Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend

October 24, 2014 on 2:14 pm | In Beachbooker, Fashions, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Dame Zandra Rhodes Joins Forces With Malaysian Brand Karyaneka To Launch Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend

Tourism Malaysia is pleased to announce this year’s second Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend, taking place from the 12–17 November 2014. The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend (KLFW), which will take place at the National Visual Art Gallery, has been organised in conjunction with the 1Malaysia Year-End Sale 2014 and will feature a cross-label collaboration between renowned British designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE and Malaysia brand, Karyaneka.

Dame Zandra Rhodes has teamed up with Karyaneka, a Malaysian government agency promoting the use of local handicraft produced by Malaysian craftsmen, to create a capsule collection using Malaysian ethnic fabrics, which will then be transformed into the designer’s distinctive daywear and evening wear. Other labels showing at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend include leading department stores, online shopping channels, children’s premium labels, accessories labels and leading local brand Lord’s Tailor.

Kuala Lumpur has previously been ranked as the world’s fourth best shopping city (after New York, Tokyo and London) by global news network CNN. Following Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend, the 1Malaysia Year End Sale will be ending 2014 with a bang. Shoppers attending the sale can expect an exciting line-up of fashion-related events, entertainment and nationwide shopping promotions, taking place at shopping malls across the city.

Guests looking to visit Kuala Lumpur during this period can stay for seven nights at the JW Marriott from £1,175 per person including return economy class direct flights, return private airport transfers and seven nights’ accommodation in a deluxe room. To book this package, please contact Cleveland Collection on 020 7843 3531 or visit www.clevelandcollection.co.uk. For more information on Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend please visit: http://www.klfashionweekend.com/

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The VANS TRIPLE CROWN OF SURFING Is Coming: Nov.12-Dec.20‏

October 24, 2014 on 1:58 pm | In Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

ASP Men’s and Women’s World Champions to be Decided

November 12-December 20

North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

HONOLULU — The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing – a prestigious three-event showcase series that features the world’s top ranked professionals on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii – returns for its 32nd season this winter. World-class competition kicks off November 12 through December 20, and will conclude with the illustrious crowning of the 2014 ASP Men’s World Champion at Pipeline; inviting fans everywhere to watch all the action on the North Shore live at www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com  and www.ASPWorldTour.com

As the final stop of both the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) and the ASP Qualification Series (QS), the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will also present an overall Series champion – a coveted title awarded to the top-performing surfer of the three-event series that includes a $50,000 bonus from Vans. Twenty-eight (28) of ASP’s Top 34 have entered all three events, including Kelly Slater (USA), John John Florence (HAW), Jordy Smith (ZAF), and Michel Bourez (PYF).

In conjunction with the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Hawaii also hosts two ASP women’s events during the six-week competition period: The Target Maui Pro at Honolua Bay, Maui, which will crown the ASP Women’s World Champion for 2014, and the Women’s Pipe Invitational at Banzai Pipeline, an ASP specialty event that will feature eight select women.

What makes this series the jewel of professional surfing? Giant winter waves fuel this traditional “pilgrimage” to the sport’s birthplace, keeping Hawaii at the heart of the surf world. These incredible waves are the ultimate stage for the surfing’s key crowning moments, for record performances, international media attention, and the creation of lifetime memories for athletes and fans alike.

The $1.4 Million Lineup:

The REEF Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park, November 12-23. An ASP QS men’s Prime event. $250,000 prize purse. Defending champion: Michel Bourez (TAH).

The VANS World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, November 24-December 6. An ASP men’s Prime event. $250,000 prize purse. Defending champion: Ezekiel Lau (HAW).

The BILLABONG Pipe Masters, Banzai Pipeline, December 8-20. As the final event on the ASP WCT for the men’s 2014 season, it will determine the 2014 Men’s World Champion. $500,000 prize purse. Defending champion: Kelly Slater (USA). There will also be a one-day $100,000 Local Trials event for the Billabong Pipe Masters to determine two wildcards into the main event.

The TARGET Maui Pro, Honolua Bay, Maui. November 22-December 6. The final World Championship Tour event for the women’s 2014 season will crown this year’s ASP World Champion. $250,000 prize purse. This event returns to the women’s schedule after a four-year hiatus.

