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Verdad Nicaragua provides family trip for kids getting away from phones for use by 360 Magazine

ENCHANTE BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Once a 6,000-square-foot vacant lot for over 17 years at 1 Main Street in Los Altos, California, stands the illustrious newly opened Enchante Boutique Hotel. Real estate mogul, visionary, and long-time loyal resident of the Silicon Valley area, Abby Ahrens, owner of The Abigail Co., is the mastermind behind this exotic Parisian-inspired Old-World property (many of the furnishings are from her personal collection). This marks her first hotel (12,000-square-foot and three-story) venture which costs approximately $7,000,000 to build.

A total of 19 individually romantically designed and decorated rooms (complete with plush monogrammed robes and spacious showers), each adorned with rustic yet modern pieces and re-polished antiques. Other amenities include pet-friendly rooms (depending on size and breed come with canine motifs and custom-made dog beds), a library, and a charming bistro sprinkled with limestone, 200-year-old timbers, and a cozy fireplace that sits on ground level with street dining access – a Parisian-style plaza lit by gas lamps. Several gourmet bites (cheese platters, flat bread, etc.) which pay homage to France are offered alongside of craft beers and extremely potent red wines. Denver and sauteed vegetable omelets, french toast, and bagels are offered during breakfast hours alongside of fresh fruit, orange juice, and coffee. 

The overall staff is both warm and inviting with a European-style of service. Their intimate understanding of the hotel’s community and level of expected service is refreshing. Constantly at your beck and call (like a concierge) for whatever you may need yet pleasant enough to engage in lengthy conversations, creating deeply rooted relationships between themselves and guests.

In years to come, it’s quite apparent Enchante Boutique will become the hub of downtown Los Altos – it’s the only hotel in its surrounding area and is within walking distance of other attractions, bars, and restaurants. In addition, this newly created romantic landmark is only four miles from Google HQ.

By Vaughn Lowery

Life house inn newly renovated just in time for travel season via 360 Magazine

LIFE HOUSE

Following extensive renovations, three-storied boutique properties located in downtown Lenox are reopening together as part of The Lenox Collection, a newly reimagined family of inns connected by their deep historical roots in the town and elevated contextual design. As part of the reopening is Ophelia’s, a 66-seat restaurant and bar offering farm-to-table comfort food in an intimate indoor-outdoor setting, with locally sourced ingredients and a curated cocktail list. New York-based firm 388 Ventures acquired the properties in 2021 and brought on an independent hotel management company, Life House, to lead design and branding, as well as oversee all hotel and F&B operations leveraging their tech-enabled management platform. 

“We’re pleased to announce the launch of The Lenox Collection, with a design language that pays homage to each property’s history while catering directly to the clientele visiting the increasingly popular four-season destination that the Berkshires have become. With Ophelia’s reopening right downtown, we’re excited to be a mainstay in the already impressive Lenox culinary scene,” says Russell Lange, partner at 388 Ventures. 

At the heart of the collection is the Whitlock – formally The Church Street Inn – built-in 1771 by John Whitlock, a local farmer who turned his two-room farmhouse into an inn for stagecoach travelers. The property now takes cues from its natural surroundings with a rustic and warm feel reminiscent of its farmhouse origins. The Whitlock’s bar and restaurant, Ophelia’s, pays homage to the ingredients and labors of the hotel’s namesake. With locally-inspired farm-to-table cuisine with dishes featuring herbs & garnishes from local purveyors, Ophelia’s is already becoming a favorite among locals, guests, and downtown bypassers.

Located in the historic center of town is The Constance – formally the Rookwood Inn – which was built in 1825 as The Williams Tavern. In the 1880s it was purchased by Frederick Constance Peters, a businessman from England, who turned the property into ancillary lodging for owners of Lenox’s famed Gilded Age estates. The inn has been completely reimagined with an extensive renovation to restore and enhance the elegant charm and whimsical character of the storied property with the benefit of modern guest amenities. 

On the north side of town is The Dewey – formally the Birchwood Inn – which was originally built by Israel Dewey, a founding member of Lenox’s Continental Congress Committee when the town was incorporated in 1767. Over the years, the site has taken on many lives, owned by various influential figures in the Berkshires. Today, the newly-reappointed inn carries on its rich tradition of hospitality with elevated guest room interiors and stately common areas.

