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Miami's DJ Cardi via 360 MAGAZINE

DJ CARDI 3-DAY PARTY

Miami’s DJ Cardi Talks 3-Day Party on 360 MAG Spotify/Apple podcast w/ Vaughn | HERE.

Miami’s Premiere DJ Cardi Hosts Destination 3-Day Party in the Bahamas at the Hilton At Resorts World Bimini in North Bimini, Bahamas. 

Spend Labor Day weekend in paradise with DJ Cardi experiencing the best beats in the world on Sept. 2 – 4 at the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini Hotel in North Bimini, Bahamas with beautiful ladies and the hottest men while enjoying a stunning tropical oasis. 

Located 50 miles off the coast of Miami, join the closest private beach to the coastal United States with DJ Cardi at Resorts World Bimini Beach which features two lagoon pools, lounge chairs and day beds, hammocks, oceanfront and poolside private cabanas, multiple bars, bohemian-inspired furnishings and décor, and Caribbean-inspired beachfront dining with unobstructed ocean views.

Hotel packages for this special three-day Caribbean getaway start at $549 per person and includes; concert tickets, round-trip transportation, hotel stay, and complimentary entry to Resorts World Bimini Beach.

Interested parties can also opt to partake in the fun by making it a day trip and purchase individual concert tickets for $22 plus fees are HERE.

DJ Cardi isn’t the only talent to make the three-day weekend memorable—Comedian Mario Ramil will also provide standup entertainment during the weekend’s epic parties and festivities.

DJ Cardi’s popular remixes can be heard in DJ sets around the globe and have helped him build a renowned reputation within the music and entertainment industry as one of Miami’s hottest DJs.

Combining his love for r&b and hip hop with infectious, feel-good disco and tropical house, DJ Cardi is known to uplift and inspire crowds with feel good vibrations and epic music mixes. 

Learn more about South Florida’s iconic purveyor of music, DJ Cardi, and book him for your upcoming events by going HERE

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SHEDIR COLLECTION – UMILTÀ 36

Shedir Collection announces the opening of Umiltà 36 in the heart of Rome on August 18, 2022. 

Umiltà 36 is the latest addition to the Shedir Collection portfolio of historical hotels built for the modern traveler. Located just a few steps from the world-renowned Trevi Fountain, the hotel embodies the majesty of the Roman architecture via its style, luxury, and refinement. The building has been restored to its original grandeur with a renovation process that lasted over 18 months led by CaberlonCaroppi studio. The architects zeroed in on the original heights of the ceilings and the ample, single spaces that culminate in the Grand Hall — where the lobby is located — and put a spotlight on the original marble staircase that leads into the upper floors.

The property features 47 rooms, a literary cafe housed in the lobby lounge, a rooftop lounge and bar with unobstructed views of the Eternal City, and the on-property Argentinian restaurant, El Porteño. In addition, Umiltà 36 features an ample meeting room, with a maximum capacity of 30 people, and a state-of-the-art gymnasium.

The originality of the style, untouched by the passage of time, draws inspiration from the elegance of the 50’s, seamlessly blending minimalism with warm surfaces and hues, achieving the perfect balance between eccentricity and intimacy. 

Claudio Ceccherelli, CEO of Shedir Collection comments, “We’re incredibly excited to announce the recent opening of Umiltà 36 and to enhance our Roman offer for different and unique hospitality experiences. Our new jewel will be rooted in the principles of simplicity, freshness, and cultural refinement, yet creating an evergreen sense of understated luxury.”

Opening rates start from 500 EUROS for a superior room HERE

Property features

Design and accommodation

Set in a historical building that underwent significant renovation, the luxury property — located at Via Umiltà 36 — offers its guests a total of 47 accommodations, split into different room categories, suites, and apartments. The interior design celebrates the traditional mid-century architecture, the beguiling ceiling heights, and the warm wooden paneling bringing a royal allure to the decorative style. 

