THE WORLD’S MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS

Here’s a bundle of exclusive luxury with links included

 

Hotel Les Mars – Healdsburg, California, USA

Hotel Les Mars Evokes Romantic French Charm in Sonoma Wine Country, California

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Hotel Les Mars is the finest destination for travelers who want to experience California wine country in lavish comfort. Resting among the hills of the Russian River Valley in Northern California, Hotel Les Mars evokes the charm of a romantic French maison retreat. The hotel, which is a member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux that recognizes some of the world’s best hotels, boasts superior European-style service for both corporate and personal getaways. Opened by the Mars family in 2005, Hotel Les Mars provides elegant spa services from world-famous spa company Francis & Alexander, even in the comfort and privacy of each of its 16 elegantly decorated rooms. For more information on Hotel Les Mars, please visit www.hotellesmars.com.

27 North Street

Healdsburg, California, 95448

Tel: (707) 433 4211

www.hotellesmars.com

Rock Creek Cattle Company – Deer Lodge, Montana, USA

Montana’s Rock Creek Cattle Company is Your Gateway to the American Great Outdoors

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Rock Creek Cattle Company in Deer Lodge, Montana is nestled on 3,000 acres of diverse and gorgeous countryside including Rock Creek, an alpine lake, lush forests, rolling hills, an 18-hole golf course designed by golf course architect Tom Doak and 18 miles of rivers and streams. Ideally situated, Rock Creek Cattle Company features 22 luxurious accommodations from 12 one-bedroom cottages, five three-bedroom cabins, four four-bedroom cabins and one five-bedroom home. In addition, Rock Creek Cattle Company offers its members and guests state-of-the-art facilities including a restaurant with an outdoor terrace on the banks of Rock Creek, a private dining room, two bars, a library, an outdoor pool, hot tub, kids pool, fire pit and game barn, fitness center and massage rooms. Rock Creek Cattle Company provides members and guests an array of exciting activities including Golfing, Fly-Fishing, ATV Excursions, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, and Hunting. Rock Creek Cattle Company’s fabulous food, wine, accommodations, facilities, activities and service makes the private club the perfect destination for family vacations, weekend getaways and more. To learn more about Rock Creek Cattle Company, please visit www.rockcreekcattlecompany.com.

105 Pauly Drive

Deer Lodge, MT 59722-9634
Tel: (406) 846-3474

www.rockcreekcattlecompany.com

Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa and Resort – Barra de Sao Miguel, Alagoas, Brazil

Private Luxury in a Tranquil Paradise at Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa and Resort in Brazil

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Resting 20 miles from the charming city of Maceio on the eastern coast of Brazil, Kenoa Beach Spa and Resort is a private sanctuary of tranquility and balance where each guest’s experience is carefully handled to expand their journey and ensure their privacy. Kenoa Resort rests along miles of virgin Atlantic outback and the enchanting turquoise sea, a relaxing and wondrous escape where luxury is defined by its earth-given beauty. Kenoa Resort is a first wave eco-chic resort comprised of luxury suites and bungalows with private pools, and the Kaamo restaurant, under the supervision of the renowned Brazilian chef César Santos, provides excellent dining for discerning guests. Expert service executed by impeccably trained attendants who deftly capture guests’ preferences and whims is one of the many ways the Kenoa Resort delivers a world-class hideaway experience for the traveler who wants only the absolute best. For more information please visit www.kenoaresort.com.

Barra Mar Rua Escritor Jorge de Lima nº, 58

Barra de São Miguel

AL, 57180-000, Brazil
(800) 337-4685

www.kenoaresort.com

Hotel Christopher – St. Barth, F. W. I.

Experience the Caribbean’s Intimate Side at Hotel Christopher St. Barth

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One of the best locations in St. Barth, the recently renovated Hotel Christopher offers luxurious soon to be five-star accommodations and amenities and houses two remodeled restaurants, newly redesigned spacious rooms and the largest pool on the island overlooking the Caribbean Sea. A favorite destination for jet setters from America and Europe, Hotel Christopher is located at the secluded Pointe Milou on St. Barth–only a 10-minute flight from St. Maarten. The hotel features 42 rooms and suites comprised of Ocean Poolside, Ocean Garden, Ocean Classic and Ocean Deluxe rooms as well as the Ocean Junior Suite, Ocean Balcony Junior Suite, Ocean one-bedroom Suite and Aloes Suite. The hotel’s two restaurants, Taino and Mango, provide guests with perfect menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spa treatments, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, surfing and boat rentals are all available through Hotel Christopher’s concierge. For more information on the wonderful opportunities awaiting guests at Hotel Christopher, please visit www.hotelchristopher.com.

