The Upper House in Hong Kong

A Journey of Upward Discovery at The Upper House in Hong Kong

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A sense of arrival awaits guests at The Upper House, Swire Hotels’ new small intimate hotel in Hong Kong. Rising above Pacific Place in Admiralty, the hotel’s Asian influenced and timeless design reveals an understated calmness throughout the hotel above the bustling city.

Andre Fu of AFSO, hailed by Vogue UK as “Design Wunderkind” and Conde Nast Traveler US as an “Asian Design Sensation,” is behind the design of The Upper House. Andre’s previous notable projects include Piacere Italian Restaurant and Nadaman Japanese Restaurant for Shangri-la Hotel Tokyo, Cassia Chinese Restaurant at Singapore’s Capella Resort, Agnes b. La Loggia Flagship Store in Hong Kong, JIA Shanghai’s eclectic lobby as well as the private residence of international actress Michelle Yeoh.

Natural materials, original sculpture installations and seamlessly proportioned spaces are integrated to create a sophisticated and modern Asian-influenced residence. “With an intention to create a small intimate hotel reminiscent of a private residence, I have purposely conjured a sense of tranquility throughout the design and ambience of the hotel,” says Andre Fu.

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Dean Winter, general manager of The Upper House, adds: “Our hotel was created to provide a retreat removed from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. We’ve certainly achieved that by appointing Andre Fu as the designer for The Upper House.”

Entry through a Bedonia stone doorway façade by Thomas Heatherwick evokes the image of a curtain being opened to welcome guests to a private residence. A subtly-lit driveway then leads to a dramatic 13 feet high textured nickel front door, enveloped by floor-to-ceiling glass walls that appear to sit on top of pools of water.

Inside the entrance, a circular bamboo enclosure called the Lantern, marks the beginning of the upward journey along a dimly-lit escalator with walls lined with bespoke lamps leading guests into Level 6, flooded with natural daylight. Located at Level 6 is The Lawn, a lush grassed area for relaxing with cocktails and bean bags for lounging under the sun.

Each of the hotel’s 117 spacious guest rooms is designed to provide a sense of understated luxury. The contemporary monochromatic design features natural timber, shoji glass, limestone and lacquered paper panels. All rooms including 21 suites and 2 penthouses are presented in two color schemes: Bamboo, with solid ash flooring, bamboo timber and lilac upholstery, and Celadon, featuring green tea upholstery, limed oak flooring and creme oak timber.

The room layouts offer abundant space, including 300 square feet bathrooms with walk-in rain showers, dressing areas and free-standing bathtubs with breathtaking panoramic harbor or island views. Lined with Italian Perlato Svevo natural limestone floors and Beige Turkish Terre d’Oriente limestone walls, the bathrooms are simple and uncluttered.

The highlight of the “upward journey” is Level 49, which showcases the architecturally intriguing Sky Bridge. Infused with a skylight above a 131 feet high atrium, the Sky Bridge leads to the Sky Lounge and signature restaurant & bar, Café Gray Deluxe.

With a centerpiece fireplace and intimate sofa seating in soft hues of green tea and mineral blue, the warm and inviting Lounge serves drinks and cocktails throughout the day.

Café Gray Deluxe, a 21st century grand café overlooking Victoria Harbor, marks the return of celebrated Chef Gray Kunz to Hong Kong. The vibrant restaurant is highlighted by a 46 feet long open kitchen and equally long bar, serving “everyday dishes” with an accent on local organic produce and relaxed service.

The main dining room seating approximately 100 offers spectacular panoramic views. Semi-private dining areas are designed with full view of the open kitchen stations. A private room for 12 is available for exclusive harbor view dining. The bar and lounge, seating 88, is contemporary and vibrant.

Displayed around the entire hotel are fascinating contemporary artworks and sculptures in sandstone, ceramics, marble and bronze, perfectly complementing Andre Fu’s over-riding concept of serenity.

Opening in October 2009, The Upper House, sister hotel of the award winning The Opposite House, is the second hotel to be opened by new hotel group, Swire Hotels. The Upper House was named to symbolize an “upward journey” to a retreat above the bustling city.

 

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Swire Hotels has been created to manage intriguing urban hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the United Kingdom, providing a luxury experience for travelers who seek individuality, style and personalized service.

The Opposite House, Beijing, opened in 2008 and will be followed by the opening of a 117-room small intimate hotel, The Upper House, in Pacific Place, Hong Kong, in the autumn of 2009 and in the future a 90-room hotel at TaiKoo Hui in Guangzhou. Swire Hotels will open a 345-room lifestyle business hotel called EAST in Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong, in 2010.

