THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BAR NEVER TO SERVE ALCOHOL

THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BAR NEVER TO SERVE ALCOHOL – UNTIL NOW ashford castle

The Big Screen’s Pat Cohan’s Bar
Opens Its Doors to Patrons for the First Time
Cong, Ireland, October 15, 2008 – Movie lovers will finally have the chance to drink at the legendary Pat Cohan’s Bar, immortalized in the 1952 Academy Award nominated film The Quiet Man.

Directed by John Ford and starring Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne, The Quiet Man is considered the most authentic depiction of rural Ireland in the 1930’s. Pat Cohan’s Bar served as the local watering-hole for John Wayne in the film. Today, after a two-year restoration, guests can enjoy a cold pint of “black beer” standing exactly where John Wayne stood 57 years ago. After the filming, the space existed as a supermarket and, in 2003, became a souvenir shop. The bar restoration began in 2006 and was completed by using still shots taken from a DVD of the movie and matching each detail to perfection, down to the wall hangings, pint glasses and even the antique wine cork.

Two of the film’s most memorable scenes were shot on the famous Ashford Castle Estate, a five minute walk from Pat Cohan’s Bar. The Quiet Man’s fight scene in which John Wayne punches Victor McLaglen into the river was shot on the Ashford Castle grounds and the climactic scene in which John Wayne drags his wife back from the Castletown train station to be reunited with her family was shot on the Ashford Castle Golf Course.

For the past 70 years, the 13th century Ashford Castle has been welcoming guests from all over the world. The cast and crew of The Quiet Man stayed at the castle while the movie was being filmed in 1951.

About Ashford Castle:
With its long list of diversions, Ashford Castle is sublimely remote and relatively undiscovered, adding to its appeal as a vacation destination. The centuries-old castle is set on 350 acres of County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains. It features 83 guestrooms and is renowned for a range of country sports including an equestrian center, fly fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course, Ireland’s first school of falconry and sporting clay shooting. Several dining rooms and bars, along with a gracious afternoon tea service, round out the amenities. For more information, please visit www.ashford.ie.

      

holland america line goes multi-lingual

Holland America Line goes multi-lingual

Language options for Web site in German, Spanish and Dutch

 

While Holland America Line’s Web site – www.hollandamerica.com – has always enjoyed a global audience, the 135-year-old company announced today the addition of a translation feature that allows visitors to select the language of their choice to the Web site’s highest traffic areas. Now, visitors to www.hollandamerica.com can display destination information, fares, online e-brochures, news articles, special offers, Mariner Society information and more in German, Spanish and Dutch.

 

“As a global company, we recognize the value of offering our Web site in a variety of languages,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, Holland America Line. “It is our goal to make our Web site user experience as clear, convenient and as welcoming as possible.”

 

Translation Access

Once on the Web site, visitors are able to switch between languages at any time simply by choosing a different language from the “Select a Language” drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner of each applicable Web page. If a visitor does not choose a language, the site will automatically default to English.

 

For more information about Holland America Line, visit www.hollandamerica.com.

 

www.hollandamerica.com

 

About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]

Holland America Line’s fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 320 ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, is scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.

 

Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds.

      

THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BAR NEVER TO SERVE ALCOHOL

THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BAR NEVER TO SERVE ALCOHOL – UNTIL NOW ashford castle

The Big Screen’s Pat Cohan’s Bar
Opens Its Doors to Patrons for the First Time
Cong, Ireland, October 15, 2008 – Movie lovers will finally have the chance to drink at the legendary Pat Cohan’s Bar, immortalized in the 1952 Academy Award nominated film The Quiet Man.

Directed by John Ford and starring Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne, The Quiet Man is considered the most authentic depiction of rural Ireland in the 1930’s. Pat Cohan’s Bar served as the local watering-hole for John Wayne in the film. Today, after a two-year restoration, guests can enjoy a cold pint of “black beer” standing exactly where John Wayne stood 57 years ago. After the filming, the space existed as a supermarket and, in 2003, became a souvenir shop. The bar restoration began in 2006 and was completed by using still shots taken from a DVD of the movie and matching each detail to perfection, down to the wall hangings, pint glasses and even the antique wine cork.

