Rates & Dates: Colorado, Wyoming resorts join tsunami relief effort By Kimberly Scholz / March 17, 2005 Share 1 -- Destination Hotels & Resorts Mountain Collection, a group of eight properties in Aspen, Snowmass, Telluride and Vail, Colo., and Jackson Hole, Wyo., created the Book for Tsunami Relief program, whereby 3% of the proceeds of all new reservations made by April 17 for travel through Dec. 1 will be donated to Unicef. The standard 10% commission will remain intact during this time. In order to support the initiative, travel agents must book the reservation online.Destination Hotels & Resorts Mountain CollectionWeb:www.destinationrockies.com/info/offersrelief.aspFollowing repairs necessitated by the devastating 2004 hurricane season, the Sanibel Island, Fla., resorts in Sanibels Signature Collection -- Sundial Beach & Golf Resort, Sanibel Inn, Song of the Sea and Sanibels Seaside Inn, are reopening and are offering Welcome Back rates.Partially reopened, the Sundial Beach & Golf Resort is offering a rate of $259 per night on condominium accommodations, valid through March 17. The complete reopening of the resort is slated for May 1.Meanwhile, the remaining resorts will reopen on March 8 with Welcome Back rates valid through April 30. At the Sanibel Inn, rates are from $315 per night; at the Seaside Inn, rates are from $299 per night; and at the Song of the Sea, rates are from $329 per night.Sanibels Signature CollectionPhone: (888) 4-SANIBELWeb:www.sanibelcollection.comTenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Yosemite National Park, Calif., is offering 15% commission on stays through March 31.The 15% commission also applies to stays from September through March 2006.Daily rates start at $319 per night, double.Tenaya Lodge at YosemitePhone: (877) 322-5492Web:www.tenayalodge.comGDSs: All systemsSimilarly, Litchfield Plantation in Pawleys Island, S.C., a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, increased its commission to 12% through 2005.The 600-acre, gated estate, a former rice plantation, features 32 guest rooms, a restaurant, a private marina and meetings facilities.Litchfield PlantationPhone: (800) 869-1410Web:www.litchfieldplantation.comTorontos Old Mill Inn & Spa is hosting A Hard Days Murder a murder-mystery weekend plan on April 2 and 3. Clients visiting the inn that weekend will be sent a dossier prior to the event so that their secret lives can be entwined into the plot. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. on April 2.Pricing starts at about $244 for the murder-mystery activities, which include a welcome reception, two lunches, one dinner and dancing. Overnight accommodations in a king room start at about $162, double.Old Mill Inn & SpaPhone: (866) 653-6455Web:www.oldmilltoronto.comFrench Wine Explorers created an itinerary retracing World War IIs history in France by visiting the countrys wine regions.The eight-night Wine & War tour teams with authors Don and Petie Kladstrup, writers of a book of the same name, as clients meet with chateau owners in Champagne, Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux who fought the Nazis. Chateau owners relate their experiences during WWII and offer the group a tour and tasting.The Wine & War tour departs April 5 from Paris and covers accommodations, transfers, meals, all wine tastings and admission fees. The price is $6,595 per person, double.French Wine ExplorersPhone: (877) 261-1500Web:www.wine-tours-france.com/wineandwartour.htmBarbados Cobblers Cove, a Relaix & Chateaux property, said its winter rates are valid through April 8.Nightly rates range from $475 to $1,365 per night, double occupancy, and cover American breakfast daily.The Camelot and Colleton suites are priced from $1,800 and $2,100 per night, double, respectively. The meal supplement, offering lunch or dinner daily, is $74 per person.Cobblers CovePhone: (800) 567-5327Web:www.cobblerscove.comGDSs: All systemsWith the April 15 deadline approaching for filing taxes, the Pan Pacific San Francisco is making April a month for tax-free accommodations. During the month, the property will cover the customary 14% hotel tax.Deluxe room rates start at $189 per night, double. Superior rooms start at $209 per night.Pan Pacific San FranciscoPhone: (800) 533-6465Web:www.panpacific.comGDSs: All systemsSea Island (Ga.) created the Eco-Adventure package for stays at one of its properties, the Cloister Hotel, through April 30.The three-night