The guest journey begins in the Grand Hall leading into the reception and lobby area and, in turn, to the main restaurant. Going up on the gargantuan marble staircase, the curated juxtaposition of the minimalist architecture with the rich, blue liberty wallpapers against the Gio Ponti-inspired furniture offers guests an exclusive multi-sensorial experience. The 29 Rooms and Suites are distributed throughout the first and second floors of the building while the two exclusive suites sit on the top floor, offering a mesmerizing view over Rome.

Furthermore, the property features an additional 18 apartments designed for guests looking for longer and more private stays: the living room spaces open up into a kitchen area, the bathrooms offer rain showers and double sinks, along with an astonishing marble floor. 

Gastronomy

Umiltà 36 provides the ultimate culinary journey with three different gastronomical experiences: 

Dandy Café- inspired by the literati society, the impeccably designed cafe is a convivial space for guests to experience the gourmet lunch and dinner menus with signature cocktails, carefully-blended teas, and fine wines. 

El Porteño Gourmet- a bold project signed by the Holding Dorrego Company of Fabio Acampora and Argentinian brothers Alejandro and Sebastian Bernardez, designed for an upscale clientele, the restaurant is ready to conquer an exquisite blend of aromas, flavors, and textures. Regardless of leisure or business purposes, the refined lounge area is the perfect spot for guests to treasure the vibrant atmosphere over lunch or dinner. 

Terrace Flores- overlooking the historical city, the Cafeteria, Lounge Bar and Tapas Bar is a stylized study in indoor-outdoor living and the designated spot to watch the sunsets fade away through the ancient buildings, invoking a sense of relaxation high above the busy streets of the city with timeless beauty.

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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

The Clement Palo Alto all-inclusive hotel review by Vaughn Lowery for 360 MAGAZINE

Clement Hotel Palo Alto

A Personalized Luxury Accommodation in a Contemporary Atmosphere.

Choosing the right hotel may be a daunting undertaking, but once you’ve selected the right one, it’s usually a repeat. Clement Hotel is a repeat; we learned that one overseas family has been occupying two rooms for nearly 3 months. Opened since March 2016, Palo Alto hosts a six-star hospitality experience with one of the most advanced, and unique luxury all-inclusive establishments in Northern America. This pristine property is situated in Silicon Valley, just 30 minutes south of San Francisco and 20 minutes north of San Jose; the perfect location to avoid the hectic city life and dull suburbia.

The Clement Hotel follows a concept that is unprecedented, truly a one-of-a-kind. It’s secret? They just pay really close attention to each of their clients. Upon check-in, every client receives a personal concierge. Your concierge functions as an assistant, who facilitates your stay by supplying every need. Ours even assisted with providing a very specific, yet, makeshift listing of events, bars and restaurants within the San Francisco area, that played top 40 hip-hop. Prior to arrival, patrons complete an email survey with dietary restrictions, special needs, requests and preferred cuisines. The client relations representative is a “genie in a bottle,” that makes its customer’s wishes come true.

Always armed with a WiFi connected tablet, they can answer any queries or concerns about virtually any pressing issue that surfaces in any area of the property. And, if you’ve seemingly lost them, don’t fret because they’re strapped with an in-house networked iPhone with an extension so they’re reachable via text or call throughout the campus.

Once inside the rooms, the Clement Hotel showcases exquisite quality and embellishments. There are 23 stylish king suites available throughout 4 floors and all of which are well-equipped with cell phone chargers, international electricity outlets and floor to ceiling windows. The 650 sq. ft., single-bedroom offers modern and sophisticated comfort, providing an intuitive layout with an array of carefully curated amenities to enhance the guest’s stay. State-of-the-art technology is combined with comfort of the highest standard, such as luxurious Frette linens, 65-inch Samsung Smart TVs, Nespresso Vertuoline coffee machines, powered blinds and fully stocked in-room refrigerators. The bathrooms are lavish, containing a small screen TV concealed inside the mirror and a heated seat Toto toilet/bidet equipped with an infrared remote control. The glass stall showers are tourist, celebrity and business traveler ready, installed with rain head or massage handles. Or, enjoy a relaxing bath in its deep-soak tub with salts provided. Another meticulous detail that adds flair to this space, are the heated floors with wall thermostat control.

