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FS DOWNTOWN × FORBES

Forbes Travel Guide, the world-renowned and only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, today announced its annual Star Rating list, presenting The Spa at Four Season Hotel New York Downtown with a new Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Spa award.  

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, which first received the Forbes Five Star Award in 2018, is once again being celebrated for outstanding service in New York City. Recognised by Forbes Travel Guide for going beyond the Five Star Award, and achieving a total of ten stars across The Spa and the Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is now one of onlythreehotels in New York City that holds this enviable ranking.  

Located in the heart of Tribeca, The Spa has been the ultimate urban sanctuary of wellness and pampering since first opening its doors in September 2016. Led by Senior Spa Director Tara Cruz, the Health & Wellness floor features seven treatment rooms, eucalyptus steam room, outdoor terrace, purpose-built Fitness Center and 75 foot (23 metre) indoor heated lap pool. Adored by locals and revered by Hotel guests, The Spa has reached far beyond tradition and has reinvented itself as a renowned healing temple in the bustling city that never sleeps.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be joining such an exclusive group of Five Star Spas in New York City. We have worked extremely hard to curate and cultivate experiences that go far beyond traditional spa treatments, so that we can create an environment that allows our guests to reach new heights of health, wellness and spiritual healing. Much like the colourful city we reside in, we unite influential cultures and remedies from around the world to create a haven of beauty and wellness. The Spa offers an unparalleled level of luxury and pampering in Manhattan and we’re overjoyed that our local community, Hotel guests and residents are embracing it. This award is a testament to our incredible team who work tirelessly to create memorable moments and experiences for our guests,” says Cruz.

From its inception, The Spa has been at the forefront of innovative offerings and elevated treatments.  In 2018, Cruz introduced the Resident Healers Program featuring three dynamic women – Deganit Nuur, Rashia Bell and Snow Shimazu – all internationally recognized leaders in their field. In celebration of International Women’s Day in 2019, Michelle Pirret, International Sonic Alchemist joined the program; with the latest addition, Mama Medicine (Deborah Hanekamp), specialising in a unique health and wellness offering known as Medicine Readings. 

In addition to the Resident Healers Program and under the leadership of Tara Cruz, The Spa recently launched Next-Gen Wellness Workshops to cater to the next generation of wellness advocates; a dedicated Aromatherapy Blend Bar and Bespoke Aromatherapy Experience in partnership with leading organic skin-care line Soveral; the Sleep Well, Live Well Experience to aid in achieving the best night’s sleep; an in-room Soak Service Menu offering a multitude of heavenly bath experiences, a partnership with HATCH Mama as the ultimate pre-natal experience for expectant mothers; and the Haute Couture Treatment by Dr Burgener.  

In addition to a variety of experiential treatments, The Spa also boasts proud and exclusive partnerships with iconic global skin-care brands including Soveral, Omorovicza and Dr Burgener.

Forbes Travel Guide is recognised for creating the original concept of Five-Star service, and The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is the latest addition to its illustrious annual Star Rating list.

“We have been committed to championing genuine Five-Star service for more than 60 years, and this year’s winners, as always, exemplify the very highest standards in hospitality,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “It is difficult to earn a Forbes Travel Guide rating, and all our Star-Rated winners have shown how incredibly deserving they are of their accolades by demonstrating sheer dedication in their passion for service. We congratulate them all.”

Calistoga—The Other Napa

360 Magazine Culture Editor Tom Wilmer reports from the town of Calistoga in Napa Valley.

Mention Napa Valley and the first thing that comes to mind for many is wine, world-class wine. The Valley has been producing fine wines for more than a century, but it really wasn’t until a cadre of Napa wines kicked-ass at the now legendary Judgment of Paris in 1976 that things started to go viral.

A bind tasting—that the French just knew would reconfirm their illustrious worldwide status, was crushed when Napa Valley wines rocked their boat. Napa Valley winners included Stag’s Leap, Heitz Cellars, Clos du Val, Ridge Vineyards, Freemark Abby Winery and Mayacamas. Chateau Montelena’s legendary Chardonnay led to the cool film, Bottle Shock that humorously chronicles the classic event. And the French are still pissed.

Today, Napa is a viral destination for wine seekers from around the world. In some respects Napa Valley has become a victim of its own success. During the height of the summer travel season you’ll likely encounter bumper-to-bumper traffic on the main artery, highway 29 wending through the Valley—and wine tasting fees sometimes exceed $80 per person—without a credit applied to a subsequent purchase.

