New APT Concierge and Travelmarvel Companion apps

first_imgNew APT Concierge and Travelmarvel Companion apps combine essential travel features and functions in one easy to use application, and are free to download for Apple and Android devices. The apps are pre-loaded with each guest’s personalised travel information and tour itineraries and include travel tools such as detailed destinations maps that can be used without Wi-Fi connection when downloaded, currency converter, weather forecast, world time’s clock and budget tracking. The noticeboard function assists guests to interact with Tour Directors, by providing real-time updates during a tour. appsaptTravelmarvellast_img

Topdeck Travel has promoted Charles Knowlton to th

first_imgTopdeck Travel has promoted Charles Knowlton to the role of Global General Manager. Until recently, Knowlton was the General Manager Tour Operations North America, Australia and New Zealand, leading the team and setting a clear strategic path for operations in these destinations.“We’re extremely excited and proud to have Charles as part of our Global Leadership Team and look forward to his continued leadership and passion for the Topdeck brand, taking it to new heights,” said Global Managing Director Janine Salame.“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Charles since 2015, a truly humble, consistent and authentic leader who believes in the betterment of his people and their growth. Charles has earned respect and credibility at all levels of the business, and across the globe within the North America, UK, and Australian teams.Knowlton has had an impressive fifteen-year career in the travel and touring sector beginning his journey in 2004 as a Trip Leader, guiding customers through national parks across the US.In 2012 he relocated to London to become Topdeck’s Business Development Manager, was quickly promoted to International Sales Manager, and eventually took on a role as Brand Manager in 2013, where he played a pivotal role in launching Topdeck’s North America program.In 2016, Topdeck made the move to operate directly in North America and took Knowlton on the journey, appointing him as General Manager Tour Operations for the region. After two successful seasons managing in-market operations relationships, Knowlton became Topdeck’s General Manager Tour Operations for both North America and Australia/New Zealand. appointmentsTopdeck Travellast_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “Everybody wants to beat on the drum about a second receiver,” the head coach said, “but I think we’ve got some receivers that we’d like to see what they can do.”Of course, Whiz can’t see what players can do if they’re not on the field, and adding another wideout to the mix would decrease the amount of snaps available to any of the youngsters. That certainly won’t appease the crowd that wanted a player like Braylon Edwards, Malcom Floyd or Lee Evans, but it really comes down to how much you trust the head coach’s judgment. ArizonaSports.com’s Craig Grialou contributed to this report Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Cardinals fans, it may be time to get used to the idea of hearing the names Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts, Early Doucet, Chansi Stuckey, Stephen Williams and DeMarco Sampson, as they are likely to be the receivers catching passes from Cardinals quarterbacks this year. While many have been hoping to see the Cardinals acquire a veteran wideout to pair with Fitzgerald, Ken Whisenhunt has maintained his confidence in his young-but-unproven group. Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo When the 2012 schedule was unveiled, the Arizona Cardinals probably didn’t circle their Week 7 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings as one of the tougher games they’d face during the first half of their season.But mired in a two-game losing streak and playing without starting quarterback Kevin Kolb – who will miss several weeks after having multiple ribs detached from his sternum, while also spraining the sternoclavicular joint in his chest in last Sunday’s 19-16 loss to Buffalo – the Cardinals head to Minnesota Sunday to face one of the big surprises in the NFL thus far in 2012, the 4-2 Minnesota Vikings. The former No. 12 overall pick has not been asked by Leslie Frazier to simply hand the ball off to star running back Adrian Peterson this season. In four of the team’s first six games, Ponder has thrown at least 35 attempts and at least two touchdowns.He also is more than capable of moving out of the pocket, rushing 19 times for 90 yards this season. His passer rating (92.4) is good for ninth in the NFL and indicative as to how much he has helped Minnesota go from projected door mats to serious contenders in a talent NFC North.Offense:Skelton and Ponder may be the focal point of Sunday’s game, but both teams have offenses that rely on their surrounding parts.Although they left a loser in Week 6, the Cardinals were pleasantly surprised by undrafted free agent William Powell against Buffalo. While he didn’t get the start, Powell gave Arizona a balanced offensive attack (36 passes to 30 runs) with 13 carries for 70 yards.The bright spots really end there though, because regardless of balanced play-calling, the Cardinals’ offense continues to struggle largely because of gaping holes along the offensive line.Tackles Bobby Massie and D’Anthony Baptiste currently are No. 1 and No. 2 in the NFL in most sacks allowed, and over the past three weeks as a team Arizona has surrendered 22 of them