It’s never too soon to think about the next holiday – and 2015 bookings made before December 20, 2014, at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort will be 20 per cent cheaper thanks to its outstanding early-bird deal, with savings of up to €240 per week.
And, in a separate promotion, the award-winning resort is also offering golfers the opportunity to play to their heart’s content on its spectacular Gary Player-designed golf course – and the neighbouring Ian Woosnam-designed Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort – with prices starting from €549 (around £459) per person for a five-night unlimited golf package in March 2015.
In addition to wall-to-wall golf, the package includes return transfers from Varna airport, a shared buggy for each round and free use of the driving range at Thracian Cliffs, as well as access to the fitness area, hammam, steam bath and Jacuzzi at the resort’s spa.
Thracian Cliffs’ general manager, Claudio Marini, said: “We have seen a significant increase in business from the UK and other main golfing markets this year and our advice to consumers is to book early and save money, and to come and experience unlimited golf at its finest.
“And, if waiting until 2015 proves too long, we still have outstanding autumn packages which feature unlimited golf on a proven European Tour course – with luxury accommodation – for less than €132 per night. It doesn’t get much better than that!”
The existing autumn, three-night, bed-and-breakfast unlimited golf breaks at the world-class resort cost from just €395 (around £329) per person, during October and November.
The luxury venue has gained many admirers since opening in 2011, with images of the sensational cliff-top Gary Player golf course being transmitted around the world. It also successfully hosted the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship and scooped the ‘European Golf Resort of the Year 2014′ award, bestowed by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
Situated on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, the resort is also a haven for non-golfers, offering a choice of two high-spec residential villages – many with panoramic sea views – gourmet restaurants, a bijou spa and its own beach club, all within the unique environment of the Cape Kaliakra coast, which, lying, as it does, further south than Florence, Monaco or Marseille, benefits from a desirable climate.
Indeed, Player himself said of Thracian Cliffs: “You will not find a golf course like this anywhere else on the planet. Pebble Beach is renowned as the best site and I would say Thracian Cliffs is twice as good as Pebble Beach.”
The beautiful cliff‑top course offers stunning sea views from every hole with the signature par-three sixth providing particularly incredible vistas as you look down to the green which is found surrounded by the lapping waves of the Black Sea. From the tips it measures almost 231 yards – a real test of golf and concentration.
The temperate autumn climate is ideal for the regular special events which take place on the unspoiled Bendida Beach, located directly on the seafront of the resort. And, with a bottle of beer in Bulgaria costing around 68p* – the lowest of all holiday hot-spots in Europe – and a three-course evening meal for two, with wine, available for under £28*, the country is clearly one of the best-value destinations around in 2014, and is likely to remain so next year.
Those traveling to Scottsdale in search of their new favorite golf course realize that golf is not simply a game, but a lifestyle. That is why it is no surprise that Scottsdale has been deemed “The World’s Finest Golf Destination,” according to a recent market study by Sports & Leisure Research Group.
The warm weather and sunny days attract golfers from all over the world to this golf oasis that is home to more than 200 golf courses. Golfers are hitting the links in Scottsdale and the numbers are up, despite the lower national numbers when it comes to the number of rounds being played on the greens. The desert golf community is flourishing and golf courses are creating more of a buzz than ever.
The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, is going digital with its Digital Caddies. These high-resolution, tablet-based and internet-connected multi-functional assistance devices provide golfers with GPS-based course navigation, news and weather, real-time scoring, on-course messaging and other online content. Competitors, look no further than your golf cart, where you will find your new best friend. Need a beverage?
No need to worry, your Digital Caddy will alert The Boulders on-course beverage service when you need to quench your thirst.
If you’re looking to maximize your fun, fitness and speed of play, the next stop on the Scottsdale golf tour is Kierland Golf Club. Here, golfers can traverse the course by bicycle.
Yes, bicycle. But these are no ordinary bicycles. Instead, they are crafted to have minimal impact on the golf course, and they feature two custom-designed golf bags mounted to the rear. These golf bags allow golfers to ride in style by carrying a full set of clubs, while effortlessly maintaining safety.
