Transform Your Life On A Beautiful Greek Island

April 16, 2014 on 11:51 am | In Beachbooker, Greece | Comments Off



Relationships, finding happiness, confidence … even encouragement for budding entrepreneurs can be explored in one of the life-changing courses with SKYROS, the leading course-based holiday. See www.skyros.com.

With the pressures of modern life many people do not find the time to reflect on what they really want. A holiday with Skyros is the ultimate way to leave behind life’s limitations, recharge passions and go for what really matters. A carefully chosen programme reflects the needs of today’s holidaymakers looking for more than to ‘fly and flop’.

Fully supported by one of Skyros’s experienced facilitators, guests can join courses to help in both the personal and professional domain. Courses range from titles like Successful Relationships, Creative Confidence, Choose Life at Any Risk and Being Ourselves to career-related ones like Present Your Best Self and Making it Happen for You – a motivational and practical course for those thinking of self employment. With the growth in small, non-employing businesses in the UK, as per the latest statistics from the Department of Business and Innovation and Skills, this type of individual career-related course has never been more relevant.

“You have changed my life and helped me to have a second chance at living and being happy” (2013 holiday participant)

Within a warm and friendly atmosphere, and in small groups of 8-10 people, the programme gives participants the opportunity to reach new insights and make breakthroughs. The Skyros Centre is perched in the ancient and charming hillside village of Skyros. After starting the morning with yoga and a delicious breakfast on the terrace, which offers spectacular views to the sea, it is time to start the group life coaching session with one our dedicated facilitators. Every day brings new insights. After lunch al-fresco, the afternoon is free to explore the village, laze on the sandy beach, make new friends – or simply enjoy a siesta. The day doesn’t stop there, as guests are able join in evening activities, mingling with guests from the Writers’ Lab and the Arts Studio.

“A once in a lifetime opportunity! Everything from food to staff to course to town exceeded expectations. You will leave Skyros Centre knowing the world is truly your oyster!” (2013 holiday participant)

The holidays run as either a one or two-week break, with course days on five days per week, and start on Sat 7 June 2014, with the last finishing on Sat 20 September.
About SYROS
Skyros, the first and best for health and wellbeing holidays, is now in its 35th year. The headquarters are based in the Isle of Wight.
www.skyros.com


Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week, June 1-14

April 16, 2014 on 11:49 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Florida | Comments Off



Award-Winning Eateries Feature Prix Fixe Dining Experiences at Special Prices

Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week will return June 1 – 14, 2014. Hosted by Visit Sarasota County, this much-anticipated culinary celebration is in its ninth year. Special-priced lunch and dinner menus at participating restaurants, from fine dining to casual beach cafés and eclectic urban eateries await food-lovers. More than 45 restaurants participated in 2013 and this year’s line-up promises to bring an unprecedented group of participants as well.

With Florida’s highest concentration of Zagat-rated restaurants, there’s no better time to taste what’s cooking in Sarasota County. Creative chefs serve up authentic dishes of fresh Gulf seafood, dishes contrived of international flavors as well as innovative twists on classic favourites.

Throughout this year’s Savor Sarasota event, guests can enjoy £18 pre-fixe dinner menus from the destination’s acclaimed restaurants. Three-course lunch menus are also offered for just £10, allowing visitors to sample eclectic offerings for every palate.

For more information about the 2014 Savor Sarasota celebration – including featured chef profiles, a complete list of participating restaurants and pre-fixe, three-course menus, alongside upcoming events and accommodation packages – visit www.savorsarasota.com

Seven nights in Sarasota, Florida from only £979 per person

Fly from Gatwick to Tampa with British Airways on June 1 and spend seven nights at the Best Western Plus Siesta Key. This package costs from £979 per person based on two adults sharing on a room only basis and fully inclusive economy car hire. Subject to availability at the time of booking. For more information or to book visit www.americaasyoulikeit.com  or call 020 8742 8299.


Soul Adventures Presents… ‘Vibrate At Your Highest Frequency’ Kundalini Yoga & Healing Retreat

April 16, 2014 on 11:41 am | In Beachbooker, Spa Resorts, Spain, Webbandstand | Comments Off



We are pleased to announce the second ‘VIBRATE AT YOUR HIGHEST FREQUENCY’ kundalini yoga and healing retreat of 2014, held in Ibiza from 3rd – 10th May, presented by Trish Whelan of Soul Adventures.

