Rates & Dates: Loews Miami Beach hotel designs Sassy in South Beach package


The Loews Miami Beach Hotel created a getaway package for those who wish to learn the art of flirting.

The Sassy in South Beach overnight plan covers flirtini cocktails in the hotels Hemispheres Lounge; a copy of the book 101 Ways to Flirt; admission to B.E.D., a South Beach nightclub; breakfast in bed; and morning-after hangover remedies, including a Red Bull and BC Powder elixir.

The plan, priced from $608 per person, double, is valid through April 30.

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

Phone: (800) 23-LOEWS or (305) 6004-1601


GDSs: All systems

American Orient Express revised its Antebellum South journey this spring and is offering alternating routes between Washington and Savannah, Ga., with a focus on the Civil War era or the regions historical homes and gardens.

The Civil War-themed itinerary departs Washington on March 23 and April 6 with visits to Williamsburg, Va., and Charleston, S.C.

The home-and-garden-themed trip departs Savannah March 16 and 30 and April 13 and also visits Charleston and Williamsburg.

Each six-night itinerary is priced at $3,490 per person, double, and covers accommodations, transportation, excursions, all meals and entertainment.

American Orient Express

Phone: (800) 320-4206


Canadian Mountain Holidays is putting 11 women on top of the Canadian Rockies with a heli-skiing trip designed exclusively for women.

The trip departs April 1 from Calgary Airport and features four nights accommodations at the Bugaboo Lodge near Radium, British Columbia; most meals; services of a ski guide; and helicopter transfers to remote mountains for four days of skiing.

The trip is priced at about $3,407 per person, double.

Canadian Mountain Holidays

Phone: (800) 661-0252


Barge line French Country Waterways is holding its 2006 rates at 2005 prices for its cruises throughout France.

Four eight- to 18-passenger barges sail the canals of the Burgundy, Upper Loire Valley and Alsace-Lorraine regions from April 2 to Oct. 29 with weekly departures.

All-inclusive rates range from $3,495 to $4,995 per person, double.

French Country Waterways

Phone: (800) 222-1236


With the recent release of the Pink Panther movie, the Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Fla., is bringing the two pink icons together with the Pink Panther at the Don CeSar family package.

The three-night plan covers accommodations for four (two adults and two children); two Pink Milkshakes for the kids; and two Pink Panther gift bags. Also covered is one full-day admission to Camp CeSar for two kids, including the Who Stole the Pink? treasure hunt to find the legendary Pink Panther diamond. 

The plan is valid for Sunday- through Thursday-night stays through May 31.

Don CeSar Beach Resort

Phone: (800) 282-1116


GDSs: All system

El Al is discounting tickets purchased through March 9 for flights to Tel Aviv from a variety of U.S. gateways for travel between April 1 and June 15.

Fares are valid from New York (Kennedy or Newark) at $755; from Chicago or Atlanta for $835; from Miami for $875; or from Los Angeles for $935. Rates are inclusive of all fuel surcharges.

In addition, members of El Als frequent-flyer program can purchase roundtrip tickets to Tel Aviv for 500 points plus $499 from New York, $579 from Chicago, $619 from Miami or $679 from Los Angeles.

El Al

Phone: (800) 223-6700


Rocky Mountaineer Vacations is offering up to 39% savings on packages booked this spring.

The plans are for departures in April and May and are built around a two-day journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train that travels between Vancouver and either Jasper, Banff or Calgary, Alberta, as well as the new Fraser Discovery Route, which links Whistler, British Columbia, and Jasper.

Packages that include the journey are the 10-night Grand Rail Circle plan, priced from $2,269 per person, double, and the 11-night Trans-Canada Rail Adventure plan, priced from $3,519 per person, double.

Rocky Mountaineer Vacations

Phone: (800) 665-7245


Roadtrips is offering a Hockey Hall of Fame tour that includes tickets to four NHL games.

Starting in Montreal, the trip is planned for April 4 to 8 and will feature a game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, along with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Canadiens arena, Bell Centre.