Pointe Milou

97133 St. Barthélemy

Tel: (590) 590 27 63 63

www.hotelchristopher.com

Montpelier Plantation – Nevis, West Indies, Caribbean

Montpelier Plantation: A Sanctuary of Beauty Far from the Stresses of Modern Life

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Set in a 60-acre estate 750 feet up in the hills of Nevis in the Caribbean, the Relais and Châteaux and AAA Four Diamond Montpelier Plantation offers sea-views from each of its 19 simple yet beautiful and elegant rooms where guests will find a perfect balance between historic plantation style and modern amenities. A private beach, mosaic swimming pool, tennis court, extensive wine cellar, and personable and discreet hotel service along with delightful dining are some of the many opportunities made available while staying at Montpelier Plantation. Open and airy, the hotel invites its visitors to effortlessly experience the beauty of both the nature of Nevis and the Plantation itself. Whether they want to relax and unwind with spa treatments or hike through the rainforest, Montpelier Plantation transports its guests to a place of utter tranquility. For more information on Montpelier Plantation, please visit www.montpeliernevis.com.

PO Box 474

Nevis, West Indies

Tel: (869) 469-3462

www.montpeliernevis.com

Domaine de la Bretesche – Brittany, France

Allow Domaine de la Bretesche in Brittany, France to Transport You into Old-World Tranquility

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The Relais and Châteaux Domaine de la Bretesche in Brittany, France transports guests into an elegant and distinguished suspension of old-world tranquility. Comfort combines with both traditional and contemporary styles in 32 luxurious rooms comprising the hotel that sits mere steps from La Baule. Adorned in fabulous fabrics and custom color schemes, each room is a serene spot for repose and relaxation. The warm, natural setting helps guests relax in the hotel’s spa, Cour Carré, offering a wonderful range of treatments imbued with authenticity and ceremony that all guests will appreciate. Domaine de la Bretesche offers its guests the fine cuisine of Le Montaigu, where Chef Ludovic Le Forestier creates gourmet surprises for even the most difficult of palates. Sheltered by an ancient forest, the 18-hole Bretesche golf course is among the most beautiful of France, The course is majestically overlooked by the castle towers and ramparts and bordered by the most beautiful varieties of trees. A compact 9-hole course, designed similarly to the 18-hole course, welcomes amateurs and pros alike to practice at peace. For more information of Domaine de la Bretesche and to book a stay, please visit www.bretesche.fr.

Missillac 44 780

Missillac, France
Tel: +02 51 76 86 96

www.bretesche.fr

Hotel Bel Ami – Paris, France

Hip Luxury in the Heart of Paris at the Hotel Bel Ami

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Located right along the main boulevard in the Southern Half of Paris, Hotel Bel Ami combines a comfortable and friendly atmosphere with a contemporary address. Only steps away from the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots in the very heart of Paris’ St Germain des Prés district, Hotel Bel Ami renew the Avant Garde spirit of Parisian travel accommodations. The spacious, contemporary, trendy and relaxing atmosphere of the area is duplicated at Hotel Bel Ami—its pragmatic luxury, as well as its friendly and peaceful climate, makes it one of the most wonderful places to stay in Paris. The Bel-Ami Hotel’s 111 rooms, including two junior suites and four regular suites, give priority to a spirit of laid back but chic comfort. Guests can also enjoy fantastic food from Bel Ami Café, receive body and skin care for him and her at the Wellness Center by Payot, and socialize at Bel-Ami Bar’s intimate lounge and its warm tonalities. For more information on the hip Hotel Bel Ami, please visit www.hotel-bel-ami.com.

7-11 Rue St Benoît – 75006 Paris
Tel: +33 1 42 61 87 13

www.hotel-bel-ami.com

Hotel Edouard 7 – Paris, France

Revel in Classic Parisian Ambiance at Hotel Edouard 7

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Hotel Edouard 7 is a premier couture hotel located in the heart of Paris in the central 2nd Arrondissement. Comprised of 70 rooms and suites throughout seven floors, Hotel Edouard 7’s lavish furnishing and luxe designs recall a traditional Paris in a modern era with contemporary amenities. Each room is entirely unique, elegant and intimate with custom carpets and lights, in addition to fantastic fabric and designs. Each of the Hotel’s suites were recently renovated, and all overlook the Opéra. Hotel Edouard 7 is the perfect luxury hotel, located within walking distance from many of Paris’s main attractions, including superb shopping, world-famous museums, world’s-best restaurants, renowned cabarets, and exquisite galleries housing extraordinary works of art. Guests at Hotel Edouard 7 can relax in a refined and elegant ambiance at Bar l’E7, or enjoy the talent of the French gastronomy scene with a menu changing throughout each season. Its excellent concierge is prepared to arrange any adventure for guests and answer to any requests they may have. For more information on Hotel Edouard 7, please visit www.edouard7hotel.com.

