Indian Destination Weddings on the Rise on Caribbean Islands

Destination weddings account for nearly 25% of all marriages, with the Caribbean continuing to be the most popular international destination among couples. In recent years, this has become particularly true for Indian couples who are looking to islands like Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Aruba for hosting their weddings.

“The trend started about 3 years ago and I would guess that 10-15% of US-based South Asians are now opting for destination weddings,” said Ayesha Hakki publisher of Bibi Magazine, a bridal outlet aimed at Indian and South Asian women. 

According to Hakki, there are a lot of reasons for this increase. “More and more South Asian bridal vendors are equipped to do destination weddings, and on the flip side, more local vendors have also added South Asian-slanted services, hence making the process much easier,” she says. “Additionally, Indian weddings are already about 3-4 days long and cost, on average, $75K (as opposed to the national average of $25k), so a destination makes sense since the bridal party will already be together for those days and properties usually offer additional value for the money.”

La Concha Resort in San Juan and the Hyatt Regency Aruba are among hotels that have seen an increase in Indian weddings over the past year.

La Concha hosted eleven Indian weddings in 2013, working with couples to create customized Indian menus and decorations in addition to incorporating traditional elements with a twist, such as arranging for the groom to arrive by jet-ski, horse or ATV in place of an elephant. The hotel’s on-site wedding coordinator will also arrange family rituals such as Vidhi and Grashanti and connect the couple to dance groups on island to participate in the Sangeet ceremony.

In 2013, two Indian weddings were held at the Hyatt Aruba, both of which included upwards of 200 guests—many more than the typical destination wedding. For each wedding, the hotel helped to coordinate traditional events such as the Baraat, Sangeet and Pujas as well as rehearsal dinners, beach-front ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions. While the Hyatt Aruba doesn’t offer Indian menus, they work with a local Indian restaurant to cater the traditional weddings held on property. On-site wedding planners will also help create special experiences like a Sunset Sail cruise for wedding guests or arrange for the groom to arrive by boat on the day of the ceremony.

La Concha has already confirmed 3 Indian weddings for 2014 and Hyatt Regency Aruba has several Indian weddings lined up.  Says Hakki, “This trend is going to be around for a long time and properties will continue to see growth in this area over the next several years.”

La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla And the Legacy Bride Program

Have you ever dreamed of getting married on the French Riviera…or perhaps in a Mediterranean villa on a seaside cliff?  You can experience the flavor of both by choosing La Valencia in La Jolla, California for your wedding.  This iconic pale pink landmark hotel – located in the heart of a jewel-like village and perched on a cliff over the blue Pacific – is the ideal backdrop to create a wedding as stunning as the destination and as enchanting as the property. 

Couples are invited into La Valencia’s Legacy Bride Program where the wedding package also includes accommodations to celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary night.  The La V bride then becomes part of an elite sorority that can weave the magic of the hotel into her own anniversaries, family celebrations and hopefully – one day her daughter’s wedding!

La Valencia began making memories for its guests when it opened in 1926 and now, fresh from a $10 million reimagining, renovation and restoration, this vintage coastal retreat invites you to become part of its history … while making some of your own.  The distinctive Mediterranean silhouette with its pink exterior and landmark tower;  elegant and mature gardens accented with colorful Spanish tiles;  intimate spaces and tropical sunsets palm tree lined panoramic views  – all impart an atmosphere of  storybook elegance, creating one of the most romantic and sought-after wedding locations in Southern California.

“It is so amazing to watch the generations of celebrations that take place here,” explains Managing Director, Mark Dibella. “We have so many couples who continue to share their life stories with La Valencia and have also returned to us over the decades to celebrate anniversaries and special milestones or just to escape to their own memorable paradise. “

WEDDING, RECEPTION & SPECIAL EVENT VENUES

Whether you envision an intimate affair for a few or a lavish wedding filled with world travelers, the “Pink Lady,” as locals fondly refer to La V, has an array of indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options with space to accommodate exclusive guest lists of  up to 150 people.   La Valencia’s event team can offer different venues for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or reserve a private event in one of our three award-winning restaurants.  The intimate property size makes La V the perfect multiple-day destination wedding event.  With 112 rooms in three categories, out-of-town guests can choose from a variety of options for a weekend of celebrations.  From a bachelor party in Café la Rue to a bridal shower on the MED Patio to rehearsal dinner in the Galeria to ceremony and reception in the ocean view Garden and Verandah – La V is a quintessential wedding destination. 

