Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 12 Comments Share On the rise, Rice left the desert to sign with Tampa Bay, joining what some consider to be one of the best defenses of the 2000s consisting of Hall of Famers Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp as well as All-Pro defensive backs Ronde Barber and John Lynch.With the Buccaneers, Rice won a Super Bowl and recorded double-digit sacks in five consecutive seasons.He has not played since the 2007 season but expressed serious interest about making a comeback in 2017.Quarterback Jake Plummer (1997-2002)Signed with Denver in 2003Plummer’s 30-52 record was not what the Cardinals anticipated after spending a second-round pick on him in 1997. However, he was the only Cardinals quarterback to make the playoffs between 1983 and 2007.Arizona’s 1998 NFC Wild Card win was the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 1982 and the first playoff win since 1947.The Broncos signed Plummer to a seven-year deal during the 2003 offseason and his record improved drastically in four seasons with Denver. He went 39-15, reaching the playoffs in each of the first three seasons before being benched 11 games into the 2006 season.Safety Antrel Rolle (2005-09)Signed with New York Giants in 2010 A former first-round pick, Rolle was one of top players at his position in the NFC during his time in Arizona. He recorded 12 interceptions but what stands out is that he returned four of those for touchdowns.A starter on the Cardinals 2008 Super Bowl team, Rolle made the Pro Bowl in the final year of his contract and was primed for a large payday.In the words of The Godfather and Don Vito Corleone, the New York Giants “made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.” New York signed Rolle to a five-year, $37 million contract that made him the highest paid safety in the NFL at the time.Rolle recorded 14 interceptions and five forced fumbles in five seasons with the Giants and was part of the team that won the Super Bowl in 2011.Defensive end Calais Campbell (2008-16)(AP Photo/John Froschauer)Signed with Jacksonville in 2017The longest-tenured Cardinal on this list, Campbell spent nine years in Arizona. Selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Campbell recorded at least five sacks in each of his nine seasons with the Cardinals, missing six games in that span.He became both a seasoned veteran and fan favorite with the Cardinals. In the offseason of 2017, Arizona briefly exercised its franchise tag on pass rusher Chandler Jones before signing him to a five-year, $83 million extension. Following Jones’ extension, Campbell hit the free agent market. Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) celebrates a defensive stop against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) As free agency winds down and the 2018 NFL Draft approaches, the Arizona Cardinals have undergone changes to their roster.This year, like any other, saw the Cardinals welcome in new faces while saying goodbye to others that are more familiar.Here are some of the franchise’s biggest names to leave Arizona in free agency.Defensive end Simeon Rice (1996-2000)Signed with Tampa in 2001Having recorded 122 sacks over 12 seasons, Rice was one of the most-feared defensive ends in the NFL. Selected No. 3 overall by Arizona in the 1996 NFL Draft, Rice spent five years of his career with the Cardinals. While he was named Rookie of the Year, his best season in Arizona came in 1999 when he forced five fumbles and posted a career-high 16.5 sacks. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Jacksonville signed Campbell to a four-year deal worth $60 million. In his first year with the Jaguars, he made that contract look wise. Campbell reached a career high in sacks (14.5) and became the backbone of one of the top defenses in the NFL.Safety Tyrann Mathieu (2013-17)(AP Photo/Ralph Freso)Signed with Houston in 2018Arizona’s most recent impact free-agent departure was Mathieu. Drafted by the Cardinals in 2013, Mathieu spent five seasons in Arizona.A talented defensive back, Mathieu had 11 interceptions and four forced fumbles in five seasons with the Cardinals. He was an All-Pro in 2015 but knee injuries limited his time on the field and eventually impacted his style of play.Mathieu signed with Houston this offseason after turning down a pay cut from the Cardinals.Honorable MentionsWide receiver David Boston (1999-2002) – Signed with San DiegoLinebacker Karlos Dansby (2004-09) – Signed with Miami Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
(AP Photos) Put those two key changes together, and maybe Wilks is realistic in being encouraged.“Putting David out in the slot, putting him outside at receiver I thought opened things up a little bit — having him and Chase (Edmonds) on the field at the same time,” Wilks said. “You could even go back to look at some of the things we did when we did get into a rhythm, starting with that first boot, using Josh’s athleticism to get outside the pocket, then we came back with Christian (Kirk) on the jet sweep. That’s what I envision going forward … now that you have a real mobile quarterback to do those things.“I loved the way he just commanded the offense and the way he went down the field.”JOHNSON TAKES THE BLAMEDavid Johnson has made a habit of taking blame this year, fairly or not.Sunday night, he again admitted to mental errors and a misread on the Cardinals’ third-down play just before kicker Phil Dawson missed a 45-yard field goal that would have given the Cardinals a lead.“David is a perfectionist,” Wilks said. “He wants to do it right every time. When you have players like that that (are) not really concerned with the great plays but trying to make sure they make the corrections on the ones they messed up, that’s when you’re gonna see a difference in your team. “Again just some of his protections in the pass-pro. That’s the biggest thing right now.”EXTRA POINTS— Andre Smith is expected to return (elbow) Sunday against the 49ers. Receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) and cornerback Bene Benwikere are day-to-day (spine).— Wilks, on why Deone Bucannon played as the starting linebacker after playing a single defensive snap a week prior: “We just continue trying to find the right mix on defense. A guy that has good athleticism, can run, can move around. We wanted to give him an opportunity. He performed well in practice.”— Seattle scored in the first quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run by back Mike Davis that saw the Cardinals break down in coverage.“I would say we had an issue on that touchdown play where they substituted late with personnel, and we changed the call and that call was not executed or echoed throughout the defense so therefore we were playing two different coverages,” Wilks said. “That can’t happen.”Defensive end Markus Golden said it was more of a focus issue than about a learning-curve four game weeks into a new system. – / 28 TEMPE, Ariz. — Steve Wilks had the night to digest the bitter taste of a last-second loss to the Seattle Seahawks.The head coach returned to work Monday with less disappointment in his voice, even though his Arizona Cardinals sit alone as the only winless NFL team through four weeks. Not only did he sound refreshed heading into preparation for a visit to San Francisco this coming Sunday.Wilks even, believe it or not, spoke with a hopeful tone. It’s the same reason why Cardinals fans maybe, possibly could have faith in a 0-4 team after the 20-17 loss to Seattle. That reason is rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.“I’m just so encouraged based on what I saw yesterday,” Wilks said. “We got to finish now. Those guys are wide open, they got to make those catches. His ability to get outside the pocket and buy time on the sprint-outs and the boots and to move the pocket. If we are having some issues as far as protection, we can help (the line) out there.“And then you saw the glimpse of David (Johnson) and the things he can do as far as moving him around. I think our offense is getting ready to flourish.”Related LinksThe 5: Best throws from Josh Rosen’s debut as the Cardinals’ starterFeely: Blame what you want, Cardinals players need to make playsCardinals drops, Earl Thomas’ errant finger stand out vs. SeahawksThe Cardinals are 0-4 yet the biggest takeaway is cause for celebrationRosen’s performance provides rare bright spot for CardinalsFalse optimism? Maybe.Wilks time and time again during his Monday press conference went back to Rosen’s confidence in the huddle that opened up the playbook.Rosen’s numbers didn’t jump off the page. He completed 15 of 27 passes for 180 yards, but considering six passes that could be considered drops and two throwaways, his accuracy was hardly represented in the numbers.Wilks pointed to his command of pre-snap reads, citing Rosen’s adjustments that once led to a Christian Kirk screen pass on a 3rd-and-6 to set up Arizona’s first score, a field goal to pull within 7-3 in the first quarter. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 22 Comments Share “That was all him,” Wilks said.So too were two 30-yard passes to tight end Ricky Seals-Jones fit between defenders and into tight windows.It wasn’t just the rookie’s arm giving Wilks hope. After the game and again on Monday, Wilks spoke of Rosen’s athleticism that allowed Arizona to help its offensive line by running boot-legs.He displayed that athleticism to keep plays alive, and Wilks even credited the athleticism on a play that began with a botched snap by rookie center Mason Cole; Rosen picked the ball off the turf, rolled outside the pocket and threw the ball away to avoid a loss of yards, or even the ball.Even the opponents were impressed.“I can honestly say he would check his first read, check his second read,” safety Bradley McDougald told 710 ESPN Seattle’s John Clayton. “You could tell that he was groomed by a good quarterback coach. And he’s a lot more athletic than I thought.”Meanwhile, Johnson’s expanded role that finally saw him surpass 100 all-purpose yards was storyline No. 2. Not only did he take a season-high 22 rushes, but the running back also lined up in the slot on a handful of plays. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Are you kidding me?Mike McCoy?@LarryFitzgerald not even on the field?Vikings stuff Cardinals!At 1 yard line.— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) October 14, 2018 Tough to win in the NFL Steve Wilks appears to have put offense in questionable hands.@LarryFitzgerald has never gone 6 games without a TD.🏈 41 Comments Share — Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) October 14, 2018Larry Fitzgerald is from Minnesota and playing his sixth and potentially final game on the road against the Vikings.Related LinksCardinals defensive line, now healthy, disrupting Vikings pass game earlyRB David Johnson is still the foundation of the Cardinals’ offenseEarlier in the game, Fitzgerald extended his record of consecutive games with a reception to 127.At the time of the play call, the Cardinals trailed the Vikings by a score of 10-3. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) breaks a tackle by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Larry Fitzgerald’s father was not happy with the Arizona Cardinals call on fourth and goal from the two-yard line.The play was a run up the middle with David Johnson, but Fitzgerald’s issue with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s play call was that his son was not on the field.
