Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Encourages Florida Residents to Sneak Away to the Beach, With Special Summer Staycation Rate

Sunshine State Residents Can Stay, Play and Save All Week Long

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach announced participation in a special offer for residents of its home state, extending those who book and travel now through May 31 a discount of 20% off the best available rate on weekdays, with 15% off on weekends. Inspiring Florida residents to take advantage of their beautiful state, the Florida Resident Special is the perfect escape to enjoy the springtime in the Sunshine State, and is available at the oceanfront Fort Lauderdale property, as well as Sonesta ES Suites Orlando, Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami and Sonesta ES Suites Jacksonville.

“We are lucky to live and work in such an incredible destination, where so many come from around the world to vacation each year,” said Eduardo Fernandez, general manager of Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach. “With this special rate, we want to remind our neighbors that they don’t have to look far for a memorable getaway, encouraging them to explore all that exists right in their backyard.”

Overlooking Fort Lauderdale’s pristine coastline, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach fulfills travelers’ dreams of a serene, close-to-home getaway. The 240-guestroom hotel features modern, yet elegant oceanfront accommodations and on-site amenities that are open to guests throughout the day and night. The hotel is also in proximity to some of Fort Lauderdale’s most popular attractions, including the Las Olas Arts & Entertainment District and Himmarshee Street’s lively night life.

For more information about the Florida resident promotion please visit: https://www.sonesta.com/florida-resident-special.  When booking, use rate code FLA.

For more information visit www.Sonesta.com/FortLauderdale or call (954) 315-1460. For the latest news and information, become a fan on Facebook or follow the hotel on Twitter and Instagram @sonestafortlauderdale. 

About Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence rated oceanfront Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, features 240 guest rooms including 23 spectacular suites, all of which boast panoramic views of the seven-mile stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach provides a new level of hospitality to the Fort Lauderdale market by offering travelers a sense of place, not just a place to stay. Catering to both business and leisure travelers, the hotel is centrally located on the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and A1A, only 8 miles from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and just minutes from the Las Olas Arts & Entertainment District and Port Everglades.  Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach offers an authentic, local experience to guests and locals alike, brought to life through the brand’s signature Food is Art, Liquid Art and Daily Delights programs.

About Sonesta Hotels

Sonesta is a growing, global hospitality brand with 80 properties in seven countries, centered on a corporate dedication to delivering a guest experience that provides more than just a place to stay. With a portfolio of diverse and distinctive properties as individual as its guests, there is no typical Sonesta. Offering a full range exceptional experiences found in many of the most memorable destinations in the world, Sonesta proudly exceeds guest’s expectations time and time again.

Discover Royal Sonesta and Sonesta Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hilton Head Island, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis, St. Maarten (2), Chile (2), Colombia (8), Ecuador, Peru (5), and Egypt (3 + 3 cruise ships). Sonesta ES Suites is an extended stay hotel brand managed by Sonesta found in 42 locations across the US. For more about Sonesta, visit Sonesta.com or call +1.617.315.9200 or 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.

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A Luxurious Ticket to March Madness

As one of the world’s leading charter brokers, Air Partner has worked within the sports sector for several decades and has grown in scale every year. One current sporting event in particular is March Madness. Air Partner offers a ticket to the ultimate March Madness travel with access to smaller regional airports, flight flexibility, and a customized operations team and dedicated account manager that handles the hassle of planning to provide an even more convenient and comfortable trip.

Since March Madness games are scheduled just one to two days apart from one another, it is almost impossible to get to each game round. With Air Partner, it is possible to attend the March Madness First Round (Dayton, OH) to First/Second Round games and then to Final Four in San Antonio by private jet for $95K to 100K on a Citation X.*Please also note that prices of private jet rates are subject to change dependent on availability.

Flying privately enables travelers to set their own schedule, save precious time and get to signature events like March Madness in comfort and privacy. The company also provides a 24/7 account manager who handles the booking and logistics of the trip, ensuring seamless ground to air formalities and customized in-flight services, plus much more. By the time the sports fan arrives, everything has been taken care of making it easier to get to the games on time without any hassle. For more information, visitwww.airpartner.com.

6 Must-Know Spring Break Hacks  

Have you been watching the snow pile up outside? Are the gray, cold days wearing you down and making you count the minutes until blue skies and sunshine are the norm? You’re not alone. As much fun as you can have sledding, building snowmen or donning a fashionable scarf, most people at this time of the year start dreaming of sun-filled beaches, flip-flops and shorts. 

No wonder spring break is so popular. 

