Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Portugal Recognized as World’s Leading Destination at 2017 World Travel Awards; First European Country to Win Title

New York, NY – December 11, 2017 — Portugal has been voted the World’s Leading Destination, at the 24th World Travel Awards, the first time that a European country has won the distinction. Portugal was also recognized as the World’s Leading Tourist Board, and World’s Leading Tourism Authority Website (for Amid a boom of new world-class hotels, eateries and venues Portugal emerged as one of the big winners at the grand finale of a gala event that bills itself as “the Oscars of the travel world.” According to the travel professionals and consumers who cast votes throughout the year, Portugal was the standout destination of 2017, taking the title of world’s leading destination.  The Portuguese capital of Lisbon was named the world’s leading city vacation spot of the year. The World Travel Awards ceremony was recently held at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay hotel in Vietnam. The equivalent of best film – World Travel Awards – were handed out. Winners of the World Travel Awards are based on a yearlong, online voting campaign. Votes from the public carry a weighting of one, while votes cast by travel professionals carry a weighting of two. Finalists for the grand finale are made of up winners from the regional awards and are recognized by the WTA. According to Ana Mendes Godinho, Secretary of State for Tourism, “we are facing...

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Nikki Beach Barbados to Open This Winter

  The first and original global luxury beach club brand is set to launch its premier property in Port Ferdinand, Barbados   MIAMI BEACH, FL., November 27, 2017 — Global luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand Nikki Beach Worldwide is set to open its newest location in Port Ferdinand, Barbados this winter. Nikki Beach Barbados will sit on 1.4 acres of pristine beachfront and mark the entry of the first luxury beach club property in Barbados. The beach club will run along the shores of the ocean and will be elevated to ensure spectacular water views throughout the entire property. Nikki Beach Barbados will offer the same look and feel as the brand’s other properties from around the world, featuring an inviting design of all white with wood accents. The designs will highlight stone elements sourced from the region as well as Caribbean features thought out by well-known builder Jada Group.   This intimate beach club location will consist of a restaurant, pool and beach access with oceanfront seating for up to 200 guests. In case of inclement weather, the dining space is covered with a waterproof awning. Nikki Beach welcomes guests rain or shine.   The pool will feature an octagon wet bar where guests can swim up and enjoy Nikki Beach’s signature cocktail selection. Seven catamaran-like lounges, each accommodating up to four guests, will jut out over the ocean for...

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The Ultimate Christmas Decorations Trip

     PRESS RELEASE The Ultimate Christmas Decorations Trip: Wake-Up To The World’s Finest Christmas Decorations At The 10 Hotels Famed For Creating Spectacular Festive Scenes @ £45,905 ($60,830/ €51,610) The Ultimate Christmas Decorations Trip (Claridge’s/ VeryFirstTo) The Ultimate Christmas Decorations Trip (The Plaza/ VeryFirstTo) The Ultimate Christmas Decorations Trip (Four Seasons/ VeryFirstTo) The Ultimate Christmas Decorations Trip (Dolder Grand/ VeryFirstTo) The Ultimate Christmas Decorations Trip (Fairmont Princess/ VeryFirstTo) The Ultimate Christmas Decorations Trip (Riverside Inn/ VeryFirstTo) The Ulrimate christmas Decorations Trip (Amelia Island/ VeryFirstTo) The Ultimate Christmas Trip (Hotel Crescent Court/ VeryFirstTo) Luxury launches website launches the Ultimate Christmas Decorations Trip enabling travellers the opportunity to stay in 10 of the world’s finest hotels and witness their famous decorations over the course of a whirlwind 18 day trip. Marcel Knobil, founder of VeryFirstTo, Superbrands and Cool BrandLeaders says, “This is a trip for those who really want to immerse themselves in the joyful decorations of Christmas, each of the hotels on the trip are world renowned for having the boldest, brightest and most impressive Christmas Decorations.” The first stop is the Plaza in New York City a hotel that has played host to many a Christmas movie including Home Alone 2 and with its enormous tree, really embodies Christmas magic. From there it is off the to The Mission Inn in Riverside California, the iconic, AAA Four Diamond...

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THE ART OF TRAVEL: THE DIPLOMAT BEACH RESORT IN HOLLYWOOD, FL ANNOUNCES HOTEL PARTNERSHIP WITH NSU ART MUSEUM IN HONOR OF ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY   HOLLYWOOD, FL (December 4, 2017) – Off the heels of a recent $100 million makeover, the newly- transformed Diplomat Beach Resort is pleased to announce its hotel partnership with NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale in honor of its 60th anniversary. Like the Diplomat, the Museum was founded in 1958 and will be celebrating this milestone occasion in 2018. Located only 20 minutes from the all-encompassing destination resort, the Museum is the hub of the South Florida Art Coast, situated midway between Miami and Palm Beach in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, one of the fastest – growing areas in the United States. Located in Fort Lauderdale’s active Arts and Entertainment District, the Museum is a short walk to the shops, restaurants and galleries of vibrant Las Olas Boulevard, as well as to the picturesque Riverwalk waterfront promenade. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is currently presenting Frank Stella: Experiment and Change, a major exhibition spanning legendary artist Frank Stella’s 60-year career from the late 1950s to the present. Composed of approximately 300 paintings, relief sculptures and drawings, the exhibition, on view through July 8, 2018, offers insight into Stella’s trajectory from minimalism to maximalism and includes never before seen items from his “working archive.” Curated...

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New Sleep Therapy Offered at Se Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

For Immediate Release:   Media Contact: Megan Sterritt KWE Partners 786.247.4812   New Sleep Therapy Offered at Se Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya  Treatment Features Meditation Bath, Aromatherapy Massage & More Relaxation Techniques To Reach a Zen State of Mind for Better Night’s Sleep   Riviera Maya, Mexico (December 1, 2017) – To help those travelers that struggle with sleep problems, such as insomnia, sleep apnea or even jet lag after a long flight, Se Spa at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya has introduced a new Aroma Zen Bath Meditation. Promoting healthy sleep by reaching a Zen state of mind, the 110-minute treatment combines a float meditation and Neuro Aromatherapy Massage. For the massage, guests can choose from one of two essential oils. The De-Stress Mind Oil smells of Frankincense to eliminate anxiety, Petitgrain for a gentle calming effect and restorative Rosemary, while the Deep Relax Oil smells of uplifting Vetiver, soothing Chamomile and comforting Sandalwood. The entire experience is complemented by music, chromotherapy, and breathing techniques.  To finish off this relaxing experience, guests enjoy a calming Linden Flower and Chamomile tea with a twist of lemon. The Aroma Zen Bath Meditation costs $368.   Additional treatment highlights at Se Spa include the Bacal Massage, using one of the Mayan’s most sacred plants – corn; Aloe Vera Massage, featuring the Mayan’s “immortality plant” named for...

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