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first_imgawardsLas VegasVirtuoso Travel Week 2018 Virtuoso has recognised 20 exceptional destination, cruise and lifestyle partners as well as an outstanding advisor, for her participation in Virtuoso’s Communities initiative, across three events held during the 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week event this week at Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino and Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas. Best Curated Travel Partner: Wilderness SafarisBest Escorted Tour Partner: TauckDestinations & Experiences Ambassador of the Year: Andrea Grisdale – IC BellagioDestinations & Experiences Partner of the Year: andBeyondBest Multi-Generational Program – Cruise: Royal Caribbean InternationalBest Culinary Experience – Cruise: Oceania CruisesMost Luxurious Guest Experience – Cruise: Crystal CruisesBest Virtuoso Voyages Experience: Barcelona by Made for Spain and PortugalBest River Cruise Line: AmaWaterwaysTourism Board of the Year: Switzerland Tourism The Community Awards were given to one advisor and one partner involved with one or more of Virtuoso’s four specialty niches: adventure, cruise, wellness and family. Most Engaged Community Member: Alicia Diez – Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc.Most Engaged Community Partner: Micato SafarisThe Alliance Partner Award winners are: Most Engaged – North America: Tourism Authority of ThailandMost Engaged – Global: Los Cabos Tourism BoardMost Innovative Alliances Partner: USA Luxury Shopping ConsortiumMost Comprehensive Advisor Program: Tourism AustraliaHottest Destination of the Year: Portuguese National Tourist OfficeTop Destination of the Year: German National Tourist OfficeAmbassador of the Year: Petra Roach, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.Most Innovative Lifestyle Partner: Galeries LafayetteHonorary Recognition – Virtuoso Travel Dreams Tournament Champion: PromPerulast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Doug Franz: I was asked, “Now that the lock-out is over, what must the Cardinals do to compete for an NFC West Title?” My colleague and radio brother Ron Wolfley provided a very detailed, player-specific to-do list for the Cardinals once the green flag goes up on the abbreviated off season. I won’t try to mimic his approach or argue his conclusions. Instead I’ll go macro, not micro. Big picture, what do the Cardinals need to do now that the lockout is over?Be bold but not stupidIt feels like months ago….maybe it was months ago when I suggested that the bold move – the move that Jerry Colangelo would have made – was to trade for Kevin Kolb. I still believe that, but I also believe there are limits. If the Cardinals get into a bidding war for Kolb’s services, with Seattle for example, and the price quickly balloons to sticker shock type levels, Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves need to have the guts to hit the eject button and the wherewithal to have a Plan B. And C. And D. Burn the midnight (eastern standard time) oilOn, let’s assume 12:00 EST, of the very first day you’re allowed, call Larry Fitzgerald. Make him feel the love. Share your vision of the 2011 season. Start negotiations with his agent right away. Be certain he knows his value to the organization and leave no room for interpretation. The lockout is over and now it’s time for the Cardinals to get to work. The roster is far from complete, with holes that need filling and players that need to be re-signed. Everyone knows that the quarterback position is the major concern, but what are the most pressing needs outside of that? breaks it down for you. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Adam Green:While all the talk has centered around who the Cardinals must add to the team, the focus could just as easily be on who they will be able to prevent from leaving. Deuce Lutui, Lyle Sendlein and Steve Breaston are all starters who could go elsewhere, and Alan Branch, who came on strong last season, could also find a new home.The team could maybe afford to part with Breaston, especially with the emergence of Andre Roberts, and would be losing a talented-yet-inconsistent player in Branch if he departs, but if one — or both — of the linemen leave it won’t matter who the Cardinals get to play QB because the guy will be spending most of the season on his back (or on the sideline in a sling). Dave Burns: Mercifully it’s over. And yet, now it’s just begun. What do the Cardinals do now? The first thing they have to do is wake-up. The NFC West is again the weakest division in the NFL. The team who trades for the most coffee has the best chance of winning. If the Cardinals can drink coffee and drive safe to work, they have a chance to win the division.If the question was, “What must the Cardinals do to be a good team?” then that’s a tougher question.1) Get a QB. That was highly paid analysis from a trained professional. Please don’t try to do this at home.2) Make sure that QB doesn’t pull a Plummer and go to any mountain cabins after he’s traded.3) Immediately sign any available free agent offensive lineman to challenge the current roster or pray the players on the O-Line get better.So many people like to rip Russ Grimm thinking he must be a bad coach since the O-Line isn’t NFL caliber. I look at it the exact opposite. I think this O-Line proves Grimm is a great coach because it’s made up of one lazy player with 1st string talent, one hard-nosed gutsy player with only 2nd string talent, two old players hanging on for dear life and one player with no talent, no heart and no reason to be here. Any coach that can even gain a yard behind that line should be assistant coach of the year. 4) Challenge Darnell Dockett to do more than he’s ever done.The lockout was a killer for the defensive coaching staff. You have a new system and no OTA’s or training camps to install it. There will be big things expected of three very young players–Patrick Peterson, Darryl Washington, and Dan Williams–without an off-season to be immersed in the scheme. Dockett will play a huge roll off the field in demanding classroom work while showing he can be a dominant force at all times on the field. This is a no excuse season for Dockett.center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Greg Esposito: Anyone who thinks the Cardinals’ problems start and end with the quarterback position is kidding themselves more than the 40-year-old guy who buys a Porsche in hopes it detracts from the fact that he’s balding. They have a lot of holes to fill and a very short time to do it in. That’s why I’ve put together this simple to shopping list for Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves.1) Buy Some BeefThe first thing the Cardinals need to address when the meat market that will be NFL free agency begins is buy some beef. With guard Alan Faneca retiring and center Lyle Sendlein being a free agent, an already porous offensive line is now extremely thin. Buy more than you needYou ever hosted a party but run out of beer? I never have either because I always buy more than I need just in case best friend Scott brings his wife who has family in from out of town and they’ve been out golfing all day in the hot sun. I’d rather have too much at the end of the day than run out. The Cardinals should take this same approach in particular at the linebacker and offensive line position. Whether it’s resigning your own or poaching from others, less is not more in this case. More is more. Get as many as you can so you have options. Clear up the confusionYou got a lot of running backs on that roster. Can’t wait to find out why and what’s next. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke If they don’t sign a few quality big bodies to play up front, it won’t matter who the quarterback is. He’ll spend most of his time flat on his back.2) Restock From WithinThanks to the lockout costing valuable time for players to work out with clubs, teams who have players familiar with their systems will have a leg up. That’s why re-signing guys like the aforementioned Sendlein and wide receiver Steve Breaston is paramount for the Cardinals. Keeping as many guys not named Derek Anderson or Max Hall on the roster from last year will likely benefit them, especially early on.3) Find A Pass RushIt’s easier said than done, but the Cardinals need to find a pass rush via free agency. In 2010 they had 33 sacks which ranked in the middle of the pack in the NFL. That will have to improve if they want to return back to the playoffs. 4) Make A SplashThe biggest thing the Cardinals need to do is make a splash. Regardless of who they add at quarterback or various other positions with over $37 million to spend, they need to make some waves. After a 5-11 season the fans need to know they’re serious about being a contender again.last_img read more

