Royal Westmoreland Wins ‘Barbados’ Leading Spa Resort’ Award at World Travel Awards

Royal Westmoreland Wins ‘Barbados’ Leading Spa Resort’ Award at World Travel Awards

Royal Westmoreland and its Indulgence Spa was awarded Barbados’ Leading Spa Resort at the annual World Travel Awards recent ceremony in the Bahamas. The resort, which has the island’s only Elemis spa, won the award against competition from Sandy Lane, Coral Reef Club, Cobblers Cove and The Fairmont Royal Pavilion.

The World Travel Awards are acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, celebrating those organisations that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence.

The Indulgence Spa at Royal Westmoreland is situated just a few steps away from the white sands of Mullins Beach and features a large swimming pool with a waterfall for pre and post treatment relaxation and four treatment rooms, plus a gym. Treatments range from quick pick-me-up scrubs using an exotic lime & ginger salt formula, to massages for golfers and more involved Hydrotherm treatments, for which only their therapists are qualified to perform on island.

Royal Westmoreland say: “The award is a great honour and encouragement for the team at our Indulgence Spa, who are very passionate about what they do. The team participates in regular training courses to give our guests the best possible experience and be on top of the latest spa treatments. It’s great to see that these efforts are not only being acknowledged by our guests, but also by an industry award as reputable as the World Travel Awards.”

World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke adds: “My congratulations to all our winners all of whom are working tirelessly to drive up standards in the competitive Caribbean and North American hospitality markets.

The World Travel Awards will conclude with a Grand Final Gala Ceremony on 12th December in Morocco.

For more information phone+44 (0)1524 889341, Email rwsales@royal-westmoreland.com

Or visit www.royalwestmoreland.com 

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Editors Notes:

Royal Westmoreland celebrated their 20th anniversary in April 2014 and has won numerous awards over the years including ‘Best International Golf Development’ and ‘Best Multiple Development for The Caribbean and Americas’ for the estate’s Royal Apartments at the International Property Awards.

In addition, Royal Westmoreland received the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ from leading travel review site TripAdvisor, following consistent high holiday guest ratings. This puts Royal Westmoreland in the top 10% of all Trip Advisor businesses worldwide.

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New Developments in the Tirol, Austria, Launched by British Developer Kristall Spaces

New Developments in the Tirol, Austria, Launched by British Developer Kristall Spaces 

Kristall Spaces, a British-managed international developer in the Austrian Tirol is launching two new apartment schemes in Kühtai and St Anton at a time of strong demand from UK buyers driven by affordability, demand from an international rental market and substantial investment in ski resort infrastructure.  Currently Austrian ski resort property offers exceptional value for money with prices generally about 50% less than resorts in France and Switzerland, on a per square metre basis.

Kristall Spaces has started construction on the following two new schemes:

2020 Residences, Kühtai, Austria

This 16 apartment development offers exceptional value for money with prices starting at just €213,500 for a 1-bedroom apartment, €275,000 for a 2-bedroom apartment and €398,000 for a 3 bedroom apartment. Situated in Kühtai, Austria’s highest ski resort village at 2,020 metres, the apartments have breath-taking views of the surrounding peaks and are ski-in and ski-out. Kühtai was voted the best value for money ski destination in Europe by ADAC (from 100 resorts) and is the winner of the SkipassIndex 2014. Innsbruck airport is just 35 minutes away. Completion date is autumn 2016.

For the interior design customers can choose from various alpine themes or opt for a more bespoke finish from one of Austria’s leading hotel designers Köck & Bachler. Facilities include a sauna, steam and relaxation area. A fully managed and flexible rental programme is also included.

For centuries, Kühtai was the preferred hunting estate of the Habsburgs and today Christian Count Stolberg (great-grandson of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth of Austria) runs the neighbouring Jagdschloss Hotel.

 Mountain Spa Residences, St. Anton

The 28 fully furnished apartments are situated in one of the sunniest parts of St Anton and are surrounded by alpine meadows with some of the best views in the valley. Offering a ski-out location, the Nassereinbahn ski lift is just 500 metres away.