“We are thrilled to reintroduce The Lenox Collection as the Berkshire hospitality landscape continues to mature,” says Bryan Dunn, Managing Director and Head of Growth at Life House. “In the past year alone, the market has seen luxury lifestyle brand Miraval open their first East Coast property, world-renowned designer Ken Fulk acquire the Blantyre, and Life House breathes new life into the Wheatleigh, a Leading Hotels of World property. The Lenox Collection delivers a locally-rooted boutique experience at a more accessible price point than these Five Star luxury hotels, catering to a large and diverse audience that is currently underserved by existing options in the market.” 

Life House is a vertically integrated hotel software & operations platform focused on increasing profitability and reliability for independent hoteliers. Life House was founded in 2017 as one of the only vertically integrated asset-light hotel companies backed by institutional venture and private equity investors. The company is ambitiously investing in operational systems to make it far more profitable, predictable, and seamless for owners while making the guest experience more reliable for travelers. Today the company has nearly 60 hotels in its portfolio across North America. 

For more information visit www.life-house.com.

Huba-Huba Cambodia via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine

HUBA-HUBA CAMBODIA

By: Alexandria Baiz × Vaughn Lowery

Cameron Michael Parkes was born in Vancouver, Canada (in British Columbia). He graduated from the University of Calgary, majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in petroleum. While working at a consulting firm, the oil prices dropped and he used his severance package to travel the world.

Throughout his two year journey in Southeast Asia, he found himself at Koh Rong Samloem – a small island just off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Two main places to stay are Saracen Bay (dense more modern filled with tourists) or Mpei Bay (rustic village area with tons of locals). After a few weeks in both places, Cameron decides to trench through the hot and sticky jungle (with snakes, wild monkeys and insects) to the most desolate yet serene part of the island, Sunset Beach. He quickly becomes acquainted with paradise and decides to plant his feet at Huba-Huba where he enjoys perfect sunsets with unobstructed sea views.

After a brief trip to Sri Lanka, he returns to Huba-Huba to discover that the owner’s husband had passed in a tragic motorcycle accident. The widow offered to sell and Cameron decided to purchase. Looking back he says, “I like the beach-jungle vibe which isn’t perfect. I love this spot. Right on the beach, beautiful bay, monkeys come around, geckos.”

Huba-Huba Cambodia

Situated at the end of the beach, it contains 4 bungalows, 1 family bungalow, 4 private double rooms and 1 dorm – 8 beds and 3 tents. Their kitchen is armed with one of the best cooks on the entire island. Their “BBQ Nights” serve up sensational samplers of pork ribs, tofu, prawns and chicken. Polite waitstaff, heavy handed mixologists and free painting station where you can repurpose instruments as well as pieces of wood to build a sculpture from scratch. Snorkeling gear is available for rental.

Sleeping Trees owned by Yves Chalot

Yves (a notable bartender from Brittany) came to Sunset Beach as a dive instructor and fell in love. One day after speaking with his bosses, he discovers a beachfront property for rent. Then he invites his brother (a carpenter) and they decided to erect ‘Sleeping Trees.’ The name derived from only having tree tents and the idea of ‘sleep in’ trees arose. The vacation area has two newly renovated bungalows, four tipis and four tree tents. Each space can accommodate up to two people. In addition, there’s a 4-room dorm which can host eight. At the present moment, both owners want to focus on better gardening and overall aesthetics of the property. Best attributes are their crepes, homemade rum shots and Reggae Night on Saturdays.

Robinson Bungalows

Sebastian Straub, former social worker in Switzerland, has now owned the property for 5 years alongside of his wife Julia. Their location is pet-friendly and includes 7 bungalows and 7 tipis. Each bungalow is constructed from wood with straw rooves perfect for a cozy and tropical stay. Their reimaginged family bungalow or ‘Cozy Kikki Lu’ is an ideal choice for guests seeking modern-like amenities. Tents make for a perfect glamping experience since they’re about thirty feet from the ocean. We enjoyed soaking up the sun in one of the 20 hammocks on the premises. Take advantage of the full bar and $1 beers during happy hour. The onsite restaurant takes advantage of seasonal local produce and fresh catches when possible. Our favorite menu items were the English breakfast, hearty fruit bowls, red snapper and barbecued pork & chicken skewer. You may enjoy meals upstairs (two-stories high) in an outdoor covered dining patio and/or at the beach bar. Every morning, a taxi boat for guests cost $10 to go to the city and is easily accessible.