Indoor and outdoor hotel ceremony and reception sites include:

The Garden – With Spanish tiles depicting the original “Pink Lady” on one wall and a sweeping view the Pacific on the other, this open-air terraced overlook is unforgettable as a ceremony or reception location. 

Verandah Ballroom & Terrace – Potted palms, a black and white marble foyer, picture windows, an open air entry and tufted ceilings with crystal chandeliers create an elegant oceanfront ballroom.   At more than 3,000 square feet, the Verandah Room and Terrace offers both indoor and outdoor space, amazing ocean views and can accommodate groups from 20 to 150.

THE MED Patio – Surrounded by beds of bright blooming flowers, the Mediterranean Patio creates an ideal al fresco ambience for a wedding reception under the stars. This room can accommodate a cocktail reception of up to 120 or up to 50 for dinner and dancing.

The Galeria – For a smaller, more intimate reception, the Galleria’ gorgeous open arched windows; classic bar and breathtaking view of the La Jolla Coastline from its mini Romeo & Juliet balconies makes this a very special space.

 

CULINARY OPTIONS

With a setting like this, expectations are high for culinary offerings and La V rises to the occasion.  An extensive catering menu ranges from hand crafted cocktails to housemade, butler passed hors d’oevres as well as multi-course dinners that can be paired with wines from famed flights stored in La V’s world class wine cellar. 

ACCOUTREMENTS

La V knows that the ultimate in sophistication is keeping the process clear and simple.    From photographers to florists, to the ultimate party planner, La V has a trusted cadre of wedding specialists at your disposal.  Wedding themes have incorporated traditions from India, Persia, Japan and Israel … if you can imagine it, La V will help make your wedding day dreams come true.   And, the hotel’s team of catering managers can organize a day of golfing, kayaking or shopping or book special tour and sightseeing events for you and your guests.

Wedding packages include a range of enhancements including: romantic date arrangements prior to the big day for the bride and groom, wedding night accommodations complete with ocean views, and induction to the La Valencia Legacy Bride program.

GUEST ROOMS

With each room completely redone in 2013, accommodations in this fresh vintage coastal retreat blend modern convenience with timeless luxury.  Ideal for a destination wedding, La V offers 112 guestrooms and suites, including 16 exquisite Villas. Each guestroom is appointed with ample amenities, including 100% Egyptian cotton linens and complimentary wireless Internet.

Find out more about specifics of La V Weddings at: www.lavalencia.com/weddings/weddings.htm

ABOUT LA VALENCIA

Owned and managed by Pacifica Host Hotels – a division of Pacifica Companies – La V features completely renovated guest rooms, suite and villas overlooking Ellen Browning Scripps Park and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Dining options include THE MED, a signature ocean facing restaurant and terrace featuring New American Cuisine, with the adjoining La Sala Lounge and the newly unveiled, Café La Rue, a village facing bistro and bar now offering Modern European Cuisine.   Ocean view banquet rooms accommodate 10 to 150 guests and the property includes terraced gardens, heated pool & spa, fitness room and business center.  La V is located in the center of the Village of La Jolla and steps away to premier retail and dining. Renowned leisure destinations are minutes away and include the La Jolla Cove, Torrey Pines State Park, Scripps Ocean Institute, the Birch Aquarium as well as UCSD / La Jolla Playhouse and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art. 

 

Tahoe weddings enjoy hip family-style trend at five-star boutique hotel

 Family-style dining, a fresh wedding reception trend that’s taking hold with brides who want the casual elegance and intimacy of a shared meal, is offered with the extra cachet of a celebrity chef approach at The Landing Resort & Spa, Lake Tahoe’s first five-star boutique lakeside hotel, says Lisa Gallup, director of catering & weddings for the resort. At The Landing, wedding catering and banquet services have the benefit of the amazing kitchen facilities of The Landing’s Jimmy’s Restaurant, overseen by British author and celebrity chef Maria Elia.  Wood-fired ovens, grills and rotisseries bring out the full flavors of the food for an experience that Hotel Chatter recently called the best dining in town.