39, Av de l’Opéra – 75002 PARIS

Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 61 56 90

www.edouard7hotel.com

Argentario Golf Resort & Spa – Tuscany, Italy

Incredible Design Meets Luxury Sport at the Argentario Golf Resort & Spa

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A chic luxury resort with a golf course and wellness center located in the heart of Tuscany, Argentario Golf Resort and Spa lies in a protected Mediterranean oasis that offers a unique panorama of extraordinary Italian beauty. The impressive design of Argentario extends to every area of its facilities, including its 73 suites and world-class spa, Espace, as well as its meticulously planned golf course. Each suite at Argentario features a terrace with views of the golf course or Monte Argentario. With 18 championship holes and a driving range, the Argentario Golf Club occupies 190 acres and earned an environmental certification from BioAgriCert, the international certification body of organic productions based in Italy. The course offers a Club House and the Buvette pro shop, as well as the Blue Team Golf Academy, a prestigious golf school. The Dama Dama Restaurant at Argentario Resort offers Tuscan and Italian cuisine, with particular attention paid to the culinary traditions of the Maremma region that Argentario calls home. Argentario Resort’s beautiful aesthetic is illustrated on its panoramic terrace, in and around its spectacular swimming pool with solarium, and its three exquisite tennis courts. For more information on the Argentario Golf Resort and Spa in Tuscany and to book your trip, please visit www.argentariogolfresortspa.it.

Via Acquedotto Leopoldino – 58018 Porto Ercole (GR) Italy
Tel: +39 0564 810292

www.argentariogolfresortspa.it

Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate – Featherston, New Zealand

Indulge in Spectacular Outdoor Opportunities at Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate in New Zealand

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On a 5,500 acre haven located just a 40-minute drive from Martinsborough at the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island along Palliser Bay, Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate makes any outdoor activity dream a reality. Wharekauhau boasts 15 comfortable, spacious and luxurious cottages and two additional guest homes, all with access to exclusive activities including hiking and mountain biking, a Wharekauhau sheep farm tour, a tour of the region’s wild coastal environment, the Cape Palliser Seal Colony and Lighthouse tour, as well as wine tours, jet boating, horseback riding, ATV adventure tours, clay target shooting, archery, and a luxury golf tour. Other activities include swimming with dolphins, whale watching, and walking tours of the immense estate with completely customizable routes for difficulty and timing. Wharekauhau was rewarded for Best Ambience and Design by Condé Nast Traveller magazine in 2011, and received the award for Best in the World from Condé Nast readers in 2008. For more information on Wharekauhau, room rates and availability, please visit www.wharekauhau.co.nz.

Western Lake Road

Featherston 5773, New Zealand
Tel: + (06) 307 7581

www.wharekauhau.co.nz

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SOUTH AFRICA CAPTURED WITH PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI

 

Capturing safari experiences on camera has always been an integral part of the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve experience, and the new digital age has made it easier for everyone to try their hand at taking the perfect picture. While deep in South Africa’s bushveld, guests opt for the Sabi Sabi Photo Safari, a unique experience with a professional photographer who will guide you through the intricacies of getting the very best out of a camera for that once-in-a-lifetime wildlife picture.

Prior to your arrival, the professional will be in touch to ascertain the level of your interest and expertise, as well as to get details on the equipment you have been using. He will then tailor your course, provide cameras and lenses if necessary and customize subjects such as a camera setup, photography in the field, working with wildlife and light sources.

The photographic safari runs for one full day, beginning at lunchtime on the first day and ending before lunch the following day. These thrilling open Land Rover game drives allow exclusive up close encounters with Africa’s Big Five and hundreds of other species living in the bush. This is the perfect opportunity to get a clear night shot of the leopards that prowl at night or the eagle soaring through bright rays of sunshine.

At the end of the safari, you and your instructor will review the images and you will discover the various methods and merits of post-processing. The photos you select will go home with you on a CD or flash drive.