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 12 Comments Share Top Stories New Sun Devils learning the basics, Long impressing Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jamar Taylor (28) defends against a pass intended for Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The Arizona Cardinals are releasing cornerback Jamar Taylor, whom they acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns this offseason, confirms 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.Gambadoro added that David Amerson — whom the Cardinals signed last week — is likely to take Taylor’s place.The news was first reported by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.Taylor was traded in May for a 2019 sixth-round pick by Cleveland, where Taylor played two seasons. Related LinksSteady demeanor, open to change: Cardinals’ Wilks navigates 2-8 seasonArizona Cardinals release kicker Matt McCraneThe 28-year-old product of Boise State has played in 10 games — three of them starts — for the Cardinals this season. He has recording one pass defensed and 17 tackles, none for a loss.Before this year and his two-season stint with the Browns, Taylor played three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, the team that drafted him in the second round in 2013. He started nine games there, appearing in 33 total. – / 60 What the D-backs did on trade deadline day: A timeline
Go back to the e-newsletter >Silversea has revealed its 2016 Mediterranean Timeless Treasures brochure, showcasing a range of bespoke itineraries, from April to November 2016.Karen Christensen, General Manager & Director Sales/Marketing, Australasia, says:“With a strong Italian heritage, Silversea is an expert at showcasing the very best of the Mediterranean, through the eyes of a local. From the world-renowned and historic streets of Athens and stunning coastline of the Italian Riviera, to the hidden white sand beaches of Sanary-sur-Mer, France, and lesser-visited province of Castellon, Spain, Silversea’s intimate ships enable guests to get closer and sail directly into these exquisite ports, offering convenience and an insider’s view to the hidden towns of the Mediterranean. In this brochure, we’ve also put together a number of combination voyages, with savings of up to 15%, designed to appeal to Australian travellers who want to stay longer and explore more of this magnificent region.”“This carefully designed 2016 Mediterranean brochure includes meticulous planned voyages combined with the luxury and highest levels of service that our guests have become accustomed to. Away from the expected and well beyond the crowds, our guests feel more like locals than tourists.”Mediterranean onshore excursions highlights include:Helicopter rides over the seascapes of the Amalfi CoastSavouring Sicilian cuisine with olive oil and wine tasting tours in TrapaniAn evening immersed in a concert amid the ruins of Ephesus’ ancient Odeon TheatreExploring the underground caves of Valencia, Spain’s Old Quarter.In addition to Silversea’s all-inclusive luxurious voyages, with free Wi-Fi as standard and personal butler service, guests are also offered the opportunity to combine select Mediterranean voyages to receive a saving of up to 15%, when booked before 31 December 2015.Featured combination voyages:V1620–1621: Departing Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy on 1 July 2016, guests aboard Silver Cloud sail through France, Monaco Italy, Spain and Portugal over 18 days. Guests disembark this voyage on 19 July 2015. Fares start from AU$9404 per person, twin share.V2612–2613: Sailing from Barcelona, Spain to Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy, guests depart on 13 April 2016, cruise through the Corinth Canal, experience the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome and explore the city of Troy on a 24-day voyage aboard Silver Wind. Fares start from AU$9917 per person, twin share.V5621–5622: Beginning her voyage from Istanbul, Turkey, Silver Spirit guests visit the islands of Turkey and Greece before sailing to the ports of Montenegro and Croatia. This voyage departs on 29 July 2016, travelling over 14 days before arriving in Venice, Italy on 12 August 2016. Fares start from AU$7865 per person, twin share.Silversea’s fares include all-suite accommodation with butler service, gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux, complimentary wines, champagne and spirits served throughout the ship, one free hour of Wi-Fi per guest per day and all gratuities.Go back to the e-newsletter >
Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterMandarin Oriental International Limited has announced that Hotel Ritz, Madrid will close on 28 February 2018 for a €99 million restoration, which is expected to be completed in late 2019.Since it first opened its doors in 1910, Hotel Ritz has been synonymous with luxury, comfort and service excellence. Over the years, it has hosted royalty, politicians, corporate leaders and celebrities and is an integral part of society in Spain’s capital. It is situated within the ‘Golden Triangle of Art’, an area defined by the most important museums in the city: the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art. The property’s location within a prestigious residential area close to Madrid’s financial and commercial district adds to its appeal.The extensive work will upgrade the hotel’s facilities and services, while maintaining its unique character, encapsulated in the Belle Époque style of the original building. Spanish architect, Rafael de La-Hoz, has been instrumental in providing the context for the historical restoration, while French designers, Gilles & Boissier, have been appointed to oversee the interiors with the aim of enhancing the property’s appeal to local and international guests alike while celebrating César Ritz’s pioneering spirit.The duo have created a sophisticated design for the hotel’s new guestrooms, encapsulating a classic but contemporary residential style for the 106 rooms and 47 suites. Within the suite inventory, there will be several one-of-a-kind specialty suites, featuring design elements inspired by the hotel’s historic connections to the city, Spanish culture and art. A 188-square-metre Royal Suite will feature magnificent views over the Prado museum.The design of the public spaces will focus on the careful restoration of the hotel’s many fine interior architectural features, and will incorporate a number of valuable artistic pieces from the property’s collection including crystal chandeliers, antique paintings and sculptures. The reinstatement of a glass roof in the heart of the hotel will bring light to the lounge in the way it did when the property first opened. The hotel’s main restaurant will move to its original location, with direct access to the terrace. The terrace garden itself is one of the best-loved outdoor dining spaces in the city and will remain an elegant environment for al fresco dining. A new bar, designed to become a destination of choice for local customers and in-house guests alike, will also be created.The hotel’s meeting rooms will be refreshed to provide well-appointed and functional venues for social gatherings, business meetings and product launches.Other facilities will include a new fitness centre and indoor pool, together with a range of spa, heat and water experiences.
