VIRTUOSO® REVEALS WHERE UPSCALE TRAVELERS ARE VENTURING THIS FALL AND HOLIDAY SEASON

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International luxury travel network Virtuoso® is answering the question on everyone’s minds: what are the hottest upscale destinations for this year’s holiday season? Acknowledged as a prominent trend prector in the industry, Virtuoso has sourced data from its warehouse of more than $35 billion in transactions to disclose the top destinations for the coming fall and holiday period. Luxury travelers are remaining true to European favorites, while turning their attention to warmer climes as the weather shifts at home. They also are seeking out more exotic locales worldwide, including a boom for African countries.
 
The Virtuoso Top 10:
The most popular fall and holiday travel destinations based on future bookings.
 
1.       Italy
2.       France
3.       United Kingdom
4.       South Africa
5.       Spain
6.       Mexico
7.       China
8.       Australia
9.       New Zealand
10.   Israel
The Top 10 analysis:  Europe’s unrivaled popularity for summer travel continues into the fall. Travelers are enjoying lower average daily rates (ADRs) at Virtuoso partner hotels in major European cities as summer ends. In particular, Paris is down two percent ($1,087), Rome is six percent lower ($949), London is down seven percent ($704) and Barcelona comes in 15 percent lower than summer rates ($596). London and Barcelona in particular represent great value to travelers this fall and holiday season, as they are respectively 21 and 43 percent below the average ADR for Virtuoso partner properties in Europe, which is $853. Also noteworthy: Mexico’s appeal as a warm-weather getaway for Americans and Canadians holds fast despite Zika cautions. Australia and New Zealand are always favored destinations once the Northern Hemisphere cools. In spite of continued Middle East unrest, Israel’s popularity is undiminished. It is a sought-out destination not only for its religious significance, but also for its history, food, culture and adventure experiences.
 
The Virtuoso Hot 10:
The countries that have seen the largest percentage of growth in year-over-year bookings.
1.       Kenya (+59%)
2.       Iceland (+56%)
3.       Saint Martin (+39%)
4.       China (+35%)
5.       Ecuador (+34%)
6.       Japan (+32%)
7.       South Africa (+28%)
8.       Tanzania (+27%)
9.       Croatia (+25%)
10.   Jamaica (+23%)

 

 
The Hot 10 analysis:  Africa continues to surge in popularity, a continuation of the trend Virtuoso noted for summer travel. With sales up 28 percent year over year, Africa is the only continent to post such an increase. Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, all strong safari destinations, will benefit from a projected 17 percent increase. According to Virtuoso’s travel advisors, safaris are particularly appealing for multigenerational family trips with plenty to see and enjoy for travelers of all ages. Iceland has been a growing favorite in recent years, and its prominent showing on the Hot 10 proves that its popularity is extending into the fall. China has been trending upwards with luxury travelers over the past few years. While travel there is steady year round, the last quarter of the year is the most popular time for visitors, aided by ADRs that are five percent below average. Select Caribbean and South American destinations continue to see growth, with Saint Martin, Ecuador and Jamaica experiencing double-digit increases over last year.
Data is drawn from Virtuoso’s United States and Canadian-based travel agency members and reflects future travel for September through December 2016. The Top and Hot 10 lists represent international travel only, so neither the U.S. nor Canada is mentioned. The findings were announced during the annual Virtuoso Travel Week event taking place in Las Vegas.
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Thompson Playa Del Carmen: Downtown Meets Beach with Official Debut on Mexico’s Riviera Maya

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WGY just returned from an extremely very fun filled weekend at the amazing new Thompson Playa del Carmen. We were so pleasantly surprised with what Thompson Hotels has done with this property. First off, the hotel is absolutely gorgeous and the service was completely on point and perfect. 0 complaints which is rare with a new property. We were even more surprised that the flight from Miami was only 1 Hour and 15 Minutes and we were already there in paradise! What a great weekend getaway!

The newly debuted, first-of-its-kind boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen, lures guests with a diverse collection of stellar dining and imbibing experiences at both its main hotel, positioned on lively La Quinta Avenida, and the more relaxed, exclusive Beach House, located a few blocks away, steps from the Caribbean Sea shore. Executive Chef Pedro Abascal, a native of Mexico, leads each distinct restaurant concept at both properties, including: CATCH Playa del Carmen, the first Mexican outpost of the famed New York City-based sea-to-table dining and nightlife concept, CATCH; Cinco, a Mexican-inspired casual eatery located on the Rooftop opposite of CATCH; and C Grill, the beachfront, Mediterranean-infused restaurant adjacent to the Beach House. We were blown away by this property and we highly recommend for a weekend getaway, honeymoon, extended vacation and more. Playa Del Carmen is a destination that has so much to offer and at the Thompson being in the center of it all, we were IMPRESSED to say the least.