“The family-style dining trend is becoming increasingly popular for weddings, because it provides a food experience that allows guests to interact during the meal by sharing dishes and passing,” says Gallup. “Our catering and cuisine at The Landing lends itself well to the trend. Executive Chef Elia with her talented team has designed food tasting experience menus that allow for a full enjoyment of food flavors and taste. The meal becomes almost a form of entertainment in itself that couples are able to provide for their guests.”

Beyond The Landing’s reception and event dining options – which also include plated dinners and buffets – and the “something blue” of Lake Tahoe’s famously azure waters, The Landing provides brides with an elegantly customized event in an all-new ultra-luxe lakeside setting. From pampered bride and wedding party spa treatments to a dream ceremony on the Grand Rooftop Terrace overlooking the lake and beach to a spectacular reception in one of a variety of indoor/outdoor venues personalized to the last detail, The Landing’s flawless service extends to every element of the special day.

Opened in December 2013 with a Grand Opening party attended by Heidi Klum, The Landing Resort & Spa on Lake Tahoe’s southern shores includes an 88-room boutique luxury hotel, restaurant, full-service spa and salon, and conference center. All rooms feature five-star amenities including marble bathrooms, heated toilet seats, heated bathroom floors, high thread count linens, 55-inch wall mounted televisions, plush terry robes, Keurig coffee service, luxurious contemporary European furnishings, fireplaces and private decks, and most have a view of Lake Tahoe. Select suites also offer aromatherapy, heat therapy, music therapy, light therapy, steam showers and thermo masseur tubs in the guest bath.

The Landing Resort & Spa provides private beach access and is walking distance to the golf, outdoor concerts, nightlife, dining and shopping of South Lake Tahoe. Just blocks from Heavenly Village and Gondola, Village Center and gaming casinos, The Landing provides complimentary transportation in a Mercedes Sprinter locally and to the Heavenly Gondola. Lake Tahoe’s first five-star boutique lakeside resort, The Landing opened in December 2013 and has recently been mentioned by media including The New York Times, SKI magazine and Robb Report. For additional information and reservations contact 855.700.5263 or visit www.thelandingtahoe.com.

Conrad Miami Spreads Love and Diamonds

Conrad Miami, a metropolitan oasis located in the heart of Miami’s chic Brickell Avenue, is celebrating love and romance, diamond-style, in honor of the hotel’s 10th anniversary year.  

The luxury hotel is offering its “Conrad Miami Diamond Romance” package for sophisticated couples seeking a romantic rendezvous, stories above Miami’s breathtaking skyline.

Lovebirds staying at Conrad Miami can add some sparkle to their relationship as they choose a diamond jewelry piece together during a private consultation with a jeweler from Snow’s Jewelers, one of South Florida’s most renowned jewelry purveyors.

“We invite our guests to take part in their own ‘Diamond Romance’ at Conrad Miami,” said Stephane Mercier, general manager, Conrad Miami.  “Our new package offers guests an exclusive ambiance fit for romance in the Magic City.”

Conrad Miami brilliantly shines in this package, as starry-eyed couples are treated to such lavish amenities as:

· Personalized consultation with Conrad Miami’s private diamond consultant from Snow’s Jewelers, including a fine piece of diamond jewelry starting at a value of $800.

· Two romantic nights in deluxe bedroom accommodations overlooking the spectacular Miami city lights.

· Daily complimentary breakfast in bed for two (2).

· Dinner for two (2) in a private room at Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room, located 25 stories above vibrant Brickell Avenue.

· Gourmet chocolates.

· In-room candle amenity.

Conrad Miami’s Diamond Romance package starts at $2,500.  Offer is subject to availability and Conrad Miami’s booking terms and conditions. Valid for stays through December 30, 2014.   Advanced reservations required.  Any modifications or cancellations must be done at least 72 hours prior to the date of arrival to avoid cancellation penalties.  Offer components, unless otherwise noted, are not transferable or redeemable for cash and cannot be applied towards future stays.  Offer not valid with group bookings and cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.  To book, please call our “Diamond Romance” specialists at 305-503-6557 and request the “Diamond Package.”

