AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa Paves the Way to Rarely Seen Ancient Champa Kingdom Sites

Peppering the hillsides and valleys around the city of Quy Nhon in central Vietnam are venerable relics of the lost Champa civilisation that dominated the country’s centre and south between the 2nd and 15th centuries. Despite the towers’ status of an architectural marvel, the temples’ remoteness means that travellers venturing further afield to explore them are likely to have the spectacular sites all to themselves.

With AVANI Quy Nhon’s new History Buff offer, guests staying at the beachfront resort can take advantage of a full-day Champa tour conducted by a local travel guide. Either perched on the back of a motorbike in true Vietnamese style or in the comfort of an air-conditioned car, travellers get to visit some of the province’s most striking and well-preserved ancient complexes.

The journey through the quaint villages is as exciting as the destination, with guests whizzing past emerald-green rice fields, grazing water buffalos and centuries-old pagodas. After an early start fuelled by a cup of Vietnamese coffee at a local café, the first stop is at the Banh It Towers. Built in the late 11th – early 12th century on top of a hill at a few dozen meters above sea level, a spectacular panorama of winding rivers, scattered country houses, green farms and villages unfolds in all directions.

After a spectacular ride through the postcard-perfect countryside, the travellers will reach the blissfully tourist-free Duong Long Towers. At 24 meters, the central tower is the tallest of all Champa structures in the area. The complex features some impressive carving details and the grounds are strewn with artefacts that can be explored up-close.

Celebrated for its elegant style and built in the 16th century, the Canh Tien Tower features unique sandstone pilasters and roof edges carved with twisted rope pattern. The corners of each of the tower’s four storeys are decorated with a phoenix tail motif giving it, from a distance, an aspect of having intricately decorated fairy wings.

Back in Quy Nhon, floating above a serene park within the city limits, are the Thap Doi (Twin) Towers.  Steep steps climb to temples topped by curved pyramidal roofs – rather than the Champa temples’ usual terraced turrets – opening up to a dome of blue sky. The perfect finale is a visit to the nearby Binh Dinh Museum with its impressive collection of Cham sculptures.

For further information, guests can contact AVANI Quy Nhon by calling +84 56 384 0132 or by visiting the website.

Explore Croatia’s Coastline on Foot and By Sea

Cultural tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels is offering a very special way to explore the stunning coastline of Croatia, with a new eight-day walking and cruising tour.

A first for the company, the Walking and Cruising Southern Dalmatia Tour offers an enticing combination of a coastal cruise on a wooden gulet and escorted walks exploring ancient forts, beautiful towns and magnificent castles in the company of expert guide, archaeologist Dr Helen Tomas.

Departing from Slano near Dubrovnik, guests will cruise through the Elaphite Isles before spending their first two days exploring one of Europe’s most unusual fortifications, the five kilometre medieval Great Wall of Ston and the picturesque island of Mljet, known for its beautiful lakes and Roman palace.

After cruising through the Korčula channel, the tour takes guests to Croatia’s most unusual UNESCO World Heritage site – the Stari Grad Plain, a field system laid out by the ancient Greek settlers of Pharos 24 centuries ago which is still in use today.

Travellers will also visit the wonderful island of Brač for spectacular views of the Dalmatian coast and to hike through a magnificent gorge to the monastery of Blaca,before exploring Split and the stunning fortress of Klis.

During their eight-day experience, guests will enjoy a delicious selection of local produce including fresh seafood, fine wines and superb meat and cheese dishes, served onboard and ashore.

Catering to a small group, the Walking and Cruising Southern Dalmatia Tour departs on September 30, 2017 and is priced from £3395 (approx A$5800) per person twin share, including most meals, all accommodation, all activities and excursions with expert guides, ground transport and airport transfers. The tour can also be coordinated for private groups at other times.

Specialising in small-group expeditions, Peter Sommer Travels offers more than 20 different expert-led tours and gulet cruises among the ancient sites of Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the UK.

For full details and bookings contact Peter Sommer Travels on 0011 44 1600 888 220, email info@petersommer.com or visit www.petersommer.com.

THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION: TEN REASONS TO WALK JAPAN THIS YEAR

The therapeutic experience of walking a country can reveal its truly off- beat hidden gems, from ancient historical rituals to spectacular, untouched landscapes. Walk Japan, the pioneering operator of walking tours in Japan, provides meticulously planned and expertly led tours that fully immerse visitors in Japanese society, culture and history. Here’s 10 reasons to choose walking as a way to explore the varied wonders of Japan:

1. A food lover’s paradise

Japan is known as one of the top gourmet destinations in the world. The Izu Geo

Trail and Hokkaido Hike will reveal some of the country’s culinary delights at authentic Japanese restaurants, washed down with local sake. The Izu Peninsula showcases some of the freshest seafood available, from spider crab to squid, lobster, sea bream and much more, while

Hokkaido’s famous scallops are world-renowned.

2. Insta-worthy scenery

Japan is the perfect backdrop for social- media worthy imagery, from the snowcapped mountains and pristine forests on the Snow Country Trek, to picturesque old post towns and seasonal Cherry Blossoms on the Nakasendo Way.

3. Digital detox

For those looking to unplug and unwind, Walk Japan’s Kunisaki Retreat will

provide a much needed respite from bustling city life. Nestled in the western end of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, modern Japan has left this quiet haven of rural life largely untouched. Days will start with calming meditation and yoga sessions, followed by relaxation in onsen thermal hot springs, soba buckwheat

noodle master classes, ikebana flower arranging, chado tea ceremonies and Japanese taiko drumming.

4. Culture vultures

History, culture and literature lead guests through Walk Japan’s unique Basho Tour: Narrow Road to the North, which follows in the footsteps of 17th Century Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho. While traveling along quiet country lanes, forest trails and mountain footpaths, guests will learn of the history and

tough spirit of the people of Japan’s northerly regions.

5. Unique encounters with fascinating people

Walking will enable encounters with a range of enchanting personalities, offering insights into local societies and traditions. Guests of Walk Japan can discover the secret to the Okinawan’s longevity and hear the riveting life stories from local craftsmen and fishermen in the Okinawa

Voyage, while the Kunisaki retreat includes meditation led by the abbot-in- waiting of Fuki-ji.

6. City Secrets

As well as revealing remote rural hideaways, Walk Japan penetrates the back streets of Tokyo and Kyoto on city tours that uncover more about the history and culture of the fascinating cities than any other tour or guide book.

7. Social conscience

Walk Japan is dedicated to leaving a positive impact on all areas that their tours

touch upon. In addition to supporting family-run and local businesses, Walk Japan established a Community Project in Kunisaki to preserve the environment and provide a prosperous future through farming and reforestation initiatives. The project employs local residents and offers Walk Japan

employees and guests the opportunity to partake at the end of each Kunisaki Retreat or Trek.

8. Adventure junkies

For those looking to up the adventure anti, the Yaeyama: Okinawa Voyage goes

beyond walking to include kayaking across rivers, mangroves and the open sea as well as snorkeling the coral reefs. Ishigaki’s aquatic paradise is home to over 300 species of tropical fish and, with luck, guests may catch a glimpse of sea turtles as they make their way from the beaches to the open sea. Those looking for the challenge of higher

altitudes can trek some of Hokkaido’s highest mountains on the Hokkaido Hike, including Mt. Asahidake, Mt. Tokachidake and nearby volcanoes.

9. Led by the best

Walk Japan’s Tour guides are experts in Japanese culture, food and geography.

10. Independence

All guides are proficient in both Japanese and English and have an intimate knowledge of Japan and its people. The ranks of Walk Japan’s Tour Leaders include individuals who have extensive experience across the media, agriculture, commerce, arts, finance, academia and tourism sectors in Japan.

For those looking to travel solo, the Wayfarer self-guided tours of Kumano and

Nakasendo are an incredible way to immerse in the Japanese countryside. Drawing on the wealth of experience and knowledge amassed by Walk Japan, each guest is provided with the essential logistics and route support along with a Route Booklet covering a mix of historical relevance and modern cultural know-how for

entirely independent touring of the roads less travelled in Japan.

Detailed information about all of Walk Japan’s tours can be found on their website (http://www.walkjapan.com/all-tours) and on the Walk Japan Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/walkjapan).