Owners have access to extensive leisure facilities including a 600m² on-site spa with a sauna and massage rooms, a 12-metre indoor and a 12-metre outdoor swimming pool.  Other facilities include an on-site lounge bar and brasserie restaurant and underground parking. The apartment comes with an on-site concierge, providing truly VIP services such as airport pick up and chauffeur service.  A fully managed, hassle-free rental programme from the experienced ski holiday specialist, MW Hotels & Resorts, is also included.

Prices start at €635,500 for a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment with a large balcony. Completion date is planned for the 2016/2017 ski season.

Savills’ newest Spotlight Report ‘Alpine Property Market 2015/16’ reveals that Austria’s strong domestic economy and record low interest rates have resulted in a national house price growth of 41% since 2008, compared to falls of 0.9 per cent in France over the same period. Despite the increase, Austria’s ski properties are still up to 50 % cheaper than resort property in the Swiss and French Alps, triggering a growing interest from savvy UK buyers, who in practice find it difficult to buy a second home in Austria, unless it is in a resort.

The report highlights that properties in Zell am See in Austria achieve square metre prices of €5,000 to €7,000, whilst the average ski chalet in France demands €10,000 and in Switzerland €9,000 to €10,000.

Branson Atterbury, Marketing Director at Kristall Spaces comments: “We have seen a 22% increase in Brits looking for property in Austria this year driven by reasonable prices and the strong Euro / Pound exchange rate, which means buyers are now able to save up to £20,000 when purchasing a property priced at €400,000.”

Over the last 15 years €6 billion has been spent to give Austrian resorts the most updated lift infrastructure and resort amenities in the industry, and to make facilities more luxurious. Examples include 8-seater chairlifts with heated seats, snow machines on over 50% of Austrian pistes and some of the most innovative piste facilities ranging from night-skiing and world-class fun parks to child-friendly themed slopes.

For more information see www.kristall-spaces.com  or contact Kristall Spaces on Tel: 020 3735 8790

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Editors Notes

Kristall Spaces is the sales and marketing arm of VenturePlus AG, a leading British-managed property developer with a 20-year track record in Austria and a current pipeline of ski property developments in various stages worth in excess of €100m.

They develop and sell more ski apartments in Austria than any other company and help owners achieve their dream lifestyle investment. They are currently developing property for sale in snow sure Kühtai, St Anton, Ischgl, Hintertux, Sölden and the Oetztal and have additional projects in the pipeline to be announced.

Kristall Spaces has offices in London’s Notting Hill and Switzerland.  VenturePlus AG draws on its past experience of developing student accommodation in London, care-home and residential property in Austria, Germany, Ireland and the UK, and retail, office, hospitality and logistics projects in the Balkans.

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2016 Predictions on the Sharing Economy and Home Exchange

2016 Predictions on the Sharing Economy and Home Exchange

by Giles Adams, Partner and President of 3RD HOME 

According to the most recent PwC report, the sharing economy’s value is expected to grow from a current £10 billion to £225 billion by 2025.

3RD HOME is one of the world’s leading home exchange businesses, covering 70+ destinations globally. Looking ahead, President, Giles Adams highlights what the sharing economy may offer us in 2016, the challenges for suppliers and what the government is doing to support the growth of the industry:

“The UK has witnessed a tremendous growth in the sharing economy this year with a spike in start-ups companies developing to meet the growing consumer demand. From carpooling to house swapping and house sitting, the sharing economy has empowered people to hire out their power drills and spare rooms and get the most from their assets. It is estimated that 25% of UK adults are sharing online. By 2025 the sharing economy is estimated to reach 50% market share in key sectors such as holiday accommodation and car-sharing/car rental.

“As property is one of our key assets, it comes as no surprise that more and more property owners want to utilise what they have to either generate extra income or value in alternative ways, or travel and stay in other destinations. Between October 2014 and October 2015, we grew our membership base by almost 60% to over 4,000 active members.  Based on this growth rate we are expecting to reach 5,000 members by early next year and 10,000 by the end of 2016.

“At the moment consumer hesitance is still a major factor to overcome, as the PwC report shows. Although 72% of consumers can see themselves being part of the sharing economy in the next two years, 57% still have some concerns over safety, variation in standards and regulations.

“3RD HOME carries out verification checks on all members and their properties. As applicants cannot get into the club without having a home of their own in the programme, there is a very strong community sense of ‘you do unto my property as you would have me do unto yours’.  Insurance coverage is also provided against accidental damage as a safety net, but we find it is rarely necessary.