package, which must include a Wednesday or Friday night, covers accommodations in a Cloister guest room; a boat tour of the salt marshes; daily breakfast for two; and a picnic lunch for two.The plan is priced from $1,150 per room, double.Sea IslandPhone: (800) SEA-ISLANDWeb:www.seaisland.comMerit Golf Vacations created the three-night Palm Springs, Calif., plan with rates valid through April 30.The package includes accommodations at the La Quinta Golf Resort & Club, three rounds of golf per person at any of five courses (tee times must be booked in advance), use of a shared golf cart, use of a Hertz midsize car for the stay and resort taxes. The plan is priced from $1,119 per person, double.Merit Golf VacationsPhone: (800) 946-5318Web:www.meritgolfvacations.comAs part of the citys Paris on the Potomac celebration, the Fairmont Washington, D.C. is offering the French Poodle package through May 31.The French Poodle plan covers overnight accommodations, Pink Poodletinis for two and continental breakfast at the hotels restaurant, Juniper.Also covered are tickets for two to the Phillips Collection, which is showing Modigliani: Beyond the Myth through May 29. The exhibit is a collection of works by Amadeo Modigliani, an Italian artist who spent many years living in Paris.The plan is priced from $259 per room, based on double occupancy.Fairmont Washington, D.C.Phone: (800) 441-1414Web:www.fairmont.com/washingtonGDSs: All systemsThe St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino created the Total Escape all-inclusive package, valid through May 31.The plan covers deluxe accommodations; roundtrip airport transfers; a disposable camera; three meals daily (a $35 surcharge per person applies for meals at the Royal Grill); a $25 match-play coupon at the casino; a $20% discount at the golf shop and the spa shop; and a 50% discount on a second massage for the same individual.Rates begin at $389 per night, double, through April 3 and from $319 from April 4 through May 31. A five-night minimum-stay is required.St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach CasinoPhone: (888) 236-2427Web:www.stkittsmarriott.comGDSs: All systemsThe Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz., is celebrating a decade of offering meditation services with the Ten of Zen package at the resorts Centre for Well-Being spa.The plan features accommodations for three nights, a choice of two 50-minutespa services and a meditation CD, Soul Journey.The package is priced at $875 per night, single, or $1,200 per night, double, and is valid through June.The PhoenicianPhone: (800) 888-8234Web:www.thephoenician.comGDSs: All systemsRiding on the coattails of the popular hit series, Desperate Housewives, New Yorks Muse hotel is offering the Dont Be Desperate overnight package for girlfriends looking to get away from their everyday lives.The plan, priced from $345 per person, per night, covers accommodations; a Gabrielle-inspired lingerie makeover and shopping spree; admission to the All American Male Strip Club; a Dirty Secret Martini at the hotels Mini Bar lounge; a keepsake bathrobe (in case of Susan-like accidental lockouts); and morning-after breakfast in bed.For clients who are booking at least five rooms, the hotel will block out an entire floor (for extra privacy and partying). Commission is 10%, room rate only.The MusePhone: (877) NYC-MUSEWeb:www.themusehotel.comWhistler, B.C.s Summit Lodge & Spa created a two-night retreat for girlfriends looking to get away from everyday stress.The Girls Getaway package, valid through Dec. 23, covers two nights accommodations in a deluxe studio suite with a kitchenette, fireplace and balcony; and a one-hour, deep-tissue massage for each guest.The plan is priced from about $637 per room, double, through March 31; from about $425 from April 1 to 30; from about $375 from May 1 to Nov. 23; and from about $500 from Nov. 24 to Dec. 23.Summit Lodge & SpaPhone: (888) 913-8811Web:www.summitlodge.comGDSs: All systemsLAuberge de Sedona (Ariz.) created the Romance Under the Stars year-round package for couples.The two-night plan is priced at $1,429 per couple and includes accommodations in a lodge room; a butler-served dinner for two; a 10-course tasting dinner in the hotels LAuberge restaurant; and an in-room couples massage.LAuberge de SedonaPhone: (800) 272-6777Web:www.lauberge.comGDSs: All systemsTo submit an item for Rates & Dates, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.