The “Fantasy Package” at the Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi, priced at $1,099 for two, will make any traveller’s dreams of experiencing the Carnival parades in an up-close and personal way a reality. The package includes breakfast, accommodations, a spa massage and even your own colourful costume to wear to the Sao Paulo Samba parade on March 1.
Courtesy Hilton São Paulo Morumbi
A roundtrip transfer from the hotel to the Anhembi Saddledrome is also included, ensuring you can Samba the night away without worrying about how you’ll be getting back to the comfort of your Hilton suite afterward.
Take a step back in English history and immerse yourself in a period of romance, intrigue and tradition with the Downton Abbey: Season four England tour.
Organized by luxury online travel specialists Zicasso, this tour takes travellers to all key locales in the fourth season of the popular PBS show (the season finale airs this Sunday, Feb. 23), from London to the village of Bampton and, not least of all, to the iconic Highclere Castle: stand-in for Downton Abbey.
The journey begins in London, where guests on this group tour will see Buckingham Palace, Saint Pancreas train station and Lady Rosamund’s home in Belgrave Square. An expert will also take travellers to the Notting Hill neighbourhood, where Lady Edith’s love interest Michael Gregson lived.
Enjoy lunch at The Criterion, where Lady Edith donned an unforgettable green frock for lunch with Gregson, and enjoy dinner at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, similar to the jazz club where Lady Rose sees Jack Ross perform for the first time.
Lady Edith at The Criterion. (Courtesy ITV)
Continue on this guided tour with a trip to Oxfordshire, home to Swan Inn, where Lady Sybil and Tom Branson ran away to in season two, and Byfleet Manor, stand-in for Dowager Countess Violet’s home of Dower House.
Lady Mary and Matthew’s wedding. (Courtesy ITV)
From there it’s on to Bampton, the real village that acts as Downton Village. See Isobel Crawley’s home, the church where Lady Mary and Matthew wed and, finally, Highclere Castle. The 300 room castle is still occupied by a real earl and countess and guests will enjoy an expertly guided tour of the castle — including rooms that appear on the show like the library and great hall — and grounds.
This seven-day tour carries the rather royal price tag of $3,230 per person and is available for nine departure dates between July 20 and Aug. 24, 2014. Accommodations and some meals are included in the cost, though international airfare is not. For full details on the package, visit zicasso.com.
The 2014 winter Olympics are underway in Sochi, with our Canadian athletes really “owning the podium” in events ranging from skiing to skating.
If you aren’t travelling to Russia to cheer on our Canadian Olympic athletes in person, gather your friends around the TV at home for an Olympics party, complete with Olympic-themed cocktails from Loews Hotels.
Hotels across the Loews chain each partnered with Russian Standard Vodka to create a unique Moscow Mule cocktail with an Olympic-twist. Served in the classic Russian Vodka copper mug, these cocktails are available at Loews Hotels until Feb. 23 — but we’ve listed some of the best recipes below for you to create at home!
Go Canada go!
“The Sublime Russian” from Loews Montreal
• 50 ml Russian Standard Original Vodka
• 3.4 oz Molson Sublime 67 (lime flavour)
• 50 ml Ginger Ale
• 1 tsp Cane Sugar Syrup
• 1 tsp Grated Fresh Ginger
• 2 lime wedges
Method: • Served in a copper mug with crushed ice and garnished with lime wedges.
“Fire on Ice” from Loews Philadelphia
1.25 oz Russian Standard Original Vodka
.5 oz Jalapeno infused brown sugar simple syrup
• Build Russian Standard, brown sugar Infused simple syrup over ice. Squeeze one lime wedge and leave in mug. Top off with ginger beer and garnish with lime wedge and jalapeno slice.
The Sochi Torch from Loews Miami
“The Sochi Torch” from Loews Miami Beach
1.5 oz Russian Standard Original Vodka
.75 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
3 dashes West Indian Orange Bitters
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Top With Ginger Beer
Flamed Orange Peel Garnish
Method: Combine all ingredients except ginger beer and garnish in a copper mug, stir and pack with ice. Top with ginger beer then flame an orange peel, creating an Olympic torch effect.
Air New Zealand is teaming up with ‘Sports Illustrated’ to celebrate 40 years of flying to the Cook Islands and 50 years of the magazine’s swimsuit edition.
In a new in-flight safety video, famed ‘Sport Illustrated’ swimsuit models, including Christie Brinkley, Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Gomes, add a saucy twist to the typical in-flight video.
“I’m grateful to be included in Air New Zealand’s safety video. I loved the playful script that contains a lot of unexpected moments for a safety video. It features so many SI beauties celebrating SI’s 50th anniversary of the swimsuit edition, that it may even have folks on the ground reaching for their oxygen masks! Thanks SI and Air New Zealand for including me,” said Brinkley in a press release.
Called “Safety in Paradise”, the safety video was filmed in the Cook Islands and will debut on Air New Zealand flights on Feb. 11.
This isn’t the first time Air New Zealand has turned to celebrity for its in-flight safety videos. The airline previously ran a safety video called ‘An Unexpected Briefing’ starring characters from ‘The Hobbit’ and ran a ‘Safety Old School Style’ video featuring Betty White.
A scene from ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ (Courtesy Paramount Pictures)
If you’ve been dreaming of partying like the character portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the Oscar-nominated ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ a decadent new hotel package in San Diego promises to give you that experience — Quaaludes excluded.
San Diego’s FLUXX Nightclub, voted Nightclub & Bar’s best new nightclub of 2010, has put together the ultimate VIP package inspired by the hard-partying ways of Jordan Belfort, the real-life stockbroker portrayed by DiCaprio.
FLUXX San Diego. (Courtesy FLUXX)
For the luxury-included price of $50,000, FLUXX will chauffeur guests about town in a Rolls Royce, have a personal chef cook a gourmet, private dinner on board a yacht, and provide VIP table service at FLUXX complete with Armand de Brignac ‘Ace of Spades’ champagne. After a hard night of partying, FLUXX will drop you off at your two-bedroom penthouse suite at the downtown Hotel Palomar for a one-night stay.
The ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ party package is available to book now through Oscar weekend on March 2. For full details, visit fluxxsd.com.