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Indian Wells Offers stays for family and golf group via Buffalo Agency for use by 360 MAGAZINE

Indian Wells Golf Resort

Indian Wells Golf Resort – the public world-class golf, vacation, culinary and events destination located in the picturesque Coachella Valley – is partnering with neighboring Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa to offer a pair of extraordinary stay-and-play packages perfect for golf group and family getaways.

Celebrating its 36th anniversary this year, the acclaimed Palm Springs-area resort features 36 holes of exceptional golf on its acclaimed “Celebrity” and “Players” courses. The Celebrity, designed by architect Clive Clark and colloquially referred to as “The Beauty,” features aesthetically pleasing water features, colorful wildflowers and narrow fairway corridors placing an emphasis on strategic shotmaking.

The challenging John Fought-designed Players course, or “The Beast” as it’s known, is a longer, more spacious layout with demanding bunkering and stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains. Like the Celebrity, no roads or homes disrupt the  two routings with each hole designed to provide a feeling of serene privacy and escape from the hustle and bustle right in the heart of the dynamic Coachella Valley.

With the “Indian Wells Stay & Play” package, guests can enjoy three nights’ accommodations at the luxurious Hyatt Regency along with a round each on both the Celebrity and Players layouts. The offer also features one additional round on either course, with the option to add a fourth round on departure day for an additional fee.

The superb “Lifestyle Escape” package features two nights’ accommodations at the Hyatt Regency along with one each day of unlimited golf on the Celebrity and Players. Additionally, guests can add a round on departure day and reserve a lesson with one of the excellent PGA Professionals at Indian Wells for an additional fee. Information on additional details and pricing may be obtained by calling 800.495.5520. 

“We are thrilled to offer these outstanding stay-and-play offers providing golfers and families the opportunity to enjoy our world-class resort for a fun summer getaway,” says Sven Wiedenhaupt, general manager. “Guests will not only our marvelous golf, but also the top-notch dining and welcoming customer care which Indian Wells Golf Resort is long known for.”

The Vue Grille & Bar, located in the resort’s stunning 53,000-square-foot clubhouse, boasts award-winning cuisine and an extensive selection of wine and spirits complemented by gorgeous views of the property and top-of-the-line service. Adding to the splendid dining offerings, Café 36 is a special anniversary-themed option located on the first floor of the clubhouse.

Indian Wells Golf Resort is also an ideal destination for weddings, meetings and other group outings. Most notable is an “in-demand” pavilion accommodating up to 700 guests with additional lawn event space combining for up to 1,300 visitors at a time. The resort’s Celebrity Ballroom is another premier event space with a beautiful outdoor patio and capacity for 250 guests.

For more information about Indian Wells Golf Resort please call 760.346.4653 or visit Here

About Indian Wells Golf Resort

Located in the picturesque Coachella Valley of Southern California, Indian Wells Golf Resort, celebrating its 36th anniversary, is a world-class public golf, vacation, culinary and events destination. The resort boasts two championship golf courses, The Players and The Celebrity layouts, which have both garnered rave reviews and played host to such prestigious events as the groundbreaking “Skins Game” featuring the greats of the game, three PGA TOUR Champions events and the GOLF Channel’s “Big Break.” In addition to the elite golf offerings, guests can enjoy award-winning cuisine and friendly service at The Vue Grille & Bar located in the resort’s spectacular 53,000-square-foot clubhouse.

Owned by the city of Indian Wells, the heralded resort is located within walking distance from four luxury area hotels making it an ideal retreat for golfers of all skill levels as well as group outings, weddings, and family getaways. The staff’s dedication to exceptional customer care combined with the stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains make visiting Indian Wells Golf Resort a truly all-encompassing experience to long savor.

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.’’

Hotel Californian summer schedule via 360 Magazine

Hotel Californian’s Summer

Nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara’s vibrant Funk Zone, Hotel Californian is pleased to announce its summer calendar of engaging events and immersive experiences. Catering to visitors and locals looking to indulge in the hotel’s iconoclastic spirit, the chic urban hotel has curated a series of seasonal events that showcase its compelling indoor and outdoor spaces while embracing the vibrant vibe of the surrounding neighborhood. The exciting roster of activities includes the reintroduction of the hotel’s HOWL @ Djinn full-moon event series and Sunset Sessions with live DJs on the Mirador rooftop deck – both back after a two-year hiatus – along with the hotel’s first-ever Winemaker Dinner Series at Blackbird restaurant and in person wellness programming – all designed to further demonstrate the hotel’s connection to the local community and position as the pinnacle destination along the American Riviera. Dedicated to the pursuit of getting lost in the experience, Hotel Californian invites guests to fill their summer days and nights with unforgettable happenings that capture the untamed essence of Santa Barbara through these invigorating summer programs.

