PIMALAI RESORT

Pimalai Resort & Spa, the luxurious and natural retreat on pure shores of Koh Lanta, has unveiled a series of stunning packages for the remainder of 2019 and 2020, offering a variety of different ways to experience the resort’s exquisite amenities and idyllic environment in one of the world’s most desirable destinations.

Five fantastic options are available from 1st November to 20th December 2019 and 11th January to 30thApril 2020. The three-night Secret Sanctuary package invites guests to stay in a spacious deluxe room or a spectacular one-, two- or three-bedroom pool villa, creating options for intimate getaways or family vacations. This enticing offer also includes an à la carte dinner, a one-hour aromatic massage, and a half-day island excursion to beautiful Koh Rok with a barbecue lunch, or a four-hour sunset cruise to Koh Haa with snorkelling, canapés and drinks. Prices start at THB 39,180 based on double occupancy and include breakfast, airport transfers, tax and service charge. These services are included in all Pimalai’s packages.

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Alternatively, The Ultimate Dream is ideal for extended romantic breaks. From THB 78,700, this promotion features five nights in a choice of rooms or pool villas, plus an à la carte dinner, a three-hour signature Royal Koo Rak massage, an island excursion and a private candlelit dinner on the resort’s soft and secluded sandy beach. And keen scuba divers can explore the enthralling underwater world with a three-night Diving Package, which includes accommodation in a deluxe room or one-bedroom pool villa and an à la carte dinner, plus a full-day diving excursion to Koh Haa (two dives), full equipment rental and national marine park fees. This package’s price starts at THB 41,190.

Throughout this entire period (1st November to 30th April 2020*), Pimalai invites couples to celebrate their wedding or honeymoon in paradise with a choice of offers. From THB 95,900, the two-night Wedding Package allows brides and grooms to experience the tropical island wedding they always dreamed of, with indulgent accommodation and a barefoot beachfront ceremony overlooking the azure Andaman Sea. For newly-weds, the two-night Honeymoon Package promises pure relaxation, including an à la carte dinner, a one-hour aromatic massage, sunset cocktails and a bottle of sparkling wine. Rates start at THB 26,520 for a Deluxe room.

“At Pimalai, we understand that all of our wonderful guests are different, so we have designed a series of packages that reflect their varied needs and interests. Whether you’re seeking an exotic escape with your loved one, an activity-filled adventure, a relaxing family holiday, or even a dream wedding or honeymoon, we can cater to your needs. With such an amazing array of amenities, including delectable dining, a serene spa and enticing offshore islands just waiting to be explored, Pimalai’s packages will help you create memories that last a lifetime,” said Patrice Landrein, Pimalai’s general manager.

Pimalai is a small slice of heaven, where the azure sea meets the white sand, surrounded by verdant jungle. While it feels a million miles away from the tourist bustle, this luxury resort is easily accessible and comes fully equipped with iconic facilities, including world-class restaurants and the stunning Pimalai Spa.

For more information and to book your perfect package at Pimalai, please visit www.pimalai.com, email reservation@pimalai.com or call +66 (0) 2320 5500.

Soneva

Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, recently unveiled its calendar of events and visiting experts, chefs, athletes and wellness practitioners for the festive season. Guests at Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in the Maldives, and those at Soneva Kiri in Thailand can indulge their senses with a range of activities, experiences, tastings, culinary events and performances from Christmas Eve through to New Year’s Day and beyond.

To celebrate the beginning of 2020, Soneva’s iconic New Year’s Eve Journeys are once again taking place at each resort on December 31. Expect winding, torch-lit paths with live cooking stations where guests can sample international flavours and sip on innovative and refreshing cocktail creations. Magicians, acrobats and musicians provide the entertainment, before the night culminates in a spectacular countdown to the New Year. DJs will be at each resort, spinning tunes into the early morning hours, beginning 2020 with a bang. This year, each resort will be hosting a Junior MasterChef competition for Soneva’s younger guests to show off their skills in the kitchen. The winner of each competition will take away a Soneva holiday.

Soneva Fushi

Chef Tim Raue (December 25, 2019 – January 8, 2020), from the Netflix show Chef’s Table and Chef Bart de Pooter (December 10-23) will heat up the intimate chef’s table, Once Upon a Table, with their renowned cuisine.

Mikael Silvestre and Karina LeBlanc (December 20-24) are returning to the resort for the second edition of their Festive Football Camp. Children and teenagers can learn ball skills, strategy, and the psychological and emotional sides of the ‘beautiful game’. The former world No. 4 men’s singles tennis player, Jonas Björkman (December 15-26) will be hosting a limited number of one-on-one coaching sessions for guests. Lana Murphy, who has won 10 gold medals at the Swedish ballroom dancing championships, returns to Soneva Fushi for complimentary group dance lessons or private lessons for a fee. This year, Lana will be hosting a dancing competition for children and teenagers on New Year’s Eve. Each of the contestants will be given complimentary lessons in the lead up to the competition.