Sabi Sabi is an award winning private game reserve that offers world-class standards in luxury accommodation, exceptional close wildlife encounters, personal service and delicious cuisine. Located on the South-Western section of the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sabi is described as a classic bush experience with its four five-star lodges.

The rate $588 per guest photographer per 24 hours, and includes the services of a professional photographer for up to a maximum of six guests on a photographic vehicle. These Professional Photographic Safaris are available on request and must be pre-booked. Additional equipment can also be rented, with rates available on request. And, partners of registered participants may accompany the photographic safaris, but will not be provided with photographic equipment.

Camera equipment provided will be as follows or similar (depending on availability):

– Nikon D700/ D3 or D3S with Nikon 200 – 400mm f/4 lens

– Canon 70/ Mark III or VI with Canon 300mm f/2.8 or 500mm f/4 lens

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For more information or reservations, call (804) 767-8770, e-mail warren@warrengreenandassociates.com or visit the website at www.sabisabi.com.

Rates are based on the exchange rate between US Dollars and South African Rand as of 03/21/12


Luxury Has Never Been More Affordable With New ‘Ultimate Luxury Package’

Pictured above:  Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt

Business Class Airfare, Five-Star Hotels, and Chauffeur-Driven Touring From Just $2,799 Per Person Round-Trip Including All Taxes and Fees

Imagine traveling to Ireland in Business Class round-trip on Aer Lingus, staying at five-star hotels across the country, and enjoying private chauffeur-driven touring between cities — all for less than $3,000 per person round-trip for a six-night getaway. This dream trip is now a reality for travelers who book the new "Ultimate Luxury Package" from the Aer Lingus Vacation Store.

A group of four travelers will experience true Irish hospitality with incredible elegance and unparalleled luxury throughout this six-night vacation which includes stays in four of Ireland’s most exclusive properties where many of the world’s famous actors, athletes, politicians, and royalty have stayed: Four Seasons in Dublin, Glenlo Abbey in Galway, Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney, and The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt. And to make it even more exclusive, the private driver lets travelers see it all in style and comfort!

Here is how the itinerary works:

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Day 1: Depart USA to Dublin, Ireland on Aer Lingus
Day 2: Arrive in Dublin and transfer by private car and driver to enjoy the first night at theFour Seasons located in one of the most exclusive areas of Dublin City. The remainder of the day is free to explore Dublin independently.
Day 3: Travel in style via a private chauffeur-driven car to Galway and stay at 5-star Glenlo Abbey, a perfect base for relaxation and exploration. Travelers will have the driver available for 8 consecutive hours on Day 3, including travel time from Dublin to Galway.

Day 4: Day at leisure in Galway to enjoy all the five-star Glenlo Abbey has to offer.
Day 5:  The driver/guide and vehicle are at the traveler’s disposal to enjoy for another full-day to travel and sight-see from Galway to Killarney. Participants will spend 2 nights in Killarney at the five-star Muckross Park Hotel, enjoying the beauty of Co Kerry.

Day 6: Day at leisure in Killarney at the five-star Muckross Park Hotel.

Day 7: The private chauffeur drive begins in the morning as travelers enjoy a full day of sightseeing along the way to Wicklow for the final night at The 5-star Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt – a last night of luxury!
Day 8: Private transfer back to Dublin airport for the return flight home on Aer Lingus.

The Ultimate Luxury Package includes:

Accommodation:

Transportation:

  • Round-trip Business Class airfare to Dublin on Aer Lingus
  • Private roundtrip Dublin airport transfers on Day 2 and Day 8
  • Private Chauffeur and car for three days travel and sightseeing, Days 3, 5, and 7

Other Inclusions

  • All local taxes, hotel service charges, carrier and government imposed taxes/fees/facility charges on airfare. Chauffeur gratuities are NOT included.

This round-trip package is priced from $2,799 from New York; $2,825 from Boston; and $2,899 from Chicago for travel between April 1 and May 31, 2012.  The package price is based on four people traveling together. Other departure dates are available at slightly higher rates. Fares are based on select Monday through Thursday travel.  This package is available for sale through October 31, 2012.  To book this package call 1-800-495-1632 orclick here.

ABOUT THE AER LINGUS VACATION STORE
The Aer Lingus Vacation Store offers various types of vacations to Ireland to suit any traveler’s needs including independent, escorted, city stays, golf, groups, and customized. The Aer Lingus Vacation Store partners with 300 hotels and castles and 1000 B&Bs in Ireland to offer customers the ultimate choice to suit their budget. As a volume tour operator, the Aer Lingus Vacation Store offers special rates to its customers providing the best prices in the industry. To contact the Aer Lingus Vacation Store call 1-800-495-1632 or visit the website at http://www.aerlingusvacationstore.com.


