Robb Report Reveals Top Trips For 2017 With Annual Travel Issue

January 2017 Issue Reveals 21 Exciting Jaunts, Journeys, and Adventures for the Year Ahead

Robb Report, the global voice of real luxury, welcomes the new year with its highly anticipated Travel Issue. For the 2017 edition, Robb Report dives deeper into the year’s most dynamic destinations and highlights the most sophisticated sojourns and enthralling experiences to check off your travel list, from an underwater adventure in the Seychelles to an around-the-world getaway for gourmands.

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Robb Report Unveils Annual Travel Issue Revealing the Luxury Media Brand’s Top 21 Trips for 2017

Our ninth annual Travel Issue celebrates our readers’ ever-increasing appetite for unique and exceptional experiences,” says Robb Report Editorial Director Bruce Wallin. “We dug deeper than ever to find 21 one-of-a-kind trips that are sure to entice even the most seasoned travelers.”

From Cuba (No. 3) and Abu Dhabi (No. 15) to Tanzania (No. 10) and Uruguay (No. 16), Robb Report‘s Top 21 caters to every traveler’s tastes, passions, and interests. Coming in at No. 7, the Cayman Islands—long known primarily as a tax haven—are emerging as the latest laidback luxury escape thanks to a new wave of development that, more than a decade after Hurricane Ivan, includes extraordinary and distinct resorts. Robb Report Editor in Chief Brett Anderson offers his firsthand account of the revitalized Caymans with an insider’s look at the luxury hot spots turning the Caribbean tide.

If you’re planning to jet off in 2017, do so with panache courtesy of Robb Report‘s list of the latest accessories and apparel sure to make any trip smoother, smarter, and more stylish. From an ergonomically designed trolley case to dual-time-zone watches and a packable water-resistant jacket, Robb Report Executive Editor Jill Newman presents a selection of eminently useful pieces that scream first-class. And find out which destinations Robb Report‘s editors are dreaming about for 2017 in “The Robb Perfect 10,” from a charter trip on Alaska’s Prince William Sound to a tour of the soon-to-be-opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, debuting this fall.

Along with the start of a fresh year comes the inevitable attempt at resolutions. Whether they be focused on nutrition, fitness, or overall self-improvement, Robb Report’s Health & Wellness Editor Janice O’Leary spotlights the significance of a good night’s rest to all of them. In “Dream Trips,” discover 10 tips to upgrade your travel experiences—and your life—by getting premium sleep while away from home.

Be sure to check out www.RobbReport.com for more great escapes for the discerning traveler, including new ski chalets in Switzerland and beyond, a beachside retreat in Anguilla, and an AMG driving experience in New Zealand. Robb Report is available as a digital edition for the iPad and iPhone via the iTunes App Store and through Zinio.

For more information, visit RobbReport.com and connect with us on Twitter (@robbreport), Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

 

Travel America 2017: Explore Southern California on a California Wines Road Trip

Wine Institute Series Offers Tips on How to Sip, Stay and Play in Wine Country, from Temecula and San Diego to Los Angelessome-200-wineries-and-world-class-attractions-make-southern-california-a-top-destination-for-wine-consumers

California’s many scenic wine regions offer a wide variety of experiences and wines to enjoy. California is the number one U.S. state for wine and food tourism with dozens of wine regions, 138 American Viticultural Areas and 4,600 wineries that produce 85 percent of U.S. wine. Established in 1934, The Wine Institute is the public policy association of nearly 1,000 California wineries.

To help visitors explore them all, The Wine Institute’s California Wines Road Trip series highlights a different region each month. To ring in the new year in style, consider taking a trip to Southern California, a region famous not only for surfing, Hollywood and iconic theme parks, but also home to several surprising wine regions, from Temecula Valley and San Diego County to Cucamonga Valley and the Los Angeles area.

SIP: Southern California’s wine region is home to well over 200 tasting rooms, wineries and vineyards.  Taste your way through this roster of Southern California wineries or use the discovercaliforniawines.com interactive map to search wineries by amenities such as tours, gardens, art, food for purchase and more.  Wine lovers can choose a variety of ways to sip.  Explore the San Diego Urban Wine Trail or leave the car behind and board the San Diego Wine Train Tour, where you can enjoy coastal scenery and tastes at urban wineries and restaurants.

Wine trails are a great way to sip, such as the acclaimed North Mountain Wine Trail, 25 miles south of Temecula Valley in East San Diego County.  In Temecula Valley, 60 minutes from San Diego and 90 minutes from Los Angeles, the De Portola Wine Trail features wineries set in a rural, equestrian area, while the off-the-beaten path Calle Contento Wine Trail offers sweeping views.  North of Los Angeles, try the Ventura County Wine Trail with its artisan wineries, outlet shopping, fine dining and five top museums or the Malibu Wine Trail with the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.

STAY:  There are any number of wine country resorts, golf resorts, boutiques and bed and breakfast inns in Southern California, from Temecula Valley and San Diego to Los Angeles and Ventura.  Stay on site at a winery at Temecula’s South Coast WineryPonte Vineyard Inn and Wilson Creek Winery.

PLAY:  Southern California offers many ways to play while enjoying wine county.  See movie sets and catch a glimpse of a celebrity on the Malibu Wine Tasting & Sightseeing Tour.  In Ventura County, take part in guided weekend Sip & Savor Wine Tours, starting from Ventura’s historic downtown.  In Temecula Valley, visitors can pedal to their favorite wineries, or take a hot air balloon ride over vineyards.  Explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter‘s shopping, galleries and dining, paired with a So Diego Tours walking wine tasting tour.  Moving inland, wine lovers can enjoy wine country towns in Ramona Valley, including the gold-mining town of Julian and Ramona with its numerous antique shops — about 15 minutes away from the world-famous San Diego Zoo.  Other favorite towns include Fallbrook and Escondido, both of which have thriving art and dining scenes.  

MAKE:  Apple pies are a specialty in Julian, and you can learn how to make them at Mom’s Pies.  Aspiring amateur chefs can enjoy any number of cooking classes in San Diego, or sample hands-on educational programs at many wineries or wine schools such as Wine Smarties in San Diego.  Combine these passions at Curds and Wine, where guests learn to make wine and cheese.  Make great art with wine as your muse at Red Brick Art‘s Paint & Sip classes at a local Ventura winery.  Or take a fun hands-on cooking class at a Temecula winery with take-home material to make cooking at home successful.

GROWThe South Coast AVA is the largest viticultural area in the region, stretching from Malibu to the Mexican border.  San Diego County is home to 115 wineries and where California wine began.  Franciscan monks planted winegrapes in 1769 and produced wine at California’s first mission, Mission San Diego del Alcala.  Today, about 60 varieties are farmed by its small, family owned wineries.  Temecula Valley is a viticultural area in Riverside County, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, home to more than 40 wineries.  The region’s Mediterranean climate is marked by warm days moderated by cool ocean breezes at night — producing a veritable A-Z of grapes.  East of Los Angeles, the Cucamonga Valley known for Old-Vine Zinfandels and Port-style wines — was a dominant region during the first half of the last century and some founding families are still making wine here.  North of Los Angeles, visit the Malibu Coast Wine Trail and its seven wineries growing limited production wines in this marine climate near the Santa Monica Mountains.  Ventura County’s dozen wineries are all located within minutes of each other in a casual coastal setting. Continue reading

Enjoy The Most Complete Caribbean Vacation At Four Seasons Resort Nevis

New Venture NOW and Nevis My Way Packages Offer Guests Included Opportunities To Experience A More Authentic Caribbean

Starting January 5th, Four Seasons Resort Nevis is offering vacationers two new, exciting packages: Venture NOW – Activities Package, which offers a choice of an included daily activity, and Nevis My Way, which offers a USD 100 per room daily Resort credit plus daily breakfast buffet. Throughout, guests will bask in world-renowned, extraordinary Four Seasons service from every member of the Resort’s staff.

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Enjoy The Most Complete Caribbean Vacation, including golf on championship course, At Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Delivering gourmet dining, expansive adventures on land, sea and air, serene relaxation, culture immersion and luxurious exclusivity, Four Seasons Resort Nevis offers the most complete Caribbean resort experience. To help guests enjoy more of the Caribbean’s best.

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Enjoy The Most Complete Caribbean Vacation, including watersports, At Four Seasons Resort Nevis

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Enjoy The Most Complete Caribbean Vacation, including sailing, At Four Seasons Resort Nevis

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Enjoy The Most Complete Caribbean Vacation, including scuba diving, At Four Seasons Resort Nevis

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Enjoy The Most Complete Caribbean Vacation, including sailing, At Four Seasons Resort Nevis

For the adventure and culture seeker, the Venture NOW – Activities Package offers guests a menu of golf, tennis, watersports, culture and outdoor activities. Guests can choose among more than 30 activities daily, such as jet skiing, introduction to scuba diving, golf lessons, tennis clinics and horseback riding to get the heart pumping, or they can delve into the island’s rich heritage by taking a guided island tour in a car or atop a bike, or an excursion to visit Alexander Hamilton’s childhood home and the Nevis Museum of History. Continue reading

Smart & Blue Unveils 3 New Smart Shower Products plus First International Availability at CES 2017 in Las Vegas

In the run-up to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, French Eco-Tech company Smart & Blue today announced three new HYDRAO smart showerhead products, the much-awaited international availability of its products, plus new industry awards. Smart & Blue is an innovation leader in smart solutions for water conservation. Headquartered in Grenoble, France, the company was founded by founder Gabriel Dell Monica in 2015. The company now employs 10 people directly.sb_logo

The new HYDRAO Loop and First smart showerheads and HYDRAO Drop smart shower light bring innovation, color, enjoyment – and now French design chic – to the bathroom. They are designed to increase awareness of water usage and encourage reduced water and energy consumption. HYDRAO First will be the first product to become available internationally – starting tomorrow.

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Smart & Blue Founder Gabriel Dell Monica

The designs of HYDRAO Loop and Drop have already won two new CES Innovation Awards: HYDRAO Loop in the Smart Home category and HYDRAO Drop in Tech for a Better World category.

THREE NEW SMART SHOWER SOLUTIONS

HYDRAO Loop: a combination of advanced Smart & Blue technology innovation with French luxury design to bring smart-shower capabilities to stylish, modern bathrooms.

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HYDRAO Loop smart shower set (Photo: Business Wire)

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HYDRAO Loop Hand shower

HYDRAO Drop: adds smart-shower water saving capabilities to an existing shower. It is simple to install, and has a flexible arm that can be positioned to illuminate any shower surface or water jet.

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HYDRAO Loop on a showerhead

HYDRAO First: a fun, educational and affordable smart hand shower. Launched in France at the end of 2016, HYDRAO First is available internationally from Jan. 4th 2017.

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HYDRAO First is a LED-illuminated showerhead that brings color and enjoyment to families, while educating users on water usage.

SMART-SHOWER INNOVATION WITH LUXURY DESIGN

DESIGN INNOVATION AND WATER EFFICIENCY: Both HYDRAO Loop and Drop benefit from a new miniaturized version of Smart & Blue’s patented smart shower technology, allowing users to benefit from a sleek, streamlined design, with no compromise to HYDRAO’s water conservation guidance. Also new is the ability to allow individual users to monitor their own personal usage and savings – on either one or multiple HYDRAO smart showers.

New smart water pressure innovations also let users enjoy an enhanced shower experience, even at low pressure levels.1 These enhancements include increased energy efficiency for the internal turbine, new water pressure regulation capabilities and an innovative aerated water flow feature. Together they ensure optimum water flow and lighting intensity, while decreasing overall water consumption.