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CATCH Playa del Carmen

Located on the hotel’s breathtaking Rooftop, CATCH conjures a sophisticated beach-chic feel, blending the restaurant’s signature turquoise touches and breezy outdoor terrace to create the ultimate dining oasis. Guests can feast in the covered, open-air dining room or on the terrace, perched at the edge of the Rooftop overlooking downtown Playa and the Caribbean Sea. For an even more intimate experience, diners can reserve the 525 sq. ft. private dining alcove. Dramatically lined with a floor-to-ceiling wall of turquoise and silver fans, the private dining room’s unique design feature has proven to be a coveted photo opportunity since the restaurant’s opening.

Open for nightly dinner service, stand-out menu items at CATCH are a mix of favorites from the NYC flagship restaurant as well as dishes unique to the Mexican locale, including the restaurant’s Signature Cold Items, such as the Tartar Trio, Truffle Sashimi and Toro Tartar; as well as its selection of sushi rolls, such as the MRC Roll made with seared tuna, shrimp and ponzu butter; Hellfire Roll made with spicy tuna two ways, green apple, and balsamic vinegar; and Salmon Belly Carpaccio, made with watercress, pickled onion and wasabi ponzu. Popular entrees include Crispy Chicken, Herb Roasted Catch of the Day, and Picana, made with beef, charred spring onion, chimichurri, roasted potato, and kabayaki sauce. Also featured on the menu is a delectable selection of accompanying side dishes, such as Charred Cauliflower, Parmesan Truffle Fries and Lobster Mashed Potatoes. The eclectic dessert menu rounds out the dining experience, featuring the ‘Hit Me’ Chocolate Cake, a liquid ‘klondike’ with roasted white chocolate ice cream, brownie and devil’s food cake; Sticky Coconut Cake with coconut water sorbet, mango sauce and braised pineapple; and S’mores Pizza, complete with burnt marshmallow ice cream, and milk and dark chocolate.

The beverage menu features a number of Mexican-inspired cocktails utilizing native ingredients, including the signature Catch Me! cocktail, made with gin, passionfruit, lemon grass, rosemary and lime; the Kali, made with a jalapeno-infused tequila blanco, fresh-squeezed orange and lime juices, and agave nectar; and La Playa de la Reina, made with white rum, Kahlua, pineapple, and Mayan vanilla.

When dinner service ends, nightlife heats up on the hotel’s buzzing Rooftop as CATCH seamlessly transitions into an eclectic music space featuring nightly entertainment from both local and internationally-renowned DJ talent. The Rooftop also features special performances on holidays and for marquee cultural events. This past New Year’s Eve, CATCH was home to a myriad of celebrity appearances, including DJ Steve Aoki and NAS.

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Cinco is the hotel’s Mexican-inspired casual restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch daily, and brunch on the weekends. The open-air restaurant and bar’s design is inspired by honey, which Chef Pedro sources from nearby Tulum. The unique honeycomb-shaped ceiling complements the beehive-inspired, rattan swinging lanterns above the dining tables. The elevated dining area just off the edge of the infinity pool offers even more captivating views of downtown Playa and the Sea.

For breakfast, Cinco offers a delicious fresh smoothie menu, which includes Berry Nectar, made with banana, blueberry, orange and agave nectar; Ginger Girl, made with strawberry, ginger, banana, orange and organic Tulum honey; and Playa Cao, made with papaya, banana, amaranth, cacao nibs, and cinnamon. For a heartier breakfast, the Chilaquiles, made ‘red’ or ‘green’ with sour cream, cojita cheese, onion and radish; Thompson Green Eggs, made with poached eggs, raw green salsa, cured nopales, Valladolid dry chorizo and quelites; and Pan-Crusted Brioche French Toast with cured plums, lemon requeson and maple syrup are among guests’ favorites.

Signature menu items during lunch service include Samurai Tacos made with grilled local fish, Oaxaca cheese, bayo beans, avocado and chipotle; Lobster Tostada with guajillo, bayo beans and pickled onion radish; and Daily Ceviche, prepared with the fresh catch-of-the-day and locally-sourced vegetables and herbs.

The rooftop also features indigenous landscaping and greenery, including a chef’s garden and ‘living wall.’ Both rooftop restaurants are in high demand for private parties, corporate events and weddings.

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 C Grill

C Grill, a dining concept unlike any other in Playa del Carmen, is a casual, beachfront restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Offering light, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, Chef Pedro serves up shareable dishes, such as the Mezze Plate with house-made hummus, babaganoush and pita; the Heirloom Tomato Salad, made with fresh tomatoes sourced from nearby Tulum; and a fresh Catch of the Day, caught just offshore each morning by Chef Pedro and his team of local fishermen, and carefully cooked over the restaurant’s rustic, open, wood-fired grill. Mezcal tastings, hand-crafted cocktails, and locally-made tequilas and beer perfectly complement each meal, which are best topped off with locally-sourced chocolate or a cup of Cobalto coffee, made with beans from local farms in Chiapas, Veracruz and Tabasco.

