Set to open in September 2018, Tasmanian Walking Company has announced the official commencement of bookings for the much anticipated Three Capes Lodge Walk. TWC is the only commercial operator entrusted with providing private lodge accommodation, supporting guided walking experiences in the Tasman National Park.“Three Capes Lodge Walk is the next step forward in our quest to create the most innovative and environmentally sustainable lodges in the world,” said Brett Godfrey, Co-owner of Tasmanian Walking Company. “The lodges will be a reflection of the iconic and remarkable landscapes providing the opportunity to be immersed, educated and of course guided safely through our natural environments.”Focusing on ecological preservation, TWC has scoured the world for best practice environmental technologies and this development will be the largest investment in the company’s history.In a quest to blend seamlessly with nature, the distinctive, high quality split-level construction comprises separate skillion roofed structures that follow the contour of the existing landscape to minimise bulk and height. The lightweight modular sleeping pods are pre-fabricated, with each component positioned beneath the tree canopy by helicopter and will also feature locally-sourced environmentally friendly wall insulation, and Australia’s first recycling showers. The innovative off grid renewable energy system has PV solar panels bolstered by Archimedes wind turbines, which are intrinsically safe to birdlife with no rotor tips. Birdlife is further protected through clever use of operable external timber screens to prevent birds striking windows.Predominately constructed with non-reflective Tasmanian materials, the lodges will feature suspended floors to ensure minimal ground disturbance. Trees removed during construction will be incorporated into the joinery design and replaced with new trees planted nearby. All servicing systems, water tanks and battery store will be hidden in a sub floor beneath the main level of each building with open lower decks also functioning as a helipad for supply drop-off and removal of all waste.Heath Garratt, General Manager added, “Demand exhibited for the Three Capes Track to date gives us great confidence in this new project. If our other walks are any guide, our guests will arrive as walkers but leave as advocates for our National Parks.”Bookings can be made at tasmanianwalkingcompany.com.au or call +61 (0)3 63922211 australiaecolodgesSustainableTasmanian Walking Company
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories The often frugal Cardinals have plenty of money, but they are hoping to save a little of it as well.According to a tweet by Kent Somers, the Cardinals are preparing to cut Joey Porter if he is unwilling to take a pay cut. The Cardinals want Joey Porter to take a pay cut from $5.75 million salary. If he doesn’t, Cardinals likely to release him.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet ReplyKent Somerskentsomers Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation In his one year as a Cardinal, Porter accumulated 50 tackles and five sacks. He did not perform bad, but did not live up to his contract either.Arizona could use Porter’s veteran presence on defense, but only if a pay cut is accepted. Porter’s production does not warrant $5.75 million as the Cardinals could sign a free agent linebacker for a lot cheaper.While Arizona does have money under the cap, they need to sign some more players to fill out their 90 man training camp roster and they will also need money to sign Kevin Kolb, if acquired, to a long-term deal. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share
Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “Arizona clearly showed they’d be willing to eat a lot of Kevin Kolb money and pay Peyton Manning on top of it,” Huard told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Friday.In Arizona, Kolb was deemed the frontrunner to win the quarterback job. Still, he’s been unable to prove to this point he can stay on the field and be a productive and reliable leader of this Cardinals offense. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ As Kevin Kolb and John Skelton continue to battle it out this preseason for the starting quarterback duties for the Arizona Cardinals, one ESPN football analyst believes Skelton has the edge.Brock Huard with 710 ESPN in Seattle told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Friday the Cardinals pursuit of Peyton Manning’s services proved the team’s willingness to change directions at the quarterback position, no matter how costly. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments Share
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The free agent frenzy is continuing for the Arizona Cardinals.According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Cardinals will host Oakland Raiders free agent defensive lineman Matt Shaughnessy for a visit.Shaughnessy is a four-year pro out of Wisconsin whom the Raiders selected in the third round of the 2009 draft. Last season, Shaughnessy started all 16 games for the Raiders, compiling 31 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. In his career, the 6-foot-5, 285 pound defensive end has 123 total tackles and 15.5 sacks. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Saunders played his last two years at Oklahoma after transferring from Fresno State. In his senior year, he started all 13 games and finished with 61 receptions for 729 yards and eight touchdowns, along with 20 punt returns for 308 yards and two touchdowns. The Arizona Cardinals have signed wide receiver Jalen Saunders to the practice squad, the team announced Wednesday.Saunders is taking the place of kick returner Teddy Williams, who was signed by the Chicago Bears to their active roster.The 22-year-old rookie was drafted out of Oklahoma by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.He played in the first three games of the season before being released by New York on Sept. 29. He returned five punts for 29 yards in New York. 0 Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
