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Mitch’s Travel: TripAdvisor lists Namale Resort & Spa among best hotels in world

Namale Resort and Spa

For the second year in a row, Namale Resort & Spa has been named among the best hotels in the world in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards, reinforcing its place as a leader in overall hotel experience and spas in the Oceania Region. This year, Namale was named a Top 25 Hotel in the South Pacific and was included in the Top 5 for Relaxation & Spa Hotels in the South Pacific. The South Pacific line up for both awards was inclusive of properties in Australia and New Zealand.
Namale, the holiday getaway for celebrities such as Russell Crowe, Donna Karan and Meg Ryan (to name a few) is located on the edge of the Koro Sea in Savusavu, Fiji. The resort’s multi-award winning spa is set on a volcanic cliff near an opaque rain forest and offers each guest world-class treatments, ancient aromas, ocean views and a variety of luxurious reflexology techniques to relax and soothe.
TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards are based on the reviews and opinions of millions of travelers, and are awarded only to a very select and distinguished group of hotels. Last year, Namale was named the Best Hotel for Romance by TripAdvisor in their 2011 awards. Namale was also named one of the Top 50 Most Romantic Places on Earth by Luxury Magazine and received a mention in Spa Magazine’s 2011 Silver Sage Reader’s Choice Awards.
This year’s 10th annual Travelers’ Choice Awards honored properties around the world in 30 counties and 8 regions, including properties across Australia and New Zealand. This year’s list examined 3,943 properties in the following categories: best luxury and bargain; best service, best B&Bs and inns; best all-inclusive; best spa; and trendiest.
Offering 19 bures and villas of award-winning accommodations, along with 120 on-call staff members, Namale caters to anything their guests could ever need or want.  The five-star resort and spa sprawls over 525 acres of land that offers the idyllic backdrop for romance, unparalleled luxury, privacy and splendor that only begins to describe the way of life at this all inclusive resort.
Namale is also offering guests seven nights for the price of six if guests book to stay now through May 31, with additional perks starting April 1, 2012.
For more information on Namale, please visit
For the complete 2012 Travelers’ Choice list, go to

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Condé Nast Traveler names Long Beach Lodge one of Canada’s Best Resorts

Long Beach Lodge Resort

With more than 270,000 votes tallied and 10,000 resorts, destinations, airlines and cruises reviewed, the results for the 24th annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are finally in. And named in the top three for Canada’s Best Resort is Vancouver Island’s own Long Beach Lodge Resort.

The awards, held last night, Oct. 10, in New York City, gave the highest achievement to King Pacific Lodge, a resort located on Princess Royal Island, British Columbia, that starts about $1,583 per night, with Emerald Lake Lodge, also located in BC, earning second place.  In fact, it was a great night for British Columbia, whose resorts filled the top five positions.
“There are great quality resorts in this part of the world so it is very exciting to us that the Readers have acknowledged Long Beach Lodge Resort in the top three,” said Perry Schmunk, general manager, Long Beach Lodge Resort in a news release. “We pride ourselves to be in this top three grouping delivering a great resort experience and, at the same time, offering it with great value with rates starting from $169 per night.”
Long Beach Lodge Resort is located in Cox Bay, located just 7 km south of Tofino in an area known for world-class surfing and storm watching. The property includes eight-acres of beachfront property, 41 lodge rooms and 20 cottages, a full-service dining room and lounge called The Great Room, a fitness facility called the Riptide Centre, a Surf Club Centre (new in April 2012) and an outdoor, covered barbeque area.
For more information about Long Beach Lodge Resort, visit To learn more about the annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, visit

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Mitch’s Travel: Patrons can book two nights and get a third night free at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

Just in time for one last summer getaway, the AAA Four Diamond Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif., is offering all two-night reservations that book and actualize between now and August 31, 2011, a complimentary third night stay.
The epitome of oceanside elegance, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa features the award-winning VUE restaurant, OverVue outdoor lounge and deck, and family-friendly activities including movie nights, the Kahuna Laguna Kids Club activity center and onsite Splash Zone.
This summer getaway package is valid for mid-week and weekend stays, with no blackout periods. For more information, or to book an oceanside getaway, those interested may visit or call (949) 661-5000 and use promotional code “BGS.”