The Beach House produces weekly activations for guests to enjoy an authentic Mexican experience with cutting-edge music, and tantalizing cocktails and cuisine, all set against the picturesque backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. Weekly events include a ‘make-your-own-ceviche’ class with Chef Pedro, who teaches guests how to create delicious ceviche, made with fresh-caught fish and local citrus; a homemade sangria workshop, led by Consulting Mixologist Omar Dorantes; and oyster shucking and tastings. Chef Pedro even offers a “Catch of the Day” program where guests can join him on an interactive excursion with local fishermen where he catches fish offshore to be grilled or made into ceviche or sushi for dinner.

For an ultra-exclusive dining experience, guests are invited to experience Privada House, a social culinary affair personally hosted by Chef Pedro. The interactive dining event allows guests to see and learn firsthand about the cuisine Chef Pedro and his culinary team prepare. From tasting the Catch of the Day to pairing dishes with exclusive wines grown from Chef Pedro’s very own vineyard in Baja, Mexico, the culinary journey at Privada House will ensure memories to last a lifetime. Live music including exclusive DJs and electronic violinists will also set tone for the magical evening.

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About Thompson Playa del Carmen

Thompson Playa del Carmen debuted in November 2015 as the first luxury lifestyle hotel in Playa del Carmen, complete with two locations, each offering a distinct experience and vibe.  Both locations showcase the creative talents of lauded Mexican architecture firms AS Arquitectura and Sejio Peon, along with notable designers Niz + Chauvet, who together fused mid-century Mexican accents with vivid geometrics in natural wood, tile and stone to create a 1950s-inspired, glamorous Mexican oasis.  The 92-room main hotel is ideally located on lively La Quinta Avenida — Playa’s two-mile, pedestrian-only thoroughfare featuring a large selection of shopping, dining and entertainment options — and Calle 12, which boasts the best bars and nightclubs in Riviera Maya.  Perched atop the main hotel’s expansive, 30,000-square-foot rooftop is CATCH, the first Mexican outpost of New York City-based EMM Group’s popular dining and nightlife concept, and Cinco, an authentic, Mexican-inspired restaurant, along with a meandering infinity pool with island perches and in-water loungers, and 360-degree views of downtown Playa and the Caribbean Sea.  Located just a few blocks away, the more intimate, oceanfront Beach House features 27 luxury guest rooms and suites, an exclusive pool, private cabanas and oceanfront restaurant, C Grill, and a plethora of seaside activities, including stand-up paddleboarding, diving and beachfront yoga.

We are so excited that we were able to experience this gem and now with our amazing partnership with the amazing Playa Del Carmen and the Thompson Beach House, we are able to offer our clients the best offers yet. Enjoy Playa Del Carmen and remember to give us your feedback!

WGY LUXURY PRIVILEGES AT THOMPSON PLAYA DEL CARMEN

  • 20% off of the BAR Rate
  • $100 resort credit one time per stay per room
  • American Breakfast for 2 daily ($35 value daily)
  • Early check in and Late check out (upon availability)
  • Upgrade to higher category room (upon availability)

To inquire about booking a reservation at the Thompson Playa Del Carmen or the Thompson Beach House Playa Del Carmen, with the above mentioned Luxury Privileges,  Please Visit: 

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C’EST ROUGE! WORLD PREMIERE DEBUTS AT THE GRAND OPENING OF FAENA THEATER

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On Friday, June 3, 2016 the Faena Theater in Miami celebrated its grand opening with the highly anticipated world premiere for C’est Rouge!, a sensual and seductive revue set in the intimate 150-seat cabaret-style theater. Blanca Li, internationally celebrated choreographer, orchestrated a fantasyland of beauty, mystery and desire told through enthralling vignettes set to Latin American and Jazz rhythms of the C’est Rouge! band. WGY was there for all of the exciting celebrations!

Hosted by Alan Faena and Ximena Caminos, the evening was enjoyed by a definitive mix from the world of art, design, film and fashion. Revelers included Len Blavatnik, Dwyane Wade, Oribe, Inés Rivero, Romero Britto, Elsa Benitez, Bhakti Baxter, Marvin Ross Friedman & Adrienne Bon Haes, Lee Brian Schrager, Ugo & Sara Colombo, David & Christy Martin, Jonathan & Criselda Breene, Chad & Ilona Oppenheim, George Lindemann, Calyann Barnett, Miky & Leticia Grendene, Kotan Fernandez & Candela Ferro, Iran Issa Khan and Harmony Korine to name a few.

C’est Rouge! guests experienced a memorable show in an enchanting setting cloaked in the grand style of European opera houses juxtaposed with the glamour of 1950s Miami. After the show, the party continued as boldfaced names and guests alike made their way to the clandestine Saxony Bar.

Alan Faena brought together a first-class artistic team, featuring Blanca Li as Director and Choreographer and Dani Morla as Artistic Director.

The fantastical late night show is now open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays with doors opening at 9:30pm and shows starting at 10:30pm at the Faena Theater located on 32nd street and Collins Avenue. Tickets are on sale beginning at $45 and are available through www.ticketmaster.com.