It’s hard for a team to move to far up or down the NFL Power Rankings following a bye week.Enter the Arizona Cardinals, who were one of six teams with Week 4 off. For that reason, the Cards’ positioning in the power rankings looks pretty similar to what it did last week — except for Fox Sports, who elevated San Diego over Arizona despite the fact that the Cardinals have beaten them head-to-head. How does that work? 0 Comments Share Top Stories Here’s a look at how some of the biggest sports sites on the internet have the Cardinals ranked heading into their Week 5 showdown with the Denver Broncos.ESPN.com The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of domestic violence.Dwyer was arrested Sept. 17 accused of hitting his wife over two days in July. He allegedly broke her nose with a head butt.Jonathan Dwyer pled not guilty. His next court date is 11/20 before Commissioner Jeffrey Rueter.— MC Superior Court (@courtpio) October 6, 2014 The Cardinals deactivated Dwyer after his arrest. His wife, Kayla, left Arizona with their toddler son. Court documents said the boy had been hit by a shoe Dwyer had thrown. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Add that all together, said Yates, and the Cardinals become a legitimate contender in the NFC in 2015. Health is just one factor in improving the Cardinals, however. Yates also cites the upgrades to the offensive line, which include offensive tackle and first round pick D.J. Humphries and former 49ers guard Mike Iupati. These improvements, coupled with the return of top back Ellington and drafting a smasher in big running back David Johnson out of Northern Iowa, bode well for a run attack that ranked last in the NFL last season. The receiving corps, writes Yates, is full of mostly young, athletic wideouts led by veterans in Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald. With the return of Palmer, the Cardinals have a wealth of pass options — especially in comparison to the wideout drought of 2014 as Arizona cycled through three different backup quarterbacks. Finally, the defense carefully and effectively operated by former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for the last two years will have a new brain under the headset, but the mentality will stay the same. James Bettcher, who was promoted internally from his role as linebackers coach, will retain the core of Arizona’s highly-touted defense. Yates cites Bettcher also has a few new toys in outside linebacker Lamar Woodley and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, alongside defensive tackle Corey Peters and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments Share The Cardinals have spent their offseason healing injuries to their quarterback, backup, and many other key positions, and are once again considered a sleeper in the NFC by ESPN Insider Field Yates. But could all of the offseason work pay off enough to move Arizona over the hump from “the team that never quite could” to wide-awake and much more than a tattered Wild Card?Yates recognizes there were few — if none at all — teams who were battered like the Cardinals were last season. He notes that despite going through four quarterbacks and playing with several second-string players from game to game, Arizona managed to shove its way into NFC Wild Card position. “With Palmer healthy, an improved running game and under-the-radar personnel moves to fortify an already exceptional defense,” he wrote, “the Cardinals are primed for another run to the postseason in 2015 — and potentially a deeper one.” Arizona will return key players in outside linebacker Matt Shaugnessy, running back Andre Ellington, safety Tyrann Mathieu and filled in the loss of veteran leader Darnell Dockett (injured all last year before signing with San Francisco) with another veteran, Cory Redding. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact On the one hand, it’s good for the Arizona Cardinals to be considered a “sleeper contender” for their division, despite getting dragged to the end of last season on the shoulders of numerous limping backups. On the other hand, getting called a sleeper is like getting recognized as one of the best teams who didn’t make it. And it just takes one season for a team to go from being a sleeper to a flat-out contender. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
While it remains to be seen what Jones’ exact role will be in Arizona, the pass-rushing philosophy on his new team varied greatly from his old team in 2015. No team blitzed more than the Cardinals (45.1 percent of the time) last season, yet they ranked just 20th in sacks per dropback.The Patriots, meanwhile, blitzed less (19 percent) than any defense, yet they had the second-best sack rate (7.3 percent).Jones’ former teammate, Tom Brady, joined Palmer, the Bengals’ Andy Dalton, the Panthers’ Cam Newton and the now-Texans’ Brock Osweiler as the NFL’s five best quarterbacks against the blitz.Here’s what Kapadia wrote about Palmer:The 36-year-old has had success against the blitz. He led all quarterbacks, averaging 8.45 yards per dropback against pressure looks last season. Palmer completed 65 percent of his passes (second) and averaged 9.35 yards per attempt (third). Over the last three years, no quarterback has produced a better average yards per dropback (7.62) than Palmer. His success hasn’t stopped opposing defensive coordinators from sending pressure. Only three quarterbacks were blitzed more than Palmer in 2015.Palmer registered a 4.4 sack percentage last year, and once was the league leader in that category with the Bengals in 2005. The Arizona Cardinals, a team that loves to blitz, happen to also have a quarterback who performs well against the blitz.That’s what ESPN staff writer Sheil Kapadia pointed out in an article on Tuesday that lists the five best and five worst quarterbacks against the blitz. He notes that Carson Palmer – an excellent blitz QB – plays for a Cardinals team that now boasts Chandler Jones and led the NFL in blitz rate last year. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He’ll face Brady’s Patriots for Week 1 on Sept. 11, though Brady himself may not play due to a pending appeal of his Deflategate suspension. – / 19 Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer drops back during the first half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share
Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (74) waits to take the field with teammates during the start of an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso) “Not really,” he said. “I wanted to see what he could do, so I just called the plays. I didn’t do anything in particular to slide his way or not slide his way.“At a certain point of the game, no matter what we’re doing, you’re going to be one-on-one. Give D.J. credit, he competed. You’re looking at maybe the number-one or number-two pass rusher in the league (Khalil Mack) last Friday. It was a big task and he showed up, he just needs better technique.”The Cardinals will practice against the Chargers Tuesday and Wednesday nights in San Diego. They’ll face each other at Qualcomm Stadium Friday night. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. and the game can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, with pregame coverage starting at 3:30. – / 12 Heading into the Arizona Cardinals’ first preseason game of 2016, no single player was under the microscope more than second-year right tackle D.J. Humphries.The 2015 first-round draft pick was seeing his first real game action since last preseason. But just because he’s penciled in as the starter at this point doesn’t mean Humphries has anything locked up for Week 1 of the regular season against the New England Patriots. Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Harold Goodwin, Cardinals offensive coordinator The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “It’s a big week for him,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin told Doug and Wolf Tuesday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I think last week in the game, the nerves got to him a little bit when it came to protection. I thought he was solid in the run game.“He’s got to continue to grow and just relax. I think he was a little hyped-up. He was out there with the first group last Friday night. He’s just got to relax, have fun, play ball and just make sure on every snap he’s trying to use his technique.”The Cardinals have shaken up their training camp schedule by traveling to San Diego for joint practices against the Chargers leading up to Friday’s preseason game between the two teams at Qualcomm Stadium. Humphries, fresh of his first start, will continue to be pushed. Goodwin, among others, is anxious to see how the former Florida Gator responds.“I think he got a little loose in protection and got saved by (right guard) Evan (Mathis) a couple times,” Goodwin said. “As the game went on, he played more and started to settle down.”Goodwin, who had play-calling duties for the Cardinals against Oakland, didn’t do anything out of the ordinary to protect his tackle. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share
TEMPE — With 100 total yards from scrimmage against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, David Johnson would become the first player in NFL history to reach that mark in each of his team’s first 14 games in a season.With 255 receiving yards over the next three games, he would join Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk as the only players to ever tally at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season. The third-round pick out of Northern Iowa did not truly break out until later in the season, however, and since then has been one of the best offensive players in the entire NFL. He said he learns of his exploits mostly from social media, with others letting him know what exactly he is on the verge of accomplishing.Even his coach, who was notoriously hard on the running back earlier in the season, has come around.“That’s elite company, nobody,” Bruce Arians said of the possibility of Johnson being the first in history with 100 total yards from scrimmage in the first 14 games of a season. “That speaks for itself, really. The people that he’s being mentioned with are Hall of Fame guys, so for a second-year player, I think it’s outstanding.”“When you just talk about David, in any aspect, he’s a hard worker, smart guy, loved by his teammates,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “Obviously we know, as a group, he’s a special talent, so hopefully we can go out and continue to help him achieve great things, but we want team goals and team achievements as well. So we’ll see what happens but yeah, we like that guy.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On Thursday, Johnson said his goal over these final three games is to get wins, finish strong and yes, join the 1,000/1,000 club.“Two great running backs,” he said of the ranks he would then be among. “That would be great, a great achievement. It would be a great blessing. Hopefully I can do that.”Johnson, who celebrated his 25th birthday on Friday, is having the kind of season that makes you believe it is not only possible, but likely.Even if, apparently, he doesn’t even realize what all could be in store for him.