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Cardi B, Jorja Smith and MØ to play Roskilde Festival 2019

More than 180 music acts will play Roskilde Festival 2019. The Cure, Robyn, Travis Scott, Christine and the Queens, Tears for Fears and many more have already been announced, and they will be joined by 28 new artists from five different continents.

The queen of hip-hop
Straight out of the Bronx, 26-year-old Cardi B is set to headline Northern Europe’s biggest festival. The undisputed queen of hip-hop is responsible for chart-topping singles including Bodak Yellow and I Like It from her debut blockbuster album Invasion of Privacy. With seven Grammy nominations to her name, she is the first female rapper in 19 years to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the first ever to have three singles in the top 10 at the same time.

English R&B and pop revelation Jorja Smith is also heading for the stars: Having won the Critics’ Choice at the Brit Awards, Jorja Smith finally released her acclaimed debut album Lost & Found last year. The 21-year-old has worked with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Kali Uchis and Stormzy, and it is no surprise that she is nominated for Best New Artist at the 2019 Grammys.

Early in her career, Danish superstar  enjoyed a breakthrough on Roskilde Festival’s talent stage. Off the back of her new album Forever Neverland, the Dane is ready to conquer the iconic Orange Stage once again.

Head of programme Anders Wahrén says:
“Cardi B, Jorja Smith and MØ are very different artists, but they’re all bonafide stars. From hip-hop to R&B to pop, they’re shaping the musical landscape, and we can’t wait to see them triumph at Roskilde Festival 2019.”

Bring Me the Horizon are back at Roskilde, this time for a rock lesson on the main stage. Reinvigorated stoner hip-hoppers Cypress Hill are also ready for a triumphant return, 23 years after their last visit, off the back of acclaimed new album Elephants On Acid.

All hail the songwriters of the future
Australian artist Stella Donnelly is one of the most hyped songwriters out there despite not yet having released a full album. Tackling very difficult subjects, her razor-sharp lyrics are personal and brutally honest. Julien Baker, equally, deals with tough issues such as sexuality and self-doubt. She is also part of the alternative supergroup boygenius together with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. The latter is also announced today, having released one of the most praised indie rock albums of 2018, Historian.

Virtually unknown outside of London, teenage quartet Black Midi are deemed the next big thing in the UK: Fans of math-rock and noise will have plenty to look forward to here. Plus there’s more from Sophie, Khruangbin, Girlpool and many more.

Roskilde Festival 2019 will be full of talents, and this is reflected in the festival’s Art Zone as well. Danish artists Alexander Tillegreen, Biba Fibiger and Ida Sønder Thorhauge are among the first to be announced for the arts programme along with acclaimed Brazilian artist Assume Vivid Astro Focus who will build a colourful, psychedelic stage in the Art Zone.

The following 28 artists are announced today:

CARDI B (US)
MØ (DK)
BRING ME THE HORIZON (UK)
CYPRESS HILL (US)
JORJA SMITH (UK)
THE ARMED (US)
BARSELONA (DK)
BLACK MIDI (UK)
FATOUMATA DIAWARA (ML)
GAYE SU AKYOL (TR)
HEAVE BLOOD & DIE (NO)
HUGO HELMIG (DK)
JPEGMAFIA (US)
JULIEN BAKER (US)
KHRUANGBIN (US)
LUCY DACUS (US)
NAKHANE (ZA)
SPEAKER BITE ME (DK)
STELLA DONNELLY (AU)
SOPHIE (UK)
SØREN HUSS (DK)
CARPENTER BRUT (FR)
GIRLPOOL (US)
ALEXANDER TILLEGREEN (DK)
BIBA FIBIGER (DK)
ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS (BR)
IDA SØNDER THORHAUGE (DK)

60 music acts have now been announced for Roskilde Festival 2019, including The Cure, Robyn, Travis Scott, Julia Holter, Tears for Fears and Christine and the Queens. A total of 180 acts will play across 8 stages at Roskilde 2019, which lasts for eight days between Saturday 29 June to Saturday 6 July. Find out more and book tickets at Roskilde-festival.dk.