to the Dolphins, Bills and Rams. Kolb was injured on a broken play last Sunday, but even before leaving the game in the fourth quarter, he was getting bruised and battered by a previously underwhelming Bills’ pass rush.Larry Fitzgerald may be making a Minnesota homecoming Sunday, but if the offensive line doesn’t give Skelton time to use his powerful right arm, No. 11 is likely todisappoint friends and family in the Metrodome crowd.For the Vikings, Ponder has been a big story line, but the team’s stars have played like stars in 2012.After suffering an ACL injury against Washington in Week 16 last season, all-pro Adrian Peterson miraculously was back for the Vikings’ Week 1 over Jacksonville. While he hasn’t been in the end zone in five games, Peterson is just shy of 500 yards rushing on the year good for seventh in the NFL. Also, of note he has yet to lose a fumble this season – which has plagued him throughout his terrific career.Percy Harvin has been no slouch this season, either. The wideout out Florida already has 49 catches for 540 yards, and is weapon wherever the Vikings choose to put him on the field.Defense:When you’re losing, rarely do people pay attention to silver linings. But if there has been one during the Cardinals’ two-game losing streak, it’s undoubtedly been the defense. Allowing a combined 36 points in their last two games, Ray Horton’s squad has kept the team in both contests even when it probably didn’t deserve to be. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Prediction: Vikings 27, Cardinals 12 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img If there has been a weakness for this unit in 2012, it’s been against the run. Ranked No. 19 in the league in rushing yards allowed, the Cardinals’ defense will have to clamp down against Peterson Sunday if they have any plans in keeping the team in the game for a third consecutive week. Leading the NFL in sacks helps, but if Peterson is able to run wild all day it won’t matter.Minnesota’s defense comes into Sunday’s game with Arizona pissed off to say the least. After giving up a season-high 38 points to Robert Griffin and the Redskins, they definitely plan to take it out on John Skelton. The question is will the Cardinals’ offensive line oblige like it has so willingly in recent weeks?The Vikings’ pass rush, led by perennial Pro Bowler Jared Allen, has been a middle of the pack bunch this season in terms of getting pressure on the quarterback. But you better believe they will be licking their chops inside the Metrodome, as they face off against a beleaguered line and a rusty quarterback.Sacks and pressures may come into play Sunday, but it’s the turnover battle that might ultimately decide the outcome.Outlook:The Vikings are not a perfect team by any means heading into Week 7, but the Cardinals have too much going against them to make me think this road matchup will help them buck recent trends. Playing in front of another raucous dome crowd, in a city they haven’t won since 1977, doesn’t help matters either. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact To make matters worse, Arizona has lost seven straight games in Minnesota dating back to 1977, and were pummeled by the Vikings to the tune of 34-10 in 2011.Quarterbacks:The Cardinals will start John Skelton for the first time since Week 1 against Seattle, although this time not on the basis of merit but rather injury,Skelton, who suffered a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter of Arizona’s 20-16 win over the Seahawks, looked every bit the part of a rusty quarterback after replacing Kolb late in last Sunday’s game against the Bills.While he did help lead the Cardinals down the field for a game-tying score and eventually found Larry Fitzgerald for 28 yards to set up a potential game-winning field goal, Skelton definitely wasn’t the same quarterback who won the starting job back in the preseason.The third-year quarterback out of Fordham completed just two passes on 10 attempts and misread coverage which led to an easy interception by the Bills’ Jairus Byrd in overtime.Ironically, neither Skelton nor Vikings’ starter Christian Ponder played in last year’s matchup, but Ponder is a big reason for Minnesota’s success in 2012. While his statistics won’t jump out at you – averaging 237 yards passing per game with a 2:1 touchdown to interception ration – Ponder has matured leaps and bounds since his up-and-down rookie season in 2011. Top Stories last_img read more

Teams get really concerned about losing a guy bec

first_img“Teams get really concerned about losing a guy because he’s gonna get suspended because he enters the league already in the substance abuse program,” Schlereth said. The 2015 NFL Draft starts Thursday in Chicago. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “Randy Gregory is in the Marijuana program, and once you are in the program, you are tested highly and consistently,” ESPN anlayst Mark Schlereth told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7FM. “That is the big issue and reason why he slips and (Jameis) Winston doesn’t. Gregory will be a good player, but maybe not a great character guy.”Last week, Cardinals’ GM Steve Keim weighed in on the risk players like Gregory pose.“It’s tough. When you see a guy with a tremendous amount of talent but he’s got off-field issues, you’re thinking to yourself, ‘what kind of kid really is he?’” Keim said. “But, at the end of the day, you realize through years of experience that guys either don’t make it because they have off-field issues, they have injuries, they can’t learn it or they don’t love it enough. Those are really to me the four principles of why guys don’t make it. You look at players and you say, ‘is he a complete player? Does he play hard? Does he play smart? Does he play physical?’ If you can check the boxes there, I think you have a chance.” On the flipside there’s always the chance things go south. Take Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon, for example. One of the most talented receivers in the NFL, he only played in five games last season and is currently suspended for the 2015 season due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Mark Schlereth, ESPN NFL analyst If Nebraska’s Randy Gregory falls to the Arizona Cardinals at number 24 on Thursday it won’t be because of anything he has done on the field. Gregory ranks ninth on Nebraska’s all-time sack list with 17.5, which he accumulated in only two seasons. As a junior in 2014, Gregory was named 2014 second-team All-American (FWAA) and first-team All-Big Ten (Media, Coaches).But after testing positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February his stock has taken a hit. Top Stories Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Not many people envisioned the Cardinals only havi

first_imgNot many people envisioned the Cardinals only having four wins through the first 11 weeks of the season, but that’s where they currently stand. Arizona is currently three games behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West and is two games out of the Wild Card hunt with six games remaining. General manager Steve Keim talked about the disappointing season and what he saw against the Vikings when he joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Monday.When you look at the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Minnesota Vikings, what do you see?“Broken record. Another game where statistically you look at the sheet and it says one thing and the loss column tells you another. And it’s getting old and we’ve got to fix that and that comes down to making plays, minimizing mistakes, particularly mental mistakes, and stepping up when it’s time to make that play in the game from your playmakers, the guys who you’re counting on, and we haven’t done that and that’s no secret.”What has been the biggest issue for not being able to win games?“It’s hard for me to put my finger on it, but you get something going and again like yesterday, I felt like we just kept trying to play catch up. We got into a situation where we started to run the ball really well, I thought David (Johnson) got into a groove and then explosive plays hurt us. Being in the red zone and throwing an interception for a 100-yard touchdown and then obviously the start of the third quarter with the kickoff return for a touchdown. Again you keep getting put in a hole. We did a nice job in the third and fourth quarter taking away the run and then in passing situations we were down to our third guard and they started running a lot of games and stunts and we had a lot of trouble picking those up.” LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Is there something wrong with John Brown?“Well he’s a guy who’s got all the ability in the world, I mean we know from the past that he’s been a playmaker for us. So hopefully John can step up and make the plays when they’re out there. Guys like John and Michael Floyd, guys who’ve been critical pieces to our offense in the past, you know unfortunately Michael was dealing with an illness yesterday. He got sick and he was trying to play through that, which showed a lot to me about his mental and physical toughness. But there’s no doubt, it comes down to making plays in this game and we just haven’t made enough of them.”Were there effort issues with Floyd on Sunday?“No I mean listen, when I got (to U.S. Bank Stadium) in the morning he was with our trainers and I know he’d been up most of the night. So I’ll give Michael a pass on how he was feeling yesterday, because he really did battle through it.” Cardinals GM Steve Keim watches training camp Aug. 2. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) What is the biggest issue with special teams?“You know I think it’s playing with cohesiveness, and when I watched the return yesterday it comes down to the guys running down field and having the will to make a play. Wolf knows this better than anybody, half the special teams is the mentality and the effort that you put forth. There were three or four guys that got caved on that play and they got to stay in their lanes and stay physical at the point of attack and they didn’t.”How did Carson Palmer play?“I think it takes 11 men for a quarterback to play well. There were times where guys weren’t getting open and separating in the passing game, there were times where the protection wasn’t good. So it was hard for him to get in a rhythm, but he did make some excellent throws as he always does, but again, he made some critical mistakes as well and we got to try and get that cleaned up. We got a huge game ahead of us with Atlanta who obviously has an explosive offense and it’s going to be a big test for us in a road game away.”What can a general manager do after the trade deadline to try and turn it around?