After a night on the town at San Francisco’s “Love + Propaganda” 360 Magazine enjoyed a toasted sesame bagel with salami, pepperoni and thinly sliced meat alongside of microwaved Brie cheese at 3AM in the 24-hour kitchen pantry. A fully stocked 6-foot display case refrigerates bottled refreshments alongside of an extensive variety of yogurts and Tin Pot, a local handcrafted ice cream prepared with organic ingredients. Not to mention, various granola bars, fruit and pre-wrapped goodies were sprinkled throughout. Other all-inclusive service and amenities include: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks; all non/alcoholic drinks, inroom banqueting, minibar, business center, valet parking, twice-daily housekeeping services, overnight shoe shine services, high-speed internet, personal experience specialist and gratuities. Not to mention, an open bar service available anywhere in the hotel. This convenience-styled hotel is hosted by a very attentive and sympathetic staff that makes sure visitors feel at home at every moment. After all, business is all about relationships, and traveling alone after-awhile can be lonely. But, Clement actually makes lonely travels preferable, the entire staff is accessible, extremely professional and charismatic – our newest friends!

Guest’s visitors are also permitted to luxuriate in all that The Clement Hotel has to offer. An exclusive chef presides over “The Kitchen” area, which holds many of your tasteful dishes. In fact, one afternoon, former resident chef, Phillip Pagan, prepared appetizers (homemade potato chips) with built-in deep fryer at the island (adjacent to dining/living area), where the team freely reminisced about our recent travels and the gorgeous Jaguar F-Pace First Edition, which was our means of transportation.

Business drop-ins have access to secure private rooms that are well equipped for teleconferencing. They are ideal for receptions, private meals and activities. All attendees have complete access to all the above mentioned amenities and valet parking. In fact, most vehicles are kept underneath the property in a lower level garage, which is only accessible to staff.

For additional information on this property go HERE.

Article: Vaughn Lowery

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CHEF RAFA ZAFRA

Chef Rafa Zafra celebrates his first season (22/23) after joining the culinary lineup at La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, Mallorca, at its open-air restaurant, La Piscina. The successful collaboration has become a guest favourite and now opens its doors to non-residents for dinner. 

Set between the Tramuntana Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, this intimate hotel mesmerizes residents with rooms overlooking hillside forests, the old town of Deià and the Mediterranean coastline. Guests can enjoy exquisite dining at La Residencia with the elegance of acclaimed El Olivo or the relaxed culinary offering at Café Miró and from this season, the outdoor dining delights of Chef Rafa at restaurant La Piscina. All the dining venues are nestled in the tranquil surroundings of the property, which includes over 800 works by local artists.  

Restaurante La Piscina is adjacent to the main swimming pool, with stunning views over Deià, one of Mallorca’s most idyllic 13th-century villages.  Chef Rafa delivers a creative and technical approach to his cooking.  He celebrates the abundance of local produce at its seasonal peak from both the land and the sea, offering dishes that taste of the Mediterranean.  He creates innovative yet familiar recipes while grilling over charcoal, infusing a variety of fish, shellfish, meats, and vegetables with deep smoky flavours for al fresco dining.

The restaurant has been a firm favorite for lunch with hotel guests, and now the experience is available to non-residents as well, from 7:30 until 10:30 PM, Friday through Tuesday.

Menu items such as Wagyu steak tartare, fried scorpionfish, and grilled crayfish are popular, along with one of Chef Rafa’s signature dishes, prawn carpaccio with caramelised onions. The menu breathes a distinct summer feeling, featuring an inventive vegan selection, including marinated aubergines with a Cala-diabla emulsion. The Catalan-style toasted pineapple is a must-try; it’s one of the most popular desserts and not to be missed. Chef Ivan Acquista, a long time senior member of Chef Rafa’s brigade, now permanently leads the kitchen under Chef Rafa’s creative guidance. 