  • Tickets to Roskilde Festival are on sale on roskilde-festival.dk.
  • Full festival tickets are DKK 2100 (approx. EUR 282) (including free access to camping).
  • More artists will be announced soon.
  • A total of 180 acts will play the festival’s eight stages.

ALL ACTS (A-Z)

ALEXANDER TILLEGREEN (DK)
ALMA (FI)
ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS (BR)
BARSELONA (DK)
BIBA FIBIGER (DK)
BLACK MIDI (UK)
BLAWAN (UK)
BRENN. (NO)
BRING ME THE HORIZON (UK)
BROCKHAMPTON (US)
CARDI B (US)
CARPENTER BRUT (FR)
CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS (FR)
CONVERGE (US)
CYPRESS HILL (US)
DENZEL CURRY (US)
FATOUMATA DIAWARA (ML)
FLOHIO (UK)
FULL OF HELL & THE BODY (US) DOUBLE SHOW
GAYE SU AKYOL (TR)
GHETTO KUMBÉ (CO)
GIRLPOOL (US)
HEAVE BLOOD & DIE (NO)
HUGO HELMIG (DK)
IDA SØNDER THORHAUGE (DK)
JOEY PURP (US)
JON HOPKINS (UK)
JORJA SMITH (UK)
JPEGMAFIA (US)
JULIA HOLTER (US)
JULIEN BAKER (US)
JUNGLE (UK)
KARKHANA (EG)
KHRUANGBIN (US)
KONSTRUKT (TR)
LUCY DACUS (US)
MAURICE LOUCA ENSEMBLE (EG)
MØ (DK)
NAKHANE (ZA)
NENEH CHERRY (SE)
OCTAVIAN (UK)
PARQUET COURTS (US)
POWER TRIP (US)
RIVAL CONSOLES (UK)
ROBYN (SE)
ROSS FROM FRIENDS (UK)
SCARLET PLEASURE (DK)
SOPHIE (UK)
SØREN HUSS (DK)
SPEAKER BITE ME (DK)
SPIRITUALIZED (UK)
STELLA DONNELLY (AU)
TEARS FOR FEARS (UK)
TESTAMENT (US)
THE ARMED (US)
THE CURE (UK)
TIRZAH (UK)
TRAVIS SCOTT (US)

About Roskilde Festival:
Roskilde Festival is 100% non-profit. All profits are donated to social and cultural charities by the Roskilde Festival Charity Society. The festival is right next to the Danish capital of Copenhagen and easily connected by train, bus and flight (Copenhagen Airport).

With more than 180 music acts in the line-up performing on eight stages and over 130,000 passionate music lovers gathered for a full week, Roskilde Festival is among the most unique music festival experiences in the world. A position the festival has held since the early 1970s.

The full festival journey in Roskilde is an eight-day exploration of music, artistic expression, delicious food, sustainability, love, community and party.

A Perfect Valentine’s Getaway with San Ignacio Resort Hotel in Belize

With a temperate year round climate, farm fresh cuisine and unique adventure experiences, Belize is a perfect three day weekend getaway to escape the winter months. Daily, affordable nonstop flights are offered countrywide from Minneapolis, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and other major travel hubs making a visit to Belize easier than ever.

The San Ignacio Resort Hotel, a premier full-service Belize resort, located in the Cayo district, is within a scenic 90-minute drive or 30-minute flight from Belize City. The hotel boasts first-class amenities and accommodations for those seeking to relax and enjoy a beautiful tropical resort, yet offers nearby adventures for those wanting to explore inland Belize. In addition to stunning jungle views, San Ignacio Resort Hotel offers impeccable service, extraordinary dining options at its Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant, a tennis court and is in close proximity to San Ignacio Town.

