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December 18, 2005 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
MOST Americans who book an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean turn to one of three hotel chains: Sandals, SuperClubs or Club Med, groups that account for most of the marketing and advertising of one-price-for-everything vacations. These travelers have only a dim awareness of competitive all-inclusive chains -- such as Barcelo, Iberostar, Occidental-Allegro, Sol Melia and Riu -- owned by Spanish or Dominican interests.
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April 26, 2014
The Xbalanque is a spectacular boutique hotel right on the beach in Roatán, Honduras. Snorkeling and scuba diving are available on the nearby reef. The hotel is furnished with art from around the world and is beautifully designed. This new hotel is a secret gem that is just being discovered. Xbalanque Resort, Tamarind Drive, West End, Roatán; http://www.xbalanque-roatan.com Judy Gordon Los Angeles
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August 26, 1990 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's Monday night in the Borscht Belt, and a freak summer fog hangs over the Catskill Mountains, heavy as a potato pancake. In the nightclub of the old Granit Hotel, a pooped crowd of senior citizens waits for the King of Shtick to arrive. Suddenly, a four-piece band wakes them up with "Smile Though You're Heart Is Breaking," and Mal Z. Lawrence struts on stage like some wise guy at a bar mitzvah. "Food is a big thing here in the Catskills, isn't it?"
TRAVEL
April 18, 2014 | By Alex Pulaski
KO OLINA, Hawaii - Hang around the fire-pit fire long enough, watching Uncle Ito breathe life into Hawaiian legend, and those rascally little menehune inevitably clamber into the conversation. Uncle Ito, one of the resident storytellers at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, is blessed with an abundant sense of humor. In a recitation of the menehune people's favorite foods (banana, sweet potato, fish, poi), he's been known to insinuate a Disney reference to Mickey ice cream bars.
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July 23, 2013 | By Brian E. Clark
Granted, it's the middle of the summer. But for some, it's never too early to start planning the coming winter's ski and snowboard trips -- especially when there are good deals to be had. Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia is offering savings of more than 40% for schussers who book lift and lodging packages by Aug. 31. Families can save even more, resort officials say, because ages 12 and under can stay, ski and rent gear at no cost....
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October 18, 2012 | By Brian E. Clark
North Lake Tahoe resorts were busy this summer and fall building new lifts, increasing snowmaking capacity and adding other amenities. Northstar is celebrating its 40th anniversary this winter by adding more glade skiing on the Backside, a new Burton Riglet Park that introduces snowboarding to 3- to 6-year-olds, and EpicMix Racing that lets participants compare their times against those of Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn ....
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February 12, 2014 | By Brian E. Clark
Winter has returned to the eastern Sierra. Or, in the case of Lake Tahoe, has finally arrived, just in time for the Presidents Day weekend and the start of the second half of the ski and snowboard season.   John Monson, a spokesman at Sugar Bowl on the northwest rim of Lake Tahoe, said his resort received a whopping 61 inches of snow - that's more than 5 feet - on its highest peaks, greatly improving conditions and allowing the resort to open additional terrain, lifts and trails.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Plush Southern California seaside resorts suffered during the recent recession, but they are making a comeback as business and leisure travel picks up. Now, Bacara Resort & Spa near Santa Barbara has been acquired by an Irvine hotel company that plans to upgrade the luxurious inn as well-heeled guests return to coastal resorts. Pacific Hospitality Group bought Bacara from SB Luxury Resort, an affiliate of Ohana Real Estate Investors and Rockpoint Group, which have owned the property since 2011.
NEWS
May 24, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here's one of those deals that sound too good to be true: $395 for an eight-day vacation in the U.S., Canada, Mexico , Australia , Europe and other destinations. The deal from Zozi, online discounter of travel trips and outdoor adventures, offers lots of options near and far at that price. The deal: I like this Worldwide Eight-Day Luxury Vacation because of the wide variety of resorts and destinations to choose from. The properties are part of Luxury Resorts Worldwide . Here's how it works: You pay $395, receive a voucher and then book the property you want on the dates you want to go. The deal includes one- to three-bedroom suites that can accommodate two to eight people, and most units come with kitchenettes.
