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Nine Tips to Make Sure You’ll Have a Successful Business Trip to Dallas

When your boss tells you that you’re going to Dallas for a business trip, whether it’s for work or pleasure, the first thing on your mind is probably “What should I pack?” and “How long will I be there?”  But before you even think about what to bring, there are some things you need to make sure of first.

How to Plan a Successful Business Trip to Dallas  

1. Book early.


Before you get on the plane to Dallas it’s important that you book your hotel room and transportation to/from the airport. This way, when you land in Dallas all of your primary concerns will be taken care of.

There are some exceptions where booking early doesn’t work out-like if you’re going for a big conference or eating at popular destination restaurants-but don’t assume that there won’t be availability. Just use common sense and make sure that everything’s booked before you get there.

2. Have a place to stay once you get to the airport.

There are lots of cheap hotels near the Dallas Fort Worth Airport that you can book when you get to the airport. You don’t want this to be a last-minute decision because then it’s much harder to have everything in one place.

3. Have a hotel room near the business area if you’re going for work.

If your work is located around the business district, choose a hotel room near your work so you won’t have too far to travel in between meetings or after dinner events. This may mean staying in an area further from nightlife but if clubs and bars are what you’re looking for, there are plenty of them all over DFW anyway.

4. Find a suitable hotel that isn’t expensive but still offers a clean and quiet environment.

If you’re going for work, then the last thing you want to do is spend too much on a hotel. It’s important that your company pays for it but if they don’t pay enough and you have extra money, find a suitable hotel in the $100-$200/night range so you can relax after work and also get some sleep before heading back at it early the next morning. Make sure there aren’t too many noisy people near your room during the night as well.

5. Book a DFW airport car rental. 

When it comes down to it, the most important thing is enjoying yourself when you have time off from work. This means getting around Dallas in the easiest way possible.

If you haven’t driven before in this city, then consider getting a reliable dfw car rental service. It’ll be cheaper than taking an expensive cab and much more useful than relying on public transportation.

6. Make sure your hotel is close to some of the big attractions.

Depending on how long your business trip lasts, be sure to enjoy some of the awesome attractions around Dallas so you don’t feel like you’ve wasted your time in Texas. Have a rental car that will give you the freedom to get around the city easily. Dallas according to Travel + Leisure, is known for sports locations and art galleries.

7. Prepare for the unknown.

When going on a business trip, you never know what kind of issues may arise so have a backup plan in case something comes up. Bring essentials with you like a toothbrush and a change of clothes in your carry-on bag in case you get stranded somewhere overnight.

8. Have a great dinner somewhere.

Sometimes during business trips, it’s hard for everyone to agree on where to eat dinner since all sorts of different types of people are included in that group who may have different tastes when it comes to food. Ensure that you have a great dinner that everyone can enjoy so you can get back to doing whatever’s most important for your trip. The Food Network has a list of 20 restaurants to try in Dallas.

9. Get a good night’s sleep.

Your last day should be spent relaxing at your hotel or seeing any sights that are still left on your “to see” list amidst all the running around during business hours. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep since that’ll be necessary for your trip back home.

Business Trips to Dallas Don’t Have to Be So Hard

Your business trips to Dallas don’t have to be so hard if you plan ahead of time! That’s why it’s important to check out some places around the Dallas Fort Worth airport before you arrive so you can really take advantage of everything the city has to offer.

Dallas, Texas is known as “The Big D” because of the big buildings, big area attractions and big fun that you’ll have during your visit. Just make sure you know how to get around Dallas before visiting so the entire trip can go smoothly.

 

Five Accessories You’ll Need this Year

Are you one of those people that booked their vacation for 2022 six months ago? Well, good for you! But in the meantime, what accessories are you going to need this year to complete your look?

Here are five must-haves that will have you looking stylish all season long.

1. Sunglasses

There’s nothing like catching some rays on the beach in 2022, but if you’re going to be lounging in the sand this year, make sure you bring along your sunglasses. Hard or soft lenses? It doesn’t matter. Just make sure they are polarised with UV protection (because that’s what all the cool girls are doing).

Depending on your preferences, you can also go for the clip on sunglasses. These glasses are the perfect accessory for the beach, a concert, or a casual walk. Don’t forget to take beautiful photographs in the sunglasses and reminisce about the good times.

2. Interesting Bag

Who says your purse has to be boring? Here are a few interesting bags that you can carry with you this year.

• Crossbody bags: For the girls who are always on the go, what better accessory to take along than a crossbody bag? It’s also called a messenger because of its design. This allows you to carry your essentials but has a slight slouch that is definitely more stylish.