Living with Old Masters at Lake Fuschl

Schloss Fuschl © Starwood Hotels

Schloss Fuschl Resort & Spa, along the shores of Lake Fuschl near Salzburg, is an art destination and castle hotel in one. Its extraordinary art collection of Old Masters is lovingly depicted throughout its exclusive rooms and suites and invites all guests to a world of fine arts and historic European luxury

Enjoy the vast collection of old masters at Schloss Fuschl.

Hof bei Salzburg

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Schloss Fuschl Resort & Spa just outside of Salzburg is a true artistic sensation. Its motto “Living with Old Masters”  comes alive with an own exclusive art collection of about 170 works from the 17th to 19th century, which enjoys museum standard quality and a global reputation.
The extraordinary collection includes artworks from different epochs and styles and is without precedent in the international hotel industry. Each valuable painting comes to life in the luxurious ambience of this castle hotel, decorating the walls of the exclusive rooms and suites, as well as all public areas.  “Living with Old Masters” invites you to re-live the history of European art and culture and dive into the old world of fine arts. Schloss Fuschl is open year-round as hotel and also welcomes art lovers to guided tours

Contact

Schloss Fuschl Connection
Schloss Strasse 19
5322 Hof bei Salzburg
Tel.: +143622922531530
info@schloss-fuschl-collection.com
Website

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An island-style gourmet experience at Mambo Restaurant

Elegance and Gourmet Cuisine In Belize

Long considered the hidden jewel of Belize, Matachica Resort and Spa, the exquisite, award-winning beach resort is the ideal location for a romantic rendezvous with someone special.  Heralded as the anti-generic beach resort, Matachica Resort and Spa now offers an even more spectacular Caribbean getaway with their signature relaxed attitude and barefoot elegance.

Matachica Resort and Spa’s exotic location is evident at every turn, particularly at the resort’s award-winning Mambo restaurant. Here the highest-quality local ingredients lend an authentic Belizean flare to the dining experience. Inspired by the lush atmosphere and flavors of Belize.

http://matachica.com/

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Chef Reynaldo has crafted a menu that offers sumptuous dishes such as Curried Island Shrimp, Spicy Gazpacho, Mango-Glazed Pork and Banana Coconut Rum Foster, to name a few. Chef Reynaldo places top priority on the details by hand-picking herbs and spices and featuring house made pastas and breads. Paired with an extensive wine list and romantic ambience—candelabras, handcrafted local art and mahogany furniture—Mambo elevates the island’s dining scene on every level.

If you opt to explore the island of Ambergris Caye during your stay, you might indulge in a private picnic prepared by the restaurant. From scuba diving and snorkeling, to fishing, historic site excursions and journeying to the world’s second-largest barrier reef, there are countless options to experience island life. You may very well choose to simply find a secluded hammock together to soak in the relaxing island rays. A gourmet meal set against Matachica Resort and Spa’s breathtaking backdrop perfectly compliments whichever of the many activities you embark on.


EXPERIENCE CLASSICAL MUSIC STARS ONBOARD MS EUROPA’S MUSIC VOYAGES IN 2012

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to Offer Guests Established Talent and Young Stars During the Ocean Sun and Stella Maris Classical Music Festivals at Sea 

The highest ranked cruise ship in the world, according to the 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships[1] Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ MS EUROPA is offering guests two world-class music festivals in 2012. The “Ocean Sun Festival,” the only classical music festival on the High Seas, will feature internationally acclaimed classical music stars performing on board, as well as exclusive concerts at historical sites ashore. Additionally, the “Stella Maris“ International Vocal Competition will bring together up-and-coming young singers from the most renowned opera houses in the world to perform and compete on board a Middle East and Africa itinerary. These two music cruises are the highlights of a total of nine music cruises aboard the EUROPA in 2012.

Now in its sixth year, the “Ocean Sun Festival” has been compared to the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa Valley, California and the Tuscan Sun Festival in Italy. For an added dimension to this musical experience, international music critics will offer lectures along the route. On board, “Ocean Sun Festival” guests will experience the breathtaking violinist Janine Jansen, the aspiring pianist Igor Levit and renowned soprano vocalist Marlis Petersen. This musical voyage continues ashore with the soloists joining the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Bergen, Norway. While the classical music concerts are the highlights of this itinerary, the EUROPA will glide through the picturesque Norway fjords, with stops in the charming and multifaceted cities of Bergen and Oslo. This 12-day itinerary from August 12-24, 2012, starts at $6,670 per person/based on double occupancy for a suite.

