Meet the meat at The Bull Shop, a working stud farm and breeding operation nestled in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Every Saturday morning, the Bekker family open their stud-farm doors to teach visitors the A-Beef of the cattle industry. Guests will take the bull by the horns and get hands on by feeding cattle, holding a branding iron and nose ring before striking a pose with a bull 15 times their own weight. In a fitting finish, there’s a juicy steak cooking class and gourmet steak burger on the tour menu.
Rates: Adults $25, Kids $15
Airstream 2 Go has understandably received a lot of attention since founder and CEO Dicky Riegel first introduced the company to the public. The company is based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, with a seasonal station in Bozeman, Mont. It offers 23-foot and 28-foot Airstream models for rent, complete with a GMC Yukon Denali as a tow vehicle. You can either “Take It & Go” or Airstream 2 Go can provide a customized itinerary based on your needs.
Riegel, who served as the president and CEO of Airstream in the mid-2000s, knew offering Airstream trailers for rent was a viable business opportunity because, well, Airstream customers told him so.
Riegel noted, “They would say to me, ‘I love that brand. I love Airstream. How do I rent one of those things?’ I knew there was an opportunity to bring the unique and special experiences to the customer.”
Of course, part of the reason it took so long for a company like Airstream 2 Go to come along is because filling Airstreams with amenities while offering a customized experience is an extensive undertaking.
“What truly distinguishes Airstream 2 Go is that we provide all of the itinerary planning for our clients,” Riegel said. “We can plan for them—based on their needs and desires—a full, custom journey.”
That includes rock climbing, visiting historic American venues, exploring national parks, driving along the California coastline, tasting wine country, taking your kid across the country to start college, and celebrating birthdays and weddings.
Heck, Airstream 2 Go even arranges for a chef to meet you at your campsite if you want.
But what about the trailers themselves?
Well, for one, Airstream 2 Go prides itself in the comfortable beds it provides for customers, complete with high-end sheets. The “5-star hotel on wheels”—as Riegel calls it—can also include a refrigerator, a microwave, a coffee maker, air conditioning, a bathroom with a shower, kitchen equipment via Zappos.com, a flat screen TV, a bike rack, a grill and camping chairs, among other things.
Oh yeah, the company also offers an iPad Mini to customers, which includes Airstream 2 Go’s official app, manual information with videos, and custom playlists of music.
As Riegel noted, one customer quipped after a long trip, “Wow, I think that iPad Mini saved my marriage.”
And for those who haven’t traveled with a trailer before, Airstream 2 Go offers an extensive orientation process.
The fact that Airstream 2 Go works with Off the Beaten Path also helps. Off the Beaten Path has made its name on providing top-of-the-line travel experiences, receiving numerous accolades in the process.
“They’re legendary outfitters and planners,” Riegel said. “They’re the best in the business.”
In terms of what’s in store for the future, Riegel said that there’s the potential for Airstream 2 Go to expand throughout the United States.
For now, Riegel has reason to be pleased with the success of the company.
“It’s certainly very, very gratifying that Airstream 2 Go’s customers are enjoying their experience with us,” he said. “I can honestly say 100 percent have said they’ve had an excellent experience. That feels great.”
Customers can use Airstream 2 Go trailers for up to 14 days, with no mileage limit.
As a result of the growing interest in stand up paddling – commonly referred to as SUP – Long Beach Lodge Resort in Tofino, BC has added both private lessons and rentals to its in-house Surf Centre offerings.
The 3.5 hour private lessons for up to five participants start at $289 Cdn per lesson. Most lessons take place in the morning hours, when the winds are typically lighter and the surf is more manageable along McKenzie Beach. SUP board and surf equipment rentals start at $39 per person which includes all equipment, including board, paddle, wetsuit, boots and hoods.
“We see more and more people grabbing a paddle and embracing SUP,” says Samantha Hackett, operations manager at Long Beach Lodge Resort.
“It has literally lifted off overnight, so in response to this growing trend, the addition of SUP lessons and rentals at the Resort allows our guests to choose an alternative to surfing, right on site at our Surf Centre.”
The Lodge’s Surf Centre provides guests with a fully equipped centre to change, shower, decompress, and even warm up in a hot pool and sauna following their time out on the waves. A coffee bar and retail shop allows for hanging out, trading surf stories, and watching video footage on large screens around the room.
While popular on lakes and in calm ocean harbours, SUP in an ocean environment such as Cox Bay – with minimal break from surf and swells – requires a combination of balance, strength, patience and planning. The dynamic environment found on continuous ocean swells means that paddlers need to keep their bodies in an active pose, while remaining loose enough to maintain an upright position on the board. Of course, the Resort’s instructors spend time with each participant to help explain the basics of SUP, how to react to incoming waves, and how best to remain upright, at least for as long as possible.