The Women’s PIPE Invitational, Banzai Pipeline, December 8-20. A $10,000 ASP Women’s Specialty event.

The 2014 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, produced by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), will run from November 12 through December 20. All events are free and open to the public. Fans from all over the world can experience the exciting competition via live webcast at www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com  and www.ASPWorldTour.com

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is an official DEEP BLUE ™ surfing event as designated by non-profit Sustainable Surf. For the second year in a row, it will be an “ocean friendly” event that reduces the environmental impacts of a professional surfing contest, provides social benefits for the local community, and reports publicly on sustainability performance. The Deep Blue Surfing Event program demonstrates leadership in sustainable sporting events worldwide.

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About Vans:
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear and apparel brand. Vans collections include authentic footwear, apparel, accessories and snowboard boots that are sold globally in more than 170 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. VF Outdoor, Inc. owns and operates more than 415 stores of the Vans brand in the United States and internationally, each offering a range of Vans footwear and apparel while communicating the brand’s rich heritage. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of musicians, artists and athletes on boards and bikes all over the globe and through progressive events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Downtown Showdown, the Vans Pool Party, the Vans Warped Tour® and surfing’s most prestigious contest, the Vans US Open of Surfing.

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What’s New For Winter Visitors to SW Florida in 2015‏

October 24, 2014 on 1:51 pm | In Beachbooker, Florida | Comments Off


CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla.  When seasonal residents return to southwest Florida each winter, they’re eager to experience favorite pastimes, but also to embark on new adventures offered by what’s new in the area since last visited. In Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands, returning snowbirds will be delighted with the amenities and activities soon to be discovered this year.


· FLORIDA TRACKS & TRAILS. Florida Tracks & Trails in Punta Gorda, is under development to become the only multi-themed outdoor adventure and live entertainment park of its kind. The family-friendly 1,000-acre park will include a 56-acre entertainment ground with a spacious 40,000 square foot indoor venue and an outdoor event lawn exceeding 30-acres in size. Surrounding the entertainment grounds will be miles of one-directional OHV trails, four professionally designed Motocross tracks, 80-acres of world-class paintball, RV campgrounds, zip lines, a fresh-water beach, and a full suite of on-site amenities such as OHV rentals, a general store, party pavilions and more. Phase 1 is targeted to open sometime in Winter 2015, with additional amenities opening shortly after. 39450 Bermont Road, east of Punta Gorda. http://www.floridatracksandtrails.com/

· PUNTA GORDA’S OUTDOOR FITNESS ZONE. Stationary gym equipment has been installed in Linear Park near Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda, providing a facility for those who don’t want to use an indoor gym. The equipment, part of the city’s first-ever “Fitness Zone,” has five pieces of equipment with activities designed to target the cardiovascular system, core, upper body, and lower body. It is safe for people of ages 14 years of age and older, and is handicap-accessible. The Fitness Zone was purchased through a private donation to the City of Punta Gorda by the Punta Gorda Rotary Club. Materials and installation were supplied by Home Depot of Punta Gorda. http://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/depts/growthmgmt/ringaroundcity.html

· ALLEGIANT AIR ADDS HUNTINGTON, WV NON-STOP SERVICE TO PUNTA GORDA, effective November 20, 2014 with fares as low as $77. Other gateways with direct service to Punta Gorda include: Allentown/Lehigh Valley, PA, Asheville, NC, Cedar Rapids, IA, Cincinnati, OH, Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Fort Wayne, IN, Greenville/Spartanburg, SC, Knoxville, TN, Lexington, KY, Moline/Quad Cities, IL, Niagara Falls/Buffalo, NY, Peoria, IL, Plattsburgh, NY/Montreal, QC, Rockford/Chicago, IL, South Bend, IN, Springfield/Branson, MO, Springfield, IL, Toledo, OH and Youngstown, OH. http://www.allegiantair.com/destinations/us/fl/punta-gorda#flights.

