It’s Time For The Hamptons

Best known as the summer playground for the rich and famous, the Hamptons are home to the summer’s hottest hotels, bars, clubs and events. New York movers and shakers de-camp from New York City to their summer homes between Memorial Day and Labor Day to socialize, support charities and play.

Below is a sneak peek of some of the trendiest hot spots in the Hamptons this season   Whether you are looking for a nice stroll on the beach, a relaxing oceanfront weekend getaway or exciting nightlife, the Hamptons has always been a classic destination to escape the concrete jungle that allows you to rub elbows with the rich and famous. Whatever the case, don’t forget to bring your designer swim suit and dress your best, as you never know who you will run in to.

Here’s a Happy group of choices. Just follow the links for more info and to make reservations. Having a great time is a given.

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Beacon Bar at Hotel Beacon

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Cuisine: American
Location: 2130 Broadway, at 75th Street

New York, NY 10023

Phone: 212.787.1100
Fax: 212.724.0839
Website: http://www.beaconhotel.com/beaconbar.htm
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HotelBeacon
Twitter: @BeaconHotelNYC
Instagram: HotelBeacon
Date Established: April 2013
Director of Beverage Operations: Joshua Wallin
General Manager: Thomas J. Travers
Design: Schefer Design LLC
Hours of Service: Monday – Wednesday, 11:30am – 12am
Thursday – Saturday, 11:30am – 1am
Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Happy Hour: Monday – Sunday, 3pm – 7pm ($8 drink specials)

Capacity: 62 seats, 10 at the bar
Price Range: Lite Bites: $9-25
Cocktails: $12-14
Beer: $6-16
Wine: $10-20 glass; $38-450 bottle
Coffee & Tea: $5-7

Specialties: Jumbo Lump Crabcake $15


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New New York City, specifically the Upper West Side, just got a little better with the opening of Beacon Bar at Hotel Beacon NYC, the official hotel of the Beacon Theatre. A sophisticated bar and lounge adjacent to the legendary Beacon Theater.  Local residents, as well as enthusiastic theatergoers, now have a neighborhood place to enjoy tasty eats and well-crafted libations in an unpretentious, yet stylish ambience.

Designed by Schefer Design LLC with the intention of creating a chic and relaxed ambience, Beacon Bar comfortably seats 62, including 10 at its expansive bar.  The setting is as luxurious as it is casual, providing spacious accommodations for guests on cozy banquets and lounge chairs.  Cobalt blue leather, and brown and beige circular patterned seats, mahogany wood floors and paneling, and mirrors create a cool vibe.  In addition, large street side windows provide great people watching on well-trafficked Broadway.  Whether one is meeting friends for drinks and snacks, interested in enjoying a crafted draft beer while watching a ball game, or simply desiring a fresh cup of high-quality tea, Beacon Bar is the ideal destination.

Open from afternoon to late evening, Beacon Bar is the perfect escape for any occasion, including pre-and post-concert. The kitchen prepares its fine-tuned selection with care. Its menu features delectable “lite bites,” such as a light and luscious, (non filler) Jumbo Lump Crabcake ($15) with a terrific wasabi mayo and fennel citrus salad; The Pulled Pork Sandwich ($15) on a sesame bun is served with spicy slaw is is a delicious tribute to this regional dish. Roasted Portabella Burger ($13) with sautéed onions and peppers and Fontina cheese offers a chance to be naughty and guilt-free (and you needn’t be vegetarian to fall in love with it),  while another excellent vegetable option is Beacon Bar’s Seasonal Chilled Vegetable Plate ($18),a lovely mélange of asparagus, shitake, avocado, edamame and mung bean sprouts with spicy sesame dressing. One of the best choices may be the Mexican Shrimp Cocktail ($14), with Citrus Tomato Sauce, Avocado, and a ton of Tortilla Chips. Made in a ceviche style, the spicing is perfect and the shrimp are fresh.  

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Also, easy-to-share plates, available for two, three or more, include an impressive Charcuterie Plank ($18/$25) and Cheese Board ($16/$23) with a nice variety of meats and cheeses, served attractively with fresh fruit and crackers.  Accompanying its light and seasonal menu, Beacon Bar offers a fine selection of Harney and Sons Teas and La Colombe coffees. The cappuccino is exceptional.

