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The Pendennis Cup 2014

_MG_9885_1.0pendenniscupAs the yachts waited in anticipation on the still waters of Falmouth Bay a party atmosphere prevailed, with water balloons and cannons firing off throughout the fleet during build up start of the fourth race of the Pendennis Cup 2014. It seemed as though there would not be a contest at all as the wind held off, but just 15minutes before the race was due to be called off an off shore breeze started to build gradually edging across the bay – the final race was on!
_MG_9835_1.0A short course was drawn up by the Race Committee, with the initial leg sailing into the ‘Gylly Beach’ mark. Gusts of 12-14 knots combined with the shortened course created exciting close-quarters racing surrounded by a building spectator fleet in anticipation of the Red Arrows display. Velacarina had a great start flying first around the ‘Old Wall’ mark, sailing down to ‘Tango’. Kelpie, who was helmed by her Owner for the first time during the regatta, performed excellently. This lead pair were closely followed by Christopher, then the impressive schooners Adix and Mariette with Breakaway gaining from behind.
With tight sailing throughout the yachts rounded ‘Tango’ in dramatically close succession. However, it was to be Velacarina’s race, maintaining her lead throughout, storming first over the finish line and taking victory of the 2014 Pendennis Cup. Kelpie achieved her best result of the week, taking second place on corrected time, pushing her ahead of Adix and Mariette making her fourth overall and winner of the Spencer Rigging Schooner award. Christopher completed the week in second place overall, after her first week of racing in the UK. She was awarded the Ward Williams prize for Starting Prowess, with an impressive average starting record of just 7 seconds within her allotted start time throughout the week.
The competition between the Little Dennis yachts was no less exciting. The elegantly beautiful fleet of smaller classics had been closely matched all week, with Firebrand and Cerinthe tussling for the lead on each race. positionAll yachts were tight around each mark, with the final elapsed time less than 4 minutes between the first and last boat. Firebrand completed Race 4 just 20seconds ahead of Cerinthe at the final gun, but on adjusted time first place went to Cerinthe by a mere 20 seconds. Although Cerinthe and Firebrand finished the regatta equal on points it was to be Cerinthe’s victory, awarded first place in the Little Dennis Cup on the race count back system.
As the yachts anchored off Gyllyngvase Beach to watch the incredible Red Arrows display they were joined by several hundred smaller craft on the water, with tens of thousands of spectators on the beach and lining the coastal path. The Reds drew a love heart against the blue sky, the competing yachts blasted their canons and the surrounding spectator fleet sounded their horns in a glorious finale to the Pendennis Cup 2014.

 

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Top 10 World’s Best Islands

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  • Ambergris Caye (89374594)
For the second year in a row, Ambergris Caye takes top honors. The beautiful…

 

  • Beatiful View (28192665)
Scuba diving, horseback riding, sunbathing… take your pick. “Provo” offers…

 

  • staring out at Mt.Otemanu from the resort (18132869)
The relatively small island of Bora Bora is an activity giant, offering visitors…

 

  • Marco Island (61026474)
Marco Island is the perfect destination for those who crave a peaceful retreat…

 

  • calanais stones (60235790)
A visit to Lewis and Harris is like stepping into the pages of a Scottish fairy…

 

  • Saint George at Alyko beach (29328833)
A spot of white in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, the island of Naxos…

 

  • Aitutaki (61026063)
This small island encased in a triangular barrier reef boasts incredible…

 

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“Nosy Be?” Is that a typo for “Noisy Bee?” Nope. It means “big island” and it is…

 

  • Easter Island (89374921)
Located in the South Pacific more than 2,000 miles off the Chilean coast, Easter…

 

  • Koh Tao (23372392)

 

 

Drifting serenely in the Gulf of Thailand, the palm-fringed island of Ko Tao…

 

 

Top 25 Hotels in the World by Trip Advisor

Grand Hotel Kronenhof (87723009)
1. Grand Hotel Kronenhof Pontresina, Switzerland Few grand hotels seamlessly blend old-world charm and modern conveniences as well as the Kronenhof. The property is as impressive as the surrounding mountains.