So, the caveat is try and plan a trip during the off-season to avoid the lines and traffic. But there’s also a semi off the radar Napa, and that’s the town of Calistoga in the Valley’s northern reaches. Calistoga is home to the legendary Chateau Montelena Winery, and iconic health spas with historic thermal mud baths that date from the town’s post-Gold Rush roots as one of California’s oldest spa destinations.

A drive through downtown Calistoga along Lincoln Avenue is like taking a trip back in time. There’s a palpable Mayberry R.F.D., small-town feel that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Outstanding is the historic circa-1868 Napa Valley Railroad Depot (California’s second oldest train depot), and ample historic architecture throughout downtown–with many structures dating from the late 1800s. A palpable bonus is the locals’ welcoming, and truly friendly attitude toward visitors.

 

Anchoring the heart of Lincoln Avenue is the Mount View Hotel that has graced downtown Calistoga with its Art Deco motifs since 1919. Hotel owner Michael Woods is such a passionate community booster that he donates 50 percent of the hotel’s profits to local and regional nonprofit organizations.

Woods and his family have gone to great lengths to seek-out authentic Art-Deco furnishings and lighting to maintain and enhance the hotel’s vintage period-ambiance.

Derrick, General Manager at the Mount View shows off the Art Deco motifs at the hotel.

A bonus of a stay at the Mount View is the full-service spa—with a modern twist on the iconic mud bath. Out back there’s an inviting swimming pool (heated year-round) and detached, quaint cottages.

Flanking the hotel’s lobby on one side is a sports bar, and on the opposite flank, the Veraison restaurant specializing in locally sourced cuisine, and of course, an ample wine list of locally produced specialties, including a selection of wines produced by restaurant owner, Dan Kaiser’s parents.

 

Click here to listen to the KCBX/NPR Podcast to listen to the Mayor of Calistoga talk about his passion for his town

Click here to listen to the KCBX/NPR Podcast to listen to the story of the Mount View Hotel

 

Wine tasting can be a fun and unpretentious experience in Calistoga–like at Tank Garage located in a repurposed gas station.

Wine tasting is fun at the Tank Garage Winery in Calistoga


Visit Israel: Tourism Rises

Israel Hits All-Time Record for Arrivals in 2019 with 4,551,600 Tourist Entries, a 10% Increase Over 2018

NEW YORK – Once again Israel has broken its record of tourist entries with 4,551,600 in 2019 from across the globe. This record is a 10% increase over 2018, which saw 4,120,800 tourist arrivals.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that 2019 ended with a record high of incoming tourism to Israel that resulted in a NIS 22 billion in revenue,” said Yariv Levin, Israel’s Minister of Tourism. “Thanks to the innovative marketing and promotional campaigns, we are happy to report a 10% increase in tourism compared with last year. We’re excited to continue this momentum in 2020.”

The top six source countries to Israel for incoming tourism are the United States (889,700), France (367,500), Russia (318,100), Germany (289,000), UK (235,400) and Italy (190,700).

The number of tourist hotel nights reached 12.1 million in 2019, compared with 11.6 million in 2018, which is an increase of 4.4%. The number of tourist stays in 2019 increased in Jerusalem by 8%, 9% in Tel Aviv and 18% in Tiberias.

To keep up with the increasing numbers of travelers to the country, hotel brands are working to open new properties across the country. Notable openings in 2020 include the renovated Mitzpe Hayamim in the Galilee, Six Senses in the Negev, and the pod hotel, WOM Allenby in Tel Aviv.

In addition, significant transportation updates are being made to allow entries to the country to be smooth and hassle-free. In 2019, Israel opened Ramon Airport in Eilat, announced 3 billion NIS expansion plan of Ben-Gurion Airport and launched new direct flight routes from Las Vegas, San Francisco, Orlando, Dallas and Washington DC. In March 2020, the first direct flight route out of the Midwest United States will launch from Chicago with El Al Airlines.

“In 2019 we have broken the record for incoming tourism with a record 4.55 million visitors,” said Amir Halevi, Tourism Ministry Director-General. “We are within reach of achieving 5 million tourists and hope that our efforts will push us over the edge in the years to come. The Ministry of Tourism will continue to work with our tourism brands to attract both new and returning travelers to experience all our country has to offer, from the Negev in the south to the Galilee in the north.”

