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Sbe and The Related Group announce opening of SLS LUX Brickell

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Sbe is proud to announce, with their partners at The Related Group and Allen Morris Company, the opening of the sold-out SLS LUX Brickell Hotel & Residences, the third SLS-branded property in Miami and the sixth SLS Hotel.

This extraordinary Arquitectonica designed, 57-story tower features the first LED façade by prominent lighting artist Ana Isabel Martinez. The project encompasses 450 sold-out luxury condominiums featuring private elevators and 70 guest rooms and suites, all expertly designed by the incomparable Yabu Pushelberg.

The property features premier culinary offerings with celebrity Chef Katsuya Uechi’s second Katsuya location in Miami and 14th internationally. SLS LUX Brickell also debut’s S Bar, a sexy, sultry and glamorous concept that takes lounge life to all new heights of enjoyment.

Overlooking the Brickell skyline on the LUX Garden Level, two pools and extensive sporting and recreation amenities take relaxation and fitness out into the sunshine. Stylish cabanas and lounge areas invite guests and residents to sit back and enjoy poolside snack and beverage service. Courts for tennis, soccer, bocce, and basketball create many opportunities for pickup games with friends and neighbors.

World Resorts of Distinction unveils lavish new Maldivian soirée

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Gold Coast-based creative resort agency, World Resorts of Distinction (WRD), has unveiled an unforgettable new experience offered by one of its high-end clients in the Maldives, Coco Privé Private Island, that sets a new benchmark in luxury.

The extravagant three-day soirée, which features endless cocktails, music and bespoke culinary experiences, as well as champagne towers and fireworks upon a private yacht, is lavish even according to Maldivian standards. As its name suggests, Coco Privéis a secluded island hideaway in the Malé Atoll that hosts a maximum of 12 guests at once, and amongst other premium amenities and services, boasts a cocktail bar, wine cellar, library, private chef and personalised spa services.

WRD Resort marketing manager, Narelle Christoffersen-Langton, said the Coco Privé Soirée experience showcases not only the opulence of the exclusive resort, but also the incomparable beauty of the tropical nation. Coco Privé marketing and sales manager, Sarah Hilmy, added that the soirée is ideal for groups looking for an upscale event venue.

Holiday yoga fosters deeper connection with nature at Reflections Holiday Parks

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With last week’s arrival of International Yoga Day, Reflections Holiday Parks is urging people to shake off the winter blues and take a stretch in the unspoiled natural environments of their parks and public recreation reserves.

Yoga is famous for its wide-ranging benefits, from increasing strength and flexibility to improving balance and self-esteem. When it’s practiced outdoors, the benefits are even more pronounced. With 21 June slated as International Yoga Day, the benefits of this restful activity for people of all ages is encouraged worldwide.

With its green rolling hills and beautiful ocean views, Reflections Killable Reserve, an easy drive south of Sydney and minutes from Shellharbour, is the perfect backdrop for outdoor yoga sessions.

To book a Reflections Holiday Park experience visit their website.

World Ocean’s Month celebrated with eco-experiences at Outrigger Fiji

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Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has celebrated World Ocean’s Month with a program of eco-experiences including coral planting as part of its OZONE conservation initiative dedicated to the maintenance of the resort’s marine environment.

Each year, World Oceans Month calls attention to the vital role the sea plays in our everyday lives and serves as a reminder for global citizens to take an active role in fighting for the sustainable future of our oceans, ‘the lungs of the Earth’.

As a premier beachfront resort brand, Outrigger Resorts invites guests to join its global celebration during World Oceans Month and participate in numerous eco-experiences as part of its ocean conservation program, OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE), and its ongoing effort to preserve and protect the ocean’s coral.

On June 15th Outrigger hosts, with some willing help from guests, worked on reef rehabilitation activities including the sinking of fish houses, repopulating propagation racks with new, young coral to form a coral nursery and cleaning of fish houses and clam cages.

Say ciao to Club Med Cefalu

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Club Med is proud to announce the recent expansion of their ‘Exclusive Collection’ with the opening of Club Med Cefalu, Italy, the first luxury five-trident resort in the Mediterranean. Located on the northern coast of Sicily, Cefalu has breath-taking panoramic views, situated within a natural reserve of rugged cliffs.

Amidst this stunning location with 180-degree views over the bay, Cefalu demonstrates Club Med’s innovation, offering premium guest benefits and personalised services while providing an authentic Italian experience. At Cefalu, guests can enjoy a myriad of water sports including all-new electric surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, scuba diving, a dip in Sicily’s first natural swimming pool in the resort’s ‘zen zone’, and much more.

The resort will join the likes of Club Med Finolhu Villas to comprise the all-inclusive holiday provider’s exquisite Exclusive Collection, which offers premium guest benefits and personalised services for those looking to relax and enjoy the ultimate hassle-free luxury holiday.

Club Med’s Exclusive Collection treats guests to luxurious accommodation and design inspired by their surroundings, intimate resort areas with lower capacity, access to private lounges and pools, and complimentary champagne from 6pm, all with Club Med’s signature friendly service and all-inclusive offering.

 

Growing sustainability focus at Banyan Tree Vietnam Resorts

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Banyan Tree has introduced a sustainable gardening project at its Vietnamese properties, which is seeing the company’s Lang Co-based resorts reaping what they sow, and helping local farmers in the process. To date, the program has provided around 3000 kilograms of local vegetables and herbs for Banyan Tree Lang Co and Angsana Lang Co, including 1582kg of produce harvested between January and April alone.

Produce is used in a variety of dishes across both properties, as well as in cocktails and mocktails at Angsana Lang Co’s Rice Bar & Bowl and in the welcome drinks served at the onsite spas.

Guests are invited to visit the property during their stay and enjoy a tour which consists of an organic farm model introduction, worm farm visit, local vegetable introduction, planting, harvesting, and feeding the farm’s animals. Cooking classes are also available at the garden.

The organic garden is run with the help of local farmers. In 2017, when the garden was first established, Banyan Tree conducted two workshops for local farmers to provide the necessary skills and knowledge for sustainable planting and agriculture. This year, Banyan Tree will expand the program to include local children. Since launch, the garden has welcomed 157 hotel guests and 70 local farmers.

Introducing LHM – the new hospitality brand behind the iconic Legian Seminyak, Bali

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Luxury hospitality company LHM (Legian Hotel Management) is a newly launched brand founded by the legendary late Robby Djohan, one of Indonesia’s most notable businessmen, and his financier daughter, Irma Djohan who is partner and managing director.

LHM stands for authentic, modern hospitality focused on offering the best of local culture, genuine destination experiences and highly personalised service. LHM also places great importance on delivering exceptional gastronomy and wellness experiences.

At the heart of the brand is The Legian Seminyak, Bali. Built over 20 years ago, the iconic suite and villa-only hotel has stood the test of time and is known as the one of the finest choices in Bali. Attracting a sophisticated global elite with its timeless design by late Indonesian interior designer Jaya Ibrahim and outstanding beachfront positioning this legendary property is celebrated as one of Indonesia’s best resorts.

LHM has ambitions to expand initially into wider Indonesia before looking further into Asia and beyond. The group’s second property The Legian Sire, Lombok will launch in early 2019 (with a soft launch in December 2018).

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