Beacon Bar takes cocktails seriously and to a new level with its specialty handcrafted drinks, including the Parisian Sling ($14), gin, cherry heering Benedictine, pineapple juice, sparkling wine; Beacon Big Apple ($12), whiskey, apple juice, house-made strawberry/cucumber shrub; and “Classic” Dark & Stormy ($13), rum, fresh muddled ginger, lime juice.  It also delivers a thoughtful list of notable wines ($10-20 glass; $38-450 bottle) and unique beers ($8-16) that will please even the most discerning palates, with labels such as Speakeasy Prohibition Ale ($9) and Stone Arrogant Bastard 22 oz. Ale ($16). There is a real mixologist here: We especially liked the best Mint Julep in Manhattan and a wonderful Margarita.

Service is exceptionally helpful and the clientele is  a great mix of people staying in the hotel, locals and trendy Europeans.

Beacon Bar is open every day of the week.  For more information, go to beaconhotel.com/beaconbar or better yet, check it out. Inquire about nights with live music. Beacon Bar is real discovery.

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THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS

Here’s a bundle of exclusive luxury with links included

Hotel Les Mars – Healdsburg, California, USA

Hotel Les Mars Evokes Romantic French Charm in Sonoma Wine Country, California

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Hotel Les Mars is the finest destination for travelers who want to experience California wine country in lavish comfort. Resting among the hills of the Russian River Valley in Northern California, Hotel Les Mars evokes the charm of a romantic French maison retreat. The hotel, which is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux that recognizes some of the world’s best hotels, boasts superior European-style service for both corporate and personal getaways. Opened by the Mars family in 2005, Hotel Les Mars provides elegant spa services from world-famous spa company Francis & Alexander, even in the comfort and privacy of each of its 16 elegantly decorated rooms. For more information on Hotel Les Mars, please visit www.hotellesmars.com.

27 North Street

Healdsburg, California, 95448

Tel: (707) 433 4211

www.hotellesmars.com

Rock Creek Cattle Company – Deer Lodge, Montana, USA

Montana’s Rock Creek Cattle Company is Your Gateway to the American Great Outdoors

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Rock Creek Cattle Company in Deer Lodge, Montana is nestled on 30,000 acres of diverse and gorgeous countryside including Rock Creek, an alpine lake, lush forests, rolling hills, an 18-hole golf course designed by golf course architect Tom Doak and 18 miles of rivers and streams. Ideally situated, Rock Creek Cattle Company features 22 luxurious accommodations from 12 one-bedroom cottages, five three-bedroom cabins, four four-bedroom cabins and one five-bedroom home. In addition, Rock Creek Cattle Company offers its members and guests state-of-the-art facilities including a restaurant with an outdoor terrace on the banks of Rock Creek, a private dining room, two bars, a library, an outdoor pool, hot tub, kids pool, fire pit and game barn, fitness center and massage rooms. Rock Creek Cattle Company provides members and guests an array of exciting activities including Golfing, Fly-Fishing, ATV Excursions, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, and Hunting. Rock Creek Cattle Company’s fabulous food, wine, accommodations, facilities, activities and service makes the private club the perfect destination for family vacations, weekend getaways and more. To learn more about Rock Creek Cattle Company, please visit www.rockcreekcattlecompany.com.

105 Pauly Drive

Deer Lodge, MT 59722-9634
Tel: (406) 846-3474

www.rockcreekcattlecompany.com

 

Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa and Resort – Barra de Sao Miguel, Alagoas, Brazil

Private Luxury in a Tranquil Paradise at Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa and Resort in Brazil

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Resting 20 miles from the charming city of Maceio on the eastern coast of Brazil, Kenoa Beach Spa and Resort is a private sanctuary of tranquility and balance where each guest’s experience is carefully handled to expand their journey and ensure their privacy. Kenoa Resort rests along miles of virgin Atlantic outback and the enchanting turquoise sea, a relaxing and wondrous escape where luxury is defined by its earth-given beauty. Kenoa Resort is a first wave eco-chic resort comprised of luxury suites and bungalows with private pools, and the Kaamo restaurant, under the supervision of the renowned Brazilian chef César Santos, provides excellent dining for discerning guests. Expert service executed by impeccably trained attendants who deftly capture guests’ preferences and whims is one of the many ways the Kenoa Resort delivers a world-class hideaway experience for the traveler who wants only the absolute best. For more information please visit www.kenoaresort.com.