Trish specialises in helping people re-connect to their bliss and this 7 day immersion is a totally transformational retreat which relaxes, restores and rejuvenates so you will reach your highest vibration on all levels – and therefore feel your best.

The main focus of the week is working on a chakra (energy centre) a day with 2 Kundalini Yoga and Meditation sessions morning and evening and also supported by sessions of Reiki and Shamanic Healing.

The wellness experience is further enhanced with each day’s macrobiotic influenced menu designed around the chakra of that day and using the finest organic and local produce to create super tasty and nutritious vegetarian meals.

The exquisite Soul Adventures Retreat House is a truly luxurious retreat space ideally located on the island surrounded by 7 acres of private forest and lots of space to relax and really enjoy the process as you start to feel more vital, brighter and more radiant.

Held throughout the year from March to October, these powerful transformational retreats will fast track you to reaching your highest vibration and touching your bliss.

“Make yourself so happy so that when others see you they become happy too”
Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga

“I have been to a few yoga retreats before but never to a kundalini yoga one. Without doubt this has been the best retreat I have been to because there was a great mix of yoga, meditation and down time. The food was divine and I walked away feeling spiritually enlightened and content. I would highly recommend Trish’s retreat to others. Thank you Trish and to the rest of the group for a very special week. Waheguru Satnam!” Sabi Phagura, Fitlass/LuxuriousMagazine/MSN


New Cultural Festival In Sarasota, Florida

April 16, 2014 on 11:39 am | In Beachbooker, Florida, Webbandstand | Comments Off



The Sarasota Ballet to Host the 2014 Sir Frederick Ashton Festival

The four-day festival with honour the life and works of the acclaimed British choreographer and feature 10 Ashton ballets

The Sarasota Ballet has announced a four-day festival, April 30 – May 3, honouring the life and works of the British choreographer, Sir Frederick Ashton. The 2014 Sir Frederick Ashton Festival will feature ten of the renowned choreographer’s ballets, as well as several films and lectures that highlight Ashton’s contributions to modern-day dance.

As a company known for presenting more Ashton ballets than any other American ballet company- since 2007 when Director Iain Webb was appointed as Executive Director at The Sarasota Ballet – the Festival is very much Webb’s vision.

“Having worked so closely with Ashton during my time at The Royal Ballet, I feel it’s my duty to help preserve his great works” said Webb.

The Festival’s ballets will be performed within four programmes hosted at The Sarasota Opera House. These ballets include Ashton’s Birthday Offering, Illuminations, Facade Les Rendezvous, Symphonic Variations, Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Monotones 1 & 11 and Sinfonietta. The closing gala performance on May 3 will include additional divertissements from Ashton’s repertoire as well as Les Patineaurs, which received rave reviews last year when the Company performed it in Ballet Across America 111 at the John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

In additional to the evening ballet performance, every afternoon will feature a film about Ashton and his works and a lecture/ discussion panel, hosted at the Historic Asolo Theatre. The lectures will feature ballet leaders and experts such as Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell, David Vaughan, Margaret Barbieri, Wendy Ellis Somes and Alastair Macaulay.

“This festival will bring together rare and beautiful ballets, showcasing the works of one of the best choreographers to have ever lived” said Webb. “It’s going to be a historic event”.

For more information on the Festival or to purchase tickets, please visit http://sarasotaballet.org/ashton-festival

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Seven nights in Sarasota, Florida from only £1,190 per person

Fly from Gatwick to Tampa with British Airways on April 28 and spend seven nights at the Holiday Inn, Lido Beach. This package costs from £1,190 per person based on two adults sharing on a room only basis and fully inclusive economy car hire. Subject to availability at the time of booking. For more information or to book visit www.americaasyoulikeit.com or call 020 8742 8299.

Sarasota is located on the West Coast of Florida, 45 minutes from Tampa and just one and half hour’s drive from Orlando. The area has beautiful, white sand beaches, wildlife and a string of unspoilt natural islands, comprising what many refer to as ‘hidden Florida’. For further information on Visit Sarasota County visit http://www.visitsarasota.org


Follow the Camerons to the Canaries

April 16, 2014 on 9:10 am | In Africa, Beachbooker, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off



It’s time to don the sunglasses and follow David Cameron and his family to their destination of choice this Easter break: Lanzarote. Families can enjoy the beautiful weather at the beach-front four-star Seaside Los Jameos Playa Hotel, boasting fantastic facilities for parents and their children of all ages.

