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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.

 

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).

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Exodus Travel Voted Best Operator

Multi-award-winning small group and self-guided tour experts Exodus Travels have been named the Best Operator in National Geographic’s Traveller Magazine’s sixth annual Reader Awards. The awards acknowledge and celebrate the destinations, experiences, tour operators, personalities, and destinations that continue to make traveling truly great.

The 15 award categories were shortlisted by National Geographic judges and voted on by readers. Voters were asked to champion the locations and organizations that have supported their travel aspirations over the past 12 months. The companies that have provided exceptional customer support, retained consumer trust, and have continued to have a positive impact on the entire travel community during challenging times.

The Best Operator category celebrates the remarkable people behind the scenes ensuring travelers feel safe, inspired, and secure when turning their adventure dreams into realities. The reader votes were resoundingly in favor of Exodus Travels.

“We are thrilled to receive this award, and to have the support of the National Geographic Traveller Magazine judges, and our far-reaching travel community,” says Robin Brooks, Marketing & PR Director of Exodus Travels North America. “It’s a privilege to share this award with all the winners and to see the incredible people and places that continue to inspire global exploration and discovery. I’d like to congratulate the incredible local guides, teams, and travel industry partners we are privileged to work with across the globe. They have kept us smiling through the past 19 months – this win truly belongs to them!”

For close to 50 years, Exodus Travels has been providing a vast range of award-winning holidays across seven continents. Now, with over 250,000 people hosted, and more than 600 trips in 100 countries, the adventure travel company has the perfect travel itinerary for solo travels, couples, groups, or families, all ages, activity levels, and interests.

Here are a few of the many Exodus Travels itineraries that continue to inspire travelers year after year:

Italy: Walking The Amalfi Coast

Exodus’ best-selling tour with hundreds of happy travelers to prove it. Live like an Italian and be immersed in the land of La Dolce Vita’s famous Amalfi Coast. From walking the “Path of Gods,” unveiling the secrets of Pompeii and swimming in secret coves, to discovering Roman ruins, the isle of Capri, picnic lunches, and unparalleled cuisine. This trip has been running for over a decade, with guests staying at the beautiful Hotel Due Torri. The hotel is run by the Acampora family, providers of genuine Italian hospitality who embody the beauty of Italian living.

Costa Rica : Discover Costa Rica

Take a large dose of exotic animals, river cruises, stir in jungle hikes, expert local naturalist guides, the country’s most famous volcano, beach time, lava fields, hot springs, and an abundance of fresh local cuisine and you’ll get this spellbinding immersion in Costa Rica. Spot monkeys, sloths, sea turtles, giant butterflies, and more. Includes village visits, coffee and fruit plantations, day and night hikes, eco-lodges, and expert guides. Pura Vida!

India: In Search of Snow Leopards

Recognized as one of the most elusive animals on the planet, the snow leopard is one of the world’s most mystical and hard-to-spot mammals. In the winter, when they need food, they descend from their homes in the mountainous regions of Central Asia and can be spotted by the rare few who make the annual pilgrimage to this remote region of India. In addition to the ever-elusive snow leopard, Himalayan trekking guide Valerie Parkinson will ensure travelers take in all of the unique wildlife that can be spotted in this special, and rarely traversed, part of the world. There will also be visits to Himalayan Buddhist communities, which adds to the truly transcendent feel of this unique adventure.

Croatia: Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

Go beyond the expected and bike through the playground of the Adriatic. Ideal for cycling enthusiasts of every level, this adventure by two wheels mixes alfresco thrills with cruises, landscapes from Game of Thrones, historic vineyards, local farms, UNESCO Sites, and even time for R&R on the beach. Tour Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet and the Peljesac Peninsula. And for those who prefer–E-bikes are available upon request!

Egypt: Alexandria to Aswan

Treasures half as old as time, camel rides, felucca sailing, Nile cruise, and expert local Egyptologist guides are just the start of this classic adventure through the land of the pharaohs. Immerse yourself in the myths of this epic ancient civilization as you tour the Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, and Khan el-Khalili night bazaar in Cairo. Be transported back millennia as you discover the wonders of iconic Alexandria. You get to cruise the eternal waters of the Nile and discover Luxor, Valley of Kings and Queens, Aswan, and more. Complete with delicious cuisine, internal flight, and memories to last a lifetime.