Two of the film’s most memorable scenes were shot on the famous Ashford Castle Estate, a five minute walk from Pat Cohan’s Bar. The Quiet Man’s fight scene in which John Wayne punches Victor McLaglen into the river was shot on the Ashford Castle grounds and the climactic scene in which John Wayne drags his wife back from the Castletown train station to be reunited with her family was shot on the Ashford Castle Golf Course.

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holland america line goes multi-lingual

Holland America Line goes multi-lingual

Language options for Web site in German, Spanish and Dutch

 

While Holland America Line’s Web site – www.hollandamerica.com – has always enjoyed a global audience, the 135-year-old company announced today the addition of a translation feature that allows visitors to select the language of their choice to the Web site’s highest traffic areas. Now, visitors to www.hollandamerica.com can display destination information, fares, online e-brochures, news articles, special offers, Mariner Society information and more in German, Spanish and Dutch.

 

“As a global company, we recognize the value of offering our Web site in a variety of languages,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, Holland America Line. “It is our goal to make our Web site user experience as clear, convenient and as welcoming as possible.”

 

Translation Access

Once on the Web site, visitors are able to switch between languages at any time simply by choosing a different language from the “Select a Language” drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner of each applicable Web page. If a visitor does not choose a language, the site will automatically default to English.

 

For more information about Holland America Line, visit www.hollandamerica.com.

 

www.hollandamerica.com

 

About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)]

Holland America Line’s fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 320 ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 108-day itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal. A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, is scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.

 

Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds.

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
Offering “Sunset Romantic Getaway Package”

Couples have long been drawn to scenic Naples, Florida, for romantic getaways. Boasting pristine white-sand beaches, picturesque palm tree-lined boulevards, an array of recreational offerings on land and water, renowned shopping districts, and beautiful sun-drenched days, Naples offers the perfect way to get away from it all. One great way to experience the Southwest Florida town is by taking advantage of the “Sunset Romantic Getaway” package now being offered by The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

 

Featuring an ideal Gulf-front setting, just blocks from the acclaimed shopping of 5th Avenue South and 3rd Street South, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is Southwest Florida’s only beachfront resort offering an on-site championship golf course, an award-winning tennis center, and a world-class spa.

 

 

In addition to deluxe accommodations for 3 days/2 nights, the resort’s “Sunset Romantic Getaway” package includes full breakfast buffet daily for two; dinner-for-two daily at the beachfront HB’s on the Gulf (which includes appetizer, entrée, dessert, coffee and gratuity); reserved beach chairs and cabana daily for two; one hour of tennis; afternoon tea and cookies at 4 p.m. daily; bottle of champagne in the room on arrival; nightly turndown service; and complimentary access to The Spa and Fitness Center. The package is from $810 per couple October 1-December 21, 2008; from $1,110 per couple December 22, 2008-April 13, 2009; from $850 per couple April 14-May 25, 2009; or from $650 per couple May 26-October 1, 2009.

 

Taking advantage of the package will provide the chance to stay in one of the resort’s newly-remodeled guest rooms, which now feature new bedding and fabrics, flat-panel televisions, and accents in calming tropical shades. Standard amenities include large closets, in-room refrigerator, two telephones with voicemail, modem access, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, in-room safe, cable television, climate control, and security keycards. High-speed wireless Internet access is also available. In addition, all guest rooms and suites feature furnished balconies overlooking the Gulf, the lush grounds, or scenic golf course.

 

The multi-million dollar remodeling of the 318 guest rooms was completed in January 2008, and this followed a six-year $40 million enhancement and expansion that was completed in 2006.

 

Couples visiting the resort have the opportunity to play golf on the 18-hole championship course that is consistently voted “Best Public Golf Course in Southwest Florida.” You’ll also be able to enjoy a large beachfront swimming pool; an award-winning Tennis Center with six Har-Tru tennis courts; the world-class Spa, which offers an array of massage services, body treatments, skincare services, hydrotherapy, and salon services; the complete Fitness Center; and an Orchid House, which is home to over 3,000 tropical plants.

 

Dining options include HB’s on the Gulf, the city of Naples’ only beachfront restaurant, featuring fresh regional seafood and beautiful views of the sunset, and Broadwell’s, overlooking the resort’s golf course. Another “must do” at the resort is to experience the resort’s popular Sunset Beach Bar, often recognized as “Best Place To Catch A Southwest Florida Sunset,” and named “Naples’ Best Beach Bar” by the Travel Channel.

