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Turtle Bay and British Virgin Islands launch competition with more than a thousand prizes up for grabs including a luxury trip to the Caribbean

Caribbean restaurant, Turtle Bay, has partnered with British Virgin Islands Tourist Board to offer one lucky winner the ultimate Caribbean experience to the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Each week until January 2020, one hundred prizes will be up for grabs at Turtle Bay restaurants across the UK, including a once in a lifetime holiday for two, sailing with Dream Yacht Charter around the islands of the BVI for seven nights, including round trip flights from London Gatwick, full board meals and five-star accommodation. To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is pop in to your nearest Turtle Bay, enjoy the best Caribbean cuisine on the block, and you will be given a special competition card containing a unique code to unlock an online competition entry page https://www.turtlebay.co.uk/win*. The grand prize draw will take place in January, but not to worry, whilst you wait to find out if you’re heading to one of the world’s most sought after destinations, Turtle Bay will be selecting an additional one hundred winners each …

New General Manager Announced at JA Manafaru Maldives

JA Resorts & Hotels recently announced the appointment of Scottish National, Karen Merrick to take over the operation of multi award-winning JA Manafaru, the private island resort in the Maldives. Karen is the second female General Manager in the JA Resorts & Hotels portfolio of 8 properties, and currently one of few female General Manager in the Maldives. She joins the JA Manafaru team to maintain the islands longstanding popularity with international guests and to communicate the unique soul of the island with her innate understanding of Maldivian culture and heritage. Karen’s career spans 30 years across a variety of boutique hotels in the Indian Ocean and Europe. This will be Karen’s fifth leadership role in the Maldives, as she has a personal connection to the area with a home on Addu island with her Maldivian husband, Alim. Prior to joining JA Resorts & Hotels, Karen has spent the last three years running the Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia. with her previous tenures being The Taaras Resort & Spa in Malaysia, Kemang Icon by Alila in …

Award-winning gardener gets set to showcase glorious autumn at stately home

ONE of the most spectacular seasons of the year is just around the corner and soon the gardens and grounds of Holker Hall will be enveloped in the golden canvas of autumn. Now, visitors can soak up the glorious colour surrounding the Grade II-listed home with a special tour and afternoon tea event with head gardener Glyn Sherratt. Taking place on Wednesday, October 16, it will see those taking part enjoy a fascinating, fact-packed guided walk around the award-winning gardens from 2pm. Afterwards, the tour will retreat to the Ilex Brasserie for a tasty, home-produced afternoon tea. Glyn, who trained at the renowned Kew Gardens in London, said: “The gardens are always changing so there’s something new to see throughout the year. “The light is very different in the autumn. Seeing the hall bathed in golden sunshine is a very special sight. People often think of spring or summer as the perfect months to visit a garden,” he added. “But autumn, when the leaves begin to show a pallette of yellows, oranges and reds, really …

Underground cocktail bar and all-day dining spot to be the perfect escape from the city that never stops

This autumn, pub and bar group Fuller’s is opening a brand-new, all-day dining restaurant and bar, presenting the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of London, without leaving.  Located just a stone’s throw away from Tower Hill tube station, The Chamberlain is set to be one of the City’s hottest bars and eateries, serving fantastic food and classy cocktails non-stop.  Inside the Chamberlain, guests will discover a modern lounge bar, restaurant, an underground cocktail bar and a comfy co-working space, all in one place. Whether it’s to fill an empty stomach, quench the thirst, smash that deadline for work, or even enjoy a basement boogie, this all-inclusive venue has space for everyone – local foodies, City professionals, or those from further afield. For those seeking a unique drinking experience Hidden beneath The Chamberlain, visitors can discover an exclusive, low-lit basement bar – The Chambers. With a subtly spirited ambience, this is the perfect space to enjoy cocktails, nibbles, music and dancing. The Chambers presents an eclectic mix of innovative cocktails, named after some …

Taiwan by Bike: Across the island in 9 days

On this new cycling tour of Taiwan, guests will bike the length of the country, from the northern capital, Taipei, to the southern tip.  Bikers will ride past emerald-coloured rice paddies and Taoist temples dedicated to the sea-god Matsu. Along the way, they’ll take in the sheer beauty of Eastern Taiwan’s rugged Pacific Coast, with pristine beaches, exotic hot springs, and gorgeous valleys, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taroko Gorge. “This classic cycling route takes us from Taroko Gorge down along the coast and into the lush East Rift Valley before we re-emerge on the rugged Pacific East Coast,” said Adam Platt-Hepworth, CEO of Grasshopper Adventures.  “Along the way, we’ll hike to the beautiful Shakadang Stream, cycle narrow paths through banana palms to the coast for a beachside rest stop, and pedal into the little-visited East Rift Valley full of vibrant rice paddies and small communities.” Offering unparalleled scenery and challenging terrain, Taiwan draws more and more visitors from across the globe each year. Riders will visit the striking Saoba Monuments and hike along the …

Hilton Opens New Dual-Brand Property in Columbia

Located near the University of South Carolina, Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton together welcome guests visiting South Carolina’s capital city Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Downtown and Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown, bringing a total of 223 new rooms and suites to the Columbia area. The dual-brand hotel complements the strong business and tourism environments in South Carolina’s growing capital city, which now boasts the second-largest population in the state (according to Experience Columbia).  “As Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton continue their strong expansion, we are excited to provide all of their amenities and offerings under one roof in South Carolina’s capital,” said Bill Duncan, global head, All Suites and Focused Service categories, Hilton. “Adding a new dual-brand hotel in Columbia gives business and leisure travelers the variety of price points and value-added amenities they search for when visiting the heart of the Palmetto State.” Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Downtown and Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbia Downtown is owned and …

Trailblazing: W Hotels Debuts W Aspen, The Brand’s First Mountain Escape in North America

Set your sights Sky High. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International Inc., today announced the much-anticipated opening of W Aspen & The Sky Residences at W Aspen, located at the base of the world-renowned, eponymous mountain. With ski-in/ski-out access to some of the world’s most coveted slopes, stunning 360° mountain views and striking architectural and interior design, W Aspen is the second W Mountain Escape globally, following W Verbier in the Swiss Alps. Poised to carve out a new era of luxury in Aspen, W is bringing its bold point of view to the iconic mountain town for year-round access to alpine adventure. W Aspen is nestled slope-side on Aspen Mountain – an 11,212-foot summit internationally-renowned for skiing and snowboarding – tucked in at the end of Durant Street, where Aspen’s famous Red-Light District once thrived. From the Ute Native Americans and the silver miners of the late 19th century to the swinging counterculture of the ‘60s and ‘70s and the current crop of globe-trotting billionaires, Aspen’s ever-evolving residents and curious culture rival the …