Sunboo Beach Bungalows

Karlo and Parisa Zahipour Moarefi both came from Austria, borrowed money from friends and invested in Sunboo. There are 6 Bungalows and a dorm with 8 beds. The beach or garden bungalows have ceiling fans and newly renovated bathrooms and sinks. With a strong Italian influence, everyday dining is delightful. For breakfast they make french toast, pancakes, crispy bacon and homemade baguettes. For lunch fresh gnocchi, burgers and triple fried french fries. The dinner menu is westernized with our favorite thin crust pizza. And of course the Sunboo beach bar is the party area where we sip and socialize. One of the only establishments which serve wine on Sunset Beach.

Sunset Adventures Dive Shop

They offer a full array of outdoor activities on the island with two locations – Saracen Bay and Sunset Beach. We took their half-day diving class (for all levels) and their master instructors were extremely attentive. The rock climbing experience offers amazing views of the sea. Kayaking trips are a must-try with a guide to discover the wonderful island and underwater world. The most intriguing activity on the island is the nighttime plankton tour which allows one to witness and capture their bioluminescence.

Lazy Beach Resort

A private tropical hideaway on Koh Rong Samloem. The vacation area has 1 private beach, 22 bungalows and 1 guest house. The wooden bungalows all have two large double beds, en-suite bathrooms and a spacious balcony offering waters edge views of the warm tropical ocean. Paddle boarding is one of the most popular activities to do, but also board games, snorkeling and dive sites. The infamous bar is a must visit with the number one drink being the ‘Bahama Mama.’ All sorts of signature drinks like brown and white rum malibu, grenadine and juices. This private beach getaway is breathtaking.

Koh Rong Samloem Lighthouse

The most amazing experience on the island and also its highest point. We recommend you take a taxi boat to the drop-off or trail which leads up to the lighthouse. Rumored to have been an old military watch tower, the views are spectacular. Be prepared to climb at least 7 to 8 stories to the top. The smell inside the lighthouse is a tad overwhelming and rancid. Be willing to pay at least $1-3 USD for the private tour. That price does not include the taxi boat.

Vaughn Lowery on a taxi boat in Mpei Bay
Ping pong at Huba-Huba Cambodia
Koh Rong Samloem Lighthouse
Vaughn Lowery dives w/ Sunset Adventures
Sleeping Trees at Sunset Beach
Sunset at Sunset Beach
Sunset Adventures Dive Shop on Sunset Beach
Inside Sleeping Trees newly renovated bungalow
Sleeping Trees tipi
Owners of Sunboo Beach Bungalows
Sweet & sour tofu at Sleeping Trees
Tempura battered chicken at Huba-Huba Cambodia
English breakfast at Robinson Bungalows
Huba-Huba Cambodia staff member
Tents at Huba-Huba Cambodia
Cameron Michael Parkes of Huba-Huba Cambodia
Outdoor area at Huba-Huba Cambodia
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What’s New In Mendocino

As the weather in Mendocino warms up, with sunny days and starry nights, hiking and camping are at their peak, organic gardens are bursting with goodness, bees are buzzing around copious blooms, outdoor dining is all the rage, and indoor pampering goes to another level. This Spring and Summer, an array of gracious inns on the Coast and a heritage campsite in the redwoods will launch new guest offerings, while exciting changes are afoot at the Skunk Train, one of the County’s most popular attractions.

In June, the much-lauded Brewery Gulch Inn will begin offering a CBD package for guests that includes a CBD massage for two, a welcome amenity basket, and a private consultation with a cannabis expert to determine what CBD product is best for the guests’ personal health and wellness needs (Pricing and full details have not been fully confirmed yet, so stay tuned!). And because spring is a time of growth, the Inn is adding the planting of a redwood tree to their Celtic Handfasting Vow Renewal ceremony, as a real and growing symbol of a couple’s everlasting commitment. The thousands-of-years-old tradition of Celtic Handfasting is a moving way to seal a compact of forever love. A celebrant helps craft a memorable interlude in a serene setting, and the ceremony includes a photographer, flowers, a Celtic pastry, and sparkling wine for $1,300. The Brewery Gulch Inn is an arts and crafts gem fashioned from eco-harvested recycled redwood. Their 10 romantic rooms overlook wild and wonderful Smuggler’s Cove and the mighty Pacific. The thoughtfully appointed rooms feature all the amenities of a first-class hotel, including plush Sferra linens, gas fireplaces, and comfy throws. Full-time Executive Chef Stephen Smith prepares a complimentary daily cooked-to-order breakfast for all guests, as well as an array of delectable appetizers during the nightly Wine Hour, using locally sourced and organic ingredients.