 

With its friendly atmosphere, the hotel is a comfortable tropical getaway for any couple seeking peaceful, pristine surroundings and impeccable service. For more information or reservations, call 1-800-237-7600 or 239-261-2222, or visit www.NaplesBeachHotel.com.

      

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
Offering “Sunset Romantic Getaway Package”

Couples have long been drawn to scenic Naples, Florida, for romantic getaways. Boasting pristine white-sand beaches, picturesque palm tree-lined boulevards, an array of recreational offerings on land and water, renowned shopping districts, and beautiful sun-drenched days, Naples offers the perfect way to get away from it all. One great way to experience the Southwest Florida town is by taking advantage of the “Sunset Romantic Getaway” package now being offered by The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

 

Featuring an ideal Gulf-front setting, just blocks from the acclaimed shopping of 5th Avenue South and 3rd Street South, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is Southwest Florida’s only beachfront resort offering an on-site championship golf course, an award-winning tennis center, and a world-class spa.

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Hyatt Regency San Francisco

HYATT REGENCY SAN FRANCISCO
IS THE CITY’S NUMBER ONE HOTEL HOLIDAY DESTINATION
WITH THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST DEPARTMENT 56 SNOW VILLAGE
IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS’ BIGGEST ATRIUM

Ideally located at Embarcadero Center,across from the iconic Ferry Building and steps from the California Street Cable Car line, Hyatt Regency San Francisco boasts the most “window shoppers” during the holiday season due to the property’s “centerpiece” Department 56 Snow Village collection and display. Whether visitors are coming from near or far, they will revel in the spirit that wafts throughout the Hyatt Regency. In addition to the enviable Snow Village, the largest collection of its kind amassed by local resident Len Connacher, the hotel is adorned with a massive 45-foot holiday tree as well as300,000 LED (energy efficient) lights, which cascade down the hotel’s dramatic 17-story atrium lobby.

And, that’s only the beginning. Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the ideal “home for the holidays” because of its proximity to public transportation, a plethora of shopping options, seven of the ten top rated city restaurants*, entertainment that ranges from Teatro Zinzanni to comedy clubs and nightclubs, as well as such popular attractions as the Ferry Building, California Cable Car line, San Francisco Railway Museum, Embarcadero Center shopping, F-Line Historic Streetcars and Bay Trail, to name a few.

Additionally, the hotel itself is brimming with holiday activities. To begin, on Friday, November 21, in cooperation with Embarcadero Center, the Hyatt Regency is home to the city’s opening holiday event, namely the Holiday Exterior Building Lighting and Tree and Interior Lighting ceremonies, held concurrently…beginning with the exterior event at the ice rink at 6:00 p.m. and moving into the hotel for the dramatic indoor festivities at 7:00 p.m. Additionally, November 21 is the debut of Len Connacher’s amazing signature Snow Village by Department 56, which is recognized as the country’s largest displayed collection, with over 3,000 pieces.

Of course, a hotel wouldn’t be “home” without the accommodations to make guests feel like their nesting in complete comfort. As a result, the hotel is introducing the San Francisco on Sale Holiday Package, which includes a guest room for two (upgrades available), $25 food and beverage credit to use in the hotel’s new Eclipse and holiday tree seeds so that guests can bring an everlasting memory back home to plant and enjoy for years to come. The package price is 10% off the best available rate (which start at $159)and this package is valid from 11/22/08 to 1/03/09. For those interested in a safe haven for New Year’s Eve, Hyatt Regency’s Regency Club will feature a Champagne toast at Midnight and an upgraded breakfast in the club lounge on New Year’s Day. There is a $150 upgrade surcharge for this option.