For everything golf and Scottsdale, visit the newly unveiled Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau website, www.ExperienceScottsdaleGolf.com .
The website made its debut last month and will be the one-stop site for all of your golf needs.
Hilton Revolutionizes Hotel Experience with Digital Check-In, Room Selection and Customization, and Check-OutOctober 20, 2014 on 11:24 am | In Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off
Global/Corporate News Packages/Promotions | Hilton Worldwide Hilton Revolutionizes Hotel Experience with Digital Check-In, Room Selection and Customization, and Check-Out across 650,000-Plus Rooms at More Than 4,000 Properties WorldwideFirst hospitality company to enable room selection and customization via mobile and web-based floor plans; Company also announces that guests will be able to use their smartphone as their room key in majority of hotel rooms by 2016 July 28, 2014 | This information originated in American English. Girl_DigitalFloorPlan_FP.jpgDownload Hi-Resolution Version for Print Media » By the end of 2014, digital check-in and room selection will be available at more than 4,000 Hilton Worldwide properties across 11 brands in 80-plus countries via members’ Hilton HHonors accounts. Credit: Hilton Worldwide. MCLEAN, Va. – In a first for the hospitality industry, Hilton Worldwide today announced its guests will have unprecedented choice and control over their entire hotel stay with the ability to check-in and choose their exact room from digital floor plans, as well as customize their stay by purchasing upgrades and making special requests for items to be delivered to their room, on their mobile devices, tablets and computers. Guests also will be able to check-out using these personal technology devices. By the end of 2014, digital check-in and room selection will be available at more than 4,000 Hilton Worldwide properties across 11 brands in 80-plus countries via members’ Hilton HHonors accounts.
“For nearly a century, our guests have counted on us to consistently deliver exceptional experiences around the world, and in today’s digitally connected culture, that means providing them with more choice and control over their hotel stay through technology,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive officer, Hilton Worldwide. “The tremendous scale of our world-class operating platform enables us to quickly and nimbly introduce exciting enhancements for our guests at all of our hotels worldwide.”
Today’s announcement represents the latest industry-first in Hilton’s rich history of innovation. The company piloted an initial version of digital check-in more than five years ago, and in 2012 it launched Conrad Concierge, the first hospitality software application that enables guests to customize their hotel experience through their tablets or smartphones. Going forward, Hilton anticipates delivering further digital advancements to guests every six to eight weeks.
“We analyzed data and feedback from more than 40 million HHonors members, as well as guest surveys, social media posts and review sites, and it’s clear that guests want greater choice and control,” said Geraldine Calpin, senior vice president and global head of digital at Hilton Worldwide. “In fact, in a recent study, 84 percent of business travelers surveyed said they wanted the ability to choose their own room. We are giving our guests the ability to do just that by enabling them to select not just their room type, but the exact location in the hotel, all the way down to their room number.”
Simple and Streamlined Process
Once a room is booked, the process for guests to manage their stay is simple:
Room selection: At 6 a.m. the day before a booked stay, Hilton HHonors members can sign into their account via their mobile device, tablet or computer to check-in and choose their preferred room through floor plan maps or lists populated from the hotel’s available inventory. Photos of rooms are also available to help with their selection. Hilton’s digital lobby function is updated in real-time, so guests no longer have to wait until they are physically in the hotel lobby to be assigned a room.
Special requests: After choosing a room, guests can further customize their stay at full-service hotels by purchasing upgrades and requesting specific amenities to be delivered to their room before arrival.
Room key: Next year, the company will begin to equip its hotel rooms with the technology for doors to be unlocked with guests’ smartphones, enabling them to go straight to their rooms upon arrival. For now, once they arrive on property, guests simply pick up their room key from the front desk, a streamlined process since the guest’s payment information and other details are already verified through their Hilton HHonors account prior to arrival.
Check-out: Guests can bypass the front desk upon departure as their bill will be automatically sent to their email address.
The Future of Room Keys at Hilton
As part of its digital strategy, Hilton has made a commitment to enable all of its hotel rooms worldwide with technology that will allow guests to use their smartphones as keys.