Go back to the e-newsletterNakash Holdings has introduced its Setai hotel brand to Tel Aviv with the opening of The Setai, Tel Aviv – now the premium luxury destination in Tel Aviv.The property, which is joining The Leading Hotels of the World’s prestigious collection of independent luxury hotels, is located in the historic old Jaffa area of Tel Aviv. This is the hospitality group’s second Setai in Israel, following the opening of the Sea of Galilee property in May 2017, and third globally, joining The Setai, Miami Beach.The hotel is located in the heart of the city, steps from the famous Clock Square and the city’s coastline, at the historic site known as the ‘Kishle’. It was originally constructed by the Turkish Empire to be a prison on the site of a historic Crusader fortress.“We are excited to extend the prestige and sophistication of the Setai brand in Israel with our third property, The Setai, Tel Aviv,” says Bruno H. de Schuyter, general manager. “The 13th century structure that is the foundation of the new hotel is unlike any other, and we took meticulous care in preserving and infusing important historic elements into the transformation of the building. Guests will be surrounded by a unique atmosphere of old meets new, while experiencing first-class amenities and services in what will be the most superior five-star hotel in Tel Aviv.”Old meets new: Distinctive designThe guest room collection at The Setai, Tel Aviv includes:110 rooms and 10 suitesA Presidential Suite extending more than 92-square-metres, that includes a master bedroom, a guest room, a kitchen with a dining area and a spacious balconyA selection of Deluxe, Premium Plus, Executive and Premium rooms that feature balconies with views of the Mediterranean Sea and an infinity swimming poolThe hotel’s design vision, led by the London office of Ara Design, is ‘old meets new,’ blending Middle Eastern and Mediterranean elements with a contemporary style. Most of the guest rooms’ outer walls are the building’s original stone. Oak furnishings and leather panels in the wardrobe and desk add contemporary touches, while decorative pendant lights create a welcoming illumination to guests as they enter. Contemporary is balanced with antiquity through Arabic wall patterns cascading above the beds and detailed rugs.Separated from the bedroom by an innovative electronic LED glass partition, the bathroom can be privatised electronically at the guest’s demand. Grey marble and soft lighting provide a meditative look and feel to the bathrooms, which are fully equipped with a bath and separate shower.Visitors will be welcomed into the reception area that is framed by vaulted ceilings and a doorway with Turkish ottoman calligraphy. Contemporary seating, chic modern furnishings and ornate carpets complete the lobby lounge area that includes a full bar surrounded by reclaimed timber from the building’s original roof. Lacquered walls and grand chandeliers incorporate historic architectural details to complete the space.Multiple courtyards and four levels of glass-panelled terraces allow visitors to take in magnificent views of the city and the sea while indulging in the pool deck and cabanas. Below ground level are five spacious event halls, a spa and Turkish Hammam.Looking north from a hotel balcony, guests will see the luminous skyscrapers of Tel Aviv, while southern views offer the city landscape. Gazing to the west offers the Mediterranean Sea and the coastline of Tel Aviv, while the east boasts uninterrupted views of the historic Jaffa Clock Tower, one of seven clock towers built during the Turkish Empire period.From 13th century to five-starFeigin Architects, an Israel-based firm, lead the architectural planning and execution of the hotel, transforming the historic site into a five-star luxury property. The hotel features elements of the original building, two additional floors, and a new wing designed to reflect the style of the historic structures. A large arch at the hotel’s entrance bears the seal of Abdul Hamid II, 34th sultan of the Turkish Empire, who rose to power over 100 years ago.All historic structures that were discovered have undergone complete restoration. The original Kishle, including wooden ceilings and ironwork, has been preserved, while wooden doors and windows have been recreated to emulate the original. Former prison yards were meticulously restored and now serve as the hotel’s front and rear courtyards. All preservation was performed by restorationers and experts in stone, iron, and woodwork, adhering to the original structures.Meetings and eventsThe Setai, Tel Aviv is an ideal venue for business conferences as well as private occasions, with five spacious event halls. The largest hall is equipped with the most advanced multimedia technology, and can accommodate up to 150 people.Four additional halls can accommodate up to 15 guests banquet-style, making them ideal for private meals, seminars, board meetings, and other intimate gatherings.Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletter APT has introduced small-group barge holidays in the United Kingdom in 2020. Magna Carta is a unique floating hotel proposition for travellers and can be shared by up to eight guests in four spacious suites. Guests are accompanied by a crew and onboard chef.Following an overnight stay in London, guests embark on an all-inclusive six-night journey. Bypassing the traffic, this leisurely cruise meanders through past and present, stopping off at the historic cities, old-world villages and stately homes that line the Thames River.Guests are invited to explore the royal seats of Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace on specially guided tours, while afternoon tea at Cliveden House sets the stage for the secrets that have played out here, including the 1960s political scandal, the Profumo Affair. Go back to the e-newsletter Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Magna Carta’s ambience is akin to a stylish country hotel. Intuitive service is a given and every attention to detail includes fine wood finishes, period furniture and contemporary features. Whether guests choose to unwind in the outdoor heated spa, relax over a sumptuous chef-prepared meal or make use of the walking and bicycling opportunities along the Thames Footpath, there are always the quintessentially pretty English river views to enjoy.Alighting in the rowing regatta town of Henley on Thames, or docking to explore Oxford’s most illustrious university colleges, cruising aboard the Magna Carta delivers guests to the doorstep of discovery each day and ensures every step of way is both seamless and superbly indulgent.Departures are offered from May to September 2020, priced from $11,595 per person. Book before 30 November 2019 to take advantage of a Fly Free Superdeal offer of a return economy airfare per person including taxes up to $300.For more information, see aptouring.com.au/travel-styles/barge-cruising
Manchester Airport will celebrate 70 years of service later this month.The north-west terminal, which offers cheap flights to several destinations in the UK and Europe, will host a series of events to mark the milestone.Passengers will be able to enjoy the M Fest family day, while dignitaries will be invited to an anniversary dinner.Other high points of the birthday year will include the completion of the new Concorde hangar and the ongoing redevelopment of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.Andrew Cornish, managing director of the airport, said: “Manchester Airport has a long and fascinating history and we’re proud to be celebrating our 70th anniversary.”The airport has changed beyond recognition from those early days and we are constantly innovating and improving Manchester Airport to make sure that we give our passengers what they want.”The redevelopment of Terminal 1 recently saw a new check-in facility opened on the ground floor. Cheap flight airlines Aer Arann, Air Berlin, Aurigny Air Services, Icelandair, Jet2, Olympic Airlines, Ryanair and Lufthansa’s Swiss International Airlines all relocated to the new area in May.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedManchester named best airport in EuropeManchester Airport has been named the best airport in Europe.Manchester secures ‘airport of the year’ titleManchester Airport has been named “airport of the year” at a national awards ceremonyGlasgow Airport scoops major awardGlasgow Airport has been named the Best Airport at the annual Airport Operators Awards ceremony.
