Orient-Express enhances stays with educational programs

Orient-Express Hotels has begun offering educational activities to enrich luxury stays.


For example, the Hotel Cipriani in Venice welcomes Michel Roux, chef of the Michelin three-star Waterside Inn in London, to its on-site cooking school on Oct. 22 for a two-day course to include a gala dinner and a daily class. Package prices start from about $2,850 per person for three nights.

At La Residence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang, Laos, new chef Yannis Amarantinis enlightens guests on cooking Laotian cuisine in a half-day course priced from $50 for two people, including dinner.

La Residencia in Mallorca offers three-, five- or seven-night tennis packages that include accommodation, breakfast, two dinners, three hours of lessons, a video recording of games, a one-hour massage and health check. Prices start at around $1,450.

For more, visit www.orient-express.com or call (800) 237-1236.

Spa nuptials packages

Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico, is offering four wedding packages for 2007.

The free Gratuite package offers a wedding ceremony; document arrangements, including marriage certificate; an officiant; dinner reservations for up to 25; and a bottle of sparkling wine.

The Mexique package, at $1,500, adds a silk flower arrangement; bouquet and boutonniere; and cake. The $2,500 Caraibe deal adds live flowers; a photo package; champagne; and a saxophone soloist.

At $5,000, the Le Blanc Signature Package includes white orchid bouquet and boutonniere; 30-minute DVD recording; photos; a solo violinist; and post-ceremony cocktails for 10 guests.  

All deals except Gratuite include bridal hair, make-up, manicure, pedicure and 60-minute spa treatment. The Signature adds two 80-minute massages. Call (877) 753-2526 or visit www.leblancsparesort.com.

Signature Vegas

The Signature at MGM Grand in Las Vegas plans to open its third tower in July. The 576-suite tower is the final component of the nongaming, nonsmoking complex.

Each tower has a different lobby design and amenities. Tower 3 will offer meetings facilities and a fitness center. Suite amenities include whirlpool tubs, flat-screen TVs and wireless Internet access.

Rates start at $200 for a junior suite, $300 for a one-bedroom suite and $510 for a two-bedroom suite. Visit www.signaturemgmgrand.com or call (877) 727-0007.

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