Oaks Rivermarque Mackay- down under

April 23, 2014 on 2:29 pm | In Australia, Beachbooker, Queensland | Comments Off

Leading Australian accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts, a division of Minor Hotel Group, is set to open its first property in Mackay, Queensland, announcing plans to unveil the 138-room Oaks Rivermarque Mackay in July 2014.

A milestone 21st property to open in Queensland under the renowned Oaks Hotels & Resorts brand, Oaks Rivermarque Mackay will be a welcomed addition to Mackay’s typically older accommodation offering, which is rapidly emerging as one of Australia’s most prosperous regional cities.

The opening of Oaks Rivermarque Mackay will see Oaks Hotels & Resorts’ total property portfolio jump to 48, heralding the continuation of an impressive start to 2014, with four new property openings and announcements already occurring since January, including Oaks Grand Gladstone, Oaks Mews in Brisbane, Oaks Pinnacle in Melbourne’s South Yarra and now Oaks Rivermarque Mackay – the company’s first foray into the historical sugar region.

Located on central River Street and fronting the iconic Pioneer River, the 4.5 star property will span eight levels and offer both business and leisure travellers the choice of 138 contemporary hotel rooms, studios and self-contained one and two bedroom apartments – some with dual key facilities, perfect for groups and families.

Each apartment will boast deluxe appointments and finishes as well as modern kitchens, full laundry facilities, spacious lounge and dining areas, Foxtel and private balconies complete with panoramic city and river views.

Oaks Rivermarque Mackay’s leisure facilities will include a sizeable indoor swimming pool, spa and well-equipped gymnasium, while an onsite restaurant and café are also scheduled to open in late 2014. Complimentary car parking will also be available for hotel guests.

General Manager of Sales for Oaks Hotels & Resorts, Daniel Csortan, commented, “Oaks Rivermarque Mackay is a significant opening for Oaks Hotels & Resorts as we move into a lucrative region abundant with opportunity. We anticipate this property will be attractive to not only locals looking for a weekend escape but also mining workers and corporates travelling for business as well as holidaymakers seeking comfortable and contemporary apartment accommodation when visiting Mackay or its many nearby islands.”

Oaks Rivermarque Mackay occupies a sought after city position with myriad restaurants, bars and cafes within easy walking distance plus a number of popular local attractions including the Bluewater Trail, Mackay Golf Club, Botanical Gardens and Mackay Marina Village.


April 23, 2014 on 2:27 pm | In Asia, Beachbooker, Thailand | Comments Off

Over the last decade Koh Samui and Koh Phangan have developed into sophisticated beach resort islands for the perfect getaway vacation . Here, travelers can find whatever they might want, from rustic hideaways to luxury resorts to rocking nightlife . Enjoy three-nights’ hotel accommodations and beach relaxation, with the choice of 12 different hotels with this special package .

Rooms start at US $135 per night. The full package itinerary includes:

Day 1 Koh Samui/Koh Phangan: Arrive in Koh Samui, transfer to hotel.
Day 2 – 3 Koh Samui/Koh Phangan: Full day at leisure, or take optional tours.
Day 4 Koh Samui/Koh Phangan: Transfer to the airport/pier for departure.

The Koh Samui hotel accommodation options include: Ibis Bophut Samui Standard Room, Fairhouse Beach Resort Superior Room, Nora Beach Resort Superior Room, Muang Samui Resort Junior Suite Gardenview, Bo Phut Resort & Spa Deluxe Gardenview, Le Meridien Koh Samui Verandah Suite, or Santiburi Golf & Resort Equatorial Suite.

The Koh Phangan hotel accommodation options include: Havana Beach Resort Superior Villa, Buri Rosa Village Deluxe Room, Panviman Resort Superior Room, Santhiya Resort & Spa Deluxe Room, or the Anantara Rasananda Pool Suite.

Visit Book Thailand Now for additional packages and reservations, http://bookthailandnow.com .

Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa Celebrates Stylish Opening

April 23, 2014 on 2:25 pm | In Africa, Beachbooker, Mauritania | Comments Off

Five-star Beachfront Resort in Mauritius Marks Outrigger’s First Foray into the Indian Ocean

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Darren Edmonstone, Dr. Chuck Kelley, Guests enjoy a spectacular evening Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa

David Carey, Michael Sik Yuen, Frederic

Chretien and Bitsy Kelley

Fireworks and fanfare painted a colorful grand opening at Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa on April 16, with the seamless integration of Hawaiian and Mauritian cultures making this celebration a true milestone in Outrigger’s 66-year history.