· MASTER GARDENER TOURS. Take a walk on the wild side with the Master Gardeners on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month for a tour of the Punta Gorda Pathways and Parks. The tour is also offered to groups by request. Led by the University of Florida’s Master Gardeners, you will view the unique ecosystems of the mangroves, identify trees and shrubs, and learn how these plants can fit into your home landscape; plus experience the habitats that support many different Florida creatures including alligators, wading birds, turtles, fish, raccoons, and crabs. Free. For information, call the Master Gardeners at (941) 764-4340 or visit http://charlotte.ifas.ufl.edu

BABCOCK  WILDERNESS PANTHER. Babcock Wilderness Adventures recently acquired a fourth generation Florida Panther “Osceola,” who was brought to the ranch by Green Field Preserve, an organization that rescues and finds homes for many species of wildlife. An endangered species, there are fewer than 200 adult panthers in Florida. Make reservations to meet Osceola in his outdoor pen by calling (800) 500-5583 for tour times. 8000 State Road 31, Punta Gorda. http://www.babcockwilderness.com.

· SCENIC BIKE ROUTES. Look for the green and white Bicycle Route signs along Punta Gorda roadways denoting four inspiring Bicycle Routes: The Bridges (BR) route is a 30-mile ride running over 13 bridges and Charlotte Harbor; the Tropical Gulf (TG) route is a 31-mile ride south to the Webb-Babcock National Wildlife Refuge; the Punta Gorda (PG) route is 17 miles running west from Downtown through the Isles neighborhood then east past the State College; and the Washington Loop (WL) route is 30-miles from Downtown to past the Airport around Washington Loop Rd. and Riverside Drive. http://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/depts/growthmgmt/ringaroundcity.html

· FAT POINT BREWING. Located in Punta Gorda, which in Spanish translates to “Fat Point” it’s anticipated this Florida craft and microbrewery will be opening its taproom by the end of 2014, but in the meantime its beers, stouts and ales can be found in Southwest Florida eateries and bars such as the Icehouse Pub and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Punta Gorda as well as at special events. Details: http://www.fatpoint.com/brewery/ .

· SMUGGLER’S GRILLE. Mid-November 2014, Smuggler’s Grille, a full service seafood restaurant “with an Italian flair,” opens in Port Charlotte. The eatery is brought to you by Smuggler’s Enterprises, Inc. who operate, among others, the Laishley Crab House and Harpoon Harry’s and Captain’s Table restaurants in Fishermen’s Village. The address is 3575 S. Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. https://www.facebook.com/smugglersgrille

· HOWARD’S RESTAURANT. An Englewood tradition since 1955 has opened at its new location of 70 Indiana Avenue, Englewood. Now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily, the new venue offers an expansive wine list, farm fresh selections, a private dining room for parties, five TVs for sports programming throughout the bar area and its well-known classy, yet casual atmosphere. (941) 473-0171. www.HowardsinEnglewood.com.


FOURTH SUNDAYJAZZ JAM. January to May seasonal visitors can enjoy the Charlotte County Jazz Society’s jam sessions at the Port Charlotte Golf Club 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Club members free, all others $3.00. 22400 Gleneagles Terrace, Port Charlotte (941) 743-2157. www.ccjazz.org.

THIRD THURSDAY GALLERY WALKS. During Gallery Walk, shops stay open until 8:00 p.m. There are free trolley rides, gallery maps at participating merchants, and plenty of free parking in downtown Punta Gorda. For information, call (941) 505-1915.

PLACIDA ART MARKET. On select Saturdays October through May, visit the Placida Art Market open 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the historic fishing village and arts enclave of Placida. Featuring paintings, wood sculpture, pottery, jewelry, metal work and fine crafts from local artisans, the Market takes place outside the Margaret Albritton Gallery, 13020 Fishery Road, Placida. (941) 698-0603. http://www.thealbrittongallery.com

2015 FLORIDA WINTER NATIONAL WOOD ART EXPO AND COMPETITION. Jan. 10-11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – closing at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda. The premier woodcarving show since 1986 featuring hundreds of entries, vendors, demonstrations, silent auction and artists’ displays and sales of sculptures and other carvings. www.charlotteharborrec.com

7th ANNUAL HANDS ACROSS THE HARBOR. Jan. 31, 2015 at Gilchrist Park, will find fitness enthusiasts walking, running, biking or racing their longboards over the bridge at Charlotte Harbor and returning back to the park for breakfast and family-friendly activities, awards and door prizes. Registration: 6:45 a.m., first event: 8:00 a.m. $20 adults/$10 students. www.HandsAcrosstheHarbor.com

