Luxuriate in an Orient-Express Holiday Season

PRNewswire CHARLESTON, S.C. Oct. 16 : Its opulent, uniquely Southern lobby is transformed each holiday season by
the arrival of the miniature Orient-Express train [photos available],
whose cobalt blue visage winds its way through a tiny, wintry fairyland
entrancing to young and old. Thanksgiving feasts, Teddy Bear Teas, and
special affairs held on Sundays during December make our youngest guests
feel oh-so-Continental during their holiday visit to elegant Charleston,

The week-long Gift of Charleston Package, includes: six nights of
luxurious accommodations, a Christmas tree ensuite, themed turn-down
service nightly, complimentary gift wrapping, ($200) worth of gift
certificates for use in the Shops at Charleston Place, two spa treatments
of choice at the hotel`s European Spa, one dinner at the Charleston Grill,
a Christmas Day buffet in the Palmetto Cafe, a private carriage ride
through the historic district, a Magnolia Plantation Christmas tour, and
afternoon tea for two in the Lobby Lounge. The rate for the “Gift of
Charleston” package is ($2,839 based on double occupancy, tours and meals
are for two, does not include tax). Individual room night rates from
Thanksgiving to December 26th start at ($169 based on availability).

This year, the hotel will also introduce its Holy City Holiday services;
ensuring guests have the opportunity to make the holidays even more
special. Guests are invited to worship at the church of their choice
during the season—and can avail themselves of a special carriage ride
to midnight Mass, a Hanukkah-season service at the nation`s oldest reform
temple, gospel services at an historic AME church or any number of other
celebrations occurring on the peninsula. Or, book our Luxury Livery, six
hours of limousine service for a choice of a guided tour of the historic
city dressed in its holiday finery, or a special escort to accommodate
one`s last minute shopping needs. Prices available upon request.

Located in the heart of one of the world`s most romantic cities,
Charleston Place offers unparalleled accommodations, five-star amenities,
the Mobil Four-Star Charleston Grill, a full service European-style spa
and world famous shops that have earned Conde Nast Traveler readers` vote
as one of North America`s best hotels for nine consecutive years. For
reservations or information: (1-800-611-5545) or

The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, MD—The bounty of the Chesapeake
and the special charms of St. Michaels make this nautical haven a delight
at the holidays. Special stay and dine packages have been created for
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Year`s Eve and New
Year`s Day. During Christmas week, guests will enjoy special turndown
amenities that evoke our special home by the sea. Hand-hewn fishing lures,
special confections and other surprises will cap our guests` lovely days
at the Inn. Prices start at ($355 double occupancy, plus tax and gratuity)
and include one nights accommodation, afternoon tea and a holiday meal.


In addition, the Inn is launching a new party designed to appeal to its
holiday season guests of all ages. The Sea Farers Soiree is a combination
clambake and cocktail party, held on the grounds of the Inn. Featuring
fresh local seafood, exquisite imports such as caviar and foie gras, and
even staples such as gourmet mac-n-cheese to please a toddler`s palate,
the Sea Farers Soiree is more than a food and wine feast. Storytellers and
historians will be on hand to evoke local lore. Gathered with our guests
around a blazing bonfire, they will perform traditional sea shanties, tell
tall tales of the high seas, and recount the romantic history of this
The Sea Farers Soiree will be held on Saturday evenings from Thanksgiving
weekend through the end of December. Cost per person is ($150) for adults,
children under 16 free.

The elegant, circa 1816 Inn at Perry Cabin occupies 25 breathtaking acres
overlooking a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, and within strolling
distance of historic St. Michaels. The 80 individually decorated
guestrooms are filled with classic antiques, and visitors are seduced
outdoors by the intricate gardens and serene landscape, all of which have
contributed to the Inn`s inclusion on numerous “best of” lists. For
information or reservations: (800-722-2949) or
Keswick Hall at Monticello, Charlottesville, VA—A manor house as
elegant and refined as this becomes a wonderful place to partake of
holiday traditions. The season features special meals, afternoon tea
offerings and celebrations from Thanksgiving through New Year`s Day. Fires
will roar in each of the nine drawing rooms, and our wait staff will be on
high alert to make holiday dreams come true. Evenings will find an
assortment of intimate events, including holiday stories read by the fire,
tastings of some of the area`s finest wines, impromptu snooker games,
leisurely conversation and pampering spa treatments.

Families staying with us on Christmas morning will delight in a visit by
Father Christmas, whose sack will be filled with special treats for
children aged 18 and under. Each guest of the Inn will also find a
stocking filled with something special to keep.
On New Year`s Eve an elegant house party takes over Keswick Hall with food
and beverage stations set throughout the country estate for the New Year`s
Eve World Tour. Gourmet savories and sweets will celebrate flavors from
around the world while musical entertainment helps you celebrate the
evening`s festivities and the luxury of this resort.
Christmas packages start at ($375) per room (one night accommodation, one
Christmas lunch or dinner for two and afternoon tea). Available December
24th and 25th. New Year`s Eve World Tour packages start at ($675 per room
one night accommodation, and two tickets to the New Year`s World Tour, as
well as Afternoon Tea and New Year`s Day Brunch for two). Additional room
nights start ($195) per night plus tax and gratuity.
A prime example of Italianate architecture, the 48-room Keswick Hall and
Club are set amid formal and informal gardens on a lush, 600-acre estate
in Virginia`s rolling hills. Complete with an Arnold Palmer golf course,
three pools, six tennis courts, a renowned restaurant and chef and a full
complement of highly trained butlers, Keswick has been ranked by Conde
Nast Traveler as one of “The World`s Best Places to Stay”. For
information: (1-800-274-5391) or

Maroma Resort and Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico—The warm intimacy that
characterizes this exquisite beachside spa becomes especially inviting
during the winter holidays, when the joyous traditions of the Mexican
Riviera envelope guests in our region`s own special love of life.

