Marari Villas unveils new ‘eco’ beach house in Kerala

August 31, 2014 on 3:44 pm | In Asia, Beachbooker, Indonesia | Comments Off



Kerala: Bookings open today for a stylish new eco-friendly beach house in a quiet corner of Kerala, India, from Marari Villas – the pioneer of Boutique Serviced Villas in the region, which combine the privacy of a villa holiday with all the style and service of a boutique hotel. Bougainvillea, on the shores of the Arabian Sea, will open to guests on 1 October.

The chic two-bedroom property is set on a secluded beach at Mararikulam, a fishing village in Central Kerala, far from the tourist crowds, with an authentic and peaceful atmosphere for adults and children alike. Marari Villas has blended modern design and traditional vernacular architecture to offer holidaymakers inspiring indoor-outdoor living, enhanced by sustainable design features, such as electricity and hot water powered by solar systems.

Bougainvillea’s rooms are all sea-facing and have extensive glazing to the west wall for captivating ocean and sunset views. They include two spacious king-size bedrooms, one with the option of twin beds and both with luxury en-suite bathrooms, a relaxing lounge-diner with its own bar and a well-equipped, modern kitchen. There is also a shaded terrace for lounging and dining on, as well as a private courtyard garden with a large daybed surrounded by tropical plants.

At all Marari Villas’ properties, guests are welcomed by the owners Rupert and Olga Evers, who are on hand from the point of booking for help and advice. Visitors also benefit from the services of a dedicated team of villa host, chef, housekeeper and security. The guests’ personal chef can prepare traditional Keralan and Continental breakfasts, as well as lunches and authentic south Indian dinners from the one-week “Kerala Delights Menu”, featuring vegetarian, meat and fish options, such as a traditional Kerala Sadhya Feast on a banana leaf and a delicious seafood barbecue. All meals and candlelit dinners are served in the sea-view lounge or in the private garden.

Facilities at Bougainvillea include free WiFi, satellite TV, DVDs and books, luxury bed linen and bathrobes, bath and beach towels, toiletries, complimentary drinking water/leaf tea/fresh ground coffee, phone/tablet/laptop speakers, safe box, comprehensive visitor guide, beach bag with sun-protection essentials, and free bike hire. The villas are also well-equipped with family-friendly facilities such as travel cots, baby-changing equipment, child car seats, etc. Taxi transfers are available to the airport at Kochi (Cochin), a 90-minute drive.

Marari Villas can help visitors make the most of their time in the area, with a particular focus on experiencing the real Kerala, which is renowned as “easy or light” India. Ayurvedic massages, yoga tuition and cookery classes can be arranged at the villa. Local activities include houseboat cruises on Kerala’s famous backwaters, an elephant encounter on the beach, auto-rickshaw tours of nearby temples, churches and local artisans, and guided trips to nearby Alleppey town and Fort Kochi. Marari Villas partners with other lodgings, such as in Kerala’s hill country, to offer attractive packages for wider exploration of the region. Small group yoga/wellness holidays for up to 12 guests can also be organised.

Bougainvillea is one of four boutique properties created and run by Marari Villas. The others include Palm, a three-bedroom beach house, 100 metres along the sands, and two one-bedroom cottages in the village, Orchid and Hibiscus, with private pools and gardens. Marari Villas has held the number one position on TripAdvisor for accommodation in Marari for the past four years and has held a Certificate of Excellence for the past three years. The business takes its social responsibility seriously and has facilitated a number of projects including new classrooms and toilets for the local tuition centre for 350 children.

Bougainvillea costs from INR9,000 (£90) for a double room or from INR18,000 (£180) for the whole villa per night, including breakfast and the services of the villa team. Lunch and dinner are available on request, according to requirements and the menu of the day. Vegetarian, meat/chicken or seafood options cost INR600-INR750/£6-£7.50 per person. Drinks, desserts and special items cost extra. Rates exclude 7.42 percent tax. Extra beds for children (maximum two beds) cost from INR2,500 (£25) per night.

For full details and to book, call +91 9947 948707 or go to www.mararivillas.com.

Follow developments at Marari Villas on Twitter: @MarariVillas and at www.facebook.com/marari.villas

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Bliss out in Bali without breaking the bank

August 31, 2014 on 3:29 pm | In Asia, Beachbooker, Indonesia | Comments Off



Holidaymakers can bliss out in Bali without breaking the bank with these great new rates and special offers from boutique property Semara Resort & Spa Seminyak.

Located in Bali’s new hotspot, Jalan Petitenget, the stylish resort has introduced 50% savings on all room types from now until September 30 2014, meaning standard rooms are available from just USD $138++ per room per night including 20 minute spa treatment, free wi-fi, yoga and gym.

Petitenget is Seminyak’s coolest precinct of restaurants, bars and boutiques. Semara Seminyak enjoys a prime position on the golden strip between Ku De Ta and Potato Head Beach Club.

The resort offers spacious, beautifully appointed rooms, indulgent spa, swimming pools, secluded relaxation zone for couples without children and the Cubby House Kids Club which is widely regarded as the best kids club in Bali.