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s complete calendar of events is as follows with full descriptions to follow:
Tree and Interior Lobby Lighting – November 21 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Country’s Largest Snow Village Display – November 21 to December 30 – anytime
Snow Village Holiday Package – November 21 to December 30 (details above)
Breakfast with Santa – Nov 22,23,29 & 30, Dec 6,7,13,14,20,21 from 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Season’s Eatings/Chocolate Menu – November 28 to December 24 (afternoons/evenings)
Thanksgiving Dinner – November 27 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Dinner – December 24 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Christmas Day Dinner – December 25 from205:00 – 9:00 p.m.
New Year’s Eve at Regency Club – December 31

Kicking things off, the hotel’s Tree and Interior Lighting ceremony will be held in the Guinness World Records’ largest hotel lobby on Friday, November 21, 2008. Starting at 7:00 p.m., the Hyatt Regency will be illuminated with over 300,000 LED lights, which cascade down the hotel’s dramatic 17-story atrium lobby, complemented by a 45-foot illuminated tree. In addition to staged activites and grand finale lighting, the hotel will be filled with carnival-style entertainment, costumed characters and carolers roaming the lobby. Complimentary holiday punch and cookies will also be served.

The Hyatt Regen cy’s renowned Snow Village will once again be the centerpiece for the season, complementing the hotel’s 40-foot high Eclipse geodesic sphere and reflecting pool. Respected collector, Len Connacher, will again showcase his private collection of the original Snow Village, the largest of its kind in the United States. The amazing display features more than 3,000 handcrafted ceramic collectible pieces, including musical carousels, ice skating rinks, ski slopes, gondolas, chalets, trains and many more limited edition pieces and motion-inspired collectibles.

Eclipse will be featuring special three-course menus for only $50 for Thanksgiving dinner,Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners. Breakfast with Santa will also be the highlighted buffet brunch for families, every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to Noon from the weekend of November 22 through the weekend of December 21, 2008. Santa Claus20will visit tables or little ones can sit on Santa’s lap and have their photo taken for a fee. Special children’s menu includes mini chocolate chip pancakes with raspberry sauce and coconut flakes, gingerbread pancakes topped with powdered sugar, Krispy Kringle bacon, Roley Poley bacon, Mrs. Claus’ cinnamon raison French toast, Christmas cookies and milk, fresh fruit and cereal. Adult buffet is $27 per person, while children under 12 are $10.50.
As an added attraction this year, Hyatt Regency’s newly renovated Eclipse will feature Season’s Eatings, a special chocolate lovers menu with such highlights as unlimited hot chocolate with a choice of flavors, including peppermint, white chocolate and dark chocolate as well as a selection of chocolate fondues with such accompaniments as fruit, pound cake and marshmallows.
Reservations are required for all holiday bookings, with the exception of breakfast with Santa. Restaurant reservations and room packages may be booked by calling
(415) 291-1234. Additional information and access to reservations are also available by visiting www.SanFranciscoHyattRegency.com.
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*List of restaurants: Slanted Door, Kokkari, Waterbar, Anchor and Hope, Boulevard, One Market and Town Hall.

      

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

HYATT REGENCY SAN FRANCISCO
IS THE CITY’S NUMBER ONE HOTEL HOLIDAY DESTINATION
WITH THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST DEPARTMENT 56 SNOW VILLAGE
IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS’ BIGGEST ATRIUM

Ideally located at Embarcadero Center,across from the iconic Ferry Building and steps from the California Street Cable Car line, Hyatt Regency San Francisco boasts the most “window shoppers” during the holiday season due to the property’s “centerpiece” Department 56 Snow Village collection and display. Whether visitors are coming from near or far, they will revel in the spirit that wafts throughout the Hyatt Regency. In addition to the enviable Snow Village, the largest collection of its kind amassed by local resident Len Connacher, the hotel is adorned with a massive 45-foot holiday tree as well as300,000 LED (energy efficient) lights, which cascade down the hotel’s dramatic 17-story atrium lobby.

And, that’s only the beginning. Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the ideal “home for the holidays” because of its proximity to public transportation, a plethora of shopping options, seven of the ten top rated city restaurants*, entertainment that ranges from Teatro Zinzanni to comedy clubs and nightclubs, as well as such popular attractions as the Ferry Building, California Cable Car line, San Francisco Railway Museum, Embarcadero Center shopping, F-Line Historic Streetcars and Bay Trail, to name a few.

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TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS OFFER ENTICING RESORT

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS OFFER ENTICING RESORT

PROMOTIONS FOR CARIBBEAN TRAVEL THIS FALL

Luxury Deals and Pristine Beaches Welcome Tourists to Providenciales

Turks & Caicos Islands, a burgeoning luxury Caribbean destination featuring world-class beaches, today announced an array of resort offers inviting travelers to Providenciales, known as “Provo.” With deals at renowned luxury retreats as well as more affordable accommodations, vacationers are encouraged to embrace Turks & Caicos’ warm tropical weather with the start of autumn in the U.S.