The four-star hotel overlooks the Los Pocillos beach and has three swimming pools (one dedicated to children), four tennis courts, a kid’s club, a mini golf course, table tennis and a spa and wellness centre offering a variety of treatments; making it a perfect holiday spot this May half term for families wanting both a relaxing or active break.

Seaside Los Jameos Playa Hotel****

www.los-jameos-playa.co.uk

Save up to £1,228 when you book online

Seven Nights All Inclusive in 4* Hotel in Lanzarote from only £591 per person

Fly from London Luton on May 22 and stay for seven nights all inclusive at Seaside Los Jameos Playa Hotel****, Playa De Los Pocillos, Lanzarote from £591 per person (including online discount). This package includes return flights, accommodation based on two adults sharing and transfers.For more information or to book visit www.firstchoice.co.uk  or call 0871 200 7799.


U.S. Open & U.S. Women’s Open – North Carolina

April 16, 2014 on 9:06 am | In Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, The South | Comments Off



This year, Pinehurst in North Carolina has the honour of hosting both the U.S. Open (12 – 15 June) and the U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championships (19 – 22 June). This marks the first time in history that both tournaments will be played in the same year, on the same course. Pinehurst is one of the USA’s premier golf destinations, with a mild year-round climate and plenty to see and do off the course including spa treatments, kayaking, biking and shopping in the quaint stores of Pinehurst Village. North Carolina has over 400 golf courses, which invite visitors to tee off amongst stunning mountains, rolling hills and beautiful beaches across the state.

www.pinehurst.com / visitnc.com / www.DiscoverAmerica.com


Discover The Wild Portuguese Coastal Camino

April 16, 2014 on 8:58 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Portugal | Comments Off



Experience the wild beauty of the Portuguese Coastal Camino with CaminoWays.com, the walking and cycling holiday specialists.

This exciting 12 day trip is one of CaminoWays.com’s newest routes and allows walkers to take in some incredible marine views, while also getting the chance to taste delicious local food and wine and even go for a swim in one of the many sandy beaches.

Some of the Portuguese Coastal Camino highlights include:

Porto

The route begins in the vibrant city of Porto in Portugal, famous for its UNESCO-listed river front, delicious Douro and Port wines and exciting mid-Summer festival of Saint John.

Atlantic Coast

The path then travels north along the Atlantic shoreline through picturesque seaside towns and fishing villages such as Vila do Conde, Póvoa de Varzim and Viana do Castelo; as well as coastal areas of outstanding natural beauty. From the town of Caminha, walkers will catch a ferry across the River Minho to reach A Guarda in Galicia, in the heart of the Rías Baixas.

Rías Baixas

Famed for its Albariño white wine and incredible seafood, the Rías Baixas is also home to idyllic beaches, beautiful rugged landscapes and interesting towns such as A Guarda.

While here, walkers should take time off to visit the ancient Celtic village of Santa Tecla, perched on top of the hill, enjoying stunning panoramic views of the ocean, Galicia and Portugal.

Following some time in A Guarda, walkers will stay in the elegant seaside town of Baoina before continuing along the coast to the cosmopolitan city of Vigo.

Vigo and Cíes Islands

Known as ‘The Gateway to the Atlantic’, Vigo city is the perfect spot to take a day off. Walkers are highly recommended to take a day trip to the beautiful Cíes Islands, part of the Atlantic Islands Natural Park, a protected area of outstanding beauty and authentic paradise in Vigo Bay.

Pontevedra

Next, the route passes through the pretty fishing village of Arcade, where visitors can sample the town’s famous oysters. Then, walkers should visit the exquisite ‘Pilgrim Virgin’ chapel and explore the elegant city of Pontevedra before finally heading inland to Santiago de Compostela.

Enjoy this ultimate coastal Camino route with CaminoWays.com from just €1365pp. Click for more information on the Portuguese Coastal Way.

