Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Celebrates The 50th Anniversary Of The Overwater Bungalow

Award-winning South Pacific resort introduces €1,967 Resort Credit To Commemorate Half-Century Anniversary Of The World’s Most Unique Accommodation

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, recently named Best Large Luxury Island Resort in the World by Cigar Aficionado, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the overwater bungalow, with the introduction of a €1,967 resort credit.

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Paying homage to the year of the first overwater bungalow, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora introduces the 50th Anniversary Package

Paying homage to the year of the first overwater bungalow, the 50th Anniversary Package includes a €1,967 resort credit, which is applied to stays of six or more consecutive nights and can be used by guests on resort charges such as dining, activities and spa experiences. Additionally, guests booking this package will receive a “Make Your Own Mai Tai” kit, allowing them to further celebrate this occasion with French Polynesia’s most famous cocktail.

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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora offers 100 overwater bungalow suites (15 with private plunge pools)

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Each is designed with traditional thatched roofs, indigenous Polynesian artwork, modern flair and privacy in mind.

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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora overwater bungalow suites

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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora overwater bungalow suites

“This is a historic occasion, and we’re celebrating the overwater bungalow all year long with this special resort credit,” said Maria Jagla, general manager of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. “These unique accommodations have a come a long way since 1967, and we’re proud to offer the ultimate version, full of luxury and comfort, here at Four Seasons.

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Wrapped by majestic views, luxurious Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is surrounded by sand-fringed islets on an outer coral reef that enclose a turquoise lagoon. Steep yourself in the island’s traditions, activities, and authentic cuisine during your Bora Bora vacation.

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Enjoy panoramic views from a deck that also offers access to the lagoon. Relax in a private bedroom with serene views of the South Pacific.

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The bathroom, which opens onto a wooden deck, features a double vanity, an oversized tub and a separate shower.

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Make yourself at home in quarters with traditional teak-wood furnishings, Polynesian artwork and thatched roofs made from Pandanus leaves.

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Romance is in the air at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

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Nightfall at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

The first overwater bungalow was built by the famed “Bali Hai Boys” on the French Polynesian island of Raiatea in 1967. This sought-after design has since been replicated around the world, though Bora Bora is most known as the luxury destination of choice for these accommodations. Continue reading

The Ultimate Gift For The Gourmand: Four Seasons Presents A Once-In-A-Lifetime Journey Through Cuisines And Cultures Aboard The Four Seasons Private Jet

Four Seasons Brings Guests Closer To The World’s Most Exclusive Culinary Journey With All-New Travel Gift

It’s often the gifts that don’t fit in a box that are the most treasured. The opportunity to travel the world, expand our horizons, see and do things we’ve never done before – those are the gifts that last a lifetime of memories

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Four Seasons Private Jet

Now, Four Seasons has created the ultimate gift for the gourmand: an extraordinary voyage through cuisines and cultures in nine countries from May 27 to June 14, 2017. Highlighted by a series of Michelin-starred dining experiences, immersive cooking classes, foraging expeditions, and market tours led by renowned chefs and local culinary pioneers, Culinary Discoveries takes guests on a 19-day odyssey across two continents, with air travel aboard the Four Seasons Private Jet and luxurious accommodations at Four Seasons hotels and resorts.

Taking luxury hospitality to new heights, the Four Seasons Private Jet opens doors to the world’s most intriguing destinations and extraordinary experiences. Guests travel aboard the 52-seat custom-designed Boeing 757 and stay exclusively at Four Seasons hotels and resorts, with dedicated staff both in the air and on the ground tailoring each journey to each guest’s own interests.

Along the way, Four Seasons Private Jet guests will meet other legends of the global food scene including Namae Shinobu, Alvin Leung Jr, Duangporn “Bo” Songvisava, and Jiro Ono, who gained worldwide recognition for his 10-seat restaurant in the Tokyo subway through the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Guests will also meet leading Four Seasons chefs including Christian Le Squer of three Michelin star Le Cinq in Paris, and Chan Yan Tak of Lung King Heen in Hong Kong, the world’s first Chinese restaurant to earn three Michelin stars.