Lovers of history will be able to meet and learn from Oxford’s Professor of Global History and author of ‘The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World’, Peter Frankopan (December 14-22). Explore the night skies with Lars Christensen (December 20-28), the award-winning astronomer and science communicator who has been responsible for communication from the Hubble Space Telescope, ALMA, and La Silla, to name a few.

Celebrate Christmas Eve with cocktails on the sandbank, numerous pop-up specialty bars, Champagne and caviar tastings, and wine dinners are perfect for indulgences. Soneva Fushi’s younger guests can take part in Soneva’s Junior MasterChef competition. Two rounds of contestants will see three from each round making it to the final cook off. The dishes will be judged by none other than Chef Tim Raue, Chef Sobah (a World Chef Association Judge), and Chef Kevin Fawkes (Iron Chef, Thailand), the winner will walk away with a holiday at Soneva.Soneva Jani

Guests can reap the benefits of Roger Moore’s (December 13, 2019 – January 3, 2020) blend of Eastern and Western healing therapies. Roger was named one of the top eight ‘Therapists in the World Worth Travelling For’ in Tatler Traveller’s ‘Little Black Book’. Roger spends his time travelling between Asia and Europe while consulting for private clients, captains of industry and celebrities.  Bill Curry (November 10, 2019 – February 1, 2020) lends his expertise in Reiki, Deep Tissue Fusion massage and meditation to guests, helping them reduce stress and heal.

All guests are encouraged to take part in decorating Soneva Jani’s Christmas tree. Dine in the Dark, Champagne tastings and wine pairings, and degustation menus round out the culinary offerings. A family treasure hunt on the island, sandcastle building, eco-friendly surfing lessons, cooking lessons and more are available to fill the holidays with fun.

Soneva Kiri

Chef Massimo Camia (December 10-17), brings his passion for cooking and serving authentic Italian food made using seasonal ingredients to the island of Koh Kood.  Valter Fissore (December 10-17) will introduce guests to the Elvio Cogno winery, which produces the principle wines of the Langhe region. With four Barolo labels, Elvio Cogno is known for creating wines that are famous the world over for their elegance, texture and balance. Both Massimo and the Elvio Cogno winery are based in the province of Cuneo.

Butterball turkey, stuffing and chipolatas are the highlights of the Christmas Eve dinner that will feature everyone’s favourite Christmas dishes. Between the main events, guests at Soneva Kiri can enjoy cooking Master Classes for sushi, sashimi and plant-based cuisine, as well as learning to make truffles with the resident chocolatier. Pop-up dinners featuring Middle Eastern and Japanese cuisine are sure to tempt taste buds, while on North Beach, themed lunches take place almost every day. Explore the island of Koh Kood and its crystal-clear waters, while for the children there are cake decorating and milkshake workshops to keep them entertained.

 

Aspen Snowmass Winter 2019/20

As winter approaches, Aspen Snowmass prepares for the upcoming ski season with a new restaurant, season pass deals, new events, and expanded offerings.

 

At Snowmass, Sam’s, a new Italian restaurant, will debut this winter as a sit-down lunch offering. The large Snowmass Base Village Development continues into the next phase with the opening of The Collective, a new community center as well as additional retail and dining options.

 

For events, Aspen Snowmass sees the return of ski racing in March with both the U.S. Alpine Tech Championships and NASTAR National Championships.

 

In hospitality, The Little Nell heads into the winter season with a recent renovation and celebrates its 30th anniversary and the Limelight Hotel Snowmass enters its second winter season.

 

Expanded resort offerings include new adult clinics, bigger rewards on the Aspen Snowmass app and an additional Four Mountain Sports Store in the new W Hotel.

 

On the sustainability front, Aspen Snowmass partners with Taiga Motors to test out a new electric snowmobile, raises entry level pay to $15 per hour and prints all trail maps on stone paper helping with deforestation.

 

“After last season’s record snowfall we have a lot of momentum going into the 2019-20 season,” says Katie Ertl, senior vice president of mountain operations for Aspen Snowmass. “Along with big projects like the remodel of Sam’s restaurant and new snowmaking a bit further up on Lover’s Lane at Buttermilk, our expert employees have been hard at work maintaining the mountains with other projects such as new gear box rebuilds on four lifts, snowmaking replacement lines on Highlands and Snowmass, along with mowing/brush cutting grass on ski runs in anticipation of ski season. We are curious to see what this winter brings and look forward to rolling out the red carpet once again for our guests, passholders and locals.”

 

The following details what’s new at Aspen Snowmass for the coming winter 2019/20 season.

 

 

Snowmass Base Village Development Continues

Located at the base of Snowmass Ski Area in the heart of Snowmass Village, Colo., the Snowmass Base Village (SBV) development is a $600 million mountain-resort development, currently the largest under construction in North America. The first phase of construction was completed last fall and included the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass, ski-in/ski-out residences, public events plaza with ice skating rink, fire pits, and community building. This winter, The Collective, a new community center will open in December 2019 with a new restaurant and bar as well as a community and game lounge. The new One Snowmass building will include additional retail and dining options.