For more information on traveling to Israel or to plan your trip, visit Israel.travel.

About the Israel Ministry of Tourism:

The Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT), is Israel’s national tourism agency responsible for planning and implementing marketing and promotional initiatives to position Israel as a preferred travel destination. IMOT aims to increase tourism traffic to contribute to Israel’s economy, and to enhance and diversify the visiting experience. IMOT works to promote Israel’s impressive assortment of historical, cultural, culinary and religious attractions – each the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. IMOT offices in North America are located in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Toronto.

For details on upcoming events and attractions in Israel, visit IMOT’s website at israel.travel. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive the latest updates.

Mama Medicine’s “Multi-Sensory” Readings

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown welcomes Mama Medicine, expert in ancient multi-sensory Medicine Readings, as the latest addition to the iconic Resident Healers Program.

Mama Medicine, whose given name is Deborah Hanekamp, now joins the Resident Healer Program with a unique health and wellness offering known as Medicine Readings. Having previously been named “Fashion’s Favorite Healer” by Vogue magazine, her work integrates more than 17 years of experience and wisdom in the healing arts. Her Medicine Readings blends ancient knowledge from across a variety of traditions. At the end of every Medicine Reading, Deborah prescribes spiritual homework and a ritual bath. These beautiful baths (with flowers, crystals and herbs), along with her unique aesthetic and approachable personality, have garnered Mama Medicine tens of thousands of global followers. In a world of gurus and self-help, Mama Medicine helps us connect to the inner shaman within us all: the power of love.

Created by Spa Director Tara Cruz, the Resident Healers Program launched on International Women’s Day 2018 to highlight three exceptional women with diverse offerings within the health and wellness space in New York City. Each of the three Resident Healers provide unique, mindful experiences for guests during one-one-one private appointments at The Spa. Deganit Nuur is an acupuncturist, herbalist and clairvoyant; Rashia Bell is a crystal healer and mediation master; and Snow Shimazu is a travel wellness expert, advanced body work educator and all-around wellness guru. In 2019 the Program once again expanded in time for International Women’s Day, with the addition of Michelle Pirret, International Sonic Alchemist. Each of these leading women offers guests seeking something greater than the traditional spa service.  

In-Person Medicine Readings

Mama Medicine will offer in-person Medicine Readings for in-house guests, residents and local clientele.

A Medicine Reading is a healing modality created by Deborah Hanekamp designed to empower people to be their own healers. It involves the combination of conversation, an aura reading, and a healing ritual. It’s a very collaborative experience – the client shares what they are calling in or clearing out of their life, and then Deborah, based on what she sees, shares hidden talents, gifts or blocks that are coming up. In the ceremony, Deborah uses crystal singing bowls, song and scent to cleanse, bless and protect. During the session the client will lay on a heated bed of amethyst and black tourmaline crystals. 60 Minutes / USD 555

Mama Medicine is available for private appointments through March, April, May and June.

To book an individual consultation with Mama Medicine or any of the Resident Healers, contact The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown at 646-880-1990.

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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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Next-Gen Wellness Workshops


The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown today announces the launch of Next-Gen Wellness Workshops, designed specifically for children of all ages, to guide them on their journey into wellness. A full selection of classes ranging from Mala Making to Capoeira have been specifically curated by Senior Spa Director Tara Cruz to aid in children’s growth and development.

“At Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, it’s important that everyone enjoys a wellness experience, even the smallest guests. It comes from the belief that if we start the next generation on a path of health and wellness when they’re young, it will set them up for success in the future,” says Cruz.

Next-Gen Workshops include:

