Prize giveaways, an anniversary luau and the return of the Hawai‘iloa paddle
are a few of the fun festivities planned for the celebration
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WAIKIKI, HONOLULU, O‘AHU –2014 marks a special year for Kani Ka Pila Grille as the restaurant celebrates five years of serving up food, fun and fabulous music poolside at Outrigger Reef on the Beach. In honor of the big five, the restaurant is inviting locals and visitors alike to join in on a week of festivities, all culminating in a fifth anniversary luau on Saturday, March 15, which will conclude with a ceremonial return of the Hawai‘iloa steering paddle that has been housed at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach during the sailing vessel’s long refurbishment.
From Sunday, March 9, to Saturday, March 15, 2014, everyone is invited to enjoy the celebration at Kani Ka Pila Grille, including a special menu by Chef Aurelio Garcia, nightly prizes, and a grand prize giveaway — all leading up to the anniversary luau on March 15. That same day, Outrigger Reef on the Beach will present its popular O Ke Kai series with members of the Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa on hand to provide information, answer questions and demonstrate the ancient art of canoe- building.
“It’s our guests and customers who have made this five-year milestone possible, so we are thrilled to celebrate the anniversary of Kani Ka Pila Grille with them,” said Dean Nakasone, general manager of the Outrigger Reef on the Beach. “We welcome everyone to come and take part in the fabulous food, lively entertainment and special celebrations all week long and at our luau.”
The restaurant’s festivities will kick-off on Sunday, March 9 with nightly events at Kani Ka Pila Grille. The poolside restaurant will feature a special menu that includes a shrimp cocktail appetizer, prime rib with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables, raspberry sorbet and a cocktail for just $40 (+ tax).
In addition to enjoying top-notch entertainment provided by some of Hawaii’s most legendary musicians, guests will have the opportunity to win a host of prizes including entertainers’ CDs, gift certificates from Outrigger Reef on the Beach merchants and Kani Ka Pila Grille gift certificates and logo items. To top it off, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a grand prize giveaway to win a two-night stay at Outrigger Reef on the Beach and a $100 gift certificate to Kani Ka Pila Grille.
On Saturday, March 15, starting at 9 a.m., Outrigger will host its popular O Ke Kai Series, “Celebrating Hawaii’s Great Voyaging Canoes,” which supports the continuing efforts of the Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa to ensure that traditional Hawaiian canoe-building and restoration skills are passed on to future generations.
The festivities will continue that day with the anniversary luau from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring a grand Hawaiian Buffet filled with local favorites including laulau, kalua pig, poi, haupia and more. Guests will enjoy live entertainment provided by award-winning Hawaiian artists, including Cyril Pahinui, Kawika Kahiapo, Weldon Kekauoha and special guests Maunalua and Melveen Leed.
The celebration will conclude with the celebratory return of the Hawai‘iloa canoe steering paddle at 12:45 p.m.
To purchase tickets for Kani Ka Pila Grille’s fifth anniversary luau, please call (808) 924-6081. Tickets are $30 per adult and $17 for children ages four to 10. Tax and tip are inclusive. Validated valet parking at Outrigger Reef on the Beach is available for up to five hours for just $6. Starting on March 1, entry forms for the grand prize giveaway will be available at Elephant Walk, Freaky Tiki Tropical Optical and Hawaiian Accessories located at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach. Entries must then be dropped off at Kani Ka Pila Grille by 11 a.m. March 15, 2014. The winner’s name will be pulled during the Kani Ka Pila Grille anniversary luau (you do not need to be present to win).
Kani Ka Pila Grille is a casual poolside restaurant that offers delicious island dishes in a relaxed and open dining atmosphere. The fun begins each evening at 6 p.m. with live entertainment including legendary Hawaiian artists such as Cyril Pahinui, Weldon Kekauoha, Kawika Kahiapo, Kaukahi, Manoa DNA to name a few. Kani Ka Pila Grille is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations or restaurant information, call (808) 924-4990.