Sky Lounge on L49 (22799959)

2 The Upper House – Hong Kong, China   A true oasis in the middle of Hong Kong. A unique experience that combines incredible (but simple) luxury with nearly unprecedented personal service.more »

Le bar (37112160)

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives – Lankanfushi, North Male Atoll, Kaafu Atoll   The friendly staff welcome you and inform you of their “no shoes, no news” policy. Removing your shoes is the first step in shedding the stresses of reality.More »

Springs Villas (78088858)

4.  Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens  -La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica  The staff makes you feel comfortable and taken care of. The suites are beautiful. The room and deck layouts make the Arenal and garden vistas a part of the experience.more »

Fore Court at the Oberoi Udaivilas (35429949)

The Oberoi Udaivilas -Udaipur, India  I had always wondered how the kings and queens lived in the past. Udaivilas gave me the utmost luxury and sense of royalty, serenity and peace.”  more »

Luxury room (43100570)

6 Casa Gangotena -Quito, Ecuador Their lobby and courtyard are beautiful, and the views of the plaza and surrounding hills fantastic.
 The service was top-notch.more »

Main Swimming pool (24742155)

Lindos Blu -Lindos, Greece  Modern, interesting architecture; beautiful rooms and views. We spent most of our time on our deck, perched on a cliff overlooking the bay or in our very well appointed room.more »

Anazoe Spa at Navarino Dunes

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The name “Anazoe” is derived from the Greek word for rejuvenation and encapsulates the underlying aim of the spa, total revitalization of body and spirit in accordance with the ancient Greek maxim “a healthy mind in a healthy body”.

The Anazoe Spa at Navarino Dunes offers a serene sanctuary, with an exceptional menu of specialty treatments based on ancient health and beauty practices, utilizing the area’s exclusive natural ingredients and unique products. Anazoe Spa has developed signature treatments based on the teachings of Hippocrates, the ‘father’ of western medicine. Therapists select the most appropriate and beneficial treatments tailored to meet our guests’ personal expectations and needs. Right down to the sounds A visit to Anazoe Spa also ensures an accompaniment of music based on ancient Greek melodies.

The dominant element at Anazoe Spa is the Olive Tree. The therapeutic olive-oil treatments (oleotherapy®) are based on ancient local practices inscribed on clay tablets discovered at the nearby Palace of Nestor. Further offerings at Anazoe Spa include kinisiotherapy, hydrotherapy and floating pools, indoor and outdoor treatment areas as well as an extensive range of light therapies and heat treatments, including ice-grotto rooms, mist showers and herbal saunas. Signature treatments include the Messinian Thyme Scrub, Nestor’s Massage Remedy and our Traditional Olive Nourishing Facial. Anazoe Spa also offers treatments specially designed for children.

Costa Navarino is blessed with an abundance of beneficial herbs that are carefully selected and gathered for the Anazoe Spa products. Tapping into the secrets of ancient wisdom, the active ingredients of these precious gifts of organic origin are slowly extracted by boiling. This natural process of extraction effectively preserves the anti-oxidants, vitamins and pure vital essence of each plant.

Top 10 Winter Spas

 

Top 10: Τα καλύτερα spa στα χιόνια

1ο. Val Di Luce Spa Resort, Tuscany

via Val di Luce, Abetone, phone.: 0039 0573 60961, www.valdilucesparesort.it

9. Le Chabichou, Courchevel, France
Rue des Chenus, Courchevel 1850, phone.: 00334 79 080055, www.chabichou-courchevel.com


8. Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort, Bormio, Italy

Via Bagni Nuovi 7, Valdidentro, phone.: 0039 0342910131, www.bagnidibormio.it

7. Backstage Hotel Vernissage, Zermatt, Switzerland
Hofmattstrasse 4, Zermatt, phone.: 0041 279666970, www.backstagehotel.ch

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Luxury Holidays in Israel

by Sharon B.R

galyam4Israel has so much to offer for the holiday maker – incredible history and archeological sites, a plethora of museums and galleries, world class shopping including the wares of local designers that are not easily found outside the country, fantastic beaches, fine dining as well as marvelous fast food, and pubs and cafes that are full of energy and great vibes. In fact, there isn’t much that cannot be found in Israel and plenty that you won’t find anywhere else.

For those with the means though, there is only one way to truly enjoy the Holy Land, and that is by doing it in the lap of luxury. And in this area too, Israel has an abundance of riches from five star hotels to luxury apartments in Tel Aviv; there is a luxury facility to cater for the most discerning traveler.

lagoon1As a general rule, luxury accommodation in Israel is in close proximity to one of two things – the beach or sites of historical significance. In the cases of Tel Aviv and Caesarea they may be in close proximity to both the beach and sites of historical significance. However, in the country’s major cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, this rule holds firm. Jerusalem has no coastline but it does have Israel’s most visited tourist attraction, the Western Wall.