Iconic Little River Inn is taking advantage of the warming weather and planting their very own garden to supply fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs for Executive Chef Marc Dym’s award-winning restaurant. A sampling of items grown will include heirloom tomatoes, specialty greens and Costata Romanesco zucchini (perfect for summer grilling)! They also plan to pickle and preserve some of this precious bounty for guests to take home with them. Later this Spring, Little River Inn will start construction on an ocean-view seating area in front of the property, with a fire pit and small tables, for a casual seafood shack-like experience. And in keeping with the theme of re-invention, their most popular oceanfront Van Damme rooms are getting a refresh. The historic Inn has been in the same family for five generations and generations of families return each year to delight in this luxurious home away from home. In addition to their chef-driven restaurant, the Inn boasts a nine-hole Audubon-certified golf course, professional tennis courts and a day spa. Perfect for the whole family (and pet-friendly as well), they have 65 guest rooms ranging from the economical to the opulent – all of which have ocean views.

Come summer, the area’s most popular attraction — the Skunk Train – will launch a new a 3.5-mile hiking trail out of their Fort Bragg Depot. The flat, groomed trail runs along the train tracks, and weaves between soaring redwoods and across scenic waterways. After riding the train out to the Glen Blair Junction turn-around point, riders can choose to return to the Fort Bragg depot on foot, and savor the picturesque walk back along the new trail. The Skunk Train is a 135-year-old heritage train line that once moved enormous Redwood trunks to the rugged Mendocino Coast. Today passengers travel along estuaries and over bridges into the heart of the redwoods, through terrain that has remained essentially undisturbed for centuries, including trees that are more than 1,000 years old. Riders can observe deer, blue heron, egrets, osprey, ducks, turtles – and even the occasional river otter – all from the comfort of their seat or an open-air-car.

The new Spa at Noyo at the stately Noyo Harbor Inn promises an incredibly indulgent idyll. Launching in May, the Spa will offer massages, facials and other spa treatments in a charming setting overlooking Noyo River. Patrons of the Spa will receive 10% off at the restaurant, hotel or gift shop on the day of their treatment. Their restaurant, HarborView Bistro & Bar, features a seasonally changing menu of pre-Prohibition era cocktails and California Coastal Cuisine, including fresh wild-caught fish and herbs and vegetables gathered from their Chef Fabrice Jean-Pierre Dubuc’s garden. The new Spring cocktail list includes many unique offerings, such as the Mendocino Mermaid (El Dorado Demarara White Rum, Blueberry-Lavender Simple Syrup, Guava Purée, Lime Juice and Star Fruit). Meals and libations can now be enjoyed on the Inn’s expansive tented patio with sweeping views over quaint Noyo Harbor to the Pacific beyond. This world-class destination from 1868 has refurbished and updated rooms throughout, providing spacious comfort while retaining some of the exquisite features left by the Norwegian shipbuilders who embellished the inn. Many of the elegantly furnished rooms have fireplaces, soaking tubs, and private balconies.

The bees are abuzz at The Inn at Newport Ranch! The Ranch has big plans for the honey from the five new hives, including using it in their bakery and in the cheese course served nightly at dinner. The new arrivals are happily buzzing around the extensive organic gardens, promising delicious treats to come. At The Inn at Newport Ranch, they are all about sustainable agriculture and stewardship of their land. Denizens of the Ranch have just planted 3,500 new redwood trees with 500 additional trees set aside for guests to plant when they take an inspirational and educational UTV tour of the property. They are also expanding their regenerative ranching practices and minimizing their carbon footprint to ensure their 2,100 pristine acres will be unspoiled for future generations. Guests have exclusive access to this vast property that encompasses virgin redwood forests, grasslands, beaches, and cliffs with 50-mile panoramic views across the Pacific. Executive Chef Adam Stacy – whose résumé includes Michelin-starred restaurants Per Se and Saison – cooks using locally sourced ingredients (much of which comes from their own organic gardens). The Ranch’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 items from the owner’s world travels. Recycled redwood trunks soar to cathedral ceilings, local wines as well as offerings from afar are poured in front of a 20-foot fireplace, and stunning views abound.

