Novotel Vines Resort and Golf Club down under

September 1, 2014 on 12:52 pm | In Asia, Australia, China, Golf Resorts, New South Wales, Sydney | Comments Off



VINES RESORT TO LURE CHINESE TOURISTS

Golf the trump card with Reciprocal Agreement

Novotel Vines Resort and Golf Club has signed a reciprocal agreement with Mission Hills Golf Club in China – one of the most famous and best-known cluster of golf courses in the Asian region.

The Vines is the only Australian Golf Club that has the exclusive reciprocal agreement with all these seven courses, namely Leadbetter, Rose-Poulter, Annika, Els, Faldo, Ozaki & Vijay.

Recognised by the Guinness Book of records as the largest golf course in the world with the 20 kmsq complex featuring twelve 18 hole courses, the Vines Resort Golf Club Members will be able to play for free (no green fees) when they visit Mission Hills.

These courses have all been designed by golf’s greatest legends and architects, therefore Mission Hills is well established in the region as the “cradle of golf” in China, also hosting The World Cup of Golf and the Asian Amateur Championship.

All players are welcome to stay in-house at the magnificent Mission Hills Resort Hotel and enjoy the fantastic facilities available to Vines members.

In addition to having access to the seven golf courses, Vines members golf clubs will fly for free and enjoy a generous baggage allowance of 2 bags up to 23 kgs each (46kg total) in economy with China Southern Airlines, via Guangzhou.

Flying three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, China Southern has been locally training their pilots in Perth for the past 15 years, and they offer the only direct flight to China from Perth.

For bookings please call 08 9492 5320 or 08 9492 5319

But of course being a reciprocal agreement, Chinese Members can also play the magnificent 2 X 18 holes at The Vines Resort in the Swan Valley near Perth whilst utilizing the luxurious accommodation at Accor’s Novotel resort located on the golf course The Novotel Vines Resort is located in the picturesque Swan Valley, just minutes from the world renown wine region featuring award winning wines, etc etc

This is expected to boost interest in visitation to WA from big spending avid Chinese golfers & tourists who look for experiential travel in beautiful locations such as the Swan Valley, Perth

For more information (http://www.missionhillschina.com/en-US/ and also

http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-1980-novotel-swan-valley-vines-resort/index.shtml

 

 

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Four Seasons Antigravity Experience

September 1, 2014 on 12:35 pm | In Adventure Travel, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



Four Seasons Resort Maldives is the first resort in Asia to offer founder Christopher Harrison’s groundbreaking and gravity-defying yoga technique, and have built an impressive hexagonal yoga pavilion – in a private jungle clearing – dedicated to The AntiGravity Experience.

The creator and founder of the revolutionary fitness and entertainment brand, AntiGravity (established 1991), is Christopher Harrison. In addition to his yoga and fitness techniques, Harrison has created entertainment productions from the Olympics, to Broadway to Disney Films. AntiGravity also performed at the Inauguration of President Obama. AntiGravity’s headquarters and Advanced Teacher Training Institute is currently situated in midtown Manhattan with a branch also in Chiang Mai, Thailand and a dedicated theater in Orlando, FL.

The Harrison AntiGravity Hammocks are utilized to allow the participants to perform zero-compression inverted postures, relieving the body of all its compression strains while releasing a wave of happy hormones. Recommendations and high praise has been received from people of all ages, body types and abilities who appreciate both the therapeutic nature and the sensation of flying.

“AntiGravity Yoga is new, exciting, incredibly beneficial, and aligns perfectly with the Landaa philosophy,” explains the Resort’s Director of Spa Sandie Johannessen. “In our constant pursuit for youth, it’s a great way to have fun while working out – leaving you feeling both powerful and fabulous. It’s a great way to get the kinks out after a long flight and the relaxation meditation at the end of the practice, cocooned in the hammock, is pure bliss.”

To accommodate the spa and resort industry, Harrison has created special class designs that embody an AntiGravity Experience accessible to everyone. “It is about reconnecting the body and mind, and rediscovering balance – a process that is accelerated by the incredible natural surrounds of Landaa Giraavaru,” comments Christopher Harrison, founder of AntiGravity, who personally travelled to the Resort to train its yogis.

Rediscovering and exploring wellness is what the facility is all about, and the award-winning Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa of The Four Seasons, according to spa designer Luisa Anderson, is providing new wings for the exploration of the dynamics of wellbeing.

