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Kumano Kodo, 360 MAGAZINE

Kumano Kodo Trek

Kyoto-based tour operator Oku Japan has launched a premium, upgraded version of its classic, self-guided Kumano Kodo trek, just in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
 
The 5-day trip along the Kumano Kodo offers travelers the opportunity to experience a traditional Japanese pilgrimage walk — a spiritual adventure that explores Grand Shrines, historic villages and the ancient, forested mountains of Japan’s Kii Peninsula — in high-end comfort and style.
 
The new premium itinerary includes a stay at the freshly-refurbished Fujiya Ryokan, which features five Onsen (hot spring-fed) baths and traditional tatami mat rooms with their own private, outdoor baths. Located in the village of Kawayu, Fujiya Ryokan is situated alongside Sennin-buro, a famous open-air river bath that invites visitors to dig their own hot spring Onsen. The high-end upgrade also boasts a night on a private island at Kumano-Bettei Nakanoshima, a modern, boutique retreat with sea-view rooms that include open-air, private baths and a chef-designed culinary menu that celebrates locally-caught seafood.
 
Hike the Yagyu Kaido trail, tracing the footsteps of warriors who walked this route to a historic sword-making village, and take in the scenic seaside on a train ride from Nara to Kii-Tanabe. Follow the pilgrimage trail from Chikatsuyu through small villages and forest trails over the sacred Kii Mountains to the Kumano shrine at Hongu, one of the three ‘Grand Shrines of Kumano’. Later, journey to Yunomine Onsen, one of the oldest natural hot-spring villages in Japan, and on to the port town of Kii-Katsuura with its island-studded bay and lively, early-morning fish market.
 
Guests will enjoy daily luggage transfers, most dinners and breakfasts, round-trip train tickets from Kyoto or Osaka, detailed daily itineraries and walking directions, and local support from Oku’s branch along the Kumano Kodo in Chikatsuyu.
 
5 -days; Priced from $2,3070 per person.
For more information, visit okujapan.com
 

About Oku Japan
Oku Japan is a Kyoto-based tour operator specializing in sustainable guided, self-guided and custom tours exploring remote regions of Japan. The very first travel brand to offer self-guided walking trips along Japan’s ancient pilgrimage routes, Oku continues to honor its passion for Japanese culture by fostering meaningful community partnerships, encouraging cross-cultural connections among locals and travelers, and forging new adventures in Japan’s still-undiscovered territories. For more information, visit www.okujapan.com.

The Headland Hotel, 360 MAGAZINE

New Aqua Club to open at UK five star hotel

The Headland in Cornwall, UK, is to open a new £10 million ($13 million) wellbeing experience called The Aqua Club this spring.

Located in Newquay, on the north coast of one of the UK’s most beautiful counties, The Headland offers five-star hotel and self-catering accommodation in a stunning coastal setting.

Due to open in May 2020, The Aqua Club represents a significant investment in the development of The Headland as a luxury, world-class destination.

It will feature five swimming pools, including a 25-meter training pool, an infinity pool, and a family leisure pool, as well as a sun terrace with impressive ocean views.

A restaurant, called The Deck, will connect the inside and outdoor spaces, and will provide a welcome oasis of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.

For US visitors, Cornwall has never been easier to include in a UK tour. Managing director of The Headland, Darryl Reburn, says: “We are ten minutes from Cornwall Airport, Newquay, which is served by daily flights from London and Dublin, as well as many other major cities in England and Scotland.”

The Headland is set on a peninsula overlooking the surfer’s paradise, Fistral Beach. With a spa, a five-pool leisure complex, a surf school, and three restaurants, there is plenty to keep vacationers busy.

Constructed at the end of the Victorian era, the hotel is famous as the location for the original The Witches film, and is close to filming locations for the popular Poldark TV series as well as Doc Martin.

It has a rich history, from causing local riots when it was first built, to becoming a military hospital during WWII. There are also tales of hauntings, and stories of visits from celebrities and royal guests.

Cornwall is the UK’s most south-westerly county and is one of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers. Accessible by air, rail and road, it has one of the most varied and beautiful coastlines to explore, with more than 300 beaches to choose from.

For the active traveller, the South West Coast Path covers more than 250 miles of spectacular scenery, and can be accessed from the doorstep of The Headland.

