Is it too early to start planning for Mother’s Day? Maybe. But, for those looking for a unique mother-daughter getaway, check into the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. It’s by the beach and, if you’re already in L.A., it’s a staycation with eco-friendly appeal. The Shore Hotel is honoring Mother Earth and mother’s around the world with a special promotion that pampers them both.
From Earth Day to Mother’s Day, guests who opt into the Green Clean program to protect Mother Earth will receive a complimentary breakfast in bed for their mom. As Santa Monica’s only LEED Gold certified property, the Shore Hotel was designed to be an environmentally conscious beachside getaway. The Green Clean program allows guests to minimize their impact by choosing to reuse their towels and sheets during the course of their stay. Shore Hotel guests also have Green Concierge at their disposal, the hotel’s own local expert on all things sustainable and eco-friendly.
Additionally, mom will receive a re-usable canvas tote for shopping at the Santa Monica’s Farmers Markets or the Green Light Shopping District. From limiting emissions and exploring the city by bicycle, treating mom to a dinner at one of Santa Monica’s sustainable seafood restaurants, to shopping at certified green boutique shops, a stay at the Shore Hotel provides a wide array of options that treat mom and the environment.
This week’s retreat takes us to family-friendly Fiji where Outrigger on the Lagoon wows visitors with its award-winning hospitality. The resort just received a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award as one of the top 10 hotels in Fiji and has been rated by the site as the one of its top-five resorts on TripAdvisor by its guests.
Right now, if you book a room or a bure at the Outrigger Lagoon for four nights or longer, the kids eat free. Are you ready to go to Fiji yet?
Spring break vacations may come with a hefty price tag this year. Travelocity released its annual spring break travel data, which indicates a 14.7% year-over-year increase in domestic airfare while international airfare for spring break is flat year-over-year (.1% decrease). The traditional spring break travel period in the U.S. falls between March 1 and April 15. From a top destinations standpoint, Travelocity data reveals an affinity for Hawaii, continued love of South Florida and increasing desire to head to Las Vegas this spring. But it’s not all bad news.
“Though travelers are likely to face higher ticket prices for spring break, smart shoppers can still escape the harsh winter and find travel deals,” said Travelocity senior editor, Courtney Scott. “Travelers should try to travel on off-peak days, bundle flight and hotel bookings into vacation packages and search flights in surrounding airports.”
And, with international airfare staying relatively stagnant, maybe a trip abroad is the way to go this spring break.
“This might be the year to venture abroad for Spring Break,” said Scott. “Several international destinations have been trending in popularity over the past three years including Belize City, Aruba, San Juan, and the Netherlands Antilles.”
Are you thinking of a vacation rental this summer? According to a new TripAdvisor survey, the chances are good that many of you are. The results of its fifth annual vacation rental survey of more than 1,100 U.S. respondents indicated that 52 percent plan to stay at a vacation rental this year. The top three reasons travelers will choose a vacation rental over a hotel stay this year are: more living space (67%), lower rates than hotels (53%), and better amenities (50%). Ninety-four percent of U.S. respondents who have previously stayed in a rental said they were satisfied with their experiences.
Families are even more likely to stay in a vacation rental. The main reason — they like the shared living space. We have been renting vacation homes for years. We started with condos in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., but have rented beach properties, desert houses and apartments abroad. Some of our experiences have been more successful than others but, these days, websites such as airbnb.com, VRBO.com and HomeAway.com make it easy to choose the property that is right for you and has the amenities that you want. Vacation homes are especially convenient for families because you can find the comforts of home — such as a kitchen, washer/dryer and Wi-Fi access — in a beautiful location.
“Travelers love vacation rentals for the at-home experience and amenities that make them ideal for family and group trips, not to mention the potential savings when compared to hotels,” said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor. “With the increased demand for vacation rentals, the best rental properties book quickly during the peak summer months; therefore travelers should plan as soon as possible to secure the best property for their travel needs.”
Let us know where you plan to go this summer and how you book your vacation rentals.