For professional customers, the fully modular, interchangeable design of HYDRAO Loop and Drop allow for design customization. Smart & Blue smart shower technology can also be integrated into own designs. Continue reading

The Height Of Luxury: The New Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Unveils Specialty Suites

Manhattan’s Most Coveted Accommodations Offer Modern Residential-Style Living With Numerous Thoughtful Touches For Discerning Travelers, All Wrapped In Signature Attentive Four Seasons Service

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The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown taking its place in the New York City Downtown Skyline

At The Crossroads Of Tribeca And The New York Financial District, Just A Block From The World Trade Center, The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Adds Its Classic Architectural Profile To The World’s Most Famous Skyline.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Entrance at 27 Barclay Street

Open just a few months, the all-new Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown (27 Barclay Street, New York, New York 10007, USA, 646-880-1999has quickly become the preferred address for visitors to Lower Manhattan thanks to its welcoming accommodations, unique hotel features and unparalleled service. Among its 189 light-filled guest rooms and suites, seven specialty suites are proving to be particularly popular. Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is also home to CUT by Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef’s first outpost in Manhattan, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Lobby

The Royal Suite is the pinnacle of cosmopolitan style, spanning an entire side of the 24th floor with views in three directions. Several of the corner Gotham Suites have a rarity in New York hotels – walk out terraces on the 23rd and 24th floors. Finally, there are the Tribeca Suites with apartment-like layouts and amenities that feel far more like a home than a hotel.

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CUT By Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef’s first (and only) outpost in Manhattan, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks; at The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

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CUT By Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef’s first (and only) outpost in Manhattan, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks; at The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Designed by acclaimed New York architect Robert A.M. Stern, the all-new 82 story building was envisioned to blend seamlessly into the skyline, as though it had always been there. Indeed, with 157 private residences occupying the upper floors, the ambiance is distinctly residential. Art-filled interiors are by Yabu Pushelberg, the Soho and Toronto-based designers known for their fresh aesthetic and exacting attention to detail, coupled with Four Seasons dedication to creating environments that anticipate every guest need, including a desire for flexible space they can make their own while in residence. (More on that below.)

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Japanese Wagyu beef, known worldwide for its marbling, naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness, is a specialty of the house at CUT By Wolfgang Puck.

The Royal Suite

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – Royal Suite Living Room

Inspired by the gracious apartments of the city’s elite, the 2,400 square foot (223 square meter) Royal Suite spans the entire east side of the 24th floor. Residents and their guests enter through a formal foyer, with living spaces to the left. A corner living room has two seating areas, a blue onyx fireplace and a custom oak bar topped with imported stone from India. Off the ten-seat dining room, a large butler’s pantry with its own staff entrance is perfect for family meals, or entertaining clients. Down the gallery-like hall, a separate library/media room can host private screenings or game nights, and there’s also an executive-style office and a powder room.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – Royal Suite Master Bath

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – Royal Suite Living Room

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – Royal Suite Living Room

At the far end is the lavish master suite, with a corner bedroom featuring silk wallcoverings, walk-in dressing area and five-piece bath. The space can be separated from the rest of the Royal Suite and even has its own entrance for complete privacy. Additional bedrooms can be connected to the suite for families or those traveling with staff.

Special services for Royal Suite guests include airport transfers via limousine or helicopter, butler service, complimentary private bar and confirmed seating at CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Share Wolfgang Puck’s innovative take on specialties such as Japanese wagyu steak, along with New York’s freshest seafood, in a stylish, convivial atmosphere designed by Jacques Garcia. With its own entrance on Church Street, CUT by Wolfgang Puck is among the finest restaurants and bars in Downtown NYC, and the place where New Yorkers and world travelers come to be part of the scene.

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Andaz Brand Continues Expansion with Three New Locations

Brand Growth Accelerated With Hotels Expected To Open This Week In Arizona, Mexico And India

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today the official opening of Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, marking the first Mexican location for the Andaz brand, and the anticipated openings of Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa and Andaz Delhi. The three properties will join 13 other Andaz hotels, each celebrating the local culture and unique spirit of neighborhoods in diverse and culturally rich global gateway cities and top resort destinations around the world. With several more hotel openings in the pipeline, the Andaz brand provides global growth opportunities for Hyatt.andaz-logo

Global in scale while local in perspective, Andaz Hotels weave the sights, sounds and tastes of their surroundings into each property for an experience that truly immerses guests in the eclectic culture of each destination. Through personalized, unscripted service, Andaz hotels create a barrier-free environment where guests are encouraged to explore their personal sense of style and become inspired by the spirit of the culture around them. Fourteen Andaz hotels are currently open: Andaz 5th Avenue and Andaz Wall Street in New York, Andaz San Diego, Andaz West Hollywood, Andaz Napa, Andaz Savannah, Andaz Maui at Wailea, Andaz Ottawa By Ward Market, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Andaz London Liverpool Street, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Andaz Xintiandi in Shanghai and Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills.

Hyatt is committed to purposeful and meaningful growth,” said David Tarr, Senior Vice President Of Real Estate And Development, Hyatt. “With three Andaz hotels opening this week in very different parts of the world, and the recent opening of Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, it’s clear the brand is a growth driver domestically and internationally for Hyatt’s luxury lifestyle brands.”

These hotels truly fulfill the spirit of the Andaz brand, weaving the sights, sounds and tastes of their surroundings into the experience and immersing guests in the local culture,” said Sandra Cordova Micek, Global Senior Vice President Of Brands, Hyatt. “Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, and Andaz Delhi will create environments where guests leave feeling enriched, knowing their experience was much more than the expected hotel stay.

Like all Andaz hotels, these properties will celebrate local culture and the spirit of their respective neighborhoods, bringing to life its history and personalities in unique and surprising ways. Now open and accepting reservations, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya (Carretera Federal Cancun-Playa Del Carmen Km. 298; Playa del Carmen-Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77710, Tel: +52 984 1491234) introduces guests to a hidden paradise. The resort’s breathtaking design reflects the native Mayan culture and brings to life locally inspired experiences and indigenous environment for guests, whether by exploring the lush mangrove preserve, relaxing in the 10,000 square-foot Naum Spa, sunbathing in one of three outdoor pools, or unwinding on the pristine white sanded Caribbean beach. The guestrooms and suites at Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya are naturally inspired with breezy, open layouts flooded with natural light and featuring refined artisan décor. Local artworks adorn the walls, and decorative tiles outfit the floors. Each room and suite includes a balcony or terrace with tropical views of the resort gardens and mangroves, the crystal clear lagoon, or the Caribbean Sea.

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Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya

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Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya

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Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya

Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya is located right on the beachfront, just north of Playa del Carmens intriguing community of shops, bars, and restaurants. The Riviera Maya coastline and the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea provide endless opportunities for watersports such as jet skiing, snorkeling, and kitesurfing. The Yucatan Peninsula offers endless adventures, including the unique archaeological ruins at Chichen Itza and Tulum and the scenic natural swimming holes known as cenotes. Guests of the Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya also have access to the prestigious El Camaleón 18-hole golf course, the Mayakoba Tennis Centre, and a variety of outdoor activities.

Four unique restaurants and bars offer distinguished culinary experiences, serving fresh ingredients and showcasing authentic cooking techniques – all with stunning views of the pools, lagoon, and ocean. To ensure an authentic stay, the hotel has teamed up with a series of local artists, including Senkoe, a Riviera Maya graffiti artist, who was tapped to curate vibrant and colorful murals seen throughout the resort. They also offer a series of inspiring activities to allow guests to truly absorb Mayan culture, such as learning to speak the language or preparing the best tacos in a Tacology class.

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa Guestroom Exterior

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa Guestroom Shower

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa Guestroom

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa Guestroom Evening Walkaway

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa is situated on 23 acres of sweeping desert landscape at the base of Camelback Mountain. Signature restaurant Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen will feature an exhibition kitchen with a plancha and will serve contemporary Sonoran cuisine in small, sharable plates. Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary will offer guests seven treatment rooms and a customizable menu utilizing unique and indigenous ingredients, as well as the opportunity to invent their own concoctions at the Desert Blending Bar. Through an extensive artist in residence program in partnership with the nearby Cattle Track Arts community, guests will be able to interact, learn and create alongside local craftsman in painting, pottery, photography and more. The hotel is expected to open later this week. Continue reading

“Love Lanai At Four Seasons Resort Lanai”: Enjoy A Hawaiian Adventure With Unlimited Activities

There’s no limit to what one can see on Lanai. And now, there’s no limit to what one can do with the new Love Lanai experience from Four Seasons Resort Lanai. Now guests can enjoy unlimited Four Seasons activities from golf to sailing each and every day during their vacation getaway to Lanai, Hawaii’s exclusive island adventure.

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On property, guests can try their hand at championship golf at the award-winning Manele Golf Course

Experience an absolute escape at a resort with its own island to explore. On property, guests can try their hand at championship golf at the award-winning Manele Golf Course, where all 18 holes boast amazing ocean views; play tennis; or relax with a 60-minute spa treatment per person, per stay from the Love Lanai menu.

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Humpback whale does a headstand at sunset with Lanai, Hawaii in the background.

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Enjoy an evening cocktail on a Sunset Sail experience

Choose from a number of exciting ocean activities including a snorkel sail were waters teem with colorful fish and day octopus. Cast eyes across the seas to catch sight of humpbacks and spinner dolphins on a Whale Watch expedition or enjoy an evening cocktail on a Sunset Sail experience as the sun paints the sky a beautiful hue as the day comes to a close.

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Explore the rugged off-the-beaten-paths on a Polaris RZR.

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Upcountry adventures include horseback riding among the ironwood forests.

Upcountry adventures include horseback riding among the ironwood forests, an alternative way to explore the wooded valleys and trails of the extraordinary upland terrain of the Kaka’alani Flats. Or tour rugged off-the-beaten-paths on a Polaris RZR or Ranger as guides nimbly maneuver the trails while sharing their knowledge of the history of the island, the natural environment and heritage sites while heading to inspiring scenic vistas overlooking the neighbour islands. Continue reading

Experience Costa Mesa, The City of the Arts™, This Holiday Season

Southern California’s Costa Mesa is a year-round destination in The OC where dining, shopping and Broadway performances are just the beginning of the experience to be had in the “City of the Arts” and the holidays are a spectacular time to visit. Below is a round up of holiday events and specials Costa Mesa in 2016.Travel Costa Mesa

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Stay in Costa Mesa & Get $100” with Participating Costa Mesa Hotels

Now through January 7, 2017, visitors who book and stay two nights in one of ten participating Costa Mesa hotels will receive a $100 South Coast Plaza gift certificate. Guests can use their $100 gift certificate at the South Coast Plaza and it’s more than 250 unique boutiques, fashion designer retailers and restaurants. In addition, the certificate is good for use at many restaurants around Costa Mesa, and for theater performances at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. For more information on the Stay and Get $100 offer and a list of participating hotels, please visit http://www.travelcostamesa.com/scp100.

NEW: BLVD Hotel, one of 11 branded properties in Costa Mesa has recently remodeled its lobby modifying its dining area to the Coast Lounge where they will offer complimentary evening happy hour for guests. This is the perfect addition for the chic, stylish boutique hotel.

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NEW: Weekend Max Mara at South Coast Plaza
The only North American store and located in Costa Mesa, Weekend Max Mara is the classic contemporary lifestyle collection within the Max Mara Group, created as an easy and wearable collection for weekends. From accessible ready-to-wear to accessories, the collection embodies an original sportswear foundation with focus on uncompromising quality, comfort and effortless style.

NEW: White Lilac at South Coast Plaza
Previously a private event service, White Lilac has opened its first boutique in Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza. Celebrated design company White Lilac’s signature home décor boutique showcases a unique, whimsical collection of gifts, housewares, accessories, furniture, and décor inspired by White Lilac innovative event designs for celebrity clients, dignitaries and iconic venues.

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY

NEW: Gun Whale Ales
A new craft brewing, blending and tasting room started by Southern California natives where the goal of their brew is to blend European-farmhouse tradition with West Coast styles made famous by California.

Ms Alice at The Mansion

Like a classic 1930s speakeasy, you’ll be wowed right when you walk through the door of this secluded bar located adjacent to popular Costa Mesa nightclub, Mansion. With the Alice in Wonderland twist on décor, unique cocktails and a menu that has your mouth watering, Ms Alice (purposely without a ‘period’) has no dedicated website, so you must visit in person to see why it is part of Costa Mesa’s eclectic dining scene.

