Travel e-Scapes: June 4, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Central America

Travel e-Scapes: June 4, 2015

HURRY!  GO NOW!  $280-$300 Round-trip from Atlanta to:
Belize City, Belize
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Liberia or San Jose, Costa Rica
Managua, Nicaragua
Panama City, Panama
San Salvador, El Salvador
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Depart by December 17
Complete travel on or before December 31
No minimum stay requirements
Valid on American(+Fees $) via Miami
One free stopover permitted


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Dream On…
The world’s most expensive hotel has been revealed to be located in Utah! That discovery is the result of a recent survey from Luxury-Hotels.com. The survey specifically conducted a comparison of luxury hotel rates around the globe for the summer 2015 season. To be included, each ‘hotel’ had to have at least 15 rooms located in a single building (this excluded villas, bungalows, safari camps). Here are The 10 Most Expensive Hotels in the World (average double room rate for June-August, 2015 stays): Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah: $1889

Hotel Cala di Volpe, Sardinia, Italy: $1789
Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile: $1733
Cap Estel, Cote d’Azur, France: $1679
Montage Kapalua Bay, Maui: $1554
Hotel Pitrizza, Sardinia, Italy: $1543
Explora Atacama, Atacama, Chile: $1533
Aman Canal Grande, Venice, Italy: $1489
Villa del Parco, Forte Village Resort, Sardinia, Italy: $1439
La Reserve, Ramatuelle, Cote d’Azur, France: $1369  

Get Ready for Europe!
Bracing for a huge peak tourist season in Europe, the Palace of Versailles posted an unusual request on its website. It didn’t ask tourists to arrive early or buy advance tickets. It urged them not to come at all. ‘If possible, we advise you to postpone your visit of the Palace,’ officials recommended. ‘Otherwise, you can still enjoy the Fountain Shows in the Gardens.’
If you’re Europe bound this summer, plan and prepare in advance if you wish to visit top attractions. The Milan Expo expects more than 20 million tourists and Asian tourists are expected to break records in France. Low airfares and packed mega-cruise ships will add to the throngs of tourists.
Buy admission tickets in advance for these top attractions at the tour-booking company, Viator:
Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Catacombs, Paris
Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums, Rome
Accademia Gallery, Florence
Versailles, outside of Paris Claude Monet Gardens, Giverny
Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House, Amsterdam
Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’, Milan
Tower of London and National Gallery
Our best advice? Plan to visit the continent after Labor Day to mid-December or from mid-January through April.  The lowest airfares to Europe are offered on November 1-December 16 or January 6-March 31 departures. Prices go up slightly ($30-$60 per round-trip ticket) for mid-September-October travel and during April and May.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at anytime.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

One-way from Atlanta, each way:

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$103 Los Angeles
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before May 1, 2016
No blackout dates
Valid on American(+Fees $), nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$128 Seattle
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before May 1, 2016
No blackout dates
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Denver

HURRY!  GO NOW! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$168 Albuquerque
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before September 15
No blackout dates
Valid on United(+Fees $) via Houston

Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your ticket!
+Fees $$$ = Carry-on Bags: $10-$75; Checked Bags: $15-$100; Seats: $3-$199; additional fees vary by carrier
+Fees $ = Checked Bags: $24-$125; Select/Preferred Seats: $9-$99


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

New Hotel Openings
Aloft South Beach will open on June 4 with an Aloft King guest room from $219 a night. Another way to save on stays is with the ‘Better Tomorrow’ deal: For every night you pay regular rate, you save 40% on the next. Rooms feature an ultra-comfortable signature bed, walk-in shower, custom amenities and plug & play connectivity/charge station. On site is a w xyz bar, snacks from re:fuel – a 24/7 pantry and the re:mix lounge.  

Set to open in June, AC Miami Beach is a new Marriott branded boutique property located across from the beach and minutes from Lincoln Road and South Beach’s Ocean Drive. European-inspired guest rooms will start from $179-$199 a night on stays through August 24 (refer to promo code M12). On site will be a lounge, Euro-inspired kitchen, rooftop pool and fitness center. 

MAMA Shelter Los Angeles, the first U.S. location for this hip brand, is accepting bookings for stays starting July 1. Tiny Luxe rooms are about 225 square feet featuring 27′ iMac with TV, radio, Airplay, Skype, internet and free WiFi access, a mini fridge and a desk. Rates from $149 to $169 for a Luxe Corner room. Slightly larger Deluxe rooms are $179 or $189. A Suite features a lounge with rates from $249. The Hollywood hotel sits near the intersection of Sunset and Vine.  

The second Hyatt Centric to open is Hyatt Centric South Beach, located one block from the exclusive shopping of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive. The surrounding neighborhood is filled with local restaurants and popular nightlife hot spots. The 10-story glass tower features a third floor rooftop deck pool. Open spaces in the lobby and a one-of-a-kind library bring guests together. On site is a restaurant and a bar. Larger than the average hotel room in South Beach, accommodations have floor-to-ceiling windows Room rates from $229 a night. Hyatt Centric Chicago recently opened in the Financial District with room rates from $170 a night. Learn more about the modern Hyatt Centric brand.   

A new boutique property in the Warehouse district of New Orleans is the Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery. Set in 3 restored 19th-century warehouses, this hip Arts District hotel is a 3-minute walk from Harrah’s Casino and four blocks from the French Quarter. Rooms featuring a mix of rustic and modern touches include elegant traditional furniture, original hardwood floors, exposed brick and beams and walk-in showers. The hotel has a partnership with the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), the city’s innovative arts education institution. Introductory room rates from $109


Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on Twitter.


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