The region is also famous for its artisan produce and top chefs. TV celebrity chef Rick Stein has a restaurant nearby at Fistral Beach, and The Headland’s own executive chef presides over three restaurants serving award-winning food.

For a quintessentially British experience, guests can start the day with a full English breakfast with sausage, bacon and egg, all sourced locally, before exploring the beach, Newquay town, and its surrounding area.

Guests can also make a reservation to experience The Headland’s impressive three-tier afternoon tea, which includes Cornish scones, jam, and clotted cream.

Darryl Reburn said: “Our afternoon tea at The Terrace has been voted as one of the best in the UK. With the stunning backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, it is a beautiful place to relax, drink tea, and work your way through dainty sandwiches, scones, and a selection of sweet treats.”

Prices for a three-night break at The Headland, including breakfast, start from £420/$546* for a Coastal Room with sea views – based on two people sharing. Use of the hotel’s spa facilities, gym, and Aqua Club are included.

Flights into Newquay operate daily from London with a duration of approximately one hour. An 80 minute flight also operates daily to and from Dublin, Ireland.

The Great Western Railway (GWR) provides a direct route to Cornwall from London Paddington with a journey time of approximately four hours to Bodmin Parkway, and a 25 minute transfer. It is a scenic journey taking in beautiful countryside and the coast.

Hire car or airport/station transfers can be arranged on request.

*Prices based on current exchange rate.

**Photographer: The Headland Hotel

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Future of Tourism in Colombia

Thanks to new hotel offerings, direct flights and a global focus on responsible travel,
Colombia is ushering in a new era of tourism.

Colombia has been named the number one trending destination for tourism in 2020 by the United States Tour Operators Association, and the experts at True Colombia Travel and Cannúa say this is only the beginning, as new hotels, flight paths and mindsets are driving change in the country’s tourism industry. 

For the latter half of the last decade, backpackers have dominated the tourism scene in Colombia – typically younger travelers with ample time yet modest budgets. According to Brian Schon, co-founder and director of True Colombia Travel, a locally-owned and led tour operator offering custom cultural, culinary and environmental tours throughout Colombia, the next five years will see incredible changes in the way travelers can experience Colombia, giving way to a different type of visitor. 

“From the type of hotels being built, to the increased accessibility from North America and what’s opening up within the country, it’s really incredible to see Colombia’s tourism growth unfolding in front of our eyes,” Schon says. “The country is only just starting to realize its tourism potential when it comes to being upscale and unique, and it is on track to be a major destination this decade for discerning travelers, looking for more luxury options, quick getaways and responsible practices.” 

Here are several key predictions from Colombia’s travel experts for the next few years: 

Shorter Trips Packed with Punch

As airlines start to offer more direct flights to Colombia from Canada and the United States, more North Americans will take advantage of Colombia as a quick getaway location, opening up whole new realm of unexplored opportunities for northern dwellers looking for an accessible, warm-weather escape.  

“In the past, most visitors came for at least 10 days, with many of them staying 2 weeks, 3 weeks, even a month – in large part because it was so complicated to get here,” says Schon. “Now we are starting to get a ton of requests for week-long trips or even 4-5 days. People are recognizing that they can pop down to Colombia the same way they would to Florida, Puerto Rico or Mexico.” 

While longer trips allow travelers to see more of Colombia and get to know the culture, Schon says there is still a lot of value in a short visit. 

“The beauty of Colombia is you can go from the mountains to the beach within the same day, so there are lots of options to people who are short on time, especially if they stick to a specific geographic region,” says Schon. “In Antioquia, for example, guests can spend five days paragliding, hiking on pre-hispanic trails, exploring local caves, searching for wild hippos, and liberating endangered turtles.” 

“Cutting down on layovers and travel time makes a quick jaunt to Colombia a lot more accessible, and North Americans will continue to discover this.”

More Boutique Luxury Hotels in Rural Areas   

Colombia has seen incredible growth in its hotel sector, moving from a hostel-focused industry to one with luxury offerings in the big city centers of Cartagena, Medellin, Bogota, and Barranquilla. But with the recent opening of the boutique retreat Cannúa – sister company of True Colombia Travel – on Dec. 1, 2019 in Antioquia, hotel development is now starting to extend to rural areas. 

“The magic of Colombia really comes from our rural areas – the Andes mountain towns, the Amazon basins, the unexplored Pacific Coast,” says Santiago Giraldo, General Manager and co-founder of Cannúa. “Typically, non-backpacking travelers base themselves in city centers, as there are lots of luxury offers there, and take day trips to rural regions; now, however, they can start to enjoy that same level of luxury in some of the most beautiful pockets of the country.” 