• Fanny pack: The fanny pack is making a comeback, and it’s going to be popular this year! It can also be worn as a belt bag or a waist pack. With its smaller size, it will even fit inside your purse. You can wear these packs at festivals, hiking, and travel or even at the office.

• Purses: Purses are back in style, and people will be carrying small bags again (because bigger is not always better). You can get one of these unique purses, which you can carry on top of your shoulders. They come in different sizes but if you’re looking for something larger, go get a shoulder bag.

• Backpacks: If you don’t want to carry a purse, there’s no need to worry because backpacks are in style again. The backpack is great for work or even school if that’s what you’re into. However, if you’re looking for something casual, get one of these cool bags that can be worn over your shoulders. You can also get a traditional backpack but make sure that it’s light and practical.

• Bucket bag: Nowadays, people are going for the bucket bag or the drawstring bag, which is great if you’re always on the go. They’re very fashionable and practical to carry around because they look better than a regular old backpack.

3. A Floral Shirt

Floral print blouses are so hot right now, and by mid-2022, they’ll be even more popular. So, pick one up before your 2022 trip to the tropics! Plus, what’s better than having a shirt that ties you over for four years?

While you’re at it, pick up a few other shirt styles as well. Trust me, florals are popping’ in 2022, and they’ll be everywhere else too.

4. A Cute Swimsuit

Swimsuits are another wardrobe staple that you’ll need to get before your 2022 trip or be left with diaper-brief tan lines. And while it’s not against the law to wear the same swimsuit multiple years in a row, it’s just not very stylish.

So, grab this must-have accessory now so you can go swimming with dolphins on your 2022 vacation.

5. A Statement Purse

Finally, pick up an eye-catching statement purse to pull together your look for 2022. While it’s fun to be spontaneous, not having a purse together can ruin an outfit. Boring browns and tans may be too drab for the tropics, so pick up your statement purse now so you can sparkle all year long.

Conclusion

By purchasing these five must-have accessories now, you will be prepared for all of your 2022 trips and adventures. Don’t forget to tag along your spirited heart and fun personality.

 

Himiway Escape by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Top E-Bikes

Let’s cruise into the top ten e-bikes for this year. This article will closely focus on some of America’s top rated e-bikes such as Himiway and ONYX.

RadRunner 1

The RadRunner 1 is a unique bike that runs for $1,299 on Rad Power Bike’s website. This model is the very first e-bike to offers adjustable driver seats. What makes the RadRunner 1 stand out is its puncture-resistant tires. These tires are made from a layer of aramid and ceramic particles inside of the tire, under the tread. There is also a LED control panel, which makes it super easy to turn the vehicle on and off. This bike is unique and up to date.

RadRover Step-Thru 1

A low step, fat tire electric bike that fits everyone. The bike has an integrated brake light, which lights up whenever the breaks are being used–making the RadRover Step-Thru 1 safe for nighttime biking. This e-bike includes front and rear fenders that help protect from the elements.

RadWagon 4

The perfect bike when loading up and needed to go somewhere. The RadWagon 4’s tires are smaller and wider, which create a smoother drive than other e-bikes. The rear rack holds up to 120 pounds, allowing for heavy-duty supplies transport or for kids to ride on the back.

The Aventure by Aventon

Aventon stated that this e-bike is the “most powerful and versatile e-bike we’ve ever designed.” With the front suspension fork, fat tires, and great handling, Aventon promises a fun and comfortable ride.

Juiced bikes – CrossCurrent

A high-performance electric bike. Juiced Bikes offer various models that range from 55+ miles to 80+ miles. The CrossCurrent S2 and Crosscurrent X are fast and beautiful bikes that compare with each other in speed and distance.

Himiway Moped-Style Electric Bike

Himiway bikes are fast, safe, and exciting. Focusing on the Moped-Style Electric Bike, this bike runs for $1,699 with 45+ miles per charge. Reviews state that it is “easy to assemble” “[Himiway offers] great customer service” and [it] “changes my lifestyle.”

ONYX – RCR – 72V

A luxury, handmade bike. This bike ranges in price, costing up to $4,149. Each bike is handmade in one of their two facilities in California. When placing an order, it can take up to two months to receive it. This is a high-quality bike that offers a wonderful riding experience.

KBO Breeze

The KBO Breeze is the perfect e-bike for comfortable city cruising and commuting. If you’re looking for more adventure, the KBO Breeze can handle rough terrain as well, thanks to its front suspension and mechanical disc brake system. For young people and professionals on the go–whether you’re going into the office, picking up groceries, or just getting some exercise–the KBO Breeze is the perfect electric bike option.

