SOUNDS OF HYATT
You already can buy sheets, towels, a sofa or a shower head from a variety of hotels, but now you can fill your home with the sounds of a hotel with Hyatt’s new digital download program. Other brands, including W Hotels and Kimpton Hotels, offer compilation CDs from their properties, but the Hyatt program is the first to go all digital and be destination- and property-specific. The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Arizona and the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa near Austin, Texas, are the first two properties to offer the new service, which will celebrate the destination and feature a mix of local and international artists.
Hyatt plans to roll out the new program in the rest of its North American and Caribbean properties throughout the year. To sample the new program, go to www.scottsdale.hyatt.com or www.lostpines.hyatt.com.
American Express Vacations is offering additional incentives, such as a free night and resort credits up to $100, when a multinight package is booked by April 30. Sample package deals in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, include a free night and $100 food and beverage credit at Villa La Estancia when you book a four-night package or 20 percent off your entire stay at Dreams Los Cabos Suites. Travel must be completed by June 30. Call 800/335-3342 or see www.americanexpressvacations.com to book.
If you are planning a trip to the Chelsea Flower show May 22 through 27 in London, the Draycott Hotel is offering a special one-night package tailored for the show. The package includes: one night suite accommodations, a full English breakfast, two all-day tickets to the flower show and a signed book from gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh. The package price is $449 per person. Book at www.draycotthotel.com.
SOUTH AFRICA ON SALE
Fly round-trip from Washington Dulles International Airport to Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban, South Africa, starting at $1,175 per person. The flights are aboard South African Airways’ daily nonstop service to Johannesburg from Dulles, with connecting service to 20 destinations within South Africa. Fares are valid for travel through May 31. Taxes are not included. Book at www.flysaa.com.
With the new Open Skies deal with Europe set to begin at the end of March 2008, international carriers are wasting no time announcing new service. Iberia Airlines begins new service from Dulles to Madrid beginning June 1. Aer Lingus follows in the fall, starting new service from Dulles to Dublin and Shannon beginning on Sept. 3. Other markets are feeling the effects of the deal: In New York City, Zoom Airlines recently announced new five-times weekly service to London’s Gatwick International Airport from John F. Kennedy International Airport beginning June 21. The carrier’s one-way fares will start at $254.90, which includes taxes and charges. Book at www.flyzoom.com.
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