Escape to… Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa | Surfers Paradise, Queensland Australia

The Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa welcomes you with luxury accommodation and award-winning service. Whether you’re planning a romantic escape with someone special or a fun family holiday, you’ll enjoy immersing yourself in our resort, which showcases peaceful lagoons, pristine beaches, and exceptional amenities.

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The Gold Coast’s star attraction is its beaches, including the world-renowned stretch of sand at Surfers Paradise. Beyond the beaches, discover laid-back neighborhoods, a booming culinary scene, and the Gold Coast’s famous theme parks. And don’t miss a trip into the subtropical hinterland for rainforest walks and waterfalls.

 

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Hinterland King Guest Room

 

Location:  Surfer’s Paradise, Australia (Gold Coast)
Distance from Airport:  Gold Coast Airport (OOL) approx. 30 mins. away | Brisbane Airport  (BNE) approx. 1hr 1min away

 

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Surfer’s Paradise Beaches

 

Local area attractions include Surfers Paradise Beach, Sea World, Pacific Fair Shopping Center, Warner Bros. Movie World, Dreamworld, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Lamington National Park, The Arts Centre Gold Coast and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

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Lobby with Grand Staircase

 

Ready to plan your “Surfer’s Paradise, Australia” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to…The Angler’s Miami South Beach (A Kimpton Hotel)| Miami, FL

Tucked into the heart of the Art Deco District in Miami’s famed South Beach, Kimpton Angler’s Hotel invites you to a quiet sanctuary in the sun. Wander through lush courtyards laden with romantic nooks, private jacuzzis, and rooftop terraces.

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Just off Washington Avenue in South Beach, Miami, one would not expect to find a unique collection of accommodations and a lushly landscaped atmosphere that promises to instill a sense of relaxation from the moment you enter. This charming and lovely taste of the tropics offers comfortable and stylish guestrooms, an intimate pool to lounge by and enjoy a drink, and a great location just minutes from Miami International Airport, the Port of Miami and the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, the Angler’s Miami South Beach is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.

 

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Loft King Room

 

Location:  Miami, FL (South Beach)
Distance from Airport:  Miami Intl Airport (MIA) approx. 18 mins. away
Distance from Train Station: Miami Amtrak Station (MIA) -approx. 25 mins. away
Distance from Cruise Terminal:  Miami Cruise Ship Terminal -approx. 14 mins. away

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Pool Area

 

Visitors flock to Miami Beach — and its captivating South Beach neighborhood — from all over the globe. With party-till-sunrise nightlife, world-class dining, designer shopping and alabaster beaches, it’s no wonder this barrier-island paradise is an international destination 365 days a year.

While the South Beach scene moves to a sultry rhythm all around us, Kimpton Angler’s Hotel is a private retreat in the center of everything. Flirt over cocktails poolside, soak up the sun on the beach (just two blocks away) and walk to art and music venues. Stay with Angler’s and you won’t miss a thing.

Ready to plan your “Miami South Beach” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

 

Escape to…. Graycliff Hotel | Nassau, Bahamas

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 18th-century Graycliff Hotel has the look and feel of a private enclave, with gracious service and well-appointed surroundings. A casually elegant oasis of tranquility, Graycliff is minutes from spectacular white-sand beaches and Nassau’s fabled casinos and glitter.

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The hotel features 20 air-conditioned guestrooms and spacious cottage suites, all with private baths. The rooms are individually decorated in styles with names that evoke all the charm and romance of the tropics. The Graycliff restaurants, wine cellar, and cigar company cater to the appreciation of the finer things in life, and the culinary academy and cigar-rolling classes offer guests the opportunity to learn something new.

 

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Deluxe Room – King Bed

 

Location:  Nassau, Bahamas
Distance from Airport:  Nassua Bahamas Intl. Airport (NAS) approx. 22 mins. away

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Pool Area

History has it that the mansion was originally built in 1740 by Captain John Howard Graysmith, a famous pirate of the Caribbean who commanded the notorious schooner Graywolf and plundered treasure ships along the Spanish Main. His buccaneering not only made him rich, but it also brought him fame and he was greatly feared for his famous exploits.

 

When Nicholas Trott became the Governor, during the second settlement of Nassau, in 1666, and joined by many Privateers and Pirates alike, he built the first Anglican Church in Nassau at Graycliff. It was destroyed by the Spaniards in 1703, segments of the ruins can still be seen and are incorporated in the Graycliff structure.

 

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Restaurant

 

Graycliff was purchased in 1973 by Enrico and Anna Maria Garzaroli who turned the private home into the elegant hotel and restaurant that it is today.