10th ANNUAL WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL on Feb. 21, 2015 features artists Mindi Abair, Nick Colionne and Dave Koz performing on the shores of Charlotte Harbor in Laishley Park on Nesbit Street, Punta Gorda. Park opens to the public at 12:30 p.m. with first performance at 1:00 p.m. Tickets: $65 (purchased by December 31, 2014) up to $190 for VIP tickets that include stage front seating, private dance area, food, drink tickets, welcome back Friday night artists meet ‘n greet and more. (941) 639-3720. www.puntagordachamber.com

Download images of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands from this link: https://www.cleanpix.com/cleanpix/portal/W1hgR-Q8f-M26 .
About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands

Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014 Port Charlotte has been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com  or call1-800-652-6090.

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October 24, 2014 on 8:46 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Beachbooker, Mozambique | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowExotic Splendour in Northern Mozambique

AVANI Hotels & Resorts, a vibrant upscale brand offering relaxed comfort in stylish contemporary surroundings, has added its first property in Africa – AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa in Mozambique. Situated in the country’s far northern province of Cabo Delgado, in the ancient port town of Pemba, this impressive hotel is the perfect choice for business travellers or for an easy beach escape.

Getting there is hassle-free, with flights to Pemba International Airport from Johannesburg, Maputo, Nairobi and Dar as Salaam. Transfers to AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa take just 15 minutes. For guests who wish to explore the local area a taxi service is available, and for travellers who prefer to drive independently, a car rental desk is located within the resort.

As well as a thriving business destination, Pemba is now firmly on the tourist trail as the gateway to the Quirimbas Archipelago and Niassa Reserve. The Quirimbas Archipelago is Mozambique’s best kept secret – a 250 kilometre long string of tropical islands surrounded by dazzling coral reefs and a wealth of untouched marine life. This is a prime diving destination and is currently being considered for World Heritage Site status. Pemba is also the ideal base from which to visit northern Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve, where four of the ‘big five’ animals are resident.

With its striking architecture blending African and Arabian design, AVANI Pemba Beach Hotel & Spa is perched on a headland between the rugged coastline of Pemba Bay and Wimbe Beach, overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean. The 185 guest rooms, suites, villas and apartments are all designed with a dazzling view of the ocean or the gardens from their balcony or terrace. Guest rooms offer comfortable sleeping and working facilities, accompanied by an assortment of entertainment and refreshment options. Suites have the extra comfort of a lounge area. The Two Bedroom Duplex Villas feature a kitchen, dining and living area with an ocean facing terrace downstairs and an en suite queen and twin bedrooms upstairs. In addition, the One- Two- and Three-Bedroom Apartments have an open living, dining and kitchen area with exclusive use of two swimming pools.

When it comes to wining and dining, the restaurants and bars offer an extensive array of cuisines to satisfy both business and leisure guests. The Niassa Bar invites guests to chat over drinks with friends and colleagues and boasts a menu with an Asian touch. The flagship restaurant, Clube Naval, is located on the beach adjacent to the yacht marina and offers a selection of international cuisine, and at Quirimbas Restaurant creative buffet and a la carte theme nights are abundant with local produce and delicious fresh seafood.

With the rebranding come some added AVANI touches, such as the newly opened Grab & Go deli, selling high quality chocolates, pasta, olive oils, wines from South Africa, Italy and Portugal, as well as a Segafredo coffee corner. In addition the hotel has just launched an in-room dining service.

In terms of relaxing and outdoor activities, a selection of four swimming pools will please swim enthusiasts and a well-equipped gym is open 24 hours. Tennis courts are available for players who want to keep up their game while on holiday. Water sports include snorkelling, sailing, skiing, wakeboarding and kayaking. Guests can also enjoy romantic sunset cruises, experience whale watching and deep sea fishing, or take the plunge with a scuba course and dive trips to incredible nearby reefs. Exploring the region is easy with a variety of excursions, from bustling markets and a picturesque wetland lake to watch bird life and local fishermen.

