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Hakkasan Las Vegas

Hakkasan Las Vegas is a five-level culinary and nightlife mecca set to open its doors next month at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino — with the nightclub portion opening to the public Thursday, April 18 and the restaurant debut scheduled for Friday, May 3. The highly anticipated venue is a bold evolution of the prestigious global restaurant brand — now with over 10 locations worldwide — into an all-encompassing nightlife experience. Together, Hakkasan and Angel Management Group have produced an immersive five-level space that showcases a unique convergence of dramatic design, modern Cantonese cuisine, world-class mixology and exclusive collaborations with in-demand artists across numerous genres.

 

Top 10 best hotel pools

by www.gadling.com

1. Intercontinental, Hong Kong

Intercontinental, Hong Kong

At the Intercontinental Hotel, guests experience a breathtaking view over Hong Kong. The infinity pool on the roof of the hotel makes for a perfect experience: The lowered edge of the pool gives the illusion that it goes on for eternity. This five star hotel spoils its guests with five restaurants, a spa and a fitness centre.

2. Adler Dolomiti Spa & Resort, St. Ulrich

Adler Dolomiti Spa & Resort, St. Ulrich

The Alder Dolomiti offers its guests multiple wellness and nature baths. Located in Grödnertal in the north of Saint Ulrich, this five star resort offers a unique experience in the middle of the Dolomites. In Aguana guests can relax in the 35 degrees warm saltwater pool, enjoy the large outside swimming area and hot whirlpool, which includes a panoramic view of the Alps.

3. Ubud Hanging Gardens, Ubud, Bali

Ubud Hanging Gardens, Ubud (Bali)

At the Ubud Hanging Gardens on Bali numerous pools extend over multiple levels like hanging gardens. Hotel guests do not only bathe in impressive surroundings; each room has access to its own private pool. This resort that consists of private luxury villas is located in the exotic Ubud gardens, in the artistic centre of Bali.

4. Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona

Gran Hotel La Florida, Barcelona

The infinity pool at the Gran Hotels La Florida high above Barcelona has amazing views far across the touristic Spanish metropolis. In the 37 metre long pool made entirely out of pure metal guests can relax in the highest located hotel in Barcelona.

5. Cavo Tagoo, Mykonos, Greece

Cavo Tagoo, Mykanos

The five star Cavo Tagoo on Mykonos captivates travellers with its white interior and luxurious atmosphere. At the lounge deck by the pool, guests are under the illusion that the pool merges with the horizon. Holidaymakers are able to relax to the sounds of lounge music on sun loungers at the edge of the pool or float on wooden blocks on the surface of the water.

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Flying over Greece

Take a bow London! How capital took Olympics to its heart and stunning landmarks made the perfect backdrop for gold

by http://www.dailymail.co.uk

 

The world bids farewell to London tonight after a frantic fortnight of Olympic competition. More than 10,000 athletes have competed for 302 gold medals in 26 sports, across 16 days.

The eyes of the world have been firmly fixed on London, from the hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe who arrived to share the Olympic experience, to the billion plus people who have tuned in to watch events unfold on TV.

And they’ve seen a united London, a city that rose to the occasion and has basked in the spotlight.

Great British finale: The Olympic Stadium in east London looked spectacular tonight as spectators began to arrive for the Closing Ceremony

Great British finale: The Olympic Stadium in east London looked spectacular tonight as spectators began to arrive for the Closing Ceremony

 

Runners pass the Houses of Parliament during the men's marathon on the final day of the 2012 Olympics

Landmarks: Runners pass the Houses of Parliament during the men’s marathon on the final day of the 2012 Olympics

 


Skyline: Marathon runners loop around the front of Buckingham Palace this morning, with London’s spectacular skyline in the background

 


Winner: Uganda’s Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich approaches the finals stretch of the Marathon, stared down by the imposing figure of Buckingham Palace

 

Great Britain’s athletes achieved their greatest medal haul in over hundred years. But London 2012 is about much more than just sport.

It’s about the 70,000 volunteers who slipped into their purple outfits, every day without fail, to help the Games run smoothly. It’s about the 1,000 plus troops who were drafted in at the last minute to help bolster security in the wake of the G4S fiasco – but did their duty without complaint.

And it’s about the Britons who filled stadiums and venues, and lined the streets for every race, whatever the weather, wrapped in union flags and shouted themselves hoarse – roaring on athletes from every nation.

Britain and London took the Olympics to its heart and has worn the rings with pride.


Dawn: Sunrise over the River Thames on the final day of the London 2012 Olympics

World’s most beautiful towns

by http://www.cnngo.com

1. Gordes, France

 

A rare specimen — attractive to both politicians and artists .
More than just a beautiful village perched on one of the most scenic hillsides of Provence, Gordes has seen serious political action.

Harnessed for its defensive vantage point by everyone from the Romans to the Normans, Gordes played a crucial role in the French Resistance during World War II, and suffered accordingly.