The restaurant features a modern yet sophisticated cocktail bar serving classic and signature cocktails as well as a refreshing juice menu. The curated wine and cava selection hosts more than 550 labels of local and international wines that sit alongside vintage champagnes, serving Moët & Chandon vintages by the glass. In addition, a fun ice cream station is set up to the side of the restaurant, which is accessible to guests, especially children and sunbathers, enjoying the pool area.

Chef Rafa states, “La Residencia is an exceptional hotel in the picturesque village of Deià. My wish has come true in the form of a collaboration with the property. I am thrilled to provide authentic cuisine, centred around  produce from this magical place, at La Piscina, the hotel’s most relaxed restaurant. “

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Jay Leno hosts a concourse de elegance at Wynn Las Vegas via 360 Magazine

Jay Leno at Vegas Concours d’Elegance

The third annual Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance, one of the world’s most prestigious automotive events, debuts at Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 30. The luxury automotive experience pays homage to remarkable cars of the past, present and future at Wynn Golf Club, the 129-acre championship golf course at Wynn Las Vegas.

“The Concours d’Elegance and its legendary display of design, craftmanship and grandeur is precisely the type of elevated experience that our guests will thoroughly enjoy for years to come,” said Brian Gullbrants, President of Wynn Las Vegas. “Rare and priceless automobiles displayed upon the fairways of our Wynn Golf Club is a perfect match for this annual Wynn Las Vegas event.”

The lineup of weekend events will include:

  • The Gala Concours Dinner, kicks off festivities on Friday evening and offers live entertainment, tasting stations and curated cocktails at Wynn Las Vegas’ premier nightclub, XS. The exclusive evening will showcase the Helene Awards, a ceremony signature to the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance that honors visionaries in the automotive industry.
  • The centerpiece of the weekend, the Concours d’Elegance exhibition on Saturday, Oct. 29 will display a collection of rare and unique automobiles from around the world. The event is expected to showcase more than 100 exceptional collector cars from both pre- and post-war periods, and will include a special appearance by well-known automotive enthusiast and distinguished car collector Jay Leno. Each year, Concours d’Elegance highlights a different Marque, which is a distinctive automobile model or brand. The 2022 Marque is the Ferrari F40. The event also consists of nearly 20 judged, non-judged and contemporary classes, such as British Post-War Sports and Sports Racing, American Luxury (1925-1942), European Luxury (1925-1942), Antiques (pre-1924), Race Cars, and more. Starting at 2 p.m., an esteemed panel of judges will present Best of Show winners and standouts with the coveted Helene Award statuette.
  • The Chairman’s VIP Tasting on Oct. 29 is a premium lunchtime tasting experience underneath the grand rotunda on Wynn’s event lawn, and features select hosted bars alongside a range of tasting stations designed by executive chef Kelly Bianchi. Assorted tasting stations include: a sushi station with sashimi and assorted rolls; a beef tenderloin carving station; a slider station featuring Maine lobster and surf and turf, among others; a made-to-order pizza and pasta station; and a whimsical donut station.
  • The Concours Cookout will feature a variety of grab-and-go options and select hosted bars amid the beautiful greenery of Wynn’s event lawn, also on Oct. 29. Grab-and-go offerings include a salad and sandwich station, a kebab station, a taco bar, backyard-inspired barbecue such as wagyu beef hotdogs and a spicy fried chicken sandwich, as well as desserts like custom ice cream sandwiches and caramel corn.
  • Guests may also purchase a VIP experience that combines Concours d’Elegance exhibition viewing with entry to the fairway tasting tents. The Concours d’Elegance + Hosted Bar includes a selection of the fine- and casual-dining options Wynn Las Vegas is known for, as well as select beverages.
  • The weekend of festivities conclude on Sunday, Oct. 30 with the Tour d’Elegance, a motorcade down the famous Las Vegas Strip where Jay Leno will serve as grand marshal.