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RelatedBest value destinations for 2019 With new flight routes launching and some brand new hotels entering their soft opening phase, these five destinations are a bargainous choice for your 2019 travels. From tropical long-haul beauty spots to bustling cities where there’s always something going on, there’s something to suit every type of traveller. Cancun, Mexico…All aboard: 8 of the world’s most amazing floating hotelsBe lulled to sleep by the sound of crashing waves, without staying in a cramped cruise ship cabin. If you’re after the riviera lifestyle book into the brand new OFF Seine in Paris recently launched on the famous Seine river. Start daydreaming about spending the night in one of these…Bargains below: 5 sunny south of the equator escapesWith the nights drawing in and memories of balmy evenings spent sipping rosé fading, most of us are dreaming of escaping to sunnier climes. Good news: we can turn your world upside down with the best budget-friendly destinations south of the equator where spring has most definitely sprung. We’ve found… Spend the night in any of these luxury hotels and you might just bump in to Cate Blanchett at the breakfast buffet, share a lift with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, or even catch a glimpse of a topless DiCaprio while sipping fruity cocktails poolside.Forget about the price tag, here’s your insider’s guide to 13 stunning celeb sleeps.1. Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas, Los Angeles, California, USSpotted: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin TimberlakeNestled in the quiet tree-lined backstreets of West Hollywood just off L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip is where you’ll find the Sunset Marquis Hotel. This classic Hollywood hideaway has been welcoming all sorts of La La Land luvvies, including writers, actors and fashion designers, since 1963. Perhaps its most famous guests, however, have been the kind hoteliers fear the most: party-hard rock stars. The hotel’s most famous, and surprisingly well-behaved, musical check-ins have included The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones and Sheryl Crow. The staff at the Sunset Marquis are famously discreet, which must come in handy when you’re dealing with rock royalty, and the stars keep coming back to enjoy their own private villa and a day in the hotel spa. And if they can’t bear to be parted from their work, there’s an on-site recording studio in which they can blast out their next chart-topper.Read more: 10 best things to do in CaliforniaPosted by Sunset Marquis on Friday, 29 June 20122. Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAESpotted: Selena Gomez, Roger FedererFrom big screen sirens to famous athletes, the Burj Al Arab, the world’s only seven-star hotel, is the ultimate in luxury A-list living. Catwalk superstars Claudia Schiffer and Gigi Hadid, as well as tennis ace Roger Federer and actress Selena Gomez, are just a handful of the many celebs to have stayed in this iconic sail-shaped building while holidaying in Dubai. Built on an artificial island, it’s about 300 metres from Jumeirah Beach and connected to the mainland by a private bridge. From the surreal to the sublime, resort facilities include a gold-plated iPad upon check-in, use of a chauffeured Rolls Royce for the duration of your stay and a private reception on each floor. With a staff to suite ratio of eight to one, there are plenty of white-gloved butlers on hand to help make your stay unforgettable. The hotel’s most opulent accommodation is the Royal Suite, situated on the 25th floor, complete with a cinema room, private dining space for twelve and a library – at almost £5,500* a night, you’d have to be royalty to afford a night’s kip here!Read more: 10 tips for doing Dubai on the cheapLuxurious Arabian hospitality. Thank you @feeeelsy #Majlis #RoyalSuite #BurjAlArab #DubaiPosted by Burj Al Arab on Tuesday, 31 March 20153. Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSpotted: Miley Cyrus, Justin BieberWhether they’re there to party at the carnival or sun their hot bods on Brazil’s beautiful beaches, when the rich and famous head to Rio the Belmond Copacabana Hotel is their preferred holiday residence. This is where Will Smith likes to spend his summertime – take time to sit back and unwind in the designer Louis Vuitton lobby, or chill out in one of Rio’s largest swimming pools. Other famous faces who have stayed in this lavish Art Deco hotel include Justin Beiber, Miley Cyrus and Helen Mirren. Naturally, their room of choice is usually the penthouse apartment on the sixth floor, which overlooks Copacabana Beach and comes with marble bathrooms, a private pool and butler service included in the room price. To book these swish suites, you’ll need to call for a quote.Read more: 10 best things to do in Rio – a local’s guideQue tal a nossa aconchegante Penthouse? #BelmondCopacabanaPalace #DiscoverBelmondPosted by Belmond Copacabana Palace on Monday, 25 May 20154. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, FranceSpotted: Colin Firth, Cate BlanchettCelebs looking for a slice of sophisticated south-of-France chic flock to this elegant retreat set in secluded Riviera parkland. The 117 suites, spread across the main hotel, the original Villa Soliel, the Eden Roc Pavilion and Les Deux Fontaines Residence, are all finished to the same flawless standard, with spectacular views across the sparkling waters of the Cote d’Azure or the sweeping vistas of La Grande Allée. This time of year is possibly one of the busiest for the hotel, which hosts many of the stars attending the Cannes Film Festival – you can easily get from your private terrace to the red carpet across the Croisette by speedboat. Don’t worry if you can’t make it down to spot Colin Firth, Johnny Depp or Jennifer Lopez lounging in the hotel bar, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is soon to hit the big screen in the upcoming film Miss Dior, starring Natalie Portman.Read more: 14 fabulous places in France – in picturesPosted by Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on Monday, 25 May 20155. Hassler Roma, Rome, ItalySpotted: Victoria and David BeckhamRight in the heart of Rome, Hassler Roma is the five-star city break stay of choice for the Beckhams, who were spotted here while visiting the Italian capital for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding in 2006. The Hassler has 82 rooms, the most luxurious being the penthouse suites on the seventh floor, which are lavishly decorated with floral fabrics and plush 18th-century furniture. The interiors are great, but what really makes this place is the setting; at the top of the Spanish Steps you’re within spitting distance of the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Basilica. Celebs not wanting to be papped while stuffing their faces with all of the delicious (but figure killing) carbs Italy is famous for need not worry – the hotel houses its very own Michelin-starred restaurant, Imàgo. Head chef Francesco Apreda makes sure the kitchen turns out the best bowls of risotto and parmesan cheese ravioli in the whole of Rome.Read more: 10 best things to do in Rome – a local’s guidePosted by Hotel Hassler Roma on Tuesday, 31 March 20156. St. Regis Hotel, Bora Bora, French PolynesiaSpotted: the Kardashians, Eva LongoriaOnce you’ve seen the overwater love nests and palm-fringed shores of the turquoise lagoon on which the 44-acre resort sits, you’ll understand why this is the hottest celeb spot south of the equator. This Polynesian paradise was Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s honeymoon destination back in 2006; other famous guests include Eva Longoria and the Kardashians. When you’re sick of sunning yourself on your own private terrace overlooking neighbouring islands Raiatea and Taha’a, head to the hotel’s luxury Clarins spa for a spot of South Pacific pampering. Standard amenities in all of the five-star suites include Bose DVD and CD sound systems, 24-hour room service and in-room massage on request. With several dining options, from an American-style buffet breakfast to an on-site sushi restaurant, you’re not likely to starve on this luxury castaway island.Posted by The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort on Monday, 26 March 20127. Huka Lodge, North Island, New ZealandSpotted: Kate Winslet, Michael Douglas, Diana RossNestled on the quiet banks of the Waikato River in New Zealand’s South Island, this super-secluded hotel appeals to celebrities wishing to escape the limelight – although if you’re after full disclosure, Huka Lodge proudly lists their famous check-ins on their website. Seventeen acres of well-manicured gardens help to provide some privacy for guests staying in one of the 25 suites available at the Lodge. A-listers love the Owner’s Cottage; built in 1937, it’s tucked away behind a copse of pine trees, downstream from the spectacular Huka Falls. With a den, a personal chef and a heated spa pool, this is the retreat of choice for the likes of Diana Ross and Michael Douglas. The Junior Lodge Suite starts at about £327* per person per night, while the going rate for one suite (sleeps two) in the Owner’s Cottage is £870 a night.Posted by Huka Lodge on Tuesday, 21 October 20148. The Lanesborough, London, UKSpotted: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kanye WestHang out with the Sloanies and socialites at the Lanesborough hotel, which overlooks London’s Hyde Park in the affluent area of Knightsbridge. Newly refurbished, this hotel reopened in spring 2015 under the management of the Oetker Collection, who also look after number 4 on this list. The iconic London landmark has been frequented by many famous