TripAdvisor has announced it will expand its GreenLeaders program into Australia and New Zealand after its success in other countries.The program, developed with the United Nations Environment Program, Ecotourism Australia and EarthCheck, aims to help travellers plan and book greener trips.TripAdvisor highlights accommodation that engages in environmentally-friendly practices with its GreenLeader status, which has been awarded to over 8,000 properties globally.TripAdvisor GreenLeaders manager of responsible travel Ryan Dillon said more travellers seeking accommodation that engages in eco-friendly practices.“With TripAdvisor GreenLeaders, we are pleased to help TripAdvisor’s 315 million travellers a month who use TripAdvisor by highlighting accommodations engaging in environmentally friendly practices,” Mr Dillon said.The TripAdvisor GreenLeader status has been awarded to 170 Australian and New Zealand properties so far.Hotels are awarded the status based on their green practices such as linen and towel re-use, recycling, solar power use and electric car charging stations.The more green practices a property has, the higher it can advance on TripAdvisor’s levels of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.Accor vice president sustainable development Arnaud Herrmann said for over 20 years Accor has been committed to developing eco-friendly practices.“A number of our properties have been awarded Platinum status in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders programme for the green practices we continue to develop and invest in,” Mr Herrmann said.“From the launch of our PLANET 21 program which offers our clients sustainable products and services, Accor is dedicated to continually introducing environmentally friendly practices efficiencies and TripAdvisor GreenLeaders programme helps us to highlight our achievements to eco-travellers around the globe.”Travellers are able to include comments about a property’s green practices in a review after their stay.So far, almost 100,000 comments have been made on TripAdvisor reviews about eco-friendly practices in properties around the world.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson
Virtuoso® Hotels & Resorts Marks Its 25th AnniversaryVirtuoso® Hotels & Resorts Marks Its 25th AnniversaryVirtuoso®, the international luxury travel network, is celebrating a quarter-century of delivering the world’s finest upscale lodging experiences. From just 20 hotels in 1992 to today’s 1,246, Virtuoso’s Hotels & Resorts portfolio has grown to become the industry’s luxury leader, recognised as the longest running and most prestigious program, with more five-star properties than any other organisation.Virtuoso’s collection extends across 100 countries, with properties ranging from four to 4,004 rooms. The organisation prides itself on the diversity and exclusive nature of its program. Nearly 500 of the program’s partner hotels work solely with Virtuoso, eschewing any other travel organisation. Virtuoso also strives to maintain a balance between big and small by constantly unearthing hidden gems. Nearly half of the hotels within its program are under 100 rooms. The program’s remarkable expansion has continued in its 25th landmark year: to date, Virtuoso has added 94 properties in 2017. The portfolio encompasses amazing diversity with hotels, resorts, lodges, tents, camps, private islands, villas and apartments.With annual sales of US$21.2 billion, Virtuoso’s clout in the luxury marketplace translates into an array of benefits, including VIP treatment, special access and preferential pricing for its clients. While complimentary to Virtuoso guests, perks at hand-picked partner hotels are valued at up to $450 per stay.“Since its inception, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts has thrived due to its superior collection of world’s-finest properties, its commitment to excellence, and its continual innovation,” said Albert Herrera, Virtuoso senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships.“However, it’s the commitment to working with travel advisors and the value these hotels place on the human connection, be it the advisor-client relationship or the hotel-advisor partnership, that makes them stand apart from other luxury hotels.“The magic of the program is that it is constantly advancing to deliver exciting options to upscale travellers.“These include everything from exclusive amenities at buzzed-about new hotels; to stays at intimate boutique properties in off-the-beaten-path locales; to unique, authentic experiences that can only be enjoyed in a specific place.“With the level of support and respect we enjoy from within the industry as well as our clientele, we look forward to the next 25 years of successfully breaking new ground.”Virtuoso’s properties share a dedication to offering guests an extraordinary local experience to enrich their travels. Here are 20 incredible experiences available at the network’s original 20 hotels:Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane – After a long trip, guests can relax and re-energise at the hotel’s glass-walled rooftop floor with its spa, fitness centre and lounge. Refresh in one of the private shower suites, indulge in a spa treatment with views of Hyde Park or Westminster, or keep the time on Big Ben while running on a treadmill.Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – Explore local religious traditions with the resort’s Hindu priest, who leads ceremonies, blessing rituals, offering-making to thank the gods, and meditations. Aji Ngurah tends to guests’ spiritual and cultural connections at the resort temple, where he also conducts tours and shrine visits.Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea – Join the award-winning Cesere Brothers on a customised seasonal whale-watching and photography adventure. Guests can experience whales with two of Maui’s top photographers–snap shots from above, learn to photograph smaller marine life underwater, or just enjoy the show while the experts capture images to bring home.Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara – Sharpen beach volleyball skills with two-time Olympian, gold medalist and Santa Barbara native Todd Rogers. He will share the tips he’s picked up in 19 years as a professional. Then guests can join Rogers behind the net or face off with him for a friendly match.Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland – Stay in a unique two-bedroom suite: inside a historic lighthouse on a world-famous golf course built atop the ruins of a medieval castle. Experiences available in the elegant Lighthouse Suite include a personalised spa treatment and a private dinner, complete with harpist.The Lanesborough, Oetker Collection, London – Study one of the most timeless British social pursuits and gain insight into the history of afternoon tea with a Debrett’s Social Etiquette Advisor. Anglophiles will learn why it became one of the most beloved British pastimes, and how best to enjoy it with grace.Mandarin Oriental, Geneva – Experience a watch-making workshop in the city renowned for its luxury timepieces. Observe a master watch-maker assembling a timepiece and work next to them as an active participant, learning about the mechanics of a finely crafted watch.Mandarin Oriental, Munich – Enjoy an exclusive individual experience at BMW World, the home of the internationally renowned Bavarian auto innovator. The day’s visit naturally includes a ride to and from the museum in a private BMW.Belmond La Samanna, Saint Martin – Charter a yacht used in the America’s Cup Regatta, which might even be Dennis Conner’s winning Stars & Stripes. Expert crew will guide everyone on board in the 12-meter America’s Cup Challenge, allocating positions to match interests and experience.The Peninsula Beverly Hills – Kids will become celebrity VIPs in an interactive simulation, where they experience a day in the life of Hollywood’s hottest stars. They will film a live-action movie and walk the red carpet at the film’s premiere, complete with paparazzi.The Peninsula Hong Kong – Become a dumpling master during a dim sum class at Michelin-starred Spring Moon. A hotel chef will guide participants through the history of the popular dishes before imparting the secrets of dim sum creation. At the end of the lesson, guests can savour their own delicacies.Rosewood Mansion On Turtle Creek, Dallas – Consult with one of Dallas’ top fashion experts at the iconic NorthPark Center. A stylist will provide bespoke fashion recommendations and advice for clients who want to grow, customise and refine their personal flair. A two-hour private session and $100 shopping spree at