“Fall is an excellent time to visit Provo and experience the Islands’ lifestyle, whether vacationing solo, as a couple, or with your family,” said Honorable Wayne Garland, executive chairman of the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board. “Travelers can participate in the Turks & Caicos’ plentiful water activities, relax in more than a dozen world-class spas, and enjoy gourmet cuisine. It’s easier than ever to experience luxury with all of the impressive resort promotions currently available.”

Travelers looking to unwind in a tropical haven will be able to experience everything that Turks & Caicos has to offer from miles of fine white sand beaches and translucent turquoise waters to fine dining and indigenous, one-of-a-kind spa retreats. The warm and radiant climate provides an ideal backdrop for an abundance of water activities like world-class snorkeling, scuba diving and kite surfing.

 

The Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board invites travelers to enjoy Provo’s numerous accommodations in paradise. Attractive promotions include:

 

· Located on the pristine white sands of Grace Bay Beach, the 21-suite Turks & Caicos Club offers simple luxury with a touch of European sophistication. Guests can receive 50 Percent Off Fall Rates on any one- or two-bedroom oceanfront suite or two-bedroom poolside suite with a minimum booking of four nights. Discounted rates start at $248. Offer valid Oct. 1 – Nov. 9, 2008. For more information and reservations, call (649) 946-5800 or visit www.turksandcaicosclub.com

 

· The Sands at Grace Bay offers guests oversized balconies and glistening moonlit beaches, embracing the spirit of the tropics. Guests have the opportunity to expand their unprecedented experience with Two Free Nights—representing a 30 percent savings when booking a seven night stay, valid now through Oct. 31, 2008. Rates start at $185 for a studio with a courtyard view. For more information and reservations, call (877) 77SANDS or visit http://www.thesandsresort.com

 

The Tuscany on Grace Bay, located on Grace Bay Beach, named one of the world’s top ten beaches by Conde Naste, is one of the finest luxury resort lodgings that Turks & Caicos has to offer. This exquisite resort is made up of intimate villas, each created with their own distinct ambience and décor. The Tuscany is offering Two Free Nights—representing a 30 percent savings, valid now through Oct. 31, 2008, when guests book a seven night vacation—a minimum savings of $1,000. Rates start at $525 for a one-bedroom suite. For more information and reservations, please call toll free (866) 359-6466 or visit http://www.thetuscanyresort.com/caicos.html

· Nikki Beach, a luxury resort in Turks & Caicos, offers guests booking a deluxe king oceanfront room at $250 per night by Oct. 31, 2008 an automatic upgrade to a one-bedroom oceanfront suite—a $100 savings per night—on travel now through Dec. 14, 2008. Guests will enjoy VIP airport limo transfers, a personal assistant, the Nikki Beach Resort special turndown amenities each night and a glorious oceanfront adult playground with incomparable dining, signature entertainment and world-famous DJ’s. For more information and reservations, please call (649) 941-3747 or visit www.nikkibeachhotels.com/nikkibeachresortandspaturksandcaicos.php

 

Ocean Club and Ocean Club West, which sustained only minor cosmetic and landscaping damage post-Hurricane Ike while already closed for annually scheduled maintenance, is slated to re-open in late October 2008. This fall, Ocean Club Resorts will donate a portion of reservations made from Oct. 24 – Dec. 21, 2008 to the TCI Red Cross for victims of the hurricane, located primarily on Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay. Rates start at $179 for a studio with an island view. For more information and reservations, please call (800) 457-8787 or visit http://www.oceanclubresorts.com/

About Turks & Caicos

The 40 islands of the Turks & Caicos, of which eight are inhabited, are renowned for their award-winning beaches, diving and array of world-class resorts. Additional activities include tennis, golf and horseback riding. The islands feature a variety of spa and body treatment services and are home to the world’s only conch farm. There are three daily 90-minute direct flights from Miami, a US Airways direct flight from Charlotte, twice weekly flights from New York and weekly flights from Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Toronto. For more information on travel, visit the Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board Web site at www.turksandcaicostourism.com or call (800) 241-0824.