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Luxury and Seclusion in Caribbean’s Number One Golf Destination

August 28, 2014 on 11:20 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Golf Resorts | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowLa Romana, Dominican Republic – Perched at the summit of Casa de Campo along the 17th fairway of the famed Dye Fore Golf Course designed by Pete Dye, Los Altos Condo Residences is the Caribbean’s ultimate celebrity hideaway. Boasting 40 ultra luxurious, fully-furnished units ranging in size from one to three bedrooms, this chic retreat is favored by such high profile figures as Sir Elton John and Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon – solidifying the property’s status as the area’s crown jewel.

Relish stunning views of one of the world’s most spectacular and famous golf courses from your unit’s extensive terraces, take a dip in one of the property’s eight infinity-edged pools or unwind during a relaxing massage. Here inviting Caribbean architecture melds tropical style with Asian influences allowing the property to seamlessly blend into the lush environment creating the perfect setting for a serene getaway.

Taking the Caribbean’s Number One Golf Destination to New Heights

World-famous for its stunning golf courses including Dye Fore, Teeth of the Dog and The Links, Casa de Campo continues to hold its reign as the Caribbean’s number one golf destination. At Los Altos, the golfer’s experience is taken to new heights. Delight in the magic of the tropical ambiance, as Los Altos’ dedicated staff take care of your every need.

Beyond reserving tee times at any course in Casa de Campo, other services include golf cart reservations for the duration of your stay, breakfast prepared in your unit in advance of your tee time, lunch boxes and beverages for the day and free early check in and check out.

Prime Location and Unparalleled Privacy Attract Famous Guests

At Los Altos Condo Residences, all guests enjoy the perks of celebrity living in comfortable, spacious luxury apartments featuring distinguished, state-of-the-art furniture and décor. Offering guests unparalleled seclusion and security with five-star service and access to concierge services, private chefs, personal trainers and more, it is easy to see why Los Altos is the refuge of choice for some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports.

Located walking distance from the bustling cultural enclave of Altos De Chavon Village, popular for its architecture, shopping, nightlife, restaurants, museums and entertainment offerings, the property offers the perfect balance of culture and privacy. For further exploration, guests can take a short ten-minute drive to Casa de Campo to enjoy a myriad of restaurants, the Marina and the beach. Treat yourself like a celebrity and discover the wonders of the Caribbean’s most exclusive, hidden paradise.

Los Altos Condo Residences is located just 10 minutes from the La Romana International Airport and one-hour from Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo. Rates start at $350 plus taxes for a One Bedroom Deluxe Apartment. For more information visit www.losaltoscondoresidences.com

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One&Only Resorts Launches Girls’ and Guys’ Getaways in the Bahamas and Mexico this September‏

August 26, 2014 on 11:04 am | In Bahamas, Beachbooker, Cabo, Caribbean, Golf Resorts, Mexico | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowOne&Only Palmilla and One&Only Ocean Club unveil Girly Getaway and Gentlemen’s Escape packages for back-to-school breaks

One&Only Resorts has unveiled brand-new dedicated packages for girls’ and guys’ getaways to the ultra-luxurious One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico and One&Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas. Aimed at groups of friends looking for an exciting post-summer break, the Girly Getaway and the Gentlemen’s Escape will be available at both One&Only Palmilla and One&Only Ocean Club throughout September 2014.

At One&Only Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo, friends on a Girly Getaway can enjoy margarita-making classes and salsa dancing lessons, while guys on a Gentlemen’s Escape will play a complimentary round of golf and receive a 25% discount off of any additional rounds. Both packages are available for any stays of three nights or more in an Ocean Front Room (from US$475++ per room, per night) and are inclusive of breakfast, One&Only Palmilla’s legendary personalized butler services for the group, in-room afternoon snacks, a welcome tequila amenity, 15% off of all One&Only Spa treatments and products, and complimentary daily wellness activities. Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, these elegantly appointed guestrooms designed with Mexican influences feature a separate sitting area and a private terrace complete with a daybed. The award-winning resort also boasts the only swimmable beach in Los Cabos, exciting dining concepts and a wide variety of daily wellness programs, making One&Only Palmilla the ultimate destination for friends to enjoy a short vacation together.