“The ocean certainly adds a new element of challenge,” says Chance McCullough, surf club manager at Long Beach Lodge Resort. “What is most appealing is that one can do this sport at their own pace, but we can also move guests from beach to inlet to lake within a few minutes drive so they can have an experience that matches their skill and comfort levels, plus the scenery from the boards is second to none.”
SUP lessons are offered as an option to any overnight stay, with rates at Long Beach Lodge Resort starting at $199 for standard rooms, $219 for ocean view rooms, and $329 for cottages.
To learn more about Long Beach Lodge Resort, visit www.longbeachlodgeresort.com or call 250-725-2442.
About Long Beach Lodge Resort
The vision of Tim Hackett and famous for its iconic Great Room, with spectacular ocean views and cozy fireside dining and relaxing, Long Beach Lodge Resort is home to one of the best surfing beaches in the area. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the new Surf Club Adventure Centre opened, providing guests with a fully equipped centre complete with changing rooms, rentals, hot tub and coffee bar for comfort and enjoyment. Long Beach Lodge Resort is set right on the ocean on Cox Bay, Tofino and provides beautifully appointed accommodations in a private, wild Pacific West Coast setting. The resort offers 41 lodge rooms, 20 two-bedroom cottages and a full service dining room, as well as meeting space and instant beach access. For more information, visit www.longbeachlodgeresort.com
Brand New West London Hotel Opening Spring 2014
Dorsett Hospitality International is delighted to present an exciting new project in the buzzing capital city of London, set to open later this spring. Dorsett Shepherds Bush will be the newest addition to the Dorsett Hospitality International portfolio, and the company’s first hotel in the United Kingdom and indeed Europe.
With their strong record of building, operating and managing 18 hotels in Asia (China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia), Dorsett Hospitality International targets key cities with high demand and growth potential. The success is driven by the company’s unique operating model and company vision.
Dorsett Hospitality International is an arm of Far East Consortium Limited. It has four brands* under its umbrella: the midscale Dorsett Hotels and Resorts, the upscale Dorsett Grand, d.Collection, comprising a range of charming boutique hotels; and the value led Silka Hotels. The group will open eleven more hotels within the next two years in China, Hong Kong and United Kingdom.
“I am delighted to be part of this extremely exciting London Hotel launch within the vibrant area of Shepherds Bush. Dorsett Shepherds Bush will offer easy access to numerous facilities and activities within the local area as well as fantastic transport links to the rest of London. Dorsett Shepherds Bush will be a hotel where British charm meets Asian hospitality and we look forward to introducing Dorsett Hotels & Resorts to the UK in May” says Hilary Cross, General Manager of Dorsett Shepherds Bush, London.
Dorsett Shepherds Bush is set within a Grade II listed building, originally known as The Shepherds Bush Pavilion, formerly a cinema, built in 1923. Dorsett Shepherds Bush retains the buildings historic façade with added contemporary elegance within.
Under the landmark glass roof, the 7 storey hotel will offer 317 Chinese inspired bedrooms designed with a light and modern feel, including 187 standard Dorsett rooms, and 24 suites combining the Dorsett Suite and the Dorsett Studio. The interior will be created by Dorsett’s very own in-house design team, who are known best for providing modern, innovative and comfortable accommodation in their hotels.
When choosing from the selection of five room categories, guests will enjoy complimentary high-speed internet access and docking stations in every room. The hotel will have a selection of interconnecting rooms for those travelling with young children. Interior rooms will have a magnificent view across the atrium which will be decorated with a backlight gold façade. All guests booked in to Executive rooms or Suites can also make full use of the Executive Lounge.
The ideal facility for guests with discerning needs. The Executive Lounge is located on the hotel’s ground floor exclusively for guests staying in Executive guestrooms and Suites. The Executive Lounge is equipped with enhanced amenities and services such as complimentary daily continental breakfast, complimentary wireless internet access and other selected privileges. The Executive Lounge serves as a temporary office or a relaxation point where various business facilities are available and refreshments are served for free from morning to evening.
Dorsett Shepherds Bush will offer two restaurants, the first showcasing a contemporary brasserie style menu; complimented with a selection of handpicked Asian inspired dishes. The second restaurant at the hotel will be an innovative new venture for an established restaurateur bringing a fine dining Chinese Restaurant concept to Shepherds Bush.
