Special Kimpton Hotel Package for Fla Residents…Just drive over

Oh my Florida Couples, have I a real deal for you. Leave the parking to Kimpton’s distinct hotels and save at their Florida properties with their latest savings packages.  Now through Sept. 30, Florida residents can enjoy a summer solstice “staycation” Park and Play Package with savings of up to 20 percent and complimentary valet parking for guests staying at  EPIC Hotel in downtown Miami; Surfcomber Miami, South Beach; and  Vero Beach Hotel & Spa. For residents looking to save at the pump, The Angler’s Miami, South Beach is offering a $20 gas card plus up to 25 percent off in savings with their customized Drive + Play Package. 

IF you’re looking for a quick getaway that will get them the VIP treatment without the matching price tag can consider any of the four Kimpton hotels a home away from home with world-class services that range from kicking off the morning with coffee or tea service, to toasts during the nightly hosted wine hour to venturing around town with Kimpton’s branded bikes–all free services for guests.  Guests looking to get refreshed should check with the front desk about the hotels’ equally refreshing non-alcoholic, complimentary beverages which are available throughout the summer.

With four distinct experiences, guests have a choice between basking in the summer sun at EPIC’s sky-high pool deck looming above the Magic City; Surfcomber’s iconic pool deck and South Beach scene; Vero’s family-style pool and beach retreat and The Angler’s European sense of charm nestled within South Beach’s top entertainment centers. There’s no better way to making summer, a time of rest, relaxation, vacation and absolute fun.

EPIC Hotel, rates starting at $299 – Living up to its name, EPIC is a classic contemporary luxury waterfront hotel at the heart of downtown Miami.  Offering 20 percent off and complimentary parking under the Park and Play Package, the hotel’s guests will indulge in exclusive amenities that include spectacular skyline views from roof-top pool deck; top-rated restaurants, including Area 31; a full menu of head-to-toe spa therapies and 24-hour access to the  state of the art fitness center.  Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as a World’s Best Places to Stay and Gold List 2012, EPIC is at the EPICenter for excellence in luxury accommodation and the glorious rush of downtown Miami.

Surfcomber Miami, South Beach, rates starting at $239 –Surfcomber is conveniently located in the heart of the Art Deco District in South Beach on historic Collins Avenue offering a one-of-a-kind “daylife” experience through its direct beach access. This fully renovated hotel is providing guests who book the Park and Play Package from Sunday through Wednesday night stays with 20 percent off and Thursday through Saturday night stays with 10 percent off. As the gateway to South Beach’s world-class shopping and equally revered nightlife, Surfcomber allows guests to experience South Beach like a true local at any hour of the day or night.

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, rates starting at $159 – For Floridians looking for a relaxing and intimate retreat in Central Florida, Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is a luxury oceanfront hotel located on Treasure Coast offering high-end amenities with unobstructed, breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Booking the Park and Play Package guarantees 20 percent off and complimentary parking at the property.  Other amenities include 24-hour fitness center; golf privileges at private clubs; a full-service onsite spa, a private beach and two onsite dining options with spectacular views.

The Angler’s Miami, South Beach, rates starting at $259 – This South Beach centric hotel features 48 guestrooms and suites, restaurant 660, executive boardroom, pool and seven spacious spa suites. Florida residents looking to save on their stay and gas can book the Drive + Play Package for savings of up to 25 percent plus a $20 gas card, an Angler’s branded beach ball and a beach mesh bag for beach essentials. The Angler’s is located just steps away from some of the greatest beaches in South Beach, the Art Deco historic architecture, and other entertainment centers.

To book any of the packages offered, call 1-800-546-7866 or visit the hotel’s individual website and request the FSR rate. Blackout dates apply. Guests must present valid Florida State ID upon arrival.  To stay up-to-date on the latest news and travel deals, become a fan of the EPIC, Surfcomber, Vero, and Angler’s Facebook pages, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @KimptonInFL.



ARE YOU SINFUL OR SWEET? Kimpton’s Surfcomer Miami wants to know

OK, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Honestly, it just seems like we were just at the Christmas Holiday. Time waits for no one and that’s the truth!!  With all the craziness of the beginning of the year, Kimpton’s Surfcomber Miami, South Beach is offering couples a passion-filled escape full of fun, fraternizing and flirtation. Whatever the mood, Surfcomber’s got it covered with its ‘Sinful or Sweet’ stay packages designed for duos with desires for a sexy getaway.  Ladies…I think this would be a great surprise weekend away for your guy!  After all…you know he’s going to get you something.surfcomber-beach-servicessuite3  suite breakout-meetingcabana

A romantic tryst waits, with playful offerings that are sure to spice up anyone’s love life. For couples seeking a walk on the wild side, the sultry Sinful Stay offer will knock your socks off. This sinful package includes:

  • Sex-on-the-Beach welcome cocktails for two
  • Intimacy kit
  • Tantalizing toys, including a blindfold and tickle feather
  • Complimentary late check-out

Meanwhile, sweethearts can also make sparks fly with the more subdued though equally passionate Romantically Sweet package, which includes the following sweet amenities:

  • Bottle of champagne
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Candles
  • Complimentary late check-out

Located in the heart of the Art Deco District on historic Collins Avenue, Kimpton’s Surfcomber, Miami South Beach continues to bring a sense of playfulness and whimsy to South Beach offering guests the perfect trilogy of sun, sand and surf. With direct beach access, this fully renovated hotel offers visitors a one-of-a-kind “daylife” experience with its iconic, sun-drenched pool deck providing guests with the most hours of sun than any other hotel in the area as well as 30 private cabanas, a pool bar, and varied beach and poolside activities.
And once the sun sets, Surfcomber offers one of the most fun and popular hot spots to enjoy cocktails or dinner before the South Beach scene starts to crank up, at its newly renovated and buzzing lobby lounge, The Social Club.