The resort’s Deck Bar and Restaurant, with its five pool tables, large projector screens and 10 TVs, is geared for sports lovers and is the perfect place for a front-row seat for the AFL and NRL finals series this September, with live bands and great entertainment planned for each match.

And at Semara Seminyak you can start the day knowing you’re getting a great deal, with European buffet breakfasts at Georgies Poolside Restaurant reduced to just USD$9++ for adults and$4.50++ for kids including cereals, muesli, yoghurt, breads, pasties, eggs, pancakes, fruit, juices, tea and coffee for guests who pre-book and pre-pay.

Semara’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Kelly Sturgeon said affordability combined with the great location and excellent facilities, made Semara Seminyak afavourite for Australians who enjoy a classy boutique resort.

“For Australian travellers Bali compares so favorably to say, Fiji, or even holidaying at home,” Ms Sturgeon said.

“Right down to the everyday basics, it comes out on top.

“For example at Semara Seminyak a beer costs just AUD$ 2.70, a café latte only AUD$2 and one hour’s baby-sitting just AUD $9, compared with approximately AUD$6.30, AUD$4.20 and AUD$12 for a similarly rated Fiji hotel and even more for an equivalent luxury property in Australia .”

For bookings or further information visit www.semaraseminyak.com

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Arouse All Your Senses at Phuket’s Famous Vegetarian Festival

August 31, 2014 on 3:28 pm | In Asia, Beachbooker, Thailand | Comments Off



Paresa offers two-night package at exclusive hideaway from September 24 to October 2

Exclusive five-star Phuket hideaway Paresa is embracing the spirit of one of the Asia’s most exciting events, with a package combining the island’s annual Vegetarian Festival from September 24 – October 2, which includes classes in Thai vegetarian cooking.

The street festival is famed for sacred rituals performed by entranced devotees, from walking barefoot over hot coals and bathing in hot oil to bladed ladder climbing and bizarre body piercing. It is believed its sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe or partake in it.

Local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for spiritual cleansing and merit-making, with sacred rituals performed at various Chinese shrines, temples and street displays. It is also a golden opportunity to savour Thai vegetarian and vegan cuisine at its finest.

Paresa’s “Vegetarian Street Food Festival” package for two invites couples to explore all these tastes, smells and traditional rituals. Priced from THB30,000 (approximately USD933) for two nights, it is on offer throughout the festival period. Accommodation is in the deluxe Aqua Pool Suite with its own private swimming pool, and breakfast is included.

The package not only includes a guided tour of the festival in Phuket’s ‘Old Town’, but also a vegetarian street-food cooking class, with a visit to a colourful local market accompanied by Paresa’s chef to select ingredients.

Paresa’s vegetarian street food cooking classes embrace two entire menus that guests can learn to cook and re-create at home. Dishes range from Poh Pia Pak Tord, deep-fried vegetarian spring rolls, to the traditional Phad Thai Pack, stir-fried noodles & bean sprouts in a tamarind dressing. Som Tum Jay, a spicy green papaya salad is also offered on the cooking class menu, along with Gluay Tord, authentic crispy bananas, and Khao Nhiao Mamuang, a sweet mango sticky rice.

The resort’s celebrated fine dining restaurant, Diavolo, is also paying a culinary tribute to the festival’s tradition with a traditional Thai vegetarian menu of its own. It features dishes from Tod Man Khaopod, a deep fried curry corn cake, and Yum Makuea Yaw, an eggplant salad with mushroom and lime dressing. A traditional fried noodle with mixed vegetables, Guay Tiew Song Keung, and dessert of glutinous rice flour in sweet coconut milk, Bua Loy Sam Sri, are also part of the Vegetarian promotion menu.

Roundtrip airport transfers by luxury SUV are additionally included to Phuket’s most sought-after address along ‘Millionaire’s Mile’, high above Kamala Bay, along with complimentary WiFi, refreshing towels, cold fresh fruit and water.

“This unique festival is a can’t-missThai experience, delivered as a bespoke adventure for our guests,” said General Manager Dawid Koegelenberg. “I will never forget my first Vegetarian Festival in Phuket. Words cannot describe the atmosphere of exquisite food, music & dance. It’s not for the faint-hearted but this festival is not to be missed and your view of vegetarian food will be changed forever.”

About Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival

Also known as “Jia Chai” in Hokkien Chinese, it began in 1825 when fever was rife and a traveling opera company from China grew sick from an unnamed malady. But they kept to a vegetarian diet honouring two emperor gods and the sickness disappeared. Locals embraced the ritual vegetarianism enthusiastically and the festival has continued ever since – from the first to 9th evening of the 9th lunar month. Throughout the festival fireworks and drums are sounded, especially during ceremonies. It is held that the louder they are the better, because the noise drives away evil spirits.

About Paresa

Sanskrit for “Heaven of All Heavens”, Paresa is situated on a hilltop high above Kamala beach, the island’s most sought after address known as “Millionaires’ Mile”. Just 30 minutes from Phuket International Airport, Paresa’s inspiration is derived from Southern Thai homes combined with a respect for nature, which is reflected in the resort’s contemporary reinterpretation of traditional designs and its use of local natural materials. With the preservation of its green surroundings, Paresa maintains its natural and exclusive beauty.

