It’s easy to pick a destination based on weather or the time of year, but when you’re planning a trip on a whim, or researching the next hot new place to stay, the locale that offers an extra incentive for you to visit — be it a special pre-planned package or a one-of-a-kind meal — should take priority. Forbes Travel Guide rounds up three luxury hotels celebrating birthdays with exclusive anniversary-themed promotions designed to make traveling there a pleasure.
The Setai, Miami Beach
Coming off a multimillion dollar revitalization project, this 120-room tropical oasis in Miami’s South Beach is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with verve. Want to skip the beach in favor of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star’s sparkling, iconic pools? Book the The Setai 10-Year Anniversary Escape Package for 10 percent savings on the nightly rate, inclusive of a complimentary signature chili passion martini and executive chef Mathias Gervais’ delightful amuse-bouches. Want to experience even more gastronomic bliss? It doesn’t get better than The Setai $10,000 Dinner, an opulent eight-course tasting feast — dishes range from Maine lobster and white Alba truffle ravioli to Kobe beef and chocolate caviar — for 10 held in the hotel wine cellar. Finally, if a pampered spa experience is more your speed, the Golden Spa Retreat Experience is for you; it includes four hours at Four-Star The Spa at The Setai by THÉMAÉ, where you’ll receive a 60-minute Nepalese body polish, a 90-minute Himalayan hot stone massage, a 90-minute, two-esthetician Original Beauty facial and much more.
The St. Regis Deer Valley
What says “après ski” more than a Ruinart champagne-serving ice bar and an illuminated sculpture crafted from 1.2 million pounds of ice? This winter, a visit to the Four-Star hotel also buys you entry into a snow-covered wonderland created to acknowledge the resort’s five-year anniversary. Dubbed “Après at The St. Regis Deer Valley,” the ice bar, constructed in partnership with the prestigious House of Ruinart (France’s first established champagne house in 1729), is the place to unwind and relax following a day of strenuous exertion on the slopes; it works as a rather pleasant spot for noshing on caviar and the hotel’s beloved tuna on ice, too. From your position, you also get to gaze upon the massive carving built by Ice Castles, LLC., which sparkle a glacial blue by day and glow in multiple colors at night with the help of thousands of LED lights embedded in the ice.
The Jefferson Hotel
Built in 1895, the stately grand dame of Richmond is celebrating its 120th birthday this year. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the Five-Star treasure is offering two special promotions: the amorous Jefferson Package includes one night’s accommodations, valet parking and a choice of dinner for two at Four-Star Lemaire; Sunday champagne brunch with late checkout; or sparkling wine and strawberries upon arrival with breakfast in bed the next morning. Those looking for a mini-vacation will want to book the Richmond Package, a deal consisting of two nights in the newly renovated, 700-square-foot Richmond Suite, sparkling wine and strawberries upon arrival, a full in-room breakfast for two each morning, and a three-course dinner at Lemaire.