“When you’re in a leadership position it’s several things. No. 1, it’s the motto I’ve had since the day I was hired here 19 years ago, and that’s be a part of the solution not part of the problem and you have to be a positive leader and you have to continue to try to instill that in your organization from owner to GM to head coach. And these are the tough times, this is when you face adversity, no one anticipated this start but we’ve got to continue to battle, nobody’s going to throw the white flag in. There are times when you got to bring in players and shuffle the back end of your roster and see if you can find some guys, particularly on special teams who can run down the field and make plays.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling What happened to Earl Watford?“He had some stingers, so he was dealing with those issues and so we had to bring in, again, a guy who came off the street a few weeks ago. And (he) didn’t play terrible, there was just things when they started running those games and stunts as you know Wolf, you got to be on the same page as the player beside you and that lack of experience showed up.”Will Watford miss any time?“No, I have no clue yet. We’ll find out the next couple days.”Is leadership on this team a strength or a weakness?“I think we have a core of leaders in the locker room. There are certain guys, you know like a Tyrann Mathieu who is a leader for us, who’s injured right now. It’s hard for him to be out on the field and be a leader, but I still think we have a core of guys that love it and care like Larry (Fitzgerald) and Carson (Palmer) and Calais (Campbell) and Frostee Rucker, so it hurts these guys and I know that. The effort hasn’t been the problem, it’s more about execution and playing smart and that’s been a reoccurring theme, like I said, which is the more frustrating point.”Do you expect Mathieu to be ready for Atlanta?  Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires ErrorOK ErrorOKWhere is your level of frustration right now?“Wow, a 10. There’s nothing I care more about with this organization than winning and putting a product on the field for our fans to be proud of, and we haven’t done that this year. Missed opportunities is certainly the thing I would say is the thing I would think about this season so far, and that’s the fine line and the difference between winning and losing in the NFL and we got to continue to keep working and the season is not over. I know that’s not what fans and the people that are supporting us want to hear, but we’re certainly not going to quit.”Do you look back when trying to identify the problem with the season?“No, we’re self-evaluating every day and again, that’s both on the coaching side, from the schematical standpoint and the personnel side on the decisions we’ve made on this end. It’s one of those things that it’s a tough business, but that’s what we get paid for, is to produce, and we’ve let our fans down, especially when our expectations were so high. But like I said, the one thing is is that I think we have a great organizational structure in place to withstand this and to move forward to continue to put a product on the field that our fans are proud of.” – / 22 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals’ playoff aspirations took a shot on Sunday as they lost to the Minnesota Vikings 30-24.In a game where David Johnson had 160 total yards (103 rushing, 57 receiving) and two touchdowns for his 10th consecutive game with at least 100 yards from scrimmage, it was not enough to get a critical win.A couple of costly turnovers and poor special teams play nipped the Cardinals during the game. In the end though when the Cards had an opportunity, the offensive line buckled and couldn’t protect Carson Palmer on their final two drives, thwarting any hopes of a comeback. The game’s last meaningful play fittingly ended on a 15-yard sack from defensive end Danielle Hunter. Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. “You know I thought he was close last week, and then just didn’t feel 100 percent confident in the shoulder at that time so, I think moving forward I think there’s a good chance. You never can tell with injuries like that, but again, knowing Tyrann, if anybody’s going to be out there with that type of injury it’ll be him.”Bruce Arians dismissed the notion of the special teams woes being coach Amos Jones’ fault. How do you evaluate that it’s a player issue and not a coaching issue?“Well we’ll certainly sit down and discuss that stuff after the season. But the thing that, again, is the reoccurring theme is not just special teams but offensively and defensively we’ve played extremely inconsistent. And really at the end of the day it comes down to the 53 men in the locker room. I can tell you, I’m out at practice every day and I can hear the way our staff coaches these young men up, and at some point in time it comes down to those guys executing and doing the right things on the field. And again, I take ownership in that as well, because these are the players I supplied to our coaching staff. So it starts at the top and it’s certainly something we all have to look in the mirror and it starts with me.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The Cardinals got back in the win column with a 31

