Inside the Shizen Spa.
What are you doing for lunch? You may want to swap the cafeteria for the spa — seriously — thanks to the Shizen Spa found in Toronto’s Pantages Hotel, offering a lunch deal too good to pass up.
From Monday to Friday between noon and 2 p.m. the spa is featuring the ultimate pick-me-up for busy women on the go (a.k.a. everyone): a Quick Fix Manicure or Pedicure, plus a healthy lunch for only $30. READ MORE
A rendering of the Gansevoort Las Vegas.
There’s going to be a new boutique hotel in the heart of the Strip. Set to open early 2014, the Gansevoort Hotel Group and nightlife owner Victor Drai are teaming up to create an “intimate urban resort” in what was once Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, spending about $185 million to revitalize the aging property.
Las Vegas isn’t exactly known for its intimate hotels, with towering skyscrapers and over-the-top buildings dominating the scene, so the Gansevoort Las Vegas will be leading the trend as the only standalone boutique resort on the Strip. READ MORE
Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Photograph by Brian Duff.
It’s hard not to be fascinated with musician, actor, and icon David Bowie. Now 66, the UK-born performer is back in the spotlight, not only for the upcoming release of a new album entitled, “Where Are We Now?” due out this month, but the Victoria & Albert Museum is set to launch a retrospective on Bowie’s impressive career.
Running from March 23 – August 11, 2013, David Bowie is, has been curated by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, who have selected more than 300 pieces, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, music videos, set designs and Bowie’s own instruments.
As Bowie fans know, the musician has collaborated with many different artists throughout his career and this exhibition will showcase just that. Highlights include his Ziggy Stardust suits designed by Freddie Burretti, album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell, and set designs created for his Diamond Dogs tour. READ MORE
Earlier this week we were invited to the opening of Joe Fresh’s first Ottawa-based stand-alone store at the St. Laurent Centre. We of course, said yes right away (we never say no to a shopping trip). We are both huge fans of Joe Fresh, and frequently incorporate Joe pieces into our wardrobes on a regular basis (they always have key pieces ideal for travelling). Besides having AH-MAZING prices, the quality is fantastic and there is always a good mix of trend and basics to find in store at any given time.
Tons of coloured denim.
To get to the opening on time, we hopped aboard a Porter flight and in less than an hour had arrived in Canada’s capital. Since we both live in the city, Porter is one of our favourite ways to travel, not only because it’s super convenient, but the service and little extras leave us feeling oh-so happy! Glass of wine en route? Yes, please! READ MORE
A room at the Park Hyatt Sydney.
Hyatt Hotels recently asked the age-old question, “What do women want?” or more specifically, “What do women travellers want?” After spending 18 months conducting interviews with female guests and using one of their properties as a testing ground, the brand introduced a range of services and amenities this past week across all of its hotel and resorts worldwide. Although the services and amenities aren’t limited to women-only, they certainly had women in mind when making the additions. READ MORE
Found in the heart of Central America, visitors who flock to this naturally diverse country tend to come for adventure — be it surfing, hiking up volcanoes or zip-lining through the trees. With eco-tourism being a huge draw, Nicaragua had not been privy to any ultra-luxury accommodations — until now.
Officially opening to the public February 1, 2013, Mukul Resort and Spa can be found on the country’s Emerald Coast, sitting pretty on a 6-kilometre stretch of white sand beach. The location of Mukul is a huge part of the resort’s allure. The Emerald Coast is on the Pacific-side of Nicaragua and is home to pristine jungles, soaring cliffs, and untouched beaches. The 37-room boutique resort itself has more than 1,600 acres of vegetation, making you feel like you’re literally in the jungle, hiding away in your own private paradise. READ MORE
The Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica.
February is that month — albeit it’s the shortest of the year — that feels the longest. The holiday’s are long gone and there’s nothing much to look forward to (weather-wise) for at least a few more months. For those of you in search of an all-inclusive vacation package, Air Transat is giving travellers a pretty sweet incentive to sun seekers ready to book a hot getaway. READ MORE
Photography Knut Ramstad.
Norway’s capital, Oslo, has yet to have a waterfront hotel until now. What’s even more interesting is that this luxe waterfront property has a storied past — it was formally an 18th century prisoner colony. Jails turned hotels aren’t new (there’s The Liberty Hotel in Boston and the Malmaison in Oxford), and aside from the name, you’d never know The Thief was a destination for criminals.
Opening its doors January 9, 2013, 119-room hotel is located in Oslo’s trendy neighbourhood of Tjuvholmen in the city’s downtown. The Tjuvholmen area is on a peninsula, and over the past few years has been revitalized with contemporary architecture, art galleries, boutiques and trendy restaurants, making The Thief, a perfect addition. READ MORE
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January is a great month to travel. The holiday travel rush has subsided, March break is still months away and prices haven’t reached their peak. Even if you can’t travel this month, it’s still a great time to buy now for travel later in the year. Here are a few deals we think you’ll enjoy!
99 Days of ALT at $99
Earlier this year, we told you about the newly opened ALT Hotel at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, a basic luxury hotel that is high on style and easy on the budget. The standard daily rate for a room is $149, but starting January 1, 2013 until April 9, 2013, ALT is offering a rate of $99 to our readers. Yay us!
If you mention you saw this deal on our blog you will also get a $10 voucher, which you can use towards anything off of their ALTcetera menu — you’ll find yummy things like fresh baked croissants in the morning to dinner entrees like curry and coconut milk chicken. READ MORE