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    Introducing The Luxury Chalet Company

    The Luxury Chalet Company is a portfolio of some of the most super luxe ski properties available to rent across Europe, offering a money can buy experience to those who have the cash to splash.Launched in 2022 by Cameron Temple, The Luxury Chalet Company’s passion for premium alpine properties began on the slopes. As avid skiers and snowboarders, the team has spent many decades in Europe’s most popular ski resorts witnessing a shift in the accommodation available. Where there were once rather standard holiday homes, gradually more and more exquisite slopeside properties have begun to emerge across Europe. Today, the continent’s luxury ski chalets are some of the world’s most opulent, and with the amenities to match. From outdoor pools overlooking the snow capped mountains to temperature-controlled cellars filled with some of the rarest French wines around.
    With the team’s expert resort knowledge and extensive connections to the top private chefs, leading ski instructors, wellness and fitness practitioners and show stopping event planners, The Luxury Chalet Company pride themselves on delivering an unparalleled winter holiday, where every need, no matter how niche (think flying in specific washing up soap – yes, really), has been listened to and every detail taken care of.
    Whether you want to reach the slopes via helicopter and be first on the fresh snow with ‘first tracks’ access, attend exclusive apres-ski parties or looking for the best family-friendly spots with ski schools, childcare and premium all-day dining options, The Luxury Chalet Company promises a true VIP experience for every eventuality.
    Each handpicked chalet in the current collection of over 600 properties falls into three categories:
    Ultimate – typically valued at over €100,000 for a seven-night stay. These are the ultimate chalets, resorts and exclusive hotels which include multiple members of staff, spas, swimming pools, saunas, hammams, cinema rooms, 24hr chauffeur service and an in-house gourmet chef.ADVERTISEMENTLuxury – typically valued at €15,000 – €100,000 for a seven-night stay. These are five- star luxury chalets, exclusive hotels and penthouses which include staff, leisure amenities and various fine dining catering options.
    4* Lux – typically valued at €5,000 – €15,000 for a seven- night stay. These include apartments, penthouses and chalets and may include shared leisure amenities or a single private leisure amenity. The majority of these properties are self-catered but some B&B options are available.
    With such an expansive portfolio, The Luxury Chalet Company has a wide range of availability, from Christmas and New Year, right through to early Spring.
    To view The Luxury Chalet Company portfolio and check availability, please visit their website.

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    JW Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of over 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today announces the opening of the first Marriott International luxury hotel in St. Maarten: JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa. Nestled in a tropical haven exuding multicultural charm, JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa embodies the brand’s mindful ethos, offering travelers an enriching Caribbean retreat that nourishes the mind, body, and spirit.“JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa marks our debut in this striking corner of the Caribbean, not only punctuating our incredible growth in the region, but also strengthening our global presence,” said Bruce Rohr, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott. “JW Marriott is committed to anchoring in premier destinations worldwide and this property seamlessly blends JW Marriott’s guiding wellness principles and luxury amenities, with locale-forward complements and tropical warmth closely in tow. We are poised to reimagine the hospitality landscape in St. Maarten and are eager to welcome guests to our newest jewel.”
    Upon arrival at JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa, guests are welcomed by a majestic two-story stone clad tower, crowned with an ornate steel dome that pays homage to the island’s rich Dutch architectural heritage. Inside, the property unfolds into a series of inviting spaces, beginning with a welcoming grand lobby adorned with a library, lounge, and an elegant JW Bar. The property boasts versatile event spaces, a convenient JW Market, and a culinary school where guests can participate in a plethora of enriching and uplifting experiences throughout their stay. Adding to the property’s allure is a tranquil courtyard garden, offering guests a serene retreat for moments of quiet reflection.
    JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa welcomes travelers with 200 stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites blending modern flair and coastal elegance that feature stunning views of the sea and St. Barths in the distance. Designed by Cauhaus Design, the spacious guest rooms provide unparalleled comfort offering a warm atmosphere infused with rich tones, natural wood finishes, handcrafted tile accents, and elegant cove lighting alongside best-in-class entertainment systems encouraging guests to Stay in the Moment®.  Distinctive artworks and artifacts enhance the guest rooms and suites and pay homage to the island’s rich history and reverence of craftsmanship.
    The hotel also features four elevated dining venues, each with its own tie to the multicultural destination. Liguria is a vibrant celebration of the sun and the sea, drawing inspiration from the coastal Mediterranean with a menu that emphasizes regional flavors including fresh vegetables, seafood, citrus, grains, and herbs. Basil, grape tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes from the JW Garden are incorporated into popular menu items such as the pastry chef’s house-baked Focaccia. Complementing this breadth of Mediterranean soul, the wine list ranges from French rosés and Italian reds to more unique expressions from Greece, Spain, and other coastal regions. Carambola represents the laid-back breakfast, lunch, and dinner dining scene locally referred to as “flip-flop fine dining” utilizing fresh ingredients from the JW Garden such as curly parsley, used in the signature tabbouleh, and bok choy which is used to make Carambola’s housemade kimchi.
    The Lobby Bar is the hub to the contemporary food forum with creative mixologists expertly preparing drinks exclusive to the bar, such as the Gin-Z, a thirst-quenching combination of gin, Aperol, and Prosecco. At the pool, guests can find Breeze perfectly positioned with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Caribbean Sea to the west. The menu features new takes on many familiar items as well as exotic handcrafted cocktails and frozen libations that feature garnishes from the JW Garden.ADVERTISEMENTIn addition to the fully equipped Fitness Room, the Hibiscus Spa combines modern design elements with a color palette of soothing earth tones, natural textures, and plush furnishings. Guests will discover 16 tranquil treatments, all evoking peace and repose. Skilled providers offer an indulgent menu of therapies incorporating local fruits and flowers, each crafted to renew body and mind.
    In total, venue spaces spread across 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and can be arranged in countless ways to host conferences, board meetings, team building activities, social gatherings, product launches, and more. The hotel is home to 10,000 square feet of flexible indoor function and event space, including the Soualiga Ballroom and four function venues for memorable gatherings. From lushly landscaped spaces on the lawn, JW Garden, and pool deck to the ethereal blues and whites on Dawn Beach, the venue’s prestigious surroundings and enticing seaside views are enhanced by customizable services including catering, audiovisual, event design, and destination concierge services.
    Located a convenient 30-minute drive from Princess Juliana Airport, the resort is easily accessible by commercial airline, private plane, chartered flight, or boutique luxury cruise line. St. Maarten is often referred to as the yachting capital of the Caribbean and serves as an ideal hub for visiting nearby islands as its geographic location makes inter-Caribbean travel a breeze.
    “JW Marriott offers guests a legacy of luxury hospitality matched with principles of mindfulness that are integral to today’s traveler,” said Todd Reichelt, General Manager, JW Marriott St. Maarten Beach Resort & Spa. “Situated on the world-famous Dawn Beach, our resort stands as a serene enclave and island getaway in this historically rich destination. We look forward to welcoming and providing our guests with a truly memorable and holistic well-being experience.”
    For more information or to make a reservation, please visit