Starting in May, the Glendeven Inn & Lodge and its sister property, The Inn at the Cobbler’s Walk, will be offering a deluxe private Wine Hour service for two. Guests will get exclusive use of the spacious Farmhouse Lounge, which features a large brick wood-burning fireplace and glorious ocean views. Provided are a bottle of local wine, a charcuterie spread, a loaf of fresh house-made bread, and dessert. In addition, guests have a key to the Lounge for the entire afternoon and evening on the day they’ve reserved. The experience is $150 per couple. And beginning in June, they’ll offer an interactive art exhibition in the gallery. Using a vintage typewriter, guests will be able to memorialize on parchment paper their experiences of the day (all musings will begin with “On This Day….”). The guests can then either take the paper away as a keepsake or pin it on the wall of the gallery for future guests to read and enjoy. Glendeven Inn & Lodge and The Inn at the Cobbler’s Walk are adults-only European-inspired properties encompassing 16 acres total, with easy access to 1,800 acres of state park lands and pristine nature reserve trails. Surrounded on three sides by lush Van Damme State Park, both properties offer beautifully appointed rooms (some with dramatic ocean views) with wood-burning stoves and access to pastures of roaming llamas and colorful chickens. Every morning, a three-course breakfast is delivered in a basket to each room, which includes a dish made with eggs from the Inn’s more than 75 free-range hens.

This July, for the first time ever, people will be able to book a “Weekend in the Woods” at Camp Navarro. Previously, this secret hideaway under the redwoods was only available for private events and festivals. Now, guests can book select weekends in July, August or October (Thursday through Sunday nights; minimum three-night stay) at this ideal version of a nostalgic summer camp. Guests can choose from a variety of cozy cabins, deluxe glamping teepees or East Coast-style three-sided Adirondack cabins. Lodging includes daily activities, access to nature trails, lawn games and nightly campfires and s’mores. Revel in hiking, games, and gazing at the stars – or find a hammock under the perfect tree and just take it all in. Hearkening back to a traditional camp, guests must bring their own bedding, although down bedding rentals are available if guests forget anything. Situated in the lush wine country of Northern California’s Anderson Valley, Camp Navarro comprises over 200 acres of ancient forest nestled along the Navarro River and bisected by Neefus Creek. They offer gourmet cuisine (guests will sign up for a Meal Plan at the time of booking to cover breakfasts and dinners), and world class local beer and wine, as well as a staff that caters to guests’ needs, meticulous accommodations, and hand-built redwood-milled outdoor showers, allowing guests to be as rustic as they choose while communing with nature in its purest form.

The businesses above have all been self-certified to host visitors to the utmost safety standards and strictest cleaning protocols, above and beyond what is mandated by the Mendocino County Public Health Office. Masks must be worn in the county when not eating and drinking and people are asked to stay six feet away from anyone not in their household group.

 

 

VERIVERY by Taeon (CEO)at REELS Corporation for use by 360 Magazine

VERIVERY TOPS BILLBOARD CHARTS

In 2020, VERIVERY debuted on top of the Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart with “G.B.T.B.”, the title track of their 5th EP, “FACE US.” “G.B.T.B.” is an acronym for “Go Beyond The Barrier,” showcasing VERIVERY’s hope that they can overcome any obstacles. The group is drawing attention as the new rising stars of K-pop with their impressive Billboard record that K-pop’s other leading artists have yet to achieve.

Forbes highlighted their latest two single release, SERIES ‘O’ [ROUND1: HALL], which features the tracks “Get Away” and “Numbness”. Through the interview with Forbes, they revealed that their universe is deepening and expanding. The music video is hot, filled with performances and moments that show the transformation of members throughout the party. It will be a matter of time before VERIVERY once again tops the Billboard chart.

‘Get Away’ – A tale about finding your true self and facing temptation. 

‘Get Away’ is a grand track that features reggae-pop, giving the song a fatal but dreamy atmosphere. In the video, an unknown presence in the dark invites VERIVERY to a crazy party. The members face inner darkness, not knowing what is going to happen.

VERIVERY’s sweet voices sounds as if they are trying to fight back against the darkness. Their angelic whispers makes it seem like they are trying to hide their black wings and stay innocent, but eventually they spread out their dark-black wings and fall into the crazy party scene. They want to get away, but feel as if they’re trapped and falling deep within a dream. Is this party a sweet apple, or a poisonous one? It’s a sweet temptation–just like the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge–but once you bite into the apple it awakens the inner devil.

VERIVERY’s outfits get even darker and showier as they transform from boys to men.