The Republic of Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean, located 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa. Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa is the company’s 46th property now open or under development in a total of eight countries. The festive celebration was a capstone to a nine-month, multi-million dollar renovation of the 181 all sea-view room beachfront resort.

Outrigger senior executives and the company’s founding family members flew in from Hawaii for the occasion, including Dr. Charles R. Kelley, chairman of the board of Outrigger Enterprises Group, David Carey, president and CEO and Bitsy Kelley, Outrigger VP corporate communications.

David Carey said that the spiritual and emotive island links between Hawaii, Outrigger and Mauritius were palpable. He told the guests: “Outrigger is excited to be in Mauritius. We believe we can bring a special brand of hospitality where the culture, the employees and the place are valued and translate into a special experience for guests.”

David Carey presented a handcrafted koa wood ornamental box to the event’s guest of honor, the Mauritius minister for tourism, Mr Michael Sik Yuen. The tourism minister told the audience: “I’m very proud to see Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa joining the league of the best hotels in Mauritius. There is no doubt that Outrigger will bring a new dimension to the tourism industry here.”

Outrigger’s cultural ambassador, Kaipo Ho, delivered four Hawaiian chants and blessings to show gratitude to the Mauritian hosts and the inclusion of Mauritius into the Outrigger ohana. He presented a koa wooden canoe paddle to the resort’s general manager, Mr. Frederic Chretien, symbolizing the partnership between ocean islands, strength, unity of purpose, and the start of a journey together.

Dr. Charles R. Kelley gave a brief overview of Outrigger hotel history, starting with the arrival of his grandparents in Hawaii in 1929. Now in 2014 the family-run business, still headquartered in Hawaii, owns or manages dozens of properties across four continents.

“The third generation has expanded the business. Today, everywhere we go we supply genuine, authentic hospitality with a local culture experience,” said Dr. Kelley.

The special night was characterized by a chic mix of Mauritian, Hawaiian and international sensations and attended by 350 VIP guests from China, Australia, South Africa, France and UK. The vibrant evening included acrobats, dancers, live music, mime artists, a sumptuous variety of cuisines, a spectacular firework display over the sea, and guests dancing barefoot on the beach.

“With the opening of our Mauritius property we hope to benefit the greater Hawaii visitor industry by lending visibility to the unique brand that is Hawaii,” said Carey. “In the next five years, Outrigger will continue to grow our global profile and expand operations beyond Hawaii’s shores to new international markets.”

For more information about Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa, visit www.outriggermauritius.com

Ibiza hotel to open ‘world’s most expensive restaurant’

April 23, 2014 on 9:04 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Spain | Comments Off

The most expensive restaurant in the world will open in a new hotel on the island of Ibiza next month.

Hard Rock Hotel’s Sublimotion restaurant will charge £1,235 per person for a 20-course meal, said the Daily Mail.

The hotel, which opens in Playa d’en Bossa on May 18, has recruited Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero to front the restaurant.

On its website, Hard Rock says of Sublimotion: “It’s a radically different display of gastronomy that will be limited to only 12 guests per night in a unique space where culinary art and technological innovation come together to create a complete and unprecedented emotional experience.”

Roncero, who is Spain’s most famous chef, will also launch a 3,000-seater tapas restaurant, Estado Puro, at the Hard Rock, which will be the biggest luxury hotel in Ibiza when it opens next month.

Hotelbeds will hold its second annual MarketHub Europe travel trade workshop at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza in June.


April 23, 2014 on 9:03 am | In Beachbooker, California | Comments Off

San Diego’s largest pool party was recognized this year as the nation’s “Best Promo, Party or Event of the Year” by Nightclub & Bar magazine

SAN DIEGO – Celebrating its sixth year as San Diego’s largest and most nationally-recognized pool party, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s (HRHSD) Intervention Sundays at Float will launch its 2014 season on Sunday, April 27 with acclaimed Berlin-based DJ Thomas Gold headlining before a crowd of over 1,300 guests. The highly-anticipated season opener is underscored by Intervention’s recent win as the 2014 “Promo, Event or Party of the Year,” by Nightclub & Bar Media Group, publishers of leading industry magazine Nightclub & Bar.