In the United Kingdom, Swire Hotels is developing a collection of stylish boutique hotels in interesting English towns and cities to be launched in 2010.

 

About Pacific Place

One of the largest commercial and retail centers, Pacific Place is spread over 5,000,000 square feet of prime real estate in the heart of Hong Kong’s business district with direct access to Admiralty MTR station. Since its inception in 1989, the four-level mall has become home to over 130 shops and boutiques and two major department stores, collectively offering a dazzling array of contemporary fashion and internationally renowned and luxurious brand names.

This comprehensive shopping destination is also the location of three five-star hotels, a conference centre, three Grade-A office towers and a luxury serviced apartment. Under the leadership of Swire Properties, Pacific Place remains Hong Kong’s premier shopping destination.

About Pacific Place Design Improvement Project

The Pacific Place Design Improvement Project is part of the on-going regeneration of Pacific Place to meet the ever-changing needs of shoppers. The project – led by famed English architect Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio and themed “A New Frame of Mind” – involves a fluid approach to interior, exterior and architectural refinement of Pacific Place to a new era of style and luxury.

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A GIFT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER

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“Our clients tell us that they want to spend more time with the people that matter most in their lives. But with limited vacation and family members spread out across the country, finding the time can be a challenge,” explains Scott Wiseman, president of Abercrombie & Kent, Inc. “This year the holidays offer the perfect opportunity to get everyone together – in a place you’ve always dreamed of – to create memories you will cherish for a lifetime.”

Savings on eleven different itineraries for travel in December range from $1,110 to $4,100 per person when you book by July 31, 2009. Choose from small group escorted departures or Signature itineraries with a private guide.

NATURE & WILDLIFE ADVENTURES

Argentina Family

Imagine how much fun your family will have horseback riding at an estancia, shooting a few holes of golf or learning the tango at a private lesson. Pause just long enough to stock up on world-famous chocolates before heading off to fish, canoe or mountain bike at Llao Llao, where every room has a breathtaking view.

Spend Christmas in Bariloche in a picture-postcard Alpine setting with a special four-course White Christmas Eve dinner.

10 days from $5,765 per person, double occupancy (originally $7,665). Save $1,900!

Signature Botswana

Spend Christmas in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta at Baines’ Camp, where custom-made four-poster beds offer the choice of sleeping under the stars on your private deck. Your journey culminates with a special holiday dinner at breathtaking Victoria Falls, along with a sunset cruise down the Zambezi River.

12 days from $6,195 per person, double occupancy (originally $7,695). Save $1,500!

 

Wings Over Botswana

Trade winter winds for the warm breezes of the Okavango Delta, the predator capital of Africa. Accommodations include Sanctuary’s Chobe Chilwero and Chief’s Camp, recommended as two of the “World’s Best” by Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. Track wildlife with the help of expert guides, walk with elephants at Stanley’s Camp and see one of nature’s greatest marvels, Livingstone’s Victoria Falls.

12 days from $6,850 per person, double occupancy (originally $8,550). Save $1,700!

Signature Chile

From cosmopolitan Santiago to the labyrinthine hills of Valparaíso to the lush forests of Torres del Paine and the glaciers and fjords of Patagonia, Chile is a one-stop destination for nature lovers and intrepid travellers. On this independent journey you sample it all, including a day in the Chilean Lake District for rafting, horseback riding or a photo safari at the Osorno volcano. Your holiday journey includes a celebratory toast in the Casablanca wine valley and a visit to Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda’s residence, La Sebastiana.

12 days from $7,025 per person, double occupancy (originally $8,825). Save $1,800!

Under Southern African Skies

Bring home amazing family memories on this holiday-season safari. Your journey takes you (by swift charter flights) from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park, the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. Walk with a trio of orphaned elephants at Sanctuary Baines’ Camp where you can sleep out under the stars. Take a walking tour of magnificent Victoria Falls and experience a classic tented safari in Kruger National Park.

13 days from $7,370 per person, double occupancy (originally $9,270). Save $1,900!

Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands Family Holiday

Antarctica is a premiere family destination — especially when you travel with A&K. Children sailing aboard MV ‘Minerva’ take part in a special enrichment program aimed at young travellers and receive a unique visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Day. Follow in the footsteps of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and stand amongst thousands of penguins in the Falklands; get a closeup view of the wildlife-rich, glacier-carved coves of South Georgia before visiting a research station on the Antarctic Peninsula.