Barra Mar Rua Escritor Jorge de Lima nº, 58

Barra de São Miguel

AL, 57180-000, Brazil
(800) 337-4685

www.kenoaresort.com

 

Hotel Christopher – St. Barth, F. W. I.

Experience the Caribbean’s Intimate Side at Hotel Christopher St. Barth

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One of the best locations in St. Barth, the recently renovated Hotel Christopher offers luxurious soon to be five-star accommodations and amenities and houses two remodeled restaurants, newly redesigned spacious rooms and the largest pool on the island overlooking the Caribbean Sea. A favorite destination for jet setters from America and Europe, Hotel Christopher is located at the secluded Pointe Milou on St. Barth–only a 10-minute flight from St. Maarten. The hotel features 42 rooms and suites comprised of Ocean Poolside, Ocean Garden, Ocean Classic and Ocean Deluxe rooms as well as the Ocean Junior Suite, Ocean Balcony Junior Suite, Ocean one-bedroom Suite and Aloes Suite. The hotel’s two restaurants, Taino and Mango, provide guests with perfect menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spa treatments, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, surfing and boat rentals are all available through Hotel Christopher’s concierge. For more information on the wonderful opportunities awaiting guests at Hotel Christopher, please visit www.hotelchristopher.com.

Pointe Milou

97133 St. Barthélemy

Tel: (590) 590 27 63 63

www.hotelchristopher.com

 

Montpelier Plantation – Nevis, West Indies, Caribbean

Montpelier Plantation: A Sanctuary of Beauty Far from the Stresses of Modern Life

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Set in a 60-acre estate 750 feet up in the hills of Nevis in the Caribbean, the Relais and Châteaux and AAA Four Diamond Montpelier Plantation offers sea-views from each of its 19 simple yet beautiful and elegant rooms where guests will find a perfect balance between historic plantation style and modern amenities. A private beach, mosaic swimming pool, tennis court, extensive wine cellar, and personable and discreet hotel service along with delightful dining are some of the many opportunities made available while staying at Montpelier Plantation. Open and airy, the hotel invites its visitors to effortlessly experience the beauty of both the nature of Nevis and the Plantation itself. Whether they want to relax and unwind with spa treatments or hike through the rainforest, Montpelier Plantation transports its guests to a place of utter tranquility. For more information on Montpelier Plantation, please visit www.montpeliernevis.com.

PO Box 474

Nevis, West Indies

Tel: (869) 469-3462

www.montpeliernevis.com

Domaine de la Bretesche – Brittany, France

Allow Domaine de la Bretesche in Brittany, France to Transport You into Old-World Tranquility

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The Relais and Châteaux Domaine de la Bretesche in Brittany, France transports guests into an elegant and distinguished suspension of old-world tranquility. Comfort combines with both traditional and contemporary styles in 32 luxurious rooms comprising the hotel that sits mere steps from La Baule. Adorned in fabulous fabrics and custom color schemes, each room is a serene spot for repose and relaxation. The warm, natural setting helps guests relax in the hotel’s spa, Cour Carré, offering a wonderful range of treatments imbued with authenticity and ceremony that all guests will appreciate. Domaine de la Bretesche offers its guests the fine cuisine of Le Montaigu, where Chef Ludovic Le Forestier creates gourmet surprises for even the most difficult of palates. Sheltered by an ancient forest, the 18-hole Bretesche golf course is among the most beautiful of France, The course is majestically overlooked by the castle towers and ramparts and bordered by the most beautiful varieties of trees. A compact 9-hole course, designed similarly to the 18-hole course, welcomes amateurs and pros alike to practice at peace. For more information of Domaine de la Bretesche and to book a stay, please visit www.bretesche.fr.