GoTrax Emerge Electric Bike 26”

GoTrax recently released their 2021 electric bike series, which includes the Emerge Electric Bike. Environmentally friendly and efficient, this bike is essential for active, ecologically conscious cyclists. This e-bike is especially designed with shorter, smaller riders in mind. GoTrax’s products are certified to UL safety standards.

Ducati’s MG-20

The first ever foldable e-bike, Ducati’s MG-20 packs in portable convenience where ever you go. This versatility makes the MG-20 the ideal urban mobility e-bike. For commuters on the go, this e-bike– which travels up to 25mph– is ideal. A waterproof, 20 inch LCD display and included controller allows for cyclists to have total control. This luxurious e-bike will be on sale in July 2021 for $1902.

Harley Davidson Serial 1 eBicycles

American motorcycle manufacturer, Harley Davidson, is now stepping into the world of electric bikes. The company’s new Serial 1 eBicycles series consists of four models: MOSH/CTY (“the ultimate urban play-bike”, designed for trend-setting adults in urban environments, includes pedal assist, $3,799), RUSH/CTY STEP-THRU (loaded with features and includes a step-thru frame, “an essential urban-commute feature for some riders”, $4,999), RUSH/CTY STEP-OVER (a premium vehicle for cosmopolitan e-bikers, “the sophisticated commuter”, $4,999), and the upcoming RUSH/CTY SPEED (provides electric assistance to allow speeds of up to 28mph, “the quickest way to navigate any city”, $5,599.)

BMW Urban Hybrid E-Bike

Automaker BMW has recently forayed into the world of e-bikes with their Urban Hybrid E-Bike. This e-bike keeps with BMW’s typical 4 spoke pattern. The matte black bike model comes in three sixes, small, medium, and large. Equipped with Shimano 180 mm hydraulic disc brakes, the e-bike is able to handle rugged terrain with durability and stiffness.  Technical features, such as the HMI display with integrated remote, allow for riders to stay up to date while on the go. The Urban Hybrid E-Bike retails for $2,330 on BMW’s website.

Porsche eBike Sport

Sporty and sophisticated, Porsche’s e-bike promises to be the most stylish, luxurious ride around town. Unconventionally, the bike is designed with an upside-down suspension fork from MAGURA and FOX to provide the most balanced and smooth journey possible. This high-end e-bike is installed with Shimano’s color LED display, allowing cyclists to easily access information while riding. Reminiscent of driving in a Porsche car, the e-bike’s Continental Speed King tires make for a comfortable adventure, where ever the road takes you. The Porsche eBike sport retails for $10,700 HERE.

Pedego Ford Super Cruiser eBike

Ford’s new eBike carries on Henry Ford’s original vision while introducing new electric bike technology to the automaker’s arsenal. Designed for Pedego by world-renowned bicycle architect Tony Ellsworth, this ebike can reach speeds of up to 20mph with its 7-speed geared twist shifter and Schwalbe Big Ben tires. Interestingly, the bike’s adjustable handlebars can move up and down or in and out. The Pedego Ford Super Cruiser eBike is priced at $3,959 and can be purchased HERE.

SONDORS Metacycle

SONDORS’ Metacycle is the newest, shiniest toy on the electric motorcycle market, and could be the first largely affordable high-way capable model in the US. Wrapped in bespoke designed aluminum casing, this e-bike’s cast “exo-frame” looks both powerful and sleek. With an installed rear hub motor, this urban electric motorcycle is able to travel up to a fast and furious 80 mph for 80 miles. Other features of the revolutionary vehicle include hydraulic brake locks, adjustable suspensions, a reverse gear, wireless charging, LED lighting and a full color digital display. The Metacycle will be available in Q3, and retail for $5,000. While this electric motorcycle is pricier than other models, riders will know that every penny was well spent after their first exhilarating joy ride. For more information and to reserve your Metacycle, please visit SONDOR’s website.

Super73 E-bikes

Super73 provides unarguable e-bike excellence with their R-series, S-series, and Z-series models. The six available e-bikes– the Super73 ZI, the Super 73 ZX, and The Super 73 SI, the Super 72 S2, the Super 73 R, and the Super 73 RX–are all brawny, ferocious, and capable vehicles. All of these bikes have a throttle, powerful engine, and stylish design. Super73’s vehicles are all made from aluminum alloy or steel, so riders can rest assured that their e-bike is made to last. The bikes with the most longevity in the collection are the Super73 S2, R, and RX models– all of which have 960 watt-hour batteries. These three bikes are also installed with an aggressive 1200 watt nominal/ 2000 watt peak motor. Many Super73’s e-bikes equipped with Shimano speed shifters, hydraulic rotors, multiple pedal assist options, and Bluetooth connectivity smart displays. For more information regarding each individual e-bike model, visit Super73’s website.

