Rates & Dates: Westin New York brings back plan for movie buffs

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Originally created as a promotion to coincide with the Academy Awards in 2004, the Westin New York at Times Square is again offering its Movie Marathon Weekends plan for guests to catch a number of films set to be released in the coming weeks.

 

The program, available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 30, is priced at $389 per night, double. It features overnight accommodations and unlimited movie passes for two to the nearby 13-screen Regal E-Walk Stadium theater.

Some movies and their release dates: "Spider-Man 3" (May 4), "Shrek the Third" (May 18), "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (May 25) and "Ocean's Thirteen" (June 8).

Westin New York at Times Square

Phone: (888) 627-7149 and ask for the MOVIEPKG rate

Web:www.westinny.com

GDSs: All systems

The Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat and the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, both resorts located in South Africa, have teamed up on the Whales to Wilderness package that features three nights at each resort with all meals and specific nature activities included.

At Bushmans Kloof, activities include Sundowner Nature Drives with drinks and snacks; a guided excursion to the painted rock art area; and all lodge activities, such as canoeing, archery, hiking, mountain biking, bird-watching and croquet.

At Grootbos, activities include land-based whale-watching with champagne, horseback riding, guided nature drives and walks through the reserve and the surrounding Milkwood Forest.

The six-night plan is priced at about $237 per person, per night, double, or about $328 per night, single.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat

Phone: (011) 27-21 685-2598

Web:www.bushmanskloof.co.za

E-mail:[email protected]

New York'sHotel Pennsylvania is offering discounted rates for guests spending three or more nights over Memorial Day Weekend.

When guests book at least three nights at standard rates, which start at about $204 per night, they'll receive 20% off the entire stay.

Hotel Pennsylvania

Phone: (800) 223-8585 or (212) 736-5000

Web:www.hotelpenn.com

GDSs: All systems



The Marquis Los Cabos (Mexico) Golf, Spa & Casitas Resort is offering guests a free night through May 30 when bookings are made through a travel agent.

Bookings must be for three or more nights in a junior suite or a private pool casita and must be made through the GDSs.

Nightly rates start at $470 in a junior suite or $960 in a private pool casita.

Marquis Los Cabos Golf, Spa & Casitas Resort

GDSs: All systems; use rate code L07

In celebration of Father's Day, Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, is offering the Fazio Unlimited Golf package for the man of the house, valid through Aug. 31.

As part of the Fazio Unlimited Golf plan, dads book one round of golf on either the Fazio Foothills or the Fazio Canyons course and get unlimited golf privileges at the same course for the rest of the day at no additional cost as well as unlimited use of the golf practice facilities on day of play and use of a shared golf cart.

Priced at $552 per person, double, the two-night package also includes full breakfast daily.

Barton Creek Resort & Spa

Phone: (866) 572-7148

Web:www.bartoncreek.com

GDSs: All systems

Mardi Gras has long since concluded, but the good times roll on at the Loews New Orleans Hotel, where guests can bring home some beads with the Unearned Beads Bash.

Valid through July 31, the plan covers a two-night stay in grand luxury accommodations; two tickets to Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, where parade floats are created and warehoused; admission to the Mardi Gras Museum at the Presbytere, cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde, cocktails in the Loews' Swizzle Stick Bar and dinner for two at the hotel's Cafe Adelaide.

The plan is priced at $699 for the two-night stay, per room, double, and is commissionable at 10% on the room rate.

Loews New Orleans

Phone: (866) 211-6411

Web:www.loewsneworleanshotel.com

GDSs: All systems

The Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel in Studio City, Calif., is inviting families to visit year-round with its Family Fun in the Sun package.

The overnight plan, priced from $259 per night for a family of four (two adults and two children (under age 17), includes accommodations in a deluxe poolview room, two tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood (additional tickets can be purchased at the hotel) and a kids' goodie bag at check-in featuring a pair of sunglasses, magic ink books and an inflatable pool toy.

Also, one child eats free with the purchase of one adult meal in the hotel's Patio Cafe.

Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel

Phone: (800) 821-8511

Web:www.slhotel.com

GDSs: All systems

The debut of the exhibit "The Grace Kelly Years" at the Grimaldi Forum here is the inspiration for the Fairmont Monte Carlo'sGrace Kelly package, valid July through September.

The museum exhibit is on display from July 12 to Sept. 23 and delves into the life story of the late Princess Grace.

The two-night plan, priced at $1,050 for two, includes accommodations in a Fairmont room with daily American breakfast; two tickets to the exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum; and a Grace Kelly souvenir gift.

Fairmont Monte Carlo

Phone: (800) 441-1414

Web:www.fairmont.com

GDSs: All systems

Orlando's Hilton Grand Vacations Club on International Drive created the Out of This World plan, offering guests a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the goings-on at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Valid through Sept. 30, the plan covers suite accommodations, a NASA-themed kids welcome amenity and four tickets (two adult and two child) to the Kennedy Space Center. Transportation to the facility can be arranged.

The package is priced from $257 per room for four people (two adults and two children).

Hilton Grand Vacations Club on International Drive

Phone: (407) 465-2638 and request rate code KSC

With gas prices hovering around $3 per gallon, the Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort in Panama City Beach, Fla., created the Room and Vroom package to help take the sting out of the high prices.

Valid through June 30, the overnight plan is priced from $419 per two-bedroom suite and includes reimbursement of one tank of gas (with receipt), a cooler of Red Bull energy drinks, a Frappuccino from Starbucks for human refueling, a book on CD and car travel games for the ride home.

Edgewater Beach Resort

Phone: (800) 874-8686

Web:www.edgewaterbeachresort.com

GDSs: All systems

The Elkin Creek Guest Ranch, about an hour's flight from Vancouver, is offering the three-night Cowgirl Bootcamp program from May 17 to Oct. 15.

The plan covers accommodations, all meals and the Cowgirl Bootcamp program of activities.

Priced at about $698 per person, double, the package offers wannabe cowgirls the chance to ride horses and rope livestock while staying at an authentic working ranch.

Other activities offered include river kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, fly-fishing and canoeing.

Elkin Creek Guest Ranch

Phone: (877) 3-GO-WEST

Web:www.adventurewestresorts.com

After doubling its suite inventory to 50 rooms, the Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris created the Sweet, Suite deal, valid through the end of the year.

Guests booking the Sweet, Suite package will have access to the Executive Lounge for all-day drinks and snacks and access to the Spa Mosaic for use of the steam bath, sauna and gym facilities.

The plan is priced from about $387 per person, double, and includes daily breakfast, a welcome gift, turndown service, private check-in and checkout and guaranteed late checkout until 4 p.m.

During booking, request "Nothing but a suite."

Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris

Phone: (011) 33-1 5836-6716

E-mail:[email protected]

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