  • The Collective

Continuing the expansion of the Snowmass Base Village, a new community center, called The Collective, will open in December 2019. The space will include a new restaurant concept, titled Mix6, by award-winning Aspen chef Martin Oswald. Oswald brings his 35-year culinary expertise to Snowmass with a fast-casual style restaurant that invites diners to mix and match up to six seasonal ingredients cooked from scratch every day. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner. Right next to Mix6, MoxiBar will offer inventive cocktails, craft beers, and renowned wines. A new community lounge will debut in The Collective featuring entertainment, speakers and live music throughout the year from local organizations such as Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Belly Up, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, the Thunder River Theatre Company, Aspen Film and more.

  • New One Snowmass Building Opens Retail and Dining Options

JÜS Snowmass will debut with its second location (the first located downtown Aspen), with hand-crafted cold-pressed juice blends, smoothies and dairy-free drinks. The menu will also include healthy breakfast options such as smoothie bowls, burritos and bagels with lunchtime selections including wraps, sandwiches and salads. A new yoga studio, King Yoga, will open in partnership with local yogi Aaron King and will offer daily yoga classes available to the public. Eye Pieces, a Colorado-based optical boutique, will also be opening in One Snowmass. Straight Line Studio presented by local artist Kelly Peters will open as a community-based art studio and gallery. Lastly, a full service Salon and Spa will be available with haircuts, manicures, pedicures, facials and massages.

  • Limelight Hotel Snowmass

The Limelight Hotel Snowmass opened December 2018 with 99 hotel rooms and 11 for-sale condominiums, plus a new restaurant, a children’s game area as well as a five-story climbing wall that is open to the public and the tallest of its kind in the state. Modeled after the company’s existing properties in Aspen, Colo. and Ketchum, Idaho, the hotel is located adjacent to Snowmass Mountain’s

Elk Camp Gondola providing ski-in/ski-out access. The new hotel property remains consistent with the Limelight brand featuring amenities and extras such as an expanded continental breakfast, après ski deals in the Lounge, live music, adventure activities such as First Tracks and Inside Tracks, a ski concierge as well as pet-friendly rooms. For more information, visitwww.limelighthotels.com/snowmass.

 

For more information about the Snowmass Base Village development, visit www.allinsnowmass.com.

 

Hospitality

 

The Little Nell Remodel and 30th Anniversary Celebration

The Little Nell is Aspen’s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond, ski-in/ski-out hotel located just steps from Aspen Mountain. Recently, the illustrious hotel underwent an interior renovation of the living room, lobby and the après-ski bar called Chair 9. The renovation, which took place Spring of 2019, created a modern, art-centric aesthetic from international renowned design firm Champalimaud. Simultaneously, Ajax Tavern, a ski-in/ski-out restaurant located inside The Little Nell, was renovated by Rowland + Broughton, an architecture and interior design firm based out of Aspen/Denver, which resulted in brightening the bistro interior and upgrading the patio. This Thanksgiving, The Little Nell is also celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Commemorative events and happenings will take place throughout the 2019/20 winter season in honor of the 30th anniversary. More information to come. www.thelittlenell.com

 

New Sam’s Restaurant on Snowmass

Aspen Snowmass introduces Sam’s, a new Italian restaurant located at 10,620 ft. at the top of Sam’s Knob on Snowmass. The new restaurant features a modern Italian concept that will offer diners sweeping views of the Elk Mountains and a sophisticated but lively food experience. The $2.5 million remodel features an open bar area, live-action kitchen, fireplace with relaxed seating and a stylish deck. An added slipper room will greet diners with the option to remove ski boots and slip into a pair of comfy slippers. Sam’s will feature a curated wine list and signature cocktails such as the negroni spritz. The new restaurant will open in November 2019. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/sams.

 

Events

 

Ski Racing Returns to Aspen Snowmass with 2020 and 2022 U.S. Alpine Tech Championships

Aspen Snowmass, in collaboration with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard and Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club (AVSC), will host the 2020 U.S. Alpine Tech Championships Mar. 28-31 at Snowmass and Aspen Highlands. The agreement also ensures the return of the U.S. Alpine Tech Championships to Aspen Snowmass in March of 2022. Tech Championships include the disciplines of men’s and women’s slalom, giant slalom and parallel slalom. The last time Aspen Snowmass hosted a U.S. Alpine Tech Championships was 60 years ago, but ski racing runs deep in the Roaring Fork Valley, as the resort not only hosted the first World Championships outside of Europe in 1950, but has been a continuous stop on the World Cup circuit for both the men and women. Aspen also hosted the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals.