Graycliff is a landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Ready to plan your “Nassau, Bahamas” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

 

Escape to… Eldorado Hotel and Spa | Santa Fe, NM

Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe is one of the premier Santa Fe hotels, where award-winning luxury and unexpected delights set the stage for an enchanting visit. Our grand hotel is conveniently located near the Historic Santa Fe Plaza, offering the perfect embodiment of the spirit of the city. We welcome guests to come experience our luxurious Santa Fe accommodations and amenities including on-site restaurant and bars, roof-top pool, more than 22,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

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The AAA Four Diamond Eldorado Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of Santa Fe, situated just off the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Our Santa Fe hotel guests will enjoy a stunning backdrop view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and first-rate Santa Fe accommodations.

 

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King Balcony Room

 

Location:  Santa Fe, NM
Distance from Airport:  Santa Fe. Airport (SAF) approx. 17 mins. away
Distance from Train Station: Santa Fe Amtrak Station (LMY) -approx. 25 mins. away

 

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Lobby

 

Nestled at the foot of the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains at an elevation of 7,200 feet in New Mexico’s desert highlands, Santa Fe is a city known for its rich blend of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures and traditions. Guests of Eldorado Hotel & Spa are within walking distance of world-class restaurants, shopping venues, and local attractions such as the Santa Fe Plaza, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Minutes away are The Museum of New Mexico and Loretto Chapel’s miraculous staircase, a magnificent engineering marvel shrouded in religious mystery.

 

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La Capilla de Oro Non-Denominational Chapel

 

Ready to plan your “Santa Fe, NM” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to… Santa Barbara Inn | Santa Barbara, CA

Framed by deep, red terra cotta roofs, luminous white stucco, gracefully arched windows and a duo of handcrafted tile domes, the Santa Barbara Inn perfectly embodies the spirit and architecture of its Santa Barbara. Our newly re-imagined Spanish Mediterranean boutique merges classic elegance and coastal luxury with 70 beautifully appointed rooms and suites and dramatic ocean views.

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The Inn’s central location puts visitors just moments from downtown Santa Barbara and abundant recreation in the Santa Ynez Mountains. Brilliant white sand beaches, wine tours, fashionable boutiques and world-class dining — beginning with our very own Convivo Restaurant — are all within immediate reach. This is the Santa Barbara Inn, exactly the California you’ve come to discover.

 

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Standard King Room

 

Location:  Santa Barbara, CA
Distance from Airport:  Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) approx. 17 mins. away
Distance from Train Station: Santa Barbara -Amtrak Station (SBA) -approx. 8 mins. away

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Sink into a lounge chair by the heated outdoor pool and disappear into a good book. Adorned with flickering gas lanterns and a fire pit, our oceanfront terrace is an enchanting spot for savoring cocktails, Italian fare and the Pacific Coast sunset. Additional amenities include a modern fitness center, complimentary breakfast, complimentary wifi and a comfortable event venue accommodating up to 80 guests.

Ready to plan your “Santa Barbara, CA” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to… Gran Hotel La Florida | Barcelona, Spain

Gran Hotel Florida, a luxury boutique hotel in Barcelona, is a charming hotel where you can enjoy the best views over Barcelona city in a privileged environment.

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The Gran Hotel La Florida is overhanging the town from the Tibidabo hill, with stunning and panoramic views over Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea. This luxurious urban resort is 500 meters above the sea. Only 15/20 minutes to the city center by taxi, or take advantage of our shuttle service free of charge for our guests.

 

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Deluxe Room 208

 

Location:  Barcelona, Spain
Distance from Airport:  El Prat / Barcelona Intl. Airport (BCN) approx. 30 mins. away

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Thanks to its prime location on Tibidabo’s Hill, the Gran Hotel La Florida 5 * GL is regarded as one of the top urban luxury resorts in the city. An ideal choice for those who wish to enjoy all that Barcelona offers in a unique setting of relaxation. Located just 20 minutes driving to the city center, either by taxi or free shuttle service provided by the Hotel. The Gran Hotel La Florida provides Guests with the opportunity to experience a Mediterranean lifestyle in which luxury, history and design blend together seamlessly. , Our fantastic location offers not only spectacular views but also an oasis of peace away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Ready to plan your “Barcelona” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

P.S. El Tibidabo Amusement Park, the magical and emblematic place of  Barcelona is only 7 minutes away from the Gran Hotel La Florida. Take a tour of this historic park, one of the oldest in the world, the first one in Spain and the third in Europe. A place of fun, surprises, and entertainment, with over 20 attractions for young and adults, for cautious and bold alike.