Please see link for images of the event: https://goo.gl/RHZT5z.

The Best Honeymoon Destinations in 2016!

Planning your honeymoon but not sure where to start? To help you get underway, we’ve searched high and low for the best honeymoon destination in 2016 based on current travel trends. This year it seems more and more couples are staying further away from the traditional lazy beach days (though there are still plenty of opportunities for that), with many couples looking for more adventurous honeymoons, crafting once in a lifetime trips to countries and experiences they thought they could only dream of.  So what are you waiting for? Here are the best honeymoon destinations right now! We would love to curate the perfect honeymoon for you! Please contact WGY Lifestyle at (888)-WGY-0808 or by email at info@wgylifestyle.com and one of our life stylists will walk you and your spouse through every little detail!

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Serengeti, Tanzania

Going on safari is the journey of a lifetime and as such would have to be one of the most memorable honeymoon destinations on offer. There are plenty of different safaris on offer in the African continent, with each country offering something a little different. For example if you’d like to see meerkats, you’ll need to head further south. If you’re most interested in seeing The Big 5, you can see these in the Kruger National Park or in East Africa – though rhino sightings are becoming more and more rare. One of my favourite safari experiences (having previously been in Kruger twice, Pilanesberg once and now Serengeti once) was my recent visit to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

If you’re looking to splurge for a once in a lifetime experience, Singita have a number of lodges on a private reserve adjacent to Serengeti.

Best time to go: June-October for game watching; January-February for baby season

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Maldives

As iconic as honeymoons come, the Maldives is characterised by crystal clear waters, blue sunny skies, and incredible colours at sunset. Recently my partner and I travelled to the Maldives for a week I will never forget – sun, snorkelling, amazing cuisine, swimming in the ocean right outside our water villa… you get the idea! The Maldives is however an expensive honeymoon choice, particularly in the big international resorts… so if you’re on a budget, it might pay to look elsewhere in Asia – even as close as neighbouring Sri Lanka.

For an impossibly romantic and flawless stay,  we can highly recommend Taj Exotica for your visit to the Maldives.

Best time to go: May-November, though we found March very pleasant with only a couple of light showers.

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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The Algarve, Portugal

With a year-round warm climate (though cold waters in winter), the Mediterranean is a much loved holiday destination for Europeans and visitors from further abroad. Although it has long been a popular beach holiday destination for the Portuguese for decades, recently the Algarve in Portugal’s south has earned itself the reputation as one of the most romantic locations in the Mediterranean, making it a great choice for honeymooners.

Villa Vita Parc are legendary in the Algarve for offering the most luxurious, authentic Portuguese experience on the coast.

Best time to go: Spring & Summer, though the Algarve is truly a year-round destination

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Tasmania, Australia

You might have noticed the little island below mainland Australia getting a lot of traction lately, both on this blog and in other global publications around the world. That is because until the last few years, Tasmania has remained a hidden gem and a well kept secret of those who visited previously. Well now the secret is out! Tasmania is home to fresh farm-to-table produce, pristine white sand beaches, beautiful bays to hike into and explore, as well as a gorgeous capital city, Hobart, idyllically located on the waterfront.

Saffire Freycinet is an all inclusive experience that was named the best boutique hotel in the world and while it doesn’t come cheap, the experience is second to none!

Best time to go: Early December-End February for the best of the summer sunshine

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Ireland

Lush greenery, rolling valleys and impressive steep cliffsides… there really is no reason not to fall in love with Ireland. An Irish road trip might not be the first idea that pops into your mind when considering a honeymoon abroad, however with incredibly friendly locals, reasonable prices and the allure of a road trip adventure, you have more than enough reasons to choose Ireland as an idyllic honeymoon away. If it is good enough for Kim and Kanye on their honeymoon, I’m sure its good enough for all of us!

To get the ideas flowing, here are 8 of the most beautiful places to visit on a road trip around Ireland.

Best time to go: Ireland is susceptible to heavy rainfall in the cooler months, so better to stick to the summer season or spring and fall for lower prices but mostly decent weather.

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Arosa, Switzerland

After learning that the English royal family holidayed here on a ski trip, I figured Arosa must be something spectacular worth seeing – and right I was! Arosa is a gorgeous little ski village in the Swiss Alps, not too long a train journey from Zurich, one of Switzerland’s most scenic towns. If you’re a couple who prefer to stay active then there’s plenty of snow activities to keep you busy in the winter time, although summer is equally pleasant and a much quieter experience as the crowds have died down. Impossibly romantic and incredibly scenic – Arosa is one of Switzerland’s little known gems.

Check yourself in to the Arosa Kulm for the ultimate Swiss Alps experience.

Best time to go: There really is no bad time to visit Arosa – expect a quiet summer escape in the warmer months and an exciting ski trip in the winter with plenty of time to unwind in the spa.

