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Miraval opens its second wellness destination in Texas Hill Country

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Hyatt brings its nationally acclaimed Miraval spa and wellness brand to Austin, Texas with the opening of Miraval Austin. Set on 220 acres of picturesque land overlooking Lake Travis, Miraval Austin is the brand’s second wellness resort to open outside of its flagship property in Tucson, Arizona.

“We are incredibly proud to open Miraval Austin as we embark on an exciting period of expansion at Miraval,” said Marc W. Ellin, global head of Miraval Group. “For over 20 years, Miraval has been dedicated to inspiring total mind, body and spirit wellness by offering guests authentic experiences rooted in mindfulness.  As we open Miraval Austin, we look forward to welcoming Miraval’s loyal guests, as well new audiences to experience the fulfillment, pleasure and growth that come with a Miraval experience.”

Offering 117 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, a serene Life in Balance Spa, a 10-acre farm and ranch and a state-of-the-art Life in Balance Culinary Kitchen, Miraval Austin combines the celebrated Miraval Arizona experience with groundbreaking new treatments and wellness programs that pay homage to Austin’s rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural surroundings.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Miraval Austin’s 117 guestrooms and suites designed by award-winning firm Hart Howerton are relaxing havens built in harmony with nature. Using a soft neutral color palate, guestrooms combine bespoke furniture, specially-selected fabrics and local, hand-crafted accessories and art to create a restorative atmosphere. In keeping with the Miraval brand’s ethos, the rooms have been designed to enhance guests’ sleep experience with Miraval bedding, black out shades and sleep-enhancing amenities, including Miraval’s signature cell phone sleeping bag. Each room will also feature a selection ZENTS’ all-natural bath amenities in large-format, reusable bottles to further reinforce the brand’s commitment to sustainability.

LIFE IN BALANCE SPA

Conceptualized by renowned designer Clodagh, the Life in Balance Spa at Miraval Austin draws inspiration from the surrounding Balcones Canyonlands Preserve to create a serene environment that promotes relaxation, balance and a sense of wellbeing. The 20,000 square foot Life in Balance Spa boasts 30 treatment rooms, a spa pool, relaxation rooms, salon, sauna, steam room and spa retail boutique.

In addition to offering a selection of Miraval Arizona’s most sought-after spa experiences, the Life in Balance Spa at Miraval Austin offers a series of innovative treatments that push boundaries and bring new meaning to the concept of “farm to treatment table.” Highlights include Pranayama-ḍīna, a transformative experience that combines the power of breathwork with a floating massage, and Wild Harvest Herbal Healer, a celebration of nature and community in which guests pick herbs from the farm to be used in a luxurious massage.

To enhance the spa experience, the Life in Balance Spa at Miraval Austin worked with acclaimed organic skincare company, Laurel, to create a petal pecan mask inspired by the on-property farm. Miraval Austin and Laurel have also created an exclusive spa treatment, the Spiritual Warrior Facial, that utilizes energies of plants and gemstones to bring guests on a spiritual facial journey.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAMMING

For those looking to open their mind, body and soul, Miraval Austin’s team of highly regarded specialists have designed an extensive menu of integrative wellbeing offerings that span fitness, yoga, meditation, culinary, nutrition, and art.

Those seeking inner peace can enjoy a variety of yoga and meditation practices such as Crystal Meditation, which aligns the body with the energy of the earth and Qoya, a women’s movement practice that combines yoga, breathwork and intention setting.

For guests looking to step out of their comfort zones, Miraval Austin’s challenge course features activities including slacklining, archery and hatchet throwing.

Home to Miraval Austin’s fitness classes, the 5,000 square foot Body Mindfulness Center features cutting-edge Technogym equipment and a fitness studio for activities including Cardio Drumming, Bosu Blast and spinning classes.

THE RANCH AT MIRAVAL AUSTIN

Developed at Miraval Arizona over 20 years ago, the brand’s famed equine programming will also be central to the Miraval Austin experience. The Cypress Creek Ranch at Miraval Austin offers an expertly developed curriculum that expands upon Miraval Arizona’s original programming with new workshops.

CULINARY OFFERINGS

At the core of Miraval Austin’s culinary program is the 10-acre Cypress Creek Organic Farm that provides fresh produce for the property’s kitchen and spa and is home to many of the property’s interactive culinary programs.