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    Red Sea Global and Four Seasons Announce New Luxury Wellness Resort and Residences

    Red Sea Global (RSG), the developer behind the regenerative tourism destinations AMAALA and The Red Sea, and leading luxury hospitality and branded residential company Four Seasons announce the development of a new luxury wellness resort and Private Residences at Triple Bay AMAALA.
    Marking a new chapter for comprehensive wellness tourism, Four Seasons is the latest luxury hospitality brand to be announced at Triple Bay, the pinnacle of luxury wellness tourism along Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coast. Four Seasons Resort and Residences AMAALA at Triple Bay will feature 220 keys comprising of rooms and suites, as well as villas with their own private pools, and 26 branded residential villas, all thoughtfully designed to offer breathtaking bay and sea views, setting the stage for Four Seasons renowned luxury service and experiences for guests and residents alike.
    “AMAALA is creating a new category of coastal lifestyle with regeneration and wellness at its core. With uninterrupted views of the Hijaz Cove, Four Seasons Resort and Residences AMAALA at Triple Bay is designed to allow guests and residents to get back to nature, recharging their mind, body, and soul,” says John Pagano, Group CEO of Red Sea Global.
    Aligned with AMAALA’s commitment to sustainability and wellbeing, wellness is a central pillar supporting the destination’s vision of people and planet first. Ideally complemented by the company’s Four Seasons For Good program, and its longstanding commitment to wellbeing across the entire guest and resident experience, Four Seasons Resort and Residences AMAALA at Triple Bay will focus on building highly personalized itineraries dedicated to wellness seekers worldwide.
    “Our new Resort and Residences in AMAALA at Triple Bay will perfectly complement Four Seasons growing collection of properties within the Kingdom’s dynamic destinations, and marks our second collaboration with Red Sea Global,” says Bart Carnahan, President, Global Business Development, Portfolio Management and Residential, Four Seasons. “We’re honoured to be part of this exceptional development, creating a new luxury lifestyle experience for guests and residents, further expanding Four Seasons footprint within Saudi Arabia’s fast-growing tourism industry.”ADVERTISEMENTFour Seasons Resort and Residences AMAALA at Triple Bay will include a luxury spa nestled within its garden of tranquillity and inspiration featuring a sculptured waterfall. The Organic Spa Garden will be a focal point and treatment experience set to stimulate the senses, offering extensive therapeutic remedies including halotherapy, cryotherapy, and advanced skin therapies.
    For fitness enthusiasts, the property will offer a bespoke collaboration with fitness trainer Harley Pasternak to seamlessly merge high-performance training with the limitless potential of Triple Bay’s 300 hectares (741 acres) of untouched hills, wadis, and beaches. The pristine terrain includes trails perfect for canyoning and exploring the rugged cliffs and valleys. Guests and residents can also take part in an array of guided hikes, mountain biking, equestrian bridle trails, or work on their game at the spectacular 27-hole oceanfront golf course. 
    In addition to the myriad wellness offerings, the new property will feature six restaurant and bar outlets, meetings and event spaces, an expansive Kids For All Seasons program, and a Discovery Centre for guests and residents to learn about the local surroundings.
    Four Seasons Resort and Residences AMAALA Design Concept
    The Resort and Residences are being designed by acclaimed architects U+A, inspired by the destination’s unique setting nestled between the foothills of the rugged Hijazi Mountains and the tranquil blue waters of Hijaz Cove on the Red Sea coast. The Resort will take full advantage of its spectacular vistas using the terrain to offer guests rooms, villas, and penthouses with uninterrupted views of their natural surroundings. Lush landscapes adorn all parts of the Resort balancing shade, light, colour, and texture, interspersed with pools and water features that provide guests with points of interest, discovery, and contemplation. The aesthetic will be one of refined elegance, drawing on the influences of traditional architecture, interior design, and craftsmanship to deliver a contemporary design style.
    Guests will be greeted on arrival with a grand entry that opens onto the manicured grounds and an expansive panoramic view capturing Hijaz Island and the spectacular sunsets of the Red Sea. A variety of rooms and villas will provide guests with a range of space and configuration options, interspersed by beautifully designed outdoor spaces including the Water Garden, Cascade Garden, and the Wellness Garden.
    Martin Dufresne, Design Principle at U+A, says, “Nature is a key part of this resort, as it is for the ethos of Four Seasons luxury properties around the world. We used landscaping unsparingly, yet very deliberately, to frame the spectacular views of the bay, to guide guests and residents between the different amenities and to create feelings of calm and serenity throughout the property.”
    After a day of new experiences, a Four Seasons Sleep Concierge will offer à la carte turndown menus with a choice of bath products, pillow scents, custom turndown music, mattress and pillow filling, pre-set vibrating and adjustable bed settings complete with circadian light automated settings.
    The Resort will also feature a 550 square metre (5,920 square foot) ballroom with an adjacent event lawn offering panoramic views to Hijaz Cove, perfect for weddings and other celebrations.
    The 26 Private Residences will comprise of exquisite villas ranging from 320 square metres (3,444 square feet) to more than 650 square metres (6,996 square feet), each with their own pools and beautiful ocean views.
    Four Seasons Resort and Residences AMAALA at Triple Bay will be the latest in Four Seasons growing portfolio in the Kingdom, joining Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre, as well as upcoming projects at The Red Sea on Shura Island, Jeddah at the Corniche, NEOM at Sindalah, and Diriyah. 
    Phase One of AMAALA – focused on the Triple Bay masterplan – is well underway, with the first guests set to be welcomed in 2025. It will consist of 12 resorts offering upwards of 2,000 hotel keys. Once complete, AMAALA will be home to more than 3,900 hotel rooms across 29 hotels, and approximately 1,200 luxury residential villas, apartments, and estate homes, supporting high-end retail, fine dining, wellness and recreational facilities.

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    Four Seasons Invites Travellers to Explore Anew with Immersive Experiences