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Coastal mountains, picturesque towns, island hopping by ferry… shall I go on? There is no denying that the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most romantic destinations and thus most loved and visited. Honeymooners can rest assured there are favourable times to visit to escape the crowds, as long as you’re happy to sacrifice the steamy hot summer temperatures. Crowds aside, the Amalfi Coast is impossible charming, full of great seaside cuisine, and a much loved favourite by locals and visitors alike.

Check yourself in to Le Sirenuse for the ultimate honeymoon experience in the Amalfi Coast.

Best time to go: Contrary to popular belief, the best time to visit Amalfi is not in summer, as the crowds become too much to bear. The best times to visit are May-June & September-October.

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Located northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia is one of the world’s most talked about honeymoon destinations; Bora Bora. This small island offers crystal clear waters with great conditions for snorkelling and diving, as well as gorgeous, pristine beaches that you thought were only real in your dreams. Its that perfect!

Best time to go: November and April are shoulder seasons with great weather and lower prices.

Place to Stay: The St. Regis Bora Bora  (Contact WGY Lifestyle for Luxury Privileges at the St. Regis Bora Bora)

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Sumba Island, Indonesia

Right next door to Bali, just a 1 hour flight away, is as little known but large island known as Sumba, with minimal development and an incredibly authentic experience on offer. Although the island hasn’t opened up to masses of tourism yet it is only a matter of time – with the beaches much more beautiful than anywhere I have been in Bali, beautiful sunsets, and very welcome hospitality from the locals.

Nihiwatu Resort is a honeymoon haven – offering an inclusive experience so you can arrive and unwind immediately.

Best time to go: May, June & July are generally considered to be the best months to visit.

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

Tulum Mexico | World of Wanderlust

Tulum, Mexico

A resort town on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, Tulum is regarded as one of Mexico’s top spots to visit for travellers in search of great weather, beaches, and a plethora of resorts to choose from. There’s also plenty to see and do here – including a Mayan archaeological site from the 13th Century and a range of water activities to soak up the sunshine.

Best time to go: Between October and December.

Contact WGY Lifestyle for booking inquiries.

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Provence, France

Lavender fields, sunflower fields and delicious vineyards are all key characteristics of the southeastern region of France; Province. Spring and summer are fantastic times of year to visit, however with scenery this beautiful you really can’t go too wrong year-round!

Best time to go: Contrary to popular belief, the best time to visit France is in fact outside of summer – both to beat the crowds and see more locals (many of the French take their holidays throughout August). Though if you’re looking to see the iconic lavender fields in full bloom, summer is the time to go!

                                                                                       Happy Honeymooning!

Please contact WGY Lifestyle for any customized honeymoon booking inquiries.

VAIL MOUNTAIN EXTENDS 2015-2016 WINTER SEASON

Extraordinary snow conditions allow for extra skiing and snowboarding.

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With nearly two feet of snow in the last week, 25 feet so far this season and powder in the forecast, Vail Mountain will extend its scheduled closing date for
the 2015/2016 winter season one week to April 17. The annual Spring Back to Vail event will occur as scheduled April 8-10, including a free concert at Solaris showcasing Chris Robinson Brotherhood on Friday night and the World Pond Skimming Championships on Sunday at the base of Golden Peak.

“Our snow conditions have just continued to get better and better throughout the month and we’ve had some of the best skiing and snowboarding of the year in the past couple of weeks,” said Chris Jarnot, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Vail Mountain, “It’s too good right now not to stay open and give our passholders the gift of another week to get out and enjoy what has been an amazing season at Vail.”

There’s still time to get one more trip in this spring. The extended season offers local and destination travelers the opportunity to book travel for one final winter ski getaway. Book online at www.vail.com/lodging. All 2015-2016 Vail Resorts season passes will continue to be valid during the extended week.

TERRAIN UPDATE

During closing week Vail plans to provide skiers and snowboarders access to the majority of the Front Side of the mountain as well as Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls, more than 2,500 acres of terrain. Lifts will open at 9 a.m. and close at 4p.m.

VAIL SKI & SNOWBOARD SCHOOL

The Vail Ski & Snowboard School will be open for private lessons only based out of Lionshead and Vail Village. Reservations recommended for ski school. Please call, (970)754-4300

ON-MOUNTAIN DINING

Dining will be available at Mid-Vail, Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest and Buffalo’s.

LODGING DEALS

Take advantage of incredible rates on lodging, as low as $139 per night, through April 17! Check out the Extended Season Special for more information.

RENEW YOUR SEASON PASS BY AP
RIL 10TH FOR THE BEST PRICE AND SIX BUDDY TICKETS

Skiers can already begin to plan for 2016-2017. The Epic Pass and Epic Local passes returns for the 2016-2017 season, giving Colorado skiers the best value at the best Colorado Resorts. Purchasing before April 10th lock unlocks Buddy Tickets – providing six discounted single day lift tickets. With just one pass, guests are ready to explore more than 32,000 acres of terrain across 13 world-class resorts in the U.S. and abroad – including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. Please visit EpicPass.com to purchase the Epic Pass or to learn about all Epic Pass options, such as Epic 7-Day, Epic 4-Day and Epic Local passes. Guests can turn in their day lift tickets this spring and apply the cost towards the price of their pass for next season. Renew now to lock in next season.