Ultimate Gastronomic Tour through Peru

With Exclusive Behind-the-scenes Access

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For the past few years, Peru has firmly established itself as a culinary destination, with the capital, Lima, at the centre of this movement.

Internationally, Peruvian cuisine became popular in many major cities. LIMA London, the pioneers of London’s Peruvian scene now have two critically acclaimed restaurants in the capital.

LIMA London was founded by Jose-Luis and Gabriel Gonzalez with world-famous Peruvian chef, Virgilio Martinez, the man behind Lima’s famous Central restaurant. Jacada Travel is an award-winning luxury travel company creating bespoke itineraries from their offices in London, Hong Kong and Cape Town for travellers seeking a truly personal travel experience. Together, the two brands have created the ultimate Peru farm-to-table gastronomic tour with special access to leading culinary destination in Lima, Ica and Paracas.

THE ITINERARY

Day 1 (Lima arrival):

–       Arrival from London in the evening and transfer to Hotel


Day 2 (Lima):

–       Visit food market with a culinary expert tour guide, followed by lunch at La Picanteria (meet the Chef or Owner of La Picanteria subject to schedule)

–       Afternoon city tour with tour guide and refreshment stop at the oldest bar in Lima (Cordano)

–       Dinner at Central Restaurant. As the No.1 restaurant in Latin America, will be in for a gastronomic treat unlike any others they have experienced before


DAY 3 (Lima):

–       Early morning visit to Lima Fish Market in Villa Maria del Triunfo

–       Visit Pachacamac (which hosts one of the largest and most important archaeological sites in Peru) followed by a visit to one of Jacada Travel’s favourite orchards and enjoy an organic farm-to-table lunch made by the orchard owners (Full Day Experience with Culinary Expert Marisol)

–       Dinner at Maido Restaurant (One of the World’s top 50 restaurants)


Day 4 (Lima – Ica):

–       Depart Lima in the morning

–       Transfer to Hacienda La Caravedo, home to the oldest distillery in the Americas (est. in 1684) and the Pisco Porton bodega. Master distiller and Porton owner Johnny Schuler will personally unravel the mysteries and complexities that are normally kept locked away behind the walls of the famous distillery

–       A la carte dinner at the Hacienda

 

Day 5 (Ica):

–       Full day emerging into Pisco at the Hacienda Caravedo (including horseback ride to the vineyards and introduction to the Pisco making process)

–       Local farm-to-table 3-course lunch in the vineyards followed by a Pisco tasting session

–       A la carte dinner at the Hacienda


Day 6 (Ica – Paracas – Lima):

–       Breakfast at the hotel followed by transfer to Pisco airport for a flight over the Nazca lines

–       Return to Lima by private transport with a lunch at Cevicheria by the Ocean

–       Afternoon and dinner at leisure


Day 7 (Lima – Departure):

–       Morning at leisure

–       Transfer to Isolina for lunch

–       Visit to Barranco District with a stopover at Tostaduria Bissetti for coffee

–       Evening transport to airport for departure

* Prices for 7 days/6 nights start at USD $5,875 per person excluding international flights

Six Days Inca Adventure Add-On

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The Inca culture is the most significant part of history to Peru if not to South America. The six days Inca Adventure brings guests to three destinations: Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire; The Sacred Valley, a base of Inca civilization and historically significant to Peru; Machu Picchu, a New Seven Wonder of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Jacada Travel also offers handpicked Jacada Signature properties, renowned for excellence in personalised service and luxury, allowing Jacada guests to enjoy exclusive privileges.

Day 8 – 10 (The Sacred Valley):

Two days touring The Sacred Valley exploring the incredible scenery and experience the rich culture and history of Peru by seeing Ollantaytambo and Maros and Moray.
Hotel: Tambo Del Inka (Deluxe Room)

Day 10 – 11 (Machu Picchu)

Comprehensive tour with a private guide to learn about the history, significance and myths as well as visiting the hidden corners and best sites of the Machu Picchu citadel.

Jacada Signature Property: Sanctuary Lodge (Deluxe Room)
Exclusive Offers: Complimentary Pisco tasting session upon new reservation

Day 11 – 13 (Cusco)

Enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage site with Jacada Travel’s top private guides and wrap up with another amazing culinary journey at Cusco at a restaurant selected by Jacada Travel.

