Windstar Launches New Star Collector Voyages

first_imgBack-to-Back Extended Cruises Include Free Daily Laundry   Seattle, WA, June 26, 2017 — Small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has launched a fresh series of back-to-back cruises, where longer and more in-depth voyages from 14 to 34 days feature few repeated ports in the new Star Collector Voyages. In addition to the elegance of an extended trip with the luxury of unpacking only once, guests also get to take advantage of traveling light for these epic journeys, as all Star Collector Voyages include free daily laundry service. Star Collector Voyages combine some of Windstar’s most popular itineraries for a longer exploration of the region and feature overnights in port (like Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands and Hong Kong, for example), allowing guests to make the absolute most of their trip. “With dozens of sailings to choose from, and more to be announced for Europe 2018, we are thrilled to now offer an extensive collection of longer voyages designed for the person who wants to sail longer, get closer, and discover the world of Windstar 180 degrees from ordinary,” said Windstar President John Delaney. Guests can cruise through multiple regions and even cross the Atlantic on unforgettable journeys that cover numerous parts of the world on one of eight Star Collector Voyages:    Arabia & Ancient Spice Routes – Athens to Singapore – 34 Days: Embark from Athens on an odyssey of contrasts and retrace some of the oldest known sea routes in the world, experiencing the cuisine, culture, and landmarks of Egypt, Jordan, Oman, UAE, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Malaysia. The Grandeur of Southeast Asia – Singapore to Bangkok (or reverse) – 28 Days: Set sail on a journey of memorable contrasts to sample elegant cuisines and explore breathtaking UNESCO settings in Malaysia, Brunei, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines. (There are two sail dates on this itinerary.) Sailing Among Dragons: China & Japan – Singapore to Beijing (Tianjin) – 28 Days: Wander through ancient temples and cosmopolitan cities in this diverging adventure of old and new in Vietnam, China, and Japan. The Best of China, Korea & Japan – Hong Kong to Tokyo (Yokohama) – 28 Days: An ideal choice for adventurous travelers seeking an array of excursion options, this journey from China to South Korea and Japan grants access to more than 17 exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Crossing to the Caribbean Saints – Lisbon to Philipsburg (St. Maarten) – 21 Days: Rekindle the romance of a classic ocean voyage with this transatlantic cruise from Lisbon, Portugal to tropical Bridgetown, Barbados. Once in the Caribbean, set a course among the southern island havens and highlights, with stops at some of the best beaches in the world, ending in St. Maarten. Classic Caribbean Havens & Harbors – Philipsburg (St. Maarten) to Colón (Panama) – 14 Days: Cruise the southernmost and warmest waters of the Caribbean, stopping off in sun-drenched Aruba and exploring the untouched natural splendors in Colombia and Panama. Caribbean Beaches & Costa Rican Cloudforests – Bridgetown (Barbados) to Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica) – 14 Days: With time in the Southern Caribbean Islands, the charming remote white beaches and quaint village markets then give way to tropical jungles, the Panama Canal, and the Pacific Ocean, ending in Costa Rica. Caribbean Explorations – Philipsburg to Philipsburg (St. Maarten) – 14 Days: Skip the usual Caribbean cruise stops and discover the small harbors, overlooked havens, and most remote secrets among the Leeward Islands, with the lesser-known charms of Barbuda, Soper’s Hole in Tortola, Gustavia in St. Barthélemy, St. Lucia’s Pigeon Island, and much more. (There are 14 sail dates on this itinerary.) Watch for Star Collectors voyages to be featured in Windstar’s upcoming Fourth of July One Week Sale, as well as “7 for 7” limited-time promotions. For additional information on private yacht-style cruising with Windstar, contact a travel professional or Windstar Cruises by phone at 877-958-7718, or visit the Windstar Yachts:Facebook / Twitter / Google+ / YouTube / Pinterest / LinkedIn / Instagram / Blog  Windstar Cruises operates a six-ship fleet of small sailing and all-suite ships visiting 170 ports throughout Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, sailing year-round in Tahiti and the South Pacific, and adding newly-announced Alaska, Canada, New England, Asia and Arabia. The boutique cruise ships are known for an intimate private yacht-style experience, unique itineraries and exclusive access to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Windstar’s fleet is the market leader in boutique small ship cruising with a total of 1,242 passenger berths. All ships in the fleet have recently undergone multi-million dollar transformations to embody casually elegant yacht travel. The all-suite Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride serve 212 guests in all-suite accommodations; while sailing ships Wind Spirit and Wind Star sail with up to 148 guests, and Wind Surf serves 310 guests. The small ships cruise to quaint and popular ports in nearly 60 nations worldwide. Windstar Cruises is a part of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, known for “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.” Xanterra’s entities also include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks, as well as resorts, railway and tour companies. More information: read more