Ridel Snugger eBike

Ridel’s best-selling, double-seat Snugger eBike packs in twice the fun and adventure of an ordinary eBike. Take friends, loved ones, and fellow adventurers along for the ride in this capable vehicle. The Snugger is equipped with a 750W 48V rear hub motor, so you can unleash your inner rebel on your joyride. Able to travel up to 28mph for up to 38 mi, your next expedition awaits. Travel further than ever before, with the vehicle’s 48V 15.6Ah removable battery. which charges in just 3-4 hours. This matte black bike has major curb appeal and is sure to be the start of the streets! Ridel’s Snugger is currently on sale for $1,999.00 and can be purchased on the company’s website.

n+ Bikes

Luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz develops n+ bikes in Brackley, England. These e-bikes take inspiration from the premiere Mercedes-AMG Formula One car. The V-12 chassis contains an ultramodern aerodynamic design and won’t be found anywhere else. The Gates Carbon Belt drive allows for an oil-free chain and the hydraulic breaks provide quick suspension. A centrally located battery mount provides 50/50 weight distribution. Charge time is 3.5 hours with a 60-100 km range. The weight is only 37 pounds and is able to reach 20 mph. Prices vary from $1,990-$4,500 and can be broken up into monthly purchases using Splitit HERE

Article By: Vaughn Lowery, Carly Cohen, Skyler Johnson, Emily Bunn

*Fat tire bikes are the best type of e-bikes for off-roading. Their over-sized tires usually measure around 3.8 inches tall, or larger. Their height allows for fat tire bikes to travel in dunes, snow, sand and mud. These type of bikes are designed for low ground pressure to create the best riding experience in extreme climates.

Take These Three Bucket List Vacations Before You Die

Bucket lists are becoming a hot topic again, and with it comes the need for many to decide on their travel plans as soon as possible. Getting out and seeing the world is the best way to ensure you experience as much of this planet as possible before you have to leave it forever.

These are the top three vacation destinations that should be on your list when you’re planning it!

Kerry, Ireland

Although London is one of the top vacation spots globally, it’s time to leave England and enjoy some time in the gorgeous Irish countryside. Kerry, known as the Rose of Tralee, is one of the most beautiful areas on the planet. Endless rugged landscapes, and beautiful stretching water, make it feel like you’ve stepped into the garden of Eden.

This is an amazing space to allow yourself to feel like you’re getting in touch with nature, where deer and stag roam freely and endless tumbling waterfalls crash down onto the craggy rocks beneath them like works of art.  

If you want to take in as much beauty as possible, there’s a scenic drive called the Ring of Kerry, which you can take in just a day to explore picturesque coastlines and beautiful stretching land as far as you can see. This view deserves to be on everyone’s bucket lists, and the delicious food and friendly locals will ensure that you’ll want to add it back to your bucket list time and time again after you’ve left! 

Bali, Indonesia

Warm gorgeous clear waters, bright white sand, and perfect temperatures have made Bali a must-stop destination for years. This beautiful paradise is one of the most popular bucket list ideas for travelers.

You can enjoy beautiful endless beaches while you unwind from the world’s pressures. Friendly locals are excited to help you learn about their home, and the countless resorts ensure that you won’t be bored or wanting for anything while you’re here.

This is also an incredibly affordable option, giving you the chance to set aside the rest of your money for later and possibly sneak in another bucket list vacation!

Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh is a gorgeous destination and one of the top vacation areas in the world because of how much it offers. From incredible historical sights and their deep cultural meaning to some of the best food on Earth: every step you take in Marrakesh will feel like you’re walking in paradise.  

This area has something for everyone, from shopping at the souks to enjoying golfing or hiking. If you want a bit of paradise in your life, you’ll find it in Marrakesh. Although this can be an expensive vacation for some, it’s worth it when you consider how much entertainment and beauty is possible from just one visit!

Seeing the World is the Best Bucket List Choice

Although there are some bucket list items people will argue over; the least controversial is travel. Traveling allows you to take in as much of the world as possible before you die, and honestly: who could ask for more?