The concept of hotel pool parties, characterized by DJ’s, eye-candy, cocktails and ultra-VIP service soared to popularity in Las Vegas beginning in 2002 with the debut of Hard Rock Hotel’s Rehab, and it was a few years until the formula began to replicate in other markets around the country. Unlike the traditional Vegas pool parties which center on large pools, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Intervention party takes place at its Float rooftop bar and is focused on delivering a weekend event featuring a new and exciting music experience each week that puts music lovers right in front of the talent. By featuring many of the world’s most popular DJ’s performing concert-style on a large, central stage on the hotel’s 8,000-square-foot Woodstock outdoor entertainment deck, Intervention draws tens of thousands of guests from around the country each season. In addition to world-class musical entertainment, the scene is outfitted with dozens of daybeds and lux VIP cabanas, and multiple full-service bars and food offerings, providing guests with ample room to catch some sun, dance and mingle much like a mini, music festival, but teaming with luxury amenities.

For the 2014 season opener, Berlin-based superstar DJ Thomas Gold will join past performers such as Tiësto, Kaskade, deadmau5, and Steve Aoki, in performing what is predicted to be a sold-out event. Ranked in the top 100 DJ’s in the world, Gold specializes in progressive house music, punctuated with strong drum beats and percussion. He has performed in shows and festivals across the globe.. In addition to solo releases, his remixes include industry heavyweights such as David Guetta, Fergie feat. LMFAO, David Tort, Norman Doray, Erick Morillo and Paul van Dyk.

For an all-day party like Intervention, guests can reserve the special Intervention Package, giving them use of a guestroom as their home base during the day, plus two VIP tickets to the party. Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is comprised of 420 guestrooms to choose from, including 17 Rock Star Suites and eight Woodstock Suites featuring private patios that flow directly into the party. Intervention packages start at $199, however prices will vary throughout the season. For room reservations and availability, please visit www.hardrockhotelsd.com  or call 888-593-6177.

Intervention Sundays at Float takes place weekly through the end of September. Hours of operation are from noon to 7 p.m. and it is a 21 and over event. Cabanas and VIP seating are always in high demand, so for those interested, book early by contacting Float at 619-764-6924. For additional information on Intervention at Float or to purchase general admission tickets, visit www.interventionsd.com .

About Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Located at the entrance of the Gaslamp Quarter across from the San Diego Convention Center, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego boasts an upscale, contemporary design, signature restaurants, a sophisticated nightlife, superior customer service and, of course, the distinctive thread running through all Hard Rock properties – rock ‘n’ roll. Amenities include 420 rooms and suites including 17 Rock Star Suites, over 40,000 square feet of unique meeting and event space, world-class Nobu restaurant, Float pool lounge and street-level 207 bar. Additional features include retro-chic diner Maryjane’s, Rock Spa and fitness center, a landscaped rooftop pool deck with private cabanas, and a Rock Shop boutique. For more information, visit www.hardrockhotelsd.com. Find us on Facebook at HardRockSD, and Twitter at @HardRockSD.

Scholarships Available to Teens Seeking Meaningful Summer Travel Experiences

April 23, 2014 on 9:01 am | In Adventure Travel, Asia, Beachbooker, Central America, Costa Rica, Hawaiian Islands, Thailand | Comments Off

Monetary assistance is available to teens who have a yen to travel and be a force for positive change this summer.

Founder’s Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 per student will be applied to program tuitions for students who meet criteria outlined by Adventures Cross-Country (ARCC) and who enroll by May 9 in ARCC programs ranging from Costa Rica to Thailand. For over 30 years ARCC has delivered meaningful international travel experiences for students ages 13 through 19.

Adventures Cross-Country advocates meaningful travel as the best way to inspire teens to become responsible global citizens.

“I am extremely proud of the lasting impact that ARCC students have had on people, on communities and on the environment around the world,” reflects Scott von Eschen, parent of two teens and President of Adventures Cross-Country (http://www.adventurescrosscountry.com/). “Often their travel experiences are life-changing as students learn to be contributing members of our global community.”

Scholarships are available to boys currently in grades 9-12 for two programs: Thailand Elephant Service that runs July 1-31 and Costa Rica Service Ultimate that runs June 28-July 18. A third scholarship program open to boys in grades 7-9 is Hawaii Service with two departures, July 1-14 and July 18 -31.