About Outrigger Reef on the Beach
The oceanfront anchor of Waikiki Beach Walk®, the Outrigger Reef on the Beach is ideally situated between beautiful Waikīkī Beach and exciting Waikīkī. The hotel is a haven of elegance, gracious hospitality and unparalleled commitment to Hawaiian culture. The property’s two towers offer large guest rooms and superbly appointed suites. There are two beachfront restaurants, the poolside Kani Ka Pila Grille offering casual dining plus stellar island music every evening, an array of specialty stores and shops, a day spa featuring specialty services and products by Aveda and a collection of services, all with no resort fee! The adjacent Waikiki Beach Walk® is O‘ahu’s spirited and stylish entertainment destination, home to shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and accommodations spanning a nearly eight-acre area in Waikīkī. www.outriggerreef.com
Journese, the luxury brand of Pleasant Holidays, continues to grow its Latin America presence by adding Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa in Nicaragua – a five-star resort on the Emerald Coast, situated in the 1,670-acre reserve Guacalito de la Isla.
“We are expanding our destinations based on where discerning travelers seek to go – both near and far,” said Journese VP & managing director Kimberly Daley. “Nicaragua is primed to be the standout destination of the year and our five-star property, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa, is the new premier resort showcasing an immersive nature experience with adventure, cultural activities, private transfers, and more – all that Journese represents.
With its branding as “Curators of Fine Travel,” the company maintains a luxury focus, including more than 100 luxury villas and private homes, and a selection of colorful modes of transportation, such as vintage trains and yachts, as well as many four- and five-star hotels and resorts in Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, Nicaragua and the U.S.
The Nicaraguan resort is in addition to destinations added in Colorado, Germany, Spain, Turkey, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, bringing the company’s selection of countries to 20 on four continents.
“We pride ourselves in offering everything discerning travelers desire for their immersive journey. We have all components at our fingertips to handcraft each itinerary down to the finest details,” Daley said. “And we are continually adding a variety of products – from new resorts and homes to private activities and immersive experiences – to provide clients with a genuine, once-in-a-lifetime world journey.”
Grand Hotels – an inspired collection of resorts, villas, and restaurants in Los Cabos, Mexico, which will be of keen interest to writers with luxury, family, and culinary travel editorial interests.
The crown jewel of Mexico Grand Hotels is Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa, a beachfront and cliff top hacienda-style resort, located along Millionaire’s Row in beautiful Los Cabos. The resort boasts all-suite accommodations ranging from 800-2,200 square-feet in size, complimented by handcrafted furnishings from Mexican artisan colonies. Each suite features an open floor plan that yields panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez and combines all of the comforts of a luxury vacation home, including separate dining, seating and sleeping areas as well as a full kitchen, with state of the art resort services.
New to Hacienda Encantada are the exclusive villas, “The Residences;” ideal for large families and groups of friends traveling together. The “Residences” offer the ultimate vacation experience and amenities including private pools, spacious patios with outdoor fireplaces, and more.
Hacienda Encantada is also home to some of the best restaurants in Cabo, both on and off hotel premises. The resort offers guests an unmatched Dine Out Privilege option, which features an innovative all-inclusive plan that allows guests to dine at on-site restaurants as well as at popular downtown restaurants located within the Golden Zone.
Celebrity Cruises is offering an extra incentive for New Yorkers planning a Caribbean cruise this summer.
The cruise line has announced a promotion offering free door-to-door transportation to Cape Liberty terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey for New York area residents.
Cruisers are eligible for the perk when booking a 7-night Bermuda voyage on the Celebrity Summit ship sailing between May 4 and August 31.
Celebrity said this is the first time it has offered a courtesy Black Car service and will be available to guests booking a suite who live within a 50-mile radius of the cruise terminal.
The cruise line is also extending the promotion to include round-trip transportation to the airport for bookings made for European cruises of 7 nights or longer.