      

BRAZILIAN RESORT PONTA DOS GANCHOS

BRAZILIAN RESORT PONTA DOS GANCHOS
ADDS FIVE NEW LUXURY SEAFRONT BUNGALOWSBrazil-Villa1



Silent Auction for Inaugural Stay
to Benefit Prominent Children’s Charity

Santa Catarina, Brazil, September 29, 2008. To celebrate the opening of its five new deluxe bungalows, Ponta dos Ganchos, the exclusive beach resort located on Brazil¹s pristine southern coast, is auctioning the inaugural weekend stay in each Emerald villa bungalow for charity (from December 5 – 7, 2008). It’s an unprecedented opportunity for travelers to be the first to experience these incomparable villas, each perched along the water’s edge and featuring exquisite furnishings and superior amenities, while contributing to a worthy cause.

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Situated on a private peninsula along Brazil’s alluring Emerald Coast, Ponta dos Ganchos is a haven for beach lovers who appreciate laid-back elegance and seclusion. The award-winning Relais & Châteaux resort features 25 private bungalows overlooking the crystal-clear waters, each rustically refined and designed to be in complete harmony with the natural surroundings. The four new Emerald Villa Bungalows (2,455 square feet/230 square meters) and one Special Emerald Villa Bungalow (3,210 square feet/300 square meters), opening in

December, will add a new dimension of luxury to
Ponta dos Ganchos. The bungalows feature dry saunas and Jacuzzis with sea views, personal spa areas with massage tatamis, wine cellars, and private decks and plunge pools, as well as music systems, Internet connections, and flat-screen televisions. The Special Emerald Villa Bungalow also includes an in-villa fitness center. Guests who stay in any of the property’s accommodations revel in the impeccable service, fine cuisine (all meals included), and a host of activities, from water sports and nature hikes to therapeutic open-air massages, throughout their stay.

SILENT AUCTION PROCEEDS TO BE DONATED TO Instituto Guga Kuerten

“As we celebrate this milestone in our development, we are delighted to give
back to the community and involve our valued, gracious guests who share an
affection for Brazilian culture and a devotion to improving the lives of the
less fortunate,” said Nicolas Peluffo, managing director. “Ponta dos Ganchos
is proud to contribute all of the monies generated from our silent auction
to one of our country’s most important charities, Instituto Guga Kuerten.”

Founded by Brazilian tennis champion Gustavo Kuerten, Instituto Guga Kuerten
(www.igk.org.br) is dedicated to helping underprivileged children in the
region enjoy access to after-school sports programs and supports
organizations that aid people with disabilities. Kuerten is a beloved
Brazilian sports figure who has worked tirelessly to mobilize philanthropic
activities in his country.

The silent auction is open now until 4:30 p.m. (local time) on October 31,
2008, and the minimum bid for each bungalow is 30 percent less than the
standard weekend rate, offering travelers further incentive to participate.
The minimum bids for the weekend (two nights/double occupancy) are:

* Emerald Villa Bungalows (four units): R$ 4,480.00 (approx. US$ 2,560)
* Special Emerald Villa Bungalow (one unit): R$ 5,880.00 (approx. US$ 3,360)

All bids must be submitted in Brazilian reais, and current conversion rates
may be found at finance.yahoo.com/currency. Those with the highest bids by
the deadline will be the first travelers to savor the many luxuries of these
brand-new, exquisitely designed tropical hideaways, which offer the utmost
in comfort, style, and privacy in one of the world¹s most romantic locales.

HOW TO BID

Travelers may make a bid by calling Ponta dos Ganchos reservations at +55 48
3953-7000, 1 8778 BOOK PDG (US), or 0808 234 8680 (UK). E-mails, containing
contact information, desired bungalow, and bid amount, should be sent to
reservas@pontadosganchos.com.br.* For more information about the services
and amenities of Ponta dos Ganchos, visit www.pontadosganchos.com.

* The bid amounts must be paid in full by November 10, 2008, via bank
transfer or credit card. Winning bids are valid for December 5 ­ 7, 2008
bookings only for Emerald Villa Bungalows and Special Emerald Villa
Bungalow, double occupancy, and cannot be used for any other dates.
Cancellations are not accepted and are subject to total loss of payment as
proceeds will be donated directly to Instituto Guga Kuerten. All meals and
non-alcoholic drinks are included.