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.

Escape to… Wild Dunes Resort – The Boardwalk Inn| Isle of Palms, SC

Located near Charleston, SC, this oceanfront hotel also houses Coastal Provisions, an upscale coastal restaurant in a casual atmosphere, a designated adult-only pool and easy access to the popular Grand Pavilion and Boardwalk. Also nearby is The Village Plaza, including the new Billy G’s Smokehouse and Salty Goat Bar (open seasonally), salon with spa services, fitness center, and a grocery market.

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Tucked into the heart of Wild Dunes Resort and just 150 yards from the beach is The Boardwalk Inn. Ninety-three hotel rooms and suites – including five ADA accessible rooms – offer a relaxed, private feel that keeps guests coming back year after year. The Boardwalk Inn has earned its popularity among guests and critics alike, receiving the AAA Four Diamond award every year since it opened and impressing guests with every stay.

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Location:  Isle of Palms, SC
Distance from Airport:  Charleston Intl. Airport (CHS) approx. 40 mins. away
Distance from Train Station:  Charleston Amtrak Station (CHS) -approx. 40 mins. away

 

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Deluxe King Room

 

Wild Dunes Resort is just thirty minutes away from historic Charleston, South Carolina, either. Charleston has been named among Conde Nast’s Best Travel Destinations in the U.S. and one of the Coolest Small Cities in America by GQ. Charleston’s restaurants are world-famous. Festivals and events fill the streets nearly every weekend. Famous architecture. Charming shops. Art, history, and character everywhere.

 

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Presidential Suite

 

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

Escape to… Treetops Lodge and Estate | Rotorua, New Zealand

Treetops Lodge offers the ultimate in world-class luxury accommodation in the heart of New Zealand’s unique forest and thermal wonderland, trout fishing mecca and cultural capital, Rotorua.

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Nestled in 2,500 acres of 800-year old native forest, this ecology inspired award-winning Lodge is a nature lovers sanctuary. Located in the Fly-Fishing capital with rivers, lakes, waterfalls and 35 miles hiking trails. New are their natural heritage and native wilderness inspired ‘Signature Experiences’ offered daily. Also offering, helicopter adventures, a dedicated Wilderness Spa, and access to The Kinloch Club, an 18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed golf course.

 

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Villa

 

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Distance from Airport: Rotorua International Airport (ROT) approx. 26 mins. away

 

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View from Hotel Lobby

 

Treetops Lodge & Estate offers four suites within the lodge and eight private villas. Individually decorated with fine fabrics and furnishings, suites and villas feature bathrooms with jetted tubs and bathrobes. Suites feature access to the wing lounge and gourmet kitchen. Villas feature kitchenettes and separate lounge areas with fireplaces. Amenities include minibars, CD players, clock radios, in-room safes, and satellite TVs. Breakfast, pre-dinner cocktails, dinner, and select lodge activities are included in the room rate.

 

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Water Fall Wilderness Dining – Perfect for Anniversaries, Marriage Proposals or Special Occasions

 

This secluded lodge is set on 2,500 acres of native forest, from Rotorua. Guests can participate in a range of outdoor activities including mountain biking, horse riding, kayaking, eco-tours, fly-fishing, and hiking. After a day of activities, guests can relax by the fireplace in the Great Room or enjoy a cocktail in the game room, which features and antique billiard table. Massage treatments are available (surcharge) as well as babysitting/childcare, and tour assistance.

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For those who are fans of The Hobbit, there is even an Ultimate Hobbiton & Treetops Middle Earth Adventure package.

Ultimate adventure for those who believe in Hobbits! Combine three nights at Middle Earth’s Treetops Lodge upgraded to a Treetops Luxury Villa, with breakfast and 5-course Estate-to-Plate dinner each evening, a private tour of nearby Hobbiton and two award-winning Treetops Signature Experiences and a gourmet picnic lunch at the stunning Bridal Veil Falls. Kids stay and eat free*

 

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Great Room

 

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

Escape to…Colony Palms Hotel | Palm Springs, CA

Colony Palms Hotel is known as one of Palm Springs’ most iconic and luxurious downtown hotels. Colony Palms Hotel is located just one block off of the city’s main design district. Built in the 1930s, this 57-room resort retains many charming features of its original Spanish colonial architecture, from arched entryways and covered ceilings to original ceramic floor tiles.

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Pool Bar

 

With a stay at Colony Palms Hotel, you’ll be centrally located in Palm Springs, convenient to O’Donnell Golf Club and Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Palm Springs Art Museum and Palm Springs Convention Center.

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Casita

 

Location:  Palm Springs, CA
Distance from Airport:  Palm Springs Intl. Airport (PSP) approx. 6 mins. away
Distance from Train Station:  Palms Springs North Amtrak Station (PSN) -approx. 10 mins. away
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The Colony Palms Hotel’s rich and colorful history established it as an iconic part of Palm Springs and over the years it has been host to Hollywood’s elite, mobsters, athletes, film producers, gamblers, and politicians.

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Terrace

 

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

Escape to… Hotel RIU Palace Tropical Bay | Negril, Jamaica

The Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel is located on Negril Beach, one of Jamaica’s most stunning. This 24-Hour All-Inclusive hotel is one of the best hotels in Negril thanks to its comprehensive facilities and the exclusive services that characterize RIU Hotels & Resorts.

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The amenities available at the Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel are countless, and they’ll make your stay unforgettable. In its more than 400 rooms, you’ll find all the comforts you need, like a minibar, satellite TV, a safe, beverage dispensers, a coffee machine, and a balcony or terrace. Plus, the 24-hour room service this all-inclusive hotel in Negril offers means that you’ll have everything you need during your stay.

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Location: Negril, Jamaica 
Distance from Airport: Sangster International Airport (MBJ) approx. 1hr 20 mins. away

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Enjoy the swimming pools or take advantage of the direct beach access to cool off in the crystalline waters surrounding the Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel. With the RIU recreation program you’ll enjoy all types of activities and live shows day and night, and the little ones will have fun in the zones created just for them. And, you’ll be able to practice countless sports in the vicinity of the hotel, or relax in the Renova Spa and discover treatments that will leave you feeling totally rejuvenated.

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The gastronomic offer of the Riu Palace Tropical Bay Hotel has been designed to give you the best quality and variety so that you can savor delicious dishes. You’ll get to taste the finest international, Japanese, and Italian cuisine, or try the best Jamaican barbecue beside the beach. And, our all-inclusive hotel has four bars located in different zones, so that you enjoy the best refreshments and snacks any time of day.

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