WHEN IS “JUST A CARD” THE PERFECT GIFT? WHEN IT’S A FOUR SEASONS GIFT CARD

It’s true: good things – amazing things, actually – come in small packages. The Four Seasons Festive Gift Card puts the world at your fingertips, from restful retreats to adrenaline-charged adventures. Available from November 25 to December 25, 2014, give this perfect present to that hard-to-shop-for loved one. Here’s a peek at whatFour Seasons Gift Cards can be redeemed for:

Give the gift of the perfect sleep

In a recent survey, 31 percent of Four Seasons guests said they wished they could take the hotel bed home with them. Well, it’s a good thing Four Seasons is in the business of making dreams come true! Festive Gift Cards can be redeemed for the new, cloud-like Four Seasons Bed, complete with mattress, boxspring (optional) and topper of choice, from the Signature hotel topper to Signature Plush or Firm. After all, what’s more valuable than a great night’s sleep every single night? This is the gift that keeps giving.

Give the gift of “wow”

Four Seasons Gift Cards can also count toward one of the Extraordinary Experiences offered worldwide, such as:

  • Workout recovery, Thai-style: A little R ‘n’ R (rest and recovery) after a workout in the new Muay Thai training ring at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is just what the coach ordered. The restorative Muay Thai Recovery treatment combines a Thai herbal steam, cooling leg massage and invigorating full-body massage with essential oils of black pepper, clove and ylang ylang.
  • Get behind the wheel of a Ferrari: Take a cherry-red Ferrari for a spin from Four Seasons Hotel Milano to the brand’s manufacturing plant and museum. Hop in, buckle up and enjoy a two-and-a-half hour drive through through the Italian countryside to the Ferrari manufacturing plant in Maranello. There, you’ll get a guided tour – a privilege otherwise available only to Ferrari owners – and a chance to explore the car’s rich history at the Ferrari museum, just minutes away. End your excursion with lunch at Ristorante Montana in nearby Fiorano.
  • Champagne and Polo Ponies: Guests of Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach can enjoy a VIP brunch at the nearby International Polo Club before settling in for a match and poolside after-party. Or, for a more active adventure, saddle up for a 90-minute personalized lesson with an expert player.
  • Spend the day at Downton Abbey: Stay at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire and travel back in time with an intimate, after-hours visit to Highclere Castle, the filming location of the popular television series Downton Abbey. You’ll be chauffeur-driven to the castle in a vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith for your behind-the-scenes tour. As you explore the castle and its grounds, learn about Highclere’s fascinating history and the British aristocrats who have called it home for centuries – a cast of characters as intriguing as the fictional one!

 

 

TIMELESS LUXURY AND LEGENDARY SERVICE: WELCOME TO THE NEW FOUR SEASONS RESORT DUBAI AT JUMEIRAH BEACH

Welcome to the new Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, where personalized service, uncompromising quality and the utmost attention to every detail are the ultimate luxuries.

Christian Clerc, Four Seasons Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, sets the stage: “We continue to seek opportunities in destinations where our discerning guests want to travel.  Equally as important is finding the right partners with whom we share a vision and commitment to excellence.  This property delivers on the promise of exceptional service and luxury that is synonymous with Four Seasons, while also introducing something new and exciting to the market to create a unique guest experience. We are confident that this spectacular hotel will quickly become the preferred choice of international travellers, as well as Emiratis and the city’s ex-pat community.”

FOUR SEASONS RESORT DUBAI AT JUMEIRAH BEACH (Image courtesy of Four Seasons)

FOUR SEASONS RESORT DUBAI AT JUMEIRAH BEACH (Image courtesy of Four Seasons)

Simon Casson, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Dubai, agrees: “For those already familiar with Dubai’s sky-piercing architecture and over-the-top opulence, prepare to be surprised. Our Resort is an intimately scaled, luxurious enclave of comfort and style, in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities.”

Every guest room and suite opens to large terraces that take in panoramic views of the open sea and Dubai’s glittering skyline, and numerous sun-or-stars outdoor dining and event spaces take full advantage of the Resort’s incredible location. Mere minutes from all the pleasures and key business hubs of the city, Four Seasons Resort Dubai is an inviting oasis nestled in the highly desirable Jumeirah residential neighbourhood.

Experience the new Dubai: In celebration of its Grand Opening, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is offering several attractive opening offers and packages to welcome its first guests.