faces, including Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kanye West, and it mixes Georgian grandeur with 21st-century technology – so you can enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in The Garden Room before catching up on the headlines with your in-room Sony tablet. All the rooms are fitted with Italian marble bathrooms and come with free WiFi.Read more: 12 of the best restaurants in London”The Lanesborough is the only hotel where serious cigar smokers should stay” Cigar AficionadoDid you experience our Garden Room?Posted by The Lanesborough on Wednesday, 18 March 20159. Park Hyatt, Sydney, AustraliaSpotted: Rhianna and Zac EfronYou won’t get a room with a better view than at the Park Hyatt in Sydney. Its 155 spacious suites feel more like city apartments, and because it overlooks the harbour, it offers some stunning panoramas of the Opera House lit up at night or surrounded by luxury yachts cruising the harbour by day. This must be what attracted Rhianna, Lady Gaga and Chris Hemsworth – just a few of the celebs who’ve stayed here. It could be the views, but it could also be something to do with the rooftop pool, the 24-hour butler service or the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, The Dining Room, which serves Aussie classics like kangaroo steak and bluefin tuna. The Park Hyatt turns 25 this year, so look out for some celebratory promotions and discounts on accommodation from now until the end of July.Read more: 10 best things to do in Sydney – a local’s guideOpera RoomPosted by Park Hyatt Sydney on Monday, 13 August 201210. Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris, FranceSpotted: Sarah Jessica ParkerSex in the City fans will recognise this extravagant Art Nouveau abode from the final episode of the hit TV series – it would seem that SJP’s love for the place is as enduring as Carrie and Big’s romance. Since filming there, this famous fashionista has become the hotel’s biggest ambassador, using her own unique, haute couture style to help promote it. Since opening in 1913, guests have enjoyed Michelin-starred al fresco dining in the hotel’s charming courtyard, exclusive spa treatments in the Dior Institute, as well as dramatic views over the Eiffel Tower from the comfort of their superior suite. Top tip: save a few euros and swap the Royal Suite for the eighth-floor Signature Eiffel Suite, which is smaller but has much better views of the city at a fraction of the cost.Read more: 10 romantic hotels in Paris close to 10 top attractionsguillaume de laubierPosted by Hotel Plaza Athenee on Thursday, 14 June 201211. One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, MexicoSpotted: Ashton Kutcher and Demi MooreLegendary talents looking to let their hair down in Los Cabos have been coming here since 1956, including John Wayne and Bing Crosby, and when love’s young dream (well, more cougar crush) was still flourishing, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore came here for a romantic holiday. Not even the most cunning paparazzo can creep up on guests staying in One&Only’s exclusive accommodation, the Villa Cortez. This modern hacienda hideaway is located on its own private beach, with a private infinity pool, four bedrooms, a gym and a 12-seater cinema room. With a round-the-clock butler – you’ve got an in-room iPhone to beckon them – there’s no need to lift a finger, not even to unpack your luggage, as staff will take care of this for you upon arrival.Read more: Top 8 things to do in Mexico CityVilla Cortez PoolPosted by One&Only Palmilla on Thursday, 12 June 201412. The Clarence, Dublin, IrelandSpotted: Bono and The Edge from U2Get in bed with Bono, or at least a bed he owns. Dublin’s most rock ‘n’ roll hotel, The Clarence, is owned by the Irish frontman and his U2 band mate, lead guitarist The Edge. Unlike the others on the list, this city hotel is a four star (how could you reduce yourself to such a low!) boutique hotel, rather than a grand affair. Nonetheless, it’s a modern, stylish bolthole in the heart of Dublin. The interiors were custom designed by local Irish artists, featuring rich carpets and heavy drapes. Each of the 50 bedrooms and suites comes with WiFi and a flat-screen TV as standard, but it’s the penthouse that has the greatest celebrity appeal. Let your inner Mozart loose on the baby grand piano in this two-storey apartment, or spend the morning admiring the views across the city after waking up in your super-king-sized bed and sipping fresh coffee courtesy of the in-room Nespresso machine. If the €899 (£638)* a night price tag puts the penthouse out of your rice range, then the classic room is more affordable at €129 (£91) a night based on two people sharing one room.Read more: 11 of the best bars in DublinThe view from The Penthouse Suite at DawnPosted by The Clarence, Dublin on Friday, 7 November 200813. The Carlyle, New York, USSpotted: Prince William and the Duchess of CambridgeA Rosewood Hotel, The Carlyle is a classic sleep in New York City. It’s another that has featured on the Beckham’s holiday hit-list, and other celebs who have graced its elegant suites include Mick Jagger and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, this sophisticated 193-room property was named after the British essayist Thomas Carlyle, and it remains popular with Brits visiting the Big Apple. It’s the perfect base for exploring some of NYC’s iconic landmarks; the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Plaza are all within walking distance. That is if you can tear yourself away from your hotel room – with luxury interiors, complimentary Kiehl’s toiletries, an iPod docking station and cable TV, you might struggle. If you don’t fancy going far, then the hotel’s restaurant, café and bar serves delicious international food and some of the finest Manhattan cocktails in New York.Read more: 20 things to do in New York for $1 or lessPhoto Credit: @justinbare #GoodPlanPosted by The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel on Wednesday, 20 May 2015Search hotels with SkyscannerHave you ever spotted a celeb on holiday? Let us know in the comment box below.Want more movie-star holiday inspiration? 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If you want to climb the Great Wall of China in Beijing, experience ‘the Paris of the East’ (Shanghai) or eat melt in your mouth soup dumplings in Hong Kong these great flight deals will surely whet your appetite. This beautiful lodge is nestled along a pebble beach on the fringe of Table Mountain National Park, and offers stunning views across the Atlantic ocean. Every day, guests gather on the lodge deck with cocktails to toast the spectacular sunset as the sea laps the shore just metres from their feet. Lufthansa offers return flights to Cape Town from £499 return – click the link below to explore more offers. 1. Hemingways, Nairobi, Kenya Find flights to Tanzania with Lufthansa Find flights to Luxor with Lufthansa China is home to ancient wonders and modern marvels, from the breathtaking Great Wall to the spiky futuristic skyline of Shanghai. If you’re planning a trip of a lifetime to the Middle Kingdom, make sure to tick off these 10 must-see destinations in China – all of which are easy to get to with Lufthansa. Find flights to The Seychelles with Lufthansa Find flights to Nairobi with Lufthansa Find flights to Marrakech with Lufthansa 7. MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa, The Seychelles Voted one of the best 50 resorts in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, this safari lodge in Kruger National Park the last word in luxury. It has an award-winning spa featuring a steam room and hot and cold African baths, and accommodation is limited to just eight suites and a six-bedroom villa for use by families. The nearest airport is Hoedspruit – but some guests prefer to charter a private plane and land at the resort’s private airfield. 10. Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa, Egypt Explore the wonder that is Africa with these magically flight deals from Lufthansa. The ultimate holiday bucket list for your trip to China Situated slap bank on the bank of the River Nile, the Hilton Luxor is an ideal base for exploring the world-renowned archaeological sites such as the Temple of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings. But with its three restaurants, huge infinity pool and river-view spa, you might be reluctant to leave the hotel. Find flights to Mozambique with Lufthansa Find flights to Mozambique with Lufthansa Find cheap flights to Africa with Lufthansa 6. The Palms Zanzibar Published October 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability. Find flights to Cape Town with Lufthansa Find flights to South Africa with Lufthansa Who wouldn’t want to holiday on their own private island? On Quilalea you can kayak among the mangroves, snorkel above the island’s reef, picnic under the baobab trees and generally act like a luckier version of Robinson Crusoe – who has access to fine dining and satellite TV. This luxury hotel is nestled in the peaceful suburb of Karen. The beautiful plantation style mansion overlooking the Ngong Hills is a tranquil escape, with a dedicated butler to tend to your every need after a day spent at one of the close by attractions such as the Nairobi National Park and the Giraffe Santuary, to name a few. Lofty, bright rooms with large private terraces are the perfect haven for travellers. You can fly to Nairobi from £399 return with Lufthansa – check out the link below. 12. The Westcliff, Johannesburg, South Africa The Palms consists of six exclusive villas right next to a pristine beach on the Zanzibar archipelago. Learn how to scuba dive in the crisp blue water, enjoy a Balinese massage with an ocean view, and tuck in to a dinner of freshly caught fish on the terrace. Paradise. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map If you’re planning a trip to see the Forbidden City or experience the shopping wonderland of Hong Kong, Lufthansa has some great flight deals to China. And the airline’s entertainment, upgrade options and service are some of the best in the world – which is why it’s been voted Best Airline in Europe by passengers for two years running. 2. Tintswalo Atlantic, Cape Town, South Africa 5. Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique There are some absolutely stunning five-star resorts in Africa, from Richard Branson’s luxury safari tents in Kenya to a lodge perched on the edge of an extinct volcano in Tanzania. And let’s not forget the private islands in Mozambique and waterfront cocktail terrace in Cape Town. If you’re tempted to try them out, Lufthansa runs flights right across Africa starting at £399: discover their offers for yourself below. In partnership with Lufthansa. Located just outside Marrakech, far from the frantic activity of the souk, Amanjena is a rose-coloured haven of tranquility. The spa boasts two hammams, and there are two five-star restaurants serving traditional Moroccan cuisine and Japanese izakaya-style food. The hotel even has a direct link to the golf course next door. 11. Amanjena, Marrakech, Morocco 3. Royal Malewane, South Africa 4. andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania 8. Mahali Mzuri, Kenya Arranged upon a hill in the Witwatersrand area of Johannesburg is an enormous pink palace known as The Westcliff. This Four Seasons hotel is formed from a network of villas and gardens surrounded by trees – it’s more like a hilltop village than a hotel. And the view from the hotel’s Après Spa, the city’s only outdoor spa lounge, is astonishing. Lufthansa offers flights to Johannesburg from £449 – take a look with the link below. 9. Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, Mozambique Say yes to the world with Lufthansa: Travel to magical Africa with these Lufthansa flight deals Find flights to Kenya with Lufthansa The luxury in the title isn’t just for show – the 30 villas that make up this exclusive resort each have their own private infinity pool and dedicated butler who will see to your every need. Not only that, the price includes complimentary daily yoga sessions and unlimited scuba diving. Perched on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater is a lodge that bills itself as “Versailles meets Maasai”, a mixture of brocade and brilliant African sunsets. In the crater below, which is the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera, you can spot wildebeest, hippos and zebras, while inside you’ll find grand Victorian-style furnishings, teak panelling and swaying chandeliers. And there’s even a lodge built around a tree. Exploring China is made easy with Lufthansa Owned by Richard Branson, Mahali Mzuri is an exclusive safari camp formed of 12 tents. But these are no ordinary tents – each has an en suite bathroom and private viewing deck. The camp is situated in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, and it’s the perfect spot to witness the Great Migration, when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move together in the search for new pastures. Holiday in China with these incredible Lufthansa deals Find flights to Zanzibar with Lufthansa Find flights to Johannesburg with Lufthansa This tiny island is the ultimate in getting away from it all. There are just 12 thatched villas, and the island only takes 24 guests at a time, so it’s blissfully quiet. Oh, except for when you arrive of course – a helicopter transfer is included in the price. And if you REALLY want to get away from it all, you can book a Bed of Stars on the nearby deserted island of Quissanga – just you, your partner and a linen-draped four-poster bed on the beach, surrounded by candles under a sky full of stars. RelatedTravel to magical Africa with these flight deals from LufthansaAfrica – an intrepid traveller’s dream. A continent that is incredibly diverse in landscape and cultures, you could spend a lifetime exploring this rich, colourful land. If you want to get closer to the wonders of nature, Africa has plenty to offer – Kilimanjaro, epic Safaris, the Sahara desert are…Holiday in China with these incredible flight deals from LufthansaThis beautifully diverse and vast country spans over nine million kilometres and has so much to offer travellers. Experience a melange of epic history from centuries past with rapid modernisation. In partnership with Lufthansa. If you want to climb the Great Wall of China in Beijing, experience…The ultimate holiday bucket list for your trip to ChinaChina is home to ancient wonders and modern marvels, from the breathtaking Great Wall to the spiky futuristic skyline of Shanghai. If you’re planning a trip of a lifetime to the Middle Kingdom, make sure to tick off these 10 must-see destinations in China – all of which are easy…
Boca Raton, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineCielo, the restaurant perched at the top of the Tower at Boca Raton Resort & Club with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intra-coastal Waterway, has become an inviting showcase for coastal Mediterranean cuisine under the direction of Boston restaurateur Michela Larson, with delectable new dinner menus available as of today.“We’re thrilled to bring in Michela to update Cielo for today’s tastes in a fun and engaging way that complements our diverse array of resort dining and entertainment options,” said Stephen J. Ast, President, Boca Raton Resort & Club. “I have often enjoyed the exciting and surprising fare that she presents with such flair in her Boston area restaurants, and look forward to our guests and members discovering the same delights.”“Cielo is the high-in-the-sky crow’s nest from which all of Boca and beyond can be seen. And so it is the base from which we explore the exotic flavors of the worlds surrounding the Mediterranean Sea,” said Michela Larson, who directs the restaurant’s operations with Cielo Chef de Cuisine Nader Jaouhar, who grew up in Senegal, Africa. He studied pastry in Paris and after graduating from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, he worked for Pascal Oudin of Pascal’s in Coral Gables. With his French training and eastern Mediterranean background, he has the perfect credentials to create this flavorful cuisine.“Like sirens, these Mediterranean countries call to us to taste their wares: Spain offers us Paella from Valencia and Calcots alla Plancha (Grilled Leeks) from Barcelona; Cilantro Chicken with Crispy Cumin Potato Skins lures us to Morocco; Roman-Style Fava Bean Soup with Pancetta & Marjoram says, ‘Vieni qui. Sono italiano,’ while Zucchini Fritters tempt from Turkey. Other ports of call include Lebanon, Greece, France-who can resist a Provencal Daube of Short Ribs? The food is adventurous and fun, and so is the tone at Cielo,” said Larson, who is known for successful concept-driven restaurants with the highest quality of service.Cielo’s new coastal Mediterranean menu is offered for dinner Tuesday-Saturday evenings from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. To complement the appetizer, entrée and dessert dishes, the restaurant also offers hand-selected aperitifs, wines and liqueurs from Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Lebanon and Greece, as well as a martini bar, frequent wine tastings and early evening specials.www.BocaResort.com
ORLANDO,Florida — Signature Flight Support Corporation has launched a mobile version of its website offering pilots on-the-go access to its global FBO network, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.The mobile site offers pilots on-the-go access to Signature’s 102 worldwide locations including airport navigation maps by AC-U-KWIK® (registered trademark of Penton Business Media, Inc) FBO contact information, local amenities, and area attractions with hyperlinks to all phone numbers and e-mail addresses. The site is designed to make the pilot’s job easier by offering a single source site when choosing an airfield and FBO.The site will incorporate Signature Flight Support Corporation’s proprietary fuel pricing calculator when it is launched in the first quarter of 2010. This innovative application will allow pilots and flight planners to calculate total fuel costs and savings by selecting a particular airport, aircraft and uplift amount. “The mobile site was designed in response to the growing trend for fast and convenient access to FBO information from handheld devices. Our goal is to offer pilots the most up-to-date and relevant data when making their flight planning and FBO decisions” stated Patrick Sniffen, vice president marketing for Signature Flight Support Corporation.The site can be accessed from a mobile device by visiting www.signatureflight.com/mobile. Signature Flight Support Corporation, a BBA Aviation plc company, is the world’s largest fixed-base operation (FBO) and distribution network for business aviation services. Signature services include fueling, hangar and office rentals, ground handling and a wide range of crew and passenger amenities at strategic domestic and international locations. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Signature currently operates at more than (100) locations in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. For more information, please visit:www.signatureflight.comBBA Aviation plc is a leader in flight support and aftermarket services and systems for business aviation, regional airline, military and commercial aviation operators, including FBO services, fueling, ground handling, turbine engine repair and overhaul and aviation components, landing gear and hydraulic systems.
