MARCH INTO SCHOOL BREAKS WITH FAIRMONT
February 08, 2012
Enjoy the Last of Winter or Move Straight to Spring with New Packages & Special Offers
TORONTO, February 2, 2012 – Fairmont Hotels & Resorts are gearing up for spring with packages for every traveler – whether they’re looking for a quick escape from a lingering winter or want one last snowy getaway before summer. Traveling families can take spring break trips to luxurious kid-friendly retreats, while adults can escape to indulgent getaways in wine country and beyond. So whether spring travelers are looking to hit the slopes, celebrate budding Cherry Blossoms, or just find a place where the kids can have as much fun as the parents, a stay with Fairmont is in order.
A Tale of “To Do” Cities
With warmer weather quickly approaching, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. is ushering in spring with its signature Cherry Blossom Package. Available from March 20 - April 27, the package offers overnight accommodation for two, complimentary valet parking and a box of assorted note cards featuring scenes of the capital’s monuments and famous cherry blossoms by celebrated Washington, D.C. photographer Jake McGuire. The National Cherry Blossom Festival includes 5 weeks of events and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the presentation of 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees by the Mayor of Tokyo to the City of Washington as a “memorial of national friendship between the United States and Japan.” Rates start at $249 USD.
For Spring Break, why not embrace the pleasures of winter in a real Snow Village? Guests can get a well-deserved vacation and delight kids with Montreal’s unique winter attractions such as Parc Jean-Drapeau in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, where families can explore a village entirely made of snow and ice, then head to the nearby Biosphere to take part in their indoor activities or their outdoor rally. The Rosy Cheeks and Warm Heart Package includes accommodation at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, family admission to the Snow Village, and family admission to the Biosphere. Available February 27 - March 31, rates start from $209 CAD per night, for two adults and two children under 18.
OMG March break is almost here! Fairmont Château Laurier is helping mom and dad be “totally cool” by rocking a stay in Ottawa’s castle - which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012. From March 2 - March 18, the hotel is featuring the OMG-Ottawa March Getaway Package, which includes an overnight stay, complimentary self-parking and a family pass to the Canadian Museum of Aviation. Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, walking distance to museums, the Parliament Building, shopping and restaurants, the entire family will find something new to explore around each corner. Rates start at $159 CAD per night, based on a family of four.
This March break kids are kings (or queens) of the castle at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. The Fairmont Family Escape offers kids and their families a big city overnight stay for four (double or quad occupancy) plus a $30 CAD food and beverage credit and valet parking. The adults can park their cares at the valet and embark on a midweek or long weekend getaway full of possibilities for museum and gallery hopping, attending a theatre performance, a sports game or a big-ticket concert. Rates start at $229 CAD and are available March 9 - March 18.
London is a treasure trove of family-friendly activities, and The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel sits at the very heart of this dynamic city. In addition to the stunning surroundings, guests can benefit from the hotel’s proximity to many of the London’s most famous attractions. To mark the year ahead, the hotel is offering a package that enables guests to benefit from a second night for only £20.12. The Savoy 2012 Suite Promotion offers accommodation in a choice of a River View Junior Suite, 1-Bedroom Edwardian Suite, 1-Bedroom Art Deco Suite and 1-Bedroom River View Deluxe Suite. Available through May 8, 2012, rates start from £1,170.12 for the first night.
Eloise and her exploits at The Plaza in New York have captured the imagination of children for more than 50 years. The Live Like Eloise Package gives kids and adults the opportunity to have fun like the beloved character, if only for the night. The package includes a $100 USD Gift Card to the Eloise Shop at The Plaza, a delightful space complete with a Fashion Room with costumes for dress up and a Reading Room where guests may watch their favorite Eloise movies or enjoy story time. Also included in the package are a Super Duper Sundae from In-Room Dining, a copy of Eloise by Kay Thompson and Eloise post cards and pen with complimentary postage, in addition to overnight accommodations. The only thing missing may just be Nanny. Rates start from $965 USD per night.