  • Mala Making – It’s never too early to learn the power of positive thoughts. In this class, children will learn about malas and setting good intentions with a dose of balancing breathing techniques and yoga.
  • Crystal Class – A crystal healer will introduce little ones to the science of healing energy stones. A collection of nurturing crystals may enhance communication and expression to support learning and development.
  • Capoeira Kids – Music, culture and fun! Traditional capoeira movements will be incorporated to improve balance, flexibility and natural rhythm. Class incorporates dance and music emphasising cooperation over competition.
  • Future Yogi – Through breath and body movement, future wellness gurus will learn how to build confidence through inner and outer strength. Fun games and child-friendly poses will improve flexibility, coordination and body awareness.
  • Mini and Me Fitness – Parent and child classes that focus on dance, healthy habits and core movements that are fun and sure to burn energy.
  • Aqua Bebe – Introduce or perfect a child’s technique and confidence in the water. This class includes diving games, learning proper swim styles and lots of splashing to the beat playing under water. Currently only available to in-house guests and members of Club27.
  • Mindfulness in the Making – These specific meditation methods will teach children about openness, acceptance and overall kindness to oneself and others. The practice of meditation is known to improve focus, sleep and calmness.
  • Blend Baby Blend – Watch little chemists blend organic grade-A aromatherapy oils into their own personal blends, whether it be to boost energy in the morning before school or prepare for a restful slumber at night.
  • Dance and Expression – This dance class will allow children the freedom of expression while they engage in learning to move, interact with others and grow in confidence. These fun classes explore many dynamics of movement from stretching and isolations to control and balance.

The Next-Gen Wellness instructors feature a selection of incredibly talented women across the industry, with a full range of skill sets, background and experience. Instructors include:

  • Rashia Bell – Energetic interior designer and crystal healer Rashia Bell is the co-founder of The Cristalline, a multi-faceted lifestyle company that works to help create balance within all areas of life. A graduate of both the Fashion Institute of Technology and the New York School of Interior Design, she has also completed two Crystal Healing Certifications. Rashia leads workshops, private events and retreats around the world and works to show her clients how to find balance both within themselves and the spaces they live and work in.
  • Deganit Nuur – Dr. Deganit Nuur is a world-renowned spiritual teacher, intuitive, acupuncturist, writer and lecturer. Nuur was named “Top 15 Intuitives Globally” by Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop. Nuur created and teaches the revolutionary Nuurvana Method that seeks to integrate mind, body, and spirit. The Nuurvana Method goes beyond what meets the eye to heal the spiritual plane, resulting in profound shifts in mind and body and thereby reintegrating spirit into alignment with one’s true purpose and passion.
  • Liza Colpa – Liza is an authentic, passionate, playful registered Yoga Alliance teacher. With proper certifications, and more than eleven years of personal practice, she specialises in Hatha yoga, adaptive and gentle chair yoga, and pre/postnatal yoga. She believes that yoga is about inclusivity, personal growth, and a journey “of the self, through the self, to the self.” Liza is as inspired by sharing her yoga journey with others, as much as students and fellow yogis inspire her to keep sharing the love of yoga.
  • Mickey Hodge – Mickey is a health expert and personal trainer making a presence in the fitness world one burpee at a time. Her passion for healthy living and exercise came naturally for her because she grew up dancing and always being active and aware of the food she would eat. Her subtle touch and assertive training style have been a perfect combination to obtaining proven results with her clients. Mickey has the strength, will and focus to push through any obstacle to reach her attainable goal – to get everyone fit mentally, spiritually and physically.
  • Nicole Sievers – By teaching dance over the past 23 years, Nicole has seen children’s lives transformed through positive touch, unique connections, emotional awareness, physical activity, coordination and confidence. Dance gives children the ability to push through negative boundaries they feel they’re up against daily, including overly stimulating environments and a society that can promote negative self-image. Nicole’s classes invite students to have the freedom of expression and to gain richer self-esteem and more respect for their peers and the adults in their lives.
  • Faye Warren – Faye studied philosophy at the New School, and continued her education at Goddard College in Vermont, where she studied green medicine and fine arts. When she later discovered the art of massage, it seemed a natural fit and an extension of her creativity. Faye attended the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy and specialises in prenatal and postnatal massage, with previous experience in a prenatal spa. Whether it is aromatherapy, deep tissue, or sports massage, Faye allows her intuitive abilities to flow freely with the purest intentions, to leave each client feeling whole, calm, and more aware of their inner self and journey.
  • Kate Weymouth – Kate has more than 15 years of competitive swimming, teaching, and coaching experience. Beyond her personal swim journey, Kate has extensive experience coaching the sport and teaching young swimmers. She taught swim lessons to children ages 5-12 throughout high school and college, where she focused on building children’s confidence in the water to ensure they developed long-lasting skills in the pool. Her competitive training experience includes coaching advanced youth swimmers at Colgate University Swim School and advising aspiring triathletes on how to improve their stroke technique.
  • Professora Lua – Based in New York City, Professora Lua has been educating both children and adults about Brazil’s vast and vibrant cultural heritage for more than two decades. Through movement, rhythm and musicality, Professora Lua developed a program blending playful games, creative exercises, and musical instruments as tools for children to support the development of their physical and mental abilities. Lua also holds an advanced body therapy license, which focuses on energy work such as cranio-sacral therapy, polarity therapy and Reiki. Speaking a total of five languages, Professora Lua continues to train and inspire though the US, Europe, and Brazil.

