The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Florida
This exceptional Orlando vacation resort’s amenities provide families with a stylish way to indulge in the playful offerings of this all-American city. Inspired architecturally by the grand palazzos of Italy, this Orlando family resort’s features include: 11 exceptional dining establishments; guest rooms that feature a five-foot private balcony with panoramic views of the lakes, pool and gardens; close proximity to Orlando International Airport (10 miles), and an 18-hole Greg Norman-signature golf course.
1 nightHilton Miraflores
Situated in a seafront district, this property blends unique local touches with the elegance of a European resort. Peruvian masks and Inca antiques line the lobby, and a rooftop pool and full spa offer a chance to unwind from travel. Guest rooms, decorated with carved furniture, provide ocean, city or garden views. Amenities include fine cotton bedding and marble bathrooms.
1 nightPalacio Nazarenas
Cusco, Peru Please note:
On the September 2014 program we will be staying at the Palacio Nazrenas. Housed in a former 16th century Carmelite convent, this all-suite property features whitewashed adobe walls and hand-carved timber balconies. The hotel is located on a small cobblestone plaza near Plaza de Armas and the San Blas quarter. The hotel is festooned with 18th century antique statues and Spanish colonial murals and friezes restored to their original forms. All 55 hotel suites have views of Sacsayhuamán and are oxygenated to combat the cities thinner air. The interiors are accented with Persian rugs, exposed stone walls, and heated Peruvian marble bathrooms. The city’s first outdoor pool is tucked inside a cloistered courtyard and a cadre of personal butlers are at the ready to assist hotel guests.
2 nightsHotel Monasterio
Originally constructed over 300 years ago as the San Antonio Seminary, the Hotel Monasterio is a museum hotel providing all the comforts and quality of a deluxe property. The guestrooms reflect their origins as the home for the Jesuit seminarians, decorated in a combination of modern and traditional Spanish colonial styles. Set in the center of town, the hotel is surrounded by convenient shops where you can find local handicrafts, textiles, and jewelry. Hotel Monasterio also offers a business center and two excellent restaurants. The Illary Restaurant is adjacent to the main courtyard and is an ideal place for a light lunch or superb dinner. Enjoy breakfast in El Tupay, the original refectory of the monastery, or a refreshing beverage in the Lobby Bar. There is also 24-hour room service.
All rooms are equipped with telephone, mini bar, in-room safe, cable TV, and hairdryer. Laundry service is available 24 hours a day. A limited number of oxygen enriched rooms (to help minimize the effects of altitude) are available at an additional cost. Please see the enclosed Suite Upgrade document if you would like to reserve one of these rooms.
Located within Trujillo’s once-walled historical city, just off the Main Square, this hotel is close to shopping and just a 10-minute drive from the ancient adobe city of Chan Chan. The hotel has comfortable, air-conditioned guest rooms with basic amenities, and a sauna, steam bath and outdoor pool. Room amenities include mini bar, cable TV, and hairdryer.
1 nightHangaroa Eco Village & Spa
Easter Island, Chile
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa was designed in homage to the village of Orongo, a ceremonial place on Rapa Nui whose remains are still visible on the western summit of the Rano Kau Volcano. Guest rooms are built of noble natural materials like cypress logs, clay and volcanic rock, immersing guests in the Rapa Nui habitat. Inspired by the shape of caves, they are imbued with smooth, insular and organic shapes, equipped with the latest technology. Guest rooms feature a clay bath, separate shower, hair dryer, music system, Internet connection, desk, safe-deposit box, mini-bar, and a private terrace with an ocean view.
2 nightsSheraton Aggie Greys Resort Samoa
This resort was built in 2005 and is nestled amongst 224 acres of tropical gardens along a stretch of white sand beach with its own blue turquoise lagoon. In keeping with Aggie Grey’s legacy, it is a warm, relaxed, and friendly place. Enjoy the extensive spa, fitness area, tennis courts, outstanding food at the Fale (Beach) Restaurant, and a staff whose hospitality is characteristic of the island. Each air conditioned room is situated to take advantage of the view of the white sand beach and nearby islands, and features such amenities as international direct dialing, mini bar, in-room safe, satellite TV with complimentary in-house movie channels, hairdryer, and coffee/tea-making facilities.
1 nightPullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa
Opened in the summer of 2006 and set on almost 10 acres of tropical beachfront at the southern end of Four Mile Beach, Sea Temple Resort & Spa combines luxury and first class service to create a haven of privacy and relaxation. With the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, and Cape Tribulation all on your door step, Port Douglas is the gateway to a magnificent display of Australia’s natural beauty. Resort features include a restaurant and unique island pool bar, resort boutique, day spa, lagoon-style pool, lap pool with gentle waterfalls, fully equipped fitness center, extensive gardens, adjacent 18-hole golf course, and direct beach access. Each beautifully detailed guest apartment includes two bedrooms, one bath, individual air conditioning, private balconies or terraces, International Direct dialing, Internet access, in-room safe, hairdryer, personalized mini bar upon request, and coffee/tea-making facilities. Many rooms feature a spa bath. Self-service clothes washers and dryers are available in each unit.