HOWL @ DJINN

Monthly at Djinn, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Guests can expect the unexpected as Hotel Californian brings back its popular HOWL @ Djinn full-moon event series with inventive cocktails by legendary mixologist Devon Espinosa. Happening monthly during each full moon in Djinn, the hotel’s library bar named after supernatural genies from Moroccan folklore, each event features mystic libations – with each month featuring a unique cocktail based on the lunar cycle, personalized Tarot card readings, and classic board games while local indie record label Val-Mar Records spins vinyl. Complimentary to join and open to guests and the public, visit Hotel’s Californian’s online calendar of events for more information or to RSVP for the next HOWL @ Djinn event:

•       Wednesday, July 13: Buck Moon

•       Thursday, August 11: Sturgeon Moon

•       Friday, September 9: Harvest Moon

•       Sunday, October 9: Hunter’s Moon

•       Monday, November 7: Beaver Moon

•       Wednesday, December 7: Cold Moon

SUNSET SESSIONS

Every Sunday from July 3 – September 4, Mirador rooftop deck, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Every Sunday from July 3 to September 4, audiophiles and sunset seekers alike can come together for Sunset Sessions at Mirador, Hotel Californian’s exclusive rooftop deck, to enjoy craft spirits, delectable bites, and live DJ sets. The ultimate wind down to the weekend, guests can take in 360-degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and majestic Santa Ynez Mountains as the sun sets over the American Riviera. The complete list of participating musical tastemakers, which will be unveiled on an ongoing basis, is being curated by popular local DJ Dan Dubinsky, who will also headline throughout the summer. Sunset Sessions is free to hotel guests and costs $15 presale and $20 at the door for locals. Space is limited so advance registration via Hotel Californian’s website is highly encouraged.

WINEMAKER DINNERS

Monthly at Blackbird, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The newest addition to Hotel Californian’s program lineup is the Winemaker Dinner series, a monthly food and wine pairing hosted in Blackbird restaurant by visiting winemakers from the Foley Family Wines portfolio. Traveling oenophiles and local wine enthusiasts can indulge in exquisite wines paired with a four-course meal curated and prepared by Hotel Californian Executive Chef Travis Watson. This special dining experience features a rotating selection of wines from across the Foley Family Wines portfolio paired alongside local, sustainable dishes for a contemporary upscale dining experience like no other. Guests who enjoy the wines featured at the Winemaker Dinners can experience them again by visiting The Society: State & Mason, which is now open daily, from Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Serving as Santa Barbara’s newest refuge for wine aficionados in the bustling Funk Zone neighborhood, the intimate tasting room celebrates the intersection between world-class wines, exquisite cuisine, and immersive, memorable travel experiences. To learn more and book a reservation to the first Winemaker Dinner of the series on Thursday, June 23, visit Hotel’s Californian’s online calendar of eventsTiming for each monthly event will be available online ongoing and pricing for each event varies.

SATURDAY SESSIONS AT MAJORELLE

Every Saturday until October 1, outdoors (weather permitting), 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Workouts don’t have to feel like work at Majorelle’s Saturday Sessions, which has returned in-person after being hosted virtually for the past two years. This summer, the exclusive fitness series will be curated by Los Angeles-based fitness instructor and founder of Recharge Wellness Co., Rachel McClusky, who also created The Recharge Method. Rachel has hand-selected a rotating lineup of all-star instructors and classes that emphasize the connection of mind and body while moving and creating a release, and she will also host her own series of classes during Saturday Sessions. From sun salutations to sculpt, HIIIT, barre, Pilates, dance cardio, healing meditation, and more, these feel-good fixes are suitable for all levels and provide the perfect excuse to hit pause, reconnect and recharge. Curious exercisers can continue to join these sessions via Hotel Californian’s Instagram LIVE every Saturday morning to get fit and fabulous from anywhere in the world. Upcoming Saturday Sessions include:

·       Saturday, June 18: Barre with Amanda Glassman          

·       Saturday, June 25: Sculpt with Katie Mullen                     

·       Saturday, July 2: Recharge Method with Rachel McClusky             

·       Saturday, July 9: Sculpt with Remy Kam                          

·       Saturday, July 16: Yoga with Marquite Rene                 

·       Saturday, July 23: Pilates with Alysia Pope                        

Saturday Sessions classes are $10 for locals and complimentary for hotel guests and members of Majorelle’s membership program. This newly launched offering provides members with two 60-minute Custom treatments per month, complimentary Fitness Center access, 20 percent off additional treatments and spa retail, access to the Tan-Tan rooftop pool (blackout dates apply), 10 guest passes per year, and $10 daily valet parking. Members also receive 15 percent off the Best Flexible Rate for an overnight stay and a 15 percent food and beverage discount at The Society: State & Mason, Blackbird, Goat Tree, Djinn, and Tan-Tan poolside dining. More information about membership and Majorelle’s one-of-a-kind spa treatments can be found at HotelCalifornian.com.

Situated 90 minutes from Los Angeles, 15 minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport, and one block from the Amtrak station, Hotel Californian is ideally situated for travelers seeking an iconoclastic getaway. Reservations for The Society: State & Mason’s seated tastings can now be made on Tock.com or by calling the hotel directly at (805) 882-0100. More information about the tasting room, membership to The Foley Food & Wine Society, and Foley Family Wines can also be found online at HotelCalifornian.com and FoleyWines.com.

 

PARADISE AT THE HARBOR CLUB

The Harbor Club, Curio Collection by Hilton is a hotel located on the picturesque island of St. Lucia. The Harbor Club will take your breath away with its magnificent views overlooking Rodney Bay, astonishing surroundings, and an endless list of local activities. A destination rich in its history and with a strong cultural identity, it is the perfect place to seek a unique island experience. 

Known locally as the lifestyle hotel, Harbor Club is buzzing with high energy, offering live entertainment daily, 115 guest rooms, four cascading pools, and nine restaurants and bars.  

With Carnival fast approaching, St. Lucia comes alive during its summer season, local culture is celebrated during July festivities with parades, live music, beautifully designed carnival attire, and other forms of entertainment to serve a full Caribbean experience during this highly celebrated season. 

The property offers a number of great amenities perfect for couples including swim-up hotel rooms, fine dining options, four beautiful pools, private dining experiences, a sunset cruise with beautiful views of the Pitons, and numerous off-site excursions perfect for two including La Soufriere Drive-In Volcano, the world’s only drive-in volcano and snorkeling in Pigeon Island, a national park with breathtaking views. 

The hotel offers a relaxing and rejuvenating spa onsite, the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens and The Sulphur Mud Baths are perfect calming activities to relax mind and body during your getaway, with both highlighting the natural beauty the island offers. 

Buzzing with local energy, wandering off to charming Market Street near the resort or the markets in Gros Islet, with fruits, vegetables, spices, handmade arts and crafts, and locally made handwoven fashions, it is never a bad idea to explore the beautiful artistry of and delicious produce St. Lucia offers. 

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INSIDE OUT TOKYO

June marks the beginning of Japan’s rainy season. Mid-June’s daily rain and high humidity are unpleasant, fortunately Tokyo has lot’s of underground malls to explore while waiting out the rain. These subterranean shopping meccas or Chikagai, reside beneath major stations such as the Tokyo Station, Ikebukuro Station, and Shinjuku Station. The Tokyo Station has the Yaesu Shopping MallFirst Avenue Tokyo Station, and Gransta beneath its busy atmosphere.

The Yaesu Shopping Mall (commonly known as Yaechika) is home to about 180 stores. It is a popular stop for workers from nearby offices and business travelers. First Avenue Tokyo Station provides a notable collection of character such as Tokyo Character Street and a ramen zone. Ramen Zone, other wise known as “Tokyo Ramen Street,” is home to eight ramen restaurants that serve traditional and specialty menus. Located on the 1st and B1 floors of Tokyo Station, Gransta is one of Tokyo’s largest in-station shopping and dining areas. With stores both inside and outside the station gates, you can shop for gifts, souvenirs, cosmetics, clothing, and then end the shopping spree with a bite at one of the various restaurants through out the mall.