Additionally, Wynn Las Vegas will offer a selection of room packages that showcase the resort’s newly re-designed accommodations. These include:

  • Chairman’s Suite Package, which features two nights in a 1,280 square feet Wynn Parlor Suite, as well as two tickets to the Friday night Gala Concours Dinner, the Concours d’Elegance exhibition and Chairman’s VIP Tasting.
  • Chairman’s Resort Package, which includes two nights in a Wynn Resort King, two tickets to the Concours d’Elegance exhibition and entry to the Chairman’s VIP Tasting.
  • Concours VIP Package, which features two nights in a Wynn Resort King, two tickets to the Gala Concours Dinner, two tickets to the Concours d’Elegance exhibition, and entry to the Concours Cookout.
  • Concours Package, which consists of two nights in a Wynn Resort King, two tickets to the Concours d’Elegance exhibition and entry to the Concours Cookout.

Prices for each package vary. For additional event information, to buy tickets, or to apply for entry, please visit HERE.

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NOVOTEL MIAMI BRICKELL

Summer is a great time to visit Miami. The city’s many beautiful beaches are at their best, establishments are offering deeply discounted packages, and the reduced crowds allow for the leisurely exploring of natural areas and indoor attractions. Novotel Miami Brickell offers some of the best summer promotions in town, paired with an unbeatable central location in the Magic City and its many attractions. We’re inviting top media and influencers to visit the hotel and enjoy its great F&B concepts and onsite activities this summer, please reach out with your preferred dates to coordinate coverage. During your stay, you’ll enjoy:  

  • Rooftop pool and Sunset Sessions with bits, drinks, and live DJ sets 
  • Happy Hour cocktails and bites
  • Novotel’s signature restaurant, cafe, and pool bar
  • Easy access to Brickell City Center, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne and Miami Beach  

Hotel Description

Novotel Miami Brickell is a 12-story property comprising 275 deluxe guest rooms and suites, with 5,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. The hotel also features a rooftop swimming pool, and Vista Pool Bar that boasts stunning views of Brickell’s striking skyline and Biscayne Bay. Located in the lobby area, UVA bar is your home to enjoy a wonderful selection of Chilean and Argentinian wines, signature Latin American spirits, light tapas-style fare, global news, sports and weather. The bar also features a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 pm. At Lima, the hotel’s signature restaurant, guests can experience the thrilling simplicity of flavorful contemporary cuisine with inventive yet well-balanced dishes for wholly delightful meals to enjoy.

Special Programming in the Heart of Downtown Miami

Sun-filled days and longer nights are perfect for locals and guests to enjoy Novotel Miami Brickell’s rooftop pool bar and its special programming of Movies Under the Stars, along with Saturday Yoga and the vibrant Sunset Sessions. High-end international retail brands like Giuseppe Zanotti and Reiss, as well as Apple, Swarovski, department store Saks Fifth Avenue and a CMX VIP cinema experience are within a ten-minute walk at Brickell City Centre. Visitors can also stroll along the adjacent dog-friendly Southside Park to the Millionaire’s Row section of Brickell Avenue, and visit the St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church.

Unparalleled Food and Beverage Options

Novotel Miami Brickell’s onsite food and beverage options are complemented by the neighborhood’s cocktail lounges, karaoke spot, and a bevy of fine-dining and casual eateries, including waterfront establishments and the choices along vibrant Mary Brickell Village. Miami’s special annual food and barrage promotion, Miami Spice, is in full swing from August through September, when dozens of top restaurants showcase special three-course meals for just $28 for lunch/brunch and $42 for dinner.

Central Location

Novotel Miami Brickell offers easy access to Virginia Key and Key Biscayne and its public beaches, nature preservers, parks and Miami Seaquarium. The Metro is steps away from the hotel, a convenient way to journey north to bustling Downtown Miami, home to various parks, theaters, museums, the FTX Arena and the Brightline, a high-speed line that runs from Miami Central Station to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. A quick ten-minute car ride south from Novotel is picturesque Coconut Grove and its CocoWalk of shops and eateries, Italian Renaissance-style Villa Vizcaya, as well as many historic sites and parks. Little Havana, Miami’s Cuban neighborhood, lies to the west with Latin restaurants and live music shows, while South Beach and its nightspots and beautiful beaches are about seven miles away.