The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown offers Next-Gen Wellness Workshops complimentary to children, accompanied by an adult, who purchase a service of 50+ minutes or more (excluding nails). The service must be redeemed on Wednesdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Parents are able to join in on the workshops or observe, depending on the offering.

All classes do have a minimum age requirement, which varies based on the class. Contact The Spa for the official monthly class schedule and minimum age requirement.

All Next-Gen Wellness Workshops are available to book for private and group experiences. Contact The Spa regarding availability and pricing on 646 880 1990 or spa.nydowntown@fourseasons.com.

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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.

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Brownwood Hotel & Spa

DETAILS SHARED ABOUT NEW HOTEL AND SPA OPENING IN THE VILLAGES

Leadership in place as The Brownwood Hotel & Spa plans first quarter 2020 opening
 
The Brownwood Hotel & Spa, a new 215,000-square-foot facility located at 3003 Brownwood Blvd., The Villages, Florida, is planned to open within the first quarter of 2020 with reservations now being accepted for guests, banquets, and on-site catered events. In addition, officials with The Brownwood Hotel & Spa have announced the selection of the facility’s leadership executives, including Gilles Cassiani as general manager, Deanna Mangiardi as director of sales and Mary Yates as human resources manager.
 
A graduate from the Hospitality Institute of Nice, France, Cassiani joins The Brownwood Hotel & Spa after serving as area general manager for Wyndham Vacations in West Kissimmee where he oversaw Caribe Cove Resort and Bahama Bay Resort and Spa. Cassiani’s career has taken him to many parts of the world, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, and the Caribbean Islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and St Lucia. Having over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Cassiani has held executive level positions with Club Med, Hyatt, Marriott and Hilton Resorts.

“I am honored to lead the team opening The Brownwood Hotel & Spa. Our guests will be treated to all finest attributes the hospitality industry has to offer,” said Cassiani. “The gorgeous amenities and design of the hotel and spa, not only fit its surrounding, but take into account the important historic aspects of Florida’s central region.”

While preparing The Brownwood Hotel & Spa for its opening, Mangiardi is also currently working with corporate and business clients interested in reserving banquet and catering services, and booking overnight guests. Before joining The Brownwood, Mangiardi served as director of sales for the Hilton Ocala in Ocala, Florida. She has experience with both independent and franchised properties, including the Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts. Mangiardi has also served on various travel industry boards.

Yates joins The Brownwood Hotel & Spa with extensive hospitality industry experience. She has served as human resources director for the Hilton Hotel in Manalapan, Florida, and led the human resource teams for the Embassy Suites and the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Yates is currently planning The Brownwood’s upcoming job fairs, which will be held in December and January.

The Brownwood Hotel & Spa, located adjacent to the 285,000-square-foot Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood, will feature 151 guest rooms and suites. A 10,000-square-foot banquet and conference center with on-site catering and state-of the-art technology is included within the facility. In addition to hotel and conference services The Brownwood will include a 7,000-square-foot dry spa, which will offer standard and medical spa services.
 
The hotel, spa, and banquet facility will house Wolfgang Puck Kitchen + Bar, a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating for 150 guests. Wolfgang Puck Kitchen and Bar will also include two private dining rooms and semi-private outdoor space.
 
When opened, The Brownwood Hotel & Spa is expected to employ 180 individuals.
 
Reservations for hotel, catering, and conference and banquet facilities are currently being accepted by emailing brownwoodhotel@brownwoodhotelandspa.com, or by calling 352-626-1246.

About AHC+Hospitality


AHC+Hospitality is a management company specializing in customized hospitality solutions for a portfolio of major hotel and restaurant brands including Marriott International, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotel Corporation, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Ruth’s Hospitality Group and more. AHC+Hospitality has a proven track record of identifying and implementing operational and revenue-generating efficiencies for its collection of top-performing hotels and restaurants through the creation of innovative alternatives to the traditional hospitality experience.
 