Jacada Signature Property: Hotel Palacio Nazarenas (Junior Suite Room)
Exclusive Offers: Complimentary 30 minute massage and an upgrade to the Z Collection subject to availability at the time of check-in.


* Prices for 6 days/5 nights start at USD $4,700 per person excluding international flights

World’s Best Celebrations

Melbourne foodies are invited to share the excitement of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards at the world’s first public countdown and screening of the prestigious event at Federation Square.

Taking place on Wednesday, 5 April, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards countdown and live screening is free and open to everyone. Bringing together several of the city’s well-known attributes, a picnic-themed Federation Square will play host to an evening of entertainment, featuring comedians from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (29 March – 23 April), live music curated by Music Victoria, and dinner options from some of the city’s best food trucks – all serving up Victorian produce.

Melbourne is only the third international city to host The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, following in the footsteps of London and New York. Brought to Australia by Tourism Australia in partnership with Visit Victoria, the week-long events program includes the main gala industry event, ticketed public events, and touring options around regional Victoria for the invited chefs and international food media.

“The world’s culinary elite will descend on Melbourne this April, and with them, an invaluable opportunity to share our stories through our talented chefs, our world-class restaurants, and our unique regional settings.

“With hundreds of foodie events around town and our free The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards live-streaming event at Federation Square – everyone is invited to join in the celebrations, “said Peter Bingeman, Chief Executive Officer, Visit Victoria.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (31 March – 9 April) has also aligned its dates for 2017 to coincide with this prestigious culinary event and is honouring The World’s 50 Best Restaurants chefs from past and present in a series of chef collaboration dinners and MasterClasses.

“We are thrilled to be in our 25th year and to have the festival coincide with this one-time-only opportunity. Our events continue to get better each year as we continue to attract the elite of the world’s culinary leaders, and with so many home-grown talents and restaurants to showcase – there is something for everyone,” said Natalie O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

To further celebrate this unique culmination of food festivities, Visit Victoria is working with White Night Creative Director, David Atkins, on a week-long program of light projections on Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. The surface of the building will become a canvas celebrating Victoria’s culinary credentials from the city to the country every evening from 31 March – 5 April.

“Melbourne is internationally recognised as Australia’s arts and culture capital. At Arts Centre Melbourne, we pride ourselves on providing visitors with both remarkable cultural and culinary experiences, so it is our pleasure to be a supporter of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards,” Claire Spencer, Arts Centre Melbourne, Chief Executive Officer.

The Federation Square event will begin with food trucks serving up dinner from 5.30pm. Comedians and musicians begin the entertainment at 7pm and the live streaming of the awards begin from 8.30pm.

More information:

http://www.visitvictoria.com/50bestlivesite

http://www.visitvictoria.com/worlds50bestrestaurants

Macao Ice World

Asia’s largest annual indoor frozen wonderland, Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Stars, is returning to The Venetian® Macao for a limited time only, with Sands Resorts Macao unveiling new accommodation packages including tickets to the ice sculpture exhibition. The Macao Ice World Package starts at HKD/MOP1,138* and can be booked from now until July 9, 2017.

Perfect for families and visitors of all ages, the Macao Ice World Package offers exciting accommodation choices to suit all budgets at four world-class hotels: The Venetian Macao; The Parisian Macao; Conrad® Macao, Cotai Central; and Holiday Inn® Macao Cotai Central.

The Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Stars, which will be held at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo between March 16 – July 9, 2017, includes a host of colourful new DreamWorks Animation characters from “Kung Fu Panda”, “Madagascar”, “Shrek”, “How To Train Your Dragon”, “The Croods” and “Trolls”, vibrantly brought to life with dazzling lights and stunning sound effects. New additions including themed games, character meet-and-greets and a movie zone make this year’s Ice World an unmissable experience.

It took around 40 highly skilled craftsmen from Harbin, China, including eight ice carvers, 28 ice builders, lighting designers and power technicians, to create the magnificent ice sculptures, using 2.5 million pounds of ice.

Guests can also dine at 150 award-winning local and international restaurants, indulge in retail therapy at more than 850 duty free stores and enjoy world-class entertainment during their stay at Sands Resorts Macao.