Giraldo predicts there will be a rush over the next five years to construct these types of rural, high-end retreats, allowing for people to base themselves in remote areas closer to small villages, pre-hispanic treks or rushing waterfalls – especially as there is proof this concept works. 

“We’ve seen this happen before in other countries with strong tourism sectors,” Giraldo says. “People are already latching on to what Cannúa offers, just as people latched onto the eco retreats of Costa Rica and the jungle villas of Thailand and the mountain lodges of Peru – and investors are sure to start taking notice soon, too.”

Responsible Approaches to Unexplored Regions

The past few years saw areas of Colombia open up to travelers and locals alike following the country’s historic peace accord in 2016, including the jungles around Puerto Berrio and the wild Pacific Coast, but some of it went too far: the Caño Cristales, a river known as the “melted rainbow” for its vibrant, multicolored hue, became such a popular, Instagrammable site that access to the area was restricted from visitor traffic in 2017 to give the overloaded ecosystem a break. 

With international travelers concerned with their environmental and cultural impact more than ever before, the next five years of travel in Colombia will see stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry focus on responsible growth. 

“There’s a lot of potential for tourism to make a positive impact in these former ‘no-go zones,’ but it’s important that it’s developed in the right way,” Schon says. “We want to help make sure these communities are directly benefiting from opportunities created by tourism, and the ecosystems of Colombia – the second-most biodiverse country in the world – are protected.” 

In an effort to ensure these newly accessible regions do not become exploited or overcrowded, True Colombia Travels partners with local communities in every region they operate within to build thoughtful experiences focused on small-group, low-impact travel. 

“Our guests want to engage with nature, but they are also highly educated about the impact that travel can have on local communities and on the environment,” says Schon. “Colombian operators, especially those who see the potential for growth in these newly-accessible regions, are going to have to answer to international travelers who are focused on these issues and make responsible travel practices top-of-mind across the industry.”

For more information about True Colombia Travel’s fully-customized cultural, culinary and environmental tours in all corners of the country, visit www.truecolombiatravel.com

About True Colombia Travel 

True Colombia Travel specializes in offering fully customized cultural, culinary and environmental tours throughout the rural and urban regions of Colombia. Owned and operated by locals who are passionate about their community, the TCT team is made up of bilingual artists, nature-lovers and world travelers committed to sharing Colombia’s secrets with visitors as respectfully and responsibly as possible. Welcoming families, groups, solo travelers and adventurers of all ages, True Colombia Travel creates personalized itineraries designed to showcase the people, heritage, culture and natural treasures that makes Colombia one of the most promising destinations in the world. 

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JONAS BROTHERS COMEBACK

After mounting the biggest comeback of the decade last year, GRAMMY® Award-nominated trio Jonas Brothers release their first new single of 2020, “What A Man Gotta Do,” today. Get it HERE via Republic Records.
 
“What A Man Gotta Do” charges forward on upbeat acoustic guitar and a percussive groove. This high-energy bounce culminates on the hook where they coyly ask, “What a man gotta do to be totally locked up by you?” Continuing a tradition of event-level visuals, the group also reveals a blockbuster music video co-starring their significant others: Priyanka Chopra Jones, Sophie Turner, and Danielle Jonas. Directed by Joseph Kahn, the band and the ladies put their own smart, satirical, spirited and sexy twist on classic films such as Risky Business, Grease, and Say Anything.
 
Watch it HERE
 
The broadcast premiere for the video will air on MTV Live, mtvU and the Times Square Viacom billboard at 6AM EST today.
 
Jonas Brothers will pull out all the stops next Sunday January 26 when they perform “What A Man Gotta Do” live for the very first time at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® in Los Angeles. Plus, they vie for the “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” statue at the ceremony.
 
Be sure to tune in to the broadcast on CBS.
 
The song arrives hot on the heels of the band’s blockbuster comeback album, Happiness Begins. Not only did it bow at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, go platinum, and set the stage for the sold out Happiness Begins Tour across arenas everywhere, but it also yielded the Hot 100 #1 smash “Sucker,” which proved definitive for 2019. Most importantly, it set the stage for the biggest, boldest, and brightest era of Jonas Brothers yet.
 