Please contact WGY Lifestyle for last minute booking information. info@wgylifestyle.com or 888-949-0808

Happy New Year from WGY – Enjoy up to 40% on Business/First Class Flights

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Happy New Year!

The WGY Team

Luxury for Less in Barcelona

 

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For most people, traveling in style across Europe is just a pipe dream, and because of that, many travelers never get to indulge in the extravagance of the high life. In Barcelona however, opulence isn’t limited to the wealthy, as travel writer Sònia Graupera explains to one of National Geographic’s correspondents: “[hotel prices in the city] are still very reasonable, compared to Paris, London, or Milan.”

In the past few years, international chains have expanded in Spain’s second largest city, which worries many budget travelers as boutique hotels have probably upped their costs now that Barcelona is drawing in a higher-earning clientele. But from Sònia’s experience from writing travel pieces about the city, she assures that the family-owned boutique hotels have maintained their affordable pricing.

One of these boutique hotels is the futuristic looking Room Mate Emma, which have decently priced rooms as well as suites with with private terraces. Not too far off from this hotel’s area is The5Rooms, with each of its rooms designed with a different feel. Perhaps the coziest room they have is one that is decked out with bare brick wall and romantic lighting.

For nightlife, travelers will probably check out the city’s bars and clubs, however hopping from place to place in the nightclub district could end disastrously with you spending more than you planned. An alternative to a fancy night out without blowing your savings is by heading over to Casino Barcelona, one of Europe’s finest gambling facilities designed by architect Frank Gehry.

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The casino boasts one of the most stunning views of the Mediterraean, and invites all kinds of gamblers to take advantage of their extensive selection of games. These days, many choose to play their casino games online, as many portals are able to provide a bigger selection of games. Gala Casino, in fact, releases new games every week, giving a choice of nearly 400 games that are playable across a variety of devices. While they can’t hope to have the same diversity and variety of games, land-based casinos still uphold a certain kind of elegance and luxury that people still find appealing. Hence why Casino Barcelona is still one of the most revered gaming spots in the world.

After trying your luck at the regular cash games, head over to one of many establishments surrounding the casino and have a cocktail while listening to some live music. The selection of bars and restaurants saves you from having to pay for cab fares between bars and separate entrance fees.

With the diversity of accommodations and entertainment hubs offered, Barcelona makes it possible for you travel luxuriously without spending a fortune.

image2.fachada03For booking inquiries, please contact WGY at 888-949-0808 or info@wgylifestyle.om
 

WGY to offer special honeymoon and vacation packages to the St. Regis Bora Bora

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We just returned from a fantastic & magical trip to the St. Regis Bora Bora. All we have to say is WOW. This destination is like none other and likely one of the most romantic & stunning places we have ever been. Bora Bora is a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. Surrounded by sand-fringed motus (islets) and a turquoise lagoon protected by a coral reef, it’s known for its scuba diving. It’s also a popular luxury resort destination where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts. At the island’s center rises 727m Mt. Otemanu, a dormant volcano.

WGY is so excited to share with you that we are offering “Luxury Privileges” to the St. Regis Bora Bora (the best address in Bora Bora). This will include the following:

  • Guaranteed Best Available Rate (or $200 WGY Travel Voucher)
  • Complimentary standard in-room internet access
  • Daily buffet breakfast for two guests
  • One 100 USD resort credit per room, per stay
  • VIP Treatment
  • Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
  • VIP Welcome Amenity

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Bora Bora is much easier to get to than you may think. The destination is only 2 hours further flying time than Hawaii. To get to Bora Bora, you fly from Los Angeles with Air Tahiti Nui or Air France. It’s an 8 hour flight to Tahiti Faa’a International Airport. Fly Air Tahiti between Tahiti and Bora Bora (40 Minutes). The Bora Bora Airport is located on an islet and is absolutely beautiful. The St. Regis boat picks you up at the airport and will take you directly to the resort for check-in.

Everyone’s dream is to stay in an overwater Bungalow and Bora Bora is where this concept all began. There are a few accommodation options. Overwater, Superior Overwater & Deluxe Overwater Villas share the same suite configuration including a separate bedroom and lounge, a large bathroom and a private terrace with gazebo. Overwaters & Superior Overwaters face the Resort’s tranquil interior bay waters with the Superior Overwaters being further out from the Main Beach. Deluxe Overwaters look towards the main island with sunset views. Premier Overwater Villas offer a larger lounge with an alcove for extra guests and the added indulgence of a whirlpool on the terrace facing the stunning Mt Otemanu. In addition, the Royal Overwater Villas are the Resort’s most luxurious accommodations overwater with 2 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms, a spacious terrace with double Gazebos around large pool suspended over the lagoon and spectacular mountain views.  Picture5Picture2 Picture3