More than luxury or location, beyond bold design and stunning architecture, Conrad Miami is celebrating its 10th year as one of Miami’s superior business and leisure destination hotels.

To mark its first decade, the hotel will host a series of special events and travel packages throughout the year to commemorate this important milestone.  Its 203 rooms and 103 residence suites are known for providing the most discriminating traveler with superior comfort and high-tech facilities.  

Conrad Miami’s philosophy of service and meticulous attention to detail permeate the property, from the extraordinary cuisine of Atrio and personalized therapies of The Spa, to the modern conference facilities and rooftop pool area.

Conrad Miami also offers the popular mobile Conrad Concierge app, which gives global luxury travelers the ability to customize details of their hotel stay before, during and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet.

Whether it is pre checking-in while in transit or ordering room service right from your mobile device, guests can arrange access to a variety of features at any of the 23 Conrad hotels worldwide by using the app.

An ongoing, unobtrusive program of capital upgrades and refurbishment reflects Conrad Miami’s commitment to perfecting the guest experience. For more information about the Conrad Hotels & Resorts brand, please visit www.conradhotels.com or http://news.conradhotels.com.


About Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Conrad Hotels & Resorts is the destination for the new generation of smart luxury travelers for whom life, business and pleasure seamlessly interact – people who know that the greatest luxury is the luxury of being yourself.  A global luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide consisting of 23 properties across 5 continents, Conrad offers guests personalized experiences with sophisticated, locally inspired surroundings and connections to people and places around the corner or halfway around the world.  Intuitive service is delivered with the Conrad Concierge Appthat puts Conrad’s services and amenities at the guest’s fingertips, whether pre-checking into the hotel prior to arrival, ordering room service or a wakeup call to customizing the room’s pillow options or arranging reservations at our locally inspired cuisine and spa offerings.  Conrad is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com or learn more about the brand by visiting http://news.conradhotels.com.

Honeymoon In A Luxury Cave Hotel Atop Romantic Fairy Chimneys at Argos

With the wedding details all set, relax and unwind after the excitement on an unforgettable honeymoon that will keep the romance alive long-after the reception has ended.  Whisk away and reside in a luxury cave hotel set atop the whimsical fairy chimneys at Argos in Cappadocia with the Argos Luxury Honeymoon Escape.

While at Argos, revel in the lavish amenities the hotel has to offer for the quintessential honeymoon.  From wine tastings (made from Turkish wine right from the hotel’s vineyards) in the private underground cellar, and divine Turkish and international cuisine at Seki Restaurant to the lavish Splendid Suite accommodations which includes a private, in-suite swimming pool, the honeymoon memories will be sure to last a lifetime.

The Argos Luxury Honeymoon Escape includes:

·        Four-night accommodations in a Splendid Suite

·        Romantic wine tasting in the historical underground wine chapel

·        Personalized romance concierge

·        Horseback riding for two (during season)

·        Couple’s pottery-making session

·        One-hour hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia’s beautiful Goreme Valley

Perched high above the village of Uchisar, the hotel is perfectly located for the exploration of all of Cappadocia’s treasures. Take a walk in the footsteps of ancient monks through the hotel’s underground tunnels or enjoy an evening of music in the Bezirhane where one can listen to live classical, jazz and Sufi performances.

The Argos Luxury Honeymoon Escape starts at USD $4,390 for two people, based on double occupancy and is available for travel through Dec 31, 2014.  For additional information or to book your honeymoon, visit www.argosincappadocia.com.

Mountainside Garden Wedding Venue at Squaw Valley Ski Resort

Squaw Valley’s Garden Venue is a perfect ceremony location for outdoor Spring, Summer or Fall weddings. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada and just a few short miles from beautiful Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley offers everything a bride will want for her mountain wedding.