In peacetime it’s the beautiful central square and cobbled alleys overlooking the fields of the Vaucluse that have attracted artists including Chagall and Vasarely.

Today visitors come to enjoy the lively open market in the square dominated by a Norman castle, the surrounding lavender fields and the 12th-century Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque.

 

2. Miyajima, Japan

 

The temple that walks on water.
The name means “shrine-island” and this one has an exquisite torii.

The presence of the sea is as much a part of Miyajima’s charm as the shrine itself — the village is lined with a boardwalk which is a great favorite with grazing deer.

What you see is not necessarily all you get in Miyajima — you need to walk behind the main street and away from the shrine to encounter an enchanting staircase leading to a Buddhist temple at the foot of scenic Mount Misen.

3. Essaouira, Morocco

 

A blue, white and gold desert paradise.
In a country awash with red earth, Saharan desert heat and dust, Essaouira is a refreshing and surprising breath of fresh coastal air.

Not a resort, but a bustling little town with a fishing industry, it’s a vision of bright blue and white, with the odd golden accent.

The Medina, or old market center, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where visitors shop for marquetry, textiles and hand-made raffia slippers known as babouches.

But an even bigger attraction is the fishing port, lined with outdoor restaurants overlooking the Scala Kasbah and a sea of blue fishing boats.

 

4. Savannah, Georgia, United States

 

Nearly lost, now much loved.
This jewel of the American South nearly fell apart from sheer neglect until a plan to demolish one of its mansions to make way for a parking lot shocked the populace into restoring more than 1,000 splendid buildings.

Even though Savannah boasts the largest historic district of any American city, it was overlooked by visitors until Savannah’s more colorful 20th-century citizens found themselves playing starring roles in the best-seller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Although it reads like a thriller, John Behrendt’s 1994 book is a factual history peppered with the socialites, low-lifes and eccentrics who made the city what it is today.

The fabulous Bonaventure cemetery central to the book would alone be worth a visit to Savannah. In death as in life, Savannah socialites are determined to outdo each other in extravagance, and the statuary, overhung by dripping live oaks, is outstanding.

5. Lucca, Italy

 

Another jewel from the land of sun, sea and love.
This walled medieval town is one of the loveliest in Tuscany, with a unique elliptical piazza, the Anfiteatro.

This former colosseum was converted in the 12th century into a residential space, now awash with cafés. It’s surrounded by many other picturesque piazzas, punctuated with spectacular churches. San Michele soars to crazy heights with its tiers of blind arches supported by wildly-decorated columns.

San Frediano, with its colorful mosaic facade, is another delight.

Lucca is equally beautiful on the outside. It’s surrounded by thick 16th-century walls on top of which locals stroll or bike, gazing over the surrounding parkland.

From the hotel strip just beyond the walls, it’s easy to slip into town on foot or bike through one of the many alleys.

Edinburgh goes for gold in 2012

Tourists enjoying the atmoshpere at the Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland

An amazing line-up of international talent and the stars of the future will greet visitors this summer during Edinburgh’s world- summer festivals. In 2012, as the eyes of the world look to the UK, world-class and emerging artists and performers will be taking to the stages and spaces in Edinburgh.

There are seven festivals across the summer season, starting with the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival this Friday 20 July (that is over) and concluding on Sunday 2 September with the Edinburgh Mela and the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert of the Edinburgh International Festival.

With the city immersed in art, ideas and entertainment on an unrivalled and intoxicating scale the capital becomes the source of inspiration for over 25,000 artists, producers, authors and hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe.

The festivals date back to 1947, when the Edinburgh International Festival began. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Film Festival also started that year and today Edinburgh truly is the world’s favourite Festival City.

Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra - 25 July 2012 - Orgone

Edinburgh Art Festival 2 August – 2 September

Scotland’s largest annual festival dedicated to visual art featuring more than 45 exhibitions at over 30 venues and major new public art commissions across the city. Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz’ new work Timeline is a multi-site sound installation which spans the city centre. Activated in response to the firing of Edinburgh Castle’s famous One O’clock Gun, Timeline’s speakers call out in a domino-effect towards the castle as the sound of the gun travels in the opposite direction.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 3 – 27 August

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste including theatre, comedy, dance, cabaret, physical theatre, musicals, music, exhibitions and events.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 3 – 25 August

Musicians from Switzerland, Norway and Australia will be among the sparkling line-up at this summer’s 62nd Tattoo. As part of this year’s international celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen’s accession to the throne, the Tattoo’s Diamond Jubilee themed production is Scotland’s Salute to the Monarch and is set to be one of the most impressive ever staged.

Edinburgh International Festival 9 August – 2 September

The Edinburgh International Festival presents the best of dance, opera, theatre and classical music by leading international artists and companies, to an audience from around a third of the world’s nations. Founded in 1947 to bring together cultures, peoples and nations to share in a celebration of the best of humanity, it remains a prestigious invitation to artists and a mecca for culture fans. This year’s Festival brings together artists from around 47 nations. With world premieres and the cream of fresh performing talent celebrating the strong and exciting future of the arts, there is much to discover.