A Culinary Itinerary Like No Other

A small group of culinary adventurers will meet in Seoul, where they will get to know one another at a private dinner in the home of chef Jong Kuk Lee. In the days to come, guests will dine on wagyu and Kobe beef in Tokyo, and learn about molecular gastronomy in Hong Kong in addition to enjoying a traditional feast of whole suckling pig. In northern Thailand, the group goes on an elephant trek, followed by a market visit in Mumbai before the Four Seasons Private Jet takes off for Europe. In Florence, guests meet an eighth-generation butcher and visit Michaelangelo’s David during a private viewing, and in Lisbon, they explore a city and cuisine shaped by its seafaring history. After an exclusive foraging and dining experience in Copenhagen, guests jet off to Paris for a farewell dinner to remember at Four Seasons Hotel George V.

CULINARY DISCOVERIES, MAY 27 – JUNE 14, 2017

On this groundbreaking journey developed in partnership with world-renowned Copenhagen restaurant Noma, track the evolution of food, culture, and creativity across Asia and Europe. Curated by René Redzepi and Noma, you’ll enjoy an insider’s look into the people, places, and products that are changing the culinary landscape of our world.

Seoul, South Korea – Four Seasons Hotel Seoul: Begin your extraordinary culinary expedition with a private dinner at chef Jong Kuk Lee’s home to experience his renowned farm-to-table cuisine. Visit the Jin-Kwan temple to learn the spiritual Buddhist preparation of temple food. Celebrate your time in Korea with a meal at Jungsik, ranked in the top 10 of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Tokyo, Japan – Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo At Marunouchi: Join world-renowned chef Namae Shinobu for a day of foraging outside the city followed by a private dinner at his Michelin-starred restaurant L’Effervescence Savour a private dinner at Yakiniku Nakahara, one of the city’s finest Kobe beef destinations. Take a sushi-making class, attend a Tokyo Giants baseball game, and learn the basic movements of sword fighting.

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Begin your culinary immersion with dim sum at Lung King Heen, a three-Michelin-star restaurant at Four Seasons.

Hong Kong – Four Seasons Resort Hotel Hong Kong: Begin your culinary immersion with dim sum at Lung King Heen, a three-Michelin-star restaurant at Four Seasons. Join chef Alvin Leung Jr. at his restaurant, Bo Innovation, and dive into the avant-garde world of molecular gastronomy at an “X-treme Chinese Dinner.” Cruise Hong Kong’s scenic harbor at sunset in a traditional red-sail junk boat.

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Embark on an elephant trek through a lush landscape of mist-covered mountains to a nearby hill tribe village. in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Chiang Mai, Thailand – Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai: Embark on an elephant trek through a lush landscape of mist-covered mountains to a nearby hill tribe village. Join former Noma chef Garima Arora for lunch and an exclusive visit to a Royal Project farm, part of a national effort to boost sustainable farming. Enjoy the country’s distinctive flavors at a dinner with acclaimed chef David Thompson. Continue reading

Santo Unveiled: Introducing The World’s First Mezquila

Musical Legend Sammy Hagar And Maroon Five’s Adam Levine Launch The First-Ever Blend Of Premium Agave Distillates That Achieve A True “Higher Spirit”

When two great spirits, mezcal and tequila, come together, a Higher Spirit is born. It’s for those tired of the usual, yearning for something different: a higher taste…a higher quality…a higher experience.”

Marking a first in the spirits industry, Sammy Hagar and Adam Levine announce the launch of Santo Mezquila, a premium blend of two distillates – 100% Blue Agave – commonly known as Tequila, and Espadin Agave used to produce Mezcal. Born from a creative revelation that Hagar and Levine shared one night in Cabo San Lucas, and honed over two years, Santo Mezquila represents the first quality blend of different agave distillates to hit the market.

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Santo Mezquila co-founders Sammy Hagar and Adam Levine

When Adam and I started tasting the different blends, I knew we had something special that people would love,” said Hagar. “It was only right to get the team back together and share Santo with the world.”santo-mezquila-bottle

Hagar, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and no stranger to the tequila world, joined forces with his The Voice co-star and tequila aficionado Levine, and reunited the group behind the successful Cabo Wabo brand, including Jack Daniels and Marco Monroy, to build Santo Mezquila. Creative and tech agency Narrative helm the branding and advertising, while Infinium Spirits are managing the sales and marketing of the unique spirit that joins the two renowned beverages.

With Santo, you get that smooth, full agave, rich tequila flavor with a touch of smoky-sweetness that you can only find with Mezcal – perfect for sipping,” said Levine.