the upscale center will get them started.The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – Experience unspoiled natural beauty on a guided kayak tour through the scenic salt marshes of the Intracoastal Waterway. While paddling through the calm waters, adventures will enjoy an interactive overview of the local eco-system and wildlife.The Ritz-Carlton, Naples – Design a personal keepsake alongside Conrad Williams, a Dale Chihuly-trained glass artist. Guests can choose from a rainbow of colours and work with the artist, forming molten glass with their breath and shaping tools. When done, they can take home their creation as a one-of-a-kind souvenir.The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, New York – Music lovers have a treat awaiting them at the hotel’s swanky Two E Bar: a live jazz performance three nights a week. The bar’s Art Deco surroundings, as well as the hotel’s status as a Jazz Age landmark, also enhance the experience.Claridge’s, London – Executive chef Martyn Nail will share secrets behind the cooking and presentation of Claridge’s menus while preparing dishes, assisted by class members. Each dish will then be served to the audience with complementing wines chosen by the hotel’s sommelier.Connaught, London – For those who have always wanted to know how to effortlessly stir and shake their way to the perfect blend, the world-renowned Connaught Bar introduces a series of mixology masterclasses led by award-winning Director of Mixology Agostino Perrone. Master the innovative techniques that make the Connaught Bar so special, from making your own bitters and syrups to the art of ice carving to how to shake the perfect martini.Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort – The young, and young at heart, can learn to ride the waves at the Flow House Boca, the ultimate surfers’ destination. Body surfing, stand-up surfing, even night sessions – guests master surfing in whatever style they prefer at the ultimate surf-on-land experience, the FlowRider dual-sided wave simulator.The St. Regis New York – The hotel’s King Cole Bar is the birthplace of the Red Snapper, the original Bloody Mary. Created in 1934, the hotel recently celebrated the millionth sale of the cocktail. Patrons can sip a Red Snapper in the intimate lounge, named Best Bar by Virtuoso.For more information on Virtuoso’s Hotels & Resorts collection, or to book a stay, visit www.virtuoso.com/hotelsSource = Virtuoso®
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT)-recognised adventure tour operators will soon be able to procure, register and use satellite phones on non-restricted adventure tourism circuits in India. This was revealed by Akshay Kumar, President, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) at the inauguration ceremony of the association’s 12th Convention in Hanuwantiya, District Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh.“We aim to develop Hanuwantiya, the 950 sq km biggest water body in Asia on a public private partnership (PPP) model and promote adventure sports in the vicinity to add overnights to the destination. Connectivity is a major issue which will soon be addressed by the MP government by developing an airstrip near the destination. This will shorten the travel duration and increase footfalls to the mesmerising destination of Hanuwantiya. I call for private players to establish resorts and other tourism related activities at this place,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister, MP, outlined.ATOAI and Madhya Pradesh Tourism also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as per which ATOAI would be conducting a one-year skill development and capacity building certification course, especially for the rural population of MP. Under the same, basic training would be provided to conduct adventure sports in concerned areas. “Final details of the commencement of the course are in the pipeline,” said Tejbir Singh Anand, Chairman, ATOAI Convention 2016.M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India, praised the Madhya Pradesh government for exploring and developing a potential tourist destination such as Hanuwantiya. “I hope to see Hanuwantiya on the map of inbound travellers soon,” he said.
GAJESH GIRDHAR, Founder Member and National Coordinator, NIMABLTM is a MICE oriented event and therefore supported by NIMA. We expect India to be in Top 5 MICE markets by 2020 and we anticipate BLTM to raise the bar to next level in terms of a quality and productive business networking. NIMA strongly believes that BLTM will be the most sought MICE show parallel to any other MICE event in the world. We will always like that new untouched destinations should be promoted through this show so that MICE agents get more opportunities for their events. MICE stakeholders from Tier 2 and 3 cities should also be encouraged to take active part in this event.RAJAN SEHGAL, President, IGTAThe concept of BLTM, being organised by Fairfest Media Ltd is very important. India’s business and luxury travel industry is maturing and increasingly seen as a specialised market with differentiated needs, in keeping with global trends. We are indeed in need of quality participation of real luxury brands, both buyers and sellers and useful business sessions with results. Business & Luxury Travel Mart (BLTM) has been received very well as India’s first full-fledged travel mart focused on sellers from Business, MICE and Luxury Travel all over the world and hundreds of qualified Hosted Buyers from all over India, in addition to thousands of buyers from Delhi National Capital Region.BLTM, unlike other shows in this category so far, is not a table top show. According to industry analysts, evolution to this kind of a market place is the need of the hour in India, as table top shows do not do justice to seller brands- that is the reason why large format shows are most popular globally.According to Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), business travel and MICE markets in India are one of the fastest growing in the world. GBTA Foundation report forecasts 10.7% growth in business travel spending in 2016, followed by another 10.2% in 2017 reaching $36.1 billion USD. It expects that India will move to the position of 6th largest business travel market in the world by the end of 2019, from the 10th position at present.Prominent industry bodies have lent their weight behind BLTM. These include Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA), Indian Association Congress (IAC), India Golf Tourism Association (IGTA), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI). Some of these will be conducting education and networking sessions during the two-day event.To cater to the growing segment of weddings, BLTM has roped in WedWise, a ‘community driven’ wedding start-up with 31,000 active members including the top wedding planners in India.The online appointment diary with a power-packed software has been commissioned, that will allow buyers and sellers to fix appointments for the BLTM. Each buyer will be expected to make at least 25 appointments a day, to be fulfilled at the show.Another first of its kind, BLTM has introduced the concept of Host Coordinators among the exhibiting sellers, who will be inviting and taking care of key buyers. The Host Coordinators will select, invite and qualify the Hosted Buyers attending the show, in batches of to 15 buyers each coordinator.BLTM fills a vacuum in the evolution in the travel trade shows in India, by introducing a sustainable show focused on business travel and MICE buyers. The dates of 2018 show are already announced as enquiries have started pouring in. There are plans to replicate the shows in other major markets in the West and South India.The organiser, Fairfest Media is the leading travel media company in India. Established in 1988, it organises TTF branded shows, which expanded to 9-city series annually. OTM organised by them in Mumbai every year is the largest travel show of India, with participation of more than 25 states and 50 countries. The company also publishes Travel News Digest.ANUP NAIR, President, SITE India ChapterThe SITE India Chapter is very pleased to have been asked to be the Knowledge Partner of BLTM in October 2016 and conduct the Conclave on MICE. With the changing face of business and access to information and technology, the key differentiator in times to come will be education; and it’s encouraging that the industry has recognised this value. SITE has curated an interesting discussion, which we hope will encourage and help more of our fraternity. GINNY KOHLI, Founder & CEO, WedWiseThe agenda for BLTM is carefully curated to guarantee