Throughout September, groups of friends can also indulge in a post-summer getaway in a luxury seaside villa at One&Only Ocean Club, perched above white sand beaches and azure Bahamian waters and considered among the most luxurious and spacious accommodations in the Caribbean. For stays of four nights or more, guests on a Girly Getaway or Gentlemen’s Escape will receive one complimentary bonus night in a One&Only Ocean Club villa (each measuring more than 4,400 square feet), a dedicated household and culinary staff, welcome Champagne and fruit, daily full breakfast buffet, evening canapes and 15% off of any One&Only Spa offerings. Complimentary resort activities also include daily yoga sessions and use of the tennis courts and the fitness center. The resort also features dining at the critically acclaimed Dune, the first island restaurant by über-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, as well as an array of fitness, sporting and watersports facilities, and the luxurious One&Only Spa.

For more information, please visit: http://www.oneandonlyresorts.com . To make a reservation at One&Only Ocean Club, call (954) 809-2716 or email reservations@oneandonlyoceanclub.com;  for reservations at One&Only Palmilla, call (954) 809-2726 or email reservations@oneandonlypalmilla.com.

About One&Only Resorts

Created exclusively for the luxury resort market, One&Only Resorts are conceived as hallmarks of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivalled. These properties include One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai; One&Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas, One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico, One&Only Cape Town, South Africa and One&Only The Palm, Dubai. The newest resort in the collection is One&Only Hayman Island in the heart of The Great Barrier Reef in Australia which began welcoming guests as of 1 July 2014. One&Only recently announced plans to develop and operate three new One&Only resorts, in Sanya, Hainan, China; in Montenegro, which will be the first property for the collection in Europe and in the city of Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. More information on One&Only is available at www.oneandonlyresorts.com

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Mystical Golf Offers Gold and Silver Stay-and-Play Packages

August 26, 2014 on 10:45 am | In Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, The South | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowHighlights Include Deluxe Villa Lodging, Three Acclaimed Courses, Numerous Extras

(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – Mystical Golf – owner and operator of The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard courses and celebrated by media like Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine and GolfChannel.com – announces its “Gold” and “Silver” stay-and-play packages ideal for Grand Strand golf vacations.

Called the “best 54 holes of golf in Myrtle Beach,” the Mystical Golf trio of diverse Dan Maples-designed layouts all feature superlative design elements, excellent year-round course maintenance and gracious customer service that is second to none.

Starting at $258 (per person, taxes included), the Gold Package features:

Three rounds with cart on each of The Witch, The Wizard and Man-O-War

Three nights’ lodging in well-appointed three-bedroom golf villas (four beds)

Free extra fourth round on any Mystical Golf course
Complimentary iHOP breakfast daily

Free steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse (includes non-alcoholic beverages, taxes)

Lunch and two beers free at the course each day (excluding complimentary round)

Free daily range balls

$15 gift card toward a golf shirt

Instant replay round for cart fee only

Extra night stays available at moderate cost per person

Golfsmith: Best Brands, Best PricesThe Silver Package starts at $228 (per person, taxes included) and features all the offerings of the Gold Package except daily breakfast, steak dinner and complimentary round.

“Our Gold and Silver stay-and-play packages offer the finest golf in Myrtle Beach as well as nightly accommodations perfect for total rest and relaxation,” says Claude Pardue, President and CEO of Mystical Golf. “No matter which option is selected, a great vacation awaits at the premier ‘golf buddy’ destination in North America.”

The Witch sits on 500 acres of tranquil cypress groves and wetlands teeming with flora and fauna. Tactical play is rewarded on the par-71, 6,702-yard layout. With 4,000 feet of bridges wending through swamps (front nine) and rolling hills (back nine), golfers may spy cranes, bald eagles, alligators and black bears.

Man-O-War is revered for its back-to-back island greens and water features touching every hole. With a commanding 141 slope rating, the par-72, 6,967-yard layout is offset by straight-forward shots and excellent, bent-grass greens.

Reminiscent of classic, wind-swept links courses in Scotland and Ireland, The Wizard presents deep bunkers, mound-framed fairways and dramatic elevation changes. Trademark stone bridges and an Old-World, castle-style clubhouse add character to the par-72, 6,721-yard shot-maker’s course.

For Mystical Golf information: www.mysticalgolf.com  843.282.2977.

Getting There

The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard are in the heart of Myrtle Beach and within 15 minutes of Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), beaches, accommodations, restaurants and other attractions. A short distance from I-95 and other major thoroughfares, Mystical Golf courses are easily accessible. More than two dozen cities – including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Washington – offer direct flights.