Plan your Three Perfect Days in Belize Package starting at $1,446 per person, excluding airfare.

  • Roundtrip transfers from and to Belize international airport
  • Accommodation in the luxurious Honeymoon Suite – boasting exquisite views of untouched rainforest
  • Assigned Personal Butler upon check in
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 2 dinners at the Running W Steakhouse at a reserved Balcony table
  • 1 Private dinner in balcony of your room
  • One 60-minute Luxury in-room wellness treatment per person
  • 1 Full day tour at Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya sites
  • 1 full day tour at Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve with an exclusive picnic day trip with hiking trails and optional swimming in private cascades and natural pools.

To book your trip visit www.sanignaciobelize.com.

Rootstock Festival 2018

The 2nd edition of the Rootstock Festival 2018 took place this weekend bringing together more than 1,600 festival-goers from all over Europe and the United States, in the heart of the vineyards of Château de Pommard.

From July 13 to July 15, Château de Pommard opened the doors of its domain and its magnificent gardens arranged for the occasion around two areas: one dedicated to the young talents of the label Rootstock and a main stage where succeeded Jungle, Breakbot and Keziah Jones, the three headliners of the 2018 edition.

Worried about the environment and the ecology for the production of their wines, the Carabello-Baum family, owner of the Château since 2014, also had a Pop-Up Hotel installed, consisting of nine luxury tents. Some festival-goers were able to stay in the heart of the Festival and enjoy beautiful country picnics or, like all the participants, bike rides, yoga classes, wine tastings and also the World Cup Final Game thanks to a giant screen installed in the main courtyard of the property.

Château de Pommard will host the 3rd edition of the Rootstock Festival next summer and will open a New School of Oenology in September 2018 composed of three new experiences to learn the secrets of tasting, agreements and wine selection.

360 Magazine, rootstock festival 2018

Must-See Performances 2018

6 OF THIS SUMMER’S MUST-SEE MUSIC PERFORMANCES

From the biggest Ibiza opening parties to the summer’s most hotly-anticipated festival shows, here’s 6 unmissable music performances for 2018.

CHILDISH GAMBINO AT BILBAO BBK LIVE

Childish Gambino‘s “This Is America” video amassed close to one million views in the first hour on YouTube and has now racked up more than 115 million views, becoming one of the most watched videos on YouTube this year. Donald Glover’s alter-ego will be making one of only two scheduled European performances at Bilbao BBK Live festival in Spain this July.

Taking place from 12-14 July on Bilbao’s Kobetamendi Mountain in the heart of the Basque Country, Bilbao BBK Live’s 2018 roster also include Gorillaz, My Bloody Valentine, The xx, Florence & The Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Jungle, Sophie, James, Friendly Fires, Mount Kimbie, Avalon Emerson, Ben UFO and many more. Find out more at bilbaobbklive.com

PEGGY GOU AT OASIS FESTIVAL

There are many, many gems on Oasis festival’s 2018 line-up, but one in particular that stands out as one of this year’s most-anticipated performances is rising Korean selector Peggy Gou. The name on everybody’s lips this year, Gou has impressed with performances at Berghain and London’s XOYO, releases on Ninja Tune and Phonica, and a killer Essential Mix which dropped earlier this year.

Taking place from 14-16 September at luxury music resort, the Fellah Hotel in Marrakech, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, this boutique music festival features today’s top electronic music talent, including Ben Klock, Carl Cox, DJ Koze, George Fiztgerald, Honey Dijon, Jessy Lanza, La Fleur, Octo Octa, The Black Madonna and more. Add in tropical gardens, palm trees, cacti and sun soaked swimming pools all backed by breath-taking vistas and you have one of this year’s must-visit festivals. Find out more at theoasisfest.com.