Said Nassetta, “Travelers can use their smartphones as boarding passes to get to their seats on an airplane, so it is only natural that they will want to use them as a way to enter their hotel rooms. We have spent the past few years testing a number of different options to make this vision a reality, and we are developing proprietary technology that is safe and reliable for our guests to use, and cost-effective for our hotels to install.”
Rapid Roll Out Across Hilton Properties Globally
Hilton is rolling out these digital enhancements globally over the next several months:
By the end of this summer, Hilton HHonors members can check-in and choose their room from digital floor plan maps online or via the Apple and Android HHonors apps across the following U.S. brands: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites.
The functionality will also be available at DoubleTree by Hilton and Embassy Suites Hotels properties within the U.S. this fall.
By the end of 2014, room selection, either from digital floor plans or lists, will be available globally for over 650,000 rooms at more than 4,000 hotels across Hilton’s portfolio of 11 brands.
Digital check-out, currently available at all U.S. hotels, will be rolled out globally by the end of 2016.
In 2015, Hilton will introduce technology that enables smartphones to be used as room keys, and all U.S. hotels across four of its brands will have this capability by the end of that year. By the end of 2016, the majority of its rooms system-wide will be equipped with this functionality.
*The Hilton survey was conducted by Edelman Berland among 1009 total participants (529 female and 480 male U.S. census representatives over 18 years of age) using a five-question online survey between July 7-11, 2014. The margin of error (MOE) for the audience (n=1009) is + 3.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.
New York, NY (October 1) — It’s the end of golf’s fabled Ryder Cup in Scotland, but for avid golfers, the game never ends. European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company, has announced two new golf themed cruises in the land where it all began, Scotland, aboard the Scottish Highlander hotel barge, May 10th and October 4th 2015. Golf-themed whole boat charters can be booked all season, but these designated cruises allow golfers who just want to book individual cabins to meet like-minded people. Other tours are available on these cruises for non-golfer guests.
Rates for the Scottish Highlander golf-themed departures start at $4,090 per person, and include all meals, wines, an open bar, numerous other daily escorted excursions, local transfers and admissions. Whole boat charters are also available starting at $22,000. A $900 per person supplement applies for all bookings, including charters, for those wishing to play golf. Guests who do not wish to play do not pay the supplement.
Highlights include a round at the world renowned Royal Dornoch Championship, an 18-hold Par 70 golf course. The next day is a round at the 18-hole, Par 72 Castle Stuart, where guests play overlooking the Moray Firth, an inlet of the North Sea. Lunch is onboard the Scottish Highlander, followed by a cruise through Loch Ness, where shy “Nessie” – otherwise known as the Loch Ness Monster – may join the party – or not! Also on the itinerary is a round of golf at the Fort Augustus golf course – a unique and scenic hidden gem considered among the hardest nine-hole golf course in Scotland, and possibly the hardest Par 67 in the country. It’s also probably the only golf course you’ll ever play where sheep are allowed to roam freely!
“We are thrilled to offer guests the opportunity to play on some of the most challenging, scenic, and historic golf courses in Scotland,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “Whether you are a novice inspired by the Ryder Cup or a seasoned pro looking to sharpen your swing, the Scottish Highlander is, without a doubt, an unforgettable experience for any golf enthusiast.”
Golf cruises include four pre-booked tee times and transfers to and from the clubs. Rates are based on double occupancy.
For more information, pricing, cruise schedules, and brochures, visit www.gobarging.com or call Toll Free 1-877-879-8808. Follow European Waterways on Facebook and Twitter. You can also view their YouTube channel, http://bit.ly/19kQhbm
The leading reference guide for independent travelers, Condé Nast Johansens is a global collection of luxury hotels, spas, boutique retreats and celebratory venues. The Inn at Harbour Town is one of only 46 hotels in the U.S. and one of 652 hotels worldwide to earn this coveted accolade.
“To achieve this prestigious distinction by Condé Nast Johansens as one of the best hotels in the world is recognition of our renowned extraordinary customer care and luxury accommodations,” says John Munro, Vice President of Hospitality, Sales and Marketing. “Travelers who seek assistance and inspiration from this list trust they will have an exceptional experience when staying with us.
