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ISRAEL FOR MOTHER’S DAY

We’ve got a destination for you to consider: Israel.

As the years pass by, you start to recognize the value of traveling together and there is no better way to bond than a mother-child trip. Historical sites, delectable cuisine, and stunning scenery make Israel the perfect destination to celebrate this Mother’s Day.

What to Do: Israel’s rich history provides travelers with limitless sites to see, and attractions to experience. Whether you’re a shopaholic looking to splurge this Mother’s Day, or a beach bum in desperate need of a vacation, Israel has it all.

  • Neve Tzedek – Treat your Mom to a shopping spree this Mother’s Day in one of Tel Aviv’s oldest districts, Neve Tzedek. The small, narrow streets of the district have become increasingly fashionable due to restoration works that have commenced in recent years. Rather than simply buying your mother a gift this holiday, indulge in a shopping experience together and explore the unique boutiques, design shops and other captivating shops Neve Tzedek has to offer.
  • Gordon Beach – For the mothers who need a break from work and family responsibilities, relax on one of Tel Aviv’s most popular beaches, Gordon Beach. The white, sandy beach that stretches alongside the most modern promenade in the country has an outdoor gym, volleyball courts, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking and a plethora of beach side bars and restaurants to choose from where mothers and daughters can unwind and let loose.
  • Hidden Tunnels – The mysteries and underground worlds of Israel are waiting to be discovered by Mother’s who are consumed by wanderlust. Visit the top four hidden underground tunnels – Western Wall Tunnels, Hezekiah’s Tunnels (also known as Siloam Tunnels), Herodium National Park and Rosh HaNikra Grottoes – to peek into life during ancient times. This will be an unforgettable Mother’s Day for those who are truly looking to go off the beaten path.

 

Where to Stay: Israel is home to many highly-ranked hotels, offering guests relaxing and luxurious stays that cater to any type of vacationer.

 

  • Budget: Dan Panorama – The Dan Panorama Hotel offers easy access to everywhere you want to be. Across the street is the Mediterranean Sea and within minutes you find yourself on an inviting sandy beach with warm and clear waters. With a huge pool and sundeck, premium leisure-time facilities and dining options, as well as all the dynamic and sophisticated attractions of Tel Aviv on its doorstep, the Dan Panorama Tel Aviv is perfect for a mother-daughter weekend trip on a budget.

 

  • Spa: Carmel Forest Spa Resort – The Carmel Forest Spa Resort is the ideal getaway for mothers who need to escape stress and relieve tension. SpaFinder named the secluded 126-room resort the Best Spa in the Middle East several years in a row. The spa offers more than 70 body and beauty treatments such as massages, balance and release therapies, seaweed wraps, stone therapy, Reiki, Shiatsu, Healing, and Ayurveda. No guests under 16 years of age or mobile phones are permitted – making an exceptionally quiet and peaceful atmosphere for mothers to tap out of reality for a while.

 

  • Luxury: Mamilla Hotel – Moms can take a break from cooking this Mother’s Day because Mamilla Hotel Dining has something for everyone. Rooftop Outdoor Lounge & Restaurant sits high above the city with a panoramic view of Jerusalem’s Old City. Happy Fish is a Mediterranean inspired fish restaurant overlooking Mamilla Avenue. You can eat in the harmonious ambiance of the ballroom for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and then head over to the mirror bar to bask in Jerusalem’s sophisticated nightlife scene. Coffee lovers can indulge in gourmet coffee at the espresso bar, while wine experts can raise their glasses at the winery.

VENICE’S SAN CLEMENTE PALACE KEMPINSKI REOPENS FOR ITS 2019 SEASON

San Clemente Palace Kempinski, the Venetian luxury resort uniquely located on its own private island eight minutes away from St. Mark’s Square, will open for its fourth season on March 20, 2019.

Just minutes from the bustle of Venice and set among a centuries-old park, antique courtyards and monastery buildings, the 190-room resort has its own pitch & putt golf course, a tennis court, spa, heated outdoor pool and outdoor jogging trails, as well as a kids’ club for younger guests. Last year, the resort unveiled Al Bacaro, an outdoor lounge serving cichetti (Venetian tapas) and cocktails, overlooking the Venetian lagoon and skyline.

Throughout the 2019 season, San Clemente Palace will offer a number of unique offerings for Easter, Spring Break, the Venice Biennale and beyond. During Easter weekend, the resort will offer a special “Kids Stay for Free” package, along with celebratory chocolate egg-decorating workshops and Easter Brunch for the whole family. To commemorate the 58th Venice Biennale, from May 11 through November 4, 2019, San Clemente Palace will also offer a special dedicated package, including exclusive tickets to the Biennale.

San Clemente Palace is also poised to become a true foodie destination this year, as the resort will welcome four top Michelin-starred guest chefs to cook alongside Executive Chef Giorgio Schifferegger for a special event called “Cena a Quattro Mani” (“Four-Hands Dinner”). San Clemente Palace will also be home to a number of other special F&B events, including a Wine & Beer pairing menu with local craft beer and wine, and a pizza-tasting event welcoming Pizza World Champion Gianni Calaon.

In honor of the resort’s opening, San Clemente Palace is offering a discount of up to 40% on all suites for stays between March 20 and April 30, 2019.

For more information about the San Clemente Palace Kempinski, please visit

https://www.kempinski.com/en/venice/san-clemente-palace-kempinski/special-offers/.

FREDERICKSBURG

By Alexandria Baiz × Vaughn Lowery

Fredericksburg, Texas the destination of historical sites and culture welcomes us. With the hidden treasures of food, wine and goods the Texas Hill Country is a must-visit.

Beginning with a stay at the one and only Hanger Hotel. This hotel has a WWII hangar of the romantic 1940’s to it’s design with fine woods and custom carpets. Famous for the Observation Deck on the second floor with views adjacent to the airport to see the planes come and go from one end of the runway to the end.

Later a stop to the Pioneer Museum Complex preserved from the 19th century German Pioneer days. In the mid-1840s Germans faced every obstacle to come to Texas and create a unique German colony in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The Museum strives to preserve and tell this story. With a combination museum and historical site, it reaches over 3.5 acres on Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg.