Umbrellas have always been a pin-pointed fashion statement in japan, as japan is famous for it’s rainy seasons. There are plenty of shops to find your perfect umbrellaWaterfront, a four-floor store in the Jiyugaoka neighborhood, is an umbrella lover’s wonderland with more than 500 umbrellas styles to explore. Tokyo Noble offers a unique umbrella-customization experience. With four different umbrella types, 77 different fabrics, and a variety of colorful tassels and handles, this is your opportunity to create your one-of-a-kind umbrella. Komiya Shoten, open since 1930, sells umbrellas made using traditional crafting methods and high-grade materials. Their fabric and hands-on technique turn the sound of raindrops into a romantic symphony.

Chris Brown performs at Drais nightclub Vegas shot by Denise Truscello of Getty Images via 360 MAGAZINE

Chris Brown × Drai’s

Multi-talented singer, dancer and Grammy-award winning artist Chris Brown blew fans away at the first show of his new powerhouse production at Drai’s Nightclub early this morning. Chris Brown: The Live Vegas Residency” showcases the iconic artist’s phenomenal talents on a custom-built, two-story stage. 

The sold-out crowd sang along to hits like “Baddest,” “Indigo” and “No Guidance,” all set to an unprecedented nightclub production with a full cast of talented dancers and smoke, lasers and confetti. Brown also performed “Warm Embrace” and “Mona Lisa” from his much-anticipated new album, “Breezy,”which will be released on Friday, June 24. Brown was one of the first artists to perform one of the club’s signature full-length Drai’s LIVE performances back in 2015 and his residency is the first time Drai’s has created a custom stage for an artist.

Widely known as one of the top performers of his time, Brown has been in the music industry for over 15 years. He became a teen hit sensation for record-breaking R&B songs like “Yo” and “Run It!” featuring Juelz Santana and his album “F.A.M.E” won a Grammy-award in 2012.

Drai’s Nightclub is open from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday – Sunday. Drai’s is the only nightclub in Las Vegas that offers full-length concerts by today’s top-charting artists. Every weekend, the Drai’s LIVE concert series brings big names like Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne and Lil Baby to the rooftop of The Cromwell, with banner performances set to the stunning backdrop of the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. The upcoming Drai’s LIVE concert lineup can be found HERE. Additional dates of Brown’s residency will be announced, soon. Other special requests are available by emailing info@draislv.com.

About Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub

Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub takes entertainment and nightlife to new heights in an unmatched setting – 11 stories high on the rooftop of The Cromwell with dazzling views of the Las Vegas Strip at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard. Drai’s Nightclub is a 30,000-square-foot palatial, multi-level club with an expansive dance floor, massive LED lighting systems, and modern technology featuring more than 7,000 square feet of the most state-of-the-art high-definition LEDs in production, including a towering 80-sided LED disco ball – the only one of its kind. Drai’s Nightclub is home to Drai’s LIVE, an unprecedented concert series that provides fans with the opportunity to see full-length performances by top performers like Lil Wayne and Lil Baby in an up-close setting unlike anything else in the world. Drai’s is located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard. Drai’s Beachclub is a 35,000-square-foot oasis with multiple pools shaded by eight towering palm trees, a variety of cabanas and bungalows, a full-service gourmet kitchen and two full-service bars. The legendary Drai’s After Hours has solidified itself as the ultimate late-night, see-and-be-seen party destination for more than two decades.Drai’s After Hoursis a sleek, sexy lounge where DJs play chart-topping songs of today, including top 40, Latin and hip-hop music. In addition to bottle service, Drai’s After Hours is one of the only spots on the Strip to offer hookah nightly. Drai’s After Hours is open from midnight to close every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More information, including reservations, tickets and hours, is available at DraisGroup.com. Follow Drai’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @draislv, @draisbeachclub and @draisafterhours.

About The Cromwell

The Cromwell – named a Top 10 “Best U.S. Casino” by USA TODAY 10BEST Readers’ Choicerecipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Awardand the first standalone boutique hotel on the famed Strip – brings an exclusive, luxury lifestyle hotel experience to the Las Vegas Strip, focusing on hospitality, amenities and personalized service. The Cromwell is the first hotel in Las Vegas to offer mobile key technology for digital, keyless entry to rooms via the guests’ iOS devices. Located on the bustling corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road – directly across from Caesars Palace – The Cromwell keeps it intimate with 188 rooms including 19 suites, a personalized virtual concierge service named Ivy, a 40,000-square-foot casino, Bound – the elevated hotel lobby bar, Interlude – a casino lounge featuring live entertainment, award-winning GIADA – the first-ever restaurant by celebrity chef and television personality Giada De Laurentiis, Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub – a 65,000 square-foot rooftop pool and nightclub with day and nightlife experiences boasting open-air, panoramic views from 11 stories above the iconic Las Vegas skyline, and Drai’s After Hours – located at its original home beneath the boutique hotel. The Cromwell is operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR). For more information, please visit thecromwell.com  or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find The Cromwell on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram. Must be 21 or older to gamble. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-522-4700 ©2021, Caesars License Company, LLC.