At the beginning of the music video, the boys wore casual sweaters, knits, and hoodies to express their pureness. Curious boys with casual outfits at a camping site find themselves in an unknown place after receiving a mysterious invitation to a party. They wake in another location with black suits, but change into striped suits and leather jackets after eating a suspicious well-prepared meal on the table. It’s as if they’re facing themselves, but in a different parallel world VERIVERY’s neat black suits, silver accessories, and dark smokey makeup at the end signify the changing of each members as they face the dark inside.

We should also pay attention to the costumes and accessories that change as VERIVERY’s emotion changes. Those who face their inner selves try to destroy each other in the chaos. The curious young boys are nowhere, only the men are standing at the end of the party.

Passport illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Airlines Urged to Issue Refunds

Consumer Reports & PIRG Urge Airlines to Provide Full Refunds for Flights Canceled During Pandemic as Voucher Expiration Dates Approach

Groups Call for Airlines to Extend Voucher Expiration Dates Through At Least End Of 2022

With the one-year anniversary of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown approaching, Consumer Reports and U.S. PIRG sent a letter to ten domestic airlines today calling on them to provide full refunds to consumers whose flights were canceled or affected by the pandemic.  At the very least, the consumer groups are urging airlines to extend the expiration dates for vouchers they issued for canceled flights to the end of 2022 or longer.

“Millions of Americans who booked flights in good faith in 2020 were prevented from flying because of government lockdowns and safety concerns brought on by a once-in-a-century global pandemic,” said William J. McGee, Aviation Adviser to Consumer Reports.  “The airline industry has received very generous support from taxpayers while stiff-arming its customers and treating their hard-earned dollars as interest-free loans.  It’s time to provide consumers with the long-overdue refunds they rightfully deserve.”

The consumer groups’ letter notes that complaints to the U.S. Department of Transportation about airline refunds have jumped dramatically over the past year.  In 2019, consumers submitted a total of 1,574 complaints about refunds to the DOT.  Last year, that number increased 57-fold to 89,518 refund complaints.

Consumer Reports has been contacted by numerous customers frustrated that they couldn’t get a refund during lockdowns and who are concerned that they might not be able to travel before vouchers expire. An analysis by TripAction, a travel management company for businesses, found that 55 percent of vouchers for unused tickets will expire in 2021, and 45 percent will expire in 2022.

Many passengers were prevented from flying because of government restrictions, public health notices, or serious medical conditions that made flying during the pandemic unsafe. Far too many of the trips they booked will never happen, due to the cancellation (not postponement) of conferences, conventions, weddings, graduations, and family reunions.

While passengers on flights canceled by airlines are entitled to a full refund under federal law, a congressional analysis found that some carriers offered vouchers as the default option, requiring passengers to take extra steps to get a cash refund. Many airlines waited until the last minute to cancel scheduled flights, prompting concerned passengers to cancel their tickets and forfeit their legal right to a refund.

“It’s insulting and unfair that airlines haven’t offered refunds to all customers affected by the pandemic,” said Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog Director for U.S. PIRG. “Consumers certainly couldn’t have foreseen a once-in-a-lifetime global crisis. Our research has shown that travelers whose plans got canceled have to wade through refund policies likely written by a team of lawyers. They’re faced with figuring out the difference between a flight credit or a trip credit or a travel voucher and similar offers the airlines make to avoid giving people easy-to-understand cash in their pocket.”

A Consumer Reports review of airline voucher policies found nine different policies among ten different airlines.  Many of these policies are hard to find on airline websites, and the airlines’ descriptions of their policies can be quite confusing and at times contradictory, based on conflicting rules for various dates of booking, travel, and cancellation. The consumer groups’ letter was sent to the CEOs of the following scheduled airlines: Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines.

Asiahn releases new single with video - Get Away

Asiahn releases new single – Get Away

Jersey-born, Carolina-raised, R&B singer/songwriter Asiahn returns today with her new single “Get Away,” and a video to accompany it. Fluttering harps and serpentine bass-lines set the tone for the song’s welcome escapism, as she dreams of better days in the arms of a lover. Listen HERE. The peaceful video places Asiahn in a dreamy desert, living out that message. Watch HERE.

“Get Away” offers simple pleasures in both Asiahn’s beckoning lyrics and the meditative production. 