Please note: This 12-day holiday is also available in shorter sections. Please contact the CaminoWays.com team to create your itinerary and for more information

Price includes: Luggage transfer, accommodation on a half-board basis and holiday pack.

Price does not include: Flights or insurance.

Also available: Hotel upgrades and ‘parador’ accommodation in some town ask the CaminoWays.com team for more information.

Best time to travel: June – September 2014

Book 2 months in advance to receive 5 % off!Start planning your Camino trip today by logging onto www.caminoways.com or calling +353 (0)1 525 2886.

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Hilton to debut Garden Inn brand in Haiti

April 15, 2014 on 12:48 pm | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Haiti | Comments Off



Hilton Worldwide announced it will open its first property in Haiti with an agreement reached to build a Garden Inn branded hotel in Port-au-Prince.

Construction is due to begin in July for the 11-story property featuring 152 rooms.

A business center, fitness center, an outdoor pool, restaurant, and meeting spaces are planned at a total cost of $26 million.

This is Hilton’s first venture in the Caribbean country and only the third by a US based hotel group, following Best Western and Marriott International.

An agreement was signed with local partner Groupe CAB S.A in the presence of Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

Secretary of State for Tourism Jessy Menos said: “The tourism sector is in full evolution and at the Ministry, we bend over backwards to bring visitors and we are happy to see that the private sector is following suit.”

Ted Middleton, Vice President of Development, Hilton Worldwide said the project will directly generate 100 jobs and a further 300 openings in indirect tourism.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization said Haiti tourism increased 20% in 2013 but is still a long way short of more established Caribbean destinations such as near neighbor Dominican Republic.

However some Haitans believe increased tourism development should not come at any cost.

Local farming communities in the offshore island of Ile-a-Vache are fighting development of a $250 million eco-tourism project which they say will forcibly strip them of land rights and homes.


Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins at Eco-resort Rosalie Bay, Dominica

April 15, 2014 on 12:45 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dominican Republic | Comments Off



ROSALIE, Dominica — A spectacular ancient ritual, that dates back to the time of dinosaurs, has begun on the Caribbean’s Nature Island of Dominica. Endangered sea turtles are beginning to arrive and nest on the protected black sand beach of Rosalie Bay Resort. In approximately 60 days, the first hatchlings will emerge.

During the annual nesting season, which is now through October, hundreds of sea turtles travel thousands of miles to lay eggs on the same beach where they were born. Three species nest at RosalieBay, the giant Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill. Plan a vacation now for a chance to witness the incredible sight of an 800-pound sea turtle crawling ashore to nest or hatchlings smaller than a baby’s footprint head out to sea.

Located on the Atlantic coast of Dominica, RosalieBay founded the sea turtle conservation efforts on the island more than 10 years ago. The eco-boutique resort provides a protected nesting ground for the endangered species and gathers research to aid in their recovery.

Guests are invited to participate in the sea turtle conservation efforts by helping patrol the beach to protect nesting turtles, assisting researchers in collecting data or watching as they relocate nests that are too close to the ocean to the turtle hatchery, or being “on call” for when baby sea turtles hatch and begin their journey.

Save 33% during Sea Turtle Season

In addition to saving endangered sea turtles, guests who visit during sea turtle season will also save 33% on their stay of 4 nights or more at Rosalie Bay Resort. The special offer is available in all of the resort’s 28 rooms and suites, each featuring local hand-crafted hardwood furniture, luxurious bathrooms with rain showers, and patio with views of the garden, ocean or river.

Discounted daily rates start at $150.75 for two, plus tax and service charge. Daily rates include complimentary Continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, yoga classes and nature walks.

For reservations, call toll-free (877) 732-2864 or speak with a travel agent. For more information, visit www.RosalieBay.com

About Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica

RosalieBay is an award-winning eco-boutique and wellness resort in the foothills of the Morne Trois Pitons where the RosalieRiver meets the black sand beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Green Globe certified, RosalieBay is a pioneer in its environmental efforts with the largest wind turbine in the region and founding Dominica’s sea turtle conservation program. The hand-built sanctuary blends into its 22-acre surroundings with 28 spacious rooms and suites, riverfront spa, and local and organic cuisine. Stunning natural beauty and modern touches work in perfect harmony to create a vacation that is simply magical.