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Four Seasons Website of Exclusive Urban and Resort residenses

August 25, 2014 on 12:03 pm | In Beachbooker, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFour Seasons just made it easier to plan the perfect getaway with the launch of its Four Seasons Vacation Rental website. Guests can now browse through some of the world’s most exclusive properties and select the ideal urban residence or resort villa that provides the comforts of home, backed by the promise of uncompromised luxury and customized service that is Four Seasons.

Delivering a seamless user experience, visitors to the site can browse the collection of private luxury residences atvacationrentals.fourseasons.com through customized searches based on region or area of interest. Users can further target their search based on the number of guests, rooms, square footage and price to find the ideal holiday home to meet their needs – whether it be a luxury residence in the heart of downtown Houston or a holiday villa nestled on the coast of the Indian Ocean in the Seychelles.

Each property page also features a comprehensive image gallery as well as a selection of a la carte services to further customize the experience – from booking a private Four Seasons chef or chauffeur to requesting a fully stocked fridge or childproofing before arrival, and everything in between.

“We’re seeing a steady increase in multi-generational and small group travel – guests who want to get away with children, grandparents or groups of friends to celebrate holidays or mark special moments – and these guests are looking at residential options,” says Jose Soriano, Vice President, Worldwide Residential Operations,Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Whether a pied-a-terre in the city or a holiday villa, our new website takes the guess work out of finding a Four Seasons vacation rental that offers the privacy, space and freedom of being at home with an ideal base from which to explore a new destination, relax or entertain – all while having full access toFour Seasons signature service and amenities to deliver every comfort and luxury.”

Four Seasons employees are at the disposal of vacation rental guests to truly create a home away from home. This is in addition to enjoying access to all the exclusive services and amenities guests have come to expect fromFour Seasons – including housekeeping, world-class spas and full service fitness facilities. Guests can personalize their stay even further by selecting from a menu of items available exclusively to Four Seasons Residential guests.

Four Seasons has been setting the benchmark in luxury travel for more than 50 years and was the first luxury hotel brand to extend the signature personalized service to the management of residences more than three decades ago. Four Seasons is now the first luxury hotel brand to launch a dedicated vacation rental website. This launch comes on the heels of the recently announced exclusive fully-customizable Four Seasons bed and the introduction of the hotel industry’s first fully-branded private jet experience, making its inaugural flight in February 2015.

To learn more about Four Seasons Vacation Rentals and browse the full collection of luxury properties, visit www.vacationrentals.fourseasons.com

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Mastercard Multi-Currency Cash Passport Available from American Express Foreign Exchange Outlets

August 24, 2014 on 11:27 am | In Airlines, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



MasterCard’s Multi-currency Cash Passport, a prepaid Chip and PIN-protected travel card, is now available from 54 American Express Foreign Exchange bureaux countrywide.

As the only product of its kind in South Africa that can be preloaded with up to four currencies (U.S. Dollars, Pound Sterling, Australian Dollars and Euros) at once, the MasterCard Multi-currency Cash Passport offers cardholders a secure and convenient way to carry their foreign currency when travelling abroad. It also enables travellers to pay for goods and services at millions of merchant locations and withdraw cash from ATMs all over the world where MasterCard products are accepted[1].

“The security, flexibility and convenience of the Cash Passport offers travellers increased peace of mind while travelling,” says Alan King, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Access Prepaid Worldwide, a MasterCard subsidiary. “Since the Cash Passport is preloaded and not linked to a bank account, the risks of carrying cash are eliminated.”

Additional security benefits include emergency cash disbursements and a free replacement card if it is lost or stolen. Global assistance is available 24/7 and can be accessed toll-free in 50 countries. The card’s embedded chip technology offers increased protection against counterfeiting and fraud.

Preloading specific currency amounts onto the Cash Passport prior to travelling reduces currency conversion charges as cardholders are able to lock in the exchange rates for each currency. This means cardholders will know exactly how much they’re spending in the currency of a particular purchase.

In each destination country, the Cash Passport uses advanced technology to match the transaction currency with the appropriate currency loaded onto the card so that no further foreign exchange conversions take place. Furthermore, to ensure that purchases are not declined due to an insufficient balance, the Cash Passport will also convert the transaction amount into another available currency loaded on the card when required.