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Unveils 10 Pool Overwater Villas

first_imgBORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA – July 10, 2017 – InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, which is located on Motu Piti Aau with breathtaking views of Bora Bora’s majestic Mount Otemanu, is pleased to announce the unveiling of its 10 Pool Overwater Villas. “We are thrilled to introduce these luxurious overwater villas with private infinity pools which offer a new way for our guests to enjoy the beauty of Bora Bora,” said Stephane Massarini, General Manager, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. The Pool Premium Overwater Villas offer horizon infinity views and the Pool Overwater Villas feature scenic sights of the lagoon and beach. Modern and luxurious, the one-bedroom villas feature sleek, contemporary décor with Polynesian touches, each encompassing 1,345 square-feet including a 645-square-foot terrace with direct access to the lagoon along with a private infinity pool. Each villa boasts a well-appointed living room, showcasing a glass coffee table that peers into the pristine waters and tropical marine life below. The bedroom offers a plush king-size bed, facing a large picture window with views of the lagoon and beach. The bathroom features a bathtub, separate shower, double washbasin, and complimentary range of luxury bath amenities. In addition to the Pool Overwater Villas, four new Brando Overwater Suites will debut at the resort in December 2017 and will feature 3,400 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space and uninterrupted, 180-degree views of Mount Otemanu. Known for its exemplary service to its guests, the eco-friendly InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa features a number of unique attributes.  One of the finest culinary experiences in French Polynesia, the resort’s Le Corail offers a gourmet dining experience unrivalled in Bora Bora. With the distinction of having the largest wine cellar in French Polynesia, Le Corail overlooks a lighted lagoonarium and features an inspired degustation menu of fine French cuisine perfectly paired wine. Reef affords panoramic views of the lagoon and offers authentic Polynesian fare and Mediterranean cuisine, served in stylish tropical décor. Sands, which is positioned on the hotel’s private white-sand beach, offers casual lunch and dinner options. The resort’s chic Bubbles Bar is outfitted with Philippe Starck furniture and features exotic cocktails including its infamous Black Pearl Martini. Sands Bar offers stunning views of Mount Otemanu and serves refreshing drinks and light meals. The resort’s waterfront lounge is its South Beach Bar features a collection of cocktails, smoothies, and snacks. The resort’s Deep Ocean Spa by Algotherm is the very first spa to utilize the benefits of deep-sea water and minerals extracted from the Pacific Ocean in its signature spa treatments and combines luxurious modern products with ancient Polynesian methods. The spa complex houses multi-sensory outdoor spas, steam baths and showers, a fitness center, a tea lounge and a spa boutique for complete relaxation and rejuvenation. A highlight is the spa’s glass-floored overwater Spa Suites where individual guests or couples can admire maritime flora and fauna during treatment sessions. The resort’s romantic Secret Garden of Love offers couples the opportunity to symbolize their eternal devotion by sealing their love with a lock in Bora Bora in Polynesian style in the resort’s botanical garden.  In the quiet and intimate garden, guests can select between four Polynesian symbols—the turtle, the sun, the sea shell, and the lizard, which each correspond to a specific palm tree. Lovers can then attach their lock to the palm tree with their chosen symbol and throw away the keys in the garden’s Tiki, which symbolizes the protection of love forever. Guests are encouraged to bring their own customized lock. Locks are also available for purchase in the resort’s boutique.  Traditional Tahitian wedding ceremonies are also available on the resort’s private beach and in its unique, glass-floored overwater chapel with views of the lagoon. The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso has been recognized by notable names in the travel industry including being honored as one of “Top Resorts in Australia & the South Pacific” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards, on the list of “The Best Resort Hotels in the South Pacific” as voted by readers in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2016, and as one of “The Top 10 Honeymoon Resorts in the South Pacific” in BRIDES Magazine 2017 Honeymoon Awards. For information and rates for the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, call 1-888 IC HOTELS (1-888-424-6835) or visit InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.  About InterContinental Resorts French PolynesiaOwned and operated by Richard H. Bailey and his company, Pacific Beachcomber S.C., there are four InterContinental Resorts in French Polynesia: InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa, and InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa.  Each of these award-winning resorts has completed multimillion dollar enhancements over the course of the last five years and is committed towards achieving environmental and social sustainability.last_img read more