As far as the restaurants on site, we couldn’t pick which was our favorite, the food was divine! Set over the lagoon with glass panels to best enjoy the waters lit up from beneath, Lagoon by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the Resort’s gourmet restaurant, delectably uses the finest ingredients to fuse European and Asian cuisines. Located in the Lagoon by Jean-Georges Restaurant, Lagoon Bar is ideally located to enjoy the breathtaking sunset views behind Mt Otemanu while savouring one of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s cocktail creations. If you are a Sushi lover like us, the bounty of seafood fresh-caught daily from the Pacific Ocean is delicately prepared by the Sushi Chef at Sushi Take Restaurant, which also offers the most extensive Sake list in French Polynesia. The Italian restaurant on site was an unforgettable experience. With a subtle interpretation of comfort food executed with gastronomic flair, Far Niente Ristorante pays delicious hommage to Italy’s distinctive fare. High quality imported and local produce is the foundation of an aromatic menu accompanied by regional wines specially curated by the sommelier.

The resorts main restaurant is designed without walls to provide the most open views of the sparkling lagoon, the Resort’s main restaurant, Te Pahu, is open daily for Breakfast & A la Carte Lunch & Dinner. From Tahitian Vanilla whipped cream to chilli-accented “Poisson Cru”, Te Pahu serves a mouth-watering selection of local ingredients prepared with traditional French techniques. Te Pahu presents a buffet dinner once a week: The Polynesian Evening every Wednesday ending with traditional Tamure dancing.

French Polynesia’s scents, sounds, colours and tastes are on show at Te Pahu Restaurant every Wednesday night with a beautiful buffet inspired by the celebratory Polynesian feast followed by a traditional Tahitian Tamure dance show.

Need some relaxation? Miri Miri Spa by CLARINS is located on its own private island within the Resort’s serene Lagoonarium. This ethereal haven is open to guests for free access to its more intimate beach as well as Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steamroom facilities. Miri Miri Spa by CLARINS specialises in healing plant-based treatments including skin specific facials and massages. Several other massage techniques are available such as the soothing Polynesian Taurumi and deep tissue Balinese. Beauty treatments and balneotherapy complete the Spa’s soul cleansing menu.

Housing several species of coral & colourful fish including friendly Napoleon fish, the Resort’s private lagoonarium is naturally filtered by the ocean’s movement from reef to lagoon & is scaped to reflect the various depths & sealife habitats of Bora Bora’s stunning aquatic environment. Public feeding three times a week.

Other complimentary services at the Resort include internet at the Business Center, a games, books, CDs & DVDs   library for adult guests, a Kids Club for younger guests as well as a daily shuttle service to the Village of Vaitape & Matira Beach. A further complimentary shuttle to the main island is available every evening for dining out.

If you are planning that special wedding or honeymoon or even just a romantic getaway,  the St. Regis Bora Bora tops the WGY list. Brides and Grooms will feel uniquely catered to at The Bridal Boutique, entirely devoted to Weddings and Romance with full time dedicated staff and showcasing an exquisite selection of Cecilie Melli designer dresses for hire and purchase.

For more information on the St. Regis Bora Bora or for booking inquiries with Luxury Privileges, please contact WGY at 888-949-0808 or by email at info@wgylifestyle.comPicture2

Starwood Luxury Privilege hotels offering complimentary nights when booked through WGY

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We are so excited to share the list below of the Starwood Luxury Privilege hotels that are offering complimentary nights and luxury privileges when booked through WGY.

If you would like to reserve any of the below hotels with the added benefits listed, please contact WGY reservations at (888)-WGY-0808 or email us at request@wgylifestyle.com

EUROPE & THE MIDDLE EAST:

Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris • Complimentary fourth night for stays through April 30, 2016.  Black-out dates:  December 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2015. Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay
• Daily buffet breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays through April 30, 2016.

 

Black-out dates:  December 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2015.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

W Paris – Opera • Complimentary fourth night for stays through April 30, 2016.  Black-out dates:  December 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2015. Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit, per room, per stay
• Daily breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays through April 30, 2016.

 

Black-out dates:  December 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2015.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi • Complimentary fourth night for stays through April 30, 2016.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD spa services credit per room, per stay
• Daily buffet breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays through April 30, 2016.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

The St. Regis Istanbul • Complimentary fourth night for bookings through March 31, 2016. Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay
• Daily full breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for bookings through March 31, 2016.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

     
     

 

NORTH AMERICA:

The St. Regis New York • Complimentary third night for bookings made through September 4, 2016 for stays from December 20, 2015 to September 6, 2016.  Black-out dates:  December 30, 31, 2015; May 16-19, 2016.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.  Travel professionals must enter the comment “Third Night Free” in GDS SI field, in the comments on the web and when making a reservation via the toll-free number
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay
• Daily continental breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary third night for bookings made through September 4, 2016 for stays from December 20, 2015 to September 6, 2016.