the year’s most valuable day out of the office and also bring in an added advantage of personal introduction to some leading market players of the industry, which are helpful for developing great business opportunities. BLTM promises to offer an extravaganza of business networking and a way to reach decision-makers which might otherwise be difficult. Eagerly looking to be a part of this event and grab this opportunity to gain maximum brand exposure and genuinely connect with partners, customers and industry players.Sellers continue to repose their rock-solid confidence at BLTMSellers from close to hundred companies from hospitality and travel industry catering to business and MICE travel will be there at the BLTM. The companies that have confirmed their participation as Sellers at the BLTM include Accor Hotels, ADA Tours, Chancery Hotel Bangalore, Clarks Group Of Hotels/1589 Hotels, Club Mahindra, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, FRHI Hotels & Resorts, Korea Tourism Organisation, Korean Air, Lemon Tree Hotels/Redfox Hotel, Nepal Tourism Board, Ottila, Pride Group of Hotels, Radisson Blu Hotel-Dwarka, Running on Waves, Shanti Maurice, TGB Banquets & Hotels Ltd, The Ambassador Hotel Group, The Lodhi Hotel, The Park Hotels, The Paul Bangalore/Kumarakom Lake Resort, The Royal Orchid, The Tamara-Coorg, Travel Motivations, Variety Cruises among others.Around 200 Hosted Buyers from all over IndiaBuyers from some of the top companies from India are equally excited about the show.MUNIND SHAH, Director, The Travel PlannersThe reason for participating in BLTM is its focused nature related to incentive and luxury sector which our company specialises in. The reputation of Fairfest in hosting OTM and TTF editions successfully further supports our participation and expectation from BLTM.GARY PILLAI, CEO, Africa Vision ToursWhat attracted me to BLTM was its focus on Business and Luxury Travel, which I am keen to explore and implement in our business. I hope the event is well coordinated to meet our expectations over the short stay and I come back fully charged with new ideas and techniques to take our company forward.VIKRANT HANKARE, Managing Director, Rajas TravelsBLTM is a platform where actual 100% professional buyers and sellers will meet with each other. BLTM team is continuously updating about the event and helping the buyers and sellers in various ways. BLTM has already added a range of good buyers and sellers to its list and I am hoping it would cover more DMC from Outbound and Inbound.JAYESH ASHAR, Managing Director, Pearl TravelsI am expecting something different at BLTM in comparison to other popular trade shows that happen in India. As we specialise in experiential travel programs, I am hoping to meet international vendors who can offer us a new dimension for the same. I am looking forward to meet niche tour operators from select destinations for which we can develop a market in India.SATHISH K, Global Travel Desk, Temenos IndiaBLTM is the ideal place for surveying the market, comparing prices, trying out products, discussing their applications and doing business. We are looking forward to this event for discovering innovations and seeing technically advanced products and to witness specialised products in action. We hope this would be an opportunity for us to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business under one roof.AMOL PRASADI, Red BullOur participation at BLTM is motivated by an ongoing search to provide new destinations and experience to internal & external stakeholders. With many of the decision makers confined to their offices mostly, such platforms as BLTM offers opportunities to explore the world around plus the changing dynamics of travel and MICE industry.ALI ANKLESHWARIA, Administration, Adani Wilmar LtdIt is a privilege to be associated with India’s first full-fledged travel mart, BLTM. Our expectations are to network with the industry’s top people with best solutions. We are expecting to network with the industry’s top people with best solutions.TANMAY KHARE, Infrastructure & Services, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services LtdBLTM is a single stop solution provider with a forum which is highly interactive and market oriented. This will be an exclusive platform to meet and align business requirements with customer requirements. Such events are an excellent forum for networking and taking travel related stuff to a further new and enhanced level.KAUSHIK SINHA, Magma Fincorp LtdAt BLTM, we are looking forward to good networking opportunities with the large hospitality, travel and MICE brands in the sector. It will be worthwhile to know international trends being followed by global MNCs in MICE. We would also like to explore services and offers being dished out by the MICE agencies or properties to make the proposition attractive.ARJUN R DOSHI, Classic Holidays Our expectations from BLTM are very high as Fairfest Media is very well known for its TTF and OTM which are the biggest platforms for travel agencies to market their products. I convey my best wishes to all the team members of BLTM.
PathSoftware, a cloud-based mortgage loan origination software (LOS) from CalyxSoftware, announced an integration with First American Mortgage Solutions’ FraudGuard, a risk management tool that increases the efficiency of application reviews to help mitigate risk and improve loan quality. The tool, called DirectConnect, leverages advanced analytics, reporting, defect trending and audit trails, drawing on public, private and proprietary data sources collected from over 28 million reviewed loans, according to the press release. The integration allows PathSoftware consumers to easily access FraudGuard without leaving the system to run automated decision support services that provide critical data insights. The implementation of DirectConnect allows residential lenders, including credit unions, to streamline operations and become more efficient through process and workflow automation, data aggregation and risk analysis. The integration also gives lenders the knowledge to originate compliant loans, which allows them to provide homebuyers with a faster loan approval and a better customer experience.Kevin Wall, President of First American Mortgage Solutions, expressed his enthusiasm surrounding the partnership. “We’re thrilled to be the first risk mitigation provider to integrate with the PathSoftware LOS,” he said. “FraudGuard is designed to improve loan quality, and the more we can do to give lenders the convenience and confidence to quickly produce higher quality loans, the better the experience and outcome for everyone, including consumers.” in Headlines, News, Technology January 12, 2017 541 Views PathSoftware and First American Mortgage Solutions Announce Integration CalyxSoftware Company News First American PathSoftware technology 2017-01-12 Staff Writer Share
August 28, 2017 541 Views Industry Integration 2017-08-28 Joey Pizzolato in Headlines, News, Origination, Servicing Arch Mortgage Insurance Company (Arch MI) recently announced its integration with Mortgage Cadence’s Loan Fulfillment Center (LFC).With the integration, users of LFC—Mortgage Cadence’s proprietary loan origination system—can now instantly obtain quotes from Arch MI’s RateStar. The LFC will automatically receive and store the Arch MI Rate Quote Summary document for future reference.“Arch MI is pleased to offer expanded access to our innovative products on Mortgage Cadence’s LFC,” said Chris Hovey, Arch MI’s EVP and COO. “LFC users can now order non-delegated MI and access RateStar pricing without leaving the platform. Our integration enhancement exemplifies our commitment to providing seamless connectivity that improves business efficiencies for processors and underwriters.”The integration also provides LFC users a new option to order non-delegated MI. In addition, users can deliver non-delegated loan documents to Arch MI without using external websites.Paul Wetzel, EVP of Product Management at Mortgage Cadence said, “Mortgage Cadence is committed to providing a variety of third-party integration options to best serve our clients’ long-term needs. We are pleased to work with Arch MI to further our commitment to continually improving our customers’ access to highly robust vendor products and services.” Arch MI Announces Enhanced Integration with Mortgage Cadence LFC Share