Miraval Austin also features an innovative Life in Balance Culinary Kitchen outfitted by Williams Sonoma. Like at Miraval Arizona, the stunning demonstration kitchen hosts healthy cooking classes and workshops, including Plant-Based Cooking, Conquering the Blade, Restoring Bone Broth and Wheat-Free Baking.

In keeping with the Miraval brand’s commitment to serving real, local food, and Hyatt’s overall commitment to Food Thoughtfully Sourced, Carefully Served, Miraval Austin’s signature restaurant, Hilltop Crossings Kitchen, offers a hand-crafted menu of healthy, Texas-inspired dishes created from ingredients sourced from the property’s farm and local purveyors. The resort also offers the Discovery Pool Café and The Nest, Miraval’s signature smoothie bar offering coffee and smoothies during the day and mindful craft cocktails and light bites in the evenings.

RETAIL

The Preserve Provision Company, Miraval Austin’s retail outlet, brings Austin’s rich cultural and artistic heritage to guests by offering a hand-curated selection of art, jewelry, clothing and skincare products sourced from local artisans and craftsman.

Hyatt acquired the Miraval brand in January 2017 as a key step in Hyatt’s strategy to engage with high-end travelers in more ways beyond traditional hotel stays and to further complement its existing wellbeing offerings. Miraval operates as a standalone brand within Hyatt’s portfolio adding to Hyatt’s core purpose to care for people so they can be their best.

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A Splendid Summer in Atlantis, The Palm

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It’s no secret that June in Dubai means temperatures are a little higher than usual. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of every single minute of your dream holiday at Atlantis, The Palm.

From making a splash with our action-packed watersports offering to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime journey with the beautiful residents of Dolphin Bay, there’s a whole host of brilliant things to do and unique ways to cool off.
Here are a few of our top tips to make the most of the summer, beat the heat and create everlasting memories.

Underwater Yoga at The Lost Chambers Aquarium
Limber up for a yoga session like no other. Guests can practice their best Warrior Pose against a beautiful backdrop of more than 65,000 marine animals in our spectacular Lost Chambers Aquarium. Whether you’re a yoga guru or a complete beginner, you can join in the fun and improve your strength, flexibility, and balance with the help of an expert teacher.

Underwater Fun with Our Beautiful Dolphins
Dolphins are some of the world’s most charming and awe-inspiring creatures and here at Atlantis, you can see for yourself exactly why. If you book our new Dolphin Snorkel experience, it will be love at first sight as you don your snorkel gear and swim with the friendly residents of Dolphin Bay. You’ll have a unique perspective of the sheer beauty of these incredible mammals playing, interacting and having fun together. Furthermore, our brainy team of marine experts is present to tell you all you need to know about the charming dolphins.

Thrills And Spills with Thrilling Watersports
If you like nothing more than taking to the open waters, then Atlantis is the perfect place for you. We have a huge range of exciting watersport activities for you to choose from, including kayaking, banana boats, and paddle boarding. There’s also a variety of amazing activity packages, such as lessons in sailing, windsurfing, and waterskiing. The only challenge will be finding the time to try them all before you leave.

Relax and Unwind at Shuiqi Spa
For many of us, holidays are a time to switch off from the outside world and leave the stresses and strains behind. Luckily, Atlantis has plenty of great ways for you to do just that, including a range of gorgeous treatments at the superb ShuiQi Spa. Let the expert staff melt your troubles away with pampering treatments such as the Zerobody floating experience, an invigorating Salt Scrub or a 60-minute ESPA Deep Muscle Massage, among others.
Go on, you’ve earned it.

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Hampton by Hilton Opens Its Doors in Utrecht

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Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station opens its doors to guests. The hotel is the latest addition to the growing Hampton by Hilton portfolio, the global value hotel brand known for its commitment to providing thoughtful service, one of Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) 17 market-leading brands.

The 193-room property is within the heart of Utrecht, allowing guests to explore all the city has to offer, including Hoog Catharijne Shopping Mall, the original Miffy Museum, the Dom Tower of Utrecht and the famous canals of Utrecht.

Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station offers a complimentary breakfast to every guest, while rooms are fully equipped with comfortable bedding, a workstation, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, tea & coffee facilities and free Wi-Fi, along with fitness facilities.

