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Loch Torridon is set in 58 acres of parkland at the end of a magnificent sea loch, The Torridon has one of the most spectacular and idyllic locations in the country. Explore some of the surrounding countryside by taking part in the fourth annual Torridon Walking Festival, which takes the weekend of October 11th – 13th, 2014.
The event takes in some of the North West Highlands finest Munros, including Torridon's famous three: Liathach, Beinn Eighe and Ben Alligin. A Munro is is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet. As well as climbing the big three, there are other classic Munros, including Maol Chean Dearg and Slioch, located in the area. The weekend kicks off with the ascent and the classic traverse of the famous Liathach ridge.
The high level walks are aimed at people that are used to the mountain environment and as such will have a reasonable level of fitness. The walks will be visiting wild places and will not necessarily follow footpaths. Conditions underfoot, coupled with the terrain; dictate that these walks are of a medium to strenuous nature. All activities involve a degree of physical input and as such any aches, pains weaknesses or concerns need to be advised to the guide at the start of the day and to The Torridon before the festival.
Low level walks will follow estate roads and footpaths with easy height gain but a reasonable level of fitness is still recommended.
Bring your walking shoes!
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Keltic Lodge is serious about reducing energy consumption.
Green Initiatives include:
Eco-friendly laundry detergents and dish washing soaps
Recycle bins throughout the property
Compost, Recycle & Reuse where possible
Including brown paper bags for compost and clear bag garbage in each guest room
Insulated blankets on hot water tanks
Using energy efficient light bulbs where possible
Using energy efficient thermostat controls in rooms where possible
Using recycled paper
On-site garden for fresh fruits & vegetables
Supporting local food
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World Cup fever has hit worldwide! Brazil is playing host this time around, and one lucky team has gotten the VIP treatment at a brand-new luxury resort. The resort is currently the accommodation for the German Football Team during the World Cup 2014.
Situated in the village of Santo André in the state of Bahia, the sport and nature resort Campo Bahia covers 15,000 square metres and contains 14 two-story houses with a total of 65 residential units. Campo Bahia is very close to Santa Cruz Cabrália, where Portuguese seafarer Pedro Álvares Cabral landed when he first discovered Brazil in 1500. The resort has been built with careful attention to sustainability and the natural environment. The materials used in construction were sourced locally, while the trees which had to be removed were transplanted rather than chopped down.
Constructing these facilities has been a boost to lasting infrastructural development in the Santo André and Santa Cruz Cabrália area. The effects include the establishment of long-term skilled jobs – in the catering and hotel sectors, for example – and the integration of the local communities and the Pataxó Indian reserve. The whole project is based on the principles of responsible tourism, eco-friendliness and sustainability.
In addition to providing luxury accommodations to the soccer players, the hotel has asked seven Brazilian and seven German artists to create works of art for the buildings and the surrounding area. The artists selected for this task were chosen for their engagement with issues of cultural and social identity.
After the World Cup, the resort will open for booking for guests who don't happen to play professional football.
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Nestling in the natural beauty of the wilds, The Oberoi Vanyavilas is India’s leading luxury jungle resort on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The perfect base from which to explore the territory of the majestic tiger. Tiger sightings are most frequent during the months of May and June.
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Summer is almost here! In honor of the season, The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, has introduced several new programs for guests to enjoy. A luxury hideway tucked in the desert, The Boulders features 160 guest casitas and 61 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, seven restaurants and a lounge, two championship Jay Morrish-designed golf courses, eight tennis courts, and a Waldorf Astoria Spa.
-Night Bicycling. Go for a night bike! You'll use night equipment to see the desert as you've never seen it before, complete with thousands of stars and the fascinating nocturnal animals of the Sonoran desert.
-Night Walking Excursion. Led by the resort's expert guide, guests use hiking headlamps and night vision monoculars to see the unique surroundings while learning about the geology, history of the area, and the desert flora and fauna. The tour is available for all ages and skill levels and is limited to 10 guests. Guests can cruise along on cycles or ride the resort's roller-coaster golf cart paths.
-Moonlight/Sunset Yoga. For those who want some additional stretch in their evening. yoga is held at Promise Rock, which is 2,288 feet above ground level. Watch the sunset from your Warrior II pose, or take in the panoramic views of the valley below as you embrace your Downward Dog.
Moonlight Massages. Relax and unwind both your body and your mind. Private nighttime massages are offered at the guest casitas (residences). They can even be held on the casita's patios for added privacy.
-Moonlight Shaman Meditation. Get calm and grounded. The private meditation sessions are lead by the spa's resident Shaman in the authentic Tipi.
-Celestial Spa Dinners. These sign-specific wine dinners, planned by both the chef and astrologer, include a five-course dinner accompanied by fine organic wines from a featured winemaker. They are held, al fresco, at the spa's 5,600 sq. ft. Organic Garden. The resort's resident astrologer Tom McMullan explains the symbolic language of Astrology as guests enjoy a gourmet dinner under the cool desert night sky.
-Stargazing. The spa can arrange for guests to observe the Arizona sky with the resident professional astronomer. View the planets, stars, constellations, and the lunar surface - canyons to craters - through a high-powered telescope. Guests guests can also rent a special constellation-friendly iPad for use on their private patio.
-Astrological Soul Reading. Guests can get insight into the story of their soul's journey through a personal astrological chart which is calculated by the guest’s birth date, birth time, and birth place. The Astrological Soul Reading is performed by the spa's resident Astrological Consultant. The service helps to center and empower guests with the knowledge of what each individual brought into this lifetime to work on and where they are moving forward on each specific path.
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As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, The Resort at Paws Up is offering a $500 Activity Credit the first guest to book a stay through Five Star Alliance.
Distinguishing itself from the rest of the Montana resorts and standing apart from all other Rocky Mountain resorts, the Resort at Paws Up offers an enchanting escape into the tranquility and magnificence of Montana's pastoral countryside. This luxurious ranch resort in Montana is discretely nestled among some of the most breathtaking country in the world. 37,000 acres of Resort, 100 miles of trails, 7 miles of the Blackfoot River, and 1.5-million acres of the nearby Bob Marshall Wilderness combine to make for the ultimate wilderness adventure playground. A true guest ranch is much more than rounding up and driving cattle; at Paws Up guests experience non-stop wilderness adventure and action.
So what can you spend the credit on?
-Take your best shot at a world-class sporting clays course.
-Cast a fly with an expert guide for the most exciting fly-fishing in Montana.
-Spend an hour, a day or a week on horseback-all in a wilderness sanctuary you'll never forget.
-Explore the land Lewis and Clark swooned over
-Indulge in sumptuous in-room spa treatments.
There's also lake swimming, boating, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, tubing and nearby championship golf. Visit in the winter and partake of everything from cross-country skiing and high adventure snowmobiling to downhill skiing and even dog sledding amidst the Rocky Mountains.
Taking advantage of this offer is easy. Simply be the first person to book at stay at The Resort at Paws Up via Five Star Alliance. That's it!
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National Thai Elephant Day takes place every year on March 13th. The aim of the day is to draw attention to the elephant which is the national animal of Thailand and plays an important part in culture, religion and tradition. A weeklong celebration at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort kicked off with more than 60 children and novice monks from local orphanages and schools invited to the resort to learn about the importance of elephant conservation and affording them a rare opportunity to meet the elephants up close and personal.