In cooperation with the prestigious international opera houses, the EUROPA will also be hosting their fourth annual classical music competition at sea, “Stella Maris.”
Under the direction of Canadian tenor Michael Schade, a jury of famous personalities in the classical music field will judge the top talent represented by international opera houses. The distinguishing feature of “Stella Maris” is that the audience determines the winner of the cash prize worth €15,000. This prize, generous compared to others in the world of classical music, is provided by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The jury will decide on the recipients of the additional prizes, which include: a guest engagement at an international opera house, a concert, and a test recording with Deutsche Grammophon. The competition will occur on board an 18-day Middle Eastern and Africa cruise through the Indian Ocean from November 7-25, 2012, making stops in Dubai, Oman, the Seychelles and Madagascar this November. The itinerary starts at $9,150 per person/based on double occupancy for a suite.

For information on these itineraries visit www.hl-cruises.com or call one of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ sales agencies below.

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About the EUROPA:
The EUROPA is the first “all-suites” cruise ship, with staterooms that are never less than 290 square feet, 80% of them having their own veranda, assuring privacy and relaxation. The EUROPA offers guests the largest space per passenger, as well as one of the highest staff passenger ratios, with 280 staff members for max. 408 guests. New to the EUROPA, Dieter Mueller became the first award-winning chef to open his own gourmet restaurant onboard. He’s personally on board 70 days a year. Also recently launched, the EUROPA’s “Baby Welcome Package” offering baby care products and baby food for passengers traveling with infants. The EUROPA will be visiting over 20 countries in 2012, as part of her international (German/English) itineraries.
[1] According to the 2012 Berlitz Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships

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WORLD’S FIRST HOTEL ACCOMMODATION AUCTION WEBSITE IS LAUNCHED

World’s first online bidding website selling hotel accommodation across the world has just been launched

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3 nights in Deluxe, Marriott Hotel, Marble Arch, UK

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Check in: Jan 17, 2012 3:00 PM Check out: Jan 20, 2012 12:00 PM Board type: Room only Max occupancy: 3

Mariott Marble Arch

Time left:
5d 14h 28m 23s (Jan 17, 2012 4:55 AM)
Quantity:
1
Rack rate:
£621.00 GBP
Current bid:
£96.00 GBP (approx $147.10)
Must be paid by:
Jan 17, 2012 8:55 AM

Only Bidding is a company with a new concept based on the fact that unoccupied hotel rooms are lost revenue.

Only Bidding empowers the consumer to pay a price that they are happy to pay for hotel accommodation and a price that hotel suppliers are willing to accept for that room- balancing supply and demand: a Win- Win situation for all!
For the customer, it’s simply grabbing a bargain hotel stay for a price that may otherwise be out of budget. Customers can find great deals during low seasons/quiet periods and last minute as hotels will be willing to reduce the room rate. Hotel rooms are an inventory that expires each night, so hotels often will accept rates that are cheaper than other available rates.

For the hotel, the advantages of joining Only Bidding are clear- they get to fill otherwise unoccupied rooms with guests. A hotel will be paying indirect costs for the running of the hotel regardless of whether the hotel has one room occupied or a hundred. The hotel would increase occupancy and therefore increase revenue. Additionally, there is a greater chance of the hotel’s restaurants, bars, spa facilities having an increase in turnover as there are more guests.

Is Only Bidding any different to Ebay or Groupon?
It is different from eBay as Only Bidding sells hotel accommodation with specified dates and not vouchers. This guarantees availability thus being advantageous over vouchers which can leave customers disappointed if they can’t book their chosen dates.
Is Only Bidding any different to Priceline?

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Only Bidding is different to Priceline because with Only Bidding you will know the name of the hotel that you are bidding on- so no apprehensive guessing needed! Additionally, Priceline allows a customer to name a price once every 24 hours. With Only Bidding, if the customers bid is unsuccessful then they can always place another bid.
How to get a bargain hotel room!
Step 1- Search auctions & find a hotel you want to stay at.
Step 2- Bid on the hotel auction until you’re the highest bidder
Step 3- Get your suitcases packed & enjoy!
So, if you are a hotel and want to achieve full occupancy then join Only Bidding! And if you want to make bargain hotel reservations then place your bid at Only Bidding.
Only Bidding
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Experience Time Travel with Abercrombie & Kent in Morocco from $2,380

Africa; Morocco; Rabat; Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Travel back to a time of aromatic mint tea served in cool courtyards and sun-drenched bazaars overflowing with handmade jewelry and colorful tagines on Abercrombie & Kent’s Morocco: Imperial Cities, a nine-day small group escorted journey from just $2,380. With a history stretching back almost 10,000 years, Morocco was crisscrossed by Roman legions, Berber caravans and Muslim scholars.  The country’s imperial cities: Rabat, Fez, Meknes and Marrakech, each served as the capital under different ruling dynasties. Together they present a vibrant mix of centuries-old traditions with 21st-century comforts always within reach.

