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Lost Hotels Brings Eco-Adventure to Last Minute Deal Hungry Travellers

Hukumeizi - Colombia

“Be a traveler, not a tourist.”

Embodying this mantra, we just uncovered Lost Hotels, a website that intends to unite a sense of adventure with cultural destinations, nature and authentic experiences. Here, travelers will taste the local beer and food, experience local customs, test out the native tongue, make new friends and garner stories.

Tango Mar Pool - Costa Rica

Each week, time-sensitive deals to unique destinations curated by Lost Hotel’s staff of world travelers are extended to subscribers via e-mail or by visiting www.losthotels.com. Think independent and green properties, small-to-medium size, cool urban boutique hotels, Amazon jungle lodges and expedition cruises. This isn’t Paris in spring at Ritz. This is Tango Mar in Costa Rica, Sacha Lodge in the Amazon rainforest, Ariau Amazon Towers in Brazil, Titilaka in Bolivia, Hukumeizi and Casa Navegante in Colombia and Casa del Suizo in Ecuador.

Brazil's Ariau Amazon Hotel

In addition to its weekly deals, Lost Hotels will offer a travel guru service, where experts help plan getaways to any of its properties. This service includes being matched with a trip authority, mapping out the stay, finding accommodations and booking these suggestions at the best available rates. Lost Hotels was founded in 2000 by Ernesto Ruben under the name Ecorepublic. Ruben, who grew up in Colombia, longed to offer travelers a chance to explore unspoiled nature and cultural enrichment through quality accommodations.

Casa del Suizo - Ecuador

Former Groupon Colombia executive Jonathan Dreszer, Lost Hotels’ chief marketing officer, joined the team and in 2004, Ecorepublic transformed into Lost Hotels, the online resource for travels looking for the road less traveled. Currently, Lost Hotels is debuting its products in the Americas and the Caribbean. Other worldwide destinations are soon to follow.

So grab your camera and your sense of adventure. It’s time to get lost!

www.losthotels.com

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Spa Week’s Latest Sweepstakes!

Two words: Spa. Week. Three more: Biltmore Santa Barbara.

Anything with the two words: Spa and Week and we’re on it like white on rice. The best part of Spa Week, however, is the concept behind it. Spa Week’s mission is to deliver affordable health and wellness to the masses, and what better time to remind yourself to slow down and de-stress than the Holiday Season? In order to help alleviate the unwanted stress, fatigue and weight-gain that often accompanies the hustle and bustle of the holidays, Spa Week has partnered with nationally recognized nutrition expert and author, Keri Glassman, in order to give one lucky winner the chance to de-stress and feel their best by entering this exclusive Holiday Giveaway – Celebrate Wellness.

Nutritionist (and Beauty!), Keri Glassman

During the month of December, visitors to SpaWeek.com can enter for a chance to win a Four-Night De-stress Getaway for Two at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Included in this fab prize package is a 4 night stay for the winner and guest in a premier room, two spa treatments per person, private cooking classes with a resort chef, two dinners at the resort’s gourmet restaurants, yoga, Pilates, aqua aerobics classes and more!

PLUS, the winner will also receive two autographed copies of Keri’s book, The O2 Diet, one 3-day supply of Keri’s Nutritious Life Meals, a fresh, daily, home delivery diet plan, one personalized nutritional counseling program designed by Keri herself, two Nutritious Life Water Bottles and $100 in Spa & Wellness Gift Cards by Spa Week® at his/her choice of over 4,500 spas nationwide.

Who needs a massage now?

www.spaweek.com

Win a Trip to Africa!

We’re KEEN-ly aware you’re in need of a heart healthy vacay. As such, KEEN Inc., a leader in hybrid outdoor performance products, including footwear, socks and bags — is running an exciting contest with the chance to win a week-long volunteer vacation at an animal rescue society near Cape Town, South Africa.

The trip is being organized by i-to-i, a U.K.-based volunteer travel company who has sent more than 20,000 people to volunteer in Africa, Asia, Australasia and Latin America since 1996. The winner will volunteer at TEARS, an animal shelter that provides pet food parcels, veterinary treatment and animal care education for community members with animals that could not otherwise afford these goods and services. The society also works with children who have had extremely hard lives and teaches them to care and be responsible for animals. Learning these nurturing skills helps to break the cycle of abuse in these children’s lives.

“KEEN values the work that TEARS is doing – teaching a child how to care for an animal can make a life-altering impact on both the animal and the child,” says Bobbie Parisi, Vice President of Marketing of KEEN. “In a struggling economy, the first charities to feel the pinch are those working with animals, so volunteers’ efforts are much needed.”

After returning from South Africa, KEEN invites the winner to share stories from the trip on its HybridLife Community page at http://www.keenfootwear.com/community. The community connects people who are creating possibilities, engaging with the outdoors, and caring for the world around them.