Missillac 44 780

Missillac, France
Tel: +02 51 76 86 96

www.bretesche.fr

 

Hotel Bel Ami – Paris, France

Hip Luxury in the Heart of Paris at the Hotel Bel Ami

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Located right along the main boulevard in the Southern Half of Paris, Hotel Bel Ami combines a comfortable and friendly atmosphere with a contemporary address. Only steps away from the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots in the very heart of Paris’ St Germain des Prés district, Hotel Bel Ami renew the Avant Garde spirit of Parisian travel accommodations. The spacious, contemporary, trendy and relaxing atmosphere of the area is duplicated at Hotel Bel Ami—its pragmatic luxury, as well as its friendly and peaceful climate, makes it one of the most wonderful places to stay in Paris. The Bel-Ami Hotel’s 111 rooms, including two junior suites and four regular suites, give priority to a spirit of laid back but chic comfort. Guests can also enjoy fantastic food from Bel Ami Café, receive body and skin care for him and her at the Wellness Center by Payot, and socialize at Bel-Ami Bar’s intimate lounge and its warm tonalities. For more information on the hip Hotel Bel Ami, please visit www.hotel-bel-ami.com.

7-11 Rue St Benoît – 75006 Paris
Tel: +33 1 42 61 87 13

www.hotel-bel-ami.com

 

Hotel Edouard 7 – Paris, France

Revel in Classic Parisian Ambiance at Hotel Edouard 7

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Hotel Edouard 7 is a premier couture hotel located in the heart of Paris in the central 2nd Arrondissement. Comprised of 70 rooms and suites throughout seven floors, Hotel Edouard 7’s lavish furnishing and luxe designs recall a traditional Paris in a modern era with contemporary amenities. Each room is entirely unique, elegant and intimate with custom carpets and lights, in addition to fantastic fabric and designs. Each of the Hotel’s suites were recently renovated, and all overlook the Opéra. Hotel Edouard 7 is the perfect luxury hotel, located within walking distance from many of Paris’s main attractions, including superb shopping, world-famous museums, world’s-best restaurants, renowned cabarets, and exquisite galleries housing extraordinary works of art. Guests at Hotel Edouard 7 can relax in a refined and elegant ambiance at Bar l’E7, or enjoy the talent of the French gastronomy scene with a menu changing throughout each season. Its excellent concierge is prepared to arrange any adventure for guests and answer to any requests they may have. For more information on Hotel Edouard 7, please visit www.edouard7hotel.com.

39, Av de l’Opéra – 75002 PARIS

Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 61 56 90

www.edouard7hotel.com

Argentario Golf Resort & Spa – Tuscany, Italy

Incredible Design Meets Luxury Sport at the Argentario Golf Resort & Spa

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A chic luxury resort with a golf course and wellness center located in the heart of Tuscany, Argentario Golf Resort and Spa lies in a protected Mediterranean oasis that offers a unique panorama of extraordinary Italian beauty. The impressive design of Argentario extends to every area of its facilities, including its 73 suites and world-class spa, Espace, as well as its meticulously planned golf course. Each suite at Argentario features a terrace with views of the golf course or Monte Argentario. With 18 championship holes and a driving range, the Argentario Golf Club occupies 190 acres and earned an environmental certification from BioAgriCert, the international certification body of organic productions based in Italy. The course offers a Club House and the Buvette pro shop, as well as the Blue Team Golf Academy, a prestigious golf school. The Dama Dama Restaurant at Argentario Resort offers Tuscan and Italian cuisine, with particular attention paid to the culinary traditions of the Maremma region that Argentario calls home. Argentario Resort’s beautiful aesthetic is illustrated on its panoramic terrace, in and around its spectacular swimming pool with solarium, and its three exquisite tennis courts. For more information on the Argentario Golf Resort and Spa in Tuscany and to book your trip, please visit www.argentariogolfresortspa.it.