first_imgThe Cardinals got back in the win column with a 31-23 victory over the Washington Redskins, and that game has many believing they are back and primed to make a run late in the season.Are they really?Paul Calvisi says he’s not buying that thought, though he is also not a believer in the Miami Dolphins’ supposed fearsome defense or a Miami team that is one of the better squads in the AFC.Does that mean the Cardinals will leave South Beach with a victory? Well, they are the only team who will be playing on that field who has a legitimate shot at the postseason, so… Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Not very telling.How many touches and how much will the Cardinals lean on their star running back who is coming off a season-ending injury?“Um, we’ll find out,” Bradford added. “Obviously, David, he’s one of the best offensive football players in the league and you know, we’re going to look to use him in a number of ways and to try to get him as many touches as he can handle.”On Wednesday, maybe the most intel into offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s plans came from Johnson himself, who seemed assured he will be featured often and diversely.“I hope so. It seems that way,” he said. “We have, also, other weapons, but I feel like I will be a big contributor to the offense.”EXTRA POINTS— Defensive end Markus Golden was the only player who did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Wilks said he is progressing but said that if “a guy is not practicing by Thursday it’s tough for them to be ready for the game.”— The Cardinals players voted Fitzgerald, Bradford, Patrick Peterson, Chandler Jones, Corey Peters, Antoine Bethea and Phil Dawson as team captains for the season.— Sam Bradford, on what he’s seen from second-year WR Chad Williams: “Chad, he’s got all the tools to be a great receiver. Just his speed, his physicality. He’s won a number of contested one-on-one balls in training camp. He’s a guy who’s really strong at the catch point. If he gets his hands on it, he’s usually coming down with it.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — There’s no point in hiding the obvious.Running back David Johnson, mended wrist and all, will carry, jump-cut and catch the Arizona Cardinals to success or failure in 2018. He’s plenty motivated.He’s yet to reach a contract extension with the team as of Wednesday, four days before Arizona opens the year by hosting the Washington Redskins. The fourth-year pro, as humbly as one can, has his own goals, including becoming the third player ever to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing and 1,000-yard receiving mark for a single season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact He’s got something to prove.“Obviously I want the contract to be done as soon as possible,” Johnson said. “That’s a little bit of a motivation. But there’s so much other stuff, the injury and everything that I’m going to prove — and with a contract, that’s another thing. I’m definitely going to have that in the back of my head when I play.Related LinksWeek 1 NFL injury report: Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington RedskinsFormer Cardinal Larry Centers: David Johnson is ‘before his time’Cardinals’ D.J. Humphries will host Big Red Rage on 98.7 FMBehind Enemy Lines: Washington Redskins open 2018 vs. Cardinals“I’m very excited though. Coaches really let us know we need to be physical, start at the line of scrimmage, be able to ground-and-pound.”Ah, yes. Johnson and a reloaded offensive line of four players who were first-round picks — plus rookie third-round pick Mason Cole at center — want to pave defenses like road graders.“I think it’s always important they reflect their draft status,” head coach Steve Wilks said dryly. “I think if you look at the offensive line, I think they’ve proven that.”Beyond that, what are these 2018 Cardinals?The preseason glimpses of the packages involving receivers moving between X, Y and Z, two tight ends and a fullback allude to an enticing array of possibilities. But the Cardinals’ head coach and their two offensive leaders not named Larry Fitzgerald wouldn’t offer much more on Wednesday. “Hopefully touchdowns, hopefully moving the chains, hopefully converting on third down, hopefully scoring in the red zone and not kicking field goals,” Wilks joked.Once he dropped the sarcasm, his only hope was for execution. Wilks also suggested the team will “spread the ball around.”At the head of that discussion, nobody outside Arizona expects much out of quarterback Sam Bradford, who reiterated he’s ready to go after a long recovery from knee surgery that began after Week 2 of last season when he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings.Bradford flashed accuracy in the preseason, completing 8-of-11 passes for 73 yards while working out of quick three-step drops to help him avoid standing in the pocket and taking punishment. Also over the exhibitions, Arizona bullied opponents’ defensive lines on eight Johnson carries for 50 yards.But even how Arizona will use Johnson is unknown. The Cardinals running back caught one pass for five yards in two preseason games.“In the preseason, obviously we were pretty vanilla,” Bradford said. “We kind of lined up and did what we did. There weren’t really a lot of wrinkles used in the preseason. I would look to see a little bit of a different look.” David Johnson on Saturday, July 28, 2018, the first full day of Arizona’s training camp. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Luxury Collection