 

Aspen Snowmass to Also Host 2020 and 2021 NASTAR National Championships

Prior to hosting the U.S. Alpine Tech Championships, Aspen Snowmass will host the 2020 and 2021 NASTAR National Championships at Snowmass Mar. 24-28, 2020 and Mar. 23-27, 2021. NASTAR is a youth feeder program for the U.S. Ski Team, and U.S. Ski Team athletes set the pace for NASTAR. For the first time, both events will be at the same venue, allowing the top recreational racers to have the unique opportunity to compete side-by-side with the best American alpine ski racing athletes. More than 50,000 racers will compete at 100 resorts across the country to qualify for a spot at the National Championships. Recreational racers compete within their age and ability group to earn a National Championship title and place in the final, Race of Champions. Each National Champion carries their handicap into the race to compete for the overall win. For more information about the NASTAR National Championships, visitwww.nastar.com/national-championships.

 

Rental/Retail

 

New Four Mountain Sports Rental Shop to be Located in the New W Hotel
A new 730-square foot Four Mountain Sports rental shop will be located in the new W Hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain. The store will offer skis and snowboards for rent as well as for-purchase accessories such as goggles, gloves, hats and more. Four Mountain Sports will be the first in the industry to offer MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) technology for rental helmets. Four Mountain Sports also offers top-of-the-line Dynafit alpine touring rentals at all locations, including at the new W Hotel store. For more information, visitwww.aspensnowmass.com/rentals.

 

Sustainable PHANTOM Base Treatment Used on all Four Mountain Sports Rental Skis and Snowboards
PHANTOM is a permanent, one-time application, waxless base treatment that eliminates the future need for waxing skis and snowboards. The base treatment uses a timed polymerization process that permanently penetrates the entire thickness of the base material with powerful go-fast fluoro compositions designed to operate across all snow temperatures. It’s a one-time application that is also safe for the environment compared to traditional waxes. Cured PHANTOM doesn’t cause biological damage, and doesn’t present any long-term environmental risks.

 

Sustainability

 

New Agreement with Taiga Motors

For the 2019-20 winter season, Aspen Snowmass enters a new agreement with Taiga Motors that will introduce an electric snowmobile to the resort with the goal of efficiently accelerating the transition to more sustainable mountain operations vehicles. Aspen Snowmass was selected to participate in the Flagship Partner Program which gives rights to test out a new, Taiga Motors electric snowmobile. The program helps showcase the commitment of ski resort brands leading the charge towards increased winter sports sustainability. Taiga recognizes the value of working hand-in-hand with partners to gather product feedback and better shape the future of snowmobiling.

 

2019/20 Aspen Snowmass Trails Maps Being Printed on Stone Paper

This season, all of Aspen Snowmass’ trail maps are being printed on paper made from stone rather than the traditional pulp paper. Stone paper uses ground up waste rock as the primary content instead of tree fiber and is the environmentally responsible alternative to paper made from wood pulp or synthetic paper. It is much better for the environment as it reuses waste minerals versus cutting down trees. Also, production of the paper requires far less energy which results in lower CO2 emissions, manufacturing does not pollute waterways with toxins like traditional pulp mills and it does not cause deforestation. For more information about stone paper, visit http://stonepaperinfo.com/.

 

To read the latest Aspen Snowmass sustainability report, visit https://www.aspensnowmass.com/we-are-different/sustainability-reports.

 

Ski and Snowboard Schools

 

New Adult Clinics

Aspen Snowmass introduces the new offering of Adult Clinics built for intermediate to expert skiers looking to refine and hone their skiing and snowboarding skills. More than a lesson, the adult clinics utilize professional coaches from the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass to work on skills such as refining carved turns, mastering moguls, or conquering steeper terrain.

 

Technology

 

Aspen Snowmass App—Bigger Rewards

The Aspen Snowmass App offers a convenient way for guests to access mountain conditions, tracked skier days, interactive mapping of a guest’s movement, year-over-year stats for vertical feet and Highland Bowl laps, as well as information about activities, lift tickets, lessons and more. New this year, the App will offer bigger rewards. Updated app benefits include a $15 food & beverage credit valid at on-mountain restaurants, $10 credit at Four Mountain Sports, $25 off Ski and Snowboard School lessons as well as exclusive access to all things Aspen Snowmass. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/app.

 

Winter Operations

Aspen Mountain

Opening: Nov. 28, 2019

Closing: Apr. 19, 2020

Aspen Highlands

Opening: Dec. 7, 2019

Closing: Apr. 12, 2020

Buttermilk

Opening: Dec. 7, 2019

Closing: Apr. 5, 2020

Snowmass

Opening: Nov. 28, 2019

Closing: Apr. 19, 2020

 

Deals

 

Season Pass Products with Access to Aspen Snowmass

 

The Ikon Pass

The Ikon Pass is the new standard in season passes, connecting skiers and riders to some of the most iconic mountains across the globe with access to more than 84,000 acres of terrain at 41 premier ski and ride destinations. Aspen Snowmass is pleased to be a part of the pass product with 7-day combined access when purchasing the Ikon Pass (no black-out dates), and 5-day combined access when purchasing the Ikon Base Pass (black-out dates included). New this year, the IKON pass adds Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colo. and Zermatt, Switzerland to its list of ski resorts. Additionally, all 2019-2020 Premier Adult, Chamber, Senior, and Parent Passes include a complimentary Ikon Base Pass. For a detailed list of Ikon Pass resorts as well as further information, visit www.ikonpass.com.

