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The Phoenician Scottsdale Then & Now

The Phoenician Scottsdale is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection of hotels. The Phoenician is tucked into the Sonoran Desert at the base of Camelback Mountain. From the moment you arrive at the Phoenician you notice the lush grounds and traditional…


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Starwood Nights and Flights- Don’t Forget

Did you know that Starwood has a program called Nights and Flights? It’s a redemption program that I always forget about. With Starwood Nights and Flights, you can redeem either 60,000 or 70,000 Starwood points for 5 nights and 50,000 frequent…


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Naka Island Phuket Hotel Review

The Naka Island Phuket is a Starwood Luxury Collection Resort & Spa.  An exclusive all-villa resort on Naka Yai island, it’s just 30 minutes from Phuket International Airport.  To get to the island, you will need to arrange a private boat…


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Top Three Summer Hotel Amenities

If you’ve traveled throughout the US you know that hotel amenities can be hit or miss. Many resorts charge exhorbanant resort fees for some added benefits like free wifi, free parking, use of the spa, and other various benefits that…



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The Westin Siray Bay Phuket Thailand Hotel Review

I have been to the Westin Siray Bay Phuket Thailand several times.  The hotel opened in August 2010, and my first visit was in December 2010. I am planning a trip back in July 2015 and can’t wait to see…


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Starwood Flights and Nights 5 free nights 50k frequent flyer miles

Did you know that Starwood has a program called Nights and Flights? With Nights and Flights, you can redeem Starwood points for 5 free nights and 50,000 frequent flyer miles. Redeem 60,000 points for category 3 hotel and you get 5 nights…


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Jean George J&G Steakhouse at Phoenician Scottsdale

The most amazing meal I’ve had at the Phoenician Scottsdale came at celebrity Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s J&G Steakhouse (for those of your die-hard Starwood fans – you’ll recognize Chef Jean-Georges name from his collaboration with the Le Meridien hotels.) J&G sits…


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Phoenician Scottsdale Center for Well Being

The Phoenician Scottsdale Center for Well Being is located at the luxurious Phoenician Scottsdale hotel. I splurged on several treatments including a Thai Foot Massage and a neck, shoulder and back massage –  the therapist, was great; a facial – not the…


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Phoenician Hotel Scottsdale Review

The Phoenician Scottsdale is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection of hotels. The Phoenician is tucked into the Sonoran Desert near the iconic Camelback Mountain. From the moment you arrive at the Phoenician, you’re greeted by exceptionally trained and hospitable staff….


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Four Points Nashville Review

I visited Nashville last week for a conference and wanted to find a hotel within an easy drive of the Gaylord Opryland, where the conference was held, and would count towards my 2015 Starwood Preferred Guest qualification.   With the Sheraton…


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New Starwood SPG Platinum enhancement coming soon

This morning I had the opportunity to attend a breakfast hosted by Starwood at the Chatwal Hotel, a Luxury Collection property.  At the breakfast, Starwood announced the launch of SPG Pro, but I also had the opportunity to speak with…


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Starwood Announces SPG Pro

Today, Starwood Hotels announced what they are calling a loyalty industry game changer with the launch of SPG Pro. A new and innovate program aimed at the B2B community, SPG Pro will replace Starwood’s business loyalty programs and become fully…


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Starwood Q2 2014 Promo: Earn Away, Get Away

Starwood Q2 2014 Promo is here! Starwood has announced their next promotion: Earn Away, Get Away. With the SPG® Earn Away global promotion, beginning May 1st, earn triple points on stays that include a Sunday night (Saturday at hotels in…


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A Vacation Regret

Many people, including me, spend lots of time saving up for a dream vacation.  Some people save up points/miles and some save cash.  No matter what your currency, the idea is that you’re planning a dream vacation and want to…


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Sheraton Kona Review

The Sheraton Kona is the only Starwood property on the Big Island, so if you want to stay at a Starwood property, you may want to reconsider your destination or expect a underwhelming stay. If you’re set on Kona, you…