20 days from $9,296 per person, double occupancy (originally $12,395). Save $3,099!

CULTURAL EXPLORATION

Signature Jordan

Explore the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum that inspired Lawrence of Arabia as well as Petra, “the rose-red city half as old as time” featured in Indiana Jones. Spend a fun and relaxing New Year’s holiday at the Kempinski Ishtar on the Dead Sea, with nine swimming pools and the longest private beach in Jordan.

8 days from $2,885 per person, double occupancy (originally $3,985). Save $1,110!

Highlights of Northern India

Add a touch of the exotic to this year’s holiday celebrations with a journey through 5,000 years of history and a kaleidoscope of cultures, religions and landscapes, including Khajuraho’s Hindu temples, the magnificent Taj Mahal and the holy city of Varanasi. Visit the romantic palaces and forts of Rajasthan, ride an elephant in Jaipur and witness life along the Ganges, where the devout still gather as they have done for untold centuries.

15 days from $7,355 per person, double occupancy (originally $10,530). Save $3,175!

Signature India

Do your holiday shopping in vibrant markets filled with unique and inexpensive gifts. Visit the Taj Mahal at both sunrise and sunset to see how the sun’s reflection changes the color of the marble. Cruise on Lake Pichola to the Jag Mandir Palace in Udaipur, a fairy tale vision on its own island. Search for the elusive tiger in Ranthambore. Spent Christmas or New Year’s in Jaipur. Accommodations include hotels on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List: Devi Garh, The Oberoi Amarvilás and Udaivilás.

15 days from $6,095 per person, double occupancy (originally $9,695). Save $3,600!

Images of Indochina

Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam share a rich cultural history. Watch the sun set over the stupas (shrines) at Angkor Wat. Explore Hanoi’s Chinatown during a cyclo ride and savor the honor of a baci welcoming ceremony given for you in Luang Prabang. Customize your stay in Vietnam with Design Your DaySM choices: a cruise on the stunning “Bay of the Descending Dragon” (Ha Long Bay), a cooking lesson, a visit to historical sites or a guided shopping expedition. A highlight of this journey is a celebratory feast in Danang, hosted exclusively for you at the Nam Hai Hotel.

16 days from $9,135 per person, double occupancy (regularly $11,433). Save $2,298!

Essence of India

Experience every facet of one of the world’s great civilizations on this journey. Privately cruise through Mumbai Harbor to Elephanta Island and ride the Toy Train to the island’s rock-cut temples. Drive to a Bishnoi village and meet local potters. Ride an elephant in Jaipur and view the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset. Visit temples and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and let each family member customize their journey with Design Your DaySM options in Jaipur and Delhi.

17 days from $9,625 per person, double occupancy (originally $13,725). Save $4,100!

 

Whether you choose a small group escorted journey or travel on a Signature itinerary with a private driver/guide, the specialists at Abercrombie & Kent orchestrate all the details, from holiday decorations to guided sightseeing and festive holiday meals with all the trimmings. Details on these and other holiday experiences at unprecedented prices through July 31, 2009 at: www.abercrombiekent.com.

The Upper House in Hong Kong

A Journey of Upward Discovery at The Upper House in Hong Kong

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A sense of arrival awaits guests at The Upper House, Swire Hotels’ new small intimate hotel in Hong Kong. Rising above Pacific Place in Admiralty, the hotel’s Asian influenced and timeless design reveals an understated calmness throughout the hotel above the bustling city.

Andre Fu of AFSO, hailed by Vogue UK as “Design Wunderkind” and Conde Nast Traveler US as an “Asian Design Sensation,” is behind the design of The Upper House. Andre’s previous notable projects include Piacere Italian Restaurant and Nadaman Japanese Restaurant for Shangri-la Hotel Tokyo, Cassia Chinese Restaurant at Singapore’s Capella Resort, Agnes b. La Loggia Flagship Store in Hong Kong, JIA Shanghai’s eclectic lobby as well as the private residence of international actress Michelle Yeoh.