Similarly, when it comes to luxury accommodation, the well-established primary rule of real estate holds sway in Israel just as it does in the rest of the world – location, location, location. For example, sea view apartments in Tel Aviv are perhaps the place to be during Israel’s long hot summers, where everything seems to revolve around the beach and its immediate surroundings. And why not?

The Mediterranean coastline that runs along Israel’s western border is a national treasure. With vast expanses of soft, clean sand and clear and warm waters, the beach is the place to see and be seen not only during summer but also during Israel’s temperate winters where people are always walking on the sand or exercising on the beach or along the boardwalk that runs the length of Jaffa and continues well past the newly refurbished Tel Aviv port and onto the Yarkon Park.

Yes, Israel is a small country in anyone’s language, however it contains a lot of quality in a very small space which leads to an ease of getting to indulge in all the class that this country exudes. And it is not just limited to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Drive north from Tel Aviv and you will arrive to the city of Herzliya with its embassies, mansions, and superb beaches. Kfar Shmaryahu borders Herzliya and I no less prestigious an address. The list of cities continue – Arsuf, Michmoret, the home of oligarchs and the prime minister – Caesarea. Luxury in Israel is in disproportion to its size.

However, don’t take my word for it. Come and see for yourself and enjoy your time in the lap of luxury.

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14-day Caribbean Christmas by Seabourn Cruises – Luxury Travel Services by “F” Luxury World

by Luxury Travel Services by “F” Luxury World

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Ship: Seabourn Pride
From : from €4,825* per person
Departure Port: Oranjestad, Aruba
Departure Dates:

22 dec

Ports of Call: Oranjestad, Aruba –  Willemstad (Curacao), Antilles –  Mayreau, Grenadines –  Soufriere, St Lucia –  Roseau, Dominica –  Nevis, St. Kitts/Nevis –  Philipsburg (St. Maarten), AN –  Prickly Pear Island, BVI –  Oranjestad, Sint Eustatius, AN –  St. Johns, Antigua –  Le Marin, Martinique –  Kralendijk (Bonaire), Antilles

Itinerary 14-day Caribbean Christmas

Plan 14-day Caribbean Christmas



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Oranjestad, Aruba
Although no written record of the island’s discovery by Europeans exists, it was in 1499 that Alonso de Ojeda landed in Aruba and claimed the island for Spain. Over the years, possession changed from the Spanish to the Dutch to the British and back to the Dutch, with independence promised by 1996. Aruba is one of only a few Caribbean islands where the indigenous Indian population was not decimated by invading Europeans. The native Aruban today is a mixture of Arawak Indian, and Spanish and Dutch colonizers. The official language is Dutch, with both English and Spanish widely spoken. The local population’s everyday tongue is Papiamento, a mixture of all of the above plus a few words left over from the days of the Arawak. The countryside is dotted with cottages surrounded by cactus fences and bright splashes of bougainvillea, oleander and hibiscus. During our call, enjoy a stroll through the capital, Oranjestad. Colorful Wilhelminastraat is lined with typical Aruban buildings of the Dutch Colonial style, and plenty of shops offering duty-free goods.

Willemstad (Curacao), Antilles
Delightful Willemstad is the capital of the five-island Netherlands Antilles, which in turn are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Gabled buildings bring to mind Dutch cities, while working windmills dot the countryside, helping to provide the island with much-needed fresh water. Two bridges connect Otrobanda and Punda, the city’s two halves. The Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, now exclusively a foot bridge, was built in 1888. The imposing Queen Juliana Bridge arches over the channel, providing the link for motor vehicles. Shoppers will find no shortage of temptations here, while those so inclined will find excellent scuba diving opportunities.

Mayreau, Grenadines
At this idyllic islet in the Tobago Cays, we sometimes anchor and indulge in a water sports Marina Day.

Soufriere, St Lucia
Seabourn prefers to call in at Soufriére Bay on St. Lucia’s eastern side, away from the busy capital of Castries. It is a perfect example of a Seabourn hideaway, tucked under the conical peaks of Les Pitons, inactive volcanic peaks that, along with their nearby valley, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is compact and flat, a great place to stroll around and listen to the lyrical French patois of the local people. A short way away, you can indulge in one of the world’s only “drive-in volcanos” whose steaming vents and odorous fume roles give the place its sulfurous name. Nearby is the Anse Chastenet Resort, one of the world’s most renowned and set on a breathtaking stretch of beach.