The Garden provides an intimate setting among beautiful trees that open up to impressive views of the Tram Face. In addition to this spectacular backdrop, The Garden is located right outside the Olympic Village Lodge, an excellent reception venue for up to 300 guests. Together, these venues make for an ideal combination for large groups, elderly guests, or families with small children. Additional benefits of The Garden include:

·         Scenic photo shoot locations

·         On-site and local activities for kids and adults of all ages

·         Luxurious lodging & accommodations at The Village at Squaw Valley 

·         Easy access to Reno Airport and major highways

·         In-house catering, event planning and day-of coordinators and staff

 

Ten Reasons Why El Convento Boutique Hotel is an Ideal Wedding Destination

Couples looking to tie the knot with spirit and style can travel to the heart of Antigua Guatemala to discover the El Convento Boutique Hotel. El ConventoBoutique Hotel ‘s ideal location in the UNSECO World Heritage city of Antigua is just one of the many reasons couples should consider this romantic destination. 

Here are ten more reasons couples should check out Antigua, Guatemala and the El Convento Boutique Hotel:
 
•  INTIMATE WEDDINGS: El Convento Boutique Hotel  is an ideal spot for intimate weddings offering two beautiful small venues, Cupula I and Cupula II, as well as the outdoor terrace within Elù Restaurant and Lounge.

•  SPECIAL SPACES: The boutique hotel  also features a lovely rooftop where couples can fashion unique celebrations including a private fireworks show. 
 
•  LARGE SCALE OFFSITE EVENTS: El Convento Boutique Hotel’s catering talents extend to settings beyond the hotel as well. Catering services are also available n La Antigua Guatemala, Ciudad Vieja, Chimaltenango and San Lucas– for anywhere from 10 to 500 people 
 
•   ACCOMMODATIONS: El Convento features 26 spacious, exquisitely decorated suites drawing upon the history and culture in one of the most popular destinations in Central America.  Many rooms offers amazing views of three volcanoes and is within close range from the Parque Central, La Merced Church and Antigua Cathedral. 
 
•  CHARM: Recently awarded TripAdvisors 2014 Travelers’ Choice Award in Guatemala for TopTen Hotels in Romance  and Small Hotels, the charming hotel is  located on a cobblestoned street across from the legendary Capuchinas Convento.

•  VALUE: Affordable and customizable packages begin at $80 per person and include music and floral arrangements for tables
 
•  DIVERSE LANDSCAPES: Volcanoes, lakes, mountains, beaches and  jungles provide  gorgeous backdrops for wedding photos as well as ideal spots for canoodling. 
 
•  HISTORY: The ancient colonial area is brimming with history and heart. Exploring Mayan and Colonial ruins and meandering along cobblestoned streets is a most romantic way to launch a life.
 
•  WEATHER: Antigua, Guatemala is called land of eternal spring for its consistent spring-like climate. Visitors can enjoy 75 degrees all year round.
 
•  DIRECT FLIGHTS:  Direct flights are available from major cities including NY, LA, Houston, Atlanta, Miami and Dallas.

El Convento Boutique Hotel also was awarded the Most Excellent Hotel in Mexico and Central America by Conde Nast Johansens in 2013, in addition to earning TripAdvisor’s coveted 2014 and 2013 Traveler’s Choice award. El Convento Boutique Hotel features 26 spacious guest rooms with flat screen TVs and free WIFI, two lounge areas, two restaurants, a wine cellar and gated guest parking. For more information, visit elconventoantigua.com.

Aston Hotels & Resorts: An Exceptional Hawaii Wedding at Any Budget

With 24 unique Hawaii hotels, resorts, villas and cottages, more than 65 years of hospitality experience, and thousands of dream weddings hosted on site, Aston Hotels & Resorts combines the most desirable locations in Hawaii with incredible accommodations, scenic settings, and a team of wedding specialists to create unforgettable destination nuptials.

The best part: Aston works with each couple to bring all that legendary surf, sun and sand together under any budget, and with plenty of aloha.

Location, location, location: Aston guests can choose from a wide variety of wedding venues, including intimate gazebos and romantic, secluded beaches to lush, landscaped gardens and grand pavilions. With destinations spanning three distinct collections on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island, there are endless site options and amenities to choose from. Poolside decks, beachfront lawns, barbecue areas, on-site restaurants and function spaces are excellent settings for a rehearsal luau, bridal shower, barbecue or picnic. Choices range from the contemporary Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, located directly across from world-famous Waikiki Beach, to breathtaking wedding locations along Maui’s famed Kaanapali Beach, to the tranquility of Hawaii Island’s stunning Waikoloa coastline and Kauai’s historic plantation cottages.