    For true travellers, it’s never enough to simply see the world – one must experience it. Four Seasons, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, invites guests to go beyond the sights and souvenirs and into the heart of each destination it calls home, sharing the stories of people and places that will be the starting point for each traveller’s own story.“The Middle East and Africa offers an incredible range of opportunities to explore, learn from and be inspired by, given the centuries of history and culture found in abundance here,” says Adrian Messerli, who was appointed to the role of Four Seasons President, Hotel Operations – Europe, Middle East and Africa last year and is now based in Dubai. “As Four Seasons pairs ancient wonders with modern luxury for today’s adventurous travellers, we invite you to join us in being part of the continuously unfolding story of the region.”
    With more than six decades of experience in setting the stage for extraordinary travel experiences, Four Seasons can customize the perfect holiday, completely tailored to individual needs and wants. With insider access, trusted local guides and seamless travel arrangements – not to mention the comfort of luxurious accommodations at the end of each adventure-filled day – all that’s left to do is enjoy every moment.
    Here, Four Seasons shares a taste of the possibilities, recommendations for unforgettable discoveries in the region, and ways to get started on planning a journey into the untold in the Middle East and Africa this year.
    Under Water and Across the Land
    Endless landscapes under bright blue skies, under water worlds teeming with life, lush private gardens and up-close encounters with wildlife are waiting to be discovered with Four Seasons:ADVERTISEMENTAn unforgettable journey to the “Edge of the World” begins at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh as guests embark on an eight-hour excursion that begins with traversing the sands, hidden cities and winding rivers of Bedouin folklore as the sun fades. On arrival, guests will take in the stunning beauty of a geological wonder that has to be experienced to be believed. As a spectacular sunset gives way to a starlit evening, enjoy a traditional dinner before returning to the Hotel with memories of a lifetime.
    Fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent fell in love with Morocco’s Red City long before Four Seasons Resort Marrakech gained the (virtual) keys to his very private garden sanctuary. Inside the beautifully maintained Jardin Majorelle, a riot of colours, scents and textures awaits as guests wind through leafy passageways discovering rare tropical plants, sky-high cacti, and the electric blue buildings that the designer famously said introduced him to the world of colour. A private tour of the home he shared with Pierre Bergé and a guided visit to the adjacent Musée Yves Saint Laurent follows, then a tailor-made, YSL-inspired dinner back at the Resort.
    The Castaway Centre at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is the starting point for an immersion into underwater wonders, or catching a break atop the waves. The waters around this secluded island are also ideal for fishing, with dogtooth, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, sailfish, tropical amberjack and more as both expert fisherman and beginners alike are expertly guided. Further out to sea, day trips to remote Poivre Island and St. Joseph’s atoll, where untouched coral reefs are waiting to be explored.
    In the heart of Dubai’s ultra-modern downtown, Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre is minutes away from the UAE’s first national park. Comfortably seated in a vintage 1950 Range Rover, guests can look forward to witnessing graceful Arabian gazelles running across rippling dunes, a demonstration of the region’s love of falconry, and an authentic Bedouin camp dinner to round out the incredible Royal Safari Private Experience.
    Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya is a shimmering beacon of luxury rising above a modern metropolis – and it’s also the starting point to outdoor adventures such as paddleboarding or snorkelling in the clear waters around nearby Kubbar Island, known for its coral reefs, nesting seabirds and pristine sandy beaches that are perfect for a day of sunbathing on the Arabian Gulf.
    Surrounded by 76 recognized sites, the new dive centre Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh is the jumping off point to a world of undersea wonders. Blessed with clear, reef-filled waters that are home to abundant aquatic life, visibility is truly remarkable, even at night as the tiny particles of glowing plankton take on a glittering bioluminescence. The Red Sea is also the final resting place for many intriguing shipwrecks, including the World War II era British SS Thistlegorm. Early risers will board a high-speed powerboat at the Resort’s pier on their way to the Strait of Gubal to see it resting on the sea floor.
    Become a Local Expert
    Four Seasons goes beyond the usual tourist stops and introduces guests to the real culture of the most intriguing cities in the region. Insider insights, hands-on experiences and private access are all gently guided by local experts carefully chosen by Four Seasons:
    A visit to the Pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Great Sphinx is a must on any trip to Egypt, and thanks to the concierge team at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, it can be a deeply enriching experience fully customized to each guest’s own interests. A private guide will share their expertise on the fascinating 7,000 year history of these global monuments before guests enjoy dinner in a private tent onsite. Afterwards, under a starry sky, a traditional Tanoura dance performance against the backdrop of the spectacularly lit Pyramids will fill camera phones and Instagram feeds with memories of a lifetime.