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Winter in Mendocino

Mendocino in the winter offers the best of both worlds. Atmospheric storms and misty mornings are balanced by the relatively mild temperatures that make this part of the world so magically lush. Plentiful mushrooms spring up at the bases of ancient trees and sweet Dungeness crab is pulled from icy waters and brought right to the table, to name two of the culinary delights that can be expected in this gorgeous, gloriously uncrowded corner of Northern California’s storied coast. It’s impossible not to feel centered beneath giant redwoods and while taking in sweeping views over the ocean, but that feeling can get to the next level with wellness treatments that are tailored to pamper and renew for a fresh start. Adventure is always on offer in this hiker’s paradise and for a twist, the world-famous Skunk Train has introduced a challenging new route for their pedal-powered Railbikes. Whether being intrepid or hunkering down, everyone will find something to love on a Mendocino winter escape.

To take advantage of those atmospheric storms, the breathtaking Inn at Newport Ranch offers a Winter Storm Watch package. Colder weather creates some of the most memorable skies and vistas on the Mendocino Coast, so it’s easy to be torn between exploring the craggy shoreline or staying warm in luxurious comfort at the Inn, maybe by taking a seat in the walk-in fireplace with a glass of Mendocino wine or curled up with a book in one of the resort’s many cozy nooks.  The Winter Storm Watch package includes a 60-minute hot rock massage for two, custom-created hot chocolate with delectable homemade marshmallows, dinner including foraged and winter garden bounty, and Happy Hour with “Dark and Stormy” cocktails and Mendocino wines and bites. The Inn at Newport Ranch is situated on 2,100 pristine private acres and boasts 50-mile panoramic views across the Pacific. Guests have exclusive access to the vast property that encompasses virgin redwood forests, grasslands, and beaches. Many guests opt to tour the acreage on horseback or book a private UTV tour–there is so much to see. Every amenity is on offer, from Ranch cuisine cooked from locally sourced or onsite garden-grown ingredients to sumptuously appointed guest rooms to the onsite Fireside Spa and a hot tub perched atop an old water tower. The Inn’s interior spaces are designed to enhance the natural beauty of the location, and each room is a bespoke masterpiece filled with handcrafted objects and fascinating items from the owner’s world travels. The Winter Storm Watch package is available on select dates through the end of March 2022.

The New Year brings new opportunities, and many will find it easier to embrace them after taking advantage of the picturesque Little River Inn‘s Wellness package. Available starting this month, the package for two is the perfect way to practice self-care and kick-off 2022 in a soul-nourishing manner. It includes a two-night stay in an Ocean View Room, a 90-minute Seaweed Body Scrub and Massage for two with Sue at the Inn, two hours of healing relaxation with Donna Call, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and admission for two to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens to commune with nature. Family-owned for five generations, the historic inn has something for everyone, and is just steps from easy-to-hike Van Damme State Park and sheltered Van Damme State Beach. There is an Audubon-certified golf course where guests might encounter an elusive deer, regulation tennis courts, and an award-winning chef-driven restaurant with options for all that features carefully crafted and hearty California cuisine. The same menu can be enjoyed in-room, or at the local’s favorite–Ole’s Whale Watch Bar–famous for its views, where the tumultuous Pacific might show off the telltale spout of a migrating whale. The Inn has 65 rooms–from the modestly priced to the downright luxurious–all with views of the winter’s tempest-tossed ocean. The Wellness Package is available January 1, 2022 – January 31, 2022. The package, which includes lodging, begins at $1,246 for two (exclusive of tax and gratuity).

Himiway Escape by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Himiway Launches Four New E-bikes

Himiway promises a more exciting fall this year, thanks to the upcoming launch of 4 new cutting-edge electric bikes from the company. Watch livestream here.

Himiway is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its 4 types of brand new e-bike models in January 2022 of next year. The electric bike company recently released the teaser for the upcoming models; even though the teaser doesn’t reveal elaborate details about the bikes yet it has already created a  lot of buzz in the outdoor adventure world. Going by the tradition with other Himiway bikes, the upcoming ones too would be under affordable range,  with prices comfortably ranging between $1,000-under$3,000.

The 4 new Himiway bikes that are slated to be launched in January 2022 are – Softail Supreme E-bike, Multifunctional E-bike, and Premium All-terrain E-bike.

“We are thrilled to share that we will soon be launching 3 types of state-of-the-art new electric bike models come fall. While one of them would be the most innovative model from our lineup ever, another one would be an advanced utility bike that would be handy for your daily affairs. The third one is exclusively designed for outdoor enthusiasts and would make a robust partner for your off-road adventures across all terrains”, stated the leading spokesperson from Himiway.

As per the reports, Softail Supreme and Multifunctional models would be new additions to the company lineup. On the other hand, the Premium All-terrain E-bike is speculated to be the successor of the Himiway’s crowd-favorite Cruiser Electric Fat bike. However, these are just speculations- the Premium All-Terrain version may be a completely new variation for all-terrain electric bikes as well.