Dinner at Das Peach Haus that houses delicious jams, jellies and sauces made by Fischer and Wieser Speciality Foods. The Historic roadside fruit stand offers gourmet products with unique flavor combinations. The Tasting Room offers tastings from two Texas wineries, which change out every two months. Vintage wines are paired with international assortment of cured meats and cheeses. Fischer and Wieser include more than 70-award-winning products, which each inspire culinary adventures around the world by being able to purchase online.

Clear River Ice Cream and Bakery does things differently with hot-from-the-oven baked goods, homemade ice cream and house deli. Homemade ice cream with high-quality ingredients has been voted as the third best ice cream in Texas. For a bite to eat the deli and salad selection is notable with house favorites like the Chipotle Ranch Chicken Wrap. Fresh baked goods can satisfy any sweet tooth with an Apple Strudel, Peach Cobbler and everything in between.

Tour at the George H.W. Bush Gallery at The National Museum of the Pacific War dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater in World War II. The Museum is noted for its historic materials with iconic elements of the Pacific War era. Guided tours debut the newly renovated Pacific Combat Zone, a realistic environment for a deep understanding of the momentous struggle between Allied Forces and Japanese forces.

For lunch we enjoy an Arts District Stroll through the Peach Tree Gift Gallery and Tea Room. With the Cottage style restaurant, you will find a combination of fresh, homemade breads, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. For over 39 years this family owned business has been a destination in Fredericksburg, because of the seasonal fruits and vegetables they use.

After lunch, we took an art tour through the streets of Fredericksburg to meet with the area’s top galleries. Insight Gallery represents the cities artists and sculptors that today work on landscape, figurative, impressionistic, still life, wildlife and western art. The Good ART Company is beautiful with a contemporary fusion in a restored 4,000+ square foot historical building with high ceilings and limestone walls. The gallery features an array of genres with some of the best regional, national, and international artists. Koch Gallery owned and operated by Bert E. Koch a trader/broker for traditional, contemporary and modern Native American Art. For over 30 years it continues its long tradition of providing important works of art from all major cultural regions in North America. Artisans Gallery makes your artistic dreams reality with unique pieces that come in every medium, size and price range. RS Hanna a jewel for fine arts with original works of acclaimed artists. Workings range from oil, watercolor, bronze and wood. Gallery 330 is the newest addition to the art scene representing contemporary established artists whose works include sculpture, painting and prints, serigraphs and watercolors.

The Holiday Wine Trail takes us to Texas’s countryside to travel along Wine Road 290 with visit to award winning wineries.

The trail begins at Stout’s Trattoria at Grape Creek Vineyards a 100-acre vineyard estate. With oaks and vines surrounding the tasting rooms there is a romantic Tuscan setting that is truly unforgettable. The Vineyards have won over 100 medals in the last two years for their wines.

In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, 4.0 Cellars offers a relaxing and elegant setting to discover the infamous Texas Wines. In a private tasting room we enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing. With four award-winning chocolate truffles from local chocolatier with four carefully selected dry red wines.

Dinner at August E’s, known for it’s organic produce and superb local suppliers. August E inspired by his Thai roots and years in various culinary pursuits throughout the world has created a Nouveau Texas Cuisine. Utilizing ingredients like: Niman ranch Natural Premium Aged Angus steaks and local farmers fruits and vegetables year round. Menu specials change seasonally based on the creative mood of Chef Leu like duck from Maple Leaf Farms and Sashimi Grade Fish.

A favorite in the Texas Hill, we enjoy dinner at Otto’s German Bistro. Menu changes weekly with the season so each visit is an exciting adventure. Dedicated to local, organic produce ingredients that are always fresh and the highest quality.

We enjoy breakfast at Java Ranch a locally owned coffee stop. The ranch serves the finest hot or iced coffee drinks anywhere including lattes, cappuccinos, Hill Country roasted brewed coffee, Americanos and mochas. To start the day off we dive in a breakfast taco or kolaches, house favorites.

We take a visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park for a “Texas style” morning. During his administration, Johnson signed more education bills into law than any other president. In respect to that we see his first school where he signed the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education act of 1965. Other stops include the family cemetery and the LBJ Ranch Show.

In the afternoon we endow in lunch and a beer tasting at Altstadt Brewery Fredericksburg’s newest brewery an authentic Bavarian brewery. Dedicated to creating the purest drinking beers the 120-acre old world destination features a fine dining restaurant, brewery tours and a beautiful venue. Brewery exclusives include traditional brews like Schwarzbier, a traditional German “Black Beer.”

With over 150 specialty shops, shopping is one of the primary reasons visitors come to Fredericksburg. In store we see everything from clothing, upscale home accessories, to unique collectibles and more perfect items for holiday shopping. Blackchalk Home and Laundry originally an old laundromat had been transformed into an electric home goods store. The hip store features gifts, kitchen goods, and one of a kind rugs. The infamous Christmas Store open year round specializes in collectibles. For collectors, this store is paradise with Department 56 miniature villages and Christopher Radko blown glass ornaments. The Hill Country Outfitters and The Grasshopper offer products to fit the hill country lifestyle in downtown Fredericksburg. Brands like Ugg and The North Face are housed in the Outfitters. The Narrow Path Tasting Room inside is an intimate space with French cafe feelings in the air.

To continue the Holiday Wine Trail, a stop at Signor Vineyard in the rolling hills of Central Texas. Where the Pedernales River meets Grape Creek, established by a friendship spanning three generations of two Texas families. Their focus is growing premium varietal fruit with soulful wines reflective of the unique terroir.

Our stay is perfect timing for the Fredericksburg’s 61st Annual Holiday Home Tour. A self guided tour showcasing unique local homes decorated in their holiday finest. With more than 22 vendors each year selling personal gifts, homemade foods and holiday items.

