Last night, true love prevailed as The Bachelorette’s Emily Maynard gave her final rose to her favorite bachelor. But if you’re anything like us, you were more interested in their chosen destination of Curacao than in who rode off into the sunset with our dear Emily. Luckily for us, the resort that was featured in the final episodes, Sandton Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, is giving romantics everywhere the opportunity to experience your own Bachelorette Dream Getaway.
The Sandton Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club in Curacao — with its 18th and 19th-century Dutch Colonial Caribbean buildings, courtyards, pools, award-winning restaurants and spa — hosted the 2 private one-on-one dates in the second to last episode and was the setting for the finale’s rose ceremony. With its exclusive new packages, the resort is offering viewers the chance to step into Emily’s shoes and recreate the Bachelorette experience.
As part of the travel blog community, we like to keep a weather eye on the horizon and bring things to our readers that happened to catch our attention this week on the blogroll. We found some tips on traveling to London for the Olympics, as well as gorgeous photos of Ecuador and the cenotes of Mexico.
Peter Greenberg offers suggestions for how to avoid hotels when traveling abroad for the Olympics.
Discovery aired an Animal Planet documentary this past weekend called Mermaids: The Body Found. Unfortunately, a mermaid body has not been found, despite many internet crawlers’ assumptions. But cheer up, Ariel — here are some ways you can travel like a mermaid (and, no, it doesn’t involve growing a tail).
Eat Like a Mermaid
*Dine lakeside on fresh seafood at the Mermaid Café in Mississippi.
*Enjoy the eclectic atmosphere as you fill up on Floridian cuisine under the sea-green tin roof of the Sign of the Mermaid Restaurant on Anna Maria island in Florida.
- Casa de Campo
Chances are, if you’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians, you know that the famous family stayed at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. But Casa de Campo is more than a respite for the rich and famous – as one of the best sporting resorts in the world, it’s offering its guests the opportunity to get away with family and friends to create their own 2012 summer games in the Caribbean.
Enjoy their luxurious accommodations, world-class sports facilities and 5-star meals while following the actual games on big screens displayed throughout the resort. When you’re not following the official Olympic Games, Casa de Campo’s summer inclusive package includes sporting adventures such as tennis, horseback riding, skeet shooting, 63 holes of legendary golf on 3 Pete Dye-designed courses, and an array of water sports ranging from freshwater fishing and kayaking along the Chavon River (backdrop to 1979 film, Apocalypse Now!), to deep-sea fishing in the Caribbean Sea and sailing at the 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club. Guests work with preferred travel professionals or the resort’s concierge service to personalize their adventure itinerary.
Tomorrow at 10|9c, tune in for the premiere of an all-new Travel Channel series, Top Spot. In each episode, travelers will take a whirlwind tour of 3 different hotels in their chosen vacation destination. They’ll test out the beds, sample the food, sip the hotel’s cocktails, explore the grounds, swim in the pools … all in an attempt to decide where they’ll spend their hard-earned vacation dollars.
In the premiere episode, a Pennsylvania family heads to Miami, FL, with a $2,500 budget for a 5-night Sunshine State getaway. Will they choose the kid-friendly Trump International Beach Resort, the trendy Shelborne South Beach or the historic Biltmore Hotel? See our photos to learn more about their 3 options, and tune in to find out the family’s Top Spot tomorrow night! READ MORE
In anticipation of tonight’s MLB All-Star Game (and, of course, after last night’s homerun derby), we’ve got America’s national pastime on the brain. Even though Boston is still mourning the loss of Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox, the city is in the process of celebrating the 100th anniversary year of Fenway Park – the nation’s oldest ballpark – and you can take advantage of it. READ MORE
Today’s Daily Escape is from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Learn more »
Photograph by Hyatt Hotels
The Water Quality & Health Council (WQHC) recently conducted a survey that found that 1 in 5 (adult) Americans admit to peeing in the pool and 7 in 10 admit to skipping the shower before swimming – even though 93% of Americans claimed they would never reuse someone else’s bath water. Is there a difference? READ MORE
By Jimmy Im
Conjure everything you know about Baltimore (camp, mediocre dining and The Wire) and throw it out the window. Baltimore is burgeoning as a luxury destination, thanks to the new Four Seasons Baltimore, which is spurring a new kind of scene for affluent travelers. In fact, visitors are bypassing neighbors DC and Philly to ride this new wave of change in Baltimore’s trendy Harbor East neighborhood.
- Four Seasons Baltimore
While the 256-room Four Seasons officially opened in February 2012, it finally rolled out all of its amenities last week, including the Splash Terrace, which includes a heated, 121-foot infinity pool, a wrap-around deck and the Splash Pool Bar & Grill. The hotel flaunts commanding views of the harbor, and the second-story outdoor level offers cabana rentals and an outdoor hot tub. This is the first hotel in the area to offer an outdoor, urban oasis. Further relaxation can be found at the decadent spa — the VIP treatment room even has its own outdoor deck. READ MORE
Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to summer travel. It also marked the launch of a new gay travel website that caters to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) travelers … and their straight friends, too. OutEscapes.com — founded by Travel Channel’s guest blogger, Jimmy Im, and his business partner, Todd Murray — provides travelers with bookable travel and event packages at top travel destinations and properties around the world.
According to the staff at Out Escapes, the new website is the first travel, flash-sales website geared specifically to the LGBT community — an industry estimated at $65 billion in revenue a year. The new site touts having a skilled team of LGBT travel experts and industry insiders that will curate the website with their own experiences. So now travelers can get real, qualitative information about a specific destination of interest — for free!