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first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The Cardinals may not have a QB controversy, but theycertainly have something to think about.“When you see a guy in only his second year and theinexperience that John has,” ESPN’s Ron Jaworski toldArizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo, “to make some of theplays he made – tremendous.”Jaworski, who said Skelton has matured in his second NFLseason, pointed to one of Skelton’s touchdown passes toLarry Fitzgerald as a sign that the QB is doing a greatjob with “eye manipulation.” “He looked left, looked left, drew the coverage that way,comes back right and gets a touchdown,” he said. “Thoseare the little things I look for in a quarterback’s gameand you see Skelton has picked those up very quickly.”Skelton has not been great, having thrown a pair ofinterceptions to go along with four touchdowns, but hasled the Cardinals to a pair of victories in his twostarts. Jaworski said he saw “very few negative plays inthe game” Sunday, even though he did throw a pair ofcostly interceptions.With all that, Skelton’s success (loosely defined, ofcourse) has many wondering if the team should keep Skeltonas the starter even when Kevin Kolb is healthy enough toplay.While that may seem like a tough decision for a coach likeKen Whisenhunt to make, the truth is it’s a great problemto have.“It’s a luxury to have two guys that you think can play inthis league,” Jaworski said. “John certainly has performedwell the last couple weeks and he deserves consideration.” Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories last_img read more

Take one quarterback off the market and add anothe

first_imgTake one quarterback off the market and add another one to it.While the San Francisco 49ers trading Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs means he is no longer an option for the Arizona Cardinals, his arrival signals departure from Kansas City of someone who could be.Look for Matt Cassel to be one of the quarterbacks on the Cardinals’ radar. Cassel also will receive interest from other teams.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2013 Cassel, 30, has spent the last four seasons with the Chiefs after starting his career with New England. A Pro Bowler in 2010 when he threw for 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, his numbers have dipped since as he dealt with injuries and ineffectiveness. Cassel played in just nine games each of the last two seasons, and in 2012 completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 1,796 yards and six touchdowns while throwing 12 interceptions. Not known for having a big arm, which is something new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians would appear to prefer, it is unclear if Cassel would be a good fit in Arizona. However, with the Chiefs set to release him he would be a reasonably cheap option for a Cardinals team that could use some help at the position. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Quinn says coming to Arizona is more than just a change of jersey color.“I remember checking the weather before I got here, I just was curious to see about this Arizona temperature, and I was like ‘wow!’ My biggest thing is trying to stay hydrated and get acclimated to the weather,” he said.Quinn joins a group of Cardinals tight ends that are competing for jobs. Outside of starter Rob Housler, who injured an ankle during Saturday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers, there is plenty of uncertainty on the depth chart.“I’m just trying to compete, I’m not really worried about too much,” Quinn said. “I’m just trying to learn the system as quickly as I can and get ready for the season.”It also didn’t take long for the newest Cardinal to catch his coach’s eye.“He’s a thumper, you know, a tight end blocker,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “He caught a couple good balls at practice today, so he’s got a chance.”Quinn played in two preseason games for the Bengals before his release, catching two passes for 19 yards. In his NFL career, he has one receptions for nine yards. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img 0 Comments   Share   It didn’t take long for tight end Richard Quinn to find a new job.The four-year veteran was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday and found a new home, signing with the Arizona Cardinals just two days later. “Yeah, this is the first phone call I got,” Quinn said following practice Tuesday. “I got here right away. I’m glad to be here, first day of practice I tried to get acclimated to everything.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories The Dolphins nearly traded for Albert last year, according to PFT, before the tackle entered his final season with the Kansas City Chiefs. Albert has been one of the Cardinals’ top targets this season, if not their No. 1 target. Arizona defensive lineman Darnell Dockett tweeted last week that Albert was his “new teammate,” though Dockett has a long history of odd tweets. center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals have long been considered one of two main contenders for the services of free agent left tackle Branden Albert. But according to, they may soon be out of the race. The website reported Sunday that all signs point toward Albert signing with the Miami Dolphins shortly after free agents can sign contracts on Tuesday. Teams were allowed to enter negotiations with free agents this weekend. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Listed as the Arizonas backup center Munyer can

first_imgListed as the Arizona’s backup center, Munyer can also line up at guard, a position he played mostly in college at Colorado. His versatility earned him a roster spot, beating out rookie Dorian Johnson and second-year player Cole Toner.“Very consistent,” head coach Bruce Arians said of Munyer, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 305 pounds. “He’s got a good anchor. He’s very quick. Those blitz pickup drills (in training camp), he could fly out of there and get those safeties and he’s just been really consistent the whole time.”The goal now for Penny and Munyer is to remain on the roster. And really that goes for about a dozen or so players. General manager Steve Keim is one who is always looking to upgrade, or as he puts it, churn the bottom of the roster.“It was good to celebrate (making the team), but I know I got to work way harder just to stay here,” Penny said. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. – The smile from ear to ear said it all. And loudly.Running back Elijhaa Penny had made the team. His name was right there, along with 52 others, listed on the 2017 Arizona Cardinals roster.After spending all of last year on the practice squad, Penny, who joined the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent, dropped 15 pounds and made special teams a priority in the offseason.“It feels good to know that my hard work has paid off. I feel relieved that I accomplished what I was working towards,” he said, standing by his locker stall on Monday. Arizona Cardinals running back Elijhaa Penny (35) celebrates his touchdown with Brittan Golden (10) and J.J. Nelson (14) as linebacker Gabe Martin (50) kneels on the ground during an NFL football training camp Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Only a few days earlier, Penny was unsure of his future with the Cardinals. Had he done enough to convince the coaches? And if not, would that mean a second year on the practice squad?As it turned out, there was never a doubt.After rushing for 77 yards on 17 carries in the preseason finale at Denver, Penny walked into Friday’s team meeting and was told congratulations by his position coach Freddie Kitchens.For Penny, that moment will never be forgotten.“I went home for the weekend, told my Mom, told my Dad. We had a little get-together, a little party,” he said.Unlike Penny, offensive lineman Daniel Munyer did have to sweat out Saturday’s roster deadline. No one gave him a heads up.Munyer didn’t get much sleep the night before, and it wasn’t until 1 o’clock had passed and a phone call from his agent that Munyer could celebrate making the team.“It means a lot, and it shows that the people here trust me and they really appreciate the work that I put on tape this preseason and during training camp, too,” he said. “For me, it means a lot because I was undrafted coming out of college and wasn’t even, like, a priority free agent. I was a tryout guy.”The Chiefs signed Munyer in 2015. In two years, he appeared in two games, including Kansas City’s Wild Card win at Houston in 2016. In between, he was released and re-signed to the practice squad six times. After his seventh release, Munyer decided a change was needed and joined the Cardinals practice squad in late December.center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Star Alliance on 29  July 2015 announced the exp