“These security concerns have been picked by the UK government, which published its paper ‘Sharing economy: government response to the independent review’ in March this year. The government is keen on making the UK the capital of the world’s sharing economy and is working on integrating the sharing economy safely into today’s business landscape by bringing laws up to speed with modern behaviour and consumer preferences.”

“So looking forward to next year I believe that the strong backup from the government, innovations from suppliers such as 3RD HOME and increasing consumer awareness of the benefits of sharing assets will indeed make the growth of the sharing economy one of the stand out trends for this decade.”

For further information, please visit www.3rdhome.com. For additional commentary or a phone interview with Giles Adams, please contact:

P1 Communications
André Kappelhoff, andre.kappelhoff@p1communications.com, 0208 614 7500

Get into the Christmas spirit with great festive deals from HolidayPirates

Get into the Christmas spirit with great festive deals from HolidayPirates

HolidayPirates has sourced the best travel deals guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit this holiday season. Christmas can be spent experiencing the magic of New York, a fairytale Christmas in Prague or exploring Cologne’s famous Christmas markets.

Experience the magic of New York from only £572 per person

For a long time New York has been considered one of the best destinations to celebrate Christmas. The whole city transforms into a winter wonderland scattered with Christmas trees, holiday window displays and spectacular Christmas lights. Visitors can experience New York’s Christmas magic, whilst skating in Bryant Park, shopping along 5th Avenue, visiting Macy’s elaborate Santaland or watching the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

HolidayPirates’ New York package includes a five-night stay for two adults at MAve NYC hotel, a contemporary boutique hotel located a stone’s throw away from Madison Square Garden. Flights depart from Shannon airport, Ireland on the 23rd December and return on the 28th December 2015, including airport transfers.

Experience a fairytale Christmas in Prague from only £68 per person

Prague’s fairytale-like buildings make it the perfect location for a Christmas break. Visitors will feel as though they have been transported to a real life Disney World, featuring one of the largest castles in the World and the Tyn Church that partly inspired the castle in Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Prague is home to one of the best Christmas markets in Europe and the Old Town Square features a stage-set nativity scene, a huge Christmas tree and daily performances by folk bands and choirs.

The HolidayPirates’ deal includes a two-night stay at a five star spa hotel on the banks of the Vltava River, in the heart of Prague’s Old Town. The deal includes return flights and connections from London Stanstead, departing on the 8th December and returning on the 10th December.

Explore Cologne’s famous Christmas markets from as little as £63 per person

With not one, but seven Christmas markets and the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland, Cologne has a lot to offer to get you into the Christmas spirit. Visitors can take in the aroma of baked apples, cinnamon biscuits and mulled wine as they explore the differently themed Christmas markets.

HolidayPirates has sourced a great Christmas market break to Cologne priced from £63 per person, departing from London Stansted on the 8th December, and returning on the 10th December 2015. The deal includes a centrally located hotel, return flights, and flight connections.

To check out the rest of the Christmas deals on offer from HolidayPirates, visit www.holidaypirates.com

Editor’s notes:

Founded in 2011, HolidayPirates represents one of the fastest growing Online Travel Companies in Europe.  The unique concept of best travel deals rapidly gained popularity and has become preferred travel portal for millions of Germans. HolidayPirates have spread not only in Germany but also in Austria, UK and Ireland, Italy, France, Poland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain and Sweden. Users can find awesome travel deals for cheap flight, hotels and packages. HolidayPirates also post vouchers and great bus and train offers. Users can stay up to date with offers by using the mobile app and setting up custom alerts, following on Facebook, subscribing to the newsletter or by visiting the web page.

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E: jenna.osborne@p1communications.com

Trame di Lunigiana Launches in the UK

Trame di Lunigiana Launches in the UK

Making the Tuscany region of 100 castles more accessible

Trame di Lunigiana, a platform to book tours and cultural experiences in Tuscany’s north western Lunigiana region, in Italy, launches into the UK market this Autumn. For the first time visitors can access off-the-beaten track experiences by independent providers through one central website.