Stay in Style at Four Seasons Resort Dubai

Balconies off each of the 237 guests rooms and suites – some so large as to accommodate both a daybed and a dining table – offer sweeping views of the sea or the city’s famous skyline.  Inside, extra high three metre (9.8 foot) ceilings are accentuated by full height leather headboards above the new fully customizable Four SeasonsBeds in the almost loft-like environment. Luxurious details include convivial L-shaped sofas, shopping-ready walk-in closets and executive-sized desks for business travellers.  Silver-leafed bathroom ceilings and Murano glass fixtures cast a flattering glow as guests indulge in complimentary toiletries by Etro.

Many families and business travellers are choosing one of eleven Imperial Suites, each with large living and dining space, two furnished terraces, and easy addition of a second bedroom.  Three sumptuous suites on the Resort’s uppermost fifth floor include the Presidential Suite and Penthouse Suite, each boasting its own media room, private gym and panoramic sea views from the wrap-around terrace; and the Royal Suite – accessed by its own private elevator – with spa, gym, show kitchen and, at the heart of the space, a grand salon with its own piano, perfect for entertaining.

And, while both of these incredible suites are surely destined to take their place among Dubai’s most coveted accommodations, there is still one more surprise to come:  “We will soon unveil a very special freestanding villa hidden in the gardens of the Resort that will rival the very best accommodations in the Middle East, if not the world,” hints Casson.

Envisioned by world-renowned architects WATG, the Resort’s sophisticated seaside style is by San Francisco-based interior designers BAMO, with several of the hotel’s restaurants by New York-based Tihany Design. Arabic design accents highlight Spanish-Mediterranean architecture in this 14 acre (5.6 hectare) Resort, and luxuriant touches are everywhere, such as the incredible Seguso glass ballastraded grand staircase.  Throughout, Toronto and London-based James Robertson Art Consultants have curated a harmonious collection of contemporary Arabic and international artists.  Taking cues from the Resort’s shimmering textures and Arabic design accents, the paintings, prints and sculptures as well as unique mixed media installations express Dubai’s traditional past, and its inspiring future.

Where Dining Out is an Art, Four Seasons Offers a Curated Collection of Options

Executive Chef Gilles Arzur, most recently of the famed Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, shares his thoughts on the new Dubai:  “The appetite for rare ingredients and showstopping presentations is still very much alive, but we’re also seeing a return to the simple joys of fresh, genuine flavours, perfectly prepared and served in a welcoming environment, especially among global travellers.”

A self-described “health nut,” Arzur has been sourcing local produce that stars in lighter dishes that delight and satisfy, while leaving guests energized for the day in Dubai.  But not to worry he says, “Executive Pastry Chef David Peduzzi is a master of indulgence, whether for special occasions celebrated at Four Seasons, or a sweet ending to a wonderful meal.”

On the menus at Four Seasons, Arzur and his team are appealing to all palates at Suq, which means “market” in Arabic, where the open kitchens showcase his modern style.  At Sea Fu, fresh seafood with Mediterranean and Asian influences is served both indoors and out.  Beneath the soaring ceilings of the airy Shai Salon, guests are invited to partake in coffee and cocktails, light fare and traditional afternoon tea; while the cozy Hendricks Bar is the choice for business meetings over whiskey and cigars.

With the night sky its “ceiling” and breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa and city skyline its “walls,” the focal point of the ultra-hip rooftop Mercury Lounge is the giant glass sphere surrounded by intimate seating pods and private lounges and towers with alcove seating, where guests can enjoy prime vodka and Champagne selections and shisha cocktails to the beat of DJs and live music. Continue reading

Four Seasons Unveils Exclusive Collection of 2016 Private Jet Itineraries

Following the overwhelming response to the launch of the 2015 Private Jet experiences, Four Seasons announces the launch of four new Private Jet itineraries for 2016. Featuring re-imagined versions of the perennial favourite Around the World journeys, this collection of Private Jet escapes includes two completely new experiences built around the themes of adventure and cultural exploration in keeping with the evolving needs of discerning guests who seek to create memorable moments while in search of unique and exclusive adventure.

The launch of the hotel industry’s first fully-branded Private Jet earlier this year was in response to the growing demand among modern luxury travellers for a fully immersive Four Seasons experience both in the air and on the ground,” says Christopher W. Norton, Executive Vice President, Global Product and Operations at Four Seasons.Our new 2016 itineraries offer guests the opportunity to experience new and exciting destinations while enjoying the uncompromised luxury and customized service they have come to expect from Four Seasons.