Peru: Inca Trail Moonstone Trek

Between Cuzco and the Sacred Valley lies a small rural valley, that is where this quest begins. From there, adventures will trek seven miles from the beginning of the Inca Trail, discovering rarely visited Andren towns, relics, and snowcapped peaks. Wildlife, breathtaking scenery, ruins, and true isolation make this bucket list adventure especially rewarding.

The Six Best Places to Visit Over Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner, and it’s time to get your plans in order, especially if you want to spend some time alone before being surrounded by family over the Christmas period. You won’t be short of things to do, whether it’s visiting winter markets or entertaining small children, with six of our favorite cities to visit over the winter period.

New York, USA

New York City is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in December, full of festive activities for everyone. Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the city, or have been several times, there are always new experiences to be had; from seeing the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and skating in Central Park, to simply walking around and looking at all the festive displays.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Known for its variety of Christmas markets, Copenhagen is one of the most popular places to visit over the winter period. Denmark is also the home of Hygge, which believes that people deserve to live their coziest and comfiest lives surrounded by family, with Christmas being a time that celebrates this belief. From eating good food to holding a cup of mulled wine as you walk among the famous markets, you’ll have a festive experience to remember.

Sydney, Australia

Not everyone likes winter, so Australia could be the perfect place to visit if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s hot, sunny, and has absolutely no snow in sight! Instead of packing your winter clothing, you’ll need your swimsuit and shorts. Although these may not be commonly seen in high-street stores over winter, online options such as Calypsa swimwear have a variety of options available for everyone. Whether you choose to wear a bikini, swimming costume, or swimming dress, you’ll feel your best self at a BBQ on Sydney’s Bondi Beach or watching the surfing Santa competition.

Paris, France

The most romantic city in the world, Paris is the perfect place to go with the person you love. Whether it’s walking amongst the famous galleries or taking a trip up the Eiffel Tower, Paris is perfect for couples over Christmas. If you prefer something more festive, then you can enjoy the lights down the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, or the Christmas Market held outside the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Tromsø, Norway

Known for being one of the best places to visit in the Arctic Circle, Tromsø spends December in darkness, making it perfect for seeing the Aurora Borealis, with the snow and mountains surrounding the city creating the perfect winter atmosphere. Tromsø is known for having an abundance of choirs that make the evenings a very social experience, with Christmas markets offering visitors the opportunity to taste traditional foods and drinks.

London, England

Possibly one of the most popular cities in the world, London at Christmas is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. While it’s unlikely that you’ll see snow, this shouldn’t put you off, especially with the festive displays in store windows to get you in the holiday spirit. If you’re visiting for more than a few days, you should make time to watch one of the many festive pantomimes, see the different Christmas lights, and sing carols in Trafalgar square.

With our list of the best places to spend time over Christmas, you’ll be sure to have a wonderful time wherever you end up visiting. These are only some of the places you can visit, and it’s advisable to check whether there are any travel restrictions in place before you book your holiday.

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Rose Hotel Offers New Package

Tis the season to be merry and bright! The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton and closest hotel to Chicago O’Hare International Airport located at 5200 Pearl Street, is inviting families of all ages to get in the holiday spirit by offering an exclusive Amaze Light Festival Package, which includes a trip to Impact Field to enjoy the limited time installment of The Amaze Light Show, one of the largest holiday lighting events in the country, located across the street from the hotel. The package includes two adult and two child tickets to the light show, along with two light-up holiday toys to commemorate the light fun back in the room or at home, along with breakfast for two adults and two children, and overnight parking for one vehicle. The package is available now beginning at $185.  

“The Amaze Light Festival Package is the perfect way to kick off this holiday season,” said Micaela Haas, General Manager of The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “This may be the first time many are seeing their relatives since the beginning of the pandemic or taking a little trip away from home, so we are ecstatic to help shape new, wonderful memories that will help make these holidays a little more bright.” 

An energetic and edgy boutique hotel, The Rose Hotel features 165 stylish guest rooms and suites, all curated through the contributions of DLR, Getty’s Group, and Janko Group. Visually stimulating art, thoughtfully woven throughout the design of each room, creates an elegant and innovative ambiance, perfect for all families to enjoy. Each guest room is equipped with all down alternative bedding, triple-pane windows to eliminate airplane noise and a pillow menu, offering a personalized sleep experience. Single rooms include a king size bed, and each double room comes complete with two queen size beds. To keep all guests feeling comfortable travelling again, The Rose Hotel, in partnership with RB, maker of Lysol & Dettol, have developed and implemented Hilton CleanStay, a program committed to enhance training for Team Members, increase cleaning of public areas, fully flexible booking options, modified services and amenities, face mask requirements in all indoor public areas of the hotel, and much more to keep each guests’ safety and peace of mind at the utmost importance. 