    As the city continues to emerge as a global destination, Four Seasons Hotel Doha has curated the top sights and lined up private guides to offer guests customized itineraries – whether exploring the Gulf’s pearl diving history or bargaining for a strand in the souks. Doha has everything from sandy beaches to fragrant spice markets, world class dining and designer shopping, and for an immersion in the country’s rich heritage and culture, a guided exploration of the Museum of Islamic Art or the futuristic National Museum of Qatar.
    Further down the Arabian Gulf, the capital of the UAE is styling itself as a cultural hub of both regional and international art. And, while the nearby Louvre Abu Dhabi is a must-see just 15 minutes away, art lovers will want to explore the 2,000 piece collection at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, featuring expressions of the region’s history and modern dynamism by Emirati and international artists.
    Ever dreamed of having free roam of a royal palace? It’s now a reality as Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano opens the doors to a newly-restored 19th century palace that was once the home of the wealthy Muhammad Ali dynasty. Even better: the family left the royal jewels behind, from ruby and emerald crowns to a golden chess set, diamond-encrusted sword and so much more, each with its own fascinating story shared by an expert guide.
    Top of the list for any visitor to Egypt is the recently opened Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Cairo. None other than Ramses II (in the form of an 11 metre / 36 foot statue carved 32 centuries ago) welcomes visitors to the largest archaeological museum in the world. The striking contemporary building houses most of the treasures unearthed a century ago in King Tut’s tomb, plus more than 100,000 additional artifacts spanning 7,000 years of Egyptian history and culture. The concierge team at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence can arrange early access to the Tutankhamun Immersive Exhibition’s captivating multi-sensorial experience.
    Beyond the Spa: Inward Journeys of Self-Exploration
    Getting away from it all can so often clear the way for finding oneself – and each other – with a host of locally-inspired wellness experiences created by Four Seasons:
    Although situated in the heart of Jordan’s capital, the expert concierge team at Four Seasons Hotel Amman helps travellers write their own stories in the astounding sites and experiences beyond the city, from the ancient wonders of Petra to the historic village of Pella. Here, guests are welcomed with a mountaintop meditation accompanied by a local shepherd and his flock, followed by a lunch in this spiritually-charged archaeological site that has been continuously inhabited for 6,000 years. Learn about “dream weaving” from a local artisan while practicing art therapy, and salute to the setting sun during a private yoga session.
    For those seeking a more traditional spa experience, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay sets the stage for romance with the Couple’s Escape including an aromatic steam and scrub before side-by-side aromatherapy messages capped off with a bubbly toast to love. Or, opt for the Night Spa package that finds couples relaxed and soothed as the clock strikes midnight following a massage for two by the indoor pool, which can then be enjoyed in complete privacy with sweet nibbles and sparkling wine.
    Tastes to Remember – and Share
    Some of travel’s greatest rewards are reserved for the palate, and at Four Seasons, the experience can be distinctly off-menu:
    At Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, guests are introduced to the many cultural influences that have shaped the island’s vibrant cuisine, starting in the on-site Cotomili garden to snip fresh leaves before heading to the kitchen for a Creole Cooking Class. This is where travellers learn to make local favourites such as rougaille: a classic, tomato-based comfort food made with dried fish that home chefs can make their own with flavours such as garlic, ginger, curry and chili.
    In Morocco’s White City, Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca introduces guests to a four-generation family making the city’s best cornes de gazelles at Pâtisserie Bennis Habous in the Quartier Habous. They’ll reveal their closely-guarded recipe for these traditional Moroccan cookies, made from almonds and orange water and shaped by hand. Afterwards, do as the locals do and enjoy the cookies with a glass of sweet mint tea on the terrace of the nearby Cafe Imperial.
    And Now for Something Completely Different
    One is never too old to try something new, or to take a step – or leap – out of their comfort zone with the assurance that Four Seasons is there to ensure every second is both exciting and rewarding:
    While never leaving a poolside lounge is tempting at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, the Desert Thrills Safari is the stuff of shared stories for years to come. It starts with some invigorating “dune bashing,” a crazy SUV ride across constantly shifting dunes with plenty of stops, starts and slides. Warmed up for adventure, guests hop into dune buggies for another run, try out sandboarding and then reward their own bravery with a lavish gourmet dinner in a private tent.
    A world away in the Indian Ocean, it’s time to learn something new while contributing to the preservation of marine wilderness with the education and conservation specialists from WiseOceans at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. Here, travellers will learn about the intricate world of coral reefs, and even help build new ones. As they continue to grow, guests can watch progress from home through electronic updates and photos.
    At Four Seasons Hotel Amman, guests can spend a day in the nearby hilltop town of Umm Qais where they will learn traditional arts including basket weaving and making hadabs – a Jordanian headdress – by hand with local women, who will also share the ecological and medicinal secrets of wild za’atar.
    Trip Customization in the Palm of One’s Hand
    Take advantage of the Four Seasons App, and chat in real-time with Four Seasons team members in 100+ languages for more advice and ideas, and throughout a stay in the Middle East and Africa.