Four Seasons unveils exclusive collection of 2016 Private Jet itineraries (PRNewsFoto/Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts)

Four Seasons unveils exclusive collection of 2016 Private Jet itineraries (PRNewsFoto/Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts)

Founded in 1960, Four Seasons currently operates 94 hotels and residences in major city centers and resort destinations in 38 countries, and has more than 60 projects in development, Four Seasons consistently ranks among the world’s best hotels and most prestigious brands in reader polls, traveller reviews and industry awards.

While on their journey, guests will enjoy the finest of everything – from legendary Four Seasons service to remarkable itineraries, inspired cuisine and Dom Perignon Champagne. As the exclusive Champagne provider aboard the Private Jet, passengers will enjoy the latest vintage from one of the world’s finest wine makers.

Dom Perignon and Four Seasons have always shared a commitment to quality and a meticulous attention to detail,” says Trent Fraser, Vice President, Dom Perignon.As the official Champagne of the Private Jet Experience, we hope guests will enjoy toasting with Dom Perignon during their journey of a lifetime.

Here’s a glimpse at what awaits Four Seasons Private Jet passengers in 2016:

Timeless Discoveries: An Around the World Journey (January 26 – February 18)
Los Angeles – Kona – Bora Bora – Sydney – Bali – Chiang Mai – Taj Mahal and Mumbai – Prague – London
This signature Four Seasons Private Jet itinerary has become a classic favourite among guests. A sell out many times over, the 2016 itinerary introduces a stop in Prague, Czech Republic in addition to other favourite locations around the globe, from the breathtaking beaches of Bora Bora to the majestic beauty of the Taj Mahal. Guests will enjoy the thrill of some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities and the tranquil beauty of the most stunning landscapes nature has to offer.

International Intrigue: An Around the World Journey (April 14 – May 7)
Seattle – Tokyo – Beijing – Maldives – Serengeti – Istanbul – St. Petersburg – Marrakech – Boston
Spanning eight countries and four continents, this itinerary takes guests to some of the world’s most unique and intriguing destinations. From the stunning landscapes and lush, untamed nature of the Serengeti to the opulence of St. Petersburg and the beautiful Maldives, known as the “last paradise on earth,” guests traverse the globe in Four Seasons luxury both in the air and on the ground.

Extraordinary Adventures: An Around the World Journey (September 17 – October 11)
Austin – Costa Rica – Hawaii – Sydney – Langkawi – Mauritius – Serengeti – Petra and the Dead Sea – Lisbon
This brand new itinerary caters to the adventurous spirit. With an increasing demand for adventure travel, Four Seasons has created an itinerary for the thrill-seeker at heart without compromising on legendary Four Seasons luxury. This exciting journey includes everything from rock climbing in Malaysia to zip-lining in Costa Rica and surfing in Hawaii. Seven of the nine stops on this itinerary are entirely new to the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience. Be among the first to experience adventure in a way only Four Seasons can deliver.

Cultural Escape: Europe, Middle East and Africa (November 4 – 22)
London – Petra and the Dead Sea – Dubai – Seychelles – Serengeti – Florence – London
Featuring perhaps the most diverse and intriguing collection of destinations of all Private Jet itineraries, including the beautiful Seychelles, a perennial guest favourite, this journey allows guests to immerse themselves in the distinct cultures of some of the most fascinating areas of the world. Departing from cosmopolitan London, guests travel to the lost city of Petra, imposing in its grandeur, as well as visiting the lowest point on earth and experiencing the healing properties of the magnificent Dead Sea. This is juxtaposed with a grand finale in Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance culture, art and architecture before a return to London.

Starting at USD 100,000, each journey includes air travel aboard the Four Seasons Private Jet and ground transportation, planned excursions, all meals throughout the trip and luxurious accommodations exclusively at Four Seasons hotels and resorts.

Louis XIII Introduces a Limited Series Black Pearl Anniversary Edition

Exquisite cognac drawn from the House of Remy Martin’s private reserve to celebrate its 140 years.

In honor of the 140th anniversary of LOUIS XIII Cognac, The House of Remy Martin is unveiling a limited series of just 775 decanters worldwide of an exquisite cognac taken from a single tiercon from the family’s private cellars – the LOUIS XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition. These numbered decanters are drawn from a unique 572-liter tiercon, which until now had been part of the exclusive reserve of the Heiard Dubreuil family, who owns The House of Remy Martin, at their Domaine de Merpins. This special limited edition Black Pearl cognac made its U.S. debut on October 30 at Alicia Keys’ annual Black Ball gala, the centerpiece of an exclusive auction prize that generated $30,000 for the singer’s Keep a Child Alive charity.

