Friday, July 3, 2009

Do You Like Luxury?

It’s a valid question, especially when searching for accommodations on your next vacation. My time backpacking across the European continent taught me lots. Certainly that you don’t need a fussy hotel to enjoy your trip, and in fact, when faced with the option of staying in a family-run inn or gasp–a hostel–the experience becomes far more authentic, more organic, and dare I say more pleasurable then a bed at the towering mega-chain down the block. But there is something to be said for those fluffy towels and that nightly turn down service. Folks who answered yes to the above question will love the latest island news from Starwood. According to this report in the Los Angeles Times, the hotel giant will open the St. Regis Bermuda in 2013, featuring 140 decked-out rooms, a spa, wine bar and much, much more. It’s great news for Bermuda, considering tourism here dropped 17% in 2008 compared to the year before (the thinking being that perhaps the hotel will draw additional well-heeled visitors). Only time will tell if the new Hamilton property will cause a spike in island visitors, but for my money, I’d rather stay in a hotel with a great view. Something secluded or tucked away and definitely less than $200 a night. If that’s more up your alley, then check out my latest story in Budget Travel, about seven stunning North American hideaways. You might not get a chocolate on your pillow each night, but you’re bound to come home relaxed.

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