Whether you want to bring your family along, get away with a few friends or explore some new, tropical destination, packing up and taking off on an unforgettable spring break vacation is easier and more affordable than you may think. From finding deals to getting there, here is your six-step guide to a perfect spring break. 

1. Get everyone involved. Unless you’re planning a surprise vacation for someone, you want to be sure everyone who is going weighs in and has a say. This is especially

important if you’re going on a family trip. Giving your kids the chance to participate in planning and decision-making can help them feel more invested in the trip. For example, while the adults might choose the destination and accommodations, let the kids pick a couple activities to book in advance. This will lead to a better experience for everyone. 

2. Book early. We’ve all heard the mantra “earlier is better” and generally, that’s true for booking airfare. According to a recent report from Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation, for travel originating in the U.S., you should aim to buy tickets at least 30 days in advance. In other words: You should probably book your spring vacation now. 

3. Avoid peak travel times. If you have flexibility in terms of your travel dates, make sure you compare prices for different departure windows. Often spring break travel can have an impact on prices, and leaving a week or two earlier or later can save you money. The same applies for travel during and around the Easter holiday (April 1). Use a site like Expedia.com, which will compare rates from all airlines and often provide suggestions for alternate travel dates that yield lower fares. 

4. Bundle to save. Always buy your plane ticket and hotel room together. Why? Because 1) it’s convenient and saves you time and 2) you can save some serious money when you do so. For instance, those who use the popular travel website Expedia to book their vacations save an average of $600 when they bundle their flights and hotel rooms together. Oftentimes, when going to popular resort destinations like Los Cabos or Riviera Maya, the savings are even better, so don’t leave that money on the table. 

5. Fly on the right day. As many savvy travelers know, it takes a multi-pronged approach to find the best deals. Along with booking early and bundling, when you travel plays a big role in the price you pay. According to the same report from Expedia and ARC, booking on a Sunday often yielded the lowest average ticket prices for both economy and premium travel. Furthermore, depending on the itinerary, travelers departing on Friday may score a lower price. 

6. Pack only the essentials. The beautiful thing about a beach vacation is the ability to pack light. Buy your sunscreen once you get to your destination, and opt for flip-flops and lightweight clothing that will all fit in a carry-on bag. Not only will this make life easier when you go to and from the airport, but you’ll save on checked baggage fees as well. 

An unforgettable spring break vacation for you and your family is more affordable than you think. So stop dreaming and start planning! Sunshine and sand are just a few clicks away! (BPT) 

Cool Off This Month with a Cucumber Fizz at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Cucumber Fizz

With the average 80 degrees weather felt throughout Fort Lauderdale on a daily basis, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach knows a thing or two about how to stay hydrated and cool off. Throughout the month of March, visitors can enjoy the hotel’s signature drink, the Cucumber Fizz. Here’s how the team is handling the heat:

Ingredients:

2 oz      Cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped

1.5 oz   Grey Goose La Poire Flavored vodka

.5 oz     St-Germain elderflower liqueur

1.5 oz   Lemon juice

1.5 oz   Simple syrup

Lemonade or club soda

Directions:

In a shaker, muddle the cucumber. Add the vodka, St-Germain, lemon juice and simple syrup and fill with ice.

Shake vigorously and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.

Garnish with mint, cucumber slices and lemon zest and top with lemonade or club soda.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Making a positive difference in the community is a top priority for the team at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach and this year, the hotel is saying thank you to the women in our lives and raising awareness on this global movement by offering a one-day-only special.

On March 8, all women dining at the hotel’s full-service beachfront restaurant, Bistro, will receive a complimentary drink and dessert with the purchase of an entrée. International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide in all types of ways and Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach welcomes locals and guests to toast to women at Bistro.

For more information visit https://www.Sonesta.com/FortLauderdale or call 1-800-SONESTA. 

About Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

The AAA Four Diamond-rated oceanfront Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, features 240 guest rooms including 23 spectacular suites, all of which boast panoramic views of the seven-mile stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach. This oceanfront hotel provides a new level of hospitality to the Fort Lauderdale market by offering travelers a sense of place, not just a place to stay. Catering to both business and leisure travelers, the hotel is centrally located on the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and A1A, only 8 miles from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and just minutes from the Las Olas Arts & Entertainment District and Port Everglades.  Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach offers an authentic, local experience to guests and locals alike, brought to life through the brand’s signature Food is Art, Liquid Art and Daily Delights programs.

