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Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa

HACIENDA ZORITA WINE HOTEL & SPA. For the past 600 years the medieval Spanish city of Salamanca –designated in 1988 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – has been enchanting travelers from across the globe.

Today, the HACIENDA ZORITA WINE HOTEL & SPA, just 10 miles down the road and housed in a former monastery, offers guests a vacation as vibrant as the area’s past.

As the name suggests, the spa specializes in vinotherapy – using the pulp of the grape for skin rejuvenation and healing – a process said to have anti-aging benefits.

All this, plus a Michelin-starred restaurant, an oak barreled wine cellar dating from 1366, an exquisite setting in the Douro Valley overlooking the River Tormes, and its proximity to one of Europe’s most interesting and historic cities, make the Hacienda Zorita a perfect choice for your European holiday.

Classic Travel Rate Includes:  

  • Full breakfast for two daily
  • Upgrade at time of arrival, if available
  • Early check-in-late check-out if available
  •  Bottle of wine in room on arrival
  •  Wine tasting for 2 once per stay

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Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Agency Program: WithIN – LAUNCHED!

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Agency Program: WithIN

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Agency Program: “WithIN” is now available on for our members. This recently launched program provides a hand-picked selection of some of the “very best travel agencies in the world” access to the best available rates, along with value added amenities such as breakfast and upgrades at over 200 Small Luxury Properties.

SLH WithIN benefits include:

  • Complimentary daily breakfast for two people
  • Room upgrade to next room category (subject to availability at the time of check-in)
  • Early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability at the time of check-in)
  • A credit worth minimum $50 per room, per stay to be spent on non-accommodation extras such as food & beverage and spa on property
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

What do we love about SLH? Not everyone loves a big hotel. Each and everyone of the these gems is owned by either a family or small groups. There is something extra special about small hotels and the unique intimate touch they provide. It could be lashings of luxury at a palatial mansion or barefoot bliss on a desert island and everything from treehouses, to ranches, to overwater bungalows.

“With the launch of SLH ‘withIN, we are making this partnership approach bigger and better, so that selected travel agencies working with us benefit from even more opportunities to promote and sell our participating SLH hotels regardless of luxury network affiliation”. said Carsten Lima, Vice President of Sales for Small Luxury Hotels of the World (EMEA). members can now access rates for SLH WithIN online. Sign up today if you are not already a member and start benefiting from these exclusive rates is excited to be part of this inaugural partnership with Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Agency Program: WithIN . We look forward to helping book your next SLH property.

All the best,

Classic Travel Team.

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Shangri-La Luxury Circle Program joins

Shangri-La Luxury Circle Program is now part of Collection. As a handpicked agency, Members can now access Shangri-La Luxury Circle rates online when booking through

What does this mean for you as a member? As a Member, you will have access to Shangri-La’s Luxury Circle Program that includes exclusive benefits and amenities at Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts around the world.

Shangri- La Luxury Circle Member Benefits​:

  • Upgrade to the next category at the time of booking, subject to availability
  • ​Hotel credit of USD50 / USD100 or 10% of average daily room rate, whichever is higher (once per stay) **​
  • Complimentary full breakfast for two, including in-room dining​
  • A VIP Welcome Amenity​
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability​
  • A strict-no walk policy and a priority wait-list clearance in sold out hotels​
  • Dedicated concierge personnel to handle all requests​

As a member, a dedicated Virtuoso Advisor will work closely with hotel management to ensure that you receive personalized service and VIP status.

What we love best about this program? Breakfast can be served in the room as well as the dining room. Our clients love this option!

Insider tip: Did you know 40% of the rooms at Shangri-La Paris have an Eiffel Tower View?

Classic Travel is proud to be a preferred partner agency for Shangri La Hotel & Resorts.

Sign up to be a Member of and VIP your next Shangri La stay!

We look forward to planning your next Shangri-La Experience.

All the best,

Classic Travel Team.

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Cartagena, Colombia

A Long Weekend Getaway to Cartagena, Colombia….
February 2017

Cartagena was never a destination that was on my “must-see” list. However, based on the recommendation of colleagues in Bogata, it was on my husband’s. I really didn’t give it much thought until I started reading about Cartagena as the hottest long weekend getaway with direct flights that are under five hours from New York. In a spur of the moment decision, we decided to forgo our annual out-west ski trip and booked a flight to Cartagena…..we did not regret that decision!

Given that we were traveling with kids, we chose to stay at the Sofitel Santa Clara. They have nice connecting rooms and a large pool. The location can’t be beat…inside the walled city. You just need to step outside the doors to be immersed in the charm and culture of the city.

If we did not have the kids in tow, I would have considered more of a boutique hotel such as the Casa San Augustin, The Charleston Santa Teresa, or the Bastion Luxury Hotel.

The trip was busy, but we were able to find a few hours each day to lounge by the pool….

An obligatory horse drawn carriage ride was the perfect welcome and orientation to the city. The following day, a full-day privately guided tour helped us to really get to know the area. We visited Popa Hill, San Felipe Fort and the Mercade do Bazurto market. A highlight was the “pirate” who took the kids on a little treasure hunt around the fort….maybe a little old for the game, they played along and had a blast.

A can’t miss is a trip to El Totumo Volcano about an hour outside the city. El Totumo is a mud volcano that you can “bathe” in. You basically leave everything you own at the bottom (leave all jewelry at the hotel), give a random guy your camera, climb the stairs to the volcano and are shuffled down a ladder into the mud where men slide you over to other men giving massages….it sounds strange, but feels right when you are in it – trust me! You can hang out for a bit in the mud before climbing out and are escorted over to a lagoon where ladies help to wash the mud off. Again, modesty isn’t a consideration as she asks for your bikini bottoms to wash out. It was a completely unique experience…unfortunately I did not notice any benefit to my skin or hair!

A sunset biking tour around the Gestemani (a colorful neighborhood beyond the walled-city) and along the city’s walls was an adventure. I always love being the only one in the group who feels we are in imminent danger! The rest of the family was comfortable with the guide leading us into traffic.

Another highlight was our day trip to the the Rosario Islands. We chartered a motor boat and headed out to some of the most amazing snorkeling in the Caribbean. We then docked one of the smaller islands and relaxed on the beach while a lunch of fresh fish was prepared. My kids enjoyed hunting for coconuts and spent hours working on cracking them open!

I can’t wrap this up without mentioning to food!! The ceviche and fresh fish were so incredible it would be hard to pick a favorite meal. We ate simply on the beaches….whole fish grilled or fried served with coconut rice and plantains and enjoyed some of the most fabulous gourmet dishes at local restaurants. Some of our favorites: Maria, Alma, La Cevicheria and Cuzco.

* Cartagena is a fantastic weekend destination or can be made into a longer stay combined with the coffee region of Columbia. If you have any questions or would like further information on a trip to Cartagena, please contact Jennifer at 917.741.7409 or [email protected]

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