*Photo: Denise Truscello, Getty Images

Israel Tourism

The Israel Ministry of Tourism continues to help the local tourism industry, to increase the accommodation supply to lower prices. The Investment Administration in the Tourism Ministry has recently received 107 applications from entrepreneurs seeking grants to build and expand hotels.

Investors, who are optimistic about the rehabilitation of Israel’s incoming tourism industry, are seeking to establish and convert existing buildings to hotels and expand existing buildings or restore them to their original purpose. 70 applications were submitted in the building permit tracking, 22 requests as part of a track to restore buildings to hotel use and convert existing buildings into hotels, and 15 applications were submitted in the implementation track by companies who have a building permit. This year’s grant budget stands at NIS 165 million. The directives of the Investment Administration for 2022 were published last April and the deadline for applications to be submitted was mid-May 2022.

The Israel Minister of Tourism Yoel Razvozov spoke about Israels current tourism opportunities, “There is a great deal of optimism and interest among the tourism industry. This year, we broke the record for the number of grant requests for opening new hotels in Israel, with over one hundred applications submitted. The Israel Ministry of Tourism continues to invest vast efforts in increasing incoming tourism traffic to Israel and shortening the amount of time it takes to build hotels. This will inject billions of shekels into the state coffers.”

As is well known, the corona crisis interrupted the upward growth trend in incoming tourism, which culminated in record figures in 2019 of over 4.5 million tourists. During the crisis, the Ministry of Tourism focused on preserving and nurturing the tourism infrastructure and continued assistance to entrepreneurs. This is to prepare for the return of growth. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the tourism industry’s annual contribution to the economy (before the pandemic) stood at about NIS 40 billion. The ministry is working to restore incoming tourism traffic to Israel and for the industry’s recovery following the crisis.

Despite the effects of the pandemic, progress has been registered in both planning new hotel projects and in building projects that were planned before the outbreak of the pandemic. The ministry continues to work to realize the potential inherent in hotel investments, to increase the number of tourists, and, as a result, to increase revenue from tourism to the economy.

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.

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Seven Amazing Activities to do During Your Vacation

There are many reasons why we travel. To escape the daily grind, to see the world, and learn about different cultures and traditions. But one of the main reasons we travel is to have fun!

A vacation gives you a chance to relax and rejuvenate yourself. However, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut while on holiday. Whether traveling with family or friends, making your trip fun and memorable is important. 

If you’re looking for some excitement during your next vacation, here are some great ideas:

Go Hiking

Hiking is great exercise, and it’s also a fun way to see new places. If you have time during your trip, consider hiking through the woods or along a mountain trail. It is also a great way to take in nature, which is one of the best ways to relax after a stressful day.

Many hiking trails worldwide offer beautiful views of mountains, lakes, and other natural wonders! Some hiking trails even lead up mountains to get closer views of glaciers or waterfalls.

Go Sightseeing

Visiting historic sites, museums and galleries are all fun ways to spend your time while traveling. Learning about other cultures is also a great way to get inspired and even pick up a few new ideas for your travels!

Play Games

Board games are a great way to get people together. You can play Scrabble, Monopoly, Life, or any other game in your collection. Even without a large group of friends and family, you can play on a computer or with a friend over the internet.

If you want to fancy more of a thrill, try out some online casino games! There are plenty of them, and you can play with only an internet connection. Popular types include slots, live dealers, table games, and video poker. 

The good thing about these games is that you can access them depending on your location. If you are in Canada, try searching for the best online casinos in Canada. The platform guides you to the top online casinos, where there are reviews of all the top operators. In addition, when you are ready to play you can claim a generous welcome bonus. 

Take Pictures

The best way to remember your trip is by taking pictures. If you have a smartphone, take advantage of the camera and take some photos. You should also take notes about the places you visit and things you do during your vacation to remember them better.