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    Sandals® and Beaches® Resorts Invite Guests to ‘Love and Let Fly’ in Celebration of New Airlift

    A new flight connection calls for a landing ovation – and a new set-jetting package for Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts guests – as the first-ever U.S. commercial flight descends upon majestic Ocho Rios, Jamaica on February 24th. In homage to the swift and seamless journey directly into the Caribbean Riviera, Sandals’ and Beaches’ new “Love and Let Fly” package transcends traveler wanderlust from the silver screen to the golden Jamaican beaches coveted for decades by film producers and vacationers alike.MORE TIME TO ‘BOND’, LESS TIME IN TRANSIT
    Departing from renowned Caribbean hub Miami International Airport (MIA), travelers will touch down at Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ), mere moments from a captivating collection of Sandals and Beaches Resorts and the surrounding natural wonders striking enough to serve as the backdrop to some of Hollywood’s most iconic films, including the famed series inspiring the aptly-named AA4007.
    The new route operates twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays aboard an intimate, 76-passenger E175 jet, for a private jet-like flight experience designed to mirror the elegance and efficiency one would expect in the life of a secret agent. Post-flight, Ocho Rios-bound couples and families are whisked away to one of four award-winning luxury all-inclusive resorts – the all-new Sandals Dunn’s River, Sandals Royal Plantation, Sandals Ochi, or Beaches Ocho Rios – transitioning from terminal exit to beach in as little as 30 minutes or less.
    Curated exclusively for passengers arriving aboard AA4007, the “Love and Let Fly” package evolves the jet-setting experience into a set-jetting adventure inspired by the growing trend of movie-inspired tourism. Promising a journey through the heart of cinematic history and Jamaica’s breathtaking landscapes, the limited-time offer includes a complimentary Island Routes Powerboat Adventure for guests at participating Sandals Resorts in Ocho Rios. Redeemable once on resort, the all-day excursion offers an unforgettable combination of unknown hidden gems and famous island locales along the scenic North Coast, including a dive into the crystal blue water of the iconic Laughing Waters beach from the James Bond movie, Dr. No. Families traveling to Beaches Ocho Rios will inspire future film aficionados with a complimentary Island Routes Dunn’s River Catamaran Cruise, an adventure that pairs snorkeling with panoramic views of the Jamaican coastline, including a visit to the archetypal Dunn’s River Falls, also featured in Dr. No.ADVERTISEMENTGuests can toast to new connections on the north coast with AA4007-inspired cocktail specials, including a Jamaican twist on the films’ emblematic Old Fashioned. Available exclusively at Sandals Dunn’s River this spring, the Jamaican Rum Old Fashioned elevates the guest-favorite with the limited-edition Blackwell 007 Rum spirit available to sip at all bar venues – from the sunset-facing Laughing Waters Beach Bar to the Lapidus Lounge, which pays homage to the famed architect who designed the resort when it was first built as the Arawak Hotel in the 1950s as well as the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, another filmic wonder.
    “Ocho Rios is the source of wanderlust for millions of visitors from around the world, whether awakening their curiosity from the likes of a television screen or even better, from that incomparable feeling of being surrounded by its breathtaking beauty,” said Adam Stewart, Executive Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. “For my family, it’s even more personal as the backdrop of some of our most pivotal moments, including along this very beach where my father grew up dreaming of an interconnected Caribbean. The descent of American Airlines AA4007 represents this dream, bringing the world closer to the beauty and allure of Jamaica’s north coast – our home.”
    In tribute to his remarkable achievements and unwavering dedication to the growth of Jamaica’s travel and tourism industry, the Airports Authority of Jamaica honors Sandals Resorts International’s founder and late chairman, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, by naming the Departure Hall at Ian Fleming International Airport in his glory – bringing forward a legacy that will inspire passengers for generations to come to let love fly.