first_imgStar Alliance, on 29  July 2015, announced the expansion of its Round-the-World  fare to include travel in Premium Economy Class.“With eleven of our member carriers now offering a dedicated Premium Economy cabin, we are pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to make use of this extra comfort on their Round-the-World travels”, said Horst Findeisen, VP Commercial and Business Development at Star Alliance.In line with the overall RTW product, the Premium Economy Class fare is offered in three mileage bands: 29,000, 34,000 or 39,000 miles.The new fare can now be booked for travel in the Premium Economy cabins on the following airlines:Air CanadaAir ChinaAir New ZealandANAEVA AirLufthansaLOT Polish AirlinesSASSingapore AirlinesTHAITurkish AirlinesTo provide customers with full flexibility, itineraries may include any other Star Alliance member airlines as well. On flights where Premium Economy Class is not offered, travellers will be accommodated in Economy Class.With the new fares, customers can choose from 17 different Star Alliance RTW fare options: Three for travel in First Class, four for travel in Business Class, three for travel in Premium Economy and seven for travel in Economy Class.Children between the age of two and 11 pay 75% of the applicable adult fare, while infants under two who do not occupy a seat can pay 10% of the applicable adult fare.Travel needs to commence and end in the same country and in general be in one direction, either going East or West, although some zigzagging is permitted within a continent. Both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean must be crossed once. Stops lasting a minimum of 24 hours must be made in at least three cities, with the overall itinerary including a maximum of five to 15 stops (total number of stops are dependent on the actual fare level).last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCape Town-based specialist tour operator Opulent Living Travel is now offering a series of photographic safaris to Namibia, Kenya and Zimbabwe led by Klaus Tiedge, one of the world’s leading fine art wildlife photographers. The trips are aimed at photographers of all skill levels and discerning travellers who fancy combining the thrill of an African safari with their passion for photography for a memorable and satisfying photographic safari adventure.The trips will take place between October 2016 and April 2017. Small intimate groups of like-minded guests will join Klaus Tiedge on personalised adventures designed to reveal abundant wildlife and staggeringly diverse ecosystems, from the coastal desert to soaring red dunes and austere gorges in entrancing Namibia to the spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the greatest attractions in Africa. Photograph wildlife in Kenya’s Masai Mara as it bursts to life during brief summer rains: lush grasses lure throngs of wildebeest, springbok, gemsbok and other prey, while the region’s legendary black-maned lion, cheetah and other predators follow in close pursuit. Participants will savour ample opportunities to capture images of Africa’s legendary animals in action whilst learning insights, skills and tricks of the trade from the master.About Klaus Tiedge25 years’ experience at the forefront of his profession has given Klaus impeccable photographic credentials. Klaus’ initial career as a commercials and fashion photographer saw him shooting in many locations around the world, including New York, London, New Delhi, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. After moving to Cape Town in 2001, he started pursuing his passion for fine art photography and has been capturing the beauty and diversity of the African continent on his extensive travels throughout the African continent since. Embracing the modern digital darkroom, his distinct style traverses the boundaries between painting and photography. Klaus’ stunning work can be found in some of the world’s finest galleries, including the Marla Kennedy Gallery in New York, the Photographers Gallery in Los Angeles and Saatchi Art online.Guests stay in remote luxury camps carefully selected by OLT’s knowledgeable team. Charter flights (rather than long drives over rough dirt roads) to safari locations ensure that guests spend more time taking photos on safari, rather than in tiring transit.Opulent Living Travel photographic expeditions with Klaus Tiedge include:NamibiaHighlights of the Red Dunes and the Skeleton Coast9 -16 October 2016 – seven nightsKenyaExperience the real ‘Out Of Africa’ at the Masai Mara27 October 2016 – five nightsNamibiaSkeleton Coast and the native people of the Himbas10 – 17 February 2017 – seven nightsZimbabweVictoria Falls and pristine Africa18 – 25 April 2017 – seven nightsGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Small Luxury Hotels of

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSmall Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has welcomed five new boutique independent hotels to the collection. Independently minded travellers will be inspired by the wide variety of boutique hotels and resorts, from an island paradise in the Maldives to a hilltop retreat in the Côte D’Azur, it’s all about indulging in amazing experiences with SLH.Milaidhoo Island: Baa Atoll, Maldives – Opening November 2016This tiny island in the breath taking Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve has been transformed into a brand-new contemporary luxury resort, opening on 10 November, where coconut palm-thatched villas sit nestled among pristine beaches and lush greenery. A 30-minute trip by seaplane from Male international airport and with its closest neighbouring island home to just 420 residents, this resort provides the perfect secluded location for an exotic break. With 50 rooms ranging from lodges to land and overwater villas, each with a private pool, guests can indulge in all aspects of island life from rejuvenating spa treatments, yoga and meditation classes to sensational gourmet food at one of three restaurants. The resort’s no-infant and informal dress code policy makes for a tranquil and casual stay. Rate includes daily buffet breakfast and à la carte dinner at the main restaurant, free Wi-Fi and welcome drinks.Naman Retreat: Da Nang City, VietnamThis secluded beachfront enclave has 104 minimalist villas situated between iconic sandy beaches and the historical city and Ancient Town of Hoi An. Naman Retreat is dedicated to a philosophy of holistic wellness and offers guests three- to 14-day detox journeys focused on cleansing and purifying the mind and body, as well as offering more bespoke spa treatments at the inhouse Pure Spa. If guests are more interested in culinary adventures, the Hay Hay restaurant serves specialties of Hoi An Town such as cao lau made with noodles, pork and local greens, or take the 15-minute shuttle bus offered by the resort to the city itself and take a cooking class to try your hand at recreating the tasty cuisine.  The cool and contemporary Naman retreat is made up of luxury villas, many of which boast private plunge pools and stunning vistas of the East Sea. Price is for a one-bedroom pool villa and includes daily breakfast, one spa treatment and Wi-Fi.Mahana Villa: Upper Moutere, New ZealandA complimentary bottle of wine, produced by the hotel’s vineyard and a selection of delicious canapés await guests every day of their vacation here in Nelson, New Zealand. Just one of many ways the staff at Mahana Villa ensure guests are cared for to an impeccable standard at this former apple orchard turned luxury retreat and winery. The property comprises the owner’s villa and the loft suite, both of which boast a private terrace from where guests can enjoy sweeping views beyond the vineyard to Tasman Bay and the Southern alps. Guests can spend their days sampling the best of the vineyard’s produce with expert winemakers, enjoying picnics at the close by Abel Tasman National Park or horse riding along the shore. When it’s time for dinner, the chefs at Mahana Kitchen create delicious cuisine from local, seasonal produce. Many of the vegetables and herbs come from the hotel’s own garden. Price includes three meals, pre-dinner canapés, wine allowance and mini-bar.Althoff Hotel Villa Belrose: St Tropez, FranceThis Florentine-inspired villa houses a small collection of elegant bedrooms, each with a private garden- or bay-facing terrace just moments from the buzzy town of St Tropez. Many of the 40 rooms offer private balconies taking full advantage of its prime location on a private estate in the hills overlooking the manicured gardens and the unfurling bay of St Tropez below. The surrounding area also has much to offer from idyllic drives to explore vineyards and picturesque villages to beach clubs, ideal for people watching and getting a feel for the local scene. The hotel’s restaurant ‘Le Belrose’, presided over by Chef Pietro Volonte, holds a Michelin star and is dedicated to serving inventive cuisine in an elegant, airy setting. The cuisine is complemented by the sea views guests can enjoy from the grand terrace while enjoying specialities such as Risotto Pietro Volonte, served in a parmesan wheel. The restaurant is proud to offer the largest wine list in the region featuring over 500 exclusively French wines.Elite Spring Villas: Anxi, ChinaFrom the moment of arrival at Elite Spring Gardens guests will feel the sense of serenity and peace that the hotel’s owners have worked so hard to foster. The hotel has 17 individual suites, set in contemporary water gardens, and is a private haven inspired by historic Chinese design, but with a much more modern look and feel. This hotel is all about authentic Chinese experiences without leaving luxury behind. Guests can gain insight into centuries-old traditions, from tea ceremonies in the hotel teahouse to ancient beliefs surrounding incense burning. Elite Spring Villas is a perfect choice whether looking to explore the hillside temples and tea plantations of Anxi or to simply relax and rejuvenate in the hotel’s natural tea-infused hot spring waters. The authentic experience carries through to the exceptional cuisine at Elite Springs, where guests can sample regional Min and Yue cuisine at the onsite ‘happiness loft restaurant’, or on warm evenings enjoy a barbecue by the pool. The price is based on double occupancy and includes a daily breakfast.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterFor 110 years The Ritz London has remained the benchmark for excellence, a name synonymous with luxury, with a landmark position in the heart of London. One-hundred-and-thirty-six bedrooms and suites overlook the Royal Green Park or world-famous Piccadilly; the finest cuisine is served in ‘one of the world’s most beautiful dining rooms’ and the quintessential experience of Afternoon Tea is enjoyed at the five-star hotel that has for over a century hosted royalty and discerning guests. With six impeccable private dining rooms, five of which are situated in the 18th-century townhouse William Kent House, The Ritz London is the epitome of fine taste.At ILTM Asia 2016, The Ritz London proudly spoke of its most recent developments and achievements:New Green Park Signature SuiteThis summer will see the opening of the new two-bedroom Green Park signature suite at The Ritz London. Situated within the privacy of the seventh floor, the 111-square-metre suite offers a spacious, private apartment at one of the most exclusive addresses in London. Decorated in a fresh, contemporary style with silver leaf design and pale blue and soft purple colour palette, The Green Park Suite has a welcoming feel with magnificent views directly across The Royal Green Park and Piccadilly. The new suite is a celebration of Ritz design with bespoke artwork, custom-made polished wood furniture, as well as antique furnishings and details inspired by Green Park.The Ritz London adds English wines to its livre du vinDuring its 110th anniversary year as part of the best of British celebrations, The Ritz London is delighted to introduce English wines to the hotel’s wine list for the first time. Carefully curated by Head Sommelier Giovanni Ferlito, nine references from the Nyetimber, Gusbourne and Camel Valley estates in Sussex, Kent and Cornwall have been added to the wine list by the bottle this summer.Putting on a Ritz ChristmasThe Ritz London will once again be keeping the magic of Christmas dreams alive with a programme of spectacular celebrations and events during this year’s festive season. The hotel’s palatial exterior and Louis XVI interior décor will be sprinkled with sparkle overnight on 25 Friday November 2016. The centrepiece of the transformation is a Nordic pine Christmas tree, standing 7.6 metres tall, grown especially for The Ritz in the Scottish Highlands.Local walking tours in Piccadilly and St JamesFrom spring 2016, The Ritz London will be offering guests the opportunity to enjoy a private two-hour walking tour of the Piccadilly and St James areas, conducted by a local expert, Dr Cindy Lawford. Designed to give guests an exclusive insight into the surrounding area, The Ritz London’s walking tours will offer guests the opportunity to gain a unique insider perspective into British luxury and craftsmanship and meet some of the most talented and historic artisans behind British heritage brands, many of which, like The Ritz London, are Royal Warrant holders. Guests of The Ritz can select their preferred walking tour from the two options available.Epicurean tea tastingThe Ritz London introduces a new Epicurean Tea Tasting – a journey of discovery of some of the finest and rarest teas from across the world. Curated by certified Tea Master Giando Scanu, guests will taste six rare and spectacular teas, each expertly paired with a selection of finely cut finger sandwiches and open rolls, warm savoury dishes, freshly baked scones and beautiful French patisseries by Executive Chef, John Williams, MBE and his brigade, especially created to complement the teas.The Afternoon Tea (and its three-month waiting list)Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is an institution in itself. Popular since the hotel first opened in 1906 and enjoyed by a wide and varied audience through the years, it has become the quintessential British experience. A member of the UK Tea Council’s prestigious Tea Guild, The Ritz was winner of its “Top London Afternoon Tea 2004/2005” and of its Awards of Excellence in 2008 – 2013. In keeping with the beautiful surroundings of The Palm Court, pretty chinaware and silver tea services complement the charm of the room. An extensive choice of 16 different types of loose leaf tea is offered, including a Ritz Royal English, a Lapsang Souchong and a Darjeeling First Flush. The traditional English Tea menu includes freshly cut finger sandwiches with six types of filling, including Scottish smoked salmon, roast ham and cucumber. Warm baked raisin and plain scones with strawberry preserve and Cornish clotted cream follow with a delectable selection of cakes and afternoon tea pastries topping the tiered cake stand. The elegant ambience of tea at The Ritz is complete with musical accompaniment from resident pianist Ian Gomes who never ceases to delight with his own renditions of classical favourites. Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Ritz is priced at £50 per person, with the option to include a glass of Champagne (£66 per person). The Celebration Tea (£61 per person) or Celebration Tea with Champagne (£77 per person) are perfect for birthday celebrations and include a special birthday cake delivered to the table.last_img read more