NEW: Ruin Bar
Yet another creative dining experience,
Ruin Bar opened in later November 2016. Located in The LAB anti-mall in Costa Mesa, this is an unassuming treat to the bar scene. You’ll find a sophisticated drink menu, and bites to tempt your palate.

NEW: Popbar
Founded in New York,
Popbar has opened its first Costa Mesa location, serving up customizable PopGelato, PopSorbetta and YogurtPops. The authentic Italian treat is all-natural, gluten-free, low in sugar and fat and comes in a variety of flavors with traditional chocolate and vanilla, as well as banana and passion fruit. The twist is, you can customize your Popbar with a variety of dips and toppings.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts December brings the sites and sounds of performances including American Ballet Theater featuring The Nutcracker (Dec. 9-18); Elf the Musical (Dec. 20 – Jan. 1); The Klezmatics Eastern European Hanukkah Concert (Dec. 22); Fiesta Navidad (Dec. 23) featuring Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano in this festive performance.

Additional upcoming holiday shows at Segerstrom include: Big Band Christmas (12/10), Bach Brandenburg Concertos Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (12/14); Australian rockstars of opera, The Ten Tenors present “Home for the Holidays” (12/16-12/17); ‘Tis the Season featuring the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony (12/18-12/19); American Idol alum David Archuleta on his Holiday Concert Tour (12/21). For more information on upcoming shows and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.travelcostamesa.com/calendar/upcoming-events/. Continue reading

Marquee Openings Across Europe Mark a Milestone Year for Marriott International’s The Luxury Collection

Luxury Brand Accelerates Growth By Reaffirming Its Presence In London And Paris, Opening Its First Ever Ski Resort In Cortina, As Well As Entering The Armenian Capital Yerevan

The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott International, Inc., announced the signings of five flagship properties for the brand: the internationally-renowned boutique hotel The Wellesley and the exclusive The Westbury in London, Hôtel de Berri, a new alluring hotel in the heart of Paris, Cristallo Resort & Spa in Cortina, Italy, the first ski resort of the collection, and The Alexander in Yerevan, marking the brand’s debut in Armenia. These illustrious additions to the portfolio will further strengthen the brand’s presence in Europe, with 2017 on target to be another milestone year for The Luxury Collection, one of Marriott International’s luxury brands.tlc-logo

Over the last few years, we have seen a seismic growth in luxury travel,” said Satya Anand, Chief Operations Officer, Luxury & Southern Europe, Marriott International.Together with the owners of these five new Luxury Collection hotels we are working towards meeting the increasing demand for luxury accommodations and offering our guests an extraordinary collection of luxury experiences in established and up-and-coming European destinations.”

The Luxury Collection® brand is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest.

Marriott International has the strongest team of luxury talent in the industry, with boundless creative energy. This, combined with The Luxury Collection’s remarkable global growth strategy, consolidates our position as the leading hospitality company serving the luxury consumer”, said Mitzi Gaskins, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “Europe offers tremendous potential and we are committed to increasing our footprint significantly with the world’s finest luxury hotels over the next few years. Our goal is to open 12 Luxury Collection hotels globally by the end of 2017, and with these five additions in Europe, we are well on track.”

The Wellesley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Knightsbridge, London

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The Wellesley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Knightsbridge, London – The hotel’s interior Art Deco style (Photo: Business Wire)

An intimate and refined hotel converted from a luxurious 1920s townhouse, The Wellesley is ideally situated in the prestigious area of Knightsbridge, overlooking Hyde Park and steps away from London’s finest boutiques and acclaimed restaurants. Hotel guests have the opportunity to explore London in the hotel’s Rolls Royce and access 24-hour Butler service to suit their needs, lifestyle and expectations. Famed for its exquisite style and impeccable service, The Wellesley features 36 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, with many offering panoramic views over the London Skyline. The hotel’s interior design is timeless with a sophisticated Art Deco style; bronze doors unveil a shimmering marble lobby highlighted by crystal chandeliers while the elegant guestrooms combine beautiful 1920s-inspired design with the latest modern amenities. Indulgent culinary venues include the Oval Restaurant; Crystal Bar, which features a vast selection of whisky, cognac and Armagnac; Jazz Lounge where guests can enjoy weekly live jazz performances; and the exceptional Cigar Terrace, an exclusive heated terrace complete with bespoke walk-in humidor and a connoisseur’s selection of the finest cigars. The Wellesley will become London’s third Luxury Collection Hotel when it joins the brand, slated for the first half of 2017. Continue reading

Now Taking Reservations: Hilton Bali Resort Welcomes Guests in the Heart of Nusa Dua

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Debuts in Bali with Stunning Cliff-Top Getaway

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Hilton Bali Resort Aerial View

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Hilton Bali Resort, which joins 130 distinguished resort properties across the Hilton portfolio located in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. Designed for travelers seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, Hilton Bali Resort (located at Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Bali, Indonesia) brings breathtaking views, extensive recreation facilities and magnificent event space to the Nusa Dua Beach enclave on Bali’s southern peninsula.

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Hilton Bali Resort Pool Aerial View

Hilton Bali Resort is a significant addition to our flagship brand portfolio, bringing Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ renowned hospitality to one of the world’s premier island destinations,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “Hilton continues to deliver world-class service and product innovations that meet the changing needs of discerning travelers and Hilton Bali Resort is well positioned to deliver exceptional experiences to every guest, every time.

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HiltonBali Resort Hotel Front Desk Lobby

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Hilton Bali Resort Lobby Bar

Hilton Bali Resort is situated atop a 40-meter cliff in the prestigious Nusa Dua area of Bali’s southern peninsula. Hilton Bali Resort is set within a lush 28-acre compound. Each of its 389 guest rooms and suites combine modern amenities with local Balinese charm and feature private balconies and terraces overlooking the Indian Ocean or the hotel gardens. Guests may also choose to stay in one of 19 exclusive villas which feature a private plunge pool, gazebo, separate living area, round-the-clock butler service and access to the private Nusa Dua Villa Lounge, or an Executive Room, which has access to the Executive Lounge. Hilton Bali Resort’s extensive recreational facilities boast four interconnecting swimming pools including an adult-only pool, a sand lagoon, a 30-meter waterslide and a Jungle Kid’s Club with indoor and outdoor playgrounds, and a 360-degree observation deck. In addition, guests may enjoy a sun deck, sauna, hot tub and gym, as well as a Mandara Spa, three indoor tennis courts and a retail outlet.

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Hilton Bali Resort’s Kupu-Kupu Amphitheater

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Hilton Bali Resort Executive Lounge

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Hilton Bali Resort’s Multi-Funtion Banquet Room

While offering direct access to one of the most picturesque beaches on the island, the property is also within 1.3 kilometers of the 18-hole Bali National Golf Course and various watersports centers, and 3.7 kilometers from the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center. Ngurah Rai International Airport and the Kuta shopping district are also approximately 15 kilometers from the hotel via the Mandara toll road.

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Nusa Dua One Bedroom Villa

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Nusa Dua One Bedroom Villa

Hilton Bali Resort is a testament to the confidence we have in this stunning resort destination and our deep commitment to serving the burgeoning market of Indonesia. This opening marks our fifth property in Indonesia and third in Bali alongside Conrad Bali and Hilton Garden Inn Bali – Ngurah Rai Airport,” said William Costley, vice president, operations, South East Asia & India, Hilton. “The location makes the hotel a great base for travelers visiting Bali, and positions us well to capture opportunities from Bali’s rising inbound and domestic tourism.” Continue reading

Pantone Unveils Color of the Year 2017: PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery

A Refreshing And Revitalizing Shade, Greenery Is Symbolic Of New Beginnings

Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery as the PANTONE® Color of the Year selection for 2017; a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals individuals to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

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Pantone Unveils Color of the Year 2017: PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery

While Serenity and Rose Quartz, the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color InstituteGreenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend pantone-colour-of-the-year-greenery_dezeen_hero2analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 17 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past selections for Color of the Year include:

  • PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz (2016)
  • PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala (2015)
  • PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
  • PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

The color selected as the Pantone Color of the Year 2017 was taken from the PANTONE Fashion, Home + Interiors Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standards system for fashion, textile, home and interior design.

The more submerged people are in their own modern realities, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery, a life-affirming shade, is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to express, explore, experiment and reinvent, imparting a sense of buoyancy,” said Eiseman. “Through its reassuring yet assertive vibrancy, Greenery offers us self-assurance and boldness to live life on our own terms, during a time when we are redefining what makes us successful and happy.

In this spirit of reconnection, exploration and belonging, Pantone has partnered with Airbnb – a community marketplace that provides access to unique accommodations and experiences around the globe – to bring Greenery to life through an experience in early 2017. The collaboration, a first of its kind, was inspired by Pantone’s vision for Greenery and Airbnb’s community that connects travelers to magical experiences.

GREENERY COLOR PAIRINGS

Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. As displayed in the 10 palettes below, Greenery is paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallics and even the enduring presence of PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product and graphic design applications.

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A Color of Innovation:

While often associated with environmentalism and nature, Greenery is also a unifying thread in tech and innovation because of its association with boldness, vigor and modernity. Many new apps, animation iconography and digital-first startups express this energy by using the riveting and attention-getting shade of green in their logos. Conveying progression and a pioneering spirit, Greenery portrays an entrepreneurial essence that aligns with the industries that have embraced it.

Greenery for Fashion:

Greenery is nature’s neutral. A great harmonizer merging undertones of cool blues with vibrant yellows, the hue is a natural complement to a wide range of palettes. Like the spectrum of possibilities in colorful petals and blooms paired with lush green leaves, plants and trees, Greenery provides a pop of color in accessories and footwear, or as acts as a bold accent in a pattern. Prominent in fashion for men and women, as seen in the recent collections of Kenzo, Michael Kors, Zac Posen, and Cynthia Rowley, Greenery has also been shown in a variety of solids and prints in children’s wear.

Greenery blends fashion and tech as well, as a prominent color for wearables and activewear. Continue reading

Now Open: Four Seasons First Private Island Escape At Voavah, Baa Atoll, Maldives

Now open, the world’s first exclusive-use hideaway in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll is a truly private island that couples legendary service with limitless living.

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Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll

Capturing the imagination, this secluded five-acre (two hectare) haven transcends the private island experience: “entirely yours” from the moment of booking, seven bedrooms, a Beach House, dive school and 62-foot (18.9 metre) yacht extend the oceanic spoils of the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to up to 22 guests at a time. Guests decide the schedule, staff and services, redefining Voavah with every visit as somewhere to retreat, explore, connect, celebrate, and dream with one’s eyes open.

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Mezzanine Suite Bedroom at the Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll

Voavah days revolve around the double-storey Beach House and adjacent white sands, crystal waters and abundant reef – all exemplary even by Maldives standards. The Beach House hub offers open-air living room, dining room, kitchen, pool deck, gym, library and loft lounge, while seven bedrooms are arranged on the beach, over the pristine lagoon or elevated in panoramic Mezzanine Suites.

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Open air living room at the Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll

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Open air living room at the Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll

A 62 foot (18.9 metre) private yacht Voavah Summer invites exploration of a dazzling and undisturbed UNESCO domain. Experiences focus on the UNESCO territory, guided by a team that has already spent a decade protecting it: diving with whale sharks, snorkeling with manta rays, swimming with neighborhood turtles, fishing for dinner, visiting local islands, surfing unknown breaks and cruising into breathtaking Baa Atoll sunsets.

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The private yacht, Voavah Summer, at the Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll

At the heart of Voavah’s pledge to expand horizons, The Ocean of Consciousness Spa offers treatments based on the five pathways of Truth, Wise Action, Love, Peace, and Compassion – each designed to elevate awareness, transform actions and help individuals awaken to their power to affect wide-reaching change. Guests can also have yoga, meditation and pranayama classes, high-end beauty treatments and a Rossano Ferretti hair consultant on call.

A multicultural on-site team bestows nurturing one-on-one service, showcasing shining stars from Four Seasons culinary, spa, recreation, diving, housekeeping, childcare and marine conservation worlds.