Great Weather Fun 

In the summer, South Florida is packed with more outdoor concerts than any other season. This year’s calendar includes Bad Bunny, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Roger Waters, the Miami Salsa Festival, and Rolling Loud, the three-day event that has become the largest Hip-Hop festival in the world. The can’t- miss checklist for a memorable summer in Miami also includes a visit to the nearby Perez Art Museum Miami, the 250,000 square feet Frost Science Museum, and the Adrienne Arsht Center, home to the Florida Grand Opera and the Miami City Ballet. 

Modern Easy Living

Novotel’s mantra of “Modern Easy Living” drives the brand to always offer guests a comfortable and memorable type of stay. Its intuitive and modern design, coupled with its innovative and cutting-edge technology, continually results in a relaxed, vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. The hotel exemplifies all the brand’s elements and is centrally located, making it the ideal place to stay for business and leisure travelers. Guests can enjoy its convenient access to the very best of Downtown Miami, Port of Miami, from the area’s top businesses, outstanding shopping, an eclectic dining and nightlife scene, world-class art, and more.

Sustainability Program

The hotel also prides itself on its strong eco-friendly actions. In 2011, its parent company Accor launched Planet 21, a sustainable program to improve its hotels’ performance with sustainable initiatives. The program demonstrates the group’s ambitious goals for 2020, based around four strategic priorities: work with its employees, involve its customers, innovate with its partners and work with local communities. Some other initiatives the hotel participates in each year is the Crandon Park beach clean-up, fights children sexual exploitation and human trafficking with trainings for its employees and communication to their guests, it is LEED certified (Gold level), provides eco-friendly linen and terry clothes and encourages guests to reuse them throughout their stay, uses key cards made of recycled plastic, and has removed single-use plastics, to name a few. The Novotel team also built the Novo Garden at Southside Elementary School, where children grow seven varieties of vegetables.

Novotel Miami Brickell’s Summer Promo

Lights, Camera, Vacation– This summer, book the trip you deserve at Novotel Miami Brickell and create your own magic with up to 25% off at participating destinations throughout North & Central America. Be sure to book from April 19 until September 7 for stays until December 31, 2022.¹Traveler Tip: Members of ALL – Accor Live Limitless can earn 2X Reward points when you register and book by September 7 for stays until December 31, 2022. Plus, save an additional 5% with your Members’ Rate! Not a member? Enroll now.

ABOUT NOVOTEL

Novotel Hotels, Suites & Resorts offers destination hotels designed as comforting and energizing places where guests can ‘press pause’ and take time to enjoy the moments that really matter. The brand’s wide array of hotels, suites and resorts offer a multitude of services for business and leisure guests alike, including spacious, modular rooms with natural and intuitive design; 24/7 catering with nutritious choices; dedicated meeting spaces; attentive and proactive staff; family zones for the youngest guests; multi-purpose lobbies; and accessible fitness centers. Novotel, which has over 530 locations in more than 60 countries is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries.

ABOUT ACCOR

Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industry’s most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor’s unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality – one of the fastest growing categories in the industry – is led by Ennismore, a joint venture, which Accor holds a majority shareholding. Ennismore is a creative hospitality company with a global collective of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and more than 230,000 team members worldwide. Members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program – ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 – Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information visit HERE, or follow Accor on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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Post-Covid Aviation Chaos – Should You Drop the Summer Vacation Plans?

In this emerging post-Covid world, there is still a lot of travel disruption happening, especially in terms of flights.

So, should you drop your summer vacation plans?

Mishandled Luggage Is a Big Problem at Present

The aviation chaos that is currently happening in the U.S. and many countries around the world does not just concern delayed and canceled flights and changing rules about entry requirements to different countries.

Mishandled luggage incidents are also causing disruption.

For instance, incidents of mishandled luggage were up by 60% from April 2021 to March 2022.