Sands Resorts Macao offers a wide variety of family-friendly offerings including the exciting new Planet J, Macao’s first ever live-action, role playing theme park. With eight exquisitely designed zones and more than 200 game installations across 100,000 square feet, Planet J provides an endless series of magical rescue missions for children of all ages. Challenging on both physical and mental levels, Planet J makes use of special lighting and other advanced theatrical effects to turn the adventure into a thrilling, multi-dimensional experience.

The Macao Ice World Package rates are as follow and include the following exclusive advantages:

The Venetian Macao: Rates start from HKD/MOP 1,698*

The Parisian Macao: Rates start from HKD/MOP 1,498*

Conrad Macao, Cotai Central: Rates start from HKD/MOP 1,898*

Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central: Rates start from HKD/MOP 1,138*

Accommodation for two in a Royale Suite at The Venetian Macao / Deluxe Room at The Parisian Macao / Deluxe Room at Conrad Macao, Cotai Central / Superior Room at Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central
Breakfast or Lunch at designated restaurants
Choice of one-way Cotai Water Jet Cotai Class ferry tickets for two or MOP 200 Shopping and Dining Dollars
Kung Fu Panda Adventure Ice World with the DreamWorks All-Stars tickets for two

Stay two nights and receive:

Breakfast or Lunch at designated restaurants or MOP 400 Dining Credits
Gondola Ride / Eiffel Tower entry / Aqua World entry / Qube or Qube 2 or Qube Kingdom Kid’s Play Zone entry / Planet J entry tickets for two
DreamWorks Plush Toy

Stay three nights and receive:

Complimentary upgrade
Breakfast or lunch at designated restaurants
Gondola Ride / Eiffel Tower entry / Aqua World entry / Qube or Qube 2 entry / Planet J entry tickets for two

Macao Ice World Package can be booked through Sands Resorts Macao website at www.SandsResortsMacao.com/ice-world-package or by calling reservation hotline: +853 2882 8835 (Macao / international call), 4001 208 879 (China toll free), 800 906 320 (Hong Kong toll free) or 000 800 050 8008 (India toll free).

Down under in style

Exclusive honeymoon experiences, adventure-packed family getaways and completely bespoke ventures.
Jacada Travel is taking travellers down under in style.

Skydive into your private luxury lodge, sleep in a four-poster bed under the stars in the outback, get a graffiti lesson in Melbourne’s laneways or go on a scenic flight with former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw as your pilot. There are few places on earth as diverse and action-packed as New Zealand and Australia and now Jacada Travel are sharing new and remarkable ways to experience these far-flung countries.

From private helicopter flights to Champagne picnics atop cloud-piercing summits, venturing into Middle Earth to exploring the oldest rock art on earth, swimming in secret springs and waterfalls to floating through underwater caves that are lit up by glow worms. Whatever experiences you’re after, New Zealand and Australia deliver.

This continent neither lacks in culture. Immerse in the world’s oldest living civilisation through the traditional dance and art of the Aboriginal communities in Australia. In New Zealand, be welcomed onto a Maori marae (greeting house) and sample the customary feast which is cooked in the geothermal ground.

Australasia is a year-round destination with inviting coastlines and a laid-back beach culture in summer and endless intrepid adventures in the winter. Here are just a few examples of Australasia trips with Jacada Travel.

 
Luxury New Zealand food and wine tour

New Zealand’s climate and diverse environment produces some of the most internationally acclaimed wines and fresh produce. Discover the artisan food culture here and get private access to some of the country’s best wineries – all travelling by helicopter.

An epic family adventure in New Zealand

From bubbling geysers to speeding down narrow rivers in a jetboat, swimming with dolphins to feeding baby animals on a working farm. New Zealand is one of the world’s best family holiday destinations and this adventure will delight every member of your family, old and young alike.


Wild Australia

Discover the real outback filled with endemic wildlife while staying in some of the most remote and spectacular wilderness lodges. Head from the outback to the Blue Mountains for hiking in this spectacular setting before flying to the remote Lord Howe Island where you can get up close to the fascinating and abundant marine life.