W Barcelona has unveiled a multimillionEuro tran

first_imgW Barcelona has unveiled a multi-million-Euro transformation of all 473 guest rooms and suites, along with the addition of Europe’s first W Sound Suite (a music studio and writer’s room, now available at four W Hotels around the world). The award-winning in-house design team at W Hotels partnered with London-based design studio Bowler James Brindley to reimagine the hotel, inspired by the 24/7 energy and privileged location on the shores of the buzzing Barceloneta.“W Barcelona has been known for its innovative design since it first opened its doors in 2009,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “The completion of this multi-million-Euro makeover ensures this beachside escape will continue to lead the market with its forward-thinking decor and unrivalled guest experience.”City and sea convergeThe new room design celebrates both the city and the sea, embracing the unique views afforded by the hotel’s guest rooms. The color palette is derived from the blue hues of the sea, with pops of white, teal and rose gold to accentuate the light and complement the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The notion of underwater camouflage is displayed in the room’s carpet, which is a playful interpretation of the sea bed seen through the waters of the Mediterranean.In a nod to Barcelona’s celebrated culinary scene, the modular furniture in the sitting area reflects Spanish tapas culture – chic, small tables and chairs with pendant lighting. The guest room wall reflects the city’s grid with an innovative lighting structure that transforms the mood from day to night. The new rooms also feature signature accent pillows showcasing modern images of characters from Barcelona’s history including Gaudí, Dalí and St. Eulalia.All guest rooms also feature a range of new in-room services including Nespresso coffee machines, tea making facilities, 49-inch flat-screen televisions and Bose bluetooth sound systems. Signature W amenities are still available to all guests including the Bliss® Spa sinkside six bath products; the signature W Hotels Bed; access to high-speed Wi-Fi; and the brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever service, which provides guests whatever they want, whenever they want it.Eat. Sleep. Record. Repeat.Following successful launches at W Bali, W Seattle and W Hollywood, W Barcelona lives up to the city’s reputation as one of the most innovative music capitals by opening Europe’s first W Sound Suite. In partnership with Coca-Cola, this private music studio and writer’s room enables professional recording artists, studio musicians, producers and hotel guests alike, to record in style while on the road. The main mixing room of the W Sound Suite at W Barcelona features a private vocal booth and a lounge big enough for artists and their entourage. W Barcelona will offer private master classes lead by W Barcelona’s Music Curator, exclusive recording sessions and an original space for creative brainstorming sessions for musicians and hotel guests alike.W Sound Suites are in part the brainchild of the W brand’s North American Music Director, DJ White Shadow, the Chicago-based producer best known for his work with Lady Gaga. The W Sound Suite at W Barcelona is equipped with the latest in studio technology and offers professional specifications in a stylish, comfortable and sound-proof space. To outfit the space, W Hotels partnered with industry leader, Native Instruments, who provided the latest generation of the world’s leading production suite (Komplete 11), a state-of-the-art control keyboard (Komplete Kontrol S-Series), the cutting-edge groove production system used by hip-hop producers around the globe (Maschine) and an all-in-one DJ system (Traktor Kontrol S8), among other items. W Hotels also worked with world-renowned audio company, Shure, to provide new SHR440 headphones, X2u microphones, KSM32/SL microphone condensers and BETA®181 microphone for the ultimate recording experience.“Barcelona is an epic city known for its nightlife, culture, and most of all- music,” said DJ White Shadow, North American Music Director, W Hotels Worldwide. “The latest W Sound Suite at W Barcelona will be the perfect place for international artists to record while on the road. And for hotel guests that have always dreamt of the spotlight, they can book it too!”To celebrate the launch of the newest W Sound Suite, W Barcelona will host a new content series in collaboration with local record labels and upcoming artists compiled and selected by PIEM, Music Curator at W Barcelona. The first event will feature TheGround, famed Berlin-based electronic music duo composed of Florian Kruse and Hendrik Burkhard. The celebrated producers will present their unreleased EP in an intimate in-studio performance.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Steeped in legendary s