Ideally located in the heart of The Sea Pines Resort, guests of the Inn enjoy a full slate of activities including three superb championship golf courses, tennis with 21 clay courts, five miles of sweeping Atlantic seascapes, hiking / biking in the enchanting 605-acre Forest Preserve and the nearby Harbour Town Yacht Basin.
The Inn recently added a luxurious pool exclusively for guests of the hotel. Its features include a relaxing spa under a shade trellis; rim flow edge; travertine stone deck; poolside food and beverage service; and terrace with chaise lounge chairs and seating area overlooking Harbour Town Golf Links – Pete Dye’s masterpiece and host of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage.
The Sea Pines Resort is also one of Conde Nast’s “Top 150 Resorts” in the world, and The Inn at Harbour Town has received Four Diamonds and Four Stars from AAA and Forbes, respectively.
For more information: www.seapines.com , 866.561.8802.
About The Sea Pines Resort
One of the true crown jewels of American golf, The Sea Pines Resort is home to legendary Harbour Town Golf Links (home of the PGA TOUR’s The Heritage) designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus, Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Ocean Course. The resort’s best-in-class collection of golf courses, amenities, meeting facilities and accommodations makes Sea Pines one of the most sought-after leisure and group destinations in America.
Keene, New Hampshire – A picturesque New England town in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region, Keene a beautiful getaway with a whitewashed steeple decorating the countryside. Surrounded by scenic lakes, streams and rivers, the area is known for its covered bridges and state parks. Keene is also home to the Keene Pumpkin Festival! Be sure to stay at the Days Inn in Keene to be close to all the best the city has to offer!
· Dover, Delaware – Not only is it the capital and second largest city in Delaware, but Dover is also the hometown to many of Delaware’s historical landmarks. In downtown Dover you can check out the many legislative and government buildings which have stood for generations, or relax at Silver Lake’s popular park. Stay at Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dover for close proximity to the International Speedway and Punkin Chunkin event.
· Highwood, Illinois – Highwood is a city in the Moraine Township of Lake County, Illinois which offers an escape away from all the hustle and bustle. Stay at the Wyndham Glenview Suites to experience true comfort and luxury – plus it’s just a short drive to the pumpkin festival in Highwood.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – Keswick Hall and Golf Club – the acclaimed 600-acre luxury resort set in Virginia’s scenic Hunt Country – announces two stay-and-play packages for the new Pete Dye-designed course at Keswick Golf Club, Full Cry.
Golfers can be among the first to sample Full Cry, which opened this summer following an extensive design, construction and grow-in period that has wrought an “instant classic.” Dye, a World Golf Hall of Fame member widely-considered one of the greatest course architects of all-time, says about Full Cry, “It is as good as any layout I’ve done.”
Autumn is the perfect time to visit Keswick Hall, as the legendary fall foliage of the Blue Ridge Mountains comes to life. Shirt-sleeves and sun-splashed days continue well into October, and November presents crisp mornings ideal for light golf sweaters. The two inaugural stay-and-play packages:
· The Full Cry package starts at $299 (single occupancy) and includes one round of golf with cart and a night’s stay in a superior room. A guest may be added for $80.
· The Hunt package begins at $409 (single occupancy). It features 18 holes upon arrival, one-night of lodging (superior room), and breakfast and an additional round on Full Cry the next morning. Add a guest for $130.
Full Cry is the impeccable combination of Mother Nature’s splendor and Dye’s genius for creating a thrilling golf experience. The virtuoso has masterfully combined “old world” architectural charm with his signature modern design elements. With the exception of one hole, the greens have open fronts and are approachable either through the air or on the ground. Golfers of all abilities with savor the pure, resort course experience.
“Our two new packages are perfect for relishing the amenities of our world-class resort and enjoying the brilliance of Pete Dye,” says Greg Sligh, CEO and Managing Partner of Keswick Hall & Golf Club. “There was huge anticipation for our new 18 and Full Cry is now ready for our guests to visit the Hunt Country and tee it up.”