Sydney, Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef

Tick off some of Australia’s best highlights away from the crowds on a bespoke tour of these iconic must-sees. Cruise Sydney harbour on a private boat, hike through the Red Centre to Uluru and finish your trip on a luxurious private island resort on the northernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef.

To browse through our itineraries and learn more, please visit: www.jacadatravel.com.

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2017 with Aurora Expeditions’ New Year Travel Deals!

Adventure travel specialists Aurora Expeditions are ringing in 2017 with an amazing range of New Year Travel Deals. From the spectacular landscapes of Antarctica and Greenland to the bustling wildlife of the Galápagos and pristine wilderness of Patagonia, deals include exclusive discounts, bonus add-ons and special package offers. You’ll have to be quick, these special travel deals won’t be around all year!

Last-minute Antarctic Savings
This is your final chance to join one of Aurora Expeditions’ small-ship Antarctic cruises this summer! Travellers can save up to 20% – that’s about US$4,960 per person – on remaining berths in February and March 2017. Contact Aurora Expeditions for available departures on 1300 061 490.

Kimberley beach stay for $200pp!
For a perfect Aussie coastal experience, travellers who book on Aurora Expeditions’ 2017 Kimberley Coast voyages will have the chance to add a four-night deluxe stay at Broome’s award-winning Ramada Eco Beach & Spa for just $200 per person – normally valued at $599 per person! Offer ends 31 January 2017 and conditions apply.

Arctic ‘Fly & Cruise’ Packages
Book an exclusive 2017 ‘Fly & Cruise’ Arctic Package for a smooth, stress-free experience. Scotland, Norway and Spitsbergen packages are available and include your Aurora Expeditions cruise, return international airfares, pre- and post-cruise accommodation and transfers. Prices start from AU$10,800 per person for an 18-day ‘Arctic Circle’ package. Offer ends 31 January 2017. Conditions apply.

Back-to-back Savings
See more of the European Arctic for less in 2017. Book two Europe or Arctic voyages back to back and save 15% on each voyage – a saving of over $2,000 per person! Offer is valid on multiple departures to Scotland, Norway and Spitsbergen throughout June and July in 2017. Conditions apply.

Galápagos – Fauna

Galápagos ‘Fly & Cruise’ Package
Explore Darwin’s paradise on Aurora Expeditions’ Galápagos Odyssey voyage aboard the elegant, 40-passenger Isabela II. You’ll snorkel with sea lions, walk across lava fields and get up-close with an iconic giant tortoise. Book by 28 February 2017 and you can benefit from their special package featuring the 9-day cruise, international airfares and extra accommodation. Package departs 17 September 2017 and prices start from AU$12,200 per person.

20% off Patagonia & Antarctica
Travellers seeking the ultimate adventure in 2017 can combine a Patagonia Discovery Trek with an Antarctic small-ship voyage and save up to 20% on both departures – a saving of US$3,880 per person! Conditions apply.

For more information, visit auroraexpeditions.com.au or call 1300 061 490.

Aquarium Without Glass – Navy Pier Dive Site Reopens

Exmouth’s Navy Pier found on Western Australia’s Coral Coast is best described as an aquarium without glass. It will officially open for diving on the 15th November following restoration works. The Navy Pier has a reputation as one of the top 10 shore dives worldwide, primarily due to its vast range of marine life.

There are over 200 identified fish species under the Pier and as with any jetty dive, underwater navigation is easy. As the pier is still a working US naval base, and to protect the amazing diversity of fish life, all dives must be guided.

Exmouth company, Dive Ningaloo, has been awarded the sole operating license for the Navy Pier dive, granted for two years, with a one year extension. Co-owner Kristen Ross said “we are really excited about being able to dive this incredible site for the first time in over 18 months. Often described as being like an oasis in the ocean, restricted access and a ban on fishing has meant that jetty is teeming with marine life that gravitates to the structure for protection. The biodiversity for such a small area is incredible Ms. Ross said.”

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Extending out from the shore, the T-shaped pier is 300 metres wide and 110 metres long and includes two outlying “dolphins” (platforms for larger ships to tie up to), reaching a depth of 15 metres. The pier structure is covered in soft corals; divers could spend several days diving the site and not be bored.