Scholarships are available to girls currently in grades 8-9 for Costa Rica Service Ultimate that runs July 16-Aug. 5 and for girls currently in grades 7-9 for Costa Rica Service Classic that runs July 21-Aug. 3.

Thailand Elephant Service – In Thailand students work alongside the mahout, a traditional elephant caretaker, bathing, feeding and riding elephants deep into the jungle while embarking on a journey to protect and care for these animals in their native land. Students volunteer in a hill-tribe village, learn how to cook tasty Thai delights, spend the night among monks at a Buddhist monastery, explore the temple wonderland of Chiang Mai, scuba dive spectacular multi-colored coral reefs, whitewater raft the Pai gorges, teach English and make friendships with children in a local primary school in this country named The Land of Smiles.

See: http://www.adventurescrosscountry.com/trips/thailand-elephant-service

Costa Rica Service Ultimate – Student travelers dive into the heart of Costa Rican culture by working with school children and rural farmers on community service projects. Enroute they whitewater raft through the jungle on the Pacuare River, surf an unspoiled coastline, patrol turtle nesting beaches, help a community build a shelter, do daily chores with a family and help educate village youth. See: http://www.adventurescrosscountry.com/trips/costa-rica-ultimate-service

Costa Rica Service Classic – Students teach English in a local school, whitewater raft through the jungle on the Pacuare River, engage in conservation and ecological preservation, come together with a rural community to build a shelter, plant a vegetable garden, explore lush rainforests, untouched beaches, and a rainbow of exotic wildlife, and surf the friendly waves of the Pacific Coast.

See: http://www.adventurescrosscountry.com/trips/costa-rica-classic-service

Hawaii Service – Students traveling here engage in a celebration of a landscape of perfection, where the beauty of turquoise waters melt into captivating sunsets. Enroute they engage with communities in helping preserve natural and cultural environments while sharing a laugh with local children at a Boys and Girls Club, surfing, swimming and hiking the magnificent Na Pali coast.

See: http://www.adventurescrosscountry.com/trips/hawaii-service

Adventures Cross-Country’s 50-page catalog details Community Service, Language Immersion and Multi-Sport programs in 21 countries on six continents for youth seeking a summer service learning experience, all while exploring cultures and communities off the beaten path. The full catalog in a digital version can also be viewed online: click here. To order a copy or to speak to a representative, call (415) 332-5075 or visit online: http://www.adventurescrosscountry.com/.

About Adventures Cross-Country (ARCC)

Founded in 1983, ARCC has become a leading provider of Community Service, Service Learning and Adventure Travel programs for youth ages 13 to 19. For over 30 years ARCC has been offering life-changing experiences to students who participate in two- to four-week small group programs that visit 21 countries on six continents. From teaching primary school English and building water purification projects in Africa to running whitewater rapids in Costa Rica to enhancing fluency in Spanish or Mandarin in Spain or China, ARCC brings youth face to face with the challenges, realities and beauties of nature and our global community. For post-high school students ARCC operates Gap Programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These offer an educational and cultural bridge between high school and college combining a rich academic curriculum with the experiential benefits of international travel.

Renew This Spring at Luxury Yoga Retreat at The Somerset on Grace Bay

April 23, 2014 on 8:59 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Spa Resorts, Turks Caicos | Comments Off

Practice the Sun Salutation as the sun rises and sets along world-famous Grace Bay beach at a three-day luxury yoga retreat this spring at The Somerset on Grace Bay,Turks and Caicos.

From May 5 to 9, 2014, licensed yoga instructor Christina Wypijewska will help guests to experience the healing energy of the ocean, warmth of the sun, and the transformational powers of fluid movement and meditation. Ideal for all skill levels, the retreat will focus each day on a different yoga philosophy and include sunrise meditation on the beach, an energizing morning flow yoga practice and a more gentle sunset yoga practice. In addition, there will be special sessions for paddle board yoga, exploring energy body awareness and ayurvedic healing practices.

A 500-hour trained instructor, Christina teaches a blend of vinyasa, gentle flow, and restorative yoga, for three full days of yoga bliss. This will be her first retreat offered in Turks and Caicos.

