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The adventures of Turk

November 27th, 2013

Since Thanksgiving and the end-of-year holiday season are here, we decided to send our traveling turkey, Turk (yes, just like Turk from the TV series "Scrubs"!) to check out hotels in some of the most popular destinations around the world to find the best holiday deals. Since Turk LOVES to eat, he also wanted an expense budget that would cover his sampling of the hotels’ special holiday menus. As we didn’t want Turk to get his feathers ruffled, we went ahead and approved his trip, as long as he prepared a trip report to share what he learned.

Starting right outside our front door

Turk started his "research" trip right here in suburban Orlando. His first destination was the luxurious Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. The Hyatt is located next to the Orlando’s Lake Buena Vista theme parks. After unpacking his bag, Turk immediately went to test out his swing at the hotel’s Jack Nicklaus golf courses. Four hours later, and very much exhausted, Turk decided to treat himself to a spa treatment, which he then followed with an afternoon nap in his spacious suite overlooking gardens, waterfalls, and Lake Buena Vista. One of the perks of being a Last Minute Travel official hotel deal hunter, is that you get to sample hotels’ holiday menus well before the holidays! Turk’s restaurant of choice, one of several that operate at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress was Cascades American Bistro, which offers classics infused with new flavors. His favorite dish was the Grilled N.Y. Strip Steak, served with parmesan-glazed ricotta gnocchi; cilantro, thyme, and pine nut pesto; and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes with sweet peppers. For desert, Turk packed away the S’more Brownie Sundae topped with vanilla and chocolate ice cream, hand-made marshmallows, and graham cracker cookie sticks. After this turkeylicious meal, Turk crashed to rest up for his next city. A quick morning coffee, and Turk flew off to his next destination - Las Vegas!

Viva Las Vegas!

After arriving in Las Vegas, Turk headed to the next hotel deal on his list, the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. Turk checked into his luxury suite, and took off to hit the casinos! Lady Luck was not with Turk tonight, despite trying all of the game tables, poker rooms, roulette wheels, and slot machines. Since Turk always keeps enough money aside for food, Turk set off for the best food the Venetian has to offer. The setting for his post-gaming dinner was AquaKnox, a newly opened seafood restaurant. For his main dish, Turk picked George’s Bank Scallops - black truffle creamed corn with apple wood smoked bacon polenta with a side of jumbo asparagus (Turk does love his corn!). After the night’s events, once again Turk retired to his comfy bed.

Rule Brittania

London for Thanksgiving?! Why not! Turk boarded the plane for his direct flight to Heathrow. Turk’s London hotel of choice is the Rosewood London. Even outside the U.S., Turk loves comfort and luxurious accommodations, so he booked himself the Premier Suite. After an extensive city tour that included some of London’s main attractions, including: Big Ben, London Dungeon, , the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey, Turk was hungry as a horse after a race at Ascot. So it was time to check out the Rosewood London’s dinner menu. Turk’s decided on the Holborn Dining room, and after finishing a massive steak and an entire Shepherd’s Pie, Turk concluded that the British food is quite tasty! It was now time for Turk to head back to Orlando, and submit his travel deals report.

Back in the States

After a discussion about winning gaming strategies in Las Vegas, Turk finally finished his travel report. After reviewing the report with his superiors, Turk was dumbstruck to learn that he had saved 55% on his hotels by simply booking his hotels on Last Minute Travel Club. And yes, Turk has already booked his next trip back to Las Vegas! Book YOUR next trip on Last Minute Travel Club and save big. Turk’s even giving away a free year’s membership to the Club when you register on http://lmtclub.com with the promo code TURKEYSENTME.

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Las Vegas

April 28th, 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada, is a fantasyland for anyone who wants to make their dreams come true.

Rising up from the desert over a century ago, the city of lights and action hosts famous shows, world-class golf and spa resorts, Zagat rated cuisine, 5-star hotels, and of course the thrill of the casinos.

Las Vegas is also known for the many drive through wedding chapels, and about 122,000 marriages are preformed there every year. Be sure to catch all the action after dark when the sides of many buildings light up to perform a dance of colors; some even have music set to them.

Watch a volcano erupt outside the Mirage, experience the water symphony of the Fountain Show at the Bellagio, or be serenaded through a gondola ride at the Venetian (be sure to look up at the intricately painted ceiling). Don’t forget to take a ride up to the Eiffel Tower observation deck where a panorama of the city unfolds itself for miles.

If you plan on spending most of your vacation shopping make sure you visit the Forum Shops next to Caesars Palace. Here you can window shop over 160 boutiques and experience fine dining all in one place. When night falls make sure to visit at least one of the six clubs located inside Caesars Palace. Clubs range from sophisticated jazz lounges to lively outdoor clubs.

The Venetian

The Venetian is a eco-friendly resort on the Las Vegas Strip with a unique Italian-themed design. The all-suite resort includes 19 international restaurants, a state-of-the-art casino, 5-acre pool deck and an Italian-style shopping mall.

Every suite at the Venetian Resort offers a spacious living room with a dining table, two 32-inch flat-screen TVs and free high-speed internet access. The large bathrooms offer marble counters and deluxe toiletries. A daily newspaper is also provided.

The Resort Venetian Hotel features 3 outdoor pools, a poolside bar and free access to the Canyon Ranch SpaClub gym. Four bars and lounges provide live nightly entertainment.

The Venetian Hotel’s indoor mall, Grand Canal Shoppes, boasts 80 boutique stores. Guests can stroll down the Italian styled streets or ride down the Grand Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Set in the center of the Strip, this unique resort provides an enchanting destination amid the attractions of Las Vegas. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is less than 5 miles from McCarran International Airport.

Diverse culinary offerings led by world-renowned chefs range from Italian and French to Asian and Mexican cuisines. Resort highlights include 3 distinct pool environments, a 100,000-square-foot casino, and a desert-inspired spa.

The 2,995-room resort, opened in 2010, features oversized, private terraces accessed via large, sliding glass doors. Bright, spacious interiors provide kitchenettes, multiple flat-screen TVs, and luxurious bathrooms.

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