Be on the lookout for more surprises and big news very soon.

The preeminent male group of this century, Jonas Brothers opened the floodgates for a new era of titans in pop music. Following a six-year hiatus, Jonas Brothers took 2019 by storm with the surprise release of their critically acclaimed and widely successful single “Sucker.” The double-platinum single debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, becoming the first #1 for the band and the first #1 debut from a group this century.  The song emerged as a cultural phenomenon, ranking #1 on Billboard’s critic’s picks list of the “50 Best Songs of 2019,” and standing out as the top song on U.S. Radio in 2019, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. 
 
Making history once more, the band delivered their third #1 album debut with the release of their platinum-selling album Happiness Begins. The band continued to soar with their sold-out “Happiness Begins Tour,” with over 1 million tickets sold.  The tour received unanimous praise with Billboard writing, “The ‘Happiness Begins’ Tour feels like a celebration of everything in the Jonas Brothers’ career, but also the beginning of their larger-than-life new chapter,” and The Washington Post claiming, “There hasn’t been a boy band in recent history that’s made a comeback quite like Jonas Brothers.” Moreover, Rolling Stone summed it best, “Following a six year hiatus, it almost feels like the Jonas Brothers are bigger than ever.” 
 
The band closed out a banner year with the release of “Only Human,” another Top 5 hit on both Top 40 and Hot AC radio airplay charts. What’s more, they garnered a bevy of awards, including a 2019 MTV Video Music Award for “Best Pop Video” and two 2019 Teen Choice Awards for “Artist Of The Decade” and “Choice Summer Group.” Plus, they were nominated in top categories at the American Music Awards, including “Favorite Duo or Group Pop/Rock” and “Favorite Song Pop/Rock.” Most recently, they notched their second GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.”

JONAS BROTHERS “WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO” LINKS
AUDIO: https://jonasbrothers.lnk.to/WAMGD
VIDEO: https://jonasbrothers.lnk.to/WAMGDVideoPR

JONAS BROTHERS HAPPINESS BEGINS
https://JonasBrothers.lnk.to/HappinessBegins
 
JONAS BROTHERS SOCIALS
http://instagram.com/jonasbrothers
http://twitter.com/jonasbrothers
https://www.facebook.com/JonasBrothers
https://www.youtube.com/user/JonasBrothersMusic

Ocaso Underground Music Festival, Costa Rica, Tamarindo, 360 MAGAZINE, La Senda Retreat

Ocaso Festival

OCASO UNDERGROUND MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES TALENT LINEUP AND RETURN TO COSTA RICA JANUARY 9th-13th 2020

DJ Line-Up to Feature Maceo Plex, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, Shiba San, Seth Troxler and Artbat Among Others!

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, is set to return to Costa Rica for the fourth year in a row and announced today its long awaited powerhouse musical line-up. With featured performers to include 2019 DJ Award Winner for Melodic House and Techno Maceo Plex, 2019 DJ Award Breakthrough Artist winner Artbat, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, and Shiba San, 2020 attendance is expected to exceed the roughly 4,000 ticket holders in 2019.  The festival will be held January 9th – the 13th at the La Senda Retreat, in Tamarindo, CR.  Tickets may be purchased HERE.

Ocaso has quickly grown into a cornerstone in the world of underground electronic music festivals.  With musical areas located poolside, on the beach, and deep in the jungle, the event is one of the most unique destination music experiences in existence today.  Hosted on the iconic La Senda retreat grounds, festival goers are treated to a mystical journey through Costa Rican beaches and jungles, all while experiencing an unforgettable week of transcendent music where DJ’s and fans from around the world can meld together to partake in the incredible energies of the land.

“Our philosophy has always been based around great music, great food, and positive vibes in a setting that was literally built on physical principles specifically aimed at fostering positive energy,” stated Ocaso Underground Music Festival Founder Devin Ellis.  “As we continue to grow in our fourth year, we have built an amazing line-up of talent who will all perform on one stage.  Any performer listed on our site will be viewable to ticket holders.  We couldn’t be more excited to return to to Costa Rica and this amazing community that has treated us so well over the years.”

The 74 acre La Senda grounds, known for exuding serenity and tranquility, holds the world’s largest labyrinth that was built using a scared geometrical design aimed at boosting flows of positive energy.  The labrynth will be the site for the festivals amphitheater as well as the majority of events.  From the vibrant beauty of the forest and the extended paddock to the colorful diversity of flora and abundance of wildlife, the soothing caress of the labyrinth’s energy field and the nurturing presence of all our domestic animals, there is an unspoken energy that words cannot grasp.