So, if you are looking at flying to a vacation destination this summer, be prepared for potential problems with your bags. Make sure you take all of your essentials in carry-on luggage.

Several Other Factors Are Contributing to Aviation Chaos

Unfortunately, thousands of flights are still being canceled around the world every day. According to Bloomberg, there are around 20,000 delayed and canceled flights each day at present.

On top of that, airports around the world are seeing long queues, longer times to get through security, travelers missing connections, and largely inflated prices for travel.

The reasons for such chaos are mostly to do with supply chain issues and labor shortages, as a result of the Covid and lockdown era of the last couple of years.

Furthermore, there is an unprecedented demand for international travel, which is contributing to airline and airport issues.

There Is a Silver Lining

It is not all doom and gloom. While, yes, the aviation industry is continuing to experience various problems, it is very good news that many people can now fly to various countries, unlike in the last couple of years.

Countries are continuing to reopen to international travelers. For instance, New Zealand has just reopened its borders to international travelers who are fully vaccinated.

While many countries still require people to be vaccinated or produce a negative Covid test to gain entry, many countries are starting to disband Covid entry requirements altogether.

Indeed, many governments around the world think disbanding all Covid requirements is the way forward, seeing as vaccination programs have now been rolled out.

In recent months, dozens of new countries have dropped Covid entry requirements. Other countries are remaining cautious, though.

For instance, Greece has suspended border rules for the summer, but if Covid rates become too high, restrictions may be put back into place in September.

In many countries, you no longer need to do pre- or post-arrival tests or quarantine.

If You Are Planning on Flying, Make Sure You Get the Latest News and Updates

At the end of the day, there is still no central hub to inform travelers of exactly what the requirements are for entering different countries.

That means if you are considering traveling abroad this summer, you will have to spend some time finding out what protocols are or are not in place for the particular country you are planning to visit.

You need to stay updated about the latest occurrences with international flights, too.

The good news is you can stay up-to-date with all the latest flight information about a United Airlines flight status, for instance, by using the flight tracker on iFly’s website. You can quickly and accurately discover whether a flight is canceled, delayed, or on time.

The Takeaway

Yes, the aviation industry is still in chaos in these post-Covid times. However, that does not mean you should drop your summer vacation plans.

Just make sure you are organized.

Check out the requirements for traveling to the country you are planning on visiting, put valuables and essentials in carry-on luggage, and use a flight tracker to find out the status of your flight.

Then, you can relax in the sun by the poolside on your vacation and forget all about the post-Covid world for a couple of weeks.

Radisson’s New Hotel in Istanbul

Radisson Hotel Istanbul, Harbiye features 90 comfortable rooms and suites. Most of the hotel’s superior and premium rooms offer guests sea-view balconies overlooking the glistening Bosphorus and guest can enjoy a relaxing design and modern facilities in addition to the city vistas. Free Wi-Fi, work desks, rain showers and individual room climate control are just some of the features that make each room memorable. Nearby historic and cultural sites including the Atatürk Cultural Center, the Dolmabahçe Palace, and the recently opened Galataport Istanbul offer a breathing, amazing environment for culture and arts, shopping and dining.

A stone’s throw from the hotel, guests can discover the vibrant and modern entertainment complex, Taksim Square, which boasts a variety of restaurants and shops and where numerous parades and celebrations take place throughout the year. The renovated Atatürk Cultural Center is a key local point of Taksim Square and is home to Istanbul’s Opera House, the Theater Hall, the National Library, and AKM Gallery, a dream for art lovers and considered the beating heart of Istanbul’s art scene. Several of Istanbul’s most iconic and popular cultural destinations such as the Topkapı Palace Museum, the Hagia Sophia, and the bustling Grand Bazaar are all within easy access to the hotel. For those looking to do a spot of shopping, İstiklal Street, one of the most famous shopping avenues in Istanbul, is also a less than ten-minute walk away from the hotel.