Matthias Bloemhard, Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station general manager, comments: “We are very excited to open this hotel in the heart of the Netherlands. The location is just great with direct access to both the city center and the biggest public transport hub of the country. The team and I are looking forward to bringing Hamptonality to the great city of Utrecht!”

Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app. Book direct at Hilton.com, through the Hilton Honors app or through other official Hilton channels for more perks and a price match guarantee

Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station is located at Boven Catharijne Poort 4, in the Hoog Catharijne Shopping Mall. The property is owned and managed by FS NL Holdings BV.

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10 Reasons to Visit Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza This Summer

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As the sun gets brighter and the nights get longer, summer in Cairo is the ultimate opportunity to wake up every day to marvel views of the legendary Nile and magical Cairo’s skyline. Being the heartbeat of the Nile, Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza makes for the perfect starting point to experience what Cairo has to offer this summer.

From centuries-old museums and galleries to music festivals and exhilarating concerts, summertime in Cairo is as exciting as diverse with Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza Concierge team sharing the favourite things to do this summer in the vibrant city.

Attend the Citadel Music Festival

Salah El Din Citadel dominates Cairo’s skyline and was the nerve centre of Egypt for almost 700 years. In August, the Citadel will turn into an arts and culture centre during its annual two-week music festival. Organized by Cairo Opera House, the festival hosts various art performances by local and international artists in a unique experience with a breath taking backdrop of the 12th-century Citadel.

Soak Up the Sun with a Cooling Dip

One of the best things about Cairo is the long morning hours. Take advantage and escape the heat into one of three rooftop swimming pools at Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza. Lounge with a refreshing drink in hand; and let the cooling breeze that follows blow away any stressful thoughts.

Travel Back in Time with Cairo’s Most Fascinating Palaces

When summer weather strikes, take activities indoors while exploring Cairo’s lavish palaces. From the masterpieces at Princess Aisha Fahmy Palace and the luxurious Manial Palace that tells the story of botanical eloquence and architectural grandeur, to Amir Taz Palace, Abdeen Palace and many more tell great stories of Cairo’s modern history.

Embrace the Warm Weather at the Spa

A hot summer day in Cairo is just the perfect time to set the mood for well-being at Four Seasons Spa – an oasis of peace in the summer heat with treatments designed to prep and prime guests to soak up that warm summer sun while reviving some of the pharaohs’ beauty secrets.

Spend an Afternoon with the Pharaohs

Home to the world’s most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, the 107 hall Egyptian Museum features an incredible 160,000 objects on display with artefacts spanning 5,000 years of the pharaonic era. To beat summer heat, the museum opens during late afternoon every Sunday and Thursday.

Get Lost in Cairo’s 1000-Year Old Market; Khan El Khalili

Few places in Cairo can match the energy of Khan El Khalili market, especially in the evenings when the entire area is lit up with colourful lanterns. Chef Concierge Dalia Khalil recommends experiencing the essence of old Cairo and visiting the legendary 240-year old El Feshawy café.

Cheer the Africa Cup of Nations – Egypt 2019

Be part of the continent’s biggest football competition, as Egypt is hosting the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations from June 21 to July 19, 2019. The Concierge team at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza are the go-to for booking tickets and information. For those eager to catch their favourite match on the big screen, the Hotel will turn Upper Deck Lounge into a fan-zone with panoramic pool views.

Have a Sunset Picnic in a Felucca, a Traditional Wooden Sailing Boat

A felluca is a traditional wooden sailing boat used by the pharaohs throughout history, and is definitely a must-do while in Cairo. The boat will carry guests on a smooth sail across the Nile, while sipping oriental tea with mint and watching as some of Cairo’s remarkable landmarks become the backdrop. Such an experience with huge astonishment is just steps away from Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza.

Go Skiing

Skiing does not have to stop just because it is summer in Cairo. Egypt’s first snow park Ski Egypt is just the perfect fun destination for all ages. The park offers snow-filled winter wonderland all year round, from skiing, slope snowboarding to sledging and sliding.

Extend Cairo Adventures with Complimentary 4th Night    

It is the time to experience a vibrant summer getaway in the beating heart of Cairo over the marvel views of the Nile at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. To extend a stay in Cairo longer, the Hotel offers the Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free package to explore the vibrant city of Cairo.

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