Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ROOF on theWit's JetSet Series

theWit, who prides itself on delivering “More Experience than Hotel,” returns with its summer series that has redefined travel.  For its second season, ROOF on theWit, 201 N. State Street, features iconic, global party destinations that are focused on style and stimulating sophistication.  Surrender yourself to the sultry evening breeze.  Feel your heart beat with the rhythm of the music, and let your feet and taste buds dance.  During three marquee weekend Friday and Saturday nights, ROOF on theWit hosts an exclusive sensual immersion, complete with Chef Nathan Sears’ new Moorish region-inspired cuisine, unique cocktails and diverse entertainment.

“It doesn’t get much better than summer in Chicago, which is why our well-traveled team has enriched travel without having to leave this beautiful city,” says Ryan Kingston, General Manager, theWit Hotel.  “The JetSet events are designed to arouse all the senses of these seaside destinations through d├ęcor, music, food, libations and overall ambiance.”

The eagerly awaited excursion takes off on Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27 with an invigorating trip to Barcelona.  Savor the essence of Spain through its food, including chicken and chorizo paella and Spanish fried egg.  Sip on cocktails like the Spanish Mistress, which tastes as tempting as it sounds, made with rum, chili peppers and passionfruit.

ROOF continues its summer escape as it sails down the Mediterranean shore to Costa del Sol, Spain on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, and lands its final stop for the season in Lisbon, Portugal on Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2.

JetSet weekends start at 2pm.  For more information and reservations, visit www.roofonthewit.com.

Regular hours of operation for ROOF on theWit are Mon – Fri: 4 pm – 2 am, Sat: 2pm – 3am, Sun: closed. To join theWit mailing list to keep up-to-date of upcoming events or for additional information and reservations, please visit www.roofonthewit.com
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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Westin Nashville Leisure Packages

The Westin Nashville is offering plenty of reasons to visit Music City this season with two new leisure packages, Park and Party and See and “B” Seen. Those looking for a relaxing and stress-free getaway can opt for Park and Party, while music fanatics can enjoy all that Music City has to offer with See and “B” Seen. Both packages are available now through the end of the year.

Guests can hit the road then hit up the town this season with Park and Party, which provides a hassle-free experience to those looking to take in Music City and head down “Honky-Tonk” Highway for a night out on the town. The experience begins upon arrival with craft cocktails for two, followed by luxury accommodations and nightly valet ensuring pure relaxation.

Music City’s past meets today’s sophistication with the See and B Scene experience. This package includes an exclusive tour of RCA’s Historic Studio B, where legends such as Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton recorded some of their biggest hits, followed by a day of exploring at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Guests can unwind in true rock star fashion with exclusive champagne service at L27 Rooftop Bar.

For pricing information or to book one of the packages, visit www.westinnashville.com.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Element by Westin Huntsville Now Open: First Dual Complex in Country

The Element by Westin Huntsville is now open on the top floors of the hotel complex of the AAA Four Diamond Westin Huntsville. Both hotels are managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized elite operator of hotels, resorts and conference centers throughout the United States and Canada, based in Fairfax, VA.

As one of Marriott’s luxury extended stay lifestyle hotels, Element by Westin offers a modern upscale extended stay experience. The Element by Westin Huntsville boasts 150 beautifully appointed suites including 68 with full kitchens. Guests will enjoy the brand’s signature Rise: Breakfast bar, a complimentary breakfast served daily; Relax: Evening reception, held nightly with wines, beers and soft drinks, thoughtfully paired with enticing appetizers; and Restore: Gourmet pantry, a market place with grocery options available onsite for the extended stay guests.

“Crescent has been closely involved with the development of the Huntsville Element, which I believe is the finest Element opened to date.” said Michael George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “Crescent is an award winning Marriott operator and is thrilled to partner with the entire project team in transforming the Westin complex into this beautiful dual branded property with the addition of the Element.”

In addition to the recently completed renovations, a substantial expansion of the social and meeting space is planned in 2017 with the addition of a second ballroom and IACC certified meeting rooms. Members of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) meet the highest quality standards in room design, food and beverage services and meeting technology.

While the Westin and Element by Westin are both Marriott brands, this is the first dual property complex in the country with both the Westin and Element brands in one location. Guests at both hotels enjoy spectacular views and easy access to the very popular Bridge Street Town Center, where the hotel complex is located. The Element by Westin Huntsville is now open for business, please visit www.elementhuntsville.com to learn more and book reservations.


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Harney & Sons Hosts First Annual Tea Tour in Greater London

Harney & Sons, the family owned- and operated luxury tea company, announced its first international tea tour in London, England. Tea industry insider Mike Harney, of Harney & Sons, will lead the group to the top tea drinking destinations in the British capital including Dorchester Hotel and the Historic Royal Palaces. The trip will take place September 15-21, 2017.