ERIC PRYDZ AT HÏ IBIZA

Eric Prydz is a giant of the contemporary dance scene thanks to his immaculate productions and rare understanding of dance floor dynamics. The Platinum selling producer responsible for some of the biggest progressive house and techno tracks in the last decade and he continues to innovate the boundaries of live performance, nowhere more so that Hï Ibiza, where he launched his debut Ibiza residency in 2017.

Returning for Year 2, Eric Prydz and guests will be taking over Tuesdays at Hï Ibiza from 10 July – 25 September. Expect more of the same immersive spectaculars as Prydz treats crowds to a blistering and inimitable blend of house and techno along with a visual and audio experience like no other. Find out more at hiibiza.com.

JAMIE XX AT BILBAO’S GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

The xx bring their acclaimed Night + Day festival to Bilbao BBK Live this year, curating a week of music, cinema, radio and afterparties in the city streets and cultural hotspots. From 6 to 11 July, the city of Bilbao will be host to a diverse range of cultural activities, including a performance by Jamie xx and special guests from the world of electronica on two stages outside the city’s most iconic background: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

The xx will also headline Bilbao BBK Live during the festivities. Taking place from 12-14 July on Bilbao’s Kobetamendi Mountain in the heart of the Basque Country, Bilbao BBK Live’s 2018 roster also include Gorillaz, My Bloody Valentine, Childish Gambino, Florence & The Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Jungle, Sophie, James, Friendly Fires, Mount Kimbie, Avalon Emerson, Ben UFO and many more. Find out more at bilbaobbklive.com

CHARLOTTE DE WITTE AT SÓNAR

Belgian DJ-producer Charlotte de Witte is one of the biggest names in techno right now, thanks to her thundering DJ sets and productions on labels such as Novamute, Turbo and Suara. With an Essential Mix and Resident Advisor mix already under her belt this year, as well as a packed tour schedule with stops at Awakenings, Pukkelpop and Bestival to name just a few, this summer is shaping up to be her busiest to date.

Don’t miss her debut appearance at Sónar by Night on Saturday 16th June, which has the makings of something special indeed, with the Brussels native stepping up after Richie Hawtin for the closing set of SonarClub.

HONEY DIJON AT GLITTERBOX IBIZA

Glitterbox’s 21st century disco, with its extravagant production, flamboyant performers, and dancefloor hedonism has made it one of Ibiza’s most talked-about parties. This season’s roster is another disco and house-fuelled delight, with Chicago native Honey Dijon stepping up to work her magic on Friday 6th July. A regular at many of the best nightlife spots around the globe including, Panorama Bar, The Block and Smart Bar, Honey’s meteoric rise over the last few years is a result of her unique DJ and production style that has captivated dancefloors around the world.

Returning to its home at Hï Ibiza this summer, Glitterbox Ibiza’s Friday night residency will host acts including Armand Van Helden, Groove Armada, DJ Harvey, Greg Wilson, Horse Meat Disco, Nightmares On Wax, Derrick Carter, Kenny Dope and many more. Find out more at hiibiza.com.

INDIA TIGER QUEST

Natural Habitat Adventures Launches Tiger-Intensive Expedition

Visit Ranthambore National Park to view some of the world’s last remaining wild Bengal tigers

The world’s leader in sustainable nature travel, Natural Habitat Adventures introduces a NEW 7-day tiger-intensive expedition, India Tiger Quest, offering the rare opportunity to see Bengal tigers in their natural habitat along with other remarkable wildlife of India.

Visit one of India’s premier places to see some of the world’s last remaining wild Bengal tigers: Ranthambore National Park. Led by India’s top naturalist guides, travel at the optimal time of year for sightings, when temperatures are getting hot but monsoon rains are still weeks away, drawing wildlife into the open to drink at shrinking waterholes. Search for tigers on morning and afternoon drives through the deciduous jungle, keeping a lookout for other jungle wildlife, too: sloth bear, leopard, sambar, chital, palm civet, langur monkeys, pythons and more. With 11 guests total–and just four per safari vehicle–everyone gets a “window” seat in open-sided 4x4s.