The Best NewSchool Kentucky Distilleries

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy Rabbit Hole Rebrands and Launches New Whiskey If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey It’s hard to find many faults with the quality of whiskey being made at the old guard Kentucky distilleries. Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Heaven Hill, Four Roses, and others have millions of barrels aging in rickhouses around the Bardstown area. They have been distilling for decades, some even dating back to the last century, so they generally know a thing or two about making bourbon. The craft distilling movement around the country has exploded in recent years, but the quality and quantity of whiskey usually pales in comparison with the big boys (with some notable exceptions, of course).Kentucky has seen its share of upstart distilleries as well, many of which seem to be funded way beyond your typical craft distillery. They are both taking cues from established operations and doing things their own way – sourcing whiskey, contract distilling for other brands, making gin and vodka while their whiskey ages, finishing whiskey in various barrel types, and releasing whiskey in increments starting around the two-year mark. Ultimately, they are dealing with a thirsty world that is eager for new products and willing to pay a lot for something they haven’t tried before. It remains to be seen how many will survive and how many will fold, but in the meantime our whiskey options are plentiful. Here are five new-school distilleries of note in Kentucky.Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.The history of Peerless dates back to the 1880s, but the real story begins in 2014 when Corky and Carson Taylor, descendants of one of the originators of the brand, began construction on a new Downtown Louisville distillery. They filled their first barrels in 2015, and dumped their first batch of rye whiskey just two years later. The whiskey was expensive (about $125 for a bottle) and young, but showed great promise and prompted many to wonder what a few more years of aging would do. In 2018, a three-year-old version was released, and the distillery launched a new four-year-old bourbon just a few months ago (the first batch sold out very fast). All of the whiskey is bottled at barrel proof and non-chill filtered, and the distillery uses a sweet mash instead of a sour mash (basically meaning a new batch of yeast is used for each distillation). Good things seem to be in store as Peerless continues to release older whiskeys.Bardstown Bourbon CompanyBardstown Bourbon Company doesn’t look or act like many other distilleries in Bardstown, the epicenter of Kentucky bourbon. The distillery’s design is modern and expansive, and upon entry you’ll find Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar, a restaurant that serves creative food and drinks that are scarce in the area. The distillery itself is hard at work both making its own whiskey and contract distilling for other brands, including High West, Jefferson’s, Belle Meade, and James E. Pepper. While BBC may not be putting MGP out of business any time soon, it is certainly attracting whiskey brands that have been longtime customers of the Indiana distillery. So far, BBC’s own whiskey releases have mostly been made using sourced whiskey, although some of its in-house-distilled younger liquid is making its way into bottles now. The recent Fusion Series #1 combined sourced 11-year-old Kentucky bourbon with two-year-old whiskey from BBC from two different mash bills. And the initial Collaborative Series expression was a nine-year-old Tennessee bourbon finished for 19 months in Phifer Pavitt Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.New Riff DistillingAll of the whiskey coming out of New Riff Distilling, located in Newport, KY just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, is bottled in bond. This means that it’s bottled at 100 proof, it’s at least four years old, and it’s from one distillery and one distilling season. In the case of New Riff, it also happens to be non-chill filtered. This goes for the rye, the bourbon, and all the single-barrel releases, the last of which have proven to be very popular among whiskey fans. New Riff’s whiskey tastes properly aged, without the unfinished, woody “craft” notes that infiltrate the liquid from so many new distilleries. If you’re in the mood for a clear spirit, try the Kentucky Wild Gin, which includes Kentucky’s state flower goldenrod as a botanical (there’s also a barrel-aged version).Rabbit HoleRabbit Hole recently made big news when French conglomerate Pernod Ricard acquired it. The distillery has only been making whiskey since last year so it has not actually released any of its own whiskey yet, making this move surprising to some. But the sourced bourbon and rye that it has released is good, if a bit on the young side. The bourbon has a four grain mash bill that is fairly unusual — 70% corn, 10% malted wheat, 10% honey malted barley, and 10% malted barley. The rye is a 95% rye that does not come from MGP, the usual source for that mash bill. There’s also a wheated bourbon that was finished in sherry casks and a London dry gin finished in rye barrels. It will be a few years before we get to taste any whiskey produced at Downtown Louisville distillery. In the meantime, look for a brand-new release out in September called Heigold, a high-rye bourbon (25% rye) aged for less than four years. This new whiskey, which was in the works well before the Pernod deal, will be a permanent addition to the core range.Castle & KeyCastle & Key is located on hallowed Kentucky bourbon grounds, the former site of Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr.’s former distillery known as Old Taylor. The new distillery is currently releasing vodka and gin while it ages its whiskey, which has yet to be bottled. Some samples of the young rye and bourbon were made available at a press event last year, and the whiskey showed promise, which is always a good sign at that early stage. Still, the distillery must be commended for not putting out a two-year-old whiskey just to get something out on the market, regardless of whether it’s ready or not. Master distiller Marianne Eaves left the distillery this past spring, and it’s not clear if someone has taken over for her as of yet. But we are looking forward to tasting the whiskey when it’s ready. All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall last_img read more