appointmentsThe Peninsula Hotels The Peninsula Hotels has appointed Mark Kobayashi as vice president of marketing, reporting to the chief operating officer, effective 27 March 2017. Mark will relocate to the company’s Hong Kong headquarters from Tokyo, where he has held the role of director of marketing, Japan, for The Peninsula Hotels.Carson GloverThe appointment follows that of Carson Glover to the position of director of global communications, reporting to the vice president of marketing, effective on 27 February 2017. Glover joined The Peninsula Hotels from Tiffany & Co., where he worked at the company’s headquarters in New York since 2008, most recently holding the position of senior/group director, global public relations and communications.Japanese-American-born Kobayashi began his career with The Peninsula Hotels in October 2006, when he joined The Peninsula Tokyo as director of public relations and formed a key part of the hotel’s opening team. Having been instrumental in developing the brand and positioning of The Peninsula Tokyo, both locally and internationally, he was promoted to regional director of communications Japan, in 2012. Three years later, he became director of marketing Japan, and was responsible for The Peninsula’s marketing, sales, revenue management, rooms reservation, digital marketing, public relations, brand communications, bridal and conference services initiatives in the country.IMAGE TOP: Mark Kobayashi
cruiseOberammergauThe Passion PlayViking Viking’s new 11-day Oberammergau, the Alps & the Rhine cruise and tour experience visits six countries and includes eight guided tours, as well as a dramatic performance of The Passion Play, celebrated once every ten years.Combining Viking’s eight-day Rhine Getaway itinerary from Amsterdam to Basel with two nights in Innsbruck, Austria and one night near Oberammergau in Germany, where The Passion Play is performed, guests can enjoy the Rhine region’s renowned white wines, the roots of its terraced vineyards reaching back to Roman times, and visit the picturesque city of Innsbruck, nestled in the Tyrolean Alps.The cruise includes calls to Kinderdijk in the Netherlands, Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Speyer and Breisach in Germany, as well as Strasbourg in France.Viking offers a total of eight Oberammergau cruise-tour combinations, including the 12-day Oberammergau with Salzburg, the 10-day Oberammergau & Romantic Danube and the 10-day Oberammergau & Danube Waltz.Oberammergau, the Alps & the Rhine is priced from $5,895* per person, twin share, with departures on 1 July, 29 July and 12 August 2020.*Terms and conditions apply. Prices are AUD. Available until sold out. Additional departures are available. IMAGE: Innsbruck, Austria
Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments Share “He’s a veteran presence that’s been very successful in this league in a number of different roles. I think it’s a good fit for us,” said Whisenhunt on the Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf show on Tuesday.Beanie Wells will get most of the carries out of the backfield, but the Cardinals now have another proven runner who can spell Wells from time to time.In addition, the Cardinals’ coach plans to use Taylor in a variety of roles.“He’s a known quantity and to have the opportunity to get a veteran presence that can help us in a variety of roles will help us,” said Whisenhunt.The Cardinals still plan to use Alphonso Smith and LaRod Stephens-Howling in different packages as well, so adding the 32-year old Taylor should only help the team. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ PHOENIX – When the Arizona Cardinals lost rookie running back Ryan Williams for the season it was only a matter of time before the team went out and signed another rusher for depth purposes.Arizona finally made the move when they signed Chester Taylor after he was cut from the Chicago Bears.Some have questioned the move stating it won’t help the team much, but coach Ken Whisenhunt is happy with the new addition to the team.
As the Cardinals continue to lose, the number of fans calling for head coach Ken Whisenhunt to be fired will surely grow. If you already consider yourself on the “fire Whisenhunt” bandwagon, you might want to get comfortable. Arizona Sports 620’s Doug Franz and Ron Wolfley share the opinion that Whisenhunt won’t be going anywhere else soon.“It seems pretty clear that the coaching staff made a terrible mistake this preseason thinking they could implement everything they wanted to,” Franz said. “And now you have a bunch of chickens with their head cutoff running around on the field and it’s a little bit late in the game to try to make it all better.” 0 Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Franz cited last season’s Derek Anderson experiment that led to a 5-11 record and this year’s 1-6 start with Kevin Kolb as two egregious mistakes from the Whisenhunt staff.“But I think to act like he can’t overcome them in the future is a mistake,” Franz said. “I think if you fire him he’ll be a head coach within the next 48 hours somewhere else and he would win.”Whisenhunt led the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance while in Arizona in 2008. The next season the team went 10-6 and lost in the second round of the playoffs.Since then, it has been all downhill.To define an otherwise successful tenure based off of two quarterbacks named Anderson and Kolb seems a bit irrational. Whisenhunt will need to show some improvements if he wants to shed the hot seat label before heading into the off season.“There is no way Ken Whisenhunt will be fired,” Ron Wolfley said. “But when you are 1-6 you are in full blown evaluation mode. And he will be the one making the decisions.And I do believe, down the road, if it stays like this right now, if there is not a direct and quick and violent turnaround, I will tell you who knows what’s going to happen.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
With so many players to compete with and precious reps with which to impress the coaches, it would make sense if Momah lived and died with each chance — after all, his career very well might.Yet, he does not approach things that way.“You can’t put pressure on it or else you’re going to stress your life away,” he said. “Honestly, it’s just take one day, one step at a time. Play to the best of your abilities and turn that stuff off and play ball. Can’t think about anything else.”His roster spot anything but secure, Momah has stood out since OTAs and minicamp. However, as Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians likes to say, those practices are more like soccer, with no pads and very little contact.Training camp is different, and where jobs are won or lost.“He’s stuck his face in there pretty good, had a couple of nice blocks [Tuesday],” Arians said. “That was the thing we all wanted to see because he was one hell of a player in FIFA. He was like the all-star FIFA player. Now he’s a pretty good football player.”While things are going well now, Momah knows he has plenty to work on to stick in the NFL. He says speed is his greatest attribute — and that has been on display at times during camp — but added he must get better at blocking, as it’s a key part of his new position. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I’ve got to get used to the techniques and learning that stuff,” he said. “I’m still learning every day, of course, so I would say that’s the thing I can improve on right now.”If he can get better quickly, Momah’s combination of size and speed could very easily present a mismatch for opposing defenses. Already in camp, there have been instances of Cardinals quarterbacks being able to throw over the top of trailing linebackers to the bigger Momah, which is the mismatch he knows is there for him. Now, it’s about taking advantage of those opportunities.“I had a couple [Wednesday] that I didn’t get to take full advantage of, I was pissed during the practice,” he said. “But we’ll go back, watch the film and learn from it, and make sure it doesn’t happen again. That’s all you can do.”Though Momah may be a relative unknown, there are some out there who see big things in his future. CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco referred to him in a tweetas a “sleeper TE,” and told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday morning that some with the Cardinals think he could emerge as a “40-catch guy.”Momah said he can’t think of predictions like that. If all goes according to plan, he said he’d haul in more than 40 catches. Tight end Ifeanyi Momah reels in the football during Arizona Cardinals training camp Tuesday, Aug. 4. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) GLENDALE, Ariz. — After Jermaine Gresham, the Arizona Cardinals’ tight end room is filled with youth, potential and intrigue.Perhaps no player embodies more of that than Ifeanyi Momah, who came to the Cardinals on a one-year deal following an impressive showing at the NFL Veterans Combine in March.At 6-foot-7 and 255-pounds, he has incredible size, and as a former wide receiver at Boston College, you know he has good hands. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “If all goes according to plan, then I’ll have the most catches on this team, that’s the plan I set for myself, the goal I set for myself,” he said. “Realistically, I’m just trying to get out there and play every day, every down best that I can, one practice at a time, so I can set myself up for the regular season.”– / 38 Comments Share Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: Ifeanyi Momah, Cardinals Tight End The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo What he doesn’t have is much of a track record.Momah caught just 39 passes for 629 yards and six touchdowns as a wide receiver in college. His senior season was cut short due to a torn ACL after he had amassed 171 yards on eight catches in a loss to Northwestern. As a pro, Momah bounced around from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Cleveland Browns, and from the Browns to the Detroit Lions.Now, he’s trying to earn a spot with the Cardinals.“Every day is different, a lot of ups and downs, I’d say,” Momah said Wednesday when asked how things are going for him. “I’d say today was more on the downside. I got a lot of reps and busted my butt, but some plays didn’t come up like I wanted to, but that’s practice. Got to come back out here the next day, try to get better and get ready for these games, that’s what really matters.“Get ready for the games. Play well in the games.”The games may be where Momah’s combination of size and speed really shows itself. Until then all the 25-year-old can do is continue to learn his new position while trying to impress a coaching staff that has shown a willingness to play younger players as long as they can produce.And early in camp, Momah — along with a few of the team’s other young tight ends — has gotten a great opportunity, as both Gresham and second-year pro Troy Niklas have been sidelined with injuries. That’s left more reps for the rest of the group, which also includes Darren Fells, Gerald Christian, Ted Bolser and Gannon Sinclair. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Where did the Cardinals who were wreaking havoc on the rest of the NFL go?“We’re playing better teams, and we didn’t bring our best game,” head coach Bruce Arians said.Indeed Arizona’s disappointing three-game stretch came against a trio of playoff teams, but that the Cardinals went from a Super Bowl favorite to barely competitive in the span of one month is a little on the concerning side.Maybe the loss of Tyrann Mathieu to a torn ACL was to blame. Maybe the right index finger quarterback Carson Palmer injured in a Week 15 win over Philadelphia was the culprit. Or perhaps there were other less noticeable factors that played into the Cardinals not looking like the Cardinals.Either way, the slip led to the season ending sooner than anyone hoped in a way no one expected.“I don’t know the reason, it’s just ups and downs, ebbs and flows,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said. “Today wasn’t good enough, and it sucks the way it happened, too, because it just wasn’t pretty. We know we’re better than what we played today but you’ve got to pay your respect to Carolina.“They played a great game plan, executed well, and made big-time plays. All we can do is use it as fuel.” THEY WILL RETURN, IN SOME FORM OR ANOTHERChange is inevitable in life and in football.The Arizona Cardinals would like to build on what they accomplished this season, but part of that means adding new pieces while subtracting others or, as it will be, watching others depart on their own accord.In talking about his postgame message to the team, head coach Bruce Arians alluded to the change the roster is sure to undergo.“Those who will be back, because this team won’t be the same, they never are, bring back the same passion and energy from last year’s loss,” he said. “We made that nice step to win the division and get up to that next level to the championship game and next year, it’s Super Bowl or bust.”But who will be part of it?The team’s secondary is one place that could be hit pretty hard. Safeties Rashad Johnson and Tony Jefferson as well as cornerback Jerraud Powers are scheduled to become free agents.At least for Powers, it’s something he has thought about.“Of course you think about it,” he said. “Once December, January hits, you’re trying to answer questions from your wife if we should pack boxes or not.” SUPER CAMEveryone knew stopping Cam Newton would be at best a chore, and at worst impossible. Still, what he did Sunday night against the Cardinals was even better than most probably expected from the likely NFL MVP.Newton completed 19-of-28 passes for 335 yards with two touchdowns. He was intercepted once, and added 47 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.Quite simply, he was dominant, though he didn’t do anything that surprised the Cardinals.“He did everything he had done on tape and we didn’t play play defensively well enough,” Arians said. “We damn sure didn’t play (Greg) Olsen well enough.”Olsen caught six passes for 113 yards and yes, the Cardinals had no answer for him. But no doubt it is Newton who people will be talking about, and rightfully so.“They had a good game plan and they did some good things,” Campbell said. “You have to respect him as a runner and that kind of changes things. He made some big-time throws. He played a great game today.”The Cardinals aren’t the first team Newton has done that to, and they certainly won’t be the last.“Everything goes through No. 1 on their offense,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “He did a very, very good job today of not forcing things, of keeping the ball out of the air and keeping it away from our DBs because he knows that we’re capable of making some plays out there.” Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald catches a pass in front of Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For most of the season the Arizona Cardinals were one of the NFL’s best teams, obliterating teams with aplomb.For the last month or so, however, they were anything but.Following the team’s 38-8 thrashing of the Green Bay Packers in Week 16, the Cardinals lost to the Seattle Seahawks 36-6, then needed overtime to beat the same Packers 26-20 three weeks later. Sunday night in Charlotte, they were demolished by the Panthers 49-15. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share Linebacker Kevin Minter mentioned them without being prompted, apologizing for how the season ended, and his teammates shared a similar sentiment.“That just shows you the commitment,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “They are really supportive and want to see us do well. They will go through great measures to come do it and support us. It means a great deal to us.”Given the weather conditions, most of the fans who traveled for the game did not have an easy time getting into Charlotte. For their trips to go south like they most certainly did during the game is something no one felt good about.“It’s unbelievable,” Palmer said. “We put a lot into it, and our fans put a lot into it. Our fans take this personally, and they should. I let them down. They’ve been unbelievable all year long. At every game we won at home, they were such a big part of it. They show up on the road, finding a ticket somehow, some way, they got in this game. That’s part of the reason it hurts so bad.” – / 69 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling PETERSON’S FUMBLEPatrick Peterson’s return to being the team’s primary punt returner was mostly uneventful this season. While he hadn’t really busted a long return, he also had not done anything terribly wrong.Until Sunday, when his fumbled punt in the second quarter essentially squashed any chance the Cardinals had of making a comeback.Down 17-7 and having just forced a second-consecutive three-and-out, Peterson tried to catch Brad Nortman’s short punt on the run near midfield, only to have it bounce off of him. The ball was eventually recovered by Carolina’s Teddy Williams.“I was trying to be aggressive, run under the punt, but almost at the last minute the ball shifted on me,” Peterson said. “I kind of out-ran the ball and it hit my shoulder. The rest speaks for itself.”Peterson said he needs to be smart in that position. The Panthers scored a few plays later, and at 24-7, the game was essentially over.