Privacy-protected with single entry, CCTV, night vision cameras, and 24-hour on-site security patrols, Four Seasons Private Island Voavah is far more than a luxury retreat. It’s a reconnection to self and surroundings; an island to call one’s own; somewhere to explore desires, in one’s own way, where no-one is watching and anything is possible.

 

Travel & Accommodations: Marriott International Announces Plans to Double Its Luxury Footprint Across Eight Distinct Brands

Newly Formed Marriott International Luxury Brands Group Reinforces the Company’s Commitment to an Unmatched Variety of Luxury Experiences in More Than 60 Countriesmi-blk

Marriott International, Inc. announced that the company continues to grow its leadership position in luxury, doubling its portfolio of luxury hotels through the recent merger with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Providing global travelers an unrivaled selection of diversified, high-end experiences in 61 countries, the Marriott International Luxury Brands group now includes the iconic St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels brands, in addition to the company’s world-renowned hospitality hallmarks The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, EDITION and JW Marriott. Looking ahead, Marriott International is scheduled to open nearly 30 luxury hotels in 2017 and has a total of 180 luxury hotels in its development pipeline, representing 20 new countries, from Iceland and Nepal to Cuba.

Spanning the world from the most iconic hot spots to the ultimate undiscovered gems, the unmatched breadth and depth of our luxury portfolio uniquely positions us to cater to the increased demand of the rapidly-expanding cadre of affluent travelers,” said Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer, Marriott International.With luxury travel up nearly 50% over the past five years, we see a long runway for growth at the high-end and have a world-class, dedicated luxury structure in place to nurture and strengthen this coveted portfolio of eight diverse luxury brands.”

Multi-national and cross-generational, mobile and jet-setting, Marriott International’s luxury traveler is comfortable moving across the company’s luxury brands portfolio for business and leisure. Edmundson continued: “Our guests’ approach to luxury is decidedly less formal, entirely more personal, and defined more by their interests and mind-set than their geography and demographic.” This global luxury tribe selects a hotel experience based on their trip purpose, heading to W South Beach for Art Basel Miami Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi for Formula 1, The London EDITION for London Fashion Week and The St. Regis New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

Traveling well beyond tried and true locations, to destinations from the Philippines to Peru, and all points in between, luxury travelers look to Marriott International for authentic experiences deeply rooted in the destination. “They want to learn how to kitesurf at The St. Regis Mauritius, discover cherry blossom season at The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, drink bellinis on the terrace at the iconic Gritti Palace during the Venice Biennale and go heli-skiing at W Verbier,” said Edmundson.trc-primary-small-blk3-rgb-tn

The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis Further Define the Luxury Landscape in 2017

The Ritz-Carlton, the legendary hospitality brand with 92 hotels around the world, will continue to set the standard in luxury in 2017 with four scheduled debuts, including The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi and The Ritz-Carlton, Astana, creating indelible marks for its guests as they discover the best of the locale. St. Regis, with 38 hotels today and 21 in the pipeline, continues to reinterpret the legacy of the original St. Regis hotel in New York for today’s luxury traveler. The brand unveiled the spectacular St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in early November and is slated to make debuts in five destinations in 2017, including Shanghai, Changsha and Cairo.w-logo

Luxury Rebel W Hotels Opens 50th Hotel

Known to turn the conventional hotel experience upside down wherever the iconic W sign lands, W Hotels continues to ride the wave with the recent opening of W Punta de Mita, the ultimate surfer escape. The brand sits alongside luxury, not confined by it, and celebrated the opening of W Las Vegas last week which helped W Hotels hit the landmark 50th hotel milestone. W Goa is set to make its much-anticipated debut on December 12th and the brand has 33 hotels in the pipeline. 2017 will be a strong year for W Hotels with six anticipated openings, ranging from Tel Aviv and Panama City to Shanghai.

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W Tel Aviv (Rendering)

EDITION further expands its global influence in Asia and Europe in 2017

EDITION defines a new generation of luxury by balancing sophisticated design and personalized, attentive service with one-of-a-kind food, beverage and entertainment offerings reflecting the best of the cultural and social milieu of each location. Showcasing its luxury-lifestyle experience with hotels in London, New York and Miami Beach, EDITION most recently premiered The Sanya EDITION on Hainan Island in Southern China, the brand’s first hotel in Asia, and will debut additional properties in Bangkok and Barcelona by the end of 2017.

The Luxury Collection Surpasses 100th Hotel Milestone with Robust 2017 Pipelinetlc-logo

An incredible ensemble of 102 hotels in more than 30 countries around the world, The Luxury Collection provides global explorers true, indigenous experiences, impossible to replicate anywhere else. From former palaces in Venice and Vienna to contemporary masterpieces such as the Frank Gehry-designed Marques de Riscal in Spain’s Rioja wine region, the brand continues to rapidly expand its footprint. 2017 will see the opening of Hotel Inglaterra in Havana, Cuba, which will join the brand after a complete renovation. The Luxury Collection is set to debut in nine destinations next year, including California’s Napa Valley, Singapore and Panama City.

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JW Marriott, the brand inspired by its legendary namesake, is an expression of approachable, modern luxury. With 79 hotels and resorts today in 27 countries, including the recent openings of JW Marriott Venice and JW Marriott Los Cabos, the brand is looking forward to its much anticipated 2017 resort debut in Vietnam with the opening of JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa. Additionally, JW Marriott will open JW Marriott parq Vancouver by the end of next year.

John Hardy Debuts First U.S. Flagship And Artisan In Residence Workshop

The Artisan Handcrafted Luxury Jewelry Brand Unveils an Experiential Retail Boutique in New York’s Soho

Luxury jewelry brand John Hardy announces the debut of its first U.S. flagship, situated in New York’s Soho neighborhood. Established in Bali in 1975, John Hardy is dedicated to the creation of ultimate beauty through artisan handcrafted jewelry. The master artisans honor original craft through the perfection of modern design, creating timeless one-of-a-kind pieces that are brilliantly alive. Each of John Hardy’s distinctive collections conveys evocative symbolism and honors the transmission of creative energy from the artist to the wearer. Since inception, the company has been deeply rooted in the essential values of community, artisanship and sustainability.

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John Hardy Debuts First U.S. Flagship And Artisan In Residence Workshop. Courtesy of John Hardy (PRNewsFoto/John Hardy

The flagship, which opened November 25, offers a highly differentiated and authentic shopping experience designed to engage all five senses with the myth and magic of Balinese artisanship. The highlight of the flagship is an experiential concept space on the boutique’s second floor, which will serve as a creative sanctuary for artisans and offer consumers immersive experiences.

THE ENCOUNTER: THE ARTISAN IN RESIDENCE

The Residence animates the creative spirit and storied craftsmanship of the John Hardy Jewelry Workshop in Ubud, Bali into a full sensory experience and will be dedicated to hosting artisan master classes, workshops, talks, and installations across dynamic disciplines. The space serves as a real workshop for John Hardy Artisans when in Residence from overseas. The first series will run December 10 – 23 and explore the brand’s signature 8-step jewelry-making process.JH Logo

THE EXPERIENCE: THE STORY OF TOUCH

The flagship weaves together scent, sound, light and art for a refined reimagining of the John Hardy Jewelry Workshop in Ubud, Bali. It is designed to herald transformative moments and inspire connection.

THE INSPIRATION: MAGIC OF BALI

Designed around a central display, clients are invited to navigate the boutique like the island of Bali itself, walking around its natural edges and exploring tactile moments of inspiration. True to founder John Hardy’s creative vision as an artist and environmental sculptor, the boutique walls showcase powerful collections like a gallery, encouraging guests to interact with every dimension of inspiration. The dynamic contours and exquisite detail of handcrafted jewelry is exhibited with bold authenticity—each piece, a work of art in and of itself.

A lush scent designed to conjure the verdant grounds of the Ubud Workshop transports and transfixes, as store lighting and sound shift throughout the day to evoke the rising and setting of the Balinese sun. All the while, a custom playlist blends nomadic beats and natural soundscapes, invoking the essence of wanderlust.

Signature carved wood details punctuate the space with rich walnut and hammered gold inlays, summoning elements of earthy softness and water reflection. A large-scale art installation hand-carved from teakwood tree root—the sustainable byproduct of production—serves as a dynamic focal point, manifesting creativity and celebrating the uncompromising artistic ethos behind the brand.

THE STYLE: SINGULAR. SUSTAINABLE.

In conceptualizing the space, architectural firm Design Republic sought to celebrate the brand’s heritage and roots in artisan craftsmanship forged by founder John Hardy in 1975. All millwork is custom designed and unique to the store. Natural and locally sourced materials reflect the brand’s commitment to community and artisanship while large jewelry display tables, made from locally sourced black walnut, recall the communal artisan’s table in the Ubud Workshop. Elements such as mirrors etched with the John Hardy chain motif and hammered brass accents, echo the objects of beauty on display.

The open yet immersive design sets the stage for a unique shoulder-to-shoulder selling experience, reminiscent of the warm hospitality in the Workshop. A client services team, robed in custom-designed natural fiber pieces by Balinese artisan brand Biasa, channel the elegance, effortlessness, and exploration of travel. Their style honors the timelessness of the John Hardy brand, serving as an inspiration—and an invitation—to be part of its tradition.

THE LOCATION: SOHO, NEW YORK

The John Hardy Flagship is situated in the heart of Soho’s luxury corridor at 118 Prince Street in a three-story landmark building from the early 1900s. The store will open Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (212-343-9000) Continue reading

HIV & AIDS in the United States Update: World AIDS Day Letter

The following letter was released by Dr. Jonathan H. Mermin and Dr. Eugene McCray of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention in celebration of World AIDS Day 2016.cdc-logo

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day to unite in the fight against HIV, support people living with HIV, and honor those who have lost their life. This year’s theme, Leadership. Commitment. Impact., asks each of us to strengthen our commitment to stop HIV using the most up-to-date, evidence-based HIV interventions, prevention tools, and testing options available. In 2015, 39,513 people received a diagnosis of HIV, and over 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States.

Recent trends in HIV diagnoses show some promising signs of progress. From 2010 to 2014, the annual number of HIV diagnoses in the United States declined by 9%, driven doingit-vertical-adam-shankmanby declines among heterosexuals and people who inject drugs (PWID). Diagnoses stabilized among gay and bisexual men overall, though trends varied by age, race and ethnicity. African Americans and Latinos continue to be disproportionally affected by HIV, compared with other races and ethnicities.

Despite gains in HIV prevention among PWID, the prescription opioid epidemic and increases in heroin use may threaten this success. PWID are at high risk for HIV and viral hepatitis if they share injection equipment. Today, we have options to help ensure that all PWID have access to prevention services. According to a new edition of CDC’s Vital Signs, released this week,

  • PWID account for 9% of HIV diagnoses in the United States, though they make up only 0.3% of the population.
  • Last year, only 1 in 4 PWID (in 22 US cities) got all their syringes from sterile sources such as syringe services programs (SSPs) and pharmacies.
  • SSPs that are comprehensive not only provide PWID with better access to sterile injection equipment, but also medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, HIV and hepatitis testing, and other HIV prevention options like condoms, behavioral interventions, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP, a daily pill that can prevent HIV).

States and local communities now have the opportunity to use federal funds under some circumstances to support SSPs. CDC guidance is available for partners interested in implementing SSPs, where permitted by local law.

On World AIDS Day and every day, [the] CDC is dedicated to reducing new HIV infections among all populations and improving health outcomes for those who are living with HIV. Current activities include

  • Awards of at least $330 million each year since 2012 ($343.7 million in 2015) to health departments to direct resources to the populations and geographic areas of greatest need and prioritize the HIV prevention strategies that will have the greatest impact.
  • The Capacity Building Assistance for High-Impact HIV Prevention national program that provides training and technical assistance for health departments, community-based organizations, and health care organizations to help them better address gaps in the HIV continuum of care and provide high-impact prevention to HIV-negative persons.