Morocco: Imperial Cities is a new Abercrombie & Kent itinerary for 2012 which explores the country’s diverse cultures and historic influences with the same standard of service, but fewer inclusions, than other A&K journeys.  In Rabat, visit Oudaya Kasbah, built on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean; the design of the gate is considered one of the most beautiful in the Moorish world. Once inside, explore a delightful Andalusia-style garden, complete with a fountain and sweet-scented orange trees. Step back into the Middle Ages in Fez el-Bali (“Old Fez”), one of the most ancient and untouched city neighborhoods in the world.  The city of Meknes was built in the seventeenth century by powerful sultan Moulay Ismail to rival the court of French contemporary Louis XIV. Immerse yourself in the diversity of Morocco’s present-day culture as you stroll through the souks of Marrakech’s famous medina and renowned Djemaa el-Fna Square, home to travelling musicians and hypnotic snake charmers. Visit the 12th-century Menara Garden and Jardin Majorelle, designed in 1924 by French artist Jacques Majorelle and restored by designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Guaranteed departures of Morocco: Imperial Cities ($2,380 per person, double occupancy) are led by an experienced Abercrombie & Kent Tour Director with expert local guides. Choice of departure dates:Jun 20-28, Jul 4-12, Aug 22-30, 2012.

– 1 night in Casablanca at Le Royal Mansour Méridien

– 2 nights in Fez at Sofitel Fes Palais Jamai

– 3 nights in Marrakech at Sofitel Marrakech Lounge & Spa

– Low single supplement: $890

Local Connections, Global Reach

Abercrombie & Kent relies on deep roots and long-established relationships in Morocco to offer a degree of access and insight that no other company can match. An office in Marrakech provides travellers with seamless service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the convenience, service and security of a U.S.-based company for a worry-free travel experience.

Call 800.554.7094 to speak with a destination specialist or go to www.abercrombiekent.com for more details.

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Africa; Morocco; Fez; Medina

 

 

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A Taste of Panama With a Barcelona Accent:

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Dining at Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Executive Chef Daniel Bausà Peris brings the flavors of his native Barcelona to the dining experiences at Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama,

opening July 6, 2011. trump panama 1 Iberian-inspired dishes will mingle with local Panamanian and international specialties on menus at the hotel’s signature Tejas Restaurant & Bar, casual BARcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar and al fresco Azul Pool Bar & Grill. Complementing these exceptional dining venues will be the fine wines and small plates of Cava 15 Wine Bar.

True to Trump Ocean Club’s waterfront setting, seafood will take center stage during dinner at Tejas Restaurant & Bar. Here, Chef Bausà concentrates on beautifully plated, deceptively simple dishes that allow the true flavors of the seafood to shine through. In the same spirit of “transparency,” a window from the dining room to the kitchen will allow guests to watch the chef and his team at work.

Chef Bausà has infused the cuisine of Tejas with a Mediterranean accent cultivated through his years of experience in the top kitchens of Spain and Italy. Asian, Latin American and other European flavors will also be highlighted in a true fusion menu. Enticing appetizers will range from a watermelon and feta cheese salad with Greek olives and lemon almond oil to an octopus terrine with ñame root purée, arugula and light, spicy chorizo oil. The freshest catch of the day will be served in a choice of preparations: crusted in sea salt, roasted Mediterranean, Caribbean or local Tikin-xic style. Each of these preparations can be paired with the patron’s choice of sauce, from a garlic mojo to a fresh herb pistou. Meat lovers will enjoy inspired choices such as beef tenderloin with onion compote and gorgonzola ravioli, and a grilled pork chop with smoked cheese and red cabbage strudel. Key lime pie, warm apple tart, and a traditional Latin American three-milk cake are among the tempting dessert selections. Tejas will also feature a lively outdoor raw bar, where Mexican and Panamanian ceviches share the menu with the traditional shellfish.

