Now Taking Reservations: Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat, First Luxury Countryside Resort Opens in Nicaragua

Nicaragua, known as the land of lakes and volcanoes, is Central America’s hottest travel destination. It offers travelers one-of-a-kind experiences due to its vast natural beauty – all set amidst a backdrop of striking colonial architecture, charming culture and the warmth of its people.nekupe_logo_horizontal

Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat, an intimate eight-room property located on a 1,300-acre nature reserve in Nicaragua, today debuts as the country’s first luxury countryside resort. The Chorotegas, a native Nicaraguan tribe, used the word “Nekupe” to describe heaven – and after one visit to Nekupe, you will understand why.

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Aerial View of the Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat, an intimate eight-room property located on a 1,300-acre nature reserve in Nicaragua.

Located 30 minutes from the historic colonial town of Granada, Nekupe fosters a spirit of exploration, adventure and wellbeing through its understated and culturally sensitive design that was influenced by Feng Shui principles, immersive activities, and indoor, outdoor living that provides guests with a rich sense of place.

Experiences at Nekupe are rooted in an active-outdoor lifestyle ideal for multi-generational families, groups of friends or adventurous retreats that include exploration, hiking, tennis, horseback riding, sporting clay and target shooting, and more. These activities are complemented by opportunities for thoughtful inner reflection through mountain-top yoga overlooking majestic views of Mombacho Volcano, outdoor spa treatments utilizing native ingredients, meditation and nature walks.

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Aerial View of the Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat, an intimate eight-room property located on a 1,300-acre nature reserve in Nicaragua. (Photo Credit: Nepuke Sporting Resort and Retreat)

Nekupe was conceived as a private family retreat by Nicaraguan philanthropists Don Alfredo Pellas and Doña Theresita Pellas, avid travelers and adventure enthusiasts whose commitment to nature is exhibited through the resort’s core principle of respect for the environment. They created a sanctuary, reforesting more than 14,000 trees, building water reservoirs, and nurturing local wildlife, with the desire of cultivating a destination where guests may enjoy shared experiences in a meaningful way.

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Aerial View of the new Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat (Photo Credit: Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat)

Nekupe, which means ‘heaven’ in Chorotega – the indigenous language of a native tribe in Nicaragua, has been a true passion to bring to life, driven by the love for our country, its breathtakingly raw beauty, cultural heritage and kind people,” said Don Alfredo Pellas. “We are excited to see Nekupe and Nicaragua evolve into destinations where guests will reconnect with nature and each other through relaxing and invigorating experiences.

Accommodations

Guests may buy out the entire eight-room resort or book any of the following accommodations individually. Each room comes with a luxury ATV to navigate the miles of natural terrain.

La Residencia de Doña Theresita – Perched atop a hill to allow for views across the reserve and out to Mombacho Volcano is the 24,000-square-foot main residential compound, La Residencia de Doña Theresita. The residence houses two grand suites, each measuring 1,300 square feet, which overlook a 1,900-square-foot deck that includes an infinity plunge pool with grand vistas of the deep forest. It also houses two standard 870-square-foot suites, a full kitchen and recreational pool. Continue reading

Holiday 2016: Target Unveils Holiday Savings with The Return of Its ‘10 Days of Deals’ Holiday Promotion

Popular Offers Return, Along With New Deeper Discounts, At Target Stores And Target.Com

Target Corporation today revealed its 10 Days of Deals promotion, featuring significant daily discounts on some of Target’s most popular products, including toys, electronics, beauty and more. Guests can shop the deals beginning Saturday, Nov. 19, through Monday, Nov. 28, in stores and on Target.com.10dod-11172016-online

The debut of 10 Days of Deals last year was wildly successful, offering guests significant savings and helping drive Target’s strongest results of the season,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “This year, we’re bringing back some of our guests’ favorite offers, as well as introducing even more compelling deals, to help them save on the gifts and essentials that matter most during this time of year.

The savings kick off on Saturday, Nov. 19. Guests can view the deals, along with any exclusions, beginning today by visiting Target.com/BlackFriday. Deals include:

  • Saturday, Nov. 19: 30 percent off toys. This season, Target is introducing nearly 1,800 new or mass exclusives – an increase of more than 15 percent compared to last holiday season – including popular toys such as Star Wars, Trolls and Our Generation dolls.
  • Sunday, Nov. 20: 10 percent off electronics and entertainment. Guests will find popular products like iPads and iPods, and, new for this year’s promotion, iPhones and Beats.
  • Monday, Nov. 21: 20 percent off kitchen purchases, including Calphalon, Cuisinart, Keurig, KitchenAid, Ninja, OXO and Threshold.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22: 25 percent off beauty. Target’s assortment of more than 15,000 products offers guests the perfect opportunity to stock up and save on brands such as Boots, Burt’s Bees, Chi, Dove, e.l.f., Harry Josh and NYX.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23: Buy one, get one free frozen pizza. Target is bringing back its best pizza deal of the year, offering guests a break from the kitchen leading up to the meal prep on Thanksgiving.
  • Thursday, Nov. 24: Doorbuster deals, featuring Target’s lowest prices ever on some of the hottest gifts and must-have products such as a 50″ Hisense 4K UHD TV, $249.99 (special purchase), Fitbit Charge HR, $89.95 (Reg. $129.95) and Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earphones, $89.99 (Reg. $199.99).
  • Friday, Nov. 25: 30 percent off apparel, accessories and shoes for the family. With the changing of seasons comes a chance to update your look, from head to toe. Target has nearly 3,000 new items for the entire family from popular brands including Cat & Jack and Who What Wear. (Sale in apparel and accessories valid Thursday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 26.)
  • Saturday, Nov. 26: Save $50 when you spend $100 in the Wondershop. New this year, Target has created Wondershop, a destination in stores and online featuring more than 2,000 new festive products for the season.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27 and Monday, Nov. 28: A surprise deal! Next week, Target will be announcing an unprecedented savings opportunity in stores and on Target.com.

As previously announced, Target is extending free shipping by a full week this holiday season, waiving the fee for all digital orders from Oct. 25 through Jan. 1, 2017. Guests who shop with a Target REDcard also receive 5 percent savings on nearly all items purchased in stores and online, adding to the significant discounts Target is offering this season.

Travel: Curio – A Collection by Hilton Debuts Indura Beach & Golf Resort, a Resort Property in Honduras

Indura Beach & Golf Resort joins Curio Collection as first property in Central America

Steps from the crystal-blue Caribbean Sea in Honduras, Indura Beach & Golf Resort has joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton. As Hilton’s rapidly-expanding global collection of distinctive upscale hotels, Curio caters to passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences. Owned by Desarrollo Turistico Bahía de Tela S.A de C.V (DTBT) and managed by Trust Hospitality, the 60-suite Indura Beach & Golf Resort marks Curio’s first property in Central America. Easily downloadaccessible from all international airports, including San Pedro Sula International and La Ceiba International Airport which are both approximately 55 miles away, Indura Beach & Golf Resort is located inside Jeannette Kawas National Park at Tela, Honduras.

To celebrate the hotel’s addition to the Curio Collection, guests will enjoy 1,000 points per night (capped at 5,000 bonus points), for stays from December 1, 2016 to May 30, 2017. Gold HHonors members staying at Indura Beach & Golf Resort will enjoy complimentary breakfast for up to two registered guests per room or choice of bonus points and Diamond HHonors members will enjoy complimentary breakfast and bonus points.

Curio – A Collection by Hilton™ (curio.com), launched in 2014, is a global set of hand-picked upscale hotels that meet independent-minded travelers’ desire for local discovery and authentic experiences, all while providing the quiet reassurance and support of the Hilton name and its award-winning Hilton HHonors program.

Hilton currently has a portfolio of more than 90 hotels and resorts open and welcoming travelers in Latin America. The company is actively pursuing additional Latin American growth opportunities and currently has a robust pipeline of more than 60 projects across the region.

We are honored to continue our growth in the region by welcoming the first Curio property in this spectacular destination,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “Indura Beach & Golf Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton mixes luxury and environmentally conscious amenities, offering guests a truly authentic travel experience.”

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Indura Beach & Golf Resort joins Curio Collection as first property in Central America

With 26 miles of the picturesque Tela Bay on the North Coast of Honduras as its backdrop, and Jeanette Kawas National Park as its surroundings, Indura Beach & Golf Resort is part of a larger destination resort that will eventually include two to three hotels and 800 residential units. “Indura” is the Garifuna word for Honduras and the resort strives to incorporate the culture of the Garifuna people – descendants of Caribe, Arawak and West African people – into its offerings, with local Honduran products and sustainable materials used in its construction.

Located in the middle of the country’s largest national park, our intimate resort is fully integrated with its natural protected surroundings while offering exclusive amenities and activities to our guests, setting us apart from other offerings in the market,” said Camilo Atala, president of Fondo Hondureño de Inversión en Turismo (FHIT), part of Desarrollo Turistico Bahía de Tela S.A de C.V.During guests’ stay at Indura Beach & Golf Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, they will not only experience the tremendous pride and passion our talented team has for our beloved Honduras, but they will also feel inspired to seek out new discoveries authentic to the local culture.

Dotting a lush tropical landscape, the hotel’s 60 Junior Suites are located in 15 scattered villas, interconnected by footpaths that meander to a pristine beach. The design of each guest room thoughtfully reflects the Honduran architecture and tropical style combined with sophisticated and modern elegance. Guest room highlights include bamboo floors, pine walls, decorative accents of Guanacaste wood and floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open to breezy wrap-around terraces with ocean, golf course or garden views.