Make this an unforgettable year for the entire family by spending seven nights in one of the luxury residences of the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club, complete with A&K’s world-renowned service from start to finish. This Trial Membership allows you to choose from the club’s portfolio of multi-million-dollar residences in the finest beach, mountain and golf destinations, including the Turks & Caicos, Deer Valley and Kiawah Island.Each spacious residence – typically 4,000 square feet with four bedrooms and at least four bathrooms – is a comfortable home away from home for a gathering of family and friends, the perfect place to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, wedding or graduation.This Trial Membership includes the full range of Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club services: · A dedicated Global Experience Manager to orchestrate every aspect of your stay and provide expert travel recommendations · Greeting at the airport and private transportation to the residence · Pre-arrival grocery shopping · Daily housekeeping · The superior local knowledge and activity-planning assistance of a Destination HostAs guests of the A&K Residence Club, your family will have access to memorable experiences such as a behind-the-scenes private tour of the Turtle Hospital at the South Carolina Aquarium, the chance to ski with an Olympic legend in Sun Valley or meet an artist at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.For a limited time, Trial Membership in the Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club is available for $1,400 per night; an affordable and risk-free opportunity to experience the finest destination club in the world.www.akresidenceclub.com/trial
Boucheron, the jewelry of sensual desire opens a boutique in GenevaThe prestigious Maison Boucheron, who celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, is pleased to announce the opening of its boutique located on the luxurious rue du Rhone in Geneva.In this new boutique, you can discover the jewelry collections as well as exceptional High-Jewelry pieces in diamonds, sapphires, emeralds or rubies on black, white or yellow gold. Boucheron also offers its emblematic jewelry lines: Exquises Confidences, Trouble, Quatre, Déchaînée, Ava available in rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Boucheron’s precious timepieces such as the Reflet, la Carrée, la Ronde et les MEC are also offered. Boucheron’s pieces manifest of the creative audacity, the know-how and the standard of excellence of the House which have all contributed to the success of the jeweler since its creation in 1858.Already present in the United States of America, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Dubai and Qatar, Boucheron continues the development of its boutiques on an international scale, in the world’s biggest capitals of the world. “Switzerland, and more specifically Geneva, are not only a part of the most dynamic luxury markets, but they are also part of the most influential markets in terms of beyond luxury”, states Jean-Christophe Bedos, CEO Boucheron. “I’m very happy to know that the Swiss can now have access to our creations thus joining the circle of worldwide privileged clients”.Boucheron 13, rue du Rhône 1204 Genève TEL: +41 22 311 70 71 FAX : +41 22 311 70 73
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley has been tapped to lead the national tour of the latest exuberant Broadway production of “Hello, Dolly!” a gig she calls “such a gift.”“I’m just so happy to take such a happy show all around America. It’s like ‘Make America Happy Again,’” Buckley told The Associated Press on Monday. “It’s like an antidote.”Buckley will star as matchmaker and schemer Dolly Levi in the production that won four Tony Awards last year, including best revival on Broadway and best actress in a musical for Bette Midler, who also played Levi.Buckley saw the show with Midler this winter and “was in rapture,” sitting in the second row and weeping. The production was “one of the most joyous pieces of musical theatre I have ever experienced.”“Bette Midler was absolutely like an ice cream sundae. You just wanted to scoop her up,” Buckley said. Producer Scott Rudin reached out and she didn’t need much persuading, citing the cast, production values and costume designs. “I’m such a fan of this production and I’m such a fan of Bette’s that it never occurred to me that it was something I would be invited to do.”The tour kicks off Oct. 2 at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. It will have lengthy stops in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Full tour dates and cities will be announced shortly, as will the rest of the cast. Bernadette Peters has inherited the Broadway role of Levi.The show is a musical version of Thornton Wilder’s play “The Matchmaker” with the songs “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” ”Before the Parade Passes By” and “So Long Dearie.”She spoke while on the way to New Orleans to shoot the third season of the AMC series “Preacher,” playing Dominic Cooper’s grandmother.Buckley won a Tony as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” in the 1982 original Broadway production and received her second Tony nomination for best actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in “Triumph of Love.” She also starred in “Eight Is Enough” on TV.Buckley won an Olivier Award nomination in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard.” Her other Broadway credits include “1776,” ”Pippin,” ”Song and Dance” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” in which she died onstage eight times a week.Now she’ll step into the role previously performed by Ethel Merman, Ginger Rogers, Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller, Betty Grable, Mary Martin, Midler, Donna Murphy and Bernadette Peters.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits FILE – In this Nov. 17, 2014, file photo, Betty Buckley performs at “Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch” in New York. Buckley, the Tony Award-winning actress who belted out “Memories” in “Cats” on Broadway and starred in “Eight Is Enough” on TV, has been tapped to lead the national tour of “Hello, Dolly!” (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) Betty Buckley to lead US national tour of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2018 7:04 am PDT Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 at 8:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
NORRISTOWN, Pa. – In the tense moments before a jury convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault, the prosecutor who had branded him a “con man” and called him out for laughing during closing arguments started to worry about the global implications if the #MeToo era’s first big trial went the other way.Accuser Andrea Constand’s allegations that Cosby had drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004, revived out of nearly a decade of dormancy by another comedian’s viral joke, had coalesced into a movement of women who said he violated them, too.Prosecutor Kristen Feden told The Associated Press she was “nervous for Andrea and for sex crime victims as a whole” at Cosby’s retrial.“I felt like this verdict could dictate something more,” Feden said. “If they found him not guilty, I felt like they were feeding into every character assassination on sex crime victims.”Feden and prosecutor Stewart Ryan spoke to the AP on Saturday about the nearly three-year journey from reopening the Cosby case to last Thursday’s verdict, how they restructured their approach after last year’s hung jury and the sacrifices they faced along the way.Cosby, 80, is now a prisoner in his own home and faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars as he awaits sentencing within the next three months on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He has maintained his innocence. His publicist has declared his conviction a “public lynching,” and his lawyers have vowed to appeal.But Feden, Ryan and their boss, District Attorney Kevin Steele, said they are confident Cosby’s conviction will stand.Prosecutors started thinking about a retrial as last year’s deliberations wore on for six days, Ryan said.“We could kind of see the writing on the wall with the first jury,” he said.Two days after Cosby’s conviction, law books and papers were still strewn on a long table in the war room where prosecutors plotted their strategy: leading off with an expert to educate the jury in victim behaviour, successfully fighting to call five additional accusers and fending off the defence’s allegations that Constand was a scammer framing Cosby for a big payday.The additional accusers allowed prosecutors to uncloak the man once revered as America’s Dad as a manipulative predator who used his built-in trust to trick women into taking powerful intoxicants so he could violate them. One woman pointedly called Cosby a “serial rapist,” and another asked him through her tears, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”Feden said she felt “that needed to be exposed.”