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Summer is here. It's not too late to go there.

Posted on June 12th, 2017 in Adventure, Beach, Family Vacation, Romantic by Chris

“Got any plans this summer?”

It seems like an innocuous question you might get from a friend or someone at work, as a piece of small talk. But if you don’t have plans, it’s not small talk at all. It is a raging indictment on you and your priorities. “How could I have done this again and left the planning to the last minute?” You’ve lost control.

It’s going to be alright. There are lots of great rooms at great hotels in great destinations that are waiting for you to decide. But seriously, let’s get going. C’mon, you deserve it. It’s June, halftime in year terms, and you’re winning. You have conquered the first half of the year and you are still standing, and you are going to need to refresh to finish strong. Take control of your vacation plan now.

Maybe you just celebrated a graduation, you presented a solid 10Q at the board meeting or nailed the analyst call, you hosted a wedding, had an anniversary; celebrating is exhausting--you need a vacation from all that celebrating. But it is understandable, in the fast and furious pace of your celebratory pursuits you neglected to plan your vacation. It’s going to be okay, you can’t be perfect at everything, you need some help, someone to take care of it all. You need someone to guide you, anticipate your needs, read your mind. This is what good hoteliers are trained to do. Find the greatest hotel you can and everything else will fall into place. Your 4-star vacation begins with the selection of a 4-star hotel, where you can experience real hospitality and catch up on that pampering you’ve been hearing so much about. 

At www.greatesthotels.com much of the work is done for you. It’s a free and curated Premiere Collection of 4 and 5-star hotels and resorts in spectacular sunny and sandy and sophisticated destinations that have come together to show discerning guests what real hospitality looks like. Real hospitality isn’t a “name your price” room next to the ice maker, it’s the feeling you get when you are truly in control of your experience and you are welcomed and recognized as a valued guest. Beware of the promises from the oddly creepy guys or garden gnomes you see advertising hotel booking sites on television, as they are selling discounted rooms to you at a jacked-up price and charging the hotel a commission to boot. When you use them, you are their customer, not the hotel’s guest. And try to make a last-minute change or an upgrade to your room or add a bed or alter your dates, good luck. You invariably need to cancel the entire reservation and start over, and build a new plan from scratch. That’s not hospitable, you’re still exhausted from celebrating, you don’t have the energy for re-planning. 

At all of the great hotels on greatesthotels.com you can find the same great room rates advertised on those search engines because when you book through greatesthotels.com you book directly with the hotel and you get exactly what you want, without the creepy Trivago middleman. Who wants that guy knowing where you are staying anyway?

Here are some tips for your vacation planning adventure. First pick a destination that sounds right—say like Hawaii, California or Florida and then find your city and pick a fabulous hotel. Important insider tip for vacation planning: Don’t be fooled into the flight-first madness and then bolting your hotel on the backend as a packaged afterthought.  You are going to spend a couple hours on that airplane, but several days at your hotel or resort. Pick the hotel first. Start at www.greatesthotels.com and begin with destinations and work your way down to crafting your personal vacation experience. Here are some great destinations and great hotel brands to start with: 

Hawaii

It is never “low season” in Hawaii. Summer is an awesome time to be in the islands. You can find reasonable flights in the summer though. So, swing by greatestshotels.com and go to the Hawaii destinations page. You will find luxury brands such as Starwood, Trump and Hilton Hotels. Search online if you like and find a price and then come to greatesthotels.com and find a hotel and they will likely match your price, but also overwhelm your expectations with special treatment and amenities. 

At the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, authentic Hawaiian hospitality and the ancient spirit of aloha are echoed in the services and amenities available at every turn. Balanced between the beauty of Waikiki Beach and the dynamic city center, the resort offers a vibrant escape that seamlessly combines relaxation and adventure. Spend the day lounging by the outdoor pool or swimming and surfing in the sparkling Pacific. Enjoy fresh local cuisine at our acclaimed restaurants and treat yourself to a healing lomilomi massage at Na Ho’ola Spa.  Make the most of your time by experiencing the true spirit of “aloha” through engaging cultural classes with Aunty Ku’uipo. 

The Trump International Hotel Waikiki is the first & only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel on Oahu & was rated the #1 TripAdvisor Waikiki hotel for 76 consecutive months.  Less than a two-minute walk from the beach and in the heart of Waikiki's vibrant entertainment scene, exclusive boutiques & world-class restaurants, it is one of the greatesthotels.com Premiere Collection in Waikiki and the perfect respite for your next Hawaiian vacation plan. 

Also, ideally positioned in a quiet but central location, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alana - Waikiki Beach is a lush resort and puts you in easy reach of all that Waikiki has to offer without the resort fees. Every room the modern urban retreat features private lanais (balconies) with partial ocean or city/mountain views and an oversized 'rain' walk-in shower. 