“Just got to be smart in that position,” Peterson added, noting the score. “It was a crazy punt, but at the end of the day I’m trying to be a playmaker. I’m not going to regret going after that ball; just have to make sure I’m smarter in that situation fielding the ball and make sure that I give the ball back to our offense, not the opposing team’s offense.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires So, what did he tell her?“I just told her to hold on a little bit — we were renting Dan Williams’ house so I was like ‘he’ll give us some extra time if we need it.’“But it’s just one of those situations that I’m in. Every player thinks about it; you think about it, but you just don’t let it affect your play or whatever. It’s a business, at the end of the day. The NFL is a big business so we understand how it goes or what not. Of course, all the guys that are here, we want to be here next year because we feel like we’ve got something special, especially in the secondary, but at the end of the day if they want us, we’ll be here. If not, you’ve just got to move on.”THOSE FANS, THOUGHA good number of Cardinals fans made the trek to Charlotte for the game. They got together Saturday night at a local bar to celebrate their team and what they thought would be an NFC Championship.As it turns out, that was probably the highlight of the trip, as they were given little to cheer for during the game.While they were understandably quiet during the game, don’t think their presence went unnoticed by the team.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share The time has arrived. Week 1 is here.For the Friday 5, this week B-Train and Paige will take a closer look at five topics heading into the Sunday Night Football matchup with the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots.This week Carson Palmer has been being talked about by the Boston media for something he said, not just his on field play. Chandler Jones will be going against his former team, rookie Brandon Williams will be lining up opposite of Patrick Peterson. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The excitement level is high as the road to the Super Bowl begins for the Cardinals. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) during an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) It was a concern all week long for the Arizona Cardinals: their depth at the wide receiver position was at risk given the injuries and health considerations.The Cardinals, though, received good news Sunday morning when it was announced that both Michael Floyd and John Brown will be in uniform for the road matchup against the Carolina Panthers.The two had been considered questionable.Floyd (hamstring) returned to practice on a limited basis Friday, while Brown was limited all week dealing with his own hamstring trouble, the result of having the sickle-cell trait that was diagnosed by a recent blood test. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I’m feeling good,” he said on Friday.Also good to go is starting left tackle Jared Veldheer, who will play with a cast on his right hand to protect a broken finger.The Cardinals’ inactives include tight end Darren Fells, receiver Chris Hubert, linebacker Alex Okafor, guard Cole Toner plus defensive tackles Olsen Pierre, Ed Stinson and Xavier Williams.Fells (ankle), Okafor (calf) and Stinson (toe) had already been ruled out.Fells is missing his second game of the season, Okafor his first and Stinson his fourth in a row.For the Panthers, cornerback James Bradberry (foot), defensive tackle Vernon Butler (ankle) and tackle Michael Oher (concussion) are out due to injury.The others not in uniform for Carolina are running back Cameron Artis-Payne, linebacker Jeremy Cash as well as tight ends Chris Manhertz and Scott Simonson.Winning in Carolina has proven difficult for the Cardinals in recent memory. They have not won in that state since the 2008 postseason.“This is a huge game for both of us,” head coach Bruce Arians said this week. “They’re coming off their bye week and reset their goals. We’re hobbling into it, but it’s a big game, big game for us on the road. We know we’re going to have to win on the road the rest of the way.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Barring a trade up, the Arizona Cardinals will pick at No. 15 on Thursday’s Day 1 of the NFL Draft.The first round is not only where teams can find players with the potential to become one of the best players in the league at their position, but players that can make an impact immediately.Here are five of the most notable names selected at No. 15 in past NFL drafts.Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers, 2015(AP Photo/Denis Poroy)If you’re going to select a running back in the first round, he better be worth it and Gordon has been so far with the Chargers. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires He signed a seven-year, $100 million deal ($41 million guaranteed) with the Washington Redskins in 2009, only to cause problems with the coaching staff. He underperformed and was traded to the Patriots in 2011, before being waived less than four months later and also being waived in his last stop with Tampa Bay in 2012.Alan Page, Minnesota Vikings, 1967(AP Photo/Jim Mone)In the second NFL Draft to feature over 14 selections in the first round, the 1967 NFL Draft had the one and only Hall of Famer selected at No. 15 in the first round of the NFL Draft.Page was a nine-time Pro Bowler as a defensive tackle for the Vikings, making it nine years in a row from 1969-76. He was First Team All-Pro six times and made the second team another three times.If Page’s name rings a bell, that’s likely because he’s only one of two defensive players to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award and was the first in 1971. Linebacker Lawrence Taylor joined him in 1986.Page has had a notable post-football career, becoming an associate justice with the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1992-2015. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 4 Comments Share Related LinksThe Gambo 5: Five prospects to watch for Cardinals at No. 15 in NFL DraftArizona Cardinals 2018 Mock Draft TrackerThe second running back taken in the 2015 NFL Draft behind Todd Gurley, Gordon made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and rushed for a career-high 1,105 yards in 2017. Gordon is also a pass-catching threat, where he had a career-high 58 receptions, 476 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2017.The Chargers plan on picking up Gordon’s fifth-year option in his contract, a sign of faith in his sustainability at a Pro Bowl level for the next two seasons.Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2014(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)The Ohio State product had a thrilling start to his NFL career as a tremendous linebacker for Pittsburgh before a horrific turn this season.One of the fastest linebackers the NFL has seen this decade, Shazier made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017. In his 12 games in 2017, Shazier had 68 total tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.On a Monday Night Football game in early December, a jarring hit taken by Shazier was a career-threatening one that caused a spinal contusion, which required spinal stabilization surgery that ended his 2017 season. Shazier will not be able to play in 2018 but has every intention of making a comeback. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP photos) Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants, 2010(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)Pierre-Paul has had quite the up-and-down career. He made a monstrous impact in his second season with the Giants, racking up 16.5 sacks and being named First Team All-Pro in 2011.He has only reached double-digit sacks once since that season, totaling 12.5 in 2014. In July of 2015, Paul suffered a serious hand injury via a fireworks accident that forced him to have his right index finger amputated.In 2016, he turned down an offer from the Arizona Cardinals and returned to the Giants, recording seven sacks. He would then sign a four-year, $62 million deal with New York the next season, only to be traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in mid-March.Albert Haynesworth, Tennesee Titans, 2002(AP Photo/Joe Howell)Speaking of up-and-down careers, Haynesworth was a dominant interior lineman in his heyday, making First Team All-Pro two straight years in 2007 and 2008. He, of course, was involved in various controversial incidents, such as stomping on then-Cowboys center Andre Gurode’s head and failing to make payments on a loan of over $2 million.