The Fairmont Waterfront is celebrating 20 years at the heart of Vancouver with a Take 20 Getaway Special Offer for guests. The package includes overnight accommodation with 20 percent off the ‘Rate of the Day’ and 20 percent off dining at the hotel, including meals at the delicious Herons West Coast Kitchen + Bar (dining discount may not be applicable toward feature menus/special events). Rates start from $159 CAD before the discount.
Take a Snowy Siesta
With the best snow conditions anywhere in North America, there’s never been a better time to book a Whistler ski vacation. Boasting more powder this season than the rest of North America – due to La Niña’s generous snow fall – The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is offering the Whistler Powder Ski Package. Bookable for travel from February 26 - April 25, the ‘Powder Package’ includes accommodation for two, two adult lift tickets per day, and a hearty buffet breakfast for two daily in the Wildflower restaurant, perfect for filling up before a long day on the slopes. Rates start from $229 CAD per person, based on double occupancy.
Since 1930 Fairmont Le Château Montebello has offered plenty of family fun in the heart of Quebec’s snow country. The School Break Special at this historic cedar log cabin, the largest in the world, includes accommodation in a Fairmont room and a $50 CAD resort credit. All offers include complimentary access to the Sports Center, indoor pool, squash, indoor tennis, cross-country ski trails and skating rinks as well as the School Break activity program. Rates start from $189 CAD per night with a minimum two-night stay, available Sunday to Friday from February 26 - March 9.
In Telluride, Colorado, Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge is offering a Children's Discovery Package that includes a two-hour class from the Eco Adventure Program. Kids can choose between classes like Wilderness Survival, where they build a snow cave and learn what they need to survive, Trekking and Tracking where they can identify animal tracks on the local trails, Ice-capades where kids can learn proper ice-skating techniques, and more. Available through April 8, rates start at $950 USD per night for a two bedroom residence and include complimentary transportation from Telluride or Montrose airport or complimentary valet parking.
This winter, the castle-like Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City gives families the royal treatment with its new Winter Family Fun Package. The package includes: accommodation for up to two adults and two children under 12, buffet breakfast at Le Café de la Terrasse for the family, one hour ‘all you can slide’ access to the tobogganing slide located in front of the hotel, family rental of skates and access to the skating rink located just a short walk from the hotel, one hot chocolate or coffee per person at the hotel’s Starbucks and complimentary access to the indoor swimming pool. Rates start from $286 CAD per night for the family (two adults and two children under 12) through March 31.
Families can enjoy the comfort of home with the service of a five-star hotel at Fairmont Tremblant by reserving a hotel room with a kitchen. This year, the hotel’s Suite Deal offers 30 percent off suites with kitchens at the resort, making travel convenient and comfortable for adults and kids alike. After hitting the slopes, they can relax by the outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi or enjoy a delicious meal at the Nansen Lounge. Rates start from $265 CAD.
For generations, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge has been welcoming guests for the best in family vacations. A variety of unique activities - both inside and out - beckon families to explore Jasper National Park and create special memories with the Family Spring Break Getaway. Guests can stay two nights and get 20 percent off regular rates – stay three nights, get 30 percent off regular rates – stay four nights, get 40 percent off regular rates – and stay five nights and get 50 percent off regular rates. The package includes accommodation for four and family programs and activities including: Family Scavenger Hunt, Outdoor Pool Party, Fun with Fitness & Musical Games, Craft & Jewelry Building, Teen & Youth Trivia Challenges, Movie Matinee, Kids Club, and more. Available from February 21 - April 14, 2012, rates start from $279 CAD per night, with a two-night minimum.
March travelers can escape to the warm sun and beautiful desert scenery at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Guests can indulge every whim with heated pools, an award-winning Willow Stream Spa, and signature restaurants such as Michael Mina’s BOURBON STEAK, La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and Stone Rose Lounge. The Sip, Savor & Swing Package includes nightly accommodation and a $100 USD resort credit, per room, per paid night to be used in any of the resort's dining outlets, the Tennis Center or Willow Stream Spa. Available through April 8, rates start from $339 USD.
