royal Crescent Hotel is worth it for the spa alone. Housed in a converted coach house and stables, The Bath House is a sight to behold: a contemporary retreat opening onto the hotel’s beautiful gardens. The spa boasts a heated relaxation pool, cool and tepid plunge tubs, sauna and steam Karahafus, fully equipped gymnasium, and treatment rooms. Embracing both traditional and progressive spa philosophies, the treatments range from massages to full aromatherapy facials, from fruit enzyme wraps to holistic foot and nail treatments.

Royal Crescent Hotel

Not to be outdone by its spa, The Royal Crescent Hotel is an architectural masterpiece turned luxury hotel. Here’s the skinny on the setting from Wikipedia: “The Royal Crescent is a residential road of 30 houses, laid out in a crescent, in the city of Bath, England. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom and is a grade I listed building.” Occupying two central buildings in the crescent, the elegant hotel lets guests experience a style of gracious living from a bygone age. Outside in the “secret gardens,” guests can indulge in a sumptuous Afternoon Tea. Dinner at the hotel’s Dower House restaurant is just as good. There are 45 guest rooms, each with their own character, appointed with authentic period carpets, furnishings, and fabrics.

Royal Crescent Hotel

Take a break this August over the Brits’ Bank Holiday weekend at this beautiful Relais & Chateaux property. Book the “Three Night Summer Delight” package, from GBP 310 per room, per night including VAT, and you’ll also enjoy full English Breakfast, a three course dinner on one night, a bottle of House Champagne in the room for your arrival, use of The Bath House spa and Full Afternoon Tea on the day of your choice. This special break is available from August 28 to August 31, 2009, subject to availability.

Royal Crescent Hotel

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$79 Summer Rates at the Naples Grand Beach Resort, The Waldorf Astoria Collection

Naples Grand Beach ResortHit the beach in southwest Florida and stay at the dramatically-transformed Naples Grand Beach Resort for just $79 this summer. Tee off on the championship golf course, hone your game on the tennis courts, then relax your tired muscles at the exclusive Golden Door Spa. In this waterfront setting the recreational opportunities are limitless, really: from exploring the nearby natural mangrove estuary to shopping in Naples’ trendy boutiques. A member of the Waldorf Astoria Collection, the Naples Grand Beach Resort is located on 23 acres along the Gulf Coast in Naples. Choose to stay in a bungalow and you’ll be lounging on a fully-furnished terrace overlooking the pool area. Another unbeatable offer: Get your 4th night free plus $400 worth of added extras, including complimentary kids breakfast in Aura Restaurant from the buffet and 25 percent off lunch and dinner in Aura, Palm Terrace Grill, or Paradise Grill… Just book your three-night stay by July 15.

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Design Dream: Capella Singapore Features Objets d’Art from Lamont Design

Capella Sentosa Singapore

Since the Capella Singapore opened in March, guests have been dazzled by the largest guest rooms in Singapore. (Not to mention the one- and two-bedroom garden villas with private pools overlooking the South China Sea.) These interior spaces feature handcrafted objects, artwork and furniture from Lamont Design, a Bangkok-based company that worked with Norman Foster’s architectural design to achieve Capella’s vision for the new hotel. Centered around two historic “Tanah Merah” houses (dating from the colonial era), the ultra-luxury hotel was built to take advantage of its hilltop setting with tiered pools and marvelous courtyard gardens. Seascape vistas aren’t the only thing guests appreciate inside the resort; Lamont’s sophisticated objects in bronze, earthenware and Peking glass display a rich history of craftsmanship and create the mood. You can browse Lamont’s contemporary collections and rare objects– showcased at the Capella Singapore and Miami’s Setai Hotel– in five stores in Thailand, including a boutique at The Sukhothai. And from now until August 31, 2009, you can check out the Capella Singapore’s lush tropical haven with a special introductory offer where you get a third night free.

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This is the True Story…Stay in Cancun where the Real World is Filmed

ME Hotel CancunOn Wednesday night at 10pm, the new installment of the Real World premiered on MTV. Sticking to the tried and true formula that has made the show a constant since it first went on the air in 1992, the newest group of camera friendly 20 somethings will live out their lives for the next few months beachside in Cancun Mexico. Curious where their luxury digs are? The Real World is staying in a 9,757 square foot, bi-level suite at the ultra-luxurious, resort destination ME Hotel Cancun. This suite comes equipped with 4 bedrooms, all with ocean views, 3 private balconies, a full kitchen, and a private laundry room. It also features a pool table, fully stocked bar (of course!), aquarium, plasma television, and massage chairs, just in case the stress of luxury living gets to be too much! Since the Real World is obviously filmed months in advance, this suite is available to reserve for any guests who have a little money to burn. It is currently going for 15,000 USD per night!

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Explore Venice by Canal with Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

Hilton Molino Stucky VeniceRomantic Venice is known for its canals. And now, Hilton Molino Stucky Venice has come up with a way you can enjoy them for less. The luxury property, which is set on Giudecca Island, has breathtaking views and is just minutes away from all of Venice’s major attractions. Book their Gondola experience and you’ll get a voucher upon check-in valid for one 30-minute gondola ride for up to 3 people. Prices start at 295 EUR and includes accommodation in a Deluxe Room, Hilton Breakfast, Late 3pm checkout, welcome drink upon arrival, and free access to the hotel fitness center. Availability is limited, so book now for the best selection. Certain terms and additional restrictions, as always, apply.