Prepare to Bee Amazed by Sonesta Bee Cave Austin

Written by James Nelson, Technology Editor for InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential 

Sonesta Bee Cave Austin has a mostly modern interior with hints of rustic accents. Situated at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave, Texas, there are a variety of nearby restaurants and entertainment options for all guests to enjoy.  Parking at Sonesta Bee Cave Austin is free with several covered spaces below the hotel, complemented by an elevator which brings you directly into the hotel without exposure to the elements.

Lobby staff is attentive and knowledgeable about the hotel, nearby food and entertainment selections, and greater Austin attractions.

Photography courtesy of Sonesta Bee Cave Austin

Photography courtesy of Sonesta Bee Cave Austin

There are several room designs from which to choose. To enter the floors with guest rooms, guests must swipe their room key first which is a thoughtful touch to increase security. We were confirmed in a luxurious corner King room.  This spacious room includes a Keurig, excellent to brew a delightful cup of morning’s coffee. The bathroom is spacious as well and includes a wall to wall mirror with imbedded lighting.  Plenty of electrical outlets make it easy to charge electronic and technology devices, and a comfortable desk and chair is appreciated when it’s necessary to get some work done.

 

Photography courtesy of Sonesta Bee Cave Austin

Photography courtesy of Sonesta Bee Cave Austin

Meridian 98, located on the top floor of the hotel, is staffed by a knowledgeable and gracious team of professionals.  Greeted within seconds of our arrival at the bar, we were presented with tasty selections of their craft cocktails.  Meridian 98 presents several atmospheres; indoors gives the feeling of a warm and cozy 60’s lounge, while the outdoors takes us to a beach resort balcony.  Both atmospheres are complemented by plush furniture and beautiful views of the Texas Hill Country.   The well-appointed culinary menu offers something for even the most discriminate diner and is served beautifully at the appropriate temperature.

Sonesta Bee Cave Austin offers many options to plan small and large events.  The names of the beautifully appointed meeting and banquet spaces are “bee” related (I.E., Colony, Honeycomb, and Apiary) which adds a touch of humor.

The guest registration and check out processes are convenient, efficient, and fast.  The professional staff definitely pays attention to details and demonstrates how much they value their guests.

We recommend Sonesta Bee Cave Austin without hesitation when you need an event space, weekend getaway or simply a staycation in the beautiful Lakeway, Austin and Texas Hill Country areas.

Here’s an Exciting Luxury Gift Idea

Here’s an exciting luxury gift for him and her from Air Partner, the global leader in private aviation.

Air Partner offers a one-of-a-kind JetCard which gives its guests one of the most unique and luxurious experiences world-wide. Air Partner’s JetCard members enjoy flexible departure times, faster trips and comfortable accommodations with every trip they take. Services include, but are not limited to, premium lounge access, arranging chauffer driven cars and confirming luxurious accommodations on their clients’ behalf – making it the perfect luxury getaway gift.

Rated the industry’s #1 most flexible program for four consecutive years, Air Partner’s JetCard offers simple pre-paid flight hours, minimum of 10, with fully refundable account balances and flight credit that never expires. There are two types – JetCard and JetCard Sterling – both of which allow clients to tailor a program that fits with their needs and countless member benefits.

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Some benefits include:

  • Guaranteed availability in as few as 12 hours’ notice with no blackout dates
  • Flight credit that never expires and fully-refundable account balances
  • Only pay for the time you fly, with no hidden fees
  • 20% discount on qualifying round-trip travel
  • Freedom to apply JetCard funds to on-demand jet charter
  • 24/7 global coverage year-round

For more information on the JetCard, please visit https://jetcard.airpartner.com/?utm_source=article&utm_medium=press&utm_campaign=5_ways_jet_travel_reduces_stress&utm_content=jc_link.

JetBlue Modernizes the Cruise Planning and Booking Experience with AI Technology

– In Partnership with CruisingStore, Travelers Can Build Customized Itineraries with Dedicated Customer Service and Competitive Prices –

JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) on Tuesday, January 23 announced a new partnership with Cruising Store that deploys the power of artificial intelligence to help travelers customize their vacation experience and add flights and other offerings, all in one place. Through JetBlue’s new cruise booking and planning platform, customers are able to bypass the often-confusing process of finding the right cruise and the traditional model of contacting a travel agent to book.

“AI is changing how we travel and our goal is to be at the front of the curve,” said Marty St George, executive vice president, commercial and planning, JetBlue. “We’ve already incorporated artificial intelligence into vacation planning and now our partnership with CruisingStore means customers will quickly be able to find the cruise that’s right for them and book their flights all in one place.”