On a site that seems to hover above the Indian Ocean, the idyllic AVANI Spa has been refurbished to new splendour and reflects the Pemba African and Arabian influence in its therapies. An array of treatments is on offer, from massages, body wraps and blissful facials, with each experience customised to individual needs.

The hotel has become a sought after wedding, conference and incentive destination with its main meeting room catering for up to 200 guests or delegates, and an additional 12-seater executive boardroom. The exotic background of tropical gardens and shimmering sea promises a truly memorable meeting or private event.

AVANI Hotels & Resorts was launched in late 2011 as a sister brand to Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, and now offers six hotels and resorts, with additional hotels to be added soon in Africa and Asia. ‘AVANI’ stems from the Sanskrit word for ‘earth’ – a meaning which is expressed through a grounded personality and simple sense of style. AVANI is a refreshing upscale hotel concept offering relaxed comfort and contemporary style to guests who value the details that matter. Designed for guests who appreciate genuine hospitality, AVANI offers a fuss free approach that leaves a great impression.

About AVANI Hotels & Resorts

AVANI Hotels & Resorts was launched in 2011 to complement Minor Hotel Group’s five star Anantara brand. AVANI offers relaxed comfort and contemporary style in city and resort destinations to guests who value the details that matter. The brand currently has six properties in operation in Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia and Mozambique, with a pipeline of further openings in Asia and Africa. MHG has plans to grow the brand across Asia, India and the Indian Ocean and in the Middle East. W: www.avanihotels.com

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AYANA Resort and Spa and RIMBA Jimbaran Bali Offer Ways to Enjoy the Water‏

October 24, 2014 on 8:42 am | In Asia, Beachbooker, Indonesia | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowWater water everywhere; resorts for the aquatically inclined

Jimbaran, BALI – There’s nothing more refreshing than water, whether one is splashing in it, enjoying its restorative qualities, toasting to its beauty, or simply relaxing by it. Everywhere guests look at AYANA Resort and Spa and RIMBA Jimbaran Bali there are stunning water views and ample opportunities to enjoy the water. In fact, they can boast that they have nothing short of 90 swimming pools for guests to enjoy (including 78 private villa plunge pools). Best of all, guests at either sister resort can enjoy all the amenities offered at both, with convenient shuttle access provided. There are countless ways to enjoy the water at these special places:

At the Pool

Relax in ultimate luxury in a private plunge pool as part of AYANA’s private Cliff Villas that offer a stunning vista overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Revive in AYANA’s fresh-water outdoor Infinity Edged Pool encompassing two levels that seem to merge with the ocean beyond.
Float along in AYANA’s River Pool, a two-tiered river stone pool in the Cliff Villa area, or relax poolside in deep double chaise lounges under canvas umbrellas. The ocean views are unsurpassed.
RIMBA’s Upper Pool, adjacent to the To’ge Restaurant, where guests enjoy poolbeds or king-sized daybeds to soak up the sun while overlooking the lush forest.
Relax in RIMBA’s Cabana Pool in one of eight stylish cabanas amidst fragrant frangipani and coconut trees. Each cabana features an eclectic selection of furniture and décor ranging from lounge chairs to beanbags to hammocks.
Splash in the Three Monkeys Pool under water fountains that cheekily spray guests from the top of the deck area, and enjoy poolside dining after a soothing swim.

From the Bar

Visit AYANA’s renowned Rock Bar to catch the dazzling “aquatic fireworks” that occur as waves crash off a coral reef at high tide, then toast to the sunset over the sparkling waters from this breathtaking venue.
For dramatic sunset views across south Bali, spend the day at RIMBA’s UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, designed around a central swimming pool with oversized lounges, sofa beds, and a mezzanine for guests seeking a more intimate experience.

From the Lobby

Catch your breath after viewing the awe-inspiring water views from the ark-shaped lobby area at RIMBA Jimbaran Bali. A central feature, it is designed in the style of a ship surrounded by one hectare of water bodies including six distinct swimming pools. Each pool is colored a different shade of blue by their mosaic design and is connected by a network of waterfalls, fountains and streams on different levels.

Surround yourself with water and snuggle closely together in the uniquely-designed and romantic sunken lobby lounges situated in the middle of RIMBA’s lobby pond below the water line. This cozy location is the perfect place to enjoy 360-degree water views.