Natural materials, original sculpture installations and seamlessly proportioned spaces are integrated to create a sophisticated and modern Asian-influenced residence. “With an intention to create a small intimate hotel reminiscent of a private residence, I have purposely conjured a sense of tranquility throughout the design and ambience of the hotel,” says Andre Fu.

hog-kong-bed

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Unprecedented Savings from Abercrombie & Kent

A GIFT THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER

Start a New Holiday Tradition and Share Memories for a Lifetime

Tired of gifts that disappear into the closet after just a few hours? This year celebrate with the people most important in your life and share unprecedented savings on year-end travel from Abercrombie & Kent. Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia in Jordan. Spend Christmas in the picture postcard alpine setting of Bariloche. Set off into the wilds of Botswana on a safari adventure. Photograph your own “March of the Penguins” in Antarctica. Inaugurate a new tradition in your family and save up to 30% on select holiday season departures.

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Curaçao

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About Curaçao

With its pristine dive sites, secluded beaches, championship golf course and rich local cuisine, Curaçao offers a little something for everyone – from the adventure traveler to those who simply want to unwind (and enjoy its perfect climate). Curaçao boasts an eclectic mix of history, culture and heritage, welcoming all visitors to this unique island paradise.

To learn more about Curaçao visit Curacao.com and to request a free Curaçao information package click here or call toll free 1.800.328.7222

Great Deals

Curaçao Now! Extends Booking Window and Savings
Curaçao has increased the savings of its popular Curaçao Now promotion, and extended the booking window until further notice. By booking Curaçao Now, travelers will receive a $200 per person airfare rebate, a free night during their five night vacation, a $200 food and beverage credit, plus other value-added savings.

Curaçao Now offers:
$200 per person credit on airline tickets
Free night at the 18 participating hotels
$200 food & beverage credit
A free dive day
A free car rental day
Discounted admission to Curaçao’s many museums
Half price attractions, tours and transfers
High value shopping discounts in downtown Willemstad, Curaçao’s capital
To learn more about Curaçao Now or to book directly with participating hotels, visit www.Curacao.com/now. Visitors can also book through their preferred travel agents.

Buy One, Get One: Free Summer Nights at Kura Hulanda Resorts
Guests who book at Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino or at Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club, can get 50 percent off their stay this summer. The resorts are offering a limited time, two-for-one promotion, valid now through August 31,2009. Qualifying room rates start at $210 at Lodge Kura Hulanda and $350 at Hotel Kura Hulanda -valid on new bookings only. Reservations can be made by calling 877-264-3106 or emailing reservations@kurahulanda.com.

Renaissance Curaçao from $159 per night
The Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino, which made its debut in February 2009, is offering a special ‘extended grand opening’ rate of $159 per night, a savings of more than 27 percent, through December 21, 2009. The rate is exclusive of taxes. Book by visiting www.renaissancecuracao.com or calling (toll-free) 1-800-HOTELS-1.

Lions Dive Celebrates 20 years with rates from $190 per night
Lions Dive & Beach Resort is celebrating its 20th anniversary. In 1989 the hotel opened with just 72 rooms and this year the property debuted 100 brand new rooms, including luxury apartments, two bedroom suites, and a penthouse bringing the total rooms to 172, as well as a professional 50 meter swimming pool. Visitors can experience Curaçao’s “natural place to stay” with rates starting at just $190 per night. Visit www.lionsdive.com for more information.

Floris Suite Honeymoon from $1,245
Boutique, design hotel Floris Suite Hotel recently announced honeymoon packages starting at just $1,245 for a five night stay that includes the following:
Accommodation in the Honeymoon Suite
Daily breakfast for two
Complimentary welcome drink
Chilled bottle of champagne upon arrival
Flower petals and fruit basket
Three-course dinner from the chef at Sjalotte, the Hotels 5-star restaurant, including wine arrangements
Round trip airport transfer
First year anniversary ‘Free night gift certificate’ Special gift
To book visit www.florissuitehotel.com.

Avila Hotel offers $60 nightly discount
The timeless Avila Hotel celebrates its 60th anniversary this month, making it Curaçao’s oldest hotel in continuous operation. While the old Governor’s Mansion, dating back to the late 1780s, remains the heart of Avila, significant changes have taken place on the premises since it opened as a modest 45-room family hotel in 1949. Today, Avila has 150 guest rooms and opened its latest addition – the Santai Spa and wellness center – earlier this year. To celebrate, Avila is offering the Avila 60 or $60 off per night. For more information visit www.avilahotel.com

Hot News

Curaçao Treasure Hunt Finalists Chosen
The results are in: More than 500,000 people entered to win, and 10 lucky finalists have been chosen to compete in Curaçao’s Treasure Hunt for half a million dollars. The names of the finalists will be officially announced during the week of June 15th and listed on Curacao.com. These finalists will travel from all over North America to Curaçao to compete in a real treasure hunt from August 23-24. The $500,000 grand prize will be awarded on Monday, August 24.