The Softail Supreme model stands out as the “most innovative” electric bike ever built by Himiway. Engineered with cutting-edge “first-notch” suspension (especially rear and front, based on softail designation), the bike promises to deliver an all-new experience for the riders. Going by the Himiway teaser, the model would be priced somewhere around $2,099 to say, under $4,000.

The second one, Multifunctional E-bike, is being dubbed as an all-rounder that would make a valuable addition to a busy and active family. From ferrying children to making deliveries to quick grocery shopping sessions, the bike has been designed to handle all. The bike will be $2,099.

The Premium All-terrain Electric Fat Bike is an advanced crossover between mountain and urban electric cruiser. As the name suggests, this model is especially designed for off-road adventures and has been equipped with major required features like, extended battery and incredible speed. The upcoming bike will also impress with its stylish looks. As Himiway hasn’t mentioned about fat tires with this bike, the model is likely to be a completely new model from the company. However, the other descriptions sound very similar to that of the previous Cruiser fat bike from Himiway. In regard to cost, the bike is speculated to come around $1,999.

360 MAGAZINE is an avid fan, and you can check out our very own Vaughn Lowery as a newly appointed ambassador for Himiway here.

About Himiway

A pioneer of electric bikes in the American market, Himiway specializes in manufacturing advanced fat tire electric bikes at affordable ranges. The company is based in California, USA, but has recently expanded to markets globally, covering all of the USA as well as Canada, the U.K., and Germany.

For additional information, please visit HERE.

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Fire and Ice Opening at Soneva Fushi

Acclaimed Danish chef and restaurateur, Mads Refslund, has launched a new 12-month pop-up restaurant at Soneva Fushi, the award-winning luxury eco-resort in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives. Located at Fresh in the Garden, a treetop dining destination that overlooks the private island resort’s extensive organic gardens, the pop-up is based on Chef Refslund’s signature concept of “Fire” and “Ice.”

One of the original founders of Copenhagen’s vaunted Noma, named the world’s best restaurant five times over, Chef Refslund is an advocate for the New Nordic cuisine and a terroir-based kitchen. His cooking has also pioneered the principle of “bonding rawness,” whereby raw ingredients are combined together based on their intrinsic values and flavors, with the aim of seeking the highest expression nature can provide.

“I always find inspiration in nature, so to have the opportunity to cook among the treetops of Soneva Fushi is very inspiring,” says Chef Refslund. “The key focus of the pop-up concept at Fresh in the Garden is ‘Fire’ and ‘Ice’, showcasing our natural instinct for how to work with nature’s bounty. The menu is evenly split: in ‘Ice’ items are untouched by heat, allowing them to reveal their pure beauty that nature has provided in the contrasting ‘Fire,’ cooking over live flame is used to enhance the ingredients. Together, the two sides create harmony and balance.”

Chef Refslund’s menu at Fresh in the Garden celebrates nature’s purity, with a focus on vegetables and seafood indigenous to the region. “Ice” dishes include a tartare of sustainably caught Maldivian tuna with salted plum and hibiscus, and watermelon crudo, dragon fruit and red basil. In “Fire,” prawns are cooked in lemongrass with velvet tamarind, while garden egg is served with aromatic herbs and black truffle. For sharing, guests can try a whole fish, roasted in coconut husks, or the plant-based braised hearts of palm with white truffle and sunchokes. And for dessert, choices include: sour banana parfait with pine nut miso praline, pandan, and dragon fruit with kiwi and yogurt.

“We are delighted to welcome Chef Refslund to Soneva Fushi,” says Sonu Shivdasani, CEO and Co-founder of Soneva. “Soneva has a long history of collaborating with world-renowned chefs to offer an exceptional gastronomic experience to our guests, whether through pop-ups such as this or our ongoing Soneva Stars calendar of visiting chefs and other experts from around the world.”

About Soneva

Soneva is a pioneering family of hospitality properties, offering holistic encounters in luxurious and inspiring environments – from world class resorts to outstanding natural locations.  Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva in Aqua in the Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand rebuke the traditional concept of luxury and instead promise the luxury of time, purity and solitude. Every day, guests are encouraged to discover sandy feet, inspired minds and full hearts. Combining luxury with a conscientious approach to sustainability and the environment, and proactively changing the nature of hospitality, it delivers intuitive service and meaningful experiences to the guests.