Also covered are tickets to games in Toronto (Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York Islanders), Buffalo, N.Y. (Buffalo Sabres vs. Philadelphia Flyers), and Ottawa (Ottawa Senators vs. Buffalo Sabres).

Besides the hockey games, the trip also takes in sightseeing in each of the cities; for example, a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame and dinner at Wayne Gretzkys restaurant are among the plans in Toronto.

Prices start at $1,295, double or triple occupancy, and $1,595, single. The price covers game tickets, accommodations, motorcoach transportation, admission to included tours and a tour souvenir. Extra nights and games can be added at an additional cost.

Roadtrips pays 7% commission.


Phone: (800) 465-1765

Fax: (204) 957-1241


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Hockey fans will also be fans of Coast Inn of the Norths new Molson Canadian Hockey Suite, with rates starting at about $161 per night.

The Molson Canadian Hockey Suite features hockey memorabilia such as an autographed Markus Naslund Vancouver Canucks jersey and a goalie mask. The suite also includes a domed air hockey table to keep guests busy between periods as they watch games on the 42-inch, plasma-screen TV with surround sound.

Coast Inn, in Prince George, British Columbia, also has the Coors Light Golf Suite for duffers, which includes autographed prints of Mike Weir and Tiger Woods and an electronic putting green. Rates run the same as the hockey suite.

Both suites, which were introduced Feb. 7, are equipped with the large-screen TV, a bar fridge, two queen-size beds and a separate living area with a sofa and a recliner. The suites also have patios.

Coast Inn of the North

Phone: (800) 663-1144


GDSs: All systems

Guests looking to book a stay at the Hartwell House Inn & Conference Center in Ogunquit, Maine, can book the two-night Maine Magic plan through April 30.

The plan covers accommodations in a queen room with private bath, daily breakfast, a dinner voucher good at the inns S.W. Swan Bistro, a his and her one-hour Relaxation massage at the Ogunquit Day Spa and a Passport to Savings booklet with discounts at the nearby Kittery Outlets.

Maine Magic is priced from $475 per couple, lodging included.

Hartwell House Inn & Conference Center

Phone: (800) 235-8883


The Soul Mates package, available through April 30, at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, takes its cues from the five senses: taste, touch, sight, hearing and smell.

With rates starting at $355 per night, double, the Soul Mates package includes a private beach picnic (taste); a 50-minute couples Massage de la Aruba at the resorts Mandara Spa (touch); a candlelit dinner on a catamaran (sight); socarengue lessons for two and an invitation to a salsa party (hearing); and turndown service with a rose-petal drawn bath and scented candles (smell).

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Phone: (800) 223-6388


GDSs: All systems

The Ski Free package at Hotel Jerome offers two lift tickets to a choice of any of Aspens four ski areas: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk or Snowmass.

Ski Free is valid through April 16 and entitles guests booking an overnight stay at the hotel to two free lift tickets to any of the surrounding ski areas.

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will close April 2; Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are open through April 16.

Nightly rates, depending on room category, start at $635 per room, double, through April 1, and from $460 per night from April 2 to April 16. Rates cover deluxe room or suite accommodations, two lift tickets and shuttle service to and from Aspen Mountain and between the hotel and Aspen Airport.

Hotel Jerome

Phone: (800) 331-7213 or (970) 920-1000


GDSs: All systems

Through August, Concorde Hotels & Resorts is offering guaranteed rates in U.S. dollars and 15% commission on the promotional rates.

The rates are valid at 25 properties around the world, including eight in Paris alone, such as the city's famed Hotel de Crillon, shown at left; seven more in France; and additional hotels in Barcelona, Spain; Berlin; Geneva; London; Madrid; Prague, Czech Republic; and Tokyo. For example, the starting rate at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris is $595 per room, per night, during the low season.

Concorde Hotels & Resorts

Phone: (800) 888-4747

GDS: Sabre

Through April 30, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, is reducing rates on suite accommodations by up to 30%.

Rates start at around $1,205 per night, double, excluding 17.5% VAT and a 5% service charge.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Phone: (800) 526-6566


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