Vegas tip sheet: "What to do after the 'I Do's." ... Oahu news ... Real Madrid
Got a funny note from the folks at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas the other day, giving me ideas on "What to do after the I Do's." Which got me thinking ... isn't it pretty obvious?
I mean, some of these activities sound fine: a trip to the Grand Canyon, a Hot Stone Couples Massage and oysters with "piquillo pepper and Tabasco sorbet." That's fine. The note also advised me I could enjoy an enchanted garden setting at the Blossom restaurant and enjoy pan-fried beef with sweet ginger and pineapple. "Enjoy a spicy dish now to enjoy an even spicier "dish" in the bedroom later, the press release said, by which time I was, I think, blushing.
My fave is a room at the Sky Suites, with "romantic in-room candlelit dinners, customized balloons and flowers covering every inch of the suite," plus, and get this, "a three-inch replica of their wedding cake." Not enough? How about "luxury lingerie" or "24K gold-plated restraints and other, cheeky intimacy products."
Whoo boy. Gotta take a cold shower.
I managed a night at Aria in November. I'm not a big Vegas guy but it's a nice hotel if you can figure out the high-tech lighting system.
OAHU IN THE NEWS
Had a brief session with the folks from Oahu tourism the other day. I'd forgotten that Disney is opening a new resort - minus the theme park - outside of Honolulu. Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, Ko Olina, is slated for a first phase opening on Aug. 29, and it'll be a big event in Hawaii.
The 21-acre resort will have 360 guestrooms, 481 Disney Vacation Club Villas, pools, hot tubs, a snorkeling lagoon, a river, wedding facilities (see photo, not to mention the above note from Vegas) and more.
The Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa, famous from Hawaii 50 episodes, is renovating its iconic Rainbow Tower, with new tubs, sinkers, counters, beds and TV's.
The Royal Hawaiian, a stunner right on Waikiki Beach, recently finished a $70 million renovation, while the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach launched a $13 million renovation two months ago.
REAL MADRID (as in football) BOOSTS CITY TOURISM
Madrid tourism officials announced that the Real Madrid Football Club will start promoting the Spanish capital and Spain as a whole as tourist destinations. It's a clever idea, methinks. Guess we could do the same thing with the Maple Leafs if they ever make the playoffs. Toronto FC? Not so much....