For dinner we dine at Navajo Grill, which encompasses an unusual blend of Hill Country craftsman design. Enjoying Southern cuisine composed with old and New Mexican flavors with a touch of Creole & Caribbean influences. Specialties like the Sunday Chicken Fried Steak dinner are served with housemade sauces and dressings.

After dinner drinks at Elk Store Winery & Distillery. Since 1895 the business has carried a family tradition that pays homage to the spirit of realizing the American Dream. In the footsteps of their great grandfather Todd Smajstrla along with Scott Hladky, produced moonshine, gin, rum, and whiskey. Since then, the business serves Incredible wines from all over the world. Along with small batches of handmade liquors by the bottle or cocktails.

Dinner at Rathskeller a full-service breakfast, lunch and dinner spot in downtown Fredericksburg. The menu selection is extremely versatile featuring German dishes and daily specials. On Friday and Saturday nights enjoy live music that house the restaurant.

Nothing better than the taste of handmade tortillas for breakfast at Hilda’s Tortillas. Hilda’s is a small family owned and operated business. Specializing in authentic Mexican fare their breakfast tacos and burritos are a must try. Twice a week 300 or more pounds of tortilla chips are produced within the restaurant.

For some fresh air we bike the quiet country backroads with Jack and Adams Bicycles. At Jack and Adams you can rent out Road, Tri-bike, Cruisers and even kid bicycles and accessories from a variety of brands. The Hill Country scenes with its rolling hills and panoramic views, is considered the cycling capital of Texas.

In addition to the speciality shops we visited above there is a collection of shops specializing in different festive treats. Emma + Ollie bakeshop takes classic treats we grew up loving and elevated them. The shop prides themselves on using only fresh ingredients; no processed foods, no artificial sweeteners, just pure dessert. The founder Rebecca Rather wanted the shop to feel as if customers stepped into an upscaled version of their own grandma’s kitchen. Chocolat store creator, Lecia Duke, was the first to introduce European-Style, liquid centered chocolate in the U.S. The truffle chocolates are of course a house favorite as the delicate shell gives way to the pure liquid flavor casades in your mouth. In addition there is also colette’s, creams, silk fudges, nut clusters, barks, and caramels. Fredericksburg Pecan Company provides fine quality of pecan products grown in the Texas Hill Country. Owners are dedicated to providing excellent quality pecans available for online order at reasonable prices with the best customer service. Pecans are flavored and glossed in everything from pecan brittle to pecan coffee.

Rustlin Rob’s Texas Gourmet Food is not your ordinary gourmet food, not limited to people who cook but to “foodies” of all ages. The store is enjoyable because it caters to anyone who loves to eat. With over 350 gourmet foods we can sample from ranging from peanut butters, mustards, bread mixes, and some 5 Alarm hot sauces.

Fredericksburg Pie Company mission is to serve pie that is as good as, or better than your mothers or grandmothers made. In store pies are made from scratch and selections change daily with up to 20 kinds of pie. While here, we enjoy an option of coffee, milk, and more with our slice of pie and even a book selection. Sugar free pies are also available with a call in a day before.

Lunch at the Farm Haus Bistro in the Fredericksburg Herb Farm, with an American menu with French and Italian influences. Owners Dick and Rosemary Estenson take us on a tour of the B&B Cottages based upon the design of the early historic Fredericksburg “Sunday Houses. These houses are inspired by German settlers who built these small “city houses” to use on the weekends to buy provisions and attend Sunday church. We also visit the Nature Spa area dedicated to a truly unique relaxing experience.

Exploring Main Street is incredible when we can enjoy Eisban, an outdoor ice skating on real ice. Alongside Marketplace and the Christmas Pyramid. Afterwards a trip to Luckenbach, Texas made famous by Waylon Jennings’ and Willie Nelson’s 1976 classic country hit.

For our last destination Dinner and wine pairing at local Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant. Chef/Owner Ross Burtwell’s wish is to create a lasting impression of culinary craft where guest feel at home. Known for his speciality in preparing the freshest seafood, Certified Angus Beef, wild game and ranch fare. The wine selection is also superb with over 75 selections from around the State of Texas. Tripadvisor has ranked the restaurant Top 10 in the nation and we know why.

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Schloss Elmau

Geoffrey Weill Associates has been appointed US public relations representative of Schloss Elmau, a breathtaking spa and cultural resort in the Bavarian Alps. Once characterized as “an Aman resort on steroids,” Schloss Elmau is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and is arguably both the most luxurious spa resort in Germany and one of the most unusual resort hotels in the world. 

“Schloss Elmau is everything you wouldn’t expect when you hear the words ‘resort in Bavaria,'” says Geoffrey Weill, “there are no thatched roofs, no flower-filled window-boxes, no lederhosen, no Alpine cutesiness. Instead, you discover a world-class combination of Jugendstil and post-modern architecture, utter luxury, total understatement and casualness, extraordinary food, a cultural program that could shame many of the world’s most sophisticated cities — a paradise for families and couples, all set high in the Alps with a view of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.”

Schloss Elmau is separated into two wings, a five-minute stroll apart. The original “Schloss” combines its original Jugendstil architecture with awe-inspiring 21st-century details. It contains 115 rooms and suites, five restaurants (one with a Michelin star), a kids’ club, the largest bookstore in any hotel in Germany, and the original concert hall. The “Retreat” opened in 2015 with 47 spacious suites, three restaurants and a gym and yoga pavilion. All told, Schloss Elmau has six separate and lavish spas, some for families, others for adults only, including one discreetly sited for nude bathing and sunbathing. Outdoor pools are heated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. There are year-round programs for children and teens, and copious opportunities for hiking, tennis and skiing.

The ambiance of Schloss Elmau separates it from every other spa resort not only in Germany, but in most of Europe. There is never a dress code, children are welcomed, and there is not a breath of enforced formality. Guests can relax in spacious lounges and order Dom Perignon and foie gras and, at the next table, their kids can play battleships and munch hot dogs. The goal is to provide guests with a carefree stay in an atmosphere of health, fitness, learning and cultural enrichment, with some 200 concerts and talks scheduled throughout the year. In 2015, the G7 met at Schloss Elmau with the participation of US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The original Schloss was opened in 1916 as a cultural retreat by Dr. Johannes Müller (1864-1949), a renowned Protestant theologian and philosopher and has a rich and complex history. Today, the resort is owned and overseen by his grandson: entrepreneur, visionary and hotelier, Dietmar Mueller-Elmau.