“Oh, yeah, I forgot about that one — that would be cool too,” he said of the 100-yards from scrimmage streak. “I definitely, to be the only one to do that would be amazing, just to come out, not getting looked at much coming out of college and then being able to maybe break some records.”Johnson, as humble as ever, has risen to the top of the running back ranks rather quickly. Coincidentally, the very team he could set an NFL record against also happens to be the first one he ever scored a touchdown against, as in Week 1 of last season he took his only touch of the game, a swing pass, 55 yards for a game-clinching touchdown against the New Orleans Saints. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Fitzgerald went on to praise Johnson for his willingness to work hard and be coached, despite being so talented.“He’s got so many wonderful characteristics about him and you’re just proud to be a teammate of his,” he said.Fitzgerald has been to nine Pro Bowls and will go down as one of the greatest receivers to ever play the game, and yet seems to be in awe of what Johnson is able to do.Yet, Johnson said made sure to credit Fitzgerald for teaching him how to run effective routes and get open as a bigger receiver. The running back noted that the veteran wideout thinks he can catch better than him, though he claimed that’s a joke between the two.Fitzgerald did not want to take much credit for Johnson’s ascension, instead pointing to the team’s running backs coach, Stump Mitchell. One thing he would not accept, however, is that Johnson has better hands.“I used to always tease him about me being faster than him, but after the Saints game he put that to bed,” he said. “But I’m not going to give him the hands stuff — that’s one thing that he’s not going to ever have from me. No, I can’t give him that.” Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) scores a touchdown as San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Nick Bellore (50) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) That last line came with a smile, of course.In a season that has not gone the way the team had hoped, Johnson has absolutely been a bright spot. That he has played well is a surprise to few, but him having a record-setting campaign could not have been predicted, especially in his second season.But Johnson, however, said he was never lacking confidence. That, or motivation.“I just wanted to come out and prove myself and let them know that they didn’t waste a draft pick and they can rely on me to get the job done,” he said.Stories for pre-game readingThough the Cardinals no longer see the playoffs as an option, they maintain there is still something to play forFour Cardinals landed on ProFootballFocus’ Pro Bowl teamIn case you missed it, the Cardinals cut Michael Floyd earlier in the weekTyrann Mathieu is a competitor, so he wants to get back on the fieldQuarterback Zac Dysert is back on the 53-man rosterScooby Wright sees the Cardinals as ‘a good opportunity’Larry Fitzgerald was not pleased after the Cardinals released Michael FloydThe Cardinals’ offensive line has been shuffled once againThe Saints have the NFL’s top offense; the Cardinals have the league’s best defense The Cardinals would like to finish the home part of their schedule on a high noteMiscellany– With a win, the Cardinals would post their seventh season of at least five home wins since moving over to University of Phoenix Stadium.– Larry Fitzgerald needs 88 receiving yards to pass Reggie Wayne for ninth place on the NFL’s all-time receiving list. With one catch, he would have a reception in 193 consecutive games, and with seven catches he would establish a new NFL record for receptions in a player’s first 200 career games, passing Jerry Rice (1,115).– Carson Palmer needs 300 passing yards to have 22 such performances as a Cardinal, which would tie him with Kurt Warner for the most in franchise history.– With one sack, Calais Campbell would tie Simeon Rice for second place on the franchise’s all-time sacks list with 53.5. With two sacks, Campbell would notch his seventh career season with six or more sacks, extending his franchise record for a defensive lineman.Follow Adam Green on Twitter Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires In Cardinals history, the record for most total yardage in a season — including return yards — belongs to Terry Metcalf, who had 2,462 in 1975. However, 1,268 of those were return yards.Johnson, who has not returned a kick this season, is up to 1,830 yards and is unlikely to catch Metcalf, though he is on pace to finish with a top-five season.The running back says all of this is attainable for him as long as he continues to do his job and fulfill his responsibilities while learning how to be an effective route runner. He has spent time talking and working with receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who himself said he would like to see Johnson reach 1,000 receiving yards.“That would be great,” he said. “We all want him to be able to do that, and I think if he’s able to accomplish that, I don’t know if anybody in the league can say they’ve had a better year than David Johnson.“I know the team hasn’t had the kind of success we want, but David Johnson has been a bell cow from opening game to last week — in nasty conditions, the guy still was able to get it done — that’s just the kind of player he is, and we’re very fortunate to have him.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share