 

The Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective™ heads into the 2019-20 season adding Arapahoe Basin to its roster of resorts. With the addition of A-Basin, 2019-20 passholders will receive two days at each of the collective destinations, including Aspen Snowmass, bringing the total ski days available from full partners to 36 days at 18 unique destinations. In addition to being able to ski or ride at 18 leading destinations, extra benefits available to Mountain Collective passholders include exclusive lodging deals and a complimentary, one-year Protect Our Winters (protectourwinters.org) membership. For further information, visit www.MountainCollective.com.

 

The Magical Margaret River

A long weekend to Western Australia’s jewel in the crown, the Margaret River region, just got a whole lot easier for Melbourne foodies, surfers and nature-lovers – with Jetstar this week announcing that direct flights between Melbourne and Busselton-Margaret River will commence on March 25 next year.

The flights will depart Tullamarine at 8am (AEST) on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, arriving at the recently upgraded Busselton Airport at 10am local time. From there, the wonders of the Margaret River region are upon you.

From a long lunch and cellar door tasting at one of the many world-renowned wineries, to a hike along the stunning Cape to Cape coastal track; a surf at one of the world’s most consistent surf breaks, or luxury spa treatment overlooking the Indian Ocean as whale’s frolic before your eyes (seriously!) and so many more hidden gems to uncover…you’ll soon see why Lonely Planet named this part of the world the number one destination to visit in Asia-Pacific this year.

In exciting news for holiday-makers, it’s the first time East Coast Australia has had direct air access to South West WA. Standard fares with Jetstarstart from just $139 one-way, so there’s never been an easier or more affordable time to head West.

From a fun-filled long weekend, to an extended stay to unwind and reconnect –MargaretRiver.com has everything you need to start planning your ultimate South West adventure. New itineraries can be found here: https://www.margaretriver.com/itineraries/

And why not plan your trip to coincide with one of the many impressive and diverse events on the annual South West calendar. More event details and inspiring ways to fill your days in Margaret River can be found here: www.australiassouthwest.com/region/margaret-river-region

2020 Calendar of Events

MarchEmergence Creative Festival – a creative playground for one of the world’s most inspiring “anti-conferences”.

May: Margaret River Open Studios – Australia’s biggest free art event.

April: Margaret River Pro – grab some mates, and head down to Surfers Point, Prevelly to watch the best surfers in the world battle it out.

MayMargaret River Readers and Writers Festival

JuneJazz By the Bay

JulyCabin Fever Festival – You’ll find winter feasts, rich wines, magnificent parties, live music and a wilderness that grows from the inside out.

AugustCinefestOz – Australia’s Premier Film Festival, awarding Australia’s Greatest Film Prize.

October:

Strings Attached – a 3 day festival for players, makers and enthusiasts.

Cape to Cape MTB – Australia’s largest, longest running and most popular four day MTB stage race. This iconic riding experience includes access to stunning private trails, vineyard visits, brewery finishes and some of the warmest hospitality the region has to offer.

November: Western Australia Gourmet Escape – A gourmet celebration of fresh food and fine wine, featuring celebrity chefs, immersive experiences and exclusive culinary delights in ridiculously picturesque locations.

2021

January: Leeuwin Concert –  a highlight in Australia’s social and cultural calendar. Visitors from all over Australia and abroad make the pilgrimage to the Margaret River Estate to enjoy the music of the industry’s greatest performers set against the backdrop of the majestic Karri forest.

February: 

Busselton Jetty Swim – The premier 3.6km ocean swim around the iconic Busselton Jetty attracting over 3,300 competitors from around the world each year.

South West Craft Beer Fest – not only blessed with beautiful wines and picturesque beaches, the region is also home to a large number of award-winning craft breweries. Sip and savour the best golden nectar the South West has to offer.

Be sure to follow the #MelbstoMargs journey on social media in the lead-up to the inaugural flight departure on March 25, 2020. #margaretriver #AustraliasSouthWest #ThisisWA #JetstarAustralia #BusseltonMargaretRiverAirport #Busselton

Belmond Good Living – A New Concept in Wellbeing

Today, at The Royal Academy of Arts, London, Belmond reveals Good Living – a new concept in well-being and a celebration of art de vivre. Good Living is about enriching experiences that go beyond pure wellness and create evocative memories from mindfulness and meditation; physical and mental challenges to cultural immersion and champagne moments.

‘Good Living at Belmond is about avoiding the ostentatious and focusing beyond pure wellness, on authenticity and timeless experiences. Whether it is mindfulness in Anguilla or trekking in Myanmar; the evocative scent of flowers in Madeira; poetic conversations on a literary terrace in Sicily; or experiences that unlock cultures through music. It is about passion and discovery; and that one-of-a-kind authentic experience with an extra special je ne sais quoi that simply cannot be replicated. Plus, of course, a glass of champagne!’ Comments Arnaud Champenois, SVP Brand and Marketing, Belmond.