On the Beach

Splash in the Indian Ocean at AYANA’s private Kubu Beach, a tranquil cove replete with pristine white sand. Order a picnic hamper lunch, lounge in a chaise in a shaded bamboo cabana, and make a day of it in the sun and surf.
Sunbathe at the dazzling salt water Ocean Beach Pool perched above Kisik Beach while enjoying brilliant ocean views. Recline on sun-loungers on the pool deck or on the natural sand terrace.

In the Spa

Rejuvenate in the world’s largest Aquatonic® Seawater Therapy Pool. Thalassotherapy combines the Greek words ‘thalassa’, meaning sea, and ‘therpaeia’, meaning healing to provide a whole-body regenerative experience.
Share a romantic couple’s massage in one of two Spa on the Rocks villas situated on a promontory overlooking the Indian Ocean. Experience the sound of waves gently lulling beneath, the scent of refreshing ocean mist, and the softness of sea breezes while enjoying an exclusive and relaxing treatment.
Improve flexibility with Aqua Aerobic Exercises at the Bali Thalasso Spa.

Just for Kids

Special pools are created for children including waterslides.

Private, exclusive experiences, romantic settings, stunning views, healing properties, and fun in the sun…

guests find it all in the waters of Bali

About AYANA Resort and Spa and RIMBA Jimbaran Bali

This luxurious resort located in stunning southern Bali is a unique award winning destination for leisure and business travelers alike, whether they seek an intimate couples’ retreat, a fantasy family playground, an awe-inspiring event venue, or state-of-the-art business retreat facilities. With a name meaning “place of refuge” in Sanskrit, the tropical-elegant AYANA Resort and Spa is situated on the 220 acre Karang Mas Estate, perched above majestic Jimbaran Bay, seven miles from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Chic RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, with a name meaning “forest”, nestles nearby on 20 acres of lush gardens within the same estate. Together they offer 78 private pool-villas, 572 guest rooms and suites, 11 pools, 15 restaurants and bars, and much more, all accessible by complementary shuttle service, together with stunning design details and unsurpassed service and amenities, including extensive spa and recreational facilities.

AYANA Resort and Spa is located in Jimbaran, Bali. The resort can be contacted at 011.62.361.702222 or at its website www.ayanaresort.com . Reservations can be made through the hotel at reservation@ayanaresort.com . RIMBA Jimbaran Bali is located in Jimbaran, Bali. The hotel can be contacted at 011.62.361.8468468 or at its website www.rimbajimbaran.com . Reservations can be made through the hotel at booking@rimbajimbaran.com

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Miami Hotel Deal Alert! Flash sale starts Friday.

October 23, 2014 on 4:02 pm | In Beachbooker, Florida, Miami | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowA change in the season calls for a last-minute getaway. Starting at 8 a.m. this Friday, October 24, the Viceroy Miami hotel is holding a weeklong ‘Fall into Winter’ flash sale with 20% off best available rates, plus guests receive two complimentary drink vouchers per room. This limited-time offer is only bookable online through midnight on October 31 and valid for stays in October and November 2014.

Take advantage of the ‘Fall into Winter’ deal – it will be gone in a flash! Rates from $239 per room, per night based on single or double occupancy and exclusive of tax, gratuities and fees. Rate does not apply to groups and cannot be combined with any other offer. Subject to availability. To book, visit this link.


Viceroy Miami is the centerpiece of Icon Brickell, a 10-acre bay-front enclave located at the north entrance of the prestigious Brickell Avenue in the heart of Miami’s burgeoning urban center. Flanked by two public parks, the stylish hotel is situated in Miami’s financial district, with a lush waterfront setting directly on Biscayne Bay. Its features include 148 residentially appointed guest rooms and suites, award-winning 28,000 square-foot spa and fitness center, two restaurants including 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar, the rooftop FIFTY Miami Ultra Lounge, Florida’s longest infinity pool, and three meeting rooms. Located at 485 Brickell Avenue, Viceroy Miami is nearby attractions, cultural institutions and South Florida’s popular neighborhoods.