This year, the private beach resort wishes to bring its guests into the
feeling of family with a series of special, hands-on experiences that will
make every holiday season to come resonate with memories from Maroma.
Guests will be invited to learn how to create traditional Mexican Pi̱atas,
which are integral to the Mexican Posadas celebration. On Christmas Eve,
our chef Stephanie Rowe and her crew will bring the warmth of the holiday
kitchen to all as they work with our willing guests to prepare traditional
Mexican dishes and cocktails, which will be enjoyed by all in a communal
meal filled with surprises. Guests awake Christmas morning to find the
pinatas they created filled with a special gift from their friends at
Maroma. During this special week, our guests will also experience special
afternoon teas featuring seasonal treats, holiday choirs that will perform
traditional Mexican holiday songs and more. Rates from December 20th to
January 3rd start at ($510) per night.
This rustically luxurious, 65-room hideaway was built by hand in the
tradition of Mexican haciendas and offers warm hospitality and unsurpassed
privacy to its international clientele. With its white-powder Caribbean
beach and the lush jungle that forms its back yard, the 500-acre resort`s
idyllic atmosphere has earned raves from The New York Times, Town &
Country, and Vogue as well as “World`s Best Beach” by the Travel Channel.
For information or reservations: (1-866-454-9351)
La Samanna, St. Martin, French West Indies—Borrowing from our French
tradition and our extraordinary island home, the staff of La Samanna makes
every guest`s Christmas holiday superb. The week between Christmas Eve and
New Year`s Day finds guests experiencing exuberant musical demonstrations.
Families will be invited to partake in a special treasure hunt on the
beach, featuring tropical beverages, pirate ghost stories and themed
treasure hunts and games.

During the Christmas season, La Samanna maintains a 12-night minimum stay.
Guests staying for Christmas will awake and gather for Pere Noels (Santa
Claus) arrival. Per La Samanna tradition, this Jolly Character arrives
bearing gifts for the children via a different mode every year, ranging
from parachuting to water-skiing. The resorts famed Elysee Spa will also
feature special treatments designed to help guests weather the winter that
will greet their skin, hair and temperaments upon their return home. Room
rates from $820 per night (plus tax and gratuity).
Overlooking a private, crescent-shaped bay and pristine white beach, La
Samanna is St. Martin`s most luxurious resort. Legendary for its extensive
wine cellar, cuisine made perfect by flown-daily provisions from France
and a luxurious spa, the resort evokes a French spirit with a Caribbean
soul, earning it numerous accolades, including Bride magazine`s nod as
“Most Romantic Destination.” For information or reservations:
(1-800-854-2252) or

Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans—Revel in holidays, Big Easy style with
a special NoÌÇl Package, which includes two nights of accommodations in a
junior suite, a sumptuous Reveillon* dinner in the award winning Grill
Room, where acclaimed chef Jonathan Wright will delight your palate and
your soul with seasonal delicacies and holiday favorites. A special
Christmas stocking of goodies delivered to each room from the hotel staff
completes the effect. Prices from ($558) per junior suite based on
amenities and meals for two people. Additional nights are available for a
holiday rate of ($175) per night, with a complimentary upgrade to a full
suite for stays of two nights or more (subject to availability). The
package is valid from December 14 through December 29, 2003. Price
includes taxes and gratuities on package inclusions. (*Reveillon is the
traditional meal enjoyed after midnight on Christmas eve, when fasting
Catholics sat down for a feast).
Make even more of your holiday visit to the Big Easy with our Reveillon
and On program. This menu of special offerings brings guests of the
Windsor Court to the very center of New Orleans` seasonal celebrations.
Guests are invited to enjoy a special guided tour of the city via luxury
sedan, as they enjoy the benefits of a special VIP pass to the 100-plus
holiday events that light up the city from Thanksgiving through New Year`s
Day. On Christmas Eve, guests may join the throngs aboard a Mississippi
River boat and take in the seduction of the Christmas Eve bonfires that
blaze up and down the mighty river. Prices and arrangements available
through the concierge.
In the heart of New Orlean`s business district, the Windsor Court Hotel
provides dignified respite and easy access to this historic city`s most
popular haunts. The hotel`s $8 million collection of British art, opulent
suite accommodations, memorable Grill Room restaurant and festive lounges
have earned distinctions from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and
others. For information or reservations: (1-800-262-2662) or
Orient-Express Hotels is a hotel and leisure company focused on the luxury
end of the leisure market. The company owns individual deluxe hotels,
tourist trains, a river cruise ship and two restaurants, all of which are
located in areas of outstanding cultural, historic or recreational
interest. The company`s distinctive properties include Hotel Cipriani in
Venice, Reid`s Palace in Madeira, The Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans,
Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train in
Europe and `21` in Manhattan.