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If last weekend’s free-flowing champagne has you craving a journey straight to its source, we’ve found just the man to direct you to the very best of France’s storied Champagne region. Thirteenth-generation winemaker Jonathan Sacy – of the family-owned Louis de Sacy Champagne house (it’s produced Grand Crus since 1663, so they know a thing or two about bubbly) – is on hand to point travelers in the right direction in his French homeland.
The famously luxe Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort has recently rolled out one of those amenities that’s truly out of this world. Spread out over two islands in the Alif Dhall Atoll of the Maldives, the Conrad is known for (among other things) its underwater restaurant, Ithaa. The all-glass dining room is submerged 16 feet under the ocean and was the first of its kind when it opened five years ago. Dining here is an unforgettable experience in itself (everyone must wear sunglasses at lunch because it gets so bright). But to really step it up, the resort is offering a special opportunity in honor of the restaurant’s fifth anniversary.
Who wants to sleep (and wake up) with the fishes?
The ShermansTravel Deals team hand-picks the special breed of deals that promises free perks ? no strings attached. Savor the last sunsets of summer and the cool days of fall on the Innisbrook resort golf course in Tampa. Rates at this luxury golfer’s paradise start from just $109 per night, and include deluxe guestroom accommodations, unlimited golf (at least one round guaranteed on the Copperhead course, considered one of the “Top Five” by PGA TOUR professionals), unlimited use of practice facilities, club storage and locker room service, unlimited fitness center access, and more. For more information, or to book the Classic Golf Package through September 29, visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com.
Envious of the luxurious lives led by the characters on AMC’s hit television series, Mad Men? Well, instead of spending another Sunday night on your couch watching the slick suits strut down Madison Avenue, you can live out your retro-glam fantasy at New York’s dreamy hotel, The Pierre. The hotel is currently offering a new Mad Men-inspired package, A Mad Affair at The Pierre, which is based on two characters Peggy and Duck who have a romantic fling at the very same hotel in the 60s. The special includes a stay in one of the hotel’s 49 swank suites (the hotel just underwent $100 million dollars worth of renovations), a bottle of champagne upon arrival, and Mad Men Seasons 1 and 2 DVD boxed sets. Watch them in your best Kennedy-inspired ensembles and enjoy a nostalgic high. The deal also covers light plates and cocktails for two at The Pierre’s new lounge and bar Two E ($150 value). The price tag, from $1,150, may be a little hard to swallow but the iconic hotel’s glamorous digs and prime Fifth Avenue address overlooking Central Park are hard to top. Plus, this old-school New York experience will leave you with your own Mad memories that trounce any TV show. To reserve, please call 1-800-743-7734 and request A Mad Affair at The Pierre or visit www.tajhotels.com. Offer is valid through December 31.
It sounds almost…dangerous right? But kind of fun, too? Well it turns out that the champagne is doing the zipping, not you, so it’s quite safe after all. This new amenity recently turned up at the luxe Cap Maison on St. Lucia. Unlike most of its fellow Caribbean neighbors, the island of St. Lucia is hugged by craggy cliffs instead of wide, soft beaches. So a stay on the beautiful isle inevitably involves climbing stairs—lots of them. At Cap Maison, the restaurant, the Cliff at Cap, is perched high up on the cliffs; far below sits a wooden platform perched right on the rocks, surrounded on three sides by crashing sea. Rock Maison, as it’s called, is a prime spot for yoga classes, spa treatments and…sunset drinks. But who wants to trek up and down the cliffside in between every round? Read more
In the ever-growing industry trend towards further cost-cutting, Air Jamaica has announced that as of May 1, they’ll be putting a cork in their free champagne service – an in-flight treat that was a real rarity for economy flyers, and a sparkling signature service for the airline. While they still intend to provide travelers with complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, and juices, somehow celebrating your Jamaican vacation over a cup of decaf or OJ just doesn’t have the same bubbly appeal. Read more
We first wrote about the most expensive bath ever in the Summer 2008 issue of Sherman’s Travel. Featuring a 350-gallon infinity tub full of 1000-liters of Evian water, it’s quite possibly the most indulgent soak at $11,000. Guests of the Hotel Victor, South Beach, can only access this hyper-hydro experience by booking the penthouse. Now before your eyes bulge at the cost, take into account the service and amenities that follow. The full-service Spa-V team will draw the bath and set up a meal service of champagne (bring it on!), display of chocolates (yum! yum!), foie gras (huh?), and smoked salmon on a lollipop (wait a sec?). This is all being served alongside the tub? I’m definitely not into the eating in the tub trend. Where does the napkin go? Does etiquette just…go down the drain? What do you think? Does food have a place in the bathtub?
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