 

Black-out dates:  December 30, 31, 2015; May 16-19, 2016.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

 

Travel professionals must enter the comment “Third Night Free” in GDS SI field, in the comments on the web and when making a reservation via the toll-free number

The St. Regis Washington, D.C. • Complimentary third night for stays to December 31, 2015.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay
• Daily full breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary third night for stays to December 31, 2015.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort • Complimentary fourth night for stays through April 17. 2016.  Black-out dates:  December 24-31, 2015; January 29, February 12, 14, 24, 27, 2016. Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay
• Daily 66 USD breakfast credit
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays through April 17. 2016.

 

Black-out dates:  December 24-31, 2015; January 29, February 12, 14, 24, 27, 2016.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco • Complimentary fourth night for stays through January 31, 2016.  Black-out dates:  November 9, 10; December 31, 2015; January 11, 12, 2016. Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay
• Daily buffet breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays through January 31, 2016.

 

Black-out dates: November 9, 10; December 31, 2015; January 11, 12, 2016.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

The US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego • Complimentary fourth night for stays through April 30, 2016.  Black-out dates: February 9, 10, 13; April 11, 26, 27, 2016. Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay
• Daily full breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays through April 30, 2016.

 

Black-out dates: February 9, 10, 13; April 11, 26, 27, 2016.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico • Complimentary fourth night for bookings made through January 15, 2016 and stays through January 31, 2016. Black-out dates: December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2015; January 1, 2016.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay
• Daily full breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for bookings made through January 15, 2016 and stays through January 31, 2016.

 

Black-out dates: December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2015; January 1, 2016.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island • Complimentary fourth night for bookings made through February 15, 2016 and stays through February 29, 2016, 2016. Black-out dates: December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2015; January 1, 2016.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay
• Daily full breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for bookings made through February 15, 2016 and stays through February 29, 2016, 2016.

 

Black-out dates: December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2015; January 1, 2016.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

SLS Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills • Complimentary fourth night for stays through June 30, 2016. Black-out dates: November 17, 18, 2015; February 13, 14; April 14; June 14, 15, 2016. Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD spa service credit per room, per stay
• Daily buffet breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for bookings made through January 15, 2016 and stays through January 31, 2016.

 

Black-out dates: December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2015; January 1, 2016.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

The Liberty, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Boston • Complimentary fourth night for stays through December 30, 2015.  Black-out dates: September 26, October 6, 14, 20, 27, 29; November 11, 2015.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food credit per room, per stay
• Daily full breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays through December 30, 2015.

 

Black-out dates: September 26, October 6, 14, 20, 27, 29; November 11, 2015.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, New York City • Complimentary fourth night for stays through December 28, 2015.  Black-out dates: November 27, 28; December 1,2,3,4 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 28.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD spa services credit per room, per stay
• Daily continental breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays through December 28, 2015.

 

Black-out dates: November 27, 28; December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 28.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

W New Orleans – French Quarter • Complimentary fourth night for stays through March 31, 2016.  Black-out dates:  October 31, November 7, December 5, 6, 31, 2015; January 1; February 5, 6, 7, 13, 2016.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay
• Daily full breakfast for two guests in Restaurant
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays through March 31, 2016.

 

Black-out dates:  October 31, November 7, December 5, 6, 31, 2015; January 1; February 5, 6, 7, 13, 2016.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

 

LATIN AMERICA:

Hacienda Uayamon, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Uayamon • Complimentary fourth night for stays to December 18, 2015.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay (valid in the Hacienda Restaurant only and excludes alcohol, taxes and gratuities)
• Daily full breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays to December 18, 2015.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

Hacienda San Jose, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Jose • Complimentary fourth night for stays to December 18, 2015.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay (valid in the Hacienda Restaurant only and excludes alcohol, taxes and gratuities)
• Daily full breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays to December 18, 2015.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

Hacienda Temozon, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Temozon Sur • Complimentary fourth night for stays to December 18, 2015.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay (valid in the Hacienda Restaurant only and excludes alcohol, taxes and gratuities)
• Daily full breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays to December 18, 2015.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

Hacienda Santa Rosa, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santa Rosa • Complimentary fourth night for stays to December 18, 2015.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay (valid in the Hacienda Restaurant only and excludes alcohol, taxes and gratuities)
• Daily full breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays to December 18, 2015.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

Hacienda Puerta Campeche, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Campeche • Complimentary fourth night for stays to December 18, 2015.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD food and beverage credit per room, per stay (valid in the Hacienda Restaurant only and excludes alcohol, taxes and gratuities)
• Daily full breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays to December 18, 2015.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.

The St. Regis Mexico City • Complimentary fourth night for stays through April 1, 2016.  Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.
• Complimentary standard in-room internet access
• One 100 USD hotel credit per room, per stay (valid for spa services and food and beverage at Diana Restaurant, J&G Restaurant and room service)
• Daily full breakfast for two guests
• VIP Treatment
• Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability
• Complimentary fourth night for stays through April 1, 2016.

 

Complimentary night will be adjusted at check-out.