One of the hardest parts of the traditional process is finding cruises to the destinations a traveler wants to see, on the dates they want, and for the budget they have in mind. JetBlue has joined with CruisingStore to introduce a new platform that helps travelers make informed decisions when selecting a cruise. The ‘intelligence engine’ technology takes JetBlue’s already robust cruise travel site to a new level, identifying cruise vacations that meet a customer’s budget, destination preferences, and other activities. Over time, the platform will evolve to further evaluate what matters most to travelers, providing even more customized options.

Officially launching in January 2018 in tandem with the JetBlue partnership, CruisingStore aims to innovate the cruise vertical with a more advanced, customer-focused and supplier-friendly cruise shopping experience. The results are unique cruise experiences at competitive prices.

CruisingStore is led by co-founders and cruise industry veterans whose combined leadership experience includes more than 30 years of experience at some of the world’s leading travel companies – including Dwain Wall, chief executive officer; John Henderson, chief technology officer; Tom Grasse, chief marketing officer; and Jill LaBarre, executive vice president of agency operations.

“We are incredibly excited to announce a partnership with JetBlue, who has been an innovator in the travel space for many years,” said Dwain Wall, chief executive officer of CruisingStore.  “We have worked hard to create a solution to the many long-standing and intractable execution challenges facing the cruise and airline industries and with CruisingStore.com, we are pleased to have that solution now readily available.”

JetBlue provides customers booking cruise-centric vacation packages with a simplified booking experience. JetBlue’s partnership with CruisingStore is the latest in the airline’s evolution to offer more personalized trip experiences. Combining technology with JetBlue’s award-winning customer service, JetBlue seeks to create a one-stop vacation shop and seamless travel journey.

About JetBlue

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 38 million customers a year to 101 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights. For more information, please visit www.jetblue.com.

About CruisingStore.com

Officially making its debut in January 2018, CruisingStore.com is on its way to transforming the cruise industry. The site is the most technologically advanced and content-rich online forum for cruise planning, shopping, collaborating, and booking. Soon to be forging a revolutionary shared customer distribution model with leading cruise line partners, CruisingStore.com aims to provide real-time product support and deep data functionality to create the ultimate personalized cruise customer experience. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, the company is steered by cruise industry experts and technology innovators.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Participates in Sonesta Hotels’ ‘Flee to Florida’ Social Media Contest

Travelers Can Share a Photo for Chance to Win Beachside Vacation in Sunny Florida

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach on Tuesday announced its first social media contest of the year, encouraging travelers to escape the snow and head for the sand, entering to win a tropical winter getaway. Open to all travelers who share a photo on Instagram or upload an image to the Sonesta Hotels’ Facebook contest tab – using #SonestaSnowcation – are entered to win 3 nights to Sonesta ES Suites Orlando, and 2 nights each at Sonesta Coconut Grove, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale and Sonesta ES Suites Jacksonville. The contest is live now until February 28, 2018.  Photos should illustrate why the participant wants or needs to ‘Flee to Florida.’

“Our team is excited to launch this social media contest giving travelers nationwide the opportunity to experience their own tropical escape during the cold winter months,” said Eduardo Fernandez, general manager of Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Participants in the ‘Flee to Florida’ contest must include a getaway caption along with their image, and like each of the participating hotels’ Facebook accounts or follow all the participating hotels’ Instagram accounts. Joining Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach in the contest are Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami, Sonesta ES Suites Orlando and Sonesta ES Suites Jacksonville. The final prize will be awarded as 210,000 Sonesta Travel Pass points, which can be redeemed for a stay at the winner’s choice of hotels. Travel Pass is Sonesta’s guest rewards program that gives travelers perks, points, privileges and exclusives on top of the warm, friendly service and little extras available at any Sonesta.

Overlooking Fort Lauderdale’s pristine coastline, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is the ideal getaway destination for travelers this time of year. The stylish hotel features modern yet elegant oceanfront accommodations and multiple on-site amenities to enjoy throughout the stay. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, the hotel’s casual, full-service beachfront restaurant, Bistro, offers an encompassing menu. The hotel is also conveniently located only eight miles from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and minutes from the Las Olas Arts & Entertainment District and Port Everglades.

For more information about the ‘Flee to Florida’ contest please visit: https://www.sonesta.com/snowcation.

To enter, follow Sonesta Hotels on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SonestaHotel and Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach on Instagram at @SonestaFortLauderdale. 