For more information, DJ line-ups, tickets, and more visit www.OcasoFestival.com, and follow them on Instagram @OcasoFestival and Facebook

About Ocaso Underground Music Festival

Ocaso Festival is an underground electronic music festival in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. A destination festival, Ocaso is one of the most unique festivals in the world.  With musical areas located poolside, on the beach, and deep in the jungle, the festival promotes a single-stage experience, having only one performance at a time.  Set in Tamarindo, Ocaso’s home base is a surfing paradise, known for good vibes and a bourgeoning electronic music scene.

Daniel Bamdad, BELLAGIO, MAYFAIR SUPPER CLUB, Denise Truscello, Getty images, Vegas, 360 MAGAZINE

The Mayfair

Music, sports, television and fashion stars rang in the new decade in Las Vegas with a night of dancing and dining at the grand opening of Bellagio Resort & Casino’s glamourous new supper club, The MayfairLeona LewisNina Dobrev, Tanner Novlan and Kayla Ewell, Candice and Joe King, Shaun White and Daniel Bamdad were amongst the revelers. On Friday, Lady Gaga brought 100 of her dancers and friends to The Mayfair for an early New Year’s celebration before the restaurant opened to the public.

Filled with live performances and surprise acts, The Mayfair Supper Club overlooks the Bellagio Fountains and evolves from a swinging prohibition-era jazz club to a late-night dance party that modernizes the Roaring ‘20s for the 2020s.

British singer-songwriter and “X-Factor” star Leona Lewis headed to Vegas to support new hubby Dennis Jauch, who is co-founder of No Ceilings Entertainment, the production powerhouse that produced The Mayfair’s incredible entertainment experience. The duo, who tied the knot in Italy this summer, met in 2010 when Jauch was a dancer on her tour.  Throughout the night, Lewis was glued to performances by the dancers, singers and musicians – many of whom she saw during the casting process – snapping pictures and videos and congratulating Jauch.

“Vampire Diaries” cast Nina Dobrev, Tanner Novlan and wife Kayla Ewell, and Candice (Accola) King reunited at the bash celebrating New Year’s Eve at a Fountain-side table, dining and dancing into the early morning. Olympic champion and snowboarding legend Shaun White, and Accola’s husband and The Fray’s guitarist Joe King, also joined the party. At midnight, the Novlans rang in 2020 with a sweet kiss on The Mayfair’s dance floor.

Lewis, Dobrev, Ewell and King complimented each other’s stunning NYE attire and joined together for celebratory photos, followed by Lewis and Dobrev snapping selfies together.

German model Daniel Bamdad was pulled on stage, blindfolded and fed cream pie as singers and dancers teased him during one of The Mayfair’s boundary-breaking performances that concluded with a hilarious bait and switch that had Bamdad – and guests throughout the restaurant – roaring.

The Mayfair Supper Club is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m. For more information, please visit The Mayfair Supper Club’s website.

ABOUT BELLAGIO

Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio Resort & Casino overlooks a Mediterranean-blue, 8 ½-acre lake in which fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet. Award-winning dining, a world-class art gallery, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning performance of “O” by Cirque du Soleil, a sumptuous spa and salon and exclusive luxury shopping all work together to compose the symphony that is Bellagio. Bellagio is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit bellagio.com, call toll free at (888) 987-6667 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

*Photo Credit: Denise Truscello, Getty Images

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Four Seasons New York Downtown

Redefining Relaxation

By Vaughn Lowery

Every now and again, we all should consume some time out of our hectic lives to enjoy a stay at one of the most sought-after institutions in lower Manhattan – the Four Seasons New York Downtown [FS NY Downtown]. Since its conception three years ago, this micro-resort is poised to be an award-winning campus with offerings geared towards a more youthful clientele.

By far one of the more prestigious properties within the five boroughs, containing 189 rooms and suites. This five-star accommodation is perched in the prominent Tribeca area of downtown NYC within walking distance from an array of activities, including Brookfield Place and the conspicuous West 4th Street. Guest floors are from the 7th to 24th with the lobby, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and meeting suite on the lower levels. The swank, slim facade also incorporates a 157 private residences which are housed between the 38th to 82nd levels.