“At Harney & Sons we value our customers and view them as family,” Mike Harney said.  “This trip will serve as a unique opportunity to spend quality time with our tea loving family and experience the British tea scene with special access to ‘tea places’. Our contacts will open many a door”

The trip will trace the history of the tea industry from China and India to Britain, one of the world’s greatest tea consumers. Mike Harney and his wife will accompany the small group providing insight into the intricacies of tea blending around the world. The tour includes a world class Tea Infusiast Masterclass at the UK Tea Academy, a historic walking tour through Royal palaces, and an exploration of traditional tea service from the elegant Dorchester Hotel to below the Cutty Stark, one of the last tea clipper ships built in England.

Harney & Sons is a three-generation family-owned and operated tea company passionate about serving the highest quality of tea. The original founder, John Harney, started the business in the basement of his house in Salisbury, Conn. From a basement to an established headquarters in New York, Harney & Sons has grown to become a highly regarded tea brand and is the proud creator of the coveted official line of teas requested by the Historic Palaces of England. Harney & Sons will continue its long-standing relationship with England with an annual trip to London.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hilton Reinvents the California Road Trip

In California Summer starts in April.  Travelers from around the globe will enjoy the ultimate Golden State adventure with Hilton’s “California Road Trip,” a destination package that inspires thrill-seekers and value-minded explorers. Discover an array of adventures and authentic experiences with rates starting at $149 per night.  The package will highlight premier destination cities such as San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Anaheim and San Diego with special rates available through Labor Day Weekend 2017. To book, visit California Road Trip Package  and take a Virtual California Road Trip on our YouTube channel.

Participating properties include: Parc 55 San Francisco—A Hilton Hotel, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, The Fess Parker—A DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines and Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

With the California Road Trip package, Hilton aims to provide guests added value inside the hotel with a variety of inclusions to make your trip memorable while highlighting California as a premier destination for family fun, exploration and adventure, and exceptional hospitality through a unique partnership with its local conventions and visitors bureaus.

“With some of the best Hilton properties on the map, “California Road Trip” is the ultimate vacation package for families and friends who want to create memorable experiences on the road with spectacular scenery, fun and adventure along the way,” said Shaun Robinson,  general manager.

The California Road Trip package, featuring exclusive rates and added value inside and outside the hotel, will be available for purchase beginning now until Labor Day at Hilton.com as well as on the Special Offers page of each of the participating hotels’ property websites.

The California Road Trip package features savings of more than $125 per night, with exclusive discount of up to 15 percent on Enterprise/Alamo and National Car Rentals, $25 food and beverage credit (available in MIX Restaurant only), complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, unlimited access to the hotel’s Health Club & Spa and a California Road Trip Road Kit featuring exclusive discounts on local entertainment and attractions. Room rates start at $149 per night, tax not included.

California Road Trip packages at a Glance:

Parc 55 San Francisco—A Hilton Hotel and Hilton San Francisco Union Square package includes (Rates starting at $265):
•       The San Francisco CityPASS® program which covers unlimited cable car rides, admission to four top attractions, priced 42 percent less than the same tickets purchased separately.  CityPASS® ticket book contains helpful information, including insider tips, an attraction location map, attraction and transportation details, directions and money-saving coupons. Books are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use. Includes:
o       3-Day Muni Cable Car and Bus Passport
o       California Academy of Sciences tickets
o       Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure tickets
o       Aquarium of the Bay tickets
o       Option Ticket: Exploratorium OR de Young Museum + Legion of Honor tickets

The Fess Parker—A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort package includes (Rates starting at $249):
•       Tote bag, Visitors Guide, Vintners Association and Urban Wine Trail Maps, Downtown Organization Map of Shopping and Cultural Attractions, Waterfront Map, Two for One Santa Barbara Sightseeing Trolley Passes, a Santa Barbara Organic Granola Bar and bag of Santa Barbara Pistachio Co. organic pistachios.

Hilton Anaheim package includes (Rates starting at $149):
•       Tote bag, bottled water, granola bars, $10 Starbucks gift card, Visit Anaheim drawstring bag, visitors guide and map, Visit Anaheim postcard with exclusive deals and discounts on local attractions and dining.

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines and Hilton San Diego Bayfront packages includes (Rates starting at $249):
•       Branded bag, San Diego Magazine Spring Visitors Guide w/ coupons, Where Map, Brewers Guild map, sunglasses and mints.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tickets on Sale for 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as F1 Enters New Era