Introducing – The Experience Makers

Belmond has appointed a council of Good Living ‘Experience Makers’ – experts in their field who will curate one of a kind experiences that enrich the mind and body and stir the soul.

Poetry in Motion – Gala Gordon and Isabella Macpherson

Founders of Platform Presents, Gala and Isabella are passionate about poetry and theatre and believe that poetry can open your mind and calm your senses. Inspired by Belmond’s literary legacy, Gala and Isabella will curate an anthology of poems inspired by rail travel and will host a special poetry workshop at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily, from the literary terrace where DH Lawrence wrote the novel, Lady Chatterley’s lover with the backdrop of Mount Etna.

Self-Care to Travel by – Nadia and Katia Narain Phillips

Sisters Nadia and Katia Narain, authors of Self Care for the Real World and Rituals for Every Day bring their philosophy of taking time to care for your body and mind to ensure balance and space for full enjoyment of life. Nadia and Katia will be hosting a retreat at Belmond Cap Juluca from 5th – 9th July 2020, a place of pure serenity and relaxation and will curate a Morning Ritual for Belmond guests to help them take time to feel well and enjoy every moment of their holiday.

Music for the Soul – Clemency Burton-Hill

Author of ‘Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Everyday’; Clemency has a stirring passion for music and its ability to unlock emotions and express what it means to be human and exchange cultural stories through music throughout centuries. As an Experience Maker, Clemency has curated playlists that help those with busy lives to take time to just be; because when you travel, you have the luxury of time to open your mind and let the music in. Guests will be able to unlock the magic of a destination when travelling with Belmond.

A World of Flowers – Simon Lycett

Simon was seduced by the beauty of flowers and from an early age, his passion for creating magical setting in the world where everything is possible is brought to Belmond Good Living. Simon will take guests on a journey through the Gardens of Belmond, connecting with the world of flora and fauna and experiencing the life enhancing joy of connecting with nature and breathing in the scent of flowers. Simon will take centre stage at the world-famous flower festival at Belmond Reid’s Palace in Madeira from 8th – 10th May 2020, where guests will be able to join a workshop to learn his craft and share his passion for floral art. Simon will also share his passion for home-made, hand-picked tea infusions from his garden, developing a floral tea recipe to be served across Belmond properties.

Inspiring Adventure – Raha Moharrak

A young woman of serious ambition and curiosity, Raha was the youngest Arab woman to summit Mount Everest. Raha will guide guests on a once in a lifetime expedition to Bhamo through the untouched north of mystical Myanmar, hosting a group of intrepid adventurers aboard the pioneering river cruise ship Belmond Road to Mandalay. She will share her knowledge and expertise of summitting the world’s tallest mountains and creating guides for those looking to follow in her footsteps.

Kinosaki Japan…A Charming Countryside and a must to visit

Autumn means fall foliage and Kinosaki Onsen’s surrounding areas with its ancient temples and shrines, inspiring castle towns and picturesque landscapes, are the perfect place to witness Japan’s beautiful autumn colours.

The countryside town of Tanto is home to Ankokuji, a beautiful temple backed by bright red leaves in the fall, a Zen Buddhist temple with a known history dating back as far as 1345. It is part of the Daitokuji branch of the Rinzai School, which is one of the three Zen sects of Buddhism in Japan. The temple burned down in a large accidental fire in 1717 but was later rebuilt to the current building seen today. Ankokuji Temple is most famous for the 160-year-old Dodan-Tsutsuji (Enkianthus perultas) trees that were planted in the back of the temple when the temple’s main hall was reconstructed in 1904.

In autumn, usually the middle of November, these trees become a vibrant red, making the view from the main temple look like a living painting. It is truly a one-of-a-kind sight that you do not want to miss. It is best to arrive before the sun starts to set. This temple is best reached by car, which you can rent here.

For the ultimate autumn fairy tale, head to Izushi Castle Town, an old castle town located about 40 minutes from Kinosaki, popular for its nostalgic atmosphere of old Japan. Wander around castle ruins, shrines, and temples and admire some of the local products such as “Izushi Sara Soba” and “Izushi Yaki” (pottery).

In Kinosaki Onsen itself, Onsenji Temple is an autumn sight to behold. This temple is dedicated to a Buddhist saint who, according to legend, prayed for 1000 days to bring forth spring water to Kinosaki.

http://visitkinosaki.com

JUMEIRAH

Jumeirah Group is proud to announce a new partnership with Embody Fitness in its launch of The J Club, a new cutting-edge lifestyle and wellness club, recently opened in Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

 Managed and operated by the founders of Embody Fitness, an award-winning fitness business established in London and Dubai, The J Club is set to become the premium lifestyle and wellness club in the region. The concept also includes a new luxuriously appointed Talise Spa as well as a new signature restaurant concept, both expected to come on stream later in the year.

