Friday, May 25, 2012

Amex offers just in time for SUMMER

Below are two great offers from American Express that are perfect for a staycation in the city, your wedding night before you fly out to enjoy your honeymoon, or visiting relatives that want to spend some time in the city.

1) Offer 1: Ritz Carlton is offering all summer weekend rates for Amex Cardmembers in their deluxe rooms for only $150 a night. 
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
To receive this offer, stay must be charged in full to your American Express Card. Offer valid on bookings between May 1, 2012 and August 31, 2012 for a weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sundays) up to and including September 1, 2012. Visit ritzcarlton.com/toronto for online reservations or call 1-800-241-3333; please use the “D59” promo code when booking this offer. Offer does not apply to existing bookings or group bookings. Offer valid at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto location only. Cancellations must be received 24 hours before scheduled arrival or cancellation charges will apply. Advance reservations are required. Offer is subject to availability of rooms. Discount applies to purchase before taxes. Taxes are not included. This promotion cannot be combined with any other Ritz-Carlton offer. Ritz-Carlton Toronto is responsible for fulfillment of this offer.

2) Offer 2: Now until end of June, Fairmont Royal York downtown is offering Amex Cardmembers a limited amount of packages each week to indulge in a night of fine dining and accomodations. The cost of the package below is $310. See offer details below:

Enjoy a lavish night-in at the luxurious Fairmont Royal York Hotel and join Executive Chef Collin Thornton and Chef Timothy Palmer from EPIC Restaurant as American Express Delights presents a weekend getaway event running every Friday and Saturday from May to June 2012 at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel. 
  • One (1) night stay in a deluxe room at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel1
  • Three (3) course dinner for Two (2) at EPIC Restaurant in The Fairmont Royal York Hotel
  • Wine pairings with each course, presented and explained by the Sommelier2
visit americanexpressdelights.ca for more information and how to take up the offer.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

St. Anne's Spa Last Minute Deals


St. Anne’s Spa Last Minute Deals

In early March of this year, my husband and I decided to take a mini staycation to St. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ontario. We were there to celebrate 10 years of being together, can you believe that? Wow after that many years I of course love him, but what’s even more exciting I still REALLY like him. I’ll stop being mushy, and I’ll share the great deal we got. Usually a night at St. Anne’s Spa for two can cost between 900-1200 a night (which includes accommodations, access to all facilities, afternoon tea, lunch, and dinner). I mean I do love the lavish lifestyle of the rich and famous, but who in their right mind can afford to pay that? (according to an RMT there, the real desperate wives of Oakville can lol)? Or for that matter who would want to pay that?

Well turns out St. Anne’s Spa has a really great Last Minute Deals page on their website, which lists every Tuesday all the rooms that are vacant for that weekend at extremely discounted prices. We got the 900+ package for only $318 plus taxes for two. So if you are considering go, just don’t be picky about the weekend and book last minute!

We had the most amazing time, roamed around in our robes most of the day, relaxed in the spa facilities, did a yoga stretch/meditation class, and ate the most delicious and HEALTHY food. They don’t serve any pop or alcohol (but you can bring your own).

See example deals below!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

New shopping sites

Hope everyone is having a Happy Victoria Day long weekend. The weather is out of this world in Toronto, and kinda of defeats the point of travelling elsewhere this long weekend.

Perhaps I am just saying that because I am beyond the prego travel time (I don't think any airline will allow me to fly). 9to5travel girl is really missing travelling, but know that I am already planning some mini ontario getaways and a trip somewhere warm this fall!

Since I am stuck at home trying to avoid the wrath of the sun (at least until it cools down a bit), I thought I would post my favourite new retail sites I have come upon.


1)      Ifoundasecret.com - Its a fashion blog and online retailer in one. What's great about this site is you can "Ask a stylist" for tips and key trends.
2)      Lovestoryshop.com - I absolutely love many of the pieces sold on this site. Another shopping + blog experience in one. See some of the looks before.

3)      Materialaddict.com - there are quite a few items that I want to purchase from this site, but I will refrain from now!
4) shoptiques.com - This is a very interesting concept online site that aggregates boutiques from top fashion cities like LA, NYC, PARIS, LONDON and allows you to buy items directly from these boutiques but ONLINE. So you no longer need to fly to these cities to get the boutique one of a kind pieces.

Check out and if you make a purchase let me know, as I am not  buying anything until post deliver (and when I am back in shape) would love to hear about your experiences.

Thanks!
9to5travelgirl