Spa & Wellness
Dorsett Shepherds Bush will be home to an innovative spa with 4 treatment rooms offering non-invasive, results driven face and body treatments, open to guests and local residents in conjunction with holistic and Chinese treatments to relax and revive. Two nail stations offering a variety of hand treatments complete the therapist services offered. In addition there will be a steam room and a sauna, along with a specialist infa-red sauna, perfect for helping with sprains, strains, arthritis, and pain management. Hotel guests will have complementary 24 hour access to the gym using their room card.
Business Travel and Meeting Rooms
Dorsett Shepherds Bush will be fantastic for both business and leisure travellers wanting stylish and comfortable accommodation for to enjoy, relax and explore the city of London. The business traveller can make use of the business centre and complimentary Wi-Fi and all guests can enjoy the 24 hour concierge and express checkout service. Dorsett Shepherds Bush will have three spacious meeting rooms, each fully equipped with the latest multimedia technology and wireless internet connectivity.
Located in the heart of vibrant Shepherds Bush in West London, in close proximity to Westfield Shopping Centre, the property is strategically located close to both Shepherds Bush over ground station and tube stations offering guests easy accessibility to Notting Hill, London’s West End and major tourist spots, and within a 30 minute drive to Heathrow airport.
Dorsett Shepherds Bush is offering a special introductory rate of £123 per night until the end of August (This price will be inclusive of VAT and breakfast.)
For bookings and more information on Dorsett Hospitality International, visit www.dorsett.com
BIRDING A BOON AT BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK THIS SPRING, SUMMER
Flock to Chisos Mountains Lodge, Spy 450 Different Species Including Elusive Colima Warbler and Enjoy 25 percent off Rates June 1 through Aug. 31
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TEXAS (February 2014) – Forever Resorts’ Chisos Mountains Lodge in Big Bend National Park transforms into a bird-lovers’ headquarters each spring and summer as avid birders make the historic lodge their base of operations as they seek out hundreds of bird species, including the elusive Colima warbler. Each morning, from Valentine’s Day through September, birders gather early and head out for a chance to catch a glimpse of the sought-after Colima warbler and—if they’re really fortunate—snap a photo of it.
In addition to the draw of world-class birding, visitors to Chisos Mountains Lodge during the summer months can look forward to enjoying stunning sunsets, star gazing, wildflower blooms, active local wildlife, spectacular thunderstorms and cooler desert temperatures at 5,400 feet above sea level. Even more enticing—from June 1 through Aug. 31, Chisos Mountains Lodge is offering 25 percent off regular room rates.
This large gray and brown Colima warbler has a distinctive yellow rump and lives exclusively in the Chisos Mountains in western Texas and Sierra Madre Occidental of northeastern Mexico. Big Bend National Park recognizes the importance of the region to the Colima warbler by protecting and monitoring its breeding habitat. As a result, the Big Bend population of these birds has remained stable for the last 30 years, which attracts birders from early spring through September.
In addition to the Colima warbler, birders at Big Bend National Park have nearly 450 different species to spot in the area. Due to its variety of habitats, including open desert, desert springs, moist forested canyons and pinyon-oak-juniper woodlands, Big Bend is home to numerous excellent birding locations. As a result, Chisos Mountains Lodge welcomes not only leisure birders, but also academic study groups from universities, which venture to the park during their spring breaks.
Rates inside Big Bend National Park at Chisos Mountains Lodge start at $132 per night, while RV sites at Forever Resorts’ Rio Grande Village start at $35 per night. Three miles outside of the park, accommodations at Forever Resorts Big Bend Resort and Adventures start at $69.95 per night.
ABOUT CHISOS MOUNTAINS LODGE
The only lodge inside majestic Big Bend National Park, Chisos Mountains Lodge offers sweeping views of the park amidst comfortable accommodations and convenient, friendly services. Hiking trails and access to Big Bend National Park’s varied scenic attractions are just steps away. Shopping and dining—including al fresco dining when weather permits—are also available at the lodge. RV and tent camp sites are also available at Rio Grande RV Park and Campground. To book lodge accommodations or an RV site inside the park, go to www.ChisosMountainsLodge.com; call (877) 444-6777 to make reservations for tent camping sites. For reservations at Big Bend Resort in Terlingua, Texas, go to www.BigBendResortAdventures.com
ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com , www.Facebook.com/ForeverResort s or follow us on Twitter @ForeverResorts.
Camp Okavango and the Mombo and Little Mombo Camps in Botswana have again been selected by Condé Nast Traveler readers as among their favorite places to stay in the world, according to the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2014. Both properties are repeat winners on the Gold List, with the sister Mombo and Little Mombo Camps having been chosen by CNT readers as one of best-of-the-best resorts for the last five years running.