See more at http://www.greatesthotels.com/hawaiian-islands

California

Southern California is locally known as “paradise” and has been hidden from the world by locals for generations, but the secret is out, and it’s been out. SoCal has mild climate year-round, but the perfectly tropical, humidity-free summer is what makes the region famous. Enjoy miles of diverse but always sunny and sandy beaches, cool ocean breezes, and a casual and engaging vibration wherever you go. At greatesthotels.com featured Premiere Collection hotels in Southern California just waiting to exceed your summer dreams include:

The award-winning Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines offers a coastal retreat situated atop the bluffs of La Jolla and overlooking the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course and the majestic Pacific Ocean. Each of the spacious 394 guest rooms featuring a private balcony or patio with magnificent views of the world famous golf course and its familiar spectacular views of the ocean. Fine California-style dining is available at the award-winning Torreyana Grille on the water.

You can expect nothing but the best just for you at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells resort near Palm Springs. The spacious and elegant hotel rooms and suites are enhanced with luxurious amenities and exclusive butler services. The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa offers a unique desert sophistication in a comfortable Southern California setting on a world-class golf resort. Greatest Guests get premium conveniences and will enjoy classic hospitality details at one of Palm Spring’s finest resorts. The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa is just a 20-minute drive outside of Palm Springs and is AAA Four Diamond hotel.

The Golden State’s northern region has its own unique vacation charm and is an eclectic collection of people and places that will surprise and delight you at every turn, whether you are enjoying the cable cars and the views of Alcatraz or some of the world’s most elegant restaurants and wineries; many places in Northern California share a unique laid-back sophistication that is world renowned. At greatesthotels.com you can find this great summer vacation choice at places like:

The hip Harbor Court Hotel. Located in the Financial District just steps from the Embarcadero, the Harbor Court Hotel radiates San Francisco’s quintessential urban style. Elegant yet youthfully edgy, this boutique waterfront retreat boasts postcard-perfect views of San Francisco Bay and a host of complimentary services and amenities, house bicycles, morning newspapers and lively wine receptions every evening.

The Hyatt Carmel Highlands, overlooking California’s scenic Big Sur coastline provides much more than a brilliant night’s sleep next to breathtaking ocean views. With dramatic cliffs, wild waves and crystalline views of the Pacific Ocean, Big Sur offers epic coastal scenery. The strip of Highway 1 in this area is routinely rated as one of the most spectacular drives in the world, with soaring sea cliffs that tumble down into the deep blue drink. Big Sur boasts a wealth of trees, wildflowers, California condors and marine life, from playful sea otters to magical gray whales. The ideal setting for a scenic vacation, the natural bounty of the Big Sur coastline cannot fail to enchant you. Located right at the northern tip of this stunning slice of planet earth, Hyatt Highlands Carmel provides a perfect vacation choice to explore all the charms of the coast.

See more at http://www.greatesthotels.com/state/california-luxury-hotels-and-resorts

Florida

It’s a bit of a secret, but not to Floridians, that Central and Northern Florida are idyllic summer vacation spots, cooler and more predictable weather than its southern neighbor in the summer, and spectacular opportunities await at legendary Southern Florida hotels and resorts in the summer, greatesthotels.com features great summer vacation destination ideas such as:

The Breakers. Whenever you have the chance to stay at the Breakers in Palm Beach, stay at the Breakers in Palm Beach. You can create and celebrate your own personal and treasured memories to last a lifetime at this breathtaking oceanfront resort in the heart of Palm Beach island. This modern-classic paradise beckons couples & families alike, famous for its genuinely warm and gracious staff. Revel in the 4 ocean view pools at the private, five-acre tropical beachfront, explore exciting water sports, challenge yourself on the 2 championship golf courses, renew your body and spirit at the new indoor/outdoor Spa, let the kids lose themselves at the one-of-a-kind Family Entertainment Center & Camp Breakers, and delight in the 9 distinctive restaurants & lounges including the newly reimagined Seafood Bar with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Greatest Guests enjoy access to the indoor/outdoor Ocean Fitness Center, Wi-Fi resort-wide, group fitness classes, and no resort fees.

Up the left coast is Clearwater. And poised at the edge of one of the world’s best beaches, the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Resort and Spa is an oasis along this Florida coastline. Enjoy suite style guestrooms featuring full kitchens, dine in three innovative restaurants, or set out to explore the beautiful coast a mere few steps away. For the ultimate day of relaxation, you can treat yourself to a ridiculous spa package at Sandava Spa, or a secluded massage in your private poolside cabana.

There is always Orlando and the Magic Kingdom. If you are packing the family you might want to consider the Double Tree Suites by Hilton, the only all-suite hotel in Disney Springs. A warm and affordable luxury family welcome by award winning staff. Greatest Guests enjoy exclusive Disney privileges and a walking-distance convenient Disney Springs location. 

See more at http://www.greatesthotels.com/state/florida-luxury-hotels-and-resorts

This is just a sampling but hey, you’re the boss, you don’t need some television ad character Captain Moronic steering your vacation ship, and you don’t have to worry about the perfection of your plan when you book through www.greatesthotels.com  because you will book direct with the hotel, and stay as their valued guest. Our hoteliers will adapt to your needs on the fly. You have earned a great summer break, don’t get caught up in the silliness of buying bargain-basement hotel rooms through discount wholesalers online. Unless you prefer the WalMart shopping experience to Nordstrom, go to greatesthotels.com and take control, get the personal attention and the special treatment you deserve. No need to worry, our hotel professionals will take care of you, someone should, you’ve earned it dammit. 

See you at www.greatesthotels.com.