Choose Your Own Starwood Adventure

by  Justin Ocean | Mar 21, 2011
Family packing for vacation
Family packing for vacation / Halfpoint/iStock

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Oh spring, you tempt us with your tulip shoots and sunny days only to throw it in our faces. I mean, really, country-wide thunderstorms we get, but snow… Get us out of here!

Where to go is another question. Do you want beach or desert? Skiing or nightlife? Cultural explorations or opportunities for romance? Killer cuisine or golf? (Gays golf, right?) What about all of the above? When the anywhere-but-here bug bites, it’s easy to lose yourself in the multitude of daydreams. Thankfully, Starwood Hotels & Resorts launched a new site just in time for you to sate that summer gaycation craving.

Much like our own Trip Ideas page – chock full of top 10 lists, ideal itineraries, slideshows, city spotlights, and hotel highlights – Starwood’s site is geared toward tantalizing your travel taste buds with innovative tools for finding the perfect resort among its stellar brand portfolio, which encompasses 200 properties spread across Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis, W, Le Méridien, Four Points by Sheraton, and the Luxury Collection. The Discover the Perfect Trip option lets you set a couple broad interests, like “island," “intimate retreat,” or “family," optional geographical areas and brands, and then like a mini-Kayak, returns hotels that match your needs. Choose up to three to compare details like amenities, rates, resort size, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points values, side by side in an easy, visually enticing grid.

You can also browse by interest, brand or special offer, or find the top recommendations by travel professionals ( and SPG members' favorites ( And this being Starwood, you can rest assured that any property you choose is utmost LGBT friendly. When you’re ready to book, direct links are available. Until then, drooling over the live web cams, resort footage, and completely updated photos, vivid and over-sized, is armchair dreaming joy.

Click here to check it out now. And if you’re feeling lucky, enter the SPG Pack Your Bags Giveaway ( from now until April 14 for a chance to win a five-night stay, plus airfare, to the resort of your choice.

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