With rates starting at $429, Surfcomber’s ‘Sinful or Sweet’ packages are available for booking and travel now through December 31, 2014. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply. For more information on Surfcomber and/or reservations, please call (800) 994-6103 or visit www.surfcomber.com. Use the booking code SINF for the Sinful Stay package and SWEET for the Romantically Sweet package.

The St. Regis celebrates 2014 with a classic Bloody Mary

Newly renovated St. Regis New York - King Cole Bar and Restaurant reopens October 2013Oh…what a better way to celebrate 2014 than a Bloody Mary especially on National Bloody Mary Day. The St. Regis property has often been sited as the premiere place to go, if you are looking for the “perfect” Bloody.  Did you know that while each property has the classic cocktail, they all have one that is regional? The Red Snapper (3)


For the timeless original, look no further than the legendary “Red Snapper” at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar & Salon!


For a Southern twist, The St. Regis Atlanta offers a spicy take on the new York original, adding horseradish, Tabasco and black peppercorns to the mix. Pickled okra juice adds a savory Southern twist to the recipe, while 2 pickled green tomatoes add an authentic Georgia touch.


For the best garnish, head to The St. Regis Washington D.C. for its signature Chesapeake Bay twist on the original Bloody Mary, titled the “Capitol Mary”. Using fresh steamed shrimp as a savory garnish, this cocktail blends the original Bloody Mary with a delectable appetizer, shrimp and cocktail sauce. Perfect for the hungry bruncher eager for his first bite!


For a tropical spin, journey to The St. Regis Princeville in Kauai, where the hotel bar offers an enticing blend of Hawaii’s handcrafted organic Ocean Vodka and clamato juice garnished with Kauai guava wood-smoked sea salt. An unexpected garnish of pickled sea asparagus offers an unexpected twist to the traditional classic, found only in this far-flung state!


For some Caribbean heat, look to Puerto Rico, where the St. Regis Bahia Beach’s “Encanto Mary” is enhanced with the local liquor ‘Mojo Criollo’ and Aji Chili Sauce, then garnished with crushed fried plantains. The sweet and crispy topping serves to mellow the heat of the Aji Chili sauce, rounding out this deliciously spicy Caribbean version of the New York classic.


Of course all St. Regis properties worldwide will be serving their original takes on the New York Red Snapper, on January 1st as well as every other day of the year!




EVENT: Jamaica hosting wedding and honeymoon expo in NYC


Jamaica Destination Wedding Showcase

Discover the Top Destination Venues and Honeymoon Resorts in Jamaica

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Manhattan Penthouse | 80 Fifth Avenue | New York City

Cocktails with Seagram’s Escapes and Cake Tastings

Hair and Makeup Sessions including a Lash Bar with Celebrity-Makeup Artists

Honeymoon Giveaways (including Grand Palladium Resort & Spa)

Beach Wedding Fashion, and a Fabulous Gift Bag

For complimentary tickets for you and a guest

please RSVP with code JNYBC at www.JamaicaWeddingShowcase.com


Wedding perfect but your luggage is lost. What now?

You’re wedding was perfect and you’re off on your honeymoon.  How can you make sure your luggage arrives the same time you do:

Book a direct or nonstop flight if at all possible.  That will definitely reduce the possibility of it being lost.

Choose an airline that has a ‘good baggage record’.  Did you know that someone kept records of it?  Go to airconsumer.dot.gov to see how your airline rates.

You have a ‘carry-on’ for a reason.  Put a change of clothes, your toiletries, any meds you may have, if there is a slight delay in your luggage arriving.

If you are like me and travel a lot, remember to remove any old luggage tags that you may have received from other airlines.  This will avoid any confusion on where you’re luggage is supposed to be.

Before you close your luggage at home, take a piece of paper and write your contact information on it or drop in your business card.  This will come in handy if your luggage tag gets removed, torn or lost in transit.  Do not put your home address – why, because there are some unscrupulous people out there.  If they know you’re traveling to Paris, you may arrive home to an empty home.  Don’t want that to happen.

Once you get to the airport there are some other things you can do.

Give yourself plenty of time to check in especially if you have more than one piece of luggage.  Late check-in, means rushing and that means possibility of your bags missing the flight even if you didn’t.

Make sure you watch the agent put the destination ticket and sticker on your luggage.  Then make sure you have a ‘claim ticket’ on  your boarding pass.

As simple as it may seem…make sure you see that your luggage goes on the conveyor belt.

Once you arrive at your destination, go directly – (or if you are going through customs as soon as possible) to pick-up your bags.  If you are standing there and don’t see your luggage, report it lost.  Make sure you have the tickets (which the agent would have attached to your boarding pass).  Give the ticket agent your destination so they can have your luggage delivered as soon as it arrives.

Here’s hoping that you, your new partner and your luggage all fly friendly skies and travel safely.