These popular camps are all located in the iconic Okavango Delta, the world’s largest inland delta and a wetland paradise in the midst of the Kalahari Desert, with good to excellent game viewing year-round. The enchanting Camp Okavango, a Desert & Delta Safaris property, sits at the heart of the Okavango Delta on Nxaragha Island. The luxurious Mombo and Little Mombo Camps, Wilderness-Safaris properties, are situated overlooking a large floodplain on the northern point of Chief’s Island, a bountiful hunting ground for large prides of lion and star-struck leopard.
“Botswana is home to some of the finest safari lodges and camps in all Africa. Their exquisite attention to detail, outstanding personalized service, and respect for the surrounding environment blend to create an outstanding guest experience on safari,” states Leslee Hall, Botswana Tourism Organization-USA office.” We are delighted that Condé Nast Traveler readers agree, and congratulate these companies and their staff on this well-deserved recognition.”
A female Cheetah was released at Mabula Private Game Reserve on the 16 December 2013.
Mabula Private Game Reserve had successfully released two male cheetahs on 18 January 2012. These two brothers have been studied extensively in order to determine if they would adapt to their new home and to what extend they are impacting on their prey species.
It was found that the main prey species within their diet were kudu and impala, with impala the more dominant species. These are fortunately two of the more abundant antelope species on the property and their production far outnumbers the amount killed by the cheetahs. The Mabula Management then decided to introduce a female to the property.
It was unexpectedly difficult to source a female for Mabula. Females especially are hard locate due to most reserves introducing male coalitions.
Through our commitment to aiding in cheetah conservation nationally, and by joining hands with the E.W.T. where we earmarked as a priority destination for the first cheetah female that became available. The E.W.T. got word of two 20 month old cheetah sisters in the Southern Cape that were ready for relocation. We were then contacted and jumped at the opportunity to release one of these sisters on Mabula.
After acquiring all the required documentation she was collected and arrived safely at Mabula on 04 November 2013. She was placed in a Boma in order for her to re-orientate herself to her new surroundings. She will remain in this Boma until 16 December 2013 when she was released onto the greater Mabula Private Game Reserve, an area of about 10 000ha.
The long term plan is to allow this female to have young and rear them in the wild. These cubs will then be put up for adoption by other reserves forming part of the South African Cheetah Meta-population Management Program. In doing this we are helping to secure the growth of the cheetah population on privately owned land.
Visit the website at: www.mabula.com
With rhino poaching at an all-time high in South Africa, two of Africa’s leading conservation companies, Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond, have joined forces to safely translocate up to 100 rhino from South Africa to the safe haven of Botswana.
“There is a battle for Africa’s wildlife raging as we speak. Rhinos are being poached at a rate of one every nine hours and the official number is 1 004 dead in 2013 alone. The unofficial number, because we simply do not find them all, is well over 1 000. Like everyone, I’ve been watching this desperate situation worsen, which is why Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond have decided to take action. This is not a Great Plains Conservation project or an &Beyond one, it is a global one that we can all play a role in, small and large. I don’t believe in branded conservation — it needs to be something we all get behind to save a species,” says Dereck Joubert, Great Plains CEO.
“Botswana has an excellent security system in place to protect these endangered animals and will be a safe haven for the relocated rhino. Translocations are fundamental to secure the ongoing survival of endangered species and this groundbreaking project aims to protect the species for future generations to enjoy. A project this size requires a strong partnership and a huge resource pool to pull it off. We are therefore very pleased to be joining forces with Great Plains Conservation for this mass translocation. We share the same mission and operating ethos and together we believe we can make this happen,” says Joss Kent, &Beyond CEO.
Having successfully translocated six rhino from South Africa to Botswana last year, &Beyond’s conservation team will lend its expertise to the project. Up to 100 rhino will be captured and safely transported from South Africa and released in Botswana’s remote wilderness. Each rhino will be tagged and microchipped for research and monitoring purposes. A dedicated anti-poaching team will then work in conjunction with the Botswana government agencies to monitor the animals using the latest technology.
This operation will cost USD8 million and both Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond will announce specific fundraising initiatives to enable tourism stakeholders, travel partners, tour operators and guests to help save this iconic species and ensure Africa’s Big Five remains for future generations to enjoy.
The battle to save the rhino from extinction won’t be won tomorrow; however, with joint initiatives such as this, the battle won’t be lost tomorrow either.
ABOUT GREAT PLAINS CONSERVATION
Great Plains Conservation uses tourism to support the economics of conservation. Each safari camp provides a meaningful and life-enriching experience, and does so with a strong commitment to the lowest impact and highest value safari operation. Its seven camps in Botswana and Kenya are leaders in environmental sustainability and community partnership. Great Plains Conservation is continually recognised for its role in harmonising the needs of local communities and wildlife to provide havens for Africa’s wildlife and the ultimate in guest experience.