For small bites in an inviting, casual setting, BARcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar will draw heavily on Chef Bausà’s Barcelona roots, and several time-honored family recipes are showcased on the menu. The lunch and dinner menus at this restaurant, which promises to be a favorite of locals and hotel guests alike, are designed around a small-plate concept in the tapas tradition, to encourage sharing and plenty of socializing. Panamanian fare is also featured, including a local Sancocho soup that shares the menu with the traditional Salmorejo gazpacho topped with quail egg and Spanish ham. Newcomers to the tapas concept will appreciate Chef Bausà’s “Tapas Walk Through,” a four-course tasting menu hand-selected by the chef and served family-style. Each course will include multiple plates for plenty of culinary variety. Among them are oven-roasted vegetables with pickled anchovies “Montadito,” spicy crispy “Brava’s” potatoes (a BARcelona signature), baby lamb chops with sundried tomato marmalade and aioli, and a coconut rice pudding Panamanian style.

At breakfast, cooking stations outside BARcelona’s doors will draw diners in with the tantalizing aroma of waffles, pancakes and French toast prepared before their eyes. A counter display including pastries, fresh fruits, cold cuts and cheeses will also be stationed outside, while within the restaurant, guests can choose from a wide array of omelettes and other inspired egg and meat dishes.

For poolside guests, the al fresco Azul Pool Bar & Grill will deliver refreshing treats against a spectacular Pacific Ocean backdrop. Among trump panama 2 the light delights on the menu are Caesar salad, guacamole served with totopos and salsa, a selection of quesadillas and a shrimp, coconut, banana and avocado ceviche. Angus beef burgers come with a choice of five toppings, from mozzarella basil pesto to sundried tomato and goat cheese. Sandwiches and market-fresh grilled items, from lamb chops to shrimp, will also be featured, topped off by a selection of desserts that include a tropical fruit salad, country bread served with chocolate and sea salt, and a choice of three ice cream cups: Caribbean (tropical sorbets with red fruit sauce and blackberry whipped cream), Panamanian (chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon roll ice cream with caramel sauce, whipped cream and banana) and Azul’s own signature (coffee, chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, Bailey’s and Oreo cookie).

About Trump® Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Opening July 6, 2011, Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama, perched above Panama Bay in Punta Pacifica, will be the first international venture for Trump Hotel Collection. It is destined to be the largest hotel in Latin America, designed by architect Arias Serna Saravia and developed by Newland International Properties Corp. Its 369 handsomely appointed hotel rooms, including 47 suites, will be a home-away-from-home for travelers, and amenities will include a floor of elite boutiques and shops, multiple restaurants reflective of the region’s best fare, a phenomenal pool deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 10,000 square feet devoted to wellness at The Spa at Trump, over 46,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a casino and a private beach club on nearby Isla Viveros. Signature services of the Trump Hotel Collection, including The Trump Attaché, will also be a part of the Trump Ocean Club experience. For more information, please visit www.TrumpPanamaHotel.com. Reservations can be made by calling (877)898-7867. Connect with Trump Ocean Club on Facebook and Twitter.

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Panama offers free medical insurance for tourists

During the first thirty days of their stay, tourists will have emergency medical insurance

In 2011, Panama begins a new program; reinforcing tourists are a top priority for the country. All tourists as well as Panamanians living abroad will receive medical insurance with top level coverage in case of emergency during the first thirty days of their stay. 

This initiative, which is only offered by very few countries in the region, become official on January 17th for all visitors arriving in Panama through Tocumen International Airport.

The process for this health insurance is very simple. Once the person arrives at the airport in Panama City, they must go to the tourist information centers located in the area of immigration and they will be handed a brochure with all the necessary information, along with a user card. If the person requires medical attention, they will only need to present this card along with its passport at any health center.
The insurance policy will cover accidental death (up to $20,000 dollars), hospitalization and medical expenses for injuries due to accidents or in case of contracting a disease in Panama (up to $7,000 dollars), expenses for dental emergency (up to $ 2,000 dollars), administrative legal assistance by accident (up to $ 3,500), and lost or stolen documents, among others. The policy does not however cover incidents caused by negligence, those related to alcohol and drugs ", such as those caused by extreme sports.
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Health insurance is an incentive for tourists visiting Panama as well as all other attractions of the country as a tourist destination. Those who take advantage of the health services in the country will see that Panama is an ideal place for medical tourism with highly trained physicians and hospitals , said Minister of Tourism of Panama and Director of the ATP, Solomon Shamah.
The insurance company, Assicurazioni Generali, will be responsible for issuing the insurance policy, and their contract is valid with the country for the next two years. Read phonetically

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