Rates & Dates: KSL Resorts develops presidential packages for both parties


KSL Resorts is offering two-night plans for supporters of the two presidential candidates for bookings by Election Day (Nov. 4) and check-in by Inauguration Day (Jan. 20).

The McCain Supporters' Vacation Plan includes a bottle of "Red State" wine on arrival, a room tax cut (up to $25) and a "Family Values" amenity, which covers kids' club admission or other children's amenity.

The Obama Supporters' Vacation Plan covers "Blue Martinis" for two (or other signature cocktail), a "Buy American" $25 resort credit and a green golf or recreation discount of $25.

The plans are priced from $224 per night for two nights, depending on the resort. Resorts in KSL's roster are the Hotel del Coronado and Beach Village at the Del, both in San Diego; the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.; Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas; La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.; Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.; and Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa in Vail, Colo.

KSL Resorts
(760) 564-8000
Web: www.kslresorts.com

InterContinental Hotel Tampa offering $1 rate to celebrate first anniversary

The InterContinental Hotel Tampa turned a year old Aug. 31 and to celebrate is offering a third-night rate of $1 when two nights are booked at published rates. The offer is valid through Dec. 29, and nightly rates start at $139 per night, double.

InterContinental Hotel Tampa
(866) 915-1558 and ask for rate code IPAHD
Web: www.intercontampa.com
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Dr. Seuss characters checking in at new Loews Portofino Bay suites

Some of the beloved characters from popular Dr. Seuss books have checked in at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort.

The new two-room suites are designed after characters from Seuss stories "The Cat in the Hat," "Horton Hears a Who," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "The Sneetches and Other Stories."

Rates for Seuss suites start at $529 per night, which also covers Universal Express ride access for guests, enabling them to bypass regular ride lines at Universal Studios and Universal's Islands of Adventure theme parks.

Universal Orlando Resort
(800) 331-3134
Web: www.universaltravelagents.com

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort offers college basketball package

The Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas is offering special nightly rates for college basketball fans attending either the men's or women's U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam tournaments.

Rates during the Ninth Annual U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam start at $192 per night, double, for the European plan, or $444 for all-inclusive, representing a 20% discount. The discount applies to bookings between Nov. 21 and 29; tournament passes are not included.

Tournament dates are Nov. 21 to 24 (men's) and Nov. 27 to 29 (women's) and will be held at the University of the Virgin Islands. Visit www.paradisejam.com for a list of competing schools.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
(800) 524-4746
Web: www.bolongobay.com

Kahala Hotel & Resort promotes new suites with introductory rates

The Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu is offering an introductory rate for its Ko'olau Partial Ocean View suites and Koko Head Ocean Front suites. The introductory rates represent a 30% savings off the daily rates, which start at $1,120 for the Ko'olau suites and $1,400 for the Koko suites.

In addition, guests staying two or more nights receive daily breakfast buffet at the hotel's Plumeria Beach House restaurant; guests staying five nights or longer receive the fifth night free. Rates are valid for stays through Dec. 20, excluding Nov. 25 to 29.

Kahala Hotel & Resort
(800) 367-2525 or (808) 739-8888
Web: www.kahalaresort.com 

Alden-Houston 'So Material Girl' plan offered for Madonna concertgoers

Madonna is returning to Houston for her first performance there in 18 years, and the Alden-Houston is offering the So Material Girl plan for those with tickets to the Nov. 16 concert.

The two-night plan, valid for stays Nov. 15 and 16, is priced from $619 per room, double, and covers accommodations, a Madonna welcome gift, a three-course dinner for two at the hotel's 17 restaurant, admission for two to the Alden's preconcert party and transportation to and from the show. Concert tickets are not included.

(832) 200-8800
Web: www.aldenhotels.com

Hilton Sandestin Beach promotes autumn 'Escape' through December

The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Fla., is inviting guests to spend some time at the resort this fall with the Escape to Sandestin package.

The plan, priced from $149 per night, double, is valid for up to three nights through Dec. 30. The price also includes a $50 hotel gift card that can be used on any hotel amenity, such as restaurants, golf or the spa.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
(800) 367-1271, refer to rate code GC when booking
Web: www.sandestinbeachhilton.com
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New Orleans properties offer 'SaintSational' football deal

The five Marriott and Renaissance Hotels in New Orleans are kicking off the Big Easy SaintSational football plan for fans of the National Football League's New Orleans Saints.

The package is priced from $119 per night, double, and is valid the night before, of or after a Saints home game through Dec. 29. The price includes a soft-pack cooler with a six-pack of Abita beer. Game tickets are not included.

The Big Easy SaintSational package is available at the New Orleans Marriott, JW Marriott New Orleans, New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center, Renaissance Arts Hotel or Renaissance Pere Marquette.

Upcoming New Orleans Saints home games are Nov. 24 vs. the Green Bay Packers, Dec. 7 vs. the Atlanta Falcons and Dec. 28 vs. the Carolina Panthers.

Marriott and Renaissance Hotels of New Orleans
(866) 530-3763 and ask for rate code ESEJ
Web: www.neworleans.marriott.com
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St. Lucia's Windjammer Landing offers up to 60% off suite stays

The Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia is offering up to 60% savings on stays in its new Anthurium Lily junior suites in December. The Celebration Opening Rate starts at $250 per couple, per night, and is valid for stays Dec. 1 through 27. The 1,100-square-foot suites, all with ocean views, will make their debut in December.

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia
(800) 345-0356 or (800) 958-7376
Web: www.windjammer-landing.com

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