 All of it, with the best views over Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea.

 

Escape to… Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo, a DoubleTree by Hilton | Hilo, HI

Boasting a stunning oceanside location with magnificent views of Hilo Bay and Mauna Kea, Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton occupies a historic site amidst a lush, tropical landscape. Our ideal setting also offers guests convenient access to Hilo Airport, just 2 miles away. Tee off on our complimentary 9-hole golf course, or soak up the sunshine in our beautiful outdoor swimming pool. Energize in the complimentary fitness center, or rent some water sports equipment and take to the waves.

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Inviting guest rooms offer complimentary WiFi, a generously-sized work desk, microwave, refrigerator, and in-room safe. Upgrade to an ocean-view suite with a separate living area and a balcony offering ocean views. Savor breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our restaurant, which has indoor and outdoor seating. Admire sweeping vistas of Hilo Bay from the large deck of our Lobby Lounge.

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Ocean View Room with Lanai

Location:  Hilo, HI (Big Island)
Distance from Airport:  Hilo Intl. Airport (ITO) approx. 10 mins. away

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Pool

Guests of the Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo, a DoubleTree by Hilton can enjoy a variety of activities, including paddleboards (SUPs), kayaking, snorkeling, biking, swimming, and an array of historic displays and museum artifacts.

Designed by Alexander Kahapea, Naniloa Golf Course is a beautifully landscaped 9-hole facility overlooking Hilo Bay. Open daily, the course was built in 1970 and includes golf instruction, a putting green, and a driving range. This hotel also offers FREE 9-hole round of golf per person per day (Golf cart additional fee) for guests. Use of golf clubs, based on availability.

Local Attractions include: 

  • Kilauea Volcano at the Volcanoes National Park
  • Mauna Kea Astronomy
  • The Rainbow Falls
  • Akaka Falls State Park
  • Lili’uokalani Park and Gardens
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Lobby

 

Originally built in 1939, the newly renovated Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo sits atop beautiful Banyan Drive looking out onto Hilo Bay. Known as the “Hilo Walk of Fame,” this tree-lined street is famous for its family of banyan trees planted by celebrities such as Babe Ruth, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Amelia Earhart.

In 1963, the Merrie Monarch Festival began to celebrate Native Hawaii traditions. People from all over the world gather in Hilo for this three-day hula competition that also includes art exhibits, demonstrations, craft fairs, and a parade. The Grand Naniloa Hotel proudly hosts this remarkable festival each year earning its nickname as the Home of Hula.

 

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Alexander Kahapea, Naniloa Golf Course

 

Ready to plan your “Hilo, Hawaii” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to… Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection | Nashville, TN

Union Station Hotel Nashville embodies the new and the nostalgic Nashville. Step into a piece of Nashville’s history and see it transformed with a sophisticated, modern elegance evoking a celebration of everything that is Music City you didn’t know you were looking for, Union Station Hotel will be your favorite song on the album titled Nashville.

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Union Station Hotel is as deeply rooted in Nashville as country music. Our stunningly restored, 100-year-old historic hotel, is the ideal place to stay when visiting Nashville. We are steps from top Downtown Nashville attractions and ready to welcome you with luxurious accommodations, award-winning dining, and a knowledgeable staff – providing you an insider’s guide to local hot spots! This Marriott hotel in Nashville is an iconic landmark, blending modern conveniences with warm classical elegance. Marvel at the Romanesque architecture featuring the original 65-footbarrel vaulted stained glass ceiling and beautiful new artwork throughout the lobby. Boasting 125 boutique hotel rooms & suites in the heart of Music City, our historic Nashville hotel’s newly refreshed vibe is worth experiencing.

 

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Signature Double / Double Guest Room

 

Location:  Nashville, TN
Distance from Airport:  Nashville Intl. Airport (BNA) approx. 15 mins. away

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Lobby

 

Make yourself at home in one of the 125 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Pay movies provide entertainment and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers.

Enjoy recreation amenities such as a 24-hour fitness center or take in the view from a terrace. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and wedding services.

Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

 

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Carter’s Lounge

 

Ready to plan your “Nashville” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to…. The Safari Inn | Burbank, CA

The Safari Inn is conveniently located near several motion picture studios including Universal Studios and NBC, and a short drive to Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and The Hollywood Strip. If you are searching for Hollywood hotels with a bit of film history, look no further than the Safari Inn!  This Burbank hotel offers 55 guest rooms and suites with high-speed wireless internet, complimentary local calls, free parking and Burbank airport shuttle service . Dining and room service provided by Olive’s Bistro & Lounge. Coast Hotels & Resorts’ Safari Inn offers unique hotel services in a great Burbank location!