An architectural digest of diversity with symmetrical designations throughout, celebrating geometrics alongside of high-caliber appointments. It was fabricated and brought to life by design firm Yabu Pushelberg to delight the senses and erupt an emotional connectedness to its surroundings. After all, its parents are known to construct immersive environments where pedestrians can both coexist and congregate. Particular thanks to the warm tones, recessed lighting and Italian marble.

Minutes away from downtown Brooklyn and the newly bustling Jersey City neighborhoods, Four Seasons Downtown is poised to become an influential millennial safe haven for digital nomads and senior level executives alike. Staying true to the Four Seasons marquee, the degree of service coupled with attentive staff is unprecedented. This pet-friendly, modern-lux lodge possesses a 24 hr fitness center, which easily rivals an Equinox facility: kettlebells, free weights, ample high-tech machines, yoga mats, stretching area, foam rollers, group instruction and a Peloton stationary bike.

The day spa area bears Marc Jacobs collaborative merchandise, a 75-foot indoor lap pool (open daily from 6am-9pm with on-duty lifeguard) and steamroom. Within the spa lounges, there’s plenty of toiletries at your disposal for decompression: shaving kit, dental kit, shower shoes, robes, mouthwash, hair gel, deodorant spray, q-tips, disposable combs/brushes and electronic programmable lockers. Complimentary bottles of water are readily available and rose petal hydration facial mist to make you feel even more reinvigorated. And, there’s a plethora of onsite services which are offered from aromatherapy to facials.

The Barclay, Tribeca as well as Hudson suites possesses dual vanities and can hold up to 4 adults with 2 bedrooms, full bath and a half bath/powder room. Some of the suites come equipped with a butler kitchen and patio. If available, the bang for your buck are the executive suites, which contain spacious great rooms; even so, they don’t have a balcony.

With ample views of the One World Trade Center and its Oculus, the Four Seasons New York Downtown is an emerald which is certain to stimulate your heart chakra as well as drizzle positivity onto spirits. If you’re seeking a white-glove experience in a contemporary environment, then this is your spot.

Location:

27 Barclay St, New York, NY 10007

Telephone:

(646) 880-1999

Honorable mentions:

24-hour curbside valet.

Reliable high-speed complimentary internet access.

All units are equipped with Samsung state-of-the-art smart TVs which are capable of screen mirroring.

Most celebrities and VIPs fly into Teterboro Airport.

The spa hosts wellness installations which conduct holistic healing sessions.

With regards to private residences, the realtor on record is Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group.

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GOLD SEASHELL

By Mark Quinn

Quinn states “ ‘The Big Wheel Keeps on Turning’ is the story of the planet and everything that lives on it. It is our lives in time. Like the spiral of a shell, the world is in constant revolution.” He further says “… To me they are actually sculptures of the space-time continuum. By that I mean you have the rings on the outside of the shell, which look and act like the rings of a tree – showing the past of the object – and at the same time, the rings are to me like a map of the turning of the world. Then, on the front surface, you have the highly polished, reflective part, which is of course always in the present moment. This surface is always reflecting the now, and so together the form of the shell is like a found structural diagram of how the present becomes the past.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Marc Quinn is internationally recognized and one of the leading artists of his generation. He is best known for exploring the relationships between art and science, the human body, and perceptions of beauty; elementary questions of the universe relevant to mankind. He rose to prominece in the early 1990s among the Young British Artists (YBAs) who shook up London’s contemporary art scene with their conceptual works. the same time, the rings are to me like a map of the turning of the world.

Then, on the front surface, you have the highly polished, reflective part, which is of course always in the present moment. This surface is always reflecting the now, and so together the form of the shell is like a found structural diagram of how the present becomes the past.” Quinn has exhibited in many important group and solo shows internationally including: the Tate Gallery in London, Fondazione Prada in Milan, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Musée Oceanographique in Monaco, Multi media Art Museum in Moscow, and The Yorkshire Sculpture Garden in the UK, among many others. Quinn lives and works in London, UK.

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Four Seasons Gift Guide

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown today announces the launch of a 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, curated by Senior Spa Director Tara Cruz.

The extensive Holiday Gift Guide includes a curated selection of Cruz’s favourite items for the holidays and caters to six distinct categories including The Fashion Forward, The Jetsetter, The Wellness Guru, The Fitness Junkie, The Adored and The Ultimate Host. Included is a wide selection of merchandise and experiences for individuals and couples, all available for purchase from the Boutique at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown.

