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Hotel Review – Anticavilla Hotel

Colonial splendor with a modern twist in the heart of Cuernavaca

Anticavilla Hotel is a colonial-style manor house close to the center of Cuernavaca that has undergone extensive renovation to create a stunning boutique hotel set in pretty gardens with a pool. There is also a gourmet Italian restaurant, large works of contemporary art in the rooms and an indulgent spa.

Expect a wealth of Italian influences here, from arches, columns and an impressive loggia to the cuisine in the restaurant, and the amenities in the bathroom. Rooms at Anticavilla are modern and minimalist with a striking, contemporary work of art on one wall.

Spend days relaxing by the pool and indulging in relaxing spa treatments. Head into Cuernavaca, often referred to as ‘The City of Eternal Spring’ due to its pleasant year-round climate. Be sure to visit the central square, Palacio de Cortes with murals by Mexican artist, Diego Rivera, as well as the cathedral and the Robert Brady Museum.

Offer: Spa package, two nights minimum stay, valid March 29 – December 31, 2014, from US$516 for 2 nights. Rate includes accommodation, American breakfast, complimentary minibar drinks, three therapies for couple, one specially designed dinner, welcome drinks. Total price includes tax and service charges.

Make it rain Unlimited Golf

Book three nights or more at Hard Rock Hotels of Mexico & the Dominican Republic and received up to US$1800 Limitless Resort Credit, can be used towards selected tours, golf, spa and beauty salon services, romantic and special dinner events, upgraded wine selection at restaurants, photo packages, etc.

Fully stacked with legendary amenities, the all-inclusive hotels offer a whole new level of get-away-from-it-all luxury that will dazzle and delight your inner rock star. From the Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses to the pristine waters and sparkling pools and the lavish Rock Spa®, get ready to tune in, turn it up and take on the Caribbean.

* Travel from December 24, 2013 through December 15, 2014. Applicable resort credit depends on length of vacation and is applied per room/per stay.

International News

Whisky Month comes to Scotland in May

As far back as ancient Greece, poets imagined the blood of the gods as a divine liquid they called ichor. In Scotland it was called whisky but to everyone else it was simply Scotch (and when we do call it whiskey, we add an e for reasons that only amuse the Scottish).

The Scots will be celebrating Whisky Month this May, the liquid part of Visit Scotland’s “Homecoming Scotland 2014.” The month will see such local whisky fests as the Spirit of Speyside Festival, Edinburgh’s Whisky Strammash and all of the international celebrations around World Whisky Day, ending in the blissful surroundings of Feis Ile – The Islay Festival.

In May, hundreds of events will be held across the country for both Whisky Month and the Homecoming. The 28 luxury country house hotels, golf resorts, city properties and exclusive-use properties of Connoisseurs Scotland will be showcasing their whisky as well as their accommodations.

Somehow it’s those aspects of Scotland that are most connected to the land which make it most interesting to visitors. Golf, walking, castles, legends and, yes, whisky all weave through Scottish tourism.

Cruise News

Chocolate lover’s cruise

AMA Waterways’ first ever Chocolate Cruise will set sail in April 2014 on the AmaCerto with award-winning guest host Norman Love, the Chef, President and Founder of Norman Love Confections and Artisan Gelato. Chocolate lovers traveling on this truly indulgent seven-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest will enjoy three private chocolate-making demonstrations and decadent chocolate tastings, chocolate-themed shore excursions, educational seminars on chocolate, and a chocolate mini-buffet extravaganza. Starting from US$3,099 per person, cruise only. Optional three nights in Prague for US$750 per person.

Air News

What you’re missing in first class

Forget the “spacious legroom” that other airlines boast. On Singapore Airlines, first-class passengers can have their very own room on an airplane. Designed by French luxury-yacht interior designer Jean-Jacques Coste, the suites on the A380s have sliding doors for privacy, 78-inch beds (with turndown service, of course), leather seats, and 23-inch flat-screen TVs. The elite class can join the Mile High Club in style by booking two of the suites in the center cabin—the privacy blinds can retract and the beds can be pushed together to make a double for couples.


Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys which specializes in custom-designed tours, cruises and travel for couples, singles, and groups of friends. Save time and money when Perfect Journeys does the work for you. Perfect Journey’s next small group tour is “Luxury Argentina & Chile- A Wine Lovers Adventure” departs on October 4, 2014. Contact Judy by cell phone at 415-111-8765, by email at, or view the latest travel specials on the website

Sources: SLH, Travel Pulse, AMA Waterways, Smarter travel, Wendy Wu Tours


Deal of the Week

Majestic Yangtze

Wendy Wu Tours is knocking US$444 per person off the price of its Majestic Yangtze program and adding two free nights in Hong Kong. The price reduction applies to the March 21 departure of the trip, which returns April 3.

Majestic Yangtze is part of Wendy Wu’s Premier Collection, which is a variation on its Classic Tours series but with higher end accommodations. The program features luxury accommodations at the Grand Central Hotel Shanghai, Sheraton Chengdu Lido, Sofitel Xian and the Shangri-La Beijing.

The river cruise is on board the President Number 8 ship with a deluxe balcony cabin. The group is no more than 20 passengers. The 14-day trip is priced from US$5,860 per person double occupancy.


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