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Spring Break at Hotel Barriere Les Neiges

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At the foot of the famous Bellecôte run, a stone’s throw from the centre of Courchevel and its luxury boutiques, the Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges enjoys an exceptional position, with 42 slopeside Bedrooms, Suites and Penthouses.

This winter, Courchevel has experienced exceptional snowfall with over seven metres of accumulated snow, an amount not seen since the winter of 1980. And there’s still a  month in which to enjoy the warm, welcoming setting of the Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges and the range of activities that Courchevel has to offer. With over three metres of accumulated snowfall at the top of the ski runs and a sunny forecast, spring skiing is exceptional this year. Take advantage of extended ski days from 9am to 5pm in the world’s  largest ski area.

It’s also a wonderful opportunity to discover a different side to Courchevel: dog-sledding excursions, snowmobile rides, afternoons spent outside relaxing on one of the resort’s many sunny terraces….  The  Clés  d’Or  concierge  service  is  on  hand   to   design   tailor-made   experiences,   so   let   them  surprise  you.  Will  you  choose  the  thrills  of  heliskiing   or   the   beauty   of   a   torch-lit   descent?   Lunch  on  the  slopes  facing  Mont  Blanc,  or  a  trip  in  a hot air balloon?

From the 28th of March until the 2nd April, Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges will be celebrating Easter with decorations inspired by the natural world. Children will love the baby rabbits nestled in springtime scenes in the lobby.

Centara Hotels & Resorts creates “Match Made in Paradise” on Koh Samui

Centara Hotels  and  Resorts  is  attracting  couples  from  around  the world  looking  to  get  married  in  Thailand  with  a  versatile  choice  of  wedding  celebrations that  includes  photogenic  locations,  dedicated  service  staff  and  attractive  room  rates  for family and friends of the bride and groom.

Two of the Centara properties on Koh Samui offer versatile wedding venues on Koh Samui, Centara  caters  equally  well  to  couples  hosting  an  intimate  ceremony  on  the  beach  as  it does  to  those  who  prefer  a  more  extravagant  celebration  with  a  full  banquet  and  live entertainment.

Many  brides  and  grooms-to-be  are  drawn  by  the  personalised  wedding  experiences  on offer  at Centara  Grand  Beach  Resort  Samui,  which  include  hosting  a  barefoot  ceremony on the soft sands of Chaweng Beach, exchanging vows in a traditional Thai wooden sala with soothing views of the Gulf of Thailand in the background, or gathering on the seafront lawn decorated with gently swaying coconut palms.

For couples that prefer a more secluded location, Centara Villas Samui is an all-villa resort nestled by a hidden cove on the island’s pristine southern shore at Laem Set. The resort features 102 villas that seamlessly blend in with the rich tropical surroundings on a gently sloping hillside that leads to a picturesque private beach.

Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, London, launches the Royal Botanical Afternoon Tea and The Royal Celebration Experience

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To celebrate the wedding of His Royal Highness (HRH) Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London is delighted to launch the Royal Botanical Afternoon Tea and The Royal Celebration Experience.

The Royal Botanical Afternoon Tea takes its inspiration from the traditions of the British royal family and its soon-to-be princess, Ms. Meghan Markle. Presented in TĪNG restaurant and lounge, with stunning views of London’s most iconic landmarks, the tea features a delightful selection of botanical themed cakes, scones and freshly made sandwiches.

Marking Prince Harry’s intimate proposal over a home-cooked roast chicken and as every royal bouquet contains a sprig of myrtle to symbolize hope and love, a roast chicken and myrtle sandwich stars in the new menu. The myrtle tradition began in 1840 when HRH Queen Victoria married Prince Albert and has continued with the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding to Prince William six years ago.