Some of the more exclusive products include –

Marc Jacobs x Four Seasons New York Downtown Sweatshirt

Take home a signature Marc Jacobs x Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown limited-edition sweatshirt by Marc Jacobs in celebration of New York Fashion Week 2019. Featuring an apple motif that pays homage to New York in addition to the iconic brands of Four Seasons and Marc Jacobs, the sweatshirt is the first collaboration of its kind for both brands and was designed to celebrate the union of two storied institutions and a mutual love for all things New York City.

Signature Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Candle

Select a specific scent from the dedicated Four Seasons New York Downtown Signature Candle Collection. The collection, which launched in 2018, features five distinctive scents – one for each season and the ever-green spa scent. Designed by General Manger Thomas Carreras, these branded candles allow guests to take home a piece of their New York experience and reminisce over the memories of their stay, long after their trip has ended and they have returned home.  Carreras personally designed each scent and worked closely with specialty scent partner Air Aroma to match each of the notes for the seasonal scents to ensure they are on-brand and reflect the character of the Hotel throughout the seasons. Each of the scents are specific to Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown and are created with the unique New York City environment in mind. Candles can be purchased individually or guests can take home the entire collection.

Personalised Wellness Oil Collection

Take home a personalised wellness oil collection, blended by a wellness expert, specifically for you. The use of essential oils to aid in health and wellness has been around for centuries, dating back as far as Greek and Egyptian times. However it wasn’t until 1910 that a French scientist named Gattefosse used lavender oil to aid in the cure of a burn that the term aromatherapie was coined. Alexandra Soveral, Founder and CEO of SOVERAL, has now actualised this ancient art into a modern day science, developing her own food-grade essential oils from a UK distillery that sources locally and responsibly farmed essentials oils. The Spa’s Aromatherapy Blend Bar features a selection of nine essential oils, all of which support mood enhancement, physical wellbeing and emotional balance. The personalised oil collection includes five bespoke blended oils.

For those looking for a more experiential gift, some of the highlights include –

Sleep Well, Live Well Experience

The Hotel’s Sleep Well, Live Well experience is designed around the search for, and commitment to, the perfect night’s sleep. The experience includes a 50-minute Sleep Serenity Massage for two, overnight accommodation in a room or suite, and a customisable take-home Four Seasons Queen Bed, featuring the new mattress and topper collection, designed exclusively by Simmons Bedding Company for Four Seasons.

Resident Healer Session

Enjoy a Resident Healer Session with any one of four exceptional Resident Healers including Deganit Nuur, Rashia Bell, Show Shimazu and Michelle Pirret, all of whom tailor the sessions to the individual’s needs. Deganit Nuur is a certified acupuncturist, herbalist, clairvoyant intuitive and meditation instructor whose goal is to improve spiritual and overall well-being. Rashia Bell will help guests explore the healing energy of crystals while practising mindful meditation. Snow Shimazu is a certified travel wellness specialist who incorporates mediation, yoga and advanced massage therapies into her healing methods. Michelle Pirret delivers profound auditory exploration that stimulates the imagination and connects one to their intuition and higher self.

Soak Service in a Hudson Suite

Stay overnight in one of the Hotel’s luxurious Hudson Suites with a deep soaking tub, and enjoy an indulgent Soak Service. Choose a curated experience based on unique needs from a menu that includes restore, soothe, detox, seasonal options or the ultimate – a rose revival for two.

Club27 Membership

For the ultimate gift for the Fitness Junkie, give the gift of freedom with a 12-month membership to Club27. The Wellness Membership includes access to amenities including a 75 foot (23 metre) indoor heated swimming pool; eucalyptus steam room; locker rooms and private sundeck from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm daily; 24 hour state-of-the-art fitness centre with laundry service; luxury amenities and daily wellness elixir; quarterly complimentary 80 minute spa treatment of choice; access to private or group yoga, boxing, meditation, aqua-fit and personal training classes, including one complimentary initiation class; 9+ guest passes; access to personal Wellness  and Hotel Concierge and more.

Whether looking for an extravagant gesture for someone special or for a more simple subtle hostess gift to take to a dinner party, Cruz has thought of it all.

To view the entire Holiday Gift Guide, visit here.

To see the full listing of festive offerings at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, visit the dedicated Festive Page.