Schloss Elmau is a sister hotel to the Hotel Orania.Berlin, a 21st-century hotel set in an art-nouveau landmark building in the hip Berlin neighborhood of Kreuzberg.

For more information about Schloss Elmau, visit: https://www.schloss-elmau.de/. To know more about all Geoffrey Weill Associates clients, go to: www.geoffreyweill.com.

Grand Hotel Golf Resort x Spa

Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., together with the Resort Collection on Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail today announced the rebranding of the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, an iconic Southern resort in Point Clear, Alabama. The Grand Hotel joins the brand’s diverse portfolio of more than 150 one-of-a-kind hotels that champion visionary owners, thoughtful design and craft.

First opened in 1847, the Grand Hotel has been known as the Queen of Southern Resorts for generations. The charming, 405-room resort is known for exceptional service, Southern charm, majestic oaks and beautiful sunsets over Mobile Bay. During the three-year renovation, the resort’s guest rooms, meeting space, restaurants, spa, golf, pier, pools and grounds were transformed.

Part of the Resort Collection on Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the Grand Hotel has been praised by group and leisure publications. “With this stunning transformation nearly complete, the historic Grand Hotel enters its next chapter with its Autograph Collection distinction,” said Tony Davis, president of the RTJ Resort Collection. “We are debuting a modern sanctuary of golf, tennis, beach, pools and spa filled with gracious Southern charm and attentiveness. Here, as it has for over 170 years, the Grand Life beckons with hospitality and warmth flowing through the resort in cheerful abundance,” said Davis. “With our Historic Hotels of America designation, the affiliation with the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and Autograph Collection signature, the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa will appeal even more to group and leisure guests.

Owned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa transformation was designed by Goodwyn Mills & Cawood and implemented by JESCO Construction, both Alabama companies. The Grand’s transformation blends the best of the resort’s Southern charm and traditions with the modern amenities and technology today’s guests demand. The resort’s iconic fireplace lobby, live oaks and Bucky’s Lounge remain while new cabanas, splash pad and restaurants were added. The design mix honors the Grand’s history, traditions and sense of place.

Designed as an all-in-one destination, the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa features a full-service spa, two RTJ Golf Trail courses, seven restaurants and lounges, two beaches, multiple pools and 37,000 square feet of renovated meeting space on 550 lush acres along Mobile Bay near Fairhope, Alabama. The Grand’s cannon firing each afternoon honors the resort’s history and salutes past and present military.

For more information, please visit www.grand1847.com or www.autographcollection.com.

The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Resort Collection and is an active member of Historic Hotels of America.

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About Autograph Collection Hotels

With more than 150 independent, one-of-a-kind hotels in the world’s most desirable destinations, Autograph Collection Hotels is a diverse and dynamic portfolio that champion values of vision, design and craft. Exactly like nothing else, Autograph Collection Hotels are hand selected for their rich character and uncommon details each celebrating the founder’s passion, thoughtfulness of design, inherent craft and connection with the locale. For more information, please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.

ANDAZ MAYAKOBA RESORT RIVIERA MAYA

ANAUM WELLNESS & SPA AT ANDAZ MAYAKOBA RESORT RIVIERA MAYA LAUNCHES NEW MENU

~ Refreshing New Spa Menu Highlights Local Ingredients, Beauty Partners and Mayan-Inspired Treatments in Lush Natural Setting ~

 

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Naum Wellness & Spa, the 10,000-square foot verdant wellness hideaway at Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, has just launched a new spa menu. The new menu, which incorporates many local and natural ingredients, brings in traditional Mayan rituals and offers a variety of spa services promoting health, beauty and inner harmony. The spa’s namesake, Naum, is the Mayan God of consciousness and mind. The Mayan-influenced spa, whose décor follows the same theme as the menu, is simply designed to blend into its lush jungle surroundings, immersing guests into the culture and nature of the region. The six open and airy treatment suites have oversized windows with beautiful decks and striking green views that bring guests a sense of peaceful relaxation.

The new spa menu, which has been carefully curated by Spa Manager Daniel Escalante, is inspired by native Mayan traditions known as “rituals”, which are reflective of the mind, body and spirit. The new treatment Rituals on the menu include the Ritual Sac Ki, which frees the body of harmful toxins and reveals fresher and brighter skin with a dry exfoliation using “Sac Ki”, the Mayan word for white henequen considered the green gold for the Mayan culture. This is followed by an invigorating massage with the anti-inflammatory power of the sacred copal oil. The second Ritual is the Ritual de Ixi’im y Chia, which offers the antioxidant power of the exotic Blue Corn and the purifying power of “Chia”, the Mayan word for “Strength”. The treatment also includes a nourishing massage with shea butter enriched with the regenerative benefits of calendula extract. Couples can reconnect with each other and renew their love through one of the Lovers Retreat rituals including the Eternal Romance Ritual which combines Swedish massage and hot stones with the exquisite aphrodisiac synergy of clove essential oil and wild roses. Rituals range from 90 to 120 minutes and are priced between $349 for a single treatment to $539 for the couple’s treatments.

The Naum Rituals were created to pay homage to oneself and the Mayan Gods, and to find harmony based on the guest’s selected area of wellness intention – whether that be Clarity (Tsoolik), Rest (He’lel), Strength (Muuk’) or Connection (Molcintah). Each Ritual is a three-part experience, alluding to the balancing nature of the number three with a beginning, middle and end. The Rituals begins with a Mayan Time of Reflection, followed by the treatment experience itself, and concludes with a Mayan Celebration to help guests balance and reconnect with themselves and the universe.