Palm Beach – The Breakers’ Summer Promotion

April 15, 2014 on 12:44 pm | In Beachbooker, Florida, Miami | Comments Off



Summer travelers vie for the most memorable vacation they can get for their investment – the quintessential choice: a magnificently renewed, beachfront property with a bounty of amenities at a convenient, stateside location, but made compellingly affordable. The Breakers Palm Beach is that luxury resort for all ages, situated in the heart of the island of Palm Beach, Florida with an enticing summer vacation promotion available June 1 through September 30, 2014, including July 4th and Labor Day holiday weekends.

Summer weekday room rates (Sunday-Thursday) start at just $329 per room, per night, and begin at $409 per night on weekends (Friday/Saturday), based on standard accommodations, which represents 45% savings compared to winter season rates. Added value abounds with an amazing range of exceptional amenities, either free or at significant savings… complimentary incentives such as full American breakfast, kids’ meals, unlimited fitness classes and tennis; to savings on golf, spa, beach bungalow rentals, on-site shopping and more.

Free summer benefits include:

Full American breakfast buffet — served both in The Circle and The Beach Club Restaurant
Kids’ meals – Ages 3-12
Unlimited tennis
Unlimited fitness classes
Unlimited WiFi & local calls

Special summer savings apply to:

Reduced golf fees – inclusive of cart on the Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones® Course:
$145 per person (18 holes) and $95 per person (9 holes) — June 1-30
$ 65 per person (unlimited play, per day) – July 1 – Sept 30
Kids’ day camp, ages 3-12
Spa services
Eight restaurants and eight bars
Beach bungalows for daytime rentals
Shopping – select merchandise at 11 on-site boutiques

The Breakers offers enduring value for families, couples or friends on a getaway, and its summer promotion encourages guests to save on theirpreferred experiences. For reservations or more information, visit www.thebreakers.com/specialoffers, call toll-free at 1-855-313-8851 or contact your travel professional.

Editor’s Note:

Photo link to oceanfront aerial image of The Breakers

Photo link to image of children’s water activities at The Breakers

Photo link to golf image — The Breakers Rees Jones® Course® 13th hole

Photo link to fitness image at The Breakers

About The Breakers Palm Beach

Under the same family ownership since 1896, this independent resort has made an unrivaled investment in its ongoing revitalization. Over the past decade, $250 million has been invested in property and organizational enhancements, and $20 million continues to be allocated each year. The relentless financial commitment balances preservation and modernization – to safeguard the resort’s one-of-a-kind, architectural character and magnificent setting, while introducing new and expanded amenities to bolster its contemporary appeal.

“Guests are keenly aware that The Breakers could not be replicated today; they embrace its peerless blend of stunning atmosphere; relaxed, natural elegance; multi-faceted amenities and genuine service,” said David Burke, vice president of sales & marketing. “Yet we never rest on our laurels, so we ensure it keeps getting better, year after year.

One of America’s legendary resort destinations, this 540-room, Italian Renaissance-style hotel resides on 140 acres of oceanfront property in the heart of Palm Beach. The Breakers was founded in 1896 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and continues to thrive independent of chain affiliation. Renowned for its gracious service, the modern classic resort indulges its clientele, whether couples on a romantic getaway, multi-generational travelers on a family vacation or large gatherings in celebration. Its timeless atmosphere — from its magnificent interiors to its artfully designed landscape — has been renewed in a style of relaxed elegance.

A multi-faceted destination, The Breakers features 36 holes of championship golf, including the Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones® Course; 10 Har-Tru tennis courts; luxury spa; a breathtaking oceanfront with a half-mile of private beach, Mediterranean-style beach club, as well as luxury beach bungalows for daytime-rental, four oceanfront pools, five whirlpool spas and a variety of water sports; a Family Entertainment Center and an extensive program of family and children’s activities. Eight distinctive restaurants and eight bars, with settings ranging from casual beachfront to stylishly sophisticated, including HMF, the resort’s destination for social drinking and eating and the newly transformed Flagler Steakhouse; as well as an array of on-site boutiques, are all owned and managed by the resort. The Breakers is recognized as a AAA Five Diamond property and has earned numerous accolades for its commitment to the environment, community service and the quality of life it provides to its employees.
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