For more information, call 305-503-4400, follow #ViceroyMiami on social media, or visit www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/miami


October 23, 2014 on 8:44 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dominican Republic | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowGansevoort’s Latest Resort on Playa Imbert

Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Gansevoort Hotel Group has announced it will be officially opening its doors December 15, 2014 to its latest oceanfront resort – Gansevoort Playa Imbert – on the Dominican Republic’s north coast.

As a strong sign post to the area becoming a luxury tourism destination, Gansevoort Playa Imbert will feature 48 suites comprised of one and two-bedroom lofts; three-bedroom apartments with private plunge pools and spacious terraces; and a collection of four-bedroom penthouses. Each penthouse offers a private rooftop Jacuzzi. Floor-to-ceiling windows seamlessly blend the outdoors with the indoors offering dramatic seascapes from every guestroom, while modern interiors provide understated opulence with standard amenities like state-of-the art kitchens, walk-in showers, custom bathtubs and natural stone finishes.

“Gansevoort prides itself on bringing a whole new level of service and amenities to emerging destinations,” said Gansevoort founder and president, Michael Achenbaum. “From Playa Imbert to Cabarete, we love the vibe and beauty of the north coast and believe there’s a unique opportunity to create something truly special for the luxury market here.”

While the north coast has been well served by value-led all-inclusive resorts, it hasn’t had the contemporary, chic, service-led option that the urbane and discerning luxury traveler seeks; that is, until now. At Gansevoort Playa Imbert, guests can now relax in refinement while basking on the beaches of confectioners-sugar sand; enjoy spectacular scuba diving amidst shipwrecks; explore over 400 acres of a protected wilderness reserve or simply take in the nearby historic town.

In true Gansevoort fashion, the one-stop destination will offer guests impeccable style, service and amenities. At the resort’s center is a dramatic, 3-tiered cascading infinity pool overlooking Playa Imbert’s crescent-shaped beach. A second, adults-only pool will open spring 2015. Dining at Baia Lounge, now open to the public, features gourmet Mediterranean specialties and Asian-inspired fare flawlessly executed by Executive Chef Giancarlo Fiori, whose credits include the highly acclaimed Peninsula House and world-famous, Michelin 3-star El Bulli restaurant in San Sebastian Spain. Downstairs, La Cantina Wine + Cigar Cellar offers an impressive collection of wines from around the world and a fully-stocked humidor in an exclusive, underground setting.

Other planned amenities include a fitness center, a world-class day spa featuring a Hammam-style sauna, and a meditation and yoga garden. Gansevoort Playa Imbert is located just 15 minutes from Puerto Plata Airport and a short drive from renowned surfing, kiteboarding, golf, tennis, horseback riding and more.

As is signature to the hotel group brand, Gansevoort is leading the area’s luxury development. Further luxury accommodation will become available in this area of the Dominican Republic’s north coast region when Aman Playa Grande opens in 2015.

For its initial property, Gansevoort led the revitalization of the once gritty Meatpacking District in New York City by opening the first and only full-service five-star hotel in the neighborhood, Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC. Recognizing its success in New York, the group opened in the Caribbean, debuting Gansevoort Turks + Caicos as the first island location for the boutique brand. A second Gansevoort hotel in New York, Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC, opened to much fanfare in 2010, and has become synonymous with celebrity, fashion and entertainment.

Rates at Gansevoort Playa Imbert range from $595 per night to $5,000 per night, including breakfast for two and roundtrip transfers from and to Puerto Plata Airport (POP).

For accommodations including breakfast, lunch and dinner for two, rates will range from $795 – $5,800. All rates also include round trip transfers from and to Puerto Plata Airport (POP).

Reservations can be made by calling 888-844-5986.

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The Bay of Samana: Included on the List of the World’s Most Beautiful Bays

October 23, 2014 on 8:35 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dominican Republic | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowIn 2009 the Bay of Samana was first included on the list of the world’s most beautiful bays. Since then, the bays and beaches included on this inclusive list have appeared on various international publications and attracted the attention of tour operators specializing in exotic tours.