2 nightsRaffles Grand Hotel dAngkor
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Grand Hotel d’Angkor has all the modern comforts to complement the grandeur of the destination. The nearly 15 acres of gardens provide a spectacular setting with formal, lotus, temple, and river-styled gardens. The hotel features four bars and restaurants that include an international buffet at the Café d’Angkor, fine dining at Le Grand Restaurant, and delicious snacks at the Poolside Terrace. The state-of-the-art Amrita Spa houses treatment rooms, a gym, sauna, Jacuzzi, and steam-bath facilities. There is also an excellent 35-meter lap pool, business center, and three fine shops. Each room in the hotel has been tastefully restored and refurbished to the original architectural style. Guestroom amenities include 24-hour valet service, individual thermostat control, international direct dialing, in-room safe, hairdryer, satellite TV channels, mini bar, coffee/tea-making facilities, and full laundry and dry cleaning service.
3 nightsRaffles Hotel Le Royal
OPTIONAL POST-TOUR EXTENSION
Built in 1927, Raffles Hotel Le Royal was fully restored in 1997. The hotel is located just 20 minutes from the airport and minutes from the Royal Palace, Central Market, Russian Market, and the National Artifacts Museum. Hotel amenities include several restaurants and bars, shopping arcade, gym with sauna with spa and Jacuzzi, massage rooms, and outdoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms include private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, Internet access, TV, and phone.
2 nightsRambagh Palace
This former maharaja’s palace spreads out over impeccably landscaped grounds. Receive a “royal welcome” on the formal front garden, greeted by painted elephants and festooned camels. Spacious guest rooms feature roomy closets, marble baths, high ceilings and plenty of period furnishings and architectural detail. The tennis and squash courts are well maintained, and the original pool with stained-glass windows evokes an ornate bathhouse.
2 nightsOberoi Amarvilas
Located near the Taj Mahal, this hotel offers romantic views of the iconic site throughout the grounds, including all rooms, the bar terrace and lobby. Ornate interiors, fountains and manicured gardens adorn the property. Room amenities evoke a royal era with marble bathrooms, Bruma Teak flooring and personalized butler service. The Oberoi spa experience incorporates replenishing treatments based on ancient Indian traditions.
2 nightsBilila Lodge Kempinski
This lodge is located within the Serengeti National Park and offers comfort styled to fit in with its safari environment. This lodge, which opened in June 2009, features 74 rooms, including two private villas, and combines the intimacy of a lodge and the facilities expected of a much larger hotel, such as an infinity pool, a restaurant with an open kitchen serving a mix of African and international cuisine, a lounge, a bar, a wine cellar, an authentic boma where guests can enjoy moonlit barbecues, a library, a fitness center, an art gallery, and gift shop. The property recently opened its Anantara Spa. Guest rooms offer en suite bathrooms, over 50 satellite TV and radio channels, and a teak deck for relaxing while watching game (personal telescope included). Suites have their own private plunge pools.
2 nightsNgorongoro Crater Lodge
Perched high on the rim of the crater and divided into three camps, stilted, the stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suites are elegantly decorated with hand-crafted woods, brick chimneys and fireplaces, carved Zanzibari doors, Oriental rugs on wood floors, chandeliers crafted by Masai women, leather armchairs, and four-poster beds with electric blankets. En-suite bathrooms, with a centerpiece of fresh roses, feature spacious showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs, and floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views. Each camp has its own sitting and dining areas, with private butlers to provide warm, personal service to each guest.
2 nightsHilton Luxor Resort & Spa
Located on the banks of the Nile River, this property offers uninterrupted views of the city and is the ideal base to explore the region's rich and ancient culture. Facilities include fine restaurants, two infinity pools, and spa. The spacious guest rooms offer the comforts of home, including high speed Internet access, LCD TV, DVD player, hair dryer, and city or garden views.
2 nightsMövenpick Petra
Located at the entrance to the city of Petra, the Mövenpick smoothly blends Middle Eastern craftsmanship with Western design. Take in views of the Great Rift Valley while relaxing among the elegant Middle Eastern fabrics and textiles inside. Notable features of the property include a hammam (traditional Arabic steam bath), seven dining venues, a library and recently renovated contemporary guest rooms.
2 nightsSofitel Fès Palais Jamaï
Sofitel Fes Palais Jamaï preserves the authenticity of Fez, the spiritual and cultural capital of Morocco. This hotel was built in 1879, in the finest Moorish style, and became the residence of the Grand Vizir of Jamaï. At this Morocco luxury hotel, you will discover Moroccan, international and French cuisine in 3 restaurants, a spa, a piano bar, and 5 meeting rooms for up to 200 people. Sofitel’s Morocco hotel accommodations are surrounded by superb gardens, located close to the El Karayouine University. An architectural gem, this luxury hotel in Morocco towers above the Fez Medina, which is on UNESCO World Heritage List.
2 nightsHyatt Regency International Airport
This accommodating hotel is located within the airport terminal to provide the convenience of connecting travel. Hotel offerings include award-winning dining options and the Hyatt’s signature hypo-allergenic rooms, designed to provide clean, pure air and furnishings to enable restful sleep and comfort at the end of long journeys.