Seventy additional winners have also been awarded a free trip. If you didn’t win a free trip and want to discover Curaçao, the Caribbean’s hidden treasure, without breaking the bank, visit Curacao.com/now.

Look to Curacao.com and the July issue of Curaçao News Now for more information about Curaçao Treasure Hunt and to meet the 10 finalists.

Away.com Launches Interactive Curaçao Travel Guide – Plan Your Trip Now!

Travel-planning website Away.com has launched an interactive guide to the island of Curaçao, with evocative photos, expertlyselected hotels and attractions, beach and scuba diving highlights, and more. Away.com’s portal, created in conjunction with the Curaçao Tourism Board, makes it easier for more Americans to get in on the secret to why Curaçao is the Caribbean’s Hidden Treasure, with highlights of the island’s top attractions, along with guides catering to family travelers and beach-goers to help the unfamiliar traveler become better acquainted with the attractions and activities that define this Dutch Antilles paradise. Away.com’s widely published, carefully vetted travel experts have identified the best hotels and resorts, beaches, restaurants, shops, museums, and other outdoor attractions that make Curaçao such a desirable vacation spot. And the interactive elements of this new planning tool allow travelers to effortlessly browse the island’s many activities, or hone in on what exactly they want to do-be it hiking through Christoffel Park, touring the famous Dutch architecture, or just relaxing on one of the island’s many natural beaches, cold drink in hand.

Curaçao Launches iPhone Application
Curaçao is the first island in the Caribbean to have a dedicated iPhone application. “iPhone apps are celebrated as one of the newest and most innovative developments in information and technology, and by launching an iPhone app we are telling consumers that Curaçao is modern, forward-thinking and different,” says Steve Johnson, Curaçao Tourist Board.

Subscribers to the free Curaçao app will be able to select a treasure or take a photo and bury it in the sand on one of Curaçao’s beautiful beaches. Then they will send a message to another user that says “I’ve buried a treasure for you on a beach in Curaçao – click here to begin your treasure hunt.”

Utilizing the technology of the iPhone, the recipient would then be able to dig through the sand and search the beach. When they find the treasure icon they will click on it and their “treasure” (the image or treasure sent) will populate the iPhone screen. Then a message will say, “Here is your hidden treasure! To discover Curaçao – the Caribbean’s Hidden Treasure go to www.curacao.com.

The Curaçao iPhone app can be downloaded for free at the Apple iPhone Store, by searching “Curaçao” and looking for the app titled “Curaçao” developed by Clusta Inc., or by clicking here from your computer.
Island Happenings

Get Wet Weekend Back for Another Year, Plan your Trip Now
It’s time again for Curaçao ’s fifth annual Get Wet Weekend, a special four-day event filled with GLBT activities and events, including parties, short cruises and other social affairs. From September 24-27, Curaçao Gay Plasa, the weekend’s sponsor, has a host of activities planned including NaviGAYtion Boat and Sunset Lounge parties. In addition, several of the island’s most luxurious hotels are offering discounted room rates for visitors during Get Wet Weekend. The Floris Suite Hotel, Avila Hotel, the Hilton Curaçao and the Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino are enticing travelers with rates as low as $259 per night. Travelers can visit www.gaycuracao.com to learn more. Get Wet Weekend Travelers can also take advantage of Curaçao’s incredible island-wide savings package, Curaçao Now which offers over $700 in savings. With one of the largest International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association memberships in the Caribbean, Curaçao is a true gay-friendly destination. The dedicated destination website www.gayCuraçao.com lists the island’s gay-friendly weekend hot spots, including Lyric’s Café, Curaçao’s official gay bar along with gay-friendly places to visit: Mambo Beach, Zanta Bar, Wet & Wild, Ay Caramba and Cinco.

New CARMABI Curaçao Activities

CARMABI Curaçao (Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity Foundation) is now offering a Deer Watching Tour and Sleep-over, Survival Hike, and Sunset Mountain Climb at the Christoffel Park.

Visitors can also now discover Curaçao’s seashore with CARMABI’s professional biologists on an exciting and educational Mangrove Eco Kayak Tour.

Visit www.carmabi.org for more information.