Executive Pastry Chef Heather Kaniuk and her team have delicately crafted a selection of sweets, taking inspiration from flowers grown in the royal gardens. Stemming from HRH Queen Victoria’s love of violets (a symbol of modesty and fidelity), a cassis violet macaron features blackcurrant confiture and violet crème. The raspberry, rose and lychee mousse is inspired by a silver-pink rose dating back to the 1950’s called the ‘Queen Elizabeth Rose’, named after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort opening Voyager 47 Club Lounge

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Perched above world-famous Waikiki Beach, the brand-new Voyager 47 Club Lounge at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort will warmly welcome its first guests July 1, 2018. Exclusive to resort guests staying in Voyager 47 Club level rooms and all suites, the premier club lounge provides a serene, oceanfront retreat to enjoy complimentary, locally sourced bites as well as premium coffee, craft beer and specialty cocktails. The venue can also be booked for private events, offering an inimitable setup with sweeping views of Diamond Head, iconic surf breaks and stunning sunsets.

Located on the resort’s second floor, with unobstructed views of Diamond Head – guests can start their day with premium Kona coffee and breakfast bites including fresh local fruits and eggs, pastries, homemade jam and more. To help plan the day, a dedicated club concierge will be available for Voyager 47 Club Lounge guests to personally assist with anything from recommendations to reservations for activities, to eateries and cultural programs.

Beyond the offerings for on-property guests, the premier club lounge is a paramount location in Waikiki for privately catered events. From wedding receptions to group lunches and special occasions, the Voyager 47 Club Lounge has midday and late-night availability suitable for various needs. With indoor and outdoor seating options, event guests and club members can take in sweeping panoramic views of Waikiki Beach sure to leave a lasting impression.

To celebrate the new Voyager 47 Club Lounge opening, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort is extending a limited-time, one-level upgrade – book a Voyager 47 Club City View room and get a complimentary upgrade to a Voyager 47 Club Partial Ocean View room, now through April 15, 2018, for travel July 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018.

Is this world’s most exclusive bar? An overwater observatory in the Maldives – introducing Anantara Kihavah’s SKY

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Time spent at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is one of great adventure and discovery. On a breathtaking private island where the forces of nature dazzle the imagination, SKY invites you to play out once in a lifetime journeys, immersed in Time and Wonder. Anantara Kihavah redefines luxury, giving guests the time and opportunity to experience what they’ve always wondered.

In a world of many firsts, take the time to swim with Manta Rays, dine underwater at SEA, and experience your own private cinema under the stars. Now, unveiling the new SKY, the Maldives’ only over water observatory combined with a unique luxury cocktail bar, a resident story-telling Sky Guruand housing the most powerful telescope in the region, gaze on the stars as you sip Champagne and revel in the majesty of life.

Discover extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime experiences that enlighten couple’s romance and family adventure. At the end of your time on the island, when you return to your homes and the routine of life, you will never forget your time and journey with Anantara Kihavah.

Special Offer – Book two nights, get third free – save $2400 per couple

Awasi Iguazu villa

Contours Travel – the longest-running Latin American holiday agency in Australia – is now taking bookings for a new luxury, all-inclusive retreat close to one of the world’s largest waterfalls – Iguazu Falls – in Argentina. To celebrate, Contours Travel is offering Australians the chance to stay two nights and get the third free – a saving of $1200 per person – for stays between April and October, 2018.

Flanking the wild Iguazu River just 20 minutes from the falls, the newly-opened Awasi Iguazu hotel comprises 14 private villas nestled amongst Atlantic Rainforest and built on stilts for minimal environmental impact. Each villa boasts a private plunge pool, beautiful jungle views, outdoor shower and spacious living area.

Iguazu Falls has starred in films such as The Mission (1986), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) and Black Panther (2018). The surrounding jungle is home to hundreds of bird species, rare mammals and endangered trees and ferns.

The stay at Awasi Iguazu includes a number of excursions including visiting 18th century Jesuit ruins, kayaking through the jungle, bird watching and sharing time with local Guarani tribes who can teach guests about ancient crafts and tribal history. Allocated their own private guide, guests can customise the excursions to suit their own preferences and interests.