In 2014, Paresa has won the following fame and awards:

- Thailand’s Best Hotels & Resorts Guide 2014

- World Luxury Spa Awards 2014 (Best Luxury Resort Spa Country Winner )

- Thailand Tattler Best Restaurant 2014 certificate for “ Diavolo “

- Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 Winner

Details are www.paresaresorts.com.

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East Meets W-Est With W Retreat Koh Samui & Wah Nails

August 31, 2014 on 3:26 pm | In Asia, Beachbooker, Thailand | Comments Off



W Retreat Koh Samui & London’s edgiest nail brand to showcase the best of East and West

W Retreat Koh Samui and WAH Nails are preparing to set the scene alight, when they fuse the urban glamour of London with the vibrant promise of Koh Samui.

By way of W Hotels’ unique Insider Experience, Sharmadean Reid, Founder of London’s pioneering nail art brand, WAH Nails, is set to discover the coolest sides to Bangkok and Koh Samui – those that are usually only revealed by a local, and aren’t available in the guide books. From emerging Thai fashion designers, restaurants which are creating big buzz, innovative art exhibitions, to an in-the-know version of a night on the Thai town – Sharmadean will use her customised Insider Experience as inspiration to create two exclusive EAST MEETS W-EST nail art designs, each reflecting the hottest trends in both iconic Thai destinations.

WAH began as a London-based fanzine about girls in hip-hop, championing emerging talent in music and fashion, and providing a space for a new wave of street-smart feminism. Sharmadean Reid realised the nail art she and her friends had been rocking for years was about to hit the mainstream, and after a bad experience at a local salon, decided to open one that embodied the WAH spirit. The now-cult East London brand, hailed as “the new generation”, sees customers seek its unique skills from WAH’s residency in retail mecca Topshop, to global pop ups with the biggest names in the arts.

The exclusive EAST MEETS W-EST nails art with Sharmadean Reid, will be previewed to press and VIPs at both W Bangkok and WAH POP-UP at W Retreat Koh Samui. On August 17th The POP-UP nail art by WAH will be held at our newly launched, Seascape Escape, 4-bedroom villa.

THB 2,500 net per person

Featuring WAH Nails art session, manicure, neck and shoulder massage plus feel good nibbles & drinks, and “FIT WITH TARA STILES” at the sea view terrace

**Extra charge for additional pedicure is at 500 THB net per person

For more information and reservations, please contact AWAY® SPA at 0 (66) 77915999

or email to awayspa.wkohsamui@whotels.com

Explore what’s New / Next at W Retreat Koh Samui – WRETREATKOHSAMUI.COM/WAH-NAILS

W Retreat Koh Samui features 74 private pool retreats, offering a range of options from panoramic views high atop the Samui hillside to direct beach access on the shoreline below. Each villa is equipped with modern elements, including private plunge pool, daybed, an outdoor shower, Yamaha sound system, 46-inch plasma screen TV, wine refrigerator, and signature W bed. W Retreat Koh Samui will also offer W’s signature Whatever/Whenever® concierge service, providing guests and residents with whatever they want – from a Champagne brunch on a deserted beach to an intimate sunset wedding on a stretch of Koh Samui’s glistening sand – whenever they want it, as long as it’s legal!

About W Hotels Worldwide

W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 41 hotels and retreats in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment. W Hotels offers a holistic lifestyle experience that is integrated into the brand’s sensibility through contemporary restaurant concepts, glamorous entertainment experiences, stylish retail concepts and signature spas. With more than 12 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach more than 50 hotels by the end of 2012. W Hotels and W Retreats have been announced for Paris, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Bangkok, Athens – Astir Palace, and Verbier, among other international destinations. For more information, visit www.whotels.com

About Amburaya Hotels & Resorts

The owner and developer of W Retreat Koh Samui and The Residences at W Retreat Koh Samui is a joint venture between Amburaya Hotels & Resorts and Istithmar World. Amburaya Properties is a vibrant Thai-based developer bringing new and innovative lifestyle-oriented accommodations and residential developments to new and well-established destinations. The company currently has properties in Bangkok, Pattaya, Koh Samui, and India and continues to look for opportunities to grow its portfolio within Thailand and the region. Istithmar World is one of the world’s largest privately held real estate developers, with a portfolio of developments that includes The Palm trilogy, among others.

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White Rose Kuta Resort, Villas & Spa in Bali

August 31, 2014 on 3:20 pm | In Asia, Beachbooker, Indonesia, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Sun Island Bali, a private hotel management – currently announced the rebranding of White Rose Hotel, Villas & Spa into “White Rose Kuta Resort, Villas & Spa”. Mr. Ismullah, General Manager of the 4-star Kuta resort, said that the change is deemed necessary to better represent the property, following its current development, and to more effectively reach out to the intended markets.

White Rose Kuta Resort, Villas & Spa has been recently renovated, giving it a refreshed look, while still maintaining its signature Balinese-family-compound inspired architecture and its genuine heart-warming hospitality. All of the 150 rooms have been remodeled with modern, top-quality facilities & amenities to guarantee guests’ maximum comfort. With the recent addition of 5 units of chic and elegant One-Bedroom Pool Villas, White Rose Kuta Resort, Villas & Spa has highlighted its commitment to giving an absolutely indulging getaway to all types of travelers. Each of the villas is a private enclosure with a private plunge pool and terrace, a luxurious interior, and an exotic bathroom that will evoke an intimate feel, suitable for couples and honeymooners.