The Amaze Light Festival Package is available now to book for the upcoming holiday season. For more information or to book this special offering, please visit the hotel’s website.

About The Rose Hotel Chicago/O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton 

Owned by Janko Group and managed by Janko Hospitality, The Rose Hotel is centrally located at 5200 Pearl St. Situated in Rosemont’s recently developed Pearl District and adjacent to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, The Rose offers an upscale experience by providing a fine art inspired lobby design, highly personalized service, the finest amenities, and a quintessential destination for those shopping at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago, located just moments away. The property holds 165 guest rooms and suites, 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, their signature restaurant and bar Thorn Restaurant & Lounge, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. . For more information, visit www.the-rose-hotel.com.

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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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Zoom Mom Digital Detox Package

Naia Resort & Spa in Belize Launches Zoom Mom Digital Detox Package

Last year Moms across the globe were forced to add teacher to the many roles they already play. After too many months of  helping their kids navigate virtual learning, coupled with endless work Zoom meetings, it’s time for Mom to disconnect, relax and recharge with the Zoom Mom Digital Detox package at Naia Resort and Spa in Belize.

With the kids back in school (Thank God!) and travel restrictions eased, the boutique Naia Resort and Spa invites all Moms to its 200-acre beachfront reserve to take a deep breath, step away from the screen and get their Zen back.

Located in the low-key fishing village of Placencia, Naia Resort and Spa focuses on authentic wellness, with one of the top spas in the country featuring over-water treatment rooms. Belizean culture is fused into everything from spa treatments to the resort’s décor, cuisine and excursions.

After the last year, it’s time for Mom to get some pampering. With the Zoom Mom’s Digital Detox package Mom will be treated to:     

  • Daily spa treatment chosen to alleviate the effects of Zoom overload Daily Spa Experience (Deep Stretch + Mystic Light + Primeval Salt Stone Massage
  • Morning mimosas and evening happy hours
  • Optional daily digital phone detox
  • Lagoon tour
  • Complimentary use of all water sport equipment, bicycles, and fitness classes
  • Unlimited pool and beach time with the girls

The 5-day/4-night Zoom Mom’s Digital Detox package includes:

  • Round trip air transfer BZE to Placencia
  • Round trip land transfer Placencia to Naia Resort and spa
  • 4-night stay at Naia Resort and Spa
  • Accommodations in a Studio Beach House
  • Meals – Breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner
  • Daily Local drinks – Local rum, local beer, local vodka

For more information or to book contact: info@naiaresortandspa.com

Naia Resort and Spa

A member of Condé Nast Johansens luxury group, Naia Resort and Spa is one of the Caribbean’s newest luxury resorts and spas. Nestled on a private 200-acre reserve on the Placencia Peninsula, Naia is an oasis of calm in a chaotic world. Featuring 35 beachfront bungalows, Naia welcomes luxury and wellness travelers with personalized service and a focus on Belizean culture. From distinct spa treatments that blend local ingredients and traditions, to décor by local artists and the chance to dine on traditional Belizean dishes, Naia affords discerning travelers a chance to experience the authentic Belize. The resort believes strongly in giving back to the community by providing living wage employment for locals, participating in local philanthropic projects and giving guests the opportunity to give back through Pack for a Purpose, a program designed to deliver needed supplies to support children in a local village.

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Entering The Galapagos Islands With Superyacht

EXPEDITIONS ENTERS THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS WITH THE ARCHIPELAGO‘S FIRST SUPERYACHT

Aqua Mare to Start Sailing May 2022

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Aqua Expeditions, has announced the expansion of its fleet of luxury boutique vessels with the introduction of Aqua Mare, the first true superyacht to sail the Galapagos Islands. Launching its inaugural expedition on May 6, 2022, the seven-suite Aqua Mare will offer a choice of two highly personalized seven-night itineraries exploring the Archipelago’s eastern and western regions, as well as two 14-night voyages for the Galapagos Islands’ ultimate bucket-list adventure.

The choice of the Galapagos Islands as the destination for Aqua Expeditions’ fifth vessel holds special significance as it is where the company’s CEO and Founder, Francesco Galli Zugaro, began his professional career in luxury travel. This is also the place that inspired him and co-founder Fred Brown to launch their own brand of immersive small-ship expeditions on the Peruvian Amazon River.

