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Atlantis, the Palm offers delectable Iftar feast | News

Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Atlantis, the Palm invites United Arab Emirates residents to break fast at Iftar or enjoy Suhoor at the celebrated Lebanese restaurant Ayamna. The location will be offering delicious set menus hand-selected by the Beirut-born chef Ali. A favourite amongst Arab celebrities and royalty the world over, and one of the most prominent Lebanese chefs in the region, the Iftar experience is priced at AED210 per person for a set-menu including water and Ramadan juices. At the same time, Suhoor is a minimum spend of AED185 per person from the a la carte or set menu. Offering a wide variety of Lebanese dishes, diners can feast on chef Ali’s signatures including lentil soup, hot and cold mezzeh, a selection of meat dishes such as slow-cooked lamb shoulder and ...

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Silversea adds new Puerto Williams departure point in Chile | News

Starting in November, Silversea will debut Puerto Williams, Chile, as its new departure port for Silver Explorer’s expedition cruises to Antarctica. The addition will see guests travel seamlessly between Santiago and Antarctica, with private flights enhancing their comfort. Nestled on Isla Navarino in the Beagle Channel at the southern tip of South America, Puerto Williams is a sparsely populated frontier town, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Accessible only to smaller ships, it is a scenic gateway to the natural wonders of Antarctica. “The addition of Puerto Williams as a new departure port, combined with our exclusive private flight service between the city and Santiago, highlights our commitment to unlocking seamless expedition experiences to the White Continent in unparalleled ...

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Delphina prepares for Sardinia reopening in June | News

Delphina hotels & resorts will reopen all of its properties in Sardinia from June as Italy bounces back from the Covid-19 pandemic. Over €15 million has been invested to enhance the offering and the services for families during lockdown. Recognised as Italy’s Leading Hotel Group at the World Travel Awards last year, Delphina has been involved for almost 30 years in environmental protection projects and in support of local economies. Francesco Muntoni, founder and president of Delphina, said: “The investments made in the last 18 months are part of our long-term vision, which over the years has led us to grow consistently with an increasingly eco-sustainable offer, which respects the environment and enhances a healthy lifestyle, culture and local food and wine.” The holiday special...

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Pegasus launches new Batumi connections from Stansted | News

Pegasus is launching a new international route from London to Batumi in Georgia, via Istanbul. Twice a week flights between London Stansted and Batumi International Airport via Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen will commence on May 7th. Pegasus also recently launched a new route from London Stansted to Odesa, via Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen. The airline will also be launching a new domestic route, with three times a week flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen to Iğdır commencing on May 7th. Again, connections will be available from London Stansted.Pegasus’ scheduled flights to Batumi will depart from London Stansted Airport to Batumi International Airport via Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen on Fridays and Mondays at 00:05; while flights from Batumi International Airport to London Stansted via Istanbul Sabiha Gö...

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Foxon appointed executive chef at Saxon Hotel | News

The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa has confirmed chef Matthew Foxon will join the team as executive chef from May. He will oversee the complete culinary journey at the hotel, bringing his passion for sustainability and his brand of classic cuisine with contemporary influences to bear across all the offerings. His desire to become a chef stems from a very young age - as a second-generation chef he grew up in the kitchen. He has a great passion for sustainable dining, placing significant importance on fresh produce and respecting the ingredients. His strong culinary background started off at the International Hotel School in Johannesburg in 2003, where he completed a two-year advanced diploma in professional cookery. Following this training, he earned his stripes in luxury hotels across S...

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Thunderous Plunges and Mossy Trickles: A Spring Guide to Waterfalls

As fall is to leaf-peeping, spring is to waterfall-watching, a seasonal pursuit now underway in the northern and higher regions of the United States.Waterfalls can range from thunderous plunges to delicate mossy trickles. They can be backcountry pop-ups or the centerpieces of parks, like Great Falls Park in McLean, Va., and Silver Falls State Park, near Salem, Ore.There’s no agreed upon definition of a waterfall, according to Joel Scheingross, an assistant professor of geology at the University of Nevada, Reno, who studies those that detach from the bed of a river, creating an air pocket between the face and the water jet. Waterfalls, he explained, can be the result of glacial carving (as at Niagara Falls), or through faults in tectonic plates. Places where hard and soft rock mix often ...

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Maldives launches tourism vaccination drive | News

Visit Maldives has launched a new campaign, under the heading ‘I’m Vaccinated’. The project aims to share a positive message regarding the vaccination of staff working in the tourism sector, as well as promote the initiatives undertaken to ensure the Maldives remains one of the safest destinations for travellers. The goal of this campaign is to ensure the Maldives is the first fully vaccinated tourism sector in the world. Along with the unique geographical formation of the islands which offer natural physical distancing, as well as the stringent health and safety measures in place, a fully vaccinated tourism sector will be an added advantage in encouraging tourists to visit the destination. The campaign was launched during a press event organised by Visit Maldives and the Maldives Mi...

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JetBlue welcomes first A321LR ahead of transatlantic launch | News

JetBlue Airways has taken delivery of its first A321LR aircraft from Airbus. The planes, of which the carrier has 13 on order, will be utilised to launch highly-anticipated transatlantic services. This will include flights to London, which will begin later in the year. In addition to the new A321LRs, the airline also has on order another 57 Airbus aircraft comprising other A321neo variants. Robin Hayes, chief executive of JetBlue Airways, said: “At JetBlue we are eagerly looking forward to introducing the Airbus A321 Long Range single-aisle aircraft with Airbus’ Airspace interior for our new transatlantic services. “These aircraft will allow us to offer our customers attentive, boutique-style service, while also ensuring ample personal space, larger overhead bins, customised lightin...

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Celebrity Beyond to debut in Southampton | News

Celebrity Cruises chief executive, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, has unveiled the third ship in the Edge series, Celebrity Beyond. The launch also signifies a strong vote of confidence in the UK as Celebrity Beyond will depart on her maiden voyage from Southampton, on a ten-night western Europe cruise. The trip will visit Bordeaux, France; Lisbon, Portugal; and Seville, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain. She will then offer a variety of Mediterranean journeys including nine-night Italian Riviera and France itineraries and ten-night Greek Isles itineraries until early October, when she heads to the Caribbean. Redefining luxury again, Celebrity Beyond builds on the features and design of its award-winning predecessors Celebrity Edge (2018) and Celebrity Apex (2020) by creating innova...

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Oman Air signs codeshare partnership with EgyptAir | News

Oman Air has signed a codeshare agreement with EgyptAir, the national carrier of Egypt. The agreement on flights between Muscat and Cairo was signed as part of both airlines’ commitment to work toward a strong restart for air travel to overcome the effects of the spread of Covid-19 on the aviation sector and to expand their destination offering to customers. The agreement means that guests on both airlines can now benefit from a wider choice of destinations in both countries, and beyond. Travellers from Muscat have easy access to EgyptAir domestic destinations: Sharm El-Sheikh, Luxor, Aswan and Hurghada, as well as Casablanca (Morocco). At the same time, travellers from Cairo have easy access to popular Oman Air domestic destination Salalah as well as international destinations Karac...

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