Reservations must be made by March 31 and can only be booked through a travel agent, Celebrity said.
Elite Island Resorts has added two new children’s activity programmes for summer 2014 at its St James’s Club Morgan Bay St Lucia resort.
On selected dates, it will run Bodyguard Bootcamp and Ninja Club sessions with Chris Bradford, award-winning author of the best selling Young Samurai and Bodyguard series.
The two free programmes, running from July 26-August 7, will offer educational and exciting activities to immerse young guests into the world of books.
The author-based activities are the latest initiative in the ongoing successful partnership between Elite Island Resorts and Puffin, the world’s leading publisher of children’s books.
For each course, Chris Bradford will lead daily sessions for six days covering activities including reading, drawing and story writing.
In addition, Ninja Club, for five- to eight-year-olds, will include learning the basics of martial arts and discovering the mystical arts of the ninja including ninja stealth walking.
Bodyguard Bootcamp, for ages nine and above, will include training in self defence skills such as learning how to keep someone back with just one finger and surveillance skills.
Elite Island Resorts European managing director Paula Whitehead said: “Our partnership with Puffin books has been very successful and we are always seeking ways to inspire our guests.
“We have invested heavily in our family facilities and wanted to bring a new type of literary adventure to our Kids Club at St James’s Club Morgan Bay. Chris Bradford is the ideal author to host these imaginative events.”
This year the Spring Regatta celebrates its 43rd year in action and is proving to be one of the most anticipated events in the British Virgin Islands!
Peter Island Resort & Spa’s “Ashore & Afloat” package perfectly accompanies an event like this! Your clients can arrive on their boat and spend part of their time on this luxury resort! Click here for your quote
Here are four reasons why your client will love this week-long sailing experience!
1. The Regatta Festival: The BVI Spring Regetta and Sailing Festival is the largest of its kind in the Caribbean. It attracts hundreds of yachts, sailors, friends and families from around the world to enjoy the remarkable scenery around the beautiful island.
2. The Boats: Ranging from dinghies to full size monohull yachts, all types of boats can be found among these pristine Caribbean waters.
3. The Beach: White sandy beaches and turquoise waters are reason enough to come hang out at this tropical destination. Soak up the sun and enjoy paradise!
4. The Party: Your clients will indulge in exotic foods, live music, and dancing. Entertainment for every night!
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While we often see the food of a destination as an emblem of its culture, the recent turn towards locally produced organic foods has also emphasized that the taste of food and wine can also be emblematic of the land itself.
The foods at Fiji’s Laucala Island Resort, thanks to the efforts of new executive chef Anthony Healy, are now giving visitors a true flavor of Fiji itself.
The resort is putting authentic Fijian food into both its service culture and its marketing. Healy is a proponent of the “farm-to-resorts” movement. Healy forages the forests of Fiji to find the freshest and truest ingredients for the resort’s kitchen. The resort’s main restaurant, Plantation House, features Healy’s daily menus that are based solely upon what’s been collected and received from fishermen earlier that same morning.
Every day, Healy and his staff forage for mushrooms and other local edibles. Healy also uses organic produce that is grown on a 240-acre hydroponic farm with 15 different types of fruit, 35 varieties of vegetables and more than 50 Fiji Vanilla plants.
The resort catches 80 percent of its seafood within a mile of the shore to preserve the offshore habitat of the South Pacific, with fish ranging from rock cod and tuna to mahi-mahi, crayfish and coral trout. These combined efforts allow the resort to operate as 80 percent self-sustainable, while guests’ overall on-island experience is enhanced through cooking classes and explorations led by Healy.
“Here we maintain ‘paddock-to-plate’ like nowhere else in the world,” said Healy. “Our menus are very much based upon what is available on that particular day; there is no back-up option of ordering from suppliers. I have grown up in the hospitality business, but no place has given me this degree of creative liberty. On Laucala Island, my freedom to craft authentic, natural dishes is infinite.”