The spring luxury yoga retreat at The Somerset on Grace Bay includes:
* 3 full days of yoga, including a paddle board yoga session
* Welcome yoga session Monday afternoon and farewell session on Friday morning
* Daily Continental breakfast and lunch
* Tuesday night beach BBQ

The retreat is $599 per person, including tax and gratuities. It is available as an add-on to any room category and combinable with current special offers. With two people in a Queen Guest Room, daily rates including accommodations begin at $349 per person, per day. For participants traveling together or for guests who would like more space, choose from one of The Somerset’s villa accommodations, available in one to five bedrooms, and each featuring a gourmet kitchen, marble bathrooms, separate living room and balcony.

When not practicing their poses, retreat guests may relax in the oceanfront infinity pool or new on-site spa, or stay active with complimentary pedal bicycles to cruise around Grace Bay, fitness center with steam room, in-room Wi-Fi, snorkeling equipment, kayaks, Hobie Cat sailboats, croquet and more.

For reservations and to check availability, please call toll-free (877) 887-5722, the resort direct at (649) 339-5900, or speak to a travel professional.

For more details or to book online, visit www.thesomerset.com

About The Somerset on Grace Bay
Located on world-famous Grace Bay on Turks and Caicos, The Somerset on Grace Bay is an intimate, award-winning five-star resort where couples and families alike enjoy treasured times together. The luxury resort features 53 one- to five-bedroom villas and suites ranging from 1,400 to 5,300 sq. ft., as well as two restaurants and bars, two freshwater pools, fitness center, in-suite spa services, a range of activities on land and sea, complimentary Caicos Kids Club, and concierge services.

El Dorado Casitas: Swimming in the Lap of Luxury

April 23, 2014 on 8:56 am | In Beachbooker, Cancun Cozumel Yucatan, Mexico | Comments Off

There are some hotels that live up to their hype and some that don’t. Then there are those that don’t need any. Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ El Dorado Casitas is one. There’s nothing like seeing the striking thatched roof palapas (cabanas) with beach beds yawning in front of the churning Caribbean Sea for the first time. Set in the Rivieria Maya, it just couldn’t be prettier.

Everywhere you look there is water, with a seemingly endless array of pools scattered throughout resort and a “lazy river” connecting swim-up suites to pools and pool bars.

Then there’s the service, which, at a staff ratio of 2.2 to one guest, is virtually impeccable. But it’s not stuffy, nor is the ambiance or the guests, which is a big plus when you just want to chill.

More than anything, El Dorado Casitas hangs its hat on its food, calling the resort “gourmet inclusive” rather than all-inclusive. It features a 100,000-square-foot greenhouse, which provisions it and Karisma’s other Mexican properties with herbs and produce, providing as much of a farm-to-table experience than one is apt to get in Mexico. Many of its chefs are Michelin trained and meals are prepared a la carte as opposed to buffet, although at breakfast guests will find both. Premium alcohol is also included in the all-inclusive price tag.

In keeping with its gourmet-inclusive concept, Karisma has partnered with Jackson Family Wines whereby Karisma features selections from the Jackson portfolio, representing more than 30 labels at each of its properties. Karisma Hotels & Resorts is also hosting the Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series, by Karisma, a monthly wine and food program spotlighting top chefs and wine masters from around the world at its resorts, including El Dorado.

The property also this year introduced the 2014 Canadian Beef Culinary Series, which is featured the second week of the month.

For all intents and purposes, El Dorado Casitas are three properties in one. The Casitas are adjacent to El Dorado Royale and Generations, a new brand all-suite brand with butlers that caters to multi-generational families and just about anyone looking for a luxury resort experience. Guests are able to use facilities at any of the three resorts.

In part, the Generations brand came to fruition because people wanted to have weddings at the adults-only El Dorado Royale and Casitas, but they needed rooms for kids.

The thatched-roof Casita suites with vaulted ceilings feature roofless shower, double sink, full baths and showers inside, private toilet, DVD/CD library, amenities kit and oversized balconies with exterior double. Casita suite extras include concierge service from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., concierge lounge and pillow menu. A beach butler is available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Swim-up casita suites feature all the niceties of casita suites plus my favorite amenity: outdoor plunge pools off the balcony that lead into the lazy river and swim-up bars, enabling guests to doggie paddle to the bar. (Gotta love it!)

The presidential one-bedroom casita adds an adjoining living room equipped with a plasma screen television. The suite also features such amenities as table games, personal snorkel equipment, iPod, espresso maker, international magazines, and daily newspaper.