 

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WINTER WHITEOUT

IT’S SNOWING WHITE TRUFFLES IN CARMEL VALLEY


LUCIA RESTAURANT & BAR KICKS OFF THE SEASON WITH A SALUTE TO THE DIAMOND OF ALBA


New Truffle-infused Menu & Cocktails for the Fungi Fanatic


Prized by kings and coveted by chefs, Italy’s famed Alba White Truffle hits its annual stride late fall when the nutty aromatic tuber debuts in auctions and A tables across the globe. Served raw, shaved by a specific slicer, the tuber magnatum pico from the Piedmont region is highly prized with pricing to match, ranging upward from $2,000 per pound. These aromatic subterranean spores, known for their pungent earthy and ethereal aroma, will be showcased in a variety of formats at Lucia Restaurant & Bar November 1 – December 15, 2019.


Chef Cal Stamenov’s month-long salute to the Diamond of Alba is no understatement. “Truffles are extremely fragile with a seven-day shelf life,” says Stamenov, who runs through 10 pounds per season, on average. Gracing Fallow Venison with cured duck liver, gnocchi and roasted persimmon or shaved atop a savory Warm Stuffed Ravioli plumped with soft quail egg and purple artichoke in a brown butter bath, this seasonal stunner is a classic complement to a variety of dishes. The wild underground fungi, harvested by special Lagotto Romagnolo dogs, lives in symbiosis with the roots of oaks, hazels and poplar trees taking on the color and essence defined by each species. “The flavor profile determines how we create each dish, and it changes by the harvest,” he adds.


As the season turns, diners will be offered an express lane into the culinary depths of this ancient wonder, with dishes such as a Classic Carnaroli Risotto with bone marrow, Parmigiano Reggiano and shaved white truffles and Nantucket Bay Scallops, paired with sunchokes and San Danielle Prosciutto, finished with a dusting of white love. Entrees include a Handcut Squid Ink Fettuccine, the ideal foil for truffles, served with Monterey Bay squid menuiere and shaved white Alba truffle. For game lovers, the red wine braised Guinea Hen Breast with braised leg stuffed agnolotti, paired with seasonal root vegetables and shaved truffle is a sure bet. Ensuring no opportunity is overlooked, Stamenov and team are also rolling out a sinful Heirloom Pear & White Truffle dessert as well, paired with caramel pot de crème, Meyer lemon madeleine and white truffle ice cream. Dishes are offered on a revolving monthly menu, market price.


TOAST OF THE COAST
Truffle-infused cocktails are also on tap this November, ensuring guests get their full fungi fix. Kick things off with The Hunt, featuring truffle infused WhistlePig Rye Whiskey, Punt e Mes and Bitter Truth chocolate bitters served in a classic coupe. The Garden Glass steps up with Belvedere vodka, Clear Creek pear liqueur, Meyer lemon, Bernardus honey and fresh shaved Alba truffle. Ideal for Carmel’s crisp fall nights the Nog Blanc combines Armagnac, truffle cream, fresh nutmeg and brown sugar syrup, shaken and served up. $25.


LUCIA RESTAURANT & BAR

Tucked 12 miles inland from the Pacific, the Forbes Four-Star Lucia Restaurant & Bar has long set the standard for dining along the California coast. Named after the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains which provide the dramatic backdrop to the 2,300 sq., ft., alfresco terrace, the contemporary 90-seat dining room is set in rich white Italian leather paired with rustic treatments crafted in marble, oxidized copper, teak and reclaimed wood. French wooden floors, chandeliers and stunning exterior fireplaces grace the mixed-use table layout with a focal point fireplace styled from Bagattini Oregon stone marking the main entrance. Paired with Stamenov’s light touch and artisanal integrity, the restaurant underscores the authentic relationship between food and terroir.


Classically trained with an eye to sustainability, Stamenov’s light touch and artisanal integrity are evident in every offering. Wielding an impressive resume working under the ardent eye of such culinary greats as Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Richard, Alain Ducasse, Eric Ripert and the legendary Masa Kobayashi, his California country cuisine plays off locally-sourced product with the essence of the dish taking center stage. Subtle reductions and thoughtful flavor marriages are his mantra, paired with a back pocket of local farmers and foragers keeping Lucia’s kitchen at a steady simmer.
Culling from the Lodge’s two-acre organic garden and a private two-acre cornucopia flush with 150+ fruit trees, heirloom vegetables, 180,000 Italian honeybees and a cache of Plymouth, Barred Rock, Rhode Island, Speckled Sussex and Ameraucana chickens, Stamenov’s seasonal spotlight menu is certain to please.