Via Acquedotto Leopoldino – 58018 Porto Ercole (GR) Italy
Tel: +39 0564 810292

www.argentariogolfresortspa.it

Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate – Featherston, New Zealand

Indulge in Spectacular Outdoor Opportunities at Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate in New Zealand

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On a 5,500 acre haven located just a 40-minute drive from Martinsborough at the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island along Palliser Bay, Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate makes any outdoor activity dream a reality. Wharekauhau boasts 15 comfortable, spacious and luxurious cottages and two additional guest homes, all with access to exclusive activities including hiking and mountain biking, a Wharekauhau sheep farm tour, a tour of the region’s wild coastal environment, the Cape Palliser Seal Colony and Lighthouse tour, as well as wine tours, jet boating, horseback riding, ATV adventure tours, clay target shooting, archery, and a luxury golf tour. Other activities include swimming with dolphins, whale watching, and walking tours of the immense estate with completely customizable routes for difficulty and timing. Wharekauhau was rewarded for Best Ambience and Design by Condé Nast Traveller magazine in 2011, and received the award for Best in the World from Condé Nast readers in 2008. For more information on Wharekauhau, room rates and availability, please visit www.wharekauhau.co.nz.

Western Lake Road

Featherston 5773, New Zealand
Tel: + (06) 307 7581

www.wharekauhau.co.nz

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Luxury Has Never Been More Affordable With New ‘Ultimate Luxury Package’

Pictured above:  Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt

Business Class Airfare, Five-Star Hotels, and Chauffeur-Driven Touring From Just $2,799 Per Person Round-Trip Including All Taxes and Fees

Imagine traveling to Ireland in Business Class round-trip on Aer Lingus, staying at five-star hotels across the country, and enjoying private chauffeur-driven touring between cities — all for less than $3,000 per person round-trip for a six-night getaway. This dream trip is now a reality for travelers who book the new "Ultimate Luxury Package" from the Aer Lingus Vacation Store.

A group of four travelers will experience true Irish hospitality with incredible elegance and unparalleled luxury throughout this six-night vacation which includes stays in four of Ireland’s most exclusive properties where many of the world’s famous actors, athletes, politicians, and royalty have stayed: Four Seasons in Dublin, Glenlo Abbey in Galway, Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney, and The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt. And to make it even more exclusive, the private driver lets travelers see it all in style and comfort!

Here is how the itinerary works:

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THE NEW YORK PALACE TO BE GILDED IN PREMIUM LINDT CHOCOLATE THIS SPRING

The New York Palace on Madison Avenue

 

Junior Suite in The Towers at The New York Palace

Gold Chocolate themed package, decked-out Lindt Chocolate Brunch and oversized LINDT GOLD BUNNY figures fete the arrival of spring, while supporting Autism Speaks at this luxury hotel

New York Guests at The New York Palace will taste the sweetness of the spring season with the Gold Chocolate Package, celebrating Easter and the 60th birthday of the iconicLINDT GOLD BUNNY. The month-long initiative begins March 24 to coincide with the start of spring, and features premium Lindt chocolate experiences, allowing guests to indulge during their stay. A themed hotel package, a custom-created Gold Chocolate Weekend Brunch featuring the LINDT GOLD BUNNY in restaurant Istana, and giant LINDT GOLD BUNNY figures greeting guests from the hotel courtyard all help to usher in the Easter season and spring weather.

The Palace’s Gold Chocolate package gives guests yet another reason to revel in New York’s warm spring weather and Easter celebrations. The package is comprised of luxury accommodations and a myriad of ways to enjoy premium Lindt chocolate, including a $100 daily food and beverage credit, which can be used towards the Gold Chocolate Weekend Brunch, and an iconic LINDT GOLD BUNNY and special welcome amenity.GILT Restaurant at The New York Palace

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WORLD’S FIRST HOTEL ACCOMMODATION AUCTION WEBSITE IS LAUNCHED

World’s first online bidding website selling hotel accommodation across the world has just been launched

Example

3 nights in Deluxe, Marriott Hotel, Marble Arch, UK

star ratingstar ratingstar ratingstar rating

Check in: Jan 17, 2012 3:00 PM Check out: Jan 20, 2012 12:00 PM Board type: Room only Max occupancy: 3

Mariott Marble Arch

Time left:
5d 14h 28m 23s (Jan 17, 2012 4:55 AM)
Quantity:
1
Rack rate:
£621.00 GBP
Current bid:
£96.00 GBP (approx $147.10)
Must be paid by:
Jan 17, 2012 8:55 AM

Only Bidding is a company with a new concept based on the fact that unoccupied hotel rooms are lost revenue.