  • The Act Against AIDS initiative that raises awareness about HIV testing and prevention through campaigns and partnerships. For example,

    • Let’s Stop HIV Together is a campaign that raises awareness and fights stigma among all Americans and provides stories about people living with HIV.

    • Doing It is a national testing and prevention campaign that encourages all adults to know their HIV status and make HIV testing a part of their regular health routine.

    • Partnering and Communicating Together (PACT) to Act Against AIDS is a partnership with organizations such as AIDS United and I Choose Life to raise HIV awareness among populations disproportionately affected by HIV.

Thank you for your hard work and commitment to prevent HIV. Through our commitment, collaboration, and coordination, we can continue to reduce HIV incidence for all Americans and help all people with HIV live long, healthy lives.

Sincerely,

Jonathan H. Mermin, MD, MPH

RADM and Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS/Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/nchhstp

Eugene McCray, MD

Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/hiv

2016 Holiday Travel: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Offers “The First Class Festive Experience”

Acclaimed South Pacific Resort Partners With Aircraft Logix To Provide Luxury Charter Service Direct From Los Angeles To Bora Bora

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, named Best Luxury Beach Hotel Worldwide by Luxury Travel Advisor, has partnered with Aircraft Logix on a special charter flight this holiday season.

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Acclaimed South Pacific Resort Partners With Aircraft Logix To Provide Luxury Charter Service Direct From Los Angeles To Bora Bora

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Passengers will relax in a truly luxurious flight experience and enjoy first-class dining and cocktails as they are flown directly to Bora Bora.

Flying non-stop flights from the executive terminal of Los Angeles’ Van Nuys Airport (VNY), guests will bypass the hassles of commercial air travel, boarding directly onto a Gulfstream G550 private charter. Passengers will relax in a truly luxurious flight experience and enjoy first-class dining and cocktails as they are flown directly to Bora Bora. Upon arrival, guests will be escorted by yacht to the breathtaking Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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Fun for two at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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Four Seasons Resort And Residences Whistler Launches High-Altitude Dining

Explore A Collection Of Curated Taste Of Place Experiences With Four Seasons Hotels And Resorts

Available now through October 2017, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is offering High-Altitude Dining as part of the new Four Seasons Taste of Place global initiative.

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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler

The Taste Of Place Global Initiative features a curated collection of culinary experiences available only through Four Seasons that invites guests and local gourmands to step behind the scenes and take a look at diverse local culinary practices, traditions and experiments. Participating properties worldwide have created comprehensive itineraries that will explore uncharted aspects of the local food culture, building on the personal relationships and intimate connections between Four Seasons and local food vendors, farmers, butchers, distillers and mixologists. The exclusive experiences range from private tours of regional breweries and vineyards to deep sea fishing excursions and farm-to-table mixology classes. In addition, several curated itineraries will immerse guests in progressive dining experiences that unfold in unique settings with remarkable views of the natural landscape.

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Guests are invited to embark on an unforgettable adventure that begins with a short and scenic drive from the Resort to Whistler’s heliport. A private helicopter awaits to whisk guests to a remote ice cap as they sip on a glass of sparkling Moët Ice Impérial.

Taste Of Whistler: High-Altitude Dining, a high-flying culinary experience features glacial peak aperitifs and panoramic mountain views. Guests are invited to embark on an unforgettable adventure that begins with a short and scenic drive from the Resort to Whistler’s heliport. A private helicopter awaits to whisk guests to a remote ice cap as they sip on a glass of sparkling Moët Ice Impérial. To ensure a completely cosy Canadian experience guests will be provided with Canada Goose black label parkas and sleek, waterproof Sorel boots to keep, ensuring maximum comfort and warmth for this excursion and years to come.

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The helicopter delivers guests to a nearby glacial peak where they embark on an ice cave exploration, discovering a 12,000-year-old labyrinth of chambers of aqua blue magnificence. While engaging in this spectacular sightseeing, participants are required to gather a crucial ingredient for the upcoming cocktail session – pure glacier ice. The Resort’s Mixologist will shake the ice into one of their signature specialties amid the majestic beauty of Whistler’s mountain peaks.

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The helicopter delivers guests to a nearby glacial peak where they embark on an ice cave exploration, discovering a 12,000-year-old labyrinth of chambers of aqua blue magnificence. (Image courtesy of Four Seasons Resort And Residences Whistler)

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Once cocktail hour is complete, guests will board the helicopter and take in the alpine scenery before returning to a luxurious Private Residence featuring panoramic views. Executive Chef Eren Guryel will prepare a memorable dinner boasting locally sourced ingredients and premium meat cuts paired with custom cocktails that complement each dish. Continue reading

Now Accepting Reservations: The New Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam Debuts This December

Fabulous New Features Enhance Award-Winning All-Villa Beachfront Resort In Vietnam’s Cultural Heartland, Soon To Be A Four Seasons Experience

One of Asia’s most celebrated beachfront resorts is about to become a Four Seasons, with a host of new features enhancing the luxury vacation experience. Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam debuts on December 20, 2016, and reservations are now being accepted.

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The Resort

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The Resort Beach

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam, rests on a tranquil 1-kilometre (half mile) stretch of Ha My Beach, just 11 kilometres (7 miles) north of the UNESCO city of Hoi An in Quang Nam province on Vietnam’s central coast. An ancient trading port, Hoi An had the largest harbour in Southeast Asia in the 1st century and even opened its own stoneware kilns in the 15th century to support the growing popularity of the Japanese tea ritual. Both Christianity and Buddhism found their way to Vietnam’s shores via Hoi An in the 17th century, and today its eclectic collection of some 87 pagodas, temples and communal houses, and 82 ancient tube-shaped houses – many located on original streets – stand testament to its vibrant ancient personality.

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Central Resort Pool Area

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Olympic-Size Pool

Da Nang, a modern burst of energy and increasing exuberance that lines the gleaming Han riverfront, lies 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) north of the Resort. Towering hotels, neon-lit bars and trendy restaurants now jostle for space on its once sleepy streets and the sparkling river is now criss-crossed by spectacular bridges (including an east and west connecting swing bridge and fire-breathing Dragon Bridge), yet some things remain as pristine as ever – namely the gorgeous 32-kilometre (20-mile) curl of Da Nang Beach.

The best is about to get even better as we unveil new features and experiences for our guests, all wrapped in the legendary service for which Four Seasons is known the world over,” says General Manager Anthony Gill, who has led the Resort team for four years. “Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai on Ha My beach is a special place, both a sanctuary and a playground for the culturally curious, beach lovers, active families, culinary connoisseurs and spiritual seekers.”

Guests of Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai will find refreshed villas, an enhanced beach program plus new beach bar, a new concept for its serene lagoon spa, and a new Vietnamese cooking academy. Families will especially enjoy the new family villas with special features for parents and children, and the new, fully supervised kids club loaded with indoor and outdoor fun.

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The Heart of the Earth Spa at the New Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

In a beautiful setting perched over a lotus pond, The Heart of the Earth Spa is a haven of calm, connection and compassion. Inspired by renowned Vietnamese Zen master, scholar and peacemaker Thich Nhat Hanh, the Spa centers on the awareness that we are not separate from the Earth but at one with her, and that by aligning with nature’s rhythms, we can improve harmony within ourselves and between humanity and the planet.

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Relaxation Area at The Heart of The Earth Spa

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Spa Relaxation Pavilion

All treatments feature crystal singing bowls tuned to 432 Hz. – the harmonic intonation of nature – plus simple focused breathing techniques to attune body and mind to the Earth’s heartbeat.

Showcasing the celebrated design of Paris-based Reda Amalou, the all-villa resort interprets the Vietnamese tradition of architecture as an art form. All 100 sumptuously appointed villas are thoughtfully positioned to optimize ocean views, beach breezes and phong thuy (feng shui) principles. A fine balance of indoor and outdoor spaces, contemporary artwork and local antiques incorporate characteristic Nam Hai highlights – including a raised central platform wrapped in gossamer netting complete with a padded divan, king-sized bed and bedside bathing area with a lacquered eggshell bath. Accommodations range from one-bedroom villas to five-bedroom luxury compounds. All have outdoor garden showers, and some have additional private grounds, a swimming pool and direct access to Ha My Beach.

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Villa Interior at New Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

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Hotels and Accommodations: Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Opens The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

For The Distinctive Art Deco Hotel, A New Era Begins After 90 Years Of Moving History

Extending the reach of Sheraton Grand, a new premium classification for the brand, the Sheraton Hotels & Resorts (a brand of Marriott International) has launched the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane after a several million pounds extensive renovation and redesign of the 303 rooms. The comprehensive renovation also comprised of work on the public spaces, including the famous The Palm Lounge3_mh_logo_blk-1 Court, the Ballroom* and the opulent foyer Silver Gallery.

The interior architects of MKV Design are responsible for the extensive renovation project, in collaboration with the Sheraton Global Designteam, combining the history of the building and its impressive location opposite the Green Park with modern, stylish elements and details. The profound renovation was followed by the redesign to the Sheraton Grand, the premium classification of the Sheraton brand for hotels characterized by particularly attractive locations, exclusive design, excellent service and outstanding customer experiences. The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is the first hotel in London to meet this exquisite portfolio of currently 35 Sheraton Hotels worldwide.

As one of the global travel hubs, London is a crucial market for Sheraton, the internationally most widely-used brand of Marriott International. That’s why we should be one of our flagships, “said McGuinness, senior vice president and global brand leader for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. “The Sheraton Grand Park Lane London and its extravagant refurbishment gives the Sheraton brand a very special glow and serves as a great model for the transformation we are striving for the brand.

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Sheraton London Park Lane Hotel (Photo By Rept0n1x (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons)

Since its heyday as the first choice for personalities of society, public life and the aristocracy, the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has maintained the tradition of bringing people together in the heart of the Mayfair District. The design concept builds on the Art Deco heritage and this social influence, creating a wealth of spaces and an interior in which business and leisure can be easily combined. The 303 rooms have been completely redesigned in an elegant and luxurious style, breathing the spirit of Art Deco. 43 newly created Sheraton Club rooms and suites offer exclusive access to the Sheraton® Club Lounge, a private retreat where guests can enjoy breakfast, drinks and snacks during the day, as well as an afternoon tea in the style of The Palm Court , While in the evening, a varied selection of drinks and canapés are offered. For business travelers, this category also includes the use of a private conference room in the Sheraton® Club Lounge, which can accommodate up to eight people.

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Grand Suite Living Room – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel. (Image courtesy of Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel)

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Grand Suite Bathroom – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel. (Image courtesy of Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel)

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Grand Suite Bedroom – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel (Image courtesy of Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel)

The 21 suites of the hotel have been redesigned in such a way that the indoor space is optimally utilized and the view outside on the laubbowers of the Green Park can be enjoyed to the fullest. Many suites can now be connected to neighboring suites, so that large families and groups can get enough space. The Grand Suite of the hotel is a commitment to luxury and opulence and includes a representative entrance area, a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, as well as various living and dining areas. The rooms are interconnected with double-width sliding doors, so the Grand Suite can be opened to a single spacious room.

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Sheraton Hotel & Resorts – Sheraton Grand London Park Lane – Art Deco Suite (Photo: Business Wire)

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Renovated Park View Suite at The Sheraton London Grand Park Lane Hotel

The new design of the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane marks a milestone for Sheraton in the United Kingdom,” says Even Frydenberg, Chief Operations and Franchise Support Officer Europe, Marriott International. “Thanks to a successful collaboration with Sir Richard Sutton Limited, this newly refurbished hotel represents the grand category of the brand and is a strategically immensely important home for the Sheraton portfolio.”

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The Palm Court at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel

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The Palm Court at the Sheraton London Grand Park Lane Hotel

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The Palm Court at the Sheraton London Grand Park Lane Hotel

The renovation brought forth modern meeting places for city dwellers and world travelers alike. The prestigious The Palm Court Lounge, with its elegant furnishings and a magnificent stained glass roof, is the perfect backdrop for meetings in an aesthetic and lively atmosphere. Following the tradition of the Grand Hotel lounges of the 1920s and 30s, here breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails, a special menu called serving and Paired , Sheratons creative culinary offerings, the small dishes and delicious bar snacks excellently combined with premium wines and local craft beers.