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSteeped in legendary seafaring history dating back hundreds of years, the Eastern Caribbean island of St Kitts is the newest exotic destination for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. The larger of the two-island country of St Kitts & Nevis, St Kitts lies in the northern part of the Leeward Islands group of the Lesser Antilles. Its volcanic origin created a 135-kilometre coastline of intriguing silver-grey sand beaches and a lush fertile interior with coconut groves and plantations.The resort will be set on the site of a former sugar cane plantation with hills rolling down to a long stretch of sandy beach fronting the Caribbean Sea. All of the projected 70 pool villas and The Retreat enjoy sea views and an unspoiled environment that gives the glorious feeling of being isolated from civilisation.Guests arrive at the resort through an old sugar cane plantation, passing the organic garden to the reception area before being whisked away by their GEM (Guest Experience Maker) to their villa by electric buggy. In true Six Senses style, every aspect of the 70 villas all with private plunge pools are true to the Six Senses commitment to the environment, using sustainable and repurposed materials juxtaposed with contemporary comforts. Naturalmat mattresses support the Sleep With Six Senses initiative, while unlimited wireless internet access is offered complimentary, energy-efficient lighting and air-conditioning can be adjusted by iPad and flat-panel televisions offer a spectrum of satellite channels.At the food and beverage plaza guests have a choice of dining alternatives, with emphasis on the freshest seafood from the Caribbean and ingredients harvested on demand from the resort’s organic fruit, vegetable and spice gardens and from local producers. True to the Caribbean’s tall tales of pirating, the Rum Shack will offer a treasure of rum-based refreshments that would delight any seafarer. And at the main pool, guests have the choice to swim up to the bar or lounge plantation-style with long thirst-quenching potions. Younger guests can choose fun activities at Grow With Six Senses (teen centre and kids’ club), complete with playground and supervision.Overlooking the resort’s nature reserve, Six Senses Spa St Kitts will feature a menu of Six Senses specialty treatments as well as Caribbean healing traditions and rejuvenation journeys, Six Senses Integrative Wellness, detox, yoga and workshops. An Alchemy Bar will be a fascinating extension to spa personalisation, first developed at Six Senses Spa Douro Valley in Portugal. There will be a dedicated pavilion for yoga and a fully equipped gym in addition to a spa boutique which will offer products and exclusively developed for Six Senses.To the south of the resort is Sandy Point Town, the second largest town on the island. It is believed to be the landing point for the English sea captain, Sir Thomas Warner, in 1623. It was one of the busiest ports in the region. Sandy Point is the entrance way to Brimstone Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and just one of the many fascinating excursions that await history enthusiasts.At the resort, there are a host of recreational pursuits on land and water, with an activities centre able to arrange or to tailor-make memorable experiences for guests. A certified dive centre offers excellent underwater encounters for beginners through to the most experienced.Six Senses St Kitts is a project by Range Developments, which specialises in developing luxury Caribbean resorts, together with design creativity, management and marketing by Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. The resort is scheduled to be completed over three years.“We are delighted that Range Developments is bringing another project and the unique brand of Six Senses to the country,” said prime minister of St Kitts & Nevis, Dr The Honourable Timothy Harris. “Range Developments is bringing investment, jobs and expertise to the citizens and residents of St Kitts & Nevis. It is an amazing development for our small country to be the beneficiary of another luxury hotel brand so soon after the official grand opening of the world-renowned Park Hyatt on St Kitts. This is a remarkable show of confidence by Range Developments in my government, our people and country. I commend Range Developments for the excellent relations we have nurtured, all for the ultimate benefit of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.”“We are excited to welcome Six Senses to St Kitts,” said Mohammed Asaria, founder of Range Developments. “Six Senses was recently voted the world’s best hotel brand by Trevel +Leisure magazine and we look forward to working together on this exciting project.”On announcing the project, Six Senses President Bernhard Bohnenberger said, “We are thrilled to add St Kitts to the Six Senses portfolio of resorts in incredible settings. And working in partnership with Range Developments, who have exceptional expertise and experience in the Caribbean, Six Senses St Kitts will be a remarkable resort. The ease of access from the United States is also a very positive factor as this market is increasingly embracing the quintessence of Six Senses.”Located on the western side of the island, the site for Six Senses St Kitts is approximately a 30-minute drive along the scenic coast road from the capital Basseterre and the International Airport (SKB). The airport is served by direct flights from the US, Canada and the UK, with connecting and charter flights from Europe and regional services from several Caribbean nations.Photo from left: President of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Bernhard Bohnenberger (BB), Prime Minister of St Kitts & Nevis, Dr The Honourable Timothy Harris, and Founder of Range Developments, Mohammed Asaria, meet at the official launch of Six Senses St Kitts.Prime Minister of St Kitts & Nevis, Dr The Honourable Timothy Harris, Mohammed Asaria, founder of Range Developments, Bernhard Bohnenberger (BB), president of Six Senses, members of the cabinet and friends celebrate the official launch of Six Senses St Kitts together with students of the Hospitality and Culinary Arts Department of Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_img RelatedFlorence: Weekend of the WeekFlorence: Weekend of the Week’Live like an Italian’ during Turin city breakBrits embarking on city breaks in Turin can “live like an Italian” during their stay in the Piedmont city.Holidaymakers more likely to take single breakHolidaymakers more likely to take single break Brits should consider city breaks in Florence because the city offers an “exceptional and incomparable artistic heritage”, the city’s tourist board has said.It appears that more people are booking flights to the city to take advantage of its artistic and cultural offerings, with figures from STR Global revealing that hotel occupancy in Florence grew 20.9 percent during the first quarter of this year when compared with the same period in 2009.Roberta Romoli, a Florence Tourist Board spokesperson, said the primary reason for people travelling to the city is its “outstanding artistic patrimony”.”In Florence city centre you’ll find a beautifully kept Renaissance city surrounded by modern suburb districts,” she commented.”Also, the historic centre of Florence, enclosed by a circle of avenues traced over the old medieval city walls, was inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1982.”STR Global also revealed that the double-digit growth in hotel occupancy recorded in Florence had also been reported in other parts of Italy.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Related Five flights for £50 or lessFive flights f