Santo’s intense agave aroma mixes with an earthy, light smokiness with a hint of herbs. The initial bite is mellow and fades gently, while the full taste and finish elicit the intricate agave flavor and herbal complexity layered with gentle smoke, slight floral fruitiness, and low saltiness. It has a particular sweetness to its finish.

When you experience the unique, smoky flavors, combined with the smooth, subtle flavors of Agave distillates, you’ll have a taste revelation. Flavors on the palate explode with mouth-filling richness and are nestled in a light, smoky-sweet finish. (See drink recipes below.)taste-txt

The famed distillery, El Viejito, located in the “highlands” of the state of Jalisco, with the third generation master distiller, Juan Eduardo Nunez, has received several awards, including the “National Quality Award” and has been integral in help­ing Santo perfect the blend of agave distillates.

Santo Mezquila is being distributed in select markets nationwide, launching in Las Vegas, California, New York, Texas and Florida in the first quarter of 2017.exp-title

Santo Mezquila will be available in finer establishments nationwide – find a retailer and give in to a #HigherSpirit at SantoMezquila.com or find them on Facebook and Instagram @SantoMezquila. Continue reading

Wynn Las Vegas Announces 2017 Exclusive Residency Roster; Introduces We Are Wynn Nightlife Brand Campaign

Newly Inked Talent Joins Returning Icons To Comprise Lineup

Wynn Las Vegas‘ world-renowned nightclubs XS, Surrender, and Intrigue, and dayclub Encore Beach Club announce their 2017 resident DJ roster with the introduction of the resort’s We Are Wynn Nightlife brand campaign.

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Alesso (photo credit: Tyler Shields)

On the heels of their successful 2016 residencies, Wynn Nightlife welcomes back Alesso, A-Trak, David Guetta, Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Major Lazer, Marshmello, Ookay, RL Grime, Skrillex, Slander, Virgil Abloh, and Yellow Claw.

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David Guetta (photo credit: Tyler Shields)

New residents include Alison Wonderland, Brillz, Cedric Gervais, Chuckie, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Duke Dumont, EDX, Getter, Laidback Luke, Lost Kings, MAKJ, Nicky Romero, Robin Schulz, Stafford Brothers, and Sultan + Shepard.

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Marshmello (photo credit: Tyler Shields)

Wynn Nightlife has always had a strong commitment to providing the best entertainment experience possible,” said Alex Cordova, Wynn Nightlife Executive Vice President, and Managing Partner. “We are happy that so many incredible artists are returning — many have been with us five, six or seven years — and are excited to welcome the newly-signed residents. With our carefully curated roster, we provide the most stylistically diverse music lineup in town, positioning us as the leader in Las Vegas nightlife entertainment.”

The 2017 residencies were revealed in a video introducing We Are Wynn Nightlife, the new brand campaign featuring photography by the acclaimed contemporary photographer, Tyler Shields.

Appearing in various marketing mediums, advertisements will spotlight Wynn Nightlife and its DJs with black and white photography while XS, Surrender, Intrigue and Encore Beach Club will each have a distinctive color blocking treatment.

The We Are Wynn Nightlife campaign introduces a new look and feel to the nightlife brand,” said Cordova. “We feel that with Tyler Shields’ photography and our art direction, the campaign will speak to Wynn Nightlife’s ever-evolving customer while reflecting the luxury of the Wynn brand.”

For tickets, table reservations and additional information, please visit www.wynnsocial.com.

The Stoli Group® USA Enters Whiskey Category with Small Batch, Super-Premium Kentucky Owl® Bourbon

Stoli Group® USA, LLC announced that it will take over the national distribution, sales, and marketing, as well as the global rollout, for the Kentucky Owl brand, effective immediately. This news comes on the heels of the parent company, S.P.I. Group, acquiring the rights for “The Wise Man’s Bourbon,”™ adding a whiskey brand with a rich history to its burgeoning wine & spirits portfolio.

Kentucky Owl has a storied past, dating back long before a world of wedding registries. Upon marrying his sweetheart in 1879, founder Charles Mortimer Dedman was gifted the bourbon by his adopted father – a judge. This resulted in C.M. Dedman finding his second love just shortly after he said “I do” to his first. Kentucky Owl was produced until 1916 when government agents, compelled by the rising tides of teetotalism, swooped in and hauled some 250,000 gallons of Dedman’s stock by barge up the river to be warehoused under lock and key in Kentucky’s capital of Frankfort.