Curaçao’s 43rd International Blue Marlin Release Tournament
On April 6, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Emily de Jongh-Elhage, visited Curaçao to honor the winners of the 43rd Luhrs International Blue Marlin Release Tournament organized by the Curaçao Yacht Club. Forty-seven boats participated in the tag & release tournament with participants from the U.S., Venezuela, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. All three of the ABC islands had a lucky team on the victory platform! Team Driftwood from Aruba took the $10,000 first prize with the catch and release of two Blue Marlin. Le Grand Blue from Bonaire released one big blue and Hey Chama from Curaçao released a smaller Blue Marlin. This year the proceeds of the tournament went to the youth home “Kinderoorden Brakkeput.” To learn more visit www.curacaoyachtclub.com.

Heineken Regatta Curaçao Contract Extended Ten Years
Based on the success of the first Heineken Regatta Curaçao in November 2008, the contract between the Curaçao Sailing Festival and Heineken Curaçao has been extended for 10 years. Preparation for the second edition of the Heineken Regatta Curaçao is underway and will take place from November 6- 8, 2009. Curaçao Sailing Festival and Heineken would love to invite you to the beautiful island of Curaçao to experience this spectacular weekend. For updates and further information, visit: www.heinekenregattacuracao.com or e-mail info@heinekenregattacuracao.com. To receive a $200 per person airfare rebate and more deals on your trip to the Curacao Heineken Regatta, visit www.Curacao.com/now.

Curaçao Dive Festival Delivers Fun, Educational Experience for Divers
Curaçao was flooded with divers at the end of May for the 2009 Curaçao Dive Festival. It was a week packed with activities for dive enthusiasts including multiple free workshops with speakers that included Professional photographer, Publisher of DivePhotoGuide and author of the “Images” column for Sport Diver Magazine, Jason Heller; President of Oceans for Youth Foundation and experienced Dive Instructor and Trainer, Captain Wayne Hasson; airbrush painter and instructor of the Marine Art Paintbrush sessions during the Dive Festival, Peter Evers; author and Director of Training for Divers Alert Network, Eric Douglas; and adventure seeker and world traveler, Marc Sluszny. Captain Hasson led workshops on How to Stimulate Today’s Youth to Engage in Sport Diving and How to Improve your Diving. They were just two of the fascinating and informative workshops held over the course of the week. Plan your vacation to Curaçao during next year’s Dive Festival, May 29 – June 5, 2010. For more information on the Dive Festival and Curaçao’s pristine dive sites, visit www.curacaodive.com.

 

Curaçao in the News

Check out Curaçao’s Avila Hotel and Kura Hulanda Resorts in the summer issue of the Nest Magazine, available on newsstands June 29.
Did you Know?

Curaçao is home to the descendents of more than 55 different nationalities, each with their own customs and traditions. Visitors during the island’s Culture Cuisine & Heritage Experience, August 15 through November 15, will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about this unique island and its eclectic mix of cultures and receive special offers at art galleries, museums and restaurants. Click here for more information Click Here www.Curacao.com.

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About Curaçao

With its pristine dive sites, secluded beaches, championship golf course and rich local cuisine, Curaçao offers a little something for everyone – from the adventure traveler to those who simply want to unwind (and enjoy its perfect climate). Curaçao boasts an eclectic mix of history, culture and heritage, welcoming all visitors to this unique island paradise.

To learn more about Curaçao visit Curacao.com and to request a free Curaçao information package click here or call toll free 1.800.328.7222

Great Deals

Curaçao Now! Extends Booking Window and Savings
Curaçao has increased the savings of its popular Curaçao Now promotion, and extended the booking window until further notice. By booking Curaçao Now, travelers will receive a $200 per person airfare rebate, a free night during their five night vacation, a $200 food and beverage credit, plus other value-added savings.

Curaçao Now offers:
$200 per person credit on airline tickets
Free night at the 18 participating hotels
$200 food & beverage credit
A free dive day
A free car rental day
Discounted admission to Curaçao’s many museums
Half price attractions, tours and transfers
High value shopping discounts in downtown Willemstad, Curaçao’s capital
To learn more about Curaçao Now or to book directly with participating hotels, visit www.Curacao.com/now. Visitors can also book through their preferred travel agents.

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THE ROOSEVELT NEW ORLEANS

THE ROOSEVELT NEW ORLEANS RETURNS WITH SPECIAL SUMMER OFFERS

Just in time for summer, The Roosevelt New Orleans is offering special packages designed to introduce guests to the grand hotel, which has undergone a $145-million historic restoration and now is a member of the Waldorf Astoria Collection®.