The Vikings and Steelers round out the top five with 12/1 odds.Super Bowl LIII will be played in Atlanta in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Falcons’ odds to win it all next year are 18/1. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is reflected in the Vince Lombardi Trophy as he speaks during a news conference in advance of the Super Bowl 52 football game, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Philadelphia Eagles play the New England Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) The Rams and 49ers were surprise teams in 2017 as both entered the year with new head coaches. The Rams won the NFC West with an 11-5 record while the 49ers won their last five games of the season after trading for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.The Seahawks missed the playoffs in 2017, the first time since the 2011 season.A full coaching staff turnover and new starting quarterback are probably the driving factors as to why the Cardinals’ odds are so low.However, the Cardinals were one of the most banged up teams in 2017 and still fought their way to an 8-8 record behind one of the best defenses in the league.Not only will most of the defense return in 2018, but All-Pro running back David Johnson is set to return after missing 15 games last season.New England is listed with the best odds to win Super Bowl LIII after losing to Philadelphia 41-33 in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. The Super Bowl champion Eagles are listed at 9/1 to repeat their title run.Despite missing the playoffs in 2017, the Green Bay Packers are tied with the Eagles for the second-best odds to win it all at 9/1. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed nine games in the 2017 season and should return to full strength in 2018 for Green Bay. 1 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Odds for Super Bowl LIII have already been released by Bovada and the Cardinals are listed at 50/1 to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.Only six teams in the NFL have worse odds than the Cardinals to win next year’s Super Bowl. Those teams are the Browns, Bears, Jets, Dolphins, Bengals and Bills.Every team in the NFC West has better odds than the Cardinals. The Rams were listed at 18/1, the 49ers were listed at 18/1, and the Seahawks were listed at 28/1. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletter >Queen Mary 2’s renowned Queens and Princess Grill suites and restaurants will undergo lavish enhancements in May and June 2016, inspired by some of the world’s finest five-star hotels.The exclusive benefits of the historic Grills experience will remain unchanged, but all 172 Grills suites on the Queen Mary 2 will receive a restyling, reconfigured to maximize space.Cunard’s award-winning Grills dining experience is already considered the best at sea and will also receive enhancements as well, including more tables for two, increased space between the tables and additional loose tables.There will again be a clearer differentiation between the Queens Grill and Princess Grill restaurants through design, colour scheme and furnishings.Angus Struthers, Cunard Director, says: “I am confident that the new Grills experience on board the world’s most iconic ship will attract even more accolades and exceed the expectations of all those who book to sail Queens Grill or Princess Grill.”Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterOn Tuesday 1 May, Outrigger Resorts celebrated its 70th Anniversary at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort in Hawaii, some 300 invited guests gathering to toast the milestone.Invitees were an industry mix of media and general managers and staff from Outrigger Resorts from across the globe. The party began upon arrival where guests were greeted with purple frangipani leis and handed a requisite Mai Tai. Traditional Hawaiian music was strumming in the background while Outrigger’s CEO of four days (at the time of the event), Jeff Wagoner, mingled with arriving guests around the bar.The lively vibe continued as guests were ushered towards the pool area where traditionally dressed Hawaiians in canoes relaxed in the water and singer Weldon Kekauoha began entertaining the crowd.“To be able to have the opportunity to take on this type of role and this type of iconic company that has the history it has is really exciting to me, so I am really proud to be here.” – Jeff WagonerSpeeches took place mid-way throughout the celebration where Jeff passionately spoke about his goals and excitement as the latest CEO of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, which for the past 70 years has been an immersive experience for all travellers who stay by the staff who create a personal, distinct style of hospitality that allows the guests to feel at home abroad. Following the speeches, attendees continued to be treated by the attentive wait-staff who offered drinks and canapés while Amy Haniali’l and Josh Tatofi sang Hawaiian tunes and island reggae.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the enewsletterKK Collection has introduced two new luxury pool villas at its flagship property Kahanda Kanda, located near the thriving tourist capital of Galle on the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka. The two ultra-luxury villas have been created to further enhance the offering at Kahanda Kanda.“The ultimate main objective was to maximise the space in each villa, along with the benefit of a private pool. We hope this will not only satisfy but exceed the expectations of our guests, as they take in our stunning decor, supreme comfort and complete privacy,” George Cooper, Founder and General Manager at KK Collection said.The ‘Kadju’ villa has been designed to take in the sweeping views of the tea estate and jungle on which the property sits. Featuring French windows, intricate Indian prints and a dramatic metal four-poster bed with a canopied top, its design consists of a shaded entry pathway and lobby with banquette seating. Boasting classical, tropical interiors and an infinity-edge pool, Kadju offers exceptional tropical luxury living.Kahanda Kanda © Kadju Villa – BedroomThe ‘Kumbuk’ villa has been designed as a cottage-style retreat, set in its own large private walled garden. Featuring an outdoor, ‘under-the-stars’ shower and four sets of French windows framed by soft lime-yellow walls, the villa overlooks the pool and garden.Kahanda Kanda © Kumbuk Villa – BedroomKK Collection consists of two elegant boutique hotels in Galle, Kahanda Kanda and KK Beach. The award-winning KK Collection is designed to offer luxury travellers a stylish and serenity-focused experience, offering the perfect contrast between the island’s palm-framed beach and lush interiors. The addition of ‘Kadju’ and ‘Kumbuk’, two ultra-luxury pool villas are set to be a haven for international luxury travellers that have their sights set on Sri Lanka as a tropical adventure destination.Kahanda Kanda © Kadju – Private PoolRates for Kadju and Kumbuk villas start at USD $400 per night.For bookings and more info about KK Collection, contact The Unique Tourism Collection on 02 9211 6590.Lead image: Kahanda Kanda – Kumbuk Villa – Private Pool.Go back to the enewsletter