“That was the most sickening part of this all,” she said. “When people in positions of power use that power to victimize people, I find that to be beyond disgusting.”Then-District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman reopened the Cosby investigation in July 2015 after a federal judge, acting on a request from the AP, unsealed portions of Cosby’s deposition testimony from a civil lawsuit he settled with Constand in 2006 for $3.4 million. In the testimony, which was read to jurors at both trials, he described giving quaaludes to women before sex in the 1970s and his encounters with Constand, a Temple University women’s basketball administrator.Ryan likened Cosby’s description of a purported sexual encounter with Constand to “reading some disgusting pornography novel.” He said the testimony, far more explicit than what Cosby said in his lone police statement, showed “exactly what’s going on” in his mind.Feden questioned Constand. Ryan cross-examined star defence witness Marguerite Jackson. Together they delivered a closing argument that wrested the “con artist” label from the defence and pushed back at suggestions the case was outside the statute of limitations.Feden, a point guard in her basketball days, said she pivoted immediately when she saw Cosby out of the corner of her eye, smirking as she spoke about the similarities in Cosby’s conduct with Constand and the five other accusers.“He’s laughing at the cost of these women? And then Andrea Constand’s in the courtroom? I’m furious,” Feden said. “No one in this courtroom is laughing. I understand that you’re a comedian, but this is not funny. This is not your stage. This is what you did wrong.”Judge Steven O’Neill’s court crier called Ryan with the news that a verdict was in around lunchtime, about 14 hours after jurors started deliberating.Ryan quickly relayed the news to Steele and Constand, who testified that she wanted justice. Then he called Feden, who had been so dedicated to seeing the case through that she worked out a deal to stay as a special prosecutor after leaving for the Philadelphia law firm Stradley Ronon.Feden and Ryan spent months of long days working on the case away from their families: she, her husband and their two young sons; he, his wife and their 9-month-old son.Ryan said the boy, born soon after the first trial, lifted him from hard days with a bright smile. Feden said she often thought of her late aunt, an OB-GYN, who had championed women and her career as a prosecutor.Cosby’s case drew worldwide attention. The courtroom gallery was filled with reporters, and cameras lined the railings outside the courthouse. But to Feden and Ryan, the man known for playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” was just another predator whose victims were finally being heard.“There was someone who had been sexually assaulted, someone who deserved to hear 12 people say that not only do we believe you but we’re going to hold the person who did it accountable,” Ryan said.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, as Constand has done.___Follow Mike Sisak at https://twitter.com/mikesisak___For more coverage visit https://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTrial___This story has been corrected to show the prosecutors spoke on Saturday, not Sunday. by Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2018 2:36 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 30, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Convicting America’s Dad: Inside the Bill Cosby prosecution
Elton John speaks at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 17th annual “An Enduring Vision” benefit gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) Elton John remembers Aretha Franklin at his annual AIDS gala by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Nov 6, 2018 12:24 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Elton John said he stood by the stage and sobbed at his foundation’s gala last year as Aretha Franklin made her final public performance.“I was shocked to see how thin she was, and she just smiled her sweet smile at me and said, ‘I didn’t want to let you down,’” he told The Associated Press on the red carpet Monday night at this year’s party.John said Franklin “gave us one of the greatest performances of our lifetime.” She died in August at age 76.From the podium, John also acknowledged Tony Bennett, who was in the audience, as another inspirational singer.“Artists like that don’t come around that often. They are dying out, and it’s such a shame because there’s no one to replace them,” the 71-year-old John told the crowd.The gala raised $3.9 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which was launched in 1992.While the organization has been a leader in the fight against AIDS, the theme of the night at a grand Midtown ballroom was civility toward one another. John said he’s worried about America because “we live in perilous times.” He called on Americans to help all people feel like they belong.“There should be no difference between the colour of your skin, the religion you choose or your political party. We have to come together and embrace each other,” John said.From the red carpet, John said civility has gone off the rails over the past couple of years. He’s especially disturbed by attacks on the transgender community.“That doesn’t sit very well with me. Because people should have any right they want. People who want to be transgender should have their own rights,” John said.David Furnish, John’s husband, drew a similarity to the discrimination in the early day of the AIDS epidemic.“We like everybody to be treated with kindness and compassion,” he said. “You have to bring everybody along for the ride.”John’s global humanitarian efforts help raise money for innovative AIDS prevention programs and campaigns to end stigma, as well as providing treatment, care and support services for people living with the disease. He’s proud of the organization’s humble beginnings.“We started off on the kitchen table in Atlanta, and we’ve grown to where we are today. We’ve raised over $430 million worldwide. We’ve been responsible with matching funds worldwide over a billion dollars. That’s pretty amazing for a small organization like us. And we’ve survived,” John said from the carpet“Our motto is, no one gets left behind,” he said. “If you leave people behind, you’re never gonna win.”The evening was hosted by “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative was the guest speaker. He made a passionate plea to reach out to people in places you have traditionally avoided.The evening’s honorees included the Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker, Joe McMillan of the real estate investment firm DDG and philanthropist Patricia Hearst.The granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, she is known for the events following her 1974 kidnapping by the terrorist group the Symbionese Liberation Army. Hearst spoke briefly on the red carpet.“This is really the only organization that right now I would do this for. Because I do prefer to just be behind the scenes. This isn’t a big ego moment for me. This is something very special, and that’s why I agreed to be honoured,” Hearst said.The night closed with a performance by Sheryl Crow.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2019 8:47 am PDT Chaka Khan, “Hello Happiness” (Diary/Island Records)With just seven songs in 28 minutes, Chaka Khan’s “Hello Happiness” is a little bundle of joy, emphasis on the little. But you shouldn’t feel shortchanged.Consider it instead as a corrective to all those overlong, overblown collections of incessant sonic doodles and listen up as the iconic singer makes her feelings and intentions clear from the start: “Music makes me say/Goodbye sadness/Hello happiness.”Khan’s clarity of purpose comes on the back of a dramatic awakening after the 2016 death of Prince, a close collaborator, which helped her confront her own addiction to prescription drugs.The title track is a good sampler for the rest of the record — deep grooves, dancefloor beats and Khan’s excellent voice, which, even decades since her days with Chicago funksters Rufus and a dozen years after her last solo release, has not lost the ability to create its own flow while forming a tight connection to each song.The production from Switch and Sarah Ruba Taylor applies just the right amount of now sounds to classic disco and funk structures, with some space judiciously reserved for rapturous reggae on “Isn’t That Enough” and a gliding acoustic guitar and tap-tap-tapping percussion on cozy closer “Ladylike.”Elsewhere, the scalding, exuberant “Too Hot” isn’t shy to describe the kind of man who’ll earn a swipe right, and “Like Sugar,” a contortionist’s dream, features Khan on timbales and is based on the Fatback Band’s “(Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop.”Chaka Khan has found some contentment and “Hello Happiness” is gratifying proof.Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Review: Chaka Khan’s ‘Hello Happiness’ is mini bundle of joy This cover image released by Diary Records/Island Records shows “Hello Happiness,” the latest release by Chaka Khan. (Diary Records/Island Records via AP)