Lunigiana is a less known region in Tuscany stretching from the colourful coastal town of Lerici to the small Renaissance village of Fivizzano in the Apennine Mountains. From the cultured city of Pontremoli to the Candia hills covered in vineyards and olive groves, the picturesque mountain scenery and the 20km stunning coastline can now be explored by visitors with ease.

Trame di Lunigiana offers users an authentic travel experience showcasing Tuscany’s regional history, culture, art and cuisine. Home to over 100 medieval castles and Romanesque parishes, the website will allow travellers to plan their own unique travel experience matching their interest with reliable travel tips and proposals.

Central to the platform are several experiences that enable guests to take in the highlights of the region on horseback, by foot, electric bike or on an unforgettable Vespa tour. These can all be booked directly on the new website and include:

Authentic Cooking Classes – Taking place in the kitchen of the magnificent Fosdinovo Castle local chef Mirella will show guests how to cook delicious Lunigiana recipes, after a visit to the local Sarzana market. Prices start from €75 (approx. £53) per person.

Gulf of Poets on a Vespa – A scenic tour on a 50CC original Piaggio scooter takes visitors through the fisherman’s villages of San Terenzo and Tellaro, the narrow streets of Lerici and high-up into Montemarcello Magra Natural Park to admire the beautiful coastline. The many poets that lived and took inspiration from the region included Percy Shelley and his wife Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein), David H. Lawrence, Henry James and Eugenio Montale. Prices start from €85 (approx. £60) per person. Alternatively visitors can take an electric bike tour of the region.

Horse Back Castle Tour – Visitors can go back in time with a horse-back tour of the castles along the scenic Via Francigena and enter on horseback inside the Fosdinovo Castle, as knights and noblemen once did in medieval times. Prices start from €95 (approx. £67) per person.

Pilgrims Tour of Via Francigena  – A three day walking tour on part of the walk trodden by pilgrims from all over the world for almost a thousand years on the Via Francigena as they passed en route to Rome. On this incredible journey, guests will visit the famous monasteries and abbeys along the route and stay overnight in rural accommodation. The price for the pilgrim tour is available upon request.

The Tuscan city of Pisa is roughly a 45 minute transfer to Lunigiana. British Airways, easyjet and Ryanair fly direct from the UK to Pisa during the summer months.

The Tuscan city of Florence is roughly a one and a half hour transfer to Lunigiana. British Airways and Jet2.com fly direct from the UK to Florence during the summer months.

For more information on tours and cultural experiences in Lunigiana visit www.tramedilunigiana.it/en

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Images available on request

Notes to Editors

Trame di Lunigiana is a new non-profit social enterprise, created by independent providers, to promote the Lunigiana region of western Tuscany. Focusing on the artistic, historic and cultural offerings available to visitors, an innovative online platform allows travellers’ access to accommodation facilities, tours and cultural experiences in the region.

Trame di Lunigiana is the winning project of the ARS contest (Art to Promote Social Employment), launched by Fondazione Italiana Accenture and recognising the best idea in the field of social innovation.

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E: jenna.osborne@p1communications.com 

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E: vicky.goodall@p1communications.com

Linthwaite launches ‘Winter Warmer’ break

Linthwaite launches ‘Winter Warmer’ break

Linthwaite, the luxury country house hotel in the Lake District, has launched a new ‘Winter Warmer’ break to help guests make the most of the British winter.

Yes it is cold outside, but coming in from the cold and warming up in front of a log fire is what winter is all about. Thanks to Linthwaite’s new offering, visitors can do just that whilst feasting on a selection of delicious winter treats. The ‘Winter Warmer’ break includes all of the following:

  • Complimentary Winter Pimms or mulled cider on arrival
  • Damson gin cocktail pre dinner
  • Seven course taster menu in the 3 AA Rosette restaurant with wine pairing
  • Visit to the local, independent Hawkshead Brewery*
  • Curated short walks to local pubs with real fire places
  • Afternoon cream tea served in the lounge next to the roaring fire with a selection of board games and a jigsaw puzzle always available
  • Hunter Wellies, in various sizes and colours, available for complimentary use when exploring the fabulous grounds

Located in the heart of the Southern Lakes in Cumbria, one mile south of Bowness-on- Windermere, Linthwaite sits in fourteen acres of beautiful secluded grounds and offers spectacular panoramic views across Lake Windermere and the surrounding Lake District fells.