Do Some Shopping

Shopping is one of the most popular activities for tourists. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs or gifts for friends and family back home, shopping is a great way to kill time on your vacation.

Have a Picnic

Picnics are one of the most fun and relaxing ways to enjoy yourself during your next vacation! They are perfect for families who want to relax and for friends and couples who want to get away from it all. You don’t even need special equipment or supplies – just pack some sandwiches and drinks and head out into nature!

Go on a Road Trip

Road trips are an excellent way to explore new places and experience them differently than if you were flying. Plus, they’re fun! Most people enjoy driving long distances because it gives them time alone with their thoughts and something interesting to look at. 

You can also make a road trip with friends and family, especially when trying out a recently bought car. If you or your friend buys a new Porsche car, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably, why not go for a Porsche road trip! That way, you get to test your new car in an exciting way.

Enjoy Your Vacation!

Relaxation and enjoyment are the hallmarks of a vacation. You also want to make the most of your trip by exploring new places, trying new things, and learning about local culture. If you’re planning a vacation, choose activities that will help you relax, have fun, and learn about the place you’re visiting.

If you go on a vacation and never do anything but sit on the beach, you will have difficulty remembering anything about it. So next time, do things that are memorable. 

Cheetah Plains eco-luxe safari in South Africa via 360 MAGAZINE

Cheetah Plains

Next Level Private & Sustainable Safari

100% Solar Powered Exclusive-Use Villas and Land Cruiser Electric Vehicles

Cheetah Plains is home to the exclusive-use luxury villa and sustainable safari experience nestled in South Africa’s most celebrated wildlife area, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. A sophisticated, innovative eco-luxe safari run entirely on solar power, Cheetah Plains provides guests with a personalized, and flexible experience giving you the option to plan your safari on your terms.

Perfect for an exclusive family vacation or a luxurious safari sojourn with friends, Cheetah Plains’ three private villas each accommodate a maximum of eight guests and boast award-winning architectural design and interiors that redefine convention by sensitively translating urban sophistication in the bush. The villas, Mapogo, Karula, and Mvula are named after famous wild cats that have been a significant part of the history of the area, and blend respectfully into the surrounding environment through their modern design and use of natural materials. The location and unique appointment of each is a respectful homage to their secluded, tranquil environment and each safari hideaway provides groups with a unique bushveld retreat unlike any other. Each villa boasts four stand-alone private guest suites and a shared living space that houses an entertaining lounge, living and dining room areas, expansive swimming pool with deck, outdoor boma for fireside dining, fine wine gallery, and fully equipped chef’s kitchen.

“Cheetah Plains indulges guests in a truly unique and personalized sustainable safari experience. The level of flexibility and privacy affords the opportunity for a truly memorable adventure for families and friends. From prime wildlife sightings from (almost) silent Land Cruiser electric game viewing vehicles 

(that are Tesla battery-powered) to the incredible natural surroundings from the comfort of your designer villa to immersive gastronomical dining under the African skies. It’s simply unbeatable,” shares Peter Dros, Head of Sales and Marketing for Cheetah Plains.

Eco-Luxe Safari Experience: During a stay at Cheetah Plains each villa is provided with a dedicated hospitality team including an accomplished host, culinary team, lodge sommelier, spa therapist, and even childcare for the duration of their stay. Together, this talented group of professionals and your own dedicated guide and tracker, with a private safari, vehicle deliver a luxury experience of the highest standard and can create a tailored stay to accommodate individual preferences. 

Activities during a visit also include guided bush walks, wellness offerings, a fitness gym, and ‘Cubs Club‘ for kids. Each villa provides a platform to showcase Africa’s artistic talent, not unlike a contemporary gallery space, and has been personally and passionately curated by Cheetah Plains owner, Japie van Niekerk. Pieces by acclaimed masters are thoughtfully placed alongside current and emerging talent. Brunch in the bush after a morning game drive includes fresh locally sourced produce. Wine tastings from the 300 bottle wine cellar in each villa and meals are carefully prepared and offered fireside and under the stars, as well as, in the comfort of each villa. 

A Commitment to Sustainability: Cheetah Plains sets the standard in South Africa for a zero-emission, sustainable 4×4 luxury safari experience traversing over 20,200+ acres, led by a highly skilled guiding team. Taking a singular approach to sustainability, within their footprint on the Sabi Sand, Cheetah Plains delivers a next-level eco-safari. They have partnered with some of the world’s pre-eminent minds in the renewable energy field to provide clean energy solutions that drive both their hospitality and safari experiences.