Winter Whiteout Menu
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A Seasonal Celebration of Trifola d’Alba Madonna (Truffle of the White Mother)


November 1-December 15, 2019

Revolving Menu

Warm Stuffed Ravioli
Soft quail egg, purple artichoke, brown butter, shaved Alba white truffle


Nantucket Bay Scallops
Sunchokes, San Daniele Prosciutto, tuber magnatum pico
Roasted Guinea Hen Breast
Red wine braised leg, agnolotti, shaved Alba white truffle

Classic Carnaroli Risotto
Bone marrow, Parmigiano Reggiano, shaved Alba white truffle

Fallow Venison
Cured duck liver, chestnut, gnocchi, persimmon, shaved Alba white truffle
Handcut Squid Ink Fettuccini
Monterey Bay squid meuniere, shaved Alba white truffle, fresh Carmel Valley olive oil

ABOUT BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA
Perennially recognized by discerning readers of Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Resorts” and Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top Resorts” and as well as a Wine Spectator award recipient (2001-2019), this Forbes Travel Guide Four Star property has long set the gold standard for wine country vacationing. Reopened after a full resort renovation in 2015, Bernardus Lodge & Spa is set on 28 pristine Carmel Valley acres awash with vineyards and lavender and boasts 73 luxurious guestrooms, suites & villas, the signature Spa at Bernardus, award-winning Lucia Restaurant & Bar, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, a hilltop adults-only infinity Jacuzzi, an alfresco croquet and bocce court, two tennis courts and 4,300 sq. ft. of meeting space. Woodside Hotel Group, an operator of a portfolio of distinguished independent luxury properties throughout Northern California, is the management company for the property, which is located on the Monterey Peninsula, 120 mi./193 km, south of San Francisco and 330 mi./531 km., north of Los Angeles. For information, contact Bernardus Lodge & Spa at 831-658-3400 or visit their site.

New Spa and Health Club

Recognized as one of the finest luxury hotels in Dublin, The Merrion has unveiled its latest offering, The Merrion Spa and Health Club. Replacing the hotel’s smaller original spa, the brand-new spa spreads across the hotel’s lower ground floor. It features six treatment rooms, a steam room and sauna, gym and the original 60-foot infinity pool with its iconic hand-painted mural backdrop. Additionally, the club houses a new salon operated by award-winning hairdresser, Ciaran Nevin, and physiotherapy services from Milltown Physiotherapy and Personal Training.

Designed by Georgian interiors expert, Alice Roden – whose work is evident throughout the Merrion – this is a tranquil sanctuary where the highest standard of wellness and elegant design create a private retreat amid the hustle and bustle of the city. Neutral colors, soft Irish fabrics and delicate lighting create a calming space for hotel guests.With some of the world’s leading brands and Ireland’s key professionals as partners, The Merrion Spa and Health Club offers an all-encompassing service, including a new partnership with the globally renowned French skincare brand Biologique Recherche. Signature treatments will also be available from luxurious skincare brand ESPA.  

The Vitality Club Bar area is the ideal space for relaxing after a treatment and sampling a ‘Mean Greens’ juice or herbal tea. Alternatively, guests can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine in the relaxation room, wrap up in an Urban Aran blanket and admire the artwork.

Hours of Opening:
The Merrion Spa and Health Club:
6:30am – 9:00pm Monday through Friday
8:00am – 9:00pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday MondaysTreatment Times:
9:30am – 8:30pm Monday through Friday
10:00am – 7:30pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays

ABOUT THE MERRION:
The union of four restored Georgian townhouses, joined with a contemporary Garden Wing, The Merrion’s 123 guest rooms and 19 suites include a two-floor Penthouse Suite and private rooftop terrace. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, The Merrion houses the largest collection of private art in Ireland outside of the National Gallery. The hotel features two bars: the Cellar Bar, located in the original 18th-century vaults, and an intimate cocktail bar called No. 23. The Merrion houses The Garden Room restaurant, located in the hotel’s private gardens, as well as Patrick Guilbaud, Ireland’s only two-star Michelin restaurant. In 2019, the Merrion unveiled a new Spa and Health Club, offering a range of treatments, as well as a steam room, sauna, gym and an in-house pool.