The Roosevelt Returns Package includes a stay at the luxurious Roosevelt New Orleans from $139 per night, or a suite from $199, along with a welcome drink for two at the Sazerac Bar, known around the world as a destination for fine cocktails.

For the ultimate getaway, the hotel also offers its Summer Escape Package. This special deal offers savings up to $400 and includes a third night free when guests book two nights from $139 per night, or a suite from $199. Guests also receive 15% off retail purchases at The Roosevelt Emporium gift shop and free breakfast for up to two children, age 10 years and younger, at the Sazerac Restaurant with each paying adult. To top it off, guests will receive a complimentary one-night certificate for a future stay at participating Hilton family hotels.

To take advantage of these offers, guests can call 1-800-WALDORF or visit www.therooseveltneworleans.com. The specials are available July 26 through Sept. 30, 2009, based on availability.

The grand hotel returns with 504 rooms, of which 135 are luxury suites; the legendary Blue Room; the Sazerac Bar and Restaurant, John Besh’s Domenica Restaurant and Teddy’s Cafe; state-of-the-art meeting and convention rooms; and a 12,000-square-foot, world-class Guerlain Spa and fitness center.

Other amenities designed to position The Roosevelt New Orleans as a destination favored by travelers include a comprehensive business center, private dining and suite butler service, an outdoor pool and courtyard, and a specialty gift shop.

For more information on The Roosevelt New Orleans, log on to www.therooseveltneworleans.com. Memories of the hotel can be logged at the hotel’s blog site: www.therooseveltneworleans.com/blog.

About The Waldorf Astoria Collection (TM)

The Waldorf Astoria Collection is a distinctive group of unique luxury hotels from the Hilton Family of Hotels, each indigenous to its destination and situated in key cities around the world. Home to world leaders, royalty and society’s elite, The Collection’s elegant assortment of hotels and resorts aims to provide affluent travelers with authentic, luxury experiences and unlimited opportunities for discovery. The Waldorf Astoria Collection is a member of Hilton’s Luxury and Lifestyle Brands along with Waldorf Astoria and Conrad Hotels & Resorts. For more information on The Waldorf Astoria Collection, please visit: www.waldorfastoriacollection.com.

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Support Darwin’s Life Work in the Galápagos

Visit Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands on a unique Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropic Journey, Conservation Consciousness in the Galápagos (October 22-November 1, 2009), to celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his Origin of Species. They join conservationist Randal Keynes, the naturalist’s great-great-grandson, and explore islands that Darwin himself visited on this special seven-night cruise on MV ‘Eclipse.’ They also go behind the scenes for insight into the work of the Galpagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation when they attend the grand opening of the new Darwin facility on Santa Cruz Island.

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HOLLAND AMERICA SOUTH AMERICA, INDIA AND FAR EAST

HOLLAND AMERICA OFFERS EXCITING NEW 2010 WORLD CRUISE OVERLAND
ADVENTURES IN SOUTH AMERICA, INDIA AND FAR EAST

 

Holland America Line is offering exciting new World Cruise tours and Overland Adventure tours in some of the world’s most exotic locations: South America, Africa and India.

Overland Adventures allow guests to extend their holiday or Grand World Voyage with an in-depth exploration of regions such as India, the Far East, Africa and South America. The adventures range from two- and three-day tours to eight-day explorations.

 

“More cruise guests are looking to fully immerse themselves in the culture they’ve flown thousands of miles to see,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line. “By prearranging and offering these unique tours, we’re making it simple for our guests to take full advantage of their time.”

 

2010 Grand World Voyage guests can take a unique eight-day train tour from Mumbai to Port Kelang, India. The Palace on Wheels Overland Adventure — part of Holland America Line’s Medallion Collection of exclusive tours — is one of the world’s great train rides, taking guests through the heart of India and its rich and vibrant culture. Stops include Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh, Udaipur, Bharatpur and Delhi, then a flight to Kuala Lumpur.

 

The adventure also includes a sunset camel ride through the Great Indian Desert and a four-wheel drive in the Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary, known for its tigers and leopards. In Udaipur, guests will explore the city of lakes and then journey to Bharatpur and the National Bird Sanctuary. From there, it’s a short train ride to Agra and the stunning Taj Mahal. At Delhi, guests will explore India’s capital and its third-largest city, with the Rashtrapati Bhawan presidential palace.