The Cheetah Plains experience is ‘off the grid’, harnessing the power of solar to provide a reliable, renewable energy source. Meanwhile, their twice-daily game drives are taken in innovative Toyota Land Cruiser Electric Safari Vehicles powered by Tesla batteries. This bold advance toward zero-emission game viewing is what drives the sustainable safari experience at Cheetah Plains. The quiet, smooth gait of the Land Cruiser Electric Vehicles deliver the highest quality wildlife sightings and include eight comfortable bucket seats, individually set at the optimal recline of 11 degrees, USB ports, and heated seats. Their unobtrusive nature facilitates the most silent approach by vehicle, resulting in an unparalleled safari experience. Onboard, bird books, binoculars, and a professional level camera fitted with a telephoto lens are provided for guests’ enjoyment while out on a game drive. 

Bush Walks: For the most captivating safari experience, guests are invited to embark on guided, interpretive bush walks. Accompanied by certified and experienced walking-trail field guides, the opportunity to explore parts of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve on foot is one not to be missed. There is no more tangible way than this to surround yourself with nature where visitors will surely find that a profound appreciation of one’s place within the ecosystem is deeply felt. The duration of walks are easily customized to guest requirements, taking the number of guests, fitness levels, ages, weather conditions, and the preferred game drive schedules into account. 

Kids on Safari: Cheetah Plains welcomes families and children of all ages. Highly qualified, relatable field guides and trackers are eager to share their bush lore with young, inquisitive minds. Bush bumbles (game drives of age-appropriate duration) and interpretive walks in their indigenous gardens facilitate a child’s connection with Africa’s wilderness and love of nature. Other kid-friendly activities include baking, arts and crafts, tracking and shooting targets with pellet guns. The villas have child-friendly features such as interconnecting suites and entertainment lounges with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a selection of games, and Netflix. The lodge also provides reliable childcare onsite for when parents are away on safari. 

Wellness: The restorative quality of your safari is luxuriously enhanced by personal pampering. Guests are invited to enjoy a selection of massage therapies and beauty treatments in the privacy and comfort of your private guest suite. With Africology as the wellness amenity brand partner, a spa therapist expertly imparts the healing, restorative properties of select African botanicals, offering guests a remedying, calming wellness experience. 

Sporting beautiful views out over our rolling lawns and the Tamboti grove beyond, the climate-controlled gym is outfitted with a variety of high-quality, professional fitness equipment in partnership with Technogym. A short stroll from your villa and private suite, the communal-use gym facility at Cheetah Plains is a tranquil environment for weight training sessions, cardio work-outs or yoga, stretching, and core training. 

Cheetah Plains is conveniently accessible by a 1.5-hour flight from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport on a commercial or private charter with a 20-minute private vehicle transfer from the Arathusa airstrip to your villa. A safari at Cheetah Plains is best paired with Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, Kruger National Park, and Victoria Falls. Daily scheduled flights are available on Federal Air from Johannesburg to Arathusa and on Airlink from Johannesburg and Cape Town to KMIA and Skukuza. Charter jets can be arranged by Cheetah Plains to Arathusa, or helicopter transfers directly to its private helipad. Rates begin at $2,000 per person per day, all-inclusive, based on four adults with a 2-night minimum and $1,550 per additional guest, or $770 per child 3-12 years of age, or $150 under three years of age. Reservations can be made online HERE.  

About Cheetah Plains: 

Opened in 2018, Cheetah Plains is home to the exclusive-use luxury villa and sustainable safari experience nestled in South Africa’s most celebrated wildlife area, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The eco-luxe experience includes three private villas with four guest bush suites that accommodate up to eight guests each with its own formal lounge, living and dining areas, expansive swimming pool, and outdoor deck that operates off-grid. Each villa comes with a complete hospitality team consisting of an accomplished host, culinary team, and spa therapist, as well as an expert field guide and tracker dedicated to you for the duration of your stay. Families and children of all ages are welcome to experience their own personalized safari, guided bush walks, wellness offerings, fitness gym, and ‘Cubs Club‘ for kids. Cheetah Plains sets the standard in South Africa for zero-emission game-viewing utilizing its own fleet of solar-charged Land Cruiser Electric Safari vehicles. A luxury sustainable safari that is beyond expectations. 

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