Go back to the e-newsletter >Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali is a 31-room spa resort that offers tailor-made wellness programmes devoted to healing, rejuvenation, wellness and spirituality.Its latest programme, Return To Yourself: A Yoga & Wellness Retreat, available exclusively on the first Monday of every month, is crafted by a woman who has been travelling alone for years to provide solo female travellers or small groups with a safe and personalised experience in a nurturing environment.The recommended 4-day/3-night itinerary, with an option to extend should guests wish to immerse deeper into the experience, combines regular and speciality yoga classes, guided meditation sessions, spa treatments, excursions and activities to discover Bali, its people, culture, food and natural wonders while meeting new like-minded friends in an environment that supports one’s overall wellbeing.Facilitated by Savitri Talahatu, Wellness Director at Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali, the Return to Yourself retreat invites guests to experience a slower pace of life in a Balinese village. The retreat programme flow includes Hatha Yoga and speciality Kundalini Yoga sessions, guided meditations, a cycling and picnic excursion to Les Waterfall, wellness playshops, a purification ceremony at Ponjok Batu Temple, indulgent spa treatments, organic and wholefood cuisine, and other crafted experiences.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletterAman Wellness, a new concept to be introduced across the Aman collection in 2016, promises to reach further and deeper with the dual introduction of its Individual Wellness Immersions, together with a parallel series of date-led Group Retreat Experiences, headed by globally celebrated health specialists, and held at a range of Aman’s most outstanding spa destinations.Drawing on the ancient healing modalities for which Aman spas have become renowned, both the Individual Wellness Immersions and the Group Retreat Experiences seek to take guests through an invigorating process of renewal, designed to ground, purify and deeply nourish.The first Individual Wellness Immersions will launch at Amanpuri and Amanbagh from 1 August 2016, complemented by an ongoing calendar of Group Retreat Experiences taking place throughout the year.Amanbagh in Rajasthan and Amanpuri in Phuket, Aman’s flagship holistic hideaways, provide powerful environments for change with carefully calibrated programmes which balance every aspect of health and wellness. The new Individual Wellness Immersions are based on a personalised routine which includes daily spa treatments, a considered diet or cleanse, suggested exercise and expert advice. Sensitively curated, programmes range from three to 14 nights at Amanpuri and four to 21 night life turnarounds at Amanbagh.In one of the most peaceful pockets of Phuket, the tropical realm of Amanpuri offers the ideal natural setting for an immersive retreat, offering a distinct path back to wellness. As well as initial assessments and regular consultations, every day of an Individual Wellness Immersion is personalised to include two to three movement and specialist therapy sessions, a 60- or 90-minute spa treatment and group movement classes.Amanpuri’s Immersions are based on four different principles. They include the Fitness Immersion, designed by sports therapists and nutrition experts for those who want to improve their fitness levels, and incorporating a wide variety of movement workouts from Muay Thai boxing to beach boot camp classes, circuit training, Pilates and yoga. Meanwhile the Weight Loss Immersion aims to remove the emotional barriers faced in managing and shifting weight; it includes water-based movement sessions to assist in the reduction of stress and inflammation in the body. The Cleanse Immersion is ideal for those who want to reduce stress levels and promote self-healing through a pronounced return to internal homeostasis. Finally, the meditative Awareness Immersion is designed for those wishing to tap into their inner realm, heightening awareness and daily mindfulness. Meditation, yoga and silent reflection combine with grounding modalities such as craniosacral therapy, reconnective healing and Reiki to encourage inner stillness.Escape to the whisper-quiet retreat that is Amanbagh, a secret garden oasis set amongst India’s rugged Aravalli Hills, to embrace the ancient wisdom and powerful long-term benefits of Ayurveda. Drawing on the ancient healing system of India, Amanbagh’s four to 21-night Ayurvedic Immersions offer a unique opportunity to experience what is believed to be the longest surviving complete system of knowledge in the world. Amanbagh’s in-house Ayurvedic physician oversees every detail.A calendar of devoted date-led retreats range from three to ten days in length and take place in an atmosphere of active healing at Aman’s key spa destinations. Each is unique, yet all have been designed to help bring guests back to balance, into a state of natural equilibrium from which each individual can feel the very best they can be. Showcasing the skills of globally renowned specialists who work in synergy towards the realisation of the guests’ personal goals, the retreats exclusively bring together handpicked contemporary masters of their field, from tai chi masters and spiritual mentors, to sports scientists and nutritionists.Amongst the variety of the Group Retreat Experiences will be ‘Spiritual Immersion’, which will take place at Amankora in Bhutan between 13 to 21 September. Led by Dr Karma Phuntsho, a Buddhist scholar who will guide a journey both literally and spiritually between the five lodges of Amankora, the retreat will combine cultural adventures with yoga, meditation, spa treatments, and lectures amidst the dramatic landscape of Bhutan.Aman’s three resorts in Bali, Amandari, Amankila and Amanusa will host retreats in August, September and October respectively, all of which will concentrate on Alignment & Awareness, with a focus on mindful living. Further Group Retreat Experiences include a five day retreat between 1 and 9 October, combining yoga and bodywork to address issues such as low energy and sleep disorders at Amanemu, Aman’s onsen-only resort in Shima which launched in March 2016.Later in the year between 1 and 15 November in Hangzhou, China, Amanfayun will also host a five day retreat focussing on balancing body and mind, reducing stress and chronic pain and achieving overall increased wellbeing. All Aman Wellness experiences have been designed to encourage a process of release, allowing participants to leave behind negative holding patterns and embrace a strong newness of spirit, whilst taking what they have learnt to give them fresh intentions and the knowledge to adopt a more meaningful and reflective way of living.Go back to the e-newsletter
Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has released its first-ever small group journey to New Zealand.The short six-day sojourn has a limit of 12 guests, with local escort Judy McKenzie leading the way. Focusing on highlights in the South Island, the journey starts in the adventure capital Queenstown with days packed full of mountain biking, hiking and lake trips. Exceptional accommodation is included with three nights at Azur Lodge Queenstown and two nights Fiordland Lodge at Lake Te Anau.Most meals are included as well as a special wine experience, local artist encounter and a home hosted gourmet dinner. Scenic attractions include Milford Sound, the island of Mou Waho and the Kepler Track. Active Fiordland Adventure: 26 – 31 October 2017Twin share per person: from $8080Single supplement: from $3350