Divers to the Navy Pier can find Wobbegong sharks, large potato cods; lion, angler, stone and scorpion fish; moray eels, octopus, large schools of trevally and huge rays dozing in the sand. The pier is regarded as one of the top 10 shore dives worldwide; quite an achievement. Divers will see more individual fish and species here than most people would see in a lifetime of diving. This dive site is a photographer’s dream with an abundance of sea life that is seemingly unafraid of divers.

Due to the area’s large tidal range resulting in strong currents, the Exmouth Navy Pier can only be dived at slack water which occurs for 30 minutes at the top and bottom of the tide. It is therefore critical that before booking the Navy Pier dive, tourists much have dived with in the last six (6) months. Night dives on the pier are equally amazing and are offered to advanced divers only.

To plan your next holiday to Ningaloo region, learn more about the best diving spots on the Coral Coast or to book your tour with Dive Ningaloo, visit www.australiascoralcoast.com

LOUIS VUITTON LAUNCHES “FASHION EYE”

SYNONYMOUS WITH THE ART OF TRAVEL SINCE 1854, LOUIS VUITTON ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF “FASHION EYE,” A NEW COLLECTION OF TRAVEL BOOKS TO BE UNVEILED
IN NOVEMBER 2016. EACH PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM EVOKES
A CITY, A REGION, OR A COUNTRY THROUGH THE EYE
OF A FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER. THIS SPECIAL COLLECTION GETS ITS START WITH FIVE TITLES: MIAMI BY GUY BOURDIN, PARIS BY JEANLOUP SIEFF, SHANGHAI BY WING SHYA, CALIFORNIA BY KOURTNEY ROY, AND INDIA BY HENRY CLARKE.

The latest addition to Louis Vuitton Editions’ lineup, “Fashion Eye”, brings
a new dimension to travel books conceived by the luxury brand. After the City Guides with their refreshing and offbeat perspective on familiar and less familiar metropolises, and the Travel Books rekindling the idea
of the artist’s notebook, today it is the turn of travel photography to showcase the talents of photographers usually known for their work in the world of fashion.

Whether established or up-and-coming, contemporary stars or leading figures
of decades past, they all clothe their images of great cities, dream destinations. The Paris- based Canadian photographer Kourtney Roy is thus shipped off to California, only to come back with shots as flashy as they are delectable. Hong Kong native Wing Shya digs deep into his personal archives, juxtaposing photographs originally taken for his own private purposes with commissioned works,
to deliver a richly nuanced portrait of the Shanghai he loves so much. “Fashion Eye” also aims to draw attention to emblematic images from the collections of the previous century’s leading fashion photographers, rarely or never before seen in this way. A series of shots by the American photographer Henry Clarke, taken during several trips to India for American Vogue in the 1960s, are therefore

brought together for the first time, revealing an iconic sense of style, composition and staging. Similarly, the collection honors
the French photographer Guy Bourdin, who visited Miami in the late 1970s for Vogue and Charles Jourdan, bringing forth sophisticated and glamorous images of the Magic City. It is through the highly distinctive vision of the French photographer Jeanloup Sieff that the mysteries of Paris are explored, in forthright black-and-white images and

a hitherto unreleased set of color photographs. Title after title, a broad compendium

of perspectives emerges, one that shifts with the destinations, including urban panoramas and natural landscapes, scenes of local life, and more contemplative work, in both color and black and white.

Each “Fashion Eye” title features
a hundred or so large-format photographs, together with biographical information and an interview with the photographer
or a critical essay.

“Fashion Eye” establishes
an unprecedented dialogue between emerging talents, seasoned photographers, and fashion photography legends. It confronts contemporary creation with little-known archival treasures
to create a collection of invaluable reference works, as much in terms of its approach
as its aesthetics.

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 PHOTOGRAPHERS BIOGRAPHIES

GUY BOURDIN (1928–1991)

From 1970 until around 1985, Guy Bourdin reigned supreme as a master of bold, stylized images and a virtuoso in the dramatic use
of shapes and colors. At the height of his fame,
he photographed double-page spreads advertising the footwear creations of Charles Jourdan. Around this same time, alongside his chief rival Helmut Newton, he had begun shooting influential, and eyebrow-raising, fashion editorials for French Vogue. Bourdin’s legacy encompasses many of the now-familiar aesthetic and narrative conventions of fashion and luxury brand marketing, in particular the idea of relegating the product
to the background on occasion. Today, Bourdin
is still regarded as a leading figure in the history of fashion and advertising photography.