Edinburgh International Book Festival 11 – 27 August

The Edinburgh International Book Festival will welcome 800 writers, poets, politicians, journalists, thinkers and commentators from 44 countries to Charlotte Square Gardens for debates, readings, workshops and conversations. This year, to celebrate 50 years since the seminal 1962 Writers’ Conference, the Book Festival brings 50 authors from around the world to discuss the role of fiction in our society today in the 2012 Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference. Five debates will be broadcast live online creating a conversation which will reverberate around the world.

Edinburgh Mela 31 August – 2 September

Right at the end of Edinburgh’s summer festival calendar, the Mela is a vibrant, joyous riot of sounds, sights, colours and tastes with great art, family fun, Bhangra beats and delicious food, all on the one site. This year, the Mela World Dance Feste is a whole new arena for the festival’s biggest programme to date: a stage dedicated to the best in international and Scottish contemporary dance.

In London on Sunday 29 July at 1000hrs Edinburgh’s Festivals will be hosting a celebratory brunch for international media at Scotland House, 36 Pall Mall. To attend this brunch see the events page in the media area of londonmediacentre.co.uk (search ‘Edinburgh festivals brunch’ and the event appears top of the list).

Top 10 destinations in Europe for 2012

by www.europeanconsumerschoice.org

1.PORTO, PORTUGAL 

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With the variety of resources available Porto conquers all its visitors, from those who want it for its history and authenticity, to the ones who seek to explore a new, more cosmopolitan and contemporary city. Discovering Porto means discovering what makes it different : the famous Port Wine, an Historical Centre designated World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, Museums, Enchanting parks and gardens, fashion boutiques by national and international designers…

2.VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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Luxurious accommodation in Vienna almost invariably means living at the heart of the city. You’ll find exclusive hotels especially along the Ring, which, after all, is where most of the elegant former palaces are. The first district is home to a wealth of five-star accommodations including the Imperial, Grand Hotel, Bristol, Sacher, Palais Coburg Residenz and Marriott Vienna. At the end of 2010 the Luxushotel Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom opened in a spectacular high-rise designed by star French architect Jean Nouvel on the banks of the Danube Canal.

3.DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

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Make sure to begin your brief visit to Dubrovnik with a promenade in Stradun or Placa, the main street, while getting the first impressions of one of the Mediterraneans most beautiful cities. The astonishing city of stone is surrounded with 1,940 m long stone walls. A tour of the worlds second most frequented open-air museum will definitely take your breath away. The fantastic views will inspire you to take some photographs, and the sights that you will capture will continue to amaze you over and over again.

4.PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

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Since the Middle Ages Prague has been famous as one of the most beautiful cities of the world and has been attributed adjectives such as “golden“, “hundred-spired“, “the crown of the world“. The unique character of the city is also partly a consequence of its natural environment: Prague, similar to Rome built on seven hills, was built on nine hills along the Vltava river, which flows through the city for a distance of 31 km and forms a perfect unit with the city.  (more…)

Amazing Yacht Parade at Canary Wharf

M/Y Octopus at Canary Wharf, the UltimateLuxuryCommunity

 Only hours before Opening Cerenomy of London 2012 Olympic Games, some of the world’s best mega yachts are gathering in the South Dock of London’s Canary Wharf banking district. Enjoy!

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The Island of Crete, Greece – See for yourself, feel for yourself

Official tourism spot of Region of Crete. Created for the Greek island of Crete by Teo Papadoulakis.

Airbus A380 Farnborough 2012

FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW 2012 DEFIES GRAVITY AND REACHES SUB-ORBITAL LEVELS

US$72 billion of confirmed orders and commitments by airlines, leasing companies and manufacturers

At the end of a busy trade week, orders and commitments announced at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow have been confirmed at US$72 covering a total of 758 aircraft. The figures represent a 53% increase on the 2010 show and close to the 2008 figure when sales peaked at US$88billion. To add further weight to the shows success, 20% of exhibitors have already rebooked for the 2014 show.

 Airshow organisers, Farnborough International Ltd, can also confirm that over the five days of the show, the event attracted just over 107,000 trade visitors and over 1500 exhibitors with representation right across the supply chain. Over 70 military delegations from 46 countries attended with a further 13 delegations from the civil sector.  This event saw good engagement from decision-makers with the Prime Minister opening the show, a further 6 Cabinet members making keynote speeches, as well as senior ministers visiting from the UK and overseas.

Over 140 aircraft took part in the static and flying displays at the Farnborough Aerodrome in Hampshire including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner which flew on the first three days of the show – a Boeing and FIA first – and the Airbus A380 in attendance for the full seven days. Flying display highlights included the Bell Boeing V22 Osprey, a Saab Gripen Fighter and the Korean T50 jet trainer.

bonus video:  Airbus A380 Farnborough 2012

The Airbus A380 (F-WWDD) does its validation display for Farnborough and then heads off to Fairford. Make sure you watch in HD.

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