The temperate climate, pink sand beaches, and crystal blue waters combined with direct flights of less than two hours from the East Coast make Bermuda the perfect destination for a long weekend this winter. Fairmont hotels in Bermuda make it easy to get away with the Every 3rd Night Free – Compliments of Bermuda offer. Guests can stay at either The Fairmont Southampton or The Fairmont Hamilton Princess and receive every third night free. Rates start at $249 USD per night at both hotels, available through March 31 at The Fairmont Southampton and through March 15 at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess.
Two islands, two Fairmont resorts, one sense of aloha. Travelers can experience the island of Maui at The Fairmont Kea Lani and the island of Hawai’i at The Fairmont Orchid and get one night free at either resort. Fairmont Hawai’i Dual Island Package includes a minimum of three night’s accommodation in any one-bedroom suite at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui and a minimum of three night’s accommodation in any guestroom or suite at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i. Guests who stay an additional night at either resort receive the seventh night free. Available for stays between March 1, 2012 through December 20, 2012, rates start from $479 USD per night at The Fairmont Kea Lani and $329 USD per night at The Fairmont Orchid. This package does not include air transport between Maui and Hawai’i.
It's time to gather "olive" the girlfriends for a celebration in wine country to enjoy the fruits of the local olive trees, or a great spa getaway at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. The Gather Olive Your Girlfriends package includes accommodation and a choice of one 45-minute Chardonnay Olive Oil Sugar Scrub or one 30-minute Caviar Beauty Flash Facial per paid adult at the resort’s Willow Steam Spa, which also includes access to the spa bathing ritual on the day of treatment. Available through March 31, rates start at $299 USD.
Adventures Past & Present
At The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, kids rule the Castle. Walking distance from attractions such as Miniature World, the Beacon Hill Park Petting Zoo, the Undersea Gardens, Bug Zoo and Royal BC Museum – the hotel is the perfect place for the young and young-at-heart. The Kids Rule Family Stay Package includes overnight accommodation, overnight valet parking, a children's welcome toy, a Scavenger Hunt in the hotel, a choice of one in-room pay per view movie and a Movie Night amenity of popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages for four. The next morning, breakfast is included for two adults and two children in The Empress Room or through in-room dining. Rates start from $199 CAD.
Many people around the world have roots in Scotland, making it a great place to explore history and walk in the footsteps of ancestors. The Scottish Genealogy Package at Fairmont St Andrews offers overnight accommodation, a full Scottish breakfast, a Welcome Scroll on the history of the guest’s surname with a family coat of arms, and two hours of genealogy advice and online help from Scots family genealogy expert Dr Brian Thomson, who is a researcher for BBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?". Rates start from £199 GBP.
At all Fairmont hotels, kids 5 and under eat free off the children’s menu while kids 6-11 eat for half price off the regular menu. New this year is the expansion of the brand’s Lifestyle Cuisine program to children’s menus - offering a healthy twist on the usual kid-friendly favorites such as chicken strips, pizza, spaghetti with meatballs and even chocolate mousse. Chefs are in the process of swapping out refined flour for whole wheat, incorporating fruits and vegetables into recipes to help meet the recommended daily fiber allowance, and employing alternative cooking methods to help ensure healthier choices are made available to young diners. The menus will be available in all hotels by March of this year.
Also new in 2012, the Fairmont Fit for Kids program is being rolled out for children of all ages at the brand’s resort properties. Organized sports are a major part of many families’ active lifestyles and by offering comprehensive athletic experiences through skill challenges and activities, this program is the newest way the brand is supporting healthy lifestyles for guests of all ages. Through resort Kids Clubs, the program provides a unique approach to improving fitness levels by combining fun activities with specific athletic skills such as agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, speed, strength, and stamina. The curriculum includes an obstacle course with agility ladders, hurdles and more for kids jump and jog their way through.
All packages unless noted otherwise are subject to availability, priced per room, per night, exclude taxes and are based on double occupancy. Prices are quoted in local currency. For reservations, please visit fairmont.com, call 1-800-441-1414 or contact your local travel agent.
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