“The Inspiration for the song came from the frustration with what’s going on in the world today and wanting to get away to just exist. In my mind I wanted to create a song that felt like the experience of being free.” Asiahn states. When speaking on conceptualizing the visual, Asiahn continues “We’re over sexualized, overused, and most of the time unrealistic in what we look like. I wanted to show a goddess-like depiction of two females in love. Not overly sexual, but sensual, powerful & feminine. The concept circles around the belief that beautiful things can grow in the most unexpected places.”

This new track follows Asiahn’s self-assured single “Gucci Frames” and her 2019 project Love Train 2, the latest installment in a series that once led Okayplayer to call her “a rare jewel in an industry full of fool’s gold.” “Get Away” is the fruit of a new phase for Asiahn that’s seen her focusing on her growth as a person and an artist. If this single is any indication, you’ll want to stop whatever you’re doing when her forthcoming EP arrives.

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Pacific Princess

Princess Cruises is one of the premier cruise line offerings in the world, and the Pacific Princess fleet is the significantly smaller version.

Even though the Pacific Princess can only hold 670 passengers, it can still provide an exotic look at the world to those looking for a more intimate adventure.

It has fewer signature attractions and facilities than the larger ships, but what it lacks in spectacle, it more than makes up for in its laid-back, destination-immersive itineraries.

There are seven things to love about the Pacific Princess, specifically, so let’s go over them.

First, there are benefits to a smaller vessel. Even though it’s smaller than the average cruise ship, the Pacific Princess features seven dining venues and three lounges. Travelers looking for a more personal experience might find exactly what they’re looking for aboard the Pacific Princess.

Second, the ships are very recently refurbished. The 338-cabin ships were redone in June 2019.

Third, there is enough food and snacks for everyone. With one main dining room, an Italian restaurant, a steakhouse, a buffet, a grill, a pizzeria and room service, passengers never go hungry.

Fourth, the ships have lounges, a piano bar, a pool bar, a club bar, a casino and places to shop, ensuring that passengers are never bored.

Fifth, the Lotus Spa, fitness center, library, jogging track and saltwater pool help each and every visitor stay relaxed and revitalized.

Sixth, expert lectures are given as part of the Discovery at Sea program.

Seventh, entertainment in the room is just as great as the entertainment outside the room. While theater shows, piano bars and games are happening outside, staterooms have flat-screen televisions and minibars.

Some of the most popular destinations include Asia, Australia, The South Pacific, The Mediterranean, South America and the Panama Canal.

Cruises-N-More has been operating for more than 20 years. For more information or to book a cruise, you can click right here.

Huba-Huba Cambodia via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine

Huba-Huba Cambodia

By Alexandria Baiz × Vaughn Lowery

Cameron Michael Parkes was born in Vancouver, Canada (in British Columbia). He graduated from the University of Calgary, majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in petroleum. While working at a consulting firm, the oil prices dropped and he used his severance package to travel the world.

Throughout his two year journey in Southeast Asia, he found himself at Koh Rong Samloem – a small island just off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Two main places to stay are Saracen Bay (dense more modern filled with tourists) or Mpei Bay (rustic village area with tons of locals). After a few weeks in both places, Cameron decides to trench through the hot and sticky jungle (with snakes, wild monkeys and insects) to the most desolate yet serene part of the island, Sunset Beach. He quickly becomes acquainted with paradise and decides to plant his feet at Huba-Huba where he enjoys perfect sunsets with unobstructed sea views.

After a brief trip to Sri Lanka, he returns to Huba-Huba to discover that the owner’s husband had passed in a tragic motorcycle accident. The widow offered to sell and Cameron decided to purchase. Looking back he says, “I like the beach-jungle vibe which isn’t perfect. I love this spot. Right on the beach, beautiful bay, monkeys come around, geckos.”

Huba-Huba Cambodia

Situated at the end of the beach, it contains 4 bungalows, 1 family bungalow, 4 private double rooms and 1 dorm – 8 beds and 3 tents. Their kitchen is armed with one of the best cooks on the entire island. Their “BBQ Nights” serve up sensational samplers of pork ribs, tofu, prawns and chicken. Polite waitstaff, heavy handed mixologists and free painting station where you can repurpose instruments as well as pieces of wood to build a sculpture from scratch. Snorkeling gear is available for rental.