The Bay of Samana has an added attraction: it is the only place in the Caribbean where you can watch the humpback whales that every year, between February and March, travel to the region to mate and deliver their offspring.
The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club

This exclusive Club was created in 1997 and features the most beautiful bays and beaches in some 20 countries. The Bay of Samana and Rincon Beach became the first bay and beach in the Caribbean to join the Club. Based in France, the Club works to preserve, enhance and promote the natural, cultural and economic wealth of bays throughout the world.

It also seeks to encourage a serious dialogue “on the problems associated with tourism, preservation, landscape enhancement and local economic development.”

The Club list includes beautiful bays, such as: Bay of San Francisco (U.S.); Ha Long (Vietnam); Des Chaleurs, (Quebec, Canada); the Gulf of Morbihan and the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel (France), among others.
Tours to Samana

Explora Dominicana (http://exploradominicana.com/)

Runners Adventure (http://runnersadventures.com/)

Flora Tours (www.flora-tours.net)

Otium Tour Operator (http://www.otiumtour.com/index.html)

Escapada de Samana (http://escapadesamana.com/es/inicio.html)


Samana Province offers guests a wide variety of hotels, inns, lodges and villas, including boutique hotels. Some hotels feature all-inclusive options. There are excellent facilities in the city of Samana, the capital of the province, as well as in the beachfront communities of Las Terrenas and Las Galeras.

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Dominican Jazz Festival in November

October 22, 2014 on 2:21 pm | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe XVIII annual DR Jazz Festival will be held November 6-9 in the north coast towns of Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete.

World-class national and international jazz artists have confirmed their participation in the north coast’s most important jazz celebration.

The event is organized by the Ministry of Tourism and by the DR Jazz Festival Educational Foundation (FEDUJAZZ).

According to the program The Big Band, from Santo Domingo’s Conservatory, will perform on November 6, as well as Colin Hunter, with Joe Sealy’s Quartet of Canada and Pat Pereyra’s band, from the Dominican Republic, under the musical direction of Rafelito Mirabal and Guy Frometa, will perform with Alex Jacquemin of France as a special guest.

On November 7, at the Casa Marina Beach & Reef Hotel, in the beachfront town of Sosua, the following groups are scheduled to perform: Benny Martinez (Dominican Republic), the Ignacio Berroa Group (Cuba), Giovanni Hidalgo (Puerto Rico), and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (the U.S.) with Joe Lovano as a special guest.

On November 8 the event moves to Cabarete Beach, the windsurfing capital of the Caribbean, featuring the following performers: Edgar Molina (Dominican Republic) and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and Joe Lovano Quartet’s (the U.S.).

That same day, beginning at noon, there will be a jam-session concert featuring young Dominican and American jazz musicians.

Finally, on November 9, also in Cabarete, the Festival will feature: the Ramon Vazquez Trio, with Edmar Colon and Danny Diaz (Puerto Rico). Dominican jazz great “El Prodigio” will be the event’s special guest.

The Dominican group “La Familia Andre” will close the festival with their special blend of Dominican and international rhythms.

The DR Jazz Festival is sponsored by Ron Macorix, Jet Blue, Sea Horse Ranch, Millennium Hotel, Ultravioleta and Casa Linda, among others.

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The Dominican Republic on the List of Top Golf Destinations in the Caribbean

October 22, 2014 on 2:03 pm | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Golf Resorts | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe Links golf magazine features the Dominican Republic on the list of the “Top 25 Islands” where golfers can practice their favorite sport.

The quality of its golf courses placed the Dominican Republic on the list as the number one golf destination in the Caribbean.

The publication states that although the Dominican Republic may not sound like a golf mecca, the country is home to the world-famous Casa de Campo and Punta Cana resorts home to some of the finest golf courses in the Caribbean.

Most of the country’s 26 golf courses have been designed by internationally renowned designers and golf professionals such as Pete Dye, PB Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Greg Norman. More golf courses are currently being built.

The Teeth of the Dog golf course, situated in the Casa de Campo resort, is perhaps one of the country’s most famous courses.

This particular golf appears is currently 50th on the list of the world’s Top 100 courses.

In 2011 it hosted the Dominican Golf Open (DR Open), organized by the Dominican Golf Federation, and international tournaments.

Casa de Campo has been selected on four separate occasions as the “Best Golf Resort in the Caribbean” by the World Travel Awards.

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