White Rose Kuta Resort & Villas stands on a generous 1.6 ha grounds in the middle of vibrant Kuta – Legian area, making it a sanctuary amid the attractive neighborhood. Offering 5 room categories: Standard, Deluxe, Super Deluxe, Family Suites, and Pool Villas, the resort that stands out for its long years of hospitality culture will invite guests to feel instantly at home during their entire stay. Located only 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, the resort also offers the convenience of meeting rooms & facilities, restaurants & bar, wedding & event venue, gym, and all-family’s favorite swimming pool, all surrounded by lush green garden that has been one of the resort’s highlights.

White Rose Kuta Resort, Villas & Spa

Jl. Legian, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia

t. +62 361 756515

f. +62 361 753523

e. reservation@whiterosebali.com

w. www.whiterosebali.com

Sun Island Bali (www.sunislandbali.com) is a privately owned hotel chain that manages hotels, resorts, and villas in Bali. Each of the properties is located in Bali’s most prime locations, such as Semiyak, Legian, Kuta, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu. Up to 2014, Sun Island Bali group has run and managed Sun Island Boutique Villas in Seminyak; White Rose Kuta Resort, Villas & Spa; Sun Island Hotel Kuta; and Sun Island Hotel & Spa Legian. Following its fast-growing development, Sun Island Bali will open more properties in various strategic areas in Bali. Each hotel or resort has a unique setting, with a blend of authentic Balinese heritage and Western contemporary design, well equipped with outstanding facilities and exceptional service to ensure guest satisfaction, exclusivity and privacy. Sun Island Bali is committed to giving guests a most indulging stay.

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New Crafted Treatment by Taman Air Spa, Bali

August 31, 2014 on 3:15 pm | In Asia, Beachbooker, Indonesia, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



Offers a serene ambiance that allow your body, mind and soul immerse in a haven of tranquility, Taman Air Spa has launched a new crafted detoxifying treatment that leads to healthy mind, body, and soul. Taman Air Spa Artisan provides carefully crafted treatment that begins with foot bath and followed by body cleansing with natural watercress cleansing milk. Known as Herbal Healing. The new treatment follows with detoxifying massage with warm spicy oil and healing powder made from traditional Balinese herbs improves the elimination of body toxins.

The 150 minutes of this wellness journey completed with a healing clay and spicy wrap (wrap from spices and crystal salt bath, rich in natural elements) process, prepares you for a renewing journey to good health. A herbal inhalation of Balinese herbs is ignited in the treatment room to help the mind relax and calm.

Get ready to be enthralled inside a captivating and revitalizing spa sanctuary. Taman Air Spa opened its oasis early 2012 and has set new standards of wellness journeys. “Herbal Healing is our new treatment that could be an option for our guest to have a healthy escape from rotundity and to eliminate toxins in their body” said the new Operation Manager, Made Suarta Jaya who has over 20 years of experience in the spa industry, combined with a hydrotherapy and biochemistry educational background.

From the chic architectural design that flirts with the guest senses, Taman Air Spa delivers a memorable journey through warm hospitality, certified spa therapists, and spa treatments that takes o ur guest to a state of pure serenity.

A loyalty program from Taman Air Spa also invites spa lovers to come in a regular basis with advantages and benefits to take care of the body. Inclusive of four times complimentary 60 minute treatments each month, access to public sauna and Jacuzzi, 20% discount on F&B, 10% off from retail products, a 40% discount on all spa treatments, the program also extends a 20% discount for friends and families accompanying you on our visit.

Choose a spa journey from the various options crafted by our artisan and immerse yourself in rediscovering the harmony within the chic sanctuary of Taman Air Spa. For reservation and enquiries, kindly contact Taman Air Spa at Tel: + 62 361 894 7300 or E-mail to info@tamanairspa.com

About Taman Air Spa

Taman Air Spa may be translated as a water park or properly defined as an oasis. The signature logo represents a whirlpool, which forms circles reflecting the Yin and Yang, translated from Balance, Tranquility and Wisdom. Taman Air Spa opened its sanctuary to the public in January 2012 and has become a distinct addition within the hustle and bustle of Kuta, offering an enchanting, peaceful environment.

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Anantara Veli’s New SUNDÃRI Ayurvedic Spa

August 31, 2014 on 3:13 pm | In Asia, Beachbooker, Indonesia, Spa Resorts | Comments Off



In the world’s greatest paradise, the Maldivian elements of lush tropical nature, soft powdery white sands and translucent ocean provide vivid and sensual inspiration. The recently launched Sundari Ayurvedic Spa at Anantara Veli Resort & Spa brings a holistic approach to incorporate elements of the Ayurvedic lifestyle throughout the resort activities offered, restaurant menus and spa treatments in consultation with the resident Ayurvedic Doctor.

Are you a Vata, Pitta or Kapha person? Guests staying with Anantara in the South Male Atoll now have the opportunity to discover their Ayurvedic Dosha and achieve an ideal balance of relaxation and wellbeing while enjoying the tropical climates and white Maldivian beaches. At a resort where the focus is on individual attention to cultivate the ultimate escape, SUNDÃRI Ayurvedic Spa extends a welcoming invitation to discover the beauty of personal well-being.