    The “Love and Let Fly” offer is available to book through May 16, 2024 for travel through May 24, 2024 with promo code FLY4007 for guests booked five nights or longer at participating Sandals Resorts and Beaches Ocho Rios. Spring rates start at $266 per person per night at Sandals Ochi and $341 per person per night at Beaches Ocho Rios. Learn more at and

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    St. Maarten’s Newest Luxury Resort and Residences, Vie L’Ven, Launches Sales

    Altree Developments, a Toronto-based, multi-generational, full-service development company is set to redefine luxury living in St. Maarten and today announces they have launched sales at their newest development, Vie L’Ven (life to life), a luxury resort and residences with 280 units, that is slated for completion in 2028.“Vie L’Ven seamlessly coalesces the influences of both French and Dutch cultures which are truly represented in this incomparable development through exceptional living, dining and wellness experiences,” says Zev Mandelbaum, founder of Altree. “Serving as a love letter to St. Maarten, Vie L’Ven encourages homeowners and guests to embrace living life to the fullest, while soaking in the island’s natural beauty and tranquility, where European culture blends effortlessly with Caribbean aptitude.”
    Set in a pristine location on Indigo Bay, on the southwest Dutch side of the island, Vie L’Ven will feature a collection of fully furnished residences, alongside a luxury five-star hotel. Of the 280 units, 190 units will be hotel rooms (60 of which will be suites) and 90 private residences.
    The ResidencesThoughtfully designed by award-winning architectural firm HKS Architects, with interiors by Toronto’s internationally renowned, award-winning Studio Munge, the development is authentically inspired by both French and Dutch cultures.
    The residences, with sales and marketing being led by St. Maarten’s Sotheby’s International Realty, will range from one-, one-and-a-den, and two-and-a-den-bedroom suites that will span from 600 to 6,000 square feet and will be available for purchase in a variety of layouts. Pricing ranges from $800,000 to over $2 million. Serving as a retreat and sanctuary of privacy, the luxurious suites will boast playful patterns and woven textures, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Upon entrance, guests and homeowners will be met by a predominantly cream-white palette, accented with energetic corals or oceanic blues to reflect the island. Taking it a step further, Vie L’Ven will offer homeowners the option to upgrade with custom furniture packages, inclusive of full bedroom sets, living and dining room additions, and more.
    Vibrant Resort + AmenitiesThe resort will embrace the island’s energy and diversity and create an exclusive destination for islanders and guests by providing a one-of-a-kind, world-class experience. Upon arrival, Vie L’Ven offers awe-inspiring first impressions with striking sculptural artwork, and dispersed throughout the resort, guests can take in the visuals from the dynamic art program unfolding against a dark wood-paneled backdrop featuring intricate carved geometrical patterns. Textures and patterns such as coral stone floors, natural oak and more are implemented in the design and architecture to infuse authenticity and tactility to the resort. Amenities will include three swimming pools, 24/7 concierge services, a kid’s center, event spaces, a superb fitness center and world-class spa with an outdoor experiential bathing garden and treatment spaces. Upon request, wellness memberships and wellness suites will be made available which will include tailored programming, wellness centric elevated fixtures and more. Lastly, the resort will be home to three restaurants, including a signature restaurant, by a Michelin-starred artisan Chef who will share his incomparable cuisine with the island.ADVERTISEMENTCaptivating IslandKnown as the home of the friendly people, St. Maarten is one of the most culturally diverse destinations in the world and has established itself as the “European melting pot” of the Caribbean with its multicultural identity and range of influences. Easily accessible by air and sea, St. Maarten is on its way to becoming a “stop-and-stay” destination, bursting with languages, cuisines, and traditions from around the world. Although petite in size, the island offers an experience for everyone, whether it be exhilarating nightlife, breathtaking views, prestigious sailing, and more, creating the perfect blend of excitement and relaxation. Upon completion, Vie L’Ven will be one of two five-star resorts on the island, and will provide residence owners and visitors a new standard of unmatched luxury.

