Sunday, January 4, 2009

Italian Holidays

With many of our favorite Italian hotels reeling from a less-than-stellar 2008 (largely due to the Euro/dollar exchange), many are offering appealing rates and packages heading into 2009. For example, if you book four nights at the Hotel Caruso (pictured) in Ravello along the Amalfi Coast this April, that 4th night will be gratis.

Or, book the Caruso along with any of its Orient-Express sister properties (Hotel Cipriani, Villa San Michele or Hotel Splendido) for a total of 7 nights and you'll pay the same rate at each property, each night (starting at around $850/night compared to the $980/night charge by the foursome in the chain's 1-4-7 deal last year). NB: This promotion hasn't been officially announced to the public yet, but we do hear it from an inside source so consider it true.

If you're planning an early season visit (before April 28), add Lake Como to the mix with the "Spring on Lake Como" package offered at Villa D'este, one of EliteTravelGal's personal faves. The price of 1150 Euros (for two) includes: a two-night stay in an Executive Room with park/garden view; buffet breakfast at the Restaurant (or continental in the room); a delicious 3-course meal; plus a spa credit of 100Euros and complimentary access to the Villa d’Este Sporting Club. In high season, the same package is offered from 1500Euros/couple.

For more details on these and other incredible Italy offers for 2009, contact The EliteTravelGal by clicking here.