The region is home to Jefferson’s Monticello, the University of Virginia and numerous outdoor pursuits, drawing history buffs, wine lovers, sports enthusiasts and nature seekers year-round. Keswick Hall features newly refreshed upscale accommodations, spa services, fine dining at Fossett’s, and myriad amenities. Highly decorated, it has attained Condé Nast Traveler “gold” status, and is one of Travel + Leisure’s 500 “World’s Best Hotels.”
The Full Cry package is unavailable for Sunday evening arrival. The Hunt package is available Tuesday through Saturday nights. Tee-times and accommodations are based on availability. The two packages may not be combined with any other specials / offers. Taxes / additional fees are not included.
For more information on Keswick Hall visit www.keswick.com or call 434.979.344.
About Keswick Hall and Golf Club
Set in the historic hunt and wine country of central Virginia, Keswick Hall and Golf Club is a 600-acre boutique resort featuring 48 private guest rooms. The northern wing of the current inn contains historic Villa Crawford, once the Italianesque private estate of the Robert Crawford family built in 1912.
A full complement of amenities and activities are available to guests, including: golf, tennis, three swimming pools, croquet, nature trails, on-site vineyard, garden / historic tours, spa and fine dining. Off-site excursions include wine tasting, Presidential home visits, University of Virginia tours, clay shooting and more.
The property is home to the historic Keswick Club, a members club introduced in 1948 when renowned architect Fred Findlay added its first nine holes of golf. The course expanded to18 holes in the mid-‘50s and was renovated in 1992 by Arnold Palmer. In 2013, World Golf Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye was commissioned to create its new Full Cry course over the existing routing.
The country estate is a property of Richmond, Va.-based Riverstone Group under its Historic Hotels of Albemarle division. The company also owns and manages The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Resort (S.C.), The Sea Pines Resort (S.C.), The Jefferson Hotel (Va.) and The Hermitage Hotel (Tenn.).
Keswick Hall – centrally located — is an easy two-hour drive from the Washington D.C. metro area and just over three hours from Baltimore. Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) is 30 minutes away. Richmond International Airport (RIC) is a 90-minute drive.
New Executive Chef Arrives at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort St. Simons Island, GA
Chef John Palacio, known for his distinctive French training combined with coast-to-coast American Cuisine, has been named the new Executive Chef for the historic King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. Palacio began his hospitality career at 15, working at the Red Lion Inn in Omaha, Nebraska. Comfortable in front of guests at a young age, he prepared tableside specialties like Steak Diane and Cherries Jubilee.
Developing the disciplines necessary for success during four years of global assignments in the US Marines, he returned home to follow his dream and begin a professional culinary path at numerous Westin Hotels while attending cooking school. It may have been his three year apprenticeship at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles that changed everything for Palacio, as he received the American Culinary Federation’s coveted ‘Apprentice of the Year’ in Los Angeles County. Traversing the country at prominent Westin’s from Santa Clara and Kansas City to Tucson and then Beverly Hills, he found himself catering to the stars, most notably during the Emmy Awards in the late 1980’s.
At The King and Prince’s oceanfront restaurant ECHO, the ECHO Lobby Bar and extensive private catering locations throughout the Hotel, Chef John Palacio is already creating harmonious culinary textures and beautiful plate presentations.
It is with his vast flavor palates, knowledge and tools that he provides a unique experience for each guest. Most recently, Chef Palacio was the Executive Chef at Starwood’s Porter Steak House in Chattanooga, Tennessee. When he’s not in the kitchen, Palacio can be found outside in the tomato garden or canning his tomatoes. “Each day I want to personally meet our guests to let them know I am available to make their visit memorable ~ from a birthday party or wedding reception to their casual dining experience filled with culinary surprises.
I am elated with my choice to take the Executive Chef position at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.” Hotel Director and General Manager Michael Johnson states “We are very excited to add someone with so much talent and expertise to our team. We look forward to introducing Chef John Palacio to our community as the overwhelming response to our new food and beverage concept ECHO for dining and catered events continue”. The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort 201 Arnold Road St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522 www.kingandprince.com
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