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Google Partners with Livn

As Google continues to develop its pilot program called ‘Things to do’, Australian based travel connectivity hub Livn has been announced as Google’s newest global connectivity partner and is now targeting U.S. attraction businesses for expressions of interest in registering for free through the Livn platform.      

Via the ‘Things to do’ pilot program, operators can now list their own website’s product booking pages to get direct bookings straight from Google search results for free, avoid higher costs of sale via intermediaries and inflated commission rates as well as regain control over distribution, content, and the customer journey.  

From sports stadiums and themed entertainment tickets to historical activities and nature and wildlife tours, ‘Things to do’ will allow users to easily compare options via mobile or desktop for visiting their favorite attractions and will be able to click through to the operator’s website to complete the transaction. It means more booking options to customers and puts more control back in the hands of small, medium, and large attraction operators. 

Livn’s role is to claim, create and power the ‘OFFICIAL SITE’ button that takes potential customers directly to the operator’s website from Google Search results. This provides a level playing field between operators and large OTAs, minimizes intermediaries, reduces cost of sale, and increases the operators’ bottom line.  

Steve Martinez, Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Livn has been instrumental in making the partnership happen, saying, “it’s exciting to see the result of years of engagement with a Livn and Google partnership that can give tours, activities and attractions operators better brand control over distribution as well as a much-needed boost given the events over the last 18 months”. 

As Livn is not a reservation system or an Online Travel Agency (OTA) they take no commission, but instead act as a connection between the operator and consumer. Operators retain ownership of the official site tickets button, the customer, and end-to-end analytics to better manage the entire customer booking journey and experience.  

The result for operators? Lower costs, increased direct bookings, and full ownership of customer acquisition. Additionally, with 83% of mobile bookings being completed after a smartphone search, ‘Things to do’ allows operators to be where their audience is.  

Livn Chief Executive Officer Mark Rizzuto expressed the partnership with Google as a highlight for 2021, stating, “we are thrilled that Livn can help play a part in the revival of travel and help attractions be ready for the bounce back and resurgence of digital bookings.” 

“This is the future of distribution for attractions and soon will be extended to tour operators and activity providers. It helps to level the playing field providing opportunity for the hundreds of thousands of providers in the American travel ecosystem with a more affordable and sustainable model of distribution” Rizzuto added.  

“We are demonstrating early success with Australian-based attractions and now is the time to help attraction operators in the United States. The old way of distribution need not be. There’s a clear, better alternative with no cost to register prior to the end of this year,” Rizzuto urged.   

About Livn

Livn is a travel technology company and is Google’s new global connectivity partner in the introduction of the ‘Things to do’ pilot program. We are helping tours, activities and attractions operators transition their businesses to get more direct bookings by driving users from Google Search results directly to the operators’ website.

Yacht Illustration by Reb Czukoski for use by 360 Magazine

&Beyond Yacht Charters

&Beyond Yacht Charters is pleased to announce details on their fleet of yachts for the 2022 season and an exciting new “Stay + Sail” experience with Lovango Resort & Beach Club. The USVI (US Virgin Islands), an easy-to-reach destination for Americans that requires no passport, is the perfect place to escape the winter. &Beyond Yacht Charters wants travelers to reimagine their next Caribbean vacation, charter a yacht and explore further in 2022 with their expert crew of captains and chefs.

The team is dedicated to environmentally conscious hospitality and pride themselves on immersing guests in the uniqueness of the USVI while offering experience-rich, fun-filled luxury charters creating memorable vacations for families and friends. With 14 yachts currently available, there is one that will appeal to every group size and style.

Lovango Resort + Beach Club, the first new build resort in the USVI in more than 30 years, opens on December 20th for the 2022 season with luxury treehouses, glamping tents, villas, an enhanced retail village, dining options, and beach experiences. Set on its own private island ten minutes off the coast of St. John, Lovango Resort + Beach Club is accessible by way of private ferry from St. John and St. Thomas or via private boat. Guests can explore 45 pristine acres and winding hiking trails overlooking the sea, coral reef snorkeling, waterfront dining, an ocean-facing infinity pool, and three beach club experiences including the island’s Beach Club and an exclusive resort launch. Guests can relax and then enjoy a 3 to 4 day private catamaran charter direct from the island with &Beyond. The “Stay + Sail” option is the best of Land and Sea that the USVI has to offer.

How It Works

All of the &Beyond crewed yachts are extremely well executed to provide you with a luxurious stay. Each one is uniquely and tastefully decorated, including everything you will need and is equipped with a range of “toys” for your enjoyment. Yachts vary in accommodations and amenities from 2 to 5 ensuite layout options. Planning your trip is simple with an &Beyond consultant who will organize your entire stay from fine dining to land and sea activities. Whether you are interested in diving, snorkeling, learning to sail, fishing, or want to explore on land, the skilled crew will make sure all desires are met and expectations exceeded.