first_img RelatedFive flights for £50 or lessFive flights for £50 or less7 Super City Breaks for Under £70!7 Super City Breaks for Under £70!6 flights for under £65Six cheap flights, six great reasons to book your next break. Autumn is the perfect time for a super city break; the weather is still warm (but it’s not too hot), and the crowds have gone so you’ll be able to see the true character of the city without the high prices and queues! Take a look at our six super flight bargains for £60 or less Cologne, Germany – £40 The ‘Bauhaus’ (beer halls) of Cologne will keep you toasty warm on a chilly autumn day. If the sun’s shining, the Altstadt (Old Town) is beautiful to browse on foot. With over 3000 cafes, bars and restaurants you can stop anytime for a taste of traditional German cuisine. Medieval architecture, pastel painted houses, cobbled streets and elegant cathedrals give the city an enchanted air, while the museums, galleries, live music venues and theatres embrace the modern.Cologne is wonderfully green too; enjoy the gold and auburn colours of autumn in the Rheinpark which can be reached on foot, by cable car or by ferry. Walk around, or row a boat on, the beautiful Fühlinger Lake or visit the Claudius Therme thermal baths; the place to relax before enjoying Colognes nightlife. Find flights to Cologne.Verona, Italy – £42 Looking for a romantic autumn break? What could be more so than the home of Romeo and Juliet and one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Founded in the 1st century B.C, Verona has preserved a remarkable number of medieval and Renaissance buildings and monuments.Explore the Arena, a vast Roman amphitheatre, Juliet’s house complete with balcony, Castle Scaligeri, Verona Cathedral and the Capuccin Church where Juliet’s tomb resides. Climb the Lamberti Tower for sweeping views, shop on Verona’s golden mile or take a wine tour of Valpolicella. Dine on perfect Italian pasta as day turns to night. Listen to live jazz in a friendly bar and look forward to the coffee and cotton-wool soft brioche you’ll have for breakfast. Find flights to Verona.Prague, Czech – £44 Like something out of a fairy-tale, Prague, with its ruby-red rooftops and hill-top castles, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Artistic, poetic and freedom loving, this is a city that coined the velvet revolution, where a poet and playwright became president and where art and culture are held in high regard. Wherever you look, historic monuments, elegant bridges, marble sculptures, dignified statues and ornate palaces gaze back. Dumplings, goulash and beer, a Kafka bookshop and the tiny Golden Lane with its colourful buildings and the famous red trams all make Prague its unique and beautiful self. Find flights to Prague.Bordeaux, France £47 Known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’, elegant and Neoclassical Bordeaux has awoken from its slumber. Given over to pedestrians, Bordeaux has stunning wide boulevards and fantastic public transport, nestled on the banks of the Garonne River. Visit Gambetta Square also known as ‘Little Paris’ or take a stroll under the Victory Arch. Immerse yourself in culture in the Musee D’Art Contemporain or the Musee D’Aquitaine, delve into local food markets or take the air in the beautiful Jardin Botanique.A wine tour of St Emilion, Medoc, Graves or Sauternes is a must; after all Bordeaux is the second largest wine growing region in the world! Shop for clothes and crafts or settle down to some gastronomic French cuisine and the exciting nightlife of La Victoire. Find flights to Bordeaux.Valencia, Spain – £48 If you’re longing for autumn sunshine, Valencia is a beautiful, historical city, located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Full of traditions and festivals, Valencia is vibrant and lively. Boasting beautiful gardens and parks like the Turia, The Botanic and The Ayora Gardens, it’s known as the ‘City of Flowers’. Wide, cobbled plazas are the perfect place for coffee and sunshine, while museums and galleries peek out from between ancient buildings.Should you feel like doing far less, Valencia has gorgeous beaches on which to soak up the autumn sunshine; Cabañal- Arenas has an amusement park for kids while El Saler beach has 6km of blissfully soft sand. Feast al-fresco on mouth-watering paella, giant prawns and tasty tapas before bar-hopping and partying into the Spanish night. Find flights to Valencia.Amsterdam, Netherlands – £52Amsterdam has its gently rippling canals to thank for the calming vibe they bring to an otherwise lively, vibrant and classy city. From coffee shops and sinful streets to glorious green parks and tree lined avenues showing off their stunning architecture, Amsterdam is a wonderful mixture of naughty and nice, culture and fun.Explore the 37 museums and galleries before sipping a beer in a cool canal-side bar while tucking in to some delicious food. As autumn turns to winter, the outdoor ambiance turns into one of indoor cosiness as a dusting of snow heralds the return of the traditional outdoor market, turning the city into a winter wonderland. Find flights to AmsterdamReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Why have a holiday in Tunisia Tunisia has histori

first_imgWhy have a holiday in Tunisia?Tunisia has historically been an extremely popular country, and because of this, considered a good-value beach holiday destination for UK travellers, with a balmy Mediterranean climate and beautiful coastal resorts like Hammamet. For anyone looking beyond a simple beach break, what makes Tunisia more interesting is the cultural offering, with everything from atmospheric Roman ruins at Carthage to the eerily abandoned Star Wars sets near the desert towns of Tozeur and Tataouine. While travel industry experts are cautious to recommend a holiday to Tunisia in the near future, some are confident its appeal will return, albeit slowly. It’s worth remembering that many Tunisians rely on visitors for their livelihood, with 15% of the country’s economy depending on tourism. Though it shouldn’t be considered lightly, the current drop in visitors also means deserted beaches, good deals on hotels and cheap flights. Is it safe to book a holiday to Tunisia in 2017?The travel restrictions on Tunisia began after a shooting in the tourist resort of Sousse in June 2015, in which 30 British citizens were killed, and a further attack on a police bus in November 2015. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises against all but essential travel to Tunisia as a whole and against all travel to the following border areas:Chaambi Mountain National Park areaTunisia-Algeria border crossing points at Ghardimaou, Hazoua and Sakiet Sidi YoussefThe militarised zone south of, but not including, the towns of El Borma and DhehibaWithin 5km of the Libya border area from north of Dhehiba up to but not including the Ras Ajdir border crossingThe FCO still considers the threat of terrorism to be ‘high’ and does not view the security in Tunisia as “adequate protection for British tourists at the present time”.Following the extended warning, larger tour operators have cancelled charter flights to regional airports Monastir and Enfidah, and companies First Choice, Thompson and Thomas Cook have cancelled their package holidays to Tunisia for summer 2017. However, direct flights are still running between London and Tunis Carthage Airport so it’s still possible to arrange an independent trip*. Read on for more travel-savvy advice and tips:Travel to Egypt: What you need to knowIn light of recent safety scares in Egypt, we asked travel expert Simon Calder to tackle the big questions for Skyscanner readers.Should you travel to Turkey in 2017?Bookings for holidays to Turkey, one of the long-time favourite destinations for British travellers, were reportedly down by at least one-third this summer*. Are concerns about the country justified?Where to go solo: 10 perfect destinations for independent travellersSolo travel, or rather, the Ego-Trip is on the rise. So, which destinations are the best for solo travellers?*Information is accurate as of January 2017. Although we may update our site from time to time, we can’t guarantee that the content is up to date. For more details please see our terms of service.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.(function(p,u,s,h){ p._pcq=p._pcq||[]; p._pcq.push([‘_currentTime’,]); s=u.createElement(‘script’); s.type=’text/javascript’; s.async=true; s.src=’’; h=u.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0]; h.parentNode.insertBefore(s,h); })(window,document);window._pcq = window._pcq || [];_pcq.push([‘addSubscriberToSegment’, ‘uk-news’, callbackForAddToSegment]);function callbackForAddToSegment(response) {if(response === -1){ console.log(‘User is not a subscriber or has blocked notifications’); }if(response === false){ console.log(‘Segment name provided is not valid. Maximum length of segment name can be 30 chars and it can only contain alphanumeric characters, underscore and dash.’); }if(response === true){ console.log(‘User got added to the segment successfully. Now you may run any code you wish to execute after user gets added to segment successfully’); }} Should you take your family to Tunisia?Some family travellers have said in various online forums that they still feel safe and welcome in Tunisia since the travel restrictions, and that they would happily return. Despite the UK government’s view of security in Tunisia, there has been a significant effort by the Tunisian government, keen to attract visitors again, to increase safety measures at hotels and popular tourist areas. Such measures include security wands, metal detectors and under-car mirrors, and a visible police presence. This said, if you do choose to travel to Tunisia, the official advice from the UK government is to “be vigilant, avoid crowded places and follow the advice of the Tunisian security authorities and your travel company, if you have one.”Is Tunisia safe for solo travellers?Aside from current threats, Tunisia is considered one of the safest countries for solo travellers in the region. Following the Arab Spring revolutions, and the subsequent unrest and violence in many North African countries from 2011 onwards, Tunisia’s political transition has been one of the most peaceful. It’s always wise to do some research if you are visiting Tunisia on your own; as a Muslim country, travellers, and women in particular, should dress conservatively away from the beach resorts and bear in mind that alcohol may not be available or approved of in a lot of places. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: Aer LingusKLMThomas Cook If you want to cancel your holiday to Tunisia, what are your rights?It’s best to speak to your individual travel operator to find out what their cancellation policy is. Thomas Cook are currently offering free cancellations or amendments to alternative holiday destinations, for Tunisia holidays booked from May to October 2017, while Thompson and First Choice have simply stated that they are not offering any holidays to Tunisia for next summer season.What about travel insurance?If you are heading to Tunisia this year, it’s a good idea to take out a fully comprehensive insurance policy, as the cheaper options are unlikely to cover disruptions, delays or injuries caused by acts of terrorism. Many companies offer ‘terrorism insurance’ as an add-on, so make sure you read the full details of your policy before purchasing. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedLaptop and tablet ban: How will this affect your travel plans?Just over a month since the initial laptop and tablet ban was announced, there is now speculation that the UK may be next to join the list of countries with new hand luggage restrictions for laptops and tablets on flights to the US. We explain what this flight ban could…Is it safe to travel to Turkey in 2017?Bookings for holidays to Turkey, one of the long-time favourite destinations for British travellers, were reportedly down by at least one-third this summer*. Are concerns about the country justified? The Independent’s travel correspondent Simon Calder tackles the key questions for Skyscanner users and provides his tips on travel to Turkey…Everything you need to know about travelling to EgyptIn light of recent safety scares in Egypt, we asked travel expert Simon Calder to tackle the big questions for Skyscanner readers: – Are major Egypt destinations like Sharm El Sheikh and the Pyramids at Giza safe to visit? – What if I want to cancel my Egypt holiday? -…last_img read more