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Home to the first championship 18-hole golf course in Honduras, the course at Indura was designed by Gary Player, one of the greatest golfers in the history of the game.

The property features the first championship 18-hole golf course in Honduras. Set on 1,800 acres, the golf course was designed by professional golfer Gary Player and is overseen by Troon Golf, the world’s largest luxury golf management company. The course is framed by picturesque golden sand beaches, blue lagoons and native lush wetland vegetation. Continue reading

Giving Where It Matters: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Marks Unprecedented Milestone

Parton’s Imagination Library Reaches One Million Books Distributed Each Month

You can never get enough books into the hands of enough children.” – Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which began as a small community outreach in Parton’s native Sevier County, Tennessee, has evolved to become the largest literacy program in the world. In December, the “little literacy program that could” will mark another impressive milestone—ONE MILLION BOOKS GIFTED TO CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD EACH MONTH.dolly_logos-ilibrary

Founded in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that has, to date, mailed more than 85 million books to children in Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Each month, the program currently mails more than one million specially selected, high-quality, age-appropriate books to registered children from birth until they start Kindergarten in participating communities. Parton envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading in children, preparing them for school and inspiring them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library program is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

To celebrate the unprecedented success, Evey Johns, a two-year-old from Conway, Arkansas who just enrolled in the Imagination Library, has been randomly selected to receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The announcement was made by Parton during her Pure & Simple concert tour stop in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Nov. 15. The concert raised $500,000 to benefit the Imagination Library.

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Dolly Parton’s Pure and Simple concert in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee raised $500,000 for her Imagination Library. (Photo: Business Wire)

I thought long and hard about the best way to honor our achievement of reaching a million children a month,” Parton said. “The Imagination Library is all about inspiring dreams, so what better way to pay tribute to this moment than by helping one special child pursue her college degree. I’m thrilled that today I can let the world know that precious little Evey Johns from Conway, Arkansas will receive a $30,000 scholarship for the college of her choice.”

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Evey Johns from Conway, Arkansas received a $30,000 scholarship from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in honor of the program reaching 1 million books distributed each month. (Photo: Business Wire)

The thought of our daughter Evey going to college has been just that—a thought,” explained Evey’s mother, Connie. “Due to the enormous kindness and generosity of the Dollywood Foundation, that thought has now become a reality. Our family now has the means to develop a solid plan for our daughter’s future education. Thank you all so much for this unbelievable opportunity for our daughter.chromelogodp-star

The scholarship will be held in a special account and distributed to Johns when she enrolls in college. Over the next 16 years, the amount of scholarship should grow to nearly approximately $50,000. Johns is enrolled in the Imagination Library in Conway thanks to the local affiliate in her area, Arkansas Preschool Plus. Continue reading

Women, It’s Time: Eleven James Launches Women’s Collection For Luxury Watch Membership

Eleven James has introduced an extensive collection of the most desirable women’s timepieces on the market. Founded in January 2014, Eleven James launched with luxury men’s and unisex timepieces and provides members with unmatched access to an incredibly diverse collection of watch brands and styles at a fraction of the cost to purchase a single one, aligning with consumer behavior that increasingly prioritizes access and experiences over ownership. Whether a member wishes to test-drive a watch before making a purchase, likes to change up their style seasonally, or wants to revitalize their existing collection, an Eleven James membership can be personalized to suit virtually every desire.

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Eleven James Women’s Collection. Pictured here (clockwise): Audemars Piguet Ladies Royal Oak, Cartier Tank Francaise, Baume and Mercier Promesse, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36mm, Cartier Ballon Bleu, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36mm (yellow gold), Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36mm (rose gold). (PRNewsFoto/Eleven James)

In response to both existing demand and cultural and style trends, the company has now expanded its offering to include women’s timepieces. Despite the growing presence of “smart” devices for athletics and other specific use cases, luxury watches remain one of the most personal and curated elements of fashion-conscious men’s and women’s wardrobes.

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Eleven James Women’s Collection. Pictured here: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36mm (rose gold). (PRNewsFoto/Eleven James)

The Women’s Collection – which can be viewed here: www.elevenjames.com/collection/women includes watches from Rolex, Cartier, Bäume and Mercier, and more, starting at $149 a month. Women’s Collection memberships are available now for pre-sale, with initial watch rotations to commence in January 2017. The announcement was made by Randy Brandoff, Founder & CEO of Eleven James. Continue reading

Travel: JetBlue Celebrates The Jet Age With New RetroJet Design And 1960s Celebration

What’s Old Is Blue Again” Welcomed Into Fleet With Mid-Century Modern Fashion and Style Event As Airline Kicks Off Seasonal Palm Springs, Calif. Service

JetBlue has officially introduced its newest special livery aircraft, “What’s Old Is Blue Again.” The JetBlue RetroJet boasts a one-of-a-kind paint scheme designed to celebrate the iconic jet age of air travel and to highlight JetBlue’s innovative style. To create the look, JetBlue dug into an archive of popular logos and notable companies from the mid-1960s to essentially reverse-engineer the JetBlue brand and envision what the customer-friendly carrier of today might have looked like some five decades ago.