Apart from the traditional Rituals, spa guests can also choose from a selection of facials, massages and body treatments, many of which feature local and natural ingredients. Valuing the importance of the science of beauty care, Andaz Mayakoba created specific treatments in partnership with innovative beauty brands such as Naturopathica and Barbor, renowned for their high-quality formulas that contain natural plant extracts mixed with technology to combat a variety of skin problems.  Highlights from the new menu include the following:

 

Naum Signature Treatment, 90 minutes, $316

This unique four-hand sensory treatment combines Volcanic Stones, Swedish Rhythmic techniques and a custom synergy of essential oils to stimulate the vital energy of the body, and brings all muscles and senses to maximum relaxation reaching the connection between mind, body and spirit.

 

Mayan Stone Massage, 60/90 minutes, $167/$237

This Mayan-influenced massage induces the flow of vital energy through the stimulation of each of the body’s centers, harmonizing mind, body and spirit, in addition to improving the circulatory system and releasing toxins from the skin.

Vitamin C Facial by Barbor, 60 minutes, $192

The Vitamin C Facial by Barbor is a true cosmetic jewel that contains a fresh texture and revitalizing citrus aroma for all skin types, including the most damaged. With an active concentrate of 20% Vitamin C, the treatment increases the production of collagen and the luminosity of the skin for a smoother complexion and firm and bright skin tone, protecting the skin from the sun.

Gentleman’s Facial by Barbor, 60 minutes, $192

The Gentleman’s Facial is a barber style facial designed for the demanding male skin, which is subject to stress. Taurec, the powerful exclusive active ingredient of the series BARBOR MEN, soothes the skin and enhances its energy and vitality.

Anti-Aging Facial by Naturopathica, 90 minutes, $264

In partnership with Naturopathica, the anti-aging facial is a reparative, regenerating and corrective treatment that combats the signs of aging. Active ingredients Argan Plant Stem Cells, Matrixyl synthe’6 and a Tri-Retional blend work together to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin tone and firmness.

 

Xoco – Tequila Body Wrap, 60 minutes, $187

This locally inspired treatment revitalizes the skin and combats stress with powerful Mexican antioxidants. Chocolate and tequila, in addition to being delicious delicacies, have the ability to preserve beauty and youth while relaxing the mind and senses on a path to emotional well-being.

Jade Oro y Plata Body Wrap, 60 minutes, $187

This natural body treatment embodies mineral and dazzling wisdom with this ancestral elixir of jade, gold and silver, stimulating cell regeneration, blood circulation and bringing luminosity to the skin.

The spa offers an array of additional services ranging from hand and feet rituals to wellness experiences including yoga, meditation and personal training. Access to Naum Spa’s Hydrotherapy services are complimentary with the purchase of any spa ritual.

“After seeing the success of our Naum Wellness & Spa in our first year of opening, we are excited to debut a completely refreshed menu for our valued guests,” said Spa Manager Daniel Escalante. “We have partnered with innovative beauty brands that share our values of sustainability and holistic well-being and have introduced new treatments and rituals that incorporate indigenous methods and local ingredients that are native to Mexico. From the moment they step in the spa, guests will have a completely immersive and authentic experience into the region’s nature and culture.”

For more information, visit: https://mayakoba.andaz.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html.

 

About Andaz Mayakoba Resort Rivera Maya
The newest addition to idyllic Mayakoba, Andaz Mayakoba Resort in Rivera Maya, Mexico invites guests to a hidden paradise – a place where style meets nature in an innovative hospitality experience. The resort’s breathtaking design reflects the native Mayan culture and features 214 guestrooms, including 41 luxury suites. Stimulating upscale experiences entertain guests, whether immersing in a lushly preserved mangrove environment, sunbathing in one of two outdoor pools, relaxing in the 10,000-square-foot Naum Wellness and Spa, experiencing the state-of-the-art Kimbo Kid’s Club, or unwinding on the pristine white sanded Caribbean beach. For meetings and events, the property offers 14,000 square-feet of versatile indoor and outdoor meeting space. Additionally, four unique restaurants and bars offer the distinguished culinary experiences for which Andaz® hotels are known for, and all with stunning views of the pools, lagoon, and ocean. Andaz Mayakoba Resort brings to life locally inspired and indigenous experiences and authentic Mexican hospitality. For more information, please visit andazmayakoba.com and follow at facebook.com/andazmayakoba, twitter.com/andazmayakoba, and instagram.com/andazmayaoba.mx.

About Andaz
Global in scale while local in perspective, Andaz hotels weave the sights, sounds and tastes of their surroundings into each property for an experience that truly immerses guests in the eclectic culture of each local destination. Through personalized, unscripted service, Andaz creates a barrier-free environment where guests are encouraged to explore their personal sense of style and become inspired by the spirit of the culture around them. Sixteen Andaz hotels are currently open: Andaz 5th Avenue and Andaz Wall Street in New York, Andaz San Diego, Andaz West Hollywood, Andaz Napa, Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa, Andaz Savannah, Andaz Maui at Wailea, Andaz Ottawa Byward Market, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, Andaz London Liverpool Street, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Andaz Delhi, Andaz Xintiandi in Shanghai, and Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. For more information, please visit andaz.com. Follow @Andaz on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and tag photos with #WhenInAndaz.

Soneva Kiri Launches Yoga Retreats On Remote Thai Island

Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has announced that it will bring two immersive Yoga Retreats to its remote jungle resort, Soneva Kiri, on the unspoilt Thai island of Koh Kood, in November 2018. These exclusive Hatha yoga experiences at the resort’s Six Senses Spa will be available as both a seven-night retreat (for yoga enthusiasts and practitioners) and a 28-night intensive yoga teacher training.

The seven-night retreat at Soneva Kiri includes two hours of yoga and 40 minutes of meditation per day, two hours of spa treatments and pre and post wellness screenings. The 28-night package is comprised of 200 hours of certified yoga teacher training, including: practice (asanas, pranayama, meditation and cleanses); 50 hours of theory; 25 hours of assignments; and 25 hours of self study. A Yoga Alliance Certification can be earned with an extra charge of US$100. Meditation will include a mix of yoga nidra, trataka, and a chakra meditation. Both the retreat and the yoga teacher training will be led by Dorelal, a yoga expert with a Master in Applied Yoga Science from the Bihar School of Yoga, the first yoga university in the world. Dorelal has spent many years working at Ananda in the Himalayas, a luxury ayurvedic retreat in India that integrates traditional Ayurveda, yoga and Vedanta with international wellness. He has also traveled to Russia, Korea and other parts of Asia teaching yoga.