Speaking about the partnership and the new launch, José Silva, Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group said: “We are thrilled to have partnered with Embody Fitness to launch this wellness destination, leveraging Embody’s industry expertise to bring together best-inclass health and wellness facilities and services for our Dubai-resident members and valued Jumeirah Beach Hotel guests.”

The new health club will feature a spacious 1,000 sqm indoor workout space with best-in-class equipment and technology. The J Club also offers three dedicated group exercise studios, six tennis courts, three squash courts, a lap pool and outdoor gym. Members will also have exclusive access to the extensive beach and leisure facilities of the iconic Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

James Miller, Founder and CEO, Embody Fitness, said: “Our ambition is to create a truly holistic and personalised wellness experience – a club where every member can find and set their own path to living fully and well.”

The club will offer a wide range of personalised training programmes, expanding further into the fields of sports performance and endurance training, rehabilitation and holistic wellness services. It will continue to build on the well-established tennis, squash and swimming offerings, as well as greatly enhancing its group exercise programmes and formats.

The J Club will provide an environment that supports and encourages its members to become a better version of themselves through learning, developing and performing better within an inspiring and innovative community,” said Miller.

The Talise Spa will be a new 1,200 sqm facility opening in Q4, dedicated to soothing the senses, with ten treatment rooms, including a VIP double suite, boasting private wet facilities and a hammam, luxurious changing rooms, steam, sauna and a terrace overlooking the sea where guests can linger before or after their treatment. The new Talise Spa will partner with ESPA, a natural skincare brand that combines the wisdom of traditional holistic therapies with the scientific power of the purest natural ingredients for beautiful face and body therapies, as well as 111SKIN, precision skincare created and mastered by cosmetic surgeon Dr Yannis Alexandrides. The new Talise Spa at Jumeirah Beach Hotel will be the flagship location for 111SKIN in Dubai.

A new dining concept by an award-winning chef will also be announced in the coming weeks.“Food is at the centre of people’s lives and social experiences and, whilst eating well and healthily is key to overall wellness, this should not be at the cost of taste, flavour and quality ingredients. That is why we are so delighted to be working with a pioneer in the Dubai and international culinary scene to bring a new and exciting restaurant concept to The J Club,”commented Miller. The new restaurant, with extensive and beautifully designed outdoor terrace, will give diners an opportunity to enjoy a healthy snack or leisurely meal, carefully crafted with wellness in mind and cooked using the best produce.

For more information, please visit www.thejclub.com

The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts

THE PAVILIONS HOTELS & RESORTS STEPS INTO THE WORLD OF WELLNESS

Boutique brand showcases spa savvy with unlimited massage offers, all-natural wellness masterclasses and – coming soon – an exclusive Roman collaboration with REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts

Boutique hospitality group The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts is raising its wellness game to new heights, prioritising wellbeing through a series of initiatives that provide an irresistible introduction to the panoply of pampering that awaits future guests. From unlimited free massage in the tranquil tropical sanctuary of its Phuket spa or exclusive all-natural wellness masterclasses in Bali, to an innovative partnership with REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts at its upcoming third Rome hotel, The Pavilions is dedicated to delivering some of the world’s most immersive wellness experiences to restore body, mind and soul.

Spa aficionados booking the luxurious 310sqm Ocean View Pool Villas at intimate hilltop haven and brand flagship The Pavilions Phuket are already being beguiled by unlimited complimentary massages. Banishing any lingering thoughts of the to-do list through the power of healing touch and locally sourced essential oils, The Pavilions Phuket promises to nurture, revitalise and refresh guests, helping them slip swiftly into ‘Out-of-Office’ mode. Signature spa pleasures include a two-hourThai Silk experience, combining a refreshing mandarin orange scrub with invigorating traditional Thai massage to release energy blockages and boost flexibility; and the three-hour couples’ Love Journey, comprising a sea salt scrub and full body massage followed by a romantic floral milk bath for two and a platter of tropical treats, creating a blissful moment to renew the lovers’ bond. The Spa & Pool Pavilions at The Pavilions Phuket also come with a complimentary one-hour massage treatment for two each day, meaning guests can recharge and enjoy an energising spa getaway in their choice of private pool villas – or the serene surroundings of the spa.

The Pavilions Bali’s organic spa is inspiring guests to learn how to self-administer one of its signature all-natural beauty treatments with an exclusive new Aloe Vera facial masterclass. Experienced therapists guide participants through a lesson on organic wellness, explaining how to choose the freshest natural ingredients, prepare their own ‘skin superfood’, and treat themselves to indulgent at-home spa time. The 90-minute masterclass includes organic ingredients from the resort’s spa kitchen; a guide to the five steps of facial rejuvenation; DIY facial massage and reflexology techniques; and a recipe booklet to take home.