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HENRY CLARKE (1918–1996)

Henry Clarke reached his zenith
as a fashion photographer in the 1950s and ’60s when he worked for Vogue’s various international editions. Arriving in Los Angeles
in 1946, he began his career with American Vogue as a prop man in its studio, where he had the priceless opportunity to observe at close hand the methods used by a group of prominent photographers having emerged in the 1920s, including Cecil Beaton and Horst P. Horst. Clarke was extremely successful in combining the sculptural elegance of early twentieth-century fashion photography with the bold and exuberant visions embraced by international fashion in
the postwar years.

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JEANLOUP SIEFF (1933–2000)

His pen attuned to key literary influences, Jeanloup Sieff was a photographer and man
of letters who enjoyed jotting down episodes for his memoirs in little notebooks and loved to devise captions for his photos. Sieff’s first images coincided with his first amorous adventures,
in the mid-1950s. This was just before fashion swept the young photographer off his feet. Paris quickly became an open-air studio for his photo essays, pushing the boundaries of typical

fashion editorials, for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Nova, Glamour, and other publications. Despite his knack for producing powerful yet restrained black-and-white images and his keen eye for tonal contrasts, humor and sensuality are also key elements of Sieff’s work, making him not only an exceptional photographer, but an incomparable portrait artist as well.

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WING SHYA (1964–)

At the crossroads of art, fashion and cinema, Wing Shya’s photographs are like fragments of history, hanging from a thread.
An aesthetic approach that is all about sensuality and style, echoing the equally subtle one brought to the screen by the Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, for whom Shya often served
as exclusive photographer, beginning with Happy Together in 1997. A bleak yet vibrant vision that would undergo further refinement with In the Mood for Love (2000), Eros (2004), and 2046 (2004), and that has often attracted the attention of leading magazines and brands: from Vogue to Louis Vuitton, from Lacoste to Numéro,
a list also including i-D, Visionnaire and Gap.
In Shanghai, where he lives part time, he gives free rein to his unique perspective, laden with
a lyricism as sophisticated as it is voluptuous.

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FASHION EYE PUBLICATION DETAILS

EDITED BY

— Sylvie Lécallier: Miami, Guy Bourdin India, Henry Clarke

— Patrick Remy: California, Kourtney Roy Paris, Jeanloup Sieff Shanghai, Wing Shya

SPECIFICITIES

  • —  Bilingual French/English editions, including biographical information,
    an interview with the photographer
    or a critical essay, and photo captions.
  • —  50 to 100 photographs for each title.
  • —  Dimensions: 9.3 x 12.0 in. (23.5 x 30.5 cm).
  • —  Silk-screen printed cloth binding.
  • —  Book text composed in Futura T, designed by Paul Renner
    in 1932, digitized and distributed by Linotype (Germany).
  • —  Printed in Italy.
  • —  Available in Louis Vuitton stores, at louisvuitton.com,
    and in selected bookstores.
  • —  Limited edition of 1,500 copies available as a set of all five titles
    in a Plexiglas case, sold exclusively at Louis Vuitton stores, €350.

    TITLES TO BE RELEASED IN NOVEMBER 2016

PARIS JEANLOUP SIEFF

ISBN: 978-2-36983-084-9
112 pages
printed on Splendorlux (250 g/m2) and TerraPrint Gloss (90 g/m2)

CALIFORNIA KOURTNEY ROY

ISBN: 978-2-36983-085-6
96 pages
printed on Symbol Freelife Gloss Premium White (170 g/m2)

INDIA HENRY CLARKE

ISBN: 978-2-36983-086-3
96 pages
printed on Gardamatt Ultra (150 g/m2) and Cyclus Print (80 g/m2)

MIAMI GUY BOURDIN

ISBN: 978-2-36983-087-0
96 pages
printed on Splendorlux (250 g/m2)

SHANGHAI WING SHYA

ISBN: 978-2-36983-088-7
120 pages
printed on Selena Bianca (70 g/m2) Japanese binding

€50

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