Designed for both those who are just beginning to dip their toes in Ayurveda as well as for the more advanced student who wants to deepen their practice and understanding of Ayurveda’s true roots and benefits, SUNDÃRI combines adherence to Ayurvedic principles based on an ancient eastern philosophy with the finest quality ingredients from nature, delivering a holistic approach to wellness that results in outer radiance and inner serenity.

A way of life – involving mind body harmony that is conducive to health, happiness and longevity – guests at Anantara Veli Resort & Spa can choose between individual treatments and multiple day programmes based on an individual’s constitution, daily habits, moderation in food, exercise, sleep etc. The definition of health in Ayurveda is derived from a world view of a harmonious working of the three components of being – body, mind and soul. The beneficial and adverse influences leading respectively to health and disease and the impact of these on health, happiness and longevity is qualified in Ayurveda.

At SUNDÃRI Ayurvedic Spa, the journey starts with an in-depth consultation with the resident Ayurvedic Doctor. Using various techniques of pulse, iridology, tongue and a health assessment interview the Ayurvedic Doctor will identify a guest’s dosha type, or combination of doshas, to determine the current imbalances. According to this assessment, a personalized treatment experience will be designed for the guest by the Ayurvedic Doctor to ensure the balancing of energetic constitution for good health. Exercise regimes and dietary programs are also recommended if a multiple day program is booked.

At the end of your stay, the Ayurvedic Doctor will provide you with take-home information to continue an Ayurvedic lifestyle once you return to your daily routine.

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Top Luxury Offerings in Western Australia‏

August 29, 2014 on 10:08 am | In Australia, Beachbooker, Cabinweb, Western | Comments Off



Sometimes, you have to travel the distance to Experience Extraordinary…
What defines luxury? Palatial castles, dripping in gold? Custom-made Bentleys driven by your own, personal chauffeur? We’d like to think that luxury is defined by extraordinary experiences not meant for the masses, but for those willing to go the distance for something truly unique and spectacular. The diamonds of Western Australia are found under a billion sparkling stars that blanket an endless, midnight sky (although we have the priceless gem variety as well!) in the world’s southern hemisphere. The Bentleys are found in the form or private jets that take visitors to their luxurious accommodations, found in the middle of no fewer than 1 million acres of wilderness and along stretches of white, sandy beaches and extraordinary reefs. Priceless treasures grow right from the soil, from exotic black truffles to premium grapes made into world-class wines. Gold is found everywhere, from the mines in Kalgoorlie to the endless hours of gleaming, golden sunshine in the capital city of Perth. Western Australia’s definition of luxury is to have an experience like no other, in a place overflowing with natural riches unlike any other destination in the world.

Top Luxury Accommodations

From starry nights in one of the most remote regions on earth, to the barefoot luxury of a coastal enclave, WA offers world-class lodging for the upscale traveler

El Questro, The Kimberley
This Wilderness Park totals an incredible one million acres in size, and boasts some of the region’s most lavish accommodations. The location also grants easy access to some of the best attractions in The Kimberley such as the Bungle Bungles, Lake Argyle and Ord Valley River, which is teaming with Australian wildlife and boasts unforgettable landscapes. Guests staying in The Chamberlin Suite can gaze onto the magnificent sunset from their wrap-around veranda or from the luxury of a grand, claw-foot tub surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. Three Cliff Side Retreats offer uninterrupted views of the Chamberlin River and a garden rain shower, surrounded by stone walls that provide complete privacy.

The Berkeley River Lodge, The Kimberley
Experience the stunning landscape of the Kimberley’s true wilderness in ultimate luxury. Each of the 22 private villas offer sweeping, 180-degree views, while the main lodge is the perfect place to take a dip in the pool. Those looking for a more adventurous stay can opt to take a private helicopter for a day of fishing for Barramundi, ending their day with a secluded picnic of gourmet fare prepared by renowned chef Paul Seymour.

Cape Lodge, Margaret River
A favorite of celebrities, Cape Lodge is a five-star hotel located in the heart of Western Australia’s premium wine region, Margaret River. Guests can enjoy Executive Chef Michael Elfwing’s world-class, award winning cuisine – voted #4 on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best of Food” Gold List – and sip premium wines at the source, all against the backdrop of acres of picturesque vineyards. While all of the rooms are beautifully appointed, The Vineyard Residence is the ultimate in luxury, with a Master Suite, two King bedrooms, a guest house, a private lake and putting green on three, gorgeous acres.

Sal Salis, Coral Coast
With luxury safari tents on a private beach just steps away from the Ningaloo Reef, Sal Salis is where the outback meets the reef in grand style. With the philosophy of ‘Wild Bush Luxury,’ Sal Salis is designed to expose guests to the abundance of the natural wonders found in the region. Swimming with Whale Sharks, guided gorge walks, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking further expose guests to the spectacular natural beauty of Ningaloo Reef and its surroundings. Sal Salis is Barefoot Luxury at its finest.
The Richardson Hotel, Perth

The indulgent, ESPA-designed treatments at The Spa at The Richardson and the elaborate tasting menus at Perth’s most glamorous dining destination, Opus One, are just two of the reasons why The Richardson Hotel is Perth’s leading, 5-star boutique hotel. Although located within a short drive to some of the city’s most alluring sites, The Richardson’s spacious accommodations, superb service and understated elegance may be too captivating to leave!