Valued at about $4000, the trip include: roundtrip coach class air transportation, provided by South African Airways, for one between a major U.S. gateway city and Cape Town South Africa to volunteer with animals in Cape Town, South Africa; and a shared dormitory room in volunteer house for a minimum of one week and up to two weeks. The travel must be completed by September 30, 2010. Beyond the volunteer opportunities, the winner can explore an amazing range of other activities – from surfing to hiking to shopping in and around Cape Town.

In addition to KEEN, additional contest sponsors include National Geographic Society, and i-to-i Volunteer Vacations.

Entries are being accepted until August 21, 2009, at http://www.keenfootwear.com/southafrica.

Jet Blue’s Discounted Airfare Sale

This just in from the folks at TravelZoo! Fares from Long Beach, Burbank and San Diego have been reduced to $29-$99 each way in a 1-day sale announced by JetBlue today. Flights to the East Coast are as low as $79. The sale is for travel April 30 – June 10, but only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and tickets must be booked by 11:59PM MST tonight.

Sample fares from Long Beach (each way):
– Las Vegas … $29
– Oakland … $29
– San Francisco … $29
– Sacramento … $39
– Seattle … $39
– Portland … $49
– Boston … $79
– Fort Lauderdale … $99
– Washington, D.C. … $99

Sample fares from Burbank (each way):
– Las Vegas … $29
– New York City … $99

Sample fares from San Diego (each way):
– Salt Lake City … $49
– Seattle … $59
– New York City … $99

To book directly through JetBlue Airways, click here:

http://www.travelzoo.com/Newsflash.ashx?574246-22860667

Thailand & Hong Kong: Last Minute Flight and Hotel Deal

Okay Angels, it’s time to fly by the seat of your pants. This one’s a bonafide winner. The price of a luxury vacation to Phuket and Hong Kong has been cut to $1599 — that’s over $1000 OFF regular rates. The offer includes 6-nights in 5-star hotels and flights on top-rated airline Cathay Pacific.

The new sale, launched on March 28th by Globotours, is significantly lower than similar luxury packages and includes valuable extras.

The offer includes:
– All flights on Cathay Pacific:
(LAX-Phuket, Phuket-Hong Kong and Hong Kong-LAX)
– Monday-Thursday departures April 29-June 14 or Aug. 16-30
– Three nights at the Banyan Tree Phuket
– Three nights at the Harbour Plaza Hong Kong
– 90-minute massage at the Banyan Tree
– Half-day Hong Kong Island tour
– Daily breakfast
– Airport transfers in Phuket and Hong Kong
– Hotel taxes and service charges

Plus, for all bookings made by Wednesday, April 8 – that’s TOMORROW – A FREE air extension to Beijing can be added! I mean really… a shrinking economy has got to be good for something!
Banyan Tree Phuket Guestroom

In case you’ve been flying coach on Continental, Cathay Pacific is 1 of only 6 airlines to receive a 5-star ranking in the prestigious Skytrax survey (Holla at your Boeing). The Banyan Tree Phuket was also named a “Top 10 Asia Resort” by Conde Nast Traveler, “Best Overseas Resort” by Luxury Travel magazine, and “Top 5 Asian Props” by the world renowned Jaunt Magazine.
Harbour Plaza, Hong Kong

For more information and to book through Globotours: 800-988-4833. Agents are available 9AM-6PM PST. FYI – The reservation center is closed on Sundays.

Now make mama proud and please, stop ‘plannning’ to be spontaneous. It’s… embarrassing.

Hot Travel Deal: Qantas to Australia for $380 R/T!!


We usually leave the last minute or cheap flights to the plethora of economy travel sites, but this one is for those in the know so we felt compelled to share the wealth. As a matter of fact, it’s so hot they’re running it for the next 48 hours only!

Starting…

NOW!

Seats on Qantas’ new flagship, the Airbus A380, went on sale today, ahead of the airline’s first A380 flight between Los Angeles and Melbourne on October 20, 2008. From Los Angeles to Sydney and Melbourne, 380 Economy seats on the new A380 aircraft are on sale for just $380 round-trip . Yes, that’s cheaper than going to New York!

This is a 48-hour fare sale for purchase and ticketing on June 16-17, 2008 (or until sold out). Tickets are valid for travel departing November 2 to December 8, 2008 on A380 flights only. Fares are valid to Sydney on QF 12 and returning on QF 11 (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), and to Melbourne on QF 94 (Monday and Wednesday), returning on QF 93. Other restrictions apply.

The Qantas A380 will be configured with 450 seats – 14 individual First Suites, 72 in Business, 32 in Premium Economy cabin and 332 in Economy.

Qantas A380 features will include:

– completely redesigned First cabin, offering customers privacy and luxury in their own First Suite
– a fully-flat next generation Skybed and separate, dedicated lounge area in Business
– the airline’s Premium Economy cabin with extra wide Recaro seats
– new ergonomically designed Recaro seats and self-service refreshment bars in Economy
– on demand entertainment system with over 1000 entertainment options and onboard connectivity.

For reservations or information
Qantas Airways
Tel: 1-800-227-4500

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