Rooms to remember: Complimentary upgrades, exclusive amenities, perks and savings await. Aston provides guests with exceptional value, not only offering an incredible selection of accommodations at the best available rates, but also providing numerous amenities designed to maximize convenience and savings. Fully equipped kitchens, grocery delivery service, large outdoor areas, one-, two- or three-bedroom suites and in-room washers and dryers are available, in addition to exclusive programs like the free Aston Aloha Book, which offers over $2,500 in savings on dining, shopping, activities in Hawaii.

Relax, we’ve got it covered: Our staff and coordinators work closely with each couple to create an unforgettable wedding experience. On-site wedding coordinators, catering services, and day spas and salons are perfect for relaxing and pampering, along with flexible wedding packages tailored to your preferences. With this kind of exceptional service and expertise, you’ll have peace of mind on your big day.

Aloha and diversity: With Hawaii as a leading destination for LGBT guests, Aston Hotels & Resorts properties are TAG Approved®, providing the very best in gay-friendly hospitality, as well as high standards in employment policies, services and support for the gay community.

Visit AstonHotels.com/destinationweddings or call (866) 774-2924 for details. Special group rates are available.

About Aston Hotels & Resorts

Aston Hotels & Resorts operates a diverse range of condominium resorts and hotels with accommodations from hotel rooms and condominium suites, to villas and cottages that suit any lifestyle, taste or budget. Based in Honolulu, the company manages over 4,100 units in 27 properties on the four major Hawaiian Islands, South Lake Tahoe, California, Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, and Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit www.AstonHotels.com or call toll free 866-774-2924.

Aston is an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: IILG), a leading global provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry.

SoCal Restaurant Provides Unique & Breathtaking Surroundings for Weddings

Park Ave. is quickly becoming a highly desired locale for Orange County weddings. The popular restaurant is the ideal spot for couples looking for someplace a little out of the ordinary, or something truly unique in its style. Dramatically transcending the generic hotel ballroom, Park Ave. fulfills the dream of smitten couples declaring their love outdoors, under the boughs of a tree, while their guests are about to dine on a bounty of an organic garden that is literally just steps away

The restaurant’s modernist Googie architecture is a favorite of brides and grooms looking for a mid-century modern vibe to set their wedding apart from the norm. Park Ave. also boasts its own private park and garden, offering plenty of picturesque sites for every aspect of a wedding ceremony.

Executive chef David Slay, acclaimed for his modern interpretations of classic American cuisine, works closely with each couple to design a menu—buffet or sit-down meal—to meet any budget.

“We’ve created unforgettable and glorious weddings for every type of couple, from Jewish to Hindu and non-denominational to same-sex,” notes David Slay, Park Ave.’s executive chef and co-owner. “No matter the situation, we let Park Ave.’s stunning architecture, amazing food, and impeccable service deliver the perfect backdrop to a celebration of love, family, and friends.” 

Slay and the staff of Park Ave. have accommodated wedding parties of 200 people, but are also happy to host more intimate gatherings.  Indoors, Park Ave.’s main dining room seats 70 and its garden room seats 80. The restaurant can provide outdoor seating for an additional 50 people in its garden.

Brides and grooms get ready for the big day amid the old-Hollywood glamour of one of the restaurant’s powder rooms, or the staff can easily convert one of the garden buildings to a more ample and enchanting dressing room for bridal preparations. 

Indeed, the excellent customer service that Park Ave. provides on a daily basis carries over seamlessly to its wedding hosting. The executive chef, sous chefs, and wait staff work together as a team to provide full-service wedding coordination. They help with everything from music and flowers to photographers, equipment rentals, and more.

The restaurant schedules weddings up to one year in advance.

For more information about Park Ave. weddings, to read more client testimonials, and to view photos from past ceremonies, visit parkavedining.com.

About Park Ave.
Located at 11200 Beach Boulevard in the city of Stanton on the site of the former Highway 39 Chicken Pie Shop and Ronnenberg Family Dairy, Park Ave. blends the best of mid-century and modern California for a truly unique dining experience. The restaurant’s combination of swanky old-Hollywood décor and innovative dishes prepared by one of the country’s best chefs restores dining out to the special occasion it used to be. Reservations are suggested, walk-ins are welcome, take-out service is available, and the ability to “leave your cares behind and simply dine” is a must for every guest who walks through Park Ave.’s front door. The restaurant has hosted weddings and other private parties since its inception in 2005. To learn more about Park Ave., call (714) 901-4400 or visit www.parkavedining.com.