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The JetBlue RetroJet boasts a one-of-a-kind paint scheme designed to celebrate the iconic jet age of air travel and to highlight JetBlue’s innovative style.

The 1960s were rich with sleek but bold graphics and style – characteristics of today’s JetBlue brand,” said Jamie Perry, vice president marketing, JetBlue. “With that in mind our team broke from our tradition of timeless designs and instead imagined a look to celebrate this iconic era of aviation and what JetBlue may have looked when it would have been introducing humanity to air travel.”

Design Details

The aircraft design features bold JetBlue orange and blue “speed stripes” down the length of the Airbus A320, a popular characteristic of 1960s aircraft paint schemes. Above the window line “JetBlue Airways” is printed in a font consistent with a typeface widely used in the time period. And because today JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline® serving nearly 100 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, the words “New York International” accompany the airline’s name. But perhaps most notable is the aircraft tail. Absent is a simple airline logo or icon. Instead, JetBlue’s RetroJet tail features three colors and a lively 1960s jazz-inspired font that would have stood out among other airlines of the time. It’s a jet age take on JetBlue’s hallmark tails of today.

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JetBlue RetroJet logo

Iconic Inspiration

For inspiration, JetBlue designers spent several days at New York’s Lubalin Archive at the Cooper Union poring through original advertisements, graphics, images and fonts from the 1960s. The team looked to leading brands for guidance on common themes and design elements that were widely used and associated with 1960s style.

Today’s RetroJet Route

JetBlue is officially introducing the RetroJet on this season’s first roundtrip between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). The Palm Springs route was selected because of the desert destination’s mid-century modern architecture and style. Greater Palm Springs is a popular destination known for blending its nostalgic past as a playground for Hollywood with hip new development attracting a new generation of trendy travelers. Continue reading

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: This Bar Saves Lives® Celebrates the Holidays with the Actual Gift of Life

The Company’s 2016 Limited Edition “You’re a Lifesaver” Gift Box Holds the Equivalent Amount of Snack Bars Needed to Help Save the Life of a Child Suffering From Malnutrition

This Bar Saves Lives, LLC, (“TBSL”) a leading social impact brand and the developer of This Bar Saves Lives® and This Kid Saves Lives®premium snack bars, has just released the ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT THAT GIVES BACK—the Limited Edition “You’re a Lifesaver” Gift Box. The custom made hand-crafted wood box contains an equivalent amount of TBSL snack bars needed to help save the life of a single child suffering from malnutrition.tumblr_static_epeqvm01wygcggcwok8cswwkk

This Bar Saves Lives® is the manufacturer of exceptionally good snack bars; each bar is a delicious, perfectly balanced and healthy blend of nuts, seeds and fruits guaranteed to make anyone happy. In 2013, Ryan Devlin and Todd Grinnell traveled to Africa on a humanitarian trip and saw first-hand the tragedy of severe acute malnutrition in children throughout the region, but also how this condition could be effectively combated through a supplement called Plumpy’Nut®. Upon returning to the states, they, along with co-founders Ravi Patel and actress Kristen Bell, created one of the most direct life-saving efforts in the marketplace. This Bar Saves Lives® was built on a simple and impactful premise: For every bar sold, we give life-saving food to a child in need. We eat together.

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TBSL “You’re a Lifesaver” handmade wooden Gift Box with enough TBSL bars to help save the life of a child. (Photo: Business Wire)

Each one of these limited edition gift boxes includes the equivalent amount of snack bars to help save a life. That’s because for every bar in the box, This Bar Saves Lives donates a packet of lifesaving food to a child in need throughout the world.tumblr_odgj1fj17j1snpcs2o1_r1_1280

Available in a limited run of 100, each premium handcrafted wooden box is numbered and carved with the message, “You’re a lifesaver.” Sliding out the engraved panel reveals 12 boxes of This Bar Saves Lives’ premium fruit and nut bars in a variety of gourmet flavors, and a personally signed letter from company founders Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell, Ravi Patel and Kristen Bell. All the bars are non-GMO, gluten free, fair trade and bee friendly. The “You’re a Lifesaver” limited edition gift box is only available through the company website at www.thisbarsaveslives.com for $529 and includes shipping in the contiguous United States.

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Ryan Devlin, This Bar Saves Lives, Co-founder and CEO

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