Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Curaçao Welcomes the LGBT Community to Honeymoon in Paradise

 The southern Caribbean island of Curaçao, one of the most welcoming Caribbean islands for gay travelers, proudly joins the LGBT community in celebrating the recent decision to overturn the “Defense of Marriage Act”. Curaçao has long welcomed the world’s LGBT community to its tropical paradise, offering a friendly, safe, and inclusive experience for all travelers. The island’s “melting pot” history has led to a progressive ‘live and let live’ philosophy that makes Curaçao the ideal destination for Caribbean commitment ceremonies and honeymoons.

“‘Live and Let Live’ perfectly describes Curaçao’s relaxed style. We welcome everyone to explore and enjoy our rich, colorful history and culture, our numerous uncrowded beaches and world class dive locations,” says André Rojer, Curaçao Tourist Board Marketing Manager North America. “We have long embraced the LGBT community, and we are eager to welcome newly married couples celebrating their love and the repeal of the DOMA.”

The island’s current promotion – Every 4th Night Free – includes many LGBT-welcoming properties, ideal for honeymooning couples celebrating in Curaçao. The offer allows guests to stay every fourth night of their visit for free. So, if a reservation is for four days, guests only pay for three; if it is for eight days, guests only pay for six. The offer is valid for bookings made by September 15, for travel between August 15 and December 15, 2013. LGBT-welcoming participating hotels include: Avila Hotel, Amalia Vacation Apartments, Blue Bay Curaçao, Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort, Floris Suite Hotel, Hilton Curaçao, Lions Dive & Beach Resort, Livingstone Jan Thiel Resort, Nos Krusero Apartments, Papagayo Beach & Lounge Resort, Renaissance Curaçao, Sandton Kura Hulanda Hotel & Spa, Sandton Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort, Sunscape Beach Resort & Casino and Waterside Apartments. 

As a further demonstration of hospitality, many properties are offering special upgrades for newlyweds including: in-room mimosas at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, sparkling wine and chocolates upon arrival at the Hilton Curaçao, a 15% spa treatment discount, along with complimentary champagne at Jan Thiel Villas, daily complimentary breakfast buffet, plus a $75 food and beverage credit at the Sandton Kura Hulanda Hotel & Spa and sister property Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, a complimentary upgrade (subject to availability) and a bottle of sparkling wine at the Renaissance Curaçao Resort, a VIP picnic basket with snacks compliments of the Floris Suite Hotel, a 20% discount on spa treatments at the Papagayo Beach & Lounge Resort on-property spa as well as a $50 food and beverage credit, and complimentary champagne at both the Sunscape Beach Resort & Casino and the Lions Dive & Beach Resort.

The Curaçao Tourist Board and several island hotels are proud members of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC). Curaçao will celebrate its first full-fledged Pride this year with the launch of Curaçao Pride 2013, September 25-29.

Selected as ‘Favorite Caribbean Destination’ for 2012 and 2013 in Reader’s Choice Awards and a ‘2012 Honeymoon Hot Spot’ by Condé Nast Traveler, Curaçao is a unique Caribbean island paradise, boasting 35 uncrowded beaches, and an eclectic mix of history and culture. Explore the vibrant, culturally diverse capital city of Willemstad – a UNESCO World Heritage site – with its distinctive architecture, museums, monuments and world-class shopping. Indulge in Curaçao’s vast selection of flavorful restaurants, with a mix of sophisticated international and tasty local cuisines. Discover Curaçao’s abundant natural beauty, pristine dive sites and spectacular snorkeling at secluded beaches. Curaçao offers idyllic weather, situated on the outer fringes of the Hurricane Belt.   


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Affair, Las Vegas’ Gay Nightclub on the Strip

There’s a new love affair with Las Vegas. The Affair Las Vegas is the best new gay nightclub to hit the Vegas scene. Since its opening night on May 5, 2013, The Affair Las Vegas has transformed the Saturday night gay club experience and brought it to the Strip. Featuring a new performance piece each Saturday, there’s no telling who or what you’ll see. 

The Affair Las Vegas is an impressive 25,000 square foot multi-level nightclub and offers a non-smoking, performance-based nightlife experience. As the largest and only gay nightclub on the Las Vegas Strip, queer travelers no longer need to venture far for the ultimate club experience. Once you walk in, you’re greeted by a helpful staff and a lounge area which includes a full bar. The Affair features a two-story main room where everyone can dance the night away to state of the art sound and lighting. In the center of the dance floor stands a huge birdcage which peaks your interest and invites you to go wild. A full bar is in the main room close to all the action on the dance floor. In fact, The Affair boasts 4 bars throughout the nightclub ensuring you’ll never go thirsty. Across from the bar and dance floor are the VIP tables where attentive servers dance and pour your party drinks all night long. The upper level includes another bar, tables for VIP, and views that open onto the dance floor below. One of the best things about The Affair has to be the Strip-view terrace from the upper level. The expansive terrace has a breathtaking view like no other and faces the famed Las Vegas Strip, which is a visual treat to club goers. You’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of all action that is the Las Vegas Strip, because you are!

The location of The Affair is perfect for visitors to the Strip as well as Las Vegas locals. Located inside the Boulevard Theater across from the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino, The Affair is within walking distance of the MGM Grand, New York New York, Aria, The Cosmopolitan, and Planet Hollywood. And if you’re driving, there’s a private parking lot with over 500 free parking spaces. The dress code is casual attire and the cover charge is free for Nevada locals with ID. Non-locals can gain free entry before midnight, or pay $20 after midnight. Although the gay clubs in Vegas tend to start gaining a crowd after midnight and go till the morning sun rises. If you contact The Affair prior to your arrival, you can get on their VIP guest list to receive free entry.

The Affair Nightclub at the Boulevard Theatre
Saturday 10:30 – Close
3765 South Las Vegas Blvd,
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Connect with The Affair:

Twitter: @TheAffairLV / Instagram: @TheAffairLV / Facebook: /TheAffairLV