This week, millions of Dan Brown fans will finally be able to delve into his latest code-filled mystery, The Lost Symbol.The author of Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, has already spurred record-breaking presale numbers with the new thriller. Along with all the hype that surrounds these hugely popular books, the locations featured within them also become part of the frenzy, as legions of would be code-crackers follow in Langdon’s footsteps, boosting visitors numbers by as much as 252%, as was the case of hotels reserved in Rome after the Angels & Demons film came out last spring.RomeThe flood of new, Dan Brown-inspired tourists happened first in Rome and Vatican City, the setting of Angels & Demons, where the main character (who appears in all three books), Robert Langdon, discovers a secret plan that aims to destroy the Vatican.People flocked to the area after the book came out in 2000, and even more so in the summer of 2009, when the correlating movie was released. Now there are tours and attractions that specifically revolve around the events in the book. The official Angels & Demons Rome tour, called “The Path of Illumination”, is run by AD Travel and lets travelers become the sleuths themselves as they visit all sorts of mysterious old buildings and historical wonders.While this tour costs money, there’s also the option of setting out on your own, taking your time, and doing a self-guided tour. WhyGo has put together a user-friendly trail guide and map, to keep wannabe detectives on track and well-informed. A few of the stops are St. Peter’s Square, the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel, the Castel Sant’Angelo and the neighbouring Passetto di Borgo. These are not only must-sees for Angels & Demons enthusiasts, but are also major Italian tourist attractions.Find cheap flights to RomeLondonThe sudden influx of thousands of suspense-loving tourists that happened in Rome also became the case in London, Paris and rural Scotland, which is where Robert Langdon runs around furiously trying to figure out hidden meanings of some of the most famous artwork in the world in The Da Vinci Code book and movie.For cracking the clues hiding in London at your own leisure, LondonTown.com has a Da Vinci Code personal guide that includes plot summaries of features that appear in the book along with useful real-life info and how to find them in the city. Or, for exploring with others and a narrator, British Tours leads two Da Vinci Code journeys, one that is three hours long and another that is seven hours. Some leading London sights that appear in the story include Westminster Abbey, the National Gallery, King’s College and its library, a couple of priories and Temple Church.Find cheap flights to LondonParisBritish Tours also hosts a Paris guided Da Vinci Code adventure, which, among other destinations, brings people to the world-renowned Louvre, home of Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and the glass pyramid. For piecing together the Paris puzzles on your own at The Louvre, the museum has actually created its own walking route within the galleries called: “A Visit to the Louvre Mixing Fiction and Fact”, which combines elements from the story with actual truths about the museum’s legendary artifacts.To become familiar with what other _Da Vinci Code _thrills await in the City of Light, such as St. Sulpice Church and the Palais Royal, check out the web manual, “Paris of The Da Vinci Code”.Find cheap flights to ParisScotlandThe Scottish scenes in The Da Vinci Code take place in a village just outside Edinburgh, at the elegant Rosslyn Chapel. Tour Scotland has a full four night literary extravaganza to summon the Dan Brown fanatics, which travels around Edinburgh to haunts known to be linked with secret society Knights Templar – similar to the one from the novel.Other well known sites in town, specifically related to literature and art, also are part of the Edinburgh segment of the journey. The other half is spent up near Aberdeen inspecting the former stomping grounds of several abstruse groups of the past. For an introduction to Rosslyn Chapel or to plan a visit there yourself, Stuck on Scotland’s summary of it is a helpful tool.Find cheap flights to EdinburghWashington D.C.Up next on the Dan Brown trail is Washington D.C. The Lost Symbol is set in the nation’s capital, and is centred around the Freemasons, both of today and in the times of George Washington, a loyal member. Soon, curious readers who are interested in seeing the Masonic sites and other highlights from the novel in D.C. for themselves will no doubt overrun this city as well.While the exact D.C. events and locales featured in The Lost Symbol are not yet known, it has been predicted that some of the capital’s most important Masonic structures and leaders will be referenced. The Washington Post has made a slideshow which focuses on Masonic icons throughout town. 