Handmade a century ago using oak from France’s Limousin region, the tiercon – marked C-100-93 – is only the third of its kind to be released by the family in the past 100 years.  Created by four generations of Cellar Masters, it is a blend of over 1,200 eaux-de-vie ranging between 40 and 100 years.  This unique combination evokes aromas of myrrh, honey, plum, honeysuckle, wood bark, leather and passion fruit.  A Grande Champagne Cognac, LOUIS XIII is the company’s crown jewel – one that pioneered the super-premium spirits category with its debut in 1874 and continues to lead the category today.

Such an important anniversary demands an iconic decanter: a contemporary “Black Pearl” version of the original metal flask that inspired Paul-Emile Remy Martin when he created LOUIS XIII in 1874. To craft this superb metallic decanter, the House of Baccarat treated the crystal using a unique plating technique. This gives the decanter a beautiful reflective quality, with subtle contrasts of light and dark dancing across its surface. Achieving this effect involves layering successive thin coatings of precious materials (titanium, carbon and gold) one upon the other. The result is a true work of art.

LOUIS XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition (PRNewsFoto/M Collective)

LOUIS XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition (PRNewsFoto/M Collective)

LOUIS XIII gained worldwide recognition following the Paris World Fair of 1900, becoming a staple at all grand occasions, and continues today to be the ultimate, enduring symbol of celebration and achievement, and a favorite of those in the business, arts and creative worlds.

This anniversary offering is available worldwide, exclusively from LOUIS XIII’s partner outlets (including luxury and prestigious hotels, as well as leading wine merchants), for a suggested retail price of $16,000, plus tax.  For more information, visit www.louis-xiii.com.

 

This Giving Tuesday, Donate and Make Twice the Impact with World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with World Vision! For the first 3,100 donations made to World Vision on Giving Tuesday, December 2, Thirty-One Gifts will donate a Hope Kit tote to a woman or girl in need in the U.S.

Giving Tuesday began as a small grass-roots movement, the charitable answer to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Now the day dedicated to giving has evolved into a global campaign powered by over 13,000 partners.  In its third year as a Giving Tuesday partner, the Christian humanitarian agency World Vision wanted to give donors the opportunity to impact more lives than ever before. This year on December 2, donations made to World Vision will make twice the impact by combatting poverty in one of the 100 countries where the organization works and helping a woman or girl in need in the U.S. get back on her feet.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Thirty-One Gifts is the 10(th) largest direct-selling company in the U.S. Products are sold by independent sales consultants at home parties. The company was named for Proverbs 31, a chapter of the Bible that celebrates hard-working women who are compassionate, gracious and inspiring to the people around them. The distinctive functional and fashionable products and independent business opportunity offer a unique solution to women’s need to earn extra income while working independently. Since forming its philanthropic initiative in 2012, Thirty-One Gives, the company has donated more than $36 million in cash and products to nonprofit organizations that support girls, women and families.

Hope Kit Tote (PRNewsFoto/World Vision)

Hope Kit Tote (PRNewsFoto/World Vision)

I came here with nothing,” explains Michelle, who received a Hope Kit at a safe home near Tacoma, Washington. “I didn’t have anything with me but the clothes I was wearing and a brush.”

For women and girls escaping abuse and addiction, these Hope Kits are much more than a beautiful tote filled with essential supplies,” explains Deborah Durham, World Vision’s kit initiatives director. “They are tangible proof that someone cares for and believes in them, which is why when kits are distributed they are often met with tears of joy.

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with World Vision:
There are dozens of ways to take a break from the retail frenzy and celebrate generosity on Giving Tuesday with World Vision.  Here are a few examples:
—  Host a Hope Kit building event:  On Giving Tuesday, or any day this holiday season, assemble Hope Kits with your company, school, church, or other group and take part in a memorable team-building event while providing meaningful help to women and girls.
—  Share Big Dreams: World Vision’s big dream for the world this Christmas is a full life for children in need.  Help make that dream a reality by sponsoring a child and changing the trajectory of their life so they can share their own big dreams with their entire community.
—  Teach your Children to be Charitable: Transform current events discussions into active, impactful giving by reviewing World Vision’s Gift Catalog with kids. The Catalog features over 100 ways to improve lives through gifts such as: disaster relief, clean water, food, medicine, education, job training and small business loans, among others. Flip through the pages and brainstorm ways to make an impact with your child.