Outrigger Resorts is kicking off World Oceans Month with enough coral planted, monitored and protected to cover approximately 100 football fields’ worth of coral since the 2015 launch of its global conservation initiative, OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE).In response to more than 60% of the world’s reefs depleting and under immediate threat from climate change, land-based pollution and unsustainable fishing, Outrigger’s OZONE conservation programme encourages guests to become part of the solution. Coral planting in Fiji, snorkelling with a resident marine biologist in Maldives, viewing the ocean through a glass-bottom boat in Mauritius, swimming with sea turtles in Hawaii, visiting a marine rehabilitation centre in Thailand, and walking through an underwater aquarium tunnel in Guam are a sample of the hands-on educational opportunities offered year-round for Outrigger guests.This June, throughout World Oceans Month, Outrigger Resorts properties worldwide are offering a diverse range of immersive activities and conservation opportunities for Outrigger guests to get in the OZONE mind-set and make a difference, even while on holiday.“We define ‘The Outrigger Way’ as caring for the guest, the host and the place. OZONE is Outrigger’s pathway of action to care for the oceans surrounding the iconic destinations at which Outrigger Resorts are located,” said Sean Dee, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Outrigger Enterprises Group. “With help from our guests, Outrigger has grown and protected 100 football fields’ worth of coral, but this is just the beginning – the level of interest and engagement has inspired us to continue offering OZONE experiences that are eco-friendly, memorable and make a positive impact.”OZONE Month and World Oceans Month highlightsOutrigger Resorts’ beachfront properties are offering a range of educational and volunteer activities, family entertainment, exciting adventures and more – all in an effort to preserve the global coral systems and oceans’ biodiversity. Highlights from each destination include:Hawaii: Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort will feature live Hawaiian music, educational exhibits, games and more at the Waikiki Aquarium on 24 June.Visitors of the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort are invited to visit and partake in an educational tour at the Phuket Aquarium and the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, a rehabilitation centre for turtles and other marine life that have been injured by debris, as well as participate in a local beach cleanup. Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort will be planting coconut trees and doing a beach cleanup.Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort will host an educational workshop for building and then sinking “fish houses” made of transplanted coral, which will become a coral nursery and attract a number of fish and other marine life over time. Castaway Island, Fiji will host a butterfly fish count, coastal tree planting, sunset kayak and night snorkel for guests.Outrigger Guam Beach Resort is adjacent to and supports UnderWater World – Guam’s popular aquarium that teaches about the island’s vibrant sea life with a spectacular walk-through glass tunnel. The property will have a beach cleanup and mini fair with educational outreach, ocean crafts, raffle drawings and face painting.Those visiting Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort can participate in a coral restoration workshop with the resident marine biologist, have some fun with a special #worldoceansday selfie stand with props and join in family activities available through the resort.Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort will offer educational activities and glass-bottom boat tours for guests to discover the beauty of various coral gardens in the lagoon in front of the resort.OZONE Eco-Adventure PackageGuests at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort are invited to explore the ocean and safely scope out the fascinating world of Hawaii’s endangered green sea turtles with the OZONE Eco-Adventure Package. The offer features a buy-one, get-one-free Snorkel Eco-Adventure Sail Tour, two admission tickets to the Waikiki Aquarium and an in-room welcome gift that includes reef-friendly sunscreen, swim goggles, and a dive mesh bag to help with collecting plastics and other debris found in the ocean or on the beach. Starting at $239 per room, per night (taxes and fees not included), reservations can be made online.Conservation in actionOutrigger Resorts participates in year-round global and local efforts with dozens of opportunities for marine education and conservation activities. Outrigger hosts put the company’s conservation mission into action by participating in green initiatives across local communities such as marine environment educational sessions, field trips to beaches, coastal wetlands and mangroves and beach clean ups. As a result of the clean-up efforts, Outrigger’s Waikiki properties collectively recycled more than 160,570 kilograms of aluminium, plastic, paper and glass.
Go back to the enewsletterLuxury boutique Emporium Hotel South Bank has unveiled its new rooftop bar and dining venue, The Terrace. The spectacular space is now open to the hotel’s guests and residents and will be open to the public from Wednesday 3 October 2018, 6.30am until late, seven days a week.The only publicly available rooftop bar in the South Bank precinct, The Terrace offers unparalleled, panoramic views across the Brisbane River to the city skyline and beyond. Located on the 21st floor of the hotel, it boasts a range of unique, custom-made design features that create a visually captivating, subtropical aesthetic.Design highlights include a fresh, light colour palette, multiple ‘green walls’, white back-lit onyx floor tiles with custom light mapping and a 13-metre white back-lit onyx bar. Lush landscaping completes the luxurious tropical atmosphere, with mature date palms that were craned onto the property. Accentuating the hotel’s superb location, The Terrace features floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto an expansive balcony. To make the most of Brisbane’s sensational weather, two retractable roofs offer full, partial or no exposure to the elements.Commenting on the new opening, Owner’s Representative, Charles Martin says: “There is absolutely nothing in Australia that compares to this. From the moment you arrive, you are completely captivated by the extraordinary view and design aesthetic. The Terrace is a phenomenal addition to the city’s lifestyle and tourism offering.”“This is ultimate subtropical urban luxe, usually only found in major international cities. We have capitalised on our unbeatable climate and location in the city’s premier lifestyle precinct and built a completely bespoke venue from floor to ceiling that is distinctly Emporium. Our guests and residents have been completely blown away by The Terrace and we are very confident that the public are going to be, too.”An extensive drinks menu provides something for all tastes, from classic and signature cocktails to a wide range of premium local and international wines and spirits. An all-day dining menu, created by Executive Chef Chris Norman, caters for breakfast through to substantial plates and late night snacks. Hotel guests can also order from both menus while lazing by the breathtaking 23-metre infinity edge pool that boasts the same sweeping city and river views.Commenting on his inspiration behind the menu, Chris says: “You only have to take one step into this incredible space to be immediately inspired, from the beautiful colour palette to the open-air ceiling and incredible views that reach all the way out to the sand dunes of Moreton Island. With this in mind, I have created a complimentary menu that showcases fresh, locally sourced produce and flavours with a particular emphasis on seafood, the absolute best Queensland has to offer.”Bookings for The Terrace are recommended.For further information visit www.emporiumhotels.com.au.Go back to the enewsletter