& Beyond is one of the world’s leading luxury experiential travel companies, designing personalised luxury safaris in 15 African countries, as well as India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The company also owns and operates 33 extraordinary lodges and camps in Africa and India’s natural highspots. Established in 1991, &Beyond takes exceptional care of its guests in order to make a difference; its commitment to sustainable responsible travel and community empowerment is world renowned.
If you are inspired to improve your snowboarding by the likes of Jenny Jones and Billy Morgan who will be representing Team GB in Sochi next week then check out the rudechalets™ Snowboard Skills Week!
To wrap up Winter 2014 rudechalets™ and Mint Snowboarding are offering an insanely good value “Snowboard Skills Week”. The week will enable you to progress your snowboarding that little bit further and nail all those tricks you did not quite master before the season comes to a close. Plus, as well as receiving FREE access to the rudechalets™ 2014 Burton Snowboard Test Centre everyone will also get a sneak preview and the chance to test a selection of Burton’s brand spanking new 2015 Snowboards.
Dates: 13th – 20th April 2014
Price: £489 pp/pw includes 5 x 3 hours snowboard skills tuition, rental of a 2014 Burton Snowboard, 7 nights’ accommodation in an uber-cool rudechalet™, return airport transfers from Geneva, half board, unlimited wine and on-mountain video service.
Each day a Mint Snowboard instructor will take clients through a different 3 hour morning master class which will focus on the following:
Day 1: Airs & Grabs
Day 2: Jibbing & Buttery Stuff
Day 3: Spin Class
Day 4: Rails & Boxes
Day 5: Halfpipe & Handplants
Afternoons will be free to practices techniques, explore the epic parks, pistes and tree lined runs of the Avoriaz ski area and soak up the spring sunshine in one of the chilled out cafes or lively après ski bars.
Suitable for intermediate and advanced riders.
For more information / bookings please contact the rudechalets™ team: 08700687030 / email@example.com or visit www.rudechalets.com
For press enquiries & press trips please contact Helen LAVENDER: +33 650987276; firstname.lastname@example.org
Note to the editors: Since 2002 rudechalets™ has established its name as one of the most über-fun chalet brands in the Alps, consistently investing in new ways to keep their snowboarding and skiing guests happier than Larry himself. “For the price, quality, location and facilities included you will be hard pushed to find a better mountain holiday experience.”
Wouldn’t it be great to have a network of friends, who live in fabulous houses, and on whom you can drop in and stay a night or two whenever it suits? Well you do; members of Wolsey Lodges – the ‘Rolls Royce’ of luxury B&B – and there are over 150 of them across the UK and France. What’s more, many of them will also be happy to provide you with a home-cooked evening meal, served in a ‘dinner party’ atmosphere. Even better, you can share this experience with your friends and family by giving a Wolsey Lodge Gift Voucher. Ideal for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, weddings or a special celebration, it makes a very welcome gift and the recipient can experience the unique ambience of a Wolsey Lodge.
Vouchers are available in £50 and £25 denominations, are valid for three years and can be bought online at the Wolsey Lodge website www.wolseylodges.com. Alternatively call the office on 01473 822058. The vouchers (together with a complimentary copy of the current Wolsey Lodge handbook) will be despatched immediately by post on receipt of payment – directly to the recipient if required together with a personal message.
For over 30 years, Wolsey Lodges have been one of the best-kept secrets of the travelling cognoscenti. The inspiration for the name came from King Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey, who famously toured the realm, expecting to receive generous hospitality at suitable country houses on his travels.
The welcome you receive at a Wolsey Lodge is one that a friend would receive: a genuinely warm welcome and a stay that charms and exceeds expectations. Many Wolsey Lodges have won awards for their exceptional level of service and accommodation.
Bedrooms have en suite or private facilities and prices start from £40 per person per night for B&B (based on two sharing). The rooms are luxurious and elegant, with personal touches, and many hosts will also provide a delicious evening meal.
Breakfasts at Wolsey Lodges are legendary; home-cooked food, freshly prepared (often using eggs from the host’s own chickens). The ingredients are usually locally sourced and often organic, whether you choose a light start to the day with fruit and cereals or opt for a traditional, hearty breakfast to sustain you through your day’s activities.
So whether you are looking for that special present, planning a short break for yourself, or just need somewhere nice to stay when attending a wedding or sporting event, check out Wolsey Lodges and find out what makes them so special.
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