Holiday 2014 Gidt Guide: Andrews McMeel Publishing Announces Paperback Edition of The Complete Far Side by Gary Larson

The Far Side® is back in the much-anticipated slipcased edition of The Complete Far Side, set for publication November 25, 2014. Originally published in hardcover in 2003, The Complete Far Side was a groundbreaker in high-end cartoon publishing and a New York Times bestseller. Now it’s back as a 3-volume paperback set with a newly designed slipcase that will delight Far Side fans.

(PRNewsFoto/Andrews McMeel Publishing)

(PRNewsFoto/Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Every one of these cartoons is just something that drifted into my head when I was alone with my thoughts. And, for better or worse, I ‘jotted’ them down. It was only later, when perhaps I received an angry letter from someone, that it struck me: Hey! Someone’s been reading my diary!” Larson writes in the preface.

Revered by its fans as the funniest, most original, most “What the … ?”-inspiring cartoon ever, The Far Side® debuted in January 1980 and enjoyed an illustrious 14 years on the world’s comics pages until Gary Larson’s retirement in 1994.  During its 14-year run, The Far Side® was syndicated internationally to more than 1,900 daily newspapers, spawned 23 books, and has been translated into 17 different languages.  TheComplete Far Side celebrates Larson’s twisted, irreverent genius in this ultimate Far Side book.

A masterpiece of comic brilliance, The Complete Far Side contains every Far Side cartoon ever syndicated–over 4,000 if you must know–presented in (more or less) chronological order by year of publication, with more than 1,100 that had never before appeared in a book. Also included are additional Far Side cartoons Larson created after his retirement: 13 that appeared in the last Far Side book, Last Chapter andWorse, and six cartoons that periodically ran as a special feature in the New York Times Science Times section as The Far Side® of Science. Creator Gary Larson offers a rare glimpse into the mind of The Far Side® in quirky and thoughtful introductions to each of the 14 chapters. Complaint letters, fan letters, and queries from puzzled readers appear alongside some of the more provocative or elusive panels. Actor, author, and comedian Steve Martin offers his sagacious thoughts in a foreword, and Larson’s former editor describes what it was like to be “the guy who could explain every Far Side cartoon.”

Mango Announces New Campaign Star Anna Ewers

The German model will be the star of the Spring/Summer 2015 campaign

MANGO has revealed the name of its new face for the coming Spring/Summer 2015 season: Anna Ewers.

At the age of 21, this German model has frequently appeared on international catwalks, especially since her debut as a “New Face” during the previous Autumn/Winter 2013 season. Since then, haute couture firms have featured the face ofAnna Ewers not just as a model on catwalks, but also as a star of advertising campaigns for exclusive fashion brands, photographed by acclaimed photographers.

The shoot for the new Spring/Summer 2015 campaign brought the firm and the model together in the cosmopolitan city of New York. The acclaimed fashion photographer Josh Olins was given the task of photographing Anna Ewers in the images for next season’s catalogue, working alongside Sally Branka and Esther mango-anna-ewers-photoLangham, responsible for make-up and hair.

MANGO, which has counted on numerous famous faces since its early days, has added the German model to its previous collaborations with Daria Werbowy, Miranda Kerr, Penélope Cruz, Milla Jovovich and Lizzy Jagger, among others.  About her collaboration as the new face of the brand, the model commented: “I had a really great time on set the last couple of days. It was my first time meeting the Mango team and I was very excited about it. I was happy that the studio was in Brooklyn, close to where I live actually, and even more happy to be shooting with Josh and Geraldine – with whom I have worked already. It is always comforting to be around people you like and know! On top of that, a couple of my German best friends work with Josh too, so it felt like home in a way.

On the collection, the model commented: “I loved that the collection is in inspired by the 70s. I loved the full denim look and the little black dress. Also I really loved all the sandals. Honestly I want to wear almost everything – it was the perfect collection for me. These are clothes for the girl that I want to be. All very cool, feminine and modern. All I can say now is that I cannot wait to see my new Spanish family again and go the store next season to buy a few more things!

Ewers will pose in this season’s catalogue wearing the latest trends in the women’s collection, whose styles transport us to the 70s. The silhouettes contrast with the sartorial, highlighting the tight-fitting suits and Bermuda shorts with long blazers in fabrics such as nappa.

In addition, kaftans and sheer midi-skirts impregnate this Bohemian and carefree style with brown and black tones. White approaches romanticism with lace dresses and garments, see-through and crochet. The most energetic part of the collection is translated into pinks, reds, blues and greens, adding a touch of fantasy to knitwear fabrics with compact stripes and amusing prints.