Roseau, Dominica
Once a prominent port under the protection of the Hanseatic League, Rostock still owes its importance to the sea. A fine view of the city, with a number of restored late-Gothic and Renaissance buildings, may be had from the harbor. Stroll through the heart of the medieval old town, with its eye-pleasing variety of architecture. The unusual Rathaus features seven slender decorative towers, giving it a profile similar to that of a birthday cake. Be sure to visit St. Mary’s Church (Marienkirche), a handsome Gothic structure noted for its huge astronomical clock dating from 1472; its calendar extends to the year 2017. You may also wish to visit the ship docked permanently at the Port Center. After the fall of Communism, additional space was needed for the flood of consumer goods which swept in from the west, so the vessel was commandeered and converted into shops.

Philipsburg (St. Maarten), AN
Since 2010, Sint Maarten has been a constituent country within the kingdom of The Netherlands. It comprises the “Dutch Side” of the island of Saint-Martin, the other half being a French overseas territory. Philipsburg is its capital and a busy deep-water port city. It is a popular port for cruise ships, and consequently boasts a thriving duty-free shopping community, a range of resorts and villas, and numerous leisure and sightseeing activities, as well as a well-served airport.

Prickly Pear Island, BVI
The lovely little island of Prickly Pear gets its name for its habitat that favors this cactus species. The island is situated in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, which is generally considered to be the island Columbus named Saint Ursula. How and when Virgin Gorda became the “Fat Virgin,” no one is certain. All land over 1,000 feet high on Virgin Gorda has been designated National Park, thus preserving its natural beauty. It is also known for long, exquisite white sand beaches, including several on Prickly Pear itself, which boasts some of the BVIs’ loveliest. In 1964 Laurence Rockefeller built the island’s first resort hotel at Little Dix Bay, and since then Virgin Gorda has continued to grow in popularity with visitors. Weather permitting the ship makes a brief stop off Spanish Town to disembark those guests going on tour. It then repositions to anchor off Prickly Pear where the crew gets set up to treat you to a complimentary Prickly Pear beach party. A tender picks up all guests on tour at Leverick Bay to return them directly to Prickly Pear in time for this event.

Oranjestad, Sint Eustatius, AN
Twelve-square-mile “Statia” is a tranquil place today, but in its heyday it was the most important depot for ammunition and other goods sent to the rebellious colonies of North America during their war of independence. In fact it was the first foreign place to recognize the United States, with a cannon salute in November of 1776. Later, its importance in the ongoing “Triangle Trade” between Africa, Europe and North America, gave it the nickname “The Golden Rock.” Renowned for its superb underwater scenery, Stacia is also a favorite spot for ecotourists in search of remnants of unspoiled Caribbean nature.

St. Johns, Antigua
Antigua is blessed with an abundance of shining white beaches, and many of these have sprouted top-end resort hotels that engender golf courses and other amenities counted among the best in the Caribbean. A pleasant drive up through farms and tiny villages leads to the commanding fortress on Shirley Heights, from which you can survey the town and the harbor of Nelson’s Dockyard across the island. Once a carenage for British frigates, today it is an enclave of shops and restaurants.

Le Marin, Martinique

Yachtsmen call it a “very boaty place” with a large marina that sometimes welcomes up to 200 boats. Tucked under the peak of Piton Creve-Coeur is an old sugar plantation from the beginning of the 18th century. The town is very French, with wines, patés and cheeses imported across the Atlantic. Le Marin is a slice of the Old Caribbean on Martinique’s quiet side.

Kralendijk (Bonaire), Antilles
Discovered in 1499 by an expedition led by Amerigo Vespucci, Bonaire has quite a varied history. Indian drawings, which can be seen today in several places, depict life and events which took place centuries before the island’s discovery by Europeans. The Spanish colonization lasted for little more than a century, ending in 1634, when the Dutch from Curaccao arrived to occupy Bonaire during their war against Spain. In 1636, Bonaire became a Dutch colony. Salt production, corn and stock breeding were developed as major economic elements. Today, the island’s economy depends largely on tourism. A friendly ‘bon bini’ from the locals greets you during your visit ashore. Enjoy a stroll through Kralendijk, past the fish market, duty-free shops of Breedestraat, the waterfront promenade and the quaint toy-like houses exemplifying the Dutch colonial architecture.

 


*Prices are per person, for cruise only, based on double occupancy. Price reflect best fares available for each stateroom on one date that this itinerary is available, from a snapshot taken in the last 24 hours for staterooms in each category. Changing the dates may change prices. Fares include Government Fees & Taxes. Pricing and availability subject to change without notice. Suite availability varies by ship and category. Images shown are representative of a suite in that category. Suite measurements are approximated, and suites in the same category may vary in size and/or have different furniture placement, windows or fixtures from those pictured.

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