Both packages include shared return flight transfers between Bangkok and Soneva Kiri on a fixed schedule on Soneva’s private Cessna aircraft. Guests will be sharing accommodation in the resort’s larger villas, with each guest getting a private room with an en-suite bathroom. Daily half board (breakfast and dinner), comprised of health-conscious and nutritious cuisine and non-alcoholic beverages at the resort restaurants, is also included. All guests will have a Mr./Ms. Friday butler to see to their needs during their stay, full access to the resort’s gym and tennis court, as well as complimentary use of WiFi.

The seven-night retreat is valid from November 15-22, 2018 and is priced at US$5,670 per person for single occupancy and US$8,670 per person for double occupancy. The 28-night yoga teacher training package is valid for stays in November 2018 and is priced at US$15,100 per person for single occupancy and US$21,520 per person for double occupancy.

ISCHIA FILM FESTIVAL 2018

The XVI edition of the Campania island festival opens with Gabriele Salvatores and his diptych of the invisible boy. But it will only be the beginning.

Oscar winner Gabriele Salvatores will open the XVI Ischia Film Festival. A great start for the event that sees a very rich program unravel from June 30th to July 7th. The Mediterranean director is the Italian author who has most explored the genres of cinematography, and will tell the audience of Ischia his constant desire to change. He will do this by presenting The Invisible Boy and The Invisible Boy – Second Generation, his diptych dedicated to the adventures of a young superhero.

Diversity, courage, even sound unconsciousness. These are some of the key words that characterize this Ischia Film Festival 2018, built magnificently by the artistic directors Michelangelo Messina and Boris Sollazzo and that will develop through the one hundred and thirteen selected films, including thirty-three previews, including eight world titles. Important numbers, as are the thirty countries that these works represent, from Burkina Faso to the Dominican Republic, passing through Iran, Turkey and Italy. Many of these works will compete for the prizes of the five official competitions: feature films, short films, documentaries, Location Negata and Scenari Campani, the latter promoted to a competitive section thanks to the support of BPER Banca. Others will be the Best Of this year and this edition, and will be accompanied by directors and actors who have made this year of Italian cinema very special. The list of guests who will parade on the red carpet of the Aragonese Castle is very long. Beyond Salvatores, Alessandro Aronadio and Edoardo Leo, director and interpreter of Io c’è, are expected for the opening night of 30 June. Leonardo Di Costanzo, who with his L’intrusa is a fresh winner of the Golden Globe. Anna Valle, who will accompany the imperfect age. And then Manetti Bros, Fabio De Luigi, Roberta Torre, Guglielmo Poggi, Renato Carpentieri, Fabrizio Gifuni, Claudia Gerini, Giulia Michelini, Vinicio Marchioni, Nicola Giuliano, Alessandro Rak, Federico Buffa, Sandra Milo, Carlo Delle Piane, Caterina Murino, Caterina Shulha, Lillo Petrollo, The Jackal, Laura Bispuri, Massimiliano Gallo, Nicola Nocella, Bruno Oliviero, Berardo Carboni, Matilda De Angelis, Concita De Gregorio, Antonello Piroso, Fabio De Caro, Gigione, Milena Mancini, Daniele Vicari, Nicola Guaglianone, Pippo Mezzapesa, Yvonne Sciò, Michela Andreozzi, Massimiliano Vado, Giancarlo Fontana, Giuseppe G. Stasi.
And then great authors who will receive the right tribute. Gabriele Muccino, Carlo Verdone, Peter Greenaway and, for his seventy years of career, Carlo Delle Piane, extraordinary actor in our history of cinema.

They will all meet at the Terrace which will host the aperitifs with the stars, before the evening’s program on the five screens of the festival. Programming enriched with two great Italian premieres. On July 1st I, God and Bin Laden, crazy comedy with Nicolas Cage directed by Larry Charles, the man behind Borat (in Italian cinemas from July 27th distributed by Koch Media). July 4th will be the turn of Gringo, who will arrive in Italy with the title Cannabis: budding scammers (Vision Distribution), black comedy with Charlize Theron. Speaking of charm and talent, there is plenty of it in Ocean’s 8, scheduled for July 3 for the second Italian screening. And this year there will be the international convention on Cineturismo, Friday 6 July, in the presence of the Director-General Cinema Nicola Borrelli. An appointment now traditional, strongly desired by the founder of the festival Michelangelo Messina, to take stock of a sector that is now a central reality in our cinema system.

As already stated, Oscar winner Gabriele Salvatores will open the XVI Ischia Film Festival. The director of the Mediterranean will present The Invisible Boy and The Invisible Boy – Second Generation, his diptych dedicated to the adventures of a young superhero. In perfect contemporaneity, at 8:45 pm, Alessandro Aronadio will tell the public the genesis of Io c’è, a mystical and earthly comedy, a return to Ischia for the winner of the best director award last year. The program of the Cathedral of the Assumption is completed with the doc in competition Eu Sunt Hercules, a curious trip to the most popular spa resort in Romania. Also at 8:45 pm, Leonardo Di Costanzo will present at La casa del sole The intruder, fresh winner of the Golden Globe for best film. Following the Israeli doc in competition The Island, set in the French hospital in East Jerusalem St. Louis. At the Bourbon Prison we will find Anna Valle who will introduce the film that opens the feature film competition, L’imperfetta age, followed by Revenir, a story of migrants that inaugurates the Location Negata section.

All film cards, complete with textures, can be found here.