It’s pretty easy to find a place to get a drink. In addition to myriad swim-up bars, the resort offers The Martini Bar with premium vodkas from around the world; Las Guamayas where guests can enjoy their cocktails on swinging chairs while listening to live music; and Bellini’s, offers the classic cocktail plus other premium drinks.

For business travelers, there are 10,000 square feet of meeting space that can cater to 600 people in a banquet setting, 1,000 people in an assembly/auditorium setting, or can be divided into up to smaller event spaces.

There are tons of wedding locations, including a chapel. Ceremony locations also include the beach and wedding gazebos.

Cocotal, in the same building as the main reception area, features international cuisine and is open for continental breakfast, breakfast and dinner. As its name implies, D’Italia serves Italian food. It’s open for dinner only. Kampai, with its focus on the Pacific Rim, has its own sushi menu at night. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. La Isla, in an open-air pavilion, features a continental and international breakfast, international lunch and Mediterranean dinners. Jo Jo’s, set by the sea, serves up Caribbean cuisine and seafood, enabling guests to choose their own lobsters from a tank. It is open for lunch and dinner.

The Fuentes-Culinary Theatre, with its 90-foot vaulted ceiling and myriad flat-screen televisions, features an interactive dining experience. During meals, guests watch chefs preparing meals in one of five open kitchens. It’s open for breakfast and dinner.

None of the resort’s restaurants require reservations. Twenty-four hour room service is also available.

The Mexican themed N’aay Spa – all 20,000 feet of it – offers a full treatment menu at an extra cost, including treatments using indigenous ingredients. It also boasts private bridal and couples’ suites, and the Beachfront Sky Massage, where guests receive their treatment in privacy on the beach in a raised palapa. It incorporates a beauty salon for hair and nails, hydrotherapy circuit and fitness center.

Daily and nightly activities include salsa lessons, bike tours, yoga, kayaking, live music, and shows. There are two hard surface tennis courts with rackets and balls provided free of charge. Excursions can be arranged to the Mayakoba 18-hole championship golf course, as well as the Playacar Golf Club.

A wide array of excursions are available – the resort is just five minutes from Puerto Morelos and 35 minutes form Cancun – and may be booked through the resort’s concierge.

Daios Cove, Crete Introduces Anne Sémonin To Its State of the Art Spa‏

April 22, 2014 on 11:53 am | In Beachbooker, Greece, Spa Resorts | Comments Off

The privately owned 5 star luxury beach resort Daios Cove in Crete is delighted to announce a brand new beauty brand to its leading spa; global skin and body care specialist, Anne Sémonin.

The Daios Cove Spa now offers luxurious treatments using the niche spa and beauty brand Anne Sémonin, specialising in customised beauty by carefully developing products and treatments to cater for the demands of every skin moment. Guests will receive the brand’s unsurpassed personalised care for skin radiance and beauty confidence in sumptuous and relaxing surroundings. The Spa offers a range of new treatments with revitalising and purifying products that have been created by the specialists, including Oenotherapy treatments, produced with the red grapes used in French red wine, famed for their anti-oxidant elements, and a bespoke gentleman’s collection.

Located a stone’s throw from Agios Nikolaos and situated on a hillside, Daios Cove’s 2,500 square metre spa is a zen-like sanctuary with soothing aromas and soft, relaxing music. The superb facilities include a fully equipped Technogym, 8 treatment rooms, 2 facial studios, 3 body treatment rooms, 2 double suites, a Thai massage studio and a beauty salon. All of the private studios at Daios Cove have in-room iPod docking stations allowing guests to play their own music or select individual playlists to perfectly suit their mood.

If the sun gets a little too much, retreat to the spa’s indoor infinity pool or experience the hydro massage and counter current pool. Relax in the spa’s Finnish or soft sauna and refresh in the ‘Mediteraneo Experience’ shower where sauna and experience different types of water pressures and temperatures (rain-storm-hydro-massage) to invigorate and benefit the skin, blood pressure and inner organs including the heart and lungs.