Faraway Bay, The Kimberley
Located at the edge of the Kimberley coastline is the unique Faraway Bay. A breathtaking 70-minute flight from Kununurra, Faraway Bay is only accessible by air and sea. Providing unrivalled luxury for a bush camp, Faraway Bay has eight spacious cabins which dot the natural bush landscape, offering privacy and 180-degree views of the spectacular cliff-lined bay. Guests can go bird watching, explore ancient Aboriginal Art, spend a day exploring the King George River, and explore the surrounding wilderness of the untouched environment. Visit Faraway Bay and book today!
Top Luxury Experiences/Tours

From private air tours to luxury outback experiences, Western Australia offers unforgettable experiences to travelers who are seeking adventure and luxury
Walk into Luxury, Cape to Cape Track, Margaret River

Walk into Luxury will offer visitors a new option to the Margaret River wine region offering an extraordinary experience on the Cape to Cape track with all the amenities. Walk into Luxury is more than just a walk-the all-inclusive packages are complete with post-walk massages, exclusive food and wine experiences, luxury accommodations at award-winning resorts, and a host of other upscale embellishments. Voted as one of Australia’s top ten tracks, the Cape to Cape track is a spectacular and varied section of coastline featuring pristine beaches, limestone cliffs, coastal bush land, wildlife and the famed Boranup Karri forest.

To book, contact Nikki King at info@walkintoluxury.com.au

Bill Peach Journeys, Western Australia & Beyond
The Great Southern AirCruise departs October 20, 2014 and is a fantastic 12 days of exploring the South West and Golden Outback. On this luxurious trip, visitors will travel via private aircraft to Kalgoorlie, Perth, Margaret River, Albany, Esperance, Port Lincoln and Kangaroo Island. The itinerary highlights Australia’s many varied landscapes, from East to West, encompassing a wonderful combination of wildflowers and wildlife. Contact: aircruising@comcast.net  or call + 1-630-758-0108.

Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, The Kimberely
Discover how the rare Australian South Sea Pearl is produced at Cygnet Bay Farm, the oldest operating pearl farm in Western Australia. Go behind the scenes and learn how the family-owned and operated pearl farm forged a niche in the South Sea Pearling industry in Australia’s remote North West region. Cygnet Bay Pearl offers an extensive range of land, sea and air tours; to book, visit Cygnet Bay Pearls.
Cruise the Kimberley with North Star Cruises, The Kimberley
Australia’s North West is one of the world’s last true wilderness areas and home to The Kimberley, a region abundant with iconic outback landscapes and rugged wilderness areas. Embark on the 13-night “Kimberley Ultimate” cruise, during which guests can witness the mighty King George Falls, the ancient rock paintings in the caves of Jar Island before soaring in a helicopter to witness the stunning Eagle Falls. The Kimberley Ultimate offers a captivating blend of adventure, luxury and service for the elite traveler. To book, visit North Star Cruises.

Top Upscale Dining

Western Australia is a destination of culinary riches, boasting pristine, locally-sourced produce, seafood and world-class wines

Restaurant Amuse, Perth
Awarded Restaurant of the Year by the Australian Hotels Association, this fine dining establishment created innovative tasting menus dictated by what is freshest each season. Owners Hadleigh and Carolynn Troy’s strong ties with local growers ensures only the best, seasonal produce will be served in Restaurant Amuse’s elegant, serene setting.
Voyager Estate, Margaret River

The restaurant of this stunning estate winery is manned by Executive Chef Nigel Harvey, who creates menus highlighting the magical marriage between food and wine that is well-paired. MUST DO: The Discovery Menu invites diners to come on a journey that reveals the Voyager Estate story through six beautifully paired courses will inform and leave your palate singing. Alternatively, the Vintage Menu encourages guests to choose courses from a seasonal menu.

Nobu, Perth
The Master of Japanese cuisine, Nobu Matsuhisa, brings his signature fusion cuisine to the Crown Perth Hotel. Several omakase menus can be savored along with views of Swan River and Perth’s majestic skyline in the main dining room or one of two, private rooms, complete with private balconies and restrooms.

The Club Restaurant, Broome
This award-winning restaurant is one of several fine dining offerings at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa features exquisite artwork, a Club Deck for pre-dinner aperitifs and an Italian-inspired menu of gourmet delights. The menu highlights local ingredients such as Broome Pearl Meat and Cone Bay Barramundi, while the extensive wine list offers diners top bottles from around the globe.

Vasse Felix, Margaret River
The restaurant of this celebrated winery offers modern, Australian cuisine in a stunning, viticultural setting. Executive Chef Aaron Carr’s travels to Europe and Asia has influenced his cuisine, which helped the restaurant wine multiple awards including “Top 100 Restaurant” in Australian Gourmet Traveller and “Hot 50 Australian Restaurants” from The Weekend Australian.