Departures are offered throughout 2019 and 2020. The per-person double rates start at USD$6,795 ($1,275 single supplement). Included are all activities, accommodations, train from Ranthambore to Delhi, airport transfers, most meals, guiding by professional naturalist Expedition Leaders, most gratuities, all permits, taxes and service charges.

Helping India’s Tiger Numbers:

After years of plummeting tiger numbers, India charted a 30 percent rise in its quadrennial tiger census in 2014, compared to 2010. Conservation groups attribute some of that growth to sustainable ecotourism. The economic impact of visitors to India’s tiger reserves benefits the communities in proximity, providing jobs and offering local people an incentive to protect the wildlife with which they share the land. Given that India is home to 70 percent of the world’s remaining wild tigers, and India is the only country currently seeing a rise in tiger numbers, the presence of wildlife tourism here is integral to that continued conservation success.

For more information about Natural Habitat Adventures, visit www.nathab.com.

About Natural Habitat Adventures

Natural Habitat Adventures has been a leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism since 1985. From polar bear tours in Churchill to small-group Galapagos cruises, from Alaska grizzly bear adventures to African safaris, our journeys, led by professional naturalist guides, reveal the planet’s most extraordinary nature destinations. As the world’s first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company—and the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund—we offer eco-conscious expeditions from Antarctica to Zambia with a multitude of adventures in between.

IMAGINE DRAGONS TOUR

Today multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award-winning band IMAGINE DRAGONS release a brand new single entitled “Next To Me” via KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records, and also reveal summer dates for their Evolve Tour. “Next To Me” is available via all participating digital retailers HERE. Listen to “Next To Me” HERE. The Evolve Tour returns June 5th in Hartford, CT and will hit major cities including Boston, Toronto, New York and more (see full listing below).

“Next To Me,” produced by Alex Da Kid, was today’s World Record with Zane Lowe on Beats 1. “Next To Me” is the first new music released from Imagine Dragons since Evolve, the band’s 2017 platinum selling third album. Evolve, the biggest rock album of 2017, has sold over 1.3 million albums in the US and over 4 billion streams globally.

Produced by Live Nation, Imagine Dragons’ Evolve Tour will feature special guest Grace VanderWaal throughout the North American leg. The 14-year-old singer/songwriter rose to fame on “America’s Got Talent” with her signature ukulele sound and released her first full length album Just the Beginning in late 2017. Imagine Dragons sold out their initial run of the Evolve Tour in 2017, with support from Grouplove and K.Flay.

Tickets are on sale to the general public starting Saturday, March 3rd at 10am local time at LiveNation.com and via the Live Nation app. Fans can register starting now, Wednesday, February 21st at 12pm ET through Sunday, February 25th at 3pm ET for free access to the Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale HERE, which will allow vetted fans to purchase tickets before the general public starting Tuesday, February 27th at 10am local time through Friday, March 2nd at 10pm local time.

Imagine Dragons has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Packages on tour. All 3 VIP Packages include the option of a premium reserved or General Admission pit ticket with early venue entry for prime concert viewing. ‘Whatever It Takes’ and ‘Believer’ VIP Packages include access to the ‘Evolve’ Pre-Party where fans can interact with Imagine Dragons show sets and memorabilia, including the band’s taiko drum used during their live performances of Radioactive. To view Imagine Dragons VIP Package details, visit CID Entertainment.

Also this summer, HBO Documentary Films will release the Live Nation Productions documentary Believer, which follows Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds as he takes on a new mission to explore how the Mormon church treats its LGBTQ members.

“Next To Me”

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Rolls-Royce Dawn tops list in 2017 Neiman Marcus Xmas Book

The 2017 Christmas Book and legendary Fantasy Gifts were unveiled today by luxury omni-channel retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas. The 91st edition of this renowned book continues Neiman Marcus’ unmatched tradition of offering a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts that are sure to make even the wildest of dreams come true.