For more information visit https://www.Sonesta.com/FortLauderdale or call 1-800-SONESTA. 

About Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

The AAA Four Diamond-rated oceanfront Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach, features 240 guest rooms including 23 spectacular suites, all of which boast panoramic views of the seven-mile stretch of Fort Lauderdale Beach. This oceanfront hotel provides a new level of hospitality to the Fort Lauderdale market by offering travelers a sense of place, not just a place to stay. Catering to both business and leisure travelers, the hotel is centrally located on the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and A1A, only 8 miles from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and just minutes from the Las Olas Arts & Entertainment District and Port Everglades.  Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach offers an authentic, local experience to guests and locals alike, brought to life through the brand’s signature Food is Art, Liquid Art and Daily Delights programs.

The Arts Residences and Thompson San Antonio Hotel Set Groundbreaking

Texas’ Fastest-Selling High-Rise to Break Ground January 30 

DC Partners recently announced the groundbreaking ceremony for The Arts Residences and Thompson San Antonio hotel will take place Tuesday, January 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the project site, 123 Lexington Avenue, San Antonio, with a reception following in The Arts Residences Sales Gallery, located at 115 Auditorium Circle.

“The Thompson San Antonio hotel and The Arts Residences will truly be a landmark project –redefining luxury downtown living by offering residents exceptional customer service and unparalleled amenities from 24-hour concierge and room service, a spa, first-class restaurant, a pool deck and more,” said Roberto Contreras, CEO of DC Partners, which is entering the San Antonio market for the first time. “The premier location and proximity to the Tobin Center and the performing arts district places residents in the epicenter of San Antonio’s thriving downtown.”

The groundbreaking will begin at 9 a.m. with the ceremony of shovels, followed at 9:15 a.m. with remarks by Contreras; Leland Rocchio of Jordan Foster Construction, the general contractor; – and City of San Antonio officials. At approximately 9:45 a.m., the event will move to the sales gallery for champagne, mimosas and light bites.

“We are thrilled to bring Thompson Hotels’ unique brand of luxury to downtown San Antonio. This city is culturally and economically dynamic and has a robust future,” said Todd Wynne-Parry, Executive Vice President, Global Acquisitions & Development for Two Roads Hospitality, the international lifestyle hotel group which owns and operates the Thompson Hotels brand. “Thompson San Antonio will be a locally-immersed hotel and another valued social venue, contributing to the community and counting our neighbors among our guests.”

“We are very excited to get construction underway and play a major role in creating this landmark mixed-used development,” said Leland Rocchio, President of Jordan Foster Construction’s Commercial Group. “The Arts Residences and Thompson San Antonio hotel will further enhance the culturally rich arts district and growing downtown by providing a positive impact on the community and its long-term intrinsic value.”

Attendees will include City of San Antonio elected officials; representatives of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Centro San Antonio, Jordan Foster Construction, Two Roads Hospitality, Powers Brown Architecture, Universal Services Group and Kuper Sotheby’s International Real Estate. Numerous representatives of DC Partners will also be on hand, as well as The Arts Residences sales team, prominent members of the San Antonio real estate community, Arts residences owners and prospective buyers, friends and family.

Artistic renderings showcasing the building’s exterior and interior features will be on display both at the groundbreaking site and the reception. The sales gallery features a three-dimensional model of the project, as well as all available options and finishes for The Arts Residences condominiums.

Located at the epicenter of San Antonio’s vibrant performing arts district and across from the River Walk, The Arts Residences is a $116 million, 20-level, 337,000-plus-square-foot mixed-use development at the intersection of North St. Mary’s Street and Lexington Avenue, across the river from the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The development slated for completion in 2019 will include The Arts Residences’ luxury condominiums atop San Antonio’s first Thompson Hotel, an international collection of design-forward, luxury lifestyle hotels and resorts.

Forty percent of the condominium homes in The Arts Residences at the Thompson San Antonio hotel have sold since the sales gallery opened May 11, 2017, setting a new record for the fastest-selling high-rise luxury condominium project in Texas. The for-sale residences are priced from the high $400s to over $4.5 million for penthouses.

“Residents of The Arts Residences will live an elegant, concierge lifestyle within minutes of San Antonio’s finest cultural and entertainment offerings,” said Acho Azuike, Chief Operations Officer of DC Partners. “A limited number of these incomparable condominium homes remain for those discriminating enough to recognize their timeless value.  Now more than ever is the time to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

For more information please visit http://theartsresidences.com or contact the sales office to schedule a tour at (210) 227-4840.