Top Luxurious Gift Ideas

Known as the “Treasure Chest of the West,” Western Australia’s abundance of natural treasures will please even the most discerning shopper

Argyle Pink Diamonds
The Kimberley is home to one of the world largest diamond mines which produces this exquisite and rare pink diamond. For the ultimate experience, charter a private jet to the mine and choose the perfect sparkler for that very special someone. Private charters available from Edwards Aviation Australia and Aviair.

Broome Pearls
There’s a reason why Broome is referred to as the “Pearl of the North” – it’s the pearling capital of Australia! Cruise to a local pearl farm to get a first-hand look at how South Sea pearls, among the worlds most coveted, are cultured or visit Paspaley’s luxurious boutique in Broome. Not traveling to Broome? See these stunning pearls in Perth at Kailis Australian Pearls.

Kalgoorlie Gold
Home to the “Golden Mile,” the richest square mile of gold-bearing earth in the world, the Kalgoorlie Goldfields is the largest gold-producing region in the country. Feel the spirit of the gold rush pioneers and explore the area via four-wheel drive, or visit the Super Pit, the biggest gold open pit mine in the country.

Black Truffles
Manjimup, located in the Margaret River region, produces more of the world’s black truffles than the rest of Australia combined. Enjoy these sumptuous delicacies at many restaurants throughout the country, including The Truffle & Wine Co which specializes in tours featuring truffle hunts and exports truffles to some of the most prestigious restaurants around the world.

Indigenous Art Work and Artifacts
Collectable art from one of the world’s oldest cultures feature ancient dot painting to modern pieces of work. Artefacts include aboriginal tools and musical instruments, including the incredible didgeridoo which come in many striking designs. For authentic, cultural experiences, tours and artwork visit the Western Australia Indigenous Tourism Council website.

Extraordinary Deals

From the Outback to the Sea with COX & KINGS
10 DAYS & 9 NIGHTS / private journey; Perth, Ningaloo Reef & The Kimberley. Begin your travels in the sun-kissed, modern city of Perth where you’ll discover Kings Park botanical gardens and immerse yourself in the area’s maritime past in the charms of Fremantle. Head north to the remote Coral Coast where you’ll stay in barefoot luxury at Sal Salis beachside safari camp and experience the world’s largest fringing coral reef, Ningaloo – home to vibrant corals, manta rays, friendly whale sharks, dugongs, giant sea turtles and tropical fish. Next, you’ll head to The Kimberley, Australia’s last great wilderness where you’ll spend two days exploring its rugged ancient landscapes at El Questro. From the Outback to the Sea, this tour helps guests explore the best of Western Australia. To book, contact COX & KINGS at 1-800-999-1758, or email journeys@coxandkingsusa.com.

Special offer: Book before September 1 and a pair of UGG boots are yours for free!
Learn About Wine’s Meet Us in Australia

This is an epicurean tour for food and wine lovers! Explore Margaret River region, celebrated for premium wines, black truffles and other gourmet delights, guided by Sommelier and Wine Educator Ian Blackburn. Trip includes stays at top hotels, including the Cape Lodge, multiple winery visits, activities such as canoeing and a visit to the Australia Aborigine Museum and world-class dining at top restaurants in the region.

Event Spotlight
Anzac Albany, Oct 30-Nov2
This special, commemorative event marks 100 years since the Australian Imperial Force and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force set sail from Albany in 1914 to fight in World War I. Events include a Ceremonial Sunset Commemorative Service, a free public concert by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Princess Royal Harbour Lights, a lighting and pyrotechnics show.

Upcoming Events

Staircase to the Moon, Mar-Oct:
Just a couple of months left to experience this natural phenomenon! When the full moon rises over the exposed mudflats of Roebuck Bay at extremely low tide, it creates the optical illusion of a staircase reaching for the moon.
Wildflower Season, Jul-Nov:

Western Australia is home to over 12,000 species of wildflowers, 60% of those cannot be found anywhere in the world! Take in the breathtaking beauty of these unique and beautiful specimens at events such as the Hidden Treasures Great Southern Bloom Festival, or book a tour: Perth’s Best Flower Tour via Australian Pinnacle Tours and the Wildflower Tour from Country Escapes WA Tours are great choices. For more information, download our 2014 Wildflower Guide.
Little Penguins, Sep-Jun:

Did you know WA has their very own Penguin Island? It’s less than one hour from the capital city of Perth, and is a great destination to meet little penguins, and swim with dolphins and sea lions. Click here to book a Rockingham Wild Adventures tour.
A Taste of Broome, Sep 12:

This monthly event showcases music, media, dance, food, arts and crafts, tradition and heritage of this multicultural community. Purchase tickets here.
Australasian Safari, Sep 19-27:
Competitors from all over the world compete in one of the toughest and most challenging motor events on earth.
Perth International, Oct 23-26:
The country’s premier golf event returns, with top international golfers, including Jason Dufner, Jin Jeong, Victor Dubuisson and Brett Rumford, battling for to lay claim to the AUD $2 million purse.

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The Chelsea Harbour Hotel Launches New Harbourside Afternoon Tea‏

August 29, 2014 on 10:03 am | In Beachbooker, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowLONDON – The Chelsea Harbour Hotel is delighted to launch two NEW luxurious afternoon tea menus.