Luxury accommodation is found in thirty en-suite bedrooms, each one with its own individual interior design and some featuring their own private hot tub and stunning lake view.

The ‘Winter Warmer’ break is available from now until 31st March and is bookable for a one or two night stay from £169.50 per person per night for a Cosy King Room.

To book the ‘Winter Warmer’ break visit www.linthwaite.com or call 01539 263 142

*Hawshead Brewery Tour is available Wednesdays and Fri-Sun at 2pm, subject to availability

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Editor’s notes:

Linthwaite is a luxury, four AA Red Star Hotel located on the southern lakes in Cumbria. Originally built as a country house in 1901, the hotel has been independently owned for 25 years.  Sitting in 14 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel offers complete privacy and spectacular panoramic views across Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells. Luxury accommodation is found in thirty en-suite bedrooms, each one with its own individual interior design and AA Red Star facilities. The hotel features a 3 AA Rosette restaurant where guests can sample some of the finest dishes in the Lake District.

Awards 2016

  • Conde Nast Johansens awarded Linthwaite with the ‘Best Service’ honour at the Conde Nast Johansens 2016 UK & Ireland Awards for Excellence
  • Linthwaite won the Good Hotel Guide’s, Editor’s Choice 2016 award in the Romantic Hotel category

 

 

Kick start the New Year with Linthwaite’s ‘January Detox’ break

Kick start the New Year with Linthwaite’s ‘January Detox’ break 

Looking for a little bit of luxury to relax and reset the system after the Christmas festivities? Look no further than Linthwaite’s new January Detox break in the Lake District, the perfect start to the New Year.

Losing those extra festive pounds can be a boring and arduous job, but Linthwaite’s new offering means guests can achieve the greatest gain with the least amount of pain. The ‘January Detox’ break includes all of the following:

  • A welcome non-alcoholic cocktail
  • In-room aromatherapy detox massage or reflexology treatment
  • Daily choice of freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juices to cleanse the system
  • Lighter choice menu options that are lower in fat and sugar for those on a weight loss regime
  • Recommended walks, especially commissioned for the hotel and written by the renowned local walking expert and author Marc Richards, following in the style of Alfred Wainright
  • Optional indulgence day at a nearby Elemis spa to rejuvenate, relax and revitalise in tranquil surroundings
  • The fresh air and inspiring vistas of the Lake District!

Guests opting for the lighter menu option need not worry that ‘healthy’ means bland. Linthwaite’s restaurant is widely recognised as one of the finest in the Lake District. Run by the talented Chef Chris O’Callaghan, the restaurant has been awarded three AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence, and is listed in both the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide.

Linthwaite’s picturesque location makes it a popular place to retreat and rejuvenate for a few days. Sitting on a hilltop one mile south of Bowness-on-Windermere, with sweeping views over Lake Windermere and the surrounding Lake District fells, the hotel sits on 14 acres of private landscaped gardens and has its own idyllic tarn.

Luxury accommodation is found in thirty en-suite bedrooms, each one with its own individual interior design and some featuring their own private hot tub and stunning lake view.

The ‘January Detox’ break is available from Monday 4th – Sunday 31st January 2016 and is bookable for a one or two night stay from £175 per person per night for a Lake or Garden View Room.

To book the ‘January Detox’ break, visit www.linthwaite.com or call 01539 263 142

Terms & Condition’s

Exclusion dates apply 

Editor’s notes:

Linthwaite is a luxury, four AA Red Star Hotel located on the southern lakes in Cumbria. Originally built as a country house in 1901, the hotel has been independently owned for 25 years.  Sitting in 14 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel offers complete privacy and spectacular panoramic views across Lake Windermere and the surrounding fells. Luxury accommodation is found in thirty en-suite bedrooms, each one with its own individual interior design and AA Red Star facilities. The hotel features a 3 AA Rosette restaurant where guests can sample some of the finest dishes in the Lake District.

Awards 2016

  • Conde Nast Johansens awarded Linthwaite with the ‘Best Service’ honour at the Conde Nast Johansens 2016 UK & Ireland Awards for Excellence
  • Linthwaite won the Good Hotel Guide’s, Editor’s Choice 2016 award in the Romantic Hotel category