‘Ever since I left Ecuador in 2006 with the clarity to build my own business, I have wanted to return to the Galapagos Islands with our very own luxury expedition ship. It has been 15 years since we ventured to Peru as a family and then onward to Asia to finally come full circle back to where it all started in the iconic destination that is the Enchanted Islands,” adds Galli Zugaro.

Designed and built by the world-renowned Italian CRN yard with custom interiors by Franois Zuretti, Aqua Mare accommodates a total of 16 guests in seven individually designed suites. The 861-square-foot Owner’s Suite is the largest suite in the Galapagos Islands with a 215-square-foot bathroom. The other remaining suites are no less than 215 square feet each, showcasing the attention to detail of passionate Italian craftsmanship, design, and decor. The vessel’s interior decor includes Bali-sourced plate ware custom-made for Aqua and 17th-century prints featuring local wildlife, accurate by Aqua Expeditions’ Director Birgit Galli Zugaro.

At 164 feet and 640 gross tons, Aqua Mare is one-of-a-kind, boasting 30 percent more indoor volume than most yachts in its size class. Spread over four decks featuring shaded and open sun decks, a six-person jacuzzi, outdoor barbecue area, and an early-morning workout zone, it is the perfect base from which to explore the marine and land-based wildlife for which the Archipelago is famous.

The entire ship is lined with Italian veneer walls and plenty of indoor and outdoor dining venues to provide multiple settings for either private meals or group celebrations of sixteen. A highlight of the superyacht is its unique Beach Club’ located at the aft of the lower deck, complete with a hydraulic opening panoramic beam-to-beam window & a first for the Galapagos Islands.

Sixteen crew, including two naturalist guides, ensure a world-class five-star experience that is second to none in the Archipelago. Exclusivity is combined with exceptional service enabled by a one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio, the islands’ most personalized ratio.

Two custom-made military-grade black rib tenders with central steering consoles ensure its twice-daily expeditions are a true adventure. Led by two world-class naturalist guides, each group is capped at only eight guests & another way Aqua Expeditions ensures only the best for their guests. Aqua Mare is also equipped with double kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkeling gear, enhancing the immersive explorations on each of the islands’ visitor sites.

Award-winning Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino – the long-time culinary mastermind behind the Amazonia-inspired menus of Aria Amazon and Aqua Nera – is once again partnering with Aqua Expeditions as Consulting Chef for Aqua Mare. Taking inspiration from the Coast to the Pacific, Chef Schiaffino will deliver a Peruvian Japanese Nikkei-inspired menu consisting of only the freshest sustainable ingredients sourced from local suppliers all the way to the Andes of Ecuador. Highlights to look forward to doing include Galapague; lobster lettuce wraps with Acevichado dressing, delicate potato llapingachos, tuna Crudo, barbecued plantains, and shrimp ceviche.

The highly anticipated expansion of Aqua Expeditions into the Galapagos Islands is a story that come full circle not only in relation to the company’s origin but also binding together two of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems, the Galapagos Islands and East Indonesian Archipelagos; both sites of inspiration for one of science’s greatest breakthroughs.

“It’s Darwin’s legacy that really gives meaning to my vision of 15 years ago. Today, who would have guessed that we would be bridging the gap between the Galapagos Islands and Indonesia’s Coral Triangle, where Aqua Mare’s bigger sister yacht Aqua Blu navigates and where another British naturalist and explorer, Alfred Russel Wallace, co-discovered the theory of evolution and natural selection,” remarked Galli Zugaro.

Together with this summer’s recent launch of Aqua Nera on the Peruvian Amazon, the announcement of Aqua Mare is a testament to the company’s steadfast commitment to the experiential travel niche; and yet another confirmation that its acclaimed small-ship expeditions in remote wildlife- and nature-focused destinations are poised for a strong comeback.

Rates on Aqua Mare start from $9,450 per person for a 7-night itinerary, including all meals and beverages (non-alcoholic, premium wines, and beer); local transfers to/from recommended flights; all excursions, Galapagos Park entrance fees, and INGALA transit card; laundry service and internet. A 7-night charter for up to 16 passengers starts from $196,000, including house spirits and a private masseuse 5 hours per day.

Aqua Mare departs weekly from May 6, 2022, onwards, and is now open for booking via www.aquaexpeditions.com or your preferred travel agent. Contact Aqua Expeditions at www.aquaexpeditions.com/contact-us/ for more information.