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Let the body unwind with a heavenly anti-stress face and body experience (€215) found in the Anne Sémonin Signature Collection. A synergy of heat and cold is the essence of this truly exceptional experience combing a relaxing back therapy and anti-ageing facial. The creamy, rich mixture of self-heating clay and algae melts away deep-seated tension throughout the back of the body while the feet and legs are massaged. The senses are further stimulated with an advanced cryotherapy facial, using the Anne Semonin Express Radiance ice cubes infused with powerful ingredients to support the skin at a cellular level. Alternatively, those wanting to return home feeling completely refreshed and stimulated should experience the Vital Detox (from €116) from the Exquisite Massage Collection. The synergy of lemongrass and peppermint is applied to the body using specialized lymphatic techniques to effectively release toxins and stimulate circulation.

Oenotherapy (or healing with wine) has been the secret of wine producing regions for thousands of years. No anti-oxidant is stronger than the polyphenols contained in the seeds, skin and leaves of the humble red grape! Containing 20 times more anti-oxidants than Vitamin C and 50 times more than Vitamin E, these polyphenol-compounds in the red grape prevent the rapid decay of cells, energising and detoxifying the skin.

The Anne Sémonin Oenotherapy Collection treatment menu at Daios Cove spa includes Le Vintage (48 EUROS), an energising grape seed body polish leaving skin delightfully soft, smooth and nourished to perfection and La Selection du Sommelier (euros112), an invigorating body scrub followed by a nourishing and anti-ageing body mask while guests experience a soothing scalp massage. The natural anti-oxidant benefits of this treatment will enhance body drainage, maximise hydration, plump and smooth to perfection, while nurturing the body in a cloud of well-being.

After guests’ spa experience, a simple Anne Semonin regime is carefully prescribed, in which the therapist will recommend how to customize products to create perfect blends for optimum efficiency. This can then be carried out at home on a daily basis.

Daios Cove offers guests a Deluxe Sea View Room with 42sqm with individual pool from €175 (£144) per person on B&B basis. To book call +30 28410 6260 or visit www.daioscove.com  for more details and reservations.

Waikiki Comes Alive With Food and Music for 12th Annual Waikiki SPAM® Jam Festival‏

April 22, 2014 on 11:44 am | In Beachbooker, Festivals, Hawaiian Islands, Webbandstand | Comments Off

On Saturday, May 3, one of Hawaii’s most popular festivals will return to Kalakaua Avenue from 4 to 10 p.m. in celebration of the famous canned meat and a favorite local staple — SPAM®. As a SPAM® Jam co-founder and presenting sponsor, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts will help bring the 12th annual Waikiki SPAM® Jam Festival back for another year of great food and entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere for kamaaina and visitors to enjoy.

“Outrigger is proud to participate in such a unique and fun-filled event that our entire community can enjoy,” said Bitsy Kelley, vice president, corporate communications for Outrigger Enterprises Group. “As a company dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we live and work, we’re especially pleased that the Waikiki SPAM® Jam benefits our local families who receive support from the Hawaii Foodbank

Approximately 25,000 festival goers will head to the Waikiki SPAM® Jam to enjoy a selection of delicious SPAM® dishes from some of Hawaii’s favorite local restaurants. Admission to the event is free, and all proceeds generated benefit the Hawaii Foodbank.

Joining the fun this year will be Chef Adam Tabura, brother Lanai Tabura and Shawn Felipe, the team that won Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. While the famous Aloha Plate food truck won’t make it to this year’s Waikiki SPAM® Jam, the winning threesome will and festival-goers can look forward to a selection of tasty “island grindz” from their team and the other participating restaurants and food trucks, which include:

· ABC Stores – SPAM® and Macadamia Nut Sundae, SPAM® & Corn Chowder

· Atlantis Steak and Seafood – SPAM® Lau Lau, Combination SPAM® Plate

· Buenos Antojitos – Mom’s Puerto Rican SPAM® Flan, SPAM® Cheesecake

· Cheeseburger Waikiki Beach Walk – Sugar-shoyu Furikake SPAM® Sliders

· Curry Café – Crispy Fried SPAM® Curry Rice

· Duke’s/Hula Grill – SPAM® Fried Rice, SPAM® Loco Moco, SPAM® Katsu

· Eggs ‘N Things – SPAM® Pancake Sliders with SPAM® Fries, SPAM® Pita Pockets with SPAM® Fries

· Gordon Biersch – Kamaaina SPAM® Street Tacos, Sicilian SPAM® Pizza, Chinatown SPAM® Won Tons, Mango BBQ SPAM® Sliders

· Hard Rock Café – SPAM® Burrito, Candied SPAM® Caramel Crème Brulee

· Jimmy Buffet’s – SPAM® Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (winner of the Great American SPAM® Championship), SPAM® Chili, SPAM® Nachos