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The Safari Inn is one of Burbank’s best kept historical landmarks! This famous little Inn was built in 1955 and has managed to maintain the same style essence since its original construction. It is one of the only properties left in the city with a 1950’s retro décor and a neon sign that lights up Olive Avenue.

The Safari Inn is well known throughout the entertainment industry as a preferred location for several scenes in films that have included Blockbuster movie titles such as “True Romance,” “Coach Carter,” “Apollo 13,” along with numerous appearances in breakthrough series such as “Six Feet Under,” “CSI: Vegas,” “Prison Break,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Monk.” The exterior of the Safari Inn has also been used in album covers for famous rock bands such as “The Wallflowers.”

 

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Double Standard Room

 

Location:  Burbank, CA
Distance from Airport:  Los Angeles Intl. Airport (LAX) approx. 35 mins. away | Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR) approx. 10 mins. away
Distance from Train Station: Bob Hope Airport Train Station -Amtrak Station (BUR) -approx. 10 mins. away

 

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Lobby

 

This place has been a home for some great writers, artists, and editors in the entertainment industry. The Inn is still a place where industry buffs go to flush out ideas using the historic retro flair as their “muse.” In addition to a preference of nearby studios and residents of Burbank, the Safari Inn has become a fun getaway for vacationing families and individuals alike looking for a little bit of Hollywood in their Burbank getaway. The original Safari Inn sign has brought countless people to the property for over 55 years and continues to be eye candy for many individuals today.

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Hotel packages are available for tour/park visits to both Warner Brothers Studios & Universal Studios Hollywood.

Ready to plan your “Burbank, CA” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

Escape to…The Ellis Hotel | Atlanta, GA

Choose your own description of Atlanta’s Ellis Hotel: A historic Peachtree Street landmark with a legendary past and an impeccable tradition of guest service, or a chic and stylish boutique decked out with every modern luxury.

We think we’re a little of both. But whichever you settle on, you’ll find the Ellis to be a breath of fresh air among the conventional, seen-one-seen-‘em-all downtown hotels. 127 luxuriously appointed guest rooms. A complimentary fitness center, and tech-savvy perks like complimentary Internet. Farm-to-table cuisine at the Terrace Bistro Restaurant & Lounge.

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Each of the 127 luxuriously appointed room and suite accommodations at Atlanta’s Ellis Hotel blends historic elegance with contemporary comfort. Richly appointed with a sleek, stylish décor, our rooms feature an abundance of natural lighting, spacious work areas, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities and exquisite bathrooms with natural stone floors, walls, and countertops. Up-to-the-minute gadgetry includes 32″ LCD televisions and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Choose the ideal boutique accommodations to meet your needs, including 114 standard guest rooms, 12 premium doubles with two double beds and living areas with sofa beds, and one large premium suite with a King size bed and private parlor with wet bar.

 

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Deluxe Double Bedroom

 

Location:  Atlanta, GA (downtown)
Distance from Airport:  Hartsfield-Jackson Intl. Airport (ATL) approx. 30 mins. away
Distance from Train Station:  Peachtree| Atlanta  Amtrak Station (ATL) -approx. 20 mins. away

 

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Terrace 

 

When it comes to experiencing a little downtown Atlanta flavor, our location is second to none (on the corner of Peachtree Street NW and Ellis Street). The Ellis is within convenient walking distance of restaurants, major corporations such as SunTrust Bank, Deloitte, Georgia-Pacific, Koch Industries, The Equitable, Carlock, Copeland and Stair, Cornet Global, Georgia State University (GSU), Hall Booth Associates, HKS, Inc., Level 3, Southern Companies, Georgia Power, Aids Healthcare Foundation, American Cancer Society, and Integral Inc. and other local attractions.

Only 10 miles from Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport; 18-minute ride on the Marta. CNN Studios, the Coca-Cola Museum, the Georgia Aquarium and three of Atlanta’s four athletic arenas are just moments away.

 

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Terrace Bistro

 

Ready to plan your “Atlanta” escape?  Contact me at karen.holmes@mei-travel.com for special deals, packages and a no obligation quote!

P.S.  This unique boutique hotel offers A Woman’s Only Floor, A Pet-Friendly Floor and a Fresh Air Floor for a surcharge.