Piazza D’Armi

• 8.45 pm “Let’s talk about cinema” with Gabriele Salvatores

• 9:15 pm The invisible boy by Gabriele Salvatores

• 10:55 pm The Invisible Boy – Second Generation by Gabriele Salvatores

Cathedral of the Assumption

• 8.45 pm “Let’s talk about cinema” with Alessandro Aronadio,

• 9:15 pm I have Alessandro Aronadio

• 10:55 pm Eu Sunt Hercules by Marius Iacob

Casa del Sole

• 8.45 pm “Let’s talk about cinema” with Leonardo Di Costanzo

• 9.00 pm The intruder of Leonardo Di Costanzo

• 10:30 pm The island of Adam Weingord *

Bourbon prison

• 8.45 pm “Let’s talk about cinema” with Ulysses Lendaro and Anna Valle

• 9.00 pm The imperfect age of Ulysses Lendaro

• 22:30 Revenir (to return) by David Fedele and Kumut Imesh

Terrace of Olives

• 9.00 pm Asciola by Edoardo Sandulli *

• 9.10 pm Alfredo Mazzara’s death *

• 9:20 pm “Let’s talk about Cinema” with Alessandro Varisco

• 9:30 pm So close, so far – Beyond the Bullying of Alessandro Varisco

• 10:40 pm Man proposes, God disposes by Daniel Lee

SIX SENSES BHUTAN

Six Senses Bhutan Prepares for October 2018 Opening

Reservations now being accepted for booking from November 3 onward with special opening offer

Six Senses Bhutan, which is gearing up for an October 2018 opening, is a collection of five boutique lodges set in the western and central valleys of Bhutan, each with its own character, environment, and experiences.

Beginning with the capital and the largest of the lodges, Six Senses Thimphu places a strong emphasis on incorporating the spirit of the grand architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds, giving it the name of Palace in the Sky. The second is Six Senses Punakha, located in the relatively low-lying valley of Punakha which takes inspiration from the farms and vegetable terraces across the valley and the traditional cantilever bridges of Bhutan to create a Flying Farmhouse amidst rice fields.

Moving further towards central Bhutan is the quaint glacial valley of Phobjikha, famous for being the winter residence of black-necked cranes. This valley is home to Six Senses Gangtey which is fondly called the Traditional Birdwatching Bridge due to its main bridge-like building with a large glass area overlooking the valley where these sacred birds roam freely.

Traveling further east, but still in the central area of Bhutan, is the Kingdom’s spiritual center with its stunning landscape and beautiful monasteries. Six Senses Bumthang is located in an evergreen pine forest and with its immersive tree and garden interior design theme, it is fondly referred to as the Forest in a Forest. The fifth resort in the collection is Six Senses Paro. Located at a stunning elevation overlooking the Paro Valley and next to ancient dzong stone ruins, this lodge is affectionately called Stone Ruins.

The Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha resorts will open in October 2018 with reservations now being accepted for stays starting on November 3, 2018. The Gangtey and Bumthang resorts open in early 2019.

Rates & Reservations and Special Opening Offer: Suite rates start at $1500 USD for double occupancy and as a special opening offer until February 28, 2019, Six Senses Bhutan will offer an inclusive breakfast, lunch and dinner (restaurant dining or picnic). For stays between November 3, 2018 and February 28, 2019 for five consecutive nights at one or more of the resorts, Six Senses Bhutan will offer guests a car and driver plus a guide during their stay at Six Senses Bhutan.

“There is so much to explore in this mystical Himalayan Kingdom, with its cultural, natural, and spiritual beauty making it a compelling destination. With the nation’s driving force being Gross National Happiness, the Kingdom has protected its identity while progressing with the world. Compassion is a way of life in Bhutan and it extends to the protection of nature and sustainability. Six Senses Bhutan shares these values and has become an integral part of the local fabric,” said General Manager Mark Swinton.

“Activities have been designed to showcase the best of Bhutan. The emphasis on experiences and service is brought alive by our GEMs (Guest Experience Makers) who act as guides and assist guests in every manner possible to create an authentic Bhutanese and true Six Senses experience. Meditating at the prayer pavilion in the reflecting ponds overlooking the giant Buddha statue across the valley; hiking up to Chorten Ningpo in Punakha; participating in local farm activities in Gangtey; treehouse dining at Bumthang; and a private dinner in the 15th century stone ruins at Paro are just a few of the magical experiences created for guests of Six Senses Bhutan.”

Each location will have its own Spa & Wellness Center with extensive facilities and treatments reflecting the valley in which they are set. Therapies range from hot stone baths in Thimphu and Bumthang, to a pyramid meditation room and swedana treatment at Gangtey, to a dip in the heated outdoor pool at Punakha or treatment in a spa room overlooking the ruins in Paro. The focus on well-being is emphasized with programs that include Six Senses Integrated Wellness, Sleep With Six Senses and Eat With Six Senses.

Getting There: Bhutan is served by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. International destinations on scheduled flights are Bangkok, New Delhi, Kolkata, Singapore, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Bagdogra, Guwahati and Gaya. Domestic flights are available between Paro and Bumthang. Helicopter charters are available from Paro airport and private jet assistance is offered by Bhutan Air Services.

For more details, reservations and travel arrangements, contact the resort’s reservation team at reservations-bhutan@sixsenses.com.

Six Senses Thimphu, the capital, places a strong emphasis on incorporating the spirit of the grand architectural elements of a dzong (fortress) and clouds.


Six Senses Paro is located at a stunning height overlooking the Paro Valley.

About Six Senses Bhutan

Six Senses Bhutan will move you – to pause and think. This colorful Himalayan Kingdom lives by its ethos of Gross National Happiness. Journey through western and central valleys, and you can’t help but find meaningful and uplifting experiences at every turn. That’s why our guest suites are distributed between five intimate lodges: Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang and Paro. Each has a unique character and all embrace our Six Senses guiding principles, which include a Six Senses Spa and Wellness Center, mindful eating, sleep and self-discovery. Visit one, or any combination, and immerse yourself in Bhutan’s spirituality, heritage and hospitality. 