Only Bidding empowers the consumer to pay a price that they are happy to pay for hotel accommodation and a price that hotel suppliers are willing to accept for that room- balancing supply and demand: a Win- Win situation for all!
For the customer, it’s simply grabbing a bargain hotel stay for a price that may otherwise be out of budget. Customers can find great deals during low seasons/quiet periods and last minute as hotels will be willing to reduce the room rate. Hotel rooms are an inventory that expires each night, so hotels often will accept rates that are cheaper than other available rates.

For the hotel, the advantages of joining Only Bidding are clear- they get to fill otherwise unoccupied rooms with guests. A hotel will be paying indirect costs for the running of the hotel regardless of whether the hotel has one room occupied or a hundred. The hotel would increase occupancy and therefore increase revenue. Additionally, there is a greater chance of the hotel’s restaurants, bars, spa facilities having an increase in turnover as there are more guests.

Is Only Bidding any different to Ebay or Groupon?
It is different from eBay as Only Bidding sells hotel accommodation with specified dates and not vouchers. This guarantees availability thus being advantageous over vouchers which can leave customers disappointed if they can’t book their chosen dates.
Is Only Bidding any different to Priceline?

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Maid Service for a Year? Microtel Hotels Giving Away Guests’ Favorite Amenities

Travelers across the United States are getting a chance to bring home a slew of their favorite hotel amenities—from flat screen televisions and free Internet access to maid service and more—thanks to the Microtel Inns & Suites® hotel brand and its “A better place to stay® Sweepstakes.

Launched in celebration of the brand’s recent 10th consecutive ranking as “Highest in Guest Satisfaction among Economy/Budget Hotel Chains” by global marketing information services company J.D. Power and Associates, the sweepstakes offers entrants the chance to win one of 10 prize packs, each consisting of 10 items that represent amenities that make Microtel Inns & Suites hotels a better place to stay.
Each prize pack includes:
• One Year Free Cable TV and Internet Service
• One Year Free Home Phone Service
• One Year Free Breakfast
• One Year Free Home Maid Service
• One Year Free Gym Membership
• 42” Flat-Screen Plasma Television
• 7” Touch Screen Tablet Computer
• Queen-Size Mattress
• Microtel’s Signature DreamWellTM Bedding
• 10,000 Wyndham Rewards® Points

To enter, travelers should visit www.microtelinn.com and click on the sweepstakes banner. When they do, they’ll be able to create and submit a top 10 list of their favorite Microtel Inns & Suites amenities, which will then enter them into the sweepstakes. Travelers can enter until midnight ET on November 10, plus they’ll have the opportunity to invite up to three friends to enter for the opportunity to earn up to three additional entries. Terms and conditions apply. For more information and the terms and conditions, please visit www.microtelinn.com.
“Microtel Inns & Suites hotels have always been known for delivering outstanding service and high-quality accommodations at affordable prices,” said Rui Barros, Microtel Inns & Suites brand senior vice president. “A decade of the brand ranking highest in its segment certainly demonstrates that. To celebrate, we’re giving travelers a chance to take home just a few of the many things they love about Microtel hotels.”

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A Taste of Panama With a Barcelona Accent:

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Dining at Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Executive Chef Daniel Bausà Peris brings the flavors of his native Barcelona to the dining experiences at Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama,

opening July 6, 2011. trump panama 1 Iberian-inspired dishes will mingle with local Panamanian and international specialties on menus at the hotel’s signature Tejas Restaurant & Bar, casual BARcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar and al fresco Azul Pool Bar & Grill. Complementing these exceptional dining venues will be the fine wines and small plates of Cava 15 Wine Bar.

True to Trump Ocean Club’s waterfront setting, seafood will take center stage during dinner at Tejas Restaurant & Bar. Here, Chef Bausà concentrates on beautifully plated, deceptively simple dishes that allow the true flavors of the seafood to shine through. In the same spirit of “transparency,” a window from the dining room to the kitchen will allow guests to watch the chef and his team at work.