Beyond Valentines romance travel news

Conrad Miami, a metropolitan oasis located in the heart of Miami’s chic Brickell Avenue, is celebrating love and romance, diamond-style, in honor of the hotel’s 10th anniversary year.  

The luxury hotel is offering its “Conrad Miami Diamond Romance” package for sophisticated couples seeking a romantic rendezvous, stories above Miami’s breathtaking skyline.

Lovebirds staying at Conrad Miami can add some sparkle to their relationship as they choose a diamond jewelry piece together during a private consultation with a jeweler from Snow’s Jewelers, one of South Florida’s most renowned jewelry purveyors.

“We invite our guests to take part in their own ‘Diamond Romance’ at Conrad Miami,” said Stephane Mercier, general manager, Conrad Miami.  “Our new package offers guests an exclusive ambiance fit for romance in the Magic City.”

Conrad Miami brilliantly shines in this package, as starry-eyed couples are treated to such lavish amenities as:

  • Personalized consultation with Conrad Miami’s private diamond consultant from Snow’s Jewelers, including a fine piece of diamond jewelry starting at a value of $800.
  • Two romantic nights in deluxe bedroom accommodations overlooking the spectacular Miami city lights.
  • Daily complimentary breakfast in bed for two (2).
  • Dinner for two (2) in a private room at Atrio Restaurant & Wine Room, located 25 stories above vibrant Brickell Avenue.
  • Gourmet chocolates.
  • In-room candle amenity.

Conrad Miami’s Diamond Romance package starts at $2,500.  Offer is subject to availability and Conrad Miami’s booking terms and conditions. Valid for stays throughDecember 30, 2014.   Advanced reservations required.  Any modifications or cancellations must be done at least 72 hours prior to the date of arrival to avoid cancellation penalties.  Offer components, unless otherwise noted, are not transferable or redeemable for cash and cannot be applied towards future stays.  Offer not valid with group bookings and cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.  To book, please call our “Diamond Romance” specialists at 305-503-6557 and request the “Diamond Package.”

More than luxury or location, beyond bold design and stunning architecture, Conrad Miami is celebrating its 10th year as one of Miami’s superior business and leisure destination hotels.

To mark its first decade, the hotel will host a series of special events and travel packages throughout the year to commemorate this important milestone.  Its 203 rooms and 103 residence suites are known for providing the most discriminating traveler with superior comfort and high-tech facilities.  

Conrad Miami’s philosophy of service and meticulous attention to detail permeate the property, from the extraordinary cuisine of Atrio and personalized therapies of The Spa, to the modern conference facilities and rooftop pool area.

Conrad Miami also offers the popular mobile Conrad Concierge app, which gives global luxury travelers the ability to customize details of their hotel stay before, during and after each visit via a smartphone or tablet.

Whether it is pre checking-in while in transit or ordering room service right from your mobile device, guests can arrange access to a variety of features at any of the 23 Conrad hotels worldwide by using the app.

An ongoing, unobtrusive program of capital upgrades and refurbishment reflects Conrad Miami’s commitment to perfecting the guest experience. For more information about the Conrad Hotels & Resorts brand, please visit www.conradhotels.com or http://news.conradhotels.com.


About Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Conrad Hotels & Resorts is the destination for the new generation of smart luxury travelers for whom life, business and pleasure seamlessly interact – people who know that the greatest luxury is the luxury of being yourself.  A global luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide consisting of 23 properties across 5 continents, Conrad offers guests personalized experiences with sophisticated, locally inspired surroundings and connections to people and places around the corner or halfway around the world.  Intuitive service is delivered with the Conrad Concierge App that puts Conrad’s services and amenities at the guest’s fingertips, whether pre-checking into the hotel prior to arrival, ordering room service or a wakeup call to customizing the room’s pillow options or arranging reservations at our locally inspired cuisine and spa offerings.  Conrad is part of Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com or learn more about the brand by visitinghttp://news.conradhotels.com.