Hit the beach before everyone else six sundrenched destinations for a June

first_img1. The Amalfi Coast, Italy – return flights from £34 Find flights to Dubrovnik from £67 return Average June temperature: 22°CBuilt on cliff-tops, and surrounded by towering walls, UNESCO-protected Dubrovnik was magical long before the Game Of Thrones crew turned up. It’s a place for lavish gelato-slurping, diving off the rocks and showy evening promenades – and now you can add location-spotting to the list. Glossy main street Stradun is one of many places that have doubled as parts of King’s Landing.Another regularly-used location is Lokrum Island, a 10 minute ferry ride from the Old Town. Here you can leap into the sparkling Adriatic at a clothing-optional beach, or splash in the small salt lake just north-east of the old monastery – before heading back to Dubrovnik for a sundowner. In June, you won’t have to work so hard to get a table, and you’ll have more time before the sun sinks into the sea, too. Where to stay: The family-owned Hotel Aquarius is a short stroll from Lapad Beach and has a suntrap pool terrace. Average June temperature: 22°CThe big, open beaches of southern Spain are at their best before the crowds descend in the school holidays. The likes of Playa Burriana, with its dozens of restaurants, beach volleyball courts and jetski rentals, are great for all-action types. Playa de Maro nearby, meanwhile, is fab for snorkelling and kayaking around the rocks. Expect water temperatures around 20C in June – invigorating, but pleasant once you’ve dunked your head under.There’s plenty to do between sunbathing sessions, too. Yes, golf is a big attraction – the three courses at La Cala are designed to suit different skill levels – but the coast now has plenty of cultural interest too, thanks to rejuvenated Malaga. Here the Museo Picasso and Centre Pompidou are the big-hitting art museums, while the palatical hilltop Alcazaba opens a window on the world of Al Andalus, when the Moors ruled much of Spain.Where to stay: The Hotel Isabel is right on the beach at Torremolinos, in the middle of the restaurant-packed promenade. There’s a sizable pool, and most rooms have sea views. 2. Kos, Greece – return flights from £70 Average June temperature: 21°CHalf of Italy shows up to holiday here in August – and it’s not hard to understand why. Clifftop walking trails, pink and terracotta towns, and irresistible ice cream make for a perfect slice of la dolce vita. The trick, however, is to come in June, when there’s less competition for sunbeds and umbrellas on the spectacular blue-water beaches. There’s some heavyweight history to consider too – thanks to the extraordinary remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum, preserved by the catastrophic eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. It’s not just the heart-stopping story of the disaster that will grip you. The details of everyday life that were preserved by it – from bath-house graffiti to ruts in the road – make it feel like the Romans have only just left.Where to stay: The three star Hotel Doria’s rooftop terrace with sunbeds and primo Mediterranean views makes it an attractive option from £140 a night. Find flights to Faro from £25 return Find flights to Naples from £34 return Find flights to Malaga from £36 return 5. Costa del Sol, Spain – return flights from £36center_img Average June temperature: 21°CWhatever your taste in beaches, you’ll find a strand to suit you in the Algarve. Want a yawning stretch of sand, edged with buzzing bars and restaurants? Then take a boat trip through the wildlife-packed waterways of the Parque Natural de Ria Formosa, to Ilha de Tavira, where a seven-mile beach edges the Gulf of Cadiz. Prefer picturesque coves backed by colourful cliffs? There are plenty around Lagos – some of which are best reached by small boat or kayak. Or do you always pack a surfboard when you head to the sea? Then the pounding surf of the west coast should be your target, with Praia do Amado home to one of the key beach breaks. In June, the swells aren’t so powerful, so it’s a good time for beginners to pick up a board and learn.Where to stay: The Cascade Wellness and Lifestyle Resort in Lagos has rooms themed on four continents, as well as two pools, a big kids’ club and two tennis courts. Find flights to Kos from £70 return 4. The Algarve, Portugal – return flights from £25 Average June temperature: 23°CJune is Goldilocks month in the Med. Neither too hot, nor too cold, it offers the perfect balance of fresh, energetic mornings for exploration, and languid afternoons, lapping up the sun. On the Greek island of Kos you can do plenty of both. Inland, there are craggy, green valleys to hike, while Kos town – guarded by the Castle of the Knights of St John – is sprinkled with evocative classical remains. Bodrum in Turkey is a short ferry ride away if you want to bag another country on the trip – but don’t let it keep you from the staggeringly beautiful beaches in Kefalos Bay. Where to stay: The Peridis Family Resort is within walking distance of Kos Town’s historic attractions and restaurants, and comes with its own mini golf course. Published May 2019. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Dubrovnik, Croatia – flights from £67 return RelatedWhere to go on holiday for early summer sun in 2019Looking for a summer holiday but don’t want to travel during peak season when prices go through the roof? Check out these short-haul destinations perfect for early summer and bag a cheap flight while the kids are still at school…Christmas Gift Alert: TUI deals for 2018!The best kind of Christmas presents come in an email, with a boarding pass attached . Here are the best deals for 2018, from the Balearic Islands to city breaks in New York. Christmas presents sorted In partnership with TUI6 Bargain flights to Europe from £40Summer may be rushing past at a rate of knots, yet even at this late stage there are still chances to bag bargain flights to popular sun-baked destinations like Faro or Ibiza for as little as £59. But if you’re after something a bit different from your summer hols, why…last_img read more

