New York, NY- November 20, 2006:- The delightful atmosphere framing the Mediterranean Sea – the pure light, saturated colors, the clear blue waters, the deep forests and lush foliage – has become most seductive to savvy travelers in the winter. Although the temperature drops, it hardly ever becomes cold, and as the number of visitors decreases, exceptional hotel specials bloom. In short – for the sophisticated traveler, winter in the Med, where the sun almost always shines, is an ideal vacation.

Kempinski Hotels in Sicily, Spain, Turkey and on the Maltese island of Gozo offer “Escape to the Mediterranean” vacation packages of luxurious wellness and spa treatments…combined with ideal home bases for cultural expeditions to ancient Greek, Roman and prehistoric sites.

Kempinski Hotel Giardino di Costanza in western Sicily offers a “Sicilian Wine Delight” tasting package conducted by Florio Winery – world- famous for 200 years of Marsala wine production. The two-night package includes breakfasts, a visit and wine tasting at Florio Cellars, a guided tour of the town, a candle-lit dinner for two accompanied by Florio wines, one treatment in Daniela Steiner Spa, and access to all leisure facilities such as sauna, fitness facilities, tennis courts and bikes. Valid from December 2006. Rates start at EUR 575 (US $724) for a single and EUR 833 (US $1,048) for a double room. Fascinating side trips are available to well- preserved Greek temples in nearby Segesta and Selinunte.
On Spain’s Costa del Sol, the Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona resort’s traditional Spanish cobblestone streets lead through its old quarter. Estepona offers a fine Municipal Archaeological Museum (Phoenician, Neolithic and Paleolithic artifacts), walking tours through the ‘Torres Almenaras,’ a network of 16th century watchtowers, and expansive tropical gardens. Their winter wellness two-night “Rejuvenation & Detoxification” program includes a medical consultation, two anti-aging treatments in the Polly Mar Beauty Spa & Wellbeing Center, a 15% discount on other treatments, breakfasts, and a dinner for two. Valid now until the end of February 2007, with rates starting from EUR 799 (US $1,005) for a double room.

The Turkish Riviera offers a wealth of archeological treasures, especially the excavated ruins at Side, Perge and Aspendos. Ideally located for visits to all three major sites, the luxurious Kempinski Hotel The Dome in Belek, close to Antalya, opened one year ago. During the winter, the hotel offers a five-night package of daily breakfasts and dinners, welcome cocktail, wine and fruit, a guided tour of Side, Perge, Aspendos and Manavgat, as well as a relaxing spa treatment per person. Valid from now to the end of March 2007. Rates start at EUR 860 (US $1,083) for a single and EUR 1250 (US $1,574) for a double.

Also in Turkey, the year-old Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay set on its own private beach in the ancient city of Bodrum – today a fun jet-set watering hole. The perfect home base to tour the city and visit St. Peter’s Castle, a 15th century Crusader’s stronghold as well as the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, a 4th century BC tomb that was once one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The nearby wonders of Ephesus, (4th century BC…) make for a fabulous day excursion.
Three-, five- or seven-night winter packages includes daily breakfasts, a dinner for two, airport transfers, the use of mountain bikes, a 30-minute spa treatment at the Six Senses Spa and a 15% discount on additional spa treatments. Rates start from EUR 455 (US $573) for a double room.

The Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz on Gozo, the sister island to Malta, is an unspoiled natural paradise defined by sheer cliffs, lush vegetation and secluded bays – and not yet “over discovered.” This exceptional hideaway resort features one of the best Ayurveda Spas in the Mediterranean. Cultural sightseeing includes visiting the massive 5,000-year old Ggantija (“the place of the giants”) megalithic complex of two temples surrounded by an extraordinarily enormous boundary wall. “Enjoy the best of Two Islands” hotel package offers a five-night stay, airport transfers, daily breakfasts, and a transfer to Malta for two nights at the 200-year old Capua Palace in Silena to enjoy the lively local scene. Valid from from now to the end of March 2007. Rates start from EUR 1058 (US $1,332) for a single and EUR 1230 (US $1,550) for a double room.

Hoteliers since 1897, Kempinski provides luxury and elegance at some 60 hotels worldwide. Kempinski Hotels is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance, along with Omni Hotels, Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts and Rydges Hotels & Resorts. The Global Hotel Alliance offers travelers an extensive choice of upscale and luxury accommodation, with over 150 hotels in 22 countries.

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