Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Travelbag launches new honeymoon gift list service

THERE has never been a better time to jet off on a romantic adventure. Travelbag, specialists in tailor made #travel to destinations worldwide, launches its #honeymoon gift list service this October. The new initiative gives friends and families of engaged couples the chance to easily and seamlessly help honeymoon dreams come true. After the question is popped and the champagne is poured, couples are invited to open a free Travelbag honeymoon gift list where they will be assigned their own personal Honeymoon Travel Expert who will advise on the best honeymoon offers and destinations, book all travel including flights, transfers, accommodation and tours, and manage the entire gift list service. 

Brides-to-be and their fiancés can choose from a wide selection of the world’s most romantic hotels and resorts, from the exotic privately-owned Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia to the urban haven of New York’s Knickerbocker Hotel. Or, buck the trend and jet off on a mini-moon or even a family-moon – it’s the real-life Honey(moon), I brought the kids! Travelbag also offers a number of multi-centre trips, world class safari, cruise and tour experiences. Lovebirds can snorkel Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, island-hop the Caribbean by luxury cruise, or enjoy fruity sundowners after an exhilarating game drive in South Africa.


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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel

LOUGHBOROUGH University is creating a dedicated 4-star Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel (EAC) comprised of 44 bedrooms. The facility will be run by Imago Venues – Loughborough University’s dedicated hotel, conference and events provider. It will provide a unique sports hotel that promotes rest, relaxation, and the pursuit of excellence. 

Set in the heart of Loughborough University’s world-leading sports facilities, this inspiring high-performance environment offers aspirational space for athletes, businesses and fitness enthusiasts to be the best they can be. With 20 specially designed altitude rooms, eight dedicated accessible bedrooms, a nutrition lounge, café and athletes’ relaxation area and seminar space for 30, the inspirational facility is a European first. 

Packages will include access to the UK’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff; it boasts the country’s largest concentration of high quality sports training facilities and is an aspirational backdrop for businesses and individuals wanting to improve their performance. 

The EAC will open in Autumn 2018. Bookings and enquiries can be made from November 2017.

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Take a ride in NYC

NEW York City offers carousels in all five boroughs—each with a different spin on the ride. From the aquatic-themed SeaGlass Carousel at Battery Park, to the Bug Carousel at the Bronx Zoo, endless family fun awaits this fall in NYC.

BROOKYLN 

Jane’s Carousel; Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO: No child’s visit to DUMBO would be complete without a visit to Jane’s Carousel, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This 1922 merry-go-round was moved from Ohio, painstakingly restored and added to the neighborhood landscape in 2011. Its 48 horses prance near the East River year-round, protected from the elements by a jewel-box structure designed by architect Jean Nouvel. Rides are just US$2. – 

Prospect Park Carousel; Prospect Park: This carousel has resided in Prospect Park since 1952, after being hand-carved in 1912, and first assembled in Coney Island. Riders can choose from 53 different horses, as well as a lion, a giraffe, a deer and a dragon-pulled chariot—each crafted with expressive faces and detailed bodies. One of the world’s only wheelchair-accessible carousels, it can also be rented out for birthday parties. – 

B&B Carousell; Luna Park; Coney Island: First built in 1906 and a fixture of Brooklyn amusement park culture dating to the 1930s, the B&B Carousell has the power to transport riders back to simpler times. Painstakingly restored to its original charm and beauty as the last of the great Coney Island carousels, this magical amusement is the centerpiece of the Steeplechase Plaza and a signature ride at Luna Park. 

BRONX

Bug Carousel; Bronx Zoo: Our favorite insects are all here — a long-legged praying mantis, a bright green grasshopper, even a dung beetle. A spin on the carousel is a great stop in the middle of the park. Open year-round. 

MANHATTAN 

Friedsam Memorial Carousel; Central Park, Midtown: Located in the center of Central Park, near 64th Street, this famous, historic carousel is ridden by nearly 250,000 people each year. The current ride, which features more than 57 horses, is actually the fourth carousel to inhabit the space, since the first one (which was powered by a real horse!) was retired in 1924 and the next two were destroyed by fires. Created by Brooklyn’s own firm Stein & Goldstein in 1908, the current carousel is a favorite for birthday parties and special children’s events. – 

Le Carrousel; Bryant Park, Midtown: Le Carrousel in Bryant Park, specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, is a homage to both European and American carousel traditions. Its 14 delightful animals, replicas of classical carousel creatures, revolve to the sounds of French cabaret music. The rounding boards, inspired by Bryant Park’s elegant barouque-stylet orchères along 40th Street, blend into the leafy canopy of the park’s London Plane trees. 

Pier 62 Carousel; Hudson River Park, Chelsea: Take a ride on Hudson River Park’s custom-designed Hudson River Animals carousel. This signature 36 ft carousel has been created using 33 hand-carved wood figures of Hudson River Valley animals and one chariot, allowing for up to 36 passengers, per ride. The carousel building has been designed with a green roof and opens out to a large sprawling lawn and tree-lined pathways. 