PROVIDENCIALES Turks Caicos – Molasses Reef a

first_imgPROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos – Molasses Reef, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is partnering with lauded chef Gray Kunz to envision and create the resort’s three dining options, including its signature oceanfront restaurant.Uninhabited for over 100 years, the island of West Caicos is opening its shores to a new development – West Caicos Reserve. The centerpiece will be the intimate 125-room resort, Molasses Reef, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The island will also feature Ritz-Carlton-branded Island Villas, secluded single-family homes, custom homes, cottages and marina townhomes, two national parks, cultural heritage sites, a Spa and three restaurants.Inspired from the moment he set foot on the island, Chef Kunz says of the project, “There is no true way to describe West Caicos other than to see it for yourself. I am excited to be involved in creating three distinctive, memorable dining options at this singular place.” Celebrated for his heralded work at Lespinasse in New York City in the 1990s, Chef Kunz opened the one Michelin-starred Café Gray in The Time Warner Center in New York in October, 2004, and is planning his second establishment, Grayz, a destination bar and lounge with private event rooms in midtown, opening in September. The restaurant at Molasses Reef, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, will be Chef Kunz’s first Caribbean project.Authentic Design, Inspired Cuisine With the brilliant azure waters of the Caribbean as its backdrop and primary design element, the 114-seat restaurant will reflect the island’s barefoot luxury look and feel with Plantation-style design and several intimate indoor and outdoor terraced dining pavilions. Guests will enter through a wine room highlighted by a large plantation table where they will be able to taste and select wines, mingle and sample hors d’oeuvres. In the main dining room, a large display kitchen is the focal point, complete with a chef’s table set under a large pot-rack chandelier suspended from the vaulted ceiling. Inside, pitched plantation style ceilings, wideplank dark wood floors, polished nickel edge detailing, and antique fixtures complement the expansive ocean view. Outside, wraparound terraces with sofas and ottomans create intimate seating areas, perfect for enjoying West Caicos sunsets.With influences from his years spent in Singapore, Switzerland and Hong Kong, and paying homage to the island’s history, Chef Kunz’s menu will travel the globe, blending Asian and Western ingredients with fresh, local foods to create his signature Kunzian cuisine. Menu items will include dishes such as Salt Stone Simmered Lobster Tail with Harissa Sauce; Tobacco Smoked Blue Fin Tuna with Togarashi and a Citrus Glaze; Grilled Snapper with a Plantain Crumble, Crabmeat, Papaya and a Kaffir Emulsion; and Red Curry Lamb Stew with a Pink Lentil Crusted Chop and Eggplant Tart. Kunz’s food will be complemented by a world class wine cellar.About Chef Kunz Born in Singapore and raised in Switzerland, Chef Kunz was trained in the techniques of Classical French cuisine and quickly made his mark in the culinary world at great restaurants including Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne and Restaurant Girardet in Lausanne. In 1990, the now-famed Lespinasse opened in New York City with Kunz at the helm. He quickly earned four-stars in The New York Times and dozens of top accolades besides, from The James Beard Foundation to Gourmet magazine. In October 2004, Chef Kunz returned to New York’s culinary scene with Café Gray, his version of an Eastern European Brassiere. The restaurant received a coveted Michelin Star in October 2005. Gray Kunz will open Grayz on West 54th Street in midtown Manhattan in September 2007, featuring both a glamorous bar and cocktail lounge, and luxurious private dining facilities. The restaurant at Molasses Reef, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will open in late 2008 along with the resort.About Molasses Reef, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve and West Caicos Reserve Blending traditional Caribbean architecture with English, French, Dutch and Spanish influences, Molasses Reef, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will include 125 generously sized rooms in low-density buildings, two restaurants and a spa, spread along miles of uninterrupted beachfront. Completion of the resort, the first phase of the villas (approximately 30) and the marina is slated for late 2008.The 11-mile-long, 6,000-acre island of West Caicos features some of the most sublime beaches and brilliant azure water in the Caribbean. It is home to the 500-acre Lake Catherine, a natural wildlife sanctuary and breeding ground for pink roseate flamingoes as well as Molasses Reef, rumored to be the final resting place of Columbus’ Pinta and ranking among the world’s top dive sites. Reachable only by boat, small plane or helicopter, transportation on island will be primarily by electric vehicle and bicycle. To ensure that the island remains unspoiled, approximately 90 percent of the acreage will stay permanently undeveloped and the projects slated for development will all be low density. For more information, call (649) 941-7480 or visit or read more

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first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Mary J. Blige, Sterling K. Brown, Issa Rae and Chadwick Boseman will be among the presenters at the upcoming NAACP Image Awards.Numerous other stars, including actors Michael B. Jordan, Terry Crews, Yara Shahidi and “Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya are also scheduled to present awards during Monday’s ceremony, which honours entertainers and writers of colour.Blige and Jay Z are the top nominees with five apiece, while Rae is tied along with Bruno Mars, SZA and Kendrick Lamar for the second-most nominations with four apiece.The 49th NAACP Image Awards will be presented in Pasadena, California. Anthony Anderson is hosting a two-hour show that will be broadcast live on the TV One network.___For full coverage of awards season, visit: Blige, Rae and Boseman among NAACP Image Awards presenters by The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2018 8:14 am PDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img by Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2018 3:09 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2018 at 5:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This July 12, 2017, file photo shows the cover of an issue of the National Enquirer featuring President Donald Trump at a store in New York. Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who said she had a 10-month affair with President Donald Trump, settled her lawsuit Wednesday, April 18, 2018, with a supermarket tabloid over an agreement that prohibited her from discussing the relationship publicly. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) Ex-Playboy model settles lawsuit over alleged Trump affaircenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A former Playboy model who said she had a 10-month affair with President Donald Trump settled her lawsuit Wednesday with a supermarket tabloid over an agreement that prohibited her from discussing the relationship publicly.Karen McDougal’s settlement with the company that owns the National Enquirer “restores to me the rights to my life story and frees me from this contract that I was misled into signing nearly two years ago,” she said in a statement Wednesday.In August 2016, the tabloid’s parent company, American Media Inc., paid McDougal $150,000 for the rights to her story about the alleged relationship, but the story never ran.Last month, McDougal filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles asking to invalidate the contract, which she said she was misled into signing. The suit alleged that the company didn’t publish the story because AMI’s owner, David Pecker, is “close personal friends” with Trump. It also charged that Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, had inappropriately intervened and was secretly involved in discussions with AMI executives about the agreement.Federal agents raided Cohen’s office and residence last week seeking any information on payments made in 2016 to McDougal and porn actress Stormy Daniels, according to people familiar with the investigation but not authorized to discuss it publicly. Daniels has said she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. The search warrants also sought bank records, records on Cohen’s dealings in the taxi industry and his communications with the Trump campaign, the people said.Under the settlement agreement, McDougal can keep the $150,000 she was paid and AMI has the rights to up to $75,000 for any future profits from her story about the relationship. The company also retains the rights to photographs of McDougal that it already has, the settlement said.AMI had argued McDougal had been allowed to speak about her relationship since 2016 and the contract gave the company discretion over whether to publish the story.In an interview with CNN that aired last month, McDougal said Trump tried to pay her after their first sexual tryst at a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2006. McDougal said she continued the relationship with Trump for about 10 months and broke it off in April 2007 because she felt guilty.The White House has said Trump denies having an affair with McDougal. Trump married his current wife, Melania Trump, in 2005, and their son, Barron, was born in 2006.“My goal from the beginning was to restore my rights and not to achieve any financial gain, and this settlement does exactly that,” McDougal said. “I am relieved to be able to tell the truth about my story when asked, and I look forward to being able to return to my private life and focus on what matters to me.”last_img read more