“The Multi-Currency Cash Passport is an innovative product that puts cardholders in control of their travel spending. Most importantly, it makes spending in foreign countries safe and easy so that cardholders can enjoy their travels. This is the first card of its kind we’re offering our customers because of its Chip and PIN and multi-currency functionality, making it a unique addition to our range of foreign exchange products we currently offer,” says Andrew McDonic, Managing Director of American Express Foreign Exchange.

A standard card fee is payable when purchasing the Cash Passport for the first time, and then amounts from US$100 to US$60,000 or the alternative currency equivalents can be loaded and reloaded at will[2]. This removes the need to carry or convert cash when travelling.

The Cash Passport links cardholders to their accounts online, so they can check their balance, move money between currencies, review their transaction history and update personal details at any time.

“The success of the first Multi-currency Cash Passport, a co-branded card that we launched with Absa in 2013, has paved the way for us to make the Cash Passport product available through more outlets across South Africa this year. The card is now available at 85 Absa branches and American Express Foreign Exchange outlets around the country,” says King.


URBAN GOLF PERFORMANCE TRANSFORMS GOLF INSTRUCTION

August 21, 2014 on 11:36 am | In California, Golf Resorts, Los Angeles | Comments Off



INDOOR STUDIO, HIGH-TECH PERFORMANCE GADGETS,
HIGH-INTENSITY PHYSICAL TRAINING…BIG RESULTS

3,500 Square Foot Innovative Golf Training Club in West L.A.
Pairs High-Technology and the Physical and Mental Components of the Game

Master Fitter Personalizes the Club for Maximum Results

(LOS ANGELES – CA.) – One step inside Urban Golf Performance’s 3,500 square foot golf coaching and training facility, and it is immediately apparent that the evolution of golf instruction has a new home. For decades the drill had been set and golf instruction has consisted of hitting a bucket of balls at distant targets in the cold, heat, wind, and whatever else Mother Nature threw at golfers. Today, the game has evolved, and thanks to Urban Golf Performance, so has the way it is taught and learned. More secret clubhouse than golf range, Urban Golf Performance is a distinctive and innovative indoor, high-tech, multi-sensory, multi-screen personal golf coaching/training facility in the center of West Los Angeles. Created by Mackenzie Todd (Mac), a golf pro/visionary with a passion for technology and an unprecedented knowledge of how the mind and body unite to create the perfect swing, Urban Golf Performance has transformed golf training and instruction into a true 4D coaching experience. at: www.facebook.com/ugpla

Urban Golf Performance features technology that previously was only available to the pros; including, a master fitter who can work with individual members to perfect their club angle and shafts; a team of coaches and trainers who can analyze and teach every aspect of the game and a facility where a golfer can be completely immersed in the golf experience. With a motto of Experience The Game, Urban Golf Performance is designed to be a refuge where those serious about learning to play and understand golf come to alter their game.

Stepping into Urban Golf Performance is transformative; it feels equal parts private club, training facility and pro shop. The comfort of a coach’s home is found throughout with sofas to lounge in, the Golf Channel broadcasting on flat screen televisions, state-of-the-art SONOS sound system in each zone, a work-out station focused on golf-related exercises, and an energy and refreshment bar for members to enjoy before heading back into the real world. In addition to playing and learning, Urban Golf Performance provides exclusive access to purchasing and personalizing the finest equipment. Members are encouraged to come as often as possible whether for lessons or to practice or just be part of the team. The social aspect of the process is a key to the success.

The facility is divided into three zones that diagnose and accurately improve all areas of the game over time:

• Putting/Training Zone – used for warm-up, putting, and training, it features the SAM (Science & Motion Putting Analysis System).

• Coaching/Practice Zone – two large bays equipped with the Trackman Launch Monitor (a radar used by PGA pros to properly analyze every aspect of club and ball physics and the Foresight GC2 (a portable launch monitor that uses stereoscopic cameras to accurately diagnose discrepancies in ball flight) and the

• The “Mac” Daddy Zone – a private mecca with a 180 Degree HD Golf Simulator – the most impressive machine which takes over 350,000 high quality photos of each golf course, while providing geophysical data from course architects to create the most realistic experience possible by accurately mapping the terrain on the golf course.

Developed and imagined by Mackenzie (Mac) Todd, a former NCAA Division I Collegiate Golfer with a background in Neurobiology, Integrative Physiology and Cognitive Psychology, Urban Golf Performance takes golf training and instruction to a new multi-sensory dimension by using the most sophisticated, technologically-advanced, precise equipment available today, combined with a team of hand-picked golf coaches who have studied all aspects of the physical and mental components of the game and help golfers use every sense to conquer the game. The unique partnership of human knowledge and real time data enables Urban Golf Performance to not only teach players of all levels to play the game of the golf, it creates a new type of player – one that is armed with a deeper understanding of the swing, the shot, the physics of the game and the history of its players.