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Mumbai, India – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineTaj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces has added another authentic Indian palace to its luxury hospitality portfolio. Newly resplendent after 10 years of sensitive renovation, Taj Falaknuma Palace or “Mirror of the Sky” will open its ornate doors November 1 in Hyderabad, offering guests a glimpse of the regal lifestyle of the Nizams who governed the legendry city that gave birth to the Hope and Koh-i-noor diamonds.Once the royal residence of Nizam Mehboob Ali Khan and passed from generation to generation of Nizams like a precious jewel, Taj has infused new life into this celebrated home under the guidance of Princess Ezra, wife of the eighth Nizam. Falaknuma Palace is ready to resume its status as Hyderabad’s most exclusive address in keeping with its storied heritage of hosting visiting royalty, such as King Edward VIII and Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II.“Look around the world. One rarely finds a city such as Hyderabad that so effortlessly fuses the old with the new, and tradition with modernity. The legendary rulers of this city embellished it with architectural marvels, of which Falaknuma Palace is an original and magnificent landmark,” said Raymond N. Bickson, Managing Director & CEO of Taj Hotels. “We are proud to have added another splendid historic palace to our grand portfolio. We’re especially delighted that we were able to painstakingly restore every aspect of the Palace, retaining its architectural and historical magnificence while also creating a state-of-the-art luxury hotel.”Taj Falaknuma Palace is an architectural gem set amidst 32 acres of cascading gardens with outdoor terraces and pool. Built entirely of Italian marble in the shape of a scorpion, this fabled guest house set on a hill overlooking the city was the private preserve of the city’s wealthy Nizam rulers, who filled its ornate Baroque-inspired spaces with museum-quality furnishings and art worthy of their elite guests.“For 10 years, we have worked on preserving the priceless art and artifacts. We are very proud today to welcome our guests to the Taj Falaknuma Palace – restored, renewed and reinstated to its former glory. Guests can experience enchanting moments of luxury while reliving chapters from the lives of the Nizams,” said Ranjit Phillipose, General Manager, Taj Falaknuma Palace.Private and public spaces once again showcase ornate inlaid furniture, the finest collection of Jade, the rich handcrafted tapestries and brocades from France, and intricate frescos with English as well as Indian influences. A walk through the palace at sunset with the Palace Historian brings the past vividly to life, with a chance to ask questions about specific events, artworks and furnishings, including the Imperial Library, a teak-and rose-wood room lined with bookcases that is a replica of the library at Windsor Castle and is filled with rare books and manuscripts.Guests may select from 60 exquisite rooms and suites, including a Grand Presidential Suite, which were once the private chambers of the Nizam, royal family and state guests, and include the services of a personal butler.The Palace offers two restaurants that reflect its European and Indian design influences: Celeste, serving Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, and Ada, featuring fine Indian dining, including a series of dishes taken from past palace banquet menus prepared in the Hyderabadi tradition of slow-cooking. Guests may also enjoy breakfast on the Jade Verandah or take Afternoon Tea in the exquisite Jade Room beneath Victorian-style hand-painted ceilings and Venetian chandeliers. Poolside relaxation includes inventive food and drink in The Rotunda, or guests may adjourn to the unique Hookah Lounge that recreates the romantic ambience of princely India, or opt for a sporting game in the Billiards Room with the Nizam’s personal bespoke billiards table and adjoining room for cards and chess.The signature Royal Jiva Spa offers holistic spa treatments with a philosophy rooted in traditional Indian approaches to wellness and includes a menu of spa cuisine based on Ayurvedic cooking principles.www.tajhotels.com
New York, NY – Philadelphia is reinventing and remarketing itself with the new ‘Go Phila’ campaign and Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine, has released its selections of the top suites at the top luxury hotels in Philadelphia at www.elitetraveler.com. The comprehensive editorial guide to the top suites of top hotels and resorts is designed for elite travelers and the magazine’s typical reader who flies by private jet.“The readers of Elite Traveler make 41 trips per year, including 11 intercontinental trips,” noted Douglas Gollan, President and Editor-in-Chief of Elite Traveler. “And the rich cultural, entertainment and culinary traditions of Philadelphia make it an ideal weekend getaway for our readers.”The luxury hotels and resorts featured in the Elite Traveler guide to Philadelphia are:-The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia -Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia -Rittenhouse 1715 -Hotel Sofitel Philadelphia -Rittenhouse HotelFor each hotel or resort, the guide provides beautiful pictures of the top suites and insider information on special services, plus direct contact information to the hotel or resort.“Elite Traveler readers spend over $350,000 on stays and events at luxury hotels and resorts, so this is a great way to provide our readers updated and relevant content on the top suites at the top hotels and resorts at the tip of their fingers,” said Gollan.The Philadelphia luxury guide can be found at www.elitetraveler.com plus additional guides on luxury hotel and resort suites to more than 40 cities, including Monaco, London, Los Angeles, New York and Dubai.