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    Cool Times Await in Andermatt as Cotton Club Arrives

    Mountain lovers can experience the new must-visit winter destination as COTTON CLUB ANDERMATT throws open its doors offering guests luxurious comfort, winter sun, and an immersive experience in the clear, bright, Alpine glow – Switzerland’s coolest new location.The brainchild of Norwegian entrepreneurs Christian and Merete Marstrander, COTTON CLUB ANDERMATT brings the COTTON LIFESTYLE to life. Known for their passion for both snow and sand, the Marstranders have created a forward-thinking vision of hospitality that has now arrived in Andermatt. With world-class service, meticulous attention to detail, and a dedication to ensuring each guest feels the special effect of the Cotton Club lifestyle, they have transformed Andermatt into a winter destination like no other.
    At the heart of the COTTON CLUB credo lies personal conviction and drive. While James Bond may have been the first global superstar to visit Andermatt, with the famous chase on the Furka Pass filmed there in ‘Goldfinger’ in 1964, all visitors can now experience the remarkable beauty of this super-luxe winter destination in the Ursen valley at the foot of the Gotthard Pass.

    Andermatt is an exclusive resort that boasts the largest snow cover in all of Switzerland. Situated at the centre of the Saint-Gotthard Massif, it offers a haven for advanced skiers, families, and free-riders alike. With its convenient proximity to Lugano, Lucerne, Bern, and Zürich, Andermatt sits at an elevation of 1,437 meters above sea level. The Gemsstock ski area and a chairlift that connects the village with Nätschen’s gentler slopes are easily accessible, making it a perfect destination for both day and night activities.
    ADVERTISEMENTThe COTTON CLUB ANDERMATT venue offers a rare and enchanting bonus: a stunning dome made from Polycarbonate Transparent Glass with a 360-degree view of the natural mountainscape, a trademark of the Cotton Lifestyle. The marriage of mountain scenery with a Mediterranean mindset has resulted in a fairy-tale environment of natural hues, materials, and designs inspired by local traditions. This soothing ambience, with blissful creamy colours, pale wood, clean lines, and striking interior accents of fire and chandeliers, wraps guests in a luxurious level of comfort and cosiness. It provides the perfect retreat after a day on the slopes and induces an intense feeling of well-being.

    Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, including picturesque valleys and pristine lakes, COTTON CLUB ANDERMATT welcomes up to 200 guests for drinks and dining. The menu options are fabulous, with a Raw Bar offering caviar, ceviche choices, and fish tartare dishes. The Sushi menu delivers a vast range of specialities and premium rolls, while salads and starters include Iberian Bellota ham and Greek Salad. For the main course, guests can indulge in a Thai curry or choose from veal, chicken, or lamb dishes. And of course, there’s a delectable selection of desserts, including Tiramisu, chocolate, and lemon sorbet.

    Before dinner, guests can enjoy a glass or two of champagne or choose from the extensive COTTON Signatures cocktail list. From the Algarve Club to the Gingerbread Martini, Nut Spritz, and Chocolate Banana Boulevardier, there’s something to tempt every palate. The expansive wine list prominently features European wines, and for those who prefer non-alcoholic options, there are all-natural juices, special mocktails, and a range of spirits, soft drinks, and refreshments.

    COTTON CLUB ANDERMATT brings a new level of luxury to the hidden gem of Andermatt, which is already ranked among the top 10 off-piste ski areas in the world. With its outstanding hospitality, uncompromising focus on great personal service, outstanding food, and authentic attitude, Andermatt is now home to the largest ski resort in central Switzerland, boasting a total of 180 km of pistes and 30 lifts. And with the addition of COTTON CLUB ANDERMATT in 2024, the resort’s attractions have reached new heights.