Laucala’s kitchen also manages 18 beehives in different locations allowing the honey to vary in taste and scent. Animals such as poultry, cattle (including Wagyu), pigs, quails, ducks, goats and coconut crabs, are also raised on the farm. Each species of livestock is kept on a specially designed diet to make for the healthiest and happiest animal possible, which includes the island’s commitment in ensuring all products remain 100 percent hormone and chemical free.
At Laucala guests can join Healy on tours of the farm and hydroponics area, with the ability to pick and taste ripe produce as available. The tour is part of a cooking class that ends with guests dining on their collected ingredients. The Fijian lovo, or earth oven, cooks food with pre-heated rocks and moisture from leaves or banana stumps. The resort presents a lovo during every guest’s stay on a Fijian Cultural night, when they introduce the Kava ceremony featuring dances and prepared routines from 40 performers.
The Laucala Resort sits on a 3,200-acre island in the Fijian archipelago. The all-inclusive resort has 25 villas. Once owned by the Forbes family as a private island escape, Laucala Island was purchased in 2002 by Dietrich Mateschitz, CEO of Red Bull Drink Company, and launched in 2011 as the southern hemisphere’s largest private island resort.
Malaysia is the world’s top vacation destination for Muslim travelers, according to an annual survey by Crescentrating.com, a website which ranks Halal-friendly travel services.
The Southeast Asian country retained its top spot, which it has held every year since the survey was first published in 2011, followed by United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
Although governed by an Islamic ruling class, Malaysia is famously one of the most multi-cultural countries in the world with very large and influential Chinese and South Indian communities.
The biggest Halal-friendly improvement over the last year came from Japan, which has recently focused on attracting a bigger slice of the Muslim travel sector, worth a reputed $US140 billion globally.
“Japan has definitely been the most active destination in the last year on this segment of travelers,” said Cresentrating CEO Fazal Bahardeen.
“It has launched a number of initiatives including awareness programs and a Muslim travel guide to Japan,” he said.
The poll takes into account a destination’s family-friendly credentials, general awareness of Muslim travelers’ needs and availability of halal food and prayer rooms.
Unsurprisingly, the top ten countries all came from the Islamic world.
The top ranking non-Islamic nations were Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and the UK.
The biggest faller was Egypt, which fell from the number two spot down to tenth in this year’s rankings, mirroring its tourism industry in general which has taken a battering due to ongoing civil unrest.
The Asian travel explosion is almost as prolific at producing new hotels as it is at producing new international travelers. The following hotels reflect new developments in ocean front resorts, in culturally sensitive towns in the interior and in city hotels. Some of the players are old and some, like Sun Siyam Resorts, are just setting out.
Using an idea as old as Balinese civilization, the Mandarin Oriental, due in 2016, is being built on a series of elevated terraces overlooking the Indian Ocean from Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. Each of the resort’s 24 rooms and 97 villas will have their own pool. The clifftop location helped the architects create a series of dramatic public spaces with both a clifftop restaurant and a clifftop ceremonial platform that can be used for destination weddings.
The resort will also have a 1,725-square-meter spa with eight treatment rooms, heat and water therapies and a 100-meter outdoor pool surrounded by a number of private lifestyle cabanas. There will also be a beach club, kid’s club and an 18-hole golf course adjacent to the resort.
Ubud is an art-oriented community in the center of Bali and by year’s end it will have a new Ritz-Carlton Reserve situated alongside the Ayung River, with views of the terraced rice paddy fields adjacent to the village temple. The resort, which will have 60 villas and suites, will be dotted with gardens, meditation areas and meandering pathways that are designed to follow the natural lie of the land to two swimming pools that have been designed to offer guests private day space, including personal sun loungers. There will also be such Western touches as dedicated butlers.