Terfel, like others, exits troubled Met Opera ‘Tosca’ by The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2017 4:35 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Metropolitan Opera could retitle its troubled new production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” calling it “And Then There Were None.”Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has withdrawn from the role of Scarpia due to vocal fatigue, the Met said Tuesday. The staging, which opens on New Year’s Eve, previously lost its original soprano, tenor and conductor, plus its first replacement conductor.Terfel has not sung at the Met since 2012. He will be replaced by Zeljko Lucic.David McVicar directs the production, which takes over from a maligned 2009 staging by Luc Bondy that had trouble attracting spectators and was retired after just 59 performances over five seasons.The Jan. 27 matinee will be televised to movie theatres worldwide.Tenor Jonas Kaufmann, scheduled to sing Cavaradossi, withdrew in March, deciding he did not want to leave his home in Europe and spend the holiday season rehearsing in New York. He was replaced by Vittorio Grigolo.Soprano Kristine Opolais was to have sung the title role but withdrew in June, with the company citing personal reasons. She was replaced by Sonya Yoncheva. That decision was announced a month after her mediocre rendition of “Vissi d’arte” (“I lived for art”) — Tosca’s signature aria — during a gala commemorating the 50th anniversary of the company’s move to Lincoln Center.Conductor Andris Nelsons, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Opolais’ husband, was replaced in July by Met music director emeritus James Levine.Levine was replaced by Emmanuel Villaume, an announcement made on Dec. 5, two days after the Met suspended its relationship with Levine pending an investigation by the company of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct from the 1960-80s. Levine later denied the allegations.
FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, file photo, Morgan Spurlock attends an event at the SVA Theatre in New York. Declaring “I am part of the problem,” Spurlock confessed in an online post Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, to sexual harassment, infidelity and said a woman accused him of rape in college. (Photo by Ben Hider/Invision/AP, File) Spurlock on sexual harassment: ‘I am part of the problem’ by The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2017 6:12 am PDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2017 at 9:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTA – Declaring “I am part of the problem,” documentarian Morgan Spurlock confessed in an online post to sexual harassment and infidelity, and said a woman accused him of rape in college.In the post, which he linked to from his verified Twitter account, Spurlock wrote that as he watches other influential men brought down by allegations of sexual misconduct, “I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?’”Spurlock recounted a sexual encounter in college which he said he thought was consensual, but said the woman believed it was rape.“I tried to comfort her. To make her feel better,” Spurlock wrote. “I thought I was doing ok, I believed she was feeling better. She believed she was raped. That’s why I’m part of the problem.”Spurlock also said he paid a settlement to a female assistant who worked at his office and whom he called “hot pants” or “sex pants.” In the post, Spurlock says he thought the nickname was funny but later realized he was demeaning her.“So, when she decided to quit, she came to me and said if I didn’t pay her a settlement, she would tell everyone,” he wrote. “Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course, I paid.”Spurlock also wrote that he has “been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had.”“Over the years, I would look each of them in the eye and proclaim my love and then have sex with other people behind their backs,” Spurlock wrote.Spurlock wrote that he will do better and will be more honest with others and with himself. He ends the post by saying: “I’ve talked enough in my life. … I’m finally ready to listen.”The New York Times reported that Spurlock stepped down from his production company Thursday. Warrior Poets, which Spurlock co-founded, said in an emailed statement that the move was effective immediately but did not indicate whether it would be permanent.Spurlock is best known for his Oscar-nominated 2004 documentary “Super Size Me” on the fast-food industry, in which he ate nothing but McDonald’s food to show the health effects of the industry. He has produced dozens of other documentaries and TV shows and completed a sequel to “Super Size Me” this year.In response to Spurlock’s confession, LeBron James’ production company announced Thursday that it will cancel its production agreement with Spurlock’s company, which it had hired to produce a series about the NBA star’s school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.