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Mercante Restaurant, Sheraton London Grand Park Lane Hotel

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Making Spirits Bright At Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

Bahrain’s Luxury Resort Destination Welcomes Families And Friends With A Curated Selection Of Dining And Entertainment

The holiday season at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is destined to be an unforgettable experience. Take a festive getaway and enjoy countless ways to eat, drink and be merry in Bahrain’s one and only private island as it offer a lineup of special holiday experiences. With a lineup of special holiday dining and entertainment created with legendary Four Seasons finesse, the Hotel offers something merry for everyone.

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Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

For a complete schedule of holiday festivities at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, click here. Highlights include:

The Magical Festive Décor of the Urban Resort

Hotel guests and Spa members are invited to join the Hotel team for a spectacular Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, complete with traditional carols, cookies and festive refreshments.

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To convey a true Christmas spirit, the lobby will feature glorious holiday décor in elegant colours of gold, complete with a contemporary Christmas tree and holiday-inspired floral arrangements. A gingerbread creation made by Executive Pastry Chef Imad Boukli will be a spectacular and mouthwatering addition.

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  • The holiday decor will be in place from December 5, 2016 through January 7, 2017.

Sweet Treats from the Kitchens of Four Seasons at the Christmas Market

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From homemade chocolate truffles to gingerbread cookies and soldiers, Christmas fruit cake and mince pie, the holidays are the perfect time to indulge. To offer guests a head start on festive season planning, the Hotel opens its popular Christmas Market in its lobby. Traditional festive items such as holiday cookies, honey-glazed turkey-to-go and the signature yule log cake will treat the family to something special straight from the kitchens at Four Seasons.

  • Christmas Market welcomes guests from December 5, 2016 to January 3, 2017, every day from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

It’s Festive Tea Time!

Throughout the festive season, guests will enjoy a daily afternoon tea featuring a host of seasonal treats including mouthwatering honey-glazed turkey and smoked salmon sandwiches, as well as freshly baked gingerbread spiced cookies.

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  • Festive Afternoon Tea is served from December 1, 2016 to January 7, 2017 every afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Bay View Lounge and is priced at BHD 15 per person or BHD 28 for two people.

Holly Jolly Christmas for the Little Ones

The Kids For All Seasons Complimentary Kids Camp, open daily for ages 4-12 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays and from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm on weekends, has an array of organised activities planned for Hotel guests throughout the festive season with special focus on the Bahrain National Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. From candy hunts on the outdoor lawn to balloon art, face painting, making festive accessories, writing letters to Santa and cookie decorating along with gingerbread house building, the KFAS team has a thoughtfully orchestrated schedule to provide fun for all ages.

Kids For All Seasons New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

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Kids For All Seasons New Year’s Eve Extravaganza (Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay)

Younger guests are in for a night of fantastic fun at the Kids For All Seasons New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Party all night long with cool activities including a fashion show, New Year’s mask making, arts and crafts, a beauty session and costume making.

  • December 31st from 9:00 am to 12:30 am
  • Complimentary for hotel guests, spa members and guests of Bahrain Bay Kitchen

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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.

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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

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

Three, Two, One…Holiday! Amazon.com Launches Black Friday Deals Store and Curated Holiday Gift Guides

This Holiday Season, Customers Can Enjoy More Deals Than Ever Before On Everything From Hd Tvs To Stylish Kitchen Staples To Some Of The Most Popular Toys Of The Year

To Help Customers Find The Perfect Gift For Everyone On Their Shopping List, Amazon Offers Curated Holiday Gift Guides For Electronics, Home, Handmade, And Other Categories

Alexa, What Are Your Deals? New This Year, Prime Members Can Use Alexa Voice Shopping To Shop For Almost Anything, Including Exclusive Deals For Customers With An Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire Tv, Or Fire Tablet

Amazon.com has announced the launch of its Black Friday Deals Store and more than a dozen curated holiday gift guides, officially marking the start of the holiday countdown. Customers can enjoy tens of thousands of deals this holiday season on Amazon.com, with new deals as often as every five minutes on everything from HD TVs to stylish kitchen staples to some of the most popular toys of the year. In addition, Amazon offers curated holiday gift guides to help take the guesswork out of shopping for loved ones and make it easier for customers to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list.logo_white_

Customers love discovering the best deals on the most sought-after products, and our Black Friday Deals Store and curated Holiday Gift Guides offer them a place to do just that – plus enjoy the most convenient shopping experience with tons of super-fast shipping options,” said Doug Herrington, Senior Vice President of North American Retail at Amazon. “This holiday season, we’re offering more deals than ever before and – for the first time ever – giving Prime members an opportunity to use Alexa voice shopping for purchasing their holiday gifts hands-free. They can make purchases simply by asking Alexa-enabled devices, like the new Echo Dot, while relaxing at home with family and friends.

Black Friday Deals Store

Available at www.amazon.com/blackfriday, the Black Friday Deals Store is the leading deals destination for customers with tens of thousands of deals, and new deals as often as every five minutes, now through December 22. Customers can enjoy more deals than ever before this holiday season, including low prices on top gifts such as electronics, toys, clothing, jewelry, kitchen items, and more. In fact, Amazon is offering up to 20 compelling Deals of the Day in a single day. Some examples of the great deals Amazon customers can take advantage of this holiday season include: $20 off the Kindle Paperwhite, savings on an LG 55” 1080p Curved Smart OLED TV, and up to 40% off select Magformers toys.

Electronics Gift Guide

Available at www.amazon.com/electronicsgiftguide, the 2016 Amazon Electronics Gift Guide features more than 500 of this year’s hottest technology products all in one convenient location. Enthusiasts can explore new releases such as 360-degree cameras and buzz-worthy gifts like virtual reality headsets and 3D printers. The Electronics Gift Guide also features innovations from up-and-coming startups in the Amazon Launchpad program. Customers can browse more than 10 categories, including smart home, home entertainment, music, wearables, photography, gaming, gadgets and gizmos, and more. The Electronics Gift Guide also includes expert reviews and product demonstration videos to help customers find the perfect gift. And shoppers looking for budget-friendly gift ideas can find top gifts under $100.

Home Gift Guide

Available at www.amazon.com/homegiftguide, the 2016 Amazon Home Gift Guide is a curated list of more than a thousand of this season’s must-have products for the home. Filled with gift ideas for indoors and outdoors, customers can easily discover presents for everyone on their list, including cooks, bakers, home decorators, arts and crafters, smart home tech lovers, pets, backyard enthusiasts, kids and more, curated by experts in the industry such as Smitten Kitchen and Design*Sponge. Holiday decorators and party planners will find everything they need to set a festive scene at home. Customers can also shop the latest trends in the Home Gift Guide, including copper appliances, rose gold cutlery, and handmade ceramics, as well as browse products that are new this holiday season, including the KitchenAid Mini, NEST Fragrances Classic Candle (Hearth), Petcube Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera, and Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum.

Handmade at Amazon Holiday Gift Guide

Available at www.amazon.com/handmade, the Handmade at Amazon Holiday Gift Guide offers customers curated lists of genuinely handcrafted items sold directly by artisans. Featuring products for her, for him, and for kids, as well as handcrafted stocking stuffers for friends and family, the Gift Guide makes finding the perfect holiday present easier than ever. Heading into this holiday season, Amazon customers visiting the Handmade at Amazon store will see hundreds of thousands more handcrafted items, thousands of which are eligible for Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime. For shoppers looking for a personal touch, over half of the items listed on Handmade have options for customer personalization. With handcrafted items in categories from toys and games, to home décor, handbags and accessories and kitchen and dining, Handmade at Amazon is a one-stop-shop for artisan-crafted gifts this holiday season. Continue reading

“Experiential” Nike Soho Store Debuts the Future of Sport Retail

NIKE, Inc. opened its newest retail experience, Nike Soho, on Friday, November 11th: a five-story, multi-sport, 55,000-square-foot digitally connected store located at 529 Broadway at Spring Street in the heart of New York City’s Soho neighborhood.

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The new Nike Soho Flagship is designed to deliver the best of Nike products and personalized services through a series of re-imagined spaces.

The new Nike Soho Flagship is designed to deliver the best of Nike products and personalized services through a series of reimagined spaces. Guided by a large team of highly trained Nike store athletes, Nike Soho offers one-of-a-kind immersive experiences for consumers.

We’re leading the transformation of sport retail—offering the best of Nike products, services and experiences under one roof,” said Heidi O’Neill, Nike’s President of Global Direct to Consumer. “With Nike Soho we can realize the promise of personalized performance. Powered by immersive digital trials and in-store experts, this store is about elevating every athlete’s potential. Whether you’re training for a marathon or shooting hoops on our in-store court, or if you love sneakers, Nike Soho will help you raise your game. Because it’s more than a store—it’s a personal sport experience.

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Nike Soho features the Nike+ SNKRS experience, a 54-foot wide dual gender Nike Sportswear footwear wall which is the largest in any Nike store worldwide. (Photo: Business Wire)

Nike Soho’s one-of-a-kind spaces are the ultimate service destinations and include: interactive digital Nike+ Running and Basketball Trials; the Nike+ Soccer Trial Zone, where consumers can try out the latest soccer cleats; the Nike+ Service Station, a dedicated service space to consult with Nike certified store experts; Nike By NYC, a personalization studio; The Lounge, a women’s boutique within the store with greatly expanded and enhanced fitting rooms and personal styling service; and The Stands, an in-store space where consumers can connect with one another, learn about the latest product drops or hear from a designer in residence.

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The Nike+ Basketball Trial Zone simulates the feel of the game, with five sensors circling the court, guiding consumers as they test product through custom drills and taking them on an immersive experience in New York’s Dyckman or Brooklyn Bridge Parks. (Photo: Business Wire)

Nike Soho also features the ultimate scene for sneakerheads, the Nike+ SNKRS experience. The 54-foot wide dual-gender Nike Sportswear footwear wall is the largest in any Nike store worldwide and has the largest in-season collection of the iconic Nike Air Force 1 in the company’s global fleet of stores. NSW products will premiere on the wall, showcasing the company’s best in sport style innovation.

It’s great to see the everyday athlete getting the same personalized treatment from Nike that I’ve enjoyed over the years,” said tennis champion Serena Williams. “When you have experts guiding you along the way, it can make all the difference to your game. I’ve been to a lot of Nike stores over the years and Soho’s personal touches and focus on style, service and experiences are unlike any other. I can’t wait to see what New York shoppers think of it.”

Nike Soho offers some of the hottest products – from brand-defining innovation to Nike Soho exclusives to Nike and Jordan Brand restocks including: LeBron Soldier X collaboration with designer John Elliott; Air Force 1 Low NYC HS; iconic Jordan silhouettes; and local designer collaboration tees.

