Travellers missing their furry friends can now enjoy the companionship of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' resident dogs. 'Canine ambassadors' are the newest members of the guest-relations teams at Fairmont properties, including those in California, in the United States; Vancouver, in Canada; and Kenya. Trained as guide dogs for the blind, the animals' duties vary from greeting guests to providing security and company on walks or runs. Departing guests can stay in touch with their new four-legged friends via e-mail, snail mail, Facebook and - of course - by revisiting the hotel. For details, go to www.fairmont.com/promotions/canineambassadors.
Those looking for a new direction can enjoy the services of the Life Change People in Thailand. Designed to help guests make and maintain important life changes, pack- ages will be available at resorts in Chiang Mai, such as the Rachamankha (right), over the next six months. The deal includes seven nights of five-star accommodation, a six-day course based on motivational counselling and 12 weeks of online follow-up coaching. Additional options include healing sessions with British energy therapist Paul Lennard, ayurvedic treatments, yoga and massage therapy. Prices start at 35,500 baht (HK$8,500). E-mail Chrissy@thelifechangepeople.com for details.
A new you
Crystal Cruises' passengers can enjoy a head-to-toe makeover on board the June 6 Culture & Couture voyage from Barcelona to Athens, or the Fashion Capitals itinerary from Venice to Monte Carlo, which departs on September 29. A crew of professional fashion, hair and make-up stylists will demonstrate tricks of the trade for guests of both sexes via lectures, personal consultations, film viewings and a fashion show. Fares start at US$5,045 per person (double occupancy) for a nine-day cruise, including US$1,000 per person in on- board spending credit. To book, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deal of the week
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Swissotel Hotels & Resorts (www.swissotel.com) is offering returning guests a 30 per cent discount on room rates. As a thank-you gift, valid for guests who have stayed at any of the Swissotel hotels around the world, bookings made at least 30 days in advance qualify for the discount on the best overnight rate available. The offer runs until December 31 and reservations require a 100 per cent, non-changeable, non-refundable deposit.