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    ‘A Clear Runway of Opportunity’: Inside Sandals’ 2024 Global Sales Conference

    As the calendar flips to a new year, Unique Vacations, Inc. (UVI) – an affiliate of the worldwide representative for Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts – inaugurates 2024 as “The Year of More” at an energizing Global Sales Conference designed to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the travel advisor community and reinforce its crucial role within the ecosystem of tourism for the Caribbean at large.The first of its kind since 2019, the event was held between Sandals Dunn’s River and Sandals Ochi, and united esteemed Caribbean government officials, Sandals Resorts executives, and over 200 members of Unique Vacations global sales force for a weekend of reflection, strategic alignment, and gathering momentum in the direction of selling the coveted Caribbean.
    Following an evening of welcome cocktails and dinner at Sandals Dunn’s River, a future-focused business session unfolded at Sandals Ochi on January 5th with a series of inspiring speeches from notable figures, including The Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, and The Hon. Carlos James, Minister of Tourism for Saint Vincent and The Grenadines. They were joined by UVI and Sandals Resorts International (SRI) executive leadership, including SRI Executive Chairman Adam Stewart, who addressed a captivated audience, reflecting on the brands’ foundation and its continued commitment to supporting travel advisors while sharing insights and strategic directions for the future.
    “We sit here today on 42 years of legacy – 42 years of a clear runway of opportunity to be the company that is the game changer to rewrite the future history books of what Caribbean tourism is going to look like, and that is what Sandals 2.0 reflects and represents,” said Stewart. “We are committed every day to you and your craft – to doing things that are monumentally bigger than Sandals. This is an ecosystem of Caribbean tourism that only triumphs if we function together as one.”
    Tourism Ministers Join Forces to Promote the Caribbean
    In his address to the sales force, The Hon. Edmund Bartlett expressed his appreciation for a year of record-breaking travel in Jamaica – four million visitor arrivals in a single year (2023) and 10 consecutive quarters of economic growth, reducing the island’s debt to GDP from 149% to 74% – manifesting “more visitors, more revenue and more love in 2024.”ADVERTISEMENT“What you are doing for Jamaica means additional exposure and opportunities for our destination, which translates in effect to more arrivals and more earnings. It means more business, more jobs, and more growth,” said The Hon. Edmund Bartlett, adding that innovation and collaboration will be the driving force of ongoing success in 2024 and beyond. “Our way forward in the tourism industry is to remove this sense of competition that has characterized our process over time, and replace it with a nice new word called co-petition. We must now represent a future of co-peting with each rather than competing with each other.”
    In true Caribbean comradeship, The Hon. Carlos James, Minister of Tourism for Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, traveled to Ocho Rios to attend the conference, where much of the buzz and focus was on Sandals Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, opening on March 27th. Bringing forward the unique ‘soul’ of his island home and its authentic alignment with Sandals, The Hon. Carlos James reiterated a joint commitment to build out a tourism sector that is ‘unique and amazing’ – teasing new direct airlift coming soon – and that leverages space and opportunities for people to discover an authentic Caribbean island that is not commercialized, while finding avenues to support and empower local communities.
    “The thought process, engineering ingenuity, care, love, finesse, and attention to detail that went into creating [Sandals Saint Vincent and the Grenadines] is something we all will enjoy,“ said The Hon. Carlos James. “Sandals is a perfect match for our island – maintaining the authentic richness of the Caribbean vibe, food, entertainment, and cultural heritage. We’re preserving all of that and sharing it with guests.”
    More in 2024 – and Beyond
    Looking ahead and building off the theme of ‘more in 2024’, Stewart highlighted upcoming innovations across the Sandals and Beaches brands, honing in on the design, service, and accommodation innovations across the portfolio, including Sandals Royal Curaçao – home to 10 new Rondoval villas debuting February 1 – and the upcoming Sandals Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, promising an experience immersed in mother nature, “raw and uncut,” with more features, amenities, and Sandals Firsts than anywhere else.
    “Everything that we are doing as hoteliers is in the relentless pursuit of finding the best of the best in this part of the world,” said Stewart. “No place on God’s planet is more interesting, more enticing, more relaxing, more soulful, or more charming than this archipelago. It is our job, together, to connect the dots to get the travelers of the world to choose us – to choose the Caribbean.”
    A Priceless Partnership
    Gary C. Sadler, Executive Vice President of Sales and Industry Relations at UVI, lauded travel advisors for their unwavering loyalty, recognizing the impact of the region’s most committed sales force.
    “The biggest part of what we have is our travel advisors, and the most profound thing that Unique Vacations can do on behalf of Sandals Resorts is work hand in hand with these trusted colleagues day after day – because whenever the going gets tough, it is always travel advisors who are there to rescue any hotel brand there is in the world.”
    In true Sandals fashion, a dazzling award-show gala brimming with local flair kicked off the night of January 6th, where awards were handed out to valuable sales team members from across global regions. Notable recognitions include Yasmine Davis, who was named BDM of the Year for the United States, and Gail Stephenson, UVI Director of Sales Operations, who was recognized as the Chairman’s Award Winner of 2023. A private event at the Rio Chico villa capped off the Global Sales Conference 2024 with the event coming to a close on Monday, January 8, 2024.

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