Sometime after Prohibition was enacted nationwide in 1919, a mysterious fire leveled the warehouse where Kentucky Owl was being stored. It is rumored that Al Capone or a similar big-time crime boss of that era cut a deal for the contents of the facility to be “relocated” before the building burned and that this fine American whiskey

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S.P.I. Group acquired Kentucky Owl(R) today. The pre-prohibition era bourbon will be distributed, sold and marketed by Stoli Group USA.

kept well-heeled “night owls” well-oiled throughout Prohibition, by being served up at the finest speakeasies as a rich man’s alternative to bathtub gin. In spite of this considerable loss, the family came into ownership of Harrodsburg, Kentucky’s famed Beaumont Inn, where it continues to thrive to this day.

C.M.’s great-great-grandson and current Beaumont Inn proprietor, Dixon Dedman, joined forces with family friends and California winemakers, Mark and Sherri Carter, to bring Kentucky Owl small batches back to the market in 2008. In 2014, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was the Drinks Category Winner at Garden & Gun magazine‘s “Made in the South” awards. Now, a century after the brand was essentially shut down, it’s spreading its wings to become a veritable “who’s who” of craft bourbons nationwide.

When we began considering American whiskeys, we were attracted to Kentucky Owl because of its complex, yet very smooth taste profile,” said Dmitry Efimov, CEO of S.P.I. Group. “Upon sitting down with the owners and hearing the story, we became really enthusiastic about revitalizing the brand and concluded that this would be the bourbon to anchor a whiskey line for S.P.I. Our USA team is poised to bring this to market.”

Patrick Piana, President of Stoli Group USA, added, “Kentucky Owl is a great next step for our portfolio of premium and luxury brands. Bourbons have been experiencing impressive growth recently and we see a strong opportunity in the super-premium sub-category, in particular. I’m looking forward to working together with Dixon Dedman to accelerate the trusted product his family built into the cult bourbon brand for the North American brown spirits consumer.

Dedman will continue to play a critical role as Kentucky Owl is introduced in more markets nationwide and globally and will act as its Brand Ambassador. As a small-batch, super-premium bourbon, the brand adds a new and varied call to the Stoli Group portfolio for consumers and will be well-represented by Stoli Group’s team of spirits experts. Stoli Group USA will begin by expanding Kentucky Owl’s presence in the South, where its talons first took root, and from where it will also take flight to other major US cities.

Stoli Group USA, LLC is a U.S. importer and marketer of alcoholic beverages, headquartered in New York City. Formed in 2013, it is a subsidiary of SPI Group based out of Luxemburg, one of the world’s most dynamic wine and spirits organizations.

S.P.I. Group is an independent company with a talented multinational team with production facilities in the USA, Latvia, Mexico, Argentina, and Spain. The group is committed to a mission of building a respected portfolio of select premium drinks brands, which it achieves by controlling and perfecting every stage of the process, from the cultivation through the distribution.

JW Marriott Debuts Stunning Beach Resort on Marco Island

Global Luxury Brand Opens South Florida Beachfront Hotel On The Shores Of The Gulf Of Mexico

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the global luxury brand that is part of Marriott International’s luxury brands portfolio, has debuted JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Located 20 minutes south of Naples and just a 50-minute drive from Southwest Florida International Airport, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is the ultimate sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation.

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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Following an extensive $320 million renovation facilitated by ownership group Mass Mutual, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa has converted to a JW Marriott luxury property, ushering in a new era for the illustrious resort. The 726-room JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort offers engaging and enriching on-property experiences that can be artfully tailored to each guest.

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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort lobby

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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

In 2015, the resort began phase one of a three-phase makeover and brand conversion project, including expanded pool decks, a refurbished lobby, a new porte-cochere and grand front entrance. The second phase, which concluded on Dec. 31, 2016, welcomed a complete transformation of guest rooms and resort culinary offerings, including the addition of two new signature restaurants, Ario and Maia, as well as an all-new beachfront tiki bar, Kane.

This brand conversion brings to fruition years of planning, dedication and hard work, and I could not be more pleased,” said Rick Medwedeff, General Manager of JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. “As we move forward into the next chapter of our resort’s story, we are embracing our celebrated past and welcoming a new level of luxury by joining JW Marriott’s global portfolio of exceptional properties.”