In an idyllic setting overlooking Chelsea Harbour Marina and the River Thames, The Harbour Bar and Terrace is located within London’s only five star all-suite hotel.

Enjoy a traditional British afternoon tea with classic mouth-watering scones. Take your pick from a myriad of sweet indulgences such as strawberry panacotta, pistachio sponge cake and classic sandwiches with a modern twist including smoked salmon, lemon and coriander and spiced red pepper hummus. With a range of classic loose leaf teas and herbal infusions on hand or even a glass of champagne, this is certainly an afternoon treat to remember, accompanied by one of the most spectacular and exclusive views in London.

Traditional Afternoon Tea is £25 per person, whilst the Champagne Afternoon Tea, which includes a glass of Tattinger champagne, is £35 per person. Afternoon Tea is available daily between 3pm-6pm and guests can choose to enjoy it in either The Harbour Bar, on the terrace, or in Chelsea Riverside Brasserie.

Afternoon Tea is no longer limited to ladies who lunch, with the launch of The NEW Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea. From 1st September 2014, The Harbour Bar and Terrace will offer a more masculine take on the traditional concept. With crispy pancetta or smoked Applewood cheddar scones and a selection of sweet and savoury offerings such as Beef Steak and Guinness Pie, Wild Boar Mini Burgers and Real Ale Carrot Cake, this will surely satisfy the cravings of the manliest of men! Fear not ladies, if you prefer to choose the gentleman’s afternoon tea with the Whiskey and Dark Chocolate Ganache Cake, we wouldn’t blame you! The Gentleman’s Afternoon tea starts at £25 per person.

With no restrictions on maximum group size, feel free to get group of friends or family together to enjoy this unique afternoon tea. If however you are planning a party of 12 or more, booking is essential and please contact the hotel beforehand to discuss the various group options available.

To book or for further details visit www.thechelseaharbourhotel.co.uk  or call 0207 300 8403.

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New Tours in Aruba

August 29, 2014 on 10:01 am | In Adventure Travel, Aruba Bonaire Curacao, Beachbooker, Caribbean | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowDe Palm Tours offers new Cycle & Snorkel Adventure.

De Palm Tours

New Cycle & Snorkel Tour

In preparation for De Palm’s new off-road Cycle & Snorkel Adventure, some members of the management team were the so-called talent for the tour video and photo shoot. Together with a video production team and their new Trek Fuel EX 6 and Trek Lush mountain bikes, they went to the north coast for the start of the tour. Though the official tour will start at the Natural Bridge, the shoot began at Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins. The tour guide and bikers rode along the coast to Alto Vista Chapel, followed closely by a Land Rover with a camera crew. Like real actors, they had to bike the same path over and over again, climb hills twice, bike past the cameraman in the middle of the road, and pose for beautiful shots along the way.

The tour itself will follow the coastline up to the Arashi area where it will come to an end with a dip in the crystal clear water. Here participants will have a moment to snorkel (equipment provided), swim or just relax. The tour started this past April.

Kukoo Kunuku bus offers Dinner & Nightlife tour and Pub Krawl tour.

Kukoo Kunuku bus offers Dinner & Nightlife tour and Pub Krawl tour.

Kukoo Kunuku
Now is the time to hop on board the Kukoo Kunuku bus for either the Dinner & Nightlife tour or the Pub Krawl. They have been entertaining guests and locals in Aruba for over 20 years and know how to do it right!

Every month, birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons, engagements, bachelorette parties, girls’ getaways, spring break and all kinds of creative milestones are celebrated on the Kukoo Kunuku bus. It is the perfect choice for an outing with an incentive trip or convention, such as the recent Aruba Meets Europe event for international tourism partners.

But you don’t need a special celebration to hop on board the Kukoo Kunuku. You can even plan out your own private island tour complete with great Caribbean music and maracas to shake along the way. The Kukoo Kunuku offers many packages along with the Dinner & Nightlife tour & Pub Krawls. kukookunuku.com

Aruba Motorcycle Tours offer tours on Harley Davidsons.

Aruba Motorcycle Tours offer tours on Harley Davidsons.

Aruba Motorcycle Tours
Aruba Motorcycle Tours owners, Arjen Hof and Lucienne Hof-Kalis, have been living in Aruba for more than 15 years. Arjen, known as “the Harley doctor,” opened his own shop in 2011, The Bike Clinic.

“We offer daily Harley island tours for small groups in the morning, as well as in the afternoon with experienced tour guides. If that’s not your thing and you prefer to tour the island by yourself, that’s not a problem with our rental offers. Either way, you will enjoy riding through the endless variety of island landscapes Aruba has to offer,” says Hof and Hof-Kalis.

Aruba Motorcycle Tours offer a choice of four different types of Harley Davidsons, all well-maintained and clean: Harley Davidson Roadking—an excellent bike for the experienced rider; Harley Davidson Heritage Softail—a smooth ride, with easy handling; Harley Davidson Dyna—a powerful bike with a sporty riding position; and Harley Davidson Sportster—a powerful bike that’s easy to handle and great for short tours, mostly used by women. They also provide free pick-up and drop-off service. www.arubamotorcycletours.com

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