Kissing Point at Kahala Hotel and Resort, Hawaii
With Valentine’s Day approaching, we could go ahead and list our picks for the most romantic hotels, but we thought we’d take a more playful approach to helping you find the perfect hotel. So we’ve picked out the most unique, special, fun romantic touches that we’ve seen hotels do, and below we’ll tell you where to find said features. And stay tuned, we have another edition coming your way soon!
The special feature: A designated “kissing point”
The hotel: The Kahala Hotel and Resort, Hawaii
This Hawaiian hotel has beautiful grounds, which includes a “kissing point” that juts out into the ocean, complete with a bench for couples who need to steal more than just one kiss. For a similar experience, couples can also visit Half Moon in Jamaica and smooch in the resort’s gazebo just off the shore.
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The bridge at Tensing Pen hotel, Jamaica
We’re kicking off this week — and this year! — with a simple, beautiful post. If this doesn’t make you smile through your Monday-morning-still-hung-over glum, we’re not sure what will. Here’s to all the great 2011 travel experiences to come, hopefully like the one above!
The above photograph was taken at Tensing Pen, an intimate collection of 17 cottages (22 guest rooms total) in Negril, Jamaica, where guests come to unplug and enjoy the breathtaking cliffs. The hotel is home to the bridge pictured here, from which guests can plunge into the sea below, if they dare. Take a peek at this bridge lit up at night, or see all of our photos of Tensing Pen.
Bathroom at St. Regis Washington D.C.
Sure, Washington, D.C. may be full of suits and seriousness, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a handful of hoteliers who pulled out all the stops when designing their hotels. We’ve found the best hotel bathrooms in Washington, D.C., and we’ve put them into one fun, easy-to-view slideshow for you. And while the hotel bathrooms in this city can’t measure up to the over-the-top ones found in cities like Las Vegas or Miami, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. See which bathrooms made a splash in D.C.
There are still plenty of hotels left for New Year's Eve
Believe it or not, it’s absolutely not too late to book a hotel room for New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re looking for a romantic night with your significant other or a place to crash after a long night of partying, we’ve got plenty of hotels to choose from.
Click here to see the hotels that are still available for the night of December 31.
Tip: Once you’ve clicked on the above link, you can narrow down your hotel search by selecting your city, price range, and other options.
Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii
Hana is an isolated section of Maui, which is one of Hawaii’s main islands. While much of Maui is covered with hotels and other modern conveniences, Hana remains one of the island’s last undeveloped respites, full of waterfalls, untouched beaches, and lush, verdant growth. It’s situated on the eastern side of the island, and to get there, visitors need to rent a car and drive on the twisty, windy — and beautiful — Hana Highway, shown above in our Photo of the Week. Also called the Road to Hana, it’s a 37-mile road that curls along the side of a cliff, but the breathtaking views are worth the nerves.
Once there, visitors can stay at Hotel Hana-Maui, one of our favorite hotels in all of Hawaii. Not only is it beautiful and serene, as one might expect in isolated paradise, but guest rooms have no TVs or alarm clocks, so guests can kick back and enjoy the nature around them. The hotel offers great service, delicious cuisine using local ingredients, and a beautiful spa that’s free for guests. See our stunning photos of Hotel Hana-Maui.
If you’re like us, you’ve spent the last few weeks draining your wallets in order to shower your friends and family with love and affection — and gifts. So to ease the strain on your wallet, we’re offering you a can’t-miss, can’t-refuse 50% off sale on 5 fabulous luxury hotels. Travel anytime in 2011, as long as you book by January 5. What a perfect last-minute gift for the ones you love. Let the savings begin!
Four-star service, a location smack on the sand, and a free kids club make this one of Miami’s premier spots for a family vacation. Comfortable, understated rooms come with kitchenettes and 42-inch flat-screen TVs. Click here to visit the sale.
See 4 more luxury sales after the jump.
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There’s no denying that the hot tub at Breezes Runaway Bay Resort, Jamaica is bright and colorful, but there’s something just a little too pristine and perfect about this hotel photo (on the left) that we found on Orbitz.com. The reality — our photo on the right — shows that chairs are strewn every which way and the grounds aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Luckily, there are two larger pools, and this hotel sits on one of the best hotel beaches in Jamaica.
See more of our hotel Photo Fakeouts.
See the full hotel review for Breezes Runaway Bay Resort, Jamaica, or see all of our photos from the hotel.
Studio Suite at The Setai Fifth Avenue
This year has been a huge year for hotels in New York, with a slew of luxury hotels opening even in the wake of a down economy. In November, The Setai Fifth Avenue became the newest member of the 2010 gang, with a brand new 60-story tower on one of the world’s most famous streets, just blocks from the Empire State Building. The hotel — which shares its name with one of Miami’s top luxury hotels, though the owners and managers are completely different — is hoping to wow guests with huge rooms (they start at 425 square feet), a restaurant and bar by Michael White (of Marea fame), and a first-floor bar where jazz musicians perform nightly. There’s also an Auriga Spa and a 24-hour fitness center, but service will likely be the differentiator at this 5-star hotel: For example, each guest is assigned a personal assistant, who calls the guest before arrival to offer assistance with any preparations (dinner reservations, theater tickets, and so on). 10 more photos after the jump
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Everyone has their own way of ringing in the new year. Whether you’ll be hanging from a chandelier or calmly catching some rays, below is a hotel for you.
PARTY IN STYLE
Mondrian, Los Angeles
This year, A-list nightclub Skybar hosts Neon New Year’s, an 80s-themed party complete with 80s pop songs performed live by The Spazmatics, a (hilariously funny) cover band outfitted in Revenge of the Nerds costumes. The open bar party goes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., and tickets are $125. Get out your hair scrunchies and off-the-shoulder sweatshirts! …Or don’t. Buy tickets.
The Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas
The Palms is one of Sin City’s most hedonisitic hotels, and on New Year’s they’ll have five parties going at once. Each of its nightclubs — Moon, Rain, Playboy Club, Ghostbar, and Pearl Theater — will have a DJed party, so take your pick. Tickets to each party are sold separately, though, so you can’t bounce around. Buy tickets.
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Christmas at The New York Palace Hotel, New York City
It may be cliche by now to say that New York is magical during the holidays — the tree and ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center, the window displays up and down Fifth Avenue. Many of us have heard it a hundred times. But, too bad! We’re saying it again. Because it’s true. Very true.
New York City is laden with twinkling lights and decorated trees all throughout December, and the city’s top hotels are no exception; to get into the spirit, hotels put up trees, display wrapped gift boxes, and string up pine garland and ornaments. It brings us so much joy each winter that we just had to set out to snap some photos around New York and bring them to you. Flip through our slideshow to see the best hotel Christmas decorations we’ve found! See the holiday decorations slideshow.