The luxury Marco Island resort near Naples, Florida is poised to become one of the region’s most coveted culinary destinations, led by Executive Chef Eric Vasta, who most recently held the post at the celebrated five-star JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Culinary programming will include private sommelier-led wine tastings and Chef’s Table experiences at signature restaurant Ario, helmed by Chef de Cuisine Gerald Sombright. The culinary offerings extend beachside with fish-grilling classes, rum tastings and private dinners along the shoreline.

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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort – Ario Seating

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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort – Kane Tiki Bar & Grill

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SVEDKA Vodka Introduces Electric New Flavor, Blue Raspberry

Number-One Imported Vodka[i] Expands Award-Winning Portfolio

SVEDKA Vodka has announced SVEDKA Blue Raspberry, the dynamic new addition to its award-winning portfolio. Continuing SVEDKA’s focus on flavor innovation, SVEDKA Blue Raspberry delivers on the extreme flavor trend with an explosive sweet berry and tart lemon profile. SVEDKA Blue Raspberry opens with bright raspberry and berry notes that build to an energetic, hard lemon twist. SVEDKA’s iconic, shelf-popping, two-tone packaging further communicates the bold flavor blend with vibrant fuchsia raspberry tones transitioning to an electric blue hue.

SVEDKA constantly looks to break the mold by introducing bold flavors to the svedka-blue-raspberryvodka category, and we’re excited to unveil SVEDKA Blue Raspberry as the newest dynamic addition to our award-winning portfolio,” said Diana Pawlik, SVEDKA Vodka’s Vice President of Marketing. “SVEDKA Blue Raspberry is an electric, sweet and sour flavor combination, offering Millennials an adventurous new meta-flavor to match their exhilarating approach to life.”

SVEDKA Blue Raspberry targets the palate thrill seekers who crave extreme flavors, a trend seen across the food and beverage space in sour candies, spicy snacks and electric energy drinks coveted by Generation-Y. With raspberry and blue raspberry being the most sought-after vodka flavors among LDA consumers[ii], SVEDKA Blue Raspberry answers the Millennial call for all things bold and audacious.

SVEDKA Vodka is the number-one imported vodka brand in the United States and has won numerous category awards and accolades, including a Gold Medal for SVEDKA 80-Proof in the International Wine and Spirits Competition (2014), Impact’s “Blue Chip” Brand Award (2012, 2013), the Fast Track Award at Beverage Information Group‘s 2011 and 2010 Growth Brand Awards as well as Impact‘s “Hot Brand” award in 2012. Additionally, SVEDKA received a Gold Medal for Exceptional Taste and Best Buy (BTI, 2008), and a Gold Medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (2005, 2008, 2011). SVEDKA Blue Raspberry is the most recent stateside launch from the Swedish-imported vodka brand, which boasts other innovative flavors that include SVEDKA Cucumber Lime, SVEDKA Grapefruit Jalapeño, SVEDKA Mango Pineapple, SVEDKA Strawberry Lemonade, SVEDKA Strawberry Colada, SVEDKA Colada, SVEDKA Orange Cream Pop, in addition to SVEDKA’s core flavors: SVEDKA Cherry, SVEDKA Citron, SVEDKA Clementine, SVEDKA Raspberry, SVEDKA Vanilla and SVEDKA Peach.

Blue Heaven

Ingredients:

  • 1½ parts SVEDKA Blue Raspberry
  • ice. Shake and strain into a shot glass. Garnish
  • with a lemon wedge.
  • ½ part Blue Curaçao
  • ¼ part fresh lemon juice

Instructions: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker over

Blujito

Ingredients:

  • 1½ parts SVEDKA Blue Raspberry
  • ¾ part simple syrup
  • Pinch of mint
  • 3 blueberries
  • 2 raspberries
  • ¾ part fresh lime juice

Instructions:

Muddle blueberries, raspberries and mint in a shaker. Add remaining ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice.

SVEDKA Blue Raspberry will be available nationwide beginning March 2017 (varies by market), in 50ML (Suggested Retail Price (SRP) $1.99), 375ML (SRP $6.99), 750ML (SRP $12.99), 1L (SRP $16.99) and 1.75L (SRP $21.99).

[i] 2016 Adams Liquor Handbook, 9L volume sold 2015

[ii] IRI Multi-Outlet + Conv + Liquor 52wk 1.8.17

[iii] IRI, Total U.S. Multi-Outlet + Convenience 52wk 1.3.16 and NABCA, 12 months through 12.31.15