Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Top Dollar Deals

Monday, March 30, 2009

As a rule, you won't see me quote from press releases, but this one from Cate La Farge Summers at Alice Marshall Public Relations in NYC was just too good and too on-target.

She makes a point that some of the best deals around are at high-end resorts you normally would not consider. Such as...

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Deal:Muy Sabrosa” package at the Inn on the Alameda adds not only value but culinary spice to a stay in this kooky, lovely city.

Breakdown: Package rates begin at $376 for a two-night stay and include a two-and-a-half hour cooking demo and lunch at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, a $40 gift certificate to Mucho Gusto (a cozy Mexican café next to the Inn), plus breakfast and afternoon port and cheese daily.

Why Should I Leave My Air-Conditioned House?: To get lost in the flowers at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Plus, Santa Fe averages 325 days a year of blue skies and sun, and is one of only nine cities in the world to be designated a “Creative City” by UNESCO.

Fine Print: Package is available for Sunday-Tuesday and Wednesday- Friday stays during specific dates through the year.

Book: www.innonthealameda.com for more details, 888-984-2121 to book.

Tip: A lot of the Santa Fe is up and down but this area of downtown is pretty much travel on the level.

See what I mean about to the point?

Here's another that is ultra flat and fab.

Turks & Caicos
Deal: Parrot Cay’s ‘4 for 3’ and ‘7 for 5’ offers have just been extended through December 20, 2009. Summer rates go down, so you can stay longer for even less.

Breakdown: Nightly rates begin at $575 this summer (rather than $775 in the winter), which means two can stay four nights and pay $1,725. That rate includes daily breakfast, return airport transfers, and complimentary Pilates and yoga.

Why Should I Leave My Air-Conditioned House?: Because this resort is like rehab for the soul. The private island spans 1,000 acres, with white sand beaches and turquoise water in every direction. You can bone-fish, consult with the Ayurvedic doctor, or float in the pool all day.

Fine Print: You have to play it cool when swimming next to Bruce Willis and his newly-betrothed.

Book: parrotcay.como.bz or 649-946-7788

Tip: Scruffy looking man with scruffy looking dog on the beach? Probably Rolling Stoner Keith Richards. Unless you're slipping in with a private plane, Parrot Cay can only be reached by boat which is why it appeals to A-listed jet setters. Even if they are not there when you are, the tales you can pick up will keep you in juicy dinner party conversation well into next year. Levelers will love it here

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