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts will debut in Panama with the opening of The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort, Panama City, located minutes from the capital’s city-centre.Operated by Bristol Hospitality Group, The Santa Maria is a five-star resort delivering exceptional experiences to travellers seeking an authentic connection to the destination. With this exciting opening, The Luxury Collection expands its footprint in South America where it now operates six properties.“We are delighted to introduce The Santa Maria Hotel & Golf Resort – The Luxury Collection’s first property in Panama and a portal to the destination’s remarkable landscape and rich heritage,” said Mitzi Gaskins, global brand leader, The Luxury Collection. “Panama is a desirable location for global explorers seeking authentic travel experiences, and we are thrilled to invite guests to explore the destination through the lens of The Luxury Collection.”Located within an exclusive neighborhood next to the Costa del Este and Santa Maria business parks and just minutes away from the airport and Panama City’s city centre, The Luxury Collection’s Santa Maria is poised to elevate the destination’s luxury hospitality landscape. The hotel features 182 luxurious guestrooms and suites with authentic Panamanian design elements including the Guna Yala inspired traditional Mola blankets to adorn the beds, handmade baskets made by the Embera community and wood mined from the depth of the Gatun Lake. The Santa Maria offers stunning urban and golf course views, two restaurants, a state-of-the-art spa, a fitness centre with natural light, an outdoor pool and exceptional meeting and event spaces.“Panama is known as the ‘Crossroad of the World’ as it is deeply rich with history, inspiring landmarks, and natural beauty,” said Fidel Reyes, general manager at The Santa Maria. “We’re looking forward to welcoming guests with our warm approach to hospitality and excellent service.”The hotel’s interior design balances the history and culture of the destination with beautifully crafted furniture and decor, including a library filled with carefully curated books on Panama’s local culture. The décor, all accented by handmade artefacts from Reprosa’s Treasure of Panama, the leading company in the preservation of the country’s history and cultural traditions, is reflected throughout the property.Upon arrival, guests of The Santa Maria are whisked into a lush urban oasis surrounded by views of the only Championship Nicklaus Design 18 holes, 72-par golf course in Panama City. Developed to handle Panama’s climate and managed by the world’s largest golf management company, Troon, the exquisite course features rippling fairways, beautiful greens and sculptured bunkers that are challenging for all skill levels. The Santa Maria’s golf course is celebrated throughout the design of the hotel with views from nearly every direction, including views of its signature waterfall hole.Guests can enjoy an array of luxury amenities including a selection of ancestral spa treatments inspired by natural, local ingredients. Dining at The Santa Maria will delight the palate, as Mestizo Restaurant will present some of the finest Panamanian cuisines alongside an international blend of flavours. Guests can also savour fine meat cuts and fresh seafood in the country-club-styled Ocean Prime restaurant. During the day, the Coffee Shop and Deli serves Boquete’s rare Geisha coffee blend, while AQVA invites guests to relax with delicious bites and refreshing cocktails. Additionally, the resort offers 700 square metres of exceptional sun-lit meeting and event space that includes a grand ballroom, three breakout rooms and a private boardroom with an independent foyer.Designed for the current generation of global explorers who seek authentic cultural experiences, the resort’s team of dedicated and experienced concierges led by Les Clefs d’Or invite guests to explore custom-curated tours designed to immerse guests in the authentic Panama, whether through a lunch at a favourite local restaurant or a canoe down the Chagres River to spend the day with the Embera tribe. The resort’s location in  offers guests access to some of the destination’s cultural attractions, including Casco Viejo, the world-famous Panama Canal, the Frank Gehry-designed Biodiversity Museum, and the country’s resplendent islands and rainforest.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Viking has released a c

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterViking has released a compelling offer on one of its most popular river cruise itineraries – Waterways of The Tsars.The 13-day journey between Moscow and St Petersburg is priced from $7,895 per person in a Deluxe Stateroom, or from $9,395 in a Veranda Stateroom. Guests receive free return flights to Russia and can now also choose between three bonus options: a two-night extension in St Petersburg, the Silver Spirits Beverage Package which covers virtually all drinks on board, or $1,000 shipboard credit per stateroom.The promotion is available on new bookings only, across select sailings from May to October 2019 and must be booked by 31 July 2018, unless sold out prior.“Russia is where Viking started 21 years ago and we firmly believe no one delivers a better experience in this region than Viking,” said General Manager Marketing and Communications, Jane Moggridge.“We’ve had very strong sales for Russia this year for the 2019 season so we expect this offer to sell out fast. If you have any guests interested in Russia now is the time to book.”All Viking river cruises are inclusive of:All onboard mealsPremium wine and beer with lunch and dinnerA free shore excursion in every portUnlimited free Wi-FiTipping and gratuitiesThe free airfare promotion is valid in Australia from Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberraº, Darwinº, Hobartº, Launcestonº, Melbourne and Sydney. In New Zealand from Aucklandº, Christchurchº and Wellingtonº.º – May require an overnight at guests’ own arrangement expense.For enquiries and bookings, call 138 747.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more