Out in the Indian Ocean, a new hotel brand is launching its first property and its flagship. The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi reopened on Feb. 21 under the new Sun Siyam Resorts banner. The new-look Iru Fushi is the first Sun Siyam property, the premier brand of Sun Siyam Resorts that also includes the boutique ‘Beach House Collection’ and the Sun Ray brands together with five further luxury resort openings planned, across three countries, in the next few years.
Located in the Noonu Atoll Maldives, the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi has 221 luxury ocean-front villas, including 70 over-water bungalows, 11 bar and restaurant choices and a 20-room tropical spa. Guests may tailor their stay with their own choice of pillow and fragrance menus while ‘Retreat’ accommodation guests receive the added benefit of a foot massage on arrival and services of a 24-hour butler. The resort’s 22 new Deluxe Beach Villas bring the total to 44, each with private pools.
The Spa has enhanced its offering to include traditional Chinese medicine and Maldivian treatments. The food and beverage menus have seen the introduction of new dining experiences that include an ice-cream parlor and ‘destination dining’ options. The resort is also now home to a dedicated family dining area.
Noonu Atoll is a 40-minute seaplane journey from Male. The resort features a PADI five-star dive facility and a water sports center, tennis and badminton courts, kids club and multiple swimming pools. The resort offers a choice of 11 bars and restaurants.
Luang Prabang’s Maison Dalabua Hotel has completed a seven-month renovation program. The 18-room boutique property is located in central Luang Prabang near the Royal Palace and the Night Market. The facelift has included the installation of a new reception, an upgrade of the bar and restaurant area and the installation of a larger wooden platform with more sofas and seating capacity. All the rooms have been repainted, the furniture re-varnished and a textile decoration theme added throughout. The three new private bungalows overlooking the lotus ponds have also been completed.
In 2017, Kuala Lumpur will open Malaysia’s first hotel from Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and it will be a large one at 750 rooms. The hotel is being built in KL’s city center not far from the Petronas Twin Towers – the tallest twin buildings in the world. The 62-story hotel will offer an executive lounge and Fairmont Gold, the luxury brand’s hotel within a hotel offering. Fairmont Kuala Lumpur will also feature six dining outlets, a pool, health club, and spa. The hotel is also near the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center and nearby offices through a covered walkway. Fairmont will be adding still more to its Asian inventory with openings coming in Chengdu (2015), Jakarta (2015), Bali (2016), Taiyuan (2016), Changsha (2016), and Hangzhou (2017).
Langham Hospitality is pursuing an aggressive expansion in China. The opening of the 327-room Langham Place in Xiamen marks the ninth hotel in the People’s Republic. It’s the third Langham Place hotel to open in the last three months, after Guangzhou and Ningbo, both recently opened. Located in Xiamen’s city center not far from the city’s newest luxury fashion and shopping area. Located on the top two floors, the Club L guestrooms give guests access to a two-level lounge with views of the city skyline. In addition, Club L guests receive an extra level of personalized service and privileges including complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, and the use of the boardroom for meetings and business gatherings upon request.
The Chuan Spa’s treatments are based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) using the five elemental forces of fire, earth, water, metal, and wood. The spa offers nine treatment rooms and one dream room including one specially designed for couples. Other recreational facilities include a fitness center equipped with the latest workout equipment, and an indoor heated swimming pool with natural light and an underwater sound system.
The Wyndham Hotel Group signed a new franchise agreement with Smugglers Cove Beach Resort to open the first Ramada hotel in Fiji, a 40-apartment resort on Wailoaloa Beach on Nadi Bay.
The Smugglers Cove Beach Resort Fiji is under construction and should be completed by early 2015. The hotel is the next step in Wyndham’s strategy to grow its Ramada brand throughout the South Pacific. Wyndham currently operates 11 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Guam and New Caledonia.
The resort will be located a 15-minute drive from Nadi International Airport and Port Denarau Marina. It will offer a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as a massage and spa facility, a fitness center, a lap pool and a gourmet deli.
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