“I spent countless hours practicing golf from the time I was a kid through college and beyond, but I always felt that a new approach to the game and instruction was needed,” explains Todd. “I envisioned the Urban Golf Performance concept on a sketch pad a few years back and I knew that golf instruction was ready for a 21st century make-over – bringing the technology and the psychology of the game to non-professional players. Key to our vision is not only the hi-tech equipment and top coaches…it is also the actual space and environment. We say it’s a 4D experience because we engage all of the senses (plus the mind).”

Urban Golf Performance is located at: 2240 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90064. To book an appointment, call 310-993-6323 or book online at: www.ugp.la . Follow on Facebook

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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Ultimate Driving Experiences‏

August 20, 2014 on 11:58 am | In Florida, Golf Resorts, Hotels, Miami, Road Trips, The South | Comments Off



Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has launched Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences (www.waldorfastoria.com/drivingexperiences) at six of its landmark properties in the United States. The new driving program offers hotel guests the unique opportunity to get behind-the-wheel of three incredible supercars under the guidance of world-class professional racecar driver Didier Theys.

Designed to appeal to discerning travellers and automotive enthusiasts, Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences give participants access to three of the world’s most famous super cars, including a Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, McLaren MP4-12C, and Porsche 911 Turbo.

The driving experience program will start its engines in six of Waldorf Astoria’s 29 properties, including:

· Waldorf Astoria Park City – Park City, Utah, September 30 – October 5

· La Quinta, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Palm Springs, California, October 15 – 20

· The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Scottsdale, Arizona, October 24 – 29

· The Roosevelt, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel – New Orleans, Louisiana, November 6 – 11

· Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Boca Raton, Florida, November 14 – 19

· Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – Phoenix, Arizona, December 2 – 7

At every location, motorists will receive an introduction and tutorial about each vehicle by excursion leader and Belgian race champion Didier Theys, and then set out behind the wheels on a bespoke and breath taking driving tour, rotating cars and drivers along the way.

The pre-arranged courses will take attendees through some of America’s most beautiful routes and historic landmarks. In Utah, for example, the pre-planned course will take the group past Provo Canyon and Bridal Veil Falls, and the Palm Springs route will include stops along the San Bernardino National Forest and Big Bear Mountain. The total drive time will be approximately three hours and the cost of the experience is $999 (approx. £601) per couple (excluding accommodations). Waldorf Astoria Ultimate Driving Experiences are presented in partnership with DXL US.

“The Waldorf Astoria brand has provided unforgettable experiences for its guests for more than a century,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide. “This program continues our legacy by offering our clientele authentic and unforgettable moments that further connect them to our properties in an extraordinarily modern and interactive way.”

Waldorf Astoria enthusiasts are also invited to participate socially in a #WaldorfExperiences contest launched online on August 11, 2014. Waldorf Astoria will ask fans and followers of the brand’s social channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to submit photos from their own driving experiences by tagging them with the #WaldorfExperiences hashtag for a chance to win a free stay at a Waldorf Astoria property.

To learn more about or to book the Waldorf Astoria Driving Experiences, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com/drivingexperiences


Room service by robot at Aloft

August 19, 2014 on 11:17 am | In Dine Drink, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowA new bellhop has reported for duty at Aloft Hotel, Cupertino, CA and promises to change the face of customer facing hospitality.

The Starwood owned Silicone Valley area hotel is trialing the first Botlr (robotic butler) on call day and night to attend to guest requests.

Once guests call the front desk for a room service request, the hotel’s human staff simply load up the Botlr with an extra towel or a late night snack, input the guest’s room number and the Botlr does the rest.

It can navigate hotel corridors and use the elevator using a Wi-Fi signal.

The pilot program officially kicks off on August 20 and may be deployed at almost 100 properties if it proves a success.

Starwood says the robots will augment rather than replace existing staff.

The Botlr was built by California tech firm Savioke which believes there is great potential for service robots.

“There are all these places, hotels, elder care facilities, hospitals that have a few hundred robots maybe but no significant numbers and we think that’s just a huge opportunity,” said Savioke CEO Steve Cousins.

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