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Nike Soho features a wide variety of Nike Basketball and Jordan Brand products on the store’s fifth floor. (Photo: Business Wire)

The store also has a special display of the last pair of the Nike Mag shoe that was auctioned on Saturday, Nov. 12 to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The Nike Mag is on display alongside a pair of Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, which will go on sale in early December. For the first time, consumers can also see the collection of Nike’s 12 Soles Collection, a tribute to Nike’s deep roots in basketball with a nod to the future. The first drop of the collection will be available at Nike Soho in early December. The recently released Apple Watch Nike+ is also sold in the store. Continue reading

‘LOVE, NORDSTROM’: Nordstrom Celebrates Its Loyal Customers In 2016 Holiday Campaign

Nordstrom Inc. is celebrating its customers and their stories through a holiday campaign that thanks them called ‘Love, Nordstrom.’ The company is using the marketing campaign as a stage for larger-than-life love notes to thank customers for the special relationship they share. The campaign debuted in the U.S. and Canada on November 1st.1_nordstrom_ivy

LOVE, NORDSTROM

With this year’s campaign, Nordstrom is prioritizing a pure holiday spirit and expressing gratitude to connect emotionally with its customers in a special way. More than 30 real Nordstrom customers were photographed in Los Angeles, Nashville and Seattle and are featured in the national campaign that was produced in partnership with creative agency Partners & Spade.4_nordstrom-_kim-brothers

This holiday, we want to remember and thank the people who are most special to us at Nordstrom – our customers,” said Nordstrom Vice President of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. “We reached out to our employees and asked them to share some of their favorite customer stories. We met with as many people as we could, asked them to bring along some of the things that make up their signature style and took photos of them. It was so fun to connect with our customers who make us who we are. The result was our Love, Nordstrom campaign.”12_nordstrom_jonah

The integrated campaign components include digital, print, out of home, in-store window displays, shopping bags and coffee sleeves. There will be a ‘Love, Nordstrom’ navigation tab on Nordstrom.com. In an effort to reach and thank every single Nordstrom customer, the campaign also includes a charming video of employees singing the song “Thank You for Being Friend” to let all customers know how much they are appreciated. The video will be posted on Nordstrom.com and on the retailer’s social and digital platforms.7_nordstrom_chiyo

WHERE THE GIFTS ARE

This holiday season, Nordstrom hopes to be a gift-giving destination that inspires customers at all price points. A few highlights include:

  • Available now, the company is introducing Mini Boden inspired by Roald Dahl – an exclusive limited-edition collection for kids celebrating six stories including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and more.
  • Starting November 18, Nordstrom VP of Creative Olivia Kim will curate ‘Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom,’ a colorful holiday selection of apparel, accessories and tech toys including everything from smart luggage to unisex casualwear, turntables to instant cameras, cozy candles to nail art supplies, and more.
  • Starting November 25 in select stores, Nordstrom is launching shops with fresh gifting ideas such as Wit & Wonder (a one-stop shop for gifts with personality), The Trim Shop (featuring ornaments and decor), The Wonder Bar (for stocking stuffers), The Toy Shop (of course), Bow & Drape (for personalized gifts) and Gifts & Glam (for beauty).2_nordstrom_grace

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National Geographic Offers Gifts for the Adventurer, Traveler, Stargazer, Photographer, Book Lover, Young Scientist and More

Explore The World With National Geographic And Give A Gift Inspired By Travel, Adventure, Science, Exploration, Photography And Global Craft This Holiday.

If you have a love of people, places, culture and history or if you are looking for gifts that are out of the ordinary, National Geographic has some unique selections in its 2016 Holiday Look Book. From books to home goods, eclectic apparel and jewelry, gear, photography workshops and private expeditions National Geographic offers high-quality, authentic gifts that would delight anyone on your list.

Another plus: All purchases support National Geographic Society’s vital exploration, conservation, cultural preservation and education programs around the globe.

Buyers from National Geographic travel the globe in search of beautiful, handmade objects that tell a story,” said Jill Dvorak, director of site merchandising & marketing, catalog and online operations for National Geographic. “We’ve assembled an extraordinary collection of gifts for the traveler, the book lover, stargazer, home decorator, adventurer, animal lover, young scientist and beyond that will inspire them to learn and explore the world around them.”

Highlights From The 2016 Gift Selection:

National Geographic Exclusive: Geno 2.0 Next Generation Genographic Project Participation and DNA Ancestry Kit. $179.95

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Geno 2.0 Next Generation Genographic Project Participation and DNA Ancestry Kit

The revolutionary Geno 2.0 Next Generation test has been enhanced to offer the most up to date ancestry available and now has:

  • -Improved results based on a higher-capacity DNA-testing chip
  • -More accurate regional ancestry—double the number of regions and 50+ reference populations
  • -Improved DNA haplogroup calls and 20 new ancestral stories.

Introducing the next generation of the Genographic Project Participation Kit. This new DNA test uses cutting-edge technology to give you the richest ancestry information available. Join the more than half a million people who have already taken part in National Geographic’s groundbreaking Genographic Project—contribute to this real-time scientific effort and learn more about yourself than you ever thought possible.

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells and his team designed Geno Next Gen based on the new technologies and insights that emerged since the launch of the Genographic Project ten years ago. Using an exclusive, custom-built genotyping chip, they test nearly 750,000 DNA markers that have been specifically selected to provide unprecedented ancestry-related information.

For the Holiday Host or Hostess: Personalized Nautical Flag Coasters (Set of 4), $55.00

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Personalized Nautical Flag Coasters – Set of 4

Although signal flags have been largely replaced by two-way radio and cell phones, in the 19th century they were how ships at sea communicated with each other. Each flag stands for a letter, but also represents a full message. For example, the “T” flag also meant “keep clear!” Today the flags are reserved for yacht racing and formal occasions. Choose your three-initial monogram and artisans in New England will create a coaster set on cork-backed, rustic tumbled marble that shows your initials along with the corresponding signal flags. Click here for a list of initials and their corresponding flags, or click on the Flag Meanings tab to see what phrase each flag symbolizes in the International Code of Symbols.

(Please note: Personalized items cannot be returned unless damaged or defective. Please check your order carefully; once placed, your order for this item cannot be canceled. Not available for shipment outside of the U.S. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery to the continental U.S. and 4-6 weeks for delivery to Alaska and Hawaii.)

For the Adventurer: Carabiner Clip Watch with LED Micro-Light, $45.00

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Carabiner Clip Watch with LED Micro-Light

Equipped with a powerful LED micro-light, this clever explorer’s watch has a built-in carabiner that clips right onto belt loops, packs, and more, keeping the time and a light source within reach as you travel. Luminescent hands and hour markers provide visibility in all kinds of conditions.

(Details: Uses one 376 watch battery and one LR1131 watch battery (both included). We recommend having a jeweler replace the battery. The case is intentionally challenging to open in order to better protect the mechanism and increase the watch’s water resistance. 1 1/2”W x 3”L x 1/4”D, 3 oz, Water-resistant to 100 feet.)

For the Book Lover: Wild, Beautiful Places: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe, $40.00

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Wild, Beautiful Places: Picture-Perfect Journeys Around the Globe

Experience the world’s most wild, remote, beautiful places with shots by National Geographic photographers and vintage photos pulled from the National Geographic archives. Highlighting 50 of Earth’s most pristine, scenic locales, this beautiful book is illustrated with stunning images, coupled with accessible, engaging descriptions and practical travel information. The book covers everything from otherworldly, secluded valleys to far-flung, soaring mountain ranges. National Geographic photographers share some of their favorite shots from around the world and explain how they got them, and historical photos culled from National Geographic’s hallowed image archive highlight old Society explorations in rugged, distant locations, and give a glimpse into the bygone days of these exotic places.

For the Photographer: Camera Lens Travel Mug. $24.00

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Camera Lens Travel Mug

Increase your focus, clarity, and zoom abilities. We’re talking about the coffee! This deceptively realistic, BPA-free travel mug looks just like a DSLR camera lens with details like a focus ring and grip—perfect for coffee lovers and camera enthusiasts alike. The stainless steel lining keeps drinks hot and is extra easy to clean. The screw-top lid with sliding sip top keeps your coffee from spilling as you venture off road to capture that perfect shot. Continue reading

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: H2O+ Beauty is Ringing in the Holidays with Gifts for Everyone on your List

Give the Gift of H2O+ Beauty This Holiday Season

Holiday shopping can be stressful, so to help take the guesswork out of gift giving this holiday season, H2O+ Beauty is launching a collection of holiday gift sets featuring the brand’s bold new packaging and best-selling formulations from the recent relaunch.

H2O+ Beauty creates skincare formulas that harness the hydrating power of pure water. The company was founded in 1989 with the goal of putting beauty back in the hands of all women by empowering them to define beauty on their own terms. Continuing that legacy today, H2O+ Beauty combines the simplest, yet most powerful compound on the planet with advanced skincare technology to help women feel confident in their own skin.Their collections of water-based products are formulated with active ingredients, enabling them to nourish and hydrate skin.

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H2O+ Beauty Holiday Offerings

Building on their 26-year-legacy, H2O+ Beauty has unveiled a fresh line of products with modern, technically advanced ingredients that effectively target skin needs. These new holiday offerings are inspired by the brand’s innovative beginnings and combine pure water with the latest advances in skin technology, resulting in performance-based formulas made without parabens, mineral oils or phthalates. The packaging has also been revamped, reflecting a more modern look and feel that hearkens to the brand’s water-based heritage, the backbone of all H2O+ Beauty products.

From indulgent beauty buys to affordable stocking stuffers, there’s something for everyone on your list.

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H20+ Beauty Glow Factor Sea Salt Body Care Favorites Set

GLOW FACTOR SEA SALT FAVORITES HOLIDAY GIFT SET: Get that day-at-the-beach glow from the comfort of your sand-free home. Rescue dry skin with products infused with richly hydrating Almond Butter and an ocean side scent.collection_link_seasalt_products

CONTENTS: Sea Salt Body Butter (8 fl. oz.), Sea Salt Body Wash (12.2 fl. oz.), and Sea Salt Body Gloss (4 fl. oz.). Price: $45.00 ($58.00 value)

DEWY DUO OASIS FACE & LIP FAVORITES HOLIDAY GIFT SET: These tried and true thirst quenching hydrators come to the rescue of dry skin and lips. This set contains a full size of the brand’s #1 global best-selling product, the Oasis Hydrating Treatment, which is clinically proven to hydrate immediately and soften skin. It also includes a bonus full size Oasis Smooth Lip Conditioner.

CONTENTS: Oasis Hydrating Treatment (1.7 fl. oz.) and Oasis Smooth Lip Conditioner (0.5 fl. oz.). Price: $38.00 ($48.00 value)

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H20+ Beauty Luxe It Up Milk Body Care Favorites Set

LUXE IT UP BODY CARE FAVORITES HOLIDAY GIFT SET: Bathe your skin in dreamy, luxurious hydration while your senses are indulged with clean, fresh aromas. Dry skin (or nails and cuticles) are no match for the creamy moisturizing powers of this trio.collection_link_milk_products

CONTENTS: Milk Body Butter (8 fl. oz.), Milk Body Wash (12.2 fl. oz.), and Specialty Care Hand & Nail Cream (6 fl. oz.). Price: $45.00 ($55.00 value)

DRINK IT UP OASIS MINI FAVORITES GIFT SET: These favorites will help to transform parched skin into perfectly smooth skin that is brimming with vitality. The set features a trial-size of the brand’s #1 global best-selling Oasis Hydrating Treatment, which is clinically proven to hydrate immediately and soften skin, and the Elements Keep It Fresh Face Cleanser which is best for Normal to Dry skin types. This kit also offers a full size Oasis Hydrating Eye Balm.

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H20+ Beauty 3-pc. Drink it Up Oasis Mini Favorites Set

CONTENTS: Elements Keep It Fresh Face Cleanser (Normal to Dry Skin) (60mL), ­Oasis Hydrating Treatment (10mL), and ­Oasis Hydrating Eye Balm (0.5mL). Price: $25.00 ($45.00 value)

SHINE BRIGHT WATERBRIGHT MINI FAVORITES GIFT SET: The Waterbright set is hydra-powered with effective brighteners that diminish dark spots, even skin tone, and promotes overall radiance. The Illuminating Day Serum is clinically proven to improve skin tone in 7 different ways and the Illuminating Night Cream is clinically proven to brighten skin. The set also contains the Waterbright Overnight Color Correcting Mask. Continue reading

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village Launches Exclusive Ojai Olive Oil Orchard Experience and Private Dinner

Now through October 2017, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village (Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village, California 91362) offers an Ojai Olive Oil experience as part of the new Four Seasons Taste of Place Global Initiative.

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Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village has partnered with award winning boutique olive oil orchard Ojai Olive Oil Company to bring guests an insider look at California’s world renowned olive oils.

The Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts’s Taste of Place Global Initiative features a curated collection of culinary experiences, available only through Four Seasons, that invites guests and local gourmands to step “behind the scenes,” and take a look at the diverse local culinary practices, traditions and experiments. Participating properties worldwide have created comprehensive itineraries that will explore uncharted aspects of the local food culture, building on the personal relationships and intimate connections between Four Seasons and local food vendors, farmers, butchers, distillers and mixologists. The exclusive experiences range from private tours of regional breweries and vineyards to deep sea fishing excursions and farm-to-table mixology classes. In addition, several curated itineraries will immerse guests in progressive dining experiences that unfold in unique settings with remarkable views of the natural landscape.