Dining

&Beyond chefs tailor their bespoke menus to your dietary needs and preferences. All meals are carefully prepared, plated, and served with thoughtfully crafted cocktails or curated wines.​

The Crew

All crew members are professional, experienced, and receive ongoing continuing education from &Beyond, ensuring they deliver the best service and hospitality. Their continuing education on the history of the USVI, the local island fauna and flora, the marine life, and its delicate reef systems, allows them to fully immerse visitors in the environment.

Activities & Safety

Yachts are fully equipped with snorkel gear, paddleboards, kayaks, floating mats, necessary safety equipment, and all the extras you will need to ensure your experience in the water is just as great as on the water. Premium amenities like snuba and foil boarding are also available. Certain yachts including Felix, Big Nauti, True Story, and Dream Catcher offer onboard scuba diving. Guests can complete their scuba certification dives or enjoy the Discover Scuba Diving program directly from these yachts. Felix also offers free-diving initiation courses.

Charter rates begin at $410 per person per night, including the services of a Captain and Chef, all meals, beverages, and activities. In addition, the yacht also includes two dedicated seabobs.

About &Beyond Yacht Charters

&Beyond Yacht Charters is a professionally crewed yacht charter and yacht management company out of the USVI. The team is dedicated to environmentally conscious hospitality, providing memorable vacations for families and friends that positively impact their lives. They pride themselves on immersing guests in the uniqueness of the USVI and providing experience-rich, fun-filled luxury charters. Their experienced management team provides a fully comprehensive and expert yacht management service to yacht owners, designed to optimize their yacht investments.

safari illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Angama Mara’s Map Room

Angama Mara, the award-winning luxury safari lodge perched on a cliffside overlooking Kenya’s Maasai Mara, has created a new Map Room to give guests a deeper understanding of the Mara, Kenya and East Africa. Comprising more than 60 maps, books, photography and artifacts, the Map Room is somewhere quiet for guests to spend time between game drives, while gaining a sense of place within the region.

“At Angama, we believe stories shared with our guests are what they remember long after they have left Africa. Being one of the earliest forms of human communication, maps tell stories. And we have so many more to share with our guests with the addition of our handsome new Map Room,” says Angama CEO Nicky Fitzgerald. 

As guests enter, they will notice the room’s centerpiece: a distressed steel map installation of the Mara Triangle, designed by South African sculptor Simon Bannister. Guests, especially younger ones, can have fun placing steel animal cut-outs on the interactive map, showing where each was sighted while out on safari.

Some of the maps were illustrated exclusively for Angama, while others were sourced from the Royal Geographic Society in London, as well as various museums and libraries, with one dating back to 1608. The icons hanging on the East Africa photographic wall celebrate four of Angama’s favorite wildlife legends: Scarface of the Maasai Mara; the great tuskers Tim and Ahmed; and Gertie, the famous long-horned rhino from Amboseli.

The Map Room is also home to a collection of natural history books, Maasai artifacts and animal skulls. Baskets filled with map-themed puzzles and games, and a Maasai dress-up box ensures younger guests are entertained while their parents explore the space.

Set at the heart of the lodge, the Map Room neighbors the Photographic Studio, Swimming Pool, Safari Shop, Beading Studio and Fitness Room. This spacious room is also perfect for a special dinner occasion from fireside meals for eight or more, to a grand gathering of up to 30 guests. Equipped with a drop-down screen and Wi-Fi, the Map Room can also be set up for movie screenings, as well as presentations for up to 60 guests.

About Angama Mara

Angama Mara is a remarkable owner-run safari lodge located high above Kenya’s Maasai Mara, considered by many to be the loveliest game reserve on the continent and home to Africa’s most dramatic landscapes and wildlife encounters. Here guests will find two intimate camps of just fifteen glass-fronted tented-suites each, a private airfield and access to the Mara a mere 10-minute drive from the lodge, along with a famously warm Kenyan welcome. Situated on the very site where many of the iconic scenes from Out of Africa were filmed, tailor-made days on safari are as action-packed or as gentle as guests choose them to be: hot air ballooning, garden-to-table lunches in the Shamba, walking safaris, hosted photographic safaris, interactions with the fascinating Maasai culture or simply doing nothing at all. The lodge is perfectly complemented by the new Angama Safari Camp, an exclusive-use, light footprint tented camp set deep in the Maasai Mara moving amidst its abundant wildlife.