The 2017 Formula 1® season is back, and the introduction of new rules governing the design of cars promises one of the most exciting seasons ever.
F1® will enter a new era with lower, wider and faster cars making this season possibly the fastest ever and most spectacular for fans to watch. In addition, the leadership of the sport’s new owners Liberty Media will witness a new era of excitement and engagement with F1® fans around the world. 
With all this excitement around the new F1® season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix continues to offer its incredible array of ticket packages available to suit fans, families and entertainment seekers for the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX.
All ticket categories for 2017 have been maintained at 2016 prices on established favourites such as Abu Dhabi Hill and the array of five Grandstand options, and this year will see the ‘GP Parks Pass’ return and the new ‘Kids Go Free’ package introduced, providing additional flexibility and value.
With each three-day adult Grandstand ticket purchased, ‘Kids Go Free’. This means that one child under 12 will get free Friday entry to that Grandstand, as well as enjoying free access to Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. This option will bring the whole family together to celebrate the region’s biggest and best sporting and entertainment weekend.
The ‘GP Parks Pass’ is a three-day package that allows unlimited access to Yas Island Parks – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld – on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This special three-day ticket package starts from AED1,120 (for Abu Dhabi Hill) and will only be available for purchase until 31st May from all ticket outlets. Please visit the website for more details of all ‘GP Parks Pass’ options.
Following Sunday’s thrilling F1® season opener in Melbourne that saw Sebastian Vettel take his first chequered flag since Singapore 2015 and the first win for Ferrari in Australia in 10 years, with Lewis Hamilton finishing second after his pole position start, Yas Marina Circuit has announced that tickets are now on sale and revealed big savings for fans who buy their tickets early.
Those booking before 31st May will be eligible for a 30 per cent discount, it was revealed today. Corporate clients will also be rewarded with discounts for early booking of the Circuit’s wide range of hospitality solutions available during race weekend, with new products announced.
With the 2017 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX on November 24-26 confirmed as the final race of the 2017 season, fans will not want to miss out on the climax to what promises to be the most exciting championship battle in years.

People from more than 170 countries will be drawn to Abu Dhabi in November to learn which team has adjusted best to the new F1® technical regulations that could make this season’s cars the fastest in the history of the sport. As the last race on the calendar, fans will witness first-hand whether Mercedes will again reign supreme or if any of the other nine teams competing across 20 Grands Prix have built on their pre-season promise and can close the gap.

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “Since our inaugural race in 2009, I’m yet to experience as much anticipation for a Formula 1® season. The new technical rules haven’t just changed the appearance of the cars – they have made them faster and much more challenging to drive. As we just saw in Melbourne, the new rules will mean a whole new experience for everyone attending the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.”

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial, Eithad Airways, said: “As title sponsor of the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX since the inaugural race in 2009, the F1® race has been an incredibly important event for the Etihad Airways’ brand and for Abu Dhabi as a destination. Etihad Airways will again activate its global marketing resources to promote this thrilling race to ensure, alongside its partners, that visitors have a truly memorable experience.”

Away from the track, ticket holders are guaranteed a packed four days of entertainment that kicks off with a return of ‘Super Thursday’ following its successful introduction last year. In addition to the Pit Lane Walk, the day will see the first performance by world-class musical artists at the daily After-Race concert, as well as the opening of the Main Oasis area.
Yasalam, the music and entertainment festival, is returning for the ninth year. Produced by FLASH Entertainment, the festival will feature a range of performances from A-list musical artists across race weekend.

CEO of FLASH Entertainment, John Lickrish, commented on the 2017 return: “Yasalam marked the start of the FLASH journey. Each year we work to raise the bar of entertainment and provide a programme that moves, inspires and thrills audiences both here and from abroad. Now in its ninth year, Yasalam has reached our vision as a shining example of diverse entertainment that Abu Dhabi offers and we are proud to continue its evolution and ensure it provides something for everyone. With the 2017 edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix sitting at centre of action on Yas Island, Yasalam will have four days of non-stop exhilaration at its fingertips, and with world-class acts and loved community events still to be announced, there’s much more excitement to come.”

Tickets are available online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800, as well as through all Etihad Shops and Virgin Megastores, Yas Central Express stand at Yas Mall, and through the YasHUB smartphone app and its Facebook shop: www.facebook.com/yasmarinacircuit

Yas Marina Circuit will publish the updated version of its YasHUB smartphone app today. The 2017 edition will soon be available to download, allowing visitors to plan every element of their race weekend and stay up-to-date with the latest race news and information.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Fly Seamlessly Between Angkor Wat and Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood

From the majestic temples at Angkor Wat to Koh Kood’s untouched beaches: now you can combine both with our luxurious flight service, avoiding the hassles of transiting in Bangkok.

Soneva Kiri is the closest luxury beach resort to Siem Reap, and our personalised eight-seater private charter flight experience lets you take in every moment of the dramatic scenery between the two. After exploring the wondrous Angkor temples, embark towards luxurious relaxation on Koh Kood. Our one-of-a-kind flight operates twice weekly, flying at low altitude over verdant jungle, stunning forests and rice paddies, finally revealing the pristine white-sand beaches of Koh Kood as you approach our private island airstrip.

This utterly unique way to transit between Cambodia and Thailand costs just USD 650 per person each way on a fixed schedule. We also offer a fully private transfer service, departing at your convenience, for a special launch price of just USD 10,000. Guests can then transit back to Bangkok on our twice-daily 60 minute flight service straight into Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

For more information and bookings, please contact:
reservations@soneva.com | +91 124 4511000
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