New Year’s Travel Bytes

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Take a moment to enjoy the good life in 2010. Peruse Cartier jewelry from Liz and Princess Grace at Taj Campton Place, sit fireside for the big game in Taj Boston tailgate suites, celebrate the high-art lifestyle of Beijing at the Opposite House, and venture behind the Golden Door for Naples Grande’s Spa Til Dawn. Read on…


Celebrating Cartier’s 100 years in the U.S., the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco has on display over 200 Cartier objects including jewelry from celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Grace of Monaco. Taj Campton Place San Francisco, the official hotel of the Cartier and America exhibit, is offering its JEWELS AND THE CROWN PACKAGE which includes two nights in a deluxe room, breakfast and comp tickets for two starting at $498. The exhibit runs from now through April 18, 2010, at the Legion of Honor, Lincoln Park, SF. To book call 415-781-5555 or email


Taj Boston’s Fireside Tailgate offer is perfect for a Superbowl weekend tailgating experience, minus the wind-chill and car exhaust. In fact, it comes with your own fireplace butler, luxury suite, tailgate cuisine and 42-Inch flat screen. Watch all your favorite teams by the fire (choice of Birch, Cherry, Oak, Maple or Taj blend) until April 1 with chef-prepared New England faves like clam chowder, crab cakes, chicken pot pie, Kobe beef burger with house-fries, Taj Boston Cream Pie and full bar. A Fireside Dining event planner can custom arrange large fireside events in a residential-style townhouse-inspired space. Rates for a Fireside Tailgate Suite begin at $480. Call Taj Boston at 617-536-5700 or 877-482-5267 (877-4-TAJ BOS).


Beijing’s newest darling is The Opposite House, a designer hotel from Swire Hotels and architect Kengo Kuma. It features the city’s largest rooms in the cosmo Sanlitun district and provocative architecture. The new mystique of the Orient awaits with Celebrate at The House, a weekend getaway complete with chilled bottle of bubbly on arrival, round trip Maserati transfers, and a limited edition oppositehouse vol 1 CD, a collection of soundtracks by some of China’s most prolific young musicians. Rates start at $335 USD per night (RMB 2,288) for a Studio 45 room. Includes breakfast, comp mini-bar and wifi, workout, pool and guided walks through Old Beijing. Offer valid through February 28, 2010. For more information:


Naples Grande Beach Resort’s ‘Spa Til Dawn’ package at Golden Door is an unprecedented overnight stay in a private Spa Villa with custom couples treatments, chef’s tasting dinner, exclusive after-hours spa access and more. Experience the ultimate romantic getaway at this Southwest Florida, eco-smart beach retreat on 23 waterfront acres. The Golden Door, an indoor/outdoor spa village with Zen-inspired treatment pavilions, harbors the Spa Villa within its garden. This glass and teak pavilion with Asian platform bed, generous soaking tub, indoor treatment and lounge areas and outdoor sundeck and patio is now available on a limited basis. Stay includes custom spa services at sunset, dinner by moonlight adjoining candy cane waterfalls and exclusive after-hours access to the spa’s outdoor whirlpools, sauna, steam chambers and signature meditation labyrinth. Priced at $3,999. Visit

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