After exploring the sights of Istanbul, guests can enjoy the Turkuaz restaurant for a delightful à la carte dining experience where guests can try local Turkish flavors and a selection of international cuisine. After a busy day, guests can also unwind with a hot drink in the privacy of their room or relax in the hotel’s spa, featuring a Turkish bath, sauna, and steam bath. Radisson Hotel Istanbul, Harbiye also has two meeting rooms with stylish and functional spaces for meetings up to 25 people which feature the latest audiovisual technology, including high speed Wi-Fi, a sound system and LCD projector.

Yilmaz Yildirimlar, Area Senior Vice President, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkey at Radisson Hotel Group, says; “We are excited to welcome another Radisson branded hotel in the heart of Istanbul. We remain strongly committed to cementing our leading position in Istanbul with both leisure and business destinations across the country. We have established clear objectives to reach over 50 hotels in operation and under development by 2023 and we are accelerating our growth accordingly.’’

Vefa Çelik General Manager of Radisson Hotel Istanbul, Harbiye says; ”We are very pleased with the cooperation with Radisson Hotel Group. Turkey is aiming for 42 million tourists and 35 billion U.S. dollars in tourism income for 2022, Radisson Hotel Group is in a prime position to offer guests a diverse guest experience to create memorable moments and we believe that our guests will enjoy exploring this unique and historical city with us.’’

SUMMER EVENTS – GARDEN OF FRANCE

Known as “The Garden of France,” the Loire Valley flourishes in the summer and fall months with a bounty of events, exhibitions and experiences taking place in and around the region’s many gardens. Below is a selection of some of the many experiences to find in the Loire Valley in the coming months.

Live Music at Château Royal of Blois Through July 29, 2022

The historic Château Royal of Blois, a favorite residence of seven kings and ten queens of France, will fill its gardens with live music this summer. Occurring every Friday through July 29, concerts will be held in the shade of century-old chestnut trees and cedars from a wide variety of music genres, including jazz, bossa nova, folk, great French standards, classical and Renaissance music. Changing every week, this year’s program will honor women; visitors can also view the Château’s current exhibition, La Renaissance des Femmes, dedicated to three of its famous former residents: Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers and Marguerite de Valois.

Nights of a Thousand Lights & Vegetable Garden Days at Château de Villandry July, August & September

The grounds of Château de Villandry are not only home to the beautiful Renaissance-era Château, but also to an expansive network of gardens that are open year-round, including a maze, two ornamental gardens and a water garden. On July 1 and 2, as well as August 5 and 6, the Château de Villandry will host the ‘Nights of a Thousand Lights,” illuminating the gardens with more than 2,000 candles at night, making for a dreamlike experience. The evening also features an aerial performance by specially trained eagles and other birds of prey that will conclude with a fireworks finale. September 24 and 25 will be dedicated to the property’s lush vegetable garden, where the on-site gardeners will share exclusive botanical tips and tricks with visitors.

Sculptures in the Garden at Domaine de Poulaines Through November 7, 2022

Spanning 62 acres, Domaine de Poulaines is home to some of the most impressive gardens in the Loire Valley, including an arboretum with more than 1,200 plants. Currently on display on the estate is a new exhibition created in collaboration with prolific French sculptor Olivier Giroud, which explores the ways nature and man-made design can be combined through art. Giroud began his work as an artist in the 1980s and is known for his ability to work with a wide variety of materials, including clay, metal and wood.

New Offerings at Le Jardin de Marie
After 30 years of tending to the gardens at Le Jardin de Marie, Marie Marcat is passing on the torch to new owners, who intend to preserve the garden’s legacy and expand its offerings. Located just a few miles from the vineyards of Sancerre, Le Jardin de Marie will offer a new educational garden for children, along with a new vegetable garden and permaculture orchard highlighting the region’s biodiversity and botanical heritage. New guest accommodations, sleeping up to 12 people, will soon open at the gardens, in addition to a new cafe. Le Jardin de Marie will also introduce cooking lessons that approach the art of cooking from a unique angle, such as a course on cooking with old vegetables instead of throwing them away.
Find more details on the Loire Valley here: www.loirevalley-france.co.uk.