 

In Africa, guests seeking a safari of a lifetime will enjoy the Ngala Overland Adventure from Port Elizabeth to Durban, South Africa. On the three-day Medallion Collection tour, guests will fly to the Ngala Private Game Reserve. The reserve borders the world-famous Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest wildlife sanctuary.

The African safari offers superb accommodations and several game-drives in an open, four-wheel drive vehicle, giving guests a chance to spot one of Africa’s “big five”: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape Buffalo. The drives are scheduled to allow optimal game viewing. Guests catch a return flight to Durban to board the ship.

 

Other Overland Adventures trips in Africa and the Far East include: the Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls Overland Adventure, a five-day tour from Cape Town to Durban; the Cambodia and Angkor Wat Overland Adventure, a three-day tour from Singapore to Sihanoukville, Cambodia; the Terra Cotta Warriors, Great Wall and Beijing Overland Adventure, a four-day tour from Shanghai to Xingang, China; and the Kyoto and the Shinkansen Bullet Train Overnight Tour, a two-day adventure from Kobe to Yokohama, Japan.

 

On the other side of the world, guests sailing South America in 2010 also have enticing new adventures: the Galapagos Islands Cruise Overland Adventure and Mendoza: Land of Wine.

 

From Manta, Ecuador, to Callao, Peru, the Galapagos Island Cruise Overland Adventure is a four-day adventure allowing guests to discover South America’s vibrant landscapes. Guests depart the ship and travel, via motorcoach, to Guayaquil, Ecuador, to board a plane to the easternmost Galapagos Islands. From there, guests will board the m/v Galápagos Explorer II, an intimate 293-foot vessel for just 100 guests. An experienced naturalist guides shore expeditions to search for wildlife such as blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, whimbrels and sanderlings, Darwin’s finches and yellow warblers.

 

In Argentina, the Mendoza: Land of Wine tour is sure to entice discriminating wine connoisseurs. The adventure begins with a flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza, Argentina, for a city tour in the heart of the Argentine wine country. Guests visit a vineyard and sample acclaimed local wines before returning to comfort of their ship.

 

Holland America Line offers 4,700 different shore excursions at 850 ports of call in more than 100 countries, each highlighting the best of each destination.

 

The Holland America premium cruise experience

When in port, guests can choose from a multitude of diverse shore excursions, including Overland Adventures, off-the-beaten-track explorations, Signature Collection private-car touring and exclusive Medallion Collection excursions.

 

Additionally, Holland America Line offers a full enrichment program on every ship and has broadened its onboard programming with the new Explorations Team who offers guests a full menu of “edutainment” programs. The Explorations Team is comprised of event staff with specific, niche expertise ranging from technology and party planning to book club discussions (on select cruises of 14 days and longer) and travel. As part of the Explorations Speaker Series, special guest lecturers sail on segments of the Grand Voyages to offer unique and enriching perspectives on regional art, history and culture. Culinary staff and guest chefs lead cooking classes and demonstrations in the on-board Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine; The Explorations Café — powered by the New York Times — allows guests to stay connected via the Internet or simply relax, listen to music and have a latté.

 

The line’s newest enrichment program is the Holland America Line Digital Workshop powered by Windows. In an interactive, user-friendly atmosphere, guests learn how to share all of their digital vacation memories through e-mail, blogging and social networking.

 

For further Overland Adventures information, a cruise brochure or more information on Holland America Line’s voyages, consult a professional travel agent, or call 800-522-3399 or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

THE ROOSEVELT NEW ORLEANS

THE ROOSEVELT NEW ORLEANS RETURNS WITH SPECIAL SUMMER OFFERS

Just in time for summer, The Roosevelt New Orleans is offering special packages designed to introduce guests to the grand hotel, which has undergone a $145-million historic restoration and now is a member of the Waldorf Astoria Collection®.

The Roosevelt Returns Package includes a stay at the luxurious Roosevelt New Orleans from $139 per night, or a suite from $199, along with a welcome drink for two at the Sazerac Bar, known around the world as a destination for fine cocktails.

For the ultimate getaway, the hotel also offers its Summer Escape Package. This special deal offers savings up to $400 and includes a third night free when guests book two nights from $139 per night, or a suite from $199. Guests also receive 15% off retail purchases at The Roosevelt Emporium gift shop and free breakfast for up to two children, age 10 years and younger, at the Sazerac Restaurant with each paying adult. To top it off, guests will receive a complimentary one-night certificate for a future stay at participating Hilton family hotels.

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