The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts’ wellness offering will make a further evolutionary leap in the coming months, courtesy of an exclusive collaboration with REVĪVŌWellness Resorts at the forthcoming First Roma Ego – a new boutique luxury hotel that will complete The Pavilions’ pioneering tripartite urban resort concept in Rome when it opens in 2020.

From endorphin-pumping, adrenalin-fuelled adventures in the wild and life-affirming holistic rejuvenation to beautification in its sophisticated urban spas and wellness spaces, The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts is committed to helping guests to achieve their wellness goals by crafting highly personalised experiences that provide a vital connection to the heartbeat of each unique location. Guests might find themselves honing their flexibility and rhythm with the resident gymnasts of The Pavilions Mongolia; achieving profound relaxation through forest bathing in the foothills of the Annapurna at The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View; paddle-boarding from The Toren to discover the ancient canals and hidden waterways of Amsterdam while engaging their core; or mastering Balinese yoga amidst rice paddies and swaying palms at The Pavilions Bali.

Ocean View Pool Villa accommodation at The Pavilions Phuket starts from US$470++ (approximately GBP371++) per night including daily breakfast and unlimited complimentary spa massage treatments.

The Pavilions Bali is currently offering up to 30 per cent off advance bookings, with Garden Villa accommodation starting from US$155++ (approximately GBP122++) per night including daily breakfast, welcome foot bath and massage and nightly aromatherapy turndown.

For further information and reservations visit www.pavilionshotels.com or email info@pavilionshotels.com.

Grappling Tokyo – Sensationally Sumo

With Grappling Tokyo, Palace Hotel Tokyo’s handpicked docent will lead guests to an up close and personal overview of Japan’s beloved national sport – Sumo Wrestling

Tour the hallowed Ryogoku Kokugikan arena and take in gripping matches in the company of a sumo sports writer and announcer during one of three annual tournaments (January, May and September), or go behind-the-scenes of a sumo wrestling stable and lunch with the wrestlers during the off-season, the two weeks leading up to each sumo tournament.  Sensationally Sumo is an insight to sumo like you have never experienced before.

The Grappling Tokyo experiences covers tournament season and off-season, both packages include two nights of accommodation inclusive of daily breakfast, where suite bookings are entitled to Club Lounge privileges, Sumo sports broadcaster as your personal guide as well as an accompanying translator.

Tournament season experience encompasses private transportation to & from the Kokugikan sumo stadium and a guided tour of the Kokugikan stadium and museum as well as two tickets to the day’s sumo wrestling tournament.  Shifting to the off-season, the experience will integrate private transportation to and from the sumo wrestling stable, a viewing of the morning’s wrestling practice and lunch and picture-taking with the sumo wrestlers.  Package rates start at JPY 585,000 for the tournament season Grappling Tokyo experience and start at JPY 720,000 for the off-season Grappling Tokyo experience.

 

Experience Dubai in a different light this summer with My Emirates Pass

Emirates’ signature pass returns for the summer, offering discounts and special offers across more than 500 locations in the UAE

Emirates customers can unlock the best Dubai has to offer for less this summer with the return of My Emirates Pass – an offer that turns an Emirates boarding pass into an exclusive membership card providing travelers special benefits and discounts of up to 50% off in more than 500 leisure and retail outlet locations across the UAE.

 

Emirates passengers flying to and through Dubai between 1 May and 31 August 2019 can take advantage of My Emirates Pass by simply presenting their boarding pass and a valid form of identification* in any of the participating outlets. UAE residents and nationals returning back home to Dubai during this time can also benefit from the fantastic offers using My Emirates Pass.

 

The exclusive pass allows customers to redeem up to 50% off in over 400 fine dining restaurants, luxury wellness treatments in almost 50 spas and leisure activities such as indoor skiing and water amusement parks. Customers can also take advantage and redeem up to 30% off at international retail outlets including popular fashion and fitness brands.

 

The Emirates Pass allows visitors to access the amazing breadth and depth of Dubai’s remarkable dining, attractions and shopping scene and a great resource for experiencing everything the city has to offer. To see all My Emirates Pass offers, please click here.

 

Mohammad Al Hashimi, Emirates’ Vice President, Commercial Products Dubai, said: “The Emirates Pass puts Dubai’s ever-growing list of attractions and experiences at our customers’ fingertips. Whether they are here for a week or weekend, there is something for everyone to experience and see – for less.”

 

Dubai is an ideal stopover and holiday destination for families and solo travellers. Visitors to Dubai will be awed by the eclectic buildings, iconic landmarks, world-class shopping and delicious international cuisine.

 

Emirates connects its passengers to more than 150 destinations, in 86 countries, across 6 continents via a seamless stopover in Dubai. Passengers travelling in all classes can enjoy regionally inspired meals, 4,000 entertainment channels on ice – the airline’s award winning in-flight entertainment system – and up to 20MB complementary Wi-Fi to stay connected with friends and family during the flight.

 

For more information on Emirates, including how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions for this offer, visit www.emirates.com.