Archive for January 20th, 2010

Mandarin Oriental, D.C. Preps for Year of the Tiger

chinese-year-of-the-tigerThanks to incessant coverage in the tabloids, it might seem like last year was the year of the Tiger (shame on you, Mr. Woods), but it’s actually 2010, according to Chinese tradition. Through the month of February, the Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. will be celebrating Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger through an overnight package that is sure to tantalize the senses. Starting at $315, the Tale of the Tiger Package includes overnight accommodations, valet parking, two Eye of the Tiger cocktails, sushi and sashimi for two, and a parting gift of a Mandarin Oriental chopsticks gift set. Guests can also apply a $50 spa credit toward any Signature Time Ritual spa experience, to be enjoyed in the Mobil Four-Star award-winning, Asian-inspired spa. While no passport is required, guests can enjoy a true taste of the Far East in southwest D.C.

Loews Hotels Helps Guests and Their Pets Shape Up

loews_pumped_up_pets_picAs a travel aficionado, a wannabe exercise lover, and the owner of an overweight bulldog, I was excited to hear about a new program from Loews Hotels. The company has just debuted the Pumped-Up Pets package (starting at $124 per night), which includes a deluxe room, workout tips for both the guest and their pet, a Zisc dog Frisbee, and a specially-created and veterinarian-approved “Scratch My Flat Belly” meal for pets.

Studies show that people who diet and exercise with their pet stick to it, well, like a dog with a bone! In fact, research conducted by Northwestern Memorial Hospital revealed that more than 60 percent of people who began an eating and exercise program with their pets stuck to the program for a year. Loews is making it easy to get started—the package is offered at 17 Loews Hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada and is available through May 1, 2010. Winston and I can’t wait to sign up!

For more information, call (800) 23-LOEWS or visit

Shop Around at

shopping-online_fullClients can browse for lifestyle, beauty, and wellness services and service providers in their neighborhood at This one-stop-source allows clients to compare prices and service options, discover exclusive deals, and book their appointment instantly. What’s more, in addition to everyday discounts on the site, starting on Friday, Jan. 29 at midnight, the site will launch its first ever Deal of the Day, which will consist of a beauty-related offer at 80 percent off the retail value. Each week a new Deal of the Day will be revealed, and users will have one day to buy the offer, but one year to redeem it. The site is currently available only to New Yorkers, but it plans to grow to other cities shortly, so stay tuned!

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