 

As the much anticipated annual tradition hits the mailboxes of luxury connoisseurs nationwide, for the first time ever, the leading name in luxury retail recognizes the pinnacle in luxury automotive excellence. The Rolls-Royce Dawn is the ultimate holiday gift for you and a loved one. Why settle for one when the fashion experts at Neiman Marcus have worked with the Bespoke Designers at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to develop a stunning set of Dawns. As always, they can be further personalized to meet the exclusive taste of any patron of luxury.


In a Rolls-Royce Dawn, every journey is effortless, accompanied with powerful, yet silky smooth acceleration, light and accurate steering, and precise braking, all wrapped in unparalleled Rolls-Royce Motor Cars luxury and attention to detail. Built with care and precision by the skilled artisans at the Home of Rolls-Royce, Goodwood, United Kingdom, these highly personalized examples are inspired by two of the most glamorous locales in the world: Lake Como and Saint-Tropez.

 

The ‘Lago di Como Dawn’ features a crisp Selby Grey and Black interior of hand-sewn leather, complemented by a brushed aluminum fascia. The ‘Saint-Tropez Dawn’ has an equally sumptuous interior of Seashell leather, accented with bright orange Mandarin and sumptuous chocolatey Dark Spice, with a fascia and doors paneled in rich Canadel open-pore wood. 

 

Both Bespoke commissions are lovingly hand-crafted by artisans and each car is distinctly unique: they both feature lustrous Silver bonnets and sleek Silver fabric tops, which disappear, silently, in mere seconds. 


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Travelers Experience Both Jungle & Beach With New Experience At Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Travelers Experience Both Jungle & Beach with New Experience At Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Native Spa Treatments, Indigenous Foodie Experiences, Snorkeling, Scuba, Eco-Tours & More Complement Accommodations with Both Ocean and Jungle Views

Guests visiting Mexico no longer need to choose between a breathing taking beach front view or serene jungle suite thanks to Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s new Zen & Grand Class Experience. The “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” resort includes both water and land activities to complement nightly accommodations in both the Mayan jungle and oceanfront with views of the Caribbean Sea.
 
Set in the natural landscape of the Yucatan Peninsula, the AAA Five Diamond resort’s Zen suites offer a private terrace overlooking the native flora and fauna of the jungle. These elegantly exotic suites with over 1,100 square feet of living space are surrounded by lush trees, koi ponds and landscapes. After taking in nature, guests will be packed up by their concierge and moved to the adults-only Grand Class ambiance. These ocean-front suites, all over 1,300 square feet, feature a private plunge pool on its terrace overlooking the turquoise Caribbean. 

Also included in the experience are activities that highlight the best of both the land and sea. For the ocean lover, Waverunners take guests adventuring out to an underwater reef off Maroma Beach to observe its natural diversity. Certified divers will also enjoy a diving tour in Cozumel which regularly ranks among the top scuba diving destinations in the world. Additionally, kayaking off the resort’s pristine beach provides day-long fun. Back in the jungle, the resort’s ecological tour gives guests the chance to experience the unique environment, learn about the native flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula and understand the resort’s conservation efforts. During the activity, Grand Velas Riviera Maya invites participants to plant a tree in their name and watch it grow from home on Google Earth.
 
Gourmet palates and spa aficionados are also cared for in the Zen & Grand Class Experience with a special tasting dinner for two at the resort’s Yucatecan restaurant, Chaká, nestled amid the tropical jungle foliage of mangroves, Salam, Chechen and Chaká trees of the Zen section. Helmed by Mayan Chef Humberto May Tamay, guests can expect to enjoy a superb meal the region’s traditional cuisine paired with a selection of fine wines. If oceanfront dining is on the menu, a luxurious seaside picnic awaits filled with wine, four varieties of salads with house-made dressings, smoked salmon, French cheeses and charcuterie, fresh baked artisanal baguettes, and a selection of fresh roasted turkey breast, roast beef and duck terrine made from a special recipe of Michel Mustiere, MaÎtre Cuisinier de France and Culinary Director of Mexico’s Velas Resorts. Inspired by the jungle and natural water pools of the Yucatan Peninsula, the award-winning SE Spa will relax guests with a Coffee & Cocoa Treatment. The 50-min. treatment includes a coffee exfoliation followed with a body massage with cocoa oil intended to activate blood circulation. 
 