Sleeping Trees owned by Yves Chalot

Yves (a notable bartender from Brittany) came to Sunset Beach as a dive instructor and fell in love. One day after speaking with his bosses, he discovers a beachfront property for rent. Then he invites his brother (a carpenter) and they decided to erect ‘Sleeping Trees.’ The name derived from only having tree tents and the idea of ‘sleep in’ trees arose. The vacation area has two newly renovated bungalows, four tipis and four tree tents. Each space can accommodate up to two people. In addition, there’s a 4-room dorm which can host eight. At the present moment, both owners want to focus on better gardening and overall aesthetics of the property. Best attributes are their crepes, homemade rum shots and Reggae Night on Saturdays.

Robinson Bungalows

Sebastian Straub, former social worker in Switzerland, has now owned the property for 5 years alongside of his wife Julia. Their location is pet-friendly and includes 7 bungalows and 7 tipis. Each bungalow is constructed from wood with straw rooves perfect for a cozy and tropical stay. Their reimaginged family bungalow or ‘Cozy Kikki Lu’ is an ideal choice for guests seeking modern-like amenities. Tents make for a perfect glamping experience since they’re about thirty feet from the ocean. We enjoyed soaking up the sun in one of the 20 hammocks on the premises. Take advantage of the full bar and $1 beers during happy hour. The onsite restaurant takes advantage of seasonal local produce and fresh catches when possible. Our favorite menu items were the English breakfast, hearty fruit bowls, red snapper and barbecued pork & chicken skewer. You may enjoy meals upstairs (two-stories high) in an outdoor covered dining patio and/or at the beach bar. Every morning, a taxi boat for guests cost $10 to go to the city and is easily accessible.

Sunboo Beach Bungalows

Karlo and Parisa Zahipour Moarefi both came from Austria, borrowed money from friends and invested in Sunboo. There are 6 Bungalows and a dorm with 8 beds. The beach or garden bungalows have ceiling fans and newly renovated bathrooms and sinks. With a strong Italian influence, everyday dining is delightful. For breakfast they make french toast, pancakes, crispy bacon and homemade baguettes. For lunch fresh gnocchi, burgers and triple fried french fries. The dinner menu is westernized with our favorite thin crust pizza. And of course the Sunboo beach bar is the party area where we sip and socialize. One of the only establishments which serve wine on Sunset Beach.

Sunset Adventures Dive Shop

They offer a full array of outdoor activities on the island with two locations – Saracen Bay and Sunset Beach. We took their half-day diving class (for all levels) and their master instructors were extremely attentive. The rock climbing experience offers amazing views of the sea. Kayaking trips are a must-try with a guide to discover the wonderful island and underwater world. The most intriguing activity on the island is the nighttime plankton tour which allows one to witness and capture their bioluminescence.

Lazy Beach Resort

A private tropical hideaway on Koh Rong Samloem. The vacation area has 1 private beach, 22 bungalows and 1 guest house. The wooden bungalows all have two large double beds, en-suite bathrooms and a spacious balcony offering waters edge views of the warm tropical ocean. Paddle boarding is one of the most popular activities to do, but also board games, snorkeling and dive sites. The infamous bar is a must visit with the number one drink being the ‘Bahama Mama.’ All sorts of signature drinks like brown and white rum malibu, grenadine and juices. This private beach getaway is breathtaking.

Koh Rong Samloem Lighthouse

The most amazing experience on the island and also its highest point. We recommend you take a taxi boat to the drop-off or trail which leads up to the lighthouse. Rumored to have been an old military watch tower, the views are spectacular. Be prepared to climb at least 7 to 8 stories to the top. The smell inside the lighthouse is a tad overwhelming and rancid. Be willing to pay at least $1-3 USD for the private tour. That price does not include the taxi boat.

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Vaughn Lowery on a taxi boat in Mpei Bay
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Ping pong at Huba-Huba Cambodia
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Koh Rong Samloem Lighthouse
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Vaughn Lowery dives w/ Sunset Adventures
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Sleeping Trees at Sunset Beach
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Sunset at Sunset Beach
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Sunset Adventures Dive Shop on Sunset Beach

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Inside Sleeping Trees newly renovated bungalow
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Sleeping Trees tipi

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Owners of Sunboo Beach Bungalows

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Sweet & sour tofu at Sleeping Trees

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Tempura battered chicken at Huba-Huba Cambodia

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English breakfast at Robinson Bungalows

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Huba-Huba Cambodia staff member

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Tents at Huba-Huba Cambodia

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Cameron Michael Parkes of Huba-Huba Cambodia

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Outdoor area at Huba-Huba Cambodia

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