Chef Bausà has infused the cuisine of Tejas with a Mediterranean accent cultivated through his years of experience in the top kitchens of Spain and Italy. Asian, Latin American and other European flavors will also be highlighted in a true fusion menu. Enticing appetizers will range from a watermelon and feta cheese salad with Greek olives and lemon almond oil to an octopus terrine with ñame root purée, arugula and light, spicy chorizo oil. The freshest catch of the day will be served in a choice of preparations: crusted in sea salt, roasted Mediterranean, Caribbean or local Tikin-xic style. Each of these preparations can be paired with the patron’s choice of sauce, from a garlic mojo to a fresh herb pistou. Meat lovers will enjoy inspired choices such as beef tenderloin with onion compote and gorgonzola ravioli, and a grilled pork chop with smoked cheese and red cabbage strudel. Key lime pie, warm apple tart, and a traditional Latin American three-milk cake are among the tempting dessert selections. Tejas will also feature a lively outdoor raw bar, where Mexican and Panamanian ceviches share the menu with the traditional shellfish.

For small bites in an inviting, casual setting, BARcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar will draw heavily on Chef Bausà’s Barcelona roots, and several time-honored family recipes are showcased on the menu. The lunch and dinner menus at this restaurant, which promises to be a favorite of locals and hotel guests alike, are designed around a small-plate concept in the tapas tradition, to encourage sharing and plenty of socializing. Panamanian fare is also featured, including a local Sancocho soup that shares the menu with the traditional Salmorejo gazpacho topped with quail egg and Spanish ham. Newcomers to the tapas concept will appreciate Chef Bausà’s “Tapas Walk Through,” a four-course tasting menu hand-selected by the chef and served family-style. Each course will include multiple plates for plenty of culinary variety. Among them are oven-roasted vegetables with pickled anchovies “Montadito,” spicy crispy “Brava’s” potatoes (a BARcelona signature), baby lamb chops with sundried tomato marmalade and aioli, and a coconut rice pudding Panamanian style.

At breakfast, cooking stations outside BARcelona’s doors will draw diners in with the tantalizing aroma of waffles, pancakes and French toast prepared before their eyes. A counter display including pastries, fresh fruits, cold cuts and cheeses will also be stationed outside, while within the restaurant, guests can choose from a wide array of omelettes and other inspired egg and meat dishes.

For poolside guests, the al fresco Azul Pool Bar & Grill will deliver refreshing treats against a spectacular Pacific Ocean backdrop. Among trump panama 2 the light delights on the menu are Caesar salad, guacamole served with totopos and salsa, a selection of quesadillas and a shrimp, coconut, banana and avocado ceviche. Angus beef burgers come with a choice of five toppings, from mozzarella basil pesto to sundried tomato and goat cheese. Sandwiches and market-fresh grilled items, from lamb chops to shrimp, will also be featured, topped off by a selection of desserts that include a tropical fruit salad, country bread served with chocolate and sea salt, and a choice of three ice cream cups: Caribbean (tropical sorbets with red fruit sauce and blackberry whipped cream), Panamanian (chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon roll ice cream with caramel sauce, whipped cream and banana) and Azul’s own signature (coffee, chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, Bailey’s and Oreo cookie).

About Trump® Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Opening July 6, 2011, Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama, perched above Panama Bay in Punta Pacifica, will be the first international venture for Trump Hotel Collection. It is destined to be the largest hotel in Latin America, designed by architect Arias Serna Saravia and developed by Newland International Properties Corp. Its 369 handsomely appointed hotel rooms, including 47 suites, will be a home-away-from-home for travelers, and amenities will include a floor of elite boutiques and shops, multiple restaurants reflective of the region’s best fare, a phenomenal pool deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 10,000 square feet devoted to wellness at The Spa at Trump, over 46,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a casino and a private beach club on nearby Isla Viveros. Signature services of the Trump Hotel Collection, including The Trump Attaché, will also be a part of the Trump Ocean Club experience. For more information, please visit www.TrumpPanamaHotel.com. Reservations can be made by calling (877)898-7867. Connect with Trump Ocean Club on Facebook and Twitter.

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