About

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operates 16 hotels and resorts and 31 spas in 21 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas. The portfolio will triple over the next five years with resort, hotel and spa openings underway in Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, St. Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

Six Senses properties share a leadership commitment to community, sustainability, wellness and design, infused with a touch of quirkiness. Whether an exquisite island resort, mountain retreat or urban hotel, the enduring purpose is to help people reconnect with themselves, others and the world around them.

Six Senses Spas offers a wide range of holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty treatments administered under the guidance of expert therapists in all resorts as well as at 16 additional standalone spas. The high-tech and high-touch approach guides guests on their personal path to well-being, taking them as deep as they want to go.

Evason follows the Six Senses philosophy of uncompromised responsibility to sustainability and the community. Its two unique resorts provide a strong value focus, while offering a vast array of personal guest experiences that the whole family will love. 

Tourism to Turkey

NEW YORK (May 22, 2018) – Tourism to Turkey increased by 50.56 percent in the first quarter of 2018, with a total of 7,263,807 visitors between January and March, according to official figures released by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The tourism growth coincides with the start of the Year of Troy 2018, which celebrates the 20thanniversary of the archaeological site’s listing on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. As part of the Year of Troy, a calendar of cultural and sporting initiatives will be held throughout the year, including the International Trojan Food Festival-Çanakkale in June and the Trojan Horse Short Film Festival in October.

In support of The Year of Troy, Turkish Airlines launched a “Troia”-themed aircraft. The A321-type aircraft is specially designed with a livery of the Trojan Horse, made famous in Homer’s account of the Trojan War in the epic, Iliad.

Other cultural and tourism highlights from Turkey include:

HERITAGE

  • Following an eight-year restoration project, the 1,600-year-old Theodosius Cistern officially opened to the public in April. The Cistern is believed to date to the reign of the Byzantine emperor Theodosius II and formed part of a 250 km-long system which brought fresh water to the ancient city. Located in Istanbul’s Çemberlitaş neighborhood, the fifth century structure will periodically host art exhibitions and other cultural events.
  • Twelve pieces of the world-famous Zeugma mosaics are to be returned to Turkey, following the signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey and Ohio’s Bowling Green State University. The pieces, forming part of the frame for the infamous “Gypsy Girl” panel, have been held by the university since 1965. On their return, they will be exhibited at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep.

TOURISM

  • The Ministry of Finance announced incentives to boost medical tourism in Turkey, with the aim to bring 1.5 million health tourism visitors to the country by 2023. Incentives include new investment subsidies and value-added tax (VAT) exemptions for non-resident foreigners using medical institutes accredited by the Ministry of Health.

  • Istanbul Modern, Turkey’s leading contemporary art museum, will move to a new location on Istanbul’s historic waterfront. Designed by the celebrated Italian architect Renzo Piano, the three-year construction project is part of the city’s initiative to restore cultural and historic sites in the Galataport district. The Istanbul Modern will temporarily move to the Union Française building until construction is complete.

HOSPITALITY

  • The first Six Senses resort in Turkey opened on May 1 in Kaplankaya. On the banks of the Aegean Sea, Six Senses Kaplankaya includes 141 guestrooms, six suites and 66 private villas. The hotel’s secluded location offers a range of activities, such as watersports, hiking and nature trails, and cultural experiences. State-of-the-art spa facilities incorporate high-tech science with high-touch therapies, providing a range of pioneering health and wellness regimens.
  • The Galata Istanbul Hotel – MGallery by Sofitel recently opened its doors. The new luxury establishment boasts 83 different rooms and suites, as well as a selection of bars, restaurants and spa facilities, including a traditional Turkish Hammam.
  • EDITION Hotels is launching its new hotel in Bodrum. Overlooking the Aegean Sea, the Bodrum EDITION offers 102 rooms, suites and villas. Facilities include an infinity pool, garden lounge, night club, Turkish Hammam and fitness center. Food options will include an all-day casual dining venue, two bars and a gourmet specialty grill.

GASTRONOMY AND NIGHTLIFE

  • Istanbul’s newly renovated Ulus 29 restaurant reopened in April. An eclectic menu, blending traditional Turkish cuisine with international food trends, makes this stylish restaurant and bar popular with both locals and visitors with views over the Bosporus.
  • The recently-opened MSA Restaurant can be found in Istanbul’s Sakip Sabanci Museum. Owned by the Culinary Arts Academy of Istanbul, instructor chefs and students provide an extensive menu, ranging from local Istanbul street food and Turkish cuisine to popular international dishes.

  • The Populist has recently opened a new branch at Bebek Mahallesi, Neşe Sokak, No: 1. Dating back to 1890, the craft brewery and restaurant remains a firm favorite with locals and tourists alike. Spread over three floors, the décor comprises a unique blend of prohibition-era USA with modern day Istanbul.

  • Rana by Topaz is a new restaurant in the up-and-coming Gümüşsuyu area. The causal tavern-style feel offers a comfortable dining experience, while the ambitious menu combines international and Turkish cuisine.
  • Inspired by the Rolling Stones’ song, Angie is an intimate bar located in Istanbul’s trendy Bebek neighborhood. Offering both live music and DJ performances, its classic feel brings a new dimension to Istanbul’s eclectic nightlife.

  • Hypnos Hall is a new addition to Istanbul’s electronic music scene. The venue will host international DJs and producers, as well as featuring artistic and visual shows.

  • The Ruby night club has recently opened its doors, providing a glamorous nighttime experience in Istanbul. The restaurant boasts a unique range of Turkish and Japanese dishes, to be enjoyed on the garden terrace with panoramic views of the Bosporus. The Ruby’s nightclubs stay open until the early hours, offering both live music and DJ performances with selection of award-winning cocktails.

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About Turkey

Turkey is a modern country with a captivating blend of antiquity and contemporary and of East and West. The cradle of civilization and center of world history today stands as one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world. Turkey was the site of the first human settlement; the seat of the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman Empires; the birthplace of Homer and the last home of the Virgin Mary, just to name a few. Today Turkey, with its spectacular coastline, majestic mountains, cosmopolitan cities and quaint villages is one of the world’s most fascinating destinations.