Summer may seem over, but the "Summer Snowbird" special for Canadians at the Inn on Fifth in Naples, Fla., continues through Oct. 15.
The deal offers seven nights' accommodation for the price of five. Rates start from $895 for a seven-night stay at the Inn on Fifth or $2,345 for a seven-night stay in one of the Inn's new Club Level Suites. Complimentary valet parking, Wi-Fi and use of the rooftop pool are included. Suite guests also have access to a rooftop retreat with hot tub and complimentary refreshments throughout the day including buffet breakfast, full bar with hors d'oeuvres in the evenings and more.
Located in downtown Naples, the inn occupies two buildings across from each other on Fifth Avenue. Shops, restaurants and the beach are within walking distance.
To book the Summer Snowbird deal, call 1-888-403-8778. For hotel information, see innonfifth.com.
Masters of the food universe
The Park Hyatt Masters of Food and Wine -- a worldwide series of sophisticated culinary events -- returns to all of the company's 32 hotels Sept. 20-22.
The program provides a chance for local and visiting gourmands and wine lovers to become "masters" of regional cuisine through food and wine events such as cooking workshops, wine tastings and culinary excursions led by Park Hyatt chefs and sommeliers. Highlights include:
-- Park Hyatt Toronto chefs will take guests to the Brick Works farmers market, where they will learn how to select produce and prepare lunch using the morning's selections.
-- Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow guests will enjoy a class in preparing traditional Armenian cuisine.
-- Park Hyatt Saigon guests will visit the Grand Place Cacao Farm on the Mekong Delta, where they will learn about chocolate, then take a pastry-making class using local ingredients.
For the full list of events, dates and costs, see park.hyatt.com.
Flying Nannies take off
Keeping children happy on long-haul flights is a challenge but families travelling aboard Etihad Airways can call on a Flying Nanny for help.
Some 300 Etihad cabin-crew members trained for the job at Norland College -- England's foremost nanny school -- where they studied child psychology, behaviour and development, and learned how to entertain and engage children during long flights. An additional 60 nannies will be trained in September, and by year's end 500 Flying Nannies will be in the air to lend a "helping hand" to families and unaccompanied minors.
During flights, the nannies will teach magic tricks and organize simple craft projects -- such as making greeting cards, origami, sock puppets, etc. -- that children can do in their seats. For older kids, there are quizzes, puzzles -- even a galley tour.
"Flying with a young family can be a daunting task, even for the most experienced travellers," Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways' v-p of guest services, said in a press release, adding that the goal is to make family travel as "relaxing and comfortable as possible."
Toward the end of the flight, the Flying Nanny will refill milk bottles, provide fruit and other snacks, and generally assist families, especially those with flight connections.
Park yourself at the Westin
The Westin Bristol Place Toronto Airport has a package that includes up to 15 days free parking with a minimum one-night stay.
Priced from $139 per night (single or double occupancy), the deal is subject to availability through Dec. 31. Advance reservations are required and guests must show a valid airline ticket on check-in. The hotel also operates a 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle to Pearson International, about five minutes away.
To book, visit the special offers page at westintorontoairport.com or call 1-866-716-8101 and mention promo code WTX.