NEWS
August 13, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
When we get to a certain age -- kids launched or launching, our own parents frail or gone from us -- it's only natural to start wondering about how the years are going to go and what we will do with the rest of them, along with where we will do it. “Kings Point,” a documentary directed and produced by Sari Gilman , makes you think even harder about those questions. It features five people who years ago did what many older Americans choose to do: pull up stakes and move to a retirement resort where they can dance, play golf and cards or enjoy a broad array of other activities and hobbies cheek by  jowl with other retirees.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Todd Martens and Mikael Wood
When the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival launched 15 years ago, creature comforts included any small slice of shade cast by the odd light pole, the occasional working toilet and maybe somewhere to sit other than the dusty desert floor. Today, there are $799 VIP passes that give you cocktail bar privileges, even though you'd have to pay extra for privileged parking. Well-heeled foodies can splurge on a $1,024 gourmet dining package. Shell out more, and you can skip the traffic - round-trip transportation is available via private jet. These pricey add-ons are emblematic of larger shifts for the event, which runs the next two weekends on the manicured grounds of Indio's Empire Polo Club.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS - We went to write about Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley and SignGate broke out. It was Wednesday, this was boxing, and so the anger, hatred, rips, finger-pointing and innuendo were not unexpected. Nor, if you write a sports column for a living, unwelcome. For big fights here, they always have a large press conference on Wednesday. The norm is a large stage, fighters and teams strung along each side of a podium, and a half-dozen skimpily clad Tecate girls, featuring plastic-enhanced smiles, etc. The proceedings usually go one of two ways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 67-year-old Van Nuys skier who crashed into a tree at a Lake Tahoe resort has died, according to authorities. The skier was identified by Fox40 as Marc L. Coleman. The skier was injured Sunday while skiing on Rail Splitter, one of the advanced runs at Northstar Ski Resort, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. When rescue team arrived, the skier was unresponsive and later was pronounced dead. Deputy coroners determined Coleman's death to be caused by an apparent skiing accident.
TRAVEL
March 14, 2014 | By Irene Lechowitzky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Welcome to Borrego Springs, Calif., population 3,400, in the middle of nowhere (actually, about 150 miles southeast of L.A.). Throw away the smartphone; this is a place to unplug. This designated Dark Sky Community offers breathtaking views of the stars at night. The days aren't too shabby either, as my husband and I learned on a late February getaway. Be sure to stop at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center (200 Palm Canyon Drive; [760] 767-4205, http://www.parks.ca.gov/?
TRAVEL
March 7, 2014 | By Brian E. Clark
DEER VALLEY, Utah - Carving turns through light, puffy powder at just one of the resorts in Utah's Wasatch Range is plenty to write home about for most skiers. But to ski six of the state's premier areas in one day - linked by way of the backcountry - is a true coup, especially when the sky is a cloudless deep blue and untouched snow lines the bowls. You don't have to be an experienced mountaineer to pull this off. Schussers can navigate the route on a guided tour on the Interconnect, which starts at Deer Valley and weaves through Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton and Alta - with dips out of bounds - before finishing at Snowbird.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Harrah's casino and resort near San Diego is changing its name and look. The renamed Harrah's Resort Southern California in Valley Center adds a tower with 430 new rooms and suites as part of a $160-million upgrade and expansion slated to be done in April, the company announced Tuesday. The former Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort opened in 2002 on land owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians. Renovations began in October 2012 and has been rolling out in phases. Last July the resort opened three pools that feature a swim-up bar and lazy river.
BUSINESS
December 10, 1997 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California ski industry is hoping for a rebound from a disappointing 1996-97 season with weather and economic forecasts cooperating so far. "We're having a fine season," said Bob Roberts, executive director of the California Ski Industry Assn., a San Francisco trade group that represents 39 resorts with combined revenue of about $500 million. "The resorts have a strong sense of demand, our international business is getting stronger each year . . .
SPORTS
February 16, 2007 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
A pleasurable aside to any ski or snowboard trip is the view, and one of the best from Bear Mountain's upper runs is that of the San Gorgonio Wilderness, and its namesake peak. But as the season glides through its halfway point and into the busy Presidents Day weekend, there's something glaringly wrong here: The wilderness and the mountain, Southern California's tallest at 11,499 feet, are brown. In the middle of winter!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Los Angeles man was shot in a guest room at the Pechanga Resort Casino late Friday night and later died from his injuries, authorities said. Deputies were called to the casino in Temecula about 11 p.m. Friday where they found the 49-year-old man "in need of medical attention," according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The man had gone to the hotel lobby seeking help. The man, who has yet to be identified by the coroner's office, was taken to Temecula Valley Hospital where he later died, sheriff's officials said.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Brian E. Clark
Winter has returned to the eastern Sierra. Or, in the case of Lake Tahoe, has finally arrived, just in time for the Presidents Day weekend and the start of the second half of the ski and snowboard season.   John Monson, a spokesman at Sugar Bowl on the northwest rim of Lake Tahoe, said his resort received a whopping 61 inches of snow - that's more than 5 feet - on its highest peaks, greatly improving conditions and allowing the resort to open additional terrain, lifts and trails.
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