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village has partnered with award winning boutique olive oil orchard Ojai Olive Oil Company to bring guests an insider look at California’s world renowned olive oils. The Ojai Olive Oil Company produces three award-winning extra-virgin olive oils, five extra-virgin olive oils infused with fruits and herbs, and ten balsamic vinegars imported from Modena, Italy.wes_607_aspect16x9

Set in the charming and picturesque town of Ojai Valley sits one of Southern California’s largest and most pristine olive oil orchards, owned and operated by Ojai Olive Oil Company. Hundreds of the olive oil trees that surround the ranch were planted from 1860 to 1880 and produce some of the world’s purest olive oils. Today, seven varieties and more than 3,000 olive trees stand on acres upon arcres of cultivated land. The trees are organic and sustainably pruned yearly according to European practices. The fruit is harvested by hand and the oils produced on site in an olive mill manufactured in Tuscany. Continue reading

Now Open: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Debuts First Las Vegas Restaurant At The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

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Chef Masaharu Morimoto (Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International Public Relations)

Masaharu Morimoto, famed Japanese chef, known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and the Food Network‘s Iron Chef America (since 1998), has made his official Las Vegas debut with Morimoto Las Vegas, now open at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The Las Vegas Strip is officially Las Vegas home to Morimoto and his distinctive Japanese fare from the world’s finest sushi creations to unforgettable dishes that showcase the Iron Chef’s unique ability to meld Eastern and Western flavors. The restaurant offers three distinct dining experiences: A Sushi Bar, A Main Dining Room and Teppan Tables, defining the luxurious elevation of Japanese cuisine and introducing the first and only iron griddle menu Morimoto offers in his renowned restaurant portfolio.

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Morimoto Las Vegas logo

Chef Masaharu Morimoto has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients. In 2001, Morimoto opened his first restaurant in Philadelphia, which was later followed by restaurants in New York, Napa, Honolulu, Boca Raton, Mumbai, New Delhi, Mexico City and Maui. Morimoto Asia Disney Springs, Orlando, opened in 2015 followed by Momosan Ramen and Sake in NYC, Morimoto Bangkok in Thailand and Morimoto Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, all in 2016. Morimoto Las Vegas is open 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The restaurant is located in The District at MGM Grand, adjacent to Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak.

Fate brought Morimoto Las Vegas to MGM Grand at an exciting time when the city’s dining scene is flourishing,” said Morimoto. “I’m continually inspired by Las Vegas’ glamour and wanted to create something we haven’t done before with a stimulating culinary show, bold cuisine and delicious drinks that my guests will not soon forget.

雰囲気 – the Ambiance
Envisioned by design firm
Glamorous, Morimoto Las Vegas reflects a modern and chic dining environment offset with Japanese artwork. Diverse spaces are punctuated with compelling design elements, such as the cherry blossom wall behind the bar and exquisite photographs by Glamorous President and Representative Director Yasumichi Morita, above the Teppan tables. Additional artistic features include:

The Morimoto Rope Statue – While sipping cocktails before the meal in Morimoto Las VegasLounge, guests can gaze at a life-sized bust of Morimoto composed of red and white ropes crafted by acclaimed Brazilian sculptor Mozart Guerra.

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Diverse spaces with colorful Japanese artwork and compelling design elements provide guests with a serene atmosphere to savor Chef Morimoto’s cuisine.

The Glass Carving Room – Separating the Teppan tables from the main dining room is a glass-enclosed room displaying a variety of prestigious cuts of meat such as Japanese A-5 Wagyu and Mishima Prime Tomahawk Ribeye. Guests can watch as skilled chefs carve the finest and freshest beef selections right before their eyes.

Sushi Wall – Towering behind the restaurant’s sushi bar is a black-and-white mosaic showcasing traditional Japanese symbolism in a modern stylized fashion.

MGM Grand President & COO Scott Sibella said, “We want to officially welcome Chef Morimoto to MGM Grand. The addition of his restaurant to our culinary portfolio has elevated the dining scene not only at our resort but within Las Vegas. We are honored to have him as part of our culinary team and look forward to creating once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences at the city’s newest dining destination.”

食べる to Eat
Morimoto uses his natural gift of fusing culinary techniques with high quality, fresh ingredients, resulting in memorable dishes that harmonize Japanese and Western flavors. The extensive fare offers guests a variety of ways to indulge in the sought-after cuisine in which Morimoto is known.

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Chef Morimoto brings showmanship to Morimoto Las Vegas with his first Teppan table experience.

The Iron Chef’s First Teppan Experience –Morimoto takes a luxurious view on Teppan by making use of the world’s finest products, crafted by preeminent experts, resulting in an elite service experience. Guests can marvel as A-5 Japanese Wagyu is grilled on a bed of fresh vegetables resulting in a refined Sukiyaki served alongside a soft-poached jadori egg for dipping. At the Teppan tables, guests select from a variety of a la carte items, allowing them to cater specifically to their discerning palates.

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Known as ‘Morimoto Stained Glass Window Sushi Rolls,’ the Chef’s Combination combines various ingredients to create a picturesque work-of-art.

Sushi Art – The skill Morimoto uses to create legendary sushi takes center stage with mouth-watering delights such as the Soft Shell Crab Roll, a deep fried soft shell crab rolled with asparagus, tobiko, avocado, scallion and drizzled with a spicy sauce. The Chef’s Combination, which became an internet sensation known as “Morimoto Stained Glass Window Sushi Rolls,” combines various ingredients such as tamago, tuna, cucumber, rice and nori into a stunning and picturesque work-of-art.

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A 54-ounce Mishima Prime Tomahawk Ribeye steak is cooked to perfection and served alongside Chef Morimoto’s signature sweet onion and garlic jus.

Twisted Apps –Morimoto pays homage to world cultures with a series of bold appetizers such as the Tuna Pizza, which perfectly balances the saltiness of olives and anchovy aioli with a spicy jalapeño. The Mizuhiki Caesar Salad tosses crisp romaine lettuce with seared salmon and splashes of the chef’s special Caesar dressing and grapeseed oil for a refreshing mix of greens.

Luxe Entrées –Morimoto serves original creations in an approachable fashion allowing guests to explore flavors they haven’t tried before. The Braised Black Cod with ginger-soy reduction offers a delicious introduction to the light and airy flavors of the Japanese kitchen. The more adventurous diner might turn to the Duck Duck Goose that marries duck meatball soup with duck confit fried rice and gooseberry compote for a bold, robust dish.

Sweet Temptations –The showmanship of Morimoto shines through his desserts including the Fiery Salty Caramel Chocolate Tart where a sphere of dark chocolate sorbet, marshmallow, salty caramel ganache and spiced rum is lit ablaze tableside in a glowing end to the meal.

飲む –to Drink
Morimoto Las Vegas’ beverages deliver refined libations rooted in Japanese spirits and inspired by the restaurant’s glamorous setting.

Aged Sakes – Just like enjoying a fine wine or whiskey, guests have the opportunity to enjoy the aged sake from the label created by Morimoto including the 10-year aged Koshu boasting aromatic notes of chestnut and highland malt with a walnut cream finish. Morimoto Las Vegas also features a thorough selection of sake and shochu that can be ordered individually or in a tasting flight.

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Morimoto Las Vegas combines Japanese spirits with American mixology to create refined libations such as the Fool Me Once.

Vegas-Inspired Cocktails –Cocktails, such as the Las Vegas Meets Japan, blending vodka with nigori sake and finished with a lavender shrub, are built from Japanese spirits within an American mixology context. Other Morimoto cocktail creations exclusive to MGM Grand include the Las Vegas Fizz, a captivating concoction of gin, tuaca, cava, blackberries, and lemon, and the Fool Me Once that smokes hibiscus and pink peppercorns for a powerful aroma complemented by a smooth mixture of mugi shochu and amaro.

Once in a Century Bottle – Decanters of Louis XIII dé Remy Martin at Morimoto Las Vegas showcase the generations of cellar masters and the decades of craftsmanship necessary to create the legendary cognac. Available in half ounce, full ounce and two ounce pours, the rare and celebrated spirit presents a lavish ending to a memorable evening.

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Chef Masaharu Morimoto

Chef Masaharu Morimoto‘s first cookbook, Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking, won two IACP awards–in the “Chef’s and Restaurants” category and the “First Book: The Julia Child Award“–and it was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. Morimoto will release a new book in Nov. 2016 called “Mastering The Art of Japanese Home Cooking.” For more information about Masaharu Morimoto, visit Facebook, Twitter or www.ironchefmorimoto.com.

The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has a variety of accommodations to suit every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill, Michelin three star restaurant Joël Robuchon and now Morimoto Las Vegas. The resort offers a wide-range of world-class entertainment at the MGM Grand Garden Arena; the epic by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; master illusionist David Copperfield; Topgolf Las Vegas; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas in addition to a Pampering Spa and Salon and an elaborate 380,000-square-foot Conference Center. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International. For more information and reservations, visit www.mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Sabon Kicks off the Holiday Season with its 8th Annual Pop-Up Shop in Bryant Park Holiday Market

Luxury Bath & Body Industry Leader Offers Shoppers the Sabon Experience in New York’s Iconic Park

On Saturday, October 29, 2016, luxury bath and body leader, Sabon, will unveil its 8th annual Holiday Pop-Up shop at The Bank of America Winter Village Holiday Shops at Bryant Park in New York City‘s Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan. Sabon’s exclusive Holiday Pop-Up shop will run from October 29th,sabon-logo 2016January 2nd, 2017.

Sabon‘s mission is to create and offer an unparalleled range of exceptional bath and body products using the finest natural ingredients. Inspiration for Sabon’s products come from Nature and devoted customers, with nature’s healing properties and aromatherapy at the center of creation of each item. First launching in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sabon opened for business in 1997. Since then, the company has expanded into an international network with 164 retail locations around the world, in The United States, Israel, Italy, France, Romania, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, England, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Dominica Republic, and Denmark. All Sabon products are manufactured and packaged in Israel and shipped worldwide.

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Sabon Perfect Gentleman Collection, Patchouli Citrus

This year, Sabon will be taking up the space of 4 regular-size booths as their one exclusive stand in Bryant Park, which will feature a luxurious assortment of beauty and home goods, as well as a collection of holiday gifts featuring the brand’s most popular scents.

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Sabon Body Butter with boxes

This year’s location has been designed to fully replicate the signature atmosphere of Sabon boutiques. The pop up location includes the iconic stone sink fixture, imported from Israel, along with mirrored shelving structures and the same interior design looks found at all Sabon store locations. Bryant Park visitors will have the opportunity to experience the Sabon collection through the unique visual and sensory experience only Sabon can offer in the same look, feel and setting as in any Sabon store around New York City.

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Sabon Renewal Serum Anti-Ageing Collection

This year’s limited edition Wonderland Collection will be the highlight of the Pop-Up shop and holiday season for Sabon. Inspired by elements of Wonderland, this delicate fragrance will surprise and invite you along for an exciting experience. It weaves Bergamot & Mandarin trees, intertwining them with Musk and a gentle touch of 433341Violets & Roses, a fragrance that embodies a twist of holiday fantasy.

After eight successful years of operation with the Bryant Park Holiday Pop-Up, we wanted to re-vamp the experience for our visitors,” states CEO of Sabon, Hezi Rotem. “We want shoppers to have the same relaxing and luxurious familiarity in the Bryant Park pop-up booth as they would at any one of our in-store locations.”

The Bryant Park Holiday Marketplace features more than 125 boutique-style shops in the park’s tree-lined allées, with the Holiday Shops completing the park’s transformation into a winter wonderland. The Bank of America Winter Village Holiday Shops at Bryant Park open Saturday, October 29, 2016 and runs through Monday, January 2, 2017. For more information on Sabon, please visit www.sabonnyc.com.