SeaGlass Carousel; Battery Park, The Battery: This new addition to The Battery Conservancy aims to entertain, inspire and educate adults and children alike. Built to recall 1896, when the Battery was home to the famous, since-closed New York Aquarium at the Castle, the carousel will showcase magical sea and fish creatures that are also available for sponsorship. Sixty SmartGlass panels will transform the carousel’s walls from clear to blue, simulating a realistic trip to the ocean’s floor. 

QUEENS 

Forest Park Carousel; Forest Park: Nestled within the 544 acres of Forest Park is the crown jewel of Queens: The Forest Park Carousel. Carved in 1903 by Daniel Carl Muller, it is a rare work of art and has been an anchor of the park since 1973. 

Flushing Meadows Carousel; Flushing Meadows-Corona Park: Anchored by the historic Flushing Meadows Carousel, our park features an incredible mix of rides and attractions for kids of all ages. 

STATEN ISLAND 

The Carousel for All Children; Willowbrook Park: The Carousel For All Children in Willowbrook Park is a turn-of-the-century Victorian style merry-go-round that opened in 1999. The carousel boasts 51 carved wooden figures of mythical beasts, endangered species and traditional carousel horses. It also showcases twenty hand-painted renderings of Staten Island landmarks, past and present. The Carousel For All Children is maintained by the Greenbelt Conservancy.

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Triple awards for Hilton Brisbane

HILTON Brisbane, has taken home the win in three categories at the prestigious 2017 QHA Awards for Excellence on 4 October. The hotel was recognised as winners and industry leaders in Best Environmental Practice, Outstanding Community Service & Achievement 100+ Employees, and Outstanding Achievement in Training. The hotel were also finalists in the Best Employee award – Administration, and Best Meetings & Events Venue categories.

This recognition from QHA follows a recent National accolade with Hilton Australia placing third in the 2017 Great Places to Work Study, where Hilton was recognised for its leading practices and programmes that shape such a strong Team culture.


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Monday, 16 October 2017

Coworth Park celebrates Michelin Star

COWORTH Park, Dorchester Collection’s luxury country house hotel and spa has announced that executive chef Adam Smith of Restaurant Coworth Park has been awarded a Michelin Star.

Adam is considered one of the UK’s most talented chefs, described as ‘one to watch’ by chef Michel Roux senior. In 2012 he was awarded Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the Year and won the Roux Scholarship, and as part of this prize was given the opportunity to work under chef Yannick Alleno at Le Meurice, Paris, part of Dorchester Collection. 

In 2015 Adam was made Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year. This Michelin-star recognition follows an award of 3 AA Rosettes for the restaurant at the AA Awards earlier this month.

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R & R in the Bahamas

BIMINI in the #Bahamas is a peaceful, quaint getaway with a mix of adventure, exudes uniqueness, vibrancy and Bahamian authenticity. Located just 50 miles from Florida’s coast, Bimini is one of the most easily accessible islands from the United States, with North Bimini Island and South Bimini Island making up the two main islands.

Legend holds that Ponce de Leon landed on Bimini in his search for the Fountain of Youth, but during prohibition the island was a source for booze instead. Bimini prospered during prohibition thanks to its usefulness as a base of operations for rumrunners. The island was also a magnet for boldfaced names from Ernest Hemingway to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Scuba diving, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, boating, stand-up paddle boarding and hiking through the Bimini Nature Trail are several activities enjoyed by visitors to Bimini year-round and here are just a few of the many places to stay.

Hilton At Resorts World Bimini – The luxury resort on North Bimini boasts amenities including an infinity pool overlooking Bimini Bay, a boutique casino with more than 160 slot machines and a Serenity Spa and Salon, offering world-class body and beauty treatments. www.rwbimini.com



Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina – Located in North Bimini, this history-filled boutique resort is home to Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill, a fresh water swimming pool, the Big Game Dive Shop and a 75 slip full-service marina, popular for boating, yachting and fishing. www.biggameclubbimini.com

Bimini Sands Resort and Marina – Bimini Sands Resort & Marina offers a quaint, home-away-from-home experience on South Bimini. With more than 200 units, three freshwater pools and an easily accessible marina, Bimini Sands is perfect for families, as well as yachters. www.thebiminisands.com

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Travellers’ Competition to promote sustainability

WITH the aim of promoting responsible travel, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a travellers’ competition. The initiative is part of the ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign, taking place within the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. A one-month trip across the world visiting sustainable tourism initiatives will be awarded to the winner of the competition.

“Every action counts, and travellers have a strong role to play in building a more sustainable tourism sector, ” said Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO. “Imagine the impact of one small action multiplied by millions. We want to inspire all travellers to be the change they want to see in the world.” Competition entrants are invited to share their travel experiences at www.travelenjoyrespect.org and explain why they should be selected to represent the global responsible traveller.


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