Rates for the Jungle & Beach package start at $2,144 USD per person per night based on double occupancy. All-inclusive rates at Grand Velas Riviera Maya always include luxury suite accommodations, à la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, taxes, gratuity and more. Roundtrip transportation and all necessary diving equipment for Cozumel scuba trip included. A three night minimum applies. For more reservations or more information on Grand Velas Riviera Maya, please email reservations@velasresorts.com, call 1-888-407-4869, or visit here.

 
About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
Set on 206 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort. Guests can choose among three separate ambiances in this Leading Hotel of the World, including adults-only oceanfront, family-friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, Wi-Fi, L’Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila, and Nespresso coffee machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of world renowned celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza, Mikel Alonso and Xavier Pérez Stone, holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Se Spa, a Leading Spa of the World, is the region’s largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven-step water journey. Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids Clubs and Teen’s Club; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Piano Bar, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The resort has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and several other magazines and major companies worldwide, including World Luxury Spa Awards and TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and President of Velas Resorts, with his brother Juan Vela, Vice President of Velas Resorts.

2017 RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONVERTIBLE

​By Benjamin Reese + Vaughn Lowery 



There’s no question that the Land Rover is a hallmark manufacturer synonymous with traversing over the Earth’s most spartan deserts, tundras, jungles, badlands, city streets and/or country backroads with grace and elegance. The brand best known for building competent off-road luxury SUV’s with tremendous success is testing their hand in the cabriolet SUV segment with the new 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible. Birthed with the history and pedigree to back up its performance capability plus nothing but evocative styling to come across the eye – looks like they got a winner on their hands.  

This Range Rover takes a pretty healthy punch of accolades as standard; and jeez, do they ‘swing for the fences’ – an electronic rear differential, active torque biasing system, AWD with an active driveline and an all-terrain response system for sand, snow, gravel or mud situations. In the toughest of situations, watching over the mechanical hardware’s every move are active electronic systems which control everything from brakeforce distribution, torque vectoring, hill descent, stability control and roll. Essentially, it possesses the goods to overcome a majority of previously thought impossible scenarios. 

The Range Rover Evoque Convertible has a strong hunkered down stance over the road. The Yulong white color scheme looked fit for a Stormtrooper (Star Wars); and retracting the roof (acoustic insulated top folds flush in just 18 seconds at speeds of up to 29mph) will win the “wo/man of the show” award, which we won while stuck in Hollywood traffic. 

Leisurely cruising around in a convertible SUV was as blissful as it sounds, but this Range Rover aggressively moves for it’s size with frisky acceleration sprints. Hat’s off to a very dynamic 240hp turbocharged engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission which brilliantly disguises overall body mass. Darting around Los Angeles in the Evoque is no different than whipping around in a BMW 3 Series. 

Boosting overall stimulation inside the cockpit is a 660 watt Meridian Audio system with full Bluetooth connectivity and navigation system. The Evoque is a moving off-road lounge with configurable ambient interior lighting to set the mood on your expedition. We found our comfort levels equal with the top up or down thanks to dual zone climate control systems and milky oxford leather seats. 

For just under 60K, the 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible mimics the driving feel of both the Hummer H1 and BMW 3 Series – it’s quite magical. 

For additional information visit https://www.landroverusa.com/vehicles/rr-evoque-luxury-crossover/convertible/index.html