· Kau Kau Grill – Krazy BBQ SPAM® Fried Rice, Kau Kau SPAM® Snackers

· Mac 24/7 – Truffle SPAM® Ramen

· Mahaloa Burger – Loco Moco SPAM® Burger, Teriyaki SPAM® Burger, SPAM® Cheeseburger, SPAM® Hotdog

· Okonomiyaki Chibo Restaurant – SPAM® Okonomiyaki, SPAM® Yakisoba

· Olay’s Thai Food Express – SPAM® Pad Thai Plate

· OnoPops – Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Candied SPAM®, Brown Sugar Pineapple Sorbet with Candied SPAM®

· PF Chang’s – SPAM® Lo Mein, SPAM® Lettuce Wraps

· Seafood Village – SPAM® Siu Mai, SPAM® Spring Roll, SPAM® Manapua

· Wild Bean Espresso – 100% Ka`u award-winning Coffee and smoothies

In addition to the many flavors presented by top Hawaii chefs, the Waikiki SPAM® Jam will again offer up a wide variety of local entertainers to suit any musical taste. The following acts will perform on the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Stage and the Shops of Hawaii Stage:

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Stage
(fronting Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach)

4:30 p.m. Ka Hale I o Kahala Halau. Under the direction of Kumu Hula Leimomi I-Maldonado, Ka Hale I o Kahala Halau has become one of Hawaii’s most respected and beloved hula halau, offering instruction and performance to hula enthusiasts of all ages.

5:30 p.m. Kaiau – Kaiao, made up of Ku Souza, Liki Tavete and ʻEkolu Chang, is a traditional Hawaiian music group dedicated to perpetuating the music of old Hawaii. From heart pounding unison to sweet high falsetto, Kaiao strives to create a great Hawaiian sound.

6:30 p.m. Kapena. Considered to be one of Hawaii’s premier island bands, Kapena continues to be an institution that embraces what islanders fell in love with when they first heard their unique sound of their “feel good music.”

7:30 p.m. Germaine’s Luau. Take in the rich cultural heritage of the Pacific Islands, while enjoying the spectacular Polynesian show delivered to you at the ocean’s edge, under the stars and palm trees.

8:30 p.m. Manoa Madness. This 5-piece outfit place contemporary Hawaiian music that is breezy light, the perfect sound for an evening in Waikiki.

Shops of Hawaii Stage (fronting Royal Hawaiian Center)

4:30 p.m. Performance by Hula dancers from Malu Productions and Wanna Hula Productions.

5:30 p.m. Johnna Padeken Parel is a self-taught singer and songwriter from Kaneohe, Hawaii, with a unique and sultry sound that will keep your wanting more. She is a rising star here in the islands and beyond.

6:30 p.m. The Wreck is a Honolulu based alternative and indie rock band made up of four young rockers; Ian Wacksman (11) on drums, Josh Kay (13) on keyboards & vocals, Dylan Wacksman (14) on guitar, bass & vocals and Gino Romano (14) on guitar, bass & vocals. Their goal as a band is simple, to improve as musicians and entertain people.

7:15 p.m. Legends Waikiki – one of Waikiki’s most beloved stage shows, Legends Waikiki brings the music and experience of Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Britney Spears to life with electrifying performances of the artists’ biggest hit songs.

7:45 p.m. Pocket is a groovin’ dance band based in Hawaii featuring disco-funk-r&b music from the 70s to 90s.

8:45 p.m. Emke – sisters Kira and Ezri Santos along with Mari Arakawa and Payton Sekigawa, burst onto the Honolulu music scene in 2005.The band members met while attending a real life ‘school of rock’ in Hawaii (Hawaii MusicWorks). Performing cover tunes from bands like Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi, EMKE quickly gained accolades for wowing audiences with their mature level of musicianship and vocal abilities.

Aside from the fantastic food and entertainment, festival-goers will find volunteers collecting donations for the Hawaii Foodbank at various booths. The Hawaii Foodbank is the only nonprofit in the state of Hawaii that collects, warehouses and distributes mass quantities of both perishable and non-perishable food to 250 member agencies as well as food banks on the Big Island, Maui and Kauai.

For more information about the Waikiki SPAM® Jam, please visit www.spamjamhawaii.com

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